Blog Revamping

Hello... I'm in the midst of revamping my blog to make my life a little easier. So do not be alarmed as work is still under construction.

Cheers,
Babe_KL
16 Oct 2012

Sunday, 30 December 2007

7-Day Detox Programme: How It Got Started

It's funny how I got suckered into an ad placed in our local newspaper... I was reading and saw this detox ad. Read on and got myself into the detox product website. I left the website running, hubby read about it. We discussed a bit on it and I was saying that I'm in bad shape - lack of exercise, long hours at work, body aching all over, forever feeling lethargic... you know the gist. Next thing I knew, I had a box sitting at my kitchen counter. So, that was how I got myself into a 7 days detox programme!

To cut long story short, I'm gonna document my experience of this programme on a day-by-day account of what I did and ate. I had wanted to start on Christmas Day after calculating the days needed before I get back to work but being the lazy me, I only opened the box and read the booklet in the morning. It was kinda late to get myself out to buy the fruits and vegetables (this spelt EXCUSES, no???)... yada yada so I only got on to the programme on 26 Dec.

I decided it is best to have this done when I'm at home since the detox product booklet mentioned that one may experience unpleasant short-term reaction in the first 3 days ie. mild diarrhoea, frequent urination, extreme fatigue, sleepiness, irritability, headache, nausea, vomitting etc!!!! Did they freak you out??? Actually there were more gross stuff but I decided not to put down here hehe...

Looking at the bright side, I was hoping to achieve at least 4-5 of these:

  • - increased energy and vitality
  • - regular bowel movement
  • - better digestion and elimination
  • - better immunity
  • - better sleep
  • - improved skin tone and radiance
  • - improved sense of well being and clearer mind

Pea did asked me if this programme will make one lose weight. The programme booklet did said one could but this is not a slimming programme. The weight lost was merely from old feacal matter in the intestines where one could accummulated up to 10-25 pounds of such waste. Anyway, losing weight is not my aim for this detox thingy. As I've told Pea, I do not own a weighing scale hence I won't be able to tell if I have lost any. She asked me to test by squeezing myself into the tightest skirt hahaha... ok Pea, I will do that, just for you.

The programme mentioned that it is not necessary to change one's diet during the 7-day period but since I'm on it, what the heck, I decided to somehow TRY to follow the eating plan. Not entirely but pretty close. *sobs* that means I had to drop any big makan plans which includes the floggers' Retro party on 28 December. Sorry guys but I just have to do this to flush out all the negatives and start anew eating my way to a healthier 2008.

The next few posts will see my day-to-day account of my experience. I will not name the detox product here as I'm in no position to endorse such product or programme to anyone. However, if you wish to know the name of the product, do drop me a line.

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Thursday, 27 December 2007

Shortbread and Gingerbread Cookies

I've made some Shortbread and Gingerbread (yikes they ryhmed :D) Cookies right before Christmas. I've used the recipes from Donna Hay's Modern Classics Book 2. I just loved this book! All the recipes in this book worked except for the cookies haha... well the dough turned out to be too soft, maybe due to our weather, just like the supposedly-to-be-star-cookies. I could have store them in the fridge for more than 4 hours before shaping but I just don't have the time. All I did have was a mere 30 mins.

Anyway, I cheated and dusted flour on the dough after rolling so that I can press out the cookies in the cutters. So as I went along... the batch towards the end came out rather hard. Sorry to the few of the recipients of these cookies :P

Gingerbread Star


Tastewise, the shortbread was nice BUT the gingerbread smelt so great whilst baking! So Christmassy... The gingerbread cookies were a tad hardy but crunchy, kinda like it as I crunch along finishing the star.

My boiboi "decorated" these shortbread with colourful sprinkles and coloured sugar.

Shortbread Cookies


So here are the recipes if you wish to try them yourself ;-)

Shortbread

220g chilled butter, chopped
2/3 cup caster sugar
2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup rice flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg

Pre-heat oven to 160C. Process all ingredients in food processor (Ive used my mixer instead, worked as well) until a smooth dough is formed.

Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead gently.

Press mixture into a 20cm x 30 cm (8in x 12 in) slice tin lined with non-stick baking paper. Smooth the surface with the back of a spoon and score the top into long bars. Bake for 1 hour or until golden. Cool in tin. Slice along the score marks, makes 22 slices.

Or you can roll into balls, place on baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper and flatten slightly with a fork. Bake for 22-25 mins or until just golden brown.


