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    Exploring New Menu with Chef Thierry @ Maison Francaise, KL

    October 19th, 2014

    Whether for a special occasion Prix fix meal or casual bistro dinner with family & friends, French food, like thick cream, still rises to the top. There was a time when it might have been merely possible to divide the city’s French offerings into the categories of casual bistro and upscale dining room, Maison Francaise, is part of a national shift in the definition of what makes a great French restaurant. A place where some of the most exciting cooking is happening.
    Thank goodness! We witnessed venerated haute cuisine kitchens like those of Chef Thierry, the brilliant new chef at Maison Francaise.

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    Here we are at Maison Francaise, a sophisticated, romantic & comfortly laid out restaurant that guaranteed pretty pictures taking, exploring their new ala carte menu whipped out by Chef Thierry & his team. With his philosophy of having said French gastronomy is based on the ingredients themselves and on detailed, careful preparation of the food. We also learned that the simpler the food, the harder it is to prepare it well. You want to truly taste what it is you’re eating, and that goes back to the trend of fine ingredients. And definitely, technique still counts. There have been so many chefs that have even spent time in France learning to flambé, sauté, and julienne, as well as learning all about sauces preparation & how a structured kitchen system would be like.
    With Chef Thierry around, he managed to pull it off as we were all impressed with the dishes that he presented. And this will dictate what qualifies as the perfect French meal.

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    Here’s Chef Thierry’s French cuisine.
    He welcomes you to Maison Francaise, where along with his team he will do everything for you to have a most pleasurable dining experience.

    Amuse bouche – veal terrine, quail egg, with gribiche sauce
    A great glimpse into the Chef Thierry’s approach to the art of cuisine. Appetite ignited with this combination of bite-sized, chilled, terrine that’s not too mushy & dry, mayonnaise-style cold egg sauce & quail egg. Laying it on a small piece of cabbage resembling a spoon that you can just grab a bite.

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    Foie gras terrine with cucumber jelly. Served with Mascarpone quenelle, diced apples (Granny Smith) & caramel sauce.
    Terrine or pâté if you ask me, I’ve always preferred terrine and foie gras terrine? Oh yum!
    The amount of fat is well balanced out with the flat top of cucumber jelly that gives off a cooling effect plus a nice gelatinous texture too. A combination of rich but refreshing at the same time. Sitting on the spooned out caramel sauce is not just 2 dollops of some ordinary whipped cream. These are the nicely shaped Quenelle foam with that natural sweetness & crunch from the diced the Granny Smith apples. Oh we’re in love!

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    Smoked Norwegian salmon, served with Dijon Mustard Cream Tuile with Orange, and some Tartare celery beetroot cream and lemon juice.
    This was another very good dish. There are a few elements going on this plate itself. Fresh, thinly sliced Norwegian salmon smoked in-house at Maison Francaise. Every bite was so fragrant with its smokiness. Then there are these “Tuile”, a thin crisp, sweet or savory wafer rolled up that is commonly used for garnishing on top of desserts. Meanwhile, Chef Thierry cleverly uses orange in his Tuile that created that zesty crisp flavour and filled it up with Dijon mustard cream that has that salty & creamy texture that complements its outer shell so well. The pretty purple element that is made up of beetroot & lemon juice serves the palate igniting purpose that heightened both the flavours of salmon and mustard cream tuile.

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    Lamb loin with Crusted Herbs, sautéed Quinoa with lamb sauce, Tomato Ratatouille and Baked Potato
    Chris had lamb and he would still prefer his portion to be medium rare instead of medium. Guess the chef might have mixed up my portion of duck and his. Oops! However, it’s beautifully presented with drizzles of hazelnuts crust on top, and sitting on a bed of sautéed Peruvian Quinoa. Flavours & the mixture of textures from different ingredients were great, it was just the medium rare issue. Even cherry tomatoes were stuffed with ratatouille in it. Such detailed!

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    Crispy duck breast, served with a Coconut foam, sides of Pepper Couscous, Apple and Cinnamon roll.
    And so I had this perfect medium rare duck breast that still retains the moisture in it & pink! These meat texture and flavours complemented very well with the right sweetness of the apple & cinnamon roll that has that crisp.
    And as for the pepper couscous, it was beautifully presented in a packed cylindrical form with great colours combination.

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    Pear sorbet, served with Tart Apple Safron Chocolate Mousse.
    You’ll get that cooling, light refreshing fruity pear flavour on one side and a rich chocolate with crumbly tart crust underneath on the other end. Of different elements, these 2 blend so well together. We wiped the dessert plate clean!

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    Overall we had a great experience exploring Maison Francaise’s new menu with Chef Thierry who he himself carefully introduced his dishes and the staffs were very accommodating too. I shall see myself and Chris stepping into this French house again of course!

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    Great companies. Great food :)

     

    Maison Francaise
    5 Jalan Changkat Kia Peng
    50450 Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia
    Tel: +603 2144 1474
    Monday to Sunday DAILY: 11.00am – 11.30pm (last order)
    Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/maisonfrancaisekl

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    Mini C Baby Shower @ The Café, Royal Selangor Visitor Centre KL

    October 14th, 2014

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    We can’t wait to meet you
    So we’re gathered here today,
    To shower you with presents
    That you’re going to need someday.

    Until the day that you arrive
    And we all get to see you,
    We’ll give your mom the support she needs
    And eagerly wait to greet you.

    A Baby Shower for Mini C!

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    This is what our dear friends did for Chris and I while anticipating and waiting for the arrival of our little one “Mini C”!
    Well, his name will definitely not be MINI since he’s a baby boy. LOL

    2 years back was my Bridal Shower they threw me. Now Baby Shower. The status upgrading just in a flash! *gasp*

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    Upon our arrival, we were greeted with cheerful smiles from them. With a sunny & comfy ambiance, everything looks so bright, vibrant and cheerful!
    Where was is?

    The Café, Royal Selangor Visitor Centre KL

    The Café at the Visitor Centre offers a perfect spot for tea, with shots of fresh ground coffee, and allowing patrons to indulge in their delicious selection of homemade cakes and pastries. They also have other main meal choices like sandwiches, pasta, salads, and a daily lunch special.

    Definitely a hidden treasure in the area of Setapak. Located inside the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre, where tourists and locals will get to visit or join their interactive tour to learn more about the pewter industry.

    They have proved that baby showers can be stylish and fun to decorate! Kudos to Ivy, Kampungboycitygal & SuVyen for organizing such a cute shower for us & our baby. Not forgetting our good friends who have also shower their blessings towards us with wishes & gifts that’s so memorable!

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    The food & dessert table were also cutely decorated with toys & books for Mini C!
    Sausage Rolls, Tuna Corn Sandwiches, Chicken & Mushroom Quiches, Rich Chocolate Cakes & Buttercream Cupcakes in Blue & Orange! Well, it was supposed to be yellow but it turned out orange instead. Haha. Nonetheless, they still look pretty :)
    All of these delectables are served in a sunlit space with views out to the garden.
    Love the ambiance that was very garden-like and also, the food spread was delicious too. Cakes aren’t too sweet and the savouries were up to expectations too.

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    Fatty Giraffe loves the food spread!

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    Coffee & Tea served in Royal Selangor’s Pewter Melon Teapot

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    With a Blue & Yellow themed Baby Shower, here’s some glimpse of their beautiful DIY decos!
    A welcoming wall! With blue & yellow pom-poms, MINI C Initials & cute baby romper!

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    Love this romper/ onesie that Citygal bought for Mini C. It’s blue, with the initial C and my fave Moo Cow :)

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    And it says he loves Mom!

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    Meet one of our guest, baby Arthur. He’s only a year plus but filled with many intellectual words that made our day! Haha.

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    Wishes Cards made for “Mini C”! Each and everyone of us have to fill in the blanks with the best wishes for the baby! Some meaningful while some was really hilarious, but in a good way. Haha.

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    Everybody busy with wishes!

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    Mommy writing the best wishes I could think of for my little boy. Haha.

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    While the Daddy was thinking so hard what to write for his future son!

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    After that, we played a little drawing game where we have to draw a picture with the letter of our name begins with to compile the FIRST ABC BOOK for MINI C! How sweet & thoughtful!

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    Drawing time!

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    The outcome! Here are just some of the A++ drawings by the “aunties & uncles” for Mini C to learn next time. They have it all from A to Z!

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    Happy faces pictures ahead!

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    With my Mommy dearest :)

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    Vyen & Rena :)

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    And another with Vyen!

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    Here’s Ivy!

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    Ini Uncle Kampungboy who hoped that Mini C would grow up to be like him! LOL

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    Besties KampungboyCitygal & Ivy!

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    Theng Nee the cutie!

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    Just the 3 of us :)

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    With my girls.

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    Mingling

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    Polaroids for remembrance

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    Thank you very much for the Baby Shower guys! We felt so loved & grateful!
    xoxo
    Chris & Christine

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    Thanks again!

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    When we got home, I jotted down the Baby Shower event into the Pregnancy/ Baby Diary I made for Mini C. It’s a great way of collecting our thoughts that’ll create a special gift for our little one, years later. Putting pen to paper is especially rewarding during pregnancy. Jotting down their progression & happenings are magical

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    The Café serves breakfast to afternoon tea. Ideal for events like this too! So if you’re planning a group visit, it’s advisable to call ahead for reservations first to avoid disappointment.

    The Café
    Royal Selangor Visitor Centre
    No. 4, Jalan Usahawan 6, Setapak Jaya
    53300 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    For enquiries & reservations, call: +603 4145 6186
    Email: [email protected]
    Opening hours: 9am – 5pm Daily

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    Pangkor Laut Resort Spa Village & Lunch at Jamu Bar

    October 12th, 2014

    We woke up to a beautiful sunrise on our last day at Pangkor Laut Resort!
    Read our Day 1 experience HERE
    Read our Day 2 experience HERE

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    Our 3rd day at the Pangkor Laut Resort was spending almost half of our day at The Spa Village, a unique retreat that brings out the healing cultures of the region. When relaxing at the Pangkor Laut Resort, one of the not-to-be-missed highlights is this world-renowned, award-winning Spa Village. The Spa Village is rated as one of the best in the world. Be sure that you try out their spa treatments as they offer the most indulgent pampering experience ever! Rejuvenation and Longevity, Relaxation and Stress Reduction, Detoxification, and Romance… These are the programmes they offer that combine physical and spiritual health and well-being.

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    The Spa Village comprises a number of specially built structures designed to facilitate an extensive range of treatments from China, Japan, India, Thailand, Bali and Malaysia. These include eight treatment pavilions, a deluxe Belian Treatment Pavilion, three ‘Healing Huts’, which include Chinese Herbal, Ayurvedic and Malay Huts, two Bath Houses, three Spa Huts, three Nap Gazebos and a Spa Boutique. 22 beautiful Spa Villas situated over the sea offer direct access to the Spa Village.

    Here’s a glimpse of our wonderful & unforgettable spa experience with Pangkor Laut Resort during the “Babymoon”!:

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    The setting at the Spa Village is very beautiful, idyllic yet luxurious, with every corner carefully decorated with lots of greenery and water features. The surroundings definitely makes one feels so relaxed and refreshing.

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    While waiting at the nicely decorated lounge area, we were each served with a welcome drink: a refreshing glass of lemongrass juice.

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    We were also told to come 45 minutes earlier to enjoy their Signature Bath House experience, which is a complimentary treat before every spa treatments. Taking my pregnancy into consideration, the attentive staffs were very careful with me :) Well trained, they know the dos and don’ts for me.

