Friday, August 29, 2008

Hawker Food – Penang Lrg Selamat Char Kueh Teow in USJ 14, Subang Jaya, Selangor

My favourite CKT. Arrrrg, I am putting on weight. Need to sign up for weight loss program. LOL. Lam Hing Leong Restaurant Whenever I crave for Penang Char Kueh Teow, I would drop by in Lam Hing Leong Restaurant in USJ14, Subang Jaya, to eat the famous Penang Lorong Selamat Char Kueh Teow there. The Kueh Teow is fried to perfection and topped with crispy fried lard, the way I like it. Drooling already……….need to go back to get my Char Kueh Teow shot! LOL. The stall is run by a husband and wife team. The wife does the frying of the Kueh Teow. You should observe how Uncle Jimmy adds pepper and crispy fried lard on to a plate of Fried Kueh Teow……. ada style (Got style)! There is another stall in this restaurant that sells Penang White Curry Mee and Penang Kueh Teow Soup. Try it out!

Address: Restaurant Lam Hing Leong, Jln USJ 14/1L, USJ 14, Subang Jaya Open: Mon to Sat, 7am to 2pm NOTE: CLOSE ON SUNDAY!

Google Map : Latitude 3° 2'19.43"N Longitude 101°35'20.66"E MAP to USJ 14, Subang Jaya, Lorong Selamat Char Kueh Teow

Note : Dec 2010, Noticed that the Penang Curry Mee stall is no longer there.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Ghost Story – I Want Milk! (Real Story in Kedah, Malaysia)

My friend, Amy shared this story about her cousin sister in Kedah who is in her late fifties now. With the moon near to its’ midnight position up in the clear night sky, they hastily ascend the hill slope of the Chinese cemetery. Ah Cheng (not her real name), a teenager was the only girl member of the group and their purpose is to seek lucky numbers from the spirit that dwells in one of the graves. They stopped by a small grave and when Ah Cheng shined her torch light at the tombstone, she saw a picture of a woman. The rest of the men in their group light up some joss sticks and some of them were poking the grave with bamboo stick, a ritual to summon the spirit that lies within. All of a sudden, Ah Cheng and the men heard the voice of a woman and a child crying. Ah Cheng told the woman that they wanted to ask for lucky numbers from her to bet on the next draw. The woman agreed to help them but she said that she needed someone to hold her baby so that she could go to the "datuk" down the hill to request for the numbers. She requested Ah Cheng to stretch out her arms. Ah Cheng did so, and suddenly she felt something heavy and icy cold placed on her outstretched arms. The woman requested the men to pray at the ‘datuk’ shrine down at the hill slope and she will help them to speak to the ‘datuk’ spirit to give them the lucky numbers. As soon as the men left, the baby began to cry. Ah Cheng panicked. Cold sweat ran down her forehead. She could not retract or move her outstretched arms at all. She noticed some movement in the bushes nearby. Out of the sudden, an old man appeared and asked her what she is doing in the cemetery in the middle of night. Ah Cheng explained everything to the old man. He is actually the caretaker of the cemetery and he was aroused from his sleep by the commotion caused by the lucky numbers seeking party! The men returned. The woman told Ah Cheng that her baby is hungry and she wanted them to buy her some milk. Ah Cheng told the men and caretaker what the women wanted. The caretaker advised Ah Cheng to tell the women that they will bring some milk for her baby when the number strike first price. The lady agreed and she told Ah Cheng that when she takes her bath the next day, the lucky number will appear on her arm. Ah Cheng reached home and quietly went to bed. The next morning, Ah Cheng’s mother learned from her neighbors of her little adventure. Her mother was so furious the she caned Ah Cheng to teach her a lesson because her life could possibly be taken away by the female spirit if the spirit was not appeased. Her body was full of cane marks as the result of the beating. Later, when she was taking her bath, a four digit number really appeared on her upper arm. She sneaked out of her house to tell her friends and the graveyard caretaker the number. She bet RM1.00 on the number. The number won first prize! They went back to the cemetery immediately with tins of milk to offer to the spirits. They learned that the caretaker won a lot of money; probably he will be retiring from being a caretaker soon. In spite of being badly beaten, Ah Cheng gave all the money she won to her mother! From that day onwards, Ah Cheng did not dare to participate in such paranormal activities any more. OTHER GHOST STORIES IN MY BLOG :

