Monday, July 16, 2012

Chinese lunch, Quay Lo Dinner

Last Saturday, my best friend Peng and I went to try the food in Di Wei Chinese Restaurant at the Empire Hotel in Subang. 

Our intention was to try the Dim Sum but then there were not many choices, so we decided to order noodles. The one we chose was recommended by the restaurant captain and we were quite happy with it. It had qualities that I like in food. It was very simple but flavorful. It was stir-fried in egg white gravy resulting in a dish that was light, but still unctious and rich tasting. The noodles were al dente and give a nice mouth feel. I believe it is rather easy to make so I am going to try replicating this at home someday.

I liked the design of the restaurant and the service was very good. When the waiter brought the bill, I signed on it and carry on chatting with Peng. The waiter stood right there and did not take the bill away for almost 5 minutes. I got a bit agitated with his hovering. I turned to him and said, “I signed already.” (with a slightly irritated voice). He said to me, “Ma’am, I am sorry I am waiting for your credit card.” Good gracious! Did I think I could eat for free?!! So embarrassing! LOL! I quickly gave him my credit card and apologized to him. AIYOH! 

After lunch, we adjourned to Fresco, a cafe in Jaya Grocers, to have our coffee because I had brought with me the lemon curd cheese cake that I had baked in the morning, to let Peng sample it. Before she ate it, I explained to her that my cheesecake is a cross breed between baked and no baked cheese cake. She laughed and said she would call it half baked. I burst into laughter. A perfect name for my alter ego  Aunty Lucy who now has a cheesecake named for her. I can see it under the counter as an exclusive at Secret Recipe Cake Shop. "Aunty Lucy's Half Baked Cheesecake". LOL! When Peng sank her teeth into her first bite, I could see the approval from her expression. She said it was delicious and the cake melted in her mouth. I will share with you the recipe in my next post. For now, I will give you a sneak peek of this "half baked" confection.



In this post, I would also like to share with you an appetizer dish that I learned from Chef Fabio’s demo, the pancetta wrapped prawn. However, this time I turned it into a meal by plopping it on top of some freshly sauteed spinach with garlic, and pairing it with left over paella rice which I re-purposed to a stuffing for some beautiful fresh capsicums. After filling the peppers I broiled them in the oven and served with the pancetta wrapped prawn. This was a brilliant idea from my Quay Lo. The two dishes complimented each other very well in flavors and we all enjoyed the meal.

Pancetta wrapped prawn
(Chef Fabio’s recipe)

Ingredients:
6 big prawns
6 tsp of gorgonzola cheese
6 pcs. thinly sliced pancetta
ground black pepper to taste
oil to fry the prawn

Method:
Remove head and shells of the prawn, retain the tail. Make a cut at the back of the prawn from head to tail to butterfly it. Season with ground black pepper on both sides. Using palm of your hand and press 1 teaspoon each of gorgonzola cheese to make little bugs that will fit into the opening of the back of the prawns. Close the lip of the prawns to hold the gorgonzola cheese in place. Wrap the prawn with pancetta staring from the tail end. Press the prawn by closing your hand around it to ensure the pancetta will stick to the body. Fry the prawn on both sides till pancetta looks crispy or you can grill the prawn if you prefer. I served it on a bed of  garlic sauté spinach.

Stuffed Capsicum with paella




Ingredients:
Paella (Please click on photo to get the recipe)
3 capsicums
olive oil

Method:
Cut off the top of the capsicum and scoop out all the seeds. Blanch the capsicum and dry it before stuffing in the paella. Oil the baking pan with some olive oil. Spoon  in the paella till the brim of the capsicum and cover with the top piece. Lay them all in the baking pan and roast it in a preheated oven at 180 degrees C for 10 mins. You do not want the capsicum to be too soft and collapse. You just want it to be cooked. This can be served with other side dishes or just with some freshly baked bread and butter.

50 comments:

  1. Enjoyed reading your post very much... entertaining, educational, and hilarious, and excellent photos too... really burst out laughing at the the waiter story... and I even learned a new word from you... 'unctuous'... and found out that there is such a thing called 'unctuous soil' too... have a good day!

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    1. Thanks Lrong. I am very happy to know you enjoy my post. You too have a wonderful week.

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  2. Hahahahahaha!!!! Lucy strikes again!!!! Hotel Chinese food, good kah? I'd rather go to some authentic ones...but of course, not so high class lah... No cheesecake for me, thank you...but the prawns, I want!!! More than one, please... LOL!!!

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    1. If you ask me, I would say hawker food Chinese food is the best. You always say you want, but you don't come to KL?

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  3. Thank goodness you were still sitting there and haven't walked out as yet.... I remember few times Elin and I walked out of the coffeeshop and hearing "Oi, oi.. mei pei cheen ah..." (You havent pay yet!)...

