Thursday, July 28, 2011

Menjelang ramadhan

I had the chance to see something beautiful just now. Maybe this is just GOD way of showing me how lucky i am to blessed with so many things and the need to contribute more to the society.I had known mr X and Y for few years now and i'm very sure that both of them is not financially well of.I had a few time visited their rented house which was modest in size and appearance. Despite all that they would make it a point every ramadan to contribute to an orphanage located not far from my office.
I was overwhelm with guilt and humility when i saw their act of generosity . I had always push and set target to myself that before i reach a certain age i must have a certain amount of money , i must travel to 100 country , i must have property for investment and etc.But what was lacking was the giving part.Majority of the goal that i set are towards what i want and almost nil in the giving part.Masyaallah....

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Caviar telur ikan sembilang

I've tested caviar before but i don't quite enjoy the taste. A poor man alternative to caviar is the "telur ikan sembilang". Most malaysian would savour it either through masak asam pedas or curry. I had always believe that in order to savour the orignal flavour of a fish or seafood , one must either eat it raw , steam or boil it without any additional flavouring.This could explain the reason why i love sashimi so much.
The real challenge in cooking your food this way is finding it really fresh which would prove almost impossible especially if you live in kl.If the raw material is not fresh then it would be a disaster.
To cook it is very simple , wash the roe clean with asam jawa to wash away the "hanyir" and add a pinch of salt to it and then boil it. The difficult part is controlling the fire as you do not want your fish roe to be solid hard as it will taste like plastic.The ideal state is when the roe is not very soft and not very hard , the texture must be soft and at the same time chewy.This will give a very rich and creamy flavour .I had perfected this cooking art through years of trial and error. Believe me getting the right texture and making sure that the roe doesn't break is not easy as it seems.Telur ikan sembilang will cost you rm 25 per kg in kuala selangor.There are other type of fish roe available especially ikan mayong which will cost you rm 10 per kg . But it won't taste as good as ikan sembilang and furthermore it taste a bit hanyir.

Ikan sembilang

Sunday, July 24, 2011

50 world most delicious food

This is just the top ten of the 50 most delicious food in the world.The poll was conducted by CNNGO .You can see the poll @ best thing is our local penang asam laksa is number 7.I'm really a fan of laksa and i will compile the top 5 best laksa that i had ever tasted.I have the list with me in my head , i just need to revisit the stall again one by one to take pic.Just wait for my post , need to travel all the way to penang to recompile the list.

1. Massaman curry, Thailand

Emphatically the king of curries, and perhaps the king of all foods. Spicy, coconutty, sweet and savory, its combination of flavors has more personality than a Thai election.

Even the packet sauce you buy from the supermarket can make the most delinquent of cooks look like a Michelin potential. Thankfully, someone invented rice, with which diners can mop up the last drizzles of curry sauce.

“The Land of Smiles” isn’t just a marketing catch-line. It’s a result of being born in a land where the world’s most delicious food is sold on nearly every street corner.

2. Neapolitan pizza, Italy

Spare us the lumpy chain monstrosities and “everything-on-it” wheels of greed.

The best pizza was and still is the simple Neapolitan, an invention now protected by its own trade association that insists on sea salt, high-grade wheat flour, the use of only three types of fresh tomatoes, hand-rolled dough and the strict use of a wood-fired oven, among other quality stipulations.

With just a few ingredients -- dough, tomatoes, olive oil, salt and basil (the marinara pizza does not even contain cheese) -- the Neapolitans created a food that few make properly, but everyone enjoys thoroughly.

3. Chocolate, Mexico

The Mayans drank it, Lasse Hallström made a film about it and the rest of us get over the guilt of eating too much of it by eating more of it. The story of the humble cacao bean is a bona fide out-of-the-jungle, into-civilization tale of culinary wonder.

Without this creamy, bitter-sweet confection, Valentine’s Day would be all cards and flowers, Easter would turn back into another dull religious event and those halcyon days of watching the dog throw up because you replaced the strawberry innards of the pink Quality Street with salt would be fanciful imaginings.

4. Sushi, Japan

When Japan wants to build something right, it builds it really right. Brand giants such as Toyota, Nintendo, Sony, Nikon and Yamaha may have been created by people fueled by nothing more complicated than raw fish and rice, but it’s how the fish and rice is put together that makes this a global first-date favorite.

The Japanese don’t live practically forever for no reason -- they want to keep eating this stuff.

5. Peking duck, China

The maltose-syrup glaze coating the skin is the secret. Slow roasted in an oven, the crispy, syrup-coated skin is so good that authentic eateries will serve more skin than meat, and bring it with pancakes, onions and hoisin or sweet bean sauce.

Other than flying or floating, this is the only way you want your duck.

6. Hamburger, Germany

When something tastes so good that people spend US$20 billion each year in a single restaurant chain devoted to it, you know it has to fit into this list. McDonald’s may not offer the best burgers, but that’s the point -- it doesn’t have to.

The bread-meat-salad combination is so good that entire countries have ravaged their eco-systems just to produce more cows.

