These are a few of my favourite things..Part 1

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Remember the song sung by Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music? The one called These are a few of my favourite things?

That’s where I got the title for this Post.

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These are a few of my favourite things..Part 2

WAGYU BEEF STEAK

I had a delicious Wagyu beef steak in Penang last Saturday, courtesy of a very good friend. The steak alone costs RM148, so don’t ask about the cost of a 4-person meal in a genuine Italian restaurant!

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Wagyu (和牛 Wagyū?, literally Japanese cow) refers to several breeds of cattle, the most famous of which is genetically predisposed to intense marbling and to producing a high percentage of oleaginous unsaturated fat. The meat from such wagyu cattle is known for its marbling characteristics and quality, and demands a high price. Wagyu cattle’s genetic predisposition yields a beef that contains a higher percentage of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids than typical beef. The increased marbling also increases the ratio of monounsaturated fats to saturated fats.

A wagyu bull

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wagyu

HAKKA TAU FU FA is unlike any tau fu fa I have ever eaten. All others are soft and slightly watery, and starts turning liquid within a half hour.

Hakka tau fu fa is FIRM and remains firm.

What’s the secret? More bean is used than in the usual tau fu fa.

Enjoy a bowl at the corner of the Public bank in Ipoh Garden, Ipoh. The man who sells it used to study at Seri Putra, Fair Park. Hios wife makes it and he sells it.

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IKEA MEATBALLS: 249,375 meatballs on Friday, 8 March 2013

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I love meatballs, too. At 10 cents each (25 sen), give me ten to go with my spaghetti.

SINGAPORE: IKEA’s signature meatballs returned to its Singapore stores with a big bang on Friday.

IKEA Singapore said it sold 249,375 meatballs in one day after resuming sales of the product. The meatballs were sold for 10 cents a piece to mark its return at IKEA’s restaurants.

The price proved to be simply irresistible as customers in Singapore ate almost four tonnes of the round Swedish delight in just one day, helping to put IKEA Singapore into the Singapore Book of Records for the ‘Most Number of Meatballs cooked and sold in a day’.

– CNA/fa

More than 249,000 IKEA meatballs sold on Friday

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BURGERS!
No, not McDonald’s but the local ones
. Do you want chicken, beef, lamb or rabbit?

Free Malaysia Today

The year of the burger

Anis Ramli | February 18, 2013

Grilled greats and buns galore

At Taman Tun Dr Ismail’s Hardcore Burger, chicken burgers are made from whole boneless chicken thighs. They are grilled with fresh rosemary buds and the earthy aroma is unmistakeable. When the burgers are done, the meat is succulent and tender.

…when it comes to the ultimate add-ons, Hardcore Burger wins hands down with its generous helpings of coleslaw, mushroom sauce and some caramelised onion action in between the buns. The combination would be even greater on a firmer bun that will not make the creation soggy.

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Burger Bakar Kaw Kaw grills their homemade beef patties over lava stones. The result is superlative meats that are juicy and flavourful, with just the right hint of smokiness.

They are also known for their towering beef burgers, a 10-tiered beef patty assemble sandwiched between layers of cheese and beef bacon, smothered with copious amount of mayonnaise and ketchup.

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The year of the burger

Published on Oct 26, 2012

http://burgerbakar.com/ – Best In The World (BITW) on 8TV & Burger Bakar Kaw Kaw (Original). Original Burger Bakar Kaw Kaw is featured in Best In The World on 8TV. Meet Razif the host, which officially is crowned as Kahwin Tower Burger record holder. As a pioneer of Burger Bakar and the trendsetter in Malaysia, we face trend followers, who has similar concept to us. Hope this doesn’t confuse the consumers by now & hope consumers doesn’t confuse Original Burger Bakar Kaw Kaw with the others. This video features the clip of Original Kaw Kaw Burger Bakar, the interview with the founders, and the dedicated crews of KKBB. Do watch for your viewing pleasure to get to know Original Kaw Kaw Burger Bakar and its HOMEMADE burgers!!! ^

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Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find out where rabbit burgers are sold locally, so here is something from the BBC.

