Foodie Tuesday

Penang’s Must Do Cooking Class

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Destinations, Food, Foodie Tuesday, Malaysia, Penang | 9 comments

Penang’s Must Do Cooking Class…

Pearly Kee, with her husband Chandra, run the popular Penang Home Cooking School. If you are in Penang, don’t hesitate to book a class and try your hand at cooking some authentic Malaysian cuisine. Your class will begin with a tour of the Pulau Tikus Market. Delicious veggies, herbs and spices, fresh meat and fish; all available here for your cooking pleasure. Pearly is very knowledgeable about all the ingredients that she uses in her cooking, and loves to share this knowledge with her students.

Have you ever tried fresh lotus root? It’s very popular in Asian cooking. The Korean’s love them pickled. I’ve never cooked with the fresh, but often buy it pickled, here in Korea.

 

Penang Homecooking School at the Pulau Tikus Market

Penang Homecooking School at the Pulau Tikus Market

 

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Penang: Pasar Air Itam Laska for Foodie Tuesday

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in Destinations, Featured, Food, Foodie Tuesday, Malaysia, Penang | 4 comments

Posting to Foodie Tuesday, hosted by Inside Journeys. You can have a peek at past Foodie Tuesday deliciousness here

The list of signature dishes associated with Penang is a long one. One dish that hovers close to the top is the island’s famous Asam Laska, and it is readily available in every food court, and numerous food carts throughout the island. However, if you want what is reputed to be the best, a trip to the small town of Air Itam is in order. Located on Jalan Pasar next to the town market, you can’t miss the red LASKA sign, or a food stall that is always bustling with workers and customers, alike. You can combine your quest for Penang’s best Laska with a visit to the largest Buddhist Temple in South East Asia, Kek Lok Si Temple.First the laska! You’ll need energy to climb all those steps to the top of the temple!

 

Hard at work…

 

Best Laska in Penang

Best Laska in Penang

 

Everything I read told me that this place would be packed, but I lucked in. Yes, it was busy, but not packed. I was able to sit at a table right next to all the action.

 

Great logo on all of the tables!

 

Tabletop logo at Air Itam Laska, Penang

Tabletop logo at Air Itam Laska, Penang

 

I have the feeling that a big part of their delicious secret lies in the bubbling vats of broth.

 

Preparing take-out at Air Itam Laska

Preparing take-out at Air Itam Laska

 

 

Vats of bubbling broth at Air Itam Laska

Vats of bubbling broth at Air Itam Laska

 

The laska arrives, a wee bit messy around the edges, but that’s forgiven with the first slurp. My mouth explodes with a perfect combination of sweet and sour. The aromatic lemon grass, and a perfect drizzling of prawn paste kicks in with the spiciness of the chili to produce this taste bud nirvana.

 

Mouthwatering Penang Laska

Mouthwatering Penang Laska

Enjoying perfectly flavored laska at Pasar Air Itam Laska

Enjoying perfectly flavored laska at Pasar Air Itam Laska

 

I would definitely go back again, in a heartbeat!

If you want to try this iconic dish, I highly recommend that you board a bus in downtown Georgetown for the 25 minute ride. Either the 203 or the 204 will drop you in the center of the small town, directly at the market. There are two bus terminals in Georgetown; Komtar and Weld Quay. You can catch the 203 or 204 at either location.

Travelers Tip

Address…

Pasar Air Itam,
Jalan Pasar,
11500 Air Itam,
Pulau Pinang

Bus 203 or 204 from Georgetown’s Komtar or Weld Quay (2 Ringgit)

Hours: 11:15am – 7:30pm (They don’t list a close day.)

Price: 4 Ringgit  ($1.26US)

 

 

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Penang: Hokkein Mee for Foodie Tuesday

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Food, Foodie Tuesday, Malaysia, Penang | 9 comments

Posting to Foodie Tuesday at Inside Journeys. If you want to have a peek at past Foodie Tuesday posts, here you go.

Busing it in to Georgetown on my first full day in Penang, out of the corner of my eye I see a side street will food carts. They seemed to be calling “Nancie Nancie, we want you”. Off the bus, and I discover that I’m at the Kuntan Road Market. Being a little on the late side, quite a few of the stalls have finished serving, but my eyes light up when I see a sign for Hokkein Mee. I know for sure that is often listed as one of the ten “must try” hawker foods in Penang. I’m game!

Penang Hawker Dishes

 

The main ingredient is on of my favorites, prawn. In addition, your bowl will include chicken or pork, and water spinach in a rich broth. Red pepper paste can give it a nice zing, if you so desire. Of course, you can’t forget the noodles! I’ve seen photos of some Hokkein Mee with boiled egg slices. Mine didn’t include the egg, so I’ll have to look for that next time.

 

(The chef was kind enough to pose for a photo!)

 

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And here it is….(I love the blue cutlery!)

 

Hokkein Mee

 

The amount of zing I wanted was totally up to me, and I went for SPICY! What an explosion of flavor and heat! I wasn’t sure if the sweat on my brow was from the Penang heat, or the red pepper paste; probably a bit of both!

This was my first ever taste of Hokkein Mee, but it won’t be my last.

Thankfully, I didn’t have to do the washing up 🙂

 

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A bowl of this deliciousness will set you back 3.50 Malaysian Ringgits ($1.10US.

