Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Clam Soup Chinese Style

Last weekend , we went to Jaya Grocer @ Ipoh Parade. It was our first time stepping into Jaya Grocer since its opening. We heard so much about it but have yet to pay a visit and last weekend, we made it. It is big and they have a wide range of imported ingredients for bakers like me :p  and what I like is they have a section where you can order your food and chill out there.  Fresco offers roast chicken, roast beef, pies set that comes with mashed potato and coleslaw and the food is really delicious. Glad that had our lunch there and WB loves their beef set :) I ordered the roast chicken for myself :p

Sorry, I have side tracked...hehehe when it comes to food, I get side tracked easily.  Okay, back to Jaya Grocer, they have a section selling seafood.  I checked out the area and gosh, I saw clams...fresh and huge. I could not resist and bought 1/2 kg back.  I came back and cooked clam soup chinese style coz I need to finish my bottle of rice wine in the fridge.

The clams were fresh and ohlala...the soup was so sweet..natural sweetness from the clams. Wild Boar bought a loaf of wholemeal baguette from Jaya Grocer and we both had baguette and clam soup for dinner. I got drunk on the sweetness of the clams and the rice wine helped the tipsy feel :p

Sorry for the bad photos...I am still learning how to use the camera to my benefits...hahaha I am slow in learning new tricks...as the saying goes..teaching old dogs to do new tricks. It sure takes some time but not to worry, I promised to keep going on...NEVER GIVE UP, one day, I will reap a harvest of blessings ! And give my readers good food photography. Hang on ya ! :) love you guys for always dropping by.

two bowls of clam soup for dinner...yummy

awesome flavor and so yummy good

homegrown dills ...add flavor to the soup

Clam Soup Chinese Style

1/2 kg clams - soak in salt water for 1 min, rinse and drip dry
4 big fresh white button mushrooms- wash and cut into quarters
1 tsp of grapeseed oil/ vegetable oil
a drop of sesame oil

5 slices of ginger
1/4 cup rice wine
600 ml water
salt to taste
a sprig of dill for soup and garnishing


Heat up  a tsp of grapeseed oil and sesame oil in a deep soup pot, add in slices of ginger and saute till fragrant, pour 600 ml water and close lid. Once it is boiling, add in the clams and button mushrooms. Close lid and once the clams opens up, add in the rice water and salt to taste. Add in dill, once it boils, Off heat and serve hot. Garnish with extra dill.


Monday, March 28, 2016

Pan Fried Marinated Chicken Pieces

WB is a meat eater and I have to scratch my head to think what and how to cook a meat dish for him. I normally have seafood and veggies when eating in. Not that seafood is healthy but I LOVE fish and prawns, crabs and clams....wish I could add more of seafood dishes into my menu :p   When I eat out, I will indulge in meat dishes for sure :p for the restaurant prepares better meat dishes than yours truly.

I have some ready cut chicken pieces in the freezer.  Thawed it and marinade the pieces with pounded shallots and ginger.  Add in oyster sauce and cooking wine and a pinch of salt for extra taste. Marinate the pieces for at least 2 hours or overnight for better flavor and taste. I love this preparation and most important WB must love it..for he will the one eating them.  

the chicken pieces are full of flavor , for they sit marinated overnight
in the fridge. Pan fried them in oliv/grapeseed oil till golden
brown and cooked through

succulent and juicy ...nom nom

easy to prepare and flavorful chicken pieces for dinner

Pan Fried Marinated Chicken Pieces

Quarter chicken - cut into pieces
2 tbsp of olive oil/grapeseed oil for pan frying

marinade ingredients - to be pounded coarsely
4 shallots
1/2 inch ginger 
1/2 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tsp thick soy sauce
a pinch of salt * optional
a tsp of sugar
1 tsp of corn flour
a dash of fresh ground white pepper
1 tsp of chinese cooking wine


Cut the quarter chicken into manageable pieces. Pound shallots and ginger coursely .  Marinate chicken pieces with the pounded shallots and ginger and seasoning (B). Cling wrap the marinated chicken and let it sit in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight.

