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Malaysian Food Festival 2007

Yay! The Malaysian Food Festival 2007 is finally here!!! *dances around* Food….glorious food….. πŸ˜€

Malaysia Food Festival 2007
Dates: 10-26 August 2007

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Kicking off today (10th August) & lasting for 17 days (ends 26th August), the Malaysia Food Festival, organized by Reed Exhibitions, will depict the unique aspects of Malaysian cuisine & the amazing food culture, and provides an interactive platform for both consumers and businesses to come together in celebration and recognition of its local culinary industry.

The opening ceremony will be held today at the Suria KLCC Shopping Center!!

Three special events will be held throughout the festival to give all Malaysians and visitors an experience of the rich food culture in Malaysia that they will never forget:

1. Spice Route

Venue: Center Court, Concourse Level, Suria KLCC Shopping Center
Dates: 10-12 August 2007

2. Tutti Fruity

Venue: Lower Ground, Level Oval, 1 Utama Shopping Center
Dates: 17-19 August 2007

3. Rice Festival

Venue: Main Concourse, Lower Level 1, Sunway Pyramid Shopping Center
Dates: 24-26 August 2007

Aside from the 3 special events, a Jati Merdeka Challenge was held (in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of Malaysia) & 50 lucky contestants walked away with fantastic prizes of dining vouchers, cash prizes, Jati goodie bags, cars, motorcycles, & much more!

This festival is something not to be missed! Our dear Anne will be at Suria KLCC today to cover the event & bring back some photos & news to share with all our readers! *hurray!* πŸ˜† So, stay tuned for more updates of the Malaysia Food Festival 2007 πŸ˜‰ We’ll do our best to keep you updated on the latest happenings in the food industry in Malaysia & all across the globe πŸ˜€

For more information on the Food Festival, go to: MFoodFest

– Ruth & Anne

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More Fish Head Noodles Anyone?

This is another Fish Head Noodles eatery that was recommended by some colleagues. Since they said that it’s very good, a few of us decided to take a drive there & try it out for ourselves! πŸ˜›

Located at Damansara Kim, this stall is pretty famous & has many patrons during lunch hour. I guess it is one of the better ones, if not the best. It’s quite easy to locate the stall. If you happen to know where the Desa Kiara Condominiums are, it is behind that condo. Here’s a simple map πŸ˜›

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Compared to the one at Jalan Batai (Restoran Shangri-la), I would say that this has its own specialty as well. Personally, I still prefer the one at Jalan Batai because it has more milk (thicker) and it’s more fragrant…more cooking wine! But it’s worth eating! πŸ˜€

Pros: Generous serving, large variety of noodles with different combinations, delicious fish with not so many bones or some with no bones!, & more ginger!
Cons: Soup not as thick/doesn’t have as much milk as I wish it to be, slightly more salty, more sour cos of the vegie & tomatoes, & not as fragrant due to less cooking wine.

The front of the stall:
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They even have a menu! There are 3 types of fish noodles:

  1. Soong Fish (has bones, but it’s still good): RM6-RM6.30,
  2. Haruan Slice Meat (no bones): RM8-RM8.30,
  3. Fish Paste (with added cuttlefish bits & preserved veg mixed into the paste): RM6-RM6.30

Main courses:
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Side Orders (at least RM10/serving):
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Exotic Courses (at least RM10/serving):
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Dessert (ranging from RM1.30-RM2.00):
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Drinks:
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Fish paste Bee Hoon. The fish paste is very nice:ss20_fishHeadNoodle_paste

Soong Fish Head Bee Hoon:
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I guess we’ll continue looking out for good food to recommend to our faithful readers πŸ˜‰ ‘Til our next post, stay tuned & have a yummilicious day!! πŸ˜†

– Ruth

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Divine…only in Taman Pelangi!

Actually, our JB trip was REALLY, VERY short. Since we arrived late evening, all we did was just have dinner, & later had supper with 2 friends. Pictures speak a thousand words, so I’ll just ‘speak’ with pics la! πŸ˜†

We were in New York for a night πŸ˜› My first time in New York!! Haha…who needs to fly to the USA for New York? We have it here, in Johor Bahru! Room rates are reasonable lar… RM120 for a twin share/night. πŸ™‚

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When you’re in JB, you’ve gotta try this- BBQ Seafood/Meat. I’m not sure how much it costs since we didn’t pay for it, but it sure taste VERY nice! These meat sticks come with a special chilli, which gives a kick to the dish!! πŸ˜€

Find the Restaurant/mamak adjacent Jalan Setiapuspa in JB, with the name Kafe Enampuluhan πŸ˜›
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Breakfast the next day at New York Hotel’s cafe:
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This was basically what I had. The variety ain’t that much, but the taste is not too bad. I’ll give it a B grade under the hotel food category πŸ˜›
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This is one place that I will recommend to anyone who comes by JB. Stop over at Taman Pelangi for some ‘ice kacang’ (shaved ice with syrup, & an assortment of ‘jewels’ like boiled red beans, cin cau [grass jell], corn, jelly bits, etc)!!
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The Taman Pelangi ice kacang is the best because it has chocolate sauce on it!!! Yummy!! It’s SUPERBLY delicious! A++ for this ice kacang! If you’re a chocolate lover, this is for you!
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I hope these 2 JB posts gave you an insight of what you could do if you’re there for a short trip. When it comes to JB, it’s mee rebus, Danga Bay, Desaru, nasi lemak, ‘kuey teow kia’ (keuy teow cooked with pig’s intestines in dark sauce like bah kut teh), & of course the 2 dishes that I posted above!

