Posts Tagged ‘food’

Nasi Lemak Lunch

Posted: 19 May, 2009 in Babbles & Rants, Food & Cooking

I was out for an appointment which lasted till lunch time. A Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa outlet just opened near Ampang point recently so, I thought I’d go try the famous Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa, Kg. Bharu.

My verdict of the nasi lemak there … Just average. The mamak restaurant near my office serves a much tastier and fragrant nasi lemak at a fraction of the price. I guess when I pay RM7.60 for a plate of regular nasi lemak with ‘paru goreng’ (fried beef lungs), I am paying for ‘branding’ they have created over the years, or some may call it goodwill, and the comfort of an air-conditioned restaurant.

Based on the food I tasted just now and the price I paid for it … I might not come back if I’m footing the bill. I don’t mind goimg if someone else pick up the check.

p/s: I should have taken a pix of the nasi lemak I ate 😦

Had a restless night so waking up extra early is not a problem at all. What do you do when you are up so early?
Me … I cook. For breakfast this morning, I whipped up some scrambled eggs, grilled a tomato and made a small batch of potato salad.
For breakfast???
Yeah, as the saying goes, “… eat breakfast like a king …”.
Sent from my E71.

A sweet delicious cooling treat on a hot Sunday afternoon.

Sitiawan ‘Cendolman’ is something different. Easily the smartest dressed cendol hawker in Malaysia.

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Peanut Butter Scare

Posted: 24 January, 2009 in Babbles & Rants, Food & Cooking

The Health Ministry has put up an alert on salmonella poisoning from American peanut butter. A few deaths had been reported. It seems that some bad batch contaminated Famous Amos cookie dough made it to Malaysia. I’m keeping my distance from those cookies for a while now.
But, I love peanut butter on toast every morning for breakfast. Checked the label, the peanut butter I spead on my toast every morning is from China. I guess it’s safe fo consumption.

Medical Myths … BUSTED!

Posted: 6 January, 2009 in Babbles & Rants
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“Don’t give your children too much sugar, they’ll be hyperactive beyond control”

Heard that before? I’m guilty of spreading such myths as well … well, I was.

I know now it’s not totally the truth. Sugar indeed provides the energy but the body burns the sugar according to needs. If the kids chose to be inactive, the sugar won’t be converted to energy. The excess unused sugar will be stored as fat. Too much sugar will not make a kid hyperactive, it would make the kid fat! The kidneys would have to work extra hard to filter the sugar in the bloodstream which isn’t very healthy if a child is consuming too much sugar, more than the body needs.

And this fact is true for adults as well. I learned it the hard way. I was a normal kid when I was younger, but during college days, when I stayed in a dormitory, I eat out every day. Coke and Teh Tarik becomes the staple drink after every meal. The price I had to pay for the indulgence … I am now a type II diabetic. I still carry the excess energy I stored from college days today, all 100kilograms of them. Year after year, I tried to  rid off the excess fat but failed. I don’t really care about my weight now, I try to eat healthy and control my blood sugar. As long as I feel healthy, I’m happy.

Lifehacker lists down a few more of the busted medical myths. Among the few of them;  

  • Sugar does not cause hyperactivity in children.
  • You don’t lose excess body heat from your head. (You can leave your hat at home if you don’t want to muss your hair!)
  • Eating at night does not make you fat. (Though the obvious rules still apply—you can’t eat more calories than you burn.)
  • Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence that you can cure a hangover.
  • Shaving does not cause hair to grow back faster, darker, or coarser.
  • Reading in dim light will not destroy your eyesight.
  • You don’t need to drink eight glasses of water a day, so save yourself the bloat.

    More readings  on this from the British Medical Journal, here and here.


    via Lifehacker

    I read about this in the papers yesterday and smiled.

    Roti canai is down to 90 sen from RM1.20, while teh tarik is RM1.40 now, compared to RM1.50 earlier.

    Malaysian Indian Restaurant Owners Association president Datuk R. Ramalingam Pillai said prices of other dishes would also be reduced in the coming months …. He said fruit juices had been reduced by 20 sen to RM3.80, and fried chicken from RM4.50 to RM4. Because of this, he said, many youngsters were returning to their restaurants.

    I think this association has been overcharging its customes all this while. I stay in the Klang Valley, only 10 minutes to Kuala Lumpur city center, and a piece of roti canai doesn’t cost that much. RM1.20 roti canai … phew, I’m glad I don’t go to those restaurant.

    roti canai and teh tarik

    roti canai and teh tarik

    roti canai and teh tarik breakfast sets me off RM2.20, RM1.00 for a piece of roti canai and another RM1.20 for teh tarik. The Malaysian Indian Restaurant Owners Association announcements of the price reduction doesn’t effect me. Personally, I feel like it’s gimmic by the association in response to the “lower prices” campaign organised by the government. 

    I do hope non-members of that association will reduce their price as well, to remain competitive. Go ahead … start a price war. I’d really like that. I can save more on breakfasts and lunches on working days.

