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6 Days 5 Nights Relax at Chiang Mai (Day 3) | 废人废生活的清迈6天5夜行 (第三天)

Day3 It was another beautiful day which no one, no alarm, no phone call woke you up from your sweet dream. We had our breakfast in hotel and continue rent hotel’s bike to Chiang Mai city. Our first stop was Doi Suthep.   第三天 今天也是睡到自然醒,然后慢慢享用早餐,再慢慢的出发到另一个地方去。今天的行程也是临时计划,由于是星期六,我们计划到周六市场,就和酒店租借多一天的电单车,问问他们的意见后,决定先到Doi Suthep Temple去。 Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai University and Saturday market location map On the way to Doi Suthep Temple, we passed by Chiang Mai university. We turned in their Uni and look for their canteen. Many stalls were not open due to Saturday. Again, we used hand language to order our meal, then bought a cup of coconut drink. The foods at here also very cheap, 20 Baht for a bowl of noodle, 6 Baht for coconut drink. 去Doi Suthep Temple时,途径清迈大学,我们便往里边兜兜。兜了一会儿,终于到达他们的食堂。也许是周六,食堂显得冷冷清清的,就几摊小贩在做生意而已。我们再次比手画脚的告诉面摊阿姨我们想要的面后,再买杯椰水,开始了我们的午餐。这儿的消费也超便宜,一碗面才20Baht,一杯椰水也只是6Baht。 Local noodle Drinks stall Coconut drink We continue our journey to Doi Suthep Temple. The way to the temple was terrible if you go with bike. We regretted not going with Song Thaew. The temple was very beautiful and worth visiting. 吃饱后,继续我们的路程。去Doi Suthep Temple是崎岖的山路,车开了好久,不知转了几百个弯,都很难到达目的地,真的坐到我们腰酸屁股痛。看见身边一辆接一辆的双条割过我们,有点后悔为什么自己要骑电单车去呢?为何呢?就因为酒店人员告诉我们很近啦,只要到市区,没多远就能到达Doi Suthep Temple了。就这样,上当了。但也还好,途中有休息庭,让我们停下来扭一扭身体,吃一吃水果。 City view on the way to Doi Suthep 虽然辛苦,但这寺庙还真的很壮观,我们乐捐后拿了两朵花和蜡烛,拜拜拍拍照,吃吃雪糕,就三点半了。原本还想继续上苗族村,但担心去到已太迟,所以决定下山了。   Doi Suthep Temple was built on mountain, entrance fee is 30Baht per person. Elevator is 20Baht per person. If you can walk, you no need to pay for 20Baht and can just walk up to the temple top through the stair case which consist more than 300 steps. Doi Suthep Temple是建立在高山上的,入门票是30Baht一个人,程搭电梯到寺庙是一个人20Baht。要是嫌贵或体力好的话,你可以选择走三百多个阶梯的路上去,这可以省去20Baht。 Doi Suthep temple Doi Suthep temple Doi Suthep temple We proceed to Saturday market at Wua Lai Road after Doi Suthep. Forgot to mention, along our journey, we do not hire tour guide nor driver. What guided us was GPS. While Camus riding on bike, I hold my phone on hand and read the direction from GPS. We were not worry about thief will snatch away our phone as we feel very safe in Chiang Mai. 下山后,我们直接去周六市场,由于对当地的路一点都不熟悉,我们是靠GPS带领,走完清迈不少路。是的,GPS,人家乘车用GPS,我们骑电单车也用GPS,Camus负责骑电单车,我就坐在后面看GPS领路。在清迈,我们不怕手里握着手提电话而被抢劫,因为他们的治安令我们很放心。   Although GPS is powerful, but we were not able to reach every location with it's help. We lost our way to Saturday market, we stopped by at road side to study the map. Suddenly there was a voice shouting towards us, "hello...hello...". I was shocked and thought we blocked someone way. When we turned our head, we saw a man with his wife asked us "Any help?". Yes, in the end we got our way to Saturday with their help. We appreciate and sincerely thank their kind help. 虽说有GPS带领,但还是有不明确的时候。我们抵达周六市场的附近,停下电单车看看地图已确定方向,突然听见"哈罗,哈罗。。",当时还以为挡了谁谁的路,原来有个男士把他的老婆叫出来,问我们,"Any help?"。此时此刻,觉得人间有情啊,在我们迷路时,竟然有人自动伸出援手,你说,能不感动吗?我们问了方向后,对方以简单的英语来回应我们,最后总算也找到周六市场了。   There were various kind of foods sold in Saturday market, much more compare to night market near our hotel. We bought some foods to eat while shopping, suddenly all people stopped down, and those who seated stood up. I was surprise and shock as wonder what was happened. After few second, we heard their national song. It was 6pm at that time, everyday they will play national song and people will stand as a respect to their country. This scene did not appear to me for years in our country, what happened to our country Malaysia? 吃了两天酒店附近的当地食物,看见周六市场的东西还是令人兴奋的。这里有更多的当地食物,我们边走边吃边看,真的吃得有够爽,但卖的东西由于不太合适,所以也没买得太多。走着走着,路人突然停顿了下来,就连坐着的小贩也站了起来,此时,真的吓了我一大跳,以为发生了什么事。原来是六点钟播放国歌的时间,他们的爱国精神也太强了吧?这种事情是在我小学或中学时期曾经发生的。但现在在我国,这种事情已经很少见了,是我国人民已不爱国了,还是。。。? Saturday market Saturday market Chiang Mai is a very clean and beautiful place. You can hardly see rubbish on floor. I remembered when I was in front of one of the stall which selling fried pork skin, the stall owner keep pointing on empty plastic bag hold in my hand, she wanted to throw it for me. From there I understand why there is no rubbish in their night market. Not only this stall, some of the stalls owner will point you the dustbin when they see you holding any rubbish on hand. 除了爱国精神,清迈也是非常干净的地方,夜市及路上也保持得很清洁。还记得当时我手上拿着刚吃完食物的包装袋,然后正选购炸猪皮,那小贩指着我手中的垃圾,想要帮我扔,当时的我还真的不好意思,但她还是一直指着那垃圾,所以我就将垃圾给了小贩,再购买炸猪皮。路上也可见不少垃圾桶,人们也不会将垃圾随意扔,还有几次是当小贩看见手上拿着垃圾,就指向垃圾桶,告诉我们可把垃圾扔那。难怪清迈能那么清洁,我相信这也是人民合作精神所造就出来的。 Delicious thai food Cuttle fish Cuttle fish Various kind of pure fruit juice (10~30baht per bottle) Temple near to Saturday market Temple near to Saturday market We returned to hotel after get enough of foods. These conclude our third day in Chiang Mai. 没多久,天也开始黑了。由于当时Camus的脚肿,走起路来也觉得痛,所以,我们逛逛一会儿,再打包些食物就回酒店去了。

