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27 May, 2012

Ochado (茶の道) – 2nd Post


Posted by: Wen Ching In: Dessert

I guess most of our readers are already familiar with the fact that we both love sweets and constantly crave for bubble tea.

Ochado
When we received an invitation from Vincent Ding, the owner of Ochado in Kota Damansara for a review of their bubble teas and snacks in the outlet, we were delighted to go for the review.

Interior, Ochado

This outlet is relatively new, it was opened in January this year. The cashier counter was nicely decorated with flowers and the service was consistently good from our previous visits.

Interior, Ochado
Compared to the Ochado in Pavilion, this outlet had more space and  also seats for patrons to dine in.


Interior, Ochado
The interior was spacious and comfortable for a fuss-free hanging out place.

Bubble Tea, Ochado
As mentioned in our previous post, we love Ochado for their superb tea quality and as well as their pearls. During the review, we were served with five types of drinks. From the left, we had the 3Q Passionate Tea (百香3 Q冰茶), Fuji Apple Red Tea (富士苹果红茶), Pop Eggs Milk Tea (魔力爆蛋奶茶), Ice Blended Oreo Chocolate (曲奇巧克力冰沙) and Grape Yogurt Aloe Vera Tea (紫色魔力冰茶). We haven’t tried any of those before, since we were very obsessed with their Roasted Milk Tea. However, we were pleased to discover more interesting and thirst quenching teas in Ochado. The Pop Eggs Milk Tea was one of our favourites, the milk tea was aromatic and fragrant as usual, coupled with the pop eggs which will burst and melt-in-your-mouth when consumed, it was a perfect combination, definitely a must-try in Ochado! The Grape Yogurt Aloe Vera Tea was an enjoyable drink too, the grape yogurt was rather sourish and appetising while the aloe vera inside provided a nice bite, suitable for those who enjoy having healthy and fruity drinks. The Fuji Apple Red Tea was another new delight for us. The tea was not very sweet and had an apple flavour to it which resulted in a hint of sourness as well. Quite a refreshing drink!

3Q Passionate Tea, Ochado
My personal favourite would be the 3Q Passionate Tea. It tasted slightly sour and appetising with the freshness of passion fruit. There were pearls, Konyaku and Nata de Coco which we enjoyed chewing on. The tea had the right amount of sweet and sourness, we loved it!

Vanilla Mille Crêpe, Ochado
Other than drinks, Ochado Kota Damansara serves light snacks as well. We were lucky to have the opportunity to try their Mille Crêpes. They had four types of flavours – Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry and Mango. Vanilla and chocolate Mille Crêpes were priced at RM9.90 per slice while Strawberry and Mango were priced at RM11.90 each. Our favourite was the Vanilla Mille Crêpe. It was very delicious, very soft and creamy but yet not overwhelming. A very nice snack indeed while having drinks in Ochado.

Chocolate Mille Crêpe, Ochado
The Chocolate Mille Crêpe was rather impressive as well. It was rich in chocolate flavour but yet not too sweet. Chocolate lovers should definitely try this intriguing piece of Mille Crêpe!

Strawberry and Mango Mille Crêpe, Ochado
The Strawberry and the Mango Mille Crêpes were as good as the Vanilla Mille Crêpe. We loved these two Crêpes for its sourness and fresh fruit taste in it. A promising option when you feel like having something fruity.

We conclude that the drinks served by Ochado were of superb quality and their snacks were very thoughtful and delicious. We would like to thank Vincent for inviting us over and we will definitely return for more quality drinks! Feel free to check out more on their active Facebook Page!

Café Information
20-1, Jalan PJU 5/10,
Dataran Sunway
Kota Damansara,
47810 Petaling Jaya
Selangor.

24 May, 2012

Selera Jaya 223

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Malaysian Food

Some of you might know by now that we are huge nasi lemak fans and we would travel far and wide in search of good nasi lemak. The next on our list was the much-acclaimed nasi lemak at Selera Jaya 223.


