Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Fat Luscious Juicy.....Taugeh, and a Hysterectomy

That's how Lemongrass described the taugeh from Ipoh. A bit of a waste and overkill of adjectives, but yeah, she is right. The taugeh, apparently because of the water from artesan wells, IS plump, juicy and naturally circumcised. As in, you dont have to really pluck the tips.


Oh, yes, I was in Ipoh last friday, on a whim, coz WOMAN I AM SCARED OF (WIASO) was back on holiday, so Godma (to my kids) and I thought we'd take the day off, chow down some Ipoh food, and bring WIASO back to KL. The drive up north was uneventful enough, but I have to say the limestone caves, Lata Kinjang (or is it Kijang) waterfalls from the highway, do make for a rather scenic drive. But being 41 and jaded, one doesnt go ooh and ah anymore.

Suitably famished by the time we arrived, WIASO's sister took over the wheels and played local tour guide. First stop was Khong Heng kopitiam for Kai See Hor Fun. I can now understand why Michelle Yeoh is such a fan of Kai See Hor Fun, for the Ipoh version is really rather good.

For starters we had the Yau Yee Ong Chow, ie, Cuttle Fish with Water Convulvulus. (Anything with two Vs and and L reminds me of a certain word).

The sauce of the YYOC is different from the KL one. It's more like a curry sauce. In my haste and hunger, I agreed to order a bowl of Ngau Nam Meen.....highly forgettable, and wasn't really finished.


The Kai See Hor Fun, as I said, was excellent. Should have ordered two bowls. Unlike Penang hawker fare, which comes in MINISCULE portions, the servings here are pretty much like KLs. I ordered a small hor fun, which was sufficient.

We also had popiah and rojak, by which time I was too engrossed in the hor fun to bother taking pics. The popiah seemed to have a lot of "liu", unlike the ones here.

For dessert, WIASO's sister brought us for tau foo far in this "drive in". Snow Mountain. The proprietors have been running this for the last 30 years.





You basically sit in your car, and place your order, and eat in the comfort of your car. What a brilliant idea. The TFF was superb, silky smooth, but then again, most TFF in Malaysia is rather good anyway.

NO MORE BUNS IN THIS OVEN

On a separate note, two weekends ago, while I was making 2 chicken pies for delivery, the oven here konked out. It is 12 years old, and has served us faithfully, churning out roast chickens for family dinners, scones for countless tea parties, thousands of muffins for church, [getting teary eyed], twas the experimental lab for many a cake, and it was in this oven that the first wedding cake was made as well. Alas, sad to say, it wasn't economically viable to repair, and the parts were not available anyway, so, an oven hysterectomy it has to be. No more buns from this oven. Actually it was causing the ELCB to trip. It has served us well.


So, bring out the old, bring in the new!!!! The ELECTROLUX EOB3637X. I'd forgotten what it's like to have a clear oven door, and a light in the oven.... it's like watching TV!!!! In the old oven, the oven door had turned opaque with its years of wear, and the light wasnt working either. So, I could actually see the cakes rise, ah, such a joyful feeling to the heart. Until it rose too much and I went, ARGHHHHHH.....coz I havent really got accustomed to the new temperature settings etc. AND THANK YOU, manufacturers, for FINALLY getting it into your skulls that it is far easier to demarcate the temperature settings with ACTUAL TEMPERATURE readings, ie, 180C, 200C as opposed to numbers 1-7......

I look forward to having many buns in my new oven.

20 comments:

MeiyeN said...

hmmmm who's this WIASO? :p and oh... new oven, it looks cool! :D

babe_kl said...

woooo looking forward to more bakes from your new oven!

sunshine said...

reminds me of 2 words, first is Volvo which apart fr being the name of a car, is also my dog's name and the other word is unmentionably eeewww!

Tummythoz said...

New oven? No oven farewell party? No warming-up party?

boo_licious said...

LOL on yr last sentence - such a double meaning to it. I love that particular tau foo far in Ipoh, very smooth and the kai see hor fun at Kong Heng.

Wandernut said...

NEW OVEN! CONGRATULATIONS!!!
:D *turns green with jealousy*

Paprika said...

Congrats on the new oven! I am waiting to install mine! Yes, I am so kiasu that I already bought the oven before my apartment is ready! More buns in the oven eh?

sooyin said...

Funny Mountain tau foo faa....my favourite!!! Yummy....

Congrats on your new oven...may it give you many many buns...=)

msiagirl said...

Congrats congrats sounds like new oven worthy of your baking skills - btw hope your wife knows about these buns hor? Ah I really cracked up - convovulus, convovulus, convovulus hmmm. :)

fatboybakes said...

meiyen, WIASO not from floggers group ler.

babekl, sure thing. the first thing that came out of it was err....a choc sponge that rose too high, and had its top scraped off by the upper rack. duhhh.

sunshine, yala, i was thinking of volvo too. what other word is there?
[innocent angelic look]

tummythoz, i dont think we can all fit into the oven ler.

boo, trust me, there's only ONE meaning.

wandernut, well, the last oven was 12 years old, you were probably still in school when we had that.

paps, what oven did you buy ah? sure canggih manggih one.

sooyin, yup, outstanding TFF.

msiagirl, ....i'm speechless.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Bah humbug.

teckiee said...

how come so mnay acronyms for the females WIASO...MILF... do we have any for guys? LOL!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

u know..having a new oven..u need to remake all you know in it to ensure it works the way you want it to be..therefore u also need guinea pigs to eat up all the tested cakes rite?..give me a call yeah when that day comes..chicken pie especially you know..

wmw said...

Yay! You've got a new oven...that means no more white looking crust pie! Hahaha....Good looking oven!

Jackson said...

new oven? Good news to me. My birthday is on 22 Aug... A baked durian cheese cake pls... plss... plss.... plss......

from a birthday boy

team bsg said...

actually datuk michelle has of late acquired a rich taste for the short but deep red & quite upright very fast sphagettis other than the usual down flat chicken hor fun here which she used to love before
hehehe !

God of Food's said...

Woow, new oven...How is ur new one going one...should bake for us to try....

UnkaLeong said...

buns, ovens...hmmm...Pleasure meeting with you again last Sunday;) If you ever need someone to taste the buns, I'm here till the end of the week :P

Precious Pea said...

Somehow, I do agree with NippleJoe. You need to test out all your recipe using this oven. Need to see whether the results as good. Wink wink!

OOo..i heard about the taufoofah which they said SUPER DUPER SMOOTH!

Anonymous said...

please can You give me the manual for the old oven ,if it is ok send me email at( marmar1112@yahoo.com) thanks