Monday, December 5, 2016

Recipes: Angel Hair Vongole

Henry Tan | 4:59 PM | 2 Comments so far
Most of us would be familiar with Spaghetti Vongole, which is an Italian spaghetti with clams. Instead of using the thick spaghetti, I opt for angel hair, also known as Capellini, which is the thinnest round pasta strand. For my personal preference, I always like my spaghetti to go with thick creamy sauce, while angel hair would be better to go with watery soup

Here's my Angel Hair Vongole recipe! 




You may have heard from news that recently it is the season for clams! So baby and I decided to cook Angel Hair Vongole at home. I bought the clams (we called it Kappa in Hokkien) at Sungai Ara morning market which is just within walking distance to my house. The uncle was selling at a price of RM5 per kg. Since it is a bit overproduction now, they are cheaper than usual! Which is also another reason for you to try it now! 


So here's the ingredients I used:
Serving for 5 pax
2kg of fresh Clams (Kappa)
500g of Angel Hair (1 packet)
1 big head of Garlic (around 15 cloves)
5 dried chilies
1 small bunch of fresh English Parsley
Salt
250ml of KaoLiang/Sorghum Wine (supposed to be white wine)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil 

Youtube video at the end of the post for reference!

Easy to follow procedures:
Soak the clams for few hours in salt water. This should give clams enough time to purge sand and grit. Use a knife to slice through the shell to make sure they are fresh and alive. Once you slice thru with a knife, a fresh clam should be able to hold their shells back together tightly. 




This technique can also ensure that the clam is clean and does not contains any sand or mud. Even though it is a bit tedious to do it one by one, but it is worthwhile as the last thing you would want is to find sand or mud in your spaghetti! 




Wash the clams thoroughly and keep it aside. Start preparing other ingredients by dicing them with knife. Well, since I recently got my Tefal Manual Chopper (Get it here!), so it's time to make good use of it without going thru all the hard work. 




1 big head of garlic, 5 dried chilies and 1 small bunch of fresh English Parsley were all chopped within a minute! Tefal Manual Chopper (Get it here!) certainly makes my cooking process so much easier! But do take note that if you want it to be faster, you can slightly tear them into smaller pieces first before putting into the chopper. 


Next, boiled a big pot of water to cook the angel hair. Add the pasta to the boiling water with a few pinch of salt and cook according to packet instructions until al dente. Do remember that for angel hair, it takes shorter time to cook as they are thinner than the spaghetti.




While waiting, get a hot pan or pot (in my case as I'm serving for 5!) to kick start! Drizzle some extra virgin olive oil into the pot until it covers all the surface area. Add in all the chopped garlic, dried chilies and English Parsley. Stir everything around constantly and just as the garlic starts to color, add in the clams and pour in the wine.   


Shake the pot to make sure all the clams are cooked evenly. Once most of the clams are opened, take the pot off the heat. By now the angel hair should be about perfect. Drain and add them into the pot of clams along with an extra drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. I also drizzled in a few round of Benedictine DOM to give the extra kick!


Stir and toss for another minute or two to let the appetizing seashore juices from the clams to be absorbed into the pasta. Some leftover starch from the angel hair can help thicken the soup a little too. Done! Serve it right away! 




How to make it better?
As you can see from the photos, it is not all perfect. The angel hair actually became too soft and broken easily when stirred with clams. So it could be better if I cook the pasta for shorter time even before it became al dente. 

Another suggestion is to separate out the clams from the pot before adding in the pasta. This way you can soak the pasta easily in the clam soup while it is also easier to serve with a better food presentation. 





That's all very easy right! Go try it yourself and let me know your experience too!
Happy cooking! ;)
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Unboxing Lazada Box of Joy

Henry Tan | 11:47 PM | Be the first to comment!
Everybody love surprises and curiosity killed the cat. When both of these combined, you get Lazada Box of Joy! I know the concept of mystery box for a while but I never really get myself one mainly because they are mostly beauty products for girls. So Lazada really caught me off guard by sending me this lovely Box of Joy and, literally, I felt joy tremendously


Let's UNBOX together!




When I received the parcel, I was so curious like a little kid trying to open his birthday gift and so eager to find out what is inside. (Thankfully I didn't do a Vlog otherwise you will see me tearing the parcel apart!) Surprise, surprise! Unlike the usual mystery box that full of beauty products, Lazada Box of Joy actually consists of anything and everything




This is what I like about Lazada Box of Joy, you don't have to be a girl to like it. Starting with the cool gadget - SanDisk ULTRA Dual Drive m3.0 with 64GB, any guys would love this! My smartphone got only 16GB storage size, so you can tell how much I needed this without having to transfer out all my photos to PC frequently anymore. 

