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Household Favorite: Rice Cooker "Claypot" Chicken Rice

 
I lost count of how often have I been cooking this household favorite one-pot dish - Rice Cooker "Claypot" Chicken Rice. It's my favorite go-to dish to cook; the ingredients are easy to find and cooking time is relatively short with my trusted Philips Avance Collection Fuzzy Logic Rice Cooker (not an advertisement ya, haha).
 
 Here's a previous blog post that I published in 2018. There are more photos on that blog post that depicted the cooking process. This post is a revisit and I tweaked the recipe to suit our current taste preference.

Ingredients:
(Serves 2 adults + 2 kids under 8)

1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil
500g whole chicken thigh, cut into pieces
5-6 fresh Shiitake mushrooms, rinsed and sliced
4 sticks lap cheong (Chinese dried sausages), casing removed and sliced
1 piece salted fish
2 cups brown rice, rinsed and drained
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
850ml-1L filtered water
1 tablespoon mushroom powder
Salt to taste, optional
 
How to:

1. Heat up vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add in chicken pieces, mushroom slices, lap cheong slices, salted fish, brown rice, oyster sauce, dark soy sauce and stir everything until evenly combined.
 
2. Transfer the mixture into the rice cooker, add water and mushroom powder. Switch on the rice cooker and select the "Casserole rice" option and press start. The timer will set itself to 1 hour.
 
3. 10 minutes before cooking stops, the rice cooker will beep. At this point, add in salt to taste.
 

4. When the rice cooker beeps again for the second time, it means cooking is done. Dinner is ready to be served.
 
5. Serve it any way you like, with or without garnishing is fine.

Share with us your photos too if you have tried cooking this recipe! Happy cooking!

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Lunch Date @ Koffie Craft, Holland Boutique Cafe in Kuala Lumpur

 


Cherry Berry Oven-Baked 'Dutch Baby' Pancake


This beautiful pancake is served with 3 scoops of Vanilla ice-cream, cherries, blackcurrants, fresh mango, whipped cream, raspberry sauce, and almond flakes.

 
Salmon Fillet

Cooked to perfection and served with beans, salad, potato waffles, capers, and sauteed red onion rings.
 
 
Home-Roasted Pumpkin and Red Apple Salad

Comes with crisp white and red cabbage, Romaine lettuce, roast capsicum, oven-dried cherry tomatoes, and red onion rings in their house dressing. Topped with toasted walnuts.
 
 
Koffie Pompoen (Pumpkin Latte)

With real pumpkin!

 
'Dirty' Chai Latte

Love my cuppa chai latte!

Koffie Craft

 
Unit UG-2, The Sphere
No 1, Avenue 1,
Bangsar South City,
8 Jalan Kerinchi,
59200 Kuala Lumpur

Website -
https://www.koffiecraft.com.my/
Facebook - @koffiecraft
Instagram - @koffiecraft
Deliveries - koffiecraft.beepit.com

Phone: +60 3 5033 2135
WhatsApp: +6017 381 7876

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Homemade Ang Ku Kueh (Red Tortoise Cake) by My Mother-in-Law

 
Ang Ku Kueh or Red Tortoise Cake, is a small round or oval-shaped Chinese pastry with soft, sticky glutinous rice flour skin wrapped around a sweet filling in the center. It's molded to resemble a tortoise shell and is presented resting on a square piece of banana leaf. This is the best description of ang ku kueh I found from Wikipedia.

Best thing is, my mother-in-law makes her own ang ku kueh!
 
 
If you'd like to find out which recipes to follow, you can follow these two video links as recommended by my mother-in-law:
 
 
Those round balls are shaped from homemade mung bean paste. The pinkish dough is the ang ku kueh skin dough.
 
 
Remember to lightly dust the ang ku kueh mould with glutinous rice flour.
 
 
Press the dough ball into the mould gently.
 
 
The kiddos love pressing the dough ball to fit nicely into the ang ku kueh mould. They say it's like playing with their play dough.
 
 
It's indeed a great indoor activity with the kids, especially during a lazy, rainy afternoon.
 
 
Lightly knock the dough out of the flour-dusted ang ku kueh mould.
 
 
Place ang ku kueh on the banana leaf. Steam over boiling water for 10 minutes.
 
 
Then, brush the surface of the cooked ang ku kueh with oil to give it a pretty, glossy look.
 
 
Thumbs up from my ang ku kueh boy!

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October 2021 Post-MCO Travel Snippets


Word of caution! Photo-heavy post ahead. Less words, more photos.


Here are some photos of the beautiful Pantai Pandak in Chendering, taken during our recent trip back to Kuala Terengganu.





Not forgetting photos of delicious food!



Home-cooked seafood tom yum beehoon by my mom-in-law, specifically requested by my 8yo boy who loves seafood tom yum. He has been waiting for this bowl of comfort food for almost one year.


