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Staying nearby the area had particularly making Publika or 1-U my second home as whenever thought of food, Publika area would certainly come into picture. It was not untill recently one of my reader highly recommend me this newly open place called Ante Kitchen & Bar that located along the stretch of Papa Rich is one of a new pork place to die for.

Listening to their advise, I have organize my usual pork hunters to come and do menu attack on their range. Along the way, also found out that the onwer a group of 6 love pork as much as we do by using premium Sakura Pork ingredients, AKB’s kitchen fuses traditional European dishes with flavors typically associated with the Orient.

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Ante Kitchen & Bar just started operation in mid October 2012 and since then starting to gain its popularity. When the boss see us one group came in and order so much yet fully equip with camera and got him curious. Then he asked “Are we bloggers” then some say yes some say no cuz to keep our identity discreet.

Out of curiosity, we ask how did the catchy name came about. Its about a group of best friends of six loved to play Poker as a past time back in their university days. Knowing the risks (four out of five restaurants close within the first three years, statistically speaking) but not knowing the odds of starting a successful restaurant, the six decided to wager. They put their skills, effort, time, money and sheer “can-do” determination down as the initial contribution – the stake, hence another word is the Ante.

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Interior is rather simple and cozy with simple with light European concept with sofas on the side and outdoor dining area for smokers . . .. . .

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build up of the place with mini bar and serving Carlsberg Draft beer range

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Welcoming you to Ante with oink oink~

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Recycling wine bottles to put in their creative design .. .

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Price range are pretty reasonable and food rage are pretty complete. . .

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STarting off our drinks with imported Sarsi’s  Saxbys Sars. Its a bit bitter end and sweet also. Not my type of drink.

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1) Iced Lemon Tea @ RM9

2) Rosie’s Lychee Fizz @ RM12

3) Mint Lime

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1) Rosie’s Lychee Fizz @ RM12

2) Lemon-Lime Bitters @ RM13highly recommended as one of the drink I could best find in KL food industry as it is the nearest as far as I have tried when I was in Melbourne. The most important ingredient is the bitters shot, that a drink that create a light sourish taste with bitter end. This is just well balance and perfect.

3) Citrus Mint Cooler @ RM12

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We kick start with something simple while waiting for orders The Hot Dog – wrapped in bacon papered sausage with apple mustard @ RM 18. Wrap and fried to perfection with slightly burnt at the end of bacon and golden brown colour that makes it look sexy. Aroma of it is so good that we cant wait to cut it off and put into our mouth. The sauce is the most amazing thing as they manage to well balance mustard and apple together is something new yet appetizing, dipping along with the sausage is just the perfect.

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Follow by some bites of cut lamb sausage with bacon, and this would be good to go along with beer. Yumz!

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Chunky Mushroom Soup @ RM 12 is another recommended dish with blended mushroom, just the right creaminess to kick start my meal with, I ended up having 2 bowls of this. We go a bit of adventure with , Chef Tomasco Soup – special tomato soup with mild spicy twist garnish with croutons @ RM 13. Slight spicy to make your taste bud awaken.

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Cod Crab Mash @ RM18 its like potato in pot with cod in it. Spread it out and share is a nice dish to kick start with.

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If you love green, another amazing order that you must not miss is Crispy Pork Trotter salad @ RM 21 with chunky fried pork trotter that every bite is filled with crisp and with their home made sauce is awesome – Recommended, secondary you can order Smoked Duck Salad @ RM 23.

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Now heading to mains as the smell of this Signature Charizo & Bacon already makes us salivate and looking at the texture filling with heavy cheeze on the top and the smell just trail on the air is something hard to resist. Crispy base, generous ingredient and this pizza was gone within 60 seconds. @ RM 27 – highly recommended

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Up in the Ante POrk BurgerAnte Special Pork Patty wrap in prime cuts of bacon strips & runny yolk @ RM 35

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For burger range, we hunt down their signature and there is nothing much more to compliment of it, with patty is well cook that its soft and juicy, fragrant oil from bacon that pair along the patty, melted cheeze and oozing running yolk as it might get messy but dine happily after that.

