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10 Minutes Quick Cook Recipe, Nutritious Borscht Soup

It is always too hectic and troublesome for a working couple to cook a healthy and nutritious meal. I know that as I am from the working class which I would also need to allocate some of my time for workout. Hence there won’t be much time for me to prepare a good and healthy meal. Therefore, for those looking for a quick preparation and also some nutritious food, other than plain ol’ salad you may want to try this recipe on how to cook borscht soup as an alternative.

Main Ingredients for Borscht Soup (portion of 3 – 4 bowls):

  1. Carrot – 1 -2 sticks, cut into cubes or chunks
  2. Mushrooms – 8 – 10 pieces, can be portobello or oyster mushrooms
  3. Fresh sweet corn kernels – 1 stick
  4. Tomatoes – 2 whole pieces
  5. Cabbage – 1/4
  6. Celery – 1 – 2 sticks
  7. Tomato sauce – 1/4 cup or 8 oz serving
  8. Butter – 2 tables spoon (can be replace by olive oil for a healthier option)
  9. Garlic – 2 cloves, finely-chopped
  10. Chicken broth – 1 bowl (can be replaced by vegetable broth for a healthier option)
  11. Apple Cider Vinegar – 3 table spoons (can be replaced with freshly squeezed lemon juice for a healthier option)
  12. Mixed herbs, sugar, salt and pepper – a pinch of each as seasoning

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All the above ingredients can be easily purchased at any supermarkets.

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If you are on a vegetarian diet, you may replace chicken broth with with vegetable broth.

 

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Cut and wash the all the ingredients (1-7) and place in a container. Soak all the vegetables in water for about 3 minutes to wash off all the pesticides/insecticides. Make sure not to soak too long as it will drain off the nutrition.

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First, heat up the cooking pot and insert butter and chopped garlic. Make sure the garlic is fried till light golden brown.

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Pour in tomato sauce.

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Stir the tomato sauce with the garlic well.

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Next, add in the chicken broth.

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Mix and stir well the broth and tomato sauce.

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Once you can see the soup started to boil, add in all the vegetables.

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Add in apple cider vinegar and seasoning (11, 12) on the final step.

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Let it simmer for 10 minutes and your soup is ready to serve. If the taste is not up to your satisfaction, repeat steps 11 & 12. The apple cider vinegar is to add sourness in the soup.

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A healthy and nutritious meal for those with busy lifestyle is done.

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If you required additional carbs in the soup, you can always add in some pasta of your choice.

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Enjoy!

Gartien Launches New Uji Matcha Pineapple Cake

From the previous Chinese New Year and the Mid Autumn Festival packages till the new Uji Matcha package, Gartien has marked a big step in the pineapple cake business. It was founded by a very young entrepreneur and then it has grown into becoming a well-known brand in the local industry. This is a very great achievement for a local producer.

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The selling price per box with 6 pieces of Uji Matcha Pineapple Cakes is at RM36nett (self-collect only). A fix courier charge of RM10 & RM40 will be applicable to all deliveries within Peninsular Malaysia & East Malaysia respectively.

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Gartien’s pineapple cake is fully produced in Penang, from planting of pineapples until the baking and packaging of the cake. The nice thing about Uji Matcha Pineapple Cake of Gartien is that the cake is in low sugar level with no artificial flavouring or colouring. The aroma of the matcha is very nice and not too strong as there are no essence of matcha added. It is a very delightful and exclusive gift for friends and family.

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FREE PARKING FOR GARTIEN’s CUSTOMERS

Customers who come to Gartien will be entitled to free parking. Park your vehicle next to the space of Hotel Central and get your parking ticket stamped at Gartien for the entitlement.

Overall, the taste of the cake is nice and great for health concern person. It is a twist to the original flavour. The only drawback is the price is slightly on the high side for a cake in such size.

Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):

Taste
Price (more stars, more reasonable)
Food Presentation
Service
Overall


Operation hours:
 9.00am-6.00pm (daily)
Contact: 604-229 0068 (http://fb.gartian.com)
Address: 380, Jalan Penang, 10000 Penang, Malaysia. (next to Kek Seng Coffee Shop/格成茶室)
GPS: 5° 41′ 16.29″ N, 100° 32′ 93.80″ E

Rasa Sayang Resort, F.I.P Lounge – Cakes and Coffee Buffet

Rasa Sayang simply means the feeling of love in Malay. It is also the name of one of the most exclusive hotels and resorts in Penang. It has always been a pleasure to chill and relax in this place.

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F.I.P. (Fun, Interactive and Play) Lounge at Rasa Sayang Resort is the place where you can arrange for private functions or events.