Bunny burgers with chunky chips

Bunny burgers with chunky chips

This is a great recipe if you haven’t tried rabbit before – juicy rabbit burgers with homemade chips.

BBC – Food – Recipes : Bunny burgers with chunky chips http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/bunny_burgers_with_36119

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CHOCOLATE SHOES

I love chocolate but even if you gave me these, I wouldn’t be eating them!

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In this Feb. 7, 2013 photo, chocolate high heals made by master chocolatier Andrea Pedraza are lined up at her shop in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas. Florists and chocolate makers are working around the clock for the busy season – Valentine’s Day. Pedraza’s most well known creations are chocolate pumps done in the style of Christian Louboutin shoes. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Dallas chocolatier pumps out chocolate high heels

However, these I would eat though less than when I was younger..

Cadbury is among the cheapest. Get one of these when there is a sale. Pay Rm6.90sen or Rm7.20sen.

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I fell in love with Kit Kat when I was 6 or 7 when Dad bought them and put them in the fridge. I couldn’t wait for him to give me one bar of the old-style four bars-in-one.

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Ferrero Rocher is now too expensive for me.

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A Snickers bar gives instant energy on a day when you have no time to eat…

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Tuesday, 5 February 2013

LAST YEAR, I WROTE ABOUT SWISS ROLLS:

A SWISS ROLL THAT TURNS OUT TO BE SURPRISINGLY DELICIOUS! This was sold at pasar malam. YES, IT’S TRUE.

Swiss rolls look great but are usually too dry. This one wasn’t, so as soon as we got home, we ate it all. It was creamy.

Here is the guy who makes/bakes them. He is ex Poi Lam High School, Ipoh.

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I bought half a roll for RM1.80 for breakfast tomorrow.

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Chinese New Year biscuits
I hardly eat anything at New Year but when I do, these are two of my favourite selections.

An ex-student who is a good friend of my 3rd son bakes them.

1 Crispy egg rolls.
RM13.00 per jar

For Any Enquiries, please call Valon @ 011-15858583/ 011-15858584

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2 These Melting Moments are deliciously buttery.
RM11.00 per jar

For Any Enquiries, please call Valon @ 011-15858583/ 011-15858584

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Wednesday, 2 January 2012: dinner

Yes, my wife, second son and I had bakut teh! With yau-cha-kuai, of course! Total: RM27.30sen.

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This is the stall that sells it, at Trade Parade, Bercham, Ipoh.

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Many people under 50 years old may not know that, in Ipoh, some 50 years ago, it was difficult to get to eat bakut teh. It was sold as breakfast, and you had to get up early, get there, and place your order before it was all sold out. There was a place in the old town that was very popular (maybe as it was the only place for a long time).

In the 1980s, when we lived in Penang, we had bakut teh for breakfast, too, on Gurney Drive. It remained a breakfast meal for many years.

Still, in 1982, I had bakut teh at the old Let’s Rock (Tai Ka Lok) place for DINNER! Change had come.

I shan’t forget that meal. My wife and were enjoying our first bakut teh since 1975 (seven years before that), having returned from New Zealand only some months before. Suddenly, a man of about 60 at the next table stood up, and began scolding the owner of the stall. His angry complaint was that the owner had served him bones, hardly any meat. He had eaten everything before he made a scene. Loud and fierce he sounded! The owner was most apologetic, and offered him a free bowl of meat right there and then, but the man would not be appeased. If anything, he became louder and more fierce.

Suddenly, a man, of about 30, got up and pushed the complainer in the chest. “Stop making such a fuss,” he shouted. “I can’t eat in peace with you making such a scene!” Taken aback for only a while, the 60 year-old challenged the 30 year-old to a fight.

I asked my wife to move away from the two men, who were close to our table on her side. If there was a fight, we did not want to be unwitting victims.

Finally, with the intervention of other people, the two unruly men were calmed down. I paid up and we left.

Sour Pig Trotters (Sheen chee keok)

The bakut teh seller at Trade Parade sells this, too. Before we go there, I will phone him to make sure he is open; and I book sheen chee keok for my wife. Over the years, I have come to appreciate this Hakka delicacy.

