Friday, May 25, 2018

Recipe: Keto Chicken Curry

Henry Tan | 5:31 PM | | | | | Be the first to comment!
If you are same like me, on a keto diet and looking for more ideas to prepare your keto meals, then here it is with the recipe! Bored of omelette, boiled egg, grilled chicken? Well, I made myself a thick creamy Keto Chicken Curry with high fat low carbs, you should try it too! 

Keto Chicken Curry

Yield - 5 servings
Prep - 10 minutes
Cook - 30 minutes

4 Tomatoes cut into wedges (Giant - RM1.99 per pkt with 8 tomatoes) - RM1
2 whole bulbs of crushed Garlic (Giant - RM1.54 with 5 bulbs) - RM1
8 tablespoons of Olive Oil - RM1
2 tablespoons of Unsalted Butter - RM1
1 packet of A1 Instant Chicken Curry Sauce (Giant - RM5.04 per pkt) - RM5.04
1.5kg of Chicken (Giant - RM5.89 per kg - Weekend Fresh Saver) - RM8.84
1 head of Broccoli (Giant - RM2.49 per pc - Weekend Fresh Saver) - RM2.49
1 head of Romaine Lettuce (Giant - RM1.99 per head) - RM1.99
250ml of Coconut Milk (Giant - RM1.99) - RM1.99

Total Cost - RM24.35
Cost per serving - RM24.35 / 6 = RM4.06


  1. Cut tomatoes into wedges, crush garlic and cut the chicken into all equal size.
  2. Heat up olive oil and butter in a large pot and fry garlic until brown to release the flavor. 
  3. Add tomatoes wedges into the pot as the heat increases the lycopene (่Œ„็บข็ด ) content, as well as the antioxidant levels. 
  4. Mix in a packet of A1 Chicken Curry Sauce and all the chicken into the pot until aromatic. 
  5. Add in 250ml of water (depending on the curry thickness of your liking) and let it boil.
  6. Add broccoli and coconut milk into the pot.
  7. Simmer over low heat until the chicken becomes tender. 
  8. Serve with romaine lettuce as the side dish. 

I got most of my ingredients from Giant Malaysia because it is located very near to my house. As a frugal #YourFinanceDoctor , I only buy when it is a good bargain, especially the chicken, which only limited to 3 birds per customer! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž

As it is quite a last minute decision to cook Chicken Curry, I ended up buying the ready made A1 Instant Chicken Curry Sauce, which could be contributing to the carbs. After checking from the nutrition facts at the packaging, I was shocked to find that the Carbohydrate consists of 58g, while 20g of fat and 8g of Protein.

Although it is still high fat, but the carbohydrate certainly at max level (recommended at 20g maximum). In other words, the other meal of the day would have to be all fat and protein without carb, which means back to egg again! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Anyway, I hope you like my recipe! Do take out the A1 Instant Chicken Curry Sauce and replace with curry powder, paprika, chili, onion, ginger. This way you can control on the carb level! 

Happy Keto-ing! 

KETO Diet in Penang, Malaysia

Henry Tan | 12:07 AM | | | 2 Comments so far
I cannot remember how I came across KETO diet, but it all started in the beginning of year 2018. For those who have seen me in person, would have the same doubt and asking the same question - "For real? You are god damn thin like a stickman!" (they judged a book by its cover, literally, with my clothes on!)

Well, I may look thin when fully clothed but deep down I am actually fat, at least according to the Body Fat Percentage. Don't show me this face ๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜’, you will understand after seeing the photo!

What is Skinny Fat?

Isn't it contradicting? "Skinny" and "Fat" at the same time? Well, the “Skinny” refers to having relatively low levels of lean muscle mass and the “Fat” refers to having too high level of body fat. So when you combine both – too little muscle and too much fat, you get the “Skinny Fat”! Let me show you my numbers back in 1st of March 2018 compare to the reference fitness level.

Numbers do not lie, so obviously I was having the skinny fat body type. Many people would assume that if their Body Mass Index (BMI) is within the healthy range, then they have nothing to worry about. WRONG! BMI does not tell you the whole picture, especially if you are skinny fat like me. So Body Fat Percentage and Muscle Mass Percentage play a huge roles too! 

Here comes the million dollar question!

