Savory Pork Trotters

Savory Pork Trotters.

Savory Pork Trotters

Chinese New Year is just around the corner.Families around the world will gather and enjoy the reunion dinner tonight. It will be a night of laughter,fun,lots of stories and chatter about the past year.And one of the most important  thing tonight will be-home cooked food! Everyone who was not around either working or studying abroad would have missed their mother’s home cooking dearly.

Talk about good food,we recently chanced upon to dine in a special restaurant. The place is called Kedai Makan Choy Kee( malay), 财记饭店 (mandarin chinese),which means Choy Kee Restaurant.This specific restaurant is famous for its savory pork trotters 咸猪手ham ju sau,cantonese or xian zhu shou,mandarin) and river fish dishes. I’ve been longing to try the dishes since 2 years ago after seeing a review in a local newspaper.Yes,it is that damn good !

When we arrived there,it was 830pm and the staffs are already packing and cleaning up the restaurant. I almost frowned.But suddenly a lady came out and asked us if we still want to dine in.It was the boss,herself.With much gratitude,we accepted the offer.

Without haste,we ordered for their best dish-Savory pork trotters !

The meat is just the right texture-soft,smooth,not flaky.Its very rich in flavors too as it was braised till such perfection. The skin is so fragrant and jelly like,it melts in your mouth.

The meat is just the right texture-soft,smooth,not flaky.Its very rich in flavors too as it was braised till such perfection. The skin is so fragrant and jelly like,it melts in your mouth.

Since only two of us dining,we did not order any of the river fishes. Never mind, that’s for next time. Just like the Terminator -” I’ll be back !”

Th soup was splendid.A great concoction of oyster sauce, sesame oil,light soy sauce,brown sugar,cinnamon sticks,star anise, wolf berries and a few secret ingredients i can't decipher!. Just great! I give it -Two thumbs up and a button down!

Th soup was splendid.A great concoction of oyster sauce, sesame oil,light soy sauce,brown sugar,cinnamon sticks,star anise, wolf berries and a few secret ingredients i can’t decipher!. Just great! I give it -Two thumbs up and a button down!

Good food+Good company=Great memories

Good food+Good company=Great memories

Honestly,we had a great meal.And we would really recommend this restaurant to anyone! The service and quality of food served is five stars.Prices are reasonable too.One dish of savory pork trotters is just Rm 35 which 5 people(picky eaters) or 3 people(average sized stomach) can share.

The place is located in Sungkai area ,Perak state in Malaysia. Here’s the location-

Just follow the North south Highway from Kl to Ipoh.Exit at the Sungkai toll.Just follow the main road and head into Sungkai town.

Just follow the North south Highway from Kl to Ipoh.Exit at the Sungkai toll.Just follow the main road and head into Sungkai town.

To all our readers,enjoy your reunion dinner tonight.Remember.Good food is only delicious when you are enjoying or savoring it with your loved ones.

Have a happy Chinese New Year !

Sincerely from,

endearingmoments

National Lion Dance Competition in Teluk Intan

National Lion Dance Competition in Teluk Intan.

National Lion Dance Competition in Teluk Intan

Lion dance ( 舞獅; wǔshī) is a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture, in which performers mimic a lion’s movements in a lion costume. Great efforts and and initiatives by the Chinese community are required to create conducive platforms to  develop new lion dance experts, train young performers and build lion dance fans.

For general info on lion dance do read up at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lion_dance

To add up,Malaysia has hosted many a time international lion dance competitions(Southern lion style).And,i’m proud to say,boleh -land has won it for many times too.The team that has always lead the Malaysian team to their glory is Kun Seng Keng Temple Lion dance troupe.Their coach-Mr.Siow Fei Hong has even been dubbed “The Lion King “of Malaysia. Here is their official website-http://www.kunsengkeng.org/

Furthermore,High stilts Lion Dance performance is now listed as a cultural heritage in Malaysia.That’s a colossal achievement,don’t you think?

For those who are interested to know about the lion dance scene in Malaysia,here is their main portal-http://www.long-shi.com.my/index.php

From my own experience,the lion dance was one of the most memorable moments during my childhood years of Chinese New Year celebrations.The lions would enter with much blast and glam while the drums roar through the sky. There would be firecrackers crackling loudly and everyone would be so in awe of the performance.

