Friday, 24 April 2015

Vegetarian Lunch @ Yishenshu, One Utama

Each time I am back in PJ, I would without fail pay a visit to Yishenshu with my parents.  I have been on vegetarian path every Monday since one year and since my parents are vegetarian too, I made it a point to visit Yishenshu every Monday with them for the whole month of February.

The food here is excellent.  Although some cringe with the thought of eating mock meat, I would like to think of it as another form of consuming soy product.  This was what we had on our first visit.

Their famous homemade Emperor Tofu.  Excellent stuff!

Lotus root dish, done right.  Deep fried then coated with a superb delicious sauce. 

Both Mum and Dad lovessss their pineapple fried rice.  I can see why.  The wok-hei was evident, and it was flavourful.

Something spicy and meaty, so to speak.  Done thai style if not mistaken. I can´t recall the exact taste but I remember not finding any fault with any of its dishes at all.  Love it here.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Dutch Oysters @ Carlplatz Düsseldorf

I loveeeee Dusseldorf´s Carlplatzmarkt!  Their cut and arranged flowers from the flower vendors are simply amazing and mind boggling!  It is one of the best flower market I´ve seen in this part of Europe, beating Amsterdam´s fame Flower market FLAT.  But there is another reason to go check out the market and it is their food!  I spotted some fresh oysters and just got to have them!  6 freshly chucked Netherland Oysters with a glass of white wine for 10 Euro.  Wine could have been better, it was too dry for me.  But the oyster were faultless.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Retreat Space @ Home

As of late, I´ve been picking up dozens of little hobby to keep myself occupy.  Gardening had always occupied a big chunk of my life previously but due to unforseen hay fever epidemia which hit me hard not just on my body, but on my soul too ... the least I can do for now is stay away from the garden during mid day when the sun is at its peak and try to seek ways to strengthen my immune system.  But I am not about to give up my love for flowers totally! So what I did instead is, created a tiny little retreat area on our balcony with some carefully selected non-pollunating blooms and to have our water fountain running constantly to give the area constant moist. I reckon it would be doable for a short period and not just get myself stuck indoor when it is so lovely outside.

So back to what I have been doing ... LOTS!  I have been practising my stitching on some leather pieces and hopefully soon, I will get a chance to learn a bit more from a leather master in the land of tea and scones.  I have been painting too.  Nothing spectacular but something I´ve always done during childhood and had always played around with it.  Cake baking is still big part of my life as I am still baking them weekly, and trying to push myself towards pattiserie cake level, which is sooo difficult but I am presevering to get there on my own speed at home.  I have been dabbling with flower arrangement too with funny themes and a little extra to spike them up.  But the one I am most excited about currently is signing up for yoga lessons with a very experience yoga master here.  It had been fantastic and I hope it stays that way for long and on regular basis.  The breathing exercise had so far helped me with my asthma, and hopefully in time to come, will also realign my energy flow, learn to listen to my body ailment, make peace with it and many many more such as awakening my spiritual path, and getting me closer to my believe.

Hubby himself has been keeping himself busy too!  At times with our new Porsche.  He is always looking for places to go too when weekend comes and would nudge me to make plans, irregardless of the weather!  We have tested our baby but not to its maximum capacity yet, but to me ... 220km per hour is fast enough to make me roll my yoga mat to calm down my adreline rush later.  He had also been selected to participate in his first ever World Championship race for Brompton in London!  Isn´t that great!  I am so proud of him :-)

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Shanghai Night @ Bukit Kiara Equestrian Club

A dear friend hosted her very first Charity Dinner in Kuala Lumpur before Chinese New Year recently and what a success it had been!  The food was great, the entertainment was even better and the turn out ...the best of the best.  A lot of the ladies dressed to the occassion and transported us back to Shanghai during yesteryears.  Needless to say, selfies and wefies took a whole new level that evening.  But what I treasure most is the ladies all came with a big heart to donate and give beyond the glittery exterior.

I was, unfortunately having a bad jet-lagged that evening after having flown in just the day before.  But nevertheless managed to capture our dinner amidst the party atmosphere surrounding us.
First Yee Sang of the year ... to kick start.

Four Hot Dish Combination.  My absolute favourite whenever I attend a chinese banquet dinner.  There´s scallops, abalone, prawn stuffings and meat combo.  All delicious, all well prepared ...

It´s great that the host decided to opt out from Shark´s Fin Soup. Honestly, I find it difficult to fanthom why the neutral tasting, supposedly delicacy is being consumed as most of the flavour is actually lent from the stock that cooks it!The sweet and sour soup seen here was just as delicious if not better.  So peeps, take a concious stand on it ... 

