Barbara Harrisson - A good friend of Orang Utan

Barbara Harrisson (1922-2015) passed away the morning of the 27th December following a heart attack. She lived a full 93 years and had nearly  completed her memoirs. She was an art historian, archaeologist, and naturalist renowned for her work on primate conservation and the prehistory of Borneo.

May Barbara rest in peace. 


The FORCE is strong with this one.


This series of Lingzhi photo provided by one of our customer showing how powerful Lingzhi is. 

It suppose to grow from the box opening but it has grown from the top part of the box. It never happened to any of our customers before. 

Congratulation Ming for getting 'the stubborn one' 

我不想说我不会

15岁觉得游泳难,放弃游泳,到18岁遇到一个你喜欢的人约你去游泳,你只好说“我不会”。18岁觉得英文难,放弃英文,28岁出现一个很棒但要会英文的工作,你只好说“我不会”。人生前期越嫌麻烦,越懒得学,后来就越可能错过让你动心的人和事,错过新风景。
—— 蔡康永

Koi-koi



The Japanese phrase is pronounced as koikoi, koikoi. Literally it means koi fish coming, love is in the air. It's a 3 days holiday in Japan and I'm taking a break to enjoy Japan's natural scenery. -Mervin

Black Fungus 5 Course Meal Recipe Series : Entree Fried Egg With Black Fungus

We hope that you already managed to cook the Black Mushroom Soup and the Appetizer: Black Fungus Refreshing Salad of the Black Fungus 5 Course Meal. 

In this post, you will learn how to cook the Entree using Black Mushroom(a.k.a Black Fungus/Black Wood Ear and etc)

Entree: Fried Egg with Black Fungus


Chinese name: 木耳炒鸡蛋 (mù ěr chǎo jī dàn)

Fried Egg with Black fungus is a delicious entrée as the eggs fluffy and provide textural contrast to the crispy black fungus.

This home-style dish can be prepared year-round, since its ingredients are always available. Black fungus is rich in 
  1. Protein, 
  2. Vitamin E
  3. Iron, and 
  4. Has a reputation in Chinese herbal medicine for improving circulation. In addition to the nutritious egg, this is really a health-preserving dish.
Ingredients:
  1. 200g soaked black fungus or your own freshly grown pesticide-FREE Black fungus
  2. 2-3 eggs
  3. 1 carrot
  4. chopped green onion
  5. pepper powder
  6. salt
  7. sesame oil
Note: The amounts above can be adjusted according to one's personal taste.

Preparation:
  1. Soak the dry black fungus in cold water for 20-30 minutes until they fully expand or use fresh pesticide-FREE Black fungus that you grown yourself. Clean them well, and trim off the stems with scissors. Tear them into small pieces, and set aside.
  2. Wash and peel the carrot, and then cut it into thin diamond-shaped slices. Place onto a plate.
  3. Crack the eggs into a bowl or a small basin. Beat it up.
  4. Heat some oil in the wok and add the beaten eggs. Stir-fry for a few seconds until the eggs set. Turn off the heat, remove the eggs and set aside.
  5. Heat some more oil and add the green onions and stir-fry for ten seconds until fragrant. Add the carrot slices and black fungus and stir-fry over high heat for about one minute. Add the salt and pepper and cook another twenty seconds. 
  6. Turn the heat to low, add the eggs and stir-fry for another thirty seconds.
  7. Turn off the heat, remove the contents from the wok and serve on a fine porcelain plate.
Fried Egg with Black Fungus Completed
Your own cooked Entree: Fried Egg with Black Fungus















Credit to: travelchinaguide.com for the recipe.

Black Fungus 5 Course Meal Recipe Series : Appetizer

Previously we shared you a recipe on how to cook Black Mushroom Soup. 

In this post, we will share with you how to prepare one delicious and simple to prepare Appetizer with total time of ONLY 10 mins (5mins for preparation and 5 mins to cook)

Black Fungus Refreshing Salad Recipe

Appetizer: Black Fungus Refreshing Salad


Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cup rehydrated wood ears(refer to foot note 1) or fresh mushrooms(can be even your own planted), washed and cut into bite sized pieces
Own grown fresh pesticide-free black mushroom using Moku-moku DIY Mushroom Box.

