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Like many of you, I love myself a bowl of ice cold dessert on a hot day, and in this part of the world, what’s better than a bowl of ice cold cendol, one of the most popular cold desserts this part of the world.

I mean, bingsu & kakigori is nice and all, but they’re not cendol.

Kwong Wah Ice Kacang at Happy Mansion
Kwong Wah Ice Kacang at Happy Mansion

Good cendol is easily found in Penang and Melaka, but if you’re in Klang Valley, most options tend to be of the mamak cendol + rojak variety, which is alright to curb addiction, but doesn’t quite leave you in post-orgasmic satisfaction sort of way. Most likely due to the harsher shaved ice and quality of ingredients, like normal brown sugar instead of gula melaka, and normal red beans instead of those bigger variety.

Cendol with Gula Melaka, yums
Cendol with Gula Melaka, yums

For folks in PJ, Kwong Wah Ais Kacang at Happy Mansion serves up a good version of cendol that hits the spot squarely. A bowl will set you back RM 5.50, and there’s often a queue on hot weekend afternoon. But if you love cendol the way I do,  this should satisfy.

I’ve yet to try their ais kacang, but heard good things.

direction to Lai Thai at Happy Mansion, Seksyen 17

Address:
Kwong Wah Ice Kacang
Block C,
Happy Mansion, Jalan 17/13,
Section 17, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS3.123148, 101.634671
Tel: 012-550 0975
Hours: 10 am to 5 pm

I’ve read about the new kid in town – Magnolia Sherbet for a little while now, and today I finally got my hands on some from the Petronas station at Damansara Jaya. It was just laying there beautifully, little containers with 85 ml of delicious goodness in them.

Magnolia Sherbet is finally here!
Magnolia Sherbet is finally here!

I picked up one of each flavors available from the lot – Delightful Orange, Marvellous Mangosteen, and Magnificent Melon. Unfortunately Luscious Lychee flavor is sold out at this location, bummer, but 3 out of 4 isn’t too bad I suppose.

Suggested retail price is RM 2.50 (RM 2.80 at East Malaysia), but I think I paid RM 2.70 at Mesra store, usually convenient stores at gas station impose a bit of a premium, oh well. I’m not complaining though.

Cendawan approves Magnolia Sherbet - Melon, Orange, and Mangosteen
Cendawan approves Magnolia Sherbet – Melon, Orange, and Mangosteen

The sherbet is kept in little plastic container of their own, and underneath the cap you’ll find a little plastic spoon. This is a pretty smart and messy-less packaging, I like.

The biggest difference between Magnolia Sherbet and just any ice cream is it’s texture. The sherbet comes with real fruit stuff in them – there’s real orange sacs in orange flavored sherbet, mangosteen puree in Mangosteen variety, and nata de coco in Magnificent Melon. Real lychee pieces can be found in the lychee variant too.

In a nutshell, you not only lick, you chew a little too. 😀

this thing actually tastes very good!
this thing actually tastes very good!

The orange flavor is tangy and gives the taste bud a kick, on the other hand, I like the melon varient’s nata de coco pieces too. The mangosteen flavor though, takes a little getting used to, but I guess it’s because that’s the first time I had any sherbet with mangosteen flavor. I have a feeling my mom will like it though.

(by the way mangosteen flavor seems to be Cendawan’s favorite, emmmm..

Since less dairy product is found in sherbet compared to ice cream, the sherbet is also a lot lighter, kinda in between ice and ice cream. Very refreshing, and we can all indulge in them pretty much guilt free. After all, it’s 2011, and I’ve started jogging/exercise a little bit more, so must also eat healthier lah.

That said, I’m contemplating finishing the last one in the fridge before Haze comes back, hehehe.

P/S: There’s a contest going on too, write a blog post that starts with “A Magnolia Sherbet A Day…” and win up to RM 1500 cash! Check here for more info!

A trip to the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia is never complete without having keropok lekor, and when it comes to this particular wholesome snack, Terengganu is usually regarded as the best place to have them.

