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Sunday, 29 December 2013

Food and Books Galore at Book Exchange Programme Year End Gathering 2013

Hello hello...sorry ya...Mamarazzi have been very lazy  busy these couple weeks. Supposed to update about our trip to Indonesia...uploaded the photos but yet to draft the post and then so many things cropped up. 

House warming la, baking la, shopping for Christmas pressie la, attending Hi5 House Party la this and that. Don't know where to begin...well..maybe I do .....

Last week, we were invited by the organisers and volunteers at Subang Jaya Book Exchange Programme to attend their private potluck gathering.

As it fell on Winter Solstice festival, Mamarazzi decided to make some Thong Yuen (Sweet dessert) to bring along to the gathering. It's easy to make.  Just add some water to Glutinous Rice Flour and made into dough. Add some coloring and roll them up into small round balls. Drop them into hot boiling water and when they float iup, it means that it's ready to be eaten. 

For the first time she put Gula Nisan *not batu nisan ok* as fillings. Gula Nisan is a type of sweet products made of coconut inflorescence.

Boiled some sugar water with some slices of ginger and some Pandan Leaves (Screwpine leaves) . Add it to the boiled Thong Yuen and the sweet dessert is done.

It is said that eating Thong Yuen  will make a person a year older and a year wiser.

 
When we arrived, there was already a food galore awaiting.


 Creampuff from Kee's Puffs, Glutinous Rice, Yam Cake, Salad and sweet dessert

We added Thong Yuen and Fried Fish Keropok(Crispy) to the fruit cake and pizza....wait a minute....where are the grilled Chicken Drumstick....hmmm...that was delicious....Mamarazzi's PC must have "ate" them




 But Mamarazzi had to say that the dish that steal her heart was this simple looking Kerabu Bihun (Rice Vermicelli Salad). It may look simple but the taste...oh my kucing!...super yummy!!!...Mamarazzi had 3 heaping of this...or was it 4....hmmm..it was very appetising as it had a sourish taste and very aromatic.

It was contributed by Ms Lilly Phoon and made by her Mom, Mrs Phoon.


 After that we played some games ...I pretend read a bit.

Eee....paiseh betul coz Mamarazzi didn't know there was going to be a gift exchange too. She came with two bunches of bananas(meaning empty handed). Should had asked first leh. Bad  Mamarazzi.

Thank you for the gift .


While on our way out of the place, I noticed that there was a picture dictionary laying on the side walk. It was wet. Auntie Fay was trying to dry it up. Someone left a bunch of books at the gate and it got wet when it rained. 

Auntie Fay let me have it. We came home tried to dry it. Sadly some pages got stuck together and some words peeled off. Still I insisted on reading it. It's my new fad. Now I like reading picture dictionary .

A reminder.. if anyone wish to drop books to SJBEP when it's closed, please make sure that the books are wrapped nicely so that it's protected from the weather. So sad this book got wet and some pages unreadable. Such a waste of a lovely book.


Mamarazzi have been dreaming of the delicious Kerabu Bihun for a week. To her delight, Ms Lilly had shared the recipe last night. Thus this morning Mamarazzi woke Papa up to go hunting for ingredients to make the Kerabu Bihun. 

The easiest ingredient to find was these Kafir Lime Leaves. Growing in the playground near our house.


After some hunting, Mamarazzi finally found everything that is required to make the Kerabu Bihun

Here is the recipe to that mouthwatering Kerabu Bihun which Mrs Phoon has kindly agreed to shared with us and the readers here. Thank you a million Mrs Phoon! *hugs*

Ingredients:
 
Beehoon (rice vermicelli) – soaked in water, boil and drain

Fish sauce to taste
 
Tom yam paste

Mint leaves
 
Bunga kantan (ginger torch flower) – sliced finely

Cilantro – cut into 1” lengths

Bean sprouts – cleaned and boiled

Daun limau purut (kaffir lime leaves) – sliced finely

Ikan bilis (anchovies)  – fried in oil till crispy, then crumble into smaller bits

Garlic – minced and fried in oil till golden brown

Onions – sliced thinly

Lemon or lime juice

Cili padi (bird’s eye chillies) – sliced

Method:

Mix and toss everything together. Serve. Eat. Enjoy.


Mamarazzi made some...but replaced the bird's eye chili with red chili. Taste? It's definitely not as good as the one made by Mrs Phoon.  

Mamarazzi's ones lack of flavour and way too sour. Next time must add larger portion of the ingredients and less lime juice. 

Looks like Mamarazzi needs more practise...who wanna volunteer as white mice  hands up!

