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What did you have for lunch today Part 5

Continuing from the massive old thread(s) started by huiray.

Part 4 was http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/875754

Tell us what you had for lunch, whether fancy or modest, whether in a restaurant or at home; to desperation meals from the snack machine in the office coffee room...

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  1. Sunday brunch at Thirty8, the bright, airy eatery on the 38th floor of the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur. It was a buffet, and among the stuff I tried:

    - Roti Jala

    - Paratha bread

    - Chicken curry

    - Assortment of Chinese dim sum ... okay, I was greedy.

    Thirty8 restaurant occupies an entire floor of the Grand Hyatt, and has 3 large cooking/serving stations, offering Chinese/Malay, Japanese and Western/continental cuisines. The seating is spacious and fully-integrated, meaning one can order from any of the serrving stations.

    For Sunday brunch, one also has free-flow of fresh fruit juices and shakes, besides a huge plethora of all sorts of food items on offer, including hummus and pita bread (to appeal to Middle-Eastern hotel guests), hot soya milk and Chinese fritters (for Mainland Chinese guests), etc, the ubiquitous egg station, chicken sausages, turkey ham, beef bacon, etc. Interesting to note that the food here is all 'halal' (suitable for Muslims) as the hotel's owned by the Sultan of Brunei.

    Nice view from up there :-)

    1. Took a returning to work retiree friend to lunch. We had crab mixed with egg white on bow. It was too mild for my taste. Curried Chicken prepared in the style of Great China restaurant, more spicy. We both really enjoyed that. We were comped a fried won ton and pot sticker each.

      The curried chicken was so good that I'm going to finish it for dinner in a couple of hours instead of having venison French country style.

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      1. re: chocolatetartguy

        I'm glad the restaurant offered you guys the fried wontons & potstickers which should provide a good contrast to the crab-egg white & curried dishes: the Chinese usually like to make sure each meal's spread of dishes have a variety of flavors and textures.

        1. re: klyeoh

          Actually, I think it had more to do with my friend being a friend of the owner. Also, I am now approaching regular status, so I may get an extra on occasion. They were a nice contrast though.

      2. Traditional Malay lunch today of "Nasi Lemak" (coconut milk-flavored steamed rice) with traditional accompaniments of toasted groundnuts, crisp-fried anchovies, hard-boiled egg and a piece of Malay-style curried chicken.

        I also added a "popiah goreng" - Malay-style fried egg roll. The "popiah goreng" is somewhat similar to Indonesia's "lumpia goreng" and Filipino fried "lumpia", all of which are Chinese-influenced. The differences lie in the fillings of these egg rolls: the Malaysian "popiah" has grated turnips, carrots, tofu, and shrimp filling (very minute amount of shrimp), the Indonesian version wil have finely julienned carrots, cabbage, minced beef & egg, whilst the Filipinos have different variations of the lumpia, from the fresh (unfried) lumpiang sariwa filled with finely-chopped heart of palm, chicken & peanuts, to lumpiang Shanghai with carrots, minced pork, glass noodles (sotanghon) filling, etc.

        1. I've eaten through all the fruit and veg I bought to work, plus a bowl of porridge, and I'm still hungry.

          Still have a chicken stew and a youghurt, but god DAMN I could never be a vegetarian. I've barely stopped eating, I feel like a panda.

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          1. re: Soop

            "I've barely stopped eating, I feel like a panda."

            hahahah thanks for this.

            1. re: Soop

              Just saw this and it made me giggle.TOO funny!

            2. Leftover Indian food from Sunday night's dinner at Passage to India in Harrisburg.

              Basmati rice
              Passage naan (nuts, fruits and cheese variety- probably the best out of the restaurants we frequent.)
              Lamb rogan josh (so tender and meaty, better than I've had before)
              Shahi paneer( a tomato based sauce with paneer, onions and peppers. Would have preferred it a little thicker).

              Need to get out of my ordering rut.

              1. Lunch at Famous Bowl, a Taiwanese-themed eatery in Georgetown, Penang. Ordered a Taiwanese double-boiled pork-rib soup with bitter-gourd and sweet-corn. It was good.

