Thursday, July 25, 2013

Gerai, The Food Loft @ Centerpoint Bandar Utama

This new cafe called Gerai, The Food Loft located in Centerpoint BU is becoming our canteen, judging by their portions and price tags. It's a little pricier than the food court, but the food is tasty and the quality and portion is there to match. And because this little place is located in Bandar Utama, it's attracting a lot of office folks from around the vicinity, and getting a table can be quite a challenge during lunch time.

I've already had a few lunches in a row in this place, simply because it's convenient, food is tasty, portions are generous, and sometimes I just don't know what else to eat! XP No complains about Gerai so far, except maybe some of the soup base dishes tend to be a wee bit sweet. Oh, if you're planning to take away food from here, best to bring your own tupperware. They charge RM 0.50 for packaging, something about using better quality plastic to pack the food. 

Soy chicken and Japanese tofu and fried egg, RM 11.90++
This rice dish was my first order during my first visit to Gerai. I coulnd't finish it, rice portion was pretty big (also because I don't take much rice). Sedaps!

Mee suah with chicken and egg. Think it was RM 8.90++
Love this dish, simply because it's mee suah, and the soup has Chinese wine it it ^_^

Bamboo charcoal noodles with smoked duck, RM 8.90++
This one had a chef recommended icon next to it, and the idea of having bamboo charcoal noodles intrigued me. Noodles had a springy texture (I like!), served with a few slices of smoked duck, minced meat, fuchuk and half an egg. Yummeh!

I've also tried a few other fried rice dishes, namely the Yong Chow fried rice (which was just so-so) and the prawn fried rice (which was not too bad, had what the Chinese called 'wok hei'). Both rice dishes cost RM 9.90++

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Cakes Galore

If it wasn't for resistance and self control, I would be packing weight like a rolly polly. The work place is constantly a meeting place for all kinds of food, ranging from dishes to snacks to dessert. It's a wonder how some of the ladies can still remain slim after all these years!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Scrambled eggs with Tortilla Wrap

Another really easy days for day you want something light yet tasty. This version has no meat, but if you want to add some meat feel free to add some roast chicken or roast beef slices!

Olive oil
3 to 4 eggs
2 tbps butter
1/2 cup red capsicum
1/2 cup diced eggplant
1/2 cup white button mushrooms
1/4 tps paprika
Chopped cilantro or chives
Greek yogurt or plain yogurt
Wholemeal tortilla wrap
Salt and pepper

Crack the eggs into a bowl and season it some salt and pepper. In another bowl, mix the yogurt and chives, set aside.

In a nonstick pan, heat up the olive oil and butter, add the red capsicum and eggplant and season them with a pinch of salt and pepper. Saute until softened, then add the mushrooms. Saute a few more minutes until the mushrooms soften as well, then add the beaten eggs, adding more salt and pepper to taste. Cook the eggs, stirring occasionally until the eggs are softly scrambled. Sprinkle some cilantro or chives on it.

Serve the eggs on the tortilla wrap, adding a dollop of yogurt on top, and wrap it up. Ittadakimasu!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Eggs with Leek and Arugula

Learnt this dish from June's issue of Men's Health, a magazine hubby would sometimes buy when he wants to read and look out for some exercise routine. Some fabulous recipes they have here, and here's one!

4 eggs
2 thinly slice leeks
2 tbps butter
2 finely chopped garlic clove (I added more!)
8 cups of arugula leaves
3 tbps white wine
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large pan or skillet, saute the leek in butter. Add the garlic and a pinch of salt, cook until fragrant. Stir in the arugula and white wine. Cook until the greens wilt, season with more salt and pepper. Crack the eggs, put the lid on and cook over low heat until the eggs are lightly set. Serves two!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Hazy Lunches

During the recent haze situation, I decided to cook lunch for both hubby and myself, to bring to the office, so as to avoid going out for lunch and breathing all that smog into our lungs. This pasta dish is one of my favourite, and it's really simple to whip.

Linguine pasta (enough for 2 pax, I used about 150 grams+/-)
Medium size prawns (shelled and slit)
1/2 tbps dried parsley (or 1 tbps fresh parsley)
1 tbps butter
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Bring a pot of water to boil, cook the pasta according to the packet instructions, until al dente. A few minutes before the pasta reaches the al dente stage, heat up another pan and melt the butter and some olive oil (this will prevent the butter from browning). Toss the prawns in and stir fry until prawns start to turn pink.

