Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Malay-Style Fried Chicken

600g chicken, cut into sizeable pieces
2 tbsp tapioca cloor
2 tbsp rice flour

Spices (combined)
6 shallots
5 garlic cloves
2 tbsp sliced lemon grass (use white portion only)
2 tbsp meat curry powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
3-4 tsp water
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Place combined spices into a food processor.  Blend into a fine paste.

Combine the tapioca and rice flours.  Marinate chicken pieces withs the spice paste.  Add combined flour mixture.

Heat enough oil in  a wok or deep saucepan.

Put in marinated chicken and deep-fry over medium heat until lightly golden.  Remove and reheat the oil.

Return the prefired chicken pieces to the hot oil and fry over high heat until golden brown.

Remove and drain from oil. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sofiyah's Graduation - Islamic Primary School Abim

 (Sofiyah posing with her certificate)

 (Sofiyah with her bff)

 (Sofiyah far left with the peace sign)

 (Sofiyah...and me..)

 (the 'graduates' in the hall..)

 (queing to receive their certificates)

 (Sofiyah receiving her certificate)

 (Sofiyah with her classmate)

(My darling Sofiyah, Congratulations dear...)

This year is Sofiyah's final year in Primary School.  Next year she will be studying in Form 1.   She will have five years in a Secondary School.  Since she is my youngest child, I too bid goodbye to Sekolah Rendah Islam ABIM. (Islamic Primary School ABIM).  All my children attended this school.  

Sofiyah scored 4As and 1B in her Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR).  She got an A in English, Bahasa Malaysia and Mathematics.  She got a B in Science.  For her Peperiksaan Sekolah Rendah Agama (PSRA) she scored 85% (Jayyid jiddan).  She got an A in Arabic which is very impressive indeed.

So, on Saturday 19th November, she attended her school's graduation ceremony.  Well, she was the only one who had the opportunity to receive her certificate this way, because, when her siblings left their primary school years, this kind of ceremony never took place.  In fact, this event was the third organised by her school.  The first time was in 2009 (Sofiyah was in Year 3).

Since I attended this event, I had to miss my Tafsir class at Universiti Islam Antarabangsa (UIA Gombak).  What a sacrifice.  Anyway, after the event, we returned home to fetch Wahiduzzaman.  We then attended a wedding at Putrajaya.  


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Be Smart...Be Successful! Work for Eternal Peace & Success!

Dear sister in Islam...,
We know its hard. We know you look at the pictures of the models and the celebrities and wonder why you can’t look like them? We know it hurts to sometimes refrain yourself from plucking those brows or to put on that hijab & abaya. We know it gets hard to walk outside with no make up on, with your natural face, thinking it’s not good enough and all of your flaws are showing.

You know what else we know? We know you’re beautiful, regardless of what you think of yourself. ♥ We know that even the slightest inclination of pleasing Allah in yourself increases that beauty ten-fold and we know that when Allah finds you beautiful, it’s all that matters. You’re not doing this for the world, remember? You’re not even doing it for yourself. :)

Imagine your beauty on the Day of Qiyamah when your face would be glowing and radiant with noor, when you would enter Jannaj & be more beautiful than the hoor and you would realize that it was this world really wasn’t worth the drool.

Lovely sister, we are proud of you! ♥

Saturday, November 19, 2011

@Taman Botani, Putrajaya - Tai Chi

 (me with my Tai Chi friends from Serdang)

(Tai Chi Kung Fu San)

 (Breakfast time....nasi lemak kerang)

(My sifu (Mr Hoon Wah Kuang) and I..)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

FIFI, my adorable cat.....

 (Fifi....sleeping on the couch)

 (slowly opening her eyes....)

 (almost wide awake.....)

 (wide awake....)

(stretching and scratching......)

Fifi was sleeping so soundly and she looked so cute that I could not resist taking her picture.  She had the couch all to herself.....

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

My Rambutan Tree....its fruits

These are my rambutans, almost ripe....but still can be eaten....ohhhh soooo sweet although the skin still not red enough.  Anyway, darling hubby plucked some for me...and he sliced open a rambutan, and fed me.... sweet my larling hubby....(makes the rambutan all the more sweeter....hehehe....)

