Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Simple Recipe (NV) – Marmite Chicken

Sorry, only a few pieces left! My kids already ate some!

This is a very simple recipe and kids love the taste of Marmite Chicken.

1) Half a Chicken, cut into small pieces wash and dry with towel
2) Marmite, 1 table spoon
3) Plum Sauce, 2 table spoon
4) Sugar, 2 table spoon
5) Oil for deep frying

Heat up wok and pour in some oil. Do not marinate the chicken. Fry the plain chicken in the wok when the oil is hot. Do not fry too long if you want the chicken to be tender. Take out the chicken and put aside.Pour out the extra oil from the wok. Put a quarter cup of water in the wok and add in marmite, plum sauce and sugar. Stir until the sauce becomes thick. Add the chicken and stir for a short while so that the sauce will coat the chicken evenly.

Seafood Restaurant – Port Village, North Port, Klang, Selangor (Butter Prawn, Salted Egg Crab,kam heong lala)

Walkway above the mangrove mud......................Port Village Restaurant
Asparagus with belacan.............................................Butter Prawn Choy tam..................................................................Deep Fried Squid with Flour
The tasty salted eggs crab...........................Lala Bihun. Hold it guys! I need to take photos!
It has been a while since I last ate at the seafood restaurants at Bagan Hailam near Klang Esplanade. So, off we went in two cars; my brother in law and me driving all the way from PJ to Klang. All together, there were six adults, two babies and 2 children, ready to savour the tasty Klang seafood. I was a bit surprised when I arrived in Port Village. I did not see many cars park by the road side along the stretch of road leading to the restaurant and it was a Saturday night! Maybe many people are cutting down on their traveling because of petrol price hike. I wanted to order the chap chai curry (mixed vegetable curry) but it was not available. I missed the chap chai curry. Anyway, we went on to order salted egg crab, fried sotong(squid) for the kids, lala(shellfish) bihun, butter prawns, belacan asparagus and fried choy tam. The salted eggs made the crab rich in taste and as usual my kids love the taste of the crispy fried egg yolk that accompanied the butter prawn. I enjoyed eating the crab roe…….real sinful. Never mind, I promised my self to exercise harder at the Gym. LOL. The flour coated sotong is crispy and the texture of the meat is springy but not hard. The lala bihun tasted okay, but I prefer the one from a small restaurant along Jalan Teluk Gong. With two small babies in tow, we have to eat quickly and do not have the luxury of slowly enjoying our crab. Both babies were rather grumpy that night, so there goes my plan to take a stroll at the esplanade after dinner.
Address : Port Village Restaurant
Lingkaran Sultan Hishamuddin, Bagan Hailam, North Port, Klang
GPS Location Latitude 3° 0'8.72"N Longitude 101°22'31.00"E
Port Village, North Port, Klang Map

Monday, July 28, 2008

Bruce Lee 35th Death Anniversary – Remembering a Great Martial Artist

Bruce Lee died in Hong Kong on 20th July 1973. He was 32 year old then and was at the peak of his career. Bruce was widely known as a very popular martial artist and actor. His father sent him to learn Wing Chun from Master Yip Man at a very young age. Lee perfected traditional fighting style and created Jeet Kune Do. Normally, when someone is attacked, he will block (defense) and look for opportunity to counter attack. In offensive defense, the technique involves combination of offense and defense. By doing this we can keep the opponent continually on the defensive because all attack are countered off with offense. For example, when an opponent try to punch you, one of his legs will advance towards you. When he is halfway through you can use your leg to attack his shin and knee. Using your leg to attack will also give you the advantage of reach which is longer than the opponent arm reach. Bruce one inch punch was known to send a 200lbs man flying back 15 feet. He was also well known for being able to perform exceptional physical feat like one-hand push-ups using only his thumb and index finger and breaking a punching bag with a sidekick. Among Bruce’s famous quote, the one that I like most is ‘Be self aware rather than a repetitious robot.’ We can apply this quote in martial art training and also our daily life. 'Woh oh oh oh, everybody loves Kung Fu fighting, hah uh….'I will be humming this popular song all day long. Can’t wait to drop by the gym in the morning! LOL These are the books about Bruce that I have read.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Hawker Food (NV) – BSD Fruits Rojak (Local Malaysian Fruit Salad)

The rojak van(taken using my Treo 650 PDA Phone).......yummy rojak In Penang, rojak(Malaysian fruit salad) refers to fruit rojak and passembur refers to the Indian type of Rojak with peanut sauce. When I first arrived in KL, I really got confused with the terms used here. In KL, rojak means passembur. Anyway, back in Penang my family used to make our own rojak. Penang rojak uses more sweet sauce than prawn paste. I found that many fruit rojak stalls in KL add too much prawn paste in their sauce and it really spoils the taste. My favourite rojak stall is the one that operates in front of Maybank in Bandar Sri Damansara. The tasty sauce is made of Chinese sweet sauce, prawn paste, toasted belacan and chili. The combination of ingredients is just perfect. The rojak which is priced at RM3.50 per plate, comes with generous amount of sauce and ground peanuts. The owner of the stall is a friendly guy and he likes to joke. Location: Jalan Tanjung SD13/1, Bandar Sri Damansara, 52200, KL Operating Hours: 11am to 3.30 pm Google Earth, Position Latitude 3°11'20.51"N Longitude 101°36'19.38"E Jalan Tanjung, Bandar Sri Damansara Map