By now your pasta should be ready. Transfer the pasta from the pot into the pan, and add some pasta water into the pan, allow it sizzle. You can add the parsley and more olive oil as you toss the pasta, until everything is evenly coated. Serve with some grated Parmesan.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Rampant Violence

Such news is becoming common, so much so everyone is getting so angry, yet somehow we also feel powerless. What is wrong with our country now? Crime is becoming so rampant, it's like we're expecting to hear such dreaded news on a daily basis, and shrugging our shoulders. 

What is our government doing to curb such events? Debating in Parliament over the silliest of all matters, telling people to flash their panties, arguing over some stupid ink, throwing the books at publicity hungry porn actors, and on top of that telling the whole nation that the police had absolutely no power.

Then what in blazes is PDRM set up for?!? To look pretty and pose for the camera??? The citizens are clutching their lives in fear every fucking minute, wondering who would be next, praying hard that robbers won't target them. People are skeptics to everyone around them now, and at every roar of a passing motorcyclist, we turn out heads and watch with careful eyes whether or not the rider (and pillion rider) is a potential snatch thief.

We keep telling each other, hide our bags underneath the seat, out of sight, out of mind. And yet the robbers are getting more brazen, smashing windows at traffic junctions and assaulting the drivers or passengers. They mask their faces with full face helmets, and some don't even bother with the helmet. They carry with them parangs and other weapons to scare and threaten, and slash before you can even speak.

And you have the nerve to say crime is just  a perception. Well, let me tell you this. You're a perception too. And you're better off fading into oblivion than sucking up precious oxygen from the rest of us here who are finding ways to cope with all the onslaught of crimes and are actually taking preventive measures about it. Maybe you should experience an assault from these robbers one day, then we'll see what you think about your perception.

Kitteh and Tent

Just look at that smug look...!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Of Marriage and Procreation

I was tuning into a local station one day talking about infertility and IVF treatments, when it dawned to me that no matter how much we have progressed, married couple are still expected to pro-create. That once you are married, you are expected, whether by your parents, in-laws, friends, family members, society, to have off-springs. Failure to do fulfill this condition means there's something wrong with you, and you should speed up on the process before you get "too old".

I'm probably going to get a lot of flak from society, but this is my take on the subject. Leave the married couples alone. How is it your concern whether they have children or not? It's their sperm and ovum, stay the fuck out.

It is entirely their choice if they want to have children, so hold on to your panties if they choose to conceive later in their lives, or choose not to have kids at all. And where does it say in the big book of law that marriage equates to having children?

Infertility is a major issue in many married couples' lives, and I dare say most live in silence simply because society has cast a dark cloud upon them. I know of many couples who have trouble conceiving due to so many factors, it's not even funny. The pressure of "delivering" is constantly on their minds, that it eats into their daily lives.

But of course couples who have kids will simply brush the issue off, simply because they have not experienced such predicament. They lack the empathy and real understanding for couples with infertility issues, and most of them time, end up saying the wrong things (even though their intentions might be in the right place).

If you're a married couple and having fertility issues, go check things out. If you have no intentions to have children, that's cool too, the world is pretty fucked up right now.
If you're one of the nosy friends or family members, stay the fuck out.
If you're a fertility doctor, help the couple out.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Pee Pee Boy

One of the little souvenirs we got from out trip to Beijing was this little clay figure, animatedly called 'pee pee boy'. We got him from the tea shop after we bought some tea bricks and tea leaves, and the staff at the shop gave us two clay figures as tokens. Pee pee boy is not for sale, unless you're looking at eBay.

Essentially, what pee pee boy does is, to tell you if the water is hot enough. If you think about it, it's actually a very clever gimmick to entice you to buy the tea products, just so you can get your hands on pee pee boy. So how does pee pee boy actually pee?!

The equation is pretty simple. First you need to pour hot water on to pee pee boy. Since it's made of clay, and clay expands when it's hot, after you soak pee pee boy with hot water, dunk it into cold or room temperature water for a few minutes. Hot and cold, you get the theory. Take pee pee boy out and give it a shake, you can actually hear the water slushing inside of the figurine.

Stand pee pee boy up, pour hot water on him again and watch him shoot jet streams of water from his tiny penis! It's really quite a novelty, I had fun just playing with him HAHAHAHAHA!!!