Red FM’s Gone in 60 Seconds

The Final Challenge: Bungy Jump at the Extreme Park, Sunway Lagoon

I really didn’t want to do it. I really didn’t. Walking on the bridge alone made me feel queasy…

We made our way to the middle of the bridge, signed our lives away on the waiver forms and waited to be called. We were a bundle of nerves and a mix of emotions.

Dilly went first. She made it look so easy, I almost felt ashamed for having asked to have Terry by my side…

We inched our way closer to the edge… sweat dripping down our brows and grips tight on the railings…

I screamed! I panicked! I cried! And then…

We jumped!

There was no turning back…

And then, we were falling…

Not for very long though. BOING!

And into the boat we went…

We made it!

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the story of our tandem bungee jump. I couldn’t have done it without Terry, and don’t you worry, I won’t be doing it again! (well, anytime soon anyway!)

Now get yourself down to Sunway Lagoon and throw yourself off a bridge. If I can do it, so can you!

xx aly

The Quest for The Perfect Sang Har Noodles

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I was first introduced to Sang Har Noodles at Soo Kee Mee Stall at Imbi. It was love at first sight. Sigh… One look at those luscious Freshwater Prawns, dripping with a thick, eggy sauce, perch atop a mountain of noodles…

I was hooked. I am a lover of prawns anyway, so imagine my delight when I discovered a dish that actually incorporates prawn head into the sauce. I’ve figured out that you can tell a good Sang Har Noodle gravy just by the colour. The roe from the head, when cooked, seeps out and stains the gravy a delicate peachy pink.

I decided to embark on a quest to find ‘The Perfect Sang Har Noodles’, purely for selfish reasons.

Soo Kee is famous for its Sang Har Meen, and Beef Koay Teow. Some even say it’s the best in town, and it has been around for about 60 years. My first experience there was wonderful, but then again I had nothing to compare it to. With every visit, the Prawns remained giant, fresh and succulent, while the noodles always crisp and tasty.

Next on the list, Imbi Road Soo Kee @ Restoran Sun Huat Kee, Lucky Gardens. I dragged Terry (Red FM Drive) with me.

Presentation wise, top marks. The Sang Har Meen was like a work of art. Taste wise, it was good, but not rich  enough.

When I started my quest for the perfect Sang Har Noodles, everybody told me I must go to Restoran Greenview, near the Rothman’s Roundabout. Our Sang Har Meen arrived, and the prawns were small, the sauce bland, and it was definitely missing that oomph!

Then it happened. I could barely breathe for the excitement of finally ending my Quest for the Perfect Sang Har Noodles. We took the drive to Restoran Pan Heong, Medan Batu Caves and the Sang Har Koay Teow exceeded my expectations.

In the words of Johnny Bravo, “Oh, MAMA!” Succulent prawns, drowned in the perfect pink, prawn head flavoured gravy…

Oh yes, the Quest for the Perfect Sang Har Noodles is over… I shall return again soon to satisfy that craving.

Are you hungry now? Hehe.

xx aly

I could be Adam Richman… “WO-MAN VS FOOD”?

Ok, so AFC and Discovery Travel and Living are pretty much staples in my life. Get home, turn on the TV, watch programmes about food. Saturday’s and Sunday’s are the best, when they rerun shows from the week so you can catch up.

One of my favourite shows is Discovery T&L’s Adam Richman, MAN VS FOOD. I mean, it’s amazing. There’s giant sized food, there’s sweat, there’s even more sweat when he takes on chilli challenges, and most importantly, the amazing feats that he can accomplish in a short space of time.

I think I could be Adam Richman. I mean, we’ve got a lot in common!

He grew up in New York City .I’ve been there three times. We’re practically related!

He majored in International Studies, his love of all things edible naturally drew him into the culinary world after graduation. I also majored in something else, am now doing something completely different, and spend more time in restaurants than I do at home.

Though he never trained professionally, Adam was able to gain invaluable on-the-job experience in the various restaurants he worked in. Well, I also have invaluable on-the-job experience in ‘various’ restaurants. Score!

His most difficult challenge was eating spicy ramen in L.A. My most difficult challenge is stopping myself from too many bowls of my mums Melaka Laksa.

He loves eggs. I love eggs. Mmm. Two a day.

He’s got a seemingly bottomless pit, and has eaten enormous amounts of food ranging from a 72-ounce steak to a gigantic pizza to an order of the hottest curry on the planet. I’ve got a seemingly bottomless pit and have been known to consume plates of koay teow, chicken wings and giant prawns all in one go. Not kidding.

And last but not least, we both appear to have very large mouths. What do you think?




xx aly

My Ever-Changing Tastebuds

When I was at school, I used to adore Fridays. Fridays were McDonald’s days. That meant a lunch not just of a Double Cheeseburger, but of my favourite strange food combination, McDonalds Fries and Hot Fudge Sundae.

My friends used to look at me like I was the most disgusting person on earth, but I didn’t care. The pure pleasure that I derived from this simple combination of food would set the precedence for a great weekends. Oh, and if you take the pickle out of the burger and have it together, it’s heaven.

A couple of days ago, I got and SMS from a listener saying, basically, that after following me on twitter and facebook, and my blog, she realized that I like eating a lot of ‘weird’ food. Prawn heads being a slight obsession, it got me thinking that my tastebuds have changed since I was younger.

I can’t remember the last time I had fries with a sundae, and now would rather indulge in more ‘grown up’ food like Foie Gras (liver of the duck or goose kind), Tobikko (Flying fish roe), Siew Yoke (belly), strong smelling cheeses like Blue or a very ripe Brie, Truffles, and of course, the number one cholesterol trigger, Prawn heads.

It got me thinking of the things I used to love to eat when I was younger, and you know what, I think it might be time to revisit some, it not all of these! Here are 5 very different ‘weird’ food combinations as I progressed through life…

Curry flavoured Maggi Mee with a slice of melted Kraft Cheddar Cheese (after high-school snack)

Mashed potatoes mixed with green peas and ketchup, lots of black pepper (boarding school!)

Blueberry pancakes with bacon, fried egg and ketchup + Maple Syrup (very British Sunday Brunch, and similar to a sausage egg McMuffin!)

Homemade crepes stuffed with garlic spinach, feta cheese, drizzled with maple syrup (Aly Original Recipe at university)

Salty Popcorn with mint chocolate, or Sweet Popcorn with with Salted Pretzels (all time favourite cinema snacks)

Apart from the Maggi Mee, the one common thread in all these dishes is a sweet-savoury mix. Ahhh.. the best of both worlds.

What about you? What do you like to eat? Xx aly