Monday, December 21, 2009

Kon Ming Restaurant (Sun Kon Meng) at Bercham Selatan, Ipoh – Nice and Cheap Set Lunch!

I stopped by this wonderful restaurant on my way back to Butterworth recently. The food in Kon Ming is very reasonably priced, nice and the staff is very friendly. Although it was my first visit, I feel at home here. They have pretty cheap set lunch menu (available from 11am to 3pm) which cost only RM38 (USD 11) for 6 to 8 pax, consisting of Baba Style Fish Slices, Lemon Chicken Chop, Seng Kua Taufu, Fu Yong Fried Eggs, and Vegetable of the day, Rice and Chinese tea inclusive.

The servings of the dishes are very generous as well. I love the flavorful Baba Style Fish Slices gravy which is sour and spicy. The fish is fresh and succulent. The crunchy okra (ladies finger) which soaked up all the tasty gravy goes down well with steamed rice. The Lemon Chicken Chop has crispy skin and the nice lemon gravy brings out the flavour of the dish. My kids love this dish. I love the soft and smooth texture of the Seng Kua Tofu. Since the use young Seng Kua (gourd), it is tender and nice. The thick starchy gravy complements this dish. The vegetable of the day was Water Convulvulus (kangkong). It was plain fried with a little tinge of wok hei (high heat wok) aroma. As usual the simple Fu Yong fried egg is everyone’s favourite. A good and cheap meal for 8 adults, one child and one toddler!

Seng Kua Tofu and Lemon Chicken Chop

Plain Stir fried Water Convulvulus and Baba Style Fish Slices

Fu Yong Eggs
Address : Restaurant Kon Ming (Sun Kong Meng) (Behind Bercham Maybank) 40, Persiaran Bercham Selatan 1 Taman Desa Kencana 31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.

Set Lunch : RM18 for 2 to 3 pax (3 dishes plus rice and tea inclusive), RM28 for 4 to 5 pax(4 dishes plus rice and tea inclusive), RM38 for 6 to 8 pax (5 dishes plus rice and tea inclusive)

Tel : Bernard Chee Min Onn 016 5208208, Lim Eng Yew( Ah Boy) 012 5207998 Email :

Map to Restaurant Kon Ming (Sun Kong Meng)

Monday, December 14, 2009

A Busy Week – Another Wedding, Car Accident and Medical Treatment for my FIL- A Miracle

It has been a busy week for me. I was back to Butterworth to attend my cousin’s son wedding. However, this wedding was a very simple one without all the religious ceremony. Then back in Selangor, someone knocked onto the back bumper of my car at a traffic light junction and left a gaping hole on it. The guy refused to pay for a new replacement but only offer to patch it up, although he drives a ‘big’ car. Therefore I made a police report to claim against his insurance which was such a hassle and time wasting process. Of all time this accident happened to me when I have a hectic schedule. My FIL who is wheelchair bound came to stay with me while waiting for his turn to see a orthopaedic surgeon. I cooked up some good food like walnuts, star anise, kei chi, red dates and lean lamb stew to strengthen is limbs and to improve his neurological function. Anyway the doctor referred us to another brilliant specialist and they concluded that my FIL has limb-kinetic Apraxia which is a condition which the brain is unable to coordinate the movement of the limbs in our body due to stroke or maybe normal pressure hydrocephalus. A simple explanation of limb-kinetic Apraxia is that the brain is unable to process the command to walk. In order to bypass this instruction the doctor asked him to concentrate on the object on the floor and tell the brain to move towards it. Miraculously, this trick works and my FIL who has been using the wheelchair for the last one year was able to walk all by himself using this method. I am going to fix a laser pointer on his walking stick so that he will have a guiding light to improve his walking! However, he will still have to go through a MRI scan next week. Hopefully everything will be ok. Till then.....I hope that I will have the time next week to post more about food! PS : To all my blogger friends, sorry for not visiting your blog for the last one week.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Replacing Conventional Fluorescent Lamp with Energy Savings Bulb

I have been slowly replacing the conventional fluorescent lamps in my house with energy saving bulbs whenever the former failed to work. The conventional fluorescent lamp require a ballast which generates a lot of heat to work, thus will consume more energy and they also tends to make the surrounding ceiling paints to turn black. It also requires a starter device to light up therefore there is a time lag in response between lighting up and when we press the switch. However with energy savings fluorescent bulbs, the response in lighting up is immediate whenever we clicked the switch because a starter is not required. It also generates less heat compared to conventional fluorescent lamps. The only disadvantage, like all fluorescent lamps, they contain a trace of mercury which is hazardous to our environment if not disposed of properly. But then if we use less electricity, then the power plants would need less resource like coal or gas for power generation, which in turn would cause less environmental damage! New energy savings bulb holder and socket. See how the heat generated by conventional flourescent lamp darken the paintwork on the ceiling and also its' casing.
I checked for any live wires using a test pen before starting work, or else I won't be here writing this post! LOL!

Jeng, jeng,jeng, mission accomplished......let there be light!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Super Fast and Easy Chocolate Cornflakes Cookies Recipe

My daughter helped me to make this simple cookie. Actually there is nothing great about the taste but my kids ate all of it because they love the crunchy texture of the cornflakes. My cookies looked ugly and out of shape too because my little toddler kept on squeezing them! Ha ha ha! You can add some walnut, almond or hazelnut on the top to enhance the taste further. These cookies would be a great addition to the food served at children parties. Here is the step by step instruction to prepare these simple and super fast Chocolate Cornflakes cookies.

1) Melt some cooking chocolate using a bowl that is placed in boiling water. Add brown sugar to taste, vanilla essence, a little butter and a little salt. Stir until the chocolate melts and all the ingredients are well mixed.
2) Arrange cornflakes in paper baking cups. Pour the chocolate over the cornflakes.

3) To make the chocolate cover the cornflakes evenly, bake the cookies in preheated oven at 150 Deg C for 5 minutes or until it melts. (This step is optional)

P.S You might want to try making the cookies as per these comments from 'Anonymous'. The cookies would turn out better using this way. Thanks 'Anonymous' for the good tips! Anonymous said... Do not add sugar to cooking chocolate, add condensed milk instead as it will make the cookies creamy. U need not bake the cookies. All you have to do is remove the melted chocolate from the heat, stir in 1 tbsp of cooking oil for the glossy look n stir in the cornflakes or rice bubbles. Roasted peanuts can be added for the crunch. Other nuts doesn't blend well with cornflakes. December 3, 2009 12:09 PM
Anonymous said... Also, the way to melt chocolate is to ensure the inner pot fits the outer pot so steam from the simmering water doesn't escape. This method will bring the best out of cooking chocolate. December 3, 2009 12:12 PM