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In KL most of us fancy certain brand of Taiwanese Dessert as for Penang people, there are certain brand that capture their attention too. Blackball in Penang seems to be doing pretty well that have won many hearts of dessert people. I realiase it works for them in Penang too as this brand have quite a no.of branches.

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First time testing out this brand, which it seems is another famous brand from Taiwan that certainly have no doubt in the taste.

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While waiting for movies, then chill here for a while. Interior are pretty similiar to the others.

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Try one of their new signature with corn base ice, with taro balls, grass jelly, corn, jelly and ice cream. First few bites of corn ice taste alright as the more we take, we could not finish it as if not mistaken pineapple was added in as there are sourish end. Taro balls wasnt done that well, as the texture is soft and non chewy. Not bad overall.

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Another Blackball signature is serve¬†with Taro Ball, Taro Q, Pearl, grass jelly and red beans served with some fresh milk (if serve cold). This is not bad as pretty strong taste of grass jelly is there, red bean added the bite texture, and I find it too much pearl for me. Next time should request less pearls. ūüėÄ

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Try out their classic Pearl Milk Tea and 25% is too pale for us as other brand 25% is just perfect. For Blackball 50% sugar in their drinks is just perfect. I love their Winter Melon Tea. Strong in taste and not that sweet. Next time I know where to ta pau my drinks before movie.

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7/10, not bad lah~-Stamped-

‚ÄďWarning‚Äď This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Locations:
BlackBall Gurney Plaza
6th floor (Beside old town white coffee)
Tel : 04-2261224

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Sushi Tei is one of my favourite Japanese restaurant compare to a few in our Malaysia market. It definitely falls on personal preference. I was firstly expose to this brand when I was visiting my friend in Jakarta, Indonesia 6 years ago and they know that I love food, this was one of a Japanese Restaurant that they told me, die die also must try. Back in those time, I have yet to start my food blogging as just enjoy my food whenever I travel.

Love the range that they offer and its pretty unique on the combination and rolls that they have. At that time, KL have yet so many different types of Japanese Cuisine that is similiar to this range except 1 in 1-Utama that always pack with people.

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When I first saw this brand landed in Tropicana City Mall 2 years ago, I was very happy that finally it had landed in KL. Nevertheless the brand had establish itself well with a few outlets now available in Klang Valley and Penang. Of course what can we expect next? Try out their new menu for year 2013 onwards also at their latest outlet which is at Setiawalk, Puchong.

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The outlet interior is no difference from the rest of the outlet.

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Sunrise @ RM5.80, Bloody Sprite @ RM5.80

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Design of the new menu looks much better compare to the previous one. Choosing food would not be a problem as more pictures are in it now.

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Premium Yee Sang (for 8-10pax)@ RM68.80

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Premium really justify the price whereby it comes with cuts of salmon sashimi and prawns

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I must say that, I have tried a few yee sang for the past 2 weeks and I rate this is one of the top 2 in my personal list. If you do host any of your reunion dinner at home and lack of yee sang, this is one of a place to ta pau back. I am¬†definitely¬†getting 1 for my family. ūüôā

Fresh ingredient and the special mixing sauce that pairs well with the fresh ingredient and did not over power it. A well balance with all the ingredient. REcommended~

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Ameabi Kaarage @ RM12.80, One of the signature dish that me and Ken always love to order or never miss is their Salmon Skin @ RM6.80. At the price of it we find it very reasonable, a great snack to start to get our mouth munching. Fried to crisp with every bite and do eat it while its serve fresh. You can choose to dip along with their mayo but we always love to bite it just like that.

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First dish from salad range already caught my attention with its chunks of tuna, salmon and squid on top of the salad. Sashimi Salad @ RM16.80. Something green and healthy, this is a appetizer that you shall  not miss. Not only filled with fresh sashimi, the kick that make the whole salad taste awesome is their very own dressing. Filled with light taste of vinegar, and chef special ingredient that make this dish gone in seconds. РREcommended~

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Another new item that are in the menu is Kaisen Ramen Salad @ RM28.80. To me it looks weird for the first time as I never have my ramen with salmon sashimi slices like that before. Its always with pork or chicken slice. Not only that, as there are 3 huge flab of crab meat that smack along on it too. The meat is cold and fresh, that once you had that slice you would want to finish the remaining 2 instantly.

