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I have always wanted to add something new for my blog besides traveling which is cooking stuff.. Alright, for traveling post it had been back log pretty bad and shall be updating soon. I love cooking and used to cook alot while I when I was studying overseas. Since back, I have cook much lesser besides my great Maggie Mee meal for dinner. I guess I was lucky to be invited to this event which is something that is new for me and first of its kind too which is Philips Smart Kitchen Cooking Workshop. When I got this invitation, of course my reply would be YES. Something I have always looking forward too or maybe I watch too much Master Chef to have one to be completed as food blogger. Well, another task to put on a tick. Yay.

It was early Saturday morning and was given the kitchen address which is in Menara Axis in PJ. Not only that, we were told to bring some condiments, plates and stuff as there will be a food styling competition among other contestants in the class. This got me even excited as a night early I went to scout for what kind of stuff I can buy to decorate it. Sad to say, I find a lot of wastage and I end up empty handed to the event. ūüėÄ

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Upon me entering the room, we were greeting with a few tables and all the ingredients of cooking dish is being prepared and many Philips Kicthen items were being placed on the table.

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On that day, we were told that we are going to cook a few dishes and we have less than 2 hours to do that, and I was like already @[email protected], not sure how to cook that as the dishes for the day to cook are Nasi Briyani Gam Johor, Kuzi Ayam, Kacang Hijau Dessert and Coconut Fudge Slice. 4 Items in total, and of course the rest of us also panic including Cheng Yi himself. kekek.

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In Philips Smart Kitchen Cooking Workshop, of course we get a chance to play with their gadgets which is The Philips Airfryer, , The Philips Soya Bean Maker, and Philips Pressure Cooker.

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All of us getting ready at our station and of course I am delighted to be chosen same group with Cheng Yi, as many of us know he is a great cook and baker.

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Right before we start, we were greeted by the PR company themselves and of course our celebrity host Marina Mustapha, Celebrity Chef from Astro Awani.

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Then she told us, don worry, everything is very easy only. Just sitr and mix then you are ready to eat within 20-30 minutes. We were like haaa. . .Not only that, her bubble and funny character had made the whole session a great start already.

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Here we go, cooking on our first dish and follow step by step instruction by Chef Mariana. Cheng Yi is so serious and make it even more simple to cook as he cut so fast and dump everything into Philips Pressure Cooker.

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Oh yah, we are cooking off with Nasi Briyani Gam Johor for first dish.

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Anna also having fun as she is stationing herself to cook next dish.

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After we have add in all our ingredient for first dish, Chef came by to spot check on us are we in the right track or not, she can even smells the aroma of it and its really good to go.

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This is how it looks like and I really did not know that nasi Briyani is actually so simple to cook.

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Right after that we just press start and let it pressure cook for 20 minutes then biryani is ready and can be eaten. We were like whoa!!!!! so fast? its something very unbelievable for us.

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First item done within less than 10 minutes and we are already preparing to cook second dish which is Kuzi Ayam.

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Its another dish very easy too cook too as all the ingredient were prepared and just add on only with the instructions given.

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Add everything in and some spices to make it more aromatic.

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To make it less meaty, add on some cut carrots and tomato too. . .

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and finally add on the sauce and little oil to be prepare to go pressure cook!

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before it went to cook, it already smells so nice and we cant wait to taste it after that.

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While we get rid of  2 items and let the magic Philips Smart Kitchen pressure cooker do its magic, we move on to prepare the next 2 dessert in the list.

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Next device we will be playing is The Philips Soya Bean Maker and I really thought that its only meant to do Soya Bean only. For this third station we are doing  kacang hijau dessert. The whole process is as easy as cooking instant noodle less than 3 minutes.

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Prepare all the ingredient as usual then pour everything into the mixer and¬†press the “Five Grain” mode, and press START. Wahlahhhh ..¬† After 25 minutes, green bean dessert is done. ITs really as easy as kid learning ABC. Not only that, as this devices have other functions that you can prepare other items as well.

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This is what happens when you have all the smart kitchen equipment at home. That makes you have ample of time to do other stuff while cooking your meals and this is how Cheng Yi and Anna spend their time.

