Women’s Happy Hours Lunch

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Table of food. Desserts on another table

Table of food. Desserts on another table

It’s time for women to have some happy hours over food again while husbands are at work. This is again another lunch where all of us really enjoyed ourselves…….joking, teasing, exchanging information and enjoying all the delicacies that each one brought.  There is no doubt that food and friends are always closely connected. Food connects people together and builds friendship.

Happy May cooking Taiwanese beef noodle soup

Happy May cooking Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup

The highlight of the lunch was Taiwanese Beef Noodles cooked by our sweet friend, May, who came from Taiwan. She is the one who gave me the Taiwanese Pineapple Tarts recipe, even translated it from Mandarin to English when she found that I couldn’t read mandarin. She is really a very friendly and sweet lady. I will always cherish her kindness and helpfulness.

Delicious Taiwanese Beef Noodles

Delicious Taiwanese Beef Noodles

This is the popular Taiwanese Beef Noodles that May cooked for all of us, 13 altogether. I must say that’s the best beef noodles that I have eaten. The beef was very tender, the soup was very tasty, the bok choy was still crunchy and the noodles were just the right texture. There’s also this special spicy bean sauce that gives the noodles an extra punch when added to the soup. It takes you to cloud 9 instantly! This beef noodle soup was so good that the taste still seems to linger in my thoughts and mouth. I would really want to eat that again.

There was a lot of delicious food to eat as each one brought at least a dish. All of us must have over eaten. I just wonder if anyone was still able to take dinner. I couldn’t. These are just a few of the dishes that we had.

Pineapple Tarts

I got up early in the morning to make these pineapple tarts so they were really fresh when I brought along. It was a lot of work so I only managed to make enough for everyone to have one as I also made the mochi balls. I didn’t use May’s pineapple tarts recipe this time. May’s recipe is very good but I realise that I need to bake them together with the metal moulds to hold the shapes as the pastry is very fine and soft. I hope to find the moulds one day, soon.

Pineapple Tarts

Pineapple Tarts

Mochi Balls

These mochi balls, also called daifuku, that I made are filled with sweet peanut powder. The skin is made from glutinous rice flour. Another friend also brought mochi balls but she used mung bean paste as the filling. There are many types of fillings that can be used. Sometimes I use adzuki bean paste also. Wrapping the dish with cling film while it’s still slightly warm spoiled the look. They are supposed to look white like snow. Well….I was rushing and couldn’t wait for them to cool down completely.

Mochi balls or daifuku

Mochi balls or daifuku

Bubur Chacha

This is one of my favourite desserts, one which I often cook at home. It is sweet potatoes (my favourite) and yam (also called taro) cooked in coconut cream. This dessert was cooked by my friend. She added ginger to it to give it extra flavour. I cooked it differently. I don’t add ginger but I added screwpine leaves, also called pandan, for it’s beautiful fragrance. To learn how to cook this simple, easy and delicious dessert, click here.

Delicious bubur chacha

Delicious bubur chacha

Of course one of the main topic of interest was my friend’s baby who is now 7 weeks. He was only 3 weeks when I took a picture of him then (click here). Oh…he has grown much bigger now and is just so adorable. He smiles a lot and that brought so much cheer to everyone around.

7 weeks old baby Max

7 weeks old baby Max

It was such a wonderful time that we had together while our husbands were at work and the kids were at school. Lunch together is undeniably a great way to make women happy. There’s always so much to eat and so much to learn from each other, apart from all the side-splitting jokes and stories. Everyone is looking forward to another women’s happy hours lunch. We need such good breaks every now and then.

When is the last time you joined such a gathering? What food did you have? What did you cook? What would you cook for the next gathering? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

Other get-together over food that you may be interested in:
Asian Dinner Menu For 6
Women’s Happy Hours While Husbands Work
Oriental Party Food
Good Food And Good Friend
Food And Friends Bring Happiness
Family Lunch Happy Hours

Mochi balls or daifuku recipes by my food blogger friends:
Mochi With Adzuki Bean Paste - by Divina
Daifuku Mochi, Recipe And Method - by Kate

Quote of the day……

”A good deed is never lost: he who sows courtesy reaps friendship; and he who plants kindness gathers love.”


