Sunday, November 30, 2008
I remember there's a coffee place inside this bookstore. Since I had a chance to hangout at the place.. unlike normal work days, where on earth I would have a time to hangout in KLCC, relaxing and past time like yesterday.
So, I ordered a cup of Latte (RM7.20) and head myself to a cushion sofa at the far corner in the coffee store. It's located upstairs of the book store, basically the top most of Suria KLCC, overlooking the park!
Just in case you would have time spare in KLCC, this is a good place for you to take a break. Less crowd... enjoy coffee and magazines too. :)
Aiks... what's this below??? Can you find this in KLCC???
Hehehe... sorry, this is meant to attract someone out there, all the way staying in the Kiasu-land now.
This is call Hokkien Mee! Delicious and famous one @ Jalan 222, Ah Wah Hokkien Mee.
Enjoy the pic!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Today we finally had the chance, since we were on the way heading to KLCC.
This particular restaurant seems to have 2 different names. You might easily get caught by the shop name, to those who're unfamiliar like me.
2) Ho A One Seafood Steamboat - obviously serving steamboat, believe opens at nite
The servings has variety as below. Unfortunately, they were running out of fish paste when we arrived. Anyway, my favorite is still those with fried fish fleshes.
* Disclaimer : Hands around the dining table of those pictures were not mine... hehe!
Anyway, I am here just to show off my pictures or art, which were not captured in the other blog :)
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
So, one fine Wednesday, a friend suggested to chill out at this place. Apparently, they have Happy Hour at the Spring Lounge. Cool place indeed, with overlooking bus traffics along Jalan Ampang, as well as 'human' traffic crossing the street from KLCC or other nearby office building heading towards the underground LRT station. Of course, with such good view of KLCC.
That nite was rainy, just before we left, the place was wet and about to splash on to me. Lucky me, the place has well equiped adjustable blinds to ease the splash.
It has 'cool' chairs, but the drawback was they are lil small and crowd up the place, especially when we ordered a full pan of pizza as snacks.
Overall, not too bad for a place to hangout for happy hour.
Some writeup extracted from other sites -
[ Spring Lounge ]
Temp : +21ºC
Climate : Cooling breeze and occasional rain
Feat : Live performances by bands, comedians, etc.
Find your comfort zone... Relax and lounge amidst the bounce of live music in a swanky ambience where the weather could be clear one minute or raining (indoors) the next. Park yourself at the stunning 'Aquarium Bar' (yes, the bar is actually made of real aquariums with live fish) if you're one who likes his/her drinks served fast and furious, with a bit of flair.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
This bowl of porridge serve as small portion, cost RM4.00. Just nice for me to finish it on my own, which I find it good. This particular Restaurant or so called Hawker Center draws crowd to taste its porridge as well as Char Kuey Taew. Besides, there is a portable van selling Yau Char Kuey just next to the restaurant, heard it sells good and nice Yau Char Kuey too.
This is to share with you, the making of fruit vinegar. In fact, it does not have much difference from fruit enzyme making. Basically, it require an additional ingredient, which is rice or brown rice vinegar.
Below are some making methods, extracted from some Chinese websites.
The making of Apple Cider
- 1) Wash apples and make sure its been air dried.
- 2) Cut apples into slices.
- 3) Place layer of apples slices into a jar, add on brown sugar or rock sugar layer by layer (1kg apple to 4oc of rock sugar.
- 4) After fragmented, probably 2-3 weeks, it will turn into enzyme and further on liquor. Sieve apple out, keep it for up to 1-2 year to turn it into vinegar.
- 5) To enhance vinegar making process, you could add on brown rice vinegar after the juices being sieved away from the slices of fruits.
Lemon Vinegar / Apple Vinegar The Making
Lemon (kg) : Vinegar (bottle) : Rock Sugar = 3 : 3 : 3
Apple (kg) : Vinegar (bottle) : Rock Sugar = 3 : 3 : 2
- 1) Wash and dry lemon/apple. Slice (with skin) and place them in a jar
- 2) Add rock sugar
- 3) Add vinegar
- 4) Close the jar and place at cool dry place for 30 days
Friday, November 21, 2008
I defrosted the pre-marinated pork chop from the freezer in less than 20min. Prepared the following ingredients for my noodle. It is a very simple dish, except for the chopping of garlic into small pieces :)
Kind of agree with what stated in this blog - http://www.penangfaces.chanlilian.net/wheat-noodle/, I noticed so far this is the best wheat noodle (长寿面）I ever bought, and best part it is made in Malaysia, and I presume Melamin free! The noodle is "spaghetti-a-like" but more egg-tasty.
