Sunday, September 30, 2007

Ketam Steamboat Village and The Soya Shop

I was feeling lazy and broke. I didn't want to go when Tai Ka Che asked. But I need to get out of the house if not I'll be growing roots. Precious Pea came to pick me and off we went to Ketam Steamboat Village at Ikano Power Center.

I quite like the single steamboat concept that Ketam Steamboat Village offers. Many times my mom will make her funny face when we forget to use the shared scoop to scoop our food out of the shared steamboat. I am very sure no issues here.

I ordered the carrot juice.

Some shallot oil for the soup.

Some chili, red and green. The green chili paste is quite nice, nice and hot too.

This brown paste is really good stuff. WMW mentioned that this is to be eaten with the beef. I can't figure what the ingredients are, but I think some black sauce, tiny bit of dried shrimps, shallots ...and something in there really makes it taste like one of the Pangkor dried BBQ fish.

My tom yam soup. I kind of regretted ordering this because as much as I like tom yam, the chili started to numb my taste buds after a few minutes.

And now for the fun part. The steamboat.

I ordered the sliced beef noodles (RM9.80). Yup, you order for yourself, have your own personal steamboat, but with the company of others too. It's like having your own pot to cook your stuff in. No more "aiyahhh other people's saliva in my soup". My mom will love this place... as for me... I think the more saliva the taste gets better? HAHAHA

WMW and Precious Pea had their's in clear soup. I shall opt for this the next time.

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Friday, September 28, 2007

Happy meal @ Jalan Hang Lekir

Who says we all can only enjoy a Happy Meal in McDonalds? There's another Happy Meal along Jalan Hang Lekir =)

Happy Meal is a pastry shop at one of the corner shop along Jalan Hang Lekir. In case you have gotten a D- in geography like me, Jalan Hang Lekir is near the Pasar Seni LRT station. From the station, take the route out and walk along the road where you see a bank (Maybank I think). Futher up are fruits stalls on the left and many many flower shops on the right. That is Jalan Hang Lekir.

Happy Meal sells variety of Chinese pastry. Pineapple tart, coconut tarts, butter cupcakes and pound cake, durian tarts and puffs!

Since the first day I have been eyeing on this egg tart, but I just don't know why I didn't bring myself to buy them until just recently. The tart crust looked really hard, and felt hard when I hold them to my mouth, but surprisingly the crust crumbled in my mouth easily. Not bad... the egg filling was ok too. (RM1)

Ahh look at the rounded cute little durian puff. I could have 20 of these puffs all to myself. Really good stuff! (RM0.60 a piece)

I think from now onwards I would never give the pasties here a miss.

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Thursday, September 27, 2007


Working late again, but this time no more dinners in KLCC. Pavillion KL here I come for dinner. But it won't be long until I get tired of food there. I just hope not so soon.

PastaMania at Pavilion KL. Lot 1.03 and 1.04 Level 1. From the main entrance turn left into the side wing. You can use the escalator on the far right (there's also another escalator on the far left) to head down to Level 1. J.Co will be on your right, and PastaMania just beside J.Co.

When I sat down, the first thing that caught my eye was the unique interior design. There's this section that looks like an entrance to a store room. It took me quite a while to realized that the design was meant to make the customers feel out doors. Some like like have your meals out in the sidewalk. ....Sad to say, I didn't get that feeling.

I ordered Combo C (RM4.90) which consisted of a drink and garlic bread. Combo A is with garlic bread and soup, Combo B; soup and a drink.

The garlic bread was quite nice, lots of italian herbs. I like the soft fluffy bun that they use because you can really feel the texture difference when it is toasted with the garlic butter mix.

The meatballs penne (RM12.90) that was a chef recommendation was a disappointment. I was expecting in-house made meat balls but commercial processed meatballs was served. It tasted quite good, but the tomato base sauce was just unappetizing. Sourish with visible specks of herbs but tasted only like sour tomatoes paste. I'm definitely not going to have this again.

PastaMania also serves lasagna and pizza. A few colleagues of mine who have tried their pizza mention that the pizzas were better. Pizza for my next round. Don't think I will go for the lasagna just yet as I am afraid they will use the same tomato base.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Restaurant Ramai

Back to being busy…. So just a quick post.

I was at Putrajaya one of the days for the fireworks competition last month. Japan was firing up their goodies that day. After that… stuck in a two hour jam in Putrajaya, I finally made it to LDP at the third hour, finding my stomach growling. So before heading home, a quick pit stop.

