Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Every day

Every day I would prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner. Most of the days I will scratch my head thinking what to buy and cook. It is headache, knowing each one has their own preferences and tastes.

Some day when I am running out of ideas, I will go out and buy lunches and dinners. I have few preferred places to go to in MJC. The fast food, Chinese economy rice, chicken rice and Western. Got to make the meals interesting before my kids complain of boredom and repetition. Lol.

I spotted this new chicken rice shop few weeks ago. The shop is located at the next row of shops to Pizza Hut in MJC. I noticed the place was packed one afternoon so I reminded myself to try it one day.



Tian Tian Chicken Rice. Just next to Easymart. Tian Tian. Means "every day" in Chinese. Nay! As much as I love a good chicken rice, not an every day food for me. 

Last Saturday morning I went there with my 3 musketeers for lunch.


The place was clean and to my surprise, it was a pork-free eatery. And they do have an extensive menu; from steamed chicken, black pepper to curry chicken rice.  I thought they only serve steamed and roasted chicken but I were wrong.


Besides that they have few vegetables and lamb dishes to choose from too. Maybe  I will bring my hubby to try the claypot lamb one of these days.


They place their condiments on the table with their cutleries .


My girl had its butter chicken rice (RM6.50). She enjoyed it because of the crispy and buttery skin. I found the skin slightly tough for me.


Quite a portion of chicken on the plate. The chicken rice was mildly fragrant and soft, which I liked.


Ta-da. My nasi kari banjir (RM6.00).


They used the chicken rice instead of white rice. And all roasted chicken rice among the curry gravy.  They also gave me liver (which I did not touch), potato and fu chuk (which I find it was not soft enough).

I didn't really enjoyed this all-chicken curry rice. To me, nasi kari banjir is overloaded with goodness from steamed chicken, char siew, roasted pork, fried egg and long beans. Like what I had from this food court.


Jay wasn't hungry so I tapau him a roasted chicken rice for his lunch later. RM5.50 for  this normal chicken rice.


That is it. Our chicken rice lunch last Saturday.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Eating out day

I love Sunday. Because Sunday is eating out day. Family day, we mostly stay outdoor on Sunday. Mother's Day like any other Sunday, we went out for breakfast and lunch. 

So for breakfast, we went to Choo Choo Cafe.

Hubby went for the lui cha (RM5) as he wanted something healthy that morning.


I tasted the lui cha and soup. It was quite good. Being a Hakka, I am accustomed to the bitterness of the soup. I were surprised that they added crispy fried anchovies in it. Usually we don't do that but I don't mind it at all. I actually added salted fishes to my lui cha when my mum cooked it. It gave that crunch, texture, saltiness to the whole dish, and balanced up the bitterness of the soup. 


The kids had the kolo mee. My girl asked for the seafood version so she got prawn and fish fingers besides the sliced porks. When it comes to kolo mee, I usually order the straight noodle more than the "q q" (curly) noodle. 


As for me, I went for the laksa. It has been a while since I had laksa. My first laksa after recovered from my long sickness.

Taste-wise, it was "lemak" to me. Not really my preferred Sarawak laksa but when I were craving for it, I just had to settle for it that day.


After our breakfast, we went for our church service. It was Mother's Day, so everyone including the kids got a paper flower pinned to our blouse/top.

Thereafter, I felt hungry. Must be my laksa had digested (and fast!), so hubby treated me to bak kut teh. He recommended this bak kut teh place in Jalan Song as its herbal soup was not overwhelmingly strong. He knows I prefer milder bak kut teh soup.


The Lao Zhi Hau bak kut teh shop was behind The Godfather (Western cuisine). The backlane of OneJaya mall.

Hubby did the ordering and soon enough, our bak kut teh came. Many patrons but our food was served timely. 


Did I love it?? Yes. I enjoyed the spare ribs and soup. And I sweated a lot after that! Phew! Hot, hot and hot even though it was cooling and gloomy outside.

After our lunch, we went to collect homemade cheesy potato balls from my bil since we were somewhere in the vicinity. He is currently into this home-based business. I ordered 100 balls (frozen) and once we were home, we couldn't wait to taste it.

If you are wondering why so many balls, I standby for the Teacher's Day celebration. I thought cheesy potato balls sound like a great and tasty snack to bring to school.