Gingerbread

125g butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup golden syrup (I replaced with honey)
21/2 cups plain flour, sifted
2 tsps ground ginger
1 tsp baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)

Preheat oven to 190C. Place butter and sugar in bowl and beat with electric beaters until light and creamy. Add golden syrup, flour, ginger and baking soda and mix to form a smooth dough. Refrigerate for 10 mins or until dough is firm.

Roll out dough between sheets of non-stick baking paper to 4mm (1/4 in) thick. Cut out shapes from dough using cookie cutter. Place on baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper. Bake for 8-10mins or until golden brown. Cool on tray.

Ref: Donna Hay, Modern Classics Book 2, page 12 and 32




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Tuesday, 25 December 2007

Have a Blessed Christmas

Menu For Hope 4 have so far raised USD90,191.00!!!! More than 29k over from previous year amount. Anyway, Chez Pim had extended this programme thru the weekend. So if you thought you were late but fret not, you can still do it. Please hurry and get your raffle tickets.

Christmas cookies


May the Joy and Peace of Christmas be with you now and throughout the new year.


Note: The recipes for Snowman and Christmas Tree Shortbread and Gingerbread Star Cookies as depicted will be coming up next.

Saturday, 22 December 2007

Menu For Hope 4: 10 Hours To Go

Just a quick update, if you wish to donate and get a raffle ticket, you still can do it! You have about 10 hours to do so. We have raised USD76,110.00 and we are USD15,184.88 over last year's amount!!!!

So please hurry...

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Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Menu For Hope 4: 3 More Days To Go

Dear readers,

Total raised so far is $43,115.00, quite far from last year's US$62,925.12! You have 3 more days to go to buy your raffle tickets for Menu For Hope 4. Every USD10 will earn you a bid for the prizes and pledges gathered by the international food bloggers.

I'm pretty glad that there were quite a number of bids for the 3 items that I've put up. I did a quick check of the number of bids for them. As of now the count stands at:

AP21 10 Set Dinners from Zuup - 4 bids
AP26 Babe_KL's Homemade Choc Chips Cookies - 8 bids
AP37 RM500 Dining Voucher from Elcerdo - 16 bids

Come on, I'm sure we can do better than this! We are hoping to generate at least 20 bids per item, so please help us feed the children.

To all my friends and readers whom have donated, a simple 'Thank You' would be an understatement for the magnanimity. Being a person who believes in 'paying forward', may you be blessed with abundance and may all your obstacles be pacified so that you will continue this journey for the highest good!

Kindly refer Menu For Hope 4: Prizes and Pledges and Menu For Hope 4: Kick-off for further details.

Related Links:
Asia Pacific prize round-up
Full round-up of prizes worldwide
Donation page at http://www.firstgiving.com/menuforhope4


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Wednesday, 12 December 2007

Menu For Hope 4: Prizes and Pledges

UPDATED 17 December 2007: Placed the code for Elcerdo

UPDATED 16 December 2007



Prize Code: AP37 (I haven't got the code yet, so hang on there if you wish to bid for this)

I've received another sponsor, YAY!!! Chef Werner made a come back this year with a pledge of RM500 dining voucher at his porcine specialist restaurant Elcerdo. Elcerdo has since moved to a bigger premises offering nose to tail dining experience. An order of roasted suckling pig will bring you good luck by tossing the plate after cutting the pig up with it!

RM500 dining voucher at Elcerdo
43 & 45 Changkat Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Review: El Cerdo
Elcerdo Had Moved!


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Finally, I got my codes. Here we go...


Prize Code: AP21

I managed to get Zuup Soup Bar, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, to sponsor 10 dinner sets worth 18+ per set. Now you can bring your family, mom, dad, grand aunt, uncle number 5, great grand uncle number 10, grand niece number 2, and your friends along for a great meal at Zuup! Zuup serves more than just soup - they also offer pasta, fried rice and noodles plus a great range of drinks and desserts. Whilst you're waiting for your meal, why not have a go on their complimentary PS2 consoles? Fun for everyone!



Prize Code: AP26

I'm offering a jarful (1.8l Forvar glass jar from Ikea) of my chocolate chips cookies choked with chocolate chips (I usually doubled the chips). They will come in assorted of almond, hazelnut, walnut, just plain and etc. For those of you who have been expressing your wish to try my goodies, now it's your chance to do so with a cause. This prize is available for self-collection in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia only.



choc chip cookies



OK at the moment I only manage to have 2 pledges. Watch this space for more *fingers crossed*.

