Sunday, June 30, 2019

Recipe: Tofu with minced pork, prawn and mushrooms

Tofu is a good source of protein, so I try to incorporate it into our meals whenever possible.

This is a variation of another tofu dish which I have posted here on the blog before. For this version, I have used minced pork as well as prawns and Chinese mushrooms. Garnish it with some garlic chives (or spring onions) and viola, you have a complete meal right there! I love this so much that I can have just this with rice for dinner. So yummeh!

Tofu with minced pork, prawn and mushrooms

Tofu with minced pork, prawn and mushroom
Recipe by Baby Sumo, adapted from here
Preparation time: 5-10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Serves 3-4

1 piece silken tofu, cubed
150g minced pork
3 prawns, peeled and diced
3 Chinese or shitake mushrooms, rehydrated and diced
2 tbsp cooking oil
1-2 tbsp mushroom sauce (or oyster sauce)
1 tsp ginger wine
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 garlic chives, finely chopped (or spring onion)

1. In a wok, heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 1/2 minutes, until lightly browned.

2. Add the minced pork and mushrooms, and cook for about 4-5 minutes, until the pork is cooked through. Season with the mushroom sauce and ginger wine, and taste.

3. Finally, stir in the tofu and prawns cook for a further 2 minutes. Add the garlic chives and give it a quick stir. Serve immediately.

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Hometown Vietnam Kitchen, Taman Connaught, KL

We discovered Hometown Vietnam Kitchen while we were at Taman Connaught recently. This little shack is operated by a Vietnamese owner/chef, with a menu serving Vietnamese food such as pho, spring rolls, rice and noodle dishes.

I had the beef pho (RM8) which came with all the right components - the noodles, beansprouts, Thai basil, and a generous amount of beef. The soup could be better but for the price, I thought it was passable. For best pho in KL/PJ, see here.

Hubby had the Fried pork noodle (RM7.50) which was pretty good. I enjoyed this more than my pho, as it was nicely seasoned and had plenty of wok hei. The noodles were like Cintan curly noodles, stir fried together with beansprouts, carrots, onion and pork fillet. I would order this again for sure! The Iced Vietnamese coffee (RM4) was excellent too - super caramel-ly and thick.

Hometown Vietnam Kitchen menu

Operating hours: 7am to 6pm daily. Closed on alternate Mondays.

Price: Total bill RM19.50.

Location: Hometown Vietnam Kitchen, Jalan Cerdas 1, Taman Connaught, 56000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (opposite 99 Speedmart / Beans & Yogurt - paid street parking available).

Tel: 010-507 8239

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Famous Putu Piring Melaka (Jalan Tengkera)

This trip to Melaka, we introduced putu piring to BabySumoKids. Putu piring is made from rice flour with a gula melaka filling, steamed and then coated in freshly grated coconut.One of the most famous places selling this delicacy in Melaka is called Putu Piring Melaka, located on Jalan Tengkera.

We arrived just after 6pm, so there was no queue at all. There is no signboard outside the shop but they have a small banner inside with the stall's name, opening times and price clearly stated. It's located next to a Sports Toto shop.  A friendly couple operate this stall; the wife steaming the putu piring while the husband does the packing.

We got five pieces of the putu piring, and after we took our first bite, we wished that we had gotten more! During this trip, we tried a couple of places which sold putu piring and the ones here from Putu Piring Melaka certainly trumps the rest.

Eaten hot, it was soft, feathery light in texture with a delicious combination of sweet-salty flavours (sweetness from the gula melaka and saltiness from the freshly grated coconut). So so good!

Operating hours: 6pm to 10pm daily. Closed on Sundays.

Price: RM1.20 each.

Location: Putu Piring Melaka, 252, Jalan Tengkera, 75200 Malacca City (limited street parking available).

Tel: 06-282 1505

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Blackbyrd Dine & Lounge, Platinum Park, KL

Soaring high on the 50th Floor of Platinum Park KLCC is one of KL's latest dining hotspots, Blackbyrd. The contemporary restaurant and lounge boasts panoramic views of the KL city skyline, including unobstructed views of two of Kuala Lumpur's most iconic buildings, the Petronas Twin Towers and KL Towers. Malaysian touches can be found in their interior, such as locally handcrafted wood and custom-made rattan chairs.

Come for the view and stay for the food; the menu is an eclectic mix of comfort food, with a focus on quality ingredients. Here at Blackbyrd, guests can indulge in Asian fusion dishes, as well as light bites, salads, steaks (USDA Black Angus and Japanese Wagyu) and pasta.

The kitchen is led by culinary maverick, Philip Mimbimi who hails from Michigan and also heads other kitchens by the Ismaya Group. Whenever possible, Chef Philip uses locally sourced ingredients such as the duck for his Bebek Goreng dish and vegetables from Cameron Highlands.

Start your meal with Blackbyrd's bestseller, the Crispy Nori Crunch (RM28). These delicious bites have it all - a great crunchy tempura nori seaweed base topped with fresh, spicy chunks of salmon, salmon roe and a generous shaving of Parmesan cheese. Great textures and flavours and so beautifully presented too!

The Tuna Feuillette (RM36) was equally fantastic. Thinly sliced raw tuna is placed on a crisp tortilla and is garnished with microgreens, caramelised onions, truffle aioli as well as balsamic pearls which gives it a lovely, complementary burst of sweetness.

