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Good food is definitely hard to find, more ever those that you found and like, quality to maintain is another challenge. One place definately did not let us down so far is Sanook Bistro and Spots Bar never let us down so far, even we patron this place numerous time as normal customer, the consistantcy of food is there. I have blog about this place before last year (click here). This restaurant is actually a hidden restaurant right in Kelana Jaya yet overlook the lake.

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As for football fans, its will be a great place to hang out too, with huge screen special beer promo and ample parking around the area. As for this year, the Godfather had decided its time to change its food menu and came out with interesting food range that never fail to impress us.

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I am totally impress with their wine menu, as this is the first time I came across a restaurant that write the characteristic of the wine and description of drinking. A totally perfect menu for me that I always have difficulties in looking for my bottle of wine yet asking the waiter/waitress they would not know what to recommend.

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As its still early, we decided to chill with their signature Margarita @ RM11. A glass that is not too strong, with perfectly blend ice filled with salt at the glass and a slice of lemon. I ended having 2 glass. 😀

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Jeng Jeng JEng.. here is the new menu, a unique way of capturing attention with chef special and road sign being install as a main attention grabber icon in the menu. BY many unique names and description in the menu have the attraction to attack us by telling us everything is good. – Dangerous!

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Gyro Lamb Pita @ RM18 – Sliced boneless marinated lamb leg with veggies & black olives, stuffed in fresh homemade pita bread packets, with special yoghurt mint mint sauce. It look rather simple like any other pita bread that I am having. With first bite, lamb being well marinated and burst with flavor as the taste is even better when you dip with their yogurt mint.

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Spicy Mermaid Salad @ RM22

For greens lover, something light to go after with seafood then it is filled with Sauteed tiger prawns & calamari rings tossed with roasted capsicums, asparagus, cubed Japanese cucumbers & romaine lettuce in Sanook’s special house dressing.

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I prefer Moogus Salad @ RM22

Grilled Sirloin Beef & Asparagus tossed with wild rocket salad topped with parmesan cheese and roasted red capsicums in house special dressings. As its just simple and I always prefer meat over seafood in salad. 😀

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Kim Yang Lamb Cutlets @ RM52

Kim’s favorite lamb cutlets coated in Korean Spices, charbroiled to perfection & accompany with Korean Kimchi. As unique as the name could tell you, this lamb certainly is one of a recommended dish in the menu. Marinated to perfection and cook to well that the meat is tender and juicy. Sauce is totally unique and nearly bone licking good.

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Masala Rib Eye @ RM42

Prime cuts of beef rib eye (250 gram) coated with chef’s special mix of garam masala, grilled to perfection and accompany by vegetable kebabs.

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A mix for us sometimes would be good as it give you the option. Again the sauce is the main item not to be miss to dip.

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Sotong Otak Otak @ RM30

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Grilled whole squid (250 grams) stuffed with prawn otak otak (spicy prawn paste), served with sambal tumis , pilaf rice, garden greens, garnished with prawn crackers, almond & fried shallots

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When I saw this in the menu, I told myself I must order this – Espresso ChickenRM25. Something its totally unique and first time I came across.

Tender chicken chop with espresso honey glazed and then roasted to perfection & served with pomelo salad, corn mojo, citrus bean salsa paired with tortilla chips. Sauce on the chicken is just amazing.

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Teriyaki Char Siew @ RM22 – Tenderly broiled chicken, brushed with special sweet soy sauce marinate, garnished with piquant plum sauce & green onions served with herbal pilaf rice

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Tom Yum Goong Pisek @ RM29 – Soup lover that love tomyum, its bad that you miss this soup as the owner himself is nearly half Thai and very particular of his soup that he needs to ensure that the soup stays authentic as possible whereby what he prefer. Spicy enough to make you go numb for a while, sourish enough to my level and a perfect companion with rice.

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I always told myself, I am going to skip their pizza this round yet I always end up ordering. SPICY THAI MANGO TUNA PIZZA. They are well famous for their hand tossed thin crust pizza. @ RM 33

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In this bar, their firewood pizza is also one of their signature item that must not miss, home made thin crust with generous filling is always a must with beer while watching football. This is totally new flavour, weird by its name but taste good in your mouth.

