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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Home-cooked food @ Earth Hour Day

We had some simple home-cooked food on Earth Hour Day. We had an early dinner in order to ensure all lights are off by 8.30pm.
I decided to cook Belacan Fried Chicken. After browsing through some recipes in the net, I modified it and made my own version of Belacan Fried Chicken.
Firstly, I marinated the chicken (about 400g) for 3 hours.

Blend the following ingredients into paste
1. small cube of belacan ( I used Cheng Kim Chuan brand )
2. 5 cloves of garlic
3. 5-6 chili padi
4. some curry leaves (optional)
Then, add 2 tablespoon of light soya sauce, 1 teaspoon of fish sauce, 1/2teaspoon of salt.

I coated the chicken with flour and fry, in fact, I used multi-purposes frying powder only.
I used rice bran oil for frying, which is a healthier option for frying, as it can stands with high heat and will not get oxidized easily.



This is my first time cooking Belacan Fried Chicken, hmm....not bad though, my mum and bf also said it tasted good! I am so happy, motivated to cook more haha.

We also cooked Tom Yam soup

With little bit of Tom Yam paste, slice some ginger, garlic, onions, lemon grass with some carrots, tomatoes, mushrooms, few chicken and prawns pieces.

The Omelet with Chinese celery, cooked by my boy friend.




So, we were done with the 2 simple dishes and one soup, ready for dinner!


After dinner, there we go, off the lights in support of Earth Hour. Most importantly, let's try to change our lifestyle from now on to save our planet!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Snergy Refreshment Centre 新世紀健康饮食 -2nd visit

After my first visit to Snergy few months back, I've fell in love with this place. Not only that I love the food, I feel very "healthy" after dining here. The reason is Snergy uses mainly organic ingredients in their cooking, and it is vegetarian. As I mentioned earlier, the food variety is limited, because it's a retail shop selling organic stuff, not really a restaurant. So, that's our lunch for today.

Check out the interesting menu...
The organic vege salad with special sauce - according to the lady boss, the sauce is sour plum sauce(not mayonnaise)RM 5.00
There are cabbage, carrot, lettuce, algae - taste very refreshing




The red yeast rice with herbal soup -RM 6.90
Red yeast rice has been proven to helps lowering cholesterol.


Since it's vegetarian herbal Bak Kut Teh soup - it comes with mushrooms and tofu. The taste of the soup is equally good as the non-veg one! I love it!


The Xiang Chun 香椿 or wild vege(mushroom)Fried Rice - RM 5.50
You can buy the Wild Vege paste in most organic shop, as you can add this in fried rice, soup noodles or even porridge, taste very good!


Lastly, the Yee Mee - RM 5.90
Even though it's vegetarian, it tastes good - the Yee Mee is made from unbleached flour and sea salt only - so healthy!


The plus points of this place: no MSG, less salt, less oil, healthy ingredients. You really feel like you are having home-cooked food.
Address:
15, Jalan Mas 1,
Taman Mas, Falim,
30100. Ipoh.
Tel: 05- 282 2088
Open from 7.30am - 7pm.
Off on Monday.

CaM WhoRe ?!?!

I started blogging and reading others' blog only for the last few months. In the blogosphere, I learnt a new term, perhaps a language of cyberspace,which quite a lot of people like to use....the is CAM WHORE. Of course, I know most of the writer means snapping picture and showing off their face. I think I am not alone, I check with a few friends, of which, one is an English lecturer, he told me that he had not heard of this term either. However, as we know the meaning of whore is prostitute. I am really curious, why people out there what to relate themselves with prostitute when they snap photo of themselves?! I know the the term cam whore is not in the dictionary. However, I got the meaning from Wikipedia, I am not 100% sure that the finding is correct, that is why I post this up, I hope readers out there can share your opinion..esp those who have used the term before....

According to Wikipedia, cam whore is an individual who performs sexual services on the Internet with web cam software in exchange for money or goods, usually by a fixed per minute fee of by encouraging viewers to purchase items on their wish lists or add to their online account. The term also used to refer to individuals who post pictures or videos of themselves on the Internet to gain attention.
According to Wikipedia, the term cam whore is also synonymous with attention whore. Oh, then I have a clue. I think most youngsters use this to describe themselves as someone who wants to get attention...ok ok...see I am so out..