  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Chinkiang vinegar (or other Chinese black vinegar)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/3 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/3 yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup almond, smashed

Black Fungus Salad (凉拌木耳) - an easy, healthy and refreshing Chinese appetizer | Omnivore's Cookbook
Instructions
  1. Bring a medium-sized pot of water to a boil. Add wood ear mushrooms and cook for 2-3 minutes (*see footnote 2). Turn off heat and transfer wood ears to a colander. Rinse with tap water and drain. Set aside.
  2. Combine light soy sauce, Chinkiang vinegar, sugar, and sesame oil in a small bowl. Stir well.
  3. About 10 minutes before serving (*see footnote 3), add wood ear and all the bell peppers into a large bowl, pour in sauce, and top with cilantro and smashed almonds.
  4. Mix well and serve as an appetizer or a side.


Notes
(1) You can use dried wood ear mushrooms. For rehydrating wood ears, soak dried wood ears in warm water for 1 hour or in cold water overnight. The texture of the wood ears will be better if rehydrated in cold water for over 6 hours. However, using the fresh black fungus that you grown yourself will be a whole new experience.

(2) It always safer to slightly cook wood ears before serving. Although rehydrated wood ears are edible, the sometimes contain dirt and could have been polluted during the dehydration process. Boiling will help sanitize the wood ears without changing their texture or flavor.

(3) Bell peppers will taste better after soaking in the sauce. However, if you mix in the sauce too early, the bell peppers will lose water and dilute the sauce.

Recipe credit to: http://omnivorescookbook.com


One-of-a-kind Rose Mushroom! [not photoshopped]


Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
flowers are beautiful,
so does Moku-moku.


Well, I actually grew this Pink Oyster Mushroom in Fukuoka, Japan. I went back to KL last August and brought back a few boxes of Moku-moku to grow and experiment with different climate. I managed to grow it in September. It's not a bonzai, I didn't do anything to create such shape. Coincidentally it grew into a lovely rosy shape. Lucky! 
But now the weather is too cold to grow. 2nd batch didn't make it. Too bad...

Hey don't you try it out and let us know what you get?
Here‘s the link --> www.mokumoku.my
By Mervin

Black Fungus 5 Course Meal Recipe Series : Soup

Do you ever thought of a full 5 Course Meal which included:


1) Soup
2) Appetizer
3) Entree/Salad
4) Main Course
5) Dessert/ Pudding

all are using Black Fungus?

Black fungus is a typical chinese dried good. It is also known as wood ear fungus. When re-hydrated, it expands.

In this first post of the Black Fungus 5 Course Meal Recipe Collection, we would like to share how to prepare your first own dish : Soup


Black Mushroom Soup Recipe
Plant your own pesticide-free fresh black mushroom (www.mokumoku.my)

First of all, you need to prepare the ingredients below:
  • 2 eggs
  • 50g soft tofu
  • 50g black fungus, (you can buy dried black fungus that need soaking and rehydrating or plant your own pesticide-free black mushroom at your home (www.mokumoku.my).
  • 2 tbsp ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • Dash of sesame seed oil and salt
  • 1 tbsp chopped spring onion
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch mixture
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 700ml vegetable soup stock

Directions
  1. Beat the egg in a bowl
  2. Cut the black fungus and soft tofu into thin strips
  3. Heat the cooking oil in a wok, add the spring onion and fry for 30 seconds. Add the soup stock and bring to a boil
  4. Add the tofu and black fungus
  5. Bring the soup back to a boil
  6. Add soy sauce or salt to taste
  7. Add the cornstarch mixture to thicken the soup
  8. Remove from heat and do the egg drop
  9. Place the rice vinegar and pepper into the serving bowl, pour the soup in and mix
  10. Add the sesame seed oil and serve

The spiciness of the soup comes from the ground pepper and the tartness comes from the rice vinegar. You can substitute with apple cidar vinegar or any natural vinegar.


Let's cook your own Black Mushroom Soup and share us your photo and tell us what the soup meant to you below. 
*Besides, share this recipe to your friends and family that you think they need this recipe. 

If we were to have a Moku-moku Beauty Contest

Ladies and gentlemen,
babies and elephant,

Welcome to the International Moku-moku mushroom beauty competition!
It has been an exciting day
and the panel judges were having a difficult time choosing the winner.

