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Caffe Ristretto

In Eating out on June 30, 2010 at 00:29

Was just wandering the Deira City Centre at about 11 one Friday morning when the hunger pangs strike.Looked around and discovered a nice cafe still serving brunch, the food on the tables of the other patrons looked good so brunch location was thus decided.

The breakfast sets had a coffee, fresh fruit juice, eggs, breakfast meats and bread at a most reasonable price of AED22 or SGD$8.60. The coffees, fresh juices, eggs and bread were great but the bacon and sausages were some of the worst I have ever tasted as they were so salty that they almost tasted bitter. Will be back for brunch but might ask them to skip the breakfast meats.

Caffe Ristretto
Deira City Centre
Baniyas Road, Port Saeed
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Kinder Happy Hipo

In snacks n bites on June 27, 2010 at 07:16

Yay! Found one of my favorite snacks when I was grocery shopping. It the super duper hard to located coco filled ones. It brings back great memories and a taste from the past. It is amazing that despite all that have changed over the years, it still taste as good as it used to those years ago.

Chimes Far Eastern Cuisine aka Chicken Rice Hotline keke

In Eating out, Food from Home on June 26, 2010 at 00:05

Heard from some friends that I should head down to CHIMES if I’m ever hungry for a taste of Hainanese Chicken Rice. Well it turns out that I wasn’t the one with the craving but since a friend of mine was really hankering for some, we decided to call for our dinner to be delivered from CHIMES. CHIMES only delivers to limited locations and I’m pretty lucky cos they do deliver to my neighborhood. Made my order thru the phone at 1800hrs and wonders of wonders it was delivered within 40 minutes. Great job guys.

The Hainanese Chicken Rice was ordered and I must say it didn’t disappoint, it actually came with the chicken rice chili and the dark soya sauce which is more than other places that I’ve tried in Dubai. The rice has the fragrance from the chicken oil that was used to cook it and the pieces of chicken were nice and tender despite the fact that chicken breast was served. Well, despite it not being of Tian Tian, Loy Kee or Boon Tong Kee standards, it is still more than decent and can hold its own against the average Hainanese Chicken Rice in the hawker center or food court back in Singapore. AED39 or SGD$15.30 is a price that I’m willing to pay if the craving strikes!

The other dish that we ordered to share was Thai! We had Pad Thai Kung Sod or Pad Thai with Prawns. It had dried shrimps, peanuts, chives, bean sprouts and tofu like all good Pad Thai should have. The noodles were nicely flavored and you can most definitely taste the hint of fish sauce that was used. The shrimps were fresh, succulent, crunchy and a most delightful complement to the noodles. AED37 or SDG$14.50.

The food was delivered piping hot and with such reasonable prices, I’m sure that I’ll be calling back for more!

Chimes Far Eastern Cuisine
Seven Sands Hotel Apartments, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Contact: 04 3234211
Webbie : http://www.chimesdubai.com

Zinc @ Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sheik Zayed Rd

In Nightlife or what passes for it on June 24, 2010 at 00:56

Decided to meet some galfrenz for a nite out and someone had suggested that we check out Zinc. Zinc is located inside Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sheik Zayed Rd.

No pictures for this outing as it has been a total washout. I must say that I’ve been to my fair share of clubs around the world and this is almost one of the worst ones I’ve ever been to.

The bouncers at the door are absolutely the rudest that I’ve ever met and the club is totally overhyped and the music on a Friday night was appalling I wonder how people can dance to this. The crowd was not what I had expected and there were just too many hookers and desperate guys there. To add salt to the wound, the drinks were totally watered down and the bar couldn’t even make a decent martini.

Tip to the guys there, just because you are a gal does not make you a prostitute, do not assume that all girls who club are hookers. Some of us just wanna dance and chill out with our friends.

I trust that I will not be back cos this is my first and my absolute last visit to this ‘club’.

Debz’s Jap Beef Curry

In Food from Home on June 22, 2010 at 20:07

What happens when a sudden food craving hits Debz? Well she thinks, plans and then cooks what she feels like eating. Suddenly had a craving for Japanese curry and decided to act on my craving. A quick trip to Spinneys later and I had everything I needed to cook my curry…

Had so much processed food in the past few weeks since I got to Dubai and I felt like I owe myself something nice and home-cooked and thus the Japanese curry. I know that there are many pre-mixes available in the market but sometimes I just want to have that home cooked taste.

