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Potato Crochette

Posted by Buu on October 27, 2006

The other night I cooked something which I learned from David Rocco’s Dolche Vitta, a cooking show on Discovery Travel & Living. It’s called Potato Crochette and it’s simple to cook.

Ingredients (for 1-2 servings)

  • Cornflour
  • 3-4 potatoes
  • Salt
  • 1-2 slices of cheddar cheese (the original recipe used mozzarella)
  • 1 egg
  • Breadcrumbs

How to cook

  • Peel and boil potatoes for 15-20 minutes with a teaspoon of salt.
  • Drain and let the potatoes cool down
  • Mash them and break the egg and mix them together
  • Pour about 2-3 big dashes of cornflour into the mixture and mix it together
  • Heat up wok with some cooking oil
  • Shape handfuls of the mash potato mix into small sausages
  • Make dents into them and stuff some a piece(s) of cheese into the middle and cover them up
  • Coat the sausage shaped potatoes with breadcrumbs and toss them into the wok and fry them till golden brown. Be careful when turning them because they might be brittle in the beginning.

With this being my first attempt at this recipe there is room for improvement as I did not use enough cornflour to hold the potatoes together nicely. Here is the result

Yes I know it looks like pisang goreng. That’s why I mentioned to shape them smaller as they won’t end up as brittle as mine did.


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Fish and Chips, Newcastle

Posted by Bee on October 27, 2006

English food is not that diverse compares to other country’s. Most of the common food that i eat everyday is not originated from England anyway, for example pizza, lagsana and spaghetti are all from Italy, burgers and hotdogs are from America….. However, English do famous for their beers- the love of the binge drinkers, roast dinner and last but not least, fish and chips. Fish and chips is one of the most distinct and well known English food in those states which located near the coast. I have tasted the fish and chips in Liverpool and Manchester before, but the one in Newcastle is the best one i have eaten so far, it is so good that after ate that i will never eat the fish and chips in Liverpool anymore.

The fish and chips shop is just beside the seashore of a place called Tynemouth (if i’m not mistaken). After an nice and easy walk while enjoying the incredible view of the seashore, we dine in at a small cafe which is famous for its fish and chips, recommended by our tour guide, CS.

Before our orders came, we were served with toast and a small pot of english tea each. We get to choose whatever kind of fish that we like for the price of £4.70, i had choosen cod fish which has a softer texture. It surprises me that the fish actually consists of a WHOLE big fish. The portion was enough for 2 people and the best thing is, its good in quantity and quality as well. It’s freshly cooked and tasted awesome. No added artifical flavour, just the fish taste and the crispy thin layer of flour covering the fish. English people like to add vinegar and salt on the fish. For me, i just like the classic crispy taste and little bit of the tartar sauce.

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Indeed, the Newcastle fish and chips is the best fish and chips in UK!

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Lemang and Rendang, Pasar Juadah Melawati

Posted by Buu on October 23, 2006

Yes , I’m back with more raya goodies. This time I must say, this really is the signature food for the raya season. If you don’t eat it, it’s like not eating pizza if you go to pizza hut. I bought these together with my friend after coming home from work last friday. I haven’t eaten lemang in a year!! It costed me RM 2 for the lemang and RM 5 for the rendang which I say is decent in quantity.

Lemang is typically sold in shafts and served in slices like so. If you’re wondering what lemang is , its glutinous rice placed into bamboo giving it its shape and roasted over a pit. Lemang must always be taken together with rendang.

So after nuking these fellas in the microwave, I gobbled it all up pretty quickly. Prepare to drink alot of water as these dishes are quite dry.

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Moo Sandwich

Posted by Buu on October 23, 2006

This ice cream has been advertised on the television locally in Malaysia before and by luck I found it was on offer at Giant Hypermarket.

Arrrghh damn you nokia camera for the blurness

It is called the moo sandwich as the chocolate top and bottom layers are black and the ice creamy center is white therefore representing the color of a cow and a cow goes moo.

Once opening the wrapper, you have to eat it promptly because it tends to melt really fast. The engraving on the top is the Walls ice cream logo. It really reminds me of an oreo cookie but with a case of gigantism. The vanilla ice cream in the middle is really soft and smooth. The little piece of heaven is yummy.

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Tavern Co, Queen Square

Posted by Bee on October 22, 2006

My housemate cum ex-roommate, Jv wanted to treat me and ky a nice meal on a Monday night to celebrate her success on finding a job placement. We had been wandering around the liverpool city centre for nearly an hour, still we cant decide which restaurant to dine in, alas we chose a mexican restaurent called Tavern Co simply because it offers a free champagne if we ordered two main meals.

Tavern Co, situated at the liverpool city centre is a 2 in 1 wine bar and mexican restaurant. The cosy environment such as open fires, solid wood tables, dimly lit candles all adds on to the chill-out feeling and atmosphere of the restaurant.However, the restaurant takes up most of the space in the Tavern, making the bar area quite small.

Free wine was unbearable, we get to choose between red wine and white wine, the white wine choosen by us has a very weird name-turtle creek, I tried a few sip and it tasted bitter to me, but i guess i’m just not used to alcohols.
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See how red our face are after the drinking.

To be truth, the first time mexican crusine experience was quite a dissapointment. Apart from the starter, the main dishes were simply too dry and hard to swallow. The starters is the best of all-salmon fishcakes, it was crispy outside and tender inside, and the thick spicy salmon paste served together with thai chilli sauce tasted just right.

It tooks a while for our main dishes to come, the description in the menu might sound quite bombastic and appertizing, however, the long wait was not quite worthwhile. Attracted by the tempting title ‘ inspired by New Orlean favourite son’s Paul Prudhomme, comes our version of…..’, i had choosen the Cajun Blackened Chicken. The dish was consist of breast chicken marinated in seasoning and fresh herbs, served with cajun sauce, texas fries, coleslaw and corn on the cob. At first i thought it will be quite spicy, cuz underneath the desciption it says ‘if you are a chicken, ask for spiceless’, however it turned out to be the biggest lie of the year. It tasted salty and dry, but nothing close to spicy.
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Cajun Chicken Cajun salmon
Jv’s choice of Cajun salmon was much better than mine. At least it was not as dry as the chicken breast meat. Ky’s Enchiladas was nothing better, the sophisticated named dish was consists of slices of chicken breast coated in spicy hot salsa, being wrapped, deep fried and served with vermouth sauce. It came together with mushroom rice, baked bean and salad. First of all, the side dishes was horrible, the baked bean tasted funny and the mushroom has a very thick unbearable mushroom taste. Again, the chicken was too dry and cheesy. And it was certainly not spicy at all. It makes me wonders what is the Mexican’s defination of spicy.

Well, Mexican food is certainly not my cup of tea, i guess that will be the first and the last time i ate a mexican meal.

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