Definitely come in handy when we go for vacation.
Get yourself one too! Click here.



If you read I Blog My Way frequently, you would know that yours truly cooks, just like the saying "进得了厨房,出得了厅堂!". HAHAHAHA! So the next thing that attracts me the most would be the Tefal Manual Chopper. You see when I was young, dicing red onion was a nightmare especially during festive season when my mum need a lot of it for cooking. This Tefal Manual Chopper could have been my life saver with just a few easy pull and without tears! 

It should have existed in all kitchen! 
Including yours! Get it here!



Girls will always be girls. They attracted to cute things. Yes, I'm talking about this cute little panda soft toy that got my baby's attention. Very adorable isn't it? Speaking of which, you can use this voucher code "IMPANDA" to enjoy RM10 off with minimum purhcase of RM40. 




Basically these are all inside the Lazada Box of Joy. I am quite busy recently as it is towards the end of the year whereby many of #YourFinanceDoctor's clients would start to plan for 2017.






Which explains why so far the only thing that we have tried are all food, the latest Maggi OatMee and the Nescafe White Coffee Panda Flavor. It reminds me one of my old post - Maggi Milo Mee that I used to try. Just that this time it is Maggi OatMee, in which the mee is made of oat. So here's my verdict - the mee looks darker, taste as usual but texture wise softer. (Based on one packet review)

I usually cook 2 packets, so I have to buy more first!
You should try it here!



For the Nescafe White Coffee Pandan flavor, some may find it peculiar but to me it was unique with the fragrance. Parents were not too fond of it as older generation tends to stick to the norm. But for young generation (especially outliers like me! :p), I find it interesting! Just like the Lemongrass Coffee we tried in Doi Chaang Caffe. So like what they always said... 

Never try never know. Sekali cuba, hari-hari mau!
Buy yourself one too! Click here.



Stay tuned for more upcoming review on all the other products once we have try it out. In the mean time, enjoy shopping online!




Till then. ;)
Happy shopping!


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Monday, November 28, 2016

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner @ Swez Brasserie, Eastin Hotel Penang

Henry Tan | 4:24 PM | | Be the first to comment!
Christmas is coming real soon! Swez Brasserie at Eastin Hotel Penang will be offering Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner this year. Thanks to the invitation from Eastin Hotel Penang, baby and I had the chance to preview on their Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner. So if you are looking for a place to dine with family and friends, make this as your top selection, especially for people staying in Bayan Lepas area like me!



Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner @ Eastin Hotel Penang


Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner @ Swez Brasserie, Eastin Hotel Penang
Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner - Roasted Turkey

Since it is Christmas Eve celebration, Eastin Hotel Penang will be serving Western oriented dishes for the buffet dinner with extra special Christmas decorations. One of the must-have during Christmas eve buffet dinner is none other than the festive carvery roasted turkey! Chef will be there to assist you in slicing the turkey and serving it in a plate that comes with assorted vegetables and roasted potato.


Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner @ Swez Brasserie, Eastin Hotel Penang
Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner - Chef ready at your service!

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner @ Swez Brasserie, Eastin Hotel Penang
Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner - Roasted Turkey Served in plate

As usual, Eastin Hotel Penang provides a full range of buffet dinner starting with salads, cheese corner, cold delicacies, soup, carving, seafood on ice, pastas, western delights, hot delicacies, desserts and the nine amazing main courses. The menu is carefully crafted by Chef Johnno to offers a wide variety of delightful buffet dinner spread that caters for everyone


Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner @ Swez Brasserie, Eastin Hotel Penang

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner @ Swez Brasserie, Eastin Hotel Penang
Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner - Seafood on Ice

Well, if you are a frequent reader of I Blog My Way, you would know our style whereby we always start with a big plateful of seafood on ice. The variety of seafood includes prawns, mussels, scallops, crabs and even oysters! I bet you can tell how delicious they are just by looking at the photos!  

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner @ Swez Brasserie, Eastin Hotel Penang
Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner - Smoke Tenggiri

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner @ Swez Brasserie, Eastin Hotel Penang
Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner - Christmas Tree Salad

For the cold delicacies this year, there are quite a number of dishes to try out as well! Some of the cold delicacies includes Smoke Tenggiri, Baby Asparagus with Seafood, Christmas Tree Salad, Smoked Duck, Australia Potato Salad, Mini Ratatouille and many more. These cold delicacies were being decorated so delicately that you would feel bad for eating them. 

