Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry X'mas & A Happy New Year

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Dear Readers,

Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year! Hoping it will be filled with good food, good drinks and most importantly good company!

I can't believe how quick the year has gone by! Looking back 2011 has been a quiet year compared to the previous years in terms of food postings but I believe the quality of each post have improved! I would like to thank all of you readers for your support through the year. My one Christmas wish though is that you get more vocal and write some comments! :P

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Scary looking Santa

A big thank you goes out to my family and friends as well as to the people who I've met only for the first time and still made you guys wait while I take pictures of the food. Thank you for your patience and understanding. To those who still do not understand why I do it, it doesn't matter!

Have a great celebration everyone.. ifeliz navidad y prospero ano nueyo!

Daphne

ps. If you're wondering, yes I did make the cupcakes. They were not as good as expected since I just put everything together last minute so I'll recommend you to go check out recipes if you're interested in making cupcakes.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Xiang Ji's Hainanese Satay, Melaka

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥  | $ $ $ $ $

Since I've been back my dad and I have enjoyed (on more than one occasion) our favourite Hainanese Satay. Hainanese satay, unlike the Malay variety is savoury in flavour; marinated in a blend of spices including turmeric and salt. Pork is usually used as the meat of choice together with offal such as liver and intestines as well as the normal variety of chicken and beef.

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I love Xiang Ji's satay for 3 reasons;

Thursday, December 1, 2011

TOKO, Surry Hills - $3.50 deals


 I so wish I am in Sydney right now! I received an email from TOKO with the below image which brought back memories of the great food and experience we had the last time we were there.



Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Wa Zen Japanese Restaurant

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥  | $ $ $ $ $

I have a confession to make. It has taken me a couple of months (and a number of eating trips here) before I finally decided to write about WaZen. You see I have had to face strong opposition by certain members of the family as well as friends about "spreading" the word about WaZen. The most common reason that they've given me is (with Malaysian accent) "You don't want to post this on your blog-la. It's hard enough to get a table already, plus they will jack up the price once all the outstation people start eating here!" I guess that statement is pretty easy to understand even with the Malaysian way of speaking? If not, leave me a comment and I will explain.

I'm actually pretty surprised that a majority of WaZen's customers are locals with just a handful of outstation visitors. I know this because my Uncle Willie is such a common fixture here that he's gotten really close to the owner and chef who provided us with that little tidbit of information. Hmm.. come to think of it.. maybe the locals know how good this place is and do not want to share it with others? If so and you're reading this, I'm sorry!, a place as good as this has to be shared!

Below are some of my favourite dishes.

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Erawan Classic Thai

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥   |   $ $ $ $ $

My brother like the rest of our family loves eating. He is constantly surfing the web and checking out food blogs for good eats and we'll pick and check them out. Yay for all the food bloggers out there. Keep up the good work!

One such recommendation was erawan in Kota Damansara. Erawan, started up by two brothers, Anan and Korn, serves up classic thai dishes and has been voted as one of Asian's Finest Restaurant 2010/2011 by The Miele Guide.

Before you go ahead and decide to eat at Erawan on an impulse note that the owners have been known to turn people away if the kitchen can't keep up with the orders and this reduces the quality of the food they churn out.

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Miang Kham / Betel-Leaf Snacks (RM 30)

Monday, September 26, 2011

PRIME @ Le Meridien

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I'm not one to write a scathing review as I always try to find the best in each place I dine in and write about that but our experience at PRIME was horrendous.

For mum's and sis's birthday (they share the same birthday!) we decided to dine at PRIME, Le Meridien. My mum had been looking forward to eating at PRIME as she had heard lots of good reviews about the food and service and what more, mum was a member of the Starwood Privilege Card holder which entitled her to 50% discount on food and 20% discount on beverages for a table for two.

Mum excitedly made a booking for a group of 8 to dine at PRIME. She had arranged that we all be seated close together (we were not able to sit on the same table as the Starwood card 50% discount is only available for a table for two). Call us kiasu or stingy if you wish but if there was 50% discount to be had why not?! We had been to many restuarants under the Starwood group that they had been able to put us side by side albeit under different table numbers.

