Thursday, October 27, 2016

Thai Red Prawn Curry

The almost knocking on our door festival of lights/Deepavali definitely calls for traditional sweets, desserts and cakes (Saffron Cinnamon Poached Pears, Kesari, Rava/Semolina Ladoo. Mango Kulfi & Rava Kheer). But really, I can’t help but wonder if people still happily and sadly tuck into those sugar loaded, milk loaded, ghee loaded and flour loaded sweet stuffs. I for once have never been a sweet tooth person (Skinny Pumpkin Pie), moreover now in my fifties when it’s extremely easy to put on extra kilos (Peach Raisin Bread Pudding & Eggless Microwave Lava Cake)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Otaru (Sapporo - Hokkaido)

On the 5th day in Sapporo, I woke up with mixed feelings. On one side, I gladly looked forward to homebound in two days’ time. Undeniably, home will always and forever be where the heart is, home is the best comfort ground and nothing can come close to sleeping on your own clean or smelly bed. Indeed, home is incomparable. But on the other hand, enough is never enough with holidaying. Given a choice, I would love to travel 365 days. But the reality check on dollar and cents will reveal otherwise. Therefore, once the practically that money does matter for travelling set in my thoughts, I bounced back for another day of sightseeing. Heartily tucking into my choice of food between the wide spread of Japanese and Asian buffet breakfast, I was up and about on exploring Otaru during the journey along the Pacific Ocean. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

A Muthu House of Briyani (Bandar Bukit Tinggi) Klang

It happens. Every now and then life really bites deep into my well-being. I may be perceived as a superwoman, honestly, I am not at all. No. A big no. I am just like every other woman out there who simultaneously juggle different roles. Therefore ladies, obviously, the outcome is none other than a stressful monotonous daily routine. Sadly, the reality of city life these days (more at The Spa - Club Saujana Resort). Still, instead of complaining or hoping for attention or sympathy from my other half, I become selfish. I literally drop everything aside for a nava-k’s day out. Doesn't matter where or what, but it must absolutely be in the company of a sincere friend. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Malaysian Vegetarian Spaghetti

Deepavali aka the Festival Of Lights is definitely a valid reason to spring clean my house. Even though Deepavali is not at all a big celebration (more at Mutton Gosht) as how it used to be with plentiful and bountiful of friends streaming in throughout the day (more at Mutton Rendang), spring cleaning is still a must annual tradition to dust the accumulated dirt and cobwebs inside-outside the house and also in our lives. Housecleaning may be presumed as easier compared to cleansing our internal and external well being, but both requires mental strength and energy prior to wholeheartedly ushering Deepavali by offering prayers to our ancestors and gods (more at Split Green Peas Payasam).

Friday, October 14, 2016

MURFEST (Malaysian Urban Retreat Festival) 2016

I almost cried buckets of tears during the 1 ½ hours drive to Malaysian Tourism Centre on this Tuesday morning. Escaping and re-routing back to Shah Alam was definitely on my mind, but I was trapped and Waze was trapped as well. No other escape route, I continued driving while wondering how on earth and heaven thousands actually brave the peak time crawl daily. I really don’t know. In fact I can’t even remember when my last trip to the city was. Anyway, my concern was making it on time for Murfest 2016 Press Conference. So, I thought. The smartest route presumably should be via SMART Tunnel. But sadly, Smart tunnel let me down. Smart tunnel is not smart anymore. Smart Tunnel must be renamed as hell tunnel. Still, I must thank our hell drivers for the valuable tips on how to survive the tunnel's traffic. Oh-boy! I sure am learning.  

