Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Oh no...she's going mad

madly in love with this, and this, and now these...just couldn't get enough of this, hahah...but lucky thing, it has come to a stop for the timing being. Overdosed, I guess...come to think of it, I rarely repeat the same thing over and over again, in fact, almost NEVER, hahah...not until this came along. So be your own judge to draw your own conclusion, yeah?

Of course, each time there's a slight change...once with PB (peanut butter), then another time with mango. The latter somehow was not as fragrant as pisang, knowing how faint the aroma of mango can be, rite?

Here's the photos to speak for themselves

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Such a HOT hot day..

how's the weather like for your end? It had been extremely hot here, and what better way to cool down than to have a bowl of ABC. Not the soup, this one stands for Ais-Batu-Campur, the malay name for Ice Kacang..when I first learnt this acronym from dh, I tot he was pulling my leg till I saw the shop actually put up the signboard with ABC on it, and I was laughing at my ignorance *oops*

This is from one of our favourite stalls, it's very famous in Penang coz they started the trend of adding extras such as fruits and jellies...whatever they have on offer, one can just pick as add-on. Our usual suspects are mango, jackfruit or bananas...then lately we discovered it's wonderful with jellies as well...and that's what you see those pieces of red-thingy. Jo tried it before, ask her about it, hahah..in fact, she did blog about it on her Penang-Day-1 post back in December last year.
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Just imagine how blazing hot the scorching sun is that we went for ABC two days in a row? Oh, make that three, though the one on friday nite is not really abc per se, but it's with ice shavings, so can sorta count since within the same family mah..

Lucky it poured last nite, else the 'baker' is "baked", hahah...

Hope I had not bore you...

with too much of coffee that the caffeine is drowning you? Now to more proper food...Seafood Clam Chowder, not 100% home-cooked tho..as one can gets us 4 servings, that works out to 2 meals for 2 pax d. Kenot imagine if I were to cook from scratch, how many meals I would have to endure the Soup, haha...of course, nothing beats home-cooked soup, just not practical for my household for the time being. :)

What I did was to add some fresh prawns, de-shell them, then fry the shell with a bit of oil to get rid of the prawny smell, then add water to cover it to bring to a boil. Discard those shells, and this is actually the soup base for the Penang Hokkien Mee, just need to add in pork ribs to get there. But I digress... I used the prawn soup to dilute the can of condensed "Campbell's Clam Chowder", add the cubed fresh prawns to bring to a boil in order to cook those prawns, then add some milk for a creamier taste before putting off the fire.

Dig out a big bun, toast this bun-shell in the oven to dry it a tad, then pour the soup in. Garnish with some scallions, and a bit of whipping cream for a full-bodied flavour, and ATTACK!! Beware, content is hot, ouch!

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Coincidentally, Deb blog about soup as well, and Daphne on the same topic...gr8 minds think alike, eh? Give me a Hi5! girls...

Maiden 'offspring' from the previous marriage...

I meant the pairing up of the coffee grinder + coffee machine to get this...dh is still perfecting the grind, so not sure how many more cups to go to get the perfect cuppa.

See the "V" sign on the foam? How coincidental, hahah...

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To taste the success of replicating those cafe-style of coffee back in the comforts of home...arghh, what a great thing to look forward to each day. It's a god-sent :P

Buy This and Buy That..

to usher in the Year of the Mickey Mouse, hahah... Well, Min managed to predict what's coming up next when I posted this, I think she's also a coffee drinker to make such an intelligent guess? Kudos to you Min!

It's like you kenot really have one without the other, reason being the coffee grinder is needed to grind those coffee beans for a fresh brew by the coffee machine. And boy, the aroma of freshly ground coffee, there's no word befitting to describe it. Really wakes me up at first whiff, hahha...guess I'm also being converted to a coffee lover now, without me realising it - this machines works on coffee, muahhaha... But of course, these two gadgets can work on its own, only that marrying them together would be a good partnership (and worth the investment, I hope).

