Monday, May 21, 2012

Okra Tempura

Rather than stir-frying the okra with mixed spices as I always do, I have decided to fry them in batter this time. May be it has something to do with all the vegetables tempura from the other blog or may be it’s just that I love okra in any edible form. Okra, tempura flour, paprika, knorr seasoning and salt are all I need for my okra tempura. The recipe here is not designed to show off any cooking skill and thus why I did it anyway. Combine the tempura flour with water in a bowl and mix them gently. Add paprika for a bit of color, knorr seasoning to taste and add the okra to the batter to batches. Heat the oil and fry them until golden brown, sprinkle with salt and serve hot with the sauce of your choice. If you are not an okra fanatic like me, I am sorry to disappoint you with my measly okra tempura.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Sugar Peas Salad

The most common way to eat sugar peas for me is the sautéed one. This morning, I was thinking that sugar peas could be eaten like long bean salad, four-winged bean salad like we usually eat and the salad turned out to be equally delicious!!!! The usual ingredients for the salad are as follow:  sliced garlic (optional), thinly sliced shallots, fresh lime juice, salt or fish sauce, sliced chili (optional), roasted sesame seeds, ground dried shrimp, ground bean powder and peanut oil. I forgot to add the crushed roasted peanuts, yes, it is me, the usual absentminded individual! I started by adding the boiled water to ends trimmed sugar peas, drained them after a few minutes and refreshed them in a bowl of cold water. Later, sliced the sugar peas as the length I wanted to eat and tossed them together with the ingredients mentioned above.  Then, sprinkle the fried shallots on top of the salad just before serving. This is a superb simply yet tasty sugar peas salad and I hope you all love my mere salad too!!!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

ASIATIQUE The Riverfront

Am I really ready to shop anywhere? “Yes” is the correct answer since the question comes from no-brainer like myself.  That being admitted, I would like to share one new open-air mall with Chao Phraya river views, namely, ASIATIQUE The Riverfront, which I have visited yesterday. Going there is quite easy: from BTS Saphan Taksin station, I took free shuttle boat from the Sheraton Pier provided by the mall starting from 5 p.m. The mall itself is situated on Chareonkrung Road and we can expereice shopping, dining, and architecture at the same place, the old port of the East Asiatique Company, from 5 pm to midnight. However, most of the shops are still in work in progress stage and the best part of it, I might have to go there again to enjoy newest shopping experience. 

Monday, May 7, 2012

Fried Roselle Leaves

I am not a warrior in the kitchen, and I haven’t got tricks up on my sleeves when it comes to cooking. That being said, I would love to share my favorite fried roselle leaves, the dish that I have been busy making this morning. I might not be eating so well due to the amount of oil I put in the dish, but it is still delicious and very appetizing.

I used one pack of cooked and frozen roselle leaves, which I brought from home, prepared by my dear mother-in-law. All the hard work I supposedly do might be chopping the onion, garlic, a bit of ginger, and shredding the bamboo shoot. I guess everyone knows how to cook fried roselle leaves but I will write it anyway: first, heat the oil in a frying pan, add chopped garlic, ginger, onion, turmeric power, and chili powder and stir until become golden brown. Then add the cooked roselle leaves (in my case) and chili, stir well, and when cooked, I set them aside. 

Shrimp are also stir-fried and set aside.

Now it is time for the bamboo shoot to cook: add oil, chopped garlic, onion and bamboo shoot, and stir-fried them until cooked.

Seasoning? I use shrimp paste, salt, knorr seasoning and fish sauce. After everything is cooked, it is time to mix them all, garnish them with coriander and voilà, I have one of my favorite dishes of all time, fried roselle leaves with bamboo shoot and shrimp!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Mega Bangna

What I am supposed to do when I see the advertisement of the new shopping mall in the town? It is the time of the days when I am not in a mood for doing anything special and all of the sudden, wandering around the new mall seems to be a great idea. With that in mind, me and my other half decided to go to MEGA BANGA yesterday. Getting there was quite easy; we just took BTS, and got off at the Udomsuk sation (Exit 5) and waited the shuttle bus to pick us up. It took about 20 minutes to arrive to the mall due to traffic, but the spacious mall made us happy with everything it has to offer, like food, wellness, banking, sport, etc.

Shuttle Bus to/from BTS Udomsuk

While enjoy sightseeing the furniture from IKEA Bagna, I did have a blast and overly missed my dear friend AiR, who particularly loves to decorate home. Anyway, the giant mall comes in handy to hang out for hours with/without spending money. In my case, we spent only for food @ S&P, which offers 20% discount for dine-in customers. The dessert and coffee are the ones I really liked and the dishes did not impress in the flavor. I don’t blame for that and at least, they still make a dish look appetizing and offer us a decent place to eat. A cup of coffee and a few snapshots really make me happy and that’s all I wish for everyday!!!