Monday, 14 July 2014

Jia Jia Bak Kut Teh @ Kepong

It has been awhile since my last post. But still,despite the fact it's dying,am still reluctant to let go of food blogging,as eating is always my passion.
Bak kut teh has always been top of my favorite food listing.But due to its heaty nature,it could not be taken as frequent as I like it to be.
We have heard about this shop's fame for awhile until my friend insist that we gave it a try. After an hour of circling around Kepong (we are not really familiar with Kepong area actually),we finally found this shop,which is located opposite Aeon Big Kepong.
The long drive certainly proved worthy with the thick soup and good portion of pork as well as the belly.
I personally like the dry version better with the generous portion of Lady's Finger...
And Chinese fried oil stick certainly a must to go with the soupy version of Bak Kut Teh...

They have 3 choices of rice to go with the Bak Kut Teh, The normal white rice, Yam rice and the Oily Rice. As I never tried Yam Rice, I ordered one, which was pretty good.
The Oil Rice, which is more common to be eaten with Bak Kut Teh, has a very sweet fragrance, but not too oily, which is also a very good choice to go with Bak Kut Teh.
It was definitely a good visit, and deserved a lot more visit in coming future :)

De Pastry Chef @Manjalara

It has been awhile since I last posted about food, and it's even longer since I the last I visited DE Pastry Chef cafe...a place that seems to be favored among Kepong residents. This time  of revisiting is actually to fill my empty stomach since I woke up really late , and rush for other matters after that. Since, it's 3rd in the afternoon, I decided to go for their tea time set, a piece of chicken pie that comes with a cup of coffee for RM 7.50.
The chicken pie was soft at the side, with very oily and yet not crunchy skin. After cutting in, the chicken look munched instead of cube cut.  And it's terribly over-cooked,  which was quite a disappointment.  

Then I decided to try their spicy and sour bread bowl, which look good in the menu. However, it turned out to be too starchy for my liking, a dish I only take a few spoonful with the bread.

Lastly,  I decided to order a cake, since I believe that for a Cafe that make its name with its cake wouldn't fail in this area. Indeed the cake are pretty edible. I ordered a chocolate coffee, with lots of cream,  but couldn't smell the supposedly coffee's aroma, and neither has the strong chocolate fragrance.
Well, the above comment on their food is strictly on my own opinion, and I guess it would never be an option of my future visit. However, for the price I've paid, I believe I have the right to complain >_<

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Hometown Steamboat @ Kota Damansara

After a long period of working in IBM, I have become close to some of the colleagues, and steamboat has become one of the favorite outings, as we could have variety of food and the time we could spend together chit-chatting.

Hometown Steamboat is one of the new discovery that we went. Its located near Sunway Giza, in Kota Damansara, where a lot of pubs, clubs, and dessert shops are located. 

There are, of course, rules in ordering. There are few variety of soup base to be ordered, and the famous one are pumpkin porridge and normal porridge soup base. However, we ordered the normal one as the first-timer here. 
Normal one person set portion cost from RM15-RM20, but minimum two set must be ordered for one type/set choice. As we have 6 person, the waiter suggested the two different sets below, due to the difference in choice for the sets.

Pulau Ketam Fish Ball Set
Hometown Special Set
Wine Marinated Chicken
Besides the set, we ordered a few side dishes as well, i chose wine marinated chicken to try out whether they did marinate the chicken thoroughly. It was indeed quite good, as even after cooking, the fragrance of the wine stays.
One of my colleague that frequent this shop suggested the chicken wing as well, which taste as good as it looks.

The total bill went up to RM140 for 6 person and all of us went off with full stomachs.Overall rating would be 8/10 for this shop. Good choice for small gathering....Definitely a good hang out place.....

Friday, 10 May 2013

Nadeje Patisserie Cafe @3 Two Square

There has been a lot of hoo-hah regarding this famous mille crepes shop on Malacca favor by Malaysia all around, when it decided to open branches in Selangor. Thus, we decided to pay a visit too, as Malacca is a tiny bit too far away and, this is sooo conveniently located in Petaling Jaya area. 

