Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Makan - Makan || Padi House, Galeria Putrajaya

Saya dan kawan-kawan ofis suka makan.. kami suka makan sedap-sedap.. bila ada peluang untuk melagha (bila bos takde).. kami takkan lepaskan peluang itu.. ini adalah salah satu daripada masa-masa itu.. tapi masa ini kami sambut harijadi salah sorang dari kami.. tempatnya tidak lain dan tidak bukan Padi House di Galeria PjH..

salmon and key lime sauce

pesto pasta with grill chicken

black forest cake

lamb chop with black pepper sauce

mongolian lamb cutlets

baked grilled chicken rice

Padi House @ Galeria, Putrajaya
Galeria PjH, Jalan P4W, Persiaran Perdana, Presint 4, PUTRAJAYA 
Hours : 1000am - 1000pm daily

I Say 

Price : as always.. worth the penny for the food they serve  
Food : I always love the food since its different from the normal office cafe food.. 
Service : smooth service eventhough they were full during lunch hour 
Atmosphere : love the ambience   
Cleanliness : clean  
Parking : parking is not a problem.. lots of basement parking if you don't mind paying RM2.. if not park by the roadside at your own risk




Sunday, April 28, 2013

Adam and Snooker

Adam showed an interest towards snooker during our holiday to Kuantan.. while we were staying at Swiss Garden Kuantan.. he saw the snooker table in their entertainment centre.. from there on he demanded to play snooker everyday during our stay.. infact he would like to play it again and again and again.. non stop.. luckily Mr. AZ have know how to play.. 








and here's a video of him..

video





Friday, April 26, 2013

Beef Lasagne

I went to a couple of cafe's to search for a good lasagne.. but it wasn't up to my expectation.. In the end Mr. AZ asked me to do it myself.. So this is my version of lasagne.. for me it was how I like it.. and everybody agrees.. We had the lasagne together with coleslaw and mashed potato. 

INGREDIENTS

-- Bolognese Sauce
800g minced meat
1 can button mushroom - sliced
1 can tomato puree
2 tablespoons butter
garlic - finely crushed
curry powder
4 medium size fresh tomatoes - diced
onion - chopped
tomato sauce
water
bayleaf
basil
oregano
salt
pepper

-- Cheese Sauce
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons corn flour
4 tablespoons water
2 cups milk
125g cheddar cheese - shredded
garlic - finely crushed 
basil
oregano
salt
pepper

-- To combine
lasagne sheets
mozarella cheese - grated
1 fresh tomato - sliced 

PREPARATION 


-- Bolognese Sauce
1.   heat butter and fry crushed garlic until fragrant
2.   add in the minced beef and a tablespoon of curry powder. stir until dry
3.   add in the onion. stir until the onion caramelized
4.   add in the tomato puree, fresh tomato and a can of water. wait until boiled
5.   add in the button mushroom, tomato sauce, bayleaf, basil and oregano. leave to cook
6.   add in salt and pepper to taste
7.   sauce is ready when it thickened


-- Cheese Sauce
1.   melt butter in a saucepan
2.   heat up the finely crushed garlic, basil & oregano
3.   stir in corn flour together with water
4.   cook for 2 minutes over gentle heat
5.   remove from heat & pour in milk. stir well
6.   return to heat. stir until thick & smooth
7.   season with salt & pepper
8.   add in cheddar cheese
9.   stir over low heat until cheese melts

-- To Combine
1.   boil water
2.   blanch the lasagne sheets
3.   spoon the bolognese sauce in ramekin
4.   spoon a layer of cheese sauce and top with mozarella cheese
5.   lay the lasagne sheet
6.   repeat the step 3 - 5 until the top of your ramekin
7.   arrange slices of tomato on top of the cheese as garnishing 
8.   bake for 40 minutes at 150 degC or until the cheese melts and brown



bon appetit





Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Makan - Makan || Sara Thai Kichen, Balok

Actually we saw this restaurant during our previous trip to Kuantan but didn't get the time to dine there..




I was awed by the restaurant landscape.. it's like eating in the luxury of our own veranda.. seriously.. It felt like home..

menu book

At first we ordered this..

udang goreng tepung
the batter was different from what we used to have.. it was a nice kind of different.. we like it! the chilli a bit spicy not the usual sweet taste..

tomyam campur
the tomyam was full of seafood.. and the taste hit right at the every spot.. spicy is the main thing.. 

kailan ikan masin
I love their kailan ikan masin because the kailan is still crunchy even after awhile.. look at how green the green is..

ayam goreng kunyit
At first Adam have his chicken with rice.. after that he just meratah the chicken..

After all of the above were served, we decided to add couple of dishes more.. dasar tamak haloba!! sebab nampak macam sikit sangat lauk..

ikan aji-aji bakar petai
I guess the downfall of this dish was the fish.. it tasted too fishy for me.. maybe we should just stick to our normal ikan siakap (barramundi) or better ikan pari (stingray)..

sotong goreng tepung
the batter is just the same as the prawn.. but they fried it magnificently that sotong is still juicy.. this is our lauk meratah..