One of the initiatives done by our local Chinese community MCA, Teluk Intan, in conjuction with the Rapid Mall Setia Intan is the National Traditional Lion Dance Competition(Secondary school level). This year, it was held in Teluk Intan. Being a small town, it was a pleasure to have an event of such a scale to be held here.

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Attractive prizes were prepared to encourage participation of younger generations to master the skill of lion dance and pass it on to our future generations to ensure continuity of our culture.

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The preparation behind the scenes.

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They are secondary school students from SMJK San Min, Teluk Intan, consisting of both female and male.

While the crowd are enjoying the show on stage, the next team are busy preparing for their turn. Cooperation among the team members is one of the important ingredient for success.

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The ‘seniors’ guiding and helping the ‘juniors’ during the preparations.

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The whole set up of the scene for the competition. Every team has a different set up. This is the set up for the team representing Penang.

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It requires good coordination of the drum players and the two dancers.

During the early days, Lion Dance was performed as a skill part of martial arts of Wushu. Nowadays, it has evolved to be a mixture of artistic and skills combined. It takes into account the lion’s expression and the natural movements besides the acrobatic styles and skills during performances. Whether it is performed as a cultural performances or as a stunt during competitions, these are the criteria observed.

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For good points, the lion must be able to portray good expressions and emotions to the audiences.

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The movements and the facial expressions must match the drum beats, together with skillful, accurate and elegant footsteps.

The next troupe is from Teluk Intan, representing Perak. A good mixture of boys and girls trained in this area shows there is no discrimination between boys and girls.

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To be in a lion dance troupe, it requires diligence, discipline and patience. Although this group of students are still young, but they are very well trained.

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Faces of confidence and seriousness.

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Flag to represent the troupe they are in. This is from the Hoong Tuck Lion Dance Association, Teluk Intan, Perak.

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The lion is operated by two person, one holding the head of the lion, while the other acts as the body and tail of the lion. In a lion dance, the performers’ faces are covered.

The "lion" as graceful and playful as a cat.Blinking its eyes,wagging its tail,energetic twists of its body are evidence of the skill of those who are "dancing" it.

The “lion” as graceful and playful as a cat.Blinking its eyes,wagging its tail,energetic twists of its body are evidence of the skill of those who are “dancing” it.

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The modern form of lion dances and the new lion dances on the stilts competition are based on the best skilled and most lively ‘lion’ coupled with the most creative stunts, choreographed moves, acrobatics difficulties and heart throbbing rhythmic and pulsating live instruments music to captivate spectators and the judges in the competition.

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The neon light in the middle of the head is a variation of the traditional lion’s costume.

It was a trip down memory lane and also a new exciting experience for all who were there.Everyone were mesmerized by the outstanding performances of the contestants.

We salute the young contestants for their endurance and hard-work in keeping such a wonderful culture alive and vivid.We respect the coaches for instilling and imparting their knowledge and wisdom in the traditional dance into a new generation.We are in awe and admiration of the inteliigence and innovativeness of our forefathers for inventing such a wonderful cultural legacy.

But most of all,we hope you could be infected with our zest for culture,art,and LIFE !

Happy reading,and take care,folks.

What a brush and some ink can do

What a brush and some ink can do.

What a brush and some ink can do

It’s amazing how just a brush and some black ink can be the culture of the Chinese for more than a few centuries.

The local name for calligraphy is Shūfǎ  書法 in China, literally “the way/method/law of writing”. Chinese calligraphy history dated back to 4000 years ago. No one can tell exactly when Chinese written language appeared. The oldest script or font style discovered now is the oracle bone script (Chinese: 甲骨文; pinyin: jiǎgǔwén; literally “shell-bone script”), written on the shells of turtles. Chinese language is an ideogram system in which ideas are written into characters. Below is an example on how it evolved.

This is the character of "moon".As you can see,the picture of the moon slowly evolved into the logo/pictograph that is used today.

This is the character of “moon”.As you can see,the picture of the moon slowly evolved into the logo/pictograph that is used today.

Literally speaking, the Chinese character is a picture or an idea written in stylized form.

