Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Organic Vegetables and Fruits Delivery Kuala Lumpur

In line with getting healthier, I searched online for an organic supplier who could deliver to our residence at Mont Kiara... especially as I will be delivering my baby soon and won't be mobile for a month.

I searched online and was pleasantly surprised to see that there were several options for the organic food delivery -- ranging from fruits and vegetables, to finished goods like legumes, nuts, seeds, baby products, all the organic stuff you can think of. The beauty of online is you can shop around to compare prices and goods. However, one of the realities of buying organic stuff is that the prices are sometimes approximate, other times they don't note the final price and leave it at 0.00. While others give you price per packet and give approximate weight of the item.

As I did my comparison and search, I landed on one of the sites which appealed to me. What made it even more interesting was when I sent an SMS to the hotline, the guy called me back immediately. I was impressed. He sounded really nice on the phone -- meaning he entertained my questions and was very knowledgable (plus very good spoken English). So I decided to place an order online with them. He assured me I can do COD (cash of delivery), plus I also wanted to test out their service without having to commit to the weekly delivery immediately -- in short he was very flexible. Impressed. Hard to find good customer service in Malaysia!!!

I went online and registered, then placed my order. I included one family box of vegetables plus some of their tofu products. Then I sent sms to the guy to request an early delivery because I was enough stressed about my daughter's first day of school and needed to leave before 12 noon to go pick her up -- again he accommodated.

The delivery happened the next day. And it did come on time.


- the produce was very fresh indeed -- and I could tell because we caught 3 escargots (small snails) and when my maid washed the salad leaf there were some worms which she caught
- the apples looked very nice, though I haven't tried them yet
- this is probably the nearest and closest way you can get to getting farm produce-to-table as compared to going to the market.
- they sent an invoice online with the breakdown
- it was easy to order online and they have the cash on delivery option which is convenient
- will surely order from them again!


Fast Response if you SMS the Hotline

The Website of Go Green Organic

Organic Red Apples - 8 pieces for about RM26.24 for 1.05kg
Organic Vegetable Box - Family Box RM49.90
Sprint Onions, Salad, Bok Choy, Kailan, Carrots & Tomatoes

Go Green Organic Family Box Delivery
Look at the tiny escargot (snails)!!! We found 3 of them!!!

A snapshot of my bill for my 1st order

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Why I Would Consider Becoming Vegetarian

Don't get me wrong -- I am your average meat-eating, dairy-loving female who has enjoyed a lot of meat dishes in all forms (most especially when I was living back in Manila). I am typical -- someone who caves in to the dessert in all forms -- ice cream, chocolates, cupcakes, donuts, brownies, cakes, etc you name it. I love chicken wings (and back then a fan of KFC), I occasionally visited McDonalds and would consider eating fast food every now and then.

I am also someone who is conscious of my body -- so over time I did balance out all these food consumption with exercise and activities -- be it swimming, walking or running, badminton and yoga. Despite the busy lifestyle we all have, I tried my very best to maintain my weight, and though I found it challenging to shed of the post-baby weight, I managed to do it.

Now, I am 9 months pregnant and ready to deliver in a week's time... and soon will be faced with post-pregnancy fats once again... except this time I am much older than the first pregnancy -- so that may be a problem (I hope not). I miss running outdoors and on the treadmill. 

Like I said, I am your typical Asian girl who eats and exercises. However, there is a transformation which recently happened -- and though I am not fully vegetarian at this point in time... I am considering it seriously especially after I give birth (this September) and recover from the confinement period. So the question is, what happened and why was there a transformation?

My mother who lives in Manila is an advocate of drinking green juices made of Malunggay or Moringga leaves together with some fruits. She would blend these leaves together with banana or other fruits. In the past 3 years that she has been doing this, she noticed a lot of changes in her body. She is now 60 years old, but looks younger than her age, as well as younger than her siblings (who are younger than her). Her skin is great and glowing, and she also noticed the slight baldness and shedding of hair has in fact reversed -- lots of hair growing back on the top of the head where it used to be thinning out. She also has a lot of energy for someone her age, and many often would compliment her for the complexion and say she looks even better than when she was younger. She would often ask me if I blended some moringga leaf here in KL, which I sometimes would. Unlike Manila, here the markets do not sell Moringga leaves... only the fruits. So I struggle to find those leaves which have so many medicinal properties. It is considered a miracle plant back in the Philippines -- because it can cure many things and have so many properties that are beyond imagination for a small leaf like that. I was able to order some Moringga leaf at the TTDI market just recently -- through a Malay lady who has a fruit and vegetable shop. I had to convince her and follow up several times before she could get it for me. She mentioned that Malaysians usually just buy the fruit and no one buys the leaves. Thankfully after much convincing (and seeing that I am pregnant), she gave in. Now I have some stock. It is proven that when you drink soup with a lot of moringga leaf, you can get more breastmilk, and that is why I am gearing up on some stock.

