WIP’s 24 Carat Christmas, Bangsar Shopping Centre

December 27, 2014 at 1:06 am | Posted in christmas, Food reviews, Foods, Uncatogorized | Leave a comment

WIP’s 24 Carat Christmas

Review by Choy Kwok Ming & Erica Sam

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I’m always on the lookout for a great place to chill after a hectic day. Most days, your choices are limited to either good food with bad ambience OR good ambience with lousy food. This Christmas, the wife and I were feted to all of the above, and more. On Christmas eve, we were invited to WIP for great food, fantastic music and a very relaxed place to chill out. Exploding with a 24 Carat Christmas theme, WIP rolled out the red carpet for us.

WIP Ambience

WIP at Bangsar Shopping Centre has always been known as a great place to go for a drink. The regulars are a mixed crowd of expats and Bangsar locals, who expect great ambience and an equally well stocked bar. It’s the place where the beautiful go to be seen, and where everybody knows your name. I loved how the staff treated us with utmost professionalism, yet were able to maintain a buddy, buddy feel.

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As part of the SOULed OUT group of restaurants, it’s also famous for its innovative marketing ideas and energetic crew. Tonight’s presentation was no different. Featuring a live band that had many a patron dancing by their table side, and a crew of 24 carat golden fairies that went around greeting the guests, it was no surprise that WIP is THE place to go.

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Golden Fairies

WIP, however, is usually off my food radar. I had a misconception that a great bar could not contain a great chef. WIP proofed me wrong that night! Promoting a Christmas dinner choice of Baked Crusted Seabass, Karuma Prawn or Provencal Crusted Beef, the wife chose the seabass while I had the beef. We were both astonished by the quality of the cooking. The seabass was both moist and firm. Sweet to the core, the seabass was large enough to share. Perhaps a touch of tangy sauce would have created a delicate contrast to the fish.

Seabass

The beef, however, ruled the roost. Consisting of an Angus tenderloin, my steak is, in my opinion, the best steak I’ve had in a long time. Cooked medium, the beef had a nice mineral taste and was so very soft to bite. It was almost like cutting butter with a hot knife. Although not as well marbled as a Kobe steak, WIP’s chef managed to cook it beautifully. Even my wife loved it, and she usually shies away from beef. Kudos to the chef.

Angus Beef

In addition to the main courses, WIP had also laid out a buffet of starters, the traditional carvings of turkey and roasted lamb and a small selection of Christmas desserts. I generally appreciated the buffet, but felt the main course was more than sufficient. The portions both pleased the palate and satisfied the belly.

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WIP ended our meal with a selection of Christmas cocktails, specially created for this Christmas package. We sampled their Fire & Ice and the Gold Rush. While both were delicious, it was the Fire & Ice that stood out. A tasty concoction of Gin, peach puree and lime juice, this cocktail had an exotic lacing of fire. Rimmed with a touch of chili, it gave my nostrils a flare of fire that was immediately quenched by cool lime juice. What a wonderful creation! My hat’s off to the barkeep.

In summary, WIP is a complete package: great entertainment, food and drink all in one place. As a bonus, you get a fantastic presentation of professionalism yet friendly crew, who try their utmost best to make your night an enjoyable one. If you read this early, try to book their New Years’s Eve dinner. WIP promised us an equally fantastic meal awaits, to be topped off by a blazing display of fireworks, celebrating both New Year’s Eve and BSC’s 50th anniversary.

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Christmas food art

December 18, 2014 at 8:13 am | Posted in food art, Holiday foods, Kids foods | Leave a comment

 

My daughters love strawberry. This morning the two cheeky pies requested to get a small box of strawberry when we were in the market. I used a few of it to make a christmas breakfast plate for them. It was so lovely.

Wishing everyone has a wonderful Holiday!

