These are a few of my favourite things Part 2

These are a few of my favourite things….

6 June 2022

A good breakfast, and still RM6 for a generous bowl of noodles and 3 pieces liu. At the coffeeshop across the road from the Bercham wet market, Ipoh.

As you can see, the curry soup is a delicious red. It is served very hot (temperature-wide). It is spicy hot.


3 June 2022

Economical rice is getting more expensive. This used to be Rm4.50 but it is now RM6.00 at a favourite place on Jalan Yang Kalsom, Ipoh.


31 May 2022

Pork noodles rm5.80. 4 slices of pork liver. At Ko Pi Tim, Ipoh Garden, Ipoh.


10 June 2014


Cadbury is halal


PETALING JAYA: CADBURY Malaysia received its halal certification back yesterday after laboratory test results confirmed its chocolates are free from porcine DNA.

The certificates by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) affirmed that all Cadbury Malaysia products complied with Islamic Law and the Malaysian Halal Standard, which is approved by its halal certification panel.

Mondelez Malaysia managing director Sunil Sethi, the parent company of Cadbury Malaysia, said the certification was a testament to the fact that all their products could be consumed by Muslims.

“Jakim tested and re-tested our samples and confirmed that all our products are halal.

“We are confident that all regulations have been adhered to,” he told the New Straits Times yesterday.

Controversy arose when the halal status of Cadbury chocolates was uncertain due to a statement by the Health Ministry released on May 24, which stated it detected porcine DNA in certain batches of Cadbury Dairy Milk Hazelnut and Cadbury Dairy Milk Roast Almond chocolates.

However, on June 2, Jakim had verified that the latest test results confirmed the two variants in the affected batches were halal.

All is good.

Enjoy us again.

Your Cadbury chocolate made and sold in Malaysia is certified Halal.
You’ve trusted us for 40 years and can continue to do so.
Thank you Malaysia for believing in us.

From all of us, at Cadbury Malaysia.




(especially of a woman) sexually immodest or promiscuous.
“her cheeks burned as she recalled how forward she had been, how wanton”

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Why KitKats are called KitKats

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This year is KitKat’s 80th birthday – but have you ever wondered how the break time chocolate got its name?

The KitKat was originally made by Rowntrees in York, and it turns out it was named after a man who made pies in the 17th century in London.

Christopher Catling cooked meat pies, named ‘kit-cats’ after him, which became the favourite meal of a group of influential people who gathered in London eateries.

This gathering became known as the Kit-Cat Club, which had strong ties to political and literary spheres in London.

Nestle found the association to the chocolate bar through early branded boxes which feature both Christopher Catling, his shop and the club.

When Rowntree’s decided to make the individual bars, they transferred the KitKat name, without the associated imagery.

Now we know. And knowing is half the battle.–WJ7nNPTavg


The real black market for the chocolate milk is on TradeMe, with listings for the 750ml product far outstripping the retail price of $6.29. Some auctions have reached more than $20, while most fetch at least $10.

People resorting to extreme measures to get their hands on Lewis Road’s chocolate milk

‘Black market’ grows for Lewis Rd milk

The black market for Lewis Road Creamery chocolate milk continues to grow, with people online claiming to have found counterfeit products in NZ dairies, while scalpers make hay on Trade Me.

People will go to great lengths to get their hands on the much-hyped liquid gold that combines Lewis Road milk with Whittaker’s chocolate, and last night Lewis Road said it was looking into a suspected counterfeit product being sold.

A photo was posted to Reddit yesterday showing what looked like a Lewis Road Creamery chocolate milk bottle but the label read ‘Pure organic milk’, rather than ‘Fresh chocolate milk’.

THE GOOD STUFF? A Reddit user claims this ‘counterfeit’ bottle of Lewis Road Milk was sold to him somewhere in NZ.

Lewis Road’s standard organic milk features the first label, so someone could easily just have swapped them in an attempt at making the story go viral online and gaining some notoriety. The user claimed the bottle was sold to him.

Whether the image or the product is fake, such is the hysteria around this product that Lewis Road announced it was investigating the image.

The company’s spokeswoman, Angela Weeks, said it was aware of the image and had health and safety concerns about the sale of counterfeit milk products.


Security guards called in to deal with chocolate milk shortage in New Zealand

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Chocoholics have gone ga-ga for Lewis Road Creamery Fresh Chocolate Milk, forcing security guards to control supermarket crowds seeking out the newly stocked chocolate-milk.

