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Retreat at Maxwell Hill, Taiping

Ah, it has been really long since I actually went for a good retreat. This time around, a few church friends & I went up to Maxwell Hill (Bukit Larut) in Taiping πŸ™‚ We were there for only 2 days 1 night (29-30 December 2007) as I can’t take leave on the 31st of December…bah.The journey from KL to Taiping wasn’t too long. We were pretty much excited cos it was the first time that this group is out for a retreat together…heehee… I can’t recall why we we ended up with Maxwell Hill…hmm…but we sure enjoyed our short little break there πŸ˜‰

There were 8 of us in total, 3 guys & 5 girls (we went in 2 cars). Thanks to a friend in Taiping, David, we got everything arranged for us nicely & all we had to do was just to pay & have fun! Hahaha… πŸ˜† We stayed at The Nest, a bungalow situated right at the top of yet another ‘hill’. The hike up to that bungalow was pretty tough as we had our bags & all, but it was enjoyable indeed. Heh.

Well, to cut the story short, the few activities that we had up there were sharing, worship, prayer, makan, UNO card game, & definitely a time of catching up (since we basically meet up only once a year when everyone comes back from overseas). We also went around Taiping town on our 2nd day for makan, makan, & more makan in the 2hours that we had before we left for KL again.

I reckon pictures will speak for itself πŸ˜‰ (though I didn’t take that many with my camera this time around…) I would highly recommend this place if any of you would want a quiet & serene place to relax & shy away from the busy city life.

How our room looks like + the guys (Jinn, Nick, Chris)
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Lunch Day 1 at The Nest
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After lunch, we went for a walk… (L-R: Gloria, Nick, Yith, Jes, Chris, Hsu)
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This was something that I found interesting…I like the formation of the leaves πŸ˜› Ferns!
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The evening sky on Day 1
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Dinner Day 1 at The Nest- steamboat! Yummilicious! Food at The Nest is GOOD! πŸ˜† The home-made fried beancurd items were exceptionally delicious! πŸ˜›
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Group photos taken on Day2 at The Nest
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2nd best cendol in Taiping town- Bismillah Cendol
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Somehow I feel that the cendol ain’t that nice although the place is pretty packed. I much prefer the one that I had in Kuantan…hahaha…I’m yet to find the most delicious cendol, but frankly speaking, I’m not a great fan of cendol, so it won’t be my priority to hunt for the nest cendol after all! πŸ˜‰

I reckon this will be the last post from us for the year 2007. The year has been an exciting one, with loads of events, adventures, & transitions (from uni life to work life) for both Anne & myself. We hope that our dear readers will stay tuned as we continue on our journey for more food, fun, friendship, & adventures!

PerutBesi would like to wish all its readers a very Happy New Year & a great year ahead!!

– Ruth

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Tuna Boat

After an extremely long time of not having fun in the kitchen, I made the decision to get my hands dirty this morning. Here’s introducing the Tuna Boat! I named it ‘Tuna Boat’ as the shape resembles a boat & it’s loaded with tuna!

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It’s just a simple breakfast idea. With just less than RM6, you can provide breakfast forΒ 5 people!Β A budget breakfast it is πŸ˜‰

All you need is a french loaf a.k.a. baguette, a can of Tomato & Onion Tuna, 1 fresh tomato (chopped), 1 small cucumber (sliced), pepper, & some marjerin or butter for spread…oh, you’ll need an oven toaster too!

1. Cut the loaf into ‘parts’ & slice it into half (like the photo below).

2. Remove some of the ‘bread inside’ to create space for the filling.

3. Spread some butter or marjerin on the loaf & toast it for a while in the oven.

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4. When the loaf is slightly toasted, place a layer of chopped fresh tomatoes into the ‘boat’, followed by the tuna.

