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When I was driving to this place, it seems like the area would not have a bar as it seems out from Old Klang Road. Indeed Sakura Den located at Off Old Klang Road is actually in Kampung Pasir area. After checking this place out, this would be one of a recommended speakeasy bar in Old Klang Road to hunt for.

This hidden bar in KL is head by Arsenio Mariano Jr., better known as Ash. Holding up as winner of the Bar Awards Luminaries 2019. With his vast exploration around South East Asia had is making his drinks quite adventurous.  A local mixologist Sabahan that did pretty outstanding drinks with local infusion.

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A  place where the regulars come often for their usual drink with a glass or two before heading back to their home.

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Cocktail’s Creed, which takes place every Sunday from now until March 2020, sets guests up for a surprise with every drink. Going against the grain, Ash prefers that you tell him the flavours or ingredients you don’t like, and he’ll conjure up a custom cocktail that just might make your favourites list.

Select 2 cocktails for RM70+ or 3 cocktails for RM90+ and journey with Ash through unique flavour profiles derived from using house-made ingredients such as ginseng flower and tongkat ali infusions, peach gum, and jujube syrup. Ask him about Mexican worm salt aka sal de gusano and he’ll be happy to oblige your curiosity.

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For some quick snacks/bites, hit on  their :
1. Tomato Salsa Bruschetta  with feta cheese @ RM16+
2. Chili Garlic Prawns served with garlic bread @ RM18+
3. Fish Metti catfish with coriander, butter and Parmesan cheese baked with garlic bread @ RM18+

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For a start, we try out his signature: Birds Nest Kinsey Gin, Birds Nest, Peach Gum Infused With Longan Jujube Syrup & Ume @ RM 48. Clever mix of flavour that gives you hint of longan jujube along with peach gum gives you the substitute of bird next texture and gin that goes well with it. A nice balance of flavour.

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Twisted Queen – Brugal Blanco, Carpano Antica Formula, Mangosteen Juice, Pandan Syrup, Lime @ RM 36

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For a simple light drink to go with, as I want to maintain my palate for the night simple. Ginza SpritzKinsey Gin, Mathilde Poire Liqueur, Nigori Yuzushu, Shiso leaves, Lemon and a splash of Soda @ RM 38 is one of a right drink to hunt for. Simple yet spot on with few flavours that linger in your mouth.

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This is like the limited edition bottle or its supply is very limited, only 1000 bottles produce a year. Ume Hi One of a very unique flavour. Its kind of must try if you are a gin lover. A clean and refreshing cocktail that uses Benichu 19° – an oak barrel matured umeshu.

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Kopi Jantan – an espresso based cocktail with a local influence using our house-infused Borghetti liqueuer with Tongkat Ali root. A rather interesting cocktail that gives you hint of bitterness yet liquier is not too strong but slightly prominent.

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I am a big fan of Negroni and especally smokey negroni. However for their version  of Sakura Negroni Sakurao Original, Umeshu,Chartreuse Gentiano @ RM 48. There is a slight twist. It is refershing yet, a strong lingering flavour of chartreuse and mild after sourness from umeshu is kinda interesting twist after it.

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Now I really know there is this hidden speakeasy bar that serve pretty good cocktail. Even  better if you are indecisive, just inform Ash on your flavour profile  and ask him to surprise you. I think that would be quite adventurous.

Location:
Sakura Den
First Floor,
24, Jalan Kampung Pasir,
Kampung Pasir,
58200 Kuala Lumpur,

Operating Hours: 5pm – 1am

TeL: 012-393 8627

Kimi-Ya Japanese Restaurant is like a hidden restaurant located under a residence tower at Old Klang Road. Consider as one of a mid-high end range of Japanese Restaurant that offer variety of classic cuisine.

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You get a Japanese Zen entrance with some classic design. A classic combination of modern interior with classic touch. If you love to see chef performing cutting on sashimi, then opt for bar area.