Well I cooked this and I had enough to feed 3 friends and a serving for me to freeze to eat another day … keke

Japanese beef curry (serves 4-6)

Ingredients

1. 450-500g Brazilian beef, preferably fresh and not frozen
2. 8 red onions, finely chopped
3. 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4. 500ml beef stock
5. 4 large carrots, diced
6. 1 red apple, deskined and finely chopped
7. 10 baby potatoes, halved
8. 1 tablespoon of butter
9. Salt and pepper, to taste

For the curry roux:

1. 3 Tablespoons of butter,
2. 4 Tablespoons of corn starch
3. 3 Tablespoons of curry powder

Method

1. Place 1 tablespoon of butter in a heated plan
2. Add onions, garlic and apple and stir fry
3. Brown the beef in the pan
4. Add the carrots and potato into the mix
5. Add beef stock and bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes
6. Using another pan, heat the 3 tablespoons of butter
a. Add the curry powder and mix well
b. Add the starch and blend till the mixture thickens
7. Add the curry roux from step 6 to the other ingredients and mix well
8. Simmer for another 20minutes, stirring once in awhile to prevent the beef or vegetable from sticking on the pan and getting burn.
9. Serve on a bed of Japanese short grain steam rice …

Al Hallab Restaurant

In Eating out on June 19, 2010 at 00:39

Al Hallab first opened their doors in Dubai in 2002 but they have been around since 1881, first as purveyors and manufacturers traditional Lebanese sweets and later in 1987 they started serving traditional Lebanese Cuisine and they have never looked back since.

This is one of my favorite places for traditional Lebanese food as they have yet to disappoint me thus far. The meal starts with the freshly baked bread that has dusted with hints of cinnamon, a world apart compared to the factory made limp pre-packaged pita bread that you would get in many other restaurant.

Our starter was Hommos with Shawarma or simply chickpea mash and Tahina with lamb. Tahina is a thick paste made from ground sesame seeds. Shawarma is the meat that has been grilled, the lamb, goat, chicken, turkey, beef, or a mixture thereof is placed on a spit, and may be grilled for as long as a day. This is not a dish that you will like on your 1st try but I guess it is an acquired taste and I’m starting to grow to like it.

Our main course was the Full Mixed Grill and it consists of Kabab, Chicken Kabab, Masbaha, Lamb Kabab, Shish Tawouk, Lamb Chops. The lamb chops were the star of the show as they were tasty, juicy, flavourful without that hateful gamey smell that is usually associated with lamb or mutton! The chicken and beef kababs were nice but the lamb kabab was a totally disappointment with that horrible gamey taste that was too much for me.

With all that has been said, Al Hallab is still the place to be when the hunger pangs strike while I’m shopping in MOE. The portion of food served is always generous and I almost always have loads to share. Our dinner for 2 with drinks cost only 89AED or SGD$35.


Mall of the Emirates

2nd Floor next to CineStar
Al Barsha, Dubai
Contact: +971 4 341 1880

London Fish & Chips

In Eating out on June 17, 2010 at 06:57

There are days where you just feel like throwing caution as well as your diet to wind and just order whatever you feel like eating. Well today was a day like that for me and I decided to have fish and chips for dinner! It was

It was the Oxford Meal for me, it consist of one Deep Fried Cod Fillet, loads of fries and a drink. AED34 or SGD$13.30. Added an additional order of 6 Deep fried Shrimps for AED5 or SGD$1.95

It wasn’t the most fantastic fish and chips that I have had but it decent enough I guess. Watch the queue as it can be a killer, I waited for about 25 minutes before I got my food and my friend had already finished her dinner by the time I got back to our table. Think these guys deliver too.

London Fish & Chips
Ibn Buttuta, Food Court
Near Geant Supermarket
Contact: 04-3669939

Debz’ Beef Rendang

In Food from Home on June 14, 2010 at 06:48

Had a sudden craving for beef rending so I decided to cook some for myself. Here’s a simple slowcooker recipe for easy peasy rending that can be served hot to me when I get home from a long day at work. Yay~!