                Followed by a bowl of stewed pork belly (with boiled egg) on rice. The stew had an intoxicating fragrance through the use of Chinese 5-spice - reminded me of Hong Kong's "small pot" rice covered with various types of cooked meats & vegetables, a common lunch take-out in Hong Kong.

                1. Shredded vindaloo duck salad with kale, cilantro stems and scallions with Sriracha vinaigrette. Lots of Asian ingredients, but the way this has been fused, I have to say it is all American.

                  1. Sandwich - wholemeal bread; supermarket smoked trout pate.

                    1. 'Nasi Kandar' - an iconic Indian-Muslim dish in Penang, Malaysia. I chose a whole deep-fried spiced quail, with cabbage cooked in turmeric and mustard seeds and hard-boiled egg. The "Nasi Kandar' man will slather a combination of different curry gravies onto my rice, resulting in a complex combination of spicy flavors.

                      1. The inevitable turkey and mango chutney sandwich - as tradition demands, made on cheap supermarket white bread. And a couple of homemade sausage rolls. Followed by a big dollop of sherry trifle. Should keep body & soul together for an hour or so.

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                        1. Last lunch for 2012 - Chicken Katsu Curry from Isetan supermarket's food section. The lunch set came with a miso soup which was the personification of umami ;-)

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                          1. re: klyeoh

                            First lunch of 2013 - slice of homemade pate, slice of bought quiche, homemade celeriac remoulade, homemade onion confit, bought bagel (toasted) . Yoghurt for afters and a slice of homemade flapjack to go with the coffee.

                          2. Simple lunch of Malaysian "roti canai", served with dhal curry. The version here in Kuala Lumpur was so crisp, light and greaseless, compared with the one at Rasa Malaysia in London

                            Granted that Rasa Malaysia's version was served with chicken curry, it was priced 20 times more than what I paid for my lunch here in KL today!

                            1. Leftover homemade curried carrot soup with ginger and miso, plus two toasted crumpets, one with butter and marmite, one with ricotta and honey. I had random cravings and no energy to cook.

                              1. Malaysian "roti jala" - net-like lacy pancakes, made from rice flour, coconut creme and tinged/slightly-flavored with turmeric, served with chicken-potato curry.

                                1. Serrano ham omelette, handful of rocket, two slices soya & linseed bread.

                                  1. Nicoise salad, followed by a goat's cheese tart.

                                    1. Monday- Fish soy + chickem curry
                                      Tuesday-Kabuli Palow
                                      Wednesday- Pad Thai
                                      Thursday- Fish sambal+ lamb curry

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                                      1. re: Paprikaboy

                                        Pancit Palabok? That's my fave Filipino noodle dish - fell in love with it at *first* taste many years ago. It was at a small, nondescript cafe in a mall in Makati - and their version of pancit Palabok, as I found out much later, was not anywhere near as good as some other ones one can find in the neighborhood. But at that meal at the time, everything seemed to magically come together where my tastebuds were concerned - the flavors, the textures. I simply loved it! The only other non-Chinese noodle dish in the world which I loved as much is the Burmese "mohinga".

                                        1. re: klyeoh

                                          Hi Kyleoh,

                                          It was just called Palabok.
                                          I'd not seen it at this place before but it was great.
                                          I'm off to Burma soon , what's "mohinga" like?

                                        2. re: Paprikaboy

                                          Palabok is also my favorite noodle dish! I traditionally have it every year on my birthday, but I'd eat it more often if I could. Where did you come across it across the pond?

                                          1. re: JungMann

                                            I had my very first Palabok from a cafe in Glorietta mall, Makati, way back in 2000.
                                            I now get my fix from one of the many Filipino eateries in Singapore.

                                            1. re: JungMann

                                              I had it in a small Filipino cafe in East London (Kayaban) near my of office.
                                              I'd been there before but had been unimpressed but saw a regular UK poster JFores had tried the palabok there so gave it another chance, glad I did it was a great dish.

                                              1. re: Paprikaboy

                                                Glad to hear you liked it! Palabok is supposedly one of those dishes people are wary of serving Westerners because it might be too "challenging," but I could never figure out what would be challenging about noodles and crackling in a creamy shrimp sauce.

