The Days After Surgery

In my previous post, I mentioned that I took a bus to Our Tampines Hub, two stops from Changi Hospital for lunch. Before that, I asked the nurse if there is any food that I cannot eat after the surgery. The nurse said, no. I would like to share pictures of the food that I ate after the surgery and some of the events that happened during this one week of resting at home.

Yong Tau Foo

I ordered the yong tau foo without noodles. For additional noodles, it will cost another 50 cents. I was thinking I just needed a quick late lunch and went back home for a good rest. I targeted to focus on protein than carbs during this period.

Address: Jia Le Yong Tau Foo, 495 Tampines Ave 5, #01-32 Hawker Centre @ Our Tampines Hub, Singapore 529649.

I was too tired after my shower, and I went to sleep after I submitted my hospitalization leave. I slept for two hours and by the time I woke up, it was evening time. I settled down by ordering zi char at the hawker centre nearby.

Hong Kong Fried Noodles

I love eating Hong Kong fried noodles, so I ordered them from the zi char stall here. It was my first time trying the zi char stall here. There are many comments about this zi char stall but I did not think further. After trying it, personally, I would prefer the zi char stall called the Tong Garden Seafood at Tampines Street 43’s Everyday Come Eating House or the Jia Le Xian Zhu Chao at Tampines Street 45. However, I think it depends on the chef that cooks it.

Address: 419 Seafood, HDB 01-, 419 Tampines Street 41 (S)520419 Singapore 520419 Tampines Street 41, # 104, 520419.

After dinner, I took my antibiotic pill, showered, and made a phone call to my aunt to tell her all went well before I headed to sleep. I did not really drink a lot of water that day but my poo was dark in colour. I wondered for a while. It could be the body waste from my surgery.

Homemade Kaya Butter Toast

I bought a loaf of wholemeal bread, butter and a small bottle of kaya from the Fairprice supermarket to make my breakfast. I made it almost every morning. To make it looks like that is selling in the drink stall, I added an extra piece of butter in the middle of the bread. I did not toast my bread. I am unsure if this is still considered a healthy food because of the ingredients used to make kaya butter bread. I should reduce my sugar intake.

Homemade wanton soup

I am pretty good at making wanton soup and I made some too. I can have the wanton without adding noodles to the soup. Making wanton soup at home is quick and easy. Also, I need more protein for my recovery.

Making cold soba at home

On the second day, I took my antibiotic after my morning brunch. It caused me to feel sleepy and I took an afternoon nap. Occasionally, I felt pain around my wound and another part of my upper body. I maintained my carb intake and tried to focus on protein intake. However, I must remind myself about the sugary food.

Economic fried beehoon

Some articles say that I can eat eggs and some say cannot. I am unsure which one is true. An egg is a source of protein too, however, I think, the egg yolk might not be good for someone after surgery. Besides that, in Chinese belief, it is not good to take soy sauce or dark soy sauce after surgery because it would cause the wound darker. It is too late for me to undo what I have eaten. I added soy sauce when making wantons too. On the third day, I walked to the wet market, I wanted to have some walks and sun. Besides that, I wanted to buy fish for dinner. I had fried beehoon for breakfast which I think was a wrong choice because of the usage of dark soy sauce and sugar. On top of it, there were a fried egg and vegetarian goose. But, they were delicious food.

Address: Everyday Come Coffee Shop 天天來咖啡店, 477 Tampines Street 43, #01-190, Singapore 520477.

Salted bun

I think I did not follow much of what I should not eat after surgery. I ate a salted bun that I bought from the same coffee shop on the same morning. Although it is not deep fried or oily, I think I should not eat heaty food too. However, I loved this salted bun, and it is very nice compared to the salted buns from Eastlink food court at Tampines Interchange, U-taste at the Tampines Interchange and Dough Culture at Tampines Mall.

Address: Everyday Come Coffee Shop 天天來咖啡店, 477 Tampines Street 43, #01-190, Singapore 520477.

Home-brewed black coffee

I paired the salted bun with black coffee and ate with Hugo (the soft toy in the background). Hugo has been my breakfast-lunch-dinner buddy since day 2 because I was alone at home. I made my home-brewed black coffee using the coffee powder from Suzuki, a local brand in Singapore. I bought it from Fairprice supermarket.

Home-cooked yee mian with vegetables, egg and sliced gingers

An article mentioned that eating gingers have a variety of effects on the skin that may contribute to improved wound healing. So, I added some sliced gingers to my noodles. I cooked with egg and vegetables. I think I need to eat more leafy and green vegetables. Again, I grabbed Hugo to eat with me while watching some drama. It was quite boring at home alone and eating alone.

I still can feel slight discomfort on and off throughout the whole day. No major issues with my health, wound, or my diet. I still needed to take an afternoon nap after my lunch. I tried to do something different on the fourth day because I have been limiting my activities in the past few days.

