Sunday, August 30, 2009

Malaysian Food In USA

It has been quite a long since I been going out continuously for 2 days. I have been staying at home for some time. We went downtown today to meet with a friend of my dad. They just been here for around 2 weeks from Malaysia. It was quite a boring morning ( reaching their hotel, chat a while *nothing special* ) Out tummy was making funny sound by the time we finish talking. Our eating destination had been decided since a few days ago when my dad found out about a Malaysian Restaurant in downtown. OMG. How is it even possible to find a Malaysian restaurant in the United States. It is defintely something amazing and superb. The name of the shop is Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine. Its address is 9889 Bellaire BLVD. #311, Houston, Tx 77036. What amaze me the most is that some of the people working and the owner, Alex are from Ipoh, which is my hometown. What a major suprise.


It was quite a small shop as they had difficulties buying the shops beside due to some agreement problems. The feel gives you a Malaysian feel, and it feels kinda cosy which made us feel very comfortable. I was awe and stunned when I heard someone speaking Bahasa Melayu outside the restaurant. I was thinking in mind how long has it been since I heard someone say it. It is defintely not common for someone to speak that unique language. There are really a lot people that goes to that restaurant. It made us felt very comfortable as the servers and the owner also speaks Cantonese. How lucky? The view of the restaurant are basically shown in the picture below. I am very sorry that I only have a 7.1 mega pixes camera which gives off such a bad image. ( I know it is very noob )





It has been quite sometime since I have been in the states. Human beings are actually a mere realistic type of living creature. When you have something, you won't thing that it is important. Once you miss it or don't have it, you will use all different kinds of ways to crave for one. I still remember that I use to eat these kinds of food back in Ipoh. It is too easy to buy it. I can find it nearly anywhere ( Not talking about the taste, just the food ). We are really fortunate to find a restaurant that serves these food. They have Penang Laksa, Penang Prawn Mee, Ipoh Char Kuey Teow, Roti Canai, Hainanese Chicken Rice, Curry Mee, Indian Mee Goreng *what we known as Mamak Mee Goreng*, Belacan Malay Kangkung, and also Ipoh famous coffee. The ones I mention are the food we ordered. Well, basically they have all Malaysian food. You just name what you want, and they will have it. The price was reasonable and it was of course affordable as its portion was quite large especially for the rice. We were funny enough to make a rating for the food we ordered. All the rates are 1 to 5 which varries with the taste. 5 is the best. Each of us tried all of them to our hearts content.

The first picture is the Penang Laksa. We rate it 3~4 as they should have use 'Lai Fen' instead of the slender 'Mee Hoon.' The soup was quite delicious and it has the sour and spicy taste in it. The noodles makes all the difference.


The second one was the Seafood Curry Mee. My dad rate it a 3 as the 'Hor Fen' used was too broad and thick. Who put 'Hor Fen' inside curry mee? We use 'Yellow Mee' instead back at home. The soup was also very good. It has the taste of a curry mee ( pardon me if it sounded kinda weird )


The third one was the 'Penang Prawn Mee.' It was unanimous that we all voted it was 1. If you look at the picture, it defintely has the look of it. We, Chinese use to say a phrase "Got Look, No Interior." That is basically what I mean. The taste was awefully plain. It doesn't even has the taste of the prawn shell. Abolutely lack of skills and experience. DAMN IT... The people working told us that it was good. We got cheated. =(

The fourth one is the Hainanese Chicken Rice. It was a 3.5 out of 5. The taste was quite good and the rice was steam beautifully. It couldn't get a 5 was because of the chicken. It wasn't smooth and tender enough to get the rating. It was basically because of the water supply we had in Ipoh that we had such good chicken. Why do you think Ipoh is famous for 'Tauge Ayam'?


We also order a Ipoh Char Kuey Teow. We wanted a Penang one, but they don't have. Well, better than nothing. The taste was okay or you can say it regular. Nothing special about it. Even the 'Belacan Chilli' wasn't at the taste of it. We gave it a 3 if I remember correctly.


Haha...It is finally the turn of the Roti Canai. We all gave it a 5 as the taste was absolutely fantastic. It was crispy from the first bite to the last bite. It was made very evenly and thin. The dough didn't stick together like a lump. The real reason we rated it so high was because of the little bowl of curry beside it. The curry is very thick and it taste better than a lot of the ones I had tried before in Malaysia. We even try to drink it after finishing the Roti Canai.