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Kimi-Ya menu has huge varieties, covering dishes from appetizers, salad to sushi, sashimi, agemono, teishoku, udon, soba, Japanese curry, nimono, yakimono, dessert, among others.

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Sashimi Mori Ume (7 Kind) to start off with. The fresh ingredient of chef choice will be serve in this portion.

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Something more premium, then Maguro Don would be one of a good choice, love the cut of the fish and just hit the sashimi spot that I crave.

 

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The classic that I usually order for sharing portion is Unagi Cheese Roll and Avocado Ebi Mentai Roll.

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Japan Ayu Shioyaki

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Another great dish for sharing portion is their Ribeye Shabu Shabu. Love the shoyu sauce that they add in it, and the clarity of the soup. Sweet and fragrant, dipping along with finely cut thin slice ribeye is just nice

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This is my favourite of the day. Something very simple yet a perfect classic dish that I have been looking for. Zaru Somen is handmade daily from premium flour from Japan, and serve with quail egg and home special soy sauce.

Way to eat 1:
What I have been thought to eat this is: to pour the quail egg onto the noodle to make it creamy, then lift the noodle, dip it into the soy sauce and, stir it for quick 1-3 second and eat it.

Way to eat 2:
in this restaurant the chef thought me the other way. Add in the quail egg into the soy sauce base without breaking the yolk. This is to preserve the smoothness of somen then take the somen and dip into the soy sauce for 1-3 second. This will give you the best taste where the somen is smooth, make it slightly creamy and soy sauce fragrant coat nicely onto it. A nice balance of noodle, soy sauce and egg.

you can try both ways to see what is the different.

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If you got budget, this is the best of the day. A5 Wagyu (120 grams) @ RM 128 A perfertly grilled wagyu that outer layer is just thinly grilled and inside is still medium rare. the fats that it have that near to melt in your mouth texture. Recommended.

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After visiting Tokyo, I have been looking out Dashimaki Tamago Yaki. Still looking for one that cooks pretty good.

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Mizu Shingen Mochi

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Yuzu Sobet, Goma Ice Cream,  Matcha Shiratama Zenzai

February 2018 Special:
Akimo (Monkfish Liver) @ RM26
Valid from 1st February 2018 until 28th February 2018

Location:
KIMI-YA JAPANESE RESTAURANT
G-2, Avantas Residences,
162, Jalan Klang Lama,
58000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +013 239 3406

Parking: Free Valet parking (when dine in at Kimi-Ya), indoor visitor parking

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KimiYa.Malaysia/

Business Hours:
Mon to Thurs Lunch: 12.00pm – 3.00pm | Dinner 6.00pm – 10.30pm
Fri to Sun Lunch: 11.30am – 3.00pm | Dinner 6.00pm – 11.00pm

One of a local Korean Bar – PowerPlant is one of my favourite place to dine and hang out. Great Food, music and ambiance along with excellent service. PowerPlant sits inside this new neighbourhood mall – Pearl Shopping Gallery at Old Klang Road.

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Instead of a bucket of beer, we order a bucket of soju as we are here again for Marcus’s Birthday.

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One of my favourite is their Signature Garlic Soy Chicken wings @ RM 24. Deep fried chicken wings coated in their signature garlic soy glaze with pickle at the side.

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Charcoal Grilled Pizza – Power PLant Luncheon Meat and Kimchi Pizza @ RM 31.80. – pork luncheon meat, kimchi, green & yellow onions, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and power plants special gochujang marinara sauce.

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This was favourite of the night or usually we would not miss this if we are here. Their signature Hot Pot. We tried both before :

  1. Pork Belly & Pork Luncheon @ RM 37
  2. Baby Shrimp & Squid @ RM 44.50 

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This hotpot is actually one of the best if were to compare the places I have tried. Love the punch of instant spiciness, slightly thick soup base which is so flavourful and refill soup. My personal favourite is the one with luncheon meat.

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Galbi Quesadilla @ RM 26.50 – Korean style wrap, gochujang pork, yellow onions, bacon & cheese sandwich in between a warm wheat tortilla.