When we arrived at PRIME we found that our group had been split up with two tables being side by side and the other two tables at different ends of the room. Mum and her friends took the table that was side by side and the rest of us made do with the two corner tables. Mum was slightly disappointed that they couldn't put us all in a row as there was a table for six that was empty and right next to her table.She spoke to the manager and told him that she was willing to forgo the 50% discount and if he could put us all together on the one table. He responded by saying that the table was reserved for someone else. By 9pm that table was still empty and in the end they split up the table and put another couple seated right next to mum's table. Ggrr she was furious! I'll leave it at that and I'll write about my experience at our corner table.  

Friday, September 23, 2011

12 things about tea your local dim sum restaurateur won't tell you

Dear Readers,

So sorry for the lack of postings this last month. You see, I've been crazy busy starting a new business venture with my friends whilst working full-time with my dad. Some people might say that I'm having it easy working in the family business but noo.. I'm on call 24/7! 
But don't worry dear readers I do intend to continue with my blog posts but you just have to be more patient with me as to the duration and frequency of postings. I am in the midst of writing one now but until then I leave you with this interesting article written by Virgina Lau from CNNGo

Friday, August 19, 2011

LALA CHONG, Kayu Ara Damansara

My brother has been raving about how good the crabs are at Lala Chong so when the whole family was in KL for the weekend we decided to pop by for lunch to check it out. The restaurant itself is huge (I reckon it can sit about 1000 people) with 1/3 partitioned as indoor dining area (air-conditioned) which is a good idea considering how humid Malaysia can get.

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Marmite Crab

Friday, July 29, 2011

Plan B, Bangsar Village

SY has been raving about the Vietnamese Beef Noodles at Plan B (no association with the Plan B in Sydney) and so one night with SY (who's been craving the Vietnamese Beef Noodles) and the girls in tow we decided to head to Plan B for dinner.

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Anti-clockwise from left: Duck Salad, Vietnamese Beef Noodles, Moroccan Lamb Meatballs w/ Spaghetti and the cover page for the menu.
EV had ordered the Duck Salad which was pretty good. A combination of grilled duck (I found the duck meat a tad dry) watercress, orange slices, lettuce leaves and pine nuts with a lovely slighty burnt orange dressing.  I had a taste of SY's Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup. The broth was fragrant and pretty tasty, and the meat finely sliced and tender as it should be. Am hoping to one day visit Vietnam for a Pho-liday! haha. The Moroccan Lamb Meatballs w/ Spaghetti was hearty with a delicious combination of Moroccan spices and tomatoes. This dish got me in the mood to cook (as I've not been cooking since I've been back to Malaysia) as I had made a similar dish whilst in Sydney.


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Plan B's Alio Olio has a Malaysian twist with the inclusion of Chili Padi and Chilli Oil to the dish which was excellent! It really brings it up a notch. I'm going to try it out when I get to cooking one day.

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Dessert time and we had decided to share 2 cakes between the 4 of us. We picked a Red Velvet Cake which I found tasted very much like a plain sponge cake with cream cheese frosting on top. Nothing particularly stands out with this cake.

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Chocolate Banana Cake - Chocolate and bananas are always a good combination. Paired with caramalised almonds and walnuts makes this a deeply satisfying dessert to end the night.


Plan B
G05, Ground Foor, Bangsar Village,
No.1 Jalan Telawi Satu,
Bangsar Baru,
59100 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia

Tel - 03 2287 2630


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Monday, July 25, 2011

Fullhouse, Sunway Giza


I've been to Sunway Giza a couple of times now and each time I'm there I tell myself that I have to go try Fullhouse one day. Why? Just cause it looks very cosy with a mock alfreso tea party garden setting even though this cafe is located indoors. And they also sell clothes and accessories on the 1st floor of the cafe too! Unfortunately I did not take any pictures of the place itself but you can check out  more pics here.

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The family was all in KL one weekend and we decided to stop by Sunway Giza for tea and try out Fullhouse. I had order the Iced Korean Jujube Tea (the drink on the left) and loved it! With the heat and humidity in Malaysia it was nice to sit down to a nice cold refreshing drink that's also good for your health. Most commonly known in the Chinese community as Red Date it is widely drunk to help alleviate heat-iness from the body. Check out wikipedia for more info here. My sis had ordered Peppermint Tea and it came in a cute see-through teapot (pictured on the right above).


