Wednesday, May 30, 2007

DAY 1 (PART 2) - HONGKONG/SHENZHEN, 23 MAY

Part 2 of Day 1 is rather a short post but I thought that it would be a good idea to feature separately so that you can digest it properly, or probably have a good laugh. Well, after checking into our hotel, we explored the surrounding area and bought some really cheap CDs selling at only RMB 15 (RM7.50 for 2 discs). Not sure if it's pirated cos the packing look exactly like original except the back was printed with "For distribution in China only".

Feel like munching something since we didn't have a very satisfying dinner. Saw a small cozy noodle shop opposite and so we headed there immediately. Upon seated, we asked for the English menu and it took quite a while for me to stop giggling after that. Read the menu and you will know what I mean.

Any idea what is 'Cook Ducks ameal'? And what is 'Steamed Beef Soup Riveris Pink'? 'Fragrant cooked rice of celery'?
'Egg drop soup of tomato? 'Stewer fish with brown sauce one'?

Hubby was laughing too and he said he got the urge to rewrite everything for them. Hahahaha! Ok...we decided not to try those items in the menu cos it's too complicated so we decided on Beef Noodle and Sliced Pork with Century Egg porridge.

Hubby's beef noodle came rather a shock to us. It's basically yellow noodle in tasteless soup, topped with slices of beef. Poor Hubby, he couldn't bring himself to swallow it down so he took a few bites only.


My porridge look rather unappetising but actually tasted quite good. Chunks and chunks of century eggs and generous portion of sliced pork. Such a comforting food to have before going to bed.

End of Day 1 in Shenzhen. Click here for Part 1.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

DAY 1 (PART 1) - HONGKONG/SHENZHEN, 23 MAY

Yes...the long-awaited trip to Hong Kong finally came. It has been one and a half years since I last visited Hong Kong and being the 5th trip to this beautiful country as well as the 1st trip to HK Disneyland, I was pretty excited cos it has been my dream to visit Disneyland. However, this trip also included 2 nights stay in Shenzhen and the itinerary there seems boring, I wasn't quite too happy to waste time there but then again, I guess I shouldn't complain too much since this is a sponsored trip.

Our plane

Was at the airport by 7 a.m.as our flight was at 9.15 a.m. Ever notice how we are deprived of good and affordable food in KLIA?? I suggested to have the breakfast set at Delifrance (do I have a choice?) which consists of half a baguette, scrambled eggs and bacons with a cup of coffee and a cup of orange juice. Priced at RM14, you decide whether it's worth the money or not.

Flight was pleasant and surprisingly, breakfast served was good too. I chose the Mushroom Omelette which came with a nicely done omelette with chicken sausage, hash brown and overcooked Snowpea (sob sob, I was missing Pea so much at that moment). I finished my portion almost immediately. The lady who sat beside me also finished hers as fast as I was. Thumbs up!

Upon arrival, we were driven to Disneyland Hollywood Hotel for high-tea. Wow...you won't believe how excited I was. The cafe is so beautiful and the theme of course, Mickey Mouse. You will see Mickey Mouse everywhere; from wall paper to paintings, chairs to uniforms of the waitresses. And background music was blasting with M.I.C.K.E.Y ..M.O.U.S.E....so cute!

O.M.G!!! We are in Disneyland already!!!!!!
Venue for our High-Tea
So cute!!

However, total disappointment with the food served. As the whole cafe was booked by Public Mutual (there were 7 groups arriving same day) and to cater for a Muslim group, all food served was Malaysianized!! Imagine my face when I saw Nasi Briyani, Kari Mee and Mee Mamak being served!! *JAWS DROPPING* No chicken, no beef, no pork!! All fish!! And am not a big fan of fish!! So I stuffed myself with bread and more breads!!

Nasi Briyani with Ikan Masak Merah
Hubby's plate of Mee Mamak with Sweet & Sour Fish, Fish Balls and Fish Cakes
Desserts
Coffee..........mmm....

After the high-tea, we boarded the coach and head to Shenzhen, China. It took about less than an hour to reach the HK Immigration exit point and from there about 5 mins to Shenzhen Immigration entry point. So near yet I felt so much difference between the two countries. What are the differences? I will tell you as read on, probably not in this post but in later post.Our tour guide from Shenzhen was a funny nice guy named Charles. I had trouble catching what he said cos he talked real fast and ermm...funny accent too. For the first 10 minutes, he was introducing the places we passed by and he kept saying this: "That arrow on your left is called.....and the arrow on your right is called......". I was busy locating the arrow he mentioned and finally realised that he actually meant 'area'. LOL!

