Thursday, June 4, 2020

He cooked

Sometime my man would took over the kitchen and cooked up a storm for the family. He likes to challenge himself cooking something different for us to enjoy. Healthy cooking, as he described it.


For instance, this Japanese fusion. My man was busy cooking these tasty dishes for us on the 2nd day of Hari Raya holiday. A big pat and applause for my man. He does have the skill and patience to whip something sometime. 




We had grilled fish fillet, stir-fried bacon with bell peppers, daikon seaweed miso soup, and chawanmushi.

Grilled fish

Miso soup

Stir fried bacon with bell peppers

Chawanmushi

Soft and consistent texture

A nice and enjoyable lunch, thank you to my man. Arigato! A hint for him, he should cook more! I don't mind cleaning after him. ^^


Monday, June 1, 2020

Dine out

One of hubby's fishing trip day. One of the Saturday. 

Both of us woke up early, around 630am. We went to Y. Y. Cafe for breakfast. Yes, back to our favourite coffee shop. 


My first dine out since MCO implemented in March. More than 2 months have passed and I finally took up the courage to have breakfast outside. 

No one was there yet that morning so we were the first 2 customers of the day! After took our body temperature, cleaned our hands with hand sanitizer and jotted down our record, we seated on a table outside. 


Our morning fix of tea. Teh O ice for my man while I had teh c. 

The char chu stall was opened so we ordered our food from it. I went for fried mee hoon, which I missed after didn't have it for more than 2 months!! Tasted so good and satisfying!! 


Hubby had Cantonese fried noodle. He loves the way they cooked it so much. Nice wok hei and tasty egg gravy all over the noodle. Both cost RM11. 


For the kids, we bought kolo mee for them. RM3.50 per pack. 


The kueh counter was opened too that morning. Hubby bought chai kueh (10 pieces for RM7) and I took the kuih seri muka and a piece of turnip cake to make it RM10 lump sum. Hubby took 8 pieces of chai kueh for his fishing trip while I had 2. 


When we went home, the kids were still not yet up. They tend to get up late after been out of schools for months!!! Luckily for online classes and school works, otherwise they hardly touch their books at all. The schools are officially out for now till 9 June due to mid-term school holiday. 

Saturday, May 30, 2020

After so long

After a long 2 months, our favourite coffee shop has finally opened for business. It opened during the CMCO period earlier this month. 

Hubby went over to buy kolo mee one Monday morning for breakfast at home. 

And on that same week, I went to buy lunch from the coffee shop. I wanted to try the nasi lemak with fried chicken before but didn't have the chance. 

So, after so long of wanting to try the nasi lemak stall, I finally tasted it. RM6.50 per pack. 


A big drumstick accompanied the mild fragrant rice. Some nuts, fried anchovies, hard-boiled egg, sliced cucumber and sambal.

Overall taste?? Okay to me. I like the most was the fried chicken drumstick. Crispy skin, juicy meat. The rice wasn't too 'lemak' but can detect the pandan fragrant. The sambal was spicy with a tinge of sweetness. 

My craving was satisfied that day.

Fyi, Y. Y. cafe in MJC is operating daily, no off day for time being. They had enough rest and loss of business during the MCO, I guess.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Some day

When I am bored or lazy to cook, I would order food delivery. After many weeks of cooking, this mummy needs to relax a bit and take a break once in a while. Trying to minimise the time of going out, I utilise the food delivery service.


For instance, I was craving for a good curry mixed rice one day. So I went through the outlet lists in FoodPanda and saw there was one shop selling it. Ah Seng Hainanese chicken. Ordered from the shop before, so I didn't mind reorder. I had its RM10 curry mixed rice. 

Curry gravy was thick and spicy, rice was quite a lot. Overall, it was good. Good enough to satisfy my craving. 

Of course, some day (or rather, most days) I would put more effort into cooking at home. 


Most days my lunch and dinner consist of same dishes, or I cook new vegetable dishes for dinner. 

Hubby brought 2 Kg of big prawns from a friend and I sorted and packed into few bags. I usually steam them but sometime it is nice to cook them differently. Like pan sear. This is a simple pan seared prawns recipe you may enjoy. 