Heat up the pan, add 2 tbsp of oil and once the oil is hot, add in the marinated chicken pieces and pan fried the chicken pieces till cooked , flip chicken pieces every minute till it is golden brown and cooked.

Dish up and serve with rice.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Jokbal - Chicken House @ Solaris, Mont Kiara

During my week stint in Semenyih, my partner-in-crimes took me to this Korean restaurant Chicken House @Solaris, Mont Kiara, for they know that I love Korean food :) The moment they say Korean food for dinner...the first thing that flashed across my mind is JOKBAL !

I watched Nation's Big Three on Astro, whereby in one of their series, they featured Jokbal . Jokbal is a Korean dish consisting of pig's trotters cooked with soy sauce and spices. It is usually braised in a combination of soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and rice wine. . WB and I can only drool while watching the that series . I was so happy when my partner JO told me that Chicken House do serve Jokbal. Hehehe , now I get to eat the real one.  I must say it is really delicious.  Flavorful and the trotters so tender and succulent.  Maybe one day, I should try to replicate and bring for our cell group pot luck dinner :) We ordered one Jokbal and one Spicy fried chicken...and a jug of Mango rice wine (korean rice wine) Makgeolli ).  By the time we finished the Jokbal and the spicy fried chicken , we can't walk properly.....hahahaha it was either the rice wine or we had too much meat that filled our small stomach *wink... it was the best dinner I had thus far.  Love the Jokbal !

one whole trotter for 3 person *wink wink

 tender and juicy...you can either eat it stand alone or
wrap in lettuce which comes bottomless.  They will replenish
for you when you have emptied the plate

the jokbal comes deboned and cut into thin slices

the Jokbal order comes with a set of banchan - 
a plate of kimchi, pickle cucumber,
spicy garlic scapes and stir fry sausages

and not to miss this...spicy fried chicken...crispy and
garnishes with ground peanuts and crispy garlic
and sesame seed

finger licking good....

Korean  (Makgeolli )  is so good that I know I will
order this again the next time I come here for Jokbal..
every sip is intoxicating

mango rice wine is a great accompaniment for Jokbal

one way to eat jokbal is wrap in lettuce, add garlic and kimchi
and sliced jalapeno ...and go nom nom

a toast to many more jokbal meals together :)

wow, these two partners-in-crime of mine...
posing for me...hehehe testing out my skill :)
in using my Nikon 

Chicken House 치킨하우스
Jalan Solaris 4,
Solaris Mont Kiara,
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03 – 6211 5928

Mother's Day :)

Have you thought what to get for your Mom on this coming Mother's Day?  Dedicate a poem to her or get her gift ? Jewelery perhaps ?   If you can't decide what to give to your mom on Mother's Day, maybe you would like to get her Joy Jewelers mothers rings. A birthstone ring would be ideal if you have not given her jewelry gift before :) Check out their website and choose from their wide range of Mother's rings. I love their beautiful stones and designs...oomps..am I hinting to my kids :)

I remembered when my mom was still around, I would buy her a Peking roast duck from the best restaurant on every Mother's Day.  Because roast duck was her favorite food :)  And a simple roast duck would made her happy then.  My mom passed away 10 years ago and I still miss her.  

To my kids....
I am their MOM,
They are my kids.

I am their quiet place.
They are my wild.

I am their serene face.
They are my giggles.

I am their wait.
They are my wriggles.

I am their dinner.
They are my sweetie pies.

I am their bedtime.
They are my awakes.

I am their lullaby.
They are my peek-a-boos.

I am their goodnight kiss.
They are my I Love you.