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Currently, F.I.P Lounge is also offering Coffee and Cake Buffet every Saturday and Sunday from 3pm to 6pm. This All-You-Can-Eat tea session includes 10 types of whole cakes, scones and cake pops with free flow coffee and tea. It is priced at RM 47 nett per adult and RM 24 nett for child (6 to 11 years old).

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The variety of cakes include Cheese Cake, Banana Chocolate Cake, Apple Cake, Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting, Tiramisu, Black Forest Cake, Fruit Flan, Strawberry Shortcake, Scones and decorated Cup Cakes. The cakes are prepared by seasoned cake maven, Executive Pastry Chef, Dino Wan, and his creative pastry team.

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Cake Pop – This is a favourite to both young and old. It is a lolipop cake and the flavours are available as below:

  • Chocolate moist pop cake
  • Orange poppy seed cake
  • Red velvet cake pop
  • Cheese cake cake pop

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Carrot cake – nice and fluffy, the cinnamon aroma is heavy and the cake is also full of finely-shredded carrot.

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Banana chocolate cake – packed with chocolate flavour but fortunately it is not too sweet.

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Strawberry shortcake – sourish and fruity, no much sweetness and it has a appetizing taste.

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Baked cheese cake – rich and smooth cheese with the strong cheese aroma.

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Blueberry cinnamon crumble cake – packed with cinnamon aroma with a touch of sweetness over the cake but the texture is a bit on the dry site. This is not my cup of tea.

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  • Chocolate moist cup cake – the topping is not as sweet compared to the base, yet I feel the base has a better taste but not doing good to those who are watching their diet.
  • Orange poppy seed cup cake – the orange-flavoured cup cake is baked with poppy seeds which is giving a slight numbness to the tongue.

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Hazelnut cream cake – the cake looks and tastes like any usual birthday cake but with the hazelnut flavor it makes the cake distinctive. With the complement of hazelnut crunch all over the cake it is a perfect match.

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Sugi cake – the Sugi is pure and packed with “Sugi” flavor. It is covered with some icing sugar and chopped pistachio.

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Red velvet cake – a usual red velvet cake but topped with cream cheese and chopped pistachio. The texture is moist and rich.

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Sacher torte – the base is made from chocolate as well. The taste is slightly sweet compare to chocolate banana cake.

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Apple pear nut cake – if I closed my eyes to taste it I wouldn’t have figured out it is an apple and pear nut cake. However, the taste of it is light and not too rich which is acceptable after too many rich-flavoured cakes.

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Scones – there are 2 types of scones. One is a plain scone and the other is with coconut strips. It can be served with French apricot or strawberry extra jam or fresh cream. The jam provided is packed with slices of apricots and strawberries which is a bonus.

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The English breakfast tea and standard brewed coffee are included in the buffet set.

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Additionally, you may have a jar of Chamomile tea at RM 16++ per pot.

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Executive Pastry Chef, Dino Wan is showing off his creations.

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Other than indulging into the cake and coffee buffet, you can also have some fun with the several 3D photos at the F.I.P Lounge.

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Overall, most of the cakes are good and you can feel that they use high-quality ingredients to bake the cake and pastries. The price for the unlimited servings of cake and coffee at RM47 for adult in this exclusive ambience is considered reasonable. The only problem is that the diners won’t be able to go for more rounds due to the richness and sweetness of the cakes.

Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):

Taste
Price (more stars, more reasonable)
Food Presentation
Service
Overall

Quick Facts:

Family Friendly
Parking
Pork Free
Alcohol
Credit Card
Smoking
Reservation
Private Room (Private Area)
WIFI Available

Operation hours: 3:00pm – 6:00pm (Open Daily)
Contact: 04-888 8888
Address: Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, 11100 Penang.
GPS: 5.478351,100.253081

Eastin Ku, Kampung Ku Ramadan Buffet – Eastin Hotel, Bayan Baru

Thinking of where to dine during the fasting month? Break your fast together with your loved ones during this holy month of Ramadan with Eastin Hotel! Enjoy an array of delicious, authentic and traditional fasting favorites! Selamat Berbuka Puasa!