Avocado with egg toast

Finishing the avocado that I bought some time ago with an egg. I made the toast using the air fryer. The egg white was not fully cooked but I do not think I should air-fry it longer than 10 minutes. Maybe, I need a bigger piece of bread so that the egg is right on top of the bread. The egg yolk was still rummy when I bite on it.

I took a shower to remove the waterproof plaster that covered my wound as per instructed by the nurse. I could do so on the fourth day. Nothing happened after the plaster was removed. I went out to explore another neighbourhood, Serangoon.

Char kway teow

Cheat day food. I am not supposed to eat char kway teow because it is oily and cooked with dark soy sauce. It came with prawns too. Some myths mentioned that having chicken and seafood slows down wound healing. I took two pieces of prawns with some eggs. The char kway teow is a bit spicy. I think it is best not to eat any spicy food for a week. I broke the rule. I did not encounter any bad experiences after eating the noodles. Days after that, I did have a little discomfort but I am unsure whether it is related. I did not feel pain in my wound area.

Address: NAN YANG DAO 南洋岛, Blk 262 Serangoon Central, #01-85, Singapore: 550262.

Three-layer coffee

Three-layer refers to the three layers of coffee, evaporated milk, and palm sugar syrup. The drink is usually served cold. The differences in density among these three ingredients give the appearance of three layers of colour. I shall avoid sugary sweets and sugary drinks.

Address: NAN YANG DAO 南洋岛, Blk 262 Serangoon Central, #01-85, Singapore: 550262.

Ice-cream

I am not sure if ice cream is allowed as the website that I used to check what I can eat after surgery mentioned that I can eat plain ice cream. What is plain ice cream? I think it may refer to vanilla ice cream. I have two more chocolate cones inside my freezer. I need to keep it for another time.

Address: 15-2 Jln Riang, Singapore 358987.

I failed my fourth day of recovery with plenty of carbs and food that I should not be eating. They did no good for my recovery. I skipped dinner on the fourth day. I ate something light before I took my medication and went to bed. It took me a while before I fell asleep too.

The fifth day was not pleasantly good, I did not have enough rest the night before. I dreamt a lot through the night and was unable to catch some quality sleep. After I woke up from my sleep, I went to check my emails and re-sent the leave application to my HR as an update. I did not go back to rest immediately. Instead, I planned to go out for lunch. I travelled out to the Bedok area and tried to have some slow walks around the area as part of my exercise. My working exercise did not affect my recovery at the moment.

Zhong Xing Ban Mian

A little disappointed with the ban mian that I ate at Bedok Interchange Food Center. I ordered the dry version which I should not have, yet the sauce was not up to the taste. Compared to the L32 Handmade Noodles, this stall needs to improve its sauce for the dry version. The soup was salty, it should go well for the soup version. I tried a little bit of the chilli paste for a taste. It needs improvement too. For the carbs portion, it was generous, and they served with plenty of anchovies, minced meat and a cooked egg. I would prefer the egg to be placed in the soup.

Address: Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre, 208B New Upper Changi Rd, #01-46, Singapore 462208.

Duke Bakery

I went to buy a loaf of bread from the Duke Bakery as I was around the area, so why not? I chose cranberry walnut bread. It would be my breakfast for the coming days because the wholemeal bread was going to finish.

Home-cooked chicken soup

With the remaining ingredients that I have, I cooked a bowl of chicken soup again without noodles. The shredded chicken from the chicken soup was then added with seasonings so that I could wrap it with my sandwiches. From the picture below, it looked dry and unappetizing. I cooked the shredded chicken with onion and parsley for quite a long before I off the stove, hence, the sauce dried up. Still, it went well with my plain sandwich.

On the sixth day, my medication would finish and I did not need to look for breakfast or brunch to eat before taking medication.

Initially, I planned to return to work on the sixth day so that I could work on the deployment work, however, due to a change arrangement, my DevOps team would not be in the office for me to work on it. Therefore, I dropped the plan to work in the office. I continued to work at home to clear up some of the emails and backlogs. Since I skipped breakfast, I decided to go out early to get my lunch and I could take my medication after that.

341 Beach Road Pho

I ordered the beef pho. Eating beef is a good source of protein that good for my after-surgery recovery. I added some lime juice into the soup, and of course, I tried the original taste too. The soup is tasty and mild. I prefer something stronger. Even adding the lime juice did not greatly enhance the flavour. Unlike another Vietnamese stall that I liked, this stall gave onions and beansprouts only. It did not have other greens that usually come with it. It is fine because I did not eat all the vegetables used in Vietnamese food. There were about 5-6 pieces of medium-sized beef with a generous amount of pho.

Address: Luk Lu Eating House, 341 Beach Rd, #01-06, Singapore 199567.

