Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Sambal Ikan Bilis


Resipi from Dina... belum try lagik.. so no pix... will upload once tried

Ingredients :

2 pieces tempe ~ sliced thinly
1/2 cup dried anchovies
1/2 cup chillie paste + blended onion
2 cloves of garlic ~ knocked
2 tablespoons dark sweet soya sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons tamarind juice
salt to taste
1 Bombay onion ~ diced

Method :

1. Fry the tempe and dried anchovies (separately) till golden brown and set aside.
2. Add in the chillie paste and blended onion. Let it simmer till fragrant.
3. Add in the garlic, tamarind juice, soya sauce, sugar and salt.
4. When it's slightly dried, put in the fried tempe, anchovies, diced onion. I added red chillies as well.
5. Stir to mix.

Monday, September 28, 2009

gone baby gone..


auf wiedersehen! ...Till we meet again babai

It's been 3 wonderful years... and you remain to be one of the best driving experience for me.

sob.. sob..

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Let's go sweeeeettt..


Unlike me, Rizal does not like to drink the good ol plain water... his drinks has to be flavored and chilled..! For that reason, we always to stock up on cordials at home. I have noticed lately that those cordials we purchased especially the F&N brand, is not like what it used to be. It is no longer concentrated enough but very very diluted - AND it is not that cheap!
Since we've had enough of those not-so-good commercial cordials, we thought we'd make our own. With coaching from mama, I managed to make my very own syrup cordial, which surprisingly, was quite easy to do.

All you need is basically:

1. Sugar = 1kg
2. Water = 6cups (1.5ltr)
3. Coloring = 2 table spoon (depends on ur liking more means darker colour)
4. Rose flavoring = 2 teaspoon
5. Pandan leave = 1 piece and fold

The ingredients

1. Put in pandan, water & sugar. Bring to boil in medium heat. Stir to avoid sugar burning
2. Once the sugar dissolved, and the mix thickens, add coloring and flavor
3. Bring it to boil for a minute or so

Thats it. Easy peasy!

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Taman Tasik Perdana


You know what they say - a picture is worth a thousand words.. actually sebenarnya malas nak menaip :))

so enjoy views of our very own hyde park, Taman Tasik Perdana, Kuala Lumpur

From Taman Tasik Perdana

The lake
From Taman Tasik Perdana

From Taman Tasik Perdana

From Taman Tasik Perdana

From Taman Tasik Perdana

Pretty in pink
From Taman Tasik Perdana

waiting for the bus??
From Taman Tasik Perdana

From Taman Tasik Perdana

Save the best for last. My favorite shot of the day.
From Taman Tasik Perdana

That's it for now! till later... ciao

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Fish Curry


Okay, this is not really a completed recipe since I am yet to find the perfect combination / measurements for it. Right now, I still need Rizal to help me with the tasting to tell me what to adjust. So.. Kalau x sedap.. consider yourself warned okie.

As usual lets start with ingredients. Pretty basic stuff:
1. Oil
2. Salt
3. Red Onions (pound coarse)
4. Garlic (pound coarse)
5. Curry leaves
6. Tomatoes (cut into four)
7. Asam Jawa (mix with water)
8. Curry powder (I use Baba's or Aligappa. Mix with water)
9. Fish (suitable fish: tenggiri, small kembong, bawal hitam (cut))

And here are the Optional things you can add on:
1. Lady's fingers
2. Coconut milk
3. Green Chillies

As you know there are different variation and type of curry, and the recipe I am sharing here was given to me by Rizal's mum.

This time I used ikan temenung. One of Rizal's favorite. According to him the fish meat is sweet thats why he likes it. Since I dont eat fish curry I just take his word for it

We have a Karipalley plant, so I just took the curry leaves from our plant ;). A hint on choosing the leaves, pick the old ones, it gives better flavor

Okie dokie, lets get rolling.

