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Malmö, Sweden 2010

We were in Malmo from August 8th till August 26th. I spent my birthday there this year. 🙂 It was a pleasant holiday. I think this was probably the first time I went on vacation and came home not needing another vacation to recover 😉 I think that’s how a vacation should be. Many people tend to want to visit and do everything possible in the shortest possible time only to come home feeling utterly exhausted instead of rejuvenated.

Malmo is a pleasant town of about 293,883 inhabitants (as of December 31 2009). More than one in four (29% of the population) have foreign roots which makes Malmö a multinational city. The largest immigrant group is from Denmark (9.500). Then comes people from former Yugoslavia, Iraq, Poland, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, Hungary and Somalia. (Source: Malmo.com).

There were shopping malls everywhere, and the largest one, Triangeln, was literally next to the Hilton where we were at. I was pleased to see MAC, H&M, The Body Shop, Acne and many other stores nearby. I do think I have lost that shopaholic bone in me though. I was more interested in household gadgets, decor items and art. Talk about getting old. I did pick up some items from MAC, H&M and The Body Shop though. The first week we were there, it was raining almost continuously, and then when Malmofestival began, the weather cleared up, and it was sunny for a few days before it got really windy and quite chilly at about 15 degrees a few days before we left. I can only imagine winter! Brrrr.

Turning Torso - Tallest building in Malmo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Horse & Dog show

 

Horse & Dog show

 

 

 

 

There was a sailing competition going on

 

Boat on a house/House on a boat

 

Malmo's City Hall

 

Hedmanska gården

 

Design exhibition

 

 

 

Streets filled with stalls during Malmofestival

 

Streets filled with stalls during Malmofestival

 

Free Jazz Performance for all

 

Coffee making car-cum-stall

 

Crayfish party on the first day of Malmofestival

 

This was quite funny. I had read about how a crayfish party is usually held on the first day of Malmofestival. I got quite excited at the prospect of having yummy crayfish, so the hubs and I made our way to Stortoget Square where its usually held. I was amazed at the sheer number of people neatly standing and eating at the long tables. So we went around, in between, through, behind the crowds to find the stall(s) that were selling the crayfish. We couldn’t find any! We deduced then, that everyone brings their own crayfish to the square and eats them there! This was confirmed later on by a Swedish friend. I found this really odd, as I thought it would make better practical and financial sense to have stalls selling crayfish so everyone, including noob tourists like us could partake in the crayfish party 😀 The big black thing you see at the back is actually a big stage where live performances by artistes were held every night during the festival.

 

 

 

 

The queue for churros was crazy!

 

One night, after a few nights of seeing the endless queue for churros, we decided to queue up ourselves 😛 And I must say that the churros was quite good! Comparable to the ones we had in Spain.

So, after close to 3 weeks in Malmo, we made our way home, not before a certain someone *cough cough* left behind his certain piece of circular shaped jewellery in the hotel room *rolls eyes* Thank goodness he got it back the very next day through a colleague of his who happened to stay at the same hotel. Otherwise, he would have incurred my wrath which can be, I must say, quite comparable to Medusa’s at times 😛

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Coming from Malaysia where Thai food is abundant and quite authentic if you choose the right places, I have always proclaimed Thai food as my favourite type of food. I could have Thai food every single day and not tire of it. My ultimate favourite would be the good ol’ tom yam. The hubs who does not quite like anything that has a hint of sourness to it prefers green curry.

The hubs has been to Malmö a gazillion times, and was introduced to this Thai restaurant by his colleagues and it is his must visit food place whenever he is in Malmö. He has stopped short of waxing lyrical about this place I suspect, because he knows how I crave Asian food and am always lamenting the absence of any decent Asian eateries in Modena, and worse still the absence of a place that sells Asian food ingredients rendering it almost impossible for me cook a decent, authentic Asian meal. Most of the Asian ingredients I have at home, have either been  smuggled brought in from Malaysia or London during my trip there last year. But that’s a story for another day.

So on Monday, for our very first dinner in Malmö, we unanimously decided on Thai food, and so he brought me to his favourite Satang Thai Restaurant.