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THE HOT DISH THAT BURNED A HOLE IN A MAN’S STOMACH….

I LOVE SPICY FOOD, ESPECIALLY INDIAN CURRY. I MISSED IT DURING THE WEEK-LONG HOLIDAY IN THE PHILIPPINES IN EARLY DECEMBER 2012.

BUT I HAVE NEVER TRIED THIS SOUP BEFORE. DIDN’T EVEN KNOW IT EXISTED. IT IS DEFINITELY NOT GOING TO BE ONE OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS!

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This traditional Chinese dish is prepared using Sichuan pepper, a local spice, and chilli pepper. The combination is known to cause a numbing sensation when consumed.

Spiciest soup on the menu burns hole through Chinese man’s stomach lining

  • The 26-year-old male vomited blood after eating traditional mala soup
  • Doctors at hospital in Wuhan decided soup had burned through stomach
  • Man had no history of ulcers or other gastrointestinal disorders

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 21:14 GMT, 27 December 2012 | UPDATED: 23:58 GMT, 27 December 2012

Doctors in China were left dumbfounded when they discovered a hole in a man’s stomach wall after he ate a notoriously spicy bowl of soup.

The 26-year-old unnamed male had consumed a mala soup, meaning ‘numbing hot’, a traditional Chinese dish.
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According to a report on Japanese site Rocket News 24, 15 per cent of incidents involving stomachs at the hospital are related to hot pot dishes.

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My first entry in this Post was about durians. I’m blogging about the durian again.

YAHOO News!

Durians: 8 myths and facts about the king of fruits

By | Fit to Post Health – Tue, Oct 30, 2012

Facts about durians

1. Durians can cause weight gain: 1 kg sized durian is close to 1,350 calories, 68%  of the daily 2,000 calories recommended for an average adult.

2. Durians are rich in nutrients: potassium, dietary fibre, iron, vitamin C, and vitamin B complex and is thus excellent for improving muscle strength and blood pressure, bowel movements and skin health.

3. People with diabetes must limit their durian intake as durians contain simple sugars — sucrose, fructoseband glucose.

4. Durians are instant energisers.

Myths about durians

1. Durians are loaded with cholesterol.
Instead, they have heart-healthy monounsaturated fats which help to lower your levels of bad LDL cholesterol.

2. Mangosteens must be eaten with durians to reduce heatiness.
However, there is no scientific research to support this.

3. Eating durians and drinking beer at the same time may kill you.
It is more likely to cause bloating, indigestion and discomfort as your liver has to work extra hard to metabolise both fats and sugars in the durians and the alcohol, especially if you have consumed both in excessive amounts.

4.  Eating durians can boost your libibo
The heatiness in the durian may cause your body temperature to rise, but this does not make the fruit an aphrodisiac.

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Yahoo! News

Which One is Healthier: Char Siew Rice, Chicken Rice or Duck Rice?

HealthMatters.sgBy Aktive Learning | HealthMatters.sg – Tue, Sep 25, 2012

By Natalie Black (guest contributor) an accredited Exercise Physiologist who blogs at The Health Guru.

The writer compares the nutritional value of Char Siew Rice, Chicken Rice and Duck Rice, and conclude on the healthiest option.

Her conclusion? Char siew rice has the lowest calories and fat!

For more, click on the link
Which One is Healthier: Char Siew Rice, Chicken Rice or Duck Rice?

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Pizza at Michelangelo Pizza is strictly non-halal.

This is the place: 3rd shophouse from the left, downstairs…

Michelangelo’s Pizzeria @ Taman Ipoh Timur
Taman Ipoh Timur, Ipoh, Perak

Garmin | TRAVEL ITINERARY | Ipoh Food Appreciationwww.garmin.com.sg
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That’s a good combo below:

Pork/Beef Pepperoni, Sausage and Cheese

Roasted Garlic Pizza

From Michelangelo’s Pizzeria @ Ipoh – REAL authentic American …
Using the best quality ingredients, Michelangelo’s Pizzeria in Ipoh promises a most unforgettable pizza experience baked in a firebrick oven, using only firewoods www.j2kfm.com/preview-michelangelos-pizzeria-ipohCached

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Here is another combo: the hog and bacon and eggs.

