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James Foo Western Food | Tanjong Tokong Penang

James Foo western food is located in Tanjung Tokong Penang. I have heard of it's popularity since years ago, but have not find a chance to try it. Last two weeks, we have decided to go there for dinner. Without disappointment, we are quite satisfied with the food, on the portion and taste. We ordered steak without mentioned on how well we want the beef to be cooked. When the steak was served, we were surprised to see the steak was medium well cooked. We can still see blood came out from the beef, it was yummy.

 

Coffee Smith 咖啡史密斯 | Maritime Piazza, Karpal Singh Drive, Georgetown, Penang.

When there are more and more cafe open in Penang, I wish I could visit them one by one to enjoy a cup of coffee but I only managed to go one of them recently. It is Coffee Smith that located at Maritime Piazza, Karpal Singh Drive. We went there during Friday lunch, it was very crowded and we had to wait for a while to get our seat. The waiter gave us few copies of menu which I tought it was an advertisement booklet. I found it is quite special to printed menu in this way. After grance through the menu, I found that their foods are quite pricey. In fact most of the cafes are selling foods at higher price range nowadays. I ordered brunch set "Benny Duck Egg and English Muffin", it came with two duck eggs and ham on bread, two pieces of mini hamburger steak (very mini), fries and salad. This set includes one small cup of fruit juice and black coffee, RM24. The way they serve on "wooden plate" is special but I wonder how they clean the plate? Will it remained very clean after use for many times, will the stain leave behind the wooden material? They serve spaghetti too, Spring Vegetable Spaghetti at RM16. Hokkaido Scallops Cream Noodle at RM22. Portion was not big but taste creamy and delicious, you can find two scallops in the plate. Grilled Sandwich, Sicilion Chicken, RM14. I like the grill toast pattern. Caramel Macchiato, RM11. Nice latte art... Address: No. 29C-01-11, Maritime Piazza, Lebuh Sungai Pinang 5, 11600, Georgetown, Penang.Business Hours: 11am to 11pm (Opens Daily)Contact Number: 604-6841818

 