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Premier Clinic Taman Tun Dr Ismail - Simply Pristine Event

Malaysians generally I think are attuned to judge people by their age. But let me tell you something. Honestly, I have and I will never ever shy away from admitting my age. Why should I? In all fairness, at 52 years old, definitely I don't have any intention whatsoever to snatch Mrs. Malaysia's neither Mrs. Kota Kemuning's crown. Yet, confidently I profess I do look good for my age and I can give a good run to the 20s, 30s and 40s I bump at blogger events. I am still in shape, I have been diligently maintaining my skin and I still have a head-full of hair. More importantly, I love myself for who I am. So, you see, I don't have a problem with my age. Therein the problem lies in the eyes of the Malaysians who fail to see and understand that age has nothing to do with looks. Anyone, anyone for the matter can look good if they want to.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Kai's Plato - Kota Kemuning

About a month back, I automatically achieved another milestone. Another year to my age, I am officially 52 years. Unbelievable. Years just flew by so quickly. Those years behind me certainly were not the route to popularity or celebrity status, but seemingly an achievement in wisdom and common sense. I ought to be proud. Wisdom and common sense are not common anymore. Apparently not on social media. Gone forever.  Not to say I am the next Confucius but wiser in the sense that I got my priority right. Love I realise is ultimately the key to happiness. Thus, I am appreciating every moment of growing together and forever with my other half.  Against all odds, absolutely.    

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Cat & The Fiddle Cheesecake by Chef Daniel Tay (Online, Hopp Cafe & PappaRich)

Any slightest clue what’s new in the dessert front? Yes? No? No idea what I am talking about? Okay, okay. Perhaps I should potentially begin with the incredibly gorgeous cheesy cheesecakes I have briefly spoken about and shared on social media recently. Always a favorite among many of us, cheesy cheesecakes of course are just so divine for anytime of the day sheer satisfaction. Right now ladies and gentlemen, look no further. I am going to tell you everything, literally all of it about “Cat and The Fiddle” cheesecakes from Singapore.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Vegetarian Phad Thai

I have always regarded vegetarians as the holiest people. Well, you can't blame me. Growing up with the strictest mum on earth, there was ever other reason for a vegetarian meal at home. Tuesdays and Fridays are considered holy days whereas each time mum flipped the Indian calendar listed with religious festivals, what else is new? Back to Sambar, Sodhi, Rasam, Vegetable Curry, vegetarian side dishes (Chana Dal Cabbage, Gobi 65, Pineapple Cucumber Salad, Spices Banana Flower & Mint Chutney) and must have is Potato Stir Fry (Aloo MatarActually, I didn’t mind the added bonus of Payasam and Vadai, but vegetarian food so often? Seriously, I couldn’t take it. I literally forced myself to eat. Otherwise a knock on my head.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Sapporo - ( Hokkaido - Day 4)

A very promising start on Day 4. I woke up in Hotel Maharoba feeling as though I am going to rock and shake more of Hokkaido. Maybe my instincts or gut feelings, but certainly after 3 days of exploring this part of Japan (Chitose & Hokkaido), I actually slept tight out of tiredness. Really tired battered by winter and the “long walks” while sightseeing, a big "yeh-yeh" as well because Hokkaido's winter has mellowed down. "Joy To Hokkaido" and "Here I Come Sapporo", morning was broken like the previous mornings with buffet breakfast. Comparatively an unlimited spread of Japanese and Western dishes as in Niseko Hilton Village, buffet is such a sheer waste for me. But logically, breakfast while travelling is essential to fuel up energy. So, I kicked in some food. Thereafter, Sapporo was all mine.  

Monday, September 26, 2016

Portuguese Devil (Debal) Curry

Remember I told you I am ready to spill the beans about sponsors previously in Dried Shrimp Egg Sambal? That’s right. Here it is. Sponsors are basically event organizers, companies, hotels or anyone who invite bloggers to events. Generally these sponsors pull out bloggers from their existing database, presumably also from time to time they look for other bloggers by surfing the net or word of mouth. Amongst the sponsors I have met, some were and are still down to earth and professional people who won't pressure neither dictate conditions on what and how I should write. As long as a decent post is up within time, you are there with them.  

