Pork Ribs


This will be my fourth time to Bali that makes it the first travel blog after all these while. Well, for instagrammer this is certainly an ideal island for you to shot alot of amazing shots and moments. Here is my first trip of the year and latest findings of how I spend my 5 Days 4 Night at Bali 2018. I will create another blog post for my past 3 trips which makes it a compilation of backlog.

Airlines to Bali: Took AirAsia over for flight at 12.20pm that reach Bali 3.30pm : RM 450 per pax (cheapest I found was RM 329 including20kg lugguage) which I could not make it.

There are 2 tip to share with you upon arriving at Bali Airport.
Tip no 1. (for Malaysians Only)
Change your currency at Bali Airport or only at license money changer at Bali island – those with big shop frontage (I nearly got cheated once before few years back as I change RM 1000 and the guy calculated in front of you then put in envelope and reach back hotel half was gone. Went back and screw the money changer guy and he gave me back remaining balance with agent fee. )

Here is the exchange rate base on 25th FEB 2018.
Mid Valley – RM 1 = 3500 rupiah  (hence changes in Malaysia is better)
Bali Airport : RM 1 = 3300 rupiah

Tip no. 2:
Need not worry on transportation as : UBER, GRAB and GO JEK is available in both android and IOS. Just download that for convenient and also reliable rate. There are oth

With development of ride hailing app, most of the driver could not pick you right in front of the airport as those driver are consider illegal.

If you are taking UBER, GRAB or GO Jet, here are the guide for the pick up location:
1. Head to domestic airport which is just 3 minutes walk from the international airport entrance.
2. Borrow FREE Data from Aiport to order your ride, text your driver and tell them what you wear and meet them at Alphamart.
3. Upon walking out the exit after the duty free, turn left at the exit and walk directly across which you will come by a car rental pick up spot, thru a nice Balinese gate, then cross a small road and just walk another 30 steps you will see Alfa mart. There is where most of the ride hailing pick up area.

4. If you feel uncomfortable or do not want either above, you can opt for private arrangement services for airport pick up

Or map as below for your reference.

If you do plan to take taxi to your hotel or town, do only take BLUEBIRD taxi as they are more safe and reliable, even in any part of Indonesia. Other taxi brand is at your own risk. If you decided to take any driver right at the entrance of the airport, most of the driver will ask for 150,000 rupiah to Seminyak and 100,000 to Kuta which is very expensive. The rate to bargain if you are taking taxi for are as below:
1) Seminyak 80,000 – 100,000 still reasonable
2) Kuta 50,000 – 80,000 still reasonable.

Ride hailing :
GRAB : Airport to my hotel The Aswana, Seminyak 58,000 rupiah. That is nearly 50% savings from what the airport taxi guys are asking for.

** do note that if you are ordering ride hailing, do not say that you have hail GRAB, UBER or GO JEK. Just say that your friend is picking you up.

To move around Bali, there are 2 options.
Option 1. If you are in group of 4 pax and above, then you got no choice but to go with a driver. a driver and car rental comes about 400,000 rupiah (rate which is 3 years ago and if I remember correctly – a car sort of Avanza.) and petrol to be top up upon returning which is an 8 hours rental. To include meal for your driver is at your own generosity which we did buy both meals for my driver which he was highly recommended by my Jakarta friend. Indeed awesome guy.

Option 2: rent a bike and move around which is more convenient if you are in smaller group. Rental is about 60,000 -90,000 depending which area you are in. Kuta the most expensive at 90,000 which you can bargain to 80,000. Averagely is around 70,000 rupiah per day. (or to pre-arrange for quite reasonable price)

Day 1

Arrive at the airport and head to our hotel to check in. Accommodation in Bali for first 2 nights to stay cheap. The Aswana at Seminyak was chosen because of its strategic location and highlight no.1 was also the budget pricing. Upon my booking 2 weeks before the trip, the room was only @ rm 95 per night. Certainly no complain on this, as the room is big enough and service for such budget accommodation is top notch.

