Review: The Red Lantern Bistro, Miri

The Red Lantern Bistro is one of the newest food establishments around Marina Square area in Miri. I got to know about The Red Lantern Bistro through San Diann when he shared me their Facebook profile. I prefer dining around Marina Square area for lunch during weekdays to avoid paying for parking coupon. Unlike other parking areas in town, you have to pay for parking.

Mom is not so into Western cuisine as much as I do so The Red Lantern Bistro sounded like a better option as compared to the other cafes which I was interested. The Red Lantern Bistro serves an extensive range of liquors, from beers to wines. They even serve Japanese sake if my memory serves me well. My first impression of the bistro, it was dark on the inside. We sat nearby the restaurant entrance for better lighting.

The bistro is football themed with mini flags of different countries due to the football season (I think). This is only a part of the bistro. Another part of the bistro came with bigger round tables that you mostly find in Chinese restaurants.

Ginger Onion Pork with Rice Set | RM12.50

I ordered Mom a set meal which consisted of a rice dish with soup of the day and a drink. The rice dish came with a nicely done sunny side up. The soup of the day served yesterday was Corn Pork Rib Soup and it was pretty decent in my opinion. Mom however commented that the pork rib was overcooked resulting it turning tough. The sliced pork in the rice dish were extremely tender but the gravy was rather salty though.

Nan Ru Pork with Rice | RM8.50

I, on the other hand had their Nan Ru Pork with Rice and it was a disappointment to me. For non-Chinese, you might not know what Nan Ru is. Nan Ru is fermented bean curd which can be served as a condiment with porridge. However, it had been a trend to deep fry pork or chicken with Nan Ru nowadays. The pork wasn’t marinated long enough with Nan Ru and they tasted rather flavorless to me. The sliced pork were slightly tough in my opinion.

Verdict: Customer service was decent enough in my opinion. Food were served promptly after we ordered. However, the Chinese Tea that we ordered took longer to come than the food. It was the last to be served. I would say their lunch deal is pretty affordable as you get a rice dish of pork, chicken or fish, a soup and a fizzy drink for RM13.00 only.

The bistro can be very dark in the evening for photography. I think there’s live band performances on certain days in a week as I saw a stage on the way to the washroom. Aside from serving Chinese cuisine, they also serve finger foods to go with alcohol. I only found out that The Red Lantern Bistro serves Nasi Lemak Pork. If I were to return to the bistro, I would order their Nasi Lemak Pork to try.

PS: The Red Lantern Bistro is a non-Halal restaurant as pork and liquors are served. 

The Red Lantern Bistro
Lot 1883, Ground Floor,
Marina Square 2,
Marina Parkcity,
98000, Miri,
Sarawak,
Malaysia
Tel: +6-012 8093328

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Review: Kobe Sushi, Miri

Mom and I were in Miri for an overnight trip on Tuesday. We came home around 4PM yesterday afternoon. The journey back to Bandar was smooth with minimal traffic on the road. We managed to reach EMPIRE Hotel & Country Club for toilet break two hours after we started our journey from The Red Lantern Bistro.

We set off from home at about 7:15AM on Tuesday morning and only reached Miri town around 10:30AM as there was a short queue at the checkpoint border. I didn’t drove as fast as I did compared to when coming back hence it took a longer time to reach Miri than coming back.

First thing to do when arriving Miri was to collect my herbal supplements from Conforer Global. It was a short one and off I went to my next stop – Labell Beauty for manicure, pedicure and eyebrow trimming. The whole beauty treatment took me about three hours and I was in a rush again for my next hair appointment.

Thankfully, my haircut was a quick one. Mom had a hair wash while I only got a hair cut. Snapped off about three inches of my hair and it now feels a lot lighter. I managed to get my crystal bracelet done at the goldsmith after I got my haircut. To be honest, I had no idea where the goldsmith is located prior to going as I only had a brief idea based on some rough explanation from my colleagues.

It was a relief that I managed to get more than half of my errands done on the first day and off we went to check in at Pullman Miri Waterfront. I received an SMS from the hotel that my room key cards are ready for my arrival at 12:30PM. However, I was being told that the room which I pre-booked online had been booked out during check-in. So, they upgraded me and I waited for about 10 minutes before the check-in procedure was completed. Mom and I rested a bit in the room and showered. We headed out shortly after we showered for early dinner.

