Thursday, April 18, 2019

Stir Fried Oyster Mushrooms


I'm not sure. In fact, I am rather confused about, what is healthy cooking for healthy living. Seriously guys,  I can't comprehend and I really don't know how should I go about explaining healthy cooking and healthy eating (Moringa/Drumstick Leaves Stir Fried). For me personally, I eat anything. Anything in other words, everything in moderation and I do, from time to time, indulge in sinful guilty food pleasures. Of course, not gawking those heavy duty rich food daily, but when the craving kicks in. I am really fine. No guilty feeling due to me not the pigging out kinda and me exercising regularly. Still, trust me, controlling my weight and also, avoiding tiredness, body pain and headache which every now and then can literally pull me down? Not an easy feat for Nava K who is 54, going 55.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Ipoh, Perak - Nava K Discovery (Day 1)


Ipoh. Mum's motherland. Mum “Made In Ipoh” and at 14, yep, I said it loud and clear, at 14 years old, mum married to dad, before making Kuala Lumpur as her next hometown. 3 years later, Nava K  “Made In Sungei Besi”. In one of the government houses across the army camp which don't exist anymore. Of course, obviously, nine months later? Aha! Nava K crawling out of mum's worm in Kuala Lumpur General Hospital and Ipoh, mum’s heritage? Part and parcel of my life as well. Mostly visiting grandparents during school holidays until Ipoh becoming a permanent full-stop. Due to grandparents themselves uprooting their Ipoh roots from Kampung Paloh for joining us in Kuala Lumpur. Whatever it may have been, Ipoh in tandem to mum's and my background? Those teen years of mine specifically in Ipoh? Walking to the river side for idling my time away, staying in the traditional wooden long house and making it a point in regularly slurping into "Ice Bola” and “Bread Ice-Cream”. Those good old memories? Unforgettable and still, mind you, glued on my mind till this day.   

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Stress - The Biggest Modern Killer


Stress! Yes ladies and gentlemen. Stress precisely. Stress. One of those things, surface to say, seriously, biting and chewing our well-being and if you are asking me, I sincerely believe we must and we should address this matter to stress. Unless otherwise, you prefer sweeping stress under your or someone else's carpet, or you are conveniently pushing stress towards the corners of your house. Hoping stress will take care of itself or will vanish in thin air. Honestly everyone, lemme advise you. It is us and we taking the necessary actions or precautions for keeping stress at arm level. Stress which by far, absolutely certain I am, not only the number one closest enemy of ours, in fact, it is the worst killing killer in this modern, advanced and spinning faster than we can control era we are living in. Of course, I must agree with any one of you who is saying that, all of us have and will continue to somehow or rather, encounter some sort of stress. If not daily, at least every now and then. Furthermore, not to say we had it all smooth sailing, easy-preasy-breezy, stress-free back then 10 years or 20 years ago. But stress these days? Oh god! You tell me please. Knowingly or unknowingly, leading in front of us or slowly or surely crawling behind us. Until it can potentially spiral to a height, even sky high and can, trust me, put our inner happiness in a fix or in a twisted, terrifying spinning mode.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Pachai Sundakkai Kulambu (Fresh Turkey Berry Curry)


Not only fish curry (South Indian Style Fish Curry). In fact, any curry for the matter in my house? A must. Yes. Without a doubt. Not for me though. I am okay in exploring various types of dishes, but for my Indian other half-half I have been faithfully married for the last 17 years? Curry, curry and curry (Mushroom/Kaalan Sour Curry) for every other meal (Spinach Chickpea Curry, Brinjal Curry & Vegetable Kadhi). Basically, no curry, no food hunger or food happiness for him. Perhaps, if I am not mistaken, can I take it as, its the same curry cooking story in your house as well if you are married to a typical Indian man (Navratan Korma & Pavakkai/Bitter Gourd Puli Kuzhambu)? Unless, of course, your husband don't mind cooking his own curries (Okra Curry & Drumstick Sambar/Dhal Curry) and he also lovingly cooking meals for you too. Anyhow, whether you are the chef at home or its your spouse, this pot of Nava K invented Pachai Sundakkai Kulambu/ Fresh Turkey Berry Curry. A power house, spicy, tangy vegetarian authentic Indian style curry. Sincerely worth being made in your kitchen too. Trust me, won't let down your and your loved ones tastebuds.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap (Mild)