Friday, September 23, 2016

Hua Xing Restaurant - Plaza Seri Setia, Sungei Way

Approximately within the next month or so after dining in Bamboo Park Restaurant, we met up again for another food venture. Yea, the same food buddies. Has to be because I have put a big pull-stop to friends who pretend to be food enthusiasts but have hundred and one lame conditions on where and what they can eat (more at Bone & Pot Taipan). Anyway, bygone those horrendous fussy friends, this time when I popped by at this friend's house, positively recommended and highly spoken about was the Hokkien cuisine in Hua Xing Restaurant. At once I said yes. Why not? What's there to dispute? After all, compared to the typical Indian dishes (Ennai Kathrikai/Brinjal Curry Aloo Matar) I cook for my other half (Fish Sodhi) and literally force myself to eat as well (Pineapple Rasam & Fish Puttu), I adore any kind of Chinese food (Jiu Hu Char & Fried Lotus Roots). Honest to goodness I do (Kiat Seng Puchong & Soup Restaurant Bandar Utama)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Dried Shrimp Egg Sambal/Chilli Gravy

Initially, whenever I am invited for a blogger or media event, I was on Cloud 9. Call it over-excitement if you like, naturally, for the time and effort put into blogging, one must feel proud and honoured as if we have achieved the moon and sky. Blogging many claim is a hobby, but we all know that the underpinning truth is otherwise. Somehow or rather, any blogger for the matter will and should jump to the sky if their blog gains popularity and is recognised by sponsors as well. I beg to differ if you won't admit, for me, it was akin walking into new doors of opportunity. 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Noboribetsu - Hokkaido (Day 3)

Time for a hot shower, time to pack, time for breakfast and time to depart from Hilton Niseko Village to Noboribetsu the next morning. Breakfast was wonderfully satisfying. Plenty to tuck into (Chitose & Hokkaido Day 1), the one I loved the most was porridge alongside the spicy and salty condiments. Incredibly a pleasurable breakfast for a typical Malaysian like me, to end my meal, I couldn’t resist the simply irresistible “Made In Hokkaido” desserts. Washed down with another helping of hot coffee, I then dashed through the massive snow to hurriedly hop into the coach. Literally trembling to my bones despite bundled up in multiple layers, thank god, I bounced back to warmness once the journey started. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Malaysian Chettinad Mutton Curry

A picture paints a thousand words. In the blogging world and social media, it paints a million of words. That's why, do or die, beg, borrow or steal (oopsie!!), the latest high megapixel camera or high quality camera phone seemingly is a must to impress the virtual world. Also, let's not pretend we don't know about software to further enhance food pictures as to garner the highest number of likes and followers. If you are not there yet, please step forward to the picture awing lifestyle.  

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Bamboo Park Restaurant - Sunway PJ51A Business Park

Within the same vicinity of Sri Suria Curry House and Krishna Curry House, Bamboo Park Restaurant is located across the main road and on the ground floor of the business park. Actually, you know what? I didn't know this area is known as Sunway PJ51A. Perhaps because Sungei Way, unlike how it used to be those days, has and is still rapidly being developed. Whatsoever, as you please or as you like to call it. I came over for no other reason except to dine at Bamboo Park Restaurant with the couple from the smallest group of friends I have previously mentioned at "Chilli Sausage".

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Malaysian Coriander Spaghetti With Poached Egg

Kids these days? Seriously, I don’t know what to say. Look around and I'm sure you know what I mean. I am not referring to the adorable/super darling kids you admire on social media (more at Bread Tuna Pizza). Please. For god sake, don’t fall for that crab (Thai Green Crab Curry). I am referring to the real kids in the real world we bump into daily in the neighborhood, within the family and almost anywhere. I call them the golden emperors and empresses. Yea, boy and girls as well - the pampered lot given the best in everything, including education, electronic gadgets, birthday parties and co-curricular activities. Also, apparently the super smart/super cute ones, highly bragged by parents. But you know what, sad to say that these tiger mums and tiger dads can’t do much or are lost at instilling discipline, mannerism and good values in their kids, though they don't think twice before criticising other parents. 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Coliseum Cafe - Sunway Pyramid

No plans whatsoever, just on an ad-hoc basis I dined at Coliseum Cafe. However, admittedly, I had a reason why I was back to Sunway Pyramid - the closest mall from where I stay and the mall I frequent every few months once for shopping (L'Óccitane UV Shield) and then,  generally,  a meal is also on the card at any of the eateries (Hello Kitty Gourmet Cafe). On this particular Saturday, it was not about food or shopping, but to watch the sensationally spoken about horror movie "Conjuring 2". Despite coaxing my other half to accompany me, he wouldn't budge from giving up watching his Manchester United game. Asking my girlfriends was another sheer waste of time because they had a whole list of questions I couldn't and I got tired of answering, Eventually, I decided. Movie on my own for the first time ever. Done.  