Sara Thai Kitchen, Balok
Jalan Kuantan-Kemaman, Kampung Chengal Lempong, Balok 26100 PAHANG
Tel : 012 - 949 3466
Hours : 1230pm - 1200am (daily) 
I Say
   
Price : we paid RM90+ for everything 
Food : all the food was full with flavours.. but ikan bakar petai is not too our liking.. most probably not for us..
Service : can be improved..
Atmosphere : beautifully decorated restaurant.. its like eating in a garden..
Cleanliness : clean  
Parking : parking lot





Monday, April 22, 2013

Makan - Makan || Warung Otak-Otak Che Wan, Kemaman

It was like a message being sent to us when we were relaxing in the hotel room.. there were a tv show on food in Terengganu.. and they went to this warung that sells the best satar and otak-otak.. and the host said that it is  family run business and they also involve the villagers.. especially to help wrap the fish paste to a cone shape like the normal satar look..

menu

So we just get ready and head to Kemaman.. it was quite a long journey from Balok to Kemaman.. I never remember it to be that long.. It was not that difficult to find the warung once you arrived at Pantai Teluk Mak nik.. You won't missed the warung..

waiting for the food

There were already a bus infront of the warung.. but luckily there's still empty tables.. as we sat, a makcik came for our order.. Mr. AZ ordered a plate of satar and another plate of otak-otak.. while we wait for our order we can see that there's a couple of ladies is preparing otak-otak.. 

otak-otak

The otak-otak was different from the normal otak-otak Kempas.. this one is not the processed meat.. but small cuts of fish with their special marinated otak-otak sauce.. it was something different but nice.. Adam usually would fight for an otak-otak didn't quite like this version.. he refuses to even try them.. Mr. AZ love it.. he even ordered for another plate of otak-otak.. I didn't quite remember how many otak-otak in a plate..

fresh satar

Satar was delicious.. I love this one the most (from my experience of satar eating) because this one didn't have the fish bones sticking out from the satar.. it was a smooth and clean satar.. For me the taste was almost the same to any other satar I've tasted before..

After that Mr. AZ added a plate of keropok lekor and pulut panggang.. yummy.. the pulut panggang was full with inti ikan.. and is different from the normal selling in KL..and is still warm..the keropok lekor was fresh.. they fry when ordered.. so the keropok lekor serve to your table piping hot..

It was a fulfilling trip.. eventhough we have to travel for 1 hour plus to only have snacks.. even Mr. AZ agree to that.. 


Warung Otak-Otak Che Wan, Kemaman 
Off Jalan Besar Kuantan-Kemaman, Taman Geliga, Kuala Kemaman, 24000 TERENGGANU   
Tel : 013 - 987 3557  
Hours : 0200pm - 0700pm (daily)

I Say   
 
Price : it was RM28+ for everything we had plus drinks 
Food : the specials are satar, otak-otak, pais, pulut panggang and the list goes on.. but did't get to try all of it.. would come again for them.. 
Service : service that I have nothing to complain about.. but maybe the aunty taking the order can smile a bit? 
Atmosphere : local warung
Cleanliness : clean 
Parking : parking by the street





Saturday, April 20, 2013

Makan - Makan || Ana Ikan Bakar Petai, Tanjung Lumpur

We came here with a friend of Mr. AZ who lives in Kuantan.. he suggested here.. it must be good.. I knew that they have a branch somewhere in Bangi but never got the chance to try.. We met at the restaurant early before Maghrib since there were surau at the restaurant..


There's still alot of empty tables when we arrived and still easy to pilih-pilih the seafood.. I just let Mr. Az and his friend do the food ordering process.. 

still wearing his medal

These are what Mr. AZ ordered..

ayam goreng kunyit for Adam

ikan masak 3 rasa

Ok I admit that I didn't know the name of the fish that Mr. AZ choose for this type of cooking.. but I don't quite like it because the fish is not garing.. the fish cooked not to my liking but I love the 3 rasa sauce.. full of taste..

butter prawn

I doubt this is the normal butter prawn.. perhaps butter prawn tak jadi?? the size of the prawn was huge.. the taste was there but not the look..

sotong goreng tepung
This is the best dish of the whole lot.. I just can't stop eating.. I almost asked Mr. Az to order another plate.. I end up eating this with plain rice.. seriously.. very tasty.. I think everyone should order this if you ever come here.. you'll miss the best sotong goreng ever!

We were quite please with the food they serve here.. even the service was good eventhough they were full that night.. When we left, there were a couple of groups waiting to be seated..


Ana Ikan Bakar Petai, Tanjung Lumpur
Pantai Selera, Tanjung Lumpur, Kuantan PAHANG 
Tel : 019 - 998 9175/ 019 - 987 8155
Hours : 0530pm - 1200am (daily)

I Say  
Price : we paid RM90+ for everything
Food : the best sotong goreng tepung ever.. other food was nice.. but we didn't try their specials ikan bakar petai.. maybe should try it on our next visit..
Service : service was a breeze.. but I don't agree that they serve 1 dish at a time since the difference between serving 1 dish after another is just a couple of minutes apart.. some more they serve rice as the last dish..
Atmosphere : food joint for all walks of life..  
Cleanliness : clean     
Parking : parking by the street or the parking lot across the street





Thursday, April 18, 2013

Kuantan Getaway

We had another getaway to Kuantan.. this time around is to redeem a 2 nights stay at Swiss Garden Resorts & Spa.. the 2 nights were spent by relaxing at the beach or at the hotel's entertainment centre.. or even trying out places to eat.. which I would cover in my next entries to come.. not much picture of the getaway.. just pictures of Adam having fun..





his favourite spot at the hotel lobby


It was truly refreshing.. I came back to the office with a brand new me feeling.. maybe should have a getaway every month?? heeee..