*        *        *

Homecooked Rich Tomato Seafood Soup And Foccacia By The Son-In-Law :)

Rich Tomato Seafood Soup And Foccacia cooked and baked by the son-in-law.   The Foccacia he made was soft and oh so yummy good.  The rich tomato seafood soup was breathtaking delicious !  It was a blessing indeed that I get to taste the son-in-law's cooking .  My partner-in-crime used to tell me this " oh Mom, you must try his cooking, he is a talented cook ! "  My turn to tell her " you are one lucky wifey to get a hubby who can cook so well "  :)

Well, this recent trip to KL, I was blessed , it was his day off and he cooked these breathtaking delicious tomato seafood soup and foccacia. I had two helpings :)  Thank you son-in-law for the delicious homecooked meal.  Jo is right, you are indeed a talented cook !  I look forward to more of your cooking :)

the tomato and garlic foccacia is good..really delicious

there are scallops, mussels, prawns, fish fillets
squids in the tomato soup...white wine adds oomphs 
to the soup...yumm!

this rich tomato seafood soup is so tasty and 
every sip is breathtaking delicious !

Enjoy !

Getting A Recording Software For Joe :)

WB has ordered a recording software for his buddy Joe who is a part time musician He is actually my hair stylist but he does perform at hotels and private function.  Joe needed to do some recording for his band and WB being an IT consultant, managed to get him Musician Friend's music recording software for all his future performances with his band.  WB can't wait for the music recording software to arrive so that he can install and have it running for Joe. Joe will be pleased when the software arrives.  Joe and WB have been friends for 2 decades and they help each other like brothers. In fact, they behave as if they are DNA brothers LOL!  So close that their friends said they shared a trousers :p

We love to see his performances . He can really sing and I am amazed he is a hair stylist by day and a singer by night :)

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Chilled Tofu With Preserved Big Head Vegetable ( 'Tai Tow Choy' ) Topping

You can either steamed the soft tofu and eat it hot or after steaming , chilled the tofu and garnishes with preserved big head vegetable and spring onions and chillies :)  That was what I did with this soft tofu....for a change , I had it cold...a cold dish is great for our crazy hot weather.  You can eat stand alone or served as appetiser.  You can serve this as a cold savory dessert...hehehe it tastes wonderful anyway...try it chilled and tell me if you like chilled savory tofu :)  For me, most important my Wild Boar must loves it and he does .  Easy to prepare and you can say it is a lazy man dish :)

stir fry the preserved big head vegetable till fragrant
and mix together with crispy fried shallots and cut chillies
and serves as garnishes as topping for the chilled tofu

healthy and delicious
I will definitely add more tofu dishes to our meals

Chilled Tofu With Preserved Big Head Vegetable ( 'Tai Tow Choy') Topping


1 slab of soft tofu
1/4 cup of chopped preserved big head vegetable (Tai Tow Choy)
3 shallots- sliced and deep fried till crispy
1 red chilly- sliced
1 stalk of spring onions - sliced
salt to taste

Sprinkle sea salt on slab of soft tofu and steamed for 6 mins.
Remove off water from the tofu dish and wrap with cling wrap.  Chilled in fridge till time
to serve.

Deep fried sliced shallots till crispy - dish up and keep aside
Deep fried chopped preserved big head vegetable till fragrant - dish up and mix together
with the fried shallots.
sliced spring onions
sliced red chilly

Take out the chilled tofu and sprinkle the garnishings on the surface and serve while it is still cold.

Enjoy !

Monday, March 7, 2016

Bali - Hog Wild In Bali "Been Naughty. Now Wild" - Non-Halal post

Josh, my son recommended that it is a must to visit Hog Wild. They have the best bbq pork rack in town and the original Wild Hog is from Bali :) So, a must it will be. We love the ribs so much that we went back for more on our last day in Bali.  It is not only finger licking good, it was cheap too after the conversion of currency :p  One whole rack costs only RM30.  Meaty and it was bbq to perfectly..the meat was tender and juicy. Gosh, writing this post and thinking of the taste makes me really craves for it again and wanting to go back to Bali again :)  

