Breakfast: Roti Canai, Jalan Transfer

Roti Canai Transfer Road

Roti Canai Transfer Road

Bunch of Us

Bunch of Us

Mutton Curry, Chicken Curry, Kosong and Egg

Mutton Curry, Chicken Curry, Kosong and Egg

Second Breakfast: Tai Wah Cafe, 84 Jalan Argyle, 10050

Tai Wah Cafe

Tai Wah Cafe

Wanton Mee

Wanton Mee

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.

Terrapins

Terrapins

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 Han and I, and Our Families

Prayed for Ardan

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

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

In The Lift Up to Guanyin Statue

Guanyin Statue

Guanyin Statue

Dharma Protector Heng

Dharma Protector Heng

Dharma Protector Ha

Dharma Protector Ha

On Our Way Down

On Our Way Down

Lunch: Air Itam Assam Laksa, Air Itam Market (Jalan Pasar)

Air Itam Pasar Assam Laksa

Air Itam Pasar Assam Laksa

Assam Laksa

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

Otah, Char Koay Teow, Lor Mee and Prawn Noodle

Street Art

Cannon Street

Cannon Street

Street Art

Street Art

Ice Balls Seller

Ice Balls Seller

Clan Jetties

Chew Jetty

Chew Jetty

Chew Jetty

Chew Jetty

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.

Village Fish Head Bee Hoon

Village Fish Head Bee Hoon

Ngoh Hiang

Ngoh Hiang

Tom Yum Maggie with Fresh Fish

Tom Yum Maggie with Fresh Fish

Supper: Wanton Mee, Lebuh Chulia

Wanton Mee

Wanton Mee

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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

Hon Kei Food Corner

Hon Kei Food Corner

Pig's Intestines in Bitter Gourd Soup

Pig’s Intestines in Bitter Gourd Soup

Kaya Butter Toast

Kaya Butter Toast (Best Buy!)

Lor Bak

Lor Bak

Second Stop: Pinang Peranakan Mansion

Pinang Peranakan Mansion

Entrance to the Pinang Peranakan Mansion and some intricate tile designs

Entrance Courtyard

Door Details

Door Details

Game Room

Living Room

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.

Details

阳掌柜

阳掌柜

Kitchen Stove

Baby Chair, Baby Pram and Playpen

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

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.

Butter and Red Prawn

Butter and Red Prawn

Happily Eating

Happily Eating

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Han got this recipe for Paleo Friendly Cookies from his gym instructor, and he’s already made me make 4 batches of these cookies so far. They’re not my thing, but Han loves them.

2.5 cups almond flour
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
10 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp vanilla essence
3 tbsp raw honey
1/2 cup 60% dark chocolate chips

  1. Mix dry ingredients
  2. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients
  3. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until completely covered
  4. Roll into 1 inch balls and flatten on baking tray with grease-proof paper
  5. Bake at 350 F for 10-12 minutes

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So I tried making the same banana cake again, this time making two loaves of cakes instead of cup cakes. The bottom turned out to be very dense, so I’m going to try making them again tomorrow.

I made slight tweaks to the recipe.

250g unsalted butter
1 cup caster sugar
4 Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla essence
4 tablespoon Milk
2 mashed Bananas
220g plain flour sifted with 1 teaspoon Bicarbonate of soda and 1 teaspoon Baking powder

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Overly dramatic video of #ardanxu having my cooking for the first time

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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.

Annabel Karmel Salmon with Carrots and Tomato

225g carrots (peeled and sliced)
150g salmon fillet
½ tsp milk (or enough to cover the salmon, see method for details)
30g butter
2 tomatoes (ripe, skinned and desseded), chopped
40g cheddar cheese, grated

  1. Put the carrots in a steamer set over a pan of boiling water and cook for 15–20 minutes or until tender
  2. Option 1:
    1. Meanwhile, place the fish in a microwave dish, add the milk, dot with half the butter and cover, leaving an air vent
    2. Microwave on High for 1½ –2 minutes
  3. Option 2:
    1. Alternatively, put the salmon in a pan, pour over enough milk to just cover and simmer for about 4 minutes or until cooked
  4. Melt the remaining butter in a saucepan, add the tomatoes and sauté until softened and slightly mushy
  5. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese until melted – blend the cooked carrots with the tomato mixture
  6. Drain the cooking liquor from the fish, remove the skin and check there are no bones
  7. Flake the fish and mix it with the carrots and tomatoes
  8. 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.

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