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6 Days 5 Nights Relax at Chiang Mai (Day 2) | 废人废生活的清迈6天5夜行 (第二天)

Day 2 We got a warm welcome by birds outside our room in our second day in Chiang Mai. It was a cooling and wonderful day. We enjoyed our American style breakfast after woke up in later morning. The breakfast came with fried egg, bacon, big sausage and vegetable. It was very delicious. Apart from that, they have coffee and tea for you to choose. Yogurt, orange juice, fruit, oat, milk are buffet style. It was such a wonderful experience to enjoy our breakfast in this beautiful place. 第二天 唧唧唧,小鸟的叫声显示清晨已来到。美好的早晨,清凉的天气,让我们赖床赖得好舒服。这天,我们睡到自然醒,梳洗后再去用早餐。酒店准备美式早餐,有蛋,培根,大香肠及蔬菜,非常好吃,尤其是培根,香咸脆滋味,吃了还想再吃。另外,又有咖啡或茶让你选。奶酪,橙汁,水果,麦片,牛奶则任拿。在这大自然的环境下享用那么丰富的早餐,实在是一种大享受呢。   After finish breakfast, we walked back to hotel room. Today, we rent a motorbike from hotel again as it is really convenient to have your own bike. You can travel to any places that you like at your own convenient time. Although Camus does not have a motor license, but he still can fetch me to go here and there, it was really romantic which we can't experience in our own country, an unforgettable experience we had there! 用完早餐,我们再慢步回房休息。由于昨晚的骑电单车经验让我们觉得很方便,想去那,就去那,所以我们租借了酒店的电单车,自己到处逛逛。没有电单车执照的Camus,能在清迈骑着电单车,载着我到处去,是我们在我国所不曾体验的。这又是我们在清迈的另一种新体验,浪漫式的游玩清迈,体会当地人的生活,肯定毕生难忘。   At first we were worried and thinking not to rent a bike as we afraid there will be a road block, carry helmet everywhere while you travel is not a convenient way also. But the hotel owner told us normally won't have road block, and if have just told police we forgot to bring license. We also can't believe the helmet can just hang on motor bike, 99.99% you won't lost your helmet! After get the assurance from hotel owner, we rent their bike and continue our journey. 其实早前还在顾虑租不租电单车,一是担心警察遮路,二是担心钢盔领在手上游玩时不便。但问了问酒店的人后,他们都说警察多数不会查牌,钢盔也可以随便放置在电单车上,所以我们更加放心的租下电单车了。   Our first stop on this day was Royal Flora Ratchaphruek. When we arrived there, we saw many local people just leave their helmet on top of their bike without any lock. From there you can see how safe Chiang Mai is. Compare with our country, don't say you leave it on bike, even if you hang it on the hook under your seat, which consider lock it, you will end up getting back your helmet "ring" without the helmet and be prepared to spend another few ten or hundred ringgit to get your new helmet. 我们骑着电单车出发到Royal Flora Ratchaphruek,凉风习习,实在令人兴奋。抵达后,停放好电单车,观察周围的电单车,当地人还真的就把钢盔摆放在车上而已,真是不能不佩服当地的治安。要是在我国,别说摆放,就算你锁上了,可恶的小偷还是把钢盔给剪断。 Royal Flora Ratchaphruek map We bought an entrance ticket which cost 100 Baht each. Inside the park, we get a 20 Baht track ticket to ride on track and round the park. The track will stop you at few stations, you can go to every station to have short walking trip. There are many types of flowers and plantation in the park. Among all, attracted me to most was the big winter melon. 我们买了两张各100Baht的入门票后,前往里边去。再购买两张各20Baht的车票,就可由司机载着里面逛,省下很多脚力。园中花草树木多得很,其中一个令人振奋的是大冬瓜,司机载着我们经过该段路时,所有人都哗哗声,这也难怪,冬瓜也实在是太大了吧。 For lunch, we arrived at another local market (Hang Dong market) to have their local food. That market was not a tourist place, hence all menus are written in Thai language. Good thing was they have picture, hence we simply pointed at the picture to order our lunch. From that bowl of noodle, it looked plain and simple, but it was very spicy. After ate, I immediately ran for toilet *diarrhea*. But, I like the noodle so much and it was one of the food that I miss so much, I will return for it again in future if I have the chance. 走完花园,肚子也都饿了,我们骑着电单车到处找吃。最后,我们到达另一个巴刹 (Hang Dong巴刹),享用当地的汤面。食谱都是泰文,就只能看着照片随意点来吃。这碗汤面实在是辣,但非常好吃,也许是太辣了,吃完不久就拉肚子,但,它却是我一直还在怀念的味道。这感觉淡淡又辣辣的,普普通通的一碗面,竟然赢取了我的心啊。 After lunch, we returned to Baan Tawai, the place we went on our first day in Chiang Mai. We bought 2 wall lights at 300 Baht, cheap. 吃完后,我们再回到昨天去过的Baan Tawai, 购买壁灯。两盏灯才用了300Baht,觉得很便宜呢。 Baan Tawai map Then, we returned to night market near our hotel to get our dinner again. 之后,又回到昨天的夜市购买晚餐。   After meal, we had our Thai massage in our room, I expected a relaxing massage, which I experienced at Bali before, but it was a torturing one. I shout from beginning until the end, it was a "pain"ful experience. But one hour massage only cost us 300 Baht. 吃饱后,我们在房内做泰式按摩,以为是舒服的按摩,结果痛得大叫,真是拿钱来折磨自己啊。但一个小时只是300Baht,挺便宜的,按完也觉得身体松了点。   After that, we planed our trip for next day. 之后,就计划隔天的行程,由于来前没什么计划的,所以当场计划隔天行程。

