Tuesday, 24 November 2009

LITTLE PENANG, THAI THAI

My mom often followed us in most of our outing. She doesn't know much about IT or what is a blog, or that I have one. Come to think of it, apart from my husband and children, there are very little people I know here who knows I have this blog. Very often my mom would ask why I am always taking photos and not develop them, or why I need to take this photo of a 'botol kicap' aka soya sauce bottle and what I am going to do with it haha! Yes, it can be a challenge at times trying to be a creative photographer around her :O



At the request of my good friend living overseas, I am doing another post on food. Also for Ann and Xue as I am sure they are very familiar with all these and probably missing and drooling over it :)


The children can eat as hot and spicy as me, so here's Danial insisting of the Curry Noodles, cooked in coconut milk, lemongrass and spices.


I went for the Prawn noodles. The soup was cooked with lots of prawns with shells intact but not served and slightly spicy.


Eli and Emi went for the rice sets, both yummy and delicious.



On another day, eating continued..at Thai Thai Restaurant, not difficult to guess what food it is from the name.
I like the table mat, or in this case, I should say table paper..as it was made from paper. Highly visual and very informative about the year of the Dog. In one single sheet, every characteristics of this particular year is written down in details. Not sure if it is accurate, but this is was not Chinese geomancy, so I am guessing it's the Thai version.




Let's start with the famous Thai Salad, Som Tam. Hot and spicy! Shredded young papaya mixed with crushed nuts, it's dressing was finely sliced very hot birds eye chillis (the hottest of all) and lime juice. You will be sweating away after this dish, and hopefully you can still feel anything on your tongue haha! Here's a tip for those who can't stand hot, do what my children do, stay away from eating any of those small chilies.



What is Thai without Tom Yum with seafood, even hotter and spicier. Thai food is so integrated with Malaysian food that I hardly know anyone here who can't eat Tom Yum, even the kids find it a breeze to have this soup.


Steamed sea bass with more hot chili and lime juice but it was okay and moderate.


Another typical Thai, beef green curry - very mild in spices but heavy on the coconut milk.



This is a common Asian vegetable, the kangkung and I can't recall it's English version but I know Ann and Xue will give me the name after this. Anyone can cook this, though there were way too much gravy here..looks too soupy.


Sorry..the dish was eaten half way when I took this picture. I call this a no-brainer dish, as in everyone could cook it..prawn omelette. If any restaurant can't cook it well, I should ask for a refund :)


The Thais are well known for desserts but this was a huge dissapointment. For such a reputable restaurant, the water chestnut in sweet coconut milk was too bland :(


I always love Thai birdcages due to it's design and one day when I find, I'll lug it back home too.


Part of the Thai Thai decor.



Well, school holidays have started and I have a busy week ahead. Husband and I will have to decide who gets to see Ben 10 live show with Danial...both of us --- > so not looking forward to it. The tickets cost a lot and I am sure either one of us (husband or I) will doze off during the show :(
My cousin's wedding continued with it's Chinese dinner this weekend. There will be a little ceremony before the dinner where the groom brings the bride home officially as his wife in the morning. I will be there with the children, so it will be fun too. Meanwhile, Christmas mood has started with their decor everywhere. We have snow man too..the plastic ones with cotton balls as snow of course.

On Thursday, the girls and I will go and see the very talented Sonia and Irvina's aragetram (dance graduation). Picture courtesy from Dancing sisters, go to link for full infor. It's a first for all of us, so we are very excited over this event.



Rain continued at home..we have the wettest season ever!



However, I do love the rain, especially walks to our nearby lake after the rain. It's great to have cool weather for a change here.


Cheers everyone :P

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

INACRAFT

For me Saturdays are for sleeping late, but not last weekend. I had to drag 3 sleepy and unhappy kids to the KLCC Convention Centre to have a look at this.....which was Indonesian handicraft week.



Honestly, I was expecting lots of crafts which the Indonesians are so well known for like teak furniture, but instead found plenty of booths selling beautiful kebayas and clothing..and mind you, there aren't cheap at all. Here are some of the handicrafts on sale.

Lots of material used which are very organic and natural.


Lamps made from tree bark and leaves.



Hand made and painted little wooden animals, those elephant fits perfectly into my growing collection.


Wood carved and batik inspired trays or bowls.


I love this - Indonesian puppets used for shadow hand puppet shows but yet to see a real show so far.




Silver necklaces which were elaborate and used mainly for special functions and weddings.


These beaded case and tissue box holder looked exactly like the ones in East Malaysia during my recent trip there and when enquired, I was told the exhibitor was from Kalimantan. It made sense as Kalimantan/Indonesia is borders with East Malaysia, hence the cross culture and art.



I don't think I have seen Christmas decoration like this..



