Hana Tei: Giving Your Tastebuds a Reason to Celebrate.

Finding a great-quality Japanese restaurant to dine at, and one that your wallet agrees with you, is quite difficult these days, what with the fluctuating petrol prices in Malaysia. Before you sigh and walk away, there is a cozy little place in Bangsar that might change your mind. Of course, do remember that anything can…

All It Takes is a Little Sushi to Get Through the Day.

There are days when things aren’t so bad. There are days when things do get rough. And then there are the days when shit hits the fan. When those days hit me, I read to take my mind off troubled times. Or I sleep it off. But sometimes those things don’t work. When they don’t,…

Killing Me Softly with Soft Serve Ice Cream.

When I think of soft serve, immediately McDonald’s comes to mind. Chocolate and plain vanilla. Were they the first to serve this? There are many independent start-ups and hipster cafes these days selling soft serve ice cream and touting them to be the best. But these delectable dairy treats cost a limb (at least RM10.00…

A Hot Bowl of Hale and Hearty Goodness.

There are the days when it rains and rains and rains. Nonstop. A torrential downpour of tears from the heavens above. It can go on for hours and hours. Sometimes, it stops as soon as it started. But most of the time, it carries on for hours on end. When it rains, it gets cold…

A Double Birthday Celebration at Kim Ga Nae.

So last night my husband and I had a double celebration dinner at Kim Ga Nae, a Korean barbecue restaurant in Damansara Uptown. The dinner celebrations were in conjunction with my dad’s belated birthday (the actual day was on 29 June) as well as my aunt’s (my mum’s sister). My sister and her male companion…

I Don’t Know Many Pasta Jokes Except A Fusilli Ones.

Let’s just be clear on one thing. I didn’t invent the arrabiata pasta and neither am I a high class, five star chef who perfected it. I’m only another inhabitant on the planet who decided to play around with the recipe and improvised on the ingredients in her kitchen. Cooking isn’t one of my strongest…

Would You Really Eat That?

A thought crossed my mind today. Malaysians actually have some of the weirdest food combinations that has ever crossed one’s palate. It’s definitely a unique craving and you kind of have to have some mental preparation for what is about to appear in front of you. Here are some of the more common weird food combinations…

Know the Difference: Olive Oil.

Did you know that there are two types of olive oil, and each type has its own specific purpose? One is the regular olive oil, while the other is the extra-virgin olive oil. No, I didn’t know either. Or, at least I knew the basic difference but until last night only did I realise that there…

Food Review: Portofino, Bangsar.

It was a truly enchanting and delightful dinner that I had last night with my parents, my husband, and another friend. It was my dad’s birthday yesterday, so we decided to have the celebration at Portofino, an Italian restaurant located at a corner of a row of shophouses in Lucky Garden, Bangsar. Upon entering the…

No Oven, No Problem.

When my husband and I first moved into the condo that we bought together, we were torn between getting a microwave oven, an oven, and a toaster. Should we get a microwave oven so we could have our instant meals when we’re too lazy to cook? Or should we get a toaster so we could…

Be Green, Eat Clean.

Well, being green doesn’t mean you go vegan and leave the animals alone. My definition of being green was to include as much greens as possible into your meals. Like what I did for dinner last night. We often have rubbish meals on a daily basis; meals that aren’t balanced and don’t always contain the…

When Life Gives You Lemons…

A whole bunch of quotes exist where lemons are concerned. You have probably heard of some, like: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When life gives you lemons, ask for tequila and salt. When life gives you lemons, throw them back (really, really hard!) When life gives you lemons, keep them because hey, free…

Mmm… French Toast…

What happens when you run out of breakfast ideas? You’ve had pancakes. You’ve gobbled down all the ham sandwiches. You’ve even gone as far as to having various toppings on your oatmeal for the last three days! The last thing you want is more oatmeal. After doing a quick comb-over of your kitchen, you realised…

Food Review: Madame Waffle.

Let’s call this e-pressure. Short for internet pressure. Because I’ve seen so many photos and reviews uploaded by people on their Instagram feeds and their blogs that made it all the more tempting to try out. And I finally did last night. Madame Waffle is its name, and Belgian waffles meeting Japanese flavours is its…

Food Review: Me (Mee) and My Laksa.

Our weekends are normally saturated with lots of sleep. So it is quite common for us to wake up at almost noon, practically in time for lunch. The problem with that is we would miss out on having a proper meal at lunch time and we would end up eating junk instead. Thankfully, there are…

Food Review: Nyonya Colors.

There are days when you know what to have for dinner. But there are days when you don’t. Before you start writhing on the floor out of hunger and desperation, what I would do (and suggest you could do the same) is go to the nearest shopping mall, because it is a place where all…

Food Review: Nasi Lemak.

Many people associate the nasi lemak with being ‘Malaysia, truly Asia‘. Four things you should know about nasi lemak: A staple daytime diet for most Malaysians. Best eaten when it is freshly cooked and prepared. Usually consumed for breakfast in the morning. Literally means fat rice when directly translated from Malay to English. Many people…

The Amazing Sesame Oil.

It is common to hear people sing the praises of the olive oil, canola oil and flaxseed oil. Then there are those who swear by the coconut oil. Not to be outdone by its “oily” counterparts, the sesame oil has a few benefits up its sleeves for those who want to live long and prosper…

Slurpin’ It Up in Johor Bahru.

One highlight of my weekend in Johor Bahru, or fondly known as JB by the locals, was no doubt my cousin’s wedding. The spell-binding event had been meticulously decked out in a sea of purple, white and blue, and was planned and organised by my cousin alone, along with her then-fiance (now husband) and their…

When Green Tea Meets Black Sesame.

I’ll be honest with you. I’ve never heard of a joconde cake before. Heck, I didn’t even know if it was an Indonesian specialty or some other European fanfare! Until I did some research on it, of course. Going back to my post on what a ‘joconde cake’ is all about (Sneak Preview: Joconde Cakes…

Sneak Preview: Joconde Cakes.

When I was introduced to someone who bakes macarons, little did I know that she bakes joconde cakes too! Otherwise known as ‘opera cakes‘. Yep. I only knew this recently and with that little titbit of knowledge, I made an order for a slice of green tea and black sesame flavoured joconde cake, on top…

KGB: A Killer Burger Review.

In case you’re wondering, yes, KGB happens to be the name of this hipster burger joint that recently mushroomed all around Klang Valley, starting with a branch I believe in Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur. Or so I think, seeing as I grew up in that neighbourhood and that was the first place where I spotted…