Friday, January 27, 2012

Photo mashup!

Went for lunch at this really French restaurant at Burnside. Great atmosphere and delicious food:)


French flag!

Quiche Lorraine with ham and cheese~ best quiche I have ever eaten so far. It was quite expensive for a quiche but it was goooood :)

Macarons from the Marquis in Chinatown...

Chinese New Year dinner at Kowloon. Mud crab, courtesy of the boy:)

Bugs from Starhouse...delicious :DD

Indian Temptations

Much apologies for the super duper late blogposts. I am currently adapting to my new residential environment and am still lacking some internet services up there. Nevertheless, I shall attempt to blog as much as I can when I do obtain internet access:)

This is a truely authentic Indian restaurant, the cooks serve up finger licking good curry dishes and they are certainly not skimping on the amount of spices used. Highly recommended for its economical pricing and good quality food. Opens up until 3am so do head over if you want something to bite after a long, stressful day:)

Garlic naan~ yummmm

I can't recall what was this dish already but whatever it was, it was definitely good;)

Lamb korma~ tender pieces of lamb meat which can be easily separated from the bone. An ideal dish for someone who can't be bothered fiddling with bones like yours truly xD

Fish curry~ probably one of the most expensive curries I have had so far but it was worth every penny spent! Another highly approved dish :)

This particular restaurant reminds me of a few "mamak" shops back home in Malaysia. Late night crowd, delicious aromas waffling around the place and buzzing with bypassing cars :)

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Fast food on the go

Have temporarily relocated to my sister's place for the remaining of my holidays and guess who I've got for my kitchen experiments?? >:) Hahaha. So far, I have "created" some interesting dishes to accommodate my siblings requirements hehe.

All in all, most of the dishes can be prepared withing 30 minutes provided that efficiency and speed is applied :p I strongly believe that fast food doesn't necessarily mean unhealthy.

Dish 1: Wanton mee with pork dumplings

Tofu cubes to add variety to the dish:)

Longevity egg noodles~ it was challenging trying to pick out these noodle strands as they can really endure all my pulling -.-

Preparing the wanton mee sauce mixture~ oyster sauce, dark soy sauce, light soy sauce, sugar, tamarind sauce, sugar, pepper, shallot oil. Proportion varies depending on your liking. However, the quantity of the dark soy sauce must be at least 3 times more than the other sauces:)

Herbal chicken soup with homemade pork dumplings! Didn't make enough soup as there was not much chicken bones left in the freezer :p

Tadaaa~~ Marinated mince pork with ginger, garlic, chilli, soy sauce, dark soy sauce, pepper. Blanched veges in boiling water and tossed noodles in sauce mixture:)

Dish 2: Mushroom and chicken quiche

Had just one piece of puff pastry left in the fridge so I had to cut the remaining dried-out pastry pieces into strips and arrange them into a criss cross method:) Brushed with egg wash (egg yolk and about a tablespoon of milk).

Fried about half of a diced onion, added the chicken bits (marinated in soy sauce, pepper and english mustard) before adding the mushroom slices. Covered with egg and milk mixture.

Uneven browning on the top as egg wash wasn't evenly spread. Must always remember to be meticulous with egg washes if you want to impress the guests ;)

Dish 3: Tomato base mussel pasta

Fried diced onions before adding the mushroom slices. Allow to caramelize before adding the tomato paste (infused with some Italian herbs). Toss in the broccoli pieces and simmer until broccoli is slightly soft. Add washed and cleaned mussels. Allow to cook until the mussels open up (let those juices flow!!!) before casting in the pasta :D

Dish 4: Roti canai with curry chicken and blanched vege

Frozen roti canai! Easily accessible and doesn't taste that bad. Caution, very filling. I would recommend 1 piece if you're a small eater and maximum 3 pieces if you have a huge appetite:p

My blanched vege in salt water and curry chicken with cubed potatoes~ Did not use any curry paste but instead, used curry powder and turmeric. Fried with diced onions and seasoned with salt, pepper and a bit of sugar:)

Well balanced meals served!! Bon appetit!