Groupon's All-You-Can-Eat Tapas for Two ($39) at Equinox Cafe Bar, Melbourne CBD


Recently, Groupon had a great deal for All-You-Can-Eat tapas at Equinox Cafe Bar right next to Melbourne Central. My friend thought it would be good for us to try that out, and then go to Max Brenner after, so we ventured out into the city today and made a lovely afternoon out of it.

The deal of course came with a whole lot of Fine Print, mostly to protect the restaurant from food wastage. To me they were fair enough e.g. 90-minute seating time (although you can stay longer if you want, just can't order anymore food), only ordering 2 dishes at a time per person, both plates must be consumed before ordering next plates (although we were given an "ordering chart" where we could order 3 rounds of food in advance so they can make sure it's prepared so it can be served quicker), any uneaten food must be paid for, etc etc. I didn't have any issues with those fine print, to me it was necessary to protect the restaurant.


We were seated in a nice, cosy little corner away from everybody else, which was really great because we could block my son Micah in and let him have a crawl around without him getting to too much mischief! Even though it seems like we're in a quiet corner, the staff never forgot about us, and were very good at checking up to make sure we're all good and that the food is okay and that we were happy, if we needed anything, and delivered our meals very promptly.


While we were deciding which dishes to order on our given chart, we were served complimentary garlic bread. The garlic bread was so tasty, especially since we did rock up pretty hungry to get the most value out of this deal, and although we knew this plate of garlic bread is a "trick" to fill us up before we even begin eating our meals, we couldn't resist eating some of it because it was deliciously garlicky and buttery and the toast was crispy and light and fluffy!


So here we go, the food marathon begins. We started off with the Spicy Buffalo Chicken Wings, which were basically fried marinated chicken wings tossed with a Spicy Mexican Tobasco Buffalo sauce. I love the fact that the chicken wings were fried first, and then coated with the sauce and sprinkled with a bit of sesame seeds. They were delicious wings, although the menu had three chilli peppers next to the item to symbolize the level of hotness, it wasn't that hot for us and could definitely be a lot hotter!


Next up were the Five Spiced Calamari. You can't really go wrong with Five Spice and fried calamari. I thought the flavours were strong enough and wonderfully salty (I love salty food), I meant well seasoned! The batter was light and crispy and calamari beautifully cooked, not too chewy. Pretty happy!


Then came the Garlic Prawns which were pan fried with garlic, butter and chilli. The prawns were cooked really well and the flavours were quite strong, I just wished there was more of a sauce thing going on that plate but oh well, they were gone in less than a minute!


Then came the Cheese and Bacon Potato Skins, need I say more?! Oh my goodness potatooooo skinnnnnnsssss... they were delicious, but I thought the potatoes needed a little bit more seasoning and a little bit more gooey cheese on top would've been perfect! Probably a good thing they didn't have as much cheese though, better for my waistline...


At this point, I need to let you guys know that between just the two of us eating, two Asian girls, we ordered  THREE serves of chicken wings, lol. Each serve had half a dozen pieces of wings, lol. We were totally stuffed and winged-out by the end of lunch!!

Next came the Fried Chicken Wings served with Sweet Chilli sauce. There was absolutely nothing wrong with them, but to compare these wings which were just fried with not much sauce or flavour to them, they just faded in comparison to the other two chicken wing dishes.


The Tamarind Chicken Wings was my favorite out of the three. I absolutely loved the tamarind sauce coating on those chicken wings with a hint of spring onions and coriander. Absolutely beautiful! I probably ate more than my fair share of these wings, hehe.


Don't worry, we're almost at the end of our food marathon. People, if you are reading this because you have purchased this Groupon voucher yourself, and you are just doing a bit research before making your booking, and you love beef, then you will LOVE these Grilled Mini Beef Tenderloins with Soy and Butter sauce. The meat's really juicy and tender even though it's been cooked to medium (I usually prefer my beef medium rare, more towards rare). They are also so tiny and little so they barely take up any room in your tummy! Could've had more of these I reckon... but after our last and final dish coming up next, we just didn't have ANY room left!


Here's the reason why we just couldn't go on any further. Trio Mini Burgers! We have been pretty good so far to only order mostly protein dishes, but this last one had a lot of carb which filled us up good. Don't get me wrong, it is really delicious and fresh bread, and these burgers are tasty and I love those spicy jalapenos on them! The meat patty had great flavour too, so we had no regrets having these, just glad we saved it for last because if we had these nice and early we probably would've ordered a lot less dishes.

