Monday, November 30, 2009

Zaru Soba - my healthy and easy "fast food"

Yesterday when I went for my grocery shopping at Jusco, I bumped into this lovely healthy food for dinner - Zaru Soba!
2 portions of buckwheat noodles with dipping sauce@ RM7.90. Without second thought, I grabbed it! Comparatively, it's cheap, as compare to Korean instant noodles. No doubt, buckwheat is much much more healthier and lower in calories. It is high in fiber, amino acids and rich in Vit B.

I follow the instructions, cook the noodles in boiling water for 2.5mins and then take it out and cool it down with cold water.
As for the dipping sauce, simply mix the packet of sauce with cold water.

Perfect, my dinner is served within 5 mins- buckwheat noodles with dipping sauce top with seaweed!

Merely RM4 for zaru soba - what a good deal!!! As far as taste is concerned, it's quite ok!!!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Choy Kee@ Ipoh Garden Jln Lau Pak Khuan

Choy Kee & Yeh Loi Ong ( both situated side by side) are quite economical and fast serving when it comes to a good dinner.
We dined at Choy Kee because of their economical order dishes.......check out what we ordered.

Salted egg crab

Fried "Ma Yau" - this is a simple but delicious dish I love!

Kao Yuk

Belacan Kangkung

Steamed chicken

This is surely a place for nice and quick dinner!
Location: Jalan Lau Pak Khuan, next to AmBank. Opposite Post Office

Friday, November 27, 2009

Riche Montana Korean BBQ Buffet@ Ipoh Garden South

I don't know how many Ipohites are reading this blog, but my bad experience at Riche Montana must be shared.

I heard some feedback about this place, but without trying, I won't be having solid opinion. Price @ RM29.90+ for adult and RM19.90+ for children, the spread of food was just too limited!!!!! They called themselves as buffet, my goodness!!!
Not only spread was limited, quality of food was super mediocre, only one of two marinated beef and chicken were nice....and the Korean pickles were up to mark. Other than that, overall the buffet was SUPER LOUSY.

oNLY THESE beef were nice.....

the prawns & crabs were not fresh, fish pieces were ok, but too garlicky( as the marination is garlic based)!!!

Some cold and so called "tempura" for you to reheat

The pickles were nice

The 3 types of so called dessert / cake served ......super normal, can get at pasar malam type

3 types of sushi served....ok lah, edible

I told myself I will not eat any buffet here in Ipoh, there were a few steamboat cum BBQ buffet I had was unsatisfactory....I don't mind limited choice, but give us at least quality food!!!
To name a few, Heritage Hotel Hi Tea buffet - serving worst than some lousy street food, price@ RM19.90/pax, limited selection
Casurina Hotel, Buffet Lunch, below average quality!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Wanton Mee@ Kheng Hai Jln Yau Tet Shin, Ipoh

Yau Tet Shin is not only happening at night, there is a tasty wanton mee stall in the morning which I love it.
No doubt, with the famous Lo Wong Bean Sprout Chicken & Onn Kee along the street, almost every tourist comes to Ipoh will sure drop by this street.

As for morning, there is a stall selling wanton mee at Kheng Hai Coffee Shop( pink colour building). At night, there is a stall selling salted chicken in this coffee shop.

I was first introduced to this wanton mee stall by an uncle. He loves the noodle, pork trotters and chicken feet serving here as well.
Since I am not a fan of the both, I always come here for the wanton, dumpling and noodle!
The noodle texture is something I love, bouncy and nicely mixed with the dry sauce.

The wanton and dumpling are freshly "made"/ "wrapped", I love them!!

This will be my choice for breakfast.
p/s: The stall opens around 7.30am - 11am.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Another reason why I hate Air Asia!!!!

Yesterday I bought a one way ticket from Air Asia from Penang to KL. The price of the ticket is RM74 inclusive of tax. However, towards the payment page, I notice there is another new fee imposed - CONVENIENCE FEE! I wonder what the heck is that? I clicked and found out that it is a fee imposed if one is paying using credit card. Don't you think is unfair for Air Asia to charge the so called convenience fee when we purchase ticket online? In fact, by online purchase, we are giving them the convenience, not the other way round. Moreover, normally online purchase of anything using credit card, there is no extra charges. The so called low cost airline will mint money if they charge extra RM5 in each transactions. Smart fellow!
I am not sure whether the convenience fee is standard RM5. RM5 out of RM74 is almost 7%!!! Normally, merchants charge max 3% when we use credit card. RM5 is not a lot, but question here is, is it fair for them to charge us???

I know this is quite a new thing, because 2 weeks ago, I logged in and purchased ticket for a friend, the so called convenience fee has not been imposed yet!!
Air Asia unnecessary charge this extra fee for using credit card is totally unfair, as if they are providing up class service to us? Recently my friend's luggage was mishandled when flying Air Asia. What the heck??!! If other airlines are not charging this, I really don't see the reason why Air Asia has the right to do that??

