Thursday, March 22, 2012

Life need not be just black and white

When one feels life is boring, it is possible you have just settled into to much of a routine. Doing the same thing, day in day out can be begin to wear you out, don’t you think? How about doing something new? Don’t be afraid to try new things for they are the spice of life.  There are so many new things you can do to make life interesting, so what are they? Let me name a few of mine.

You might want to consider to learn cooking, baking, singing, dancing, writing, painting or learn to play your favorite musical instrument. How about doing some social work, lending a hand to people in need? If you still do not know how to use a computer, get one and learn how to use it. Then, open a facebook account and start connecting with old friends and make new ones. Starting a blog has been interesting and very rewarding for me. I have found much joy in writing down my thoughts. If you would like to keep fit, you could join a gym. It is fulfilling to look in the mirror and see yourself in good shape. When I was going to a gym on a regular basis I also felt more energetic and more healthy. The list of new things that can add colors to our lives are endless.  Your life can be more colorful and delicious than all these kueh lapis I brought back from Sibu!

 Assam Manis
Horlicks Honey
Aiyoh! this one I forgot to write the name before
I throw away the wrapper.

All the kueh lapis are from this friendly lady in Sibu. 


I can imagine the high level of skill she mastered in making those pretty, moist and "to die for" kueh lapis. Each layer are so even in size and surely she got good sense of color matching too. I was fortunate to have the awesome host, Arthur of Still Crazy After These Years, brought me there. Arthur, Thanks again, you are "THE" food icon in Sibu. However, I regretted that I  bought one each of three flavors of kueh lapis home only. All three were delectable but I love the "Horlicks Honey" (recommended by Arthur) the most, my Quay Lo preferred the other two. I wished I had bought one dozen of each flavor. The price is so reasonable, none of them is more than RM35.00 and if you know how tedious and time consuming it is to make one kueh lapis you will not complain the price is expensive ever. After seeing all the photos of the kueh lapis, don't you want to try making your own? I do. The other alternative for me, is to go back to Sibu when I finished them. LOL!

I found a kueh lapis recipe and video from Poh’s Kitchen and I am going to try making this as soon as all the kueh lapis from Sibu "habis" (gone). Maybe you can try it first and let me know how it goes. Here is the link:

69 comments:

  1. Aijor...at least u got yourself 3. Me bought one, hopefully in April I can get more back.

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  2. they are beautiful, so exotic looking, I'm going to her blog right now, thankyuou for sharing.

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    1. Yes these layer cakes not only look exotic, they taste exotic as well. Laurie, who's bog are you going to? The lady the sells the layer cakes does not have a website.

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  3. I can't wait to buy one and try out.....

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  4. Wow! They are certainly colorful. I will wait patiently til you produce the recipe for me to make one. I'd go for the horlicks/honey. Not too keen on all those colors.

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    1. Ping, I appreciate your concern about the coloring:D Me produce the recipe? how lah? I was hoping someone will and I copy. hehe

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  5. The layers of colour is making my mouth water... I so tamak lah! :P

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    1. Hey, come to Empire Subang for lunch one Friday and I'll keep some for you and Devil.

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  6. Love the post ! Everyday routine tends to be boring , good thing I started blogging and meet more interesting people like you without leaving the country hahaha Love that Horlick's honey ! Actually I've eaten these kind of layered cake before and I love it !

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    1. Thanks Anne. Me too, never regretted that I started blogging otherwise I won't get to know so many wonderful people from all over the globe and you are one of them.

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  7. very tedious work but I guess the taste is worthy of the work!

    love to try this one day too... I keep postponing this because of the amount of egg yolks used in the recipe... hehehe.. the recipe I have use 30 egg yolks!! hehehe

    I ll wait for your recipe.. ;)

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    1. I don't have a recipe lah. If I were to try making this, I will just follow Poh's kitchen's recipe. How about you making them first and share your recipe?

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  8. I agree so much with Quay Po. Life is never boring for me. I have too much things to do in my mind, and have too little time. Things that you named here are all my likings. Such as cooking, baking, playing piano, dancing, singing and exercise. By the way, the kuih lapis in Sibu looks really good. Can't wait to see the kuih lapis that Quay Po makes.

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    1. I am proud of you my dear. You really know how to make your life interesting. It will be a long time before you see Quay Po's recipe on this. Like I said I am hoping to see some of you make this first and then I copy. hehe

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  9. I still think Sarawak Kueh Lapis is the best!! Yum yum!

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  10. There is a kuih lapis place near my house, but have never tried it yet. Maybe we'll go there this evening LOL (have not eaten the "real thing" so dunno how it will compare though).

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    1. Next time I go Sibu, I will buy more and then get you out to lunch with me and pass one to you.

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  11. i think that one is Astro cake coz i recall the astro cake have may different color.

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    1. I think you are right. Sounds like it.

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  12. The Kueh Lapis are very colourful and look yummmy indeed the closest we have down here in OZ is rainbow cake topped with icing :-).

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    1. I have not seen a rainbow cake before. Will google and see how it looks.

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  13. I enjoy kuih lapis with a cup of tea, but couldn't have much because it's a tad sweet for my liking :)

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    1. Me too but those from Sibu is not too sweet.

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  14. The kuih lapis are so pretty!!

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  15. Yes, life can get so boring when one gets stuck in the rut - same old routine, day in day out...but my life became so very colourful when my blogger friends came all the way from KL and Ipoh - such wonderful people who brought so much sunshine and laughter into my life. It certainly was a welcome break for me...so do come again and this time around, make sure you buy lots of the kek lapis for family and friends.