 Today was the last book exchange session of 2013.....spotted these yummy Isaac Asimov books.

 Mamarazzi took two home. Must have been her lucky day as a volunteer found two copies of Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote.

 Some very interesting titles had came in. It has been a long time since Mamarazzi seen a book by K.S.Maniam.  
As  for me...I found myself three new books. What a lovely end of the year session.

Thank you once again to everyone in SJBEP, Lilly and Mrs Phoon for sharing her recipe ..yumz!

76 comments:

  1. Finally, you're back!!!

    That bihun looks very yummy!!!

    So many books to read again, yeah!!! (I love reading too!!!)

    and last but not least, Happy New Year in advance!!!

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    1. Lol.....will post when have time

      Happy new year to you too xiao ying

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  2. will try making that kerabu bihun nanti... thanks for sharing!

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    1. Don't thank me..lol...Mrs Phoin is the one we should thank.

      Do tell me how you like the bihun ya.

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  3. I was waiting for your mummy's post. But waited until today. The Bihun looks appetizing. Can try out the recipe.

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    1. Sorted the pics but ilham belum datang

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  4. I also wanna wish you happy new year in advance. Anyway, is ok lar, you can settle all your stuffs first. I still keep in touch with you in FB...I get your notification whenever you post something.

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    1. No hurry in blogging unless paid post la

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  5. Ini mommyso busy also have time to entertain and "jaga" people.

    If it's me, sudah breakdown already.

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    1. Counting down now..two more days to go. After that ..yippee....cikgu will take over the jaga duty...muhahaha

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    2. Counting down now. Two more days to school re-opens. Then the "jaga" duty will be takeover by cikgu. Yipeeee

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  6. Small living looks so cute poring and frowning over the picture dictionary :-)

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    1. Lately he is crazy about picture dictionary and informative books instead of story books

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  7. I can imagine the taste of the beehoon by looking at the ingredients. Sounds really yummy!!

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    1. hahaha...nice hor...come back can try la. Or can get ingredient over there?

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  8. Hi small, I have missed you. The vermicelli rice dish looks so good and I am very glad you posted the recipe, I had been going to ask you for it. What a shame about the wet book. Those colored balls are rice, they are beautiful, I wish I could taste one!!! Your mama is an expert cook! Happy New Year!!

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    1. Sure hope you love the recipe as much as we love it

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  9. Wah!!! So nice, got pot luck! No need to cook half dead! Ya, never judge by appearance. Ethnic/exotic dishes may not look as nice but they can be truly heavenly! Penang assam laksa also looks like the water in the drain what...and people love it so much!

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  10. Nice nice... never tried the Kerabu Bihun, looks good.
    If it not from you, I never knew who is Isaac Asimov.

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  11. Hello dear, finally can see your updates again...
    Haha laughing at your batu nisan statement... Eh why not call it gula melaka?Wat's the difference?

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    1. :p....busy and lazy lor

      coz it's not gula melaka leh

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  12. Anyone else made tong yuen? Coz the book exchange program fell on Winter Solstice day wor.. Sure many ppl thinking of tong yuen too... Tak takut clash ke? Or maybe mamarazzi phone and check first who cook what or who bring what...hehe

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    1. nope....only Mamarazzi so lazy baru make tong yuen :p

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  13. Oohh I like tomyam bihun too.. It looks white and plain but when taste it, sedap nyer.. My office cafe always jual this and I would tapao gunung of it for my bfast... hehe...

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    1. not really tomyam oh...can omit the paste

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  14. U're back!!!

    Happy New Year in advance!!!

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  15. Really very busy week for the Kucing Family! Ok, I guess we all are too... running up and down like busy hens... :)

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  16. I haven't been here in ages! haha and SK had grown up so much

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  17. wah, small kucing and mamarazzi were missing for one whole week dei.. next time if mamarazzi got no time to blog, get small kucing to blog on her behalf lah.. i am sure he also got lots of photos in his camera, and he will be so delighted to use the PC and type a few words for all his aunties and uncles right??

