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2018 January and February Cooking and Baking Class

Savory Cookies

Saturday 13th 10 to 1 pm

Learn to make savory cookies.  These are cookies with minute amounts of sugar or almost none.

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  1. Curry Laksa Cookies
  2. Cheese and Garlic Cookies
  3. Bak Kwa Cookies

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This is a fully hands on class, please be prepared to work.

Price Per Person: $140

 

Cookies Again !!

Saturday 13th  2.30 to 5 pm

Learn to prepare these cookies with ginger infusion.

  1. Peanut Butter and Choc Chip Shortbread – Rustic
  2. Ginger Cookies
  3. Learn to make your own ginger powder

Price Per Person: $100

 

Salted Egg Cookies, Salted Egg Prawns  and Salted Lava Cake 

Sunday 14th 10 to 1 pm

Let’s get down and salty.. learn to prepare some salted egg favorites.  You will learn;

  1. Salted Egg Cookies
  2. Lava Cake with Salted Egg Filling
  3. Prawn with Salted Egg

Price Per Person: $150

Prawn and Vegetable Cracker Class

Sunday 14th  2.30 to 5.30

February 1st 2.30 to 5.30

Crackers seem to be rather expensive these days and not necessarily nice. Make your own from scratch.  You will be learning;

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  1. Prawn Crackers
  2. Vegetable Crackers – Sweet Potato with added flavors for a different kind of cracker

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This is a fully hands on session, please be prepared to work.

Price Per Person: $130

 

Pineapple Tart Class

Saturday 20th  10 to 1 pm

A favorite of every festive in Malaysia. Learn to make two types of pineapple tarts.

You will learn two types of pastries and the jam of course.

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  1. Old Fashion Pineapple Tart – Opened Tarts
  2. Rolled Pineapple Tart
  3. Pineapple Jam

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This is a hands on class, please bring containers to take home your cookies

Price Per Person: $130 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

Boiled Fruit Cake

January 21st 2 to 5 pm

Learn to make Boiled Fruit Cake from Scratch.

Please note, Boiled Fruit Cake is baked after the boiling process.

This whole 1.7 kilo cake only contains 3 Tablespoons of Sugar.

Alcohol will be used unless otherwise stated.

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Price per person: RM85

Pasta Class 

Saturday 27th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to prepare three types of Pasta Dishes. You will learn to prepare;

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  1. Pasta Carbonara – The Proper Way
  2. Nonya Style Aglio ed Olio
  3. Pasta Goreng

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Price Per Person: $140

 

Roast Chicken Class

Sunday 28th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to Prepare Roast Chicken, the easiest and least messy and all its accompaniments.  Each person will take home a thigh and drumtick.

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  1. Roasted Chicken
  2. Roasted Chicken Thigh and Drumstick
  3. Honey Glazed Carrots
  4. Old fashioned Duchess Potatoes
  5. Chicken Gravy

Price Per Person: $140

 

Bak Kwa Class

Wednesday January 31st 2 pm to 4 pm

Learn to make Bak Kwa

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We will be using chicken to make this delicacy. Please be prepared to work in front of the BBQ.

Price Per Person: RM95 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

 

Nasi Lemak Class

Saturday  February 3rd 10 to 1 pm

Learn to prepare this Nations favorite dish. You will learn;

  1. Nasi Lemak
  2. Beef Rendang
  3. Sambal
  4. Sambal Sotong

Price Per Person: RM150

 

Laksa Class 1

Sunday February 4th 10 to 1pm

Learn to prepare 2 types of laksa rich in fish;

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  1. Johor Laksa
  2. Assam Laksa

Price Per Person: RM130

 

Portioned Cheesecake

Sunday February 4th 2.30 to 5.30

It is always easier to eat portioned size cake, especially cheesecake.  Here are three of my favorite cheesecakes.

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  1. Cheesecake Brulee
  2. Spiced up Pumpkin Cheesecake
  3. Apple Cheesecake with Salty Caramel Topping

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Price Per Person: RM150

 

Laksa Class 2

February 10th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make two types of Laksa;

 

  1. Nonya Laksa
  2. Curry Laksa

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Price Per Person: RM120

 

Mutton Curry Pies  and More

Saturday February 24th 2.30 to 5.30

Pies have always been my favorite thing.  You will learn,

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  1. Creamy Mutton Curry Pie
  2. Apple Pie
  3. Short Crust Pastry for pies
  4. Potato Topping

 

Price Per Person: $145

 

More classes will be uploaded this week.

