Teochew Orh Nee

#happyweekend #happycooking

After asatisfying lunch at a friend’s place, I’m so inspired to cook up something too!

To start with, I’m no expert in cooking but I can prepare simple dishes with youtube’s help!

Today, I will be sharing (like the title suggested) ORH NEEEE! It’s my favourite dessert and it’s a Teochew dessert!

I don’t have much picture of the preparation as it’s my first time trying to make one (& didn’t expect it would turn out so well!) >_<

But I will still share the youtube link with you so that you can make reference!

So many video? Which one to follow? Actually I followed a bit of everything! With a bit of everything, below is my version of Orh Nee:

INGREDIENT (**based on estimation)

1 Whole Yam (about 1.2kg – 1.5kg)

1 Slice Pumpkin (about 150g)

1 Pack Gingko Nuts (or 100g)

200ml Coconut Cream or Coconut Milk

100g Rock Sugar**

150g Caster Sugar**

A (few) Pinch of Salt**

2 Cups Vegetable Oil** (you can use 200g of lard if you can get them)

2-3 Knots of Pandan Leave** (good to have but can do without too)

All above ingredient can be adjusted to your own taste preference. I underlined those ingredient which I feel is a must have! The rest I didn’t really use them because I forgot to buy them!! LOL!

**based on estimation as I totally didn’t use any measuring kit! You know like how our parents also cook..? “agar-agar” can already.. If you think it’s sweet enough for u already then you do not need to add more sugar. if 150g is too blend, just add more sugar.

HOW TO

  • Cut/chop yam & pumpkin into cubes and steam them (I steamed them for about 40 mins. Throw in some pandan leaves if desire).
  • While waiting, let’s work on the gingko nuts (ie: Shiokman’s video):
    • Sliced gingko nuts into half and pick out the stem.
    • When done, cook gingko nuts in boiling water & add rock sugar to sweeten it (you can use caster sugar if you dun have rock sugar).
    • Throw in pandan leaves if you have (I skipped this as i forgot to buy pandan leaves).
  • Once yam and pumpkin are cooked/soften, mashed them. (NOTE: mashed the yam while its hot. Once cold, it will be hard to mash)
  • PUMPKIN: After mashed, add sugar for sweetness and set aside (pumpkin’s done!)
  • YAM: After mashed, you can then transfer into a food processor to blend them further so you get a finer texture.
    • Add in the gingko syrup, caster sugar and a pinch of salt and blend together to add taste (you can adjust this according to suit your taste bud).
    • Add 1 cup vegetable oil to smooth it (optional).
  • Heat up your wok with 1 cup vegetable oil (or melted lard) to stir-fry your yam paste! (ie: Meatmen’s video)
  • Add sugar to enhance the taste!
  • Keep stirring until yam paste and oil combined into a smooth texture.

Ready to serve?! HANG ON!! Remember I have my coconut cream??

  • Heat up coconut cream (I added half cup of water as cream is too think)
  • Add a pinch of salt
  • Stir well and done!

Now you’re ready to serve!!

 

For this orh nee, I only purchased yam, pumpkin and gingko, assuming that’s all i need until i re-watch the video then realized I missed out so much! Lucky for me, I have vegetable oil & rock sugar at home so everything is still manageable!

My food processor didn’t work (yes, like a bad day to cook!)! So if you don’t have a food processor, get a sieve and do it the hard way!

In short, all you need to do is Steam, Mash, Blend and you’re done! You can skip the frying you’re lazy (ie: Hed Chef and Shiokman’s version are non fried)!

Give it a try and tell me how you like it (or not like?)?

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Tsururi Point Clay Pack

It was just a casual “walk” in Watson’s to check out sale and who knows I ended up with something I have no plans buying (& didn’t buy what I planned to!)!

TSURURI POINT CLAY PACK – GHASSOUL.RED CLAY.ARGAN OIL

What is Ghassoul Mineral Clay? It is derived from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, Ghassoul Clay is a rare and high quality soothing clay well-known for its gentle and natural healing properties.

BENEFITS:

• Ionic detoxification

• Treats acne

• Controls excess oil

• Brightens skin

• Exfoliates, tightens & smoothens

• Improves skin elasticity

• Evens skin tone

• Protects against free radical damage

• Environmentally friendly

So here’s my clay pack!!

Tsururi Clay Pack is formulated with two types of clay to penetrate deep into pores and whisk away impurities!