As we entered the place, there were two huge piggies figurines to welcome us..hahaha could not resist but to take a picture of them for our sweet memories that we were here for their famous bbq pork rack.  And many of you know that I love Piggies, the four legged and my own two legged ones LOL! Anyway, we dont have them back home in Malaysia.  I hope they have a franchise in KL in the near future .

their famous must order bbq pork rack

so delicious and I really love their preparation

this whole rack costs only RM30

a big portion but you will be surprised that me , yours truly
can finished the whole rack and yet desired to have another
half a rack hahaha I am a glutton when it comes
to good food :)

watch out dad, the Piggy JO is eyeing your share..
she is like me...a glutton too when it comes to
such delicious bbq pork rack

gluttony aside, they are the best of friends
and she is my best friend and partner- in- crime :)
and also my photography mentor

and this is my Piggy Josh.. our favorite ' tour guide '  for the trip
and my photography tutor during the trip
I learned so much from him where photography is concerned

my two lovely daughters

some fun photogrpahy before the food arrived

and when the food arrived, photography continues :)

nice smile :)

hahaha another fun photography :)

the inside of Hog Wild

we had so much eating at Hog Wild and hope to be able 
to go back for another round of their finger licking
bbq pork racks

Hog Wild In Bali,
Jalan Batubelig,
 41 Keborokan, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia 80361
Tel: +62)361 847 6722

website : www.hogwildinbali.com

EnviroHome - Food Wash

I am happy to receive two bottles of Food Wash and Dish Wash from EnviroHome. I have heard about EnviroHome but have yet to try out their products.  And today , I get the chance to try out their food wash.  I know EnviroHome focuses on building a greener home for us.  EnviroHome Food Wash doesn’t contain any chemical ingredients, but breaks down the pesticides, wax, insecticides, bacteria, preservatives and others reducing the original form of vegetables and fruits with non toxic and 99% biodegradable formula.  I used EnviroHome food wash for the broccoli I bought to cook the above dish :)

I have been given to understand that EnviroHome organic food wash is not only for vegetables and fruits, it can also break down the bacteria and fishy smells from seafood and raw meat to preserve the freshness. Wow, I finally have a chance to use the food wash and  dish wash. The food wash is made from Aqua, Mineral Salts, Sea Water Extract, Coconut Oil, Coconut Shell, Aloe Vera Extract, Lemon Extract. 

I decided to eat in as I know it will be crowded in all restaurants as today is Saturday.  I stir fry fish fillets with spring onions and ginger, with blanched broccoli as a further compliment to the dish.  As we know broccoli or rather we know that vegetables has pesticide spray on them.  We need to soak the vegetable for longer period so that the pesticides will be removed.  And this may takes a longer time and may not totally remove all the residues and pesticides from the vegetable.  But with EnviroHome Food Wash , which doesn’t contain any chemical ingredients, helps breaks down the pesticides, wax, insecticides, bacteria, preservatives and others reducing the original form of vegetables and fruits with non toxic and 99% biodegradable formula . Soaking time is just 2-3 mins :)

To know more of EnviroHome products you can check out their website for further information on their other environment safe products.  and check out for updates from their  FB account 

Before I forget , I have good news to share with all of you  . EnviroHome is giving you a 10% discount when you purchase online.  You are requested to sign up before you purchase,  and the discount code is " ElinChia16".  Please take note that this discount code is valid for 1 month only. Early bird catches the worm so hurry and make sure you get the 10% discount.

I soak the broccoli , tomatoes and spring onion
with EnviroHome organic food wash -
soak the vegetables for 3mins

squeeze 1-2 pumps of food wash into a plastic container filled with water
and make sure the water covers all the vegetables...
soak for 2-3 mins, drain away the polluted water
and rinse the vegetable once or twice before cooking

I feel happier knowing that the broccoli is rid of residue and pesticides
healthy eating...

this stir fry fish fillets with spring onions and ginger taste good
and the cleaned and safe to eat broccoli compliment
the fish dish :)

Thank you EnviroHome for the food wash and dish wash :)

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