As we still wants dinner, we ordered 4 slices for 4 people. One get to pick a flavor each, fair and square.

Actually, the appearance really looks similar for the 3 flavor except for the Double Chocolate.
The mango flavor was highly recommended by friends. So my friend decided to order Mango despite the fact that she loves chocolates. The Mango tasted rather mild, and I seriously think that the fridge they are keeping the cakes, are not cold enough.  

My all time favourite, doesn't matter whether its ice creams or cake, would be Rum and Raisin. Tasted some raisins , very very minimal, but no Rum at all...*sad face*

The chocolates, on the other hand, are considerably good, except the fact that it doesn't seems cold enough. When mille crepes are not cold enough, it would be very hard to cut through, cos the creams are only separated by a very very think piece of egg crepes.

Besides the chocolate, the original would be the best in line already. Because, its original, everything could be forgiven. Its not too sweet, additional credits given...

If you were to compare between Malacca Mille Crepes, you can't. But if you were to say just this branch, its OK. I would give 6/10 for the cakes...As its a torture to actually pile the egg crepes separating the cream, I would definitely willing to pay for it.

B-01-01, Dataran 3 Two Square, Jalan 19/1, Section 19, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Sunday, 25 November 2012

YogiTree@The Garden

Who say guys dont go to afternoon tea?....Ok, sound diva....or sissy....but that is what I get from those aunty, chicks and little gal when me and another friend of mine who sit down at YogiTree at The Garden for high tea session.

We bought a groupon ticket for an afternoon tea for 2. It was cheap and healthy set I would say minus off all the weird looking stare from those gals especially 2 young chick pretending to be diva (u know what I mean....speaking with american accent and act cute on same time want maintain standard)

Anyway, this is what we get...

Tea for 2
A piece of cake (we choose pineapple upside down cake)
2 scones
Bruschetta - Pesto chicken bruschetta and grilled vegetable caramelized onion bruschetta. (OK, the one with alfalfa is just not for me...)
Scones (Omg, so sweet)

Verdict : Healthy and nice....The pineapple upside down cake is really good. The Bruschetta is nice too (minus off the alfalfa)....For scones I would say it is nice to eat while it was warm while the macaroon is way to sweet for my liking....

Anyway, somehow another, yogitree remind me of yogibear....Dont you think so? hehe

Ole Ole Bali

I bet those who went to Bali will remember the dirty duck crispy duck and babi guling. Back in Malaysia, one famous restaurant that serve Bali food will be Ole Ole Bali.

Ole ole bali need no more introduction from any blogger as they manage to have the first mover advantage by being the very first few to serve Balinese food.

The restaurant is well decorated with Balinese theme setting with lot of Buddha painting. Ironic, Bali island are mostly Hinduisme but probably the photo of Buddha give a peaceful and calmness into the environment.

One food that I love in Ole Ole bali have to be its sate lilit. Fresh fish paste wrapped on the lemon grass and grill to perfection.

The nasi campur and ala-carte course normally come with choice of perfectly grilled chicken, seafood or lamb. Another stuff to shout about is the sambal terasi and sambal matah..

Here are some of the food we order. Love the cumi cumi goreng (fried sotong)..

Don't forget a jar of Barley Lime to go together with the meal....

Ole Ole Bali is own by one group call Bali Bistro that provide 5 different Balinese restuarant concept.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Restoran Boston Baru (伸波士顿餐室)@ Jalan Kapar, Klang--> Revisited

I was shopping with a friend in One Utama when she received a message from her roommate, asking her to join for dinner. As we all know each other, she invited me along when her roommate knows that I was with her. Dinner? Fine. My question would be, 'What should I be expecting to eat? Answer: Seafood. Where? Answer: Klang, at 5.30PM. My first expression was, 'What? Klang? Dinner @ 5.30PM? Ok, understandable we need the time to travel to Klang. But seafood? In Klang? Seriously? I thought Klang only have Bak Kut Teh? Anyway, i tagged along. 

