Monday, February 25, 2008

Caramelized Pork with Spaghetti Omelet

When I read BBO's pasta challenge, I knew I had to find time out of the crazy geek's schedule contest. (hahaha macam election pulak ;p) The challenge is (the challenge is still on going, quick, you still have time to submit your entries!) to make something fusion with spaghetti, San Remo's to be specific.

Anyway, after thinking of the challenge on the LRT to and from work for the whole week, I finally decided on the recipe. I had no name for this thing.., but I ended up with Caramelized Pork with Spaghetti Omelet aka Pork Dessert.

There is two parts to this "dessert". It's not a dessert actually, just looks like one when it's all stacked up. The Spaghetti Omelet, and the Caramelized Pork.

Ingredients for the Spaghetti Omelet
- 1 portion of spaghetti
- 3 finely diced olives
- 3 cloves of finely diced garlic
- 1 finely diced shallots
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 5 cm of waxed Chinese sausages
- pinches of salt
- 4 eggs

1. Cook spaghetti until soft. Drain the water. Put aside.
2. In a pan, heat finely diced waxed Chinese sausages until they pop. (They tend to jump and pop around the pan because of the lard in the sausages) Leave aside.
3. In the same pan, heat olive oil and stir the garlic, shallots and black olives until fragrant. Add the waxed Chinese sausages.

4. Add spaghetti. Fry until spaghetti dries up and fragrant.

5. Remove from heat and cut them up to the length of approximately 3cm.
6. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs until foamy.

7. In a pan, (you can still reuse the same pan, no need for oil because the pan will already be oily enough) make the egg omelet. Sprinkle the spaghetti mix on the egg before it cooks. Flip. Put aside to cool and repeat the next omelet until you use up all the ingredients.

Ingredients for the Caramelized Pork
- 1kg of pork. Get the streaky part of the pork.
- 3 flat tbs of white granulated sugar.
- 1 tsp of pepper
- 1 tbs of soya sauce

1. Wash and separate the skin from the pork. Keep the fats intact with the meat.
2. Cut the meat about 1.5cm apart.
3. Marinate the meat for at least 2 hours with sugar, pepper and soya sauce.

To cook;
1. Separate the pork meat and the juice.
2. Heat up your wok, stir fry the pork meat in mid-low fire. Keep stirring as the pork will brown and burn fast. The key is to keep the meat not too brown but cooked on the inside.
3. Turn up the heat when you get the meat brown and sticky. Pour in the juice.
4. Stir and remove from heat when the juice boils.

To assemble, lay the caramelized pork on each later of spaghetti omelet. Make sure the sauce from the caramelized pork goes on to each layer as you stack. You won't want the first layer to be juicy and the top layer a dry omelet.

There you have it, Caramelized Pork with Spaghetti Omelet. I hope the judge and his guests enjoyed this.

Ps, If you think this is all too weird and not worth the effort, just do the Caramelized Pork. Goes well with rice or porridge, or even plain white bread.

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

American Chili's

I dedicate this post to the fussy vain uncle that wants to have desert but "I don't want to eat dessert only" and got to be some where nearer to PJ and also with "a nice comfortable place to eat ice cream and air cond". ...then some thing about cream brulee.. yada yada yada.. Sorry la dude, I really don't like Cream Brulee so no comment on that.

Not my fault that you are sick of the Chocolate Lava from Chilies. Siapa panggil lu sentiasa makan ini? HAHAHA ;p

Anyway, I hope you didn't end up at Chilies trying this. Some new desert with ice cream and cheese I thing. Tasted horrible. Not even worth remembering.

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Black Canyon

I wanted to have some pork ribs a few weeks back. First thing that came to my mind was Cagayan's. But too bad, they were not open =(

I ended up at Black Canyon instead. It was already late and I was really hungry. Black Canyon is located at the old block of Center Point, One Utama.

I usually go for the Lime Frost (RM6.50) which is really refreshing, but I decided to go with the BlueBerry Delight (RM7.95) that day. Frozen blueberry yogurt with fresh blue berries, tasted just so so. The other friend of mine got the Green Tea without Milk (RM4)..which didn't look too good.

