21 April 2014

Microwaved Chocolate Mug Brownies!

I found a recipe for chocolate brownie in a mug a few weeks ago and I didn't have the time to try it out until last week. The best part? It's super easy to attempt and takes less than 5 minutes!

Some of you may not agree with microwaved food. If so, this post is not for you (sorry). I may post the recipe for oven-baked brownies but that may take some time as I dont really have full access to an oven.

Enough with the gibberish and small talks. I've downsized the recipe as the original one was too much for me. Therefore, this smaller portion is quite suitable for a light snack/dessert. Here's what you need:

× 2 tablespoons flour
× 2 tablespoons sugar
× 2-3 tablespoons milk (depends on how soft you want the brownie to be)
× 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
× 1 tablespoon chocolate chips
× 1 tablespoon olive oil
× half an egg (beat it and save the other half for frying or other purpose. Or you could try to add in a whole egg, I havn't really experimented with that yet)
× 1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence
× a pinch of salt

*Makes enough brownie for 1, unless you have a huge appetite*

Add everything into a MICROWAVABLE MUG (or cup, or bowl) and stir well. It may look a little weird and gross at first but trust me, it'll look better later on.
Pop the mug into the microwave oven for about 90 seconds to 2 minutes and voila, a brownie is born. (yes, a tad bit dramatic, I know.)

Not too bad-looking, right?

Anyway, if you're feeling like it, add in some ice-cream and chocolate sauce too. I prefer it with ice-cream, especially when the brownie is fresh out of the microwave oven. That warm and cold combination is just perfect for me.

I tried adding in some chocolate chips for my previous brownie but it was just too much chocolate and it was hard to shove it down my throat. My first experimental microwave brownie was a Nutella brownie but that didnt go well because it tasted weird and quite nauseating.

(yeah, a little gross, ikr. should I add in photos of failed projects?)

I decided to give mug brownies another try and I am still thankful that I did. Will experiment further next time! x)

7 April 2014

Bavarian Bierhaus, The Curve.

If you havnt noticed already, I've made a few tweaks to my blog. I've even thought of changing the blog name but I don't have any ideas at the moment so I decided to let it go. Anyway, I know that most of my posts nowadays are about food. This is mainly because I seldom get to go places these days (it's the schooling term too). I will try to update about other stuff too so no worries. :)

Ok, now back to the post.

It's been quite some time since I last had German food. The last experience before this was kind of a nightmare as everything was too salty for my taste.

I decided to let bygones be bygones and have another try at the German restaurant near my place, which is the Bavarian Bierhaus at The Curve. 

They serve a variety of food, including schnitzel, pork knuckles, sausages and pizzas. Of course, don't forget the beer! (nope. couldn't get someone to share.)

It's a little cozy place at a somewhat quiet corner at The Curve, near the back entrances of TGIF and Marche.

Jagerschnitzel (RM40)Freshly Crumbled Pork Fillet Topped With Fresh Sauteed Mushroom In Demi Glaze.

After I got over my shroom-phobia (long story short, I had too much wild mushrooms to myself when I was a kid), I am head over heels for mushrooms. That really escalated quickly. 
I absolutely love the pork fillet here! It's breaded and not too oily. The sauteed mushroom complimented the pork fillet very well as it will not be too dry.

Europaische Wurste Platter (RM48) - European Sausages Platter With German Farmer Sausage, Chorizo Sausage, Hungarian Sausage, Served With Mashed Potatoes, Sauerkraut And Grill Streaky Bacon.

To be honest, I need a handbook when it comes to sausages. I couldn't quite differentiate the German Farmer from the Chorizo nor the Hungarian one. I'll probably need to take up a course on sausages sometime soon. I mean, they all look pretty much the same but tastes different. Some are saltier than the others whilst some others are just alright for me. They're all quite delicious though. The juiciness. :3

The mashed potato was plain good. It may not be as creamy as the Ben's General Food Store one. There are still bits of potato in it and well, I like it that way too.

This second set of photos shown below are from my most recent trip there, which was yesterday (oh my. perhaps I'm getting more efficient)

Caesar Salad.

After the successful try with the Jagerschnitzel, we decided to try another one.
Swiss Schnitzel (RM40) - Freshly Crumbled Pork Fillet Topped With Black Forest Ham, Melted Swiss Cheese.

I couldn't believe it at first but the stringy stuff at the side is actually noodles! (Forgive me if I'm making a big scene out of this) It's not what I'm used to but I like it and so did the others.
Now, back to the pork fillet. Ham and cheese, who doesn't like them? Add them to a piece of crispy pork fillet and you'll get an irresistible piece of art. Yep. They were so good that the dish was gone within 10 minutes.

