Monday, September 15, 2014

Recipe: Nasi lemak with Malaysian sweet chilli chicken + WORLDFOODS Giveaway

Happy Malaysia Day, folks! To celebrate this special day, it's only apt that the recipe of the day is Malaysian's national dish and everyone's favourite, nasi lemak. :)

Nasi lemak with Malaysian sweet chilli chicken

Nasi lemak is literally translated as "fatty rice", because coconut milk is added to the rice while cooking, resulting in a rich dish. The basic components of a traditional nasi lemak is rice cooked in coconut milk, fried ikan bilis(anchovies), peanuts, hard boiled egg, cucumber slices and sambal. You can also add other extras such as chicken, beef rendang, sambal sotong/kerang or prawns.

This time, I created a braised chicken dish using the WORLDFOODS Malaysian sweet chilli coconut sauce to go with our nasi lemak. The braising sauce also doubles up as our "sambal" so I added in lots of onions to the dish. We prefer a sambal which is both sweet and spicy, hence we added in about 1 tablespoon of cili giling (chilli paste) to the sauce. The mild spiciness is just nice for the kids, they certainly enjoyed eating this a lot.

I really like the convenience of the WORLDFOODS sauce - it is quick and easy to use and I only had to add a few extra seasonings (chilli paste and salt) to create the taste that I want. The sambal tastes really good, and goes so well with the rich rice.


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Nasi lemak with Malaysian sweet chilli chicken
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 25-30 minutes
Serves 4

1 bottle WORLDFOODS Malaysian sweet chilli coconut sauce
1-2 tbsp cili giling or chilli paste
1/2 tsp salt
2 chicken maryland, separated into thigh and drumsticks
2 large onions, sliced
1 1/2 tbsp cooking oil
1 stalk lemongrass, thinly sliced
1 tbsp coconut milk (optional)

For the rice
2 cups rice
90g thick coconut milk (from 1 small coconut)
Thin coconut milk (amount dependent on rice used)
2 pandan leaves, knotted

For condiments
30g ikan bilis (anchovies), deep fried until golden brown and crispy
70g peanuts
1 egg per person, boiled and peeled, cut into half
1 Japanese cucumber, thinly sliced (round)

For the Malaysian sweet chilli chicken:
1. In a saucepan/pot over medium high heat, heat oil and then add the onions. Stir fry for 2-3 minutes, until the onions are softened slightly, then add 1 tbsp of cili giling and lemongrass and fry for another minute, until fragrant. Add the WORLDFOODS sauce, and cook for a further 1 minute.

2. Add the chicken, stirring to coat with the sauce and simmer over low heat, covered for 20-25 minutes, or until the meat is cooked through. Turn the chicken pieces a few times throughout the cooking time.

3. Taste and add more cili giling as necessary (if you prefer it spicier), and season with salt. Stir in the coconut milk, if using.

Note: If you do not have cili giling, blend 1-2 deseeded red chillis with some water until you get a paste. If using chicken breast chunks, you can reduce cooking time to 15-20 minutes.

For the rice:
1. Wash rice until clean, then drain. Measure, in grams, how much water is needed to cook the rice you are using (different rice grains use different amount of water). To find out how much thin coconut milk you require, deduct the amount of thick coconut milk [90g in this instance] from the total amount of water required (ie if total water required is 200g, you need 110g thin coconut milk).

2. Once you have ascertained how much thin coconut milk you require, for example 110g, then measure out this quantity of water, add to the coconut and squeeze out the milk. This is how you get the thin coconut milk (also known as "second round milk").

3. Pour thin coconut milk over rice in rice cooker, and place the pandan leaf inside. Add about 1/8 tsp of salt. Cook rice until 75% dry and then use a wooden ladle or spatula to loosen the grains.

4. Pour the thick coconut milk in, and mix well to evenly distribute the coconut milk. Continue to cook until the rice is dry, then leave to stand for 10 minutes. Before serving, loosen the grains again.

For the peanuts and ikan bilis:
1. For the peanuts, dry fry in a wok (ie no oil added) over low heat, until the peanut skin takes on a dark brown hue. Just before removing from the wok, drizzle a few drops of oil - this is to give the peanuts a nice sheen. Remove from heat and place in a bowl, and season with some salt.

2. For the ikan bilis, place 2 tbsp of cooking oil in the wok and shallow fry the ikan bilis until golden brown and crispy. Remove from heat and place on a kitchen towel to absorb excess oil.

Assembling your nasi lemak:

1. To assemble your nasi lemak, ladle rice into a small rice bowl and overturn on to serving plate. If possible, try and get a piece of banana leaf and place your rice on the leaf (more fragrant). Serve with a side of ikan bilis, peanuts, sliced cucumber, hard boiled egg and Malaysian sweet chilli chicken/sambal. Enjoy!

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Steak Promotion @ La Cucina, Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar

We've just returned from a short and sweet staycation at Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar, and I am very excited to share this current Steak Promotion at La Cucina restaurant with you.