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Hilton Niseko Village - (Hokkaido - Day 2)

One of the most difficult things for us when we travel is catching up on our beauty sleep (Colombo Sri Lanka & Chiang Rai Thailand). As it is, even back home, sleeping sometimes is a struggle, but worst it can be in different hotels compared to the comfort of our own bed and unlike some people who can easily doze off literally almost anywhere. Therefore, despite a tiring long haul and immediately embarking on sightseeing the next morning upon arrival at Chitose, we couldn't easily shut down for the day even at the luxurious Hilton Niseko Village.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Bread Tuna Pizza

If you start believing everything you see and read on social media, you will be doomed. Seriously, it can be depressing if you do because almost everyone seemingly is an achiever, life is about fabulosity and let me not even speak about being surrounded by such fantastic family and friends. Well and good, I am not envious, I am not jealous and sincerely I am happy for them. But the underpinning, underlying and unspoken truth I know will reveal otherwise. Social media I realise has become a fake disillusioned world.. No doubt there are some genuine friends, but the rest, I can’t comprehend and I don’t want to either. Anyway, not for me to judge others, relatives on social media is even worst. In fact, these so called family of mine and their close associates I know have been silently stooping on me.   

Thursday, August 25, 2016

L'Occitane Reine Blanche Illuminating UV Shield SPF50

Block the sun. Literally block it away from your skin. Of course, no doubt, I agree sun is our natural source of energy, light and heat, a touch of morning sunshine is good for our overall well-being and a bronzed complexion under limited sun exposure seemingly is more attractive. Nevertheless, I still fear the sun. Honestly I do (Heliocare Advanced SPF50). The slightest sunlight or even indoor infrared/visible light (Laura Mercier Moisturiser SPF20) is disastrous on my precious face (Medlite Laser Treatment and Microdermabrasion Therapy). Therefore, no matter what, come rain or shine, defending my skin against UVA & UVB rays (Olay Regenerist Moisturiser SPF30) ultimately is a must.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Chilli Sausage

I can still clearly remember how enthusiastically we entertained friends every year without fail during Deepavali (Semolina Rava Ladoo &.Mutton Gosht). Also, every now and then when friends came calling, I made it a point to put up a decent meal despite rushing and sweating in the kitchen. However, over the years, the enthusiasm fizzled out. I realise it is pointless entertaining those who have never invited us even for a small meal, moreover, when it came to their festive season, they prefer to holiday or celebrate within their own family.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Chitose & Hokkaido (Japan) - Day 1

How time flies. More than a year passed by so quickly for me to eagerly pack (South Africa) for another love-travel lust with my imperfect soul mate in a tour group. Everything planned 6 months earlier, this 8 days 6 nights travel will be our first full blown winter holiday compared to the summer coldness I couldn't tolerate previously in Norway & Denmark and in Turkey where I experienced snow for the first time during my solo travel (Century Sultanhani Caravanserai & Koru Hotel, Bolu).

