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… Birthday batch… Yusuf  (9) & Maryam (3) 5th Oct , dad (..) 15 Oct & Umar (16) 29 Oct.. Happy Birthday !!!


It’s almost six months since my last post. I’m sharing some photos from our not-so-recent trip to Perlis, north-end state bordering Thailand. We were there at the end of May to send our daughter to matriculation college in Arau. Photos below were taken as we left Perlis. Except for some shots taken at the college ground, we did not take many snap-shots  of Perlis as there were not much time for us to tour round the state. We planned to head for Padang Besar after leaving our daughter at the college. We drove through Chuping..Malaysia’s largest producer of sugar. But saw only empty plains. There was no sugarcane in sight. They’ve probably chopped down all the crops and send them to the factory… ha..ha.. just kidding.

Vast empty plain are kind of alien to us. We commonly see plains of paddy fields or pass through palm oil plantations elsewhere in Malaysia but theses are not common.

In Padang Besar, we hoped to do some shopping  at the duty-free shopping complex. We drove for almost 40 km only to discover that the complex at the borders are closed at 6 in the evening much to our disappointment. But luckily some shops and eatery outside the complex are opened. Padang Besar is just a small border town. There are both of Malaysia and Thailand here. Both currency are accepted. Asam manis  or sugar-coated tamarind, pickled fruit, different types of rice such as fragrant rice, glutinous rice or black glutinous rice and fresh fruits like mangoes and guavas are among the popular items that local tourists like us will bring back home. Items like  good grade rice are difficult to be found elsewhere at a good price. So we packed home some before going back to our home-stay in Kangar. We left Kangar the next day, making a turn into Penang Island on a ferry.

This is the holiday awaited by my kids.. a good splash by the sea-side. They really enjoyed themselves, while mom (me) thoughts flew to the daughter she left behind in Arau.  I missed her then and still misses her now.

This is Feringghi Beach. Just a short stretch left for public picnickers. The other stretches are private beaches taken up by hotels, apartments and resorts.


A Simple Meal – Brunei’s Nasi Katok

What is nasi katok??  I have never savoured this meal myself. Just the stories my husband brought back from his 2 months stay in Brunei for an assigned job.  And .. his first meal was nasi katok.

It’s actually a simple meal of rice (they used fragrant rice)  and chicken with sambal. The sambal is either sweet or ‘padas’ (hot/spicy). I can’t say there is one special recipe, because after searching high and low for the recipe… there are so many versions. There’s one which names the sambal as ‘sambal oelek’??

rice, chicken and sambal..


There’s a story behind nasi katok though. I picked up one from a blog. It was started many many years back by a chinese man who sold freshly cooked rice pack meals until late nights from his home. People who wanted to get a meal at this hour would have to knock on the door of his home. That is why it is called ‘katok’ means knock and ‘nasi’ is rice. There are a few more stories , but basically it’s about the same. A tale of a 24 hr readily prepared meal and.. they knock! knock! to get their packet of rice.

An outlet selling nasi katok..also considered a fast food by bruneian

The best thing is.. It’s 1(one) Brunei dollar which is about RM2.50(ringgit Malaysia). A sigh of relief from an average income Malaysian who has 7 kids.. His initial budget for a meal was BND5 which is about RM13. That was before he set foot in Brunei.. now we know that not everything is expensive in Brunei. Well.. he will be leaving again for Brunei soon. Salamat!!

 A simple meal prepared at home.. hubby says “not any close to sambal nasi katok”.. makan je lah :[[[




Circumcision – Yusuf Berkhatan

School holiday has started and most parents in Malaysia, took this time to get our son circumcised. The school holiday is six week long and this will give time to the boys who got circumcised to recuperate without taking leave from school.

My son, Yusuf, 8 years old was all jittery when he knew he was going to be circumcised. He knew and every Muslim boys here knows that they will have to ‘bersunat’ sometime before they enter their teenage phase. We told Yusuf about ‘bersunat’ many months back, but the excitement started when the school holidays starts. He kept asking how it’s done.. not once, not three but so many times.  First, the explanation goes sanely, then when  the brothers started chipping in , there comes in the Rambo knife, the parang and so on and so on. But of course, he knows that all the three big brothers survived with all their ‘thing’ okey.

Most mosque nowadays put up ceremony to celebrate the boys.

Yusuf having his nasi lemak for breakfast.

All the boys are summed up then given a cold bath before they go in.

The fire truck was specially called in to give the boys their bath.

Yusuf after the bath.. all ready with sarong and a smile 🙂

Pinning the number.. 36. There were 65 boys who got “bersunat” that day.

Yusuf  was quite calm  throughout the procedure.  His father  took the footage of   the whole process  but,  🙂  I think we’ll just keep the footage. We got his friends to come over that evening.

Read more stories on circumcision,

For the next four weeks, I will need to list down all the recipes I’m going to make.      I made pancakes recently and it was a hit. They kids asked me to make them again and I tripled it and made a big bowl of chocolate sauce. Fluffy pancakes from Allrecipes.


  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • cooking spray


  1. Combine milk with vinegar in a medium bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to “sour”.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk egg and butter into “soured” milk. Pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and whisk until lumps are gone.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side.

Idul Adha and Mrs Dayat “Death by Chocolate Cake”

Day before idul adha, at Ulu Langat. Families from hubby’s side gathered later in the evening for a barbeque.

There was a big spread.. barbequed chicken and beef, accompanied with blackpepper sauce and salads.

Grilled ikan keli (fish) with a pungent dipping of sliced shallots, red hot chilli and stinging bird’s eye chilli, mee rebus etc…..

There’s a lot more food.. I think I’ll jump off  to the dessert. Served with chocolate sauce are baked apples and grilled bananas. And my chocolate cake which recipe I’m posting here today.

More pictures below..

There are so many versions of death by chocolate cake, devil’s food cake, chocolate moist…I’ve tried out so many chocolate cake recipes. Most have turn out well but I would rate this one the topmost best chocolate cake. But of course, everyone has their own preference. Some prefers fudgy cake, while others prefer their chocolate cake just moist.

This one is not fudgy but just moist. I had actually made 3 cakes. I only planned to make 2. One for my niece birthday and one to be brought over to the barbeque gathering.  I thought the batter was all ready when I put it in the oven. It was half way through baking when I remembered that I had missed the one cup of boiling water to be added lastly. So I saved this cake for later dessert at home. This one was slightly fudgy and dense, whereas the 2 later cakes was soft, fluffy yet moist.

Mrs Dayat “Death by Chocolate Cake” – Source:


2 cups flour

1 cup cocoa powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

2 cups caster sugar

3 large eggs

1 cup evaporated  milk

1 cup vegetable oil

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 cup boiling water

Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder together in a bowl. Set aside. In another mixing bowl, beat together eggs and sugar till white and fluffy about 4 – 5 minutes. On low speed, add in evaporated milk, vegetable oil and vanilla essence. Fold in flours. Finally add in one cup boiling water. Pour into prepared lined and greased pan. Steam or bake 175 -180 deg C for 45 minutes to 1 hour.