Ramen texture is cook to the right texture and the sauce that make it pairs well. I think this would be best to share with another person.

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Chuka Fukahire @ RM 6.80, Ika Geso Tataki @ RM 11.80 &  Ika Okura @ RM 5.40

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We were lucky to be in the outlet at the right timing as usually fresh sashimi will arrage to most of the Japanese outlet on every Tuesday and Friday. We are here on Friday, therefore these are sashimi are perfectly fresh! Arima (4 kinds) @  RM59.80Tuna Belly, Yellow Tail, Sweet Shrimp, Raw Scallop

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Asama (5 piece)  -Tuna, Yellow Tail, Salmon@ RM35.80 

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There are also new rolls being introduce with Manguro Lover @ RM11.80,  Dynamic Roll @  RM16.80 & Lobster Salad @ RM12.80,. Among these 3, I prefer Maguro and lobster salad.

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Usually we have this with beef slice but this round they have added in another item Salmon Enoki Roll @ RM12.80

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Beef Teriyaki is a simple item that I prefer that the beef cubes cook till medium well, then I love mine added on with lots of garlic slices.

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Gindara Teriyaki is always one of my favourite that the cod being pan grill to perfect that its slightly crips on the outer layer yet the cod fish meat is well preserve that did not overcook. @ RM26.80, & Sanma Kabayaki @ RM14.80

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Gyoza @ RM9.80

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Golden Soft Shell Crab @ RM12.80

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Hotate Wasabi Mayo is not bad and if the wasabi mayo is a little more spicy then it would have been perfect.  @ RM8.80

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Ika Sugata Shio¬†if the size of the squid is smaller or this size is nice to my liking, anything big I just cant take it. ūüėÄ (just me) @ RM15.80

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Another item that I like is their Ikura Chawanmushi, very simple with salmon roe @ RM12.80, Asari Sakamushi @  RM23.80 & Agedashi Tofu

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oh oh, when fried rice was serve, we all look down on it and why fried rice was serve after we had a awesome sashimi and rolls. This Choi Kara Fried RiceSpicy Fried Rice with Crab Meat  @ RM18.80 proves us wrong. Fried fragrantly, that is something simple and nice, written there spicy but its only mild spicy that bring the fragrance up. Those who need to have rice, then this is the new item that you must try. РRecommended~

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Another nice rice item for you is Tan Tan Don, comes with mince chicken meat, top with poarch egg and how I eat this dish is I poke the egg yolk then stir the whole bowl till its evenly mix. Then put in one bite into your mouth will be a well balance of yolky egg, slight salty and spiciness at the end. Something to entice your taste bud abit.  @ RM11.80

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Gyu Misoyaki @ RM15.80

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Special sauce to dip for the beef. I did it wrong in the first place and then I was taught properly by the waiter on how to get the best of this beef slice.

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First dip the fresh beef slice into the sauce then leave it on the hot plate for a quick turn. If you love yours medium well, then just flip both side about 8 second each and its ready to eat.

I did it wrong by did the beef slice then dip the sauce after that.

The difference is, did it the right way, the sauce will soak onto the beef slice and make it aromatic.

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Comes to desert I always thought my favourite would be green tea but this round their new product Yogurt Forest Berry @ RM7 steal the limelight. I prefer this over  Matcha Ice Cream & Sesame @ RM7

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Their new menu and new product being introduce, is something to look for when you visit this restaurant. You can try those that I recommend but again it comes down to my own preference. ūüėÄ One of my favourite Japanese Restaurant. . .

Sushi Tei in Setiawalk is next to Roomates or nearby TGV cinema wing already.

*PORK-Free

Location:
Sushi Tei @ SetiaWalk

Block I-G-03, Setiawalk,
Persiaran Wawasan,
Pusat Bandar Puchong,
Puchong, 47160
Tel : 03-5882 2995
Other Outlets they have are:
Mid Valley
Tropicana City Mall
Pavilion,
Gurney Plaza – Penang

After much anticipation from the first food hunt trail Hennessy X.O with Chef Micheal Han at the beginning of the month (click here), I was counting days to this much finale event. Keep wondering for the past 3 weeks how is the chef gonna deconstruct our Penang street food. As last round we get to know that the chef is amaze with some of the dishes especially the oh,chien. On my thought, it just would not jive along what is going to be serve tonight.

