Celebrating Hari Raya Aidilfitri with Ayam Masak Merah Recipe

Since Hari Raya Aidilfitri is around the corner, I decided to dish out a Malay cuisine Ayam Masak Merah (Spicy Tomato Chicken) for dinner with my dad.

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A bowl of Jasmine fragrance rice topped with fried egg, stir-fry french beans and Ayam Masak Merah! I am salivating again!

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I spent about 2 hours dishing this meal, not much of skill required. Patient is always the key to successful cooking.

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Getting the spice paste ready!

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Fry the onion, garlic and ginger until it’s soft and translucent.

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Add more tomatoes to your like!

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These juicy chicken meats are ready to be coated with the spice sauce!

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Add in the secret ingredient Lingham Sweet and Spicy Sauce to elevate the flavour of the entire dish!

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The last step, coconut milk to thicken up the sauce and creamy-ness flavour!

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Ingredients (2-4 servings):

1/2 fresh chicken, marinate with salt and pepper
1 white onion, sliced
3 cloves of garlic, sliced
2″ ginger, sliced
1 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon Lingham Sweet and Spicy Sauce
200 ml water
40 ml coconut milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar

Spice Paste
2 white onion
3 red onion
3 cloves of garlic
2″ ginger sliced
2″ galangal sliced
1 stalks lemongrass, white parts only, thinly sliced
10-15 dried chillies (soak in hot water for 5 minutes)

Directions:

1. Heat a wide non stick pan over medium heat, add in enough oil and sear the chicken skin side down and sear for 3-4 minutes each side. Set aside.
2. Place all the ingredients for the spice paste in a blender, add just enough water and blend until smooth.
3. In the same pan, over medium high heat, fry the sliced onion, garlic and ginger, star anise and cinnamon stick until soft.
4. Add the spice paste and Lingham sweet and spicy sauce in and fry for 5-10 minutes.
5. Add the chicken and stir so the sauce coats the chicken. Add the tomato and water, bring the sauce to a boil. Once boiled, stir in the sugar and salt. Turn the heat to low and simmer covered for 10-15 minutes.
6. Add the coconut milk and stir until incorporated.
7. Bon appetite!

The 5 Ways to Improve Your Cholesterol Level

As I have mentioned in my previous post about Cholesterol level, high cholesterol will increase the risk of heart disease and heart attack. It is crucial for all of us that prevention is better than cure. Even you are currently on medication, these methods would help to lower your cholesterol level too.

1. Food

All of us couldn’t resist the yummy delicacies in Malaysia, however making changes in our diet could improve our health and reducing the cholesterol level.

Oats is well known for lowering cholesterol level but the tedious process of getting it down just kinda – no to me. However, with the recently launched Nestlé Omega Plus® Milk with Oats, Nestlé has make it easy for you and me. I have no more excuse to escape from taking Oats.

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Some studies have shown that oats, when combined with other cholesterol-lowering foods, can have a big effect on cholesterol level. Nestlé Omega Plus® Milk with Oats combines both the Acticol®, plant sterols and Beta-glucan effectively battle down the cholesterol level.

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Honestly, I am not an oat person. However I am falling for this oat milk drink. Surprisingly it tasted yummy for me and it makes a healthy and filling breakfast. As I have gastric and acid reflux problem, I don’t have the luxury of delaying my meal time. Every morning before I walk my dog around the neighbourhood, I just pour hot water and the Nestlé Omega Plus® Milk with Oats from the convenient sachets into a cup, stirred; I’m good to go.

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As most of us are busy working adults, this would be a great way in managing our cholesterol level effectively by drinking two sachets a day. I kept some in my office so I would able to drink it if I am hungry to tea-hours.

2. Exercise

I remember that the consultants been telling me exercise is able to improve my cholesterol level. With moderate physical activity, it would help to raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. So, work up to at least 30 minutes of exercise a day and it also help us to lose weight.

Exercising alone is boring, thus walking/jogging with Warrior is always my favourite activity.

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3. Quit smoking

Yes, smoking does contribute to high cholesterol level. So stop smoking and make a difference. Within 20 minutes of quitting, your blood pressure and heart rate decrease. Within one year, your risk of heart disease is half that of a smoker. Within 15 years, your risk of heart disease is similar to someone who never smoked.