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Some of you might not like the sesame seed like me as I do not prefer the taste yet the aroma of lamb help me pair off the taste well. Sesame Honey Lamb Pizza @ RM35

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Marie’s Crepe Suzette @ RM17 – Freshly pan fried french crepes flavored with creamy fresh orange juice and citrus zest. Orange zest taste might be a bit strong especially taste of orange skin taste is very visible but when comes to desert its hard for me to say no. crepes are thick in a mouthful bite are just nice and orange pairs it well yet a scoop of ice cream would me it perfect!

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Every one went crazy of this Henry’s mud cake @ RM11. Serve pippin hot, small portion enough to satisfy your desert crave or end your dinner in style that mud cake is moist with warm chocolate in it.

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After reading the post, might sound that I have like praised nearly everything, well, this is the Sanook Bistro that we are expecting as it never fail us with their consistant food quality as I have mention and the chef behind all these food are just amazing to make every portion right and perfect. As far as I know their new menu is amazing.

Good for you to give it a try.

*Pork Free

Location:
Sanook Bistro and Sports Bar
C-06, Plaza Kelana Jaya, SS 7/13A,
Kelana Jaya, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Tel: 03-7877-3636

http://www.sanooking.com

I guess there is too much food to choose when you came by in a mall, not until my best friend Kheng came down to KL with his wife then they tried on first round and told me the next day during yam cha session, Bok, got one restaurant served very nice Thai food – Just Thai , you must go try. . . then I said, kia, we go again second round and to my surpise he agree. . .

*note: missing out some price and dish name (lost receipt) 😀

For me, I did not know that there are such a nice Thai restaurant located inside 1-Utama New Wing even though I walk passby 1000 times and don even bother to take a peek until I was brought here.

Just Thai which is located at the Lower Ground Floor which is directly opposite Speedy Video shop that offer great ambiance of dining with more contemporary style instead of Thai deco.

Just Thai with their quote Hospitality with a heart . . You judge yourself ..

Prize in this restaurant are pretty decent with their portion and taste.

 

Thai iced tea @ RM9

So what chu waiting for. . lets take the fork n spoon and lets eat. . .

Simple stir fried veggie was fried very aromatic and the gravy is just perfect to go along with rice.

Thai Otak-Otak which I hardly miss when comes to Thai Food, with seafood along with finely chopped coconut meat, with the gravy coated on each piece of the seafood and I kinda like it too . . .

Signature FirePot with Tomyam (4 pax)  is the star of the night. Quite spicy, and sour as me and my friends like it to be. Recommended~

One of the dish I seldom order locally because not many places can fried this very good as it cook along with basil leave till a bit dry in gravy, that makes it one of my favourite and do not know what struck me, I order this and turns out to be not bad. . .

Green Curry Chicken as up to my expectation with creammy type of curry and chicken meat was soft and eggplant did not overcook @ RM 15

Water Chestnut with Coconut Milk is not bad, a bit too sweet for me. .

Mango sticky rice with steam the rice first and mango is nice just that find the coconut dressing a bit weird in taste.

Overall, we had enjoyable time at this restaurant. . .which is my friends favourite restaurant.

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7/10, quite okay ahh~ ~-Stamped-

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

Location:
Just Thai
LG351, Lower Ground Floor
1 Utama Shopping Centre
Bandar Utama
Tel: 03-77294708
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Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and a time when Muslims across the world are required to fast each day of the entire month, from sunrise to sunset. The evenings are spent enjoying family and community meals, engaging in prayer and spiritual reflection, and reading from the Qu’ran during buka puasa time at Serena Brasserie.

This month Serena Brasserie will be featuring a lavish ‘Buka Puasa’ spread of traditional local specialties from four different Malaysian States and ‘a-la-kampung’ favourites for all to ‘berbuka puasa’, whether with families of friends.

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To the joy of festive mood, the terrace area had transform into mini hawker area with ketupat plastic lights tie around the stall to create up the ambiance. It was nice to see a little green, yellow and pinkish that holds one of the Malay cultural colour during this period.

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Wide variety of food ranges from local to eastern cuisine not to be miss.

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Salad Bar

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Local drinks with grapes, syrup with lime, Soya Bean and my favourite Corn drink.

