Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Recipe: Kam Heong Crab

We had a family gathering cum Iftar with my family on the first week of Ramadhan (yes, this is a LONG DUE post..hehe :P) and I decided to bring some dishes as well, sort of potluck. I made Kam Heong Crab and Strawberry Chocolate Pudding.




For the first time in my life, I cooked crab. Haha. Not that I dislike it, but it's just something that I/hubby wants to eat. So usually, when we craving for it we just head on to the nearest seafood restaurant and order :P


But my mom LOVES crab and because of her (and because I love her mucho) I finally cooked crabs. Glad everyone loves it, including my new brother-in-laws. Ok dah pass lepas ni boleh masak utk mertua plak. Hihi.. :)




My second cousin requested the recipe on IG, so Aqilah here it goes...(sorry for being this late!! huhu)


Ingredients

2 Crabs; cut into pieces for each crab
2 Tbsp Dried Shrimps, soaked and drained
3 Shallots, chopped
4 Cloves Garlic, chopped
8 Bird’s Eye Chilies (cili api), chopped - optional, if you like it spicy
Curry Leaves
2 Tbsp Fish Curry Powder
2 tsp black pepper powder
3 Tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
2 Tbsp Oyster Sauce
Salt/sugar
Oil for deep-frying



Method

Heat the oil in a pan, and deep fry the crabs in about 5 minutes. Set it aside. 

Fry the dried shrimps until crispy. Add in shallots, garlic, the bird's eye chilies and curry leaves. Stir. Add in curry powder and cook until the mixture is fragrant. Add in black peppers powder, dark soy sauce, oyster sauce. Stir. Add a bit of water if the paste is too dry. Add in salt/sugar if necessary. 

Lastly, add in the crabs, stir well and serve immediately.


Love,

Saturday, September 19, 2015

The First-Ever PLAY-DOH® Month Celebration: Malaysia-inspired Masterpiece

When I was a child, PLAY-DOH was among my favorite brand of "toy". I just love to experiment and sculpt anything that came into my mind with these colorful modelling compounds. My husband too, loves PLAY-DOH as a child (and now  :P).





We both aware that a healthy imagination plays an important role in helping children learn through playing, inventing, experiment and sculpturing their own unique creation. That is why, we never insisted of introducing PLAY-DOH to our children as we too (sometimes), joined them with the fun...haha! and I don't mind either to do the cleaning, aftermath. It's always worth it :D




Anyway, did you know that PLAY-DOH has been here for over 50 years, and now they are having the FIRST ever PLAY-DOH Month. Isn't it exciting??!




From September 21 to 27, located at Ground Floor HighStreet, 1 Utama shopping mall, adults and children alike get the chance to create their own Malaysia-inspired masterpiece using PLAY-DOH. It can be anything; sculptures, numbers or alphabets. Let Malaysia's Colorful Community inspire you and your kids to create the best sculptures. You may also get the chance to participate in The Malaysia Book of Records attempt for the most PLAY-DOH sculptures created in a single day on Saturday, 26th September 2015, and if you are lucky enough, your PLAY-DOH creations will put on display for all Malaysians to admire. The most creative sculptures will win exciting PLAY-DOH prizes. Cool!





As a family who LOVES PLAY-DOH so much, we just can't passed this opportunity to join this fun activity and let our imagination + creativity lead us to a fun bonding session at home. It was also a platform for us to introduce to our young children what icons represent Malaysia (from our point of view), and what Malaysia is well known as/with. It is also a small way of us to appreciate our beloved country with the recent Malaysia Day on last 16 September.




Well, we started off with everyone sitting in a circle this morning, after breakfast. With the colorful PLAY-DOH compounds and other tools that we have at home, we have a fun brainstorming where everyone (and that includes my little twinnies) sharing their ideas on what sculpture shall we create. Try and listen to your child's input and I assure you'll be surprise of what came out of their mind. They are sooo creative, I tell you! :)




Next,  we materialized our ideas using the PLAY-DOH modelling compound (this was the fun part!!). Everyone create the elements or parts of our sculptures, and we will combined it at the end of the session! 



Well, it took us almost half-a-day to came up with a sculpture  to reflect what most represents Malaysia to us, and what a colourful community is to us. This sculpture combines the elements of;

  • KL Tower building - as one of the iconic building of Malaysia (it is the 7th tallest freestanding tower in the world)
  • Hibiscus - which is the National Flower of Malaysia
  • Durian, Mangosteen & Watermelon - part of Malaysian's local and well known fruits
  • Colorful people joining hands - represents the unity between the different races in Malaysia.
  • Adenanthera seeds or Biji Saga (the small red dots :D) - Represent the red color of Malaysia's flag (Merah Saga), which symbolize the courage of our people.
  • The snake added the fun, which represents that Malaysia is not a country with people and the greens, it's also a home for numbers of animals. It was Faiqa's idea and she did helped to create the snake before we helped her to create it's face :D


Hubby putting the "biji saga" that Falisya created as part of our last detailing of our sculpture...


The end result??







Taraaaaaaaaaaa!!





Our Malaysia sculpture :)

#playdohmonth2015



The best'est part of the day was not only we managed to come up with a beautiful sculpture (*ehem* in our view ya) which I don't think I can produce it alone, but to have the bonds between us during the session where everyone work together so well (read: no quarreling at all) and ended up with a satisfaction smile....


it was priceless!!





So parents, what are you waiting for? The school break has just started and it's a good time for you and your child to bond and have fun at the same time! Who knows you might came up with something that best represent the colorful and heart-warming Malaysian culture and way of life...and be part in Malaysia Book of Records as well as winning yourselves cool PLAY-DOH prizes!



For more info and updates about PLAY-DOH Month, be sure to visit the PLAY-DOH website at : www.playdoh.com




 Love,