My parents ordered a Belacan Malay Kangkung as they missed it a lot. I don't eat kangkung so I didn't taste it. They did all the tasting. I don't remember about the rating for this dish. I remember vague about them saying it was good. Argh~~~ Whatever...Can't remember...


The coffee was also another one that we gave it a 5our of 5. A FULL MARK. It was really tasty and I had one for myself. Wakaka~~~ My dad told me they didn't use the 3 in 1 instant coffee which is very famous in Malaysia. They made it themself by adding condense milk in it. It was the skills that made the taste superb. We all like it for sure.


I ordered a Chicken Curry Mee for myself. I gave it a 4 when they asked me about the taste of it. The smell was very good and the taste was at satisfactory. It tasted better than the one my dad had, which was the Seafood Curry Mee. It was all because they listen to me and change the noodles to 'Yellow Mee'...Nah~~~ Just kidding. It was very special as they use different kind of noodles for different dish even though it is still the same Curry Mee.


My dad friend's wife ordered an Indian Mee Goreng. The taste was quite okay and it suited our tongue. It was quite wet actually. They should have fried it with less sauce or water. Overall it wasn't bad. It was a 3 out of 5.


Just a view of the table with all the food packed together. We couldn't get a bigger table as it was all full of people. Too bad. We had to quickly finish some of the dishes to make space for all of it.

This is the kid of my dad's friend. His name is Hong. He is really adorable and cute. Normally I don't really like babies or kids as they tend to cry easily. Well, he is a special one. I never seen him cry before and he smile and move around all the time. He is hyperactive. Maybe too much sugar?


My sister kept on saying how cute he is in the car. He has dimples when he smiles, and his eyes are the type that can communicate with people. A chinese way of saying it. Don't really know how to explain it. My sis told me he has the eye smile which is very sweet and cute. My parents keep saying that he will become very handsome when he grows up. Too bad for me.


Just another ordinary picture of my tearing up my Roti Canai. Nothing much about it too say. My dad was siting beside me. Still have that lame and stupid face of mine after such a long time.


My sister took a picture of me while I was going to bite on my noodles. I was starring at her like 'What the heck are you doing? Can't you see I am trying to eat peacefully?' Haha~~~


It might be stupid for me to say, but I just notice it today. A lot of people might already know, but it is new for me. The first picture was taken without the flash, and the second one was with flash. It amazed me when I saw the difference of the fan. The picture without the flash shows that the fan is still moving at a high speed which could cut of my head. The one with flash was stopped completely in the picture. My physics theory are always the worst, but I guess it is because light travel faster than the stupid fan, which made it look like it stopped. I was wondering if a fan at such speed would cut off my head, what about the light? Could it shred me into tiny pieces? Hmm~~~ Don't want to thinking about it...



My parents also took the Chok family to the Viet Hoa Supermarket to show them around. They were quite shocked about the size of the whole supermarket. It was basically to tell them what we can get, and what we couldn't get from there. The picture below is the main entrance of the supermarket, but I took it from the inside. Hehe~~~
It is defintely near the Mooncake Festival if my guess is correct. I saw many boxes of mooncake for sale. Miss the festival quite a lot where we have lots of different kind of things to eat.

They are imported from Hong Kong. Never seen the brands before.


The supermarket also sold things that chinese to pray to god like those little cups for oil or tea, and also quite a lot. Don't remember clearly. Memory got problem. Amazing right?


They also sell these kinds of lantern which I use to play when I was small. The battery ones and the ones that need a candle to light it up. It really bring back a lot of the old memories from deep inside my brain. I still remember I used to burn those paper lantern quite frequently when I was a kid. Playing with fire was fun for me at that time. It still is for me, but haven't touch it for quite sometime.



They also sell all sorts of herba tea and chinese traditional medicines. They also have those chinese pictures which is shown at the back of the picture below. I also found out that they sell Canned Bird Nest. Maybe I should get some for myself.


A lot of big Chinese Lanterns are being hung around in the whole place.


Look at what I found? Ipoh Old Town 3 in 1 White Coffee. Lucky Me. Well, we hadn't finish the ones we brought from Malaysia as we bought in quite a lot. Now I know that I can get it there. The price is actually quite affordable if I don't convert the money back to rinngit.