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner @ Swez Brasserie, Eastin Hotel Penang
Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner - Mini Ratatouille

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner @ Swez Brasserie, Eastin Hotel Penang


After done with all the appetizer and cold dishes, here comes the main courses. Excluding the Spanish Buttered Rice with Nuts, Eastin Hotel Penang provides a total of 9 main courses that covers pretty much anything else that perfectly fits for Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner. That joyous feeling could be felt with all the Christmas decorations. 


Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner @ Swez Brasserie, Eastin Hotel Penang

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner @ Swez Brasserie, Eastin Hotel Penang

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner @ Swez Brasserie, Eastin Hotel Penang


The 9 main courses at Eastin Hotel Penang include Deep Fried Cheese Ball, Terriyaki Beef, Poached Sea Bass, Grilled Lamb Chop, Oven Baked Fragrant Pumpkin, Fragrant Prawn, Homemade Chicken Roulade, Brussel Sprout and Mini Burger with Salami. 


Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner @ Swez Brasserie, Eastin Hotel Penang
Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner - Homemade Chicken Roulade

Homemade Chicken Roulade was spectacular with the Creamy Pomegranate Sauce where we thought it was creative as the pomegranate sauce makes it appetizing. Grilled Lamb Chop that soaked with Mint Jerry was great too as the refreshing Mint Jerry suppressed the gamy taste of lamb.  


Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner @ Swez Brasserie, Eastin Hotel Penang
Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner - Grilled Lamb Chop

After few rounds of a little bit here and there for the main courses, we needed the seasonal fresh fruits to make us feel less guilty and sinful. Nangka or also known as jackfruit is my favorite that I could eat non-stop whole day long!

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner @ Swez Brasserie, Eastin Hotel Penang
Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner - Seasonal Fresh Fruits

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner @ Swez Brasserie, Eastin Hotel Penang

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner @ Swez Brasserie, Eastin Hotel Penang

For the dessert part, Eastin Hotel Penang definitely knows how to make their guests happy with all the delightful Christmas dessert such as the Christmas Pudding, Christmas Stolen, Classic Cheesecake, Chocolate Yule Log and many more. I can't tell you how happy we were with all the Christmas dessert like as if it is Christmas eve already!

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner @ Swez Brasserie, Eastin Hotel Penang


Chrismas Eve Buffet Dinner at Swez Brasserie, Eastin Hotel Penang is priced at RM178 nett which comes with party pack and a chance to meet the Santa Claus. The buffet dinner will be served starting from 6.30pm to 10.00pm on December 24, 2016. 

Best of all, the first 80 early birds get to enjoy 25% discount offer for full payment made before December 15, 2016. Senior citizen aged above 60 years old will get to enjoy 20% discount and children below 5 years old can eat for FREE.

Wait no more, book now!



Swez Brasserie, Eastin Hotel Penang.
1, Solok Bayan Indah,
Queensbay,
11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang.

Call: 04-612 1111
Email: info.pg@eastin.com


Till then. ;)
Happy food hunting!
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Monday, November 21, 2016

2016 December Set Dinner & Christmas Menu @ David Brown's Restaurant, Penang Hill

Henry Tan | 11:41 PM | | 1 Comment so far
David Brown's Restaurant at the top of Penang Hill has just released their latest 2016 December Set Dinner & Christmas Menu. So if you are looking for a place to eat in Penang or even for  the coming Christmas dinner, then you should totally read on!


Yes, Christmas is coming!



2016 December Set Dinner & Christmas Menu @ David Brown's Restaurant, Penang Hill
David Brown's Restaurant - Fast Lane ticket to go up Penang Hill

Last year we were here at David Brown's Restaurant to try out their new menu after they changed new management (Read here). So again this year, we had the chance to review for their December Set Dinner as well as Christmas Menu. As I mentioned previously, David Brown's Restaurant is one of the "ATAS" (high class) restaurant in Penang, so baby and I were really glad to come here for dating and dining!   

2016 December Set Dinner & Christmas Menu @ David Brown's Restaurant, Penang Hill
David Brown's Restaurant - Interior with Christmas Deco 

Christmas decoration is ready inside the restaurant itself, but at the point of writing, which is still more than a month to go, so probably still too early to decorate for the external. Anyhow, it is year end with school holiday and Penang Hill is always packed with people, especially students that came in buses! Massive long queue! But we got Fast Lane ticket that can skip queue like VIP! :D

2016 December Set Dinner & Christmas Menu @ David Brown's Restaurant, Penang Hill
David Brown's Restaurant - Red wine or white wine?

