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    Ippudo’s July-September Specials @ Bangsar Shopping Centre

    June 29th, 2015

    Ramen is one of the most popular staples in Japan. It comes with various soup flavours, the most common being soy, miso, or pork. One of our favourite ramen joint in Malaysia would be Ippudo!
    As you might have known, Ippudo at Bangsar Shopping Centre, that specialized in tonkotsu ramen & with bowls filled with bouncy noodles, has expanded their menu widely with a rather different concept compared to their Pavilion & The Gardens Mall outlet. Besides the normal dining area, they have also accommodated a bar area where patrons love to hang out for happy hour especially after work for some booze and yummy Japanese snacks or even a hot bowl of ramen. This is love!

    They may be specializing in Hakata-style tonkotsu made with long-simmered rich, milky, pork-bone broth, to simple soy sauce based soup, Ippudo will keep introducing new flavours, new types of Ramen from different regions of Japan to their patrons every quarter! And for the month of July till September, let’s say hi to:

    Tokushima Ramen!

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    Tokushima is the capital city of Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku island in Japan. Since Tokushima is known for its pig farming, they have access to lots of pork bones and thus they can easily prepare very rich & savoury soup base. There are a few selections of Tokushima Ramen’s soup base: pork bone broth, some made with chicken or vegetable broth & their soup are more salty and sweet than the other ramen noodles you will find in Japan.
    It includes Butabara (stir-fried pork belly) as a topping and they offer the option of adding a raw egg for those who would like the additional complexity to the soup.

    Tokushima Ramen – RM25++
    Here at Ippudo the chef have prepared a mixture of chicken and pork broth together with dark soy sauce to create a rich and savoury flavour. Served with Ippudo straight noodles and topped with generous slices of pork belly known as Butabara simmered in onion fused soy sauce, green onions (Negi) and bamboo shoots (Menma). A raw egg on top adds complexity to the broth.
    Take a sip of the soup before mixing the egg, you will find a clear distinctive taste of sweetness with hints of saltiness. Next, scramble the egg all over, we find it more flavoursome and this adds the smoothness to the noodles. After that, you may add condiments such as garlic to tone up the soup base, making it saltier if your palate prefers stronger flavours :)
    We enjoyed every bite from the noodles, flavoursome pork slices with soy-ed onion and delicious soup.

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    Another 3 special side dishes that are available from July – September are:

    Cream Cheese Dipping Sauce – RM21
    Salty cream cheese served with leek, seaweed and wasabi.
    The cubes of cream cheese served were dipped in shoyu. Ways to savour it?
    Place a cube on the seaweed, add wasabi, leek slices, some chilli flakes and pop ‘em into your mouth. So good! The creaminess, gosh! Best to savour them with beer! Must order this cold dish when you’re at Ippudo BSC!

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    Jumbo Ebi Tempura – RM38
    Golden brown and crispy tiger prawn tempura. Fresh bouncy prawns with crispy batter :)

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    Grilled fish roll – RM18
    Grilled salmon rolled up in avocado, crabstick and seaweed served with fish roe and drizzled with special teriyaki sauce. It may looked like a cheeseball but it’s not! it is topped with mayonnaise being torched. The combination of these ingredients creates the creamy texture and bursting taste that you’ll adore!

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    We would always tend to settle for their smoothie whenever we’re here!
    Pomegranate Smoothie – RM18

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    Kiwi Smoothie – RM18

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    A special recommendation of dessert from the staff. It’s like Cookies & Cream!
    That hot cookie base topped with ice cream. Take my money! (next time I’ll order again for sure lol)

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    Available from 6 July – 30 September 2015

    • Tokushima Ramen
    • Cream Cheese Dipping Sauce
    • Jumbo Ebi Tempura
    • Grilled fish roll

    ***These side dishes are only available at Bangsar Shopping Centre (BSC) outlet

     

    NON-HALAL
    Ippudo
    Lot G110 Ground Floor,
    Bangsar Shopping Centre,
    Jalan Maarof,
    59100 Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
    Tel: +603 2011 6238

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    Kai’s Plato @ Kota Damansara

    June 18th, 2015

    Seafood lovers hands up!
    We both enjoyed seafood very much as we thought having these delightful treats from the sea are key to a healthy diet. Low in calories, sodium, and cholesterol, protein-packed seafood provides vitamins and minerals. Provided in moderation though. Haha.

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    It’s not like we will have it everyday but when we do, we’ll feast!
    Please join us at Kai’s Plato!
    Warm and heartfelt pretty much characterizes things at Kai’s Plato.
    Located just above a Mamak at Encorp Strand, we were greeted by a huge wall of scallops shells adorned with colourful messages. Every patrons get to write and colour their messages after dining :)
    Being skeptical about its location at the very beginning as it’s a new building at the Kota Damansara area, we were wronged by its fast popularity already! It’s full especially on weekends! So you are advised to call for reservation in advance to avoid disappointment.

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    What’s so special about their seafood?
    Behold.. Seafood Platter!
    Not just any seafood platter buy layers of it!

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    There were 5 of us, so we settled for their Seafood Platter of 4 persons (Captain Platter) that came in a three layer steam pot – RM229.80
    As soon as the layers of steam pot were served before us, the friendly owner approached our table and start explaining how should it be indulged. They practices “hand and table” dining.
    We first have to pick the seafood of our choice with the tongs provided, place the seafood on the table (the table is your plate haha), and start picking them with our hands and start eating. Then, throw the seafood shells into the bucket provided.
    Reasons of using our hands? You can actually lick and taste the flavour out of your hands. Haha. It always feels more proper to indulge seafood without cutleries! What say you?
    Another reason? To stop us from taking pictures with our dirty hands while were eating so that we can really enjoy the food!
    So better get your cameras ready WHEN the food is served.

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    On the first layer, we were served with cheese baked mussels, baby abalone, tiger prawns, squids, baby octopus, and clams presented beautifully! These seafood were seriously good as they were fresh. You might worry if they are tasteless as they were all steamed? So wrong!
    So juicy and tasty! Also remember to dip into some of their chilli sauce for the extra kick.

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    As soon as you finish the first layer, the staff will help to take away the first layer of pot and here comes the second layer of seafood galore: mud crabs, slipper lobster and scallops. Again everything were so good, especially their crabs, with freshness that I’m madly in love with!

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    And last but not least; the third layer!
    Named the “essence” of the dinner, all the steamed seafood’s essence that dripped down to the last layer of the pot have made a concentration of liquid that contributed to the soup, that was also boiled for many hours with seafood!
    We were served with some angel hair pasta to go along with the soup stock and it taste like lobster bisque! Bursting with mega flavours. Many patrons actually “ta-pao-ed” the soup back!
    We jokingly said that we should use the soup to cook “yee mee” with egg. Haha. I bet that would taste awesome!

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    We also ordered some sides which are reasonably priced.
    Remember that your table is your plate? Add some chili sauce on it!

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    Calamari Hoops – RM10.90
    Deep fried tender calamari rings in signature batter

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    Kai’s Chilli Mussels – RM10.90
    Mussels marinated in Kai’s secret recipe. Brimmed with chili padi and garlic. Lotsa “oomph”!

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    Another share of yummy shellfish that happened to be their Catch of the Day.

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    After that the owner brought us some clean scallop shells and let us draw + scribble on it. These shells will be hanged onto their “wall of shells”.

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    We celebrated Kampugboy’s birthday as well! With le BFF kampungboycitygal & Ivy!
    **If you are celebrating your birthday at Kai’s Plato, you are entitled for a a bottle of complimentary red wine! (provided your birthday is within 3 days of you dining date)

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    Our total bill came to RM 302 for the 5 of us, including drinks.
    Reasonable eh? We will be back for more!

     

    Kai’s Plato
    A-1F-3, Garden Office @ Encorp Strand,
    No. 12, Jalan PJU 5/1, Kota Damansara
    (above the mamak with yellow sign board)
    Tel: +017 283 2883

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    Lexis Hibiscus @ Port Dickson: Staycation!

    June 5th, 2015

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    Us and Mini C are due for a vacation this break!
    If you ever thought of Cuti-Cuti Malaysia & wanna skip the long drive up to Penang or down to Singapore, why not take a mini vacation like us?
    Short family getaways can now be easy and fuss-free for both parents and kids.
    Since we could only afford 2 days off, so Port Dickson would be an ideal getaway for us, for the time being. Plus, we still don’t dare to travel far with a baby. Yikes.
    I can’t wait to bring Mini C out of the country when he’s older… like a year old? Hehe.
    Meanwhile, we’re comfortable with holiday-ing in the country :)

    Mini C in his staycation OOTD!

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    And this time around, to a new resort nestled on Port Dickson’s beach and overlooking the fantastic view of waters from the Straits of Malacca. If only they have clear blue water. It would be so perfect. Like Maldives. Haha.
    Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson showcases polished contemporary designs by award-winning architects, with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that allow natural light to enter. Both spacious bedroom and living areas in their 117 tower rooms (coming soon) and 522 Water Villas are tastefully decorated and complemented with avant-garde amenities.

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    Lexis Hibiscus is a dream resort, they said. Offering unparalleled level of luxury to experience the ultimate lifestyle. Resembling the Hibiscus flower, the resort is like a scenic launch pad of Port Dickson. We must said its design were pretty and reflected creativity and innovation as it encompasses the quality modern interiors,
    outdoor entertaining areas, and great view.

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    Upon arrival at the reception counter, we were offered welcome drinks and served with a smile. Staff were friendly but they could take things slow. Perhaps they are very new so that didn’t really get on our nerves lol.
    Plus, they upgraded us to their Premium Pool Villa! Thanks to Lexis Hibiscus :)
    We actually booked their Executive Pool Vila for RM399++
    So an upgrade? That’s quite a steal!

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    Buggy service to our room :) Take a ride!

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    At our room entrance. Love the mint wall so much!