Ingredients:
10 big prawns, cleaned, devein, threw away the heads
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 stalk of spring onion, chopped
Few curry leaves
Salt
Pepper
Cooking oil

Methods:
1. Marinate the cleaned prawns with salt and pepper. Leave aside for few minutes.
2. Heat up a pan. Add in about 2 tbsp cooking oil.
3. Pan seared each prawns, few seconds on each side till they turned white. Dish out.
4. On same pan, add in a tbsp oil. Add in garlic and saute till fragrant.
5. Add back prawns, curry leaves and spring onion. Saute and mix well before dish out.

Optional : you can add a little bit of light soy sauce during cooking. 

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Around the corner

Many years ago, hubby brought me here for kueh chap. Bintawa Kueh Chap in Jalan Keranji.

This afternoon, hubby and I were around the corner and hubby asked whether I wanted to have a stop and kueh chap. Well, since we were there, might as well.

This corner shop was still the same, as I could remembered it. Not much changes.


Posters hung on the wall.


We ordered small bowl of kueh chap without kueh (kosong) . Used to be RM4 then. Now small bowl costs RM6.

The soup had a sweetness taste to it. I prefer salty base, like most kueh chap shops in Kuching serve.


The chili dipping that accompanied our kueh chap kosong. We had this sweet sugar cane with chestnut drink to quench our thirst on the warm late afternoon.


Hubby spotted the poster with pork trotter vinegar so he asked the operator whether they had that on the menu. Luckily they had it so hubby bought a small pack of pork trotter vinegar to go with our late dinner. 


As you may wonder why we were in Tabuan Jaya as it was way, way far from our place. It happened hubby ordered 2 packets of homemade shepherd's pie from a friend who stayed in Avenue Park, a stone throw away from Bintawa Kueh Chap shop.

So we were there to collect our shepherd's pies. RM15 per pack. One was ready to eat, another pie was not baked so I kept it in freezer for another day.


Ages since I made shepherd's pie at home. A lot of works, so I rarely make. Now tasted this friend's homemade pie, it felt so good and tasty. Make me want to make it again. One day, maybe. When my mood comes. ^^


For my homemade shepherd pie recipe, click here.

In the mood

Once in a while my man would sneak out to buy groceries and beer in our neighbourhood supermarket or minimart. 

One Monday, he went to Choice Daily after did some works in office. I passed him a list of groceries to buy and as usual, he came home with more than necessary and bought something interesting from the place. 


Like for instance, few packs of Sarawak laksa. I guess I will be cooking Sarawak laksa one of these days. When I am in the mood, of course. 


The last time I had Sarawak laksa, I had stomach discomfort which led to gastric. Gosh! I hate gastric!! 


Rainbow olives. Ok, it was pickle. Not my cup of tea. But hubby likes to try new thing and he has impulse shopping syndrome. Lol. So a bottle of rainbow olive in his shopping cart. 


And a bottle of marinated asparagus. Hmm. He has hinted this to go with grilled lamb for the coming Father's Day. *hint hint*

That afternoon, he was suddenly in the mood to make something. Bao!! 

So he was busy looking through Youtube and get down with the making. I helped him with the measurement and kneading, most works were done by him. We ended up making xiao long bao. More or less there. 


More improvement needed. Skins needed to be thinner. Overall it was good. The dripping soup in the baos was good and delicious, must eat while they are warm. 

This reminded us of our China holiday last December. 


Thursday, May 21, 2020

Blessed

This year's Mother's Day was spent at home.  No plan for any big celebration. 

On Saturday morning, I received a call from my insurance agent friend who delivered this big platter of Nyonya kuehs. Oh my!!! I've never received such Mother's Day gift before. 


Coincidently I was thinking about Nyonya kueh the day before as I saw few friends posted on their kueh making at homes. Envy them. 

So, what a pleasant surprise to receive such gift the next day from my friend. Thank you, my friend. I was blessed. My Nyonya kuehs craving was satisfied. 


It was Day 54 of MCO, and it was a lovely, sunny Sunday. Everyone woke up late, even me who usually an early bird, woke up after 8 that morning!

We had simple breakfast of chicken mee suah. For lunch, my man ordered food delivery from The Garden by Serapi. 


Theu had Nasi Ayam Penyet promotion, Buy 2 Free 1. Buy 2 packs of Nasi Ayam Penyet, you will get free 1 pack of fried rice. 


Our lunch arrived before 1pm. Took almost an hour after the delivery but I guess it was expected as it was a Sunday and peak hour. 


The nasi ayam penyet after I placed and rearranged on a plate. The best and my favourite has got to be 38 Food Court


This was their free fried rice.