2016 December Set Dinner & Christmas Menu @ David Brown's Restaurant, Penang Hill
David Brown's Restaurant - House wines

We started off with a glass of the house wine, both red and white wine for baby and I. As this is part of their promotion for the Christmas Menu whereby ordering 2 sets of Christmas Set Menu will be entitled to get a complimentary bottle of house wine. The house wines are from Deakin Estate (Australian), namely Shiraz Viognier (red wine) and Chardonnay Pinot Grigio (white wine). Of course, if you are not fancy of the taking alcohol, you may opt to for a 10% discount off of total bill instead. 

Christmas Set Dinner Menu 2016

RM238++ per pax
(excluding 6% GST and 10% service charge)
Available on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Time : 6pm - 10pm (Last Order - 8.30pm)

Amuse Bouche 
Smoked Salmon on Baguette Toast

Amuse Bouche is a French word, literally translated as "mouth amuser". Amuse Bouche is different from appetizer as it usually acts as a complement to the wine. So for David Brown's Restaurant Christmas Set Dinner, we had a slice of baguette topped with a sliced of smoked salmon and avocado cream sauce. 

2016 December Set Dinner & Christmas Menu @ David Brown's Restaurant, Penang Hill
David Brown's Restaurant - Smoked salmon on baguette toast

Starter
Hokkaido Scallop & Smoked Duck

For starter, we had Hokkaido Scallop & Smoked Duck that came with apple remoulade, salmon roe and green with Italian dressing. Personally, I love the smoked duck especially given that it was edged with fat that makes it moist and succulent. Some may find it oily, but for me that's what makes it delicious and delicate in flavor. The refreshing green with Italian dressing or even the sweet-sourish apple remoulade were there to balance up the taste too. Hokkaido scallop was quite big in size and topped with salmon roe that pop in mouth. 


2016 December Set Dinner & Christmas Menu @ David Brown's Restaurant, Penang Hill
David Brown's Restaurant - Hokkaido scallop & smoked duck

Soup
Pumpkin Veloute

Next, we had pumpkin veloute for soup, another French cuisine that came with pumpkin croquette, pumpkin chips and shredded parmesan. The chef definitely loves pumpkin a lot! To be honest, I am more of those that would prefers mushroom soup over pumpkin soup. But David Brown's Restaurant pumpkin veloute was thick, rich, smooth and velvety! Not forget to mention that the few thin slivers of parmesan make even tastier! Croquette and chips added crispy texture, but be sure to eat it before they became soggy. (Yes, the time wasted on taking photos! LOL!)


2016 December Set Dinner & Christmas Menu @ David Brown's Restaurant, Penang Hill
David Brown's Restaurant - Pumpkin veloute

 Pre Entree
Mixed Berries Granita

Unlike all the previous dishes which are French, our Mixed Berries Granita for Pre Entree is actually an Italian semi-frozen dessert that made from sugar, water and mixed berries. I think it was quite nice to serve as Pre Entree as it was sourish-sweet that could tantalized your taste bud. But I supposed they could have make it nicer without all the stain on the glass or just make it one full glass. 


2016 December Set Dinner & Christmas Menu @ David Brown's Restaurant, Penang Hill
David Brown's Restaurant -  Mixed berries granita

Entree
Turkey Roulade or Seared Line-caught Barramundi or Black Angus Medley

For entree, we get to choose 1 out of 3 for the Christmas Set Dinner Menu 2016. But since it was a food review, so we have to try all! :p  Turkey Roulade came with roasted potato, chicken liver stuffing, glazed apple and cranberry port demi. Personally, I am not a big fan of turkey roulade and chicken liver. But if you are you will like it as the chicken liver was such a big portion! Luckily there was the cranberry port demi (cranberry + port wine + demi glaze) that could make it tastier.   


2016 December Set Dinner & Christmas Menu @ David Brown's Restaurant, Penang Hill
David Brown's Restaurant - Turkey roulade
Seared Line-caught Barramundi was quite good too as it came with sauteed Hong Kong Kai Lan, potato pave, mango-pineapple salsa and Romesco sauce. Visual wise, this was the most attractive dish as it was filled with different sharp colors ranging from the red-yellow sambal color of Romesco sauce to the dark green Kai Lan. 

Seared Barramundi is good as it was sweet and firm but I would suggest to dip with the spicy Romesco sauce to make it less fishy taste. FYI, Romesco sauce is a nut and red bell pepper based sauce that complement well with fish. Another good thing to know is that the Barramundi was line-caught which promotes sustainable seafood.     

2016 December Set Dinner & Christmas Menu @ David Brown's Restaurant, Penang Hill
David Brown's Restaurant - Seared line-caught Barramundi
Out of the 3 options, baby and I still prefer Black Angus Medley. It was a black angus sirloin and slow braised rump that came with roasted plum tomato, phyllo mushroom bundle, horseradish cream and beef jus. Our medium black angus sirloin was cooked to perfection with pale pink in the middle without any juice flowing and the texture was firm and springy. That's exactly how I would like it! 

