Saturday, May 16, 2009

How to make shrimp paste salt (Garam Belacan)?

Malaysian especially Malay really love to eat mango, guava and others with shrimp paste salt or better known in Malays as "Garam Belacan". It is totally delicious to smudge a slide of mango into shrimp paste salt at the evening outside or inside the house. Malays do this often.

How to make the shrimp paste salt? It is very easy and everyone can make it.

The important thing you need is a dry blender, salt, sugar, soya-bean sauce, chili and shrimp paste.

1. Blend sugar in dry blender.

Important info is to know the balance between salt, sugar, shrimp paste and chili. If you want to make shrimp paste salt (Garam Belacan) in a huge quantity so you can keep it in refrigerator and eat in future, you need to know that 6 tablespoon of sugar are good to mix with 1/4 small spoon of sugar, 4 chilies, and 1/2 small spoon of shrimp paste.

2. You need to punch chilies, salt and shrimp paste inside this lesung batu.

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3. Mix the result from No. 2 with the blended sugar and soy-bean sauce. Serve it.

Sorry for any inconvenience occur for my English :pandacloud_10:

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How to reduce Chikungunya symptoms?

Before H1N1 blasts the world, Chikungunya appears from no where. My villagers also effected by that disease. They suffered and it's appearance can be look to their health
reduces dramatically. Their eyes, appetite, body shows us how unhealthy they are.

One way to reduce the symptoms as told by my mom is you can make a blue crab soup.

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When this secret spread at my district, the crab price increase and people have to search it at the nearby market and town.

The second method is you can take 3 to 5 a bundle of pandan leaves and place it inside the tab or pool where you are took your bath.

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Do make sure you tied all the pandan leaves as shown below.

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From Wikipedia, Chikungunya (in the Makonde language "that which bends up") virus (CHIKV) is an insect-borne virus, of the genus, Alphavirus, that is transmitted to humans by virus-carrying Aedes mosquitoes.[citation needed], there have been recent outbreaks of CHIKV associated with severe morbidity. CHIKV causes an illness with symptoms similar to dengue fever. CHIKV manifests itself with an acute febrile phase of the illness lasts only two to five days, followed by a prolonged arthralgic disease that affects the joints of the extremities. The pain associated with CHIKV infection of the joints persists for weeks or months.

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Friday, May 15, 2009

How to reduce Maggi Tomyam MSG ingredients?

Malaysian love to eat instant noodle and everyone's favorite is Maggi Tom Yam. We all know that it contains a very high ingredient of MSG. From Wikipedia, Monosodium glutamate, also known as sodium glutamate and MSG, is a sodium salt of the non-essential amino glutamic acid. It is used as a food additive and is commonly marketed as a flavour enhancer.

So how to decrease MSG in Maggi Tom Yam and you still can enjoy it happily?

Here is the method for you to follow.

1. Have a packet or two of Maggi Tom Yam instant noodle.

2. Boil a water in a pot. When it is purring, do insert Knorr Tom Yam paste (I love this paste)

3. Insert Maggi Tom Yam noodle only. Don't add the MSG.

4. Do add salt if you want more tasty Maggi Tom Yam.

You still can enjoy Maggi Tom Yam in a healty way.


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How to pull leech from your skin?

If you are planning to visit rain forest,there have some info that might be useful for you.

Leeches are annelids comprising the subclass Hirudinea. There are fresh water, terrestrial, and marine leeches.

I may want to tell you that if you just panic and couldn't find anything such as lit cigarette, salt, soap or others, you can use your own saliva. Spit it to your finger and pull leech away from your skin (legs, hands, etc.) Or you can make a tobacco water (please don't use cigarette) and sweep to your legs, hands, etc.

From Wikipedia, one recommended method of removal is using a fingernail to break the seal of the oral sucker at the anterior end (the smaller, thinner end) of the leech, repeating with the posterior end, then flicking the leech away. As the fingernail is pushed along the person's skin against the leech, the suction of sucker's seal is broken, at which point the leech should detach its jaws.

A common but medically inadvisable technique to remove a leech is to apply a flame, a lit cigarette, salt, soap, or a caustic chemical such as alcohol, vinegar, lemon juice, insect repellent, heat rub, or certain carbonated drinks. These cause the leech to regurgitate its stomach contents into the wound and quickly detach. The vomit may carry disease and increases the risk of infection.

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How To Make Laksa Penang?

The origin of the name "laksa" is unclear. One theory traces it back to Hindi/Persian lakhshah, referring to a type of vermicelli. It has also been suggested that "laksa" may also be derived from the Chinese word "la sha" (辣沙; pronounced "latsa" in Cantonese), meaning "spicy sand" due to the ground dried prawns which makes the gravy taste extremely sandy. The last theory is that the name laksa is derived from the similar sounding word "dirty" in Hokkien due to its appearance.

Types of laksa

The term laksa is used to describe two different types of noodle soup dishes: curry laksa and assam laksa. Curry laksa refers to noodles served in coconut curry soup, while assam laksa refers to noodles served in sour fish soup. Usually, thick rice noodles also known as laksa noodles are preferred, although thin rice vermicelli (bee hoon or mee hoon) is also common and some variants use other types.