I made a verbal agreement with dh that since he owns this machine, no more starbucks for him and it works out to be like this machine is worth 140 drinks of his usual order, Brew of the Day. Let's see how long he can keep to his words *wink*

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Comes with 2 sets of cup&saucer plus a milk jug to frothe the milk :)

Friday, January 25, 2008

A new toy..

not mine, but my dh's, and it can't go far from the topic of coffee...a coffee grinder, so now he has sorta moved on to buying whole beans rather than those soluble coffee granules we had been putting up with.

Tot I would just document it here for my easier reference in the future, hahah...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Encore...

I did it again, this round for dh to try, and boy did he like it coz he asked so many questions about it, indicating his fascination and interest, ahhahahah...

And he suggested spreading some peanut butter on the bread before rolling the bananas within it, oh WOW!! Once I try that, will update here once again.

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A light sprinkle of cinnamon powder really makes a difference

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Bananarama...

while blog-hopping, I chanced upon this Banana Bread Roll and it reminded me that this item had been on my list for quite some moment. Time to shake it off the list, hhhahahah...pretty simple to do with a few basics.

Namely:
a few pieces of wholemeal bread (flatten with rolling pin before trimming off the crust)
a few bananas, cut into strips
some butter

How to:
Butter one side of the bread, then flip it over and wrap the bananas on the other side. Reason being when pan-fried, you will get your banana-bread-roll evenly browned on all sides.
Roll the bread with the bananas tightly, then secure both ends with toothpicks so that it won't open up.
Heat a pan, then put some butter in followed by the ready-rolled banana rolls and fry till lightly browned.
Dish up and serve with a sprinkle of either icing sugar or cinnamon brown sugar, or drizzle with some honey or caramel for a heavenly dessert.
Garnish with some chopped nuts for the plus factor.

Tips:
@ I found out that if the crust was trimmed before flattening, the bread would not keep its shape
@ Can be used to go with chocolate fondue as well, yum yum!
@ Raisins can be added in when rolling the bread for another twist!
@ Instead of bananas, I think berries goes well in this method also.

Acknowledgement:
I took the idea from the blog, but the above had been value-added to my own fanciful taste. Next round I will try to do it ala french-toast, which is dipping the bread-rolls in beaten egg before frying. Till then, if you do try this, lemme know your verdict.
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Good as t-time treat

Off season bargain...

chanced upon this a fortnight ago while grocery shopping, too good a deal to missed, it's on buy-1-free-2 deal, hahha... The contents haven't expired, just that since christmas was over, the establishment had to clear off their stock, thus the bargain. It was rm 7.90 each, so if there's no sale, i won't pay thru my nose for it, haha..since i was only eyeing the plastic cutters that came with it, the confectionery was fed to my niece and nephews, heheh... Win-win situation afterall :)

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Now, I'm 3 gingerbread-cutters richer *wink*

Kopi-o-kopi...

not black kopi as in kopi-o, this kopi has lots of milk in it, and it's steaming hot frothed milk by the way. Just two different designs this time round...may I present to you, a rose bud and a tulip :) Hope you like them as much as I do drinking them, hahah...


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Monday, January 21, 2008

Week 3/52 for 2008

A big thanks to my usual giver for this award, and what better way to post this than to mark the first three weeks of 2008!

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I would like to append this award with the below to be dedicated to my fellow bloggers/forumers turned friends:
Friendship Across The Miles
The season of our life go past
Like petals onthe wind -
How pleasant are the memories
Of moment with a friend.
Though distance separates us now,
And we must be apart,
I always thank God for you
And I keep you in my heart.