Beef Rendang


Ingredients:

1. 1kg Brazilian Beef (cut into cubes)
2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
3. 1 cinnamon stick
4. 10 grams of star anise
5. 10 grams of cardamom pods
6. 3 stalks of lemongrass (cut and pounded)
7. 1 cup thick coconut milk
8. 1 cup fresh milk
9. 4 kaffir lime leaves (very finely sliced)
10. 6 tablespoons kerisik (toasted coconut)
11. 2 tablespoon brown sugar or to taste
12. Salt to taste

Spice Paste:

1. 100 grams of shallots (chopped)
2. 2 pieces of galangal (cut and pounded)
3. 2 lemongrass (cut and pounded)
4. 6 cloves garlic (cut and pounded)
5. 100 grams of dried chilies (cut, pounded and chopped)

Method:

1. Heat the oil in a stew pot, add the spice paste, cinnamon,, star anise, and cardamom and stir-fry them until aromatic.
2. Add the beef and the pounded lemongrass and ensure that beef has been browned before stirring for 1 minute.
3. Add the coconut milk and milk, and simmer on medium heat, stirring frequently until the meat is almost cooked.
4. Add the kaffir lime leaves, kerisik (toasted coconut), sugar/palm sugar, stirring to blend well with the meat.
5. Lower the heat to low, cover the lid, and simmer for 8 hours on low in the slow cooker or until the meat is really tender and the gravy has dried up.
6. Add salt to taste. If not sweet enough, add more sugar to taste.
7. Serve immediately with steamed rice and save some for overnight cos it actually tastes better!

Lemongrass Express

In Eating out on June 11, 2010 at 15:54

Have been informed by some friends that I should try Lemongrass near Lamcy Plaza if I was looking for some reasonably priced thai food that was somewhat authentic but did not wish to pay top dollar for restaurants that were

Was hankering for some nice, spicy thai food while I was shopping at Ibn Battuta Mall and guess what I found at the foodcourt? It was a fast-food outlet of Lemongrass known as Lemongrass Express.

There was a nice selection of 5 different stirfries, 2 types of Fried Noodles, Shrimp fried rice and 3 kinds of curries available when I was there.

After some consideration, I decided on Som Tam, Pad Med Mamuang and the Shrimp Fried Rice for dinner

Som Tam or thai papaya salad is a refreshing appetizer for the hot hot summers of Dubai . It consists of shredded young Green papaya with dried shrimps and roasted peanuts that are mixed in with a sauce that is created by mixing fish sauce, sugar and lime. They do a more than decent Som Tam for the price that I paid. AED16 or SGD$6.25.

Pad Med Mamuang or simply Stir-fried Chicken with cashew nuts and dried chilli. The chicken chunks were tender pieces of boneless chicken thigh that has been sautéed with dried chilli, bell peppers, onion slices and cashew nuts. The chicken was nicely flavored but I guess it was a little to mild for my liking cos I like my food hot hot hot! AED24 or SGD$9.40.

The Shrimp Fried Rice was almost more shrimps than rice, I counted at least 10 shrimps in my plate of fried rice. The shrimps were fresh, sweet and crunchy! I would order this dish again just for the Shrimp! AED24 or SGD$9.40.

Pretty nice fare for a foodcourt, guess I will be back for more if I’m in the area. Plus they do delivery too!


Lemongrass Express

Tunisian Court ,
Ibn Battuta Mall
food Court Area
Contact: 04 368 5616
Operating Hours:Saturday to Tuesday: 12:00 noon to 10:00 pm
Wednseday to Friday: 12:00 noon to 12:00 midnight

Chinese Stir-fry Noodles with Carrots and Lean Meat

In Food from Home on June 8, 2010 at 00:14

Just a little one dish meal that I put together when I don’t feel like eating out and yet I don’t have the energy to cook an elaborate meal, cos its just me. Simple and easy with minimum fuse and can be whipped up in less than 30 minutes. Ideal for a lazy Sunday lunch or for dinner on that day when you all tired out from work.


Chinese Stir-fry Noodles with Carrots and Lean Meat


Ingredients

1. 1 packet of yellow noodles
2. 100grams of lean (pork/lamb or beef sliced thinly and seasoned with soy sauce and sesame oil)
3. 2 eggs
4. 50 grams of shallots (minced)
5. 100ml of lean pork/lamb or beef stock
6. 1 mid-sized carrot (sliced thinly)
7. 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce or to taste
8. 1 teaspoon of olive oil


Method

1. Heat pan and add olive oil.
2. Brown the shallots before adding the lean meat and carrot
3. Add the eggs to the mixture and stir fry
4. Add noodles into the mix and mix well
5. Season the noodles with the oyster sauce.
6. Add the stock to the mix and simmer for 10 minutes.
7. Plate and serve.