Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Princess' 1st Birthday

Chloe birthday series
Princess: I am 1 year old today, yipee!

Princess: No zip stay zipped on my body, ha!

Princess: Mommy made an ugly cake for me :( even the candle singit to one side XD

Mommy: Aiya, I did my best sweetheart. You are Easter baby mah so I decorated with Easter eggs lor. People don't have piping bag or palette knife how to decorate sui sui ar........(continue nagging non-stop)

Princess: OK lor, no fish prawn also can (Mommy so bising)...

Princess: Eh? I got 2 prezzies, hello, hello, my first mobile, yay. Twinkle, twinkle little star, eeee, how come the book can sing my favourite tune, better check check first, hee........

Monday, March 27, 2006

Brunei Eats Jan 2006 - Gold Leaf Restaurant

Where? Seri complex. Always packed to the brim during lunch hour. Chef/owner was former chief chef at probably the most famous Chinese restaurant in town, Lucky Restaurant. Thus, food is above average standard.

Claypot noodle
I love all noodle things in all shapes n sizes. It's been a few years since I last ate claypot noodle. Not all places can do it nicely. This version is quite good, crispy noodles in boiling hot broth nicely flavoured by taro/yam, not too salty. Mmmm only thing missing is the raw egg on top. As I went there on Chinese New Year eve, they have ran out of produce as they were closing in 2 hours time. I had wanted seafood but instead I get pork and gizzards. Still it was tasty.

Wat Tan Hor
My friend's order, wat tan hor with again, pork and gizzards. Nice runny egg, yum! I tend not to order this in restaurant as I can cook this easily at home.

Brunei Eats Jan 2006 - You Me Restaurant

Where? Gadong somewhere....actual address unknown.....

You Me
Raised patio, looks newly renovated. Before were just few tables strewn on unkempt grassland with some makeshift giant canopy as shade. Look at it now, making money hor...

You Me kolomee
I wanted to order prawn noodles but they didn't have prawns :( so I changed my order to kolo mee with wanton n char siew. Aiya, don't ask me how it taste cos no taste at all........

You Me Fried Kway Teow
Big King's usual order - fried kway teow (flat rice noodles) with char siew. This is quite good with lots of wok hei. The beansprouts were nicely crunchy not limp.

Princess in You Me
Aiya, why I don't get to eat wan?

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Brunei's Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

Where to find? Centrepoint Gadong.

Mocha freeze
I never like the coffee served in chain cafes. But ice blended stuff is OK. Pictured is Mocha Ice Blended minus the cream.

Coffee cheesecake
Coffee Bean's coffee cheesecake used to be the best cheesecake I have ever tasted but standard has since deteriorated. The last time I visited, the cheesecake texture was uneven throughout with some part loose and some part thick and gooey, much like eating bubble gum. Worst of all, it was tooth achingly sweet. OUCH!

Princess in Coffee Bean
Princess enjoying her first visit to Coffee Bean. She wanted to have a share of everything we eat and drink, tam-chia (food greedy) like the mum hahaha........

White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake

Yummy and easy to do!

White choc cheesecake
There were some cracks, my oven temperature was uneven, sigh....

White choc cheesecake 1
I hadn't make enough raspberry jam to cover the top. This pic came out ghastly, taken with the stupid sony dsc-v1.

White choc cheesecake 2

Ingredients (8 in round springform pan):
Digestives biscuits 8 pieces
Butter 50g, melted

Raspberry sauce:
Frozen raspberry 1 packet
Water 1/2 cup
Cornflour 2 tsp
Sugar 2 tbsp

Cream cheese filling:
Cream cheese 600g (room temperature)
Sugar 4 tbsp
White chocolate 300g, torn to small pieces
Freash cream 1/4 cup
Large eggs 3

1. Crushed biscuits until fine, combine with melted butter and press onto bottom of lined springform pan. Refrigerate until firm.

2. Cook raspberry sauce: put all ingredients into a saucepan and heat till it boils. Lower the heat to lowest setting and cook for further 5 minutes or until thickens. Leave to cool.

3. Cheesecake filling: melt white chocolate and cream in a double boiler. Add sugar to cream cheese and using handmixer beat till mixture is thick. Add in white chocolate, mix well. Add in eggs one at a time.

4. Pour 1/2 the cheesecake filling onto the base. Scatter 1/3 of the raspberry sauce onto the filling. Add in rest of filling. Scatter another 1/3 of raspberry sauce on top and create swirls using a toothpick.

5. Bake in bain marie at 170 degree celcius for 15 minutes, reduce heat to 150 and continue baking for another 45 to 50 minutes. Check by pressing the middle of the cake, it should be a bit wobbly but not runny. Leave in oven with door ajar until cool. Refrigerate when cooled.