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    1. You too, bring lots of sunshine and laughter to our life. I have never once leave your blog without a smile:D You bet, next time I come to Sibu, I will buy 20kg check in luggage and fill my bag up with kek lapis, Daddy mee, kampua, mochi, hitam masak and many more. I need to stay in a hotel with lift:D

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  16. P.S.
    Btw, the lady's only the agent/promoter/seller - she gets all the cakes from the best in town and also from home sources in Kuching - her bread pudding is also very nice though. Many kek lapis in Kuching made in bulk, like a factory...not so nice...unless you know which home to go to there for the very nice ones.

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    1. Oh I see, said the blind man! hehe I don't need to know which home to go to get the best kek lapis, I have you!

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    1. Yes, these cakes are gorgeous and very yummy too.

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  18. Quay Po I can't agreed with you no more. Life isn't that boring if we can furnish with full of activities.Whenever I have time, I bake too (although my baking skill is not up to that level yet, as long as my son loves it)

    That kek lapis from Sibu is so delicous. So far I never had before Sibu's one, but I've tried Indonesian Kek Lapis.

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    1. Angie, the Indonesian kek lapis that I have tried has no comparison with those from Sibu.

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    2. Is it? Gonna get someone from Sibu fast! See next month can get it or not..So which flavor is the best?

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    3. Angie, get the Horlicks Honey! Get a dozen! hehehe

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  19. Aiyoh! These Kuih Lapis is so stunning & really eye catching! I like the one you've forgotten the name! I've never tried Sibu Kuih Lapis before but will be waiting for your recipe! ^^

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    1. Kit, Small Kucing told me the name already. It is Astro that you like. Don't wait for my recipe for I don't have one. I will just follow the one from Poh's Kitchen.

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  20. You know, I wanna eat kek lapis so badly lately (Guess that's another pregnancy craving?)! But couldn't find a nice one here at my hometown, sob sob =_=

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    1. If you are staying in KL, I will bring you some:D Different people have different cravings during their pregnancies. I remember I craved for cheese cake during mine.

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  21. Wow! This is a completely new treat for me. What beautiful cakes. They are like works of art!

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  22. Such a beautiful post and such gorgeous hand maid culinary artworks!

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  23. wow, the kueh lapis are so creative! I like the honey horlicks i think, but of course i dun mind eating all three LOL
    you're right Quay Po, doing something new is really like pressing one's refresh button
    i wish i had more free time since i have so many things in the list
    now gotta wait for my kids to grow bigger and more independent :)

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    1. Alice, the Honey horicks is the best, less coloring used and very very delicious. Enjoy your time with your kiddies now, cos with an blink of an eye, they will all be grown ups. When they leave the nest, you have plenty of time to do your own things:F

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  24. kueh lapis! they always look so gorgeous and intricate. Not the easiest task to do. Honey horlicks is something very new to me and it certainly looks gorgeous. Wouldn't have suspected it was kueh lapis at all.

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    1. I guess when the result is so delicious, it is worth all the work.

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  25. although life is pretty routine for me, but not boring yet. Hope it doesnt get boring any sooner! most of the time have been thinking what to cook, then go out makan here , makan there.. sometimes nothing to do also kay poh in facebook, play with my dogs. Kuih lapis seems not easy to make, for me better buy and enjoy first but i see the one kuih lapis atthe background ( orange and green) looks very nice.

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    1. You love to cook and bake so I believe there is no way you will be bored. The orange and green kuih lapis is called assam manis. It is sour sweet and I love it.

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  26. These are so beautiful, and full of color, sure to brighten any day!

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    1. That's right, colors brighten up not only our day but our life:D

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  27. I like Sarawak kuih lapis too. Eat a piece already can fill full. So striking colours the one you got.

    Ah, so now I know why you still look good because you exercise regularly..:)

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    1. Yes, it is advisable to take small piece each time. Oh, I have stop exercising regularly after I had my stroke 4 years ago. The only part of my body that get all the exercise now is my mouth and digestive system. hehe

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  28. yummy kek lapis :) i'd love the milo flavour as well.

    Latest: Anything IS Food!

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    1. I have not tried the milo flavor before. If have a chance to, I will:D

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  29. Quay Po, do you know Poh Ling from Poh's Kitchen?She is my all-time favourite in Masterchef Australia. Since day 1 I watched this cooking tv show, Poh has become my fav becoz 1)she is from M'sia & 2)it is amazing to see how she transformed from a professional painter to a great cook! Oh, I just love this lady so much!

    OK ok,back to this kueh lapis. I really like it very much & would like to try it one day but not so keen to try making them coz from my understanding,the kueh lapis needs like 20 egg yolks! What am I going to do with the 20 egg whites???haha!

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  30. How fun and delicious looking are these layered cookies? Yum!

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    1. The kuik lapis will definitely put some colors on the dessert tray:D

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  31. Aiyoh, all look so good & colourful! I want them all. But I've stopped visiting M'sia completely since ages ago because of the high crime rate :< Alamak, I can never get to sample these.

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  32. Shirley, Sure you can, you can always go to Sibu. It is a safe place.

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  33. I have three too! Horlicks...my son walloped most of it.. he said these cakes are unique... something he have never tasted before!

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    1. hahaha, your son sure know how to enjoy food:D

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  34. I love color in everything! You are so right!

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    1. Colors can make our heart sing:D We always smile when we see a rainbow, don't we?

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  35. Wow, how artistic they look! Almost too precious to devour! Almost...
    But I assume you really need a lot of dedication mastering the skill of making kueh lapis in that perfection.

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    1. Skill and patience is the key to making this lovely and colorful kueh lapis:D I don't have either, I can't imagine the result when I try to make them. LOL!

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