Monday, February 20, 2012

No Money No Honey

There many ways to show someone gratitude and appreciation for what they have done for us. It can be expressed in a simple gesture like sending a small thank you note or a sincere compliment. The sincerity of gratitude is what gives the gesture its dignity and worth. Nowadays, we can express our thanks via social networking like Facebook, Twitter, ecards; or if you have a blog, you can express it there as well. Whatever method is used, the expression of thanks has a profound effect on the receivers when it is given sincerely. My Quay Lo is an expert in expressing gratitude and appreciation in very special ways.  Four years ago, he bought air tickets for me and my three best friends to Bangkok for a holiday. He knew all the ladies liked to shop; and in Bangkok, you not only can shop till you drop, but there are so many delicious foods to explore, especially when one is big into spicy food and desserts. In short, it all adds up to a venue for a wonderful "Hen" party.


When we arrived at our apartment in Bangkok, we were greeted with the scent of fresh flowers, a new tea set that Quay Lo had purchased, and a pantry stocked up with tea, biscuits, chocolates and my favorite tid-bits.  Some brightly colored cushions had been splashed about. There were equally colorful Thai silk shawls for us each of us to cuddle in when the sometimes difficult to control but needful air conditioning became too chilly. His small, spartain, business apartment had been converted into a well stocked  and cosy resort room. There were four envelopes on the dining table, one for each of us. Inside was some shopping money and a hand written "thank you" note. In the notes he expressed his gratitude to the ladies accompanying me, for being  there during a hospitalization I had undergone earlier in the year. In my note he thanked me for being me, and urged me to enjoy myself with such wonderful friends. We all were dumb founded! None of us had quite experienced such a heart felt or lavish expression of gratitude before. I don't think it could have been better expressed. I knew that he had wanted to make us smile. We all knew he was sincere in his gratitude, and not just because of his generosity. His personal effort was clear to us.We all did not just smile, but we grinned from ear to ear, exclaimed excitedly, even as we glowed inside.

During our visit we laughed at the signs of the infamous Bangkok night life that were readily apparent.  It is often joked that when man gives money to a Thai lady, they will tell him, "I love you long time." However, the joke goes, if a man goes broke, she will say to him, "No money, no Honey." Darling, not to worry, got money, no money, your Honey still love you LONG time! LOL!

Showing off the new slippers we bought.
Guess which one is Quay Po's new slippers, I will give you a prize!

All dressed up in our new clothing with new costume jewelery for dinner.
We had dinner at my favorite Thai Restaurant Ban Kuhn Mae.

The making of Khao Niaow Ma Muang (Thai mango sticky rice) today, brought back sweet memories of the "all girls" fun trip to Bangkok. When I looked at those photos above, especially the ones in which we played with the wigs we bought at the Platinum mall, I could not help but laugh out loud. My mum commented that if we add the age of the four of us the total is more than 200 years, yet still we behaved like kids! I laughed and said to her;"Why not? Age is only a number." Body old, heart not old ma!" My mum smiled with a nod to concur with me. I guess we should do this again soon but for now, I am looking forward to my trip to Sibu next month. I am eager to meet up with some awesome blogger friends again and meet some new ones. We are going to have a ball and I am counting the days!

My version of Thai mango sticky rice (Khao Niaow Ma Muang)




Ingredients:
1 cup glutinous rice
2 ripe mangos, cut into bite-size pieces
6 Tbsp. gula Melaka (palm sugar)
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups thick coconut milk
1 ½ cup and 1 tbs water

Method:
Soak the rice water for 3 hours. Drain the rice. Simply add 1 1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp water, 1/4 cup coconut milk, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1 tbsp. brown sugar and stir this into the rice. Bring to a gentle boil, then partially cover with a lid (leaving some room for steam to escape). Reduce heat to medium low. Simmer for 20 minutes, or until the coconut-water has been absorbed by the rice. Turn off the heat, and leave the pot on the burner with the lid on tight. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes. To To make the sauce, heat (but do not boil) the rest of the coconut milk over medium-low heat (about 5 minutes). Add 6 tbsp. sugar, stirring to dissolve. Taste-test the sauce for sweetness, adding more sugar if desired. (note that it will taste less sweet when added to the rice).