Impurity absorbing ingredient: Morocco Ghassoul (which we had shared earlier) and Red Clay (a powerful purifying agent which is high in iron. It absorbs excess skin oil and also has superior moisturizing effect!)

Skin treatment ingredient: Red Rock Salt

Moisturiser: Arnab Oil & Honey

Brought home and got my hands working on it immediately!!

So after I washed my face, I applied a thin layer of clay on my chubby nose! You can apply the clay on T-zone or area prone to oiliness!

Impurities and excess oil are absorbed to skin’s surface, appearing as darkened spots!

The clay dries pretty fast… before you know it… it’s already drying up and hardened! You do not need to wait very long to see the oil mark!

At 5 mins, it’s almost good to wash away! Before we wash it….. here’s a CLOSER look!!!!

***WARNING: image below looks really gross! Scroll down at your own risk!

Now that it’s dried/hardened, time to rinse off!

Verdict: Tsururi Clay Pack does remove my clogged pores! Not 100% but I can see result after one use! Skin does feels clean and smooth too!

Just to ensure it’s not the clay drying with spots, I tested it on my hand! NO OIL SPOTS on my hand..!

Will I buy again? I don’t know! It seems like 1 tube can last pretty long as only need to apply a thin layer! By then, maybe there’s even better product out on market.. However, if there’s nothing better, I will definitely buy this again when I finished using the one I have now!

#DALoveKnot – Chapter 9 (The Bridal/Wedding Car)

The clock is ticking.. We’ve done PWS! We’ve locked our guest list! We’ve done GDL! Now how can we not done with Bridal car!!

In Budget Bride FB Page, I did a quick search and found that quite a few brides recommended Abel & WeddingCarz. By instinct, I went ahead to check out WeddingCarz first because it seems like they will have a better variety of cars!

To my surprise, the person who replied me is.. Abel! CHEY!!!!

My hubby-to-be & I were pretty much firm that we don’t want a white bridal car because it’s too common and doesn’t compliment the white gown (at all). Hence we told abel to quote us dark colored cars.

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Very soon after the FB PM, i got his email with car image.

We made our decision within those selection and did a soft booking!

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His response was fast and even help to arrange car viewing session for us! What touched us most is that he even offered to pick us up as the car owner’s location might change.. Very considerate boss!

During that 1st meet up, all went pretty well! Driver assured us that prior the wedding day, the bridal car will be sent for washing & (omg, can’t remember the term he use) polishing?? Anyway, in short, he promised that the car will be shinning and clean when he pick us up on our big day!

I didn’t take a lot of picture but the inside of the car is decent. Leather seating (grey color if i’m not wrong).. They even shared their experience with us on what to expect on that day and what to avoid..

TIPS we learnt:

  • On the wedding day, Bridal Car should not do U-turn nor reverse – not a good sign.
  • If you’re a teochew bride, rightfully you your leave the house before sun rise. However, if you’re like me, doing it later, you might want to plan to go straight to groom’s house – NO mid-day shoot before that. Teochew bride cannot “see light” prior arriving groom’s place. Mid day shoot can be done after you leave groom’s place. 🙂 Take it as a  chance to showcase your Kua/Teadress, else i believe you’ll have little photos of those dress.

Well, since all went well, we confirmed the booking and secured out bridal car! Now hope all will be smooth on that day! 🙂

#DALoveKnot Chapter 7: The Solemnizer a.k.a. JP

The actual period for you to get a JP is 3 months prior your wedding (ROM) date.

However, it seems that popular JP are always fully booked prior that dateline. Hence I decided to start early!! I already did a shortlist of my preferred JP at least 9 months prior my wedding!

  • Dr. Phua Tan Tee (licence expiring 30 Jun 2016) Very fatherly and well recommended JP! Tends to give long speech but according to review, his speech are well loved by elderly..
  • Mr. Tan Yan Boon Alex (licence expiring 31 Dec 2016) A jovial gentleman
  • Mr. Chiang Heng Liang (licence expiring 31 Dec 2016) In case you want to know, he’s the JP for Christopher Lee & Fann Wong..
  • Mr. Lee Ka But (licence expiring 31 Dec 2020) From what I read online, seems like he will usually donate the angbao money from couple to charity (under couple’s name)
  • Dr Ho Lai Yun (licence expiring 31 Dec 2018)

On the 6th month, I had approached the first 2 JP and was indirectly rejected as their license are expiring. They couldn’t advice any further as license renewal wasn’t up to them to decide. It’s ROM decision whether to renew them or not. Hence outta courtesy, they actually advice me to look for someone else in case their license wasn’t renew.