Read about this fantastic pizzeria in Ipoh on http://www.j2kfm.com/michelangelos-pizzeria-ipoh/www.flickr.com
The pizza is made in a wood-fired oven. You could watch your pizza being baked!
Ipoh – Wood-fired oven at Michelangelo Pizzeria – best Pizzas in all …www.thewanderingpalate.com
My only qualification is NOT to eat there is if you want a decent conversation. Unless they have adopted a different policy, the music is LOUD, TOO LOUD to chat.
Eat up, shut up, pay up and leave!
I prefer take-away.

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CHICKEN RICE BALLS, MELAKA
(HAINANESE CHICKEN RICE BALLS)

It has been many years since I had this meal. The first time was in 2004, at a food court, and it wasn’t really delicious. The next day, we went to an authentic place. That was great!

I returned to Melaka on another visit in 2005. Just as wonderful a meal as back in 2004.

When the chicken is as scrumptious as that found in Ipoh, whether the rice is in a bowl or rolled into a ball becomes secondary.

Still, if in Malacca, you should at least try it and then, you could say, “It’s one of my favourite things.”

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You could learn a bit more about chicken rice balls from the following article:

Hainan Chicken Rice Ball

by Dr Leslie Tay
inSing.com – 26 July 2012 11:17 AM

Aside from serving hard-to-find chicken rice balls, what sets this stall apart is that Ba – the owner of this third generation hawker business – is still doing a lot of things the traditional way.

This fast disappearing hawker dish of old was picnic food for the Hainanese of the yesteryears when they had to travel to the hills during the Ching Ming festival. Packing rice into balls made them convenient to hold and eat.

Read more in

Hawker  Hainan Chicken Rice Ball

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SINGAPORE FOOD: CLAY POT BEEF AND CLAY POT SEA FOOD!

We were starving by the time we arrived at our hotel, the Metropolitan YMCA in Singapore.

There is a cozy place beside the check-in counter.

DINNER! THAT was what was on our minds.

What to order? Singapore food, in my experience, is chancy and EXPENSIVE (due to the conversion rate). At food courts, I stick with Hainanese chicken rice or roti canai but here, in this restaurant-like cafeteria?

AHA! There is clay pot rice. I ordered the BEEF while Suzanne ordered the SEA FOOD. Always, in Ipoh, we have eaten CHICKEN.

While waiting for our order to arrive, we were served with this! Sliced chilli in DARK soy sauce! Yikes!

We got the waitress to replace them with these!

The food didn’t take long to arrive. It looked and smelled delicious, and tasted like heavenly manna. This is Suzanne’s order.

She’s happy!

And so was I, when mine arrived, though I don’t have a photo to prove that!

We ate everything, even most of the crust at the bottom.

Clay pot rice remains ONE OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS.

This Singapore Food Experience of clay pot rice beats any clay pot rice experience in Ipoh! I rate it 9 out of 10.

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MY CHEE CHEONG FUN EXPERIENCE

CHEE CHEONG FUN (Pig long powder in Chinglish)

A simple meal that changed my perception of life

Yes, it’s chee cheong fun, so what’s so special about it?

Chee cheong fun used to be sold the way you see it in the container, WITHOUT the gravy.

When I was seven, in Standard One, I felt hungry one Saturday morning. There was butter and jam (which I disliked), a good nutritious meal. Others had chee cheong fun, though. That was delicious! Yummy! I had never had a plate of chee cheong fun of my own from that roadside seller outside our shophouse, Robert Tailor. I had never bought it on my own either. The school canteen sold chee cheong fun but I never bought it. It was not as filling as curry noodles.

I saw another kid eating a plate by the road side. I longed for one. I had no money but I knew where to get it.

I went back, climbed the stairs, and walked up to the food cabinet where I found a dollar note. I STOLE that dollar but at the time, I didn’t think of it that way. I was hungry, I knew where the money was kept, and I took it.