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4. Lose weight

If your body weight is hitting high, try losing as little as 5 to 10 percent of you body weight. It would definitely improve your cholesterol levels. Start by eating healthy and exercise to challenge the weight loss.

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I would always take the stairs instead of elevator whenever I work in the head quarters.

5. Cut down alcohol consumption

The consumption of alcohol has been linked with higher levels of HDL cholesterol. Too much alcohol can lead to serious health problems including high blood pressure, heart failure or even stroke. So cut down your alcohol consumption or drink in moderation.

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Boosting Heart Health with Nestlé Omega Plus® Milk with Oats

At my age (I’m 26 this year), cholesterol level have never come across my mind when I feast on my favourite Malaysian delicacies. Some times I will just take granted on the exercises I have done in the week for eating more yummy food such as nasi lemak etc. However, I’m shock to know that the fact that Malaysians suffering from hypercholesterolaemia had increased drastically over the years. We are talking about one out of three Malaysians suffering from it.

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I’m at the launch of Nestlé Omega Plus® Milk with Oats, a healthy yet tasty beverage to boost our heart health on last Tuesday.

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As we know, the food link to high blood cholesterol is well known. The higher the intake of fatty food, the higher the cholesterol levels in our body. We need to ensure that HDL cholesterol levels stay high, and LDL cholesterol levels stay low, relative to each other to stay healthy. LDL cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease. As such, it is the main focus of cholesterol-lowering treatment.

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Nestlé has came out with the Nestlé Omega Plus® Milk with Oats; the first-in-market combined action of two naturally-derived cholesterol-lowering ingredients, Acticol ® and Beta-glucan launched by Malaysia’s heart health advocator, Nestlé Omega Plus®. Only Nestlé Omega Plus® Milk with Oats has Acticol® which is naturally derived from plant sterols, that have been scientifically proven to block cholesterol from entering the bloodstream. It works simultaneously with Beta-glucan from oats that binds with cholesterol in the gut and removes it from the body. This dual-action of blocking and removing cholesterol helps to manage cholesterol levels more effectively, compared to the consumption of oats alone1.

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Model, Cher Siew Wei, Corporate Wellness Manager, Khoo Kar Khoon, Communication Director, Ng Su Yen, Business Executive Manager, Milks, Chew Soi Ping, Executive Director, Sales, Chris Chan, Consumer Marketing Manager, Alesha Mah, Brand Manager, Evelyn Yoong, Innovation and Renovation Manager, Model

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I understand that preventative heart care is not a top-of-mind consideration for most Malaysian adults, as heart disease is usually perceived as an illness that affects the elderly2. However, research has proven otherwise, showing that Malaysians in their thirties have arteries akin to those in their seventies due to their lifestyles. It is important for us to prevent the illness attacking us.

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Malaysians are succumbing to heart disease at a younger age. We are able to obtain a consistent and pro-active solution to power up a holistic heart health management routine with the Nestlé Omega Plus® Milk with Oats. We kneel down the bad cholesterol and stay free from the heart disease.

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Apart from taking the Nestlé Omega Plus® Milk with Oats, it is alsoimportant to maintain regular exercise habit to bring down the cholesterol levels. But for the busy (or rather lazy) people out there, Nestlé is here to help Malaysians make effortless adjustments to their everyday routines for better overall health.

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Checking my cholesterol level and glad it’s within the healthy range. *phew*

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With Gary Yap

Nestlé Omega Plus® Milk with Oats comes in convenient single serve sachets – consuming the recommended two servings per day becomes effortless as you can slip the sachets into your work or gym bag and have it anytime of the day. Simply add 200ml of hot water and stir and you are ready to go with the power of two cholesterol reducing ingredients to enable you to live life to the fullest!

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Nestlé Omega Plus® Milk with Oats is available from May 2016 at all hypermarkets and supermarkets for RM 19.98 (10 sachets x 42g in one pouch). Head over to your nearest AEON, AEON BIG, GIANT, TESCO, ECONSAVE and MYDIN outlets to kick start your heart health today.