Steak for the meat lover, moi ;)

La Cucina is the urban dining specialty restaurant serving Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. For the month of September, they have a Steak Promotion which is available for both lunch and dinner.

On the promotion menu, you can find grilled rib eye, Wagyu rump steak, tenderloin, as well as Norwegian salmon steak and cod steak.

Lots of potted fresh herbs at La Cucina ♥

La Cucina operates an open kitchen concept, so you can watch the chefs at work :)

After placing our orders, we watched as the chefs prepared our lunch with care while enjoying a nice selection of freshly baked bread. First to arrive is the pan roasted Atlantic cod steak (RM65), which is served with green pea puree, leek fondue and caramelised shallot sauce. Beautifully crisp skin with lovely flaky fish, we definitely enjoyed this loads.

Filletto di merluzzo bianco arrosto

Kids went "mm mmm yummy"

I chose the beef tenderloin and jumbo prawn (RM92), which arrived beautifully presented. It is served with truffle mash potatoes, asparagus and mushroom sauce.  Very happy to find that it was cooked to perfection too. Everything on the plate was very well-seasoned and cooked well. Prawn was meaty and fresh. Delizioso! :)

The kids shared this Wagyu rump steak (RM84), served with roasted baby potatoes, baby carrot and veal glaze. The meat was exceptionally good - melt-in-mouth tender and full of flavour. The kids kept asking for more. They're definitely meat lovers, just like mummy :)

After lunch, the chef came over to ask us how was the meal and we showed him all the empty plates.... satisfied diners!

Perfect 10!

A selection of desserts

You can choose your desserts from the dessert display counter, we went for the cinnamon cheesecake. Rich and sinful, a great way to end a wonderful lunch.

YUM! Sweet smiles all around. :)

Verdict: Beautifully presented food, spot-on with the flavours. Highly recommended.

The Steak Promotion is available from 1-30 September, for both lunch and dinner.

Opening times: 12:00- 2:30pm ; 6:00 - 11:00pm daily.

Service: Good.

Location: La Cucina, Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar, No 1 Jalan Pantai Jaya, Tower 3, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-2298 1888

GPS Coordinates: 3.115850, 101.6632


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Friday, September 12, 2014

Sunday Curry Tiffin Lunch @ Colonial Cafe, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Tiffin is an English slang term for second breakfast or lunch. It is believed that tiffin originated from India back in 1800s, whereby the British in India would generally indulge in a light lunch, often a curry. The Sunday Tiffin, however, was seen as an occasion to over-indulge, usually consisting of a feast of mulligatawny soup, mixed curries, vegetables and rice.

Sunday Curry Tiffin at The Majestic Hotel KL

The old Hotel Majestic hotel became the favoured venue for the colonial elite to indulge in their signature dish, the traditional Sunday Curry Tiffin lunch.

Colonial Cafe is proud to revive the colonial tradition and relive the halcyon days of the planters of Malaya with the Sunday Curry Tiffin Lunch. It is priced at RM78++ per person and served every Sunday from 12.00pm to 2.00pm. 

Colonial Cafe in The Majestic Hotel KL

The indulgent lunch includes main items such as Hainanese Chicken Curry, Mutton Varuval, Egg Masala and Fried Fish Masala which are served in a tiffin carrier (a very elegant one, nonetheless). First, a banana leaf is laid on our plates, then our server spoons a wide selection of accompaniments such as mango chutney, pineapple chunks, fish puttu, salted egg, marinated cucumbers, toasted coconut, peanuts and banana slices onto our plates. A shot of salted lassi is also served to perk up our palates.

Rice and accompaniments are refillable, so you can add-on these items as often as you like. The main items are served in generous portions, especially the Hainanese chicken curry (at least 2-3 pieces per person). The curry is really delicious and not too spicy, so even the kids spooned lots of this onto their rice. The kids really loved the Fried Fish Masala - the fish used is mackarel, very fresh and well flavoured with spices. I don't take mackarel, so instead I loaded my plate with lots of mutton (yum yum!) and egg masala. The deep fried bittergourd is also very nice and crispy.

On top of great food and relaxed, comfortable ambiance, diners can also expect fantastic entertainment in the form of Ms. Isabella Soliano who sings and plays the piano. Class act.

The meal ends with a serving of Sago Gula Melaka and Masala Tea. Rich, sweet and indulgent. This is indeed a great way to spend our Sunday.

The kiddos :)

The Orchid Conservatory - my favorite room in the hotel. 

Thanks to Nigel from The Majestic Hotel KL for the kind invite to sample this delicious Sunday Curry Tiffin Lunch.

The Sunday Curry Tiffin Lunch is available every Sunday from 12.00pm to 2.00pm and is priced at RM78++ per person/set. For more information and reservations, please call +603 2785 8000.

