Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich

Friday, April 24, 2009

What do you think when I mentioned about PEANUT BUTTER and BANANA? Have it ever came across your mind that both of them can be combine together? Yup, surprisingly it is perfect combination. I had googled about this unique combination and found out that our King of Rock n Roll - Elvis Presley loves this and is one of his favourite food.

white bread
smooth/crunchy peanut butter
banana, sliced

  1. Spread peanut butter on both slice of bread.
  2. Sliced banana and placed the slices (around 9 slices each side).
  3. Put the slices together to form the sandwich.
  4. Melt butter in a frying pan.
  5. Fry the sandwich in the pan on both sides until it's golden brown.

The taste was so perfect.. Mouthwatering...


Bento #12

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Mantis prawn with butter and corn(left) and home made Loh Mai Kai

Side by side..

Siew Mai, cucumber sticks and mangoes

I had prepared this bento for both of us for our dinner. It consists of

Top layer - siew mai, cucumber sticks and mangoes
Bottom layer - loh mai kai and mantis prawn with butter and corn


Crispy Crunchy Baguette with Ham and Onion

I had bought a loaf of baguette from Tesco yesterday and decided to prepare it for our dinner tonite. Ingredients that I am using are ham, tomatoes, cucumber, butterhead leaves and onion. It's simple to prepare and very healthy coz of carbohydrates, protein and vegetables. I had sauted the sliced onion with butter before spreading it to the baguette. U can spread mustard or chilli sauce on the baguette before serving.

Overall look..

Crunchy baguette

Ham rolls..

Trying to make a ladybug from the tomato..


Siew Mai

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Siew Mai, another type of Dim Sum which is a must have everytime we went for Dim Sum for our breakfast. I have decided to decorate my Siew Mai with green peas and corns and used prawn roe as garnishing instead of salted egg yolk. The result - yummy and hot pipping Siew Mai for our lunch.

*Note - must be alert on the steaming time, if not the wantan skin will be overcooked and hard*

Siew Mai topped with prawn roe

300g half lean and fat pork
10 medium sized prawn
10 water chestnuts
4 mushroom, soaked and diced
2 tbsp prawn roe
40 wantan wrappers

1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp chicken stock
1 tsp Shao Hsing Hua Tiao wine
2 tbsp tapioca flour

  1. Chop pork into very fine pieces and set aside.
  2. Rub prawn meat with a little salt and 1 tsbp tapioca flour, rinse with water until clean. Pat dry with kitchen towel and cut into small cubes. Cut water chestnuts into small cubes.
  3. Combine minced pork, prawn meat, salt and mix until very sticky.
  4. Add water chestnuts and mushrooms, seasoning and mix well. Chill in the fridge for 1-2 hours before using.
  5. Put two teaspoons of the filling in the centre of each wantan skin.
  6. Gather the edge of the wrapper together so that only the top of the filling is seen.
  7. Put a little prawn roe on top of Siew Mai and decorate with peas/corns.
  8. Steam at high heat for 10 minutes. Serve hot with chilli sauce.


Green Bean Soup

Green bean soup is another 'tong sui' that is easily prepared in everyone's home. It is believed to have 'cooling' effect. A good dessert to have especially in the crazy HOT weather this few days. I added some salt to create some salty taste in it and the outcome, I LOVE IT! I had tasted this type of green bean soup in the 'makan' stalls outside.


300g green beans (soaked overnight and drained)
1.5L Water
6 Pandan Leaves
3 tbsp sago
1 tbsp instant coconut milk powder
rock Sugar to taste (approx 75-100g)
Salt (optional)


  1. Wash the green beans in running water.Remove dirt and discolored beans.
  2. Place beans and 1.5L water in a large pot (cover with lid).
  3. Bring water to boil then reduce heat o simmer.
  4. Wash pandan leaves and tie into a bundle.
  5. Place pandan leaves & rock sugar into the boiling water.
  6. Simmer for 60-80 minutes until the beans have expanded out of their skins and are soft & fluffy. Add more water if needed.
  7. Add more sugar if desired. Add instant coconut milk powder and stir well. Add pinch of salt to taste (optional)
  8. Can be served hot or cold.


Loh Mai Kai

Friday, April 17, 2009

Hot from the steamer... Yumz....

Loh Mai Kai a.k.a Steamed Glutinous Rice with Chicken is usually eaten during breakfast. It is widely available in Chinese eatery shops especially restaurants selling Dim Sum. When I was small, Dad always 'tar pao' Loh Mai Kai from our hometown wet market as our breakfast. Therefore, it is definately a must have on my table every time I went to Dim Sum restaurant nowadays which explains why I am making this coz of the craving. Hehe...

