"Malaysian with a funky twist"
How can we not enter a restaurant named Laksa Me? At the tail end of our FAM trip to Melbourne for the Food and Wine Festival
one might think that we've had enough of food. Wrong. Afterall, there is an underlying Asian theme to the festivities this year so ending it with a Malaysian restaurant seemed fitting. The restaurant itself is simply decorated with enticing scents wafting from the kitchen area.
First up, oysters. One is done as a shot in a basil and sesame concoction that gives you a bracing kick at the back of the throat. The other is served in a mother of pearl shell with chillies and ginger- hot and leaves a pungent aftertaste on your tongue. What a meal opener.
Next up is his famous pandan chicken. It's succulent, with just enough oil to lubricate its passage down your throat. Pops beautifully in your mouth. This is followed closely by grilled calamari, sliced thinly to resemble fat laksa noodles. The strands are then tossed with jellyfish, cucumbers and dressing. An undeniably bright dish with lots of textures and flavours.
We loved the nasi lemak. Served as an appetizer it's really spiffy-looking. Three mouthfuls of coconut rice on a cucumber pedestal with a condiment on top of each. One was crowned with toasted peanuts, another bore sambal ikan bilis and the last, nested a boiled quail's egg. What a funky way to serve it! But most importantly it's delicious and does not skimp on the spiciness.
In spirit of our Laksa month we wanted to create something with the FriedChillies stamp on it. This is our very own Laksa using elements of the various Laksas around the country. We wanted something with a curry broth similar to the Nyonya Laksa but with a sourish tinge to it like the Assam Laksa. We also wanted a bit of creamy santan to give it more… More »
"OMG! It was perfect!"
It was a sweltering hot day in Melaka, the kind where your brain feels fuzzy, water doesn't do anything to help your state of dehydration and all you can think of is ice. We were driving around in search of something refreshing when we came across the famous Klebang coconut shake stand on the roadside across from the ocean. This stand opens up at 2pm everyday and stays open for as long as it takes to run out of all their coconuts. It was only 2:15 and the tables were filling up fast, many were already lined up waiting to take this delicious shake home.
When I first got there I couldn't see what the fuss was all about. Yeah ok a coconut shake...so what? In fact a part of me was expecting something similar to a vanilla milkshake and this was doing nothing for my need to cool off. The thought of something rich and creamy was the exact opposite of something cooling and refreshing. Seeing the throngs of people lining up slowly changed my mind though. Surely this had to be the cure for the heat.
You have a choice between regular which is just the shake and special which comes with an additional scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. The stall is constantly buzzing with movement there's one table where the coconuts are being cracked open and the water is being separated from the meat. Another table houses the blender and the ice box filled with ice cream and ice cubes. The coconut flesh and water is blended together with the ice cubes and some vanilla ice cream. It's a very simple concoction.
We spent two glorious days in Yarra Valley. The sun could not be sunnier nor the sky any bluer. The views of undulating grape vines and farm patches with grazing bucolic cows are postcard perfect.
Drives here are languorous and there is much to indulge on. From artisan products to beautifully crafted meals sourced from fresh local produce (and of course more wine you can hope to drink), Yarra Valley is a little piece of sun-drenched paradise. Watch out for our Yarra Indulgent FoodCrawl coming soon. Here's a little taste of things to come... We chatted with the charming Dominique himself at Dominique Portet… Continue reading »
Eating and drinking is a social pursuit. The second day was even sunnier than the day before (hard to imagine that a week before Melbourne experienced a freak hail-storm). We met a whole bunch of avid gardeners all doing their bit to ensure food security then dipped our toes into Melbourne Continue reading »
It was a wet and misty morning as we drove up to meet up with the other bloggers for a little road trip to a free-range chicken farm. I was excited to see what happy chickens looked like Continue reading »
Since Friday we've been the guests of Victoria who have taken us on a whirlwind eating tour of Melbourne. The 2010 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is '12 Glorious Days' of food and drinking debauchery of the finest kind. So for starters we're going to do short recaps of what's been going on daily while we are still here and I can still reach the keyboard with my ever-pudgier fingers. Here are 3 bites on each of the stuff we did. Longer morsels to follow soon. Longest Lunch
-Over 1,000 people showed up this year in various hats and parasols. The day was hot and breezy, near perfect for an outdoor lunch with 999 strangers.
- The theme was oriental and we were entertained throughout the lunch by dragon dances, martial artists,… Continue reading »