Last few years, a lot of articles were telling me to bulk first, build some lean muscle with higher intake of protein. So I did, I took Serious Mass, a high calories weight gainer from Optimum Nutrition. Combining with frequent workout, I did gained some lean muscle especially on arm and chest while still having flabby waist. But muscles all went away when my workout reduced due to my work schedule and I ended up back to square round one! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

So I have decided that I would rather look skinny lean rather than just F-A-T since I cannot fix my workout schedule as my time kind of depending on my appointment with clients (this happens when #YourFinanceDoctor is not famous enough to let client accommodate my time๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข). Anyway, this is where I started to look at how to cut first. All the while I was taking low fat high protein meals, until I get to know about KETO. 

What is KETO?

The ketogenic diet, in short - KETO, is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. Hence, the body produces ketones in the liver to be used as energy. It is also known as low carb diet, low carb high fat (LCHF), etc.

Our bodies are incredibly adaptive to what you put into it – when you overload it with fats and take away carbohydrates, it will begin to burn ketones as the primary energy source. Optimal ketone levels offer many health, weight loss, physical and mental performance benefits. The Keto diet can even reduce seizures and widely accepted as treatment for epilepsy today.

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Like they always said, "Fitness is 70% diet 30% exercise" and "Abs are made in kitchen!" So I am on my journey to get leaner body, particularly no more flabby waist/muffin top and probably visible abs. My daily routine would be Keto Diet + Intermittent Fasting (16-8) + 1 Gallon Water and exercise. I am still improving my exercise routine though! 

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Nevertheless, I have seen some improvement, including waist reduced from 33 inches to 30 inches and lost 8kg in roughly 2 to 3 months. Although it is still a long way to go until the washboard abs became visible, but my target would be making it come true at the end of 2018! 

I measured this morning and my weight was 68.3kg! Body Fat Percentage dropped to 14.8% too. I believe my next target would be increasing my Muscle Mass Percentage. Basketball is fun but probably not helping me to gain muscle, so I would have to start lifting heavy with mass-building compound exercises.

The next question is...

Do you want to see this book without cover?
I promise it will be a thin one! #ifyouknowwhatimean
I was thinking to take photo from time to time as a record too.

Thanks to KetoJules, a Malaysian that records her Keto journey, as well as Suraya from RinggitOhRinggit, I was inspired to record mine too! If you are on a Keto diet, especially if you are residing in Penang, let's keep in touch! The Keto journey can be quite lonely in Malaysia, so it would be great to have a support group, especially on sharing the knowledge, be it workout, recipe and many more! 


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Ramadhan Buffet Dinner 2018 @ The Straits Cafe, Ixora Hotel Penang

Henry Tan | 9:58 AM | | | | Be the first to comment!
Selamat Berpuasa! The holy month of Ramadhan has started recently but there are still so many options out there to choose for Ramadhan Buffet Dinner. So if you are still finding one with reasonable price for your company gathering or friends and family gathering, this is it!

Citarasa Desa Ala Pak Nass Ramadhan Buffet Dinner
RM86 nett per adult
RM56 nett per children aged 4 to 12

Early Bird Promotion
RM70 nett per adult
Payment made before 25 May 2018

Once again Ixora Hotel Penang is offering their No. 1 Must Eat dish - Kambing Panggang Golek in Ramadhan Buffet Dinner this year. With the theme of Citarasa Desa ala Pak Nass, Ixora Hotel Penang offers an array of iftar offering, boasting more than 160 mouth watering specialties from Malay traditional cuisines. 

The Ramadhan Buffet Dinner at Ixora Hotel Penang offers various appetizers such as keropok, salads and sambal dressing. But truth to be told, my eyes are all on the Kambing Panggang Golek (Roasted Lamb)! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Chef sliced off the lamb from the live roasting station, while we queue and wait for our turn just to get a plate of that tender, juicy lamb! ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹

In fact, I would rate the roasted lamb as one of the best among all the buffet dinner that we had before! The way the chefs prepare and roast the lamb, they keep the lamb moist and juicy, and if you are smart enough, just like me, choose the cut with fats! Together with the mint sauce, I can finish the whole plate all by myself! ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹

For the main course, Ixora Hotel Penang serves all the delightful traditional dishes such as Nasi Minyak Pelangi, Ayam Kuzi Berempah dengan Kismis, Udang Goreng Nestum Daun Kari, Siput Lala Goreng Bercili, Tauhu & Tempe Goreng Kacang Panjang, Sayur Campur Cendawan Sos Tiram, Masak Lemak Petola, Suhun & Telur, Kupang Masam Manis and Gulai Ikan Keli.

