Saturday, August 29, 2009

Food In Labuan : R & R Japanese Surrender Point

Few months ago, i went on a work trip to Labuan. After having a hectic day, i went with my friend to visit The Surrender Point.

The Surrender Point is where the Japanese army formally surrendered during WWII. Three months after the Allied forces landed on 9th Sep 1945, Major General George F.Wooten, commander of the Austarlian 9th Division presided & witnessed the formal signing of the letter of surrender by Lieutenant General Masao Baba, commander of the 37th Japanese Army. In the ensuing two years until 1947, this area served as the HQ for Australian 9th Division army & the command center for Allied forces in British Borneo. It was also a detention center investigating the heinous crimes & immoral conducts commintted by the Japanese army during the war. War tribunals were regularly held here to trial & execute Japanese army personnel suspected of war crimes.

I spend nearly an hour wandering around reading & trying to figure out what is the history behind the contruction of the big wall. Thank god for all the history lessons written at various point of the places. At the end of the visit we came across a small R&R (rest & relax) area. There's a small snack shop with an open space concept where there's a quite number of crowd gathered.

We managed to get a seat & started to order small evening snack which consists of a bunch of Sate, Chicken Wings & Teh Tarik. Excellent meal indeed with a calm breeze of wind gasping the ears. We end up ordering 10 chicken wings & 20 sticks of sate (beef & chicken).

I must say it was among the best evening snack i've ever had.

Place :- The Surrender Point ~ Labuan

Price :- RM 0.50 per stick for Sate, RM 1.50 for Chicken Wing & RM 1.00 for a Teh Tarik

Where is it? It overseeing the beach..

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Ammar's 1st Birthday Dinner

We had our family (my husband's side) come over for a simple dinner that night (July 29th). I prepared some simple dishes, and I started cooking in the morning then on and off, continued whenever the kids were busy playing or watching tv (when they forgot abt me). I consult my cooking expert a.k.a the head chef.. my mother by the phone the day b4...
So here are the dishes I prepared, my version of Ikan Siakap tiga
rasa and ikan bawal putih(ponfret) asam pedas, bok choi a.k.a sawi jepun (as my mom call it), urap pegaga (Johor style, yes... I'm a Johorean), sup tulang and udang geragau goreng (you can only get this prawn, fresh not dried, in Malacca, as far as I know ..).

For those who wants to try the urap pegaga, here's the recipe:

*ulam pegaga with roots
*Fresh red chilies
*dried prawn/anchovies ( i used dried prawn)
*fresh grated coconut

  • Blend all the ingredients except the coconut.

  • Cook on a medium heat, add the coconut and salt.
  • You hv to keep stir it around until the coconut dried up a little bit, actually the wetness or dryness is up to u. I dont really like the coconut to be too dry.. so it's up to u really. turn off the heat and remove it into a bowl.

  • Cut the pegaga and just toss it in the coconut.

Recipe for 'fried udang geragau':

Actually it's really up to you how you want the udang geragau to be done. For me, one of the way that I like is:

onion/shallots, spring onions, chopped cili padi/ red chilli, egg, udang geragau.
Combine everything in a bowl, put in the udang last, add salt and pepper to taste. Fry them.

That night, my eldest son kept making excuses for wanting to open his lil bro's presents (it's getting late, he's going to sleep soon.. hehe..), at that moment I realised that he IS getting bigger and smarter.. hehe.. As for the birthday boy, he had fun that night, playing with his cousins and his new toys ( thanks to his aunts & uncles)... he went to bed around 1.30am that night .

On Saturday, we had our family (JB side) gathering at my parent's for Ammar's bday.. This time we had tea, so my mum and I decided to prepare 'bihun soto' (basically it's chicken bihun sup with bergedel, beansprout, spring onion, cilantro andf ried shallots... yummy), my sister made 'dadih' and 'pengat labu' and some orange cupcakes with cream cheese frosting I made the day before.

For the kids, we fried chicken nuggets, onion rings, keropok lekor and fries. I did bake my fav bread again, but this time I used my new rectangle pound cake mould. Nowadays, as the kids eats more than they used to, I hv to bake the bread (1/2) recipe twice a week..

The cake was beautiful (thanks to my sister), and my mother told me that while we were singing birthday song to Ammar, instead of saying 'Hppy Birthday to Ammar' he said slowly 'Happy Birthday to Adam'.. hehe... why I'm not suprised... Ammar got a bicycle from his grandpa and today, I caught him standing on the bike while both hands holding the armrest of the sofa... Kids... scarry...

On the evening the day before (Friday), my husband took the kids and my kid brother to Danga Bay. There was nobody else around, so they make full use of the place. The kids enjoyed the trip so much esp my eldest, that when it's time to go home, my husband had to carry him away from the place (he cried, of course..).

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Food In Kedah : Kulim ~ Restaurant Pokok Manggis

Last year in July my family together with my parents went for a trip to Southern part of Kedah. The reason being was to get my parents land title for a piece of land in Langkawi. To my surprised, the only place where we can get this document was in Pejabat Tanah Kulim.

So the journey begins early in the morning. Not so morning though due to the fact that the kids woke up late. Anyhow, my parents got what they wanted. Then come the best part of the day which was looking for a place to eat. I decided to stop at a small restaurant which looked very cosy under a big tree. There's a big 'Restoran Pokok Manggis' signboard infront of me, which at te moment i wonder where's the 'Manggis Tree'.

The restaurant was quite full which leave me no choice but to park at the back of it. Oh... Finally it makes sense why the restaurant got the name. There's a big mangoesteen tree at the back & its sure look furtile. Unfortunately there's no fruit on, probably its not yet the season.

We order 4 main dishes which were mixed vege, fried egg, deep fried squid & black paper deer meat. Quite delicious meal especially the black paper deer meat, but its quite spicy & hot for the kids. Probably next time i should ask for different style of cooking.

Its definitely a place for me to drop by some other time.

After that heavy meal my mom asked to drop by a place where this teacher selling turkey (got that adv from Eventhough he's doing it parttime in front of his house but i think the $$ he got from selling these birds were even more than his basic salary. He's told me that the chicks were sell for RM 30.00 per bird & the mother was sold at RM 70.

The offer was soo tempting for my mother which end up buying about 20 turkeys to bring back. Well its quite interesting & challenging to bring back the 'turkey' but all were safely reached my parents' 'kebun' at the end of the day...

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Food in Johor - Tg Langsat ~ Lunch

I travel a lot due to work requirement. Every time i travel i'll make sure to find an interesting place to eat. I'll either ask my client or just drive around & follow the crowds.

There's one place in Tg Langsat which have a very simple dish yet interesting. Its a deep fried fish with 'kicap manis' & sambal dip. Very simple dish but delicious. Pricing wise was quite ok for an empty stomach.

The thing is the place is quite far inside & i dont think someone can even find the place unless someone brings you in.

Restaurant Name :- Kedai Makan Rahmat

Price :- Average (can't remember the price)

I was force to start writing my food experience by beebsz. (hope this article will shut her up)

How to go? Its near the river end of the road.

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