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    1. hahahaha I did that before so I drove all the way back to pay my due.

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  4. I like the look of the noodles with a generous portion of eggs. Will wait for your post on this and the prawns,.....yummy!

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    1. Cheah, you got Lucy moment kah? The recipe for the prawns is here lah. LOL!

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  5. The photo of the prawns sitting on the spinach is beautiful. I am waiting for your cheesecake recipe because I love cheesecakes and that slice looks delicious!

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    1. Yes, I agree, the prawns look great on a bed of spinach. Cheesecake recipe will be up soon.

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  6. I love the colorful stuffed Paella

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    1. Sometimes colors do play a big part in enhancing food.

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  7. I like the idea of capsicum stuffed with paella. That day my husb saw I LIKED your post of paella in FB and he fell in love with it. I quickly said I will learn to cook for him ..lol

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    1. Jess, you better make the paella for your husband then. He will "sayang" you "banyak banyak" hehe

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  8. I loved the prawn dish...how interesting! I have some pancetta at home for a long time and didn't know where to use them, apart from my own tried and tested recipes. You gave me an interesting option!
    http://cosmopolitancurrymania.blogspot.hk/

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    1. I am glad to know I have given you an interesting option to use up your pancetta. Look forward to see your post on that.

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  9. Wah...I love the juicy prawns!! Yummy!!!

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    1. I love prawns slightly undercook, too cooked is not juicy.

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  10. Quay Po, looking forward to see your lemon curd cheesecake recipe!Was that "yee meen" being used in cooking the noodle dish? I love "yee meen" very much & have a good memory of the claypot "yee meen" in Malaysia!

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    1. That is not "yee mien" it is "sang mien". The recipe for the cheescake will be up soon.

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  11. Oh yes this look delicious - but I can't wait for that cheesecake recipe!

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  12. Hmmm....what a great meal. Love your prawn recipe. Bet your Quay lo enjoyed it very much. Thanks for sharing. Hope you're going to have a great week ahead, Veron.
    Kristy

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    1. Kristy, yes all of us did. You too have a wonderful week.

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  13. Oh my..i would gladly pay tops dollar for the prawn pancetta dish! Such gourmet food and so creatively put together. Well done!

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    1. Thanks Esther. You are very kind to say that.

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  14. WOW, looks hell yummy :D
    Thanks for sharing..
    xxx
    http://abudhabifood.blogspot.com

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  15. hahahaha...classic Aunty Lucy moment eh? The waiter is so nice to stay quiet until you talked first. LOL. So many seafood! Yum!

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    1. The waiter is well trained not to interrupt their customer when they are talking. I was impressed with the service.

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  16. Oh, you thought the dim sum variety was quite small ah? We managed to try more than 10 items there wor and still lots we havent tried.

    Anyway your pancetta wrapped prawn looks good! ;)

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    1. Maybe you went there weekend? Weekdays not much choice lah.

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  17. hehehehe why mou geh sing? (forgetful). heheheheh you must be enjoying your chat and that you forgot :)

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  18. wow, paella in bell peppers, thats so creative!

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  19. at first i thought the waiter waiting for tips from you..good that you apologised! haha! i hope i can make good use of your pancetta..and looking forward to your setengah masak cheesecake too!

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    1. Lena, you are so creative, I am sure you will surprise me with what you can use the pancetta with. Setengah masak cheesecake recipe on the way. LOL!

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  20. The pancetta wrapped prawn AND the stuffed peppers both look and sounds delicious. I adore appetizers like that!

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    1. Hi Mary, so good to see you here again. Yes, I love this appetizer from Chef Fabio. Just brilliant.

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  21. Love the combination of pancetta/bacon with prawns. Made it once with cheese for a party and the whole tray was gone in seconds.

    Haven't done stuffed capsicums for a long time though, yours look absolutely gorgeous with all the colours! :D And I'm STILL craving paella.....

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  22. Open a restaurant and name it "Half Baked". Have all your beautifully presented dishes and fancy concoctions and yummy desserts and I'll have a permanent reservation each day, 2 meals everyday. I'd like my own table please, at a very private corner where I can eyeball all the pretty people coming in and out. Decorate your walls with your fantastic photographs too!

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    1. No worries, if ever I have my "Half Baked" restaurant, there will be a reserved table 24/7 for you. Three meals also can but you have to be my food critic and no salary, sorry.

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  23. that cheesecake and pancetta prawns looked equally awesome.. waiting for the cheesecake recipe... :D

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  24. Your meal look like fine dining restaurant standard, well done .

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    1. Sonia, you have to go try their food. I am definitely going back there again to try other dishes. I love restaurants with good service.

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  25. Thank you for posting your experience at Di Wei.

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    1. You are most welcome. Keep up the good service and your restaurant will surely make a difference:D

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