Early Dinner @ Kimchi Restaurant, Regent Square

恭喜发财 everyone!

Slept quite early yesterday evening compared to usual. We youngsters are supposed to sleep only after midnight for longevity of our parents. But we were all very exhausted yesterday and knocked out before midnight. LOL!

Woke up around 7.30a.m. in the morning and parents went to a temple in Kapok for praying routine whilst Sister and I stayed home. I slept even more until it’s time for lunch. Guess that I had been exhausted with work stuffs all these while. I am taking a 10 days long holiday this time round. The longest one that I had ever since I started working. I don’t even remember that I took this long last year when I traveled to Melbourne.

The family and I went Agro Technology Park this afternoon after our praying routines at the temple in town. Shall cover on Agro Technology Park someday, probably when I am back from Kuala Lumpur (KL) in the mid of next week.

I was starving after our tour at Agro Technology Park this afternoon as we had our lunch extremely early this morning, like 11:30a.m. in the morning? Sister was craving for Korean cuisine. I intended to go Sarang Korean Restaurant but I am not sure if they are closed today for Chinese New Year festival. If not, they are definitely closed the time when we wanted to go. So, we ended up at Kimchi Restaurant at Regent Square instead.

Let’s start, shall we?

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Complimentary banchan that came along with our main courses. Loved the preserved kimchi! We requested for a refill but one of the staff told us that refill would be chargeable. Honestly? There were four of us and you are expecting the four of us to share with these small portions? The first time when Sister and I were at Kimchi Restaurant, I remembered that banchan refills were complimentary.

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Gimbap | B$3.50

We had two portions of this. One was for both Sister and I to share and the other plate was for our parents to share. They are pretty good actually as they came with both sweet and salty taste. LOL! Speaking of Gimbap, I am starting to miss the Tuna Gim Bap from Koryo Restaurant. Maybe I should bring Sister with me tomorrow so that I could get my craving fixed. But I promised to bring her to Sarang Korean Restaurant as well.

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Kimchi Jeon | B$7.95

One of my favorite dish in Korean cuisine but unfortunately, this did not live up to my expectation as the batter tasted stronger than the kimchi itself. Verdict? Flour was more than the amount of kimchi given in the pancake. I still preferred the Kimchi Jeon from Koryo Restaurant. They were super generous with both kimchi and spinach and the price was super affordable too!

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Deokboki | B$7.99

Used to be one of my favorite dish in Korean cuisine as well but majority of them were too spicy for my taste bud to tolerate. I once ended up looking for the washroom while I was having a bowl of it back in Nanjing couple of years ago. Since then, I had been cautious when it comes to having Deokboki. And since this was the first time whereby I brought parents to try Korean cuisine, might as well order Deokboki for them to try since it’s one of the most common food for Koreans.

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Salmon Teriyaki | B$12.95

Both Sister and I missed the Jangeo Gui which Kimchi Restaurant served. Unfortunately, they no longer have this dish on their menu. No idea why. So, Sister ordered Salmon Teriyaki in the end. It had the same broth as Jangeo Gui. The salmon was probably frozen one but taste wise, it was still fresh enough. You could give this a try if you are fond of cooked salmon. To be honest, I preferred raw salmon more than cooked ones. LOL!

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Ya Chae Tweegim | B$4.95

Vegetable tempura! And it came with lady fingers, aubergine, sweet potatoes and pumpkin. It was good but I only had the pumpkin and aubergine version. It’s actually a pretty good healthy option if you don’t consider about the amount of oil needed to deep fry the vegetables. LOL!

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Kimchi Bokumbap | B$7.95

This was nicely done but wee bit salty, spicy and oily. Nevertheless, still good. *thumbs up*

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Dolsot Bibimbap | B$9.95

Sister’s must have dish when dining at a Korean restaurant. The picture turned out blurry as it was smoky at the point when this picture was taken and my camera was only able to focus on the spoon only. Hence, the blurry picture on the rice.

Kimchi Restaurant
Unit 19, Block B,
Regent Square,
Kampung Kiarong,
Bandar Seri Begawan, BE1318,
Brunei Darussalam.
Tel: +673-2222233

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2014 Chinese New Year Eve Dinner

Family and I had our Chinese New Year Eve dinner couple of hours ago. We intended to dine outside in the first place but majority of the restaurants were either closing early or fully booked and they do not serve ala carte dish but set meals. Some even came up with about B$400+ for a set meal of 10 people.

To be honest, it may sound reasonable to some since it’s about B$40 per person but the headcount in my family is small. So, there’s no point of having such a grand meal. So, Mom decided to cook dinner at home like what we had been for all the Chinese New Year Eve dinners. I am sure that your Facebook news feed page are pretty much spammed with the food pictures by now. LOL! It happened to mine already.

Let’s get started, shall we? xD

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A sneak peek to what we had for dinner couple of hours ago.