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Angie@Angie's Recipes  on December 10th, 2009

You have a whole table of awesome food that I love!
Thanks, Mary, for stopping by my blog earlier and the comments! :-))

foodlovee  on December 10th, 2009

You ladies really know how to make yourselves happy when the men are not around. Looks like a lot of food over there. Pls sent some over. And the baby looks bubbly cute.

Jeannie  on December 10th, 2009

Looks like such a fun activity you have there Mary. I used to join in gatherings among the local chatters in Malaysia where food is one of the main attraction. It was really fun too. Unfortunately everyone seemed to be too busy to organise such activities again.

Mary  on December 10th, 2009

@Angie - You are most welcome. You have so much good food on your blog. I can only visit your blog on a full empty stomach…haha

@foodlovee - There’s always a lot of food when the ladies gather. We sure have fantastic appetites when the men are not around :D You have to come here to have all the fun.

@Jeannie - Yes, it was non-stop fun….food, chat and laughter. Awww…so sorry your group had stopped. Maybe you should just come and join us….the more the merrier :)

3hungrytummies  on December 10th, 2009

Sounds like great fun!!

cheah  on December 10th, 2009

The tarts look yummy and so do the mochi balls. Wow, so much food to enjoy. Great fun having a potluck party.

Cookin' Canuck  on December 10th, 2009

Wow! What an amazing feast. Those Taiwanese beef noodles look particularly tempting.

Divina  on December 10th, 2009

Am I invited? I know, you’re waiting for me right? Everything looks good and of course I did notice the mochi. :D

Mary  on December 10th, 2009

@3hungry tummies - Yes, it was fun.

@Cheah - Yes, that’s why all of us complained we were too full….haha.

@Cookin’ Canuck - Yes, I have fallen deeply in love with Taiwanese beef noodle soup now. My friend, May, just told me this morning she’s trying other versions of beef noodle soup. I hope to get invited again soon :P

@Divina - Of course. Have been waiting VERY patiently. Now I remember you made mochi balls before. Will check out and add the link.

Juliana  on December 10th, 2009

Mary, thanks for visiting my site, therefore I could find you :-) Lovely post, I wish I live near by so could enjoy the happy hour…everything looks fantastic, from the Taiwanese beef noodle soup to the desserts…yummie!

Mary  on December 10th, 2009

@Juliana - Thanks for visiting. How nice if you can join us….would be so much more fun. We can even enjoy cooking together.

Natasha - 5 Star Foodie  on December 10th, 2009

Wow, awesome eats! That sounds like a perfect lunch especially with the sweet finish of pineapple tarts and the mochi balls!

Mary  on December 10th, 2009

@Natasha - Yes…it is. If we eat like this often, all of us will gain weight…LOL

Margot  on December 10th, 2009

Sadly I must admit that last time we met like this with friends, where everyone brought something was last Easter holidays. Hopefully this Xmas will be similar, but no plans yet… everyone seem to be going abroad :(

Impromptu Diva  on December 10th, 2009

If I live near you guys, I would have crashed the party LOL!
A friend from Taiwan gave us a box of pineapple shortcake last night and the mini-cakes flew off the box.(im eating the last piece right now–hahaha) I told myself to find the recipe online, and here you are with pineapple tarts… im sure it’s close enough! The ingredients are in mandarin so I can’t figure it out… thanks Mary for posting! Such a wonderful coincidence!
Thank you for visiting my blog daily (well almost daily i think hahaha) Im truly honored!

joylicious  on December 10th, 2009

HA! that baby is sooo cute — oh man Mary I wish I had a group of friends I could do happy hours lunch with this looked SO FUN and not to mention the amazing spread of food you guys had. You know that’s what women do best — cook and EAT. Do you have the recipe for the mochi? I actually wanted to make some but haven’t found any good recipes yet. Thanks :)!

