• Food,  Living

    Top 5 Christmas Day Drinks Recipes

    Whilst the food is an important part of the feasting when it comes to Christmas, the drinks are also equally important because if the drinks aren’t good, you’ll find it’ll be difficult to get your party going!

    To ensure that you’ve got enough liquid arsenal up your sleeve and so your party won’t fall flat, check out these Christmas Day Drinks Recipes:

    1. Cranberry Punch

    • 32 oz. cranberry juice
    • 1 cup of orange juice
    • 1 cup pineapple juice
    • 2 cups ginger ale or ginger beer

    Mix all together & voila! A drink fit for the designated drivers and it’s even children friendly.

    2. White Cranberry Mimosa

    • Prosecco
    • White Cranberry Juice
    • Sparkling Elderflower Soda (optional)
    • Frozen Cranberries 
    Add equal parts Prosecco and white cranberry juice to each glass. Add in a swig of elderflower soda, and garnish with some frozen cranberries.

    3. Angel’s Kiss

    • 400ml Tia Maria, chilled
    • 16 tbsp (approx 250ml) double cream
    • cocoa, for dusting

    Pour the Tia Maria into a small cocktail or liqueur glasses. Carefully pour the cream into the glasses over the back of a teaspoon so it floats on the surface of the Tia Maria and makes a separate layer. Dust the cream with cocoa by shaking it through a tea strainer, and serve.

    4. Amaretto Fizz

    • 400ml Disaronno
    • 600ml orange juice
    • 2 x 75cl bottles sparkling wine
    • strips orange zest

    Mix Disaronno, orange juice and sparkling wine in a jug. Add a strip orange zest to each glass, if you like.

    5. Peppermint Hot Chocolate

    • 1/2 cup of whole milk
    • 1/4 cup heavy cream
    • 6 peppermint candies crushed (approximately 4 teaspoons)
    • 5 ounces of good quality milk chocolate, coarsely chopped
    1. Combine milk, cream, and candies in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Whisk occasionally until candies are dissolved, about 4 minutes.
    2. 2Add chocolate and whisk until it is completely melted and well incorporated, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately.
  • Food,  Living

    [Recipe] Easy To Make Munchies For Christmas from Celebrity Chef Rachel Khoo!

    Aahhhh……Christmas. One of the best times of the year. The jolly festivities with all that delicious food and luxurious edible treats gives one something, if not a few things to look forward to.

    However, cooking or baking at festive times can be a rather stressful thing for some of us. Recently, we had the pleasure of meeting celebrity chef and author, Rachel Khoo. She was featured in the popular cooking show, The Little Paris Kitchen on BBC Lifestyle to great critical acclaim. And in the recent masterclass, we attended, Rachel taught us some great recipes that are not only truly scrumptious to eat but more importantly, they are easy to make! That’s top-notch as far as we’re concerned!

    Rachel gave us a recipe called Baked Cheese Cigars. They’re served with refreshing green papaya, cucumber, and radish slaw. However, the beauty of this recipe is that you can make the baked cheese cigars in smaller sizes too. You just need to ensure that whatever size that you choose to make it, it has to roll tightly enough and the ends must be nipped in or it won’t turn out.

    The recipe calls for feta cheese but you can also vary it with various cheeses to give you those different taste notes to make your version more interesting. For example, we tried them at home with some good salty cheddar and fruit chutney. It worked like a dream. Mozzarella can also be used but as it’s a mild cheese, you will then need to pair it with something lighter. Basil and tomatoes work very well with mozzarella so that will be a winner for sure.

    The combination of flavors from Rachel’s recipe works well as the saltiness from the feta cheese and the sweetness from the honey complement each flavor very well. Do give it a try if you’re up for it. It’s not difficult to make and best of all, it tastes great.

    A word of caution though, filo pastry can be a tad cumbersome to handle. It’s a very delicate sheet of pastry so be careful when you’re handling it as it can tear easily. Don’t skim on the melted butter as the more melted butter you brush onto the pastry, the better it will naturally taste but also, it helps to seal it together as you roll it up.

    If you serve it with the green papaya, cucumber, and radish slaw, it’ll give you a good appetizer for a dinner or a light lunch. Depending on your appetite!

    Next up, Rachel gave us a second recipe – the Coconut Chocolate Truffles.

    This recipe is also relatively easy to make. It’s great to always have something you can prepare ahead of time, especially if you’re entertaining at home. You can bet that these little morsels of delight will impress your guests.