First thing first in the morning. Whether I wake up from the right side or wrong side of the bed. Into my bathroom for showering, brushing my teeth and my face needing its attention of course. Attention basically meaning washing and cleansing. However, morning washing or cleansing is rather to the basic. Nothing really time taking or tedious. Just basic cleansing compared to in the evening or at the end of the day (Bobbi Brown Cleansing Milk) due to only night cream and eye cream atop of my face night prior. Moreover, like I have told you before? Skin care. Any for the matter. Won't last forever. Even cleansers or face washes which must be replenished as and when warranted for. This Clinique Liquid Facial Soap. The latest morning face wash of mine for the last 2 months and Clinique products on the whole for your information. No parabens, no phthalates (no salt and esters of phthatic acid) and fragrance free. Needless to say, a safe bet for all skin types, including for sensitive skin if I am not mistaken and this Clinique Liquid Facial Soap being an effective, soft, non-drying gentle cleanser for protecting skin's natural moisture balance.   

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

South Indian Style Fish Curry


Fish curry in my house (Thai Green Fish Curry, Asam Pedas Ikan Bawal & Malaysian Fish Head Curry)? What can or should I possibly say? If not once a week, at least every fortnight. Even if it’s not fish curry, there must be some sort of fried fish various types (Fried Fish Soy Sauce, Ikan Goreng Asam & Thai Crispy Fish). Obviously for the matter every few days once due to? Fish being the brain food for my other half-half. Mmmm? Cooking for our loved or loving ones? You tell me please. I am sure you know what I am talking about? Easier said than done I suppose and we women mostly, in fact, all the time making it a point in cooking what our loved ones will pleasure into. Furthermore, over the years, honestly, though I did try, I have given up on trying to coax my other half-half in trying chicken (Karaikudi Chicken Curry) or pork (Pork Bulgogi). Not worth because trust me, food can actually rock the marriage boat. Especially when age has caught up and you realize that you don't have anymore energy in trying to change your husband's food likes or dislikes. Instead, better to leave them alone and just go with the flow by cooking the food they will pleasure into. 

Friday, March 22, 2019

Life Coaching In Malaysia


Something is not right somewhere. Something like, if I am to speak about coaching in Malaysia. I may be wrong if I cluster all Malaysians in one big group, but obviously, as far as my own collectible data is a concern, quite a number are lost on who is a life coach and what do life coaches like me do. Honestly, I seemingly also can't put two and two together what's with the confusion. Unlike in Western or other countries in other parts of the world where coaching is not new in the market or industry. Even in Malaysia potentially? Those of you who are already exposed to coaching within its broadest spectrum? You know what I am talking about right? Still, like I have already told you, Malaysians are rather confused each time I hand over my business card or I tell them I am a life coach. They? Dadadada!! Of course, the onus is on me in patiently explaining. In fact, if you can recall, have we not spoken about coaching before (Life Coach. Who Is A Life Coach)? Then again. I guess, repeating is not going to hurt you, me or anyone for the matter? I suppose we have to if we want to make it crystal clear for clarifying the doubts Malaysians have about life coaching.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Mentholatum Lip Ice Sheer Color 2g Shimmer


My lips. Yes. Yes. Mine alright. My lips which has come a long way, by being part of me for the last 55 years. Honestly everyone, lemme profess. As much as I constantly try not to deny my lips care and attention? I suppose, the other is, we can't stop the ageing process? However and whatever, ageing taking a toll on our lips for not remaining as rosy and unspoiled as when we first crawled out of our mothers worm? Also, we without realizing, sometimes taking our lips for granted. Nevermind. Nothing is too late. No. Not at all if you are asking Navak K because we can still camouflage our lips by applying lipstick, or what are lips balms for? Personally for me, unless when special occasions are warranted for, I actually prefer lip balms for casual outings or even at home for keeping my lips moisturized and hydrated.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Shyet-Li's Kopitiam (Jaya 33) Petaling Jaya