First stop was at the Cultural Village for a cultural show which is one of the main attractions in Shenzhen. Ermm.....if not mistaken, there is a story behind the show...something about war, the flower, sun, dragon...I have no clue how to gel it all up. Even Hubby also have no idea what it is all about. Sigh...didn't managed to get cultured from the cultural show.

Dinner was at a restaurant inside the Cultural Village itself called Tian YiGe Restaurant. Sorry to disappoint you guys, this is the only meal (when dine in group) I managed to take photos cos the rest of the people were way too fast in grabbing the food. Food in Shenzhen also quite disappointing so after a while, I just gave up on snapping photos. Don't worry, I will still featured some yummy photos that Hubby and I had on our own.
Roasted Pigeon...not too bad...but 2 birds to be shared among 10 hungry diners seems a bit tooo stingy.
Stir-fry spinach with beancurd? I have no idea what it was and it didn't taste good
Boiled Prawns
From the look of it, I thought it was Sweetened Red Bean Soup....turned out to be Lotus Soup.
Stir-fry Belly Pork with Black Fungus and Onions...not too bad but again, serving too small
Deep Fried Mushrooms...I dunno the name of the mushroom in English but in Cantonese it's called Gai Bei Gu (Drumstick Mushroom)
Here comes a very weird dish....Claypot Pumpkin and Yam. Took a bite, tasted err....funny. It was left untouched.
Two very fishy smelling steamed fish...not nice. Too fishy.
Claypot Green Mustard (Kai Choy) with Fish Paste. The fish paste was added with mandarin orange peel which is one of my province specialty.
After dinner, we were transfered back to our 5-star hotel called Best Western Felicity (my tour guide kept pronouncing it as facility...so i tot i got it wrong). After a warm shower, Hubby and I headed down for supper. I will talk about supper in the next post cos I think that deserves to be in a separate post so that you can focus on it and have a good laugh. So..stay tuned.

TO BE CONTINUED.......


Monday, May 28, 2007

POST-DISNEYLAND SYNDROME

Harlow everybody,

Am BACK!!! Yes Joe, got your comment this morning, I arrived home yesterday night so I was tooooo tired to even sort out my photos. I will try to do it tonite, promise.

Gosh, heaps of emails both work and personal to read and reply, sigh sigh. So please come back again to my blog tomorrow to check out my first post on my trip.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

AWAY...ON A HOLIDAY!!

ANNOUNCEMENT: Precious Pea will not be posting any new post from 23 - 27 May 2007 as she will be away, holidaying in HONG KONG, shopping and pigging out on Hong Kong delicacies!!! Greatest part is, the whole trip fully paid, courtesy of Public Mutual. But only concern is that since we will be in a group, I do hope that I can snap some nice pictures of food. Anyway...I will worry about it much later.

I will be staying a night in Disneyland so i do hope to catch my favourite character; Chip and Dale.

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Till then........

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

From Caves to Highlands..when there is a will, there is a way!

Before I start, I would like to do a little introduction of Hubby's friend, Wong, who is also one of our Makan Gang and my cooking si-fu. I first met him during our trip to Perth together and sampled some of his culinary skill. Amazed with the way he worked in the kitchen, whipping out dishes after dishes within minutes and all so yummy. Oh yah, I learnt my successful Radish Cake through him too. So meeting up with him is always fun cos it means food, food and more food! And this is what we did when we met up last Sunday for brunch.

Woke up early on a Sunday morning, not so difficult when one is anticipating good food. Picked him up at 10.00 a.m. and off we went to Batu Caves. We heard so much from him about this place called Pan Heong Restaurant in Batu Caves which is famous for its porridge and fried noodles. Wong said we should go early cos it's super packed and believe me, this cornershop restaurant was PACKED and one got to take a number and wait. Lucky for us, we were ushered straight to our table since they have a vacant table for 4.

Although packed, the serving time didn't take as long as I thought it would be. First dish served was their Sang Har Wat Tan Hor (Fresh Water Prawns with Cantonese-style Flat Rice Noodle). At only RM26.00 for 2 big juicy prawns, it's actually half the price charged by Greenview Restaurant at Sec19. The noodle was so full of wok-hei, simply delicious even without the egg gravy. Prawns were bouncy and fresh...mmm..I got the part with most roes. Ooooo....oishi oishi!!!!

Next came the non-halal version of Mee Goreng (RM7.50). Using yellow noodle like mee mamak, this dish is rather unique and it seems like a must-have since I see it in every table. But I would prefer it to be more spicy though. Next time must ask for tambah pedas (add chilli)!

