19 days working trip to Chennai, India

Posted by vivien | Others | Saturday 20 September 2014 10:33 pm
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We should have taken the KLIA express pass, but accidentally bought the KLIA transit ticket. The boarding area for both train are in different ends of KLIA sentral

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first meal: Caesar salad in KLIA

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Non-vege option in MAS flight, quite nice with spicy chicken, even though it look bland

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hotel room in The Park Hotel, Anna Salai

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toilet

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shower

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room with a clear glass dividing the bed and shower area

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hotel swimming pool on the 8th floor

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gym on 9th floor

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breakfast

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cornflakes and banana

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omelette station

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fruits in breakfast

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sambar = dhal curry

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paneer paratha

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vada

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steam fish

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muffins

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pastries

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aloo paratha

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my omelette

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thosai available during dinner

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very delicious home-made bread

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dinner plate 1

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dinner plate 2

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dinner plate 3

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dinner plate 4

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dinner plate 5

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dinner plate 6

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fried bread with potato

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aglio olio

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basil tomato

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in pesto, salty, generally the food in the hotel is very salty until we wrote in comment sheet and submit to the reception, then the food become less salty from that day onward

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freshly made naan

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apom is quite nice with cheese and mexican beans

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very delicious mushroom pizza

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extremely thin crust and super delicious!

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very good banoffee pie

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not liking this

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dessert plate 1

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dessert plate 2

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dessert plate 3

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dessert plate 4

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Lunch in food court in office

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chinese prawn fried rice, ok, tired of indian food and went for this one fine day

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vegetable fried rice on another day

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apna ka dhaba, our colleague in India brought us to this nice indian food for lunch 2 minutes drive from office

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No. 8/113, Kavimani Salai, Mogappair West, Chennai

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papadam with fresh mint dipping

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naan/paratha/kulcha

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Main course

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rice/briyani

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delicious chicken curry dish

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yummy aloo paratha and kulcha

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chicken briyani

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India KFC Menu, everything in India comes in vege and non-vege options

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KFC menu

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office pantry, the food here is super cheap

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this plate above cost only about 5o rupees (~RM2.70) prevailing currency rate 10,000 ruppees = RM540

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office lunch meal 2, love the paratha here

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office lunch meal 3

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office lunch meal 4

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office lunch meal 5: samosa at 10 ruppess (~50 cent)

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madras coffee house in food court in office building

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filtered coffee, slightly too sweet

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nalas aappakadai serve food apom, but their gravy (chicken curry, mutton chetinad are nothing worth mentioning, disappointing actually)

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nalas menu

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tapao the apom and bought it up to office to eat

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nandos in india are bigger portion (bigger chicken and sides) and same deliciousness

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nandos menu 1

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nandos menu 2

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nandos menu 3

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nandos menu 4

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India Pizza Hut

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firecracker pizza

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Pizza Hut menu 1

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Pizza Hut menu 2

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Pizza Hut menu 3

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Pizza Hut menu 4

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So Cheezy Super Vegetables pizza, not nice as the cheese on the side taste like some fake nachos cheese sauce

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There is a buy 1 get one free deal on every wednesday, and we got the above Paneer Vegetables pizza for free. Between the 2, super cheezy is just so so, the paneer pizza is better

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pizza hut bill

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India subway: Non Vege option

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India subway: Vege option

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Subway menu 1

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Subway menu 2

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My aloo patty (potato patty) with addition of egg is superb, love the spiciness of the potato patty

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Starbucks india in Phoenix mall

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My masala chai lattee is a spiced latte, not bad for me. But for those who don’t like cinnamon etc spice, it may be awful

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ibaco ice cream in Express avenue mall, quite nice and cheap

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My ice cream of 2 flavor cost only 114 ruppees (70 ruppees for 100g)

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Hard rock nachos

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humos dip platter, all the dips are really salty :(

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chicken

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tequila prawn, quite salty for me

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my berry drink is really sweet :(

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this is realllly good, Hard rock cafe cheescake: Baked cheesecake with honeyed sour cream topping is really delicious, the bottom is walnut biscuit crumb is really good as well

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yummy!

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Hard Rock cafe drink menu

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Hard Rock cafe appetiser

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Hard Rock cafe starter

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total bill for 4 pax, only around RM50 per pax

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sign in airport, 10,000 is only RM540, so little! Even when entry to India, we have to sign a custom declaration mentioning we have no more than 10,000 Indian ruppees!

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cafe in Chennai airport

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vege fried rice in airport, just so so and portion so small

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Non vege meal in MAS plane back to Malaysia

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Pringles in India are already produced under Kellogg’s

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My dream panini grill, quite expensive: 5600 ruppees

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Everest is one of the famous brand for indian spice, bought a sambbar masala for making dhal curry

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my food loot from india


 

Bandung, Indonesia 3 days 3 nights trip (20-23 August 2014)

Posted by vivien | Others | Saturday 30 August 2014 11:39 am
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Gino Feruci Braga hotel located in braga, around RM140 per night for twin sharing room with breakfast. Not recommended for ladies staying alone as we witness 2 pretty ladies going into a room with door wide open and menS smoking while lying on bed.