The New Zealand made chocolate blend only hit shelves three weeks ago and has already caused a whirlwind across the country’s North Island, as people line up in Auckland supermarkets for the creamy milk.

Jason Witehira, supermarket owner of Auckland’s New World Victoria Park, said that 500 bottles of Lewis Road Creamy Fresh Chocolate Milk is delivered each morning to the supermarket, and within 90 minutes they are all sold out.


DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE? All these Asians trying to get chocolate milk! In New Zealand!!!



New Zealand Is Running Out Of Chocolate Milk And People Are Going Insane ¯\_(ツ)_/¯



Did you get that? It’s US$9,100,000,000.

Here’s a reason why chocolate sells so well!

In a recent study, 100% of participating children indulged in a high calorie snack just 15 minutes after having eaten a healthy lunch that should have been enough to satisfy them. – AFP RELAXNEWS
In a recent study, 100% of participating children indulged in a high calorie snack just 15 minutes after having eaten a healthy lunch that should have been enough to satisfy them. – AFP RELAXNEWS

Snacks too tempting for children to resist |

EVEN in the absence of hunger, children as young as three won’t refuse a calorie-laden snack, according to a new study from Queensland University of Technology.

“Of the 37 children who took part in the study, all children displayed eating in the absence of hunger, even though more than 80% reported being full or very full just 15 minutes earlier,” says nutrition researcher Holly Harris, from QUT’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation.

Chocolate trends 2014

Chocolate-covered vegetables, floral-scented chocolates and desserts within desserts are among some of the global trends being observed in the rich, dark world of cocoa.

According to market research group Mintel, sweet tooths around the world are driving up consumption, as the global market is expected to top $9.1 billion USD this year, up 4 percent from 2013.

With the UK feting ‘Chocolate Week’ starting October 17, and the 20th edition of the Salon du Chocolat — the world’s biggest chocolate fair — expected to open in Paris later this month, here’s a look at some emerging trends that chocoholics can look forward to finding on their grocery store shelves.

Lemon: the number of lemon-flavored chocolate products has doubled over the past year globally.

Dessert as an ingredient: crème brulee, tiramisu, milkshake and ice cream-flavored chocolates.

Chocolate-covered vegetables: chocolate-covered edamame and purple sweet potato chocolate, made with white chocolate and purple potato paste.

New fruit flavor: to strawberry, raspberry and cherry are added chocolate and peach-fruit filling.

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Doctors believe some of the uncooked Japanese delicacy of raw meat or fish must have become contaminated. 

He was treated at the Guangzhou No. 8 People’s Hospital in Guangdong Province, in eastern China.

The Chinese man had seen his doctor about stomach ache and itchy skin. Scans showed his entire body had been infected with tapeworm from eating raw fish.


Humans contract tapeworm infections from sushi by eating raw fish that has been infected with the worm in its larvae stage.

When fish eat tapeworm eggs, the hatching larvae attach themselves to the intestinal wall of the fish and the worms infect the fish flesh.

Because sushi is not cooked, the larvae can in turn transfer into the flesh of any human that eats the fish.

Once a human is infected, a tapeworm will grow inside the intestine to a length of up to 15metres over a period of weeks. It can survive for years and go undetected for weeks or months, in turn releasing its own eggs that infect other parts of the human body.

Symptoms include fatigue, constipation and abdominal discomfort – which can be so mild the victim may not notice anything is wrong.

If larvae begin to migrate to other parts of the body they can start to eat away at the liver, eyes, heart or brain and cause life-threatening conditions.

INSTANT NOODLES WERE NEVER A FAVOURITE FOOD. It was just convenient food. It’s late, you are hungry,so what else apart from a mug of Milo (again!)? Maggi, Mamee, what else? Nothing special about instant noodles.

HOWEVER, MAMEE INTRODUCED MAMEE CHEF, especially the curry laksa flavour! Now, I like that. I like that a lot. I eat it at least once a week.

NOT GOOD! NOT GOOD AT ALL! That’s what scientists say. Instant noodles are bad for your health!

Well, they have said all sorts of things about instant noodles. You’ll lose your hair, or get a variety of diseases such as hypertension, heart disease, stroke and kidney damage.

Indeed, the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) has warned us since so long ago that I can’t remember when.

Stay away from instant noodles to keep healthy

HERE IS ANOTHER SCIENTIFIC REPORT but once again, it will make no difference to consumers of instant noodles or ramen.


