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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Sirap Selasih【兰香子玫瑰饮】



One of my favorite drinks during the Ramadan month is this Sirap Selasih drink. This refreshing drink not only replenish sugar and liquid the body needed during the fasting month, the Holy basil seeds/Selasih/Sabja seeds added to it makes the drink very nutritious.

According to this website:

Sabja seeds, or basil seeds, are full of fibre content, which keeps your stomach fuller for longer time (reduces your appetite), further prevent overeating and unnecessary cravings. They are also a rich source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) that comes from high levels of omega-3 fatty acids present in the seeds. These acids help in stimulating the fat burning metabolism in the body. In fact, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, daily consumption of linolenic acid results in fat loss

. Besides this, basil seeds are low in calories and high in nutrients. A teaspoon of sabja seeds would not pack up more than two to four calories and will ensure that your body is loaded with vitamins and minerals - including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and iron along with vitamins A, B-complex, E and K - all of which are essential for weight management.

兰香子玫瑰饮是我家乡穆斯林斋戒月的时候最常见的饮料之一,它香甜解渴,又特别营养。

根据百度百科的记载:

兰香子,学名明列子,为唇型花科、罗勒属、一年生、芳香性亚灌木状、草本植物。原产于印度又名罗勒子、奇异子、南眉籽。当地土著称“达卡”从西元3500年前阿兹迪卡古文明已经开始种植食用,是一种带来健康及体力和耐力的食物。 兰香子可以作为饮料的种子,具有排毒、清热、健脾、养胃、减肥保健等功效。

兰香子是罗勒之成熟果实,其大小如芝麻,内含于果实中,颗粒饱满圆润,在东南亚曾一度被认为是稀有的草药。

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Loofah Egg Mee Sua 【絲瓜蛋酥麵線】



A parent from my son A's Chinese school gave me a seedling of loofah in spring. It took the plant a very long time to bloom and I almost thought that there will not be any harvest this year. 

The plant finally bloomed and bear fruits sometimes end of summer/beginning of fall. Homegrown loofah is so tender and tasty and I made so many different dishes with it. One of my favorite ways to cook loofah is this Mee Sua soup, quick, simple yet very hearty in this cold weather, a perfect way to use my last two loofah of the season!

春天种下的丝瓜在我左顾右盼几个月之后终于在夏末开花结果了, 自己种的丝瓜非常鲜嫩好吃。有天跟我妈聊天时她说丝瓜煮面线最好吃了,刚好冰箱里还存着收成的最后两根丝瓜,就拿来做了丝瓜蛋酥面线,今年的丝瓜收成就算完美收官了~~


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