Sunday, June 28, 2009

Yoohoo! Balik Kampung!!

I want to dedicate a song to myself. But before I do so I am a bit worry 'cause I saw something during my trip.

Look at these photos...


A group of pilots who work for the airlines that I am taking went on strike I was told that's because the company did not keep tight on the promise. Errrr... It started that the pilots agreed to take a pay cut previously so that the company would not retrench anyone but now the company broke the promise. As a result, the pilots wanted back the differences of the pay cut.

I have my sympathy on their situation, but I am more concern with my flight, I really want to sing this song to myself...


My peer bought this for me since they missed the chance to challenge me with their hottest food...


I may need to eat these in the hotel if my flight is impacted by the strike. Then, more time for my Houston peers to find hot food for me.

Another few hours to get into the sky. No news on CNN, I hope it's just a small strike. Let's see...


My Meals in Houston

Everything in Houston or Texas is huge. The vehicles, the buildings, the people, the boobs (average more than G cup!) and the food. All the dishes are big that you can never finish them and you can never enjoy a full course meal with appetizer, main course and dessert. I was trained to finish all the food and not to waste since kid, this is one of the reasons I don't really enjoy eating here.

However, there are still few occasions I found good food which I am going to blog them all-in-one in this post.

Let's start with the strawberry...


This is not the food from restaurant but WalMart. It's now the strawberry harvest season. The strawberries are huge...


It's as big as a teabag. Look at how red it's...


Yummy sweet and juicy, totally different from the strawberries I had in Malaysia.

Now get onto the seafood. Beside bacon, this is the other American food that I really enjoy in Houston and don't want to miss every time I fly here...


The fresh lobster from the aquarium. Plain steam it to taste the freshness...


Awesome! But also awesome in cholesterol. :(

After a week in the States, I started to crave for spicy food. Everything here is sweet and salty only, most Americans are not into hot and spicy stuff or they can't even take it. This fact was admitted by few of the Houston peers who just returned from Malaysia, they just amazed with how I (and other Malaysians) who have tough tounge to eat hot stuff like cili padi and wasabi. They even attempted to find the hottest food they have in the States to challenge my insult to them (can't take hot stuff). Hehe... I will briefly blog about it later. Back to the topic, visit to an Americanized Thai restaurant doesn't mean you would get hot and spicy Tom Yam soup, visit to a Chinese restaurant does not mean you would get cili padi and hot chili in your "Gong Bao Chicken". But I was damn excited to discover an India restaurant along Chimney Rock Road near to Galleria. The food is still very authentic as if you are eating in Malaysia's (or India's) Indian restaurant, and even better than that! First, the naan...


It's much better than any average Indian restaurant or mamak and comparable to Sri Murni's special naan in SS2. Same goes to the Nasi Briyani...


And the lamb curry is real hot like the kari kambing in Malaysia...


Not to forget the tandoori lamb chop...


One of its kind. I never had tandoori lamb chop before and it tastes better than tandoori chicken we typically get in Malaysia. This restaurant just made me feel homie.

Nevertheless, I still think that we can cook better than those in the States simply because we know how to use different spices to come out different dishes with similar ingredients, but sometimes they beat us because restaurants in Malaysia tend to use low grade material to cook the same thing. Additionally, we are creative than them in cooking. For instance, all of them who travelled to Malaysia still can't accept the ABC Air Batu Campur as dessert, they keep on saying eating vegetables (peanuts, red beans etc) as dessert is unacceptable. Funny huh?

With one exception, they beat us in dessert. It comes to the extent that I only order dessert for my meal, no appetizer no main course. Hehe...

Look at this chocolate bag...


Chocolate bag with ice creams in it. The taste just like the look, gorgeous!

That's all about the meals I have in Houston. Just only few special one, the rest of the days I just have no appetite to enjoy with tonnes of works, kinda like fill-stomach task without really appreciate the food.

No matter how I still miss my Bah Kut Teh!! Another few hours to go!!!!

