My parents quite enjoyed both of my breakfast dishes. Mom was very impressed that I could make Chee Cheong Fun, and so was I :P My sister appreciated the effort I put into making her the Cheong Fun without shrimp, and she gobble it down. I enjoyed mine with some good old hoisin sauce and sesame seeds. Mom and dad like their's with soy sauce, sesame seeds, sambal olek and sesame oil. My sis just likes it plain, with maybe a little bit of hoisin. Whatever way you eat this dish, it's delicious... believe me!
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Janessa: "They serve food and bubble tea? Amazing!"
Me: "Yup!" *drool*
Janessa settled on the rice noodle bowl... it was only $4.95 and as big as my face!!! She couldn't finish the whole thing (even with our help :P) so we packed half of it to go! P.S. it was really tastey
Jacqueline wanted to try out their Curry-yaki Udon. It was also a very large portion, and not too spicy. $6.95
Can't go to Bubble World without buying a milk tea. Since Jacqueline isn't too fond of milk tea, Janessa and I shared a banana one. It was only so-so, tasted like a banana smoothie... I could probably make it at home. $4.25 (pretty pricey for a drink... I think it's more expensive if you dine in, than if you take out)
I think these gyoza were the highlight of the meal, for my sisters anyways. They devoured these deliciously crisp and juicy pockets of pork + veggies like wild dogs :P $4.95 for eight, which ain't bad (pardon the pun)
I couldn't figure out what I wanted until the very last minute. Their menu has such a variety of dishes and flavours for quite reasonable prices. Eventually I settled on the Satay Lamb lunch set...
Which came with a beansprout salad...
And of course, the satay lamb. I had never tasted lamb before, and though it slightly reminded me of salted fish (you know, the one that smells like stinky feet). It had a very intense, yet addictive flavour and the satay sauce was very rich. For only $6.95, and coming with a bowl of rice as well, I thought that my dish was the best deal of the day.
Yay! You're turning 12... getting on the old side :P Jkjk. Well, it was actually my sister's birthday yesterday, but I was working really late that day so we couldn't celebrate as a family :( So today, my mom bought a cake and I made a really cute cake for my awesome sis. At first I wasn't sure what to prepare; seeing as how was working everyday prior to her celebration, it would have to be something quick and simple. So I decided on a chocolate cheesecake... she loves chocolate and cheesecake too, so what better thing to give her? She also loves blueberries, so I decorated the cake with some fresh blueberries and strawberries... it gave this simple cake quite an elegant flare. I got the recipe from the philadelphia cream cheese website and the only alteration I made to the recipe was to divide all the ingredients by two, so that the cheesecake would fit into my cute 6-inch spring-form pan. I also prepared my own chocolate-crumb crust, using six (crushed) chocolate chunk cookies + 1 tbsp of butter.
Topping a regular old cheesecake with my sisters favorite fruits gave this treat a beautiful finishing touch.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
You would not believe how many variations of Rendand they have posted on the internet. I know, I know, you're probably saying, "Then why use an internet recipe anyways?" I don't really know, but I'm sure that my laze factors into the equation somehow! That and I don't have a recipe for Rendang in any of my cookbooks.
I finally settled on the recipe from foodsafari.com and the only change I made was to double it. You know what probably sold me to this recipe? The fact that there's a "how to" video for this recipe! I love watching cooking shows... and when they're making things that I have all the ingredients for, it's the best :)
Looking at the Rendang I was thinking of a way to improve the presentation of my meal. I spent so much effort making it, and I didn't want to just slap it onto a bowl of rice and serve... that would not be worthy of my masterpiece. I had always wanted to make Nasi Lemak, and so that's what I decided to present my Rendang as.
"Nasi-Lemak" with Rendang
- Pickle some onions and cucumbers in a mixture of vinegar, salt and sugar (to taste)
- Hard-boil 2 eggs (or more if you like), quarter them and place two on each plate
- Mould some steamed rice in a bowl and place one mound on each plate
- Top rice with some pre-made ikan bilis
- Finally, just before serving, spoon the rendang onto each plate.
My parents were quite impressed with the full flavour of the Rendang. It tasted way better than the packaged stuff and the spice was extremely intense. Even my mom, who's use to eating spicy foods found my Rendang to be very hot.
My contribution to the picnic was a Marbled Matcha Loaf and some Marbled Mini Matcha Cupcakes. I used the same old matcha cake recipe from matchasource.com but instead of adding green tea powder to all the batter, I added it only to 1/2 the batter. I then proceeded to add some vanilla extract to the "white" batter and then marbled the cakes as usual. I planned on making all of the batter into mini-cupcakes, but I only had one mini-muffin pan and making all the batter 12 cupcakes at a time was going to be tedious. I gave up and just made a loaf :P
Another lady from the church made these beautiful konnyaku jellies in the shape of koi. The taste was amazing, I must attempt this recipe sometime soon. But first I must buy some konnyaku!
The picnic was a success! If you take a close look at the first picture in this post, you'll see a KFC bucket of chicken :P Yup, I just can't escape the colonel and his deep-fried poultry. Well, since my boss goes to my church it was inevitable that he would bring his beloved chicken. I actually overheard another picnic-ing group talking about the chicken, they joked about coming over to join us and have some of the "Summer Picnic Meal". We were about ready to go home around 8:45pm since the park closed at 9pm, but the rain beat us to the punch. At first when it started to drizzle, we thought it was just the boys playing with their water-guns and spraying us... but then we realized that the down-pour was increasing. We grabbed our gear and made our way back to the cars as quickly as possible. Even with the rain, I must say I had a great time at the Lake.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
The food they wheeled around on the push-carts was well varied. They had noodles and many different types of baos, dumplings and vegetable dishes.