Back to learning and knowledge thirsting at 55. Not easy. Absolutely not trust me. In fact, two weeks before classes started.? Oh-god! Nerves literally wrecking me and butterflies aimlessly swimming in my stomach. Let alone! Can you imagine how it would be like the night before the first class? I hardly slept hack. Then again, when we have already decided? I guess, by hook or by crook, we gotto brave it and face it? Pretty much. After all. Age in front or at the back of us shouldn't be a stumbling block for learning? Pretty much lifelong learning. Whether we learn by returning to class or we learn from failures and falls? Sure. My 9 to 5 class on this particular day? Despite the hiccup to being stuck in a 2 hours jam all the way from Shah Alam to PJ and walking into class 20 minutes late. Nothing no regrettable. Class started favorably and of course, one of the best things about adult learning? Food. Assured. You will be well fed. Morning tea break and evening tea break, and seriously, I didn't expect lunch will be included. What's there to complain about anyway? Why on earth should you? Neh! For the better of course. Complimentary or cost already taken up in your fee?  

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Malay Style Udang Sambal


Yes. Of course. There is infinitely, as far as I know, various types of Udang Sambal or as per say, Sambal Udang (Sambal Goreng Udang Pete). Udang Sambal obviously, if you are asking me, is a popular Malaysian dish and specifically the originality of Malay cooking. And I? Do I have to repeat myself again and again? I just so love Malay food and sambal (Sardine Sambal & Sambal Tumis Telur)? Oh my sambal! Trust me, a spicy Malaysian delight, perhaps I must include Indonesian various types of sambal as well (Ikan Cabe Ijo) and Malay Style Udang Sambal? Truly, such an authentic cooking style, but somehow not the same as the Chinese style or Indian style Udang Sambal. For Indian Style Udang Sambal, its mostly curry powder and curry leaves, whereas Chinese Style Udang Sambal (Sichuan Chilli Prawns), specifically a Nyonya style, more or less, pretty much to a certain extent, can be trended somewhat to Malay Style Udang Sambal (Nyonya Okra Sambal). Still, I will vouch that nothing can out-beat or over-take a Malay Style Udang Sambal (Sambal Belimbing Ikan Bilis). Malay Style Udang Sambal! The absolute full-flavored, greatest good tempting power house. Alright foodies. Grab this recipe of Nava K.

Friday, March 1, 2019

SAFI RANIA GOLD Moisturising Day Cream SPF25++IR


 
I maybe be assuming or  it could be somewhat true that, you must be asking if life coach Nava K a big fan of Safi Rania Gold Brand (Safi Rania Gold Youthful Radiance Face Mask)? Am I? Honestly, I myself am not really sure. Not being sure, by the way, believe me, is perfectly okay because there are possibilities we may not be sure about everything all the time? After all, in this case of mine, it's just a matter of preference for a certain brand (Safi Rania Gold Beetox Scrub) and not mind over matter, mind breaking matter in life? Still, one thing is possibly certain if I am to speak about Safi Rania Gold brand. A brand sort of like a magnetic force for drawing my attention each time I am at the pharmacy (Safi Ranis Gold Eye Contour Cream & Safi Rania Gold Scrub). At the pharmacy for picking up a skin care product and not because I am one of those who indulge in retail therapy for no apparent reason.  

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Vegetarian Potato Sambal


Vegetarianism and Nava K. Oh pleaseeee!!! Please don't put us side by side. Honestly everyone, vegetarianism is definitely out of the question for me. Neither will I force it on me for the sake of doing it or just because others are willingly or blindly jumping into the back wagon of vegetarianism. Seemingly, I may be wrong, but obviously, people are under the impression that if you are a vegetarian, you are a symbol of healthy living. For the Hindus as well, if not all, at least the rest, they are under the impression that abstaining from meat is a sign of holiness (Mushroom Curry/Kaalan Puli Kulambu). Really? I am not going to say anything further. Hindus, believe me, they are really sensitive if you talk about their religion. Anyway, whether you are a healthy grain or holy grain or not, there is such a thing as being a part-time vegetarian right (Vegetarian Nyonya Laksa & Nasi Minyak)? Why not? Whenever we feel we should or we want to instead of allowing others in pressuring us?

