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Crafting beer o’clock

Crafting beer o’clock

I don’t often get to attend craft beer-tasting sessions, but when I do, it’s always a joyous occasion. There’s such a spectrum of flavours which we often forget as we are so accustomed to the same few brands. One of my favourites was a good 

You can Buri by Two Chefs me any time

You can Buri by Two Chefs me any time

There’s Japanese food, and then, there’s Japanese cuisine that’s so good, it’ll knock your socks off. Buri by Two Chefs in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, seems like any other ordinary Japanese restaurant, but food is well-above expectations, short of an omakase experience. Helmed by chefs 

Food from the cloud

Food from the cloud

Pt 2: Here’s a look at another few vendors selling at Cookhouse TTDI.

Chef Dave PB Kitchen

Took a while to register that this version of Nasi Kerabu which we were having was vegan. The blue rice came with assorted ulam, kerisik (grated coconut), grilled eggplant, tofu and tempeh, and the only thing missing was that piece of chicken or beef. The flavours were on point despite having no meat stock to amp up the flavour. As was the vegan Nyonya Laksa which came with similar ingredients, accompanied with sambal taucu. The crux of a good bowl of laksa is the soup, and this, Chef Dave accomplished quite masterfully, without the use of anchovies or other meat-based stock options. Didn’t think it was possible especially without natural flavouring ingredients such as onions, garlic and spring onion, but he nailed it. The meatless burger with a soy-based patty, had divided reviews. Some of my fellow diners said this was authentic while others said it was nothing like the real deal. The patty was store bought, but chef Dave dressed this up with an interesting Percik sauce that makes the difference. Prices start from RM18.

Kalidevan Murugaya, 29, better known as chef Dave, began by sharing his vegan recipes online and has since garnered quite a following. He went vegan in 2019 and after losing his job as a cruise liner chef, began his new online business which includes an online cooking academy called D’Vegan.

Beng Beng Sourdough

Ranging from a fancy box of sourdough pastries to basic sourdough loaf, this bakery offers the bread lover probably one of the widest selection of sourdough items. There are bagels, croissants, doughnuts, pastries, etc, all baked with love by husband-and-wife team Beng and Jun Qi.

The 2-year-old bakery stemmed from Jun Qi’s pregnancy craving for sourdough in 2018, which has since grown into a full-fledged online business. There was none to be found in Kota Baru, so Beng decided to bake it himself. Using all-natural, halal ingredients, free from preservatives, these carbs are probably the kind you can indulge in guilt-free. Prices range from RM85 for the BengBeng Special gift box (8 types of pastries), RM20 for a loaf of country bread and about RM5 to RM11 per pastry.

The Bold Chef

Chef James comes up with his own Malaysianised version of pasta, making everything from scratch. We tried flavourful renditions such as Clammed up, Scampi Scandal and Rendangnese from this little pasta stop. Our favourite was Scampi Scandal which had strong flavours reminiscent of Prawn Mee and the robust broth enveloping the springy pasta. Prices start from RM20.90, and the Italian noodles come with a slice of house-baked focaccia dressed with garlic confit butter. Other pasta options include equally scintillating names such as Pestolicious, Pepper Affair and Mushroom 3-some.

Wanna Banana

How big are you on banana? It’s an acquired taste … some people love banana in every form, while others only like it as a fruit in its original form, not cooked or baked or tweaked in any manner. Bet you haven’t tried Banana pudding, layered like tiramisu, with a top of custard and cream, and biscoff at the bottom. This wasn’t too sweet, and leaves you taking spoonful after spoonful, as you try to decipher the different flavours and textures in each mouthful.  

For a look at the full menu and to order, log on to Cookhouse TTDI directly or look up the individual food merchants on Facebook.

For more on Cookhouse, look up the post before this.

Delicious food from kitchen in the cloud

Delicious food from kitchen in the cloud

You’ve heard of saving your data on the cloud … now there are cloud kitchens which are community-based co-sharing cooking spaces, specially designed to boost small-home food businesses which want to go bigger but don’t have the capital to have their own place just yet. 

Get your Guinness selfie

Get your Guinness selfie

It was tough to get a fresh Guinness Draught as the outlets were closed for months. Now that patrons are finally allowed to dine-in, Guinness lovers can enjoy their glass of Guinness on tap once again. To take things up a notch, Guinness is bringing 

Nyonya sliced beef with preserved sweet radish

Nyonya sliced beef with preserved sweet radish

True Aussie beef and lamb can be enjoyed in different meat cuts and in a variety of cooking styles.

Here’s my take on the home-style sweet and salty dishnusually made with long beans and preserved radish, taken up a notch with Aussie beef.

Ingredients

200g True Aussie beef, sliced into strips

3 cloves garlic, chopped small

1/4 cup preserved sweet radish (choy poh)

1 large chili, 2 to 3 bird’s eye chili (you can add or lessen this ), cut small, with seeds removed as much as possible

1 teaspoon bean paste (taucho)

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon dark soy sauce (thick)

1.5 tablespoon sugar

1/2 cup water

1/3 cup of roasted peanuts for garnishing

Method

Marinate the beef lightly with a bit of salt and pepper, and set aside for 10 mins. Heat up some oil in a pan, then pan-fry the beef lightly on each side until it is just about cooked, but still ever so slightly red. You don’t want to overcook the beef as it will be tough. Remove from the pan and set this aside while you make the sauce.

