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It was a great evening by enjoying another great wine. Wine drinker will certainly familiar this renowned Australian brand, Jacob’s Creek. To add that more interesting, they have recently launched its most recent blend of red wine- the Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel for both the Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon that finished in aged whiskey barrels which is to add another layer of complexity and texture to traditionally barreled beverages.

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As guess arrived, we were all treated with the fresh, vibrant sparkling wine the Chardonnay Pinot Noir. Little did I know that they do have champagne range. This bottle certainly a great starter where it is so easy to drink, bubbly that gives you the fresness and crips of taste yet texture is nice. Gives you a little sourish lemon taste. A recommended bottle though for easy casual drinking.

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All of us are also very curious on what does Double Barrel mean?

To make their blend different, Jacob’s Creek came up with the idea of the unique double barreling process, whereby their premium red wine, the Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon reds will age through their usual process for 12-18 months in wine barrels, then subsequently aged in used Scotch or Irish Whisky oak barrels for another 3-months before bottling.  This process enhance the taste to intense and full body.

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For the night, we kick start with Pan-seared French Foie Gras paired with Jacob’s Creek Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir. 

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As for this, the tasting notes for Double Barrel Shirazit has full body and a generous palate which integrates a mix of sweet red fruits and dark chocolate. While subtle toasty vanilla flavours are derived from the aging process in traditional French and American oak wine barrels. Finally, the careful use of aged Scotch whisky barrels for finishing has added complex nuances of almond-husks and also softened the dense tannins to yield an incredible smoothness.

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White Truffle Pumpkin Potage

This soup is smooth and creamy, with a light finihshing truffle after-taste of truffle. Paired with  Jacob’s Creek Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir.

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These are the sample woods that was part of the double barrel aging process.

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 Smoked Turkey Drumstick is to be paired with Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Shiraz and Jacob’s Creek Reserve Shiraz. Normally I am not a shiraz drinker, however with this double barrel it is certaily deifferent.

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Moving to second row – we are served with Double Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon the tasting notes for it is offers a complex palate yet reveals itself with style. Traditionally assertive tannins are evident at first, before giving way to a mid palate filled with ripe cassis, olive tapenade and complex briary hints. Fine, dusty tannins give excellent line and length to the beverage, and are layered with sweet and toasty characters reminiscent of crýme brýlýe. The unique Double Barrel technique of finishing in aged Irish whiskey barrels has integrated the myriad of flavours and brought extra richness to the palate.

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For the mains, we get to choose Pan-seared Wagyu – Marbling Grade 9 or the seafood. Paired with Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon and Jacob’s Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
The waygu was cook to perfection and it was a clear winner among the rest. Soft tender, juicy yet to me it pairs very well with the Double barrel as the strong smooth taste do enhance the taste of the meat. If to compare with Reserve, the taste is slightly lighter.

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Poached Lobster with Truffle Garlic Oil pairing with Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon and Jacob’s Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
 
For this pairing, I think there are hit and misses as the wagyu had enhance on my taste bud.

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Premium Chocolate and French Macaron paired with Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel
Lastly, the chocoate pairing is what we need. Something nice that pairs well with the Double barrel to as a finishing.
My personal preference and a recommended bottle to buy (if you have strong palate) is the Double Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon. Love the complexity, extra rich, that gives you a smooth dry finish. Interesting aftertaste too.
For more information, please visit: www.jacobscreek.com

I have been working nearby for quite a while and everytime I drove pass by here, its always pretty crowded at this Rojak Stall that you will hardly miss with 2 vans parked side by side with one selling Cendol and another oen selling Rojak. As far as I know this stall had been here for donkey years already and attracted many loyal customers around the area.

The term rojak is pretty different when it comes to states as in my hometown we called it Pasembur and Rojak is those with prawn paste and fruits.

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They do not have a proper seating or tables as there are only a few plastic chairs available and sitting next to their van as the table to eat or when it get pack you can see many people standing around eating or even there are customers taking it to their car and eat.

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Here is pretty well know for 2 types of rojak which is the classic and another version is Rojak Mee means with yellow noodle in it.

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Here is Rojak Mee @ RM 3.50 if I am not mistaken.