So there you go, we managed to order and eat 8 dishes altogether. For $39 plus one drink each, that is GREAT value for money so we were pretty happy. The best thing about this deal was the level of service we received from the staff at Equinox. We were served by two lovely gentlemen who were very attentive, polite and friendly. I am usually very skeptical when it comes to dining at a new restaurant using a group buying voucher, because I have had some rude experiences in the past! I don't know why but I just shouldn't feel less important as a customer just because I am using a voucher to dine at a significantly reduced price.

These guys did not make us feel any less important at all. They were amazing. THANK YOU so much to the people at Equinox Cafe Bar for a lovely lunch, and thank you again for letting us have the cosy corner all to ourselves... well, all for Micah anyway lol.


Oh, and yes we went to Max Brenner after for dessert and had their amazing chocolate fondue. There is apparently a completely separate stomach for dessert!


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Lazy Sunday Series: Four Figs Cafe, Beaconsfield

Part 2: Breakfast at a Local

What is the best way to compliment your lazy Sunday’s and make them even more perfect? A hot cup of frothed coffee of course! Devondale Barista’s Own is made to deliver a consistent smooth creamy froth to your favourite style of coffee at home.



Spanish Baked Eggs with Buttered Toast, Chorizo, Roasted Capsicum and a Spicy Sauce!

Sundays can get pretty hectic in our household. Our little man is usually up by 6am so unfortunately we never get to sleep in. There is always an opportunity to be lazy though, instead of rushing around the house trying to get breakfast sorted before church, going out and enjoying a delicious breakfast cooked and prepared by someone else is a real treat. Not to mention the great coffee!

Here in Berwick and its surrounding suburbs there is absolutely no shortage of amazing cafes and restaurants. We locals love our coffee and food! Cafes are always packed, and some of them bring out some of the most amazing food I've ever seen. It is no wonder then that for Part 2 of my "Lazy Sunday Series" featuring Breakfast at a Local, I am excited just to have an excuse to go out and have some delicious brekkie!

Delicious pancakes with a caramel sauce, bananas, crumble, praline crunch and vanilla ice cream

Last weekend, hubby and I decided to return to Four Figs Cafe in Beaconsfield which is one of the top cafes on our list locally. They make great coffee, the service is prompt and most importantly the food never disappoints. I absolutely loved my Spanish Baked Eggs and the delicious spicy flavour of the sauce that pretty much gave me a good kick start to the day. I probably did not NEED dessert after that, but I ordered the pancakes anyway and boy was I glad I did!

When the pancakes arrived my mouth started salivating all over again. The caramel sauce was incredible (and I am so glad they were generous with the amount of sauce on my plate!) and the pancakes were soft and fluffy, and the best thing that made those pancakes perfect were the topping. They ticked every single MasterChef box when it came to preparing a dish... you had to have the different texture e.g. the softness, the crumbleness, lots of sauce, and some crunch. These pancakes had them all! To tie everything together even more perfectly was the ice cream. I was a happy mummy.


Of course, I never forget the coffee. I had two cappuccinos that day, not because I really needed that caffeine fix, it was simply because I wanted to and I could! It was the perfect Sunday breakfast and I cannot wait to do it all over again.


GIVEAWAY: Week 3 of  the giveaway and I am giving away another set (6 pcs) of Orange Espresso Cups and Saucers from Espresso Italia worth $40. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and tell me:

“What is your favorite breakfast dish accompanying coffee made with Devondale Barista's Own Frothing Milk?”


One lucky winner will be chosen on the 4th of September 2011. Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you e.g. email address, Twitter or Facebook in your comment. To my overseas readers, sorry this giveaway is open to Australian residents only.

Coffee Machine is STILL up for grabs!

There will be a series of 4 weekly posts overall. Each weekly post will feature one giveaway and one lucky winner EACH WEEK will win a set of the Espresso Cups and Saucers. BUT, not only am I giving away 4 sets of espresso cups and saucers, one lucky reader across 5 blogs will win a PHILIPS Saeco Syntia Class Automatic Espresso Machine worth $1,499!!! The most creative answer overall* for the weekly competitions will win. What a fantastic prize and all you have to do is leave a creative comment each week to better your chances.