                                          2. I had a kind of weird lunch (at least for me). I wanted to use up the last bits of pieces of things so I had 2 eggs scrambled with the last of a bag of chia seeds, a couple TBS black beans leftover from taco night and a small hunk of borderline feta. Served it with the last of my homemade salsa and the final shakes of a bottle of tabasco.

                                            I am very full.

                                            1. Leftover mushrooms and grape tomatoes from last night's take on boneless pork Marsala mixed with ledger rice and broccoli, a clementine and a banana.

                                              1. Yellow squash sauteed in olive oil, butter, splash of red wine, chopped onion softened with half a slice of diced applewood smoked bacon and some smashed garlic. Served atop a bit of warm pasta. (I admit to also sprinkling in the smallest amount of sugar and salt, as much as can be pinched between finger and thumb.) SO usually regards squash with the look of incredulity I'm sure I have on my face when he's happily consuming pickled herring, but even he concedes anything is better with bacon. ;)

                                                Washed down with a nice cold glass of milk.

                                                1. Pakistani briyani today. It piqued my interest as I wasn't sure how the Pakistani version would defer from an Indian one.

                                                  Anyway, the one I had today was absolutely delicious. Not sure if the one here was representative of Pakistani briyanis in general, but I really didn't detect any distinct differences between it and the various types of Indian briyanis I'd had - it uses basmati rice which has a fabulously fine texture, it's perfumed with cardamom, star anise, cloves, cinnamon and black pepper. There was also quite a bit of heat from ginger and onions. I chose the chicken briyani (there was also a mutton version on offer) and the spiced, baked chicken thigh was fall-off-the-bone tender.

                                                  A lentil dhal curry was slathered over the rice and chicken, and crisp, chopped cucumber and lettuce smothered with yoghurt were served as a side.

                                                  1. Hey, klyeoh; looks strange to have other people starting this thread, but you are the natural succesor, so congrats! Let's keep this one going, folks!!
                                                    Lunch today was so good! I had some leftover deli corned beef, so I diced cold potatoes and minced some onion, and made a hash, nice and crispy, with poached eggs, and chili sauce, and slices of pain de mie bread spread with unsalted butter and black raspberry preserves. To drink, big glasses of apple cider from a stand in Boonvile that were just like biting into an apple. Absolutely nothing creative, but delicious - and for that reason, Chow-worthy.
                                                    Have a good week, y'all. :)

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                                                    1. re: mamachef

                                                      Thanks, mamachef. Miss huiray's invaluable inputs and feedback here, but we're in touch via other means.

                                                      1. re: klyeoh

                                                        Yep, he's missed but alive and kickin' and spreading his inevitable brand of cheer (heh!) in other places, with other people....wish he'd stop in now and then.

                                                    2. Very boring today. Yogurt with berries and flax seeds.

                                                      1. Homemade cream of carrot soup, savory not sweet, plenty of garlic, thyme, marjoram, and parsley, bit of butter and a dollop of yogurt instead of sweet cream, good rich chicken stock base, wee grind of black pepper. Hot cornbread on the side. Good winter eats.

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                                                        1. re: afridgetoofar

                                                          That soup sounds wonderful. Must try. Might use mascarpone. yummy.

                                                        2. A big bowl of recycled homemade soup...Recycled cornbread,,,buttered and toasted!!! ~ Oh my!

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                                                          1. re: Uncle Bob

                                                            Sounds like a good 'ol GRIT lunch to me...

                                                          2. McD style fries with hot dog topped with cream chese and real bacon at a local stand. Mayo on the fries.

                                                            1. Lunch today was at Rajah Inn, a traditional old-style Chinese congee spot in Tiong Bahru, an oldish neighborhood in Singapore.

                                                              Teochew porridge consists of boiled rice congee, served with a selection of side-dishes. We had:
                                                              - Chicken curry;
                                                              - Peanuts stewed in star-anise-flavored soysauce;
                                                              - Salted ducks' eggs
                                                              - Minced pork with salted black beans
                                                              - Soy-braised hard-boiled hen's eggs and tofu cubes
                                                              - Steamed eg custard

                                                              1. Unagidon at decent sushi place in Philadelphia.

                                                                1. Lunch on the run today - grilled chicken breast-meat burger with fries.

                                                                  1. Sandwich: turkey, swiss on rye, toasted up in a sautee pan until cruncy. I used Thousand Island dressing and dijon mustard instead of the usual mayo and honey mustard.