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Roasted Duck

We had Roasted Duck too last year during Chinese New Year Eve dinner. This was a hand gift from a friend of Mom who came visiting the other day. All the way from Miri. Honestly speaking, I preferred the Roasted Duck sold in Miri rather than the ones in Brunei.

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Steamed Chicken

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Ngoh Hiang

Specially handmade and brought in all the way from Kuching. A cousin of mine made these for Mom to bring back home when she’s back to Kuching few months ago. I can imagine what’s going in your head right now. LOL! As long as they are wrapped properly and stay frozen, these could last you for a couple of months without going stale.

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Fish Maw Soup With Long Cabbage

The sight of chicken feet in the soup was really disturbing. It looked as if there’s a finger sticking out from the soup. I even joked Mom saying that one shouldn’t cook chicken feet during CNY. According to Mom, she had forgotten to thaw the pork knuckles and it was too late already by the time she realized that. Hence, we had chicken feet in our soup instead of the usual pork knuckles.

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Stir Fry Mixed Vegetables With Cashew Nuts

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Steamed Fish

I made desserts this time after dinner courtesy to the request of Sister. She wanted to try Chocolate Lava Cake. But it wasn’t that successful this time round as they were overcooked. But the sweetness level was perfect as I lowered the amount of sugar and used dark chocolate bar with 62% of cocoa content.

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Chocolate Lava Cake

Baking #6: Japanese Dark Pearl Chocolate Chiffon Cake

Some of you may have known that I had been obsessed with baking lately. Baking takes most of my spare time nowadays. Sister is home bound on the day after tomorrow so I will be baking Japanese Cotton Cheesecake tomorrow evening after work to welcome her return. Japanese Cotton Cheesecake is best consumed when left overnight in room temperature.

A colleague of mine once told me that it’s best consumed after refrigerated. I preferred mine non-refrigerated. But well, different people has different preference when it comes to how they consume their food. I left my Japanese Cotton Cheesecake in room temperature for about three days and it’s still as as fresh as freshly baked.

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As you can see from my today’s headline, my latest adventure lately is Japanese Dark Pearl Chocolate Chiffon Cake adapted from Bakericious. And here’s the link to her recipe if you are interested.

Ingredients:

Cocoa Batter

  • 150g chocolate (chopped or cubed)
  • 90ml of water
  • 100g of corn oil
  • 25g of cocoa powder
  • 65g of cake flour
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 115g egg yolks (I used 7 egg yolks)

Egg White Batter

  • 255g egg whites (I used 7 egg whites)
  • 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
  • 100g caster sugar
  • a pinch of salt (I omitted this as I forgot about it)

Directions:

  1. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler. Remove from heat when they had completely melted. I waited for approximately a minute after removing it from heat before I started folding in the corn oil and followed by the water and egg yolks.
  2. Combine cake flour, cocoa powder and bicarbonate of soda together and sift them into your cocoa batter in two portions. Fold them until they are all well combined and you see no flour lump in your batter.
  3. Whisk your egg whites with cream of tartar until they are frothy before adding in the caster sugar slowly. Remember to whisk them until a soft peak is formed. The one important thing that one should remember when whisking egg whites is that your mixing bowl must be clean and free from grease or else the entire egg whites couldn’t stiff up.
  4. Fold the egg whites batter into your cocoa batter in three portions so that they will all be evenly mixed. And be careful not to deflate your batter.
  5. When you are done mixing the egg whites batter into your cocoa batter, give your mixing bowl a few hard bangs on your table to get rid of the big bubbles trapped inside the batter.
  6. Then pour your batter into a 23 – 25cm chiffon cake pan but I used a 21cm chiffon cake pan instead. Run a chopstick at the side of the chiffon cake tin to get rid of the bubbles trapped at the side of the cake. Bake with 175 degrees Celsius on lower rack for about 45 minutes or until cooked.
  7. I baked the cake with 175 degree Celsius for the first 15 minutes and used a baking tray to block the oven top heat for about 20 minutes. Remove the baking tray 20 minutes later and bake the cake for another 10 minutes.

I adapted the method of baking chiffon cake from KitchenTigress. Here’s the video to her tutorial if you are interested. I liked the way she made her videos. They were all very informative and easy to understand.

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The process of baking a chiffon cake is slightly more tedious than a normal cake. As a matter of fact, I think it’s more tedious than baking Japanese Cotton Cheesecake because you have to constantly watch the heat so that it doesn’t burn your cake. And thankfully, my Japanese Dark Pearl Chocolate Chiffon was a success yesterday albeit being slightly bitter as I used 62% dark chocolate. Remember to invert the cake immediately for at least 2 hours before you could unmould it.

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This was how my Japanese Dark Pearl Chocolate Chiffon Cake looked like when sliced. xD

Review: Timeless Truth Infinite Clarity Mask

Hello! Another short hiatus again. LOL!

There’s nothing much for me to blog about lately as I had not been trying much new skincare products and I had not been eating out regularly either. KinG came down Bandar yesterday evening and we had dinner at Sarang Korean Restaurant. I did not bother to take any picture as we had the same food every time we visit the place.

