Friday, July 31, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
1. Cantonese style (left)-Coarsely chopped Garlic. Ginger, Bird's eye Chili with Sesame oil and Soy sauce plus a squeeze of Kasturi Lime juice.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Chinese Restaurant SyndromeBy doctor2008
When the melamine debacle erupted last year and attracted the world’s attention to food safety issues globally, it seems rather unfair that another food safety issue should be attributed to the Chinese..
However, the Chinese Restaurant syndrome , which was first described in 1968 and referred to a collection of symptoms occuring after eating Chinese food is certainly not confined to this cuisine.
The symptoms – headache, throbbing of the head, dizziness, lightheadedness, sweating, a feeling of facial pressure, tightness of the jaw, burning or tingling sensations over parts of the body, chest pain, and back pain – can sometimes be mistaken for a pending heart attack. The cause is attributed to a form of food allergy to monosodium glutamate (MSG aka Ajinomoto, Vetsin, and Accent) and occurs only to some individuals.
I wrote above that it was unfair to blame Chinese food because while many people believe that MSG is the cause of these symptoms, a statistical association has not been demonstrated despite numerous research studies. In fact, MSG is found in so many foods from so many cuisines that it raises one’s eyebrows : Maggi sauce, Marmite, Parmesan cheese, Knorr bouillon cubes, flavored potato chips, Kikkoman sauce, Worcestershire sauce, most barbeque sauces, to name a few!
So is MSG safe? The US Food & Drugs Administration (FDA) has classified it as safe as early as 1959. Most countries, including the European Union and the USA merely specify that there must be adequate labelling if MSG is added. In fact, most people recover from mild cases of Chinese restaurant syndrome without treatment and with no lasting problems. The only exception are those who develop severe allergy reactions, which can be life-threatening – watch out for
- Chest pain
- Heart palpitations
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling of the throat
In such cases, nothing less than a fast trip to the Emergency Department is mandated!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
We opted for Western food dinner and went to Tony Roma's in Cineleisure, Damansara Mutiara. Petaling Jaya.
The restaurant considered "The Pioneer of Baby Back Ribs" was way too quiet for a Sunday night.
Framed photographs of the man himself with friends and some showcased his chefs and his other restaurants around the world adorned the walls of the restaurant.
Astro Sport channel on flat screen TVs to keep you company while waiting to be serve.
Surya, our server was very efficient and accommodating when we requested for more of those free mini hot fluffy buns that comes with Butter, Garlic and Coriander paste.
Overall the meal was comforting and fulfilling.
Location:Lot G-29(11), G-32 & G33.
Ground Floor, Mutiara Damansara,
Friday, July 24, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
The restaurant is located in an obscured area of Kampung Melayu, Sungai Buluh near to The Sungai Buluh General Hospital.
There are 3 ways to access the restaurant :
1. by the NSE via the Sungai Buluh General Hospital,
2.Taman Rahman Putra or
3. the flyover after the old trunk road of the Sg Buluh/Subang junction.
The place is huge with a sprawling car park, a gated vegetable garden, a pondok, artificial stream with fishes by the side of the restaurant, water fountain decorated with flowering plants and shrubs with the grand and majestic restaurant at the far end.
It was like visiting a private home with a huge fully air conditioned wood paneled dining area to enjoy authentic home cooked Thai cuisine!
Location:95, Jalan Kampung Melayu.
Sungai Buluh, Selangor.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
After the left turn at the Banting/Klang interchange, the country road was scenic but uneven and bumpy with lots of bridge and road humps.
On our left were vegetables and Dragon fruit farms while the left side were kampung houses dotted with warong.
Property development are slowly creeping into this sleepy side of Klang like Bayuemas.
Restoran Kang Guan have been in the seafood restaurant business for about 51 years !
This established restaurant is situated on the left, just before the Pulau Carey bridge.
It is built on stilts made from mangrove wood and planks-spacious with open sides, red cloth covered tables, plastic chairs and ceiling fans for comfort.
We have a good view of lush green mangrove trees and the swift flowing river meandering out to the sea.
Plastic reservation stand with names of big corporations hung near a counter means daily regular dining clients.
A sour faced waitress took our order-a real put off- luckily the food tasted great and was fairly priced!
Yam basket- was thick, dense and crispy with lots of Yam aroma unlike others with the accompaniments of vivid colors stir fried green and red Capsicum, Carrot, Mushroom and sliced Chicken-and topped with deep fried rice Vermicelli-tasty-Rm15/
Location:3, Batu 1 1/2, Jalan Bandar Lama,
(Tepi Jambatan Pulau Carey),
Telok Panglima Garang,
Kuala Langat, Selangor.