                                                                    It was too cold in the kitchen for the butter to spread on the bread, so I put it in the pan first, and a bit again before flipping it.

                                                                    1. It's turned cold here again after a brief, false, spring, so something hearty sounded good. I made eggplant parmesan. Somewhat healthier recipe where the eggplant rounds are drizzled with olive oil and baked rather than being fried, before assembling with low-fat cheese, plenty of garlic and parsley and basil, and some good rich French red wine vinegar in the tomato sauce. Served with a side of gai lan blanched then quickly sauteed with olive oil and garlic, and a bit of whole wheat pasta.

                                                                      SO of course rendered his less healthy by dousing it with his beloved Tabasco. sigh But he ate it, and he squints warily at eggplants at the store and flinches when he sees them in the fridge; even he'll eat this preparation (after he makes sure he's killed the eggplant thoroughly dead with Tabasco).

                                                                      1. I hadn't posted on the lunch thread for a while, but enjoyed the "huiray-klyeoh" lunch party every day.

                                                                        Now I see that huiray hasn't posted in quite a while. Is there news about him that I missed?

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                                                                        1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                          He didn't miss a beat posting regularly now on a different forum. I can only guess what happened here....

                                                                          1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                            jmcarthur8 - huiray's posting his lunch experiences on eGullet these days:

                                                                            I'm a creature of habit, so it's still Chowhound for me ;-)

                                                                            1. re: klyeoh

                                                                              Thanks, klyeoh and RUK!
                                                                              I thought the worst ...we've lost some great contributors in the past few years.
                                                                              I looked at just the link you included for egullet. I'll have to take a little tour of more of the site sometime soon.

                                                                          2. No time for a proper lunch today :-(

                                                                            But managed to swallow (in 3 gulps) a teeny-weeny cupcake given out by a Chinese colleague to celebrate his new infant son being one-month-old (a Chinese custom - http://www.babycenter.com.sg/a1026578...).

                                                                            Anyway, the cupcake was decorated with a little marzipan infant, complete with a microscopic pacifier!

                                                                            I'm going to be hungry again later this afternoon.

                                                                            1. Some of the first real food I've had in weeks and weeks, though I've been getting waaaay better, and today it's all about matzo ball soup and chopped liver on rye w/ some hot mustard. No cel-ray on hand but bitter lemon will do just fine.
                                                                              Thank you for keeping the thread going, Klyeoh.

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                                                                              1. Public holiday in Kuala Lumpur today due to the Prophet Muhammad's birthday - a Muslim festival.

                                                                                Had brunch in the late-morning: Eggs Benedict :-)

                                                                                1. Jambalaya from the Big Easy Cajun restaurant. Didn't taste *too* authentic - but then, this *is* Singapore, not the United States ;-)

                                                                                  1. Saturday lunch in downtown Kuala Lumpur - steamed cassava with syrup and freshly-grated coconut, a Malay concoction.

                                                                                    1. Filipino chicken adobo with quail's eggs and potatoes, and a side of atchara (Filipino-style green papaya pickles)

                                                                                      1. Today I enjoyed two leftover Turkey Tacos topped with homemade Guacamole left over from yesterday.

                                                                                        1. Japanese bento lunch box from the local Isetan supermarket: consisted of a grilled mackerel brushed with soy-mirin, a piece of potato croquette, a slice of fishcake, a piece of rather salty fried chicken ("tori karaage"), slaw, pickled radish and steamed short-grain rice.

                                                                                          1. Defrosted a couple of slices of the homemade terrine that's been sitting in the freezer since Xmas. They became a sandwich. Small handful of pickled sea fennel on the side, to cut through the fattiness.

                                                                                            1. Slice of quiche lorraine. Houmous & rocket sandwich.

                                                                                              1. Overloaded on Chinese noodles - but loved spicy curry laksa with poached chicken all the same. Feeling pretty guilty about all the cholesterol intake now.

