Friday, 23 November 2007
The Salsa fever is here. Everyone is talking about salsa this salsa that and recently even a Salsa marathon . Few salsa joints has also mushroomed recently in order to cash in on this new found craze.
Lets get Salsa every Friday night from Nov 07 till January 2008 at Oswego bar and wine @ Impiana Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. Guest DJ would spin your favourite music for your dancing pleasure. Get entertained by Mac and Zel who will perform every nite except Sunday.
Currently they are having a promotion for draft beer and house wine at RM11++, and the ladies will get 2 Sangria absolutely free.
getting to the restaurant, tucked in the heart if a village , can be slightly tricky. But its worth the trouble , for its aromatic Claypot seafood curry laksa.
The claypot curry noodles, which the restaurant is known for, are worth the effort of driving all the way to Pandamaran, Klang and finding the place. Laden with huge sea prawns ( Ming Har ) , cockles and tofu pok. The soup is thick, rich with santan and very fragrant, yet not very spicy. The winning note is the fresh Ming Har unlike others which uses tiger prawn which is less sweet. A serving cost RM15 for 2 person.
Sri Choon Keng Seafood
111, Jalan Jagong, Pandamaran New Village, Port Klang
Tel : 03-3167 0023
From KL towards Port Klang turn in before Crystal Crown hotel and get to Jalan Balai Polis. Upon reaching the traffic light ( the police station is on the right ), turn left. Turn left again at the 2nd junction. Looking out for the 168 sign near it. On the left is the lane leading to the restaurant.
Wednesday, 21 November 2007
THE WEDDING TEST
I was a very happy person. My wonderful girlfriend and I had been Dating
for over a year, and so we decided to get married.
There was only one little thing bothering me...It was her beautiful
My prospective sister-in-law was twenty-two, wore very tight miniskirts,
and generally was bra-less. She would regularly bend down when she was
near me, and I always got more than a nice view.
It had to be deliberate because she never did it when she was near anyone
One day her "little" sister called and asked me to come over to check the
wedding invitations. She was alone when I arrived, and she whispered to me
that she had feelings and desires for me that she couldn't overcome.
She told me that she wanted me just once before I got married and
committed my life to her sister.
Well, I was in total shock, and couldn't say a word. She said, I'm going
upstairs to my bedroom, and if you want one last wild fling, just come up
and get me."
I was stunned and frozen in shock as I watched her go up the stairs. I
stood there for a moment, then turned and made a beeline straight to the
I opened the door and headed straight towards my car.
Lo and behold, my entire future family was standing outside all clapping!
With tears in his eyes, my father-in-law hugged me and said, "We are very
happy that you have passed our little test. We couldn't ask for better man
for our daughter. Welcome to the family!"
And the moral of this story is:
"Always keep your condoms in your car"
Tuesday, 13 November 2007
Khmer cuisine is closely related to her neighbouring country Vietnam, Laos and Thailand , although not as spicy. Curries , stir fried , rice , noodles and soups are common. Food stalls are abundants , serving local favourites like fried instant noodles, fried rice, Lok Lak and simple vegetables. Servings starts at USD1/dish ( tourist price ). The main national staple is of course rice, but French colonial influence has dictated that the Cambodians eat more bread--generally French-style baguettes--than any other Southeast Asian country.
For typical traditional Khmer cuisines , could be found in restaurants. For the more adventurous , Phong Thea Khon ( the infamous balut, fertilized duck egg with embryo) are readily available at almost every street corner. Cost 900 Riels ( less than USD25 cents ).
Phon Thea Kon
I cant believed I ate this !!!!! Phon Thea Kon , fertilized duck egg with embryo. At 18 days its the best time to eat this grouse stuff. At 23 days feathers starts to appear and at 29 days the head is formed. It just taste like steam chawan mushi . Serious its tasty . Eaten with a spicy garlic based chilli sauce with some lime juice and pepper. Popularly believed to be an aphrodisiac and considered a high-protein, hearty snack, Phon thea Kon, are mostly sold by street vendors at night in the regions where they are available. The duck inside is not old enough to show its beak, feathers or claws and the bones are undeveloped. In Cambodia, most people prefer to eat it while it is still warm in its shell. Served with nothing more than a little garnish, it is widely popular. Usually, it is accompanied by a mixture of lime juice and ground pepper.
