Sunday 27 December 2009

Unbaked Strawberry Cheesecake

1 1/4 Digestive cracker -crushed
1/4 cup butter -melted

1 package cream cheese (250g)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
a dash of lime juice
1tsp of halal gelatine dissolved in 1/4 cup of hot water
1 cup whipped cream
1 cup fresh strawberries
1 cup cut strawberries
1. Mix together crushed crackers and melted butter in a bowl until well mixed and crumbly. Press into a pie plate, going up the sides as much as possible.
2. Beat together the cream cheese, lime juice and sugar in a bowl until smooth and spreadable.
3. Add in gelatine mixture.
4. Whisk whipped cream and add into cream cheese mixture until smooth.
5. Scoop out a little bit of the cheese mixture and whisk it with fresh strawberries.
6. Pour creamy cheese mixture into prepared crust. Smooth the top with a spatula.
7. Pour the strawberry mixture over of the plain creamy cheese and refrigerate until firm, about 2 to 3 hours.
8. Arrange the cut strawberries on it depending on your preference. Refrigerate for another 20 hours before serving.

Thursday 24 December 2009

Hotels with halal kitchen in Bangkok

The hotels listed below have halal kitchen@restaurant in the premise.
Some of the hotels do not serve halal food in their buffet breakfast as the restaurants usually operate separately. Kindly enquire in advance.

1. Royal Orchid Sheraton Bangkok (has a Muslim chef at restaurant)

2. New World City Hotel (Muslim owned)

3. First Hotel Bangkok (halal breakfast & halal restaurant)

4. Grand Diamond Suites Hotel (has a Halal Restaurant)

5. Resort Bangphlat (Muslim owned)

6. The Regent (Muslim owned)

7. The Gallery (Muslim owned)

9. Baiyoke Suite Hotel (has a Muslim Chef at the restaurant on 5th floor)

11. Chaleena Hotel (Muslim owned)

12. Chaophya Park Hotel (has a halal restaurant)

13. Nuovo Hotel (Muslim owned)

14. Khurana Inn (has a halal restaurant and serves halal Indian breakfast)

#Click on items to go directly to the hotel sites.

Halal hotels & Restaurants in Krabi

There are many halal hotels in Krabi but this particular hotel has been recommended by a friend who would stay there whenever she goes for diving in Krabi. Check it out at: (Muslim owned)

Other halal hotels:

Aonang Orchid Resort (Muslim owned)

Sand Sea Resort (Muslim owned)
+66 75 819 4267

Sunrise Tropical Resort
+66 75 819 420

Sripet Hotel
+66 75 612 2012

Somkiet Buri Resort
+66 75 637 9901

Railay Village Resort and Spa Krabi
+66 75 622 5789

Halal Restaurants:
Kor-Bua Restaurant, Ao Nang
+6681 893 8611 / +66 75 644 458

Ruean Thale Floating Seafood Restaurant
+66 75 611 118 / +66 81 537 2471
(Call in advance for reservation and transport will be sent to pick you up from your hotel)

Rabeab's kitchen (international buffet)
3/2, Krabi Road, Paknam Muang, Krabi.
+6681 958 8405 / +6675 622 830

p.s. there are many other restaurants as there's quite a big Muslim community in Krabi. Don't miss going to the night market if you see one. More halal local food is available here.

Tuesday 8 December 2009

Muay Thai at MBK

Regret to announce that this free show is no longer available.
-June 2010

If you're in Bangkok in December and would like to see the Muay Thai live show, do drop by at MBK Shopping Mall on Wednesdays between 6-9pm. To get to MBK, take the BTS skytrain to National Stadium station.
Halal food is available at the Fifth Avenue International food
court on Level 5 and the other food courts on level 3(Zone D) and level 6.
Musolla is at the exit to the carpark on level 6 between Zone C and D.

Thursday 3 December 2009

Secret Recipe Outlets in Bangkok : Are they 'halal'?

Secret Recipe is a growing Malaysian food chain in Thailand, especially in Bangkok. Many of us are not sure of its halal status of the outlets.
Recently I managed to contact the management to enquire regarding this crucial matter.
Below are the responses I received that I would like to share with all of you:

Email 1: 1st Dec 2009

Dear Lynn,

Thank you very much for interested Secret Recipe, we are grateful for the pleasure of serving you.
And thank you for being our valued customer, we really appreciated you for taking your valuable time giving us your feedback.

As the question about the Halal and Halal certification, we do serving Halal food&cake but we don't have Halal certification at this time, really apologize about that. Anyway welcome to Secret Recipe in Thailand.

Please don't hesitate to contact us, if you have any question or some information is helpful to take us to better level of serving.
We will hope to serve you again in the future.

Yours sincerely,
Panatcharee Youngsuwan
Assistant to General Manager

Email 2: 2nd Dec 2009

Dear Khun Lynn,

We have a plan to apply the Halal certification, we have just received the certificate of GMP and HACCP.
We are waiting for the approval from Halal certification which may take a little bit of time.
Anyway, our factory practice is complied with Halal since established.