Location: Colonial Café, Majestic Wing, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, 5 Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-2785 8000


GPS Coordinates: 3.139059, 101.692617

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Recipe: Gammon steak with grilled pineapple, chips and peas

A couple of weeks before we went to Scotland, I had a craving for gammon steak. It's not something we can find easily here in KL supermarkets so Hubby promised me that he would make it for me once we get to Scotland.  True to his words, he made it on the evening we arrived (ah yes, first thing we do is visit the supermarket to buy lots and lots of yummy food!). 

Gammon steak with grilled pineapple, chips and peas

Gammon steak and chips is a classic British pub dish. Gammon is the hind leg of pork, cut from the side of bacon after curing, either by dry-salting or curing in brine. Like bacon, it needs to be cooked before it can be eaten. Since it can be quite salty, you can rinse it with cold water first and pat dry before cooking.

Gammon steak can be easily prepared at home for a quick meal - you can either pan fry it or grill it for 8-10 minutes. To prevent the gammon from curling up while it's cooking, just snip the fat at about 1 inch intervals all round. Gammon steak is usually served with grilled pineapple, or a fried egg(or both) with chips and peas.

Thanks Hubby for cooking this for me, it definitely hit the spot (cravings satisfied!).

I sat back in the garden with the kids and enjoyed looking at my FIL's garden of beautiful flowers while dinner was being prepared...

Gammon steak with grilled pineapple, chips and peas
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves 4

2 x 450g pack unsmoked gammon steaks (2 in a pack)

To serve
4-8 pineapple rounds (1-2 per person)
100g frozen peas

1. Using scissors, snip at 1 inch intervals along the rind and fatty edges all around - this will stop the gammon steak from curling as they cook.

2. Heat a grill pan, and add a touch of oil. Cook in the grill pan 4-5 minutes each side over medium high heat. Alternatively, you can place it under a hot grill for about 8 minutes, turning halfway around.

3. Arrange pineapples in a single layer then place under a grill for 2-3 minutes. Cook oven chips according to manufacturer's instructions. Cook frozen peas in boiling water for 2 minutes, or place in microwavable bowl, sprinkle 1 tbsp water and microwave for 1-2 minutes.

4. Top the gammon steak with grilled pineapple and serve chips and peas on the side.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Simply d, Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur

Over the weekend, we visited Simply d's 3rd and latest outlet in Avenue K shopping mall. Simply d is part of The Delicious Group; a fast-casual cafe/restaurant offering an array of Western and Asian infused pasta, salads, sandwiches and more. They have 2 other outlets in Nu Sentral and The Curve.

The great thing about the menu here is that you can mix-and-match the style and type of noodles you want. For example, you can order the carbonara with linguine, fusilli or even yellow mee (if that's what you like!).

Other styles of noodle/pasta styles available here are: dry tossed sambal, salted egg pumpkin, beef short ribs herbal soup, laksa, Vietnamese salmon pho, teriyaki salmon, creamy seafood marinara, chilli chicken "pastamee", sweet basil & cashewnut pesto, and roasted garlic & sundried tomato aglio olio. These styles can be matched with these types of noodles: linguine, angel hair, fusilli, spaghettini, soba noodles, flat white noodles and yellow mee.

Simply d's menu

The kids chose to have the sweet basil and cashew nut pesto with spaghettini along with the option of adding grilled lamb kofta (RM15). Service is fast here. Great choice by the kids, they really enjoyed the pesto pasta here - Baby D took a couple of mouthfuls and exclaimed "Deeeeeee-licious!". 

The boy who loves pesto 

We also tried the fusilli salted egg pumpkin plus a tea egg for RM13.50. Really like the creamy pumpkin, but would love more salted egg yolk in mine. The tea egg is beautifully runny, could eat two of these!

We also ordered a 100% beef burger (RM13) with coleslaw and tapioca chips. Nice juicy burger and so reasonably priced too. My Hubby would definitely enjoy this.

For desserts, there is a selection of cakes and ice creams. I highly recommend the coconut and pandan cake (RM8) - it's fluffy, soft and luscious. One of the best cakes we've eaten this year. My kids loved it a lot, they finished the slice between them (I only managed a sneaky mouthful). Definitely returning for this. Kids also tried a slice of chocolate and hazelnut brownie (RM9) which was rich and sinful. No problems finishing that too!

Chocolate and hazelnut brownie

By the way, Simply d is also currently running a Instagram contest called #snapmycup. Follow them on Instagram @simplydcafe for more details - but basically you just need to ask for a cup, snap some photos and you'll be in the running to win one of their cool stools. Oh and every participant gets a free coffee.

Simply d at Avenue K

Walked over to the Twin Towers for some photos :)

30% off on total bill from now until 17 Sept at Avenue K and The Curve outlets.

Opening times: 8am to 10pm daily.

Location: Simply d, Avenue K, Concourse Level, Lot C-16A156, Jalan Ampang, 50450, Kuala Lumpur. (beside H&M Men Department)

Tel: 03 2181 7995


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