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Debz Mee Siam

In Food from Home on July 31, 2010 at 09:03

Debz Mee Siam

Had a super strong craving for mee siam but can’t seemed to find any for sale, so what can I do? I have to cook it.
Here’s the easy peasy recipe!


Ingredients

Gravy:

1 tbsp cooking oil
10 shallots, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
6 dried chilli, pounded
3 tsp belacan (shrimp paste)
1 onions, sliced
2 tbsp tau cheong (preserved yellow bean paste), pounded
2 tbsp assam jawa
1 litres water
20 Big Sea Prawns
sugar and salt to taste

Spicy Rice Vermicelli:

500gm rice vermicelli
4 tbsp cooking oil
3 shallots, chopped
2 tbsp chilli paste
5 tbsp dried shrimp, pounded
150gm bean sprouts, peeled.

Mee Siam Garnish:

1 egg, hard-boiled, cut in wedges
20gm chive, fresh
1 local lime, trim top
10 prawns, medium size, peeled
20gm soya bean cake, deep-fried, diced
sambal sauce (as much as u like)

Instructions

Gravy:

Step 1: Mix assam jawa with water.
Step 2: Strain off pulp and reserve the juice.
Step 3: Stir fry the shallots, garlic, dried chilli paste and onions until fragrant.
Step 4: Add remaining ingredients and bring to boil.
Step 5: Reduce heat and simmer for 45 mins.
Step 6: Add seasoning to taste.

Spiced Rice Vermicelli:

Step 1: Soak vermicelli in cold water to soften.
Step 2: Drain dry, blanch in boiling water for 30 secs and strain.
Step 3: Heat oil in wok and cook shallots, chilli paste and dried shrimp until fragrant.
Step 4: Add vermicelli and bean sprouts and mix well.

Serving
Step 1:Place spiced rice vermicelli in bowl.
Step 2:Add piping hot gravy.
Step 3:Garnish with egg wedges, chopped chive, prawns, soya bean cake, fish cake and lime.
Step 4:Sambal chilli may be added.

Pls try it and let me know if its good kayz?

Yeh Jun Korean Restaurant

In Eating out on July 28, 2010 at 08:49

Yeh Jun Korean Restaurant

This may sound kinda silly in the heat of summer but my friend had a sudden craving for Korean seafood hotpot and so the search to find authentic Korean food in Dubai was on.

After checking out with friends and doing some research online, we finally found Yeh Jun Korean Restaurant.
It is located in the 2nd floor above Safestway supermarket, along SZR. Not the easiest place to locate but you are in for a treat when you find it.

There are 3 restaurants located on the second floor and I would think that they belong to the same group.
The choices were Korean, Thai and Seafood.

There were 6 varieties of kimchee served and I like the chicken and fish ones best. Point to note, no refills are available here.

We ordered the spicy seafood hotpot and the oyster pancake.

The seafood hotpot came with its own burner and was filled with prawns, calamari, fish, clams and crab,
Not to forget the beancurd and the veggies. The stock was flavorful with a subtle taste of the sea and not forgetting a taste of kimchee.

The oyster pancake was yummy only when hot. It was totally horrendous when cool, tasting absolutely oily and greasy. It comes with a highly not recommended to order from me.

All in all food was above average but please do stick to the old favorites.

Yeh Jun Korean Restaurant
2nd floor on Safestway Building along SZR

Flooded in Dubai Again!!!

In Musings on July 27, 2010 at 12:13

Thanks to the most unskilled and idiotic repair guys, who insisted that all was well and switched on the water mains again … My place flooded again!!!

With experience, I just knew what I had to do. Called Emaar and they came within 30mins to switch off the mains … And the clean up starts again …

3 floods in 3 days … Tell me that this is it … No more floods … The irony is now I’m without running water when my apartment was waterlogged …

Landlords informed and they have given the go ahead for the Emaar guys to fix this problem so let’s hope this gets resolved soon!

I really have to thank C for the use of her apartment during this trying time…

Nordsee @ Dubai Mall

In Eating out on July 26, 2010 at 00:38

Okie I admit, it was the seafood chowder that attracted me to this little cafe that is located in the lower ground level food court in Dubai Mall.

The seafood chowder was chockablock full with all kinda of yummy seafood goodness. At last count there were 5 shrimps that were of a good size and plenty of fish and calamari swimming in that soup. Yummy!!! At 20AED or about SGD$8 it is good value!!!

