When you crave for authentic northern Peranakan style cooking, come to Mama, says blogger Kelvin Wong. THERE are certain hidden gems of good food around the Atria Shopping Centre area in Damansara Jaya, Selangor. One of it is Mama Restaurant, writes blogger Kelvin Wong.
“This quaint little place will certainly fire up your taste buds with its tantalising northern Nyonya specialities.
“The Ikan Assam Pedas, or, in Peranakan households, Ikan Garam Assam, is a must-have to go with plain and hot rice. Beware as it is guaranteed to be fiery and sour, just the way we like it. The lady’s fingers is a perfect complement as it creates a beautiful contrast to the colours and presentation of the popular northern concoction.
“The Otak-Otak, though it can be easily found in the peninsula, is actually quite different from its southern counterparts. The northern version stresses on the thick coconut milk and the fragrance that permeates with the aid of the daun kaduk, kaffir lime leaves and the banana leaf casing. It is also a very spicy dish.
“The Perut Ikan is not a concoction that everyone may know about. True to northern Nyonya style, a mixture of wild leaves being sliced till fine is matched with “perut ikan”, giving a wonderful tasting spicy concoction that is quite refreshing and nice. However, this dish may not be for everyone. It is an acquired taste.
“Something quite different from the spicy meal is the Fried Bean Sprouts with Salted Fish, which is also quite nice as it is crunchy and for non-spicy foodies, a God-sent dish which allows you to skip plain rice for dinner!
“The Kari Kapitan is another classic wholesome curry that is cooked Nyonya-style which has a heavy emphasis on the lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves and the thickness of the red and yellow gravy. This dish is unique as it has a ‘bread-like’ taste that has a good effect with the plain rice, and the chicken is soft and tender.
“One would not miss Inche Kabin when visiting Penang as the northern style of fried chicken gives off a spice-like aroma that delights everyone. The meat itself is tender and juicy and fried to perfection. Children will certainly enjoy this dish.
“After a hot Peranakan meal, it’s time to cool down with the delicious Fried Ice Cream and the mouth-watering Pengat Pisang. These desserts are a great way to round off the fiery meal.
“Do come and visit this place when you crave for authentic northern Peranakan style cooking. Its home-style cooking will also bring back sweet childhood memories.”
Good Friday marks the end of the 40-day period of fasting and renunciation during Lent, which recalls the days of penance Jesus spent in the desert. After this period, Jesus returned to Jerusalem, and was welcomed as the King of the Jews.The wholehearted acceptance of Jesus by the people made the rulers fear that they would lose the people’s loyalty, and prompted them to plot against Jesus. With the help of Judas, who betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver, Jesus was arrested for treason and condemned to be crucified. This happened on Maundy Thursday, a day before Good Friday. The next day, Good Friday, is the darkest day in Christianity. Jesus was made to carry the cross on which he was later crucified. Jesus, by his act of forgiving and praying for even those who were responsible for his death, won a victory for good over evil.
The message of Good Friday is that the dictum of “an eye for an eye” cannot work. The way to conquer evil is through good. Similarly, violence can be overcome only by non-violence, and hatred by love.
The entire day is given to fasting and prayer, as a way of following the example of Jesus, who stressed the role of prayer in the struggle to conquer evil. Some churches concentrate less on prayers, and instead encourage the people to become involved in charitable deeds.
The service consists of prayers and readings from the Bible. In many churches, a piece of wood in the shape of the cross is kept. People pray before the cross and kiss it.
Jesus is believed to have died on the Cross at three in the afternoon. The traditional service lasts for three hours from noon. But over the years, it has been shifted ahead or behind the original schedule by a few hours, for the sake of convenience.
The service lasts through the three hours during which Jesus suffered on the cross. It involves sermons, meditation sessions, and readings from the gospels. A communion service is held at midnight.
In some churches, mourners wear black and enact the Passion of Christ – scenes of Christ’s crucifixion and burial. Many churches cover the cross and the altar with mourning black, and do not light any candles. At other churches, candles are lit, but they are extinguished one by one, with the last one being put out at the moment denoting Jesus’ death. The church bells are not rung on Good Friday.
Catholic churches follow the tradition of the Stations of the Cross. People pass before paintings depicting the important scenes of the last hours of Jesus’ life, reciting prayers and singing hymns.
But the crucifixion also looks forward to Jesus’ resurrection. So, the sorrow of Good Friday is tempered by the expectation and hope offered by Easter Sunday.
I came across some nice quotes from http://www.inspirationpeak.com and thought it’s a good idea to share with you folks. Here you are :-
Whatever you fear most has no power;
it is your fear that has the power.
American Talk Show Host and Actress
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
– Frank Herbert
What I focus on in life is what I get. And if I concentrate on how bad I am or how wrong I am or how inadequate I am, if I concentrate on what I can’t do and how there’s not enough time in which to do it, isn’t that what I get every time? And when I think about how powerful I am, and when I think about what I have left to contribute, and when I think about the difference I can make on this planet, then that’s what I get. You see, I recognize that it’s not what happens to you; it’s what you do about it.
Inspirational Author and Speaker
You are goodness and mercy and compassion and understanding. You are peace and joy and light. You are forgiveness and patience, strength and courage, a helper in time of need, a comforter in time of sorrow, a healer in time of injury, a teacher in times of confusion. You are the deepest wisdom and the highest truth; the greatest peace and the grandest love. You are these things. And in moments of your life you have known yourself as these things. Choose now to know yourself as these things always.
Neale Donald Walsch
American Author and Teacher
Giving is the highest expression of potency. In the very act of giving, I experience my strength, my wealth, my power. This experience of heightened vitality and potency fills me with joy. I experience myself as overflowing, spending, alive, hence as joyous. Giving is more joyous than receiving, not because it is a deprivation, but because in the act of giving lies the expression of my aliveness.
Erich Fromm, 1900-1980
German Philosopher and Social Psychologist
There are opportunities all around you. If the door of opportunity appears closed, you must knock on it, and keep on knocking until it opens.
Don’t duck the most difficult problems. That just ensures that the hardest part will be left when you are most tired. Get the big one done – it’s downhill from then on.
Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, 1898-1993
Live life fully while you’re here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You’re going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Don’t try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human.