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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Monkey Forest, Monkey Forest Road, Ubud Bali

ONLY monkey pictures in this post !!
If you bring kids along to Bali, bring them to this Monkey forest at Ubud, I am sure they will have a lot of fun !!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Ayam Tulang Lunak Malioboro Kuta, Bebek Bengil Dirty Duck Diner Ubud, Bali

Our first meal when we arrived Bali (it was quite late at night ) was at Ayam Tulang Lunak Malioboro at Kuta. I think this restaurant is quite famous among the tourists as i have been seeing in many blogs posting about this restaurant for their famous pressurized cooked chickens resulted very crispy chicken until you can eat the bone. And our first time tried this famous Avocado with chocolate juice..

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Mount Batur Volcano, Kopi Luwak, Tegallalang Rice Terrace, Bali 2012

This was our first time view an active volcano, Mount Batur and Lake Batur are located at Kintamani area.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Italian Plum Cake 意大利李子蛋糕

I made this Italian plum cake yesterday with plums from South Africa, it was like butter cake bake in tart or pie pan with some stone fruits..Nevertheless, it was nice and buttery !
After this post, I will go off for another "tumpang trip" , and back after a week..

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Thai-Style Chicken Rice ( Khao Man Gai ) 泰式鸡饭

If you have been to Thailand, you should know that they have very nice chicken rice. We missed to try Thai chicken rice during our trip to Bangkok. Anyway, we managed to try Thai chicken rice when we crossed over to Thai border from Kelantan the other day (I hope to update the Kelantan trip soon) . Actually only my husband ordered this chicken rice, my kids and I were ordered beef noodles instead (not bad either). And my husband told us that the chicken rice was very nice, so we packed two back to hotel and we all fighting for this yummy chicken rice, hehehe..

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Nasi Dagang dan Gulai ikan Tongkol Kelantan (Traders Rice and Tuna curry)

Another recipe that has long list of ingredients and it took long hours to prepare. I bought 1kg of beras Dagang from the recent Kelantan trip, wanted to try my hands with home cooked nasi dagang and gulai ikan Tongkol.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Lychee Lime Yogurt Mousse Cake 荔枝青柠慕斯蛋糕

Yesterday I made a mousse cake again for my sister's Birthday today since she prefer a mousse cake, like the strawberry mousse cake I made for her last year. This time I changed to new flavours, I made a lychee and lime yogurt mousse cake. I hope she will like this new flavours, anyway, my youngest sister already bookmarked this cake and asked me to make for her next month ^_^

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Pure Vanilla Chiffon Cake 香草戚风

I have been wanting to make a basic chiffon cake using pure vanilla bean and same time can try out a new chiffon pan (a slim and tall chiffon tube pan ) that I bought since last year. I "die die" also baked two mini vanilla chiffon yesterday, even I was very busy, hehehe..Also in this post, I am also sharing the basic techniques (even I am not that expert ^__^) on how to handle chiffon making for benefiting to new home bakers..
A chiffon using pure vanilla bean is so fragrance and nice!!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Nasi Kerabu Biru Kelantan

Actually I prepared this post since this afternoon till now (in between I have to prepare dinner) ^_^, because i have to write the long recipe...
I brought some keropok ikan (fish crackers) from the recent Kelantan trip, so it is the best time for me to prepare nasi kerabu and i prefer blue nasi kerabu as it look so outstanding and beautiful.
I was so impressed with my friend Gertrude (My Kitchen Snippets) prepared her nasi kerabu with so many side dishes. I was thinking to do like her. But the end i have to gave it up because i realized that it is too time consuming because have to deep fry crackers, boil salted eggs, pounded the spice ingredients, cook rice, tumis sambal, deep fry fish, cutting salad & etc..
 I have to drop the idea of prepare roast meat and Ayam Percik (special roast chicken). In fact, i spent the whole afternoon just to prepare this nasi kerabu. Anyway, we were really enjoyed this home cooked nasi kerabu !! And i was impressed how tasty the Kuah tumis and sambal kelapa that i adapted from Azie kitchen, Thanks Kak Azie !!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Stir fried green beans and eggplant with Chinese preserved olive vegetable 清炒橄榄菜青豆茄子粒

I was introduced to Chinese preserved olive vegetables 橄榄菜 when we ordered a plate of stir fried green beans with Chinese olive vegetables in a Chinese restaurant the other day. Since then, I will order this dish whenever we taking meal in outside Chinese restaurant, because my kids simply like this dish a lot. And I also quite often cook this dish at home.
This time, I was using the same ingredients but make a new twist by adding eggplants, it taste good too.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Steamed rice sponge cake (Apam Tepung Beras aka Apam Salju) 蒸米糕

Nowadays every 'Qing Ming' festival (visit to grave yard to pay respect to ancestors), I prefer to prepare homemade cake or kuih to bring over to graveyard.
This time I made a new rice cake, that using cooked rice, and it taste quite similar to Chinese steamed white rice cake ( 白糖糕), very nice rice aroma, soft and has slight QQ texture !! Thanks to Zila for kind sharing.