I ate the yummylicious chee cheong fun! Slurp!

I now had a problem. What to do with the 90 cents’ change? Nine ten cent coins are troublesome in the pocket of your shorts…but after some time, I forgot about the coins.

On and off, I heard people talking about the missing dollar. I didn’t understand what they were talking about. I didn’t get the link between the missing dollar and what I had taken from the food cabinet!

Then, someone told me, the next day, that I was the thief! I didn’t know what she was talking about either. She explained that when our clothes were being washed that morning, 90 cents in coins were found in the pockets of my shorts. MY SHORTS!

Oh Oh, I was the thief!!!

But nothing happened! No scolding, no beating…nothing.

Monday morning, shivering under my blanket, SUDDENLY justice arrived! Someone tore off my blanket and in the darkness of the morning, dragged me down the stairs! I went THUMP! THUMP! THUMP! ALL THE WAY DOWN, banging my head, screaming in terror, not able to recognize the man dragging me down, down, down…

…to discover that it was Father!

FATHER FATHER FATHER FATHER!!!!! WHAT WHAT WHAT WHAT WHAT?????????????????????

Up onto his fitting room table I was thrown, ordered to stand, and SWISH, SWISH, SWISH, SWISH!!! went his cane.

Terror and pain and confusion were mixed together with shrieks and screams and WHY WHY WHY???

I was properly whipped for theft. Sent to school with bleeding legs, to show to everyone that I was a thief.

Try to understand the thinking of those days. He was right to whip me mercilessly. Boys who committed crimes and not whipped out of their sinfulness grew up to become criminals. That boy was me. My father can’t be blamed for being like everyone else.The thinking of the day was, BEAT THE BADNESS OUT OF HIM! He couldn’t rise above his conditioning. He was a good father in the eyes of all.

If I had done something similar to my own kid as a father, then I am to be held accountable. I live in different times, and would have no excuse. My father lived in his times.

Try to understand my TRAUMA then. I didn’t understand that I had committed a crime. I was 7 and I was terrorized by the whole experience.

The gap between crime and punishment was too far apart in terms of time. The lack of explanation before the punishment caused confusion, leading to resentment.

The consequences of that first plate of chee cheong fun bought with stolen money were dire.

1 I never trusted my father again. I felt terrified in his presence. If we were in the same room, I could not sit still, fearful of the next beating. Even at the age of 30, I would wake up in cold sweat from the nightmare of that first traumatic experience. Only when my first son was born was I liberated.

2 I could never fall asleep without my blanket over me even on hot afternoons. Later, when the Peanuts cartoon strip was published, I realized that it was my security blanket.

3 I stole again, consciously and deliberately, trying my best not to be caught. I was caught a few times but they were too far and few between, so the beatings were no deterrent. It was much, much later, at 16, that I began to change, to want to be different, to not want to steal. That was when I was converted to Christianity but that is another story, for another time.

You can’t beat badness out of anyeone, not even a kid.

Well, that’s my chee cheong fun tale. I still love chee cheong fun!

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PASAR MALAM (NIGHT MARKET) FOOD HAS ITS OWN CHARMS…

On Tueday night, when the weather is fine, people flock to the pasar malam near Tesco and Kinta City in Ipoh Garden.

My first stop is at the stall selling this: long-yok (wolf meat) bun. It’s now RM1.40!

The next stop: apong. It used to be 10 for RM1, and then 7 for RM1. Now it’s 3 for RM1.

Sometimes, I buy one of these: ice-cream potong! Red bean is my favourite.

I stopped eating red bean ice-cream potong for many years.

Why? It was 1986 and my younger sister was a teacher at one of the famous girls’ schools. It had the best school canteen in the city. She used to buy me several at one time from her school canteen.

Once, as I bit into the red beans, I felt and heard a loud crunch! The taste was terrible. I had bitten into a cockroach egg! A cockroach must have laid its egg among the boiled red beans.

I spat the stuff out and rinsed my mouth but not long after that, I had food poisoning. The pain was torturous. It lasted 48 hours.

