05 August 2005

Coffee, Tea Or Hoon Kee?

What a sigh of relief as I tippered my first cup of coffee in almost 2 weeks. The strong bouquet and the equally rich body of the Vietnamese beans flowed smoothly down the gullet like liquid heaven.

Call me atas but I don't drink coffee on my flights and in the US for they are weak and bland. I can almost substitute US coffee with that of American beer in my Canoe joke.

I am thinking, if want to drink coffee then must go ahead and drink good coffee. Half-fucked cup of joe just ain't worth the time and trouble consuming it.

Sure, there are Seattle Coffee, Starbucks, blah blah blah.... BUT

Question: Do you really want to pay that kind of money just to get decent coffee?

Tea for me please. Thank you.

And speaking of tea. Here's is some interesting trivia about tea.

Chinese civilisation has been around for 10,000 years.

Tea was discovered in China as early as 1000 b.c..

Porcelain first showed up in existence probably around 200 b.c. during the Han Dynasty.

The teapot came into this world much later around the 1300s a.d. and was first made of maroon clay (ZiSha - 紫砂) that we now often see when eating Bak Kut Teh.

One thing that I noticed about these tea pots that we find when we go for Yum-Cha or Bak Kut Teh sessions. They always dribble after you stop pouring the tea from the pot, no matter how careful you are. Definitely a design flaw, if you ask me.

If not, try it the next time you get the opportunity and you will see what I mean.

Question: For a flawed design of a tea pot that has a history of almost 700 years, all we can come up with is to stick a tooth-pick into the spout (for the maroon clay version) or to attached a cut-off of a rubber hose to the spout for the white round ones? Harlow? Anybody giving a rat's ass about it? Harlow? Anyone? Hmm....

Finally Speaking of Hoon Kee. This one caught my eye and I was like FWAH! got Menthol Orleng flavour one har?!! Apparently, according to ei|een, this is nothing new liao and it even come in other flavours like Strawberry, Banana, etc.

From the looks of the packaging, it looked almost certain that it is targeted at the women target segment (or worse, children???!!!? *gasp!*)

Hmm... beginning to sounds like a condom liao. No? :P

Question: Got come in D-24 Durian flavour or not har?

- Voxeros

1. ei|een left...
Friday, 5 August 2005 2:13 pm
the best coffee is still singapore coffeeshop coffee - and cheap cheap somemore! nothing can beat.

but i prefer tea. i love my teh bing! *drool*

the cigarettes hor, do they come in other flavours? that one i dunno. i only try the orange one before. and it tastes like SHITE! yuckyuckyuck. i think i stick to my menthol lights, better.

if they come out with durian flavoured/smell ciggies, i will cry. i cannot stand durian, especially the smell. can you imagine having to smell the durian smell whenever someone smoke?! i will faint. eeeeyuuuur.

2. vanna left...
Friday, 5 August 2005 4:35 pm
i like tea better.
cos when my stomach feels funny after drinking coffee. weak stomach I guess.
I used to like coffee for the thick & bitter taste but now I learnt to appreciate tea better.
& my stomach can take it. Hahaha.

3. vish left...
Friday, 5 August 2005 9:09 pm ::
Just found your blog... me likey.
Have you ever tried Aik Cheong Ipoh White Coffee? One word: heavenly

4. Jaslyn left...
Friday, 5 August 2005 11:10 pm ::
The ciggie so interesting!!

5. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 6 August 2005 10:03 am :: h
ei|een: Yes. Yes. The KopiTiam's Indonesian roast is also damn good and not to mention damn worth it. Still, I think Vietnamese ranked an edge higher on my coffee list but it is certainly in my Top 3.

As for the Orleng hoon kee, it actually does nothing for you except for a faint hint of synthsised orange. I think it is more of a marketing gimmick than anything.

Vanna: Speaking of tea and weak tummy. Here's what my family doctor taught me when I was young. When you kena tummy trouble i.e. pissing with your bung-hole.

Drink Black/English Breakfast/Lipton/Boh tea with a slice of lemon but NO sugar.

Speaking of tea and drinking it. I used to drink Jasmine Tea when I was working in Singapore. While I am a kopi bloke. I drink tea coz got no sugar in it. Not for dietary reasons but for the fact that I don't need to wash the cup. Si beh lazy.... told you I am a BLOKE!

I was using one of those transparent glass mug that you get free when you buy Australian Honey. The tea cup start to get a layer of white lining on the insides of my cup until one day, my cup became opaque white.

The cleaning Aunties, couldn't tahan anymore and took my cup to the pantry to wash.
Pleasant surprise to see a sparkling clean cup the next morning. I win.

vish: Welcome to my humble abode. To-date, I have yet to kena any flames yet and I guess, I am doing alright. hah hah...

Anyway, like I said in my Jay-Cast, feel free to sniff my pr... er... nevermind.....

Jaslyn: Perhaps you should ask ei|een where to get this in Singapore so that you can check it out for yourself.