 

6 Days 5 Nights Relax at Chiang Mai (Day 6) | 废人废生活的清迈6天5夜行 (第六天)

Day6 Today is our last day in Chiang Mai, I hope it was our first day here. Our last destination was to Warorot Market. You can find all kind of stuff from this market, fresh flower, clothes, shoes, fabric, kitchen utensil, tower, food and many more. It is a local market where their local people will come here to buy their things. 第六天 今天是清迈的最后一天了,实在是不舍得回啊!但计划中要去的地方都去了,只剩下Warorot Market。从网上得知这里是本地人逛的市场,东西比较便宜又应有尽有。我们乘搭双条抵达该处,也是20Baht一个人。在这儿,从鲜花,衣服,鞋子,布,厨房用具,毛巾,吃的用的都有。 Warorot market location map Warorot market We had our last shopping here before return back to hotel for final packing. 我们在这里买了几匹布,衣服,皮带,草席帽,猪皮等,就完成了清迈的血拚。回到酒店收拾好行李后,到附近吃午餐。 We had the chance to taste their famous mango glutinous rice before we came back. It was really delicious. They also have durian glutinous rice which is very special and hard to get it from other place. 第一天来到这卖芒果糯米饭的摊口,看见他们已经收挡,还好最后一天还来得及吃上一碟芒果糯米饭及榴莲糯米饭,总算安心了。 Mango glutinous rice, beef noodle and coconut drink location map Mango glutinous rice Durian glutinous rice Mango glutinous rice in front of this hotel We went to get a cup of coconut drink just opposite mango glutinous rice stall. The coconut drink is only 10Baht per big cup, delicious. 吃后觉得还是不太饱,就走到对面卖水摊口,买了一杯椰水,这椰水啊,真的很香很甜,才10Baht一大杯。Camus喝的最开心。 Coconut drink Then we go to another shop sells beef noodle which located the same row as mango glutinous rice. 我们也去到芒果糯米饭同排的面店,也不知他们卖什么,随便叫了一碗米粉汤面,原来是牛腩米粉汤,真的非常好吃。 Beef noodle After meal, we took Song Theaw to airport at 50Baht per person and end our journey at Chiang Mai. 之后,我们乘搭双条(50Baht一个人)抵达清迈机场,乘搭飞机飞回我国。就这样,结束了我们的清迈之旅。   旅途感想: 这次的旅行,可是我们那么多次的旅途中,其中一次很令我们大开眼界,喜出望外,惊喜连连的旅途。很多事件实在是让我们刮目相看,所以给我们留下了很多难忘及美好的回忆。 虽然这次的旅程花费超出预计,但受益良多,实在是让我们增广见闻。我觉得嘛,人生就得享受,懂得赚的同时,必须懂得花,只要不过于奢侈就行嘛。当地的食物,风俗,人情,景点,都让我们难以忘怀,真的还想再去多几次。清迈,是我们非常推荐的一个旅游城市,您也不妨亲自到哪儿体会体会当地的人情世故吧!

