Sunday, March 19, 2017

枣子树素食馆 zao zi shu - vegetarian delights

Delicious and healthy Saturday treat.
Thanks Victor and shin yi for introducing this place! Zao zhi shu will change your perception about vegetarian food!

Refreshing fruit tea with orangy and honey flavor. Would be perfect with some ice given the hot weather.

So much chilly powder for the dry pan mee!
Balanced flavor and chewy noodles. Yum

Stir fry pan mee with the exact balance of 'wok hei' the fragrance of fry noodles with enough temperature and timing

Deep fried bean curd skin with stuffing. So crispy that it just sizzles in the mouth

'mutton' curry noodles. For those who thinks vegetarian food is all about boring gluten and flour. This dish will prove you wrong

Beggar's porridge. A yummy blend of rice porridge with fresh and preserved vegetarians. The portion is big even for a glutton like me.

All only for the price of RM60+
Too good to be missed

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Bombay restaurant kuantan

Lunch date with hubby Ryan.

 Rendang chicken. A nice kick with spice.
Chicken not fried. Less oily :)

Crunchy papadam crackers with a touch of saltiness.

Banana leaf rice which ran out of banana leaf. Nice fish curry sauce with stir fry bitter hours, long bean and pumpkin.

South Indian meal 
Vegetarian option with this nice crunchy Indian bean cake. A variety of dips, soup, vegetable curry and mango salsa.
Interesting flavors. 

Of course can't leave teh tarik (tea with creamy froth-much like cappuccino) out. 

Hearty portion especially for rice lovers.

RM23 bill in total.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Chequers TTDI - waffles transformed

Had a lazy Sunday brekie with hubby, Victor, shin yi and baby. Chequers gives you a very lazy weekend feel.
Great atmosphere. Comfy and clean baby chair (you will be surprised at how dirty it can be at some places). 

You can build your own waffles or choose from their menu. 

 Mixed fruit sweet waffles with berry compote and maple syrup. Fresh fruit and good combination. RM 17

Big breakfast waffles with sunny side up double egg yolks. The sauce had too much kick and was a tad too spicy though..RM 26 is a bit too pricey for the portion. 

Vegetarian waffles. Nice baked vegetables with generous sesame sauce. RM 20

Smoked salmon savory waffles with scrambled egg. Balanced flavor. But the salmon could be more smokey. A bit disappointed that there was no salad. RM 20

Overall yummy but probably a bit overpriced. Get discounts from the off-peak Android app. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Don't judge a book by its cover

Spent an hour with this patient in clinic today.

Documented in appointment book that she was initially admitted for second operation of her brain tumor but she chose to postpone it August last year. It's easy to judge and assume that she's a bad patient.

She then admitted to not taking her medications on time, to the extent of missing 3 to 4 doses every week. Again, one can easily label her as the non compliant patient who refused intervention.

But I was given the opportunity to ask her why today.

And I'm so glad that I did.

She is a 53 year old lady, once happily married. Her daughter is already married and lives with her family at far north, about 7 hours drive from her. Life was not easy but she managed to earn a living as a cleaner. She has diabetes and high blood pressure but it's manageable with a few tablets.

Then she became ill. After a seizure and collapse at work, diagnosed with a brain tumor requiring surgery. An initial surgery was done to stop cerebrospinal fluid from leaking from her brain.

She could no longer work. Needs to take many medications and attend regular follow up. Often feels giddy and has headache. Nobody dares to hire her.

She became forgetful. That's why she forgot about her medications.

Her daughter bought her a smart phone but she didn't really know how to use it. Her daughter last visited her half a year ago.

Her husband, dishearteningly, left her to remarry, leaving her alone in a run down house.

She has 10 siblings but they all have their own family to take care of. And she doesn't want to burden anyone.

She had to rely on her neighbors to attend appointments. Or even resort to taking public transport.

She suffered all these alone and did not complain to anyone else.

I did whatever I could.
Made a few phone calls to make sure her appointments fall on the same day.
Wrote some letters so she could get some financial assistance from the welfare department.
Helped her to set reminders on her phone so that she will not forget her medications anymore.

She's grateful.
But she is still afraid about the upcoming operation. Because she doesn't know whether she will be able to take care of herself afterwards.

At least she can live a simple life now.

I hope I could have done more though.

Just some food for thought.
Don't form preconceived ideas about someone until you find out the whole truth.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Tong nam bee kopitiam- classic is always the best

Started out our journey back to hometown really early this morning. Stopped by this famous Asian style cafe at Raub.

A piece of soft and fluffy steamed white bread with a luxurious slice of butter and creamy kaya

RM 1.80

 Cheong Fun or rice noodle rolls with thick sweet sauce and assorted stuffed fishcakes, drizzled with fragrant sesame seeds. 
RM 5.50

Definitely will stop by again in the future!
The rain and flood will not douse our determination to travel and celebrate CNY with our loved ones.

Happy cny!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

MYNY cafe indera mahkota Kuantan

 Hubby and I had the rare opportunity to go dating last week. This is the second time I had lunch here. We arrived relatively early so the place was nice and quiet.

Five fingers. RM 18.90

There's minced chicken with bolognaise sauce in the burger.

Cheesy wedges that taste exactly like those from KFC

Fried chicken nuggets

Fried mashed potato.

Interesting, fried cheese cake drizzled with chocolate syrup. The inside is nice and mushy with cream cheese goodness. Outside is nice and crispy breadcrumb.

Daddy Joe burger RM 7.00
 Minced beef burger with bolognaise sauce. The burger is a tad too dry though. Need mayo or some dressing for the salad too.

Special red velvet cookie milkshake. 
RM 7.90

Topped with whipped cream. Sinful beverage with nice crunchy bits of cookies in the drink. Luckily we shared the drink because it's simply too filling.

Didn't end up to have dessert since we were already too full.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Sangkaya cafe ECM - going nuts with coconuts

Spent a great afternoon with hubby, baby Bing and sister in law. Sangkaya is all about coconuts.

Two basic sets @RM 12.90 each
Coconut gelato with cornflakes and chocolate shred topping.

Coconut gelato with peanut topping

Portion is actually quite generous with 4 scoops each. Love the fact that one can still scrape fresh coconut flesh from the coconut shell.

Two coconut water

One complimentary Thai milk tea mixed with coconut water.
Tasted like instant oatmilk.

All in all, quite refreshing and not too creamy or oily. Worth the try. If you like coconuts, definitely should try this place out.


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