Thursday, April 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Malaysia

As I was looking through some photos of my recent trips home to Malaysia I realized I never ended up writing a post on my holiday nor the food so there's no better time than Thursday for a throwback! I come from Petaling Jaya, Selangor which is near Kuala Lumpur. In these two cities alone there is an incredible number of eateries you will never visit them all in a lifetime. The competition is tough and the turnover is high. As old ones close down, new ones pop up and then there are those that withstand the test of time and many mouths. Every time I go back there are some old favourites and some new restaurants that have passed my family's taste test. Hope you have a good internet connection for this photo rich post!

Brother John Ramly Burger

Monday, April 14, 2014

Fig and Coconut Muffins

A couple of weeks back we headed down to a local market and a cute nonna was selling some figs from her backyard. I wasn't quite sure what I would do with them yet but I do like figs so I came home with two small trays. The figs were a bit small and still green on the outside but no matter, they were sweet inside nonetheless. After we got through the first tray the second tray was getting quite ripe and squishy. While reorganizing my pantry that week I found half a bag of desiccated coconut that had fallen to the back of the pile. Also coincidentally a friend of mine dropped by with a jar of home made fig jam. This has to be a sign! Out came the muffin pan for some Fig and Coconut Muffins. I used my basic muffin recipe and added a few things to it. It's a pretty quick and easy one, give it a go!

Fig and Coconut Muffins

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Avoca @ South Road

I've driven past this place countless times, before and after refurbishment but this was my very first visit to Avoca Hotel. We stopped in for lunch and I was surprised to find what a nice spot it was. You can get your regular pub grub as well as fancier gourmet meals. The decor is modern and cosy with a lovely casual beer garden. Outdoors but undercover so it really doesn't matter if it's rain or shine. There's also The Glasshouse area which has a very cosy upmarket feel with beautiful mood lighting, gorgeous tables, fireplace and a little outdoor area. We sat in the beer garden for a quick lunch.

Seafood Pasta with Chorizo

Monday, April 7, 2014

Juicy Beef Sliders Easier Than You Think

Burgers quite easily make it to the top 10 list of many people's favourite foods. It can be as simple as patty and sauce or as complex as a tower challenging how far you can stretch your mouth. The countless combinations that can be had in a burger makes it all the more exciting and creative. If you've been following my blog, last October I planned a Ghostbusters themed birthday party for Mr. Foodie and one of the popular dishes that night was my beef sliders. So popular that I didn't get to have any that night. Mr. Foodie on the other hand may or may not have had nearly half a dozen. I was wondering why I had so many hot dogs leftover! I've had quite a number of people ask me about how we made the sliders and where we got our stuff from so I thought I'd share this here. It really is very very easy.

Juicy Tender Beef Sliders

Thursday, April 3, 2014

San Churro Winter Menu Preview

This post is going to heavily feature chocolate and leave you with the biggest craving. I will not be held responsible for that!! Jokes aside, I am serious about the dessert heaven you're about to enter. Last week I was invited to the Chocolateria San Churro Winter Menu Preview VIP Media Night to experience their winter menu which was launched on the Monday just gone. San Churro Gouger Street were the lovely and hospitable hosts of this great experience. We were treated to some mini delights to start the night before embarking on a 5 course chocolate dessert degustation. Needless to say, I turned up without dinner. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Super Easy Sang Choy Bao Recipe

I've never actually made Sang Choy Bao at home. Why, I don't know. It is incredibly easy to make, cheap and takes about 20 minutes all up. It's a pretty healthy dish too considering how easy it is to "hide" vegetables in the mix (apart from the obvious lettuce leaf). I was at the farmer's market and picked up a lot of fresh goodies including a nice head of iceberg lettuce so I thought now's a pretty good time to make this dish.

Sang Choy Bao

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Victory Hotel @ Sellicks Beach

It's not very often I head down this far south but a trip to Aldinga on business presented the perfect opportunity to try this recommended place. Victory Hotel is located in Sellicks Beach overlooking the beach where you can watch the sunset through full length glass windows while enjoying wine and oysters. The view is majestic. There is also an alfresco dining area with cafe blinds and heaters for the colder months that's just as lovely. 

Views from Victory Hotel

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Herbal Eggs and Tofu Recipe

I've always loved Chinese herbal boiled eggs but they're not as available here in Adelaide. When I last went home to Malaysia I was told I had to try my auntie's herbal eggs. They were indeed one of the best I've tasted! She kindly shared the recipe with me so I could try to reproduce it here. I decided to braise mushrooms and tofu with it as well but that is entirely optional. It was so fragrant in the kitchen while the eggs were happily boiling away!

Herbal Eggs and Braised Tofu

Monday, March 17, 2014

CS-Kochsysteme Cookware Giveaway

****WINNER DRAWN****     1st Prize: Craig Carnelutti                2nd Prize: Kate McLean

I was recently contacted and introduced to a renowned German cookware brand that has entered the Australian market. CS-KOCHSYSTEME is a brand of cookware and cooking accessories that focus on high quality and value for money. Their range includes cookware designed optimally for increasingly popular induction stove tops. With a high quality stainless steel flat base, it is the ideal induction contact surface for rapid heating and greater heat consistency. Don't have an induction stove? Not to worry, these pots and pans will happily perform just as well on gas, electric, halogen and ceramic stoves. 

CS Kochsysteme Vision 5 Piece Set

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Challenge Accepted: 100 Happy Days

This morning I'm going to post something out of the ordinary, non food related....well maybe a bit. A couple of days ago I came across someone doing a 100 Happy Days challenge and checked it out. The idea is to be happy for 100 days in a row. Take a picture of something that made you happy that day for 100 days and post it to social media or if you want it absolutely private you can email the pictures. I decided to take on that challenge and will be posting things onto my Instagram account @foodieling