We will let’s you know soon. And thank you again for taking your valuable time giving us your feedback.

Yours sincerely,

Panatcharee Youngsuwan

Assistant to General Manager

Email 3: which was the reply to my friend's query

Dear Mr. Shazril,

Thank you for your support to Secret Recipe.

With regards to your inquiry on the Halal certificate, we would like to informed you that we are now in the process of having the certificate for our central kitchen. The process will be complete in a few months.

However, our central kitchen has been working according to the Halal guideline since the opening. All the concerned supplies are from the Halal certified suppliers such as chicken from CPF.

Hope to see you at one of 22 Secret Recipe in Thailand....

With warm regards,

Chirawat S.
marketing manager

To view the branches location in Bangkok click here
To view the menu offered click here

Tulip Farm in Bangkok

Click on map to enlarge.

Do you know that tulips from the Netherlands are grown in the province of Nonthaburi? If you happen to be in Bangkok during weekends between 24th. December 2010 and 27th. February 2011 you should not miss visiting this special farm, known as “Suan Tulip Non” on Chengwattana Soi 28, just before the Central Plaza Changwattana. This year, it opens from 10am till 5.30pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only.

The overall environment in the farm has been adjusted for the tulip season with new plants, fountains and a small garden being added. With only a 20 THB entrance fee, you’ll be able to feast on the beauty and magnificent tulips and other cold-climate European flowers. The Central Plaza Chang Wattana provides parking space for visitors to the farm.

For your information, U&V Inter-Trade Co., Ltd has started to grow and nurture these beautiful tulips since 2007. The farm has grown over 18 species of tulips and 10 other cold climate flowers. The Red Gavota tulip, which is also grown in the farm has been selected as one of the world top 20 most fascinating tulip flowers by the World Tulips Lover Association.

Let’s not miss this once a year chance and have it treasured in our memory forever.

What? Tulip Farm

Where? Chaengwattana Soi 28, Nonthaburi.

When? Friday-Sunday between 24th December 2010-27th February 2011 ; 1000hrs-1730hrs

How to get here? Take the Viphavadee-Rangsit Road and exit at Chaengwattana ramp. Go along the busy main road and turn into Soi 28, just before reaching the Central Plaza Chaengwattana. Vehicles can be parked at Central Plaza carpark with free shuttle to the farm.

By bus: No.166 from Victory Monument. Walking from Victory Monument BTS station, head towards northwest of the monument to board the bus. Alight at Central Plaza Chaengwattana and head for the carpark behind a dog grooming shop to take the free shuttle to the farm. The shuttle is available on Saturday and Sunday only,

By van: Take the Van to Pakkret from Victory Monument and alight at Central Plaza Chaengwattana.

By BTS: Alight at Mo Chit Station and take a cab to Central Plaza Chaeng Wattana or straight to the Tulip Farm.

# Halal food is available at the Central Plaza Chaengwattana food court.

Besides that Mumtaz Restaurant is also available near the Tiwanon-Samakhi junction. Taxi fare to Mumtaz Restaurant is about THB60.

Masjid Darul Muttakeen is not far from Mumtaz Restaurant. Refer to the map above.

Muslim vendors near the masjid.
Suan Tulip Non (Nonthaburi Tulip Garden),
Suan Tulip Non is located on Chaeng Wattana Soi 28,
off Chaeng Wattana Road in Nonthaburi province's Pak Kret district, Thailand
Opens from 24 December 2010 - 27 February 2011
Fri, Sat, Sun only 10:00-17:30

โทร Tel 0 2962 0788 ext 2
สวนทิวลิปนนท์ อ.ปากเกร็ด จ.นนทบุรี
เปิด 24 ธันวาคม 2553 - 27 กุมภาพันธุ์ 2554
ศุกร์ เสาร์ อาทิตย์ 10:00 -17:30

Wednesday 2 December 2009

Talaat La Laai Sap, Silom Soi 5, Bangkok

This day market literally translates as “spend all the money you came with”. Located near the huge Bangkok Bank building in Silom Road and within the narrow, alley of Silom Soi 5 - or Soi La Lai Sap – the lane is lined with stalls mainly selling men’s and women’s clothing, plus fresh fruit and other items. Good quality Thai silk and branded clothing items and accessories are also available in Trinity Mall in the alley.

The market opens on weekdays from 9 am-3 pm, while prime shopping time is from noon until around 2 pm. Credit cards are not accepted here.

To get here:
1. take the MRT to Si Lom station and take exit 2. Walk down Silom Road for about 5 minutes until you see Silom Soi 5, and you’re there.

2 from BTS Sala Daeng, take exit 1 and walk straight down Silom Road for 3-4 minutes to Silom Soi 5.

3. from BTS Chongnonsi, take exit 4, walk down the steps and turn right at 7-Eleven. Walk straight into the alley and you'll see the market.

Phak sot : fresh vegetable
Stoberi = strawberry
het = mushroom
Plaa dook foo = catfish salad/kerabu ikan keli
Phonlamai = Fruit

Halal food is available, too. Look out for the 'halal' sign.