Thursday, November 28, 2013

Vietnamese Rolls

I was mistaken when I kept referring to these Vietnamese rolls as 'Korean Popiah'.
It was because this is served in a Korean restaurant.

Looking at these pics, makes me feel like making a trip there again.
D-I-Y spring rolls.

Bundle of joy.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wakon Japanese Restaurant, Damansara Uptown

Went out with Mike for a bowl of ramen a week ago.
The ramen which I had (pork broth with butter) wasn't to my liking.
The butter/oil in the broth was a little overwhelming.
Every spoonful of soup into my body
felt like layer of oil coating my heart.

I preferred Mike's spicy tomato soup.

The barbecued stuff here is pretty good though.
The pork neck on a skewer which we had was really juicy and tender.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Mother's Bday Dinner @ Home

I enjoy cooking but it's really tiring at the same time.
I have always wondered how do the chefs on TV make cooking look so effortless.

The menu that my sister prepared.

I was in charge of the appetizers - the tiger prawn aglio olio and cauliflower soup.

Cauliflower soup topped with sauteed mushrooms made from scratch.

I love blending things.
I love seeing the vegetables turn into a thick creamy puree texture.

My sister was in charge of the mains - the roasted pork belly which was super yum. Crackling mmm.

My sister baked a lovely orange birthday cake.

Cakes in my house generally have a lifespan of 3 days.
We're all avid cake eaters. 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

What do you love?

I met a man who once told me that every waking day,
he thanks God for giving him another day of life.

Life, as we all know it, is unpredictable and full of uncertainties.
And so, we worry about tomorrow - constantly making plans for the future.

And there are those who are luckier than most,
those who are able to chase their dreams
that are beyond necessities -

Fancy dining.
A swankier car.
A bigger and better house.
A holiday home.

At the end of the day, does this really matter?
Some use it as a means to justify their goals, ambitions - to motivate themselves in life.
To be successful? To make it BIG - monetary wise?

It is pointless to set your heart on material longings
or to even be envious of others who are seemingly living a better life than yours.

There's this quote that I once read that is stuck at the back of my head -
"When you look at what you don't have, you have nothing, but if you look at what you have, you have everything."

Reading about the tragic natural disasters have been making me reflect about life.
There are many who have lost their loved ones, lost their house, their home - literally everything.
And yet there are many who already have everything in their lives but are still not contented.

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." -Hebrews 13:5

Friday, November 8, 2013

Sushi & Mochi overdose

It was the Mother's Birthday so we celebrated by going for a buffet lunch @ Kampachi. It has been years since I have last went for a buffet.

Don't think I'd wanna go for a buffet anymore (especially when you have a kiasu mentality). I tried to eat my money's worth and ended up suffering from dehydration and bloatedness thereafter because I couldn't stop drinking water after the crazy heavy lunch.

Items were pretty limited though at the buffet.
Limited variety of sashimi. 

BUT if there's one thing which I REALLY loved during the buffet (and so did my family) was the warm chewy mochi powdered with peanuts. It was just so addictive.

The cute little 'birthday cake' the staff at Kampachi prepared for my mum.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

In a nutshell.

Since I can't read in Chinese and half the time, I don't know where I'm at in Guangzhou, it's quite pointless for me to write anything because I don't know the names of the smaller restaurants that we dined at. 

I have decided to dump a few pics in this post to 'end' my Guangzhou trip.

Ate some yummy custom made  chee cheong fun. You can pick whatever ingredients that you want stuffed inside. So happy that there were mushrooms to choose from.

My mum was excited to try out this supposedly famous tong sui shop but it was a real disappointment. Malaysia's SS2 pasar malam tong sui is better.

Another supposedly popular restaurant in Guangzhou known as - Guangzhou Restaurant. LOL.

Food was okay. Nothing really great.

My mum and I got so sick of Chinese food (especially dim sum) during our trip so most of the time, we tried looking out for Western food in the malls but it's so tough to look for a proper Western restaurant.

On the last day, we had Italian food @ Bene, Sheraton which tasted like heaven to me.

Reminds me of the time when we were in Italy, we got SO sick of Italian food so the moment we had some Chinese food there, it tasted like heaven.