After not so long journey from Kelana Jaya to Klang, looking for Tabung Haji and KWSP building, and a big Kamdar at the opposite, we finally arrived at the destination--> Restoran Boston Baru. Around 6.30PM, the crowd has started. Everyone was standing around, and the boss and some staff was taking orders from the crowd. After around 15 minutes of standing around, the staff finally started to lay out the tables. However, dinner was served only after more than 45 minutes later.

First dish was laid out, the fried mee. It was fried hokkien mee style. But suprisingly, its not the normal big stringy black noodle. The noodle looks a little glassy, and it seems to be in the square shape. It gave you more feeling of elasticity compared to normal Hokkien Mee, which make all the difference. And its really good....

The next that comes up is the Clams in Soup (上汤拉拉). They must have added some wine as well when cooking, and a lot of cili padi as well. This was really good as well, except for the part that there seems too be a little too much of sand that was not cleaned properly.

The next would be the Nestum Fried Mantis Prawn. Its was perfect combination, very good, but a little bit too sweet for my liking. However, it was greatly recommended for anyone who wanted to try there. 
Lastly would be the Seafood Pot, which was good too. The fish was tender, even when it was fried before getting cooked. The prawn also tasted fresh as well. This is also well recommended. 

I would certainly go back for more seafood, since its not everywhere you could get fresh seafood. Rating 8/10 given :)

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Egg Custard, Ipoh

Ipoh is food haven to a lot of people. Besides from its famous taugeh chicken rice, ipoh hor fun, and the dimsum, I notice another attraction would be the egg custard.

A small coffee shop by name of House of Mirror (Tian CHun), serve one of the best egg custard. One can savour for some satay too...which i mean pork, and intestine satay..

The soft and mild sweet egg custard is smooth when you put in your mouth. The bitter sweet caramel added some taste to the bland egg custard but was so well balance on your tongue. Something i definately will ask you to taste..

Do note that the caramel standard is not well define as I tried twice and I notice it come with different sweetness and sometime a bit bitter due to overcooked. Anyway, it still taste good...

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Cielo Dolci @ Paradigm Mall

What is more satisfying that desserts for girls...There is a saying, that a girl will always have second stomach for desserts. This is true, especially for me.

This started with a story, and its written four different cups in Cielo Dolci. 
A girl is upset over something, 
and a boy took a ladder
where he climb up to heaven,
and produced a scoop of ice-cream for the girl.
Cielo Dolci, means Desserts from Heaven in Italian.

There is actually 2 flavor i choose up there, Durian and Coconut & Gula Melaka mix. Sounds local, ain't it? 
Yeah, they actually pride themselves for their home-made ice-cream. And they came with a variety of weird, and flavor that is unheard of anywhere else.
Cielo dolci, A small shop in the lowest ground )same floor as Tesco in the new mall, Paradigm Mall. I did not go for it the first time I actually found it, as I found the ice cream to be too sweet for my liking.
 However, it received very high recommendation from a friend, where she insisted that I should give it a try the next time I am there.
Paid a visit today, trying most of their flavor, when I heard another customer asking for Chocolate Cili Padi..
Choc Cili Padi? Seriously? Heard that it made a great combination, but no, they did not make it today, what a disappointment.... But she recommended me Spicy Peanut Butter...LOL...It tasted exactly like peanut butter, but after the ice-cream melted, it left a light hint of spiciness...Something new :D. 

The price is considered reasonable, compared to branded Ice-Cream. And its actually hand-made, with flavors you can't find elsewhere. I guess, that's where they started building up fans group.
Found that they have few articles pasted on the wall recommending the ice-creams too...
I would certainly recommend this place...
Do drop by if you happen to visit Paradigm Mall...

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

川人百味(Chuan Ren Bai Wei @ Dataran Mentari, Sunway)

Has been quite addicted with Sichuan food recently. Its like a never ending craving, for the spice, and the numbness you feel if you accidently bite on the pepper like spice called '嘛 ’。 I bet that is why they are called ‘麻辣’ that is numbness and spicy.

