Showing posts with label food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label food. Show all posts

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Best Korean Food in Kuantan Gangnam Street Revisited

Since we had such a great dining experience at Gangnam Street, here we were again trying out a different set of dishes. We had a fiery Korean meal during our first visit as stated in my previous post. This time round the dishes were not spicy and milder to the stomach.

Gangnam Street
16, Lorong Tun Ismail 8, Sri Dagangan Bussiness Centre, 25000 Kuantan, Pahang
017-986 7408
https://g.co/kgs/YYtZzY
Opens daily 1pm to 12am
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Sausage Yachae Bokkeum
This was our first time tasting Korean style Vienna sausages and I must say they were extremely addictive! The skin were crunchy with a slightly chewy filling and were bursting in flavour! This dish is popular among children as it is stir fried in a ketchup and sugar based sauce together with colourful vegetable combinations like bell pepper slices, broccoli, cauliflower, mushroom slices sprinkled with white sesame seeds.


Pan fried mandul

The Korean dumplings are different from both the Chinese and Japanese dumplings. This pan fried variety was filled with pork mince based filling with some vermicelli, sprinkled with mixed herbs to give more fragrance. The dipping sauce was either homemade Korean chilli sauce or a signature soy sauce based version (with onion, sesame, chilli flakes etc) which came from the boss's secret recipe.

Odeng soup


Directly imported from Korea, this fish cake soup comforts the hungry tummy during this cold and rainy monsoon season. Fish cake skewers were cooked in a clear broth with slices of shitake mushrooms, hard boiled eggs, tteokbokki and spring onion. The fish cakes were of spicy and non spicy varieties with different shapes and textures.


Tteokbokki


This Korean stir fry rice cake dish was more sesame oil based with bell pepper, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, vermicelli and rice cake slices. The surprise element here was hard boiled quail eggs which was the main protein in the dish. I love how chewy yet soft the rice cake here is, simply irresistible!

Each Gangnam street visit brought us some surprise dish choices. Even though we have never been to Korea before, we are so grateful to be able to taste these awesome new flavours. So if you want to try something new, head on to Gangnam Street Kuantan!

Friday, November 1, 2019

Filling noodle dishes under RM10 | Yumee Yumee Kuantan City Mall Review

You are not reading it wrongly. It's possible to get a meal under RM10 in a shopping mall. Yumee Yumee is based on a budget meal concept, especially in a cosy dining environment and tailored to the need of the working class and local taste buds.

Yumee Yumee
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Kuantan City Mall
6, 1, Putra Square, 25300 Kuantan, Pahang
09-531 6776
https://g.co/kgs/jzB2Zg
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You know how popular this eatery is when options like teh tarik, tom yum and curry chicken rice ran out by 6pm. Nevertheless the rest of the food options are equally exciting. For each flavour ie curry,  tom yum,  asam laksa and soto, combinations with yellow noodles,  laksa noodles,  rice noodles and vermicelli are allowed.


Curry vermicelli with yellow noodles. The fragrance of the coconut milk and curry carries wide and far. The gravy is thick and smooth with a generous portion of carbohydrate, blanched cockles, tofu pok, chicken breast strips,  fish cakes, fresh fish balls, bean sprouts and hard boiled egg. This is a great comfort food.


Curry rice noodles. With the same toppings, rice noodles give a different yet welcoming texture from the classic yellow noodles variety.

Asam laksa here is suitable for all, even those who does not really like the soury taste as it is mild and not really spicy. It's a healthier option with fish, shredded lettuce, red onion slices, pineapple strips and julienned cucumber. The laksa noodles are really springy and refreshing. For those who prefer a stronger flavour, please let the staff know to prepare beforehand.


Soto is always a good choice for children as it is a sweet clear chicken broth that goes well with vermicelli. Toppings like fish cake, chicken breast strips,  bean sprouts, hard boiled egg and hotdogs are also children friendly ingredients. Bing boy happily finished two third of this huge bowl.




If you want more, side dishes like cockles, chicken breast strips,  fish cakes,  curry fish balls,  hotdogs and tofupok are available. An healthy way of eating out while trying to lose weight- order a standard noodle portion with 2 side dishes and share between 2 people to cut down the amount of carbohydrate consumed.