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After waiting for 30 minutes, yap, we prepare all those dishes less than 30 minutes and both of them still have time to play on their phone, imagine how simple is that. Then the time is right we need to release the pressured cooker steam out. Becarefull when you release it as do not direct put your face above it. You might get burn yourself. The pressure release is quite loud and let it be till its soften. Then you are able to open the cover and check on our dish.

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When chef came by to check on our nasi Briyani Gam, we got a praise from her and that really enlighten us up as I must say it really smells good and now we cant wait to taste it.

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It looks really plain now at the moment but the frangrant from pandan leaves and spices have added on makes us eager to try it on.

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Last but not least to prepare the last item we are using the Philips Airfryer and this really caught me by surprise. As I always knew that airfryer is to fried items without using oil or little and never know that this machine can actually BAKE!

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We were so lucky that Chef keep coming to our table and making it like her main cooking counter that attracted the rest of the bloggers to come over.

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JENG JENG JEnggggg!!! this is our final product and ready to be serve for you to eat. IT definitely look delicious and honestly it  taste awesome!! I have never really tasted the original one before but our cooking of Nasi biryani surely beats a lot of stalls out there. (sorry la, not to praise ourselves but it is really that good.) its also because of Chef special family receipt gravy to be added on.

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Now it taste good, and the finale stage is we have to do food presentation to compete with the rest as the the winner will walk away with great prizes.

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Drive by the motivation to win, we docorate it to be slightly modern with a little presentation of some spices being used to showcase that’s one of the ingredient being added on.

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Our Coconut Fudge Slice comes out with Valentine balloon inspired idea.

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and Kacang hijau Dessert is more like a little sampan to kick sail all the way ..

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From all of us  . .:D

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Of course we must camwhore a lot!

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Our final food presentation with apron being the table cloth . . hehe~

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Well, the winner was not us and runner up is Sidney’s team ..

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and the winner is . ..

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won by 3 leng lui’s. Who say pretty girls cant cook (from left Amanda, Sara – jewelpie.com,¬†Samantha –¬†eatzybitzy.com – one of my fav¬†cute bento¬†food design) ¬†– ¬†They are a clear winner in food presentation and we are impress too. Nevertheless, the other 2 teams also did pretty good and find that ours are very way behind . .

AT the end of the workshop, Philip Smart Kitchen items do really impress me. If I get a chance to own a nice kitchen, Philip Smart Pressure cooker will be a must get item for me. It is really a great cooking workshop for me and its my first time to do this. I am sooooo looking forward for next one already as really learn a lot, not only that all of us did had a lot of fun~

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I would like to thank Philip Malaysia for extending the invites to me and give the rest of us this Philip Soymilk maker as consolation to us~

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To the rest of you, if you are keen to cook some dishes with me, I will post up all the Recipe for you in my next blog post. STay tune!!!

Check out the video also on our little cooking workshop

How  many of you will turn down a review or when a friend ask you to eat vegetarian or organic food? For me, I its a new discovery, cuz often on the month of Nine Emperor festival its very hard for me to locate nice organic or vegetarian place in KL as not as widely celebrated compare to Penang whereby alot of vegetarian stalls are set up every where. Chef Lim Organic Kitchen.

[Update Jan 2014: close Down]

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Nevertheless, I had the opportunity to visit Chef Lim Organic Kicthen, and how to turn down? I am a food lover in many ways as I always enjoy my meal and learn to eat and dine accordingly. As fore say by many people, organic and vegetarian food will head towards very mild or near tasteless food as one of the reason its healthy food. Never meant to be alot of taste, eat light and simple.

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Chef Llim Organic Kitchen open its door to public since last year September 2011 at The Scots Garden, Old Klang Road and it had starting to gain popularity among organic lover and slowly public are accepting the taste of it after learning the way to eat it and the benefits of eating healthy.

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A place that well lit up with some English interior to be spill upon.

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Many people have the perception that organic food would be expensive including myself too. When I see the price of the menu and what is being offered I find it very reasonable.

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One of the reason that Chef Lim Organic Kitchen gaining its popularity among many vegetarian and monks are the¬†fundamentals, freshness and healthiness are assured, long serving PURE vegetarian food where no egg and ‚Äúfive pungent spices‚ÄĚ eg: garlic, onion, chives, spring onion and leek is used in food preparing.