For truffle lovers, the Truffle Tagliolini (RM49) is a real treat for the senses. Known as the "diamonds of gastronomy", this delicacy is used in 6 different forms in this dish. Truffle oil, truffle butter, truffle paste, shaved black and white truffle and finally a spritz of truffle perfume makes this a truffle dream come true. Too much truffle.?.. Said no one ever! I loved every mouthful of it... absolutely brilliant!

Just like the tagliolini, the cavatelli pasta is also made in-house daily. These gluten-free small pasta shells are sauteed with chopped escargot and porcini mushroom, both of which gives this dish quite an earthy flavour. Giving the dish some vibrancy are the green pea puree dotted around the dish as well as a mound of rich stracciatella (the delicious center of the burrata) to finish.

Escargot Cavatelli with Porcini (RM28)

Another popular dish here at Blackbyrd is the Mie Goreng Sambal Matah (RM28), whereby handmade noodles is stir fried along with sambal matah, a Balinese-style sambal, seabass fillet and served with fish cracker sourced from Terengganu.

For a sweet ending to your meal, the Es Cendol Waffle (RM18) will definitely hit the spot. This creation combines two fantastic Asian desserts - the HK-style egg waffle and the much-loved cendol. The pandan-flavoured waffle is topped with slivers of jackfruit, cendol, toasted coconut, grass jelly and coconut gelato. Pour over the gula melaka syrup just before enjoying.

Sip on cocktails at the sexy, sleek bar and lounge, adjoining to the dining area. Bar manager Diniy served us some of their fabulous signature cocktails - the bestselling Mango Crush (RM38), Madame St Germain (RM42) and Blackbyrd Espressotini (RM48). The lounge is also home to an extensive list of wines and spirits.

Operating hours: 12pm - 11pm daily.

Location: Blackbyrd KL, Level 50, Platinum Park, Naza Tower, 10, Persiaran KLCC, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Parking rate RM4 per hour).

Tel: 012-689 8576

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The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2019

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The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2019

1. Mirazur (Menton, France)

2. Noma (Copenhagen, Denmark) [Highest-Ever Highest New Entry]

3. Asador Etxebarri (Atxondo, Spain)

4. Gaggan (Bangkok, Thailand) [Best Restaurant in Asia]

5. Geranium (Copenhagen, Denmark)

6. Central (Lima, Peru) [Best Restaurant in South America]

7. Mugaritz (San Sebastian, Spain)

8. Arpege (Paris, France) 

9. Disfrutar (Barcelona, Spain)

10. Maido (Lima, Peru)

11. Den (Tokyo, Japan) [Art of Hospitality Award]

12. Pujol (Mexico City, Mexico) [Best Restaurant in North America]

13. White Rabbit (Moscow, Russia)

14. Azurmendi (Larrabetzu, Spain) [Highest Climber Award]

15. Septime (Paris, France)

17. Steirereck (Vienna, Austria)

18. Odette (Singapore)

19. Twins Garden (Moscow, Russia) [New entry]

20. Tickets (Barcelona, Spain)

21. Frantzén (Stockholm, Sweden)

22. Narisawa (Tokyo, Japan)

23. Cosme (New York City, USA)

24. Quintonil (Mexico City, Mexico)

26. Boragó (Santiago, Chile)

27. The Clove Club (London, UK)

28. Blue Hill at Stone Barns (Pocantico Hills, USA)

29. Piazza Duomo (Alba, Italy)

30. Elkano (Getaria, Spain)

31. Le Calandre (Rubano, Italy)

32. Nerua (Bilbao, Spain)

33. Lyle's (London, UK)

34. Don Julio (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

35. Atelier Crenn (San Francisco, USA)

36. Le Bernardin (New York City, USA)

37. Alinea (Chicago, USA)

38. Hiša Franko (Kobarid, Slovenia)

39. A Casa do Porco (São Paulo, Brazil)

40. Restaurant Tim Raue (Berlin, Germany)

41. The Chairman (Hong Kong, China)

42. Belcanto (Lisbon, Portugal)

43. Hof van Cleve (Kruishoutem, Belgium)

44. Test Kitchen (Cape Town, South Africa) [Best restaurant in Africa]

45. Sühring (Bangkok, Thailand)

46. De Librije (Zwolle, Netherlands)

47. Benu (San Francisco, USA)

48. Ultraviolet (Shanghai, China)

49. Leo (Bogotá, Colombia)

50. Schloss Schauenstein (Fürstenau, Switzerland) [Sustainable Restaurant Award]

Congratulations to all winners!

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Instagram This #3: Jonker Street, Melaka

For the third installation of Instagram This, we head over to Melaka and share with you some of the most Instaworthy spots on Melaka's most famous street, Jonker Street.

Jonker Street is a popular tourist attraction, so it is very busy everyday, especially on weekends when they have the night markets. It is home to many restaurants, boutique hotels, museums as well as cool cafes. Most of these places open after 9am, so if like me, you prefer less or no people in your photos, then come before 9am and you literally get the whole place to yourself.

Hokkien Huay Kuan 

Since they weren't open yet, we could take a shot with the ornate doors.

 Colorful letterboxes are always Instaworthy!

 Beautiful Peranakan buildings

Took this shot on our last visit to Melaka; this is possibly one of my favourite spots. So quaint and old school!

Off Jonker Street is this Jalan Tukang Besi, which has shops, boutique hotels, murals and temples.

Melaka San Duo Temple

Windmill at Dutch Square

Overlooking Melaka river

For more pictures of Jonker Street, check out this previous post. Also, check out our post on our historical walk through Melaka.

Location: Jonker Street, Melaka (Street parking available - pay using display coupons).

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