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Wanderfood Wednesday — Ssukgak Dallae Moochim — A Tasty Korean Salad

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in Food, Foodie Tuesday, Korea, Wanderfood Wednesday | 17 comments

Originally published for Wanderfood Wednesday on April 13, 2011Linked to Foodie Tuesday at Inside Journeys You can have a peek at previous Foodie Tuesday posts here.  🙂 

 

Here we are for another week of Wanderfood Wednesday, kindly hosted by Wanderlust and Lipstick.

The last five Friday nights  have been reserved for Korean cooking class. This is the second time that I have taken Korean cooking classes here in Daejeon. I have to say the recipes this second time around were far superior to the first class. For about fifty dollars the classes really are a bargain.

An important part of almost any Korean meal are the side dishes, called banchan. One popular side dish is “Ssukgak Dallae Moochim”; Seasoned Crown Daisy & Wild Rocambole. This is one of my favorite side dishes. Until last Friday night I had no idea what it was called, or how to make it.

Crown daisy?; Wild rocambole? What could these possibly be? Well,  crown daisy is leaves from an edible chrysanthemum, and very popular in Korean cooking.
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Rocambole is a member of the lily family, and looks like a young scallion. CLICK HERE TO SEE A PHOTO.

Here’s my shot of the ssukgak dallae moochim that I made last Friday night. This salad is yummy to eat, easy to make, very affordable, and virtually fat-free.

Ssukgak Dallae Moochim

Ssukgak Dallae Moochim Recipe

Ingredients

1/3 of a bunch of rocambole (8-10) (substitute young scallion)
Bunch of crown daisy (8-10 leave) (substitute water cress or spinach)
1/3 onion
1 red pepper

For Dressing: Mix together…
1 tbls. red pepper powder
1 tbls. red pepper paste
2 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
1/2 tbls. sugar
1 tsp. soy sauce
2 tbls. vinegar

( Adjust the red pepper powder and past to your taste.)
–Peel and rinse the bulbs of the rocambole. Cut into bite size pieces
–Cut the crown daisy into bite size pieces
–Julienne onion and red pepper

Mix the vegetables with the dressing.

Voila! You have a salad that’s easy to make and healthy to eat.

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Foodie Tuesday: Korean Bing Su to Beat the Heat

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Destinations, Food, Foodie Tuesday, Korea | 21 comments

Linking up to Foodie Tuesday at Inside Journeys. You can check out past Foodie Tuesday posts here.

Korean summers can melt you, and when Koreans want to sink into something cool their first choice is often the popular dessert Bing Su. At its simplest, bingsu is shaved ice with a fruit topping. The most traditional is Pat Bing Su, where the shaved ice is topped with red bean. Red bean is very common here, and definitely an acquired taste. I don’t know too many Expats that like the stuff. Thankfully, the makers of Bing Su have moved away from the traditional, and the flavors, from strawberry to mango, are endless.

Heading home yesterday, I checked out the Bing Su offerings at “A Twosome Place”, one of my favorite Korean cafes. As you can see, they’ve even changed the name to “Ice Flakes”. Personally, I think Bing Su has a more interesting ring.

 

A Twosome Place

 

From traditional red bean to tiramisu, there’s a flavor to tempt everyone’s taste buds.

 

Bing Su

 

Not made for the solo dessert lover, Koreans can often be seeing dipping their spoons into the communal bowl. At about ten bucks for a huge serving, very affordable when sharing with friends or family. Available at every cafe, and some restaurants.

 

Have you tried Bing su? What did you think?

 

 

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Itaewon: Marrakech Night for Foodie Tuesday

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in Destinations, Featured, Food, Foodie Tuesday, Korea | 16 comments

Linking up to Foodie Tuesday, hosted by Marcia at Inside Journeys.  Past Foodie Tuesday posts are here.

I headed into Seoul last Sunday, with my taste buds itching to taste some delicious Moroccan offerings. Our monthly lunch group were feasting on the buffet at Marrakesh Night in Itaewon. For anyone who doesn’t know, Itaewon is Seoul’s foreign enclave, and home to some great international dining. These days the neighborhood is trendy with Koreans and foreigners. The Marrakesh Night is conveniently located at Itaewon Station, Line 6, Exit 1. Come out, turn around, and you will see the sign. We arrived at 1pm, to the aroma of a delicious Middle Eastern buffet.

The 3rd floor restaurant is nicely furnished, with lots of windows.

 

Marrakech Night, Itaewon

 

 

The buffet, offering numerous dishes from chicken to cauliflower to couscous, and all with that distinctive Moroccan flavor.

 

Buffet, Marrakech Night

 

Marrakech Salad Bar

 

My favorite dish… yummy curried cauliflower.

 

Curried cauliflower Marrakech Night

 

What’s a buffet without some dessert?

 

Dessert, Marrakech Night

 

And perhaps the most important ingredient of all… a wonderful group of people!

 

Group, Marrakech Night

 

Diners have a choice of the buffet at an affordable 18,000W (approx. 18.00US), or an a la carte menu. We all chose the buffet. I have to say that I was a little disappointed. While the food was very flavorful, it was for the most part cold. Each chafing dish was on its own electric hot plate, but either they weren’t on, or the heat was too low. My other beef was the fact that none of the dishes were labeled. One of our group had arrived early, and the staff  went through the buffet with her. She shared that info. with me, but frankly having the dishes labeled would have been so much better. I will go back sometime, but will probably order from the menu. I’ve read that they serve up great hummus, falafel, babbagonush, and Moroccan bread. All of which, I want to try.

The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. I searched for a phone number, but no luck.

Have you ever tried Moroccan food? What’s your favorite?

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