Personally I love the Daging Dendeng Madu and Sambal Tumis Kerang Dengan Ubi Kentang. Even though the daging dendeng (sliced beef) looks black in color, but they are sweet and savory! Meanwhile the sambal tumis kerang (stir fried chili mixture with cockles) are delicious yet hot and spicy to tantalize your taste bud! 

Besides all the main course, there are a few live stations featuring all the Penang local delights too such as Asam Laksa, Char Koay Teow, Pasembur and Rojak Buah-buahan. To end the Ramadhan Buffet Dinner on a sweet note, various Kuih-muih Melayu, Biskut Raya and Kek Pilihan Pastri are available too!

During our visit there for the Ramadhan Buffet Dinner, Ixora Hotel Penang was doing their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) too! As the holy month of Ramadhan is the best month for Muslims to perform charitable deeds, the hotel organized an Iftar gathering for 25 children from Rumah Kanak-Kanak Taman Bakti. The kids were all happily enjoying Ramadhan Buffet Dinner and this is all it is about - to share the joy of Ramadhan, not just with friends and family but towards the society too! 

Go try it today!

3096 Jalan Baru, Bandar Perai Jaya, 13600 Perai, Penang, Malaysia.
T:+60 4 382 8888 (Ext 1404) | F:+60 4 382 8800 | M:+60 16 498 5823  
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Selamat Berpuasa!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Day 2 @ 3D2N Langkawi Trip

Henry Tan | 6:59 PM | | Be the first to comment!
Here's the Day 2 of our 3D2N Langkawi Trip so long after I posted on Day 1, hopefully I still can remember most of the trip details. ๐Ÿ˜… As you may know from my Day 1 post, we stayed in The Smith House hotel which is located in Padang Matsirat. 

Our 2 nights stay in The Smith House hotel inclusive of breakfast buffet for two, so we woke up early in the morning to enjoy our breakfast at their indoor restaurant, The Absolut. Nothing fancy, but just real hearty breakfast from a wide selection which features both local and international delicacies. ๐Ÿ˜‹

As a foodie myself, I rarely take the breakfast provided by hotel during vacation as I would prefer to go source around for local food or the so called "jalan-jalan cari makan". But since Langkawi is mainly famous for the seafood, so I didn't bother to try the local breakfast which probably same as Penang. 

After the breakfast at hotel, we headed north to our first destination. Since we rented a car so we decided to just go around, literally, the whole Langkawi Island in clock wise. So up north tourism spot is no other than the Langkawi Cable Car (a.k.a Langkawi Sky Cab) and Langkawi Sky Bridge. 

It was our first time visiting the Langkawi Sky Bridge as all the previous visits were either closed due to bad weather or under maintenance. We got ourselves the Basic Package with Malaysian IC at RM40 (adult) and RM30 (child), which inclusive of Sky Cab, Sky Dome, Sky Rex and 3D Art Museum. Thankfully we were early, so there wasn't many people to queue. 

***Tips: Go early in the morning to avoid hot weather and long queue!*** 

The Langkawi Cable Car / Sky Cab get us to the top of the mountain for great scenery. But in order to get to the Langkawi Sky Bridge, there is another Langkawi SkyGlide that we need to pay separately  RM15 (adult) and RM10 (child) at the Top Station. Worth it or not? First time probably yes, but certainly not for the second time! ๐Ÿ˜’

Since our ticket also inclusive of the 3D Museum, so we dropped by just to have a look. Yes you can tell that we are not so into 3D Museum, we never even visit the 3D Museum in Penang! But it was almost noon and the hot scorching sun was torturing us, so killing time inside the air-conditional museum would not be a bad idea. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

The timing for the other two Sky Dome and Sky Rex were not good for us so we didn't bother to go either. After the 3D Museum we left the place and continue our round island journey in clockwise. So up next, the famous Black Sand Beach, right up north of Langkawi island. 

It was around 1pm which is still hot outside so we didn't plan to stay long but rather just to "check in" and take some photos. More importantly, to let Bae take a look at the black sand since she never been there. The sand were really fine and soft, too bad it was not all black like how one would imagine.

