Tuesday, July 29, 2008


Laksa is a popular spicy noodle soup from Peranakan culture, which is a merger of Chinese and Malay elements found in Malaysia and Singapore. Laksa paste can be found in supermarkets

But nothing can beat laksa from stalls especially Chinese stalls. You want the best? Go Penang!

Wanna try your own?


3 long fat stalks of lemon grass, mincing only their tender hearts and reserving the rest of the stalks for another use
4 hot red chilies, discarding the stem and as many seeds as you wish to reduce the fire of the paste
4 slices of galangal (substitute ginger if you can't find this fresh)
thumb-size lump of ginger
1 teaspoon shrimp paste
3 shallots, peeled and chopped
3 large cloves garlic
4 Tablespoons peanut oil
1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup tamarind paste
Put the minced lemon grass hearts, chilies, galangal/ginger, shrimp paste, shallots, garlic, and oil in a blender and liquify it into a speckled mush. Add the cilantro, turmeric, sugar, and tamarind paste and blend at the highest speed until it is a colorful but uniform paste. Scoop into a glass jar (it will stain plastic) and refrigerate until you're ready to use.
1/2 pound noodles (thick or thin rice, wheat, or bean thread noodles are fine--rice noodles are most traditional)
4 cups cooked chicken Cook the noodles according to package directions, rinse, and set aside. Cut the chicken in bite size juicy cubes
2 Tablespoons peanut oil
prepared spice paste (it's about a cup)
4 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup Asian basil (laksa leaf), chopped
1/4 cup nam pla (or other fish sauce)
1 can coconut milk (13.5 fl. ounces/400 ml.) Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat, then stir in the paste--and keep stirring until it is a little browned (don't burn!), about 3 minutes. Pour in the chicken stock, bring to a boil, then reduce heat, stir in herbs and fish sauce, and simmer for 5 minutes. When you're ready to begin assembly, stir in the coconut milk and bring to a simmer.
GET THE GARNISHES READY (your choice how many)
crisp bean sprouts
Asian basil
sambalor garlic-chili hot sauce
preserved carrots
julienne cucumber TIME FOR FINAL ASSEMBLY!

1. Divide the noodles among the large bowls.
2. Arrange the chicken over the noodles
3. Pour the gravy over all
4. Either arrange garnishes on top or pass them separately

Monday, July 28, 2008

Cameron Highland

Alo!!! long time no story. It's ok, Now i got some good food stories to share. Worth waiting ya.

Ok.. here it goes.. last week i was to Cameron Highland, Perak. Actually, that was my 1st time experience there. The place was great, Photos not available at the moment. So sorry, i promise on my next visit, i will snap some scenery's ok? Don't worry, i managed to snap food pics.. Oh yea..

This is the hotel i stayed, Outlook only looks cool, but actually, .... *%@^#@.

As a start i decided to try the hotel's food, so my self and Novin ( eh elle, the mindsblog guy lah..)
to try out. The above pics are "Vadeh" and "Curry puffs".
Taste? emm i prefer from road site aunty's shop.
So called Tea! Dont aspect something special because it's from Cameron. Suck!
See, he got fake smile there.
Oklah let's see out site.
We came for a local social party's meeting. So we didn't get much time for sight seeing.
In fact the meeting finished around 12.30am.
we decided to drive out to hunt food. i promised Novin to bring him together. But while rushing, i forgot to call him.
That's the sad story, anyway.. let's talk about the food!
We had to drive out about 5km from Brinchang to Tanah Rata. We saw a restaurant cum apartments and hotel. Wow.
The time was 1.30am, So we shouldn't complain about food. Just the left overs.

Sorry for the picture quality. Arms are shivering due to hunger.
As a starter, i tried the Laddu. Wow, credits should go to this sweet man!
My friend started to whack the food ready.
This is the guy who do sport show in Minnal FM, Rama.
Check out this Nan! yummy...
This is what i ordered.
Check out the color. The special in this plate is on the top. Camera please zoom in.
The dish on top actually chicken on top ans mutton inside.
With Cameron's weather condition and this hot food, heaven dude!!
The place was good, environment ok, customer service emm, oklah. but food. excellent!
Shall we ask our friend's opinion?