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December 30, 2013

A short note to end the year :)

Hope everyone had great Christmas!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Just letting you guys know that I’ll be taking a short break from blogging whilst I go on holidays. I’ll be back soon after the New Year so until then, hope you all have a great time! ๐Ÿ˜€

And while I have the chance, here’s a picture of the first ever bento I made (earlier this year) but never got around to posting on my blog! It’s far from perfect, and took me forever to make….but it was heaps fun!

And on another note, the wonderful people at delivery hero chose me as one of their ten winners of the โ€˜Not Just Another Food Bloggerโ€™ award!! (This is my blog’s first proper award so thank-you so much guys!!)They also did a short interview with me- check it out here

Delivery Hero Not Just Another Food Blogger Awards 2013

They were also kind enough to send me a super cute tea-towel as a gift which I love so much (but haven’t had a chance to take a picture of to show you guys yet!

In Asian, Recipe on
December 3, 2013

Korean Fried Chicken Wings

I’ve been in love with Korean fried chicken since I first had it at a Korean buffet, which unfortunately closed down shortly after I’d discovered it. Since then, they’ve been an occasional indulgence since they’re quite pricey and I don’t really eat out at Korean restaurants that much.

So I was quite excited when I chanced upon an amazing looking recipe for these chicken wings which looked exactly like the ones I’ve had at Korean restaurants. So excited infact, that chicken wings shot to the top of my grocery shopping list and the next day, I was already making these for lunch!

 

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In Asian, Dining on
December 1, 2013

Malaysian Eats Around Sydney

When my friend told me she was in the mood for Malaysian food, a quick google search resulted in many terrific Malaysian eateries that we wanted to try so we spent our next couple of lunches visiting a few of them ๐Ÿ™‚

Ipoh On York

Asam Laksa ($10.5)

We start first at Ipoh on York, as it’s one of the few Malaysian restaurants which are actually open on weekends- and it’s incredibly quiet too, with only one other table eating in when we walked in at around 12 on a Saturday afternoon. It’s a food-court style restaurant, where you pay and pick up the food at the counter before taking a seat. We have a bit of difficulty both choosing what to order and reading the menu on the board above the counter but luckily the staff were nice enough to hand us some takeaway menus to sit down and look over whilst we decided.

My friend went for the asam laksa, a quite different variation to the laksa we’re used to- the slightly sour soup was an interesting and refreshing change and we didn’t find it too spicy for our tastes.

Roti Canai ($3 each)


The roti canai weren’t as great as Mamak’s but they were nice and flaky, and overall quite enjoyable.

Seafood Kway Teow Siram ($11.5)

I went for the Seafood Kway teow siram as they had a delicious picture of it on the menu. The stir fried rice noodles are covered in much more gravy than I’d expected, though the gravy is very creamy and tasty, with thin bits of egg making it seem a bit like egg flower soup. I wasn’t quite sure how the combination of stir fried noodles (which tend to be dry) and the gravy would work out, but I was pleasantly surprised at how well it worked together!

Malay Chinese Takeaway

Chicken and Prawn Laksa $9.60 
 

Online reviews pointed us towards Malay-Chinese takeaway for arguably ‘Sydney’s best laksa’. I must have been too busy salivating over the tasty laksa photos when reading about it, as I didn’t notice that the place would be absolutely packed at lunch time with just enough tables to accomodate the customers. And in the time we were there, there was almost no seat that was empty for more than a 30 seconds. Literally.

Nor did I notice that the place would be filled almost solely with office workers, making us feel rather out of place in our casual-wear. But nevermind that- the laksa was all we were really after.

I’m not a huge a laksa fan (though I do enjoy it from time to time) so I can’t tell if this ticks all the boxes for an ‘amazing’ laksa, but I did like it more than any other laksa I’ve tried previously….which is about two. The soup has a rich coconut taste which is just strong enough to compliment the other complex flavours (of which I have not idea what they are but it was tasty!). It is covered with a thick layer of red oil though, which probably accounts for its tastiness but looks so unhealthily bad for you we had to scoop off some of it before drinking the rest of the soup.

Daily Special: Grilled Chicken with Rice ($9.5)

I was a little disappointed that the daily special of deep fried chicken with rice (as advertised on the website) had turned into grilled chicken instead when we turned up. It’s nothing too special, but the chicken is tasty and tender…..and soaked in pool of oil. Nevertheless it was quite enjoyable, though I’ll definitely be returning to try out their fried chicken when they have it again ๐Ÿ™‚

Ito’s Malaysian

We’d originally planned to visit Ito’s on our first trip, but we realised at the last minute that they were only open on weekdays. So we made sure that the next time we met up, it was a weekday so that we could try  it out!

Beef Rendang ($8.5)

We were surprised how average and ordinary it looked, sitting in a quite food court- had it not been for the online reviews, I would probably have never tried the place!

The menu isn’t particularly extensive with a couple of noodle dishes, satay and a couple of curries in the bain maries, but we still took quite a while deciding what to have since everything seemed so good! I usually prefer dishes cooked to order over those pre-cooked and sitting in the bain marie but I made an exception this time because the beef rendang looked pretty tasty.

