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Any one of you fancy China food? I do, as I have dine before many good authentic China food before and definitely not in Malaysia. One of my best friend introduce me her all time favourite sze chuan food that located in Jalan Alor (click here). Then recently, I am being introduce to another type of China food which hail all the way from North China. Dong Bei is actually a province in North China and the owners have migrated to Malaysia, hence that is how the Dong Bei Restaurant is name after. The family came to Malaysia as early as 1992 and also known as one of the pioneer of authentic China food back in those early days. As now the restaurant is located behind Times Square, can you see that area is like a mini China eatery street.

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In China, there are many province and taste definitely different for any other town that they have, it is the same as Malaysia too, as the East coast and WEst cost taste bud are very much different. So what is the difference for Dong Bei Food. The food have more sourish end and not that spicy. ( as the owner have localize it)

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Its a simple restaurant and indoor seating is a unique dining experience as they have design in a way to give a little ambiance of what Dong Bei dining feels like.

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 this is the first time I came across utensils are properly wrap to kept the cleanliness of it.

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Beancurd Dong Bei Style (风味干豆腐丝)RM18. Import all the way from China as its hard to find this kind of texture that originate the authenticity of it. Its a cold platter with chewy texture and hint of garlic and spicy chili oil taste. Pretty good to start off with.

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Crisp Potato (香辣土豆片) @ RM18 for a start would be another good option.

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This is another unique dish which is Dong bei Da La Pi sheet with Cucumber Salad (东北大拉皮)RM14. AT first glance I thought it was pig skin that finely cut then its not. Sprinkle with some garlic and eat it sheet by sheet, that taste a bit like jelly fish and pig skin texture cross over. 😀

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Sauerkraut, stir-fried with glass noodles (酸菜粉) @ RM18

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Stewed Eggplant, Bean, Potato and Meat Dong Bei style (东北大乱炖) @ RM25. This is rather simple as I would rate this North China Curry, thick n creamier gravy and its a little sweet in taste at the end. Well fried and I quite like it. Goes well with my rice.

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Hot & Spicy Seafood (麻辣香锅)RM28

Amount so many dishes, this would turn out one of the most spicies compare to the rest, the spiciness is not to the extend to make our mouth numb, as I find its well balance, even though cook with lots of dry chili, do not let the look to scare you off. I love how they cook along with lotus root make it crisp on the bite and prawns is fresh.

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Boiled Fish with Sour Cabbage and Spicy Soup (酸菜鱼) RM32

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This turns out to be one of the favourite among my table, as strong sourish taste with veggie and fresh fish. Those who like mild spicy, this would be a good option.

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“Gardens”Prawn, Lotus Root, Potato and Vegetables (田园小炒) RM28

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I rate this is super star for the night as Sweet & Sour Pork ( 锅包肉 ) was fried to perfection and its so cripsy outside and the pork inside its not overcook. Taste with a bit of sour vinegar taste with soy sauce that turn it a good [email protected] RM18 – recommended

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Lastly, we did not order the Dumplings (10 pcs) (饺子) but looking at so many tables order dish its like a must have thing and ended up we order 2 portion. One is steam @ RM10 and another one is [email protected] RM8

Great starter to go along and if mix with a bit of chili oil with ginger and vinegar, I just like mine to be in that way. 😉

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Location:
Restoran Dong Bei
No. 280, Jalan Changkat Thambi Dollah,
off Jalan Pudu, 55100
KL.

Tel: 03-2148 7694
Business hour: 12pm – 12am daily

I have been to The Pool a few times for functions and friends party. Neither did I realise that there is actually a Japanese restaurant located above the premises  Its actually a new addition to the night spot and was previously operated by Spasso Milano before moving to Pavilion KL.- Kyoto Lab Japanese Restaurant

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With the restaurant name Kyoto Lab and there is actually a huge painting on the wall that resembles who is actually Kyoto for the restaurant.

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Its a very simple contemporary Japanese Restaurant with a simple touch of the culture.

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Simen wall and parquet wooden floor that made up the place and the best part is all their table is made of recycle materials (wood, steal and glass) which we are totally impress.

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Very simple menu with all the mains, appetizer and desert are available with reasonable pricing.

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A slight twist with western menu and some are infuse with beer.

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I was told that their yakitori range are pretty amazing.