This eating place was quite crowded so I did not spend a lot of time finishing up my bowl of noodles and made a move to another place. I went to Golden Mile Food Centre for more options. I thought I wanted a second round before I went back but I decided just to take away a cup of coffee from this stall called Kopi More.

Kopi More

It was just for a try. I am not fancy about its way of preparing the coffee and the price for a cup of coffee from this stall is more expensive than other stalls in the same food centre. I waited patiently for my kopi-o-kosong, coffee without milk and sugar. My review is the coffee tasted like a double espresso without any sugar. It was really strong and I was not able to finish it immediately. I took it home as I have a meeting to attend.

Address: Golden Mile Food Centre #B1-49, 505 Beach Rd, 199583.

I attended the meeting with a few of my colleagues with a cup of strong coffee. I could stay awake while listening to my colleagues. I complained a lot after that. Then, another colleague asked me why I attended the meeting when I was still on hospitalization leave. My colleague told me to go rest and not to work. I listened to the advice.

Home-cooked fish and broccoli

Both are good sources of protein and vitamins that are good for my after-surgery recovery. I steamed the fish and broccoli.

On the seventh night, I dreamt a lot again but they were not really something important to remember. Lately, the dreams were about completing tasks or events. I did not sleep early too. I stayed alert even at 12AM.

Green Bean Soup

For dessert, I ate green bean soup. Green beans contain some of the vitamins that I needed after surgery such as vitamin B, iron and zinc.

Two more days before I resumed working, I intended to travel out to get my lunch instead of cooking at home. I chose to have a bowl of fish soup for my recovery. There is a stall that I wanted to try but cannot make it because it opens on weekdays and closes early too.

Mei Xiang Black & White Fish Soup

I do not really like fried fish, however, this stall did not have any other option on the menu. It consisted of both fried fish and fresh sliced fish. It came with a bowl of rice. I was not impressed by the fish meat. However, I liked the soup. It was flavourful yet not too strong. It went well with the white rice.

Address: Berseh Food Centre Stall 44, 166 Jln Besar, Singapore 208877.

After lunch, I went for a walk around this area, and I found there were two other food courts nearby that have some stalls with good ratings or reviews. I hope to try them one day and add my reviews to my blog. I was supposed to have dinner around the same place too but I was tired and sleepy after lunch.

I headed back home for a rest, and I took a nap. I did not know why recently I would feel sleepy in the afternoon. I needed a nap. I was hoping that on the day I back to the office, I would be able to skip napping and stay alert.

Having soup base food for this week seemed to be something that I looked forward to the most. I ordered the pig organ soup from the Cheng Mun Chee Kee Pig Organ Soup too for dinner.

Cheng Mun Chee Kee Pig Organ Soup

On this visit, I was able to order a side dish because a friend joined us for dinner. We ordered the minced meat with chestnut. I did not stay long at this stall because I wanted to drop some of the IT books at Hackerspace SG. Also, I needed to rest more and did not want to stay out late.

Address: Cheng Mun Chee Kee Pig Organ Soup 正文志记猪什汤大王 , 24 Foch Rd, Singapore.

So far, I have made chicken soup at home and eaten fish and pork soups at the food court. Next, I would try the beef and mutton soups too. If you have any good recommendations for Chinese-herbal-style beef or mutton soups in Singapore, especially on the east side, please leave me a comment. For the time being, I would prefer to avoid the Malay style of mutton soup.

On my last day of hospitalization leave, I cooked one pot of soup for lunch and dinner by having some different ingredients for lunch and dinner with the same soup. However, I put the same ingredients such as tofu and green vegetables for both.

For lunch

For dinner

Thank you for reading it until the end. That is all about my food and my days after the surgery.

Food That I Liked In Tampines

This blog entry compiles all the food that I liked in Tampines. My preference is subjected to my own taste buds, budget and location of the stalls or restaurants. It may and may not be the best food in Tampines.

One of my favourites is the fish soup noodles from the Jia Kee zi char stall at Blk 144. It is located not far from the Tampines Round Market. I tried other fried noodles before, and they tasted okay. Only these fish soup noodles always bring me back to the stall.

For the yong tau foo soup or curry soup base, I think the stall at Our Tampines Hub Kopitiam, Jia Le Yong Tau Foo. It is a handmade kind of yong tau foo.

There are two ban mien stalls in Tampines Central that I liked most, one is at the Tampines One Food Tempo, L32 Handmade Noodle stall. Another one is at Our Tampines Hub Kopitiam food stall.

For chicken rice, I think the hawker stall at Tampines West is the most worthy when it comes to a trio combination of meats. If not mistaken, it serves with white rice. [Note: I tried the chicken rice before Malaysia announced the export ban of fresh chicken].

The chicken rice at the U-Taste shop near the Tampines MRT station is nice and economical too. However, over the years, the portion became lesser for a basic $2.00 chicken rice. Now, I am not sure if it still sells at the same price.

