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Hotteok (Korean Sweet Pancakes)

 
My kiddos LOVE pancakes. They can eat pancakes for breakfast, lunch, snack, or dinner, and they are happy campers! Here are all the pancakes that I have made for the past many years.πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹

This round, I try my hands on making Hotteok (sweet Korean pancakes with sugar and nuts filling). Yes, I'm still riding the Korean wave! Hehe!


Beksul Hotteok Mix (Sweet Korean Pancake Mix)


 

What's inside the Beksul Hotteok Mix box?

 
1 bag of Sweet Korean Pancake Mix (296g)
1 bag of dried jam mix (100g)
1 packet of dry yeast (4g)


 
Instructions:
(Make 8 pancakes)
 

1. Dissolve dry yeast in 180-200 ml lukewarm water.

 

2. After the dry yeast dissolves, add in pancake flour and mix well until a ball of sticky dough is formed.

 

 

3. Rub cooking oil on your hands to avoid the dough sticking to your hands. Divide the dough into 8 balls. Beware: The dough is really sticky!

 

4. Flatten a dough ball. Then, add a tablespoon of dried jam mix to the middle of the flattened dough. Seal the dough ball. Note: I did this like sealing a char siew pao.

 

5. Heat up a little bit of cooking oil in a frying pan. Place the pancake dough (sealed part down) to "lock" the pancake.

 

6. Pan-fry the dough until you see that the bottom starts to turn light brown. Then, turn the dough around and flatten it. Pan-fry until golden brown.




Okay, I obviously put too little jam mix in the middle of the pancakes. They are supposed to have a layer of visible gooey jammy filling. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜…

 

I shall try making Hotteok again as my eldest kiddo gives me a thousand thumbs up! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»


 By the way, I also make my go-to normal fluffy pancakes for my youngest kiddo.




Also a thousand thumbs up! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

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Highlights of June 2023

 
 This blog post features some notable highlights for the month of June 2023.
 

Anniversary Dinner at Apple Samgyupsal, Taman Desa KL

 
 
This is a non-halal Korean restaurant. For those who love Korean BBQ with different cuts of pork, this neighborhood Korean restaurant is a good choice. Don't forget to wrap the BBQ-ed pork with an apple slice before you gulp them down!

On a side note, I heard from one of the restaurant servers that the selling of makgeolli, a type milky-white Korean rice wine is currently banned in Malaysia. A few weeks ago, when I was shopping at K Plus Food Market, one of the employees at the hypermarket said that there are some issues at the customs regarding  makgeolli.
 
Haiyahhhh why lah? Please lift the ban!
 

My Korean Style Birthday Meals

 

Locations:
 

Dae Ga describes themselves as a Muslim-friendly Premium Korean BBQ restaurant. So, they have a great selection of premium beef, seafood, and chicken dishes.
 
I ordered the Galbi Tang (beef short rib soup) and Seafood Pajeon (seafood pancake). My sister ordered the Dolsot Bibimbap (hot stone bowl mixed rice).

 
KimchiRang is a newly opened, Muslim-friendly Korean (non-BBQ) restaurant. They have staples such as Kimchi Jjigae, Kimchi Fried Rice, Ramyeon, Bibimbap, Gimbap, Tteobokki, Japchae, Korean Fried Chicken, etc.
 
Mashisoyo!

3-in-1 (Birthday-Anniversary-Father's-Day) Weekend Trip to Melaka

Where we stay

 
  


Melaka Durian Cendol


This antique-looking kopitiam is located very near the Jonker Walk arch.


Melaka Chicken Rice Balls

 

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Korean Samgyetang Kit & Other Korean Food Products I Purchased from K Plus Food Market

 
Samgyetang, also known as ginseng chicken soup is a delicious Korean dish. I bought this Korean Samgyetang Kit from K Plus Food Market at The Curve.
 
The kit came with a raw chicken stuffed with uncooked rice and garlic. There were also additional garlic cloves, a ginseng root, a dried red date, more rice grains in a separate packet, and two other small packets of seasoning (and salt I think). 

 
I put all the ingredients, seasonings, and water into my multi-function rice cooker and select the "Soup" mode. Then, I set the cooking duration to 2 hours.

 
Two hours later..... Look at that delicious soup and chicken!

 
Look at those stuffed ingredients!


The chicken and the stuffed rice were so moist and tender. The soup was super delicious and flavorful too. I served the soup with Korean sweet potato vermicelli.
 
This soup kit is definitely a keeper. Gotta buy again!

Find out what else I bought from K Plus Food Market in the video and Facebook album below.




Address: K Plus Food Market, Lot G107 & G109, Ground Floor, The Curve, Petaling Jaya
 
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Flower (꽃) by Jisoo in different languages

 

Original MV (Jisoo's)

 
 

Korean (with lyrics in Romanized Korean)

 

 

Mandarin (with lyrics)

 
 

English (with lyrics)

 

 

Cantonese (with lyrics)


 

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Effective Communication Power Tips

 

What is communication?

 
According to SkillsYouNeed, communication is defined as the act of transferring information from one place, person or group to another.
 
However, communication is more than just the transmission of information (message) because whenever there is an act on information transfer (from sender to recipient), it also includes our emotions, cultural situation, medium used to communicate, etc.

Moreover, there are also different categories of communication: verbal (spoken or face-to-face), non-verbal (body language), and written communication.

What then is effective communication?

 
I came across this interesting quote which is shared on the internet.

I used to think communication was key until I realized comprehension is. You can communicate all you want to someone, but if they don't understand you, it won't reach them the way you need it to. - Unknown

Now, this quote sparked quite a lot of conversations.
 
The question is this: If the person who is communicating thinks he or she is communicating (in his/her understanding of what communication is), but he/she is not understood by the other party (hence, no comprehension on the recipient side), is there communication?
 
Talking alone is not communicating. If there is no understanding or comprehension (decoding) and response, safe to say, there is no communication.

Therefore, effective communication is more than just talking and exchanging information. It is also about giving context and understanding the emotion and intentions behind the information that you want to transfer.

Effective communication power tips



Here are four power tips for effective communication.

1. Non-verbal cues are just as important as verbal cues

 
How we say something is more impactful than what we say. Non-verbal cues such as eye contact, body language, tone of voice, facial expressions are powerful communication tools. (Nonverbal Communication and Body Language, HelpGuide.org)

2. Hear what is not said


The most important message is often not what is heard when one speaks, but what is not being said in that conversation. Always ask questions with that in mind!
 
The most important thing in communication is to hear what is not said. - Peter Drucker

 

3. Always provide as much context as you can


Context is made up of the parts of communication that influence the meaning of a message. Always provide as much context as you can in your conversations. (The Hidden Power of Context, Sam Sommers)

4. Use simple and concise words


Keep it simple. Be confident, and don't over-explain. Become self-aware of jargon and acronyms. Eliminate filler words or phrases, and use analogies. (5 Simple Tips to Help You Speak Clearly and Concisely, Matthew Royse)

 

I find this quote amusing and somewhat summarizes this topic well.

The most important communication skill is knowing when to shut up. - Morgan Housel

My takeaway


After so many years, I have come to realize that developing communication skills is a lifelong learning journey that requires one to put down their ego, make mistakes, learn from mistakes, piss people off, identify the trigger or gap, close the gap, and repeat.
 
Practice makes perfect. Unless you stay in a cave, we can't run away from communicating, online or offline. We also can't rely on ChatGPT for perfect scripts when we reply work or business emails. We also can't avoid people around us.

I guess, unless AI completely replaces sentience (this is purely my personal opinion), we have a lifetime to learn to communicate.

 

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