Drink options like Milo, iced water and orange cordial are also available at Yumee Yumee.

Want to have a decent meal out without creating a hole in the wallet (and not in a food court!),  try Yumee Yumee. Our verdict is therefore 7/10!


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Jean C 30 days hydrolyzed collagen drink review


Good quality collagen supplement does not have to be expensive! Collagen consumption is particularly important for those who has bad lifestyle habits such as profligate eating and alcohol drinking,  smoking and regular suntanning. In my previous article,  I pointed out how to supplement collagen correctly.


Jean C,  Jeanne Calment in full,  is a centenarian who lived until the age of 122. She inspired the brand Jean C to produce collagen supplement that promotes Healthy Ageing at an affordable price tag for Malaysians. Such a great collagen drink in Malaysia!

Collagen production plummets as we age,  starting as early as 25 years of age. Collagen is essential for skin,  joint, bone,  hair and nail health. Each sachet of Jean C contains 3g of marine hydrolyzed collagen (We need about 5g in a day) . This form of collagen is the easiest to be absorbed by the body.  Marine collagen has the highest quality but those with seafood allergies have to refrain from consumption.


Besides that,  other phytonutrients in Jean C are derived from the following natural plant extracts:


Astaxanthin
- also known as, “king of carotenoids”, is 800X stronger than coq10, as well as 75x stronger than alpha lipoic acid to protect against damage and increase skin moisture retention ability.

Amla (Indian Superfood)
- has 20X vit C compared to orange which reduces the effect of premature aging, hydrates the skin to lighten pigmentation and
reduce scar.

A├žai (Amazon Superfood)
- is rich in polyphenol and anthocyanins which area essential to control pigmentation, treat acne and lighten scars

Baobab (African Superfood)
- is also called  “ tree of life” superfood as the level of antioxidant is twice that of pomegranate. It is also rich in polyphenol to boost skin moisture and collagen production.

Lingonberry (Scandanavian Superfood)
- contains more antioxidants than blueberries & cranberries. Arbutin inhibits melanin production to prevent uv induced hyperpigmentation.

How to use?


Mix 1 sachet to 150ml of water. Take daily for 2 to 4 weeks to start seeing the results.

What does Dr Yingzangel think?

Even though studies done for the benefit of consuming collagen are not huge and exhaustive,  there is definitely visible improvement as early as 2 weeks. I could see that my skin has become more radiant with more even skin tone. I also love the refreshing grape taste that Jean C has. And what's more,  such a good product is only selling at RM89 for 30 days supply!

Just be careful that pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should avoid taking Jean C though because it's simply unethical to do research for supplements in this group of people. Therefore we do not have enough safety data to recommend use.


Grab your own Jean C 30 days hydrolyzed collagen drink now! Free delivery nationwide. Use JEANC79 to get a further RM10 off from your order. Or Buy 3 for RM219 - JEANC219 to get RM48 off with (normal price RM267)

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Disclaimer: the opinion given is merely a personal experience and does not constitute formal medical advice. Please seek your medical professional's advice before any complementary therapy. Always ask for certifications before proceeding with treatment and stop if discomfort or side effect ensues.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Authentic Foochow Food | Restaurant Hock Hin Kuantan

Do you know that out of Perak, Kuantan the lazy town also has good Foochow food?

Restaurant Hock Hin
814, Jalan Penjara, Taman Raya, 25100 Kuantan, Pahang
https://g.co/kgs/UycLS8
Closes on Mondays

Foochow Red Wine Chicken Meesua


Stir fry mashed ginger using fragrant sesame oil with and red rice wine, it's a comfort food especially for ladies during confinement. Going down smooth with meesua, it's even suitable for children like Bing boy to enjoy. Don't worry the alcohol would have evaporated by the time the dish is cooked,  leaving behind a sweet aroma.

Fried fish with garlic caramel sauce


Fish deep fried till crispy which makes it taste just like fish crackers. The downside is Bing boy simply detests any food that's even slightly hard.  Drizzled with a thick caramel based sauce that's flavoured by minced garlic,    it makes the dishes simply appetizing.