Then..it was show time when the pretty Indonesian lady came up to do the announcement. Seen here, wearing a kebaya (top) and batik skirt - an outfit which is exactly the same as what we would wear, well, the skinny ones would anyway. With a huge population of Indonesians - both legal and not here, there is a strong influence and mixture of both Malaysians and Indonesians culture, food and art - not to mention we speak all almost similar languages. The show that I wanted to see was their wedding showcase.


Each costume represented a different wedding attire from a different province, but I was busy photographing them so can't remember exactly where they were from. I could not resist doing a close up. While the weddings in the West are often around a white theme or something similar in their bridal attire, this is one thing you hardly see in traditional weddings here. It's always a burst of colours and texture everywhere.




I love close ups and here's some shots.





Another couple in purple, looks exactly like our Malay weddings here. No tiara or flowers in the hair but more elaborate headgear for sure.




Final couple for the catwalk.




Finally, an interesting backdrop made entirely of peacock feathers..and they were real, every single one of them! Imagine having this in a wedding as the colours were amazing.


Meanwhile, monsoon season continues at home - with non stop rain everyday without fail. My garden has turned into a mini pool and clothes had to be sent to the laundry for drying.


Even my bali pot is full and I don't need to fill it up with water everyday..


..the lake nearby my house overflowed but this 'birds of paradise' plant was thriving, just about everything else is growing abundantly at home too, including weeds...



For Ann, who liked the previous shot and tried to replicate it...but it was not a yam but a lotus plant...maybe she can find one in NZ :)


School holidays is up next week but plans to the East Coast had to be shelved for now due to the rain..I don't think I like the idea of my car floating in the flood. Bye for now :)

Monday, 9 November 2009

FOODIE POST - KINSAHI AND BALI

I have many interest, one week it's gardening, another sewing and the following something else. However, one thing is always constant and that is food..which I think is the same as everyone else. I have not met or known anyone who is not keen about food. Husband says he is waiting for the day when I get interested in exercising...soon it will be, just don't know when. I did try to diet and found that after being carbo deprived for 2 weeks and losing a miserable 2 kilos..and then continue eating and putting on the same 1 or kilos, suddenly it became a new revelation for me, that I could live with that 2 kilos...so why diet right. Might as well eat and be happy :) I have way too many food pictures so here I post my two fav ones, Kinsahi - a Japanese restaurant and Ole Ole Bali - Indonesian food.

KINSAHI JAPANESE RESTAURANT
Nothing like having wasabi to spice up an otherwise bland sushi and sashimi, great for nasal clearing as well.


Why do they call this California roll when it's Japanese food, it should be Tokyo roll of something like that.


Our salmon sashimi came prettily decorated...looks too good to be eaten.



My bento box, cod fish in teriyaki sauce.


Nothing like a good bowl of rice...


Emi's bento.


Eli's favourite - beef udon in miso soup.


Of course eating with chopsticks is common...a must actually here.


Their semi open kitchen.


A fav shot of Eli in black and white.


Another prominent figure in all shops, the lucky cat grinning at you when you pay so you won't faint when you see the bill.


OLE OLE BALI RESTARANT

As expected, eating with a restaurant of this name, there will be plenty of calming Buddha images to greet us. While Indonesians and Malaysians shares many things in common from language to food, their food presentation was quite different but interesting too.




I thought of Elisa Day when I saw this statue of Ganesha.


Loving this picture but I'd rather see the real thing, Bali's got to be on my list soon!


The entrance and if you did not get any service just bang on the gong - loudly!


There was a shop nearby too owned by the restaurant selling all things Bali.


Chef at work and with millions of Indonesians working here, you can't know the difference if they are Malaysians or Indons.


Ah..what is a post about food, if there are no food pictures. The squid salad came with a peanut sauce and lots of birds eye chillies (the hottest of them all). No, you won't find mayo dressing here for sure.


A complete meal on a tray with banana leaf, not just Indonesian but typical Malay and Indian over here. I was wondering if Eileen and Melanie could eat this hot and so spicy dish :P


Close up of the satay, it was huge and juicy..not the average sized satay for sure.



Argh..nasi lemak, or rice cooked in coconut milk with some chilli on top! My children could eat this for breakfast everyday, delicious and good to eat, just don't ask about the calorie intake. Don't worry Eileen, I'll have bread standby when you are here.


More food, hotter and spicier than ever...honestly, way too hot for all of us too and we can eat hot. I am guessing Eileen and Melanie won't be visiting this place when they are here :P Okay, go for Japanese, it's quite safe..but then I don't know if they eat sushi too.


Decor in the restaurant.



By the way, I won't be complaining of hot weather till end of the year. Monsoon season is here and it's been raining every day without fail. Huge rainstorms are predicted in the East Coast.

These water lettuces seem to be growing non stop due to the rain.


So are the lotuses...


Bye for now, have a happy week ahead...M