Friday, June 28, 2013

Whisk Espresso, Empire Shopping Gallery

Note: I know that this is no longer hot news, but I am relieved that the rain has finally shooed the haze out from Klang Valley, returning to us the air that we're used to. As long as it's still the open burning season, I won't jump to the conclusion that the haze has left the building.

My stomach growled for food almost immediately after I had paid for the weekly's grocery purchase and remembering Crystal's penchant for Whisk's coffee, I threw the bags of groceries into the car and headed straight there.

I was lucky that it was after the lunch hour crowd that I entered the F&B outlet and paid for my order, waited for it to be personally delivered by the employee (or barista, didn't quite catch a glimpse as my concentration was glued to Facebook and the email and whispered my thanks aloud.

Between the limited choices of lesser-sweetened cakes and its sweeter siblings, I briefly hesitated before I chose this cake in view of its nutritional benefit. If I can remember correctly, one bar of dark chocolate daily will boost the endorphins and prevent an emotional blue.

I like chocolate not because of that, but because it also soothes the cravings easily.

Chocolate Cake Slice (RM 8.90)

The first bite was lovely; it easily blended well with the taste buds and smoothly coated the mouth. The frosting, however, revealed the actual sweetness; it hit my taste buds with such a bang that it numbed the pancreas momentarily.

The cake itself was moist with endless amounts of chocolate inside.

Cappuccino (RM 10)

It was in that faint moment shortly after the first sip that it dawned on me that this could be the type of coffee that Teochew Mama would love: just the right amount of coffee beans and very little froth has been used in the production of Whisk's cappuccino.

On a fairer note, it didn't contain the oomph that I wanted and a strong but balanced taste of milk and coffee.

Maybe I should've ordered latte instead.

Address: Whisk Espresso Bar and Bake Shop,
LG 03A, Empire Shopping Gallery,
Jln SS 16/1,
47500 Subang Jaya

Tel: 03-5022 2060


Landmarks: Tong Pak Fu, GNC and Jaya Grocer

Monday, June 24, 2013

Interested in auction items?

After reading Hayley's post on auction items, what better way than to follow suit? Not only will it be of good use to its new owner, this shared wardrobe will no longer be cluttered. (Some of Teochew Mama's fashionable clothes from the 80s have eaten a good 25% of the wardrobe space.)

Item #1: This dress, Teochew Mama had bought for my birthday some years ago and I'm selling it off now as I've gained a bigger bottom since then. Not only will the chubby thighs ruin the beauty, my hunching won't bring the best out of it and radiate the elegance that is worthy of the dress.

As you can see, it has a V-shaped neckline with side pockets; there is simple embroidery around the bust line.

Front view

Back view

Size: M.

Selling at RM 40 (postage included).

Item #2: Likewise with this Korean 4-inch high heeled shoe, she paid quite some money for it as the boss refused to slash the price even further.

I'm selling it off as I've realized this footwear is never meant for me. Whenever I'm wearing this, I'd constantly sprain my ankle; the last time around, I missed a step and tripped, landing face first onto the grassy ground on a broad Sunday daylight.

Side view

Side view #1

Top view

Top, diagonal view

Side view # 2

Front view

Size: Euro 38 (which, when converted, will mean a size 7 US).

Selling at RM 50 (postage included).

It's only for serious buyers. If you are interested, feel free to drop a comment and for those who don't have a Blogger or Wordpress account, please leave behind your name and email address as well so that we can arrange with the payment.

Once sold, any request for a refund or an exchange won't be entertained.

P.S. Thank you very much for browsing through. =)

Sunday, June 23, 2013

The long-forgotten route to Subang Parade

With the cloudy and hazy air leaving me glued indoors with resentment and boredom, I'll have to momentarily break away from today's post and vent my frustrations at the lack of rain. The only relief now is rain, be it natural or artificial.

