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Saturday, August 25, 2012

A new kitchen, an award and Pork Ribs Curry

I'm back! And the best part, my kitchen is finally complete..after a relaxing time in Langkawi Island, I was immediately back in action -cleaned up the mess and put everything back in its place.  Finally, it's done and now I'm able to relax again.  Here's a peak of my new kitchen. :)  Check out some photos of Langkawi Island at the end.
A surprise awaits me when I logged-in today..received an award: The Liebster Award from Meriem at  This is my second time receiving this award and it is an honor.  Please check out Meriem's blog as she has a wonderful, healthy and yet delicious collection of recipes.. a great blog.  Thank you very much for the award, Meriem!  

In receiving the award, I have to follow a simple rule..all I need to do is, to answer the questions posted by Meriem so that you will get to know me a little better and in return, I'll need to nominate 11 bloggers to receive this award.  But I think I'll go with 8 as 8 is a lucky number..haaahhaa  so, here are my answers.

This time the award’s rules are a bit different; If you receive the award, you have to post eleven facts about yourself, and then answer the eleven questions the tagger has given you, and then make up eleven more questions, and tag eleven more bloggers, who will have to answer the questions YOU wrote and pass it on and so on.
And here are Meriem’s questions and my answers:

  1. What is your favorite ingredient to cook with? 
Chillies as I love spicy food

  1. What is one food item that you won’t try?
Anything that's bizzare ie animal inards, reptiles, etc.

  1. What is your favorite type of cuisine?
My fav will be any cuisine that is spicy especially northern indian. 

  1. What do you like best about blogging?
I get to know connect with people all over the world and learn about their food and taste.

  1. Link us to your all-time FAVORITE post/recipe you’ve written.
I especially love this dish.  This is Fish Sambal and an authentic Peranakan Nyonya cuisine.  Absolutely yummy

  1. Do you have a bad cooking experience? What were you trying to make and what went wrong?
Oh yes..when I was about 16 years old, I tried to make our local donut which is made of sweet potato and flour, then deep fry and coated with sugar syrup. It supposed to be soft with tinge of sweetness - a great afternoon tea.  But, hold and be-hold, I don't know what went wrong, until today I'm still trying to figure it out, it turned out to be as hard as a rock. I'm not joking. It was. I had a dog back then. Even he took a sniff at it and walked away. 

  1. Who is your favorite Food Network TV Star?
It has to be Jamie Oliver...simply wonderful Jamie!

  1. Do you have any tips on how you budget your time better so you can blog?
I will usually blog after dinner where the rest of the family enjoy their fav tv show, and since I don't watch much of it, I'll serve the net or blog.

  1. What do you normally eat as a snack, when you aren’t cooking up delicious new recipes?
I don't usually snack but occasionally, I'll go for curry puffs or fried banana.

  1. Do you have a personal trick or tip you’d like to share?
When my sweet basil produce lots of leaves and since I don't use them in everyday cooking, I'll make them into pesto and freeze it in ice trays.  Once it's frozen, I'll take it out and store it in zip locks in the freezer by per serve, and just take one out whenever I need to use it.

  1. What is one item or dish you’d like to try to make that you haven’t yet?
Oh, definitely the Tiramisu!

Next is my list of nominees for this award...Congratulations!! (Nominees: your questions are same as above :) )

And here's my recipe which I wanna share with you, Pork Ribs Curry.

1 kilo pork ribs coated with curry powder
Garlic and ginger - pound together
Curry leaves
Tamarind juice
Tomatoes quartered
Potatoes quartered
1/2 cup plain yogurt

Heat a work, add oil, fry the garlic and ginger till fragrant and golden.  Add in pork ribs, curry leaves and fry for another min or two.  Add tamarind juice and potatoes and tomatoes.  Add salt to taste, simmer until pork is tender.  Lastly, add in yogurt.  Serve with plain rice or bread.

As promised, here are some photos of Langkawi Island.
 Pantai Chenang (Chenang Beach)

 Pulau Dayang Bunting (Pregnant Maiden Island)

 Pantai Pasir Basah (Wet Sandy Beach)

 Gunung Raya (Mount Raya)

The view from the Peak of Gunung Raya


  1. Thanks for tagging me dear :) Questions are super interesting will be posting about this soon :) And btw I don't eat pork but your recipe looks yum!! :)

    And beautiful clicks of the island :)

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  2. I love the place where you've been on holiday! And your recipe looks absolutely delicious!!

  3. congrats on the award thank you for sharing it with me :)

  4. Complimenti per la gustosa e invitante ricetta!!!! Ciao

  5. Oh Jen, how exciting to have a new kitchen!!! It looks fabulous!!! Lots of goodies going to be served from that kitchen, I'm sure. Just look at those ribs, oh yum!!!

    That Island looks pretty relaxing too. Oh I do think I need a break, lol...

    Congrats on the award. It's nice getting to know you better too:) Thank you so much for sharing...

  6. Your new kitchen looks fabulous & congratulations on the award too. Nice to know more about you & we have quite in common coz I LOVE spicy food especially Indian food too.heheheh Great post with lovely pictures of your vacation at Langkawi Island. These pork ribs curry look so mouthwatering, & irresistible ! This is definitely my kind of dish! YUM-yum :)

  7. wooohhooo!!! beautiful white kitchen cabinet~!! i like!! ;). aiyo...only just now i was thinking of eating kari bak kut!! aiyoh looks sooooo sedap ni. drooling!! d dayang bunting lake so beautiful & calm looking ;)

  8. absolutely divine kitchen...hats off..
    drooling nature cliks..:)
    Tasty Appetite

  9. halo jen! wow..i presume now baking will be a lot more cheerful in your new kitchen! i guess you must have a terrific time at langkawi, i'm not aware of the gunung raya and it looks a beautiful view from there. Nice 'seeing' you! i was laughing when you talked bout your donuts and dog..luckily my dog is not as choosy as your dog! LOL! your curry ribs look incredibly good! gua lai chiak curry, eh sai boh?? ai yah..actually wanted to speak nyonya but dont know why ended speaking half hokkien! LOL!

  10. You are very well-organized, I can easily tell from your tidy and beautiful kitchen.
    The porkribs curry looks delish.

  11. Your new kitchen look so neat and beautiful! Very nice!

    Love all your holiday photos... wish that I can be a hot and sunny place. Melbourne is still wintery. *sign* but look at your curry seems very comforting to me :D

  12. Niceeeee... cabinets! So, when is the "kitchenwarming"!! Curry looks delicious! Bila masak lagi? Nice beach! Good-loh, "you travelling family!!" Hehehehe!!!!

  13. Your kitchen looks great! Congrats on the award, we have so much in common:) Your curry looks so mouthwatering. Definitely one to try very soon. Have a great Monday!

  14. your new kitchen look absolutely nice just a dream:))

  15. Thank you my dear friends for your faithful visits and encouraging messages to my humble blog. Although my kitchen is small, I am happy with the new look and it brings more 'oomph' when I prepare food for my family :)

  16. Thanks a lot for the award! Unfortunately I had no time to write on my blog about it :(
    I'll make time for that.
    Have a nice day!


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