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Menu For Hope 4: Kick-off

I apologise for being late in promoting Menu For Hope 4 this year. Last year, we did very well by raising USD62,925.12 to support the UN World Food Programme. This year, it will be no different. For more information on who is the beneficiary this year, check what is Menu For Hope. It's something like a FAQ.

Due to my limited free time, I only managed to get very little sponsors this year round. Hopefully I will get more to join me in offering something for the cause. Will post that up once I get my prize codes later today.

Please go to Grab Your Fork to check our regional round up. Imagine winning Nigella Lawson Kitchen Utensils set in cream worth AU$160... WOW!!!

Don't forget to drop by Chez Pim for the international round-up of prizes. There are a lot of attractive prizes including a personal tour of elBulli kitchen laboratory at the new Alícia Institute with Ferran Adrià himself, well you'll need to buy your own air ticket though!

You can also browse prizes by region by visiting the regional host blogs:
UK: The Passionate Cook and Cooksister!
Europe: Food Beam
US: West Coast: Rasa Malaysia
US: East Coast: Serious Eats
US: Central: Kalyn's Kitchen
Canada: The Domestic Goddess
Asia Pacific, Australia, New Zealand: Grab Your Fork
and, last but not least, our special Wine Blog Host: Vinography


To donate:


1. Go to the donation page at http://www.firstgiving.com/menuforhope4

2. Make a donation: each US$10 will give you one raffle ticket toward a prize of your choice. In the 'Personal Message' section in the donation form, please specify which prize or prizes you'd like, using the prize-code and detailing the number of tickets per prize you'd like to purchase. For example, a donation of US$50 can be 2 tickets for AP01 and 3 for AP02

3. For US donors, if your company has agreed to match your charity donation, please remember to tick the box and fill in the information so we may claim the corporate match.

4. Please make sure you tick the box to allow us to see your email address so we may contact you if you win. Your email address will not be shared with anyone.

5. Winners will be announced on Chez Pim in mid-January 2008.



With my hands clasped and brought close to my heart, on behalf of all your beneficiaries, I thank you in advance for your generosity and compassion.

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Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Cupcakes Topped With Banana Crunch Cereal

Cupcake topped with Banana Crunch Cereal


Sorry, another quick post to tide things over. Been tremendously overloaded with work and will be in the same situation till the next week, hopefully *keep fingers crossed*

The above cupcakes were made with the basic recipe then topped with my fave Post's Banana Crunch Cereals. Funny that simple topping like this could win my man's heart ;-)

Keep checking here as I've something on for this year's Menu for Hope 4. Yeah it had officially started but I'm still dragging my feet on it! I promised to get it up by tomorrow.

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Wednesday, 5 December 2007

Review: Kopitiam Tradisional

Updated 20 September 2009: This place has closed.

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Sorry for the long long silence. Been bogged down with work, lots of them with a very tight deadline. So this will be a short and brief post to keep me and this blog going.

One rainy nite, hubby and I got to Leisure Mall for dinner in order not to get drenched. Walked around, no idea what to have so we ended up in a place called Kopitiam Traditional. Yeah the name is just Kopitiam with a TM behind it but how to trademark “kopitiam”??

Anyway, glanced thru the menu and we ordered our food. Since this happened some time back, I can’t really recall what we have ordered and the prices but rest assured it’s very reasonable.

I think hubby had a deep fried chicken set of rice, one whole deep fried chicken thigh and fried egg. The set came with a choice of hot or cold drinks. I stole some bites of the crispy chicken and find the chicken is tasty and loved the sambal that came with it.

KT - deep fried drumstick rice

Mine is Vietnamese chicken set. Not sure why it’s called Vietnamese when it’s clearly soy sauce chicken haha, nevertheless, it was good.

KT - rice

My rice set came with soy sauce chicken thigh; braised hardboiled egg and tofu in the same soy sauce. I like them all!

KT - Soy sauce drumstick

Both sets came with a choice of hot or cold drinks. Not bad a place and I don’t mind returning.

Kopitiam Traditional
Level 1, Cheras Leisure Mall,
Taman Segar
(near The Chicken Rice Shop)

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Friday, 23 November 2007

Review: Huen Kee Claypot Chicken Rice

**Non-Halal**

I’ve been following Heun Kee up and down the road for the past 10 years! Oh no, no!! Heun Kee is not a super star nor a celebrity, just that I’m the Claypot Chicken Groupie!!! I’ve lost count the number of times they’ve shifted for the past 15 years but thank goodness, Heun Kee is now rooted at the corner of Jalan Yew.

