After this episode, I went to a hospital and got a blood test for peace of mind. Better be sure than sorry later, right? So I got my report on Friday, it confirmed the clinic’s doctor diagnosis. The health screening center directed me to the resident orthopedic surgeon who insisted that my condition is “chronic” and I be put on uric acid pills immediately.
Yeah. Thanks, but.. no thanks… I thanked the surgeon and went back to the clinic for a 2nd opinion. The clinic’s doctor was worried that the level is too high, and that I have to immediately get the level down or there will be high risk of other troubles sooner than later. He agreed that the pills should be the last resort though, because once you start with the pills, it will be a lifetime thing.
So, his prescription? No animal organs, red meat, raw fish and beans for 3 months. At the same time, eat more berries, tomatoes, grapes, cabbage and broccoli. And the apple cider vinegar. After 3 months, get another blood test, if my uric acid level remains high, then I am a hopeless asshole and deserve to be put on lifetime servitude of the pills.
Kiss goodbye to pig innards soup 猪什汤, steak, bacon strips, McDonalds and sashimi for the time being, adieu!
And you probably won’t be seeing me blogging about sinful food for some time…
To make matters easier for me, I think I have to blog about a few of those unhealthy but delicious food, and then purge all their photos from my laptop immediately, lest they remain there to tempt me.
This delicacy is inspired by the Indians in Malaysia. I usually have this as breakfast on the morning that I am supposed to drive back to KL, or sometimes as supper when watching live footie. Roti canai is too bland, and I don’t like roti telur, the eggy texture doesn’t match with roti canai in my opinion.
Roti planta is margarine infused roti canai. They are usually served in 2 or 3 different curry sauces. The dhal (beans), fish and sometimes chicken. The taste is excellent. Coupled with a glass of iced coffee, heaven!
For the international readers, I would like to point out one thing that the travel bloggers always got wrong. They would always blog about “coming to Malaysia and having the Rotee which is a type of toasted flat bread.“
So so wrong, mates. Roti (not Rotee, no dragging eee) means bread. Not toasted flat bread. Just bread. The Rotee that you guys refer to is called Roti Canai (pronounced Cha-Nigh). That would translate to toasted flat bread.
I suppose I can understand how you guys are confused though. You see, roti canai is the basic version. Over the years, this dish has evolved, where people started to infuse other ingredients into this flat bread. Nowadays we have egg (telur) infused roti canai, margarine (Planta brand) infused roti canai, roti canai with banana (pisang) inside, roti canai with onions (bawang) inside, and so on. The variation is limitless. But Malaysians are a lazy bunch. We are lazy to even call our food by the full name. For example, roti canai telur and roti canai planta seems too long to pronounce, so we removed the word canai, and call them roti telur and roti planta instead.
You need to get this right, because if you go to any non-Indian food establishments and order a Roti, you will get toasted bread that you are familiar with, and be disappointed.
One of the perks of working in an MNC is that, our in-house cafeteria sells food during tea time (3-4PM). I come here on an average of once a week, when I feel overwhelmed with work and cannot think straight anymore. My favorite snack used to be the made-to-order waffles, but the cafeteria management decided to stop that line some time ago. Bloody bastards!
This is my next favorite snack. Pasembur, another Indian delicacy. Deep fried prawn fritters, deep fried tofu, deep fried some other stuff, with some cucumber and a hard boiled egg. Top it off with some peanut based delicious sauce.
Yes, there’s no meat in this dish, it is supposed to be healthy. But don’t forget, the major ingredient of this dish is deep fried stuff. Oily. Having it sporadically will make you feel heavenly. Having it frequently will send you straight to heaven (or hell, if you are a bad person).
Ric’s Oink Oink Burger
In the old days, if we want a fast food pork patty burger, we need to travel to Thailand. In the past few years though, there have been many small scale pork burger joints opening shop and doing business. There’s a few of them in Penang. I’ve tasted most of them. Ric’s Burger is my favorite.
They don’t have an extensive menu. They only have the Oink Oink Burger, with different additional toppings as option. Extra patty, bacon, egg, cheese, or extra all of it. Comes with home made fries and fresh lemonade.
You should know that I’m a pork guy. I probably got takeaway from this shop more often than is healthily acceptable. They are that delicious! The patty is super crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside! And their fries are so crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside!
Have to kiss them goodbye too for the time being. Sighzzz…
Okay, I’m done for now. Time to delete these photos from my laptop.
Oh by the way, Happy 57th Birthday Malaysia! Selamat Hari Merdeka 2014! 😀