    Always use a double-boiler method aka a ‘bain-marie’ to melt your chocolate. Chocolate can burn easily so a bit of patience goes a long way here. Keep the fire on a low heat to slowly melt the chocolate and you’ll have beautiful melted chocolate. Follow the recipe and you’ll end up with lovely chocolate truffles.

    If you’re not a fan of coconut, be creative and play with flavors. You can roll them in sifted cocoa powder for a very simple type of truffle but a delicious one nonetheless. Or you can roll them in chopped nuts, some have even played with a mixture of chopped nuts and finely chopped rose petals. You can also add in a splash of alcohol to the mixture for an alcoholic version as well. Rum and raisin is a fail-proof flavor, for those who are inclined to that sort of thing.

    If you’re a fan of Rachel Khoo, catch her on BBC Lifestyle on HyppTV Ch620.

  • Food,  Living,  Travel

    [Infographic] A Malaysian Foodie Food Trail Challenge

    Food and the love of food have been synonymous with Malaysians for years. 

    We live to eat and not eat to live. We love eating and all things to do with food. If someone attended a wedding dinner with you and if you ask them what a couple of the moment wore, chances are that they won’t remember the specific details of the couple’s attire other than they looked nice. However, ask them about the food served at the wedding dinner and they’ll very likely have a lot to say about it! The food, they can definitely remember. And that just goes to show how important and significant food is to the majority of us Malaysians.

    So much so, there are foodies who faithfully travel to far off places to taste unique and delicious delicacies. Food bloggers or food writers will even go into the great detail as to how to get to some far-flung destination for a specific dish with the purpose of spreading the joy of eating to others through their words and photos.

    Being a country where we are a melting pot of cultures and cuisines, we are truly blessed by abundant choices of food. We found an interesting infographic that maps out the journey across different states for the benefit of those who wish to taste 11 of the most popular dishes Malaysia has to offer. Food such as the mouth-watering Assam laksa to the infamous chicken rice ball to the fragrant Seremban Siew pau, it is captured nicely here.

    The Malaysian Foodie Trail Challenge journey is not for the faint-hearted and would require certain pre-requisites. So, if you’re up for some adventure and want to do something different for a change, try this!

    Are you ready to take up the Malaysian foodie challenge? A true foodie wouldn’t miss this and would jump at this in a heartbeat.

    Credit: www.imoney.my

  • Food,  Living

    Top 7 Healthy Food Delivery Services In Klang Valley

    For those of us who strive to eat well but somehow, fail a little in this department because of all the glorious food choices we have abundantly in our city, we totally understand how that feels like.

    Well, we may have just the answer for you because recently, the healthy food delivery scene has taken our city by storm! These meal delivery services listed here have done the hard work for you by taking out the hassle of grocery shopping, the chore of preparing the ingredients and cooking.

    We’ve rounded up some meal delivery services that help you eat healthy, whether you’re a busy mum, busy at work, working from home or just want something different for a change.

    Whatever it is, congratulate yourself on taking the first conscious step in making a lifestyle change when you choose to order from one of these food delivery services. In choosing to eat well, you’re on the way to being a better, healthier you.

    1. The Naked Lunch Box

    The Naked Lunch Box is a food delivery service that offers a variety of vegan, paleo and raw meals delivered to the office during your lunch hour. The Naked Lunch Box changes its menu on a monthly basis so you won’t be stuck with the same old choices. There is a small catch though – there has to be a minimum order of three lunchboxes /dates per customer. Besides, catering to your lunch needs, you’ll be happy to know that they can also cater to small meetings and other office events too.

    Price Range: RM10 – RM15
    Facebook: The Naked Lunch Box
    Delivery Days: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
    Delivery Areas: PJ and KL
    Contact them at thenakedlb@gmail.com

    2. EatClean KL

    EatClean KL has a mantra that advocates healthy living by encouraging healthy diets “one meal at a time”. The preparation of the meals are halal and they only use fresh produce, organic products, olive oil, and minimal salt is added to their food. It is available only for lunchtimes though. EatClean KL’s menu includes pasta, salads, wraps and more.