Competition for the major giveaway will run from the 14th August until 11.59pm Friday 7th September. The winner will be announced and contacted on Monday 10th September.


*The most creative answer will be chosen out of entries from 5 participating blogs.
*Terms and Conditions apply: (1) T&C for Major Prize (2) T&C for Weekly Prize

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Sponsored Series by Nuffnang


What is the best way to compliment your lazy Sunday’s and make them even more perfect? A hot cup of frothed coffee of course! Devondale Barista’s Own is made to deliver a consistent smooth creamy froth to your favourite style of coffee at home. Check out some of the fantastic breakfast recipes in the Lazy Sunday Series thanks to Devondale Barista’s Own

La Zuppa's The Flavour Judging Event @ The Botanical, South Yarra VIC


A few days ago, I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the La Zuppa's The Flavour event and be on the judging panel for a new flavour of soup. La Zuppa recently organised a competition for people to submit ideas for a new soup flavour to add to their range of exciting soup products. From over 2,000+ entries the Top 5 were selected and we got to taste them all and vote for our favourite!

The event was attended by 6 food bloggers aka Aussie "foodies" such as myself, and the rest were pretty much expert marketers of food products who gave their two cents on the marketability of each finalist and the appeal it should have to the public. This judging event was no joke! Although with that said, it was a very light-hearted and fun afternoon, we were all treated to an amazing 6-course degustation menu and all felt very spoilt thanks to La Zuppa.


The event was held at the iconic Botanical restaurant in South Yarra. The weather was perfect that day, and the dining room in which we were seated had beautiful natural light for all our photos (yay!). When we arrived, we got to mingle and chat to each other over a cocktail, and basically got to familiarise ourselves with who everyone else were and what they do.


Just before lunch was served, Luke Brabin, Executive Chef of The Botanical and the person responsible for coming up with our amazing menu for the day popped in for a chat. He gave us a brief introduction of himself and his work experience, as well as a run down of the food we were about to tuck into! The cameras were going off everywhere, thanks to the bloggers, and I was sure Luke has never been "papped" (we were probably worse than paparazzi!) as much as he did within those few minutes he was there with us!


At this point I should note two things:
  1. The bread came out and it was probably one of the most delicious in-house restaurant bread I have ever tasted. The crust was so crispy and the bread itself was so light and fluffy. It was hard not to make a mess while eating it, because bits crumbled all over the place, but it was very good bread. I don't usually write a long "review" for bread, but it was very good bread haha!
  2. There was going to be a wine accompaniment for each course, which meant not only have I had a glass of delicious Limoncello before we got settled in, there was going to be 6 different wines served to me within the next few hours. I had to pace myself and only have a sip of each! (Breastfeeding mum + haven't had drinks in a while so quite a cheap drunk + driving = go easy with the alcohol BOO.....)

Finally, our official judging event begins!

1st Course: Mexican Corn Soup
Accompanied by Chipotle prawn, watermelon, chilli and corn salsa.
Wine: 2010 Shelmerdine Sauvignon Blanc, Yarra Valley VIC.

I started by tasting the soup first, and BAM! My mouth instantly was filled with a massive kick of flavour, flavour and lots of flavour. The amount of spices used in this soup was ridiculous. It was quite full on for a humble soup, but you know what? I LOVED IT. It was my kind of soup - spicy, flavoursome and creamy. The watermelon gave it a really nice soothing touch and gave it a nice difference in texture too.

The prawn salad accompaniment was almost necessary to "cool down" the heat from the soup, although I didn't find the soup too spicy at all because I am used to spicy food, some others sure did and broke a little sweat, lol.


2nd Course: Carrot, Ginger and Coriander Soup
Accompanied by white cooked chicken, sesame, chilli and soy.
Wine: 2010 Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Hawks Bay NZ.

The second course was a very Asian inspired combination and again, I was absolutely loving it! I am a huge fan of ginger and coriander, so to taste such dominance of those flavours in the carrot soup was a delight. Others probably felt there wasn't enough carrot flavour and the ginger and coriander were almost overpowering, but I didn't mind!

The poached chicken reminded me a lot of Hainanese Chicken so of course I was a big fan. Not biased at all, hehe. It was cooked perfectly and the chicken was very soft and tender.



3rd Course: Chicken, Sweet Potato and Corn Soup
Accompanied by Steamed Hapuka, corn and coriander salsa
Wine: 2010 Curlewis 'Bel Sel' Chardonnay, Geelong VIC.