Light Delight with TouTou  on December 10th, 2009

Wow Partying again??? so jealous!! I love the women’s potluck, always so much surprise!
that Bubur Chacha looks awesome, I got to try it some time :-D

Little Inbox  on December 10th, 2009

Wow, happy hours for ladies! So much goodies to share. Nice!

Barabara Bakes  on December 10th, 2009

What a great idea to get together for lunch! Being a full time mom can be very isolating and we should reach out to each other more! The food looks delicious!

kristy  on December 10th, 2009

You’re lucky to have a bunch a friends that are not working at the same time. So that you ladies can have your gathering whenever you want! Over here, everyone is busy working lol! No time for this kind of gathering. And they would rather go shopping, hair do & facial appointment, enjoying their meal at the restaurants or so & so when they’re free!

Ellie  on December 11th, 2009

This is really happy hours!! So nice to have friends to get together for such a great lunch :) Love all the food!

Mary  on December 11th, 2009

@Margot - So sorry to hear that. I’m sure you miss you friends. I miss all my friends back home :( I do hope you have a great Christmas this year….with new friends.

@Impromptu Diva - LOL…I think you’ll bring the ceiling down! Yes, I’ve fallen in love with Taiwanese food….so delicious. I hope to learn more from from friend, May. You are most welcome. You have a lovely blog.

@joylicious - Yes, the baby is really cute…very adorable. Totally agree with you….women are good at 2 things - cook & eat…LOL. That’s why we put on weight. We have to be good at another thing…..exercise….so that we can eat more :P Haha…you should be my neighbour to join in all the fun. You can use Divina’s or Kate’s mochi ball recipe. Mine is similar to theirs. Give a try. It’s easy to make. Let me know if you need further help.

@Light Delight with TouTou - I was jealous too when you had it the other day. Now it’s my turn :P
Yes, I love all the surprises. Best…so much to eat….mmmm. Try the bubur chacha….my favourite. Just add coconut cream and pandan leaves and sugar to taste.

@Little Inbox - It’s really a lot. Only that our stomachs were not big enough….hehe.

@Barabara Bakes - It’s very good to organise some get-together with friends. I used to do it last time when I worked full time. It was very relaxing and refreshing. Each one only bring a dish and that’s easy. We used all disposable cutleries so not much cleaning up to do.

@kristy - I have to agree with you that I’m indeed lucky :) Have to be thankful to our hubbies that we don’t have to work….hehe. Well, for many, it’s more expensive to employ a nanny than to work. Hey…I think Malaysian women back home must be heavily loaded with money…haha. Well, all of you are very lucky there to get good restaurant food very easily. We can’t find authentic Malaysian food here. Besides it’s very expensive to eat out. I’m not sure too whether restaurants would really welcome such a bunch of noisy women….LOL

@Ellie - I must say every women returned home with big smiles and fully satisfied stomachs :) How nice if you can join us. We will have more food and more fun.

penny aka jeroxie  on December 11th, 2009

I am so missing out! I wish I had more of these get togethers here. Maybe I should move and live next to you! So much good food and friends.

Simply Life  on December 11th, 2009

Oh my gosh, what a fun and delicious lunch! Wish I was there! :)

Mary  on December 11th, 2009

@Penny - Absolutely…come! We will have more fun and more overload of awesome food. I want to try your bacon jam and all other delicacies :P

@Simply Life - Would be so lovely if you are here….more fun and more food :P

penny aka jeroxie  on December 11th, 2009

Do not tempt me. you may find me at your doorstep…. heh

Mary  on December 12th, 2009

@Penny - Am ready…hehe. I know you love to eat. We’ll have fun cooking and eating :)

Shirley  on December 12th, 2009

Now wouldnt I love to do this! I am going to try your bubur chacha. Sounds good. Sweet potatoes and coconut cream sounds delicious.

Mary  on December 12th, 2009

@Shirley - Hope you try out soon. The bubur chacha is my favourite dessert…healthy too :) Add pandan leaves if you can find it. It gives wonderful fragrance.

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