Sight, Sound & Taste of Diwali in Brickfields

26 10 2008

I adore everything under the category of Indian food. The sweets, the snacks, the banana leaf rice, the curry, the rotis, the chutney. Yum~ In this time of Deepavali festive mood, I just had to take a stroll along the length of Jalan Tun Sambanthan :D Brickfields is a bust of activities with the street lined up with stalls selling everything from muruku to sarees to cater for this festival.

homemade cookies

It is so refreshing to see striking colours in the form of food, clothing, greeting cards and decorations adorn the area. Hip and upbeat Bollywood music fills the air. The crowd, bargaining and walking away with new items in their hands tells you “yup, Deepavali is here”.

laddu
laddu

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durianberry experiments: playing with food

3 08 2008

I’m loaded with assignments. This usually happens 3 to 4 weeks into Uni. Blehhh. And one of our lecturers was offended by our attitude (I think he is just too short-tempered). The consequence – lacklustre lectures from him, a cancelled excursion and a difficult test to be thrown upon us. Sigh. The other day I went ahead with a bowl of tomyam although I was already feeling slightly unwell. Now I’m slapped with a week of drippy runny noise and cough ;P

Oh well, nevermind. I can reminisce about the food I enjoyed experimenting with last month… while I was at home – healthy and shaking legs with all the free time I had.

avocadoes

Some South African avocados I picked out at a supermarket. You can tell they were still unripe if it is relatively hard and does not yield to gentle pressure when held in the palm of the hand and squeezed. To get avocados to ripe faster, I simply wrap them in newspaper and leave in a cool, dry place.

guacamole

When they are ready, I used them to make yummy guacamole. Once you do cut into an avocado you want to eat it as quickly as possible. Or they will turn brown when oxidised. My favourite recipe for an authentic guacamole is from Simply Recipes. It has to have garlic, lime juice and cilantro! Then open up a bag of Chachos to go with it.

bullseye pizza

This is a thin crust version pizza. The recipe is versatile enough even I succeeded in making it! I used to buy premix from bakery shop because if I make from scratch, I always end up with pizza bread :( I spread some homemade tomato sauce and throw on some sausages. 5 minutes from done, I crack an egg on top and pop back into the oven. . Easy meal!

biscotti

This is a low fat healthy biscotti recipe which I substituted with almonds and my failed meringue (not so healthy anymore!). See what I mean by playing with food? Hehe. I like the recipe because it uses oil instead of butter. The biscotti didn’t turn out as crispy as I wanted. Maybe I messed with the ingredients too much. Nonetheless it was so good to dip into a cup of foamy coffee!

channa #1

When I saw Cynthia‘s post on channa (sautéed chickpeas), I had to ask her for the recipe. I only know about steamed chickpeas, which is one of my favourite Indian snacks besides muruku. And I am so happy to have attempted this version of cooking the chickpeas.

channa #2

I had to substitute and improvise some ingredients with what I had at home. This my sautéed chickpeas with red onions, paprika, freshly ground cumin and a stalk of spring onions at the end. So scrumptious! I love the balance of earthiness from the cumin and sweetness of spring onions. Thanks for the recipe, Cynthia.





Weekend in Malacca #1

25 07 2008

stadhuys

Last weekend I spent the time with a bunch of couchsurfer‘s in Malacca. Couch surfing is a project where the member offer his/her couch (@ a place to overnight) to another member traveller. This way, as a budget traveller, you can experience the culture through the local host and make friends along the way :)

fish paste noodle stall

We departed from KL at 7am. When we arrived in Melaka, the rain was pouring mercilessly on us. We waited, and waited, before the rain subside a little. Then head for breakfast with a grumbling stomach.

fish paste noodle

Dried style fish paste noodle I ordered. Seems like fish paste noodle can be found everywhere in Melaka.

tea

Mr. Ken “Chairman” was our organizer. He brought us to Mr. Yee’s teahouse for a demonstration of traditional Chinese tea preparation. His teahouse may not be as glamour as Boh’s in Cameron Highlands, but it is stocked with teapots of all kinds and tea leaves ranging from RM20/100g to RM80/100g. Then, Mr. Yee kindly became our guide for the day ;D

The Eight Immortals House
22, Jalan Laksamana,
75000 Melaka, Malaysia
yeetea@pd.jaring.my

rice

We just walk around in the town.. jumping in and out between food shops, free museums and souvenir shops.

street snacks #2

Some snacks and dried food stuff

street snacks #1

More snacks – dodol and nyonya kuih

Indian food

At around 3pm, we stopped at an Indian restaurant for banana leaf rice.

