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Baking and Cooking Classes for June 2019

French Macaron Class

Thursday June 6th 2 to 5 pm (Holiday Class)

You will learn to make:


1. French Macarons
2. Chocolate Black Sesame Filling
3. Strawberry Cheese

Price Per Person: $150

Class will commence once there are 4 students

Nasi Lemak Class

Saturday June 8th 2.30 to 5.30

You can never get enough of it.  You will learn;

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

Price Per Person: RM150

Old Style Butter Cakes

Sunday June 9th 11 to 1 pm

These Butter Cakes never go out of style. You will learn;

  1. Old Style Orange Butter Cake
  2. Triple Chocolate Butter Cake

Price Per Person: RM120

This is a hand s on class.

Beriani Meal

Saturday 15th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to prepare a complete Beriani Meal

  1. Vegetable Beriani
  2. Oven Roasted Spicy Chicken Pieces
  3. Dhall (Lentil) Curry
  4. Pickle

Price Per Person: RM150

 

Pasta Class

Sunday 16th 2.30 to 5 pm

Learn to make Pasta from scratch.  You will also learn to make a good Rich Vegetable Lasagna and Fettuccini Carbonara

This is a Vegetarian Class but there will be use of Eggs

Price Per Person: $120

Class will commence once there are six students. This is a hands on class

 

Roasted Leg of Lamb – Complete Meal

Saturday 22nd 2 pm to 5 pm

Learn to roast a Leg of Lamb along with its accompaniments for a complete meal.

You will learn;

  1. Roasting a Leg of Lamb
  2. Yorkshire Pudding – goes well with lamb
  3. Roasted Capsicum
  4. Spicy Sweet Potatoes
  5. Fresh Mint Sauce

Price Per Person: RM175

(Class will commence once there are 4 students)

If you wish to take home a whole leg of lamb Price Per Person is RM250

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Baking and Cooking Classes for May 2019

Nasi Beriani Class

Saturday May 11th 10 to 1 pm

Learn to prepare a complete Beriani Meal

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  1. Vegetable Beriani
  2. Oven Roasted Spicy Chicken Pieces
  3. Broccoli and Cauliflower Dhall
  4. Pickle

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Price Per Person: RM150

 

Puff Pastry Class

Saturday May 11th 2.30 to 5.30

I’ve been postponing this class a few times so here goes.

Learn to prepare Puff Pastry from scratch.  You will be taught;

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  1. The art of preparing Puff Pastry
  2. Spinach and Cheese Puffs
  3. Tuna Puffs
  4. Sausage Rolls

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Price Per Person: RM150

This is a fully hands on session.

 

Swirly Curry Puff and Crispy Hawker Curry Puff

Sunday May 12th 2.30 to 5 pm

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Learn to prepare these teatime hawker delights.  You will learn;

  1. Swirly Pastry (Karipap Putar)
  2. Crispy Curry Puff
  3. Chicken and Potato Filling

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Price Per Person: RM130

This is a fully hands on class

 

Moist Eggless Chocolate Cake

Saturday May 18th 11 to 1 pm

Learn to prepare this moist chocolate eggless cake complete with a Chocolate Ganache Topping.

You need to book this class ONE WEEK in advance so that cakes can be prepared.

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Each person will take a cake home.

You will learn;

  1. Moist Eggless Chocolate Cake
  2. Water Ganache
  3. Assembling the cakeMessy Cake 3

 

Price Per Person: RM150

Each person takes home a whole cake. This is a hands on class.

 

Satay and Ayam Panggang Class

Saturday May 25th 2.30 to 5.30  pm

I’ve always been doing this as a private class but never in a group setting.  So here goes, you will learn;

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  1. Chicken Satay
  2. BBQ Chicken Wings
  3. Peanut Sauce
  4. Dipping Sauce for Chicken Wings

Price Per Person: RM150

This is a fully hands on and an outdoor class. Be prepared to BBQ the meats on the day.

 

Please whatsapp me at 0166827465 to book your place.

Classes are held at 70 Jalan 14/24 Petaling Jaya.

 

 

November and December 2018 Baking and Cooking Classes

I will be starting my Christmas Classes this month as I am usually busy most of next month.  We will start with a Eurasian Christmas Favorite on Sunday. But first we will start with breads, because breads go with Christmas foods like Roasted Turkey and Roasted Leg of Lamb and good old Roasted Chicken.

