Saturday, March 26, 2011
(note: pictures below shot with camera from phone so quality kinda sucks... sorry ya)
All you need for an awesome meal...
I happened to come across one video him cooking a dish called Steak Diane. The clip was only one minute long and it looked pretty simple to do plus ingredients all are easy to get a hold of so I thought why not try that next time I get home. Coincidently parents went out for dinner tonight and my mom said that there was a piece of steak in the freezer with my name on it. Then I went to ask my mom if the rest of the ingredients are available at home surprisingly (or rather unsurprisingly) almost everything was in stock. For what was missing, just simple substitution :).
Added some of the cut of fat for some extra flavour...
The full recipe is available here but it serves 4 so I had to portion it accordingly for 1. Of course Basically all you need is 1 beef steak (sirloin cut if possible), half an onion or shallot, 2-3 big button mushrooms (canned or fresh up to you), garlic, butter, mustard, about 50ml single cream, Worcestershire sauce brandy and some parsley for garnish. Yeah.. I think I got everything. So let the fun begin!
Sweat em onions n shrooms...
First step is to cut the fat off the steak cos it gets tough and chewy after it gets cooked. Then flatten the meat a bit and season with salt n pepper. Then heat up a pan with normal olive oil (or normal corn oil) until it's nearly smoking before putting the steak inside. Each side should be about 2 minutes tops on the pan before taking it out to rest.
Fire was way bigger and cooler than I expected...
For the sauce, using the same pan add in the onions and mushrooms that have been chopped along with a clove of pressed garlic. Let the onions sweat a bit til it turns slightly golden then add about a knob of butter. Next step is the most fun part of the process: pour about 50ml of brandy ( I used 1 shot glass) into the pan and flambe it! Be careful when you do this to tilt the pan facing away from you and pour the brandy towards the end furthest away from you. The flame will get HUGE trust me! Oh there is a short video clip available at the bottom of my attempt! Lucky no hairs, eyebrows or even parts of the house were burnt!
After the 'show' has ended, put back the steak and cream into the mix...
Once the alcohol has evaporated i.e. when there is no more fire, add in the cream along with the steak. My mom gave me the cream which actually split so didn't look how it should which led me to add some milk into the pan. Then it looked like what i saw in the clip :D. Leave the steak inside depending on how well you want your steak to be. This you have to trail n error yourself because it varies with the heat you use as well as the thickness of your cut.
Rustic cherry tomatoes...
After that all that is left to do is plate. The recipe suggested fried potatoes with peas but deprived of both, I ended up using cherry tomatoes instead. Tossed it with some extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar (couldn't find the balsamic type), salt, pepper and a little chinese parsley.
Tried my best with the presentation, that's just olive oil...
So plate nicely and like how Gordon says: Steak Diane with Rustic Tomatoes... DONE! I think I did a pretty decent effort considering it is my first time trying this. Could've been a little more generous with the mustard and Worcestershire sauce. And I think next time I'll straight away use full cream milk instead of cream. The steak itself was just the way I liked it, with a little pink in the middle though I think I overcooked it by just a couple of minutes.
Meat was perfectly pink in the middle...
But never mind la, at least got a new dish to add to my rep sheet eh ;). Few more tries of this and I should be able to get it up to 'Presentable to others' standard :D. So next time I call for dinner, maybe can expect this la !
Somebody call 911?...
So hopefully after this, my 'saham' will naik eh ;).... oh I think I shall trademark this smiley --> (-:=3 ... Looks kinda cool eh?
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
PYH : Koci, before we get old and fat, lets do something challenging. Lets run a marathon.
Me : WTF, marathon meh?
PYH : Yes... KL Marathon... but just do half marathon oni la...*
That conversation went on awhile with me giving all sorts of excuses (though valid ones :P) why I wasn't too keen on it. Main reason was because I don't even own a proper pair of running shoes! And before you say 'wear futsal shoes la', please, you can't run 1km in those shoes let alone 21km.
