Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Recent news

Been making orange cookies and cream puff, delish! Although the orange cookies were a tad too sweet (because I used mandarin oranges instead of normal oranges), but their texture were a pass :)

No pics coz was too hungry hence didn't think of taking pictures first :(

Next on my must-try list:
1) Semprit cookies
2) Half Moons
3) Whole grain bread

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Places I'd like to eat...Authentic Japanese Cuisine

Starhill Gallery, Bintang Walk Tel : 03-2782 3801
-Foie Gras(Goose liver) Teppanyaki
Enjoy high-class semi-traditional Japanese dining experience.

Hotel Equatorial Kuala Lumpur Tel : 03-2161 7777
-Vinegar sushi rice layered with seaweed and topped with salmon roe
-pan-fried clams with bean paste
-unagi no hako sushi
Voted by Malaysian Tourist Development Board as Best Oriental Restaurant. Kampachi offers Japanese cuisine from Ginza-trained culinary masters. Can also experience traditional Japanese dining atmosphere in the private rooms.

Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur Tel : 03-2032 2388
-Strawberry kiwi iced tea
Based on the modern Tokyo-style brasserie, offers modern design and authentic cuisine. There's walk-in wine and sake(Japanese rice wine) cellar, and individual grill and sushi counters.

Source : FEMALE magazine, issue and year published unknown, BuzzDining section.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Party Food

As a note to self:
*best way to serve spring rolls is when they're piping hot. Deep-fry it in hot cooking oil and only take it out when it's golden brown.
*for dips choices, there's sour cream, salsa, and chocolate(best with strawberries)
*for chips choices, there's potato, tortilla, and pretzels
*for stacked choices, there's canapes, mini sandwiches, pancakes, pizzas, and quesadillas
*for skewers variety, any marinated veggies or meat (beef, chicken, lamb) with toothpicks

Source : seventeen magazine, December 2006 issue, Nosh page.

Baking Tips...for fruit based cakes(like mango mousse and strawberry shortcake) and cupcakes

Source : Seventeen magazine, September 2006 issue.

When making fruit-based cakes/mousse:
*Use high quality ingredients.
*get fruits that are very ripe and juicy (unless stated in recipe) or the delicate flavours in the fruits will be lost.

When making cupcakes:
*to check if cupcakes are ready, insert a toothpick in the middle, if it comes out clean, then its done.
*always allow cupcakes to cool completely before decorating them.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Places I'd like to visit...for cakes and cupcakes!

Short note : I haven't been able to make anything or review places to eat so I'll just be putting up my target places I'd want to try out in the future.

G312 G Flr One Utama Shopping Centre
Tel : 03-77294493
-mango mousse
-strawberry shortcake
-millefeuille (puff pastry with vanilla custard cream)

F315 1st Flr One Utama Shopping Centre
Tel : 03-77241086

Monday, February 4, 2008

Places I'd like to visit...

Hotel Nikko's Cafe Serena Brasserie
Tel : 03-2782 6228

Hotel Nikko's Benkay Japanese Restaurant
Tel : 03-2782 6228

Wild Rice Restaurant at Boulevard Hotel, Mid Valley
Tel : 03-2295 8124

Semarak Cafe at Grand BlueWave Hotel Shah Alam
Tel : 03-5511 8811 ext 2616

Ratu Manja (Vietnamese restaurant)
47 Jalan Damai KL Tel : 03-2161 9633

The Boardwalk @ Hilton Kuala Lumpur
8th Floor, Hilton KL Tel : 03-2264 2264
-Yakitori skewers with corn salsa
-Mini burgers
-Virgin Mai Tai, Marya Maniac, Pussy Foot
-Salmon Fish & Chips
-Japanese gyoza dumplings with ginger vinegar(minced chicken wrapped in wonton skins. They are steamed/deep-fried or pan-fried)
-breaded mini peppers with cheese (pepperdews<--a type of pepper that looks like cherry tomato but is very spicy, with pickled feta cheese that are then deep fried) -Japanese mini crabs with chilli sauce -Prawn wrapped in potato with egg sauce

(great view of the city, comfy chairs to lounge on, twinkling stars, swaying palm trees, soft music, best for celebration)

