Sunday, June 4, 2017

Merchant's Lane

Somewhere in  Chinatown Kuala Lumpur, we found the little green teal door which leads upstairs to one of the hippest cafe in town. If you blinked, you would have missed the teal green door. It is sandwiched between shops. My sis and I ventured upstairs and found the quaint little cafe which serves a little of western and Asian fusion dishes.

At first glance, one would think this hipster's cafe is in Cambodia. There is a tree with sprawling roots in the middle of the cafe. I love it. (I wished there is a tree in the middle of my house!)

As we were still full from breakfast, we decided to just order drinks and nibbles. Then I spotted the words, Pandan and Kaya in the same sentence ...oh my Lord... this is a must order!

The "Better than Sex" pandan crepe with kaya toast ice cream was delicious and we enjoyed Pipit's Nest which is the plate of fried onions rings, chicken tenders and brinjal with cheese and mayo sauce.









Merchant Lane can be found at

Merchant's Lane įžŽįœŸæž—

No, 150 Jalan Petaling, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Adieu Mummy

It was with a heavy heart that I set out this time to my birth country. My sister had told me that Mummy had passed away. She had taken a fall earlier last month and had been in and out of hospitals for various other things. This last visit to the hospital, was sadly to be her last.

My head was spinning and I was in auto pilot mode, I had to make a booking to fly out the next day from Wagga to Sydney and then onto Kuala Lumpur. I was lucky that I could get a flight out. My heart was hurting. All the guilt rushed back at me. Why didn't I fly out sooner? Why didn't I go when she was sick? I left my sister to deal with all that on her own.

I don't think I even cried when I heard the news from my sis. I packed my bag and slept badly, worrying that I would missed my flight.  By the time I boarded the flight to KL via Singapore, I was exhausted. With delays and transits in Sydney and Singapore, I was so relieved to finally land in KL. My sister was there waiting for me. We both looked a wreck.


All the relaties and friends gathered to celebrate Mummy as we bid her Adieu and pray that she is happy now reunited with Dad. Whilst I was sad that Mum was gone, I truly believed that she is now with Dad and are sharing their old banter and chats as they watched over us. I was more concerned of my baby sister's state of mind as she was there when Mummy passed away. I stayed on after the funeral and burial was over, for as long as I could, making sure my sister was okay. We cleaned out Mum's room and I kept some of Mummy's personal belongings like these photos and her sewing tools. I kept her sarong and was comforted to see she had kept the bag I had bought her when I first started flying. It wasn't Designer brand or high end fashion but she treasured it. I told my sister I should have bought her a branded bag. Haiss.. never mind. I don't think she ever cared much for high end fashion anyway.

My mummy loved cooking and sewing and feeding people, all in that order. When she was not in her kitchen, she would be at her old Singer sewing machine, pedalling away making us dresses. She used to be a hairdresser before she got married. So my sister and I would normally end up getting perms or haircuts by Mum at home.




Life goes on for the living and the ones left behind. My sister and I went on with living. I made sure that Sis was kept busy with my food craving demands. Hahahha;) Pretty sneaky, huh? My Mum would have approved of all the foods. We ate all Mummy's favourites and then some. We shared food, tears and laughter. I truly believed that Mummy is at peace and happily bantering away with Dad. Adieu Mummy, say hi to Dad and we shall catch you both a bit later on. XOXO.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Kuih Kodok *Fried Banana Balls*

I've always thought that Kuih Kodok has got to be the ugliest, most unattractive kuih in Malaysia and if I had a choice at tea time, I would choose the pretty ones to eat first. Like the colourful Kuih Lapis with several layers of colours. So much fun to peel them layer by layer. Oh but I digress....

Yes, I am shallow. I like pretty things, however it was only later on in life that I learnt that, that this simple kuih is so yummy and versatile. You can sprinkle some icing sugar and it will look like snowballs. Served them warm with caramel sauce and icecream or any other sauce for that matter. Add gula melaka syrup and coconut icecream and you will have an Asian Fusion Banana Balls... the list is endless, just imagine it.