Please whatsapp 0166827465 to book your classes.

All classes are held in PJ section 14.

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November and December 2017 Baking and Cooking Classes

I cannot believe how fast the year has gone by.   Soon it will be another new year.  This year I started the year doing a new recipe every month and well I have managed to do that.  I wonder what I will do next year?

I was told today to make sure my phone number was visible, so starting this month, I will put my phone number before I start the schedule so as my readers and students can whatsapp me.  My number is 0166827465.

 

Saturday 4th November 10 to 1 pm

Bread Saturday

Learn to make some easy breads

 

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  2. Challah or Egg Bread
  3. Raisin Bread

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Price Per Person: RM135

 

Saturday 4th November 2.30  to 5.30 pm

Mutton Curry Pies  and More

Pies have always been my favorite thing.  You will learn,

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  1. Creamy Mutton Curry Pie
  2. Apple Pie
  3. Short Crust Pastry for pies
  4. Potato Topping

Price Per Person: $145

 

Sunday 5th November 10 to1 pm

Kek Lapis

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This cake cost RM200 for a tray.  It is a lot of work, but truly well worth it.  You will learn;

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  1. Original Kek Lapis (Specook)
  2. Lapis Prune

 

Price Per Person: RM150 (4 persons required for this class to go on)

 

Saturday 11th November 10 to 1 pm

Nasi Dagang with Kerutuk Kambing

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My good friend sent me a kilo of Beras Dagang from Kota Bahru, so we will be learning to prepare;

  1. Nasi Dagang
  2. Kurutuk Kambing
  3. Gulai Ikan Tongkol
  4. Sayur Loteh

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Price Per Person: RM145

 

Saturday 11th November 2.30 to 5.30

Nasi Lemak

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Learn to prepare this Nations favorite dish. You will learn;

 

  1. Nasi Lemak
  2. Chicken Rendang
  3. Sambal
  4. Sambal Sotong

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Price Per Person: RM140

 

Sunday 12th November 10 to 1 pm

Pineapple Tarts

Learn to make two types of pineapple tarts.

You will learn two types of pastries and the jam of course.

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  1. Old Fashion Pineapple Tart – Opened Tarts
  2. Rolled Pineapple Tart
  3. Pineapple Jam
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Rolled Pineapple Tarts

This is a hands on class, please bring containers to take home your tarts.

Please look at the photos to see the kind of tarts you will me preparing.

Price Per Person: $125

 

PANDAN BUTTER CAKE WITH GULA MELAKA BUTTER CREAM TOPPED WITH A COCONUT BUTTER SCOTCH

Sunday 12th November 2.30 to 5.30 

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This took me some time to perfect.  Results were well worth it.  You will learn;

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  1. Pandan Butter Cake
  2. Gula Melaka Butter Cream
  3. Coconut Butterscotch
  4. Assembling the cake

Price Per Person: RM145

 

Saturday 18th November 10 to 1

Puff Pastry

Learn to make Puff Pastry from scratch.  It is quite easy once you get the hang of it.  You will learn;

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  1. Puff Pastry
  2. Sausage Rolls – the real ones
  3. Cheese and Spinach Foldoers
  4. Old Fashioned Sardine Rolls

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Price Per Person: $140

 

Saturday 18th November 2.30 to 5.30

High Tea Class

I’ve always like a good English High Tea with the little bitsy pieces of sandwiches and warm scones, and something fried and then that piece of cake or pie.

You will learn;

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  1. Boxing Chicken
  2. Watercress Sandwiches
  3. Cucumber Sandwiches
  4. Devonshire Scones
  5. Baked Mutton Curry Puffs

Price Per Person: $140

 

 

Fruit Cakes

Sunday 19th November 10 to 1 pm

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Christmas is near, get those fruits and start soaking it.  You will learn;

  1. English Traditional Fruit Cake
  2. Chunky Fruit Cake

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Price Per Person: RM150

Sujee Cake and Love Cake

Thursday 23rd November 2 to 5 pm

December 11th 2.30 to 5.30 _ Selangor Public Holiday Class.

 

This Sujee Cake Recipe is more than 100 years old.  This was my parents wedding cake and the person who made the cake passed on a few years ago well into her 90s and this recipe belonged to her mother.

