Heritage Tour to Peneng

Penang, also known as the Pearl of the Orient, is located some northwest of Malaysia and approximately an overnight drive from Singapore. George town is the capital of this heritage city and has been listed as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site. And indeed, take a trip to Penang and be amazed at all the exciting experiences and sights as you allow yourself to be transported back in time.

On the way..

On the way..

Streets of Penang

Streets of Penang

Old buildings in Penang

Old buildings in Penang

Street Hawker - A common sight

Street Hawker - A common sight

Street hawkers in Penang

Street hawkers in Penang

Trishaw

Trishaw

A trishaw uncle @ work

A trishaw uncle @ work

Cheers!

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Random Pictures

These pictures have been sitting in my harddisk for quite some time due to my busy busy schedules. The pictures were taken at the Lone Pine Sanctuary and during the RiverFire Festival at Southbanks using my trusty little Ixus 100.

Lone Pine Sanctuary

Lone Pine Sanctuary

Lone Pine Sanctuary

Lone Pine Sanctuary

QBE RiverFire 2010

QBE RiverFire 2010

QBE RiverFire 2010

QBE RiverFire 2010

QBE RiverFire 2010

QBE RiverFire 2010

Jamie Oliver comes to Ipswich

SYDNEY : British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is bringing his battle against obesity to Australia, setting up his “Ministry of Food” in the Queensland town of Ipswich, he announced Monday.

“Australia for me is a country full of open-minded cooking, incredible produce, some of the best chefs in the world,” Oliver said in a video message.

“And yet, even though there are cooking shows all over TV, there is this massive health epidemic related to food.”

Ipswich, close to the east coast city of Brisbane, will host a food cooking centre which will provide classes and demonstrations designed to give residents tips on “how to make beautiful, tasty quick meals”, Oliver said.

To read full article click here:

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/lifestylenews/view/1092093/1/.html

Jamie Oliver is coming to Ipswich!! Soon. And I’m returning back to Singapore. Soon. What a bummer. I would really love to watch him cook live, and would like to learn some things from him. Missing George and Gary’s Good Food Show was one thing. Not to mention that I missed Peter Evans too. He’s such a cute chef. Now its Jamie Oliver. Double  triple Boo.

Japanese Potato Salad

Whilst busy studying for the upcoming exams, i had this sudden strong craving for japanese potato salad. Japanese potato salads are unlike the kind of potato salads you are likely to find in a salad bar, or those that accompanies your steak. Japanese potato salads are generally less acidic, creamier and sweeter than your average western-style potato salads. It is usually served as a side in a bento or part of a japanese meal in a small portion as it’s only meant as an appetiser.

Being in Australia has made me learn that to have good food, you either need to be very rich, or very good at cooking. So, being the poor student that I am, away from home, and (in lil Ipswich) where nice japanese food is non-existent (the nearest jap restaurant, is all the way in brisbane city),  I decided to make my own japanese potato salad right at home! It’s really simple and yummy and the best thing is, it doesn’t require any complicated and technical skills!!

Japanese Potato Salad

Serves 4 – 6

Ingredients:

2 Russet Potatoes (skinned)
½ Carrot (skinned)
½ Lebanese Cucumber (thinly sliced)
*¼ Apple (thinly sliced with skin on)
3 tbps Japanese Mayo (Kewpie or Ajinomoto Brand is good)
Salt & Pepper

*Apple can be omitted if preferred.

[Kewpie Japanese mayo is available in both Coles and Woolworths in the Asian section.]

Method:

1) Boil potatoes and carrot until soft. Then cut carrot into thin slices and potatoes into small cubes. Leave to cool.

2) When cooled, mix in cucumber slices and apple slices (the skin on the apple gives the salad a vibrant red color and adds as a visual appeal) with mayo.

Note: Lebanese cucumbers are important in Japanese potato salads as it adds a hint of sweetness to the salad, which gives it a unique taste as compared to western-style potato salads.

3) Taste. Add a pinch of salt and pepper and adjust to your own preference.

4) Chill in refrigerator.

Serve it as a side dish or just have it as a snack!!

Cheers!