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Madhur and Martin

by The Foodster, on Thu, October 16, 2008 - 4:25:10 PM, 0 comment
Encounters
One of the highlights of the Asian Culinary Forum was meeting Madhur Jaffrey and Martin Yan. Madhur, who I think is the funkiest dame of food writing (she was wearing a sort of leather/PVC tights while giving the inaugural speech at the first ever Asian Culinary Forum), is full of anecdotes and information.


This is ASIA

She's been to the spice islands of Banda, Ternate and Tidore. On the twin volcanic island of Ternate, with the BBC crew as she was talking on camera backing the sea, when she noticed smoke coming out of the volcano. Turning the camera crew around, they filmed a small eruption, "so being a food writer is exciting," she said. During lunch I approached her with a book to sign. The lady I was behind had a whole stack of her Indian cookery books. There was one of her in a sexy sari sprawled behind dishes of exotic Indian cooking. Cool. The girl beside me with a newly bought biography of hers waiting for a signature whispered to me. "She's really famous isn't she?" "Uh-huh".

Jaffrey has an approachable movie-star aura about her (well she is a movie-star afterall) yet she's also someone you would love to have a cup of tea with or a glass of wine. Because she also oozes a vibe of having lived a very interesting life with no signs of stopping.

Martin Yan during his speech, jumps from topic to topic like from…  Continue reading »

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I’ll Never Eat Sashimi in KL Again

by Honey Ahmad, on Wed, October 15, 2008 - 12:49:58 AM, 0 comment
Global Foodster
The title says it all. That's how good Japanese food is in San Francisco. In fact, San Francisco and California as a whole is a haven for foodies. The climate makes it easy to get fresh vegetables. Asian ingredients flourish here and Chinatowns in this part of America is well stocked. If there's a place where opening a good Asian inspired restaurant is a surefire thing, San Francisco will be it. My friend Aaron who grew up near Clement Street, a famous street where all kinds of Asian restaurants jostle together said he was spoilt for choice when growing up. There are all kinds of restaurants there, Malaysian, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Burmese, Chinese, Indian and so forth. He even knows where good Filipino food is. "There used to be this shack where you have to walk across a rickety bridge and they had this cracked jug where they served their beverages..." I reckon if he comes to Malaysia, Bagan Lalang is his kind of place. Point is, don't try and pull a one over a person from 'Frisco'. They know their stuff.

Here are my Favourite 5 places to eat in San Francisco.

Shimo @ 2339, Clement Street
is just a normal Japanese eating house, no frills. The sashimi and rolls are so stonking fresh it actually saddened me a little, knowing that it would be a while before I eat Japanese again in Malaysia. The mackerel is delicious, grilled with juices…  Continue reading »

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Of Burritos and Bins

by The Foodster, on Mon, October 13, 2008 - 6:11:52 PM, 0 comment
Makan Musings
I've taken to leaving extra food on top of rubbish cans. It's for the hobos and the hungry vagrants. In the US portions of food can be well... huge. And I am well... greedy. My friend Sarah with her sweet logic says, "they usually dig inside the can, this way they can just pick it up and eat." In America (even in healthy California where portions are modestly gargantuan), I can hardly finish anything. So I leave a trail of burrito and sandwiches on top of rubbish cans making sure I wrap them carefully so that the bird and insects don't land on it and hope someone hungry gets to eat it.

Anyway... I took a lovely picture of a tasty turkey sandwich on top of one of their green recycle bins but alas! After my great Mac mishap last week, my hard drive croaked so you just have to imagine it. What I can tell you about is the burritos. You got to have one of the burritos in San Fran. It's a thing to have. This is what natives come back for the moment they touch down at the airport. The Mexican-American burrito of San Fran was born and bred in the Mission District somewhere in the 1960s and of course there are lots of debates on whether or not this is true. In fact, you can get people here to debate for hours on the origins, what makes the best burrito or who makes the best burrito much the same way you can get people to verbally battle about nasi lemak.

A San Fran burrito can be a pretty disgusting experience. Reminded me a bit of our Sloppy burgers here. You…  Continue reading »

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All aboard for the Motz-Hawke Train

by The Foodster, on Sat, October 11, 2008 - 9:43:46 PM, 0 comment
Encounters
A trip to New York would not be complete without hooking up with the guys responsible for the New York Food Film Festival. Afterall they screened our 'Sloppy' and then gave us the Award for Best Super Short. Amazing how months after winning it, we still get a warm inner glow thinking about that especially when stroking the 'Silver Spoon'.


Mmm... my prrrecccciousss...

Anyway nevermind that we are over 3 months late. George Motz the hamburger nutter from Hamburger America came and joined us at Taste Good in Queens for his first taste of Malaysian grub. I didn't think he looked up once from his bowl of curry laksa.


He had a car full of film equipment and said he's going to Maine for a few days to eat oysters or something like that. Sigh... our timing could be better since he would have taken us to eat at his latest film project- the infamous Brooklyn Pizza. So much food so little time...

He also told us that we won because our film is so unpretentious. Pretty much it's Riz saying, "if you haven't heard of it, c'mon man where have you guys been?" Apparently the vote was unanimous to give 'Sloppy' best Super Short. Motz also said during press interviews they asked him how on earth he got…  Continue reading »

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Romli on the Rooftop

by The Foodster, on Sat, October 11, 2008 - 9:26:49 PM, 0 comment
Makan Musings
Now here's a bit of a surreal experience. Here I am at the largest rooftop bar I've ever seen smack in the middle of Manhattan. I am surrounded by the trendy set, women in cocktail dresses so short, they have to precariously perch or risk showing their see you next Tuesday. There are investment types, stag party types and those who are suckers for the spectacular views on the rooftop.


Now the thing about rooftop bars is that it toes the line at tacky. It's a bit of a showboat and usually sells overpriced drinks. However what's interesting here is that they serve Malaysian sliders called Romli burger. We kid you not! It's actually inspired by our own street-side Ramlis except here they stuff it between potato buns and have a beef-lard combo on the patties. The lard is to ensure that the patties stay moist. Oookay... not exactly kosher.


Here's what they wrote on their website, "try our famed 'Romli Burger,' Kuala Lumpur's famous spiced slider beef 'burger' served with pickled cucumbers and housemade aioli". They also have vegetarian 'chow' kway teow, short-ribs rendang, kari puffs and even their own version of nasi lemak can be specially ordered. According to the chef, they are really popular…  Continue reading »

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A groupie-nerd moment at Saveur

by The Foodster, on Fri, October 10, 2008 - 3:02:58 AM, 0 comment
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When Honey met Salami

by The Foodster, on Fri, October 10, 2008 - 2:48:08 AM, 0 comment
Global Foodster
"What? Can't go to New York and not go the Katz!"

Think of the homemade salami, the melt-on-your-tongue pastrami, matzo ball soup, tender brisket and stacked Reubens. Okay we admit, first time we tried to find it, we got lost. It was at night, Soho was distracting and we hadn't slept for 30 hours. Then second time we got mesmerized by Whole Foods and forgot our main intentions. And finally, third time's the charm.



Katz is not only one of the oldest delis in Manhattan (since 1888, yesiree) it was immortalised in  Continue reading »


     
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