Second Breakfast: Tai Wah Cafe, 84 Jalan Argyle, 10050
Tai Wah Cafe
极乐寺 Kek Lok Si Temple, Jalan Balik Pulau
Poor Terrapins had nothing to eat, I bought a whole bunch of kang kong and fed them.
Lighted a medium sized lamp for Han and I, and a mini lamp for Ardan.
Prayed for Han and I, and Our Families
Prayed for Ardan
They had these wish ribbons going for RM1 each that you could get. The wishes were the usual ones for wealth, health, harmony and whatnot. There were also ones you could get for kids/babies and wish that your kid is beautiful/handsome, listens to you, listens to your spouse, grow up faster, is smart, stay safe and be healthy etc. I asked Ling to get the beautiful and handsome one haha.
In the Souvenir Shop
We then took a lift up to see the huge Guanyin statue at the top. I prayed for Yang and Ling.
In The Lift Up to Guanyin Statue
Dharma Protector Heng
Dharma Protector Ha
On Our Way Down
Lunch: Air Itam Assam Laksa, Air Itam Market (Jalan Pasar)
Air Itam Pasar Assam Laksa
Lam Heng Cafe, 185 Macalister Road
The char koay teow and prawn noodle aren’t anything to rave about. The lor mee is nice. The otah isn’t too bad.
Otah, Char Koay Teow, Lor Mee and Prawn Noodle
Ice Balls Seller
Village Fish Head Bee Hoon, Pengkalan Weld
You can choose fish soup base or tomyum soup base, noodles, bee hoon or Maggie noodles and fresh or fried fish. The fried fish is very good. There’s a special drink called Pink Lady which tastes like Cendol.
First Stop: Hon Kei Food Corner, 45 Kampung Malabar
First stop was to have some lunch at Hon Kei Food Corner. It was a modern looking coffee shop which sells Bak Kut Teh on one side and Lor Bak on the other side. The side that sells Bak Kut Teh sells butter kaya toast as well. Yang ordered some to try and it was the best item we tried at this place.
Hon Kei Food Corner
Hon Kei Food Corner
Pig’s Intestines in Bitter Gourd Soup
Kaya Butter Toast (Best Buy!)
Second Stop: Pinang Peranakan Mansion
Entrance to the Pinang Peranakan Mansion and some intricate tile designs
Dining Room for Entertaining Western Guests
Pretty Sure This Was The Room Where People Sit Around and Bitch in 小娘惹
High Level Beadwork
It is said that men would pick their brides based on their handiwork, and not based on looks. The girls were trained from young in beading and embroidery and it was a very stressful environment for them to ensure they could sew well.
I felt very conflicted while I was there. A part of me wished I was able to learn how to make such intricate handicraft, while at the same time was thankful I was not borned in such a stressful environment. Ling assured me that I would have one of the best husbands around if I were born in that time. Lol.
Baby Chair, Baby Pram and Playpen
People would put their babies in the rattan baby chair, and to prevent them from moving about, tie their hands and legs to the chair as well. Sounds kinda inhumane though.
Third Stop: 三条路888福建面, 67-A Lebuh Presgrave
Our third stop was for dinner. The soup in the prawn noodle was pretty authentic. I had roast pork added to my prawn noodle, and they were really good. If you want, you could choose to have bee hoon only, noodles only, Maggie mee, or mix the kind of noodles.
Wanton mee, Prawn Noodle, Orh Jian and Hor Fun
The orh jian was a disappointment, so don’t get that if you’re there. I didn’t manage to take a photo, but our best buy was the Cendol, followed by the prawn noodles, then the wanton mee.
Fourth Stop: Durians
We went for some durians after dinner, I didn’t manage to get the address, but here are some photos.
Ardan turns 8 months old today, and he can get started on fish. I decided to try making Salmon with Carrots and Tomato based on a recipe from my Annabel Karmel book. This is my first foray into cooking (home ed classes don’t count, the teacher gave us tips along the way) while following a recipe. Totally didn’t realise I had to defrost the meat before cooking. In my defense, I cook frozen peas, straight from the freezer into the boiling water! Lol. So we went out for dinner with the Huatians while letting the fish defrost at home.
Here’s the recipe in entirety, reposted from netmums.com. I used Option 2 and cooked the fish in milk rather than microwaved it.
225g carrots (peeled and sliced)
150g salmon fillet
½ tsp milk (or enough to cover the salmon, see method for details)
2 tomatoes (ripe, skinned and desseded), chopped
40g cheddar cheese, grated
Put the carrots in a steamer set over a pan of boiling water and cook for 15–20 minutes or until tender
Meanwhile, place the fish in a microwave dish, add the milk, dot with half the butter and cover, leaving an air vent
Microwave on High for 1½ –2 minutes
Alternatively, put the salmon in a pan, pour over enough milk to just cover and simmer for about 4 minutes or until cooked
Melt the remaining butter in a saucepan, add the tomatoes and sauté until softened and slightly mushy
Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese until melted – blend the cooked carrots with the tomato mixture
Drain the cooking liquor from the fish, remove the skin and check there are no bones
Flake the fish and mix it with the carrots and tomatoes
For younger babies you can blend the fish together with the carrots and tomato for a smoother texture
If you are interested in other recipes from Annabel Karmel, you can get them here.