Category Archives: Foodie Escapades

The Four Foodies – Taking on the Pearl of the Orient – Day 1

This much anticipated trip took place on Merdeka Day.  The four of us set off at around 5.30 am, anticipating we might reach there in the early afternoon, seeing that it was quite early and all.  Well that all changed the moment we reached the Sungai Buloh and realized maybe a thousand more people had the same thought and left the same time as us.

The traffic was still moving and as time went on it just got slower and slower and so the girl on waze suggested we take a detour which we did at Slim River.   Now truth be told I have not been to Penang in decades.  All these places I passed through with my parents when I was a wee kid and while I remember some things, Wow!!! Slim River had buildings everywhere.  All I remember of Slim River was a little bridge.  I didn’t even remember if we stopped by at Slim River but I’m told by mum that it has nice Pao.  Well… everything was closed as it was still not even 7 am yet.  So we drove by with food on our minds till we passed through Tanjung Malim and still shops were not opened.

I was rather enchanted to see some of the old Malay houses amidst modernity, and there was even morning mist.  We Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya people see this in our area and it’s Haze.

20170831_081923

20170831_091527

We were looking forward to reach Ipoh for a good dim sum breakfast but voice on Waze told us other wise.  So we decided on Bidor.  I remember Bidor as a place when my parents would stop and we’d buy biscuits like Chicken Biscuit, Shat Kek Mah, this Peang and that Peang, Pomeloes and all the knick knacks my parents grew up on.

20170831_091328

Then we went to the famous Pun Chun which sells Herbal Duck with Wonton Noodles.  It was around 9am or so and the place was chockers.  People were standing around waiting for tables with dirty looks on their face, something I really hate but since the others didn’t mind I had to play along and then I chanced on a table outside.  So we ordered.  Foodie Girl said I could not have the duck because I had a swollen ankle, with rolling eyes I agreed on some normal wonton noodles.

20170831_091347

20170831_083722

No more old style porcelin cups.

The wait for the food was just as long.  Also I’d like to note that I had my first ever Kopi Kaw Kaw or really strong coffee.  I didn’t think it was all that.  It was not so flavorsome as I thought it would be.  The others said the same. 

While waiting we ordered Woo Kok which is Yam Puffs with Char Siew Filling.  Now these were really nice, it was piping hot and made up for the waiting. It was very crispy on the outside because it was just fried.  We also ordered fish balls and these were nice springy fish balls. I could have had a few more plates of these.  I don’t usually like fish balls but these were pure and nice.

Food arrived.  Everyone had a bowl of soup with a piece of duck hanging out of the bowl and won ton noodles and I was got mine a few minutes later.

I thought it would be a trite messy with the duck still on the bone but the meat just fell off.  The soup alone was slightly similar to a very light bak kut teh with dried longans and kei chee for sweetness. It was truly satisfying, I drank all the soup that was left behind.

My wonton noodles arrived and the noodles were a perfect al dente.  Still chewy and springy and not flat and soft like what I usually get.  The won tons were flavorsome and not fatty and the meat was nicely flavor and not so thick in taste.

Interestingly my grandfather used to go to Pun Chun in the 50s with my dad, and my parents took us as kids and next week my niece will be eating at Pun Chun as well.  Grandpa used to be friends with the old man I’m told.  Talk about history.

Walking around Bidor gives a sense of olden times.  No doubts it is packed with buses and cars, we almost didn’t even get a park, but even if it was decades long that I stepped into Bidor I still remembered it.

Mum says you should try eating at the market across from Pun Chun,  you will not miss it with all the umbrellas.

As we walked to the car, we saw a Mak Cik selling Nasi Lemak, and Indian man selling Appam and other Indian stuff then another Indian lady making Putu, and an Indian Muslim lady frying curry puffs which were very nice I might add, and cucur.  I didn’t take photos sadly.  I wished we spent a day or two here now.

So we’re off to Ipoh now hoping for some Dim Sum for lunch.

We took the trunk roads and the traffic was crawling so everyone decided to pay a visit to Kellie’s Castle.  Everything has changed in Batu Gajah. Mum is from Batu Gajah so I knew bits of this and that.  We reached Kellie’s Castle and there were so many people around and it started getting hot so the rest plodded on while I hung around.  While I was looking at stuff I spotted this wonderful looking antique pot but the person wanted RM450 which was a bit too steep even though he claimed it belonged to his grandmother.  It would have been an excellent decorative and a real show piece.  Alas.. one can’t have everything now can we?