I used to think it is very hard to prepare it but once I had tried making it, it is not as difficult as I thought it will be but now, the tricky part is to make it tasty and good. Taste wise is good but I think it is still not up to par yet to the ones selling in my fave Dim Sum shop. Room to improve further. The recipes that I had used was adapted from Kuali and I made some amendment to the original recipe.

250g glutinous rice
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
300g chicken meat
1 Chinese sausage (lap cheong), thinly sliced
10g black Chinese mushrooms, soaked and cut into thin slices
5 shallots, sliced

Seasoning (A)
1 tsp light soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp oyster sauce
1 tsp ginger juice
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp Shao Hsing Hua Tiau wine
1/2 tsp dark soy sauce
1 tsp oil
1 tsp tapioca flour

Seasoning (B)
1 1/2 tsp light soy sauce
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp dark soy sauce
1/2 tsp Chinese five spice powder (I skipped this coz forget to buy)


  1. Wash glutinous rice, then soak it for two to three hours. Steam it for 30 minutes.
  2. Cut chicken into slices. Marinate with seasoning (A) for about one to two hours.
  3. Heat oil in a wok and saute shallots till fragrant. Add mushroom slices and stir fry quickly then dish up.
  4. Add cooked glutinous rice and seasoning (B). Stir fry well for five minutes.
  5. Grease four medium-size rice bowls. Add mushroom slices, a few slices of Chinese sausages and seasoned chicken slices.
  6. Fill up with glutinous rice and press down with a ladle. Cover the rice with chicken stock (just enough to cover the rice).
  7. Steam for 30-40 minutes.
  8. Turn over the rice bowl onto a plate and serve Loh Mai Kai with chili sauce.


Tuna Mayo and Ham Sandwich

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Coleslaw and mashed potatoes are from KFC..

I decided to make myself sandwiches for my dinner as I am eating alone today. I had placed ham, tomatoes, lettuce, and tuna for my sandwich. Regretted of making too many coz I can't really finish all of them. *Greedy greedy me again*


Lunch Bento #11

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Yee mee, cabbage and onigiri..

Edameme, quails and sliced mangoes

Overall bento..

Today I woke up quite late and was rushing all the way preparing this bento for Hubby. I should have place all the necessary stuffs out last night before going to bed but unfortunately I didn't which explains all the rushing last min thingy happening this morning. So for his bento today

Top layer - quail eggs, edameme and sliced mangoes
Bottom layer - braised yee me, cabbage with fish cake and onigiri

I am rushing till I barely had time to place everything nicely and take the pictures nicely. Sigh... I need more TIME!!!


Home Style Cabbage with Fish Cake

Monday, April 13, 2009

Cabbage was one of my favourite vegetables since small coz of the sweetness of them. Simple to prepare and it taste good. A must have on my plate since I was small.


2 tbsp oil
1 pcs fish cake, sliced
1 tsp garlic, chopped
2 tbsp anchovies
200 g cabbage, cleaned and shredded
1 carrot, shredded
2 stalks of spring onion, cut into 3 cm length


1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1/2 tsp sugar
dash of sesame oil and pepper
3 tbsp water

  1. Heat up oil, add in chopped garlic and anchovies and stir-fry until fragrant.
  2. Add in fish cake, cabbage, carrot, seasoning and stir-fry at high heat until well mixed.
  3. Add in spring onion and stir well.
  4. Dish up and serve.


Braised Yee Mee with Spring Onion

I had prepared this yee mee according to the recipe book but it didn't really turn out the way I was expecting it to be. The original recipe called for only 300ml water but it still doesn't turn out to have enough gravy and the colour is not up to my expectation. Therefore, I had added extra 300ml water and 1 1/2 tbsp dark soya sauce to enhance the colour and to produce more gravy. The taste wise is okay but could be better. I hope to try to make this again in the future. The following are the original recipe from the book.

450 g yee mee, soaked and drained
200 g chicken/beef, sliced
50g sliced ginger
150 g spring onion, cut into 3 cm length

1 tsp oyster sauce
1 tsp light soya sauce
1 tsp oil
1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda (if you are using beef)

1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp light soya sauce
300ml water

  1. Mix beef/chicken with marinade and marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat up 2 tbsp oil, saute ginger until fragrant. Add in yee mee, seasoning and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add in beef/chicken and stir-fry at high heat until well mixed. Stir in spring onion, mix well and dish up. Serve hot.