To assemble, place a "mound" of sticky rice in each serving bowl. Top with cubes of the mango, then pour sauce over generouly.

79 comments:

  1. That sticky mango rice with palm sugar looks fantanstic yummy. And the presentation of it looks great too. :)

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    1. Thanks Angie. I think with palm sugar and coconut milk syrup give this a new dimension of taste!

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  2. Ooooo ... I love this mango rice! I prefer this to the durian. Ew.
    Your Quay Lo certainly knows the way to a woman's heart ... through the shopping malls!
    Nice folks deserve nice things.
    I love Chatuchak market!
    I'm picking the brown pair of slippers as yours to match your baju. Did I win?

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    1. Oh durian? did your say durian??? Aiyoh, I wanted to make durian wan but Quay Lo in the house, so be considerate lah sikit! hahaha.. I don't like Chatuchak too darn hot!! I go because of my friends. Won't tell if you are the winner now. Will announce the winner soon. LOL! Love you for guessing! MUAX!!

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  3. Anything with gula Melaka makes me happy... add glutinous rice and mango, and you've got quite a treat! :D

    And Quay Lo is such a sweetheart, not just cos of his generosity but the thought and effort he puts in. What a gem! :D

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    1. I know lah, your sweetheart from Malacca right? hehehe... Yes Quay Lo is a BIG gem!! You will not miss it when you see this gem! LOL!

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  4. That's very sweet of your Quay Lo!! I agree, age is only a number - my Nan is 70+ and she still parties more than I do!! haha. Seeing your delicious-looking mango sticky rice is doing nothing to curb for afternoon snack craving! I wish mangoes were still in season here =(

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    1. My mum is 77 and she rawks!! still do head banging to my son's rock music!

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  5. I think Quay Lo has set a very high standard for other men out there. He is indeed very thoughtful for sending you on a trip with your best friends.

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    1. Oh did he? So he is now he put a lot of male in trouble ha? LOL!

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  6. hhmmm...Quay Po, thats one of my favorite dessert :)

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  7. Aiyo reading your post reminded me of my last trip to BKK and eating this dessert! yum yum!

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    1. Hey, how nice if we bloggers can have a trip there together some day.

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  8. Your Quay Lo is so thoughtful and romantic. It is something which will only happen in the Idol Drama. Now, I do believe there is a real man in the real life doing this. U r so lucky.

    I guess it is the 1st pair (beige colour).

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    1. Oh yes!! my Quay Lo is REAL! Thanks for guessing. MUAX!! I will announce the winner soon! Hugs.

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  9. Your Quay Lo is a gem. Other than Uncle Lee, there is another man appreciating women this way. You are blessed Quay Po. Your feet is the first pair, with all toes covered up one, it is the beige flat shoes. Right or not? Mangoes with stick rice is my favourite dessert.

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    1. I am BELLY BLESSED!! Hehe. Thanks for guessing my dear! MUAX!! Will let you know the winner soon!

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  10. I have never eaten this before but I am sure it must be yummy because I loves anything glutinous rice.

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    1. Oh if you love glutinous rice, you will love this.

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  11. maybe I shall take 2-3 try to complete this Thai Mango Sticky Rice.

    It should be taste similar with Kaya Sticky Rice right? (kuih - muih)

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    1. Kian Fai, yes more less gthe same like any sticky rice. The difference is what you add to the rice.

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  12. Ooooooooo...my favourite! Thai mango sticky rice. Yummmm!!!! Love it with durian too!!!

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  13. Oh how blessed you are to have such a wonderful life-partner! ^^
    I just bought a bag of glutinuous rice from Hatyai. Perfect chance to make this dish, thanks! :)
    +Ant+

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    1. Yes, I feel extremely blessed. You got the glutinous rice from Hatyai? Perfect!