Friday, July 18, 2008

Hawker Food – Lam Mee (Noodle) At Hup Soon Restaurant SS3, Petaling Jaya

Mr. Tan, preparing my Lam Mee....................Opps, I started eating and forgot to take pictures Fried rice uncle frying eggs in preparation for the lunch crowd Last week, after my early morning appointment in Phileo Damansara, I decided to pay my old friend, Mr. Tan a visit. Mr. Tan, a happy go lucky guy, runs a Lam Mee(noodles) and Hokkien Mee stall in Hup Soon Restaurant. I have been eating here for the last 14 years. The Lam Mee soup is clear, unlike those that are commonly served by other hawkers. Choice of thick (tai lok mee) mee and normal type of mee are available. I ordered a bowl of mixed bihun(rice vermicelli) and mee(noodle) Lam Mee. The Lam Mee is garnished with strips of fried eggs, pork, spring onion, fried shallots and prawns. The thick gravy tastes good with the sambal(prawn paste chili with lime) provided. A bowl of Lam Mee is priced at RM3.80 for a small and RM4.30 for a big one. If you are on a tight budget because of the recent petrol price hike or on a diet, you can order a ‘kosong’(noodle only) at only RM3.00 per bowl….. LOL. Other popular stalls here are the fried rice with taugeh(bean sprout) and yong tau foo(fish paste tofu). I think this is the only place that serves fried rice with taugeh. At night all the stalls are closed, except one that serves western food at a reasonable price. The place is packed during lunch hours, so be there early if you want to avoid the crowd. Address: Hup Soon Restaurant, Jln SS3/29, Petaling Jaya, 47300. Open for Breakfast and Lunch. Dinner : Western Food Goggle Earth Location: Latitude 3°5’40.32”N, Longitude 101°36’39.93”E Jalan SS3/29, Petaling Jaya Map

Monday, July 14, 2008

Simple Recipe (NV) – Quick Pizza from Leftover Roti(bread) Arab

1) A pack of Roti Arab..............................................2) Roti Arab Tada! Ready in a jiffy. I used frozen fish chips for this one. Did not manage to take photos of the tuna fish pizza because my kids finished all of it right after I took it out from the oven.
I bought some Roti Arab from the Kepala Batas Mee Rebus Restaurant when I was there the other day. The bread is soft and fluffy. It tastes good if eaten with curry. I tried to make pizza from the left over bread and it turned out great. I tried 3 types of main filling and my kids voted the tuna fish as the best. Here is what I did….
1) Spread some tomato sauce on the roti Arab.
2) Then top it with a) Canned Tuna Fish or b) Scrambled Eggs or c) Frozen Fish Chips(cut into thin strips) 3) Put mozzarella cheese on top of the main filling. (I used cheddar cheese as I did not have mozzarella in my fridge)
4) Heat up oven to 150 Deg C and bake for 20 minutes. You can use normal white bread as the base but remember to add butter or some vegetable oil because white bread is dry and not oily.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Travel/Food - Memories from Korea, Jeju Island, Mt. Sorak, Seoul, Vivaldi (Dakgalbi, Bulgogi, Samgyetang)

Korean food is highly nutritious, low calories and are often made from a wide variety of vegetables. Commonly used seasonings are red bean paste, soya sauce, sesame oil, scallions and garlic. The internationally famous Korean Kim Chi is available in many varieties. This fermented cabbage dish is good for your digestive system. Grilled or barbecue Golgi (ribs, pork or beef) and bulgogi(thin strips of marinated meat) are one of the must have food in Korea. Korean barbecue is one of my favorite and they are served with lots of vegetables. Korean people do not hold their bowls and plates while eating. So, if you are eating rice with chopstick, please do not hold up the bowl.
A good lunch of Samgyetang(stewed whole chicken stuffed with rice and ginseng) gave us the energy we need for shopping marathon in Dongdaemun market.

These are some of the pictures from my Korea trip, last year. It was fun traveling with all my friends from PFMB, Amy, Goh, our great CEO Mark and his family. I have traveled alone to many countries, but this time I have my wife with me. A very special trip indeed. Pictures paint a thousand words…………..food, food, food......