Note: Bicarbonate soda can make beef more tender


Red Bean Soup

Red bean soup, one of the most famous dessert among all the chinese desserts in the world. Making red bean soup is never difficult but I was too greedy and put too much of coconut milk into the pot and make the tong sui too watery. *slap head*


2oog red bean, soaked overnight
1 cup sugar (according to preference)
1500ml water
6 pcs pandan leaves
20ml coconut milk
50 g sago (optional)

  1. In pot, put in red beans and water, cook for 2 hours.
  2. Add in sugar, pandan leaves and sago (optional), cook till the sago is transparent.
  3. Add in the coconut milk, mix well, turn off the fire.
  4. Served hot or cold.
*Note - must reduce the amount of coconut milk in future*


Evening in Sepang Gold Coast and Tg Sepat

We had initially planned to go to Sepang Gold Coast with two of our friends for an evening walk and dinner. Unfortunately luck was not at our side coz it's been raining the whole day. We barely can go down to take a stroll at the beach side. We only managed to stand at the beach front with umbrellas. Sigh, what a disappointment! There's goes my plan for capturing sun set at the beach. After spending more than half an hour at Sepang Gold Coast hoping that the rain will subside *sigh, false hope!*, we decided to drive down to Tanjung Sepat for our dinner. The rain was extremely heavy even when we reach Tanjung Sepat.

We had chosen the most patronized restaurant (OCEN Seafood) for our dinner. It was so PACKED!While waiting for our dinner, I had managed to snap some photos of the beach front from the restaurant since the restaurant was situated just beside the 'Lovers' Bridge' named by the resident there. Hmm, but from the outlook of the bridge, I wonder whether is there any lovers will gonna 'pak toh' around the area... Have a look at the pictures above to decide yourself ya..

Dead trees at the beach front

Lovers' Bridge, anyone interested to take a stroll here? Btw, can you see how rough the sea is?

After waiting and waiting for our food to arrive and reminding the waiter TWICE to serve our drinks, our food had finally arrived. The hokkien mee was too oily for my liking. My favourite dish for our dinner will be the sizzling fried oyster egg (Or Jian). Definately a THUMBS UP on it! The rest of the dish was just average. Maybe we will come back and sampled other types of seafood dish since most of table have fish on their table.

Hokkien Mee

Chinese Fried Rice

Steamed La-la

Bitter gourd Egg

MY FAVE -Sizzling plate 'OR JIAN' @ Fried Oyster Egg


Tuna Sandwich with Fries

Sunday, April 12, 2009

I love the bread texture that I had bought from the bakery shop the other day and decided to finish all of them by preparing sandwich for both of us as our breakfast. So I had placed canned tuna in mayo, some lettuce leaves and tomatoes for our sandwich. There's a packet of fries in the freezer, since the plate looks quite empty with just sandwich alone, I decided to fry some of the fries as side dishes for the sandwich. Happy breakfast-ing...!


Black Pepper Udon

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Today is an extremely busy day for both of us. We were practically cleaning and cleaning our house since the moment we woke up. But of course in between the cleaning time, I am preparing our food for lunch as well. I am preparing Udon for lunch and utilizing the black pepper sauce that I had bought earlier this year in Sarawak during our company meeting.

Black Pepper Udon.. Love the colour combination..


2 packs Udon
6 cabbage leaves (shredded)
6 medium sized prawn (de-shelled)
2 medium size carrots (shredded)
1 fish cake (sliced)
1 tbsp onion (chopped)
3 tbsp pepper sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp dark soya sauce (for colour) optional
spring onions and red chilli (garnishing)

  1. Blanch Udon in boiling water, dish and drain.
  2. Heat oil in wok, fry onion, then add in prawns, carrots, cabbage and fish cake and fry until fragrant.
  3. Then add in Udon, black peper sauce ,other seasoning and water until sauce dry up, serve.
  4. Dish up and sprinkle with spring onions and red chillis.


Fried Chicken with Spicy Mayonnaise


4 drumsticks
oil for deep frying

1 egg
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp corn flour
1 tbsp plain flour

Sauce (mixed)
4 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tbsp tomato sauce
2 tbsp chilli sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp lime juice


  1. Combine chicken with marinade and marinate for 30 mins.
  2. Deep fry in hot oil until golden brown and cooked. Dish and drain.
  3. Heat up 1 tbsp oil, put in sauce and chicken and stir-fry until well mixed. Dish up and serve.

Spicy mayo....

Drumsticks anyone?


Wholesome American Breakfast

Breakfast - the most important meal to start our day. The word came about because it means breaking the fast after one has not eaten since the night before. I googled for the definition of American breakfast. It typically said the breakfast consists most or all of the following : eggs, bacon or sausages and breads with coffee/tea or juices. I supposed my own creation of breakkie fits the term. :) I had scrambled eggs, sausages, bread, onion rings, hash brown and salads. It is definately a wholesome breakfast for both of us to start our day with our mission for today : SPRING CLEANING for our house..