As Chinese, we play a role in keeping our own culture alive. With a mix of responsibility + playfulness + challenge, we decided to join the National Chinese Calligraphy Competition  organised by the Han Kang Society and Snake Year Zodiac Society.

It was bright cool Sunday morning on 27th January, 2013, and we are off to a mission – Chinese Calligraphy Competition in Sg Besar, Selangor.

Sg Besar is located at the upper border of Selangor state, a zone of the Sabak Bernam district.

Sungai Besar(literally meaning big river) is a small port town located at the Selangor banks of Malacca Strait.Takes about 2 hours to reach from KL. A quiet town where fishing and agriculture remain as main income for majority of the townspeople.

Sungai Besar(literally meaning big river) is a small port town located at the Selangor banks of Malacca Strait.Takes about 2 hours to reach from KL. A quiet town where fishing and agriculture remain as main income for majority of the townspeople.

Arrived at about 930am,welcomed by hordes of fellow contestants aka fellow calligraphy enthusiasts.

While waiting for the event to start, we munched on some of the ‘gao dian’ 糕点 i.e hors d’oeuvres prepared by the organizers.

Wan Tor Kuih aka 弯陀糕(the purplish one in front) is a vey traditional Chinese delicacy.It is made of a glutionous rice flour outer skin,usually seasoned with yam; and a filling of stir fried glutionus rice,mushrooms,dried shrimps,spring onions,minced pork and red bean paste. Yam cake or Wu Tao Gou 芋头糕(the one at the back) is another must have.It is basically rice flour and yam cubes steamed,garnished  with dried shrimps,fried onions and chilies. We have more than we should.

Wan Tor Kuih aka 弯陀糕(the purplish one in front) is a vey traditional Chinese delicacy.It is made of a glutionous rice flour outer skin,
usually seasoned with yam;
and a filling of stir fried glutionus rice,mushrooms,dried shrimps,spring onions,minced pork and red bean paste.
Yam cake or Wu Tao Gou 芋头糕(the one at the back) is another must have.It is basically rice flour and yam cubes steamed,garnished
with dried shrimps,fried onions and chilies.
We have more than we should.

After getting our special dose of traditional snacks, we started setting up the table for our calligraphy session.

There are two parts to this contest

1)    Poem writing (in which contestants write a poem or stanza given by the organizers in their most beautiful and distinctive calligraphy style)

2)    Creative snake word ( in which contestants write or draw creative renditions of the Chinese character for snake)

After a pious speech by some political figure, the contest was officiated!  There was even an incessant blast of firecrackers to heat up the atmosphere.

Deliberately putting my strokes on the red paper.Each stroke has to be the correct pressure,size and curve to get high points.

Deliberately putting my strokes on the red paper.Each stroke has to be the correct pressure,size and curve to get high points.

The stanza I wrote. In simple terms,it means- the year starts with spring, human virtue starts with filial piety.

The stanza I wrote. In simple terms,it means- the year starts with spring, human virtue starts with filial piety.

The "master" showing off her skills. She wrote with diluted glue and then sprinkled gold dust to create a Golden Snake. Simply,creative! (In conjunction with year 2013 which is Year of the Golden Snake!) Huat arhhh !!!

The “master” showing off her skills. She wrote with diluted glue and then sprinkled gold dust to create a Golden Snake. Simply,creative! (In conjunction with year 2013 which is Year of the Golden Snake!) Huat arhhh !!!

At about 1230pm,the contest ended. Suddenly the atmosphere went into a relaxing serenade. Everyone was walking around;  mingling, and admiring each others artworks.

People everywhere.The air exudes a sense of art and cultural enlightenment as everyone imbibes in the beauty of calligraphy.

People everywhere.The air exudes a sense of art and cultural enlightenment as everyone imbibes in the beauty of calligraphy.

What a  big shock when they announced that we made it into the top ten finalists. It was my first try at a calligraphy competition of such level. Furthermore, it was Jen’s first calligraphy contest ever. Talk about beginners luck 😛

Anyway, I do believe that strategy, co-operation, genuine love and a dash of creativity was the secret ingredient behind our success.