Kemah Boardwalk

My trip to Houston wasn't a leisure one, it's a battle on my new assignment, taking over someone's works back to my country and therefore you can expect the difficulties. Hence, I never expect to have pleasant weekends over my stay in the States. But there was an invite from a lead to a tourist place near to the Gulf of Mexico for a lunch over one of the Saturday. Well, I never fond about visiting tourist places whenever I am on business trip, I didn't even pay any visit to any tourist spots such as NASA Center etc in my previous trips, except hopping from malls to malls to grab some cheap branded stuff. Anyway, since it's meant for social outside of work, I accepted the invite and drove around 45 minutes to the place, the Kemah Boardwalk...


Kemah? It's an English place located close to Galveston or the Gulf of Mexico, it's a place that local residents "picnic" here for some quality family time...


And what a coincidence that Kemah means tent or picnic or camp in Bahasa Malaysia.

It's also a place for yacht owner to dock their yacht...


And sail out with the family during weekends...


I wish I could afford a yacht in my hometown.

It's also a theme park...


With old Houston style hotel...


Also several events planned every weekend to attract locals and tourists...


Aiks, I missed the fireworks event on the night before.

But this trip was meant for the social lunch, so I didn't really explore much but heading directly to a restaurant named Aquarium...


I have been to this restaurant several times in the downtown branch but this is the first time I came to this branch. I was told this was the first branch and expanded to other cities like the downtown branch after the business getting well. What makes this restaurant a unique one is the 3-floor tube aquarium from the reception counter to the dining area in second and third floor, so you are dining in the underwater world where all the fishes swim around you including few sharks.

I was welcomed by a Shark when entered the restaurant...


And very fortunate that I arrived during the feeding time. You can see fishes including a hungry shark was surrounding the diver...


One followed another...


This was the shark I hunted in my recent diving trip. Look at the sleepy eyes...


2 lazy sharks took a nap at the aquarium bed after meal...


It's quite an experience to explore the restaurant if you have not been there before and if you are not a diver. But the food was just typical Texan huge dish, nothing special about it and therefore I did not bother to take any shots.

Oh, I just recalled I recorded a video, you can see how the shark begged for food in the video. Who say shark is scary?


And before I left the area, I walked through the sourvenir shop and found the family of my kind...


Look alike to the photos that someone posted in facebook, but these are not real. Hehe...

I didn't buy them though, but got myself 2 hooks...


USD$5, not sure if it can be used for diving.

DIY Popcorn

I blogged on DIY crispy bacon in previous post. What about popcorn huh? I don't think DIY popcorn at home is something common in Malaysia but overhere it's very easy that you can buy from any grocery store and DIY yourself. In Homewood Suite, a packet of DIY popcorn is given everyday...


You just have to follow the instruction on the back of the packet...


1st, place the popcorn into the microwave with the right side facing top...


Set the timer to 2 minutes...


The packet inflates like a balloon and you hear "pop" throughout the process...


Until you hear no more pops, stop the microwave and take out the inflated packet...


Caution! It's hot!

And there you go to enjoy your popcorn...


Simple? Hmmm... Not sure if I can get such packets in Malaysia. It's good to enjoy popcorn with my upcoming home theather :)

Chocolate Bar

It was a farewell lunch for someone leaving my group. She is a chocolate lover, so my Houston peer decided to treat her something from the chocolate shop after the lunch...


The Chocolate Bar located somewhere in Houston, I think near to Rice University. Let's see what they have there...


* Drooling *

Not only that, I turned my back to the shelves...


All made of varieties of dark, milk or white chocolates. This is the kitchen, the dark and the milk chocolates...


And the milk chocolate at the far end...


Gosh! No way Schokolart can compare with this Chocolate Bar. I wish I work here and I whack my peer for not letting me know this bar earlier. Now I am full with Mexican food from lunch, I can only fit in a big strawberry...


Yummy~

And this chocolate bar is also a clinic. If you or your girlfriend having PMS problem, prescribe her this...


Follow by this...


Sure she can recover and never ever leave you. Hehe...