1) Dakgalbi Lunch at Chuncheon Myungdong.2)Dakgalbi Metal Sign on the road pavement

1)Korean steamboat in Seoul................................2)Barbecue lunch near Insadong

1) Barbecue lunch at Jeju Island.........................2) Fish Market at Mt. Sorak

1) Steamboat dinner in Mt.Sorak ....................2) Sashimi Dinner in Jeju Island

1) Samgyetang - Ginseng Chicken soup ..............2) Big crabs.... wow

1) At MBC studio, Jewel of the Palace set............2) At Korean War Museum
With the pretty & cute lead actress
Lee Young Ae...... ha ha
1) Scenery at Mt. Sorak..........................2) Jeju Island, one of the location they shot the
......................................................................................Jewel of the Palace(Dae Jang Geum).

1) Mt. Sorak. Notice the donuts in sticks?..........2) A curious fella!

A male Ginseng and female ginseng. LOL (Pictures taken by Amy)

Yours truly touching the tummy of Dolharubang in Jeju Island for good luck but still haven't strike Toto yet until today!
The volcanic crater at Sungsan Sunrise Peak

1) A traditional Korean dancer..........................2) Rapeseed flower and Cherrie Blossom blooming
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Lee Tong Kee Hor Fun(Flat Rice noodles), Jln Tun HS Lee, KL

Lee Tong Kee Restaurant.......................................A bowl of tasty Hor Fun I had a lunch appointment with my sister in KL town centre this afternoon and she brought me to Lee Tong Kee Restaurant to eat their famous Hor Fun. As we entered the shop, we were greeted by the cheerful owner and her Indian helper who speaks Cantonese. We ordered the Soup Hor Fun with prawn wan tan. The service here is fast and in a jiffy the dishes that we ordered are already on our table. The hor fun is smooth and the soup is tasty. It is served with generous amount of vegetable. The prawn won tan has a nice texture and the prawn is fresh. A bowl of hor fun with prawn wan tan is priced at RM4.50 per bowl. A reasonable price for a shop that is located in the middle of the city. Other dishes that are available here are oyster sauce vegetables, tender chicken with oyster sauce, curry chicken and stewed beef. I was told that their original place was in Jalan Sultan and they have been in business since 1948. Wow, that is certainly a very long time! Jade Lee, who took over the business from her father, is a friendly and humble person. According to Jade, they have an outlet in Singapore which is frequented by many Hong Kong stars. Sometimes they will book the top floor for their function. So, if you want to catch a glimpse of some of the Hong Kong stars, remember to drop by there whenever you visit Singapore. By the way, remember to ‘tar pau’ (takeaway) for your office colleagues the vadai that is sold by the Indian lady just outside the shop. I will be back here soon to try out the curry chicken with rice. Opening Hours: Breakfast and Lunch only 8.30am to 4pm on weekdays 8.30am to 3pm on Saturday Address: Lee Tong Kee No. 77, Jalan Tun H.S. Lee Kuala Lumpur (Google Earth Location: Latitude 3°8’50.62” N, Longitude 101°41’47.89”E) Singapore: 278, South Bridge Road, Singapore 058827 Lee Tong Kee, Jln Tun HS Lee, Kuala Lumpur MAP

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Hawker Food(NV) – Restaurant Meisek, USJ 14, Subang Jaya- Non Halal

1) Restaurant Meisek.............................................. 2) Har Mee (Penang Prawn Mee) 1) Pork Intestine Porridge...................................... 2) Duck Rice It was Sunday morning and I was craving for Penang Char Kueh Teow, so off we went all the way to Subang Jaya to take the famous Penang Lorong Selamat Fried Kueh Teow. Unfortunately the restaurant was closed. Wow, closed on Sunday, business must be real good! Since we were already in USJ, we hopped over to Restaurant Meisek in USJ 14, located at the shop lots just next to Sekolah Wawasan. As usual, my son ordered his favourite, Penang Hokkien Mee(Prawn Mee). Still on his quest to find one that can beat the Bdr Sri Damansara Hokkien Mee featured in my post dated 16th June 08. The gravy is more of the plain type but it is rich is taste. Priced at RM3.80 for a small bowl, it comes with a generous portion of fried shallots, prawns, sliced pork and kangkong (water convolvulus). The Hokkien Mee passed my test. My daughter wanted to eat duck rice, and I ordered a plate for her from the Lian Kee Chicken Rice Stall. I saw only one roast duck at the stall as their main dish is chicken rice. The gravy for the duck is good and the meat is tender. The aroma and texture of the rice is nice. It cost RM4.30 a plate, worth the money. My wife suggested that we try the Hong Kong Porridge as she saw many customers were having porridge for their breakfast. We ordered fried intestine porridge (Chee Chap Choke), my favourite. Priced at RM3.80 a bowl; it is served with crispy fried pig intestine, some other internal parts, green onions and ginger. Very tasty…….mmmmmm. Address : Restaurant Meisek, Jln USJ 14/1K, USJ 14, Subang Jaya USJ 14, Subang Jaya Map


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