Happy posing with our medals and calligraphy.It feels good to win :)

Happy posing with our medals and calligraphy. It feels good to win 🙂

Here are some great sites about Chinese calligraphy and all its trivia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_calligraphy

http://acc6.its.brooklyn.cuny.edu/~phalsall/texts/chinlng4.html

http://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/arts/chinese-calligraphy.htm

Here is the website for the Snake Zodiac Society( A NGO for those born in the year of the Snake). the one and only of its kind in the whole of Malaysia. They provide lots of good info about the Snake as a zodiac, its cultural importance and history. Only available in Mandarin Chinese though.

http://persatuan-ular.org/

It is of utmost importance to uphold our own culture and spread it to the world. Chinese calligraphy has been here for thousands of years and I’m confident it will last till the end of times. It is a beautiful form of expression that combines words and pictures. It is both, an Art and a Discipline. It is both rigid and soft. It is the epitome of Yin and Yang. We love calligraphy and we hope by reading our posts, you would too 🙂  (Do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to know more about calligraphy).

All of us, regardless of age, gender, social status, i.e all walks of life play an important role in bringing happiness and positive energy to this world. We hereby send our positive energy to all our readers out there with this pic. Wishing you guys, a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year.

蛇年好 she nian hao-meaning have a good year of the snake.i.e Happy New Year !

蛇年好 she nian hao-meaning have a good year of the snake.i.e Happy New Year !

Our First Cooking Experience :)

Our First Cooking Experience 🙂.

Our First Cooking Experience :)

The date is 28th April 2012. A very memorable date for both of us.

Our plan was to explore Bagan Datoh and Bagan Pasir in the evening after lunch which we were going to prepare ourselves. (Little did we know, it was going to be a great excursion.  Fun.  Fantastic. Full of joy.  An adventure close to nature and delightful on the tummy. If interested, do click here to read about our estuary adventures.)

Came up with the menu after much discussion- contemporary home-styled Chinese food. So we headed to the Pasar Besar Teluk Intan hunting for fresh ingredients for our cook-out today. It was going to be an exhibit of my culinary skills and a show case of cooking talent, if I do say so myself  🙂

Happy posing in front of the pasar

Happy posing in front of the pasar

Look at how fresh these kangkung are !

Look at how fresh these kangkung are !

The glorious ingredients on display.

The glorious ingredients on display.

Here are the dishes

STEAMED CHICKEN WITH BLACK FUNGUS

Ingredients: Chicken (preferably thigh), black fungus mushrooms

Preparation: 1)Chicken thighs chopped into bite sized pieces, marinate with mixture of five spice powder, brown sugar, sesame oil, light soy sauce and Shaoxing rice wine (one teaspoon each). Dash in some pepper and let it marinate for at least 20 minutes. Try “massaging” the chicken to let the seasoning mix well,hence,absorbed into the meat faster. By doing this, the chicken would be more succulent too. 2) Soak the black fungus mushrooms.

Marinating the chicken pieces.

Marinating the chicken pieces.

Cooking: Just put the marinated chicken to steam. Use medium fire. Steaming too fast will cause the chicken to have a dry texture. Steam for about 15 minutes. Then,add in the mushrooms. Continue the cooking till meat is cooked and mushrooms slightly soft yet attaining its crunchiness. For those who like the sweet aroma of Shaoxing wine, sprinkle some to jazz up the taste. Garnish with coriander leaves. Lunch is served!

the great texture n original sweetness of the chicken-soft,juicy n sweet...u can even drink the sauce like chicken soup...the fungus, earthy with some mild soury aftertaste..truly a simple yet delightful n healthy meal...

the great texture n original sweetness of the chicken-soft,juicy n sweet…u can even drink the sauce like chicken soup…the fungus, earthy with some mild soury aftertaste..truly a simple yet delightful n healthy meal…

STIR FRIED KANGKUNG

Ingredients: Kangkung, garlic,dried shrimps,shallots,dry and fresh chilies, curry leaves, taucu paste

Preparation: Simple. Just chop all the ingredients besides kangkung and curry leaves. Soak the dried shrimp and dried chillies.

All the ingredients chopped, and arranged into an artists palette !

All the ingredients chopped, and arranged into an artists palette !