When they first started their business in this current lot, the cooking of claypot rice was done at the back kitchen but I guess that was a bad idea since the charcoal stoves are indeed an advertisement to them to attract customers. So they moved the stoves to the front and now no one can missed them out anymore.Check out how the charcoal stoves roar away!

HK - Huen Kee Claypot Chicken Rice

You’ll understand why I’m a Heun Kee’s groupie as they could churn out one of the better claypot chicken rice in town where the rice is cooked to perfection, nary undercooked with a layer of aromatic crusty rice at the bottom of the pot which is a treasure to unearth as one dig deeper. Their chicken is always cooked just right, retainining its juices. The secret to such perfections is by cooking the claypot with firery charcoals under AND above the claypots!

HK - charcoal cooked rice HK - close up, see how they place charcoal on top of claypot

This is how the end result looked like… with loads of chicken pieces, slices of Chinese sausages and topped with chopped spring onions with salted fish served served separately. To serve, all one need to do is pour in the salted fish, mix and stir the rice with the ingredients thoroughly and as you do that, you can smell the fragrant dash of cooking wine they added towards the end of the cooking process. It’s simply divine! A small pot for one person will cost RM6.50, medium for 2 at RM13.00 and a large one for 3 - 4 is going for RM18.00. Please note that chicken thighs request will cost slightly more.

HK - claypot chic rice with salted fish

Other than chicken, you can opt for a mixed Chinese dried sausages and waxed meat pot instead. Heun Kee also serves a mean claypot curry fish head! Just order a pot of plain white rice to go with the curry.This trip we have a small plate of Seafood Tofu (minimum 5 pieces, RM5.00), basically it’s mashed tofu and seafood, shaped into bricks and deep fried. Absolutely great with the chili dip.

HK - seafood tofu HK - seafood tofu great with chili dip

This medium plate (RM6.00) of Stir-fried Romaine Lettuce with Fermented Beancurd (foo yue) was fried with enough wok hei (breath of the wok) that enhances the foo yue laced vegetable many folds.

HK - fu yue yau mak

Parking is aplenty underneath the flyover in the evening but nightmarish during the day. Do let me know if you’re a groupie too, just like me, or turned one after trying them out after reading this!!


Kedai Makanan Heun Kee (Claypot Chicken Rice)
59, Ground Floor, Jalan Yew, Pudu,
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-9200 1603
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 9.30pm

This article was originally published in Notes From Venus.


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Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Review: Chuka Cafe

**Non-Halal**

Chuka

Since I came in super early today, so I better quickly do this up!!!

Tucked away in a faraway land towards the old Subang Airport is this Japanese eatery located in a condominium block called Chuka Cafe. This place has been around for a long while but I never got round to check it out until my brother spent dinner sometime back. When we were there, the other 3 tables were occupied by some Japanese. Seems like this place is well patronised by the Japanese community in that area. As this dinner was eaten quite some months back, my memory of the items are pretty vague but let's just see if I can jog it out as I go on typing.

First up were the gyoza of minced meat and chives which we all liked. 2 plates of them disappeared quickly.

Chuka - Gyoza RM8.00 Chuka - Gyoza filling

Next, we have this Buta Kakuni which is Japanese stewed pork in soya sauce. Pretty similar to Chinese style Tau Yew Bak but this is slightly on the sweeter side and ohhh the pork is sooooo tender. I stole a small bite of the fatty part and it does melt in my mouth! Best if have eaten with plain rice.

Chuka - Buta Kakuni RM12.00

Our orders range from Genki Kara Ramen (spicy soup with seafood and vegetable); Tonkotsu Ramen (sliced pork and seaweed); pork rounds ramen (not sure of the name since I didn't order this, judging from the pic, looks like shoyu ramen); Gyu Niku Ramen (beef noodles which I had and I would say it's good. The thinly sliced beef literally melt in the mouth.); and Katsu Don.

Chuka - Gengki Kara Ramen RM14 Chuka - Tonkotsu Ramen RM14.00
Chuka - Pork Ramen Chuka - Gyu Niku Ramen RM14

Chuka - Katsu Don RM14.00

Even though the ramens were tasty but there's a major concern with some of them complaining the ramen were too salty to their palate. I can't blame them since we're more used to bland food. We should have told the wait staff during ordering to tone down the salt. So, remember huh, if you're not used to salty food, do inform them in advance.

