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Makanan Thai Pek-Sak

>> Friday, March 27, 2009

Dear readers,

Really very sorry for the delay in posts...I've been busy & I admit that I've been procrastinating as well...unmotivated to blog of late...haven't really gone out for food...didn't really bother eating yummy stuff after long days at work...hahaha...but I'll do my best to keep the blog alive & kicking (with more good food places to recommend)!

Enjoy the read...and the eat! ;)


Date: 22 March 2009, Sunday
Venue: Makanan Thai Pek-Sak, Sungai Buloh-Shah Alam
Occasion: Dinner with family
Overall comment: A place worth eating! Recommended ;)

This humble stall didn't occur to me as a place where I can get good food....and good Thai food some more...*umph* The food here is delicious, but the environment is surely not something to be boasted :P

As its name says, this place is more famous for their Thai-style food & their seafood! The bbq fish (ikan bakar) is pretty good, & so is their steamed fish & tom yam (which I have yet to try). My family was there for the 2nd time, & below are the items that we ordered that night :)

Street where the stall is situated

The Stall
It doesn't look like some 'wow' restaurant, but the food is certainly yummy & it's quite cheap :)

The Crowd
During peak hours, this is what you get...

You have to try this! Very spicy though...

This is how they bbq/grill their seafood! Old-school charcoal fire ;D

"Sotong Bakar" (around RM20.00)
It's actually not very expensive, considering the size of the squid! Just check out the size at the top photo...that's our squid!! We had a tough time finishing the dish...this dish is not very tasty, but the squid is surely fresh :)

"Ikan Pari Bakar" (around RM15.00)
Very meaty, very fresh...nice! It's grilled in a very simple way...but just yummy!! *drools*

Stir-fried Ferns with Sambal Belacan (around RM8.00)
If you haven't eaten this vegetable before, do try it. The belacan has a generous helping of dried shrimps, which made the dish really fragrant....highly-recommended for those who love belacan! :D

Here's the map to the stall...you've to zoom-in to see the exact location...

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I'll provide some general directions as soon as I get hold of my scribbles...lol...


Presentation: * * * 1/2
Price: * * * *
Environment: * * *
Taste: * * * *
Service: * * * 1/2


- Ruth


Top 10 Bizarre Food Ingredient

>> Thursday, March 19, 2009

Here's something different on food to share with our dear readers... ;)

Article from: http://listverse.com/bizarre/top-10-bizarre-food-ingredients/

Food! For most it is a delight, for some it is a curse, but for all it is necessary for life. For the most part we know what we are eating - especially when we home cook, but beneath the shiny packets of mass-produced foods, lie ingredients that don’t bear thinking about. This list explores ten of the most unusual ingredients used in cooking today - this is not a historic list - this is about food now. Enjoy!

10 - Gold

Gold is one of the most popular metals used in jewelry. It is also very useful in electronics. In addition to its more common uses, gold is used as a food additive - usually for decorative purposes in the form of gold leaf (E number E175). It is quite popular as an additive to alcoholic drinks and there is a traditional Polish and German liqueur called Goldwasser (Goldwater) which contains thousands of tiny flakes. Gold is inert to body chemistry so it passes through the body unaltered and has no nutritional value.

9 - Viruses

In August, 2006, the United States Food and Drug Administration approved the use of bacteriophages in the preparation of food (specifically ready to eat meat products). A bacteriophage is a virus that infects bacteria; the point of applying these viruses to food is that they will kill any bacteria that might cause food poisoning. Every year, 2,500 Americans get sick from listeriosis - consequently, millions of Americans now regularly chow down on viruses added intentionally to stop those few thousand people getting sick. The FDA does not require that food treated with these viruses should carry a label. Frighteningly, they say: “As long as it [is] used in accordance with the regulations, we have concluded it’s safe.” Worthwhile? You be the judge.

8 - Borax

Borax: fire retardant, insecticide, treatment for horse thrush, ingredient in glass and detergent, and… ingredient. Luckily for the Americans reading, borax is illegal as a food additive there, but not so in many other nations. It is often used as a preservative in caviar, and in some Asian countries it is found in noodles, meatballs, and steamed rice. It has an E number of E285. It can have serious toxic effects on humans (particularly effecting the testes).