20170831_113500

It was getting hotter and hotter and a trite uncomfortable when we finally reached Ipoh.  Traffic was crawling even at the trunk roads.  So when we reached Ipoh all in anticipation for Dim Sum, alas once again, we can’t have everything now can we? … because every dim sum shop we passed was closed, and the ones that were opened were crowded so we proceeded to Kong Heng Restaurant.

I had been here a few years ago with Seok Hean and Eddie and so I knew what to order.  As usual walking along the street, the lady selling Bak Chang was still there selling her Dumplings, and as much as I wanted to buy it, as usual I didn’t buy it.. so sad when you think too much sometimes.

Once again we had to wait for our table. I guess this was the training ground of what was in store for me in Penang.  I never have to wait for tables at a restaurant.  So this was all new and bothersome to me.  Two pet hates…waiting for a table and lining up for food!

So we went in and Foodie Boy 1 was sent to do the ordering.  We ordered Chee Cheong Fun with Curry Gravy  and Stuffed Chee Cheong Fun.  Pork Satay was on the list of course along with Sar Hor Fun and the quintessential Crème Caramel and Tau Fu Fa.

20170831_132217

I’ve never had stuffed chee cheong fun before although mum made it once last year, and this was stuffed with Jicama Bean (Sengkuang) cooked much like you would for popiah with bits of spring onions and with just the right amount of tim cheong and chilly sauce and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.  I hate my chee cheong fun drowned in tim cheong and chilly sauce but they got it just right.  I could have easily had two plates of it.

20170831_132228

The Chee Cheong Fun with the Curried sauce was as always just fantastic.  The lightness of the sauce was  perfect for the chee cheong fun unlike the thick ones we get here in PJ.  As Chee Cheong Fun is a soft rice noodle, the light curry gravy complements it perfectly.  They always get it right here.  The flavor although light was evident.  It wasn’t watered down curry.

The pork satay was nice and chunky but today it seemed to lack a bit more flavor unlike when I had it the last time.  It did go well with the sauce so it wasn’t so bad in the end, but for me before I dip something in sauce, I like to taste it as it is.

20170831_132347

Then the crème caramel as always was just a perfect ending.  Now don’t go and bag the Crème Caramel, it may not be the best of the best but eating in these conditions, this was really good.  A sweet ending. Always!

Sar Hor Fun never came! I doubt they even missed us when we walked passed them and left.

Now we headed to Concubine Lane.  This is a lane full on food and drinks and knick knacks galore.

I was standing away from the sun while the others walked around and this sweet little Chinese Girl asked me to try the something. I was a little hesitant but I did just because she was sweet and polite.  I bought a packet after that along with mini mooncakes. It was cheap and really pretty.

The Kaya Kok was what I tasted and it was baking in the oven, so while waiting we walked across to have some soy bean and tau fu fa.  Tau Fu fa was silken but a tad bit sweet.  I would have liked to sit around but the others wanted to walk around so we left.  I went across to collect my Kaya Kok but I had to wait as it was still not ready so I sat there and waited and took some photos of the unbaked product.

20170831_135120

The Kaya Kok was just wonderful.  A bit sweet but then hey Kaya should be sweet.  And they didn’t give you a thick piece of pastry to drown the kaya flavor but instead it was encased in a nice thin pastry.  It was perfection even though we ate it a few hours later in the massive traffic jam we had to go through on the highway.

There was so much to do in Concubine Lane but the heat and time was a factor. So we continued our journey.

Penang was still a long way to go and the traffic and the heat didn’t make it any easier and the accident that occurred started a jam kilometers before the tunnel and kilometers after that.  I’ve never been through a traffic jam like that in my life not even in India.  But when you’re with friends, it’s not too bad because everyone will laugh and make comments and it will pass.

All through the trip there were decade’s worth of changes.  Buildings, factories, houses, roads, everything and off course Tolls.

Soon Penang was in sight.  Now we were wide awake.  We decided to take the ferry into Penang, and guess what?  We had to wait!

Gone were the days when the ferries moved up and down every few minutes.  It was a 30 minute or so wait before we moved into a ferry.  I was most excited.

Surprisingly, there were more pedestrians on the ferry this time, a few cars and many many people either going to work or returning home from the mainland.  What a vast difference it was from the time I was last on the ferry.  First thing I did when I got out from the car was to count jelly fish just like when I was a kid with my sister. There wasn’t any.  I finally saw one when we were nearing the end of the ferry ride.  Everything changes I guess.