    Bath House Experience Ritual
    1. Foot pounding
    This was traditionally practiced in feudal China, where it was a status symbol to have a 3-inch lotus feet; where the feet of young girls were bound to keep them small. Women with bound feet frequently received foot pounding to seek relief from pain. The foot was carefully unwrapped and soaked in a basin of warm soapy water, dried and the soles are pounded.
    Foot pounding, is believed to improve blood circulation.
    For me, I skipped the foot pounding and just washed my feet with soapy warm water instead.

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    We were then escorted to the respective bath houses. They have separate bath houses for male and female.

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    At the changing area, I was asked to remove my clothings and kept all my belongings in a locker provided. A brown sarong was then wrapped professionally by the staff. With my locker key pinned onto my sarong throughout the whole spa experience, I was then taken to the next section.

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    Before entering the Malay Bath, don’t forget to stop by the wishing well, toss in a coin & make a wish. *Wink*

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    2.Malay Bath
    In the traditional kampung or village, the Malay family walked to the nearest river to bathe, wrapped in sarongs. Waterfalls were useful for rinsing hair. It was really beautiful & fun at the same time. The water was cold initially, but I soon got used to it. Went through the waterfall feature and into the bathing pool to rinse myself.

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    At the end of the Malay bath, we enjoyed a refreshing herbal inhalation, with choices of Passion, Calming, Uplifting & Detox by using a combination of herbs and flowers from frangipani blossoms to citrus peel, chrysanthemum blossoms to peppermints in four steam boxes. Just lean over & breathe deeply! I just felt so refreshed and calm after this.

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    3. Japanese Bath
    I was then lead to the Japanese bath house to proceed to a Japanese-style cleansing session that started by scrubbing the body with a Goshi-goshi cloth. Wet the cloth with some bath gel, wash the body, and use the wooden dipper to pour water over myself while sitting on the little wooden stool before stepping into the heated Rotenburu pool.
    And as for me, I was asked to soak my feet into the hot Rotenburu pool instead of soaking myself in as I’m pregnant. While doing so, I was served with hot green tea and a magazine was provided for me too. How thoughtful!

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    4. Shanghai Scrub
    Next up was the Shanghai Scrub. The setting of the room has the oriental touch :)
    It was previously, traditionally offered exclusively to males in Shanghai during the old days. Now ladies get to enjoy it too here. As for Chris, he was told to lie down on the platform where he gets his back scrubbed thoroughly with a body brush and rinsed with sizzling hot water. For myself, I was told to sit upright instead of lying on my tummy, I mean bump. Haha.

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    Feeling clean and freshened up, I was then wrapped in a batik sarong of my choice from the different colours and patterns provided, which I got to even bring it home! Guess what? Chris and I chose the exact same colour! :)

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    After that, we were lead back to the Library area; a pavilion facing the sea while waiting for the spa treatment service with another cup of tea.
    We really enjoyed the whole bathing rituals that has helped us to slow down, unwind & prepare our mind and body for the spa treatments.

    Spa Experience at Spa Village Pangkor Laut:
    Pregnancy Massage (80 minutes) for Christine
    Campur-Campur (105 minutes) for Chris
    The name Campur-Campur means a blending of varieties in Malay. Combining the best techniques of Malay and Thai massage, their special creation uses touch, tone and aromatherapy to give Chris a memorable experience. The scent of lemongrass and pandan leaves fills the air as steamed herbs are pressed along the body using a traditional steam pouch.

    This was what we went for :)

    We ushered into a private treatment room for the both of us. Which Chris enjoyed his Campur-Campur, I got to enjoy my Pregnancy Massage. The well trained, highly experienced masseur of mine was really good in detecting sore points on my body. Using mild rolling motions, long strokes and acupressure, she kneaded and ironed out the knots in my muscles that I had during pregnancy. She was really careful with me, asking if I’m feeling comfortable all the way as I’m lying on my sides. While listening to the soothing background music, I dozed off really fast. But with the pregnancy symptoms I’m having, frequent urination that is, I’ve to get up in the middle of the therapy for a pee. Haha.

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    After the massage, it is best to take a stroll in the beautiful landscape garden of the Spa Village.

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    Or perhaps take a dip at the Spa Village’s very own beautiful infinity pool which offers a great view of the sea.

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    Remember to pre-book your spa treatment! This is an essential to avoid last minute disappointment!
    Despite some might say it comes in a hefty price, we thought it’s worth every penny spent! A truly relaxing journey from start to finish.
    You could check out their different spa experience and rates here: http://pangkorlautresort.com/rates.htm
    Or visit their website for more info: http://www.spavillage.com/pangkorlaut/

     

    After the satisfying spa experience, we then proceeded for lunch.

    Jamu Bar

    Jamu bar serves a light and wholesome menu of Japanese classics such as noodles, tempura, sushi and sashimi for lunch. This sophisticated restaurant is located in an enclave of Spa Village overlooking the lapping Straits of Malacca. Dining on a lazy afternoon after a relaxing pampering session, overlooking the sea with breezes that brushes our face, it was one amazing moment.

    We started off with some of their refreshing drinks:
    Island Cooler – RM15
    Pineapple, apple, cucumber & ginger

    Ginger Magic – RM15
    Apple, Carrot & Ginger

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    Hotate-gai to Shiitake – RM65
    Warm scallops on a bed of shiitake mushrooms & salads with soy dressing. The fresh scallops and shiitake complements with each other’s taste. Drizzles of soy sauce brought out the fragrance even more.

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    Ramen – RM40
    The noodle texture were just ordinary but I love the clear soup base. Topped with hard boiled egg, bean curd skin, seaweed. If they used flavoured eggs with runny yolks instead, that would have scored them more points.

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    Ebi Tempura – RM45
    The batter weren’t up to our expectation and a bit too much flour we thought. Nonetheless, prawns were fresh.

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    Pangkor Deluxe Bento – RM275
    A selection of sushi, sashimi & maki. Chris had to have this all by himself as I’m restricting myself from raw meat during pregnancy. Fresh sashimis, he love the cuts!

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    Unagi Robatayaki – RM45
    We fell in love with this piece of grilled eel immediately. Juicy, flavoursome & filled with a smoky flavour that we’re pretty sure you’ll love too.

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    After lunch, we went back to our water villa to pack. Leaving our heavy hearts with Pangkor Laut Resort, we will definitely be back near future for more indulgence and self pampering!
    Thank you Pangkor Laut Resort for such an incredible BabyMoon experience!

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    **A reminder:

    • For residents of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, Pangkor Laut Resort offers a “Resident’s Package” with rate that starts from RM775++ per room per night
    • This includes daily breakfast, lunch and dinner. For those travelling from 1st September to 31st October 2014, there will be a complimentary dinner upgrade to Uncle Lim’s Special Birthday Feast.
    • Return scheduled speedboat transfers to and from Marina Island Pangkor
    • Jungle Walk with their Resident Naturalist (subject to availability)
    • For more information about this package, click HERE.
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    Lord Stow’s Bakery & Cafe @ Venetian Macau

    October 9th, 2014

    Anyone who has either been to Macau, lives there, or have heard about this ex-Portuguese colony would know that Portuguese egg tarts are Macau’s most famous and popular snack :)
    Locals hang out reading the newspaper on barstools, while tourists cluster around the bakery counter. When in Macau, we just can’t miss the Portuguese egg tarts, torched to a crème-brulee-like finish.

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    Egg tarts are quite easily available from bakeries and restaurants across Macau, but the two most well-known ones are Lord Stow’s Bakery and Margaret’s Café e Nata.
    Lord Stow’s is the most famous of the 2 by far, claiming fame in international waters, with a number of chain stores in Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines. There are a number of Lord Stow’s franchises around Macau, including one with its own cafe at The Venetian (the one we visited).

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    It’s original shop is housed in a tiny, two-story residence with a red-tiled roof. This café is one of the most charming parts of Macau, nestled on the sleepy beachside community of Coloane, dotted with Portuguese colonial architecture, a Buddhist temple and a fish market. This is also the place that popularized the Portuguese egg tart in the 1990′s.
    Attracting a faithful following and becoming a visible export, almost a trademark of Macau with snake-like queues of people eager to sample this “little piece of heaven”.

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    As we planned to visit The Venetian and didn’t have time to make a trip to Coloane, we decided to drop by their outlet at The Venetian instead. Well, a more modern and sophisticated environment here with no long queues of course :)
    Each Portuguese Egg Tart cost around MOP$8

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    Crispy pastry with freshly baked egg fillings that was bursting with silky smooth texture & torched to a crème-brulee-like finish. So good! It was really hard to tell which was better in comparison to Margaret’s Café e Nata’s version, but we personally love Lord Stow’s in a way it’s less oily in its pastry texture. Nonetheless, we would recommend you to try both for yourself! :)

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    At the Venetian, they do serve other types of pastries and coffee too.
    Great place to chill for a while taking a break from all the walking we did :)

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    After that we went around The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel 澳門威尼斯人度假村酒店, Macao’s first integrated resort, opened with a distinctive interior that resembles the beautiful city of Venice, Italy. It can take you from one corner of the world to another, allowing you to experience the beauty of Italy while sitting in China.

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    Since there’s a free shuttle service to Taipa Island just outside the hotel we stayed in: Hotel Sintra, every half and hours! (It’s actually buses provided by the casinos on Taipa Island, fetching tourists to their respective casinos) It’s really convenient!
    How we get to The Venetian?
    We just hoped on the City of Dreams Casino bus! Haha.

    Beautiful lights projected by the Resorts & Casinos at night: City of Dreams 新濠天地 & Galaxy Macau 澳門銀河綜合渡假城

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    It was such a waste that we didn’t manage to watch The House of Dancing Water at City of Dreams as the timing wasn’t right. Should have pre-booked prior to that.

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    Taking the free shuttle bus back to our Hotel Sintra, here’s how it looks like at night. Hotel review HERE.

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    Still not getting enough of the night, we walked towards the Grand Lisboa Casino (very near to our hotel) for more night shots!

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    Lord Stow’s Bakery
    Established in September 1989 (Original Shop)
    Address:1 Rua do Tassara, Coloane, Macau
    Tel:(+853) 2888 2534
    Opening Hours:
    Open Daily 07:00 – 22:00
    How to get there?
    Bus 15, 21A, 25, 26, 26A, 50 to Coloane Village

    Established in August 2010
    Address:Shop 870, Mask Street, The Grand Canal Shoppes Venetian, Macau
    Tel:(+853) 2886 6889
    Opening Hours:Open Daily
    Sunday to Thursday 10:00 – 23:00
    Friday & Saturday 10:00 – 00:00
    How to get there?
    Bus 15, 21A, 25, 25X, 26, 26A, 35, MT3 to Venetian
    or take Venetian’s own tourist bus service

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    De Maw Restaurant 地茂馆中华料理 @ Jalan Pudu Ulu, KL

    October 7th, 2014

    We have been introduced by a few aunties & uncles around us that we should pay De Maw Restaurant a visit. Like many times already.
    “Go check out their CNY menu!”
    “Have you been to the restaurant next to PGRM? Very good Chinese food! Must try!”
    “Remember to book De Maw! Walk-in sure cannot get seats!”
    These are just some of the callings we get.
    And finally, we are here with our family! After this dining experience, we would repeat the same exclamations as the above to other friends as well. LOL.

