Of Random Things #164

I had finally completed watching Evergreen yesterday evening. I think it took longer this time round as I was only able to catch an episode per day. Half before I left for work in the morning and another half before I sleep in the evening.

As I mentioned in my previous blog entries, there had been a few new Korean releases in the months of May and June. Most of them are pretty good based on the storyline but I could only say further when I had started watching them. I had been downloading a few Mainland dramas at the moment but I think I will stick to watching Korean dramas as for now.

Mad Dog

Started with Mad Dog and the storyline is pretty good so far. Mad Dog is more of an action packed drama series rather than lovey dovey ones which I had been watching all these while. I am hoping that it would be as good as I anticipated it to be. LOL!

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Of Random Things #163

Work had been more hectic recently due to peak season. However, I am going to take two days off from work when this peak season is over. I had been working longer hours recently hence there is no extra time for me to try out new food places in Brunei.

There wouldn’t be much food blog entries for at least a week from now. I will be posting recipes for my upcoming pancakes when Sister comes home this Thursday for a long weekend holiday. It’s something different from the pancakes that I made recently. I will be attempting a gluten free recipe. Sister has a high intolerance for wheat. So, I want to attempt one to see how gluten free and regular pancakes differ. I am also wheat intolerant but my situation is not as severe as hers.

Let’s get back on track to what I intended to blog about. As usual, it would be about the drama series which I had been downloading when I ran out of topic to blog about. Two new Korean drama series had started airing last week and I think it’s probably the only two new drama series from June that I would download.

What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim?

Are You Human?

Secret Queen Makers

This is a short drama series of approximately 15 minutes per episode. It is something like the sequel of 7 First Kisses in 2016. Both are South Korean promotional web series produced for Lotte Duty Free Shop.

Of Random Things #162: Pumpkin Pancakes

I bought a quarter slice of Australian pumpkin from Supa Save, Mabohai last Friday evening. Having successfully attempted Sweet Potato Pancakes the other day, I decided to use the same recipe again and replaced sweet potato with pumpkin.

There were loads of recipes available online for Pumpkin Pancakes but I chose to reuse this recipe as it is a soft and fluffy guaranteed pancake recipe. However, I am still looking for a good gluten free recipe for Banana Pancakes but I don’t want those which incorporate Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour as I couldn’t get it from Brunei. Not even Supa Save.

Without further ado, let’s get today’s blog entry rollin’!

Pumpkin Pancakes (adapted from Crazy for Crust)

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp packed brown sugar *3 tbsp sweet condensed milk*
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 of a quartered pumpkin, mashed *approx. 180g*
  • 1 cup milk *full cream milk*
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil *sunflower oil*
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract *omitted*

Directions:

  1. In a clean mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients – 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, sweet condensed milk, vegetable oil, egg and milk. 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.

As I don’t have any honey or maple syrup at home, I always top my pancakes with crunchy peanut butter and they are so good but sinful. These Pumpkin Pancakes tasted sweeter than my previous Sweet Potatoes Pancakes.

This recipe yields about 14 medium sized pancakes. The pancakes didn’t look thick in appearance as I didn’t let the batter sit for too long after combining both dry and wet ingredients together. As compared to the Sweet Potato Pancakes, this batter is more watery in terms of consistency.

If you do have extra pumpkin in your kitchen, do try out this recipe. I personally think this recipe would be better with some ground cinnamon and pumpkin spice. However, both ground cinnamon and pumpkin spice are not something which all would love.

Review: J.Nom

When having Korean dinner at Brukori last Sunday evening, Jennifer and CY ordered some Thai food and a pizza from J.Nom. It serves both Thai and Italian cuisine. I would have ordered differently if I tagged along when they went to order at J.Nom.

There were some other Thai dishes which I was interested in when I was browsing through the pictures on their Instagram profile. But it’s alright, I would definitely return again to try some of their other Thai dishes. I am tempted to try their Glass Noodle Pad Thai, Prawn Cakes and Kapao Chicken!

Without further ado, let me show you what Jennifer and CY had ordered from J.Nom!

Green Chicken Curry with Rice | B$5.50

I didn’t try much of this but I honestly didn’t really like what I had tasted. First of all, it was oily for my liking and the green curry gravy tasted too sweet. Both Jennifer and CY didn’t commented much but they did mentioned that the green curry gravy was sweet.

Margherita Pizza | B$8.90

Despite that I was disappointed with their Green Curry Chicken with Rice, I was impressed with their Margherita Pizza. The crust was nicely down in my opinion and they weren’t skimp with the ingredients. The pizza was topped with some basil leaves.

Aside from pizzas, J.Nom also serves pastas in their Italian section. However, they are more towards Italian-Thai fusion in my opinion. If you want something different from the ordinary Italian pasta, you could always try the fusion version.

As part of the Ramadhan deal, J.Nom is now offering 15% discount on all food purchases. Such promotion does not apply to beverages. Their current opening hours during the Ramadhan season is from 2PM until 10PM.

J.Nom
Foodstall #10, First Floor,
Block B, Little Soho Building,
Simpang: 73-5-8,
Jalan Batu Bersurat,
Negara Brunei Darussalam

02062018 / Piccolo Fratini

Dinner yesterday was with two of my colleagues at Piccolo Fratini since they are having Buy 1 Free 1 promotion throughout the Ramadhan period on all of their pasta and pizza menu. So, it was an extremely carbs loaded dinner yesterday. It had been quite some time since I ate so much wheat products in a day. LOL!

Without further ado, let me show you what the three of us had for dinner!

Penne Salmone | B$17.75

pasta with smoked salmon, onion, parsley, tomato cream and Parmesan cheese

As part of Piccolo Fratini’s Ramadhan deal, any two pastas or pizzas that you ordered and the cheaper one of the two would be free of charge. We agreed that this Penne Salmone was good with the right amount of flavors. Says from someone who wasn’t fond of creamy pasta but sang praises for this.

Spaghetti Alla Pugliese | B$15.75

spaghetti tossed in extra virgin olive oil, chili julienne and broccoli tips

Spaghetti Alla Pugliese is my usual go to pasta if I felt like having something light. However, the pasta was tad salty this time round. I think it could be from the Parmesan cheese powder on the pasta.

Hawaiana | B$15.75

tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, diced pineapple and chicken pastrami

The three of us preferred Hawaiana over the Pollo E Funghi in the below picture. My colleague chose Hawaiana while I chose the latter. The pizza came topped with generous portion of diced pineapple. They were canned but it paired very well with the tomato sauce due to the sweetness.

Pollo E Funghi | B$16.25

pizza with mushroom, chicken breast, mozzarella cheese, oregano and tomato

I ordered this for my love of mushroom. LOL! Unfortunately, this wasn’t as good as I anticipated it to be. The mushrooms were rather raw for our liking and we ended up with having half as leftover to take away.

Piccolo Fratini
Unit A4, Ground Floor,
Aman Complex,
Kampung Sungai Tilong,
Jalan Aman, Jalan Muara,
BC3315,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2334520/2334530