Friday, February 26, 2010

Ikan Terubuk Masin Masak Lemak Cili Padi

I learn how to cook masak lemak cili padi from my little sister, who's MIL is from Negeri Sembilan. I dont think I need to elaborate further how exquisite does the masak lemak 'ala negeri sembilan taste like. And unlike my mom's recipe, it does not use any onion, at all.



This is the Terubuk Masin that I bought from my last trip to Bintulu, all cleaned and cut into small pieces

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Take 2 red chillies, few bird chilies (or more if you are daring), 2 inch long tumeric, and lamongrass.



Cut all the above into small pieces, in goes into the blender and blend well



Pour the blended ingredients into a pot with some oil and let it simmer



Next put in potato and a thick coconut milk (from 1 coconut)with some salt and sugar to taste.
If the curry seems to be hotter then u want it, the trick is just to add more salt or potato.




And finally add in the fish and continuously stir until it boils



Best served with deep fried fish and kangkong goreng belacan :D yummy!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

happy

Happy is the word to sum up my feeling every time I visit my favorite shopping mall, The curve. Not only because the place is so near to my house, but because of the interior, the atmosphere it creates, the layout, the architecture, the ambiance, etc, etc. I heard from a source that the architect team in charged in designing the mall was sent to various shopping malls all around the world for what I would call as benchmarking before they came up with what you saw at the mall. Go visit and see for yourself.

And if you are observant enough, you will notice that The Curve has the nicest (from my point of view) decoration during every festive season.

Below are the recent deco for CNY taken from one part of the mall (Open area between The Curve & e@curve).

Note: Pardon my photography technique and picture quality (camera murah)





Serene

La La Chong

Planned to go to Fatty Crab in SS2 with kupu2 (my cousin). But we changed our plan at last minute as another friend of ours suggested for us to go to La La Chong instead.

La La Chong Restaurant is located in Kampung Kayu Ara Damansara. It is about 5 minutes drive from the NKVE Damansara toll/ exit. My husband hesitated to eat there at first since there was no sign indicating that it is a Halal certified restaurant. But the place is prok-free and we saw a few Malay groups eating at the restaurant as well, therefore he decided it was ok.

Address:
La La Chong Seafood Restaurant Sdn. Bhd. (Next to Pantai Seafood @ Kayu Ara)
Lot 13556, Jalan Cempaka,Kayu Ara Damansara, 47400 Petaling Jaya.
Tel : 03-77281906



Ample parking space. We arrrived there at 7pm, but the place are already packed!I would suggest a booking/ reservation prior to your visit, especially during weekend/ public holiday.



The restaurant. They have open area/ smoking area as well as air-conditioned space, depending on your preference.



The appetizer. Peanuts and pickled manggo. The pickled manggo is soooo nice. It has a pinch of sweet, sour, salt, and hotness to its taste. They are charging RM3/ plate for each of the tit-bits. We even ordered extra to bring back home.



Ginger Fried Asparagus. To me it was ok. Nothing extra-ordinary thing to highlight about this dish.



Sotong celup tepung. Im not sure what it is called in English. Calamari I guess. This is also normal. Just like any other calamari that u can find in other retaurant.



This is one of their signature dish. It is called Siong Tong Lala (Lala in Superior Stock). Im not a fan of lala, but this dish is good! the soup is so delicious. A must try!



This is another must try on the menu. Crab cook in butter & cream souce. Sangat sedap ok! A must try.



This fried bun is their own baked bread. It is meant for you to dip (cicah) in the thick, creamy and yummy crab gavy. layan....

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Pameran Pengantin Malaysia 2010

Especially dedicated to all future brides, do visit this exhibition (or any exhibiton related to wedding for that matter)if time is on your side. From my experience, they do offer good package and sometimes sell items (favors, doorgift, deco, etc) at discounted price! I got my Bunga Pahar for 50% less at the last wedding exhibition.


source

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Home made Coffee Latte

Hubby bought a whipping machine (I dunno what to call it) from ikea. Konon nak buat la latte or cappuccino like to one in fancy coffee shops.

So here we are on fine Sunday morning doing some experiment at home.



This is the "machine" - battery operated



Tadda! Coffee poured on top of whipped fresh milk, sprinkled with some cocoa powder



Our healthy Sunday morning bfast

Monday, February 08, 2010

Hubby's 29th Bday

Last Saturday was hubby's 29th Birthday. I took him to Alexis, Jalan Ampang for Dinner. I've been wanting to go to the place for quite sometime since I heard that the place serve delicious desserts.

Hubby is not a fan of the place as the music genre performed by the live band there is not his cup of tea. And I know he is not comfortable being in a loud and crowded places. Sorry sayang, next year we go to some place quiet and private, ok? :p

But I really found that the band is brilliant!

