Kuching Must Eat : Little Hainan

Chicken rice has been my love since I was young. There’s not much awful chicken rice out there but there are some which are very outstanding. One of my favourite place for lunch is Little Hainan!

DSC09521Specialised in chicken rice and their famous sugar glazed cha siew! Little Hainan is located at Bormill Estate, corner shop same row as The GingerBread house. But do come earlier if you want to try their cha siew.. If you come after 12.30pm, its better to call and reserve your cha siew. The percentage of me visiting Little Hainan but not getting any cha siew is 80%, means i visit 10 times 8 times cha siew is sold out. hmpf!

DSC09515Menu for reference.

DSC09531Start of with beverages. The famous one is butter coffee..

DSC09522I tried before so this time I am going to opt for ice black coffee. 

DSC09526One of the reason i love about Little Hainan is that they are very homecook. Just look at the soup then you will know how sincere they are. Soup is very flavourful like you can imagine how many ingredients they have added compared to other chicken rice shop which served tasteless soup.

DSC09524Chilli is good as well. Not too overpowering. 

DSC09528Start with something light. Steamed okra with sambal. 

DSC09534Curry chicken for sharing. Initially wanted to get pork curry but unfortunately pork curry only available at night. Kind of spicy if you ask me :)

DSC09536The rice is served in round shape. 3 rice balls for each person. I love the pickles there.. it can be the best combination of meat and pickles, crunchy, sweet, sour and just so refreshing.

DSC09537And here comes the meat feast! We ordered the 3 main types of meat:

DSC09540My favourite steamed chicken. The difference between the steam chicken here is.. its salty enough so we don’t need extra sauce to add flavour to it. 

DSC09553The braised 3 layer pork. Sweet and braised till perfection. The marination is totally spot on.

DSC09556The star — Sugar glazed cha siew. Come before 12 to grab them!

DSC09550The specialty of the cha siew is that you can still feel the sugar crunch on the outer part… but yet tender and juicy in the side. yums!

DSC09558_pAnd all of the above, thanks to Julian who always make your food awesome over the years! 

DSC09538Please call 082-239 899 for reservations. Open everyday except Mondays!

Kuching Must Eat : Green Spinach Noodles

One of the must eat when you come to Kuching, Green Noodles; that’s what the people call it. This shop has been there for.. as long as I know when I was very young, so most probably more than 20 years already. They used to have the green noodles which is made of the spinach and the orange noodles which is made of carrots. But unfortunately, the carrot noodles has been discontinued. Green colour wins! *weeeeeeeeeeee*

DSC09414So this coffee shop located at 3rd mile. *ignore the man bun* Beside Dong Guan restaurant and somewhere behind McDonald 3rd Mile. A very simple coffee shop which sell the Kuching’s favourite — Noodles and Laksa, and today, we have all of them! *oh nom nom nom*

DSC09411So the famous green noodles first! Oh btw they are all homemade noodles! The must order is the dry green noodles.

DSC09385A bowl of hearty green noodles come with a generous portion of cha siew… chicken siew to be exact, but its very juicy and tender.

DSC09392Noodle wise, very flavourful, springy and the texture keep you digging for more. If you are afraid of the spinach smell, dont worry there is hardly any. Even our “afraid of vege miao” loves the noodles there. Oh.. Green noodles not so green anymore after stirring up with the cha siew sauce :)

DSC09395Next up we ordered the lamb stew green noodles. Something different to try. If you love lamb stew, go for it. 

DSC09398The lamb stew is fabulous, nothing to nag about. However, noodles wise we prefer the dry one. Noodles in soup tend to be a bit softer, it still depends on how you like your noodles to be. We like it springy :D

DSC09401Dry Dumplings. Quite normal if compared to those two

DSC09404Happy size i’ll say. Not too big not to small. I thought in my memories long ago the dumpling is green too. But unfortunately it is not. hehehe! I have this green maniac thing in me *wink wink*

Apart from lamb noodles and normal dry noodles, they have ginger duck noodles and beef noodles too. Do drop by to try. Enough of the noodles, Laksa is one of the must order too.