Mom also bought a "Giant Pork Platter for 6" deal on Groupon, which included:
1x pork knuckle (1.2kg)
1x slab of pork ribs
3x pork belly
3x pork steaks
6x bacon strips
1x foot long sausage
2x Bavarian sausages
150g of sauerkraut
150g of mashed potatoes
The price is then RM168 instead of RM406.

We booked the day before and luckily, there's still seats available and the person-in-charge agreed to let us make reservations.

On the plate: pork knuckle, pork belly, pork steaks, foot long sausage, and Bavarian sausage.

On the plate: pork ribs, bacon strips, mashed potato, and sauerkraut.

Although it was a set for 6, it was still too much for us 9 (it may have something to do with the schnitzel we've ordered earlier but again, it may not). The pork knuckle was juicy and tender and the pork ribs have a sweetness to it. However, I find the pork bellies to be a little hard and the pork steaks a little cold.
The bacon is another story. I LOVE THE BACON. period. (and I seriously need to find some vocab equivalent to "delicious")

The service was OK, though some of the staff may not speak perfect English. There's free Wi-Fi there. What else would you want to know? Hmmm. The price. It's a little pricey for me cause I'm not the breadwinner nor do I do much part time work. It is still a common price for German food so I couldn't complain much.

Food: 7.5/10
Ambience: 6/10
Price: 6/10
Service: 6/10
Overall: 6.5/10
(for reference only)

Bavarian Bierhaus
Lot No. G66, Ground Floor,
No.6, Jalan PJU7/3,
The Curve, Mutiara Damansara,
47800, Petaling Jaya, Selangor,

Operating Hours: 12pm - 11.30pm (12pm - 12.30am on Fri and Sat)

28 March 2014

Easy (and Lazy) Hot Chocolate Recipe

To be honest, the hot chocolate at some cafes tasted as though it was a 3-in-1 Milo drink. It is so not worth the extra bucks for me (that's why I seldom get hot chocolates at cafes nowadays, unless it's really good).

So, I looked up the Internet and got a pretty easy hot chocolate recipe that doesn't even take 5 minutes!

You'll need:
→ 237ml (1 cup)  milk
→ 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (unsweetened)
→ 1 tablespoon sugar (or to taste)
→ 1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence (to enhance the flavour)
→ 1 pinch salt (again, for a better taste)

Whisk 2 tablespoons of milk, the cocoa powder, sugar and salt in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until the cocoa, sugar and salt are dissolved. Pour in the rest of the milk and whisk over medium heat until it's hot. Then, stir in the vanilla and you're done.

Who am I kidding.
I'm quite a lazy person so here's my LAZY way to prepare it (it may not taste as heavenly as the hot chocolate prepared using the method above but it's good enough).

First off, put the cup of milk into the microwave oven (make sure that your cup is microwave-friendly) for about 30-60 seconds to heat it up. Then, stir in the cocoa powder, salt and sugar until they fully dissolve. If they are unable to dissolve, heat the cup up a little more. Add in the vanilla and stir well.
There you go! A cup of hot chocolate without having to light up the stove.

There are quite a lot of variations to this recipe. You can...

1. Drink it as it is, or...

(sorry for the bad quality pic. it was a lazy day. hahah)

2. Freeze them into chocolate cubes using an ice tray and plop them into a cup of milk.

3. Freeze it and blend the mixture for a cup of cold chocolate. I havn't really tried making cold chocolate yet but it really seems like a good idea.

Feel free to add in some whipped cream or marshmallows too :D

Now you've known the lazier way to make hot chocolate, why not give it a try? Grab a book and enjoy your drink!

17 March 2014

Tous les Jours, Bukit Bintang.

Located in WOLO Hotel, Bukit Bintang (which is more or less opposite the H&M at Lot 10), Tous les Jours (too-leh-joo) is a French-Western bakery owned by a South Korean company. It literally means "Everyday" but well, Tous les Jours is a better name for a bakery.

I've walked past Bukit Bintang numerous times and I passed by the bakery quite a few times before I finally found the time to grab a bite there, since quite a few friends recommended it.

Both the interior and the exterior of the bakery are splendid. It is a fusion of old and new (since I still havn't got the hang of architecture I have nothing to add). It is also a good place to gather with a few friends and talk over a cup of coffee and pastries.

You can get anything from a sandwich to a madeleine, to a baguette there.

The croissant was a little too buttery but the apple pie is quite good, according to my mom.

My friend got me a strawberry milk bun once. I'm not a huge fan of strawberry but the bun is quite OK and it's not too milky.

They also sell jam there. Someday I'll get one and try it, who knows?

There are lots of desserts too. I wanted to try so many but I could only choose one as I couldn't get anyone to share it with me.
(OK. some photos are from my phone camera so the lighting is not too good)

I've been to Tous les Jours twice so far, the first time with my mom and the other time by myself (which is kinda pathetic but... oh well, sometimes it's good to be alone).

Caramel Macchiato - my all-time favourite.