After that we continue the round island journey with our red rented car. Since weather was really hot, so we skipped the hot spring at Ayer Hangat Village. Both bae and I skipped the Mini Zoo Langkawi, Langkawi Wildlife Park and Kilim Geoforest Park. We just want free and easy to go around. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Along the road Jalan Ayer Hangat on the east side of Langkawi island, we saw quite a number of signage towards the temples. So we dropped by Wat Koh Wanaram, a Thai Buddhish temple in Langkawi island. What caught our attention the most is the large white marble Kuan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) statue, overlooking the whole temple area. ๐Ÿ™

Since bae and I both are snake zodiac, so it was quite a surprise to find that the snake statue as one of the statues to pray. Probably there is a story behind, probably the huge snake safe guarding the place or something, in my own made up story. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Nevertheless, we prayed for health, wealth and happiness. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

As we already visited the Eagle Square in Day 1 which located at the south of Langkawi Island, so we skipped directly to Langkawi Parade Mall in Kuah Town. To be honest, there is nothing much in the mall. We had our late lunch at Waroeng Penyet, a traditional Indonesian restaurant inside the mall. I got myself the Ayam Penyet set at RM13.70 while bae got herself Bakso Soup at RM9. ๐Ÿ˜‹

After the late lunch, we went back to hotel for a quick shower then headed out for sunset dinner. Bae and I picked up Agnes, the future pilot, at her hostel near to Padang Matsirat. We headed to the Yellow Cafe located at the popular beach of Langkawi, Pantai Cenang. 

We had Spaghetti Carbonara (RM32), Penne Taccihno (RM34) and Special Yellow's Pizza (RM42). We also got ourselves some drinks, sparkling wine, Mojito and milkshake while enjoying the sunset. Food was amazingly delicious and great catch up with Agnes (my ex YE student) too! ๐Ÿ˜„

As the sun set, we walked around Pantai Cenang. We went to Cenang Mall for some shopping as well, particularly chocolate and more booze as it was the last night in Langkawi. Like the Cantonese saying goes "ๆฌขไน็š„ๆ—ถๅ…‰่ฟ‡ๅพ—็‰นๅˆซๅฟซ,ๅˆ็ณปๆ—ถๅ€™่ฎฒๆ‹œๆ‹œ!" We sent Agnes back to her hostel and we headed back to our hotel too. That's all for Day 2, free and easy! ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ‘‹

Stay tuned to our Day 3 @ 3D2N Langkawi Trip!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Teo Seafood Restaurant @ Kuah, Langkawi

Henry Tan | 9:15 PM | | | Be the first to comment!
During our 3D2N Langkawi Trip, I brought bae to Teo Seafood Restaurant for dinner. In fact, Teo Seafood Restaurant is my frequent place for seafood dinner every time I go to Langkawi. So if you are looking for a decent seafood restaurant with reasonable price in Langkawi, this is it! 

We went to Teo Seafood Restaurant during our Day 1 @ 3D2N Langkawi Trip after we visited Eagle Square and walked around Kuah Town. After we bought all the booze, we dropped by for dinner on our way back to our hotel as the restaurant is located along Jalan Padang Matsirat.

Kung Po Mantis Prawn - RM14 (Small)

Fu Rong Omelette - RM8 (Small)

Fu Rong Omelette - RM8 (Small)

Stir Fried Kang Kung Belaccan - RM10 (Small)

Golden Spicy Clam - RM14 (Small)

Deep Fried Squid - RM14 (Small)

Since there were only me and Bae, so we can't really eat much. We got ourselves 6 dishes all with small portion, but even so we were too full after the meal. The total bill came up to RM73.50 inclusive of a can of Guinness Stout, quite reasonable I supposed. 

Overall, I think they are all up to par, nothing fancy nor super impressive, but just good enough for a fulfilling decent seafood dinner without burning a hole in my pocket. That explained all the crowds there! Anyway during my visit, I realized there are many more seafood restaurant opened up, so if you have any better recommendation, please do let me know at the comment below! 

Teo Seafood Restaurant
Open daily
12pm - 3pm and 6pm - 11pm
Contact: 04-966 5520

Make reservation to avoid disappointment!

No. 30, Pusat Dagangan Kelana Mas, 
Kedah, 07000 Kuah, Pulau Langkawi

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