27112018 / Chocolate Filling Soft Serve, Burger King

Burger King had recently introduced a new dessert – Chocolate Waffle Soft Serve on top of their regular soft serves and sundaes. I had been craving for a vanilla soft-serve for some time and I finally caved in few days ago. As I needed to run some errands at BIBD Kiulap last Tuesday evening, I dropped by Burger King for the said dessert.

Chocolate Filling Soft Serve | B$2.00

The portion could be small for some but it was just nice for me. I downed the whole thing in less than five minutes. The vanilla soft-serve wasn’t sweet in my opinion. The sweetness was well balanced to my liking. It was smooth in texture and tasted milky at the same time. The waffle cone was surprisingly a lot nicer than I expected. It was fragrant with a crunchy texture.

As I was halfway through with the vanilla soft-serve, I wondered when would I taste the chocolate filling. I thought they only filled the sides with chocolate filling in the beginning.

As you can see in the above picture, the chocolate filling took up about one third of the cone. The chocolate filling was sweeter comparatively to the vanilla soft-serve and overwhelming when eaten on it’s own. It pairs better with the vanilla soft-serve.

Of Random Things #201

Having eaten Orgran Gluten Free Corn Crispbread for breakfast in the past few days, I made salad bowl this morning with the leftover canned tuna. I had wanted to make another portion for my colleague but I ran out of canned tuna.

I had ran out of ideas what to use as my source of protein. Any idea? I know I could use some steamed or boiled chicken breast but I am not a huge fan of chicken breast as they tend to be on the dry side if not done properly. I had Chicken Teriyaki previously and it was good but time consuming to prepare in my opinion.

Tuna Salad Bowl

Base / Mixed Lettuce
Vege / Cucumber, Sweet Corn, Cherry Tomato
Protein / Ayam Brand Tuna Chunks in Organic Olive Oil
Sauce / Kewpie Roasted Sesame Dressing
Topping / Yumi’s Roasted Pumpkin Hommus Dip

So, here’s what I had this morning. Instead of having hard boiled egg like in my previous salad bowls, I omitted it and replaced with Yumi’s Roasted Pumpkin Hommus Dip. The hommus dip was slightly curried if I am not wrong and it went well with the cucumber.

25102018 / Little Audrey’s Café

Jennifer and I met up for lunch last Sunday afternoon at Little Audrey’s Café after I picked Mom from the airport. We met around 12:45PM and she was already there at the time I arrived.

Our usual meet up time on a Sunday is after 1PM. It was earlier this time round because she had a facial appointment after lunch. Without further ado, let me show you what we had for lunch the other day!

Longan Red Date Tea | B$4.00

Golden Latte | B$5.50 (caffeine-free)

turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, honey, organic soy milk

You could have guessed what tempted me to try their Golden Latte. They were many reasons to begin with. Most importantly, it was a caffeine-free Latte. Secondly, it came with a few of my favorite ingredients. And lastly, they used organic soy milk instead of regular fresh milk. Taste wise, it was okay in my opinion but could be a bit bitter for some.

Grilled Chicken Sandwich | B$12.90

with caramelized onion, bell pepper, cheese, sliced avocado and honey mustard, served with fries

This was Jennifer’s choice of lunch. She didn’t feel like having a heavy lunch so she went for their Grilled Chicken Sandwich. She had least expected that the portion was this huge. She told me to have half of her Grilled Chicken Sandwich but I was too full with my Tempeh Curry to help her. However, I did helped myself a bit with the fries. No matter how hard I tried to eat clean, I couldn’t say no to fries!

Tempeh Curry | B$14.90

tempura battered tempeh served with chickpeas and vegetable medley cooked in a herbed Japanese-styled curry, and Australian medium-grain brown rice

This was one of the main reasons for my visit to Little Audrey’s Café last Sunday afternoon. When I first saw this dish on their Instagram profile, I was intrigued to try. This is a vegan dish without any meat! The vegetable medley was good in my opinion and the Japanese-styled curry added flavors to it. It also came with some battered onion.

The tempura battered tempeh was the highlight of the dish in my opinion. We agreed that the batter was nicely done and it was crunchy. The tempura batter remained crunchy despite it had cooled down. The tempeh was cut in the form of thick sticks. For a healthier touch, they served with Australian medium-grain brown rice as opposed to the Thai fragrant rice. I am personally not a big fan of Australian medium-grain brown rice.

Salted Caramel Latte Doughnut | B$3.50

The second reason for my visit to Little Audrey’s Café was for this Salted Caramel Latte Doughnut. On my last visit with San Diann, we tried their Blueberry Doughnut and Nutella Cream Cheese Doughnut. To avoid disappointment, I had direct messaged them via Instagram to reserve a piece of their Salted Caramel Latte Doughnut.

