Sunday, April 22, 2018

Meat indulgence

Not so long ago, we had lunch in Tony Roma's, Vivacity mall. It was a Saturday, no rice day. 


Of course, we must have its famous rib when dining in TR, otherwise it wouldn't be TR.

When there was meat, we must balanced our diet with some greens. Strawberry walnut salad for RM23.90. Drizzled in vinaigrette dressing ; it was super appetizing and tart but I liked it. 


For no calories drink, we tried the new Pepsi black. Less sweet, less gassy.


Our meat indulgence started off with bountiful beef ribs (RM74.90). Ribs in sweet BBQ sauce with corn cobs and baked potato as side dishes.


We also ordered this half saucy grilled chicken (RM45.50) for the children. I liked the chicken better. Maybe because I am not a beef person, so I opt for chicken anytime.


Ok, that was our meaty meal on one Saturday. Don't think we would be going back anytime soon considering the price. A little indulgence once a while is fine, I say.

Friday, April 20, 2018

From the camp

Hubby went back to check out on his roadshow booth in the Army Camp on Sunday.

Few booths opened that day and one of them was this vegetable booth. Oh no, he didn't buy of those.


Instead he bought these packets home for lunch. Nasi Kerabu!  It has been a while since I had any and this RM9 packet was nice. They had salted egg (which was extremely salty to my standard), chopped herbs, a piece of fried chicken, crispy  fish crackers with the blue-coloured rice. 


I enjoyed it very much, even without the sauce. They had sauce but I didn't taste any of it.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

On our own

It was the weekend after Easter and a rare weekend where not everyone was around.

Jan had her youth camp and sleepover in school sponsored by emart supermarket. 3 days 2 nights of activities in her school compound for all Primary 6 students.


Hubby had a booth in Army Camp in Penrissen that weekend as well.


So on Saturday, I was left with the boys to our own devices. Luckily there was a charity bazaar to attend to that morning otherwise we would be staying indoor that day. We bought RM100 vouchers from our church few weeks ago. 


We went there very early before its intended time ie 8am. And oh my, everyone had the same thought as mine. The Christian Ecumenical Worship Centre in Stampin was packed before 8am. Luckily I managed to find a good parking without driving around. 





Without much delay, we walked to the hall and spent up all our RM100 before more people coming in. 


Our breakfast and lunch were all settled that morning. ;)


As for dinner, I made a simple pasta. Just me and my boys, so not going to cook much since we couldn't finish it all by ourselves. Didn't feel like having rice for dinner so Angel hair with sausages that evening.


As on Sunday, we didn't go to church as we needed to pick Jan at 12 from her school.  Instead, I went for the morning walk with my boys (and man).

Weather was nice for laundry so we spent our Sunday at home. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Weekend Menu #89 : roasted nam yue chicken

We were having a roast menu over the weekend.  I actually cooked this 2 days in a row, since everyone liked it.



Here is my current oven-roasted recipe. Super love this recipe. I used to deep-fry nam yue chicken but I decided to use different method the other day. After all, my oven was under-utilised.

It turned out good; the meat was tender and tasty. The skin?  Not crispy as I didn't glaze it through the roasting but it was lovely. I couldn't ask for a better roasted chicken.

So, who want to come over for dinner? ;)




Ingredients:
1 chicken thigh
1 Fu Chung beancurd (nam yue) cube
1 tbsp. nam yue sauce
1 tbsp. light soy sauce
1 tbsp. Shao Xing wine
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 tsp grated garlic
1 tsp grated ginger

Methods:
1. Rub the chicken thigh evenly with all the ingredients above.  Let it marinate for few hours or better, overnight before roasting.
2. Pre-heat electric oven at 220C for 10 minutes.
3. Place the chicken on a wire rack with a baking tray lined with aluminium foil at the bottom.
4. Roast for 40 minutes or till the chicken is cooked.
5. Let it cool down before chopping and serve.


Friday, April 13, 2018

We see, we eat

There is this old coffee shop in Batu Lintang (near traffic light) that I have never been to. All my 40+ years, I have never stepped into this coffee shop, but yet heard many good reviews on its coffee and roti kahwin (buttered bread).

