Calamansi Juice With Sour Plums

The refreshing drink or local Chinese cocktail at Chinese coffee shops is known as Kat Chye Shin Mui. It is yellow lime or Calamondin with preserved sour and salty plums. I found it a bit too salty and ordered another without the sugar and salt coated dried plums. There was only one solitary dried plum in the drink, anyway.

The preserved plums are usually imported from China are like a magic elixir for people who feel car sickness or suffer from motion sickness. I remember going up Cameron Highlands when I was a kid and every passenger in the bus was clinging to a packet of sour plums or were chewing it to combat the ill effects of the dizzying, winding roads.

I dont suffer from motion sickness normally, so I want to know if the effectiveness of the home remedy is true. Anyone?

The very nice Indonesian waitress at 168 Restaurant tried to discourage me from opting out of the plums as she claimed the drink wont be as tasty without the plums. The new drink came. It was still too salty. Maybe they add salt to the lime juice to contain the strong tangy taste, I suspect.

Chilled with plenty of ice cubes, it is a refreshing drink on a hot day with or without shin mui. In Malay restaurants the drink is known as asam boi with limau kasturi.

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Thirst Quencher At Yik Mun

Asam Boi is a local drink with preserved plums (shin mui) floating in it. The dried plums from China are salted, sugar coated and sourish although the drink may also have tamarind and/or limau kasturi (calamansi) added for stronger colour and flavour. It is a refreshing, tangy, cold drink on a hot afternoon.

Besides Hainan White Coffee, Yik Mun also serves Limau Asam Boi at RM 4.50. Quite expensive, I know.

Panasonic Lumix GM-1, ISO 200, f5.6, 1/400 sec.

Where exactly is Yik Mun Restaurant in Tanjung Malim? Map and directions here:

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Lemon Has A Less Glamorous Cousin Called Lime

Was exploring the Ramadan bazaar at Peel Road Kuala Lumpur when I saw Blue Lime. I asked the girl why is it not Blue Lemon like in Slim River? Sasha explained that lemon sounds more glamorous than lime. “Tu nama glamer saje” and she laughs.

The KL version lean towards aquamarine while the glamorous Slim River version is Avatar (movie) phosphorous blue.

According to her, both are made from lime cordial with blue colouring added. She should know. She’s (coincidentally) from Slim River. I know. I travel home to KL to take a break from Slim River and I meet a Slim River person. Haha.

Photography Notes: Picture is graded for soft-colours or muted look similar to that I’m using for a project for a client from Thailand. You may have noticed that this ‘look’ is currently popular with Thai PSA videos.

Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 100, f4, 1/80 sec.

Lime Light

Even the humble lime juice (limau ais) is served in a hipster mason jar at some coffee shops these days. Which is good from my point of view. It presented the challenge of doing a ‘mood shot’ in a crowded and frenzied environment.

Photographed at Yik Mun, Tanjung Malim.

Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 100, f6.3, 1/100 sec.