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Good Grilled Lamb Chop *cheap!*

>> Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Halal: No

Remember the time when I posted on a coffeeshop in PJ Old Town with good Hakka "lui cha"? This time, at the same coffeeshop, I discovered another gem - a good plate of grilled lamb chops from Freddy's Western Section! Oolala...cheap & good, I would say. I found out about this "pow-wow" western food stall thanks to Cumi & Ciki's post. The sides for the grilled lamb chops aren't fantastic, but the lamb is good :D The best part - 1 serving comes with 2 pieces of lamb chops!

I can't say that it's the best grilled lamb chops that I've ever had, but for the price that I've to pay i.e. RM13.00/serving, it's GOOOOOOD! The meat was tender, not too thick, & very juicy. There's some fat, which was nicely grilled that the outer layer is crispy, while the inside is still juicy/"oily"....ahahaha...SO yummy :P I ordered the one with mint sauce, which I thought was delicious. You can opt for black pepper sauce as well, but I personally feel that grilled lamb chops with mint sauce are best buddies :D

You can basically get a good plate of breakfast set(s) for RM5.00/serving (it's considered CHEAP for a generous portion of food...you can refer to Cumi & Ciki's post), chicken/pork/lamb/beef chops/steaks, or even pasta! Woots! All within RM20.00...and below!

So if you're hungry and do not want to spend too much for a good plate of western food, this place is quite a good option :) You'll have to try it out for yourself to judge!

Kedai Kopi Soon Lee 
Jalan 1/10 (PJ Old Town) 
46000 Petaling Jaya 
Selangor Darul Ehsan. 
Note: It's behind the large Jin Xuan Dim Sum Restaurant

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


I lurve grilled lamb chops,


Father's Day Special at Nihonkai Sunway Mentari

>> Saturday, June 16, 2012

Venue: Sunway Mentari
Halal: Pork-free

This will be a short post! :D Just an announcement to make: If you haven't had any idea on where to celebrate Father's Day tomorrow, head over to Nihonkai at Sunway Mentari! It'll be a good treat, especially if your dad/family enjoys Japanese food :) You'll also get a 20% discount if you order the Parent's Day Special set!

Do call to make your reservation to avoid disappointment...

For more information of Nihonkai, do visit my previous posts:

To all fathers, fathers-to-be, grandfathers & mentor-fathers, have a blessed Father's Day!

Nihonkai Japanese Restaurant
2, Jalan PJS 8/18
Dataran Mentari
46150 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Tel: (+603) 5630 1368
Business Hours: 12:00p.m. - 3:00p.m. & 6:00p.m. - 10:00p.m. daily

Yours truly,


My Baking Diary: Oatmeal, Apricots, Almonds Muffin

>> Thursday, June 14, 2012

Random, random, totally random! I'm on a "Eat Healthier, Live Healthier" mindset of late & it has resulted to a "healthier" version of baked goodies popping outta my oven! *woots*

Here's introducing my 15th-batch of baked babies, Oatmeal, Apricots, & Almonds Breakfast Muffin! More fibre, more nutritious!

Don't they look "pretty"?? :D
It pops up & also cracks open like a muffin that you get at the stores! *hurray* Another success story! I'll taste it tomorrow for breakfast to see if my muffins taste as good as it looks!

After some research, I ended up using the recipe from www.hillbillyhousewife.com because it looks easy, convincing, & I have all the ingredients required in the recipe! Simple justification on why I ended up using this recipe of all the many recipes out there, eh?

Here's the recipe...

1 cup dry oatmeal
1 cup sour milk or yogurt or buttermilk (powdered buttermilk is fine)
1 medium egg
1/2 cup brown or white sugar
1/3 cup oil
1-1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon each baking soda & salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/4 cup pre-chopped almonds (pan toasted)

1. Preheat oven at 200 degrees (C)/ 400 degrees (F).
2. In a large bowl combine the oatmeal and buttermilk or sour milk. Let it stand for a few minutes, for the oatmeal to absorb some of the buttermilk.

3. Add the egg, sugar and oil. Beat very well with a wire whisk.

Pssst...I enjoy baking cakes, but not so much the eating...eat more cakes & you'll end up like Winnie the Pooh! :P Oh, I also added 2-3 teaspoons of slightly diluted honey to give an extra fragrance as well! But I cut down slightly on the sugar..."agak-agaklah"...

4. Add the flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder. Mix again, until all of the dry particles are moistened. Do not over beat. It should only take about a 20 or 30 strokes by hand to mix it up enough.

