Friday, 14 June 2019

Recipe : Authentic Pad Krapow

By Mark Wiens


I’ve always commented on how bad the pad krapow is in Malaysia so here’s the authentic (and easy) way to do it!

So pad means fry and krapow refers to the krapow leaf which is a staple to the dish.
I always said, if you don’t have the krapow leaf, don’t bother making pad krapow.


But of course, many recipe substitutes krapow leaf with basil leaf etc
You can do that of course, but it won’t taste and smell as good.

For such an easy recipe, it is extremely frustrating that I can’t get a decent pad krapow in Malaysia (my best bet so far is the stall nearby Jaya One/UM).


Ingredients
  • Thinly sliced chicken breast / minced meat
  •  Krapow leaf (daun ruku/tulasi)
  • Garlic
  • Chilies
  • Oyster sauce
  • Light soy sauce
  • Dark soy sauce
  • Palm sugar/sugar


Of course, the most critical ingredient is the krapow leaf. Thankfully, it is famous among our local Indians. My mom bought the plant from Indian sellers at the market and grow them herself.

What I love most about the recipe is that it’s easy and like a true Asian, you can just main agak-agak the measurement and adjust the taste accordingly.


Step By Step
  1. Pound the garlic and bird eye chilies in a mortar and pestle (more garlic will make the dish taste better). They don’t need to be super fine though.
  2. Heat the wok (high heat works best) and add 2 tablespoon of oil
  3. When the oil is hot, add the pounded garlic and chilies. Stir fry for about 30 seconds; not too long.
  4. Once it became fragrant, add in the protein (chicken or meat) and stir continuously. If it became too dry, add in tiny splashes of water (not too much!)
  5. Add 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce, ½ teaspoon of light soy sauce, some sugar and a dash of dark soy sauce (sugar and dark soy sauce can be substituted with kicap manis) Do adjust the taste accordingly.
  6. When the chicken are nearly cooked, add in a handful of krapow leaf (the more the better) then immediately turned the heat off. It only takes about 5 seconds for the leaf to cooked and it will wilt naturally. Cooked it too long and they will lose their distinct smell and taste.
  7. Best served with fragrant rice and a sunny side up fried egg.

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Sunday, 9 June 2019

Personality Test [Update]

It's amazing how one's personality changes over the years. 

I've wrote two posts on personality tests previously (Link here and here).

In 2013, I took the Adjusted DISC test during one of Yayasan Khazanah's event and in 2016 I took the Reasoning Ability Test during MyPAC's interview.

Upon joining my new company, I had the chance to sit for both of these tests and this post, really is just about comparing the test results from back in 2013/2016 with 2018.


DISC Profile


This test basically tries to identify the two most dominant behaviors of any individual. 


My previous dominant characteristics were Supportive and Cautious but now, it's Dominant and Cautious.

I found it amazing that my dominance score used to be 25 and it increased exponentially to 70. 
I guess I'm really turning into my mother, the most dominant female force I knew 😂
Now that I'm getting older, I notice I had less patience on trivial matters.

Not much of a surprise at the low score I got on I-inspiring. I don't talk much, I don't appreciate small talks and I'm far from spontaneous.





Reasoning Ability 
There are 5 elements of the test; logical reasoning, logical process, spatial reasoning, social context and numerical reasoning.

Reasoning ability is the process of conceptualizing, applying, analyzing and synthesizing information gathered from observation, experience or reflection. Reasoning ability is essential to many intellectual activities such as problem solving, learning on the fly and the agility to change. 

Above 80 : High
Below 20 : Low

Not much different there which is totally understandable as it does not ties much to personality but mostly, it correlates with intelligence.

I'm looking forward to sit for these test again in the future to see how much I develop / improve / change.
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Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Recipe : Kuih Makmur


Not to be biased, but my mom made the best kuih makmur in the world 💖 Nothing even came close to the goodness of her melt-in-your-mouth, fragrant cookie. 

In the spirit of festivities, I'm gonna share the full recipe as well as the tips and tricks.




So these are the 6 ingredients; butter, wheat flour, peanuts, vegetable oil, powdered sugar and ghee. 

Measurement;
  • 500g of wheat flour
  • 250g of blended roasted peanuts
  • 1 tablespoon of ghee
  • 3 tablespoon of melted butter
  • 3 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • Powdered sugar 

Step by Step
  1. Dry roast the peanuts on minimum heat until they turned brown (evenly) and fragrant. Make sure it is constantly stirred to avoid being burnt. [sangai kacang]
  2. Transfer the peanuts into a big bowl and rub them together to loosen up the skin; which by now should be crispy and easy to remove
  3. Pick and choose the clean peanuts (pro tip : dump them in a big tray and just blow the skin away 😎)
  4. Blend some of the peanuts until no chunks can be found (keep some for the filling)
  5. Dry roast the flour. This will ensure the cookie mix to be light and airy! 
  6. Now comes the easy part. Mix the blended peanuts with roasted flour
  7. Add the melted ghee and butter (too much ghee is a big no-no as it has a distinct smell)
  8. Mix the dough evenly
  9. Add in the vegetable oil. If the dough is too crumbly, add more vegetable oil as needed
  10. Roll the dough into marble size and insert a peanut in the center.
  11. Bake the cookies for 20mins at 180C (depends on your oven)
  12. Allow the cookie to cool for about 5 minutes and gently roll em in the powdered sugar.



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Monday, 20 May 2019

#RamadhanReflections : Surah At-Takathur [A Glance]


This is my little Ramadhan project; the sharing of selected surahs. 


At-Takathur [Competition]


Translation
  1. The want for more and more distracts you
  2. Until you go into your graves
  3. No! You will come to know
  4. No! In the end, you will come to know
  5. No! If only you know for certain
  6. You will most definitely see Hellfire
  7. Then you will see it with the eye of certainty
  8. On that day, you will be asked about your pleasures

  • The 102nd surah with 8 ayah. 
  • The original word for 'Alha' is Lahw : entertainment / that which keeps you busy and takes you away from something you are actually supposed to be doing
  • The more you have (wealth), the more you'll be asked in the akhirah
  • Nae'em means constant blessing / wealth / nikmat
  • Most of the time, the blessings that Allah gave us are the things that distracts us

As much as this is beneficial to me, I hope it adds value to those who are reading too ❤
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Sunday, 12 May 2019

#RamadhanReflections : Power of Du'a

In this Holy month, I thought I'll share some of my personal key takeaways  from the 'Raising Hands with Full Faith' session conducted by Ayesha Syahira. 

Konvensyen Bidadari 2013 with Ayesha & Izzah

A little backstory. I first met Ayesha at Konvensyen Bidadari in 2013. I bought some of her scarves  from her brand (Al-Hijab sisters) since they sell bigger cutting shawls. God bless her. Fast forward, I’ve attended her Quran tag workshop a few years back and  now, this sharing session on dua’. 


One of the most interesting input I got was: talk to Allah (TTA). Just tell Him your feelings, your requests, everything. The more often you talk to Him, the closer you'll get. The closer you are, the less barrier there is. 

If Allah can bestow blessings upon others, He can grant the same to you.
You know when you look at other people and think to yourself, what a great life he/she had?

Me personally, I don't envy those super rich (those with super nice skin : yes, a little bit) but mostly I'm envious of intelligent people. When you think about it, intelligence are bestowed by Allah. It's a blessing, borrowed from Him. So, when you want the same thing that others have; why not asked straight from the source? It's really simple, I can't believe this simple reality escaped me all this while 😂. 

This helps you to think positively, right?







Hope this brief sharing is beneficial y'all!
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