Interior, Selera Jaya 223
The food court was rather crowded at the time we were first there, but on subsequent visits we realised that it was nicer to sit further inside the food court as it was less crowded and more comfortable in general.


Otak-Otak, Selera Jaya 223
Be ready for the vendors who will try to seat you nearest to their territory and tempt you with what they have to offer. Further, baskets of otak-otak will be set down on the table in front of you without needing to be asked. We did not try the otak-otak during the times that we were there, but it did take quite some effort to resist since it was just within reach.


Nasi Lemak, Selera Jaya 223
The main attraction here was the bungkus nasi lemak. There were actually two different ‘brands’ of nasi lemak: Yati and Suri. Both of these packets can be found on most of the tables on the food court and they were in hot demand. Yati’s packaging had a red stamp on it and Suri’s packets had a blue stamp on it. Both were priced at RM1.20.


Nasi Lemak, Selera Jaya 223
We tried both the nasi lemaks and unanimously came to a conclusion. Suri’s sambal was wetter, sweeter and mild as opposed to the spicier sambal from Yati. We enjoyed Yati’s nasi lemak the most as it lived up to our standard of a good spicy sambal.


Nasi Lemak Suri, Selera Jaya 223
We noticed that Suri’s stall had many accompaniments to the nasi lemak such as fried chicken and sambal sotong as an alternative to the ready-packed ones on the table. As tempting as this was, we have not tried any of it yet.


Nasi Lemak Yati, Selera Jaya 223
On a subsequent visit, we headed over to Yati’s stall to order her nasi lemak on plates instead. Yati’s nasi lemak did not have the accompaniments that Suri’s had, but we did get a fried egg to go with the nasi lemak. The nasi lemak on a plate with a fried egg was RM2. It was as good as we remembered it! Yati’s sambal was really top quality and it was a joy to eat with the fragrant rice. For some reason, the fried egg was really well done and fluffy as well.


Ainol Tauhu Bakar, Selera Jaya 223
Other items that we have tried include the Tauhu Bakar from Ainol Tauhu Bakar. This stall was located deep inside the middle of the food court, but someone will probably come around the tables to show off the menu and take orders as well.


Tauhu Bakar, Selera Jaya 223
The tauhu bakar was priced at RM3 for one plate. It was crispy and we enjoyed every bite of it!


Maggi Goreng, Selera Jaya 223
We also tried the Maggi Goreng from stall number 59. Priced at RM4 per plate, it was not bad at all. Not the best we’ve had, but definitely acceptable enough if one is craving for maggi goreng.


Nasi Goreng, Selera Jaya 223
Lastly, we tried the Nasi Goreng Biasa (Fried Rice) from stall number 44 for RM4. The fried rice was alright as well. Similar to the maggi goreng, it was nice enough, but just nothing to shout about.

It seems like we have found a competitor to Bangsar’s Nasi Lemak Famous for night time nasi lemak cravings. Even since trying it, we do crave for Yati’s nasi lemak from time to time and we will constantly go back for it!

Food Court Information
Selera Jaya 223
Jalan 223
Petaling Jaya
Selangor.

21 May, 2012

Mado Café

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Dessert

We recently heard about a new Middle Eastern dessert café in the Bukit Bintang area. Being fans of dessert and having tried some in the UK and around Europe, we went to try it out one night after dinner.

Mado Café, Kuala Lumpur
Located on the corner of a busy intersection on Jalan Bukit Bintang and right across the street from Lot 10, Mado Café is hard to miss. We noted that Mado Café originated from Turkey, so we were expecting some good authentic Middle Eastern dessert!

Interior, Mado Café
There was a takeaway counter and a dine-in area as well. We discovered that the café actually took up quite a large area for dine-in customers, so there was plenty of seating! One section of the interior of the café is pictured above.  We thought it had a bit of an elegant atmosphere to it.