    Long time ago, when I was just starting working life, a piece of roti canai costs 60sen and a glass of teh tarik was also 60sen. Fifteen years have passed, and with the same RM1.20, I can only get one roti canai today, perhaps a glass of water.  That’s how much the purchasing power has eroded.  

    Restaurants got away with charging their customer exhorbitant prices managed to do so because the customers keep on coming. The excuse I always get when I asked why these people still pay for such prices was that of convenirnce. To avoid traffic, these people skip breakfast at home, leave extra early for work and before work officially starts, they have enough time to have breakfast at a nearby mamak. These urban work drones work nine to five (sometimes longer), and it’s more convenient to eat out before going home to rest before the same cycle starts the next day.

    I was guilty of the same excuse when I was younger. Now, I wake up early, have breakfast first, before I go out for work. If I arrive early at work, I either start planning my day or just read the newspaper until the clock shows nine o’clock. I do this partly in protest of the higher prices of these Malayasian “staple”, also, I had to cut down on the oily roti canai and the super sweet teh tarik for health reasons.

    I still go for roti canai and teh tarik breakfast, once in a while, but just to satisfy the occasional cravings. (hope my doctor doesn’t read this :P)


    Taken from The Star Online.

    Tuesday December 30, 2008

    Roti canai, teh tarik and fried chicken to cost 10 sen to 50 sen less

    KLANG: Restaurateurs have begun to reduce food prices of local favourites like the roti canaiteh tarik, fruit juices and fried chicken to lure customers.  The customers will now pay between 10 and 50 sen less for the items in most Indian restaurants. 

    Good news: Consumers can look forward to cheaper roti canai and fried chicken.

    Roti canai is down to 90 sen from RM1.20, while teh tarik is RM1.40 now, compared to RM1.50 earlier.

    Malaysian Indian Restaurant Owners Association president Datuk R. Ramalingam Pillai said prices of other dishes would also be reduced in the coming months.

    “Our association, which has 1,300 members, decided to bring down the prices to cater to current times,” he said, adding that the reduction did not incur losses for the operators, but merely cut into their profits.

    He said fruit juices had been reduced by 20 sen to RM3.80, and fried chicken from RM4.50 to RM4. Because of this, he said, many youngsters were returning to their restaurants.

    “Fried chicken, teh tarik and roti canai are Malaysian favourites, especially for the yuppies,” said Ramalingam. He said while cooking oil prices had dropped, those of spices had gone up by 250%.

    “We will have to consider all angles before announcing further price reductions.”

    Selangor Consumer Welfare Association secretary Jeyakumar Varatharajoo said the association was pleased with the restaurateurs’ move and hoped prices of food such as veetu tosaiidli, spring hoppers and puttu (that used less oil) would also be reduced to encourage healthy eating habits.

    Government Pensioners Association Klang branch president Bhagat Singh said the price reduction was good news as most senior citizens found it convenient to eat out. However, he urged restaurants to not reduce the portions when serving. “Most of the time, when prices are reduced, the roti canai becomes smaller and the teh tarik glass holds less tea.



    “We call upon consumers to exert their right by not patronising restaurants that overcharge or reduce their servings.”

    Malaysian Mozzarella

    Posted: 27 December, 2008 in Food & Cooking

    Ooo I love cheese.

    It’s good to know someone’s trying to promote cheese making locally here in Malaysia. Cheese is getting more popular nowadays since Malaysians began to add pizza as part of their everyday food on top of nasi lemak, roti canai and char kway teow. Oh … and Garfield the cat introduced the Lasagna, I think.

    Cheese, however, is still expensive here. The original ones I mean, not the processes slices type. Processed cheese slices are relatively affordable here. Being exposed to all those delicious kind of cheese from all over the world when I was studying abroad, I tend to shun the processed variety. My palate tells me, the processed slices tastes very bland and the texture is like gelatinous sheets of solidified milk, that’s all. Personally, I think. they are only good for hamburgers.

    Friendly Farms in Langkawi recently started to produce mozzarella locally and other different kind of cheeses in the near future. Cost wise, I don’t think it would be much cheaper than the imported cheese we have in the market today. For one, it’s a specialty food and require skilled people to make them. Also, if it’s made traditionally (the best way to do it), it’s more labour intensive since mozzarella needs to be pulled and folded many times in order to create the stringy consistency when melted. Skilled labour is not cheap.

    Reminds me of the saying, “Good things no cheap, cheap things no good”. 😀

    One good thing about this Langkawi cheese is that it’s a local industry, and I know when I buy these cheese, my money stays here, in the economy, not leaking out to another country. So much better if the milk for the cheese is sourced locally.

    The moment I see the Friendly Farm cheeses on the supermarket shelves, I’ll definitely buy some for first hand taste test. I can read about how good it taste but, taste preference being very relative, I’d like to have one in my mouth and judge it for myself.

    My favourite cheese … Emmantaller or Swiss Cheese. Good to eat in slices as a snack and delicious when melted on a piece of toast. Yummy! (more…)