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Tea with AK71: Another budget meal!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

My friends are constantly amazed by my budget meals and it happened again today. I shared in LP's cbox that I was going to have an 80c lunch. More precisely, it was going to be a packet of nasi lemak with chilli, ikan bilis and ikan kuning wrapped in banana leaf. What some said:

jewel: wow still got 80c nasi lemak in sg
 Piggybank: all that only 0.8 ?

Guess what. I was mistaken. It was 70c and not 80c! My lunch:

Sometimes, I also like a cup of tea after lunch and here is a picture of my cup of tea today:

What is that twig in the water? That is Gan Chao (liquorice), a chinese herb. This is good for the heart, spleen, lung and stomach. It detoxifies and removes heatiness. I would throw a piece into a mug of warm water and let it steep. Here is a picture of a packet (almost depleted) which I bought from my favourite Chinese medicine hall a few months ago:

And the price? A picture is worth more than a thousand words:

Cheap? You bet. Gan Chao tea is good for our health and gentle on our wallets! In case you are wondering if the health benefits from a cup of Gan Chao tea would cancel the unhealthy effects from a packet of nasi lemak, I don't know but I'm happy. Haha... ;)

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Anonymous said...

Salute you for this leh. Perhaps you can have a special sub column so that we can refer to whenever we liked some cheap makan ?


AK71 said...

Hi SnOOpy168,

I could consider full time blogging if it could generate at least $3K a month in income for me. That is a nice dream. :)

As of now, the income from blogging does not justify me spending even 5% of the time I am spending now on my blogs. Well, one can always hope. ;)

Kyith said...

a word. that meal is not suitable for a 40 year old. although it is cheap you shouldnt really eat this.

the amount of cancer causing things is too much. in fact, its either fatty or cancer causing.

Unknown said...

It may be cheap, but ask yourself, are u eating it because it is cheap, because u like it, or both ? I suspect it is both.

Expensive food doesn't necessarily equate to good food, and neither does cheap food..


Oops. That was me.

Anonymous said...

Hi AK71, I often eat nasi lemak for breakfast too. But the price i get is always $1.20. Where did you get that for 70cents?

mark said...

Good riddance.

AK71 said...

Hi Drizzt,

I know it is unhealthy but I really like nasi lemak. I think you are probably also referring to the amount of trans fats in the food (on top of the saturated fats). Sigh.

AK71 said...

Hi Poh Lin,

Yes, you are right! I like it and it is cheap! Haha... A happy coincidence, don't you think? ;p

AK71 said...

Hi Hubert,

Er... What do you mean?

AK71 said...

Hi Anonymous,

I bought it in Kampong Ubi. Are you familiar with the Ubi area? There is this row of shops which sells roast meat really cheaply and there is a nonya kueh store in between them. It is from that nonya kueh store. :)

Could you include your name or initials in future comments? Thanks.

AK71 said...

Hi Mark,

Why good riddance?


I used my father's account by mistake.


The post from Poh Lin is mine.

AK71 said...

Hi Hubert,

Oh, I see. Thanks for letting me know. Your dad's profile is set on private. His secrets are safe. ;)

mark said...

I think it is a sin to humanity to have consume all of that.

So u bought 100 $1 burgers today?

AK71 said...

Hi Mark,

I guess you think it is unhealthy too? :(

Nope, I didn't buy any $1 burger from Burger King today. There isn't any Burger King outlet near my office. :(

Singapore Man of Leisure said...

I will try gan chao tea next time in Singapore!

That's new to me!

AK71 said...

I am quite surprised that this blog post has attracted so much interest. I am somewhat surprised, although belatedly, that everyone seems to be focusing on the cheap nasi lemak. No one has commented on the Gan Chao tea. Hmmm... ;)

mark said...

