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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。

 

Char Koay Kak 炒粿角 | Bringchang Pasar Malam | Cameron Highland

I found this Char Koay Kak (炒粿角) at Bringchang Pasar Malam (night market), Cameron Highland. It is a typical Char Koay Kak, which is frying together with bean sprouts (豆芽), chives (韭菜) and egg.  

 

Low Sugar Coffee Chiffon Cake Recipe

This cake is specially dedicated to an OLD baby boy that was born on 67 years ago, exactly 33 years earlier than my OLD baby Camus. Now, the OLDer baby has diabetes and cannot consume much sugar. Everytime I bake a cake, he will complain that my cake is tooooooooo sweet. To cater for his needs, I change my chiffon cake recipe to low sugar version, I choose coffee flavour because... besides my mummy, the one that he cannot let go and cannot survive without is COFFEE...and yes, the "he" I mentioned here is my lovely daddy! It has been long time I want to come out with low sugar version cake, pastry, and etc, and being lazy is my natural instinct. Dad's birthday is a good reason for me to start my low sugar recipe. Ingredients5 egg yolks (about 85g)10g sugar75g hot water + 10g instant coffee (mix well)1tbsp coffee paste70g corn oil120g cake flour 5 egg whites (about 200g)45g sugar1/2tsp cream of tartar Method (step by step picture here)1. Add sugar into egg yolks, immediately whisk with hand whisk until pale and light.2. Add in corn oil, mix well.3. Add in coffee water and coffee paste, mix well.4. Sift in flour, stir until well combined. You will get a thick mixture now.5. Whisk egg white with electrical hand mixer at low speed until big bubbles form, add in cream of tartar.6. Continue whisk from medium to high speed until small bubbles form (egg white is foamy and white in color now).7. Slowly add in sugar in few badges, continue whisk at high speed until soft peak formed.8. Add 1/3 of meringue into egg yolk mixture, mix gently with hand whisk until well combined. You will get a light mixture.9. Change hand whisk to rubber spatula, fold in 1/2 of the remaining meringue. GENTLY fold with egg yolks batter until 50% combined (you will still see white meringue now).10. Add all remaining meringue and fold GENTLY with spatula again until well combined (your mixture should be very light and volume now).11. Pour batter into chiffon pan. Using satay stick / chopstick, run around baking pan side and then draw curly pattern all the way in the middle and bang pan on counter top to remove big bubbles. Level the surface and bake in preheated oven at 160C with fan forced for 45 minutes or until cooked.12. When cooked, remove from oven and invert chiffon pan immediately to prevent shrinkage. The pan must remain inverted until fully cool.13. To remove chiffon cake from pan, carefully run the pan outer, inner and bottom side with thin spatula or knife. Invert pan to remove cake on big serving plate. At first I was afraid the cake will shrink after reduce half of the sugar quantity, but I am very happy to see the cake turn out very nice. For taste wise, my dad able to accept this sweetness level by finished 1~2 pieces of the cake. Even though the level of sweetness has reduce, but the coffee fragrance did brought me a "Yes, delicious!" comment from all the other family members. I am very happy to say that I had successfully make a low sugar birthday cake for dad this year, wish him happy birthday, healty and properous day ahead!

 

Pick-Your-Own Blueberry Farm | Kodaira, Japan

In my mind, blueberry is sour. I don't really like sour fruits and I prefer sweet and nature taste. But out of my expectation, the blueberries are so sweet, juicy and tasty. I really have a shock and wonder, "why are blueberries sweet?" Haha...
Cosway Bread Maker Machine PDF Print E-mail
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BreadMaker_6_copyThis is a new bread maker that I bought some times ago. After the first unit of bread maker that I bought from Cosway, this is the 2nd unit that I bought from there. It is mom's birthday present.

The new bread maker comes with more functions compare to the first one, and it can make bigger loaf. The additional functions that attract me are "bake cake", "make jam", "bake only". I am not sure how delicious the cake is if you bake with bread maker. Well, I will try it! The "bake only" function is good where you can let the machine prepare the dough at first, and then remove the dough from machine and roll it to small ball (add some filling too), then put back to the machine for "bake only", so you do not need to always make a "Gardenia" or "High 5" bread, and it does not required oven.

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Durian Crepe Cake Recipe PDF Print E-mail
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DurianCrepe_8After durian butter cake, I have tried with another new type of cake, durian crepe cake. I ate my first mille crepe during my stay in Japan. From there, I get to know mille crepe, a very delicious and special cake. Last year, I ordered one peanut butter mille crepe for Camus on his birthday, and it tasted heavenly.

I wanted to make my own crepe too but due to time concern, I have no chance to make one. This time, since it is durian season, I make a durian crepe.

Besides frozen cheese cake, this is another type of cake where you can make it without oven. The way of making the crepe is the same as making pan cake. You just need to fried the crepe piece by piece, prepare the filling and stack the crepe together with the filling until you get a perfect cake.

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Durian Butter Cake Recipe PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 June 2011 21:52
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DurianButterCake_9I always wanted to bake something with durian since few years ago. Due to some reasons, I was not able to fulfill my dream. This year, I have try with durian butter cake. 
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Kobe Beef Steak (神户牛肉)| Mouriya| Kobe, Japan PDF Print E-mail
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KobeBeef_14What you think about when some one says "Kobe" in front of you? I think lot of people will think about "Kobe Beef" or "Kobe Cow". Kobe beef is recognized as most expensive high quality beef worldwide.

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Visited Durian Farm | Balik Pulau PDF Print E-mail
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Durian_7June of year 2011 is the best time to indulge durians, the King of Fruits. Compare to past few years, this year durian's harvest is better and hence the price is predicted to drop week after week. (Hope my prediction is correct!)

Last weekend we had an outing visiting durian farm at Genting, Balik Pulau, Penang. It is the farm of my dad's friend. On our way to the farm, I saw many stores selling durians at roadside. The durian's aromatic scent awakened my groggy head.
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