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Travel - Memories From Vietnam(Cu Chi Tunnel, Vietnam Traffic, Blue Ginger Restaurant, Pho 2000)

Here are some of the photos and videos taken from my trip to Vietnam last year, curtesy of PFMB. Chaotic traffic at a Le Loy Rd junction near the hotel. How to cross the road? Just walk, the motorist will avoid you! Beware of snatch thief! Dinner at Blue Ginger Restaurant Address : 37, Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Q.1, TP..HCM, Vietnam. Tel 8 218 546 Email : Dinner at Blue Ginger Restaurant........................Prawns on sugar cane sticks My favourite, barbecue pork, yummy!..Lotus stems soup and water convulvulus. Healthy meal. Notre Dame Cathedral......................Beautiful stained glass inside.

Dinner on board Saigon boat. Singer on board the Saigon Boat...........................Shellfish in tomato sauce.

Roast piglet meat...................................................Steamed fish. The visit to Cu Chi tunnel was indeed eye opening. The NFL Guerrillas dug these tunnels to hide during the Vietnam war. By the time the American troops retreat, the total tunnel network length was more than 200km and some even passed through below the American base. The tunnels are dug using basic hand tools during the night. When the American tried to flush them out using water, the water just flowed to the Saigon River. The tunnel leading to the river is their escape route. The NFL guerrillas managed to lead a successful campaigned against the more technologically advance enemy. I crawled throught one of the network of tunnels, it was so dark and creepy. Life must have been very hard inside here. One of the hideout. Demonstration by the guide. I tried it, real dark inside! Replica showing 3 levels of Cu Chi tunnels!.........Trying to steal a guerrilla machine gun! Ventilation holes on a termite mound!..................One of the deadly booby trap!
Lady making food from grinded rice that can be stored in the tunnel for months. 2nd picture showing shoes made from recycled tyres!
Had Vietnamese beef noodles with 2 lovely ladies(aiyo, cannot show pics lah!) at Pho 2000 before catching my flight back to KL.
Took this framed picture of US Former President Bill Clinton hanging on the wall of the
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Friday, August 22, 2008

Simple Recipe – Vegetarian Fiery Spicy Basil Soup

This a duplicated post from my Veganformation recipe blog. Basil leaves, kaffir lime leaves and serai from my garden. Sour and spicy soup!

I ate a non vegetarian version of this soup during my recent trip to Chiang Rai, Thailand. Here is the vegetarian version that I cook up. Ingredients 1) 3 pcs of Kafir lime leaves 2) 10 Stalks of Basil leaves 3) 2 pcs of Lemon grass(serai), smashed 4) 1 big onion 5) 1 green lemon, or 3 pcs of lime – juiced 6) 1 galangal, 2”x2”x2” (lengkuas) 7) 10 pcs of dried chilies 8) 2 pcs of corn, cut into three section 9) 4 bowls of water 10) 1 bunga kantan, (Torch ginger flower) (optional) 11) 2 table spoon of tamarind paste mixed with water to take out the juice 12) 2 teaspoon of salt or to taste 13) 2 teaspoon of sugar 14) 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil Bring the water to a boil in the pot and add in the corn. Boil for 30 minutes. Throw in the serai (lemon grass), onions, basil leaves, kafir lime leaves, dried chilies, and bunga kantan. Add tamarind juice, lemon juice, vegetable oil, salt to taste and sugar. The soup is ready! Eat with steam rice or as soup for rice vermicelli. If the taste is too sour for you, just add in more sugar to neutralize it a bit. P.S.: For a non vegetarian version you can replace the corn with chicken.

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Events – Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival (Kotai, Tortoise Buns, Chinese Opera)

When I was a child, I always look forward to the Hungry Ghost Festival. I love to watch the Chinese Opera although most of the time, I don’t quite understand the old style of Chinese dialect the performers used. My mom would allow me to stay up late until 12 midnight to watch the shows. I still miss the popiah(spring roll), lobak(spiced meat), leng chi kang(sweet dessert) and kueh kark(fried radish cake) from the temporary stalls that were set up during the festival. The temple near my old house in my hometown will give away small flags which I will collect and use the bamboo to make kites. Those were the good old days. This is a part of our rich Chinese culture that I think we should pass on and explain to the younger generation. So, I brought my daughter to one of these festivals recently and below are some of the pictures she took. Flags with sponsors company name......................Cute tortoise buns, some piggy back riding! A sea of tortoise buns.............................................Some newly hatched baby tortoise! And................... The sexy Kotai(concert)!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Food – Gembira Restaurant Taman Megah, PJ (Braised Pork, Shark Fin Soup, Drunken Prawn, Assam Fish) (Non Halal)