All of us are here again, truly honour to be invited again by both G2 and MHD to this exclusive event. Tonight we will be dining along with Chef creation on how he had deconstruct all our beloved Penang food to another level to pair along with Hennessy X.O.

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As we were ask to gather around lobby at 7.30pm and guess what? Infront of G-Hotel, we were ferry by trishaws to our dinner location and its just another great level of experience that so many security blocking the road and all the trishaw uncle paddling their way there thru busy traffic in Gurney Drive.

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Just right about 2 blocks away we had reach our dinner destination St Joseph’s Novitiate, a heritage building that had restore and being center of lime light under new¬†construction Gurney Paragon.

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I am amazed that they had transform the whole place into Hennessy X.O stuff with red carpet being roll out. For the first time felt like VIP. ūüėÄ

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As right after registration, we were usher up to this wooden stair case that lit along with candles like, follow the light, you wont be lost.

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Right at the entrance I saw Will Quah, of course will be the official Emcee for the night.

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Time is still pretty early, and as early as 7.30pm we are all enjoying our glass of Hennessy X.O already.

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Select your drinks sir, would you like it to be –¬†neat, on the rocks, or with water

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They will be moving around to ensure that your glass doesnt run dry.

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I further venture around then there is this quartet serenades guests upon arrival. It reminds me of all those rich doing a high end charity like what you seen in the Hollywood movie with us chatting around and enjoying the soft music background.

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Just love this area, its cozy, fitted with dark comfy sofa and just plunge yourself onto it will stuck there for a while.

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upon drinking on my glass, I starred at the glass momentarily then only I realise the uniqueness of the glass, right at the bottom there is all the wordings. Love mine with little water and a cube of ice to just make it slightly chill.

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With yeng kor Cheng Yi – Fatboybakes, leng chai Robert from G2, Anna – annna.net and me

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As the time hit, we were ask to enter to the dining hall and my oh my, it instantly reminds me of Harry Potter movie dinning scene. With long tables that every one is seated and I thought, if every one in classic dressing like Harry Potter movie then it will be super cool. Nevertheless the most important is, the presence of Hennessy X.O drink with us all night long. ūüėÄ

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Found my seating and greeted with a cool folded napkins in tuxedo style along with menu being clip in between..

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Everyone is just so busy taking pictures along with cameras exchanging here and there.

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This is what happen when camera are being exchange as I also do want to be in the picture. I do not have the tux so I borrowed it to look smart.

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The whole event started off with Will Quah introducing and welcoming all of us.

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A glimpse on Chef Han to those who have not seen him in person.

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Menu for the night, it blows me away as what we sampling around on early month, it came out 90%. What a great challenge for the chef and just cant wait to get a bit on all those wonderful creation.

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We set sail on our first dish of the night. Pie Tee –¬†Chutoro and Ginger

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It was presented on a huge cube of wood standing tall is this 2 pai tee that does not look much different from our local scene and one thing for sure, ingredient inside looks solid. Blends of eggs with fatty tuna mix with herbed mayonnaise, tarragon, parsley, chives and chervil, taste is light and I pop the whole thing in one mouth bite, then end with sip of Hennessy. Blends well in my thought.

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Then every one started to chat about the dish, what do you think? Its like good, and lets continue to drink!

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Then I manage to peek into the kitchen, that chef and his team are so busy preparing our second dish.

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Here comes our Penang famous Rojak –¬†¬†Violets and Carambola Flowers

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Being deconstructed in a way that its too pretty to be eaten.¬†Colorful¬†to my eyes and start to wonder what is those mini roll. It is a mixture of fruits and vegetable, being cut finely then curl along with straws to make the size even. Add on with prawn paste, end with sprinkles of crunchy peanut, garnish along with edible flowers. Each plate are being serve with 30 cylinders. Every roll is crunchy and ‘heh kor’ is not too strong, just light enough to pair along with the vegetable and fruits. I find it goes better with neat rather than with some water.

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Halfway thru our dinner, we were greeted with this amazing voice that most of us turn our attention to her. Soft sweet voice that sings all classic songs with a few piece of classical instruments is the right blend that had been missing out.

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As my attention was to that sweet voice but huge bowl and good expression by Ciki pull me back to my food. Next up on our table is Assam Laksa.  Two plump seared  scallops from Froya, garnished with herbs, and the most unique part of all is a 50ml bottle of stock in a medicine bottle. In first sight I thought what is that bottle all about that looks like cough syrup. Then we were told by the chef its actually the soup to be add on.

