Saturday, October 21, 2017

Nick or Treat @ Sunway Lagoon Malaysia - Kids Treat for FREE!

Halloween is coming! This year, Sunway Lagoon is celebrating Halloween themed weekends for the young ones with a special "Nick or Treat" promo, whereby kids treat for FREE with every paying adult at RM170. Happening every Friday to Sunday, there will be spooktacular Halloween themed activities such as Meet and Greet with Nickelodeon characters, Halloweenie Games and free Nick or Treat goodie bags.



The theme park is decked out in Boo-tiful Halloween decor, so lots of photo opportunities to be had. Our son had fun taking photos with all the scary and also not-so-scary chacracters such as Ghostbuster and pumpkin carvings.






Our first stop was the Pet Village, where we fed the rabbits, hamsters and tortoise and also indulged in some Longkang Fishing before heading to Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon.



Cute Prairie Dog


Meerkat says "Look, I'm cute too!".







As always, we had a splashing good time here on the giant water slides at Spongebob Splash Adventure. We had so much fun, that we almost missed the first Meet and Greet session with Spongebob and Patrick at 12 noon.





Look at them, looking adorable in their spooky Halloween costume. After each Meet and Greet session, the kids were delighted to receive a Nick or Treat goodie bag, consisting of Pocky or lollipop, Eclipse mints and Cadbury chocolate.





We were also excited to meet Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at 12.30pm. The team arrived in style in their Shellraiser, the 1st of its kind in Asia.






While my adventurous kids and Hubby went on more water rides around the park, I chilled at the shaded seating area. They came back with stories of their exciting times on the Jungle Fury, Kubarango and Primeval.

There will also be Halloweenie Games at the Explorer's Campsite from 3.30pm - 4.00pm, such as Spongebob Frankenstein Needs a Brain, Bag O Bones and Spider Race.


Last 3 rides at the Amusement Park before heading home - Grand Canyon River Rapids, Colorado Splash and Vultures.





The Nick or Treat promo is available until 31 October 2017. With every paying adult at RM170, kids under 12 enter for free. For more details on Nick or Treat and to make a booking, please click here.




Open daily from 10am to 6pm. Ample parking spaces available at adjoining Sunway Pyramid shopping mall.

Location: Sunway Lagoon, 3, Jalan PJS 11/11, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Selangor Darul Ehsan,
Malaysia.

GPS Coordinates:3.073498, 101.605784

Website: http://sunwaylagoon.com/


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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Recipe: Baby spinach, avocado and strawberry salad with Rib Eye Steak

When we're in the Scotland, we eat quite a lot of steak... Aberdeen is afterall the home of the Angus cattle (aka Aberdeen Angus). You can easily pick up a good steak cut from any supermarket (we usually go for rib eye or sirloin) and it makes a really quick dinner.




In the summer months, we like pairing our steaks with a fruity salad, such as this one consisting of baby spinach, avocado and fresh strawberries that we picked from the farm. Absolutely delish! This salad is also great eaten on its own for a light lunch ;)




BabySumoKids enjoying their steak dinner in the tent



Baby spinach, avocado and strawberry salad with rib eye steak
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 2-3 minutes
Cooking time: 4-5 minutes
Serves 2

Ingredients
90g baby spinach, washed and spun-dry
1 ripe avocado
4-5 strawberries, sliced
Parmesan cheese (optional)

For the dressing
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tbsp honey

2 rib eye steaks (about 250-300g each)
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Maldon salt and freshly ground pepper


1. Clean the steak under running water and pat very dry with kitchen towel. Season both sides with pepper and rub with 1 tablespoonful of oil.

2. In a large grill pan over high heat, add 1 tablespoon of oil and wait until the pan/oil is smoking hot. Place the steak in the pan, and start your timer. Every minute, flip the steak. Cook to desired doneness - a 300g 1 inch steak will take about 4 minutes for medium doneness.

3. Remove steak from pan and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Season the steaks generously with Maldon salt.

4. In a small bowl, place the dressing ingredients and mix well. Season with salt and set aside.

5. To pit the avocado, first you need to find the stalk and remove it. Hold it horizontally, with a knife through the centre until you hit the seed then move the knife in a circular motion until you go all the away around. Twist the avocado halves in opposite direction and it will come apart easily into 2 halves. Sink the knife into the avocado seed and remove. Remove skin and then slice the avocado into thin slices or chunks.

6. Place baby spinach, avocado and strawberries in a bowl and pour over the dressing. Toss well. Garnish with Parmesan cheese.

7. To serve, place salad and steak on a plate. Serve with Maldon salt.



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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Royal Kashmir Indian Restaurant, Aboyne, Scotland

Aboyne was the last stop we made during one of our road trips; it is a village in Aberdeenshire about 45 minutes drive from Aberdeen. There is a really nice play park at The Green so the kids amused themselves until it was dinner time.

