Thursday 31 January 2013

The Lord Displines

When I read bloggers raving about this delicious plain looking noodle, Seremban Hakka Noodle, my curiosity got the better of me and I had to cook it to try for myself. This is indeed a very nice, economical, healthy and fast to cook meal. Seremban Hakka Noodle, of course comes from Seremban, the capital of the Malaysian state of Negeri Sembilan.
For this dish, I used ready ground pork which is a little tough. It is important to note that minced pork is not the same as ground pork. In Chinese cooking, pork is often minced by hand using a Chinese cleaver. This is chop continuously until the meat is broken down and can be pulled apart easily, resulting in delicious soft texture which is not dry or crumbly. I will try mincing pork by hand when I make this noodle again.
This noodle must be eaten with pickled green chillies, I repeat, must eat with pickled green chillies. It makes a world of difference which I think must be the crunch and the vinegar taste of the chillies that complement this light noodle so well. Do not leave out the spring onions too.

Seremban Hakka Mee
Recipe source: Baby Sumo

2 pieces Cintan brand non fried broad noodles
100g minced pork
4 cloves garlic,minced
1 tbsp cooking oil
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1/2 tsp chicken stock seasoning
125 ml water
a few drops of sesame oil

To serve
Pickled green chillies
1-2 spring onion,finely chopped


  • Bring a pot of water to the boil, add a few drops of cooking oil and salt, and cook the noodles for 3 minutes or until al dente. Drain and divide into two bowls.

  • In a large wok, heat the oil over medium high heat. Then, add the garlic and fry for 2 minutes, until fragrant. Add the minced pork and fry for 2 minutes, then add water,chicken stock seasoning and light soy sauce and allow to simmer over low heat for 8-10 minutes. If you like a little more gravy to go with your noodles, you can always add more water.

  • To serve, top the noodles with the minced pork with gravy, and some spring onions. Serve immediately with pickled green chillies.

Homemade Asian Pickled Green Chillies

Original recipe source: Amy Beh

300g green chillies
1/2 cup vinegar
1 cup boiled water, cooled
1 tbsp salt
5 tbsp caster sugar


  • Wash and drain chillies well in a plastic colander.
  • Put on disposable gloves and cut chillies into thin round slices. Remove any seeds that look brownish (if you want it to be less spicy, then remove most of the seeds). Pour warm water over the sliced chillies and leave to sit for 10 seconds. Drain well and place chillies on absorbent kitchen paper.
  • Place the sliced chillies in a large glass jar. In a separate bow, mix vinegar, water, salt and sugar until sugar dissolves. Pour mixture into jar to pickle the chillies. The chillies will be ready the next day. Store in fridge until required.

Why Does God Allow Suffering?

This week, we were saddened by the news of two young brothers who died in a road accident. My heart goes out to the mum who lost her only two children while she was at work. She has just started working part time at McDonalds to supplement the family income. The older child, 13 years old had volunteered to pick his younger brother, 7 from school. The brothers were killed instantly when their bicycle was hit by a cement-mixer truck about 300 meters away from their house.

The family are church going Christians. When tragedy strikes, saints and sinners alike, we ask,  Is God fair? Isn't our God is a God of love and why he is indifferent to human suffering? Why is our God not God of Power and can prevent such accident? Why does God allow suffering?

This question was first asked by Job, and has been asked by every believers on earth.
"I will say to God: Do not condemn me, but tell me what charges you have against me. Does it please you to oppress me, to spurn the work of your hands, while you smile on the schemes of the wicked?"
Job 10:2-3

There is no complete answer as to why God allows suffering and we have no right to demand an answer from God. For Job, he too realized that.
"You asked, 'Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?' Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know."
Job 42:3

We may not see God's purpose in our suffering and perhaps not even satisfied with what God has revealed about his purposes in suffering, but there are truths which we cannot deny.
"Because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son" Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?"
Hebrews 12:6-7
"Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.
John 9:3

The grief stricken mum delivered a heartrending eulogy at their wake. Her precious sons were precious gifts from God who had brought joy and happiness into her life and who also helped save her marriage; It was also her older child who led her to convert to Christianity and through her faith, she managed to hold on to the marriage. Through her sons, she has been blessed.
I could have go on and on, but if this happened to you and me, Can we calmly PRAY and ASK God to give us the FAITH we need to confidently TRUST that he will keep his promises, no matter what circumstances?

"God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains; it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world."                                                        C S Lewis

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