Sunday, March 31, 2013

Cari Makan @ Serdang - 瓦堡老鼠粉



33, Jalan SR 8/4,
Taman Putra Indah,
Serdang Raya,


Business hour :
10:30am – 2:30pm
5:30pm – 10:30pm
close on every alternate Mondays.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Dabai - A Folklore Freeze-Storing Technique

Dabai ( Canarium odontophyllum ) is an exotic fruit indigenous to Sarawak.  It is normally consumed as vegetable, occasionally made into cakes.

Dabai is a seasonal fruit, available at the same time as the durians.     It is pre-soaked in warm water to softened it before consuming with some soy sauce and sugar.  It’s a bit creamy, some describe it as similar to avocados.  An acquired taste, I may put it, not everyone would enjoy it.   Yet, it is still a well received fruit-vegetable among Sarawakians.

However, dabai is a highly perishable produce.  It cannot be stored for long after harvest.  Once soaked, it must be consumed immediately.   So, it is very hard to acquire during off-seasons.

One day, in Miri’s Aunt Hong new house, I learned that there is a folklore technique to store the dabai fruits.   The fruits are kept in the freezer, without being pre-washed.  When required, wash and put the dabai in room temperature to defrost.  Once its defrosted, just add in soy sauce and sugar to marinate.  Soaking in warm water not required, as the freezing will damage the plant cell membranes, resulting of the dabai fruits to softened. 

Apparently, the freezing burst the plant cells as moisture will slightly expand when reaches temperature of approximately 4°C.   When water almost reaches the freezing point, it expand by approximately 9%.  Damages on cell wall means softening of tissue.      

However, the freezing method requires more proper study.


Friday, March 1, 2013

香椿 Chinese Toon

香椿 ( Toona sinensis ),又名香椿芽、香椿、香樁頭、大紅椿樹、Chinese MahoganyChinese ToonRed Toonsuren (Malay) 等。根有二層皮又稱椿白皮,原產於中国。

成语 é椿萱并茂û 中的椿和萱指的是香椿和萱草 ( Hermerocallis fulva ),分別代称父亲和母亲,因为香椿寿命很长,而象征母亲的萱草可以使人忘忧,因此成语的意思是父母均健在、安康。


香椿叶屬于健康食品,民间自古就流傳 “食用香椿,不染杂病” 的說法,根、皮、叶、花和果实均可入药。近期西方醫學研究發現有抗氧化效果。

不过香椿叶的亚硝酸盐 ( nitrite ) 含量較高,须用沸水焯一焯、或煮一煮,方可安全食用。香椿叶长时间存放後,亚硝酸盐含量也會上升,因此不宜过久存放。