The restaurant is run by a couple; Swedish husband, Thai wife. The hubs introduced me to the affable Thai lady who took our orders and we engaged in friendly banter as she cooked. The restaurant itself is small and cozy and decorated simply with Thai accents. Truth be told, I did not think the food would be all that spectacular.  I mean, authentic Thai food in Sweden? Yeah, right. Oh how wrong I was.

I ordered Tom Yam Goong with steamed rice, while the hubs ordered Green Curry with steamed rice. The food arrived and at the first slurp of tom yam, I was blown away. This was the real thing. Hot, spicy, sour and really authentic. Chockful of juicy prawns, mushrooms and coriander leaves, it was even better than some of the tom yam I had while in Thailand (believe me, I had plenty). The hub’s Green Curry was also superb, and I tasted bits of bamboo shoots and Thai basil in it. To top it all off, the serving was very generous and I was stuffed!

Tom yam goong

Green Curry

Pardon me for the pictures, we were in a hurry to eat (what’s new) and I only remembered to take a picture almost halfway through our meal.

We walked back to our hotel happy, stuffed campers. 😀

That was on Monday. Guess what we had for dinner on Tuesday? 😉 Haha, that’s right. We went back to Satang Thai again on Tuesday night for dinner 😀

This time, the hubs ordered wok-fried glass noodles and I ordered wok-fried noodles, the exact name eludes me now, but it’s very much like Pad Thai.

Pad Thai

Pad Thai - exact name eludes me

No picture of hub’s glass noodles as he had happily tucked into his meal and I didn’t want to stop the angry hungry man from eating 😉 As you can see from the picture above, the serving is really generous, the prawns were fat and juicy but what you don’t see is the side condiment of fish sauce with chopped bird’s eye chilli. Not for the faint hearted.

The folks here are really nice and ask about the level of spiciness which you would prefer. The menu is also extensive and they do takeaways. We will definitely be back a few more times before we leave Sweden. Drat, now that it’s lunch time, I am hankering for some Thai food!

So the next time you’re in Malmö and wondering where to eat, give this a try, you won’t be disappointed. *smacks tongue*

 

Satang Thai

Östra Tullgatan 1
211 28 Malmö, Sweden (close to Radisson Hotel)
040-611 50 26

Monday – Friday 11:00-21:00

Saturday 12:00-21:00

Closed on Sunday
 
 
 

 

 

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Hej, God mórgon!

That’s Hi, Good Morning in Swedish 🙂 I am now in Malmo, Sweden. The hubs and I will be here for the next 3 weeks. Since I have so many days to laze lounge about, I’m gonna take it easy and chill! We are staying at the Hilton, and I have a good view of the city from where I sit now.

McDonald’s is downstairs, so is a mall, a moneychanger is across the street, Asian restaurants at the next street, H&M is just downstairs too, and so is MAC (the cosmetics, not the electronic version). I couldn’t ask for more! Maybe better weather perhaps, coz it has been cloudy and drizzly. But as I said, I have 3 weeks here, I’m sure the weather will clear up.

View from my room

 

Spot H&M and McDonalds 😉

 

The flyer provided by the hotel says that there will be a Malmo City Horse Show from 13th-15th August, a Streetdance competition on 14th August and from 20th-27th August there’s the Malmo festival – the oldest and biggest city festival in Sweden with music, food and much more. That sure sounds like fun *rubs hands in glee* Looks like we chose the right time to be holidaying here.

I’m really liking the people here. Very friendly and polite, always with a smile, so unlike the nasty people in Italy. If only the weather was better, I would have half a mind to ask the hubs to move here instead 😉

Let’s hope the weather clears up a bit for better photo opportunities!

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I was commenting over at The Missus Blogs a couple of days back about my favourite broccoli dish. This is something that the hubs and I eat very often, and it’s such a simple, no-brainer recipe that it never crossed my mind to blog about it. This afternoon, I made this again, and I thought I would write about it. I make this dish when I don’t feel like slaving over the stove for something wholesome.

Cooking broccoli this way retains the attractive bright green colour that I love. Stir frying on the other hand tends to turn the florets a dull unattractive green.