It had been quite a long time since I last step into Pasar Malam (night market) which it had been quite a often outing with my friends during college time. Since then, had rarely been to it not until last week that got a called from my friend asking wanted to go night market which is located at OUG. This is my first time visiting night market in this area and I am quite excited to see what food range they have to offer and operating here on every Thursday starts at 6pm.

Night market in Malaysia do not have a fixed location that operate like Taiwan, if you are looking forward to go night market in Malaysia, it is advice for you to check it out which day and location. The location can spread out over Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.

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Usually my friends and me will take out some money, one person will hold it as the banker who is in charge of paying all the food and will share by all of us. On that day the place is not that packed as I expected and not that big compare to other night market.

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Besides food, of course they are stalls like selling clothes, some basic utilities, and others.

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When I saw this stall selling this Taiwan Mask a box for RM8 I nearly vomit blood with the pricing here, as I bought 3 box for RM50 at Taiwan and here is RM8 per box that makes me wonder is it fake?

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My hunting begins with this first stall ‘Papa Lai Fried Chicken’ that many people are waiting for it and thought it would be nice.

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Pricing as above. . . . .

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It sure do look like normal fried chicken and the taste is normal, nothing much to brag about, one of the reason being so long queuing is that they need to fried the chicken and a person buying one piece of it, whole group lining up.

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‘Otak-Otak Muar’ is next with promotion of buy 10 free 1 at RM 7.

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I ate it while its hot and I have just eaten better ones.

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Ice cream that sell in front of the Otak-Otak.

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Among so many food stall that I have came across, this stall is the busiest among all with 3 old lady constantly doing take away for big crowds and this guy is busy frying mini prawn crackers.

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This is one of his signature of the stall, mini prawn cracker.

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‘Prawn Crackers’

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all the fried dish.

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pricing as above.

 

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This stall with the word ‘Thai Roast Pork’ surely caught our attention.

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and its ‘Satay Style’ turns out to be not bad if you add on the chili by the side.

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It is purely pork and available with pig spare part.

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Next is this stall caught my attention the most. I pan cake had been one of my favourite but then I have never come across with CEREAL version.

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It is operate by a young lad and with his creativeness and health conscious, he created this version.

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First add on a pack of cereal. . .

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Then add on with the pre mix ingredient and let it harden a bit to add on the peanut and sugar.

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After it is cook nicely, with the skin is thick on the outside and had to cool down before cutting it.

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If you are sick or looking for some healthy option, then you can give this a try as the taste is quite bland but surely its healthy. RM1.30

 

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‘Fried Kuih Kak’

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Love to  have mine with more bean sprout and add on spicy but on that day according to my friend, the uncle fried it till quite  wet that turns out not so good which usually is quite dry, with wok hei.

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When I was a kid, I love to eat those uncle that ride motorcycle that sells home made ice cream and it has been quite a while I am looking for this ice-cream. Poo’s Ice Cream which is operate by one old uncle that do those home made ice-cream that I had missed.

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The flavour of that day was Cendul and it is good, smooth, not that sweet and thick in flavour. RM1

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When I first walk through this ‘Nasi Lemak’ the amount of ingredient that left there was still a lot and after 40 minutes walk back, it is nearly sold out. Then we decided to try a pack. The rice is fragrant with coconut milk and pandan flavor and the best part is add in their own dry sambal udang to add the extra kick in it.

I feel that this night market is quite small and not many food or stalls available, so far I still prefer the one at Cheras-Leisure Mall or SS2 but after this food outing, I have decided to hunt for other night market too, especially on Wednesday at Cheras which is one of the biggest.

Location:
OUG Night Market
Jalan Hujan Rahmat 3


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Selamat BerBuka Puasa Buffett. One great thing about Malaysia is that, when it comes to festive season, it always going to be a joyful occasions with friends and family visiting each other. As what I know, Puasa month is not far away from now, as Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is the Islamic month of fasting in which participating Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, that is in excess or ill-natured; from dawn until sunset. Fasting is meant to teach the Muslim patience, modesty and spirituality. Ramadan is a time for Muslims to fast for the sake of God (Arabic: الله‎, trans: Allah) and to offer more prayer than usual. During Ramadan, Muslims ask forgiveness for past sins, pray for guidance and help in refraining from everyday evils, and try to purify themselves through self-restraint and good deeds. As compared to the solar calendar, the dates of Ramadan vary, moving backwards about ten days each year as it is a moving holiday depending on the moon. Ramadan was the month in which the first verses of the Qur’an were said to be revealed to the Islamic Prophet Muhammad. (source from Wikipedia)

In conjunction with the holy month of Ramadan, Eccucino’s culinary team presents menu with over fifty buffet items, menu changed daily, with a range of popular Malaysian dishes from various States and home-cooked “kampung” dishes.