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What's tea time without something sweet! We had ordered from anti-clockwise Tiramisu, Black Forest Chocolate Cup, Almond Chocolate Cake w/ Vanilla Ice Cream and Cappuccino. These were just so-so in my books. If I had to choose the best dessert I would go for the Tiramisu.

All in all the cafe had a pleasant atmosphere to just sit and relax after a long day of shopping although the desserts were nothing to shout about. Might come back to try the food one day.



Fullhouse @ Sunway Giza
C-2 Sunway Giza Mall
Jalan PJU 5/14
PJU 5, Kota Damansara
47810 Petaling Jaya

Tel: +603 6141 8075

Opening Hours: 12pm to 11pm


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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Face to Face Noodle House, Taman Desa

I've been craving Pan Mee ever since I got back to Malaysia and finally after almost 2 months I get my fix. Pan mee has always held a special place in my heart as it brings back memories of my college days; housemates all squeezing into a car to go out for dinner (pan mee!). Unfortunately we didn't make it back to our old haunt but I'll definitely be making a trip back one day soon! Instead SY (college buddy / ex-housemate / BFF) brought me to an equally delicious pan mee eatery at Taman Desa.

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Fried Wantan RM4.90 These didn't look exciting when they arrived. The wantan looked pretty small in size but the meat was definitely tasty.

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House Specialty Pan Mee Soup RM5.60 Yum Yum. The soup was light and tasty, floury pieces just the right consistency and loving the meat balls and condiments. Maybe I'm getting too excited with my first taste of pan mee?


Face to Face
Jalan 2/109f,
Taman Danau Desa,
58100 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.

Business Hours
Mon - Fri: 11.30 am - 9.30pm
Sat & Sun: 9.30am - 9.30pm




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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Casa del Rio, Melaka

I'm so excited about this unexpected find in Melaka!! Casa del Rio is a newly opened boutique hotel just a stone's throw away from Malacca's heritage center. Two days ago my dad, his business partner and myself had the opportunity to have lunch at The River Grill Restaurant. Read on to find out why I'm so excited about this find!

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The day was warm but there was a nice breeze out so we decided to sit out on the veranda overlooking the Melaka river. We saw boats filled with excited school children shouting and waving at us, pass by. The River Grill definitely has a nice relax vibe just ideal for our lunch.

As we are quite small eaters we had ordered two sets of their lunch special which was a choice of starter and a main course or one main course and one dessert for RM 48. As these two men do not eat desserts we settle for two starters and two main dishes :( to share amongst the three of us.

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Complimentary Bread - Beautifully soft and spongy. This went really well with the olive oil and vinegar provided.

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For our first starter we had Crispy Potato w/ Smoke Salmon and Sour Cream. I've not had a good smoke salmon dish here in Melaka so this was like a breath of fresh air. The combination with baked potato skin and fresh red onions was an added bonus. Just delicious!   

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For the second starter we had ordered Chicken Kerabu which is a local salad. This was very fresh as I could taste all the components to this dish. This would also make a nice palette cleanser

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Main dish - Nasi Goreng Kampung which, translated means Village Fried Rice or local style fried rice was not too bad. It had the feel of nasi goreng kampung but it's hard to beat the real deal that can be easily found along the many road side stalls in Melaka.

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My favourite dish at Casa del Rio! Beef Sirloin, Spinach and Cod Ravioli w/ Sundried Tomato, Potato and Thyme Juice.The presentation received a big tick when the dish arrived. The sirloin was cut in two and layered with a grilled mushroom in between and topped with a deep fried spinach and cod ravioli. Everything on this plate was yum! I was further impressed by the fact that we ordered the steak cooked medium and it was really cooked to medium. Just looking at this pic is making my mouth water.


We had such a beautiful lunch. I will definitely be back!