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Kyoto Lab Summer Salad @ RM16

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Sashimi Nouyeou Salmon Trout turns out to be every ones favourite as a sashimi being drench with unique sweet and sour sauce, with a hint of slight spicy at the end. Certainly a unique dish as it is and worth to try!  RM25

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Green Dragon @ RM24 – prawn rolled with Avocado.  Fresh fried prawns being roll along in the middle and make it one of a warm filling yet very fresh.

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California roll @ RM18

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This is one of my favorite for the night as cutting of mango cubes and tuna sashimi being rolled together.

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then comes the serving of yakitori range. . . Scallop Yakitori being grill to perfection. Soft and juicy and slightly chewy shows the freshness of the scallop. @ RM8

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Gyuniku Asparamaki turns out to be our favourite for the range as its thin slice beef being grill and season with their special sauce along with asparagus in it. Perfect! @ RM10

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Gyoza can be one of the best that I can find, pan fried perfectly on one sided that its crips and the filling in it is generous with ingredient, compact yet fragrant with their own seasoning. Soy sauce at the base make it a perfect combination.

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Egg plant

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Soft Shell Crab was finish within seconds as it was serve pippin hot, cripsy and soft inside. @ RM25

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Australian Grain Fed Chilled Tenderloin @ RM60

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Back in Malaysia I rarely look at cocktail menu as they are pretty expensive and I must say I am totally impress with their cocktail menu here. Uniquely name and one of its kind. Then only get to know that its actually the same owner with The Hill Damansara. No wonder the watermelon looks alike~

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Jagger Bomb always comes into my mind but this outlet they make slight twist on it to Skittles Bomb @ RM20 Cointreau, Red Bull and Skittles, is the combination and taste good. Sweet-end with skittles if you leave it too long. Drink it when it was serve immediate.

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 Coco’s NutzMalibu, Rum & fresh coconut juice @ RM 28 is a must try cocktail with light coconut taste at the end yet alcohol kicks into your taste bud after that. Really one of its kind and no wonder they bagged the Winning Cocktail in 2011’s JTI Horeca Bartending Contest

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Watermelon Slush had made a big hit in their Hill Outlet as many people find this a good bargain and not only that, the presentation of the whole watermelon cut with at heart shape on it making it uniquely by itself and famous among couples. Till date its still one of their best seller. Doesnt taste alcoholic at all and its all overpower with watermelon taste and the more you drink, you will enjoy this drink alot as then the kick comes in, you can call it a night.. @ RM40

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This is no ordinary Milo Ais that you often took it at mamak stall, as the look of presentation might deceive you. They have made a special ingredient with it by adding Rum, Bailey, Kahlua and Milo @ RM 28

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Nutella Martini @ RM25

Food and drinks in Kyoto Lab certainly can impress us and of course it will be a great place to chill and dine with their amazing range both food and cocktail. Certainly I will be back~

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Right after the dinner, we head down to the main area to enjoy our next performance. . .

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It was pack with people to see one of our youtube, or internet celebrity .. Who is that?

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We have Belvedere Vodka for the night as I always love mine to mix it with raspberry.

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New friends were made during that night along with the Marketing Manager of The Pool . .:D thanks to Isaac for the picture

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This is the person that I am talking about with no stranger than Leng Yein’s presenting her new album with Taiwanese artist Sugardaddy that rap along. Impressive.

Location:
Kyoto Lab
The Pool
Address: 347 Jalan Ampang
50400 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Phone: 017-998 5577
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.thepool.com.my

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As time pass by, more and more of my friends are venturing into F&B which is a good thing, that I can get to enjoy many different food. One of the latest addtion to the list is my best friend opening a Nyonya food at Pulau Tikus. Location is not hard to find as it is located directly opposite Lanchia Holdings (2nd hand car reseller) – Burma Road.

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Restaurant Homes Chef Garden – Famous Traditional Chinese Home’s Recipes by the name itself already know its a homecook style version which is my friend’s mom is the main chef behind the whole cooking. Her mom inherit the recepi from the family and pass down and now, we are able to enjoy good home cook food mostly on nyonya style. Manage to pop by on my last trip back to Penang as this outlet just operated less than a month and already gaining popularity to family crowd.

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Operating two shoplot and that creates ample of dining space and for families that wanted to have slightly more private section, the restaurant do offer two table right at the top corner.

