Archive for November, 2012

Whatsapp addict

Hi, my name is daitaoha. And I am a Whatsapp addict.


I miss chatting to my sisters on Whatsapp.

I miss receiving daily photos and videos of cute Kaka.

I’m not sure I will last till New Year before I succumb to buying a new phone so I can use Whatsapp again.

It’s beyond belief that an ultimate non-techy person like me would ever become an addict.

Woe is me. ( T___T ).

Foochow Ang Chow Harvest

Remember this post? I was actually making Foochow Ang Chow (foochow red rice wine). It was my first time making my own wine, I’m not even  a fan of ang chow in Kuching but this is a must ingredient for confinement food so I thought I would give it a go.

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It wasn’t easy remembering to stir the pot every three days, R had to keep reminding me. For the first week we thought it was a failure, but surprisingly the smell of the wine got sweeter and more fragrant as the weeks went by.

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Finally time to harvest!

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2 bottles of ang chow ! We won’t know whether it’s a success or not till I’ve tried cooking it either with mee sua or foochow red wine chicken. Maybe this weekend?? Wish me luck!

a daitaoha post

Today, I accidentally dropped my phone into the toilet bowl.

My phone is now dead.


Why am I like that?!

Chicken rice Sundays

Sigh….and another weekend bites the dust.

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The braising and glazing of teriyaki chicken, my favourite Japanese dish to cook.

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What is good teriyaki chicken? The ultimate balance between sweet, salty, and sticky goodness.

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The teriyaki chicken was for our homemade pizzas for Jo’s second (haha) housewarming gathering. It was a fuss free dinner of teriyaki chicken and avocado pizza, ham and pineapple pizza, baked chicken wings and waldorf salad.

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The pregnant lady had been craving chicken rice all weekend. So Sunday was Hoibo chicken rice day.

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Yummy chicken rice! Jan and Andy, we are definitely bringing you guys here when you next visit Perth.

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Been a while since I’ve featured the mummy-to-be with her signature V sign on the blog so there you are! Ready to pop as you can see. It’s both scary and exciting at the same time, I’m looking forward to baby’s nephew arrival this Christmas (^__^)Y.

Gyoza housewarming

My mum’s wet kitchen in Kuching has now made way for a little home for my grandaparents. It will be funny to go home next year and have my grandparents living right next door!
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Speaking of wet kitchens, HC has his own makeshift wet kitchen too haha. Last weekend he was frying his signature lemon chicken in the backyard.

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The whole point of cooking in the backyard was to keep his kitchen nice and clean. Only I messed it up with cooking my mum’s signature fried sharksfin dish which was shark friendly and replaced with vermicelli instead. This was Jo’s request for the night.

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What was all the cooking for? Jaso and Gill were coming over for a little housewarming dinner. Other dishes included gyozas (failed a bit because they stuck to my tray, forgot to dust with flour) and turmeric honey soy chicken wings.

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R bought slabs of belly pork from a colleague, his favourite cut of fatty meat. So I will be experimenting with all sorts of different pork belly recipes soon. First up was chinese roast pork , best eaten hot and crispy right out of the oven.

I’ve been working really long hours in the office that my colleagues usual question when they greet me in the morning is ‘did you just camp here?!’ Sigh, I miss the old days of knocking off work early and shopping in the city. 2 more days to the weekend!

Jaso’s birthday lunch @ Mela

Jason’s official birthday was yesterday but we had a belated birthday lunch for him today. I remember asking him about nice Indian food in UK and he mentioned that he actually missed the thalis from Mela, so Mela it was!

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It was nice sunny afternoon, just right for a tall glass of sweet and refreshing mango lassi. Gill had a small lunch as usual, this long and impressive looking dosa.

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HC’s lunch was lamb briyani which looked delicious, he finished every scrap.

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Everyon else had the popular thalis! There was an eggplant curry, chickpea curry, butter chicken and lamb curry. Very filling and yummy. I’m sure Jason had his thali fix, but is it enough to last him till the next year?

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The cliche cake cutting time. But this was a special cake, Baskin and Robbins green tea icecream cake, Jason’s favourite icecream in Perth.

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The smiley birthday boy 🙂 I hope all your birthday wishes come true Jaso!

428 William Street

Melbourne Cup: A day in the office

daitaoha emails group of colleagues:

Hi guys, I’ve agreed to help Colleague D organise the food for our Melbourne cup lunch. Since everyone is bringing a plate, please come by my desk and jot down what you’re going to bring so we can all see what others are bringing and thus avoid a repetition of cakes = fat.

Colleague J emails group:

I’ll bring a friend.

Colleague S emails group:

I’ll bring nachos with lots of FATTY cheese.


10 emails later, everyone is having fun adding their dish to the email chain. daitaoha thinks ‘why don’t these guys just reply to me instead of sending group emails!’

daitaoha notices that the big boss is on the group email list * face palm* 

daitaoha emails group minus big bos:

Err guys, if you’re going to ‘reply all’ can you please delete the big boss from the group list because for the past few minutes he’s been receiving these ‘important’ emails discussing Melbourne cup food!

(whole floor roars with laughter)

10 seconds later….

big boss emails group:

I’ll bring the work ethic. Get back to work! 🙂

(whole floor roars with laughter and pats me on my back)

(-______________-)”. Pai seh ah.

Long time No(vember) Blog

Blink and suddenly it’s November. Where has the time gone?!

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This picture feels like a long time ago when the temperature hit 35 degrees and it felt like the dreaded Perth summer was here. Jo and I were hating the heat and craving for anything cold. So we went to Taurus for a good ol’ ice kacang!

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This was Jo’s char keuy tiaw with see hum (clams). Taurus is one of those places that I wish I brought Jan and Andy to when they last visited us in Perth. Their Malaysian hawker fare (with Yeos teh bunga and A&W rootbeer in the fridge) never fails to make me feel as if I’m back in Malaysia. Except for their gigantic portion sizes.

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Taurus’s chicken rice isn’t fantastic, in fact, their chicken is more on the dry side, perhaps we should have asked for thigh meat instead.

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Combination three meat with fried rice. An old favourite but very filling.

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I’ve always wanted to try Etro on King Street (conveniently located near all the luxury stores haha) and since we had an errand to run in the area, we stopped by for Saturday brunch.

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Jo’s french toast with orange zest, strawberries and a side of bacon. She said it was pretty good.

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Eggs benedict, the eggs were nicely poached with the right runny center.

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Ham and cheese wrap, light breakfast snack. The coffee unfortunately wasn’t fantastic, but the cafe itself was light and bright and generally quite cosy. I’m not sure I would return because the food wasn’t wow, I probably would prefer Venn which is just nearby.

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Jo’s french toast was inspiration for my own home made french toast on Sunday. Nothing fancy like orange zest or strawberries though 🙂 Just plain french toast drizzled with honey.

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We attended an old uni mate’s wedding during the weekend. It was a lovely wedding and such a sweet couple. Meeting old uni friends was a bit weird and brought back lots of old memories from my uni days. Everyone felt older but somehow yet the same. I’m not sure I like feeling grown up at all.

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A new dish inspired by an episoder of Jamie Oliver’s 15 minute meals. This is pan fried five spice chicken with sweet chilli and coriander sauce. Apparently Jo’s hosting a housewarming dinner for Jaso and Gill next weekend and I’m cooking? What should I cook, any suggestions?

Another weekend bites the dust.

November 2012