Indian food - puri

It is opposite Discovery Cafe where we were staying. For affordable yet comfortable accommodation, this place is it. I only paid RM15 for air-conditioned dorm :D

Discovery Cafe & Guest House
Mr. Teng Kim Sia
No. 3, Jalan Bunga Raya,
75100 Melaka
discoverycafe_1999@hotmail.com/yahoo.com

street - fried radish cake

After we have checked-in, the walk continues in and around Jonker Walk. Because of that refillable banana leaf rice, I was too full to try the fried radish cake ^.^;

trolley of pineapple tarts

A trolley of pineapple tarts left in the street.. keke. *evil instincts to cart it away*

street - cendol

I accompanied a couple from Mumbai, India and we had 2 bowls of cendol and a bowl of ABC. They’ve travelled East Malaysia, got a tattoo from the Iban, conquered Mount Kinabalu, hiked a couple of mountains, flew to Penang before meeting us in Malacca. Amazing! I’m so inspired after hearing so much travel stories. I want to travel and conquer each country’s food!





durianberry bakes: Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Squares

18 07 2008

#3

Love at first sight. My heart skipped at the sound of its name. I made the first move to click Save when I lay my eyes on the recipe in Smitten Kitchen

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#1

This recipe is simple and the result is yummy yummy ^.^ It’s basically a layer of cookie crumbs, a layer of condensed milk + cream cheese –> *squeeee!* then finished with chocolate glaze.

hershey dark

I only had a bar of expiry-date-in-danger Hershey Dark Chocolate, so I used that. I’m sure Valrhona or Callebaut will make a chocolaty-er, gourmet-er glaze ;D

#2

Dulce de leche is condensed milk thickened to caramel consistency. Starbucks was promoting their beverage with the same name sometime ago. But I prefer having a bite than a sip! :P And a heart full of thanks to CK of What2See for this Friendship award! *hugs*

Friend

I also want to share this friendship with fellow food bloggers:

Jian: Cokeworld Citizen (my makan buddy with superb knowledge about food)
CK Lam: What2See (Thanks for your friendship in return! The couple who has covered an extensive list of eating places in Penang under their belt)
Jason: Ipoh Mali Talak Sombong (the first flogger I’ve met and a very nice person)
Christine: Eyeeing on Happiness (flogger from the same uni as me!)





Taiping Steamed Chicken Rice & Cendol

23 05 2008

This post dates back to Labour’s Day, where I spent the day in Taiping. Folks here seem to enjoy the outdoor despite the heat. There were many people thronging Taiping Zoo and picnics set up at the Lake Garden. The most congested area are apparently places where family can spend time together. When we drove to town in search of food to fulfill lunch-time calling, the roads were almost empty and it was extremely easy to find a parking space :D

stall

Along Barrack Road, a coffeeshop located at the corner block housed a steamed chicken rice stall. There are a number of patrons tucking away happily.. so, food must be good :)

front

Hot steamy rice with the fragrance of chicken fat and pandan leaves wafted to our table :3~ I started drooling already.

steamed chicken

The chicken is wonderfully smooth and tender. Pretty good. Some parts of the chicken can be fatty though.

Chinese rice dumpling #2

Most tables have a plate of Chinese rice dumplings (bak zhang/zhong zhi) on their table. It might turn out to be a regret if we didn’t try. The portion is quite big too. They are served with a bottle of Kampung Koh chilli sauce, made in Sitiawan, Perak.

Chinese rice dumpling #1

A substantial amount of chinese mushroom and pork embedded in glutinous rice which can be easily picked up with a chopstick, and a dab into the sweet sour chilli sauce.. couldn’t have been more perfect ^.^

The price came to about RM28 for 4. The dumpling is about RM5.

front

By Jian‘s recommendation, dessert is the famous Bismillah Cendol also at Barrack Road. It’s located further up from the chicken rice stall. Business is very good here. Two families arrived in their cars at the same time as us. Luckily we still manage to find a table to sit.

stall

There are also a pasembor stall in the shop and a laksa cart just outside. A good place for brunch, afternoon snacks and tea-time. Since we have had lunch, we went straight for the stripped version cendol. I think it would be so good with pulut. Unfortunately we couldn’t stomach any more starch :P

price

Cendol

The strips of cendol is fragrant with distinctive pure pandan flavour. Jian said that the cendol is made fresh at the back of the stall. Overall, I find it not as good as Penang’s Teochew cendol though. The taste of coconut milk is more prominent. I prefer cendol with more gula melaka taste :>