Knowing that I’m a kiasu bride, I decided to go ahead to look for alternative! I asked a few married friends / visited forums to see if they have any recommendation! My main concern is that i do not want a JP who’s too serious (which will makes me more stress) nor i want a JP who doesn’t seems to take things seriously (comes late / not pro-active / rushing things through)..

Finally, I shortlisted next 3 names and decided to email to Dr Ho first since my friend highly recommended him.. I did not approached Mr Chiang due to personal reason but according to my friend who engaged him, they really enjoyed their ROM with him. He basically stayed throughout the session even though he’s role was done. Very 尽责!

Waited for few weeks, no respond from Dr Ho.. (SAD again!!) Decided to resend the email to follow up and to my HORROR!  I SEND TO THE WRONG EMAIL! OH-EM-GEEEE (OMG)!! HAHAHAHA

I quickly copy and paste the context and send to the correct email and he responded within a day! *whistle* HAPPY GIRL NOW.. Not just because I found my mistake and corrected but because he replied.. with a POSITIVE ANSWER!!! Yey!!!

He had blocked his calendar for our wedding date and we even talked about meeting to get some documents sign and filing for marriage!! Pls note that this was about 6.5 months to our wedding!

For now.. I guess i have nothing else to update! So stay tune for next week’s post for more wedding preparation post!!

Some links that might be useful in finding your JP:

Registry of Marriage

Reviews

#DALoveKnot Chapter 6: The Wedding Band

Apparently, after the day you said “I Do”, more decision making follows.. After deciding on the venue, the bridal studio, AD PG/VG.. now comes the wedding band! Wedding ain’t a cheap game uh. -__-

So we started our research once again.. check out the design, set out budget, check out retail store..

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The Groom prefer something simple and The Bride loves bling bling! So that’s the kinda design we’ll zoom into. With a tight budget, I guess it’s pretty obvious that we’re not going to Tiffany & Co nor Cartier~

House of Hung.. We planned to dropped by House of Hung to check out their collection since they have pretty much positive review! Design ain’t that bad and one of my friend who just got married highly recommend them too!

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HOUSE OF HUNG

Address: 545 Orchard Rd, Far East Shopping Center, 238882

Tel: 6887 4248

So here we are at House of Hung. Wow, seems like a popular place for couple to get engagement ring and/or wedding bands! Not forgetting to mention, it’s a pretty big shop they have!

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We were greeted by a gentlemen and later refer to Nancy who can give better advise for wedding band!

We shared with her our budget, the kinda ring we like and don’t like.. After looking at a few couple ring, (hmm), we decided to go SOLO! We each chose the ring we like and put them together..

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And so here it is, #DALOVEKNOT Wedding Band (that’s within our budget)! In case u thought that’s it, check out the details of my ring..

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See those lil hearts under my ring?? It’s the small details that makes it unique  isn’t it.. 🙂

FUN TEST #538: 你內心真正的渴望是什麼?

今天的心理測驗是要測試『你內心真正的渴望是什麼?』唷!

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A
你每天都有做不完的工作、忙不完的事情,24小時好像不夠用。最渴望的是多一點時間,可以讓你好好把書念完、把事情做完。你真是個不折不扣的工作狂!
B
你日復一日過著朝九晚五的日子,厭倦了這種一成不變的生活,很渴望來點刺激或改變。
C
你正渴望得到心靈的平靜。可能是你壓力過大而常失眠或發脾氣,不妨請假出去旅遊,讓自己輕鬆一下!
D
你是個追求自由的人,從小到大最討厭的就是規定。最近你是不是感到公司、學校、家人朋友給你很多束縛?
E
你是個依賴心強的人。現在的你,最渴望的是有人能讓你依靠。要小心依賴習慣了,最後會失去自主能力喔!
F
即使在都市生活這麼久,你對鄉村生活仍十分嚮往,渴望能夠過著如鄉下般充滿人情味的生活,不必和人勾心鬥角。

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Original grabbed from: OB嚴選

Australia Gold Coast (Day 6)

Mommy feeling good i suppose? Waking up early to enjoy the harbour view! LOL!

