Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Recipe: Cream Cheese Dip with LINGHAM Chili Sauce

We’re almost at the end of 2017! Time to put on the thinking cap and prepare for the many celebrations of the festivals to come. Who doesn’t love parties? Besides loving the idea of parties, I love to be able to cook and also enjoy these festive parties with family and friends. In fact, it’s the perfect excuse to celebrate the season with good food and great company…

I was surfing the web for some ideas when I came across a very simple recipe using sweet chili sauce for a dip. Needless to say, the first thought that came to my mind was my all-time-favorite LINGHAM’s Chili Sauce. The ever versatile chili sauce is always available in my pantry. Now with the various flavours, it’s easy to use LINGHAM to whip up a dish as always.

Every party should have a dip! It’s one of the greatest appetizer that never fails to attract me when I am at a party. Usually served with a few textural ingredients to accompany the dip, it makes such an attractive as well as pretty platter every time on the table. Dips should be relatively easy to make and can be prepared in advance to save time for a party.

Since I enjoy cheeses of all sort, I decided to put a twist to this Cream Cheese Dip with LINGHAM Chili Garlic Sauce. Not only is this dip so easy to make, one can make this in advance and keep it chilled in the fridge till serving time. It barely took me 5 minutes to whip this up and serve it will some of my favorite chips, fruits and vegetables.

I used LINGHAM Chili Garlic Sauce this round because I like to add a bit of garlicky depth to my dip. Works out perfect as LINGHAM Chili Garlic Sauce has just the right balance of sweetness coupled with subtle garlic notes to give this dip a moreish note.

This is really one of the easiest recipe ever for a party and makes an impressive presentation. The creamy and luscious dip goes especially well with crisp green apple slices and toast. It has a savory and sweet flavour with light hint of heat and garlicky note. Even my little boy enjoyed this a lot despite the little heat and couldn’t help but to keep going back for more dip with nachos chips. I hope you enjoy this recipe, even if its not for a party…


250gm        Cream Cheese
¼ cup          LINGHAM Chili Garlic Sauce
2-3 stalks    Green Onions (chopped finely)
½                Lemon (squeeze juice)
1 Tbsp         Sour Cream (optional)
Serving Ingredients
Cracker or Toast
Nacho Chips
Cherry Tomatoes

Leave the cream cheese to soften at room temperature.
Place cream cheese, sour cream, chopped spring onion and LINGHAM Chilli sauce in a bowl.
Add in lemon juice and mix well until combined.
Transfer to a bowl and serve chilled with the serving ingredients.

Extra Notes and Tips
  • Sour Cream is optional but I find it lightens up the heavy cream cheese
  • Substitute the spring onions with other fresh herbs like coriander, chives or even dill
  • Try different range of LINGHAM’s Chili Sauce – Original, Thai, Sriracha, Extra Hot
  • Serve with potato chips, vegetable chips, bell pepper, celery, broccoli, carrots and more

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Silka Johor Bahru

Great Value Hotel in JB!

We are constantly looking for an adventure… and there is no better place to look for one than our very own country! When several foodie friends suggested a makan trip over a weekend down south, it was an easy and unanimous decision right from the start.

Our 3D2N foodie excursion had us staying at Silka Johor Bahru with the gang. The hotel’s location was a good start in our plan. The value international chain 3 star hotel in Johor Bahru has 252 well-appointed rooms that features various rooms to cater to families, business travelers as well as value-conscious travelers like us.

Silka Johor Bahru is located near Jusco Tebrau City and is less than 20 minutes from Johor Bahru city centre and Woodlands (Singapore border). It is also only 35 minutes away from LEGOLAND® Malaysia theme park as well as Johor Premium Outlets (JPO), making it the perfect value hotel for shopping and entertainment for everyone.

We arrived Friday early evening and checked in quickly without any hassle. The lobby was decent and spacious despite it being small. At sight, one can see pretty much what the hotel has to offer. The hotel’s dining scene is also visible at the lobby and there is even a snack bar that offers something light and easy for hungry diners.

