Monday, October 23, 2017

Smurf everywhere

We attended a birthday party with a smurf theme last Saturday evening. Birthday party cum buffet dinner in Hap Chen Hian Satay House, Rubber road.

We were actually at the wrong venue in first place. As it turned out, there are 2 Satay House in Rubber road. We went to the one opposite Old Rex Cafe but a couple told us the actual venue was the other side of the road. That Satay House (which was same row with Curry House) also had birthday party that evening.

So we drove to the other Satay House. And yes, this was where our invitation was. On the 1st floor of Hap Chen Hian Satay House. Lol.

As the theme of the birthday was smurf and smurf is blue, we followed the theme by wearing something blue. We were 99% blue! ^^

It was fun to follow the theme but of course not every guests followed it.


The stage decoration was awesome. Smurf everywhere. It was blue everywhere. The guests especially the children were stranded at the stage area for the sweet goodies.

Sorry, no food photo. Too many guests were taking food at the buffet table so I did not want to anmoy anyone by blocking the queue and taking photos. ^^ So, let's enjoy the centrepiece.











And as we were leaving, we saw few guests ordered satay from below. So we also want to order and take away some satays. 10 sticks of pork satay and another 10 sticks of chicken satay for RM16.

And ours were piping hot when we reached home as they were grilled on the spot. The satays were nice but the peanut gravy was not to our liking. Too smooth as they blended everything. We prefer some crushed peanuts in the gravy for that texture, bite and crunchiness. ^^



Friday, October 20, 2017

Chasing time

Catching my breath from doing some revision with my boy. I have been chasing time this week since it is school holiday and I could do some revision with Jay. We covered most of the subjects up to date but thanks to Jan, she helped me cover the other subjects (in Chinese language) with Jay. Left 1 more subject to cover but should be able to cover most before the schools start next week.


We spent most morning at home. The weather has been so scorching hot this week. Hardly a single drop of rain. My garden also look dry and pitiful-looking. Just when I thought the raining season comes early. ^^

I cook at home most this week. Hardly go out. However I had an early lunch outside with my kids today. A little break from books is needed for everyone, so I brought my kids to River Park food court to fill up our tummies before pick up Jamie from the kindergarden. 

I tried out a new stall that I have never patronise before. A fried noodle stall operated by non-Chinese. A young couple. Few fried dishes to choose from but in the end, I went for the fried meehoon. 


The fried meehoon came with fried chicken for RM5.50. The meehoon was good. Not too wet, well seasoned. I enjoyed it. 


And surprisingly the fried chicken was not tough. It was moist inside. 

I enjoyed my plate of fried meehoon today and have been thinking of coming back to try its other dishes. Another day then.

Have a good weekend, guys! See you all next week.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Monkey

We celebrated my niece's 1 year old birthday last Sunday in simple but lovely theme in New Chef's Delicious restaurant, Penrissen road.

I could vividly remember when my bro's daughter was born. And how time flies. She is turning 1!

Born in the year of monkey, the parents decided to have a monkey themed setting for the birthday girl.


We celebrated her Chinese birthday instead of the English date. I liked this photo of her.


So pink, so subtle. And look at all the goodies! 


Cute monkey cookies

And the children (including mine) could not wait to dig into the goodies after the birthday song and candle blowing were done. Lol.


We rented a room with karaoke set but no one was singing other than my boys who were monkeying over the microphones earlier. 6 tables in total as we only invited close friends and sil's family.


One must have eggs coloured in edible red colouring on one's birthday.


And a nice and tasty spread of buffet prepared by the restaurant. I only took the shots of the dishes after everyone had their share. Apparently still lots of leftover which I did bring some home for the next day.

The fried noodle was a hit. First glance it looked like vermicelli but it was in fact very thin noodle. I enjoyed the fried rice although it looked rather unappetizing but the taste was otherwise. Black pepper lamb and pandan chicken were my other favourites that evening.

Fried noodle

Fried rice with raisin

Black pepper lamb

Sweet and sour fish

Roasted duck

Fried chicken wings

Mixed vegetables

Pandan chicken

Monday, October 16, 2017

Burnt my lazy food

This got to be one of those days when I were super lazy to think of what to cook and actually get cooking in the kitchen. Most of the weekdays, only me and my kids at home while hubby seldom home for dinner. So most of the time, I will make something simple for our dinner.

One weekday, I make a one platter for dinner. My platter consisting of chicken chops, potatoes and Taiwan pork sausage platter. Of course not only this for dinner. I had spaghetti as well.