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I miss out my sunset because of luggage got stuck.
Stop no. 1 My favorite hang out spot : Ku de Ta at Seminyak

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No booking available as you can just walk in. Great vibe and view. while waiting to meet my friend for dinner at 9pm.

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Jl. Kayu Aya No.9, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia
Open today · 8AM–2AM
Phone: +62 361 736969

Dinner: Pondok Tempo Doeloe

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Met a friend for dinner and was recommended to this Javanese Restaurant which is their favourite. 3 items to order.
Ayam Bakar, Sop and Kambing Bakar

Pondok Tempo Doeloe
Jalan Sunset Road, Kuta
Tel: (0361) 919-6868
Close at 10.30pm

Late Chill out Spot: Potato Head Club

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Then went back to freshen up and head to Potato Head Club which is one of the cool place that you should be in according to many. As there are some minimum spending of 500,000 rupiah if you were to occupied the beach side sofa seats. I still prefer Ku de ta.

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Jalan Petitenget No.51B,
Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara,
Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Tel: +62 361 4737979
Operation hours: Daily: 10 am – 2am

Day 2

11am :
Breakfast at so called most famous Cafe in Seminyak – Sisterfield (Australian Cafe).

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Jalan Kayu Cendana
No. 7, Seminyak, Kuta,
Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara,
, Kabupaten Badung,
Bali 80361, Indonesia
Open today · 7AM–10PM
Phone: +62 811-3860-507

12pm Head over to Ubud (1 hour bike ride) Car maybe 1.30 – 2 hours depending on traffic:
1.30pm :Tegenungan Waterfall

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Jl. Raya Tegenungan, Kemenuh, Ubud 80581, Indonesia

2.30 pm :
Famous TEgallalang Paddy Field

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Jalan Tegallalang, Tegallalang,
Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia

Initially was to head over to Tirta Temple but decided to drop it.

4pm : take a break at Coffee Studio Seniman
One of a well known cafe that roast their own beans and single origin lover, one of a stop cafe for you.

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Jalan Sriwedari No. 5,
Banjar Taman Kelod,
Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar,
Bali 80561, Indonesia

Raining and got stuck at the cafe.

Other places you can visit if you have the time or compressing places to visit in ubud:

– Tirta Empu Temple
– Ubud market
– Tegenungan Waterfall
– Goa lawah temple
– Gua Gajah Temple
– Tibuma waterfall (better view of waterfall but further)
Ubud Bali Swing (expensive as cost USD 30 per ride)
– Bendungan Tukad – water temple
– Gunung Kawi Temple
– Pura taman saraswati temple

As I have went before to Bebek Tepi Sawah, so this round tried Bebek Bengil.

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Bebek Bengil
Padang Tegal, Jl. Hanoman, Ubud,
Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Close 10pm

Went back to rest and freshen up.
10pm : Early supper at my favourite pork ribs place:

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Hog Wild (previously known as Naughty Nuri and apparently the other owner came out by themself hence there are 2 brand)

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I still prefer Hog Wild over Naughty Nuri as (I find Naughty Nuri Malaysia is much better)

Char Char Bar & Grill
Famous Staircase bar at Seminyak. It felt like human aquarium.

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12.00 am
Check out speakeasy bar:
40 Thieves which is well known to many locals and expats. not very touristy yet. Well known for their customization of drinks from mixologist however the bill could get very expensive.

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Head to second bar:
Baker Street Social which is just 4 shops away from 40 Theives.

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Day 3

9am : Breakfast at this relaxing place:
Nook Cafe that over look paddy field

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Jalan Umalas 1, Gang Nook No. 1,
Kuta Utara, Bali
Operation Hours: 8am – 9pm

Went to second location for another breakfast as this new Modern Japanese inspired dining do look very interesting. Just 3 months in operation.
Musubi at Canggu

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Jl. Pantai Berawa No.6/7,
Tibubeneng, Kuta Utara,
Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
+62 812 365 0799

12pm : Check out hotel and to check in another Bali Seminyak hotel:
New Pondok Sara Villas by Platinum Management (click here)

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Reasonably price of a villa which is slightly old but still good. RM 310 per night that comes with a private pool at Seminyak area. What can you ask for? Breakfast serve right at the villa and order upon check in.