Deep Fried Chicken Lemon grass (RM9.90...I think) which was nice according to my friends. I personally thought other wise. Just so so. Moist chicken with crispy skin. Lack the fragrance of the lemon grass.

I took a spoon of the Combination of Stir-fried Prawn, Chicken and Chili and rice (RM8.90), tasted good. The sweet and sour sauce really opened up my appetite for my pasta. The already hungry me, got even hungrier.

But *jeng jeng jeng jeng*, the Spicy Stir-fried Fusilli with Seafood and Hot Basil (RM8.90) I ordered was a disaster! The seafood was soooo not fresh. The fish smelt weird. The fusilli was way way over cooked until it split into 2 pieces of noodles and wasn't a fusilli anymore. And the sauce? Not a hit of the basil smell or taste though I saw a few piece on the plate.

If that wasn't bad enough, the Spicy Chicken Tom Yam Soup (RM9.90) came. I would rather pay for a bowl of Maggie's Asam Laksa noodle than this.

I think that was my worst meal in Black Canyon. I was not having a bad day... it was the food.

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Monday, February 18, 2008

Pasta with Tomato Pineapple Sauce

I'm not going to type much today. Really busy these days. Chinese New Year, my Daddy's birthday tomorrow, work is as crazy as usual... and I have to do a lot of thinking. Family. Work and career. Studies. Money. Sometimes I wish I can drop it all and just do what I want to do.

Leaving you with a very lousy picture of my pasta with tomato pineapple sauce taken way wayyyy back on 26th March 2006.

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Manhattan Fishmarket

The only thing to look forward to before any project implementation on a week night is dinner. I always like make sure that I have a good one before stressing out with work. The problem is... sometimes I just don't know what to eat anymore. I can't drive out for dinner because the jam will just kill me and kill way too much time. In the end I always find myself back in Suria KLCC, walking back and forth, calculating the money in my pocket, then deciding what I can eat that is still within my budget.

Since me and my colleague had way too much of Peri-peri chicken, we decided to go for something from the sea. Hence, we ended in Manhattan Fish Market.

Fried Calamari (RM9.90), classical crispy golden fried squids rings. I like the seasoning that MFM uses for this fried calamari. Reminds me a little of the Kentucky flour sold in the supermarkets except this have a little something else to it. Good stuff, very suitable for munching.

Since both of us are small eaters, we ordered the Flaming Platter For One (RM25.90) to share. The platter consist of one large grilled catch of the day with their award winning flaming prawns. If you are wondering, the award winning part is their thousand island like sauce that is dressed on the prawns, then flamed in front of the customers before serving. One large fillet of fish, some fries, prawns and rice. Delicious and fills the stomach.

My 'main' stomach filled, now to fill up my dessert stomach. HAHA. Yes yes me being the sweet stuff lover never say no to deserts. I always have another compartment to fill when it comes to desert. The MFM dessert of the month was the Chocolate Mud Cake (RM10.90). The whole chuck came really hard. I think if you throw at robbers, they will just drop dead. Full of chocolate bits. Felt kind of like eating Oreos with the cream replaced with a chocolate bar. Very sweet, very chocolaty, but not my kind of dessert. Since dessert was going for only RM5, we decided to ditch the mud and have another dessert.

We went for MFM's most popular dessert the Tuscan Tiramisu (RM8.90). Prepared by their pastry chef using the best coffee and cream cheese, this is definitely something we should have ordered in the first place. Really good stuff, and very filling. A dessert spoonful, let the cream cheese melt in your mouth... Fooyoh!

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Monopoly tarts

While making my Chinese New Year pineapple tarts this year, I decided to make a mini batch of green tea tart just to play around. It gets really boring when I made the same ol' same ol' every single year. I made some really horrible homemade red bean paste to go with it.

My mom joined in the fun when she saw the greenish dough. We ended up with our own green tea tart Monopoly!

My mom made this leaf...

...but my leaf is nicer ;p Hotdog turned out weird, and the rat ...HAHAHA I'm just bad at this.