~ "I thank my God upon every rememberance of you." Phillippians 1:3 ~
*source unknown, more like I kenot recall where I got it from as I found it in my jotter of nice words*

Geok Ping, Jennifer, Jo Seah, Judy, Julianna, Mellie, Min, Peony, Sharon, you all deserve this, but of course, not forgetting Debra and her princess!

and lastly...

just got the inspiration to do some kebabs, simply skewer them onto satay stick with some pre-marinated chicken breast cubes, interspersed with green capsicum and red tomatoes for the colour contrast before pan-frying them on my cast-iron flat pan. Easy non-greasy meal in a jiffy, that's the way to go for lazy bums like me, hahah...

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p/s: dh suggested having this on the menu for the next bbq *mental note to self*

Then on to this...

Yippee yippe yay yay...managed to have closure for this post with this:

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On the platter to go with the goey yummy melted chocolates were:
Cubed fuji red apple
Cubed canned peaches
Cubed kiwi
Cubed mango
Sliced banana
*Ground peanuts for coating after the choco dip*

A day of many firsts...

it started with this, as I got to finish off a broccoli that had been sitting in the fridge, and on the verge of going to the bin...no recipe, just anyhow type, hahah...the agak-agak method loh. Just blanch the pieces of broccoli in boiling water for a few minutes, then put into a blender to puree it. Then opened up a can of cream soup, Campbell's Chicken & Mushroom Cream was the only one I had in the pantry, so combined the both of them, bring to a boil with constant stirring, and voila, a whole pot of "Cream of Broccoli" that gave us 4 bowls, a bowl each for lunch and dinner.

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Goes well with some croutons as well :)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Banana Apricot and Raisin CUPCAKE

~ This is incredibly easy to make and fun to eat. ~
For a pictorial guide, please refer the the bottom pic of this link:

Source: pg 67 of {Tempt: Cupcakes to Excite} by Betty Saw

Ingredients
Cupcake
Butter 75g
Brown sugar 85g
Eggs 2, medium (60g each), beaten with a fork
Self-raising flour 110g
Bicarbonate of soda 1/8 tsp
Ripe bananas 150g, peeled and mashed
Dried apricots 45g, chopped
Raisins 30g, chopped
Milk 2 tbsp

Topping
Apricot jam 1 tbsp
Water 1/2 tbsp
Nestum cereal 3 heaped tbsp

Method
1/ Preheat oven at 175 degree Celsius. Sift self-raising flour and bicarbonate of soda together, set aside.
2/ Cream butter and brown sugar till light and creamy, followed by eggs, one at a time till well combined.
3/ Add mashed bananas, apricots and raisins.

4/ Fold in sifted dry ingredients, then lastly milk.
5/ Bake for 20 minutes until light golden and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
6/ Remove from pan and cool on rack.
7/ Microwave the the apricot jam and water in a bowl on ‘high’ for 30 seconds.

8/ Brush surfaces of cakes with the heatd apricot jam mixture, then dip the cakes into bowl of Nestum cereal to coat the top completely.

Makes: A dozen cupcakes
Verdict:
- Very moist, and I reduced the sugar to 60g.
- I wanted to use up my apricots, so I used 75g of dried apricots and no raisins.
- Also skipped the topping part (lazy bones kicking in).

Peony, your wish granted d, hahah...

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

虾酱鸡

wah, 1st time ever I titled my entry in mandarin? But it's just gonna be in the caption, impossible for me to have a write-up in mandarin, hahha...that rusty is my chinese language, yeah? Most of the time my mandarin is for me to read, converse and write, in descending order of usage, hahha...

Back to the topic, I was tempted to try this out after reading Jennifer blogged about it, which she used chicken wings in "Deep Fried Chicken Wing with Prawn Paste". The list of ingredients was short, that's why it prompted me to make a mental note of getting a bottle of the LKK's Fine Shrimp Sauce during my next grocery trip. And lucky thing I remembered so here's the post:

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Can only find chicken breast in my home, so mine ended up cutlet style.