 

Banana Muffin | Homemade Muffin

I do not bake for a period of time due to no oven with me in Japan. I mentioned that I miss my smart oven in Penang from the post of Peach Cheesecake. Well, after few months of stay in my apartment, I do not realize that actually I have an oven in my apartment. It is conventional oven where it can be used to toast, grill, bake and also act as microwave oven. A friend of mine discovered this and told me that I can bake, huuray! If not, I think I won't realize that I have an oven with me. Haha.. 

 

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Kuih Koci Recipe

This is my first time making kuih koci, one of my favourite kuih. It is easy to make but for wrapping filling part, I found it is a bit difficult as I can't really wrap coconut filling evenly. Here you go with the recipe. Recipe obtained from Agnes Chang: RecipeFor Skin300g glutinous rice flour1tbsp cornflour1tbsp caster sugar1tbsp oil2tbsp pandan juice240ml coconut milk (obtain from 1/2 coconut)
Spaghetti with Mushroom Sauce Recipe PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 31 July 2014 14:53
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Speg_3Years! It has been years I never touch on spaghetti, never walk into Italian restaurant (except for pizza). I am phobia to spaghetti after went for Italian buffet in Japan in year 2009, the Italian buffet came with free flow of pizza and spaghetti, somehow I guess I ate too much of spaghetti, and that caused me stop spaghetti for 5 years!

Last week, sitting in office, I suddenly smeeeell spaghetti (my brain pop out spaghetti)...then feel like eating the spaghetti that Camus cooked for me about 7 or 8 years ago. Last weekend, he cooked for me again using the same recipe.

See below for the ingredients and recipe, simple yet delicious!

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To cook the sauce, fried garlic and onion in pan, when both ingredients almost golden brown, pour in a can of Campbell mushroom soup, add half can of water and stir well. Add in dried mushroom which has been cut into slices after soak in water until soft. Boil everything and add in a slice of cheedar cheese. Stir evenly.

In separate pan, cook corn, crab stick and beef breakfast lean.

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Very delicious beef breakfast lean bought in Jusco

Cook spaghetti in boiling water until it is soft. When everything is done, serve spaghetti with mushroom sauce on plate, add corn, crab stick and beef breakfast lean. Serve hot!

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Now while I am writing the post, I wish to eat another plate of spaghetti again. Next time, maybe I want to have a plate of carbonara spaghetti. Last but not least, thanks my dear for this very delicious spaghetti!

