Friday, January 20, 2017

Pre-Chinese New Year Gathering At Mun Choong Restaurant, Ipoh

EACH YEAR WE COLLEAGUES GATHER TOGETHER TO HAVE A "STOP WORK LUNCH" also known as SAU KOONG CHAU in Cantonese.... Though a few of us have retired, we still anticipate and look forward to seeing each other before the Chinese lunar year ends.  This year is no different, exactly one week from now is the Chinese New Year and before that happens, our group organized a get-together.

Thanks to the modern technology of group chatting in smart phones, our plan went on schedule and this year, we had our gathering at Mun Choong Restaurant just this afternoon.  Our theme for this year is RED!  *Ang Ang* as in Hokkien dialect.... and it was a really fun and enjoyable meal, meeting up with my ex-colleagues again for this auspicious season.  From the pictures below, our group seems to be getting smaller in size.... We miss one friend who couldn't make it at the last minute and we hope that she will be able to make it after the Chinese New Year.  Yes, we already planned ahead... our next meal will be in Yellow... LOL...

And now.. pictures of the food and my lovely friends in Red... all look so vibrant joyful....  ahemmm... 
Both of us were the early birds... so we captured a picture of us proving so... LOL... 
And the rest came soon after.... 
Our first dish... a combination of this and that in sweet plum sauce... 
And as we stood up and used the chopsticks to mix everything together,
we wished Good Wishes to ourselves... LOL... 
After our appetizer, the Marinated Pork Ribs is served... 
Steamed Ginger Chicken...
Kailan with yummy Yam...
hhhmmm... what shall I call this?
Lastly and not least, their signature Beancurd... 
THE ANG-ANG LADIES!
YES, EVERYTHING WAS GOOD... 
We ended our gathering wishing everyone...
SUN LEEN FAI LOK
*A HAPPY NEW YEAR*



Thursday, January 19, 2017

Crispy Pork Knuckle At Bonnie's Dining Place, Bercham, Ipoh

SAW A NEW PLACE ADVERTISED IN FB... and quickly informed my Ipoh foodie friend about it.  Together we arranged to try it out one fine evening and the day finally came.  Initially we thought of having something light but ended up ordering something really "heavy" ... The place is called Bonnie's Dining at Bercham which serves western and asian food.

Normally I would opt for Asian food but in this place, one must try their Crispy Pork Knuckle.  I know I must not take too much meat but then.... the temptation was just too strong for me to resist. Eventually we ended up ordering just two dishes from the menu and we shared among ourselves, the three of us.  Phew.... at least I do not have to do double workout the next day!

While waiting, we looked around and captured a few pictures....
A painting on Roosters was displayed at the side of the shop.... 
No patrons at the time we arrived.. 
We had the whole place to ourselves till much later... 
We ordered a plate of Smoked Duck Aglio Olio... RM16 something... 
Portion was quite big... I tried a bit of the noodles and a piece of meat....
Kind of saving space for the Pork Knuckle!
And it finally arrived after we finished the noodles.... RM39.90
This dish needs time to get it crispy again, I guess... 
Some special sauce to go with the knuckle... something sweet, sour and spicy... 
Nice combination!
Portion is not enormously big... 
Well, probably I am a Big Fan of this.... 
Normally I will skip the mashed potatoes... 
But surprisingly, they are very well marinated and suitable for my buds!
I ended up eating most of it... sorry, friends!
Next time no sharing with me, right?
LOL... 

Lovely Invitations For Baby Showers And All Occasions

What is a baby shower invitation? It is an invitation to close family members and close friends to join the parents in the celebration of their expected or a newly delivered baby. In a way, baby shower is a way of showing appreciation to those who have earlier brought their gifts or presents upon hearing the good news about the new baby. For the Malaysian Chinese, it is called the Full Moon celebration for the baby and the mother.  It is normally celebrated when the baby turns one month old, she/he will be dressed up with new clothes and gold to celebrate this auspicious day.  Well, this is for the Chinese culture and for other nationalities, they have their own ways of welcoming and commemorating this special day.

Baby shower can be celebrated anytime once the conception is confirmed by the medical doctor. It all depends on individual but it will be good to wait till everything is going smoothly and the pregnancy is in its full term. But for most parents, they are happy to wait till after the baby is delivered safely and everything is well with both the mother and baby. It will be a meaningful celebration for both guests and hosts to enjoy the new born baby boy or girl.

Before sending out the invitation, the date and venue for the baby shower has to be decided and confirmed. Some will prefer to hold a simple baby shower in the comfort of their own home with a buffet catered or to have it in a restaurant or a cafĂ© where they need not worry about cleaning up later. It will depend on the number of guests to be invited and the space to accommodate the guests. Another area to look into is food. A celebration is only complete where there is food and drinks. It is a matter of choice the type of food to be served to your guests depending on whether it is a lunch, hi-tea or dinner invitation.  But most importantly is the  close bonding  between family members and friends to commemorate this beautiful and special occasion of a new birth.  

Choosing baby shower invitation cards is easy through paperlesspost.com which has a wide selection of beautifully designed cards both for baby shower invitations for boys as well as baby shower invitations for girls.  Besides baby showers, this website also offers preparations that include specially designed invitations for weddings, birthdays, get-together, charity, corporate events among many others.  Just log in to their website for more details and information.  As the saying goes,  sweet memories are not  an everyday affair, but when it happens, that special day will be forever in our heart and mind. 



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