For 1.5 piece of chicken breast (those butterfly stlye of cut), I sorta half the recipe that the owner used.
Marinate with these for for 1/2 an hour:
3/4 tbsp prawn paste
1/2 tbsp soft brown sugar
1/2 tbsp Ghee Hiang sesame oil
a dash of pepper
1 egg yolk

Season with these for 1/4 of a hour:
1 1/2 tbsp rice flour
1/2 tbsp plain flour

Send for deep frying once oil is heated up, then dish and drain.

Somehow I find that the colour for my product is so much a lighter tone than that of Jennifer's. Not sure if it's because of the meat I used as it was skinless... Well, shall find out again soon when I try with buffalo wings, hahaha...coz there's still the almost whole bottle to be used up.

It is very nice, similar with those that the hawker stall sells called Belacan Chicken. But of course, mine is lighter in taste as I'm afraid it might turn out too salty if I add more of the shrimp paste. By the way, this shrimp paste is not to be mistaken with the hae-kor used for fruits rojak, because that's what we call those sticky near-black sauce here in Penang. I was guilty of thinking it that way when I first came across the title, hahha... :)

p/s: do check out Jennifer's blog for more simple dishes...so far I've tried two and definitely will try more in the future.

Monday, January 14, 2008

I'm dreaming of a..

choc fondue...hahhah..Been wanting to do one at home for the longest time, but I didn't have a fondue pot. Then I manage to buy one while I was holidaying earlier last month, it's still nicely in it's packaging, time to use it soon? Need to tickle the lazy bone in me away, hahah...wish me luck. For sure when I finally get round to it, you all will get to see it in this blog :)

For now, borrow this pix first, hahah...it's one of the few commercially available fondues from here we tried...

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Banana, dried fig, green apple, cubed mango and dried apricot

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Filipina dish: Chicken Adobo

the word adobo sounds familiar to you? This is coz I blogged about it before in October 2007, but that time was using pork as the ingredient. Now for this pix, it's chicken instead...and I tried not thickening the gravy to see the difference. Somehow it's nicer with the thicker gravy, lesson learnt.

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I like this dish, the sourishness is quite a refreshing change :)

Here comes the tandoor...

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Our usual makan place on Friday evening, but that was last year when we met up with friends there quite regularly, these days, we sorta change to having it over the weekends, not fixed on Fridays anymore. It's lean and clean, ie not much fats since we opt for chicken breast. Come to think of it, all those chicken for tandoori are skinless, hahah...

Oh, don't mind this Butter Garlic Naan bread, it's our first time trying it. Imagine we have been going there so long (think a couple of years) and we didn't realise they use real butter till a friend pointed it out, hahah... I just had to verify it for myself, heheheh..that's me style lah. We usually go for plain naan...

Friday, January 11, 2008

from one to another...

from Peony's blog to mine, with changes as below marked with *:

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I simply love those star-candles :)

Ingredients
125g butter
150g chocolate (melted)
150g brown sugar *
a pinch of salt
2 eggs (grade AA), beaten *
1 tbsp liquor (i used bailey's for this round, hardly any traces)

Sift
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
130g plain flour *
3 tbsp cocoa powder *

Method
1/ Melt butter with chocolate by double-boiling method, then stir in sugar and salt.
2/ Beat in the eggs mixture to form a glossy gooey misture.
3/ Fold in the sifted dry ingredients, then bake per the specifics below.

Temperature: 180°C
Bake time: 20-25 minutes

Make: 16 pieces of single scoop (muffin cup half-filled)
Verdict: This muffin rises to the brim, but deflates a bit after cooling.

