Tuesday, June 30, 2015

RECIPE | Sugared Doughnuts

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Assalamualaikum and hello love. I was craving for the simple sugared doughnuts (or I would just call it donat melayu in Bahasa) over the weekend  so I decided to make it for our buka puasa on Sunday night. I love doughnuts, have been a doughnut lover since I was small to the extend some of my family members calls me by the name 'Donut' when I was growing up. I used to be so obsessed with Dunkin' Donut's Chocolate Peanut, the cinnamon doughnut and the one with the strawberry filling. Then my interest went to to Jco for it's almond toppings doughnut  But, nowadays, I gravitate towards the simple doughnuts  like the original ones  sold by the road side which is covered in sugar. And I also enjoy Krispy Kreme's Glazed doughnut. That's all, I just need them for my sugar fix. *hahaha* such a precise elaboration about my doughnut obsession! *lol* Anyway, some of you were asking about the recipe so I thought I would just share the recipe in my blog. I actually got the recipe from a Bahasa website, Resepi Bonda. Check it out as they have quite a number of Malay Kuih-Muih ideas. But I'm just gonna write the recipe anyway for you guys.


INGREDIENTS :

(A)
1/4 cup of warm water
2 tsps of instant yeast (I used Mauripan)
1 tsp of sugar

(B)
3 cups of all purpose flour
4 tbsps of castor sugar
1/2 tsp of salt
2 tbsps of margerine or butter 
1 egg
1/4 - 1/2 cup of water

(C)
Castor sugar for coating


HOW TO :

1. Mix ingredients A to activate the yeast. Set aside for 5 minutes until mixture starts to foam.
2. Mix ingredients B in a large bowl and pour in the yeast mixture. Pour in the water bit by bit, depending on your dough consistency. You want your dough to be non-sticky and smooth.
3. Cover the dough with kitchen towel. Leave the dough about 45 minutes to one hour or until it has doubled in size.
4. After it has doubled, punch the dough to kick out the air from the dough. Roll out the dough and start cutting into a doughnut shape using a donut cutter.
5. Set aside for 20 minutes to let it rise once again before frying.
6. Heat up your pan with cooking oil. Make sure you set your stove with a medium small setting.
7. Fry your doughnut,  flip them constantly so they won't get burned easily (mine was a bit black because I don't know that I was supposed to flip the donuts constantly).


8. Fry them until golden brown and remove from heat.
9. Tossed in castor sugar and you are done. Do it while it's hot so the sugar will stick to the doughnuts.


Tadaaaaa! Easy home made doughnuts ! It is so lembut and so gebu inside and crispy at the outside. This is my first time doing it and I am pretty impressed with myself! *lol perasan* :P Nothing beats home made kuih kan? :) Don't mind the 'extra brown' looking donuts, I am still learning how to adjust the oil temperature. :P Next I want to try make churros (that's what I'm thinking about, but I might change my mind in a split second! :P ) 


Thanks for reading guys, I hope you will try out this recipe! What recipe do you want next? ;)








Till then,



Sunday, June 28, 2015

BEAUTY | Beauty Day Out with Beauty Guide Malaysia X The ButterflyProject



Assalamualaikum and hello beauties. :) Have you had one of those days that you need a quick stress reliever, or a day of pampering but you have no idea where to go to? Or sometimes having too much choices will just confuse you and makes it harder to choose? I know that being a beauty junkie, I always search for reviews whenever I feel like going to massages, facial or manicure/pedicure because I want to have  a good experience (well who doesn't?). When I first I found out about Beauty Guide, I have no idea what it's all about but when I started googling about it, hey I thought this is a pretty cool website to introduce to my fellow beauty junkies friends! Beauty Guide is Malaysia's first online salon, spa and wellness listings platform where it gives you options on the best value and luxury beauty, spa and wellness experience in Malaysia. 

The Beauty section covers discussions on everything from hair, makeup, nail designs and any aesthetic needs. The Spa and Wellness section covers the latest and newest treatments, any possible types of massages, yoga and any wellness packages that you can imagine. The Skincare section gives out information on how to take care of the skin and such. The Features section highlights the key insights and interviews with veteran beauty socialites, celebrities and everyday women.  Basically, Beauty Guide is one stop centre where you can search the best deal for your beauty and wellness needs! 


Go ahead and check out Beauty Guide website to get a bigger picture of what it's all about :


So when I was selected to join Beauty Guide X The Butterfly Project "Beauty Day Out" of course I said yes because I would never let go the opportunity to have a pampering day! :D I actually was from Penang that morning. My husband and I left Penang at 5 a.m. and reached Bangsar exactly at 9 a.m. since the meet up time was at 9 a.m. Phewwwww! A big thanks to my hubby for being an awesome driver *hehehe* Anyway let's take a look at what went down that day!


Briefing on what we gonna do that day.

Can you guess our first pit stop?