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    How would we rate De Maw Restaurant if you asked? (personal thought)
    5 star dishes in a quaint place :)
    Do not expect a posh oriental environment, but be sure to be impressed by their dishes: unique taste, huge servings with reasonable price that are worth paying for.

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    De Maw Restaurant is located near to Shamelin Perkasa where there is a row of pre-aged shop houses. Along that row of shops at Jalan Pudu Ulu, there are actually quite a number of Chinese Restaurant that many people dined in during lunch & dinner. This small & quaint place is nestled just next to the Menara PGRM building.

    You could opt for their set meals or order from their ala carte menu.
    We had ala carte instead :)

    Shark’s fin with scallop and crab meat 干贝蟹肉包翅
    Sorry if it’s non-environmentally friendly with the shark fins issue that has created lots of controversy. But their Shark’s fin soup is one of the must-order. Would you just look at the amount of crab meat in just one bowl? Very generous with ingredients, De Maw is well-known that way. Loaded with lotsa scallops, fins and of course chunks of crab meat. Delicate taste with sweetness from the seafood.

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    Steamed Pomfret
    This is one huge fish though this picture look normal sized. Steamed to perfection too.

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    Barley Prawns
    At De Maw’s, they uses prawns from the sea, also known as “Ming Ha” 明虾 in Cantonese. Each prawns served were huge, fresh with bouncy meat texture. This order of Barley Prawns were special as the sauce that coated these crustacean are sweet, sourish, tangy with nibbling texture from the barley. Very appetizing. You’ll not be disappointed by their prawns. Just one of it made me full already. Haha.

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    Crispy Duck
    It may look dry but surprisingly their meat was juicy.

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    Treasure Pot
    A luxurious order. Loaded bountifully with abalones, goose feet, sea cucumber, scallops, fish maw etc.
    Braised to perfection, the gravy itself was very tasty.

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    Stir-fry assorted Mushrooms in Claypot
    We personally love this lots as the mixture of bell peppers, chives, garlic & mushrooms went very well together, that created an aroma and very tasty bites.

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    Glutinous rice with Wax Meat 香叶腊鸭糯米饭
    We’re no big fans of glutinous rice served in Chinese restaurants, but this serving changed our mind. It was really addictive I must say. The glutinous rice was fried fragrantly with eggs. Adding the tasty preserved meat, it has that sweet salty encounter on your tastebud. Very memorable.

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    Cold longan, lotus seeds and fungus 冻龙眼云头莲子羹
    Even their longan dessert is brimmed with ingredients! Love! Very thirst quenching :)

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    All these dishes cost us about RM1300++ for 13 pax. Looking at the dishes & quality, it’s definitely worth it :)
    Very satisfying.

    *NON-HALAL*
    De Maw Restaurant 地茂馆中华料理
    No. 18 Jalan Pudu Ulu,
    Off 3rd Mile Jalan Cheras,
    56100 Kuala Lumpur.
    Tel: +603 9285 7833
    *Located next to Menara PGRM*

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    The Bridal Shower: Yen’s Tea Party @ Le Moon’s, Jade Hill Kajang

    September 29th, 2014

    Time for another Bridal Shower this year on the month of September!
    For the past 2 consecutive years, I’ve been a part of 2 bridal showers already! One organized by my beloved bridesmaid for myself, and another for Citygal last year! Yes. Both on September too :)
    It’s definitely fun, joyous and honourable to throw our BFF, the bride-to-be, a gift-giving party in anticipation of her wedding.

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    Organizing a bridal shower could be a challenge when you do not know where to start. But lucky me, I’ve Ivy who has been such a great partner in tea-parties-organizing. Great minds think alike! LOL!
    So , let the pictures do the talking shall we?

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    The One, Two, Threes of the recent Bridal Shower that might be a little help to boost your idea if you’re organizing one for your BFF too!

    #1 Theme: Yen in Wonderland
    We love themed parties! And with themes, it would definitely be easier to plan a party. Colours, props and other arrangements. And it would be great if the theme matches the bride’s personality too.
    Since our BFF Yen, is a spontaneous, cheerful & outgoing person, we decided to go for a colourful theme with pink being the core colour and the incorporation of “Alice in Wonderland” sort of settings. For example incorporating the touch of Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. And instead of wearing hats, the girls have to wear a bow/ ribbon on their hair. Girls in white/ beige while we made the bride-to-be wore bright pink!

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    #2 Project Insta!
    About 1 week before the shower took place, we would hashtag a pic that reads #yensteaparty on Instagram to create some sneak peek for the Bride-to-be. Oh! I’ve always love creating new ######!

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    #3 Venue: Le Moon’s Eatery. Bakery. Zakka @ Jade Hills, Kajang
    After a few enquiry on various places for the tea party, we settled for Le Moon’s Eatery. Bakery. Zakka. A decent and cute looking cafe that’s nestled in the Jade Hills neighbourhood in Kajang. For more detailed review of the place, you could read our review HERE & HERE.

    Why Le Moon?

    • They have ample space for party planning. Since there was only 10 of us, we occupied the 1st floor of the eatery. If you’re planning a bigger party like birthdays, weddings etc, you could utilise the top floor.
    • Discussions on how we want our party to be would be conducted prior to that
    • Comfy & beautiful table setting – small flower arrangements and heart-folded serviette on the table
    • Perfect ambiance for our theme
    • Friendly & efficient staffs
    • Delicious food of course!

    The tea party food spread are recommended by the chef and you could choose what you would like to have on your menu or don’t. Very personalized :)

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    Here’s what we had for RM50++ per pax! (Drinks not included)
    A mixture of savouries & sweets!

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    Mini Chicken Burger, Fire Cracker, Smoked Salmon Sandwich, Wild mushroom, garlic and thyme tartlet with goats cheese
    Raisin Danish, Scone with whipping cream and fruity jams, Fruit Parfait, Bread & Butter Pudding
    Mini Cupcakes, Mini New York Cheese Cake, Valrona Chocolate Cake

    I think we went a little greedy with the food and we can’t finish them all and had to take-away! LOL. So be warned! Although written as mini, the portion was huge! Overall, the hi tea spread was good! Not just good looking, but tasted beautiful too. And they were value for money :)

    Mini Chicken Burger + Wild mushroom, garlic and thyme tartlet with goats cheese
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    Smoked Salmon Sandwich
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    Scones + Fire Cracker
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    Mini New York Cheesecakes
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    Fruit Parfait
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    Valrona Chocolate Cake
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    Bread & Butter Pudding
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    #4 Handmade Settings!
    We love handmade stuffs and love making them! From banners, props & other cute signage, we got it!
    Well, balloons are not handmade though. Hehe. Balloons are one of the best props! Pink & White for the day!

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    Putting on food tags :)

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    The deco table!

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    Custom animated drawing of the bride & groom by Simply Card

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    Name tags for every girls! Since it’s a wonderland theme, we made Rabbit a main character and thus, all bunnies related! That’s the cotton wool as their fluffy tails.

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    Peter Rabbit & his Rabbit hole!

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    #5 Photobooth Props
    Downloaded printables with the tea party theme

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    #6 Crown & Sash, and Table stand for the “Bride-To-Be”

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    #7 Handmade Scrapbook with Special Messages for the “Bride-to-Be”

    Girls with thoughtful messages :)

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    #8 Crowning Session
    As soon as the bride-to-be arrives, make sure you crown her! Make her the queen! :)

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    #9 Bridal Shower Games
    Play simple games! For us, we did the “How Well do you Know your Hubby” game :)
    It was really hilarious watching her think and answer so happily and at the same time making us all laughed till we drop! LOL.

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    #10 Bridal Gift
    At the end of the session, gift presentation! Be sure to get something really useful for her upcoming wedding. Hehe.

    #11 Photo Sessions
    Can’t leave without pictures sessions! Group photos, “selfies”, “group-fies”, “wefies”! And also Instax!

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    Pretty Bride-to-Be YEN!

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    My BFF. My great partner. Love planning parties with her!
    Photos courtesy of Ivy too! (www.ivyaiwei.com)

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    *Pork-Free*
    Le Moon’s Eatery Bakery Zakka
    18-G, Persiaran Jade Hills Utama 1/1,
    Kajang

    Business hours:
    Tuesday-Thursday
    8am to 11:30am -Breakfast
    11:45 to 3:45pm -Lunch
    4pm-9:30 pm – Light Dinner & Coffee (Last call 9pm)

    Friday – Sunday
    8am to 11:30am -Breakfast
    11:45 to 3:45pm -Lunch
    4pm-6pm – Light Dinner
    6pm-10.00pm – Hearty Dinner (Last Call 9:30pm)

    Prebook with them through +6010 289 9585, or +6016-441 2127
    You can also contact them for more info on private party & function !

    FB page: https://www.facebook.com/lemoons.eatery

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    Kah Hiong Ngiu Chap 家乡牛什 @ Puchong

    September 27th, 2014

    Are you craving for a bowl of excellent Ngiu Chap (mixed beef parts)?
    When saying so, this if very often related to the famous Ngiu Chap stall in Sabah. Namely Kah Hiong Ngiu Chap 家乡牛什, they are very specialized in preparing your favourite serving of beef parts. Be it the sliced meat, tripe, tendon, intestine or other entrails, you could easily find it here to fix your crave. Slurp!

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    Learning that Kah Hiong Ngiu Chap has finally set its foot here in Klang Valley, opening their new branch at Bandar Puteri Puchong, we decided to finally pay this restaurant that is located somewhere near the Puteri Mart a visit. We’ve not had the Sabah version, so its our virgin try on Kah Hiong :)
    As usual, finding a parking spot at Bandar Puteri especially during lunch hour could be a pain here.
    Comparing to their Sabah outlet, Kah Hiong in Puchong has a better environment; air-conditioned and comfortable seats arrangement. Also, a more expensive price you have to pay of course.

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    Our order was promptly served and I must say that
    smooth-tasting beef broth, although the piece of radish that came with it was soft enough.

    Ngiu Chap Soup Noodle – RM13.90
    Their signature that came with beef tripes, beef stew, beef slices & beef balls. A generous serving and the quality of the beef noodles is pretty decent. Tasty & smooth-tasting beef broth with slices of soft radish that came together. The beef were soft too.

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    Beef Ball Noodle – RM13.90
    For patrons who are not comfortable or not a big fan of organs, beef balls noodles would be a great order. Their beef balls are dense & spongy :) Love the broth too.

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    Also remember their signature super hot chilli paste. Dipping your beef into it would definitely add in extra kick to your palate. But do be careful not to overdo it. They are also selling their own chilli sauce if you love to bring them home. Somehow strong chilli goes very well with Ngiu Chap.
    While some Sabahans might complain about the price difference between their hometown and Puchong, somehow when the craving drops by, we just can’t resist, can we?

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    *PORK-FREE*
    Kah Hiong Ngiu Chap 家乡牛什
    No.11 & 13, Jalan Puteri 4/8, Bandar Puteri
    47100 Puchong New Village,
    Selangor, Malaysia.
    Business Hours:
    Mon – Thurs: 10am – 9pm
    Fri – Sun: 9am – 10pm
    Phone: +603 8066 9829

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    Miam Miam @ 1 Utama Shopping Centre, PJ

    September 22nd, 2014

    Ever since Miam Miam open its doors in Penang last year, it has created quite a rave among foodies. And good news doubled when they decided to branch down to Klang Valley, right here at 1 Utama Shopping Centre. Patrons has flocked to the place to check out their legendary treats like French toast, soufflé, signature pastas, and many more.

