Mui Choy Kau Yoke 梅菜扣肉

For Chinese Only.

Alex is Chinese. Thus it was not surprising his eyes light up when the boss at the restaurant suggested Mui Choy Kau Yoke (梅菜扣肉) or braised pork belly steamed with preserved mustard greens – a kind of Chinese cabbage or bok choy.

The dish will always make a Chinese drool not just because it is a delicious porky dish but because it is from an ancient recipe. People are always happy to make a connection with tradition or heritage, I think.

The traditional Hakka dish is normally slow or home cooked and not always available at any restaurant. The total amount for all three dishes, Lala fried with bee hoon, Oyster Omellete (Oh Chien) and Mui Choy Kau Yoke came up to a reasonable RM 63, according to Alex who bought. Thanks, Alex.

I was telling Alex that I appreciate the restaurant for not pushing pricey dishes such as fish and prawns, unlike so many others.

Restaurant Seafood New Hock Heng Huat Tg Sepat. Address in previous post.

#chinesefood #pork #muichoy #kauyoke #tanjungsepat

Kampung Hakka Mantin – Part 5

This time, a Methodist church, also on the main road. Photography Tip: Since the floor is not level, I turned on framing guidelines under settings. It allowed me to keep the verticals and horizontals aligned.This saved much time that may be required to fix crooked framing later.

Asus Zenfone 3, ISO 50, f2 , 1/1100 sec.

#streetphototography #mantin #village #hakka #urbex #methodist #church #christmas #documentary #kampunghakka #asus

Kampung Hakka Mantin – Part 4

The Hakkas are a dialect of people from South China. Many migrants work at the tin mines in the area. It is alleged that the British colonialists called the town “Mine Tin”. Locals soon corrupt the name into Mantin, as it is known today.

The village under siege is well covered by my long time friend, the artist and activist Victor Chin. A Hakka himself, Victor has covered much ground in bringing awareness to the plight of the 120 year old village in his campaigns.

It is a story of a village caught by development and greedy, grasping developers. Underneath, is a forgotten story about history, heritage and court battles to stop bulldozers. Since Victor has covered much ground, I will not repeat his good work. Do a search and the stories are on the web.

I am attracted to the urbex and derelict aspect from a photography viewpoint. Many of the residents in houses already sold or surrendered, have moved out and the wooden properties are left in ruins pending final demolition. It was almost surreal and heartbreaking to see skeletal remains of houses seemingly abandoned in a hurry. Yet one can sense that some clinging humans still lurk inside. Tragic but glad I stumbled upon it before all is lost.

Asus Zenfone 3, ISO 50, f2 , 1/500 sec.

Where is Kampung Hakka Mantin? Map and directions at MyCen Maps: http://www.mycen.my/kampung-hakka-mantin/

#streetphototography #mantin #village #hakka #urbex #abandoned #dilapidated #documentary #kampunghakka #history #asus

Kampung Hakka Mantin – Part 3

I am attracted to old architecture. Many Catholic churches from the turn of the century incorporate neo-Gothic design with tall spires and ample windows and vents for an airy interior.

Asus Zenfone 3, ISO 50, f2 , 1/1100 sec.

Where is Kampung Hakka Mantin? Map and directions at MyCen Maps: http://www.mycen.my/kampung-hakka-mantin/

#streetphototography #mantin #village #hakka #urbex #abandoned #dilapidated #documentary #church #windows #architecture

Kampung Hakka Mantin – Part 2

Unexpected difficulty was trimming the exposure to control the highlights and judging via the phone screen under bright sun.

Asus Zenfone 3, ISO 50, f2 , 1/1250 sec.

#streetphototography #mantin #village #hakka #urbex #abandoned #dilapidated #documentary #hibiscus #flowers