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clean bathroom

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nice shower

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our visit to convenience store located stone throw away

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Pink Pomegranate Magnum, sweet milky, okay

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Avocado frosties

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buffet breakfast in our hotel

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fruits

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salad

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sushi, okay

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pasta, okay

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our driver, paid him RM175 per pax for 2 full days of driving us around to outlet stores, supermarket etc include lunch and dinner (totaled 8 of us RM175 * 8 = RM1400) He came pick us around 8am and we back to hotel about 9pm/10pm for 2 days, nice and comfortable seats, only peeve is hard to get to the last row for those sitting behind

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gift from our driver: layer cake, just ok, slightly dry

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buying local snacks, mostly fried (fried banana, tempe, peanuts etc)

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Visit to Toko 3 selling jeans at reasonable price (Levi’s is around RM100-200) Above is just a fake mannequin

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Free length altering for jeans

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Our first lunch: nasi padang in Mitra Sederhana Pasteur, this shop has many branches in Bandung. The dishes are appetizing and nice, except 2 items: the beef tendon are not probably braised and still very tough and beefy smell, one vege which probably just blanched with no taste and raw smell

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Avocado milk with chocolate, not that nice, milky taste

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Mitra Sederhana Pasteur in Jalan Pelajar Pejuang 45, No.64

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Nice snacks outside a supermarket we visited: Srabi Notosuman Polos, coconuty snack

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Free dinner included: Stone Cafe

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Great view and cooling weather

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dining room

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Food included in our tour package: nasi penyet (menu price for this is about RM20 for each set containing rice, chicken, a small bowl of sweet sour soup which is too sweet for a soup supposedly should be savoury) Nice chicken dish though

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Nice, rice is container in the banana leaf dome

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complimentary fruits

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Visit to a mall: Champelas Walk, they are many local shops around this area as well, but we opt to go lunch earlier instead :S Only realised many shops around when the driver driving us to our lunch destination

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In supermarket: their kraft cheese are not refrigerated!

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Best meal in this trip: the fried tofu is surprisingly very nice, crispy outside, but soft inside, the other dishes are very appetising as well when eaten with hot fluffy white rice

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Shop Name: Kedai Belacan indonesian cuisine: Jalan Halmahera No.4 Bandung, West Java, Indonesia

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Another shopping mall: Trans Studio

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Avocado produced locally

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Dinner to same nasi padang shop, but another branch. The dishes is nothing special now since we had it the day before, and the dishes are cold and probably better to dine in this shop for lunch time, the rice felt cold and slightly hard as well

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Pisang keju, fried banana topped with grated cheese, yummy, IDR12,000 (almost RM4)

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closed up

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yummy, sweet and salty with firm banana flesh

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nasi padang available in Air Asia Indonesia

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beef, vegetables, fried anchovies with white nice, very nice and homey

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Nasi Palembang

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flavoured rice with beef stew, the beef is very sweet, not nice

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chicken rice

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wanted to have other dishes, but this is the only dish leftover, just ok

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KartikaSari, bought it in airport

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banana bread, hot out of oven when bought, can be kept for less than 1 week. IDR40,000, about RM11, taste just ok

Overall, i find the clothing in Bandung is not very cheap, just reasonable price, total expense (roughly):

Air ticket (all inclusive of meals, baggage etc): RM240

2 days tour (van transport + lunch + dinner): RM175

Hotel (3 nights per pax for sharing room): RM220

Spending money: RM500

Total ~ RM1100


 

Recipe: Flourless Orange Cake

Posted by vivien | Recipe | Thursday 14 August 2014 8:00 pm
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Recipe: (adapted from Annabelle White)

2 oranges (boiled for 90 minutes, cooled, deseeded and blended) original recipe is 1.5 oranges

5 eggs

150 sugar (reduced, normally flourless orange cake use 1 cup of sugar which is about 220g sugar)

300g ground almond (originally recipe is 250g, due to my almond meal is coarser, i increased it to 300g)

1 teaspoon baking powder

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Boiled the orange for 90 minutes changing the water 2 times, to remove the bitterness of orange

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blend the boiled oranges

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blended

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Beat the egg for 1 of 2 minutes, add in orange puree and blend it again

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Mix almond meal with baking powder together

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egg mixed with blended orange

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mix in all the ground almond

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Pour into a greased and baking paper lined bottom springform pan

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level it slightly

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done

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Overall, the taste and aroma is good with strong citrusy smell and almond aroma, but it is slightly too wet, perhaps due to me using “leftover” ground almond which are of coarser texture (finer texture was used to make macaron). Next time will use finer almond.

I did make this cake the 2nd time using fine ground almond, and up it to 320g as well (since original recipe state to use 1.5 orange, and i am now using 2 oranges, so it will probably be alright to up the ground almond A BIT ;) hoping to have a less wet cake. And the 2nd time turn out ok, without the slight wetness.


 

Nutmeg & The Daily Grind, Bangsar Village

Posted by vivien | Kuala Lumpur and Selangor | Saturday 9 August 2014 11:50 am
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All Day Breakfast menu

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Lunch and dinner menu

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Nutmeg Gravlax “Croissant-wich” – smoked paprika Gravlax topped with scrambled eggs, toasted croissant. RM26, not bad, can try

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Salt beef and Cabbage, RM25, ok, first try of salt beef, served with boiled new potato and pickle

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Dessert in The Daily Grind across the road

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Old Fashioned Waffles with fresh cream, stawberry, ice cream & syrup, RM18, looks good, but it is far from it, the cream and strawberries are ok, problem is with the slightly stale, not-freshly-made waffle

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Kien Kee Spicy Soup, Seri Kembangan

Posted by vivien | Kuala Lumpur and Selangor | Saturday 9 August 2014 10:25 am
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Kien Kee in Seri Kembangan, famous for their spicy soup, infused with white pepper, salted vege/preserved vege, with delicious chicken meat, pork slices, pork liver etc

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Umpera drink

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2 pax pot, only RM22 for this pot of satisfying meal (RM11 per person), only thing is it did felt slightly salty towards the end. Worth a try!

Address: Kien Kee

D-1, Jalan 10/3
43300 Seri Kembangan
Tel: 012-350 9900
Business hours: 9.30am to 3pm and 5.30pm to 9pm
Closed on Mondays

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