Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
However, while wandering about thinking of what to eat for dinner at Queensbay Mall, we decided to walk in and indulge, since we had a light meal only before this, and that was a solid 6 hours ago. Hardly any queue was the pull factor here, and we were quickly seated without delay.
I opted for their set meal comprising of appetiser and entree for RM 29.90++. For the former, I chose Clam Chowder and I simply heart this. It was thick and creamy with lots of goodies inside...clams of course. It was a tad salty, else I had no complaints.
Polished off in no time without a trace. *grin*
As for my entree, this is it - Sizzling Chicken and Cheese. Two halves of a chicken breast resting atop a bed of green capsicum, red capsicum and yellow onions. The vege tasted sweet, I love them, The cheese was still bubbly when this was served though after sometime, a crust is formed and I ended up with crispy cheese instead. Hidden in the photo is a big huge scoop of mashed potato with bits of potato skin.
Next came the Jack Daniel's Beef Burger, just look at it...tall and mighty. TGI Friday's has certainly changed it's menu and portion from the last time we frequented them, yet we still face the same issue of finishing our meal. See the tiny black bowl? It contained the Jack Daniel's sauce that was so aromatic with a strong hint of molasses. And without a doubt it was sweet. This was RM 24.90.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Somehow I can never cook this as well as him, so it would be far easier to request this from him and let this be his signature dish. To tell how good it is, let me share this from my niece's mouth: "Uncle, you can go open a business to sell this!" Such were the words from the 9 y.o. upon tasting it, no bluff. Definitely words that melted the uncle's heart. :)
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Dh wanted to grab McD's breakfast, and it was a close call, we arrived at 5 minutes to 11am. To be on the safe side, I went in to check if they are still serving breakfast, and good news is that we managed at the nick of time tho there's only the Big Breakfast available. Not our ideal choice, we decided to pedal around a bit to check out other options. I would very much prefer to go local, and we were spoilt for choice, there were 4 modern-style kopitiam in a row. Talk about competition!
The big name of Old Town was there, then there is its close competitor of New Town followed by Syuen Cafe and last but not least, Kapitan Kopitiam. It was this last one that we decided to give it a try as it is not a franchise chain unlike the first two.
Surely not to be mistaken with our usual eatery of Kapitan Restaurant.
The choices offered in the menu was quite extensive, but most importantly would be to check out the kopi when at a kopitiam. This cuppa didn't fare too badly unlike one of those we tried at another kopitiam outlet (can't remember the name) that tasted right out of a sachet.
Nasi lemak for dh, which was a good choice because the chicken tasted so good, and it was hot from the wok. However, don't understand why they call this nasi lemak when the rice was just normal white rice. Kinda let down in that sense.
This hor fun was mine, smooth and silky with the eggs. I will give it a two thumbs-up with the soya sauce garlic chilli that came with it. Definitely a good choice to opt for because it is not the run of the mill kinda of food that is ubiquitous in those franchise kopitiam. It goes to show that this kopitiam has a resident chef that whips up the food upon order, and not mere heating up a central-kitchen-prepared food to be dished out to their customers.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
This is the interior of non-stick surface which had to be greased upon using it for the first time. I learnt the lesson the painful way...by having my first batch stuck. Luckily after removing the stucked virgin batch and greasing, subsequent batches can be removed very easily.
Almost done...can you see the Mickeys smiling ear to ear? That also reflects the owner beaming from ear to ear. :)
The waffles at the bottom looked nicer because I was getting better at timing the usage. Initially I was afraid of getting 'burnt offering', thus resulting in the undercooked waffles at the top of the picture. The resulting output was so yummy, surely gonna repeat making them.
1 3/4 cups of plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
3nos. egg yolk
1 3/4 cups milk (420ml)
1/2 cup oil
3 nos. egg white ~ whipped till stiff peak
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
This innovative range of product is good, the sweetness just right for me as it is "less sweet". It was a good choice for the hazy days now. I couldn't wait to try them, and my verdict? I love them all, it certainly is an oriental collection. There was not artificial flavouring to them and one can indeed taste the authentic flavours of each item.