1. Heat the oil. Sautee onions, garlic and curry leaves

2. Once browned, then add curry powder mix

3. Let it dried up, until the oil surfaced. Org panggil naik minyak.

4. Add Lady's Fingers if you like. Also if want to put in santan, this is when you add it. I didnt put any santan. Just lady's fingers

5. Add the asam jawa mix, then tomatoes. Bring to boil

6. Finally, add the fish. Allow the fish to gently simmer, not actually boil, or the outside will break into pieces before the inside is done.

7. Once mixed well, that's it. Turn off the heat and serve!

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Walking down memory lane


Last weekend, we went back to Seremban to have Ramadhan and buka puasa with my parents. Since its the long weekend, we stayed longer and had the chance to ronda2 a bit.

Anticipating the crawl on the highway, we decided to take the alternate route, which is through KLP (I refuse to call it MEX cos it doesnt make sense) , Sepang, Nilai and through to Seremban 2. Using this road, you would have to pass through kampung-kampung halfway through the journey - which suits me perfectly cos I wanted to snap photos, especially near to airport area.

We started out on KL Seremban Highway to avoid the Salak Toll on KLP. Joined the KLP at Sungai Besi and took the highway till the end and headed towards Putrajaya/Dengkil. There is one beautiful area along that road connecting Putrajaya and Nilai, just off the exit to Dengkil town. I think its an old mining site, and during sunset and sunrise the reflections on the lombong water was just mesmerising. Since when we passed it through around noon, there was no reflections of the sun on the lake, so I didnt snap any photos. But it remains as one of the spots that I would like to snap one day.

It was raining the night before, so when we set out I was hoping for nice beautiful skies, but was dampened when I saw KLCC was still hazy and skies was not so blue :(

Luckily for me, farther along the way as we reached Dengkil area, the haze decided to stay in KL and as a result, we had nice beautiful skies there. It was in my favorite shade of blue, with cluttered of charming white clouds.
(this photo doesnt do it justice, I didnt have polarised filter so cant really see the beautiful blue)

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Along the way Rizal kept raving about the views along the KLIA express (train route). So when we were in the vicinity of airport we decided to detour and try find the small road seen along KLIA express. We took this small kampung road, didnt find much there. but skies was so beautiful i told rizal to stop so that I could take photos.

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From this kampung you could see planes taking off every few minutes. What a beautiful sight... Green lush, planes taking off..
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There was once when I took this same route to come back to KL from seremban I saw photographers taking photos of Planes taking off along the big roads. Cant remember exactly the location, cant find it. It was nearly 4 then so we decided to just continue our journey.. Mental note: another spot to go ..

We passed through LBJ area... Photo of lonely road.
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Btw, I should remind myself nextime to go all the way to Mambau and take highway from Rasah. The Seremban toll is just soo congested, They really need to upgrade.


On sunday we decided to go back to Kuala Pilah. The night before grandma had actually asked if I could take her to kampung, cos she wanted to see the progress of the renovation works at our kampung house and collect the bills. She was napping when we were leaving and was kinda tired, so she didnt tag along in the end.

Off we went then towards Bukit putus... I see the new road is already making way. Still dont know when it will be completed though.
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We drove on all the way to Kuala Pilah town from Seremban. We then proceeded towards Bemban cos Rizal wants to see the area. Bemban is just off Senaling, where ayah's kampung is. Grabbed some biskut Azan for ayah from the kedai-cino. From there we took the Senaling -Seri menanti route.
This road is popular for its landmines aka tahi lembu. Needless to say we saw lots of cows and goats dominating the road along the way. Enjoy...
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At Seri Menanti where mama is from, I asked Rizal to detour to my kampung.
My old kampung house. ...
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Along the way back to Seremban, we stopped by the roadside stalls to buy Daging & sembilang salai, fruits and other delicacies. In terms of prices it's not really that cheap, only that they sell things that we dont usually see or get in KL. Just for reference:
Daging salai - RM15 half kilo
Ikan sembilang Salai - RM10 sekilo (about 3 pieces)
Dragonfruit - RM6 per kilo for small ones, RM8 for big ones
Tampoi fruit - RM5 per kilo

Photo of fruits we bought..
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