3pm :
late lunch. Naughty Nuri – Do not like it as Prefer Hog Wild better in terms of seasoning. The only win for naughty Nuri is their portion is slightly bigger than Hog wild.

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3.30pm : Head up north to Tanah Lot

4pm : Stop by this new store which is sort of like Bali Burger & Lobster Street version.

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Lobvster turns out to be good which is above my expectation. For such pricing, it is worth to stop by if you are heading to Tanah Lot or heading to Canggu.

35A Pantai Batu Bolong Street
Operation hours: EVERYDAY | 24 HOURS (which is damm awesome!)
+62 812 3779 9492

Famous Tanah Lot:
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My new found love of hang out spot in Bali : Canggu Beach

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6pm: Hang Out at La Brisa – Canggu to enjoy sunset as it was full then just hang out at those seaside operator . Loving it. Beer of course is cheaper. Bali beer Beats Bintang beer. (base on my own preference) or Stalker 1945 is damm good too.

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Their awesome sunset and the colour is pretty amazing.

9pm: Was hungry and was quite late. Saw this shop when passing by and thought it might be good.

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Le Moulin turns out to be good!. A great random discovery that is famous for their French Crepe.

Jalan Raya Pengosekan Ubud No.108,
Ubud, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar,
Bali 80571, Indonesia

Operating Hours: Daily: 8.30am – 10.30pm
Tel : +62 812-3676-0012

11.30 pm: Party at Motel Mexicola

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One of a party place that well known for many years. Alot of Aussie are here for their first round before moving to another bar. This place is like awesome MTV Rewind that brings back a lot of good party memory if you are born in the year of 1978 – 1990 that you love your boy bands, scorpion, ABBA and all the new modern tracks too.

Jalan Kayu Jati No. 9X,
Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara,
Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Operating Hours: Daily : 11AM – 1AM
Tel:+62 361 736688

Day 4

Laid back
final night accommodation in Bali change to 5 star Bali Hotel to The Stones Hotel – Legian Bali, Autograph Collection
Reasonably price and if you do have the budget, worth to stay as it comes with private bath tub at the balcony and love their swimming pool. Just 10 minutes walk to Kuta main area. Kuta beach is just right at door step which is 3 minutes walk.

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The Stones Hotel – Legian Bali, Autograph Collection (click here)
Jl. Raya Pantai Kuta,
Banjar Legian Kelod
Legian Bali, Indonesia

3pm: Heading downsouth to Uluwatu Temple  (I was indecisive to do either sunset watching or to do the famous Cultural Kecak Fire Dance performance)

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5.30pm : Laid back at famous Rock Bar at Uluwatu to enjoy sunset drinks

8pm: Head over to Jimbaran for seafood dinner
there are alot of stalls here and the most famous is Manega Cafe, which my friend say is overrated and the rest of the stalls taste nearly the same. So randomly pick this cafe (New Bayang Cafe) and turns out to be good. Love their seasoning and less pack.

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10.30pm :
Party at Motel Mexicola which is also a famous Instagram venue. If you are born in the 80’s and listening to your ABBA, Moffats, Micheal Jackson, Black Eye Peas, this place played the right note for you. Give me a good remembrance of my party times back my teenage days.

Day 5:

chill at hotel area
Lunch at famous Babi Guling Pak Malen beats Ibu Oka which is way overrated and I did not finish my meal last round.