6 Days 5 Nights Relax at Chiang Mai (Day 5) | 废人废生活的清迈6天5夜行 (第五天)

Day5 Breakfast in Baan Hanibah hotel. 第五天 Baan Hanibah 酒店的早餐。 Today we joined one day trip to elephant show, 1400Baht each person, driver picked us in front of hotel. The package includes bamboo riding, elephant show, visit to long neck village, lunch, ride on oxford and elephant, visit to orchid and butterfly farm. 今天我们参与大象营一日游,一个人是1400Baht,有司机到酒店接我们。这一日游行程包括乘坐竹筒船,看大象表演,参观长颈村,免费午餐,乘坐牛车,骑大象,参观花园及蝴蝶公园。 Bamboo riding Every activity was very attractive to us except for visit to orchid and butterfly farm. We truly respect the elephants' trainers as their elephants are all very well trained. You will experience how elephant drawing with their long nose. 除了参观花园及蝴蝶公园,每项都是很特别的。大象表演简直是让人大开眼界,真不能不佩服工作人员们平日的训练,看上去大象们即聪明又很能听指令。 Elephant show Long neck village is one of the famous spot in Chiang Mai. 长颈村也是我期待的一个景点,觉得这种族很特别,拍上照片肯定有特色,所以就非去不可。 Long neck village After visit to long neck village, we had our lunch. It was buffet style lunch with fried chicken, rice, drink, fruit, etc. 参观完长颈村后,我们就吃午餐。午餐是自由式的,有不同的简单肉菜,白饭,水果,茶水等等。   After lunch, we ride on oxford and elephant. It was a very scary experience, I was really afraid that the oxford and elephant will do something to me, or I will fall down from elephant. Scary... 吃饱后我们乘坐牛车和骑大象。前者已让我觉得心慌慌,担心牛车会翻车。后者更加让我不放心,想象自己坐在高处,慢慢的在"空中"荡漾,真的很恐怖,又担心大象突然发癫,把我们甩下。还记得有一幕,当大象正从陆地下水的时候,大象前脚突然下去有深度的河,镇了一大下,吓得半条命,喊了好大声,一直期盼快点完成这路程。想想,真的很恐怖,要是有畏高的人,肯定比我还害怕。 Elephant ride Oxford ride Lady selling drinks in water Bathing for elephant We returned to hotel and end our one day tour after visited to orchid and butterfly farm. 再来就参观花园及蝴蝶公园,之后就会酒店去。   We have our dinner nearby Chiang Mai town, famous pork leg rice. 我们在酒店附近的小贩享用凤飞飞猪脚饭。 Pork leg rice(凤飞飞猪脚饭)location map Famous pork leg rice Semi-transparent hard boil egg Sunset colour egg york After rest in hotel, we went to Kalare night bazaar & Anusarn Market with Song Thaew. The journey cost 20Baht per person. 休息了片刻,我们乘搭双条到Kalare night bazaar & Anusarn Market。不会太近的路程,双条费用只需20Baht一个人。 Kalare night bazaar and food center location map Kalare night bazaar & Anusarn Market The things sell in Kalare night bazaar are more expensive compare to Saturday and Sunday market. We had our dinner at food court before back to hotel. 我们觉得Kalare night bazaar的价钱比夜市场的还要贵,吃的用的也比较贵,所以就走马看花而已。走了好久,都不见好吃的,直到要回前,来到美食中心,所以就在这儿吃饱后才回酒店。 Food court at Kalare night bazaar & Anusarn Market Purchase voucher before get your food Food court opposite this building Tuk tuk, a "mini" taxi in Chiang Mai, with one driver and up to 2 passengers at the back. Like combination of motorbike and trishaw, is my favorite transport in Chiang Mai. I fall in love with this vehicle after my first ride on it. It costs 60Baht for two of us from night bazaar back to our hotel in Chiang Mai city. Best to take it at night with your love one, windy windy feel... "feng" left "feng" right...romantic...I have a simple wish, you know? I just wish I can own a tuk tuk, drive here and there, or sometime hire somebody to fetch me and dear Camus "feng" here "feng" there. Too bad, the distance from night bazaar to our hotel is too short, I don't really fully enjoy and we had already arrived at the destination. Now, can someone tell me how much does one tuk tuk cost in Chiang Mai? 我们选择tuk tuk车回酒店,60Baht一辆,挺便宜的。我一坐就喜欢上了这tuktuk车,机车感觉轻轻的在路上奔驰,夜里凉风吹来,好舒服,司机走的路线和双条不同,都是走小巷,所以很快就抵达酒店。tuk tuk车,我真是爱死你了。 Tuk tuk

 

Pandan Chiffon Cake Recipe

This is a long keep recipe that I baked few months ago. Baked it together with other chiffon cakes during my chiffon cake study. I get this recipe from Kitchen Tigress, I found her blog from youtube while I was searching for video on how to make chiffon cake.       Recipe 100g pandan leaves, use only soft and moist young leaves 70g freshly squeezed coconut milk, undiluted 180g egg whites ½tsp cream of tartar 50g sugar 60g egg yolks 50g sugar 60g corn oil ¼tsp salt 100g cake flour (sifted with baking powder) 1tsp baking powder Method 1. Blend pandan leaves with coconut milk and 1 tbsp water. Strain pandan leave and get green liquid. Set aside green liquid, which should weigh 95 g. 2. Add sugar into egg yolks, immediately whisk with hand whisk until pale and light. 3. Add in corn oil, mix well. 4. Add in green pandan coconut liquid, mix well. 5. Sift in flour, baking powder and salt, stir until well combined. 6. Whisk egg white with electrical hand mixer until big bubbles form, add in cream of tartar. 7. Continue whisk from medium to high speed until small bubbles form (egg white is white in colour now) . 8. Slowly add in sugar, continue whisk at high speed until soft peak formed. 9. Add 1/3 of meringue into egg yolk mixture, mix gently with hand whisk until well combined, you will get a light mixture. 10. Change hand whisk to spatula, fold in 1/2 of remaining meringue. GENTLY fold with egg yolks batter until 50% combined (you will still see white meringue now). 11. Add all remaining meringue and fold GENTLY with spatula again until well combined. I did in in this way: spatula cut mixture into center all the way to bottom bowl, scrap from bottom along bowl side toward you. Rotate bowl few degree and repeat this action until well combined. (your mixture should be very light and volumic now). 12. Pour batter into 18cm chiffon cake pan, level the surface. Bang mixing bowl against worktop 2-3 times to remove air bubbles. Run a chopstick round side of tin to remove more air bubbles. Level and smooth top. Bake in preheated oven at 160C at lowest rack with fan forced for 40-45 minutes.   13. Remove cake pan and invert pan immediately, cool completely before remove cake from pan. Result The cake should be evenly green but I saw some white spot, it was due to unbalance mix during step 11, meringue not mix properly with egg yolk batter. Compare with other recipe which I used 5 eggs, this recipe used only 4 eggs. It is shorter compare with 5 eggs chiffon cake on right (picture below). I prefer 5 eggs recipe. Left: 4 eggs recipe; Right: 5 eggs recipe
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6 Days 5 Nights Relax at Chiang Mai (Day 3) | 废人废生活的清迈6天5夜行 (第三天) PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 October 2013 19:25
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It was another beautiful day which no one, no alarm, no phone call woke you up from your sweet dream. We had our breakfast in hotel and continue rent hotel’s bike to Chiang Mai city. Our first stop was Doi Suthep.