[Update: 2017 – Now the hotel is known as PULLMAN Hotel]

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Interesting features including specialty “Hawker stalls” comprises the Meat Carving highlighting Kambing Bakar, Eccucino Signature Kampung Style Hot Pot Soup, Beef & Chicken Rendang, Lemang and Ketupat, Roti Canai, Murtabak, as well as Noodles, Satay, Deep Fryers and popular Malay dishes. Among the feature on the buffet include cold selections consist of a range of salads, and appetizers such as acar, otak-otak, kerabu, ulam-ulam and serunding.

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With many varieties of Malay food available to hunt for.

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and big wok with Sup Tulang is placed at the spot itself and taste good.

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Selections of Laksa’s. . . .

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as for local food, some spices is used to enhance the taste of the food.

Although I am from Penang, but if you are asking me to tour you around the mainland, I am sure I will be lost or drive till another small town (of course do not mention the main area), but I have heard my friend mention a famous Thai – KhunThai Village food is nearby her area and also from my cousins. It was not until to plan out to meet up one of my best friend that had not keep in touch for quite some time and I had arrange dinner over there. Do not know where the place is and met up with a few of my Penang friend went over to my best friend which she is getting married few months time.

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We reach there pretty early, about 7-ish and there is whole big parking located behind the restaurant and when we drive in, we was amaze how big the parking space is and the amount of car had nearly occupied the whole area.

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The restaurant is decorated in very kampung style, with dry leaves and hut in the middle.

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The main area when the restaurant was first started, after 3 years in business they had expended tremendously that makes them one of a famous thai restuarant in the neighbourhood that had attracted quite alot of people to dine there.

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First order of the night comes out with ‘Lumpanan Chicken’ RM18 (L). The chicken meat is soft yet the outer layer was cook till abit crust as it is suppose to be that soak the aroma of pandan.

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‘Otak-Otak’ @RM20 (L) is one of my favorite of the night, with its santan mild curry flavor yet filled with fresh seafood and mix it with rice, is something that I cannot stop eating while talking. It looks big but nits not a big portion as in the middle of the plate there are a wood place below it to make it looks like big portion. Recommended~

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‘Deep Fried Prawns with Starch’ @RM12 (S) was recommended by my friend, deep fried to golden brown, crispy on the oustide yet dip it with the sauce given, taste much better by pulling the aroma out.

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‘Seafood’ @RM30 The soup base is quite lime sour, spicy and with fresh squid and clamps I would say not bad as I still feel the one in KL Ah Roy Thai taste much better.

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When ‘Seafood Tom Yam’ @RM 32 (L), the soup base is quite lime sour, spicy and with fresh squid and clamps I would say not bad as I still feel the one in KL Ah Roy Thai taste much better.

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‘Mee Hoon’ @RM2 that to accompany on the tomyam soup, is something not to be miss.

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‘Fried Kang Kung’ @RM 6 nothing much to brag on it.

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‘Fish with Spicy Sauce’ @RM34 is the spiciest among all the dishes we had. A few sips had made my lips look like sausage and tears also about to burst. The fish had been deep fried well, and the spicy soup base that accompany with it, makes it a challenge. Very spicy yet I still want to eat it. Then my best friend’s eat like, ha, spicy meh? No ah..she finish the whole thing like there is no chili in it.. -_-“ , then only get to know that the spiciness level she can withstand is seriously high!

Overall, I find the place is not bad and the price of the total bills comes to around RM200 which is reasonable. One advice, to avoid frustration is reach there before 7pm to avoid the crazy crowd.

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 6.5/10, not bad lah~-Stamped-

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

Location:
Khunthai Village
MK-9-914,
Jalan Permatang Tengah
13000, Butterworth, Penang
Coordinates: 5°26?41?N 100°23?14?E

Operating Hours: 11:00am – 12:00midnight (7 days a week)

Tel: 04-332 7523 / 012 – 431 3537

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