    Price Range: Available upon request
    Facebook: EatClean KL
    Delivery Days:
    Monday – Friday
    Delivery Areas:
    Damansara Heights, Sri Hartamas, Mont Kiara & Bangsar
    Contact them at eatcleanKL@gmail.com, Mobile no: 013-257 6988

    3. The Rebellious Chickpea Delivery Service

    The Rebellious Chickpea is known for offering healthy and delicious food to those who want food that tastes great but that is also good for their body. Pricing their meals at RM15 each (or it could be below RM15, depending on what’s available) and with all their items made with fresh ingredients, it’s a good deal. Their menu varies each week, which is great for those of us who like variety. The best thing is, delivery is free of charge to those living in the Klang Valley (now, there’s really no excuse not the eat healthily!).

    Price Range: RM15 and below
    Facebook: The Rebellious Chickpea
    Delivery Days: Monday – Friday (except public holidays)
    Delivery Areas:
    Klang Valley
    Contact them at therebelliouschickpea@gmail.com, Mobile no: 012 695 3803

    4. The Lean Canteen

    The Lean Canteen team likes to liven up their food. Not just with taste notes but they also have a sense of humor when naming their dishes. Names like ‘Don Aglio’, ‘Salmon Khan’, ‘Bangkok Beef'(as pictured above) are just a taste of what there is on offer. They deliver only to their allocated collection points, which is slightly different compared to the rest but there are no complaints from us. Their cuisine includes anything from the favorite of almost everyone we know- fried rice, to those in favor for some tex-mex cuisine like burritos and they have pasta covered too. The Lean Canteen works with a nutritionist so that the food they serve average to about 500 calories per meal.

    Price Range: RM13 – RM19
    Facebook: The Lean Canteen
    Delivery Days: Monday – Sunday
    Delivery Areas:
    Various collection points in Klang Valley
    Contact them at theleancanteen@gmail.com, Whatsapp Aina 012-2086440

    5. Delicious Detox Delivery

    Delicious Detox Delivery takes their food to another level. They specialize in raw, organic and vegan meals that are also dairy-free and gluten-free, a very rare find in our city. The thing we like about them is that apart from offering a weekly lunch menu (main dish, dessert, and a smoothie), they also have three delicious detox programs to choose from. A great way to get into the healthy detox mode by not starving yourself but by ensuring that you eat well whilst on your detox program.

    Price Range: Individual meals RM10 – RM25, Detox packages range from RM250 – RM650
    Website: www.deliciousdetoxdelivery.com
    Facebook: Delicious Detox Delivery
    Delivery Areas:
    KL, Ampang, PJ, Desa Park City, Bangsar, Subang, Shah Alam & Puchong
    Contact them at office@deliciousdetoxdelivery.com, Tel no: 03-7962 0046

    6. Dah Makan

    Eating well every day doesn’t have to be complicated with Dah Makan. They pride themselves in creating healthy gourmet lunchboxes, crafted with the freshest ingredients and delivered straight to your doorstep. They believe in their food so much that they actually offer a 100% satisfaction guaranteed on their website or they say that they’ll give your money back (and that they’ll even throw in a ukelele for free!).

    Price Range: RM16 – RM18
    Facebook: Dah Makan
    Delivery Days: Monday – Sunday
    Delivery Areas: 
    Please refer to the website for delivery areas
    Contact them at jessica@dahmakan.com, Mobile no: 014-327-9972

    7. My.Foodmatters.me

    Foodmatters Malaysia started on a simple principle – to banish negativity surrounding the concept of healthy eating. But not just that. They had the vision to make it more accessible, delicious and more importantly, affordable. They aim to make good food that matters to your body and that makes you a healthier you. Led by a certified nutritionist, you can be rest assured that your food is not being taken lightly in terms of nutrition. They take nutrition seriously and hope to help people attain a healthier lifestyle with what they eat. The only difference with this food delivery service is that they do not cater to singular orders at present. They operate on a monthly subscription system.

    Price Range: Upon request
    Facebook: Foodmatters Malaysia
    Delivery Days: Monday – Sunday
    Delivery Areas: 
    Please refer to my.foodmatters.me for delivery areas
    Contact them at Contact them here.

    We researched quite a number of various healthy food delivery options there are in our city. We actually came across a few more who also offer healthy food delivery services. However, the reason they are not mentioned in this list is that they could not provide us with enough nutritional information. They were also unable to give us in-depth information about their dishes offered. For example, they were unable to provide specifics on all the ingredients used and some were not as willing to share how the way the food is prepared.

    The writer for this article has very specific dietary requirements and is on a special diet for medical reasons. Thus, the writer needs to know literally everything that goes into the meal offered in order to ensure that she eats the right foods.

