Last Monday the 19th was mum’s birthday. I have always wanted to make her birthday special. Special is incomparable if dad is around but since dad is outstation for this week, I thought
I had to make something to make her birthday a blast! The initial plan was actually to bring her to some fancy Japanese restaurant namely Ajisen Ramen. I even searched through several review blogs to see if Miri’s branch is serving the quality as good as I have heard.
But it just bumps me when I realised that I barely have enough to feed myself when I have 4 to feed when we get there. I thought about shamelessly extending my hand towards my dad to ask for more pocket money, but I’d figure I would be beheaded for shameless act like that so I thought that me and my siblings would split the bill between us. Little sister don’t have much to spare as she is saving for her next shopping trip in KL next January… *hangs head*
So I told everything to dear Kelvin and he suggested that I make her dinner instead. “After all, it’s the thought that counts, right?” he said. Preparing dinner was way behind my mind, and kudos for him to suggest me that idea ❤ So I scurried off searching for recipes that I can manage and ingredients that could be grabbed in Miri. Present was least of my worry and I have already prepared that along with my little sister’s help few days earlier. We got her this long necklace with round-pieces which we bought online from http://www.a-fashion-story.com. A nice place to look for affordable female accessories which are not too pricey and pretty too. I highly recommend this page as the ranges of accessories’ selections are wide, website is updated very often, services are very efficient as they get to you very quick should you have any inquiries and deliveries are fast 😉
I didn’t get to snap a photo of the necklace, but its really pretty 🙂
So the day before we went shopping for the ingredients we need to prepare for the next day, and for the cheese cake I actually googled a recipe from a fellow blogger here: http://www.goolooloo.com/food-hunt/how-to-make-chilled-yogurt-cheese-cake. I find her blog entries very useful as she writes reviews on all the available eateries outlets here in Miri, and this is also where I also chance upon her review on Ajisen Ramen. It is also here that I found out ways of making cheese cake without using the oven to bake it. Go check her blog out!
I also shopped for ingredients that I needed to prepare for the homemade siew mai, which I found the recipe here : http://www.mykitchensnippets.com/2008/04/siew-mai.html. I have tried making these once successfully last year, so I was confident this would turn out well as my family liked them when I first made them 🙂 So Monday morning, little sister and I began our work preparing the ingredient for these 2 items. We sort of cooped ourselves roughly around 4 hours in the kitchen making things right before setting them cold in the fridge and prepare them for dinner. I am also happy that my little brother also volunteered to prepare Butter Chicken for dinner, which contributed to the successfully filling dinner I have planned in my mind.
Steamed Siew Mai.
Bro’s Butter Chicken.
Cheese Cake, which turned out a little too jelly-o for putting too much gelatine
But other than that, I was happy things went well as planned even though we didn’t get to bring her to some fancy restaurant. Our cookings might not be as great as mum’s. But still, its the thought that counts most ;D
Lots of loves, Mama! ❤