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    Let’s take a room tour :) We stayed on the Hibiscus’s Petal!
    Premium Pool Villa
    Refining luxury living with a lavish range of exclusive features : a spacious living area equipped with two king-size beds, modern furniture and fittings. Accentuated with a full, clear floor-to-ceiling glass window, it offers a unique living and spatial experience.

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    • located in the hibiscus petal area
    • glass panel on the floor to view the marine life below
    • 2 king beds
    • private dip pool and sauna in the balcony area
    • spacious bathroom

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    A mini photoshoot for our baby :) We’re sure Mini C loves this place cos he LOL a lot!

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    Fancy a dip anytime? All accommodation rooms are equipped with your own private dip pool and steam room. Swimming with romantic sunsets lulled by the soothing lapping of waves in your very own room! We loved that. Plus Mini C get to enjoy the private session with us.

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    Chris the big child LOL

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    Who says Panda can’t swim? He swims like a fish! :)

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    Sunset was beautiful <3

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    The night view of the villas

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    At the moment, only Roselle Coffee House & Umi Japanese Dining are open for business. There will be more restaurants and lounge bar coming up soon. So I guess there will be a price hike in accommodation definitely.
    We had their buffet breakfast at Roselle Coffee House.

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    • If you plan to have breakfast at Roselle, remember to pre-book at their reception counter when you check-in.
    • RM35++ per pax for adult
    • RM45++ per pax for adult (for WALK IN)

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    Food varieties were great but there was one downside: FLIES! They should do something about it. Though the food were covered but there were some open areas too! Oh dear.
    Dining al fresco was great though. Overlooking their common pool (which was not ready yet) hahaha.

    Roselle Coffee House
    Nicely nestled on the ground floor next to the main lobby overlooking the swimming pool and our water villa.
    All Day Menu – A La Carte International Cuisine, Local Specialty And All-time, Favourite American Selection
    Semi Buffet Lunch & Dinner With A Choice Of Main Course
    Opening hours :

    • 7am till 10.30am (breakfast)
    • 10.30am till 22.30pm (all day menu)
    • 22.30pm till 01.00am (snack menu)

     

    Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson is the epitome of relaxation, inspired by the concept of refined luxury. Enjoy your serene vacation with an added measure of indulgence and high-living.

    Pictures time!

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    Our happy Mini C chilling on bed while Chris was busy COC-ing :)

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    After swimming, took bath and chill on our bed while waiting for dinner. This is life :)
    Our first “feet-fie”! Papa C, Mama C and Mini C!

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    Mini C enjoying his first foreign bed hehe. Fluffy pillows barricades!

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    Ohana means Family :)

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    Chilling out at night at the playground

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    Taking a stroll after breakfast

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    What else to do at Lexis Hibiscus?

    Rent bicycles and also recumbent bikes to cycle around the resort!

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    Where next for staycation?
    Chris!! hehe..

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    The Han Room @ The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley City

    May 25th, 2015

    There’s nothing quite like the comforting first bite of a steaming hot dumpling. Dim sum is communal, caters to almost any palate. What’s a better way to spend our morning than over dim sum?
    So we were planning an in-laws meet up for Mini C & Rocker Girl, baby to cat celebrity mama @mocas on Instagram!
    LOL. #crazymamas

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    Outta ideas where to dine at The Gardens, we decided to visit The Han Room, having heard that their dim sum spread are better than 1-Michelin star restaurant Tim Ho Wan. Must try then :)
    The Han Room at The Gardens Mall, opened way bank in January 2011, showcases the finest and latest dishes inspired by Chinese Cuisine History with influences of current Global trends and flavours. It is located at the main entrance of The Gardens, very prominent Chinese restaurant for Malaysians and tourists to enjoy definitely.
    We were looking forward to try out their celebrated dim sum items, from steamed, baked, pan-fried to deep fried.
    When in doubt, order the classic ones – pork dumplings, BBQ pork buns, shrimp dumplings, rice rolls and egg tarts!

     

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    We get the sense posh-ness and magnificence upon entering the restaurant, which could imply that their food is surely to impresses. Well, they did. Looks like we have another place to go after our old time favourite Grand Imperial’s dim sums!
    Their setting is elegant and sophisticated, great venue for family gatherings, corporate luncheons and of course enjoying a tête-à-tête session with friends, like what we did!

    I’ve read that the crowd here can be quite crazy where patrons will need to queue. The crowds keep coming for their excellent dim sum I’ve heard. We were there for brunch on a weekday so no queue at all. But the lunch crowd poured in there after.
    On weekends, the crowds can be crazy. Though seta scan be reserved but you will still need to wait if it’s full. So be punctual :)

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    Siew Mai – RM8

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    Prawn dumpling in superior crab soup – RM10

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    Deep Fried Prawn dumplings – RM8

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    Steamed Cheong Fun with Crispy Unagi – RM12

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    BBQ Meat Bun (Char Siew Bao) – RM6

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    Loh Mai Kai – RM8

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    Deep fried yam puff – RM7

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    Seafood Porridge – RM12

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    Steamed rice with mushroom & Chinese sausage – RM14

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    Steamed rice with Mushroom & Pine Nuts – RM14

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    Tau Foo Fah – RM5

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    Dim Sums and dishes here are excellent, from the huge (and hugely good value) variety that they offer. Some might find it premium but we thought with the price, the venue and the ingredient plus taste you get, it’s still good to go. Go in a group and the average spending per person will be around RM25-RM35 (depends on what you order unless you order more premium items. Haha)
    Love their dumplings, be it deep fried of cooked in broth, with its delicate case and aromatic filling. Stir fry items were loaded with wok-hei, Steam rice in pots were delectable too.
    Well we have been favouring dim sums at Grand Imperial but looks like this will be another place for gatherings if anyone calls for “Yum Cha”. Hehe.
    Will be back for more :)

     

    Babies meet up over dim sum talk :)
    Here’s Mini C & Rocker! The future lovers! Yay :)

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    The Han Room
    Lot G243, G246 & G247,
    Ground Floor, The Gardens Mall,
    Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra,
    59200, Kuala Lumpur.

    Tel: 03-22848833

    Opening hours:
    Monday-Friday: 11.00am–11.00pm
    Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday: 10.00am–11.00pm

    Dim sum: available from morning to late afternoon

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    Starz Kitchen 左麟右李 @ Pavilion KL

    May 12th, 2015

    Don’t you agree to this?
    No country serves wanton noodles (pronounced ‘wantan min’ in Cantonese) quite like Hong Kong. Springy noodles with bite, wantons filled with 70% shrimp and 30 % pork, with aromatic clear stock and a dish of kailan on the side.
    Slurp!

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    We were looking for that particular “sai yong” 小蓉 from Hong Kong without flying over. Having heard to Starz Kitchen has it, so why not? :)
    Starz Kitchen is a restaurant invested by famous Hong Kong singers Alan Tam and Hacken Lee. Can tell from it’s name: 左麟右李!
    This restaurant at Pavilion KL is the 8th outlet after their successful opening at Hong Kong, Macau, Shenzen and Shanghai. Looks like Malaysians can enjoy a delicious range of traditional Cantonese delicacies such as wantons, steamed rice rolls and stir-fry dishes & a good selection of congees and noodles.

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    Be warned. This comes with a price. Lol.
    Since you won’t need to travel to Hong Kong for it. And since it’s located in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.

    In Hong Kong must drink Milk Tea. So we ordered one too in KL.

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    House Speciality Shrimp Wanton Noodles in Soup 蝦籽鮮蝦云吞面 – Small 小蓉 RM14, Large 大蓉 RM19
    Like in HK, they serve pingpong-sized wantons. The noodles were extremely thin and springy, firm to the bite with an agreeable slippery texture. Because the noodles are so thin, if they sit in the broth too long, they get soggy. That’s why their wanton noodles are served in small bowls with the wantons underneath the noodles. This keeps the noodles afloat, ensuring we have very al dente noodles with hints of crunchiness.
    Broth were clear too.
    Comparing to those famous ones in Hong Kong? OK. Those are better but this version can compensate a while haha.
    You would wanna order the Large bowl cos their portion is pretty small. I can finish the whole large bowl myself and still have room for siew mai. What say u? Lol.

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    Stir-fried rice noodles with beef slices and vegetables 乾炒牛河 – RM27
    Not up to Chris’s expectation. Not enough “wok hei”. Flavoursome but the beef’s texture were not as good.

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    Siew Mai 烧卖 – RM13
    Not enough space for congee so a portion of Siew Mai would be nice. Fresh prawns on top. Pretty good. They have other selections of dim sums too if you don’t feel like having noodles or congee.

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    Kinda expensive to go again. We would still happily revisit Happy Garden’s Bamboo Wanton Noodles. Again and again…. and again Heheh.

    Starz Kitchen Pavilion KL
    左麟右李粥面小菜專門店
    Level 7, Dining Loft,
    Pavilion Kuala Lumpur,
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
    Opening Hours: 11AM – 10PM
    Contact: +603 – 9223 3667

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    La Crêperie de Caroline @ Telawi 3, Bangsar

    April 28th, 2015

    The wonderful wafer-thin French pancakes called crêpes fill a niche in contemporary dining. Made with light sauces and fillings, they suit today’s passion for healthy fare.
    Fast to assemble and ballooning with a voluptuous variety of savoury fillings, from vegetables and herbs, seafood, poultry, and meat. These crêpes can serve as appetizers, first courses, and entrées. Filled with seasonal fruit, souffles, sauces like everyone’s favourite nutella, sorbets, or ice cream, they become sumptuous desserts!

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    One of France most famous culinary export, the crêpe is everywhere in Paris. You’ll see numerous stands flaunting Nutella or ham & cheese crepes across the city, best paired with a traditional glass of cider, but we have never been to any of their Parisian crêperie restaurants during our stay in Paris.

    Crêpes are popular not only throughout France, but elsewhere around the world, where they go by other names and adaptations. And we’re glad these are available in KL.