DSC09410But Laksa is kinda hard to judge because everyone have their own liking for Laksa. For me, I quite like it. 

DSC09379Its not that salty if compared to Foody Goody one, Not that thick if compare to Golden Arch and not that prawny if compared to the chong choon ones. So, you roughly have the idea di right?

DSC09382But the prawn is very fresh. They are very generous with the ingredient which is a good thing and the sambal is good as well. :)

So one of the hidden gem for Kuching must eat. Come early to avoid disappointment.. green noodles can be fast selling sometimes tho :)

DSC09408_pAnd… say hi to my makan kaki — Thanis from Brunei and Miao Miao 

Easy Hainanese Chicken Rice Recipe

Easy Hainanese Chicken Rice Recipe
Easy chicken rice recipe. Now everyone can cook their own chicken rice!
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For the chicken
  1. 2 thighs
  2. 1 tablespoon of salt (to exfoliate the chicken before cook)
  3. 6 glasses of water
  4. 3 stalks of spring onions
  5. Carrot
  6. 3 pieces of Ginger
  7. 5 cloves of Garlic
  8. Salt and pepper to taste
  9. Ice water
For the rice
  1. 8 pieces of ginger blended/minced
  2. 10 cloves of garlic blended/minced
  3. 1 stalk of spring onion chopped
  4. Oil
  5. 1 cup of rice
  6. light soy sauce
  7. 1:1 chicken stalk (the soup after cooking the chicken)
The Chilli
  1. 4 pieces of ginger blended
  2. 5 cloves of garlic blended
  3. 3 big chilli blended
  4. 2 limes
  5. Salt and sugar to taste
The ginger sauce
  1. 6 pieces of ginger blended
  2. 4 cloves of garlic blended
  3. half stalk of spring onion chopped
  4. salt to taste
  5. Grapeseed oil
The chicken sauce
  1. 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
  2. 1 tablespoon of light soy sauce
For the chicken
  1. Rub the salt throughout the chicken thighs to exfoliate so that the yucky or dirty stuff hidden in the skin will be cleaned. Wash chicken thighs thoroughly after.
  2. Boiled water in a pot and throw in the ginger, garlic, spring onions and carrot. Leave it to boil.
  3. When the water is boiling hot. Turn off and put the chicken thighs in and soak it for half an hour
  4. Turn on the water to heat up the water again and off it leave it to soak for another 20 minutes. Continue the process. You need your chicken to be soaked in the hot water until cooked but not boiled in it.
  5. Roughly 1 hour later (depending on the size of the chicken). Prepare a ice water and soak it for a minute.
For the rice
  1. Heat up the pan. Add in oil and stir fry the blended ginger, garlic and spring onions.
  2. Stir fry until fragrant then add in the uncooked rice it. Stir fry it for around 5 minutes
  3. The reason to stir fry it longer is to allow the essence of ginger garlic and spring onions to infuse in.
  4. Add in light soy sauce and stir fry for another 2 minutes
  5. Transferred the stir fry rice to the rice cooker and add in the chicken soup (the one after boiling the chicken). Ratio of 1:1
  6. Leave it to cook like how you normally cook your rice
For the chilli
  1. Mixed the blended chilli, garlic, ginger and add 2 limes. Stir well
  2. Add in sugar and salt to taste
For the ginger sauce
  1. Stir well ginger, garlic and spring onion.
  2. Heat up grape seed oil
  3. Pour the hot grape seed oil to the mixture. Add salt to taste
For the chicken sauce
  1. Add 1 tablespoon of sesame oil and soy sauce. Mixed well and pour in on the chicken before serve
Notes
  1. For cooking the chicken. Soak it instead of boil or steam. This will make your chicken meat very tender and juicy
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Step by step Easy Chicken Rice Recipe with photos :

For the Chicken:

1. Exfoliate chicken thighs. The purpose is to force all the dirty things underneath the skin to come out so you will have a nice clean chicken thighs.