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A SWISS ROLL THAT TURNS OUT TO BE SURPRISINGLY DELICIOUS! This was sold at pasar malam. YES, IT’S TRUE.

Swiss rolls look great but are usually too dry. This one wasn’t, so as soon as we got home, we ate it all. It was creamy.

I didn’t have to pay for it. The very lovely Poi Ting, a former student of both Suzanne and me at college, sold the Swiss rolls. She gave us one free.

Everyone was sold out quickly!

Here is her photo, lifted from her Facebook page!

Thanks, PoiTing!

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THE NEXT ITEM IS  NOT ONE OF MY FAVOURITES! THE SMELL ALONE IS ENOUGH TO DRIVE ME FAR AWAY.

Yet, a lot of people love the stuff. See the long queue?

Here, at the head of the queue is a 12-year old girl, a student of mine. She says she loves it!

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Good Western Fast Food

SUBWAY!

This huge sandwich cost RM20.80 back in November 2009. All of 12 inches long!

Look at what the guy puts inside…

KYRIOS KEBAB: YUMMY!

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MANY OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS ARE NOT HALAL. A thousand apologies to my Muslim friends!

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FISH HEAD ASSAM CURRY

Some people love FISH HEAD CURRY. This is the place for it.

My wife and I prefer the fish itself, or even the tail, not the head.

A bowl like this for two costs RM25. Rice not included.

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ICED KACANG

For RM2.50, at one of the food centers, the one called WOOLLEY’S.

This is at a stall beside the Perak Stadium. Also RM2.50.

This bowl is RM3.20 and not worth the price at all. At the food center in Tesco, Ipoh Garden East. The woman who owns the stall has what I consider a smart alecky attitude.

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Thursday, 7 June 2012

I woke up at 7am, and the sky was dark with rain clouds. It had rained already but it was chilly. I waited. For my morning walk. Got to walk whenever I can, and at a brisk pace, at least faster than the Grim Reaper!

8am. Still as dark. Sigh. Well, could always walk in the evening since I had nothing on then.

Time to cari makan, to look for food.

Look at what I had! Curry beehoon-mee (kari mai-fun-meen).
Doesn’t it look good? 3 fair-sized prawns, maybe 8 slices of chicken. RM5.50.

What, five ringgit and fifty sen? Yea, expensive, and not worth it.

However, Jamie Thong loves it and since he gets to eat it only once or twice a year, and he earns Singapore dollars….

This is the man who sells it.

This is the stall.

This is the shop in Ipoh Garden South.

Yesterday, I also had curry beehoon-mee for breakfast. That was in New Town. I had a plate, not a bowl. ‘Dry’ curry, we call this. No soup.

It cost me only RM4.00. The portion is slightly smaller. SLIGHTLY smaller. No prawn but there is char-siew, which is by no means cheap nowadays. The price of pork has shot through the roof.

It was MORE delicious. It is ALWAYS MORE delicious.

This is the man who sells it. He bought over the stall and the recipe and the skill of the owner (an old man now). The old man works side by side with him but this 40-ish man cooks everything. It is just as good as the curry that the old man used to cook. We call him Ah Kei, as his name is Yew Kee.

This is the stall.

And here is the shop, at the corner of  Leong Sin Nam Street and Anderson Road. It used to be called NAM KIEW.

It is now Yee Lock.

Curry noodles for two mornings in a row! What a luxury! No breakfast tomorrow.

AS FOR THE SKY, IT WAS EVEN DARKER AFTER BREAKFAST BUT THERE WAS NO RAIN!

This photo was taken at 8.47am.

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If you are Chinese, you will have grown up with these types of roasts.

ROAST PORK, BARBEQUE PORK, ROAST CHICKEN, AND ROAST DUCK. No roast goose here as that is only sold in Hong Kong.

Here is a big one for you, the one who went to market and never came home! I had to sell several of these at a school fun fair. Only had to collect the coupons while the students wrapped the meat. A butcher cut it all up.

