Nov 28, 2007
Food are define as anything, everything that can be consumed, eating and drinking, as long is edible and for Muslim - must be halal. While the objective is to provide energy and maintenance of body.
There are plenty of food in this world, a normal one would be fish and seafood, beef and lamb, poultry, birds and games, vegetarian food for vegan. Under special category of exotics like Korean with their dogs meat, Japanese with their Puff's fish; despite known poisonous, others are caviar, frog's legs (available at Ampang wet market), turtles soups, alligator meat, kangaroo and ostrich, and sometimes insects and rodents.
So, which one you like to have?
- As for start, the halal concepts lies in the ingredients itself. In the early years of working, I would love to have the fruits cakes, which provided free as snacks by my employer. I stopped, after "accidentally" found that during the process, RUM is used, as to flavor and moisten the dried fruits, hence longer expiry date!
- As for animal, it must be slaughtered according to Islamic ritual (halal requirements). While I have no doubts in beef/lamb, which are slaughtered accordingly with licence and controlled abattoir. But for chicken, this is not the case, most chicken are sold in market, cleaned. where and who slaughter it? I always wonder why chicken nowadays are tasteless and their meat are like some plastics fibre, so, I try this "organic chicken", then my confidence being restored. It taste sweet, bones as hard as I remember those days, when only "orang tua aje boleh makan"
Nov 25, 2007
The Nasi Lemak; a popular breakfast among Malaysian. The technology has assists in improving it further with "frozen; ready to eat", now just one switch button of mcrowaving, you can have it. This is available under licensing program
The future is Asia and its complicated yet harmonized cuisines. I always enjoyed cooking western, easy, fast and limited ingredients, but when it came to Malay traditional, hmm.. frankly, I never really excelled, like rendang and rendang tok, nasi briani muar or kuih bingka, bengkang and seri muka (malay traditional cakes), if asked, I would prefer to prepare varieties of cheese cake :)
Nov 24, 2007
I = Isya'
S = Subuh
L = Luhur or Zohor
A = Asar
M = Maghribs
The checklist could only be completed in one day, not able to completing will resulted in different meaning all together... in short, its a 5 times prayer a day as pre-requisite.
so, hopefully we are muslim in true practice, Amen
It took me 4 years of study, 2 years of working experience before a 5-star hotel entitled me; Junior Pastry Chef (Penang Mutiara 1995), yet it doesnt stop me to continue improving the competencies.
In USA, chefs must undertook an exam, before he or she could use the title, I dont expect it to be controlled as in medical industry, but I dont want any abuse either. It must be controlled by a "faculty" or a chef committee.
Here another example, one of my junior lecturer took over my class, as I falling-in sick. Despite that, I do worried as my class offering striploin steak today....
Roasting Striploin steak requires some time of marination, slow fire in the oven, suggested at 150C-160C, over some period of time ( more than 45minutes), hence, slow method of cooking..... it definately cannot be thrown just like that into the oven, which will resulting "roasted wood with flavors"
Nov 21, 2007
Culinary Tourism is a new term for special group of tourist that emphasis on finding interesting, food that offered in a particular country
Kopitiam is term for coffee shop, normally offers local coffee blends, toast, soft-boiled eggs, maybe nasi lemak and curry puff included in their menu
Here some of the history
Currently Kopitiam is the trends here in Malaysia. The coffee "craze" in Malaysia was started back in 1995-1997 with KLBC or Kuala Lumpur Best Coffee, way before the arrival of international chain -Starbucks, San Francisco's or Coffee Beans. Prior to that, coffee was consumed in small scale, unglamorous way at many roadside stalls and restaurant. Maybe after realizing that, the "branded" coffee actually overcharging their customer, Malaysian are indeed supporting much cheaper, more suitable coffee blend of their own familiar kopitiam, there's you got the popularity of Kopitiam in more professional run businesses.
For those who like to travel, please drop by these well known kopitiam, at the middle of town of Kemaman, Terengganu or The Kluang Railway station, Johor or you could just have the coffee anywhere in town near you.... enjoy your coffee
Nov 17, 2007
My current research paper ( with 2 other writer) entitled"Blending of Science and Culinary Arts; An insight into University Putra Experience" are in progress and expected to be cited and published with Journal of Culinary Science and Technology, in first quarter of 2008
My PhD paper entitled "Culinary Conceptual Curriculum Development from Malaysia's Stakeholder Perspective" expected to complete in 2009. Current stage are proposal submission and to be followed with proposal defence in first quarter 2008
My aim was to published at least another 3 topics in culinary area, as I complete my graduate study by end 2009.
The other area will coming soon in this blog, will be Q&A for cooking, health cuisine, and Malaysian Herbs and Spices page.. so, wait for another mouth watering desserts to be served as I getting tutorial from experts (thanks, bro. Rahman) in developing this site further.
Nov 16, 2007
Most Malaysian have realized that their weekly chores to the nearest market or supermarket are no longer the same, everything has gone up or "Barang Naik" (BN). Don't blame yourself of your lower qualifications, has provide you with basic job, with meagre salary nor blaming your boss giving your RM-based salary instead of US dollar, better bet, the Euro.
But the culprit is - increasing petrol price, will increase everything
I dont have to become Professor of Economics to explain the spiral effect, but hey look further and deeper;
Its cost RM4 Billion (shared with 26 million Malaysian) to subsidized the petrol that we are paying at 1.92/litre
but RM16 Billion to subsidized, roughly about 10 the Independence Power Producer (IPP) is never an issue...
(the facts is electricity could be easily supplied by TNB even without IPP)
who's suffering now, who's laughing all the way to the bank :(
why can't our government change the subsidized regime to RM16 Billion to 26 Million rakyat, and RM4 billion to 10 business, after all business is about taking risks. The Answer: Crony for BN
think about it Malaysian, next year another increament promised. If you vote BN, then suffers barang naik
It is funny indeed, with ingredients and gas to cook, it become my first issue in economics suffered by Malaysian.....
(update 30/11: MIER has announced today that we, Malaysian are OK with 40 cents increament - AFTER ELECTION!!! - wow, OK - that will be RM2.32 per litre or for my 15 yr old iswara - about RM95 full tank x 5 per month = RM475!!!! even at this moment at RM1.92 or 70x5= RM350 I already feel a pinch.... how about all the ingredients price - TAK NAIK? oh please, with Shafie Afdal controlling everything, you will know the spiral effects, everything is increasing 40% for sure, yet the MIER person who announced it known as Professor bla bla, never mentioned anything on the spiral effects... as stupid as someone to be known as a Professor, it stinks even to the highest heavens)