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Jl. Sunset Road No.554, Seminyak,
Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Operating Hours: 8.30am – 7pm
Tel: +62 851-0045-2968

currently the best Babi Guling that the locals head to is a mini stall in Mambal market as it is prepared using wood fire. I miss out cuz I woke up late and only if you are on the way heading to Ubud as you will pass by befor reaching ubud:
1) Warung Babi Guling Bu Ngurah Mambal is located by the Mambal traditional market, Abiansemal.
Open daily from 5am to 11am

Check out the most famous Famous Gusto Gelato Cafe.The queue are crazy. I find it quite good as alot of fresh ingredient are being used.
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Jalan Mertanadi No. 46B,
Kerobokan, Kuta Utara
(which is just 3 minutes from Babi Guling Pak Malen or Naughty Nuri – Seminyak)

For instagrammer this is the place which you might not want to miss (which I have miss out)

Picture credit to lissakahayon (do check out her blog too as she went to alot interesting places in Bali) especially those of you want to do nice shot.

Mad Pops Bali
Jl. Kayu Aya No.48, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Well, this is one of my most recent summary. I guess shall dig up my past 3 trips and do a summary of it too.

Here are my summary :

  1. 15th Best sunset bar in Bali
  2. Best 8 Babi Guling 
  3. 15 Best Cafe in Bali
  4. My next southern Trip that I see so many instagrammer hit on and my friend share with me her pics. Just loving it. A day trip if you are in hurry or will be great for 2D1N
  5. Another great island to check out is in Penang, Malaysia. Some accomodation area to check out Jelutong Villas


This is one of a place that had been making waves over online platform. With their price tag and long queue that had made them the famous pork ribs located in OUG. Down to Bones is a POP up store which is operated by a young group of people as part time that operates over weekend only.

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I was told to come here as early as 6pm to get your queuing number. What do you need to do when you arrive:

  1. Hunt for a table and let them know where you are seated.
  2. You can seat any where in between all the tables located at the road side or in both ends of coffee shop.
  3. Wait patiently as it will take at least 45 minutes – 75 minutes for your food to arrive
  4. 6pm-7pm is only for ordering period where food will only be serve after 7pm.
  5. They will not serve you your food if you do not have a seated table with a proper number
  6. Do order all your orders at one go. If you decided to add on order 15 minutes later, means your latest order will be in a new queue instead of your previous order queue.

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Decently price menu for a POP up Store.

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We thought that Mash & Dog is something different for sides, and when it is served, it is actually a side dish which is similiar to all your main course. The only difference is they add on 3 sausage. @ RM 5 – You can skip this unless your kids love it.

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Porky Soup is pretty unique, where it does live up the expectation of Porky the name where soup have very strong taste and smell of unwash pork meat. My friend could not stand the smell of it and only had a sip and shifted the whole bowl infront of me. Funny thing is, it had a very mild herb after taste (which I might be wrong). Pork cubes in it sure taste different. It is your choice for a bowl of RM 7. Would not be part of my recommendations. 

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Lamb Chop at RM 16. I would only say I had better ones before at lower price.

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Their Pork Ribs @ RM 18 is indeed the main highlight where the name down to bones meant. However there is a little inconsistency in size of serving.

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Their main highlight is this pork ribs wins in marination. Fragrant, with a mild punch sour bitterness and sticky. However the marination did not sip through the meat. It is slightly dry inside. For RM 18, there is no complain on it.

Will I go back, again. 95% no unless being force to accompany friends. For a wait of 1 hour for my food to be serve, I think a nice bbq at home would make it up.

However there are some good feed backs that was given from the diners to the owners. So it is up to your personal taste bud.


-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 6.5/10, decent street ribs~ -Stamped-

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

Down to Bones
27, Jalan Hujan Rahmat,
Taman Overseas Union, Kuala Lumpur.

Operating Hours:
Saturdays and Sundays:
7pm till sold out

Down To Bones Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sometimes, its really good to have a nice neigbourhood bar or I consider those outlets inside Hartamas is part of neighbourhood driven. Nevertheless, there is one new bar that open its door few months back and just recently discover on it. I did pass by here many times and notice on it as just didnt pay a visit till 2 weeks back. PReviously was another pub and now being taken over by new group had turn it into Chapter One.