This Love Cake is slightly less heavy then the ones you find in Sri Lanka which is full of sugar that no one eats it at weddings.  I learnt mine from the famous Mrs Foenander.

You will learn;

  1. Old Fashioned Sujee Cake – Semolina Cake
  2. Love Cake

 

Price Per Person: RM145

 

Yule Log

December 3rd 2.30 to 5 pm

Learn to Decorate your own Yule log and take it home.

You will learn;

  1. Chocolate Sponge Cake
  2. Butter Cream Filling
  3. Chocolate Butter Icing

Each student will have their own cake to decorate and take home

Price Per Person: RM150

 

Christmas Treats

December 9th 10 to 1 pm

Christmas Goodies are usually pricy. Why not learn to make some of them. You will learn;

  1. Stollen with Marzipan
  2. Fruit Minced Pies – Pastry and Fruit Mince Filling from scratch

Price Per Person: RM140

 

Vegetarian Christmas

December 9th 2.30 to 5.30

As I have not been eating meat now for 9 months and still counting, I thought I should include this class just for those celebrating Christmas or any other celebration and can never have anything interesting.  So here goes, you will learn:

 

  1. Cheese and Spinach Roulade on Bruschetta
  2. Choux Pastry filled with Mushrooms and Port
  3. Apple and Fruit Mince Strudel

Price Per Person: $140 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

 

Christmas Dinner Favorites

December 10th 10 to 1.30

Christmas delights are always different than other festivities here in Malaysia.  These were foods we had for Christmas. You will learn,

  1. Eurasian Chicken Pie
  2. Eurasian Oxtail Soup
  3. Eurasian Saffron Rice

Price Per Person: RM140

 

Roasted Lamb Class

December 10th 2.30 to 5.30

This Christmas, show off to everyone your new found skills.  Learn to prepare;

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  1. Roasted Leg of Lamb
  2. Fresh Mint Sauce
  3. Roasted Vegetables
  4. Christmas Pudding
  5. Brandy Butter Sauce

 

Price Per Person: $165

 

Roast Turkey Class

December 16th 2.30 to 5.30

It’s the yearly Turkey Class; learn to make my moist turkey and all the trimmings and accompaniments that go with it.

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  1. Roast Whole Turkey
  2. Chestnut stuffing
  3. Turkey gravy
  4. Dauphinoise Potatoes
  5. Christmas Pudding
  6. Butter custard sauce

Price Per Person: $175.

 

Please whatsapp me at 0166827465.  All classes need to be booked in advanced.

Classes are held at 70 Road 14/24 PJ.

Baking and Cooking Classes for May 2017

Rainbow Mille Crepe

Wednesday 10th May – 10 to 1 pm

Learn to make Rainbow Mille Crepe.

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This is a fully hands on session where you will learn to prepare;

  1. Crepes
  2. Crème Anglaise
  3. Assembling the Mille Crepe

Price Per Person: RM125 – Class will commence once there are 5 students.

 

Pineapple Tarts for Hari Raya

Wednesday May 10th  2.30 to 5.30

 

A favorite of every festive or any time in Malaysia.

Learn to make two types of pineapple tarts.

You will learn two types of pastries and the jam of course.

 

  1. Old Fashion Pineapple Tart – Opened Tarts
  2. Rolled Pineapple Tart
  3. Pineapple Jam

This is a hands on class, please bring containers to take home your tarts.

Price Per Person: $120 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

 

Pasta Class

Saturday May 13th  10 to 1pm

Learn to make Pasta from scratch.  You will also learn to make a good Lasagna and Fettuccine Carbonara Cake

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Price Per Person: $120 Class will commence once there are six students. This is a hands on class

 

Pavlova and Meringue

Saturday  May 13th 2.30 to 5.30

 

Learn to make Pavlova and Meringue.  You will learn to make;

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  1. Pavlova – Good old Pav topped with fruits
  2. Meringue Roulade – Meringue with a mixture of berries and basil drizzled with a balsamic reduction
  3. Decorating your Pavlova and Meringue Roulade

Price Per Person: $130 (Class will commence once there are 6 students

 

Tea Time Favorites 3

Saturday May 20th 10 to 1 pm

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Learn to make more tea time favorites.  You will learn to make;

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  1. Onion Quiche
  2. Walnut Pie
  3. Fruit Tartlets
  4. Pastry

