Sunday, July 24, 2016

Cooking Class with Chef Ann @ Tanjong Jara Resort + Recipe (Beef Rendang Terengganu)

For cooking enthusiasts, you can enrol yourself in a cooking class with Chef Ann, the resident chef at Tanjong Jara Resort and gain insight into the wonders of traditional Malay home-style cuisine. Chef Ann is well-versed with the cuisine and her jovial personality makes the cooking class a very enjoyable one.

The cooking class takes place at Di Atas Sungei restaurant daily (except Friday) at 1.30pm. During the cooking class, you will usually be taught 2 recipes, featuring authentic Malay cuisine. We learnt how to make a beef rendang (Terengganu style) as well as a spicy prawn dish with coconut milk and lemon grass.

Baby Sumo Family with Chef Ann

Beef Rendang
Recipe courtesy of Chef Ann of Tanjong Jara Resort

250ml coconut milk
1 turmeric leaf, torn and knotted
5 kaffir lime leaves
1 stalk lemongrass, bruised
1-2 pieces asam gelugur
10 red chillies. finely sliced
1kg beef, fat and sinew removed, cut into 3cm cubes

Spices (ground)
3 tbsp chopped galangal
1/2 tbsp chopped turmeric
1/2 tbsp chopped ginger
200g red chillies
4 shallots

1. Simmer coconut milk with turmeric leaf, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, asam gelugur, sliced chillies, and ground spices until the milk thickens and becomes oily. Reduce heat.

2. Add beef and cook until tender. (during our cooking class, we used high-quality tenderloin, so cooking time was approximately 10 minutes.)

3.  Stir ocassionally until the spices dry and turn brown.

Cost: RM215 per adult.

Location: Tanjong Jara Resort,Batu 8, off Jalan Dungun, 23000 Dungun, Terengganu, Malaysia.

Tel: 09-845 1100


GPS Coordinates: 4.811139, 103.423422

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Musical Review: The Beatles' Let It Be

I grew up listening to The Beatles, as my dad would often play them at home. The Beatles are inarguably the most famous band in the world. Their music is timeless and many successful recording artists still give credit to The Beatles as their musical inspiration.

When I lived in the UK, we knew we had to make a visit to the birthplace of The Beatles -- Liverpool. Labelled as the "World Capital City of Pop" by Guinness World Records, we visited The Beatles Story in Albert Dock, where the world’s largest permanent exhibition purely devoted to the lives and times of The Beatles can be found.

At The Beatles Story in Liverpool 

From 14th to 17th July 2016, fans of The Beatles got the chance to relive the past and catch "Let it Be" musical at Plenary Hall KLCC, direct from London's West End and Broadway. This international hit show has been seen by over 2 million people worldwide.

Annerin Productions brings to us the show that we never got to see The Beatles perform. We were taken on an epic musical journey starting with their arrival in the USA and the historic appearance on the Ed Sullivan chronicling their music journey thereafter, with popular hits including Hard Day's Night, Day Tripper, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Twist and Shout, Get Back, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Strawberry Fields, and many more.

The end of The Beatles era was never thought to be in sight when The Beatles played their last show on the roof of Apple Offices in 1969. We were given the chance to experience what it would have been like if The Beatles continued their journey, the Fab Four coming together again on stage after a decade apart performing other hits like Back in the USSR, Live and Let Die, Got to Get you into My Life, My Sweet Lord, Hey Jude and many more hits the world never got to see performed live.

The original production established itself as one of the West End’s most popular shows when it opened in 2012 and recently celebrated reaching 1000 shows.

We attended the first show on 14 July, and what a fun night it was! Everything from the physical appearance of the performers, their powerful vocals, expert guitar solos and driving drums from Ringo combined with the cinema screen footage combining original footage with live footage from that evening came together to create a very powerful and moving experience, which we thoroughly enjoyed.  Clever set embellishments and subtle wig changes, the use of glasses and news clips from the era kept the show moving seamlessly through the years.  John Lennon was able to introduce some comedy into the show which reinforced The Beatles cheeky chap reputation which endeared them to hundreds of thousands of fans across the globe.

My personal favorites from the show was Yesterday, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Imagine, Let It Be, and Hey Jude. A definite must-see for Beatles fan!

Thank you Nuffnang Malaysia for the VVIP tickets to the "Let It Be" Musical.

Photo credit: unwatermarked photos courtesy of Michelle, my talent manager from Nuffnang.

*This is a sponsored post.


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