Ingredient : Wheat Noodle, garlic, dark soya sauce, light soya sauce, sugar, Sarawak pepper, seseame oil
1) Chopped garlic into small lil cubes
2) Place garlic in a bowl, add sugar, dark and light soya sauce at your taste, as well as slight Sarawak pepper and sesame oil. Mix well.
3) Boil water, place noodle sticks till it gets soften
4) Seive soften noodle and get them through a sieve and cool water
Here you go... my dinner !
I hope the pork-chop does not looks ugly... like what usually mention in Cantonese drama - 猪扒 (Zhu Pa)！Heee :)
Ever since my hometown was turned into a Duty Tax Free Financial Center, we enjoyed cheap imported chocolate since then. That was the time I first had this Cadbury Peppermint Chocolate! Particularly, it must be Made in Australia. My next favorite from Cadbury family is Dark Chocolate Old Gold Old Jamaica Rum N Raisins.
I used to buy the large bar like this... but each time I won't be able to finish them all, its all depends on my mood. If I crave for it, I will have them. Else if not, it will be rotten or expired.
I got so used to the imported Chocolates, mainly Cadbury large bar from Australia. We can get them about RM8/bar. It was used to be RM7. Other than Cadbury, the other common chocolates are Hershey's Kisses. We can get about RM19-25 for large pack.
If you wish to get good and cheap chocolate.. welcome to my hometown, island of Labuan ! ;)
* How this blog topic came by? Well, it was from the taste of peppermint choco I am having now, yum yum!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
OK, back to this newly found hangout place at One Utama... colleagues and I had been enjoy happy hour'ing lately on Friday. It was difficult to get the right hangout crowd, but was fun to have one!
As it named, you are right... you could pick and choose from the variety of beans to brew your own coffee!! But, we didn't try this time... coz....
we barely had only 30min to enjoy the place and coffee, arrived close to 10pm, it closes 10.30pm on a Friday night. I didn't have coffee that night, was a bit worry if I could not enjoy my weekend sleep... so I had Choco Mint. My favorite mint, I will normally have Mint Coffee @ Winter Warmers!
This particular cafe suits us, in a way we have someone whom like Irish coffee the most! Others will hunt for... i.e. the 'environment' - particularly the sofas and chairs, foods, interesting cum quality beverage, creative, etc...
In summary, the place was good, within expectation.
Good to share around some tips and learnings (if there is any).
Before we start, let's take a look what is papaya. Find out more here, in case you are not sure. Basically its a type of tropical fruit which is very common in South East Asia countries. It's easy to plant, I remember having them at my home backyard when I was young. Dad will teaches us to take care of our own papaya plant, sis and I have one each. Unfortunately, my sis plant (if she remember) was 'murdered' somehow.. hehe.. of course I am not that cruel to kill hers, but was done by some other.
Back to the fruit, I have got this naturally grown fruit from my grandma's home not long ago. Assuming it should be purely organically grown, with all 'natural' fertilizer grown. Best to use not-so-ripe fruits for enzyme making. Therefore, I go for the green one.
Steps of the making, is exactly the same method.. in short summary:
- 1. Make sure fruits and utensil are washed and dried up.
- 2. Cut papaya into small pieces.
- 3. Place some slices of lemon in between.
- 4. Place a layer of brown sugar, or oligo sugar. This is another replacement for Oligo, kind of organic Japanese radish sugar. See picture below)
- 5. Drip some wild honey after the layer of sugar.
- 6. Repeat steps above, till the end of bottle (not too full, give some room in between)
- 7. Keep bottle at cool dry place for 2 weeks.
- 8. Shake the bottle after day 2-3. Once every 1-2 days.
- 9. Sieve the juice and store them in fridge.
- 10. Best consume every 1st thing in the morning, with warm water.
A week later it will look like this... bubble will show up, and its time to shake once a while.
Some article for sharing (in Chinese) - http://www.cclw.net/experience/mugua.htm
存在于木瓜中的乳状液汁，含有一种“木瓜酵素”（papain），尤其尚未熟成的青木瓜含量大约是红木瓜的2倍。它是最好的蛋白质分解酵素，可以帮助 人体分解肉类蛋白质，因此饭后食用，可以整肠助消化，有治疗肠胃炎、消化不良等疾病的效果。用于烹调中，就是我们常听到的“松肉粉”或是“嫩精”，嫩精的 作用是可以将肉类的结缔组织分解，让肉吃起来更鲜嫩，所以用木瓜炖肉，肉质也会更鲜嫩。另外，木瓜酵素能帮助分解并去除肌肤表面的老废角质，所以也常应用 在化妆品及保养品中。
- Green papaya has 2x more enzyme than ripe papaya.
- Good as Protein absorbing enzyme.
