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Boys To Men

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Brave nephews, Rio (left, 5) and Zico (7), going through a rite of passage.

As Muslims, all boys have to go through it. Circumcision. It is being done before boys reach puberty although there are some parents who circumcised their baby boys as young as about a month old.
So after it had been done, the boys can’t wear pants, as the wounds were still raw and tender and it would be painful if the fabric touched it. So we gave them sarongs to wear. And to further ensure that the sarong wouldn’t graze the wound, Malays came up with this ingenious contraption using a bent clothes hanger strapped around the boys waists. So there they were, walking around with a sarong and an obvious protrusion in the groin area. Quite amusing to see.

To mark this momentous occasion, the parents (my brother in law and his wife) decided to have a small gathering with the family and close neighbors. And the wife, an Indonesian and an excellent cook), cooked up a storm with help from her friends.

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Ayam Penyet (Indonesian smashed chicken)

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Fried Tofu and Tempeh

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Oxtail Soup

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Fried Bee Hoon

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A “village” salad comprises of round eggplant, cucumbers, lettuce and cabbage with a spicy sambal and lime squeeze.

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Fruits Rojak. Young papayas, guavas, turnips, cucumbers and apples eaten with a spicy prawn paste sauce.

And there were sweet and savory snacks as well.

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Curry Puffs

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Kueh Dadar

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Chendol Nagasari, a sweet steamed pudding

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Kueh Lopes

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Fresh Fruits

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Chocolates in little cases for guests

And as a “bravery award”, my brother in law bought them an Xbox 360!!

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My son, Razin, trying out Grand Theft Auto.
And with an unerring logic of an 11-year-old, he is willing to be circumcised again just so he can have an Xbox. Haha! Kids!

-hazrock, yummy in my tummy

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Posted by on November 24, 2012 in Food

 

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One Sweet Day

Wishing all of my Muslim friends and followers a blessed Eid-ul-Adha! And prayers for those in Mecca who are still there for the annual pilgrimage. May your Hajj pilgrimage be filled with countless blessings.
One sweet day, Allah willing, I will go there as well.

For the rest of us who are not at the Holy Land, we celebrated with family and close relatives. Another joyous occasion for family bonding. I’m all for that!

Of course this has to be a food post. In a previous one, When Greed Took Over, I had apologized for not taking photos of the wonderful food for Eid-ul-Fitr. Today, I did! Yeay!

Here they are. All food cooked by my mom with the help from the help.

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“Lontong” (Rice Cakes)

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Hard-Boiled Eggs in Sambal

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Beef Rendang

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“Serunding” (Shredded coconut cooked in spices)

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“Sayur Lodeh” (Vegetables in coconut milk gravy)

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Shrimp fried in Tempura batter

Wonderful family time. And comforting home-cooked food as well.

-hazrock, waiting to answer the calling

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2012 in Food

 

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I Am A Viking

“I am a Viking in going out to war
And I’ve got death upon my mind
As I was leavin’ oh yesterday
I’ve got no fear in my heart”

-Malmsteen

Ahh the Swedish guitar god, Yngwie J Malmsteen. I can’t believe I once lined up for hours with a girlfriend at the now defunct Tower Records here to shake his hand and get his autograph. I don’t even know where that piece of paper is right now! Lol. I was young and let’s all admit, we all did silly stuff when we were young. I still do sometimes. Heh!

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Swedish Meatballs with Potatoes and Lingonberry Jam at IKEA Restaurant and Cafe

When IKEA, the Scandinavian furniture store, first came to Singapore, probably in the late 80s, I have been dying to try the Swedish Meatballs they serve at their restaurant. The problem is, theirs contain beef and pork, and I don’t eat pork because of my religious obligations.

And when they opened their 2nd store in 2006, the restaurant boasts 2 separate kitchens. One with the usual fare served at the other store and another is Halal-certified, serving food consumable by Muslims. And they have their famous Swedish Meatballs as well, with beef and chicken in them. Hurray!

One thing that I found weird is that the meatballs are served with a brown gravy and lingonberry jam. Meatballs with jam? Hmm sounds a little too funky. But I tried it anyway. It tastes AWESOME! I can’t believe it. So yum!

I sat near a small children’s play area, a table right around it and high stools for us parents to sit. The kids had a little fun while they eat. Why not?

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Always hamming it up for the camera! Lol.

-hazrock, far beyond the sun

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2012 in Food

 

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Champagne Supernova

I think I must have played that Oasis CD, (What’s The Story) Morning Glory, to death. Yes, I love it that much. Those pompous Brothers Gallagher. Brassy attitude, erratic behavior. Typical rockstars.

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A Muslim and kid friendly Apple-Strawberry Sangria

I just love the word Sangria! I don’t know, it just sounds so exotic and I’ve never heard of it until recently. Then I found out that it is a wine punch with chopped fruits. Because of my religious obligations, I don’t drink anything with alcohol in it and I don’t cook with it either. And the hurray of hurrays came when I read that I can make a non-alcoholic Sangria using fruit juice!

