Food Articles

Foodsters’ Favourite 50

by The Foodster, on Fri, January 09, 2009
Special Feature
This past year has indeed been an eventful year for us at Foodster Central. Oh there are many, many things on our favourite list but our Editor says that we can only choose 50! All the delicious makan places, all the cool kitchen gadgets, all the great foodie stuff to tell you guys.. 50 only? Sigh... Anyway, here are the categories we divided them into…   More »

Gastro News

Win an iPOD NANO! EpiCentre co-sponsors iem + vima event!

by The News Team, on Thu, January 08, 2009 - 7:55:42 PM, 0 comment
News
Fans of the local indie scene can win an iPod from Apple sponsored by EpiCentre during the iem + VIMA special event. Everything's all set for this event with confirmed performances by Rashdan Harith, Altimet, Rendra and Estrella. In between the acoustic sessions there will be trivia quizzes, the Coffee Bean Brain Freeze Challenge, Song on the Spot competitions and ending with a Lucky Draw. So make your way this Saturday, the 10th to Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Sri Hartamas. Event starts from 5pm onwards. Come early to get 1+1 drinks promotion, goodie bags and seats for the event.

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Food Articles

Making Friands

by Aida Azizuddin, on Wed, January 07, 2009
Chef-In-Residence
The other day I was counting out my friand dishes and was shocked to discover I had over 30 of them! Though my family and I have always been a fan of cupcakes (we serve it every Raya long before it became a fad), in recent years I’ve grown to love friands just as much. To digress I like my cupcakes petit, two bites at the most and light and fluffy.…   More »

Gastro News

Tenji is the latest Japanese Buffet Craze!

by The News Team, on Wed, January 07, 2009 - 4:41:03 AM, 0 comment
New Launches
In an attempt to win the hearts and unsatiable appetites of Malaysian diners who loves Japanese Buffet, Tenji opened its doors to the public early December last year. Competiting for the title of the best Japanese Buffet in town, Tenji opened up with over 30,000 square feet of space and over 250 dishes making it one of the biggest buffet restaurants in Malaysian.


Japanese Buffet fans has been buzzing about Tenji in The FriedChillies discussion forum [Kopitiam] even before its official opening on the 19th December 2008. Located at the swanky dining destination at SohoKL in Solaris Mont Kiara, Tenji Japanese Buffet Restaurant…  Continue reading »

Where To Eat

Aunty Gemuk’s Penang Fried Kuey Teow

by Adly, on Sun, January 04, 2009
Chinese

"One perfectly delicious Char Kuey Teow that is slightly charred..."

What's in a Char Koay Teow? We have flat rice noodles, soya sauce, some garlic, shallots and eggs. How about cockles then? Yup that too. Some soft cooked siham that if you fry it right, will taste like its barely cooked. That's the novelty here. The way Char Koay Teow is stir fried looks like nothing, throw in some stuff here, then pour some other stuff in, stir this for about 1 minute and it's done. But then again, there is an art to frying Char Koay Teow.

If you've never seen how this dish is made, or you've learnt it from a r-e-c-i-p-e book, chances are it'll come out tasting like noodles in soya bean paste. The best ones are arguably fried in Penang. The tastiest ones are arguably lard laden. But if you don't have time to drive up to Penang for a plate, or lard is just not your thing, there's a fat lady in Kelana Jaya that has been frying up a CKT storm for the past 29 years!

I almost never have time to talk to this nice lady who goes by the name "Aunty Gemuk" (Fat Aunty). Why? Because there are always orders. And she's always frying. Why do I like it? Firstly, her CKT has the Wok Hei taste or "taste of the flame" as we call it. This can only be achieved by furiously frying the noodle under a high flame until it almost burns. But it doesn't. You see, she's just teasing it to burn. She'll be working the noodles until looks like it can't take it anymore, it's like the last second before it explodes... she'll rescue it out of the flaming wok. And the noodles shows their gratitude by having this delicious smokey taste and smell that is characteristic of a great CKT. That takes skill.

That's not all... her Siham (Cockles) is perfectly fried raw. You don't get it? She knows exactly when to throw in the cockles. So it has a slightly raw taste and texture but it goes perfectly with the stir fried noodles. Is it a health risk? Will you be paying with an all night long toilet experience then? Nope. So far, never happened. Well ok.. once. But not with this stall though. Besides, what's a little risk in life? It's not like you're eating Fugu. Now, that's dancing with the devil.
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Gastro News

10th January ‘09: i eat music + VIMA special event at Coffeebean Hartamas

by The News Team, on Sat, January 03, 2009 - 12:03:55 AM, 0 comment
News
Check out acoustic sessions with Altimet, Radiostar and Rashdan Harith on the 10th of January 2009 from 5pm to 10pm at Coffeebean Sri Hartamas. This event kicks off a fun-filled year of activities in 2009 for Friedchillies.com. During this event too we will be launching our brand new music + food channel called I EAT MUSIC.


Sneak peeks of the first episode with talented singer-songwriter Rashdan Harith will be previewed during the event. This is also a pre-event for the forthcoming VIMA 2008, Independant Music website voize.my first ever Independent Music Awards. i eat music has partnered with VIMA to show their support for the vibrant independent music scene here in Malaysia and will be sponsoring an award for VIMA. "We are…  Continue reading »

Food Articles

The Authoritative Soto

by Nadge Ariffin, on Fri, January 02, 2009
Gastropology 101
Soto here has nothing to do with satay, that other popular dish in the Malay-Indonesian world, despite sharing the same consonants and differing only in the vowels. Indeed the two foods are as different as night and day.

Neither has it any connection with Japan, despite ‘soto’s Japanese-like sound which in that language…   More »

     
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