Assam laksa is a sour fish-based soup. Asam (or asam jawa) is the Malay word for tamarind, which is commonly used to give the stock its sour flavor. It is also common to use "asam keping" also known as "asam gelugor", dried slices of tamarind fruit, for added sourness. Modern Malay spelling is asam, though the spelling assam is still frequently used.

The main ingredients for assam laksa include shredded fish, normally kembung fish or mackerel, and finely sliced vegetables including cucumber, onions, red chillis, pineapple, lettuce, common mint, "daun kesum" (Vietnamese mint or laksa mint) and pink bunga kantan (ginger buds). Assam laksa is normally served with either thick rice noodles or thin rice noodles (vermicelli). And topped off with "petis udang" or "hae ko" (蝦羔), a thick sweet prawn/shrimp paste.

I love assam laksa most than other laksa unfortunately I only can give you Penang Laksa recipe's instead.

1.5 kg of fish
10 cups water
12 dried chillies - scalded and left to stand
6 fresh red chillies
thumb-sized piece of mature turmeric
3 stalks of serai
300 gm shallots
200 gm belachan
2 stalks of bunga kantan
8 stalks of daun kesom
1 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp salt
2 cups assam water
1 cucumber
half a pineapple
1 big onion
1 bunch mint leaves
1 stalk lettuce
2 sweet pickled cucumber
laksa noodles

The items c) to g) are finely ground; using only 3 of the red chillies for grinding, as the other 3 chillies are sliced and are for the the garnishment, while the fish is deboned after cooking.

The "bunga kantan" and the "daum kesum" are thinly sliced; use only one of the "bunga kantan" for the gravy; the other is meant for the garnishment.

for the gravy -
Bring water to the boil and cook fish. Debone fish and return fish bones to the stock and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, then strain the stock. Add ground ingrediants to the stock and boil with one bunga kantan and the daum kesum. Simmer for 20 more minutes. Add the deboned and shredded fish and the assam water, and season to taste.

for the vegetable garnishment -
Except for the mint leaves which are washed and destalked, slice or shred all the items from n) to s) plus 3 red chilles and the bungah kantan. Arrange the vegetables in separate containers at the table.

for the toppings -
1 bowl "haeko" (black prawn paste) mixed with water to flowing consistency

To Serve: Place the laksa noodles in a bowl. Top them with your choice of sliced or shredded vegetable garnishment, then ladle simmering gravy over the noodles. Add a spoonful of "haeko".

Makes 10 to 15 portions ("party sized")

Taken from : Delaksa

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

How to verify at MyBlogLog?

I've always encountered this problem when I create a new blog and I want to show it at MyBlogLog. That site need me to verify the new blog and a problem occur when I was so hard to find the verify link and need to search it.

Why verify?

As an owner of community on MyBlogLog, the Verified check mark is like a "seal of approval." This shows anyone who looks at your MyBlogLog community page that the owner of the site has an active hand in the management of the community page.
How it works

When a site owner begins the verification process, we give them a bit of code to put onto their site that only someone with edit rights to the site can put into the page. Verification happens by putting the code on your site, re-publishing, and clicking the "Authenticate" button on the verification page. MyBlogLog then goes out to the site to check for the code. If it finds it, verification is complete!

Once you complete verification, you can remove the code from your site.

Want to verify your sites? Please do visit Verify

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How To Use Twitter?

Following someone on twitter is extremely easy, and if you are looking for great ways to stay close with friends, relatives or even business relationships, Twitter is good place to go. They currently have over 500,000 members, so they aren't disappearing anytime soon.

Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?

Step 1
Open up a Twitter account by registering. Click the button that reads "Get Started - Join".

Step 2
On the registration screen, fill out the information and click the button labeled "I accept. Create my account".

You are now a twitter member.

Step 3
You should already be logged in after you register, however if you are not, click on the "Sign In" link and sign in with the username and password you just created. You should now be at YOUR twitter page.

You could type something in and hit enter, which is called "twitting", however since nobody is following you, no one will see it. You need to get people to follow you.

The best place to start is to start following existing members, and as a courtesy they usually follow you.

The status or message that you send for your follower called "tweet".

This is my profile where I use Mozilla Firefox add-on "Power Twitter". As you can see, there have RT application which means you can reTweet others' tweet.

Step 4
You can find people to follow one of two ways. You can invite your friends to join twitter, which is a good way to keep in touch with everybody, or you can click the link "public timeline". A list of active twitters will be displayed. Click on their username and then click the "Follow" button of the users you want to follow.

Taken and credit to : eHow

You can start by following me Twitter.

There have many way to use Twitter. You can tweet

1. directly at Twitter web, (or install Mozilla Firefox add-ons, Power Twitter for more enjoyment using Twitter web.

2. using Mozilla Firefox add-ons, TwitterFox.

3. using Adobe Air application such as TweetDeck, Twhirl, Seesmic Desktop.

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What is Twitter?

Due to the increase in Twitter using and popularity, I try to search and giving information to others about Twitter.

Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?

From Wikipedia, Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read other users' updates known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length which are displayed on the user's profile page and delivered to other users who have subscribed to them (known as followers). Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends or, by default, allow anybody to access them. Users can send and receive tweets via the Twitter website, Short Message Service (SMS) or external applications. The service is free to use over the Internet, but using SMS may incur phone service provider fees.

Taken from eHow and Wikipedia

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