KL Eat & Shop: Night 3

18 05 2008

We parted way with Jian’s friend and took the KTM to Midvalley. From all the walkings in the afternoon, our time at The Garden’s was much more leisurely. What else to eat.. but a few licks of Italian gelato to cool off ^.^

cups

cones

gelati

A selection of gelati which you can kindly request to try until you find the right flavour. Being intrigued, I tried some figs gelato, honey toffee malt gelato and a bright Ferrari red raspberry gelato. They did’t taste that good, so ultimately..

tri gelato

We ordered lychee, strawberry and green tea. 3 scoops in a cup is approximately RM15. The best of the trio is lychee flavour. Definitive strong lychee taste that isn’t too sweet and very refreshing, almost like a sorbet minus the graininess. The strawberry gelato was a bit too sweet.

butter mount

We actually polished off the gelato at SBread (got place to sit mah :P), which is just around the corner. There is a small counter which you can sample 3 types of their bread (plain, sesame or charcoal) and jam (pandan, vanilla or yam).

thai iced tea

We ordered their set inclusive of Iced Thai Milk Tea and yam topped charcoal bread for RM10. The Thai tea has very good flavour! Best milk tea ever :3~

charcoal bread with yam jam

Their soft charcoal bread is deemed to be healthy. It tastes just like ordinary bread. The edible charcoal powder used to make the bread is grounded from the Moso bamboo which is naturally black in colour. The yam jam with chunks of yam was sweet, perhaps they should go easy on the over-generous topping.

I was told of this little shack by a reader, Jocelyn Mah sometime ago and regretted I didn’t come here sooner ;D The staffs are helpful but we had a little problem understanding their Thai accented English.

Jian’s review





KL Eat & Shop: Night 2

7 05 2008

After our visit to Aquaria KLCC, we took a 10 minutes walk from KL Convention Centre to The Pavilion. That signals for a tummy refuel!

J. Co

Not a single day at J Co. without queing ;D When we reach the counter with the vast display of yummy donuts, our order is none other than Al Capone. Then Jian wanted Miss Green T to test the authenticness of the green tea used. Both passed her expectation. Hehe.

promo

With John King just across the corner, the temptation of an ongoing promo is too much to resist. 12 tarts consisting all flavours and a few packs of biscuits later, the *kaching* of the cashier machine is heard. (You can click on the pic for a larger version to view the pricing).

egg tarts

This is how freshly baked egg tart looks like :D The curd is like a beautiful golden sun.

pies

A selection of pies we didn’t try…

We hung around The Pavilion while waiting for the temu janji with Jason and the other secret floggers which Jason has invited along. Then coincidently we bumped into him, looking all smart in collared long-sleeve. Me and Jian – in tshirt. Ekks~ n_n; Eventually we learned that the other secret floggers are the pretty CityGal and funny tankiasu

bbq chicken wings

Finally all of us met up at Wong Ah Wah at Jalan Alor. I’ve never been here before despite many reviews from bloggers and the media alike. The most famous dish here, barbecue chicken wings. Juicy and succulent meat with crispy skin. Nicely caramelized to give sweetness to the chicken. Ahh so good!

roast pork noodle

Stir fried roast pork and wantan mee. A tad bit oily to my liking. Nevertheless the roast pork is pretty delicious.

satay

Yummy hot satay! Tender and not very fatty. The peanut sauce is rather bland though. But as Jason said, it is good eaten on its own :)

Man Sok

After the satisfying and filling meal, still, we proceed to Tengkat Tong Shin for more! Hehe ^.^ Another stall I’ve been waiting ages to try… Man Sok @ Slow Uncle. Not easy to find his stall open. Pretty amazing he can stir fry with high heat yet doesn’t burn the food. I think it’s kung-fu ;D

table

Simple table set up of his stall.

chopstick & bowl

We were given this traditional and classic looking chopstick and bowl :)

Many many minutes later… *tada*! Our dishes arrived, and we started snapping pics. Lighting became a big concern but CityGal came to the rescue with her handphone’s torchlight.

stir fried hor fun

See how the food looks like it’s sent from heaven with the light? n_n

Stir fried hor fun in dark sauce. A bit oily and I felt that the seasoning fell short. Jian thinks it’s too salty. On the other hand, Jason finds it ok. Too many minds and conclusion was not reached :P

stir fried min sin

I love the texture of this stir fried meen sin with lots of cabbage, bean sprouts, prawns and egg bits but it lacks wok hei. The meen sin is really nice with some resistance to the bite.

I have to say how much of a good time we had with you guys. A big thank you for the treats and picking the best dishes from the menu (I wouldn’t be sure of what to order ^o^ Hehe)

Jason’s review
Jian’s review