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Serve along with ingredients such as floury cake, sliced cucumber, hard boiled egg, fried tofu, bean sprout and fried crackers. I prefer mine without the noodle as I find the noodle spoil the taste of the gravy. This stall still not the best as the peanut sauce here is quite sweet for me, I prefer another stall which is in Seapark nearby Maybank.

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Besides the food, you can try out another type of Cendol which is slightly gives you different flavour compare to those in Penang or Melaka. For a bowl of Rm1.20 you really cannot expect alot. Again its just too sweet for me. Not my type of cendol.  Shaved ice is still pretty rough and the red bean they use is quite moist and soft. Well, I just finish 3 sip then I am done . .

Some of you might find this stall is pretty good. Really depends on your own taste.

*HALAL

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 5/10, okok la-Stamped-

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

Location:

Cendol & Rojak Mustaffa
Jalan 17/41A (off Jalan 17/21)
Section 17, Petaling Jaya
GPS Coordinates: N3 07.183 E101 37.888
Business hours: Lunch onwards until finish around 5pm

Tel: 016 327 5176

Burger joints are popping out every where, and its a trend. Well, lets go something classic in street style that I recently I was introduce a homemade street burger patty that run by Chinese couple. I have read Jacksons Burger is homemade by the uncle himself quite a while back and only remember bout it when Ken bring me over to dine at this stall.

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Its not too hard to find them as I have read some blog that they always move around. Well, I have been here a few times and its still in the same location. Their burger price is definately cheap.

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They do not have a proper dining in around the premises as they run the burger stall in a little truck and we can take their plastic chairs to sit there and dine. They sell soft drinks too.

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What is interesting is that they do have their special homemade CRAB patty that Ken ask me to try. Of course I do a mix then, beef and crab.

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Of course my burger need to have added egg and cheese. If not it would not be a perfect one for me.

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Then my burger is ready, it smells very good with the fluffy bread being well pan fried that I can even smell the majerine of it.

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Smack in betteen the bread and all the ingredients, here comes the Chinese version of burger that is pretty similiar to another famous stall in Penang, Hill Side. The patty are grill to little cruncy for my Crab patty and beef are just perfect. For afternoon lunch, its a good satisfying one. For Chinese to come out such burger, they are consider good. Surely cannot be compare with Ramlee burger as its slightly different style

Recommended~

Location:
Jacksons Burger (PORK FREE)
Just look along Jalan 14/29 Section 14.
GPS Coordinates: N3 06.281 E101 37.928
Business hours: 11.30 am to 5pm. Off days not fixed.


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Previously when I was introduce to Anuar’s Fish Head Curry & Indian Apam at Lucky Garden, I was told that this malay food stall also offer great food. Decided to come by since I am on my way back to ease my cravings for apam. Yusof Tomyam is another stall ad the far end that enjoys good business at night.

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Its funny to see how the guy look at me while eating. .  I can see in the kicthen its operate by young malay chef and its quite busy in there with a few chef in a line.

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 This is one of a very traditional Indian apam next to this Malay stall that I am craving for.

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Since I was told that thier Tomyum and fish range are a must order then I ordered Ikan Bawal Goreng Tiga Rasa. When it was serve, the aroma of it is so fragrant and can still smell the freshly fried fish smell. The fish is fried to perfection that the skin and tail is so crisps that shower along with this gravy that is so fragrant, with light spicy and sour end. The more I take on the gravy, the more spicy it had become as it cook along with chili padi. NExt is  telur bistik which I forgot to take picture on. Egg fried in gravy that pair with my rice perfectly well.

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Here comes the Tomyum Chicken. Loving it as it has well balance of spicy and sour to my liking. Chicken is soft that they did not over cook it.

Overall if you are asking me where to get nice Halal food or nice malay food in Bangsar, certainly this is one of the stall that I would be recommending. Decent pricing and the food is above average.

