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Chicken Pumpkin Stir-fry Recipe

Saturday, August 25, 2012 | Labels: , , , , , | No Comment »

This is such a simply delicious dish that can be whipped up anytime.  The only condiment I used was light soy sauce - the pumpkin bathed the chicken in a lovely golden hue while providing a slightly sweeter flavour.  For a finishing touch, stir in some Thai basil for that unmistakable fragrance and you have yourself a great stir-fry that does not require much time and effort.  Today is actually the first time I cooked with pumpkin in a savoury dish and I was pleasantly surprised.

Chicken Pumpkin Stir-fry

This just goes to show how much there is to learn every single time I cook something up - life is one continous learning process :) (both in and out of the kitchenof course).  This post is part of my Yuen Chun Recipes, an ongoing project on this blog.

Bitter Gourd Omelette Recipe

Thursday, August 23, 2012 | Labels: , , | No Comment »

I love holidays as much as the next person but the post-holidays blues are just so difficult to combat, don't you think? Well, I guess then it's time to look forward to the next holiday :o.  Today's feature is an exceedingly simple Chinese style omelette made with bitter gourd or bitter melon.  The slightly bitter taste of the vegetable goes surprisingly well with the egg and you'll really need to try it to get what I mean.  If you are a fan of bitter gourd, I definitely recommend for you to give this a try.

Chinese Bitter Gourd Omelette

It's quite important to slice the bitter gourd thinly and I like to marinate the slices in a bit of salt - makes them crunchier, a tip from my mom.  Apart from that, just a drop or two of light soy sauce in the beaten egg before you start frying and that's about all the condiments you'll need in this easy dish.

Chinese Bitter Gourd Omelette

Indian Mackerel (Ikan Kembung) in Spicy Bean Sauce Recipe

Saturday, August 18, 2012 | Labels: , , , | No Comment »

It's the start of a long weekend for those of us in Malaysia - yay!  Well, first things first - today's feature is a spicy bean paste dish made with Indian mackerel.  Indian mackerel is well of course a species of mackerel and lends itself better to being fried, at least in my opinion.  Indian mackerel or ikan kembung in Malay is used a lot in spicy or curry dishes due to its' rather 'metallic' taste.  For a change, I decided to use a spicy bean paste instead.  The results were quite tasty although if you are not a fan of mackerel, you should substitute the mackerel with another fish of your choice.  Rockfish would be a great substitute.

fish (3 of 3)

The fish is pan-fried separately while the spicy bean sauce is cooked with some garlic, green onions, chili peppers and flavoured sparingly with some soy then poured over the fried fish.  Exceedingly easy although the pan-frying does take a while.  Garnish with some green onions or cilantro and you're done.

fish (1 of 3)

This post is part of my Yuen Chun Recipes, an ongoing project on this blog.

Lemon Garden Buffet Lunch/ Hi-tea at Shangri-La, Kuala Lumpur

Saturday, August 11, 2012 | Labels: | No Comment »

Buffets are dangerous affairs - yes, I tend to overstuff myself, but since we rarely go for buffets, guess it's alright to indulge once in a while?  Lemon Garden is the coffee house at Kuala Lumpur's Shangri-la and it offers an extremely wide and sumptous spread where you get to pick to your heart's delight.  Overall, I think the buffet is extremely worth the time, price and your appetite although there are a few items on the menu that could do with some improvement.  If you are a seafood lover, you will probably like the buffet, from fresh raw oysters to large juicy prawns - you can have as many as your stomach allows. 

The oyster bar, one of the most popular fixtures at the buffet

Lemon Garden Buffet Lunch, Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur

The cheese and bread counter where Camembert cheese and blue cheese are two of my favourites
Lemon Garden Buffet Lunch, Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur

Cold pasta salads, cold cuts and other mixed salads.
lemon garden (1 of 2)-4
The Western portion of the buffet, the grilled corn and vegetables were good but the chicken was a little dry
Lemon Garden Buffet Lunch, Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur

The large selection of salads
Lemon Garden Buffet Lunch, Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur

Malaysian food corner where local culinary delights are offered from beef rendang to satay
Lemon Garden Buffet Lunch, Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur

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