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    I like the name Miam Miam

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    It means “Yummy” in French. Miam Miam is a place that combines refined Japanese aesthetics with the rich flavours of the French culinary tradition to produce a unique fusion that accentuates the best of both excellent culinary traditions. It has a casual setting of French Japanese Artisanal Cafe, enriched with a a French-Japanese menu that has managed to draw a huge crowd; be it families, working people or youngsters especially.

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    We’ve heard that the queues are crazy on weekends and there were complaints about their services being bad too during those peak days. Nevertheless, we decided to drop by on a weekday for late lunch.
    Despite it being a late lunch hour already, they still have promising crowd. But lucky enough, we do not need to line up and their service was prompt too :)

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    Hand dripped Coffee – RM8
    As usual, Chris will order his daily dose of caffeine. Checking out their recommended hand dripped coffee, he loved his order of black beauty as has that bold but light bodied coffee.

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    Miam Miam Spaghetti – RM26.80
    While scrutinising at the menu, I have wondered why so many people tend to order the Miam Miam Spaghetti, which is one of their signature as it looks absolutely normal to us. Plus, they lack the pork bacon which can be found at Gurney Paragon.
    Nonetheless, we still ordered it out of curiosity. Indeed, it’s very well prepared. Al-dente spaghetti well tossed & infused with flavours of french butter, their secret broth & shoyu. Sautéed with frankfurters, tomatoes, baby spinach & turkey ham, it was also topped with a beautiful onsen tamago (soft boiled egg). Mixing the egg with other ingredients created a smoother texture & a whole new characteristic.

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    Black Rice & Omu Egg – RM28.80
    Squid ink rice with assorted seafood, topped with the Omu egg that is moist, smooth & fluffy. Love the colour combination of this dish which is very contrast. The rice was cooked with the right flavour and the amount of seafood served was pretty generous too. Must try :)

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    Famous French Toast – RM16.80
    In the menu, it reads, “An absolute must-have. Don’t ask just order!”
    One of their star dish that draws the crowd and almost every table has this french toast on it. And it’s one of the reason we were there too. So legendary. Haha.
    Learning that it will be served with maple syrup & whipped cream, we asked for ice cream cream instead. As we would like to try something hot & cold at the same time. It will be like having the Shibuya Honey Toast! (although we’ve not tried this in Bangkok…).
    And Miam Miam’s thickly sliced French toast was good! Unlike ordinary french toast, their bread is freshly made in thicker, denser form, dipped in egg mixture & slowly pan fried. Drizzle these high-piled toast with some maple syrup and pair it with ice cream. We loved it. Extremely hearty: buttery, fluffy light with a hint of sweetness! What an expensive serving of french toast you might say, but no one complains after having it. Haha.
    NOTE: Additional RM2.20 will be charge for ice cream

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    We love Miam Miam. But only on weekdays. Do you? :)

    *HALAL*
    Miam Miam
    Lot 146, G Floor,
    1 Utama Shopping Centre
    48200 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

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    Bankara Ramen @ Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur

    September 16th, 2014

    **All pictures below taken with iPhone 5

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    Tokyo’s top ramen specialist arrives in Kuala Lumpur earlier this year! With over 60 outlets across Japan, this Tokyo-based Bankara Ramen, a noodle chain, has taken its international expansion into our city centre finally.
    Bankara is famous for its “Impact Taste” philosophy was developed over 15 years by Kusano-san in Japan.
    They offer 4 distinct style of ramen, each with its own distinct broth and noodle: Bankara Ramen from Tokyo, Hakata-style Tonkotsu ramen, Saporo-style miso ramen and Tsukemen.
    This is definitely something great for the patrons to explore as they are not just stuck with choices of only Hokkaido or Hakata styles ramen. We are able to savour the more expressions of each type of ramen with each delivering a different multilayered taste experience.

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    Experimenting with the garlic press tool. Do add some into your bowl of ramen & it will change its broth’s character for sure!

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    Bankara Ramen is their signature ramen. Special pork bone broth infused specially with refined shoyu, served with medium thickness Tokyo style noodles. Lightly salted with a hint of sweetness, this ramen is best served with their signature braised pork belly. However, I was recommended by their attentive staff to order Assari Bankara instead of the original or the kakuni version as I was told it will be less oily compared to those 2.
    Very thoughtful of her as she noticed that I’m pregnant and better not to take too much oil. Kudos to their team.

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    Bankara Original – RM21
    Medium sized noodle served with Chashu, bamboo shoots, dried seaweeds & Japanese onions
    It was mildly sweet & fatty-tasting though and flavoursome. Great for patrons who want a more luxurious texture. The downside might be it’s fatty-taste as we find the broth kinda oily actually. Noodles texture and taste wise was alright.

    Assari Bankara – RM21
    Similar to Bankara Original but served in lighter soup base. Like what I had, this version is less oily compared to the original version. I personally loved it :)

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    Kakuni Bankara – RM30
    Bankara Original topped with their signature kakuni (braised pork belly). The braised pork belly was soft and delicious but then again, the oily portion could be one sinful order. Haha. Some people might not like it. Like my mom. LOL.

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    And as for their Hakata-style Tonkotsu ramen, they employed a slow boil technique to create a milky & rich in flavour pork bone soup. Smoothness of the soup is the defining character that one could find.

    Tonkotsu Chashu – RM28
    Thin noodle in milky pork bone soup served with 4 pieces of chashu, jew’s ear mushroom, spring onion & seaweed. Very different from that sharp taste of Bakara’s signature, their Tonkotsu is lighter and creamier.

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    Goma Ice Cream – RM6
    I just gotta fulfil my cravings for this scoop of black sesame ice cream which is filled with sesame seeds in every spoonful!

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    Will be checking out their Saporo-style miso ramen and Tsukemen next! :)

    *NON-HALAL*
    Bankara Ramen Malaysia
    Lot 2-7, Level 2,
    Avenue K, 156, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
    Tel: +603-2181 8618
    Opening hours: Mon – Sun: 11am – 10pm

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    103 Coffee Workshop @ Sri Petaling

    September 10th, 2014

    It’s has been quite a while since we explored any new coffee house around town as I’m sorta “decaffeinated” for the moment. LOL.
    However the cue in the coffee zombie chanting “Need coffee now” was too strong to handle. Yes, it’s Chris by the way :)
    And learning that the busy neighbourhood of Sri Petaling rolls out the caffeinated carpet just last month, exclaiming as Japanese Specialty Coffee Bar, we paid a visit.

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    Like the traditional ‘kissaten’, a Japanese-style coffee house is still the city’s true coffee hotspot in Japan. Many of these traditional coffee houses serve siphon coffee. Grinding fresh roasted beans seconds before brewing, the mechanical perfection of a siphon pot occurs when two chambers, vapour pressure and vacuum…brew the coffee.
    Incorporating the kissaten environment that encourages customers to sit back, relax, and have the coffee brought to the table. The cup is laid down with all the grace of a tea ceremony. The owner has created an environment for customers to enjoy coffee, savour its taste, and to slow down.

    The ever-so-busy street of Jalan Radin Bagus, where parking could be such a pain here nontheless welcomes:

    103 Coffee Workshop
    A japanese inspired cafe :)

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    We think cafes like this has became both a center of social life for the new modes of living, and a place where newcomers to the cities could go to observe peoples’ ways, looks, attitudes and models of sophistication. Like a place to stop for a while. Some place where people could catch up & enjoy a nice cup of speciality coffee and hand-brewed coffee plus food. 103 Coffee Workshop serve Japanese brunch, dons, udon, snacks as well as some desserts. And as for drinks other than coffee, they have their own Japanese Milk Tea too!
    **Their kitchen is open from 11am-4pm & 6pm – 9.30pm

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    Get ready for some tasty home-brewed single origin coffee! You can purchase the bean home too if you love them!

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    You can get to choose the brewing method and your bean of choice!

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    Barista busy at work :)

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    Their cosy workshop interior :) With blends of rustic & modern edge.

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    And as for the house blend, their blend is a mix of Arabica grade Brazil Mogiana, Colombia Inza and Guatemala Antigua.

    Flat White (Double Shot) – RM10
    Chris loved it and claimed “just nice” for him. Every sip of deep, dark goodness. I would have been overdosed by a double LOL

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    One of their cold brew of single origin coffee that has a desirable sharp and pleasing taste, with full-bodied aftertaste. Thanks to 103!

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    Kari Kari Pasta – RM3.90
    Crispy fried pasta with their homemade seasoning. One of their most-ordered snacks, it was really addictive!

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    Tamago Garikku Tosuto – RM13.90
    Garlic Butter Toast with spring egg served with sausage, ham & mixed salad.
    The toast might look ordinary but the spread of garlic butter made the difference. Always love toast with tamago! However, the ham was a bit too dry to our liking.

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    Teriyaki Chicken Don – RM14.90
    Chicken Teriyaki Rice Bowl served with Spring Egg.
    Love this portion of rice as the chicken was perfectly grilled & coated well with the teriyaki sensation. Mixing them all up with tamago, ginger slices & spring onion makes a tasty bowl of goodness.

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    103 Coffee Workshop
    103 Jalan Radin Bagus,
    Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur.
    **Located next to 7-Eleven.
    Business hours: Tues-Sun: 11am-11pm
    Tel: +603-9054 5512

    To check out more of our compilation of Coffee Place, CLICK BELOW :)

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    Cristallo di Luna @ Pacific Regency Hotel Suites, KL

    September 4th, 2014

    I could still remember vividly the last time Chris brought me up to Luna Bar for Valentine’s Day celebration. And it was 6 years ago! Luna Bar is indeed a very romantic spot, especially for couples who would like to date under the moon & stars, overlooking the cityscape by the pool. And during that time, they also have a lounge area where it’s filled with stylish couches and chandeliers. They served mainly finger food and drinks.
    Never did we know that at the Pacific Regency Hotel Suites now, one could enjoy good view, perfect ambiance and not to forget, deliciously memorable fine food! :)
    They’ve revamped the place about 4 years ago and now, a new menu set to impress!

    As you proceed your way up to the 33rd floor, you will then climb a staircase up that leads you to an absolute tribal experience in fine-dining on your right. Where else on adjacent side, would be the widely popular Luna Chill Out Bar.

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    Cristallo di Luna

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    A chic, casual western dining restaurant located on the 34th floor of Pacific Regency Hotel Suites. The whole concept is set to be elegant with its adornment of glittering crystal chandeliers dangling from the ceiling and plush, inviting furniture pieces that promise comfort & luxury. The restaurant is intimate and dimly lit so you can enjoy the night view in all its splendour.
    However, we personally thought that the restaurant’s setting could be improved, in terms of furniture colour selection. The black details is a bit too overwhelming, resulting the place a bit gloomy instead of romantic.
    However, the best feature about this upscale eatery is its stunning view of the KL cityscape making it “the cool place” of the golden triangle either for having an aperitif or a romantic, friendly, business dinner.
    As the night progresses, step out onto their open-air sky bar area for a nightcap if you like :)

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    Thanks to Cristallo di Luna, we were able to sample some of their most favourited items on the new menu!
    And also learn that there’s actually good food at Luna. Not just cocktails and bar bites.
    Many people, including Chris and I, don’t have a clue that they serve proper food here until now. Oops!

    You may want to start your dinner with an order of cocktails or wine first :)

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    Orange juice for me :)

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    Chris said their Long Island Tea was great!