If this situation were to continue, there's only one road: the PSI in Klang Valley will worsen, sending almost everyone crawling to the hospital with respiratory illnesses.

And the haze is expected to last until August!

As sad as it sounds, we had grazed past this subject before, and seeing that since the flight departure to the lovely refuge neared, this was the right time to remain true to our word and meet up again for the one final time - at Subang Parade.

Oh, guess what I had found in Jaya Grocer?

A variety of plum named after my friend! Coolies! =O

I had arrived earlier to deal with the groceries and some other errands and with the extra time that I had, I browsed through Parkson and finally hovered towards Dome when I was bored, waited until Kar Wyai arrived.

She hadn't known that I was already there until I whispered her name aloud when she passed me by. After the usual hugs and words, it was time to satiate the cravings.

When she whined that I had presented her with far too many presents, I confessed that I can't afford to screw up my chances again, especially with what I went through with our mutual friend.

Her: "I can't believe that he has forgotten you."
Me: "If a photograph of your birthday party can't shake his memory up, then I'm afraid the whole friendship thing is as good as dead."
Her: "And you two were neighbors, right?"
Me (scowling at the mutual friend): "Yes."

I wouldn't blame her for that; it's been embedded in me. =/

After lunch, we walked around the mall like a herd of lost sheep, unsure of our next plan and saw the following: J&Co Donuts had taken the retail lot that Delifrance had once occupied for a decade and now that they have moved somewhere else, Big Apple Donuts filled up the space; Chatime occupied a comfortable kiosk behind; and Desserts Bar was replaced by another F&B outlet, whose name have since slipped away from the mind.

MPH was ahead of us, and we headed inside. A quick browse through the aisles of literary classics and romance novel led me to purchase the books that I have longed for a while now: Dante's Inferno and Nicholas Sparks's The Choice.

Plus Jane Green's Family Pictures, and just for these three books, I was RM 110 poorer.

The hobby of reading would be best pursued in the States or some other Western countries, where reading as a past time is encouraged by the school.

Dessert was next; and without much hesitation, Coffee Bean was the mutual choice.

As the day approached and with Teochew Mama needed to see the Chinese physician, we broke off and bid each other adieu and wished each other luck in whatever decisions that we'd make in the near future.

On our drive home, we had to battle the traffic congestion everywhere. =/ Pfft!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Dome Cafe and Coffee Bean, Subang Parade

It was during the lunch hour when we made it to Dome and were fortunate enough to have been seated without waiting. The waiter had left us with the menu to ponder over the variety of dishes that the restaurant offered and to decide with a final choice.

"There is so much to choose from!"

Someone - I'd like to think that he's the captain or supervisor because he wore a different uniform - arrived at our table after 10 minutes (a rough guess; not that I was actually counting) and received our orders that were passed on to the kitchen to prepare.

And during the waiting period, Kar Wyai revealed to me that she heard that Dome has always been a favorite haunt for the Subangites who patronize Parade often.

Can someone shed some light on this?

Iced Lemon Tea, RM 11.00 (special request: no sugar, please)

The balance of the red tea and lemon juice is very important; if there is more red tea, the whole drink will taste like lemon-infused Ceylon tea and if there is more lemon, it will leave you wincing at the acidity instead.

The first sip impressed my taste buds; even though I had requested for no sugar, the drink still contained the balance that I wanted, with not too much acidity or too much tea.

Just the perfect concoction.

Spaghetti Beef Bolognaise, RM 25.00

There is, unfortunately, nothing to shout about.

I had thought that there will be a generous amount of tomato sauce coating the spaghetti and when the dish was placed in front of me, we both observed that the texture looked limp. It was alright but not tasty to the point that you'll polish the plate clean, anyway.

The sad fact is that the minced meat had overpowered the whole dish, overpowered the spaghetti and the tomato sauce.

The balance had to be packed home, and when I reheated it for lunch the next day, even the salmon fish that I had thrown in for a change couldn't save the day.

