Archive for the ‘Gastronomy’ Category

Not So Bitter

29/06/2017

It had been a while since we visited this shop. We used to frequent it when our children were schooling. As a beloved routine, we would send them to their respective schools, drop by the main market to get some provisions, then stop for a delicious breakfast before heading home. The staff at the shop would be preparing our regular orders before we could even get to a seat. The stall there was so popular that you would need to get there before noon to get a decent plate.

Then one day, we were late doing our regular run. We decided to drop by the shop anyway. Who knows, our regular stall might still be open?

Well, our regular stall wasn’t, but we this was.
So, a new stall was mounting up a challenge. Their offering was quite different. Spinach noodle. Home-made too. Yum. And something else.

Bitter gourd? Deep fried bitter gourd with salted egg. Oh my, what a lovely unique taste. This is addictive! I will have to make my way back again, and this time deliberately later in the day!

Taugeh Tips

20/04/2017

Hubby decided to experiment. He wanted to know how to grow beansprouts. What an adventurous and curious mind he has! He’s been at it for two weeks now. And look at the wonderful result!

Even if I had not been a fan of this fast-growing vegetable he would have “converted” me! So very nice! Yumm! Especially with some fried-to-crisp salted fish!

Pick Me Up

01/09/2016

I love this sort of start to the day.

img_7590Especially when in good company.

What more when the place is owned by good friends. Yes!

#thecrownborneohotel is where it is available

#thecrownscoffeecorner and #coffeecornerkk is where you go to order these lovingly prepared pick-me-up’s.

Ginormous Gastronomic Glee

13/06/2016

I kid you not. The prawns were huge.

But wait. I am jumping ahead of myself.

It was a free afternoon during our trip away because Hubby’s meeting time was changed. So we asked some friends at very short notice if anyone was free for lunch. Lo and behold, a group of half a dozen friends managed to meet up with us. Of these friends, there was one we had not seen for over 30 years! What a good time we had together!

We were treated to a splendid meal served at the Kampung Ku Restaurant at the Lake View Club. The signature fresh water prawn noodles was a memorable dish not just for it’s taste but also the size of the prawns!
IMG_5482Each prawn was divided lengthwise. Each half was a good 4 mouthful in size. 
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Cooked with the special sauce and noodle, it was so flavourful, I had four helpings of it! Definitely a must if you are in that part of the city! Yum!

Swanky Stuff

06/06/2016

Kid you not. This was a place which exuded “class’, “money”, “rich” and “excess”.  Initially unostentatious upon arrival, you are then warmly greeted and led down a long corridor. Leading off this passageway from both sides are rooms. Each room has at least one huge table with specific decor and table setting. Hubby and I were led to the second best room, because the top one was already booked.

With ample space for settees, side tables and more, the main dining table occupied pride of place below a chandelier.

The table setting… Quite unique.

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The dishes that were served were excellent. The was a discreet wait in between each item on the menu, but nothing that was too long. The highlight of the evening has to be the smoked and roasted piglet. The waft of smokiness which hits the nostrils and lingers at the back of the palate is both tantilizing and memorable.

This then, is the Peninsular Restaurant at the newly opened Evolve mall in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. I would love to go there again!

The One That Didn’t Get Away

23/05/2016

This was one that definitely didn’t get away. What’s more, it looks like it was caught using legitimate means!

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It’s very sad to know that some people dont catch fish. They bomb them, stunning and killing randomly. It’s such and irresponsible and selfish way to get a little bit of fish, causing much destruction.

Knowing this, we are actually thankful to receive this fish cooked like this!

Curry Puff Day

25/04/2016

What an amazing day. Three sets of curry puff from three different members of staff in one morning. image

It’s kinda fun.

It also shows our similar tastebuds Haha!

What’s more, two were purchased from the same shop!

Don’t you just love such folk?!

 

Edible Scales

25/04/2016

Who would have thought such things existed for fresh-water fish? I certainly never knew!

We were told that this particular fish, the Empura, is highly prized and very expensive. Hubby was gifted one and so we decided to take it to a restaurant to check it out.

When we showed it to the chefs, they immediately recognised it! Then they wanted to charge us extra to cook it! Hubby decided to walk away, and I joined him, grumbling as we did. That got the manager on duty worried because there were other guests. Good tactic eh?

Next thing you know, we got a good price for it and settled down with some friends to wait for it.

The wait was certainly worth it!

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The fish was sooooo nice! You have to taste it to know what I mean. The flesh melts in your mouth! The scales are nice to eat – they have an unusual texture – firm yet not rubbery. Yummy…. The simple steamed as is was the perfect way to cook it, bringing out the full flavours of the fish. Well done chefs!

I am now waiting for Hubby to be gifted with another … I hope it will be as soon as possible!

Manual Mode

28/03/2015

I bought a new bread maker. So I decided to give the old one to my helper.

Before passing it to her, I decided to test it out. I knew the stirring wings were a little dodgy – stiff and wouldn’t come off easily. So I decided that I should have a go and show my helper how it could be used.

Lo and behold, in the early process of mixing the dough, the wings snapped!

So I ended up having to mix by hand!
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Never having done it before, I had to go online to figure things out. Resting and waiting for the dough to rise…
IMG_0042 Later, I gingerly put the mixture in the other oven.

Then to my horror, when I came back, I found that my helper had turned it off by accident! When I checked online, everything said that half-cooked bread could not be re-cooked….

But it seemed such a waste. So I decided to experiment.

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Later, when it came out, it seemed all right. A little hard crust never hurt anyone. The question was, “What about the inside?”

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Got the bread knife out and voila! A little dense, but hey, not bad for trial and error!
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Nourishing Foods

15/01/2015

My favourite piece of equipment in the house at the moment has to be my breadmaker. Hubby had accumulated points from the use of our credit card so, with a little encouragement from a friend, we decided to chip in and make our own bread. Yummy!

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The wholemeal one is totally wholemeal-ed by us. Someone had given us hill rice, with the husks grounded off. So I scooped a little of the bran into the flour and added some rolled oats, and voila!

I also enjoy multigrain so into the mixture went pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and black sesame seeds …. yummilicious!

This is one of my favourite ways to eat my bread – cheese on toast with slices of cucumber. I could have this all day….IMG_4141