 

Bake egg and cheese rice in remekin

September 23, 2014 at 10:08 am | Posted in Asian foods, food, food art, Foods, Kids activities, Kids cooking, Kids foods | Leave a comment

bake egg rice in remekin1Cut potato into thin strips.

bake egg rice in remekin2Brown potato strips in a frying pan.

bake egg rice in remekin3 bake egg rice in remekin4Put in the browned potatoes strips, egg, cheddar cheese, and rice into the ramekin. Here I made (A) with rice and (B) without rice.
Then bake them into the oven at 150C for 10 minutes.

bake egg rice in remekin6I often bake cheese rice in single ramekin for my girls for snack. To keep warm, I covered the ramekin with aluminum foil then place it into a Thermo box and  into a warmer snack bag. 🙂

Have a Lovely DIY Day 🙂

Bear bun in the cups

August 25, 2014 at 10:28 am | Posted in food, food art, Foods | Leave a comment

My girls love those pretty baking cups. They enjoy eating snack in the cup such as cereal, nuts and bread sticks. Instead of the sweet colorful and creamy cupcakes, I made cute bun in the cup. They are as pretty and yummy as cupcake except less sugar.

Bear bun in cups tutorial


1. Divide the dough into small pieces and about the same size.
 

2. Make the dough flat and place the filling on it. I used lotus paste for making this bun. You can make it plain.

 

3. Close the dough with filling inside and make it into a ball.


4. Place the ball into the baking paper cup. Then make their ears with two small balls with the dough.

My lovely cutie bear? Aren’t they adorable?


 

Fry wonton

August 21, 2014 at 9:12 am | Posted in food, food art, Foods, Kids foods, Uncatogorized | Leave a comment

Wonton is a type of dumpling which commonly found in Chinese cuisines. Wonton skin is made by spreading a square wrapper (a dough skin made of flour, egg, water, and salt).

I often wrap wonton with the leftover meats and vegetables. What I did was I blend the foods with blender to make them fine so it will be easy to wrap. By doing so, there will be no wastage of foods because my family love to eat wonton either cook it with soup or fry them. Besides, it makes a good snack for kids.

I would like to share with you the basic way of wrap wonton. This is how I did:

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Place the wonton sheet this way. Put the fill at the center of the sheet.wonton skin2

Fold the wonton sheet as shown above.

wonton skin3 Join point A to B

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It will look like this.

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My snack! I love to eat it with avocado 🙂

Have a Lovely DIY day!

Cute mini bunny bao / steam bun

August 12, 2014 at 4:26 am | Posted in Asian foods, food, food art, Foods, Homeschool, Kids activities, Kids cooking, Kids foods, Party foods, Preschool plays | Leave a comment

Little sweet pea loves mini bunny bao (steam bun).  This morning little sweet pea and I had fun playing with the boa dough and our mini bunny bao turned out lovely and yummy.

 

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bao dough bao dough and paste red dough copy

 

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bunny bao cuteAw…aren’t them cute?

Here is the recipe that I use with Thermomix machine. This recipe was taken from ‘easily cook for you own.blogspot.com’, I have a problem of  linking it here.

Ingredients:

130 g water

1 tsp yeast

15 g sugar

15 g oil

250 top flour*

Pinch of Salt

*Not high protein / multi-purpose flour

Method:

Cover Time Temp (°C) Speed
1)  Add water, yeast, sugar and oil into TM bowl Yes 40sec 37 3
2)  Add flour and salt to mix Yes 20sec 3-6
3)  Knead the mixture Yes 2min Knead function
4)  Roll, cut and shape into pieces, place them on oiled Varoma dish and tray.  Leave it to rise for 30 mins
5)  Add 500g water to boil Yes 15mins V 3
6)  When temperature reached V, remove measuring cup and put on Varoma dish to steam Varoma dish with mantou Balance of at least 10 mins V 3

If you do not use Thermomix. Please follow this recipe that I taken from China Sichuan Food.com.

Ingredients

  • 300g all-purpose flour
  • 2 and 1/2 teaspoon instant yeast (one packet instant yeast)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 150g water or milk

Instructions

  1. Prepare warm water around 35 °C and melt the sugar in. And mix the yeast with the water. Mix well and set aside for around 5 minutes. If you do not want sugar, just skip it.
  2. Prepare the flour in a large bowl. Pour the water with yeast slowly to the bowl with flour and stir with a chop sticker.
  3. Then knead the flour into smooth and soft dough. At the very beginning, it might be a little bit sticky.
  4. Cover the bowl and let the dough rest for around 1 hour or until the paste ball doubles in size. This process can be done by mixer.
  5. When the dough is double in size, get paste ball out and punch the air out.
  6. Then roll the dough into a long log around 1 inch in diameter or any size you want.
  7. Scatter some flour on your board and cut the log to small sections you like. Brush some oil on the bottom of each bun.
  8. Add cool water in wok and put the buns in the steamer to steam. Continue to steam for around 15 minutes after the water boils.

