Food Articles

The Authoritative Coffee: Part 1

by Nadge Ariffin, on Wed, March 11, 2009
Gastropology 101
“I’ll have the Mo-cha…”, I began as I scanned the beverage menu.

“Mo-ka”, corrected the bright young lady serving me, as naturally as she must have corrected a hundred or a thousand other customers.

“Oh, Mo-ka…” I sheepishly repeated. As a Spanish-speaker, I naturally tend to pronounce any ‘ch’ combination…   More »

Where To Eat

Sari Ratu

by Haze J., on Tue, March 10, 2009
Indonesian

"The Es Teler comes topped with red sago"

This week we took a peek at one of the more frequently visited Nasi Padang restaurants. With a few branches to its name and fame, Restoran Sari Ratu definitely has quite a following. Traditionally, waiters at Nasi Padang restaurants bring piles of dishes to your table for you to choose. Here, we suggest you pre-order at the counter as you enter the restaurant to ensure quick and easy service.

Though most of the items stated on the board will confuse you at first, (though we speak the same tongue, Indonesian can be a little confusing) there is always a friendly waitress here to help you order up a sumptuous feast! What they have is a wide variety of veggies, chicken, beef and appetisers like emping (bitter Melinjo nut crackers)- heavenly when dipped in their Sambal Hijau (Green Chilli Sambal).

Dig a little deeper at the menu and you will start to understand it. For instance, Balado sounds pretty much like Berlada (spicy in Malay) if you put a Minangkabau accent to it, and that is exactly what it is. The stir-fried brinjals are cooked in a spicy red chilli paste. This dish is delicious. Brinjals here have rich deep purple skins and tender cool meat that absorbs the spiciness of the chillies and helps to tone down the spiciness, giving it subtle heat. To turn the heat up again you can eat this with a dollop of Sambal Hijau.

The Sambal Hijau is not really just green chillies, there is more here than meets the eye. They are pounded green chillies with hints of garlic, onion and ikan bilis (anchovies) stir-fried lightly so all the flavours are well married and later served cold as an accompaniment. Everything here has a subtle difference from our dishes. For example the Rendang Minang (dry stew beef) at first taste present similar characteristics to ours but immediately after the saltiness of the Rendang states that it is uniquely Padang.
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Food Articles

Yummy Healthy Lunchboxes

by Alexa P., on Tue, March 10, 2009
Health, Diet & Family
Toss that boring old soggy tuna sandwich into the trash and pack yourself a healthy and fun lunch instead! Why settle for a greasy meal at a stall when you can have something just as flavour packed right in your own bag? I’m not bad mouthing our delicious local stalls by any means but sometimes our bodies need a bit of a health boost and lunch is…   More »

Gastro News

AFFA Update : It’s a fierce contest!

by The News Team, on Sun, March 08, 2009 - 3:26:41 PM, 1 comment
News
Here's some updates for AFFA! Voting has been open for a week with about 12 more days to go. Some of the favourites have some serious contenders in their category so far. In the Best Kopitiam Category, whilst local favourite Yut Kee is in the lead, the past few days have seen its position threatened into second place a few times by another much younger well known kopitiam seller. In the Nasi Lemak Category, Tanglin is behind two serious contenders (not far though). Village Park is fighting with someone who we never thought were a serious player for top spots. So all nasi lemak fans, cast your vote now. Perhaps an upset is in the progress.

The other two hotly contested categories are crabs and char koay teow. It looks like favourite Steven at Nam Chuan's top spot is also is fiercely being contested by a PJ stall that also has been around for more than 20 years. Will…  Continue reading »

Foodsters' Blog

Online Media a Big Factor in Obama’s Campaign Win

by Adly, on Sun, March 08, 2009 - 5:42:29 AM, 0 comment
Encounters
We were at the Obama Magic KL event in PJ Hilton earlier this month. Roger Fisk was in town for a couple of days to anchor the conference brought by ADOI's Marketing Magazine. Who is he? He's Barack Obama's (ex) National Special Events Director, hired to supervise campaign teams in about 32 states during Obama's presidential campaign. Besides giving great insights into how he managed the ground campaigns, Fisk shared his experience in gaining campaign support using New Media which he considers an important element to the success of the campaign.


Managing over 150 events across the country, he told the crowd that his campaign also employs new media strategies such as blogging, email alerts and social networking tools such as Facebook to harness the power of the Internet to reach the masses. From their own web platform (http://www.mybarackobama.com or nicknamed myBO), they were able to engage solid support from voters. Specialised applications within the site allowed people to interact with one another, give people information about the campaign and even tools for people to set up their own Obama party/fund-raising-event in their neighbourhood. The tools were so versatile…  Continue reading »

Foodsters' Blog

Vote for Jackie!

by Honey, on Sat, March 07, 2009 - 12:31:57 AM, 0 comment
Encounters
Yes... she's the only Malaysian to be short-listed for the Best Job in the World. So what is the Best Job in the World? Pretty much being the Caretaker of the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef. Yes, white sandy beaches, exploring the islands of the Great Barrier Reef- below and above water and then finding ingenious ways of promoting it via blogging, videos and photos. And if that doesn't sound like paradise you get generously paid for it!

So this is Jackie Miao, from Sabah who from thousands of video applicants for the job is in the top 50! Huzzah!

How the competition goes is that there will be 11 in the finals, 10 selected by the Queensland tourism board and 1 from the 50 based on how many on-line vote she/ he gets.

We love plucky Malaysians who are gung ho and eats sago worms live on camera for her audition vid. So folks she's a foodie! And we believe that foodies should go places. They should start their own countries, have their own flag, be able to swim in the sun and sit on the beach and eat fresh seafood all the time. They should basically rule the world-lah. So here's a shout out for all you Malaysians out there, foodie or otherwise, young, old, big and small, vote for…  Continue reading »

Gastro News

More than just chicken at Kenny Rogers

by The News Team, on Sat, March 07, 2009 - 12:06:41 AM, 0 comment
New Launches
Kenny Rogers Roasters now serve fish, yes you heard them. For a limited period you can get a Kenny Balinese Baked Fish promotional meal. This is pretty much fish fillet baked with their own concoction of bumbu sauce so it suits our spicy palates.


Like the roast chicken a Balinese Baked Fish meal comes with three side dishes at RM18.90. And you can also order your very own surf n turf version. For RM28.90, you can get the fish with a quarter chicken, three sides and their famed muffins.

KRR also delivers. Just call 1300-888-878 for information on delivery areas and orders. Delivery times is between 11.30am to 10.00pm daily.  Continue reading »


     
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