Saturday, October 30, 2010

Creative Food Art: National Flags Made with Food

I was surfing the net today and mindlessly clicking links like a madwoman. Then I came across this web ad that promoted the International Food Festival in Sydney in September last year. I say the idea is very creative and original I haven't seen anything like this before. It definitely appeals to those who are flag and food enthusiasts!  There are only twelve flags -- notably missing are the flags of USA, Philippines (shempre!), Thailand, UK, Germany, China, and many more. These "edible" flags are made from foods/edibles that are native to the country it represents. If the aim was to generate interest on the event, then, hands down, this ad certainly achieved its goal.

If you are familiar with the different flags of the world, you might  be able to identify them instantly!

So, which flag(s) would you like to eat, and why?
How many flags have you guessed correctly? Tell me how did you fare in this mini quiz. The answers are in the comment section =)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Food Trip Friday 045: Spicy Seafood and Crispy deep-fried fish

Two great reasons why we keep on coming back to Trasak Paem Restaurant, along Trasak Paem Street, a few blocks away from the Central Market:

Sizzling, spicy seafood! 

Very crispy deep-fried fish with garlic and green peppercorns *drools*
They're soooo good and relatively cheap -  absolute great value for your money!
In Cambodia, it is best to order whole fish on a plate. My Cambodian friends say, this is because fish, like all kinds of meat,  that's cooked "on the bone", always tastes better. 

Trasak Paem Restaurant has a nice, cosy ambiance and the waiters and waitresses are quite attentive. Best thing about Trasak Paem restaurant is that the rice and tea are bottomless and dessert is free. No wonder it's always full at lunchtime with locals and expats.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Food Trip Friday 044: Hola! AlimentaciĆ³n de disparo en la comida mexicana!

Despite our busy schedules (kunyari lang! hihihi) the Peluka sisters were able to meet again last Tuesday. I always look forward to our weekly coffee dates because, apart from the guaranteed gossips and laughter, we almost always end up food tripping in one of the many restaurants offering genuine international cuisines in Phnom Penh.

This week, we headed to Casa Lika, a Mexican restaurant tucked in one of the busy streets along the riverside. The place is small with only about 4-6 tables and nothing fancy really. It was practically empty when we arrived. We were not feeling particularly hungry so we just ordered what we thought were not too filling:

A simple Mexican street snack, this traditional Mexican dish is  composed of folded tortilla shells and beef filling, topped with lettuce and cheese. It also comes with re-fried beans and salsa. 

Cheesy Quesadilla
Also a favourite Mexican street snack. Double-tortilla with  melted cheesy cheese over ground beef. It comes with a dollop of sour cream and salsa.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Food Trip Friday 043: Mie Goreng (Fried noodles)

Here's another of my favourite fried noodles, mie goreng, which I ordered on my first visit to Sumatra Restaurant with friends. We ordered several dishes, of course, but since I am such a noodle-fan, the spotlight will be on mie goreng! Besides my Peluka-sister PinayWifeSpeaks already featured those in the previous FTFs.

Ibu, Ipe... Saya tidak bisa mendapatkan cukup dari mie goreng panas dan pedas. Janji.
It's so hoooooooooot and spicy and I love it so much I want to go back for more! I know it's just easy to make as well. Boil a pack or two of instant noodles (using Indomi, the most popular Indonesian brand and also a hit in Cambodia), combined with chicken, bits of vegetables, and a generous amount of freshly chopped red-hot chili and spices!!  Seriously, I so love fried noodles (well, noodles in general) and I can eat just only this dish like every day =)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Food Trip Friday 042: Marmite delight!

I finally found a window of opportunity to blog this week. I haven't been posting for weeks because of a consultancy job that I recently signed on to.

For this week's Food Trip Friday, I'm sharing what I've been snacking on - marmite sandwich! It's quick and easy to make.

My marmite delight! Spread it on toast or on sandwich. Generally spread thinly because of the strong flavour, but I love mine thick, but not as thick as jam!
According to the Marmite FAQ, a marmite is a thick, brown, savoury spread made from yeast that is a by-product of the brewing industry. It has a strong, salty flavour but surprisingly nutritious as it is packed with B-vitamin content, as well as riboflavin and niacin, and it is VEGAN!

I was introduced to marmite by my husband when his mum sent us a parcel with lots of goodies, including a jar of marmite that my husband grew up with and loves up to this day. Let's say it wasn't love at first sight between me and the marmite - I turned my nose up at it the moment he opened the jar. But as days and months and then years went on, I got so curious why most British-born seem to enjoy it.  I don't remember  when and why I finally decided to give marmite a try but now I'm enjoying it on toast like a true-blue Brit.  I tell you, it is definitely an acquired taste and one that produces strong reactions from the uninitiated! You either love it, or hate it! It is also best with cheese :)

Now, Vegemite is another story!