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2015.12.23 | 聖誕小餐

[Volume 10 Issue 12, #2087]
A Merry Little Christmas Lunch
我仲係經常喺公司煮午餐食, 而且差不多每餐都係蒸嘢.. 見聖誕就到, 覺得有啲嘢「燒烤」下都不失為個好主意.. 所以就整咗呢個我叫做「快樂的聖誕小餐」喇, 睇下我有燒雞(呢, 左邊黑黑一舊不明物體呀)同蔬菜, 意粉及沙律.. 公司茶水間有限資原及器材環境下打造出嚟, 非常簡單兼實驗性嘅一餐, 都算係咁啦.. 之不過又唔好對我有太高期望啦, 至少我自己覺幾好味, 得係開心就得啦, 哈哈!! :p
i am still cooking lunch in the office regularly and almost all of the time it is steaming, since it's Christmas i thought maybe some roasts would be nice.. so i whacked up something what i called "A Merry Little Christmas Lunch", and look there, i have got myself roast chicken (yeah, that pile of unidentified dark stuffs on the left) with veggie, pasta and salad.. a very simple and experimental meal that i improvised on the limited ingredients and apparatus i have got in the pantry, not bad at all huh?? errr, please don't expect much from me lah, at least i was happy and think they taste good, hahaha.. :p
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  1. Wow! So early, SK has got his Christmas meal, i am sure you are in your Christmas mood already.

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    1. From my one glance, all are so presentable and good. Thumbs up to you, SK! You are improving, you put Yannie to shame, as Yannie has forgotten how to cook already.

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    2. I went and made a cup of oat, then I put two bananas inside my oat and scooped the oat and bananas into my big mouth while reading your post again. This time I looked carefully what you cooked.

      I like the cucumber slices very much. It must be very refreshing when eating this.

      Your roasted chicken and veggies should be tasted good too, as you marinated for 2 days. Kiasu you like Singaporean only, oops! No offence ya!

      How you cooked your pasta in microwave? Please share the instruction in detail. You cooked them by soaking in water and put inside microwave or you just cooked by putting dry pasta in the microwave? Please don't laugh, I really don't know how to cook pasta in microwave.

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    3. How many serving you gave by cooking these 3 dishes? Two person? One person?

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    4. By the way, at least you have cooked for yourself a great Christmas meal, Yannie is procrastinating in baking a Christmas cakes or cookies.

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    5. Yannie doesn't need to know how to cook dei, because you knew how to find a man who will cook for you!!! hehehehe~~ oh, those were for two person, myself and another colleague.. each one piece of the chicken, and one bowl of the pasta, and then share the cucumber..

      my way of cooking pasta using microwave.. take hot water from the water dispenser, put in the pasta and then there goes salt and olive oil, chuck into microwave and ding for 4 minutes on high power.. when done, take out the pasta, put on the cover and "simmer" for another 1-2 minutes.. but i think this depends on what type of pasta you use and how hard/soft you like it, just for a reference here.. :)

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    6. Christmas is over now. I wonder what Sk would be cooking for his New Year 2016 feast.

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  2. You called these "Christmas Little Lunch"? you muct be kidding. This year I ain't be cooking or baking for this Christmas season too. Lazy is my excuse.. hehehe

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    1. I remembered got one year I'm very active in baking and cooking and as well as in blog-ing too. I roasted a whole chicken, mushroom soup with garlic bread. At the same time, I did made a yule log too. Arhhhh...so nice to be like those days.. "when I'm not lazy and busy me".

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    2. I did plan to bake gingerbread cookies and fruit cakes but keep procrastinating til next year 2016. Just hope 2016 will be pretty good to me. So I have time to explore more baking and also cooking lor.

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    3. hehehe, of course "little" mah because other people punya Christmas lunch sure got more things like ham, whole chicken, potatoes, desserts etc one mah, hehehe!! :p

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  3. Let's talk about food. Yum Yum!
    Photo #1 - Chicken & Vege Roasted
    For me, this platter is presentable. Maybe you can used kitchen towel to clean the side of the plate, then it looks much better. Do you realized, if you seen in TV; those chefs usually will do that, dish up the food on a plate and wipe off the side presented on the table.

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    1. Good tips sharing here, Angeline. May be SK couldn't find a clean kitchen towel that time. Toilet papers and tissue papers are not too hygiene to use to wipe the side of the plate.

      I would suggest SK to wipe the side of the plate with his cute fingers and then tuck inside his own mouth, don't waste dei!

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    2. How to make the chicken skin crispy?. I will roast the chicken as usual until its cooked. Depends what kind of oven you used.

