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Macallum Connoisseurs Cafe | Lebuh Macallum, Penang

Camus and I took a day off from our busy life to enjoy our own sweet time. He brought me to this cafe located at Lebuh Macallum. He told me we can have our breakfast with coffee and bread kind of breakfast which I like. We arrived there on weekday morning around 10:30am and the cafe was very empty, only one customer during the time we were there. Plenty of parking space outside the cafe. Cakes at RM13 per piece! After enter the cafe, a young man passed us a menu, we seated and read through the menu. I was shocked when look at the menu and do not know what to order at the first glance, I focus on the price and feel hard to choose my meal as they are very expensive to me. In the end, we get one Macallum breakfast and Smoked Salmon Bagel, one cafe latte and one cappucino, there gone our RM55! Talk about the cafe, I found this cafe is quite nice as the fragrance really attracted me when I first enter the cafe. I like the fragrance and it is quite different with other cafe as I can smell something soury. I am not sure what is this fragrance until I get my latte and cappucino. The sweet aroma of coffee taking over my senses, they are creamy, smooth coffee I longed for. Cappucino and Latte Maccallum breasfast came with sunny side up, avocado, chicken frankfurter, chicken bacon, grilled capsicum, baked potatoes, bread and salad. Portion is quite big. I like the chicken frankfurter which the size like german sausage. Smoked salmon bagel came with smoked salmon with wasabi cream cheese, rocket leaves and pinch of capers. I do not understand most of the terms mentioned in the menu except for "smoked salmon". Now as I am writing, I compare the menu and photo I took, I cannot find "wasabi cream cheese" from my photo, why? Mana dia pi? Oh, the one spread between the bagel? It's wasabi cream cheese? Not butter? To me, this smoked salmon has nothing special but I do like rocket leaves. And now I know what is capers, it is the small tiny things appeared on top of the roll smoked salmon. Ooppsss, we do not finish that even though only served with 3 biji, what a waste? I thought they were just a decoration to the smoked salmon... Overall, Macallum Connoisseurs Cafe is a good place to enjoy coffee but sincerely, it was a very expensive experience to me. Macallum Connoisseurs Cafe1, Lebuh Macallum, Georgetown, 10300 Pulau Pinang016-422 1259Opening hour : 9am- 12 am

 

