MiKu (Pink tortoise mantou)

My two daughters love mantou. I love miku (in Hokkien), miku is actually a pink tortoise pau that Chinese would make to pray to ancestors on altar at home, or bring to temples.

I actually made this during the Nine Emperor Celebration (九皇爷诞).

My pink tortoise mantou were in mini size one.

I used raisin to make their eyes. 

They were actually very soft and nice.

Next time, I must try to make yellow tortoise mantou by using pumpkin.

Miku Recipe

1kg plain floor
11g instant yeast
200g sugar
100g corn oil (1/2 cup)
460g water (2 1/2 cups)
4 pandan leaves (screwpine)

1. Boil pandan leaves with sugar in water. Leave to cool.
2. Mix flour and yeast together.
3. Knead flour mixture, water and corn oil together for 15 mins.
3. Scale dough to 100g each and leave to rest for 10 mins.
4. Roll dough with rolling pin and fold in both ends. Roll again and fold in the other 2 ends. Place each dough on a piece of grease proof paper, or you can make your own tortoise shape.
5. Allow dough to rise for 35 min.
6. Brush surface with (diluted) pink colouring.
7. Steam over high heat for 15 mins.

The above quantity makes 18 pieces of "Miku".

Happy New Year 2015, folks! 
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Golden Sand, Penang

My husband booked a Family Holiday Package of 3D2N at Golden Sand, Penang in December.

It was indeed a very good offer package of MYR 660 per night.

Upon checking into the hotel, we were served with one lunch consisting of two wood-fired pizzas.
The two pizzas cost about RM 70, inclusive in the offer package.

While enjoying the pizzas, we were entertained by the Penang Japanese Choir club with Japanese Christmas carol.

The girls had four hours of daily admission to Adventure Zone with kiddie lunches. The lunches for two children cost about RM65.

3 days of entry fees and 3 lunches for two children were also included in offer package.

The girls were complimented by two polly the parrot soft toys .

Besides, daily buffet breakfast for two adults and two children below 12 years old at Garden Cafe
Complimentary one extra bed for a child under the age of 12 years old. Daily dinner (either buffet or set dinner) for two adults and two children at Garden Cafe inclusive of free flow of beverages (soft drink, juices, house wine and house beer) for the whole family.

My husband was so happy, as he could enjoy the free flow of beer and wine at the buffet dinner during our stay there. He said to me that he is going to book another family fun package with Golden Sand again.

And I, enjoyed the full body massage (RM60 for an hour) and foot massage (RM30 for half an hour) at the beach side, the pool, the jacuzzi, and also the gymnasium.

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Places at Malacca

I really enjoyed our trip to Malacca. We parked the car at the hotel the day we checked in, and we walked to almost all the places in Malacca. I walked along Jonker Streets every day. I never had enough of sight-seeing, shopping and food tasting along Jonker Streets. May be I only been there once in more than ten years.

Now, let the pictures do the talking. I still love looking at these pictures of us at Malacca. Remember to click at the Play button below to view the slide.
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At the shop which sells Malaka product - 三叔公
I shall take the chance to wish all my friends here,  Merry Christmas! 
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She is still believing....

Saturday morning, I bought them breakfast from market. I put their breakfast on the dining table, before I left home for my dental appointment. I wrote a note on the whiteboard to remind them to eat. When I came back home, I saw a reply on the whiteboard.
One of April's loose tooth came out the night before. She was sleeping with me, and I had totally forgotten about transforming myself into tooth fairy.  Therefore she couldn't find her money under the pillow.

She is cute, she is believing in tooth fairy and also Santa. She has already written down her Christmas wish on a piece paper and put the paper inside the Santa's sock.

She has nicer and neater hand writing than the mom a.k.a the tooth fairy. lol!
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Irresistible food in Malacca

I tell ya! If I could eat all these super duper delicious food in Malacca and I could still not gain any weight, please give me some applause. We reached home at 5pm, and I was already in the gym for my very extensive run at 7pm. When I ran, I tried to visualize all the sinful goodies that I ate during the trip. Therefore, I had the very strong will power to run for 1.5 hours at the speed of 8.5km/h and burn 900 calories.Thank Goodness, I weighed myself on the next morning, I was still the same weight before I left for my Malacca trip. Pheewww....sweat!