Date tried: 04-January-2008 (Friday)
Function: HT's birthday celebration on 05-January-2008 (Saturday)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

RR1: Lemon CreamCheese CUPCAKE

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~ A light buttery cheesecake with a tart lemon icing ~

Ingredients
Cupcake
Self-raising flour 130g
Baking powder ½ tsp
Butter 135g
Cream cheese 100g, at room temperature
Castor sugar 175g
Grated lemon rind 1 tsp (fr one lemon)
Eggs 2, medium (60-65g each)
Salt a pinch
Lemon juice 1 tbsp
Walnuts 30g, toasted and chopped, reserve 1 tbsp for topping

Lemon glaze icing
Icing sugar 80g, sifted
Lemon juice 1 tbsp

Method
1/ Preheat oven at 175 degree Celsius. Sift self-raising flour and baking powder together, set aside.
2/ Cream butter and cream cheese till light and creamy, then beat in castor sugar till light and fluffy.
3/ Add in the lemon rind, followed by eggs, one at a time till well combined.
4/ Fold in sifted dry ingredients, salt, lemon juice and walnuts.
5/ Bake for 15-18 minutes until light golden and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
6/ Remove from pan and cool on rack.
7/ Meanwhile, prepare the glaze icing by sifting the icing sugar into a small mixing bowl.
8/ Microwave the lemon juice on ‘high’ for 15 seconds, then stir this hot lemon juice into the icing sugar until smooth. Spoon into an icing bag fitted with a writing nozzle.
9/ Pipe swirls of lemon icing on the surface of each cupcake, then sprinkle some walnuts on top.

Makes: 12 cupcakes (5.0 cm base x 3.5 cm height)
Comments:
- I omitted the walnut (coz I kenot imagine how it can go down well with lemon?!?) and the glaze icing.
- The above is the original recipe, I've only reduced the sugar to 150g but still find it too sweet.

Source: pg 24 of {Tempt: Cupcakes to Excite} by Betty Saw

Happy trying, deb and do post your results. Jo, you also, remember your words? :D

p/s: RR= recipe request

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

San...

I've tried three recipes from this book in a row, though it's not a new book at all. It has been sitting idling on my shelf from day1 of acquisition, so now that the mood suddenly came (thanks to chatting with some forumers who wanted to bake something lemony, thereafter using rum). That means only 2 recipes were needed, but I made a blunder while preparing the 2nd one, and that lead me to the third for I had to finish up the eggs which I accidentally beat together as whole, when separation of the yolk and white was called for. Good excuse to chalk out some cupcake points for the new year then, hahha...

Here's the pictorial feast...I'm not singing praises for this book (for it's not necessary as the writer is quite established), though I know I won't be disapppointed when it comes to Betty Yew/Saw. Each recipe thus far yields about a dozen or less, so it's a nice portion for us {though it's still too much for just the two of us, so the neighbours will benefit no doubt}.

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Lemon Cream Cheese CUPCAKE, sans the glaze topping
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top: Chocolate Rum Raisins CUPCAKE,
bottom: Banana Apricot CUPCAKE

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Another C fulfilled...

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I chose the variety pack which comes in 4 flavours, namely chocolate, caramel, strawberry and pisang...I've tried the first two, and there are 3 more straws for me, meaning there's one which is duplicate. And for that one, I will try another way of consuming it, which is to cut the straw to let those precious tiny granules out and dissolve in the glass of milk.

Well oh well, it's quite fanciful and at the same time, I managed to rule out the big question mark sign as to how it's like after reading not one but two close friends blog about it. However, I find it a 'lil on the sweet side, and one last bit is that one needs to sip the milk thru the straw slowly in order to get the perfect SIPahh...

Monday, January 7, 2008

Another long awaited claim..

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I was given this by Daily Affairs, thanks sig for it, and sorry that it took me a whole month just to collect it. Lucky thing you don't charge "interest" for safe-keeping it before I picked it up, hahah..

What better way to make this the 107th post to mark the 145 days since blogger changed my life on 270707 (ddmmyy).

It all started off with a few words of encouragement from Min who listed for me the benefits of blogging, since I had been toying the idea of starting one. Like they say, the rest is history...