Price Per Person: $135 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Prawn Mee – New Recipe for the Month

Sunday May 21st 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm

Learn the art of preparing Penang Prawn Mee

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You will learn to prepare;

  1. Two Prawn Broths require for the preparation of the soup
  2. Chilly Paste
  3. Prawn Soup
  4. Other Accompaniments

Price Per Person: RM120 (Class will commence once there are 4 students)

 

 

Mutton Beriani Dum and Fish Beriani

Saturday 27th May 11.30 to 2.30 pm

I learnt this in India and Malaysianised the cooking method simply because I found it difficult for myself and also for my students.  So now you will learn no hassle Beriani Dum and Fish Beriani.

 

This is ideal for Hari Raya as well.

  1. Mutton Beriani Dum
  2. Fish Beriani – Boneless

Price Per Person: RM125 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

 

Please call 016 6827465 or email cookingwithnicholas@gmail.com

All Classes will be held at 70 Jalan 14/24 Petaling Jaya.

 

All classes are to be paid for in advance before a seat is confirmed.

For more information, do refer to my blog, http://www.nicholaspillai.wordpress.com

March 2017 Baking and Cooking Classes

Sunday March 5th 10 to 1pm

Salted Egg Cream Puffs

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This started out Japanese, then I decided to make it a bit different by adding Salted Egg Crème Chantilly.

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You will learn;

  1. Choux Paste
  2. Almond Croquant Topping
  3. Salted Egg Crème Chantilly

Price Per Person: RM120 (Class will commence once there are five students)

This is a hands on class

Sunday March 5th 2.30 to 5.30

Curry Puff

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Learn to make Swirly Curry Puff and Crispy Curry Puffs.  This is a fully hands on class.

You will learn;

  1. Crispy Curry Puff Pastry
  2. Curry Puff Pusing
  3. Curry Puff Filling

Price Per Person: RM120 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

This is a hands on class

 

Saturday March 11th 10 to 1

Old Fashioned Butter Cake and Butter Icing Class

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An oldie but a goodie, learn to make Butter Cake and decorate your own cake with butter icing.  You will be taught to decorate with basic icing nozzles.

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  1. Butter Cake
  2. Butter Icing
  3. Spreading Butter Icing
  4. Piping the sides
  5. Stars and Blobs

Price Per Person: RM120 (Class will commence once there are 4 to 5 students)

Students who wish to attend this class will have to pay their fees in full by the 7th as I need to bake a cake for each student to practice on.

Saturday March 11th 2.30 to 5.30

Nasi Lemak Kukus

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Learn to make Nasi Lemak Kukus from scratch.  You will learn;

  1. Nasi Lemak Kukus
  2. Spicy Fried Chicken
  3. Sambal
  4. Sambal Sotong
  5. Crispy Fried Fish

Price Per Person: RM135 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Sunday March 12th 2.30 to 5.30

Salted Egg Dishes

I love all things Salted Egg… these are my favorites which you will learn;

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  1. Salted Egg Calamari
  2. Salted Egg Pizza Margarita
  3. Salted Egg Mac

Price Per Person: RM145 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

Saturday March 18th 2.30 to 5.30

Meat Loaf Class

Meat Loaf is a very versatile dish to have around because one loaf can be made into a myriad dishes without anyone knowing. It is excellent for packed lunches no matter what age you might be.  You will learn to prepare;

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  1. Meat Loaf
  2. Vegetarian ‘Meat Loaf’
  3. Two different uses of Meat Loaf

Price Per Person: RM125 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

 

Sunday March 19th 2.30 to 5.30

Salted Egg and Century Egg Cheesecake

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This was a chance tasting and I was hooked.  And it is not even difficult.  The Topping was one of a kind as well, so you will be learning;

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  1. Salted Egg Cheesecake
  2. Century Egg Cheesecake
  3. Spicy Savory Topping

Price Per Person: RM150 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

 

Tuesday March 21st 10.30  to 1.30 pm

Drip Cake

Each person will get their own cake to decorate and to take home.

You will learn to coat the cake and learn to drip chocolate dripping over your cake.

 

Please bring your favorite kinds of toppings that you might like to place on your cake, that way you can take home a cake everyone will enjoy.

