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Monday, February 28, 2011

Harumanis vs Sala.

A week ago, I was in Kuala Lumpur and Shah Alam. I had a few feedbacks from my friends about the Perlis mangoes.. This is something that makes Perlis's citizens irritated...
It's about the Harumanis. They are selling "Harumanis" mangoes in KL, Shah Alam and Kelang at RM8.00 per kilo. It was not the Harumanis that they were selling !!! It was the Sala mangoes !!!And, the public easily got cheated....
Let me explain here.
 the Harumanis mango..
the Harumanis being sold in April and May only..
the edible flesh of the Harumanis..
The Harumanis is a seasonal fruit. This fruit is only available in April and May each year.. You cannot find Harumanis mangoes at any other time of the year, except April and May. Not yet though... It's got to do with the climate and the correct timing of the year. Unless, some R&D is done to change it to an all year round fruit...
The fruit is fairly rounded and is usually about 10 to 12 cm in length. The fruit is graded into A, B or C. An A grade fruit can weigh to about 400gm each. The skin of the fruit is always green whether it is ripe or not. The edible flesh is yellow to orange in colour. And one special feature is that: it has a sweet smell. Yes, sweet smell.. That's why it is called the Harumanis - Harum (smell) and Manis (sweet).
Harumanis mangoes are best eaten with glutinous rice. It is the local delicacy. It is best eaten when it is ripe, and is very fleshy. It is very sweet. A kilogram of the Harumanis costs between RM6.00 to RM12.00 depending on the grade.
The Harumanis is rare. It is only found in Perlis. That makes it so special.... Last year, it was exported to Japan. It was sold at RM100 per kilogram in the Japanese market.

Now, the Sala mangoes can be found all year round. The Sala mangoes is not seasonal. The fruit is quite long in length compared to the Harumanis. Normally, the Sala mango is about 12 to 15 cm long and it is NOT rounded in shape. It is green when unripe and somewhat yellowish green when ripe. It is sour. The ripe fruits are also sour in taste.
The Sala when half ripe - the best time to eat it...
The Sala mangoes are best eaten when unripe or half ripe. Usually it is sold when unripe. Local citizens usually eat the Sala mangoes with the locally made "garam belacan". The Sala is also suitable to make "rojak". The Sala is also suitable to make the "kerabu mempelam", a local favourite dish.
A kilogram of the Sala mangoes cost a mere RM2.00 to RM3.00. When there are plenty in the market, it can go down to RM1.20 a kilogram. It CANNOT go beyond RM4.00 a kilo.

So, Malaysians...don't get cheated !!
Have a nice day....

Sunday, February 27, 2011

SATUN International Kite Festival 2011.


What was supposed to be a lunch treat to my best friend, Ed, in Satun, Thailand, turned out to be something grand... We didn't know that an international occasion was going on in Satun..., the International Kite Festival 2011..

We took off late because another friend, Ustaz Bob, couldn't make the trip.. So, we left Kangar at 10.45am. Reached the border town of Wang Kelian at 11.15am. There was this Sunday market at Wang Kelian, where the border is open to all citizens of Malaysia and Thailand from 7.00am till 6.00pm. It took sometime to have our travel documents processed..
I took some photos.
 Ed busy walking up and down to get the travel documents approved..
long queue..
passport registration...
got it on video...
carry your passport around...
Wang Kelian Sunday Market..
The Sunday Market goes on for about a kilometer from the border.
Loads of buses ferrying the Thais to the border..
We headed for Satun at 1.30pm. Reached Satun town at 2.00pm. We went straight to the Jetty Point to have our lunch there. There was not much of a choice at the food court. We just took a simple lunch...
 Satun's Jetty Point @ Port...
Map of the Province of Satun...
simple lunch..
my buddy, Ed...
met this guy in Satun....
the Jetty @ Port...
Ferries from Langkawi, Kuala Perlis, Penang and Andaman Island..

We then headed to Satun town...and we came across the International Kite Festival. Wow...it was grand !!!
We spent some time there, watching the different types of kites from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and several other Asian countries...
Satun town...
 Venue of the Kite Festival..
 From a distance..
 international kites....
 this is really, really big....
We went back at 5.00pm, assuming the border would be closed at 6.00pm. It turned out to be at 7.00pm Malaysian time (6.00pm Thailand's time).
We stopped at Beseri, in Perlis for capati and teh tarik. We met Ustaz Bob there, in Beseri... What a coincidence...
 Two pieces of Capati and Teh Tarik...
That's BOB....he's quite dark...
well..., maybe I forgot to put on the camera's flash..

Reached Kangar at 7.15pm...

Have a nice day...

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Simple Lunch at Home...


After lots of traveling and busy with work most of the time..., I finally had some home cooking for lunch today..
The menu: simple...
1. Daging masak merah - beef fried with tomato sauce, chilly sauce, oyster sauce and some other small ingredients.
2. Udang masak padprit - prawns fried with vegetables mixed with herbs such as lemon grass, plus tomato and chilly sauce.
3. Kerabu mempelam sala - Sala mangoes mixed with onion, small green chillies and dried shrimps.
4. Sambal mempelam bemban - an appetizer mixed with belacan.
5. Ulam - fresh edible leaves/shoots.

All of the above eaten with white rice....
How nice..

Have a nice day....

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The ETS and The Sinaran Utara Express Train....


Ever taken the ETS ? The Electric Train Service...
I did. From Kuala Lumpur Sentral to Ipoh. I purposely took the train service after the gathering with my schoolmates in Putrajaya and the Tea Party with the Prime Minister...
The ETS is very comfortable and very efficient... I took the 8.30am ETS. The train left Kuala Lumpur Sentral at 8.30am sharp and reached Ipoh on time..., such that I could take the Sinaran Utara Express train from Ipoh to Butterworth on time.
With all the modern facilities on board, the journey was just over two hours. It used to take over 4 hours during my school days in 1974, traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh...
See these photos:
my ticket..
 the ETS coach..., from outside.
 the coach..., inside..
 I thought I saw this guy somewhere....
 my snack on the ETS.., tuna bun..
 the double track railway system....
 the speed of the train is made known on the LCD screen....
 passed through my village in Batu Gajah..
 Reached Ipoh on time...
enough time to catch the Sinaran Utara Express train to Butterworth.
 arrival of the Sinaran Utara Express..., 10 minutes late.
my ticket to Butterworth..
 Stopped several times to give way to south bound trains..
 noodles for lunch on the train...
antique railway station on the way...
Met Dean of London on the train. He is a Chelsea fan..
 the double track system in progress along the way..
 reached my final destination at 3.45pm..., a delay of 1 hour.
the Butterworth railway station...
Memories - my SMSS classmates in 1974, at the KL railway station...

I took the CityLiner express bus from Butterworth to Kangar. It took 2 and a half hours, a distance of about 120 km... Reached safely in Kangar at 7.00pm. 
So much so for a day's experience traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Kangar....

Have a nice day....