Now is the time to announce the winners.

First, in the forth place, we have Annie's, Ho's, Nick's, Evon's, Goon's, Yeni's, King's, 欣's. 
(applause)
(horray...)

Annie's white cluster
Ho's mischievous twins
Nick's Blaster
Evon's sweetheart forest
Goon's Lagoon
Yeni's Goreng goreng
King's Trumpet
欣‎'s Forest 

Coming up next, we have the 2nd runner up. Lingyee's, Elaine's, Mecci's, Sean's and Sara's!! A big round of applause to them. They have worked really hard to come up with shapes and design that are unique and fun to look at.

Lingyee's snow white
Elaine's elegant brown
Mecci's Hibiscus
Sean's Wrinkle Wonkle
Sara's Studio Bloom

Next, our first runner-up goes to....
(drum rolls...)
Khor's Wave of Glory, Jack's Invasion, and Soo's Grey Giant Orchid
Khor's Wave of Glory
Jake's Invasion
Soo's Grey Giant Orchid 


And the winner of 2015 Moku-moku Beeeauty Contest goes to.....
(drum rolling....)

Nicole's magnificent sunflower
With the length of 13.5cm, it has outgrown most competitor.
It looks elegant, tall, and classy.
No wonder the judges couldn't take their eyes off her.
Congrats again to Nicole!
(crowd thundering cheer and applause...)
Nicole's Magnificent sunflower
 Well, that's all for Moku-Moku Beauty Contest 2015! See you next year!!!!
A big thanks to our platinum sponsor Moku-moku









How to grow mushroom using Moku-moku DIY Mushroom Box? Simple Instruction Video Included

Here's are simple video instruction that gives you an idea on how to grow 
Moku-moku DIY Mushroom Box.



Credit: 
Video shooting - Sean Chai
Editing & Stitching - Mervin Low
BGM - Abhyughimire


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Moku-moku DIY Mushroom Box is an educational DIY Mushroom Growing Kit in Malaysia. 
Our aim is to create a learning experience to connect us with food and nature.
- Get one today at www.mokumoku.my -
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Moku-moku Raya Special Promotion


Time to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri !

Moku-moku would like to celebrate this Raya by giving you an additional 10% discount on top of our current package. Just type the discount code: mokuraya at checkout and you will get extra 10% off . 

Besides, to give additional value to you, we provide FREE DELIVERY with any purchase of RM 50  and above.

What more special to celebrate this Raya festive season and holiday by growing your own pesticide-free Oyster Mushroom or Sweet Heart Rose Mushroom or Mystical LingZhi, harvest and cook for your love one during this special festive. Get it now at www.mokumoku.my


Moku-moku Raya Promotion
Get your own Moku-moku DIY Mushroom Box at 10% off at www.mokumoku.my

Besides, do you know that we have below three products that already being launched:

1) Grey Oyster Mushroom (Our Best Seller)


Moku-moku Grey Oyster Mushroom

One of the most popular edible mushrooms in Malaysia. You can see it in your TomYam too. 
The Grey Oyster Mushroom - is one of the most popular edible mushrooms in Malaysia. It has a tender texture that is both juicy and flavourful. It is a good source of protein and dietary fibers that is also low in sodium, saturated fat, and cholesterol, making it the preferred choice among vegetarians.

Moku-moku Sweetheart Rose Mushroom
The Rose Sweetheart mushroom for your sweetheart

Sweetheart Rose Mushroom: A perfect gift for your sweetheart/darling/honey/baby/dear/sayang. Just make sure you don't call the wrong name. A great experience for you and your love ones.


The Medicine Mushroom to add power in you,

Known as the bonzai of the mushroom world. Lingzhi symbolizes well-being, longevity, divine power and success.





DOUBLE the Fun with different Mushrooms

Moku-moku DIY Mushroom Box gives you DOUBLE fun experience of growing mushroom at the comfort of your home or office. You can choose between Grey oyster mushroom, Pink Sweetheart and Mystical Lingzhi.

Let's together celebrate this Raya festive with something new and fun, Moku-moku DIY Mushroom Box and grab the chance to enjoy the fun and experience with 10% discount. Remember to use the discount code: mokuraya at mokumoku.my  now !