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Since there were many of us this round, we also ordered their Pork Knuckle with an interesting name: PowerPlant Kaki Babi @ RM 65.50. Not really that fantastic but the skin crust is pretty good.

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PowerPlant Ribs & Frieds @ RM 67.50 – Korean pork ribs, slathered with sticky & spicy sesame dakgalbi glaze.

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Bailey Cheesecake @ RM 26.50 is quite an interesting one. Frozen cheesecake cubes tossed with fruits and almons in a Nutella laced cup served with a shot of Baileys.

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Power – Plant @ RM 18.80 

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Hot pot that I added cheese in it.

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PowerPlant Kimchi Bacon Bombs @ RM 27.50 – perfect for bacon lover, kimchi and mozzarella cheese, wrapped with bacon, then breaded and deep fried.

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Fun night with the usual great bunch. If you are here, you can consider avoid ordering their mains as the price are slightly on the high side. However, there are a few items is worth for you to order if you are first time visiting this place:

  1. HotPot
  2. Chicken Wings
  3. Pizza

**NON-Halal**

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 8.5/10, pretty good – !! -Stamped-

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

Location:
Powerplant Malaysia
Ground Floor, Pearl Shopping Gallery,
Jalan Sepadu, Off Old Klang Road,
Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-7971-6732

Operating Hours:
Daily : 10am – 1.30am

Just found out that I have been to this restaurant 2 years ago during my birthday celebration in this Chinese restaurant, Youmiqi Cuisine at Old Klang Road, KL. It is also a cuisine from a small province in China which is pronounced as Shunde (顺德), is a district of Foshan in the Pearl River Delta, Guangdong. It is also the birth place of Canto Cuisine.

This place is indeed a hidden gem in KL that serve pretty good China food.

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Parking space here is very limited, however one good added point is they do have jockey service.

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If you do swing by here on weekend, do remember to put up a reservation as it is constantly fully book.

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As we arrived, we were very hungry and this is the first classic dish we hit on while waiting for others. China style Chee Cheong Fun. Smooth and fragrant yet it is indeed simple and nice.

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Simple fried long beans with black bean sauce.

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A plate of classic China Fried potato is a must. Shreded into slices and fried with chili oil is indeed simple and good.

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Another classic dish of their signature is Claypot with Chinese Sausage @ RM38 /portion. that is topped with a lot of greens. Till it is a bit dry then stir it around and mix well. You will get then the even taste of flavour with some minir burnt end which makes it good.

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Classic steam pork ribs with black fungus. Soft, juicy with hint of ginger and nice fragrant soy sauce is good!

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One of the famous item in YouMiQi is their Hotpot of Seafood (太古火焰鱼) that is serve in a big work filled with seafood, then filled with their special broth and cook for 5 minutes before eating.  Love the taste of the broth. Thick, smooth and creamy yet rich in flavour.

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Another signature item from this restaurant is Roasted Standing Ovation Chicken (顺德栋企) @ RM 88.00. Standing tall like a flag pole is this nicely placed chicken that smells very good upon serving. Golden skin is indeed tempting and it is crispy. The drip of chicken stock is at the side and you can use to dip it with your meat. Stock is fragrant with slight herb taste, and dip it to enhance the taste of the chicken.

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Happy birthday to myself 2 years ago. 😀

This place indeed do serve good food. Will come back again.

*NON-halal

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 8/10, pretty good food!.-Stamped-

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

Location:
OUMIQI CUISINE
57 Batu 3 Jalan Klang Lama
Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-7980-0855

Open: 11.00am-3.00pm; 6.00pm-11.00pm

Drove pass by this nice building at Old Klang Road a few times and very curious what is it about till recently we went to check it out aas they are  1st authentic Taiwanese imperial served-to-table hot pot buffet in Malaysia known as Taiwanese Chun Ciou Hot Pot Buffet (台湾自助式火锅 春秋战锅 ) at RM 75++, only 2 hour dining time.

[27.3.2018: Was told by my friend recently that their quality had dropped] 

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As you walk in the main door, I am amaze on how they transform the place into such a classic place.

