May 1
Pu Tao Chee Chew aka Sparkling Grape Wine @ Jakarta, Indonesia
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I stumbled across this interesting Indonesian wine at the supermarket in Jakarta. Its a sparkling grape wine but looks like something brewed in China from the packaging!

The bottle itself is scary! Costing Rp.27,000.00 (about RM9.50) I told ok… let’s give it a try!

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The label states +-5% alcohol… but I really doubt it, more like +++5% to me.. hahaha…

Anyway, the moment I opened the bottle, the whole apartment smells of alcohol. It look just like sparkling grape wine and taste very smooth, sweet and easy to drink like a light moscato wine.

However, after a few good sip you can feel the alcohol is really strong. It was an interesting try, quite nice and easy to drink but might just be too strong for me 😉

Like Pak Sky said… good drink if you want to get people drunk, just 2-3 bottles will do the job!

Jan 28
Portable Gas BBQ Stove
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This is perhaps one of my best investment so far from my trips to Bangkok… I was actually looking for an electric powered bbq grill which are a widely and commonly use appliance in Thailand. From shops to food court, you will see them using this to grill meat or sausages and in hypermarket there, price starts at closed to Baht 700-800 onwards, that’s a lot more cheaper than what is offered here in KL.

Me and Joe was looking for one in Robinson store and suddenly Joe saw this portable unit that uses small gas canister, this means you can go anywhere and just start a mini bbq! No electricity needed, just simple mechanic like a portable stove. I was reluctant at first cause I had set my mind of the electric unit but after must persuasion and deviling from Joe, I finally go for this.

This unit cost about Baht 1,000 (House Worth brand) and I had the first go at it during the new year eve and it was a satisfactory experience for me! I bought the better gas canister, Pensonic brand and I have been using for like 4 hours and there’s still balance in the can, not bad.

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We use it to grill all sort of stuff, from sausages (nickname Jari by Andrew) to kimchi, pork, etc. It was just great. There’s a bottom try to put water to reduce the chances of burning your food and easier for washing, just gotta remember to fill up the water as it runs dry quite fast! Your food doesn’t really get burn by the fire as the fire is used to heat up a metal cover which cooks the food. The manufacturer call this the infrared heat, hehehe.. technically the metal covers turns red when heat up.

After bbq washing was ok but lesson learnt is that its suitable to bbq and grill dry stuff but things with a lot of sauce will make it difficult to wash. So conclusion is I will stick to my Tefal hotplate for meat with sauce and use this for less wet meat or food and one thing though, grill kimchi can be very nice ;).

Jan 22
“Mickeymouse” Pad Thai @ Bangkok
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Me and Joe stumbled upon this stall when we were dying for some supper near our hotel in Ratchada area in Bangkok, I find the food pretty good and you get very good company of quite a number of what Tien Soon term them as “mickeymouse”.

So this round when I was in BKK again, I took Tien Soon there for supper and again, the “mickeymouse” never fail to show up. I think probably because most of the Thais are Buddhist and don’t believe in harming other lives. That is why the “mickeymouse” are left alone as long as they don’t disturb the people. Anyway the “mickeymouse” here just go about their own business, but some can be quite cool and just hang on looking at you eating… hehe…

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Anyway.. the main thing is this Pad Thai stall… its located in the night market near to the Huey Kwang underground train station. Pad Thai which is a national dish there is like our version of char koay teow but instead.. these rice noodles are fried with fish sauce (cannot run away in Thailand), eggs, prawns, taugeh (beans sprouts), etc. The main difference is that the noodles comes in dry pack, which are then cooked and fried first. When you are ready to order, then only the noodles are fried again with the proper ingredents.

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Some of the additional stuff pad thai have are like peanuts, sugar, lime, chili powder, etc. Its a bit sweet in taste already but you have to option add more fish sauce, chili powder, vinegar or sugar!

For me its sweet enough, so some chili powder and vinegar is good enough. Each plate goes for Baht 25 here, a very decent price and the taste is really good and fantastic too!

GPS: N13 46.706 E100 34.180

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