Choy Heong Tofu.....................................................Sharkfin Soup Drunken Prawns....................................................Four Types Vegetables Assam Fish..............................................................Braised Pork Belacan Kangkong..................................................Gembira Restaurant My brother and his family were in town recently with to attend his post graduation ceremony. So, off we went to have a little family gathering by having dinner together. Gembira Restaurant is located in Taman Megah, Petaling Jaya opposite the Ming Tien Food court. The hawker stall operates here in the morning and Chan Kee (used to be in SS3) takes over at night. The owner recommended drunken tiger prawn which is very fresh and also shark fin soup; both dishes are on the Restaurant special offer menu. The Assam Fish is full of flavours and real tasty. I like the four types of vegetable combination which consist of petai, eggplant, long beans and lady fingers, fried to perfection with chili. The braised pork texture is soft and the smell of star anise is wonderful. The Choy Heong Tofu is a bit spicy, so it might not be suitable if you are thinking of ordering this dish for children. The homemade tofu is simply delicious. The sambal kangkung (water convolvulus) portion is rather generous. We ordered two bowls of shark fin soup for the kids but I did not get a chance to taste it, as my son finished all of it before I can do so. The total bill plus all the drinks came out to be RM131.00, very reasonable for six main dishes (for 9 adults and two children) and two bowls of shark fin soup! Address: Gembira Restaurant, Jalan SS24/2, Taman Megah, Petaling Jaya. Opening Hours: Dinner only (morning, hawker stalls) GPS Latitude 3° 6'50.42"N, Longitude 101°36'44.24"E Map to Taman Megah, Petaling Jaya

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Jokes – Apek (Chinese Uncle) Buying A Volkswagen Beetle Car

Since I still cannot get over my wife disagreement to buy the Mazda MX-5 and many of you are fans of the beetle, here is a joke about Volkswagen beetle. An Apek(Chinese Uncle) went to a second hand car showroom to buy a car.

Salesman: Selamat pagi(Good morning) Apek. Kamu mahu beli kereta yang mana?(Which car do you want to buy?)

Apek : Wa segan lah! (Chinese pronunciation of Volkswagen, but in Malay Language it sounds like, I am shy)

Salesman: Aiyo!, Apek nak beli kereta apa mahu segan-segan? Tak payah malu. (You just want to buy a car, why are you shy about it?)

Apek : Saya tak mallu lorrrr. Saya mahu beli kereta Wa Segan lah! ( I want to buy a Volkswagen car)

Salesman: Ohhhh…..Volkswagen beetle. The Apek then went on to choose a Volkswagen beetle, paid cash and drove the car home. But the car broke down when he reached the highway. So he stopped by the emergency lane and opened the front bonnet of the car and this is what he said.

Apek : Celaka, dia jual saya kereta tak ada engine punya! (Shit, he sold me a car without engine!)

Note: Unlike other cars, the Volkswagen engine is in the back trunk.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Jokes - Sleek and Sexy Sports Car, I want a Mazda MX-5

I have always wanted to own a sports car, so I went to Mid Valley to check out the Mazda MX-5. Having a feel of the Mazda MX-5. Need to work harder for the extra money to buy this! Also need a good car insurance! ...... plans, plans, plans.... (photo taken using Nikon Coolpix S8 Digital Camera) But, when I told my dear wife about my intention, she sent me this................. ................... .................................... ....................................... Here is your 'SPOTs' car ! Wah! a real sexy one too! Aiya, nothing to say..............LOL

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Food – Food/Work Marathon – In Olympic mood! (Teluk Pulai Bak Kut Teh in Puchong , Penang Curry Mee in PJ, Jawa Mee in Sri Rampai)

