Tuesday, December 30, 2008

ASSAM SAUCE ....for BBQ

I love the month of December. Not just because I was born in this month but it's full of festive mood and not forgetting the lazy bug too. This would probably be my last post for year 2008 as I don't intend to do any New Year resolutions, cos I know I would NEVER keep to it. So why bother, right?

Few months ago, I threw a BBQ party for my colleagues and my relatives (separate occasions) and all of them were really impressed with the assam sauce that I made specially to grill seafood. They ended up asking for white rice to go with it. Since my colleague, Kavi is planning to throw a BBQ party on New Year Eve, I am putting this up so that she could make some to impress her family as well.

Ingredients to blend:
10 pcs Shallots (or 2 big onions)
1 whole Garlic
2 stalks Lemongrass
1 whole Bunga Kantan (Torch Ginger Flower) - remove the stem and use the flower part only
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Heat up your saucepan with about 3 tablespoon of oil. Lower the fire and pour the paste into the saucepan. Simmer under low heat until aromatic.
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Next, put in the blended chili paste. Usually I blend my own chili paste by using soaked dried chilies but when I am feeling lazy, I will grab a packet of chili boh from the supermarket. Taste just as good, only that homemade is cleaner and more hygenic. I used about 150 gram of the chili paste and the end result was HOT AND SPICY!! Remember to adjust according to your taste. Add in half cup of water.
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Put in 1 tablespoon of tamarind paste. Let it dissolve before seasoning the sauce with sugar and salt. Some people like it sour while some like it sweet. So I won't stipulate the amount of sugar here, simply adjust according to your tastebud. The assam sauce can be stored in the fridge using airtight container for weeks. Apart from using it to grill seafood, it can also be used to steam fish and fry meehoon.
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The Assam Sauce goes really well with seafood especially fish, stingray, prawns and squid! Have not tried it with crab though, maybe I should next time.
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Using a big piece of aluminium foil, assemble your seafood in the middle, pour a few tablespoon of the paste over and if you like, dump in some veggies such as ladies finger, brinjal, onions, long beans or tomatoes.
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Wrap it up tight and put it over the hot burning charcoal to cook for about 10 - 15 minutes, depending on the size of your seafood. Err...silly me forgot to take a picture of the end result cos I was too busy tending to other food. Learning from experience, I suggest you cook a bit of rice just in case your guests request for it.
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I also took some pictures of other stuff that I prepared so I might as well post it up. Marinated chicken wings with Pea's special sauce.
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Skewers of Pork Cocktail Sausages, Taiwan Sausages and Pineapple Cubes!
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Spare Ribs marinated with Fermented Beancurd paste.
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Beef marinated with Pea's special mixed herb sauce.
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Corn and cucumber.....we need fiber!!!
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Lastly, Chicken Satay! For recipe, click HERE.

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Lastly, I would like take the opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy New Year 2009!!!

Monday, December 22, 2008

TENJI JAPANESE BUFFET @ Solaris Mont' Kiara

UPDATES!!! (8 January 2009)
From the feedback and comments received from friends and readers following their visit to Tenji, sad to learn that their service and food quality deteriorated in such a short time. Seems like they could not cope with the huge crowd with their current lunch promotion. Was even told that their lunch promotion is fully booked, so I advise you NOT to try your luck by walking in. Do scroll down and read the comments left by my readers. Anyway, to be fair to them, they are new and also picked the wrong time to have that kind of promotion (holiday season). I hope things will pick up again once the lunch promo is over as I really enjoyed my dining experience there.

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I received an SMS from my pal on Friday morning, yes, early morning!
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Immediately I informed my Makan Gang and two days later, here we are at Tenji Japanese Buffet Restaurant located at Solaris Mont' Kiara, right above Cold Storage. Tenji Japanese Buffet Restaurant was opened only a week ago and currently running a promo lunch which is priced at RM29.90++ for 1st hour, additional RM10 for the subsequent hour or RM49.90 ++ for the entire lunch session; meaning from 11.30 a.m. till 4.00 p.m. VERY VERY GOOD DEAL and you will get what I mean after you scroll down to see the pictures of the buffet spread.
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The restaurant was HUGE, and was told that the restaurant occupies around 30,000 sq feet including al fresco dining area which I find would be perfect at night. Nah..too warm for me during the day. I enquired beforehand at the reception and the friendly lady told me that I am welcomed to take pictures of the buffet spread. With over 200 dishes, I quickly went round snapping photos randomly. Are you ready to drool????
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I have lost count on the number of sweet coconut drink I had. Yes, they are free flow and you can have as many as you want. They also have other cold drinks such as fruit juices and iced lemon tea.
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For those who prefer something warm, there are quite an extensive choices of floral tea to choose from; calendula, lavendar, rose buds, blueberry, forest berries and etc.
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My Makan Gang, and that includes Hubby is extremely crazy of oysters. Imagine our excitement when the sight of the big fat juicy fresh oysters lying on the bed of ice welcomes us the moment we stepped into the dining area. I will talk more on the oysters later.5

