Monday, July 11, 2011

Back with Goldfish prawn dumplings

I am finally back, though not fully as I am still occupied with some moving and stuffs like that; but I am gonna try to resume my blogging mode as soon as possible to normal:)

It's been a really busy week, and I am sorry that I really was unable to update though I thought I could squeeze in some posts in-between:(

Anyway, I am finally back today, and I have some cute stuffs to share:)

The post title probably triggered that curiosity in you; and some may have already screamed, "WHAT, call the SPCA on this, goldfish are now made into dumplings?"

Well, hold that thought, because no goldfish were harmed in this cute little dim sum introduced in my local dim sum joint in Penang, as you will see in the following.

(This is not a post on the restaurant, but rather on the interesting and good dim sum I tried and liked. Anyway, I have posted a lot of times on Loong Kee restaurant in Penang, and there will be more full-length posts on them soon too:)

The restaurant, Loong Kee is an old-fashioned coffee shop style of dim sum restaurant located in the central of Penang town and is one of my local dim sum haunts.
I have tried most of their dim sum and you can find that I have posted on their dim sum more than once if you click on the dim sum category found on the right side of this blog.

They came up with a new creation of prawn dumpling last two weekends (they only serve varieties of prawn and seafood dim sum on weekends and public holidays).

Introducing to you, the Goldfish Prawn Dumpling! (RM3.50)
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The prawn dumplings were made into goldfish-like shapes and definitely not using goldfish as an ingredient itself!

See how they shaped the crystal-like outer wrapper into the goldfish shape?
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They even added wolfberries for that goldfish popping eyes effect!:)
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Cute? They tasted good too!:)

If you are not into the deco for dim sum, they serve the normal prawn dumplings or you can opt for something like this too; with the 'Siew Mai' wrap.
They call this 'Har Mai' (prawn dumpling in Siew Mai style)
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Besides prawns, I love the simple red chili stuffed with fish paste with the fermented soy bean sauce in the local Yong Tau Foo style:)
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I love dim sum, and I could have them for breakfast everyday if I could!:)

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Busy week - Sporadic updates!

Hi guys and gals,
I will be quite busy and away at the same time this week, and I promise I will try to keep my blog 'alive' as much as possible:)
Updates won't be as regular or daily as usual, but like I said, I will TRY, really:)
I love my blog and hearing/talking to ALL of you virtually, and reading all the comments make my day:)

There will be sporadic updates, but there WILL BE updates, so, don't desert my blog...I know I'm going to miss everyone!!:D

Stay tune, to my blog and status updates on my Facebook page and also my Twitter (@Angelstar)

Blogging will resume in about a week (approximately; could be sooner :)

Thanks for all your lovely comments, and I will be back in touch...SOOOOOON!:)

Friday, July 01, 2011

Tasty Jiang Su Biscuits

I have seen this on Hong Kong TV dramas/movies since I was a kid; this is a type of biscuit which is packed for Imperial scholars/travellers as they embark on their journey/travel to the city for the Imperial examinations or just from one place to one place.
This has come to be known to me as a low cost/cost-saving food, as they are publicized as such, where the poorer scholars are often spotted in the movies/dramas with it.

I even gave it the name "Travel Biscuit", yeah, that's what I refer to it, and they are often depicted as hard and filled with flour.
In Cantonese, they are known as "Kong Sou Peng"

So, you can imagine my surprise at my Mummy's excitement when she told me that she bought a packet of Jiang Su Biscuits (name in Mandarin) when I got home.
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Alright, gone are the days when they are considered cheap biscuits, as for a packet of 4 pieces, I think they cost about RM3.50 (maybe it's cheap in the US, but it's considered expensive to the Asians for biscuits like these which only cost a few cents each. Then again, flour, sugar and egg prices have gone up considerably, fair enough:)
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They are made of battered flour, with eggs and sugar; such simple ingredients, but they tasted great to me (I've always loved simple pastries like these:)
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Big and round, it's supposed to be a filling type of food. After all, it was created and meant for travelling scholars.
(I remembered it looking a lot bigger in movies, maybe this is the commercial version)

It's not as hard as I thought either, or as depicted in the movies. In fact, it reminded me of light egg cakes.
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Mummy cut this up into pieces so we could share, and guess what, we couldn't get enough of it! (yup, ALL of us loved it!:)

My verdict? I want more of Jiang Su biscuits!! :)
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Have another fabulous weekend, and I am gonna scout for Jiang Su..hehehe, but I am too busy this weekend...and the next week too!