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Fast and easy tom yam. Preparation time approximately 30 minutes. Serves 4.

Chicken Tom Yam

  • 4 chicken wings or half a chicken
  • 1 tomato – quartered
  • 1 red chili – seeds removed and sliced diagonally
  • 1 stalk of lemon grass – smashed
  • 2 pieces of kaffir lime leaves (daun limau purut)
  • 1 Indian onion (Indian onions are preferred over Australian onions simply for the sweetness and character) – quartered
  • juice of 2 limes
  • Tom Yam stock granules
  • 1.5 litres water
  1. Prepare chicken by removing fat but leaving the skin on.
  2. Using a pestle and mortar, crush the lemon grass. Crush also the kaffir leaves with some salt. Marinate the chicken with this mix in a pot.
  3. Add water and quartered onion to the chicken and bring to boil over high heat. Do not stir.
  4. When it starts to boil, bring the heat down to low heat, add Tom Yam stock granules, sliced chili pieces and lime juice. Simmer until done.

Serve with chopped coriander.

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Messy blog? Macam tempat kucing merempat is it? I think so too. Hang tunggu la, kita dok cari the best template lagi la. In the mean time…

My Chom had the flu yesterday, so dapat MC and I rushed over from Subang to take care of her. Rushing from Subang meant trying to get to her place in under 2 hours which I didn’t. RapidKL as usual late, and then KTM Komuter pulak slow macam siut. When I finally got to Angkasapuri stop, Chom was already waiting for me (after her visit to the clinic).

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Went to the wet market, got half a chicken and some fresh herbs. Got back, took care of Chom then terus gi prepare Nasi Ayam special. Here’s the recipe:

Nasi Ayam Special (serves 2)

  • Half chicken, cut to 8 pieces
  • 1 teaspoon Tumeric powder
  • Ginger (3 inches), julienne
  • 3 x shallots, julienne
  • 1 stalk Lemon grass, crushed
  • 1 x chicken stock cube
  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 screwpine leaves (daun pandan)

Prepare chicken, remove fat (set aside). Marinate with salt, pepper and tumeric powder.

  1. Wash rice, and leave to soak for 10 minutes.
  2. Heat pan (medium heat), add a teaspoon of oil; add chicken fat. Sweat chicken fat.
  3. Remove crispy chicken fat (set aside). Add ginger and Lemon grass, fry until fragrant. Remove and strain excess oil, set aside.
  4. Brown marinated chicken, add 1 litre of water and chicken stock cube. Allow it to cook thoroughly and reduce stock with the lid off.
  5. Remove 3 cups of stock. Combine stock, fried onions and lemon grass, and washed rice in a rice cooker.

Chicken can be removed to serve separately or left in the chicken soup. Garnish with coriander and spring onions.

Note: Tumeric powder is used to tenderize the chicken and to give the rice its yellowish tinge.

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The way your feet look gives the observer an idea of the way in which you take care of yourself. Everyone wants to have beautiful and healthy feet. To have beautiful skin you have to take care of the skin on your feet. You have to regularly take care of your feet. You will have to soak your feet to soften the tough dead skin, then you will have to scrub off the dead skin from your feet and them moisturize your feet with a nourishing cream to keep it soft and smooth. You should exercise your feet and use comfortable shoes that allow your feet to relax and breathe easily.

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Given below is a soak for your feet and will make your skin smooth and beautiful.
Ingredients:

  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • Cinnamon for smell
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • ΒΌ cup of milk
  • Water (amount does not matter)

Mix all the ingredients in a tub and soak your feet in it for a while. Cinnamon can be replaced with any spice, perfume or flower petals. This soak will leave your skin refreshed and fragrant. After this wash your feet with a mild soap. Follow this foot care regime for a few weeks and your skin on your feet will be silky and smooth.

Have you noticed how commuters tend to queue up at the LRT but not at the KTM Komuter? It seems as if those using KTM are un-schooled (tak sekolah). Every LRT station you go to, there are users standing in line patiently awaiting the arrival of their transport; but the moment you go slightly low tech, public transport users conduct goes down the drain.

Same goes for the bus services. Look at how commuters stand in line as RapidKL busses stop to unload passengers (passengers get in from the front and off at the back); and then look at how Metrobus users rush and jostle their way in.

Its hardly a surprise to find that pregnant woman, senior citizen or handicapped person standing in the aisle; simply because we, the younger generation, hardly give up our seats for them. Worse still, when the said able-bodied person is sitting in the seats allotted to pregnant woman, senior citizen and handicapped persons. Shame on you! Another thing that you see, especially when riding on the KTM Komuter; a person taking up more seat space due to having a big butt (?) or using the seat next to them as a luggage rack.

Why did you attend Moral classes in school? To get high scores in school? NOT! Its to teach you to behave in the proper manner and act chivalrously in public.

This is Malaysia and we all know the unified shout …hanya di Malaysia Boleh!

Video taken while on a barge delivery from Singapore to Mumbai, India via Colombo due to the damage we sustained during our voyage. Have a look. This video was shot using a camera phone.

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