Then our funny question came about, where is Chapter tWo and Three. Eventually we found out that their future expension is going to go along that line, to mark on how many outlets they have.

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something I love about this place is they comes with free Jockey service and this definately give them an advantage to many players in this area and for ladies, you don have to be worry cuz their service is from 6pm till you drunk. Love how they put it their operation time. 😀

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with new management, it also means the whole interior also change, as its more nice and love how they cleverly redesign their bar.

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I was there from 7.30-11pm that nite and this pool table were never once empty. It was being monopolise by those few guys the whole night and of course with the rules, winner stay.

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They serve 5 GAB draught beers (Guinness, Kilkenny, Heineken, Strongbow, and Tiger) ranging from RM12 up to RM16 for a glass, RM17 to RM23 for a pint and RM45 to RM60 for a jug. There are no happy hour for beers, but the ala carte price for the beers are reasonably priced. So, that’s beer hours for all day long! Apart from these selection of beers, there are also other beers sold in bottles.

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Their food range is pretty okay . .

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And since they have something new in this outlet, the bar manager creatively combine a few beers to make up his very own special beer cocktail and its in the menu now.

1) Strongbow Mojito – On our hot day, this will comes in good. Refreshing as it comes with a few flavours. Apple do pair well with this as Strongbow do have sweet end taste.

2) The Sex on the Beach is a mixture of Skyy Original, Peach, Cranberry and Orange juice.

3) Strawberry Daiquiri, mixture of Bacardi Carta Blanc, Creme De Fraise and Lime Squeeze. The presentation is cute.

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Beer Cocktail Promo with a choice of 2 form the list:

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Let me introduce you one of my favourite unique beer cocktail first. Comes with A mixture of Guinness, Bailey’s and Irish Whiskey.

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The Irish Whiskey is added into the glass before dropping the “bomb” (Bailey’s).

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Once the bomb is dropped, this need to be drank up immediately! Love the creamy feeling and once down, you burp and you feel the heat in your stomac. Its something like Flaming Lambo but this is the beer version. Perfect gift for birtday boy and girl.

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Other beer cocktail I find it interesting is of course

1) The Snack Bite Black Pint looked like a sunrise in a pint. It is a combination of Strongbow Apple Cider, Lager and Blackcurrant

2) this name caught our attention – Lunch Box for a beer cocktail name, it’s catchy.. Lunch Box is a mixture of Lager, Orange and Amaretto Disorono..

3) Previously I have seen so much about the posting of this combination of Strongbow and Guinness but yet find any outlet that promote it and now this outlet has it.. Its a bit smooth on the top cuz starting off with Guinness and further down its a great mixture of bitter and sweet end. Not bad~

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Chapter ONE Seafood Salad consists of prawn, mussels, cuttlefish, onion rings, croutons, coral lettuce, olives and cherry tomato, served with homemade thousand island dressing. I must say, the salad do impress me and its pretty good.

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If you are here for their live band and beer, then Crispy Pork Ribs is a MUST HAVE! The pork ribs are well marinated with fermented bean curd and served with sweet and sour homemade Thai chili sauce. It is serve pipin hot, with a bit crips on the end and aromatic. Perfect to go along with any alcohol on your table. .

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Pork Meatball

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Chapter ONE Sliced beef consists of grilled Angus Beef slice served with Japanese Soya Sauce and Wasabi. Its pretty good stuff, and for a price of RM 18, its a good bargain with many slices and its juicy.

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Pan-Seared Black Bass @ RM26

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Classic Pork Burger here are done with homemade style. weight about 200g per patty served with melted cheese, grilled red pepper, sauteed onion, mushroom and potato fries @ RM 28.

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Braised Lamb Shank @ RM38

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Their Spaghetti range is not bad too. We took off with Spaghetti Carbonara @ RM18 light creamy base although I always prefer mine to be thick as not many people like that. This is more generic.