So this award shall be dedicated to all those who visit me, far and near. Comments or none, (especially my 2 sistas who do not comment), your visit still make a difference in my life for your presence is being felt with the heart.

Since there are quite a few many 'invisible' ones which own private blogs, I shall just list them without links...so as to synchronise the it (in random order).

* Min *Deb *Jo *Peony *Bozo *Judy *Mellie *Jennifer *Leelee *Clk *Xy*
You all make my day, YOOHOO!!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

5 days into 2008...

and I had my 1st party for the year oledi...a triple occassions celebration, namely a farewell, a birthday and a bon voyage, hahhaha..

Just a simple gathering for a handful of us close friends, and we yakked till 2am...though tired, we had lots of fun, laughter and not to mention, food, oh-so-glorious food... Will have to wait for the official photographer to post pix, for I was too busy entertaining the guests to have the time to snap pix, hahah..

What we had:
01) Coleslaw as appetiser
02) Chilly beef with corn chips as entree
03) Sausages as snack
04) Burger patties - beef & chicken as snack
05) Fried Sotong balls & chicken nuggets as snack (for the kids)
06) Bacon-wrapped bananas - our signature and must-have :)
07) Chicken Sate Jawa as mains
08) Mutton Sate Jawa as mains
09) Chicken wings ala Satay style as mains
10) Lamb Chop as backup
11) Watermelon as fruits
12) See Koh Th'ng as dessert
13) Cupcakes as birthday cake
14) Coffee by the 'DIY barista' as after-meal drink

And to think that the above are for 11 A + 3C? hahhaha...lucky thing not much leftovers that need to be finished fast, other than those sausies and patties which can be frozen to be eaten some other time. I had thought about what to do with the leftovers when I first came up with the menu, hahah...so much for planning ahead, ya? Got to take that vital step since there are only 2 of us at home, if too much leftovers, I would need to have a bbq for the bbq, ahhahah...

Actually I didn't do much, other than some light preparation of food. Majority of the stuff were store-bought, since it's so much more conV to do just that...that's the beauty of BBQ, yea!?!
For the moment, we going Vegetarian, hahha...coz got meat overload :)

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Belated thanks to deb :)

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A big thank you to you for considering me a very good friend.

"Do you know the relationship between your 2 eyes?" They blink together, move together, cry together, see things together and sleep together. Even though they never see each other, friendship should be just like that! Life is like Hell without FRIENDS. Its ‘World Best Friend Week’. Send this to your best friends to let them know you appreciate them.

Your Love is Ur Heart,
Your heart is Ur Spouse,
Your spouse is Ur Future,
Your future is Ur Destiny,
Your destiny is Ur Ambition,
Your ambition is Ur Aspiration,
Your aspiration is Ur Motivation,
Your motivation is Ur Belief,
Your belief is Ur Peace,
Your peace is Ur Target,
Your target is Heaven,
Heaven is no fun without FRIENDS.

p/s: 1000 of apologies that it took me so long to put this up, way after the intended "World's Best Friend Week". So I shan't embarass myself for passing it on since it's long overdue, hahahh...
Blessed be thy souls that visit this blog :)

Friday, January 4, 2008

Next stop for Trip to South: Seremban

On our way from Melaka to KL, we gotta pass-thru Negeri Sembilan, and what better way to mark our maiden visit to that state by stopping by in Seremban for its famed "Beef Noodle". Their version of beef noodle is diffeent from that of here, for their signature is the dry version. We heard so much of it that it is a must-try.

We had difficulty locating this famous stall in the centre of town, located in the Pasar Besar (big market) building. And by the time we got to it, to our disappointment, they were done for the day, and alas, it was the day they close early due to the weekly cleaning routine. But the owner was nice to chat with us a little, and he told us we could savour this at his brother's outlet in another part of town. He even tried to draw up a map for us, and gave us the contact #. However, due to our unfamiliarity with Seremban, we couldn't make head or tail where's where. I only managed to catch a few of his words and that it's on our way to enter the highway from Seremban side.