Another chicken rice stall at Block 505 is nice too, however, the portion of the chicken meat was reduced. I think it could be due to the limited fresh chickens in Singapore due to the export ban from Malaysia.

JOFA Meepok

From the Google reviews’, this stall has 4.4 stars. I liked its noodle texture; cooked al-dente with a good mix of chilli paste and vinegar. The ingredients are much the same as normal BCM except it does not have the pork livers that I do not eat that much too. Overall, it is pretty delish, fulfilling and worth a try. IMHO, for this bowl of noodles during my visit deserved a 4.5 star.

Address: 824 Tampines Street 81, #01-38, Singapore 520824.

Economic Fried Bee Hoon

I would go to four places to get my fried bee hoon in Tampines. They are nice, economical, well-tasted and the right portion. First, two were the stalls from the nearby hawker stall where I used to stay for 6 years. First stall at the Everyday Come Coffeeshop. My usual ingredients are egg and vegetarian goose. I asked the vegetarian goose to be packed separately; it will not become soggy after getting home.

The second stall is not far away from the first coffeeshop, located at Henly Huat Coffeeshop. It is the mixed rice stalls that sell the fried bee hoon in the morning. The bee hoon goes with my preferred dishes.

The other two stalls are nearby to where I am currently staying, and I will pass by when I am on the way to work. The economic bee hoon stall at block 505 adds beansprouts into the noodles making it stands out among others. The stall name is called Holland Village Economic Bee Hoon. The fourth stall is at the bus interchange, U-taste.

Rumah Makan Minang

Just a few days ago, I shared with my aunt my favourite nasi padang and its dishes. So far, I still prefer the beef rendang from this restaurant. The second option I will go for Hjh Maimunah at Kopitiam, Tampines Mall.

I will update you more when I come across any delicious food in my neighbourhood.

References

All the addresses of the stalls that I mentioned above:

  • Jia Kee: 144 Tampines Street 12, Singapore 521144.
  • L32 Handmade Noodle: 10 Tampines Central 1, Food Tempo, Singapore 529536.
  • Mee Hoon Kuah @Tampines Hub: Hawker Centre @ Our Tampines Hub, 495 Tampines Ave 5, Singapore 529649.
  • Jia Le Yong Tau Foo: #01-32 Hawker Centre @ Our Tampines Hub, Singapore 529649.
  • Roasted Chicken & Pork, Food Park Tampines West: 823A Tampines Street 81, Singapore 521823.
  • JOFA Meepok: 824 Tampines Street 81, #01-38, Singapore 520824.
  • Rumah Makan Minang, Our Tampines Hub, 1 Tampines Walk, #B1-47A, 528523.

Chef Kin Hong Kong Wanton Noodle

Hong Kong wanton noodle differs from the local Singapore/Malaysia wanton noodle. Even, Singapore and Malaysia have slight differences in the sauce mixture.

The noodle is thinner and sticky than usual wanton noodles. The texture is still quite al-dente. But, I had a hard time eating the noodles. It did not appear to be springy or mushy to me.

Usually, Hong Kong-style will not add chilli sauce to the noodles. For some Hong Kong wanton noodles, there is some alkaline taste. It did not taste bitter to me, maybe the alkaline level was not high.

The wanton size is always bigger than usual but it is not as big as those in Hong Kong. Also, Hong Kong-style wanton usually consists of prawns. These wantons are fresh, crunchy and well-tasted. I think it still can be better.

Helmed by an ex-Crystal Jade chef

https://eatbook.sg/

It comes with a small bowl of soup that tasted quite plain for my preference. Overall, it is good for a try, but I do not like the texture of the noodles.

Address: 808 French Road, Singapore 200808. (It is the food court next to NTUC FairPrice)

Singapore Hawker Food – Part 5

I have been trying to blog differently recently by having a theme. To support local Singaporean hawker food, I set up a new theme called Singapore Hawker Food, tried out the local food shared by Singaporeans on social media and shared my opinions. I am sure you are the same as me, would like to know the views from a non-food blogger’s or Youtuber’s point of view.

I am glad that one or two people are willing to eat with me so that I can try different food and give more food reviews. I wish we could continue to try more food together and share our thoughts. Also, I am happy whenever we are together enjoying our food.

I may be active on Instagram and Facebook Page, and I try the food by myself without getting sponsorship or partnership. It is purely based on my opinions and preferences. No offences.

Dunman Road Char Siew Wan Ton Mee

I visited the Dunman Food Court twice but did not order any food. I walked around and found a few stall opened, while the rest were closed during weekend. Hence, I decided trying some food here with my friend. The queue at the wanton mee stall was quite long but moving fast.