I also found some Tongkat Ali Coffee which stunned me for a while. What in the world is a Tongkat Ali Ginseng Coffee doing in a supermarket in USA. I didn't know they were so famous until I saw a stack of them piling together. There might be people who like it. I have absolutely no idea.


Guess what I also FOUND? My bro favourite food, Durian. Haha~~~ My dad actually forbide us to buy it as he say there might be worms inside it as it is imported from outside the country. Nevertheless, it was quite shocking to find it here in the states. It is actually quite awesome, to be honest. Maybe there will be a time where I miss it too much and don't care about the worms and stuffs. Just eat it and who cares what will happen afterwards. That might happen someday.


That funny kid was making faces at me when I pointed the camera at him. He was pulling both sides of his mouth for me to take his picture. I wanted to take a picture of him smilling adorably, but he refused. Haiz...Couldn't help it. * Cute right? Really wanted to pinch his cheek. Blek~*


I also saw some blue shell crab. We didn't bought any as it takes quite some effort to cook it into a delicious meal.

There are also all kinds of shrimps. They varries from colors, kinds and sizes. Quite a lot to choose from. Might be able to make 20 dishes using all the different shrimps there.
I also saw some crackers which is from Malaysia. I think many people recognize the brand, Julie right? How nostalgic?

My dad's friend, Steve William told us about the Tiger Beer before. We tried to find it for quite some time, but futile. As from what I know, Tiger Beer is mass produce from Singapore. I can't believe to find it here in the states. They imported the beer all the way from Singapore. Awesome man. How cool is that?



Other beers like Heineken is really common here. We also have other brands like Corona, Bud Light, Miller Lite, and quite a lot more. A lot of people should have seen the gas shape Heineken before.



Hehe~~~ My dad of course bought half a dozen of tiger beer. He said it was for showing purpose, but I doubt it. Who cares about it? I am defintely going to drink half of it since my bro isn't here, and my mum and sis isn't much of a drinker. Woots~~~ Fantastic...*Opps...Still Under Age..Shouldn't have said that*


Saturday, August 29, 2009

Lifeless...

My life haven't been that interesting for the past days. I have been doing the same routine everyday regardless of when and where. I don't have such fancy stuffs going on in my life like many other people. One of the reasons could be that I don't have a lot of friends here in the states. Still under the process of searching some suitable dudes to go out with. Have some movies or just talk crap.

I was very happy to be able to go to my friend's farewell party. Well, I have been staying at home for quite a long time, and it would be very boring if I continue it. She is returning back to her home country, Turkey. We held the party at one of my korean friend's house. We had korean food for that night and the taste was awesome. He is a really great chef. He also owns the 'sushi bar' inside H.E.B near Market Street.

I reached there kinda late as my friend, John was busy and had things to do before he can pick me up (thats why I want a driving liscence).. Nearly all my other friends had already arrived by the time we reached there. There were having their food on the low table which is located on the floor. I was in such hunger that I simply grabbed a plate and started putting food inside my plate. It was mainly vege for the night with some minced beef and of course the famous Korean 'bar-b-que Beef.' The taste is just awesome. The korean cabbage 'kimchi' cant be left out also. Many of my friends don't really know what it is. Can't blame them actually. It is like I don't know what a 'Fajita' is until I see or try one.

My friend also bought a very large cake for the Special Gal, Mensure. We couldn't really finish the whole thing with the amount of people we had. A few of us ask for second as the taste is just fabulous. The cream and the strawberry sauce just melts in your mouth. I wanted to have a third one, but it felt kinda of weird so I had to control myself with it. My korean friend, Jun also offered me with one of the korean sake. He had to put it in the micro wave to keep them warm, but he overdid it and it turned out to be freaking hot. I had to soaked it in cold water to lower the temperature. The taste is really strong *opps not suppose to drink that, still under age =)....*

The part ended awefully early as she had a flight to catch tomorrow and the most of us still had a early class for tomorrow. Got to sleep early and wake up early too. It was a fun party and I hope she can come back to Houston again.