So my super lazy food that evening. And I almost burnt it as well. I used flip pan and I put the heat slightly higher than usual. Faster time but it turned out slightly burnt. But still tasty and moist. Just burnt on certain parts but still, no one complaining. Lol 


Ingredients:
2 boneless chicken chop
3 Australian potatoes
8 Taiwan sausage
Mixed herbs (McCormicks)
Salt and pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
Extra virgin olive oil
Parsley leaves

Methods:
1. Marinate chicken chops in a bowl with olive oil, mixed herbs (about a tbsp), salt, pepper and garlic cloves. Leave for few hours in fridge before cooking.
2. Peel the skin of potatoes. Chop into smaller pieces and marinate with salt, pepper and olive oil.
3. Thaw the Taiwan sauage. Heat up the flip pan in medium heat. Add olive oil into the pan. When it is hot, add the sausage and close the lid. Let it cook for few minutes on both sides before dish out.
4. In the same flip pan, add some more of olive oil and put chicken chop with skin down. Add potato cubes around the chicken chop.
5. Close the lid and let it cook for about 10 minutes before flipping over and coom for another 10 minutes.
6. Dish out and serve in a plate. Garnish with some chopped parsley leaves.


Friday, October 13, 2017

Relaxing

It is school holiday again. Deepavali holiday for the children and it means I am stuck with mine for the rest of next week.  Thankfully only 2 of them; the youngest has his classes in kindergarden as well as his assessment exam next week.

It wouldn't be anything relaxing during the school holiday as Jan and Jay have to study for the upcoming year end examination which is starting end of this month. So this Deepavali holiday comes at the right time and my kids can get some revision time at home. And oh boy, I could not wait for it to be over with! Then everyone can shout "Merdeka!" and really enjoy the rest of the year in good, joyial and relaxing mood.

Last Sunday, we had a relaxing time spent in the mall. We planned to catch a movie. Blade Runner. I went online to purchase the tickets while we had our brunch in the morning. 

Then we spent few hours at home before we went out around 1230pm to the mall for our movie. 

However our movie plan was not as we planned as the cinemas started to implement censory rules. Children below 18 are not allowed to watch any movies labelled "18". So after much consideration and explanation, we had to choose another movie to watch. Ended up we watched this Taiwanese movie "Turn around".

Surprisingly it was a heart-warming movie and I shed some tears through the screening. Everyone enjoyed the movie although it wasn't what we wanted to watch in first place.

Our initial movie plan was 2pm but we changed to this new movie time at 3pm. We had some times to kill so we went around the mall for a walk and shopping. I got myself new footwear. Not one but 2 pairs since it was on offer. Carlo Rino, 2 pairs for RM99. I thought it was a good price as I like the comfy and practicality of CR brand.


We did have our lunch before the movie. Kenny Rogers Roaster.  As usual, we had a set of its quarter roasted chicken and same tine we ordered 2 sets of its new dish. OMG unfried fried chicken.


A healthy alternative with less oil and guilt. Fried chicken but not deep fried. Surprisingly it was good, juicy and tender inside with crispy skin. Come with steamed fragrant rice and coleslaw.


After all the heavy intake of protein and carb, everyone wanted something light and sweet. So we ordered a serving of ice-cream for sharing. Now who got the cherry on top?? No prize for correct guessing. ^^




Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Mid-week off

It was a day off last Wednesday for Jan and Jay as it was the Mid-Autumn celebration. Most Chinese schools took 1 day off for the festival.

I am kind of like a mid-week off. 2 days school, 1 day off and another 2 days school before the weekend. Anyway, there would be a week long school holiday next week due to Deepavali. So, I am stuck with kids more then. Not that I am complaining but I can't handle the stress level when 3 of them are together. ^^

Jamie had class last Wednesday. Luckily he did not complained about that since his siblings could snug in bed while he had to go to school.

Before went to pick him up from school, we went to this food court for our early lunch. We were sitting in the roofted corridor in between Borneo One Street Corner and River Park Food Court. I love the fact that you could order from both sides without restriction other than you have to order drinks on which side of the table you are at.

The kids have butter chicken rice each (RM6.00) from Borneo One Street Corner.


I didn't feel like having rice that day.


I wanted something flavourful so I went for China No 1 Ramen stall in River Park Food Court.  Many choice to choose from such as beef, lamb but I went for pork belly ramen (RM8.00).


Soon, my ramen was served with a spicy and peppery chilli oil dipping which went well with the pork belly.


The pork belly was thick yet tender. The soup was sweet and flavourful. It was not too thick for me. Some may like the broth to be thick but not me. It wasn't too strong for me. The ramen was not too soft; just nice.


I did enjoyed my lunch with my kids that morning.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Light bites

We were here again when a holiday fell on a Friday.


Cheat day when it was a holiday. Gone was the diet and self-control. Lol.


It was a holiday so we expected bug crowds in the pasar tani that evening. It was after 5pm and yet, many people strolling and checking through the stalls.




We had late lunch that day; after 3pm so we decided no cooking that evening. Instead we bought some snacks home from the pasar tani for supper. Some yummy light bites for everyone. Each has their own favourite and preference so we ended with so much snacks. Lol.

Cucur sayur and deep-fried sweet potato

Banana fritters and tapioca balls.

Keropok lekor

Sio bee (siew mai)

Yue tiaw

Want to guess which one is my favourite? Which one is yours?