6. vanna left...
Saturday, 6 August 2005 12:20 pm
I used to drink tea without sugar also not becos of good health reasons but due to my ignorance. hahaha

My dad always drinks tea without adding sugar & I followed in his footsteps.
But now, I add abit of sugar to add that sweetness in the tea.
u r really lazy .. never wash cup... i also cannot tahan u... wahahahaha :P

7. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 6 August 2005 1:46 pm ::
vanna: For my laziness, I sure was glad that the aunties took good care of me and my cup. Heh heh.

8. akk left...
Saturday, 6 August 2005 2:47 pm
i love love love kopi, to the point that i'm willing to pay for them. but seriously the good kopi dun come from starbucks or those posh-nosh places. the best one i ever drank came from NUH Staff Canteen and NUS Science Canteen. if u guys ever go there, try the kopi-peng in the Staff canteen, garuantee no need sleep cos it's meant for night-call doctors, ehehehe.... Coffee Club used to have this extremely heavenly concoction of expresso with 1 scoop of thick cream (Mexicano), but they change the menu and the topping became whipped cream...lousy....

9. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 6 August 2005 4:16 pm :: 
akk: I heartily agree that good coffee don't come from those fancy smancy places. The best coffee are those you make yourself.
Like when I was working in Singapore, I have my personal "coffee sock" in the pantry. Wah... even the cleaning aunties also go ala Ali G like that, RESPECT.
Hmm... I am thinking if I should bring back some of my Vietnamese beans for you to try when I come back. Hmm.....

10. lancerlord left...
Saturday, 6 August 2005 4:17 pm ::
Ciggies is so interesting leh. Agree that with all the flavour flavour, it sounded like condoms. Soon there may be ribbed ones. kekeke...

11. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 6 August 2005 4:20 pm ::
lancerlord: Think about it lor, both are designed to have a more palatable flavour. I think I better stop here before it gets too graphic.

12. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 6 August 2005 4:35 pm ::
vish: Forgot to comment about the White Coffee. I have tried it. Buay pai... also very goot. But then hor, not readily available so I bor pian. Can't really rave madly about it.

13. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 6 August 2005 4:42 pm :: 
vanna: And also speaking of adding stuff to your beverage.
I have a friend's father who adds a small slab of butter to his kopi-kosong. I was told that he can't have condensed milk for he is diabetic.

He also mentioned that the butter gives it a nice aroma and also the layer of melted butter on top, keeps the coffee hot for a longer period of time while he flip the pages of his morning newspaper.

My dad told me that the practice of adding butter to coffee dates back to the old days where cans of butter (or Planta margarine) in the kopi-tiams were free and placed on the tables with the pepper, salt and soy sauce.

The coolies who come in for their daily cuppa would heap scoops of the free butter into the coffee for the simple reason that it was free. Thus getting more value-for-money for their coffee.

Hence the practice among the older generation.

14. AKK left...
Saturday, 6 August 2005 10:59 pm
hahahah.....u would bring bring kopi for me? so nice! Can I also ask for kopi machine since i also dun have one? heheheh...okok, for ur kopi beans, I'll invest in a kopi 'sock' myself, how's that? :)

15. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 7 August 2005 4:20 am :: 
Akk: No need to buy kopi sock lah. You have socks? No?
Kidding!! I will just bring you a couple of those tin strainers gadgets that the Vietnamese used for brewing their cuppa joe.
Let me go check if I have any kopi left. Sekali, I don't have an unopened pack left.

16. One Little Twit left...
Sunday, 7 August 2005 7:03 am ::
I like both. The makings of a true blue caffeine addict. I find a coffee in the morning very perking. And for the orange menthol, i like the polka dots on the butts. Almost distinguish how many sticks i smoke at the end of the day when i pass by the bin because no others has polka dots like mine does! But seriously i prefer very strong menthol.

17. lancerlord left...
Sunday, 7 August 2005 1:38 pm ::

18. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 7 August 2005 1:46 pm
OneLittleTwit: What better combination than a kopi and a hoon kee to kick off the day?
No menthol for me though. Bad for the balls, or so I was told. :P

19. vandice left...
Sunday, 7 August 2005 2:05 pm ::
dun remind me abt kopi here! NB, sipeh not nice ah. Even exp. Starbucks don't taste any good, can you b'lieve? Haiz, I've given up on US kopi. Bought meself a year's supply from Singapore this time round...

20. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 7 August 2005 2:19 pm :: 
vandice: Here's the thing with my gringo ex-boss wrt to kopi.
He strut around the office with this huge-ass coffee mugs and brag about how macho he was with the mug being his 6th cup of the morning already. 

I took a cup for myself from his coffee maker and PTUI! machiam coloured water which I don't even qualify as coffee. 

With coffee so f*cking bland and diluted, OF COURSE YOU F*CKING NEED TO DRINK 6 CUPS LAH. YOU STUPID COCKANATHAN! 

Haiz.... some people.... really...

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