So that afternoon, I deep-fried few balls to satisfy our tastebud. Must eat them while they are warm. Soft inside, crispy outside. Tasted good by itself but even nicer when I sprinkle some icing sugar on the balls.


I  ate few balls; I am potato and cheese lover. Irresistible.

Gosh! I ate too much that Sunday. Spicy laksa, aromatic bak kut teh soup and warm, tempting cheesy potato balls.   And my waist line has been going horizontal too.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Missing onions and what's in the pot

After our delicious lunch in Bako, we then drove to 4 1/2 Miles for a visit to one of the nurseries there.

We bought new potted plants, fertilizers and soils that morning.

So once we were at home, hubby and I started with the gardening while 2 older kids went up to their rooms to study for their exams. Jamie entertained himself around the house while hubby and I sweat in the garden.

Then hubby told me to take some onions (shallots) from the kitchen as he wanted to grow spring onions. So I placed a plastic of onions on the car porch chair and did not bother with it till the time to place it in the soil. 

And oh oh! Where were the onions?? After searching high and low, finally I decided to call Jamie to come down. Why? Only him was around and if he had anything to do with the mssing onions, he would know.

So I asked him on the onions and the plastic. At first he nodded but then he denied it. But after a short interrogation, suddenly he made a big round around the living room and directed us to the fridge. He immediately opened the freezer and then the lowest compartment. He pointed to the compartment and ran to the staircase. 

Guess what?? The plastic of the onions was indeed in the compartment in the freezer! Hubby and I looked at each other and burst into laughters. While the little one was looking at us from the staircase, I said "thank you" to him and he replied me "You're welcome, mummy". He ran upstair to play.

We couldn't blame him. He tried to be helpful, in our mind, keeping the onions for us.  Just surprised that he kept them in the freezer, of all places. Lol.

So, we have solved the case of missing onions and continued with our garden.


One of the plants we bought from the nursery. I find leafy plants easier to plant and take care of than those with flowers.


This plant (below) was given by Small Kucing's mama; has been growing well but slowly. 

Another one from mamarazzi. Forgot what is this. Lol. Hmm. Wonder should I repot to bigger pot?

2 new pots of plants from the nursery.


And this pretty red-and-green leafy plant is chosen by Jamie. He insisted on buying one plant. Lol.


Monday, May 15, 2017

By the river

Bako village

On Wesak Day, we took a little drive to Bako for lunch. We went to this wooden restaurant by the river bank as we loved what we had the previous time we were there.

Bako Seafood Restaurant

Bako Seafood Restaurant, a well-known halal Chinese restaurant in this small village.


Bako Seafood Restaurant overlooking the fishing village across the river. It rained that early morning so the air was cooling and breezy when we arrived slightly before 10am.


The river was busy with activities. Small boats, tourist boats and other alike.



After a short view of the river bank, we went into Bako Seafood Restaurant and took a table. Some tables were reserved but there were some vacant one too.

After placed our order, I took few shots of the interior.


Most parts are on wooden floor but they have extended the kitchen area.


I had coconut juice to quench my thirst.


Soon, our food arrived. First dish was their famous deep-fried oyster balls. We loved it!!


The fresh oyster inside the thin crispy coating and it was great with their sweet and spicy dipping sauce.


Next was our belacan kangkung. So so appetizing and flavourful.

Another signature dish was this deep-fried taufu. Couldn't get enough of it.


We ordered this white pomfret with its special sweet sauce. Very nice.


Lastly was this fresh steamed prawns with garlic and Chinese wine.


It was a delightful lunch. We could even felt the breeze in the restaurant, and looking at the boats passing by every now and then from our table. So relaxing.

By the time we finished, it was just 11am. Yes, we did had a very early lunch that day. Something that we do sometimes over the weekend or holiday. Skip breakfast and do 2 heavy meals.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Not perfect mum

I have to admit that most of the time, I am not a perfect mum to my 3 children. Sometimes I were not there for them.


Maybe because of tiredness or I just want some me-space away from them. Some day I were mean to them; raising my voice and scolding for no apparent reason.  It was my fault.

I am as guilty as charged!  Not been there for them, comfort them, teach them, listen and talk to them as much as I want. But I know that to my children, I am a perfect mum. They know my flaws, accept me for who I am and love me unconditionally. Because I am their mum no matter what.  I love them too.

