Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Saturday, July 31, 2021
Growing up, I love having my mum's salted chicken. It was flavourful, salty and went so well with white rice or even porridge. It has been ages since I had it, so one weekend, I decided to try cooking it at home. Following my mum's way of cooking salted chicken.
This is a very simple Hakka salted chicken, as it only need very few ingredients. Chicken, coarse salt, ginger and white pepper. And all you need is a wok and spatula.
2 chicken thinghs, cleaned
Grated ginger, about 1 tsp
1. Rub sea salt, ginger and white pepper all over the thighs for an hour or so.
2. In a wok under low heat, add in the coarse salt once it is hot and fry the salt till it turns slightly brown. Place the chicken thighs on top of the salt. Cover the chicken thighs with the coarse salt.
3. You can cover lid on the wok or leave it. Turn the chicken twice along the cooking time. There will be some crackling sounds as the result of the salt drying up.
4. Cook for about 20 minutes or till chicken is cooked. Dish out the chicken from the salt. Discard the dirty coarse salt once it has cooled down. Chop the chicken thighs into pieces once they have cool down. Serve warm.
Our simple Sunday dinner of Hakka salted chicken, braised pork trotter, and stir fried bok choy. Recipe of pork trotter which is also inspired by my mum, is here. Enjoy cooking and eating!
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Roasted chicken rice (RM6) for the kids. Their lunch was nicer with fragrant oil rice and tasty roasted chicken.
Monday, July 26, 2021
It was the 1st Saturday of the month.
It was our monthly grocery shopping so hubby and I went to our usual place, Emart Hypermarket to do our shopping. As it was almost 830am, the place was rather crowded but still not too packed. We did not waste time, just did our shopping as quick as we could. We finished around 10am, and we thought of settling our lunch there.
There was a new Malay eatery that we had never patronised before, so we decided to see what's there on the menu. Malihah Chicken, a stone throw away from KFC. Clean and well managed outlet, the food was reasonably priced too. Self-service and only cater for takeaway.
We bought 3 packs of nasi lemak (RM3 each), 2 chicken burgers (RM2 each, with choice of beef and chicken), and 5 chicken wings (RM2 each).
For snack, we had this rainbow mix that we bought in Emart. RM14.90 for this snack. I liked them as it was not roasted.
Friday, July 23, 2021
When most businesses are allowed to open under current Phase 2 of National Recovery Plan last week, the first thing that came to our mind was to visit some of the shops.
No, not dine-in for us although it has been allowed last Friday in Sarawak. There was mixed reaction from us when it comes to dine-in as cases are still not going down drasticly. For time being, we prefer takeaway and food delivery than dine-in in eateries.
One of the shops that we wanted to visit was hair salon. The boys (including the daddy) were in need of a good hair cut. It has been almost 2 months since their last cut so we had an overdue visit to our hair dresser last Saturday morning.
Another shop was electrical shop. My current fridge (10 years old) has some problem since April and we were not able to go to electrical shop as it was non-essential business that wasn't allowed to open till now.
Even after repair and services in March, the fridge wasn't working so well sometime. One day, it was very cold, ice was frozen but other day, the ice would melt. Since I have a deep freezer, I keep all my frozen stuff in there. So after much talk with hubby, we decided to get a new fridge this week.
How about you? What was the first place you went to when we entered the new phase?
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
My first Covid-19 vaccination was on 28 June. Hubby got his first dose of Sinovac one week earlier at his panel clinic. We were familiar with the doctor so the doctor helped to arrange for mine as well.
Monday came and the clinic called me to ask whether I could make it for 2pm appointment. That VERY same day. Of course I was alright with it since I was free. So my first dose of Sinovac vaccine was administered that afternoon.
The doctor noticed that I had mild skin allergy before gave me my dose so she advised that I took the allergy medication right after the jab. So once I was out from the doctor room, a nurse passed me a tablet with a cup of water.
During the 15 minutes observation, I felt thirsty and my left arm was slightly sore. My left arm was sore and I felt lethargic for 2 to 3 days. Super thirsty, throat was dry and I kept on drinking a lot of water for couple of days. Other than that side effects, I was alright and continue with my daily chores.
That night after the jab, I started to feel sleepy and tired, so I went to bed before 9pm. Yes, you read it correctly. I went to bed before everyone else! And I slept till the next morning and up around 7am. Oh my. Just in time to cook a quick breakfast before getting ready for the boy's online class.
Three weeks later, yesterday afternoon I completed my 2nd dose of vaccine. 15 minutes observation period and at the same time, the nurse helped to activate the MySejahtera app and in few steps later, my digital certificate was displayed on my phone.
