My dinner & my snack

I had dumpling soup noodle and green vege for one of my dinners.  It was a simple fair to whip up these dumplings. Main ingredients are: dumpling skin, minced meat, prawns, water chestnut, scallion (I replaced it with minced ginger). Seasoning: salt, pepper, sesame oil, chicken powder, soy sauce.
I also baked some hotdogs wrapped with Roti Prata. I got this idea from Fresh From The Oven.
 As the Prata Dogs, as FFTO called it, were baking in the oven,
I could smell the aroma in the whole kitchen. I couldn't wait to taste it. At last, the baking was over. And there my prata dog was waving at me to take a bit. Munch, munch much, WOW the prata was flaky enough for my liking and the hotdog was still as juicy, though the outlook seems kinda dry.
Enough said, here are the pics.

A Short Getaway --- Batu Pahat & Muar

I went with my family (exclude my DH) for a day trip to Batu Pahat & Muar in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.  In fact, the main objective of this trip is to visit some of the famous temples in these 2 places. One is the "Qing Ti Tua Pek Gong" at Batu Pahat and the famous "Shan Cai Ye Temple善财爷庙" in Muar. Here are some of the photos I had taken along the way.

We had our breakfast at this Ah Koong Restaurant selling Yong Tau Fu. The food was very yummy, as you can see from the pictures.

After taking our breakfast, we went on the journey to "Qing Ti Tua Pek Gong Temple".
These big statues of the 8 dieties welcome you when you reached the temple.
We had our lunch at "Sea View Restaurant 海景酒楼". The lunch was very nice with many delicious dishes served. I had managed to capture a few pics of the dishes served, as they were gone too fast for me to capture. <@@>
After lunch, the tour guide brought us to shop at the said to be biggest shopping centre in Batu Pahat, The Summit.  It is indeed very big with many shops selling things like shoes, clothings, computer gadgets, food, toys etc. There is also a supermarket at the basement level, The Store.  However, I did not take any pic of these said shops and supermarket. Well, it just look like our City Plaza in Paya Lebar, not much to see about, though is very big. :-[
After walking for more than an hour in the shopping centre, we were kinda tired. So we sat down at a cafe to have a drink and rest our legs. :-)  We shared the drinks as the serving were quite large. 
The lemon green tea was a refreshing one and the capucinno was aromatic.
Having shopped enough, we headed to Muar to visit the famous "Shan Cai Ye Temple善财爷庙".  It was quite a long journey to this temple. So we decided to take a nap. 
As the coach swayed its way on, we were craddled to our dreamland ...
The picture above shows an empty land for tour coaches to park.
Devotees were asked to walk to the temple which can be as far as 300m away
from which the coaches parked. Under such hot weather, to walk such a distance is really something.
However, devotees just carried their umbrellas and walked without much complaints.
You can sense the devotion to the "Shan Cai Ye善财爷" whom said to be a philantrophist when he was alived, helping many people, especially in the area of finances. People get riched or business booming, or even strike lottery. They returned to the temple every year to give thanks and also to get more luck. :-)

After visiting "Shan Cai Ye Temple", we went on a long journey back to Batu Pahat.
By the time we reached where the tour guide brought us to, night fall had already arrived.

This wine cellar is located at a very odd district.
All around the cellar and the restaurant are old shop houses and residential places.
I wonder how do they keep on the business?  Well, maybe they have many regular customers.
Like the saying goes: The road is tough, but the tough gets going!

When dinner was over, it's time for HOME SWEET HOME.
It was a tiring trip, mostly because of the weather.  However, I found it fulfilling because I got a chance to
travel, though not a long trip, with my parents & brother. 
I love to linger around them as they are my closest kins on earth. :-)


Pineapple Butter Cake风梨牛油蛋糕

I have been wanting to consume the can of pineapple which was sitting on my shelf for quite some time, but find no suitable recipe to use it.  At last, I found this Pineapple Butter Cake @ nasilemaklover.  Thank you nasilemaklover for this great recipe. It is a wonderful recipe that yield a soft & moist butter cake with a little tanginess from the pineapple.  Normally, butter cake tend to be quite dense, but not this one.  This recipe is really a keeper :-)   However, I did tweak the original recipe a little to suit my preference.

1 can   Pineapple chunks (I used pineapple rings for round cake tin & chuncks for loaf case)
250g   Butter (original recipe used 180g butter & 70g margerine)
4 nos.  Medium eggs
160g   Sugar
250g   Self raising flour
8 tbsp Pineapple juice from the canned pineapple
1 tsp   Vanilla essence (omitted in original recipe)

1. Preheat oven to 180*C
2. Beat butter & sugar till light & creamy.
3. Add egg one at a time, beat till creamy. 
4. Add vanilla essence, stir to mix. Gradually, add in flour & pineapple juice alternately till well combined.
5. Place pineapple chunks or rings at the bottom of baking pan, then pour in the batter.
6. Bake in preheated oven for 45 mins.  Remove from oven and cool on wire rack.

With the remainder pineapple chunks, I made myself a refreshing pineapple drink.
It was a good thirst quencher on a hot weather. :-)

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