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Home cooked chicken curry without coconut milk

The other I tried a simple and healthier version of chicken curry without adding coconut milk. I used two pieces of meat from free ranged chicken and potatoes to cook my curry.

1) Blend 6-7 small red onions, some ginger, some lemongrass, 2-3 small chillies, 3-4
cloves of garlic & few pieces of curry leave into paste form.
2) Fried the blended paste until fragrant, I then add some chili powder, turmeric
powder and bit of meat masala powder.
3) Add the potatoes and tomatoes and some water to allow the potatoes to get cooked.
4) After the potatoes are done, and tomatoes had melted in the gravy, I add the
chicken. ( add water when needed )
Not to forget to add some sea salt for better taste.
p/s: Since I love the nice fragant of coriander leave, I add some for garnish as well!

That's it, a fuss free, healthier version of home cooked chicken curry without coconut milk. It's quite tasty even without coconut milk, indeed!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Ming Chow BKT@ Kuala Dipang

My aunty recommended this place to us during our visit to Kampar. The Bak Kut Teh here is very tasty. Reached the place around 7pm, already seen the big crowd, some are busy eating their BKT, some are eagerly waiting for their order. I can spell the fragnant herbal soup soon after I step out from the car parked in front of the place.

Kuala Dipang is approximately 6km from Kampar Town. Driving from Ipoh to Kampar, the place is located on the right hand side. There are 2 eateries open for dinner which serves quite good food. One is Ming Chow Bak Kut Teh, the one beside Ming Chow is serving home cooked dishes.

This is more like the Penang style Bak Kut Teh, serves in claypot and slightly watery soup, unlike the Klang style whereby the soup is much thicker and stronger.
A big pot cost RM27.50 AND regular pot is RM16.50.

The MSG level is rather low,it's not the super exotic BKT, but above average. ( I reckon is better than a few I've tried in Ipoh)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Best Chapati@Restoran Moga Punjabi, Ipoh

Chapati is one of the healthiest Indian food available. The unleavened whole wheat flat bread is especially good if one would like to opt for a light dinner. We discovered this Punjabi restaurant months back. This simple set up restaurant located in Little India at old town of Ipoh serves very fluffy and super soft chapati. The chapati is made/ rolled fresh when you ordered, definitely not the "reheating" type.
Check it out...if you love chapati. This is surely not another run-of-mill chapati you have in the mamak shop.

My side dish to eat with the chapati - potato cauliflower curry

The restaurant is located along Jalan Lahat / Little India in Ipoh. Neighbour of KBR Vegetarian Restaurant. ( painted in pink shop, can be easily spotted)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Sure Fire recipe for spaghetti

I enjoy cooking simple and healthy meal nowadays. First thing is of course, cooking at home is more healthy ( not necessary tastier). Cooking a simple meal can be very easy. After watching the lousy movie - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatball, it inspired me to cook spaghetti for dinner.

This is a sure fire recipe for beginner like me.
I bought a bottle of tomato basil sauce from organic shop.


Cooking this spaghetti needs only 3-5mins. After water is boiled, add sea salt and spaghetti.

Meanwhile, I cook the topping on the other side of the stove.
I use extra virgin olive oil to brown the chopped onions, then add sakura minced pork and sliced button mushroom. After 3 mins, I add the sauce to the pan and stir fry for another 2 mins and my topping is done!

That's my end product of home made healthy simple spaghetti - sure fire recipe!
I avoid cheese for recipe, but I am sure adding cheese will be tastier!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Blog turns 1 yo -celebration@ Italia Mia

1st Nov marks the first anniversary of my blog. After having a blog of my own..

1 ~ I carry a camera whenever I go for food.
2 ~ Most people around me dare not to start eating before I snap the photo of the
food. Thanks people!!!!!

My bf brought me to Italia Mia for my Blog 1st year anniversary celebration. It's one of the most expensive dining place in Ipoh, which, of course is not a regular dining place for us. There were a lot of positive comment about this place, so we expect a real good experience there!

We ordered a plate of Spaghetti alla Puttanesca recommended by the owner - as I told him I want some lighter version of shaghetti. I give a thumb up for it. So far, the best I had in Ipoh. But price @ RM32.90 is a bit too expensive!
P/S: Due to the limited function of my camera and dim light in the restaurant, photo taken is kind of bad....

A pizza we ordered was so so only, but quite exorbitantly price - RM39.95 with merely mushroom and cheese topping!

I will keep blogging and keep this journal of food and thank you so much for reading my blog!

The restaurant:
Italia Mia
10, Persiarann SC1 2/1,
Sunway City, 31150, Ipoh, Perak.
Tel: 05- 547 4007
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