Sunday, January 30, 2011

hujan sini, hujan sana, hujan hujan hujan!

Ever had that caught in the rain feeling? And all your outdoor hawker stalls have wet chairs welcoming you?
Well.... at Restoran Hainan Curry Rice your seat will always be dry, you can count on us to have a large umbrella ready if you/desginate-driver needs to go to the car and drive it over, and you will not have to partake in a mass evacuation if it starts to rain... and the food is always warming in this cool weather : peppery pork soup, hearty curry chicken, hot coffee, ginger soup tang-yuan
Stay dry, stay warm, stay happy... at Restoran Hainan Curry Rice... see you soon!
some fun trivia ... *courtesy of wikianswers and wikipedia :
  • LLoro, Colombia, averages 13,300mm rain per year
  • Mawsynram, Meghalaya, India, averages 11,873mm
  • Mt Waialeale, Hawaii USA, 11684mm
  • Cerrapunji, Meghalaya 11,430mm
  • Tutunedo, Choco Colombia 11,394mm
  • Singapore, averages 2,343mm rain per year
  • Malaysia, averages 2,500mm rain per year
  • The highest rainfall recorded in a day was 608mm in Kota Bharu, Kelantan on 6-Jan-1967
  • The highest rainfall recorded in a year was 5,687mm in Sandakan, Sabah in 2006
  • The wettest place in Malaysia is Kuching, Sarawak with average 4,128mm rain per year (where it rains 247 days per year)

Wow... that's a whole lotta rain....

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Reunions... tuan yuan... tang yuan... it'll be a ballsy new year

Floating balls, Rice glue balls, Soupy balls... balls balls balls... and did you know that it not only has significance for the Winter Solstice, but also for reunion? Yuanzi - round shapes / balls are a symbol of REUNION... something so significant for Chinese New Year.

Some people I spoke to this season say that it is common place to have tang yuan dessert during their reunion dinners, symbolic of the actual reunion. Eating the tang yuan indicates the whole family will enjoy happiness and good luck for everything in the coming New Year... move over Lillian Too & Joey Yap... we've got this covered with Tang Yuan!

So, to complete your reunion event this Rabbit Year - come by Hainan Curry Rice for some of our lovingly handmade Tang Yuan, and you can be sure sweetness and completeness of good faith and luck will follow you and your family around this New Year!

We are open on the New Year eve as well, come and ta-pow the Tang Yuan for the Reunion Dinner!

Xin Nian Kuai Le everyone!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Happy Chinese New Year?

...make it a truly happy one... leave your reunion dinner cooking woes to us! Call us for catering option : 03-33246371 / 019-2664103.

Order now, collect 2-Feb PM. Leave the cooking to us, enjoy Rabbit Year!

Friday, January 07, 2011

Live your best life!

Hey guys, we've gone through the first week of 2011 already! Part of the Happy Charming Restauranteur's resolution for 2011 is living your best life (inspiration from Oprah) and doing this TODAY... and not tomorrow... and waking up early (Jojo Struys is also doing the same in 2011... waking up earlier!)

Do share with us what your 2011 resolutions are, and the first week is a good time to take stock of how things are going and what struggles you are facing to keep them... it takes time to cultivate a new habit and resolution, so we need to spur each other on!

Being responsible for your own health is a great part of living your best life : eating - exercising - having a positive frame of mind are all key elements. Coming closer to nature, eating more fresh foods grown by yourself... (if you have the means - the land, the time etc)... if you DO... then come to Restoran Hainan Curry Rice to pick up some free organic fertilizer... the coffee grounds and tea leaves after brewing make an excellent natural chemical-free fertilizer which helps plants to flourish.

You can see the result of the fertilizers with the many herbal remedy plants and shrubs we grow in front of the restaurant...

Mulberry - the fruit is high in antioxidants (akin to blueberry, blackberry etc) - the leaves have been studied to provide a whole host of benefits from enhancing the immune system, help in regulating blood sugar levels, supporting the digestive system and promoting good eyesight.... (actually the list goes on... you can look on the internet for more sources, or start to pick up the mulberry leaves from Restoran Hainan Curry Rice and start to experience the benefits yourself!)

Misai Kucing - the leaves and unique flower help to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure, is used in herbal treatment of diabetes and is also a source of antioxidants. Come to Restoran Hainan Curry Rice and you will be able to see the unique flower, in which this herbaceous shrub gets its name from... of a lavendar hue, beautifully reminding you of cat's whiskers

Lemon Balm - the leaves are said to help curb coughs from developing further, the drink is also very refreshing and light - brewed with a little sugar to sweeten the drink...

So, what else are you waiting for? Stop by Restoran Hainan Curry Rice today to see the herb collection... and share in a little bit of how to Live your best life!

See you...

Stay hungry, stay foolish (from the Whole Earth Catalogue...) come to Restoran Hainan Curry Rice.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Do you remember when....?

Was sipping my Indonesia Sari Wangi coffee brew at Hainan Curry Rice the other day, having an afternoon conversation with my mom... she was recounting the days when a cup of coffee was 15sen.... yup, this was 1960s to 1970s.... a piece of yong tau fu was just 10sen... now both items have increased dramatically to RM1.30 and 80sen respectively.

Do you remember when the prices of items before this rabid inflation set upon us? ok ok... maybe your parents will remember....