6 Days 5 Nights Relax at Chiang Mai (Day 1) | 废人废生活的清迈6天5夜行 (第一天)

Day 1 With Thai Airway, we fly at 8:10am early morning from Penang, arrived and transit Bangkok at 8:50am. Fly from Bangkok at 10:40am, we had arrived Chiang Mai at 11:50am. The total flight journey including transit time just took us about 5 hours, compare with Air Asia, longer time spent for transiting is actually a big waste. This is also another reason why we chosen Thai Airway. 第一天 我们乘搭泰航,早上八点十分的班机从槟城飞往曼谷,抵达时间为八点五十分。再乘搭十点四十分的班机转机飞往清迈,抵达时间是十一点五十分。槟城与清迈时差是一个小时。以短短的五个小时我们就能顺利抵达清迈。这也是我们选择泰航的其中一个原因。   By the time we touched down at Chiang Mai, taxi driver that we reserved through hotel already waited us at Airport. We quickly grab a free phone sim card and local map, then proceed to our first hotel, Baannamping. On the way to hotel, taxi driver dropped us at local market to buy some fruits, cup noodles and junk food. 当我们抵达清迈机场,司机已经正在等待迎接我们。我们快速的取了当地免费电话卡及地图,就前往Baannamping住宿。途中,我们请求司机停放我们在当地巴刹,购买些水果。我们买了三包各20Baht的水果,准备回旅馆享用。再到隔壁的Tesco Lotus Express买些杯面及零食,就回到旅馆。 Fruits, junk foods and cup noodles After checked in to hotel, we had our lunch at hotel's restaurant. The meals are not as cheap as what we had expected. A plate of fried noodle Pad Thai is 150Baht, fried rice is 150Baht, apple juice is 85Baht. For taste wise, fried rice is the best, although it does not look attractive and portion is very small, but it really tastes superb. Pad Thai is their local food with sweet and salty taste. The noodle is actually thin version of our koay teow. We expect for fresh apple juice, but it was just a juice from box packet. 抵达旅馆放下包包后,我们就到他们的食堂用午餐。打开菜谱,发觉价钱并没有想象中便宜。以为一盘饭面只需50Baht左右,但并非如此。由于肚子已在打鼓,所以就点了一盘炒饭150Baht,一盘炒面Pad Thai 150Baht,及一杯苹果汁85Baht。 等了一片刻,食物终于送上,果汁有点让我失望,原以为是新鲜果汁,但其实是盒装倒出来的。炒面是当地的食物,带点咸及甜味,觉得很不错。但,最令人难以忘怀的是炒饭,看下去白白的并没什么特别,但味道超好,超香。只可惜分量太少了,想再来多一盘又觉得有点贵。就这样吃完了我们清迈的第一餐。 Apple juice Fried rice Pad thai After meal, we returned to our hotel room, started enjoy our free and easy life. After rest, we borrowed motor bike from hotel to Baan Tawai Village. This place sells many wood products and we like those wooden product so much. If you like wooden product, this is the right place for you! 吃饱后,我们回房休息,开始废了起来,这无忧无虑的感觉真好。废够后,我们向工作人员借了电单车,问了方向后,就到附近的Baan Tawai Village瞎逛。途中不知正确位置,就询问当地居民,他都很乐意的为我们指明方向。没多久,我们抵达目的地,当地所卖的木制物品,比我们想象的还多,只可惜很多都是带不回的,比如座椅橱柜等等,但也有些小样物品,就如灯,装饰品,礼品,服装等。我们购买了木制吊饰品,80Baht一个以作为纪念。   The shops at Baan Tawai closed at 5pm. After shopping, we went to night market near to our hotel. It is a small night market but there are plenty types of food. Foods are cheap and delicious too. Papaya salad 25Baht, fried port skin 20Baht, pork ball 10Baht for 10pcs, fried "yao zha kuay" and pandan custard 13Baht, egg tart15Baht, crispy hat biscuit 10Baht, sago dessert 5Baht. We returned to hotel to enjoy the foods we bought, we liked most of them such as the appetizing papaya salad. We faced some difficultly when purchased papaya salad, we do not understand their language and want to ask them the price for papaya salad, we asked the aunty "How Much?", she did not understand us at all, and pointed us what they sell. I looked at the menu and point at number "25", she knocked her head, from there we guess it is 25 baht. Although we faced communication problem, but their help and positive attitude had warm our heart. Unlike many other places, when you ask and nego for price, but in the end you decided not to buy, you will get scold by the shop owner, but we did not see this happen in Chiang Mai. 逛了没多久,差不多傍晚五点,店铺开始关闭了。我们前往当地的巴刹购买晚餐。由于第一次逛当地夜市,看见当地的食物,即便宜,看试又美味,所以很兴奋地,买了一样又一样。当中有木瓜沙拉25Baht,炸猪皮20Baht,猪肉丸10Baht10粒,油条和Pandan Custard 13Baht,蛋塔15Baht,香脆帽子饼10Baht,沙谷甜品5Baht,及水。看,都很便宜吧?买完后,我们回到酒店享用晚餐。木瓜沙拉超好吃,是由青木瓜,红番茄,青茄子等,再加上各种调味品所调出来的。酸酸甜甜非常开胃。还记得我们买沙拉时,问他们"How Much?",他们完全听不明白我们问什么,只在比手画脚告诉我们她在卖什么,后来是看到牌上的价钱表,随便指一指才能让她明白。虽然语言完全不通,但他们用心来明白我们的疑问,及路人的乐心帮忙,温软了我们的心。至于其他的小贩,也是非常的友善,态度非常好,当你提问问题,或者购买东西时,他们都是以微笑来对待你。不只如此,就算问了不买,他们也OkOk笑笑回应你,并不会给你脸色看,和香港人实在是天地之差呢。吃完晚餐,我们继续废,就这样过了清迈的第一天。 Market near Baan Namping Fried "yao zha kuay" and pandan custard Crispy hat biscuit Our dinner Milk tea

 

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。

 