Ceviche Recipe with a Modern Twist

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I guess not much people have heard about the Ceviche, a Peruvian dish made from fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices. According to some historic sources from Peru, ceviche would have originated among the Moche, a coastal civilization that began to flourish in the area of current-day northern Peru nearly 2000 years ago.

The traditional ceviche calls semi-firm white-fleshed ocean fish like sea bass, striped bass, grouper, sole or flounder. However, I decided to twist the recipe by using salmon and butterfish fillet.

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Since Top Catch Fisheries is nearby my place, I got my salmon and butterfish from them in the morning to ensure my civeche is fresh and good.

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Ceviche is rather easy to make and can be prepared as a meal or as a fabulous appetizer for your party. Ceviche can be quite beautiful on a serving platter.

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Ingredients (2 servings):

330gm fresh, skinless salmon and butter fish fillets, cut into 1/2-inch dice
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
300gm diced cherry tomatoes, cut into 1/4 inch dice
50gm pitted black olives, finely chopped
90gm feta cheese cubes
1 small red onion, chopped
2 chilli, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons diced red bell pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon Lingham Extra Hot Chilli Sauce
salt and pepper to taste
Directions:

1. In a medium bowl, combine fish and 2 tablespoon each of lime and lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate at least half an hour to 3, stirring occasionally.
2. Drain the fish in a colander, discarding juices and place it in a large bowl.
3. Add in the diced cherry tomatoes, black olives, red onion, feta cheese, chopped cilantro, diced red bell pepper, minced chili and mix it evenly.
4. Mix in the olive oil, remaining lime and lemon juice, Lingham Extra Hot Chilli Sauce, salt, pepper and toss it.
5. Serve it in a whisky glass and decorate with mint leaves.
6. Bon appetite!

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The Thinnest Condom Is Now Available in Malaysia – Sagami Original 0.02

Good news to the boys and mens out there, the thinnest condom is now available on sale in Malaysia. Okay, calm yourself down a little and witness the launch together with me below 😉

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Last Thursday was the launch of Sagami Original 0.02, the thinnest condom available in Malaysia at PLAY Club. Japanese condoms are the top notch in the industry, many of my friends actually imported them back from Japan for their usage. If you are one of them, now you can access to it so easily.

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Do you know that the brand Sagami, was founded in 1934, way back to our grandparents era. They are the first condom manufacturer in Japan and also the first condom manufacturer in the world to release coloured and dotted condoms. In 2004, Sagami has developed the Sagami Original 0.02, a polyurethane condom at just 0.024mm thick. Of course, it has instantly became the best selling condom in Japan. *you must be thinking they should have come to Malaysia earlier right?*

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Why Sagami Original 0.02 is the hit in the condom industry? Apart from the material used, which is safe for those who are allergic to latex, the Sagami Original 0.02 is 3 times stronger in pressure test and 2 times better in tensile strength test. In lay man terms, it simply means it wont break easily. Oh ya, forget about the expiry date since they can be actually stored for 5 years! I believe you finish it way faster than that 😛

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I always hear about the thinner the better for condom, but why?  It actually provides a more real feel experience, more sensitive and thus increasing the sexual pleasure to both the men and women. The Sagami Original 0.02 is exclusively available at selected Watsons stores nationwide only as well as Watsons Online Store.

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Emcee for the night – Miss Cay Kujipers

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Cheers to the MOET champagne party for the night!

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Drums performance for the night!

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One of my friend who used to study in Japan told me that during the schooling days they actually bought Sagami Original 0.02, pack it individually and sell them in the clubs to earn extra income. Sagami original is as if colgate when you think of tooth paste brand in Japan.

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Let’s share on what are the brands of condom you have tried  and whats the differences.  You got to grab the Sagami Original 0.02 from the nearest Watsons Store and try it out yourself. To give you a better impression how thin this really is, an average thickness of a human hair which is 0.06mm while the Sagami Original 0.02 is a third of the thickness of a human hair. Not to mention it is also more than twice as thin as the standard latex ultra-thin condom (eg. Durex Sensi-Thin, which is 0.048 mm). Try it out and share your experience here 😉 Enjoy safe and pleasure sex guys!