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Langkawi – Day 1

Langkawi Malaysia

Yeah ! Langkawi!

The last time I was in Langkawi was about 2 years ago, and that was purely for work and did not have the time to look around Langkawi too much.

We rented a car for 3 days, and just RM80 per day which was totally worth it.  Although Langkawi is not that big, but the cab fares can be steep if you are travelling from your hotel to various destinations.

Our first stop, was at Sawadee Thai Restaurant, Jalan Pantai Tengah, Mukim Kedawang, 07000 Langkawi. I had high expectations as they had advertised themselves with authentic Thai chefs cooking the meals.  The meals were good, but the taste seemed to have been adjusted to suit foreign tourists’ taste buds.  The taste was milder, and less spicy then it should have been.

After lunch, there was a convenience store near by, and we bought lotz of booze! Not that I’m an alcoholic, but there were all sorts of booze around, like Pineapple Vodka, Mudshake Chocolate Vodka and the KGB Coffee Vodka!

We then checked into Sheraton Langkawi Beach Resort.  The suite  was spacious, very clean, well maintained and came with a huge balcony.  The service was great too! All the staff greeted us with smiles all the time, from the front desk to the house-keeping ladies to the shuttle drivers.   Whatever we asked for, things like bucket of ice and refill of shower gel came speedily as well.   If there’s any thing that I have to pick on, it would probably just be the lighting in the rooms were on the dimmer side, and you can feel just a tiny bit of “age” in the room.

We had dinner at the hotel – usual buffet stuff, followed by trying out all the different drinks we bought during daytime.

The drinks were all pretty mild… the pineapple vodka was more like pineapple juice with a splash of vodka, the mudshake seriously tasted like chocolate milkshake, and the coffee vodka was like … well.. .coffee! But it was fun trying out all the drinks !

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Korean Scallion Pancake – Modified

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Mum bought a lot of scallions today and there was a lot of flour… hence the Korean Scallion Pancake !

Recipe for the pancake

Bunch of scallions – chopped.

2 cups of all purpose flour.

1 1/2 cup of water.

2 eggs.

5 squid balls – diced.  (These squid balls are hand-carried all the way from Taiwan, but you can use alternatives such as crab-meat sticks or other types of sea food).

Pinch of salt.

Recipe for the dipping sauce

6 tbs black vinegar

3tsp light soya sauce

pinch of chilli powder

2tsp white sesame seeds

Method

1. Mix flour, water, eggs and salt together.

2.  Normally the scallion in korean pancakes is not stir fried, but added to the batter as is.  I modified a little bit such that I stir fried the scallions and the diced squid balls until lightly browned. I find stir-frying gives a better aroma to the pancake.

Now combine all the ingredients.

And cook until both sides are browned.

 

 

 

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Mullet Roe 烏魚子

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Mullet Roe is a delicacy in Taiwan.  It is expensive and eaten on special on occasions or when there are guests over (or at least that’s the case in my family).  Today, I cooked mullet roe, not that it’s a special occasion, not that there’s any special guests over in our house, but well, my mum reckons that the mullet roe is sitting in the fridge for too long and she’s afraid it’s going to become stale, so that’s the reason why I cooked Mullet Roe today.

Here is what it looks like

There is a thin sheath on the outside of the roe that needs to be removed and soaked in rice wine for about 10-20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 170c,  put mullet roe together with a bit of rice wine  into the oven for 4 minutes and turn over to the other side for another 4 minutes.

And tada !  Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside ! Normally it is eatin with white carrot or leak sliced sliced into equally thin slices as the fish roe.  But today I dont have either, so will just have to make do with chopped garlic.

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