Restoran New Imbi Garden, Kuala Lumpur

Restoran New Imbi Garden

 This famous sang har meen turns out a little disappointing.
Instead, the consolation is discovering one of the best hokkien mee in Kuala Lumpur.

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“I need to go back there …” my long-time friend tells me.

I detect a sense of urgency in his voice though David is a confident and towering figure for as long as I have known him since our high school days at St. John’s Institution in Kuala Lumpur.

He was a judo champion, a prefect and a tennis sparring buddy from school. These days, he’s more a dear friend for being an enthusiastic home cook just like I am. We often exchange ideas and cooking tips across the Australian continent where he lives in Perth with his family.

But tonight, his voice is wavering though I sense his intentions totally focused. It’s similar to the voice I heard so many years ago when we were chasing teenage girls in high school.

“You mean that place in Bukit Bintang where we had fantastic Thai massage?”  I ask.

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Restoran Perlama Seafood, Port Klang

Restoran Perlama Seafood

These mud crabs are fresh and its meat firm and sweet.
I scrap tasty egg yolk off the shells with my teeth for orgasmic end to our dinner.

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Tim Ho Wan, Kuala Lumpur

Tim Ho Wan, Kuala Lumpur

I’ve finally lost my Tim Ho Wan virginity at their Kuala Lumpur branch.
But I’m not sure about all the hype because I didn’t get an orgasm. 

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Restoran Eight Treasure, Kuala Lumpur

Restoran Eight Treasure, Kuala Lumpur

These deep fried baby whitings are delightfully crisp with a tangy chilli and onion salsa.
But the best part is the crunchy head so full of flavour. 

Dear readers,

I am back in this wonderful food haven that is Malaysia. Stay tuned as the next few blog posts will take you on my gastronomical Food Safari Kuala Lumpur 2015.

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From City Slickers To Tree Huggers

From City Slickers To Tree Huggers

“There can only be one captain on the ship”, my sister-in-law tells me wisely.
“And that captain is your brother. He makes all the key decisions for our family.”

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Busshari Authentic Japanese Restaurant, Potts Point

Busshari, Potts Point
Slices of king fish carpaccio is fresh with the umami of dark seaweed,
a tangy tickle of dill vinaigrette and ponzu jelly.

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The Potting Mix, Alexandria

The Potting Mix

 This slow-cooked Wagyu beef rib is succulent and yielding.
But the notoriously long wait might quash your appetite before you even get to it.

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A Frank Canvas ~ Drawing flavours from the heart

Sydney is blessed with some of the freshest seafood money can buy.
But a beautiful ingredient we can always add to our cooking pot is a good dose of love.

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Easter Weekend at Callala Beach, Jervis Bay

Callala Beach

 It was gloomy Good Friday but the sun came out to play on Easter Sunday.
And so did we. 

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“You mean I’m finally getting to spend a long weekend with Penny and Margaret?” I ask Mysaucepan with bated breath.

“Yup, they can fit us in coz it’s a five bedroom beach house and there’s nine of us” she replies.

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Cottage Point Inn, Cottage Point

Chef Guillaume Zika

The natural beauty of Sydney harbour is breathtaking to say the least.
But this city is truly world class through its excellence in food, wine and hospitality.

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A Weekend in Central Coast, New South Wales

 It’s a glorious day in the Central Coast.
But what makes this weekend special is the company of good friends.

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Do you need an excuse for a nice weekend away from your usual routine?

I don’t need one but it seems that some friends have found a reason to celebrate milestone birthdays for The Monk and I.

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He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother

The road is long with many a winding turn
That leads us to who knows where, who knows where
But I’m strong, strong enough to carry him
He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother 

~ US songwriters Bobby Scott & Bob Russell, 1969

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The Old Civic, Frenchs Forest

The Old Civic, Frenchs Forest

 Sydney has seen an explosion of burger joints.
Some are good, some not so good. 
This burger is one of the better ones. 

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Edition Coffee Roasters, Darlinghurst

Edition Coffee Roasters, Darlinghurst

Edition Coffee Roasters, Darlinghurst

As I tuck into smørrebrød and skagen at this cafe touted so unique and different,
I am thinking, “Where’s my bacon and eggs?”

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Indonesian Oxtail Soup

Indonesian Oxtail Soup - Sup Buntut - Sup Ekor

This rich oxtail soup is peppery with spicy aromas of
ginger, star anise, cinnamon and cloves.
It’s one of my all time favourites
and especially heart-warming in the cold winter months.

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Cipri Italian, Paddington

Cipri Italian, Paddington

I feel ambivalent with each bite of this suckling pig….
there’s melting fat and crisp skin that are so decadently beautiful.
But there’s also chewy skin and strands of lean meat that felt dry like the Sahara.

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Suckling Pig Noodles

Suckling pig noodles

This recipe is dedicated to the memory of my late Popo.
My grandma was a wonderful cook who taught my mother how to cook
and in turn, my mother taught me.


In a beautiful country like Australia,
I will be forever grateful to them 
for helping me discover the joy of cooking.

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Chinese New Year of the Goat 2015, Sydney

Mysaucepan's yee sang

 ”Gong Xi Fa Cai, Nian Nian Gao Sheng!!!”
Well wishes for good health, prosperity and longevity
are heard the world over as the Chinese usher in the Year of the Goat

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Arisun Express, Sydney

Arisun Express Sydney

Sticky sweet and spicy with its residual crunch of deep fried batter,
this style of Korean fried chicken have jostled its way into Sydney’s young hearts.

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Kiyomi, Gold Coast

Kiyomi Gold Coast

Dressed with edible flowers, green apple matchsticks, foie gras and mizuna
this scampi is a feast on the eye and a seductive dance on the palate.

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Longueville Hotel, Lane Cove

Longueville Hotel, Lane Cove

 Seared to golden brown and laced with sweet potato
cous cous, rocket leaves, pearls of red pomegranate and Persian feta,
this barramundi fillet is like an Ancient king among dotting princesses.

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Breakfast by Sokyo

Breakfast by Sokyo

The rich miso hollandaise and edamame are clever Japanese twists.
Paired with crisp, streaky bacon and a pillowy brioche,
this eggs Benedict is up there with Sydney’s best.

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Cafe Paci, Darlinghurst

Cafe Paci Darlinghurst

“There’s prawn oil, meat, tomato and melted cheese. 
It’s like eating a deconstructed pizza, except I prefer the comforts of a regular pizza”

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Chen’s Kitchen, Wembley, Perth

Chen's Kitchen

This toothfish is crisp with its sweet, succulent flesh coming apart in flakes.
Paired with a special soy sauce, this is the quintessence of good Cantonese cuisine.

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Hawker, Sydney

Hawker, Sydney

The flesh comes apart in succulent strands.
With a squeeze of lemon juice and pungent sambal
this grilled skate wing is doing a spicy and exotic Malaysian joget in my mouth.

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