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Cempedak Bijan Hitam Goreng/Fried

In my previous recipe (Malaysian Banana Fritters) I spoke about simplicity. Then in the other Malaysian dessert (Malaysian Banana Flambe), I briefly touched on alcohol and my hay years with it. Today, l shall introduce another Malaysian kuih-muih (Kuih KosuiKuih Sagu Kukus & Pulut Inti), simply said a sweet snack or perhaps can be considered as a dessert. Now, before anything else, lets get to know cempedak which sorry to say does not have an English name, yet it is the cousin sister or if you like, call it the cousin brother, uncle or auntie of Jackfruit.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Colombo - Sri Lanka

By now, we had traveled thousands of miles by road from Colombo to Negambo, Kandy, Nurwara Eliya and Katagarama. Subsequently, departing from Galle/Koggala, another loop back to Colombo where we will be for 2 days before returning home. Honestly, I felt as though we were journeying often instead of touring other interesting places. That’s why, eventually, after the third day, we literally pushed the guide to take us to places not included in the itinerary and for which we didn’t mind paying on our own. The lame guide on the other hand, even from day one had a hundred and one excuses which then rang the bell indicating he is merely a driver rather than a trained tour guide.  

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Precision Chef Knife Series (Edge of Belgravia) & Salted Fish Curry

As far as I can remember, I have been cooking for the longest time. Cooking during the initial years was mainly due to the endless indirect hints from my Indian man who prefer home cooked meals instead of eating out. He of course didn't openly pester me but when I had to constantly listen to how spectacularly his mum and sisters cook, I had enough. I thought I made the biggest mistake in my life by marrying this man, not realising it is the same story across the board, if not all, in a typical Indian household. So, to keep his mouth shut and to prove a point I can cook too, I started rolling the pots and pans. Never mind I messed up massively with the dishes which was still acceptable with my man, eventually I learned to cook and here I am today as chef of my house.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Butter

Tough call. Really it is to ensure my skin is always hydrated and smooth. No matter how much of fruits and vegetables I include in my daily meals and drinking water throughout the day, my skin can never bounce back to how it was back then let’s say ten years ago. In my early fifties once my biological clock stopped ticking seven years ago, I have lost it. I have lost the “rhythm and blues” of my body system, I mean keeping my skin supple is not an easy feat as how it used to be. Still, for the longest time from those years till now, I have been faithfully applying body cream/lotion every day after showering (Botaneco Be Forest Body WashBody Shop Olive Oil Shower Gel & Himalaya Honey Body Wash). So, what else is new except at least every three months once replenishing body moisturisers from different brands though generally, I buy the affordable within 20 dollars products.  

Monday, August 1, 2016

Malaysian Banana Flambe

Banana Flambe, oh-wow, sounds amazing right?. Oh-well, for me, banana flambe is a banana dessert (Banana Chocolate Cake & Bingka Pisang) anyone can make. Especially this version of mine without alcohol, or if you like, tip in some towards the end to flame it up before removing from heat. Speaking about alcohol, shhh! Just the thought of it is buzzing me up right now. Wish I still have the capacity like yesteryears (Orange Fruity Sangria & Grapefruit Sangria), whatever to the good old memories, to make this flambe, you don't need to search far and beyond for the ingredients. More or less, similar ingredients as for the Malaysian Banana Pancake & Malaysian Banana Fritterscome, follow me, I will show you the way to this sweet indulgence.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Galle/Koggala - Sri Lanka

Four days in Sri Lanka, (Negambo, Kandy & Nurwara Eliya), before journeying to Galle/Koggala the next day, we started our morning with an impressive freshly prepared traditional Sri Lankan breakfast at Katagarama. In fact, I would say it was one of the best among the rest of the breakfast so far despite waiting for at least half an hour. Worth the wait because the steamed rice cakes eaten with the fish curry and spicy blistering coconut chutney were superbly delicious. Truly my kind of food on which the tour buddies agreed, though one of them earlier sulked loudly about the slow service. Whatever, by the time we polished off every bit of the meal, temper and tantrum had fizzled off. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Korean Spicy Pork (My Style)

Love is such a significant word. Because of love, we compromise, we give in and we tolerate. The next question is what do we tolerate? Well, we tolerate the individual differences of the people we love, I am not saying we must give in all the time, but we learn to adjust and adopt. Otherwise, we end up battling love and too much of battling will lead to sadness and misery. Not easy I know, still, we try. Speaking about love, let me tell you that what to cook, whether you agree or not, is about compromising. And mostly, we women always put our family ahead even before we plan the meal for the day.
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