Instant Noodles Could Hurt Your Heart

So what’s so bad about instant noodles?

“Instant noodles are high in fat, high in salt, high in calories and they’re processed — all those factors could contribute to some of the health problems [the researchers] addressed,” Young said. “That doesn’t mean that every single person is going to respond the same way, but the piece to keep in mind is that it’s not a healthy product, and it is a processed food.”

Processed foods generally contain high amounts of sugar and salt, primarily because they are designed to have long shelf lives.

But Young said there might be ways to dampen the dangers of eating instant noodles without swearing off of them altogether. “Number one, don’t eat it every day,” Young told Live Science. “Number two, portion control,” she said, and recommended that people eat a small amount of instant noodles and mix them with vegetables and other healthier, nonprocessed foods.

Above all, however, Young said a little bit of preparation could help people avoid processed instant noodles altogether. “You can easily make noodles, homemade pasta, ground-rice pasta and veggies” at home, with a little bit of planning, she said.

The study was published Aug. 1 in the Journal of Nutrition.


A square of chocolate a day keeps the doctor away.

Here are 9 excuses why is good for you.


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Remember the iced ball you held in your hand and sucked on a hot, thirsty day? How much was it then, 5 cents or 10 cents?

It is back but costs anything from RM2 to RM4.50!


10 January 2014| last updated at 09:27AM

Icy treat makes comeback

GEORGE TOWN: Decades ago, ais kepal (flavoured ice balls) was the most refreshing dessert among youngsters and adults here.

Now, the thirst quencher has made a comeback in Lebuh Armenian here at the “70’s Ice” stall. Among those behind this renaissance are the brother and sister duo of Ki Kang Chee, 32, and Ki Kang Ling, 31, who are following in the footsteps of their late grandfather, who had operated a similar stall in their home town of Alor Star, Kedah, in the 1970s.

“My grandfather, Ch’ng Ah Sui, did this for many years. He then passed on the know-how to my mother, Soo Ooi,” said Kang Chee, who has been running the stall for seven months.

Kang Ling prepares the ice balls using a traditional ice shaver, with two bowls to shape them, and adds flavoured syrup.

The stall offers rose, orange, sarsaparilla, mango, blackcurrant and lychee flavours, with a special “fruit ball” that contains honeydew or papaya in the centre also available. A new addition is the asam boi (sour plum) centre.

Ki Kang Ling , 31, in action at the stall in George Town yesterday. Pic by Amir Irsyad Omar

Read more: Icy treat makes comeback – General – New Straits Times



Dark Chocolate Has Health Benefits Not Seen in Other Varieties.


6 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

1) Dark Chocolate is Good for Your Heart

Studies show that eating a small amount of dark chocolate two or three times each week can help lower your blood pressure. Dark chocolate improves blood flow and may help prevent the formation of blood clots. Eating dark chocolate may also prevent arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

2) Dark Chocolate is Good for Your Brain

Dark chocolate increases blood flow to the brain as well as to the heart, so it can help improve cognitive function. Dark chocolate also helps reduce your risk of stroke.

3) Dark Chocolate Helps Control Blood Sugar

Dark chocolate helps keep your blood vessels healthy and your circulation unimpaired to protect against type 2 diabetes.

4) Dark Chocolate is Full of Antioxidants

Antioxidants help free your body of free radicals, which cause oxidative damage to cells. Free radicals are implicated in the aging process and may be a cause of cancer, so eating antioxidant rich foods like dark chocolate can protect you from many types of cancer and slow the signs of aging.

5) Dark Chocolate Contains Theobromine

Dark chocolate contains theobromine, which has been shown to harden tooth enamel. That means that dark chocolate, unlike most other sweets, lowers your risk of getting cavities if you practice proper dental hygiene.

6) Dark Chocolate is High in Vitamins and Minerals

Dark chocolate contains some of the following vitamins and minerals in high concentrations: Potassium Copper Magnesium and Iron.

The Sundaily

Swiss chocolate maker wins health claim approval on blood flow

Barry Callebaut has won EU approval to claim that its chocolate helps blood flow. AFP Relaxnews

NEXT time someone chides you for indulging in a piece of dark chocolate, point to your heart or your leg and let them know it’s good for blood flow.

That’s the latest argument chocoholics can use to justify their sweet indulgence after the European Commission gave premium Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut its blessing to use the health claim that cocoa flavanols can “help maintain the elasticity of blood vessels, which contributes to normal blood flow.”