6. Before serving spread top with the rest of raspberry sauce.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Sweet Bread versus Sweet Cake

I was on a baking frenzy last week, baked 4 sausages and egg mayo buns (not pictured), 4 polo cocktail buns and one round 8 in featherlight cheesecake. Was torn among the 3; which to eat for breakfast, which for lunch and which for afternoon tea ah??

Polo cocktail bun
Why my polo skin does not crack **sob**sob**but tasty nonetheless. Big King especially like the filling, weyhey!!

Light cheesecake
Weird texture cake, a bit like souffle, a bit like chiffon but not as dry, aiyo hard to describe leh, gotta taste for youself, go make lah, recipe here.

I noticed there were some unanswered questions from my readers, sorry ah. I forgot....

The cream in the recipe can be substituted with milk if you don't have cream. I recommend using caster sugar in the recipe rather than granulated to ensure all sugar is fully incorporated as caster is finer. I do not think cooling the cake in the oven with the door ajar is necessary but you can always try and let me know the result :p.

Cut and fold method: Refer here.

Monday, March 13, 2006

What I ate in Brunei January 2006 - Snacks

Pudding milk tea
Pudding milk tea

Big blop of mango pudding in milk tea, value for money at B$2.50 for a big cup the length of my lower arm.

Kyros Kebab
Kyros' chicken doner kebab in Middle Eastern bread

A chain kebab house originated from Malaysia. Simply delicious? I've had better in England........

Fun Bread
Assorted bread from Fun Bread at The Mall in Gadong

Bread is not simply bread in Asia. We like to incorporate different flavours into our bread. Famous Asian bread include polo bun, buttermilk bun, tuna bun. Fun Bread sells all kinds of quirky flavours like polo chicken char siew bun, spicy shrimp sambal bun, oreo bun and Big King's favourite spicy floss bun and so on.

kuih malaya1
Kuih Malaya

Pancake filled with crushed peanut, raisins, sugar and condense milk. A childhood favourite. The pancake is cooked in a cast iron skillet which enhances its flavour. Anything cook in cast iron tastes good!

kuih malaya2
Sorry for the blur pic, taken with a cellphone.

Kit Kat Strawberry)
Strawberry KitKat from Japan

Chocolate wafers encased in white chocolate flavoured with freeze dried strawberries. Taste good as the flavours are quite intense. Pretty expensive at B$2.60 a pop. I got it from Hua Ho Mall in Jalan Muara. Go check it out, it's worth once in a lifetime taste, strawberries from Japan is not famous and expensive for no reason. Yum!

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Crystal Jade Xiao Long

CJ Xiao Long Pao

My must eat in Singapore-Xiao Long Bao from Crystal Jade. This is tar-powed from the branch in Changi Airport Terminal 2.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Singapore Trip January 2006 - Tonkichi

Both Big King and I are big fan of katsu. I have read rave reviews about Tonkichi. Time to try it out myself :p

Visited the outlet in Ngee Ann city for lunch. The restaurant was dimly lit and staffed with middle-aged obasans....

Fillet and tenderloin set

Big King had fillet and tenderloin set while I opted for fillet, korokke and kaki (oyster) furai set. I enjoyed the oyster the most, plump and juicy. The rest of katsu were just average. While the meat katsu were tender as expected, they were not juicy. Win some, lose some....... Both the set meal were above S$20, I wouldn't say they are value for money as that kind of standard is easily replicated at home....There are better dining choices at Ngee Ann city...........

Imperial Treasure Nan Bei Restaurant

A fairly new eatery in Ngee Ann city. Went to check it out with my cousin. Menu is complicated...about 10 pages...ranging from dim sum, appetizers, a la carte, noodles, one-plated meal to desserts........phew. Took me 15 minutes just to glance through. No pictures taken as I had not bring my camera.

Ordered fried noodles with crispy eel (mine), fried rice noodles with beef (cousin) and tofu in crab roe (came in individual portion bowl).

The noodles came in fairly big oblong plate and looked like a big portion. Both noodles were quite tasty and the beef tender but the eel was soft but not mushy, nevertheless still tasty. We polished off everything on the plate. Tofu was delicious and the taste enhanced with the addition of vinegar.

Tar-powed (takeaway) one tan-tan noodles (noodles in spicy sesame sauce)for Big King who was suffering in the hotel looking after the howling Princess.... Big King proclaimed the noodles were delicious, I had one mouthful but it was so spicy I couldn't taste of anything :p

Will definitely visit again!