With our stomach growling, we went in search for Seremban Siew Pau instead. We just stopped at the very first stall we spotted with the sign of it, and it was so crispy fresh. Eventhough this is a franchise that we could get back home, somehow or rather, not sure if it's because of some phychology trick that we're in Seremban, thus the Seremban Siew Pau tastes nice. Sorry no pix of this, too hungry to snap, hahha...

Then as luck would have it, while weaving our way to the highway, we spotted a signage that strikes a bell with what the stall owner told us. Immediately I turned in there, and found the shop much to our delights, hehehh.. Seems that business was so brisk that day that they ran out of some stuffs, even ice for the drinks?!? Happy enough to have seem to locate that shop, we took whatever was on offer, a dry and soup version. Apparently we got the last bowls for they turned customers after us away. That was a pretty close shave...here comes the pix.

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We had koay teow with this, the dry version comes with a starchy gravy adorned with whole roasted peanuts and bits of salted vege. Beef was tender.

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Beehoon for the soup version, which we find a bit too thin. For soup version, the one back home tastes better :)

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Curiosity strikes...

yet again(sounds so ever familiar yeah?!?), this time round in a red flat cylinderical can of "Shio Bak Chang"...it caught my eyes while grocery shopping a few days ago.

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Verdict: stay far far away from it, the rice is so hard, tasted like uncooked to me :( Needless to say, I threw away like two thirds of it.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

What marks the opening of the brand new year of 008?

The day started with breakfast with mum and dad, so no pix for that, coz firstly, I wouldn't want to field farnie question(s) coming from my mum with the whippping out of a camera, let alone curios glances from onlookers.

So zoom forward to tea time, we lounged away for close to 3 hours @ S*******S New World Park enjoying a pot of hot coffee with this:

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Guess this outlet will be our fav in this part of town, for it is the latest outlet to join the ranks of others here. And for that, it has got a different setup, imagine sipping coffee in the midst of bamboo trees...perfecto! Just the two of us enjoying each other's company, each with a laptop on our own, hahhahh..guess when the marriage gets older, not much words need tobe exchanged, rite? We just basked in each other's presence, not to mention those cyber-friends whom I yakked with a tad (you know who you are *wink*).

By the time we got done, it was time for dinner. We just hopped on next door to savour Mee Jawa and Fried Rice from this coffeeshop that had stood the test of time. Old time favourites so much so that I have a friend who would always come to this stall to get his makan, and even got to the point of ordering his food from the stall for pickup. Sophiscated, eh?

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Such old 'classic' as is evident from the plate used :)

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Rare few times (make that extreme) I ordered Fried Rice outside of home :P

"Quiet" day, just the way to start the year :) No need for any loud bang :D

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Last (dinner) of last year, hahha...

in tune with the last supper... just kidding.
More like New Year's eve dinner...just the two of us. :)
Sometimes I would rather cook coz most if not all restaurants will serve 'set meals' in order to cope with the volume of patrons.

5 choices for the main course being chicken, fish, salmon, beef and lamb. So we had a white meat, then another was red, namely chicken and beef. I would very much prefer to go for the lamb shank, but since we just had lamb like 3 days ago here, dh opted for the beef. And when I saw the lamb being served at the next table, boy was I salivating, hahah..most of the time when I dine out, I would go for lamb for it's so much a hassle to prepare it at home.

(His on the left): Pumpkin soup, a tad too thin. (Hers on the right): Ox-tail soup, good choice.
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Chicken stuffed with prunes in the bone's cavity...gave me the new food preparation idea *light bulb blinking*
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Beef in fillo pastry (2 encounters with fillo within a day, what coincidence) - a tad too dry coz the beef was overcooked
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Venue was at the new outlet of this shop I mentioned. Will definitely go back to try out their normal menu. Till then, have a good start of 2008 today!