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  Malaysian Chicken Curry (馬來咖喱雞)  

Looking to Davos Dorf from coming the ski slope

Looking to Davos Dorf from coming the ski slope

復活節假期間我哋一家三口去咗Davos ‘hea’ 咗幾日,入住我喜愛的 Intercontinental Davos, 建築物形象隻金蛋,就想起來對復活節很給應景。因只逗留數天,所以沒有入住渡假屋,那些要住上一星期才可。這兒有很完善的Kids Club, 隨時可以放低阿仔去玩,大人便可鬆一鬆,去spa 或book 個按摩疏乎吓😃。

第一日天氣唔係噤好,居然還落雪,正啱休息吓,我哋其實三個都未完全康復,所以真是來relax。打後都比預計的好,我很似啲西人一樣,見到太陽鬼噤興奮,同一個地方,每天從露台映同一景象都不覺悶,放低雜念,慢慢欣賞大自然之美。每早見到淸朗的藍天白雲,都覺得䁠咗。

第二天,滑咗一陣雪,其實我數星期滑雪傷到左膝,已好得九成有多,並無大礙,但唔落場都唔知滑唔滑到,自己又貪玩,帶住阿仔,都唔可以滑得出咩樣,我在不大高處,上落來回到數次,我已很意足了。

風境雖靚,但食方面就較為失望,原本在酒店設有唔錯的日本料理,但已轉為意大利餐廳。另外我們熟悉的中菜菜館又被Casino 佔據,所以天天都要食西餐,回到家第二晚下煮我便提意簡簡單單煮馬來咖喱雞,反正有一大樽自家制的馬來咖哩粉,很方便,P完全舉腳贊同,講到咖喱他一定不會反對。另外我就做台灣肉燥飯給阿仔,剩下來的可以分小份冷藏,供打後他的星期三午餐享用。

做馬來咖喱, 你可用現成購買到的馬來咖喱粉, 又或可用自制的咖喱粉。

 

Last week was Easter holiday, we had a short getaway in Davos, Switzerland. We stayed at Intercontinental Davos, I called it the big Golden Easter egg to Marc, perfect for the occasion, and because I didn’t allow him to eat more chocolate eggs these days since he had not recovered from his cold and bad cough. We chose this place because they have a very well-equipped Kids Club, with all kinds of activities during the day, so the parents can take a short break to go skiing or to the spa area to relax a bit.

The weather on our first day was not great, it was even snowing, so we didn’t do much, went to our favorite Coffee place, called Kaffee Klatsch and hanged out a bit there and then we went to the Spa, but that was just what we all needed, to relax!!!!!

The second day and onwards, we had blue sky, went skiing for a bit but not too much as I actually had a small injured on my knee in early February from skiing, nothing was broken, blessed and I was happy already that I could make numerous descends. One of us had to stay with Marc, so could not go to far anyway, I took the nearest chairlift up by myself at St Jakobshorn, 4 descends and then I could feel my injured area, that signalled that it was enough for the day and I should not to push further.

The scenery in Davos was breathtaking, especially at this place called where it is very popular for ski-touring. It was so untouched and looked as if heaven on earth.

The food was rather disappointing, there are many nice eateries but mostly Swiss or Western style, the dishes are on the heavy and rich side. Previous years, we have two favorite eateries in Davos, one is the Chinese restaurant called Zauberberg, they served authentic Chinese dishes but don’t know since when they have closed down. The second one which is a Japanese restaurant in the hotel here has changed into an Italian restaurant. That’s why we would rather eat at Kaffee Klatch as the food is lighter and the place is always cozy.

As a result, when we got home, I was desperate for some Asian food and I proposed to make Malaysian Chicken Curry. With curry, P would never say no. So as promised earlier, here is the recipe with my Homemade Malaysian Curry Powder I prepared not long ago.

You can use store-bought Malaysian curry powder but here I refer to the use of Homemade Malaysian Curry Powder my homemade Malaysian curry powder.

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Golden Egg, Intercontinental Davos

Sunbathing on the terrace

Sunbathing on the terrace

Me and Marc

Me and Marc

Enjoying under the sun

Enjoying under the sun

 

Late lunch at Kaffee Klatsch

Lunch at Kaffee Klatsch

 

Cozy atmosphere at Kaffee Klatsch, opens 365 days

Cozy atmosphere at Kaffee Klatsch, opens 365 days

 

This asparagus pasta was light and delicious, creamy but not too creamy.

This asparagus pasta was light and delicious, creamy but not too creamy.

 

Dry Aged Pork Chop

Dry Aged Pork Chop, this was awarded with Swiss Gourmet Porc Grand Cru. This was aged for 3 weeks, claimed to have unique flavors. However, I was not impressed, the piece of meat looked big but half of it I had to removed because it was all fat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

quick homestyle peking duck

  Homestyle quick version Peking Duck (家庭快版北京填鴨)  

其實當我公佈想嘗試加啲中文入我的部落格之後,真係有啲驚,因為自問中文水平淺和有限,但如果我越怕,便越少機會接觸中文。我在瑞士可以用中文對話的朋友,十隻手指可能都數得晒,大家又不能時常見面,就算識講廣東話都不是地道或完全流利的,見面時,最後都係講英文為多。點都好喇,思前想後,Bits & Bites 這個專欄正好可以俾我藉住這個空間發牢騷,吹吹水,寫得唔好請勿見怪,多多包涵,大家可不防告知我寫錯字,待我日後可以改進,我就在這兒獻醜獻醜!

