Thanis Lim

All Rounder Chef and Food Journalist

The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Mata Mata Supasave branch

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The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf has opened a new branch at Mata Mata Supasave and this promises to be one of the great places to chillax for Brunei! You got the outdoor section for those who like the open air al fresco concept

 

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Inside – you got a pretty spacious area – with furniture of different heights to give it a very modern American cafĂ© feel ~~

 

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I like the display of their coffee beans and tea leaves for you to browse ~~ I am a very big big fan of their tea leaves and drink them pretty often at home.

 

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Now what makes this branch so special? Well – for starters – this branch has a dedicated hot kitchen and chef to prepare hot meals for you! If you’re a fan of their food in the Seria branch – you will be happy to hear the good news!

 

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Check out their all day breakfast menu ~~ now you can enjoy French toast even at NIGHT! A guilty pleasure!

 

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Their all day breakfast ~~ oooo that French toast certainly looks goood ~~ soft and tender egg soaked bread ~

 

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Fancy a chicken and apples salad while enjoying your tea or coffee? Yes please ~~

 

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Simple pan seared salmon with lemon and asparagus sauce ~~ a light healthy dish that can be good anytime of the day ~

 

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Their pastas are very American Italian – not the typical Italian style ones but I’m loving this Americanized carbonara ~~ creamy delicious plate of carbs! Come to papa!

 

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You can never so no to a comforting plate of creamy meaty saucy lasagna ~~~

 

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Pesto lovers rejoice! They have pesto pasta here! Ahh ~ the mixture of garlic, herbs and olive oil ~~

 

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Simple and down to earth seafood Aglio Olio ~~~ mmmmmmm ~~

 

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For those who want more punch to their pasta ~~ go for the Arrabiata pasta ~~

 

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Reedah Anak Brunei who has went to the Seria branch before asked if they have their famous Beef Stroganoff pasta ~ and yes they have it here!! OMG! If you love your beef ~~ this is your pasta! *slurps* Loving the sauce for this dish and the seared beef ~~ MMMmmmmmm!

 

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Last but not least is this bowtie pasta – served with mushroom and asparagus! Light creamy and yummy! I actually enjoyed this very very much! Thumbs up!!!

 

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If you are a fan of pizzas – they are offering Artisan rustic style pizzas that are the first of its kind to arrive in Brunei! In fact – I heard that Brunei is the first CBTL branch in the world to serve Artisan Pizzas!

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Two words! HAND MADE! RUSTIC LOOKING PIZZAS made to order!

 

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Coey showing off these yummy pizzas ~~

 

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Here’s the vegetarian pizza for those who love their grilled veggies ~~ nom nom ~~

 

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Diavola – pizzas with pepperoni and a spicy kick from Jalapenos!

 

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A classic but loved by many ~~ the margarita pizza ~~

 

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Mushroom cheesy pizzas for those who love the earthy umami flavours of mushrooms ~

 

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One of the crowd pleasers ~~ the Incontro Carne! Lots of meat and lots of cheesy goodness!!

 

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Love smoked Salmon? How about smoked salmon pizza ~~~~~~ that smoky briny salmon certainly goes well with these pizzas!

 

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*CRIES* Soooo beautiful ~~~ sooo sooo beautiful ~~~ come and let me eat you ~~

 

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Another crowd pleaser is their Quatro Formaggio ~~ which stands for Four cheeses ~~~ sooo sooo sooo cheesy I must say! Even cheesier than the pick up lines I think of when I try to hit on hot girls at Coffee Bean ~~ #lamebloggerjoke

 

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Happy faces  ~~~ pizza = happiness ~~~

 

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So what are you waiting for? Are you going to come over and grab some coffee or tea to chillax at the latest joint in town? Or you’re here for the yummy pizzas and pastas? Or the all day breakfast? Why not all?! Yay! #happiness

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Cooking tips: How to wrap Bah Zhang or Chinese Dumplings at Fun Bee Park

The Bah Zhang Season is upon us and most of us will be blessed with Bah Zhang to eat. Bah Zhangs are basically Chinese style rice dumplings wrapped with bamboo leaves. I was really excited to be invited to a Bah Zhang gathering where home chefs bring in some of their best home made Bah Zhang from their home kitchen family handed down recipes! wOO hOO!

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There are different types of Bah Zhang depending on which province you originated from.

 

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Some are stuffed with stewed pork belly with mushrooms and salted yolk, some just with peanuts, some with red bean paste, and some even with spiced curry.

 

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The type of rice is generally sticky rice but I’ve seen some even made with black glutinous rice or wild kampung rice, which gives a more interesting colour contrast.

 

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They come in all shapes and sizes depending on how you wrap them!

 

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Oooo DROOLS~~~

 

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Black Glutinous Rice Vegetarian Versions!

 

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One of my favourites at the Bah Zhang event is the Nyonya Bah Zhang with blue flower dye!