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Spicy Seafood Aglio Olio Pasta not the best but certianly better than quite a number of places. With hint of garic spaghetti moist enough. @ RM23

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Pork Meatball Pasta would be better if the sauces can be slightly more sourish. @ RM20

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Another extra point for this outlet is that their live band is good and its available everyday EXCEPT SUNDAY. Service here is good too.

Chapter ONE Bar & Bistro
No. 70 & 72, Jalan 27/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas
Kuala Lumpur 50480

Tel: +603 6211 7484

FB: chapter1bistro

Opening Hours:
Daily from 12pm to 1am

Ever read before the bedtime story 3 Little Pig? Now they have come to life in reality. Its not the typical 3 piggies that build their house  then got blown away. This is other way round. Building more modern style with steel and glass windows, and both ended up in the kitchen being cook~ 3 Little Pigs & The Big Bad Wolf

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This modern 3 little pig located outside facing main road or next to Jaya Grocer in Bangsar Village. Welcoming you at the door step is this little 2 wooden door that you have to hop in and will be warmly greeted by the friendly staff at front desk.

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Operating bout a month that is pretty new to the area, attracted many people to dine in here and already have mix reviews that I read over the blog. I was highly recommended by a friend that MUST NOT miss this fantastic restaurant that serve great porkie food. I guess this is a good sign for many pork lovers like us.

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A very cosy outlet that definitely will let you sunk at your chair.

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Wine lover, there is a great selection of wine for you to chose from . .

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whereby you can sit here and chill along by ordering some snacks.

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Huge group like us, of course we would want some privacy and they do have a room that can fit at least 10 of you.

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Porkie stuff usually will go well with beer or wine. how can i miss that . . heheh

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The menu offering and names are very interesting. That’s why I said both of the piglets and wolf ended up in kitchen.

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Wild Mushrooms Soup @ RM15 is one of the hot soup that you must order. Blended with few types of mushroom to make every sip of it aromatic and nice do drink yet can bite some chunks of it. Recommended~

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Sweet Carrot Bacon Soup is rather thick in texture and creamy@ RM15

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I love this Garlic  Caramelized Roast Pork. One of the starter that I enjoy alot. I keep picking slices by slices till it finish. Well quoated in dark soya sauce and not too salty, just nice to pair with my beer too. .  @ RM15

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Garlic Mushrooms @ RM 15 is slightly pricey and if you get to chose of course will opt for the Garlic  Caramelized Roast Pork.

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This is no ordinary chicken drum stick or satay. This is actually a Pork Drumsticks @ RM 13

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Pork Kebabs are filled with well balance of lean meat and fats. Just nice to tease your taste bud. @ RM22

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Cold cuts platter @ RM59, which has parma, serrano, salami, chorizo and olives.

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Something healthy yet sinful, here is one of the order to hunt for dressing is perfect and bacon are well prepare.. Crispy Bacon & Asparagus Salad @ RM23

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Grilled Pork Salad @ RM22

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I usually do not prefer tomato base sauce spaghetti that make it a classic sauce that is aromatic and mince meat that comes to my liking. Piggy Bolognaise @ RM19

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It is not alien that invade earth and this cheeky dish is called Alien Invasion @ RM26 was a plate of squiggly long-legged spaghetti threaded through slices of sausages and tossed with button mushrooms in a creamy sauce. I love the texture of spaghetti which is slightly thicker than the ordinary type. Cook to al-dante and just perfect. Something that I like. Some find it a bit creamy and its advise to share. – Recommended~ 

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Why I said Wolf and pig are in kitchen, as this is one of the reason.  Wolf’s Favourite that have a poached egg on the top and with slices and chunks of smoked pork bacon, along with crispy bacon bits@ RM27. A plate that had gone within seconds. another recommended~

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Glazed BBQ Pork Ribs @ RM59 served with fries and garden salad was slathered with homemade BBQ Sauce.

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Piggies Rolling in Mud @ RM25 , it turned out to be crumbed pork cutlets served with rice and a mild Japanese curry, if you love Japanese curry then this is another dish not to be miss. Mild texture of curry that pour onto the meat and rice.