5. Place the ‘boat’ into the oven to be toasted again.

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6. When it’s nicely golden-brown/toasted, place some cucumber slices into the ‘boat’…it makes the Tuna Boat taste yummier πŸ˜‰

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7. Finally, wrap the Tuna Boat in clear wrap & you’re ready to get to work with some wholesome, home-made breakfast! πŸ˜›

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Bon apetit! πŸ˜†

– Ruth

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‘Oi Sam’ Sandwich-Maker Speaks…

Wow. I didn’t know that our dear Anne wrote a post on the simple sandwich thatΒ I made! It was her birthday recently, & due to my degenerating brain cells, I’ve somewhat forgotten to get her a gift, thus the sandwich.

I had a sudden craving for sandwiches, so I called up a friend & we went shopping together at Carrefour, Alamanda, in Putrajaya, for ingredients to make the sandwiches. After work on Wednesday, I went back, changed, & hopped into her car, filled with excitement. Somehow, being stuck in Cyberjaya makes me miss my artsy side of life, where I could express my artsy-side through food πŸ˜‰

So, there I was on Wednesday night, prowling in the fresh market area for my ‘prey’ i.e. vegie & meat. πŸ˜† I’m very fussy when it comes to choosing ingredients for my food, so I think I took more than half an hour to get all the ingredients:

  • 1 box Fresh butterhead (lettuce-like vegie, hydroponically grown)
  • 4 Tomatoes
  • 1 medium-sized Carrot
  • 1 packet of 12-slices Cheddar cheese
  • 1 packet of 10 smoked sausages
  • 1 loaf of bread
  • grounded black pepper
  • mayonaise (I have this in the house)

I woke up early on thursday morning & started washing the vegie, cutting them up, spreading the stuff onto the bread, & placing them in the oven toaster to melt the cheese. Wow. It took me more than an hour to complete everything, including cutting the sandwiches & wrapping them up with glad wrap (no nice containers in my rented place). Oh yeah, I made 6 sandwiches for 6 different people, including myself. πŸ˜€ I was late for work!! *faints*

Eating the sandwiches brought an indescribable level of satisfaction to my soul. The joy of making THE sandwich & seeing others eating them happily is estatic. Teeheehee πŸ˜€ There will be more home-cooked food coming up when I get my ownΒ space in Cyberjaya. I’m temporarily staying at my friend’s place, so I didn’t bring all my necessary stuff here πŸ˜›

Β Stay tuned!

– Ruth

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‘Oi Sam’ Sandwich

This post is specially dedicated to Ruth. Thanks to her I had a fulfilling breakfast lunch at office today πŸ˜€ . Ruth specially made this sandwich (she called this ‘oi sam’ (love) sandwich) and drop it at my office this morning. It is so nice of her! *sob sob..so ‘kam tung’.

Ruth must had a tough time wrapping the sandwich this morning πŸ˜€

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Toast+hotdog+tomato+lettuce+mayo+sesame seed *yum yum
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Thanks Ruth! muacckks! πŸ˜€

-Anne

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Ideas: leftovers & fridge clearing

Somehow my fridge is cluttered with quite a lot of food & vegie. Not because I’m a Perutbesi, but because we rarely get to cook at home apart from Sundays & Mondays, & we usually have to buy more than we need since the market won’t sell anything in too small an amount.

I’m the type of person who can’t stand the fridge cluttered with too many stuff. Plus, I can say that I’m bonkers enough to cook up anything found in the fridge! Just imagine, last week, I found half a bowl of rice, 2 bundles of ‘choy sum’, a packet of carrots, a box of cherry tomatoes, some deep freeze seafood nuggets, and many more that it’ll be a whole long list to write it out here!! πŸ˜†

As hungry & uncomfortable with the sight as I am, I decided to give my ‘mad & creative’ side a go πŸ˜‰ I took the rice, ‘choy sum’ and a carrot, some nuggets, & 2 eggs, & walked to the kitchen feeling excited πŸ˜€

*chop chop shred shred beat beat cut cut chiang chiang chiang*

(sound of chopping the vegie, shredding the carrots, beating the eggs, cutting the nuggets, & cooking it all with the rice in the wok….of course one ingredient after each other in a proper sequence la)

After an enjoyable time of cooking up a storm ‘kononnya’ & making a mess out of the kitchen… πŸ˜€ … I had lunch served! *yay*

Here’s introducing the MC2 Fried Rice: Mad, Creative, & Colorful!

