Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Grandpa’s 80th birthday

The whole family went back to Ipoh for grandpa (mum’s dad) birthday celebration. Mum made reservations for 3 tables at Overseas Restaurant for dinner with close relatives only. Something happened that night and the guests left the restaurant with mixed feelings. I don’t feel like talking about it as it’s beyond my control. Me and Calvin just sat at our place and watched the whole “drama” as it happens. I can’t imagine that a small celebration like this could be so drama-ful. Hehe.




The dinner started off with Chinese Birthday Cake made by one of my aunty from Ipoh. She is very good in making bun and cookies. I love the bun as it was not too sweet and very soft. The restaurant charged us RM5 for each big bun that they help us to reheat. Very stupid right? The set meal that we ordered that night quite expensive for Ipoh standard, yet they still charge us for reheat of the bun. Cissss~~







Part of the dishes that night. If you ask me, I would say that the food was average. If you ask my dad, he will says that it’s terrible. Haha. I’m okay with the food as all of them were served still hot. Taste-wise, not too bad but then Ipoh is famous for really yummy and cheap food. It is hard to find yucky food in Ipoh, at least for me. Dad and 2 kong always bring me to the best food around Ipoh. From the best pork satay to the best taugeh chicken (and it’s not the famous Lou Wong). Oh yeah, the drama that we had that night was actually started by the chicken dish. Haha.







Sis and kau fu bought 2 cakes for kung kung because we’re not supposed to poke candles on the Chinese birthday bun. It would look very weird if we do. Haha. Even though Calvin’s birthday fell on the same day and William’s birthday was on the next day, only grandpa get the celebration as grandpa is higher in the family hierarchy compared to Calvin and William. But at least they get a big DRAMATIC birthday meal Smile

I was lucky that my Ipoh wedding will not be held at the same Chinese restaurant because the restaurant really has a lot of problems. Firstly, the staff kept sending in the dishes right beside my sister. That is like the stupidest and most dangerous thing to do as my sister is heavily pregnant and all of the dishes were served hot. What if they hurt my sister and her baby?? Kau fu informed them like twice not to bring the dishes from that side. TWICE!! Damn annoying right? Another thing was they refused to help us keep the cake in the fridge because the manager said, “Our fridge’s temperature is exactly the same as the temperature in this room. So you can leave your cake here”. Stupid right? I’m 100% positive that the room’s temperature is not exactly as cold as any fridge. If it’s exactly the same, why not bring all the vegetables and meat and put it in the room instead of the fridge? Better still, why do you still need a fridge? Haihh…. this is what I call terrible service. Don’t make me start on the waitress that serve food but did not put any deodorant on!! My sis nearly vomit when the waitress stretched out to the middle of the table to put down the plate and take the empty plate. Hahahahahahahaha!!! I pity my sister very much that night.


Monday, September 26, 2011

Uncle Jang Korean Restaurant, Ampang

This is the restaurant that I often blogged about but it is in this post that the name of the restaurant is finally revealed. Not that I want to keep it a secret, but whenever I visit this restaurant I forgot to take a good luck at it’s name. Firstly introduced by Pui See few years ago for one of the jimui’s birthday, I craved for the food once in a while. From my first visit to the most recent one to celebrate Pui See’s birthday, there are a few changes to the restaurant.



They have an English menu. During my few early visits, there is totally no menu and we order based on what we know the restaurant serves. Dok-Galbi is the only food that we ordered on every visit. The only thing that we can adjust is the level of spiciness. We normally go for the normal as you can hardly taste and enjoy the food if it is too spicy.



There were around 10 of us that night, so we ordered 8 person’s portion of food. Cabbage, rice cake, chicken meat and sweet potato are cooked together with the special chilli paste on the big flat pan that is mounted on each table.




We do not have to cook the food on our own as they waiter with gloves who has strong arm cooked the dish for us. You will just have to sit back and watch the cooking performance. Well, the waiter don’t dance but trust me, you will stare at his cooking skill when he cooks as that is the biggest distraction for the whole dinner. Hahaha.



You can wrap the food in lettuce provided and free refills are provided for the vegetable. By wrapping the food with the letuce, you can reduce the spiciness of the food and at the same time cool down the food before pushing the whole thing into your mouth. The above photo is a so-called artistic shot by Calvin, while the rest of the photographs are blurred. Haihhh….



We tried something new that night as Shin, Jonny and Vince were the last to arrive and they were quite hungry. Pui See suggested to add plain rice to the left over and re-cook. Personally, I love the dish without the rice.






The birthday girl with the crepe that I bought from The Big Mouth Café. Even though not as good as the one from Nadaje but way better than Food Foundry. The red hat is a gift from the restaurant staff. Cute~

That’s all for the Korean Restaurant. Ming Li commented that the food was not as nice as it used to be but I still find it very delicious. After all, I have been craving to dine here for quite some time.


Tuesday, September 20, 2011


I enjoy visiting Tokyo Street in Pavillion. Most of the shops and stalls sell Japanese food. You can find bubble tea shop, mochi shop, restaurants, mini supermarket and Suki-Ya.



On my first visit to Tokyo Street, I wanted to dine in the restaurant because of the word Shabu Shabu”, which is the same as steamboat; my favourite food. Unfortunately, both me and Calvin were sick at that moment. We went back few weeks later for dinner.