      One option: For the oven has heat to select whether is upper, bottom and both, just turn to upper with the same degree you roasted the chicken for about 15mins or the colour turn golden brown. You must be very careful.. sometimes if the heat is even, it turn brown very fast.

      two option: The manual way and it is risky. If the oven do not have the heat variable selection. Then once the chicken is cooked, try to shift the tray to one level upper, so is nearer to the heat. Must watch out or else.. jadi hitam manis. Ended is not crispy but is burnt!

      three option: My idea, dunno it works or not. After you checked the chicken is cooked. Take out the chicken and apply a thin layer of honey over the skin and let it oven with the same degree heat, no need to adjust anything and roast for another 10mins or more or less... I think the honey will help to make the chicken skin crispy. Add nice flavor too.

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    3. Aiks... should write: Option one, option two and so on.. terbalik dah...

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    4. hehehe, actually that plate was used to cooked the tomatoes in the microwave earlier.. i was lazy to get another new plate, also lazy to have to wash one more later, so i just grab that for my chicken lor.. yeah, should have at least wipe the plate a little so that it looks more presentable.. but aiyah, nvm lah, not restaurant mah, haha!!

      ooh, thanks Angeline for all the tips, i will try and see next time.. :)

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  4. How come your office food can be so nice, and mine is so cincai one argh? Basically we just have microwave here then nothing, not even the sink, if want to wash anything, got to bring it to the toilet to wash it (and that's outside of office one), the boss didn't prepare anything, if do so I might just gonna to bring my own, like so kesihan like that =.= Actually office one still okay la, got so many things, not very limit, still have lots of food can cook.

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    1. hehehe, i got a steamer and a microwave and a toaster oven woh, sure can whack up some decent things mah, right?? oh, you do not have sink in the office and gotta walk out, quite troublesome also, that's a bit demotivating lor if want to cook.. we don't have sink in pantry, have to go to toilet, but at least toilet is inside office lah..

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  5. Photo #2 - Pasta as side dish.
    Very well combination with roasted chicken. BTW, what office is yours can do all these? No need to work ka?

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    1. "Phooi Fook" u all. We the most also cook porridge and sandwiches only. I heard last time, my office got steamboat too. But now totally forbidden to do all of it.

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    2. I like your pasta. Simple and is so tempting with the light tomatoes dressing on top the pasta. Yes, it is definitely taste good with bacon right? I love it too. But your office got Mr/Mrs/Ms Mah right? better be halal. As we enjoy we take care of the rest as well.

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    3. My idea: I will try to make smashed potatoes instead of pasta. What you think? Your Christmas Lunch Menu also very good ady. Keep it up Chef SK!

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    4. hehehe, of course need to work lah, but can also manage to cook lor.. put the stuffs into the oven and steamer, then go back to work while waiting for the food to cook mah.. oh, we can cook non-halal in office since there is just a few of us oink-oink lovers~~ :p

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  6. Photo #3 - Cucumber dirzzled with sesame mayo
    Jump happily sand said: I love this very much. My son's fav too. Actually is my family fav salad. Simple, refeshing and nice. I did the same thing like you.

    Choose Japanese cucumber (like yours) is more crunchy. Furthermore I do peeled the cucumber like your method too. So ngam geh!... That sesame mayo is from Kewpie right? I have a big bottle keep inside the fridge always.

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    1. This Kewpie sesame mayo not only can use for salad, can be as a dipping sauce too. Fried chicken like chicken "karaage: drizzle a bit of the sauce on top... Yumz... Hungry now!

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    2. Usually I will keep the Japanese cucumber inside the fridge, so when peeling that time, the cucumber is more firm, harden and easy to peel.

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    3. yeah, i like the cucumber peeled that way, feels more crunchy hor?? and yes, the Kewpie sesame mayo lor, what else?? haha~~ :P

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  7. Nice, esp the green veg. You did all that with the steamer?

    All I know is... if a guy can whip up food like that, he will surely never go 'hungwee'. Good job!

    Merry Xmas and A Happy New Year!

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    1. of course not the steamer!! can you roast a chicken using steamer?? hahaha.. chicken into the toaster over, pasta into the microwave, that's it, i never go "hungwee" in office :p

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  8. Wahhhh...can finish or not?? A lot there wor... not bad, huh.. nice dishes all done in the office some more.. the aroma must be torturing for some who couldn't get to eat... hahahaa... Now I am pretty hungry.. waiting for my fren to get me nasi lemak!!

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    1. that's for two person lah, hehe!! actually not a lot also lah, the chicken so small only, macam one KFC meal portion only mah, hehe~~

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  9. Whoah! All those 3 dishes cooked in the office. I am very impressed! It looks good, you have proteins, pasta and vegetables. I would say that it is a very healthy and balanced meal. Thumbs up!

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    1. Your roasted chicken looks good leh. Yes, two days marination will give you the best infusion of flavours. In my case I very kiasi, scared that if I marinate too long, the chicken will go bad (no lah, it won't). I usually marinate overnight because I don't have two days to do it. What marinade did you use?