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Selection and price in here are pretty decent. As my friend is working on the day, so we skip the menu and ask her to shower us her best dish, and she scolded me, nearly everything is good as its homecook version. I was like *ohhh then I requested what is best for the day.

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Here it comes with our first dish. Tophat (Pai Tee) @ RM 4.80. Add on with jiu hu char top with crispy garlic and freshly fried base. Eat it while is fresh as I did leave my second one for quite a while, as its not crips anymore, become sligtly soggy after the jiu hu char create some water in it. I munch the whole thing in one bite and taste good, best of all must add on the sambal to add in extra kick.

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Inchi Kabin @ RM 17

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Typical Jiu Hu Char ingredients must be finely slice or chop and not over cook yet can still bite on the sengkuang and moist upon serving. Just as how I like it.  RM 18

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Pork lover must not miss this. Too Kha Chor cook to perfection that the fats and meat are soft and juicy yet the taste of it is awesome. Slightly strong in vinegar taste yet pair it well with my rice. Highly recommended! @ RM 15

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I used to love this alot as I cant take too much of it as I am allergy to the combination. Kiam Chai Ark (salted vegie Duck soup) its a very well balance soup, with sourish taste, slightly pepper spicy and soup is strong in salted vegie taste. Love it. @ RM 17

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Too Thor Thng Penang version is more towards white pepper spicy as she added in small little pepper balls to cook along, with pork to make the soup taste sweet and too thor is wash clean without the strong musk taste. Dipping with some soy sauce and chew it just nice. @ RM 15

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Prawn Coconut Milk is something new to me, shower with creamy coconut gravy and fresh chewy prawns with bitter gourd taste is just unique and good. @ RM 15

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Steam Fish is one of the fast moving product on the meal as the soup base is sourish enough to make the girls take more and fine chopping garlic cook along and the fish is fresh. @ RM 38

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Kai Lan with Salted fish @ RM 14

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I don really like to eat this desert but I must rate it as Super star of the desert is this Bur Bur Cha Cha/Bubur chacha. One of the best I have come across so far, not too creamy in coconut taste yet  ingredients like taro, sweet potato, carrot and some other items being boil till its near soft. Perfect and its cook fresh on every dining sessions with limited quantity.

If you do plan to dine there, remember to call in and reserve x amount of bowls you need. We were lucky as these were the last 2 bowls. As she have many orders specially to take away for this desert only. – Highly Recommended!

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Here we are all of us enjoying a great meal at my friends place. Total bill came out about RM 180 which is reasonable.

If you are lazy to cook and plan to enjoy home cook food, definitely here is one of the place to recommend.

*NON-Halal

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7.5/10, drop by for home cook food~~ -Stamped-

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

Location:
Home Chef Garden
Ground Floor Premier Center
Burma Road, 10350 Penang

Tel : 04-2277 881

One place that I do visit couple of times on my friends cafe in Subang Empire is Vanilla Place that located in front of Toys R Us, not till recently I got an invitation to sample a Chinese restaurant in Empire Subang Hotel, Di Wei. That make me scratch my head, that do a hotel actually exist in this shopping mall?

As I walk the whole building little did I recall there is any entrance to the hotel and only realize till the day when I attend this event. There is actually a hotel in the shopping mall which the entrance is on the top floor of the shopping mall that you need to take a stairs up to the lobby.

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Di Wei Chinese Restaurant is located on the shopping mall wing on the first floor. It is hard for you to miss it as the decoration is very Chinese contemporary look on the entrance of it.

This would be one of the Chinese Restaurant in the Hotel that serve NON-Halal food and you can expect nice pork to be serve as before I came here, my friend already told me they serve nice Dim Sum over the weekend at a very reasonable price.

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I am impress with the whole interior design that look so modern yet the touch of olden days is there. This would be the waiting area if its full house.

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This is what I mean with wooden floor panel and sliding classic door in between to create privacy for rooms

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or even a private room for you and your guest that they have wall of Chinese Emperor era materials display along to make the ambiance.

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They do have a full rack of wine to offer. .

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If you have bigger families or group you can walk towards the end and there will be a few tables in the room itself to seperate you and public guest.

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Open Kitchen concept to prepare some fried food and steam dumpling area.

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Steamed Shrimp Dumpling

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Steam to soften on the skin which is thin layer that cover the whole inside filling, and a huge prawn was sighted not long after a small bite. Dip with soy sauce and chili make it perfect.