Cooking: Hot the pan. When there’s a little smoke. Add a tablespoon of oil. First off are the, curry leaves and the dried & fresh chilies. Sauté these three hotties till the oil looks red.Then, add in all the other sauté ingredients except the kangkung. Just keep on stir frying till the garlic is golden brown and the nasty aroma of nyonya styled sambal wifts into our olfactory nerve ! Haha. Lastly,add in the kangkung and sauté till slight soft. There you go, your own Nyonya styled stir fried kangkung.

a less oily alternative to the usual "malay feng guang"...the salty,spicy sauce just tickles ur tastes bud....

a less oily alternative to the usual “malay feng guang”…the salty,spicy sauce just tickles ur tastes bud….

Our main carbohydrate for the night- organic pasta bought from Country Farm Organics.

Organic pasta...arranged into "yin yang" anagram style...reflects the balance needed for a happy relationship...n of course the balance of taste in good food too...hehe...

Organic pasta…arranged into “yin yang” anagram style…reflects the balance needed for a happy relationship…n of course the balance of taste in good food too…hehe…

The three dishes that went into our bellies.

The three dishes that went into our bellies.

These recipes are just simple adaptations of traditional recipes, all in the aim of creating a healthier yet delicious meal that can be easily done by anyone, especially young people who are always on the go.

This is our first post about Gastronomy. It is our passion to enjoy wonderful food and try to recreate our won gastronomic wonder! We hope our post would ignite the Top Chef or Master Chef in you.

Hope you guys enjoyed reading this post. Did it tickle your tastes buds? Do try out the simple recipes. And don’t forget to subscribe to us for more recipes and food reviews. Thank you.

Fold Some Fun into this Chinese New Year Decoration with Koi Fish!

Weekend is here!! Looking for something to do?

Chinese New Year is also just less than a month away!

Have you started decorating for the auspicious celebration? or Cracking your head on how to decorate your house?

Here’s a great idea for you to try! Just read through this posts and be ready to get your hands “dirty” !

We did this on Monday to be put up on our walls as our decoration for this festive season. It’s really quite a lot of fun.And there was an overwhelming satisfaction seeing the fishes transform from a blank piece of white paper into a life-like fishes. We chose Koi fish as it symbolizes prosperity, good fortune and abundance. In Chinese, we always say Nian Nian You Yu.(年年有余),literally meaning  excess of prosperity every year.The yu ( 余 )here means excess and the word fish( 鱼) in Chinese has the same pronunciation,kind of a play of words. Also, it’s our favorite pet! Look at how lively they are!

Top View of all our dear fishes

Top View of all our dear fishes

We’ll teach you how. But first we need you to prepare some materials first.

Materials:

1 piece of plain A4 size drawing paper

A pair of scissors

UHU glue( or any strong adhesive glue)

Poster colour

A small brush

Some artistic talent

And lots of creativity!

Here’s the step-to-step basis on how to make these beautiful Koi fishes. Suits our blog theme too!

This is the most important step as it determines the size and shape of the fish. Take note the both sides are preferably of the same size.

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Just follow the trace and cut it deliberately.

Just follow the trace and cut it deliberately.

The blank fish is now ready to be painted!

The blank fish is now ready to be painted!

Step 4:  Time to paint the fish and create your personal Koi fishes!! Let your creativity go wild!!

Step 5: Paint the most prominent part of the fish pattern.

Step 5: Paint the most prominent part of the fish pattern.

Step 6: Detailised the scales, fins and the eyes.

Step 6: Detailised the scales, fins and the eyes.

Tadaa!!! The completed Koi fish!

Tadaa!!! The completed Koi fish!

Step 7: Make a few more of different colours and patterns. Here’s the yellow koi fish.

The smiling fish. It makes us smile every time we see this ;)

The smiling fish. It makes us smile every time we see this 😉

The fish is saying :)

The fish is saying 🙂

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Our Blackie, yet the cutest of all 😉

According to Feng Shui, a black fish is needed as the part of a group of nine fishes collection to absorb all the negative energies. The positive energy emitted by the other fishes will continue to prosper the family who display the group of nine fishes in a harmonious way.

Our Prettiest Koi fish, the most feminine among all..

Our Prettiest Koi fish, the most feminine among all..

Our Koi fishes having Reunion Meal aka 团年饭 'Tuan Nian Fan' together

Our Koi fishes having Reunion Meal aka 团年饭 ‘Tuan Nian Fan’ together

Our favourite Koi fishes and yours truly :)

Our favourite Koi fishes and yours truly 🙂

Now, you can own these cute prosperous Koi fishes too!

