Friday, June 16, 2006

YMCA, Korean version

A hilarious rendition of Village People's YMCA, by E Pak Sa (이박사). Kenot tahan... laugh until stomach pain. Hehehe..

From Wikipedia:

"... His reputation started to build based on his unique way of entertaining. While singing, he would imitate the sound of all of the instruments used in the prelude and interlude, and even the sound of the whistle used to gather the tourists. ... "

"... The Korean version of YMCA sounds like the Chipmunks version, and the video, available at Daily Motion, does little to discourage the comparison. ..."

Enjoy the weekends!!

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Never too much rice

Whenever I cook rice, I always cook much more than I need. Mainly because my rice cooker does not handle small portions of rice too well, but also because overnight rice is great for nasi goreng.

Did the same when I made nasi lemak. Lemak rice for frying? why not? (It actually tasted great, especially when fried with eggs)

Rice fried with eggs and broccoli (left over from the salmon chowder), served with home made Char Siew.

Rice fried with beans and pork slices, served with a Bull's Eye (sunny-side-up?).

Other than swapping the broccoli with beans, both the dishes used essentially the same ingredients.

I just realised that the new location of my apartment has altered my cooking a little. Now that the shopping mall is so close, I no longer need to do a week's worth of shopping. Instead, I go more often, and buy enough for just a couple of days.

Points-- : I end up using the same ingredients for a few dishes in a row.
Points-- : I'm spending more on shopping
Points-- : Source of cheap beer is near (temptation!)

Points++ : I use fresher ingredients.
Points++ : I'm more likely to try new ingredients more often.
Points++ : Source of cheap bearBEER is near (satisfaction!)

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Salmon and Broccoli Chowder

I truly believe there's a pixie dwelling in my department's server.

It's been toying with my work all year.

Files go missing, and then reappear after a few days...
Code, unaltered throughout, develops peculiar (reproducible) bugs which magically vanishes after a few days...

I doubt I'm the only one who has fallen prey to it's mischieves.


While my work is on hold (waiting for the pixie-effect to wear off :p), here's a dish I had couple of days back - Salmon and Broccoli Chowder .

  • With low heat, fried some finely sliced onions and garlic in butter

  • Added in broccoli, sliced green pepper (and leftover cucumber). Covered, and let it swearsweat for a while

  • Turned up the heat, and added in some vegetable stock (I used Knows vege stock cubes + water)

  • When it began to boil, added in small chunks of salmon. Let it cook for a while.

  • Then, added it some Double Cream, and some left over Hollandaise sauce mix to thicken

  • Leave to simmer for a while

  • Seasoned with salt and pepper. Served with croissants

Sunday, June 11, 2006

First post from my new nest

Finally settled into my new place. It's great - bigger, comfier, better equipped, and cost just about the same!

Life is good.

To break in my new kitchen, I cooked an old time favourite - Nasi Lemak (with the help of new apartment-mate, H).

Going clockwise, starting from the top:
* Boiled eggs (accidentally left it boiling too long, and it turned out HARD! Still edible lah, but it was quite impossible to do the Egg Blowing trick)
* Fried peanuts
* Mixed Seafood sambal (I'm out of anchovies). Cooked using Brahim's pack.
* Fried Belacan Chicken
* Fresh cucumbers.

In the middle, rice cooked with coconut milk and onions (to substitute ginger, which I'm not a very big fan of).

Turned out OK OK oni lah. Better than the 50 sen version you get at mamak stalls, but not too spectacular either.

Got some pics of my recent holiday from Jay.

Had a go at punting. It was great fun...

... and I learnt that I was completely hopeless at it.

Played 3 games of golf in 4 days. Once on a par-3 course, and twice a full course.

I still suck.

It takes a lot of balls to golf like me.

Summer + Barbecue + freezing cold beer = good shit

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

The Considerate Leader relocates

I am a your ideal boss. Work for me. Be my peon!

Yes, I'm back.

Exercising my procrastination skills by doing mindless stuff on the Internet. I hate packing.


New home. New housemate. New kitchen!

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Coco Wings & Modified Haggis

Several weeks back, I was under the impression that life would be fun and relaxing after the exams. I was wrong. Work on my dissertation has been more hectic than I expected. While I do enjoy the work I'm doing now (most of it anyway), my batteries are running flat.

And so, I'm taking a week off. Woohoo!! Will spending the weekend down south, golfing and perhaps trying my hand at Punting.

When I get back, I'll be busy moving to a my new place, so no updates here for about a week I'm afraid.

I've been doing more experiments with chocholate. This time with chicken wings.

Wings are dirt cheap here. Which was a pleasant surprice when I found out. You can easily get 10 pieces for less than the price of a bus ticket.

Soaked the wings in some sweet/thick soya sauce and worchestershire sauce. Let it sit in the fridge for several hours.

I sprinked chocholate powder on two of the wings, and paprika powder on the rest. In case one of it turns out horrid, at least I still had half a meal ;)

Under the grill they went.

When they were almost ready, I glazed the wings by 'painting' on a mixture of honey and olive oil.

Oh, and as a tribute to the "eggsperts" for finally agreeing on an answer, I added an egg to complete the dish.


Some like it; some find it gross; many have never tried it.

I love it.

Well, if it's prepared my way anyway.

Here's a common version you find in most Fisn n' Chips shop here in Edinburgh - Jumbo Haggies fried in batter.

I'd split it in half, add some ketchup and mayonaise, a slice of cheese, and grilled for 3 minutes.

Yummy. I'm getting hungry all over again just thinking about it.