Sunday morning, I received a message from Mau Wei. Do you want to buy smoked duck for the Chinese New Year? No, I said and thought that was that. Then, I received another message, How about having lunch together? Fine, I said but it was not until 2.30 pm that her mother and her turned up and I let her treat me to lunch at a Chinese restaurant. Then, it was off to Kuala Sepetang to pick up their smoked duck. It wasn't planned but I did picked up a smoked chicken for dinner!
Which one is the smoked chicken?

Busan Bout: Barbeque Dinner

Concerning barbeque; we usually have it outdoor and it's always a messy, smoky affair; fanning so hard to start a fire, using charcoal and kerosene. Gogi-gu-i however is different. Gogi-gu-i which in Korean means meat roast actually refers to Korean barbecue; and one can have it in the comfort of a posh restaurant. In Busan, there are quite a number of such restaurants and we dined in one during our last night there. We grilled our meat on charcoal grills which had been built into the dining table. Some Korean restaurants use gas instead of charcoal and in the absence of built in grills, portable stoves are used. Since this is Korean barbeque, there will always be kim chi of course.  It came as one of the side dishes. Goodbye Busan, you're just delicious! 13

Visiting Vietnam: Lunch with a Scene

Da Lat the capital of Lâm Đồng Province is reputed to be the most popular destination to tourists in Vietnam. That's not surprising for a city dubbed with so many names: City of a Thousand Flowers, City of a Thousand Pines, City in the Fog, even Little Paris. Located at 1,500 m above sea level on the Langbian Plateau, you'd then expect it to command a beautiful view. And at the place where we had lunch, yes; the food served which included sausages,soup was just about average but was made up by the cool weather and the surrounding picturesque scenes...

Some Iranian Sweets

It was just time for tea when I visited a friend. The latter had just come back from a holiday in Iran and so, for tea we had Iranian sweets; one of it being sohan, the traditional Persian saffron brittle candy whose ingredients include wheat sprout, flour, egg yolks, rose water, sugar, butter or vegetable oil,  cardamom, slivers of almond and pistachio and of course, saffron.

Guess which one is sohan?

Just Like Leftovers

I haven't heard of overnight oats until my niece offered me some.I don't know how she prepared them but she probably soaked some raw oats overnight in almond milk, hemp milk, coconut milk, or Greek yogurt. These are all in liquid forms and they are absorbed by the oats which in turn, become soft. Overnight oats reportedly are healthy since they increase digestibility; and why not? Oats contains fibre besides, resistant starch. Overnight oats, some say tastes delicious, too; and If you ask me how they taste like;, well;  I assure you they taste just like oats and cold too; since it is left overnight - just like leftovers.

At a Highway Cafe

When I see wrapped nasi lemak anywhere, my mouth usually waters and normally I would grab a packet or two; for nasi lemak is not just cheap; but the Malay fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf is simply delicious. I like the sambal that comes with it, the crunchy ikan bilis anchovies or prawns.  Sambal, of course is that chili paste made from a mixture of chili peppers, shrimp paste, garlic, ginger, shallot, scallion, palm sugar, and lime juice. When I was on my way back from Langkawi Island recently, when we were having dinner at a highway cafe, I settled for roti Arab instead. It was my first time seeing and eating an Arabic bread.

Enjoying Lunch, Missing Lunch

Really, I missed the meal at home during the recent winter solstice 冬至 dongzi. Literally, there was a little feast for the family; stewed eggs and pork, bak kien or Chinese meat rolls, fried chicken among others; all my favourites ; but when Mau Wei came a visiting; we had lunch at a Chinese restaurant instead; but that was fun too for I got to eat tangyuan  汤圆 which Mau Wei personally made and we had also considered that lunch as  celebrating the birthdays of Mau Wei and the gang which fell in December and the coming January. Then the next day, I couldn't even expect to have leftovers. Mau Wei treated me to lunch in another Chinese restaurant. Guess what we had for lunch the day after dongzi