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Fruit Tea (Large) @ RM17.90 with a few types of fresh fruit being cut and blend then serve warm is something new to me. As mention by the chef is good for digestion and alot of customer prefer it hot. They do serve cold too . . Love the taste of it~

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Brown rice @ RM2.00 per bowl  that I often take during my meals on vegetarian. Surely it taste very bland and not aromatic as those white rice often eat at home.

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Cukawamee @ RM6.90, one of the reason its green colour that many people ask and thought its colouring but its not. Its the effect of  being soaked in sugar syrup and the duration makes it green.

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Golden Beancurd – Large @ RM18.90 –¬†beancurd that mixed with pumpkin, and ridge gourd

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something unique in the soup that add on some extra flavour is this dish . .Coconut Tomyam @ RM17.90

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Herbal Mushroom Soup – Large @ RM18.90

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One of my favourite is this Basil Leaf Mushroom – Large @ RM18.90 that had been stir fried till the flavours blend in pretty well . .

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Another of my favorited is Kapitan Fish РSmall @ RM14.90 that is well cook with the gravy is just perfect, not too spicy yet hint of sour at the end of the taste, clever to use eggplant, ladies finger and some other vegetable to make this curry mixture out.

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Yam Basket @ RM18.90

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Lo Han Chai @ Large @ RM19.90

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Kam Heong Mushroom – Large @ RM18.90 as mushroom had been carefully slices and deep fried first then follow by pan friend with kam heong till all the aroma blend well. Some of you might not like the taste yet the crispiness is there.

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Very seldom you will see organic food preparing Italian food because of the ingredient involve yet this caught us by surprise that their Classic Cabonara @ RM14.90 turns out to be good too, with a bit milky creamy texture, spaghetti is springy.

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This would be one of my highly recommended dish for organic or vegetarian as Fruit Pizza @ RM19.90 being baked to perfection with its slight thin crust of every bite with crips, dressing on top just match the taste of the fruits being finely cut and added on. One of their top seller.

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Hawaiian Pizza @ RM21.90 topped with capsicum, tomato and pineapple.

One of the reason their pizza turns out to be top seller as the cheeze being carefulyl source and imported from Australia and it turns out to be cheezy awesome!

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Craving for meat then Grill Beef Steak might be one of your selection as again, being well deep fried and special ingredient from the chef to make the texture taste good! @ RM22.90

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You will be surprise on the taste that how the chef did this desert without egg and milk. Mango pudding @ RM5.90

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This is what happens when there are 2 groups of people, as all being the guys are being busy by capturing all those nice food and as for the girls are all on a table to discuss on recent issue. . :p

If you are ask me where to get nice organic food, this restaurant certainly now being added into one of my recommended list.

For the dishes that had been cook out, I am totally impress by the chef little experience and most definately is because he is super young to be able to cook this kind of organic meal out!

Remark: please do note that this place is not suitable for people who have strong taste bud as you will find this place near tasteless, for vegetarian and organic lover, this place would be a recommended restaurant!

*quite surprise that they are HALAL outlet!

Location:
Chef Lim Organic Kitchen
Lot 2-47, 2-48 & 2-49,
The Scott Garden, 4 1/2 Miles,
Jalan Klang Lama,
58100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-7982 3395 / +6017-6534565

Business Hours: 10am – 10pm Daily

Website: http://www.cheflim.com.my

This year I have to admit that mooncakes mood set in really early as I did received a mooncake list from my friends as early as end of June and already show what to have and privillage for early birds discounts. This year I got the privillage to set my foot into a hotel kicthen again to learn how to make moon cakes as this round I will be learning how to make Snowskin Mooncakes with the courtesy of Zuan Yuan, One World Hotel.

What is in the kitchen for us this round is to make Low Sugar Wheat Grass and Green Tea Snow Skin Mooncakes.

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Ingredients involve: icing sugar, glutinous rice flour, shortening and green tea powder.

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Then jus unwrap all the prepared ingredients. . . . and this round I the lucky bloggers around are lionelOng.com, Foodpoi.com and best of all our special guest of the night from all the way Melbourne, Australia is SneakyLily.

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Then you just pour all the ingredient into the tray and mix around . .add half bowl of water and mix the flour and other ingredient with your hand till its start to get sticky.

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pour the rest of the water into the tray and mix thoroughly till the whole ingredient mix well. End resulst should be a bit sticky huge green tea ball.

