Friday, February 21, 2014

Cavalock and The Penang White Curry Noodle Quest

What you have here is the extremely rare and elusive MyKuali Penang White Curry Noodles from Malaysia. Apparently it's currently the most sought after instant noodles in Asia and as far as I know, it's almost impossible to find it here. That is until Wednesday night when I stumbled upon a little provision shop in Changi selling it for S$4.20 for a pack of four. Needless to say I immediately bought it. The feeling is not unlike discovering a rare drop item if one is familiar with playing MMO games online but I digress. I read that it's sold out in Australia and was going for A$4. Unfortunately it was only after I got home that I remembered one important thing. I don't do spicy food! This pack is after all in the Top Ten Spiciest Instant Noodles of All Time list. :P

So I did the only thing I could and that's to pass it to an instant noodle expert! And here's a summery of the verdict after having a pack for lunch.

* There's a little pack of powered creamer in there and I believe that's what turns it into a white curry meal. The expert recommends substituting that with evaporated milk instead for a creamier texture.

* The slab of instant noodles is pretty small compared to other instant noodle packs.

* The star attraction is the curry paste, the piece de resistance! It's gives the essential spicy kick that sets this apart from the rest and yes, it's that spicy.

Well, it's been awhile since I shared some of the retro stuff in the old family house. Here's an old SIA foldable luggage. It's probably from the 1970s I think. Like some of the some other vintage stuff I found, this was still neatly wrapped up and never been used.

The inside is a little beat up but the exterior just needs a little dusting to look as new as can be. The zippers still work and it feels rather sturdy. Not bad. I wonder if the airline still gives out stuff like this.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Cavalock Assembles The Avengers Cookies

There was a whole lot of themed cookies that left our tiny apartment kitchen over the last year including Batman, Iron Man, Halloween and the Minions, now it's time to assemble the Avengers! Received an order last week to bake some cookies for a little boy's birthday party and he's a huge Avengers fan so here are what we came up with. Left to right top row, that's Wolverine, Captain America and Iron Man, followed by Hulk and Spider-Man below. And in case all you noon-geeks are wondering, yes, Wolverine and Spidey are both card-carrying members of the Avengers.

The gift tags we used are all old Marvel VS trading cards. Not bad, eh? I thought they look great and the other side's blank so the kid can write his 'thank you' or something. So who's your favourite cookie Avenger? 

Every bad guy in the Marvel Universe wants to piece of the Avengers!

Hulk smash Hulk cookie!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Cavalock and The Batman Cookie Caper

Remember the Iron Man cookies we made a couple years ago? Well, its been awhile since we had another order for super-hero themed cookies that is until last week when we got one for a kid's birthday party. Sure we made lotsa other kinds of cookies and cakes like the recent Minions but as a comic book geek I always look forward to the comic book ones.

Over 40 handmade Batman butter cookies left our little kitchen but not before I managed to snap a few shots. And yes, I do own a lot of Batman action figures, a whole lot more than what you see here.  Leave a tick in one them boxes below if you like. :)

Monday, February 10, 2014

Cavalock and The Real Rum and Raisins Recipe

The best kinda dessert you can have is usually the kind you can whip up yourself. Here we got some fruits soaking in a big ol' jar full of premium Bacardi rum. It's an extra boozy jar after settling all our orders of our popular Christmas fruitcakes last year so you know these fruits have been soaking for at least 4 months now.

All you need is a tub of premium vanilla ice-cream and you got yourself some homemade rum and raisins ice-cream. It's that easy, just soak a bag of fruit mix in a jar of rum for a couple months at least then pour spoonfuls of them generously over a scoop or two of rich creamy ice-cream. I think the main ingredient is patience as it's gonna take at least two months to see or taste the fruits of your labours. I brought some over to a boardgame party recently and everyone loved it.

Everyone's talking about it and all my friends have seen it and loved every minute of it, it's the new Lego Movie. I'm so glad the filmmakers went with stop-motion animation instead of the typical boring animation we see so much in today's cartoons. It really looked and felt like you were playing with the plastic blocks which actually made sense if you have already watched the movie (minor spoiler alert). There's so much visual gags and Easter eggs in there, most you would get only if you are a hardcore Lego fan or a true geek. Unfortunately, that also kinda explains why most of my friends' spouses and girlfriends didn't really "get" the show, well, guess there just aren't that many female geeks out there after all.

