Royale Of The Day

There is something just so satisfying about a bowl of steaming hot instant noodle, eaten in the middle of the night, while watching your favourite TV series (for me, it would be The Vampire Diaries). The steaminess of the flavourful broth and the slippery springy noodles just gets me through so many emotions. It’s my ultimate guilty pleasure.

I usually prefer Tom Yam flavour for its hot and spiciness, but I recently tried a new flavour from Maggi’s latest range – Maggi Royale Penang Seafood Curry. Now I don’t usually like curry flavour for my instant noodle, but this one is just different. It actually tastes like real curry. I like!

Maggi is undoubtedly one of the biggest manufacturers of instant noodles in the world. In fact, it’s so famous in Malaysia that we Malaysians even call instant noodles as “maggi”, not necessarily referring to the brand. The Maggi Royale is their latest premium range and once you taste it, you could really tell the difference. The noodles are springier, and the seafood broth is rich and creamy, with real toasted belacan. OMG I’m salivating as I’m typing this. #dugaanpuasa hehe.


IMG_7225It comes with 3 packets of seasonings – prawn seasoning powder, seafood chili paste and creamer.


Usually when I make instant noodles for myself, I just add an egg and that’s it. But the other day, I decided to add more ingredients to the Maggi Royale Penang Seafood Curry as it was for buka puasa (was too tired to cook as we went out shopping from morning till late afternoon) and I want to look like I actually made some cooking effort *ehem*.

 IMG_7223I added these extra ingredients: prawns, fish balls, fried tofu and hard boiled eggs.

For this Maggi Royale, I cooked the noodles and the broth separately. It’s important to use the right amount of water for the broth; so measure the water according to the packet instructions and then bring the water to a boil. I added the prawn seasoning powder and seafood chili paste, fried tofu, fish balls and prawns before adding the creamer. You know it’s ready when the prawns turned pink.

Place the noodles in a bowl and pour the broth. Breathe in the aroma and dig in!


IMG_6639I served it with hard boiled eggs and sambal for that extra kick of flavour.

My husband almost thought I made this seafood curry from scratch because he said it didn’t taste “instant”. It’s really that good!

Did I entice to having a bowl of Maggi Royale right now? Give it a try! You can try out the recipe that I’ve created here (ahem), or better still, make the noodles with your own twist to create your #Royaloftheday.

Visit #MaggiRoyale‘s official website to get more ideas!

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

I just started my day with the most delectable chocolate treat – Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding.

I can’t believe how good it was. So creamy and dreamy, and it’s secretly super healthy. Who doesn’t love that!




Chia seeds, as we all know, have been in the “superfood” limelight for the past few years because of its amazing nutrient density and health benefits. I usually just toss chia seeds in my protein shake and chug away, but this morning, I decided to try something new.

This recipe has been in my to-try list for months now (along with other yummy healthy recipes which I have yet to try) and I finally gotten around to do it. Not that it was hard or anything, it was actually very simple. No cooking required! (Don’t you just love that? hehe).




Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding.

1 1/2 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
1/3 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
5 tbsp pure Maple syrup (or you can substitute with honey)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)

Blend all the ingredients in a blender. Pour mixture into a jar, cover it, and leave it in the refrigerator overnight.

Serve pudding with your desired toppings (berries, bananas, kiwi, mango, pomegranate seeds, nuts, seeds, cacao nibs, dried cranberries, raisins, Greek yogurt, etc).

I had my pudding with strawberries, toasted pecans and desiccated coconut.


IMG_6008I do not know how many calories is in this pudding, but let’s just pretend that it’s calorie free because it’s healthy. Hehe (I got the spoon on Etsy, by the way)


Cooking With Love

I know a lot of us would say our mum’s cooking is the best food in the world. I would too! My mom makes the best nasi lemak, bihun goreng, lontong, mee Jawa, gulai-gulai kampung, kuih Cara, kuih ketayap, puding sagu gula Melaka and the list goes on. Heck, she even makes the best omelette!

For years I thought it was because mums had years of cooking experience, but now I realized it’s not just about mastering the techniques or recipes. It’s the unconditional love that mums put into their cooking that made their dishes unforgettable. “Air tangan ibu”, as we say it in Malay. Mums cook with love and that is the secret ingredient!

My mum enjoys cooking. It’s her passion, really. I think it’s one of her ways to show her love for the family. She can spend hours in the kitchen, preparing meals for her family without any complain, and her food always taste good. You can taste the love in every bite! She even told us that there’s particular food that she cook that will remind her of each of her children (gulai masak lemak labu and puding sagu gula Melaka are some of the food that would remind her of me because those are my fave).

Undoubtedly, being a mum is never easy but things sure are different when it is done out of love for the family. Just like this video below, I’m pretty sure mothers out there can relate to this too.