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As long as there’s food to eat, & it taste alright, it’ll do fine as a simple lunch πŸ˜‰

– Ruth

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‘Unblogged’ Past Happenings

We’re back! Or at least, I’m back! Haha… πŸ˜† The weekend passed TOO fast, & so did yesterday!!

Not touching the keyboard for a few days makes my fingers itch. Even though I was dead tired from the conference yesterday (will blog about it later), I just had to turn on my laptop & get all the photos done up πŸ˜› This is what happens when one works with the computer too often- one falls into an addiction!

I realized that there are at least 3 events/food stories that I didn’t blog on! Oh, what a shame 😳 There’s an inter-faith event that I attended in early July, and 2 dinners to feature 😐 I better write about it before I forget!!

Interfaith Dinner

There’s this interfaith fund-raising dinner that I attended early this month. I was there under the name of the Trinity Annual Conference (TRAC), the organization for English-speaking Methodist churches in Malaysia. My friend who works at the TRAC office had 10 tickets to the dinner & didn’t know who to grab along. So, I was one of the fortunate ones πŸ™‚ When it comes to food, everything goes! πŸ˜†

Date: 5th July 2007
Venue: High Convention Centre, Sentul, Kuala Lumpur.
Event: 24th Anniversary Celebration of the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, & Taoism.

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During this dinner, we actually had around 25-30 tables of people (10 per table) from different faiths. We were served vegetarian food, & there were performances by various groups to keep the crowd well entertained. The food was alright (not excellent), but the service was kinda poor. I didn’t take any photos of the food cos we’re just too hungry by the time dinner started & the food didn’t look that great anyways πŸ˜€

At the end of the dinner, was a lucky draw πŸ˜‰ TRAC won a hamper by Nestle…heehee…it was kinda exciting cos we had a ‘free’ dinner (since we didn’t pay for it ourselves, but TRAC paid) & we got a hamper, which we shared out among ourselves and there were some for TRAC office as well! Oh, how exciting…heh πŸ˜€

‘Nuf said about the event. Now on to some food pics- home cooked food!

Some Home-Cooked Food

My mum went ‘simple’ last Monday & decided that we have ‘salad’ for dinner! My dad was like, “Har? That’s all we’re eating ar??” For a man to have vege only for dinner, it spells ‘Torture’ πŸ˜€ But I can tell u that it’s a GOOD dinner!

I miss the days where Anne & I have salads with our room mates. Looking back, it’s been half a year since we had our mad salad craze in uni! Haha…I remember the effort we put in to decorate our salads and to make it look SO appetizing, before devouring them in a jiffy! Such are memories to cherish forever 😐

I finally realized where I got my ‘salad decorating’ skills from- my mum! LOL. That night, we had garden salad, potato salad, & believe it or not, steamed LARGE prawns in cooking wine!! Yums!! the prawns are HUGE, I tell u. It’s at least 25 cm when stretched out!!!

Salad dinner & steamed giant prawns
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Giant prawns (doesn’t look that gigantic here eh? Bah.)
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The wine was SO ‘keng’ & the ginger was SO waluwey hot that I had a fever the next day after drinking some of the heaty ‘chap’ from the prawns!! *faints* lol*

One more pic:

My family celebrated my grandpa’s 92nd birthday on last Sunday. We had a lot of food as usual!

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Considering the load of food that I’m putting into my stomach, one will believe that Miss Wong here is putting on a lot of weight!! ‘Cham la’…

– Ruth

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Every cloud has a silver lining

The Perutbesi duo didn’t manage to visit the MIFB fair!! 😦 Yeah, we’re pretty disappointed ourselves, but it’s due to an unforeseen circumstance. Our apologies to all our faithful readers for not being able to cover this event. One of our friends who were suppose to go with us (who has the car…) had to work on Saturday morning. She’s on-call since her project is about to go ‘live’ soon.