Yong Pin Restaurant Dim Sum 榕槟茶楼点心 | Penang

Out of many dim sum restaurant in Penang, Yong Pin restaurant is one of the best to Camus and myself. This restaurant has been serving dim sum for many years. We had our early breakfast at Yong Pin last week. We order few types of dim sum with a pot of hot Pu Er tea. Yong Pin Restaurant at Jalan Sungai Ujong. Lo mai kai (steamed glutinous rice with chicken), not oily and texture of glutinous rice was just nice, not overcook like many others dim sum restaurant did, but you can only find a small piece of chicken, pork and mushroom in it. We simply love the tradiotional taste of this fried radish cake. Not easy to get it at some where else. Tasted good and chewy fish ball, with green shallot and red chilli. Curd pork pao. My favourite golden yolk pao. Price for each type of dim sum and tea is clearly listed. Prices and photos for all types of Pao. I do not list out all types of dim sum that we ate, but most of them tasted good, we also bought their "sak kei ma" (1 box RM5) which was very nice too. Restaurant information: Address: No. 11-B & C, Jalan Sungai Ujong, 10100, George Town, Pulau Pinang, 10100 Georgetown, Penang. Phone: 04-261 1355 Opening hours: 6am-12pm; 7pm-12am (closed on Monday)
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1344734215085My nephew is 3 years old now. After his 1 year old birthday cake, this is the second birthday cake I made for him. I tried something new this round, taking his birthday as experiment to try on new cake.

I wanted to bake mini cup cake since long time ago. At first, my plan is to bake him a car cake since he likes to play with cars. But from his  respond, he prefer airplane, and sometime motorbike. What he likes the most is Mickey Mouse! But he had Mickey cake on last year birthday, we "reject" his request and ask him choose for others. So, in my final decision, I decided to bake him cup cakes with all those things on top.

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Durian Muffin Recipe PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 25 June 2012 21:15
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1340517286632It's a fattening season again!!! I have already gained a lot weight during this durian season.

This year, you can see durian everywhere with quite reasonable price.

Today, I baked durian muffin. It's very easy recipe, please try it at home if you have durian with you.
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Angry Bird Green Tea Cake Recipe PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 10 June 2012 18:54
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1339306361933Both my nieces' birthday is fall in May. This year, I make one cake for them only. Elder niece wants Smurf, younger niece wants Angry Bird. I can't find Smurf image icing, at the end I make ANGRY BIRD cake! When elder niece knew I don't do Smurf for her, with disappointed voice, she said: "you don't know how to draw meh? Use blue colour to draw out only mah." Oh no, to her, drawing Smurf on cake is so easy. But sorry girl, I am not at that level yet! I told her next time will make her Smurf cake, hopefully next time she will request for some other easier one.

For the cake, I chosen green tea, it is easier in preparation and I believe it suits most people taste bud.

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Almond Nibs Biscuit Recipe PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 March 2012 20:59
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CrispyAlmondIf you like almond and crispy type of biscuit, you will like this recipe. This is a very easy recipe with very simple ingredients. Do this especially when you have left over egg white as this recipe calls only for egg white without egg yolk.

I will share the recipe with one egg white, just multiply the recipe with number of egg white if you want to do more.

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Kettle Corn | Pop Corn PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 March 2012 00:00
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KettleCorn_8Thinking about pop corn, thinking about cinema. Thinking about cinema, thinking about pop corn. A box of pop corn with a cup of coca-cola, seem to be a cinema meal.

Nowadays, 2 person watching movie with a set of cinema meal require around RM30++ or more. To me, this is consider expensiveMoney mouth. So, we choose to pop our own corn at home while watching for movie. This way of entertainment save a lot of cost and at the same time, you will enjoy your movie with your love one.

To do this, what you need are unpopped popcorn kernels, sugar, oil and a big pot with cover. Quantity of ingredients depend on you and of course, the pot size. You can follow the proportion of 2:1:1 (unpopped popcorn kernels : sugar : oil).
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Melt In Mouth Butter Cookies Recipe PDF Print E-mail
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MeltInMouth_2The word "Melt in mouth" attracted my attention when I saw some bloggers share their recipe with above title. I have copy down the recipe and bake it at home. It is a good recipe where I can bake again on coming Chinese New Year.

Recipe here...

Ingredients:
125g butter
40g icing sugar (sifted)
125g potato starch
80g plain flour (or superfine flour)

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Kuih Koci Recipe PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 October 2011 11:16
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KuihKoci_3This 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:

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300g glutinous rice flour
1tbsp cornflour
1tbsp caster sugar
1tbsp oil
2tbsp pandan juice
240ml coconut milk (obtain from 1/2 coconut)

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