Eggs Hollandaise, RM 18.00

Kar Wyai's final choice was on this dish after flipping the menu back and forth twice and I'll let her express her comments on it:"It tasted quite dry. Lucky for the hollandaise sauce. Would have prefer more sauce. But the eggs were cooked really well, just the way I like it: poached nicely."

Heavenly Scones, RM 7.50

I knew that I wanted this when I first laid eyes on the menu.

Since it has been a long while since my last scone adventure, the air was full of culinary nervousness. The first slice revealed a texture that was neither too dry nor too moist; a perfect one, indeed.

The dessert, I'll have to say, has been aptly christened; the creaminess shot me straight up to the scone heaven, with the right amount of butter blocks being used in the baking process.

The taste and texture is similar to the ones I've had in Cameron Highlands, and I'll give kudos to the baker for going easy on the sugar. Nothing like a terribly sweet scone to ruin the whole palate.

There are accompanying bowls of cream and strawberry jam, but the scones are good to go on their own.

The best dish of the day, if I may add.

Address: Dome Cafe,
G17, Ground Floor,
Subang Parade,
No.5, Jalan SS16/1,
47500 Subang Jaya,

Tel: 03-5632 1799


Landmarks: Blook and Poh Kong

As if the lunch wasn't enough to satiate the appetite, Kar Wyai suggested that we return to Coffee Bean and sample their cakes for dessert, sharing the slice between us. Seeing that I had a voucher, why not utilize it here and now?

Left: Mocha Cheesecake (RM 9.50, slice)

We had ordered this version based on the cashier's recommendation. Seeing that it was a recently-introduced cake, we both figured that we could sample it. Mocha was softer and moist; it carried more fluffiness to it than the fudge cake.

"the mocha is so MOCHA!!! haha.."

(A quick check with Coffee Bean Malaysia's website would reveal that it's a cousin to the coffeehouse's specialty, Chicago Cheesecake.)

Right: Chocolate Fudge Cake (price not sure, as Kar Wyai paid for this)

She stood in front of the chiller, debated between two to three choices of cakes before returning to the table with this slice.

Almost at an instant, the richness of the cake hijacked my taste buds and induced a chocolate attack, and as for Kar Wyai, "the chocolate cake is the harder type (skinny devil chocolate cake is it?), not the soft moist type. Very rich with chocolate, but can be overwhelming for 1 person."

Each bite coated the palate before it glided down the throat with ease, maintaining the strong taste of mocha. The sweetness, however, constantly knocked me out with a sugar high at the end of each bite.

Swedish Berry (RM 10.80, regular-sized)

Sure, it'll be sweet; in fact, it is berry-licious sweet but with that being said, there was no such experience of a brain freeze, unlike the Iced Blended Berry'd Treasure that I had months ago.

Chicago Cheesecake (RM 9.50, slice)

This, I had bought home to be enjoyed at a later time. xD

The first bite revealed to me that the texture is tougher than the mocha, and sweeter than the fudge cake. Have this with Coffee Bean's cappuccino, and it'd be a match made in heaven. =)

What I like about this cake is that there are traces of cheese inside.

Address: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf,
G25C, Ground Floor,
Subang Parade,
No.5, Jalan SS16/1,
47500 Subang Jaya,