This golden brew has the right balance of the floral taste from chrysanthemum and fruity flavour from wolfberry. It was an awesome concoction good for the eyesight because chrysanthemum contains lutein, while wolfberry, the beta-carotene.
Barley with dried winter melon strips, nobody can go wrong with that at all. In fact, I can bravely say that this is much better than those offered by some kopitiams, which are so diluted at times.
This Nutri Tea's herbal tea is made from chrysanthemum, luo-han-guo and ginseng, thus rendering it a bitter end taste. It was fine for me, but dh commented that it was kind of too strong for him because of the herbs used. He sure can tell it well without knowing what went into this.
This, is my favourite of all. This teik-chia-mah-thai drink (in hokkien) was so nice, I couldn't help it but have a second helping instantly.
I must salute F&N® for creating this line of products and I am surely going to stock up more on them. I bet they came up with this healthy range of product since it harbours along the line of less-sugar and preservative-free, not to mention, no colouring as well. Way to go, F&N®!
Sunday, July 19, 2009
I am always on the lookout for new things to try and while walking past Shihlin's little outlet, my eyes caught this. I was curious how the taste would be like, so I parted ways with my four ringgit in exchange for a bag of this. They were made fresh to order, so was piping hot when they dished my order out. I had to let it cool for a while before savouring them, else risk burning my tongue.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
The system of Taiwan Bull is semi-self-service, I would say. It works such that the customer goes to the counter to pay for the food first before going back to the table and then the crew will send the food to the table. So after checking the menu at the stand, dh went ahead to place his order while I went to get a table. Upon reaching the table, this eye-catching sticker-ad caught my attention, thus I asked dh to hold on one sec and gesture to him to come check this out.
What a catchy name as well, Pow Pow Ball series. I believe that is referring to the big sago pearls that taiwanese eateries use for their bubble tea.
From top left, going clockwise and ending in the middle:
Strawberry "Pow Pow" Frozie @ rm 6.50
Treasure Island Frozie @ rm 6.50
Sour Plum "Pow Pow" Juice @ rm 5.90
Loving Bean Frozie @ rm 6.50
Fruity "Pow Pow" Frozie @ rm 7.00
As we were looking for something with ice shavings akin to our local version of ice-kacang, the closest bet would be the 4th item, Loving Bean Frozie. It has lots of red beans and crushed peanuts, tops with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. We requested for more peanuts than red beans, and the service crew obliged. So this was the outcome, which we polished off in no time. Ah..what a bliss!
Friday, July 17, 2009
There was a wide selection of choices one can go for, such as deep-fried fish slices, bullfrogs, cuttlefish, mantis prawns in the seafood category, then there are also the minced pork and pork kidney and not forgetting the numerous kinds of fishballs. Oh there were abalone mushrooms as well.
In the end, I opted for mantis prawns, abalone mushrooms and 2 fishballs to go for tomyam soup plus thick beehoon. This soup base was nice, not too sourish nor too spicy, more like a cross between tomyam and penang laksa. Definitely going back for more, thinking about it now as I do this write-up is making me drool *excuse me while I go wipe the saliva from the table* (sheppish grin)
This on the other hand, was plain soup base porridge with minced meat and deep-fried fish slices. Made a mistake to this order, dh wanted to add an egg into it, but silly me forgot to tell the lady at the counter. Oh well, there's always another time since I very much would like to try their tomyam porridge.
Another valuable stumble to add to the makan-place list as we get more adventurous.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
The few dishes we had below did not disappoint, in fact, we polished them all despite the huge portions which got us taken aback initially. Slow and steady we conquered them, one 'finger' at a time (referring to the lips smacking succelent crabs with roes).
The tools of the trade to attack the crabs. First time I came across a restaurant providing the white chopping board, and it sure is a nice gesture versus banging the crab claws on the table top.