Few days later, this topic was brought up again and he told me to buy a pair of shoes for investment (though I think he meant the running):
Ok, I have to admit, the highlighted part caught my eye especially because it also entails 'so can eat more' :). And I have to admit, I do need to lose a couple (ok maybe more) of pounds. So after consulting the masses on Facebook (by that I mean putting it up as my status) and getting positive feedbacks with some even saying they are interested in running (we'll see how many actually do :P), I was more inclined to join this half-marathon. Half only la, first time join wan me to go for full 42km meh?
If Ramsay can do it, I want to do it...
So few days back, I went with Soon, who is also joining to buy me a pair of shoes @ The Curve. Reason I went there is because they had Nike, Adidas and al-Ikhsan stores all in one place. And also because I was suppose to go for the durian buffet which failed, but that's another story altogether. After scouting around, I found out that most of the proper running shoes costs RM300 upwards ! Holy shit wtf... But after getting some medical advice from (soon to be) doctors, realised that being investing in a proper pair of shoes is crucial for the long run of my feet. So... in the end after looking at all the shops, decided to get this:
My new pair of Nike LunarGlide 2...
Cost me and upwards of RM300 but I'm sure it'll be worthwhile. The rest were either: too expensive, design not nice or too heavy. Hmmm... Hopefully it doesn't rain this evening cos I wanna test out my shoes for the first time :D. For motivation, I decided to watch the movie Run Fatboy Run again :D
Oh btw, we are thinking of running the KL Marathon on the 26th of June but of course, for us it's just the half marathon. So I have roughly 3 months to get my fitness up to appropriate levels to achieve our target of completing in 3.5 hours cos apparently, after that time, you don't get a medal for finishing. And I want some sorta recognition for running my ass of for 21km k!! Will I succeed? I hope so but one thing is for sure, to lose the pounds and to be able to eat/drink more, I'll drop dead trying... haha...
Though I haven't registered for the race, I suppose by posting this post, buying a kick ass pair of shoes, and spreading the word via Facebook, it's a little too late to turn back now eh? Great way of not quitting on myself.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
They even have their own website!
And of course being
All of our durians were liddis: big big, yellow yellow, firm firm...
We decided to have this for dinner so around 8pm, logic being if we ate it post main meal, wouldn't be worth the money. Place is nicely lit up with plenty of tables and chairs and most importantly, its clean! When we were arrived, there were already a few tables of people eating quite a number of durians. So we tucked into our first few biji of fruits. Usually you hear of sellers giving the customers the lower standards/lousier fruit first to stuff them up before giving them the good stuff. But this was certainly not the case here.
Getting off the blocks with a quick start...
No sir, first bite I took was simply awesome... OK, it may not be as thick and creamy as a D24, but it was sweet and thick enough to warrant it as good! Don't really know what type of durian it was, didn't bother asking. Immediately about 3 different fruits were opened for us, all of it tasted different but ultimately good at the same time! DonN is probably the first person I've seen eating durians with BOTH hands! Though he only uses 2 fingers on each, probably thinking he's some sort of crab or lobster. Hence, no shots of me eating =/.
DonN eating durian like the crabby character from sponge bob...
I was impressed by the service there as well, when we finished one row of durians, the guy auto come and open up the rest of the durian for us! Now this is service la, pay 10% tax oso I don't mind, unlike certain restaurants that charge service tax for
You don't get the title King of Fruits for just being pretty...
Before we could finish the durians on our table, 2 more fruits were brought to our table! One of it was so freaking huge, we only got half! Then another one came that looked kinda pale and smelt kinda green which DonN didn't like but I thought was awesome cos it was so thick that it practically sticks to your throat! Oh and the texture was so firm, like a perfect set of boobs or ass! haha.. By then, I was almost giving up edi, clearly felt like I could go into a durian comatose at any time!
Damage done... Ok to be fair, the basket was already filled a little when we got there...