7 - Coal Tar

Once upon a time, amaranth was used as a food coloring (red to be specific) but scientific testing found it to be extremely carcinogenic, so someone came up with a replacement: allura red AC (also know by the E number E129). Allura Red AC is made from coal tar (a liquid that is a by-product of turning coal into coal gas or coke). Coal tar is flammable and is frequently used in medicated shampoos designed to kill head lice. It is also used to make tylenol. While allura red AC is not carcinogenic, it can cause vomiting and other side-effects in some people. Despite this, it is FDA approved and very common in candy and soft drinks.

6 - Varnish

Okay - to be more exact we are talking about shellac which was very commonly used as a varnish back in the old days (from around 1880 - 1930) before it was replaced with lacquer. Shellac is used in baking and in mass produced candy to give the finished product a nice shine. The most likely source of shellac in most of our reader’s diets will be from Skittles - the colorful coated fruit-flavored candies. Now that we know how much we love to eat shellac, we should probably also point out that it is made from a secretion of the female lac beetle. She excretes the shellac onto branches in order to help her cocoon stick.

Just paying the bills…

5 - Bugs
Cochineal and carmine are two red food colorings that are derived from bugs - the cochineal bug to be exact. Cochineal is produced by drying and pulverizing the whole body of the bug, while carmine is a derivative of cochineal powder. The bugs are usually killed by immersing them in boiling water - the amount of time they spent in the water determines the level of redness - whether it be a lighter orange color or a vivid red. 155,000 insects are needed to make two pounds of food dye. Cochineal has been used for hundreds of years and it is also a very popular cloth dye.

4 - Cigarettes

You read that right… Cigarette smoking has been banned from bars and pubs all around the world, so someone came up with a brilliant idea: if you can’t smoke it - eat it! The trick is to take a fine bottle of spirits (usually vodka but sometimes brandy, etc) and drop a smoke or two in it (or a cigar in the case of brandy). The nicotine - and other chemicals, seep out of the cigarette and infuse flavor and color into the drink. These concoctions are often called “nicotine tea”. I was fortunate (?) enough to try one at a bar recently and I can’t say I enjoyed the drink a great deal.

3 - Beaver Ass

On a previous list we mentioned civet coffee, the very expensive coffee beans that are gathered from the poop of civets, and if it weren’t for the fact that civet anal juice is now replaced by a synthetic chemical (civetone), it would be on this list. However, beaver anal juice (castoreum) is not (yet) able to be synthesized and it is still used in foodstuffs. It is most commonly found as a flavor enhancer in raspberry products - apparently it adds a nice rounded flavor. It is also found in chewing gum and cigarettes. The question is - who the hell discovered that beaver poop juice tasted good with raspberries?

2 - Human Hair

L-cysteine is an amino acid that is commonly used in baked goods because it adds elasticity and helps soften dough. It is also commonly used in hair perm solutions. You can find it in bagels, doughnuts, bread, cookies, and frankly, a hell of a lot of yummy things. The cheapest way to produce it (and therefore the most common source at present) is by a special chemical process using human hair - most of which is sourced (and prepared) in China. Because of this, it has led to some debate over whether eating products containing l-cysteine is a type of cannibalism. In China it was also used in the production of soy source: “When asking [the soy manufacturer] how the amino acid syrup (or powder) was generated, [he] replied that the powder was generated from human hair. Because the human hair was gathered from salon [sic], barbershop [sic] and hospitals around the country, it was unhygienic and mixed with condom [sic], used hospital cottons, used menstrual cycle pad [sic], used syringe [sic], etc.”

1 - Poop

A common ingredient found in poop is called skatole. The word comes from the ancient Greek root “skat” which means “dung” - this is the same root from which we get “scatology” - the study of feces. It is derived from mammals (it is produced in their digestive tract) and it smells (not surprisingly) like poop. This delightful ingredient is used in cigarettes, many perfumes and - most importantly for the purposes of this list, strawberry ice cream. Like the beaver ass above, someone discovered that strawberry flavor is greatly enhanced with the addition of a little dung. Frankly, I will stick to pepper.