    Healthy food delivery services are an excellent idea and in fact, we celebrate that there are so many healthier options available these days. Unfortunately, not everyone understands food allergies or intolerances when it comes to food. There are some people who suffer from certain medical conditions. Hence, why it is important that if a healthy food delivery service claims to be gluten-free or even nut-free for example, it ought to be prepared in the kitchen environment where it is completely gluten-free or nut-free.

    This avoids unnecessary medical emergencies and of course, the brand is true for what it stands for. To us, being honest and accountable as to what is being offered to customers is also extremely important. Knowing what goes into your food and what that meal is about nutritional wise all adds up to being a better, healthier you. So, don’t discount what’s in your food because it does make a difference.

    Here’s to a healthier, more vibrant lifestyle for those of you who are deciding to eat a little healthier. And for those of you who are already on this wonderful food journey, discover on and enjoy these scrumptious meals on offer!

  • Food

    (Recipe) Gluten Free Oatmeal Protein Bars

    Your alarm goes off, and you barely have enough time or energy to roll out of bed, wash up and slip yourself into a decent outfit, let alone prepare a nutritious (and tasty!) breakfast.

    Does this sound familiar? Well, if you’re like us and sometimes have trouble rousing from bed in the morning, this recipe has your busy morning’s back. Make it the night before, and you’re sorted! You’ve got breakfast for the week.

    INGREDIENTS

    1 cup almond butter
    3 ounces vanilla plant-based protein powder
    1/2 cup maple syrup
    2 eggs
    2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
    1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
    1 teaspoon baking soda

    DIRECTIONS

    1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Spray a 9-by-11-inch pan with cooking spray.
    2. In a small bowl, use an electric mixer to mix the almond butter, protein powder, and maple syrup. Beat in the eggs.
    3. Stir in rolled oats, coconut, and baking soda, and mix well.
    4. Firmly press stiff dough into the pan using the back of a spoon.
    5. Bake for 12 minutes or until the top browns slightly.
    6. Cool pan on a rack, cut into 18 squares and store leftovers in an airtight container.
  • Food,  Living

    (Food Review) The Kitchen Table Restaurant & Bakery

    Having heard about The Kitchen Table via the supper club in Mont Kiara, we kept meaning to pay them a visit but never did. When they finally opened their doors on the quieter side of Damansara Kim in Petaling Jaya, we decided that it was indeed high time for a visit.

    And boy, did we visit. We visited this place several times to check out the place and so far, each visit has been more than satisfactory, which lets us leave with smiles on our faces after our meals. That’s saying quite a lot, we can tell you.

    We first tried their Day Menu offerings and it did not disappoint. As you walk in, whitewashed walls, freshly baked bread and a promising array of cakes and desserts greet you, calling your name to try each and every item there.

    We decided on the luscious pulled pork served with a side of crunchy carrot-beet slaw, salsa and their signature sourdough bread (RM12.50) and also ordered the juicy Roast Chicken which is moist and well seasoned (also served with a side of crunchy carrot-beet slaw and their signature sourdough bread for RM15.90).

    To finish, we had their Meringues and though it was sweet, it was exactly what we needed for that Sunday brunch. Meringues are meant to be sweet and this one paired with chocolate was sensational. We also had their Basil Cheesecake – a different but lovely slice of cake. It’s not too heavy or too light. It was just right. A delightful way to end a great meal.

    The Kitchen Table prides itself on being simple. Not in a too plain jane sense but in the sense that it serves great tasting food with minimal fuss. It has no airs nor does it have high claims of pretending to be something they’re not. Their food is simply rustic, warm and comforting. It makes this place a favorite in our books when it comes to a place for Sunday Brunch.

    The food was good enough to warrant another visit and the next time we decided to sample their dinner menu. The dinner menu is not dismal, just minimal items to choose from. However, all the offerings looked promising and enticing. Based on our last visit here, we had high hopes for the items served for dinner.

    Their menu has small plates and large plates. The small plates are basically starters and their large plates are their main course, which serves two adults. We suppose that if you’re really hungry, you could possibly devour an entire portion on your own. But as we are quite typically Malaysian, we like to order a few dishes to try out and share it amongst ourselves. With no need for encouragement to order, we ordered away.