The chilli paste is quite spicy according to the lady who took our order. So, we told her to put the chilli at the side of the plate. When I mixed the noodles together with the chilli paste, the whole plate of noodles was spicy and slightly flavourful. I am unsure whether chilli overpowered the sauce. I loved the egg noodles texture; I believed it is handmade because of the size of the noodles. Lastly, I loved the soup too.

Address: Dunman Food Centre, 271 Onan Rd, #02-19, Singapore 424768.

Cheng Mun Chee Kee

It is located at Foch Road; it is not the same stall as another shop with a similar name at Jalan Besar called Authentic Mun Chee Kee King Of Pig’s Organ Soup. There is a history between these two shops. They originated from the same family but subsequently went their own ways. Both shops serve a similar kind of food.

My preference is Cheng Mun Chee Kee because the soup matches my taste bud. I can go with and without rice for a bowl of soup. My usual ingredients include lean meat, meatballs, beancurd and a generous amount of salted vegetables. The amount is always generous, and the price is reasonable. The soup serves with some Chinese parsley too.

I tried their other dishes, such as the steamed minced meat. It has salted fish added to the minced meat making it more flavourful. Another dish that my friend always eats (because she does not eat pork) is sesame oil chicken. The aroma from the sesame oil is pretty strong, and the chicken is well-marinated and tastes delicious. It is suitable to eat with white rice.

Address: 24 Foch Road, Singapore 209263.

Satay Solo

Bedok Food Court, this Malay stall sells a delicious mutton satay at the same place. However, the satay serves at night only. The mutton satay is well-marinated and serves in its perfection. The meat is still juicy and tender, and the same goes for beef satay.

Address: Bedok Food Centre, 1 Bedok Rd, Singapore 469572.

Mui Siong Minced Meat Noodle

Mui Siong Minced Meat Noodle at Koufu Tampines St 44. I saw it in Instagram posts. Today, I dropped by to give it a try. I liked the noodle texture and gave generous portions too. I ordered the special meatballs noodle with slightly sweet yet peppery pork soup for the dry version. So far, it is my next best BCM noodle after Dalian Minced Meat Noodle.

Address: Koufu, 478 Tampines St 44, 01-221, Singapore 520478.

Ayam Panggang, BBQ Riverside

On the day I wish to eat rice, and I happen to be at Tampines Mall Food Court, the ayam panggang (grilled chicken) dish from BBQ Riverside is one of my choices. I liked their grilled chicken which is tender and well-marinated. The kicap manis (sweet soy sauce) mix well with the curry sauce. Sometimes, it is a little bit sweet for my taste bud. Besides the grilled chicken, it includes a fried egg and some cabbage.

It is a pretty balanced meal with a bowl of sweet corn soup.

Address: Kopitiam Tampines Mall, 4 Tampines Central 5, #04-27/28/29, Singapore 529510.

Li Yuan Mee Pok, Bedok

A Japanese fusion mee pok that I tried at the Bedok branch. It was a dry version of mee pok with shoyu and chilli sauce. I can request without chilli sauce. Also, I tried the dry mushroom with minced meat during the second visit.

The bowl consists of springy mee pok noodles, abalone slices, pork balls, lean pork, minced pork, pork lard, and two fatty pieces of Japanese chashu. While mushrooms with minced meat do not have the Japanese chashu. Their mee pok is springy and cooked al-dente.

It had a little bit of vinegar taste when I ate the mushroom with minced meat. The noodles have too much sauce so I have to drain off some of the sauce from the noodles. I prefer the drier version.

I will visit again but not when it needs to wait for 45 minutes.

Address: 760 Bedok Reservoir View, 01-337, Singapore 470760.

Chef Kang’s Noodle House

I did not have additional comments about this plate of wanton noodles. It is as good as the Weng Kang Ji Wanton Noodle at Golden Mile Food Centre, but the latter uses different sauces for their dry version. If you are keen to find out more about Weng Kang Ji Wanton Noodle, refer to the below link.

Address: 11 Lor 3 Toa Payoh, Block C Jackson Square, Singapore 319579.

Mandarin Hainan Chicken Rice (文华海南鸡饭)

In my previous post on Singapore Hawker Food Part 4, I mentioned that I would like to try this stall to compare it with the roasted chicken and pork stall at Food Park in Tampines West. I managed to head down to Ang Mo Kio to visit my cousin’s house, and I dropped by the Mayflower Food Centre located next to the Mayflower MRT station. Google’s review of this stall is quite low, and it has 3 stars only.

My opinion is the rice was nice and fragrant. The soup was nice too. The roasted chicken and roasted pork were on average only. I think maybe barbecue pork (char siew) is better, I could not remember now. I did not manage to try their char siew on that day.

This stall does not have a mix of the three items set. It could be more expensive compared to the Food Park at Tampines West. Check out the link below for part 4 to know more.

Address: 162 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4, #01-11, Singapore 560162.