Name that movie!

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Cavalock and The Double Breakfast Treat

The last time the gang was in Kuala Lumpur, we enjoyed a simple yet incredibly satisfying kolo mee or wan ton mee breakfast in a little corner kopi tiam, and of cos we had to do it all again this trip, not once but two mornings in a row. On the first day we were there, the uncle ran out of wan tons or dumplings but we told him we'll be back the next morning and he actually saved some for us! You got some tasty shredded chicken as well as delicious char siew and mushrooms just blanketing all them dark noodles, and you can click here if you want to know what we washed it all down with. What a way to start off the day.

Remember now, we were in Kuala Lumpur to EAT so naturally right after our 10am wan ton mee breakfast, we went looking for more food! The plan was to have some chee cheong fun but the roadside stall we went to wasn't open. Crossing the road, we found the next best thing, a bak kuk teh joint!

So we found this rather famous bak kut teh restaurant Sun Fong Bak Kut Teh, we know it's famous cos of all them celebrity photos on the walls giving the thumbs up (again) including Ian Wright, just like when we were in Wong Ah Wah. Needless to say, we over ordered once more. Three large servings of their darker herbal bak kut teh, tender pig trotters and dry bak kut teh which is basically stir-fried pork ribs with lots of herbs and spices, but it's the first time I'm having it and I dare say it's my new favourite dish from KL.

The huge bowl of dry bak kut teh below was almost bare when I finally remembered to take a pix. Opps! Here's hoping to find a similar dish back home.

Now ff you have even been to the Bukit Bintang area of Kuala Lumpur, you would notice that the layout of the buildings are rather interesting, to say the least. For instance, you'll see a sparkling luxury mall here and right next to it is a derelict building surrounded by pimps and the homeless, then just across the road you got another new modern shopping mall. Like my friend said, whoever the city building planner dude is, he sure as hell ain't ever played Sim City before. Now don't me started on the crazy traffic they got there. If you ain't dodging oncoming speeding vehicles then you're probably gonna be standing on the sidewalk for the rest of the day. I suppose coming from a sterilised city like Singapore, a little bit of lawlessness or debauchery goes a long way. It might not be a city that's up everybody's alley but I really enjoyed myself immensely that weekend. Really needed the break.

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Cavalock and The 3 Layer Tea Addiction

Drumroll please, as I introduce our favourite drink in Kuala Lumpur, and that's the 3 Layer Tea or 3 Layer Milk Tea as it's also known. Real men don't drink coffee in the morning, we chug the sweeeeeetest drink known to mankind for breakfast, two days in a row! You can find this popular drink in almost every kopi tiam across Kuala Lumpur and it's just tea, evaporated milk and 50 metric tons of palm sugar or Gula Melaka in a cold tall glass. Yes, it's that sweet! A couple of us had it twice on Saturday and ended up in an epic sugar rush fit.

According to the recipe I found, it's 1/5 Gula Melaka, 1/5 evaporated milk and 3/5 red tea although I swear to gawd, it tasted like all one-third equal parts. Pour the Gula Melaka in a tall iced glass. wait awhile before pouring in the milk slowly over the ice and then top it all up with that final layer of tea. I really don't understand why doesn't anyone do this drink here. I know Toastbox and at least one Chinese restaurant here do a similar drink but I tried the former and it doesn't come anywhere near the real deal. I just find it weird that it's so readily available just a short plane ride away but we can't get a decent one here.

Time for the geeky part of the post. Like I mentioned in my previous post, we were all in Kuala Lumpur for to play Magic: The Gathering and like most of their Grand Prix events, there are always guest fantasy artists. This year we saw two artists, Winona Nelson and Anthony Palumbo doing the honours. I didn't have a chance to meet Winona cos of the extra long queue and almost everyone wanted her to do one of her amazing sketches. Since none of my friends were interested in the artists and didn't wanna spend over an hour queuing, I could only get Anthony's signatures.