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Kobe Beef and Kobe One Day Trip

After Kobe trip with wonderful kobe beef dinner on 3 years back, I have another chance to visit Kobe again to enjoy world's famous beef steak. From forum and internet, travellers' feedback on kobe beef lunch cannot beat dinner set. With previous experience which Camus and myself will never forget in our life, I decided to give lunch a try and then make a comparison between set lunch and set dinner. I did some survey before go for kobe beef lunch, Wakkoqu restaurant has many good review. So my plan is to visit this restaurant. We arrived at Sannomiya station on that day before 12pm and would like to have short walk around that area before go for lunch. When we just arrived at Sannomiya Hankyu Station, we saw a long queue outside another kobe beef restaurant. We walked closer to look at the menu, the price is more cheaper compare with Wakkoqu. I believed it has some good reasons why people queue for the meal. We followed the queue and had our kobe beef steak lunch. The restaurant I mentioned here is Steak Land. We were arranged to dine at second floor, they served in tepanyaki style and guests were sitted around the table while the chef will cook and serve at center area. After put order, they served us salad, miso soup, steak sauce and plain water. When they brought two big pieces of beef (for 4 serving) to the table, I was regretted with my decision made. By looking at the kobe beef, it looks not fresh with brown in colour. Oh no, my main target for this trip gone. I had to stop blaming myself at that moment and pray hard that the beef will turn out good in taste. Compare with previous kobe beef dinner, I had to agreed that lunch is really not as good as dinner. After looking at how the chef cook the steak (obviously not as "proffesional" as our kobe beef dinner's chef), I started to enjoy my meal. I changed my mind after my first bite on the medium cook kobe beef, it was still soooooo soft and melt in mouth. With 2980yen for this set lunch, I can say I was satisfied with it at this price. Of course, if you aim for better quality and environment, I would recommend Mouriya Restaurant which we went for dinner. After the lunch, we proceeded with our trip at Kobe area. We walked from Sannomiya to China Town, then to Harbourland. Then end our one day trip at Kobe. I wish to return again for next Kobe beef romantic dinner with my dear Camus.

 

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Char Koay Kak 炒粿角 | Bringchang Pasar Malam | Cameron Highland

I found this Char Koay Kak (炒粿角) at Bringchang Pasar Malam (night market), Cameron Highland. It is a typical Char Koay Kak, which is frying together with bean sprouts (豆芽), chives (韭菜) and egg.  

 

Indonesia Layer Cake with Cranberries Recipe

When I looked back my post on Hawflakes Layer Cake, I just realised that it has been more than one year since I last baked my Indonesia layer cake. I bought a can of butter for baking layer cake and kept until it was expired. I quickly grab it to bake for my next Indonesia Layer Cake with Cranberry. This time, I follow exactly the recipe in my blog too, with slight modification, I change the filling to cranberries. For my hawflakes and prune layer cake, I managed to bake a total of 8 layers cake but for this one, I get only 7 layers. It was still very delicious and as good as last two cakes! I spent less than 3 hours for this cake. You can substitude cranberries with raisins too if you like as the taste of cranberries in this cake taste very similar to raisins. Recipe here: (more picture can refer here) Ingredients: 340g tinned butter180g icing sugar (sifted)1tbsp sweet condensed milk 12 egg yolk1/2tsp vanilla essense1tbsp brandy (optional) 100g plain flour (sifted together with mixed spice)1.5tsp mixed spice 4 egg white Some cranberry and red colouring Method: 1. Cream butter and icing sugar with mixer (using k-beater) at medium speed until fluffy. Add in sweet condensed milk and continue cream until well combined.2. In separate bowl, beat egg yolks, brandy and vanilla essense with handwhisk until pale.3. Continue mixer at medium speed (step 1), slowly pour egg yolks into butter mixture and cream until well combined.4. Switch mixer to low speed, add in sifted flour and mixed spice, beat until well combined.5. In separate big bowl, beat egg white until very hard.6. Scoop 3~5 tbsp of mixture (4) into beaten egg white, stir with spoon until combined.7. Add (6) into remaining (4) mixture and mix at low speed until well combined. To bake:1. Preheat oven at 200C (TOP & BOTTOM fire).2. Line square cake tin bottom layer with baking paper. Oil the paper to hold it well with cake tin.3. Pour one cup of mixture into cake tin, make the layer even with spatula.4. Bake at oven until top layer is brown. (about 6~8 minutes depend on oven)5. When done for first layer, take out from oven, switch oven to TOP fire only. Poke cake's bubble with toothpick (if any).6. Pour another cup of mixture to make second layer.7. Repeat step (3) ~ (4) until second last layer, switch oven to TOP & BOTTOM fire, 180C.8. Continue to bake last layer until brown.9. Remove cake from oven and cool it at wire rack. *Note1: Arrange cranberries at 3rd & 6th layer. Press lightly with toothpick after pour 3rd and 6th layer mixture. *Note2: Take out 2 cups of mixture and add a few drops of red colouring, mix well. Pour 1 cup of red mixture on 2nd and 6th layer of cake.
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PepperLunch_12It is now a Hanami season in Japan (during March and April) and for many Japanese, this is the best time of year. The cherry blossom (sakura) trees all over Japan come in to bloom for about seven to ten days. This is also a great time for people to hold outdoor parties to view the sakura. The name “Hanami” says it all, hana means “flower” and mi is “to look”.

I am lucky to stay in Japan during this season. Early morning on last weekend, I gathered all my things and get ready to picnic under the sakura trees with my colleagues. This was the first time I experienced picnic and hanami in Japan, it was wonderful and I was so excited!

Let me share some sakura photos which I took during my trip to Kitanomaru National Garden北の丸公園.

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Well, back to the main topic, FOOD! After the hanami, we had our dinner at Pepper Lunch as we noticed that it is a special restaurant which we never go before. “It is a DIY affordable steak fast food which promises a dynamic and fresh culinary experience for everyone by presenting the novel concept of a sizzling steak. You can enjoy juicy steak brought with louder and longer sizzling sound at affordable prices.” This is quoted from Pepper Lunch website.

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I ordered a set of garlic steak and it costs 880yen. The set comes with white rice as well. The steak was served in iron plate which is using a special electromagnetic cooker to cook. The iron plate will heat up to 260C in 70 seconds and remain hot for another 20 minutes.

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This is a good experience I had but I was regretting to say that I overcooked the steak! It became hard and not juicy, also I forgot to cook the garlic as I was busy taking the photos causing the garlic not crunchy. Nothing much to complain, I can’t blame anyone as there is actually an instruction given to us on how to cook the steak. Too bad that I don’t understand Japanese, as a consequence, I overcooked my steak! Haha.

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Cooked beef served with rice

I think I should give another try again next time, to taste the real juicy steak served from Pepper Lunch.

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Different sauces

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Free softdrink during the next visit

For more info about Pepper Lunch, please visit http://www.pepperlunch.com.sg/about.asp.

 


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