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For those who had read my post previously about Eastin Hotel, you will know how the ambience and food are like there. For reference: Swez Brasserie, Eastin Hotel – Showing You The Marvelous Malaysia Food

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Among the scumptious dishes to look out for are:

GARDER OF GREEN SALAD

  • Tomato, Carrot, Cucumber, Corn Kernel, Onion Ring, Mix Lettuce

DRESSING AND CONDIMENTS

  • Thousand Island Dressing, Cheesy Mayo Dressing, Italian Dressing, Mango Dressing
  •  Vinaigrette Dressing With Condiments

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INTERNATIONAL APPERTIZER

  • Semi-Dried Tomato And Mozzarella Salad With Basil Corn Relish
  • Cajun Squid Flower And Soba Noodle And French Dressing
  • Pan Seared Fish With Grill Zucchini Salad, Tomato, Aubergine And Citrus Dressing
  • Asparagus With Turkey Ham And Pineapple Salad
  • Ulam-Ulaman Serantau,Kerabu Perut,Kerabu Kacang Botol,Kerabu Ayam Dara, Kerabu Betik Muda,
  • Karabu Udang Suhun

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SAVORIES AND MALAYSIAN SAMBALS

  •  Sambal Belacan, Sambal Cincaluk, Sambal Mempelam, Sambal Kelapa,Sambal Budu Jelatah, Acar Buah
  • Keropok Ikan, Keropok Lekor, Keropok Udang,Papadom
  • Ketupat, Serunding Ayam, Serunding Daging
  • Acar Rampai,Sambal Ikan Bilis
  • Lemang, Ketupat Nasi,
  • Ikan Masin, Telur Masin
  • Jeruk Counter (5 Type)

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SEAFOOD ON ICE WITH CONDIMENTS

  • Slipper Lobster, Tiger Prawn, Mussels, Crab

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SOUP

  • Pumpkin Soup
  • Soup Ekor Cendawan
  • Bread Roll & Butter

CITARASA MASAKAN KAMPONG & MALAYSIA FAVOURITES

  • Ikan Asam Pesad
  • Gulai Daging Kacang Panjang
  • Gulai Asam Rom Sayuran
  • Ayam Pongteh
  • Rendang Ekor 
  • Siput Sedut Lamak Cili Api
  • Pucuk Ubi Masak Lemak Putih
  • Stir Fried Crab With Basil Leaf
  • Thai Yellow Chicken Carry
  • Poach Indonesian Sea Bass With Cilantro Sauce
  • Sauté Squid With Macaroni In Tomato Herb Sauce
  • Fried Mussel With Chili And Hot Bean Sauce
  • Wok Fried Tiger Prawn With Butter Sauce
  • Nasi Putih
  • Nasi Tomato

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NASI LEMAK KUKUS ACTION COUNTER

  • Sambal Bawang
  • Ayam Goreng Berempah
  • Telur Rebus Dan Timun
  • Ikan Bilis

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HAWKER STALL

  • Roasted Whole Lamb(Minimum 80 Pax And Above)
  • Shawarma Corner
  • Ice Kacang With Condiments,
  • Gearbox Soup With Condiments
  • Bubur Lambuk

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ACTION COUNTER

  •  Mee Rebus
  • Panggang Station
  • (Seafood And Meat 6 Types)
  • (6 Types Sauce)
  • ( Mushroom Sauce, Black Pepper Sauce, Kam Hiong Sauce, Thai Chili Sauce, Assam Jawa, Kicap Bawang )

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HOMEMEMADE MALAYSIAN PIZZA

  •  Seafood Pizza, Beef Rendang

DESSERT

  • Buah Kurma Madu Yusut Taiyoob’s
  • Assorted Fruits Platter
  • Assorted French Pastry 8 Types
  • Whole Cakes 6 Types
  • Fruits Jelly In Glass
  • Coffee Mousse
  • Apple Crumble
  • Bubur Kacang
  • Linzer Torte
  • Pavlova With Fruit
  • Local Malay Kuih (7types)

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BEVERAGE STALL

  • Air Bandung/Soya Milk with Cincau /Mata Kucing /Young Coconut
  • The Tarik, Kopi Tarik

Coffee or Tea

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The Eastinku (Kampungku) Ramadan buffet dinner promotion is valid from 18th of June to 18th of July 2015, available on from 7.00pm to 10.00pm with the price of RM104 nett adult and RM52 nett child.

Early Bird

F&B Promotion: Ramadan Voucher RM 80 nett

  • Every 20 vouchers FREE 1 voucher
  • Every 50 vouchers FREE 3 vouchers
  • Every 60 vouchers FREE 1 room of 2DIN DH
  • Every 100 vouchers FREE 2 room of 2DIN DH+  FREE 2 vouchers.

CITIBANK

RM88 nett  Ranadan Buffet Dinner from18th June – 18th July 2015.

AEON Member

15% discount for Ramadan Buffet Dinner.

Note: Senior citizens will get 50% discount.