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Mighty Piggy Burger @ RM24 A medium size pork patty, cheese, fried egg, herbed mayo sauce served with fries and house salad. Not bad as the patty are season with some light spices too. If the yolk are half cook then it would have been perfect.

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This is the most unique dish on the table that Roast Porky Fried Rice might look ordinary. Its a fried rice that burst with flavours. Cook to perfection with wok hei and japanese rice that makes every mouthfull delicious with mild spicy after taste, filled with perfect size of roast pork. @ RM19

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Deep-fried Mars Bar @ RM15 one of the selection on desert menu that tempt us to order.

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Coffee in here are pretty decent that stood above average or a better ones compare to many other outlets. A great way to end the meal with.

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Find that 3 Little pig and Big Bad Wolf definately stood above my expectations and if you are asking me would I come back again, surely yes. Already miss a few items in there.



Three Little Pigs & The Big Bad Wolf
Lot G1A, Ground Floor, Bangsar Village
1 Jalan Telawi Satu, Bangsar Baru
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 603-2283-2270

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 salad@ 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


-= 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-

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

Phone: 03-62063364

[Update: 1/5/2016 – now have move to SS2)

Damansara Uptown is famous for a eatery place whereby we can hunt a few nice place to eat with a great mix. One of the latest addition outlet to the area is this Private Kitchen that I have been told that they started off with small little privite dining and its popularity had grown then they have to operate into a shop. Hence Private Kitchen was the name and now is available in bigger space  with both ground floor and first floor (more for private functions or family gathering).

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I have travel to Hong Kong a few times and yet find something similar here. Hong Kong food is definately must not miss. Well this new discovery,Private Kitchen is no ordinary shop like those restaurant in shopping mall as they are offering more authentic home cook Hong Kong Cuisine. The man behind the master creation is Chef Lam with experience of more than 20 years on him. Being in Malaysia for less than 18 months, he had creatively come out with many unique dish to impress.

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A cosy dining area with wooden chairs with many pictures that resemble on Hong Kong that certainly makes you think you are in Hong Kong Restaurant.

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Chicken wings are well deep fried to golden brown, crisps on all edges, with mild spicy and salty at the end. A great way to start off our dinner.

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Follow by this delicious Smoke Duck with Mango. Juicy and chewy slice of smoke duck which is aromatic and blend well with light sour sweet mango, perfect! – recommended

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I love my meal to start off with soup, and this double boil soup.

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Is just a great way to make our stomach warm. Boil along with pumpkin, pork and some other ingredient makes the soup sweet enough just as I like or its just me that love soup, any kind of soup is tasty to me. 🙂

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As we all had the introduction of the meal, then we head to the next meal section which is their set lunch menu that I am totally jealous with most of the office worker working around the area. Set lunch start off with as low as RM 7.90 and below are some of the items can be found.

Hong Kong style steamed chicken in sand ginger powder noodle soup @ RM 9.50

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Finely chop ginger slices is one of the extra condiments that you must not miss out to pair with the chicken. I finish it and asked for another additional. Not too spicy ginger taste which had tone down and suits many people I think. Well, if you are not a ginger person its worth for you to give it a try.

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This is no ordinary steam white chicken. Been perfectly marinated and bath with ginger serve along with hot soup noodle is one of the way to satisfy your lunch. Soft tender chicken meat, with slightly fragrant sauce that blends well with the noodle soup. If I drink the sauce it will be too salty as it is not meant to drink that way. I pour the gravy into the soup it made it extra flavorful.

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 noodle in the soup to pair with the chicken

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Noodles with mince meat & fried egg in tomato soup @ RM 7.50

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This is no ordinary instant noodle. Well, I often got scolded for ordering instant noodle at restaurant because of the pricing and its easy to cook. Sometimes I just crave for it and cant help it. This here is a must try. It look pretty ordinary or simple yet the hidden ingredient why I love it so much is they cook their own soup base with tomato and pork that makes it sweet enough (something like ‘Loh Shun Tong’) filled with mince meat and a simple sunny side up. Love the soup as its slightly sour tomato base and we just finish it within seconds as the instant noodle cook to springy. – highly recommended

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If you love to have some pork, then you can opt for this Typhoon shelter noodles with Pork Chop in Chili and Garlic Soup @ RM 15

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Comes with deep fried pork as the side dish and noodle, perfect for raining weather at this moment.