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Then you prepare another tray that you roll it then weight to prepare on the skin.

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Then you take another layer of skin which you have prepared roll it till its flat and a bit thick so when you wrap it wont break.

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Place the think layer on your hand then place the greentea ‘bola’ on top of it. . .

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press it gently and slowly roll it with your fingers till it slowly cover the whole ball on the outer layer.

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Sneakylily serious in action . .

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There you are. the darker green are the base inside and the one behind with a bit mixed with flour are the end result.

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Then you place the ball into the wooden craft and press it gently till its even and solid, smack hard both on the left and right edge, shake a bit in the middle and turn it 180 degree hit hard on the table to enable the base to fall off.

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Tadaaaa…this is what you get for the end result. . .with the crafting of logo onto the mooncake skin. Izint it is simple.?

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Since I can do it.. I believe you can do it tooo . . .:D

After our hardwork in the kitchen then we were pamper with some food to digest before heading for mooncake tasting.

Alright, let’s take a break from all the food posting, food pictures fooood and foooooddddd… This round I was very happy to finally get a chance to attend a fashion show. I have always wanted to go for a fashion show no matter big or small and jeng jeng jeng…here am I…Have to thanks to Coco for pulling me along~

I have always like fashion, especially look into girls fashion, follow my galfriends shopping help them pick and choose.Alright,I might be sound’ing a bit ah gua now but I am not. Just got this influence from my housemate they all when I was studying in KL and it got worst after studying in Melbourne. They seriously have cool brands and fashion sense there good and I mean very goood..

Why I love fashion so much? Its a type of how it portray you and also to let people judge you on first impression as it potray different feeling and look, that’s what I believe and please, who say guys cannot like womens fashion as Catbit Boutique is founded by a guy too, Vincent Ng. If you are looking fashion from Korea, Taiwan and Japan, he is the guy that are importing it. Besides that, he owns another 6 more brands which are Refresh, Cova, Gazebo, Moment, I Boutique, Myth that located in Sungai Wang Plaza and Times Square.

The showcase was held at Twenty One Kitchen & Bar, which is one of my favourite around that area.

I was told the time wrongly and was there freaking early. So this is the result of being freaking early with the guai lou sitting there with another gal, me and another 2 more person on the out door area.

Under this kind of event, alcohol of course is a must. This time is not Skyy Vodka but its Absolute Vodka…..

Being a guy always a bit of disadvantage when comes to fashion events. Guy get free flow of alchol and girls get to enjoy the free flow + goodies bag(for gals only). Aiii….:p Love the absolute vodka mixing with blended peach and juice(middle glass)

Most of us that went there, one thing only, we ‘L.O.V.E’ fashion.

and when the time is getting late, this is the crowd that you are expecting
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while waiting for the show to start which still a long way, what me and the rest did, of course we camwhore.

The two mini candle look alike light have pretty interesting function and changing colour too thought of lighting up my mini nipple…

Under certain influence of alcohol, you will start doing nonsence.

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Then bump into Rebecca and her friend Joshim.

Then did saw Flora and Kristine couple of times in Nuffnang event if I am not wrong but I remember I did took picture with Kristine too, don know whose camera. Ish~ and at last manage to get to know them.

and I love this pic. Wilson is late for the event but he look so cute~ lol~

The emcee start to announce that the show is starting soon, then everyone of us just grab our camera and stand in position of we are ready, let the dogs out babeh~
Prepare for alot of pictures~. . . .. . . . .Here start the fashion show. . . . . . . . .
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Stefanie Chua being one of their model~ (just realise from a blogger)

Thanks for the nearby flash to get this effect~

No lighting effect I use my hand effect to blur it abit..
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Finish~
Continuing with Camwhore session~
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Then towards the night this 2 gaduh~ Then Flora just walk away and Kristine like just go loh you~
*its actually a candid shot that I took. Love this shot which looks like that had a quarrel..
Took a picture with one of the model’s Ginny.

The other bloggers that were there too.
Gurls goodies bag include this mask, mask , a magazine , a necklace and some vouchers.
(told you its not fair)
For more choices and look for a bargain with a nice out fit, you might not want to miss it here.
looking foward for more fashion events in the future.
Photos: thanks to Kristine and Coco

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