The sashimi selection was pretty good too. We were very happy with the thick and chunky cuts of the salmon, swordfish and tuna.
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Octopus sashimi...I don't fancy this rubbery creature but somehow the tentacles look so gorgeous.
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Thanks to KY, I went to google for the name of this clam and found out that it is called Hokkigai.
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I have never tried having scallop raw before and I find it pretty good.
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I love sushi but when it comes to buffet, this is something that I would skip as they can fill up my tummy pretty fast. I couldn't resist taking a few pictures of them so here goes:10
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Apart from the variety of cooked food at the buffet table, there are many hot dishes available upon request. Each table was given 2 clips with your table number on it. For example, if you want grilled salmon head, all you need to do is to put your clip into the little bowl with the 'salmon head' tag and they will cook it and bring it over to you. Those who have been to Jogoya would know what I mean. 17

Hot udon or cold soba? I didn't try either of them cos I was saving my stomach space for sashimi.
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Seafood and meat for teppanyaki....again, this is where you will need your pin to place your order.
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Hot food corner was pretty impressive too. We loved the Clams in Superior Stock. The broth was rich with the clam essence. I ended up scooping the broth instead of the clams.
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Japanese snail...had to eat cos no cutlery was provided to dig the flesh out.
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Crabs!!!! How could I resist? I took a piece of the mud crab cooked in marmite sauce. Errm..just took a bite and decided not worth my effort dirtying my hand since the oysters were shouting for my name.
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There is a western corner too but it failed to ignite my interest. The early batch gets to savour the juicy roasted lamb roll. Mint sauce that goes with the lamb was good. Once the roll was gone, it was replenished with seafood pizza. So please be early!
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Desserts, ohh..glorious dessert. Those with sweet tooth will be so delighted with their variety of desserts. Impossible for me to sample each and every of the mousse and puddings and tiramisu they have...sigh.
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Mochis....so many flavours, spoilt with choices.
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Cakes and pastry.....we were seated right in front of this glass display. Everything looks so good but I didn't get to try any cos I was sooo stuffed.
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They serve Haagan-Daz ice-cream and I was so lucky cos all my favourite flavour was available; Macadamia Nuts, Greentea and Strawberry Cheesecake!
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Dip dip dip...the breadstick and fruits for the chocolate fountain.
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Now, let's talk about the food. My first plate of sashimi......oishi oishi. I simply love the chunky cut of the sashimi. Satisfying!
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This was the first piece of oyster I had. It was huge! Palm-sized to be exact.
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Another photo taken before I glide it down my throat. Ooooo.....so sweet and smooth.
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Just when I thought the one I had was huge, Hubby took one even bigger. Hubby placed it next to a spoon as comparison. Not that I am complaining, but I find the size was TOO big. Usually I could easily take one dozen oysters at one go but after my 3rd gigantic piece of oyster, I couldn't bring myself to swallow anymore of it. One my of Makan Gang member had 10 pieces!!! Salute salute!!

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Prawn sashimi was also my first try. Sweet and it has a slight bounciness to it. Tasted very rich too. Eventhough it was tiny, I stopped at my 2nd piece.
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Makan Gang was searching high and low for Miso soup. Funny...they don't serve Miso soup. There are creamy seafood soup at the western corner but it was the double boiled Chinese soup that caught my interest. Three types were available: Herbal soup, Ginseng soup and Cordyceps soup. The Cordyceps Soup tasted really good. I am still having a bit of cough and sorethroat and the soup was really soothing so I ended up having two helpings.
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Ayu fish...never heard of this before but Makan Gang said it tasted bland. Not my choice of food so I didn't even bother to try.
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From the grilled corner, I took a piece of grilled corn, shisamo and deep fried soft shell crab. All were yummy!!!

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For dessert, I only had these. Sad right? So many variety of desserts but my tummy was telling me "STOP STOP STOP"!!!
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The black sesame mochi was not too bad, do try. Skip the honeydew pudding though.
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We initially planned to stay for the whole session but before our 2nd hour ended, we were already stuffed so all in, we only paid RM39.90++ per pax. Good deal especially when the amount of oysters and ice-cream (I had 4 scoops) we had already covered the amount we paid.

The lunch promo is valid till 15 January 2009 so do take advantage of it!

Tenji Japanese Buffet Restaurant is located at:
Lot L-01-01, SohoKL, Solaris Mont' Kiara
2 Jalan Solaris, 5o480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 1700-80-1818 / 03-6203.6896

Operation Hours:
Weekdays:
Lunch 11.30 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. RM77++
Dinner 5.30 p.m. - 9.30 p.m. RM88++
Supper 10.00 p.m. - 2.30 a.m. RM88++

Weekend & Public Holiday:
Lunch 11.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. RM77++
Dinner 5.30 p.m. - 9.30 p.m. RM88++
Supper 10.00 p.m. - 2.30 a.m. RM88++

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