When you enter the condominium, you'll need to give your particulars in exchange for a visitor plate to be displayed on your dashboard. You can park right in front of the main entrance of the block where the cafe is located.


Chuka Cafe
Saujana Villa Condominium,
13 Lingkungan Golf Saujana
Subang, Selangor
Tel : (603) 7846 7664
lat 3.106446 long 101.581779
Opening Hours: Mon -Sun 12.00pm - 2.30pm & 6.00pm - 9.30pm

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Monday, 19 November 2007

Thank You Rachel of ThamJiak...

...to post up her interview with me. The first in her project to interview the Malaysian floggers was on Swee San.

I've always fascinated with Rachel's story of her ahmah (grandma) and look forward to her posts. The little anecdotes always spices things up. Do check out Tham Jiak!

Sorry no food updates today or the next few days... have a deadline to catch!

Friday, 16 November 2007

Review: Durian Cream Puff from Happy Meal

Short post again cos chasing deadline.

I took note of teckiee's post about this Happy Meal place at Jalan Hang Lekir (Chinatown/Petaling Street area). I've always noticed the place whenever I buy flowers next door but never bothered to check out what they offer. It's basically a small corner selling sandwiches, pastries and drinks. Thanks to teckiee, I stopped by one day when I passed by there. Otherwise I would have continued walking.

I saw a lady busy piping out the pastry for the cream puffs onto trays. A couple of them were filling them with cream. Checking out the display I saw pineapple tarts, coconut tarts, kaya swissroll, cream puffs BUT it was the signage they stuck on the glass that caught my eyes... durian puff!!!! Can't resist them, I bought a box which contained 4 for RM2.40. Resisted like hell from buying other stuff... need to watch our expanding waist muahahaha...

Happy - durian cream puffs

Anyway, I only ate them when I got back home. By then the choux pastry had gotten a bit soggy but but but the durian cream compensated it since it's not durian season now hahaha... must check out the other yummies the next time I'm there.

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Babe_KL Had Bad Food Too at Delifrance!!!

To follow up with KY's bloody (pun intended) experience with Delifrance yesterday, this was mine, today...

Delifrance's Sausage Pasta


This was the sausage pasta from it's ala carte menu but I thot I was having prawn mee!!!! Well I was careful at least not to order the chicken thigh which was today's set menu haha moreover I was invited for lunch, so I had to be polite.

This happened at Delifrance, The Weld. Luckily I downed 2 cups of hot tea there and now on my second in the office.

Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Apple Crumble Version 2.0

My parents usually buy fruits by the boxes... yes, BOXES!!! I am not talking about those small flat boxes that keep persimmons or kiwis but imagine those apples/oranges type. Twice a month, they'll diligently stock up... since they lived quite close to Selayang's Pasar Borong (wholesale market). Yours truly will usually benefit from this as my mom will shuffed some plastic bags to me and ask me to help myself.

Now the problem is... my fridge tends to be overstocked with them as there are basically two people in the house only. Tall task to finish them all up quickly. Most times I would need to cook or juice them up before the next fresh batch come. This time, they have gotten a box of huge, juicy and sweet granny smith... I was juggling them on my palms and asked hubby what should I do with them. Naturally he replied me "Apple Crumble - same like Coffee Bean one!". Yoooohhh an additional step for me to make the base crust!!!! Grrr just like my previous attempt. I was reminded to improve on that at the same time!!! *bleh, stick tongue out at HIM*
Anyway, as I was taking out the ingredients to make one, I noticed that I only have enough butter to either make the crumble or the crust. Feeling lazy (with lots of joy), I decided to leave the crust out! As I browse thru recipes, I remember FBB's version is the simplest so I quickly note down the ingredients and set out to make the crumble. I added a handful of oats on the crumble for the extra crunch plus experimented with some sesame seeds which didn't make much difference.

I made mine in ramekins and I would say this version does tasted better! Thank you FBB for sharing the recipe. My sister-in-law told me it was nice when eaten cold which I tried; and OH YES indeed it was!!! Tasted great even without all those sinful additions mentioned by FBB :p

Apple crumble 01 Apple crumble 02

Coincidently, one of the Drive for Food team, Apple Crumble Team, used the same recipe which earned them a trip to Penang for the final!!!! The voting is currently on... please do vote for Apple Crumble Team and Fantastic Four HERE!!! Thank you very much for your support.