 

Ingredients

1 head broccoli, cut into florets

300 g minced meat (chicken, pork)

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tsp sesame oil

2 tsp light soy sauce

1 tbsp oyster sauce (optional)

1 tsp + 1 tsp corn flour

Sprinkling of chili flakes (optional)

1 tbsp oil

1 tsp salt

Sprinkling of white pepper

 

 

 

Method

1. Marinate the minced meat with soy sauce, 1 tsp corn flour and white pepper. The longer you marinate, the better. If you do not have time, you can skip this.

2. Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil. Add salt. When water is boiling, add broccoli florets and blanch on high heat for 3-4 minutes. Do not overcook! Drain water immediately.

3. Meanwhile, in a nonstick pan, heat oil. Add garlic and saute. When fragrant, add in chili flakes and minced meat.

4. Brown meat till there are no pink bits left. Add more white pepper.

5. If you like your meat with a bit of sauce to it, add oyster sauce, water and 1 tsp cornflour to thicken.

6. Place broccoli florets on a dish, drizzle with a little sesame oil and add minced meat on top. Serve hot with white rice.

 

I could eat this everyday. You get your fiber and protein all in one dish, and with rice, you get your carbs too. Best of all, it’s super easy to make.

On a totally unrelated note, I’m absolutely loving the peaches that are in season now. So for those of you who can’t have the yummy fruits that I’m enjoying, here’s a picture for you LOL

 

Want some? 😉

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It was the hub’s birthday yesterday. Last year I made herbal mee suah, a tradition that symbolizes longevity. This year, he was travelling, and only reached home at midnight. It was too late to have mee suah, so I wanted something simpler in the form of a dessert.

So I made tang yuan. It is usually made during the Winter Solstice, and the round shape is meant to signify harmony and togetherness. It is also said that eating this signifies getting older. So based on that, I made this dessert for the hubs. I don’t think people usually serve tang yuan for birthdays, but a birthday is always a good time to indulge in something sweet, no? 😉

I used RasaMalaysia’s recipe here as her recipes have never failed me thus far. I did some modifications however.

Ingredients:

8 oz. glutinous rice flour
180 ml water (3/4 cup water)
1/4 cup black sesame seeds
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 stick unsalted butter (1/4 cup or 4 tablespoons)

Ginger Syrup

5 cups water (reduced to 4 cups after boiling)
1/2 cup sugar
4 oz. old ginger (skin peeled and then lightly pounded with the flat side of a cleaver)
1/2 teaspoon sweet osmanthus (optional) – I left these out
2 screwpine leaves or pandan leaves (tie them into a knot, optional)

Method:

1. Lightly toast the black sesame seeds over medium fire until you smell the aroma of the black sesame seeds. Please take note that the sesame seeds will start popping when they are heated, so use your lid to cover. Don’t burn the black sesame seeds; transfer them out and let cool.

2. Use a mini food processor to grind the black sesame seeds until they become fine. If like me, you don’t have a mini food processor, use a pestle and mortar and plenty of elbow grease to pound the seeds into a fine paste 😉

3.  Transfer the ground black sesame into a wok, add sugar and butter and stir well to form a thick paste. If it is too dry, add more butter. Dish out and let cool in the fridge. (This will make the filling easier.)

4. In a big bowl, mix the glutinous rice flour with water until it forms a smooth paste and no longer sticks to your hands. I found that I had to add more water than what the recipe specified. The trick is to add very little water gradually till you get a good consistency (not sticking to your fingers).

5. Divide equally into 16-20 balls (the bigger the size, the easier it is to do the filling). Flatten each ball in your palm, and then place some black sesame paste and lay it in the middle of the flattened ball. Fold the edge to seal the dumpling. Lightly roll it into a ball shape using both palms, very gently and delicately. Set aside.

6. Prepare the ginger syrup by boiling the water. Add the ginger and screwpine/pandan leaves (optional) into the water and boil for 10-15 minutes with medium heat. Add sugar and sweet osmanthus and boil for another 5 minutes. Lower heat to simmer and reduce to about 4 cups of water. Add more sugar to taste if you like.

7.Heat up another pot of boiling water. Drop the dumplings into the hot boiling water. As soon as they float to the top, transfer them out and into the ginger syrup. Turn off heat and serve the black sesame dumplings in a bowl immediately.

Note: You do not boil the dumplings in the syrup as you run the risk of having a dumpling leak and tainting your clear syrup.

The filling was sooooo good, I could have happily eaten it on it’s own.

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