Khow Soi @ Lam Duan, Chiang Mai


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<Chiang Mai> Mi-Lu-Ku Ice Cream


Hey, guess what are these?

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No, they are not colored eggs ( whatever that may be). Another guess.

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These are mi-lu-ku ice cream, which is ice cream made from the famous Hokkaido milk.

I stumbled upon this cutesy little store ( it is almost impossible NOT to stumble upon cutesy stores at every nooks and corners of Chiang Mai) that sell young children’s books and educational toys. However, the most interesting find was that this ice cream. Priced at THB49 per ‘egg’, it is almost a sin not try one in Chiang Mai. I had never seen one here in Malaysia.

So, the interestingness does not stop here. It gets more interesting.

Firstly, you cut the nipple off.

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Then, you suck the melted and flooded out ice cream.

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You suck and suck as the ice cream would ‘flood’ out non-stop. Halfway, it looks like this –which is not aesthetically pleasing.

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When you are done sucking, it looks like this.

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By the way, the above was strawberry cheese which was quite nice especially during those hot weather. I had this at Under The Magic Tree, 61/1 Nimmanhemin. โครงการรูม หลังกาแฟดอยช้าง, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50200


Chiang Mai


I was in Chiang Mai back in Feb / March. Was swamped with work after I came back and hence, was quite reluctant to update the blog.

I hardly even log in to WordPress.Then, when I did, I saw a comment from a reader( gosh, I have a reader following me!) saying that she misses my post.

So, here goes a filler while I come up with a proper one later.

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<iCook>Breakfast Au Naturel


We are mid way through Chinese New Year. Today is the 7th day of CNY, is also known as Renri  (人日, the common man’s birthday), the day  when every one grows one year older.

Eating binge for the past few months had begun to show – on the FACE! Horror. Excessive dryness, heat rash, overly sensitive skin and acnes. Imagine red pimply face during Chinese New Year. Such a bummer.

The immediate relieve would be to consult a skin specialist and have some medication. But, knowing too well that the problem actually stemmed from the body itself, I guess the best healing option is to go au naturel!

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My breakfast for today and for the last few days – half- boiled village chicken eggs and juice ( mixture of celery + cucumber + tomatoes + carrots + oranges). Apart from the above, I had been cutting down ( gradually but surely) the intake of fried, spicy, oily food and seafood. Simultaneously, I have been increasing the intake of greens. And of course, most importantly, drink enough water, at least 3 liter daily.

Thus far, the result has been encouraging although I feel that there are still room for improvement. Wish that I have longer attention span to keep this going!


<Ipoh> Reunion Dinner 2012


Reunion dinner was never an extravagant affairs for the family. As a matter of fact, dinner was always moderate at best although Dad had implicitly stressed the importance of reunion dinner some time back [ it was one of those foolish notion of mine that I casually brought it up to Mom to gauge her ( and Dad)’s reaction. I was suggesting that instead of home celebration, we should go travel instead! Subsequently, Mom quietly informed that Dad insisted that no one should miss reunion dinners. The matter was never brought up again].

“ No one misses the reunion dinner!”

My paternal grandparents passed away more than 30 years ago and the uncles and aunties had since gone separate ways with their own families. For as long as I could remember, I never had a large family reunion dinner ( or maybe, there was a luncheon reunion organised by my maternal grandfather. I am not even sure if it was Chinese New Year or was it his birthday. It was that long ago).

This year reunion dinner was extra special as our youngest sister was back to have reunion dinner with us. She married about 5 or 6 years back and since then, she had been having her dinner with her in-laws. And of course, it was doubly special after the (almost fatal) mishap that befell my youngest sister late last year.

This reunion dinner ( and the entire Chinese New Year break at Ipoh) was like reliving the good old days again where the 3 of us would bicker for the much coveted pair of chicken drumsticks!

I am the eldest of the 3 siblings and being 4 years old than my second sis, I got to enjoy quite a lot of ‘perks’ as the single child in the family before my sisters came along. For instance, I did not have to share out my drumsticks. I get both!

Then my second sis came along, well, to be fair, both of us took a drumstick. The problem started when my youngest sister came into the picture. As the youngest, she is ( she still is) the apple of our eyes. Unquestionably, both my younger sister got the drumsticks and I was relegated to chicken wings!

Mom did not cook this year. We had our reunion dinner catered. Yeah, you heard me right. Not exactly catered as we did not pay for it. A close family friend of us run a catering business and this year, he had some clients that asked him to prepare food for reunion dinner to be sent to their house. He was graceful enough to prepare some for us too.

Food was very good. We sang praises to each dish. All of us had our own favourite dish. Dad loves the charcoal roasted pork. I would have love it as much if it was much leaner.

Everyone’s favourite was the steamed village chicken. Coupled with the home-made mashed ginger, it was heavenly.