This very simple afternoon tea snack brings me back to my childhood. Back from school, dumped the school bag, head straight into my mum's kitchen to announce that I was hungry! This is the easiest thing to make in five minutes. Longer if you have to cut your own banana down from tree, wait for it to ripen..heheh!

Anyway, I made this today, because my mum has not been feeling well lately and I was thinking of her. This was one of those things she could whipped up in minutes, if we had nothing in the house because she had gone out with her gambling "kakis" :) I was not allowed to tell Dad that she had gone to mahjong or whatever.

I feel truly connected to her when I am cooking. I regret that we wasted so much time arguing, when I was growing up. I guessed every family goes thru their JOY LUCK CLUB moment. We should have cooked more! Believe me when I tell you that I am cracking up laughing now, just recalling how fast Mum can pedal on the bicycle coming back from her gambling session with me on the back. This was when we were in Kampong Baru in Sungai Petani.

Anyway, I digress again. Here are the recipe.

Ingredients

4 ripe bananas
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 egg
A pinch of salt
1 tbsp of sugar
Oil for frying

Method

Mashed up the bananas, add all the ingredients, stir to combine.
Heat oil and deep fry batter. Turn sides, remove from heat when brown. It doesn't matter if it is not completely round balls. Mine goes flat once it cooled down. It's the yummy taste that matters!
Serve immediately whilst hot.






Saturday, July 30, 2016

Plum and black cherry Tart

It's not plum season here, we are in the middle of winter but I wanted to try out this recipe from http://torontolife.com/food/recipe-plum-tart-joanne-yolles/  I had gotten myself a new flan dish and was itching to use it. So I bought myself a can of plums and another of black cherry. The recipe is very easy to follow.



I drained my fruits from the can and set aside the liquid, This can cooked to reduce the liquid and used later as jus to serve. While I was waiting for my pastry shell to chill, I started to prepare the almond fillings. I think you have to chill the moulded pastry after handling it during kneading and moulding. I had watched on Youtube tutorial on making of shortbread pastry earlier and learned that chilling it before baking, gives it that extra crunch.

Don't forget the very important Step 5, OMG!! I forgot to put the weights down on the pastry shell, during the pre-bake and as a result, it ballooned up like an Indian bread :) Hahahahaha! Lucky I was able to rescue it by putting the weights in halfway thru baking. But I ended up burning it anyway when I removed the foil to allow centre to brown a little. Must watch the temperature..sigh!


Take 2 was done with the pastry in the pie dish. I was extra careful this time and was successful in not burning the pastry during prebake.



And here it is, my plum and cherry Tart... Pie whatever you want to call it :) You an eat it on its own or served with cream and the jus reduction.

P.S I think my next post should include bloopers :) hahahhaha..

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Little Penang Cafe KLCC, Malaysia

I went back to Malaysia for a short holiday earlier this year. My sister and I visited Little Penang Cafe at KLCC for lunch one day. We went there early to avoid the long queue. This cafe gets very busy at lunchtime as it is frequented by KLCC office staff and visitors alike.


I ordered my favourite flat noodles, char kway teow. This was my first time visiting Little Penang Cafe and I am already thinking that this could be my favourite cafe in KL. They do street style hawker foods and it tasted as good as it gets for a cafe outside of the Penang Island itself.



This is called ABC or ais kacang. It is a basically shaved ice with fruits and syrup, topped with peanuts and drenched in sweet condensed milk. Similar to a Korean bingsoo, of Japanese Kakigori.




This dish is called Ju Huu char. It has shredded cuttlefish, cooked with julienne of vegetables like carrots, jicama (sengkuang), shittake mushrooms and onions and chives. Basically, you would put a small amount on the lettuce leaf provided, add a little chilli and wrap it up to eat. This is Nyonya Malaysian version of lettuce wraps.



Lastly is deep fried Lor Bak. It is traditionally mince pork meat marinated with chinese five spice, wrapped in beancurd sheet and then deep fried like spring rolls. It is normally a finger food or snacks. We ordered the chicken meat variant. 

More info 

AddressSuria Klcc, Suria KLCC, Jalan Ampang, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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