To make this started simply enough with a pitcher of ice. I added some chopped apples and frozen strawberries (leftover fresh strawberries that I put in the freezer for later use). Then came lemon slices and a little bit of lemon juice. I had bought some apple juice which I poured over. Since the apple juice was sweet enough, I didn’t add any honey or sugar syrup. And to make it look pretty, I added some mint.

Ideally, this should be left in the fridge or the flavours to develop. I only have it in there for half hour and we drank it with our weekend lunch. To serve, I pour into glasses along with some of the fruit pieces and then topped with 7-Up. I love this! And the next day, I still had some leftover. It tasted even better, very much fruitier than before.

The kids loved it as well.

-hazrock, after all you’re my wonderwall

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2012 in Food

 

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Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens

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Homemade Chicken Rice spread at my parents’

A typical Sunday at my parents’. I was about to perform my afternoon prayers. Everybody else had done theirs and were ready to have lunch. Well I’ve learned once from a religious teacher, if you are about to perform prayers and you are hungry, have something to eat first. So that you would be able to concentrate on praying rather than be distracted by hunger. Well who am I to argue with that? Hehe!!

My mom had cooked Chicken Rice and we were so ready to dig in. Fragrant rice cooked in chicken broth and spices, fried chicken marinated in tumeric, salt and a little chilli powder, spicy garlic chilli sauce, raw cucumbers and lettuce and chicken nuggets. A home-cooked meal at its best!

Burp!! Alhamdulillah. Now time to pray.

-hazrock, no spring chicken

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2012 in Food

 

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Flossin’

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Chicken Floss Buns from Swee Heng Bakery

Floss Buns are have been around for a long time. And lately it had be made popular by Bread Talk, a bakery here. Being a Muslim, I can’t eat the ones there because they used pork floss. Then came Swee Heng, a certified Halal bakery, doing a replica of that Bread Talk’s signature floss buns. Swee Heng used chicken floss, original and a spicy version.
These are basically regular buns, dabbed with a little mayonnaise, and piled with a ton of floss on top. Eating it can be a bit messy but I’m not complaining. Yums!

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Photo grabbed from Wikipedia

I don’t know how to describe meat floss. I’ll let our dear friend Wiki do it for me. Meat floss is a “dried meat product that has a light and fluffy texture similar to coarse cotton”. I never thought it as cotton. Cotton candy?? Yup, you are right Wiki. Thanks!!
Who would have guess? A savory cotton candy. That’s a nice thought. Hehe!!

-hazrock, out of dental floss

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2012 in Food

 

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Urban Legend

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A long line of people queuing up to buy food. Photo grabbed from Google Search.

DISCLAIMER : There is absolutely no concrete evidence about the truth of this post. This is just my take on it from stories I’ve heard which are not necessarily true.

Have you ever wondered why some food stalls or restaurants have a huge flow of customers, but their food are not really that extraordinary or even tasteless and bland? I am about to delve into an unknown territory here. and it is a little intimidating. But I’ll try..

As my religion dictates, I do not believe in witchcraft or black magic. I have not had the “opportunity” to see it with my own eyes, and I don’t really know if I want to see it. Actually just thinking of it gives me the willies. There are stories of Malay stall or restaurant owners who used these to attract customers and make their business a success. Whether this is true or not, wallahu alam, Allah knows best.

Let me relate a story. A little scary, I’m already having goosebumps. Names will not be mentioned :
A few years, there was this viral email going around our Malay community about a certain Nasi Lemak (coconut rice with fried anchovies, egg, chicken wing and chilli sauce) stall here in Singapore. This stall has the reputation of being the one with the longest queue amongst all the other Nasi Lemak stalls in that food centre. The email stated that there was an Islamic religious teacher who went there to eat with his family. After buying and as he was about to eat, he said a little prayer, and he was stunned to see a black figure perched on top of the rice cooker in the stall. It seemed that this black figure is “waving” to attract customers. The religious teacher ended up not eating at all.
The stall got a bad name after that but somehow people still come in droves, And it’s true, I always see a long line, sometimes snaking, of customers there. But what strikes me the most when I see the people who lined up, hardly any Malays. Is it because of the email? Who knows!

To me, a long line always put me off. Whenever I’m there to eat Nasi Lemak, I always go to the stall with the shortest queue. I do not have a favourite that i MUST go to. And actually I have tried once eating at that particular stall. My verdict, it tasted the same. Like all the other stalls there.

As for the viral email, I do not believe the story. For all I know, it might have been circulated by the other stall owners there who were jealous of this stall’s success. You never know!

Like I said, there is no way of knowing whether what I had written is true. And this post is in no way intended to cause any harm to any business. *peace*

-hazrock, Hogwarts’ dropout

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2012 in Food

 

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