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Monday, January 20, 2020

Chinese New Year Festive Feel

WE KNOW CHINESE NEW YEAR IS COMING... because the weather tells us so!  Oh my goodness, the Weather is so scorching hot these days.  Some more with the baking in the house... I think we need to drink lots and plenty of water to lower down our body temperature.

I spent another two hours in the kitchen, sweat dripping down my face to my body and I hope I did not add any "extra" ingredient onto the cookies I baked!  LOL.... I just another 300 gm of flour, if I do double, I think I would be exhausted.  Must start slow even though I do not get much, just two tubs only?  Should be more if I did not eat them... some were gone even before they went into the tub.... LOL...
This time I used the original recipe which stated Macadamia nuts...
Bought 250 gm for RM27... More than half were being used...
These remaining will be kept for toppings on dishes for CNY...
This time I used Anchor butter which was not so "butter-rich" as SCS....
And I reduced the sugar a lot...
Instead of 150gm, I used only 60...
Odd shapes again, just like those AMOS?  LOL... 
Assorted nuts for one of my kids who is a nut lover...
LOL... 
And these snacks for another snacky kid.... 
More snacks coming soon in the coming days! 

Types of Commercial Refrigeration Equipment




You might think that buying cooling equipment for your store is an easy task but there are many details you need to look at to make it perfect. Even small things like its design need to be on point to get the customer to make a purchase. The prices are higher than for the models you have at home so you need to make a good choice in order to save money. The goal is to be efficient and display everything you need at the same time.

In order to make that choice, you need to know what types exist and what will suit you the best. Some of the features that you should look at include the type of cooling, number of doors and design. These specifications are very important because you have a limited area that needs to be used in an efficient way. A good thing is that there is a model for each occasion.

Reach-in Refrigerators
The name suggests that you are able to access the item from the fridge at arm's length. This is the most used type of commercial fridges that are available. They can in many sizes usually from 25 inches to 90 inches wide. You can see them in any store that sells food because every product can be placed in it. An important fact is that they are not made to showcase the food so don't plan to use them for promoting a product.

They are more useful for efficiently storing and cooling food. If you have your own staff, it is a great choice for them to store food. You can split the models into two categories: dual-temperature and pass through. The first one is used in kitchens and has properties for freezing and just cooling. The second one is the best in fast environment with limited space.

Merchandiser
One of the biggest differences this type has compared to reach-in is that they are accessible to the public. They are used to store many kinds of products not only food but also beverages. Some models don't have the option to place jugs and bottles to make them stable and accessible so make sure you get enough information about a certain type of refrigerator.
A storefront or restaurant is the usual place where you can see them. They can be used to display items you want to make more sales on. Your staff won't use it like other types so the main focus is to be used by the customer. This means that you will need to maintain it more and make sure that the manufacturer is well-known so the lifespan won't be a problem.

Bar Refrigeration
As the name says, they are used at bars but you probably don't know that there are three kinds. Solid and glass doors are used by manufacturers for the Cooler. Solid doors are meant for keg storage or excess storage and glass doors are usually used to display beers. Direct Draw type can save time and are more efficient because employees can both dispense and store beer kegs.
Hybrid is the third type that isn't a common choice but you can find it online. You can use it to store keg beer on one side and glass-bottled beer on the other. You shouldn't let the customers use it instead they can be placed under the counter. They can be used for public display but it can be a waste of resources depending on your business. The main usage is for alcohol if you want it to be at the proper temperature which is crucial for its taste. Read more about it here: https://www.thebalancesmb.com/restaurant-refrigeration-2888873

Display Cases
When the products seem appealing to the customer, it will influence their purchasing decision a lot. This is why people invest in display cases that are used to make the product look better and also keep it fresh. The only purpose is to display so it's less likely that you will place food in it that will be served. Its place is in the restaurant front and it should be inaccessible to anyone except staff.

There are many models to choose from but every kind is specifically made for a certain business. For example, vertical and horizontal cases are mostly used at deli and airports. They usually place items that don't require too much stability to remain refrigerated. Something similar is a model used at bakeries that can be dry or refrigerated and can be also seen at supermarkets.

Besides knowing all the types, which you can see at this website, it's crucial to know the size that will be perfect for the area you want to place it in. You need to look at a few things like is it approachable and does it have enough space for airflow. If you want to make your business function perfectly, you need to look at every detail so there won't be any issues to be fixed later on.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Chinese New Year Pre-Celebration

TIME TO CELEBRATE AGAIN....

As usual, each year one of us will organize a scrumptious lunch before the Chinese New Year.  This time it falls on the 25 January which is just a week away.  Friday long lunch hour is the most suitable for gatherings for those who are still working.  As for us retirees, any day is a good day...

The last gathering we had was at Public Mun Choong Restaurant, it was too crowded and practically we had to shout on top of our voices to be heard.  LOL... So this time round, we play safe by booking another restaurant which is not crowded at all, no need to raise our voices, and we had a good time catching up with one another again.  There were 13 of us on this day.... the package meal cost around RM700 for 10 pax but the servings were big portions and there was more than enough to go round...
Started off with Lou Sang... to usher the goodness of CNY...
1...2....3.... Let's do it!
Can see me??  LOL...
Followed by crab soup.... 
Braised Trotter....
Blurry Prawns....
Fish with lots of garlic!
Assorted vegetables...
Followed by everyone's favourite... Lap Mei Farn....
Durian mochi for desserts... 
Payment time!!
The seniors and the juniors!