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    Complimentary bread

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    Appetizer
    Re-invented Buffalo Mozzarella stuffed in Roma Tomato, Pine Nuts, Arugula and Basil Emulsion – RM15
    A vegetarian start, the chef thoughtfully started our course meal with a lighter dish that cleverly combines tomato and buffalo mozzarella to ignite our palate.

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    Warm Seared Scallops and Prawn with Ruby Red Grapefruit, Orange & Frisee Salad, Piquillo Coulis – RM30
    The scallops and prawns were very fresh and the combination of flavours brought out the freshness of these seafood. Bouncy texture accompanied with hints of sweet flavours from the fruits & vegetables.

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    Kaffir Scented Lobster Soup with Sea Scallop & Coconut Foam – RM30
    It’s definitely difficult to find a place that serves good lobster bisque, as most places we’ve tried was way too salty and empowering for us. But at Cristallo, this version of bisque that the chef prepared was just perfect. Bursting with flavours but not too overwhelming till it over-ignite your tastebuds. Haha. And with the extra texture from the scallops, they matched great.

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    Mains
    Grilled Tenderloin of Black Angus Beef – RM80
    Pommes au Dauphinoise, Fricassee of Wild Mushroom, Glazed Baby Onions, Morel Jus, Truffle Scented Oil
    Perfect medium rare, tender meat that retains its juiciness. The Pommes au Dauphinoise, also known as the gratin potatoes where an elegant, light variation of the layered carbs stays together. Every bite was heavenly. With the sauces drizzled all over, mushrooms, baby onions, all these ingredients just come together so well.

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    Oven Baked Cod Fillet, Mascarpone and Asparagus Orzo Risotto – RM50
    The asparagus is topped with Flying Fish Roe & this dish sleeps on their Saffron Butter Sauce. Another must order dish, the oven cod fillet were fresh and not overcooked. Pairing the protein with the creamy risotto underneath was very delicious.

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    Dessert
    Espresso Crème Brule with Vanilla Foam and Macadamia Ice Cream – RM20
    Coffee based creme brule! And they uses Haagen Dazs Ice Cream here.

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    ‘Teh Tarik’ Ginger Panna Cotta, Kaya Butter Toast – RM15
    Malaysian fusion. The chef has been very innovative in incorporating our Malaysian “teh tarik Halia” into his panna cotta and it’s definitely our first time having kaya butter toast in a fine dining restaurant. Haha.

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    Chilled Strawberries, Passion Fruit & Mango Soup in Pavlova Bowl – RM20

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    We absolutely fell in love with the food here as they lifted up our senses, with a passionate chef that has carefully aligned his innovative dishes & tastefully blended recipes to offer an unforgettable experience in fine dining and at the same time, capturing all our senses.
    Price wise, it’s not too heavy on the wallet if compared to many fine dining restaurants out there. Definitely value for money :)

    *PORK-FREE*
    Cristallo di Luna
    Level 34, Pacific Regency Hotel Suites, (Go to Level 33 first by the lift)
    Jalan Punchak, Off Jalan P.Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
    Tel: +603 2332 7777
    Opening Hours :
    Mon – Thu : 5 pm – 1 am. Fri – Sat : 5 pm – 3.00 am. Sun: 5 pm – 1 am.

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    Opium KL 乌香院 @ Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL

    August 24th, 2014

    Introducing another Werner Kuhn’s latest establishment on the happening street of Changkat Bukit Bintang, would be a unique setting of eastern smoking den meets Western hipster hangout, surrounded with a mixture of Chinese oldies upbeat and some funky grooves in between. Love their interior as every corner is adorned with a different ambiance which brought out the opium den cum Chinese culture.
    Different types of opium pipes displayed on the wall on one side, separated by a communal area with a wall of shelves displaying the custom-made Chinese ceramics traditionally used to store Chinese wine. So drunken master like. Haha. By the way, this is Opium KL that we are talking about & it was just opened July this year and this outlet aspires a 1930s-1960s look and feel

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    On the other side would be a sophisticated bar with a different personality of orient express style where spirits are put to order to create their booze.
    It’s all very theatrical, but that’s nothing compared to the drinks! So while you may not be smoking, your glass is! Must check out their signature cocktails and booze created & served in a very unique way.

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    Indoor dining area for a more intimate experience. A very different dining experience compared to their al-fresco dining area which stands out with their burlesque-like striking pink seats making the whole place looks hip at the outdoor.

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    The Rose Room, with their centre piece of the opium bed. Well, it’s actually meant for drinks and chitter-chatters :) You could also book this area for a more private function/ occasion.

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    Opium KL also has a rather special tagline:

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    Eat.Drink.Man.Woman
    饮食男女

    - A 1994 Taiwanese film directed by Ang Lee, referring to the basic human desires and accepting them as natural. Meat, drink, seeking pleasures in life which fits to the theme of this restaurant: A place for people to unwind and focus purely on the food, conversation and quality time.

    What’s Opium KL’s call?
    Asian Oriental Fusion food & addictive cocktails that you must order!

    Opium Specialities (Non-Alcohol)
    For those who can’t take alcoholic drink, like me :) You can definitely check out some of their house specialties. Nicely concocted to ignite & refresh your palate. These drinks are served in a mini pot which is adoringly cute!

    Mango Asam Boi – RM15

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    Calamansi Apple Ginger – RM15

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    Signature House Cocktail
    Each cocktail is served cleverly in different glasses & pots, crafting a more interesting approach in letting patrons discover their drinks.

    Peking Man – RM32
    Vodka, Puer tea, Longan, Lime Juice ,Egg white, Orange Bitters. And the way they serve their peanuts! So cute!

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    Tea Trader – RM32
    Rum, peach puree, black tea syrup, lemon juice, egg white

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    Shanghailander – RM38
    Whisky, peated puree, black tea syrup, lemon juice, egg white

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    Trader Vic Heads East – RM32
    Rum, spiced rum, orange curacao, lime juice, dutch almond syrup, mangosteen

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    Tiger Draft – RM22
    Drink like a real Chinese man! Tiger drafts served in small wine pots and drink it from a bowl!

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    Crunchy Bites – Dimsums with a twist!
    Money Bags – RM15
    Crispy dumplings with fillings of chicken, squid, leek, spicy sauce & seaweed.

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    Crab Cakes – RM18
    The crab meat was infused with herb sambal.

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    Cheese Samosas – RM18
    Crispy popiah skin enwrapping 3 types of cheese & raisins. Apricot chutney served as dipping sauce. Good stuff.

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    Salad
    Fern Leaf Salad with Grilled Prawns – RM24
    Great flavours of wild fern leaves tossed with grilled prawns, sambal, ginger, shallots & drizzled with coconut lime juice. First try having fern leaf as a salad serving, it was really appetizing with all the mixtures of flavours.

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    Curry Spaghettini – RM28
    Playing fusion, they uses spaghetti cooked in coconut based broth well infused with spices and topped with other ingredients like dried shrimps, chicken, long beans, bean sprouts, prawns, tofu puffs & eggs! Brimmed with goodness, it tasted like nyonya curry noodles.
    We’ve personally tried pasta cooked with Eastern flavours during our days in UK. But back here, this was our first time! Great combo :)

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    Wagyu Beef Rendang – RM38
    A pot of wagyu beef cooked tenderly with spices, coconut, tumeric leaves & kaffir lime leaves. You can opt to this main dish with either Lotus Leaf Buns or their Poppy Seed Rice. Very well flavoured and it’s almost too addictive.

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    Creamy Butter Prawns – RM42
    Prawns cooked with milk, butter, chili, garlic & curry leaves creating a creamy and fragrant dish. You can also choose to have this with either Lotus Leaf Buns or their Poppy Seed Rice. We love dipping their buns into the creamy sauce. Yum! Tasted just right and not too empowering with too much butter.

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    Sweet Stuffs for Sweet Ending
    Cheesy Banana Fritters – RM18
    Fried banana, aged cheddar & banana ice cream. The perfect combo of hot and cold. Loved it!

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    For all dessert good ness in a glass, you can opt for these selections instead:
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    Sago Gula Melaka – RM15
    A mixture of sago pearls, gula melaka, coconut milk & jackfruit

    Opium Ice Glass – RM18
    Shaved ice with grass jelly, waterchestnut, basil seeds, peanuts, corn, mung bean paste, coconut milk, gula melaka & topped with coconut ice cream

    Melon Ice – RM15
    Honeydew melon with sago pearls & coconut milk

    *PORK-FREE*
    Opium KL
    50 Changkat Bukit Bintang,
    50200 Kuala Lumpur,
    Malaysia
    Tel: +603 2142 5670

    Opening hours:
    Sundays – Thursdays : 4pm – 1am
    Fridays – Saturdays : 4pm – 2am

     

    More of Werner’s establishment on Changkat Bukit Bintang (read our previous reviews below) :)

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    Jumbo Seafood Gallery @ The Riverwalk, Singapore

    August 17th, 2014

    I have been a huge fan of crabs since young and visits to Singapore has always been like “Must eat Chilli Crab ok?” LOL
    And since we’ve never blogged about Jumbo, here goes! :)

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    Since Gordon Ramsay won Ang Kiam Meng of Jumbo Seafood Restaurant by a five-per-cent vote margin for the chilli crab dish during a Hawker Heroes challenge last year in Singapore, I suggested that we must have Jumbo’s Chilli Crab during our previous visit to Singapore.
    Chilli Crab, a food icon of Singapore with some of the best places to lap up this stunning creation include No Signboard Seafood Restaurant, Jumbo Seafood and Long Beach Seafood at the East Coast Lagoon Food Village which sits right by the beach at East Coast Park.
    But we pre-booked Jumbo like a must. Come to think of it, maybe it was because of Ramsay. Haha.

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    Wear your apron to avoid the mess!

    We’re pretty sure most of you would know Jumbo Seafood Gallery since it’s so famous! A Singapore home-grown seafood restaurant group that was established in 1987 with its first restaurant located in the popular East Coast Seafood Centre. We visited their Riverwalk outlet instead since their other outlets that we wanted to visit like East Coast & Riverside Point were full!

    Now they are a group of 5 restaurants: East Coast Seafood Centre, Riverside Point, The Riverwalk, NSRCC & Dempsey Hill. The 5 outlets all offer different menu features in addition to the regular award-winning signature dishes.

    Chilli Crab – SGD67.20
    Deep fried mini bun – SGD3.60
    What a beautiful crustacean. Infused and swimming in a pot of tasty, sweet & savoury sauce, created with a base of chilli and tomato sauces which will electrify your palate and satisfy your taste buds.
    The thick tangy sauce is made deliciously fragrant with garlic and rice vinegar, while thickening flour and egg ribbons are added to give the chilli crab dish the fluffy texture it’s known for.

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    For extra kick, remember to order some mantou (mini toasted buns), to scoop up or dip them into the thick gravy. Oh so addictive!

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    Jumbo claw for me :)

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    Homemade Beancurd – SGD24
    Silky smooth tofu drenched in flavoursome mushroom sauce, brimmed with generous amount of assorted mushrooms. Can finish a bowl of rice just with this dish.

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    Flaky Spicy Prawns – SGD33
    The prawns were bouncy and sweet, coated evenly with flaky cereal that gave the crispy texture plus hint of spices, without being too overwhelming.

