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A Rose By Any Other Name

Create: 04/06/2017 - 21:09
Rose Tea

My awesome rose tea from that mee tarik place. I am not much of a tea drinker but it looks like some dried rose buds or rose hips were used. The spoon was to stir the little sugar added and not to eat the buds, I think. It should be labelled as rose bud drink and not rose tea. Smells as sweet.

#meetarik #rosetea #rose

That Mee Tarik Place

Create: 04/06/2017 - 21:00
That Mee Tarik Place

I saw this restaurant when looking for a budget Hotel in the Gombak and Setapak area. It is a few doors down from Ong Tak Kim Supermarket and is called the Mee Tarik Orient Palace.

It is run by a few mamak staff who dont speak much. They were upset when I wanted ice for my rose tea. I think they were afraid the flavour may not emanate from the the dried rose flower buds without hot water. They waiter couldn't express that. There goes my plans to ask him about the mee tarik.

Laksa Johor

Create: 03/08/2017 - 20:24
Laksa Johor

Here is another view of Johore Laksa as served on the table at Warong Mak Tim. That is before we cleared the garnishing and lifted the noodles to uncover it for photography. See earlier pic and post titled Women's Day Treat.

As legend has it, the then Johor ruler, Sultan Abu Bakar, also the first Malay ruler to visit Europe in 1866, instructed his royal chefs to use spaghetti instead of the traditional rice noodles. The royal recipe caught on.

Panasonic Lumix GM-1, ISO 500, f3, 1/60 sec.

Nasi Tomato Ayam Masak Merah

Create: 03/08/2017 - 20:10
Nasi Tomato Ayam Masak Merah at Mak Tim

I love tomato rice. At Warong Mak Tim, I ordered a plate of Nasi Tomato Ayam Masak Merah (with red cooked chicken). Not sure if it is of Johor origin but it is nice that they used long grain Basmati rice. Mak Tim also serves Nasi Beriani Gam and they most likely use the same long grain.

Women's Day Treat.

Create: 03/08/2017 - 19:59
Laksa Johore

It is International Women's Day and a nice woman took me out for lunch at a woman's place. When I was lamenting recently about friends letting me down when I needed help to go run errands, Elizabeth Chong, was one few empathetic people who contacted me to tell me she can help when necessary. It cheered me up greatly, on that day. Since we have not met in person, I suggested we meet up for a "trial run" in the form of a meal or drink.

WYSINWYG

Create: 03/07/2017 - 15:42
Salmon steak at Chaiwalla Banting

What you see, is not what you get. While I enjoyed my Mee Cha Long at The Chaiwalla Restaurant in Banting, Alex Wong MF ordered a salmon steak. Who can fault him? It looked so tempting on the menu (inset). What arrived looked drastically different. I think we should all call out restaurants who use pictures of meals on menus that are overwhelmingly different.

Mui Choy Kau Yoke 梅菜扣肉

Create: 02/23/2017 - 15:06
 Mui Choy Kau Yoke 梅菜扣肉

For Chinese Only.

Alex is Chinese. Thus it was not surprising his eyes light up when the boss at the restaurant suggested Mui Choy Kau Yoke (梅菜扣肉) or braised pork belly steamed with preserved mustard greens - a kind of Chinese cabbage or bok choy.

The dish will always make a Chinese drool not just because it is a delicious porky dish but because it is from an ancient recipe. People are always happy to make a connection with tradition or heritage, I think.

La La Land Again

Create: 02/23/2017 - 12:06
Lala or Clams Fried With Vermecelli

He correctly noted that the original image of Lala or clams fried with bee hoon or vermicelli from the Asus phone (on Facebook) could do with more DOF or depth of field. It was his polite and tactful way of saying it was not perfectly focused. Nice guy. :-)

I looked at the image back home on a big screen and try to figure out what went wrong. We sat at a table at edge of the restaurant, where there was too much sun spilling in. While the free lighting was appreciated, it also meant one thing.

Honey Honey - A Look At Selective Focus Selection

Create: 02/07/2017 - 13:23
Honey Honey - A Look At Selective Focus Selection

Also an opportunity to discuss a little known post-production technique for photographers.

I was using a wide angle lens and too much background was in focus. What do I do? Many may not be aware but Photoshop has a select by focus function.

You can let it choose the focus area and then use Gaussian blur to defocus a zone. Only disadvantage is that a huge image such as the 36 MP image from the A7R can be back breaking for the PC.
Sometimes the auto selection if off target and you may need to trim the depth manually.

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