Ooopssss...again forgot to take picture of rambutan time lah!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Little Bird from the Rambutan Tree

This little bird was pecking on my window pane...thus awoke me from my afternoon nap...Then I took these pictures...after which, it flew away.... wonder what bird this is.....

Monday, November 14, 2011

SPM 2011

 (Wahid with his certificate)

 (Receiving his certiicate from the PTA Chairman)

 (Queing to receive his certificate)

(the 'graduates' queing to receive their certificates)

The above pictures were taken on Saturday 22nd October 2011.  It was Wahiduzzaman's 'convocation' ceremony organised by his school, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Saujana Impian.  The school started the event three years ago.  So, this was the third time.  During Wahid's elder brother's time, such an event does not exist.  Well, perhaps it is now the trend in secondary schools to organise such an event. 

They received their certificates based on their SPM Trial exam results. The actual SPM exam will begin on Monday November 14 2011, which is today, and Wahiduzzaman is sitting for it from today.  The exam will last approx 3 weeks.  Wahid is sitting for his Bahasa Malaysia Paper 1. 

Last night, we took him to McD for supper.   The whole family were there except for Badruzzaman (elder brother) and Ayeshah (2nd elder sister).  We just want him to relax and not get stressful thinking about the first day exam paper.  I think he was stressful because he ate 2 pcs of Big Mac and the cheezy fries....

This morning I sent him to school at 7am.  He had breakfast of 2 fried eggs and baked beans and tea.  Before getting into the car, I gave him a hug and kissed his forehead and cheeks.  (have to do this at home, because if I do this when he gets down from the car at is not cool......he very malu one...).   In fact, last night after the whole family solat maghrib, my husband was the imam, Wahid seek forgiveness from us all. He is now at peace to proceed with his exam.
After I left him at school, and returned home, I did solat dhuha and read Surah Yaasin from 8am (the start of his BM paper).  My son, I could only pray and dua for you, the rest is up to you. Please do your best.  I love you so much.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

My Rambutan Tree

 (a branch full of rambutans...almost ripe)

 (heavy....almost touching the ground...)


(another close up of the whole tree...)

The only rambutan tree in my compound is now heavy with almost ripe fruitsPerhaps it will be fully ripe by next week.  But then, I have started plucking the almost red rambutans (could not resist its beckoning....) to eat its..oh so sweet...flesh.....

Aiyaaa!!! Should have taken a few pictures before I ate it just now... Now its raining heavily so no chance to pluck the rambutans and snap some pictures of the fruits itself! Now the rambutan fruits are all wet.....

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tuna Pie

325g plain flour
160g butter diced
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tbsp castor sugar
4-5 tbsp ice water

2 onions, diced
2 tbsp oil
450g potatoes
1 tbsp curry powder
1 small can tuna flakes in brine, drained

To prepare pastry: Sift flour into a mixing bowl.  Stir in salt and sugar.  Rub in diced, cold butter until mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

Add the ice water and mix into asmooth pastry dough.  Roll into a ball and chill in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes.

To prepare filling:  Put potatoes in a pot of water.  Bring to the boil and cook until potatoes are tender.  Drain and leave aside for a while.  Peel the skin then cut into very small cubes.

Heat oil in a nonstick saucepan.  Add onion and fry until aromatic.  Sprinkle in curry po9wder and continue to fry for a while.  Add the remaining filling ingredients except the potatoes.

Stir-fry briefly until well combined.  Add potatoes then stir to mix.  Dish out and set aside.

Roll out pastry dough thinly and cut rounds to fit tart moulds.  Line the base with the pastry round then spoon in a heaped tablespoon of filling. 
Cover the top with another piece of pastry round then press down the edge with a fork to seal up. 

Brush the pastry top or surface with glaze.  Bake in pre-heated oven (180 degrees C) for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve the pies while still hot,.