 

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今天也是睡到自然醒,然后慢慢享用早餐,再慢慢的出发到另一个地方去。今天的行程也是临时计划,由于是星期六,我们计划到周六市场,就和酒店租借多一天的电单车,问问他们的意见后,决定先到Doi Suthep Temple去。

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Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai University and Saturday market location map

On the way to Doi Suthep Temple, we passed by Chiang Mai university. We turned in their Uni and look for their canteen. Many stalls were not open due to Saturday. Again, we used hand language to order our meal, then bought a cup of coconut drink. The foods at here also very cheap, 20 Baht for a bowl of noodle, 6 Baht for coconut drink.

去Doi Suthep Temple时,途径清迈大学,我们便往里边兜兜。兜了一会儿,终于到达他们的食堂。也许是周六,食堂显得冷冷清清的,就几摊小贩在做生意而已。我们再次比手画脚的告诉面摊阿姨我们想要的面后,再买杯椰水,开始了我们的午餐。这儿的消费也超便宜,一碗面才20Baht,一杯椰水也只是6Baht。

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Coconut drink

We continue our journey to Doi Suthep Temple. The way to the temple was terrible if you go with bike. We regretted not going with Song Thaew. The temple was very beautiful and worth visiting.

吃饱后,继续我们的路程。去Doi Suthep Temple是崎岖的山路,车开了好久,不知转了几百个弯,都很难到达目的地,真的坐到我们腰酸屁股痛。看见身边一辆接一辆的双条割过我们,有点后悔为什么自己要骑电单车去呢?为何呢?就因为酒店人员告诉我们很近啦,只要到市区,没多远就能到达Doi Suthep Temple了。就这样,上当了。但也还好,途中有休息庭,让我们停下来扭一扭身体,吃一吃水果。

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City view on the way to Doi Suthep

虽然辛苦,但这寺庙还真的很壮观,我们乐捐后拿了两朵花和蜡烛,拜拜拍拍照,吃吃雪糕,就三点半了。原本还想继续上苗族村,但担心去到已太迟,所以决定下山了。

 

Doi Suthep Temple was built on mountain, entrance fee is 30Baht per person. Elevator is 20Baht per person. If you can walk, you no need to pay for 20Baht and can just walk up to the temple top through the stair case which consist more than 300 steps.

Doi Suthep Temple是建立在高山上的,入门票是30Baht一个人,程搭电梯到寺庙是一个人20Baht。要是嫌贵或体力好的话,你可以选择走三百多个阶梯的路上去,这可以省去20Baht。

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We proceed to Saturday market at Wua Lai Road after Doi Suthep. Forgot to mention, along our journey, we do not hire tour guide nor driver. What guided us was GPS. While Camus riding on bike, I hold my phone on hand and read the direction from GPS. We were not worry about thief will snatch away our phone as we feel very safe in Chiang Mai.

下山后,我们直接去周六市场,由于对当地的路一点都不熟悉,我们是靠GPS带领,走完清迈不少路。是的,GPS,人家乘车用GPS,我们骑电单车也用GPS,Camus负责骑电单车,我就坐在后面看GPS领路。在清迈,我们不怕手里握着手提电话而被抢劫,因为他们的治安令我们很放心。

 

Although GPS is powerful, but we were not able to reach every location with it's help. We lost our way to Saturday market, we stopped by at road side to study the map. Suddenly there was a voice shouting towards us, "hello...hello...". I was shocked and thought we blocked someone way. When we turned our head, we saw a man with his wife asked us "Any help?". Yes, in the end we got our way to Saturday with their help. We appreciate and sincerely thank their kind help.

