Simple House Warming Party By Precious Pea

Dear Precious Pea invited a few floggers to her new house in Setia Alam for a simple house warming party last month. The first thing I thought of when I heard the name was “It must be somewhere near Shah Alam!” Reason: Because of the word “Alam”. :P

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The party starts at 1pm. As I’m working half day that day, my initial plan was to take the cab at Kelana Jaya LRT station to Setia Alam but to my surprised, I got a call from Teckiee while I’m on the train around 2pm saying she and WMW were still in PJ and can come to pick me up. (Woohoo!) If you’re wondering why they’re still in PJ at the particular hour, maybe you can ask them yourself. :D *giggles*

On the way, we stop by a Shell petrol station for fuel and we found the signboard’s funny!

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It’s pretty easy to reach Setia Alam based on Precious Pea’s direction but it’s quite far though. And due to the host’s request, no pictures of the house to be posted online, sorry!

The others have already arrived, so we joined in the fun. The banana chocolate muffin baked by Precious Pea herself were fluffy and not too sweet, just nice.

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Some simple salad with lettuce, cherry tomatoes, zucchini and yellow capsicum tossed with light mayo dressing. The zucchini were sweet and juicy even with the skin intact, unlike the cucumber which will taste bitter if you don’t remove the centre part.

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Precious Pea also prepared some grilled chicken wings with her new oven.

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Isn’t the angel hair pasta colourful? Instead of cooking it with cheese or cream, she put in prawns, vegetables such as celery, garlic, carrot, yellow capsicum, red chillies and oyster mushroom. A very healthy pasta dish.

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I love this… pineapple tart! Precious Pea hand made them herself, so you can see the pineapple jam ball is bigger than those you buy outside. Very satisfying pineapple tart experience. :P
PS: Precious Pea, you can make and sell them during CNY next year!

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The yoghurt cake made by Paprika was great too, I particularly like the sweet and tangy yoghurt frosting on top of it.

There’s actually more such as bingka ubi, baked potatoes etc but was too busy stuffing our tummy….so, you see…. *blush*

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And after all the delish spread of food, we just had to do some exercise with the Wii. See Jackson and Paprika’s action in boxing (they just love to punch and kick without hurting each other). Hehe. :P

Thanks a lot to Precious Pea again for having us and took time to cook such scrumptious meal for us! We should do potluck next time. ;)

Read Lyrical Lemongrass’s post here.

Ipoh Hong Kee Egg Tarts

*Warning: Explicit words ahead. Read with your own risk.

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Not so long ago (last year actually), Jian sent me an email on the scanned articles from the NewTide magazine on Ipoh food. One particular suggestion they mentioned in the article was the Cockman egg tart.

Later on, not so long ago (it was last year too!), one of my friend asked me where is Cockman egg tart located. I looked at him, puzzled and surprised at the same time as I never tried the egg tarts before and I was wondering how did he know about it. He told me that his mom’s friend, while coming all the way from Ipoh for a visit, brought a dozen egg tarts for them. I’m sure he’s talking about the tarts from the articles Jian sent me so I decided to look for the place.

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So when I went back to Ipoh, I woke up early one morning and drove all the way to town area to get the Cockman egg tarts. The first thing I saw was the picture above. A steady stream of customers, haphazardly parked their vehicles by the roadside, hop down and queue up for the pastries.

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I bought myself half a dozen egg tarts and another half dozen for my friends and his coursemates at RM 1.20 per piece. It might sounds rather expensive (especially for the locals) but when I held it in my hand, I practically felt like one of the Beagle Brothers with a file-filled cake… they were really hefty. Instead of plain egg with sugar, the proprietor also add in fresh milk to the egg mixture for a creamier, smoother texture. Maybe that explains the weight.

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I was impressed with the texture of the crust too, it doesn’t crumble and break when you bite it and the yellowish egg custard was just nice, not overly sweet, with sufficient eggy aroma. But sad to say, I can’t compare this with the infamous Tong Kee egg tarts in KL as I haven’t got the chance to sample their masterpiece yet.

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Where to get them? Ipoh, of course!