 

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Being a multicultural event – there’s no pork in the bah zhangs we have today – halal versions ~~

 

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Everyone was happy to bring their dumplings to share ~ we even had a dumpling wrapping competition with attractive prizes!

 

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Cecilia was so generous to give us some jumbo tiger prawns to bring home ~ look forward to a prawns sharing session in the future!

Generally, especially amongst the younger generation, we don’t really learn how to wrap a proper Chinese Dumpling. We only know how to buy and eat – and the art of family members gathering together to wrap dumplings as a family is a rarity. Here’s a video I snapped while at a Bah Zhang event where we get to eat different types of dumplings from different cultures! This video is in Mandarin language, and gives you tips on how to wrap bah zhang. I hope you enjoyed this video – many thanks to Sister Ah Yan who taught us how to wrap Bah Zhang step by step ~~ and for being so patient with me (my camera actually ran out of battery half way through recording and I have to keep reshooting! and Cecilia from Fun Bee Park and Mei Ting from RTB PIlihan FM for organizing this!

 

Enjoy the video on how to wrap Bah Zhang!

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Marrybrown and Universal Studios collaborate for release of Jurassic World.

With a lot of anticipation surrounding the release of Jurassic Park’s upcoming sequel, Marrybrown is proud to announce its first collaboration with Universal Studio for the release of Jurassic World movie premiering 11th June in Brunei!

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Watch the epic trailer of Jurassic World if you haven’t! Features Chris Pratt, the same hero of the Guardians of the Galaxy!

This fourth sequel to Jurassic Park takes audiences to 12 years after the first Jurassic Park movie, in which they abandoned the park at the end but this time, they managed to create a new and improved fully operational dinosaur theme park.The rides are packed and the park is thriving, and there are lots of dinosaur species but they want to create even scarier dinosaurs to attract more sponsors and audiences.

 

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Photo from http://www.jurassicworldnews.com/ Say hello the the villain of Jurassic World ~~ The Indominus Rex!

In the Hammond Creation Lab, with state of the art genetic engineering facility, they created a hybrid dinosaur known as Indominus Rex which gives you chills down your spine yet marvel at how awesomely powerful this new dinosaur is! Move over T-rex ~~ this is the real deal!

 

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“We are committed to create memories for families. Jurassic Park movie was a sensation back in 1990s and collaborating with Universal Studios to premiere Jurassic World this year allows us to share our consumers’ enthusiasm of dinosaurs. We’d like to reward our consumers with our awesome and unique Marrybrown’s Jurassic World collectibles,” says Dato’ Joshua Liew, Marrybrown’s CEO.

 

Watch the trailer of Jurassic World Marrybrown Commercial

 

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Enhancing the Jurassic World enthusiasm, Marrybrown will be packed with all kinds of dino-collectibles up for grabs throughout the Jurassic World premiere. Marrybrown’s purchase-with-purchase promotion will run for 7 weeks starting 18th May. We are thrilled to promote our one-of-a-kind Jurassic World collectibles like Colour Changing Aluminium Tumblers, B$4.90; Green Tumbler (18th May – 24th May); Red Tumbler (25th May – 31st May); Blue Tumbler (1st June – 7th June), Jurassic World Soft Pillows, B$6.90; T-Rex Pillow (8th June – 14th June); Jurassic World Pillow (15th June – 21st June) and Jurassic World Kid’s Watches,B$2.90; Orange or Yellow Watch (22nd June – 28th June) and Green or Pink Watch (29th June – 5th July).

 

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Have you collected these bad boys yet? My two nieces loved them very much especially when they change colour!

 

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There will be a total of 9 collectibles and with a minimum purchase of B$5 from our Marrybrown menu, you can grab each collectible at its promo price while stocks last at Marrybrown!

 

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Mmmm ~~ this delicious Nasi Lemak Marrybrown should be enough for me to buy that nice Jurrasic World Merchandise at promo prices!

 

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Gotta love their Fish burger ~~ with their in house special tartare sauce ~~ really yummy!

 

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For your info, Marrybrown is located just opposite the Mall main entrance and they actually have quite a cosy welcoming ambience. They also have 1st floor with a kids section!

 

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Fancy sitting on the swing while eating? Hee hee ~ go up to the 1st floor and bring your kids!

 

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Looks really fun to sit around with friends and family while enjoying a good meal at Marrybrown ~~

 

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On Wednesday night, members of the press, along with lucky winners from the public who participated in Marrybrown competitions got together to enjoy a screening of Jurassic World! Needless to say – the movie was adrenaline charged and action packed till the end!

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Enter the world of Dinosaurs, experience the thrill and excitement ~~ enjoy the food at Marrybrown and grab their Jurassic World Themed Exclusive Merchandise from Marrybrown! Do you want a T-Rex Pillow? I’m sure you do!

 

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One of my favourite scenes in the movie!

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