Fish Head Recipes


350ml watr
25g asam jawa paste
700g fish head, halved
5 lady's fingers
4 cherry tomatoes, halved
4 tbsp oil
2 stalks polygonum (daun kesum) 

Spice paste (blended)
5 fresh red chillies, seeded
3 dried chillies, soaked and seeded
1 tbsp sliced lemon grass
3 slices galangal
1 cm fresh turmeric root
10 shallots
5 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp belacan powder (shrimp paste powder)
1 1/2 tbsp fish curry powder

Adequate salt to taste
1/8 tsp sugar or to taste
1 tsp ikan bilis stock granules

1 tbsp finely sliced torch ginger bud (bunga kantan)

Lightly season fish head with salt and pepper.  Steam for 10 minutes. Remove and discard any excess water from the plate.

Mix the water and asam jawa paste and strain the juice .  Set aside.  Head oil in a saucepan.  Fry blended spices and plygonum stalks until fragrant.  Thion down with 2-3 tablespoons of the strained tamarind juice.

Add the rest of the tamarind juice and lady's fingers.  Bring to a boil.  Allow to simmer for 5-6 minutes.  Add cherry tomatoes and ajust with seasoning to taste.

Dish out gravy and pour over the fish.  Contunue steaming for a further 3-4 minutes or until the eyes of the fish pop out.

Serve the dish with a sprinkling of sliced wild ginger bud. 


1/2 a fish head (garoupa or red snapper)

Marinade (A)
Adequate salt and pepper
A little sugar

2 bird's eye chillies, chopped
1/2 a tomato, thinly sliced
2 slices soft beancurd
15g salted cabbage green stems (harm choy), shredded
1 piece pickled sour plum (sheen mui), seeded and chopped
4 slices ginger

Sauce (C)
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp fish sauce
Dash of pepper
1/4 tsp chicken seasoning powder
3 tbsp water

Some schopped spring onion and fresh red chilli
1 tbsp fried garlic oil
Some fried garlic crisps

Clean the fish head.  Lightly season with marinade (A) and set aside.

Arrange ingredients (B) on the base of a heatproof dish.  Place fish head over the ingredients and steam for 15 minutes.

Pour away excess water.

Combine sauce (C) in a small nonstick saucepan and cook to a low simmering boil, then pour hot sauce over the fish.  Finally, garnish the fish before serving.


1/2 a fish head, chopped into bite-sized pieces
Oil for deep-frying
150g yam, cut into finger thick slices and deep-fried until golden
4 slices tong kwai
5 slices ginger
1 tbnsp kei chi
30g salted cabbage green stems (harm choy), shredded and soaked for 10-15 minutes
70g oyster mushrooms torn into half
1.5 litres fresh chicken stock

1/2 tsp saslt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp ikan bilis stock powder
1/2 cup tapioca flour

Seasoning (B)
1/2 tsp salt or to taste
1/2 tsp sugar or to taste
1/8 tsp pepper
1 tbsp sesame oil
1/4 tsp chicken seasoning powder 
1/4 tsp ikan bilis stock powder

Some chopped spring onion, coriander and chilli 
Fried shallot crisps

Combine ingredients (A) in a large mixing bowl.  Add fish head pieces and toss until well coated with tapioca mixture.  Deep-fry in hot oil until golden brown.

Heat chicken stock in a pot.  Add tong kwai slices, ginger slices, kei chi, salted cabbage and yam.  Bring to the boil then simmer for 10 minutes.

Add pre-fried fish and oyster mushrooms.  Boil for 8-10 minutes.  Dish out into individual clay pots and serve with garnishing.

Thursday, November 3, 2011


I was at plaza pkns in shah alam waiting for my hubby when i came across this handicraft shop. I entered and enquired whether they sell DMC thread. I was shocked when they told me RM1.80 each colour.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Kid was born......

(So cute......)

 (Mommy goat with her new kid....)

 (so near, yet so far.....(looking at mommy's breastmilk))

I was doing my stock check at the farm yesterday morning when my farm boy told me our goat has given birth early in the morning.  She gave birth to a male kid.  So adorable the kid.  He was still a little weak....but his mom will definitely take good care of him....

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