                                                                                                1. A really, really good pulled pork sandwich, with a killer chile habanero on the side :-D

                                                                                                  1. More a brunch than lunch on Sunday: Caesar salad, fried eggs and a bratwurst.

                                                                                                    1. A very virtuous lunch today - homemade celery soup, with a chunk of homemade bread.

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                                                                                                      1. Stuffed paratha from one of my fave Indian spots - delish! The crisp bread was a perfect foil for the spiced vegetarian (lentils, potatoes, onions) filling.

                                                                                                        Dessert was an Indian take on Malay "kueh dadar": a pandanus-flavored egg crepe wrapped around sweet coconut-jaggery filling, and a slice of glutinous rice cooked in jaggery.

                                                                                                        1. A "murtabak" - a South Indian pancake stuffed with minced, spiced chicken-meat, topped with pickled onions and served with a chicken curry dip. It was delicious - I suspect that the restaurant had just changed the chef recently (the previous one was *bad*).

                                                                                                          1. Cantonese wanton egg noodles, topped with curried chicken, kai lan vegetables and slivers of poached chicken liver.

                                                                                                            1. South Indian banana leaf rice, with 3 types of vegetable side-dishes (grated cabbage-coconut, curried water-spinach, and cucumber-pineapple-yoghurt relish), drenched with fish curry, pieces of curried fish-head (yep, you read this right) and topped with crisp papadums.

                                                                                                              Also ordered some chilli-spiced chicken pieces and grilled turmeric-marinated squid.

                                                                                                              Loved the fish eye-ball :-D

                                                                                                              1. Fried Hokkien noodles for lunch yesterday.
                                                                                                                Mexican enchiladas today.

                                                                                                                As William Cowper said, "Variety is the very spice of life" ;-)

                                                                                                                1. We'd planned this as last night's quick dinner after a movie but went to a chain restaurant instead. So, dinner has become lunch.

                                                                                                                  A chutney, Stilton, red onion and beetroot French toast sandwich. Handful of salad leaves to accompany. In spite of the anticipated Big Flavours, it was underwhelming.

                                                                                                                  1. Lunch today at Chawla's, a 53-year-old Indian restaurant in New Delhi: Malai chicken (lightly spiced), Spiced Paneer (Indian cheese), Dhal Makhani (stewed black lentils) with Naan.

                                                                                                                    1. Leftover lamb neck braised tomato sauce over fettucine.

                                                                                                                      So tasty.

                                                                                                                      1. A whole week in New Delhi (India) and lunches had been a train of delicious Northern Indian options. I'm just going to let the pictures speak for themselves ;-) , suffice to say, the *best* Indian food in the world can only be found in India, of course.

                                                                                                                        The dinners were stupendous affairs - these, I've posted in individual threads on the India/South Asia board.

                                                                                                                        1. South Indian banana leaf lunch with curried chicken, a dry mutton curry, assorted vegetables, crisp papadum and dhal/yellow lentil curry on rice.

                                                                                                                          1. just back from vacation, empty fridge and I managed to pick up a nasty cold somewhere in my travels yesterday. Lunch will be doctored up chicken noodle soup I found in the back freezer. I need something spicy!

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                                                                                                                            1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                              Nothing like some explosive chillis to clear the sinuses. Hope you get well soon.

                                                                                                                            2. Basic crispy tacos with seasoned ground beef, diced Roma tomatoes, shredded iceberg, grated x-sharp cheddar, and La Victoria Salsa Brava.

                                                                                                                              Jalapeno Ranch Style Beans as a side.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                Sounds great, love tacos.....

                                                                                                                                I've got to ask.....since I've been driving myself batty trying to find it, what became of the thread you started about what we're making for dinner, No. 1?? I saved it so I could contribute to it later, and now find out it is no longer there??

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                    By you or by the site? I would have loved to participate on it......

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                      By the site. But I see no reason we couldn't also post our dinner meals on this thread.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                        Did they even tell you why? Or give you the suggestion to move it to another board? Just seems a little random....

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                          Said it replicated a thread on the Home Cooking board. Which it did. But IMO, and as I stated in the thread, the General Topics board is a distinct community and therefore a replicated thread over here would prove interesting, unique and useful. But, oh well. Not my place to question the logic of superior beings.