Cake is around 7 in wide and about 8 inches high

You will learn;

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  1. Black Chocolate Cake
  2. Butter Cream
  3. Pouring Chocolate

Price Per Person: RM180 (Class will commence once there are 4 students)

Students attending the class will have to book and pay in full by the 16th of March as I need to prepare your cakes.

 

Thursday March 23rd 11 to 2 pm

School Holiday Class

Let the young people loose in the kitchen.  They will learn;

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  1. Chocolate Brownies
  2. Chocolate Muffins
  3. Chocolate Chip Cookies

Price Per Young Person: RM120 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

Saturday March 25th 2.30 to 5.30

French Bread / Baguette

I haven’t had this class for a while now, so here goes;

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  1. French Bread/ Baguette/ Bahn Mi
  2. Easy French Bread

Price Per Person: RM120 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

This is a hands on class.

 

 

Sunday March 26th 2.30 to 5.30

Nasi Dagang Meal

We will be preparing a complete meal comprising

 

  1. Nasi Dagang
  2. Ayam Percik
  3. Gulai Ikan Tongkol
  4. Sayur Loteh – A wonderful fresh salad

Price Per Person: RM135 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

Please bring a container to take your food home.

 

Classes will be held at 70 Road 14/24 Petaling Jaya.  Please call 016 6827465 or email cookingwithnicholas@gmail.com to book and to make any enquiries.  Please check my blog www.nicholaspillai.wordpress.com

 

Fees are to be paid once you make a booking, if a class is canceled you will be refunded.  If fees are not paid, your name will be not be placed on the list.

 

 

Mei Wei Little Kitchen – 619, Jalan 17/10, Seksyen 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

I’ve been going to Mei Wei Little Kitchen a few years now right from the time they first opened.  I remember when it first opened and it was quite a struggle as being located in a not so affluent or crowded area in Petaling Jaya, it might have had many things going against it.

But now after all these years, Mei Wei Little Kitchen has come a long way. This is a no pretense place serving very nice Homey Chinese food in a not so exciting ambiance I have to say, but the crowds just throng the place like it’s food is going out of fashion.  Mei Wei would be something you see in little outer suburbs if you lived overseas, only things is, Mei Wei serves wonderful food.

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So here we are celebrating Poh Leng’s birthday and it was last minute because the gang was traveling and timing always meant someone would be missing so this little impromptu last minute plan ended up in my favorite place.   It might have been a hint to the Birthday Girl so I got my way.

I was first to be at the restaurant and only about 5 tables were taken.  Please note, you better book your table if you want to go there at any given night and  especially the weekends.  As usual, Chik the owner, boss, waitress and everything was fluttering from table to table as she always does taking orders and advising what we should eat so that our order complements each other. She does such a good job that years later, she still does it because none of the staff can do it the way she does.  And I might safely say, not many service people in this country can do it the way she does..everything with that bit of a personal touch.

So one by one they traipsed in and by now EVERY table was filled up and there was a crowd outside.  Poh Leng and Chik were colleagues a few years ago before Mei Wei opened, and the transformation  of Chik from an office person to a Restaurateur is beyond what you can imagine.  Poh Leng and I placed the orders while Chen Ming and “Harry” came in and we asked them if they wanted to add anything and then Chia Chen comes in and looks astonished at the crowd. The crowd was getting louder and louder.

So our food arrived.

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First was the Seafood and Home Made Bean Curd Soup.  This is just a light soup with an assortment of seafood like prawns, sea bass and I believe some squid.  Soup was not so strong with the seafood, as I really do not like that, so it sat fine on my palate and for everyone else as well.  Vegetables were still crunchy and green as you can see.  NO touch ups were done to the photos.  Now the Home Made Tofu is the clincher that always makes me order this.  It has a nice bite and not so strong in the tofu flavor that puts off a lot of people.  In fact, if Mei Wei sold their Tofu, I would buy it.  It’s that good.

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The next dish was the Glutinous Rice Wine Kampung Chicken (Free Range Chicken). I’m a ginger person, I just love anything ginger be it foods and biscuits up to cocktails.  This soup had the right amount of heat as it went down your gullet, you know that burning yet tasty sensation with the rice wine giving that most wonderful flavor.   Chia Chen reckoned it was for Post Natal Mothers, but We all loved it.  I did find the chicken bony whenever someone poured the soup into my bowl but that is the thing about Free Range Chickens but the most important part of this soup was the soup itself and the wonderful flavor, not really the chicken at all.    The flavor of the Moo Er or Wood Fungus with all the flavors trapped in it takes it to another level.  The usual tasteless wood fungus was filled with the ginger and wine taste.  The spiciness of the ginger is just a wonderful feeling… quite orgasmic so to speak.