References

Nasi Lemak Beratur 7E

I could never be able to try this nasi lemak stall at Taman Maluri, outside the 7-11 convenience store. My house is located in the same neighbourhood. The Malay store opens at 4am in the morning. Another food blogger shared that people would start queueing at 3+AM before the stall opens.

Bloggers shared that their offer plenty of ingredients to choose from, the portion is reasonable, and importantly, the taste and the sambal are delicious. The total cost per packet, I think it is not expensive too since many people are willing to queue for an hour.

According to a Google review, the stall has 4.3 stars. They open daily except Sundays. This is the interview that I found on Youtube for your reference. I think it is a good time for our Muslim friends who break fast at that time. Please recheck their timing for puasa month.

Address: Jalan Perkasa 1, Maluri, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

VTL From Singapore to Malaysia: Day 12-13

The Friday (Day 12) morning was rather dull. I was waiting for 12.30PM on Friday to do my supervised ART before my departure to Singapore. I used an app to do the test.

On Saturday morning, I heated up the frozen glutinous rice with chicken and mushroom that I bought from Mandarin Oriental for breakfast. Check out the IG’s post below for the photograph of the gigantic glutinous rice. I should have put some chicken floss on the glutinous rice, but I did not because it seemed messy.

Supervised ART using CLEA app

I used the CLEA app to perform my supervised ART. Indeed, it is an easy app to do the test. The customer support team was friendly and spontaneously answered my questions. No issues to use the app for Malaysia and Singapore custom clearance.

The result came back about 2 hours later, and I downloaded the softcopy of the result. Also, I printed it out if the airport staff or immigration required them. Actually, the airport staff would check together with my vaccination details and flight booking information.

Tayar pancit

I was unfortunate on Friday noon when I was about to pick up the lunch takeaway from Mandarin Oriental, KL. I noticed it when I was about to lock the front gate of my house. The front tyre went flat, not totally flat, but you know it is something that needs to be fixed before continuing the journey.

Just nice, a group of workers from my neighbour setting up the automated gate. I went over and asked for the men to assist me further. A group of four strong men came over and checked out the tyre. And their Chinese boss came around too to check out if we needed other tools.

Blessed day

It was totally a blessed Friday. Without them, I would not know who else could help me. We spent an hour getting it fixed. I took four cans of drink, gave them, and thanked them. Next, we headed to the petrol station to add air to all the four tyres. According to my aunt, she did not do that for almost two and a half years.

Very late lunch

On Friday, there was another problem when I headed to collect my takeaway; the Mandarin Cake House at Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur missed my paid orders. They made us wait for another 20 to 30 minutes to get the food ready. I wrote a review on Google review. My guess are they bo chap about any non-positive reviews because of being a 5-star hotel?

Their food is delish and generous in portions. My aunt and I shared the nasi lemak and the fried carrot cake with XO sauce as our late lunch. I like their sambal udang and rendang ayam.

On Saturday, I went to Aeon Maluri to takeaway my lunch, and I bought some pieces of bread for my Sunday breakfast before my departure. My aunt could not decide whether she wanted the burger from KFC or Texas Chicken. I guess she has not tried Texas Chicken before, so I suggested that we buy one each and share it. I let her choose the burgers based on her preferences. Read below for my food tasting.

Then, I went to one of my favourite bread shops, Lavender, which opened in Aeon Maluri. Sorry, I did not take photographs of the bread that I bought.

KFC Zinger burger vs Texas Burger

Food tasting: half of both burgers.

Last day of cooking

On day 12 dinner, I prepared the classic fried onions with eggs and the stir-fried cauliflower. It looked meatless, but we still have the overnight KFC fried chicken.

Here are a few more photographs that I took before I left KL.

Anna, bye-bye

KL skyline at night

VTL From Singapore to Malaysia: Day 10-11

I wondered I was there any exciting stories on the 10th day in Malaysia. I cannot recall anything right now. Based on my photo album records, it seemed like I did not take many photographs of the day. Also, I did not note what I did each day in KL.

I decided to combine Day 10 and Day 11 in a single post because I did not go out to other places during my last few days in KL except to buy food for lunch.

Repeat the same morning breakfast

Nothing was interesting to share about my morning breakfast as they were always the same every morning. Besides morning breakfast and clearing up my stuff in KL, I could not think what else I did other than relax at home in the morning because the weather in KL was too hot to go out.

The weather was so hot in KL

On the second week in KL, the weather was scorching. I compared the temperature in KL and Singapore; Singapore is 1 degree cooler than KL. Most importantly, I did not feel so warm when I was in Singapore.

I took a photograph of the thermometer in the living room. Later, I found out that it was not really working well because it always showed 32.5 degrees Celsius for room temperature.

Lunch at Avenue K

Avenue K used to be where I would wait for my family member to come and pick me up after work. Usually, it was because I went off late from my office at Mid Valley, KL. This place has become unfamiliar to me because many of the shops have closed down, and now they have newer shops around.

