Tuesday, April 19, 2011


What do these three totally unrelated and completely different things have in common?

They are all found at the night market, the subject of my letter 'N'.

My old faithfuls had all read about them, but as the A-Z Challenge brings me new friends and followers (and I'm out of ideas and rather desperate for time for my 'P'), I thought I pull them together in one post.

I want to thank and extend a BIG WELCOME to The Farm to all my new followers - hope you'll have a fun time here.

The art of making tea that makes it taste better

Out of boredom. Spare change welcomed.

Centre of attention

Natives selling petai

Found deep in the Malaysian jungle Petai is a bean that is known to prevent and cure diabetes and other modern-day ailments.  You can read all about it here.

Petai is taken together with rice and tempoyak, and an assortment of other ulam or salads, also found growing naturally in the jungle.  Fresh air, plenty of sunshine, and endless supply of free salads make for healthy living in the jungle.


Roberto said...

"P" is also for Penang - my favourite place (Georgetown).

My Thai wife used to eat those Petai beans with just about every meal - so did her mother, who died from Diabetes!

Madeleine said...

Well I've not heard of 2 of those at all :O)

Anonymous said...

P is also for PF Chang, one of our favorite places to eat. Kids love it there. They sure do have expensive tastes.

Talli Roland said...

What the heck is pulled tea?

Joylene Butler said...

Center of Attention is too funny!

klahanie said...

Yes indeed, Grandpa, nothing worse than being desperate for a 'P'.
And now it's your cue for the letter 'Q' in this gosh darn fascinating 'alphabet challenge' :)
Have a 'P's full' day, my friend.
In kindness, Gary.

Grandpa said...

Roberto, of course Penang with its char kueh tiow at Gurney Drive...yum!
We and our brothers and sisters in Thailand and Indonesia just cannot live without petai and tempoyak.
To derive its fullest benefit you must consume petai at a very young age, I was told.

Madeleine, well now you know - I have extended posts for both, if you are interested.

Grandpa said...

Stephen, I have a feeling they took up the expensive taste after the father... :)

Talli, it's tea with condensed and evaporated milk, and sugar, pulled in two containers as shown. It cools down faster too ;)

Grandpa said...

Joylene, we had a fun time adding to the colours, and tickling him, but he didn't move at all..LOL!

klahanie, I think I know which 'P' you are referring to Gary...
And there you go putting the pressure on me again...ah I must think now, think grandpa, think...
Take care my friend.

Mercy a.k.a Rogue said...

Your photos of the tea making are incredible! First time I have ever heard about pulled tea.

L'Aussie said...

Ha ha Grandpa you've got them guessing. I love night markets especially in exotic places. Never know what you might find.


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Grandpa said...

Mercy a.k.a Rogue, sometimes we have "pull tea" competition - see who can pull highest or longest without spilling!

L'Aussie, Hi Denise, variety and bargains are what you get, and as you say sometimes totally unexpected items or something you've been looking for, so it's quite fun.

Roberto said...

Oh, yes! Kuay tiao rat na - the rich vegetable soup my wife made for me, was a delight, too. Those large river rice noodles are great in nearly anything!
I loved the Indian food, and some Malaysian foods - like Penang curries, Massaman, and that Chinese chicken dish - Khao Mahn Gai - yummo!
I enjoy your blog, Grandpa! tx.

Brooke Rousseau said...

I've seen tea prepared that way before but I can't remember where. Those pictures are making me salivate. What a treasure your night market is!

Grandpa said...

Brooke, thanks - did you actually try some?