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One of my favorite dishes to cook during my time in the States was scallop fried rice, the reason is two folds – it is very delicious, and scallops are very affordable there (a pack of 8-10 huge scallops went for less than $10).

first, "marinated" your scallops and prawns in brine
first, “marinated” your scallops and prawns in brine

Back home in Malaysia, scallop is quite a prized ingredient, so having scallop fried rice is a bit of a luxury. That is unless, you get the seafood from East Malaysia. I picked up some frozen scallops and prawns while on a work trip to KK a week ago, so I immediately thought of recreating the very same dish that I’ve been missing.

 

boil the vegetable, and pan fry the seafood separately
boil the vegetable, and pan fry the seafood separately 

Here’s how you can cook this simple scallop and prawn fried rice at home, feel free to substitute with other shellfish or seafood items if you like.

Ingredients (for two servings):

  • a dozen scallops, medium size
  • 6-8 prawns, medium size
  • vegetable (choi sum)
  • 2 bowls of steamed rice (cook from 1.5 cups)
  • 1 bulb of garlic, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • soya sauce
  • cooking oil
  • black pepper & salt

start by frying garlic, then rice, and finally eggsstart by frying garlic, then rice, and finally eggs

Cooking instructions:

  • marinate seafood with brine for 5-10 minutes before cooking
  • boil the vegetable separately for about 5 minutes, add a tablespoon of cooking oil to the water to make it smooth and more palatable
  • heat up 3-4 tablespoon of cooking oil and fry the seafood for about 2 minutes, set aside
  • reuse the same cooking oil but add another 3-4 tablespoon
  • fry garlic till fragrant
  • add rice and 2 tablespoon of soya sauce (dark soya sauce optional), fry for a minute
  • add pepper to taste
  • split the rice in the middle, and add eggs
  • continue frying until eggs are cooked
  • plate everything and serve!

scallop and prawn fried rice with a side of vegetable
scallop and prawn fried rice with a side of vegetable

This fairly simple dish only takes about 10-15 minutes to cook, tastes pretty awesome too. Total price for two person came up to be about RM 20 or so, I got the seafood from KK airport.

Happy eating and be sure to check out more simple recipes from yours truly.

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If you’re a frequent reader of this blog, you are most likely someone who aren’t too different from myself – a person who loves his/her food, and if you happen to be someone who enjoys movies as well, then I have something that may fancy your attention – The Hundred-Foot Journey. Read through this article and I’ll also tell you how you can score a pair of Hundred Foot Journey in season Pass as well. hundred foot journey with Om Puri, Manish Dayal, and Helen Mirren hundred foot journey with Om Puri, Manish Dayal, and Helen Mirren First, the skinny – In DreamWorks Pictures’ “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” the opening of a new Indian restaurant in the south of France next to a famous Michelin-starred eatery is nearly cause for a heated battle between the two establishments, until Le Saule Pleureur’s icy proprietress, Madame Mallory, recognizes her rival’s undeniable brilliance for preparing masterful meals. And of course, watch the trailer: The movie will be released in Malaysia on August 28, 2014, and is actually one of my most anticipated movies this year. There are multiple reasons for this. First and foremost, it is a movie about food, the last food themed movie I can remember was Ratatouille, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Then there’s Helen Mirren, a fantastic actor with an Academy Award for Best Actress, four BAFTAs, three Golden Globes, four Emmy Awards, and two Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Awards under her belt. Furthermore, from what I can gather from the trailer, the cinematography looks amazing, it will be a visual feast. Hundred Foot Journey The movie is actually based on the novel written by Richard C. Morais that was published in 2010. I find that the juxtaposition provided in the story is something that we often see in everyday life, including the old fashion establishments and newer, more edgy restaurants even within KL itself. For example, fusion food often gets a bad rep among food critics, but personally I think that without restaurateurs who aren’t afraid to experiment and trail blaze, food culture cannot progress. Kinda like when the character Hassan Kadam said about the dish in the trailer when Madame Mallory commented that the recipe has been around for 200 years – “perhaps 200 years is long enough“. hundred foot journey poster I think this movie shows a lot of promise and I will for sure head to the cinema to catch it. For more about the movie, check out http://100footjourneymovie.com/ and their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/100FootJourneyMovie If you want to score a pair of Hundred Foot Journey in season Pass, leave a comment with valid email below and state “Why do you want to watch Hundred foot Journey”. See you in the cinema!

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Tonkatsu remains to be one of the latest Japanese foods to be introduced in Malaysia. For those who aren’t familiar with this Japanese dish, it is basically a breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet served with shredded cabbage. In fact, this dish is originated in Japan in the 19th century, so even in Japan it isn’t a particularly old dish.

Tonkatsu at Ma Maison, at One Utama shopping mall
Tonkatsu at Ma Maison, at One Utama shopping mall

My first time trying tonkatsu was at the version by Wa Kitchen at Pavilion, then probably the first and only tonkatsu restaurant in Malaysia in 2011.

Fast forward a few years later, we have another worthy contender in the tonkatsu landscape – Tonkatsu by Ma Maison. We tried to 1 Utama branch (they just opened another branch at Publika) after hearing good things about this place.

so this is how you use those condiments
so this is how you use those condiments

The set up is slightly different from their counterpart at Pavilion, with clear instructions on how to enjoy the dish printed on a little instruction panel on every table. There’s a choice of salt, sweet, and spicy sauce on the side, and of course there’s a sesame grinder and peanut sauce for cabbage as well. You’re also encouraged to consume the accompanying rice with pickle.