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Stir Fried Pork Ribs with Rice @ RM 12.90

Sweet and soup pork ribs might looks ordinary, but this is a well balance taste, mild sweet and more pineapple sour taste as they cook along where you can buy chunks of pinapple. Deep fried pork are in cubes and soft that pairs well with the rice.

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Fried Rice Portuguese Style with braised pork belly & Seafood @ RM 16 is filled with wok hei and too bad that they don have sambal or chili oil to pair with. If not it would make it more outstanding.

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Private Kitchen Stir Fried Prime Beef Fillet with Strawberry Pepper Sauce @ RM28 

Now lets head to more of its ala-carte menu. Begins with this is pretty unique dish with me, as strawberry is being used to cook along in this dish.Cook till the gravy is well coated onto the beef, tender soft and juicy with mild pepper spicy after taste makes it a great dish for me.

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Something creamy and palatable then go for this one of my favorite for the night, Deep Fried Pork Ribs with Special Salad Sauce @ RM32. Me and Ken just enjoying this dish by just munching it half a plate with it well coated salad sauce, sweet and slightly creamy that make it appetizing.

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Creating your taste bud dancing, Stir Fried Squids with vermicelli   in Special Chili Sauce is next to hunt for. YOu have to eat it pretty fast and if not, the vermicelli will soak the soup pretty instantly. Soup taste of it is pretty amazing lime, sour spicy and squid is just fresh, chewy bouncy as I like. RM 28

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oh oh, this dish is pretty Hong Kong style as Portuguese Style Baked Chicken Chop @ RM 18. Slightly can taste on powdery ginger curry taste which definitely relates back to HOng Kong dish as the chef hvae slightly change the ingredient as he mention the ingredient here is pretty good and the base of it is potato is amazing. -Recommended when you have your rice.

Some of you might find the curry slightly powdery but that is what Hong Kong curry taste like. 😉

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I know I am being called taufulou, yet this is another amazing by the chef. Crispy fried Tofu with Salt & Pepper @ RM 16

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The chef have made the toufu so delicately soft that nearly melts on your tongue  with crispy base outside with light after taste of pepper and the bite of it taste as soft as taufufa. Is the chef special mixture to make it outstanding. If you have beer on your side, this would be the best option!

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another dish that was gone within seconds as the aroma of the spicy garlic trail on our nose that make it so tempting. Private Kitchen Typhoon Shelter Prawns with Chili & Garlic @ seasonal price. Huge succulent prawn being deep fried along with chili and garlic make this dish simple and nice.

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Any vegetable with pork, I am up for it. Private Kitchen Sautéed Chinese Chives with Dried Shrimp and Shredded Dried Cuttlefish @ RM18 is a well balance vegetable that comes with me, and the best part is the small little salted fish is crispy and the saltiness that bite after it with the vegie and pork.. ooo so hard to resit!

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End with this healthy herbal jelly. Not many people will like it but its something unique to end off with. I am okay with it and I believe my parents would love it.

I must say, this is one of the most impressive Hong Kong Restaurant that I have come accross and you do not know where to dine, this is one of a highly recommended restaurant in my list for Hong Kong Cuisine. 


all pictures are taken by Samsung NX210

Private Kitchen Hong Kong Cuisine
103 Jalan SS21/37
Damansara Utama (Uptown)
47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
(same stretch as HSBC or nearby Ryokan Hostel)

GPS: 3.13451, 101.62378

Tel: 03-7728 8399
Hours: 11:30 am – 3 pm, 6 pm – 10 pm, closed on Monday



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