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Butter Cake Recipe (Egg Separation Method) PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 July 2014 11:37
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ButterCake_2Butter cake is one of my family favourite cake, I used to bake it years ago with "Buttercup" or "Farmcow" butter. This few years, I found it hard to bake nice butter cake with this types of butter. I am not sure what's wrong with it, it was either my baking skill get worse? or the weather that makes the buttle melt easily? or the butter itself? I bought a 500g better quality butter to keep in fridge and plan to bake for butter cake. This time I get "SCS" butter.

When I read through some bloggers' blog, I found one recipe that is famous among many bloggers, and this method using egg separation method. I decided to give it a try.

With no regret, I am very happy with the result, I like this type of cake which gives a very fluffy texture and rich in buttery flavour. Thanks to wendyinkk for sharing Mrs NgSK's recipe. I really love it so much!!!

Ingredients:
230g salted butter, softened
150g caster sugar
4 egg yolks (grade B egg)
200g self raising flour, sifted (I used 200g cake flour+3.5tsp baking powder)
60ml fresh milk

4 egg whites (grade B egg)
50g caster sugar

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 170°C. Line bottom and sides of 8 inch cake pan with parchment paper.
2. Cream butter and sugar till pale and fluffy, scrape side and bottom of mixing bowl as necessary. Add egg yolk 1 at a time. Beat well after each addition.

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3. Put half the sifted flour and mix on low speed until combined. Add milk in two additions and mix until well combined. Add in balance of flour.

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4. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk egg whites till soft peak. Gradually add in 50 g sugar, beat until egg whites form stiff peaks.
5. Put half the egg whites in butter mixture and mix on low speed, pour in balance of egg whites and fold with spatula.
6. Pour batter into baking pan and level.
7. Bang baking pan on table top to remove big air bubbles.
8. Bake at pre-heated oven for 45 minutes or until skewer inserted and come out clean.

My cake has little crack on top when bake in oven for about 40 minutes, I don't really care about this as most importantly it was very delicious, look at the photo to see the cake's texture, lovely!

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Left: before baked, right: after baked

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Indonesia Layer Cake with Cranberries Recipe PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014 14:40
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CranLC_1When I looked back my post on Hawflakes Layer Cake, I just realised that it has been more than one year since I last baked my Indonesia layer cake. I bought a can of butter for baking layer cake and kept until it was expired. I quickly grab it to bake for my next Indonesia Layer Cake with Cranberry.

This time, I follow exactly the recipe in my blog too, with slight modification, I change the filling to cranberries. For my hawflakes and prune layer cake, I managed to bake a total of 8 layers cake but for this one, I get only 7 layers. It was still very delicious and as good as last two cakes! I spent less than 3 hours for this cake. You can substitude cranberries with raisins too if you like as the taste of cranberries in this cake taste very similar to raisins.

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Recipe here: (more picture can refer here)

Ingredients:
340g tinned butter
180g icing sugar (sifted)
1tbsp sweet condensed milk

12 egg yolk
1/2tsp vanilla essense
1tbsp brandy (optional)

100g plain flour (sifted together with mixed spice)
1.5tsp mixed spice

4 egg white

Some cranberry and red colouring

Method:

1. Cream butter and icing sugar with mixer (using k-beater) at medium speed until fluffy. Add in sweet condensed milk and continue cream until well combined.
2. In separate bowl, beat egg yolks, brandy and vanilla essense with handwhisk until pale.
3. Continue mixer at medium speed (step 1), slowly pour egg yolks into butter mixture and cream until well combined.
4. Switch mixer to low speed, add in sifted flour and mixed spice, beat until well combined.
5. In separate big bowl, beat egg white until very hard.
6. Scoop 3~5 tbsp of mixture (4) into beaten egg white, stir with spoon until combined.
7. Add (6) into remaining (4) mixture and mix at low speed until well combined.