Instead of driving out, I booked Grab to bring us to Kobe Sushi as I was feeling tired from all the driving. I was glad that I decided on using Grab on that evening or else I would have been worried sick about my car for the entire evening. My driver seat window fell down and got stuck in between. It didn’t break if that’s what you were wondering. It happened the next morning when we were on our way out for breakfast. We managed to get a temporary fixture as the spare part which was broken wasn’t available in Miri.

Without further ado, let me show you what Mom and I had at Kobe Sushi!

Tamago Maki | RM4.50 & Takwan Maki | RM4.50

I needed some grains in my daily dietary intake so I ordered a portion each of Tamago Maki and Takwan Maki to share. We ended up not able to finish the whole thing and packed the leftovers. The Maki(s) were decent enough in my opinion. Price line, it was a lot cheaper than what we were paying here in Brunei.

Sake Avocado Sarada | RM13.50

I was craving for Sashimi so this was the closest one that I got as Mom wasn’t as keen as I was. She later mentioned that I shouldn’t have ordered this since I had been experiencing UTI pain for the past two days. The dish made up of cubed salmon and cubed avocado, tossed in mayonnaise dressing. The cubed salmon were fresh enough in my opinion but the avocado has yet completely ripen.

Miso Ramen | RM15.50

We ordered a bowl of Miso Ramen to share as Mom loves Japanese Ramen especially the ones cooked with pork bones. As Kobe Sushi is a Halal Japanese restaurant, you wouldn’t be getting any of those. Their Miso Ramen was pretty heavy in my opinion. The broth was overly salty in our opinions. The ramen was cooked alright and there was a piece of deep fried tofu in the broth as well.

Gyoza | RM11.00

Gyoza is my to-order food in a Japanese restaurant. Honestly speaking, there wasn’t much to wow about their Gyoza. Mom didn’t like the taste of the Gyoza fillings. The Gyoza were served with black vinegar as dipping sauce which to me was a first. Most of the Japanese restaurants which I had been to serves regular light soy sauce as dipping sauce for Gyoza.

Verdict: The customer service at Kobe Sushi was decent in my opinion. The staffs were polite and courteous. Food were served promptly, about 5 to 10 minutes after we had placed our orders.

However, I do find the restaurant to be lacking in ventilation system. The place felt warm the moment I stepped into the restaurant. Mom who hates cold found the temperature just nice. I contemplated whether to ask the staff to turn on an extra air-con. Even the toilet bowl in the washroom felt like those Japanese heated toilet bowl except that it was a normal one.

Kobe Sushi
Lot 2515,
First Floor, Block 5,
MCLD, Boulevard Commercial Centre,
98000, Miri,
Sarawak,
Malaysia
Tel: +6-085 322099

17062018 / Sui Heng Restaurant

Mom, Sister and I had breakfast at Sui Heng Restaurant last Sunday morning before I headed to work. It was Sister’s last day in Brunei before she returns to Singapore in the evening. Sister was saying that she craves for Char Kueh Tiaw the day before while we were at BREW Cafe & Bakery. So, I chose Sui Heng Restaurant since I was craving for some dim sum.

The varieties of dim sum available weren’t as extensive as I hoped to be but sufficient. I managed to order what I wanted to eat. Sister ordered a Cantonese Style Century Egg Porridge and had completely forgotten about her Char Kueh Tiaw until I reminded her. LOL! We didn’t order Char Kueh Tiaw in the end as the dim sum that we ordered were more than enough for the three of us.

Teh C (Less Sugar)

鲜竹卷

鲜竹卷 is known as Beancurd Sheet Roll in English and it had been my one of my to-order dishes whenever having dim sum. If you love beancurd sheets, I am pretty sure you would fall in love with this. However, different restaurants serve this particular dim sum differently. Some served with clear broth while some served it sweet and sour.

Century Egg Siu Mai

Steamed Pork Ribs

I finished most of this myself. Mom and Sister only had a little bit of this. The pork ribs were pretty tender in my opinion but lacked flavoring though. It came served with quite an amount of fatty bits.