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-= KA CHING =-

Food rating 8/10 , Recommended for Malay food-

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

Location:
Yusof Tomyam
Gerai No. 13
Lorong Ara Kiri 3
Lucky Garden
Bangsar
59100 Kuala Lumpur
GPS Coordinates: N 3 07.685 E 101 40.124

Have some of you enjoy your little long weekend over Wesak Day? I did, I had a great party and great dining while I am at Penang. I had lunch with my friend to a place which I have not been since I was a kid. Yap, this shop is quite old already as when I was a kid my grandpa used to bring me here for his favourite plate of chicken rice.

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Kedai Makanan & Minuman Hock Seong Choon that located at Penang Road house this famous chicken rice that is quite extra ordinary. A place used to be so famous 20 years ago and till date still standing tall on its business with their very own regular. Offering traditional Chicken Rice in another way, that Dark/Black soy sauce is one of the  main ingredient for the chicken.

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 The shop is more well know for their dark chicken instead of the white ones.

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Dining in here can be another experience as this is one of a few rare coffee shop that still maintain its classic dining area with wooden cubical at the side and wooden table and plastic chairs in the  middle area, along with cheque titles that remains the heritage look of it.

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A normal plate of Hainanese Chicken Rice for single person comes in a side plate of chicken, a bowl of soup and I did order extra herbal egg to go on. @ RM 4-RM 10

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Oily rice are used here as they cook the rice with some chicken soup to make it more fragrant. Little ginger is detected.

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AS for the special homemade dark soy sauce are added ontop of the roast chicken, to make it more fragrant, not too dry and easy to eat. The taste is little sweet salty and I would prefer my side of chicken is drumstick. Love the chicken texture at that part and my friend whom usually do not eat chicken breast and he would only eat here as the sauce did tone down the hardness and make it nice to chew.

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Although the famous one are the roast chicken, I like the white chicken more as the texture of the meat is smooth and cook to perfection along with the sauce added on makes it taste much better.

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Herbal egg is a little disappointed as with the term Herbal Egg, there is not much taste of herbal is detected. This herbal egg is ordered separately from the coffee shop owner.

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To make the chicken taste more interesting, try to pair with their very own homemade green chili sauce dressing, light spicy with sourish end and you will enjoy all 4 taste in one plate.

This place do bring back alot memories for me and if you are looking for something little different from the rest of Hainanese Chicken Rice, then its good to try it this version here.

*NON-Halal

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 6.5/10, pretty okay -Stamped-

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

Location:
Kedai Makanan & Minuman Hock Seong Choon
Penang Road
(Corner of Lorong Bertam)
Next to Komtar Bus Station

It had been quite a while since I last visited this shop that used to be one of my favourite shop to come for ‘Tong Sui’ and some kuih when I used to stay in Loke Yew. Kedai Makanan dan Minuman PMK still maintain one of my favourite place to come by as I usuall come here pretty late around 9’ish whereby most of the stuff sold out but still can get those what I want.

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Kedai Makanan dan Minuman PMK is located nearby Pudu Plaza where its not hard to find. A simple coffee shop that offer local delicacies that are pretty well known for their Chinese deserts and snacks that can satisfy my crave easily, would say one of the best stall in KL for tong sui.

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Price in here are very decent . . .

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Its a simple kopitiam seating arrangement. . .

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Some of their signature kuih .. .

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My Ginger soup with Tong Yuen, is one of my favourite. I used to hate ginger soup as time pass by I learn to accept and start to like it. Ginger soup base here is slightly strong and spicy and those who do not prefer the strong taste would end up disliking it. Comes with sesame filling and pair perfectly with the soup base.

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Another one of my favourite is Herbal Egg Tea, that not many places can cook this tong sui very well. One which I often make a take away as its too good to be miss. Mild in taste yet light fragrant on herbal taste make it a good soup to turn down. Comes with an herbal egg too.

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As when I crave for dumplings, here would be an option that price is reasonable yet comes generous ingredient.

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If any of you do pass by here, here is definitely one of the place to drop by for visit especially on their ‘tong sui’. Well, another recommended place by me.

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 8/10, drop by for nice tong sui~recommended!!~ -Stamped-

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

Location:
PMK
Jalan Kancil off Jalan Pudu,
50490 Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia.
GPS: 3.136044,101.713319

Operating Hours: 1 p.m. – 12 midnight,

closed on Tuesdays


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