- Consume after food will help digestion
- Papaya enzyme could remove dead cell from skin, commonly used on cosmetic product
Sunday, November 9, 2008
My target for this coming visit will be mainly taking nice pictures around. Probably will try some short journey tracking, kampung visits, and other new cum adventurous things.
The best view in Cameron should be this BOH tea plantation (pictures below) where one can overlook the greenish plantation area, at the same time enjoying the chilling atmosphere with a cup of tea (specifically Boh tea yeah!). Heard from a friend that their scones are nice too, just nice to enjoy an English style tea breakfast. In fact, they serve nice local foods too, like Nasi Lemak.
Here are some pictures for your viewings (click to enlarge).
Saturday, November 8, 2008
This particular wine has 14% alcohol... no wonder I feel a bit drunk now :) Its lil apricot tastes really nice. Alcohol gets absorbed even more in soaked fruits.... I remember this was mentioned by an article somewhere.
Tastes great! Indeed a nice fruit wine! Will get more if I ever have the chance to get to Japan again.
Detail website in Japanese:-
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Guess what? It was a lil FISH! How can it get in there?
Of course it must have been eaten or sucked by the big calamari. What came into my mind, in such case, aren't I have been paying more for the weight of calamari I bought?? Haaa... anyway, not a huge fish.
I am sure some could have seen some other sea creature in one another, example lil baby crab in a shell or something like that. So, this is nothing special.. but indeed it was the first time ever I saw this scene in my kitchen.
While websurfing... I found this step-by-step tutorial on how-to clean a squid being interesting.
Worth sharing http://greekfood.about.com/od/greekcookinglessons/ig/Clean-Squid/
Since I am here, here you go for my dinner last night....
- 1) Ready ingredients, i.e. tom-yum paste, lemongrass, onion, dried chilli and boil them in a pot
- 2) Include whichever seafood you like, i.e. calamari, prawns, fish balls, meat balls, etc...
Sunday, November 2, 2008
It had been a while since the 1st ever rice wine was produced in my home. (Disclaimer : this was produced for own consumption, not meant for commercial).
做法:将纱布放蒸格上,将浸泡好的糯米放纱布上,开火蒸40-50分钟.蒸好后倒入大点的容器凉至温热,用一碗温水将酒饼尽量化开后,(另留开一小勺)一 边将酒饼水倒入凉好的糯米中,一边使劲搅拌糯米,尽量搅拌均匀),搅拌过程中可适量加些温水.搅拌好后装瓶,在中间弄个洞,将留的酒饼水倒入其中,盖好瓶 盖,用厚布包好瓶子,天热一般3-5天,天冷放暖气边,一般一两星期就可以了.好了以后放冰箱冷藏,随吃随取.
The Making of Rice Wine, quick guide and steps
- 1) Soak glutinous rice in the water for at least 2 hours
- 2) Steam it for 40min. Alternately, you could cook it in the rice cooker.
- 3) After steamed/cooked, leave it to cool down
- 4) Smash wine cookie (which you could get from most Chinese Medical Hall), add them into the cooked rice.
- 5) Place rice into clean and dry jug.
- 6) Seal up and keep in cool dry place for 4 weeks
In case you would like to know, if you or your vehicle happened to be blacklisted in the PDRM or JPJ website, you might not be able to renew your roadtax. In both incidents, we happened to get wrong information tagged into the blacklist system.
- 1) Owner's I/C no. was blacklisted, but the vehicle is not owned by him. Worse case, PDRM found out that the I/C no. was tagged to a different guy's name.
- 2) Vechicle no. plat was blacklisted, the system showed that this particular vehicle was summoned due an accident, and the vehicle was a lorry (in actual fact, this vehicle is a private car in JPJ system).
Anyway, back to the main topic...
I happened to walked by Sg Wang's Pos Office last week. My lunchmates mentioned about Cash Rebate for vehicle. Usual me, I had almost forgot about the cash rebate thingy, since I am so lazy to queue up in the Pos Office - kinda phobia seeing the usual crowd in KLCC branch.
Anyway, I went over to POS Malaysia website, preparing myself with the usual conventional form to print out. While browsing through for details, I navigated myself to their POSonline website instead.
It was interesting, there is a column for online Cash Rebate! Exactly the service I wanted. Pretty straight forward steps to follow:-
- 1. Register yourself, get yourself an id and password
- 2. Login
- 3. Go to Cash Rebate Online
- 4. Fill up your details and vehicle no.
- 5. Sit back and wait...
But then, I found that their system did not send me email notify me the process had been completed. Not until I checked my bank account.
Anyway, still better than I expected. Since..... my 2008 road tax has yet to due, they had actually able to process it!