Har Gow

Cantonese Style Century Egg Porridge

I am not much of a porridge person but this one was pretty decent in my opinion. The grains were blended to a smooth fine paste and topped with some deep fried Wantan skin and cut spring onion as garnish. The porridge was flavorful enough. Sister who had tried various Cantonese style porridge commented that this was good.

Steamed Salted Egg Yolk Custard Buns

Look at the golden liquid oozing out from the bun! These buns were best eaten when they were still hot before the egg yolk custard solidifies. The easiest way to eat these buns without creating a big mess is to take a bite onto the bun and suck out all the liquid.

16062018 / BREW Cafe & Bakery

Parents went Limbang early last Saturday morning. So, Sister and I headed out for breakfast together. She was craving for Egg Benedict and BREW Cafe & Bakery is the only one that I know of which opens very early in the morning and serves decent Western breakfast.

As it was still a public holiday on that day, the roads were clear with no traffic at all. It only took a short while to reach BREW from home and I managed to get a parking spot right in front of the cafe. Sister didn’t get Egg Benedict but something close but served with croissant instead of English muffin.

Without further ado, let me show you what we had for breakfast yesterday!

Green Apple Juice | B$4.50

Orange & Carrot Juice | B$5.00

I had their Orange & Carrot Juice and it was freshly pressed. You can see a clear layer at the bottom of the jar shortly after it was served. The juice was served sugar free. The taste of carrot was rather raw this time round but I liked it.

Set Breakfast A | B$6.90

butter croissant, chicken toast, sliced cheese, sunny side up

This was what Sister ordered for herself despite she was craving for Egg Benedict. She mentioned that she preferred croissant over bread at any time as the wheat content of croissant is lesser than bread?

Scrambled Egg & Chicken Toast Croissant | B$6.50

fluffy scrambled egg and chicken toast, salads with olive oil

I ordered this but requested if it is possible to replace the croissant with a sourdough toast. The waiter politely mentioned that it wasn’t possible and suggested that perhaps I DIY my own sandwich with the bread of my preference? I stick back with croissant in the end since the cost of DIY my own sandwich might be more costly than the existing ones on the menu.

BREW Cafe & Bakery
Unit 7, Block C,
Gadong Central,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2427554

Of Random Things #165: Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes

Sister came home for a long weekend holiday yesterday evening and reached home past midnight. I had been wanting to try a gluten free recipe but no one in my family aside from Sister likes it. Now that she’s home for holiday, it makes the perfect excuse for me to try a gluten free recipe.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes (adapted from Jessica in the Kitchen)

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups oat flour *gluten free all-purpose flour*
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup steamed pumpkin, mashed
  • 1 tbsp raw honey *2 tbsp sweetened condensed milk*
  • 1 cup almond milk *full cream milk*
  • 2 tbsp Greek yogurt *Swiss yogurt*
  • 2 tsp cinnamon *omitted*

Directions:

  1. In a clean mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients – gluten free all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt. Give them a thorough mixing. Sift the flour mixture and set aside.
  2. In a blender, add in mashed pumpkin, egg, sweetened condensed milk, full cream milk and yogurt. Blend until you get a smooth consistency.
  3. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the wet ingredients. Stir until well combined.
  4. Heat a non-stick frying pan over low flame. Pour 1/4 cup of the batter and cook for about two to three minutes, or until bubbles formed on the surface of the batter. Flip over and cook until both sides are evenly browned.
  5. Remove from frying pan and serve with your preferred toppings.

If you have been following this blog long enough, you may have noticed that I had previously attempted an similar recipe but made use of rolled oats. It is hard to get oat flour in Brunei.

The batter for gluten free recipe is very liquid in consistency when I had just combined both the dry and wet ingredients together. Let the batter sit for at least 10 minutes to activate the baking powder. The batter thickened up slightly after 10 minutes or so.

Texture wise, the pancakes were soft but not as fluffy as those made with regular all-purpose flour. The recipe is rather bland in my opinion. I would suggest adding more sweetener like sweetened condensed milk, honey or sugar if you prefer sweeter pancakes. Top the pancakes with your preferred toppings to enhance both texture and flavors.

If you’re interested in gluten free pancakes, give this recipe a try and let me know your thoughts!