Our team was in Melaka last week to film the catching of grago and they were able to score us some delicious high quality cencalok to work with. To make cencalok, the grago are mixed with salt and cooked rice in equal proportions. They are then sealed in jars and then left to ferment for a minimum of three days up to two weeks. After this fermentation… More »
It's that time of year where you may be looking for some Ramadhan Buffets to enjoy with your friends and family. Here are some promotions we have compiled from press releases sent to us and other sources :
Manhattan Fish Market
9 August - 26 September
Tel: 603 7842 6188
Price: Value sets from RM24.90 onwards
Highlights: Two sets featuring a new Bumbu sauce(Traditional Indonesian mix of chillies, ginger, turmeric, tomatoes, garlic, belacan, and more spices)
Now - 12 September
Highlights: Seafood Grill Promotion - Take your pick of either Grilled Salmon with Shrimp Piccata; Pacific Cod Mojo Grilled with Pineapple Salsa; the Grilled Shrimp Cocktail or the Salmon Scampi Pasta. Complete… Continue reading »
"Light and not overly sweet"
It’s not everyday that I can go for a decadent brunch, especially one with a free pour of lovely bubbly champagne. I had heard a lot of good things about the delicious offerings at Prego and was eager to sample them. I found though that it’s impossible to choose at a buffet like this where every dish beckons. The stations are buzzing with activity and the chefs are busily preparing fresh dishes behind the counters.
I started off with the fresh oysters flown in from Ireland. These creamy smooth textured oysters slide down nicely with a squeeze of lemon and a splash of Tabasco. Sluuurp! I then moved on to the salmon station, which has salmon prepared in 4 different ways, including a whole smoked one. The tastiest of the lot would have to be the thin sliced salmon with citrus juices and whole capers, a great mix of oily fish with a zesty finish.
What I quite enjoy about the brunch experience here is that waiters come around with fresh platters of pasta, specialty dishes, and meats to serve. This means you can just relax and not worry about getting up each time you’d like to sample something new. Let me just say that the two dishes of the day were the Wagyu beef cheek and the figs with Gorgonzola. The beef cheek is orgasmically succulent falling apart without so much as a chew. The thick braising liquid is reduced to a flavour packed glaze. Oh and the figs! I believe that figs and Gorgonzola are a match made in heaven. The subtle sweetness of the fruit offsets the pungent creamy cheese resulting in a delicious bite.
In any culture where recipes are passed down from generation to generation with fiercely guarded cooking secrets, you are sure to find real gems. These are always dishes that are simple and eaten with family at home, often the most treasured of tastes. Ask any chef or food connoisseur what their favourite dish is, and almost always they’ll mention… More »
"Loaded with lap cheong, seafood, and lard!"
Dining at The Wok is like eating at your nyonya aunty’s place. Marble-topped tables, antiques everywhere, the smell of belacan permeating the air. Everyone I know who has eaten here left the restaurant raving. I know it is a terrible onus to place on a restaurant I have never been to. However one cannot help but have that feeling when you step into The Wok: that you have been given the promise of a great meal. Ordering just a few dishes would be blasphemy.
The dishes start arriving. Pretty soon there is barely any space for our plates of rice. I peer around the table and reach for the most familiar dish first, the gulai tumis stingray. Full of stingray chunks and ladyfingers, the gravy is thick and earthy in its spiciness. It reminds me of my own grandmother’s asam pedas – a high compliment in my books. If I were at home, I would be dunking toast into the gravy so as to not waste the precious liquid. Kangkung belacan is next. As grago season is here, little pieces of krill was sprinkled on top the stir-fried kangkung. This delights my dinner party to no end as we pretend we are whales feasting on krill.
Next up: the cincaluk omelette. It is a revolutionary concept to me, and upon tasting it, I immediately think “why haven’t I done this before?” The saltiness of the cincaluk matches the sharp onions and creaminess of the eggs perfectly; by far the most balanced dish on the table. The garlic pork is not as garlicky as I would like (and a touch too oily) but the crunchiness of the lard makes up for it. The lor bak is crunchy too, and the juicy pork filling goes well with the black sweet sauce.
Since this is chutney week, I was asked to make one. However, I feel that we've covered quite a lot of chutneys in Magnificent 7 so my sister suggested an acar. No one can quite pinpoint the difference between the two. They both use a wide variety of vegetables and fruits, sometimes are cooked or not, some have vinegar or sugar. The Indian 'achar' means… More »
"Fresh every single time"
After recently learning how to cook capati and tortilla breads at the FC kitchen, I'll never understand why a place would choose to precook and then reheat their capatis resulting in a dry and stale flatbread. It's an extremely simple mix of atta flour, water, and salt, a small amount of kneading, a short resting period and you can roll out the capatis and cook them within minutes.
This is why I enjoy the capati at K.R. Mani; they cook it fresh every single time. The dough is already mixed and upon ordering they roll it out and toss it on the pan till it browns and crisps up on both sides. This small effort results in warm soft pliable bread that soaks up delicious curries without being too dry or chalky. This is a 'healthy' meal that I could indulge in all day, especially with the tasty fish curry to dip the bread in.
The capati is not the only thing worth making a trip here for though. If you prefer rice as your carb of choice pair it with the fried bitter gourd or chicken. It's all done fresh before a rush comes in. The bitter gourd crisps are crunchy and full of flavour, not an oily chewy piece in sight. I also quite enjoyed their fried chicken that isn't greasy or heavily battered. It makes for a light but flavourful chicken that is crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside. I'm sure the fish is done well here too, but I didn't get a chance to try it out this time around.