Friday, February 15, 2019

Fraser's Hill - Pahang


From Bentong to Frasers Hill. At our own speed. No, no. Please don't get me wrong. We weren't like strolling or nuisance driving. Basically, we didn't see a need for rushing or bulldozing our way through. After all, like I have told you before or maybe I didn't, inbound country road trips or even those across the continent. For a matter of fact. Wouldn't you agree should be easy going instead of wanting to prove a point to others we super heroes who are conquering one place after the other for the sake of showing off? Or, you might as well tell me as well. What is the point of travelling if we return home feeling bashed up, trashed out or worn out? Instead, shouldn't we hail or appreciate travelling as a relaxing frame of mind? As it is, like, we don't have enough of our day in day out daily grin I am sure you agreeing is already killing us softly? Must we also load up more stress by getting all worked up or paranoia in the name of travelling? Think about it, while I slowly take you through my travelling story. Out of Bentong, somehow, along the way, don't ask me why and what not, we somehow ending up Teras. 

Friday, February 8, 2019

Personal Cooking Coach


Of course. Without a doubt. No two ways about it. All of us can cook. Sure, we can. In fact, many of us I think have already crowned ourselves as the top leading “Home Chefs”. Moreover, correct me if I am wrong, we may even have gone to the extent of proudly professing to whoever it may be, we are a priceless piece of super home chefs. Some of us, right, have also included our great-grandmothers, grandmothers, mothers and the rest of our family members in the category of the best cooks in the world? You should. I'm definitely not saying no and I won’t deny either because heritage, heirloom recipes handed down from generation to generation are forever a food treasure, soul food close to our mouth. In fact, many of us I believe learn to cook from, if not from our grandmothers, at least from our mothers. Additionally, in this digital era we are living, when we speak about recipes and cooking tips on the whole? Endless. From master chefs who have won many accolades or like I already told you, people who have self-crowned themselves as prominent home chefs? 

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Ikan Cabe Ijo


 
Cooking at home or eating out? Which is cheaper? Yes please. Would love your opinion, but for the time being, if you are asking me, I must say that its quite a confusing matter as per say. Why? Because our opinion differs. Of course. To each our own. We decide what is best for us. Still, I can or I shouldn't discount that eating out may be cheaper for a single person. Provided you not a fussy eater and you are eating for the purpose of filling up your hunger. Basically, you won’t mind any kind of food from anywhere. A basic meal from coffee shops or road side stalls most probably? No harm done. I'm not saying anything more because we eat according to what we can afford instead of burning our money bridge. How about we now address the matter to eating out for a family of four? Mum, dad and two kids. Still cheap if we are talking about a basic meal again? Minimum, we paying most to most, we can cap the amount to within RM20.00 for each meal each time?  

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Restoran Sing Kee Wong (Seri Setia) - Sungai Way


Residence of Sungei Way and even those of you who are living within, around or a distance from Petaling Jaya. I may be wrong, but I can't help assuming you may have heard of Restoran Sing Kee Wong? Or you must at least have noticed their signboard whenever you drive pass the narrow road of Seri Setia/Sungai Way and quite a close distance from Kopitiam Under Big Tree. What about me? Sure. I too have notice their signboard due to me passing by this area whenever. But somehow, strange. All these years. Though the intention was always there for dining in Restoran Sing Kee Wong, yet, somehow, tell me about it? What we intend to do and what never materializes. For reasons we know or we don't. Finally, on this particular week day at the suggestion of my two friends who frequent Restoran Sing Kee Wong if not often, at least every now and then. 

Friday, January 18, 2019

Life Coach. Who Is A Life Coach?


Life Coach. Shall I, must I or should I assume you know who is a life coach? Well, for a matter of fact, many of us, correct me if I am wrong, in one way or rather must have heard of life coaches? Correct? Unless otherwise? You are not really sure who life coaches are and what we do. Nevermind. Its really okay. Let me assure you that it is really okay if you only have a tiny bit of clue or no clue at all who is a life coach. What am I for anyway? As a life coach myself, the onus is on me. I should be the one who must tell you. I am by the way a life coach for business and personal development. Of course, life coaching by itself, is a broad or the broadest spectrum. You name it, you can engage a specific life coach for your specific spectrum or purpose. I on the other hand have decided in staying true to my expertise. Why? We are best at what we know best, wouldn't you agree? Based on our expertise, skills, abilities, knowledge and of course, as well, our hard earned credentials are our supporting assets. The question now is? What is my role as a life coach?

