Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Our life!

The four liquid stages of life..

Do you feel the same way?

Monday, January 29, 2007

Home Cooking~Cook out Session!!

It was a lovely sunny day, I felt happy and honored to be invited by Andrew & Sammie to be part of the food taster (m-a-k-a-n-e-r) which courtesy sponsored by Fooxion.
Our chef of the day, Zura mama proudly present her signature dishes to us, it suppose to be a ‘chicken’ theme, but due to budget constraint we have to cut down the choice of dishes. But again, Chef Zura was so creative and innovative to come out 3 yummy dishes just for us.

Have a look who have been invited in the Makaner list?
Shaz, JackSQ, Sylvia, Stacy and myself. We have 8 persons for this makan makan session. Mind you, It’s COOK OUT session which organized by Andrew & Sammie. Kudos to both of them and Chef Zura!!! Big applaud to them!!

The cook out session was carried out at Plaza Damas, Sri Hartmas whereby Sammie sponsored the venue for all of us, mingled around, camwhore session and had great fun together! Chef Zura started the cooking session by 2.15pm onwards; due to time consuming for all preparation, we offered our hand to do mis-en –place together in order to fasten the cooking process. We can’t squeeze all of us into the tiny kitchen space, thus we make use of the dining area.

The cooking process took approximate 2.5 hours for 3 dishes, chicken broth porridge with seafood (squid & prawn), maggi mee murtabak & tofu sumbat. We observed, photo shoot and learned something new from our chef of the day! To see how she fully utilized all the ingredients available (maximize the resources!)

She boiled the chicken bone & meat together to get the chicken broth, plus add in the rice. Slow down the fire to cook the porridge till starchy. Sautéed the squid & prawn with seasoning then add on to the porridge. Then sprinkle the spring onion, eat with salted egg! Simply delicious!

Here we go, learn how to do maggi mee murtabak! Some thing new to me too!
Boiled the hot water, cooked the maggi mee, strained off the water put aside. Sautéed the cut red chilli, julienne carrot, chopped tomato, chicken cube, squid & prawn together. Then beat up raw eggs mixed with noodle and vegetables & meat mixture together. Then use pan to pan fried it, set it to become a maggi mee murtabak (pan cake?) Due to lack of egg, following the maggi mee mixture didn’t turn out in good shape as murtabak piece. Somehow the taste was good!

Come to the interesting part! Sylvia hold a knife, bear in mind don’t bully her, if not she will draw a big X on your face just like a tofu pok! Sylvia used the knife to make a cross on the tofu pok, mind you …It’s whole big packet of tofu pok! Don’t play play! Stacy, Sammie & I helped up to ‘dig’ out the ‘isi-isi’ inside the tofu pok. After ‘dig’ out the ‘tofu residues’, we need to turn the tofu pok ‘up-side-down’ to make it as tulip shape pocket in order to stuff in the julienne carrot & cucumber with tofu ‘isi-isi’. If not mistaken, the stuffing vegetables need to mix with egg (make it bit sticky). After all, heat up the fying pan with oil, fried the tofu sumbat till golden brown colour. This vegetarian dish is nice to serve with chilli sauce. Once you bite it, you will feel the juice burst out in your mouth and extra juice plus oil will drip out. Heavenly bite!!

Voila! This cook out session satisfied your eating desire? Yes! INDEED! Want more?
It was a successful cook out session, shall we look forward to the next cook out session? YES! It’s coming soon!!! Hold on…. To be continuous…..

Rating Time!!

presentation: 3.8/5
taste: 4/5

Maggi Mee Murtabak
presentation: 2.8/5
taste: 3.5/5

Tofu sumbat
presentation: 4.5/5
taste: 4.5/5

* we shall improve on preparation timing (mis-en-place)*
Temptations Rule
Leave your inhibitions in the closet and
immerse your senses in gastronomic freedom!!

Our lovely Chef Zura mama in actions!!
Maggi Mee murtabak

Sauteed the seafood & meat together
kitchen corner with Sylvia

Come give a heavenly bite!
Slurpy porridge!!
Tofu sumbat!
Frying the tofu sumbat!!
Yummy golden tofu sumbat!!
Group picture!!
(L-R) up row: Jack, Jo, Shaz & Stacy
down row: Sammie & Sylvia

'diggin' tofu in actions!