    La Crêperie de Caroline

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    Caroline’s serves authentic french sweet & savoury crêpes, mussels, meat, burgers, pasta, salads, waffles & ice-cream in a very friendly place! Caroline is attentive and yes, she’s French so you can ensure that their crêpes are made in the pure brittany tradition :)
    With its modern interior of bistro-like eatery, this outpost of a restaurant in Bangsar, is a world away from the average crêperie. For the complete faux-seaside experience, you might start with a pot of Mussels from Chile before indulging in an inventive galette which is the savoury crêpes. Caroline also offers a great variety of main dishes such as Chicken Grill, Burgers, Pasta, Sandwiches, Salads etc… before indulging yourself in their Breton crêpes which are their dessert crêpes!

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    Mocktail
    Chantaco – RM15
    Orange juice, lemon juice & Monin Grenadine syrup
    I’m usually not a mocktail nor cocktail person but I heart my order of Chantaco! Not too sweet, tangy and definitely addcitive. Haha.

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    Cocktail
    Ohlala – RM28
    Vodka, Grand Marnier, Fresh orange juice & Pink grapefuit syrup

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    Chris’s Chardonnay :)

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    Complimentary Garlic Bread

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    Mussels & Fries Trilogy – RM43
    Choose 3 flavours of mussels from either Mariniere, Cream, Curry or Provencales.
    We settled for Mariniere, Curry and Provencales. These set is served with fries and refillable bread :)
    Finally found a place with yummy mussels. Have been hunting down for one ever since we had them in UK & Europe.

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    Mariniere: Mussels cooked in white wine, butter, garlic, shallots & parsley
    Fresh mussels, the traditional cooking using white wine definitely brought out the freshness of the sea. With hints of saltiness and great flavours + aroma from the butter, shallots & garlic.

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    Curry: Mussels cooked in cream & curry
    Our first try on mussels in a pot of curry. Adapting to Malaysians tastebud, we didn’t actually thought of ordering curry. To our surprise, it actually wow-ed us. Creamy, not too spicy & didn’t empower the mussels’ freshness. The sauce went very well with the bread of course!

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    Provencales: Mussels cooked with tomatoes, herbs & garlic
    Our favourite from these 3 selections. Infused with mega flavours thanks to the clever usage of herbs.
    Fresh mussels soaked in fresh tomato-based broth with garlic and freshly chopped herbs in the pot of the shell while we suck the mollusk down. There’s no reason not to polish off the whole pot after that!

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    La Forestierie – RM29
    Egg, elemental cheese, sliced chicken, mushrooms in cream & salad. Their savoury crepes is slighy thicker than that of sweet crepes, known as gallete, giving the extra texture. However some may find it chewy. This combo of eggs, mushroom, meat and cheese has all the elements: moist, bite-y & fragrant.

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    La Thegonnec – RM27
    Egg, minced beef with chilli and basil, tomato sauce, onions and salad. Known as one of their spicy specialty but it wasn’t really spicy though. Haha.

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    Desserts!
    Nutella & Banana Crêpe – RM24
    We went for the old time favourite Nutella & Banana! Thinner crepes with generous spread of Nutella within and banana on top. Yummm……

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    Salted Caramel Waffle
    Piping hot Crispy Waffle drizzled with salted caramel on top. Oohlala :)
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    These paired really well with coffee of course! Flat White please!

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    I’m a Happy Diner :)

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    La Crêperie de Caroline
    33 Jalan Telawi 3,
    Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur,
    Malaysia
    Tel :+603 2202 0238
    Opening hours:
    Mon – Fri: 11am – 12am
    Sat – Sun: 10am – 12am

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    Eat Me @ Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar

    April 21st, 2015

    **All Photos below taken with iPhone 6 Plus**

    Desserts make us happy, desserts make us smile!

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    In the last few years, KL has seen a boom in artisanal boulangeries and patisseries. From specialized cupcake stores, designer donuts and dainty French pastries to more traditional buttery baked goods, croissants and crusty baguettes, the city has it all. But there’s one spot that I’ve been longing to visit even when I was still pregnant with Mini C but have yet to.

    Eat Me!

    Of all sweet things Bangsar has to offer organized by neighbourhood, we finally found our way to the closest flaky, gooey or crispy delectable snack after a dinner session in in the Telawi neighbourhood with our best friends KampungboyCitygal & Ivy.
    Considered one of the hippest areas in the city, we discovered unlike anything else that we have seen or tasted so unique in Bangsar area. We believe their desserts are prepared fresh daily using the finest ingredients, and the creativity and attention to detail that is put into each item is truly unsurpassed.
    I actually didn’t believe my eyes when I saw their unique and a variety selections of desserts. Thought it was just a few choices apparently.
    Lovely presentation, to the decadent textures and flavours in every bite, dessert at Eat Me are pretty impressive.

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    Step into their petite sized shop and discover an array of artisan desserts that are delectable works of art. Though small in size, their “simple” interior design made me fell in love with. Who says an interior can’t be sweet enough to eat? Today we saw their inspiration from desserts!
    Oh the the magic of pastels when it comes to decor. The resulting confections? The soft hues are refreshingly modern and these sugary possibilities totally completed the phrase “If a pastry were a design concept…” So pretty. These are the colours I personally love. Wish I could have a kitchen or room with these touches :)

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    Did I mention Eat Me also belongs to the lovely lady (Joey) behind Killer Gourmet Burgers?
    Citygal told me, Eat Me only opened its doors after a long R&D process right next to KBG. So while you’re having your burger over at KGB, you could order and savour desserts from Eat Me too!

    Desserts with Coffee & Chocolate drink are best friends OK!

    Flat White

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    Latte

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    Serendipity: Iced Double Belgian Chocolate with milk – RM11.50

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    Churros – RM13.50
    Expected waiting time ~ 15mins
    Signature golden fried churros served with Belgian Dark, Milk, White Chocolate or Salted Caramel.
    We also chose to add on Cinnamon powder on it too.

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    Shibuya Honey Bunch – RM16.30
    Expected waiting time ~ 20mins
    Japanese light & crusty thicktoast topped with honey, ice cream and corn flake milk clusters

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    All in all, the desserts here are elegant and dainty, always created with a slight twist that makes them extra special. Can’t wait to try out other desserts like The Belgian Musang, Le Chempedak, oh there are so many more and update them in this post!

    Eat Me
    23, Jalan Telawi 2,
    Bangsar Baru,
    59100 Kuala Lumpur.
    Located just beside Killer Gourmet Burgers (KGB)
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    TUESDAY : CLOSED
    MON, WED & THURS : 2pm – 11pm
    FRI-SUN : 2pm – 12am

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    Hide & Sēēk Cafe @ Equine, Seri Kembangan

    April 18th, 2015

    **Photos below taken with iPhone6 Plus

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    After Piccolo, looks like there’s an upbeat of cafe openings around the new area of Equine Park. Also located on the first floor, this cafe might not be easily spotted as the lack of attractiveness of its signboard. Looks like we have to play hide & seek for real. LOL.
    Personally, we really thought they should work on their signboard. Hehe.

    The cafe’s interior is cosy and simple, with unfinished floorings and walls adorned with frames of minimal designs. Frames with descriptions like “One, two, three….”, “You can’t catch me” that fits their theme of hide and seek. Simple is good.

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    Here at Hide & Seek, you can get to choose the brewing method and your choice coffee bean too. It will be either Chemex, Aeropress, Pour Over or the Kalita Wave are available. The beans that they used are similar to those at 103 Coffee Workshop, Sri Petaling.

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    Chris choses Kenya AA Kirimara Estate – RM10.90
    Using the Chemex Method. According to the barista, different method of brewing generates different texture and aroma of the coffee. Besides, the person’s pressure on the pouring of hot water over it also make a huge difference.

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    My order of Rose Anti-oxidant Tea (RM9.90) was quite disappointing.
    Said to improve memory, enhance immune system and anti-aging.
    Lack of rose aroma and quite bitter actually. Not memorablee :(
    My advise? Better stick to coffee. Haha.

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    Mushroom Ragout Pasta – RM13.90
    Creamy portion of tagliatelle, mushroom, garlic & basil. Delicious.
    It was tasty, pasta was al dente and not too overly creamy.

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    Signature Pork Chop – RM16.90
    To our surprise, it was really good. Meat texture cooked perfectly and definitely not dry (it may look dry LOL). The juiciness of the meat was retained well. Sauces that drenched over it was tasty with a bit of acidity added to it too! Not forgetting the mashed potatoes that they cleverly added garlic and herbs to it.

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    Will definitely be back for lunch since it’s so near our place. Haha.

    Hide & Sēēk Cafe
    16-1 Jalan Equine 1b
    Taman Equine
    43300 Seri Kembangan
    Selangor
    Tel: +603 8959 3966
    Opening hours:
    Mon – Sun: 11am – 11pm

    *NON HALAL*

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    The Spread @ St Giles The Gardens Grand Hotel & Residences, KL

    April 14th, 2015

    When it comes to a buffet spread, it’s a chance to try a variety of dishes at once.
    How about a bountiful buffet spread of local and international specialities. Pulling from local Malay specialties, Chinese selection of classic offerings, Indian favourites as well as some international fares.

    The Spread located oh the 6th floor of St Giles The Gardens Grand Hotel & Residences, KL have recently undergone a revamp and has turned in to a vibrant all-day dining restaurant.
    The Spread showcases a wide variety of local and continental specialties. The highlight of the day is the Lunch Buffet, with live action cooking stations sampling flavours and aromas from around the world. In the evenings, The Spread is also available for a la carte dining.

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    Out of ideas on where to have your lunch? It would be fuss-free now!
    At The Spread :)

    The Weekday Buffet Lunch is available daily
    Monday – Friday from 12pm-2.30pm
    At RM111 nett per person

    Appetizers include Fresh Oysters, Mussels, Tiger Prawns on ice, Sushi, Sashimi Rojak Buah and Caesar Salad. Main dishes feature International, Asian and local favourites such as roasted items on the carving station, Pan Fried Fish, Chicken Pie, Roasted Root Vegetable, Deep Fried Salt and Pepper Squid, Fish in Banana Leaf, Salmon, Butter Fish, Beef & Chicken Satay, Tandoori Chicken, Lamb Kebab, Fish Tikka, Briyani Rice, Lamb Curry, Prawn Noodle, Laksa Johor, Stir Fried Chicken, Vegetables, Beef, Crabs, delicious Indian specialties such as butter chicken and pakora. In addition, enjoy favourites such as nasi bryani, soft shell crab tempura and many more.

