Baby Caleb Full Moon

Four weeks have passed so quickly, and Caleb is now one month old.

According to Chinese custom, we celebrated the first month with some red hard boiled eggs.

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This time we just kept the occasion small, and had a simple meal at home.

We didn’t want to take up a restaurant like last time because: a) It’s hard to leave the house with 3 kids, and b) We don’t really want to have another ‘big’ event so soon and impose on others to come out during their hard-earned holidays.

I don’t know why but the term “full moon” makes me think of werewolves.

We ordered a home-made chocolate icing butter cake from Carrot Cut.

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My mother in-law made ang ku kuey from scratch. Here’s a couple of them lying on a banana leaf.

We had some left over, so later we fried them till they were crispy for an evening snack.

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The confinement auntie Mui cooked most of the food here. Some fried fu chuk (beancurd sheets), which are one of my favourite foods. Crunchy on the outside with a little bit of fish filling on the inside.

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Stir-fried vegetables dish.

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“Daddy I’m so hungry. See I’m all ready with my bib. Can I eat now?”

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But wait, there’s more. Fried mee hoon prepared by sister in-law Wai Cheng.

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Entering non halal section… there was braised pork.

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We had the vinegar porks feet. We didn’t actually use pig feet for this dish, I think it was mostly the thigh or something.

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Finally there was stewed chicken with rice wine.

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A wonderful feast, and I forgot about not eating meat.

Throughout our meal, baby Caleb spent most of the time sleeping in his crib, while the older kids and their cousins were happily playing outside.

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Thanks to all our family and friends for your gifts!


Prawn Mee

I’ve scheduled this post to publish today because I’m probably going to be busy with baby Caleb.

Today I just want to share about my special relationship with prawn mee, or prawn noodles.

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I remember when I was younger, I was always amazed this dish had two different names. In KL we call it prawn mee (har mee) but in Penang they call it Hokkien mee. But in KL Hokkien mee is the black oily fried noodles. And sometimes it’s also known as Mee Yoke. It’s all very confusing.

But my earliest memories of Prawn mee was eating it every Sunday before church with my father in the Sin Kong coffee shop in SS15 Subang Jaya. I would always have a kopi-o ice with it.

Even until today, I will order kopi-o ice if I’m having prawn mee.

When I became a teenager, I would cycle with my friends to a coffee shop in USJ2 to have prawn mee there. It wasn’t as tasty, but it was my first time eating outside and ordering food on my own.

Sometimes we would cycle to Subang to have Lam Mee Yoke.

I would always have the same eating ritual. First I would pour all the belacan over the noodles. Then I would put some soup in the small plate used to serve the belacan and make sure I got all the belacan.

Next step is to mix it all around. Then I would eat all the noodles first, with a ratio of 1 spoon noodles with 3 spoons of soup. Only at the end I will eat all the meat and egg toppings, while finishing off the broth.

After I got married, we found a coffee shop nearby that sells prawn mee, so we’ve been getting it for breakfast every fortnight or so.

The taste is pretty good, and the prawn mee in these photos comes from that shop.

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RT Pastry House Hokkaido Cake

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Last week my office colleagues were placing orders for RT Pastry House Hokkaido Cakes, so I decided to put in my name and I got this on my desk a few days later.

Even the description on the box promised a delicious treat. A well packaged product, though I wish the caution sign would be translated into English.

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A peek inside the box shows half a dozen cakes. In this photo I focused on the RT Pastry House logo on the box.

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You can see the tempting icing sugar generously sprinkled on top.

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They looked like flat cupcakes or maybe muffins with icing sugar sprinkled on top. Also reminds me of square scones.

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I took them out of the box and lined them up in a row.

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I cut one open to show you how it looks like inside. A light sponge cake cream filling. I only have one word to describe the taste. Sweet.

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Each box of six cakes cost RM13.80.

RT Pastry House has outlets in Taman Desa, Subang, Puchong and Klang.

They are not paying me to publish this post. Just trying to show you some photos I took, plus Poey Chin is a fan of their pastries and cakes.