Thursday, October 30, 2008

Indian Fine Dining

Table & chair settings, nice serviettes, wine, wine glasses, cutleries neatly arranged, lights deemed to create the perfect atmosphere...


Have you tried Indian Fine Dining before? Yesterday night was my first experience of Indian Fine dining in my whole life! Usually, for dinner, we have normal western food but yesterday night was special cause we had our Hall Formal. Do go here to read more about my hall formal as I'm too lazy to be talking about the same thing twice.

We started off with snacks. Snacks was Pappadam

Then came our appetizer

Then our teaser meal, Chicken Tikka.
NO! It's not our MAIN MEAL! Haha I'd faint if it really is our main meal!

The real thing...
Lamb, naan & rice with spices (no, it's not briyani)

Our dessert : Indian ice cream

The effort to make it fine dining style, the settings, decorations, the food... well.. we're served HOT and not cold plate dishes, the indian ice cream is nice with its touch of mango taste, and it's very different from the normal ice creams that we use to have, and imagine us yesterday having dinner during the beginning of winter! Haha. The lamb well, I find it a big too sweet to my taste, and overall it's okay, at least the rice with spices is well cooked, but I find the naan bread a bit too hard, the pappadam is excellent - even better than the ones I used to have in various indian restaurants in Malaysia, the appetizer, it's not bad, up to my liking and the teaser meal, chicken tikka was nice, reminds me a lot of tandoori chicken + satay. Lastly, we have indian kuih-muihs too, but I did not take pictures of it unfortunately and it's not that nice anyway. I find the taste a bit weird.

Overall, the food is not bad, I'll give it a 8.0/10

Thai street foods

When one mentions about amazing Thailand, automatically, the word TOMYAM pops up in one's mind. The equation goes like this : Thailand = Tomyam.

Let's ignore the equation of Thailand = Trannies and focus on FOOD. Haha.

Today, I'm going to talk about Thai street foods, in Haadyai. Haadyai is located at somewhere at the South of Thailand. It's only about 3 hours + drive from Penang, and about 1hour+ drive from Kedah. Near right? It's relatively nearer than from Penang-KL drive which on average, takes 4 hours.

During one of my roadtrips to Haadyai

Here are some food that I would recommend you all to try when you're in Haadyai. Haadyai is not big actually, it's just a town, and its usually concentrated on a few roads/streets. It's not that big actually, so a stay of 2 days would be able to cover Haadyai.

Have you seen the commercial of Pierce Brosnan & Zhang Ziyi in a Tuk-tuk? Click here if you haven't! LOL. It's a funny one.

Travelling around the town of Haadyai is actually not much of a problem cause as you can see, there's Tuk-Tuk's everywhere at your disposal. Usually, a ride costs (2-4 bahts/RM0.20-0.40 per person) if you're too lazy to walk.

I know some of you think that street foods are unhygenic. Well, it all depends on the condition of the stall and area, and also your tummy's tolerance for street food. Haha.

A very random picture of me. Haha. Noob looking eh? hee hee. That's one of the times when I was fat, esp my arms and face.

During one of my visits to Haadyai, I saw a few stalls selling fried insects. Yes. Fried insects and I'm sure some of you would have heard of it. It's very, very cheap. Normal insects like cockroaches, worms, beetles costs 10Baht (approx. RM1) for a packet. For more exotic insects like scorpions, grasshoppers, etc, it costs 20Baht (approx. RM2) for a packet.

Deep fried cockroaches

Deep fried bug of somesort

Worms, beetles, yadaa yadda...

One of the stalls during the fair.

Pictures are from EnjoyThaiFood. I actually have my own pictures of the fair, and the stalls selling fried insects, but sadly enough, one time, my external hard drive crashed and I lost my that trip's pictures with exotic bugs. Yes, you might have guessed it right, I only took pictures and I DID NOT TRY THEM OUT. Pleaseeeeee, no insects and bugs for me!

Back to more street food :

Smoked cuttlefishes just beside Central Shopping mall

Beside Central Shopping mall too, is this stall that sells deep fried edible items! (not exotic bugs & insects)

Roasted pigeon

Deep fried soft shell crab

This is 1 of the famous soya bean + mini yao za guai's added. It's only available at night, at 1 of the streets in Haadyai. It's very cheap, as it costs only (10-15 baht/RM1.00-1.50 per bowl)

Sorry for my ignorance, but this is the stall that sells yummy yummy soya bean + mini yao za guai. I do not know what the street is called and I do not speak Thai.

However, if you're interested, this stall is located right opposite this place. Hahaha. Interesting shop sign right? LOL. Think dirty. LOL LOL. It's a massage parlour I think...

This is where you'll sit when you have a bowl of hot soya bean

Just incase if you feel homesick during your short trip in Haadyai and seek for something MALAYSIAN... do not worry! As you can see...

EH??? Can't believe your eyes???