The last time I went to Malacca, it was already more than 10 years ago. I really missed Malacca food. I had a wish list of all the "must eat" before I went to Malacca. I got all my wish accomplished. So, it is a very satisfying trip, I reckon.

1. Satay Celup.
We ate satap celup two rounds as our two continuous dinners.

These are the satay celup from Ban Lee Siang. There are actually two Ban Lee Siang satay celup shops next to each other. We tried the left shop on the first evening and tried the right shop on the second evening. We were actually staying at the hotel opposite Ban Lee Siang.

To me, both Ban Lee Siang satap celup shops are equally good.
Ban Lee Siang, Jalan Ong Kim Wee, 75300 Melaka, Malaysia. 

2. Chicken rice balls. 
We also ate two rounds of chicken rice balls as our two continuous lunches. 

Hoe Kee chicken rice.

First day, we tried Hoe Kee Chicken Rice at Jalan Hang Jebat, Jonker Street.

Chung Wah chicken rice.
Second day, we tried Chung Wah at Jalan Hang Jebat, Jonker Street. We heard from the local folk that it is the most traditional chicken rice shop.

It was raining sizzling, and yet so many people were queuing up. That's why we didn't get to eat here on the first day. We got to try it at last on the second day.

3. Baba & Nyonya Laksa and Chendol.

These were the very famous Durian Chendol, Baba Chendol, Baba Laksa and Assam Laksa from Jonker 88 at Jalan Hang Jebat, Jonker Street. We tried the Kahwin Laksa on the next day, it is actually the mixing of Baba Laksa and Assam Laksa.  All types of Laksa is very yummy.

4. Yam and sweet potato puff pastries.

I also bought these puff pastries from the shop opposite Hoe Kee Chicken Rice. One of them is having yam filling and another one is having sweet potato filling.  RM2 each. I like them very much.

5. Pineapple tarts

I love all types of cookies, especially CNY cookies like these pineapple tarts. Malacca is so famous of its pineapple tarts. How could I not buy any?

I bought two boxes of pineapple tarts from LW Nyonya Pineapple Tart House at Jalan Hang Kasturi.

6. Nyonya dumpling.

I also got this from the shop opposite Hoe Kee, the same shop that I bought the yam and sweet potato puff pastries. RM4.50 each. I love it too.

7. Putu Piring.

I never try putu piring before, I can only find putu mayong at my place. A friend of mine recommended me to try out this putu piring in Malacca.  RM 1 each. We bought them as our bedtime snacks two days in a row.

Apparently, this family business is so famous that you can see their faces every where if you google Putu Piring, Jalan Tengkera, Malaka.

8. Popiah
We actually waited in front of Madam King for the Siham(Cockles) and Lala(Clams) shop to open. We happened to find this very good popiah at Jalan Bunga Raya, Malaka. It is actually just in front of Madam King. RM4 each. If you think it is expensive, wait till you try it. It worth the money as it tasty.

9. Siham (Cockles), lala (clams), balitong(coconut snails), fish cakes, bean curd and etc.

My husband wanted so much to go this place for its siham, lala and so on.  This stall is Tong Bee, it is at the back alley next to Madam King's shopping complex at Jalan Bunga Raya.

The stall is set up  next to the drain at the back of some shop house. You can see that we were actually sitting on short stools and short tables.

My two girls initially refused to eat there, after a while of seeing us eating, they started to enjoy picking open the cockle shells and sucking the coconut snails. We went to this place twice as well.

10. Nadeja Mille Crepe

I heard many people sharing about Nadeja Mille Crepe at Malacca. I managed to try a slice of the Mango Yogurt on my last day in Malacca. When the slice of our Mango Yogurt mille crepe was served, we finished it in just a minute, and I totally forgot about taking picture.

We were actually eating more than these pictures above.  Sometimes, I forgot to take picture, so I skipped talking about it. We also went for the food that we really like for two times, such as chicken rice balls, satay celup, cockles, popiah, putu piring, Baba&Nyonya laksa and chendol. Due to the distance, we don't know when will be our next trip to Malacca, it may not happen in the next ten years. 
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