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The Dish of the night and almost every night that we have been there is the Vietnamese Seafood Curry.  I still wonder if there is such a thing from Vietnam but this dish is always the best.  I took my friend over there last year, a real fussy pot he is too and I was just hoping everything would go well or not I would never hear the end of it, and so would Chik, and you should have seen his face when he took the first mouthful… Eyes brows raised and all.

Now I am not a fan of curry more so seafood, but I always make it a point to have it when I am there.  Again this is seafood and Mei Wei has actually changed my view on seafood in a big way.  Now the curry will come with glass noodles on it and it is still simmering and you have to mix everything up.  This can be a one meal dish as it has proteins, vegetables and Carbs all in that clay pot.  I drink it like a noodle soup.  All the flavors are well blended and nothing in that clay pot is over powering the other.  I could have taken more photos but I was more preoccupied with the food in front of me to bother.  I did try to take a video while Chen Ming was mixing everything but somehow it didn’t work.  This is a must order.

20160820_191221The Stir Fried Macadamia with Mixed Vegetable was just to please Poh Leng because she was watching what she ate.  Everything was cooked well and there was enough nuts to go around.  I remember as a child how little nuts Chinese restaurants put into their dishes.  Not anymore though.  Everything on that plate had a distinct taste, vegetables were crunchy and the mushrooms seem to have soaked in the flavors well although it looks like it is uncooked and just thrown in at the last moment.  This could have been a vegetarians delight.

20160820_191309Golden Oatmeal Mantis Shrimp was next.  Don’t get ideas that the word Oatmeal in the name means it is healthy.  It is not!  But it is so Nice and one just indulges.  This is a other dish I always order.  It is a nice picky picky dish while talking.  The mantis prawns were fresh and crisp not because it was fried, but it was crisp with freshness.  The curry leaves added a nice hint of curry fragrance.  This is a dish you don’t get fed up with.  There are other styles I have had here before like the Marmite Mantis.  Hmm might have to ask her for that when I am there next.

20160820_190941Mei Wei Special Beancurd has always been my favorite.  It is like a seafood tofu of sorts but unlike the bought nonsense, this one has a good amount of seafood in it without taking away the homemade tofu taste.  This was another good appetiser picky picky dish.  The next time I am there, I might just order all Mei Wei’s Homemade Tofu dishes just for tasting purposes.

While Mei Wei has room for a lot of growth not in improving food and all but more so to become bigger in size and get more recognition but I feel the owner Chik just likes it the way it is.  The appeal of the place is obvious.  It is not the most comfortable place to be, but when it’s good food, who really cares.  We’re Malaysians!

I have this craving to go there again in the next few days.  I hope I can muster a few people to go with me.

Please call to book your table.  If not you are going to be lining up outside or worst still, you might be there sitting at your table and watching everyone else get their food.

Lunch time is good, and less crowded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 2016 Cooking and Baking Classes

Nutty Old Fashioned Carrot Cake

Saturday September 10th 10 to 1 pm

You will learn: Learn to make one of my favorite cakes

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Carrot and Cranberry Cake with Italian Butter Cream and  Coconut

  1. Nutty Carrot and Cranberry cake
  2. Italian Butter Cream
  3. Assemble the cake as in the photo

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Price Per Person: $100 (Class will commence once there are three students)

 

Portioned Cheesecakes

September 11th  Sunday 2.30 to 5.30

Portioned Cheesecakes are easier to handle then a whole cheesecake.  You will learn to prepare;

  1. Mini Cheesecake Brulee
  2. Pumpkin Cheesecake
  3. Mini Salty Sweet Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Price Per Person: $120 (Classes will commence once there are 5 students)

 

Kluang Moon Cake

September 12th Monday 10.30  to  2 pm

You will learn;

plain kluang mooncake

  1. Kluang Moon Cake Pastry
  2. Kluang Moon Cake Pandan Pastry
  3. Home Made Lotus Paste
  4. Different Filling Using Lotus

pandan Kluang Mooncake

Price Per Person: $125 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

This is a fully hands on class

 