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2. Boiled the water. Add in carrots, garlic, ginger and spring onions. Add salt to taste. When the water is boiling, turn off the heat and soaked in the chicken thighs. Soak for half and hour and reheat the water again. You want your chicken thigh to soak until cooked and not boiled until cooked. For my case, I soaked for 1 hour. The idea to soak it instead of steamed it or boiling it is… It will be so so so much tender. Just like the chicken rice out there!

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3. In order to make sure the chicken is cooked, poke 1 chopstick into it and if clear water oozed out, mean its cooked! :)

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4. Get a bucket of ice water and soak it for 1 minute.

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5. Hello silky smooth chicken thighs!

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6. Leave it to cool before you de bone and chop it.

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For the rice :

1. Stir fry garlic, ginger and spring onion in a hot pan. 

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2. Add in the rice and stir for 5 minutes. Add in light soy sauce and stir fry for another 2 minutes

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3. Transferred the rice into the rice cooker and add the soup into it ( the water to boil the chicken) Ratio of 1:1. Cook like how you cook your rice after that

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For the chilli :

1. Mash or blend your chilli, garlic and ginger.

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2. Mixed them all together, add some sugar and salt to taste

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3. Squeeze in 2 limes and  you are done

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For the ginger sauce :

1. Mixed the blended ginger, garlic and spring onions. Mixed well. Heat up the oil and pour them in.

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2. Mixed well while the oil is still hot.

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For the chicken sauce :

1. Mixed well 1 tablespoon of sesame oil and light soy sauce. Pour on the chicken before served.

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Combined everything and you can feast on your awesome homecook chicken rice!! Yums Yums!! For me, I rate my chicken rice 10. chicken meat 7 (not salty enough). Ginger sauce 6 (a lil bit salty). Chilli sauce 9  

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Its my first time doing everything from skretch! Extremely happy with the result especially the rice! I’ll make the chicken saltier next time *weee*

Japan Connected Free Wi-Fi — Makes travelling to Japan so much easier for you!

Since Japan visa is waived for all Malaysians, we can see people around us travelling to Japan very often these days. Things went the same way for me too! Went to Tokyo end of last year and totally fall in love with it…  

Picture1First time traveling to Tokyo was quite tough, there wasn’t a lot of people went to Japan yet during my time of traveling, language is a barrier and a lot of research is needed for the trip preparation. And the utmost struggle is when you are lost and you dont know where and now to go to a destination (which happened to me a lot of times) and you don’t have internet source to search!  

Now good news for new travellers to Japan! There’s a magic app coming down to make your life easier while travelling to Japan! Hehehe! Cant wait? Let me show you the magic!  

Picture2No map needed. No pocket wifi needed. No asking needed! Japan Connected-free WiFi powered by NTTBP is your best solution. Why is it so?  

Picture3Japan connected free wi-fi allows you to find internet sources when you are travelling in Japan,its free, its convenient and the apps allows you to trance where is the available wifi nearby you! As long as you have a smartphone, you are good to go!   

Now follow me step by step to know more :   

1.) Go to your apps store and search for Japan connected free wifi or easier like me, i typed NTTBP. 

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2.) Download the app 

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3.) Registered for free 

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4.) Now, when everything is done, you will get this page. So, how to use it.. Click search!

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5.) Found the available wifi spot nearby you

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6.) Walk to the nearest wifi spot and tap the “connect” button. Now, you can connect with the world anytime anywhere and anyhow you want 

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As easy as that! Not fuss anymore when travelling to Japan ya!

Picture10SO What are you waiting for, you have just discovered a solution! NOW, mark your Japan date and go explore! 

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