Well this soup is basically the traditional Chicken and Corn soup on steroids. The addition of sweet potato actually compliments the soup and made it even better. It was a very comforting, hearty soup and it tasted like something my mum would make when we are sick. The broth was full of chicken flavour (the way we all like it!) and you know you can just tuck into a big bowl of this soup on a cold night and be fully content.

As for the accompaniment, what can I say? Feeling very spoilt at this point. The fish was cooked perfectly, it was very tender and melts in your mouth. I really dislike overcooked fish, so to have such beautifully cooked fish was incredible. People need to have respect for fish, especially steamed fish, and this fish was cooked with so much love and respect. Almost as good as my mum's steamed fish, almost. Amazing.


4th Course: Tuscan Vegetable and Bean Soup
Accompanied by Pork Cotoletta, Italian Coleslaw.
Wine: 2011 Red Claw Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula VIC.

This soup was very similar to the classic Minestrone soup, it is tomato based and had lots of chopped vegetables, potatoes and beans in it. Very hearty, but not my type of soup. It was a good soup on its own, but compared to the previous three soups I have just tasted it just wasn't as good.

As for the pork, oh you all know I love my porkies! SO tasty and yummy (for lack of "foodie vocabulary" to describe it). The pork was very juicy inside that deliciously flavoured crumb. I'm usually not a fan of crumbed meat, but I loved this crumb. The coleslaw was flavoursome and refreshing, which definitely compliments the pork.


5th Course: Curried Pumpkin Soup
Accompanied by Lamb Rogan Josh, Raita
Wine: 2010 Giant Steps 'Sexton Vineyard' Merlot, Yarra Valley VIC.

Finally, our last official "tasting" for the day and a very interesting twist to the traditional classic pumpkin soup. Someone has decided adding curry would be awesome! Well, it was actually pretty good - and I might actually steal the idea and add a bit of curry the next time I make my own pumpkin soup.

The lamb rogan josh was delicious too, you can tell it's been slow cooked to perfect tenderness, and the lamb flavour is all over it. Love it. Just perfect amount of heat, not too spicy, but for those who did think it was spicy that's what the raita yoghurt is there for! What a great finish to what has been an excellent lunch and flavour judging experience.

Unfortunately, I am not allowed to reveal the winning soup flavour but do follow La Zuppa on their Facebook page and look out for their announcement!


Dessert: Chocolate Mousse Gateau with Citrus, Cointreau Bavarois, Citrus Terrine
Wine: 2010 Mitchell Noble Semillon, Clare Valley, South Australia.

Oh wait, just because the "official stuff" is over does not mean the food stops coming! Of course we have to have dessert, and what a lovely treat my dessert was! I loved the chocolate mousse, it was so soft and full of chocolatey flavour in all its various textures and layers. The citrus sorbet (those little cubes) added an amazing fresh and tangy taste to my mouth, and those little mandarin things - delightful. Overall a very textural dessert with all the right flavour combinations.


Of course, we all had to finish with a good cup of coffee and some macarons. See, how spoilt were we? I had a delicious cappuccino (I believe Botanical uses Dukes Coffee) and the coffee flavoured macarons were a delightful sweet treat to completely, really, finish our day of feasting. Probably not the best macarons in town, but hey I'm not here to review macarons! Just happy to finish with macarons, full stop.

GIVEAWAY: After salivating in jealousy and probably hating me after reading this post, the wonderful people from La Zuppa has kindly offered to give one lucky reader a $200 voucher for The Botanical in South Yarra! Now you get the chance to go in a draw to win this voucher and enjoy all the amazing food yourself!

To enter, all you have to do:

Step 1: Like my Facebook Page - www.facebook.com/kimbaskitchen

Step 2: Leave a comment on this post telling me you have done Step 1.

Step 3: Cross your fingers and toes and hope you win!

The lucky winner will be drawn randomly and announced on the 7th of September 2012. Please make sure you leave a way for me to contact you in your comment e.g. Facebook / Twitter / Email Address. Obviously, the restaurant is in Melbourne so please only enter this giveaway if you are in Melbourne, or plan to visit Melbourne soon, or have a way of using the voucher (perhaps as a gift) sometime in the near future.


