Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Steamed beancurd with mushroom

It was a busy night. Work and meetings after meetings. So had to cook something really simple.

I love eating steamed beancurb. During my super-lazy days, I would just pour some oyster sauce on the beancurb and steam it. If not, I would add some 'toppings'.

1. Soak some dried Chinese mushroom until soften, slice it.
2. Add some seasoning to the sliced mushroom - I used vegetarian oyster sauce and a bit of sesame oil.
3. Spread the marinated mushroom on the sliced white beancurd. Steam for ... I didn't time it, but should be around 10-15 minutes (depending on how much water in the steamer and which type of pot/wok material is used).
4. Sprinkle some chopped spring onions and serve.

White and supple, mmm~~~

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Daidomon @ Great Eastern Mall

A friend showed me the Daidomon promotion e-flyer last Thursday. We spontaneously decided to go try it out today. We've tried Jogoya promotions for several times and we think their service is terribly lousy during promotion period, we were thinking whether it would be the same for Daidomon.

Amazingly, the food is nice and the service is even better! This was our first time having Japanese BBQ, we do not know what to order and the waitress kindly suggested and brought the food to be BBQ-ed to us in her most friendly smile. She explained to us how to use the stove/hot plate, and came to check on us (and other customers) from time to time whether we need anything else or any help. This is so different from other eat-all-you-can restaurants when having promotion where they usually are 'too busy' to refill or take your order.

Daidomon serves a full range of buffet main dishes, beverages and wine.

Got my main dish and salad from the buffet line.

Fried rice, fried noodle, stir-fried vegetables, Maki (a bit messy looking though), potato salad and deep fried vegetable pie

I love the japanese salad dressing.

It also provides a menu which we can order raw meat and vegetables for BBQ.

Too bad they didn't have the Yasai Tempura today.

After the BBQ, we had fresh fruits, fruit cocktail and ice-cream for dessert. And I have to say, all self-service ice cream gives me a hard time, regardless it's Walls or Häagen-Dazs, I always have aching fingers after scooping it.

Not worth paying 39.90++ for vegetables only? I enjoyed the food as well as the get-together and it was all worthed it.

Friday, May 22, 2009

My breakfast today

Keen Yee always complain about my heavy yet unhealthy breakfast. So this morning I prepared something 'considered' healthy.

There are many ways to make French toast. When I was young, the mum-way was dip the bread in beaten eggs, pan-fry it, spread butter/margarine on it and sprinkle some sugar on it. My way of doing it now is dip the bread in beaten eggs (sometimes I add a little fresh milk in it), pan-fry it with olive margarine (more fragrant) and sprinkle some sugar on it (raw brown sugar). A bit of oiliness and sweetness always make the food tastier but we can be eating healthier by choosing our ingredients wisely.

I did not add milk into the eggs today because I prefer to enjoy it just by itself. The Anlene Concentrate is my new favourite now. Those who dislike milk because of its cow-y smell should try this, vanilla flavoured milk.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

When migraine strikes

I love teaching (or should be sharing knowledge of) yoga. But there were times I felt reluctant to go to class, that’s when migraine strikes. While struggling with the pain in my head, I struggled to send out the class cancellation email. Skipping my own class is more guilty compared to skipping other's classes, especially they only got to practice once a week.

Most of the time I dragged myself to class during these moments. And I never regretted because I always feel good yoga-ing. Even though it’s merely 1 hour it makes me forget about the unendurable pain. The pain do comes back after class (saddest fact is only pain-killer subsides the pain), but I just wish to make myself feel good for as much time as possible in my life.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Wedding preparation and shopping

There are many chinese customs to be carried out before the wedding ceremony. We are all modern generations and have simplified many of them but some customs are not avoidable. Not to mention there's also a lot of shopping to do, all the auspicious but tedious things to prepare.

Thanks to RedBliss that provides one-stop service of everything related to wedding, saving our time of searching and shopping. Now they are having 30%-discount-promotion so more of a reason for us to get everything we need from them.

A set used for An Chuang (install the bed) custom and the actual wedding day.

A pair of modern 'oil lamp' to be kept lighted for 3 days 3 nights, have to get Duracell batteries for that :p

Tub for bathing baby (pre-wedding, and we are talking about babies here :| ).

Sewing kit replaced the sewing machine of olden times, representing the girl (bride) is good in sewing and other needle works.

Potty set - oranges and ang pao to be placed inside and sealed with red paper. A young boy to be asked to break the paper to get the oranges and red packet on the wedding day representing the couple giving birth to boys (not only babies, and must be boys :| ).

Anyway, being a chinese, I'm sure this a journey that every married couple went through, so I shall not complain too much and just comply.

The sales girl reminded us a lot on how/where to place, what to do with those things. So many rules~ I hope I can remember all of them.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Do not fall asleep

I always play a soothing music in class for Shavasana. It's a piece of music Azmi used to play during Shavasana in his class. I love it because it calms me and I can relax myself by listening to it.

There was once I'm not sure whether it was the CD or the player, the CD got "stuck" and couldn't play. So I tried to relax the class verbally with "release any tension at your joints", "do not hold any part of your muscles", "listen to the rhythm of your breathe" kind of words. Lastly I reminded them "but, do not fall asleep". Someone raised and looked at me "Do not fall alseep?"

All of us love Shavasana, but it's not easy to lie down on the mat comfortably with eyes closed but do not fall asleep (especially after a workout). I've noticed people dozed off during Shavasana, and I used to have wandering mind during Shavasana. But the correct thing to do during this 3-10 minutes is to relax the body and mind. It's hard but it's what we're trying to achieve, for at least a few minutes.

What I do is I (really) listen to my own breathe. I keep myself conscious by feeling my abdomen raising and flattening, feeling the air flowing to every part of my body nourishing every cell. I feel relax as I have no time to think of anything other than my breathe, just enjoy the feeling of letting go.

Keeping our mind empty once in a while helps bringing in new thoughts.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Open your heart

Backbends open the heart, energize the body, invigorate the mind.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Ichiban Boshi

I was previously surprised by the vegetarian sushi menu introduced by Kinsahi, then I found another japanese restaurant that provide quite a variety of vegetarian choices - Ichiban Boshi in Pavilion KL.

Besides the usual Egg Mayo, Inari, Cucumber/Radish Maki and corn Sushi, Ichiban Boshi has something more interesting.

Vegetables Roll (Maki).

Vegetables Handroll (Temaki).

Forgotten the name, something with Inari and pickled radish.

Cold beancurb.

The thing I like about them is that these are not vegetarian as in they are 'fake' seafood/meat, but they are all vegetables - fresh and colorful vegetables, to be eaten in a creative way.

Another plus point is, the price here is like Sushi King, with better customer service, environment and food.