Thursday, November 26, 2015

Malgudi Classic Indian Cuisine (Lorong Universiti C, Petaling Jaya)

Malgudi when I was told about at Ohana Recipes, honestly, I was dazed. Never heard but sure hei! hei! hei!.Intriguing-enchanting name that got me over-excited and automatically I became louder and louder until the half-half gently calmed me down. I then for a moment visualized I was somewhere in a small historical village in India. More so, for the next two weeks before coming over to Malgudi, every day I kept chanting – Malgudi! Malgudi! Malgud!!. Well, the fascinating name I truly love.  

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Skin18 (W.H.P. White Hydrating Charcoal-Mineral Mask)

Good skin well, we are born with but over the years with the wear and tear of life - stress, lack of sleep, hormonal changes and pollution, the luscious skin I’m sorry to say won’t remain the same anymore. More so, skin will age faster if you neglect or stop caring. Looking older I’m sure is not something to be proud of and when you are unhappy with your skin, everything else seem crashing down. Thus, essentially no matter what, the daily beauty routine is a must and do include the simple home facials for the goodness of improving/maintaining the skin. Furthermore, the "comfort of the home" facials are wonderfully relaxing and a great way to de-stress. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Banana Flower Stir Fried With Spices

Banana flower/vazhaipoo or you prefer to high-tech the name, you call it banana blossom. For me, banana flower or jantung pisang lah. Simple as that. The flower obviously from the banana tree and said as exotic. Really?? Never knew so because mum cooked so often until we got tired of eating. Well, those days banana trees were everywhere and neighbours were kind people. Now, you won't even dare ask your neighbour even if you see the flower idling and almost rotting on the tree. What to do? Neighbours don't want to be friendly. Never mind. Leave them alone and buy the flower from the Indian stalls at the wet market. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Claypot Sri Lankan Fish Curry With Mango

A couple of months ago I was in Sri Lanka for seven days. Sri Lanka, such a beautiful country and the people truly simple and humble. So, expect the best customer service at the hotels, in fact anywhere you go. But remember, modern dressing is a cultural shock to them. Thus, decent dressing will ensure you are not stared at or you attract the wrong kind of people. Sri Lankan food, the other I must say. I eat at the streets, I eat at the hotels and I eat practically anywhere I saw food. Sri Lankan cuisine -ohh! won my heart. The rich bold flavours - spicy, coconut milk infused, fresh milk and herbs, too good to resist. I of course as you know eat so little but I sure sampled a little of everything.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Banana Leaf Corner (Kshipra Curry House) - Royal Selangor Club, Dataran Merdeka

Eventually the "alls well that ends well" long winded nitty-gritty mission impossible we conquered (Breakfast - Royal Selangor Club). That mission mentally and physically exhausting, thus lunch called soonest possible. Lunch we agreed is convenient at the club instead walking in the city in the unfavourable weather without a clue or two where to "makan-makan/eat". Lunch at the club is between the Malay food or the banana leaf meal in the adjourning block. Agreed. At once we agreed - Kshipra curry house for the "ready-to-eat" by 11.30am freshly cooked dishes displayed at the food counter and listed with the price on the menu like white board. There's the mutton curry, mutton varuval, chicken curry, chicken varuval, stir fried vegetables. egg dishes, the marinated "pick me up, we fry up" items, other dishes and murungai keerai we at once noticed.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Ohana Recipes - Jalan SS15/4b, Subang Jaya

If not 100%, let’s says 70% of confidence we know is the step to success. Confidence I too strongly believe is the powerful booster to succeed. That confidence prominently noted in the email from Ohana Recipes to nava k. Those bold words - The Best Curry Mee - No Joke" socked me off immediately and the curry mee picture another knock out. Curry mee, the best and no joke?? How, tell me how can I refuse? Impossible. After all, I am a big or shall I say the biggest fan of a bowl of noodles generously drenched with curry.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

"Don't Ignore The Pain" - Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur

Many of us are comfortable talking or at least voicing out about pain but the pain we tend to ignore unless and until unbearable or excruciating. I admit I am among the many who happily move on with life if pain is not bothersome but if the persistent "Pain Is No Gain" does not stop, my world comes crashing down. Certainly I will impatiently rush and push my way to the medical centre. The most worrying pain a year ago was the right side shoulder pain that travelled right down to my hand. I thought/imagined I was having a stroke until the doctor calmed me down. From there on, for that reason and more to that, I didn't mind driving the distance for the informative "Don't Ignore The Pain" campaign at Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Bio-Oil (The Scar Specialist) - "My Scar My Story"