And I was pretty glad I chose it because the beef rendang was amazing! It’s less coconutty than most version I’ve tried, but the taste is amazingly addictive and the beef is so tender it falls apart really easily.

Chicken Laksa

My friend orders the chicken laksa, which is much less intense than the one at Malay Chiense takeaway. It’s much lighter and more coconutty, and we find it to be enjoyable, just in a very different way to the one at Malay-Chinese takeaway.

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In Cake, Recipe on
November 25, 2013

Red Wine Chocolate Cake

The one reason I don’t cook or bake with alcohol much is simple because there is never any in the house. It’s a stupid reason, I know, since I can easily buy wine online or even drive to the bottle shop if it’s urgent so the first thing I did when exams finished was to finally purchase a bottle of red wine to play around with!! ๐Ÿ™‚

In the type of Asian cooking we do at home, we only ever occasionally add a splash or rice wine here or there in our stir fries so I was a bit surprised when I first learnt about Western foods, that there was quite a lot of alcohol in a lot of the recipes I wanted to attempt! A lot of stews I wanted to make required red or white wine for depth of flavour, some required beer in the marinades to tenderise the meats- there were even cakes which required beer……..all of which I’d love to try some day!

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In Cake, Recipe on
October 3, 2013

Custard Chiffon Cake

I’m a pretty terrible blogger. I post things weeks to months after taking photos of them, forget to post up recipes and generally don’t end up being bothered to post half of the stuff that’s supposed to end up on this space. And this one’s no different!

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to be invited to  Appliances Online’s Mother’s Day Morning Tea. Yep, you read right- Mother’s day. Some 4-5 months ago actually.

I don’t usually go to any of these kind of events, but this one was so close to uni, and I just so happened to be starting uni late that day that it would be a shame if I didn’t go! ๐Ÿ™‚ And I’m glad I did- it was a wonderful event, where we got to take a small tour of the Appliances Online office and have a short cooking demonstration with ladies of the Monday Morning Cooking Club who also prepared us a delicious morning tea where we got to have a bit of a chat with everyone.

I hadn’t heard of the Monday Morning Cooking Club before (though something did tell me that as a food blogger, I probably should!!) but the ladies made the morning incredibly interesting with their stories whilst showing us how simple it was to make three recipes from their cookbook: kindlech, honey macadamia nut wafers and almond kifli.


What I really love about their cookbook is that there is a story behind every recipe. I was particularly drawn to the custard chiffon cake recipe when Merelyn told us the story of how it was her mother’s secret recipe prior to the cookbook (and you can read the touching story here) and was lucky enough to be given a copy of their cookbook to try the recipe out myself!

I’ve made chiffon cakes before, and they never turn out too bad because they’re soft and airy……..so even if it doesn’t turn out quite as you’d hoped, it’s still quite pleasant and enjoyable. And they’re light which makes devouring the whole big cake a lot easier than it would seem.

But this cake is incomparable to the ones I’ve made before- it’s in a world of its own!

It’s light as you’d expect of a chiffon cake. It isn’t too sweet either (though I like to tone down the sugar a tad bit), and is everything you’d expect from a chiffon cake. But it’s the custard adds that little bit of depth which goes surprisingly well with the texture of the cake, which makes it especially addictive. And I mean so addictive that you will have a hard time not finishing the whole thing in one go!

 I don’t often rave about cakes- actually, I don’t often rave about anything in general, but this cake is so good, I was making it on a weekly basis for quite a while…….so I think it deserves a bit of a mention ๐Ÿ˜‰

Custard Chiffon Cake

Recipe from Monday Morning Cooking Club Cookbook

175g (1 1/6 cups) self raising flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
35g (1/4 cup) custard powder
6 large eggs, separated
345g (1 1/2 cups) caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
80ml (1/3 cup) extra light olive oil or vegetable oil
170ml (2/3 cup) warm water

1. Preheat oven to 180C. You will need an ungreased chiffon cake tin (not a non stick one as well). Do NOT grease it.
2. Sift the flour,1 teaspoon of cream of tartar and custard powder three times to ensure they are fully combined.[I actually added the cream of tartar to the egg whites when whipping them up rather than to this mixture here as it helps stabilise the eggwhites]
3. In an electric mixer, whisk egg yolks with 230g( 1 cup) of sugar until pale and creamy, then add the vanilla extract.Pour the oil and warm water into a jug. While the yolks are still whisking on low speed, add the flour mixture and the oil & water at the same time, whisking until just incorporated.
4. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form, then add the remaining sugar and continue to whisk until the egg whites are stiff but not dry. Very carefully fold the batter into the egg whites with a metal spoon until just incorporated.
5.Pour mixture into the cake tin. Bake for 1hour or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into cake.- I baked it for 1 hour and 10 mins. (Note to self, reduce the oven temp to avoid the cracks)
6. After removing the cake from the oven, immediately invert it to cool by balancing the middle funnel onto a bottle neck. It is important for the cake to be inverted and suspended upside down until it is cool to stop it from collapsing.