You can breathe the air of oldness in Penang.

So we drove through Penang town towards Batu Ferringhi. The last time I was in Penang, Batu Ferringhi was more forests than anything else.  Now it was as happening as Phuket and Seminyak Town or Kuta Town in Bali and the traffic was even worst.  I never realized how winding the roads were and a trite scary as well.  So now were going towards Teluk Bahang for a seafood dinner.  It was a long and winding road I tell you.  The traffic was on the other side so it was not so bad, but the sharp turns and the speed some of these cars were going was rather terrifying.  We were lucky Foodie Boy 1 was a cool and calm driver, because I would have been cursing every man, woman and child.

Finally after turning in a side road and through a muddy and sandy road we arrived at Fishing Village Seafood Restaurant.  It was a little shanty place from perhaps the early 80s or even the 70s, nothing looked new, in fact some parts did look down right rotten, but the sight of the expensive cars parked nearby said something else.

We were really hungry, so we ordered.

Food took a while and we were forewarned so we had to just wait because there were three tables before us who were waiting as well.

20170831_200456

The first was the Fried Calamari.  It was nice and crispy and certainly not a let down.  It was nice to pick as we waited for the next few dishes and it stayed crispy to the very end.

20170831_200515

Then the Oysters topped with Roux and cheese came.  We only ordered four oysters and after eating it, I think we should have ordered more.  While it was suppose to be western it still had a nice kick to it so the flavors came out better.  The Oysters remained just right despite the cheese being a nice golden.  It was good. The crispy friend garlic gave it a nice flavor.

20170831_200531

The fish arrived.  We had a Snapper cooked Thai style.  The stock was a nice light Tom Yam Flavor and it enhanced the flavor of the fish that was alive a few minutes earlier.  No fishy smell, the meat was easy to get to without much bones.  The Tom Yam Stock was a nice soup as well.  I always love the garnishing.

20170831_200659

Tofu with Seafood was next.  I liked the flavor of this and there was enough Seafood in it to deem it Tofu with seafood.  They were not stingy with their seafood and it was nice comfort food.

20170831_200904

Since Foodie Girl always like healthy stuff we ordered Bitter Gourd with Salted Egg.  Now I have had this in other places and there was never ever enough salted egg to mask the evilness or bitter gourd.  Not here.  There was enough salted egg and it gave  this usually punishment vegetable a nice flavor.  The Bitter Gourd remained crunchy but well cooked and didn’t look oily.

20170831_201425

The salted fish fried rice came last.  Hmmm… it was nice with a lot of prawns and for some reason seafood stick, but there was hardly any salted fish.  Salted Fish fried rice should give you that sudden shock of salted fish but this was seriously lacking.  And when you did bite into a piece of salted fish, it was soft and not crispy.  A bit of a let down, but four hungry people still devoured it.  Perhaps if it was the first dish, we would not have been so picky because by now we were quite full.

There was Lobster and Crabs, and other seafood as well.  Almost every table took lobster.  Maybe if we ever go back, we’d get a lobster

Price wise it was ok.  Food was nice and comforting.  Ambience was a bit out but seeing the old rich flock there, so there must have been some allurement to the place, because the next table were Penangites who were back from Australia for holidays.  Big ears was listening.

So we drove back through the traffic passing by the myriad restaurants and night markets as careening through those tight turns and reached our abode for the next four days.  It was quite high up as well.

Before we went to bed, Foodie Boy 2 gave us a rundown of tomorrow’s happenings.

 

To be continued.

 

 

Advertisements

April 2017 Cooking and Baking Classes

Saturday April 8th  10 to 1

Rainbow Cake

20140615_161539

We will learn to make a big rainbow cake and cut it into slices instead of what we always see in photos.  You will learn to make;

  1. White Cake
  2. Swiss Buttercream
  3. Assembling your cake

Price Per Person: $130 (Class will commence once there are 4 students)

This class involves a bit of work.

 

Saturday April 8th 2.30 to 5.30

Chicken Curry Class

 Learn to prepare 3 types of Chicken Curries and it’s coconut milk free.