However, as per Wikipedia, the term cam whore was originated from the story of Justin Berry. Justin Berry, a thirteen year old who, after hooking up his web cam and listing himself on an online forum, was propositioned by an older men to strip and masturbate on camera. Eventually, he started his own paysite, sold video recordings of his encounters with Mexican prostitutes and etc. He made several hundred thousand dollars over five years. CNN referred him as a cam whore.
Knowing the story behind the term cam whore, I think it is really a disgusting term. Do you still want to use it?

Monday, March 23, 2009

Little Seoul@Nilai




We were at Nilai last weekend.
As for food, we went for Korean food near INTI College, Nilai.
Generally, the dishes we ordered were quite good. According to the boss, majority of the ingredients used are imported from Korea.

The starter


Dol Sot Bi Bim Bab
Hot Plate rice with minced beef - RM15

Mixing everything with the Korean chili paste, the rice taste good.

Dak Bal Go Gi
Hot& Spicy Chicken -RM11.90


Self rating for the food is 8/10. I feel the MSG level was quite low. Food were quite good, rice is of good quality and portion were big - until 2 person can't finish, haha!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Vegetarian Sushi@Fu Tien 福田

My colleague which is a pure vegetarian introduced this restaurant to me. After the first visit, I already felt in love with their vegetarian sushi. For a change, have some healthier food so that our body will not be so acidic or intoxicated by meat ya! This restaurant serves quite nice vegetarian food, which is less oily and on the other hand, does not compromise on taste. I especially love the vegetarian sushi here.

The Golden Dragon - RM6.20


Fresh mango pieces on top, rolled with carrots and soy based ingredients - taste super fresh, I like it.


Spicy Tuna - RM3.90

Of course is not real tuna...this is a pure vegetarian shop, ok?!!But don't worry it taste good!
Fyi, I've tried their hand roll, not so good....other items that I've tried is the Sour Spicy Soup, this one was superb! Fu Tien Salad also nice. Hmm, the Bento Set starts from RM3.70, very value for money! My colleague tried before, and he said it was nice!

The drinks here are quite good, I ordered one cup of Sour Plum (RM2.20) - aids digestion!!!


Want a healthier meal, consider Fu Tien, I am sure you'll like the sushi! Moreover, there was no service charge or gov tax. Personally,I feel the food here is much more better than the famous Yi Shen Vegetarian Restaurant.
The Restaurant:
Fu Tien Vegetarian Restaurant ( Beside Magnum )
34, Jalan Medan 18,
Medan Ipoh Bistari,
31400, Ipoh, Perak.
Tel: 05- 549 9098
Open on Tues- Sunday
11.30am- 2.45pm (Lunch)
6.00pm - 9.45pm ( Dinner)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Lunch@Bak Kut Teh House


I passed by this shop one afternoon, and found out that it was quite crowded. Today lunch, I decided to give a try. I invited Mrs.D to join me. At first, she was a bit skeptical, she is not as adventurous as me. I told her," Without trying, how will you know? If it is not up to your expectation, I'll compensate you, ok!"
Worst part was, when we arrived for early lunch, there was nobody yet. Mrs. D asked again," Aiyo, nobody inside, are you sure is nice?" Haha, I told her," Still early maybe. Anyway,since we are already here, just go in la."

When browsing through the menu, I noticed they do have other food items beside BKT. Since it is a Bak Kut Teh House, of course, our PRIORITY was to try their BKT. They only have individual pot Bak Kut Teh, including rice is RM8/pax.
So, we ordered 2 sets of BKT.

Here came the aromatic Bak Kut Teh



Mrs. D tasted the soup first, then she said ," Wow, taste good...strong herbal taste, I like it." Haha, I was relieved.

Not to forget to have the thick soya sauce, garlic and chilies padi, it made a perfect Bak Kut Teh dining.

After the food, I told Mrs. D, " So,shall we come back again to check out their Vinegar pork leg & Chicken wine Mee Shua?" She nodded and we happily left the place with satisfaction.
Do check this place out, you may like it too!

