It was with saddened hearts that our country’s legacy has since passed away… For all that he has done for the country and people, the ability to transform Singapore from a village to a developed country in a span of few decades, the amount of determination, sacrifices and strength it takes is far beyond words. There’s a saying in Mandarin that goes 先有国，才有家 is undoubtedly so true. Without Mr LKY giving his whole and sacrificing himself in building up the country, there can be no you and I comfortably sitting here, penning down or even reading this post. And as I was reading all the articles about him these two days, what makes him an even more extraordinary being, other than his utmost leadership is the unwavering love he has for his wife that stretches for five decades. In a modernized society that’s full of temptations today, a relationship that manages to stay constant and unwavering for 5 years can be a huge challenge, moreover five decades. In fact, the sentimental part of him is what that touches me far more than his prevailing leadership.
LKY after his wife’s death: “For reasons of sentiment, I would like part of my ashes to be mixed up with Mama’s, and both her ashes and mine put side by side in the columbarium. We were joined in life and I would like our ashes to be joined after this life.”
This is the utmost true love of which “till death do us part”. And who dare said such love only appears in movies and dramas. It exists, it does exist in our lives, in our generation, in our society and as real as it can be. With that, I hope that Mr LKY can RIP and be reunited in heaven with his most beloved wife.
And here’s a baked pork chop / tonkatsu which is absolutely healthy and delicious because it is baked and not deep fried and even though I did not have any tonkatsu sauce to go with it because I like to savor on crispy pork chops just as it is.
And you know what ? That further justify an oven can do the same for deep fried cuisine, further eliminating my temptations to get an air fryer ! Does that work for you too ? It’s always a war between needs and wants, isn’t it ?
Baked Pork Chops / Tonkatsu
- 2 pcs of pork loin
- 4 tbsps bread crumbs
- 1 tbsp cooking oil
- 1 tbsp flour
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- Using a meat pounder, pound the pork loin all over and make a few slits on the pork. This is to tenderise the pork so that it doesn't turn out hard and chewy.
- Rub the pork loin with salt and black pepper all over and set aside.
- In the meantime, prepare the breadcrumbs by cooking it with oil in a shallow wok using low fire till slightly golden brown. Set aside.
- Coat the pork loin with a layer of flour, dipped it in the beaten egg completely and coat it fully with the slightly brown bread crumbs.
- Bake in a pre-heated oven over a baking sheet at 190 degrees for 20-25 minutes (it took approximately 23 minutes on my oven on a fan mode.) until cooked or when the pork meat has turned white.
- Drizzle with some black pepper on the baked pork chop, slice and serve hot.