Tel: 03-5611 6981

Landmarks: Dave's Deli and Levi's

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Tuesday's Story #2

One look at the skinny brunette clad in the simple graphic tee and leggings waiting in the long queue to the new store's grand opening in the newly-opened shopping mall would never reveal that she had been through a rough patch in her life. Losing her older brother to suicide in the town center last year when she was twenty-five would have sealed the deal to an emotional breakdown if it weren't for the best friend's timely intervention, as if losing the parents to a grotesque car accident three years ago hadn't been traumatizing enough.
    She was fidgety about the whole idea of waiting and waiting ... and waiting for what seemed like eternity for the queue to dissipate. Her shopping partner for today was the same loyal best friend, who had stuck with her through thick and thin, through good and through bad. He was slim, though a little bulkier than her. The waiting hadn't bothered him one bit; he was known to have a great deal of patience.
    "Terrible," she muttered. "I think it will be lunch before we can even enter the shop."
    His eyes shot a glance around. "What about those people who arrived later than us? The queue has actually grown longer, too."
    "I just hope we can get whatever it is that we want to buy and leave with our purchase before we are fried by the heat inside."
    "That's what I'm worried too." The queue moved ten steps forward. "I sneaked a peek at the shop just now. There are lots of yellow light bulbs, and we both know that that can create more heat than brightness."


The way the two best friends shopped would leave you gaping in horror, and the best part was that they didn't feel the financial pinch, not even a wince, when they whipped out their separate credit cards to seal the purchase.
    It left him and the cashier with a temporary raised eyebrow when she lifted her basket's worth of items onto the table for the cashier to scan. She bought ten pairs of jeans (since it was sold at a low, introductory price and words can't describe its comfort), five cardigans, four pairs of heels, two pairs of flip-flops, four pairs of short pants, two black gowns (for an upcoming formal event), five pairs of studs, six pairs of dangly earrings, fifteen graphic T-shirts, two tank tops, two oversized sunglasses and a wallet (as a present).
    "Are you sure you'd be able to carry that?" he asked, pointed at the five shopping bags.
    "Yes, with a little difficulty," she replied, signing the docket, collected her copy and her bulk purchase. "Thanks. But on the bright side, I don't have to enter a fashion store for the next twelve months or so."
    It was his turn, and as the cashier scanned his items into the computer, she saw that he bought three cardigans, three pairs of working socks, two pairs of flip-flops, a wristwatch, ten graphic tees, six work pants, two pairs of jeans and four work T-shirts.
    "Thank you for bringing me here," he said. "I'm glad that I found what I wanted at a cheaper price."
     "No problem."
    They headed straight for their favorite haunt to satiate their growling tummies after ditching their purchases into the trunk and backseat of his Ford Focus.


He knew that her mind had drifted away when she suddenly remained reticent, responded little to his conversations and suspected that the seasons of Thanksgiving and Christmas left her with a saddened soul. Thinking back in the silence during the drive home, her splurges earlier did worry him.
    He always felt worried whenever she spent too much.
    When he happened to steal a glance of her, he saw that she had reclined the passenger seat and somehow fell into a peaceful, comfortable sleep. As the car rolled to a stop at the traffic intersection, he reached out to the backseat for a blanket and spread it over her, careful not to awaken her.
   No matter how hard he tried, he could never forget that it was during this time that she lost both her parents and brother, and her splurges was the only way she could think of to soothe the grief that had left a gaping hole in her heart.
    "Poor you," he whispered, pushed a loose strand of her hair away from her face. "Having to endure so much at this tender age, it must be tough on you."
    And with a sigh, he freed the gear and the car picked up speed, continued on with the journey.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Butter Trees (On-The-Go Cake)

Since eating a cake slice has become such a labor for me, it dawned on me that I should adapt the recipe into something convenient, something that could be eaten on the go.

Ingredients: 2 cups cake/pastry flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp light brown sugar
1 tsp fine salt
50 g butter
2 eggs, beaten
Splash of vanilla extract

Other Items: Rolling pin
Cookie cutter
Baking trays

Directions: Sift dry ingredients into a mixing bowl.
Throw the near-room temperature into the mixture and mix it in with your fingers until it is flaky.
Fold in the eggs until a crumbly texture sets in.
Pour onto a floured surface and knead until all the loose doughs come together.
Leave aside for 15 minutes.

After resting, roll the dough into an inch thick.
Divide using a cookie cutter of your choice.
Place individual pieces on a well-oiled and well-floured baking tray.
Whack in the oven for 20 minutes at 180C.