Keropok Lekor Zahela Embong
Keropok Lekor Zahela Embong, as recommended by Ed

Traditional keropok lekor is made of fish meat, sago, and a bit of salt, there are some that uses flour in addition or instead of sago too. The concoction is then made into unsightly phallic shape that is then boiled and optionally fried.

The keropok is usually served with chili sauce. Here in Klang Valley, you usually get some mass produced chili sauce like Kimball, but in Terengganu, it’s often some home made goodness instead.

keropok lekor with sauce
Keropok Lekor with chili sauce, yum max!

The keropok lekor stall of Zaleha Embong is conveniently located in between the town of Kuala Terengganu and Merang, the jetty for departing to Redang Island.

Our dive guide Ed, who’s been to Redang more often than just about anyone I know, swears on this stall, and I do agree that the keropok lekor here was really awesome. It was delicious, slightly salty and tasted like an offspring of fish cake and prawn fritters. Don’t miss this one if you find ourself heading to Merang Jetty.

Terence, FA, Horng, Kim, Kerol, Haze, KY
Terence, FA, Horng, Kim, Kerol, Haze, and KY

The same stall sells other local products like dried cuttle fish with sugar, salted fish (wet and dried version), and various other prepacked keropok too. I spent RM20 on those other nonsense in making my colleagues in KL happy, they loved it too!

Kerepok Lekor at Kuala  Terengganu map

Address:
Keropok Lekor Zaleha Embong
near Kg. Merabang Likar
21020 Kuala Terengganu

GPS: 5.457598,103.034248
Tel: 09-669 4762

I am truly blessed with awesome friends, and it is with such luck that sometimes I ended up with the greatest gifts from overseas – foods I can’t otherwise get right here in Malaysia.

Knowing that I am a lover of everything pork, when EiLing (nickname Puan Sri) went to Australia for vacation, she bought me a packet of Pork Krackles!

Pork Krackles from Gold Medal Snackfoods
Pork Krackles, from Aussie

The snack is made of pork rind, vegetable oil, salt, and a bit of other things I can never remember. The most important thing was like all other pork rind/crackles products, it always tasted great!

While just as crunchy as Mr. Porky from UK, this one’s not as hard. I think this might due to the fact that they use only the skin layer of pork and does not include the much of the fatty/meat layer.

haze and KY enjoying pork krackles
Haze and KY enjoying pork krackles as late night snack

Oh, and interestingly, it has very little trans fat and a good source of protein (according to their website anyway). Now anyone knows where I can find these things in Malaysia? Pleaseeee?

My current fix is the salmon skin from Isetan from time to time, while it is good, it is no match for proper pork rind. haihh

Like most people, I love to snack from time to time. While watching movies, football games, and during some of those overly expensive coffee & chit chat sessions, a bit of snack goes a long way.

The only little problem is, well, snacking was never really associated with something that is good for you, until now… Introducing Rice Crisps by Mister Potato!

mister potato rice crisps
flame grilled BBQ, original, and hot & spicy rice crisps

Yep, the new product is made of a combination of rice and potato. The rice crisps has 20% less fat, no MSG, cholesterol, trans fat free, and doesn’t come with any artificial coloring either.

The extra tall version I bought packed 105 gram of goodness it and comes in 4 different flavors – Flame Grilled BBQ, Original, Hot & Spicy, and Sour Cream & Onion.

KY with mister potato rice crisps
noms noms noms noms

I’ve managed to get my hands on 3 of the 4 flavors. The original is only very lightly salted, with the flame grilled BBQ and the hot & spicy version a bit stronger tasting.

Compared with the traditional version, this definitely tasted slightly less intense. To me that is a good thing, it doesn’t leave a strong after taste nor make you feel very thirsty afterwards. In fact, I just had it as breakfast this morning!

prince of persia the movie

By the way, Mister Potato is also treating Nuffnangers to a special “Snack & Screen” session on the 27th of May, 2010. Go to this Nuffnang blog entry to see how you can get a pair of tickets to watch Prince of Persia: The Sand of Time while enjoying some Rice Crisps by Mister Potato!

p/s: There’s also a chance to win RM 1000, read the entry in its entirety yah!