Wafu Negioroshi Hire Katsu and Hire Katsu
Wafu Negioroshi Rosu Katsu and Hire Katsu

The menu at Ma Maison is rather extensive (check their menu online). There’s the traditional hire (pork filet) and rōsu (pork loin) sets with a few variations, plus deep fried oyster, crab croquette, jumbo prawn, chicken, and so forth.

I tend to stick with the pork, and in particular, pork loin, only because of the layer luxurious pork fat accompanying the meat.

salad, deep fried pork, miso soup, perfect
salad, deep fried pork, miso soup, perfect

Every set comes with pretty good quality miso soup, pickle, and refillable cabbage that goes very well with their version of peanut sauce.

As for the pork, they are glorious. It is lightly salted with very crispy yet light breading and always piping hot when served. Dipping the meat in either the sweet sweet, spicy sauce, or mustard and any pork lover will be in ecstasy. The experience is like the first time you have KFC as a kid.

KY & Haze, after a satisfying dinner
KY & Haze, after a satisfying dinner

So if you find yourself at 1 Utama, this is definitely a place worth checking out. Average meal would be around RM 30+ per person including drinks.

Happy eating!

Address:
Tonkatsu by Ma Maison @ Eat Paradise
Level 2, Isetan, 1 Utama Shopping Centre,
1, Lebuh Bandar Utama,
Petaling Jaya, 47800 Selangor
GPS: 3.149080, 101.615896
Tel: 03-7727 3337
HoursSunday to Thursday, 11.00am – 9.30pm;  Friday to Saturday, 11.00am – 10.00pm

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As someone from Penang staying in Klang Valley, we always look out for a good bowl of curry mee. Unlike char kuih teow which is now pretty popular pretty much everywhere, curry mee is a bit of a different case.

See, the problem is, there’s already a version of curry mee (often called curry laksa) in KL that are quite similar yet different from the Penang version in terms of ingredients and sometimes, the soup base itself.

Mayiang Jaya cafe at Taman Mayang, behind Lincoln College (old Lim KoK Wing)
Mayiang Jaya cafe at Taman Mayang, behind Lincoln College (old Lim KoK Wing)

While both versions usually have santan (coconut milk) as the base of the curry mee soup, the Klang Valley version is usually closer to curry chicken in taste, while the Penang version is more bare, relying only on santan and the usually more superior and fragrant chilly paste. As for ingredients, KL version usually has curry chicken, while the Northern counterpart completes the bowl with seafood.

this bowl of Penang white Curry Mee is legit
this bowl of Penang white Curry Mee is legit

So far I’ve only had less than a handful of good Penang curry mee in KL, so I was more than happy to discover a relatively new stall at Mayiang Jaya cafe here at Taman Mayang in PJ claiming to offer Penang “White” curry mee.

The curry mee turned out to be legit. It came with coagulated pork blood (my favorite!), cuttle fish, cockles, long bean, tofupok, mint leaves, bean sprout, and pretty decent fragrant chilli paste as well. You can choose between mee hun, mee, or a mixture of both as your choice of carbo.

yeap, there's cuttle fish, and even coagulated pork blood
yeap, there’s cuttle fish, and even coagulated pork blood

For RM 5.50, this was a pretty decent bowl of Penang curry mee, even though one crucial ingredient, prawns, is lacking. I would not hesitate to have this curry mee again.

Hours are from breakfast to lunch, so this is definitely the place to go if you can’t wake up early enough for the SS2 Restaurant Okay’s version (which is slightly superior). If you’re a fan of Penang curry mee, this version at PJ is definitely worth checking out.

map to Mayiang Jaya cafe

Address:
28, Jalan SS26/4,
Taman Mayang Jaya,
Petaling Jaya
 47301 Selangor
GPS: 3.116374, 101.604224
Hours: breakfast and lunch

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In this August 31st, our beloved country, Malaysia is going to be 57 years old.

Many of you reading this (including myself) are probably not old enough to witness the birth of this country, but what a long way we’ve come since. Our blend of difference races, culture, and background in this vibrant society is what makes this country so unique, and is one that I will not give up.

I identify myself as a Malaysian first, and the love for the country is always within me.

ESCAPE Shots contest

For this Merdeka, you too can show your love for the country by featuring a person, a cause, a belief or anything that celebrates and promote the legacy of Malaysia by making a video and stand a chance to win RM 157,000 worth of prizes.

Here’s my entry to the contest, with Haze covering Sudirman’s “Warisan”, and myself painting the logo of Merdeka 57.

Entering the contest is simple by following the steps:

  • Make a video of up to 3 minutes in length with any device and upload it to YouTube.
  • Based your video on the theme “Di Sini Lahirnya Sebuah Cinta”, which is the first line of Sudirman’s “Warisan”. At least part of the song must be included in the video
  • Submit your video through a YouTube link on celcomescape.com or via DVD by 18 August 2014

Celcom Escape participating instructions

So, head to www.celcomescape.com, make a video and show your love to Malaysia!

Merdeka!