Chicken Cooked Two Ways.  Half Roasted and Half was braised.  Both were equally good.

It was a fantastic piece of Red Snapper.  So huge, fresh and succulent and it baffles to see that it was half untouched because the ladies were already full halfway through the course!  At times like these, I wish I had four stomachs!

Heavenly Pan Fried Prawns .... and that´s not the end but by this 6th or 7th course, I was already having a hard time sitting still but instead started minggling around with ex-college friends, ex-party friends, ex-drinking friends ... old friends, new friends etc you get the drift :-)  The vegetable, carbo and lastly dessert follow.  I manage to steal some bite inbetween and it was all great!

As I was leaving, I told my dear friend ...

What a fantastic evening dear H, please do it again next year when I am back before CNY!

Hahaha ... was her response.

> <

Monday, 13 April 2015

The Wonder of Bulbs

Easy to plant and manage, and look sooo good!

Saturday, 11 April 2015

DOX Restaurant, Hyatt Regency Dusseldorf

Spring is finally here! Fantastic ...

With our new baby in tow, fresh from Zuffenhausen oven few weeks ago, we have been looking for all possible ways to enjoy it with full speed on and the top down.  Easter weekend was the perfect opportunity for that and we surely am glad to have utilised it to the fullest.

Hubby loves it when I give him a treat.  And I do too, whenever I come across a place I´m eager to try out.  Hubby who loves to dine near the water was delighted when I brought him to DOX.  Not so difficult to see why as all the elements are there ... lovely view, lovely weather, lovely food, lovely drink and lovely wive infront of him :-) Oh, and our lovely drive with lovely baby too, of course ...

Least expected was when he decided to go for Salad instead of Beef Tartare and the seasonal White Asparagus Soup.

Expected and not surprising from me, is the seasonal Asparagus Soup served with homemade Rye Bread with local ham and radish.  Pretty decent start for appetiser.

Ooohhh .. I´ve got foam on my Gnocchi!  It is delicious though and tasted nothing like it ... 

Haha, my hubby trying to be funny ...

The story is, I literarily had some real soap/foam accidently that morning while sipping my latte with a metal straw cum spoon and didn´t realise some leftover soap got lodged inside the hole ...

It´s foam day today! I exclaimed ...

My seasonal fish main course, serve alongside potato and parsnip mash with side spring vegetables ...

And not forgetting ... THE foam, of course ...

Their intepretation of Bayerische Creme was done elegantly.  Gone are the pudding-like slob in a glass but was instead, diligently sliced to perfection with a slightly firmer texture.  Love the crunchy bits on top too.  Macadamia? Possible.  The green Mint Sorbet was utterly DIVINE.  Something I would love to learn to make soon ...

Pretty soon, we were too stuffed to just sit down and taking it all in ...

Time to paint the town RED!

Friday, 10 April 2015

Nostalgic Dishes @ Greenview PJ

Greenview is a famous institution in Petaling Jaya. Ask any chinese family and the chances are, they know. Nudge them a bit further with what is so good and without fail, the infamous ´Sang Har Meen´or Freshwater Prawns Noodle will crop up.  I make it a point to eat Sang Har Mee each time I am back in Malaysia.  Though only 8 months apart from my previous trip back, the craving is still real.

My dear sister who was also my eating companion is no stranger to this place.  She was here on weekly basis during third pregnancy and her obliging hubby tailed along happily as he too is a major fan. 

To this, who am I to decide what to order here so off to her then.

We two, feasted on their top three.

Sang Har Mee, Yam Basket and Honey Squid.  Totally lipsmacking, every s-i-n-g-l-e one of them ...

Sang Har Mee, prawns were fresh, plump, flavourful.  Good job for getting the supply consistency after all these years.  Sauce were heavenly! Flavourful and worth every lick off the plate!  Noodles were crunchy and fragrant.  Yes, the standard is still UP there.  Well done!

Yam Basket, to do this right, yam filing was soft and yet crunchy on the outside.  The filling was szechuanese inspired Dried Chilly Chicken to balance off the heaviness of the yam.  Fragrantly stir fried with wok hei still intact, another winner ... and I can see why.

Honey Squid, fresh squid done right.  Still soft and not rubbery, and fried till crunchy on the outer, then coated with a delicious honey sauce.  Super yum.

Prices have all gone up in Malaysia, and especially so now with the introducation of GST (bleh) ...

I do hope all these institutions will survive the economic storm under the mishandling of greedy government.