Friday, May 20, 2011

Home Cooked ABC Soup

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ABC soup is many households famous soup for the family, and am sure each of the family will know how to make this, though is very much depending on individual preference and measurements of the ingredients.

For my type of ABC Soup, I normally omitted the potato which I don’t really fancy of it, and surely adding more of onions and carrots. Some may added pepper corn to the soup to make it more fragrant.

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2 medium size carrots, cut into chunks
2 large onions, cut into wedges
200g pork ribs
4 honey dates
4 large tomatoes, cut into wedges
1.5 to 1.7 liter of water

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    First blanch pork ribs in the boiling water for about 5 to 8 minutes, dish out then rinse with cold water.

  2. Boil the 1.5 liter water till it’s boiling, add the blanched pork ribs into the pot and the rest of the ingredients, eg. carrots, onions, tomato and honey dates.

  3. Boil everything in the pot for about 2 hours in high flame, and simmer after that for about 30minutes.

  4. Add salt for seasoning.

If you want to make your soup base more tasty you could add more either pork ribs or chicken feet. Cantonese normally do not add rock sugar into the soup but honey dates. Thus many would find the soup a bit blur and it doesn’t look clear as what it should be. However the honey dates could make the soup more tastier and sweeter. Some may add red dates as well and some wolfberries.

This soup is easy to make, and if you’re not into a meaty day, a pot of this soup could help to warmth your belly for the night too. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Da Ban Chinese Restaurant 大班中國風味館

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Whenever I passed by this place, I would sure looking into this building. It gives me a very mystery kind of feel, until I stepped into it then I realized it was managed by a Chinese young lady.

It has been hosted a few beauty pageants that came to Penang for some kind of promotion, and also, they have been promoting China cuisine as well, they are also open for Chinese Reunion Dinner too.

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It was an impressive decoration in the shop, with the man made brisk bridge that connect the entrance to the inner hall that shows that the owner has a creative idea in managing her eatery outlet.

It was our first time, so we are pretty conservative in ordering our food. Thus, the food that we ordered was merely simple yet something we had tasted before in other places.

As for the appetizers that served, it’s something that I’ve not personally try before, but it gives a very good lesson for us to understand that’s how a typical Chinese cuisine was served in China Mainland.

Shrimps and seaweed

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Assorted Pig’s Intestine Porridge with ‘Kee Chee’ (怡神枸杞豬雜粥, RM10-80)

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DaBan Fried Rice with Preserved Meat (大班臘味炒香飯, RM9-90)

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Stir Fried ‘Yau Mak’ with Preserved Beancurd (大石腐乳炒油麥)

Other Review
Cariso Delicacies Corner
FoodMice @ 槟城
Bamboo Chopsticks

Address & Contact Number
Da Ban Chinese Restaurant
84 Jalan Zainal Abidin
10400 Penang
Tel/Fax: +604-227 2777

Business Hour: 12.30pm to 4am

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Hua Yuan Restaurant 華嚴中泰素食館

~ No Longer in Operation ~
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Having a vegetarian restaurant that opens till 9pm is hard to find, but one opens up to 10.30pm, honestly this is a good news to many vegetarians. Some more, all dishes are made to order, and it’s not like any other just like economy rice style where you get a plate and dish out the food that you want. It’s just like any other ordinary restaurant, but this is vegetarian that’s all.

Discovered this restaurant not long ago, and honestly the food is absolutely delicious and the price is reasonable. Though compared to ordinary restaurant, vegetarian restaurant do not have much choices, or variety, but with the current situation where many folks out there are shouting for saving the earth and all that… this is not a bad place to consider.

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What makes us falling in love to this place is this special dish, its normal and nothing special, but what attracts my attention is they remove the head and the tail of a bean sprout. Thus, I concluded that the owner is definitely taking hygiene into factor. This was our very first dish recommended by the owner and the owner’s wife too. Especially the tau-keh-soh, she will recommend add some chili padi to this. And am talking so much, so what dish is this then? Well, that’s Bean Sprout with Salted Fish (銀芽鹹魚, RM7-00).

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How would be a Pai Kut Ong (排骨王) taste like for a vegetarian dish? Then let me tell you, it makes no different at all. It tastes exactly like a Pai-Kut Ong. Seriously, how could you not impress, right? A small dish like this is only RM8-00, it’s definitely reasonable for 2 to 3 persons.

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Marmite Honey Hericium (Marmite 猴頭菇, hóutóugū, RM8-00) is their signature dish. Marmite is something that you either hate it or love it. However the way the make this is definitely no regrets.

