Thursday, September 24, 2009

A & W Gurney Plaza

Out of the many restaurants in Gurney, I don't know what crossed my mind when I decided to have A & W instead.

It was the first day of Ed Mubarak and instead of being greeted with joyous Raya spirit, we were treated by a cashier with a grumpy moody look. What's even more was the manager was also very grumpy looking. Fine I thought. Just give me my food!

I wanted something different so I ordered the Double Mozza Burger. It was nothing special, double beef patties with cheese and a piece of an extremely dry beef bacon. The bacon was so dry it almost felt like they have left it under the hot sun to dry it up!

My friend went for the safer option. The coney dog. Doesn't look so impressive too eh? What's with the minimal amount of toppings?

It is cheaper to order in set but we did in ala carte for one sole reason - the curly fries. The set came with the shoe string fries and we wanted the curly fries and are willing to pay more for it. But what we got was soggy and extremely oily curly fries! geez!

Ok, all the food were disastrously disappointing, the root beer can't go wrong right? But it did! :( It was so diluted that it was almost tasteless. Sigh!

A & W , LOUSIER than the usual!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Sarawak Laksa and Kek Lapis

I went back to Kuching last month , and within less than a month I flew back once again for the Raya holidays! Tickets were so expensive but I am rich, who cares? Ok fine, I cheated. :( I am staying over at my friend's place in Penang for the Raya break! I've been here since Friday noon, and will be back to my hostel tomorrow.

Cooking Sarawak Laksa was part of the intinerary but we only manage to cook it on Monday since the rest of the days were spend with us going to work out in... the shopping mall! ;p

No photos of the cooking process tho' because I wasn't confident if it will turn out to be the way it should be or otherwise.;p

Thankfully, the final product was good and almost similar to the one they sell in the shops. Of course, it wasn't the best Sarawak Laksa I've eaten but considering this is my first time cooking Sarawak Laksa, I think I did quite a fantastic job!

It would have been perfect if we have corriander leaves :P

And what's more, we even have Kek Lapis! Flown all the way from Kuching. Ahh!

Anyway, Selamat Hari Raya! Hope you guys had a great long weekend. :)

Monday, September 14, 2009

How to have smoother skin

I don't know if you have heard the myth saying that eating fried chicken tail will make your skin smooth? Not too sure of the actual fact but it's quite understandable since chicken tail has quite a thick layer of fats. Animal fats has oil, so it kinda moisturize your skin. ;p

Contrary to popular belief, chicken tail is not where the chicken shit comes out. I don't know how to put it in better words, but chicken tail is like the butt cheek of the chicken. So it is absolutely clean and safe to eat. :)

It is not exactly cheap considering the fact that after you clean it (you have to throw the upper part of the tail), you are left with just a small piece of meat. But still RM 2.99 is a little compared to how much you invest on a good moisturizer. :P

Coat in a prepared thick batter of corn flour, oil and water after you have marinated them with pepper, salt and mono sodium glutamate.

It's nicer to have it deep fried but I did it the pan fry way. You'll need a lot of cooking oil for deep frying and I thought it'll be quite a waste since I am not frying any other things and I don't reuse my cooking oil. Although this may seem like a simple dish, but it can actually turn out to be a disgusting dish. You'll have to fry it thoroughly so that you'll get it nice and crispy.

Here you go. A basket of fried chicken tail! For those who have never tasted chicken tail, it's like any part of the chicken except more juicy :P It's good.

Most of all you can eat your way to a smoother skin!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

High 5 Cream Roll Bandung Flavor!

I have stop eating High 5 buns for a while now but this particular particular High 5 bun caught my attention when I was at the cafeteria getting a pack of teh ais. Bandung flavor bun!

I am not actually a fan of the rose syrup but the bandung cream actually taste quite good. In fact, all High 5 buns taste quite decent. It's just that they have problem with the generosity of the filling - the sole reason why I stop buying High 5 buns.

I wanted to write pink on the inside but I think it sounds quite wrong. If you know what I mean. ;p

Friday, September 04, 2009

Maxim Dim Sum Restaurant : Best Penang Dim Sum

Sorry for I haven't been updating regularly. I'm pretty much swamped with assignments and exams for the past one week. For those who have been visiting , only to be disappointed with a stale old post, I'm really sorry! To thank the loyal readers (*cough*) , I am writing the longest post ever!

Let's get to the point and feast with the photos, shall we?

While I am always in the group that beg to differ that Penang has better food than Kuching, I'll have to give in to Penang when it comes to a place for good dim sum. I hate to say this but Kuching has a long way to go when it comes to serving dim sum. ;p Anyway, this particular dim sum place is located in Lebuh Pekaka and is in the vicinity of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).

On weekdays, they actually have this little metal push cart filled with dim sum where they go around the tables and you just take what ever that catch your eyes. However, because it is usually packed to the brim during weekends (and public holidays), it is self service.

Chinese tea is customary when it comes to eating dim sum. They have a list of chinese tea but unfortunately orderings are taken in mandarin. Me and my friends don't actually know any chinese tea name in mandarin (I know oolong but they don't have this) but since they heard their friends ordering "Xiang Pien" before, so that's what we did also - in every single visit. Lol.

I have to admit one of the reason I fell in love with this place is the excellent egg tarts. The lardy crispy puff pastry complemented the perfect egg custard so well that the first bite is sure to send you to heaven! (just incase you don't know, the puff pastry used in dim sum egg tarts is mixed with lard) This is easily the best egg tart i've ever eaten.

Not many places can whip up a good taro croquette. More than often , they are either too dry, too soggy or they fail terribly in making the pastry. Maxim on the other hand, make perfect one. It is something you don't wanna miss if you're here.

The wo tie was however a dissapointment. It was bland and too dry for my liking.

Even though the raddish cake appear to be more starchy than usual, it is delectable and does have a taste of its own.

The porridge seems to be a hit there but I didn't try. My friend said it was very good though.

Braised chicken feet is one of the few "must-haves" in my dim sum list. While I have it in every of my visit here, the one here is just satisfactory.

I am not exactly a fan of siu mai's (the Kuching version is a gazillion times better!) and the one they have here is not good enough to transform me into a fan of siu mai either.

I don't know what is the exact word for this, but this is delicious. It's basically two very fresh prawns wrapped in thin wantan-like skin and then deep fried. The orgasm comes from the little plate of home made mayonaise.

There's this saying that says "Do not expect so much or you will be dissapointed." This definitely apply to the fish balls here. When I took it from the cart, I was expecting it to be nice bouncy tasty fish balls only to be dissapoint with strong chinese herbs infused fish balls.

The har gau and har gau-like above is just palatable . Not very much into har gaus, but I do like the har gau skin here. It's thin yet not too thin.

This is some deep fried fish balls wrapped in mee-like skin. Nothing spectacular. You can pass this. ;p

Unlike many other dim sum place that served pork ribs in sweet braised dark sauce, the one here is cooked in fermented black beans and lots of garlic. I had it on my first visit and again in every of my visit thereafter.

Just beside Maxim is a place where they sale soya bean and soya bean related products that has this really good almond soya bean jelly. It has the jelly texture but I don't know what God-send ingredients they add in it because it literally melts in your mouth. Damn good!

Ahh! Took me almost three hours to write this and have the pictures uploaded. Hope you guys enjoyed the post though!

It's Friday again.Have a nice weekend everyone! Remember to play safe alright. :)

**P/s: I don't know why there's a huge empty space below. Tried publishing it a few times and it's still the same. :(