Left: Eggplant with minced meat

Right: Fish fillet with sweet and sour sauce


Oven-baked prawns with mozzarella cheese.


All my favorite food on a table! In the middle of the table was a hearty bowl of stewed pork ribs with bitter gourd. The smaller bowls were mixed vegetables and fish balls cooked in a broth of skim coconut milk and turmeric. Spot the raw petai!


We had this authentic Laksam Kuah Putih at On The Way Kopitiam. It's like a ritual; whenever we are back in Kuala Terengganu, we will have our fix of laksam at this restaurant.


At the same restaurant, we also ordered Laksa Kuah Merah (red gravy).


My mom-in-law also cooked another family favorite: Bak Kut Teh.


Chinese dessert sweet soup with white fungus, red dates, dried longan, lotus seeds, and ginkgo.

The kiddos did some gardening too.




Remember the bitter gourd dish I mentioned in the post above? It came from the garden!

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Returning to Normalcy


Things are looking up as Malaysia loosens its phases. This brings about other types of changes to our work-life routine. How do we adapt to the endemic while returning to normalcy?

In her recent "Returning to Normalcy" webinar, Clinical Psychologist Nur Arfah Zaini shares tips regarding preparing ourselves as we return to normalcy.


#1 - Going Back into the Rhythm


Change is constant. Whether it's fully WFH (work from home), fully WIO (work in office) or a hybrid arrangement, preparation of our mind and body to go into a different work rhythm is the key.

First, you need to identify a few things.

 
Number 1, what is changing? 
Number 2, what do I need to do to adapt to the changes?
 Number 3, how do I do it? 
Number 4, who do I need to assist me?

After you have identified the answers to the four questions above, you can then take action by planning your daily and family routine. Perhaps your children are going back to school. Do you need to secure a transporter and daycare spot for your children? Do you need to order food catering?


#2 - Back to the Office


In a poll conducted during the webinar, 70 out of 130 participants indicated that they felt 50/50 in terms of readiness to return to normalcy; 47 people were 100% excited, and 13 people were totally not ready.

Returning to WIO - whether full or hybrid arrangement - is imminent. So it's prudent to start identifying things that need consideration while planning the back to office routine.
 

These are three main considerations.

 
Time allocation - what time to wake up, when to commute to office, when to send kids to school, how much time to spend with your family after working hours.
 
Financial planning - how to manage extra expenses such as petrol, toll, meals, kids' daycare, transporter, elderly care, stay-in or part-time maid arrangement.
 
Other responsibilities - how to deal with social anxiety, how to build back people connection, how to adhere to workplace SOPs.



#3 - Supporting Yourself


The saying goes, take care of yourself to care for others. Start by being aware of the following four things.
 

Be aware of stigma

 
It could be your own stigma or other people's stigma. For example, perhaps you're a post-positive COVID-19 patient, so you are worried about prejudice and discrimination. Or perhaps you have lost loved ones to COVID-19 during the pandemic, so you're still hurting and undermining the grieving process. Or perhaps you have strong views regarding pro or anti-vaccination and you find yourself at odds.
 

Be aware your own mental capacity

 
Do a soul searching and ask yourself, do I have enough mind space? What can I do to create more space so I can accommodate others?
 

Be aware of your own emotions and needs

 
How am I feeling? What do I need right now before I can help others.
 

Be aware of your own energy

 
If I'm taking time to care for my colleagues, will it take away or give me energy? Is there a way for me to help others without draining myself?


#4 - Supporting Colleagues


Everyone is affected by the pandemic in a variation of degrees and challenges. If you feel that you have the capacity to support, empathize and assist your affected colleagues, there are a few things that you can do: Practice active listening, validate, find resources, and empathize.
 

Active Listening


Look out for any negative changes in these areas in your colleagues - physical, emotion, behavior - because they may signify something is amiss.
 
Active listening means we encourage conversations to flow with lots of eye contact, nodding, "uh-huh", and rephrasing what they say by repeating it back in your own words. This will help to dissipate any awkwardness and they can be assured that you're listening to what they are saying.

Validate

 
Validation happens when you understand the emotion behind the words people say. "I see that you are upset." Then, you validate by showing acceptance. "What you feel is valid."
 
Avoid saying "I understand how you're feeling", unless you have gone through what the person is going through. "I understand" is usually overrated and the person who's talking to you might be offended and becomes defensive.

Find Resources

 
However, if you feel that you're not someone who can help others by listening to them, you can point them to other resources such as reading materials and information or professionals such as counselors, therapists, and psychologists.

Empathize


In a nutshell, everyone can learn to empathize. It starts with empathizing with yourself and through your words and/or action, you empathize with others.

