Ferringhi Garden Restaurant @ Batu Ferringhi

A lazy Saturday afternoon, having nothing to do at home, I decided to plan a trip out with my “girlfriends”. Haha…we always call ourselves “The Malaysian Version Sex & The City”! Just as we were planning our hangout location, my friend suggested Ferringhi Garden which was not far from her house. She said that they serve great food with great ambience, so we decided to give it a try. I knew the main reason that she recommended this place was it was easier for her to get home after dinner. That was her main point~~~~

This was my first time to Ferringhi Garden, to my surprise, this place turned out to be much more better than I had expected. Words are kinda hard to explain all the joyness that we had from this picturesque restaurant. So, let the pictures tell you everything.

Filled with lots of tropical plants. Sink yourself into Malaysia’s tropical rainforest now! It’s time to please your eyes~~~

I could not hold back my lust for food for any longer. After I placed my order, I went around shooting photos with my camera. When I got back, the dishes were already served.

Mango juice & Mocha Frappe

The drinks were ordinary. But do you find anything abnormal about this photo? Take a closer look to the glasses. They were SLANT! Unique, right?!

Baked Garoupa

Spicy Snapper

Seafood Pasta WG

Baked Crab M’nay

Garlic bread

The night was getting darker….the atmosphere at night became more and more comfortable. Unquestionable, Ferringhi Garden Restaurant really offers a memorable dining experience.

Ferringhi Garden Restaurant

Address:
34C, Batu Ferringhi,
11100 Penang.

Tel:
04-811 1193

Fax:
04-811 1195

 

Fullhouse Lifestyle Store & Cafe @ Niu Ze Xiu, Ara Damansara

Upon seeing a great review of this restaurant on a magazine, I had chosen this wonderful and sweet concept restaurant as the venue for our gathering in KL.

I am a totally concept-restaurant-addict. I have no idea when did I start to be crazy about concept restaurant.

Using the concept of ‘HOME SWEET HOME’, just like the Dream Family Cafe in Taiwan梦飨家, and the idea as well as the name of a Korean drama, [Fullhouse浪漫满屋], Fullhouse was designed to make you feel right at home. Pleasing to the eyes, the senses and the palates Fullhouse is a truly novel experience.

experience the greatest difference~~~only at FULLHOUSE!

Aside from an array of mouth-watering fusion deligts listed down in a quirky, super cute menu, almost everything under the roof of Fullhouse is for sale, from clothes and fashion accessories to gifts and decorative items!

Lavender and Peppermint Tea 薰衣草+薄荷茶
A new combination which I had never tried! However, you can hardly smell the lavender as the smell of peppermint is stronger!

Aglio Olio Spaghetti橄榄油和干西红柿意粉
Sauté spaghetti with garlic, extra virgin olive oil and sun-dried tomato

Fish & Wedges
This dish is quite ordinary, nothing special to me, but it’s sure a good choice to keep the kids busy eating instead of running around!

Wok-Sear Chicken Chop 招牌鸡排与黑椒葡萄干酱
Grilled chicken thigh served with mashed potato, daily vegetable and black pepper raisin juice.
One of their specialties, GOOD! Give it a try, highly recommended~~~

Oven Roasted Chicken Tenderloin 烤鸡里脊与番茄罗勒奶油
Roast corn fed chicken tenderloin with shitake mushroom and tomato basil cream

Smooties-Fruities Fish
Pan-fried butter fish infused with passion berries fruit reduction and sun-dried tomato. Erm….I am not into this dish…I think it is too sweet. Should try the Grilled Mix Seafood, I saw that on the menu, looks quite good to me, too bad, I didn’t order it as I was too full!

