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Rice Cooker Lotus Root Soup with Peanuts & Black Beans

(Serves 4 adults)
1 lotus root (washed and sliced into round slices)
3-4 pieces of pork bones
1/2 cup peanuts with skin (rinsed with hot water)
1/2 cup black beans with skin (rinsed with hot water)
6 pitted red dates
3 tablespoons goji berries
6-8 cups of water (adjust accordingly)
Salt to taste
Note: Dried squid is recommended; however, I didn't add any this round because I don't have it in my kitchen. 

How to:

1. Put all ingredients into the rice cooker. Switch on the rice cooker and select the "Soup" mode. Adjust cooking duration to 2 hours. Press start.

2. After the cooking duration is reached, the rice cooker will beep. Do a taste test. Serve with rice and other dishes.



Rice Cooker Bak Kut Teh

Here's another no-fuss, one-pot dish recipe using my household's trusted Philips Avance Collection Fuzzy Logic Rice Cooker (not an advertisement lol). I do have a compilation of recipes for the dishes I made with this smart rice cooker for the past many years.



(Serves 5-6 adults + 2 kids under 10)

Bak Kut Teh soup pack (note: I prefer those that come with different types of Chinese herbs plus powdered soup pack, see photo above)
500g pork bones (you can use other cuts of meat that you like)
10 cups water
8 dried Chinese mushrooms (soaked, rinsed, cut into halves)
1 can button mushrooms (cut into halves)
1 packet Enoki mushroom (trimmed)
1 pack taufu pok (cut into halves)
2 tablespoons goji berries (rinsed)
4 tablespoons dark, thick soy sauce (adjust if necessary)
4 tablespoons oyster sauce, optional
Salt to taste, optional
Garlic, chopped


How to: 


1. Add bak kut teh soup mix (both powdered soup pack and herbs), pork bones, and water into the rice cooker. Switch on the rice cooker and select the "Soup" mode. Adjust cooking duration to 2 hours 30 minutes. Press start. 

2. After 30 minutes of cooking, add in the rest of the ingredients - mushrooms, taufu pok, goji berries, seasonings, except salt and garlic.


3. After the cooking duration is reached, the rice cooker will beep. Do a taste test. Serve with rice and other dishes.


Our first dinner on the new dining table in our new house with family members.


More bak kut teh posts on my Instagram



Why "Eating A Rainbow" is Healthy for You?


What is "eating a rainbow"?

"Eating a rainbow" is a concept often used by nutritionists to describe a diet of consuming a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables - the fruits and vegetables rainbow.
Each color in the rainbow represents different nutrients and health benefits associated with specific fruits and vegetables. By incorporating a wide range of colors into your diet, you can ensure that you're obtaining a diverse array of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

What to eat in "eating a rainbow"?

The key is to include a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables in your meals to maximize the nutritional benefits. By "eating a rainbow," you can enjoy a well-rounded diet that supports your overall health and well-being.

Find out more about the colors and their associated benefits.


Benefits: Rich in lycopene and anthocyanins, which may have antioxidant properties to promote heart health and reduce cancer risk, most notably prostate cancer.
Examples: Tomatoes, red apples, red grapes, strawberries, watermelon, cherries, red bell peppers.

Orange / Yellow

Benefits: High in beta-carotene, a precursor to vitamin A, C, folate, antioxidants, and lutein, which support eye health, immune function, collagen production, promote healthy skin.
Examples: Carrots, sweet potatoes, oranges, grapefruit, pumpkin, bananas, pineapples, mangoes, lemons, yellow bell peppers, corn.


Benefits: Packed with essential nutrients such as vitamins A, C, and K, folate, iron, and fiber, which contribute to overall health, promote bone strength, aid in digestion, and support detoxification.
Examples: Green leafy vegetables, spinach, asparagus, broccoli, peas, green beans, green bell peppers, cabbage, celery, cucumber, green grapes, green apples, green kiwi.

Blue / Purple

    Benefits: Contain anthocyanins, which are powerful antioxidants associated with brain health, reduced inflammation, and cardiovascular benefits.
Examples: Blueberries, blackberries, purple grapes, plums, eggplant, purple cabbage, beetroot.

White / Brown

   Benefits: While not part of the rainbow, they provide nutrients such as allicin, which may have antibacterial and antiviral properties, as well as antioxidants and immune-boosting compounds.
Examples: Garlic, onions, ginger, cauliflower, mushrooms, potatoes, turnip, bananas.



How I Celebrated Mother's Day 2023

Mother's Day 2023 was a private and quiet celebration for me and my family.