Lazy Sunday Series: Smoked Salmon, Mushrooms & Poached Egg Brekkie with Hollandaise Sauce

Part 1: My Favourite Sunday Breakfast Recipe



What is the best way to compliment your lazy Sunday’s and make them even more perfect? A hot cup of frothed coffee of course! Devondale Barista’s Own is made to deliver a consistent smooth creamy froth to your favourite style of coffee at home.




A while ago, I went out to a cafe and my mother in law ordered a breakfast dish that looked absolutely yummy. I didn't get to taste the dish, but I was really inspired to recreate that dish just based on what I saw. No recipes (except for the Hollandaise Sauce, I had to look up that recipe) just an instinct of what could go well together.

The result became My Favourite Sunday Breakfast Recipe - which is Part 1 of 3 of this Lazy Sunday Series. It is so simple to prepare, the sauce can be made in advance, the only cooking required is just the mushrooms and poached egg so it's not messy. Looks good on a plate too! Plus, it is not oily like the typical Big Brekkie. As good as bacon, sausages and crispy hash browns can be, it is nice to have smoked salmon for a change!

So if you're looking for the perfect Sunday breakfast recipe for this coming Father's Day to treat hubby to a delicious brekkie, consider this one. If he is a fan of smoked salmon and mushrooms (I know some people who don't like them) and of course, who doesn't love soft runny eggs.. then he will absolutely LOVE this.

(This recipe is a single serving)

Ingredients:
1 slice of Dark Rye bread, fresh or lightly toasted
1/2 cup rocket leaves
3 large cup mushrooms, sliced
2 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp dried thyme 
90g smoked salmon, sliced
2 eggs
Black pepper

Hollandaise Sauce:
3 egg yolks, at room temperature
2 tbsp water
175g unsalted butter, cut into 1.5cm cubes, at room temperature
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper

To Make Sauce:
Place a heatproof bowl over a medium saucepan that is quarter-filled with water. The bowl should fit snugly into the pan without touching the water (lift the bowl to check and remove some water if it does).

Remove the bowl, cover the pan and bring the water to the boil over high heat. Uncover and reduce heat to very low so the water is barely simmering (there should be almost no movement at all). It is important that the water is barely simmering while making the sauce - if it is too hot, the egg yolks will cook too much and the sauce will curdle.

Place the egg yolks and the 2 tbs water in the heatproof bowl and place over the pan. Use a wire balloon whisk to whisk the mixture constantly for 3 minutes or until it is thick and pale, has doubled in volume and a ribbon trail forms when the whisk is lifted.

Add the butter a cube at a time, whisking constantly and adding another cube when the previous one is incorporated completely. (It should take about 10 minutes to add it all.) If butter is added too quickly, it won't mix easily with the egg yolks or the sauce may lose volume. At the same time, it is important that the butter is at room temperature and added a cube at a time, so that it doesn't take too long to be incorporated - if the sauce cooks for too long, it can curdle.

The sauce will begin to thin when you start adding the butter. However, once the emulsion is established (after about the third cube), it will begin to thicken again. It will continue to thicken as the remaining butter is added. If the sauce curdles or separates it can be saved as long as it isn't grainy and the eggs haven't set.

Remove the bowl from the pan and place on a heatproof surface. The cooked sauce should have the consistency of very lightly whisked thickened cream. Whisk in the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

To Cook Mushrooms:
In a fry pan, melt butter and saute mushrooms until tender. Add thyme.

To Cook Eggs:
In a large pot, bring water to boil. Poach eggs in boiling water until whites are just cooked and yolk inside is still runny and soft.

To Assemble:
Start by placing bread on the plate. Top with rocket leaves, followed by sauteed mushrooms. Top with a generous serve of smoked salmon followed by the poached eggs and pour sauce on top of the eggs. Serve immediately and enjoy!


Best of all, spoil yourself by enjoying this recipe with a good cup of coffee made with Devondale's delicious Barista's Own Frothing Milk!



GIVEAWAY: Week 2 of  the giveaway and I am giving away another set (6 pcs) of Orange Espresso Cups and Saucers from Espresso Italia worth $40. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and tell me:

“Describe your perfect coffee art designed on your Barista's Own Frothing Milk canvas”


Be descriptive! One lucky winner will be chosen on the 28th of August 2011. Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you e.g. email address, Twitter or Facebook in your comment. To my overseas readers, sorry this giveaway is open to Australian residents only.

Coffee Machine is STILL up for grabs!