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Another signature dish, which you shouldn’t miss is Huizhou Preserved Vegetable & Pork (惠州梅菜扣肉, RM7-00) . Preserved vegetables is either too salty in other places or too blend, but for this, it has its combination of the vegetarian meat. In fact good to eat with their special made Sambal Chili.

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Not to forget their Sambal Chili also the best! You shouldn’t miss it as well. I’ve tried many places, their Sambal Chili is something that you wouldn’t want to miss, though it doesn’t has the sambal belachan taste, but, it’s blended with ginger and chilies that make the chilies so awesome!

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Apart from the dishes that mentioned above, they also have fried noodles like Hokkien Char, and Fried Rice. My personal favourite is their Hokkien Char.

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Yong Chow Fried Rice is also nice to have. Normally fried rice is oily, but bet you, you can have this place of fried rice not to have extra oil on your plate.

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If you find Hokkien Char and Yong Chow Fried Rice is not enough for you. What we did was, we added Deep Fried Kangkung aka Water Spinach (泰國炸蕹菜, RM6-00). It’s crispy and mostly children will love it.

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The restaurant is located at the new 3 storey shop houses that are opposite the Chinese Cemetery. And Hua Yuan Restaurant is situated the shops behind, car park lot is not an issue, it has plenty of spaces for parking too.

Address & Contact NumberHua Yuan Restaurant
華嚴中泰素食館1043-K, MK-13
Jalan Paya Terubong
11060 Penang
Tel: +6019-544 8721 / +016-477 4079

Business Hour: 5pm to 10.30pm

Friday, May 6, 2011

MoonTree 47 月樹

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More and more of such heritage café in Penang now, and many of these cafés are actually own by passionate energetic young people whom appreciates heritage buildings, and passionate in giving good food to people.

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Stepping in here was not by accident, read many posts about this place. In fact, this place is not air conditioning and also many things are actually recycle, for example a table and a chair. Typical environmental friendly place to hang out.

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This is a budget homestay for backpack tourist, and also an art gallery. As far as I know I don’t see art gallery is open for business, however when I dined there, I could see many back pack tourist walking in and out for rooms checking.

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This is a simple place where you could enjoy the ordinary and originality of this Pearl of Oriental. The pre-war house was used to be a place where manufacturing joss sticks, somehow it has stopped production and the house was abandoned for quite awhile.

Food wise were something simple yet, filling. What attractive is Illy coffee for many coffee lovers. Oh yes, if you’re an antique lovers, they have General Electric table fan which is still operating.

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Iced Chocolate without Whipped Cream

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Iced Mocha Latte

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Ham Croissant

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Deep Fried Fish with Pita Bread

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Even breakfast is written in a simple way to grips many of our attention; you may probably stop by to look at it and mouth watering about it too. But nevertheless, breakfast is a meal for the day that you wouldn’t want to miss.

Address & Contact Number
No 47, Muntri Street
10200 Georgetown
Tel: +604-264 4021

Monday, May 2, 2011

For You Yen Vegetarian Centre 佛有缘素食餐廳

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I’ve been silent for the entire month, and this silent April had many things happened, that inclusive of a new born baby, a mother demised, and a Royal Wedding been held. Of course, I would have nothing to do with the Royal Wedding, however, it’s something that many that had watched his mother’s wedding in 30 years ago, would love to watch his wedding.

But am ain’t going to blog anything about the Royal Wedding Banquet. But a vegetarian restaurant that I recently discovered.

Many Buddhis

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t believes after a person demised, if you’re on veg for 49 days that would help the demised leave with good and bright path. Whether to believe or not, bottom line the left behind are doing this out of respect.

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Due to recent mourning discipline, we have discovered a few good vegetarian restaurants in the island, to our surprise, they are pretty good in fact. One of them is For You Yen Vegetarian Centre that located along Dato Kramat Road, few steps away from the former Federal Theater, or Ah Long CKT.

They have a few sets where cater for 2 to 3 persons, or 3 to 4 persons. To our surprise, they even have vegetarian steam boat as well. Apart from all these varieties offers, they also cater for Ching Beng, and funeral food as well.

Each of these sets, have special name to it, what we have was Double Wisdom, that is cater for 2 to 3 persons and costs about RM23.

Double Wisdom consists of 3 dishes and 1 soup.

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Two-Fortune Mix Platter

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Fried Vegetable with Vegetable Ham

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Vegetable Prawns with Margarine and Wheat Flakes

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Bamboo Herbs with Mix Vegetable Soup

Sometimes, you don’t have to wait till a special period to have veg, having veg is honestly good for our health. Do drop by whenever you’re free.

Address & Contact Number
For You Yen Vegetarian Centre
347-349 Jalan Dato Kramat
Tel: +604-229 3078