Make it yourself, or you can email us at endearingmoments@hotmail.com to order. Let us know the quantity, color and pattern you want. We will custom make every fishes especially for you @ RM 5 /fish. Purchase 9 fish and we will pack in a quality calligraphy about  A 3 size for free.The fishes will ‘swim’ directly to your doorstep! (At the local delivery charges of course!)

Trivia about Chinese New Year:It is the most important traditional Chinese Festivity known as ‘Spring Festival’ based on the lunar calendar.Reunion dinner 团年饭 ‘Tuan Nian Fan’ (or lunch ) is a must for families on the last day of the previous year.Chinese New Year’s Eve is a day where Chinese families gather for their annual reunion dinner known as Chúxī (除夕), literally “Eve of the Passing Year.” Chinese from all over the world will travel by all means possible to reach their home and participate in this the reunion dinner.

Our first Fishing Adventure

The date was 26th April 2012. A memorable day for us-it was our first fishing trip together. We had been planning for this trip for quite a while now. The day had finally come to bring out our rod, reel, bait and sheer determination to catch our prized fish !

The Northeast monsoon season in West Coast Malaysia ended last month and water levels now are steadily low. It is a good time to fish now, as the fish are more concentrated and the fish fries that were born during the rainy season have grown to a considerable size. Here is some educational info about monsoon.

Monsoon: the rainy phase of a seasonally-changing pattern, although technically there is also a dry phase. It is called locally – musim tengkujuh (Malay), 雨季 yu ji (mandarin chinese).

Malaysia faces two monsoon winds seasons, the Southwest Monsoon from late May to September, and the Northeast Monsoon from November to March. The Northeast Monsoon brings in more rainfall compared to the Southwest Monsoon, originating in China and the Northern Pacific. The southwest monsoon originates from the deserts of Australia. March and October form transitions between the two monsoons.

The map of our Malaysia

The map of our Malaysia

For further info about the geography of Malaysia, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geography_of_Malaysia

Our fishing spot is a fishing platform located in the Perak River Waterfront of Teluk Intan. Here is the location in graphic.

The gate welcoming us to our fishing spot.

The gate welcoming us to our fishing spot.

The are marked in Teluk Intan- a smalll yet meaningful city,full of history,culture and resources.

The area marked is Teluk Intan- a small city; full of history,culture and resources.

This particular spot is famous for giant river prawn fishing. The method to fish for giant river prawn is to use a bottom rig, a small hook of size 7 or 8 with a bait of earthworms. Since our intended catch today is fish , we will come back here for giant river prawn fishing some other time.

A little about giant river prawn :

Giant  River Prawn,some call it River Lobster

Giant River Prawn,some call it River Lobster

Local name:  Udang galah (malay) Galah means long stems of bamboo, i.e referring to the prawns long pincers.

(Mandarin Chinese) -淡水龙虾 dan shui long xia or 蓝钳 lan qian. The first meaning river lobster, the latter – blue pincer.

Scientific name: Macrobrachium rosenbergii

We arrived at the platform at about 9am.Without haste, we took out our gears and started gearing up for “the fight” awaiting us. Our bait was oil palm and chicken intestines. Maybe you would be surprised but oil palm is very effective bait in these waters, especially if the target is omnivorous fish like carps or barbs. Chicken intestines on the other hand, work miracles if you are fishing for catfish species.

With our bait sunk into the murky waters, our exciting fishing trip officially started!

Waiting patiently on the best fishing spot available.

Waiting patiently on the best fishing spot available.

Within a few seconds, I felt minute vibrations on my rod. Small fishes were picking on my bait. I did nothing. The strategy is to let the small fishes gather and graze. The commotion will attract bigger fish to come and take a lion’s share.

Suddenly, I felt a moderately strong tug on my line. I tightened my line, and reeled the mysterious fish in. It did not fight too hard, so before it even came near to the surface, I knew it would be just a small fish.

First fish up – Red tailed Tinfoil Barb. A beautiful, cute fish to kick start our trip!

Our first fish of the day,a small,yet meaningful catch !