Have a closer look

They have this too!

It's all located in one of the busy streets beside one of the shopping malls

Just for fun before I end this post, guys and girls... you can go here for some personal pleasure if you want some. Who knows you might gain a PERSONAL FRIEND. Hahaha. Yes, it's somesort of a whore centre like that. Hahahahaha.

Sorry if I happen to bore you with this post. That's the end of the post of Thai Street Food. Next time, I'm going to blog about my makan-makan experiences in Log Terrace in Haadyai. I've been to Haadyai for quite a number of times - usually for a day, or two, and all ... just to eat! So I'm pretty familiar with the places, where to go, and where to eat and all. Who knows, perhaps we can organise a OnlyFoodie makan-makan trip during summer break!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Jia Xiang Restaurant @ Broga

last firday we went lunch right after our Business Economic Replacement Class. Haih... One thing i wanna say about my Business economic... " wish myself LUCK!"

Initially we were planning to eat ban mee in broga and we ajak chern ta go along with us. U know... we feel quite paiseh coz he normally go lunch with liching n lingyok them ^^ haha.. Liching they also heading into broga for lunch, but they are goin either Jia Xiang or Good Friend Restaurant.

Things just happened like this...

*in Jon's car infront of ban mee stall*

Jon,Zd,Me : OMG!! Forgot today is friday!! ban mee is off!!

des: oh ya, liching they also coming broga, lets see where are they now!

*tut tut... tut tut...*calling ly...

des : HI lingyok!!! where are u now??

ly : we goin to broga lo! Why??

des: u know, ban mee is closed!!!

ly: ohh, u all forgot ban mee is closed for friday??

*LICHING IS LAUGHING* but i heard that!!

jon: oh liching.. VERY FUNNY HORR!!!!

des: eh ly, then where u all goin to eat ar??

ly: erm, we goin either Jia Xiang or Hao Peng You lo! But horr... u tell us which u all want first, then we all choose the other!!

des: ^%$%$@#^%$& .......SAD!!!!!!!

click here for our photos!

lol... after that we decided to go Jia Xiang for our lunch. I found that restaurant not bad huh!!!

Lingyok's vege meal

Liching's Lou Shu Fun

eelyn's thai fish

our shared Lou Shu Fun

lydia's fried rice

rm4 vege for 13 ppl!! lols...

chern ta's fried rice

jane's blackpepper chicken

Jon's Curry Pork (he doesnt like it)

last but not least, my chilly leaves prawn

We went for a hostel walk after the lunch.. and i found this...

whats happening to KAPAS HALL???
those humans who paying rm400++ permonth... are u aware of it??? OMG!!!

and i found this abit funny.......


Monday, October 27, 2008

Sentidos Tapas

Lucky for me, I was blessed with the opportunity to travel to the European countries on the edge of my sixteen. What I’m about to show u is something that has direct relation to one of the places I went back then.

Photo taken at December 2005. Location, Brussels.

Do you know Brussels? No? yes? Brussels is the capital of Belgium, one of the countries in the European countries. Honestly, I have no idea what an authentic Brussels food is but during my visit to the capital of Belgium, we happened to stop by at one Spanish restaurant and that is when I was first exposed to Spanish food and i just loved it!

You must think it’s funny that I had Spanish food in Brussels right? It’s just like someone eating Japanese food in Aussie and saying it’s tasty. After coming back to Malaysia, just when we thought we could nv get to eat that delicious paella anymore, we were told that we could still have a taste of paella and it’s just in one of the restaurants in Starhill.

Ever heard of this place?? it's just at the entrance of Starhill Galley.

The interior design:

Anyways, our main target is actually the Paella Prawns. we ordered one paella, and the rest, we had pasta. FOUR different pasta sets altogether. another contradiction that we ended up eating Spaghetti, ie, Italian food in a Spanish restaurant. =P

Spaghetti Beef Bacon

Vongole Combo

Vongole Prawns

Spaghetti Aglio Prawns

here comes the VIP! Paella Prawns!

inside, it has spanish rice (yellow color), mussels, fish, prawns, sotong etc. it's a seafood paella.

note: in case you are not familiar with the word paella, it is spanish dish of rice, chicken, seafood, vege etc cooked and served in a large shallow pan.

To be honest, of course it doesnt taste as good as the one we had in Brussels but it's still good enough that everyone finished the whole thing, without any leftover.

and for the pasta set, it's not bad. for mine, ie, Spaghetti Aglio Prawns, it's not really salty and all and quite oily( i think it's olive oil) but somehow it tasted nice. sadly, during the time we visited, we were the only customers. but overall, i think it's not bad, at least it's something new.

something for a change.

rating: 6.5/10.

and if you must know, this rating is higher than TGI Friday's at the Curve. go try out! if you can afford a meal in Nando's, Chili's or TGI Friday's, dont tell me you are too poor for Sentidos Tapas. =)