Thanis Lim

All Rounder Chef and Food Journalist

Slow roasting tomatoes: Simply Delicious!

Here is one way to enhance the taste of your tomatoes. Since we can get them quite cheap in bulk from the markets, I usually take those small tomatoes, wash and cut them into half.

Toss with fresh thai basil, dried oregano, salt, pepper and drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, then arrange them nicely on a tray like this. I usually put two trays in my oven and switch on the convection fan. Set heat to 110 degrees celcius.

This is 5-6 hours later. See them all shriveled up. They will have the strong taste almost similar to sun dried tomatoes. Hmm...

Just toss them with your cooked pasta and shrimp or crab meat and you got yourself a tasty tomato based dish. Bon Appetit!

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Pureland Vegetarian Restaurant, Brunei

For Chinese, even if we're not full time vegans, some of us will be a vegan on the 1st and 15th day every month of the Chinese Calendar. We don't get many vegetarian restaurants in Brunei and I find that they tend to be quite pricey yet unsatisfying, not all, but most of them. I've ordered my share of vegetarian dishes and one notable dish was their vegetarian buttermilk prawns, which costs $8 but I see less than 10 pieces of vegetarian prawns in there. You can do the math on how much each 'fake prawn' costs. No wonder some people say it's not easy to be a vegan when you want to eat out.

However, not all is lost! There's finally a special vegetarian restaurant located in Menglait. Step forward Pureland Vegetarian Restaurant!

Brunei Times has already done a report here apparently! Now what's so special about this vegetarian restaurant you may ask.

First of all, it's a buffet style vegetarian spread. I simply like their vegetarian curry and they also have bittergourd with mock meat on that day. It's different dishes daily and they refill quite regularly here. Self service la of course!

They even add an international touch to it! Vegetarian Spaghetti! Served with deep fried wonton skins, tempeh or firm tofu slices. Hmm...

Even got drinks some more~

They sometimes have different types of juice and tea.

I simply love their vegetarian curry. Good stuff!

Besides soup and porridge, they also serve dessert. Hmm... this is green bean soup. Very light and healthy!

Bon Appetit! Your vegetarian buffet! Furthermore, you can bring your own container or use their wrapper to tapau food from here! Where else would you see any restaurant that allows you to tapau from their buffets? And now for the most unique reason this restaurant is special. For that rich spread and array of vegetarian dishes, you will wonder; how much do I have to pay?

You pay as you wish! You decide how much you would like to pay! This restaurant strives to serve the community especially when times are tough. It is also encouraging for those who want to be vegan but can't cook vegan food or can't afford to be vegan.

You do however have to do your part and only take what you can eat so you won't waste food. You also have to put the plates, cups and eating utensils back nicely into the special corner. Notice that people do a very good job piling the plates nicely there.

Just pay any amount you like~~

As you're about to leave the restaurant, just put the money into the cashier's mouth. Be kind and put in more if you're feeling generous. Don't be a poklen and come here to tapau for free ok? But if you're really broke and times are tough, come here and they will welcome you with open arms. Pureland Vegetarian Restaurant, truly a restaurant we Bruneians can be proud of. Don't you think so?

Pureland Vegetarian Restaurant
No.5 Simpang 28, Jalan Gadong,
Kompleks Hj Abd Rahman Bin Hj Hussin.
BE 3978. BSB Brunei.


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Lunch Review: Flavours

Just the other day, I decided to stop by Flavours in my search for the best nasi lemak in Brunei. Flavours can be easily spotted if you turn into central Gadong using the Simpang that's just after NBT Gadong, you won't miss it. As I was reading their menu, I caught a glimpse of their Nasi Lemak Special. For only $5.50, you get the fragrant coconut rice, fried chicken, black pepper beef and sambal sotong. On top of that, you also get a free ice lemon tea! Sounds like an awesome deal so I went for it.

The iced lemon tea came first and as I took a sip, I found that the balance of sweet and sour to be slightly off and I did not really like it. Not the usual refreshing taste I would get from a good iced lemon tea. That said, people had been telling me the drinks here are not bad and one should try their Java Shake and Tapai Shake.

Now on to the nasi lemak review. The rice has the good fragrant a good nasi lemak would have and also the texture was just right. Though it lacks the extra ooomph tastewise - it's passed the rice test. The chicken was crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. The only drawback for the chicken was the under-seasoning. Despite the good texture, it lacked flavour. The black pepper beef was tender and the sambal sotong was just the right chewy texture. The only drawback was that both were slightly saltier but once you mix them with the rice, it would be alright. I wasn't a fan of their sambal ikan bilis so I just ate my rice with the black pepper sauce and the sambal sotong. Overall, if you want a nasi lemak with a little bit more of variety, you should try this dish.

Overall the ambience was relaxing and the service was quite friendly when I had my lunch there. I wanted to try their famous Tapai Shake but then it was sold out, which gives me a good reason to come back here again.


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