To bake:
1. Preheat oven at 200C (TOP & BOTTOM fire).
2. Line square cake tin bottom layer with baking paper. Oil the paper to hold it well with cake tin.
3. Pour one cup of mixture into cake tin, make the layer even with spatula.
4. Bake at oven until top layer is brown. (about 6~8 minutes depend on oven)
5. When done for first layer, take out from oven, switch oven to TOP fire only. Poke cake's bubble with toothpick (if any).
6. Pour another cup of mixture to make second layer.
7. Repeat step (3) ~ (4) until second last layer, switch oven to TOP & BOTTOM fire, 180C.
8. Continue to bake last layer until brown.
9. Remove cake from oven and cool it at wire rack.

*Note1: Arrange cranberries at 3rd & 6th layer. Press lightly with toothpick after pour 3rd and 6th layer mixture.

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*Note2: Take out 2 cups of mixture and add a few drops of red colouring, mix well. Pour 1 cup of red mixture on 2nd and 6th layer of cake.

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Steam Chicken with Mushroom Using Cosway Steamer PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 15 July 2014 14:37
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SteamerRecently when we were doing house keeping, we found out that there is a unit of steamer given by Camus's mom. She bought it from Cosway many years ago but did not use it at all. We took it out from our store room and keep it at kicthen.

Last two weeks, we used it to cook for our lunch and dinner. We found it quite useful and easy to use without dirty our kicthen, hence not much cleaning job after cook except for washing the steamer part by part after use.

We first try with steam chicken with mushroon, the night before cook, we merinate two big chicken drumsticks with oyster sauce, soy sauce and pepper. To make the chicken more delicious, we added dried mushroom, red dates and ginger to the chicken on the day we cooked. Since the steamer contains three layers, we put in lady finger and corn too.

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With this simple and easy cooking way, we were able to enjoy our meal, and it was so delicious.

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Heng Thai Seafood Restaurant (Thai-Chinese food) | Raja Uda PDF Print E-mail
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HengThai_1We found one Chinese-Thai food restaurant few weeks ago at Raja Uda, it was not our first intention to dine there. We were hungry and looking for something good and special for our dinner, we went to Kampung Baru for our first stop, looking for Japanese food, but there was an event held at Kampung Baru causing heavy traffic jam.

We changed our dinner place to Salad Bowl at Chain Ferry, bad luck, it was closed on that day. We drove towards Raja Uda direction, Sawara steamboat get our attention and we sat in to read the menu. After 5 minutes, we walked out from Sawara due to super expensive of the meal. Finally, we went in this not so attractive but crowded restaurant.

It was already 9pm and after make order, still have to wait for another 25-30minutes. I can say that it was worth waiting as the dishes that we ordered taste delicious and very similar to Thai local taste.

That time was only Camus and myself, two persons cannot order much. One big fish, two big prawns and a plate of mix vegetable make us very full and satisfied.

This assam Africa fish taste superb, hot, spicy and sour, just like assam soup. It came with some chinese cabbage too, very appetizing. This assam big fish cost about RM28, to me it is very worth as you will get big fish with delicious soup and vegetable in it.

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When make order, the waiter asked is 4 big prawns enough for us? We said yes, but after that, he reduce our order to 2 big prawns. I was thinking, har? 2 prawn nia where got enough? But for first time, I thought it would be good to try 2 first, in case not delicious. When they served, I was shocked as big head prawn really big in size, luckily we did not order 4, and this 2 big head prawn cost us RM40. Gosh! If I order 4, I have to pay for RM80!! This plate of big head prawns was super delicious, sprinkle with chopped garlic and bird chili on top. They steamed with a kind of sauce, slightly sour, very special and delicious, if you ask me how the big prawn taste, I can say it tasted like lobster and crab. How good if I have the recipe?

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Mix vegetable, RM8 taste good too. They cooked with 4 types of vegetables.

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To us, this is one of the best Thai food restaurant (another one is Mae Salong in Sungai Petani). They open during lunch time too. If you are looking for Thai food, visit this restaurant and give it a try.

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Location: 28, Jalan Raja Uda, Pusat Perniagaan Raja Uda, Butterworth, Penang. (Same row as Sawara)
Phone Number: 604-3233799

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