Below: This is about all I can eat at a single sitting, with rice. Two big plates of rice! There are two kinds of chicken and BBQ pork on that plate. The BBQ pork, char-siew, is really delicious. My sister and her 2 daughters enjoyed the BBQ pork at this place, which is unlike the horrible char-siew in China. There, they get hard, tough tasteless meat. Here, in this place in Ipoh, the meat is sweet and tender.

Talking about char-siew (BBQ pork), I grew up eating it. Down the lane round the corner of our shop house, there was a food shop. I think we called the man Koh Kee. His char-siew was yummlicious! For 50 cents, you got enough for 3 children to share. The lane was called Panglima Lane, Yee Lai Hong.

This is a plate of roast duck.

Below: You can see everything hanging there (but a third have been sold). To the far right, there is even roast intestine (siew cheong).

And where is this place? It’s at a corner shop, on Jalan Lau Pak Khuan, Ipoh Garden. Next to it is a Shell petrol station.

Given a choice, I will have char-siew as my main meat, with one small helping of a vegetable and 1 plate of white rice. No gravy.

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DURIAN RANKS VERY HIGH ON MY LIST OF FAVOURITE THINGS.

I don’t remember when I first ate durian. Was I 5 or 6, or younger? I do remember that my parents would insist that all of us drink lots of water to counter the heaty effect of the food. You feel great during a durian feast but soon, the throat goes dry. After 2-3 more sessions of durian-eating, your voice may go hoarse. Expect to be unwell unless you have drunk lots of water all through that time!

One day, when I was 10 (I think!), Dad came home in his Volkswagen, opened the door, and said, “Come and help unload the car.” The back of the car was chock-a-block with durian! For the whole lot, at least 50, he paid $50. The house was filled with the aroma of durian, and for days, it was “durian in the morning, durian in the evening, durian at supper time, we kept eating durian, and durian all the time”.

As I grow older by the week (yes, time flies by in weeks!), I eat it less often.  It is not too good for the health! The urine stinks the next morning! That is a sure sign of durian’s BIG contribution to excessive sugar intake.

Did you notice that, instead of 2 seasons a year, we seem to get durian almost right throughout the year?

One day, the Staff Club of Yuk Choy High School bought a whole lot of durian. This pile is part of it.

This was delicious, to say the least!

And soon, my pile was gone!

No, I didn’t eat all that! Others helped. As you can see, one remained.

BUYING DURIAN
It’s so easy nowadays. The roadside hawker has most of his wares all laid out on the ground and a few choice fruits on a table. One durian is open, and the exposed parts are wrapped in see-through material. You can see for yourself how good the fruit is.

Ask the price. It will be by weight. Choose a few, and he’ll weigh them. Do you want the fruit opened up in front of you? No problem? If you asks him to pack all the seeds of yummy durian in styrofoam, he will comply. You only have to pay, and then you can takethe ready-to-eat durian home (or to give your boss, which is one way of carrying his big leg, as we say in Malaysia).

I bought my first durian at 17. Actually, my friends and I bought our first durian when I was 17. We were in a taxi from Ipoh to KL. No PLUS Highway back then, in 1967. Near KL, on the road through Templer’s Park, hawkers sold durian. Nearer KL, more stalls appeared. “Why don’t we buy some durian and eat them when we get there?” There referred to where I would be staying. These were KL and PJ friends, and I was going to visit a friend, Roger, and stay at his home in KL.

We bought a big pile. So cheap! But I can’t remember how much the 15-20 fruits cost. I remember my friends looking and sounding wise as they held a fruit, shook it, and looked at it. They were good actors! None had ever bought durian before. Only our fathers had. The taxi was filled with the aroma of durian! I got more and more hungry as we got nearer and nearer to our destination…

Of course, as soon as we arrived, someone suggested that we ate the durian at once! Another began opening the fruits. The first one was BAD, ROTTEN, filled with worms, large fat ones that had been gobbling durian!

The rest of the fruits were no different. We had been sold rotten durian. We had been cheated! First-timers, we hadn’t realized that every single durian was covered with dirt and leaves, and that the dirt and leaves concealed the holes made by the grubs as they bored their way into the durian.

That was a great first lesson. Expensive but one I never forgot.

COME BACK FOR THE NEXT PART!

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