Dear Readers,

As my link now appears on the web page of Pusat Perubatan Universiti Malaya (Universiti Hospital) it is therefore my fervent hope that with the creation of another blog by me entitled "My Journey with Mum and MDS", that my story may shed you some support and enlighten those whose loved ones and their caretakers are undergoing during this period of convolution.

However, please do remember that articles written by me are based strictly on my personal experience and the views expressed by me are strictly my personal opinion. Please DO consult the professionals in the field of medicine for verification and authenticity as I do not claim to be an expert in the field of medicine.

Friday, October 09, 2009


Look at what my colleague gave me today! It's buah kedondong ("Ambarella") (called "sar lei" in Cantonese) and it's grown in his garden. (Can I therefore assume it's pesticides free?). However those sold in the markets are larger size than these.

It can be eaten raw as it is, but of course after you have scrapped away those tiny brown spots. It has a crunchy texture and some of them can be awfully sour and these are best eaten when dipped in black soy sauce mixed with a little sugar and vinegar (optional), some chopped onions (optional) and chilies.

However, if it's left to ripen to a little bit more until it's yellowish in color, it would taste sweeter.

You can even blend the buah kedondong into juice and then served it in a tall glass with ice and with one or two preserved plums ("kat chai") thrown into it to give it that sweet sour taste which is so refreshing after a heavy meal.


Adelyn aka 淑婉 said...


My mother in law has 1 plant of this sar lei at home, she normally just remove the skin then she make some rojak sauces , dark soya sauces, light soya sauces plus some sugar, if want spicy then put some chili padi... all mix together and eat like rojak...

yummy... If you want, this weekend I can bring some for you...

ilene said...

Adelyn, ya I saw the plant when we were there, on your wedding day. At first we were discussing whether it was ciku or some other fruits but not sar lei. So now it's confirmed, it is sar lei! No need to go and cut and bring them, pssst....after mother-in-law scold! hehehehee.....Anyway, my colleague gave me quite a lot and I had to give some away because satu orang eat only so cannot finish. Thanks for the offer though. Maybe another day. See you this weekend! :)

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