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Steamed Siew Mai always serve as there is nothing much to shout about, but it is always the feel and texture of it as I just love this alot!

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Stir-Fried Soft Shell Crab With Dried Chillies and Garlic,

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Deep-Fried Vietnamese Rock Melon Prawn Roll With Mint Sauce

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This is another unique dish that being carefully deep fried to crips that the crust of the standing tower, with each bite you can feel the crack inside your mouth and the special mint sauce is mild that perfect to go along with it and hint of sweet rock melon at the end just pairs well.

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Steamed Cod Fish With Spring Onions and Coriander Sauce Topped With Crispy Ginger

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Cod fish is very soft and one bite you can felt the slices cut inside your mouth and with the pot being serve, it kept the whole thing being warm and I just finish it within 2 bites. 😀

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Mongolian Style Braised Crispy Pork Ribs in BBQ Sauce

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Lemon Grass Jelly with Lemon Sorbet

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anything with lemon grass jelly top with sour sorbet I just love it. some of my friend don understand how I love sour stuff. Its chill and very refreshing after all the dish we had. Satisfying!

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The person who is behind all the food in the restaurant is Chef Chin

Its another nice restaurant to hunt for and best of all its a NON-Halal restaurant that serve you best to all pork lovers.

Location:
Di Wei Chinese Restaurant
Jalan SS 16/1
Ss 16, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor

Opens for Lunch and Dinner Daily.
Mon – Fri
12.30pm to 2.30pm and Dinner 6pm to 10pm.
Sat – Sun
11am to 2.30pm and Dinner 6pm to 10pm

For reservation – 03-5565 1388

Website : http://www.empirehotel.com.my

The Apartment is not like a new development or project that is upcoming. A place that had been establish with very homey concept as The Apartment was named. Understand that many of us dine outside after work very often as the outlet aims to provids a casual, comforting home dining experience set in a modern apartment-like restaurant setting that is located at The Curve shopping mall.

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With their cozy environment, I used to hang out here with my friend for drinks on weekends as they play great soft music as background music and perfect place to chill and chat.

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It is exactly like a house as this is one of the few sections I love to be seated around as I called it living room area or bed room style located one floor up.

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A simple DJ deck area to spin off some music. I guess we can be DJ ourselves too, by doing a mixture at home, plug and play here. :p

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For special functions or private events, definitely wound be one of the place to consider as can easily cater quite a crowd with their huge dining space.

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Ever dine before in your bathroom? Hehe, they do have a bathroom dining concept here too.

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Okay, lets start off with what The Apartment have to offer and for the month of April, the have something special inhouse as currently they are doing The Chef Series that feature special serving of deep sea delicacies themed menu Unlimited Flavours Of The Ocean. They will be featuring in 2 parts as for Part 1 which is in April and Part 2 is on May.

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A flavorful Oyster Shot that prepare in shot glass to give you the after pleasure. I was told not to use spoon to dig up instead I just have to eat the whole thing like drinking a shot. Being a good follower I just follow and I am amaze on how the taste blend in. A bit sweet and sour from the mango, oyster is fresh that the after taste is fresh and refreshing. I do not mind to have another 2-3 more shots. 😀  RM11.90

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Next is the steak which is prepare medium well that comes to my liking and for the first time I see a steak pair with prawns mixture with  au jus, garlic, chillies, honey glazed tiger prawns & mash. Surf ‘n’ Turf is one of the latest addition to the menu.

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Almond Crusted Cod is one of my favourite for the night. Cod is very soft and fresh, with a gentle cut in between it just open instantly. Almond was fried crispy and brings the aroma out of it, cook along with some clams make it sweet and a bit sourish taste of tomato that makes the taste perfectly good! I just drink the soup base till dry. The cod nevertheless was being attack and gone within seconds. – Highly Recommended!

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Red Snapper @ RM39.90

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Pan fried red snapper with couscous and lemon butter reduction is one of the dish that suits most of our local people here as one of the reason I am saying this is most of our locals love to have their meals with rice. Therefore a simple pan fried fresh snapper and pair along with flavorful rice is good~

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Stuffed Squid is heading towards more of our local taste, a bit spicy on the end yet juicy squid being stuff with risotto to make it solid and goes along with the gravy. Every one just loves it. @ RM25.90

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Another dish that I like is Jamie’s Duck Pasta that brings you Fettuccine with shredded slow-roasted duck and tomato red wine ragout, topped with toasted pine nuts. Not many places that can cook this well especially with duck involve, and they have make it good with slices of duck meat cook along with red wine and the tomato taste just did not over power everything. Highly Recommended!