To make the sauce, heat up a tablespoon of oil and add in the garlic and the choy poh. Give it a quick stir, then add in the bean paste, fry a few seconds till fragrant. Next, add in the soy sauce, dark soy sauce, stir a little, then add the chili, sugar and half the water. Then slowly add the rest of the water to thin the sauce if it’s too concentrated. You don’t want to pour everything in all at a go and end up with watery gravy.

When it’s simmering, toss the cooked beef back in, give everything a quick stir, and then turn off the fire.

Plate the beef and garnish with some peanuts, but feel free to skip this if you’re allergic or don’t like peanuts. You should get a nice mix of textures – a sweetish salty flavour from the preserved vegetable, a bit of a crunch from the peanuts, a good bite thanks to the beef, sweet and salty notes from the sauces, laced with a bit of spice to wake you up.

Happy cooking!

Premium meats at Seoulnami

Premium meats at Seoulnami

One of the things I really missed during the recent MCO (Movement Control Order)/Lockdown was a good Korean barbeque. If you’re a fan, then you would know that it’s not just about grilling the meat, but the fun in socialising in typical Korean communal dining 

Learning about the halal integrity of Australian beef and lamb

Learning about the halal integrity of Australian beef and lamb

In Malaysia, halal meat is easily found and a very important aspect in the market. Surprisingly,Australia is an impeccable source of halal meat and meat products as well, being a long trustedsupplier of halal beef and lamb to over 100 countries, including the Middle East, 

Uncage your inner fire with Tiger Crystal

Uncage your inner fire with Tiger Crystal

Tiger Crystal is all about inspiring fans to uncage their inner fire. The #FireStarter platform is ignited with that notion, to encourage fans to explore and discover new skills and passions with confidence. Featuring local mentors – surfskate pro Aaron Chan, Don Michael of Happyfingers Jumps, Meng from All Is Amazing and Mavic from Craft at No.7 – the #FireStarterSquad welcomes you to learn tricks of the trade and master the basics from these pros.

From now until mid-October, each mentor will share four tutorials weekly on the site with one of them being conducted live. All fans have to do is check out the tigerbeer.com/my/en/firestarter, select a passion of their choice and sign up for the live tutorial session – only limited spots are available. All successful sign-ups will be entitled to an exclusive *Fire Starter Gift Pack from Tiger Crystal while all craft participants will receive a complimentary Fire Starter live tutorial kit that will be handy during the live session. 

Since surfing was a challenge where Aaron Chan (@chanchowhee) resides, he didn’t let that put a halt to his passion and picked up surfskating instead. Fellow surfskating enthusiasts will be stoked to discover the fundamentals of surfskating, including some tricks and tips and of course, ways to do all that safely. 

Aaron

With Don from @happyfingersjumps, jump roping will never be the same again as he takes fans through various exciting tricks to express their creativity in his tutorials. Spice up jump rope routines by learning different manoeuvring techniques, footwork exercises and more.

Don

Photography expert Meng from All Is Amazing (@allisamazing) will let fans in on capturing creative visuals with just their mobile phones. Perfect for those who want to level up their mobile phone photography game, Meng will be guiding participants through various types of photography, including a fashion shoot!

Meng

Mavic, the founder of Craft No.7 (@craftatno7), has over five years of teaching experience with students from all over the world coming to her with burning passion in arts and crafts. She will be sharing her knowledge on silkscreen printing, acrylic pouring art techniques, jesmonite coaster making and soy wax candle making in her tutorial sessions. 

Mavic

“Tiger Crystal’s #FireStarter platform is built for those who are eager to unleash their passion and master a new skill they never thought of exploring. They will be able to meet and interact with professional mentors and get to know fellow enthusiasts. This is an opportunity for fans to add on an exciting skill to their list of favourite pastimes, while getting a chance to win exclusive prizes by showcasing their newly learnt knowledge,” said Joyce Lim, Marketing Manager of Tiger Beer.

To keep the fire burning and put new skills learnt to the test, each mentor will be running a contest on their respective Instagram pages to give away an exclusive Tiger Crystal Fire Starter Kit, for fans to kick start their new passion. The mentors will be releasing more updates on the contest in the coming weeks, so fans can keep an eye out for their announcements. Fans can also flaunt their newly learnt skill by posting a picture or video, and tag @tigerbeermy with the hashtags #TigerCrystal and #Firestarter. Their content will be featured in the hashtag gallery within the site too.

To find out more on how to join the #FireStarterSquad, visit tigerbeer.com/my/en/firestarter or Tiger’s social media pages at facebook.com/TigerBeerMY and instagram.com/tigerbeermy.

*For non-Muslims aged 21 and above only.

From press release

Malaysian curry leaf pesto

Malaysian curry leaf pesto

Given half a choice, I would choose to eat a plate of pesto spaghetti over an aglio olio. But basil leaves are not always easy to find, and pine nuts don’t come cheap. Since I have a tree in my garden, I usually make curry