5. Add the apricots & almonds. Mix well without over-mixing.

Chopped almonds - lighted roasted on a non-stick frying pan 

6. Spoon the batter into a dozen well oiled muffin cups.

Note: The batter will look REALLY thick, also because of the oats. It's supposed to be a "drier" sort of muffin instead of a moist one. 

7. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20-25 minutes.

8. Insert a toothpick into the muffins. If the toothpick comes out clean, the muffins are done.
9. Remove from oven & place on cooling rack.

10. Best served warm! Bon apetit! :)

Eat Healthier, Live Healthier!


Review: Tong Pak Fu Desserts

>> Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Date: 9 June 2012, Saturday
Venue: Tong Pak Fu, Paradigm Mall
Overall comment: Lovely-tasting hot & cold desserts that uses the best of ingredients to get the best of flavours to tickle your tastebuds.
Halal: Not yet. They're in the final stages of obtaining halal certification. For now, it's pork-free!

Who doesn't like some smooth, cool, dessert - especially on such a hot spell that we're experiencing, here in Klang Valley!

I certainly wouldn't mind indulging in some good desserts (although I admit I don't really have a sweet tooth)! With the competitive desserts market that spoils everyone of us with an extensive variety of choice, one would really appreciate knowing which is the better & more worth-eating dessert in town. Tong Pak Fu is one of the latest players in the dessert arena in Malaysia. It offers quality & delectable desserts that will make you crave for more :) However, I personally find the prices quite steep for desserts - most desserts are more expensive than a bowl of noodles these days! I take comfort for the fact that I'll be paying for desserts that are low/zero in colouring & preservatives.

Mango Snow Ice (RM8.80 regular/RM11.80 large), Tracka Durian Snow Ice (RM11.80 regular/RM14.80 large), & Pink Guava Snow Ice (RM8.80 regular/RM11.80 large)
I enjoyed the pink guava one best. It's refreshing, light, & unique. The condiments that come with the pink guava snow ice are also very special. The smallest balls are crunchy, while the larger ones have liquid that burst in your mouth when you bite into it :) The tracka durian snow ice is also quite special. It uses the "Chuk Kiok" variant of durian, which gives a more aromatic flavour to the snow ice. Compared to the other variant available, the D24 Durian Snow Ice, this one would be more aromatic.

Fun Facts:
Where: Tong Pak Fu started in Hong Kong 
Who: by 2 brothers, Ben & Man Li,
When: in the year 2008. 
1st outlet: Hak Po Street in Mongkok 

Since it began, this brand has been a well-known dessert brand in Hong Kong & even in Malaysia now. Tong Pak Fu when literally translated means "Sugar-Hundred-Mansion" or "House of Sweet". This dessert place serves an array of hot & cold desserts, plus some Hong Kong street snacks as well.

Black Glutinous Rice Cream with Coconut Milk & Black Sesame Cream (RM5.80/bowl)
Very smooth & thick. I actually enjoyed the black sesame cream very much as it was really fragrant, smooth, & actually quite light! It doesn't make you feel "bored"/"jelak" of eating & best part was it wasn't too sweet! Me likey! :D

Double-Boiled Snow Pear with Snow Fungus (RM8.80/serving) & Double-Boiled Apple with Sea Coconut (RM9.80/serving)
It's good for irritated throats & highly nutritious. Snow fungus is said to improve blood circulation, increase metabolism, whiten & moisturise the skin. If you need a healthy dose of  dessert & you're too occupied to take the trouble to prepare it yourself, you can go for this home-boiled dessert look-&-taste-alike :) Pamper yourself!

Chilled Mango Sago Crème with Pomelo and Mango Ice Cream (RM10.80/serving), Glutinous Rice Balls with Black Sesame & Peanut Toppings (RM4.80/serving around 6 balls), & Chocolate Lava Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream (RM12.80/serving)
I personally felt that the mango sago crème should be more "chilled". It's a little difficult to finish the whole serving by yourself since it's so thick & creamy. The serving is also quite large (do not be fooled by the photo below as it has been resized!). The glutinous rice balls were fragrant & you'll love it if you're a fan of black sesame & peanuts. I felt the chocolate lava cake could be better. Somehow the cake wasn't crispy-on-the-outside-soft-on-the-inside enough & the chocolate sauce was also not liquidish enough. I reckon Tong Pak Fu does best in their Hong Kong desserts & not so much in their Western ones.