Braised Beef Tripe, I didn't find it flavourful enough. I thought it needed more ginger.
Almost like Har Gow, but the skin was a bit thicker. These were pretty good too!
My sisters called for the chicken wings... nothing to rave about.
I really enjoyed the stuffed eggplant, they're larger than the ones at Neptune and have more spice to them.
The water chestnut cake was my favourite dish. It was sweet, soft and chewy.
Their mango pudding was just okay, my mom makes a nicer one.
My sister loved the mai lai koh. The push-cart carrying this cake had a giant bamboo steamer (probably 18-inches in diameter) holding that 18-inch cake!
Although the food was fair, the service was very poor. Albeit, the restaurant was very busy at the time (never go around noon, unless you want to wait long to be seated) but they still need to work on their customer service. This one lady in particular must've been having a crappy day, or something. When we asked her for some chili sauce, she begrudgingly gave us one tiny dish. We then asked her for a second one (because one was for sure not enought for the 5 of us) and she gave us one more, but with a frustrated face. After about 3 dishes, we ran out of chili (yes, my family is renouned for our chili using abilities) so we asked for some more chili. The closest server to our table was, unluckily, the same lady who gave us chili the first time. My mom held out the dish, and the lady walked right past her! When my mom asked again, the lady grabbed her chili bottle and angrily squirted my mom's dish and then quickly stormed away.
It wasn't just the server that made the atmosphere tense, but the whole restaurant seemed to be in a "rushed" mode. The push-carts were being wheeled around like race cars, and the servers were talking so quickly you could barely make out what they were asking. It was as if they wanted you to eat-and-leave ASAP. It was a bit more expensive than Neptune. We were lured to East No. 1 because of it's sign, "Dim sum for $2.00 everyday until 3pm". But when we got the bill, the only dish that was $2.00 was the mango pudding! The false advertising was quite disappointing. Being that this place was more expensive than Neptune, and the service was much, much worse, I do not think we will be returning to East No. 1 in the future.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Durian Flavoured Bean Filling
- 1 1/2 cups white beans (I used black-eyed pease), soaked for 3 hrs
- 2 tsp durian paste
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp oil
1. Drain the beans and place in a pot of boiling water. Boil for 1-2 hrs, or until the beans are soft enough to mash.
2. Strain the beans and place in a wok, use a potato masher or fork to mash the beans into a paste. Add in the durian paste and sugar.
3. Add oil to the wok and fry the bean paste on medium heat for about 2 minutes.
4. Remove paste from wok and allow to cool. Once able to be handled, use filling as directed in mooncake recipe.
My youngest sister was turned off the mooncakes because of the durian, but my other sister found it tasty. My mom isn't particularly found of mooncake, but my dad liked them alot! Personally, I found these mooncakes okay, they weren't awesome (the best ones are with the egg yolk inside) but they weren't bad. I also had some left-over so I brought them to work. My co-workers were intrigued by the durian flavour... some liked it, and some didn't. I chose this recipe because I'd never had a chocolate mooncake before and was also craving some durian flavour. Durian has been freakishly expensive lately, but when it's on sale I will have to buy one... maybe two, who knows. Next time I might try an agar-agar mooncake or a ping-pie (snow-skin) moooncake.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
We did manage to grab ourselves some refreshing Squishees though. I decided to try out the new Blue Wohoo Vanilla. It was actually pretty good. It tasted almost like a vanilla sherbert, and the best part is that it gives your tongue a dashing blue hue.
Seemed like a very busy day for the Kwik-E-Mart. I had to hang out with Marge and Comic-book Guy while drinking my Squishee... jkjk I just wanted a picture with these two :P
Hey Ralph! Where's your dad?
There he is! Chief Wiggum and his beloved donut... I want one!
And a donut I shall get. Heck! Why not make it 2?
Apu's watching you... remember, "A mounds bar is not a sprinkle. A Twizzler is not a sprinkle. A jolly rancher is not a sprinkle sir. Perhaps in Shangri-la they are, but not here!” ~ Apu
Oh, Apu... such smart marketing strategy. Blatantly rip off the customer so that they don't think they're being ripped off!Over all the trip was fun. Although they didn't have Krusty-O's (which I really wanted to try), Buzz Cola, the collectable cups/straws, the Radioactive Man comic or practically anything I did enjoy myself. Whoever came up with this marketing ploy (probably not Apu) was a genius... I just wish that they would have anticipated the excitement that this promotion would create and stocked up on more of the Simpsons merchandise. I asked around and it seems that they're not getting anymore shipments in anytime soon... which is a bummer, but don't worry the 7-eleven in Coquitlam is not the only one that sells the Simpsons merch. I decided to stake out the 7-eleven in Cloverdale and I managed to grab the 5 collectable cups and a 6-pack of Buzz Cola. Sadly, I am still in search of Krusty-O's... I hear that they'r just like Fruit Loops but 10 times more artificial. So maybe it's a good thing I didn't find it :P
I am definitely going to go see the movie on JULY 27TH!!! It's gonna be great... hopefully I'll get to watch it on the IMAX screen *crosses-fingers*. I should probably buy my tickets soon!