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Haruan fish (common snakehead) is often “prescribed” to those who are recovering from external wounds. Since Haze is recovering from her ankle fracture and subsequent surgery, her mom brought us a haruan fish and some herbs for the exact purpose.

We had initially been told to boil the fish with herbs (and maybe add some salt) and be done with, but that would be boring and not terribly palatable. I remember having a dish of awesome steamed haruan at Yap Yin at Seri Kembangan, so I thought perhaps we could prepare it in a similar way. This is my version of steamed haruan with chickene essence.

preparation - cleaning and cutting the haruan
preparation – cleaning and cutting the haruan


  • haruan fish (duh)
  • garlic and ginger
  • salt to taste
  • some chinese herbs (optional)
  • a bottle of chicken essence
  • parsley for garnishing

and a bottle of chicken essence for extra goodness
and a bottle of chicken essence for extra goodness


  • clean the fish throughly, haruan can be very slimy
  • slice the fish deeply as shown in the photo so that it is faster to cook and much easier to eat
  • cut ginger into strips and garlic in slices
  • rub some salt onto the fish
  • place everything on the plate and steam the fish together with a bottle of chicken essence (open it first or risk explosion, *gasp*)
  • steam in medium heat for about 15 minutes, then stop the fire and rest for 4-5 minutes
  • add garnish as you please, I find a little bit of parsley does the trick
  • pour the chicken essence on fish before serving

KY & Haze
Haze and KY enjoying yet another home cooked dinner

The result turns out to be quite lovely, the chicken essence does add quite a different dimension to the fish, providing a bit of savory taste to counter the fishiness of haruan. Try it.

Happy cooking!

Last Friday we braved the traffic and traveled to Solaris Mont Kiara for a lovely dinner at Shuraku thanks to the invitation from Mei.

The quaint Japanese restaurant is located just above Maybank on level 2, with the ambiance that is only made possible by the inclusion of Japanese diners in addition to Japanese magazines, old clocks, hanging ropes, and the sound and smell of a yakitori bar.

Shuraku at Solaris Mont Kiara
Shuraku at Solaris Mont Kiara

The dishes for the night were already chosen for us so the six of us just sat back and relax. We started the night with some Asahi beer and a couple glasses of Japanese cocktails that were served from this portable carbonated dispenser, we had a pear flavored cocktail, it was lovely.

salmon tamago, beef steak salad, unagi
salmon tamago, beef steak salad, unagi

Appetizer, if you would, were seared salmon on tamago (sweet egg omelet), the sweet and savory unagi on tofu, and some tasty beef steak salad.

pork belly, chicken wings, chicken gizzards, chicken thigh and leek yakitori
pork belly, chicken wings, chicken gizzards, chicken thigh and leek yakitori

What we really came here for though, were the yakitori. While yakitori literally meant grilled fowl, at Shuraku, they also serve it with yummy pork belly too.

Of course, we also had  chicken thigh with leek, chicken wings (I must say the way Japanese grill their chicken wings is a lot better than our Malaysian style, much easier to eat and much less messy), and my favorite – chicken gizzards.

soba, roast eggplants
soba salad, roast eggplants

Soba salad was refreshing but slightly awkward, I still prefer the good old cha soba, this is a bit too fusion for me.

The roast eggplants however, was super awesome. There’s a type of sweet (peanut/mayo?) sauce they add to it that made it so rich and really made my taste buds happy. Kim and I devoured the whole thing, including skin!

salmon maki
salmon and tuna  maki

We shared a salmon and tuna maki too, so yah, they do have raw fish and do a very fine job preparing the maki. Great in both presentation and taste, I must say.

kimchi, okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake/pizza), mushroom
kimchi, okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake/pizza), mushroom

Curiously, Shuraku also serve up a pretty good kimchi dish, and with pork belly in it of course.

Okonomiyaki was rich and quite filling with all the mayo and sweet sauce, I just realised last I had this was in 2005, documented in this post, at Lowyat plaza.

sake, teriyaki, ciki!
sake, teriyaki, ciki!

Ah, there’s also this meatball skewer that was served with half boiled egg. Interesting combination that somehow worked.

the girls and the guys
Haze, Kim, Ciki, Cumi, Gareth, KY

We ordered several more yakitori of various flavored and had an awesome night. Prices at Shuraku are reasonable and doesn’t vary much from other similar Japanese outfit. Do check the place out if you love authentic Japanese food that isn’t just confined to sushi and sashimi

map to Solaris Mont Kiara

13-2, Jalan Solaris Mont Kiara 1,
Solaris Mont Kiara, off Jalan Duta
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-6203 0561

We need garlic in stir fry vegetable, in steamed fish, with soya sauce as garnish, in marinated lamb, etc etc.

Peeling and dicing garlic though, is a chore that I personally don’t enjoy, and doubt many of you do. It is one pre-cooking preparation that I want to get over with as fast as possible, and I think after months of intense cooking, I have found the fastest steps, so here goes!

4 steps in dicing garlic

Peel & dice garlic in just 4 steps!

  • take the whole bulb of garlic, and chop off the root portion with a cleaver
  • using the same cleaver, press individual bulbs till it deformed slightly
  • the previous step loosen the skin, now you can peel them off easily
  • chop away!

Here you go, now you have enough garlic for probably anything you want to cook for the day!

Cheers and happy cooking!


For those of you who can’t be bothered to cook and yet want to have a good & cheap meal, here’s a deal from MilkADeal you might be interested in.

For RM 15 (instead of the usual RM 31),  you get the Charcoal King Set Meal that is good enough to feed two to three pax. The meal comes with

  • 1 Clay Pot Chicken Rice
  • 1 Peanut Lotus Root Soup OR ABC Soup OR Old Cucumber Soup
  • 1 Stir Fried Romain Lettuce OR Stir Fried Lettuce OR Stir Fried Baby Bok Choy
  • 2 Drink

For more information and to get the deal, check out the Charcoal King on MilkaDeal, the restaurant is located  Kuchai Lama.

I have over here 2 tickets to the MTV World Stage concert at i-City Shah Alam happening this Sunday 24th July 2011.

Since Haze and I can’t make it to the concert, our lost is your gain. I am giving away the pair of X-ZONE tickets to one lucky fella via a very simple contest.

MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia tickets
this is the tickets!

Look at the photo of Cendawan below, and leave your best caption in comment. Contest winner will be chosen by me solely based on my judgement of the best caption.

Comment must be left before 11:59pm Wednesday 20th April, and winner needs to be able to collect tickets either at KL (near KLCC Convention Centre) during office hours on Thursday and Friday, or evenings at PJ near Taman Bahagia on the same day. If you win, I will email you.

Caption this photo!
caption this kitteh pic!

Sample caption (and a lousy one) – ” I SCARE BIG HAIR, I HIDE”

Good luck!

The winners to the Le Meridien Santapan Buffet Dinner for 2 at Latest Recipe contest have been announced and emails have been sent out to the winners. Congratulations to

  • Chen Mee Kuan
  • Jennifer Amelia Clement
  • Joel Tan Tyan Min
  • Norazalia Musa

Le Meridien  KL

The answers were: Prime Steak House, Favola Italian Restaurant, and Latest Recipe. Winners were chosen by a randomizer from those with correct answers, so blame it on lady luck (of the lack of) if you got everything right but no dinner. Boohoo!

Congrats again and see you guys at the dinner this Friday!