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Some random bread

In Eating out, snacks n bites on August 29, 2010 at 11:46

Was sooo busy at work I had no time to eat and being Ramandan there is not much food available.

My colleague was nice enough to buy me some bread that was not fantastic but was welcome by me!

There were 3 mini buns that were filled with spicy chicken, ham and egg!

Thanks S!

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Dodo Fishball Noodles

In Food from Home on August 26, 2010 at 11:34

I miss the convenience of just buying or “tao baoing” fishball noodles from the hawker centre or coffee shop.

No such luck here so the next best thing I can have to satisfy the craving is found in the frozen section of C4.

I would never eat this back home but beggars can’t be choosers …

Frozen packaged noodles …

with a little imagination and special ingredients, the transformation happens!

Dabbawala – An interesting name and concept!

In Eating out, snacks n bites on August 23, 2010 at 09:00

Yay!!! There is a free lunch today as it is the farewell for one of my colleagues who was moving on the greener pastures as a result we had a free department lunch.
I thought that we were having pizzas as it looked like we had more than 30 boxes of pizza and I was like did we over order??? Was it gonna be 1 pizza each???

Well it turned out that I was wrong, the boxes contained Indian takeout!!! Garlic nanns, Butter Chicken, Tandoori Fish, vegetable curry, yogurt, raw vegetables and Indian sweets made up the box. Everything had its place and they even came with the cutest wooden flatware …

The food was mouth-watering!!! Thumbs up from me!!!

Dabbawala
+97143979518

Ikea Meat Balls

In Eating out on August 20, 2010 at 09:37

I rarely do blog about not to positive meals but this meal got me sooo disappointed that I needed to write about it.

I used to love going to Ikea for meals when I was back home in Singapore but somehow the food at Ikea Dubai is disappointing to say the least.

Ordered the meat ball but they told me they ran out of lingerberry jam!! Still I ordered it to my regret … Wasted calories that could be have used for other yummy dishes .. Over salted with no flavor is how I would describe it.

No more next time!!!

Lan Kwai Fong

In Eating out on August 17, 2010 at 08:52

Yeah its Lan Kwai Fong nope not that street of fun and booze in Hong Kong, rather, its this little place in Dubai that serves Cantonese food and Peking Duck.

It is not located in a big hotel but rather it is a standalone restaurant in Oud Metta near Lamcy Plaza …

As there is only 2 of us and both gals there is no way we could finish a Peking duck on our own so we had to try the other stuff …

The appetizers: Caramelized peanuts with sesame and pickled vegetables! Love love love them … the cucumber, cabbage, carrots and chilli that has been pickled in a vinegar and sugar solution … they really get the taste bud working … Caramelized peanuts with sesame, need I say more??? A prelude to the delectable dishes that were coming up next!

Lau Fu Tong (Old fire soup) or simply soup of the day that has been double boiled with a strong flame for hours is mindblowingly in its simplicity. No complex expensive ingredient just good control of the fire and a great chef. It is brewed with winter melon, chicken, red dates and a host of other ingredients. No picture cos I forgot and just started drinking soup!

Seafood, tofu and vegetable in a claypot. Simply stir fried and braised in claypot. Scallops, prawns, fish, clams are found in this dish!

Who can forget sweet and sour dishes when you visit Chinese restaurants??? The chef recommended the prawns and boy were they fresh!

After all that has been said, I must admit that I missed ordering my food in Cantonese!

Lan Kwai Fong
Oud Metta Near American Hospital
+ 9714 335 3680

Up and Down Sundae

In Eating out, snacks n bites on August 14, 2010 at 09:40

Ever wanted to try something different??? There are days when I’m just plain bored and do funnie things. This is a day like that …

I went up to the counter and told the wait staff, ” Give me a sundae but surprise me.”
The lady at the Mac Donald’s counter smiled and presented this to me … She calls it the up and down sundae …

Good stuff for a hot summer afternoon …
Lovely and so totally made my day!

Maybe you can try this some time!

800 Pizza

In Eating out on August 11, 2010 at 08:59

Was driving around the neighbourhood looking around for something to try when we found this little Italian eatery located just a block away from the Mall of the Emirates.

They had the requisite wood fire oven and a seemingly Italian chef. This was this combination that made us decide on this place for dinner. They seemed to only have 7 tables in the outlet and only 3 were filled, were we too early for dinner or was dinner gonna be a wash out event?