P/S : Uploaded to Facebook.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The process and sickness of L.O.V.E

Just read an article from a blog I started reading a few weeks ago. There was an article that was absolutely freaking awesome and funny. The humor just crack you up for most of the time. It is about a few sickness showing those people that are either in love or want to love. It tells us what the symptoms are and what will happen if anyone has that kind of disease. It is a really funny and crazy article. The name of the blog is 2birds1blog. I don't really remember the name of his. Just check it out if you have the time to. Spare some time and enjoy it. I bet you will love it. it might be a bit long for some of you, but what you get in return is ultimate humor and knowledge. Go for it!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Papers or Trees = Money...

Bought 2 books yesterday and one book today....The book i bought yesterday was around $40 each....It was only a very thin book...and it cost so much...damn it....
The book today was totally crazy...It cost me 71 bucks to buy it...Lol...Who would want to buy a book for such a high price... Well it is thicker than the red book, but it still should cost that much...I can eat god knows how many meals with it...=(...
The papers and books in the states are awefully expensive...The papers are still afordable when they are on sales, but the books are just another story...It was very fortunate to just have one book for the class....Anymore of it will certainly make me go bankrupt....

Monday, August 24, 2009

Back from school....

Just came back from school not long ago. I found it a lot more crowded compare to the time in summer sem. I had to queue for everything : buying books, signing up things, getting foods in the cafeteria and others. It looks exactly like a supermarket today in class. Damn it.... Just found out that this semester will be way harder than the previous. So much interviews and logs to do. Gonna be so freaking tired and busy this whole semester. Hope I can make it through somehow.

Fall Semester Reopens....

It is already 1.42 a.m in the midnight. Just finish using the computer to look at something. I should be in a state of extremely tired, but I just don't feel like sleeping ( gonna sleep soon or else I will collapse tomorrow ) I might even sleep in the first day of class tomorrow. It has always been a new experience for me whenever a new semester reopens. There will be new faces appearing who I have no idea who they are. I hope to meet someone nice and can befriends with. I am gonna get spanked if my parents found out what time is it already that I haven't gone to bed.

My eyes had been hurting this past few days and I couldn't really concentrate on anything possible. I was closing my eyes when I was watching 'American Best Dance Crew' earlier. My mum kept on nagging me to sleep earlier as she know that I had been very tired this past few weeks. I hope that I will have the habit of sleeping early again to maintain my body health. Been getting plumper and fatter as the day goes by. My body condition isn't even at half of my good condition. I think I need to exercise more and have the habit of sleeping before 11pm....

Goodness gracious... The time for me to sleep as arrived. I won't last any longer if I still continue to stay awake.

Until then...Toddles~~~

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Article, article, article...

Just finished the article that Ms. Seah ask me to write for the school magazine I guess. It was for my high school. I couldn't really just push it away and say no. I guess I had to accept it in some way. It was also a way for me to tell others what I had been through and show them what the states is like.

My friends told me about it quite some time ago when my summer class was still on. I hadn't got a chance to write it due to the tests and also the vacation I went straight after my summer class. I guess all the things settle down a bit, and I am ready to write it. I hope that what I wrote gave the teacher an idea of what I am trying to say and what she wants. I couldn't really upload the whole page in my blogger or xanga. I had to make it downloadable for those who want to see. Just leave it if you don't want to see it. No offense and no hard feelings.

Here is the download link for the whole article with some pictures in it.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Long Lost Malaysian Food...

We went to FM 1960 yesterday after 'delivering' my bro to the airport. We were out of stock of meat and vegetables due to the one week plus holiday. The name of the supermarket is 'Hong Kong Super Market', but the nearly 95 percent of the people working or shopping there are vietnamise. I find the language kinda distracting for me. Maybe I should learn to understand the language to get rid of that feeling. Well, the whole place is actually a vietnamise area. It answers the question well.

We didn't really get any meat, but just some vegetables as it is cheap and some of them we can't find it in the supermarkets nearby. I know that we can find quite a lot of chinese food, but I was shocked to find 'Roti Prata' too. It was a waste that my bro didn't get a chance to eat it before he left towards IOWA. It is called 'Roti Canai' or so in Malaysia. My mum cook a very delicious chicken curry to add the flavor up. We were very lucky indeed. My mum like the other way of eating it, which is with sugar. She cook the curry for us and for her specially cooked, fried noodles. I don't really eat 'bihun' so I just enjoy two pieces of roti prata with the curry. Yummy....