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Looking for something not so complicated then go for Tossed Pasta Plain is very simple yet flavourful as some of them just like their portion with lots of chili flakes. Too much will make your tongue numb yet its nice. 😀

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Prawn Capellini with tiger prawns, lemon zest, olive oil and marjoram.

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English Lamb Curry is another new addition to the menu. They are being generous with the lamb as its quite a big piece for a portion like that, well marinated and cook till the lamb is soft and serve along with special briyani, egg, carrot raita (yoghurt) and cashew nuts.  – Recommended!

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After great main dish on the table and it always have to get something sweet as ending and comes with Creme Brulee that is perfectly burn on the top to make a fine thin crips while your spoon poke upon it gives you a crack sound after that. Top with a scoop of ice cream and pretty good enough to make the sweet [email protected] RM13.90

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A desert that reflect much on our local delicacies as this  Buah Melaka Desert serve  palm sugar dumpling served and coconut ice cream @ RM12.90

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Premium Dark Chocolate Cake & Banana Pecan Cake 

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It used to be a hype on Red Velvet Cake and I have only tried once so far and this would consider the second time. I love this piece more with the texture of the cake is nice and the two cheeze layer is being put with the right amount that does not give you the feel of too much and strawberry dressing pairs it well. – recommneded

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For those who loves chocolate alot then you would not want to miss this Chocolate Mousse

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When this Baked Chocolate Pudding, every one’s eye was set on it and had make this desert super star for the night with its oozing chocolate syrup flow out along and with a scoop of ice cream being serve along and it is being freshly done from the oven and serve piping hot as upon this order you would have to wait for 15-20 minutes to get it. It was all worth the wait. I certainly would love to have this desert all by myself! not going to share! – Highly Recommended! 

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For those of you prefer something not that sweet then this slice definately suits your taste bud as Homemade Carrot Cake served with mascarpone cream and carrot syrup.

Part 1 of the special menu going to finish soon and I just cant wait for part 2 on chef’s special.

THE CHEF SERIES A Two Part Deep Sea Symphony – Part I of II available everyday from 11am onwards @ KLCC and 6pm onwards @ The Curve

*PORK FREE

Location:
The Apartment @ The Curve
Ground Floor, Western Courtyard,
The Curve Shopping Centre,
Mutiara Damansara.
Tel: 03-77278330
Website: www.atheapartment.com

The Apartment @ Suria KLCC
Lot G48 and 139 Ground Floor and 1st Floor
Suria KLCC Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-21662257

Early Sunday morning and do not know where to head for breakfast. After take a drive around for 15 minutes then my friend come accross this place and saw, eh eh, try this stall, it was one of the stall that I used to eat during college times which is pretty famous. Then I agree since I have never tried this. Bridge Head Hokkien Mee & Loh Mee

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After Google up a few article only came across to know that this Hokkien Mee stall is actually quite authentic in taste as the recipe had pass down from previous generation. The family had started selling since 1963 by the Lau family and currently, its 2nd generation that  selling at the moment..

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The stall is located at a very obvious junction if you are taking the Jelutong Expressway exit towards Prangin Mall, its a pre-war building right at the corner of the traffic light that you can see people actually sitting there and eat.

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It had been a while since I had my last bowl of Loh Mee, and to say that Penang Loh Mee and KL Loh Mee is pretty different as Penang version is black starchy gooey soup base they have. To make the taste even better you have to add in special garlic sauce that every loh mee stall created for themselves and this stall had make it quite strong in taste as you just add abit and some of the chili would be perfect.

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Next we order another bowl of Hokkien Mee to share and I add in Pork Ribs. Soup base is rich in flavour as you can taste it with pork bone and prawn heads they have cook for quite a while. A pretty decent bowl of breakfast to go after.

I still say, I prefer other stalls.  No harm to try this out .. 😉

*NON-HALAL 

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 6.5/10,  not bad laahh, worth a try~-Stamped-

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

Location:
Juntion Lebuh Pantai, Gat Jalan Perangin.

Open: 7am-5pm

Close: Every Mondays and Tuesdays
(You can add fish balls, eggs, meats, prawns, pork ribs)


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