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Love the ambiance and it is quite spacious between you and next table. They have 1st floors in this building as I felt that if you love nice ambiance then ground floor do give you a lovely ambiance. If you love more privacy then 1st floor would be more ideal. More quiet and table is quite far apart from each other.

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This buffet is quite similiar like Sukiya, just that they have more variety.

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特选肉品 Specially Selected Meats
将军霜降牛 Australian Striploin
霜王雪花牛 Australian Ribeyes
诸葛嫩肩里肌羊 Lamb Shoulder Roll
干将梅花猪 Pork Belly
莫邪烟熏猪前腿 Pork Shoulder
春秋鸡柳条 Chicken Fillet
金陵樱桃鸭 Duck Roll

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One of their signature is this Australian Striplion serve in a rack that do have a little gimmick with dry ice upon serving.

火锅料 Other Steamboat Ingredients
章鱼烧 Taro Fish Ball
诚心丸 Sincere Ball
咖啦鱼丸 Curry Fish Ball
芝士海鲜豆腐 Cheese Seafood Bean Curd
芝士虾丸 Cheese Prawn Ball
虾球王 Premium Prawn Ball
红心丸 Red Heart Ball
香菇鱼丸 Mushroom Fish Ball
精品墨鱼丸 Premium Cuttlefish Ball
鱼包花枝 Fish and Squid Mixture
火腿肉丸 Ham Ball
白 鱼丸 White Fish Ball
鲍鱼片 Abalone Slice
百页豆腐 Special Tofu
玉字烧 Tamago

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副食 Side Dishes
乌冬面 Udon Noodles / 冬粉 Dongfen / 菠菜面 Spinach Noodles /
腐竹 Beancurd Skin / 豆腐卜Beancurd Puff / 油条 Fried Breadstick
 
蔬菜类 Vegetables
红萝卜 Carrot / 白萝卜 White Carrot / 南瓜 Pumpkin / 卷心菜 Cabbage /
鲍鱼菇 Abalone Mushroom / 金针菇 Golden Mushroom / 香菇 Mushroom /
西红枣 Tomota / 山药 Chinese Yam / 红薯 Sweet Potato / 毛瓜 Chieh Gua /
木耳 Chinese Fungus / 大白菜 Bok Choy / 油麦 Yau Mak / 茄子 Eggplant

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Their “Nu Rou Rice” is damm good too as it is pack with flavours.

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As for your drink counter, it is free flow and do try out their Taiwanese tea.

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酱料 Sauces & Condiments
青葱 Green Onion
大蒜 Chopped Garlic
辣椒 Chilli Sauce
泰国辣酱 Thai Chill Sauce
水果酱 Fruit Sauce
沙茶酱 Satay Paste
酱油 Soy Sauce
香菜 Parsley
芝麻酱 Sesame Sauce
豆腐乳 Fermented Bean Curd

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6 types of soup bases available ~ Sukiyaki Soup, Lakesalt Soup, Tonkatsu Soup, Spicy Soup, Herbal Soup, Tonyam Soup

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We try their  Sukiyaki Soup, Lakesalt Soup, Tonkatsu Soup, & Spicy Soup as we felt Taiwanese steamboat choose tomyum is very weird.

Their Signature soup is Sukiyaki Soup & Lakesalt Soup and I believe alot of customers like me will eventually choose Tonkatsu Soup, & Spicy Soup.

Sukiyaki soup is pretty solid in taste that you can taste hint of nice aroma of soy with sweet end. If you soup is too thick or too sweet, there is a bottle of water for you at the table to add on to dilute. For Lake Salt Soup is pretty interesting is more like a clear pork bone soup. First when you taste it is pretty clear as the more ingredinets you dump into it, the soup become more solid. (these 2 soup start off with clear version as you dip more the soup become more solid and tasty)

Tonkatsu soup itself is already very strong, slightly creamy and aromatic as like eating Ramen. As the more you put ingredient in, it will become more salty. Do note that that Taiwanese Spicy soup is not meat to be very spicy like Sze Chuan. Their verison is slightly clear, and fragrant with mild spices. (these 2 soup base will become more salty as you add in more ingredient)

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Each of us are prepared with a mini slim tray of ingredient.