Yesterday, I started my day early. Woke up at 5.30 am and left the house at 6.15 am for an appointment in Putrajaya. Here is the log of all my activities. 6.15 am – Left home 7.00 am – Reached Puchong 1) Breakfast – Bak Kut Teh at Telok Pulai Klang Restaurant in Puchong The wet BKT- Very small serving......................The dry BKT with lady fingers I ordered one dry and wet Bak Kut Teh. The wet bak kut teh here is of a milder version. The dry one is not very dark but full of taste. The dry version is cooked with dry chilies, dried cuttlefish and dark soya sauce. 2 bowls of rice (RM2), one dry Bak Kut Teh (RM9), one wet BKT (RM9) and a pot of Tork Shau Heong Tea (RM3) cost me RM23. The serving of BKT is quite small, a bit on the pricy side. Address: No 23G, Jalan ½, Taman Industri Pusat Bandar Puchong, Bt. 12 ½, Jalan Puchong, 47100 Puchong, Selangor. Note : Telok Pulai Restaurant have already moved to a new location, shoplot at the back row of the old restaurant, facing the main road. The signboard is now red in colour. Taman Industri Pusat Bandar Puchong Map: 12 noon – Left Putrajaya 1 pm – Arrived in Pudu Plaza to drop off some document. I ‘cabut’ (left) from the place quickly. Parking for first 15 minutes in this building is free. LOL 1.30 pm – Arrived in Sin Hup Seng Restaurant, SS21 in Seapark PJ. I had a lunch date here. 2) Lunch – Penang Curry Mee (noodles) – Sin Hup Seng Restaurant Penang Curry Mee I ordered two bowls of Penang curry mee. The gravy is nice. The more chilies you add in the nicer it will be, so remember to ask for more chili. Ok, the curry mee pass my test. The stall also sells Penang Prawn Mee, Kueh Teow Soup and Fried Kueh Teow. Address: Sin Hup Seng Restaurant Jalan 21/1, Seapark, Petaling Jaya (Opposite KFC) Jalan 21/1, Seapark, PJ Map 2 pm - Dropped by the Commissioner for Oath office in 2, Jalan SS2/61, SS2, 47000 Petaling JayaTel 78772495 HP 0123991081 (new location), to get two documents signed. I can hear my Branch Manager LOL, 2 new recruits, Yay! 3 pm – Decided to pay my business partner baby products shop in SS2 a visit. Address is 39-A, Jln SS2/55, 47300, Petaling Jaya. We had a discussion on current stock market situation over a teh tarik in Pelita Restaurant. Sorry, forgot to take pictures of the restaurant. 4.30 pm – Another business appointment in Taman Bahagia, PJ. 6.30 pm – Headed to Ulu Klang for my next appointment. Since Jalan Genting Klang is all jammed up I took short cut though Taman Sri Rampai. Since I am in the area, I decided to drop by in Taman Sri Rampai to eat my favourite Char Kueh Teow. Arrrrh, the stall is closed. So, I went over check out another stall in that area that I used to frequent, Jawa Mee. 3) Dinner – Jawa Mee – Ya-Ka- Fook Restaurant The tasty Jawa Mee, real big serving! Sorry, picture is not clear! A pretty lady distracted me The restaurant was packed with diners. I managed to find a seat by sharing a table with a lone diner. The chubby uncle that runs the stall is very generous. At RM3.50 per plate, the serving is rather large. This area is populated by students, so you can find many foods stall that serve large serving of food at very reasonable price. The Jawa mee is garnished with sesame seed, fried shallots, fried tofu, fried prawn crackers, vegetable and boiled potatoes. Anyway I am really proud of myself for being able to finish all of it. Downed everything with a glass of iced coffee. Yum Yum. Address: Ya-Ka-Fook Restaurant Jalan 45A/26, Taman Sri Rampai, Kuala Lumpur Taman Sri Rampai, KL Map 7.30 pm – Continued my journey to Bukit Antarabangsa, UK, hah hah… Ulu Klang. Drat, I missed the turn from MRR2. Hey City Hall, please replace the sign board! Have to drive on further to make a U turn. Why can’t the contractors put up proper sign board and hazard lights when they are upgrading the road? I nearly went on to the wrong side of the road. Luckily, I saw the faded painted arrow sign on the road. Gosh!When I arrived at Burger King, Bukit Antarabangsa, I saw my good friend, WY. Lee had just parked his car. We finished our discussion at 9.30 pm The nice Burger King Restaurant in Bukit Antarabangsa, UK 9.30 pm – Back on the road, MRR 2, I called another buddy for supper but he is not available. So, I decided to call it a day and headed on home. I passed through the cracked area in MRR2. Luckily it did not collapse, or else I won’t be here writing this today! LOL Reached home at 10.15pm, a very good and fruitful day! Hit the sack at 12midnight. Related Links 1) 2) 3)