Braised tofu with mixed vegetables


This is a classic dish for family with young children. Soft tofu with fried golden skin, pork slices, French beans,  broccoli,  carrot, Bak Choy, Shitake mushroom slices and onions cooked in a thick broth. It's tempting to eat because it's so colorful but be careful because the broth preserves heat so well that it may will scald your mouth!

Fried eggs with cockles


Fresh and juicy cockles fried inside a fluffy omelette makes a great savoury snack or side dish.  Dipped in sweet Thai chili sauce,  it balances the flavour out.

Hock Hin is a great spot for a quick fix either for lunch or dinner. Dining atmosphere wise,  it's a fairly standard Chinese restaurant setting but quite well aerated with portable air cooler. Our verdict is 7/10!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Eating out with high protein ketogenic diet | The Dancing Meat Co food review

There are many dietary styles that can help a patient to achieve weight loss and health. The key is calorie balance and restriction which results in a deficit of around 500-700kcal/day.  To sustain long term changes, we must individualized our meal plans.  A high protein ketogenic diet consisting of 60% fat, 35% protein and 5% carbs is my favorite! I find menus at The Dancing Meat Co allow me to stick to my meal plans. Read on to find out how do I do this while dining out.

The Dancing Meat Co. Gourmet Deli & Grill
A-19, Jalan Gambut 3, 25000 Kuantan, Pahang
09-5093431
Opens 11.30am to 10pm (Wednesdays to Mondays)
https://g.co/kgs/ncSgCx

1.Choose grilled or broiled meat instead of fried:

Grilled bullet pork ribs is a new menu for Dancing Meat.  Pork ribs marinated with their signature herbs and spices, then grilled to perfection. Drizzled with black pepper sauce with a scoop of smooth mashed potato and fresh salad consisting of leaf lettuce,  coleslaw (julienned purple and white cabbage,  carrots with mayonnaise ), raisins and cherry tomatoes. If you prefer a really carnivorous treat, this would be a great try.

2. Choose lean white meat:


Grilled chicken chop with blackpepper sauce is a classic and loved by many. Chicken Maryland marinated with special herbs then grilled until all the fat under the skin melted to produce a crispy and zesty skin. The blackpepper sauce gives a strong kick to the dish. Sides are mashed potatoes and salad.


3. Ask for less sauce or sauce served separately:


Vietnamese baguette with grilled lamb shoulder is flooded with tempting sauce (black pepper and mayonnaise based). For a healthier option,  ask for less sauce or sauce served separately. Crispy bread crust with fragrantly buttered soft bread sandwiching a slice of well marinated grilled Australian lamb shoulder that does not have any gamy smell or taste.


4. Split high calorie options:


It's not wrong to want to enjoy some calorie densed options sometimes but it's a better idea to share it with someone else. So both can indulge but not overdoing it.


Cheese baked rice with salmon is a popular choice for children. The sight of the mozzarella cheese pull just makes me drool. The rice is baked with a cream based sauce which makes it soft,  moist and rich in flavour but not too overwhelming. The goodness of baked salmon makes this a nutritious and wholesome meal.


Golden spaghetti with chicken chop is gaining its popularity as the salted egg together with curry leaves,  capsicum strips, butter and birds eye chilli complement each other so much.  The chicken chop was juicy and wrapped in the goodness of the golden sauce.

5. Choose low calorie or unsweetened beverage:


Peppermint herbal tea is also new on the menu. The combination of peppermint, baby chrysanthemum , orange peel and liquorice root releases a calming aroma and helps to relieve sore throat in this hazy weather.  All without sugar or extra calories.

Cappuccino here is made using robusta coffee beans which boosts energy. Fresh milk was frothed to create a satisfying layer of foam on top of the cuppa and a calcium boost. Omiting sugar gives a healthier option but not losing on flavour.

6. Boost vegetable or fruit intake using juice:

Instead of ordering a sweet dessert,  opt for vegetable or fruit juice instead such as carrot milk (request for fresh milk instead of evaporated or condensed milk) . These natural ingredients provide a great variety of phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals. Don't overdo it though as the sugar content gets absorbed much faster in the form of juice.