Mother's Day eve dinner with my sister

My sister and I went to Restoran Q East West 乜東西 for their famous KB Beef Noodles and Signature Coffee. I dare say they serve the best beef noodles in Bandar Kinrara Puchong!
For the soup version, there are fresh beef slices, tripe, tendon, and beef meatballs served in a bowl of piping hot aromatic soup cooked with fresh beef bones and herbs for many hours.

Address: B-15-0, BK5A/2D, Bandar Kinrara, 47180 Puchong, Selangor.


Checking WhatsApp for Mother's Day wishes

It's true! I received quite a number of wishes and I also sent and forwarded wishes to fellow mommies. Here are a few selected quotes that I find meaningful.

Shogun Sakura IH Casserole Set & matching non-Shogun kitchen knives set

I bought the Shogun casserole set from Astro Go Shop. My sister bought the matching set of kitchen knives set for me because the colors of the knives match the casserole set's spring theme colors so well!

Bailey's Cream Cake


Just spending time with hubby & kiddos


We went to church because it was a Sunday and the kiddos have catechism classes that shouldn't be missed.

Happy Mother's Day "card". Haha.

Simple lunch and dessert.
Then, lots of quiet me-time (or leave-me-alone time hahah) which was important for moms like us. I forgot what we did for dinner. I think it was something simple at home because the next day was a school day and working day, so we just kept it simple and fuss-free.


Rice Cooker Lap Cheong Mushroom Rice Bowl

Here's another no-fuss, one-pot dish recipe using my household's trusted Philips Avance Collection Fuzzy Logic Rice Cooker (not an advertisement lol). I do have a compilation of recipes for the dishes I made with this smart rice cooker for the past many years.
(Serves 2 adults + 2 kids under 10)

5-6 dried Chinese mushrooms, soaked, rinsed, and sliced
4 sticks lap cheong (Chinese dried sausages), washed and sliced
2 cups brown rice, rinsed and drained
4 tablespoons dark, thick soy sauce
2.5 cups water
1 tablespoon mushroom powder
2-3 tablespoons cooking oil
Salt to taste, optional
How to:

1. Heat up cooking oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add in mushroom slices, lap cheong slices, brown rice, and soy sauce. 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. Add in some cooking oil for extra flavor.
4. When the rice cooker beeps again for the second time, it means cooking is done. Dinner is ready to be served.


List of Gifts I Don't Mind Receiving Any Day... and Happy Mother's Day Too!

Here's a list of stuff that I don't mind receiving as gifts for occasions such as Anniversary, Birthday, Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, Christmas, etc. I guess this can be an evergreen list and once the boys have their own income, I will show them this list if they run out of idea of what to get for their beloved mama. Hahaha!

#1 - Health Screening Packages

The example above is Women's Health Screening Packages by Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur.

#2 - Trip to South Korea

Image from Apple Vacations.
According to Klook, some of the must-do things in South Korea include:
  • Dress up in a hanbok.
  • Visit Seoul's 5 royal palaces (Gyeongbokgung, Changgyeonggung, Changdeokgung, Deoksugung, Gyeonghuigung).
  • Eat local street foods at the markets such as Gwanjang Market (featured on Netflix).
  • Feast on KBBQ - samgyeopsal paired with soju or makgeolli!
  • Shop at different traditional Korean markets.
  • Visit the DMZ.
  • Take loads of photos in Busan's Gamcheon Culture Village.
  • For nature, can go to Nami Island, Jeju-Do.
  • A lot more lahhh - see what Tripadvisor says.

#3 - Salmon Sushi Cake

Image, description, and order link from Cake Rush.

The combination of Norwegian Salmon and Sakura Denbu with Chuka Wakame, Ebikko, Crabstick, Japanese Cucumber and Mayonnaise make this Sushi Cake a fresh seafood taste sensation.

#4 - Nasi Lemak Cake Sotong

Image, description, and order link from Cake Rush.

This treat is made of nasi lemak elements - rice, sambal omelette (between rice layers), hard-boiled Eggs, cucumber, fried peanuts, fried ikan bilis, 2 whole sotong - arranged in a shape of a cake.

#5 - Baileys Cake (Alcoholic Cake)

Image from Cake Tella.


#6 - Le Creuset


#7 - Recliner

Image from IKEA Malaysia.

This brownish-pink EKOLSUND recliner from IKEA looks so comfy! It's adjustable in three positions – sit upright, lean back or lie back fully for a nap.

#8 - Michael Kors Adele Leather Smartphone Wallet

Oh my heart!
Anyway, I just want to end this post with this thought-provoking sharing about being a mother.

 Some women are good at full-time mothering, others are better moms when they have a career as well. Many more simply have no choice and do the best they can. All these are valid choices and those on the outside really have no right to judge.

By Kimberly Yavorski

Wishing all mothers and mother figures an early Happy Mother's Day!