I bet this dish should be familiar to all-麻婆豆腐 (mapo tofu). The difference of this dish with the one we always had, is that they added the pepper for the spiciness (they practically added the pepper to everything they cooked)

The next would be the considerably famous dish for Chongqing native. Known as 水煮鱼, or fish fillet in hot chili oil. I personally do not favor this dish, but certainly no bad comment on it. Just to say, personal liking problem.
This is actually one of my favorite Sichuan dish.It was called 蕨根粉(jue gen fen ), or Fern Root Noodle, often cooked in sweet, sour spicy way. According to Full Noodle Frontity, the noodle is actually made from starch extracted from the common bracken fern. Some might not favor the look of the blackish noodles, but they are indeed recommendable. 

I would not comment that this is not good. Its just that, this seems a little too common. Mashed Taro in fried spring roll crepes.
This is actually one of my favorite Sichuan dish, that a lot of people might oppose. 毛雪旺(mao xue wang),is actually a dish that has duck's blood cake as its main ingredient. But some will actually use pig's blood to replace the duck for duck's blood cake can be quite expensive. With a mix of other meat and innards, this can be quite a delicious dish to introduce, especially for those food lovers that are not picky towards innards. 
 If I am not mistaken, this dish is called 炸子鸡。 Typical fried chicken? Definitely not so simple. They are deep fried with bunches of dried chili and peppers. But, it can be quite fun to actually bite on the peppers, letting your tongue go numb for awhile.
After having too much of meat, we feel obliged to actually order some vegetable. However, the vegetables are really not just vege. They are stewed with a whole lot of pepper and chili too.

Here comes one thing that are not spicy. Fried pumpkin with salted egg. The pumpkin is a little sweet, which can be a good combination when its cooked with salted egg.

Alright....that would be all for today's blog post. 
Stay tune until I found my liking for some other weird foreign food. 

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Sakura Kristal @ Setia City Mall

Lately I have been hanging out with my friend in Setia City Mall and I found one eating place which is quite good...Sakura Kristal...

Initially I thought they serve Japanese food as the word sakura have mistakenly been intepreted as Japanese to me. However I was shock that they serve variety fusion food from Chinese to perakanan and even western.

I have been hanging out there for twice and they are doing a 50% discount on some of their food in conjunction with their opening in Setia City Mall.

On my firs visit, we order the Signature Peranakan Seafood Curry, Bangkok 'Khaw Pat'and Mango Chicken.

Our drink - Barley Lime, Ribena Fizzy and Sirap Bandung.

The Signature Peranakan Seafood Curry taste really good on our first visit. The aroma is so good and tempting that we finish all the gravy. It goes well with rice and the seafood is fresh. Serving is also huge enough for sharing.

The Thai Fried Rice or they call it Bangkok Khaw Pat is really value for money consider we enjoy 50% off from the original price of RM 9. You hardly get a plate of fried rice outside that cost less than RM 5 nowadays. Not to forget the generous portion and fresh prawn cook to perfection. Lot of 'wok hei' too.

The mango chicken also taste good. Sweet and sour in taste serve with chuncky lean chicken meat, this portion is for those who like healthy food for a twist. I would prefer more sauce for the chicken. Anyway it taste good overall.

On my second visit, I have a family dinner with my mom and dad as well as my sister. We order almost the same food as I am craving for the Signature Peranakan Seafood and Mango Chicken. As my mom like bringal, I order Uncle Bringal serve with their special sauce and My sister opt for Indonesia treasure.

The uncle Bringal (sorry for the bad picture) was good. The bringal is fried to perfection with the special sauce. In deed very special and nice. No complaint from my mom who is very fussy on food.

The Indonesia treasure is fried rice serve with fried chicken and keropok. Another good serving but I dont really taste this much as I am busy with my curry.

I will for sure go back again for more curry next round.....I get to know they have few other branch so you guys can try it out. The food is nice and is reasonably priced.