I wanna go for more of such makan trips!

– Ruth

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B-W-N-M-J!

Wondering what in the world this mad Perutbesian is gonna write about this time? Haha πŸ˜† If u can actually guess it even before u read on, lemme know! We’ll go for teh tarik πŸ˜‰

BCW 3948… WMA 6656… NAX 8345… MT 5588… JEC 3398…

Now can u figure out?

I traveled from one state to another lar… I actually went to JB last Sat with 2 friends, a youth pastor, Ps Chris, & his side-kick, Choy Quin! Haha..I’m Quin jie’s side-kick (self declare), so I thought of just tagging along & have some ‘get away’ from PJ πŸ˜›

I’ve a few goals for this trip:

  1. Get away fro PJ for a few days (just 2 days)
  2. Visit Ps Tim & family, & visit the youths in JB Wesley
  3. MAKAN!! and get pics for the blog!!

We left PJ quite late, around 2 pm on Sat, & by the time we actually arrived, it was 7+pm d. What to do? When you’re with good friends, you’ll end up stopping for makan every other time! Hahahaha… πŸ˜† Worse still, we drove the van, not the car! Teehee… for the 1st time, Ms Wong actually drove a van! Tiring, but an experience πŸ™‚

On our way there, we made 2 major stops:

  1. Dengkil Rest Area
  2. Tangkak

1. Dengkil Rest Area

Why stop at the Dengkil Rest Area? Hmm…not that it’s very nice to stop there la…but Ps Chris said the satay there is quite nice wor.I give it a B+ rating. It’s not excellent, neither is it yucky. It’s not as fragrant as those authentic ones, but it’s good for a rest area stall!

Pros: Tender meat, serving size quite alright, a big bowl of sauce given
Cons: Ketupat (rice dumpling in woven palm leaves pouch) very small, not fragrant enough

Price listing of all the types of satay:
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Clockwise from top left: Sate Kajang Hj Samuri, Chicken Satay, Satay Sauce (peanut), Ketupat & Cucumbers (no onions!)
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(ergh… I shall not makethe photos like that. Will use the originals instead)

2. Tangkak

This part of the journey was kinda exciting for me….teeheehee…we went to meet the ‘King’! Yeah, went searching high & low for the ‘King of Fruits’!! πŸ˜€ Ps Chris again la…wakaka…he’s more of a Perutbesi than Anne & I! We managed to find some stalls selling durian right after we turned in from the toll gate πŸ˜›

Welcome sign when turning into Tangkak
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Perutbesi Ruth in action! 1st time driving a van!! Teehehe… πŸ˜›
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The durian stall…
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Ps. Chris happily showing off the durian, which is although big & nice, is slightly dry 😦
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Quin jie in action!
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Perutbesi Ruth in action… nyahaha πŸ˜†
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This is ‘day 1 in/to JB’…one more post for this short trip coming up!

– Ruth

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Yummilicious Fish Head Noodle

Since the first time I found out that there’s a reasonably good fish head noodles near my office, I told myself that I had to try it out. When I did, I was awed! Seriously. The taste of the dish ‘delivered me’! *lol* Today is my 2nd time there… πŸ˜€

Hidden at the back of a row of shops facing the main road towards Manulife Towers is this row of humble shops. At one corner lies the secret to a ‘tummy-filling-lip-smacking-worth waiting for’ fish head noodles!

Parked inside a coffee shop called ‘Shangri-la‘ (yes, a totally classic name! Beside this shop is a cafe called ‘Aloha’! Believe it or not??!), this stall has its constant flow of customers. You’ll be VERY surprised to see the number of people waiting to get a place in the coffee shop during lunch hour! *faints* Almost every table will have at least one order of the fish head noodles. That coffee shop offers fish head noodles, wan tan mee, pork noodles, pan mee, & mixed/chicken rice.

I give it a 3.75/5.00 rating for this fish head noodles!

Fish paste bee hoon (fish paste no bones…nicer πŸ˜› but fish head fragrant..just a lot of bones!)
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Fish paste ‘rough’ bee hoon
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Fish paste kuey teow
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What I like is the soup. It has enough milk, and the best part is that it has fish sauce & some Chinese cooking wine! Yum Yum!!! There’s preserved salted vegie strips & tomatoes, aside from the fish & noodles.