The batter of the fish fillet was crispy and not too thick. The home-made Thai dipping sauce was the winner and its sweet and sour-ish taste made the entire dish more appetizing.

The deep fried prawns were fresh with crispy batter. And of course, the mixed vegetables just added the right balance to the entire ensemble. It made us feel less guilty!

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This year, I got my drumstick. My youngest sister automatically got hers and my middle sister gracefully gave hers to me! Talk about sisterly love.

If you live in Ipoh and are looking for a great buffet ( non-halal, though), maybe you can contact Siew Kheong Catering at 012-516 8681 or 012-510 7079. Very friendly boss.


<Bangkok> Som Tam Nua


Apparently Som Tam Nua is a very famous restaurant in Bangkok – serving none other than a myriad of salad ( no price for guessing, som tam is a spicy salad, of which the main / common ingredient being shredded papaya).

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Featured in CNNGo as one of the must visit restaurants in Bangkok, the long queue outside the 2-storey restaurant during peak hours is a normal sight.

I know the existence of this restaurant due to its reputation prior to my latest visit to Bangkok, but was not planning any meal there as the ‘hearsay’ notorious queue is really a put-off.

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We were window shopping at Siam Square when we noticed some people waiting outside the restaurant ( cushioned seats are provided). Oh, this is the famous Som Tam Nua, we remarked nonchalantly and we walked away to continue our shopping around Siam Square.

Since we did not have any dinner plan the next night, we decided to head to the decade old establishment for an early dinner to avoid the queue. There was a waiter outside the restaurant to take your order before guiding the patrons to the tables.

The ground floor was full and we were led to the second floor. Gosh, though the restaurant look tiny from the exterior, it is really huge.

I am not a fan of sour-ish food as I suffer from occasional gastrics and sour and spicy food just aggravate it further. Mom loves papaya salad. I could not recall the exact type of salad that we ordered – most likely the normal papaya salad. I only tried one or two spoonful as it was quite spicy. But it was very flavorful. Definitely a must visit place for those who love som tam. And of course, I could not stop nibbling on the crispy pork cracklings!

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Grilled pork neck, which was so delicious that we had to order another helping. Great for those that can’t take spicy food.

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This is the spicy version of the grilled pork neck. Very flavorful.

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This is spicy pork rib soup was really a stunner – literally. The soup is just like tom yam. I am not a fan of tom yam because of my occasional gastrics. But I just braved myself to have a few spoonful. Gosh, it was fiery ….but it was a risk well taken.

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Apart from the normal spicy and sour-ish taste, there were certain subtle sweetness to the soup. Most like it is from the pork ribs that were stewed together with the soup. While the soup was spicy and sour, the pork ribs was sweet ( no sign of spiciness at all) and tender! We finished all the pork ribs and of course, nearly all the soup.

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We also ordered its famous fried chicken; specifically fried chicken wings, that came in a basket. The chicken was well marinated, the skin was crispy and yet, the meat was still tender and juicy. Most importantly, it was not that oily. The entire basket was less than THB100! Cheap!

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What better way to cool down after such spicy food, if not for its famous Thai ice tea.

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Service was quite minimal but we are not complaining. Dishes took a while to be served and they came out gradually. But at least, they did not screw up our order. All the above came up to approximately THB780, which was really cheap.

It is a place that I would definitely go back again. 

The address:-

Som Tam Nua

Soi 5, Siam Square ( turn left after you see Bangkok Bank, which is located opposite Siam Paragon)


<Bangkok> Samai Seik Chicken Rice


Samai Seik dates more than 40 years back. Located along the busy Silom Road, next to Silom Complex, which coincidentally is next to Sala Daeng BTS, you can ‘dine’ amidst the honking of public buses and taxis along the busy Silom Road / Sala Daeng.

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I prefer Samai Seik than Kaiton Pratunam Chicken Rice as the rice at Samai Seik are actually garlic chicken rice and it is less commercialised ( read : patrons are mostly locals).

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It is common knowledge that Thailand has one of the best quality long grain white rice. The rice at Samai Seik was fluffy, light with a very ( pleasantly) distinctive taste to it. We can’t make out the exact ingredients. but we could not care less as it was good. I guessed that the lady owner must had noticed our perplexity – she graciously showed us some garlic cloves and simultaneously pointed to the rice and voila, we got it – the ‘ secret’ ingredient is garlic. It is GARLIC CHICKEN RICE.

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I love garlic and hence, just love the rice. Don’t fret for those that loathe garlic – the smell and taste of garlic is very subtle to the point that you would not be aware of it.

As usual, there are dipping sauce and we added some fish sauce after we saw the other patrons ( all locals) doing it. Delicious.

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Samai Seik Chicken Rice

209, Silom Road

( next to Silom Complex, Exit 4 of Sala Daeng BTS)

Opens from 8 am to 8 pm daily

[ The above is re-produced from my previous blog ( now defunct)]