"Bio-Oil My Oil". Bio-Oil to hydrate and nourish my face every three to four days once. Containing plant extracts (chamomile, lavender, rosemary and calendula oils), Vitamin A & E and the breakthrough ingredient-PurCellin Oil, the oil works wonderfully to lock-in the loss of moisture I need. Well, when the biological clock stopped "tick-tock-tick-tock" a couple of years ago, this oil has been keeping my skin supple. Albeit its non-sticky and greasy formula, Bio-Oil (Bio-Oil's Be Confident Workshop) a little strong for my sensitive-combination skin, hence impossible for daily use. Breaks me up by slowly activating my oil glands. But as said, its the oil I will still invest for wrinkle-free skin.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Bunga Kantan/Ginger Torch Bud Pineapple Cucumber Salad

This super speed salad can be the last minute call for the knock-knock at your door Deepavali or any other joyous atmosphere. Short of time, exhausted and don't want to cook a lavish veggie dish, here you have this refreshing-vibrant salad. The bunga kantan/long-stemmed bud of the ginger flower ultimately the key ingredient and please don't ask me if it can be replaced with other herbs. Sincerely I'm afraid not. Pinkish in colour, the invigorating and fresh-fresh aroma of the bud (assam laksa 1, assam laksa 2 and ikan asam pedas) indeed perfumes this salad. The rest of the ingredients - just take a drive/walk to the neighbourhood small mini-market and there-there you will see. Okay. So a short intro for this "fresh-fresh exciting Malaysian salad" but remember, such a salad is to be made there and then, I mean before serving. Otherwise not exciting any more.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Mutton Rendang

Mutton! Mutton! Mutton! Mutton man I'm sure is really busy now. The crowd crowding around the stall despite I'm assuming the marked up prices. Well, mutton and Deepavali? How to separate? Impossible. I can still recall the kilos I bought when the festival of lights was a big-do-do. But over the years, Deepavali has mellowed down. No more lavish open house and this year especially, house is gonna be extra quiet. Dad left to heaven in May and I am still coming to terms he is not around any more. The pain inside is slowly going away but dad - "you will always be on my mind". I'm sure dad is watching from up there and here I am writing this mutton rendang recipe with tears dwelling in my eyes. 

Elise & Emma - Handmade 100% Pure Essential Oils

How I wish life is picture-perfect as seen on social media. People! They sure paint the perfect pictures. They dine at high end restaurants, they travel the wide horizon, they dress glamorously, the branded gifts they received, family so loving, spouse the best spouse and sure, I can go on and on. I for once am not jealous neither envious. But just wondering? How do these people have it all or what then? Seriously, I can’t comprehend. My life? Life oh life! A roaster coaster and my plate forever full. Many things to balance at one go. I of course from the bottom of the heart am trying to find the balance the motivational gurus preach about. Not complaining. I shouldn’t. In some ways I am blessed. The one major blessing is working from home. Thanks to my soul imperfect mate. Basically I hated the rush to and fro in the jam and corporate politics not my game.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Hada Labo Cleansing Oil With High Purity Olive Oil

Always. Always. There’s always some decisions or rather we have to decide either daily, weekly or every month once. We can't escape from making decisions, can't we? I'm afraid not. For me, the daily challenging decision is what to cook. Equally a tough call is replenishing skin care products once every few months. Perhaps I shouldn't say buying skin care products is difficult because I can still go back to the familiar products. But then, then, then, being a small time beauty blogger, I shouldn't deprive myself from trying new products and of course, always as ever, sharing is caring. I share and all you beauties will benefit as well.   

Monday, November 2, 2015

Royal Selangor Club - Dataran Merdeka (Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur)

Breakfast in Tiffany will be a dream come true. And yes, I am perfectly aware breakfast in Tiffany is a movie but such a place does exist. Yes, it does. I know. I did my homework to be absolutely sure. Breakfast in Tiffany's somewhere in Northern California but I am not going to tell exactly where unless of course who knows in the future I will there having breakfast. Hopefully! Keeping my fingers crossed. Anyway, breakfast has never been in my life. Truly never and I know not good for my well-being. Still, after many moons, breakfast in Royal Selangor Club at 9.00am such a cherishable out of the blues experience. I woke up at 6am, hopped in the friend's car and in the bustling city like a tourist from never-never land. 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Jiu Hu Char (Sengkuang/Yam Bean With Dried Prawn)

I am growing "solid as the rock" as the years of blogging goes by. Those initial years I still remember. Gosh!! Pictures horribly horrible, no idea what intro should be and the language all over the place until I think I have covered the whole world. I even used to hide behind my recipes because confidence level so low down there. Afraid about revealing my true self or being bold and beautiful to talk about the dishes.