Today is Mother's Day.  The day where it is not much any different from other normal days.  I still care, cook and do stuff for them.  But then again, the feeling of joy is doubled inside of me when I wake up on Mother's Day and my kids come over to wish me "Happy Mother's Day!" and give me kisses on the cheek. To me, that is the best present I ever wanted! I love them with my whole heart.

Happy Mother's Day to all awesome moms out there.  You are the best, and perfect in your children' hearts.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

What we want

I almost forgot about this post till I were browsing through my camera album and saw the photos.

It was the last Sunday of April. Hubby asked me not to cook that evening so we went out for our dinner. At that point, we did not know what we want for dinner. We did not know where and what to eat but it would be in the city centre since hubby needed to do transaction in a bank.

So after done with the banking, we were almost in the old part of the city. The thought of having dinner in Open Market opposite Electra House sounds appealing to us. A nostalgic place to have dinner with my family. Used to come here a lot for dinner as a child. The place is still the same; crowded and busy.


I used to eat in one of the stalls called Chai Heng but hubby wanted to try the middle stall, Chai Shen Ye.

It was fine with me. We seated under the night sky overlooking the road. We placed our order with a native guy and waited for about 20 minutes for our food to come. While waiting, we were looking at the buzzing road and old buidlings that were right in front of us. 

First to come was this chai poh omelette (salted radish omelette). Huge! We did not specify the portion but it was for 3 to 4 pax.


Then this delicious and crispy salted fish pork belly arrived. I enjoyed this dish the most.


Then we had the Japanese soft beancurd with minced meat. Milder in taste but we did not mind at all.


We had belacan kangkung to tantalize our tastebuds. Such a huge plate but we finished up the vegetable and leave no stalk behind!

We also ordered soup, which was fish maw soup. So many thick slices of chewy fish maw in the soup.

Overall our dinner costs RM82 which I thought was rather steep although the dishes were medium portion. Oh well, Chai Shen Ye (God of Prosperity) for the owner indeed. Lol.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Seemed to be

On my recent visit with my family here for lunch on one Sunday, I were adamant that I would eat fish meat mee hoon soup again. I had it in my previous 2 visits. I liked the appetizing sourish and heaty soup, delicious fried fish fillets and fresh fish balls.

However after I walked around to check the stalls inside and out (I did not do that in my previous visits), I found some stalls were seemed to be hidden from eye views from shop front. One would need to walk into the shop to check out the stalls. I found an interesting stall selling "curry rice banjir". If only I were fully recovered, I would be tempted to give the curry rice a try. But I ended up ordering pak lo (braised meat) rice from the same stall for RM6.


I found my pak lo rice pretty interesting in the sense it was pork belly pak lo served with some blanched long beans, half portion of hard-boiled egg and boiled potato cubes. Yes, I do not remember having soft potatoes in a pak lo rice. 


Taste-wise it was alright.  Not overly sweet and the braised pork belly was soft. But somehow it did not tasted like pak lo to me. Maybe I expected a thicker and fragrant pak lo like how the Hakka lo ark would be. It wasn't what I thought it would be. This did not seemed like it, it was more like braised char siew pork belly to me.


They did served a small bowl of curry gravy and small saucer of chilli dipping. I tasted the curry gravy which I think was nice. Maybe I will give its curry rice banjir a try next time. Or I may just settle for the fish meat mee hoon soup again. Lol.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Weekend Menu #85: Chinese grilled chickens

It is cooking time!! What better than to cook and eat at home when the weather could be so unpredictable nowadays. 

One of the frequent dish on my table is grilled chicken. 

I love grilled chicken. I cook it a lot at home with my flip pan. So convenient and easy to make.

Most of the time, I use Mc Cormick mixed herbs as my marinade base but on my last attempt on a weekend, I used different base for my chickens. 

I had 2 boneless chicken chops in the freezer so I decided to cook a more Chinese style of grilled chicken.

Ingredients:
2 boneless chicken chops
1 tsp Chinese 5 spices powder
1 tsp white pepper
2 tbsp Cooking Wine (Shao Xing)
1/4 tsp salt
Parsley for garnish

Methods:
1. Marinate the chicken chops with all the ingredients except the parsley. Let it marinate for few hours or overnight.
2. Heat up the flip pan; totally no oil used.
3. Add in the chicken chops with the skin down. Close the flip pan and cook for 5 minutes on each side.


4. The chicken is cooked when clear juice came out when you poke through the meat.

5. Cut into biteable size and garnish with parsley.