KL 2017 Kek Lok Si Temple

After the sight seeing of some of Penang’s Heritage Trial, we continued our journey to Kek Lok Si Temple. It is believed to be the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. We were advised to go early to avoid the traffic jam going up the hill.

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Now, we can drive up to the temple. In the old days, we will have to walk up, passing through a lot of merchants. I do miss the walking up adventure but was also glad that I do not have to walk in the heat.

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Here are the photos taken here. This is more of a photo blog.

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We took the tram up to visit the “Kuan Yin” statue. The return tickets cost RM6 (abt CAD2) per person.

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We arrived around 5PM to avoid the traffic jam and also wanted to see the night view. Unfortunately, we just could not wait until sun down. On the way down the hill, the traffic coming up was crawling. We definitely made the right decision to come early.

KL 2017 First Day Chinese New Year Visitation

On the first day of Chinese New Year, we visited my brother in law’s brothers and sisters homes in seniority sequence according to tradition.

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The first stop is his eldest brother’s home. We were greeted with the traditional Chinese New Year lucky candy box. It is traditionally filled with candied fruit like candied lotus root, candied shredded coconut, candied lotus seed, etc. But now people mostly filled it with Chinese New Year cookies.

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We were also served a dessert soup made with quail eggs, snow fungus, lotus seeds, longan, red dates and ginkgo nuts. It is a Chinese herbal sweet soup.

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The next stop is to my brother in law’s second brother’s home. Here is another version of Chinese New Year lucky candy box. Continue reading

KL 2017 Reunion Dinner in Penang

We had another Chinese New Year reunion meal in my brother in law’s third brother’s home.

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Home cooked food is the best, made with TLC.

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Pork stomach soup. I was told that they only make this soup once a year because cleaning up the pork stomach is very tedious. They made a huge pot of the soup though.

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The popular Stir Fried Jicama with mushrooms, carrots and squids. Another dish with a lot of shredding to do.

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Here, we wrapped the Stir Fried Jicama in a lettuce leaf and fold into a bundle to enjoy it. Continue reading

KL 2017 Reunion Lunch in Penang

Our first visit in Penang was to my brother in law’s eldest brother’s home.

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We had our reunion lunch there. Home cooked food from Penang.

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Penang Lobak is a street food made with pork marinated in five spice powder mixed with chopped water chestnuts, onions, jicama, carrot, etc and wrapped tightly with bean curd sheet and deep fried.

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Deep fried prawn for laughter the whole year. Continue reading

KL 2017 Foh San Dim Sum in Ipoh

Early morning of Chinese New Year eve, I followed my sister and family to Penang for their usual Chinese New Year visitation as my brother in law is from Penang.

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After picking up their 2 daughters from Kampar, we continued our journey to Ipoh to have breakfast. We went to Foh San. The restaurant is big with 2 floors of dining area.

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The system here is not so great as customers have to line up to pick their dim sum. The line can be long at times.

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It is typical for restaurants here to provide customers with a bowl of hot water for the customers to rinse the tea cups and cutlery.

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Here are some of the dim sum that we had. Continue reading