虽说有GPS带领,但还是有不明确的时候。我们抵达周六市场的附近,停下电单车看看地图已确定方向,突然听见"哈罗,哈罗。。",当时还以为挡了谁谁的路,原来有个男士把他的老婆叫出来,问我们,"Any help?"。此时此刻,觉得人间有情啊,在我们迷路时,竟然有人自动伸出援手,你说,能不感动吗?我们问了方向后,对方以简单的英语来回应我们,最后总算也找到周六市场了。

 

There were various kind of foods sold in Saturday market, much more compare to night market near our hotel. We bought some foods to eat while shopping, suddenly all people stopped down, and those who seated stood up. I was surprise and shock as wonder what was happened. After few second, we heard their national song. It was 6pm at that time, everyday they will play national song and people will stand as a respect to their country. This scene did not appear to me for years in our country, what happened to our country Malaysia?

吃了两天酒店附近的当地食物,看见周六市场的东西还是令人兴奋的。这里有更多的当地食物,我们边走边吃边看,真的吃得有够爽,但卖的东西由于不太合适,所以也没买得太多。走着走着,路人突然停顿了下来,就连坐着的小贩也站了起来,此时,真的吓了我一大跳,以为发生了什么事。原来是六点钟播放国歌的时间,他们的爱国精神也太强了吧?这种事情是在我小学或中学时期曾经发生的。但现在在我国,这种事情已经很少见了,是我国人民已不爱国了,还是。。。?

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Saturday market

Chiang Mai is a very clean and beautiful place. You can hardly see rubbish on floor. I remembered when I was in front of one of the stall which selling fried pork skin, the stall owner keep pointing on empty plastic bag hold in my hand, she wanted to throw it for me. From there I understand why there is no rubbish in their night market. Not only this stall, some of the stalls owner will point you the dustbin when they see you holding any rubbish on hand.

除了爱国精神,清迈也是非常干净的地方,夜市及路上也保持得很清洁。还记得当时我手上拿着刚吃完食物的包装袋,然后正选购炸猪皮,那小贩指着我手中的垃圾,想要帮我扔,当时的我还真的不好意思,但她还是一直指着那垃圾,所以我就将垃圾给了小贩,再购买炸猪皮。路上也可见不少垃圾桶,人们也不会将垃圾随意扔,还有几次是当小贩看见手上拿着垃圾,就指向垃圾桶,告诉我们可把垃圾扔那。难怪清迈能那么清洁,我相信这也是人民合作精神所造就出来的。

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Delicious thai food

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Various kind of pure fruit juice (10~30baht per bottle)

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Temple near to Saturday market

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Temple near to Saturday market

We returned to hotel after get enough of foods. These conclude our third day in Chiang Mai.

没多久,天也开始黑了。由于当时Camus的脚肿,走起路来也觉得痛,所以,我们逛逛一会儿,再打包些食物就回酒店去了。

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Low Sugar Coffee Chiffon Cake Recipe PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 November 2013 14:48
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CoffeeSpongeThis cake is specially dedicated to an OLD baby boy that was born on 67 years ago, exactly 33 years earlier than my OLD baby Camus. Now, the OLDer baby has diabetes and cannot consume much sugar. Everytime I bake a cake, he will complain that my cake is tooooooooo sweet. To cater for his needs, I change my chiffon cake recipe to low sugar version, I choose coffee flavour because... besides my mummy, the one that he cannot let go and cannot survive without is COFFEE...and yes, the "he" I mentioned here is my lovely daddy!

It has been long time I want to come out with low sugar version cake, pastry, and etc, and being lazy is my natural instinct. Dad's birthday is a good reason for me to start my low sugar recipe.

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Ingredients
5 egg yolks (about 85g)
10g sugar
75g hot water + 10g instant coffee (mix well)
1tbsp coffee paste
70g corn oil
120g cake flour