 Children’s Holiday Class

September 14th  Wednesday 10 to 12.30 pm

Let’s Make Chocolate Cup Cakes and Decorate them

It’s been a while since I had a class for non grown ups.  We will be baking and decorating

  1. Chocolate Cupcakes
  2. Chocolate Ganache
  3. Chocolate Cream
  4. Chocolate Icing

Price Per Non Grown Up: $95 (Class will commence once there are 5 Non Grown Ups)

Each person will get 8 cupcakes to take home

 

French Macarons

September 16th Friday 10 to 1 pm

Learn to make these little morsels that everyone seems to either hate or love.  You will learn the fundamentals of making;

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  1. French Macarons
  2. Cheesy Sambal Filling
  3. Salty Green Tea Filling

Price Per Person: $100 (Class will commence once there are 3 students)

 

Japanese Kasutera Cake

September 16th   Friday 2.30 to 5.30

As much as I love buttery cakes, this very old cake from Japan seems to be the rage in a few hotels and top notch bakeries around town.  Let’s make the;

 

  1. Nagasaki Castella Cake – a cake from the Portuguese that entered into Japan hundreds of years ago
  2. Matcha Castella Cake

Both have no butter or oil.

Price Per Person: $100 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Murukus and Sweet Spicy Cornflake Class

September 17th Saturday 2 to 4.30 pm

A lot of people have been grumbling about the prices of Murukku some paid RM80 a tin and some pain RM100 a tin. So I think you should learn it.

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  1. Butter Murukku
  2. Potato Murukku
  3. Cornflake Mix

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This is a fully hands on session.  Please bring 3 containers.

Price Per Person: $100

 

 Hawker Favorites

September 18th Sunday 2 to 5 pm

These are some of my favorite Hawker foods.

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  1. Lor Mai Fun
  2. Lor Bak – Chicken
  3. Woo Tau Koh (Yam Kuih)

Lor Mai Fun

Price Per Person: $100 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Eggless Cakes

September 24th Saturday 11 to 1.30

 

I used to think Eggless cakes were a pain in the neck, so now I have created some easy ones that will always come out without much fear. You will learn to make;

 

  1. Eggless Red Velvet Cupcakes
  2. Date and Walnut Cake
  3. Dulce de Leche Topping

Price Per Person: $100 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

 

Vegetarian Beriani Class

September 25th Sunday 2 to 4.30 pm

Let’s do two Beriani’s this Diwali.  You will learn;

 

  1. Green Beriani
  2. Mutton Beriani

Price Per Person: $90

Class will commence once there are 5 students

 

 

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Classes will be held at 70 Road 14/24 Petaling Jaya.  Please call 016 6827465 or email cookingwithnicholas@gmail.com to book and to make any enquiries. 

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Fees are to be paid once you make a booking, if a class is canceled you will be refunded.  If fees are not paid, your name will be not be placed on the list.

 

July 2016 Cooking and Baking Classes

Churros

July 16th Saturday 2 pm to 5 pm

Let’s learn to make Churros.  This is a fully hands on session.  Please be prepared to work.  You will learn to prepare;

  1. Churros
  2. Chocolate Chilly Sauce
  3. Cinnamon Sugar

Price Per Person: $80 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

Curry Puff

July 17th Sunday 2 pm to 5 pm

Learn to make Swirly Curry Puff and Crispy Curry Puffs.  This is a fully hands on class.

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You will learn;

  1. Crispy Curry Puff Pastry
  2. Curry Puff Pusing
  3. Curry Puff Filling

Price Per Person: $95 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Moon Cake Class

July 23rd Saturday 2 pm to 5 pm

Learn to make Baked Mooncake and fillings.  You will learn to prepare;

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  1. Mooncake Pastry
  2. Durian Lotus Paste from scratch
  3. Two other variations with Lotus Paste

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This is a hands on session.

Price Per Person: $120 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

All bookings must be made in advance as I need to order the durian.

 

Nasi Lemak Kukus

24th July 2 to 5 pm 

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Learn to make Nasi Lemak Kukus from scratch.  You will learn;

  1. Nasi Lemak Kukus
  2. Spicy Fried Chicken
  3. Sambal
  4. Sambal Sotong

Price Per Person: $100 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

Classes will be held at 70 Road 14/24 Petaling Jaya.  Please call 016 6827465 or email cookingwithnicholas@gmail.com to book and to make any enquiries. 

Please check my blog www.nicholaspillai.wordpress.com