    Colds seafood appetizers were fresh :)

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    For meat lovers :)

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    Japanese – always our first station! Haha.

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    Indian favourites

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    Chinese feast: these are just some of it. There is also a noodle station where their wok-fried char kuey teow is absolutely delicious!

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    Malay spiced fares

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    Desserts! The irresistible sweet temptations like Assorted Waffles, Tau Foo Fah, a selection of Nonya Kuih and one of the main highlights is the Cold-pan Fried Ice-Cream which patrons favour the most.

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    Fruits galore

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    **The menus changes daily and on every event you can look forward to delightful spread each day

    The Spread will be celebrating Secretary’s Day on April 22, 2015 and Mother’s Day on May 10, 2015 from 12 noon till 2.30pm respectively.
    During the Secretary’s Day and Mother’s Day Buffet Lunch promotion, The Spread serves a sumptuous buffet lunch delicacies with an endless choice of more than 180 gourmet delights.

    • The Secretary’s Day & Mother’s Day Buffet Lunch is available at RM114 nett per person. A door gift is available for all diners, whilst stocks last.
    • Patrons will also have a chance to win STYLISH prizes such as Pandora Jewellery, Kipling, Chloe Perfume, Hotel Vouchers, Dining Vouchers and more.

    **In addition, Mother dine for FREE, limited to one mother per table in a single receipt during Mother’s Day Buffet Lunch.

     

    The Spread
    Level 6
    ST GILES THE GARDENS-GRAND HOTEL & RESIDENCES
    The Gardens, Mid Valley City,
    Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur

    Business hours:
    6:00am – 10:00am: Breakfast Buffet Daily
    12:00 noon – 2:30pm: Lunch Buffet (Monday – Friday Only)
    24 hours – Cuisine on Call
    Tel: +603 2268 1123 or email to [email protected] to make a reservation or for further inquiries

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    Hippopo Baby Spa & Wellness @ Setia Walk Mall, Puchong

    April 11th, 2015

    Please bear with us: This is a picture loaded post!
    You’ll definitely understand when you are a parent yourself. Hehe. :)

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    A hydrotherapy spa for babies has made its debut in Klang Valley, and now has more branches at Penang, Johor and soon Malacca!
    Many would wonder if it’s worth the hype.
    Although there were articles stating the nays of using the neck float for your little ones and its possible risks, there were too lots of stated benefits which are clearly tested.

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    “Babies’ brains and bodies benefit from being the water for 20 minutes.”
    “Enhances neurological development” and “helps babies sleep better and more soundly.”
    It also actually benefits the baby’s breathing and growth, and helps with lactation and post-partum depression in moms. How cool…

    Hippopo Baby Spa

    At Hippopo, little ones float in a tiny pool (Jacuzzi like tub) of purified (not chlorinated) water for 20 to 30 minutes. They stay above water by wearing an inner tube around the neck. Swim diapers are provided, as are warm towels. Moms are an arm’s reach away.

    Thanks to Hippopo Baby Spa, our Mini C really enjoyed himself throughout the whole session!
    There’s nothing quite like seeing your baby swimming around so happily, like a baby hippo! Haha.
    We tok so many pictures and videos of him! Replaying the video just made us laugh over and over again. Babies are just so cute when they are in the water and it’s like they just know what they should do! Swimming like a pro.
    We are glad Mini C loves it and enjoyed himself being a water baby.

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    The ambiance is warm and inviting. With cute decos that gave the whole space cheerful touches of marine themed. Plus, the temperature of the centre is well regulated so that our little ones will not feel too cold when they are in or out of the water.

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    Our therapist for the day was Xiao Hui. She’s good! Friendly, detailed, cheerful and most importantly, she can handle our baby so well. Before our session starts, she gave us a little tour around Hippopo. We went to their Setia Walk outlet. It’s not really big we would say, but it’s definitely enough to cater your little one’s session as all sessions have to be pre-booked preferably. So remember to make your appointments before you visit them!

    To enhance and ensure your baby’s spa experience:

    • Make sure your baby had enough sleep prior your visit
    • Nurse or feed your baby around 30 minutes before arrival (I fed Mini C one hour before)
    • No vaccinations within the past 3 days
    • Baby has no fever, flu or cough

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    Daddy! Where is she taking me? Where’s mommy??!

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    Getting babies used to water early in their lives makes sense from a safety point of view trains them to be secure and relaxed. Swimming is also great fun and good exercise too. We feel like swimming with our baby too :)

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    At Setia Walk Mall, they have 3 individual tubs for babies from month 0-6. The water in these individual tubs are filled and changed after each session. They are chlorine-free, specially filtered warm water that is safe for young infants as chlorine is said to trigger asthma and allergies in young children. The temperature of the warm water is set to 30-32 degree celcius and parents will be asked to try out the water temperature first.
    Babies will be wearing a neck float and swim nappy while being assisted by their therapists. And we have Xiao Hui to assist us. Mini C loves her! And we must praise her friendliness and her experience with handling babies. Usually Mini C is afraid with strangers who wants to touch him. Luckily he did no cry while he’s with Xiao Hui. Bravo. Fuh! *wipes sweat*

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    A bigger pool for up to 3 babies at a time (for 6 months babies and above).
    Also chlorine-free, specially filtered warm water that are changed once a day. But they have installed ionizer that could kill bacteria. So no worries!

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    For babies that are not used to noises, parents not comfortable with the open area and sharing pool, they also have private rooms. With an additional payment of RM20.

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    WARM UP SESSION
    Before getting into the tub, Mini C have to warm up first. So he did some light stretching (assisted by Xiao Hui). Haha. Like: 1,2,3…. OPEN! Ok mommy knows how to do now too! :)

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    Swim Diaper will be provided

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    Mommy so excited +.+

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    BABY SWIM – NECK FLOAT
    As to why the babies wear inner tubes around their necks and not just arm floaties, Xiao Hui said, “The benefit of allowing the baby to have free range of all of their limbs is what supports the early neurological development of the baby. And also, they manage to exercise their whole body”
    This session lasted about 20-25 minutes.

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    This kepoh Mini C can’t wait to go in. Faster gimme my float. Haha.

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    We knew Mini C loves water and he’s really happy with bath time, but we didn’t really expect that he will get used to the water so quickly. Once Xiao Hui slowly placed him in the water, off he go! Kicking non-stop and all the way till the session ended. Haha.

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    Fun interaction with Mini C

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    Why these adults like to place the duck on my head??

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    Our honey puff. Hahaha.

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    Getting ready to get up. A bit reluctant this boy. Lol. But he’s tired.

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    BABY SWIM – SITTING FLOAT
    Mini C was also allowed to try on their sitting float for about 5-10 minutes where he carefree-ly sit there, nom-ing the rubber ducks and balls. LOL. He tend to kick less while he’s on a sitting position. Time to relax and tine down after a tiring swim, eh baby?

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    BABY MASSAGE
    It is said to provide developmental and therapeutical strokes. I personally think that they should let mommies do this hands on while being guided by the therapist instead of the therapist doing it themselves. Motherly touch is very important. Haha. Just a suggestion.
    Anyways, therapists here will do it for your baby. So mommies can watch and learn, and can do it at home for your babies. I learnt those strokes too. Hehe.
    Baby massage is gentle and rhythmic strokes with hands using organic oil. They provide full body massage that concentrated on specific areas like stomach, back, chest, head, arms or legs. They use organic oils such as olive and grape seed oil.
    Add RM 5 for their Rose Musquee Elixir Oil by Hydraflore from Paris. This is said to be their premium oil that is less sticky and need no washing off after treatment. They uses this oil on Mini C :)

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    Enjoying his session. Like a boss.

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    Xiao Hui explaining the benefits and the types of oils she used.

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    Hmmm… the oil smells good. Lemme taste it!

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    Mommy can join in the interaction too :)

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    Foot Massage yo!

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    Ok. It was ticklish. Hehe.

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    Daddy! What were you doing there? Come down here!

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    Day dreaming……

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    And if you have a baby girl, you could get her water based nail polish and paint her nails too! Mommy & baby can have matching nail colour! I’m gonna do that if we have a girl… next time? hahaha.

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    Finish! Thank you Xiao Hui jie jie!

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    What your baby will benefit?

    • Encourage brain development: Stimulating babies’ senses through body awareness and coordination
    • Enhance baby’s confidence and security: Helping a baby to feel more loved, valued and respected
    • Boost baby’s emotional stability: Reducing babies’ crying and emotional stress
    • Strengthen parent -baby bond: Helping a baby to feel securely attached with the parents
    • Increase comfort: Relieving babies from wind, colic, constipation and teething discomfort
    • Improve relaxation: Increasing levels of relaxation through more sound and longer sleep

     

    My satisfied baby :)

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    How parents will benefit?

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    Our Mini C slept really well after that. Put him straight in his car seat, he was relaxing like this before dozing off. Haha.

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    Single session charges:
    They also offer packages. Please refer to their website for more infos: http://www.hippopo.my/

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    Good news for parents and babies!
    From now till the 10th of May 2015 they have a special treat for you guys. You can now trade your video for their vouchers! Capture your precious moments during the spa session and create a beautiful video using videos, images & music. How?

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    Only 4 easy steps.

    Step 1: Download Magisto App in your smartphone
    Step 2: Create your video
    Step 3: Post it on your fb and hashtag #hippopobabyspa & #hippoposetiawalk if you’re at their Setiawalk outlet or #hippopoempire if you’re at Empire
    Step 4: Show your post to their friendly staff and redeem your RM50 voucher!

    **The RM50 voucher can be used for their services and packages only and is applicable for 1 month from redemption. Strictly only 1 voucher per transaction.

    Just visit them and their staffs will be happy to assist you in trading your video for their vouchers!