Monday, January 14, 2019

Nivea Body Lotions


Body lotion, body milk, body moisturiser, body balm or however. However you like to call or however a body cream is known to you. Obviously though, body lotion, is, yes is, for keeping our skin supple, moisturized, hydrated, healthy and comfortable  Of course, without a doubt, I am awarding all the yesses under or above the skin beauty world. Yesses? Are you right now, going like what are all the yesses for? The yesses are for affirming the fact that we all definitely need a body lotion. We sure do. We must in fact. Don't you think so? I'm sure you are agreeing? Otherwise, I rest my skin beauty case on you (St.Ives Body Lotion). But for the rest of you who are agreeing, thank you darlings. I suppose you are agreeing because you are absolutely certain that skin on our body must be a beauty package in tandem to our top to toe beauty? Honestly, tell me please. Who on earth will be proud or honorable if skin is dry, flaky or like fish scale? Moreover, lets not forget that dry skin is the road to disaster. The disaster to the possibilities of, over time or in due course, to skin slowly cracking up, bleeding and trust me, can cause infection as well.  

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Nyonya Okra Sambal


Nyonya me (Vegetarian Nyonya Laksa). Nyonya you (Stir Fried Jicama). Right. Me the home chef who can share my expertise on Nyonya cuisine (Mee Siam Kuah Vegetarian). Willingly of course. As an add-value for my professional as a life coach. Why can't I not or why  shouldn't I by the way? My Nyonya recipes (Ayam Masak Keluak) speaking for themselves and me having belted quite a good number of years to Nyonya cuisine cooking in my kitchen (Nyonya Acar Fish). Obviously, there are no short. No short? That's right. No short of Nyonya recipes (Nyonya Hot and Sour Fish Noodles) in this precious space of mine which, again said, is like a bonus for my clients and anyone for the matter.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Bentong, Pahang (Nava K's Discovery)


Bentong and not Betong. Betong (Thailand Nava K's Tripping). Yep sure. I admit. Honestly, I never knew Betong existed. Not anymore though. I can now confidently tell you the highs and lows or even spill the whole truth to Betong (Betong Episode 3). Bentong on the other hand? Of course. To a certain extent due to Bentong in Pahang is country known fact and also due to me having headed to Bentong. Lets say maybe like 4 to five times so far. However, nothing much really explored because when you head to Bentong for functions and like return home immediately. Regardless, after this weekday trip of mine towards Bentong discovery alongside my two friends. An unhurried, without putting any deadline pressure to driving for a stress relieving trip. Really, we didn't want to rush and we really yearning for, lets take our time in discovering Bentong. No itinerary whatsoever. Neither did we book our overnight stay. Basically, a going with the flow, free and easy trip and we agreeing that we shall decide on the next course of our travelling action once we arrive in Bentong.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Sardine Peratal


Sardine Peratal? Sort of the next door to Sardine Varuval. I might as well include Sardine Sambal too. Plus, if I can, I would definitely love fresh sardines which are by the way quite an affordable our local catch. Then again, on the days I really can't push myself to marketing? Canned sardines. Sure enough. They are usually included as part and parcel of my provision buying. At least two cans are bought and stored in my pantry and these are, definitely the handy ingredients when, like I have told you, I have no time for marketing. Various dishes trust me, can be converted out of canned sardines. Including this Sardine Peratal (Tempoyak Masak Lemak Sardine & Sardine Masak Lemak Cili Padi). Even  Nadan Meen Curry is the produce out of canned sardine mind you. Alright, let's get down to the business of cooking Sardine Peratal. Nothing out of this world, yet, truly satisfying to our hunger. The minimalist when we speak about the ingredients and of course, easily and effortlessly put together dish.  

