We are back in the land that many beauty queens originate from, the land of pomelos, scenic limestone hills, crunchy bean sprouts and haven for one of the best hawkers fare in the world, my beloved Ipoh! This morning, Alycia and Sherilyn participated in the yearly All Souls Day or Qing Ming with their daddy, grandma and grand aunts. They woke up at 5am and returned at around 11ish am. After a hot morning sweeping tombs and offering respect to their grandfather (hubs’ dad) and great grand parents (hubs’ grandparents), they came home looking really jaded and flushed but were recharged and enlivened after a breakfast of good ‘ol Ipoh hawkers’ food and refreshing pandan-flavored fresh coconut water.
I am really glad that this year, I manage to celebrate my birthday in advance, in my place of birth with my parents. For the life of me, I cannot even remember when the last time was that I celebrated my birthday in Ipoh with my parents and loved ones.
My cempedak sponge cake from JJ Swiss Roll, which was fresh from the oven and baked yesterday.
Initially, I was unsettled whether to order a butter cake from the well-known Nancy Chong or my favorite cempedak swiss roll from another famous bakery in Ipoh – JJ Swiss Roll. I knew that having a butter cake would render all of us overly gorged after a heavy dinner of rich food. I am glad I chose the cempedak sponge cake from JJ Swiss Roll as the cake ain’t too heavy and is really fresh and tasty. We could almost finish off the 1kg cake after our 7-course dinner at East Ocean Restaurant @ Ipoh Garden South, without feeling glutted.
Check out the thick cempedak paste sandwiched in between the 3 layers of sponge cake! Love this cake to bits and I may get another swiss roll from JJ Swiss Roll before our trip back to KL tomorrow 😀