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In Japan or as seen in a movie, there are alot of small little famous eatery around neighborhood that hidden around a corner. There are a new hidden gem in the heart of KL with many of my friends saying that I did not know there are actually a Japanese restaurant there regardless they walk by that route almost daily. Ozeki Italia is actually a new restaurant that located at Ground Floor of Wisma Cosway, directly oppostive Novotel Hotel. A small little restaurant that operate not more than 4 months that serve pork along that had slowly gaining its reputation among local food hunter.

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Its not a huge restaurant that estimated full house capacity about 50 pax at one go. Therefore, to dine here, it is highly recommended to make your reservation. I always love Japanese cuisine and as far I as understand there are actually very less Japanese Chef explore other part of the world to learn other country cuisine and to my surprise  the current head chef had resides in Italy for 30 years and had been travelling around small town to learn their recipe therefore OZEKI Italia is actually a combination of Japanese and Italian cuisine that sparks the interest in me.

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The ambiance certainly do give me I am ship to Japan to dine in those small little outlet which alot customers are willing to queue for their good food.

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With the quality of chef produce, the price is definitely reasonable and apologize for the blur menu.

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IF you are adventourous then leave your meal to the chef as our first dish came out right from chef’s idea is Chef’s Recommendation @ RM58. Grilled Fresh Sanma with Bacon Tomato Sauce. ITs a very unique combination here with first hint of fresh sweetness of seafood is tasted then follow by strong seasoning of green gravy on top of it which is strong sourish salty. Regarding on this dish, it is best to pair with white wine and I think it will absolutely bring out the freshness and taste of it.

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I have always love pork burger and this is one of a unique dish, Polpetine @ RM 32. Duck hamburg steak served with spinach sauteed, dry raisin, pine nuts & topped with half boiled egg and chef special Japanese sauce

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We were brief by the manager, there are actually 2 ways in eating this. Original purpose,  you will poke on the egg yolk to let it ooze out and pair it along. There are also people dislike the taste mixture, you remove the egg yolk to the side of the plate then only poke as only little part is mix with then only pair along. The difference I got is, original taste without egg yolk taste much better but with egg yolk dipping with the soy sauce on plate makes it better as for after taste.

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Home made bread as I whack 3 of this. ITs so good, soft and serve pippin hot which is fresh from the oven. Rarely you will find such a great bread especially the charcoal bread that made in house by the chef.

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Something looks ordinary which is Insalata Prosciutto RM 28 – Mixed salad, Parma ham, grapes, Mozzarella cheese with Japanese dressing. Parma ham taste, fresh finely slice and mozzarella cheese give the well balance sweetness of the salad makes it a superb dish. Recommended!

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DiavoleRM 38 – grilled marinated spring chicken with Japanese Citron Pepper and Olive oil, served with potato & mushroom sautee, dressed with japanese citron pepper and balsamico sauce. A young age chicken being well marinate and grill to perfection that the meat is juicy and soft with the light seasoning is enough to make the taste awesome~

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I have always finding it hard to find good Rissoto. I must say that this Risotto OstricheRM 34 is one of the best I have come across especially from a Japanese Chef that cook it so authentic. Risotto cooked with assorted Mushroom & Parmigiano cheese topped with steamed Japan oyster on Hot Sizzling Plate. Something simple that keeps me digging into it until its finish then I stop. Cook to perfection that its just moist enough and taste of mushroom and parmigiano cheese well balance. Recommended~

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Spaghetti MerluzoRM 48 .Spaghetti tossed with homemade corn marigold paste, cooked & chopped garlic and olive oil; topped with grilled black cod fish with Japanese soya sauce, sprinkled with Japanese assorted chilli pepper

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Indeed it is a very satisfying meal and its hard to find one eatery that offer such authentic food. Not only that before I walk off they have dinner buffet on every Sunday and price is very reasonable. Surely I am coming back for more.

