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A Short Penang Trip & Nasi Kandar

I made a really really short trip to Penang today. How short? Hmm I think I spent about 2 hours there. Yup that short.

I’ve not been to Penang for more than 7-8 years (if not mistaken la ya; lazy to go through my old analogue Penang photos to find out exactly when).

So many things have changed in Penang! In what way? I don’t know but I sensed it. Kekeke

I love old pre-war buildings.

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Bad Experience @ TGIF, Subang Parade

I like TGIF but I stop patronizing them 1 or 2 years ago because I got bored of their food. Something like eat until wanna puke. Hehe

Last weekend, my dad suggested TGIF and we all agreed since it’s been quite awhile. We always go to the one at Subang Parade. It’s been good to us. Many memories were etched there.

We saw this 2 course meal deals banner outside their restaurant whereby you choose an appetizer & entree for RM29.90. We decided to go for that.

Our drinks; Lemonade, Watermelon & Mango

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Milo + Chocolate And Chips Cookies

My current breakfast indulgence is milo + chocolate & chips cookies.

I’m using Keebler’s Chips Deluxe Cookies. It has chocolate chips AND chocolate in it. Chocolate chips + chocolate = match made in heaven.

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How To Become A Good Cook

Yeah how do you become a good cook? By practicing? Sure. By going to cooking classes? Sure again.

I think one become a good cook when one showers one’s culinary with love. In short, I called it cooking with love.

The concept of experimenting with flavors was introduced by Chef Michael Smith in his Chef At Home series. I followed this series religiously for quite some time. And it is during experimenting with flavors myself that I actually felted love. Showering love to my dish. Giving them heartfelt flavors! AND you know what? I tasted love.

I remember watching a Taiwanese drama whereby this person is one lousy cook but he became very successful when he learned the art of cooking with love. I’d always thought that was sheer nonsense. How can someone pour love into his cooking and how can the food tester (or judge) taste love in a dish.

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My Not So Successful First New York Cheesecake

I baked a New York Cheesecake few weeks before CNY… a first! Wohoo!

All I can say is it’s very easy to make. My mom’s electric mixer broke down just prior to this so I have to resort using hand for mixing. It’s not bad at all.

I found a few New York Cheesecake recipes like from Joy of Baking, Yochanna’s and Philadelphia Cream Cheese website itself. But at last I follow Cooking For Engineers’ Cheesecake, Plain New York style recipe. I love her step by step recipes. Easy for noob like me ma.

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Chinese New Year Cookies: Kuih Kapit aka Love Letter

As you may or may not know, this year sis and I are extremely ‘rajin’ (hardworking). We bake our own Chinese New Year cookies!!! We’ve made 4 in total. Not bad eh?

Well there’s pineapple tarts, oatmeal crispies, margarine cookies and the 4th one which I’m going to share with you is Kuih Kapit aka Love Letter.

It was 3 years ago in 2006 that we last make them. At that time grandma helped us with everything. When I read back my kuih kapit post I was quite lost. At that time things were too messy and I didn’t have time to write a proper recipe.

This time I purposely asked grandma not to come to our house. One is because I know she will definitely help out and we don’t want that. Second is because we want to learn making kuih kapit by ourselves from scratch.

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