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This is their signature sauce known as  Chun Ciou Signature Sauce (招牌酱汁) from the raw ingredients!
Just follow these 4 simple steps below:
Step 1. Put Sesame Sauce into the bowl (Put more for sweeter taste)
Step 2. Add Egg Yolk for a smoother texture
Step 3. Add finely-chopped fresh Spring Onions (Add more for better texture)
Step 4. Sprinkle some Shichimi Powder (Add more for spicier flavour)

This golden egg yolk sukiyaki sauce which helps enhance the meat texture and juiciness while bringing down the hot pot heat on the meat.

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Tommy helping us out to dump all the ingredient into the hotpot.

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This is also one of their signature as this might sound weird but their Muar Chi is air flown from Taiwan into this restaurant and purpose is to put into hotpot. Just put about 1-2 minute then you can take it out and eat. Do be caution as the sesame filling in it is hot. It is more like a dessert for me. Love the chewy texture and not too strong sesame taste.

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Their wasabi ball is a must have too as it burst with aroma and makes you burst into wasabi flame too. Do eat with caution too as in there is a little soup base in it. Do take insta story of your friends expression.

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This is my version of sauce, as another of their local favourite is their fruit sauce. Fragrant in fruit aroma yet little sour and spicy/.

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When you are done, they do have in house dessert such as:

甜品 Desserts
柠檬砂糖片 Sweet Lemon Slice
红豆汤 Red Bean Soup
冰淇淋 Ice Cream
Chun Ciou Hot Pot Malaysia Price List 
Adults Lunch: Mon to Fri from 12noon to 3pm RM60++
Adults Dinner: Mon to Fri from 5pm to 11pm RM75++
Adults All Day: Sat & Sun RM75+

Location:

Chun Ciou Hot Pot (春秋战锅)
Lot 306, Batu 3,
Jalan Klang Lama,
58000 Kuala Lumpur.

Contact: 012-6882860, 016-5454348, 018-2776503
Facebook: fb.com/chunciouhotpotmalaysia

Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/uFzzyRNQ2WN2

Chunciou Hot Pot 马来西亚春秋战锅 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Constantly I am here for my favourite bowl of Pippin hot Ah Tee Pan Mee and always curious on this shop EaThai Food which is just operating next to them. Till we decided to give them a try and found out that the chef is actually from Thailand and they are running Thai Food Dai Chow street style.

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Menu is decent enough and we start ordering what our usual should be.

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creamy Red curry is serve in a steam boat wok version where it is creamy enough yet curry is very flavourful and meat is cook to perfection. Indeed a perfect combination with a bowl of rice.

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Next is of course Tom Yum seafood. Love the well balance of spicy, lime fresh sour end with little fragrant of seafood sweet taste. 

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Thai Sausage balls do give you the street style of version where it is chewy, fragrant and cracking with its skin that give you the burst flavour.

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Grill lamb is another dish not to be miss where it is well marinated and dip with chef special chili sauce will make you sweat instantly. 

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Grilled squid is just normal

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Fried Kang Kung that gives you the thai version where it is deep fried, till it is crispy. Great snacks if you have a bottle of Singha next to you, where the catch is another special sauce by the chef.

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We ordered a fish which is catch of they day, that is similiar with our sweet and sour sauce but it is Thai version. Fried with chili, lots of fine chopped onions that gives you hint of sourness, and little spicy taste at the end. 

This place is actually not bad if you are looking for Thai Dai Chow in KL. When we were there, quite number of Thai dinners are in there. 

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7.5/10, decent Thai Dai Chow street style ~ -Stamped-

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

Location:
EaThai Food
Jalan Klang Lama
(right next to Scots Garden)
direction from (Puchong towards Mid Valley Direction)

Operating Hours: 6pm till late

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