The Nam Yue Pork Belly (RM10.50) is our favourite dish and such a perfect snack to go with beer. The outer layer was so crispy and full of nam yue (fermented beancurd) flavour while the inside was still so juicy and the layer of fats practically melts in your mouth. Each bite were so sinful especially when the juice splattered all over in your mouth as you chew. Ooohh...I must try to make this dish at home one day.

Interested? Do drop by Pan Heong Restaurant at:
No. 2 Jalan Medan Batu Caves 2
Medan Batu Caves
Tel: 03-6187.7430
Business Hours: 8 a.m. - 3.30 p.m.

*****
After breakfast, or rather brunch by the time we finished, it was too early to head home. Initial plan was to go to Shin Nichi for Japanese Buffet as we were craving for oysters and sashimi but it's not worth it as our tummies were half-filled. Since already in Batu Caves, Wong suggested to take a slow drive to Bukit Tinggi, Bentong for 2nd round. For your information, Wong proposed this itinerary for the next foodcrawl: 1) Pan Heong in Batu Caves; 2) 126 Restaurant in Bukit Tinggi; 3) Ice-Kacang with Ice-cream in Bentong; 4) Curry Chicken in Raub and finally 5) Tea and Chicken Wings at foot of Fraser's Hill. LOL!! Don't think he just "say say", he is serious!

We stopped at a fruit and veggie stall to grab the famous brown-skinned bananas. Ermm..not a fan of bananas so I didn't get any but Wong gave us a few pieces to try. Still raw so I can't review how it taste like yet.

Local Fruits (Local as in harvested in Bukit Tinggi itself)
Local Veggies
This is the brown-skinned bananas that we looked for...
Also bought a pineapple to ease indigestion

Wong brought us to this restaurant called Remember One Two Six which is quite easily to locate. If you are coming from KL, just turn into Bukit Tinggi exit, at the junction, turn right and follow the U-shaped road to the opposite side of the highway. Go straight and you won't miss this big restaurant located on your left. Seems to be a favourite stopover for golfers as well as those on long distance journey.

First dish we ordered was the Steamed Wild Bullfrogs (RM35) which turned out superb. There is a vast difference between the wild and the reared in terms of texture and sweetness of the meat. Normally those found in KL are normally reared and the texture is much softer. However, the wild bullfrogs are much bounchier (propobly due to their freedom) and sweeter too (due to their natural diet). The frogs were steamed with herbal stock which tasted really good. Hmm..next time I should boil Froggy Herbal Soup instead of Chicken Herbal Soup. Tastes so much better.

I don't quite fancy fish but this Steamed River Patin (RM39 for 1/2 fish) was really really good. Cooked to perfection, this fish was sweet, smooth, soft and bouncy all mixed together. I had an enjoyable time savouring this fish, especially the head. Ohh..not oily at all. Also a vast difference between the river Patin and reared Patin as the latter tends to be very oily, hence much cheaper in terms of price too.

Last dish, and luckily the last cos Hubby and I were really full, Stewed Pork Belly with Bamboo Shoots. Initially I was a bit skeptical when Wong ordered this dish. I used to have this perception that bamboo stinks as much as petai...but I was proven wrong after I tried this dish. The bamboo shoot has a very unique texture to it, really hard to explain, but I simply love the bamboo more than the pork. Quite a big portion for only RM8.

There are plenty of restaurants in Bukit Tinggi but according to Wong, most are craps and at cut-throat prices. So, 126 Restaurant is highly recommended especially if you are fan of exotic food such as turtle. Psstt..i spotted Turtle Yee Mee in their menu. Hehe..who dare to try??

Remember One Two Six Restaurant is located at:
PT3347, Kg Bukit Tinggi
28750 Bentong, Pahang
Handphone: 012-2251894

Sunday, May 20, 2007

A Taste of Heaven..now available @ JUST HEAVENLY PLEASURES

First of all, a heartiest congratulations to Nigel and Allan on their opening of Just Heavenly Pleasures at Epicure, Damansara Heights.

Ever since I saw the mouth-watering display of ohh-so-good-looking cakes in WMW 's blog, I was so captivated with the picture of the Chocolate Durian cake. Being a true fan of Chocolate and Durian, I told myself I got to make a trip to Just Heavenly Pleasures this weekend. Then Lyrical Lemongrass also blogged about it 2 days later and she gave affirmation on how good the Chocolate Durian was! That's it, I can't wait till weekend and I must go on Thursday after work. Heavy thunderstorm around 4 p.m. so I was rather upset being so unlucky. However, clear blue sky as I left my office...YIPPEE!! Called Nigel that am coming but then he told me Chocolate Durian all SOLD OUT!! Can you believe it??? I mean, it's good to hear business is good but but but...sigh. Anyway....told Nigel that I will be coming the next day and requested him to save me a piece of it.