From Google

Joo Seng Cafe in Batu Lintang has been there for many eon years. The elders would tell you that it serves the best 'kopi o' in Kuching.


To cut my story short, one Saturday we stopped by at the traffic light and hubby asked about the shop. Amazingly, neither I nor him even go or suggested to go there.  I told him, someday we must visit and have breakfast there. And then, few days later, I saw a review on its food in newspaper. The pictures of the poached egg and roti kahwin attracted me.


My dad's clerk wanted to go there that afternoon after reading the review and since I needed to buy lunch for myself and kids, both of us went there in my car. Parking was a pain in the vicinity, so the clerk went to order while I drove in a circle for parking. After 4th round, I managed to squeeze into a parking space. So I walked over to find my friend in the coffee shop. It was not even 12 noon but the place was packed with diners and hardly any vacant tables around. And most of them sharing tables to enjoy their food as not many tables in such small space.


It took quite sometime for our order to be done but while waiting, I tasted its acclaimed roti kahwin. And wow! Really so, so good. So buttery and crispy. I loved it. All I tasted was the fragrant butter spread in my mouth!

RM1.60 per piece

And my takeaway lunch was fried mee hoon from the Malay stall at the back of the shop. 


The newspaper article had the picture of the mee hoon goreng with fried chicken so we wanted to try it out. Around RM6 I think since my friend paid for the lunch. Taste-wise it was alright. The fried chicken was tender. Nothing to shout about.


 Next time I must go there for breakfast and try its brewed drink. I bet my kids would enjoy its roti kahwin as I do.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Found!

We finally found our favourite claypot rice guy who used to operate in Rubber Road. After weeks of searching in his old place and few inquiries, we found out that he operates in Jia Jia Cafe in Trinity Hub now. The eatery shop behind "Yes" Cafe (Base Club is above the shop).

We were seated under the night sky, no shade. I love sitting in the open space; cooler and away from the rowdy crowds. However, not much light for a good photograph. I tried to snap the food but turned out dark and not great. I didn't want to fuss too much about photography as everyone was hungry. So for this post, I decided to use the recycled photos of the claypot rice and peanut soup that I took before in the previous shop.

*recycled photo*

*recycled photo*

For those who are craving for a nice, warm claypot chicken rice with comforting peanuts with chicken feet soup, do hop over to Jia Jia Cafe in the evening. Definitely a great dinner to have when the weather is cold and windy, like the other night we were there.


Claypot rice is at the corner of the shop, next to the Chinese stir fry stall.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

To 7th mile

Not too long ago, we went to 7th Mile or now known as Kota Sentosa for lunch.  It was a long weekend and the town was packed with crowds and cars. Lucky star was on our side as we managed to find a decent parking but required a little walk to the coffee shop that we wanted to go to.

We drove all the way to 7th Mile for this tasty mixed pork soup in Happy Food Court in Liu Shan Bang Lorong 4A. 


The mixed pork soup stall is at the back of the shop, next to the sizzling pan stall.


I had a set of mixed pork soup and rice each. I loved the clear yet comforting soup. So many minced meat balls and chunky bean curd pieces in the soup.


We used to order the mixed pork soup in the past; never order from other stall. Noticed that they operated the sizzling pan stall as well so we ordered a pan of pork belly noodle from there.


Overall our lunch costs us RM28, which was reasonable. A sizzling noodle, 2 set of mixed pork soup with rice and an extra bowl of mixed soup. Good and filling lunch. What else could we ask for?

Friday, April 6, 2018

We walked

I told you before that I was helping my dad at his shop for time being. A part-time job, to kill my time since I am free in the morning when my kids all are in schools.

My dad's shop is in Green Road. Some day he would ask me to go for breakfast or brunch. We went to few coffee shops that are across from his shop. The furthest we walked was to this coffee shop, opposite Chong Lin condominium.


Even on weekday, we would have to wait for some time for our kolo mee. But worth the wait. 