 

European Bread Class

Saturday November 3rd 11 to 2 pm

This was one of my first classes ever 14 years ago.  You will learn;

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  1. Foccacia Bread
  2. Ciabatta Bread
  3. Five Seed Bread

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Price Per Person: RM140 (Class will commence once there are 4 students)

Eurasian Cooking Class

Sunday  November 4th 2.30 to 5.30

As you know I am part Eurasian, hence where the craziness and zaniness comes from.  Eurasian style of cooking is different from home to home depending on the mix of parentage. So you will learn something spicy, something a little spicy and something mild.

  1. Eurasian Chicken Stew Pie – A must for Christmas or any celebration
  2. Prawn Bostador – Spicy
  3. Chicken Curry Devil

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Price Per Person: $145 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

 

Lamb Pies, Chicken Pies  and More

Saturday November 10th  10 am to 1 pm

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

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  1. Minced Lamb and Mushroom Pie
  2. Creamy Chicken and Corn Pie
  3. Short Crust Pastry
  4. Potato Topping

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Price Per Person: $140 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

 

Mint Rice, Yoghurt and Tomato Chicken and Chunky Mango Chutney Class

Saturday November 10th 2.30 to 5 pm

 

Mum’s old recipes from the early 80s. Now that Yus is not around, Mum cooks.  So she surprised us all with this and I thought it was rather class worthy. Do expect her to be around making a busy body.  This I will not consider very Indian, it has a local touch to it.

 

And Mum made it herself….. so it is simple.

 

  1. Mint Rice
  2. Yoghurt and Tomato Chicken
  3. Chunky Mango Chutney

These three dishes complement each other very well.

Price Per Person: RM135 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

 

Fruit Cake Class

Sunday November 11th  2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make English Classics that are oldies but goodies and seldom heard off around here.

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Price Per Person: $140 (Class will commence once there are 5 students.

 

Roasted of Lamb Leg and Roasted Chicken Class

Saturday November 17th  10 to 1 pm

Tuesday  December 11th 2.30 to 5.30

Another Christmas Delight learn to do both Chicken and Lamb as a complete Christmas Dinner or Lunch.

You will learn;

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  1. Roasted Leg of Lamb
  2. Roasted Chicken
  3. Chicken Stuffing
  4. Spicy Roasted Potatoes
  5. Salade Nicoise
  6. Traditional Christmas Pudding
  7. Brandy Custard Sauce

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Price Per Person: RM170 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Christmas Delights

Sunday November 18th 2.30 to 5.30

Tuesday December 11th 10 to 1 p,

You will learn to make some Christmas favorites that seem to be rather expensive at all major hotels.  This is a fully Hands on session where you will be working in groups.  You will learn to make:

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  1. Christmas Stollen
  2. Marzipan for Stollen Filling
  3. Fruit Mince Tart Filling from scratch
  4. Christmas Fruit Mince Tart

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These are ideal homemade Christmas gifts.

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

 

Pineapple Tarts

Tuesday November 20th  10.30  to 1.30 pm

Christmas is synonymous with Pineapple Tarts. So let’s do it.

You will learn;

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  1. Old Fashioned Open Tart
  2. Pineapple Shortcake – (Rolled Pineapple)
  3. Pineapple Jam

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Price Per Person: RM130

 

Roasted Turkey Meal

Saturday November 24th 10 to 1pm

Saturday December 8th 2 to 5 pm

 

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 turkey
  2. Chestnut stuffing
  3. Turkey gravy
  4. Refreshing Tomato and Grape Salad
  5. Christmas pudding
  6. Butter custard sauce

Price Per Person: $150. Class will commence once there are eight students.

 

Yule Log

Saturday December 1st 10.30 to 1 pm

Learn to Decorate your own Yule log.

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: RM130

Please whatsapp me on 0166827465 to book your place.

Classes are held in No 70 Road 14/24 PJ

Please check my Facebook, Cooking with Nicholas for updates.