Casa del Rio
88, Jalan Kota Laksamana,
75200 Melaka, Malaysia
Reservation: +606 289 6888
Fax: +606 289 6999
Email: dining@casadelrio-melaka.com


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Friday, June 24, 2011

IKEA, The Curve

I've always been a huge fan of IKEA's Swedish meatball so when I had to pop by IKEA at The Curve, Mutiara Damansara for some office supplies, of course I had to stop by for lunch! I was accompanied by the lovely Dee who I've not seen for the last 8 years! We were very close way back then, uni buddies for 3 years and house mate for a year, so when we met up it was just like old times.  Funny thing about our friendship, even when we've not been in touch for so long when we met up we naturally connected the way we were before, and it was like we've never been apart.

Well back to the food....
I had ordered the Swedish Meatballs with fries and extra gravy, although I don't think the attendant heard me when I asked for more gravy. The meatballs here are not as juicy as the one in IKEA, Rhodes, Sydney but still pretty tasty. I have a feeling that the difference could be because of the HALAL meatball that is served here in Malaysia. Check out IKEA's Meatball recipe here that includes the use of pork in their meatball.


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Dee had the roast chicken which I didn't get a chance to try. The chicken looked very pale which made me wonder if it was even roasted in the oven?!

For dessert I had the Banana Muffin. I think it was a banana muffin but I'm not too sure! It was pretty standard. Times like these I really miss the food scene in Sydney.


IKEA, The Curve
No. 6, Jalan PJU 7/3,
Mutiara Damansara,
47810 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor, Malaysia



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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Ben's General Food Store, Bangsar Village

I find myself in KL this week, on business, but with no means of transport (meaning I do not have a car to move around). If you've been to KL you will know that public transport here is very unreliable and don't get me started on taxis in Malaysia. They have had many a bad review and have even been tag "Worst in the World" according to Warkah.Com

I digress, so me without a car in KL and wanting to head out for lunch but not keen on calling a taxi.. until my good friend HS was kind enough to offer to come pick me up and bring me out for lunch! YAY! What are good friends for eh? hehe

We made our way to Bangsar Village and decided to try Ben's General Food Store which at 11.45am was already filling up fast. Not long after we were seated the place started to fill up fast and by lunch time there was a queue of people waiting to get a seat.

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For drinks I had the Strawberry Soda Fountain (RM6.90) which was strawberry cordial mixed with soda water. I detect just a slight hint of strawberry but still very refreshing in the humid weather.

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Breakfast Pizza (RM19.90) which was made up off tomatoes, mozzarella, beef bacon, chicken sausage, eggs and ketchup. The breakfast pizza brought back memories of eating a similar one at Pompei's. I love the chicken sausage in Ben's GFS's version but would have like more tomatoes (I couldn't really see any tomatoes on the pizza as described in the menu) as well other than the tomato ketchup.

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HS and I were both disappointed when the Caesar Salad (RM11.90) was served as the plate was tiny and the lettuce accompanied by a measly hand-torn piece of baguette (situated on the upper left side of the plate) as croutons and a turkey bacon strip (3o'clock view on the right side of the plate) and half a boiled egg.

Overall I would give Ben's GFS another go as they had excellent service and a great atmosphere. I'll just not get the salad next time round!


Ben's General Food Store
G17-18, Ground Floor, Bangsar Village
No. 1 Jalan Telawi Satu,
Bangsar Baru,
59100, Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia

Tel: 03 22848790


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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Bedok Market, Singapore

I just got back from a hectic weekend in Singapore but it was a good trip nonetheless. I had to drive down to Singapore so that I could pick up my mum who just got back from a trip to the USA that I sadly couldn't tag along (hehe) but Singapore was good enough. We did a lot of eating, catching up with relos and of course some shopping. One such eating session was at Bedok Market.

One can always tell which eateries are good by the queue in front of the shop/stall. The three stalls below had long queues so it's always good to go with a number of people to ensure all the food are served together at the same time - one to queue for the drinks, one to queue for a table and the rest to get the food. Also, the stalls are self-service which means that you'll have to queue to place your order and wait for the food to be made so that you can take them to your table (Singapore efficiency!).