Before I end this, a new discovery is that, in this restaurant they have chef that specially cook to cater on our local taste as they have discover that different people especially Chinese have stronger taste bud therefore the food cook on the day will be specially for you as in the kitchen they are being inform its Chinese guest. If it is Japanese diner then it will be tone down according to the authentic taste. For me, it is best to let the restaurant manager or the person that took your order saying you prefer authentic taste. Again it is up to you as you cant complain as you wish to try it out.

Highly recommended restaurant if you wish to try out some authentic taste and please bare in mind with food that you are not familiar with, please request the manager how you enjoy best of your food.

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*NON-Halal

All pictures and video taken with Samsung NX 210 

Location:
Ozeki Italian Cuisine
Wisma Cosway, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2148-9390
Open daily for lunch and dinner.

One of my favourite place that I used to hang out in Jakarta when I was based there quite a while is Menteng. Supper spot there is like those few particular place that must drop by or my friend often feed me along as they know I just love their food.

Menteng is slightly off from Jakarta City it self, not too far yet is about 15 minutes away only for night drive. If you are talking about day time traffic easily 30-45 minutes?

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Menteng street food or hawker center is rather famous to the locals yet slightly commercialize too as its located not too far from the city and offer variety of local hawker food that I love. Its actually one of my favourite hawker area for night spot in Jakarta

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Of course while you are seating in this busy hawker center, please beware on your personal belongings. . .

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Variety of local food you can hunt for as I always eat those usuals. ..

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Their local hawker food with cute little cart all stack by side by side and people here are very harmony, as they help each other in their business and lend a helping hand to serve and order.

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My bakso soup.

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If you want some challenge in your food, add in their super spicy chili sauce as only a 2 spoon full is enough to make me drench in sweat.

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Nasi Goreng Gila – (direct translation – Crazy Fried Rice) as they have lots of ingredient, whereby it means, what ever ingredient they have on their cart, they just cook everything along in it. One of my favourite too. RP7000 – RM 2.30

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Then my sate that I will not miss which is totally different from Malaysia version especially with the seasoning and the gravy that added on.

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Sate Kicap (Soy Sate)  is usually my favourite and add on with their local sambal. slightly sweet as on their soy sauce, thick in gravy with their own mixture and sambal kicks the flavour up on spicy side. I usually order in mutton.

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My all time favourite is roti bakar with cheeze and chocolate rice. Just awesome as some of you might find it sweet, yet this is one of the best toast I come accross, heavy for supper? NOpe as you will fall in love with it.

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You will have a street band playing for you, as they go around tables. You can just tip them any amount you wish.

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If you do get a chance to visit Jakarta, Drop by this hakwer center

Location:

Jalan HOS Cokroaminoto No.79
Menteng
10310 DKI JAKARTA
INDONESIA

Operating hours: 8pm onwards

(the hawker center is next to Hotel Formula 1)

Tropicana is one of my favourite mall for movies based on convinience in parking, much less people and cheaper by 10%. One of the reason its nearer to my house and office. Well, there are actually some eatery in Tropicana that serve pretty decent food that I small little shop that I have dine pretty often is Tuan Yuen that serve Taiwanese food at Lower Ground, same area as Tea Chansii or Carrefour Level.

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Bare in mind that Taiwanese food are mild in taste, not as heavy taste as our local food.

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This little shop is a small family business that operate by both the ‘tau keh so’ and her son along with 2 worker. The owner herself is from Taiwan that had migrated to Malaysia and starting up this business to promote Taiwanese food. Since I came back from Taiwan, this is something that is quite near to Taiwan food taste and sadly to say she is tweaking the taste to suits our local taste bud.

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Price is pretty decent that starts from RM7.50 and quite a huge range of Taiwanese food that you can choose from.

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One of my favourite is the dumpling that you must order, Me and ken love it alot as we find its pretty similiar to Taiwan. Something simple to start off with.

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Taiwanese sausage is pretty simple and direct whereby you can eat it in most of the night market . . .