    Here are the examples :)

     

    Their locations and contacts:
    Centrepoint, Bandar Utama PJ – +603 7728 1889
    Great Eastern Mall, KL – +603 4256 7889
    Empire Subang Gallery, Subang – +603 5613 4889
    Setia Walk, Puchong – +603 5891 6684
    Queensbay Mall, Penang – +604 6447272
    Tesco Desa Tebrau, Johor Bharu – +607-3577889

     

    Thank you Hippopo Baby Spa for making Mini C’s and also our day :)

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    The outlet we visited:

    Hippopo Baby Spa
    Setia Walk Mall, Puchong
    6 & 7, Ground Floor,
    Setia Walk Mall
    Persiaran Wawasan
    Pusat Bandar Puchong
    47160 Puchong, Selangor

    http://www.hippopo.my/

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    Celebrate Easter Sunday with Bubblylicious Brunch @ El Cerdo, KL

    March 31st, 2015

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    If you’ve ever eaten at El Cerdo located at Changkat Bukit Bintang, one of the most happening place around town, or talk to people who have eaten there, you will always hear about their perfected pork cooking. Such a pork-centric restaurant that needs not much introduction.
    El Cerdo is one of the most important, and arguably one of the most popular restaurant on the Changkat Bukit Bintang street. On its own, this was hugely influential.

    Oh, the pork craze! Who gets tired of it?
    No one!

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    Thanks to Chef Werner Kuhn, who had spent days and nights nurturing his baby and now has grown to become the best porky pork restaurant Kuala Lumpur has to offer.So strap up for a super delicious porky ride!
    For those who might not know, El Cerdo specializes in home-cooked pork flavours from all over the world like Europe, the Caribbean and Mexico.

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    Every Sunday, El Cerdo opens its doors for a wholesome Bubblylicious Brunch!
    Sunday-only : 12pm – 2.30pm
    For all-you-can-eat pork dishes and free flow beverage. All you have to do is select your Beverage category (with or without alcohol) and be prepared to enjoy an awesome meal!

     

    Free Flow Beverage, Cold Appetiser Buffet, Meat, Sausage Platter, Pasta & Desserts:

    • RM148++ Free Flow Cava (Noche Y Dia Brute Nature Sparkling Wine) + House Wine (Red & White), Tiger Draft, Soft Drinks + Chilled Juices
    • RM99++ Free Flow Soft Drinks + Chilled Juices
    • RM49++ For Children 6-12 Years Old

     

    Free flow of Bubbles! Cheers!

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    We’re responsible drinkers! :)

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    And it’s inclusive of all these items too!

    Cold Appetiser Buffet
    A huge variety of Pork Cutlets

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    Pork Liver Pate & French Rilette

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    Salad bar, parma ham & rock melons!

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    Apart from these cold servings, they also serve Roasted Pork Loin at their buffet section too. These cuts were so memorable. Meat texture were just right with moisture retained, sauces were flavoursome. It was delicious, really.

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    Items below are served upon ordering:
    Sausage Platter
    Assorted sausages served on a bed of potatoes with different taste & textures + sauerkraut.

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    Pasta

    • Baked Macaroni
    • Seafood Spaghetti
    • Pork Belly Fettuccine
    • Spaetzle With Cheese & Ham

    We only managed to try 2 types of pasta: Seafood Spaghetti & Pork Belly Fettuccine and they were surprisingly good! Too full to chuck in any further.

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    Meats

    • Pork Steak
    • Roast Baby Back Ribs
    • Wiener Schnitzel
    • Hickory Smoked Iberico Soft Ribs
    • Iberico Ribs Stew

     

    Pork Steak – we love this most. Meat was tender, infused with the char-grilled tatse.

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    Wiener Schnitzel

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    Hickory Smoked Iberico Soft Ribs – bursting with flavours this one!

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    Iberico Ribs Stew
    I’d always prefer the carrots to the meat when it comes to stew. Ok. I know I’m weird but Chris loves the pork hands down.

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    Desserts

    • Assorted Homemade Ice Cream: we chose Pistachio + Rum & Raisin
    • Sorbets
    • Homemade Tiramisu
    • Spanish Chocolate Cake

     

    Assorted Homemade Ice Cream: we chose Pistachio + Rum & Raisin
    Mango Sorbet

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    Homemade Tiramisu

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    Spanish Chocolate Cake

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    All their desserts were very heavenly too. I fell hard for their pistachio ice cream, homemade tiramisu & mango sorbet! Oh my, like eating the whole mango OK! :)
    Too good!

    Enjoying our desserts so much after a wholesome meal with Ivy!

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    This Bubblylicious Brunch will definitely be one meal to remember as it will be star-studded, flavour-packed, pork-filled and most importantly dining with a bunch of great people.

    Easter is just around the corner and at El Cerdo, they will be hosting this Easter Sunday Bubblylicious Brunch!

    • Date: 5th April 2015
    • Time: 12pm – 2.30pm
    • Menu: As above
    • Highlights: Entertainment all brunch long! There will be clown perfomances and colouring activities for your kids as well! Best for family dining on Easter Day!

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    *NON-HALAL*
    El Cerdo
    No. 45, Changkat Bukit Bintang,
    50200 Kuala Lumpur
    Tel: +603 2145 0511

    **Call for reservations**

    Happy Easter in Advance!

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    Bring your memories to life with Ezyposter Canvas: Canvas Giveaway!

    March 25th, 2015

    These days there are so many more things you can do with your photographs than just putting them in albums, which are then stored in the loft. And most of the time, we would just tend to store all these great pictures and memories on our phone or computers; ended up totally forgotten about them.
    Say, you are given the opportunity get more creative with your memories, do you want it?
    Well, we do!

    Bring your memories to life.
    Transform your favourite photos into beautiful canvas prints.
    With Ezyposter

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    One canvas, many memories. Ideal for sharing and showing to the world the important moments of your life.
    Ezyposter canvases infuse life into your memories. Perfect as a new addition to add spark to bare walls or as a treat for others. Share those very special moments with your loved ones and bring a smile to their face with this precious keepsake.

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    Why we chose Ezyposter Canvas?
    They are just so passionate about pictures on walls! And now, make your wall stand out from the rest!

    1. Finest Quality Poster Print
    Their print has high colour accuracy & their canvas poster print requires no lamination, it is scratch, water, and heat resistant, which will last you as long as you want it to!

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    2. Hassle Free – Lightweight, Strong & No Nails required!
    The canvas poster prints are mounted on a heavy duty fibre board, which makes it tough and yet light weight making it so easy and convenient for us to change our wall picture according to your mood or occasion and the best part is no more nails!
    We can hang them up with any acrylic foam tape (3M command tape) or plastic hooks. 
    Plus, there are also pre-drilled holes for instant hang-it-up!

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    3. Price friendly
    Oh yes, definitely worth it cos it’s affordable! Plus, we will be giving away discounts too if you participate in our little giveaway contest. Read on!

    4. Quick Turnaround
    It will be delivered to your door step and ready to hang up in around 7 working days. We got it before 7 working days! Efficient eh? :)

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    5. Quality Packing & Great Customer Care
    Packed nicely in boxes to ensure no damage & all enquiries are taken care of within 24 hours.

     

    PERSONALIZING your own Canvas
    http://www.ezyposter.com/create_and_order.cfm
    1. Select your Canvas: Square, Landscape or Portrait.

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    2. Select your Canvas Size
    A preview will be displayed for you to estimate its size.

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    3. Upload your Picture!
    Choose the memories you wish to hang on your wall! Be it photos of family, travel, wedding, babies or even food!

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    4. Add to Cart to order

    We have always wanted to print out one of our travel photos and we’ve decided on this! Other than our room, another option is to hang it on our hallway! :)

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    Baby Cayden admiring Ezyposter’s work :)

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    And we had their 24″ X 24″ Square sized Canvas. Thank you Ezyposter!
    Comparing it with the size of Baby Cayden :)

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    If you are not into personalizing your canvas, you can also shop for Ezyposter’s canvases!
    They have many choices ranging from Art, landscape, nature, place, vintage and more!
    Link HERE

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    And now, we would love to share these great memories with our dear readers! Yes you! :)
    Through FACEBOOK CONTEST & INSTAGRAM SHARES

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    FACEBOOK CONTEST
    1. LIKE “Brought up 2 Share” Page on Facebook
    2. LIKE “EZYPOSTER” Page on Facebook
    3. LIKE the photo that we will be posting on Facebook
    4. Comment on that photo “What would you like to print on the canvas & why?” (Example: I would love to print a picture of my mom because she’s my favourite person! Or even I would like to print a cup of coffee so that I could stay awake looking at it!)
    The best answer will be chosen based on creativity :)

    PRIZE:
    1 X winner get 12”X18” Portrait or Landscape canvas print (worth RM169)
    5 X winners get 50% off on any size of canvas print.

     

    INSTAGRAM SHARES
    1. FOLLOW “christineleng” or “broughtup2share” on Instagram
    2. FOLLOW “ezyposter” on Instagram
    3. Repost the picture we shared and tag: @christineleng @ezyposter @broughtup2share #ezyposter
    4. Comment on the photo “What would you like to print on the canvas & why?” (Example: I would love to print a picture of my mom because she’s my favourite person! Or even I would like to print a cup of coffee so that I could stay awake looking at it!)
    The best answer will be chosen based on creativity :)

    PRIZE:
    5 X winners get 50% off on any size of canvas print.

     

    Contest Ends: 5th April 2015
    Winners will be announced on 6th April 2015 :)

     

    EZYPOSTER
    Website: www.ezyposter.com
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    Address: Plot 67 & 72, Lintang Kampong Jawa, Bayan Lepas Industrial Park, Bayan Lepas, 11900 Penang
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    Rocku Yakiniku Buffet – Japanese Charcoal Grill @ Pavilion KL

    March 19th, 2015

    **All Photos below taken with iPhone 6 Plus**

    In a remarkable twist, the culinary scene in KL has undergone a significant turn toward hipster, brunch options in recent years, with trends like coffee and breakfast/ brunches making inroads. On the other hand, dessert crazes, most notably the waffles boom, have captured the imaginations of city foodies and crowded out many traditional favourites. Nevertheless, KL remains a heaven for us carnivores as well, and the booming Yakiniku (grilled meat) sector is proof of this.
    And here’s one new contender in the city that will get you and your family or friends a luxuriously meaty meal out! Be there early as they do not take reservations at the moment and be ready to expect a queue. We queued for about an hour!

