Sunday, January 31, 2016

Chinese New Year Preparation : kuih sapit

One of the Chinese New Year snacks that hubby likes to have is shrimp crackers (kerupuk udang) with nyonya acar (nyonya style pickled veggies). Another is coconut roll also known as kuih sapit (in Brunei) or kuih kapit or kuih Belanda. (according to our Singaporean friend). These coconut rolls are made of mixture of coconut milk, sugar, egg and rice flour. Then this liquid like mixture poured onto hot metal mold and baked on open fire. Sounds like a lot of work ?? Yes, it's a lot of work. I used to hear my mom told me the story of her sister making it. But when I really tried to make it myself then I understood that it's not just lots of work. It's also pain and suffering. Because the sheets that were baked had to be rolled while it's hot!

Anyhow if you have kuih sapit molds on hand and wanted to try making it yourself. Don't say I didn't warn you. I got a recipe here that was tested and turned out good. I have another posting here on the kuih sapit baking tips.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Misoya - Santa Clara

Spicy Tokyo style ramen
One Saturday afternoon I was supposed to meet a friend at Orenchi for lunch. When I got there I could see from the parking lot the amount of people waiting outside the restaurant. I quickly found a parking spot and went to put a name on the wait list in the restaurant. I saw the names and guessed at least 30 over people in front of me.

So when my friend arrived we decided to walk to Misoya instead which was just on the other side of Homestead Road. Different from Orenchi, there was no line at all at Misoya. We pretty much walked in and got seating at the bar.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Pa Ord Noodle- Hollywood, Los Angeles

tom yum noodle @ Pa Ord Noodle
On our last day in LA, I was tempted to check out Kaya Street Kitchen a Chipotle style fast food but more of a South East Asian fare. But that KSK opens late at 11. And we were hoping to be on the road already by that time if we don't want to reach home late.

So to get our craves of Thai food completely taken care of, I decided to swing by Thai Town once more. We couldn't go back to Hoy Ka Noodle because they open at 11. So Pa Ord Noodle was our choice since they open at 9:30.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Tai Kadai - Rosemead

Free appetizer
Went there the day after Christmas after half day spent at Citadel Outlet. It wasn't exactly dinner time but we didn't really have lunch so early dinner sounded like a good idea. There was only another table with two people.

From the menu, we picked samosas for appetizer, garlic noodle with prawns, khao poon (Laos style noodle soup) and pork belly with buns. We were given free appetizer as well. It was served on a cute long platter with three compartments. One for fried peanuts, one for chinese sausage and the last one was deep fried wonton skin. It's quite an interesting combination.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Pho Ngoon - San Gabriel

This restaurant was not on the list of our culinary trip this time. But as I was looking around for ideas for breakfast for our Saturday morning this was one of a few that opened pretty early. Most of the restaurants in LA area open around 11 am. And with the cold winter, I don’t feel like having a cup of hot choco and a pastry good enough to start our day.

So we brazed ourselves and were out on the street of Rosemead around 10 something in the morning. When we got there, there was a long table filled with adults and kids. We sat down and placed our order. Two bowls of chicken pho (pho ga) and a plate of beef roll. Both were highly recommended by Yelpers.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Double Chocolate Banana Bread - could be gluten free

Found this recipe recently when I was looking to bake for gift during the holiday season. Yeah..this posting was a bit late. But hey, one can enjoy banana bread anytime of the year. Especially one that was this good. Seriously.

Thanks to Lindsay for her recipe. I swapped the all purpose flour with Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1to1 Baking Flour to make it gluten free. The result was good and I love it. I made this three times already for gift.

Yield : 1 loaf (10-12 servings)

Ingredients :
1 1/4 cups Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1to1 Baking Flour
1/2 cup dark or Dutch-processed cocoa powder, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large ripe bananas, mashed
2 large eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 tablespoons cacao nibs, for topping (optional)

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Hoy Ka Thai Noodle - Los Angeles

Grilled pork salad - to die for
Arriving in LA just around lunch time, my tummy asking to be filled. I had this restaurant on the list as the first to go for our 2 day trip so there we went. When we walked in, the place was quite full, the waitress walked us to a bar style seating with high stool. I loved our table. It's higher so we could see around the restaurant while waiting for our orders to arrive.

The restaurant had high unfinished ceiling and concrete floor that gave the industrial feel to it. But it gave the airy, cozy feeling. I gave this place 5 star for the ambience. And surprisingly for that ambience, the price wasn't too bad.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Rice + Noodle Asian Kitchen - Campbell

Lo noodle with chicken
Went there with a group of friends on a Sunday night. I guess looking at the establishment it was just opened recently. Surprisingly during dinner time it wasn't too busy.

The menu had some pictures on but not enough to give you ideas on what some of the items looked like. I found the menu confusing. They tried to provide different option for same noodle dish but wasn't very clear about it. I ordered the chaozhou noodle soup with pork belly. Hubby ordered the lo noodle with soup on the side.

Happy New Year 2016