You can read more about Moringga here. You will be amazed with all the properties of this leaf.

Back to the vegetarian story and why I could envision myself turning into one.

After all the talk about moringga, the next stage was talking about juicing. We bought some new blenders which can effectively blend smoothies and so far we have been happy with the Philips brand. We used it to blend the leaves with fruits and sometimes a little bit of iced tea (to make it tasty). After a while, I got tired of the blending -- simply because there is too much fiber and we would need plenty water or juice to thin out the mixture. Since my old Philips juicer stopped working a year ago, I was considering in buying a new one -- but like all consumers -- it is confusing out there! We don't know which one effectively to buy.

I read up on juicers and found out about the new breed of masticating juicers which are more effective in juicing out the enzymes from fruits and vegetables. The problem is it is way pricier than the normal juicers out there -- and when I say normal it means these are the centrifugal juicers which are available everywhere. The normal juicers which uses high-speed blades to separate the juice from the fiber, the type that sounds like a jet airplane taking off when you turn on the machine. There are cheap versions and expensive ones -- depending on the wattage. But after careful study -- the best is to invest in a slow, masticating juicer so that you get optimum vitamins and enzymes from your produce.

After I decided on purchasing one, I had no regrets. I have been juicing for more than a month now. And what started as just juicing snowballed into other things.

This is how the journey started.


I read up on Jason Vale, a guy who is popular in the UK for juicing, in fact they call him a Juice Master. He encouraged people to go on juice fasts which will help cleanse the insides of our body -- since we have been pouring toxins and junk stuff in it for so many years. Listening to him and reading his website got me more and more convinced about Juice Fasting. I investigated further.

Juice fasting research will surely land you on this movie-documentary called: Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (see LINK here). An Australian called Joe Cross who documents his 60-days of juice fasting -- its effect and how he influenced other peoples' lives. It is such an inspiring documentary -- I highly recommend people to watch it. Easy to watch and entertaining, it will show you the transformation of a normal overweight male to a healthy & younger-looking Joe Cross after the fast. 

So after watching these two guys talking and documenting their lives and how it has changed -- my husband was convinced on the juice fast. He went on a juice fast for 3 weeks. For 3 long weeks, he had juices for breakfast and lunch, plus extra juices in between. Then on the evenings, I would serve soup or salad -- so that we could still have some family time and he would not feel too deprived. He lost 5kg in that 3 weeks. He had more energy than when we were eating full meals, and went on exercise more often than back then (when I would nag him to go exercise). He went on 10k running at TTDI and 12-14km hikes on TTDI trails ... and he would do that back to back on Saturdays and Sundays.


Apart from that interesting documentary, the search for more knowledge landed me on more films which are out there -- yet left undiscovered by our family despite the internet age. I am thankful I took time to watch these -- as it helped shift the perspective on our diets. On how we can change and eat for the better. How I have been living on an unhealthy diet despite knowing the information that we should eat our VEGETABLES and FRUITS.

The following are the films and documentaries I watched, coupled with some notes on my opinion of them so you could get a preview of what it is about. Embarking on this discovery really convinced me, my husband and even my maid (who would watch with me oftentimes), that the way to go is vegetarian -- or at least to turn most of our life's meals into vegetarian.


The Gerson Therapy - this came up several times when I searched for juicing. You will discover that somewhere in Mexico, there is an institute who used juicing and colon cleansing to treat cancer. The more I read and watched about the Gerson Therapy, the more fascinated I was. The work they have done is amazing. They were able to cure cancer. Not all cases though -- but it provides hope to certain types of cancer and people who are willing to go the natural way -- rather than chemotherapy.

It's interesting an article came up recently saying that a majority of doctors wouldn't undergo chemotherapy themselves. I guess it's the effect of watching many of their patients suffer through it. While the Gerson therapy -- the daughter of Max Gerson herself, would try and test all the procedures that go along with it... drinking the juices, cleansing the colon, etc. What a big difference.

If you want a quick summary preview of what Gerson Therapy is, just check out this 1 minute film on YOUTUBE which summarizes it easily. This also gives you a preview to FOOD MATTERS, a film that I would recommend people to watch. In fact, I would like to share the list -- a rundown of films which I have watched over the past weeks which really opened my eyes to the world we are in today -- a world of over-eating, a world of too much meat and fast foods that are leading to unhealthy lifestyles. The unhealthy lifestyle will end in serious diseases, one which we face so commonly today, in the form of diabetes, skin diseases, obesity, heart diseases, and cancer.


1. Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead - entertaining and easy to watch. Will surely be inspired! This Australian will make you change your mind about juice fasting-- even if you just do it for a day or few days to cleanse and detox your body.

Watch his transformation -- you won't believe the changes!

2. Forks Over Knives - will open your eyes to what can really help heal our bodies -- which is plant-based diets. Very informative with studies and statistics that will convince you as well that MILK -- yes, cow's milk is bad for you.

Very informative documentary
3. Food Matters - includes a bit of introduction to the Gerson therapy, as well as discussion about how vitamins and minerals can help heal our bodies the natural way.

4. Hungry for Change - a follow up to the earlier film mentioned (Food Matters). I found this one more interesting than Food Matters, especially as it included personalities sharing their own experiences of change. You will see extreme cases where these people were so overweight and their perspective on how we can overcome these through proper diet.

5. Food Inc. - this one will need some preparation -- you will get a sneak peek into the slaughterhouses which will not be a pretty picture. It talks about how fast food changed the way we eat and the way the food industry is driven. The impact of fast food's demand for even-shaped chicken, how farmers had to obey the multi-nationals in terms of their demands -- which in the end results to animal cruelty. The old picture of "Old Macdonald had a farm" where animals roamed freely is now a myth. The "farms" where animals are raised are really horrible. This will really make you think differently about your food. It includes hidden cameras which gives you a sneak peek into factories that don't want you to see what's really going on.
Animal cruelty and how fast food companies are changing the food landscape

6. Vegucated - This is a documentary about 3 people who took a challenge to turn into vegetarians for 6 weeks. You will see their struggles and success -- as well as the journey of what made them change their minds about meat-eating. Easy to watch film about New Yorkers who took the challenge and gained a wonderful experience to the world of vegetarian / vegan.  Find the film info here: 

A light film about New Yorkers who took the challenge -- and became vegetarians.

7. The Gerson Miracle - this is where you meet up close and personal many people who survived cancer -- through the Gerson Therapy. Instead of chemotherapy, they chose the natural path and survived. 

The Cure for Cancer is in fact known yet I don't understand why the US government and many doctors oppose to talking about it. They doubt the results and try to discredit what is in fact something that could help people.
8. The Beautiful Truth - this explores the Gerson therapy through the eyes of a young boy, someone who read up on Gerson Therapy and became curious about it. He meets with different kinds of people -- from scientists, doctors to patients as he embarked on the journey to find out the truth. 

9. Supersize Me - Oh my ... this one was the opposite of Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. This film supersize me shows a healthy guy who becomes unhealthy -- to the brink of hurting his liver through a strict McDonald's diet for 30 days. Even the doctors did not suspect that a diet of fast food for 30 days will have THAT much of a bad effect, they thought only cholesterol levels would go up -- but they were wrong. So MANY MANY things change when we eat fast food for many days straight -- and this guy went through hell and back just to prove it to us.

SuperSize Me will surely make you think twice before you enter McDonald's again.
10. Dying to Have Known - a film maker who loves nature and mother Earth gets curious about the Gerson Therapy. So he set out a journey to find out for himself-- to prove or disprove that the Gerson Therapy works. He want to know for himself so he went on a 52-day journey to get evidence and conduct interviews.

Beautifully made film which sets out to prove (or disprove) if the Gerson Therapy really works

I am positive that there are many more films to be viewed, which I am excited to explore. I will eventually share an updated list. Meanwhile, I hope to leave you with these... pick and choose which one interests you more. All I know is that the combination of those films -- plus your own common sense -- will convince you that going back to our roots -- a plant-based diet is the way to go.

It is more humane. It is healthier. It is the right way.

I don't know if I can sustain a full vegan or vegetarian way of life. All I know is that we have to effect some changes NOW. For our future and the future of our children. 

I see so many "unhealthy" people walking around. Am I jumping into conclusions when I say unhealthy? Well, try sitting in a cafe in KL and watch how many people with huge bellies and can't walk properly passing by. You can see how many people are lining up for fast food like McDonald's and KFC -- and I just hope for their sake that they are not eating those every single day.

I used to think it was acceptable to eat fast food every now and then. After the films I have watched, believe me, you would think twice -- especially as I allowed my daughter to eat those stuff. Never again.

So far my daughter has been enjoying tofu, squash soup and zucchini soup that I have prepared. She is getting to know more and more vegetables and been drinking carrot-apple-orange juice every morning instead of milk. I know there is a long journey for our vegetarian discovery -- and I am eager to learn new recipes that I have never tried. I have started to venture out of my comfort zone in terms of restaurants that we frequent -- and tried some of those organic / vegetarian places. I also started shopping at some organic shops, plus I am happy to see that the online delivery system for Organic produce is starting to gain momentum (though I haven't tried their services yet).

