Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri to all my Muslim friends, readers, and everyone who is celebrating this occasion, maaf zahir batin.
The very traditional Malaysian thing to do during the festive season is of course, hosting or attending open houses, and the mother of all open houses in the country is none other than the PM Najib Razak’s rumah terbuka at Seri Perdana, Putra Jaya.
the Milo truck always serves the best ever milo!
Actually the idea came from Kenny via twitter, and since I was going to have lunch and to peek at a cat at Subang with Cheesie anyway, we decided take Kenny’s advice and get our tax money’s worth.
After spending half an hour getting lost around Putrajaya, we finally reached Seri Perdana at Precint 10. Parked the car and walked across the street with hundreds of people, and saw the MILO TRUCK!
I don’t know if it’s a conspiracy or something, but the Milo truck always serve the absolute best milo ever! We took a couple cups and it felt like I was in primary school all over again.
Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Seri Perdana was well packed
As it turns out, the guest’s hall was actually a converted car park covered with tents and plenty of plastic chairs. Luckily it was drizzling and it was still rather cooling. We eventually made our ways to the buffet line and found Kenny, Jacklyn, and Lainey among thousands of other free loaders.
There were also a stage with performers singing Malay, Chinese, as well as Indian songs. The sound system were quite loud, and most people pretty much stays closer to the food than the stage.
the satey was awesome! cheesie, kenny, lainey, jacklyn, KY
The food at PM’s open house was actually quite good. The rendang, nasi impit, and taufu were pretty delicious, but the best item of the day was definitely the beef satey. As the stall offering satey was packed to the brim, cheesie only managed to get 3 sticks of satey and I had a total of one.
Kenny than later got a huge plate of chicken satey as the dude manning that stall happened to be one of his readers. The chicken satey was good, but the beef was a lot more awesome.
We had wanted to visit the PM in the royal hall and perhaps make use of the royal toilet. But alas, we tried when it was just over 3pm, PM wanted to get his rest or start doing something really important, so we went off instead.
Thank you @NajibRazak!
Cool things you can do with a blackberry
In the next few posts, I will attempt to showcase 5 cool things the Blackberry from Xpax can do. Here is #5.
show a Canadian flag on cheeserland.com
Cheesie’s blog has this nifty little flag thingy whenever anyone leaves a comment, and just last night I placed a comment and interestingly, a Canadian flag came up instead of the usual Malaysian flag like most everyone else.
Cool ya? You can preregister yourself for the new Blackberry Curve 8520 from Xpax here!
When I was young, GUINNESS® was always the drink of choice to go with a good meal for my late dad. The association of the world’s No. 1 international premium black beer with good food etched into my memory since a long time ago. However, it was only many years later that cooking with GUINNESS® caught on in Malaysia with the now classic GUINNESS® pork ribs.
ze chef in black Emmanuel Stroobant working his magic
Little did I know you can cook way more than just pork ribs with GUINNESS®, as demonstrated by the famous Chef in Black from Asian Food Channel, Emmanuel Stroobant. Cheesie, Kenny, and I attended the Guinness Gastronomic Workshop at Mandarin Oriental to find out just how the celebrity chef gets it done.
We even got our hands dirty busy and tried a little kitchen magic ourselves.
ze assistant Antoine Maillet preparing tuna
Chef Stroobant and his assistant Antoine Maillet get things kicking by demonstrating the preparation a starter, tuna tar-tar taco with GUINNESS®. This dish is pretty straight forward and you can try it at home without having a degree from kitchen academy.
my team and I making the tuna tar-tar
Why don’t I just tell you how to do it instead, very simple really.
- Sashimi grade tuna, 1kg, diced
- small gherkin, 10
- shallot, 10, peeled and diced
- liliput caper, 4 tbps
- tacos, 1 gab
- Japanese mayonnaise, 300g
- ketchup, 5 tbsp
- Worcestershire sauce, 3 tbsp
- GUINNESS® Foreign Extra Stout (FES), 3 tbps (drink the rest!)
- Tabasco to taste
Just mix all ingredients and serve on taco!
cheesie grilling chicken
The two chefs then demonstrated a slightly more complicated dish – Kakuni style braised chicken with GUINNESS®, fresh herb risotto and GUINNESS® poached oyster.
It is a dish with a touch of Japanese style in preparing the chicken, having the skin crispy while not over cooking the meat. A pint of GUINNESS® Foreign Extra Stout is used, with other ingredients such as sugar, soy, garlic, ginger, and black pepper to complete the dish.
kenny with his risotto
The risotto is pretty straight forward, with risotto rice, olive oil, onion, parsley, chives, chervil, salt and pepper cooked in chicken stock and some white wine to perfection. It actually goes really well with the braised chicken.
After the good chef demonstrated to us the preparation of the dessert – GUINNESS® sorbet (it was actually very good!), it was time for us to get ourselves busy.
We were split into four teams of three and tried cooking the dishes above in front of at least 200 people! It was actually a little bit intimidating. My team did the taco tar-tar, Cheesie had to dodge some burning oil in preparing the chicken, while Kenny tried hard not to under cook the risotto. It was some experience, and lucky we didn’t burn down the kitchen (fire extinguisher was available)
parmesan crusted chicken, chicken liver parfait, Guinness sorbet
After the cooking demonstration, the good people at GUINNESS® treated us to a sumptuous dinner with GUINNESS® infused dishes inspired by the celebrity chef himself, Emmanual Stroobant (probably just in case we were not able to eat our own creation?).
We started out with chicken liver parfait with GUINNESS® jelly, aged balsamic with small brioche. I never really liked pate (chicken liver), but the combination with GUINNESS® jelly was actually pretty nice.
Next came the GUINNESS® sorbet to cool things off a bit before the main dish was served, Parmesan crusted chicken with GUINNESS® dough baked green asparagus and tomato nage.
fraindises, chocolate tart with Guinness cherries, olive oil ice cream
We ended the night with soft centered chocolate tart with GUINNESS® cherrie and the rather interesting olive oil ice cream. It was lots of fun and certain gastronomically satisfying! I think some of the Western food places should start looking to adopting the idea.