7. Penang assam laksa, Malaysia

Poached, flaked mackerel, tamarind, chili, mint, lemongrass, onion, pineapple … one of Malaysia’s most popular dishes is an addictive spicy-sour fish broth with noodles (especially great when fused with ginger), that’ll have your nose running before the spoon even hits your lips.

Pic from wikipedia

8. Tom yum goong, Thailand

This Thai masterpiece teems with shrimp, mushrooms, tomatoes, lemongrass, galangal and kaffir lime leaves. Usually loaded with coconut milk and cream, the hearty soup unifies a host of favorite Thai tastes: sour, salty, spicy and sweet. Best of all is the price: cheap.

Pic from wikipedia

9. Ice cream, United States

You may have just gorged yourself to eruption point, but somehow there’s always room for a tooth-rotting, U.S.-style pile of ice cream with nuts, marshmallows and chocolate sauce.

Thank God for extra long spoons that allow you get at the real weight-gain stuff all mixed up and melted at the bottom of the glass.

10. Chicken muamba, Gabon

A bastardized Western version of this delectable Gabonese dish swamps everything in peanut butter. Oh, the insanity. The proper recipe calls for chicken, hot chili, garlic, tomato, pepper, salt, okra and palm butter, an artery-clogging African butter that will force you into a second helping and a promise to start using your gym membership.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Sungai lembing, kuantan

Quaint and full of history.That was my first impression as i drove into Sungai Lembing.The shoplot seems deserted except for those located in the main road , i feel as though i had travel back in time.Almost every structure is screaming wanting to tell their part of the story, indeed this place is full of historical fact and story.Too bad my camera battery went flat halfway and the below picture are only a small portion of what this small town had to offer.The best way to xplore this town is by bicycle which you could rent out at a very small fee.

Some facts about sungai lembing from wikipedia
Sungai Lembing is a tin mining town 42 km northwest of Kuantan in Pahang, Malaysia. Lembing is Malay for spear, and "sungai" means river. Per local legend, the local ruler saw a vision of a spear in the nearby river and thus named his town after this vision.
Until the 1970s, Sungai Lembing was a major producer of underground tin. Sungai Lembing town developed in the 1880's when the British set up the tin mining industry, although the history of mining in this area extends much further back. From 1891, the Pahang Consolidated Company Limited, (PCCL), which was under British control, had a 77-year lease to mine the area. PCCL managed the mine from 1906 until its liquidation in 1986 when world tin prices collapsed.
The pit mines were closed in 1986 due to high operational costs and low yields, but during their heyday they were among the largest and deepest in the world. The total tunnel length is 322 km, with a depth of between 610 m and 700 m. A museum highlighting the tin mining industry was opened in 2003. The museum is housed in an old bungalow once used by the mine manager. The museum houses a collection of mining artifacts.
Today the town of Sg Lembing is in decline although it was once the richest town in Pahang, known as El Dorado of the East. In the 1940's about 1400 people worked in the mine. Today many of the wooden shoplots are closed and people are moving away. The town straddles the river, and the main street on the right bank is split by an avenue of majestic trees. At the end, an old wooden building overlooks the padang where games of cricket and other social activities were held.

Sunrise on Bukit Panorama, Sungai Lembing
Nearby Sungai Lembing is Bukit Panorama, which is a popular place to watch the sunrise. 16 km from Sg. Lembing is Gunung Tapis Nature Park, where one can camp, fish, and shoot the rapids. Gunung Tapis itself is 1,512 m high. On the way to Sg. Lembing at the hamlet of Panching[1] is Gua Charas, a temple cave that is a popular tourist destination, also Sungai Pandan Waterfall, which is 29 km from Kuantan.

Random pic of my little princess

My little princess or fondly known as si kenit n si bulat

Friday, July 22, 2011

Meeting an old friend @ teluk cempedak

The last time we met was almost 16 years ago during our junior college in kelantan.Time really move in warp speed , 16 years really feel like 2 years.I could almost remember everything in detail 16 years back . The sight , sound and smell during my junior college days still freshly imprint at the back of my mind .My junior college days may not be the best time of my life but what i had experience there left a big impact on my life later on.Happy to see you again although with less hair and darker complexion , he he.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ana ikan bakar petai , tanjung lumpur , kuantan

Your visit to kuantan will not be complete if you don't drop by to tanjung lumpur.Tanjung lumpur is famous for its ikan bakar or specifically ANA IKAN BAKAR PETAI.The first time i had heard about this place was through a blogger friend of mine and i had thought that it was just like any ikan bakar stall that i had visited across malaysia.But i soon find out that this place was quite unique in a sense that PETAI was not only part of the name but the famous stinking petai was the main ingredient of the ikan bakar .
The aroma of the stinking petai couple with the sweet sambal was like YING and YANG , opposite of one another yet complement each other perfectly in a circle.The petai gave a subtle bitter taste and the sambal gave a sweet and spicy taste.Combine all the flavour you'll get a masterpiece.
The seafood is fresh and reasonably price . The only disadvantage was this place tends to get overcrowded so you have to get there early.
Overall experince : A-
Location: Tanjung Lumpur,Kuantan,Pahang(coordinate N 3 47.844 E 103 20.34)