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One of the perks of moving to our new places in Shah Alam is that being a corner unit,we have a bit of land for gardening, and since some of you have commented in my previous cooking posts wanting to take a peek at the garden, here it is!

our current garden, with only a strip of planting bed
our current garden, with only a strip of planting bed

The area that we currently set up for planting is basically a strip of land about 30 feet or so along the fence. We’ve set up a makeshift PVC roof of sort with certain part covered in clear plastic sheet for weather protection. The roof is also reinforced with wire mesh, which conveniently served as trellis for our long bean plant.

At the car porch, we also have an outdoor IKEA glass house that serves as a nursery for seedlings to protect them from the elements.

tiny capsicum, fig tree, white pepper, parsley & thyme
tiny capsicum, fig tree, white pepper, parsley & oregano

In these photos you may have noticed that there are some black pipes around the plants, this is the soaker pipes we set up for irrigation. Our irrigation timer (bought from mudah for RM 100) is set up to water the plants automagically twice everyday, which makes life easier when we aren’t home to keep the plants hydrated. Skipping watering a couple days can easily kill some of them.

long beans, way too much fruit from one plant
long bean, way too much fruit from one plant

For the planting plot, we actually had it dug out about a foot deep and amended it by adding a couple layers of organic chicken shit and compost. This was to make the plot more fertile and to looser, our original soil was hard and with too many stones in them.

rosemary, galangal, mint, basil
rosemary, galangal, mint, thyme, basil, oregano, lime

When planting, you do need to know the requirements for each of them, as they can be quite different. Some plants want to be in the shades, others like full sun light, and some wants to be soaked in water, but there are also those that likes the soil well drained.

kale, bayam, lettuce
kale, bayam, lettuce

For herbs we have the following:

  • oregano
  • thyme
  • mint
  • rosemary
  • basil
  • galanga
  • lemongrass

Vegetables/fruits:

  • bayam
  • lettuce
  • long bean
  • kale
  • radish (harvested)
  • capsicum
  • chili (upcoming)
  • lime
  • pegaga
  • fig
  • lychee (doubt this will actually fruit)

pegaga, basil, lemongrass, chili & flower plant seedlings
pegaga, basil, lemongrass, chili & flower plant seedlings

This garden should look very different in a few month’s time, as we are about ready to delete everything and redo the whole area with proper trellis, irrigation, a hydroponic element, and design that is more pleasing to the eyes. It’s gonna be quite a lot of work but it’s a project we’re looking forward to!

Get planting!

After Haze’s appointment to the hospital to get her ankle checked, we found ourselves at Puchong at around 10 am looking for breakfast.

My first suggestion was Yap Chuan bak kut teh, but Haze somehow believes that bak kut teh isn’t appropriate for breakfast… I then thought we could perhaps try the fresh made yong tau foo nearby, but we found out that they weren’t open for another hour.

found this pan mee place by the side of a house in Puchong
found this pan mee place by the side of a house in Puchong

As I try to make our way out of the area, we chanced upon this little eatery with a few plastic tables set up by the side of a house that seems to enjoy brisk business.

I had no idea what they were serving initially, but we thought we should gave it a try anyway, and that proved to be an excellent choice.

soup version, with hand torn pan mee noodle
soup version, with hand torn pan mee noodle

This little place with no name has a pan mee stall. They offer pan mee in soup and dry version, and you can have the noodle in hand peeled, thick, and thin version.

The hand peeled soup pan mee Haze ordered certainly looked simple, but look can be deceiving. The peeled noodle itself were of just the right consistency, minced pork was very flavorful too, and of course, it came with anchovies, fungus, and those signature pan mee leave.

dry version with thin pan mee noodle
dry version with thin pan mee noodle

The dry pan mee with thin noodle that I ordered came with essentially the same ingredients, but with soup on the side. I love it, and I think the noodle is the star here, as with the peeled version. They just seems to get it right.

And of course, no good pan mee is complete without chili paste, and over here their chili paste is one of the best I’ve had. It definitely has a strong kick to it, but also rather fragrant at the same time, I had a second helping.

these are our OMG this is so good expressions
these are our OMG this is so good expressions

By the way, they only cost RM 4 a bowl. I think I’ll have this again next time I head there. 😀

map to puchong pan mee

Address:
Between Jalan Puchong Batu 14 & Jalan Kecawi
Kampung Baru Puchong, Selangor
GPS: 2.995665,101.622873

Thai food is of course, more than just tomyam and pad thai. However, there are certain dishes that are quite rare in Malaysia since most Thai establishments are set up with providing halal food in mind (Ying Thai 2 at Melbourne serves a good one). So this is one dish that isn’t particularly easy to find around here, but luckily, it isn’t difficult to cook it up at home either.

Yes, the recipe for this post is Kapraw Pork, or minced pork with chili & basil.

note: you can actually substitute pork with chicken.

kapraw pork - Thai style chili basil pork
kapraw pork – Thai style chili basil pork

The ingredients are simple:

  • pork, 2-300 grams, minced
  • 4-5 chili (red & green for better color, but either color is fine)
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic
  • basil
  • dark soya sauce (or caramel sauce) – 1 table spoon
  • fish sauce – 1 table spoon

ingredients for kapraw pork - pork, chili, fish sauce, basil, garlic
ingredients for kapraw pork – pork, chili, fish sauce, basil, garlic

Instructions:

  • using pestle and mortar, crush chili & garlic
  • heat up 2 tablespoon of cooking oil, and fry chili & garlic till you start coughing (around 2 minutes)
  • add minced pork, then fish sauce and dark soya sauce
  • stir fry till pork is cooked
  • add basil and stir for another 20 seconds or so before serving

For purely aesthetic purposes I also saved half a green & red chili and sliced them instead of having all crushed. You don’t necessarily have to do that.

The result is a dish that is spicy, slightly salty (from fish sauce), and savory at the same time. Best served with rice.

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Being from Penang where pan mee is not common, this is still one hawker dish that I have yet fully embraced. I guess same can be said for most from central region with regards to Penang style curry mee or even koay chap.

dry "mala" pan mee with chili sauce
dry “mala” pan mee with chili sauce

So I was a little bit apprehensive when Winnie suggested that we give this a try (since the lunch gang of Terence, Horng, and I all felt that our wallets gotten too light). After trying, I went back there again a few days later, it was very good!

This particular pan mee place is located at the ground floor of Wisma Cosway, just across the street from Pavilion. The tables are sprawled along the corridors below and behind the escalator, and they are rather popular with the rat racers over lunch, and often times you have to wait for an empty spot.

with anchovies and lard too!
with anchovies and lard too

There are a few versions of pan mee to choose from – dry, soup, mala (麻辣) dry, mala soup, and so on. My favorite is the mala dry version. The chili sauce here is closer to traditional pan mee chili (unlike the dry chili at superkitchen or kin kin), but they are really really super spicy (do ask for extra serving, usually the portion of chili is very small).

The soup that came with the noodle is a bit underwhelming, but the dry noodle itself was superb when you mix in the chili. The combination of super spicy chili, anchovies, pan mee, black fungus, and of course lard in that dark sauce is perfect.

map to wisma cosway
map to wisma cosway

If you’re around the area on weekdays looking for a good bowl of spicy pan mee, look no further than this place at Wisma Cosway. The whole thing is less than RM 5-6 including drinks too!

Address:
Ground Floor Wisma Cosway
Jalan Sultan Ismail
50540 Kuala Lumpur

GPS: 3.150875, 101.711812