I baked Japanese Dark Pearl Chiffon Cake just now and it’s now cooling on my dining table for the next one and a half hour. You need to invert the cake immediately when you took it out from the oven or else the cake might collapse. After my successful attempt with Japanese Cotton Cheesecake, I am much more determined to try something challenging. Majority said chiffon cakes are the hardest to succeed but they will be much easier once you get the hang of it. 

Anyways, don’t wanna bore you with my baking adventures and here’s my review on Timeless Truth Infinite Clarity Mask. 

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If you are wondering where I got this Timeless Truth mask from when it’s still not available in Brunei, I got this from HiShop last month. Ordered it online and had it dispatched over to Ing’s workplace in Miri. 

This facial sheet mask aims to give your skin four effects – whitening, moisturizing, clarity and radiance. The texture of the sheet mask is exactly the same like the one from Timeless Truth Absolute Clarity Mask. It fits onto the face perfectly with the right cut off at the right angle. The facial sheet mask was able to hold essence very well as they did not drip throughout the entire application process. There wasn’t any special scent but typical scent of a facial sheet mask. It was neither flowery nor “alcoholic”. LOL! 

The facial sheet mask took approximately 30 minutes to dry up and there were still a little bit essence left on my face when removing it. Gently massaged them back into the skin for full absorption. And as usual, I rinsed off the excess so that I don’t go to bed with a sticky face. The whitening effect of Timeless Truth Infinite Clarity Mask was not as good as Timeless Truth Absolute Clarity Mask. But it did moisturize my skin well enough and it gave a dewy effect which lasted for almost a day. 

Anyways, here’s what I think of Timeless Truth Infinite Clarity Mask in a nutshell: 

Pros:
1. Fits onto the face perfectly.
2. Hold essence well, doesn’t drip.
3. Dewy effect lasted for almost a day.
4. Absorbs well onto my skin.
5. Moisturized my skin well enough.

Cons:
1. Whitening effect was not as good as Timeless Truth Absolute Clarity Mask.
2. Not available locally.
3. Not cheap.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

Price: RM8

Repurchase? Maybe

Dinner @ Taty’s Cafe, Berakas

I don’t think a review on Taty’s Cafe, Berakas is mandatory here as I had previously reviewed their main branch in Muara Town. Here’s the link to my review of their main branch. The second branch of Taty’s Cafe in Berakas had been opened for more than a year and I had only knew about it’s existence like a month or two ago. LOL! This is how “un-update” I am compared to newly opened Japanese or Korean restaurants in town.

Anyways, I went to Times Square area after work yesterday evening with the sole intention of cutting my DiGi SIM card for my iPhone 5S. I will be on a holiday to KL in less than two weeks and my current DiGi SIM card is not in nano SIM size but the size for my previous iPhone 4.

Let’s get started with the food pictures. Kaylie had Mushroom Chicken Burger while I had Mushroom Lamb Burger.

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As usual, they will place your order in a small basket when ready and bring them to you. There is no different packaging for different types of burgers. So, you have to check the labeling which the staff wrote on the wrapping paper before bringing your orders to you.

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Mushroom Lamb Burger | B$4.50

Look how soft the burger is along with the melted cheese and lamb patty. The lamb patty was juicy and tender. It was slightly medium done as you could still see the meat being slightly red on the inside but I find them acceptable. It’s best not to have cooked lamb or else they will go all hard and dry when cold.

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And the super generous portion of mushrooms. Instead of using button mushrooms, Taty’s Cafe used Shiitake mushrooms. This was actually the mushroom portion from Kaylie’s Mushroom Chicken Burger. But they were all generously donated to me as Kaylie doesn’t consume any type of mushroom. My gain, LOL!

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Hahaha … Look at the super overload portion of Shiitake mushrooms in my Mushroom Lamb Burger which Kaylie generously donated to me. I guess I should go Taty’s Cafe with Kaylie more often so that she would donate her portion of Shiitake mushrooms whenever we order burgers there. LOL!

Anyways, I do not have any picture of the restaurant but the food only. The atmosphere of the cafe is pretty much the same as their main branch. But this new branch is equipped with air-conditioners and the ventilation system is so much better. Whenever dining at the main branch, one will smell like a BBQ chicken when stepping out of the cafe. There are much more dining tables and chairs at this new branch.

But the downside of Taty’s Cafe is their pricing. I personally find their pricing to be a little bit steep for their small sized burgers. I like how their burgers were cooked but the pricing is a bit put off sometimes. If you are huge about burgers, try Hommed Baga and I am sure you will like it as much as you did with Taty’s Cafe.

Taty’s Cafe Berakas
Lot 4, The B.T. Complex,
Simpang: 13,
Jalan Lapangan Antarabangsa,
Kampung Jaya Setia,
BE2513,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Brunei Darussalam.