So after work yesterday, I was full of determination..although am unsure where the place is but I didn't care cos I just can't wait to savour this beauty. After several phone calls exchanged between me and Nigel, I finally found the place. All the cakes look so yummy..told myself that I shouldn't be too greedy cos I will be the only one eating the cakes.

My my, which one shall I bring home???

I spotted only 1 piece of Chocolate Durian left...and thanks to Nigel, he saved that for me eventhough his earlier customer requested for it. Lucky for him, otherwise, he got to deal with a cry-baby stomping her feet in front of him. Hahaha!

Nigel packing my cakes

On the same night, I attacked the Chocolate Durian since I have been craving for it. Although I didn't feel like sharing, but my dad was at home, so I offered him 1/3 and he said it's yummy and rich. Hubby is Durian-Phobic + Chocolate-Phobic but he was so brave and took 1 bite since I was raving about it. Erm...he didn't like it as expected. Funny thing was, I had it in our room and I didn't realise the aroma was so great. My room was filled with durian smell after that and Nigel, Hubby wants to know if you are using D24....SO POWERFUL! LOL!!
My colleague requested for a picture of the durian inside the cake. I didn't know chocolate could go so well with durian. Perhaps I should make durian fondue next time. Very rich and each bite was so heavenly sinfully good!!!

I saw my favourite Creme Caramel and I knew this is a must have. Wonderfully eggy and smooth.
Dunno if I should complain on the generous amount of caramel...a tad too sweet for me so I tried not to scoop too much caramel with the custard. Mmm....I enjoyed this very much.

I had this for lunch today...Death by Chocolate which is so deathly rich!!!! A must-try for chocolate lovers.

Using chocolate cake as base, the middle was filled with chocolate mousse and then covered with a layer of rich milk chocolate (Nigel, pls correct me if I am wrong). I made myself a cup of English tea to go with, ooohh la la!!

I also bought a piece of Chocolate Cheese which is still lying in the fridge. My body is so overdozed with chocolate now, and I don't think I can handle anymore chocolate for the day. Tomorrow!! Tomorrow I shall attack you, my dear chocolate cheese, so please enjoy your last day in the fridge cos tomorrow, you will be on a journey...to my stomach!!!! Hehehe...see? The effect of too much chocolates...making me HIGH!!!

So, what are you waiting for? Drop by to experience some heavenly pleasures soon. Oh yah, please contact Nigel before you go to avoid disappointment cos the cold cakes are selling like hot cakes!!

Just Heavenly Pleasures is located at:
Lot 1.05 & 1.06, Ground Floor Epicure
No.1 Jalan Medan Setia 1

Damansara Heights,50490 Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hours : 11am -6 pm
From June onwards 11 am - 9 pm (Closed on Sundays)

Friday, May 18, 2007

Caffe 1920 @ 1Utama (Old Wing)

While we were window shopping at 1Utama a couple of weeks ago, Hubby suggested to stop for a drink. Caffe 1920 was right in front of us so we sat down and studied their menu. Stopping for a drink suddenly became a hearty meal for us. Ever since I started food blogging, weekend is a time for me to eat, eat and eat so that I snap, snap and snap in order for me to have something to post, post and post. And so, ended up with a huge collection of photos waiting to be published! Not to mention, am putting on weight like nobody's business...sniff sniff sniff!

Anyway, back to Caffe 1920. Hubby ordered their recommended lime juice with assam boi. Very sour indeed, a sip of it makes my whole forehand wrinkled like a shar pei and my already-very-small-eye became a thin as thread! Hubby love sour stuffs so no complain from him. I was very satisfied with my Pink Guava soda....refreshing and level of sweetness was just perfect!

I managed to coax Hubby to order the Lamb Chop with Sausage and Fries/Rice. Quite a generous portion for only RM19.50. Not bad though...the gravy was flavourful and you can find lots of rosemary in it. But of course, no way it could beat Jack's Place and of course Max! Kitchen. Nevertheless, it's still a yummy plate of Lamb Chop at reasonable price.

I had the Caffe 1920 sandwich which was actually Beef Bacon, Tomatoes and Lettuces in Panini bread. Nothing special but I do felt healthy having something light.

Overall am quite satisfied with this place so wouldn't mind stopping by for a drink or a light meal again when am tired of shopping. Oh, do check out Mei Yen's post on this place too.

 

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