I was much prepared this round. Bought 2 coconuts in the morning, and cut and drank the juice after I got back from my jab. Coconut juice can help in relieving fever and heatiness, some said. Maybe it did helped me, as I was doing alright yesterday. No fever or tired. The only side effects I had were dry throat and sore arm (and I still have a mild sore arm when I woke up this morning).
Stronger 2nd vaccine, so expect stronger side effect (if any), and my doctor advised to drink more fluid. Some people has not side effect at all. Like my man. He utterly didn't feel anything. For me, it was bearable side effect, nothing so serious.
And did anyone try the after-vaccine electromagnetic effect? I did!! Amazingly, it worked on both arms. Magneto's power!
On good note, I feel great to be in the same book with many Malaysians and others around the world in getting a full vaccination and continue our fight against the pandemic.
Now my priority is my children. I have registered Jan for her vaccination last month, while waiting for Jay to turn 12 next month to be able to register him. Hope the vaccine will soon be available to younger children so I could get Jamie to do as well. Fingers cross!
Sunday, July 18, 2021
When hubby bought some sweet corns back, the first thing I thought as ABC soup!! Yes, that what I cooked the next day.
As the name indicated, it was very simple yet comforting soup. Nothing hard about it. Just toss everything in a slow cooker and let it cooks for you!
The standard ingredients in ABC soup are potatoes, sweet corns and carrots but you can add onion, tomatoes and red dates to it as well.
Pork ribs, blanched
2 sweet corns, cut into half
2 Australian potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
1 carrot, chopped
1 big onion, sliced
Salt and pepper to taste
Water to boil
1. In a slow cooker, heat up the water. Once boiled, add all the ingredients. Cook for about 2 to 2.5 hours.
2. Season with salt and pepper.
I accompanied my ABC soup with stir fried pea shoots. My kids love their vegetables.
Friday, July 16, 2021
Monday, July 12, 2021
When a FB post posted on a stinky tofu stall right here in Kuching, I asked hubby to try last month.
Yeyan Food Court in Jalan Simpang Tiga. No, I haven't been there although we did went there once last year but the food court wasn't opened then. So basically it was my first time there and bought something from one of the stalls.
2 choices; Thai styled tofu and Charcoal tofu, flavour of spicy and non spicy. I opted to try Thai styled, spicy and non spicy. RM8 per portion. We had them in the car. Nice to have them while they are still warm.
Friday, July 9, 2021
1 lemongrass stalk, chopped
2 dried chillies, sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp belacan
Dash of light soy sauce
1/2 tsp sugar
Spring onion, for garnish
1. Rinse cockles few times and then soak in salt water for at least an hour. After that, blanched with hot water for 3 minutes. Drain and set aside.
2. In a pan, heat up about 2 tbsp cooking oil. Add in garlic, lemongrass and chilli once the pan is heated up. Saute till fragrant before add in belacan. Saute for few seconds till fragrant then add in cockles. Stir fried for few seconds.
3. Season with light soy sauce, and sugar. Mix well and dish out. Garnish with sliced spring onion. Serve warm.
Wednesday, July 7, 2021
One Saturday last month, everyone woke up late. After all the tiring weekdays of working and homeschooling, it was fine for everyone to rest and enjoy a nice Saturday morning in bed.
Too late to go out tapau our favourite kolo mee as we would expect a long queue. So we took the easy way out. Drive through order at McD's!
After read Mun's post on McD's new omelette cheese burger, both of us were keen to give it a try. The promotional poster was attractive and Mun did commented it was pleasant. I wondered why they named it sandwich instead of burger as it was obviously served in a bun. Or maybe it was omelette sandwiched in between 2 buns, they called it sandwich.
Anyway there wasn't a queue at the drive through that Saturday morning, so it did not take us long to collect our order and headed home, which was a minute drive only. Yes, our place was very near to McD's outlet in MJC but it has been a while since we went there. Pricey to have breakfast there so we don't do it that frequently.
As of this post date, I had tasted the sandwich twice. I found it appetizing and the taste was light, just nice for a quick breakfast.
Sunday, July 4, 2021
By now, most people I know have their Covid-19 vaccination (may it be 1st or 2nd dose). My parents, sis and bro have their 1st doses, so it is pretty relieved to know that. Mine was done on Monday. We all had Sinovac vaccine, not that we requested for it since we can't. Will write about my vaccination experience in another post.
My maternal grandma also had her vaccination. She had hers in UNIMAS together with my 4th aunt last month.