I have taken a bite; there is a strong taste of butter. =/

Best served straight from the oven.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

House Restaurant.Bar.Winepost, e@Curve

Today is a continuation of the the previous post.

We headed for Ikano after dealing with the motor insurance and easily found a vacant parking space to safely ditch the car. Come to think of it, why is it always the same spot available and not the ones nearer to the entrance?

Never mind; walking back and forth to collect the dishes that I had ordered was more terrible. You know why? I felt the brutal sun turning me into a shade darker than I already am. I know I could've asked Teochew Mama to send me off while she searched for a parking space but she wanted to tag along.

But enough of me.

I have to warn you that since the food were all packed for takeaway, the presentation on the pictures may differ from the real deal.

Smoked Salmon and Avocado (RM 23.90, comes with a salad and French Fries)

Teochew Mama: My only comment that it will taste the best if it is served warm from the kitchen but on the brighter side, it contains less salt. The French Fries were too salty!!!

Chunky Tuna (RM 21,90, comes with a salad and French Fries)

Ciana Carrie: Yum! I'm glad that it contained less salt that I had expected and although it was creamy with mayonnaise, it was not that oily; it provided me with the hunger satisfaction that I struggled to polish the plate. Well, not wanting to waste the meal, I slowly nibbled on the last bites instead.

For someone who doesn't fancy eating salads, I pretty much loved the simplicity of the salad. Just some lettuce leaves and a drizzle of olive oil, nothing heavy.

Spaghetti with Olive Oil and Herbs with Fresh Button Mushroom (RM 20.90)

Ciana Carrie:
I knew that I had ordered the right dish at the first bite and felt spaghetti smoothly gliding down my throat, coating the entire mouth with olive oil and spicy hints of black pepper. A big thumbs up!

Pizza Hawaiian (RM 25.90)

Teochew Mama: Although there is more melted cheese than I can accept, the bacon has certainly  provided a chewiness to it. Man, it certainly is tastier than it looks!

Marble Cheese Cake (RM 10.90)

Teochew Mama: It's unfortunately too sweet.

Ciana Carrie: When I first placed the order, I was expecting to see swirls on the surface and Graham crackers as the crust. As it turns out, crushed chocolate biscuits were used as a substitute (which is a good and unique choice; have never seen this before). What Teochew Mama said, I have to disagree. To me, though it was sweet, it was not overly sweet as the chocolate provided enough sugar, with the cake having identifiable traces of cheese.

If I can add some last few words, I will have to say that it was quite a lot of food for the two of us to finish. Half of the spaghetti and the pizza is in the fridge, waiting to be gobbled for yet another lunch and/or dinner.


Last but not least, a big thanks to Foodpanda for sponsoring today's meal by issuing the RM 120 voucher.

Address: House Restaurant.Bar.Winepost,
G23A-26 & EG23A-26,
Ground Floor, e@Curve,
Jln PJU 7/3, Mutiara Damansara,
47810 Petaling Jaya

Tel: 03-7722 2414


Landmarks: Maxis, The Espresso Bar

Friday, June 14, 2013

Sydney, We Won!

After all these times, I have finally squeezed some time out from an insanity-inducing life to draft proper blog posts, all scheduled to be posted within the coming week.

Do you still remember that just about 4 weeks ago, I had written a post about panda's food? There, it was for Luxury Haven's Vesak Day Giveaway?

The reason why I had brought it up again is because.....

*drum roll, please*

cre8tone and I have been picked as the winners for the Malaysian blogosphere!!!

Knowing that the voucher had a certain time frame, I browsed through Foodpanda's list of restaurants and after planning my own research, I settled for the e@Curve branch of House Restaurant as it was rather convenient for me.

I'm quite a regular at Ikano now. =D

I would certainly have loved to choose a restaurant that is located in the self-sufficient suburb, but there just wasn't much choice here.

Allow me some time; I'll be posting the food review up shortly.