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    ROCKU Yakiniku

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    A Japanese Yakiniku restaurant with the BBQ/grill built into the table for you to grill a selection of meats, seafood and vegetables.
    And almost every culinary establishment you come across will have an all-you-can-eat option. Sometimes it’ll be buffet style, with dishes replenished much faster than they ever were. At other times, they’ll have a special menu where you can continue ordering ready-made dishes to your heart’s content.
    Here are Rocku, you get both – until your 100 minutes is up of course.

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    And if you are looking to climb the carnivore & seafood ladder, there’s no better place to begin your quest than at Rocku Japanese Charcoal Grill, a casual, upbeat and edgy Yakiniku restaurant at the new Pavilion Kuala Lumpur Level 7 Dining Loft. Ambiance wise, they win it all too. With colourful “rakugaki” or Graffiti on their brick wall and also various wallpapers with Japanese manga pages. The mixtures of different colours resulted a casual, upbeat yet fun ambiance.

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    Eat as much Japanese yakiniku barbecue as you like! And you can also sample some high-grade meat; tantalizing cuts of meat, ranging from beef to lamb, pork and chicken. Flown in from the USA, Australia and Japan, premium cuts such as Wagyu beef brisket, Australian sirloin and short ribs cater to all meat lovers! Not forgetting there are other varieties of side dishes too.

    How about modern entertainment that perfectly characterize the Japanese pop culture together with this traditional style of Japanese dining and beer?!
    Patrons can enjoy their food hot throughout the entire meal, together with the live, entertaining & interactive performances up of the centre stage.

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    Lunch between 11.00 am and 5.00 pm at RM39.90++ for 100 minutes buffet (children get 50% off).
    Dinner between 5.00 pm and 10.00 pm at RM49.90++ for 100 minutes buffet (children get 50% off).
    Note: For each additional 20 minutes, RM9.90 ++ applies.
    **No worries, 100 minutes is definitely sufficient** :)

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    And now, Rocku is offering a 50% discount for all beers!
    Apart from beers, Rocku Yakiniku also offers an extensive list of Japanese sake.

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    Sauces for your Yakiniku :)

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    So, eat all you can!

    Meats

    • Beef Blade
    • Beef Brisket
    • Beef Chuck Tender
    • Beef Ribeye
    • Beef Striploin
    • Pork Belly
    • Pork Bacon
    • Pork Collar
    • Lamb Shoulder
    • Chicken

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    Seafood

    • Butter Fish
    • Mussels
    • Prawns
    • Saba
    • Salmon
    • Scallop
    • Shishamo
    • Squid

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    Vegetables

    • Assorted Mushrooms
    • Shimeji Mushrooms
    • Shiitake Mushrooms
    • Enoki Mushrooms
    • Assorted Vegetables
    • Nasu (Egg Plant)
    • Sweet Potato
    • Capsicum
    • Leek
    • Corn
    • Onion
    • Zucchini
    • Garlic
    • White Cabbage

     

    Sides

    • Chawanmushi
    • Chuka Hotate
    • Chuka IIdako
    • Chuka Kurage
    • Chuka Wakame
    • Edamame
    • Miso Soup
    • Ramen
    • Rice
    • Salad
    • Soba
    • Sushi
    • Udon

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    Fruits

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    Japanese Yakiniku + Beer + Live Performances = so awesome together!
    Some might say, that’s only quantity. But they provide not only quantity but also high quality ingredients. After our yakiniku buffet session, we carried our tummy home with great pleasure.

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    Great to go in a group definitely! For celebrations especially, where we shouted “kanpai” & sing along with the live band!

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    *NON-HALAL*
    Rocku Yakiniku – Japanese Charcoal Grill
    Dining Loft @ Level 7.01.03
    Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
    168, Jalan Bukit Bintang
    Tel: +603 2148 8884
    Business hours: 11am – 10pm daily

    *No Reservations are allowed at the moment*

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    Strangers at 47 @ Section 17, Petaling Jaya

    March 12th, 2015

    There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.
    – William Butler Yeats

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    This is one similar quote that we noticed almost immediately on the wall of Strangers at 47.
    We were really impressed with how restaurateurs could come up with their café’s name so creatively.

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    We were all strangers until we meet and become friends. So that’s the treatment you will get here. Very friendly service, like they have known us already.

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    What’s cooking at Strangers?
    Holy Crepe!
    Crepes are fantastic. Not only do they provide endless stuffing possibilities: savoury, sweet and everything in between, the crepes are made à la minute for even more freshness in their kitchen. Places that specialize in crepes are not as ubiquitous in Klang Valley as they are in Paris, but we do have a few gems. And we thought Strangers at 47 are one of them.
    The fillings definitely go far past the regular banana, honey, and Nutella!

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    A gourmet menu of sweet and savoury varieties, along with a healthy range of fresh fruit juices and coffee to assuage any gluttony guilt. Happiness is just one crepe away ! It’s perfect crepe goodness with a variety of crepes choices and not just dessert crepes.
    One can have crepes as a main meal too :)

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    Their pretty barista in action :)

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    Their poured coffee was pretty good too! We love :)
    Flat White – RM9

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    Pure Juices by Smooshie are available here too.
    Orange + Pineapple + Mango – RM7

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    Lethal Shrooms – RM19.50
    Lightly herbed crepe, with a mixture of mushrooms: portobello, shimeji, baby king oyster mushrooms, spinach, caramelised onions, tomato relish, poached eggs & drizzled with balsamic reduction.
    We have quite a thing for mushrooms and looking at the menu with these combinations just lured us more. Truly, it was really memorable. The flavoursome earthy taste combines very well with so many mixtures of other flavours too: the sourish balsamic reduction & tomato relish, sweet taste from caramelised onions with the added texture of the runny poached eggs & spinach.

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    Shore To Please – RM21.50
    Savoury crepe, cajun tiger prawns, battered squid, spinach, caramelised onion, roasted cherry tomato & salted egg yolk. Another crepes with lots of different textures. The crunch from prawns, crispy squids, soft onions & spinach with the clever use of salted egg yolk for the saltish aftertaste. Yumm!

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    There are so many desserts to choose from and each is named creatively such as the It’s Kelapa, Red Riding Hood, Purple Rage and there’s more.
    I was craving for chocolate and so we settled for the Dark Side.

     

    Dark Side – RM10
    Chocolate crepe, dark chocolate spread, white chocolate curls, orange caramel topped with vanilla ice cream.
    Served on a cold plate, we get tender crepes and a creamy rich chocolate filling! With a scoop of ice cream, it improved both the flavour and texture :)

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    We’re in love. Madly, deeply, head-over-heels in love.
    With their crepes & coffee :)

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    *HALAL*
    Strangers at 47
    47, Jalan 17/45,
    Section 17,
    Petaling Jaya, Selangor
    Tel: +603 7497 2409

    Opening hours: 11am to 10pm
    Closed on Tuesdays

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    t-Lounge by Dilmah @ IOI City Mall Putrajaya

    March 8th, 2015

    We have been to cafes and restaurants that serve Dilmah tea.
    But we have not really understand or know the story behind our cup of Dilmah tea.
    Dilmah’s tea is unique in its taste that is picked, perfected, packed and branded at source, direct to consumers.

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    Do you know?
    It was first started as a family business brand and Dilmah preserves their commitment towards the quality of its tea collections. Dilmah currently has a total of nine branded t-Lounges around the world: Kuwait, China, India, Sri Lanka, Poland and finally landed in Malaysia!
    The ‘t-Lounge’ concept has been stirring tea enthusiasts interest since its’ first establishment on Chatham Street, Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2013. Due to its charming uniqueness, the concept was quickly accepted globally :)
    This world renowned producer-owned tea brand, Dilmah Tea has officially launched its latest signature t-Lounge in Malaysia, at the brand new IOI City Mall Putrajaya! Congratulations to Dilmah once again!
    Their first ever outlet here in Malaysia will definitely be relevant to us as drinking tea has always been a part of Malaysia’s culture and most importantly, the people would appreciate tea :)

     

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    Mr. Dilhan Fernando, son of Merrill J. Fernando, owner and founder of Dilmah :)

     

    Thanks to Dilmah, we were delighted to witness this auspicious event; the grand launching of its latest signature t-Lounge in Malaysia.
    We enjoyed the traditional gamelan performance, the lighting of the traditional oil lamp, the VIP’s painting the letter “t” and the tea pairing workshop by Mr. Dilhan Fernando.

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    A cup of tea is a cup of peace.

    Everyone can now savour not only tea gastronomy but also the upscale lifestyle locally at the t-Lounge. The sophisticated ambiance t-Lounge is Dilmah’s first in the Southeast Asia region as well as the largest among its network. Tea lovers can look forward in dining at the t-Lounge as well because they are introducing elegant gourmet experience designed especially for patrons.

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    Introducing, the award-winning & beautiful professional bartender / tea mixologist, Miss Tess Posthumus!

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    During the launch, Tess Posthumus demonstrated one of her mocktails specialties with the “Chai Speculate”, highlighting an innovative tea pairing by enhancing the appeal of fine tea made in the traditional artisanal manner. “Tea-pulling or Teh Tarik” in style! And she was really friendly to answer all the questions! Such an enthusiastic and fun person :)

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    In appreciation of the finest Ceylon tea experience, the tea experience will include fine tea, served hot, chilled, sparkling or in tantalising mocktails or even shooters. Patrons can also find speciality tea mix such as Dilmah’s Jade Butterfly Handmade White Tea, Naturally Minty Ceylon Pekoe, Minty Oolong and Cinnamon Orange Chilled T. These teas are offered with delightful casual, comfort food, some of which are prepared with tea as an ingredient or paired with specific teas.