Spoke to the family at the next table and realized reassuringly that they were Italian and this is one of their favourite spots for dinner. I’m pretty sure the food ain’t that bad when you had locals dining there on a regular basis. Their little girl recommended the tiramisu which I later ordered.

Service was warm but it seems that you need to place your orders at the counter. While waiting for the girl to take my order, it suddenly hit me that most of their business was delivery and takeout as I had to wait for the phone to stop ringing so that the girl could take my order.

Chef @ work with woodfire oven …

Ordered a seafood pizza and tiramisu …

The seafood pizza came with an assortment fresh shrimp, clams and calamari … think thin crust just the way I like it!

The tiramisu was spot on … just no alcohol but I must say that it is a nice non-alcoholic version.

Will food like that, I will be keeping their delivery hotline on my speed dial!

800 PIZZA
Abdullah Meheiri Building
Beside Mall of the Emirates
Al Barsha, Sheikh Zayed Road
Dubai, UAE

+9714-3416101

Stir Fried Liver with Spring Onion and Ginger

In Food from Home on August 8, 2010 at 09:32

Stir Fried Liver with Spring Onions & Ginger

Another home cook meal that came about when I found a piece of really fresh liver at Waitrose and decided to have it for dinner. This dish is rich in iron and great for ladies after that time of the month!

Ingredients

1. 300 g pig’s liver, cut to small thin slices
2. 1 tbsp light soy sauce
3. 1 tbsp oyster sauce
4. cornflour
5. 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
6. 50g chinese wolfberry,
7. 5 stalks spring onions, cut to 2 inch length
8. 50g of ginger, julienned
9. 50g chopped garlic
10. ½ onion, thinly sliced

Seasonings

1. 3 tbsps chinese cooking wine
2. 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
3. 1 tbsp light soya sauce

Method

Step 1: Marinate liver slices evenly with cornflour and light soy sauce and oyster sauce in a bowl for 20 minutes.
Step 2: Heat olive oil in wok.
Step 3: Sautee and brown the garlic, ginger and onion.
Step 4: Add the liver and Chinese wolfberries, stir fry for a few minutes Taking care not to overcook the liver.
Step 5: Add the seasoning
Step 6: The dish is ready to be served!

Nasi Lemak from Singapore Deli

In Eating out on August 5, 2010 at 09:18

Nasi Lemak is a dish that can be found in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. With roots in Malay culture, its name is a Malay word that literally means ‘rice in cream’. The name is derived from the cooking process whereby rice is soaked in coconut cream and then the mixture steamed.

At its best, this dish is served in a banana leaf wrapping. Unfold the leaf to discover a portion of fragrant rice that’s been cooked in coconut milk, a small deep-fried fish, some fried anchovies, a slice of plain omelette, some fresh cucumber and the all-important sambal (a paste made from chillies, dried shrimp and spices).

Originally a Malay dish, it is now prepared by the Chinese too, who added many accompanying ingredients, such as fried chicken wings, sausages and vegetables. Traditionally a breakfast meal, it is so well-loved that there are all-night restaurants in Singapore which specialise in serving nasi lemak for late dinners, suppers and wee-­hours breakfasts!

This is a dish I sorely missed since I moved to Dubai and especially after my supply of sambal ran out. I could always cook another batch but that may mean putting my poor neighbors through the flumes when I cook the sambal.

I found it in the Singapore Deli the other day and decided to order it as takeout since I had already had my lunch!

The rice was fragrant and had the wonderful taste of coconut. The sambal was close to the version from home but could be hotter. The fried ikan billies were nice and fresh. I took it home and added the fried egg and sausage to it. Yummy stuff but I was told to try the version @ First Malaysian instead, well will go hunt it down and check it out next time!

Carluccio

In Eating out on August 2, 2010 at 10:01

Carluccio is an all day cafe chain that serves Italian food. I visited the branch located in Dubai Marina on a Friday afternoon and the place was bustling. At about 11 am, the place was practically full and a stark contrast to the other food outlets in the same mall.

Ever so often, curiosity strikes me and I just had to try the food from Carluccio for myself and see what the fuss was all about.
I ordered a cup of cappuccino and a beef lasagne.

At first glance, I thought I was gonna go home hungry and I was prepared to grab some snack from Waitrose on my way home. But boy was I surprised, that tiny portion was rich, flavourful rich and absolutely lip-smackingly delicious and guess what it totally filled me up and I actually had problems finishing it.

The cuppa and lasagne cost me about AED75 including tip, a most reasonable meal. They also have a takeout section as well as a grocery section that sells fresh pasta, cheese and chocolates!