Turkish Traditional Tea, Mado Café
To start off, we ordered a Turkish Traditional Tea for RM5. We personally did not think very highly of the tea as it didn’t taste like much and it was very similar to plain Boh tea from a teabag. This was something that we would stay away from the next time.

Kazandibi, Mado Café
As for the dessert itself, we tried a Kazandibi. Priced at RM20, this was a traditional Turkish carmelised milk pudding topped with ‘Sade’ ice-cream and sprinkled with chopped hazelnut. This dessert was excellent! The rich milk pudding had a smooth texture and had the right amount of sweetness to be eaten on its own. Coupled on with the even sweeter Sade ice-cream, it was a joy to behold. Definitely a dessert to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth.

Special Dessert Plates with Traditional ‘Kesme’ Ice-Cream, Mado Café
We also tried one of the Special Dessert Plates with Traditional ‘Kesme’ Ice-Cream. Pictured above is the Pistachio Special, priced at RM26. This dessert plate came with handmade Dolama, Pistachio Baklava and Kesme ice-cream sprinkled with chopped pistachio. The Dolama was a baklava with a mix of crushed pistachio and various nuts rolled in pastry. Both the Dolama and Pistachio Baklava had a generous amount of pistachio in them and were very sweet, just like how they should be, yet in harmony with the flavour of the pistachio.

Our conclusion is that the desserts we had were very good. Mado Café will definitely satisfy any sweet cravings one might have. The ice-creams can be bought on a cone as well for those who don’t want to dine-in and the baklavas can be purchased on their own, which would make for a good snack at home. For more information, do visit their website.

Café Information
Ground Floor, Street Level
99, Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur.

17 May, 2012

D Legends Bar

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Bar|Malaysian Food|Western Food

Not too long ago, we went for a food review in D Legends Bar with Chris and Christine and Ai Wei following an invitation from Hans, the owner of D Legends Bar.

Interior, D Legends Bar
Located in Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, the bar was rather easy to locate. The interior was rather impressive, dim and spacious, and ventilation was very good as the air was fresh.

Interior, D Legends Bar
The neighbourhood bar has been well-known for their reasonably priced menu and delicious good food. We were intrigued to discover how their food was like that night.

Pork Satay, D Legends Bar
We were served with Pork Satay. Priced at RM24, this bar bite was served with their home made chili peanut sauce and side salad. It was remarkably good, one of the best pork satays we have tasted so far. They placed special emphasis into making the satay itself flavourful and they were proven successful. Different from usual Malaysian satays, D Legends’ meat was thicker and it was fragrant and bursting with spices and flavours, it was so good that it can be eaten on its own!

Golden Prawns, D Legends Bar
Our second dish was the Golden Prawns priced at RM18. The prawns were dipped in batter, rolled in coconut and crumbs and deep fried until golden brown. The prawns were nice to snack on, paired with their pineapple chili padi chutney, it was flawless.

Churros, D Legends Bar
Next up was a dish not so common in Malaysia – Churros, more commonly known by the Malaysians as Spanish Yao Char Kway. Priced at RM16, these deep fried Spanish skinny doughnuts were dusted with cinnamon sugar and served with thick hot chocolate sauce. Although we have sampled better, we have to admit that their version was unique and the hot chocolate sauce was seriously addictive. A plus point would be that their Churros were not too oily too!

Pork Pizza, D Legends Bar
We were fortunate to sample Heaven is Pork Pizza. Priced at RM28, this 10 inches kitchen made thin crust pizza was made with a special masala recipe from India. It was generously topped with chicken strips, trio of capsicum, onion rings, cheddar, mozzarella and crumbled feta cheese. The grilled pork pizza was juicy and bursting with natural flavours, very cheesy and extremely delicious! We highly recommend all to try this out!