One of the workers there asked why weren't we eating more and continued that there was a group that came at 6 pm and ate all the way to 10+pm! The dude kept asking us to sit and eat all the way to closing time which was about 12am! Hahaha, if we had more people ok la, but for 2 people to eat for nearly 2 hours, I think it's a pretty darn good achievement weh! All in all, I think we whacked about 5 and a half fruits.
The shop is constantly buzzing with durian lovers all night long...
So for me, it was money really well spent though I'm sure you can find other better deals elsewhere. Came back fully satisfied and very lucky I didn't burp in the LRT on the way back! Else chemical attack weh! Haha... Bottomline, if you love durians, you gotta try this place at least once. I still am quizzed why the dude from Bizzare Foods on TLC can eat all sorts of shit, but not this... NOOB!
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
|The Amazing Food Race...|
We arrived at the meeting point right around the stipulated time on the email for registration, briefing, etc. But in true, typical Malaysian fashion, not all the teams were there. I think the last team reached only about half an hour after later? So as a result, everything was pushed back roughly 40 minutes. After the registration was done, breakfast was served followed by the briefing. Now, I've never entered any treasure hunt race before but from my time watching The Amazing Race, I pretty knew what to expect.
|The team in high spirits before the race, after however...|
|Awaiting the briefing...|
|Scouting the opposition...|
|Organizers put up a good effort hosting this event...|
|DonN taking one for the team...|
|Felt like in a reality show with all the cameras around...|
|Enjoying every little bite I could get...|
|Serious faces all around... barring one...|
|DonN hard at work resisting temptation...|
|Yong trying to act cute...|
|Unplanned shot that turned out well...|
Saturday, January 15, 2011
BEHOLD!!!! The final destination! *insert suspense song*. We are SO close to the ending of the race, we can smell it! Can’t wait for the race to end and for the organizers to announce the results!! The guys are in serious desperation, and in need for a new replacement for their prehistoric mobile phones. THE HEAT IS ON! Everyone of us feel like A-team, full of action and always on the run!
Updates? Here you go:
One by one getting stressed, but still in high spirits and enthusiasm
Yong Hsin broke all the road rules according to Akta Pengangkutan
Erica got blister on her foot due to the running
Shi En has a face expression ala Gordon Ramsay… still haven’t called anyone a donkey yet
The Myvi is still in once piece man
After half day throughout the race, only wanna on the radio… let the music heal our soul!
Final destination – DANCING FISH RESTAURANT
Finally! A fine dining restaurant with a super cozy and air-conditioned atmosphere. Perfect restaurant to finish the finale of the race! Woah man…. Restaurant fine dancing concept that serves Malaysian and Indonese delicacies, with jazz music as the background. Chill out stylo milo.
RICE – Nasi putih and nasi kunyit. The rice served is flufy, and the nasi kunyit is especially fragrant… goes well together
AYAM PANGGANG – Roasted chicken with black sauce. Chicken was nicely roasted, and the black sauce nicely caramelized and coated on the chicken. Great dish to go with your nasi-nasi!
DANCING FISH – Look at that! Looks like the fish dancing…like, danced into a big pot of hot oil to be fried and be finally served to us…haha! Check out that colour, fried to perfection! The fish is super crispy on the outside, moist and tender on the inside. Deep fried to the point that you can eat the bone like eating muruku. The presentation itself is a wonder piece of conversation.
ICE-CREAM – Strawberry and durian ice cream. The strawberry ice cream is sweet and slightly sour, just like real strawberries. Same goes for the durian.. quite smooth actually and not too strong.
LEMONGRASS JELLY WITH SOUR PLUM BURST – The name sounds so yeng wei…this dessert is sumthing new to us. The jelly has a tangy fruity flavor that melts in your mouth. The sour plum balls explodes in your mouth, giving a delightful burst of flavours that mixes well with the jelly. We want more please!
Lot T120, T121 & T122
285, Jalan Maarof, 3rd Floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre
Tel: 03-2095 6663
Verdict: Real cozy ambience to chill, with a fine-dining concept without break your wallet.
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