Come share with us over a cup or two of coffee and tea...

Good news.... prices at Hainan Curry Rice remain at very affordable levels. We are cooking and serving for the people.... come and savor....

Stay hungry, stay foolish (from the Whole Earth Catalogue).... come to Hainan Curry Rice

In the spirit of BFM.....

H C R : Happy Charming Restauranteur (that's the owner Jack!) thanks for the photo Adrian!

Sunday, January 02, 2011

2010 - it's a wrap!

Wow, what a year!!!

Every page of news and interest will tell of 2010, the hottest year since a long long time... with all the natural and man-affected happenings which have plagued us, the indominable human spirit thrives to keep us afloat and coming up for a better and better time...

If you've gone through something amazing, unforgettable, bitter, seemingly insurmountable, joyous... this post is dedicated to you! Good on you, and let's keep that spirit alive to share another year ahead in Malaysia. Here's to 2011!

As with all accounts of the year, Hainan Curry Rice would also like to bring you the year that was, our menu highlights and our owner, Jack's dedication to bringing home-cooked, Hainan-inspired food and beverages to all peoples...

Hainan Curry Rice brought to you in 2010 new additions to the menu in the form of chicken/pork chop curry rice, mini pork burgers, special Hainan teh, noodle fare (spicy beehoon, mee Hailam, fried glass noodles, mee Mamak, Yin Yong noodles, Hainan claypot curry noodles), claypot salted fish pork, Hainan claypot assam fish... and the humble popiah...

YES... a humble wrap (drum-roll... this is my tie-in to the title of this post... thank you thank you)... so simple, yet satisfying everytime it is consumed. It is also the choice of dieters who do not have to compromise when enjoying this savory selection as it uses very little oil, and it packed full with crunchy vegetables! The flavor of the popiah is punctuated with the light use of Chinese sausages, fried small French shallots (yes the fragrant kind is known in the culinary world as French shallots, even though it is grown everywhere now), hints of dried shrimp and roasted peanuts... wow! No wonder satisfaction is guaranteed...

Here's my challenge to you Hainan Curry Rice fans now (new fans are most welcomed)... come try our popiah, and the owner Jack later on where is the best popiah you have ever tasted, the only qualifying task is that you taste the Hainan Curry Rice Popiah set first before you make your judgement... ! The first person to respond to this challenge by emailing by stating "I will rise to the 2011 Hainan Curry Rice Popiah Challenge" in the email body (along with your name and phone number - how else are we going to verify you for your prize???) will receive a return email on how to collect a special prize when they turn up at Restoran Hainan Curry Rice for this challenge. Remember, you need to have a reply from Hainan Curry Rice!!!

You will normally find Jack busy serving guests himself during restaurant peak periods, otherwise sat down at a front table marked 'Reserved', sipping a glass of kopi or Hainan teh in the afternoons right in Restoran Hainan Curry Rice itself...

Hah! There it is... I've thrown it out... first challenge for 2011... we have many more to come in 2011... so keep your virtual eyes and ears peeled... I'm sure it's pretty easy if you have our blog set up for updates alert... do it! 3 cheers for the popiah! Po -- Po -- Popiah! Po -- Po -- Popiah! Po -- Po -- Popiah!

In case you forgot... here's what Hainan Curry Rice continue to offer and develop for our faithful fans in our full menu:
Hainan Curry Rice Specials:
1. Swimming pool rice (curry, curry and more curry on special white rice)
2. Hainan Char Siew
3. Hainan Spicy Fish : Stingray & Tenggiri (Mackerel)
4. Hainan Chilli Sotong
5. Hainan Curry Chicken
6. Hainan Mutton Curry
7. Braised Intestine (large & small intestines)
8. Tau Kee Pork
9. Hainan Spring Roll
10. Hainan Bak Pia
11. Stewed Pork Belly
12. Braised Egg
13. Braised Beancurd
14. Special soup (intestines & blood)
15. Hainan Cabbage
16. Vegetables (Spinach, Green beans, Yau mak, Lady's Fingers, Fried Brinjal)
17. Steam tofu
Special Dishes
18. Hainan Claypot Assam Fish
19. Claypot Salted Fish Pork
20. Salted Egg Springroll
21. Hainan Chicken Cutlets
22. Kaw-Yoke (Pork belly stewed with yam & mui-choy) - - NEW NEW NEW!!!
23. Pork patties with mui-choy
Super Singles...
24. Hainan Mee
25. Chicken / Pork Chop Rice
26. Fried Rice with Mutton / Salted Fish
27. Mee Mamak
28. Yin Yong Noodles
29. Fried Glass Noodles
30. Spicy Fried Beehoon
31. Hainan Claypot Curry Mee
32. Mini Pork Burgers (brings out the romantic side in you... but one pair is never enough!)
Extra special beverages...
33. Hainan Teh
34. Indonesian Sariwangi Kopi (since 1946, brewed on order)
Amazing desserts...
35. the BEST durian pancake
36. Hainan traditional kueh (made with sweet potato, beetroot and peanuts)
37. Hainan traditional tang-yuen
See you in Restoran Hainan Curry Rice soon.....
Stay hungry, stay foolish (from the Whole Earth Catalogue).... come to Restoran Hainan Curry Rice...