- Ruth


Secret Recipe Pocket Savers @RM9.90

>> Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Here is the recent promotion from Secret Recipe. Promotion valid from 16th March - 3rd May 2009 for dine-in only

Sorry the picture is a bit blur :P Here is what you can get for RM9.90 on the following dates...
16-22 March Grilled black pepper chicken
23-29 March Tom Yum spaghetti
30 March - 5 April Spaghetti bolognese (chicken)
6-12 April Singapore laksa
13-19 April Spaghetti meatballs (chicken)
20-26 April Noodle in tom yum soup
27 April - 3 May Lasagne (chicken)



BOYW Retreat, Port Dickson

>> Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Finally some updates!! Sorry for the delay...

Dates: 6-9 March 2009, Friday - Monday
Venue: Methodist Centre, Port Dickson
Occasion: Planning retreat for the next quadrennium for the Board of Youth Work (BOYW).

Note: More photos will be uploaded....especially food pics! *drools*

It was quite an interesting weekend for me, though a really tiring one (I can't deny it!). I didn't know what to expect for this retreat. All I had in my mind at that time was 'work work work UAT UAT UAT' & it haunted me pretty much throughout the retreat. *sigh* I couldn't really sleep cos even when I slept, UAT was in my mind & it was kinda like a nightmare for me *sob* The best part was that I received a call from office on my 2nd nihgt at the retreat & the thought of work clogged-up my mind even more. I felt quite yucky, but really, thanks to Aaron & all my friends at the retreat, I could slowly let go of the thoughts of work while at the retreat...

The retreat was aimed to gather people who were in the board & some of us young people who have been working with youths, to plan for the next 4 years - for the youth ministry in TRAC. We had sessions to brainstorm on the current situation of youth ministry, what we could do, & sessions to discuss on the vision & mission of BOYW for the next 4 years. Fuh. Banyak info...

I reckon, the best part of the retreat wasn't so much the planning & brain-storming session, but the bonding times in the evening (with ice kacang hunting almost everyday!) & the extra-bonding time at night all through early morning....around 2+am :P Those times were just SO precious. It was during those times where a few of us friends sat down to share on our hopes, dreams, & lil stories that revealed God so real in our lives. Those 'sessions' were really encouraging & uplifting! :)

We had free times in the evening & the beach was just 5 minutes walking distance! The sun was still shining bright & shadows are reminders that we are still walking on earth, where there is darkness, like it or not....

I love my friends!!!

I love hanging out with you fellas & I'm really blessed & encouraged by the lives that you all live! :) Will miss you all SO much...

I left the retreat site feeling refreshed & filled with a renewed hope for the youth ministry, as well as for my own life :) I really look forward to such gathering of people of similar passion ;)

- Ruth


Yaki-Yaki Japanese Barbeque Buffet Restaurant

Here's a promotion from Yaki-Yaki that I've just received :)

Details as below:

Yaki-Yaki Japanese Barbeque Buffet Restaurant
Ground Floor, Federal Bowl
Jalan Bukit Bintang
Off Jalan Bukit Bintang
Bukit Bintang Central
55100 Kuala Lumpur (next to Plaza Low Yat)
Website: http://www.yakiyaki.com.my/

Promotion period: 16th March - 30th April 2009
Promotion: 50% off on all dining periods!!

Normal Price:
Buffet Lunch (11.00am - 2.30pm) - RM65++
Buffet High Tea (2.30 - 5.30pm) - RM55++
Buffet Dinner (6.00 - 10.00pm) - RM75++
Buffet Supper (10.00pm - 2.00am) - RM65++
Reservation: (+603) 2142 8111

- Ruth


Agefuku Weekday Buffet Lunch RM25++ Only!

>> Friday, March 13, 2009

Agefuku Restaurant

59, Jalan USJ 10/1, Taipan Triangle
47620 UEP Subang Jaya

Tel : (603) 5636 4330
Fax : (603) 5636 4331
Website: http://www.agefuku.com

*Click on image to enlarge*

- Ruth


Busy, busy weeks

>> Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Dear faithful readers,

I'm really sorry for the lack of updates. I've been terribly busy with work & out-of-work activities that I just didn't have much time to blog. There will be some posts coming up as soon as I could get down to processing the photos & writing the post :) Do bear with me...

Stay tuned!

- Ruth

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