Thursday, March 26, 2015

Lahari Kitchen - Bandar Puchong Jaya, Puchong


I couldn't possibly ignore Lahari Kitchen's invitation for a food review. Of course I was excited. I knew its going to be wholesome home cooked Indian authentic and multi cuisine fare at affordable prices. Since I am familiar with Bandar Puchong Jaya, coming over to this restaurant was easy. Quite a straightforward route. As you drive and turn into the left lane before Pelita Restaurant, you are bound to notice the blue signboard.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Kuih Sagu Kukus (Steamed Sago Cake)


Cooking at home is not the same as what you see on TV cooking shows. At home you have to make do with the basic utensils you have in the space called kitchen. Can just be a small area without a fan and you sweat like crazy especially in the hot humid Malaysian weather. Cooking show on the other hand is a different story all together - beautifully set-up large kitchen, air- conditioned and with state of art equipments. 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Neutrogena Deep Clean Cleansing Oil


From  high end Shu Uemura cleansing oil and mid range Body Shop cleansing oil, my expectations drastically dropped about spending a substantial amount on skin care products. I made a 360 degrees turn and bought this deep clean cleansing oil for around RM38.00. Obviously because of dollar and cents. I now work from home and earn lesser compared to when I was in the education industry. Not at all a big crisis. In fact for the better and to try affordable products.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Malaysian Banana Pancake


I like to think about food differently. I like to localise whatever I make with cheaper ingredients compared to spending more and replicating Western dishes. While occasionally I don't mind, most of the time its about local ingredients. Take for example these pancakes - made with bananas (Banana Cake,  Banana Bread and Banana Chocolate Cake) and served with banana slices, grated coconut and palm sugar which cost a couple of dollars only.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Moo Kata Steamboat & BBQ House (Kuchai Lama Food Court) Kuala Lumpur


They say "opposites attracts". Well to a certain extent, I have to agree. In my case, its about food, - what my other half prefers and what I like. I love the utmost satisfaction of a steamboat meal whereas he can't be bothered with the required simple cooking and he seem never satisfied after eating. So he was conveniently dropped off my list and I went with a friend to Moo Kata at their invitation. Albeit going to the wrong food court nearby the market, it didn't lead to any sort of inconvenience to turn back to the main road, drive a couple of minutes and turn on the left before Suzuki Showroom where bbq house is.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Peach Raisin Bread Pudding (Eggless)


Its very frustrating you know when you want to write and you don't know where to start. Then again, posting a recipe without an intro feels "naked" - ahahhah!! Yep. As though its not complete. So in good faith, I have been staring at the laptop for almost an hour, going back and forth amending the first sentence, rewriting and I am not going anywhere. Thank god I have already posted a Pineapple Bread Pudding recipe before. Conveniently I will take off from there. This bread pudding is even easier - simple yet without compromising on the taste.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Ankara - Turkey


There were a couple of stops after we left Dinler Hotel and before reaching Ankara. First at the Hanlem Art Centre which showcased a collection of previous and semi previous stone jewellery. We sat through a documentary on how the stones are harvested - the standard thing at similar centres/outlets throughout the world and somehow always included in tours. After that, we walked around to see the collection. While some were keen to buy, I left and waited outside because I prefer imitation jewellery and spending my money on travelling.  

Monday, March 9, 2015

Mandarin Orange Marmalade


Officially Chinese New Year is over and no more loud explosions of crackers all night or all day long. Until the next year, hopefully my neighbourhood will remain peaceful. Oh! Before anything else, I take back my words about crackers. I forgot that Deepavali is not over yet. Don't ask me what's with crackers and Indians. I have no clue what so ever. Perhaps there's a valid reason why over the years, it's a major trend to usher the festival of lights by firing rocket crackers. In fact more happening compared to Chinese New Year. Any way, let people be happy as long as they don't blow up my house.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Igentis @Aeon Bukit Tinggi, Klang


Before anything else, let me take you back to the preparation for the big wedding in my family. Remember I told you about shopping in Klang, thereafter lunch in Beekay's Curry House. Then a couple of days later in Restoran V.P. Curry House? That was not the end to what else I had to buy and with the wedding date drawing closer, my kitchen was conveniently closed for a week. We eat out including in  Le Rozell French Cafe.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

For The Love Of Mum On Mother’s Day


Mothers undoubtedly are the most previous gift in our world.  Despite the many things they juggle in life, their priority is all about the well- being and happiness and a bright future for their kids. Apart from that, their sacrifices cannot be measured because there’s no limit on how far they bend for the sake of giving the best. But those great qualities may not be perfect or as how we expect. For me, it’s been a “roller-coaster” bonding journey with my mum from the day I fast grew up and seem like nothing has changed. Well, what can you expect from two ladies with opposite personalities? She is the typical conservative Indian lady without much education whereas I am the modern open-minded person with a string of qualifications and have had great exposure on how to adapt and look at life broadly. Thanks to my professional careers, my other half, my friends and my travel ventures.   