On each table, there are paper that give customers tips and instruction on the correct way to enjoy the sukiyaki and shabu-shabu, including what can/be added into the sauce.



There are a few types of soups to choose from and we went for sukiyaki and clear soup for shabu shabu. The waiter was kind enough to bring us the first batch of meat. Only 3 types of meat are served; chicken, beef and mutton. The meat was thinly sliced which made them more convenient for cooking.



The buffet area. You can get the vegetables, processed seafood, various type of mushroom, egg, sushi and sauces from the counter. The fridge on the left is filled with trays of meat that you can take as many as you wish.

That was the first time we tried dipping the cooked meat into beaten egg. Besides cooling the meat down before consumption, meat eaten this way is actually quite nice. But you will feel yucky at the 10th or 11th piece of meat as you will start to feel full and yucky. Great experience though. Overall, I enjoy beef the most as I cooked them until medium well done. There are a few types of sauces to choose from but I totally forgot the name of the sauces. Hehe.



They do provide ice cream as well. This is Calvin’s artistic ice cream creation. I do have to say that the ice cream is too milky that the chocolate don’t taste like chocolate anymore.

Will definitely be back for another meal as I prefer meat slices buffet than fish ball buffet. I forgot about the price but definitely worth it. Do give this place a try, especially those who loves steamboat.


Monday, September 12, 2011

Nini Lai Dim Sum

When I think of Puchong, only 2 things will pop up into my mind; service car and food. Calvin always sends his car there for service and most of the time I will tag along. Whenever I have the chance to go around the area, I will pay extra attention on the food available. I used to love the conveyor belt buffet steamboat there but realised that the normal steamboat tastes better. But, they are still a lot of restaurants/cafes in Puchong that I would love to try. When Calvin made appointment for car service early in the morning, I went online to search for dim sum place around that area for breakfast. 2 restaurants caught my attention; Nini Lai & Yuen Garden Dim Sum. We decided to try Nini Lai first because of the name.



From the review, it is better to take the tables outdoor as is will be cooler than indoor. When we arrived, we were lucky to get an empty table as the place was fully packed on the next 5 minutes. Most of the customers prefer the outdoor tables.



The food available is just as same as the other dim sum restaurant available. Taste wise was quite okay, especially the Hong Kong Chee Cheong Fun. I love the chilli paste that came along with the dish. Since there was only the 2 of us, those are the amount of food that we ordered and we barely finished all the food. Even though small, but every bite is meat = filling. Price wise, average I would say.

The most yummy and special dim sum that I have tasted so far will be at Dynasty Restaurant, Renaissance Hotel. I dine there last month and they offer really good dim sum. Did not take photographs as the meal was with Calvin’s parents. Hehe. Yummy and expensive Smile  but definitely worth the experience.


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Little Korea BBQ Specialist

The shops opposite Sunway Pyramid are my current new spot to explore for food with Calvin. They do have several Korean BBQ restaurant besides quite a number of buffet steamboat like Yuen and Tasty Pot. We drove around the area to explore what food is available and Little Korea caught our attention as it is situated right at the corner lot with big signage. We decided to dine in for dinner over the weekend.





The owner of the restaurant is Korean, hence the Korean style oriented decoration. They have more seats upstairs and I think the customers will have to sit on the floor. We were given the normal table and chair seats that day. Lucky us Smile



The normal sauces and raw garlic for the grilled food. I love the brown sauce as it was a little bit sweet and very appetizing.





Our side dishes. One thing bad about this restaurant that I can’t find in any other Korean restaurant around KL & Selangor is their side dishes do not come with unlimited refill. If I am not mistaken, only 2 free refills are allowed. Since there were only 2 of us that day, we did not ask for any refills because we have a difficult time finishing the food that we ordered. I love the steam egg very much because of the amount of spring onion on top of it. Hehe.




Unlike most of the Korean BBQ Restaurant, the smoke-sucking-thingy is not from the ceiling. Instead, the waiter will bring over a steel pipe and turn the machine on which will suck the smoke directly above the grilling food. Below the table, there’s a aluminum foil airway that will bring the smoke…. somewhere else. Hehe.






They do have set menu for 2, 3, 4, 6 and 8 person. You can choose between 2 or 3 types of meat to be grilled, pancake, soup, noodle and others. Since we only wanted pork and chicken with kimchi pancake, we ordered them in ala carte. We figured out that the both of us will not be able to finish the set meal since I am on diet. Thank god we went with ala carte as we barely can finish the food that we ordered. I love the pork as it was not marinated at all. I usually wrapped it with the fresh vegetable provided with a small amount of sauce. Other than that, we ordered one portion of marinated chicken, which was quite good. Both of us were disappointed with the kimchi pancake as it was very oily. The best we had so far (both of us don’t eat kimchi…. at all) was from Daorae, Sri Petaling. I had dinner with the girls at Daorae, Kota Damansara last night and the one at Sri Petaling is still the best. Rachel said there’s one Daorae at Ipoh as well. Naise…..

Anyway, that’s all for the Korean BBQ update. It shall be the once in a while indulgence as it is expensive and you will always end up smelling like BBQ when you walk out of the restaurant. So the only time that I will have Korean BBQ is when I’m sure that after dinner I will head for drinks in an open area like Giza Mall or head straight back home. I don’t even feel like shopping with the BBQ smell all over my body.