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Char Grilled Pork Steaksignature pork ribs with berry cream sauce, serve with mash potato and baked apple @ RM 33 Love a huge slice of pork with balance of pork fat and meat, then this would be a dish that you should not be miss. Grill to perfection that the pork fats is soft, and you definitely have to eat along with the meat and dip abit of the berry cream sauce to make a great combo~

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This dish not many people can take it, as some find it too creamy, The Real Bacon Carbonara cook out to my liking, creamy enough to paint your whole mouth creamy white, slightly fragrant with black pepper and pork bacon with mushroom just add on to your chewy mouth. @ RM 27 – it would be best advise to share this dish as many of us find it too creamy but for me, I can just finish this whole dish by myself.

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Something light that not so heavy then opt for Caramelize Garlic Olio – pasta with bacon topped with caramelized garlic @ RM 23

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Seafood Marinara – fresh river prawns, green mussels, and clams cook in herb tomato puree @ rM 35 – huge prawn and clamps that make the dish look luxury to be eaten, indeed that the seafood is fresh.

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The Hogger POrk Ribs – hickory piglet ribs with homemade BBQ sauce @ RM  75

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A pork ribs that is seriously huge that is nearly as long as my face.

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Gratinated Pork Loin – tender pork loin, layered with sautee potato  follow by mushroom cheeze and cream. Finish with arugula salad @ RM 29

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Chicken Pragmigiana – tender piece of crumbed chicken topped with homemade tomato puree and grated cheeze served with side of mash and [email protected] RM 27

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Volcano Sacrifice find that the lean meat is a bit dry @ RM30

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Crispy Pork Knuckle @ RM 78

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The best way to eat this is to put 3 sauces ontop of the meat and filled it in with one bite. It will be burst of flavours.

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Such a perfect pork dinner, nowdays I am having the habbit of ending my meal with coffee. Latte is nice here. @ RM 9

If you are  pork lover like us, no doubht that Ante Kitchen & Bar will be one of a highly recommended restaurant by me as with their consistency in food is there. I have dine here 3 times over this place.

As the owner found out that we are bloggers then he is giving readers like you to enjoy either a free cocktail or a glass of house red/white wine from our menu with every RM100 purchase on their bill from Monday to Thursdays (excluding public holidays).

Also on Mondays to Thursdays, no corkage fees would be charged if you Bring-Your-Own red and/or white wines.

If alcoholic drinks are not your cup of tea but do not want to miss out on our Monday to Thursday specials, just speak to our front house managers. We would be more than happy to accommodate any special requests if it is within our capacity.

First timer in this restaurant? this would be my 6 recommended dish for you to go after:

1) Crispy Pork Trotter salad
2) Chunky Mushroom Soup
3) Signature Charizo & Bacon
4) Up in the Ante POrk Burger
5) Char Grilled Pork Steak
6) The Real Bacon Carbonara

*NON-Halal

-= KA CHING =-

Food rating 8.5/10 , pretty good pork, recommended~ -Stamped-

-WARNING –This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Ante Kitchen & Bar,
A2-G1-09, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
(Same row as Pappa Rich, facing the main road.)

Phone: 03-62063364

Along the highway as I always travel back and forth, by trailing away Nibong Tebal small town sign board along the highway as it was last round that I was heading back to KL by following my best friends Ian, both he and his friend decided to bring me to dine in this small little town. They told me that you will be surprise what they can offer for that kind of cheap price. Cheap as in SERIOUSLY CHEAP. *doubting.

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Nibong Tebal is actually located at Penang, Mainland and I rate Swee Garden Seafood restaurant is a hidden gem in the town as a place that famous among local that is about 10 minutes drive away from the toll exit to reach here. Which is pretty easy to drive here by recognizing a huge flyover to make  a turn.

Was told by both of them have to reach here freaking early to avoid massive huge dinner crowd that many dining tables will spill out to the road side as we reach around 5.30pm to have a very early dinner before heading back to KL.

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AS early as 5.30pm there are quite a number of families are already dining here.

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Fried Lala with Ginger is something that is fried simple yet infuse with chinese wine in it make it very addictive with hint of some spicy from ginger and fine slice chili.

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Asam Prawns is a big fat juicy prawns that well prepared and marinated. I whack nearly half of it.