Cheesy Scrambled Eggs
Do the sausage look like penguin?

Another moulded sausage - crab shaped sausage

Wholesome breakkie


3 eggs

2 slices cheddar cheese (sliced)

1 tbsp butter


  1. Slice the cheese into tiny squares.
  2. Crack the eggs into a bowl and mash them up with a fork.
  3. Put the butter on a saucepan on a stove-top set on high.
  4. Let it melt and move it around until it covers the entire pan.
  5. Pour the cheese and the eggs into the pan, and using a fork or something else, spread the eggs around, never letting them stay in one space too long.
  6. Take the eggs out when you desire according to wether you like them hard or soft.


Easy Vege and Egg Salad

Thursday, April 9, 2009

After a sinful dinner last night, I decided to have something light for myself for dinner as Hubby is away today. It is so simple, put everything together and VOILA! I made myself SALAD and I am creating this post while happily munching on them.. :)

Close up of the salad

Yum yum, serve cold..

lettuce leaf
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 salt and pepper
1 hard boiled egg, sliced
1 tomatoes, sliced
1 apple, diced
thousand island dressing (amount up to your preference)
1 tbsp vinegar

  1. Place lettuce leaves in bottom of large glass bowl.
  2. Sprinkle with sugar, salt, and pepper.
  3. Layer eggs over lettuce.
  4. Layer apples and remaining lettuce.
  5. Spread vinegar and Thousand Island dressing over top.
  6. Chill in fridge and serve cold.


Zende Restaurant (Seri Pacific Hotel)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Tonight we had a buffet dinner at Zende Restaurant in Seri Pacific Hotel as I had won a gift voucher as a lucky draw gift during my annual company meeting. The following are some of the pictures taken during dinner. The buffet spread offers varities of food ranging from local dishes, western and even japanese food. So, do look at this post when you're full coz it is full of yummylicious stuffs.. Yum yum!

Hubby posing for me before we start our 'makan' session..

This 2 fruit juices cost us RM 41 incl tax.. So expensive! But what d heck coz the buffet is free.. Guess we need to take it with a pinch of salt..

My first serving for dinner...

Mussels and Oysters Gratin..

Grilled 'pari' fish and salmon...

We had shashimi too!

There is varities of dessert at buffet spread too. It ranges from cakes to traditional 'kuih', 'tong sui', puddings and of course ice-cream. Here's some of the pictures I had managed to snapped before we 'salvaged' them.. *OMG, Burp! I am so full*

' Kuih-muih' as part of the dessert selections..

Fruits chocolate fondue.. It consists of strawberries, grapes and honeydew...

Cakes, cakes and more cakes.. My fave cheesecake topped with strawberries.. Too sinful!

I guessed this dining experience is indeed fun for me coz this is the first time I am snapping the photos of the food that I took outside beside those home cook food photos. When I am busy looking or rather checking out for food at the buffet spread, Hubby managed to snap some pictures of me too.

Me trying to be cheeky here at the buffet spread when I realised Hubby was taking pictures of me.....

OMG! I am so full, but still can pose for the camera la... Hehe...

Both of us are so full when we were leaving the restaurant and I barely can walk anymore. I think I had been too greedy trying out too much of food there. Hmm, therefore I guessed that I need to starve myself for a few days just to hope to balance back the calories that I had took tonite. *Dreaming and hope I can make it*... Wakakakaka.. :)


Weekend In Ipoh

Saturday, April 4, 2009

We went back to Ipoh last weekend for 'Qing Ming' Festival a.k.a All Soul's Day, also known as the Tombs Sweeping Festival which falls on April 5th every year except for leap years when the festival falls on April 4th. This year will be the first year that I had joined the Chan's clans for this festival. As usual, being the blur 'sotong' in the group, I'll just follow all the instructions given to me by the elders.

Of course normally when we were back in Ipoh, all we CAN or WILL do are EAT, EAT and EAT. So here's snapshots of Hubby's waiting for his food to arrive in one of the Kopitiam (Yee Fatt) we frequently visited for their dry curry mee during our visits back to Ipoh..

The famous 'Ipoh White Coffee'

Hubby waiting for his food....

And still waiting... That's the SOP in Ipoh makan places..

* Sorry folks - no pics of the food coz I failed to get a good shot of them...* *SLAP HEAD*

During this visit to Ipoh, Brother and Sister in Law brought their two lovely daughters along with them, Samantha and Stella. I had managed to snap a few pictures of cute lil' Stella. Here's some of her snap shots...

Cute lil' Stella

Isn't she a darling..

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