What are the differences between Daun Kaduk and Daun Sirih

When I posted Kuih Daun Kaduk and Fried Daun Kaduk, few of my blogger friends were confuse and they thought that I was using  槟榔叶 or 栳叶 or Daun Sirih in Malay. Then I myself started to get confused with these types of leaves too . I wondered if I was eating daun kaduk or daun sirih ^_^ !!. This morning I got a chance to get a leaf of daun Sirih from an Indian lady who is selling daun sirih & fresh flowers in the morning market. I quickly compare the taste between daun kaduk from my backyard and daun Sirih. Finally , I have confirmed that  the plant in in my backyard is  Daun Kaduk, Yahoo !!! (sorry, I am a bit mabuk (drunk and dizzy) and high now because consumed this daun sirih , hehehe)

Here are my comparison :-

Daun Kaduk- Shape-round, shinning, soft and smooth surface , taste a bit lemony then followed by bitter taste, but surprised after cooked, it taste so nice.

Daun Sirih- Shape-same shape like daun Kaduk but longer, dull and a bit rough surface, taste mint aroma, followed by bitter and hot, numb the tongue.

You may find out more from these link here:-
1. Daun Kaduk by Delicious Malaysia
2. Daun Sirih
3. Miang Kam uses Bai Cha Plu NOT Betel Leaf (Bai Plu)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Deep fried Daun kaduk ( Wild Betel Leaf)

Deep fry Daun Kaduk (Wild Betel leaves) can be tasted so aromatic, and dip it with this Tomato & Shallots dipping sauce, they are just so perfect. My kids who are not fancy on eating leaf ^_^ also eaten until non-stop.

Crispy batter for deep frying

This is my version of crispy batter. This batter is suitable for thin coating especially for deep frying vegetables. I guess this batter is good for Japanese Tempura too.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Corns and Pumpkin Savory Pancakes 玉米南瓜煎饼

The other day I made this simple and tasty savoury pancake for lunch..Basically I just modified from the earlier Japanese savoury pancake Okonomiyaki recipe.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Kuih Daun Kaduk 萎葉茶粿 (Wild Betel Leaf Ang Ku Kuih (steamed glutinous rice cake)

After I tasted with deep fried daun kaduk (recipe coming soon), and I realized that daun kaduk (betel leaf) can be tasted so nice, no raw or bitter taste but very fragrance instead. Since then, I starting to figure out new ideas to using daun kaduk to make into sweet kuih-muih (local cakes & snacks). I never came across local peoples using daun kaduk making into kuih-muih but usually they made into savoury dishes. I always admire Japanese peoples on their creativity, why they can use sakura leaves to make into various sweet and snacks e.g sakura mochi..So today I proof that our local herbs can be using to make nice kuih too..
As I know, daun kaduk is not 槟榔叶 (mostly consume by Indian community) even though they are come from the same family. From what I found here,  Chinese name should be called as 萎葉 (see link here) ..correct me if I am wrong..

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Baked Tomato Pasta with Cheese

Actually I am not intend to make any post today. Mui Mui -My Little Favourite DIY yesterday message me that her Tomato event will only end by 4th Apr, ask me whether anymore tomato post to submit..So as to support her, I post this baked pasta with cheese which I encore from my previous post..My kids very often request me to make this pasta for them as they love the baked cheese on top..

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Fried Keropok Lekor (fish sausages) Kelantan

I love today's post because don't need to write a long recipe ^_^..I bought some keropok lekor from Pasar Siti Khadijah from the recent Kelantan trip.
 Keropok lekor is Kelantanese fish sausages. Made by combining fish flesh and sago or tapioca flour, keropok lekor is rolled into long firm sticks and then steamed or boiled. To enjoy it, one has to cut it into desired bite sized and deep fried. It is a popular schoolchildren's snack food. (info extracted from Wikipedia).

Monday, April 1, 2013

Food_Kota Bharu Kelantan (1)

This morning when I read My Kitchen Snippet's Malaysian Food Fest (MFF) Kelantan Month post, and I realized that we have actually tried few of the dishes and kuih-muih that mentioned in her post. Today I would like to share these two restaurants that mainly serve local Kelantan foods. This plate of rice is Nasi Kerabu with white rice, thinking to try blue rice but I guess at that time it was out of stock.
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