If you have plan to visit the park, i suggest you do a lil homework.. I believe from time to time, the park will have online ticket promo.. That time we purchased the annual ticket! Not that we are filthy rich and always coming back but because if 4 person is going to the park, we can make use of the “Buy 3 annual pass and get 1 annual pass free” promo! So in the end, getting the annual pax is cheaper then getting a day pass!!

And true enough, we didn’t have any plans to go again until I get married!!

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The park opens at 9.30am and rides at 10am.. BUT there’s aready long queue before 9.30am!!!

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We just can’t let go of anything chance to take any “WE WERE HERE” photos!!

It’s totally a good time to visit the theme park during cold season! You’re like never gonna perspire no matter how hard you play, no matter how scorching hot the sun is!

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We were like super enthusiastic, running around hunting for characters to take picture!!

Of course, park rides were also part of the itinerary!!

First ride, Scooby Doo Spooky Coaster! LOL~ Totally thrilling first ride that got all our brain cells excited!

Super love this shot and those who know me will know why! I COVERED my double chin WELL!!!

Another favorite shot, The Mama(s).

Carousell and Mum – every kids favorite!

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I love the above picture too but the full size image is not very flattering hence I grabbed from my instagram! If you like, you can click on above image to check out my other IG post!!

If you’re THRILL RIDE person, I think you shouldn’t miss this Arkham Asylum Ride and the Green Lantern ride !

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Green lantern was close for maintenance hence no queue! to avoid disappointment, it’s better to check out the maintenance schedule from the park site (HERE)!

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Other than all the rides, we were merely posing around in the park and waiting for the street parade!

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OK OK!!! 3:30pm!!! All Star Parade~~~ YEAH!!!!



  
  

Shortly after the parade, we left the park. You must be thinking, WHY SO EARLY??

The park ain’t really that big actually! Probably without kids could be another reason. If you have kids coming with you, the children park is definitely bigger than USS!

So  say BYE BYE to park, for now!!

BEFORE WE END THIS POST, LET ME GIVE YOU A MUST-READ-TIPS!

What’s the most headache thing when it comes to travelling? COST SAVING, isn’t it??

We want cheap air fare, we want cheap accommodation, we want cheaper rate to everything we can get! See, I even bought annual park ticket to save!!

To get cheap air fare, plan your trip early. When I say early, I mean 6-8 months AHEAD, not 1-2 months.. When you plan early, lower class economy seats are definitely available – ta-daa~ you get cheaper rate! Plan for two-to-go, wait for promo.. this helps!

To get cheap accommodation, spend all your time going from site to site to compare price? N-O-! Time is money, remember?? Just go to one site and let it do your work!

HotelsCombined.com.sg!

Even when you’re always on the go, fret not! They have mobile app!! A few tap and you can get the best deal at your preferred hotel!

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This site is even smart enough to tell you the occupancy rate and suggest alternative dates..  Talking about saving money AND time! *wink*

So what are you waiting for?? Start planning your year end vacation now!!!

Stay tune for my next post about my day at SEA WORLD!!!

To read more about my Australia trip, click below!!

  • Day 1 – Melbourne (Touch down)
  • Day 2 – Melbourne (Queen Victoria Market/South Wharf)
  • Day 3 – Melbourne (Great Ocean Road)
  • Day 4 – Melbourne (Catch up/Shopping)
  • Day 5 – Gold Coast (Surfer Paradise)
  • Day 6 – Gold Coast (Movie World)
  • Day 7 – Gold Coast (Sea World) **COMING SOOON**

49 Days

It has been 49 days since Papa left us..

For the first two weeks (at least) I bet there were no days we are not crying! Every small little things reminds us of Papa. Table cloth he bought.. chair he used to sit.. his bed.. many things and almost everything! Whenever being left alone or given a comforting hug, it will only stir emotions and eventually made me cry out loud.

It wasn’t easy, nobody said it’s going to be but I’m glad our family and friends were with us when all this happens. Always keeping us accompanied and always distracting us.. A sincere thank you to our family & friends who were there for us, giving us loads of support. You know who you are. 🙂

Until now, it still hurt knowing that Papa is not coming home any more. However, to think that he’s now in a better place without pain, I guess it’s probably better for him..

Missing you Papa.. We love you..

#QOTD

不要等到失去了 才懂得珍惜。 Never wait till it’s too late.

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A funny face shot we took during one of the CNY ..