Sunday, December 27, 2009

Raw Papaya Soup

There are 2 papaya trees growing at my parents in law’s back yard. It is harvesting time right now. I'm thinking of a recipe for the raw papayas..... use it for soup boiling seems to be a good idea. The nutritional highlight of papaya is the enzyme called papain. Papain is an excellent aid for digestive system.

Boiling the raw papaya soup is similar like boiling winter melon soup. The raw papaya which is originally hard will turn soft like cooked winter melon, but it is much sweeter than the winter melon.

Anyone have other papaya recipe to share?


Half of medium size papaya, skinned, seeded and cut into bite size
2 chicken bone
2 slices of ginger
1.5 liter of water


1 flat tbsp of white pepper, smashed
Sea salt to taste


1. Bring the water to a boil. Add pepper, ginger, chicken bone and leave it simmering under low heat for about an hour.

2. Add the papaya cubes and simmering under low heat for the last 30 minutes. Add salt to taste.

3. Skim off the scum from the surface and serve hot.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Sakae Teppanyaki @ Auto-City

Sakae Teppanyaki
Address: 1815-B, Jalan Perusahaan, AutoCity, North-South Highway Juru Interchange, Prai, 13600 Penang, Malaysia.
Tel: 04-6080268


A day after attending Criz's DIM SUM PARTY & CBA Anniversary Celebration, hubby and I went to Sakae Teppanyaki @ Autocity for our dinner. We were on the way back to Penang and want to have something different that night. So, we decided to drop by AutoCity to hunt for something that we never try before.

Before we could enjoy our meal, we got to watch "live performaces" by the chef....

The chef entertaining the guests with some utensils throwing, eggs juggling performances. Pretty impressive!

Yaki Soba at RM10.80

I was having fun watching the chef frying my order of yaki soba. I learned the cooking steps too, but definitely not his “kung fu” style of eggs juggling. watching circus. Ok, back to the noodle, it tastes pretty good. The ingredients included chicken fillet, shiitake mushroom, capsicum, carrot strips, onion and egg. The chef threw in generous amount of minced garlic for the stir-frying.

Unagi and Tempura Set at RM24.90

Hubby Ordered Unagi and Tempura Set. He's such a tempura fan that you can always expect him to order this dish whenever we dine in at Japanese restaurant. However, I must admit that the tempura served at Sakae Teppanyaki looks really nice. Hubby commented the unagi and tempura set is not bad.

The chawan mushi and miso soup for hubby's set dinner. The chawan mushi is really good! Really smooth and yummy!

Overall, the dinner cost us RM50.05. Another satisfying dinner!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

White House White Coffee Restaurant @ Tesco Extra Seberang Jaya

Whiter House Coffee
Address: Lot G5 & G6 Tesco Extra, Seberang Jaya, Malaysia.
No pork served

It was our first time to Seberang Jaya's Tesco Extra. We went there just to dine in at White House Coffee, as I heard the food is quite okay.

If you observe the cover page of the menu, you'll be led to think that this restaurant serves Nyonya cuisine, as they printed "Little Nyonya Cuisine" with some elaborations. However, after browsing through the menu I don't find the food served here is typical Nyonya cuisine. It's more like franchise kopitiam style. They serve a combination of Asian and Western food.

We opt for their value meal coupons and ordered 2 set meals and a onion ring.

The iced lemon tea that came in the set meal that we ordered. It's rich in lemon flavor and very refreshing.

Onion ring RM 3.80

We had the onion ring for the starters. We were impressed by this simple entree. It looks much more presentable than those served in A&W, don't you think? Taste wise it was quite good with the natural sweetness of the yellow onion.

Set Tom Yam Chicken Rice with Ice Lemon Tea RM8.60

This is what I opted for. I found that it was a good choice. The tom yam chicken was cooked to perfection with pungent aroma from Kaffir lime leaves, lemon grass, bird's eye chili and onion. The serving is huge, so I had to share some with hubby. A small bowl of tom yam soup is served as complementary.

Fish and Chips with Ice Lemon Tea at RM12.60

Hubby went for his Western meal, the old style fish and chips. The 2 tiny pieces of fish fillet was too little to fill up his tummy. It just tastes average anyway.

For desserts, they have some cakes and pastries for you to enjoy after your meal. We skipped the dessert to cut down the calories intake. :)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Squid In Dark Soy Sauce

My mom's signature dish of the day - Squid In Dark Soy Sauce. We don't take squid quite often. Once a while mom will pamper us with her tasty squid curry. At times, she'll prepare this non -spicy squid dish for kids at home. Of course, we stole a few bites too. :)

We prefer medium-sized squid to be cooked in this way. The squids are cleaned and marinated with dark soy sauce, light say sauce, sugar and white pepper powder. Then it is fried till cooked and the sauce thickening.