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    Like wise during their launch, we were served with the following:

    • Pulled Chai Tea to pair with Baklava
    • Tie Guan Yin to pair with Cheesecake
    • Original Earl Grey with Pizza

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    We’ve not paired anything like this and we find it pretty interesting. It’s like the east meets west and say… Italian meets English? Haha. Do try it!

    Besides, tea aficionados will be delighted with the availability of the much sought after limited edition Seasonal Flush and Single Estate teas, perfect for gifting or any special occasions. In addition, the t-Lounge in collaboration with the Dilmah School of Tea will host dedicated tea education and tasting events!
    Good news for tea lovers!
    Big thanks to Dilmah for having us and their limited edition Dilmah Seasonal Flush. Only 1600 tins are available globally. Can’t wait tot try them! :)

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    Next visit, we would love to check out their food and of course the different types of tea! Anyone?

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    t-Lounge by Dilmah
    LG-82B, Lower Ground Floor
    IOI City Mall, 62502, Putrajaya Malaysia
    (For easier access , please park at ZONE A)
    Tel: +603 8959 5137

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    Mei by Fat Spoon @ Desa Sri Hartamas, KL

    March 1st, 2015

    If you’ve been to Fat Spoon, they serve Grandma’s recipes with a playful twist like delicious Ulam fried rice or even claypot loh shu fun.
    With their well-earned success and reputation at Damansara Uptown, the two sisters behind Fat Spoon launched their brand new restaurant that carries a totally different concept at a different area.
    But one thing is definitely similar; getting a parking space near these 2 restaurant could be a pain in the neck .

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    Mei
    Sister to Fat Spoon Café

    Yes that simple. Mei by Fat Spoon is a modern contemporary Japanese joint at Desa Sri Hartamas serving Japanese-inspired, comfort food. The venue may be swish, behind those glass doors are clean and simple fixtures and fittings. Out of simplicity can come excellence, and the food at Mei is a case in point. When it comes to the food, much of the wow factor is down to matching ingredients that haven’t been messed around with too much. The menu is played around with choices of Fat plates (appetizers), sides, Onigiri, Rice Bowls (the0r well-known rice dishes) & Pastas.

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    The opening of Mei in Desa Sri Hartamas marked a more youthful movement in the Japanese dining scene. With blond-wood sharing tables, white walls and a generally fresh-faced crowd of diners, the venue feels more like a friendly cafe than a typically slick Japanese eatery.

    On a juice cleanse? Try our their fresh and nutrition-rich juices that we loved :)

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    Red Juice – RM12
    Red dragonfruit, watermelon, apple, goji berries

    Orange Juice – RM10
    Orange, apple, carrots, young ginger

     

    Need your caffeine fix? Mei serves coffee too!
    They said specialty coffee in Japan is usually served using a hand pour, rather than brewed by machine. I would love to try that one day!
    Meanwhile, you could also get a cuppa from Mei.

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    Don’t like coffee? Go for tea then!

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    Fat Plates are appetizers served at Mei.
    Smoked duck & watermelon salad – RM18
    Tender meat with hints of saltiness added with the sweet taste of the watermelon.

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    Hokkaido Scallop & Lychee Tartare – RM28
    I love scallops & lychee individually. Never did I know both can be best friends! Mild & sweet!
    Love the textures too.

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    Rice Bowls
    Summer Bara Chirashi Bowl – RM38
    Yellow tail, salmon, Hokkaido scallops, salmon roe tossed in a light house made dressing served on rice. For added texture, cuts of Japanese cucumber, edamame & sprinkles of sesame seeds were also mixed together. This is one pretty bowl of Chirashi for sure. The Chirashi Don that we usually have are served with raw seafood products in bigger slices. This serving looked more playful :) Chirashi means “scattered” In Japanese and this is a delicious one-bowl meal that is very filling and very versatile. Probably the most expensive item on their menu :)

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    Fried Lemongrass Chicken Poppers Rice Bowl – RM17
    Crispy fried lemongrass chicken poppers served with cabbage slaw & steamed rice + miso radish soup. Really crispy and well marinated with lemongrass flavour :)

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    Light Braised Beef Shortribs & Radish with Rice – RM18
    A light hearty beef short rib braise served with steamed rice. I never like braised beef with a flavour that is too intense & empowering, and this serving has my vote.

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    Unagi Rice – RM18
    Sliced unagi on rice topped with shiso leaf, edamame, seaweed & garlic chips + miso radish soup. We swear we could order this everytime. The whole serving combines a rich flavour. The edamame & seaweed’s clean taste balances bites of barbecued eel :)

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    Mentaiko Spaghettini – RM 28
    Spaghettini tossed in cod roe, topped with torched Hokkaido scallops and ikura.
    It’s an amazing dish on the flavour scale. As you may heard that Mentaiko pasta is easy to prepare, as simple as it gets and yet there’s something fun about this Italian inspired Japanese dish.
    The creamy olive oil tames the spicy brine of the mentaiko, with great textures from the scallops, ikura and they contrast nicely with the intense essence of the sea.

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    This is one contemporary Japanese restaurant that we’re happy to come back to time and again.

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    Mini C loves the environment too! Proven cos he’s in a good mood while we were dining there! Hehe :) Else, he will scream the whole restaurant down. Yikes.

    Mei By Fat Spoon
    22G, Jalan 27/70A,
    Desa Sri Hartamas,
    Kuala Lumpur.
    Open daily: 10am – 11pm
    Contact: +6012 255 2029

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    Madame Waffle @ Mid Valley Megamall

    February 24th, 2015

    **Photos below taken with iPhone 6 Plus**

    Trend alert!
    Waffles, waffles, everywhere waffles.
    First it was cupcakes, then it was donuts, and now it seems to be waffles :)
    It’s amazing the things you can do with a waffle iron. I’m sure you’ve all seen on Pinterest how people use their waffle irons to cook prepackaged cinnamon rolls, or the very basic egg waffles with different types of toppings these days. What will they think of next?

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    Speaking about waffles, butter is one of the first toppings that was used to make Belgian waffles even tastier. Simple and effective, there’s not much that can beat freshly baked Belgian waffles with melted butter. Of course, this standard pairing is also enjoyed with maple syrup!
    Belgian waffles are enjoyed by people all over world and each region has its own favourite toppings and variations.
    Have you ever wondered who came up with the terrific idea to drizzle maple syrup on to light, fluffy Belgian waffles? Or where they were first teamed with chicken or bacon? Why are sweet toppings more popular in some parts of the world, and why would you never pour gravy on to delicious Belgian Waffles in Belgium?
    We thought the next thing they could think of is to put sambal on top! Haha…

    Back to one of people’s favourite waffle place located at Mid Valley:

    Madame Waffle

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    A Japanese style quick-service cafe serving artisan Belgian waffles, specialty coffee and green tea. This space located on the top floor of Mid Valley aims to cater towards the need for fast moving foods amidst the busy and fast-paced city, for leisure & a need for quick bites.
    The waffles are prepared using the finest ingredients imported from Japan and baked fresh daily on site!
    Waffles & coffee are perfect match :)

    Matcha Latte – RM10

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    Hot Chocolate – RM10
    Very rich & not too sweet.

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    Madame Signature – RM16
    Green Tea waffle, matcha gelato, strawberries and whipped cream with azuki beans.
    A partnership made in heaven!
    Whipped cream has long enjoyed a successful partnership with Belgian waffles. That’s old school. This Japanese inspired waffle order has all the taste & texture that I loved. Hot fluffy waffle, with hints of green tea scent, cold green tea gelato to match, sourish strawberries & the sweetness from the red beans. So yummy :)

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    Original Waffle – RM 5.90
    Vanilla infused waffle with pearl sugar. Just have to check out their original waffles since it was our first time here.
    Besides this, they also have Chocolate, Matcha, White Chocolate, Honey, Cinnamon & Coffee flavour :)

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    Perhaps the next time we wanna organize a tea party, waffles would be a great option is we’re bored of cupcakes & donuts. Haha!

    Madame Waffle
    T-045, Level 3 Mezzanine,
    Mid Valley Megamall,
    Mid Valley City, Kuala Lumpur
    Note: Above the GSC Cinema level (take the escalator up from across Magnum Cafe)

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    The Owls Cafe @ Bukit Jalil, KL

    February 16th, 2015

    Do you want your breakfast, brunch or dinner to have just that little extra?
    Then this restaurants are just up your alley.
    Hoot! Hoot!

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    While there has been a bizarre concept of owls cafe that became so popular in Tokyo, Japan, more have opened up. Yes! Live owls!
    But here we have our very own Owls Cafe minus the live birds part :) Even cuter!
    I saw fluffy, cute owls figurines and decos staring at me from every corner. Their mix and match owl deco is just so fitting in.
    It’s not just the perfect coffee, friendly service or the great simple menu that keeps us coming back, it’s the setting too. The clever use of such a tiny space feels light, bright and welcoming. Who would have thought having an espresso with waffles would be such a draw?

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    Be warned, their spaces fill up quickly and you may have to expect a queue on weekends, no joke.
    The coffee here keeps diehard caffeine lovers happy and with some of their well-known waffles named after their founders, like David & Rebecca :)
    Now that they have introduced breakfast and brunch from their kitchen, the response were overwhelming.
    Also the perfect place to soak up one of the best views of their mural, beautifully drawn on their walls.

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    The minute you walk through the door you’re greeted with the most comforting smell of delicious coffees. The cafe is cute and cosy with an open-plan counter where all of the baristas in action takes place in full view. I love everything about The Owls, from its waffles and flat white combo to the colour of its signage downstairs. And the gaze on its cakes & macarons counter would make one happy too :)

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    Cappuccino – Single – RM7

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    Rose Latte – RM10
    My virgin try on their rose latte and I fell in love with it immediately. The beautiful scent of the rose combined with the coffee’s aroma was so comforting.