Ecogreen Life Cafe (for organic food)
125, Jalan Aminuddin Baki, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur Tel : 03-77258388
-grilled mackerel fish
-pie tee
-bread & egg set
-braised noodle
-soy burger
-chicken fried rice
-country chicken goulash
-organic chocolate

(there's also an outlet in One Utama Shopping Centre, Bangsar Village, and Hartamas Shopping Centre. Call 03-77242166 for outlet details)

Gobo Chit Chat @ Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur (appx RM30-RM50)
Tel : 03-23329888
-Dessert Sampler
-Assorted Sushi and Sashimi Platter
-Australian Beef Tenderloin

Dome Cafe
(appx RM25-RM40)
Tel : 03-2141 5971
-Chicken & Mushroom Pie
-Big Breakfast
-Pancake Stack
-Twister (drink)

Izzi @ KL (appx RM20-RM35)
44-2A, 44-3A, 44-4A Jalan Sultan Ismail Kuala Lumpur Tel : 03-2141 5808
-Fettucini Con Funghi
-Cheese Dough Ball
-Chocolate Dome

Lotus (appx RM5-RM10)
Restoran Nasi Kandar Penang Lotus No. 2 Jalan Binjai, Kuala Lumpur
Tel : 03-2163 5181
-Naan & Tandoori
-Fish & Chips
-Chicken Rice
-Char Kuey Teow

Italiannies Restaurant
Lot F355, 1st Floor, Rainforest Zone, 1Utama Shopping Centre (New Wing), Kuala Lumpur
Tel : 03-7727 1399
-Sicillian Chicken Salad (diced chicken breast, ripe mangoes, grapes, pine nuts, creamy lemon-Dijon dressing, served on a bed of crispy romaine lettuce)
-Garlic Chicken (roasted garlic, green and red pepper strips with grilled chicken and pomodoro sauce and mozzarella cheese)
-Spaghetti and meatballs (authentic spaghetti and delicious lightly herbed meatballs made with fresh oregano and parsley with delicate tomato sauce)
-Clam Linguine (aromatic simmer of garlic, tomatoes and parsley in olive oil and butter with clams and linguine)

18th-20th Centuries Restaurant
52, Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel : 03-7725 5875
-baked cod fish with curry mayo and sambal spaghetti
-charbroiled lamb cutlets served with black pepper udon
-pan-fried Norwegian salmon cooked with red curry (tender salmon fillets are pan-seared with salt and pepper and served over Thai red curry, which is cooked with a generous amount of vegetables like brinjals, French beans, carrots together with anchovies to bring out its flavours.
-Norwegian salmon otak-otak (salmon mousse mixed with a mixture of herbs and steamed to perfection)
-ayam percik Kelantanese with pineapple fried rice
-wine (Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir)

Kottaram (Authentic Malayalee cuisine)
Lot F102 & F103, Phileo Damansara 1, Jalan 16/11, PJ
Tel : 03-7955 1342

Cibo Ristorante Italiano, Holiday Villa Subang
-Four Seasons Pizza
-Seafood and Spinach pizza
-Satay Pizza
-Hot & Szechuan Pizza
-Murtabak Pizza

Avanti Italian-Restorante
Sunway Lagoon Resort Hotel Tel : 03-7492 8000 ext 3176
-Grilled Sea Scallop or Beef Carpaccio (starters)
-Maltagliati served with lobster ragout, fresh tomato and pesto sauce, or the Black Ink Fettucine(prawns, calamari and clam) (Pasta dishes)
-New Zealand Beef Tenderloin with Seared Duck Liver, Seabrass Papilotte and Pan Seared Fillet of Salmon (3 main dishes of choice)
-Warm Chocolate Cake served with homemade Mint Ice-Cream, and Avanti Tirami Su (dessert dishes)

Burharry Nasi Kandar Bistro
Asian Heritage Row
-local favorites + North-South Indian and Thai cuisine
The food has less oil and sugar therefore is healthier. Drinks are all less sugar-ed too.
-Briyani "Dham" Buhari
-Lamb Stroganoff
-Nasi Ayam Golek