Friday, January 26, 2007

Penang here we come~ Part 2

After Queensbay mall & Kek Lok Si, we rushed to Batu Ferringgi to check in. OMG! The road like roller coaster, turning and narrow. It gonna to test the driver's driving skill!! We manage to reach the hotel before 4pm, faster check in let everyone take a rest! Sylvia and I went swimming in their lovely swimming pool. Oh Shit! how could i miss out the whirlpool session? >_< style="text-align: center;"> This is the swimming pool, there are 2 swimming pool
Waiting @ Lobby

Camwhore session @ Lobby
(L-R) Jason de Mashimaro, Jo & Stacy
My buddy of crime...LOL

After a refreshing swim, we get ready go out for dinner. We asked Marcus to bring us to try out Penang food, we suppose want go to Gurney drive but unfortunately raining day, we just went for dinner BBQ steamboat dinner @ Gold Steamboat which next to Little Shanghai. The steamaboat was cheap is priced at RM16++ per person (if not mistaken), it's buffet style, we can grabbed whatever we want! We had ham, sausage, meat ball, pork fillet, chicken fillet, prawn, noodle and others. We had a great fun busy 'bbq cooking' over there, the soup was spicy hot!! My lip was in burning sensation! Oh yeah, we met up Mikel's friend, Frostie (blogger) who joined us for dinner as well.
Snap from upstair @ steamboat place
We stayed at Golden Sands Resort, Penang!
The beautiful lighting, penang street..

BBQ steamboat & hot plate
Get ready to cook!
(L-R)Sylvia, Kopi & Benghan bz cooking :P
Dessert ice cream time!
(L-R) Jason, Jo & Stacy @ Golden Sands Resort's Lobby
(L-R) Jason, Jo, Marcus & Stacy..in cooking action...

After dinner, we were heading to Flix for drinking session. Flix was having street dance competition, you can see how the boys perform their break dance with loud music! We sat there sipping whisky & coke, chit chating, camwhore....
Just b4 12am we rushed back to Batu Ferringgi to go for their night market to grab some DVDs.
After finished all our night shopping, back to hotel room start gambling & UNO games with beer & snack till 2.30am. Damn tired & exhausted. I need some sleep.

Cheers for our friendship!

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Pearl of Oriental ~Penang here we come~Part 1

Last weekend, bunch of us (Stacy, Benghan, Tony, Mikel, Maverick, Kopi, Jason & Sylvia) drove our way up to Pearl of Oriental for 2 days one night trip! 2.30am Stacy & Mikel came to my place pick me, Maverick & Sylvia up then heading to Tony's place to meet up the rest. We began our journey at 3am, shoot all the way to highway. OMG! the highway kinda dark and lots of lorries on the road, but i still speed 120km/p, hehehehee..:P By 5am we reached Ipoh town, hunt for dimsum, but unfortunately we can't find the famous Fushan dimsum, end up lost in Ipoh town, simply grab some lousy dim sum as our breakfast before continues our journey to Penang.
One of the Car ranger
By 8am we reached Penang!! Yeah! Pass by the Penang Bridge, we went to Penang wet market hunt for breakfast. The morning market so crowded. We went to one of the kopi tiam had drinks, Jason & I manage to grab a pair of ear ring in the wet market, damn cheap! ^-^
Penang bridge
The morning wet market @ komtar, Penang
After the morning market, yet still early for us to check-in to the hotel, we went to Bayan Baru, Queensbay mall which is the new shopping mall in Penang. Wow! Design concept same as Mid Valley, but still lots of empty shot lots yet to be opened. Most of the labels can get from KL, so just did our window shopping and camwhore session!! The funny thing was we went to Jusco food court, our mobile phone totally no network coverage there. We can't even call out while we enjoy our drinks.
The vibrant retro colour corridor @ Queensbay Mall
Spacious design with great bright lighting
Stacy & I tried hard to carry 3 of them. Ouch! They are so heavy :P

Walking in the mall
something so attractive? why all in the same action?

Mikel @ Queensbay Mall

(L-R)Stacy, Jason, Jo & Sylvia in front of Dome
I saw these adorable one, faster grab them snap photo..

We were wandering in the mall for while and met up Marcus for couple minutes before go off. Since still early, we went to kek lok si. Thanks to Tony's friend who gave us a clear direction guide us to reach there, also kudos to Jason de Mashimaro who drove us up there. :p
The innovative type of bubble lift
so called cable car up to the hill top to view giant 'guang ying' statue
Jason posing oink oink look, since this year is piglet's year..hehehe
Benghan & Jason jumping pose...so funny, jason kena kick kick!!
Tortoise watching us or we watching them? are we in the jail? LOL
Cute one...tortoise
3some...^-^ (L-R) Jason, Maverick & Kopi
Excited to check the photo shoot with Mikel
Giant 'guang ying' statue
made from China
Lots of lantern on ceiling
Buddha statue @ hill top
The entrance to hill top
Nice view from hill top

Kopi & Benghan
Oh no! brokeback mountain? hahaha... :p kidding!

oi! faster snap! very HOT!
Shopping time @ Kek Lok Si, Jason was picking the phone chain
We spot her! this cute little girl! look alike the baby girl in Monster Inc. ^o^

Where are the tortoise?
My buddy in crime ^o^
On the way up to kek lok si