Our first pit stop is at STRIP Bangsar where we got a waxing treatment there. We were given the choice of half arm waxing or underarm waxing. I chose the underarm waxing because I needed that *LOL*. The waxing only took about 10 minutes if I'm not mistaken. It was an easy and quick process. By the way, I actually already reviewed my experience of underarm waxing in STRIP at the Mid Valley outlet, so you guys can check the post HERE. :)


STRIP BANGSAR

NO. 28 FIRST FLOOR, JALAN TELAWI 5, BANGSAR BARU
59100 KUALA LUMPUR
Tel: 03-2283 6092/ 6094/ 6096
MON-SAT : 10AM – 9PM / SUN : 10AM – 8PM



From Bangsar, we took UBER to head to our next destination in Sunway. Thanks UBER for picking us up and sending us to all location. I have never been on an UBER ride before. The cars are all in good condition. Felt like a 'datin' because of having a driver to go here and there. *hahaha* thank you UBER!

Photo Credit : Arpita's IG
With Arpita and Grace in the car heading to our next pampering session! :)


Click this link for more info on UBER : https://www.uber.com/cities/kuala-lumpur




Next stop is Mandara Spa at Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa where we got our massaged fix! The place is so beautiful! The walkway from the hotel to the Mandara Spa is wonderful, a breath of fresh air. I would never thought we had that in KL to be honest.

You can actually choose what type of massage oil you want to be used on your body!

Unfortunately, since I am pregnant I can't go for the normal massages they have. I thought they have pre-natal massages but sadly they don't. So I opted for a facial massage instead. For the list of Spa Menu, click HERE.


The room is very calming with the low lighting, a soothing music in the background and the right cool temperature. The facial massage took about one hour if I'm not mistaken. Oh my, it was so good to the extend that I actually fell asleep during the whole process. Did I snore? *hahahah* It was very relaxing and yes I needed that since I woke up at 3.30 a.m. that day because I needed to pack my stuff. Great experience!


MANDARA SPA
Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa
Persiaran Lagoon, Bandar Sunway
46150, Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Malaysia

Email : malaysia@mandaraspa.com

Operation Hours : 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

This is the masseuse of the day. Thanks girl, you did well! :) 

And now it's the time for food! I was so hungry after the massage was done and all I can think of is food! We had a  late lunch at WIP at Bangsar Shopping Centre. WIP (Whipped Into Place) uses the best and fresh ingredients for their food and it's creative and innovative menu will surely capture each and everyone taste palette. The food selection is wide enough that you can get anything from the western dishes to our own local delicacies. WIP specialty is their Espetada which originates from Portugal where skewers of meat and seafood grilled to perfection and served on the table on a special stand. Let's take a look at what they served for us that day!

From clockwise : Bacalhau De Abras (Creamy Portuguese salt cod fish with sweet potato chips), XO Fried Rice (Supreme dried seafood, crab meat, kale, mango sauce & crispy fish skewer), Greek Berry Salad (Berry trio, red radish, olives, crispy romaine, feta cheese, honey lemon vinaigrette) & School Prawn (crispy prawn, chili mayo & lemon)

From clockwise : Beef Espetada (Sirloin chunks marinated with garlic & traditional herbs), Rocky Road Brownie with Haagen Dazs Ice Cream, Tiramisu & Triple Trio Supreme (Chicken sausage, chicken ham, grilled chicken, onion ring, cocktail onion, onion marmalade, mozzarella, cheddar & emmental cheese)

Of all the dishes I've tried, I absolutely love the Beef Espetada. The meat is so juicy, it was perfectly marinated and perfectly grilled. IT's heaven in the mouth. I would like that again tahnk you very much! :) The Crispy Prawn is good too and the Bacalhau De Abras is unique and tasty as well, I can't stop eating. The XO Fried Rice is delicious as well but some said it's too salty but I think it's nicely seasoned. The Triple Trio Supreme is good too, I think I had 3 slices. *hahaha*. I am not a big fan of the desserts as the Rocky Road Brownie is just okay for me. And I did not eat the Tiramisu as it contains alcohol, so my Muslim friends, please take note on that. I was told by the organizer that the restaurant is Halal, so don't worry okay? If you are interested to check out the place, then pay them a visit at BSC!


WIP
Lot G111, Ground Floor,
Jalan 222, Bangsar Shopping Centre,
285, Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandar Raya,
59000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Reservations : 0320941789 / 2789 / 60126505722
Website : www.wip.com.my
Operation Hours : Noon until closing, Monday to Sunday



The last stop of the day is Apronbay, where we did our pedicure. Apronbay offers many services such as body and face waxing, brow shaping and designs, threading, manicure and also pedicure. But as for today, we did express pedicure because of the time constraint. All the girls got their toenails painted but I just opted for buffing service as I don't want to remove the nail polish later by the day as I have to pray. The process was quick as I believed it took the pedicurist only about l0 minutes. My nail is still shining until now. *hahaha*


If you are interested to try out Apronbay services, pay them a visit at :

APRONBAY
6-1, 1st Floor, 
Jalan Telawi 4, Bangsar Baru, 
59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Operation Hours : 
Tuesday - Friday : 10 a.m. - 9.00 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday : 10 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.



I would like to say a big thanks to Beauty Guide Malaysia and of course The Butterfly Project for the wonderful pampering day. I had fun and appreciate it very much! To all my readers out there, check out Beauty Guide on their social medias and website to find out more about their services! :)


Beauty Guide Malaysia Website : http://beautyguide.com.my
Beauty Guide Malaysia Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/BeautyGuideMY
Beauty Guide Malaysia Instagram : https://instagram.com/beautyguide_my/





Thank you so much for reading! :)





Till then,