There will be a series of 4 weekly posts overall. Each weekly post will feature one giveaway and one lucky winner EACH WEEK will win a set of the Espresso Cups and Saucers. BUT, not only am I giving away 4 sets of espresso cups and saucers, one lucky reader across 5 blogs will win a PHILIPS Saeco Syntia Class Automatic Espresso Machine worth $1,499!!! The most creative answer overall* for the weekly competitions will win. What a fantastic prize and all you have to do is leave a creative comment each week to better your chances.

Competition for the major giveaway will run from the 14th August until 11.59pm Friday 7th September. The winner will be announced and contacted on Monday 10th September.


*The most creative answer will be chosen out of entries from 5 participating blogs.
*Terms and Conditions apply: (1) T&C for Major Prize (2) T&C for Weekly Prize



Sponsored Series by Nuffnang


What is the best way to compliment your lazy Sunday’s and make them even more perfect? A hot cup of frothed coffee of course! Devondale Barista’s Own is made to deliver a consistent smooth creamy froth to your favourite style of coffee at home. Check out some of the fantastic breakfast recipes in the Lazy Sunday Series thanks to Devondale Barista’s Own

Nasi Lemak Recipe

This post is Sponsored by Nuffnang


A few weeks ago during my trip to Prahran Market, I picked up all the ingredients I needed to make my own version of homemade Nasi Lemak - one of the most popular local dishes in Malaysia. Majority of the ingredients for this dish were from Lee’s Asian Grocery, which is my favourite stall at Prahran Market. They even had fresh banana leaves to make my dish look pretty and fresh pandan leaves to make my coconut rice smell yummy!

I then headed over to the Poultry, Meat and Seafood section to pick up my chicken wings from D & J Poultry and fresh little sardines from Claringbold’s Seafoods. I was SO surprised to see fresh sardines! It was exactly what I needed to make my dish that little bit more special. Finally, I needed a decent amount of eggs for this dish so I headed over to the amazing Eggs Plus for my fresh free range eggs. I love this stall, it has all the eggs you can and cannot name! They even sometimes have massive emu and ostrich eggs available… I mean, can you imagine cooking with a giant egg?!


That pretty much completes my shopping for all the ingredients I needed for this dish. I love that I can get ALL my ingredients under one roof, especially since it’s quite a specific Malaysian dish with so many different components. Usually I’d have to slowly obtain the ingredients from various Asian Grocers and supermarkets and butchers / fish shops but I love that I could go to one market and get all the freshest ingredients conveniently.

Going back to my dish, as a direct translation, “Nasi” means Rice and “Lemak” means Fatty which then translates to “Fatty Rice” to represent the creamy, rich coconut rice.

Traditionally, Nasi Lemak comes as a platter of food wrapped in banana leaves, with fragrant coconut rice cooked with pandan leaves, a hot spicy sambal sauce, and several choices of accompaniments such as:

  • Fried Chicken
  • Fried / Hard Boiled Egg
  • Sambal Sotong (Chilli Cuttlefish)
  • Fried Curry Fish
  • Beef Rendang
  • Stir Fried Kangkung
  • Acar (Pickled Vegetables)
  •  Cucumber Slices
  • Fried Anchovies and Roasted Peanuts
I grew up eating and loving Nasi Lemak. What is there not to love? Every single component of this dish screams deliciousness. As a kid (and sometimes even now at home), I would dig into this dish with my bare hands and clean up the plate. The eating experience is so much more enjoyable and the food seems so much tastier when eating using bare hands.


I was very pleased with all the ingredients I picked up from the market, and very happy with the end result. It is a bit of work, as there are many elements to this dish, but it is all worth it. You can keep it simple by reducing the number of accompaniments and keeping to just the basic rice, sambal, egg and anchovies / peanuts combination.

Cooking Time: 60 minutes
Serves 4-6

Coconut Rice: 
3 cups of medium grain rice
400ml coconut milk
200ml water
2 tsp salt
4 tbsp sugar
2 pandan leaves
In a rice cooker, combine all the above ingredients and stir well before cooking.

Sambal Chilli for Nasi Lemak:
500g chilli paste
250g shallots
2 big onions
1/2 cup cooking oil
3 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp gula melaka
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 piece of belachan
1/2 tbsp assam juice
Slice shallots and big onions thinly.
Heat cooking oil and fry sliced shallots and big onions until fragrant.
Add in chilli paste and belachan and fry until thick about 30 minutes.
Finally add sugar, gula melaka, assam juice and salt to taste.