I have not been to this restaurant before, so I cannot comment so much about their food. We ordered the set lunch that I think was worthy with a main dish, a soup, a dessert and a drink.

Cooking for dinner again

On day 10, we opened another can of food. Today is canned sardines in tomatoes sauce for dinner because we wanted to finish up the cucumber in the fridge. Another dish is stir-fried cubed chicken with mixed vegetables.

On day 11, I repeated the fried fish fillets with pickled green mustard and tomatoes. My aunt liked the fried fish during this round because it fried until more brownish.

Then, we bought KFC fried chicken back home even after forgetting our voucher at home. Everyone loved the fried chicken. The dinner was always completed with a plate of vegetables. Lastly, a small pack of rendang chicken was added that we could not finish eating during lunchtime.

Green bean soup as supper or dessert

I made some green bean soup for supper on day 10 and also reheated it on day 11. It served as a dessert of the day.

VTL From Singapore to Malaysia: Day 9

I did not get to do anything on the 9th day in KL because my right leg was hurt, and I did not want to walk much. My breakfast and lunch were settled at home with some bread and cheese for breakfast. I brought home instant coffee, so I shared a hot coffee cup with my aunt.

Lazy afternoon

After lunch, I waited for an online buyer to drop by my house to collect the items. Later in the early evening, another collector dropped by to get the free items that my cousin posted online. I will do the same to declutter some of the items in my house too.

My aunt asked me to fry fish.

On day 9, dinner, my aunt gave me a big challenge; to fry fish. I do not have a name for these fried fish fillets cooked with pickled green mustard and tomatoes. I do not have a recipe to follow. I rarely fry anything at home, and my aunt wanted the fish fillets to be fried! My first attempt was not really good.

It was my first time cooking with pickled green mustard. I do not buy them in Singapore. Maybe, I shall get a small pack to go with tomatoes and make some hot soup.

Next was a plate of stir-fried nai pak (in Cantonese) with minced garlic. In Mandarin, it is called nai bai and is quite a common popular vegetable choice among Singaporeans. Does anyone know what the English name of this vegetable is? Please leave your comments below.

I end my blog here as there is nothing much to share. Take care!

VTL From Singapore to Malaysia: Day 8

It was a beautiful Monday morning without having the morning blue feeling. The sky was clear and sunny, making it an excellent day to go out and get my things done. Remember that I have a few things that I have to do before leaving Malaysia.

Morning activity

Yes, I headed to the city to close the bank account that I opened when I started working. It was the 3rd time that I had headed to the town during my stay in Malaysia. Today, I travelled a little further because the bank has moved to another building down the road.

There was a waiting time before I reached the waiting lounge to get the assistant to work on my account closure. The cafe is called Ted Boy and is located within the bank, and I think it does not serve walk-in customers. If you are a priority holder in this bank, you may enjoy complimentary coffee from the counter.

No, I am not a priority holder. I went to the counter and checked out the price. It is relatively cheap to drink coffee in Kuala Lumpur compared to Singapore. For a cup of hot flat white, it is SGD4.00 to SGD5.00. I left the place once I got everything done. I did not get a cup of coffee and try.

I leave the address of the cafe in the reference section below.

Buy lunch

I wanted to eat pork noodles so much that I told my aunt that I would go buy and eat them as lunch. Initially, I thought of buying it from Lot 10 Hutong’s Imbi Road Pork Noodles stall at the basement food court. After settling my banking stuff, it was the nearest place to get a bowl of delicious pork noodles.

However, my aunt has another idea to buy pork noodles from the hawker stall at Taman Maluri. Yes, the place that my aunt went to on Sunday to introduce food around the area. I did not know the chances of buying pork noodles on Mondays because most of the butchers did not work on Sundays.

I bought two packets of pork noodles. The portion of the noodles is very generous with green vegetables too. Many pork noodles do not come with green vegetables. I ordered lean meat and minced meat only; my aunt and I did not eat the liver and innards. My surprise, the ingredients were generous enough, and we split each of our portions into two servings.

The above is just half of one pack of pork noodles. I finished all the noodles as it would not be nice to keep them overnight. I reheated the other half of the portion the next day for lunch.

I share the location of this stall located in Taman Maluri in the reference section below.

After heavy lunch

I headed out to the town again. Yes, again! This time I roamed the place alone. My earlier plan was to drop by the chicken rice stall at Jalan Bukit Bintang to find out why it is so famous. The stall is called Nasi Ayam Hainan Chee Meng. I did not manage to walk down from the Bukit Bintang MRT station to check out the place because I made a stop at Sports Direct.

I leave the address of the chicken rice stall in the reference section below. There were a few other cafes that I wanted to go to, but I found my time was limited to exploring many places.

I will plan to buy my sports shoes here next year. It has a wide range of selections at a reasonable price. It is a good avenue to source a good pair of running shoes.

