Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
My bimbo sister told us to meet her at Julia Street. After asking some of the locals, I realised we were actually looking for Chu Lia Road. We visited an old haunt of my parents during their dating heydays. Sin Kheang Aun on Chu Lia Lane. It’s a quaint old coffee shop that has some seriously good home cooking. The chicken chop was fantastic! It’s a bit like a katsudon but without the rice. Crispy, eggy and chuppy. Mmm comfort food. We got to Lone Pine about 4pm. It was drizzling and perfect for a nap. I woke up in time to have a shower, watch a bit of tv and go out for dinner. All 7 of us piled in Gazza's handy Toyota-someting-or-rather, drove back into town and found a short row of stalls on the corner of Lorong Carnarvon and Chu Lia Road. We had the most delicious or chien! Unlike those nasty ones that are wet, slimy and gelatinous, this one has crispy edges and small, sweet oysters.
For dessert, my brother bought 30 apom! It was just as good as the ones we used to have for supper in Ipoh near Canning Gardens. My late father would round up the kids and we’d hop into the car in our pajamas to go buy apom. We’d buy 50 or 60 at one go and we never had any left by the time we got home. Ah, memories. The ones in KL are not even worth mentioning but I will tell you that apom is not meant to taste sour! After a very satisfying meal we popped in Bangan for a drink. Turns out Camelia was launching her new album. Luckily, we knew someone who knew someone and it was free drinks for everyone! I feel very at home at Bangan. Its very gay. The gay man's answer to 32 perhaps. The menu looks promising. I guess I will have to go again with my friends one day.
The next morning, we had a long, lazy breakfast while the babies went on pony rides. With their respective parents of course. After that I slapped on SPF45 on the dark one and 0SPF for the fair one and took them swimming. It was actually quite overcast so the babies didn't swim for very long. Neither did we because the pool got invaded by Chinese men trying to play volleyball (in a L-shaped lap pool) in their khaki shorts and leather belts?!?! Before we left lovely and charming Penang, we stopped to have char kway teow at Lorong Selamat. Still as good as before. Aunty is still there in her red beret. I marvel at her tenacity and composure as she barely breaks a sweat while frying up a storm. I was sweating just standing in queue! I have to kow tow to her.
That was the end of the trip. Short, sweet and fattening. Bye bye Penang, until next time!
Monday, May 15, 2006
When I was young(-er!), Mum would make a big occasion of our Chinese birthdays. She’d pick me up from school and announce that it was my Chinese birthday and we would have the traditional meal of red eggs, min sin tong and chicken drumstick. I relished every bite. There is something so hearty and wholesome about the clear chicken broth, rice noodles and red eggs. I guess as a child, I was naturally drawn to the bright red colour of the eggs. I liked peeling the egg and discovering the crackle of red streaking through the smooth opaque flesh of the egg. Alas, after 4 children and many, many birthdays later, mum has ceased to celebrate our birthdays. Good news is that we can do this all over again in two weeks when my nephew turns 1! So good that they that they don't have much teeth so I have to eat the drumstick for them. Awww...
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Yes, this greedy rabbit needs to look good for a wedding. It hasn't been too bad but then again, its only been 3 days! So I don't think there will be many things to blog about. Unless I start comparing muesli and protein bars. Yucks.
Monday, May 08, 2006
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Finally got to revisit Vansh last Friday with some friends. The tagline reads, Suprisingly Indian. We're not sure why because the dishes seemed mostly traditionally Indian. There were a couple of dishes which didn't seem like they belong I guess, like the kulzza (a naan that thinks its a pizza). I had the lady lassi because I'm a lady! Its just a strawberry lassi lah. Nice, just the right amount of sweetness and consistency. We ordered a dish each and although they were all very good, the clear winner was definitely the lamb cooked with spinach. The lamb added so much more intensity to the dish. The meat was tender and full of flavour. The palak paneer just paled in comparison. The tiger prawns were not very good at all. They were not fresh and just tasted bland. The green mango paste was interesting! I found it a little strange but everyone else enjoyed it. For dessert we had strawberry kulfi and gulab jamun, rice dumplings with cardamom syrup served in a martini glass. It was tooth-achingly sweet but so delicious. I also liked the honey and sundried tomato kulzza although the nuts did creep me out a bit. Yes, they all had a good laugh as I turned the bread upside down so I didn't have to look at it. Can't help it. Its from grooming tick-infested dogs when I was a kid. Can't stand to look at things that remind me of them now. Shudder!