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    Jumbo Seafood Gallery
    20 Upper Circular Road, #B1-48
    The Riverwalk, Singapore 058416
    Tel : 6534-3435 Fax : 6536-3836
    Business hours:
    Lunch : 12pm – 3pm (last order at 2.15pm)
    Dinner : 6pm – 12am (last order at 11.15pm)
    *Advised to make reservation before visiting to avoid disappointment. Especially on Public Holidays

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    Godiva Workshop with Chef Philippe: Ultimate Chocolate Experience!

    August 15th, 2014

    It makes us happy, it makes us fat. Well, not if you eat it properly.. Haha.
    It seduces us and reduces us to behaving like children in a sweet shop!
    It can even, according to the BMJ, lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes.
    So rejoice, all fellow lovers of the cocoa beans!

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    Many have told us:

    Once you taste GODIVA chocolate, you know that it’s delicious. For real.

    We agreed :)

    GODIVA, a name that embodied the timeless qualities of passion, style, sensuality and modern boldness. Named after Lady Godiva by the chocolatier, with great legends, a lady on the horseback. It’s on their logo if you noticed, this is well-known as one of the creators of the world’s most elegant, hand-crafted chocolates, originated in Brussels, Belgium.

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    “To us, chocolate making is a real art. It starts with the most precious ingredient – the cocoa bean, which grows on trees in large cocoa pods.” – GODIVA Chocolatier

    Established since 1926 in Brussels by Joseph Draps, GODIVA Chocolatier has become one of the most prestigious chocolate brands in the world. The recipes of their founder and unique chocolate making process remain the secret of GODIVA superior quality, leading to GODIVA’s appointment as the official supplier to the Royal Court of Belgium!

    For over 80 years, from New York to Hong Kong, GODIVA Chocolatier has been bringing the best of Belgium to the world. It was really an honour & delight to join GODIVA’s very own Chef Philippe Daue, GODIVA’s Chef Chocolatier – Pacific Rim & China for a unique Chocolate School Session!

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    Before the class begins, Chef Philippe was telling us about the real way of savouring your chocolate, instead of just popping them into your mouth and munch them in quick seconds. Else, any great chocolate would be a waste!

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    Do you know the ways of “Savouring Fine Chocolate”? asked Chef Philippe. Here’s how:
    1. See – Observe the packaging. Good qualiy chocolate will be packaged with great quality material. The bar should have a radiant and consistent gloss, without white or grey marks. The colour should be appealing

    2. Hear – Break the piece in half. It should resonate with a resounding and satisfying “Snap!” and exhibit a fine gradient along the broken edge

    3. Smell – Smell especially at the break point. There should be a strong, intense and pleasant cocoa aroma. If the chocolate or the room is too cold, lightly rub the chocolate with the fingers to release all aromas.

    4. Taste – Place the chocolate on the tongue. Let it melt. Chew it only to break it into small enough pieces that it begins to melt on its own. This allow the cocoa butter to evenly distribute in the mouth which mutes any bitterness in the chocolate.
    As the chocolate melts, concentrate on the flavours that are enveloping your tongue. Melting will release more volatile compounds for you to smell. Close your eyes, enjoying this moment of bliss, and bask in contentment :)

    After that, Chef Philippe demonstrated on how to make our own Chocolate Truffles!
    And we were led to our respective work stations to make our own with guidances from the chefs :)

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    Dried fruits and nuts for decorations

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    Fun times with chocolate begins!
    Here’s Chris and his melted chocolate :)

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    Time to fill in the mould – first step of truffles making
    Fatboybakes – the pro baker in action! :)

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    Truffles Collection – the utmost sensation of smoothness and crunchiness.
    FYI, truffles are traditionally made with a chocolate ganache centre coated in chocolate, icing sugar, cocoa powder or chopped toasted nuts. This time we coated ours with toasted nuts for the extra crunch.

    Here’s the simple steps of Godiva Chocolate taking Shape!

    1. Melting the chocolate
    2. Tempering the chocolate
    3. Melting the chocolate shells in
    4. Filling with Godiva ganaches
    5. Closing the shells
    6. De-molding the chocolate pralines
    7. Decorating the Godiva pralines
    8. Enjoying your creation!

    These may look and sounds easy, but each steps of chocolate creation requires a lot of patience. And knocking. Haha! As we were told that most of the time will be spent on knocking out the excess bubbles/ air so that a perfect praline could be formed.

    Piping in GODIVA ganache into the coated mould

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    Perfect pralines knocked out from the moulds

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    Time to coat them with toasted nuts! Hello Chef Chris :)

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    We were also taught how to make simple chocolate disc with the choco pipes that we filled and decorate them with dried fruits & nuts.

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    As the workshop finishes, Godiva surprised us with a gift to take home with us as well.
    Their GODIVA Chocolate Gold Collection: a colourful palette loaded with five most loved GODIVA chocolate ingredients: hazelnut pralinés, ganaches, carrés, caramels and nuts chocolate series. Love them all!

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    Through this GODIVA Chocolate School Session, we’ve learnt to appreciate chocolate more and after all the steps we’ve been through with Chef Philippe, we somehow thought chocolate tasted yummier than ever with GODIVA!

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    Go get your chocolates from GODIVA from their existing retail outlet.
    For more info, please visit: http://www.godiva.my/

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    Pangkor Laut Resort Day 2: Emerald Bay, Chapman’s Bar & Fisherman’s Cove

    August 10th, 2014

    Continued from Day 1 BabyMoon @ Pangkor Laut Resort :) Read more HERE!

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    Started the refreshing Day 2 on Pangkor Laut Resort being greeted by nice weather as we got out from our villa, ready for breakfast!
    WARNING: Picture loaded ahead! As we’ve got a whole day here!

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    While waiting for the shuttle service :)

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    Here’s our full day activity for Day 2. Pampered with good food and relaxation :)

    #1 BREAKFAST @ Feast Village
    Culinary offerings from the Asia-Pacific region and beyond that features a patisserie, cafe, Chef’s table and wine cellar where guests can purchase wines of their choice. The restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner.
    Our beautiful morning begun by making our way to this Feast Village for our big breakfast before we continue our activity throughout the day :)
    Spoilt with choices, savour yourself with different types of cuisines; from Malaysian delights, Western fix or even some Chinese cum Indian tasty surprises!

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    #2 Jungle Trekking (for Chris)
    This activity starts at 10am every morning by gathering at the Library behind the main lobby. You will then be briefed by the resident naturalist beforehand. This was a 2-hour jungle trekking activity where it opens your eyes up to a lot of what nature offers, and the resident naturalist will be your fount of information about the flora and fauna of the island.

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    The journey started from walking along the beaches and villas before entering the jungle behind, accompanied by informations about the island as well. Chris explored the jungle treks through the rainforest accompanied by their experienced and informative resident naturalist. The walks are free of charge and offer a fascinating insight into the spectacular virgin rainforest that is estimated to be over 2 million years old. Some of the interesting wildlife you may spot on the island include crab-eating macaque monkeys, fruit bats, tropical monitor lizards and yellow pied hornbills.

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    Chris also got to crane his neck to peer up at the tall trees in the rainforest while climbing up the small hills under the cool canopy of trees. It was kinda sloppy, so I’m advise to wait for him at the Emerald Bay instead :)

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    #3 Laze & Swim @ the EMERALD BAY
    While Chris went for his jungle trekking activity, I made a stop on the Emerald Bay myself with #miniC! His last stop will be at the Emerald Bay so I will just have to wait for him there while hanging out with my book, took a walk on the beach and nap on the beach chair with sea breeze brushing my face. When Chris reached, we had a small photo session on the beach as the weather was great that day. Even better than during our Minimoon.

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    Hello miniC :)

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    #4 LUNCH @ Chapman’s Bar
    Located Right on the Emerald Bay, is where Chapman’s Bar is lay. So do plan your lunch route here after Emerald Bay for convenience. Just a short walk from your beach chair, we got our yummy lunch fare after chilling out on the beach, rounds of photos-taking session & Chris’s jungle trekking activity.
    This bar is named after a famous British Colonel who sought refuge at Emerald Bay before his dramatic escape by submarine in 1945.
    They used to serve course meals but they have revamped their menu just recently and turn it into buffet style during our visit, serving Asian cuisines with local flavours from Malay, Chinese to Indian like satays, chicken rice, noodles, BBQ items and more!

    **Note: Just last week, the Chapman’s Bar have decided to revert back to their usual ala-carte / course meals instead of buffet sessions like this. Better food quality we bet :) You could have a look at the ala-carte meals that we had before HERE

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    Cold Ginger Ale on the beach!

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    #5 Pool Time @ Lap Pool

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    Passed by their tennis court on our way to the pool.

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    After the swim, we got back to our room to bath and rest.
    Chris just gotta get some white wine while he bathes! Enjoying the hot tub and sounds of the sea with his glass of wine :)

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    #6 SUNSET CRUISE
    Our evening was made memorable by starting out with a refreshing beverage at sea on board at Pangkor Laut Resort’s teakwood Oriental junk. Captain Desa and his friendly crew took us out to the sea, leisurely cruise around the island to witness the beautiful sunset with visits to some of the islands beautiful bays.

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    A private cruise just for us! And the weather was just so perfect.

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    During our cruise, we were served with a choice of refreshing non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages and appetizers from the crew while relaxing on the main deck or on the loungers and day beds on the upper deck. Yes, enjoyed free flowing soft drinks, house wine or beer as we admire the island from the sea, bathed in the golden hues of the setting sun.

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    Hello! This is our Captain on board!
    He stopped by the perfect spot for us to witness the breathtaking view of sunset on sea.
    Also, he had very interesting stories to tell about the island too! Very entertaining.

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    The other side of PLR: The Estate.
    Even more luxurious than you could ever imagine.

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    According to Captain Desa, once the sun touches the horizon line on the sea, it takes exactly one minute for it to go all the way down! Ok. I certainly didn’t know that. Haha. We then count down all the way together!

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    This was a magical experience with the most breathtaking views of the island at sunset. Love!

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    #7 DINNER @ Fisherman’s Cove
    Right after our sunset cruise, we then walked leisurely to Fisherman’s Cove for our romantic dinner for 2.
    Sets at the wooden deck adjacent to the Spa Village, on top of the breezy sea, Fisherman’s Cove made it a romantic scene for dinner. Live acoustic band that sets in the lovely environment, candlelit tables enriched by the sound of the sea & dimmed surroundings that bagged the winning ambiance for fine dining.
    They also have an open kitchen where patrons can get to enjoy how the chefs hustle with their Western grill, fresh seafood, Italian cuisine and delightful desserts.
    Please take note that this restaurant welcomes children aged 16 years and above for the comfort of all their guests. Proper dress code is required with collared-shirt, full-length trousers and shoes for gentlemen and smart casual wear for ladies.
    Have to give a big shout-out to the Fisherman’s Cove as their food was delicious and memorable. Furthermore, their excellent service is certainly worth another praise.

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    A selection of bread to start with, with homemade herb butters!

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    Amuse-bouche
    Literally translated as “mouth amuser” in French. A single, bite-sized first course served before appetizers.

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    Appetizers
    Seared Foie Gras
    Looks almost like a mini burger, the foie gras was perfectly seared and mounted on the caramelized mangoes & fungus confit below it. Different textures and flavours on every layer has created a myriad of surprises to our palate.

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    Crystal Prawns
    Served with rock melon & roasted walnuts. Once again, very fresh prawns with that crunch and this pairing with melon and walnuts was refreshing and the flavours are certainly not over the top.