Hong Kee Pastries @ Kedai Kopi Weng Seng
(corner shop at the same row with Har Chai Seng and former Super Kinta)
14, Jalan Dato’ Onn Jaafar aka Cockman Street,
30300 Ipoh, Perak.
Tel: 017-5928 303
Business hour: Early in the morning, around 6am till noon. Come early as the tarts usually sold out by 10am.

Le Bouchon @ Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL

We celebrated Cheryl’s birthday (belated one actually) at Le Bouchon on Sunday after William mentioned that he have a 50% voucher. So the 7 of us made our way there around 7pm.

*Sorry for the bad quality pictures because I set it at the wrong mode*

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The interior was tastefully decorated with wine bottles, antique chandeliers, wooden shelves and many more, similar to traditional French cottagelike concept. It was dimly lit to create the cosy ambiance but unfortunately, the music they played were kinda mismatch with the overall atmosphere.

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Complimentary bread were served as starters with unsalted butter, biscuit and bruschetta with liver paté. We don’t quite like the liver paté as it tastes like stale meat.

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La Terrine De Fioe Gras Miscuit Servie Avec Confiture D’Oignon Au Miel Et Sa Tranche De Pain Au Lev Ain Grille (Goose Liver Terrine served with Onion Jam on a sliced of Toasted Sour Dough Bread), RM 48. Me being the not-so-adventurous one, didn’t touch it. The rest said it tastes pretty similar like the paté bruschetta we had earlier.

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Les Escalopes De Magret De Canard Confits Sauce Aux Pruneaux (Duck Magret Confits Escalopes served with Plum Sauce), RM 68. The duck thigh was perfectly done; the meat was so tender, it separates from the bones easily and well marinated.

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Les Medallions De Boeuf A La Fourme D’Ambert Et Aux Noix (Beef Medallions with Blue Sauce and Walnut), RM 88. The beef were done medium but despite the tender-ness, it tastes quite bland. The sauce doesn’t compliment well with the beef too.

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Les Tagliatelles Sauce Champignons Sauce Truffes Et Escalope De Foie Gras Poelee (Mixed Saute Mushroom with Pasta served with Truffle Sauce and Pan Fried Goose Liver), RM 78. I didn’t know that was goose liver until I bite onto it…. although it’s very nicely seared and melt in the mouth feeling, I would choose not to eat it if I knew it was goose liver earlier. The accompanied mushroom pasta was quite good by the way.

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Le Filet De Loup Poche Sauce Saumon Fume A L’aneth Et Brochette De Gambas (Poached Seabass Fillet served Smoked Salmon, Dill Sauce and Prawn Brochette served with Tagliatelle), RM 50. A pretty normal dish, nothing special with the sauce. The fish fillet was fresh though.

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Les Escapoles De Saumon Croustillantes Aux Lentilles Vertes Du Puy Reduction De Vin Rouge (Crispy Salmon Escalopes served with Green du Puy Lentils and Red Wine Sauce), RM 52. Simple presentation, I like the salmon fillet being slighty crispy outside and juicy inside. And I found myself had most of the lentils too. :p

After the mains, we took our own sweet time camwhoring (we’re the noisiest table, no doubt on that) and proceed to order some desserts before we call it a night.

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I think this is the Le Nougat Glace Au Miel Et Coulis De Fruits Rouge (Honey Ice Cream served with Red Fruits Coulis), RM 18. I found it tastes more like vanilla ice cream though… the pros: the sweetness was just right.

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La Tarte Des Demoiselles Tatin (Caramelised Apple Tart served with Vanilla Ice Cream), RM 18 wasn’t up to our expectation. The tart was quite hard and the caramelised apple were too sour to our liking.

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Again, if I’m not mistaken, we also had the La Creme Brulee A La Cassonade Et Vanille De Bourbon (Catalane Speciality with Caramelised Brown Sugar), RM 18. We found there’s almond bits hidden inside and the texture was just nice and not too sweet. This is the best one among the three.

Total damage was about RM 345+ after 50% discount for 7 pax. Pricey indeed, but I don’t mind coming back for the duck leg confit and crispy salmon fillet.

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Le Bouchon Wine & Dine
No.14 & 16,
Jalan Changkat Bukit Bintang,
50450, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2142 7633
Fax:03-2142 7633

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