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    Flat White – RM8

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    Baker on the Go
    -180 ºC oven baked buttery flavoured Crispy Croissant. Served with Salads & Waffle Fries
    Morning Daisy – RM18
    With 3 Farm Eggs scrambled to perfection in golden & soft texture. The croissant was really buttery and we loved their waffle fries max! Never thought it could taste so “potato-ish”, if you know what I mean. Haha. Very crispy too.

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    Sally Salmon – RM23
    Herbs-based waffle, golden scrambled eggs infused with truffle oil served with smokey salmon & confit cherry tomatoes. Was worried initially about this order as we’re afraid this serving might be too dry. However, their scrambled eggs were perfectly “scrambled”, not too dry and it help to elevate all the element’s texture.

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    Buffy Beef – RM23
    Herbs-based waffle, sunny-side up eggs, served with beef bacons top with caramelized Shimeji mushrooms and confit cherry tomatoes. Another highly recommended dish to order, the saltish beef bacon with sweet shimeji mushrooms are match made in heaven! LOL. Topped in on the hot waffles with sunny side up eggs, I could order this everytime.

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    Rebecca – RM 18
    Filled with strawberries & blueberries, topped with homemade Earl Grey ice cream which is well-blended with the Almond flakes and Maple Syrup. We dated Rebecca instead of David that day. David and Queen next!
    Ice cream + berries + waffles = happiness!
    So beautiful to look at too. Rebecca is pretty, isn’t she? Couldn’t agree more!:)

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    A comfy space for locals to connect, enjoy coffee, tea and hot chocolate complimented by delicious food and desserts. However, it could get too busy sometimes. So we prefer to visit on a weekday instead.

    The Owls Cafe
    12-1, First Floor,
    Block 5, Jalil Link,
    Jalan Jalil Jaya 6,
    Bukit Jalil,
    57000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Opening hours:
    Tue – Thurs: 10am – 7pm
    Fri – Sat: 10am – 11pm
    Sun: 10am – 7pm
    *Closed on Mondays*

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    Ten Japanese Fine Dining 天 @ Marc Residence, Kuala Lumpur

    February 13th, 2015

    Valentine’s Day is tomorrow!
    I think this date is almost forgotten when you have a child. Well at least we have not! Until early this week… :)
    Sorry, no time to compile best dining places for Valentine’s this year :(
    We would tend to celebrate our V-Day on 12 instead as 12.2 is our Proposal anniversary! (So many reasons to celebrate LOL)

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    Anyhow, we settled for a lunch date instead as we have to rush home to see our Mini C :)

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    “Ten”
    Kuala Lumpur’s finest Japanese restaurant

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    Not the number 10. But “Ten” (天) means “Heaven” in Japanese.
    Best of both worlds, they offers delectable fusion of Japanese and French cuisines by highly acclaimed chefs that have cooked at some of Japan’s and Australia’s finest Japanese restaurants.
    The chefs at Ten would also chefs personally select and source the finest ingredients for each dish to ensure uncompromising freshness, quality and taste.

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    At Ten, expect full services with dedicated meal courses and also ala carte items.
    Décor of this restaurant features higher-quality materials, with an eye towards the “atmosphere” desired. The ambiance is very upscaled, spacious, decorated in dark earthy tones, with glass flooring and automated doors being part of the futuristic design, enhanced with warm lighting which further added comfort touches to the ambiance. Great experience from the moment you step inside the restaurant: the warm service, lively atmosphere, effortlessly clean surroundings and the simple and honest approach to beautiful food.

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    Besides, their staffs are highly trained, well-mannered and very accommodating. Ladies will be offered bag hangers and Chris was offered a basket to place his camera bag :)

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    Besides food portions are visually appealing, Ten Japanese fine dining provide the ultimate Japanese gastronomic experience with a sushi bar counter, teppanyaki counter and private rooms which can cater to all occasions including birthdays, anniversaries and corporate functions.
    During lunch, they offer Omakase, seasonal lunch & also set menu.

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    We went for their set lunch menu & the meal comes with some small side dishes or a soup.

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    Ten’s Bento – RM 55
    Chef’s recommendation
    天’s スペシャル弁当
    Washoku (和食), a more traditional serving of chef’s recommended bento, consisting of fresh cuts of sashimis, stew items, Japanese curry spring roll, grilled salmon, salmon pasta, deep fried oyster, chicken yakitori & prawns. Presented beautifully in bento drawers, every items chosen tasted delicious too. The set comes with silky smooth chawanmushi that has mushroom, unagi & a huge piece of chicken in it, miso soup & rice.
    We would said this is reasonably priced for a fine dining restaurant :)

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    Assorted Sushi – RM 60
    寿司御膳
    One of the best place to experience fresh quality sushi with wonderfully crafted, fresh, quality fish and seafood. Chef’s precise knife skills and understanding of the delicate flavours of fresh seafood mean that our meal is palate-perfect.

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    Great dining experience with reasonably priced lunch menu :)
    Will definitely be back to try other items on the menu!

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    But first, gotta rush back to “mini celebrate” Valentine’s Day with our “Mini C”!

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    **Note: Remember to proceed to their cashier to redeem your free parking ticket waivure.(Marc Residence carpark only)

    HALAL
    Ten Japanese Fine Dining 天
    A-G-1, Marc Residence, Ground Floor,
    No.3 Jalan Pinang,
    50450 Kuala Lumpur
    Email: [email protected]
    Tel: +603 2161 5999
    Opening Hours
    Monday – Sunday
    Lunch : 11:30am – 2:30pm
    Dinner : 6:00pm – Onwards

    You could also browse their monthly menu online: http://tenrestaurant.com.my/

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    Tim Ho Wan Malaysia 添好運 @ The Boulevard, Midvalley, KL

    February 7th, 2015

    Tim Ho Wan 添好運
    The famous Michelin-star dim sum restaurant.
    The World’s Cheapest Michelin Star Restaurant.

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    Originated from Hong Kong, Tim Ho Wan’s ability to attain a one-star despite not being a fine dining restaurant has gained a lot of attention and it is one of the must-visits when one travel to Hong Kong. When this Hong Kong’s most famous dim sum restaurant has finally arrived on Malaysian shores, it has become one of Kuala Lumpur’s most anticipated new restaurants where patrons have readied themselves to beat the long queue just to savour the little treats from Tim Ho Wan Malaysia.

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    When in Hong Kong, people just didn’t mind being packed like sardines or wait for the long queue either (almost 2 hours!). And we were one of them. Haha.
    Now that they have opened a branch at Mid Valley City, we do not not travel to Hong Kong or Singapore for this famous dim sum. However, we believed that most people have already planted thoughts of “original is the best” in their head, even before trying. As most friend’s feedback were, “Hong Kong’s Tim Ho Wan is better of course!”
    We know it’s difficult to be 100% similar but with a high standard from Hong Kong’s World’s Cheapest Michelin Star Restaurant, even Singapore and Malaysia have to live up to it.

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    The queue was pretty short during our visit as it was during weekday but the restaurant itself was packed with patrons. However, we gotta give a pat on their shoulders as their service was fast & efficient. Orders were taken fast, Dim Sums served quick and tables were cleared fast too.
    If you ever think of bringing your whole big family here for a relaxing “yum cha” session, we think you should forget this idea as at Tim Ho Wan, everything is fast paced (although we still have time to take pictures of the food – everyone takes picture of their dim sum before they eat it. Haha). And they do not have round tables like those typical Chinese restaurants- more like fast food dim sum.

    The menu features 31 items, with their four signature dimsum dishes known as the 四大天王 Big 4 Heavenly Kings: baked bun with BBQ pork, pan fried carrot cake, steamed egg cake and vermicelli roll with pig’s liver. And also 2 desserts.
    Prices are pretty reasonable as they are located at Mid Valley, with dishes ranging from around RM7 to RM12.80.

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    Baked Bun with BBQ Pork – RM10.80
    Expect a thin, crumbly, cookie-like crust, melt-in-your-mouth buttery bun, and sticky sweet barbecued pork.
    Check for the crumbly crust, but the crust weren’t that thin and the filling wasn’t enough if you wanna compare. And we thought their crust were a tad too sweet too. Colour presentation wise – a bit dull and not golden brown. However, this is a must-order when you dine at Tim Ho Wan. Every table has it.

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    Pan Fried Carrot Cake – RM9.80
    I personally love their serving of pan fried carrot cake as it has a softer texture, not too sticky & fragrant outer pan fried exterior. Totally different from what we used to eat at other dim sum restaurants which is more oily, more like deep fried rather than pan fried instead.

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    Pork Dumpling with Shrimp – RM10.80
    The shrimps were fresh. So no complaints on this.

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    Pork Rib with Black Bean Sauce – RM8.80
    Not too salty and soft meat texture.

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    Dumpling Teochew Style – RM7.80
    Another favourite after their pan fried carrot cake. The skin is thin and brimmed with fillings inside. Interesting texture with crunches of peanuts inside.

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    Vermicelli with BBQ Pork – RM12.80

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    It’s quite a veritable dim sum dilemma when Hong Kong’s much loved Tim Ho Wan has made it to Malaysia, but the question is, how does it compare against the original? Does this mean we won’t need to make a beeline anymore for the Hong Kong outlet? Some items are actually better in Malaysia than in Hong Kong (for the Malaysian palate at least). But then again, the Hong Kong items are cheaper. In fact, one major appeal that Tim Ho Wan enjoys in Hong Kong is its affordability. When it has reached Malaysia, it became an upscale dim sum instead.
    Still, for Tim Ho Wan in Malaysia, the dim sum quality is pretty decent for its price but you may wonder if it’s worth the long waiting time. That’s for you to judge.
    Hopefully they can still maintain the quality if they are going to have more outlets then.

    NON-HALAL
    Tim Ho Wan 添好運
    27-G, Ground Floor, The Boulevard,
    Mid Valley Megamall, Mid Valley City,
    Lingkaran Syed Putra,
    59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
    **Located opposite the water fountain in front of The Gardens Mall

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