  1. Chicken Paretal
  2. Devil Chicken Curry
  3. Chicken Kurma

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

Sunday April 9th 10 to 1 pm

Cake Lapis – Indonesian Layer Cake or Speckoek

 20131020_131831

Learn the art of preparing the Indonesian Layer Cake.  You will learn;

  1. Indonesian Layer Cake
  2. Almond Layer Cake

Price Per Person: $125 (Class will commence once there are 4 students)

 

Sunday April 9th  2 pm to 5.30 pm

Monday May 1st 2pm to 5.30 pm

New Class for the Month!

New  Eggless Macarons

20170403_153621

I’ve finally done it. Eggless Macarons.  We cannot call it French anymore.  Be one of the first people to learn this.  You will learn;

  1. Eggless Macarons
  2. Strawberry Chocolate Filling
  3. Passion Fruit Cheese Filling

Price Per Person: RM150 (Class will commence once there are 3 students)

Please note the time. This class may take a little longer as the process is slightly longer than normal macarons.

 

Saturday April 15th  2.30 to 5.30

Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding Complete Meal

roast beef

  1. Roast Beef
  2. Yorkshire Pudding
  3. Stir Fried Lemon Potatoes
  4. Broccoli with Caramelized Onions and Nuts
  5. Rich Bread and Butter Pudding

Price Per Person: $165 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

 

Sunday April 16th 2.30 to 5.30

Drip Cake

20161012_114342

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 inches wide and about 8 inches high

You will learn;

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

Price Per Person: $180 (Class will commence once there are 4 students)

Students attending the class will have to book and pay in full by the 13th of March as I need to prepare your cakes.

 

Saturday April 22nd         2.30 to 5 pm

Salted Egg and Century Egg Cheesecake

20170319_16271420170319_162945

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;

 

  1. Salted Egg Cheesecake
  2. Century Egg Cheesecake (Pei Tan)
  3. Spicy Savory Topping
  4. New Easy Base

20170319_160933

Price Per Person: $150 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

 

Sunday April 23rd  11 to 2 pm

Pineapple Tarts

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.

20150531_151935

20141211_141701

  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 6 students)

 

Monday April 24th 11 to 2 pm – Public Holiday Class

Tea Time Delights

Learn to make Hum Ching Peng and Siew Pao.

20140413_12403420140331_130435

You will learn;

  1. Siew Pao Pastry
    2. Siew Pao Filling
    3. Hum Ching Peng
    4. Glutinous Rice Hum Ching Peng

20150422_145316

Price Per Person: $125 (Class will commence once there are 3 or 4 students)

 

Saturday April 29th 2.30 to 5.30

Chocolate Indulgence

A class for all Chocoholics. Learn to make easy favorite Chocolate Delights.  You will learn to make

20130214_14435420130429_171809

  1. Chocolate Marbled Brownie
  2. Chocolate Truffle Tart
  3. Chocolate Muffins

Price Per Person: $130  (Class will commence once there are 4 students). Please bring three containers to take home your goodies.

 

Sunday 30th  2.30 to 5 pm

Bready Sunday

20170403_153935

Pang Susi – Savory Meat Buns

Learn this age old recipe which has always been a tea time favorite with the Eurasians and Cristang people.

You will learn;

  1. Pang Susi
  2. Chicken Filling
  3. Spicy Tuna and Sweet Potato Filling

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

 

Monday May 1st  10 to 1 pm

Hainanese Chicken Rice 10 to 1 pm

20161209_143154

A favorite everywhere, any time…

  1. Chicken Rice (Heong Fun)
  2. Chicken
  3. Ginger Gravy
  4. Chilly Sauce
  5. Chicken Stock

Price Per Person: $125 (Class will commence once there are 4 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

 

 

 

October 2016 Cooking and Baking Classes

 

Japanese Bread

Sunday October 2nd 2 to 5 pm

This will always be my most favorite bread class.  Hard work but it always pays off in the end.  You will learn;

20150214_165430

20150426_125651

  1. Japanese Soft Bread
  2. Cheese and Onion Scrolls
  3. Bread Loaf
  4. Sausage Bread

Price Per Person: $110 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

Fruit Cakes for Diwali

Monday October 3rd 2.30 to 5 pm

 

Learn to bake these other old fashion fruit cakes.  You will learn to bake;

20141215_125225

Chunky Fruit Cake

  1. Sri Lankan Fruit Cake
  2. Rich Chunky Fruit Cake

20131127_164128

20131127_164317

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

Chequered Cake

Sunday October 9th   10.30 to 1.30

20150806_124338

I made this Chequered cake for a private class a few months ago.  It is fun and easy and somehow it makes everyone excited when you cut it.  So we will bake and decorate;

  1. Orange Cake
  2. Rich Chocolate Butter Cake
  3. Chocolate Butter Cream
  4. Chocolate Orange Butter Cream

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

Pineapple Tart Class

Saturday October 15th 10 to 1 pm

20131128_153035

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.