Read more at http://www.chinasichuanfood.com/chinese-steamed-buns/

Have a Lovely DIY day!

Cute Miffi burger

July 25, 2014 at 8:40 am | Posted in food, food art, Foods, Kids activities, Kids cooking, Kids foods, Party foods | Leave a comment

miffi burger1Two slices of bread and one fried egg

DSC02205Spread homemade dragon fruit and pineapple jam on the bread. Then top it with fried egg and cheese.

miffi burger3Put two slices of bread together. Use a glass to place it at the center to cut the bread into a round shape.

miffi burger4It will look like this.

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Use melted chocolate to draw a Miffi.

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Since I was making this for my girl to bring to school. I kept the Miffi burger into an aluminum pocket and sealed it. It will help to keep the bread soft after few hours. Beside, it is easier for the kids to eat by holding the bread with the aluminum pocket so the filling won’t drop out.

miffi burger7miffi burger8A simple last minute snack pack for my girl.

Wishing everyone has a lovely weekend.

Easy Hello Kitty bento

July 22, 2014 at 7:43 am | Posted in food art, Foods, Kids activities, Kids cooking, Kids foods | Leave a comment

Making bento is a fun activity for parents and kids. It allows children experience of creating meals with you can help to build their self-confidence and lay the foundation for healthy eating habits.

I am going to share with you a simple Hello Kitty  bento set which I made with silicone ice mould. Using ice mould to mould the rice is the simplest way of making cute rice balls. My daughters love to create their bento with ice mould.

Hello Kitty ice mould Hello Kitty silicone ice mould

hello kitty ice mould1Fill plain rice into the mould.

hello kitty riceTa-dah! you have got the lovely hello kitty shape rice.

hello kitty rice ballThe eyes were made with seaweed. You need to have a seaweed puncher to help you to make the eyes nicely. I bought the seaweed puncher online. Daiso sells it but I personally think that the quality was not so good.  It is no harm to get a cheap one to try.

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Lunch for my daughters. They will be pleased to see this when they come back from school. ( Fry omelette with shrimps, spinach and wolfberry soup, braise sweet and sour pork).

Wishing everyone has a LovelyDIY day!

 

Bacon and egg cup

July 14, 2014 at 5:10 am | Posted in Asian foods, Foods, Kids activities, Kids cooking, Kids foods, Party foods | Leave a comment

Preparing kids’s meal and lunch box in the morning is quite a challenging  task for me. I only have 30 minutes to prepare the foods. I always think of quick and easy yet delicious and nutritious foods for the kids to bring to school. I would like to share with you this quick to prepare bacon and egg cup which I came across from a magazine.

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Grease the muffin pan with butter then tear and lay the bread as shown.

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Then cut the bread in  about one inch wide stripe to cover the side of each individual cup.

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Stuff cooked bacon into each cup.

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Break an egg into each cup. Then bake it with  uppper heat in 200 C  until the egg is cook to your like. Bake longer if you prefer fully cooked egg.

bacon egg cup5 bacon egg cup6 Breakfast for my family this morning.

Cute Mini burger

June 25, 2014 at 8:52 am | Posted in food, food art, Kids foods, Party foods | 2 Comments

mini burger3I have a habit of throwing out my ideas by doing random sketching. It helps me to get inspirations and ideas of my works.  I was actually thinking of making cute mini doughnuts but at the very last minutes, I decided to try to make mini burger instead. It is easy and nice.

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Use two slices of bread. Spread the one of the bread with strawberry jam. Then use any circle cutter to cut out the bread into few circles.

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Decorate with colorful sprinkles.  To make the sprinkles stick on the bread, I applied a thin layer of butter on top before the sprinkles.

mini burger6Lets have tea!

Have a Lovely DIY day!

 

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