Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Cochine

So last week, we went for dinner at this place called Cochine on Heritage Row in Kuala Lumpur.

(I was a little nervous as Zach was coming too and it was a work dinner. I had nothing to worry about as he was so well-behaved. WAY beyond my expectations. I guess we prepped him enough! It made the dinner most enjoyable. This is him telling us the story about how he fed the koi in the fish pond on the ground floor.)

Cochine's physical presentation is a little ambiguous. It occupies the first floor of a 'heritage' building and a separate bar/club occupies the ground floor. The junction between the two is oddly mediated by a fish pond. Cochine's decoration is heavily Cambodian with pseudo-artifacts on the walls. It was a pity that they gutted out the building with no interpretation whatsoever of its original spatial planning. Other than its exterior, the building had no memory. Sad and a sure missed opportunity. Nonetheless, it was tastefully done and the table was beautifully dressed.


We were left guessing as to the type of food they served until we were given the menu. Cochine serves IndoChinese food ranging from Laotion, Thai to Vietnamese. Oh!

Foreground: Bo Luc Lac (a Vietnamese beef dish which Khoa thought was very good)
Background: Laotion seafood curry (which I thought was average)

I'm not a great foodie (don't get me wrong, I enjoy my food but I don't think my tastebuds are trained enough to comment) but I thought the food was okay. The deep fried soft shell crabs could have been a little crispier. The food waned in comparison to where my dad took us out to dinner two nights ago at Robson Heights Seafood Restaurant, on Jalan Permai, off Jalan Syed Putra, Kuala Lumpur. (I was too busy savouring the food and forgot to take photos but don't despair, we're headed there again soon. But if you can't wait, you can read more about a foodie's experience on a blog called Very SEDAP. 'Sedap' means delicious in Malaysian)

Would I go back again? For the atmosphere but not the food.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Extraordinary Mondays -- Saffron Craig

Everyone is in the Christmas giving mood!

Saffron Craig, well known for her hand printed fabrics, wants to give one of her fat quarters to you! Yes, that's right!

FREE!!

A SAFFRON CRAIG FAT QUARTER!!

All you need to do is check out her website and sign up for her newsletter.

I promise that you will love her prints. If you want unique and bold prints, Saffron is your girl! Just check out her current fabric prints for Christmas decorations.


I can't wait to get my fat quarter! I am currently drooling over these:




Saturday, December 6, 2008

Yummy chocolate cake!

Khoa celebrated his birthday on Wednesday and since he had to go to a work dinner that night, we decided that Zach and I would tag along as blow-ins. We went to this place called Cochine in what is now known as Heritage Row in Kuala Lumpur. Read more about the dinner here.

When we got back to the hotel room, we were met with this:


What a lovely surprise! The hotel management had given Khoa a cake!

We had some in the morning and it was indeed a superb chocolate cake! The texture was perfect. Not too moist and not too dry. The chocolate wasn't overly bittersweet and the fudge was just perfect. Yes, I risked the migraine and had quite a few bites. Well, it was after all Khoa's birthday cake and I had to taste it to tell you how yummy it was!

Zach went a little loopy after all that chocolate cake!


Friday, December 5, 2008

Furoshiki - the no-sew bag

Remember a few posts ago, I mentioned that I was trying to make the impossible happen in regards to Christmas presents?

Well, I didn't really succeed. I did however achieve quite a few but I will have to post them after I have given them away so as to not wreck the surprise!

Making those origami Christmas ornaments have gotten me into an origami craze. I've since dug up my very very old origami book that I've had since I was a child, bought a new book which has dinosaur patterns to fold for Zach and have discovered something else which is so cool, I wanted to share it with you.

It's called Furoshiki, broadly translated from Japanese as "wrapping cloth". Check out this website for some general history. The video below provides you with wonderful instructions to make three variations of bags. These bags are perfect for those who want a no-sew alternative!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

roti and dahl

My facebook status currently reads: Adelyn is enjoying the simplicity of roti and dahl curry.

I am in food heaven, also known as hot humid Malaysia.
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