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

20141211_141734

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

Price Per Person: $110 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Murukus and Sweet Spicy Cornflake Class

Saturday October 15th 2.30 to 4.30 pm

A lot of people have been grumbling about the prices of Murukku. So I think we should learn it.

20151024_083449

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

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

Price Per Person: $100 (class will commence once there are 5 students)

 

Puff Pastry Class

October 16th 2.30 to 5.30 pm

Learn to make puff pastry from scratch.  You will learn;

11188185_797544140340818_6703444884094312691_n (1)

  1. Puff Pastry
  2. Sausage Rolls – The real thing
  3. Spinach and Cheese Puffs
  4. Spicy Tuna Puffs

20150614_172209

Price Per Person: $120 (class will commence once there are six students)  Class will commence once there are 5 students. Maximum 6 students per class.

 

Curry Curry for Diwali!

Saturday 22nd 2.30 to 5 pm

  1. Kerala Fish Curry
  2. South Indian Prawn Curry
  3. Mutton Devil Curry

Price Per Person: $150 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

Class has to be booked and fully paid up by the 17th as I need to order the fish and prawns.

Please like my Facebook page – Cooking with Nicholas

 

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 follow my blog www.nicholaspillai.wordpress.com

 

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.

20160820_191345

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.

20160820_191050

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.

20160820_191201

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.

20160820_191216

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

20131116_113709

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

20131116_122948

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;

20150425_161118

  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.

20151024_102643

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

20151024_083449

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.

20140209_135807

  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

 

 

Please like my Facebook page, Cooking with Nicholas

 

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.

 

August 2016 Cooking and Baking Classes

Curry in a Hurry

Saturday 13th 10.30 to 12.30

Learn three Curries in 2 hours. You will learn to prepare;

  1. Butter Chicken
  2. 3 Ingredient Chicken – 4 if you add in the potatoes
  3. Chicken Vindaloo

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

 

Fluffy Spelt Bread

Saturday 13th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make Easy Fluffy  Spelt Bread.  This is a fully hands on session.

20160804_142204

20160804_144842

You will learn to make;

  1. Fluffy Spelt Bread
  2. Bread Pull Aparts
  3. Dried Prawn Sambal Rolls – You will learn to prepare the Dried Prawn Sambal
  4. Sausage Bread – I love sausage bread

Price Per Person: RM100  (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

Noodles Noodles and Noodles

Sunday 14th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make various noodles. You will learn to prepare;

20131227_191331

  1.  Laksa
  2. Char Koay Teow
  3. Mee Siam – with the sauce

Price Per Person: RM100  (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

Thosai and Idly – An Indian Breakfast

Saturday August 20th 10 to 1 pm

20150906_085223

Learn to make Indian Breakfast delights. You will learn to make;

  1. Idly
  2. Thosai
  3. Coconut Chutney

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

This is a hands on class.  Be prepared to work.

 

Lemon Afternoon

Saturday August 20th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make all things lemon.  You will learn to prepare,

Lemon Slice

Lemon Slice

  1. Lemon Shortbread
  2. Lemon Tart Slice
  3. Lemon Curd – A very versatile Curd

Price Per Person: RM100 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

 

I love Salted Eggs

Sunday August 21st 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make some new fangled Salted Egg stuff.  You will learn to prepare;

  1. Molten Salted Egg Lava Cake
  2. Salted Egg Cookies
  3. Salted Egg Donuts

Price Per Person: RM100 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

Smoked Mutton Class

Saturday August 27th 2.30 to 5.30

The wafting aroma of Smoked Mutton when you open it at the table for your family and friends will leave everyone in awe.  Always does at class anyhow.  You will learn;

  1. Smoked Mutton
  2. Oven Baked Naan Bread
  3. Smoked Brinjal Curry

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

Please call me on 0166827465 or email me at cookingwithnicholas@gmail.com

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

 

 

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.

20150809_164842

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;

20130719_101522

??????????????

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

20150723_164943

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 

nasi lemak 2

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