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You Zha Kueh, also known as Youtiao or fried bread sticks, are made from dough which are deep fried till golden brown. These are usually eaten for breakfast as accompaniments to Chinese Porridge / Congee and Bak Kut Teh. While in the queue to buy these I observed the old man rolling the dough and cutting them into thin strips to be deep fried. I marveled at the texture of the dough and how light and crunchy it tasted once deep fried. Our family loves to dunk the youtiao into hot black coffee, the savouri ness of the youtiao combined with the sweet and strong taste of coffee..... as the Singaporeans will say SHIOK!

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Me dunking my youtiao into a mug of hot black coffee. I try to refrain from drinking coffee as I get heart palpitations but sometimes I just can't stop myself. Although I wouldn't call myself an expert in coffee the one here was well made with just the right amount of water to coffee powder and gave off a lovely aroma (I like my coffee strong). And as expected be prepared to queue for coffee.

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Chai Tow Kway or Fried Radish Cake / Fried Carrot Cake is made from steamed rice flour, water and shredded radish which is then fried with egg, cured radish and sambal or chilli sauce for an added kick. The Chai Two Kway here had a nice crispy outer layer by frying the steam radish cake with eggs and seasoning but the radish cake was still soft and fluffy on the inside. Yum!

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A picture of the Chai Two Kway stall.


Bedok Market 
216 Bedok North Street 1
Singapore 460216

You Zha Kueh
Stall #01-43

Coffee and drinks
Next to the You Zha Kueh Stall

Hai Sheng Carrot Cake
Stall #01-49


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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Whirlwind Eats - Sydney

I can't believe my blogger account has been down for more than two and a half weeks but thank god it's finally back on now. A frustrating wait as I had loads of free time on my hands and was expecting to write a number of posts, even checking blogger every couple of hours to see if it was back up. But now that it's up and running again I find myself press for time, trying to fit in a post between numerous meetings and work.

If you're a regular follower of my blog you will know that I have recently relocated back to Malaysia with only a two week farewell to Sydney :( During the two weeks, I tried my best to fit in all of my favourite eateries but of course there is never enough time. 

Together with my mum and brother, who was in Sydney to help me pack up, we stuffed ourselves silly over the two weeks with food from;

Azuma - Still one of my favourite Japanese fine dining establishment in Sydney. 

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Gia Hoi - My favourite Vietnamese in the city. Their crispy skin chicken is the best. Check out my previous visit here.

Cafe Sopra, Fratelli Fresh, Dank St - We found this place by chance back in 2008 and have been back numerous times since then. You will be missed dearly :( Read about my first visit and other visits here and here.

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The Winery - I loved the atmosphere at The Winery. It's full of buzz. I remember the first time we ate here there was a dance performance with a Lady Gaga theme. Awesome!

Din Tai Fung - Although DTF is a global chain I believe the one in Sydney is one of it's best for Xiao Long Bao. I'm still waiting to head to Shanghai to try more of these babies though. Any recommendations?

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Golden Century - My mum's must visit Chinese restaurant whenever she's here in Sydney but I have to say the food is not as good as it was before. Read about our previous visit here.

Chophouse - Seriously good steak. I will be missing you so so much... Check out my previous visit here.

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There were so many more places I wanted to eat at but alas time did not permit. But this definitely calls for trips back to Sydney to cater to my cravings!

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Farewell for now...

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Update

So I know it's been awhile since my last post (again!) but lots have happened since then. The big news is I have relocated back to Malaysia! Yes, I was here in Malaysia for a holiday during the Chinese New Year but it ended up being more than just a holiday (with lots of drama thrown in) and now I find myself back home, starting over. I will definitely be missing the food scene in Sydney and Melbourne so look out for my Sydney Farewell post which was actually my 2 weeks back in Sydney to pack up and of course me trying to squeeze in as much eating as I can. As I just got back and still have yet to sort out the photos I leave you with some food porn from my eating adventures in Asia.



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Monday, March 21, 2011

Thai eatery next to McQuek's

My family brought me to this superb Thai eatery in Melaka, Malaysia which has great food however as the title suggests does not have a name or signage. The owners, husband (Malaysian) and wife (Thai) team, have set up the kitchen in a tiny corner of the garden of a huge bungalow house which itself is another eatery that serves Sate Celup called McQuek's which I will leave for another post.