Phew its hot !!! I guess that I just about to eat a whole duck !! Yes..me and Donald Duck gonna be enemy from now on...another life wasted, and ended up in my tummy. Nop..we never get stomach upset the next day. Salute to the ladies , Angeline and Angela ,for being tough to eat this delicious local delicacy . Bet that if they are filming ' Fear Factor : Cambodia edition " this is gonna be one of it !
Cambodian 'Apam Balik'
Hey ! This kinda look familiar . Its Apam Balik. Its very different from our. This version has some grated coconut in it. The outer layer is cooked until crispy followed by a layer of coconut cream ( santan ) and finally some sweet grated coconut is added. Believe me...once you have one , you will reach for the second piece !!
I always make it a point to try local dishes where ever I go, and Cambodia is no exception.
Khmer Soup with chicken. A sour soup made out of Kaffir Lime, pineapple, onions and green tomatoes. Very appetizing indeed, and guarantee to light up your day.
Amok is Khmers favourite dish. Steamed fish/chicken or beef served with lemongrass, khmer spices and coconut cream wrapped in banana leaf served with steamed rice. It taste quite similar to Steam Otak-Otak , but creamier as lots of santan is used.
Morning Glory a.k.a water spinach or the humble Kangkong takes centre stage in Cambodian Vegetable dish. Its widely eaten and most common green you can find.
Road side Hawker stalls / street foods
Food stalls are abundants , serving local favourites like fried instant noodles, fried rice, Lok Lak and simple vegetables. Servings starts at USD1/dish ( tourist price ). We visited this stalls along the Pub Street. According to our tour guide, this is what the locals normally eat.
The fried noodles is really tasty. Quite similar to our Maggi Goreng, but nicer. probably due to the fact that they use lard to cook and with the addition of Nam Pla ( fish sauce )
Cambodian Sandwich. Filled with cucumber, some so called bacons, which doesnt taste like one and a smack of chilli sauce. USD 0.50 each.
From far it looks like the humble sambal belacan, upon inspection , to our surprise its a local delicacy made out of some sorts of ants commonly found on mango trees, known as kerangga in Malay. So next time if you ask for some chilli sauce t go with your ulam's , make sure that its not known as Prahoc !! It just looks like our local cincalok ( fermented shrms sauce ), but at last our big head get better of us.....
Sunday, 11 November 2007
With Air Asia around, it has brought many Malaysians the opportunity to explore and visit many new places. Never in mylife, I ever thought that one day I would visit 3rd world countries like Cambodia . Having been to many countries before , this trip really has been an eye opener for me, realizing that how lucky we are being Malaysian with access to clean water , sanitation and electricity any time. Basically it looks like outskirts of Haadyai, dusty, dry but luckily the weather is nice, hovering at about 28c.
Thanks to my buddy Mike , for letting me to tag along for this trip together with his 2 travelling companions Angela and Angeline . Hey you guys/gals really have been great travelling mates. Many more trips to come together !!!! Laos next ? or Africa ????
Touches down at Siam Reap airport at 8am local time and was greeted by a nice cool weather.However out great start was spoilt by the hotel representatives never shown up to pick us from the airport. We resort to taking a taxi to our hotel which cost us USD5. The worst has yet to come....... What worst than being in a foreign land and find that you don't have a place to stay for the night ???
We booked into Earthwalker hotel, which happily accepted our booking and collected out money ( paid by credit card ) , knowing that its under renovation and cant do business , which means that we dont have a place to stay !!! Finally our local tour guide , Mr Panya Ou from Amazing Angkor , managed to sort it out for us and moved us to a more expensive hotel , on Earthwalkers account. We paid USD17/night only to get to stay in a USD30/night hotel !!! Our new place, Mekong Angkor Palace is highly recommended with clean air-conditioned rooms, hot shower, swimming pool and best of all its just minutes away from Central Market and pub-street !!