IMHO, for that price (including those that sell for $2.40 near my office) are probably laden with trash to make it tasty yet affordable. I am inclined to think at such prices there are near zero worthy ingredients at all. That's not to say it is a sin. One of my fav is those packet mee goreng dry (similar packaging as those maggi mee). Great tasting, fantastic in price too. I eat those sometimes. To migitate the unhealty parts of the processed mee, I boil it in water till it is half cooked, toss the water away and use fresh boiled water to cook it a second round till its done. This is in the hope that some of the rubbish is released into the water which I have tossed away. I dont really know what is released but it look yellowish murky. Could it be some of the wax? Or oil? I do this routine especially if i do a soup base instant noodle meal where I drink the soup. With an egg stirred in. Comfort food u see.

What's disguisting, and a sin, is the way u spend money. It is a sin becuz u make me and my kopi peng look bad LOL! Or rather, u make me feel bad.Disguisting cause, as much as I try to find good prices, I can never do so. My quest to find kopi peng under $1 has been a failure. And yes I can say its disguisting and a sin cause i'm the brudda LOL!

That all said, your posts on these is a good refreshing reminder to all the tummy growing, pocket burning, atrociously yummy looking food that most people post up.

To be fair, my sis brought up a good idea recently (food and pricing related) and being inspired by you, I took it one step further. Maybe I will blog bout it. Or maybe I will just share it with you in person. Remind me in case I forget!

Good nite. Brudda. :P

AK71 said...


Finally, someone commented on the Gan Chao tea! I think you would like it. It has a very mild and sweet aroma. :)

Sorry, I didn't see your comment before my last comment as it was still under moderation. ;p

Createwealth8888 said...

under-valued nasi lemak??

There is good reason why the vendor can sell at such remarkable low price.

May be the vendor never change the cooking oil to save cost???

Unlicensed home-made without rental cost???

Take care!

AK71 said...

Hi Mark,

Brudda, wah, such a long comment. OK, I better take it seerioously! (Spelling error is deliberate.)

You are probably right about the nasi lemak. Full of saturated fats. The ikan ikan were all probably fried in oil which has been used a million times and, so, full of trans fats. The chili paste which I like very much is probably full of sugar and don't know what. Hey, but I like it! So, there! Hohoho! ;p

You want kopi peng below $1? I have that all the time. I raid the office pantry, make my kopi and plonk in ice cubes. Kopi peng lor.

Drinks, I usually do not buy when I eat out alone. I would go back to the office or my home to drink after the meal. If this makes you feel even worse about yourself, too bad! Hahaha! And, yes, I can say this because I'm the brudda! ;-p

Hey, I think you starting a food blog is a great idea! I support! Talk again soon. :)

AK71 said...

Hi CW,

I am sure the cooking oil has been used a million times. Haha..

The nonya kueh store in Kampong Ubi is licensed. Should be OK. It is actually a nonya kueh factory. They distribute to the coffee shops and vendors. So, I guess that's why they are so cheap.

I have been buying food from them for more than ten years. No problem. Thanks for the concern. :)

mark said...

AK - careful now. So much love around here. The lady may get jealous.. LOL

AK71 said...

Hi Mark,

Ahem... Shhh.... ;p

bummy said...

this is one thing that i'm unable to learn from you. i live to eat ! :p

oh and no more gwpdp for you, it is unhealthy ! :)

AK71 said...

Hi bummy,

Catching up with my blogs? ;-p

GWPDPs are so yummy but you are right. I should cut down on these too. Haha..

mark said...

Whats GWPDPs

AK71 said...

Hi Mark,

GWPDPs? That more unhealthy than Nasi Lemak and cost many times more!

Goodwood Park Durian Puffs. :)

mark said...

More unhealthy? A fruit being more unhealthy than nasi lemak? Since when? :)

AK71 said...

Hi Mark,

Yah hor! GWPDPs, here I come! :)

Steven said...

Price too cheap to get now

AK71 said...

Hi Steven,

If you are saying the nasi lemak is no longer available at 70c now, well, I just had it again last week and it was still 70c. ;)

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