Kickin’ Ancho Chili Chicken, D Legends Bar
We also tried their Kickin’ Ancho Chili Chicken which was priced at RM22. The Acho chili seasoned chicken breast topped with chicken ham, BBQ sauce and melted mozzarella cheese was served with creamy mash, gravy and a dressed salad. The chicken portion was huge and it was cheesy and juicy, it was good until the last bite, we love this dish a lot too!

Fried Parmesan Chicken Sandwich, D Legends Bar
This was the Fried Parmesan Chicken Sandwich. Priced at RM22, this crispy chicken fillet was served with their very own buttery light brioche bun, spicy tomato pesto, wild rocket and ground parmesan. The serving came with fries and chili sauce. The size of the sandwich was huge and the chicken was thick and moist with flavours. Definitely worth a try!

Cuban Pulled Pork Quesadillas, D Legends Bar
Priced at RM22, the Cuban Pulled Pork Quesadillas did not fail to impress us also. The flour tortilla was stuff with tender pork shoulder, caramelised onions, melted cheese and it was served with salsa and sour cream. Similar to some of the food above, the quesadillas were juicy and cheesy, a very nice snack to go along with beer!

Strongbow, D Legends Bar
D Legends Bar serves various types of drinks – draft beers, bottled beers, liquor bottles, cocktails, wine etc. We took a sip of the Strongbow and it was nice, although we aren’t big fans of alcohol.

Do check this place out if you love meat and pork, their food is reasonably priced and the taste is great! Other than that, they started offering set lunches now from 11am to 3pm. You’ll be able to get one free soft drink and fruit with the purchase of any mains, pasta or pizza. For more information, do check out their Facebook page!

Bar Information
24, Ground Floor
Jalan Datuk Sulaiman
Taman Tun Dr. Ismail
60000 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-7725 6270

14 May, 2012

Hilton London Metropole Hotel

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Indian Food

Accommodation in London is not cheap, that is for certain. Looking for a hotel in London has always been a bit of a chore, but luckily we were able to get a promotional price for the Hilton London Metropole Hotel the past few times we were in London.


Hilton London Metropole Hotel
Located on Edgware Road and right outside the Edgware Road tube station, the Hilton Metropole is convenient and easily accessible. The tube from Edgware Road station also connects easily to the rest of the underground lines and the heart of London is just several stops away. It is also within walking distance from Paddington Station.

Hilton London Metropole Hotel
The photo above and prior to that shows two different King Guest Bedrooms that we stayed in during our times in London. We knew the quality of the hotel was assured and it did not disappoint at all. The staff at the Hilton Metropole were polite and ever ready to help. The rooms were clean and the beds comfortable with all the necessary amenities provided for. Just a point to note, the bouquet of flowers on the bed was not provided for by the hotel. So don’t expect to receive flowers upon checking into the room.


Sweet Potato and Paneer Cheese Tikka Curry, Hilton London Metropole Hotel
Over the times we have stayed there, we tried a couple of items from their room service menu. This was the Sweet Potato and Paneer Cheese Tikka Curry, priced at £12.25. Served with cumin rice, the curry was slightly sweet and buttery. It served well as a lazy midnight snack and we definitely enjoyed the cottage cheese!


Malaysian Style Penang Chicken Curry, Hilton London Metropole Hotel
Another item we tried was the Malaysian Style Penang Chicken Curry. For £13.95, we got a generous amount of chicken breast pieces in a curry sauce which was not Malaysian Penang style, but good enough by British standards.


Hilton London Metropole Hotel
On our last trip to London, we requested for a room on a higher floor.  We snapped this photo from the window of that room. It was nice to look out over London at night. Those were good memories and something that we definitely miss.

The Hilton London Metropole Hotel is a good bet for a comfortable and convenient hotel for a visit to London.  Though not the best food around, the room service is a good treat from time to time. We will recommend this hotel to anyone spending a couple of nights in London!  For reservations and more information, check out the Hilton Metropole’s website.

Hotel Information
225, Edgware Road
London W2 1JU
United Kingdom
Tel: 020 – 74024141

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