Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Don't be rash !!

What will you miss?  ----  if you are not careful

(1) The Stone....after it's thrown
(2) The Word...after it's said,
(3) The Occasion...after it's missed, and
(4) The Time...after it's gone.
(5) A person...after they die

Saturday, September 29, 2012


Both private and public schools are fully subsidised by the government
No school is allowed to charge fees
No standardised testing
Teachers must have masters degree
Teaching as prestigious as law or medicine
Competition fierce to get into university teaching degrees
Takes 18 years to reach top of pay scale
Teachers design their own curricula

Saturday, September 15, 2012

THE Gonski report notwithstanding, at last we are hearing some sound commonsense on education in this country.
Queensland and NSW have led the way, slashing funding for schools and teaching across the board. Barry O'Farrell alone is taking $1.7 billion out of NSW public and private schools.
The truth is that far too many Australians are getting far too much education these days. Billions are being wasted. Tertiary study can be left to Chinese and Vietnamese kids, who seem to like it. Other high school leavers should go surfing or backpacking or whatever for a few years, enjoying life before going off to work for Gina Rinehart.
As we have seen just this week, university study can actually be dangerous. There is always the risk of being accosted by some enraged and menacing student politician who wants to punch the wall on either side of your head.
How we value education.

Sunday, September 02, 2012


Indian paper-flake pancake. Also known simply as Apong in Hokkien.

Apong Balik

Nyonya foldover pancake.

Best in Penang: Apong Guan

Bak Kut Teh

Pork-rib herbal soup meal.

Ban Chien Koay

Chinese peanut pancake

Bee Koh Moy

Black glutinous rice porridge taken as afternoon dessert.

Beef Ball Noodles

Noodles served with beef balls and minced beef.

Available at Ho Ping Beel Ball Noodles, Kampong Malabar


Dessert of green starch-noodle in coconut milk and palm sugar.

Best in Penang: Penang Road Teochew Cendol

Char Koay Teow

Stir Fried Rice Noodles.

Available at Gurney Drive Hawker Centre

Chee Cheong Fun

Steamed flat rice noodle rolls in hae ko (shrimp paste sauce) and huan cheo chiau (chili sauce). Penang version differs from Chee Cheong Fun available elsewhere in the country.

Chicken Rice

Meal of Hainanese origin of rice cooked in chicken stock, and served with roasted or steamed chicken, or both, on a bed of cucumbers, some times accompanied by beansprouts, spring onions or parsley.

Curry Mee

Spicy soup of egg noodles and rice noodles with prawns, cockles, beansprouts, pig's blood cubes, soybean puffs, cuttlefish and mint leaves.

Best in Penang: Lorong Seratus Tahun Curry Mee


Strong smelling seasonal fruit with an acquired taste enjoyed by many people in Penang and elsewhere.

Economy Bihun

Fried rice noodle fast food.

Eu Char Koay

Chinese bread sticks taken on their own or with porridge.

Fried Oyster

Succulent oysters fried in an egg omelette topped with parsley or coriander.

Goreng Pisang

Deep-fried banana fritters.

Gu Bak Koay Teow

Beef soup with flat rice noodles.

Hokkien Char

Hokkien-style fried egg-noodle dish.

Har Mee

Similar to Hokkien Mee, spicy noodle in prawn-based soup, often with the inclusion of spare ribs.

Hokkien Mee

Noodle in spicy prawn-based soup topped with fried onion and kangkung (water spinach).

Hoo Bak Bihun

Fish meat rice noodle soup.

Hum Chin Peng

Deep-fried yeast dough, some times called the Chinese donut.

Jawa Mee

Egg noodle in potato-based tomato gravy, topped with sliced boiled eggs, prawns, beancurd, fritters, a sprinkling of toasted grounded peanuts and chilli paste.

Koay Kak

Chunks of rice cakes fried with eggs, bean sprouts and chye por (preserved vegetable bits).

Koay Teow Th'ng

Flat rice noodle soup with slices of chicken meat, fish balls, fish cakes, minced meat.

Best in Penang: Seri Nibung Cafe, at junction to Taman Seri Nibung.


Fish-based spicy rice noodle soup. Penang version, known elsewhere as Penang laksa, differs greatly from laksa available elsewhere in the country - almost every state has its own version.

Lek Tau Thng

Nyonya sweet broth made from green beans

Loh Bak

Mixed dish of deep-fried titbits that may include loh bak (meat rolls), boiled egg, taukua (beancurd), tauhoo (tofu), prawn fritters, octopus, ikan pari (ray) and sausage.

Loh Mee

Egg noodles and rice noodles in dark starchy broth, with chicken meat, julienne shittake mushroom, chicken feet, and garnished with minced garlic sauce.

Mee Goreng

Indian fried noodle with fritters, beancurd, egg, prawn, squid, and a dash of lemon.

Mee Rebus

Indian cooked noodle with fritters, beancurd, egg, prawn, squid, and a dash of lemon.

Mee Suah Tau

Vermicelli soup with shreded crab meat

Mee Udang

Malay-style prawn noodle.

Best in Penang: Teluk Kumbar Mee Udang Cantik

Muah Chee

Peanut-coated glutinous rice-balls.

Nasi Kandar

Meal of Indian Muslim origin of rice served with a variety of self-selected dishes.

Best in Penang: Bayan Baru Market Nasi Kandar

Nasi Tomato

A Malay-style meal of rice cooked in tomato paste and served with a selection of dishes.

Or Koay

Steamed yam cakes topped with dried shrimp, fried shallots, springonion and slided red chilli.


Steamed fishcake drapped in banana leaves.

Pan Mee

Flour-based noodle, served either dry and in soup.


Fried titbits and shreded vegetable salad in sweet-and-spicy sauce.


Teochew-style springroll with a filling comprising turnip, beancurd, egg bits and a dash of chilli paste and sweet sauce

Putu Mayong

Indian-style steamed rice vermicelli cakes


Mixed fruit salad in prawn-paste sauce.

Available at Esplanade Food Court

Roti Canai

Indian Muslim flatbread

Roti Jala

Malay-style lacy crepe

Sar Hor Fun

Broad rice noodle dish.


Malaysian-style kebab

Tau Sah Pneah

Green bean pastry.

Wan Tan Mee

Egg noodle dish with wonton (Chinese ravioli), barbecued pork and vegetable. Available in dry form and in soup.

Best in Penang: Jelutong Market Wanton Mee

Yam Rice

Rice cooked with yam.

Yee Foo Mee

Cantonese egg noodles.

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