Micro-computer mini rice cooker

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Another mini rice cooker product from IDEAHOM. After more than a year from my last purchase of the 1.0L mini rice cooker, now I’m upgrading to 1.5L for more capacity for 1-4 person depending on what you want to cook and the volume of the ingredients.

This model comes with the cooker, non-stick coating inner pot, stainless steel steam box, spatula, measuring cup, porridge micro-pressure device, and power cable.

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Similar to the older model, its power socket is covered by a silica gel cover. It would reduce any water to enter the power socket.

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There are many types of mini cooker in the market and I like this type that works like a normal-sized rice cooker and does not require you to keep adding water to steam/cook. This model also comes with micro-computer that could switch to 4 different modes : cook (c), congee/porridge (p), slow cook (b), and keep warm (H).

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The timer has been pre-set for you being cook rice at 30 minutes, porridge at 60 minutes, slow cook for 90 minutes and keep warm for up to 12 hours. The maximum time for the cooker to be kept warm is 12 hours after which it power offs automatically.  The green and red indicator on the left and right would serves to inform you whether it’s cooking (red) or done cooking (green). Every time you change the mode, you will need to press on/off to restart the mode.

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The non-stick inner pot is a high temperature spraying aluminium alloy Japan Daikin coating, and the cooker has 3D honeycomb heater plate which heats up fast and evenly. So becareful if it’s not covered.

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Additionally, this model comes with a porridge micro-pressure device which helps to store the vaporized steam water instead of dropping all over the table which I find it untidy on the older model. To keep it tidy, I lay a piece of cloth under the cooker to absorb any excessive dripping or water splatter if you overfilled the cooker.

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It also comes with a user manual for some simple references like volume of rice and water for rice or porridge.

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Details of the product
Rated voltage : 220V – 240V
Rated Frequency : 50Hz – 60Hz
Power : 300W
Rated capacity : 1.5L
Net weight per box : 1.4kg
Product size : 178 x 166 x 216mm

Price : RM148

For more information, you may visit Ideahom Centre at their website or here’s the product page.

iPhone Lighting Dock

NEW – JUST IN!! Introducing my little gift from my hubby!

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As expected from iPhone’s packing, it comes with the dock, a manual in many languages and a 1 year limited warranty.

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From the front, it’s just a simple white dock base with lightning pin. A slimmer version as compared to the old dock where it deeps in for specific-sized iPhones. With this new dock, it can fit for any size iPhone, even iPad mini! Continue to scroll down.

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You are to connect your cable to the back of the dock base and the headset out port for quiet listening. It becomes very useful when the headset out port on your phone is being covered by the dock base when your phone is docked on.

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A good news to me is that it is also compatible with some non-original lightning cable as I have a cable almost everywhere. You can also attach the cable to your computer instead of the power adapter to charge or sync it.

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The dock base is small and has a little weight for iPhone or iPad mini to stand firmly. Love it!

Price : RM149 / S$58 , available on Apple online store.

Kitchen Inn, Glen Waverley, Australia

Glen Waverley is a place that has many Asian food restaurants, typically Malaysian food. Some may say that this place is like a Malaysian town. To me, I’m not sure about that but surely very Asian. You will feel more of being in Asian country than in Australia.

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For Sarawakian, you may want to stop by this place where they serve Sarawak hometown food and also some dishes more famous from other parts of Malaysia. This is closest to home when you’re far from home. The owner is from Sibu, Sarawak.

Also, a specialty of this shop is their noodles are handmade here. So the noodles may not be the same as how it is back home but they are good as well.

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Kolo Mee (A$8.50 Regular, A$10.00 Large)

A typical food that most people will try when in Kuching. It doesn’t come with the curly Kolo Mee you have in Kuching but their handmade noodle, topped with minced pork, BBQ pork, vegetables, shallots and spring onions, mixed with sauces and pork oil. The taste is rather close to how it is back home. It’s rather good when source ingredients here are different from home.

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If you order Kolo Mee + Special soup, it comes with a rather big bowl of soup with pork ball, pork stomach, vegetables and spring onions, at a special deal of A$12.00 for regular and A$14.00 for large.