Monday, October 26, 2015

SOTHYS Premium Salon - Bukit Jalil

Hi Beauties,
Quality I'm sure you will agree comes with a price. Triple yes from me because for some reason or rather, quality I knew will be delivered when I walked into Sothys Bukit Jalil. Difficult to explain the precise reason or the gut feeling but I sure knew - quality it is when the two well-groomed professional beauty therapists even opened the door and smiled at me in the most beautiful way. That meaningful smile the assurance they sure are well trained and surely my skin will be cared for the next 2 hours. 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Copper Modern European Restaurant - Menara Shell, Tun Sambanthan

Forget about Jalan Tun Sambanthan for the time being because I'm going to take you down the memory lane to Brickfields. Brickfields always sentimental and nostalgic till this day. Brickfields – “you are always on mind”. How can I forget? The hundred quarters Jalan Chan Ah Thong opposite Menara Shell where my roots were. The roots of course uprooted once I moved out after getting married and now the roots are dug-dip down. So sad the quarters sudah habis/gone. 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Beetroot Raita (Yoghurt)

Raita you can read at Vegetable Raita, Mango & Cucumber Yoghurt Salad and Cucumber Yoghurt Salad. Also see how to make the refreshing Apple And Cucumber Salad. Beetroot - of course we agree is healthy, full of vitamins and packed with powerful antioxidants. But as far as I know can increase blood pressure though I've just read that recent health claims beet can lower blood pressure. Really I'm not sure - should I believe or not because half-half is quite cautious about eating except once a while. Anyway, lets leave the topic aside and now see how to make this beet raita. Always as ever, nava-k like to bring you simplicity and no sweat dishes and this one sure enough - pillowy steamed beet with tangy-minty-tad bit of spiciness yoghurt dressing or as we Indians call - way to go the lovely raita. 

Way Modern Chinois - Work@Clearwater, Bukit Damansara

The way to Way Modern Chinois I made sure I went over a few times - checked here, checked there and got the direction quite on-the-dot until I turned left into Jalan Semantan with Wisma MBSB on the right. And with the early Friday afternoon crawl and the carnival like food bazaar along the tight road, nava-k was all confused. She circled the area and decided no point driving up and down aimlessly. A call to the lunch partner for direction and back again at Jalan Semantan, turn right at the roundabout, then the first and only right turn and Clearwater down the road on the right after Menara Chase Perdana.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Keluak Nyonya Fish Curry

Remember keluak I told you earlier - Buah Keluak Kari Ayam/Chicken Curry?? The one packet of keluak definitely a lot for the two of us, so I made this Nyonya fish curry praying hard the half-half will taste at least one keluak but hei no!! See, that's the problem with the man. You try and you hope they will try a new dish but they won't. Anyway, he eat a little of the curry and said that the curry is nice but the nut is driving him nuts with the taste. Never mine I thought. I finished off the exotic nuts and licked off the thick spicy aromatic curry made with lemongrass, galangal, fresh turmeric and belacan/shrimp paste and the curry of course eaten with rice. 

Monday, October 19, 2015

Roti Jala With Mutton Chukka

How to say what is roti jala?? Don't know! Don't know where and how to start. Perhaps easier said as flat roti/bread made from the batter (egg, milk, flour and turmeric), streamed down in circles from the cup with long gigi/teeth, cooked and you get the roti with holes but still intact as one piece. The batter not too thick or too thin, just right in consistency to stream down. Otherwise gone with the roti because the shape will take you all over Malaysia. I struggled and won't say the roti perfectly shaped but-but boleh/okay lah!. And if you still can't get it right, just circle out as thin round roti and be happy. 

Skinfood Black Sugar Mask

Looks like I haven't change a bit when it comes to skin care products. I always get over-excitement at beauty stores. Given a choice, emptying the whole store is true happiness. Then again, no point hoarding skin care products because they have limited life expectancy and also, how many products can I possibly use simultaneously. Still, when I buy one product, there's always tendency to buy another from the same brand. I bought the rice mask and I'm sure you must have guessed it right, Yes! This black sugar mask included as well. 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Katrikai (Brinjal) Puli Curry

The stack of recipes is reaching almost up to the sky. Two hundreds over recipes I'm holding on don't know for what. Sometimes I ask myself - why Nava why?? Well people, I think I have become over conscious about writing the intro - the fear of making mistakes and the fear of comments from donkeys and monkeys always condemning and criticizing my language. So much so I need buckets of assurance to remind myself that it is okay to make mistakes, it is okay if people make fun and it is okay if the world laughs at you. Took me a long time to realise but here I am. So from today, I am going to let go of fear and write. Write and improve for my own personal satisfaction.  