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Taiwanese Style Extra spicy Beef Rice @ RM 11.90

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One of their signature is this Big Meal Beef Noodle, Extra Spicy @ RM 11.90 that I often order. Colour of the soup gives you the impresion that its not spicy and after a few sips of the soup, it will make your tongue numb as, spiciness are more towards Szechuan style. Loving it~ noodle are not cook consistant as it is suppose to be smooth and thin while eating and it have to depends on who cook it. If cook by both the owner or the son it taste good, and if its the worker, it would be usually overcook.

Beef slices are soft and goes well with noodle. They do prepare tissue for you on the table for you to wipe your sweat off. :D, Those who could not take spicy dish, it is not adviseable to order this, or maybe you can request the owner to toned it down for you.

Another thing that its a must order in here is their Winter Melon Tea. One of the best by far that I often came here to make a take away. I personally feel that it beats any of the bubble milk tea shop out there.

One of my personal fav Taiwanese shop.

*Pork Free

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 8/10, simple and nice . !

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

Location:
Tuan Yuen Taiwanese Food
Lower Ground (same level as Carrefour)
Tropicana City Mall,
PJ

For me, whenever I travel or I know I have a friend in that country, the first thing I always will ask them is what is the best food you would recommend me to eat? I would want to have famous local food, then go to your favourite place to eat. . . Ra-Men Bankara

One thing that I have in common with Goft is our taste bud pretty much the same and by far what ever she recommend the food so far all of us are very satisfied! When we were back from Pattaya we head to Chatuchak Market  where the most famous market in Bangkok, after that, then she recommend that we MUST try out this place which is very famous for ramen is known as Ra-Men Bankara which she rate the best ramen in Bangkok so far in her preference list.

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Bankara Ramen is also known as a famous franchise chain from Tokyo that very well known for its soup base that available in 4 different types.

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I love the whole concept of this outlet, as the ambiance gives you a tradition of Japanese Culture on how those what we seen in the Japanese movie.

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They also have private seating area more like a group of 6. . .. .

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Or a bit more open dining area . . .

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One of the unique thing is that this ramen shop provide you fresh garlic and the equipment for you to squash your garlic onto the noodle. . .

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and this is what I call a Ramen shop that have sesame, chili oil and 2 other sauce ready for you to add onto your bowl of ramen to bring it up to your own preference taste.

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Its a very simple menu that they have, then with the mini side bar there is those add on ingredients.

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All of us having headache on what to order and it seems like every thing looks good!

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Therefore we leave our dinner faith to Goft based on her recommendation.

I guess that, most of us had travel more frequent now compare to last time, thanks to AirAsia that had made Asian country near with their cheap flights. During last round of Zero fare, I was unable to get those destination cheap then ended up with a very last minute decision heading to Bandung Trip with very cheap fare of return ticket RM85.

I had travel with AirAsia couple of times and this would consider the worst as my flight first got re-schedule for both heading to Bandung and Returning that had cut off our time there a lot. Then when heading to Bandung, flight got delay, then heading back to Malaysia, flight also delay. I guess this would be my very first experience in this. Aiiii. . . .

Direct flight journey was pleasent with their friendly crew from Indonesia that took us about 2 hours journey to reach.

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Bandara Husein Sastranegara Bandung is a very small air port.

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After we happily spending some time taking pictures at the landed area, then we have to pay the price for being in the line around 45 minutes. With only 2 immegration counter opened as we are the last flight to be in for the day. As we head out from the area was nearly 10.30pm.

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Then I told Agnes that I want to try out local food, and Bandung being a small town, as around 11pm most of the shops are close and very limited area to get for food, she manage to think of this warung, Warung Nasi Ampera (Ampera Restaurant) which is famous for their very local cuisine, that served Sudanese food. (Sudanese is West Java ethnic), that operates 24 hours.

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This famous chain restaurant started as early in 1970’s in the capital city of West Java and till to date they have operations of 50 branches around Indonesia and around 30 branches are in Bandung itselves.