We decided to have dinner at Royal Kashmir Indian Restaurant. Indian is one of our favorite cuisine to have in the UK, they do it so well here.



To start, we had the poppadums (£3.20 for 4), nice and crispy. They are served with mixed pickle, spiced onions and mango chutney.

Before long, our mains arrived. We had the Lamb rogan josh (£9.95), from the Golden Oldies selection. One of our favourites, this was not too spicy, creamy with tender chunks of meat.




If you would like to try making this at home, have a look at this recipe here.




We also had the Desi Korma, one of Chef's special creations (£12.95). This is a classic dish served at Bangladeshi weddings, with a mild and buttery taste so it's perfect for kids. Very good recommendation from our server. To go with the curries, we had a peshwari naan (£4.75), garlic naan (£3.75), pilau rice (£3.50) and aloo gobi. A hugely satisfying dinner, with great service.









Here's wishing all who are celebrating, a very Happy Deepavali!


Opening times: Sun-Thurs 5pm - 11pm; Fri & Sat 4.30pm - 12.00am

Location: Royal Kashmir Indian Restaurant, Ballater Road, Aboyne, AB34 5HT, Scotland, United Kingdom.

Tel: +44 (0) 1339 886664


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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Pandan, the new Food Trend and Making Onde-Onde

Have you heard the news about the latest food trend about to hit UK and US? Yup, apparently pandan is set to overtake avocado and matcha, according to Nigella Lawson.

A common ingredient in Malaysia, we use pandan to make all sorts of local desserts aka kuih such as kuih ketayap, kuih seri muka and onde-onde. We also use it to make pandan swiss rolls and pandan chiffon cakes, pandan kaya, mooncakes as well as a natural food colouring. When making Malaysia's national dish, nasi lemak, we also add pandan leaves to the rice for extra fragrance.

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Earlier this week, BabySumoKids made onde-onde for our teatime snack. Such trendsetters, these two! :P  For this local dessert, we use pandan essence or extract. So if you can get your hands on a bottle of that, try this easy recipe, guaranteed to please.




BabySumoKids did a great job making all these onde-onde, all by themselves ;) I'm super proud of them for demonstrating such confidence in the kitchen.



Onde-onde in a halved coconut shell bowl ;)






For the onde-onde recipe, please visit this page.

You can watch BabySumoKids make them on my IG account or via this YouTube recipe video.





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Monday, October 16, 2017

Hwa Ga Korean BBQ Buffet, Taman Desa - RM30+ only!

Last week, I was craving for Korean BBQ (again!)... we didn't want to go too far since Hubby wants to get home in time to catch his football match so we decided to try the newly opened Hwa Ga at Taman Danau Desa. Hwa Ga has various other outlets around Klang Valley, however I have never tried any of them before so we came here without any expectations.



We arrived around 5.10pm as the stated opening time on their FB page is 5pm, however when we arrived they said that they needed about 30 more minutes to prepare before opening. We almost abandoned the idea of having a Korean BBQ dinner but the craving won. :P

Since we were early, service was pretty attentive. The place got really busy after 7pm and almost all the tables were filled by then. They offer 3 different menus- a la carte, a buffet for RM45+ (whereby you can order many types of Korean BBQ and Korean dishes to try) and a buffet for RM30+ (opening promo whereby you get unlimited pork belly and pork neck only). Both buffets have a limit of two hours dining time, but you can order as much as you want between that time.



Since our intention was to eat MEAT only, we decided to go for the RM30 offer. We were promptly served six types of ban chan, which are refillable. They were pretty decent and we especially enjoyed the kimchi, zucchini and beansprouts. For the first round, we had the pork neck and pork belly. I would not recommend the pork neck at all, as the meat was really tough and not enjoyable. However, the pork belly cut was good, and we had another serving of this.


Check out the difference between this and the photo on the menu




When we started cooking, the server put a piece of greaseproof paper on the grill before placing the meat. I found it really bizarre and questioned if the meat could cook properly. Thankfully it did, especially the pork belly which was more fatty and it could still brown nicely. I think the reason why they do this is because it's a buffet and they don't change the hot plate for you, so maybe the greaseproof paper stops the pork from sticking to the hot plate and prevents the residue from getting burnt.





I am quite happy to return and pay RM30 and eat all the pork belly that I want. The onion and mushroom cooked in the pork belly fat is very delicious too. You will need to cook your own meat here, but it's not a difficult task. Unlike many other Korean restaurants, they do not serve complimentary water. Other than that, I would say it's a good deal.



Opening times:   11am - 3pm; 5pm - 11pm daily.

Price: Lunch RM28+ for adult, RM18+ for child, Dinner RM30+ for adult, RM20+ for child. Total bill RM72.30 for 2 adults, inclusive drinks.

Location: Hwa Ga Korean Restaurant, 24G, Ground Floor, Jalan 5/109G, Taman Danau Desa, Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-6261 3126



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