Strawberry Napoleon with Vanilla Ice-Cream (RM10.80/serving) & Crème Brulee (RM7.80/serving)
If you want to fatten yourself, go ahead with the strawberry napoleon. It's crispy pastry with whipped cream in between the crisps! Eek....really sinful! On the other hand, the crème brulee needs to be torched longer for a nicer golden-brown finish on its top. It's not too bad, but I would still stick to the Hong Kong desserts when I drop by Tong Pak Fu :P 

Hong Kong Street Snacks: Curry Fish Balls (RM6.80/serving of 6 balls) & Braised Sweet Soya Chicken Wings (RM7.80/pair)
I must say that the curry fish balls were quite tasty. The fish balls were "bouncy", yet not overly-bouncy like those fish balls loaded with boric acid. The curry was fragrant, not overly spicy, & thick enough to coat the fish balls well to give the fish balls a nice curry flavour. I didn't get to try the chicken wings, but it looks quite yummy :D 

Tong Pak Fu @ Paradigm Mall
Quality & consistency of the blocks of ice for the snow ice are controlled in a central kitchen & delivered to each outlet daily to maintain freshness. On a good weekend, a Tong Pak Fu outlet can sell up to 300 servings of snow ice! *wow* 

Tong Pak Fu's Menu & the Must Try Tracka Durian Snow Ice 

Seven outlets & more to come!
If you're a student or if it's your birthday, Tong Pak Fu has special discounts for you! 

Each time I pass by Tong Pak Fu, it's sure to be full. So do go earlier in the day to avoid disappointment! They may run out of certain best-sellers if you go at night!

Tong Pak Fu
Lot UGK01, Upper Ground Floor
Paradigm Mall
1, Jalan SS7/26A
Kelana Jaya
47301 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Tel: (+603) 7886 0556
Business hours: 10:00a.m. -10:00p.m.
URL: www.tongpakfu.com.my
Facebook: www.facebook.com/tongpakfu.my

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


Yummy dessert,


Hakka "Lui Cha"

>> Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I've never fancied the green-souped Hakka "lui cha" rice dish. To me, I just can't understand what is so nice about that dish that so many people enjoy it. I've tried this dish before previously in Seremban & I couldn't bring myself to like it; it went straight to my "I would not touch this dish" list! :D

Change took place few weeks ago when I was introduced to the Hakka "lui cha" rice dish at PJ old town, a stall in the coffeeshop behind the huge Jin Xuan Hong Kong Dim Sum restaurant. It was lovely! I must say that this dish is still very much an acquired taste, but as my church member said, "This is the best Hakka "lui cha" in town. Other places do not have such tasty ones!"

Hakka "Lui Cha" (RM5.50/bowl)
It's almost vegetarian, but there's dried shrimp in the rice dish, which makes the dish very delicious! You'll get 2-3 types of green vegetables (which were stir-fried first), roasted peanuts, boiled white beans, fried eggs, caramelized onions, & a whole variety of items that I didn't bother to identify as I was really hungry & just wanted to dig in! :P
Note: Opens for breakfast & lunch only.

Somehow I can't really explain why this Hakka "lui cha" is better than many out there. I reckon it's the taste of the individual ingredients that she places into the bowl of steaming hot rice. Each different vegetable/ingredient are either stir-fried 'til fragrant or fried 'til aromatic.

The "green soup" has a pleasant mint leaves fragrance (you can taste that it's reall fresh!), but the soup wasn't salty or totally flat in taste. There's just something about the rice & soup that makes this dish so popular at this coffeeshop that it often runs out of rice & ingredients if you're there later!

Photo taken from www.benjaminfoo.com

You'll have to try it out for yourself, especially if you're a fan of Hakka "lui cha" :)

Map to Soon Lee coffeeshop

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Kedai Kopi Soon Lee
Jalan 1/10 (PJ Old Town)
46000 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Note: It's behind the large Jin Xuan Dim Sum Restaurant

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


Good Hakka "lui cha" makes me happy,


Norway Salmon Fish Head Noodles

Venue: Jinjang Selatan, Jalan Ipoh-Jalan Kepong area (behind Crystal Crown Hotel KL)
Overall comment: Interestingly delicious fish head noodles, which isn't very "fishy" (salmon tends to have a stronger "fishy" smell). The soup base was appetizing & well-balanced in taste. Yums! Affordable too!
Halal: Pork-free

If you're a fan of salmon & fish head noodles, this is one pretty good place to enjoy the best of both the fish & the noodles. Slightly thick rice vermicelli served in a bowl of milky soup with fragrant Chinese cooking wine ("Fa Thiu Sui Heng Zhao"), tomatoes, ginger, salted vegetables, spring onions, parsley & fried shallots just made my day! It's SO fragrant! 

