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01 Mar, 2012

Gerai Makan Japanese BBQ

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Japanese Food

After a very good meal at Sanuki Udon, we ventured further into Taman Desa in search of more food! Our destination was Gerai Makan Japanese BBQ. Both Sanuki Udon and this Japanese barbecue is coincidentally owned by the same person, Mr. Seiji Fujimoto.

Gerai Makan Japanese BBQ
The place was located in the centre compound of Plaza Faber, right at the opening of an alley.  Despite the surroundings not being the most well-kept around, the shop itself was very welcoming and it created the perfect atmosphere for an outdoor barbecue session!

Gerai Makan Japanese BBQ
The barbecue goes back to basics – a grill on top of a pot of charcoal with fire. Perfect, one does not need any more than that to have a good barbecue.

Genghis Khan, Gerai Makan Japanese BBQ
We ordered a Genghis Khan (ジンギスカン), which was a lamb dish, for RM20. This dish came cooked and did not involve any barbecuing on our own, but it was a good choice. The lamb was soft and very flavourful thanks to its marinade and the broth at the base of the pot.

Pork Belly and Mix Vegetables, Gerai Makan Japanese BBQ
For the barbecue itself, we ordered a serving of Pork Belly (ベリー) for RM10 and Mix Vegetables (ミックス 野菜) for RM5. We also ordered a portion of Shoulder Loin (肩ロース肉) for RM10 which is not pictured above.

Pork Belly, Gerai Makan Japanese BBQ
After we were done with the Genghis Khan, it was removed to clear the way for some intense barbecuing action. We placed the strips of meat on the metal grill, directly on top of the fire. Beware not to get too close as the fire rose up high when the oil from the pork started to drip down onto the charcoal. That gave the meat a burnt tinge as we left it on the grill for a little longer. We enjoyed it like that and thought that the meat itself tasted very good!

Japanese Risotto (Stewed Rice with Egg), Gerai Makan Japanese BBQ
We just needed a little bit more to satisfy our hunger that night, so we ordered a Japanese Risotto (Stewed Rice with Egg) (おじや) for RM6. Slightly spicy and savoury, we were pleasantly surprised at how it turned out. We enjoyed it very much and would recommend the risotto to anyone intending to head over to the barbecue shop!

It was a good mini-excursion into Taman Desa for two different types of Japanese food. We would recommend this Japanese BBQ and Sanuki Udon to anyone looking for an affordable yet quality dining experience.

Stall Information
Gerai Makan Japanese BBQ
Center Court, Plaza Faber
Jalan Desa Jaya
Taman Desa off Jalan Klang Lama
58100 Kuala Lumpur.

27 Feb, 2012

Sanuki Udon

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Japanese Food

After hearing good reviews from my Japanese colleague and reading good feedbacks from a few blogs, we decided to visit this restaurant for some good udon!

Interior, Sanuki Udon
The Japanese-owned restaurant was located in a quiet neighbourhood in Taman Desa and it was rather easy to find. The restaurant wasn’t fancy but it was decent, clean and pleasant.

Kushiyaki (串焼きかき), Sanuki Udon
We started our meal with two types of Kushiyaki (串焼きかき). The skewer grilled shiitake mushroom and chicken was priced at RM2 and RM3 respectively. They were both simple and nice to eat, quite a good start for the meal!

Karaage Chicken (唐揚げ), Sanuki Udon
Besides that, we also ordered a plate of Karaage Chicken (唐揚げ) to share. Priced at only RM3, this plate of freshly deep-fried chicken was crunchy and delicious! A perfect side dish for the noodles!

Kakiage Udon (揚げうどん), Sanuki Udon
Finally our long anticipated wheat udons were served. Priced at RM7, our bowl of Kakiage Udon (揚げうどん) was served fresh and hot. The sanuki udon, made fresh by Seiji Fujimoto san daily, was fresh, chewy and al dente. The deep-fried mixed vegetable strips on the other hand, was crunchy and matches well with the fresh and thick udon. We loved it!

House Special with Egg Udon, Sanuki Udon
The House Special with Egg Udon was simplicity at its best! Priced at RM5, the bowl of udon was made extra silky and smooth with the egg melted in the noodles. Every bite was heavenly delicious! We will definitely order this again!

We were happy to discover this hidden gem in Taman Desa. The price was reasonable and the quality of the food was excellent. We highly recommend Japanese food lovers to try this place out! However, big eaters like us weren’t full after this meal, we suddenly recalled another Japanese eatery in the same area and decided to go for round two! Stay tuned with us for our Japanese food hunt in Taman Desa!

Restaurant Information
9, Jalan Bukit Desa 5,
Taman Bukit Desa,
Off Jalan Klang Lama
58100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 012-241 8131

23 Feb, 2012

QQ Snowmix

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Dessert

We do enjoy the occasional Taiwanese dessert. With numerous outlet offering such items these days, we decided to try QQ Snowmix in Seri Petaling after hearing about it from some friends.

Interior, QQ Snowmix
The premise was like a typical Taiwanese dessert shop. We placed our order at the counter and we were handed a ‘Beeping UFO’ that would beep and vibrate when our order was ready to be collected.

Grass Jelly Ice Series with QQ Taro, Barley and Pearls, QQ Snowmix
We decided to try their Grass Jelly Ice Series with QQ Taro, Barley and Pearls (仙草雪花冰沙系列与芋圆,薏仁,珍珠). Priced at RM6.50, we found it to be rather nice. It was not too sweet and the barley mixed with the grass jelly resulted in an enjoyable taste. The found the pearls to be quite good as well as it was not soft to the bite.