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The kitchen area

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Tom Yum Goong - I love the tanginess of lime juice in this dish which was balanced nicely with the  spiciness from chillies. Combined with fresh seafood I just could not stop eating or should I say slurping away.

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Another of my favourites - Thai Belacan (Shrimp Paste) Rice. The rice was cooked with shrimp paste, slightly charred (just the way I like it), with condiments of pickled mango, green beans, slow fried sweetened pork and strips of egg omelette and topped with fried shallot and shrimps, chillies and pork lard if I remember correctly. All you have to do is combine all the condiments with the rice and serve. Delicious!

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Pork Stew w/ Egg - The pork was stewed in a combination of spices and salted mustard greens until the meat is tender and moist while still retaining the most important bit - the layer of fats!

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Stir Fry Brinjal (Eggplant) - I detect a hint of yellow bean paste in this dish which combined with the mince pork creates a lovely savoury-sweet flavour that I just couldn't get enough off.



Thai (Next to McQuek Sate Celup)
No 231 Jalan Parameswara
Bandar Hilir 75000
Melaka, Malaysia



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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Restaurant Turmeric

Aloha! Greetings dear readers, sent not from Hawaii but from Malaysia :) I've taken 4 weeks off from work to visit family and friends as well as to have some time off to relax and of course eat! The thing I love about Asia is that every family gathering, outing, catch-up with friends and family involves food. Food is cheap here that you can afford to eat out breakfast, lunch and dinner and lets not forget morning snack, tea time and supper. Of course not all dining options are cheap. There are the pricey fine dining establishments which you save up for for a special occasion.

I have been eating loads since I've arrived (which my doctor will not be happy about) and I will start my first eating post on a little South Indian eatery in Melaka called Turmeric. Enjoy.


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Pappadums (RM 0.30 each, roughly AUD 0.10 each) all the way from India. They were light and crisp with a tinge of sourness. Yum!

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Chicken Combo - Fragrant Rice, Turmeric's Special Chicken Dish, Salad and Star Pappadums (RM 6.00) The fragrant rice was cooked in spices including fennel seeds and cloves that lend a lovely aroma to the rice ala fragrant rice ;) but I found it pretty tiresome after awhile having to take out the spices from the rice. The curry was flavoursome and I used it to douse the pappadums in.

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Meen Varuval (RM 5.50) King Fish dry roasted till crispy and golden brown. Lovely seasoning but I was disappointed that the fish was pretty dry and sliced very thinly. Also we could tell that the fish had been cooked for awhile and left ready to be served when ordered instead of frying it fresh when ordered.

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South Indian Chicken Masala (RM 6.50) My favourite of the lot. The curry was a combination of spices, garlic and onion that awakens the tastebuds. We couldn't stop eating this even just having the sauce with rice only.

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Tumeric Special - Mutton Pepper Fry (RM 7.50) This reminds me of the Chinese style Black Pepper Beef due to the main ingredient of black pepper used in both dishes. I have a penchant for black pepper and although I've never seen this at an Indian restaurant  and it doesn't taste very Indian to me but I still love it! Does anyone know if this is an Indian dish?


Restaurant Turmeric
652-E Jalan Delima 5
Taman Bukit Melaka
75450 Bukit Beruang
Melaka, Malaysia

Tel: +60 (6) 232 3872

Email: turmericmelaka@gmail.com


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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Dear Readers,

Wishing you all a very belated Merry Christmas and a Happy 2011! I know this belated greeting is coming out very very late and nothing I can say can make up for the months that have gone by without any updates from us. I can say this though, we have not stop eating that's for sure!

More posts to come. Until then, I will leave you with some food pictures (of course) of our Saturday lunch at a relative's house in Lane Cove.


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From top: Home-made Yam Cake (Savoury) w/ Lap Cheong and Dried Shrimp.
Bottom: Home-made Acar brought in from Singapore

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Peeled Cooked Prawns

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Home-made Hokkien Noodles

Thanks Aunt L and Aunt A for having us over for a beautiful lunch and cooking all the yummy food!