June 2018 Baking and Cooking Classes

Quick and Healthy Salmon Class

Saturday 2nd June 10 to 12 pm

Learn to prepare some quick meals.  You will learn;

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  1. Pan Fried Salmon
  2. Citrus Baked Salmon
  3. Curried Vegetable Salad
  4. Raw Sambal

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Price Per Person: RM150

 

Beriani Class

Saturday June 2nd 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make two types of Beriani.  You will learn to make;

  1. Hyderabadi Mutton Beriani Dum
  2. Chicken Malabari Beriani

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Price Per Person: $140

 

Banana Butterscotch Cake with Salty Butter Scotch Sauce

Sunday 3rd  June 2.30 to 5.30 pm

A Big cake with a Long Name with an equally Big Taste. You will learn;

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  1. Rich Banana Cake
  2. Butterscotch Frosting
  3. Salty Butter Scotch Sauce
  4. Assembling the cake

Each person will get a large piece to take home.

Price Per Person: RM120

 

Thosai and Idly – An Indian Breakfast

Saturday June 9th 10 to 1 pm

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

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  1. Idly
  2. Thosai
  3. Masala Thosai
  4. Potato Masala
  5. Coconut Chutney

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Price Per Person: RM125

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

 

Dim Sum Class

Saturday 9th June 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to prepare simple Dim Sum Dishes. You will learn;

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  1. Chicken Siu Mai
  2. Chicken Feet
  3. Woo Kok

Price Per Person: RM140

 

Nasi Kerabu Class

Sunday 10th 10 to 1 pm

I accidentally canceled this class last week thinking I didn’t have enough people. I am so sorry for those concerned.  So here goes.

I’ve had Nasi Dagang during the Ramadhan period and everything seems to be less. Less Flavor, Less Ingredients Less Quantity and Not really nice. So I’m doing a class. You will learn;

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  1. Nasi Kerabu
  2.  Oven Roasted Ayam Percik
  3. Sambal Kelapa with Shredded Fish
  4. Kuah Tumis

Price Per Person: RM140

 

Taiwanese Sponge Cakes

School Holiday Cooking Class

Wednesday June 13th 11 to 1 pm

Learn to make Taiwanese Fluffy Sponge Cake. You will learn;

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  1. Orange Sponge
  2. Cheese Sponge

Price Per Person: RM130

 

Nasi Lemak Class

Holiday Class

Friday June 15th 2 to 5 pm

Learn to prepare Malaysia’s National Food. Nasi Lemak. You will learn;

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  1. Nasi Lemak
  2. Ayam Goreng Berempah (Spicy Fried Chicken)
  3. Sambal
  4. Sotong Sambal
  5. Crispy Fried Fish

Price Per Person: RM150

 

Kuih Class 3

Sunday June 24th  11 to 2 pm

  1. Pulut Panggang
  2. Pulut Panggang Filling
  3. Pulut Tai Tai
  4. Kaya

Price Per Person: RM140

 

Hainanese Chicken Rice

Saturday June 30th  10 to 1 pm

Learn to make Hainanese Chicken Rice. You will learn to prepare;

  1. Silken Chicken
  2. Heong Fun
  3. Chilly Sauce
  4. Ginger Garlic Oil
  5. Sweet Soy

Price Per Person: $130

Please whatsapp 0166827465 to book your classes.  Please check my facebook Cooking with Nicholas for updates or newer classes.

Classes are held at 70 Road 14/24 Petaling Jaya

May 2018 Cooking and Baking Classes

Messy Cake Class

Tuesday May 1st 10 to 1 pm

Learn to make Messy Cake.  This is a cake where timing is precise. A more Molten Cake will be baked on the day.

Ideal for Vegetarians!

Eggless and Molten!

Each student will get to take their own cake home.

You will learn;

  1. EGGLESS Chocolate Molten Mud Cake
  2. Milk Chocolate Topping
  3. Assembling the cake

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

Everything will be provided.

 

Pineapple Tart Class

Tuesday May 1st 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make 2 types of pineapple tarts and pineapple jam.  You will learn;

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  1. Traditional Open Tarts
  2. Rolled Pineapple Tart or Pineapple Short Cake
  3. Pineapple Jam

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Price Per Person: RM130 (Class will commence once there are 4 students)

 

Cream Puff and Churros

Sunday May 6th 2 to 5 pm

Learn to make Cream Puffs and Churros.  You will learn;

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  1. Choux Paste
  2. Creme Anglaise
  3. Chocolate Elairs
  4. Churros

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Price Per Person: RM140 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

 

QUICHE QUICHE QUICHE

Saturday May 12th  10 to 1 pm

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

  1. Lightly Spiced Creamy Chicken Quiche
  2. Spinach, Tomato and Capsicum Quiche
  3. Crustless Vegetable Quiche
  4. Short Crust Pastry

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

 

Puff Pastry Class

Sunday May 13th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make your own Puff Pastry along with Sausage Rolls and Chicken Pie.

