16 July, 2006

Once Bitten, Twice Shy...?

People often say "Once bitten, twice shy". I wonder, in life is it really that difficult to overcome a failure once you have encountered - may it be the pain, the guilt, the shame, the hurt, the disappointment? About 2 month ago, I tried my hands on cooking Fish Slice BeeHoon, my first in many months since I came back from Perth.

Even though it wasn’t fantastic, the joy of cooking again and the feeling of sampling the food I cook were astounding. Never to give up, I tried cooking it again a few weeks later and lo and behold, though the presentation was much better as compared to the my first try, it was much more oily and the soup wasn’t as tasty as I wanted it to be.

Would I try to cook and perfect it again? You bet I will. Would I shun away from it due to my past 2 failures – NO WAY!

All I do know is that if a 2nd chance is presented to me, I will grab it willingly and seek to improve on it. The question is, will there be this 2nd chance?

Ingredients used for my 2nd try

Fish Slice – 10 to 15 pieces

Prawns – 6 to 8, peeled and cleaned

Tomato – 1, cut into quarters

Bitter gourd – ¼ to ½, thinly sliced

Garlic – 2 to 3 cloves, smashed and not too thinly chopped

Beehoon – soaked and drained

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