    fuyoh, that private potluck party!! such an interesting event lah.. look at those food everyone brought over on the table, so nice and making Uncle SK drools also!! if Uncle SK was there, surely he will attack the glutinous rice, the kerabu beehoon, the lekor, the fruit cake, the tang yuan, the pizza, the yam cake.. errr, aiyoyo, isn't that list everything on the table?? :D

    muahahaha, sotong mamarazzi went there with two bunches of bananas!! but luckily she made the tang yuan lah.. this time really "yao sik yao ling" (eat and bring home), i bet next year mamarazzi gotta bring more food and also presents to the gathering already!! :p

    maybe when mamarazzi doesn't have the recipe, her own version of kerabu beehoon will taste better?? you know lah, maybe she has the "pressure" from Auntie Lilly's mom, so she cannot perform well with her usual "hantam saja" style.. but never mind, as she said practice makes perfect.. do that a couple times more sure become Prof. Kerabu Beehoon already~~ :D

    aiyoyo, somemore books taken from the book exchange!! that means mamarazzi gotta burn more midnight oil and sleep at 4am everyday before she could finish the books.. eih, so many books later no time to fry this and fry that for CNY dei~~ :p

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    1. Lazy la...busy playing dei....

      Thambee where got lekor la...habis la you attack all...no more food la

      See next year got invited back or not since this yearvtwo bunch of bananas *joking*

      The kerabu bihun easy to make.just need to adjust the taste for the lime juice, fish sauce and tom yum paste. Gotta try a few times la

      Lazy la to goreng for CNY. Ngaku so mahal leh ..rm5.99/kg. Eat less la

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  18. The kerabu bihun will be replicated for sure. I am loving the simplicity and the delicious outcome. Am also struggling to post all my articles, piled up to the max and work gonna start soon.

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    1. It's quite simple. I guess ince mastered the correct portion for the sauces then it will b alright.

      Yup...some posts from Nov yet to post up and most of Dec. ..

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  19. So many happenings! Wow!

    Going to start school soon. Happy schooling Small Kucing!

    Happy new year.

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    1. So fast school holidays ending

      Happy new year to you too

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  20. Send over some kerabu mihun. Lapar la.

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  21. Good day Mamarazzi! Yep you seems busy la! ;)

    But busy is good la~

    This year I have only a bowl of tang yuan leh! Hur hur....

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    1. Ya lo. Tired.

      One bowl of tong yuan just nice leh. Ppl say eat one time , older one yr. Lol

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  22. I have never heard of Kerabu Bihun but it sound so healthy and tasty too.. You sure have been busy, busy, busy. Happy New Year to you and your family.

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    1. Do try out this easy recipe, Terry. Its easy and not oily

      Happy new yeae to you and your family too, Terry :)

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  23. Batu nisan! Hah! Hah! Hah! Oh, got recipe must try! And Happy New Year!

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    1. Have to clarify least people misread :p

      Happy New year to you too

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  24. The kerabu bihun sounds easy to make! I like my glutinous rice balls with sesame paste or peanut filling but Gula Nisan sounds like a decent combination too!

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    1. Become like ondeh ondeh cum thing yuan :p

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  25. I haven't eaten tang yuan for so many years. Kathy, the bee hoon looks good tho. Btw, check out what's in store for you at Goodie Bags for Top 10 Commenters of Luxury Haven! See you there!

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    1. Aha...no wonder you are a fountain of youth. Mamarazzi have to refrained from eating tang yuan too.

      Thanks Shirley for the gift. What a great way to end the year

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  26. Your Thong Yuen balls looked like M&M chocolate balls in water! Anay like!

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  27. I saw Kaldip with Small Kucing! So cute bonding! Anay like!

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  28. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 TO YOU AND FAMILY!

    HAPPY BLOGGING & PURRING TOO!

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  29. Woiiiii! I heard some nonsense in SK's blog that looking forward to more postings of my trip!!! Mana tu Si Mama Kucing in my blog???

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    1. Muahahaha/.....memang mah....u post up then i go see la

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  30. Wah ..mamarazi ate so much food and read so many books ! Happy new year 2014 !

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  31. Happy New Year to you and your family, Small Kucing! May Mamarazzi devour more books in 2014 and Small Kucing devour more food!

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  32. I used to like reading books but no time nowadays.
    Happy New Year! May the year be filled with joy and laughter.

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    1. Yea i can understand that. 24 hours is not enough

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  33. Happy 2014 to you and yours. My wish for you is a year full of lots of JOY, PEACE, LOVE and BLESSINGS.

    Happy New Year.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. Thaks Betsy. Same to you and George :)

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  34. Some day I would love to get to your part of the world, and try all of the food you display! I've been out of town, and missed my usual visits. I hope you have a very Happy New Year!

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  35. Happy new year meow meow...
    Lol small Kucing like goldilocks

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  36. The kerabu bihun recipe sounds yummy. Alamak..I forgot to eat my mum's tong yuen..apalah.

    Happy New Year to you and your family!

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    1. hahahaha...you ahhh...so funny

      Thanks and same to your family :)

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