Since most of the shape have the red bean covered, I wanted something which will expose the red bean. Got to try and test the different types of wrapping. From a globe to just simple shapes. The paste dried up making it kind of cookie texture. Not too bad actually.

The one on the left is a dice, but can anyone guess what is it on the left? My mom was so proud of it... looks really messy to me.

A large bow for the race winner! This was an extra large tart because the remaining flour wasn't enough. My mom combined it to make something bigger.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008


...I know it's late, but better late than never ;p

This year is my second time not going back to my Dad's hometown for the Chinese New Year Eve reunion dinner. Things have been busy at home, this, that, so we had a small and simple dinner with the whole family. Mom, Dad, Bro, Sis, me ... and a family friend.

Everyone was still working or studying on the CNY eve, so we all had little time to prepare for dinner. I told my mom about the Pun Choy dinner that I missed, so this year for CNY eve dinner, she prepared her version of Pun Choy.

'Pun' means a large container, or shallow bucket. 'Choy' means the food that goes into the 'Pun'. Making Pun Choy is easy. You just have got to dump all the ingredients and stuff into one large plate/bucket to serve =)

My mom's version of Pun Choy consisted of condensed chicken soup, sliced abalone, sea cucumber, oysters, vegetarian shark's fin, pork, octopus and broccoli. Tasted nice, but I would want to try the many Pun Choy's out there in the restaurants.

My mom did not buy any waxed duck or pork meat this year, so we all just had a very simple waxed Chinese sausages rice to go with the Pun Choy.

There are many ways to cut the Chinese sausages. All the cuts gives out a lightly different fragrance and feel to it. My mom opted for the 'log' cut, as the chunks gives out more taste when bitten. If you have other wax meat with the rice, it will be a better idea to slice the Chinese sausages.

The last dish we had was a 'Kam Chong' fish which translate to the 'Gold' Chong fish. I didn't like the whole sambal action going on top. I felt it was such a waste to have the fresh fish with sambal. Covered all the natural sweetness that the fish gave out.

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Day 5 : Last minute shopping

We have everything all planned out for the last day. Eat everything we have been eyeing for, eat everything that we like, and do our last minute shopping.

We head to the market again hoping for that particular packed noodles stall to be open and with less people. We were in luck to find three empty seats for us to squat. I had the rounded noodles with minced pork balls and bambo shoots soup. (10,000 Dong) The soup was just so so but I like the bambos shoots itself. Some might not like the bamboo shoot smell as it might smell too pungent. I'm used to it because I love them in my Hokkien Loh Mee) I totally loved the bamboo shoots. The minced pork balls tasted superb! Even better than the minced pork balls that we had in Nha Hang Mien Luon on Day 2.

After breakfast we went back to the corner coffee shop at Ngo Trung Yen to have their coffee again.

While walking towards the shop, I finally bought this fried bread on a stick (5,000 Dong for 2 sticks). Every since the first day at Hanoi, I have always been eyeing of the ladies selling this. The ladies selling these will change after us and offer them for 2,000 Dong a stick. I'm not sure what I didn't buy them then. Anyway, not worth the buy. The bread was dry and hard and very cold.

We had the 'nem' (spring rools) (3,000 Dong) bought from the market with our coffee too. Again, it was very cold. I bet they would taste better if they were just fresh from the wok. The weather in Hanoi just freezes up everything.

I actually wanted to buy some home. I could re-fry them back at home and serve it warm... but then ... never mind la. It's such a hassle.

After coffee, we head to #22 Gua Ngur, just outside the market lane to buy Gio Cha Uoc Le. 'Gio Cha' is a place where the place of the most delicious 'Uoc Le' is originated.

I bought Gio Cha Uoc Le (150,000 Dong per kg), a Vietnamese ham is pre pack neatly with banana leaves. Easy to transport, and most importantly, delicious! The lady who owned the shop was really friendly. I didn't know how to ask mu questions so we ended up communicating through drawings. Thank god for me and my note book. I was told that the Uoc Le can be kept in the freezer for 10 months before it begins to spoil.

I also bought 200g of seasoned, fried, and bottled minced meat that will go well with clear soup noodles from her.