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With their dining area, classic warung decoration style that potray most of their culture, its something like our Kopitiam style.

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As I see the price list, it is quite reasonable.

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The way the served are more like our economy rice style, that the bench is filled with array of food, then you can pick what you want they will heat it up for you.

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One of their signature classic dish is with this vegetable dip with their very own local sambal.

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The sambal might be just the look and let me tell you, you dip a bit  then you will feel the flame coming out from your mouth. Its soo spicy yet it is tasty. A must try~

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Their local tea taste abit like our Teh KwanYin with ginger served warm.

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My all time favourite drink in Indonesia is Teh Botol Sosro. Hardly miss.

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This is what they Called Lalab, fresh vegetable with sambal which is one of the popular entree for Sudanese Cuisine.

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Then Agnes and Mosandy order the food for us to share, and they don provide fork and spoon, we have to eat it by using our fingers. Another new challenging thing for me to do yet I have to snap pictures. Petai is good, that the smell of it is not too strong, fermented Tofu had unique in taste, that goes along with rice is perfect. Ribs is highly recommeded, with its soft and juicy meat that I ended order another 2 more. Beef Brisket that had been deep fried with their own spices is another dish to aim for.

At the end of the meal, we had a very satisfy local delights to begin our food and shopping journey. A recommended place by me if you are aiming for local food.

Location:
Warung Nasi Ampera
Jl. Pajajaran No. 133
Bojonegara, Bandung – 40172
West Java, Indonesia

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As the time was not too early nor too late, then Mosandy suggest us to head to one of their famous bar on the weekend which is Sobbers. Consider one of the hottest place on weekend with certain occasions, there will be special DJ spinning in da house.

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As I walked into the place, I am very suprise to see the interior of it. Contemporary style yet very cosy place to hang out with friends.

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With their outside area are filled with rattan chairs with soft pillow for us to seat in and the temperature for the night is chill around 20 degree which such a good weather for beer and chilling.

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As for inside, the VIP area are filled with sofa’s to host you and your friends. ..

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Another area. .. . .

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and if you feel like grooving around on the dance floor, it is located directly infront of the DJ deck with some stools at the bar counter and I just cannot imagine how it is gonna be like on weekend.  What can we expect on Tuesday night crowd with many of them have to work on the next day.

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The dance floor is quite spacious for grinding and dancing. . .:D

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When I flip thru the drinks menu, one columm that certainly caught me by suprise is the price for the beer. Guess how much is it for a bigger jug then ours of Heineken? I was price only at RM28 and for a Tower of 3L, it is price at RM55. Its so cheapppppppppp . .. .

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My friends from Bandung left, Agnes and her best friend Mosandy, a crazy guy . .. .

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Lets Absolute it with drinks if weekend comes ahead.

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Sobbers one of a good bar to look forward to hang out if you are in the town on weekend. Do check it out.

Location:
Sobbers
Located along Jalan Setiabudi, (directly next to Rumah Mode factory outlet as most of the taxi driver know bout this place)

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After all those hang out spots, went to check in at our guesthouse Rumah Ebo, which is situated along the famous factory outlet at Dago area which is just 5 minutes walk out.

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looking through at the net, alot of travellers recommend this place with hits cleaninness and the rate of it. It was only RM100 per night or around ID270,000.

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Its a very environmental friendly guesthouse with a huge garden inbetween that seperates the opposite room.

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2 single bed with attach bathroom and if you want to save cost, those without bathroom is cheaper. There are no closet for you to hang our clothes except those on the wall above the TV.

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Both the toilet and room is very clean and we are satisfied with it.

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Breakfast are served but do not expect buffet style at guesthouse. We consider its pretty good already with breads and porridge available.

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Coffee and Tea too . .. . After that we head to our shopping spree (click here)

For more info on Rumah Ebo: visit their website: http://rumahebo.wordpress.com/

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 (???)
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