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Simple fried veggie nothing much to shout about.

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Signature Crispy Fried Pork Knuckle 

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A portion that most of the table would order or I would say must not miss. Deep fried to perfection that the skin is very crispy, yet the meat in it is still soft and the amount of fats in between is just nice. This is not German Pork Knuckle therefore they do not serve any gravy along as this is Chinese Cross over cuisine. Just serve along with pickled shallots and tomato slices. – Recommended!

Total Damage we had for the dinner is about RM 75 for 3 pax which I would rate it reasonable cheap and not as ‘very’ cheap as my friend mention since its located in this small town, as also since we have a huge chunk of Pork Knuckle and some seafood along its decently price in this small town.

Surely I would not mind to recommended for you to drive all the way here to try it out for travelers also.

*NON-HALAL

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 8/10,  pretty good for a small town operator~-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
SWEE GARDEN SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
No 1, Jalan Punai,
14100 Nibong Tebal,
Seberang Perai, Penang, Malaysia.

Telephone : 604-5934768

Business Hours : Dinner only, from about 5.30pm onwards.

GPS Coordinates : E100 28′ 39.2″ N5 10′ 8.0″

On our first night, arriving at Taiwan, it was all about eating and walking around as we head to business district to meet up with Pak’s friend that had arrange way before and booked a lovely Malat Buffet Steamboat restaurant (Man Tang Hong, 滿堂紅) for us, and surely they had made the right decision for us as we starve ourselves all the way from Malaysia to Taiwan just to eat their local food.

After 10 -15 minutes walk from the station that we disembark, here we are, in front of the restaurant with many people waiting around the restaurant.

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When I walk up the stairs and the first thing that is was some young chef slicing those juicy and fresh meat and roll it into mini rolls and told my friend this is a must have section.

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Their interior build up is quite simple like our locals just that it looks nicer with wooden floor and hard plastic material that build around to build up some sections and the place are quite narrow and pack.

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This is where Pak introduce two of his best friends to all of us from left Eva and Tina.

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Once we were seated down, in the little menu, there are varieties of soup base to choose from, one of it that will not miss is their ‘Ma-lat Soup’ and ‘Sour Salted Vegetable Soup’.

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During the food ordering, of course we leave it to the experts to order and our responsible is to EAT! Drinks is free flow, with all the soft drinks Coke, Sprite and some of their local brands available in  glass bottle that store in two big fridge.

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One of their local food that you would want to try is the black stick (its in chinese do not know what it is called in english) that is made of something like our local muar chi add in with alot of black sesame. Taste weird at first but after the whole stick, turns out to be not bad, soft and filled with sesame taste.

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Item that must order which is their very own ‘Homemade Fish Paste’ by using bamboo and you can put into the soup according the size and shape you want.

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Comes to the meat section that had been perfectly thin slice by machine to make it instantly cook by a few dip in the hot soup are : ‘Beef Slices’

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‘Pork and Lamb Slices’

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This is what I mean, a whole thin slice of lamb, and flat it on top of the soup base and use your chopstick stir it for a while(less than 30 secs) then bring it out.

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This is how it must be done to ensure it is soft and not too hard. Lamb and beef definately is my choice in this range.

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After start off with meat section then we add in everything into the soup, while it takes time to cook, the clear soup base turns out to be quite bland in taste only manage to taste on a bit clear sour flavor but if you love something spicy or especially during winter and you want to enjoy a bit of sweat then ‘Malak’ is certainly the choice you must not miss. Spicy at 60% level where it is still edible not a few bites then you blow out flames, sour and to me its challenging to eat with the meat and ingredient but that was my main target for the whole night. Thumbs up!

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This is the homemade fish paste that we order again (as I do not like fish ball or paste, this turns out to be good).

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Lining up for sauces and revealing to us some secrets.

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Eating steamboat would not be perfect if you miss out the sauces. They have at least more than 15 sauces for you to go after.

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Then Eva and Tina show us their secret recipe of the sauces that they discover.

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The secret mixture of this are, peanut powder, chopped green onions, finely chopped and season garlic, a bit of chili powder, chopped chili, ONLY egg yolk and soy sauce. Result: hint of 4 flavors to enhance our taste bud and its superbly good!