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Restoran Wai Kei - Old Klang Road


Restoran Wai Kei! Where? Very easy. If you are standing in front of Scott Garden (Restoran Meng Kee & Wong Kok Char Chan Teng), Wai Kei is on the right hand side. Just within a distance of less than 5 minutes walking and the first few amongst the row of the run down shop lots. My reason why I ended up in Wai Kei? Life! My life. What a life. Running errands. Endless. Constantly. From one end to the other and on this particular day, another important matter in Scott Garden and at the recommendation of the person I had to met. Accompanied by my other half-half as well, we walking into Restoran Wai Kei by 11.30am. Restoran Wai Kei. Seemingly quite a prominent food figure which has already made its mark amongst the nearby and maybe even far away customers. Been in the same location I think for the longest time and has also received very favourble food reporting from the media. Not bad. Wouldn't you agree? For such an unassuming restaurant. No frill and nothing really outstanding in terms of ambiance and offering quite a good bit of choices of obviously, Chinese style to food dining.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Murungai Keerai Poriyal


Murungai Keerai/Moringa leaves. Obviously. Harvested from murungai/moringa tree and my supply of murungai keerai? The tree outside my house. Yep. Tree which grows by itself without fertilizer, neither any tender, loving care. Except of course, you gotto water during hot weather for keeping it alive. Otherwise. All will be fine and good and within time, not only the leaves will be showing up, you will also be noticing drumstick/murangai sticks/fruits (Drumstick Sambar/Dhal Curry). Murungai/Moringa! Been our Indian from ancient years wellness (Vazha Koombu Thoran). An open secret definitely amongst us and these days, mind you, even the Chinese. They are not leaving murungai/moringa alone. What are they doing by the way? Seeds of moringa sticks dried and powdered and being marketed for, obviously wellness again. Smart idea of theirs or the lost for us Indians who never considered doing the same? Still or not still, trust me, nothing like a dish out of the leaves or sticks (Meen Muringakka Kulambu). Take this Murungai Keerai Poriyal as an example. Nothing much actually. Just a couple of ingredients and Murungai Keerai Poriyal, believe me you, will be so best appetizing and a pride delight side dish for your rice meal.  For a vegetarian version, do I have to say? Say no to dried shrimps. What can you pair Murungai Keerai Poriyal alongside? Sambar, Rasam, Sodhi or as you like or wish (Mor Kuzhambu).

Monday, December 10, 2018

L'Oreal Paris White Perfect Clinical Overnight Treatment


Night Cream! We did speak about before (BIO-ESSENCE Bio-Bounce Essence Cream)? Not once (Olay Total Effects Night Cream)? We also took this beauty night matter till the height and weight of sea or ocean wave length (Garnier Night Restore Cream)? We sure did. Now, a question from me to you. Is it, is night cream now part and parcel of your beauty routine? Really up to you. But remember something. There is a difference between day cream and night cream. Then again, for a matter of our beauty fact, no one can stop you from using your day cream at night. Even I won't dare. Yet, if you are asking me, I will still go ahead and recommend a night cream. Especially if you have hit the "Big 5" like me, but definitely there is no age limit when you should start using. As long as? You personally feel its about time, go ahead and keep going.  

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Tomato Rasam/Thakkali Rasam


Rasam! Much have been spoken about before and much much I have also personally said about Rasam (Pepper Garlic Rasam). Rasam (Garlic Tomato Rasam). Of course. I vouch is our magical soup and one which is like a customary must have at least once a week. In fact, these days, I actually make in bulk. In other words, I make a bigger portion of rasam (Pineapple Rasam) and then, I separate into smaller portions for freezing. Time saving indeed. Rasam by the way can be kept outside because? Are we not talking about spices and our pantry friendly ingredients for rasam? We are actually (Egg Rasam). But somehow, call it my habit, I still somehow feel storing rasam in the fridge is a save bet. Of like I already told you, into individual containers and freeze. Tomato Rasam. Tomato naturally is one of the ingredients, but this my version of Tomato Rasam? The traditional (Home Rasam Podi Rasam). The handed down recipe. Grandma to mum and to me of course (Nandu/Crab Rasam). Though a tiny bit of pounding is involved, otherwise, all will be tasty, delicious and more importantly, appetizing for this Nava K's Tomato Rasam. Oh, in case you would like to try the instant version to an instant rasam (Instant Rasam), I'm attaching the video as well.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Yap Chuan Bak Kut Teh - Bandar Puchong Utama (Puchong)