Last but not least, I want to thank Shirley for providing all the bloggers with the opportunity to participate in the Giveaway, and to offer my congratulations to my fellow winner.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Why must I be harrassed?

I dreamt that on one weekend morning, I drove to a friend's doggie farm and easily killed the time playing with her puppies. One was rather pampered with me; it kept stretching itself in front of me the same way that Big Fat does.

After extracting myself from a complicated case at work the next day, I headed for a higher-ranking colleague's cubicle to air my grievance and shortly after I had sat down and related the story, I felt the cold butt of a Smith Weston on my neck, freezing just as my colleague froze, her eyes widening with horror. It was in that moment that we both know that the handgun-wielding fella was a disgruntled colleague of ours, who wanted an explanation for what the high-ranking colleague did.

In reality, I have a feeling that it signaled a sense of being caught in the middle with my hands shackled behind my back, in a dilemma that I want out and away from.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Chewy and Nutty Banana Cake

I hadn't planned on being near the baking utensils and the ingredients anytime soon, but seeing that I have near-expiry crème fraîche stored in the fridge and soon-to-be spoilt bananas, I had no choice but to create something for tomorrow's breakfast.

I have been too lazy to search with Uncle Google cake recipes that would include the use of the above-mentioned items.

Dry Ingredients:
2 cups cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Wet Ingredients:
1/4 cup
crème fraîche
1/2 cup oil
1 cup Darjeeling tea (feel free to use liquid milk instead)
2 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla extract
6 bananas, roughly smashed

Other Ingredients:
1/4 cup chopped raisins
1/4 pistachio nuts, unsalted
1 fig, roughly chopped


Preheat at 190C.
Grease a mold of your choice.
In a smaller mixing bowl, sift all the flour mixture and leave aside.
In another mixing bowl, beat eggs with oil and vanilla.
Fold in half of flour mixture.
crème fraîche and tea before folding in the remaining mixture.
Throw in raisins, nuts and fig inside and fold once more, combining it with mixture.
Pour into (a) prepared mold(s).
For smaller molds, bake for 20 minutes at 180C but if for bigger mold, leave it in the oven for another 25 minutes at 130C.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Schooling Days

Does this mean to say that I'm not looking forward to an additional year at college? *drops head on keyboard*

I dreamt that it was our first day back at school after the year-end holidays. All of the students had burst in, amazed and surprised at the current seating arrangements that were curved around the teacher's table and the blackboard instead of the usual columns of seats facing her.

The first lesson was a lesson in cursive writing in both English and Malay (which I had difficulties with) and raised my hand for help, attracted her attention.

When classes were over for the day, it was off to Coffee Bean with a classmate.

I'll admit that I've a voracious appetite for the coffeehouse in real life; if I had my way, I'll be soothing my cravings monthly, not biannually. =D

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Pasta Zanmai, Empire Gallery Subang

The plan was to explore Empire Gallery for some shoes at a discounted price and maybe a couple of T-shirts to compliment them before extending it to the nearby Subang Parade. But before we were able to call it a day, Teochew Mama growled that she was starved. We took our time, debated between I Love Yoo! and Pasta Zanmai before deciding on the latter and dividing the meal into two.

The lunch crowd had started to flock into the restaurant the moment we were seated and given some time to mull over the countless varieties of dishes that ranged from rice to pasta, fish to seafood.

We placed our order with the waitress without any further do, and happily waited for the order to be completed and delivered to our table.

First, came the iced lemon tea (RM 6.00 for a glass), plain and without any added sugar.

Iced Lemon Tea (RM 6.00 for a glass)

The first sip told me that there was a trace of Ceylon tea in it and a whole load of freshly squeezed lemon juice in it, almost turning my teeth sour. Teochew Mama loved the bitter taste to it, said that it suited her just fine.