Restaurant Ramai is located at the shop houses after Tesco if you are coming from Sunway. You have got to take the U-Turn on the LDP and then circle behind Tesco to the other side to find shop houses filled with coffeeshops. Restaurant Ramai takes up two corner coffeeshop, back to back. They open 24/7 too.

I saw this stall selling BBQ bird. Burung puyuh. I didn't order it though. Ordered the chicken wings.

Long sexy chicken wings LOL! These were really good! The skin looked dark and gloosy from the caramelized honey on top.

Char Queh Teow was just so so.

Pork noodles. Another ok bowl noodles. Nothing to complain about, but nothing to rave about either.

This Hakka “Ying and Yang” noodles from the ‘tai chau’ stall is not something I will want to order again. Tasted bland and way too over priced.

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Carnaval Churrascaria

When asked for a birthday dinner place suggestion for my two carnivore buddies, the first restaurant that came to was Carnaval Churrascaria.

Carnaval Churrascaria is a Brazilian style restaurant... meat, meat and more meat.

The mint sauce. I’m not sure if Brazilian mint sauce is supposed to taste like that, but that was the worst mint sauce I have ever tasted. It’s just mint leafs with a little vinegar and diluted with way too much water.

Brazilian vinegard vegetable dressing. The same vinegar base is used but the mint replaced with some vegetables.

To start the buffet, you will have to take your empty plate and head to the buffet bar.

Buffet stuff. There's lamb and beef stew, fried brinjawl, prawns, potato wedges and many more.

All type of salads from pasta salad to mango salad.

Buffet stuff on plate

I really like the spinach and deep fried brinjals (That's the one right in the middle of my plate). Although the spinach is just green leafs, the spinach used are the bigger leaf spinach, and toss well with olive oil. The deep fried brinjals were mixed with some other seasoning, tasted a lot like the Japanese tempura, except this tasted like the tempura dipped with tempura sauce without making the deep fried brinjal soggy.

The servers with meat will start coming once you have seated with your buffet dishes.

Some meat.

Some other stuff they have on their skewers;
- Grilled buns with garlic and sour cream
- Roasted pineapple
- Roasted honey chicken ham
- Lamb leg
- Lamb shoulder
- Cow leg
- Prawns
- Fish
- Chicken liver and gizzard

I enjoyed most of the meat. Mostly were barbequed to medium rare to medium well done. All were juicy except one of the beef I ate. The rest were good. I particularly liked the lamb leg. The fish was good too, marinated with yellow ginger.

The birthday boys with a small piece of Choc and Cheese which I bought from Just Heavenly Pleasures.

Carnaval Churrascaria is located along the same row as Maybank in Damansara Utama. 77, Jalan SS22/19, Damansara Jaya. You can make your reservations by calling the restaurant number at 03-77252252. Adults RM48. Kids under 12 RM18. Daily dinner from 6pm to 10.30pm and Sunday Brunch at 11am to 2:30pm.

Weekly Promotions
Monday – Party night, 5 adults, the 6th gets his/her meal free
Tuesday – Bring Your Own (wine) night
Wednesday – Ladies night, 15% off (I’m guessing for the ladies only)
Sunday – Family day 15% off

The night did not end there. We head down to Chill in Hartamas to enjoy wine. Must be the sweet wine effect because my “innocent” bro did something he should not have and I caught him on camera. Hehehe. And just for fun, I did want to steal a dustbin for the “chimney”. (But the guard was there).

The night ended there, but the morning starts in Teakuando man’s home for a Wii party. (In this case, it’s a after party) We were all playing tennis, boxing, and shooting buddies down with carrot juice. It was really fun to see all of us becoming raving rabbits.

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Friday, September 21, 2007

Batu 14 Puchong Yong Tau Foo

When people mention food in Puchong, I always think of Puchong Perdana, Bandar Putri, IOI mall… and all that new building area along LDP. When my friend mentioned about having dinner around the old Puchong area, I instantly agreed.

My colleague drove pass all the new Puchong area, passing the Tractor building on the left and then driving even deeper until we reached DHL on the left. More driving and passing many schools. Chinese, Indian, then finally reaching this school.

Opposite the Puchong school is Puchong Yong Tau Foo. When I saw this place, I suddenly remember that is a place that my mom had mentioned before. My mom works along Batu 16.5 in Puchong, and is just a few minutes drive to Batu 16 where this restaurant is located.