 

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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
Baked Mooncake Recipe 公仔饼/猪仔饼 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 September 2013 12:09
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GZB_5My mother usually will buy home made mooncake (gong zai bing) from her friend every year. This year her friend does not make the mooncake to sell, so we make it ourself. It is not difficult to make this gong zai bing, we get ingredients and recipe from one of the ingredient shop in Penang. The sales person recommended us to use pure peanut oil as our cooking oil is not a pure peanut oil, they added a kind of essence to make cooking oil. I do not know how true it is, but from the price, they have so much difference in "real" peanut oil (RM11 for 500g) compare to our cooking oil. We also bought cake flour from her to make the mooncake but according to her, any medium protein flour will do. Recall back last year, I used low protein flour to make gong zai bing. Golden syrup is expensive too, RM11.50 for 1kg. 

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Ingredients:
500ml golden syrup
200ml peanut oil
15ml lye water
700g medium protein flour/cake flour

Method:
1. Mix golden syrup, peanut oil and lye water in big bowl until combine.
2. Sift in flour and mix until combine. Do not overmix to prevent mixture become hard.
3. Cover bowl and leave for 6 hours or overnight. (compare with my last year recipe, which need to leave for 2 hours only, the sales person said 6 hours will let the flour absorb oil/golden syrup fully and give the mooncake better taste)
4. Preheat oven at 180C for half an hour.
5. Divide dough to 40g each and roll it round, lightly press with palm to flatten it.
6. Bake in oven (fan-forced) for 12 mins or until cooked.

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The gong zai bing smell and taste really good after baked. It is best to keep and consume after 3 days, as when the biscuit just out from oven, the texture is not soft yet. I will keep this recipe for future use. The same recipe can be used to make traditional mooncake (wrap with filling) too.

To make piggy mooncake, follow here:

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Before I end this post, MnYfoodtalk would like to wish everyone a very Happy Mooncake Festival!

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Fast & Easy Kaya Jam Recipe PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 13 September 2013 10:05
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Kaya_2This is a fast and easy version of making kaya recipe. Compare with mother's version kaya recipe, "my" version required much lesser time in making kaya jam. The so-called "my" version is not my own creation, it was my "founding" version from here.

Comparison between mother's version and "my" version:

mother's version "my" version
very delicious delicious
thicker a bit watery
better fragrance less fragrance
hard to get from outside same taste can get anywhere
long hours needed (about 4 hours) fast and easy (less than 30mins)
more patient done fast, suit for everyone
can keep up to a month can keep up to a week

I am too lazy to try mother's version although it is really really delicious. Hence came out my version. For those who like kaya, and lack of time or patient standing long hour keep stirring your kaya jam, my version is actually a very good try. It is better to make home fresh kaya jam since it is fast and easy to make. Try make a small bottle each time and finish it fast when it is still fresh, and make for new badge after finish.

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Ingredients:

90g sugar
200 ml undiluted fresh coconut milk
4 young/light green pandan leaves
4 yolks (make sure no egg white at all)

Method:

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1. Cook sugar in a pot over medium-high heat until light brown, swirling slowly. Reduce heat to low. Keep swirling until sugar is medium-brown.
2. Add coconut milk (beware of steam) and pandan leaves. Increase heat to high.
3. Stir until coconut milk is just starting to simmer gently. Turn off heat.
4. Slowly stir half of coconut milk into egg yolks. Next, pour all of egg mixture into remaining coconut milk in one go.
5. Over medium to medium-low heat, cook combined mixture until slightly thickened.
6. Reduce heat to low. Continue stirring until mixture is thick enough to coat spoon thickly.
7. Discard pandan leaves. Transfer kaya to a bottle. Leave until completely cool.
8. Cover and refrigerate.