5 egg whites (about 200g)
45g sugar
1/2tsp cream of tartar

Method (step by step picture here)
1. Add sugar into egg yolks, immediately whisk with hand whisk until pale and light.
2. Add in corn oil, mix well.
3. Add in coffee water and coffee paste, mix well.
4. Sift in flour, stir until well combined. You will get a thick mixture now.
5. Whisk egg white with electrical hand mixer at low speed until big bubbles form, add in cream of tartar.
6. Continue whisk from medium to high speed until small bubbles form (egg white is foamy and white in color now).
7. Slowly add in sugar in few badges, continue whisk at high speed until soft peak formed.
8. Add 1/3 of meringue into egg yolk mixture, mix gently with hand whisk until well combined. You will get a light mixture.
9. Change hand whisk to rubber spatula, fold in 1/2 of the remaining meringue. GENTLY fold with egg yolks batter until 50% combined (you will still see white meringue now).
10. Add all remaining meringue and fold GENTLY with spatula again until well combined (your mixture should be very light and volume now).
11. Pour batter into chiffon pan. Using satay stick / chopstick, run around baking pan side and then draw curly pattern all the way in the middle and bang pan on counter top to remove big bubbles. Level the surface and bake in preheated oven at 160C with fan forced for 45 minutes or until cooked.
12. When cooked, remove from oven and invert chiffon pan immediately to prevent shrinkage. The pan must remain inverted until fully cool.
13. To remove chiffon cake from pan, carefully run the pan outer, inner and bottom side with thin spatula or knife. Invert pan to remove cake on big serving plate.

At first I was afraid the cake will shrink after reduce half of the sugar quantity, but I am very happy to see the cake turn out very nice. For taste wise, my dad able to accept this sweetness level by finished 1~2 pieces of the cake. Even though the level of sweetness has reduce, but the coffee fragrance did brought me a "Yes, delicious!" comment from all the other family members.

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I am very happy to say that I had successfully make a low sugar birthday cake for dad this year, wish him happy birthday, healty and properous day ahead!

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Coffee Smith 咖啡史密斯 | Maritime Piazza, Karpal Singh Drive, Georgetown, Penang. PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 August 2014 11:59
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CoffeeSmith_9When there are more and more cafe open in Penang, I wish I could visit them one by one to enjoy a cup of coffee but I only managed to go one of them recently. It is Coffee Smith that located at Maritime Piazza, Karpal Singh Drive.

We went there during Friday lunch, it was very crowded and we had to wait for a while to get our seat. The waiter gave us few copies of menu which I tought it was an advertisement booklet. I found it is quite special to printed menu in this way.

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After grance through the menu, I found that their foods are quite pricey. In fact most of the cafes are selling foods at higher price range nowadays.

I ordered brunch set "Benny Duck Egg and English Muffin", it came with two duck eggs and ham on bread, two pieces of mini hamburger steak (very mini), fries and salad. This set includes one small cup of fruit juice and black coffee, RM24. The way they serve on "wooden plate" is special but I wonder how they clean the plate? Will it remained very clean after use for many times, will the stain leave behind the wooden material?

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They serve spaghetti too, Spring Vegetable Spaghetti at RM16.

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Hokkaido Scallops Cream Noodle at RM22. Portion was not big but taste creamy and delicious, you can find two scallops in the plate.

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Grilled Sandwich, Sicilion Chicken, RM14. I like the grill toast pattern.

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Caramel Macchiato, RM11. Nice latte art...

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Address: No. 29C-01-11, Maritime Piazza, Lebuh Sungai Pinang 5, 11600, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 11am to 11pm (Opens Daily)
Contact Number: 604-6841818

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Steam Chicken with Mushroom Using Cosway Steamer PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 15 July 2014 14:37
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SteamerRecently when we were doing house keeping, we found out that there is a unit of steamer given by Camus's mom. She bought it from Cosway many years ago but did not use it at all. We took it out from our store room and keep it at kicthen.

Last two weeks, we used it to cook for our lunch and dinner. We found it quite useful and easy to use without dirty our kicthen, hence not much cleaning job after cook except for washing the steamer part by part after use.

We first try with steam chicken with mushroon, the night before cook, we merinate two big chicken drumsticks with oyster sauce, soy sauce and pepper. To make the chicken more delicious, we added dried mushroom, red dates and ginger to the chicken on the day we cooked. Since the steamer contains three layers, we put in lady finger and corn too.

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With this simple and easy cooking way, we were able to enjoy our meal, and it was so delicious.

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Visited Durian Farm | Balik Pulau PDF Print E-mail
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Durian_7June of year 2011 is the best time to indulge durians, the King of Fruits. Compare to past few years, this year durian's harvest is better and hence the price is predicted to drop week after week. (Hope my prediction is correct!)

Last weekend we had an outing visiting durian farm at Genting, Balik Pulau, Penang. It is the farm of my dad's friend. On our way to the farm, I saw many stores selling durians at roadside. The durian's aromatic scent awakened my groggy head.
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