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Tuesday, 13 November 2007

Review: Butter Pastry Egg Tart from Tong Kee Brothers Confectionery

Most of us, KLites, are familiar with Tong Kee's mouth watering egg tart of flaky pastry and eggy custard. Tong Kee's egg tart is by far the best in Klang Valley in my book lah, well excluding those I've eaten in Hong Kong. However, I discovered recently that they have another version where the pastry is made with butter! I bought 2 last week just to test out.

The butter version is RM1.30 in yellow paper casing wherelse the normal version is priced at RM1.20. As you can see below, the butter pastry looked less flaky.

CIMG1935

The first bite, it was crispy!!! The crispyness is different from the normal pastry one, kinda crunchy to the bite. So I took out my camera and quickly snap a pic before its all gone. The subsequent bites were just absolutely Heavenly... crisp buttery pastries coupled with soft and silky custard. Totally different in texture, all I can say it was very very flavoursome indeed.

CIMG1932

Other than egg tarts, I also liked the chicken pie which I've woofed down without taking any pic of it, sorry haha. I've also threw away the box that stated down their current brances :p Another must buy is the sponge cake in paper casing. Oh dear, I really feel like having all of these now for tea!

Tong Kee Brothers Confectionery
Main Branch
16, Jalan Brunai Utara, Pudu,
55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: (603) 242 9958
Operation Hours:6.00am - 6.00pm

Branch No. 1
8, Lorong Brunai 3, Pudu,
55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: (603) 242 9923
Operation Hours:6.00am - 3.00pm

Branch No. 2 (known as TK at the signboard)
Jalan Cerdas, Taman Connaught
(same row as Gafan Restaurant, or Sedaya College side)

Branch No. 3
Persiaran Mergastua, Kepong Baru

Counters:
Lai Fong Restaurant
138 Jalan Bandar, Kuala Lumpur

Wah Cheong Coffee Shop
17/29, Petaling Jaya

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The Star, Drive For Food

As you would have known by now, my fellow floggers - Jackson, Precious Pea, Teckiee and WMW, participated in the recent The Star, Drive For Food competition. The voting is now open for you to pick the best video travelogue for a friend who would like to take an 8 hour leisurely drive from KL-Penang.

The floggers have entered 2 videos under FANTASTIC FOUR and THE APPLE CRUMBLE TEAM (ACT) since 2 of their round one videos got to the final. Would appreciate if you guys go help vote for their videos which are the top two videos displayed.

Please VOTE HERE. Thank you very much.

Check out WMW's account plus the details of those places FANTASTIC FOUR have visited.

Monday, 12 November 2007

Festive Cookies

In replying to Teckiee's question in my Deepavali greetings post if I was away making murukku... hahaha of course not lah! I got a tin of that from a friend of mine. Well instead of murukku, I made these...

colourful ghee biscuits


Wahseh... colourful or not? Before these babies were coated with milled sugar, the strong colour looked kinda scary! I made a trial batch of these earlier but I've used very very little colouring and my test bunnies told me they were too light. Hmmm and I thought they looked kinda nice in pastel shades, just that they don't show much after the sugar coating.

So are they festive enough for Deepavali???

Anyways, these babies are known as Arab Cookies or Ghee Biscuits or Sugee (even though no sugee were used??) Biscuits... recipe can be found HERE.

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Thursday, 8 November 2007

Happy Deepavali


Wishing all Hindus who are celebrating the festival of lights a Happy Deepavali!


Deepavali kolam


My first time seeing such a huge beautiful kolam, quickly took out my phone and snapped a pic of it. This pic was taken at The Weld.

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Stir-fried Long Beans With Bean Paste

Longs Beans With Bean Sauce

A firm favourite in Chinese households... am pretty sure most moms would have this simple yet yummy vegetable dish on the dining table. Just stir in some chopped garlic, sliced shallots (shallots are not necessary, just that I have some and wanted to use up before they turn rotten) and minced bean paste in hot oil till fragrant. Watch out diligently as the bean paste can burn easily. Next, dunk in the long beans and stir. Sprinkle in a wee bit of water and watch how the beans turn colour into a deeper shade. Dish up and serve hot otherwise the beans will turn wrinkly. I do not add in any salt since the bean paste is salty. For a bundle of long beans, I normally use about a heap teaspoonful of bean paste. Most times I will taste it during cooking, if not salty enough then only add some to taste.

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