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21 Aug 2013

A kelong kitchen at Batam


Hi! Let me start this post with a panoramic view of harbourfront centre jetty!These photos were taken by
my newly bought Samsung WB800F camera from the electronic fair at Expo, a week before this trip (last
month). Bye Sg, Hi Batam!

I would prefer to directly go into my main point as I don't think I would want a 'travel' section in my blog.
More pictures can be found in my facebook album here, which I had already change the settings to allow
public viewing. By the way, this was the jetty to my kelong stay! 

After about a 15 mins rocky boat ride, the destination that came into view! I was like OMG....so cui r?

Bye boat, see you tomorrow!

Went to take a peep at my lodging and I went Omg again...

The place was rather beautiful and I tried hard to enjoy the nature and the fresh constant
gentle breeze as much as I could.

My first time enjoying and swinging in a hammock! It was so uncomfortable and my butt hurts after
that. I don't quite understand why everyone else enjoyed it.

Another panoramic view. It looked like 2 parallel corridors but actually it was just a straight line! 

The orangey hue which was caused by the setting sun. Such a beautiful scenery that I stared at blankly
for a long long time.

This was actually my favorite shot! When the sun goes down, it looked so romantic that I almost melted
down too! How I wished I had a girlfriend to spent the night with, admiring the vast blue sea and relishing a
bbq dinner with her. The fire has already started, dinner soon! 

Time to introduce you the kitchen! No fancy stoves or good storage place. Lucky no hygiene check or els
sure fail. You would not want to see the amount of houseflies hovering in here too.

The red container - Where fresh food were stored, chilled by ice for up to 2 days only.

Other ingredients...

The auntie who did all the cooking for us. I kept dropping by the kitchen since I got bored staring at the sea. I really felt like helping her! At least I help to stir a bit and serve the dishes out! Does that counts?

I am no minions from despicable me but I never say no to snacks! Banana for... 

Pisang Goreng which I tried frying them myself in the kitchen! All you need would be a simple flour batter
and hot oil. I ate 5 pieces as they were just so addictive - Crispy, light batter, a bit oily and sourish (65%)
sweet (35%) bananas! Sliced and fanned out for crispier texture!   

Went for a short fishing trip in a boat and I only caught a sea bream as they rest were caught by my
friends. Thankfully I caught only 1 as I could not stand the sight of the snagged fishes struggling in agony
with the hook piercing through their mouths.

Since this cute little fish was not confirmed to be edible and it was still alive, we quickly tossed it back into
the sea to resume its life. 

Some of the simple yet delicious dishes I had for lunch and dinner! Flower crabs that were fresh but little
meat.

Gong Gong shellfish which I tried for the first time.

Pulled the flesh out to savour and it was slimy! Ewwww, I really do not know how to appreciate such stuff.

Curry chicken with potatoes. The curry was quite good I must say!

Simple vegetable were crunchy and fresh.

Fish fried to perfection! Slightly crispy exterior and super moist interior!

Prawns in tomato sauce!

Another fresh vegetable dish!

Chicken drumlets and wings fried with sweet sauce resulting in a little charred surface.

A shot with aunty! Thanks for allowing me to help although I am a visitor on holiday!

Last but not least, a camwhore shot of myself in one of the many new shirts which I
bought!  

15 Aug 2013

Creamier Ice Cream and Waffles - Unlink choice


Omg so busy recently that I have no time to blog! I just came back from a short (3 days)
getaway trip to Batam during the National day holidays and am now flooded with 2
major projects from school. Anyway, let me change to a more chill topic of an ice cream
dessert which I had with my friend. I brought my friend to this outlet which was just
walking distance from his house and he did not even know this place existed! Since my
previous visit I did not have a chance to try their home-made waffles, we decided to
order it with 2 scopes of ice cream! It was rather crowded that day and we had to wait
quite a while before 2 near-perfect round spheres of ice cream, balanced neatly on top 2
squares of in-between-crispy-and-fluffy waffles arrived. Was glad it came in 2 squares as

it saved us the trouble of portioning. I picked the Sea Salt Gula Melaka which had a lovely
palm sugar sweetness, enhanced by the saltiness of sea salt. My perfect combination of
sweet-salty! My friend decided to go for the tropical fruity Mango Passion Sorbet. It
was tangy, deliciously refreshing and it had an obvious fruit puree taste. I felt the mango
was dominant while my friend actually thought the passion fruit was more overpowering.
(Who's right?) The main agreement that we both had in unison was that these 2 scopes
totally do not compliment well with each other, like the opposite polarity of North and South.   

4 Aug 2013

Matcha Frappe white chocolate pudding - Doubting the ingredients


Sometimes I would doubt whatever ingredients which seemed suspicious or when my
taste buds do not agree with whatever ingredients stated by the outlet. I fancy the
matcha frappe, but about the white chocolate pudding, it was a no go for me. I can't
deny the fact that was really silky, slightly milky and easily slide down my throat.
However for the taste wise, I felt like I was having curd instead which was bland
enough to not affect my favorite intense matcha beverage!