Anyways, as expected, the food is good and the dessert that we ordered was exceptionally yummylicious! Although it is quite pricey, but I think it is worth it. Enjoy the pictures below:



Our drinks : Mine (Raspberry Soda - RM11.50) hubby's (Iced Cappucino RM11.50)



Starter: Mini Wantons (RM15.00)



Chicken Escalope (RM35.00) - Look at the serving, its too small! in fact, TINY! The portion is too small for the price. Weird/ sharp tasting. I think they should atleast put some side dishes like corn or mashed potatos



Seafood Pizza (RM36.00) - Generous portion and toppings. I like the thin crust



Nutty Meringue (RM15.00) - I wanted to try the infamous "Mixed Fruit Meringue", but it was sold out! The portion of this cake is huge (suit the price) and so is the chunky mixed (almonds, macadamia, hazelnuts), yummy! hubby really enjoy the cake.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Kesian

Hubby and I decided to go to my mom's yesterday. My family is craving for my spaghetti (ehem..) so I went to cook for them. While in the kitchen, I suddenly heard a loud wailing siren sound of police car. Hubby, my sister, her hubby and I quickly rushed out to see what is happening outside (saje nak menyibuk). We saw a huge crowd gathering infront of a house 2 blocks away from my mom’s. We went to the scene and from one of the “Makcik” we found that the house was broken into by foreigners (I don’t want to say from where to avoid prejudice). We waited for few minutes for the police to bring out the criminal/ suspect. It was 6 men and they were handcuffed to each other. I can hear people around me passing remarks to each other. Among others include “Padan muka” (Serve you right), you deserve it, and lot more. Instead of that, I feel sorry for them. Somehow I feel like they must be drive by something so desperate that leads them to steal. I’m not condoning the crime, but, I don’t know. Looking at their sad faces, I can’t help but to think of their feeling at that moment. Probably they are feeling scared, ashamed, helpless and afraid of the unknown. But mostly, I really hope that they will feel guilty and regret. If not, I too will say “you deserve it”.

I really can’t be a law enforcement officer or a judge for that matter. Cepat rasa kesian! Haih…

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Kisah Ayam Masak Merah



Do you feel tempted just by looking at the picture above? Well, it its not my cooking, I took it here just for, well, err, inspiration.

For some reason I'm craving to eat Ayam Masak Merah. So I browsed for the recipe from the internet. There were so many versions available and finally I picked the one that I found most straight forward and easy to follow.

Arriving home from office, I quickly change and get into the kitchen to begin with the mission. One of the ingredient is thin coconut milk Santan cair). I cant find fresh coconut milk, so I bought the packet (powder) version instead. The measurement is one cup, but since I dont want to throw away the balance neither to keep it, I decided to put everything in. The end result looks fine.

Next on the menu is fried mixed vege. After spending almost 2 hours in the kitchen, I'm done. I really looking forward to serve the dinner to hubby.

Later, at the dining table, hubby complimented my cooking :

Pandai Sayang masak. Sedap Ayam Percik nie...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA..... Ayam Masak Merah jadi Ayam Percik :D I'll stick by the recipe next time :D

Monday, February 01, 2010

Radix Fried CHicken

Hubby been telling me about this one restaurant that carries a similar concept like KFC. However, this restaurant is only available in Sungai Petani and Alor Setar.

So the night after our reception in Alor Setar, I asked hubby to take me to the restaurant. From my observation, the restaurant looks empty. My hubby says it is probably most of the locals prefer to take away and eat at home. And that is exactly what we did too, take away.

RFC (Radix Fried CHicken) proudly carries the slogan "Segar, Organik dan Halal" (Fresh, Organic & Halal). I believe that is how they capture most of the Malay market in the north. They are opening new branch soon in Ayer Keroh, Melaka,Kubang Kerian, KB, Kelantan and Kluang, Johore.

My verdict of the chicken? Errr.. Not to my liking. Some how it tasted like the chicken is in desperate need of some serious salt. Probably that is what make the chicken healthier choice, no MSG and organic. But then again, isn’t MSG what we are “craving” for in any Fast Food? Just my two cents :D


The restaurant near Pasar Besar Alor Setar


Hubby lining up at the counter


Notice the empty restaurant? (I'm sure it will be other wise in KL).


Apart from the typical carbonated drinks, RFC also offers drinks like Rossele, Radix Cocoa, manggo, etc.


Part of the menu

Some Description Taken from RFC website~

" PRODUK HALAL TANGGUNGJAWAB BERSAMA "
Pada masa kini pasaran dan permintaan adalah tinggi ke atas makanan segera. Ini boleh dilihat dengan kehadiran jumlah restoran ‘bak cendawan selepas hujan’ diseluruh negara. Didapati pasaran konsep makanan segera di negara ini dimonopoli oleh masyarakat bukan Islam dan hampir 90% jenamanya berasal daripada luar negara.

Atas kesedaran dan tanggungjawab betapa pentingnya pilihan makanan halal, RFC diwujudkan bagi memberi pilihan makanan halal kepada umat Islam, khasnya umat Islam di Malaysia. Bermula dengan restoran pertama di Sungai Petani, RFC berazam mendirikan 400 buah lagi restoran yang serupa di seluruh negara.

Disamping itu, sejajar dengan slogan kumpulan perniagaan HPA, “Produk Halal Tanggungjawab Bersama”™ kewujudan RFC adalah satu jihad perniagaan dalam menyediakan makanan dan produk halal kepada umat Islam.
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