Purple has now turned blue... purple is joy, yet blue is hope!


Sunday, October 28, 2012

DIY - Pumpkin Curry Chicken

Pumpkin oh Pumpkin! Besides Halloween, I didn't earlier thought you can bring us variety of cooking recipes. It had been someone been bragging on the pumpkin butter prawn back home, I was supposed to try it out today. Unfortunately, I accidentally swapped a pack of frozen prawn with friend lately, will claim it back only tomorrow.

Next attempt, was then Pumpkin curry. I had bought a pack Organic curry powder and chilli powder one each recently. It's time to use them.

Super simple ingredient and cooking method.

Ingredient :-
Pumpkin in dices
Shallot and Garlic
Chicken tights and breast
Curry Leaves
Curry Powder
Chilli Powder
Oatmilk - Organic Powder, stir in warm water; to substitute Coconut milk (a.k.a Santan)

1) Fry shallots and garlic in Grapeseed Oil (any cooking oil)
2) Add in curry leaves, continue frying
3) Add in pumpkin dices, continue frying
4) Add chicken, curry powder and chilli powder (~ 1 tablespoon each or to taste)
5) Simmer with little water, about 15min
6) Add in Oatmilk and continue simmer 5min, ready to serve

Pumpkin Curry Chicken
Served with brown rice

Happy tying ~!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Foods @ Kota Kemuning - Joji Gambut Catering & Local foods

There are more and more decent cafes and kopitiams mushrooming in the business area of Kota Kemuning, unlike 10 years back where we can hardly find foods around. However, in the area of quiet end row of shops at the business park, I once spotted this cafe. It made me wonder, whom do they usually serve to when the row of shop is rather quiet.

We made an attempt one morning, walked in and dine for breakfast. Indeed they served some tasty local food, i.e. nasi lemak, curry mee, fried meehoon and lots more. Price wise, I would say its about in par with old town or paparich kopitiam, slightly cheaper but not too cheap.

The cafe
My partner had a bowl of curry noodle. Served with few slices of yong tao fu, fish balls and fish cakes. Nice curry based soup and I think it cost around RM8-9. 

Curry Mee
While I had the most simple plain nasi lemak, without any chicken or beef.  I wasn't sure with its quality at that time. 
Nasi Lemak
We then packed some chicken curry puffs and a pie home. Rating wise, I would say its pricy curry puff RM1.80/piece pays a price worth. Full with fillings of curry chicken dices and potato. Not bad, worth while for light afternoon tea.
Curry Puffs
Pies too
Now, question is how they could survive on a quiet street. Barely anyone would see them, as the shop is secluded away from the usual dining crowd of Kota Kemuning. Answer is, their main business is on catering services. Main dishes serve inclusive of fried meehoon, nasi lemak, pies, curry puffs and so. Now you know, they needed the shop lot space for the cooks and food preparation. 

This particular shop is indeed a second shop after its famous curry puff kopitiam at Kuantan, Jalan Gambut. Apparently they have a few blog writeups in Malay, visit here. Honestly, I have yet try out their food catering service, likely might use them up for my next party at home.. God knows when :(.

Perusahaan Makanan Joji Gambut
Kota Kemuning, 40460 Shah Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan
03-5121 5220
(Shop facing Lagoon Terrace, along the same road as MaxValu, Kota Kemuning)

A Return to Victoria Island, Sep 5 - 9 2012

Nothing can be more exciting than returning back to own hometown. Ever since my family shifted back to the east, I had to spend some pennies to get home for a short visit. Unlike those days, when a 3D2N road trip could easily be made over the weekend.

My every visit back home might have new findings, without failed. Setting work aside (well, it might be just my luck this year, 2 visits needed me to bring over my laptop and work home :(... ), life has been pretty relaxing. Setting my back at home, shopping for chocolates and beers, playing with  this new black doggie has made all my 5Ds.

Blackie likes Leffe Black
He was named Fido!
Lizard styled
My air asia trip back home was rather an eventful journey. Firstly on departure from LCCT, we were late for baggage check in! All set with the brilliant planner whom decided to catch a 6AM taxi, when the flight was 730AM. How could that be?? I was rather panic at the baggage drop counter, thank god the attendant asked me to quickly bring the 15KG baggage into as hand lugagge. My expression, 'can meh?'... In fact, after thinking twice, the front desk allowed it this time was then because the flight was originally 755AM in which they brought it earlier (to be fair, they announce well in advance). So, don't abuse it! Flight was rather packed that morning, we had no choice but to chuck the bag under our legs, it wasn't pleasant and might caught ergonomic issue (especially on a 2hour flight).

The 15KG hand luggage
The return flight was rather a drama, will explain further.

My latest trip has been a lot more associated with pets and foods. This pure white with blue and yellow eyes caught my attention, just right in front of my house. Not sure if its stray, or probably has an owner.

2 colored eyes cat
New discovery from the supermarket shelf, and highly recommended by mom. It's pure chilli, Sabah chilli has been known of its spiciness? Well enough, we like the little chilli back home here more. I have yet tried these favor below, bought a few back to to city. Probably will come handy on some upcoming 'eating' feast and occasions.

Grinned Chilli
Day 1 breakfast, oh... it's dad's ham and egg sandwich. Our childhood breakfast, hihi.

