Thursday, May 13, 2021

Delivered over

It was last week. A busy Wednesday where I did not have much time to cook. So I ordered online and had our lunch delivered over.

There was this Malay eatery that I had never tried although it was not that far from my house. Firna Cafe in MJC. It was next to this well known Choo Choo Cafe.

So, I ordered the following dishes for me and kids last week. What made me ordered from this eatery was because I saw that they served nasi kerabu! Yes, one of my favourite. 

And it only RM10.30 plus a syrup drink. I thought it was not expensive and the syrup drink was not too sweet, which I liked but I didn't finished it. 


The blue rice was pretty blue and artificial but again, I would not know much. Overall it was alright and edible especially the fried chicken. Not tough at all, which I enjoyed. 


Jan wanted the fried rice with fried chicken (RM6.50). Spicy for her tastebud but big portion as she was having hard time finishing it! 


As for Jamie, I put in special instruction not to add egg in his fried rice so he was able to enjoy it at ease. 


For my noodle loving Jay, I ordered its fried kway teow (RM4.60). He finished it so I guess he has no comment on his noodle.


Each dish came with soup. 


Something different from our usual chicken rice delivery. The kids seemed not mind although they did mentioned that the food was slightly spicy. If I order again, I must put in special request for milder spiciness for them. 


Monday, May 10, 2021

Arab rice

On the first Sunday of the month, hubby and I went to The Spring mall to buy some personal stuff.


Hari Raya decoration on the concourse with the theme of batik imprint.  Unique idea to cover the vehicles with fabrics to create that batik images. 

This giant batik jungle was nice too but I felt it did not have that Raya vibes. 


After spent some time shopping in Parkson, we went to The Food Bazaar for an early lunch. 


The food court was rather empty and quiet. It used to enjoy brisk business but maybe because of Ramadhan, not many customers around during the weekends. Of course hubby and I would not mind as Covid-19 cases are still around.


Hubby wanted to eat the Nasi Arab from this stall. We had it during our last visit last December and enjoyed it very much. 


So, I also followed him, decided to try this chicken akbari with Arab rice (RM13.80).


A chicken thigh in a nice sweet and mild spicy and served with shredded cabbage and chickpeas, this Arab rice was delicious and filling. 


Hubby had his cheat meal as he indulged in this Special Nasi Arab remix set (RM18). Mixture of yellow rice and Arabic rice with lots of chickpeas, braised beef and lambs plus shredded cabbage. Definitely a very heavy and sinful lunch but he loved it. 


We drowned our food with refreshing coconut juice (RM5.30). Both of us were very full from having the rice and juice! 


Wishing my Malay bloggers and friends "Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri". Have a safe, wonderful holiday. 


Friday, May 7, 2021

Frozen

There was this corner shop that we had never stepped foot into till last month. Somehow hubby found out this place from a source thay it sells kampung chicken.  Those healthier free-range chicken which is nice to cook in soup.


Ming Soon Mini Market was the name of this shop. If not for the photos on this vending machine in front of the shop, we would not know that it also sells other frozen food. 


On our first visit, we bought a frozen free-range chicken and pack of pork ngoh hiang. The chicken was around RM29 while the very nice ngoh hiang (3 big rolls) was RM33!! Yes, pricey but it was good. 


I thawed the rolls and deep fried them that very day. No wonder the shopkeeper said it was very nice. Indeed it was nice but we would not be buying it again. Very expensive, we thought. 

On our second visit to this shop, we bought one frozen black chicken for RM25.70 and 3 lo mai kai (RM3.50 each). 


I chopped and divided the black chicken into 2 parts. I cook one part with red dates and ginger in slow cooker. 


The boys like lo mai kai, just like the dad. Hubby requested to steam 2 of them to try after we got home. 


The lo mai kai after digging in it. Not much meat though but the rice was tasty. 



Tuesday, May 4, 2021

It was her

Last Wednesday was my girl's 15th birthday. So the daddy asked her what she wanted to eat the night before and she replied 'dim sum'.

Well, since it was her birthday, the daddy happily obliged and suggested to go for dim sum brunch in Boulevard Restaurant. The last time we came here was early this year but that was 3 months ago. 

Luckily the place was not packed when we reached there around 1015am. We felt safe as the tables were very far apart and everyone practised SOP accordingly. Our order came out pretty fast too since only few tables were occupied.


We had its tasty and nice prawn chee cheong fun which we enjoyed in the past. They have pork flavour too but we prefer its prawn ccf. 


The lo mai kai was equally nice, so we had that too that morning. Sticky and flavourful glutinous rice with its nice sambal. 


Jay loves its char siew pau and he finished these 3 paus all by himself that day!! Plus a plate of plain noodle, he still had tummy space to gooble up the paus. 

Hubby and I took the spicy chicken feet ourselves. Extra spicy that day though but we liked it. 


Har kau was a must so we had a steamer of that. 


The birthday girl requested for the eggtart which she finished all by herself. 


Other dim sum that we liked were tje deep fried beancurd and and deep fried puff yam. 

On our table, we also had this pork porridge and 2 plates of plain noodle to share arpund. 