    For starters, we had their Citrus Salad (RM24) which consists of calamari tossed with a shallot vinaigrette, served on a bed of citrus fruit topped with capers and mint. A refreshing starter. To help mop up the juices on the plate, we could not resist an order of their house-made sourdough bread (RM8) served with salted butter. Being lovers of bread, we have to say that the sourdough bread is one of the better ones we’ve had in town. A definite must-try.

    For the main event, so to speak, we had to try their infamous Buckwheat Fried Chicken, half a chicken served with a simple pomelo salad (RM38). The fried chicken was quite well done, apart was a little blood near the bone but overall, it was scrumptious. It’s no wonder why it was recently nominated for the Time Out Food Awards for the Best Fried Chicken category.

    Our second choice for a main was the Orecchiette Pasta, a delicious pasta dish with oyster and shimeji mushrooms, miso butter and a soft egg (RM31). Although we would have personally preferred the soft egg served on top of the pasta to be softer and runnier, thus allowing us to be able to stir in the soft egg properly into the pasta, that was the only “complaint”, as it were.

    The egg still had its soft yolk, which was a beautiful sight to behold once you break into it. This pasta dish tasted divine. In fact, one of us preferred this compared to the fried chicken and fought for the last spoonful. So yes, it was that good.

    We take our desserts and cakes very seriously. And we are happy to report that The Kitchen Table exceeded our expectations in this department.

    We tried the Earl Grey Creme Brulee (RM15) served with shortbread and grapefruit pieces. Its hint of orange bergamot from the earl grey lifts this classic dessert of creme brulee to higher heights. And to have it with buttery melt-in-the-mouth shortbread cookies? We’re sold!

    We were rather full of this truly satisfying meal but that didn’t stop us from taking away some of the deliciousness home with us. We took back their Lemon Drizzle Cake (RM6.50 per slice), Carrot-pineapple cake (RM12.90) and a loaf of their sourdough bread.

    Whilst we have had better lemon drizzle cakes before, this one is still very good and for the price, it’s more than decent. The pineapple carrot cake is not overly sweet, has the right balance of spice and nuttiness with a mild cream cheese frosting.

    Just one point to note though. Unfortunately, the coffee here isn’t as good as we had hoped. We had it during our first visit and it was lacking in depth and flavor. So, we opted not to have coffee when we were there the next couple of times we visited. For coffee lovers such as ourselves, this was disappointing but we hope they’ll be able to improve on their coffee soon.

    With regard to alcohol, they haven’t yet secured their liquor license. Thus, corkage is currently RM35 per bottle.

    Would we come back again? Yes. We’ve been there a few times now and are glad to report that they have remained consistent in their food. Prices are very reasonable for the fare offered. Service staff is attentive and polite, which also helps make your dining experience a more pleasant one.

    The menu choices may be small for the moment but you know what, it’s better to have everything that one serves in a restaurant to be exceptional in quality and taste than to have multiple choices but deliver mediocre food. We’ll certainly be back again and look forward to more food journeys with The Kitchen Table team.

    The Day Menu is available from 10 am till 2:30 pm. Bakery items served thereafter. The Dinner Menu starts from 6:30 pm till 10:30 pm.

    Venue address: The Kitchen Table Restaurant & Bakery, 23, Jalan SS20/11, Damansara Kim, Petaling Jaya. Selangor Darul Ehsan.
    Opening time: 10am-1030pm (with 530pm-630pm break). Closed Mondays

  • Food,  Home,  Living

    Top 10 Ways To Use Turmeric

    Turmeric is a spice that many of us take for granted. You’ll be surprised how this simple spice can be used to enhance our health.

    Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory spice. It decreases muscle soreness after an intense workout, it can help neutralize free radicals which can lead to wrinkles, cellulite, and fatigue. It is also known to be used for liver detoxification and known to have anti-aging properties.

    Its warm, peppery flavor and golden color add richness to dishes and interest to the most boring of vegetables and legumes. It also adds some depth to smoothies and turns regular eggs into something a little more special.

    Here are Top 10 Ways To Use Turmeric:

    1. Turmeric Elixir

    Boil turmeric root in water, discard the turmeric. Add raw honey, ground turmeric, lemons, and cayenne pepper. Blend with ice, then cool.

    2. Spiced Cauliflower

    Toss cauliflower in olive oil, salt, black pepper, and turmeric. Roast for 30 minutes. Serve with lemon zest and coriander.

    3. Turmeric Scrambled Eggs

    Adding turmeric into your scrambled eggs, such as this recipe from Food and Wine, lifts this simple dish to another dimension.