Monday, November 4, 2013

BingSheng Restaurant 炳勝酒家, Guangzhou

Michelle recommended this restaurant to us.
Am glad that we made the decision to try it out because the food here is good :)

The char siew is yummeh.

We ordered some chrysanthemum pork soup. The chunky pieces of meat made is so filling.

Daily fibre needs.

The sashimi looked so good in the menu BUT ermm..wouldn't recommend this because who eats sashimi in Guangzhou? It was fresh though but it's...sashimi.

Some fu chuk dish with a very boney fish. It was nice though.

Just the both of us ate all of this....
and it wasn't an easy feat at all.

Will definitely return here in January 2014 ;)

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Pan Xi Restaurant 泮溪酒家, Guangzhou

This restaurant is apparently pretty popular in Guangzhou.
However, the first vibe that I got when we reached this place
is that it smelled like a tourist trap.

Lanterns, lights, a lake, a boat on the lake
all just seemed like the perfect trap.

I was however wrong as the place was filled with locals.
Mostly families dining there with a handful of couples.

This restaurant is amazingly huge.
That night itself, there were about 4 weddings
held there in various sections of the place.

I peeked into one of the weddings and noticed alot of food wastage though. 
Although I know that this is really common during Chinese weddings
but their food wastage was almost double with dishes practically untouched.

This is a pretty common sight in Guangzhou from my personal observation.

Their servings are generally huge and they only come in one size (usually fit to feed at least 4-5 people). Hence, when dining out in Guangzhou, it's best to go in a group if you wanna eat dishes unless you have no qualms about wastage.

Since it was just my mother and I eating, we had to order dim sum due to the size of the dishes.

Dim sum for dinner felt weird. To me, dim sum is always associated with breakfast/brunch.

Spring rolls

Har gao (prawn dumplings)

The only item worth going back for has got to be the suckling pig. It was really yummy.

And oh, we went to the restaurant by cab but we could not catch a cab back.

It was SO difficult to flag a cab down at this area so we asked for directions to the nearest metro (which wasn't exactly near) and walked there to catch the MRT back to our hotel.

Apparently, the only time you can call a cab to pick you up is when you need a cab for airport transfer. Apart from that, the cab drivers won't pick you up even if you call. Not sure how true is this but this was what our hotel staff told us.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Dim Sum in Guangzhou

I wasn't really prepared for this Guangzhou trip because usually before I travel, I'd get a whole list of places to eat which I didn't do this time around because I was bogged down with work.

Anyhow, a lesson learnt there is that I HAVE to do research before I head there the next time because I can't load alot of food blogs in Guangzhou. Blogspot is blocked. And so is Facebook. Boo hoo.

My mum thankfully did read up on some food places so we went to have some dim sum @ Skyline Plaza Hotel in two separate restaurants on different days.

Travelling in a pair didn't enable us to savour a variety of food
because the food portions in Guangzhou are generally big.

Since I can't remember read the names of the restaurants, I shall refer to them by the levels instead. Damn fail I know.

It's extremely difficult to get around Guangzhou without being able to speak Cantonese or read pin yin (as the dim sum menus are ALL in Chinese).

But I know that if I was forced to order, I'd still be able to survive by ordering siew mai, char siew pau, pei tan sau yuk chuk, ha chee cheong fun and tan tart. Hahaha. The only items that I can pronounce (or so I think) are my staple dim sum choices.

Would highly recommend bananas (like me) to print out the names of the food in Chinese that you want to eat/order when you're there and bring it to the restaurant.

It makes life so much easier.
Level 3 (Skyline Plaza Hotel) dim sum :

Level 2 (Skyline Plaza Hotel) dim sum :

The ambience at Level 2 dim sum was so much more nicer than Level 3. On Level 3, there were people smoking while eating. At least the crowd at Level 2 seemed more 'proper'.

Dim sum wise - Level 3's dim sum is humongous. Siew Mai wasn't really to my liking. It was like a chunk of meat. Not refined enough. Porridge was so-so. But the beancurd skin wrap thingy was nice.

Level 2's char siew pau is a no-no as well. Not much char siew filling and full of fats. Egg tart was quite nice though.