I realise time goes by preeeetty fast sometimes. And as a means to be a bit more productive and to keep this blog corner slightly "happening", say hello to monthly Random Bites!
I shall try to share with you stuff I did, see, cook, try, make etc etc. Things may get quite random but that shall be the beauty of it! (or pretty much an excuse, but I promise photos!) Since I don't have instagram (or maybe I made an account but it's probably collecting dust in the internet) why not make use of some photos here ye.
This April seems to be much eating going on (there goes whatever non-existing diet) so hope you enjoy the foodstuff images! :)
JB Tapioca Chips
There's this secret tapioca chips supplier of mine in Johor which produces the BEST tapioca chips E-VER. What makes this stuff so good? Well, I've personally been to the very small factory and its a community effort where they wash, peel and fry these BY HAND. They use fresh oil and machinery is only used to slice the tapioce really thinly and coat them with tasty (albeit with MSG I bet) seasonings.
My favourite flavours are the BBQ Chicken, Tomato, Black Pepper and Lightly salted string ones. Other flavours available are Sweet sambal, Dry chilli, Curry and Corn (if you're adventurous)
So I managed to get the dad to drive all the way in the middle of nowhere in Johor (heh) to get my fix. This is the stuff of dreams. I'm thinking of selling these in bags for the Aidilfitri festive season, so if you'd like some drop me a note (comment, email, fb..)
JB IT Roo Cafe
So after getting my tapioca chips stored in the car boot, the stomach wants food. :P
We stopped by It Roo cafe, a place I've been longing to try since reading online reviews from Singaporean and Johor bloggers. After what seemed like torturous eternity (I swear the temperature was like 40 degrees celsius that day), we caught sight of the cafe amidst other historical shophouses.
SO. OLD. SCHOOL.
From the seats, to the walls and decorations to the plates... It felt like time stood still. And I'm not hallucinating (Really!) cause from old newspaper clippings on the walls you can see that truly, almost nothing changed. Maybe the cashier?
Proclaimed as "The Best Chicken Chop in Johor", I can;'t vouch for its truthfulness but it really was something! You choose your chicken fried or grilled with mushroom or black pepper sauce. Crispy, so tasty and juicy, don;t think I had anything like it in Singapore before. (stop salivating, kayos)
Other than the chicken, I loved the way they did the potatoes. tt thin crispy skin mm mmm. If I'm not wrong, the chicken chop only costs RM12/15 :) Other items on the menu included Mix Grill, Lamb Chop, Fried Rice etc etc. One word, YUM.
I love bread. I really do.
Recently, I found out of this newly halal bakery D'Pastriez which ironically showcases more of their bread than pastries but not that I'm complaining. :) They have a few branches but I checked out the one at the new OneKM mall.
Made with natural yeast (fermentation of fruits) the breads here are really different. Think soft and chewy! Would have loved those rustic style crusts but you can always pop them in the oven/ toaster at home.
With interesting flavours like blue mountain coffee and chocolate, swiss chocolate, multigrain, herbs etc me likey. Worth a try if you've been eyeing non-halal counterparts!
Free samples are always good :D
I've been anticipating 4 Fingers' halal since all my non Muslim friends kept raving about it. We hereby proudly state that we nommed it within 3 hours of them putting up their halal cert! :P Sorry not sorry.
Baked Doughnuts trials
I've always wanted a doughnut pan. ALWAYS. so cute, so circular... and those doughnut holes!!! Omo. (ok please pardon my hyperventilating on such a random thing)
The sister in law was so sweet to get me a mini doughnut tray! We're experimenting to come up with a good baked doughnut recipe and hope to bring on exciting flavours and vegan options, so do keep a lookout!
These darlings will have to be self-collected though as the icings would definitely melt. Alternatively, you could order above S$150 and wed send them over to a local address ;D
Home cooked Korean meals 'montage'
Funny how once you eat Korean it's hard to go back :S Enjoy the pics of our Korean home cooking below!
And yes. I do wish I could open a cafe and serve you guys these original / authentic and HALAL korean dishes and banchans. Our current halal korean options really are limited.
(We've been encouraged to consider kickstarter but really unsure of the take-up)
Make of the month: My "office" pillow
It's been a while since I made, drew, create, sew, crafted.. you get my drift. In an effort to be more productive in this area, I shall also aim to make something each month.
Since work has been piling more and more, my back too has been aching horribly. Granny sewed me a pillow but I couldn't bring the hello kitty covered thing to work just like that, so a trendy pillow cover is in order! :D Out comes the pins, needles, sewing machine...
A rather good job if I say so myself! (with some if not more guidance from Mummy cos I'm just so out of practice) :D
That about sums up my April. For May, do look out for the upcoming offers in the shop and interesting blogposts coming up! <3
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