Himalaya Clear Complexion Whitening Face Scrub

Believe it or not beauties, the first thing people will notice is the skin. Well, well, well! That's how it is whether you agree or not. Even if you don't, I can’t do anything, can I? Maybe, I'm just saying perhaps you feel what you wear is what people will notice. Sure of course. I won't deny but forget not that the face is the mirror before they look down from the neck towards the assets(ahem!!). Yes, no, still doesn't comprehend or confused besides the point. The asset I like to highlight today is the clear clean skin to transmit the clear message  - "I care about my face". 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Kunyit (Turmeric) Petai Prawn Sambal/Chilli Gravy

Goodness gracious!! Taking pictures is one thing storing them is the other. As organise as I am, every now and then I fumble. I just can't find the pictures. For the past two hours, all I did was looking for the pictures for this recipe. And finally there they were. That's enough time taken and with the flu bug still stubborn and taking its time to leave me alone, I don't think I want to say anything else. Anyway since much has already been said about the love for petai, the benefits of petai and the half-half slowly tuned to eat the stink beans (petai and dried prawns sambal, chilli petai with anchovies, lemongrass prawn petai sambal and sambal petai ikan bilis), no need to repeat like lah!lah!lah! especially when there's no new stories. 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Taucu Steamed Fish

The flu bug is bugging me. Don't know where the "bugger" flew from but right now "flu is spinning my head and the world is spinning faster". Ahhh!! Not a nice feeling. The flu tablet is on standby for "night-night" time because if I take now, I probably will sleep on the keyboard. So, when everything is spinning, let's not complicate matters and back to what I believe in - "keep it simple in the kitchen and keep it simple with a simple dish". This is it for the simplicity (grilled fish with taucheo chilli dip,chilli coriander steamed fish, Thai style steamed fish and fried kembung with assam sauce) and for the head banging flavours - you get that bit of saltiness, spiciness, sourness and that bit of coriander leaves aroma.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Malaysian Banana Pancake

Whether you say a cluster of bananas or a bunch of bananas I'm not sure neither I have the time to debate. But what I can say is that bananas are equally as good as the imported fruits you pay a lot more. Banana is packed with nutrients and did you know that it does wonders as a fruit pack. Why not try?? Mash a ripe banana, apply on the clean face, leave for around 5 minutes, wash and see the glow. I do that every now and then especially when the fruit cannot be saved at all and beyond sending it to heaven. Otherwise, there's always some sort of dessert you can make. Remember the "Malaysian bananas fritters"?? 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Buah Keluak Kari Ayam/Chicken Curry

Some things are difficult to explain, don't you agree? Well, not sure if you will agree but at least it is for me. Take for example the buah keluak from Malacca. The direct intellectual translation in English is pangium edule. That too I copied from wikipedia but seriously, what does that say for the average person like me? Nothing. Just says that I am good at copying. So let me try, try and try in the laywoman's terms. Easier said as the fruit or nut or the hard skin dark brown thingy (ahahaha!!). You will see the picture later because I made sure I took instead of taking you all over to confuse you further.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Malaysian Banana Fritters

In my house, we like to keep everything simple. Cooking is simple, home deco is simple and we try, we really try to keep to the simplest life. But sometimes we do get carried away and go overboard with food by dining at I won't say expensive restaurants but not within our budget. Then again, for food, we don't mind. After all, priority cannot always be slogging for the big showy house or car or both but for the happy tummy.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Caffe Crema Coffee & Tea - Are You Caffeine Addicted?

For every coffee lover out there, absolutely it is the coffee for waking up the senses to look forward to a bright and sunshiny day. Coffee I'm sure you will agree is a booster in the morning or anytime you like. Perhaps saying any time is inappropriate because I’ve been told caffeine-drinking “night owls” go to bed later. My system is immune. There’s no such a thing I can’t sleep after drinking coffee. In fact with or without coffee, I am alert till wee hours.  

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Plate Culture - Home Dining Experience

Unlike dining at restaurants, PlateCulture offers the culture of home dining with any of the hosts whose profile, background and passion for cooking essentially you must read while deciding between the various types of food. Also, if you like to learn a thing or two about cooking or simultaneously like to cook and dine, then pick the host with that expertise. Now, whether you prefer to sit back and dine or prefer a hands-on experience of cooking, PlateCulture is where you begin with the booking.
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