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    2. If you want the chicken skin to be crispy, you need to rub the chicken with some oil. Cooking oil, olive oil or any vegetable oil. Then you roast the chicken skin side down first. At half time (agak-agak) flip and roast it skin side up. The skin will become crispy but of course not as crispy as fried chicken.

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    3. I see that you also have roasted vegetables. Roasting the vegetables together with the chicken is very practical and the juices from the chicken will flavor the veggies.

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    4. Your pasta looks very attractive. It's the tri-color fusilli pasta which I like in pasta salads. Addition of the diced tomatoes, olive oil and mixed herbs makes it taste very good. Bacon would make it very sinful and so delicious! Next time, don't forget the bacon.

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    5. Was that the Kewpie roasted sesame dressing? I love that dressing a lot. Can really sapu a lot of salads with that dressing. Using the peeler to slice the cucumbers like that is very convenient and I agree that it actually looks nice. You can do that with carrots too. When I saw the first photo, I thought it was leeks hah..hah..

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    6. I see that you are really good in coming up with meals that can be whipped up in the office pantry using the toaster oven/microwave/steamer. Very inspiring lah. If someone like you can do all this in the office pantry, I don't see why anyone can't do it in their home kitchen.

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    7. Well, what can I say? Your three dishes - roasted chicken with vegetables, pasta and cucumber salad does look like a festive meal fit for Christmas. I bet that was a very satisfying lunch for you.

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    8. Phong Hong. Thanks for sharing your tips here...

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    9. i got soy sauce, olive oil, salt, pepper and sugar in the pantry, so just hantam all to marinate the chicken lor.. i also put in one small onion, and then i went back into the trash bag i was about to throw away the orange i just squashed the juice.. picked one and took the orange peel and threw them in, in the fridge and let it set for two days, muahahahaha!!

      yes, that's the Kewpie sesame dressing, what else?? it's convenient and also nice to go with almost any kind of salad, must have one standby in the fridge mah, agree?? hahahaha.. thanks for the tips for the crispy skin, i will try to do that next time.. :)

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  10. Ok ma.. I think you are eating better than some do in restaurants! I like the peeled cucumber idea. Merry Christmas to you!

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    1. yeah, i like the cucumber that way leh, feels more crunchy woh..

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  11. wah, whoever sit near the pantry will smell the aroma of your food everyday when lunch time, LOL

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    1. no need to sit near also lah, the whole office even office next door also can smell already :D

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  12. Oh wow! Those food certainly looked good. I don't think I'm able to dish all those out in my complete kitchen >_<

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    1. you can one, just that you are lazy only~~ :p

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  13. Before i forget, SK, Merry Christmas...

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    1. hope you had a great Christmas celebration :)

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  14. I loves your Little Christmas lunch, you can cook better than me...

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    1. hehehe, nice looking only i am willing to share here mah, else fast fast eat into stomach and don't bother to take photos :D

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  15. YEngga Porrreng Ngeh Thambee! You celebrate Deepavali, Chinese New Year and now Merry Little Christmas too! You are so muhibbah nowadays.

    So you ate all the whole roast chicken by yourself. Where is mine Thambee??!! Tsk! Tsk!
    I read all the long winded comments and only one suggested honey coatings which is the best solution. Let me share with you what the chefs learnt from Europeans when presenting their annual roast turkeys or roasted chicken with thin crisp layer skins. They have a bottle which is called "Honey Spray". That is the trick.

    I saw this in my Swedish in-law's kitchen.

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    1. ooh, so Santa Anay is going to steal a can of that "honey spray" from your in-law's kitchen and then give it to Thambee as Christmas present ke?? hehehehe~~ :p

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  16. Sure looks good!

    Quite a nice variety and a balanced meal some more.

    *thumbs up*

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    1. yeah, only nice baru i am blogging here mah.. if doesn't look nice, don't even bother to take photos :D

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  17. SK sure is rajin and eating healthily to boot...

    I just enjoyed a Kg Attap kari kepala ikan instead today. :)

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    1. haha, just once in a bluemoon lah.. i just didn't blog about my unhealthy food :p

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  18. 好有創意,搞到我都好想食!

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    1. 都係啲簡單普通嘢, 何時来創意呢?? :p

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    2. 因爲平淡是最浪漫

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  19. what an early Christmas lunch haha... maybe you can initiate even a small Christmas party with your colleagues too to make that lunch even merrier... oh by the way.. that lunch is way too healthy compare to our typical Christmas lunch and dinner haha

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    1. i would rather go to a party than throwing a party, you know all the preparations, coordinations and worst the aftermaths, hahaha.. :p

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  20. You are speaking opposite right? In a small pantry, you can do magic to turn out so much food, you want to say very little only, no lah! Not true. So much food, your colleagues must give you the award of pantry cooking king!