Taiwan Black Sesame with Japanese Matcha Soup and Taipei Pudding, QQ Snowmix
We also had a Set 13: Taiwan Black Sesame with Japanese Matcha Soup and Taipei Pudding (台式黑芝麻,日式抹茶汤,台式布丁) for RM6.50. This was also quite nice. We liked the sesame taste in what was a nice and strong green tea flavoured soup!

A relatively small chain serving Taiwanese dessert, we think that QQ Snowmix has the quality to keep up with the rest of the pack. Outlets can be found in Seri Petaling and Bandar Puteri Puchong. For more information, head over to their website.

Café Information
149, Ground Floor
Jalan Radin Bagus
Bandar Baru Seri Petaling
57000 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03 – 90588133

20 Feb, 2012

The Bee

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Western Food

Publika is fast becoming a hotspot for casual dining places, cafés and food in general. Not too long ago, we made a dinner stop at The Bee!

Interior, The Bee
The café makes for a very relaxed environment, perfect for sitting around for a friendly dinner. Couches were available also for a more comfortable option whilst cradling a cup of coffee. The Bee hosts live entertainment from time to time and a large space with a performing stage was visible from where we sat.

Interior, The Bee
Outdoor seating was available for a more peaceful and natural environment.

Orange Juice & Lemonade, The Bee
Drinks for the night were Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice (left) and the Freshly-Made House Lemonade (right), priced at RM10 and RM6.50 respectively. The orange juice was natural with no added sugar, just the way we like it! The lemonade was not too bad, though one of us thought it was a bit too sour.

Chilli Prawn Pasta, The Bee
We ordered a whole bunch of things to share that night, starting off with the Chilli Prawn Pasta. Priced at RM19.50, this was a spaghetti dish tossed with prawns, cili padi, parsley and white wine. We enjoyed this dish as it was light on the palate with a hint of spiciness!

Fettucini Carbonara, The Bee
The Fettucini Carbonara was priced at RM18.90 and prepared with beef bacon, onions, parmesan cheese and egg yolks. This pasta dish was good as the cream was not too heavy and it was full of flavour.

Chicken and Mushroom Pie, The Bee
This was the Chicken and Mushroom Pie, priced at RM16. It was topped with pea mash and gravy with a side of salad. The pastry was light and flaky which we thought was a plus. The combination of the pea mash and the savoury goodness of the chicken and mushroom inside the pie made for an enjoyable eating experience.

Avocado Chicken Burger, The Bee
An Avocado Chicken Burger was priced at RM18. What we got was grilled chicken, house made avocado salsa, cheese, lettuce & house made aioli on a lightly toasted burger bun and served with fries. We thought the burger was excellent in terms of flavour, but our only gripe was that the burger itself was rather small. We were left feeling unsatisfied and we wanted more of the delicious burger.

Elvis Sandwich, The Bee
Something that we recommend very much would be the Elvis Sandwich. For RM12.50, one would get a peanut butter and banana French toast sandwich fried in butter served with a side of crisps. If that description doesn’t attract you, we don’t know what will! It was delightfully sweet but with a pleasant balance thanks to the peanut butter. Definitely something that we would come back for!

Churros with Chocolate Ganache, The Bee
We have not had churros since Barcelona, but here it is! The Churros with Chocolate Ganache was priced at RM9. Dipping this Spanish pastry into chocolate and consuming it was a very enjoyable experience. Fans of chocolate of sweet stuff will definitely appreciate it!

The Bee was a good dining experience overall and a place that we would recommend to friends for a casual joint with good food. This outlet in Publika is actually their second outlet, with the first being in Jaya One. Do check out their website for more information.

Café Information
36B, Level G2
Publika, Solaris Dutamas
Jalan Dutamas 1
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel:  +6016 – 6736142

16 Feb, 2012

Asam Laksa Jusco Mid Valley

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Malaysian Food

Good things can be found in the most unexpected of places sometimes. We would like to introduce an eating establishment in Jusco Mid Valley.

Jusco Mid Valley
Located on the top floor of Jusco itself near where all the stationeries are, the delightful scent of asam laksa entices shoppers all around. We have frequented this joint for many years and our personal favourites include the Nasi Lemak and of course, the Asam Laksa.

Asam Laksa, Jusco Mid Valley
The Penang Asam Laksa was priced at RM5.90. The mildly sour fish broth was very appetising! Definitely a recommended way to recharge one’s batteries in between shopping.

Asam Laksa, Jusco Mid Valley
The noodles came with a generous helping of onions, cucumbers, pineapple pieces and chilli which added to the flavourful broth.

Nasi Lemak, Jusco Mid Valley
The Nasi Lemak Chicken Rendang was priced at RM7.90. The sambal here was quite good, being slightly spicy, however the main attraction was the chicken rendang. The rendang sauce was top class and went well with the fragrant coconut rice. The chicken on that day slightly dry and a bit too hard, but the chicken rendang has always been one of my favourites over the years.

This little eating establishment in Jusco is definitely worth a try. It’s been around for as many years as we can remember and the delicious smell of asam laksa that wafts through the floor ensures that we never forget it!

Restaurant Information
Top Floor (Stationery floor)
Mid Valley Megamall
Lingkaran Syed Putra
59200 Kuala Lumpur

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