Here’s a cross section of how the Salted Caramel Latte Doughnut so that you can have a look how it was in terms of the filling. As you can see in the picture, they were extremely generous with the filling!

The texture was smoother comparatively to this. On first impression upon the first bite, it tasted distinctive of coffee with an aftertaste of cream cheese. Sweetness level was well balanced and I loved the texture of the doughnut as well.

UPDATE: A fellow local foodie on Instagram @jojoeatsbrunei commented and asked if there was any salted caramel taste in the filling. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any taste of it. However, I do think that the salted caramel taste ain’t supposed to be strong in the first place since it was made as Salted Caramel Latte. The focus could be the Latte in my opinion.

After all the questions coming in of the said doughnut, I had decided to make a comparison between my picture and the one posted on @little.audreys. On the picture posted on @little.audreys, I noticed that there were salted caramel sauce on top of the doughnuts whereas there wasn’t any on mine. Therefore, I can assume there there was no taste of salted caramel due to the missing salted caramel sauce on top of mine.

Little Audrey’s Café
Unit 9, Ground Floor,
Block A, Q-Lap Complex,
Kampung Kiulap,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-8910711

24102018 / Yang Seng Restaurant & Catering

My colleagues and I went for breakfast together last Saturday morning before we head to work. It had been quite some time since I last had breakfast outside prior to going to work in the morning. On the final two weeks before Mom came home from Singapore, I had most of my breakfasts at home as I had been trying to eat clean.

As you can see from my previous blog entries, I had salad bowls on most days. On the days when I don’t feel like eating salads, I would have my gluten free Corn Crispbreads for breakfast with Peanut Butter Jelly spread. As a matter of fact, I had that too this morning but with Yumi’s Roasted Pumpkin hommus dip and it was so good!

Anyways, let’s not stray from today’s topic and get started!

Kolo Kueh Tiaw

As I had been trying to cut down on my wheat intake, I resorted to having Kolo Kueh Tiaw as opposed to the usual Kolo Mee. I had the basic and it came with Char Siu slices. The Char Siu slices were tender this time round but on the sweeter side though. All in all, it was a good combo.

Homemade Fish Ball with Bittergourd Soup

My colleague ordered this with a side of plain Kolo Kueh Tiaw. It came with a decent amount of their homemade fish paste and balls. The former was smoother in terms of texture. However, the fish balls came with some fish bones in it. The bittergourd soup was clear without being overly greasy.

Yang Seng Restaurant & Catering
No: 34, Simpang: 5,
Jalan Gadong,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-8929339

Cooking Diary #57: Kimchi Jigae

Good morning! I am up early this morning but it was rather hard this time round as I had not been up early for the past two days. I think my sleeping routine had returned to the time when I do not have to wake up early for kitchen duties.

As I mentioned in my previous few blog entry, I made Kimchi Jigae last Sunday for lunch as I had been craving it for more than weeks. I had been to Brukori a few times for their Kimchi Jigae. Sadly, they were always sold out on the days when I was there.

I was so disappointed to the max that I decided to make my own instead. So, I went to Hallyu Mart at Batu Bersurat to purchase all the necessary ingredients including ready made preserved Kimchi and Gochujang!

It was cheaper to get the other brand of Gochujang from Hua Ho, Kiulap but I didn’t know that until days after I had bought this from Hallyu Mart. The other brands available at Hallyu Mart were too big in size that I don’t think was an viable option considering that I won’t even be cooking Kimchi Jigae very often.

Kimchi Jigae

Presenting to you my homemade Kimchi Jigae! Jennifer told me that her mom added canned tuna chunks when making Kimchi Jigae. Canned tuna chunks didn’t sound good to me as I am not a fan of the fishy taste in my Kimchi Jigae.

So, I used pork belly instead. I cut them into cubed size and pan fried them over non-stick pan with a little bit of oil. I had also added some onions, Enoki mushroom and silken tofu. Koreans use firm tofu in their stew dishes but I prefer the texture of imported silken tofu. For flavors, I had added one heaping big tablespoon of Gochujang, some light soy sauce and two pinches of raw sugar.

I had shared a small bowl of this Kimchi Jigae with my colleague and she said it was good despite the spiciness. As for Jennifer, she mentioned that most of her family member could not tolerate the spiciness but it was just nice for her. The spiciness was above my usual threshold but I could still handle it well enough. I had some preserved Kimchi left and I think I would be making Kimchi Pajeon soon.