阿仔今日返咗學一個小時後,我就接到老師電話話佢真係好唔舒服的樣子,但沒有發燒。佢其實由農曆新年開始咳,至今日仍未停,昨晚還説喉嚨痛。我立即和佢睇醫生,最後醫生都係無可避免之下,要配抗生素給服用。在學校佢就似隻病貓😿,返到屋企就成隻甩繩馬榴🙉,重非常開胃,成日話肚餓。好在佢都聽話肯食我煲的咸瘦肉粥 (聚火),不過佢話令佢成日要上廁喎,我話係好事,幫佢沖走啲唔好嘅嘢。

今晚煮湯通心粉過佢做晚餐,我解凍咗件鴨胸不能再流,便以最簡單嘅方法煎鴨胸,做咗家庭式快版的田鴨餐 (算得上係低澱粉餐嗎?),超易,啲油逼晒出嚟,但未夠脆,留返下次再改進,各下如有貼士 ,請分享!

Just when I have announced that I would like to write some Chinese in my blog, actually I am feeling a bit scared as my written Chinese is not good. However, I would like to give a try and only by doing this, I can have more exposure to the language. Anyway, the Bits and Bites page seems to be a very suitable platform for me to bla bla bla.

A few days ago, I have made a homestyle short cut quick version of Peking duck. There are still room for improvement to get the skin crispy. I think I need to put more salt on the skin next time, nevertheless, the doneness of the duck breast was perfect. I have only sprinkled salt and pepper and pinches of five spices on both sides. Next time I should remember to criss-cross cut the skin and generously apply a layer of salt on the skin side only. And I should put the duck breast in the oven after rendering the duck fat.

Peking duck with wrapper

 

 

 

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  Korean Glass Noodle (Japchae)  

Somehow every time I make Japchae, it’s hard to just make a small portion, all the ingredients add up together will make a big bowl. I wish my good friends live nearby so I could just let them know and they come over to have some. One time I did cook and then packed into boxes and delivered to my friends. However, this is not feasible anymore, weekdays are busier in his second year of kindergarden, more after school activities, driving, cooking, giving him shower and putting him to bed on time.

Japchae requires a lot of chopping but with a bit advanced planning and preparation, it didn’t stop me to enjoy this dish on a busy day. This time I didn’t use spinach but cabbage instead and added something else, worked perfectly and now I found out the tricks of how not to make the sweet potato noodle sticking together. Thanks to Maangchi’s recipe.

For ingredients, I used cabbage, carrots, zucchini, beef, enoki mushrooms, bean sprouts, cloud fungus, Chinese mushrooms, eggs. For meatless version, you can use fried tofu and more eggs instead of beef. You don’t necessary use spinach, I just use whatever I have at home and it worked.  You can serve with or without rice. Marc enjoyed it very much with rice.

Good thing is that Tuesdays I have TRX, so I don’t have to worry about cooking tomorrow.

Korean Hotpot Noodle

  Korean Hotpot Noodle  

Oh gosh, it’s been almost 3 months since I last posted. Life has been extremely busy because of our move. We have moved in for almost 2 months but still a lot to do, we still need to look for lamps, curtains, etc. Our new nest has four floors so many stairs to walk up and down and first week was pretty exhausting, Peter and I both got muscle ache from carrying the stuffs up and down.

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Marc has started Kindergarten in August and blessed that he is doing very well and is enjoying very much at school. I was previously a bit worried that he had to increased from 3 days to 5 days to school and he has to be at school half an hour earlier than preschool but all these worries seems to be unnecessary. He even asks for going to school when he was having his school holidays. He likes doing his homework. And his German is progressing well and even correct my German.

Me: Your German is better than mama’s. You can teach me German.

Marc: My German is better than your German. I can teach you.

Me: Yes, you can teach me German and I can teach you Chinese and English.

Marc: I want to learn Chinese, so I can speak Chinese to her.

10 days ago, he had to perform at school for the Halloween party, last year he was very shy and won’t join the group singing but this year, he managed very well. Like all parents, I was almost feeling a bit emotional, witnessing he is growing and progressing everyday.

Up to now, he is still eager to help my households, he has insisted to help me to carry the cleaned folded washing upstairs to the bedrooms; he helps during I wash my car; he will help me to put the clean dishes back to the cupboard, etc. I am enjoying his helpfulness while it lasts.

We also share a little secret, it’s Belly to Belly ! It’s solely a mommy n’ son’s secret. Something I want to remember forever.

As for myself, I seem to have more time since he goes to school 5 days a week. However, I still feel not having enough time. Probably because of the new home, there are workers coming in and out from time to time. I was hoping to go to fitness 3 times weekly but twice weekly is the best I can managed so far. I was given a new set of strength training exercises a few weeks ago and instead of counting in reps, I now have to use the stopwatch, i.e. aim as many reps in 45 secs or 1 min. This is much harder to my taste so sometimes feel I have to drag myself a little to the fitness studio. I get muscle ache the following day and need 2 days rest before my next attempt. But once I started, I managed to finish the workout, then it feels good.

Frankly, I didn’t try much new dishes, also a reason of not posting. I have been cooking more Korean dishes recently. And this post I would like to share the Korean hotpot noodle which is my favorite when I was in Hong Kong. You can eat as a main dish.

My food blogger friend, Peter @HomeCooking Diary has shared this recipe with me years ago and I have made twice and this time I thought I have to post it for future use instead of keep searching in my mailbox.

To Peter: Many thanks for getting this recipe for me from your friend. It is delicious and tasted just like I had it in the Korean restaurant in Hong Kong. Hope all is well on your side.

 

Below are photos of how this Korean hotpot noodle looks like when I had it in Hong Kong, the fresh noodles of course is even better than the frozen one, personally I loves the texture of these fresh noodles, more bouncy than the Japanese ones:

Korean Hotpot Noodle in HK

Korean Hotpot Noodle