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Dinler Hotel - Cappadocia (Turkey)


We stayed at Dinler hotel for two nights - first day after a long drive with a stopover at Century Sultanhani Caravanserai and next day after touring the Underground City of Kaymakli & Goreme Open-Air Museum. On both nights I skipped dinner because I was exhausted from walking in the unbearable freezing weather. That may sound like a lame excuse not to eat but it didn't really matter. By then I had enough of hotel buffets and Turkish food, so much so that I craved for the humble sambal belacan, sambal petai ikan bilis and lemon rasam. I was also missing my other half and sleeping in my own bed.    

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Thai Pineapple Fried Rice And Vietnamese Tomato Soup


I look back to the many years behind me and realize that indeed life has changed. Those years were about partying, paying a fortune for booze and coming home swinging. I admit it was all in the name of fun and cheers which brings good or bad memories.  Of course every once in a while, I go back to my roots – no longer in clubs but in quiet pubs. Even so I can off hand count the number of times I do that in a year or to be specific, once in a blue moon.  It does not mean I don’t socialize neither keep in touch with my friends any more. I do but in different manner because friendship too is a whole new dimension in my life. No doubt I have thousand over friends on Facebook. In real life, the circle is within seven to ten close knitted ones.    

Monday, February 23, 2015

Cafe Szechuan - Bergen (Norway)


In few hours time we will be leaving Bergen, the final stop for our 10 days 7 nights tour to Denmark and Norway. For the 1 1/2 days we've been in the city, we went to Bergen Aquarium, Bergen City Museum,  Floibanen Funicular cable car, Edvard Greig Museum and Bergen Fish Market. Breakfast in Thon Hotel was about the only meal on the last day, clearly listed in our itinerary.   

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Mandarin Orange Sorbet


I've said about mandarin oranges in Mandarin Orange Cake and about sorbet in Mango Gula Melaka (Palm Sugar) Sorbet.  For sure this year I am not accepting crates of oranges. I also can't refuse because the fruit is a symbol of good fortune, abundance and protection. Well, certainly I want all those blessings.  So I still accept - just two for the two of us. Even so, I know that by the end of the week, my fruit basket will be overflowing. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Taste Enclave - Sunway Pyramid


I was among the invited guests at Taste Enclave's grand opening to be officiated by Guest of Honour, Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah at about 4pm. I on the other hand arrived way earlier to avoid the peak hour traffic jam. Upon arrival I stood for a while outside at that level and imagined having fun at the Lagoon.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Banana Chocolate Cake


Let me start off by copying and pasting what I shared on facebook yesterday- "After taking care of my mum who is sick and struggling to walk for more than a month, I am looking forward to Valentines day for the first time ever in my life. My other half and myself gave up so much so that mum has the best. The vegetarian lunch at the neighbourhood simple restaurant is what we are longing for as the date on the" love is in the air" day. Now love is surely more meaningful".

Friday, February 13, 2015

Cappadocia (Turkey) - Underground City of Kaymakli & Goreme Open-Air Museum


So far I've had a great time in Cappadocia. First the "Hot Air Balloon Ride" and then a stopover at "Avanos Town". Two more places were on our list including lunch at "Uranos Sarikaya" underground restaurant which obviously caters for tour groups. We arrived and walked through the long cave before being ushered to our reserved table. The situation became a little tense because even though we have been travelling together for the past 6 days, some wanted preferences. They were adamant about seating with their family members or certain specific people. Eventually a few kind souls accommodated by switching places.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Aloo Matar (Potato And Pea Curry)


I thought I have put my life into perspective. I quite my job so that I can have quality time, earn a little money from my small business and focus on my writing skills. But all those have been a question mark ever since mum fell sick and that I have to take care of her. I am not complaining yet its very frustrating because sometimes I am so helpless. Trying my best to get her back to her normal life isn't going anywhere. She is stubborn, adamant and wants her own way. If she doesn't walk and get well soon, I am doomed. I hope I don't give up because if there's no improvement, my life is also stuck.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Dorsett Grand Subang - Toss Your Way Into The New Year


For me there's something magical about tossing yee sang. I like the fact that it brings people from all walks of life together for a joyous happy auspicious celebration to usher Chinese New Year. Thus when I was invited by Dorsett Subang for the Chinese New Year food review, I definitely looked forward to the significance of the tossing and the full course Chinese dinner. However I couldn't immediately decide because I was in two minds. Coincidently mum was being discharged from the medical centre, around the same time and day.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Avanos Town - Cappadocia, Turkey


We had a very exciting early morning jump start in Cappadocia. The hot air balloon ride I have to say was truly one of the best experiences and moments of travelling. Pricey but worth every single dollar. We then left the site and continue our tour - a short stopover at Avanos, a town famous for pottery, ceramics and blue eye stones, separated by the Kizilirmak (red) river from the rest of Cappadocia and its the longest river in Turkey from which the red pottery clay is found. 
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