You will learn to make:

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  1. Puff Pastry
  2. Sausage Rolls – The real one
  3. Creamy Chicken with Three Mushroom Filling

Price Per Person: RM140  (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

This is a hands on class, please bring your containers to take your pies and sausage rolls home.  PLEASE DRESS COMFORTABLY.

 

Kuih Kuih 2

Sunday May 20th 11 to 2 pm

Second Class in the series.  You will learn to make;

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  1. Woo Tau Ko (Yam Cake)
  2. Teem Cheong
  3. Chilly Sauce
  4. Kuih Serimuka
  5. Onde Onde

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Price Per Person: RM140 (Class will commence once there are 3 students)

 More Classes will be added.

Please whatsapp 0166827465 to book your place.

Please check Cooking with Nicholas on Facebook to get more updates.

March Baking and Cooking Classes

French Baguette – French Bread

March 10th 10 to 1.30

Bake two types of French Bread from scratch. You will learn;

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

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Price Per Person: $130

This is a fully hands on class. (class will commence once there are 4 students)

 

Old Fashion Butter Cake and Butter Icing Class

March 10th 3 to 5 pm

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.

 

 

Each student will get their own cake to decorate.

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

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

Students who wish to attend this class will have to pay their fees in full by the 8th as I need to bake a cake for each student to practice on.

 

Japanese Bread – Soft Bread

March 11th 10 to 1 pm

My favorite bread because I get to make stuff with it.  You will learn;

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  1. Soft Bread
  2. Polo Bun
  3. Coconut Rolls
  4. Bread Loaves

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

 

Pang Susi

March 11th 2.30 to 5 pm

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

You will learn;

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  1. Pang Susi Bread Dough
  2. Chicken Filling- non spicy
  3. Spicy Tuna and Sweet Potato Filling

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

 

Rainbow Cake

Saturday March 17th 10 to 1 pm

Everyone ooohs and aaahhs when you cut a rainbow cake. The colors always make everyone excited.  Let’s learn how to make this cake.

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You will learn;

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  1. White Cake
  2. Swiss Butter Cream
  3. Assembling the Rainbow Cake

Price Per Person: RM145 (Class will commence once there are 4 students)

Please bring a square container to take a big piece of cake home.

 

Salted Egg Cheesecake

Saturday March 17th 2.30 to 5.30

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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;

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

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

Chocolate Indulgence

Sunday March 18 th 10 am to 1 pm

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

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

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Price Per Person: $140

(Class will commence once there are 5 students).

Please bring three containers to take home your goodies.

 

Pasta Class  – Make Pasta from Scratch

Sunday March 18th 2.30 to 5.30

Let’s make Pasta.  We will make the pasta from scratch and finish off preparing two family favorites.  These are foods that can be prepared and packed for school or for work. You will learn;

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  1. Pasta from scratch
  2. Double Mushroom Creamy Sauce
  3. Vegetable Lasagna

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Price Per Person: $140

Class can only commence once there are 5 or  6 students as we need the volume to prepare the pasta dishes.

French Macaron Class

Saturday March 24th 10 to 1 pm

Let’s make Macarons.

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You will learn to make:

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  1. Macarons
  2. Chocolate Black Sesame Filling
  3. Sour Lemon Cheese Filling

Price Per Person: $150

Class will commence once there are 3 students

Easter Class

Sunday 25th 10 to 1 pm

 

Learn to make Easter Goodies. You will learn to prepare;

  1. Hot Crossed Buns
  2. Almond Cake – Gluten Free

Price Per Person: $120 Class will commence once there are 3 students.

Curry without Coconut Milk 2

 

Sunday March 25th 2.30 to 5 pm

  1. Chicken Devil Curry
  2. Dry Mutton Curry
  3. A Hearty Vegetable Dhall Curry

Price Per Person: $150

(Class will commence once there are 5 students)

Please bring three containers to take your curries home.

Please whastapp 0166827465 to book your place.  Please book early.

Classes are held at PJ section 14

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.