Now that I’m a mum myself, I finally get it. Cooking is like love made visible. There’s this unexplainable satisfaction feeling when I get to feed my family with the food that I cook myself. Cooking has become even more fun for me now, what with my food flatlay craze. I just love arranging and styling food on the table. My girls get excited too, seeing all those beautiful set up that I made. They felt like we were having a tea party or a special dinner or something. Makes dining even more fun! Hehe.

Knorr is having a special “Knorr Penuh Rasa, Penuh Kasih Sayang” campaign to celebrate the power of mum’s cooking. They want to appreciate all the hard work and effort that mums put into their daily cooking for the family by giving them a good breakaway from house chores. Knorr will select 10 winners and each winner will get a FREE helper to clean your house for 10 sessions! I mean, if you’re a stay-at-home mum with no helper like me, you know how much this means! It means I get to sit and relax without having to vacuum, mop the floor, wipe the cabinets, scrub the sink, clean the bathrooms and everything. I need to win this! Haha.



All you need to do is:

  1. Snap a photo of your family’s favourite dish that you’ve cooked using any Knorr products. It can be either the Knorr Cube or Knorr All-in-One Seasoning. Oh, and you need to include the Knorr product pack as well in your photo.
  2. Share it on Knorr’s Facebook page together with the hashtag #KnorrPenuhRasaSayang and a short description of why the dish is your family’s favourite (in no more than 20 words).
  3. Winners will be selected based on the highest number of ‘likes’ and the most interesting description.


IMG_2830For this campaign, I used Knorr Chicken Cube to cook my family’s favourite dish.


IMG_2893Kari ayam


The Knorr Chicken Cube gives this chicken curry that extra kick. It’s so flavourful!

My husband and my girls have their own favourite dishes, but when it comes to eating rice, one of their favourite lauk is chicken curry. My husband is “orang Utara” so it’s no surprise why he loves curry very much. And somehow, my girls inherited their daddy’s love for chicken curry (as long as it’s not too spicy).


IMG_2932Mummy, the family’s Masterchef :P


Anyway, here’s my campaign entry photo. Make sure you are in the photo, together with your dish and Knorr product pack.




Share your family’s favourite dish, mummies, and who knows you could be one of the lucky winners!

For more info about the campaign, visit

New Hobby: Food Flatlays

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’ve been bitten by the flatlay bug quite recently, thanks to all the beautiful flatlays on my Instagram feed. I even followed @flatlays on Instagram, which is an account for everything flatlay. It’s impossible not to get hooked!

I love seeing all those beautiful fashion flatlays, but I have a particular obsession for food flatlays (probably because I love food) so most of my flatlays are food related. I think it’s a chic way of taking photos of your food, plus it’s super fun. Makes cooking a whole lot more enjoyable because it’s like playing dress up – but with food. Nothing more fun than mixing and matching the food I cook with plates and napkins! Hehe #foodiealert.

Here are some of my food flatlay photos that I shared on my Instagram. I get a lot of ideas and inspirations from my favourite flatlay accounts (@tenthousandthspoon, @thepinkdiary@dreamy_touch and @crazystylelove). Some of them are either photographers or stylists, so that explains their crazy awesome flatlays. Makes me want to take food styling class or something!
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This food flatlay thing has also made me go crazy over dinnerware and serveware – something I had never even bothered to think about before. So now plates, bowls, tea sets, mugs, trays, spoons, napkins, tea towels and placemats have been added to my list of shopping obsessions, along with clothes, shoes and bags (God, help my husband). Haha.

In case you’re wondering, I get most of my serveware from Daiso (my ultimate source because everything so cheappp), Aino Living, H&M Home and Ikea. I can spend hourssss in these shops. Sigh… the woman I’ve turned into! :P

It’s Pancake Day!

It’s National Pancake Day today. Of course as an avid pancake lover, I can’t think of any other way to celebrate it than by making (and eating) pancakes. In fact, I had pancakes twice today – for brunch and tea time. Good thing my girls love pancakes too. Nothing beats homemade pancakes (and I don’t mean the just-add-water ones).




I usually eat my pancakes with pure maple syrup or Nutella (or both), but today I decided to make something different. Something with a little bit more effort. Something like this yogurt-blueberry sauce.


IMG_7536Just look at the gorgeous color!

The sauce is pretty easy to make. Just blend fresh blueberries and natural Greek yogurt in a blender and add a drop of vanilla essence and a little bit of maple syrup to sweeten it. But if you’re too lazy to take out the blender (and wash it) like me, you can just smash the blueberries with the back of a spoon and stir everything. I like that it has bits of blueberries in it. Gave it a little texture to the sauce.




For the pancakes, I use the same basic pancake recipe that I’ve always used. You can refer to my Instagram post here for the recipe (I’m so lazy to type, sorry). The only difference I made is that I added lemon zest (half of a lemon) and vanilla extract in the wet ingredients. The rest is the same.




This pancake is filled with fresh lemon zest and hints of vanilla. And the tartness of the blueberries complemented the sweetness of the maple syrup. Such a great combo!

So here’s to all pancake lovers. Hope you had a flippin’ good pancake day!