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Happy Chinese New Year 2020

January 25th, 2020 · Nobody Surrendered

It’s the Year of the Mouse! How time flies… Wishing you a very Happy Chinese New Year and may you be blessed with great health and prosperity.

Here’s my very first video on YouTube that is Chinese New Year related hahaha… This mini popiah is what I’ve been making every year. I used to use a convection oven for it but ever since I have an air fryer, I’m using the air fryer to make it.

Spring roll pastry (e.g. 50 sheets can yield 450 mini popiah)
Meat floss (e.g. pork/chicken/shrimp)
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch mix with 20ml water (can always make more when you run out)
*No fix measurement on the above. You can have as much filling as you want or make it as big or as small as you want.

Air fryer or oven setting:-
Temperature: 140 degree Celcius
Time to: 20-25 minutes
Stop it after around 10 minutes or mid-cycle, shake it or stir it(depending on your equipment feature) to ensure balance distribution of heat, then continue the air frying.

As simple as that. The temperature and time are just guidelines depending on your air fryer or oven. The size and the amount of the popiah will also need to be taken into consideration. As long that you don’t burn it. The spring roll pastry should be crispy as the end result.

Remember to store them in airtight container. Enjoy!

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How to Make Easy 3 Ingredients Corn Soup – Canned Corn Kernels, Eggs, Minced Meat

January 22nd, 2020 · Nobody Surrendered

In case you are are too lazy or just want something quick and easy, you can consider making this corn soup.

1 Can corn kernels
3 Eggs (you decide on how much egg you want)
200gm Minced meat (you decide on how much meat you want, any meat you want, I used pork mince)
1 Can of water (optional)
Salt & Pepper to taste (optional, I only use Sarawak Black Pepper)

Just dump everything in the pot and bring to boil 😀

Easy? Hehehe… CNY is coming soon. How’s your preparations?

Categories: My Kitchen

Manhole Covers in Kansai Region

January 17th, 2020 · Nobody Surrendered

The manhole covers in Japan is always very fascinating. it’s not just manhole covers but it’s art! They have different designs for different places. Estimated, there are about 6000 designs all over Japan.

I managed to took photos of some when I was at Kansai region in August 2019. I got Osaka, Ikeda, Wakayama, Kobe, and Nara. Too bad, I didn’t take any at Shiga and Kyoto, I forgot! Anyway, here are what I managed to take:

Next time, when you’re in Japan, don’t forget to take a look at the ground. You’ll find many interesting designs on the manhole cover in which each has its own representation of the location uniqueness.

Categories: Going Places · Land of the Rising Sun - Japan

Day 8: Goodbye Osaka (How much I spent?)

January 12th, 2020 · Nobody Surrendered

If you are wondering how much I spent for this trip to Osaka in Summer 2019, here’s the video that summarize my expenditure. By the way, I wasn’t a budget or luxury trip. It’s pretty much in between. Hence, if you are on a budget, I’m sure you can spend less than I spent. Hope that this can be a guideline to you and give you an idea of how much budget you need if you are to go to Osaka.


Categories: Going Places · Land of the Rising Sun - Japan

Day 7: Must Eat Kobe Beef When In Kobe | Kobe Beef at Akanoren

January 7th, 2020 · Nobody Surrendered

Last year, I did go to Kobe but we didn’t eat any Kobe beef. This time around, it is a must to eat it!! There are many Kobe beef eateries around, very easy to find. Don’t worry about them charging high price for it if it is located in the tourist attractions, there shouldn’t be such problem. They all charged pretty much similar and do not worry about it being fake. I believe Japanese don’t do that and they take pride in their beef and their integrity.

There are so many of them at Nankin Machi, Chinatown of Kobe. We didn’t have ours here because it was still early. This is quite an interesting place to go and it is also a foodie heaven. Eateries everywhere!

We had ours at Akanoren(3 Chome-9-5 Sannomiyacho, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0021, Japan). This restaurant was founded in 1906. It wasn’t plan, we just decided to go for it because of the rain and it was already way over lunch time and we were so hungry after so much walking at the shopping streets. It rained throughout our time there. That’s why we ended up at the shopping streets instead. This Kobe Beef restaurant is located at Sannomiyacho which is also a shopping street hahaha…

When you order, make sure it is printed as Kobe Beef in the menu(they have English menu), not the other beef on the menu. You might be tempted to order cheaper option but those will not be Kobe Beef. I almost ordered the cheaper option then realized it is not under the Kobe Beef category phew… We ordered the set that cost 7000yen. They have steak only which was around 3000-4000yen. In fact, this is good enough if you just want to eat meat.

Left: My first time eating beef shashimi. Interesting… No weird taste, just beef melt in your mouth…

Right: The most awaited main!!! Love it! I love my beef just lightly seasoned with salt and pepper and grilled. They didn’t ask us how we want it to be cooked though. I don’t really mind as long that it is not rare or well-done. I’m sure they know what is best and I’m happy with this even though it looks rare than what I usually will eat, I didn’t mind, it’s not bad at all. With the heat from the hotplate, it will be cooked further too. Not a problem at all, it’s grilled to perfection! No taste of blood or anything. Just yummy, tender, juicy, melt in your mouth beef.

They served it on hotplate and they provided us with bibs to protect our clothes from oil splatters from the hotplate.

This is the set. The sashimi was served first which is not in this photo but it’s in the photo above this photo while the dessert is below this photo.

So, you know why I said you just need to order the steak instead of the set. I personally just need the meat, I don’t need the salad, the rice, the soup, and the dessert. It was a bit too much for us. We ordered one set each, regretted a bit because we could have save about 2000yen if we ordered just the meat but it’s OK, still a satisfying meal. If you plan to go, just skip the set, doesn’t matter which shop, you don’t need the set.

Left: Since we ordered a set, that means we had dessert to end the meal. The ice cream were yuzu and green tea flavours. They tasted quite nice.

Right: If you are not sure whether the place serve real Kobe beef, here’s how you can make sure you are getting the real deal. The bronze plaque displayed in the store means that it is appointed by the Kobe Meat Logistics Promotion Consociation. When you order, make sure it’s listed under the Kobe Beef section in the menu.

Before I end the post, here’s the travel vlog, see Kobe beef in action hahaha…

Happy 2020 in advance! Gosh… My expectations on my future beef steak is gonna be hard to please… Oh no…


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