The lemongrass shrimp skewer was yummy plumb crunchy shrimp that was flavorful and best of all it was served with the best thai sweet chilli I had in ages!!At 15AED or about SGD$6. The squid and shrimp skewer was conventional but no less yummy! Grilled to perfection and what a wonderful idea! At 12AED or about SGD$5. Ice-cream cones as containers for the sauces provided!

The Day it rained in The Greens, Dubai …. in my apartment

In Musings on July 25, 2010 at 17:42

I was missing the sound of rain and was playing the sound of rain on my laptop when the sound of rain almost felt like it was really raining cos i seem to feel raindrops.

Horrors of horrors it seemed that it was raining in my apartment … what started as a drizzle quickly became a downpour. Within minutes, my kitchen was flooded and i was horrified… Geez who can I can when it is close to midnight? Thank god for a fren who came over when I called.

Emaar security was helpful and they helped to call for the maintainence guys but I bet you can’t guess how long they took to arrive ….

They only came @ almost 4am .. it was a nightmare and sleepless night. and all they could do is to shut the mains so that the water stops …

I was without water …. arugh!!!! and this in the middle of summer!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

Call my landlord 1st thing in the morning and they called the agent to fix the place but the agency was another story ….

Sending me untrained labour to perform the task and flooded my apartment again …

to be continued … ….

Thank God for C who lent me a bathroom for the night!

Essential Waitrose Bacan Rashers

In snacks n bites on July 23, 2010 at 13:49

yummy yummy yummy, I can’t help but just love this snack, the taste of bacon without needing to cook!

Bentoya – Eat In

In Eating out on July 21, 2010 at 13:33

Bentoya … Guess this is my favorite Japanese place in Dubai.

My 1st visit to the place after countless deliveries from them. The food was fantastic as usual and I bumped into friends there as well.

The deco is nothing to shout about and the service was not fantastic but the food more than made up for it.

This is what we had!

Seafood Raman 55AED

Salmon, crabstick Maki 33AED

Sashimi Bento 60AED

FG5 Staff Canteen

In Eating out, snacks n bites on July 19, 2010 at 16:56

So you will need an airport pass to have a bite here but its yummicious good food at a more than reasonable price more than makes up for it!

This is one of my favorite sandwiches, the chicken club sandwich … @ AED10 or SGD$4 … wanna join me?

Singapore Deli‏

In Eating out on July 15, 2010 at 00:53

Tucked in a quit unassuming corner in busy busy Al Karama is Singapore Deli.

Talk about contradiction that is so typically Dubai. Singapore Deli is the shop that is owned by a Malaysian, serves Indonesian food and has Filipino service staff.

There is no chicken rice, laksa or char kway teow here but rather expect ayam soto, gado gado, tauhu goreng, nasi lemak, nasi rendang, Nasi Dagang , satay and teh* halia.

Brought a friend here for dinner after completing our shopping in nearby Burjuman Mall. Its one of my favourite places to shop as it has almost all my favourite brands without the crowd and queue at MOE or Dubai Mall.

Ordered ayam satay, gado gado and ayam soto to share.

The ayam satay was yummy, 6 sticks of tender marinated chicken and a nice peanut sauce. Well done, satay Indonesian style.

The gado gado was authentic with the same nutty flavour from the peanut sauce.

The ayam soto again was served with mee hoon rather than mee but it was good enough, with nicely shredded chicken.

The bill was a reasonable one for the 3 dishes and 2 drinks. AED80 or SGD31 including the tips.

French Bakery @ Outlet Mall‏

In Eating out, snacks n bites on July 13, 2010 at 00:41

Yes, yet another day of shopping and this time we ended up @ Outlet Mall.

Outlet mall is mall that is filled with factory outlets and claims to have more than 800 brands available. But shopping here is a hit and miss affair. U might be able to find bargains that are cheap and chic or you might go home empty handed.

Tea is always great when you need a break before continuing with the bargain hunting.

The french bakery is serves yummy pastries that is reasonable.

We ordered a chocolate fondant, triple chocolate cake and Moroccan tea.

The chocolate fondant was fantastic! Molten chocolate and an almost crispy shell. Just send me another one.

The triple chocolate is above average but it is totally outshone by the fondant.

Dubai Outlet Mall