    4. Dal Fry

    The combination of dhal and turmeric is a real match in heaven. This recipe is a testament to just that.

    5. Turmeric Kale

    Kale is a super powerhouse vegetable. Try this kale stir fry for a different flavor punch.

    6. Turmeric Milkshake

    Try this dairy-free milkshake for a change. It’s yummy and good for you. What more can you want?

    7. Curried Chickpeas

    Serve this Curried Chickpeas dish up at your next dinner for a healthy bit of spice to your diet.

    8. Turmeric Vegetable Dip

    Blend cashews, young coconut flesh, coconut water, olive oil, garlic, ground turmeric, and ground ginger. Serve with vegetable crudités.

    9. Spiced Carrot & Tahini Soup

    Pan-fry carrots, onion, garlic, ground coriander, ground cumin, ground turmeric, and sea salt. Add vegetable broth. Blend with tahini and lemon juice. Serve dusted with turmeric and topped with coriander leaves.

    10. Turmeric & Pumpkin Seed Pate

    Go raw and try out this interesting combination. The turmeric & pumpkin seed pate is fresh and different.

  • Food,  Home,  Living

    Offpeak.my : Dine For Less

    Don’t we all love dining out? We know we do and with discounts, that’s even better! 

    We recently discovered the joys of Offpeak.my. In a nutshell, it’s a website that offers you options of dining out at a discounted price. Sounds like a great deal? Well, it is, but like some good offers out there, there are just with a few Terms & Conditions (T&Cs) to take note of.

    Offpeak.my has a list of restaurants in various states all over Malaysia that have joined this site to offer patrons discounts on their dining menus during off-peak hours. How does it work? See the brief explanation below:

    • Just browse through the offers
    • See what tickles your fancy
    • Select the offer you want. It can be based on price, cuisine or location.

    • Book the offer for free
    • Enjoy a great dining experience at a discount.

    This is quite a new website so they do not have a huge variety of dining options but for starters, they have offered a decent variety.

    In order for you not to get caught out, it is always important for you to read the fine print, aka the T&Cs. This way, you’ll be able to enjoy your dining experience with no unpleasant surprises.

    We hope to see the list grow with more choices on this website. For now, it seems like an interesting and less costly way of dining out during off-peak hours. Have fun trying it out and happy dining! Bookmark it Offpeak.my!

  • Food,  Home,  Living

    Top 10 Ways To Use Bananas

    Have you ever bought bananas and then after a few days, you’ve realized, oops, haven’t finished using them up yet!

    Well, waste not! There are ways to use bananas in some great recipes.

    Here are Top 10 Ways To Use Bananas:

    1. Banana Smoothie

    Bananas are great for potassium and with the combo of peanut butter for that extra bit of protein, it’s a fantastic way to get an energy boost.

    Get the recipe here for a great banana peanut butter smoothie here.

    2. Banana Bread

    Who doesn’t love a good slice of banana bread? Why not make it low fat, healthier version – get the recipe here.

    3. Banana pancakes

    Very few people don’t like pancakes. Try using bananas to add natural sweetness and have your beloved pancakes with a twist with this recipe.

    4. Gluten-Free Banana Muffins

    Go gluten-free for a change as it’s healthier than your regular gluten-based muffins. Give it a go with this recipe here.

    5. Vegan Banana French Toast

    For those who are on a vegan diet, this is a great recipe for incorporating bananas in french toast

    6. Banana Fairy Cakes

    This is a good recipe to do with the little ones in your household should you feel inclined to do so. It can also be adapted for those on a gluten-free diet.

    7. Quick Banana Ice Cream

    Using just one ingredient to make ice cream?! We are so doing this! Check it out.

    8. Baked Bananas

    Need that quick dessert for that dinner you’ve got planned at home? Try this delicious baked banana dessert for a change.

    9. Banana Pudding

    Using the microwave with all the ingredients chucked in a casserole dish to create a pudding is a brilliant idea. Make this banana pudding extra luscious with that added bit of vanilla ice cream or clotted cream on the side.

    10. Banana Cookies

    Make a healthier snack with this recipe for that cookie craving. Fewer calories with more nutrition. What more can one ask for?

  • Food,  Living

    Best 10 Must-Eats On Jalan Alor

    There’s no love sincerer than the love of food -says George Bernard Shaw. We concur with that quote because being true to our Malaysian roots, we like food. No, strike that. We LOVE food.