If you don't take vitamins, now it's time to boost your body with precious Vitamin B12 and Riboflavin by feeding yourself some squid.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Curry Chicken With Potatoes

Mom’s home cooked dish of the day – curry chicken. My mom is very good in cooking all types of curry. Her curry typically consist of fish, prawns, squid and chicken. However, no beef and mutton in our home cooked curry :P

When comes to curry chicken, I’m very picky. I don’t like overpowering spice in the curry, and I prefer chicken breast than chicken thigh in my curry. Luckily we know one trusty fresh curry paste seller near our residential area. The fresh curry paste suits our unique taste buds perfectly with right amount of aromatic spice. With chicken meat, potatoes, lemon grass and coconut milk added to the curry paste, a pot of aromatic curry chicken is produced. To me, this is the best curry chicken ever!

The curry chicken is best served with rice, Bengali bread, roti paratha or roti canai. Hmm…marvelous!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Kim Tavern @ Sunway Carnival Mall

Kim Tavern
Address: LG 04, Sunway Carnival Mall, Jalan Todak, 13700 Seberang Jaya, Malaysia.
Tel: 04-3999879
No pork served

After seeing several reviews on Kim Tavern, hubby and I decided to go there for a try. Kim Tavern is located in Sunway Carnival Mall LG floor. As we seldom venture there to do our shopping, we were surprised to find quite a number of food outlets in the mall. We managed to find our way to the Kim Tavern without much difficultly.

Kim Tavern offers both Western and Eastern delicacies, so hubby and I decided to ordered 2 types of main dish- Eastern Tomyam Seafood Fried Noodle and Western BBQ Chicken Chop. As for starters, we ordered Honey Pepper Roast Drum Stick.

Honey Pepper Roast Chicken Drumstick RM6.90

The drumstick is coated with honey and roasted to perfection. It's really a yummy and appetizing dish. Recommended.

Tomyam Seafood Fried Noodle, RM8.50

I opt for Tomyam Seafood Fried Noodle, which consist of several ingredients, including mussels, prawns, squid, sausage, onion, spring onion, cabbage, carrot strips, tomato, corns, egg and garnished with mint leaves. :) I took the trouble memorizing the ingredients so that I can copy and create my own version of seafood noodles :P Overall, it was quite a nice dish. I love it.

BBQ Chicken Chop, RM13.90

Hubby opted for BBQ Chicken Chop. As you can see, the dish is served with fries, corn and some vege salad. Hubby commented the chicken tastes ok, but not really outstanding.

To sum up our dinner, we ordered hot chocolate and strawberry smoothies. Both drinks didn't offer any surprises but enough to quench our thirst.

Hot Chocolate, RM3.50

Strawberry Smoothies, RM5.50

All in all, we spent about RM40 inclusive of service charge.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Sweet, Sour and Spicy Crispy Anchovies

With my parents staying with us, currently hubby and I are pampered with lots of yummilicious home cooked food. This is another of my favorite dish cooked by my mom, the crispy anchovies coated with homemade chili sauce. The sauce is a combination of calamansi juice, chili paste, shallot, garlic, sugar and salt. It can be either served as a side dish or tidbits. It tastes sweet, sour and little bit of spiciness.

The anchovies are deep-fried till golden brown. Then, with some oil in the wok, the sauce is prepared and the anchovies are stirred in. You can add some roasted peanuts to the mixture to enhance the flavor.

So, you get the idea on how to prepare this finger licking good snack?

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Sambal Petai

While we took a stroll at the nearby night market, we spotted a stall selling petai (stinky bean). Without hesitation, we bought 2 bundles of it. If there's only hubby and I at home, I'll not take the trouble to cook this dish. However, with my parents with us, mom and dad will take over the sambal petai cooking task. :)

Dad tore the petai off from the pod and remove its white skin. During the process, you'll spot some tiny white worms. We'll not bother about it as it will add protein to our sambal petai dish, hehe...Then mom prepared the spice and ingredients to be pounded with mortar and pestle. It consists of shallots, garlic, red chili, lemon grass, belacan and lots of dried shrimps. To cook the dish, mom sautes the spice and pounded dried shrimps till fragrant and the chili oil separated. Then the petai is added to mix well.

So, with the hardwork of my parents, we got a chance to savor this delicious and appetizing dish.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Orange Cake (Bake In Rice Cooker) 电饭锅做蛋糕

This orange cake is the similar recipe to my earlier lemon cake. With the micro computer rice cooker around, the orange cake is quick and easy to make. Since I was in baking mood last weekend, I baked two orange cakes to share with my family and friends.

I made some minor modification on my earlier recipe and I observe some improvement this round. Besides the prettier appearance, the cake is fluffy, light and moist. With the little effort, you'll get a healthier version of cake with no margarine and butter.

Orange Cake
Yields for 12 pieces


5 grade C eggs
180gm self raising flour, sifted
1 tsp of baking powder
120gm Castor sugar
50gm sunflower oil
1 orange, finely grated zest
3tbsp orange juice


1. Beat the eggs and Caster sugar under high speed until fluffy. (I beat it for about 15 minutes).

2. Add the orange zest and orange juice. Gently fold in the sifted flour and baking powder with plastic spatula.

3. Pour in the sunflower oil and mix well with spatula.

4. Using spatula, transfer the batter into inner pot of rice cooker. Give the pot a few good shake to remove the air trapped in the batter.

5. Bake the cake using "quick cook" menu.

6. When it's done, leave it cool. Upside turn the pot to leave the cake bottom-up on a big plate.


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