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Instant Ramen Museum | Osaka, Japan PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 July 2013 12:13
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IMG_20130724_110521Instant Ramen Museum is located at Ikeda-shi, Osaka. You can experience making your own cup noodle here. If you would like to make noodle from sratch, here is the place for you too. Besides, the history of the chicken ramen development, which is the world’s first instant ramen, and the changes in many products over the years can be found here too. Entrance is free unless you want to buy cup noodle or attend the making noodle class.

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I visited this museum to make my cup noodle. After seeing through the ramen history and development process, I bought two empty cups from vending machine inside the museum, 300 yen per cup. Then I was arranged to sit at "art class corner" to draw and decorate my cup. After finished, I proceed to collect my ramen and choose the ingredients I like. You can choose 4 out of 10 ingredients. Then you can choose your soup base before proceed to final packing.

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It is fun to make your own cup noodle, I did not join the making noodle class as it is reservation at earlier time. Overall, it was a fun experience here and I will enjoy my cup noodle with Camus after return to Penang.

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Japan Instant Cup Rice PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 22 July 2013 20:47
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IMG_20130722_214459It is not healthy to eat instant noodle, I know. It does not contain nutrision and not good for digestion too. I try to avoid eating it but once a while, I think no problem. One night, when I shop for my dinner at nearby convenient store, I can't find any bento available. At that time, I found instant cup noodle rice which was quite special. I bought one and bring back apartment for my dinner on that night.

It is rather convenient and fast to cook. Just add water to the cup rice and cook it in microwave oven. You can consume it after 2 minutes. Inside the cup rice, it has dried egg, dried shrimp, shallot and dried meat. It also came with a pack of sauce oil for you to mix with the rice after cook. So, if you do not want to eat instant noodle, you can try instant rice.
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Next post, I would like to share about making your own cup noodle. You can choose what ingredients to put in your cup noodle and what soup base you like. Stay tune!
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Kobe Beef and Kobe One Day Trip PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 July 2013 22:29
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IMG_20130721_103322After Kobe trip with wonderful kobe beef dinner on 3 years back, I have another chance to visit Kobe again to enjoy world's famous beef steak. From forum and internet, travellers' feedback on kobe beef lunch cannot beat dinner set. With previous experience which Camus and myself will never forget in our life, I decided to give lunch a try and then make a comparison between set lunch and set dinner.

I did some survey before go for kobe beef lunch, Wakkoqu restaurant has many good review. So my plan is to visit this restaurant. We arrived at Sannomiya station on that day before 12pm and would like to have short walk around that area before go for lunch. When we just arrived at Sannomiya Hankyu Station, we saw a long queue outside another kobe beef restaurant. We walked closer to look at the menu, the price is more cheaper compare with Wakkoqu. I believed it has some good reasons why people queue for the meal. We followed the queue and had our kobe beef steak lunch. The restaurant I mentioned here is Steak Land.

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We were arranged to dine at second floor, they served in tepanyaki style and guests were sitted around the table while the chef will cook and serve at center area. After put order, they served us salad, miso soup, steak sauce and plain water. When they brought two big pieces of beef (for 4 serving) to the table, I was regretted with my decision made. By looking at the kobe beef, it looks not fresh with brown in colour. Oh no, my main target for this trip gone. I had to stop blaming myself at that moment and pray hard that the beef will turn out good in taste. Compare with previous kobe beef dinner, I had to agreed that lunch is really not as good as dinner.

After looking at how the chef cook the steak (obviously not as "proffesional" as our kobe beef dinner's chef), I started to enjoy my meal. I changed my mind after my first bite on the medium cook kobe beef, it was still soooooo soft and melt in mouth. With 2980yen for this set lunch, I can say I was satisfied with it at this price. Of course, if you aim for better quality and environment, I would recommend Mouriya Restaurant which we went for dinner.

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After the lunch, we proceeded with our trip at Kobe area. We walked from Sannomiya to China Town, then to Harbourland. Then end our one day trip at Kobe. I wish to return again for next Kobe beef romantic dinner with my dear Camus.

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