The piggy pig bak kut teh in me? We are inseparable. For a fact. My all time favourite and I need my fix of bak kut teh if not regularly, at least every now and then (Siong Juat Bak Kut Teh Port Klang). But this thing to bak kut teh is quite an impossible mission. Why? Because you can't put my other half-half and pork together. Outrightly, he is anti-pork. Of course, I still have a choice. What are the coffee shop stalls for? Then again, trust me. Nothing like a bak kut teh communal meal with friends (Ming Kee Bak Kut Teh, Old Town). Like minded bkt lovers dining together and getting down to our own analysis if it was worthiness (Kepong Heng Bak Kut Teh) or pretty much just another Chinese pork soup.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Kaalan Puli Kulambu


Kaalan Puli Kulambu. Kaalan = mushroom. Puli = sour/sourness. Kulambu/Kuzhambu = curry. Easy explanation right? Kaalan Puli Kulambu or our Indian style mushroom sour curry and a vegetarian version as well. Mushrooms? They are quite a food pride in my house. We love mushrooms (Mushroom Rolls) and amongst the various types, somehow, we have a food love tendency for oyster mushroom which is really affordable. In fact, a packet of oyster mushrooms will only cost you a couple of dollars. Of course, you can use any other mushroom or even mushrooms in can (Creamy Mushroom Soup) too, but personally, I don't think I will or can suggest Shiitake mushroom. Why? Tried before and the taste does not jive and dance well pretty much in Indian sour curries.  

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Betong, Thailand (Nava K's Weekend Tripping) - Episode 3


End of Episode 2 (Betong Episode 2), followed by? Obviously must be Episode 3 right? Of course. From Betong Hot Spring to Namtok Inthason Waterfall. What’s with waterfall? Because I insisted. Me so loving water seeing and hearing, and water as my healing therapy for cleansing my body, mind and soul. Moreover, since we had to pass by the route Namtok Inthason Waterfall is located, why not? No harm done. Mountainous water cascading from a few levels higher up and flowing at its own sound of music. However, as far as I know, Namtok Inthason Waterfall is not a prominent water figure of Betong (Betong Part 1) and if I am not mistaken, have not been maintained for maybe the longest time.
Maybe that's there was no one was around except us even during this weekend. Can be quite eerie mind you. Then again, for the brave hearts, nothing can or should stop you from picnicking and water dipping. We on the other hand? 10 minutes most to most before heading to Winter Flower Garden. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Sardine Sambal


Sardine Sambal or Sambal Sardine. Both the same anyway. Its just a matter of whether you want to put sardine in front of sambal or sambal in front of sardine. Sardine Sambal. In fact, for a matter of fact, I really have lost count on the number of times I have already made (Sardine Varuval) and I know there will never be a full-stop. What is Sardine Sambal? Our Malaysian spicy side dish which is like the best food wonder when eaten alongside rice and you must, potentially, include Rasam (Pineapple Rasam), Sodhi (Malu Kirata) and Sambar (Udupi Sambar). Shall we grab the recipe now? Me unveiling my version of Sardine Sambal and you giving it a go? You should. Pretty much a simplicity in cooking, the easiest version by far and you just need a couple of our pantry friendly ingredients. Put your trust in this recipe of mine and? You will not be disappointed in any which way.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Kopitiam Under Big Tree (Sungai Way, Petaling Jaya)


Under The Tree, or The Big Tree or as my close friend calls it, Under The Yum-Yum Tree. Officially, known as Kopitiam Under Big Tree as per Google listing and it is where my friend is a regular customer, and he literally. I don't know like how many times already, been asking me to join him. Finally, we couldn't escape and out of curiosity as well, we agreed. From Shah Alam to his house in Kampung Tunku and then to Under Big Tree where people park at their whims and fancy within or around the whole stretch of road. Malaysians! We sort of prefer to escape from paying for parking even if its only two dollars? Only two dollars at the closest open car park. Yet? We rather complain hell of a lot when we see a summon under our car wind screen? I guess. Some things will never change in Malaysia? Our Malaysian mentality of causing inconvenience to fellow Malaysians by parking as we wish? Madness. What about us? We paid prior to walking into Under Big Tree. 
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