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The packed of monkey that Eva is holding is actually a Packed of Maggie mee very cute of the packing and surely it taste like uncooked Mamee that we used to eat.

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During the dinner while waiting we camwhore abit and as for Eva it was funny and cute to see her talk for the first time as she just went to see dentist before meeting us.

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It was fun to have them around as it makes the whole dinner merrier.

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Then after that I wasy busy eating . . .

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and we have around 15 pax for that night.

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If you guys feel that the buffet is too heavy for you and would like to take something sweet by sitting there accompany your friend, for girls and guys that love ice-cream you will definitely be in heaven with the available selection as many as 12 flavors Hagen-Das.

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First round of food was so satisfying, with great food and value that the dinner was only at NT550 = RM55 per pax, that  valid for 2 hours session, with fresh ingredient and also with great companion for a start.

If you are looking something to start off with some damage on your stomach, then this is the place worth to try. It is advise to make a booking before you go.

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Location:
台北市大安區仁愛路4段228號之4
Man Tang Hong (???)
?????????4?228??4

italkwhoa

TM is known as one of the leading service provider for most of our telephone lines for whole Malaysia that recently we have heard it a lot on radio’s and blogosphere on TM Whoa iTalk. On my previous round that I had mention, we can actually call out by registering ourselves at the website to obtain cheaper calling rates.

After I came back from Melbourne, I had been constantly keep in touch with a few of my best friends, that they still resides at that country, but at times calling them on phone just burn a hole in my pocket as the rates are not cheap not until after I have discover iTalk recently, not only I save on making domestic call but I do save on calling my friends overseas with their amazing rates only 30cents to their landline.  (for other IDD rates click here)

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With their user friendly website that had combines the some online portal together, youtube, Twitter, under one roof that had help me save time on navigating. Now I can just call my friend by using their portal, key in the number and waiting for my friend to pick up at the other end. It just as simple as 1,2,3.  

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Now I am not only dialing to Australia, but to other countries as well, this had keep me closer to my friends even we are far apart. With this portal it is like taking a stone killing 2 birds.

 Need not wait any more, just log into www.italkwhoa.com to register yourself and enjoy their special rates.

Genre: Comedy

Another nice Chinese New Year Movie, it’s a comedy but then as my friend told me, if did not watch TVB you would not know who are the artist but even to me I seldom watch I know most of the artist..

The movie is about 2 best friends going after a girl and many years down the road from best friend they had become enemy over a girl and even open business opposite each other to create stiff competition and promotion. Then came a very rich guy from china plan to buy the whole street and the whole story took a twist and become back good friend.

— Tik Ching, Pass, Stamped —

Overall ratings 7.5/10, quite funny, Recommended~

— The movie rated by me is by my own personal preference. Watch it at your own risk —

Yesterday when I went back home, and reopen the folder that I am suppose to blog it out and I got a bit shock as I am far behind to update. I have been quite busy lately, will try my best to update as soon as possible.

Went to Brussels bout 2 weeks ago and I got shocked!

The very last time I walked passed there Brussels was only like conquering the place nearby its pillar and now, nearly to Starbucks territory. Did not know it had become such a happening spot or I am just outdate.

Just like all the people there, I will be one of their regular customer soon as I brought my best friends there and just realise not only they offer our favourite beer Hoegarden, they also offer alot of international beer. Not like those Heineken more like German,Irish, Australia and many more to name it out. Wide variety.

Get to know Hoegarden when I was studying in Melb. This bugger called me and told me that how good is Hoegarden this and that few years back. Then after hear her talk till so good, and during dinner also went to find some bar and pubs see any of those places serve this. Then till one place, called Long Room @ Collin Street opposite Polo shop and Gucci shop nearby. After found that place and it had become my favourite hang out place. Was 4 years back.

This definitely one of the best beer to have. Around RM30 after added tax and service charge. For those people who do not like to drink beer, this would be highly recommended. ‘Never try never know. Once try hari hari mau‘.(new quote that I learn)

Location:
Brussels Beer Cafe
L-20-G, Block L,Jaya One
No. 72A Jalan Universiti
46200 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Map can refer to the official website JayaOne
 

Tel: 03-7954 2000

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