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    1. haha, when comes to blogging, i guess everyone just post something they think nice right?? if not nice, then don't even bother to take photo also lah, muahahaha!! award of pantry cooking?? that's a nice idea huh?? :p

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  21. I like the way you peel the cucumber. It really looks good. I was wondering what it was.

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    1. So nice you can cook so well. Looks delicious and nutritious even though it's rather simple.

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    2. yeah, i think the cucumber actually taste crunchier that way.. yeah, just something simple to make the day :)

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  22. Yum yum the roast chicken looks good, and also I received your Christmas Card, thanks a lot

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  23. I believe you are still cooking in the office as you mentioned you disliked going out to eat under the hot sun and traffic jam, which took a lot of your time away. And, moreover, I also remember you saying the price of the food like economic rice hike up. I guess the food that you cooked are even much better than those sold outside, unless it's restaurant or Michelin standard...hahaha.

    Wah, I envy your colleagues! They always have home-cooked and healthy food to eat. Though, in the past, the food is simple but I guess health-conscious fellas especially ladies wouldn't mind.After all, they don't eat a lot!

    And, this time round, it's more adventurous where you have a roasted chicken and marinated for 2 days! Must be very nicely done!

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  24. I can see the chicken looks good, though it's dark. Your picture didn't do justice to it. LOL. And, I like the idea that it is marinated for two days. Wow...imagine how flavorful it is! But then, would it too salty ? Aiya... a bit wasted. You should get a turkey and marinate it for two days, that sounds better right? Furthermore, it' Christmas time!

    Hmm...I am no expert in cooking, but I guess the chef bloggers should be able to answer you else you send an email to the finger licking good fellas. hahahha

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  25. The pasta looks good too! Anyway, the portion is a bit too small for you or you purposely not to consume too much carbo? Again, you should brightens your photo a bit as it looks dark. Did you add some olive oil to it?

    Yeah, a bit wasted that you forgot to add in the extra ingredients like bacon to make it taste better. Well, it's always like that when you are cooking on the fly, unless you follow a strict recipe. Maybe next time?

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    1. And don't forgot the ham too! Bacon and ham alway coms together in pasta! :)

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  26. And,finally some cucumber slices too! It must be very smooth and soft , from the way I look at it. How about the broccoli and small tomatoes that are missing from your meals this time round? hahha...

    Anyway, the thin long slices cucumber doesn't look like cucumbers to me but rather some other veggies from the market. Probably it's long and in thin slices which looks like another type of veggies.

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  27. All in all, well done and keep up honing your culinary skills. Who knows, you will start to blog about cooking in the future as times goes by. And, your colleagues are the fortunate ones who can enjoy the healthy, simple but tasty meals!

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  28. Yea, definitely not bad at all la your lunch. The whole portion is for yourself alone? No la just think it's a bit too much, haha! But all seems to be very healthy so never mind la!

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  29. Good afternoon SK

    Ho ho ho A Merry Little Christmas Lunch? Very festive wor. LOL

    Too much of steaming tarak syok also. A friend just gave e a mini steamer cum rice cooker for christmas. WIll use it soon.

    Now graduated to roasting chicken in the office liao. Tabik Tuan!

    Pretty soon can roast pork and make BBQ pork lor. Hmmm ...actually those two are more or less the same kungfu as the roast chicken leh.

    Wei...like that you birthday i kasi you a herb garden la.Then you can put rosemary and etc lo into your roast meat LOL

    your unidentifiedable dark stuffs looks better than some of those so call western restaurant punya stuffs leh.

    what? Marinated for 2 days...lol...errr....paiseh...i wont laugh at you la as i did that too...5 days but in the freezer la. Coz after chopping everything i sumbat into freezer. When I wanna make roast chicken , just bring out , defrost and add some Olive oil then roast in the oven lo.

    skin crispy ah...err....not sure...garam or oil kot? the ones i make the skin quite crispy...till j sapu all the skin...adui...this budak ah...

    aiyak...lupa bacon in the pasta...err...too bad...next time must remember ah.

    Interesting idea on making the cucumber like keoy teow. I wonder if you rendam the slices in salt water for a few minute might it not make it more crunchy to taste?

    thanks for the idea on the cucumber. I can try this to make "noodle" for J to eat hahaha

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  30. you think they taste good only? you eat and they taste good or not?

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  31. you should look for three tier electric lunch box... can boil soup within 30 minutes and for one person portion. Nice to use

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  32. you eat really little for lunch... diet?

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  33. small kucing write such a long comment~~!!! OMG, i hope you don't throw away my comment... short but with heart one la

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  34. or at least give me an award: SNNC Award... guess the name right and I will give you a gift... serious! you know how to claim from me... hahahah...

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