Our first fish of the day,a small,yet meaningful catch !

The silvery or golden yellow body, with its fin orange or blood-red in color...definitely,a sight to behold...

The silvery or golden yellow body, with its fin orange or blood-red in color…definitely, a sight to behold…

Local name: Redtailed tinfoil barb, Ikan lampam sungai,白鱼(bai yu)

Scientific name: Barbonymus altus

Unhooked the fish, put it safely in our pail. Continued fishing, feeling so excited.

Again small fishes were nibbling at my oil palm bait. Out of a sudden, my rod bent and line was screaming out of my spool. I bent my rod and started cranking in line. After 2 minutes of struggle, I finally landed my very first Ikan Ara aka Ikan Kelabau.

Catching this "baby" was an obsession come true :)

Catching this “baby” was an obsession come true 🙂

Info :a carp species that inhabits big rivers only in Perak n Pahang...big muscular body,purplish tinted scales n red eye makes it a wonderful fish to see n catch ...

Info :a carp species that inhabits big rivers only in Perak and Pahang… big muscular body, purplish tinted scales and red eye makes it a wonderful fish to see n catch …

I’ve dreamed and was so obsessed about landing this fish ever since I saw an old angler catching it in this very same spot, a few months ago. Landing it at that very fateful day, was like a dream come true. The excitement and satisfaction was inexplicable.

Local name: Ikan ara-ara, ikan kelabau, 红眼猫鱼(hong yan mau yu)
Scientific name: Osteochilus Melanopleurus

After catching my dream fish, I was so excited and satisfied, I did not need to fish anymore! So, Jen took over and did the fishing. We changed to chicken intestines hoping to catch some catfish.

A few minutes into fishing, there were some small but continuous tap on her rod. She tightened her line and the rod bent. Yes! Fish On! It was her first attempt at fishing and honestly, she was a little awkward with the gear. She kept on shouting “so heavy, so heavy” while reeling the fish in. Despite that, she landed herself a sizable catfish all by herself. As her personal fishing mentor, I’m very proud.

Proud Jen with the first ever fish in her life,she she caught herself !

Proud Jen with the first ever fish in her life, she caught herself !

A species over-fished for its prized flesh which is considered a delicacy in Malaysia...big ones are less now...beautifully streamlined with pompous display of fins...be careful not to get stung by its pectoral n caudal stings which contain toxin that destroy tissue(muscle).

A species over-fished for its prized flesh which is considered a delicacy in Malaysia…big ones are less now…beautifully streamlined with pompous display of fins…be careful not to get stung by its pectoral n caudal stings which contain toxin that destroy tissue(muscle).

Local name: Asian Shark Catfish, Ikan Baung, 白须公 (bai xu gong)

Scientific name: Mystus spp or Hemibragus spp

After landing the catfish, we decided to take a break and just chillax.

The river was light brown in colour with tinge of olive green. The warm breeze kept cruising in. Trees were swinging aloft with grace. We can’t stop to imbibe the beauty of Nature.

A scene of the majestic Perak river

A scene of the majestic Perak river

As we were gazing into the ripples, a particular fish caught her eyes. It was a big archerfish. Honestly, I do agree that the fish is cute.

I took out my gear and casted towards the archerfish. Wham. With lightning it struck my bait.

A beautiful fish,with its yellow back with faded bands...

A beautiful fish, with its yellow back with faded bands…

Malaysia is blessed with a diverse fauna.

Malaysia is blessed with a diverse fauna.

Local name: Archerfish, Ikan sumpit, 喷水鱼 (pen shui yu)
Family : Toxotidae
Info: When an archerfish selects its prey, it squirts a jet of water at its victim.

With the catch of the archerfish, our fishing trip ended. We went home, feeling excited about our trip, contented with our catch, grateful for the diversity of fish in Malaysia. Believe it or not, we were the team that caught the most fishes in numbers and species. As the saying goes,” Worst day of fishing is better than the best day at work!” That applied well here. It was our first and most memorable fishing trip ever. (Psst… although I do believe greater trips are in store )

Sincerely,

Goh

(This is our first fishing journal. Hope you guys found it fun and informative. If interested, contact us. Maybe we could arrange for a trip with our readers! Till then, take care and happy reading.)

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