If you happen to pass by Jalan Batai, do drop by. It’s just within the parking lot at Jalan Batai, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur!

Restoran Shangri-la
Jalan Batai
Damansara Heights
Kuala Lumpur

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– Ruth

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Turkish Delight!

I met a friend from Turkey online this morning; name’s Sadoo. We were exchanging stories on our country’s culture, & no doubt, I went ahead to ask him about food in Turkey πŸ˜›

He told shared with me 3 Turkish dishes, which he liked, & I’m taking this opportunity to share it with all our readers! πŸ˜€

The first is the Turkish Menemen. This dish is basically Scrambled Egg with Vegetables. Wikipedia states that Menemen is a Turkish dish which includes egg, onion, tomato, & green pepper.

Menemen photo taken from Turkish Recipes:
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Below is a recipe of the Turkish Menemen from the Mr Breakfast.Com Collection.

Turkish Menemen
(2 servings)

  • 2 small tomatos
  • 1 small bell peper
  • 1 spicy pepper
  • 1 onion (optional)
  • 4 – 5 pitted and diced olives (optional
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 – 5 eggs

Peel and cube tomatos. Then cube other ingredients (fine) and sautee in small pre-heated skillet with olive oil until slightly wilted (don’t totally kill the crunch!)then over low heat crack eggs into the skillet and scramble in the skillet cooking until eggs are fairly firm but the entire dish is slightly moist due to the vegetable juices.

This is probably the most popular egg dish in Turkey and certainly the most popular one that can be made without uniquely Turkish ingredients that could be hard to find. Try it, and I think you’ll like it, but it’s guaranteed to taste better with the Mediterranean or the Bosphorus over your shoulder, so come to Turkey for the original.

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The 2nd dish that Sadoo introduced to me is the Iskender Kebab. Kebab is a dish of grilled/broiled meat on skewers. This particular variant of kebab is DΓΆner kebab served with yogurt, tomato sauce and butter, originated in Bursa.

Iskender Kebab with bread photo taken from Class O Foods:
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Below is a recipe from the All Recipes website.

Iskender Kebab

Submitted by: GATOULA
Rated: 4 out of 5 by 5 members Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes Ready In: 30 Minutes
Yields: 4 servings”I tried this dish at a Turkish restaurant in London and was amazed by its delicious taste! I later found out that this dish was named after Alexander the Great, whom the Persians called ‘Iskender.’ Apparently it was his favourite food.”

INGREDIENTS:
4 pita bread rounds
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 skinless, boneless chicken
breast halves – chopped
2 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (10.75 ounce) can tomato puree
ground cumin to taste
salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Arrange pita bread on a baking sheet, and lightly toast in the oven. Cut pita bread into bite-size pieces, and keep warm.
2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the chicken, onion, and garlic, and cook until chicken juices run clear. Mix in tomato puree. Season with cumin, salt, and pepper. Continue cooking 10 minutes.
3. Arrange pita pieces in a serving dish. Drizzle with butter, and top with the chicken mixture. Garnish with yogurt and parsley to serve.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Β© 2007 Allrecipes.com

Printed from Allrecipes.com 8/1/2007

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Last, but not least, is the Karniyarik– a stuffed aubergine with meat dish. Nothing much is said about this humble dish, except that it’s a vegetable dish. Sounds like our Malaysian ‘yong tau fu’…heehee πŸ˜†

Karniyarik photo taken from DKImages.Com:
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Below is a recipe from Dave’s Garden Cookbook:

Karniyarik

Ingredients:
6 small eggplants
1 lb ground beef
2 onions
3 tomatoes
2-3 thin green peppers (not too hot)
half a bunch of parsley
4 tblsp butter
salt and pepper

Instructions:
1. Cut off the stalks of the eggplants and peel alternate lengthwise strips. Place in salt water for half an hour. Dry well.
2. Fry the eggplants in butter then arrange them in a shallow cooking pan and make deep lengthwise incisions in each one, being careful not to actually cut them in half.
3. In the remaining butter fry the chopped onions, peppers and ground meat. Then peel and chop the tomato and stir over a moderate heat for a few minutes. Add salt, black pepper and chopped parsley.
4. Fill the incisions in the eggplants with this mixture and garnish with I slice of tomato on top of each aubergine.
5. Add half a cup of water, cover and bake on a low heat (350 degrees) for 30/40 minutes.

NOTE: Serve with tomatoe rice or bulghur

I hope that you’ll enjoy this post. It’s something different from our usual posts πŸ˜‰ One day, one day we’ll be in Turkey ourselves to try these for ourselves!

Cheers!

– Ruth

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Q Thai Restaurant

Here’s a new restaurant in town. We haven’t tried it out yet, so if you do know how’s that place like, do drop us a comment & inform us πŸ™‚ Plus, for all our readers: If you know of any places that offer good food or any new eateries, do drop us a note!

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– Anne & Ruth

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