Overall, the ambience of this restaurant is great, but most of the dishes are average only. As for the desserts, they are exquisite, but kinda expensive. Check them out~~

Fullhouse Lifestyle Store & Cafe

Address:
C-G-11, Nui Ze Xiu @ Ara Damansara,
No 2 Jalan PJU 1A/41B, Ara Jaya PJU 1A,
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Tel: 03- 7885 0836
Fax: 03-7885 0839

Business Hours:
Sunday~Thursday > 12pm-11pm
Friday~Saturday & Holiday Eve > 12pm-12am

Web: http://www.fullhousecafe.com.my/

El Cerdo @ Changkat Bukit Bintang

Speaking of El Cerdo, I am sure that no KL resident will ask, ” What on earth is that?” This restaurant was first established in 2005, due to its endless stream of customers, the owner, Werner, had expanded his business by to the lot next to the original one. Now, upon visiting El Cerdo, you may find a modern-looking Italian restaurant opposite it. That restaurant is named after the owner and was known as PIZA.

This trip to KL, I had made early arrangement with my friend to pay a visit to El Cerdo. Despite the tiredness we had from all those shopping, we set our feet in El Cerdo. The ambience was a bit quiet when we arrived and the waitress served us with cool mineral water once we got ourselves seated. And, I found something special about this restaurant at that moment. The waiters were busy carrying bottles of mineral water from table to table just to refill the customers’ half-emptied glass and I concluded that their service was really great. I rated them as 8/10!! (For such a fussy person like me, the rate was way too high~~~)

At first, we ladies could not decide what to order. Just then, Werner, came and greeted us warmly. He gave us some recommendations of the specialties of his restaurant and suggested some refreshing drinks for us too. Obediently, we ordered whatever that he recommended except for a few that we thought it would be too much for our dinner.

Love At First Try
Refreshing and thirst quenching~~

Mushroom Soup
This was really nice. My friends’ kids were totally obsessed with it. Really creamy and nice prepared! As for the garlic bread served, I personally thought that it was so so only. Soft yet not not crispy and not to mention hot from the oven!

Cold Ham with Rock Mellon & Salad
Absolutely something unique! The pork ham was cool and really thin! A bit salty when tasted but could be eaten together with the rock mellons served together too.

Meatball Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce
This was ordered to shut the kids’ mouths. They never dare to try those piglet and ribs.

El Cerdo’s Farmer Sausage served with Sauerkraut & Mashed Potato

One Plate of 4 Different Mini Sausages
Farmer, Thuringer, German Pepper, Spicy Lyonner Sausage with a choice of Sauerkraut or Potato Salad

1 Pair Wiener Sausages with Potato Salad from Germany

Roasted Suckling Piglet
Also known as “Cochinillo Al Estilo Segoviano”. It was believed that the piglet on the table was only mere 3 weeks old. Honestly, I felt quite guilty after my meal. However, on the other hand, I had to admit that it was really nice. Be prepared too, this half portion of piglet was shorter than half my arm and it cost us about RM100++, the whole piglet was RM200++. El Cerdo had a special way of eating. To prove that the piglet was crunchy and crispy, when the dish was served, one of the waiters would come over and picked a lucky person from the table to “perform the plate-breaking show”.

First, to prove that the piglet is crunchy and crispy, you will need to use a plate to chop the piglet at the head, the center of the body and somewhere at the ‘butt’ of the piglet, each part 3 times with all your might! Then, the waiter will push a big wooden tub towards the table, make a wish and then smash the plate into the wooden tub. This is a Greek tradition which symbolises good luck.

Pork Ribs
To tell you frankly, the pork ribs were better than the roasted piglet. The tomato at the side was totally nutritious yet delicious!

Ice Cream
Vanilla, Pistachio, Chocolate, Rum & Raisin, White Chocolate, Hazelnut

Churros Con Chocolate
Ermm…..regarding this plate, I really don’t have much to say. I am not a chocoholic, so I just ate a piece of that and I found that it was something similar to Aunty Anne’s. However, my friends enjoyed them very much.