Their Blueberry Yoghurt Cake. I had it with a cup of latte, which is quite good.

I love blueberries. I love yoghurt. I love cake. Also, check out the purple macaroon! Some people don't really like macaroons but I love them as long as they are not too sweet.
The layers of cake and yoghurt is just so delicious. It's soft and has a tinge of sweetness in it.

They also serve all-day breakfast at Tous les Jours.

Their Cheese Mushroom Omelette is awesome. It is filled with mushrooms, beef bacon, onions, spinach and of course, mozzarella cheese! I substituted it with turkey ham though. I just love the taste of cheese. Oh, the stringy cheese. The dish is just so good, not to mention the tomato is also goes well with the omelette. It's like a combination of my favourite food.
However, it's quite a large portion for me so I ended up being bloated.

The WOLO Egg Benedict. It's my first ever egg benedict so I think that it is pretty good. I've always wanted to try egg benedicts but ugh, there's no one to drive me around for breakfast.

(darn. it's so mouthwatering that I'm feeling the hunger just by looking at these food photos now)

I saved the best for last - Grilled Mushroom Tartine. King oyster mushrooms, button mushrooms and shiitake mushrooms, all on a plate. Best of all, it's grilled and I love the fragrance of the mushrooms. The truffle sauce on the bread? Delicious!
I recommend that you try this if you don't know what to have for your meal there.

Tous les Jours is a wonderful place to hang out. However, the service is quite slow if there's a crowd. The first visit was on a Sunday morning and the place was crowded. It took about half an hour for the food to arrive. The second visit was much better as it was on a weekday afternoon.

I've seen quite a few bad reviews about the place but it's probably because of the timing because there's really a huge difference between the busier hours and the more relaxing hours.

The prices of the meals are not too cheap but it's quite common for a higher-end cafe. The egg benedict was RM9.90++, the omelette RM16.90++ and the tartine RM21++.

Well, I'm saving up nowadays so I'll probably stay away from cafes for the time being... :x but who knows? Perhaps I couldn't resist.

126A-C, Jalan Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur 
(it's quite obvious, being across the road from H&M and stuff)
Opening Hours : 8AM – 11PM

Tours les Jours Malaysia webpage
Tours les Jours Malaysia Facebook page

11 March 2014

Ben's, Pavilion

After some consideration, we decided to go to Ben's at Pavilion to celebrate one of my friend's birthday. To be frank, I've never been to Ben's although I've wanted to go there since forever. We didn't expect the place to be quite full at 2-3pm but it seemed that we've forgotten about afternoon tea.

So anyway, the ambiance there is quite good but it is a little stuffy towards the back of the restaurant because it's on the top floor of the building and also, the heat spell here lasted for almost a month (which is about month without rain. trust me, it's devastating).

Although they mostly serve Western food, you can find a few local dishes as well. For me, I'd rather take the Western food. Being a student, I had a budget. Therefore, I chose to share with some friends of mine.

Ben's: To eat is to love.

We ordered a Grilled Pesto Chicken, which is awesome. It was recommended by one of my friends as she likes it very much. Now, I'm officially a fan of grilled chicken. The chicken wasn't too soft nor too hard and the avocado feta enhanced the taste of the sandwich. Thumbs up!
The sandwich comes with a salad and some chips. We requested some tartar sauce to go with the chips to give it more flavour. It is also good without the tartar sauce.

Our Mushroom Lasagne. I'm not a huge fan of lasagne to start with but one of my friend wanted to try it so it's on the table. I had a few mouthfuls and I don't know, maybe I'm just not the lasagne kind of person... it wasn't too bad after all.

Also, a Spaghettini Pomodoro, which is basically a tomato-based pasta with sun-dried tomatoes and herbs. Even though it seems common enough, the spaghettini is quite good.

This. This is a must-try. I've only had a spoonful (or forkful?) of this. Their Golden Soft-shell Crab Spaghettini is heavenly! Even though it is written "curry leaves and cili padi", it is not too spicy. The sauce is not too creamy and you won't feel bloated or nauseous even after finishing a whole plate by yourself (some creamier ones do tend to make one feel nauseous after a little while).

For dessert, Chocolate Truffle Torte. Each of the three words in the name of the cake is on my top favourite list of food. They use dark chocolate so that it's not too sweet (darn. did I mention that I LOVE dark chocolate?). What's not to love about truffle anyway? By the way, the cold glass of milk is not meant to be poured onto the cake (which was what happened shortly after the cake was set on the table.. such an unfortunate incident indeed. but the cake still tastes good despite the incident).

All in all, it is a very good place to eat and to hang out with friends but we kinda rushed because we threw my friend a surprise party after that so perhaps I'll just swing by again in the near future. ;)

Visit the Facebook page of the Ben's outlet in Pavilion.
You could download the menu from their website or check for available outlets there too.

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