Heard through the grapevine that there will be a Corelle, Corningware, Vision & Pyrex Sale at the 3rd floor of Atria Damansara Jaya from 10am - 7pm, 19th -21st Dec 2008. This news is unconfirmed but if you are looking for some wares for Christmas, maybe its worth the trip. Continue reading »
"Fat and juicy prawns almost toppling out of the bowl"
When my dad first told me about a famous Chinese shop that serves excellent steamed fish in my new neighbourhood I doubted him a little…why would a well-known Chinese restaurant be in Brickfields of all places?!? That’s like having a great Indian shop in Chinatown. Soon enough I started hearing it from everyone…friends, colleagues, even random individuals…and this is when I knew I had to try it out!
The moment I stepped in I could tell that this was the spot to be. The place was packed with many individuals sharing a table just to get a bite to eat. The minute we managed to snag a table I turned to the Auntie and asked her to bring us a few of the specialties. This included a whole steamed catfish with pounded ginger, a large bowl of sambal prawns, a thick egg fu yong, sweet and sour pork and the special bean curd. We also added on an order of garlic kailan and kangkung belacan…after all no meal is complete without veggies!
A steaming hot serving of sambal prawns started off the show and at RM15 they were a steal. Portions here are surprisingly generous with fat juicy prawns slathered in a thick sambal paste threatening to topple out of the bowl. These were very tasty without being too spicy and the sauce makes a delicious gravy on plain rice.
Next up was the egg fu yong a type of omelette studded with Chinese sausage and onions. I don’t generally like eggs unless they’re scrambled and served for breakfast but I must say I enjoyed this dish. The egg was light and fluffy and the sausage added a pleasant unexpected flavour which pulled it all together. The special bean curd is served in a thick sauce with snap peas, carrots and cabbage. The tofu is silky smooth but lacks a bit in taste so I ended up using some soy sauce and chopped fresh garlic to add to it. The snap peas however, had a great crunch and sweetness that went well with the tofu.
"Each tiramisu slice is prepared with love"
If you’re looking for a little taste of Italy in the heart of Johor Bahru, look no further than Cafe Caffe, a cozy little restaurant that unassumingly serves up some of the best home-made Italian cuisine at irresistible prices. Hearty, wholesome and delicious, this is chef and proprietor Mr Wong Wui Leong’s (affectionately known to regulars as “Mr. Wong”) recipe for success.
After 13 years of eating at Cafe Caffe, a trip back to Johor Bahru is never complete without a visit to the establishment and ordering was -as always -a breeze.
Almost everything on the menu is good, I kid you not. We started with the mixed bruschetta, a tantalizing mix of 3 types of toppings- tomatoes and herbs, mixed mushrooms and mussels, drizzled with olive oil served on crispy bite-sized slices of baguette.
Next, a long-time favourite - Pasta Al Forno Con Scampi, spaghetti topped with prawns cooked in a light tomato cream sauce, sprinkled with a generous helping of mozzarella and baked to succulent, mouth-watering perfection. For those allergic to seafood, a great alternative would be the Pasta Al Forno Con Pollo, which retains all the gooey deliciousness with bolognaise sauce (chicken or beef) instead.
Surprisingly, Cafe Caffe is also a vegetarian’s dream come true, as the vegetable pastas are just as good. Try the Pasta All Vedure, spaghetti tossed with olive oil, garlic and chilli and fresh broccoli, zucchini and mushrooms, or the ‘hot and spicy’ pasta pesto.
"Now take out your map of the world, THIS is Asia," Madhur Jaffrey, renowned cookbook writer and actress says with a cheeky smile. "Many people have no idea where Asia spans. We are the largest continent- all this," she waves at the Baltic countries, "is in Asia. And this what you call Middle East is actually West Asia."
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Here's something cool. Electrolux has rigged up a 20 foot container, put wheels and an engine on it, poached a young up and coming chef from Le Meridien (yes! he had to quit his job to do this) and travelled all around Malaysia cooking for anyone who wants some free food! How about that?
Since last November, they have been travelling around town to shopping malls and Electrolux outlets cooking for people.
Armed with great Italian and French recipes, the award winning (so I am told) Chef Malcolm is the star behind the Electrolux Mobile Kitchen which is packed with an elegant mobile kitchen… Continue reading »
Recently a new Giant opened at Kota Damansara and with it a new J.Co store. Finally PJ people no longer need to go to Pavillion or Sunway for their glazzy fix. And for the moment, there's no queue! Said Cik Indriana Listia Rahma, the Marketing Communications Manager of J.Co Donuts and Coffee Jakarta, "It is quite evident that the donut and coffee culture is fast becoming a part of Malaysian lifestlye."
J.Co Donuts is well-known for their melt-in-your-mouth creations but they also now have a larger beverage range. They use Arabica Coffee in their coffees including their cappucinos and espressos.
In this particular J.Co you can sit al-fresco and enjoy their J.Cool Yogurt which is 97% fat free. So that should assuage… Continue reading »
"It was a phantasmagorical experience"
Kari kepala ikan is a dish that I am passionate about because it is a special food exploration activity with your intimate friends and kakis (long do I remember my Saturday lunch adventures with my kari kepala gang...but that’s another story). Problem is that it comes with the risk that the curry no matter how delicious is not served with a fresh fish head. So... experiences with kari kepala ikan exploration ranges from the extremely orgasmic to the downright dreadful. Alas! An average experience is disappointing to say the least because of the high cost of planning and anticipation involved prior to the high seas adventure. It’s the equivalent of pirates finding a fish head in a treasure chest...($%#?**& censored for pirate language) Shiver me Timbers!
Enter the antidote for this freshness issue. Salma's ?? (there’s actually no sign for this modest eatery in case you look for a Salma’s and find none. I guess the owner did not have the time yet to put up a sign) original recipe comes into the grotty but lovely category. This lovely gem of a place is situated in a hole in the wall surrounded by car workshops in Taman Mayang PJ. If you wear office attire here you will be lost amongst a community of tough-looking mechanics who are a hard crowd to please when it comes to food. The competition for fish curry here is intense as Salma’s starts cooking at 10am, completes it by 11am and normally finishes by 1pm.
Yo lucky me that I send my car here for servicing and had the experience of tasting a freshly cooked piping hot fish curry at 11am one day. It was a phantasmagorical experience (Chitty chitty bang bang style) to say the least. The curry is a lovely and delicately cooked thin sauce, lightly spiced and not too salty. The curry captures and enhances the taste of the fresh and tender fish. Zaman the cook insists on buying the freshest fish for his fish curries which says a lot in terms of his integrity to his loyal hardcore customers. Zaman has offered me for a long time to cook custom made kari kepala ikan merah if only I could give 24 hours notice. So I finally took up his offer and brought the kari kepala loving Friedchillies crew there last week. I told Zaman, “you better get your curry right”, as the Friedchillies crew are a tougher lot than his mechanic customers.