Anyways, as a ‘compensation’, Anne & I still had a good time with our 2 friends, Joey & Coey (no, they aren’t related by blood…it just so happens that their names sound alike πŸ˜› ) in the afternoon all through late night. Hehe… the girls decided to go shopping since it’s the Malaysian Mega Sale, & we went to 1Utama. (surprise, surprise, I’m not exactly a shopping person- more of a meet-up-with-friends person) Before we left for 1U, we had a simple, but nice lunch near Joey’s place…

The restaurant is called Relax Cafe. Haha…the ambience is pretty relaxing, I dare say. It’s a Chinese cafe that serves noodles & rice. The price is pretty reasonable, & you can get a decent meal of rice/noodles + a drink for less than RM6.00. The serving is medium-sized, but it’s enough to fill a person- even a Perutbesi! Kekeke…

Here’s what we had:

Taiwan chicken noodles – RM4.80/bowl*
Ice Chinese tea (Jasmine tea- very fragrant) – RM0.80/glass
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Prawn dumpling noodles – RM4.80/bowl* (if we remember correctly)
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Salted chicken (with Chinese herbs) and rice –RM6.80/set
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Otak-otak – RM3.80/set
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* served with Shanghai noodles (the other noodle is called the Emperor noodles- fine noodles like those wan tan mee type)

** fruit juice there costs around RM2.50/glass

We spent more than an hour eating & chatting in the cosy cafe before heading to 1U for more fun πŸ™‚ At 1U, just to find a parking space took us nearly an hour! Yes, AN HOUR!. Wergh. But the 1 hour was utilized wisely, of course. Considering the fact that the 4 of us meet only once a month or the most twice a month, being stuck in the car wasn’t too bad an idea πŸ˜‰

We were at 1U for about 3 hours before heading back to my house for dinner! Yeah, my parents invited my 3 friends over for dinner, & we had home-cooked food that night. It’s a bonus since they haven’t been to my place before & it’s been quite some time since Joey had home-cooked food (being away from home to work in PJ).

All in all, we had a fabulous time, & we parted for home with joy in our tummies & in our hearts as well πŸ˜‰

Introducing the spread for Saturday night’s dinner!
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All for the photo!! Coey (Yo), Joey, Anne, & Ruth
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‘ABC’ Soup
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Steamed Red Talapia
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Lighted Sauteed Prawns (just lightly fried prawns with a little salt)
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Mince Pork with Dark Soy Sauce & Chopped Preserved Veg (choy pou in Cantonese)
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This may not look very pleasing, but it’s the tastiest among all the dishes! It’s cooked by my aunt πŸ˜‰

The 4 of us friends look forward for more of such times together πŸ™‚ Friendship is indeed God’s special gift. No one can explain how it starts, or how it will blossom πŸ˜‰ Only time can tell πŸ™‚

– Ruth

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Steamboat Dinner

It’s always nice to have a steamboat dinner on a cool day- adds ‘umph’ to the atmosphere πŸ™‚ Last Sunday was quite a cool day, after a few hours of shower. My family (uncles, aunties, cousins, etc) had a warm time together, eating to our heart satisfies πŸ˜›

Steamboat is actually just a pot of stock/soup (usually chicken or pork bones boiled withΒ the stem of the ‘pak choy’ toΒ make the soup more tasty)Β where you ‘throw’ in a variety of meat & vegetables to cook before scooping them up with specific utensils i.e. a small ladle & a ladle with holes (not sure what it’s called in specific).

Ladles used in steamboat; one with holesΒ to ‘fish’ out the meat/vegie, & another without holes to scoop the soupΒ (picture taken from Google)
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When I first Googled for the origin of Steamboat, what I found was the ship type of steamboat. *sweat* Apparently, this food-kinda steamboat is referred to as the ‘Hot Pot’. I found out that this dish is usually eaten during winter, when the weather is cold! Mmm..I’m sure a hot pot of stock with meat & vegie would do SO good during winter!! πŸ˜€ Reminds me of Korea & the ‘Jjigae’ dishes, which is the Korean spicy steamboat πŸ˜› Argh…I miss the good food in Korea & I wanna have some good food in Malaysia!!