    Not everything we adore eating has to be fancy. In fact, some of the best food Malaysia has to offer is found on the streets. The food scene at Jalan Alor has been around for decades and needs no introduction.

    Red lanterns line the street as you enter at night and you can literally hear the crowd and feel the buzz as you walk towards Jalan Alor. Food is available almost around the clock on this street. Despite being around for years, the varieties of food have not stagnated but only got better with time, making its mark in our KL street food history.

    Some may say that the food here is overpriced and overrated. It’s also loud, sweltering (be it day or night), full of tourists and locals alike (which can be irritating or interesting, depending on your mood) and it can actually be quite in your face. But, we love it.

    It was difficult to narrow down our best eats on Jalan Alor due to the sheer variety there. But we persevered in our endeavor and the offerings did not disappoint.

    Our Best 10 Must-Eats Are :

    * Some dishes mentioned here are not halal *

    1) Nasi Lemak Jalan Alor (Halal)

    Address: Corner of Jalan Alor & Changkat Bukit Bintang

    Opening hours: 07:30am till 12:00pm. Closed on Mondays

    Kakak here informed us that this little stall has been around for more than 10 years. KLites who have morning pinings for nasi lemak start to line up at the stall even before they open for business. You can often see a queue at the junction of Jalan Alor and Changkat Bukit Bintang. And if you see that queue by a blue tent, you’ve found the right place.

    The selection of dishes is impressive for a street stall. There are the typical dishes that one would expect with nasi lemak, e.g. chicken and beef rendang, fried fish, fried chicken and of course, good ol’ sambal sotong. But they also have the fried paru, which is so popular that it’s one of the fastest to sell out. So if you are a fried paru fan, get in there early to get your fill. There are also fried noodles and fried rice for those who decide on something different (but why are you there then? Because the nasi lemak rocks!), as well as some Malay kuih.

    2) Restoran Gou Lou (Non-Halal)

    Address: 37 Jalan Alor, 50200 Kuala Lumpur

    Opening hours: 7am till 4pm. Closed on Wednesdays

    This shop is known for its fish head noodles and tom yam noodles. For us, the fish head noodles are the main attraction here. The fish head noodles served here can be “custom made” to suit your tastes, simply by choosing to add in slices of fish maw, fish fillet, bitter gourd, etc. The price varies on what you choose to add to it.

    The soup base tastes milky and is very tasty. This is because they have slaved over the stove, boiling the soup with fish bones and pork bones for hours. The usual condiments of tomatoes and pickled mustard leaves finish off this dish well. It was a bowl full of goodness and makes a satisfying lunch.

    3) Sisters Drunken Chicken Noodles (Non-Halal)

    Address: Inside Beh Brothers Restaurant, Jalan Alor, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.

    Opening hours: 8 am till late afternoon

    If you have a hankering for a good bowl of wine noodles with chicken, this is the place you’ll want to be. The noodles are cooked with several ingredients that include chicken, mushrooms, fried eggs, and ginger. They use the Chinese yellow wine at this stall and upon receiving this bowl, its aroma was enough to tantalize our taste buds.

    The wait for this can be long though, as each bowl is freshly cooked to order. We waited about 25 minutes for this as the stall was very busy so be prepared to be patient. Remember, all good things come to those who wait.

    4) Ngau Kee Beef Noodles (Non-Halal)

    Address: 6 Tengkat Tong Shin, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.

    Opening hours: 6 pm onwards

    This stall is one of the old-timers here. Having been around for several decades, they know a thing or two about beef noodles. It isn’t easy to find as it’s tucked away at the end of the street among other stalls. It’s actually located at Tengkat Tong Shin, which just next to Jalan Alor.

    The signature beef noodles are served with a bowl of noodles topped with minced meat and a side bowl of clear soup with springy beef balls. They have an awesome chili sauce there so if you like that extra zing to your meal, add the chili sauce into the mix.

    5) Alor Corner Curry Mee (Non-Halal)

    Address: Corner of Jalan Alor & Changkat Bukit Bintang

    Opening hours: 6:30 pm till late

    In that same corner where that nasi lemak stall is in the morning, the place turns into something like Cinderella’s carriage turning into a pumpkin but in this case, it changes into a curry mee stall. They also sell Assam laksa, fish balls, and prawn noodles but the star of the show here is the curry mee.