At the end of the meal, we got a surprise. Glasses of cute little drinks were served for easier digestion after such yummy meal. For the kids, they got a tiny glass of orange juice (or mango, i am not very sure, but it sure tasted great). We, adults got glasses of vodka with lime with a salt-laced rim.

Be sure to be there early as the restaurant will appear to be crowded around 7.30pm. Kind advice for you, the food there is delicious, with a capital letter D without doubts! But they are quite pricey. 5 adults and 3 kids, our total bil came out to be RM478, a bit scary, right?! Indeed an interesting pork`licious experience!!

El Cerdo, Nose To Tail Eating

Address:
43 & 45, Changkat Bukit Bintang,
50200 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.

Tel: 03- 2145 0511
Fax: 03- 2145 1375

Web: www.elcerdokl.com

Ondeh-ondeh * Nyonya Kuih

Ondeh-ondeh is one of the colorful and delicious nyonya kuihs (for more nyonya kuih surprises, click here). They are in pandan flavoured green glutinous rice balls sprinkled with grated coconut that is seasoned with fine salt on the outside and gula melaka inside as a fill. On the other hand, ondeh-ondeh is also known as Buah Melaka.

This is an easy-to-prepare dessert, it can play a role as a mouth-watering appetizer too. To me, I personally think that they look quite similar to the Tang Yuans except that they are “hairy” =]. Anyone could try them out at home as long as you have glutinous rice flour, gula melaka and grated coconut

 

Gula (means ‘sugar’ in Bahasa Melayu) melaka, sometimes called ‘palm sugar’, is the most popular gastronomic delights of Peranakan or nyonya. Gula melaka can be found light golden colour to a rich dark brown. It is used in some savory dishes but mainly in the local desserts and cakes of the Southeast Asian region.

Ondeh-Ondeh Recipe

(16-20 balls)

Skin:-

240g of glutinous rice flour
120ml of water
2 tablespoons of pandan leaves juice
2 tablespoons of castor sugar
coconut milk (suitable amount)
1 tablespoon of oil

Filling:-

1 piece of gula melaka (cut into small pieces)

Coating:-

some grated coconut (suitable amount)
1/2 teaspoon of salt

Method:

1) Pour the hot water into the glutinous rice and mix.
2) Add in the other ingredients for its skin until it forms a dough.
3) Form small balls into size and fill them with a little piece of gula melaka and seal them up.
4) Boil some water in a pot.
5) Put the sealed balls into the boiling water.
6) When the balls float on the water, take them out and sprinkled the grated coconut on them.
7) The ondeh-ondehs are ready to be served.

New Boston Restaurant (Restoran Boston Baru) @ Klang

Found this well-known restaurant ( more like a coffee shop ) at Jalan Kapar, Klang. My cousins who stay at Shah Alam brought us there for dinner. It’s not far from Shah Alam, only about 15 minutes drive. Since only 4 of us, we did not order much.

Personally, I think the Tai Luk Mee here is better than the Tai Luk Mee at Petaling Street. Of course, a lot more pork lards were added here. Anyway, I love the lards which made the whole plate of noodle so nice and smells good! Hokkien Mee is a ‘ must-not-miss’ food when one visits to Kuala Lumpur. Can be easily found anywhere in Kuala Lumpur or Klang valley. Very affordable street food. Some would come with big prawns. So, after introducing so much, we decided to order this delicious Hokkien Mee there in this Boston Baru Restoran, in English, it’s called New Boston Restaurant.

Basically we ordered seafood the most. We ordered a curry sting-ray. But unfortunately, someone stole a bite already and had ruined my whole plan. Sorry for that~ Will beware next time. In short, the seafood here is quite tempting, try it out!

Tai Luk Mee大碌面/Hokkien Mee福建面

Look at this Tai Luk Mee or Hokkien Mee, if you are from overseas, you should not miss this. Even locals like this so much .