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    Rock Lobster Bisque
    Served with Lobster mash, saffron, sweet potato chips on the side. A very rich preparation of tummy-warming soup. Dip your breads into them!

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    Lime Sorbet served in between for “palate cleansing” :)

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    Main Course
    Pangkor Laut Seafood Pyramid (for 2 to share)
    A huge portion of chef’s recommended seafood selections. Consisting 8 types of seafood that includes: Lobster, tiger prawns, crabs, squids, fish fillet, scallops, clams & mussels, they were remarkably fresh that night. So much crustaceans and seafood goodness in one plate.
    This platter was also served with 3 different types of creamy sauce to go with the seafood.

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    Desserts
    Dark Chocolate Almond Cake with glazed cocoa topping and vanilla ice-cream

    Spring Rolls
    Wrapped with chocolates & topped with vanilla ice-cream

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    This ends our Day 2 with Pangkor Laut Resort. Awaiting more excitement on our last day with this luxurious resort on Day 3! Stay tune!

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    Cicada Market @ Hua Hin, Thailand

    August 5th, 2014

    For the detailed Hua Hin travel itinerary, CLICK BELOW:
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    Cicada market is definitely not your usual Thailand street night market! Operating since October 2010, the Cicada Market in Hua Hin has become one of the area’s most popular open-air markets!
    It has definitely stand out for itself as this market is more of a platform for local artists to exhibit and sell their work, with a weekly schedule of live entertainment that includes local bands, international acts, theatre, performance art and various derivations of dance.

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    This market is created as a medium of connection to artists, creators, designers, tourists, students and community through integrating culture and arts with lifestyles.
    As an art market with atmosphere of Hua Hin, this place is a source of contemporary art in various fields, including the invention of handmade decorative items, fashion clothes, collectible secondhand items and little products with innovative ideas to be displayed and sold in open-style mat and shops.

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    All things handmade!

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    Hand-drawn cute T-shirts designs!

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    Local artists operate from cute stalls! And yes, they painted every single masterpiece themselves.

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    So tempted to bring this umbrella home!

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    Here comes the bride! Can’t resist to get his pretty veil for our cousin!

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    Their setting is like in a tropical garden, whereby the ambiance is relaxed, stylish and bohemian, with paths illuminated by lanterns and fairy lights and art installations throughout.

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    This market is also divided into 4 sections: Art A La Mode, Cicada Art Factory, Amphitheater and Cicada Cuisine. There are also 2 indoor galleries, known as The Art Factory which display the works of local artists and university students, plus a rotation of touring national and international exhibitions. Visitors can buy the art on display, or have their portrait sketched by one a local artist!

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    Air-sprayed portraits!

     

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    Love their Tourist Information Centre which they named it the Hua Hin Lifestyle Library. Equipped with computers, maps and infos, one can find out lots more about Hua Hin. Everything inside is so vintage and pretty!

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    s you stroll along the night market, you will notice an amphitheater that offers different schedules of events which includes music, dance, theatre and more. Depending in which weekend, we can enjoy traditional Thai dance, magic shows, comedy, local musicians, b-boy and street dance competitions. We managed to watch some b-boy and live band performances while doing our shopping!

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    This is Cicada Cuisine. I lovetheir open are that offers a picturesque garden dining area. Food vendors here sells a wide range of Thai street foods with lots of local specialties. If you do not wish to have Thai food, there are also some selections of Chinese, Korean BBQ, western food etc.
    Grilled fresh seafood here is also a specialty! Eyeing on those barbecued seafood :)

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    Coffee Break!
    We stopped by a cute cafe by the name of Coffee Corner. Too hot must have cold coffee & cold milk tea!
    Every cafe we stopped by in Hua Hin also never fail to melt us with its cuteness. Decos, petite table & chairs, and settings.

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    Iced Cappuccino – 60 Baht / Iced Milk Tea – 40 Baht

     

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    How to get there?
    Cicada Market is easily accessible via cab or tuk tuk. As we booked a van, so it’s not a problem :)
    It’s located in the Khao Takiab area, about ten-minute drive from Hua Hin Night Market. Located opposite the entrance to the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

    Opening times?
    They are only open on Weekends: every Friday, Saturday from 4pm to 11pm and Sunday 4pm to 10pm.

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    Pangkor Laut Resort Day 1: C ♥ C BabyMoon & Uncle Lim’s Special Birthday Feast Preview

    August 2nd, 2014

    It has been almost 2 years since we last stepped into a temporary paradise at Pangkor Laut Resort for our MiniMoon :) Well you could read more about it here by clicking the picture below. Also, you could learn about how their Resident’s Package works, which is very worth it.

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    And here we are again!
    Back to Pangkor Laut Resort for more indulgence and for our BabyMoon!
    Thanks to PLR for making this happen :) A much needed break to find relaxation from work and we’re sure you’ll need this too.
    Imagine yourself, for an indulgent moment, sunbathing on their Emerald Bay, with trees that cast slender shadows along the stretch of golden sand, the sparkling, azure ocean beckons you in for a swim. Lush rainforest, glorious sun and sea. After your dip, stroll back hand in hand to your spacious villa for a warm bath overlooking the sea and fluffy bed. Before getting ready for a leisurely seafood dinner, you can wander out onto your private balcony and listen to the surf. We could do this everyday! :)
    Such delighting the senses.

    At the waiting area of Marina Island @ Lumut, waiting for our boat transfer and it was just a 15 minutes journey to Pangkor Laut Resort! Safe for preggers like me! Hehe. For the boat schedules, do check out their official website for the different time allocation: http://www.pangkorlautresort.com/
    Also, just leave your luggage with them at the jetty and they will be with you in your room when you arrive!

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    The weather was just so perfect that day :) Blessed.

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    Time to board our boat and we just gotta take some selfie! :)
    And also thanks to the beautiful couple who sat in front of us for a more complete pic. Haha.

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    On our way to being pampered at the YTL resort!

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    Upon reaching their Pangkor Laut Resort’s jetty, we were greeted by one of their friendly staff, Loges. Ushered to their main lobby for another welcome drink and wet towel to refreshen up. Also, there will be a short briefing that were given personally to ensure we know our whereabouts, facilities and how to get around the island plus restaurants.

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    Before checking out our villa, we had lunch at one of their dining options:
    LUNCH
    Royal Bay Beach Club
    The restaurant overlook the infinity pool serves a selection of Asian and Western favourites for lunch. In the evening, the restaurant will transform into a chic chill-out lounge serving cocktails and other beverages.

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    Appetizers
    Mushroom Salad
    Slow-roasted portobello mushroom on organic fields of greens and creamy egg dressing. Oh yes, we’ve had this during our last visit but we can’t resist from ordering the same again as it’s my favourite salad on the island. This time, much bigger portobello!

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    Rendang Quesadilla
    Tortilla filled with slow-cooked chicken rendang , coriander-mint sour cream and guacamole , with heirloom tomato salad on the side. Highly recommended by the staffs, this tortilla was crispy and rendang were not too spicy too. Even children can take them. Love their selections of yummy dips with different flavour. Our favourite was coriander-mint sour cream.

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    Mains
    Club Pizza
    We selected three toppings: beef pepperoni, shrimp & mushrooms. Shrimps were absolutely fresh and the presentation was really pretty. However, their dough was kinda thick to our liking. Would have been perfect if it’s thinner and crispier.

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    Roast Chicken
    Rosemary Roasted Chicken, served with rustic potatoes & ratatouille. No complains, very well marinated chicken roasted to perfection and the sauce was delicious.

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    Desserts
    Apple & Blueberry Crumble served with raspberry sorbet
    Since Chris is not a very “berry” person, so I walloped the berries! Crumbly, sweet and sourish combination that we love. One side of the crumb is centred by apple while the other end with blueberry.

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    Daily selections of Ice-Cream & Sorbet (double scoop)
    Vanilla ice-cream & Raspberry sorbet
    Although I was tempted to choose over creme brûlée, but the weather calls for ice-cream! Our #minic loves ice-cream too. Haha.

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    After a round of tummy-filling feast, we were walked to our room which is one of the Sea Villas! Since our last visit was at their Hill Villa, our stay at their Sea Villa this time around is totally a different experience.

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    Time to check out their room on the sea!
    Our Villa!

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    A beautiful wooden door opens to the first panoramic view terrace complete with reclining chairs and table. With charming interiors, wooden furnishings, nice comfy bed and a very spacious bathroom too! To be precise, a bathroom with panoramic window on the sea!

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    Mangosteen for bath & toiletries.
    Love the different fruit flavours they used for shampoo, conditioner, shower gel & lotion. We smell like a fruit after bathing! And sea salt provided for a soothing, relaxing and stress alleviating bath.

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    An invitation to their cocktail session in the evening :)

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    Complimentary fruit basket! Just what I needed most. Constipation’s a pain during pregnancy you know. Haha.

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    Too comfortable enjoying the sea breeze till #miniC says “Do Not Disturb” Lol.

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    Time for picture!

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    n between, you could take a dip at their pool near the Royal Bay Beach Club or take a walk on the beach.

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    Hello feet! :)

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    Time really flies and it’s DINNER time already!

    At Uncle Lim’s Kitchen!

    From our villa to the Uncle Lim’s Kitchen, it’s just a walkable distance away so we don’t need to take their shuttle service provided :)

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    This restaurant is a spherical layed-out restaurant built on top a rocky outcrop overlooking the sea. It was named after the chef who has been with the Resort since its inception.
    Uncle Lim’s specialises in Nyonya and Hockchew Chinese-style home cooking. All dishes are inspired by the unique products available locally, and made to each guest’s individual tastes and requirements. Love their exotic flavours of the East.

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    Many have asked, “Who is Uncle Lim?” “Does he really exist or just a name?” “Is he related to the YTL’s family?”
    Uncle Lim is actually Pangkor Laut Resort’s oldest employee and head chef. This year, he is celebrating his 80th birthday along with 29 years of solid service at the resort!
    In commemoration of this momentous event and appreciation for his years of dedication, his team of apprentice have prepared a special birthday feast incorporating Uncle Lim’s favourite home-style recipes!

    In conjunction with Uncle Lim’s 80th birthday, Pangkor Laut Resort is offering guests the exclusive opportunity to enjoy this celebratory menu as:

    • Complimentary Dinner Upgrade for the Uncle Lim’s Special Birthday Feast
    • For guests who book the ever-popular Resident’s Package
    • Travel period to Pangkor Laut Resort from 1st September to 31st December 2014.

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    Uncle Lim’s Special Birthday Feast
    Available 1st September to 31st December 2014
    MYR360++ per couple
    **One Complimentary Dinner Upgrade for guests who book Resident’s Package**

     

    Four Seasons Platter
    Lo-Bak, Sweet Sour Prawns, Foo Yoong Egg, Calamari with Peanut sauce
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    Hock Chew Fish Maw Soup
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    Select four from the following items:
    Stir-Fried Sea Cucumber with black mushrooms and broccoli
    Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab served with Kampung Koh Chilli Sauce
    Fantasy Lobster – diced and stir-fried with Prawn paste
    Aromatic Steamed Pangkor Grouper – fresh from the fisheries of Pangkor Island and fragranced with lemongrass and chilli
    Stir-Fried Scallops with Ginger Wine
    Braised Abalone with Homemade Beancurd
    Herbal Chicken- steamed free range chicken with traditional Chinese herbs
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    Hock Chew Red Rice Wine Mee Sua
    with handmade thin wheat noodles from Pangkor Island
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    Shanghai Pancake

     

    Here are just some of the dishes from the above menu!