    Steaming bowls full of glorious looking curry broth laden with chicken strips, cockles, fish cake, medium-sized prawns and tofu puffs soaking up all its goodness is the first thing we see. Digging in, we reach the noodles and find the flavors intense and spicy but not overly rich. Just what a proper bowl of curry mee should be. Add in the sambal sauce for the added kick if you so, please.

    6) Fat Brother Satay (Non-Halal)

    Address: Opposite Restoran Meng Kee Grill Fish, Jalan Alor, 50200 Kuala Lumpur

    Opening hours: 6 pm till late

    There are actually several food trucks along Jalan Alor serving “lok lok”. However, the king of the “lok lok” on this street is Fat Brother Satay. It offers such an eye-boggling variety of choices.

    From fishballs, marinated meats, quails eggs to huge prawns, you will be spoilt for choice if this popular street snack tickles your fancy. Dip the sticks in the super hot boiling water, wait for it to cook, dip in the sauce and eat. Chin dribbling is not frowned upon here.

    7) Restaurant Meng Kee Grill Fish

    Address: 39, Jalan Alor, 50200 Kuala Lumpur

    Opening hours: 6 pm till late

    Restoran Meng Kee is a busy place. And grilled seafood is the main event here. All ranges of seafood from squid, prawns, fish, etc. are all laid out attractively on ice. Workers busily attend to customers who are all pointing out their orders. It’s organized chaos at its best.

    All the grilled seafood here is delicious. We enjoyed the grilled spicy fish with their sambal. The grilled squid was also divine. Prices for seafood were reasonable because they were charged according to market prices, so we were pleased that the prices were not over the top. The belacan fried rice here is also worth a mention as it’s got a nice char and frankly, anything cooked with belacan in our books is fabulous.

    8) Sangkaya Coconut Ice Cream (Pork Free)

    Address: Opposite Beh Brothers Restaurant, Jalan Alor, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.

    Opening hours: 6 pm onwards

    Being serious lovers of ice cream, we had heard of a truly out-of-this-world coconut ice cream on Jalan Alor. In fact, this was one of the first things we searched for when we got to the street on one of our several excursions there. Sangkaya coconut ice cream is made purely from coconut milk. It’s devoid of dairy and eggs which also makes this vegan and lactose-intolerant friendly, which was a joyous surprise for us.

    Great tasting coconut ice cream is hard to find here. Believe us, we know because we have tried many in our search for the “right” coconut ice cream. It is smooth, creamy, coconutty without being cloying to the palate. And as though that is not enough to please us, to our delight, we can also choose our toppings to go with this luscious iced dessert and it’s served with fresh coconut flesh. Do not miss out on the sprinkling of toasted coconut on the ice cream because trust us, it is the bomb!

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    9) Kedai Makanan & Minumum TKS (Non-Halal)

    Address: Opposite Restoran W.A.W., Jalan Alor, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.

    Opening hours: 6 pm till late

    Sichuan cuisine is what this place is known for. Sichuan cuisine as some of you may know is fiery, to say the least. One of their best sellers is their beef and cabbage soup. It has slices of tender beef in a bowl of hot spicy soup which can take the top of your mouth off with its potent heat but a dish that still tastes unusually good. But don’t say we didn’t warn you because it’s H.O.T.

    The potstickers are also popular here, as is this dish which we really liked, the stir-fried potatoes with peppercorns. The potstickers are filled with minced pork served with a spicy garlic sauce. The stir-fried potatoes are thinly sliced, quickly stir-fried so the potatoes still had that crunch, which was nice. Just leave out eating the peppercorns in this dish and you’ll be fine.

    10) Restoran W.A.W. (Wong Ah Wah) (Non-Halal)

    Address: 1 Jalan Alor, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.

    Opening hours: 5 pm till 03.45 am. Closed on alternate Mondays.

    W.A.W aka Wong Ah Wah has been synonymous with Jalan Alor for as long as we can remember. It was and still is famed for their lip-smacking, finger-licking good barbecued chicken wings. The chicken wings are barbecued over a charcoal fire with great care. These chicken wings fly off the tongs the minute they’re done and the servers send out the orders with impressive efficiency.

    You can choose to dine outdoors by the street or if you prefer dining in more comfort, you can sit indoors with the air-conditioning. When we got there, it was packed to the brim but luckily, we managed to grab a table outdoors. Besides their infamous barbecued chicken wings, they are also well known for their salted egg crab, butter prawns, Lala in black bean sauce and another favorite of ours, their roast pork noodles.