One thing I quite like about this Yong Tau Foo is that everything is not premade. The Yong Tau Foo is only stuffed with fish paste when the customer picks them out. That means fresh sweet fish paste.

While waiting for my Yong Tau Foo pieces to be cooked, I help myself with the Chee Pau Kai (wax paper wrapping marinated chicken). I didn’t quite like this Chee Pau Kai. The inside is too sauce and tasted like steamed chicken.

When the Yong Tai Foo came, I was surprised to see that the Yong Tau Foo is really stuffed! I think they could have actually stuffed three lady fingers using only the amount for two. But…hehehe no la, the more the merrier.

There is also the fried stuff. I recommend the fried stuffed tofu pok. I ate a lot of those because the deep fried tofu goes so well with the deep fried fish fresh and sweet paste that goes with.

I think the bill came up to about RM32, which I found quite reasonable. Now... the only problem is... how do I get there again? I forgot the directions there. Got to ask my mom.

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

J.Co Donuts and Coffee

Anonymous left me a message on my Big Apple Donuts post, informing me that J.Co will be opening their branch in Pavilion KL on the 20th of Sept. With all the hoohaa going on with this two donut and coffee place, I decided right away that I will make an effort to check them out on their opening day.

For those who have no idea what this hoohaa is about, well some background before I continue. Big Apple first branch open shop in The Curve on 28 May 2007. According to an article on the newspaper, they have gotten their donut recipe from the U.S and brought it back. While standing in line during Big Apple’s launch, I over heard some ladies in front of me talking about this donut shop in Indonesia.

This donut shop that they were referring to was actually J.Co, and J.Co have no relation and connection what so ever with Big Apple. One issue that got the J.Co fans annoyed is that Big Apple’s shop concept, donut flavors, down to the logo, is very similar if not the same as J.Co. So the question is, ….Is Big Apple just a copy kat? Or are they genuine, the U.S folks must have sold them the same idea and recipe, leaving them cheated and the bad guy that is taking in all this talk?

Either way, I am here to eat… and not to talk the food and beverage retail politics.

I got a chance to talk to the two bosses (both very attractive man and woman) and was filled answers and more when I asked them all about their first branch in Malaysia. They have flown 32 of their staff to KL for this outlet, the bakers, the cashiers, the cute lady making latte and the good looking floor manager. The ingredients and all are from Indonesia, but I’m guessing they will be making more of their mixes in KL when they are more rooted. Their second branch will be opening soon in November in Sunway Pyramid.

I was disappointed to find only two flavors, Glazzy (RM2) and Al Caponne (RM2.29) were available then. It was lunch time and was told that I could come back 2 hours later to find more flavors available. I bought one each just to try knowing I might not be back anytime soon to try the remaining flavors.

Glazzy is J.Co’s plain donut with their simple glaze. A light and clear glaze, sweet but not too sweet till it kills the fragrance from the donut flour. The Al Caponne is topped with a lot of almost flakes. The glaze should have been less watered down to make the flakes stay on the donut. A must have for folks who like almonds. Texture wise, I found it the same as Big Apple’s.

Feeling very unsatisfied with just two pieces of donut, I actually went back to J.Co after dinner.

I brought home these half dozen. (RM11.50 including tax)

Bottom row left to right:
Tira Miss U. The smell and taste of the tiramisu is quite strong. The center of the donut is filled with tiramisu flavored cream too.

Jacky Chunk . This I really like. The peanut butter in the middle tasted nice with the thicker creamy glaze.

Why Nut? Sweeter and Big Apple, but not as sweet as Dunkin. I think one of the better chocolate nuts donut around.

Top row left to right:
Copa Banana. Chocolate and banana is always one good combination, but for this… I didn’t like as the glaze was too thick, creamy jelly like.

Miss Green T. I prefer this to Big Apple’s version as this have stronger green tea taste to it.

Snow White. This is my least favorite donut among this six. I am not sure what Snow White suppose to taste like but this tasted like donut and coffee creamer. The middle of the donut is filled with whipped cream and the donut sprinkled off with icing sugar and something that tasted like powdered creamer to me.

Overall I think I prefer J.Co’s donuts over Big Apple because of the stronger taste and the higher sugar content, and the thicker creamier glaze. But for those who are not that into the sweet stuff, Big Apple might be the better choice.

For those who are confused… well don’t be. I wouldn’t purposely drive to Pavilion just to buy J.Co over Big Apple. I’ll just pop by the Kelana Jaya Giant to get my Dunkins!

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