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Kampua (BBQ Pork Noodle) (A$8.50 Regular, A$10.00 Large)

It’s the first time I hearing this name and it’s recommended by a Sarawakian friend being a Foo Chow dish. It serves with handmade noodle, BBQ pork, spring onions and shallots, mixed with sauces and pork oil. I do not know how it originally taste back home but to me it tasted rather similar to Kolo Mee, yet still good.

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Sarawak Laksa (A$10.90)

Another typical-to-order dish in Kuching, the Sarawak Laksa. I was told that their laksa paste is from Sarawak. So, I had to try it. This time it’s not handmade noodle but meehoon similar to what we have back home, with chicken pieces, sliced fish cake, shrimps, beancurd puff, egg slices and bean sprout. Taste? Very close to home but I still feel something missing. I’m not sure whether it’s the taste of dried shrimps. Have a try!

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Foochow Fried Noodle Soup (A$9.50)

Another Foochow dish I have not tried before. Fried handmade noodle cook in soya sauce soup together with pork slices, sliced fish cake and vegetables. It’s not a surprising taste as it’s soya sauce soup which tasted similar to many stew noodle in soya sauce but a little dryer than this. The fried noodle is rather nice though.

Overall rating: 7/10

Location:
Shop 3, Village Walk,
O’Sullivan Road, Glen Waverley,
Victoria 3150
Australia

Operating hours:
Monday : Close
Tuesday – Friday : 11.00am – 9.30pm
Saturday – Sunday : 10.00am – 9.30pm
Public Holidays : Refer notice

Tel: +41 3 9886 3062

Other outlets:
469, Elizabeth Street,
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Australia

Tel: +41 3 9328 2562

Pho Chu Le Vietnamese Restaurant, Springvale, Australia

There are a few locations in Melbourne has nice authentic Vietnamese food such as Footscray, Richmond and Springvale.

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This day, I’m here at Springvale. If you see this arch, you have come to the right place. No, we are are not at Chinatown. The arch at Chinatown will me smaller.

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There are a few Vietnamese restaurants but I’m usually brought to this one.

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These are the standard supplementary condiments and toppings that is given.

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Pork / Chicken Spring Roll

You can either order 10 of each or a mix of 5 each. It’s crispy on the outside and meaty on the inside, accompanied with lettuce and mint leaves on the side. It goes well with the sour sauce that the provided.

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Pho Ga (Rice noodle soup with chicken) (A$10.00)

If you’re not used to the Western portion, it’s really big as compared to what you get in Malaysia or Singapore. Its smooth rice noodle with chicken breast meat topped with onions, spring onions and shallot swimming in tasty soup. I love the soup which gives a happy tingle to your mouth. Definitely a “want-more” if your stomach could have more.

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They serve numerous types of pho, Vietnamese rice noodle with beef or chicken, soup or dry, and other side dishes. Pho bo (Rice noodle with beef) would be the most authentic of pho. If you take beef, you should try that. “Special” would mean other than meat, it also comes with some other parts of the cow or pig.

Overall rating : 9/10

Location :
Shop 51, 268-274 Springvale Road,
Springvale, Victoria, 3171,
Australia

Operating hours : Every day 8.30am – 9.00pm

My Veggie Restaurant, IOI City Mall, Putrajaya

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One of the vegetarian option in IOI City Mall, Putrajaya is this restaurant. It has many choices from Asians, Westerns and kids meal. You can either order dishes to share or individual portions. It have a vast varieties that will spoilt you for choices. It did to me! However, as there’s only 2 of us. We had a taste for something soupy.
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Veggie Bak Kut Teh (RM17.90)

This is always our top choice. It is also their recommended meal. It is a bowl of herbal soup with mushrooms, bean curd slices, vegetarian meat and lettuce. Supplement with a bowl of brown rice. It’s always an appetizing dish for me.

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Assam Laksa (RM13.90)

Also a recommended dish by the restaurant. This is my first time having vegetarian Assam laksa. A spicy soury soup with vegetarian fish, and rice noodles topped with pineapple and cucumber stripes, chili and mint leaves. I love the how the soup taste thick like the non-vegetarian Assam laksa. I would love it more if it’s more sour because my tolerance level towards sour is quite high. Still, it’s appetizing! Yum!

Overall rating : 8/10

Location :
LG-75, Lower Ground Floor,
IOI City Mall, Sepang

Tel : +603 8328 0739

Website : http://www.myvegetarian.my/

Operating hours : 10.00am – 10.00pm