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Packed Lunch Specials

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For three days, I had packed lunch prepared specially by my niece: Day 1's highlight was steamed eggs; soft, smooth and appetising. Day 2's eyecatcher was a little bowl of herbal chicken soup. It was aromatic and I prepared a special dipping of birdeye chilli, garlic, onions and Calamansi limau kasturi to go with it. Day 3's rice was special; the rice was boiled with lemon grass serai which I had harvested from the garden. It was a big portion and it could last till dinner. Lucky me!Now, can you identify which is from Day 1,2 and 3?





Fish Head Cooked in Yam

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On 16 September, Malaysia Day; Vivian picked me up at half past six. At a junction, she asked me the direction to town and I told her to turn right. She turned left instead and I was baffled. Where are we going? I asked and she said Matang. Of course, my colleagues were treating me to dinner in a  Chinese restaurant there. Dinner was served rather quickly as booking had been made earlier. The dishes were all yummy; including the fish head in yam dish which I remember I had for lunch  not too long ago. Now, which do you think is the fish head cooked in yam dish?













Joy is Little Tidbits!

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Today's Freebies: Colourful Cake

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A colleague asks me over to the staff room. He has brought some sponge cake for the staff and boy, isn't the cake colourful! I choose a little piece which has less colouring. The cake tastes moist and sweet. Not bad!


Sunday Feast: Last Table Standing!

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Sunday afternoon  and what was for lunch? The kids wanted sushi; having got tired of the usual Chinese food and so my other niece  drove us all off to town. The Japanese restaurant we went to was open but we couldn't get a table. There wasn't a big crowd and the restaurant wasn't even full but not all tables were available for patrons; all thanks to the COVID - 19 virus scare. Thought of getting some nyonya fried rice then but not before trying our luck at a little Japanese restaurant run by someone I know, a few streets away. We were in luck! We had the last table standing!







My Miang Kham

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Miang kham, the royal snack; after having my first bite, I thought I'd make some of my own. The secret lies in the sauce; I heard and that, I bought it ready made from a colleague. Then, most of the ingredients could be easily bought from the supermarket and when they were not available, I'd just consider them optional. Then, the garden used to have a lot of Piper sarmentosum or pokok kaduk growing wild; but when I sought them out, they were not available. Most had been cleared and it would be some time before they flourish again. In Laos, cabbage leaves or other leaves including lettuce and spinach have been used to replace Piper sarmentosum in preparing miang kham; and I picked lettuce as the replacement. I think I prefer the hard leaves of Piper sarmentosum.







Lunch Out

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Just helped Miss Ng to buy some masks. People have been wearing masks when they go out lately. It's the new norm and it's the new regulation. People have been known to be fined a thousand ringgit for not complying but then of course, we're all complying mainly because it seems like the right thing to do. It's bad enough to get infected by COVID-19 but it'd be worse if one brings the virus home and infects friends and family members. It was noon when I handed the masks to Miss Ng; just time for lunch and we decided to drop in at a restaurant in Taiping Mall to tuck in something. Miss Ng had Tom Yam noodles and I had Jawa Mee. Hers didn't look appetising and mine was just so so. The noodles was a bit soggy and I had cheaper and tastier Jawa Mee at little stalls in normal eating shops elsewhere.