Steamed “Lala” 清蒸”啦啦”

This steamed lala with lots of soup is so yummy that we all finished the soup as well as the la-la. The cook has added some white wine into it but do not worry, you would not get drunk. Some chili padi were added to make it a little bit spicy. No problem, even a kid can stand the spicy taste.

Mantis Prawn with Butter & Corn 奶油濑尿虾

Children love these mantis prawns a lot. If you bring children with you for dinner, make sure you order this. They would happily sit down and eat quietly.
Mantis Prawn with butter and corn is my favourite but then mantis prawn with salted egg yolk is a good try too.

Fried squids is also one of the children’s favourites.

This is ‘Nestum’ mantis prawn. The mantis prawns cooked with corn flakes. I love this one!

Cuttle Fish & Water Convolvulus 鱿鱼蕹菜

While waiting for your ‘ main course’ , you could order this cuttle fish+water convolvulus ( kangkung) as an appetizer. The prawn paste and the peanuts on it would make the cuttle fish more tasty.

Restoran Boston Baru
Jalan Kapar, Klang (Opposite KWSP, Same row as Lembaga Tabung Haji)
Open at 7.00pm
016-268 3104/012-905 3523

 

Curry Puff 咖喱角 Recipe

Curry Puff, Karipap/Kari Puff, 咖喱角 is a very popular snack in Malaysia and Singapore which originates from the Malays.

In Malaysia, you can find curry puffs easily. They are widely sold in food stores, especially Indian and Malay food stalls.

Curry puffs are kinda similar to chicken pies. Curry puffs look like a small pie and they consist of some curry chicken and potatoes in a golden colour deep-fried pastry shell. Sometimes, you may find 1/2 of a hard boiled egg or some canned sardines in the curry puffs instead of curry chicken.

There’s also curry puffs for vegetarians. Some of the curry puffs are filled with ONLY carrots, potatoes or onions. Therefore, vegetarians can enjoy the delicious curry puffs too.

Bitten Curry Puff

I simply love curry puffs. My favourite curry puffs are from IKEA, KL. The curry puffs from IKEA are very tempting and there are rarely any complaints about the price, only RM1 each with yummy stuffings. They are really worth it. Most of the time when I visit IKEA, I will sarcrifice my lunch and take 3 curry puffs at one shot!

A few days ago, I came across a Malay stall selling curry puffs. The was a lady frying them and they smelled really good. So, I got some from her.

Ways to Make Curry Puffs

(My friend gave me this recipe,but I don’t know where did she get this from)

Filling Ingredients:

1 egg for glazing(lightly beaten)
1 potato (big)
2 rounded tablespoon meat curry powder
4 tablespoons of water
3 tablespoons of oil
2 medium Bombay onions(finely chopped)
200g minced beef/lamb/chicken
salt to taste

Short Crust Pastry Ingredients:

340g all-purpose flour
1/2 tablespoon salt
3 tablespoons of ice cold water
170g butter/margarine (chilled)

Methods:

1)To prepare filling: Peel potato and boil until just cooked. Dice into small cubes. Mix curry powder with water to
form a slacle paste. Heat oil in a wok and fry chopped onions until soft. Add curry paste and fry for 1 minute or until aromatic over low heat. Add minced meat. Fry until cooked and fragrant. Stir diced potatoes and add salt. Mix well. The filling should be quite dry.

2)Dish out and cool before use.

3)To prepare pastry: Sift flour and salt into a mixing bowl. Cut butter into small pieces and add to flour. Rub in butter finely with fingertips until they resemble breadcrumbs. Sprinkle ice cold water on mixture. Mix well to bind and form a dough.

4)Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out pastry to 4mm thickness.

5)Cut pastry into rounds of about 8cm diameter using a pastry cutter.

6)Put about 2 level teaspoonfuls filling on each round. Wet edges and fold into half. Press edges together and pinch to seal edges.

7)Glaze with beaten egg. Bake in preheated oven at 180-190’C for about 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

8)Remove from oven and serve curry puffs hot.