Address:
Bak Kut Teh House
14, Medan Ipoh 1E, Medan Ipoh Bistari, 31400, Ipoh. ( Same row as Akamomiji Japanese Restaurant)
Opens from 11am - 9pm.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Assam House Medan Gopeng Branch




I guess it's almost 3 or 4 months since Assam House opened their branch at Medan Gopeng. At first I was not sure whether is the original one from Greentown, until the recent visit to the restaurant, I CONFIRMED it is! This halal restaurant serves fusion cuisine which owned by Chinese but attracted lots of Malay customers as well. TV3 program, Jalan Jalan Cari Makan also interviewed the restaurant before.

The last time I visited Assam House was many years ago. This time experience was quite good, the serving was fast, clean and good dining experience, and nevertheless, the food tastes good, not very oily and not too salty!

We ordered Mango Kerabu - RM4.90 - very generous portion


Kam Heong Mantis Prawns - RM11.90 - taste good and not much of flour coating, we can taste the prawns


The Melaka styled Pan Fried Chicken - RM10.90- marination was good ( mainly turmeric )


The Assam Gravy Fish - RM11.90 - this one is a bit disappointed - even though the fish pieces were quite fresh, but the gravy is so so only!


Address:
2, Medan Gopeng 2, Jalan Gopeng, 31350, Ipoh, Perak.
Website:
www.assamhouse.com.my

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Italiannies @The Gardens

When shopping at Mid Valley last weekend, the banner @LG of Gardens caught our attention - "Lunch @RM13.90 onwards"....we went to check it out...it's Italliannies @ The Gardens. They have outlets in Sunway Pyramid, The Curve & One Utama as well. We decided to give a try.

The restaurant is rather spacious, very nice ambiance for dining.


Anyway, we found out the the RM13.90 onwards lunch is only applicable for weekday...sigh...

So, we ordered One Pepperoni Pizza - RM30.90



Taste good, the pizza base/ dough was soft, and topping was simple yet delicious!

We also ordered Chicken Milanese ( Their Speciality ) -RM19.90



Oh, I love the sauce, even though is cheese based, but taste very good and blends nicely with the chicken breast.


The food was good ....just the drinks were bit disappointed!
I ordered one Cafe Latte - sad to say, so bad...


Bf ordered house wine @ RM13.00 but the wine served was only mediocre


Generally, this place is worth a visit...and out if curiosity, I found out that Italiannies is a under the same roof of TGI Fridays.
OK, our total damage was RM 76.60 including 10% service charge.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Kampar - Chan Siew Heng Claypot Rice

After watching Ah Xian's program on Sunday evening, I decided to check out the claypot rice he recommended in the show. I've tried a few claypot rice in Kampar, but not this one. Driving 30km from Ipoh, we arrived at Kampar town and heading to hunt for the famous claypot rice here. We arrived at 8.30pm, the shop was very crowded, some are waiting for their take away as well.
The shop is run by 2 brothers, one of them in charge of cooking the charcoal claypot rice, another one in charge of mixing the sauce.

After waiting for more than 25mins, our fragrant claypot arrived....


The mixing


It's done....ready for makan



Not to forget the veg, always goes well with claypot rice


The claypot rice with chinese sausage, chicken and salted fish, nicely mixed with the sauce was really good. I would say is better than most the claypot rice I've tried in Ipoh. The plus point of this claypot rice:
1) All chicken skins has been removed - healthier
2) The sauce combination was good - no need to add any addition soya sauce.
3) The salted fish used is "Mui Heong" salted fish, taste much more better!

My self rating is 7/10 for Chan Siew Heng. Total price for one big claypot rice and one vege was merely RM14.00!
The shop located at Jalan Idris, Kampar, opposite Leno.


Thursday, March 5, 2009

Hakka Mee in Ipoh

One of the famous food in Ipoh, of course is Hakka Mee. The noodle is is the flat yellow noodle, much more tastier than the normal yellow noodle. Your plate of Hakka Mee will not be completed without the nice "Yong Liu" and chili sauce.....



The Yong Liu are so nice....will made you tempted to order more...



There are many stalls selling Hakka Mee in Ipoh...this one is located at Jalan Sultan Iskandar, few shops after the Famous Police Station Curry Mee. If I am not mistaken the shop only open for breakfast.
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