The next item on our list was Vietnamese coffee. We walked over to Cafe Hue Coffee shop at #26 Hang Giay street. I didn't buy any because I already have so much of coffee at home. No one in the family is a coffee drinker except my mom. My friends bought some though. (120,000 Dong per kg) The Weasel smelt like coffee with chocolate, and the Chon smelt like coffee and cocoa powder.

After purchasing coffee, it was time for Bia Hoi at the cross junction of Ta Hien Street. I didn't take the Bia Hoi this time. I was burping and having hiccups after I had my glass on the first day. I am just not a beer person. Just took a sip from my friends glass, tasted smooth and light. Better than the first day. (No wonder locals say you have to drink it earlier in the day, taste better.)

While my friend enjoyed his beer, I was trying out the meat we saw bought at the market just as we walked out to buy coffee.


Not pork. Click [+] to expand.

This is not a BBQed piglet. Look at the legs and you will know this is not a pig.

100,000 per kg for the meat. Not the dog head.

We bought just a little to try, the intestines as well. In the end I just found out that this is just Vietnamese sausages. Something similar to the 'lap cheong' that the Chinese makes but this is using the dog's intestines lining. I'm not too sure what is stuffed in it, but tasted like minced (don't know what) meat and some beans ...or something that tasted like beans.

After all the food, last thing to buy on our list was the backpacks and haversacks. I knew I will be coming back for them ever since I say them on the first day. "Grade AAA" stuff (if you get what I mean) which was quite good quality. I bought a Deuter haversack and a NorthFace day pack. Both for only USD30! w00t! More backpacking trips for me!!!

We headed back to our guest house to off load the shopping goods and pack. The only thing left to do is to have lunch. After walking around, being so picky with all the restaurants, one of my friend finally said "Let's us just head to Bobby Chinn's if not Teckiee will surely leave Hanoi with regret.

So, here we were.

Very dim and romantic settings in the restaurant. White roses and all.

Red drapes all over the place with strings of white roses just as SC describes it.

I was actually quite turned off when I saw the menu. Lunch menu, dinner menu, wine list... I asked for their other menus expecting to get a little longer list of food but, ah... dessert menu. I had only about 10 choices to choose from the lunch menu.

We did ordered and then came the tempura chicken complimentary of the chef. While trying to take a good picture of it... the man himself pop by, looked at that was being served and went to the kitchen.

Peach tea (USD2.50). I was like "Ehhhhh isn't that Bobby Chinn!?!"

Bread and butter. Yes he is. He looks so much better in real life. Such a charming and handsome man. (Too bad the picture I took with him didn't look like him =( haiss) I can see why his team of staff adores him.

Sloppy Joe (USD6.50). (Now you see understand why I was disappointed with the menu? Sloopy Joe at a nice restaurant?) Sloopy indeed. Taste wise it was just so so in the beginning. But the more I bite into the bread and minced meat with sauce, the more I begin to taste the flavor of the sauce. Quite nice. The onions are BBQed first before serving. (the other half of the bun is under the onions) And the fries, ...left out too long. It was soggy.

The Steak Sandwich (USD6.50) was something I liked better than the Sloopy Joe. Love the thin cooked buy moist layer of black pepper steak. Good stuff.

The Mac and Cheese (USD6) tasted the best among the this three. Tons of mozzarella and I love the strong fragrance and taste of the parmesan. But I think tasting that is enough for me, I would not be able to finish that clay pot full of Penne and cheese as I was really really rich.

I wanted to call for the bill after the food. We need to head to the airport already. But then I remembered, my dessert!

When my chocolate pudding (USD5) came, I was told that the desserts were complementary from Bobby. Not really a pudding, but a chocolate lava with ice cream on the side. Superb stuff! A must try!

Chocolate moose. (USD 4) Good stuff too. Smooth, and not too sweet.

Lemon Creme Brulee. (USD 4) This I did not like. I have never liked Creme Brulee of any type or flavor. I have tried many many creme brulee but I have never liked them. I just don't like the dessert.

We rushed back to the guest house just a little late. Our taxi driver was already waiting for us but it was all worth it.

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