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Just on my own thought, – how did the chef come out with all this idea. Just one of its kind on how to present Laksa in different level. The soup on the bottle is serve in room temperature as if its pippin hot we wont be able to hold it. If its served cold, the taste will not be perfect therefore room temperature was the perfect combination

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After pouring all the soup, and the strong smell of the soup just float into the air, smells as good as the original laksa.

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Putting first sip of soup base by tasting it, I pause for a while same to the rest, is the soup cold? Well, room temperature as we totally forgot about it whereby we are so used in eating laksa with its soup pippin hot. It would even taste better if the soup is warm, yet if the soup saltiness slightly tone down then its perfect. Never the less, the scallop is amazingly juicy, soft  and huge.

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Laksa turns out to be my favorite dish of the night as many commented its too salty yet I still like it as it pairs well with my neat Hennessy X.O

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Then Karen with the rest of MHD team members share their delights on how the whole process of engagement and how all of us enjoy the food.

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We will never stop take pictures when alcohol keep flowing down . .:D

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Or Chien –¬†with Duck Eggs and Smoked Oil.

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pre cooked in buttermilk, adding to its creamy texture, deep fried Panko (Japanese bread crumbs), to add onto that crispy texture, chives and the edible kelp, Kombu are place on top. Right after Anna finish this oyster, she starred at mine as I am still busy taking pictures of this then  I have to place both hands protecting it from being stolen.

I put the whole oyster in and only understand why she stared at the oyster.

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Hokkien Mee – Sakura Ebi and XO Sauce.

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Noodle was soft as the main ingredients in it is sakura ebi that I try to eat every bite with it that create a slight saltiness yet spicy just that its too oily.

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When I saw the menu he have Nasi Kandar cook, I was totally amaze and really looking forward to it as our last food hunt with chef, he also fell inlove with the taste of spices. Amazingly, it took chef 3 days to marinate along with rendance saunce onto this awesome piece of  Wagyu Cheeks, Onions and Ash.

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The tenderness and softness  of the wagyu cannot be describe as I found myself eating for the first time a meat that being marinate for 3 days. Apparently all this process have to be done in Singapore then air flew in as some of the ingredients he wants are unable to be located

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ABC @ Horseradish, Hibiscus and Rose Hips

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Ice Kacang turns out to be a whole new experience to be that condiments, such as rose hip, horseradish, and hibiscus will be a unique combination to me.

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Right at the end of the dinner, Chef Micheal Han and team came out and I must say what a amazing experience that you have give to us. Really out of our imagination on the ingredients that you use that manage to pull it near to our favourite Penang street food yet to prepare dishes for so many guess on the night its absolutely amazing.

Next day, we were then gathered for a Q&A Session with Chef and Karen¬†Marketing Director of Mo√ęt Hennessy Diageo Malaysia. Dinner for appreciation Grows are meant to be injected with new ideas, concepts and venue is one of a important factor for all their¬†exclusive¬†dining. By choosing some one who can relate onto their brand is a challenge yet cannot deny that,¬†scouting¬†chef talent is one of their expertise that Chef Micheal Han really able to come out with all the food into a new dimension. Its¬†truly¬†a new dining experience to me as the previous dinner on Hennessy X.O Appreciation night with Chef Edward Lee is totally different.

I am already looking forward for next installment. Can’t wait.

One of the latest trend I heard my Penang friend talking about in our Watsapp chatroom is Hui Lau Shan which is one of a famous Hong Kong Desert had finally landed in Penang, being located inside Gurney Plaza which is one of the prime spot in Penang to start off with.  Whenvever I travel to in Hong Kong last time, I will make myself not to miss out this great desert. First stop after landed is Hui Lau Shan and finally make its mark into the island.

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Before Penang, it hit KL shore where this franchise open its very first outlet in 1-Utama and we instantly went to try out. (click here). In Penang its much different compare to the KL one’s as the outlet is bigger, more spacious and there is a line we have to queue which is longer than KL.

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Hui Lau Shan in Penang just open its door for less than a month and it had been well received by the locals.