2016 December Set Dinner & Christmas Menu @ David Brown's Restaurant, Penang Hill
David Brown's Restaurant - Black Angus Medley

Pre Dessert
Mango Sorbet

After eating a heavy meal, nothing better than having a sweet-sourish Mango Sorbet that did just enough to make you feel satisfied. Since it is just a Pre Dessert, a small scoop of mango sorbet is just nice. 

2016 December Set Dinner & Christmas Menu @ David Brown's Restaurant, Penang Hill
David Brown's Restaurant -  Mango Sorbet

Dessert
Chocolate Cremeux

Chocolate Cremeux came with bitter cocoa crumble, butterscotch, caramelized banana and vanilla ice cream. I Googled and found that Cremeux is a French dessert which is a dense, soft, classic pudding. But what we ate was more like a moist chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. I guess as long as it is sweet, thick and creamy, then it makes a good sweet ending for our meal! 


2016 December Set Dinner & Christmas Menu @ David Brown's Restaurant, Penang Hill
David Brown's Restaurant - Chocolate Cremeux

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Volunteer Briefing @ SPCA Penang, Jelutong

Henry Tan | 1:11 PM | | Be the first to comment!
The third Saturday of November, baby and I attended the Volunteer Briefing at SPCA Penang. It is a monthly event for new volunteers to get to know the shelter. I used to be a volunteer as well as a fosterer in SPCA Selangor back then during university, so perhaps it's time to contribute to SPCA Penang too!

Volunteer Briefing, SPCA Penang, Jelutong
SPCA Penang - Cute and Friendly Doggie is available for adoption


Volunteer Briefing, SPCA Penang, Jelutong
SPCA Penang - Exterior


SPCA Penang located in Jelutong, quite easy to locate using Waze or even Google Map. We were there right before 9am as the volunteer briefing starts from 9am to 11am. Since SPCA Penang is a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) with limited resources, there aren't many helpers around. You can either press the bell or simply just slide the gate and let yourself in. 


Volunteer Briefing, SPCA Penang, Jelutong
SPCA Penang - Office


Be sure to walk in the office and greet the friendly SPCA Administrator, Lily or Gogela, so that they know you are there. There is a volunteer log book as well, do remember to check in and check out. For new volunteer, you may sign up yourself in the volunteer membership form.  


Volunteer Briefing, SPCA Penang, Jelutong
SPCA Penang - Simple Presentation by Lily


The volunteer briefing started with a simple presentation by Lily, the SPCA Administrator. A basic introduction on what is SPCA and what SPCA does. Besides, we were being brief on all the activities that can be done by volunteers at the SPCA which include bathing to socializing with the animals. Outside of the shelter, you can also contribute in helping out the fund raising activities, promote SPCA merchandise, promote the work of SPCA (especially in adoption) and many more! 


Volunteer Briefing, SPCA Penang, Jelutong
SPCA Penang - Briefing on how to socialize with the animal


The assistant administrator of SPCA Penang, Gogela brought us to tour around and guided us on how to socialize with the animal. We learned a lot about some basics of socializing and shaping good behavior for the dogs. 


Volunteer Briefing, SPCA Penang, Jelutong
SPCA Penang - Its time to have a walk


After that, all of us could start the activities by taking out the dog and socialized with them. Most of the dogs were so excited to have visitors because probably they know they might be the lucky one to be adopted. They shake their tails and jumping in joy just to get the attention, just like any baby or children would do in order to get the attention of their parents.  


Volunteer Briefing, SPCA Penang, Jelutong
SPCA Penang - Volunteers Group Photo with dogs


To be honest, I got to know that the adoption rate in SPCA Penang is quite low whereby it could be just a few dogs get adopted in a month. The awareness of adoption in Penang definitely is still not enough yet as many still buy from pet shop. Worse of all, some irresponsible owners even abandon them when they are sick or old. So there are so much we can do to help!




So once again, I would like to urge all of you to adopt, don't buy! Do remember to neuter your pets too if you don't intend to take care all of their babies. Besides, spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from those malignant diseases. Neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems too.

Address: Jalan Jeti Jelutong 11600 Penang, Malaysia.

Telephone:(604)2816559 
Mobile:(6016)4166559. 
Phone should be answered until 7pm every day. 
Emergencies are only handled during daylight hours.

Fax: (604) 2833103
Email: info@spca-penang.net




Till then! ;)
See you around at SPCA Penang!
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