So satisfying. One of my favourite kolo mee in Kuching.

And as we were waiting for our noodle, we bumped into a friend of mine selling some curry puffs and egg tarts. She has been doing it for few months now, walking along Green road selling pastries. I bought 2 curry puffs from her that morning. In case I was hungry in the afternoon.


RM2 per piece and I had a piece while another went into Jay' s tummy. It was still warm when I ate it around 12. I love potatoes in my curry puff.



Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Strawberry shandy

Do you fancy Shandy?

I know I do! I don't take beers that often. More of a cocktail and red wine person.

But I have a soft spot for Shandy as I grow up loving it at a very young age. The 1% alcohol lemonade-infused beer was the closest beer we could get at home as my parents don't drink.

I love the chill and refreshing lemonade beer anytime. And to make an even delightful drink, why don't add a bit of fruity flavour of strawberry into the Shandy?


Bought a pack of super nice, super sweet Korea strawberries from a local supermarket not so long ago. I don't remember I ever tasted such sweet strawberry before. Mostly with a tart of sour in the fruit but the Korea strawberries that I bought were so sweet. Wish I bought more packs then.

So that was how my idea of adding strawberries to my Shandy started. All these while I were enjoying a can of Shandy and snacking on some fresh strawberries.

If you don't have Shandy at home, just mix beer of your choice and juice of one lemon (sliced and deseeded). 

Ingredients:
1 cold can of Anglia Shandy beer
A slice of lemon
2 strawberries, quartered


Methods:
1. In a serving glass, add in the strawberry to the shandy. Garnish with lemon or you could add into shandy for more lemony taste. Add some ice (optional) and serve cold

Monday, April 2, 2018

Easter Sunday

It is Easter Monday and the kids have no schools today. So no Monday blues for everyone except hubby who still need to go to work. ;)

Yesterday we went to church for Easter Sunday mass. A longer mass than usual as the holy communion was held as usual on first Sunday of the month.

Before the church mass, we went for breakfast in Thompson Corner in Nanas road. So many choices there but I settled for Sarawak laksa. It was not that great. Just spicy but not flavourful as laksa should be. Mind you, it was RM6 for small size.



Anyway after our breakfast we went to Padungan to buy few stalks of flower for the Easter Sunday. 


The mass went on well with a special part where everyone took turn to place flowers onto the cross.

After the mass was done, we went to Mr. DIY to get something. Ta-da!


My first sewing kit. Wouldn't you believe it? I never owned a sewing kit before. I do have needle and threads at home but not a complete kit. And now I have this, my hubby is expecting me to mend his pants and shirts. ;)

Friday, March 30, 2018

The bridge and beyond

The longest bridge in Sarawak (and 3rd longest in Malaysia) is the Batang Sadong bridge that opened for travellers since October 2016.

I see the bridge!

Last Saturday, we went for a short road trip to the bridge, and covering few villages and small towns beyond it. It wasn't a fabulous day for a road adventure but the green countryside view was worth the drive.

About 2 hours drive to the bridge from Kuching as heavy downpour on us along the way. Beforehand, we had to take a ferry in Kampong Bandong, so that already cost us  some time waiting in line for the ferry across the river.

We passed by so many greens, canals, barrages, farms, banana trees, coconut trees and oil palm trees. I love countryside, the air is fresh and even better, after the rain.

Banana trees on both sides 

Paddy field

One of the few big barrages

Asajaya Canal 2

Down the bridge on way back to Kuching

Over Batang Sadong

Infested with crocs??

We passed by Samarahan to Sadong Jaya, then Asajaya and over the new bridge to Sebangan. After that, we made a stop in Simunjan for a toilet break and lunch before heading home. We did not use the ferry service but took the other road to Semarahan and headed home from there. Overall a 5 hours outing.

Asajaya

Simunjan town

Most Simunjan shops have addresses below their trading names

One of the old blocks

Lunch over here

Late lunch

Kolo mee

Economy rice

The only outing that we managed to do over the school holiday.  At least we brought the kids out discovering new places in Sarawak.