A healthy variety of food choices is therefore available at The Dancing Meat Co in a cosy dining environment at mid-range prices that are value for money since the ingredients are of premium quality. We rate it 8.5/10!

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Malaysian Chinese High Tea Kuih | 59th St Heritage Popiah Kuantan Food Review

The Malaysian food culture is so diverse.  We have our own range of kuih or dessert that can be either sweet or savoury, great for breakfast or teatime. But it's not easy to get a healthy and nutritious version because they are often loaded with simple carbohydrate, sugar, oil and excessive calories. Today I'm going to show you all where and how to get proper and tasty Malaysian Chinese High Tea Kuih without feeling guilty.

59th St Heritage Popiah Kuantan
888 Food Court,
Jalan Teluk Sisek, Taman Plaza Kuantan
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Phone 0102257660
Opens Wednesdays to Mondays 1pm until stock lasts

Even though it's not served in a 5 star hotel,  but the most serious and delicious treats are often hidden in local food courts as such. All the Kuih is hand made by experienced local pastry chefs including a popo in her 80s with natural coloring, less sugar and the freshest ingredients. The pastry was thin and the inside bursting with fresh fillings. They can only operate for 5 afternoons in a week because of the sheer amount of time used to produce about 15 types of high tea options.

Among the Kuih on sale when we visited was fairly representative of the popular Malaysian Kuih. So if you are on the looking for this,  head here.  They also accept custom made orders 2 days in advance.


Zongzi


Assorted Kuih Koci


Fried Sesame balls



Curry puffs


Pumpkin 'Fa' (prosperity) cake


Kuih ketayap


Yam cake


Mochi


Vegetable dumplings


Tapioca cake

We sampled most of the Kuih and were really amazed at how juicy, soft and fresh the fillings were. The portion was generous and value for money. The pastry was thin and soft which literally melted in the mouth. This is why we say tasty treats like this can be healthy and not loaded with sugar or calories!


We started off with savoury options-sticky rice dumpling (zongzi). Pork belly braised till tender with the collagen rich skin still slightly chewy. Huge and fresh chestnuts. These with other ingredients like salted egg yolk and shitake mushrooms made up 3 quarter of the dumplings wrapped with warm and fragrant glutinous rice and Thysanolaena latifolia leaves.


The signature popiah has a paper thin homemade pastry with every inch filled with vegetables such as carrots,  jicama,  lettuce and sambal which has chilli, tamarind, onions and dried shrimps as main ingredients. One could be filled easily by a whole popiah. The fritter is a crispy indulgence that's made less guilty  because of the amount of vegetables.


Two types of curry puffs were available. Both made with puff pastry with dry curry potato filling the Malaysian style.  The rectangle puff was baked whereas the half circle puff was fried.

A selection of savoury and sweet kuih that looks so vibrant and colorful. The pastry is thin with a generous amount of filling. The vegetable dumpling has translucent skin called crystal skin in Chinese with stir fry julienned carrot and jicama filling that is soft and juicy. A similar version also comes in en elongated shape with orange sweet potato and white opaque skin.


The red kuih (Ang Ku Kuih aka red tortoise cake) contains slightly sweetened mung bean paste which is carefully blended to a consistency that simply melts in the mouth. The yellow kuih is made of soft pumpkin pastry with sweet ground peanut flakes. On the other hand,  the green kuih has screwpine skin and sweet coconut filling that is fluffy. The coconut shred filling is worth special mentioning as it's made of premium coconut without impurities.


These kuih trio completed our high tea. Yam cake with generous amount of yam and little flour. Topped with minced dried shrimps,  it was a heavenly combination with their homemade chili sauce. The small pumpkin prosperity cake is a great snack that has a dense texture,  a great cake for ancestor and prayer offerings made healthier using pumpkin instead of artificial food coloring. Mochi is a soft Japanese dessert made from  short grain japonica rice flour dusted with raw flour to prevent them from sticking together. There were 2 flavors on sale-the classical peanut filling and the more Japanese green tea pastry with red bean paste filling.

This is a stunning Malaysian Chinese high tea selection, affordable at the highest quality with friendly staff. Come on and try yourself. Our verdict is 9/10!
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