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  14. it is always my fav dessert .. mango sticky rice...
    I always eat it while i travel to BKK for business trip ..
    Yummy yummy

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    1. Yes, never miss this when I am i Bangkok. But now that I know how to make it myself, I can eat this anytime when I crave for it:D

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  15. Your Quay Lo is very romantic lo, I think Asians are a bit more hard to express their feelings. I love Bangkok too, will be going again this July. Endless of shopping and food hunting there!

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  16. you always have me laughing at your posts. its a good pick me up after a long day at work. yes yes...got money no money...we will still love our lou kongs:D

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    1. It is good to have something to laugh about after a hard days work isn't it? So glad to hear my posts can pick you up!

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  17. Nice addition of gula melaka to the thai sticky rice! Bravo!

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  18. This is such a sweet story.. What a wonderful surprise fr Quay Lo, n I'm sure u had lots fun eating n shopping.. You're so sporting too.. Love the pics where u'll wore wigs

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    1. Sporting or crazy? hahaha I remember when my late brother in law was alive, he called me his crazy sister in law! I guess I will never change, I am just fun loving. LOL!

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  19. Wow it's so good to see you all have such fun!! I wish my husband would give me and a friend a trip like that! But I know he loves me and shows me how he can! I am loving this Thai dessert. Maybe I shall give it a go this summer when my mangoes are falling off my tree! Take care!

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    1. Lyndsey, I remember you told me you have a good man and I trust he has his own way of showing how much he love you. Yes, do try this Thai dessert, this is really good especially when you use palm sugar. Look forward to hear your opinion after you have try it.

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  20. Wow.. ur hubby is so sweet to you... And the mango sticky rice looks really tempting...

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  21. May I borrow your Quay Lo for a day ? hahaha Looks like the 4 of you really had a blast ! That mango sticky rice looks fantastic ! Lovely presentation , too !

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    1. Anne, mmm... borrow? How about for rent? hehehe Yes, we had a great trip and thanks for your compliment on the sticky rice.

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  22. This is also one of my favorite dessert, sticky rice is delicious!

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    1. A lot of people will not miss eating Thai mango sticky rice when they are in Thailand. It is a Thai signature dish for any Thai restaurants for sure.

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  23. I love the mango rice! But cant afford to have so much, too filling :P

    I wish to visit Bangkok too!

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    1. Oh my dear girl, now you can eat more, you are eating for two people! hehe

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  24. Oh my, that's one of the loveliest show of gratitude I've ever heard about! Even better than those who reserve entire boats/airplanes etc cos your Bangkok trip had so many thoughtful personal touches. (Envelopes with handwritten TQ notes?? Your favourite tidbits? Absolutely amazing!!!)

    ps: the gold sandals?

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    1. It was amazing how much thoughts my Quay Lo put into showing his gratitude and appreciation.

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    2. Thanks for guessing the slippers. Will announce the winner on Thursday:D

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  25. They do say Caucasian men are best at being romantic and yours do support that theory! Presents for each of you, how nice.

    Oh I see from your comment that he was there as well. I was wondering how he arranged the fresh flowers to be there for you and your friends!

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    1. Yes, most Caucasian men are more demonstrative in expressing their love. I think modern Asian men are catching up too. My Quay Lo was there before our arrival. He arranged the fresh flowers the evening before our arrival day and he left the apartment the morning while we arrived late afternoon:D

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  26. Your man is really one in a million I must say. But then again he must be rich to be able to do those sweet things for you and your best friends..:P It's so nice to see you and your friends enjoying like you were young girls again. I think it's very normal when old school friends meet, we become like old school friends again!

    I'm guessing the first beige ballet flat slippers is yours..hope i'm right! hehehe.

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    1. My man is not rich. Air Asia ticket cheap cheap only ma:D Yes, when we girls get together, we often time forgot that we are old ladies already. LOL! Thanks for guessing the slippers. Winner will be announced this Thursday.