    Four Seasons Platter
    Lo-Bak, Sweet Sour Prawns, Foo Yoong Egg, Calamari with Peanut sauce
    Such colourful appetizers! Love to dip the Lo-Bak with the Kampung Koh Chili they provide. Prawns and calamaris were very fresh too.

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    Hock Chew Fish Maw Soup
    Tummy warming, palate igniting, and addictive. Chris isn’t really a big fan as he doesn’t like sour taste so much. I personally love it as it’s tangy, sweet, spicy and sourish.

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    Braised Abalone with Homemade Beancurd
    Silky smooth and the sauce goes very well with the rice.

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    Fantasy Lobster – diced and stir-fried with Prawn paste
    Beautifully presented :) The lobster were fresh but we personally prefer a less overwhelming taste to our lobster and we can taste their freshness more. The prawn paste was flavoursome but somehow overtook the freshness that one can indulge.

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    Too full till no more room for desserts! Lol.
    Enjoyable dinner with the night breeze. Hand in hand, we strolled back to our room, carrying our tummies and #miniC! Haha.
    Stay tune for our Day 2 experience! :)

    For those who are interested in the Residents’ Package, you book your stay with with Pangkor Laut Resort via:
    Their website: http://www.pangkorlautresort.com/
    Call YTL Travel Centre at +603 2783 1000
    or Email [email protected]

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    The Kitchen Table Restaurant & Bakery @ Damansara Kim, PJ

    July 22nd, 2014

    Cutting-edge cuisine has its place, but sometimes you just want a hearty meal with your favourite comfort foods. We’ve heard many people saying, “As everything around us changes faster than ever, there’s always comfort in things that stay pretty much the same” :)
    Which what makes one happy.
    In this era of food anxiety, it’s no wonder we sometimes feel the need to throw the book away and tuck into foods that remind us of simpler times.
    Like what we felt when dining at:

    The Kitchen Table Restaurant & Bakery

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    During the past years, we noticed many young restaurateurs has stepped up to the mark and opened their own independent ventures. And this include Marcus & Mei Wan, these are the 2 brilliant partners behind this restaurant tucked away on the shop-house street in PJ.
    With an infusion of energy, delicious food and fresh ideas, these youthful crop of business owners is forseen to rise to the top and, at the same time, helping to shape the future of the local dining industry. Oh yeah.

    Opened just this year, Marcus & Mei Wan originally runs a supper club based in Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. With this new outlet in town, they continue to serve Modern American comfort food using local produce.
    During the day, they serve pastries, breads, cakes other sweets at their bakery. As the night pours in, their restaurant is ready to serve dinner plates for sharing. So, you get different kind of experience at a different time :)

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    We love how simple yet sophisticated their interior turned out to be as you step in. Clean, bright, white plus wooden furnishings.

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    Sharing pitchers
    Lemongrass & ginger fizz – RM25
    Highly recommended by Marcus, it was really refreshing and a clean start to our palate before the indulgence.

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    Dinner for sharing

    Small Plates
    Citrus salad, grilled calamari, capers & shallot vinaigrette – RM24
    Nicely presented with its colours from the citrus fruits, the combination of calamari and greens was really matching. Chewy and moderately flavoured.

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    Large Plates
    Pork belly, apple reduction & watercress – RM46
    Absolutely adore this portion of pork belly. I’m personally not a big fan of fatty meats but you just gotta have a few bites. The amount of lean and fats were just right and not overly satiating. With combination of sauces from the apple reduction and mash beneath that balanced the flavours of sweet and catchy, it was memorable.

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    Buckwheat fried chicken, thai basil crisps & pomelo salad – RM38
    Also known as their flagship chicken, it was really crispy and aromatic. It’s been a while since we really enjoyed fried chickens. Haha.

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    Desserts
    Dark Chocolate Tart with Almond Tuiles – RM15
    Crunchy, crumbly and very enriching!

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    Earl Grey Crème Brûlée with Shortbread fingers – RM15
    Fragrant and creamy, there’s really nothing like cracking through the caramelized sugar layer to reveal the smooth custard underneath. And the shortbread made us missed Scotland so much!

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    *Non-Halal*
    The Kitchen Table Restaurant & Bakery
    23, Jalan SS20/11, Damansara Kim, 47400 Petaling Jaya
    Opening Times:
    Bakery: Tues – Sun: 10am – 5.30pm
    Restaurant: Tues – Sat: 6.30pm – 10.30pm (last order at 9.15pm)
    *Sunday Brunch : 10am – 2pm
    *Closed on Mondays

    To view their menu: http://www.thekitchentable.com.my/

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    Marshall’s Burger @ SS15, Subang Jaya

    July 15th, 2014

    The burger culture in Malaysia is no longer dominated by major fast-food chain in town with many independent burger joints joining the burger rave. The popularity of burgers remains on top despite many judgmental thoughts of fast foods like these would leave quite a flimsy aftermath in our body and the menu could get boring. Well, not anymore in a “today-burger joint”!

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    Well, not just another burger joint. Really. Not as simple as that. Who are we talking about that has just landed not long along from Pearl of the Orient (Penang) to Subang Jaya SS15?

    Marshall’s Burger

    Despite the mushrooming of many burger themed outlets, Marshall’s Burger is still slicing straight to the meat of the matter. So, hats off to this new burger outlet of today. Also, we are not exactly getting our cravings for our burger of choice settled so easily nowadays at typical fast food joints, do we? Difficult on our wallet, same old selections, you name it.
    At Marshall’s, they offer in-house made patties from imported beef, daily fresh pork patty and chicken thigh. Serving humble juicy burgers by getting all burger basics right, we personally think their burgers have nailed it, in terms of locking the juiciness of the patty. So, wave goodbye to frozen patties, MSG & preservatives! Yay!
    We were really surprised learning that Marshall’s actually started off as a roadside burger stall in Pulau Tikus, Penang selling burgers with precessed meat patties initially. When they finally kicked off for their burger venture in 2012 where they introduced their famous pork burgers, the overwhelming response in Penang have made them decided to bring more of this delicious burger options to Klang Valley!

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    At Marshall’s Burger SS15, it’s not about those gourmet burger laid out on your table. It’s all about simplicity when it comes to their ambiance, set-ups and even menu. A casual place for us to hang out for some burger issues :)

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    Pork, beef, chicken & fish. Each category has different selections. Whether you like yours with cheddar or bacon, double patties etc, take your pick! Also, Marshall’s have creatively named their categories in cute names!:

    • The Fat Piglet (pork)
    • The Bull (beef)
    • Small Fry (fish)
    • Bacon special chicken thigh (chicken)

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    All burgers come in a set with side of either Fries or Onion Rings with a soft drink that you can pick from their fridge yourself.
    Another plus point that we love about Marshall’s was, they introduced spicy burgers! FYI, Spicy burgers are available in pork, beef and chicken meat, but not fish. No additional charges for the spicy version. What shall we say?
    All burgers are grilled to just the right perfection that locked the juiciness of the patty. And if you opt for the spicy sauce that is well-infused into the patty, it would be a new favourite for strong-flavoured person as it was well-suited with our local tastebuds.

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    The Fat Piglet – RM13.50
    Pork patty with 2 slices of bacon. We decided to have this version in their homemade spicy sauce. Sweet, spicy savoury sauce. The juicy pork patty was such a perfect match with the crispy bacon. Oh, we love pork burgers!

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    Hawaiian Piggy – RM15.50
    Talk about the combination of juicy pork patty, cheddar and a sliced pineapple. Never think twice when ordering this. The combo of sweetness from the pineapple that also tenderizes the meat, it’s a tropical match with the pork.

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    BEEF
    Bacon Special Beef – RM13.50
    The patties stayed deliciously moist and was topped with 2 slices of bacon. A comfort food most people would love, especially beef lovers.

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    FISH
    Big Fry – RM15.50
    We decided to go for this 2 fish fillet plus cheddar burger that was drizzled with Marshall’s homemade tartar sauce. I personally love their tartar sauce (that comes in orangey yellow instead of typical white ones) very much. We even had this as dip to our fries and onion rings! Goes really well with their fish no doubt :)

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    Think you might get bored with just plain ketchup or chilli sauce for dipping, they have their very own Marshall’s sauce that was fueled by fun flavours with mixtures of mustard in it too! Very addictive we warn you :)

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    Say hello to another great burger outlet :)
    They have another outlet at Damansara Uptown by the way :)

    *Non-Halal*
    Marshall’s Burger
    23G, Jalan SS15/2A,
    Subang Jaya, 47500,
    Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
    Opposite Aeon Big
    Tel: +603 5612 2169

    Business hours
    Tuesday – Thursday: 12pm – 10pm
    Friday – Sunday 12pm – 11pm
    (Closed on Mondays)

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    BBQ Thai: Thai Street Food @ Jalan Klang Lama

    July 11th, 2014

    We love Thai food!
    Who doesn’t? :)
    Have always been a huge fan of those profusion of exotic flavours and fragrances from the Thai spices that made these flavours seemingly inexhaustible. Whether it be juicy pieces of grilled pork or a fiery bowl of ‘Tom Yum’ soup, they are all just thrilling to our tastebuds. We personally still prefer authentic Thai food if compared to those fusion Thai.

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    Having heard of the jam-packed Thai restaurant located just next to Coco Steamboat at Jalan Klang Lama, we’ve been yearning to pay them a visit but sometimes the waiting gets in our way. We finally beat the fear of waiting and hungry tummies and made a visit to BBQ Thai: Thai Street Food on a weekend!
    Lucky us, we do not need to wait too long before they got us our seats.

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    As the name suggest, do not expect a posh or classy ambiance. Its designs are unique in a way that it churned out an atmosphere whereby patrons would feel like they’re dining in Thailand. Decos like “Tuk-tuk”, old school bike, and wooden huts of different colours. We didn’t make any reservations and so we gotta seat outdoors. It could be quite stuffy when the crowd was humungous. Serving the best Thai delights we’ve heard, let’s check out!

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    Though it was written clearly that we have to wait at least 40 minutes for the food, after ordering, the food came pretty fast without much waiting! Since it was our first time, we ordered their best sellers/ hot items for a try :)

    Seafood Tom Yum – RM20
    Would never miss this quintessential Thai aroma! A bold, refreshing blend of fragrant lemongrass, chilli, galangal, lime leaves, shallots, lime juice etc that shapes this classic soup, but somehow it’s still not the best tom yum we’ve had after all when we tasted the next dish which was the “Kem Som” steamed fish! But it was loaded with seafood though :)

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    “Kem Som” steamed Siakap in Thai Special Sauce – RM48
    We all really love our sharing of “kem som” with it’s bold & sourish taste. Not too spicy too!

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    BBQ Pork Neck – RM28
    Juicy meat grilled to perfection. We personally thought this was better than A Wet Thai’s version! Love the green chilli dip too that gave the extra kick!

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    Green Curry Chicken – RM20
    Green curry was kinda normal but still flavoursome t go with our rice.

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    Kangkung with Garlic – RM13
    We would order kangkung everytime!

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    Group picha!

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    *Non-Halal*
    BBQ Thai – Thai Street Food
    17 Lorong Jugra, Off Batu 3 1/3
    Jalan Klang Lama,
    58000 Kuala Lumpur
    Tel: +603 798 19888
    Business hours: 5.00pm – 1.00am

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