McDonald’s crossing

New installation in the Bukit Bintang traffic light crossing near the McDonald’s restaurant. I took the photograph of it when I crossed the road to visit Sports Direct.

I did some shopping and walked around before settling down at a cafe while waiting for pick-up.

Coffee break at Eden


I bumped into some bloggers’ posts promoting the cafe on the rooftop of Lot 10. It is located next to the Bukit Bintang MRT. So, I decided to go up here to check out. Affordable drink, well agreed. They have both indoor and alfresco seating. I ordered a cup of matcha latte.

The view up here is pretty nice and serene. I did not manage to roam around to another side of the cafe to check out the interior. However, based on some bloggers’ photographs, the place looks great.

Prepare dinner as usual

Probably this was the most straightforward dinner of my entire trip in KL. I did not prepare many dishes. I cooked a plate of vegetables with sliced pork and a plate of vegetarian. Maybe, I was tired of the day.

Again, I ate rice!

Working on my blog

After taking a week of break, I continued blogging at home whenever I was free. The initiative to start the VTL blogs began during that time when I was in KL. I did not manage to finish after Day 3’s story and delayed the publication. A lot of things ran into my mind 0n that Monday evening after a few colleagues contacted me via WhatsApp and asked me to advise them on some of the issues.

It was my most active day on WhatsApp for my entire trip. The messages came in even after 8PM at night, and I carried on to reply to some other messages from colleagues regarding the issues and fixes that I needed their help to do. I did not bring my laptop back to KL, and I could not work on it.

There was a moment when I missed someone too. I wanted to talk with a person while I was away. After dinner and showering, I felt alone at night, and the house was so quiet. Since I was on WhatsApp, I texted and asked questions like, “how are you doing?” or simply dropped a hi to tell them that I am in KL or away from SG.

I did not draw anything that night, mainly focusing on the blog contents. Let me check out my photo album on my phone to find out whether there are more drawings to share.

Reference

  • Ted Boy: Lot 1.4, Ground Floor, Menara AIA Sentral, No. 30, Jln Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Nasi Ayam Hainan Chee Meng: 50, Bukit Bintang St, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Pork noodles: Ground Floor, 51 & 53, Jalan Jejaka 9, Maluri, 55100 Cheras, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

VTL From Singapore to Malaysia: Day 7

Day 7 in Kuala Lumpur. I woke up as usual and prepared breakfast. We wanted to finish the yoghurt that my cousin bought some time ago with fruits. The banana had ripened, and we ate them too. I have been eating many fruits during my stay in Kuala Lumpur. I try to keep up the same habit now in Singapore. But, I do not eat breakfast daily.

Sunday lunchtime

I think my aunt wanted to get the wanton noodles, so I told her, “we just takeaway and eat at home”. Somehow, we went out to Taman Maluri and made a big round to find food to eat! Along the way, she made some introductions to each coffee shop.

We ended up at Pandan Jaya for a bowl of a delicious dry version of char siew and wanton noodle and a bowl of a dry version of dumplings noodle. The gigantic dumplings are sumptuous, have more ingredients than normal wantons, and are flavourful compared with wantons. Of course, the dumplings will be more expensive than the wantons. I wanted to try it too and let my aunt taste different flavours.

The char siew (barbecue pork) slices were included for normal wanton noodles, but not in the dumplings noodles. Their char siew is not those heavily charred sweet char siew. The meat is leaner, tiny sliced, and I quite liked it too.

Away from Singapore for 7 days

After seven days, I felt missing some of the things in Singapore. I hoped there was a person who would text me and talk about things, but I knew I did not always chat with people on normal days. Also, it is quite quiet during the weekend because most of my friends are with their families and kids. This situation could happen in my dream only. I know it is not good to keep dreaming of things that will not happen.

As of the writing time, I am missing Anna. Hope that I can bring her to Singapore when I go back with a bigger bag next trip. Before that, I have to make sure I get my house and I have done with the moving.

Prepare for dinner

I took the chicken bone and some chicken breast meat from the freezer to defrost. Also, I took a few different types of fish cakes to cook with vegetables. The chicken bone was used to make the soup base for tonight’s dinner. Of course, I needed to add other ingredients to make the soup base well tasted.

Shredded chicken hor fun (Kai Si Hor Fun)

I planned to make kai si hor fun based on the ingredients I prepared above. However, we did not have prawns or shells at home to make the soup base; otherwise, it would taste better.

I followed the same kai si hor fun recipe I used in Singapore. I cooked all the ingredients for the noodles in the same soup base. It would help to add a bit more flavour to the broth.

I used another pot of boiling water to cook hor fun because the noodles were oily, and it would turn the broth milky colour. Also, I did not want the soup to be oily.

The food presentation is not perfect, but it is still acceptable.

Reference

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