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  27. can tell me where to find a man like your quay lo? just like you said 'finding a needle in the sea' i think your body got magnetic static to pull him right to you! haha! tat's a splendid looking dessert..with gula melaka somemore..makes my heart even sweeter! let me guess which slippers are yours? hmm..minnie minnie miny mo..ok..the last pair, with gold straps.

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    1. I am sure you have one yourself, no need to find already. I won't tell you yet if you guess right. You will know on Thursday. Sabar! LOL!

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  28. "got money, no money, your Honey still love you LONG time!" so sweet! :D

    Such great time you had with ur gal friends. Platinum mall is a must go. And you bought wigs there? LoL...

    Yums at the Thai mango sticky rice. I may want to try this out soon :)

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    1. Hehe, now so old already, no bargaining power so have to love my Honey LONG time! I hope you enjoy the sticky rice as much as I do when you try it.

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  29. Wandered over to say thank you for your Bonza comment on my humble blog and i hope to hear from you in the future :-).

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  30. Fun and cheerful pictures, I like this recipe.

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    1. Thanks. Drop by again so that we can get to know each other better.

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  31. Such a wonderful trip with girlfriends, plus arranged and sponsored by dear Quay Lo~ He's just too sweet, even sweeter than the infamous Thai mango sticky rice.

    Em, I'm guessing your slipper purchase is the last one, slipper gold color strap? Am I correct? Tell me I'm correct!

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    1. haha, my Quay Lo sweeter than the Thai Mango sticky rice? I must tell him what you said. He sure get swollen headed. Sorry, cannot tell you are correct or not now. Announce winner on Thursday. Thanks for guessing.

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  32. Great place to have nice food and shopping love the mango sticky rice ma favorite. tQ for dropping by again 'got heart' *yau sum, moh chuen moh lan ~ Cantonese* lolz. Eyes back to normal now but fingers juz losing momentum and often slipped on the peels of Ms Procrastination haha.

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    1. So nice of you to drop by even your finger lost momentum. Good to know you eyes back to normal. Look forward to see your next post soon.

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  33. hi there! you looked like you had so much fun :)

    I wonder where did that phrase "me love you long time came from?" haha :)

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    1. Usually all girls event are very fun! I think "me love you long time" is a direct translation from thai. Just like some direct translation from Cantonese "Moe chin, moe tuk king" - No Money No Talk! hehe

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  34. glad you had a blast. thanks for sharing your wonderful memories. the mango stick rice looks yum yum and i'm drooling all over my keyboard as i'm typing this. :)

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    1. haha, I am glad to share. Good things must be shared. Thanks for dropping by.

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  35. Very interesting stories you have... read some of your older posts and had some good laughs... did not get to try the mango sticky rice thingy while in Chiangmai although I did eat some fresh mangoes...

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    1. haha, glad you have some laughs and enjoy your time here. Hope to see you here more often. Oh, next time you are back in Thailand, you got to try the mango sticky rice. The mangoes in Thailand are much sweeter than those I get here.

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  36. Hello, Quay Po! Thank you for commenting on my blog and following. What a wonderful and generous thank you! This trip sounds like it was much fun and will be well remembered for years to come.

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    1. You are welcome my dear. I enjoyed your space and thank you for dropping by. Oh yes, if I am still living another 40 years time, I will still remember the wonderful trip.

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  37. What an amazing story depicting GRATITUDE shown to the max! You are one lucky woman (and so are your 3 other friends...hehe) An all-paid-for girly trip for 4! Bet you were all sleeping with smiles on your face! How not to???

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    1. Yes, how not to smile, when someone do something so nice for us? Like I said, we did not smile but grin from ear to ear.

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  38. Great pics! Espessiall the dish looks amazing!

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  39. Alamak... You made me so hungry now!
    Your mango rice looks so interesting.
    Got pandan leaves as deco some more huh.
    The one I had in Thailand got no gula Melaka.
    Only plain nasi pulut + mango.

    Aiya, I miss Thailand, Thai food, spa and massage. :)

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