Once I deliver this baby, the true test begins. I hope that people who read this will at least take the first step -- watch the films. Try out a vegetarian restaurant. Read up on the effects of a plant-based diet. Don't wait until it is too late. 

Purple Cane Restaurant Review at MIdValley Gardens Mall

The Purple Cane Restaurant at Gardens Mall (basement)
The Gardens Mall has always been a favorite of mine, simply because the crowd is manageable, we often find parking, the baby facilities were great and it's attached to MidValley Mall which allows access to almost anything you need. Often when we were there, we would have a meal at the basement where the very busy Din Tai Fung (Chinese restaurant that serves pork) would serve its world-famous Xiao Long Bao along with a host of other delicious dishes. Most of the Chinese who frequent the mall also have the same idea as myself -- so the place tends to get packed and busy, and sometimes the queue can be long!

Because of that, as well as the introduction through a friend, we ventured to the neighboring restaurant called Purple Cane. And since I have set my chopsticks on those Abalone Mushroom, I was in love with the place! The abalone mushrooms are cooked perfectly (to my taste). Love the sweet-tangy sauce that comes with it and the way they have stir-fried it with some chili (which I don't eat, and it doesn't make the dish spicy at all). 

It's easy to turn vegetarian when I am in that restaurant, because the non-meat options are aplenty and tasty... so we would often visit this place when we are in Gardens. The service is usually good -- depending where you sit. There were times getting the the attention of waiters were a challenge, sometimes the food takes long, and certain times when everything is just perfect. Guess it depends on how busy they are.

I would often order their tofu dishes. The one below is what I would always order... though yesterday (Saturday Aug 31, 2013 Merdeka day), we tried a different tofu dish. The one which I usually order is huge and comes with some sauce. There were a few times though they ran out of it when we visited. Just to note.

Usually would order this tofu dish
The usual table set-up of Purple Cane would be the moon-shaped plate with a chopstick and a soup spoon. This is their menu. They also provide baby chairs and baby table settings.

Table setting at Purple Cane

One of the let-down and disappointing dish at Purple Cane would be their duck wrap. We ordered this one time long ago, and it was so, so dry and tough. I spoke to the manager that time and they allowed us to cancel the dish. I suggest that if you want some serious duck rolls, go somewhere else because their version might not suit you.

Not good at Purple Cane - duck wrap dish, skip it! After one bad experience, we never ordered it again.

Hubby wanted something warm so he ordered one of their specialty teas which was about RM13 per pot. It was good and the waiters are usually very attentive in refilling the hot water and transferring it to another pot so your tea will not turn bitter.

Tea time at Purple Cane - one of their special teas

Forgot the name of the tea -- I remember it was RM13 per person per pot

We wanted to try a new vegetable dish which we didn't order before, so we opted for the lotus root with macadamia nuts and celery. It was pretty good and we were satisfied with our order. We would also often take the green tea infused rice together with the dishes.

Green Tea infused rice and Lotus Root Vegetable dish with Celery and Macadamia Nuts
The must-eat dish for me is the Abalone Mushrooms which are stir-fried with onions and chili. This is an absolute must for anyone who goes there (in my opinion). I love the way the sauce taste and how my little daughter mistook the mushrooms for "chicken" at some point in time. When we brought some kids to this restaurant, they all liked this dish and would eat it with the rice happily. One way to get them to eat mushrooms!

Abalone mushrooms stir-fried with Chili and Onions -- a must try dish!
Another favorite of ours, including my 3-year old daughter would be the lei cha soup, which is a greenish soup that is served in a teapot. Then they would give out small, little cute cups where you can pour out the hot soup. My daughter would look for it and say Mama where is the green soup?

Lei Cha Tea Soup - nice and must try this too!
We decided to try another tofu dish apart from our usual one (the tofu withs sauce). The waitress suggested we try the fried tofu which has a mix of a bit of shrimp and comes with a mayonnaise sauce. It was okay -- tasty and you could really tell there are some shrimp taste inside. I am still more partial towards our usual tofu dish and will revert to the usual when we do go back again.

Fried tofu with green mayo sauce (Golden Beancurd)
Bill for 3 adults and 1 toddler came up to about RM 85.55. Take note we were on a carb-diet and didn't want to eat a lot of rice, so we shared only 2 cups of rice. Plus, we have the Gardens Club card / HSBC credit card which gives you a discount for a la carte items. Love this place as they often have discount for both cards that we have... but if you take lunch sets of course that is already a good deal and won't have discount anymore.

RM85.55 for 3 adults and 1 child (with our HSBC discount)
Final Bill

Purple Cane Restaurant
Mid Valley Gardens Mall, Lower Ground Floor
(beside Din Tai Fung)
Tel 03-2287 4131

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