Dad's sandwich
One of the lunch, we had curry mee! One of the best in Labuan. Wow! This was my very 1st time had nice curry noodle in the island. Well, mind me but the food standard here in the east is rather simple. What's best here is always the Iced Lemon Tea! This shop served even with double Teh Boh bags!

Kedai Kopi Jia Yan @ Kg Patau-Patau
Location @ Bing; Facebook

Curry Noodle
Not sure which nite it was, brother wanted to buy us supper. Here goes his so called famous roti John. I think my brother likes cheese so much so with the bunch of salad fought in between. It's something rather close to Subway, haha.. the cheap version of Subway sandwich.

Roti John
I transported the ready made white popiah skin this time, mom requested. We had this type of popiah, full of shredded vegetables fried with prawns since childhood time, specially during CNY eve's dinner. And the white popiah skin were even handmade by my dad (that time), inherited from my grandmother. It was such a skilled work, and glad we brought to know such cooking skills made inherited at home. :)

The best combination for afternoon tea, popiah with bottled San Miguel beer. We had some white popiah turned golden, thanks to the someone who could not chew well. We had some of the fried version.

Popiah and Beer
Fried Popiah
Part of our shopping will sure include the wet market. I bought this whole fish for RM30. So much fresh and nice.

Ikan Tenggiri
A nite dinner, we had at a restaurant at the wet market. Not too bad, if you like fresh seafood. I am not really a seafood fan, such in such I didn't enjoy the steamed scallop. Such a waste, as I know many KL folks will surely love this to the max. 

Scallop in Shell
End of the trip, there was another lesson learned over this air trip. Never ever check in a 1kg soft luggage, which supposed to be hand carried. It will be easily get lost in transit. This really happened to us, in fact the baggage front desk had warned us earlier. This really happened and we didn't get our luggage upon arrival at LCCT. Great lesson! The bag was dropped out from the coursel while it was transiting its way to the luggage carrier to the air plane. Good thing was, I was rather impressed with Air Asia's ground staff service, the really made an effort to check, call all the way back to the departure land, ensure, logged the report, and followed up with courier service the next day in sending the luggage to my home (in fact I requested them to send to my office the following day).

End of travel report, till the next travel visit end-Nov. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

One-drop-only Concentrated Mouthwash

Life has been like an empty box, work with no days and nights...without much lights at the end of tunnel, seriously made life miserable, at times. Oh well enough, it's time for me to blog nonsense.

Happened to get this introduced by the Chinese medical hall's owner, when someone has a very bad ulcer, and my throat had been itch to sore. It's when the tradition sea salt water came to no avail, this made handy and effective.

Googled a bit on it, apparently it is made of natural products. Oh I love it then. Made in Germany. I would think its more worth the money compared to the bottled Listerine. RM25+ for a small bottle like this, needs only dash oh drip , mix with water to gargle. Tried it out, and it's effective. Taste good too.

Next in my natural lab, I may experiment some mount wash instead. Found some interesting recipe while googling, it's fun to a naturalist!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Cameron Highland Trip, Aug 10 - 12 2012

An extra-ordinary trip with the company of 3 other families, up to somewhere cooling. Love temperature of Cameron since many years, while my trip has always been with family members. This time round I had an opportunity to explore new place, had meals with new gang of 'trip' friends and their family members, whom I had never met before. Prepared an easy meal for them - miso soup and tom yum steamboat, while many liked my appetizer cum dessert.

Details of our trip aside. My general intention was to introduce this awesome bangalow we stayed. Down hill from Tanah Rata almost close to Ringlet. Our earlier thought was that, gosh... won't it be less cooling? Well, just try out luck!

Surprising enough, this particular bungalow is situated among the hilly jungle area, though next to the mainroad, but it was not busy at all. Rather a quiet and soothing place to destress from the hectic city life. It was only good if I had my foldable bicycle since then, ahem.

Introduce the stay with Valley View Bungalow, privately owned and managed by a couple. They have a maid and several dogs, close to 12 when we were there. All the doggie was collected from SPCA before, all now grown with super nice fur and adorable too.

Let the picture tell its stories...

Activities we had.... without fail, it has been meals after meal. For me, it was rather a fruitfull trip as I tried many different kinds of food, as well experienced the problem of sorting out good pack of steamboat ingredient from Menglembu market. It wasn't easy, as probably locals don't have a one-stop stall to shop. My time estimation didn't go well, as we were then slightly beyond estimated time. Good thing was, the other 2 teams were extremely late from our earlier meeting point, due to some technical glitches.

A day before the trip, partner and I pulled ourselves to try out Ipoh's Tune hotel. Experience was excellent, front desk was good and room was modern and clean. Kinda like their concept, and it was much better as expected. Had the long missed taugeh chicken for dinner, next morning went market hunt, biscuit hunt and all sorts of foodie were packed up to the hill.

Ipoh Tune Hotel front desk

Card key & central controller

Temperature detector

Safety Guidance


Taugeh Chicken

Placed order.. nice biscuit
Moving upwards to the hill, 2 teams stopped by for our 1st lunch - Watercress Valley, simple lunch with their special watercress drink. Tasted like Chinese herbal tea.
Watercress herbal drink

Watercress plantation

Simple meal
Other places we stopped by for viewing, included the milky teh tarik Parit Waterfall, Tanah Rata town and its park, plus Strawberry park small stalls which I bought a nice purplish cauliflower.

Recycling exercise

Organic Cauliflower