First day was spend exploring the ruins of the great temples around Angkor area. In order to enter the temples you have to buy a Temple Entry Pass . It cost USD20 for a day , USD40 for 3 days USD60 for a week. Visitors need to carry their pass with them at all times, at you need to show them the pass , each time you enter any temples.
What is a trip to Cambodia without visiting the famous Angkor Wat ??? Its like err..eating Nasi Lemak without sambal.... or going to Paris without visiting Eiffel Tower . At last I managed to see one of the seven wonders of the world. Its regarded as the supreme masterpiece of Khmer architecture, it is a huge pyramid temple built by Suryavarman II between 1113 and 1150. It is surrounded by a moat 570 feet wide and about four miles long. The mass of bas-relief carving is of the highest quality and the most beautifully executed in Angkor. Few questions keep on popping up my head when I am there...How did they build it ??? How they carved all the beautiful carvings on the wall ?? How they lift all the heavy blocks of stones up ???
On the 3rd day we covered Bantaei Srei . A delicate and small temple around 15 miles from the village of Siem Reap. It was built by Jayavarman V and finished in AD968. It is an example of the idea of making a temple complex comprised of several buildings, and features some very fine carvings in pink sandstone.
We also covered the Landmine museum on our way to the famous Temple in the forest, Ta Phrom , made famous by Tomb Raider. Its kinda sad, to see the aftermath of the landmines.
Ta Phrom is a very large temple complex enclosed by a moat. It is one of the most beautiful of the Khmer temples as it has not been restored, but has been left surrounded by jungle. It was built by Jayavarman VII in the later 12th century.
Our 4th day was spend visiting Tonle-sap, Tonlé Sap (meaning Large Fresh Water River but more commonly translated as Great Lake) is a combined lake and river system of huge importance to Cambodia. It is the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia and is an ecological hotspot that was designated as a UNESCO biosphere in 1997.
Life is really harsh here. You need to visit them to really see the hardship the people faced. Majority of the ones staying here are of Vietnamese descendants . Their life really envelope around this great lake with poor sanitations, poor hygine and hardship, really sinks even the strongest mens heart. After seing this for myself, I really feels that we are lucky to be here in Boleh-land, at least we dont have to worry about safe drinking water, hygine, food etc.
Please readers if you are reading this , please spare a thought for this poor kids. Please bring some old toys and clothes for them. All I can do at that time is offer my candies to them.
Hong Kong ha floating restaurant. Tonle sap has its floating church..... and floating hospital .
Most of the shops assistants here, speaks decent English and Chinese. USD is the most common currency used here and small change is often in Riels ( 1USD = 4000 Riels ) . Price haggling and nego's are the norm here. Always start with 20% of the quoted price and 30%-35% being a fair deal. From our experience always walk away if the price doesnt reach your expectations as remember that they are after our greenbacks after all...all the shops practically the same things.
The kids at the temples always offer a better deal than in shops, and the deeper you go the cheaper it is. For even better price..always carry some of your earlier buys in your hand, as when they saw you bought something they will offer even better deals. I bought 5 of those beads chains for 1USD, and some kids saw me bought that and they immidietly offer us at 8 for 1USD. This applies if you plan to buy few things.
Dont ever give to the street beggars. Once you give, you would be greeted by swarm of beggars child running towards you. It is understood that child begging are relatively uncommon before tourist arrived in droves , as Khmers will give to the elderly's before giving a child, unfortunately the tourist do the opposite. Results of this, poor parents often send their child to beg while they stay at home getting drunk or gambling away. Why would you work hard for USD30 a month yet struggle to feed and send your son to school, when a child beggar can earn as much as ten times more ???
Food wise, Khmer dishes is often taste like Thai cooking with Chinese influence. Often you would find stalls selling the same stuff ranging from fried instant noodles to fried rice and simple vegetable dishes. If you want some true Khmer dishes you need to head to some local restaurants. What ever you call, dont miss out Amok . Its really delicious.
We might find it cheap at some fried noodles dishes going for USD 1, but remember we are paying tourist price. Imagine how much the locals are paying ????? Tats really dirt cheap eating here !!
More updates later........