Overall the taste of the food was good and the most impressive part was the vast variety of food choices. The price was also very reasonable and every month there will be a new theme for the buffet.

Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):

Taste
Price
Food Presentation
Service
Overall

Quick Facts:

Family Friendly
Parking
Pork Free
Alcohol
Credit Card
Smoking
Reservation
Private Room
WIFI Available

Operation hours: 7:00pm – 10:00pm (Dinner) (7 days a week)
Contact: 04-612 1128, 04-612 1138
Address: 1 Solok Bayan Indah, Queens Bay, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang
GPS: 5° 33′ 64.30″ N, 100° 30′ 63.45″ E

David Brown’s Restaurant, Penang Hill – Relax and Elegant Dinner

David Brown’s Restaurant is the highest landed restaurant in Penang. The restaurant is located at the top of Penang Hill. The original owner of this house is David Brown who was one of the successful businessmen during British time. Among others which were owned by David Brown are significant places like Brown Road and Padang Brown.

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This place used to grow strawberries back in the 80’s, hence it is also known as “Strawberry Hill”. However, due to climate changes, it is no longer possible to grow strawberries on this hill. However, with technology advancement the current owner is able to start growing strawberries again.

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Although the restoration of strawberry plantation is still in progress, the place is beautiful enough with a huge lily pond right in front of the restaurant filled with gorgeous lilies.

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Laser OPS Laser Tagging Game, 1st Avenue – The License to Kill

Letting the imagination run wild is a way to enhance creativity. When I was a kid I used to imagine that one day we will be able to travel across galaxies and instead of mankind war, there will be inter-planet wars and the guns that we will loading  will not be bullets, but instead our primary weapon will be laser.

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Activating the arcade mode in a dark environment with laser and LED lights to guide through the direction and targets is just like what was happening in the movie “TRON Legacy”.

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Today, playing the futuristic laser shooting game is no longer the game for tomorrow, which we can only see on screen or based on imagination.

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If you are looking for this kind of futuristic and adventurous shooting arena, you can always visit Laser OPS on the 3rd floor of 1st Avenue. It is just next to Break The Code. In fact, this place is still new where it was launched on last Saturday 23rd May 2015.

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The game is usually segregated by missions. A mission is targeted for 20 minutes which includes briefing and vesting and actual game. The ticket pricing is as follows:

  • Off-peak (Mon – Fri) – 1 mission RM18/ person. 3 missions RM36/ person
  • Peak (Sat, Sun and PH) – RM21/ person. 3 missions RM42/ person

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There are few types of mission, the most common one will be:

  • Free For All Non-Team Mode – Kill and shoot as much as possible regardless of which team
  • Free For All Team Mode – Kill and shoot as much as possible on opposition team
  • C.H.I.P.S Mode – Kill and shoot opposition team with lift on the vest. Once life drops to 0, reload at base is required. You can shoot at opponent base for 100 points for each shooting. You also have the super mode such as Deactivate Mode, Rapid Fire Mode or Spy Mode.

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The team which was ready for the challenge on the launching day was in combat mode.

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First to enter will be the briefing room where the rules and regulation of the game and mission were briefed to all the troops.

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The mission rules which needed to be obeyed before any shooting.

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After the briefing session, the next room will be the vesting room where all the troops will need to equip with their armor and gun.

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The vest and gun are decided by computer and you are requireed to wear your number.

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There will be green and red teams for the heads on.

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The final room is the battlefield. This is where the shoot out and fire begins.

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The futuristic war zone is a sneak preview for those who were invited on the launching day, which I am honored to bring my camera in this “no-camera zone”.

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Red team base, get ready to shoot out!

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Green team, on your mark!

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Let the war begin!!!!

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Well, lucky me. I am the top player for one of the missions.

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Overall, LaserOPS is a nice sweat out game. It doesn’t require any physical contact yet you have to move fast to get as many points as possible. This is an ideal game for team building as well.

Operation hours: 11:am – 10:00pm (Open Daily)
Contact: –
Address: First Avenue Mall 3-13, 182 Jalan Magazine, 10300 Penang
GPS: 5.413293,100.331434
Instagram – @laserops

Nasi 7 Benua, KooBoo Kafe – A Different Way to Express Asia

Nasi 7 (seven) benua is known as the “Seven Continents Rice”. Some people also refer it as “Seven-coloured Rice”.

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It is not easy to locate this place. Although there are many blogs about this place and also there is Facebook page about Koo Boo Cafe, yet the direction and accuracy to get to this place is still challenging. It took me almost 30 minutes to get to this place.

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