We also ordered its roasted pork belly for takeaway as extra dish for our dinner that day. 

We spent slightly more than an hour in the restaurant before we went home. A delightful brunch we had. 



Saturday, May 1, 2021

Staying at home

The kids are back to staying at home since schools and educational institutions were requested to close for 2 weeks last month. Look like that thing is not turning better anytime soon, so they wouldn't be able to return to school next Tuesday (4 May). Some more Sarawak government has issued statement on Wednesday that all schools in Sarawak's red zones to remain close till 13 June. 

After many years, finally UPSR is abolished. No UPSR for Jay as well as Jan who is sitting for PT3, which is cancelled this year. Mixed reaction from parents, teachers and students alike. 

Online tuition is conducted at home for the boys since tuition either in centre or home is not allowed to be conducted for past 2 weeks.  So weekdays are busy days for everyone including me as I need to teach and guide the kids on their homeworks.

Most of the days I would cook at home or if time is not permitted, then I will order food delivery. 

Everyone are more relaxed on weekends where there are no schools and tuition. Other than hubby and I gone out for breakfast, we stay at home more. Weather is so warm lately and the Covid-19 cases keep going up and up. 

This was our homecooked lunch on the last Sunday of the month. 


I was clearing whatever leftover from CNY and I had this last pack of instant jellyfish that I got from my mum. So I made it that day so we could finished it up. 


We had handmade noodle for breakfast in  this coffee shop and after that we bought this roasted pork belly from one of the stalls there for RM10. 

Hubby wanted stir fried kangkung with pig's blood cubes, which I learnt to cook from my MIL last year. 


One of fishes from hubby's recent fishing trip. Snapper, which I steamed with some ginger, garlic, tomato, spring onion and sour plum. Very sweet and tasty. 


Which one do you like the most?? For me, I like fish. Prefer it than other meat but the hassle of cleaning is not my favourite part. Lol. Hubby knew that so he usually will request and pay people to clean for us on the boat before keep the fishes in ice box. He also learn to clean fishes so he will help me out in doing so. All I need to do was to pack and put in freezer once he was back from his trip. 

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

We like

We never get bored of having our breakfast at this coffee shop. We like the kolo mee and drinks that they serve especialky the tea. 

However since the kids gone back to school this month after a short break, hubby and I hardly have time to go there in the morning. I cooked breakfast for us before busy driving them off to school. 

We only get to enjoy the breakfast here on weekend.  For instance, last Sunday when hubby and I woke up late, we went there around 8am. Of course, more people and longer wait after 7am but we did not mind since we were not in any rush. 

Hubby had his set noodle with mixed soup. It has been a while he had that. Usually he would just have its kolo mee. 

Mild taste, not too strong. Hubby prefers stronger taste with wine but it wasn't in this soup but nevertheless he finished it up. 


I went for kolo mee hoon, which I usually have. 

We waited prerty long for the noodle so while waiting, we had some fried fritters.  I like the banana fritters. 

That day, I tried its new fritter. Yam and sweet potato fritter. RM1 each. Tasty, crispy but sinful. Lol. 





Friday, April 23, 2021

Their favourite - Spaghetti with smoked duck breast



I think most kids love spaghetti, one way or another. My kids enjoy my spaghetti whenever I cook for them. I make it at least once or twice a month. 



I got 2 packs of this smoked duck breast (RM17 each) from my sis not long ago. Her brother-in-law is selling it and she gave me 2 packs to try.


A product made in Perak. And what I do with it? I could make salad with it. Hubby would love it. But on one Monday when he went for his fishing trip, I use the smoked duck breast in my pasta! A spaghetti dinner for me and kids. 

 


Stir fried semolina spaghetti with duck breast. I have been buying this durum wheat semolina spaghetti from Thailand. It only takes 10 minutes to cook al dente.



After I  drained the water from my spaghetti, I would stir fry it for a while before serving. Meanwhile I heated up the defrosted duck breast in my electric oven for 10 minutes at 180C. Then I slightly pan-fried it before cut into slices.

Ingredients:
Spaghetti, cook al dente for 10 minutes
5 garlic cloves, minced
Extra virgin olive oil
1 pack of smoked duck breast
4 chicken sausages, sliced thinly
1 Prego carbonara sauce
Salt and pepper to taste

Methods:
1. Preheat oven at 180C before put in thawed smoked duck breast, cook for 10 minutes. 
2. Heat up a pan.  Add olive oil. Once heated, pan fried the duck meat for a minute on all sides. Set aside, let it cool before slice. 
3. Bring a pot of water to boil. Add a tsp salt before adding the spaghetti. Cook according to instruction. Drain. 
4. Heat up some olive oil in a pan or wok. Toss in garlic mince and saute till fragrant and brown. Add in sausages. Stir fried till cook for few minutes before adding in the spaghetti. Mix well. 
5. Add salt and pepper to taste. Combine well. Dish out. 
6. In a sauce pan, heat up the carbonara sauce. Add some water, salt and pepper. Once heated up, off the heat. 
7. Plate and serve your spaghetti and eat while it is warm!!