Here's a short guideline when someone vents to you.
 
Instead of "You are overreacting", say "What can I do to support you?"
Instead of "You should have done this instead", say "No wonder you did that and feel this way." 
Instead of "Things could be worse", say "I know you feel overwhelmed, I'm here for you."

Adam Grant's Work-Life Rhythm


Work-life balance sets an unrealistic expectation of keeping different roles in steady equilibrium. Instead, strive for work-life rhythm. Each week has a repeating pattern of beats—job, family, friends, health, hobbies—that vary in accent and duration.

The quote above is by organizational psychologist Dr. Adam Grant. He explains that work-life rhythm means some days he has back-to-back events and meetings. Other days he's able to start work after his kids go to school, stop when they return, then catches up with any additional tasks after they've gone to bed. So one day might be weighted more to work, others more to family, creating a rhythm to his life. He's also decided to limit his work travel.

 
 
I'd like to end this post with this quote that helps me a lot throughout this pandemic - change is the only constant in life. As soon as we accept this powerful quote, we will be relieved of all the pain that we think life as given us.

 
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Kids Finance Workshop on 13 November 2021


Lack of Financial Literacy


A survey by the Credit Counselling and Debt Management Agency (AKPK) found that 1 out of 3 Malaysians rated themselves as having a low level of confidence about financial management. Malaysians lack financial literacy but are generally unaware of the fact.



Wealth Coach, Eva Wong says, "The issues of having too much debt and insufficient retirement savings are due to not having enough money, savings problems, and high lifestyle expenses. These stemmed from our childhood environment that shaped our money value, belief, and skill.

If one does not change the deep-rooted cause, whatever quick fix being done will only be a temporary solution for a short period of time. The same financial issue will resurface again."


Start the Right Financial 💰💹 Education Since Young


Financial literacy is about developing the right character and right habits for finance. Unfortunately, financial literacy is not being taught in school.


Imagine this, if our kids start managing money since young, how would their financial situation be in the future? Research shows that majority of adults regret not saving enough when they are young.


If our kids can learn about financial skill earlier, they can secure their financial future better, wouldn't you agree?


💰💹 Kids Finance Workshop 💰💹



📆 Date: 13 November 2021

⏱️ Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

📍 Venue: Online (ZOOM)

👩‍🏫 Language: English

👩‍🏫 Teacher: Eva Wong

Outline

Suitable for kids aged 7-12



Who is Teacher Eva Wong?


Eva Wong is a holder of Capital Market Services Representative License and Financial Adviser Representative license issued by Securities Commission Malaysia and Bank Negara Malaysia.


She is also a certified and licensed Financial Planner and a mother of two lovely daughters.


Eva is a strong believer that through effective financial management, everyone will be able to take charge of his / her life and be able to pursue the life goals and dreams.


More about Teacher Eva

Facebook | Website


💰💹 Workshop Enquiry & Registration 💰💹

Registration Page - https://bit.ly/kidsfinw

WhatsApp - http://wa.me/60162813695

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Zoey's Homemade - Preferred Brand for Healthy Homemade Food


First Kid-friendly, One-stop Healthy Frozen Food Supply Company


Zoey's Homemade is proud to be the FIRST kid-friendly, one-stop healthy frozen food supply company in Malaysia! Their food products strictly adhere to their 3 ❌ NO Promises:

❌ NO MSG ❌ NO Additives ❌ NO Preservatives

Zoey's Homemade Story


Jamie Lim, the founder of Zoey's Homemade, is a single mother dedicated to giving the best to her daughter. It all started in 2016 from cooking for her daughter in her kitchen; with her passion and love as a mother, she produces healthy and delicious homemade food with a selection of high-quality ingredients. These ingredients are carefully chosen for their nutritional value, all created with the family especially children in mind.

More than just food, Zoey's Homemade is the result of a mother's love, and the best a mother will give to her child.

Read more about Jamie and Zoey's Homemade story on their Our Story page.

My Experience with Food Products from Zoey's Homemade


For the past one year or so, I have posted about the food products that I purchased from Zoey's Homemade on my Instagram profile. So I'd like to compile them on this blog post for quick reference.







How to Purchase from Zoey's Homemade


You can place order on their website www.zoeyhomemade.com OR contact 016-2089081 for details.

My favorite is their Value Set section. They have these awesome sets such as Marinara & Swedish Meatball Pasta, Japanese Curry, Kid's Choice Combo, Luncheon Meat Combo, Chicken Chop, and many more! You will be spoiled for choices, I promise you.

Exclusive Online Surprises


1. FREE RM5 Cash Voucher for first-time purchase above RM100 in a single receipt
2. Z-Coin Rewards Program up to 3% Rebate


Let's eat safe and stay safe, my friends!
Enjoy your shopping experience with Zoey's Homemade!

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