By the lift, there are several vending machines, great for hungry midnight snacking!

We checked into our Silka Suite Friday evening and was pretty satisfied at first sight. For a 3 star hotel, we certainly like what we saw in terms of spaciousness and cleanliness. The suite is has a separate bedroom and living room with two bathrooms. Our bedroom has a king size bed while the living room has a sofa bed.

While it’s nothing fancy or the latest design, the room offers simplicity and comfort. Everything is spick and span. There’s a vanity cum desk area as well as a low cabinet for luggage. Spaciousness really elevated the comfort element in this suite.

The room also includes a full length mirror, an open wardrobe with ironing board, hair dryer, bedroom slippers and laundry services.

The bathroom is equipped with rain shower head as well as the usual bathroom amenities. The fact that this has two bathrooms means we can have our own privacy too.

The living room is also simple and decent. It does have a bit of retro feel but we really didn’t mind because it was clean and bright, making it easy on the eye. One gets the usual complimentary fruit basket as well as some sweets too.

Besides our room, we also got a sneak peek at some of the other types of rooms available at Silka Johor Bahru. Basically the rooms are all designed in the same theme throughout the hotel. The only difference is the space and bed requirements to cater to different needs for the rooms.


Family Suite has one king bed and two single beds in two rooms, perfect for family stay while offering privacy as well.

Superior Twin is offers minimalist with 2 single beds.

If you are looking for something basic and comfy for overnight rest, the Standard King (windowless) is another option worth considering too.

An evening stroll before dinner led us to some of their facilities such as the Ballroom, Gymnasium, and the Swimming Pool.

Located at the building next to the hotel, the swimming pool was really nice. Spacious and set with a view of the evening’s majestic dark midnight blue skyline, the pool looks gorgeously inviting.

We then proceed to an evening of deliciousness with Chef Lizam’s signature dishes at Checkers Café. Seated in the Kapitan Corner’s alfresco area for the evening, it was a feast of seafood with Chef Lizam’s Mee Kawah!

Chef’s own family recipe, it is a great dish for special occasions or celebrative events as it makes an impressive seafood dish. Loaded with freshwater prawns, crab and mussels, the springy noodles and the gravy is deliciously piquant and moreish. It has a well-balance tangy note that beckons one to enjoy the gravy tremendously.

Besides the Mee Kawah we also tried Oxtail Asam Pedas and Sup Tulang. Both dishes guarantee flavours of comfort with a redolent hit of spices. These are available on the menu in Checkers Café.

For a bit of Western touch, there is also a list of pizzas. Our Meat Mania Pizza is pretty loaded with lots of toppings set on thin crispy crust.

After our dinner and a short stroll, we ended up visiting D’Bar for a nightcap while some opted to play pool for some entertainment.

We turned in for the night, only to wake up for early breakfast since we had an agenda to check out some of JB’s eateries and some sightseeing. Breakfast is pretty good at Silka Johor Bahru with a good list of local and international breakfast favorites.

One can get your eggs prepared several ways just by ordering since these are prepared fresh-upon order. There’s the usual porridge fried noodles, English breakfast, chicken curry and rice, fresh juices, fruits and more.

After our outing, we return to the hotel to enjoy the gorgeous swimming pool we saw in the evening. The pool looks even better in daylight!

It is a very large pool and is also a smaller one for privacy with Jacuzzi pump set with a backdrop of waterfall. We loved how beautiful the design of the swimming pool that is set with plush greenery as well as a backdrop of other buildings.

Needless to say, my little didn’t really want to leave the swimming pool since he had so much fun there!

SIlka Johor Bahru turned out better than we expected. While it’s nothing fancy, plus points goes to the spacious suite we had as well as the food and facilities. It’s a decent value-for-money place to stay as the hotel is pretty near to quite a few famous tourist sites and also near the crossway to Singapore. I would certainly return if I am ever in JB looking for a decent value hotel.

Lot 101375, Jalan Masai Lama,
Mukim Plentong,
81750 Johor Bahru
Tel: +607-360 1000

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