It is believed that the Steamboat originated from Mongolia (strangely!) & traditionally, the pot is coal-heated, unlike the modern gas/electric ones now πŸ™‚ I can still remember how the old steamboat pot looks like. It’s like a pot with a hole in the middle for the coal to burn πŸ˜€

Traditional steamboat pot (picture taken from Google)
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I’m not gonna ramble ’bout Steamboat for now πŸ˜› If you would wanna know more about it, check out these sites. Enjoy the photos & hope that it’ll whet your taste buds to crave for some Steamboat!

Read-ups:

The variety of food that can go into the soup (meatballs, beancurd, beancurd sheets, vegie, meat slices…chilli sauce/boh is a must when it comes to dips!)
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When the soup is boiled, put in the vegie or meat
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Allow the assortment to cook (cover the pot/dish)
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When it’s done, it looks like this!
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Time to makan! ‘Dig-in!’
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– Ruth

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CNY home-cooked dishes

Througout the entire week of our CNY break, the one thing that anyone (for the matter of fact) can do AND will do is E.A.T!

There is no doubt that people will find most Chinese looking more ‘prosperous’ than before πŸ˜‰ One could not help but be flabbergastered by the amount of food and the variety available during this auspicious festival πŸ˜› *yums*

My family had our ‘king spread’ as well. I’ve been eating SO much that sometimes just the look of food causes my stomach to churn!

The 1st day of CNY 2007 was celebrated in tradition. For my family, the first day will usually begin with Jai Choy (a vegetarian dish- a wholesome one), which I always look forward to πŸ™‚

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In this dish, there are around 15 types of ingredients in this wholesome dish!

1. Button mushroom
2. Black mushroom
3. Straw mushroom
4. Golden mushroom
5. Fu-chok (beancurd sheet)
6. Tim fu-chok (sweet beancurd sheet)
7. Pak choy (Chinese cabbage)
8. Fun-si (Glass noodles)
9. Pak guo (Gingko)
10. Wan yu (Thin black fungus)
11. Fatt-choy (Hair moss)
12. Tau-pok (Deep-fried beancurd)
13. Min-kan
14. Red chilli
15. Fu-yue (Preserved beancurd)

Amazing eh? This is the Wong family’s vegetarian dish πŸ˜‰

Besides that, during the 1st day of CNY, my family also practice the ‘tea ceremony’. In this ceremony, every family member will serve their elders a cup of tea & say well-wishes as the elder drinks. It is a tradition as a sign of respect to our elders.

Teacup

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Every year, there’ll be trays of cookies & assortment laid out on the table for guests & family members to indulge in. This year, we had something different- preserved fruits/veggie.

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Sweet_assortments

In the tray above, there’re dried carrots, pineapples, gourd, nuts, lily roots (lin ngau), coconut, and i dunno whats πŸ˜‰ All are coated with sugar powder/ icing.

CNY is also a time to bring out one’s creativity. This year, we had some piggies and mini mandarin oranges as display. It’s the year of the Boar!

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My uncle bought those piggies from the SS2 market- from those China-chinese traders. It costs RM5/ piggy. He got all the colours available πŸ™‚

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CNY Day 2 Delight
This is the one dish that should not be missed in day 2 during the ‘hoi nin’ (open year).

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We call it the ‘Choy Kiok’ (also known as ‘chap sui’, ‘lap chap choy’, syuen choy’…etc).

This dish is basically every other thing that is left over from the first day’s dishes. However, we add ‘kai choy’ (a type of vegie) into the dish to give it a kick of taste! This dish can also be cooked on purpose (don’t need to wait ’til there’s left overs to cook it).

Mainly, the dish wil contain:

  1. Kai choy
  2. Siew qu sau (roast pig knuckle)
  3. Roast duck
  4. Fried chicken feet
  5. Char yoke (fried pork marinated with preserved beancurd)
  6. Black chinese mushroom
  7. Asam skin
  8. Dried chilli
  9. Tomato & chilli sauce…etc

We also had other types of dishes on the 2nd day of CNY for brunch. Below are all only some of the exciting dishes that we had:

Lai yau har (Butter prawns)

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Lap-ngap (Waxed Duck)

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Chi ku fried with siew yoke & kan choy

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Fried lap cheong (Chinese pork sausages) drizzled with dark black sauce

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– Ruth

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