Fried Chicken:
8-10 chicken wings
2 egg whites, lightly beaten
1 packet of Kentucky seasoning flour
Oil for deep frying
Dip chicken wings into egg white, and coat with Kentucky flour. Deep fry until golden brown. Set aside.

Fried Egg:
4-6 eggs
2 tbsp vegetable oil
Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a frypan on high heat. Fry each egg on one side, covering the pan for 30 seconds to cook the top side. Remove from pan and set aside.

Fried Fish:
8 fresh sardines
1 tbsp curry powder
Oil for deep frying
Lightly coat sardines with curry powder and deep fry until crispy. Set aside.

To Serve:
Cucumber slices
Roasted peanuts
Fried anchovies
Banana leaves

Place banana leaves onto plates. Plate up coconut rice, followed by fried egg on top, with the sambal, fried chicken, fried fish, cucumber slices, roasted peanuts and fried anchovies. Serve immediately and enjoy!



Devondale Barista’s Own Frothing Milk

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang


Coffee has become a huge part of our Aussie lifestyle and culture. It’s not just about getting a caffeine fix anymore, we have become a lot pickier and know a truly great cup of coffee when we see, smell and taste one. A lot of cafes pride themselves with serving award winning coffee and baristas are trained to make only the best coffee for their customers.

Coffee has become so crucial, a lot of people now have their own coffee machine at home. It truly is a luxury to be able to make and enjoy a freshly brewed cup of cappuccino from home. I love my coffee. Once you’ve spoilt yourself with a real cup of coffee with smooth, creamy and frothy milk you will never go back to those days of instant coffee with cold milk.


DEVONDALE Barista’s Own Frothing Milk is specially selected to deliver a consistent smooth creamy froth to your favourite style of coffee at home. It truly creates a more authentic coffee experience so you can enjoy great tasting frothed coffee at home, anytime. It is 39% less fat than full cream milk yet it delivers the same creamy taste! I know, because I have tried it myself and made two cups of coffee - one with Devondale Barista’s Own Frothing Milk and another with fresh full cream milk. They taste pretty similar and I would happily drink either one any day!


The best thing about Barista’s Own is that even though it is a shelf product, it delivers the same smoothness and consistency fresh milk offers. Plus, it is always handy to keep some of these cartons in the pantry without worrying about it expiring in the next few days or (gasp!) that you’ve run out of milk! (Don’t you just find that the day you so desperately need a good cup of coffee that’s when something like that happens?)


Devondale Barista’s Own is made to heat differently from other LLM (Long Life Milk) and fridge milk; this is so that it froths better. Most importantly, it does NOT have a “funny” taste to it. Coffee lovers who have a home coffee machine will find that it enhances the taste of their coffees and gives you just the right amount of creaminess and frothiness.


GIVEAWAY: To celebrate the goodness of Devondale Barista’s Own Frothing Milk, I am giving away one set (6 pcs) of Orange Espresso Cups and Saucers from Espresso Italia worth $40. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and tell me:

“How would Barista’s Own Frothing Milk help get your lazy Sunday off to a perfect start?”


One lucky winner will be chosen on the 21st of August 2011. Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you e.g. email address, Twitter or Facebook in your comment. To my overseas readers, sorry this giveaway is open to Australian residents only.

BUT WAIT! That is not all!!!

There will be a series of 4 weekly posts overall. Each weekly post will feature one giveaway and one lucky winner EACH WEEK will win a set of the Espresso Cups and Saucers. BUT, not only am I giving away 4 sets of espresso cups and saucers, one lucky reader across 5 blogs will win a PHILIPS Saeco Syntia Class Automatic Espresso Machine worth $1,499!!! The most creative answer overall* for the weekly competitions will win. What a fantastic prize and all you have to do is leave a creative comment each week to better your chances.

Competition for the major giveaway will run from the 14th August until 11.59pm Friday 7th September. The winner will be announced and contacted on Monday 10th September.


So what are you waiting for? LEAVE A COMMENT and you could be enjoying your very own freshly brewed cup of coffee at home!


*The most creative answer will be chosen out of entries from 5 participating blogs.
*Terms and Conditions apply: (1) T&C for Major Prize (2) T&C for Weekly Prize