Slightly sourish, slightly "fishy", slightly peppery, slightly pungent with alcohol/cooking wine, slightly salty, slightly sweet, slightly spicy (if you eat with the chili paste)...and smooth! - an explosion of flavours in your mouth!

I enjoy fish head noodles, so wherever I could get a good bowl of such, I wouldn't want to miss the opportunity. I do believe that such a dish is also an acquired taste. Not everyone enjoys a bowl of "milky-soup noodles" with at times, "fishy" fish! :D

The chili on the right goes better with the noodles! :D

Of course, if you're too afraid of fish bones or just want to avoid the hassle of eating the fish head, you can still opt for fish paste noodles :)

Here at Norway Salmon Fish Head Noodles, you can get a pretty large bowl of noodles that comes in either milk soup or curry soup. You can also opt for non-fish noodles such as the prawn noodles ala "fish head noodles" style :)

The stall is a very humble one, right at the side of the street, tucked behind the mighty Crystal Crown KL Hotel & Brem Mall. But you won't miss the stall as the signboard/banners for the stall is quite large & eye-catching! This stall is proud to serve a hearty bowl of salmon fish head noodles for RM7.50/bowl. Ah, bliss...

Map to Salmon Fish Head Noodles stall at Jinjang Selatan

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Norway Salmon Fish Head Noodles
Jalan Jambu
Taman Batu
52000 Kuala Lumpur
Note: "Attap-roof"/zink roof stall behind Brem Mall/Crystal Crown Kuala Lumpur
GPS: N03 12.222' E101 40.052

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


I love good fish head noodles,


My Baking Diary - Pandan Chiffon Cake

>> Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Such joy! :D I love chiffon cakes & to actually bake some myself & do to so SUCCESSFULLY makes the "cake-eating" even more satisfying!

I referred to the recipe by myfoodtrail.com. It looks like one of the "simpler" recipe that does not require cake flour, which I do not have at this point of time.

Here's the recipe (as usual, I tweaked it a lil):
6 egg whites
125g caster sugar (I used soft brown sugar as I ran out of caster sugar...and I usually reduce the sugar; this one was reduced to around 110g)

Set A:
6 egg yolks
80g caster sugar, extra
½ tsp vanilla essence

Set B:
165ml coconut milk (I just used the powdered ones - it worked)
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 ½ tsp pandan essence
2 - 3 drops of green food colouring

Set C:
120g plain flour (or 120g self raising flour and leave out the baking powder)
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt (I just sprinkled a pinch of salt)

1. Preheat oven to 160C.

2. Beat egg whites until foamy, after which gradually add the sugar (125g) while the mixer is still beating. Continue beating until the mixture reaches stiff peaks (you can turn the bowl over without the mixture dropping/flowing out). This will take roughly 5 minutes or more. Set mixture aside.

3. In a small bowl, mix Set B together. 

4. In a separate bowl, beat Set A until pale & creamy (it should look roughly tripled in size). This will also take roughly 5 minutes or more.

5. Add Set B slowly into the Set A mixture while beating at low speed. Beat until both sets are well mixed & stop the mixer.

6. Sift Set C into the Set A + Set B mixture, gently folding Set C in to combine.

7. Add 1/3 of the egg white mixture into the green mixture & fold to loosen up the batter. You need not be too gentle at this stage.

8. Add the remaining egg white mixture & fold it in extra gently so that the batter will not deflate.

9. Pour the batter onto an ungreased ring tin & give it some sharp bangs on the table to help the air bubbles get to the top. You can then smoothen the top with a spoon (if needed). Just don't over bang, else you may not get a spongey chiffon cake!
Note: I didn't have a ring tin, so I used parchment/baking paper on my square baking tin & I also used a round non-stick baking tin since there was quite a lot of batter. I didn't really need to smoothen the top with a spoon, but I did give the tins some bangs on the table ;)

10. Bake for 40 - 50 minutes or until set :)
Tip from myfoodtrail.comIf the top browns too quickly, put some aluminium foil over the top.

11. Once done, remove cake from oven & let it cool at the cooling rack/table (that's what I usually do).
Note: myfoodtrail.com's version - Once out of the oven, immediately invert the cake while still in the tin onto a wire rack and cool completely in the tin. It is best to use a sharp serrated knife to cut the cake as it will be very soft.

Once it really cools down, it will "wrinkle" up ;)

Tomorrow's breakfast/afternoon tea is ready to be served! :D *hurray!*

Soft, fluffy, spongey chiffon cake :D
Say hello to my TWINS! "Sponge Bob Square Pants" (the square chiffon cake) & "Jiggly Puff" (the round chiffon cake)! They're really nice & fluffy...just the way I like it! :D


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