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These are the few that I will always order or the recommended. . . Fresh Mango Mochi @ RM 4.90 for 3 pieces

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Mango with Pamelo

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Mango Icey Sweetie Ball @ RM 11.90

Apparently, I find that Penang version is must tasty than the ones in KL, in terms of mango and texture of it. Wonder is it the same owner? For more other flavours click here

If you have not tried this superb Mango desert, do drop by . .Recommended!

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 9/10, ~ highly recommended !

-Stamped- ‚ÄďWarning‚Äď This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Hui Lau Shan
3rd Floor, Gurney Plaza
(next to Kim Garry)

I have walk pass this shop many times and I just do not have the heart to go in to try out, as the interior and the outlook of the outlet definitely look nice, yet I guess it just doesnt attract me, not till recently my friend plan to treat me eat Fruuze Frozen yogurt as its one of her favourite so well, free yogurt why not? ūüėÄ

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A place that usually filled with families. . .

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There are step 1  which to choose the size of the cup, step 2 to choose types of yogurt and step 3 to choose your toppings which is very similar to Tutti Frutti I had years back. (click here)

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There are 4 flavours available. .

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Choose your toppings

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I tried original filled with Longan, almond flakes and mango cubes. . [email protected] RM 13.50 medium size

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My friend she had chocolate flavour, cornflakes and chocolate cubes. [email protected] RM 9, small

Overall, this would not be my preference as on the downside, find it quite expensive as the same as all other yogurt, as Penang doesnt have much choice in Yogurt still J.Co yogurt stand out more in terms of taste and pricing followed by Tutti Frutti.

In KL my all time favourite yogurt is MooCow which I had alot of times and didnt blog yet, I guess shall blog about them next round.

-= KA CHING =-

Food rating 5.5/10 , So so lah -Stamped-

-WARNING ‚ÄďThis is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Fruuze Frozen yogurt
3A-G-22, Straits Quay,
Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang,
10470 , Penang, Malaysia.
(Opp Papa Rich)

In Kl, we have one of the most famous Taiwanese Desert which is Called Snowflakes, as when I visited Taiwan 2 years ago, I was a bit surprise to see that actually their concept is very similiar to Meet Fresh Taiwan (click here). In Taiwan, Meet Fresh is consider one of the famous brand for this desert.

So my dad been telling me about this place he want to try out. Previously he wanted to try out the Yea Japanese BBQ Steamboat Buffet located at Penang Times Square so brought him there. This round is this Taiwanese Desert so mark and done.

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Now is the era of Taiwanese Desert that is bubbling every where in Penang and KL state that have attracted more than 20 brands and the latest arrive in Penang and KL shore is this Taiwan Famous desert Meet Fresh. In Taiwan itself they have more than 100 outlets around Taiwan and their history is in their wall which is pretty impressive.

The orignal 2 masters Mr. and Mrs.Fu originated from Central Taiwan believe that cooking desert in traditional way still the best way to preserve traditional taste of it. It is made daily by handmade of those taro balls and afew other ingredients to ensure customer enjoy freshness of it. More of it (click here)

As for this round, Meet Fresh is own by Wong Kok Group and if you ever want to consider this franchise, they are the best people to go after.

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Like any other Taiwanese desert, after place your order, you will be given this alert item as while they are preparing the desert and once it is ready, it will beep and vibrate. Then only you head to the counter to pick up your desert.

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As usual, will try out their signature or original taste as Meet Fresh Signature Herb Jelly  with its herbs ice base which is pretty solid in tastes and Taro balls is chewy towards hard side abit and herbs jelly is just nice. @ RM 6.90

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Little Taro Balls in White  Gourd Tea @ RM 5.90

On the menu, I see the name of this drink is very unique and decided to give it a try, with top layer cover with foamy cream and stir it along it had become creamy white and filled little taro balls, its a bit on the sweet side and nothing to shout about.

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On the¬†other¬†side, Soya is always one of my¬†favorite. So to compare what’s the difference of it on Double Joy Soy bean with others as it just lack of extra [email protected] RM 8.90

Still Snowflakes (click  here) stands out more and in Penang, okay lah..if you are craving for nice Taiwanese deserts.

-= KA CHING =-

Food rating 6.5/10 , okay lah -Stamped-

-WARNING ‚ÄďThis is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Meet Fresh
Lot G04 & GA49, Ground Floor,
163D-1-04, Pesiaran Gurney,
Gurney Paragon, 10250, Penang

Business Hour: 11am to 10.30pm, Daily

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