30122018 / Fuchow Restaurant

My colleagues and I met up for breakfast this morning before work. I didn’t go for my morning walk at Tasek Lama today. I intended to wake up earlier so that I could walk for about an hour in my neighborhood but I overslept. I didn’t had a good sleep yesterday as I woke up twice in the middle of the night for toilet breaks.

My colleagues invited me for breakfast at Fuchow Restaurant this morning. They were already seated and having coffees when I arrived. I woke up late with only half an hour to shower and get ready. I usually wake up an hour earlier to get ready before leaving the house.

Fried Zao Cai Thick Bee Hoon

When craving for Fuchow cuisine, one of the best places to go in Brunei is Fuchow Restaurant. I rarely go Fuchow Restaurant as I find the quality rather inconsistent. However, my colleagues commented that they have improved. Perhaps there had been a change with the kitchen members?

I had the Halal version of this dish at Food House Eatery on Christmas morning. The one I had this morning was cooked with cooking wine and served with Char Siu. The thick Bee Hoon was well soaked and they softened up. The level of sourness was good enough for me. In overall, this was a good non-Halal version of Fried Zao Cai Thick Bee Hoon.

Fuchow Restaurant
No: 16 & 17,
Ground Floor,
Bangunan Haji Awang Matusin,
Kampung Kiulap,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2236789

28122018 / SUSHI TEI, Aman Hills

I dropped by Aman Hills yesterday evening after work as I wanted to check out what Leong Wui has to offer. I wanted to stock up on my Skippy peanut butter but they didn’t have the flavor that I wanted. I managed to get some other stuffs that I needed though. I had also bought some cutlery from MINISO. They weren’t cheap but it had been some time since I had been looking for a butter knife.

I was craving for some spicy food yesterday evening. My first choice was Waroeng Penyet but I didn’t feel like it anymore after I stepped into the restaurant. So, I resorted to SUSHI TEI instead and it was definitely not the best place to go for spicy food. LOL!

SUSHI TEI has B$2 sushi deals on every Monday to Friday and yesterday was one of those days. I didn’t feel like having sushi so garlic rice it was.

Spicy Garlic Sesame Chicken Garlic Rice | B$9.90

spicy sesame chicken & garlic rice

After scanning through the menu for quite some time, this was the only spicy food which caught my attention. I am pretty sure that they have some spicy options on the noodle section too. This came served with a miso soup, pickled ginger and radish, two slices of watermelon, garlic rice and spicy garlic sesame chicken.

The main highlight of this entire dish was surprisingly the garlic rice (for me). It was grainy and fragrant enough for my liking. However, it was also a bit too greasy for me. The spicy garlic sesame chicken was not as spicy as I hoped to be. I liked that they used the meat of a chicken thigh so that the flesh remained tender after deep fried. The sauce tasted like KEWPIE Roasted Sesame dressing in my opinion. All in all, the chicken went well with the garlic rice.

Aman Hills Shopping Centre
Unit #G02, Ground Floor,
Block C, Lot 16552,
Kampung Sungai Tilong,
Jalan Aman, Jalan Muara,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2449977

26122018 / Roasted Sip, Serusop

It had been almost two months since the last time I stepped into Roasted Sip in Serusop. I was running some bank errands at Baiduri Bank and I dropped by Roasted Sip next door for my caffeine fix. I contemplated between their Iced RS Chocolate and Jelatte.

Jelatte | B$6.50

I went for Jelatte in the end and requested for less ice. I was rather disappointed to know that they were not having soy milk. I remembered that they didn’t have soy milk too on my last visit. I wondered if they had permanently removed soy milk from their milk option or it was only temporarily unavailable.

Roasted Sip
Unit 4, Ground Floor,
Block A,
Pelangi Complex,
Lot 7302, Kampung Delima Satu,
Mukim Berakas,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2342281

Of Random Things #210: Overnight Oat

Few years ago, I couldn’t imagine myself having oats for breakfast. When I was staying with Sister back in the UK, she cooked me some oat porridge for breakfast and I didn’t like it. It must be one of the most unappetizing breakfasts that I had eaten at that time.

Now that I am trying to incorporate oats as part of my dietary fibre, it didn’t taste as bad as I initially thought it would be. I had also added some chia seeds.

As I am trying to take off wheat and gluten from my diet, I had been going for gluten free options lately. Instead of getting the Organic Rolled Oats that I could easily buy from the local supermarkets, I got Mornflake Mighty Oats Gluten Free Jumbo Oats from Supa Save.

I liked that Supa Save has sufficient options for GF food items. Another place to get GF food supplies in Brunei is Guan Hock Lee. Their pricing is on the steeper side despite they are selling the same stuffs.

So, this was my breakfast for this morning. I soaked the oats yesterday evening after coming home from work. Overnight oats needed to be soaked for at least four hours for them to soften up. To make the above overnight oats, I used:

  • 1/2 cup of Mornflake Might Oats Gluten Free Jumbo Oats
  • 1/2 cup So Good Almond Milk Original
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

Give all ingredients a thorough stir and store in the fridge for at least four hours before consumption. Leave the toppings for the next day before consuming the overnight oats. Be creative with the toppings on your overnight oats. I had mine with crunchy peanut butter, sliced bananas and some cranberries.

Of Random Things #209

I baked my own GF bread at home few days ago. When I first started my GF diet, I bought a loaf of GF bread from Guan Hock Lee and it was B$10 per loaf. That was four times more than what I usually pay for a regular loaf of white bread. As I am the only one in the household who eat GF bread in the mean time, a loaf could last me more than a week. Nonetheless, it was still expensive in my opinion.

When I was grocery shopping at Guan Hock Lee last Sunday, I came across Gluten Free Hearty Whole Grain Bread Mix by Bob’s Red Mill. It was selling at B$10.20 per packet for one time bake. It wasn’t cheap but definitely “healthier” comparatively to the vacuum packed GF bread loaf which could lasts for months.

The flour blend was pre-packed with a packet of yeast. All you need to do is add on a few other ingredients and you are all set to bake this bread. You can either do the dough by hand, mixer or bread machine. I used a bread machine. If you have a bread machine at home, just let it do the work as I think that the dough may be too sticky to handle.

So, this was how the bread looked like when baked and sliced. It was a bit soft when freshly baked but turned dense when cooled overnight. GF bread is never as soft as regular bread to begin with.

They have a dense and slight powdery texture in my opinion. Nevertheless, still good enough. Beggar can’t be chooser, right? The only thing which I am not so fond of this bread mix was the onion powder. It makes this bread a savory one.

I usually toast my GF bread before eating so that the cheddar cheese slice would melt under the heat. I had a sunny side up with some chili sauce the other day and it lasted me the whole morning until lunch. A loaf yields about 12 slices and could last for about a week if you are having it for breakfast throughout the week.