A failed Soya experiment!

More than a month ago, I tried to grow me some Soya sprouts so we can have some of this and this.

Unfortunately, for some unknown reason the beans started became spoiled and smelly to the point that I was already more than a week and there still no sign of sprout coming out of the beans. I even notice that some beans have molds growing on them, which explains the funky smell.

I did follow the steps indicated here and I followed them to the “T”. The only explanation that I could think of is that the soya beans that I used are old, we probably have those soya beans for more than a year now, why they did not produce and sprouts. 🙂

I will probably try growing some soya sprouts but until I can buy me some new beans, I’ll just keep looking at those soya sprouts dishes with a heavy heart and “empty stomach”.

Mr. Dainty – Riyadh

If you’re craving for pearl shake, specially now that the Riyadh Summer is fast approaching. , then you definitely need to visit Mr. Dainty, never mind their tasty treats, their milk tea or bubble tea as they all them, will make the trip worth while.

Checkout some of the photos that I took at the store;

They currently have 5 stores in Riyadh; Al Qasr Mall in Al Suwaidi, Ground floor of Al Hamadi Hospital, Riyadh Avenue Mall in Al Murabba and at the first floor of Lulu Hypermarket in exit 30, Khurais road, and the one that we visited, right in front of Riyadh Military Hospital in Sulaimaniyah.

Their menu;

Mr. Dainty that has been in business (Bakery Brand) from the year 2013,It’s market Origin of Taiwan by Mr. Huang and who is self founder of Mr. Dainty.

Mr. Huang is the first person who brought the tasty and healthy bread to introduce in market of Middle East.

Mr. Dainty provides the excellent track record for the best customer satisfaction. We have a different kinds of Bread’s/ Coffee and Ice Crush that will surely suit your taste made with high quality ingredient, prepared with hygienic and the services provided to the customer. We believe in keeping the customers happy and providing them with products at a very competent price. We have an constant vision along ideas by keeping our company and informing about the market trends as per Customer taste to serve better.

Contact details:
Facebook: @Mr.Dainty

#POTD: Fushi in Alkhobar

Last Christmas weekend, we went to Al Khobar to visit my better-half’s sister and also spend Christmas eve outside Riyadh. We usually spend the mornings and afternoon walking by the Khobar Sea Front, which is always refreshing specially this cold season. Before we went back to Riyadh, we had a chance to try and eat at Fushi, a Japanese restaurant with a a distinct Asian fusion.

Asian Alfredo Noodles

Chicken Tempura Ramen

Beef Ramen

Sushi Bar and their friendly staff.

Their menu on iPad. I have a video of their menu embedded below.

Video of their menu using iPads;

Here are all the photos that I took;

Their menu features traditional Japanese, Thai, Italian, and serve dishes like sushi, teriyaki, teppanyaki, Ramen, tempura and more. Another thing that I like about Fushi is that they offer food delivery but within the Al Khobar, Dhahran and Rakkah area only. If you’re asking the price, well Fushi is not the place if you are looking for cheap Japanese food, because it’s a bit pricey but their servings is large which justify the price, plus their home made iced tea, is refillable, which is a big plus for me.

If you like to know more about the restaurant, their menu or order food for delivery, you can reach them thru the following channels;
Website: http://sofushi.com
Tel.: +966 13 898 9595
Email: info@sofushi.com
Facebook: /Fushi.Cuisine
Instagram: @Fushi_Cuisine
Twitter: @Fushi_Cuisine

If you’re in the Eastern region and want to visit their store, here’s a Google map of their location.

#POTD: QuickChow Oriental Noodles & Rice House

As you can see from my posts, we really love eating specially chinese food and if you happen to be in Riyadh Gallery there’s one Chinese fastfood stall that you may want to visit, QuickChow Oriental Noodles & Rice House.

From the name itself, its menu are mostly noodles like the stir-fried beef with Udon in Teriyaki sauce, that I ordered. They will cook your order right in front of you, so you can be sure that there’s no paranormal activity in preparing your food. They also have different kinds of Maki rolls and if you prefer rice, they also offer than.

QuickChow’s dishes are reasonably priced as well. Their stall is at Riyadh Gallery Mall level 2 Food court. Also, QuickChow offers food delivery via their WhatsApp account (053-002-0760) from 1:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

You can also reach them thru their social media accounts;
website: qcnoodles.com – still under constructions
IG: quickchow.sa
Twitter: @qcnoodles
Facebook: @quickchow

#POTD: Panda Express

If you’re craving for some Chinese food but prefer to have it fast, then you may want to visit Panda Express in Thalateen, near Tamimi Plaza. Panda Express is a US based Chinese restaurant that was founded in 1983 at the Glendale Galleria in Glendale, California. The Panda Express in Riyadh is their first store in Saudi Arabia.

If you’re going there, I recommend the Orange Chicken, which is a crispy-fried chicken wok-tossed in a sweet and spicy orange sauce. Plus their iced-tea is refillable. 🙂

We visited the restaurant a number of times now, which tells you that we really like eating them. Here are some of the pictures that I took, from our last visit.

Since there’s no information on their website and it’s for their head office, here’s where you can get in touch with them.

Location: Thalateen Street cor. Dabab Street, inside Tamimi Plaza, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Tel.: +966-11-415-4100
FB: @PandaExpressKSA
Twitter: @PandaExpressKSA
IG: @PandaExpressKSA

Cooking Lazy: Steamed Veggies and Baked Salmon with Potatoes

Apparently, when you too lazy to cook you tend to cook some healthy food. Healthy meaning less oil, less salt but more on fiber and protein. Here’s a quick recipe that I usually cook when I’m short on time.

Steamed veggies

  • Brocolli (clean and sliced to even size)
  • Cauliflower (clean and sliced to even size)
  • Green beans (clean and sliced to even size)
  • Carrots (clean and sliced to even size)
  • 3 cloves of garlic (optional)

Baked Salmon

  • 1 or 2 corn cob (optional)
  • 2 medium size potato
  • 1 or 2 medium size sweet potato (optional)
  • 3 to 4 slice of Salmon (with or without scale)

Now for the cooking process.

For the Steamed vegetables;

  • Clean and cut all ingredients to same portion then place them inside the steam tray.
  • Using a steamer, boil at least 1 liter of water and then place steam tray with the veggies on top of the boiling water.
  • Cover it and wait to cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until tender.
  • Once cooked, add a pinch of salt and pepper for taste.
  • This part is optional;
  • Crush and chop 3 cloves of garlic, using olive oil, fry the galic until golden brown.
  • Turn off the heat and apply a small amount of salt and then drizzle the olive oil and frie garlic on the cooked veggies.

Baked Salmon and Potatoes

  • Marinate the Salmon with a small amount of salt and pepper. Then set aside.
  • Wash and clean the potatoes, sweet potatoes and corn. You can cook both the potatoes and sweet potatoes with the skin, just make sure you clean it properly.
  • Remove the corn hair and husks if you will cook it with the potatoes and sweet potatoes in the baking pan, if not you can keep the husk and hair.
  • Drizzle a small amount of olive oil or any vegetable oil on the baking pan then place the Salmon, chopped potatoes, sweet potatoes and corn.
  • Preheat your oven at 200° for 5 minutes, then place the baking pan with the ingredients in the oven and cook for 20 to 25 minutes.
  • You can cover the pan with an aluminum foil for the first 15 minutes to keep the moisture in and then remove the foil the rest of the way.

Once cooked, you can serve with the steamed veggies with or without rice/bread. The whole procedure only took me 30 minutes including the preparation of the ingredients.