The luxury chocolate maker becomes the first in the industry to be able to make such health claims.

The approval was based on evidence presented by the Swiss chocolate maker using the brand’s Acticoa cocoa powder and dark chocolate. Scientists were able to prove that a daily intake of 200 mg of cocoa flavanols helps maintain healthy blood flow.

The chocolate maker will now be able to put the health claim on its Acticoa cocoa and chocolate products within EU countries.

Swiss chocolate maker wins health claim approval on blood flow

Barry Callebaut is the world’s largest chocolate manufacturer.It was created in 1996 through the merging of the Belgian chocolate producer Callebaut and the French company Cacao Barry. It is currently based in Zurich, Switzerland, and operates in 30 countries worldwide. It was created in its present form by the German immigrant Klaus Johann Jacobs.

Its customers include multinational and national branded consumer goods manufacturers and artisanal users of chocolate (chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakeries, and caterers).

In addition to manufacture, the company undertakes research into chocolate recipes: for example, in recent years it has launched tooth-friendly chocolate, probiotic chocolate, chocolate with a high level of antioxidants (sold under the brand name ACTICOA), and “rebalanced” chocolate, which has an improved nutritional profile.

SAMBAL BELACAN! Great in kangkong!

I love kangkong fried in sambal belacan!


In 1975, the Malaysian High Commission in Wellington got into ‘trouble’ with its neighbours,  New Zealanders (Kiwis). They objected to the strong smell of belacan being cooked. They thought there was a fire! Letters were written to the papers in protest.

Our landlady in Wellington ran downstairs because she thought our kitchen was on fire! No, it was not on fire. My wife was cooking with belacan…


Ridzuan condo – racism runs deep in Malaysia
  11:26AM Aug 31, 2013  

YOURSAY ‘Anyone who discriminates against a whole group of people because of their ethnicity is behaving like the Umno leaders.’

Why Africans are being targeted at Ridzuan condo

Awakened: I have a colleague who studied and worked in Japan for many years. He told me that the Malaysians were discriminated against in condominiums there.

The Japanese do not like Malaysians to be their neighbours because of our cooking and the strong ‘belacan’ smell.

Luckily, they have not resorted to a blanket ban on Malaysians. Otherwise, the Malaysians have nowhere to stay just because the Japanese do not like ‘sambal belacan’.


Others may not like durian as much; and there are others who can’t stand the smell (which they call a  STINK).

In Sydney, the strong pungent smell from Malaysia’s Sydney Consulate went into the ventilation system and reached the office next door on the 15th floor of the Market St building.



M’sian durians raises a ‘pong’ in Sydney

Building security and emergency staff in Sydney have raised a stink about a trial consignment of Malaysian chilled durians shipped to the Harbour City, mistaking the odoriferous fruit’s smell for a gas leak.

But Agriculture Malaysia staff have taken the misunderstanding on the nose, allaying the Aussies’ concerns – if not their dislike of the pungent odour.

Malaysia’s Sydney Consulate agriculture director Muhammad Rudy Khairudin Mohd Nor said the ‘gas’ alert followed Agriculture Malaysia staff opening 10 packs of ‘Musang King’ and ‘D24’ durians at 2pm for lab tests in their Sydney CBD office.

“The strong, pungent smell of the durians went into the ventilation system and reached the office next to ours on the 15th floor of the Market St building.

“The staff in the adjoining office, all Caucasians, panicked because they thought there was a gas leak … they summoned the emergency services. The whole floor was evacuated within minutes,” he said.


M’sian durians raises a ‘pong’ in Sydney


Sunday August 25, 2013 MYT 11:42:35 PM

Durians hit Sydney stores


A Sydney local challenging his tastebuds with the 'king of fruits', the Durian.

A Sydney local challenging his tastebuds with the ‘king of fruits’, the Durian.

PETALING JAYA: Durian lovers in Sydney can now get the King of Fruits from four outlets there.

Fresh chilled Musang King durian is available at Van An Grocery at 8/44 Park Road, Cabramatta; LeAnn Asian Grocery Shop at 3256 Chapel Road Bankstown; Yao Shi International at 232c Beamish Street, Campsie and Eastland Supermarket, 109 John Street.

On Tuesday, the trial shipment of fresh chilled durian from Malaysia successfully cleared quarantine and custom checking at the Sydney Airport.

Durians hit Sydney stores – Nation | The Star Online

The following comes from These are a few of my favourite things….

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


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.


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.

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.


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