She wouldn't be able to finish the drink if she wasn't sharing it with me because she dislikes cold drinks. This was not our first choice; we were actually looking for a hot drink, something like green tea but couldn't find it on the menu. It wasn't until after we placed the order that I saw someone on the adjacent table enjoying a jug or cold green tea and his food companions sharing a pot of hot green tea.

Next came the set that I ordered, Tori Tortilla MP (RM 25.00) that included.....

Chicken Cream Pasta (exact name, I have forgotten) and Soft Shell Crab.

Now, let's talk about the main dish.

The moment the pasta arrived, the aroma of the dish knocked her right in the nose, rendering her taste buds numb. It was after I tasted the sauce that I knew what she meant. The sauce was cooked with butter and cream, and she doesn't like the latter, especially.

The spaghetti was perfectly cooked; although it was chewy, it was not to the point that I couldn't break it with my teeth easily. As for the chicken, she commented that it had to be grilled with black pepper; she was sure she could taste it on each bite.

But what about the soft shell crab (individual plate at RM 16.00)?

When the plate was placed on the table, the hints of green in the wrap made me suspicious if avocadoes were used as an ingredient as only that item will produce such a color. After a quick check with menu, my suspicions were proved true.

There were indeed avocadoes in it.

Crap. For someone who doesn't have a penchant with the fruit, ordering this might rub off on you as weird, right? But since the other set meals didn't quite appeal to me, this was the only choice. I'd have loved to order seafood pasta but I couldn't quite risk a rash attack and scratch my fingers the whole night long.

Oh, yes, seafood is now forbidden. =(

Upon the first bite, she mentioned that she loved this dish as it contained neither butter nor cream and neither too sweet nor too salty, just the right consistency of mayonnaise. Without much hesitation, I asked her to polish the plate as I knew I'd have difficulties downing the pasta and polishing hers.

My only pet peeve?

The lack of soft shell crab. You'd have dig deep into the middle before you are able to bite onto the crab, and it'll smooth down your throat within two bites.

I however liked that they chose to wrap it with pieces of lettuce leaves.

Yes, I wanted to sample their parfait or their desserts but I had difficulties swallowing the last bits of the soft shell crab and burped twice while the cashier sealed the purchase, waited for the credit debit card approval. There's no way I can order a scoop of green tea ice-cream or parfait without kneeling in front of the toilet bowl and puking everything into it. (I've done that too many times during my younger days at Hotel Equatorial KL's Kampachi buffet brunch; back then, I had a voracious appetite in food. Nothing could satiate me.)

Now I know what Kar Wyai meant when she said that she felt like throwing up after finishing the meal. The sets were definitely designed for couples or a group of two diners, as the portion is a tad bit too much for one person.

Address: Pasta Zanmai
LG33, Empire Gallery,
Jln SS16/1,
47500 Subang Jaya

Tel: 03-5637 1910

Landmarks: Kenny Rogers Roasters, Gelato Fruit, I Love Yoo! and Speedy

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A Bowl of Eggy-Fused Mushroom Noodle

It's not something that I'll whip up regularly as truth be told, I'm quite a lazy cook. I'll rather be seen polishing a plate of wan tan mee or popiah instead. But since Teochew Mama had errands to attend to, I figured that it's either I starved until dinner or ransack the pantry and make use of the ingredients that I can find in there.

Ingredients: 1.6L (8 cups) water + 1.3L (6 1/2 cups) water
100g brown rice noodle
6 mushrooms, washed and sliced

1 pc kombu, washed and soaked
2 eggs

Directions: Simmer 4 cups of water in a medium-sized pot on medium-high fire.

Throw noodles into boiling water. Let it boil for 3 minutes, or until soft.
Strain the noodles and leave in a bowl of iced water to cool.

In another pot on medium-high fire, boil the mushroom and kombu in 4 cups of water until soft.

Strain and leave aside.

Simmer the eggs in a boiling pot with 1.3L water for 5 minutes or longer if you want a fully-cooked egg.

Feel free to plate it any way you want.
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