Moku-moku Participates Penang Green Carnival 2015



Moku-moku first appearance in Penang Green Carnival 2015 as Co-organiser was a blast. It was held on the 13th & 14th June 2015 at 1st Avenue Penang. 


CM Lim Guan Eng on stage for opening ceremony speech and presented token of appreciation for the event Co-organizers, partners and sponsors.


This year our theme for the event is Food to Waste Challenge. By correctly answering all the "tough" questions, you will be rewarded with 1 box of Moku-moku DIY Mushrom Box! 

Participants were having fun, taking photos with our "mushroom farm".





A great thank you to our enthusiastic and helpful volunteers, William, Joe,
Tan Beng Hin, Katherine for making this exhibition successful. 



Thank you to the Event Organizer, Penang Green Council, for hosting such awesome event!



The Making of Moku-moku's Graphic Design



We are lucky to be able to meet a talented designer,  Leong EngKit, through a mutual friend. The graphic design is pretty much single handed designed by him and we did little changes for the design. 


Mervin and I input the demographics that the products are focusing on, the growing experience, the message of the Moku-moku wants to emphasis on, the information we wish to show our customers. 
These are some of the work-in-progress drafts and prototype:




If you like our effort for bringing fun and exciting growing experience for the people, please do support and buy from us at http://mokumoku.my/. Thanks.

Moku-moku together with WWF, USM and etc as Co-organizers in Penang Green Carnival 2015


Moku-moku feel proud to be the to together with  WWF (the international conservation organization), USM (Malaysia only APEX university) and etc as Co-organizers in the coming Penang Green Carnival 2015.


Do you know that, Penang Green Carnival (PGC) will be the 5 times organized in Penang? The Penang Green Carnival is an annual event by the Penang Green Council. The carnival aims to create awareness and develop the growing interest among the public towards a greener and more sustainable living. The event seeks to influence everyone to inculcate green behaviour. 


This year the carnival, happening on 13 to 14 June 2015 (Sat to Sun), at 1st Avenue (Lower Ground Floor) Penang island, from 10am to 10pm,  is focusing on food and how our lifestyle choices can affect the food system and environment. With the theme "Make Our Food Last", the carnival will be a fun and exciting event. It will feature a series of awareness programmes, games and competitions, exhibitions, talks and discussion forums, and many more. 


Moku-moku agreed to be one of the co-organisers for Penang Green Carnival is due to Moku-moku and Penang Green Carnival shared almost same mission which is to inspire consumers to green and sustainable living.  Moku-moku still crafting the activities that aligns with the the Make Our Food Last. Below is a quick pre-view what activity that Moku-moku will be carried on that day is the "Waste to Food" Challenge. 

Moku-moku Waste To Food Challenge in Penang Green Carnival 2015
Moku-moku Waste To Food Challenge in Penang Green Carnival 2015

Stay updated about the what is Moku-moku progress in Penang Green Carnival 2015, by Liking our Facebook FanPage or subscribe to our Newsletter at www.mokumoku.my

When is the The Best Time to Harvest Your Moku-moku Oyster Mushroom?

A lot of our fans had fun growing Oyster Mushroom from Moku-moku Box. They carefully cut the opening, relentlessly water it 2-10 times a day, and got excited when they start to see mushroom buddings coming out of the soil bag.

But very often that they missed the right time to harvest the crop, and it became overgrown and unable to cook and eat it. 


Thus, the right timing for harvest is very important. There are 3 growing stages of mushroom examples below:

1. Immature Stage:
The Mushroom stem is long and the cap is small. You will need to wait for another 6-10 hours for it to become mature.


2. Mature Stage:
You can see the Mushroom Cap is significantly bigger. This is the best time to harvest it for fresh and delicious dining experience.



3. Overgrown stage:
If the mature mushroom is not harvest within 4-8 hours, it became overgrown. The edges of the mushroom cap has become uneven. The mushroom starts to lose moisture in it and it eventually dried if it is not harvest.


So guys, remember to monitor the growing stages of your mushroom. It can happen so quickly as mushroom grows from buddings to mature stage in just 24-36 hours.

Once you harvest it, turn it into your favorite delicious dishes. For me, I would opt for crunchy fried oyster mushroom.

Remember to visit us at www.mokuomku.my to support us. Thank you and happy growing mushroom!