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28 Jan, 2012

Erawan Classic Thai & Fusion

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Thai Food

Not too long ago, I had a plan for Wen Ching’s birthday dinner. Needless to be said, the restaurant of choice for that night had to be top class. The restaurant: Erawan Classic Thai & Fusion.

Interior, Erawan Classic Thai & Fusion
Erawan is a Thai restaurant run by two brothers. We must inform readers that walk-in customers are not recommended as the place is usually fully booked. In addition, the full extent of the menu will not be available to walk-in customers. Erawan has an extensive menu on its website which is only available when pre-ordered while booking.

Pomelo Salad, Erawan Classic Thai & Fusion
We started off dinner that day with Erawan’s refreshing Pomelo Salad, priced at RM30. One of their specialities, the salad consists of fresh pomelos from Thailand, ground peanuts, fried onions, garlic and prawns. It came with a special sweet-sour sauce which was to be poured over the salad. The combination of it all was excellent! It was the perfect start to our meal.

Lemongrass Chicken, Erawan Classic Thai & Fusion
For our mains, we ordered Erawan’s Lemongrass Chicken for RM48. For this dish, the chicken was marinated with lemongrass and roasted until golden brown. A very flavourful dish, one could tell that the chicken was properly marinated as each piece had a hint of lemongrass in it. The dish came with sweet chilli sauce as a dipping, but we would recommend eating the chicken on its own as we enjoyed the natural flavour of the dish.

Boneless Roasted Duck Curry, Erawan Classic Thai & Fusion
Another main we had was the Boneless Roasted Duck Curry, priced at RM38. The curry was creamy and slightly sweet, but still very pleasing on the palate. The roasted duck pieces were tender as well. An excellent accompaniment to rice!

Stir-fried Hong Kong Kailan with Salted Fish, Erawan Classic Thai & Fusion
We also had the Stir-fried Hong Kong Kailan with Salted Fish for RM20. We were impressed at how a simple vegetable dish turned out so well. It was not overly salty and the kailan was not too hard, yet still had a delightful crunch to it.

Homemade Moist Chocolate Cake, Erawan Classic Thai & Fusion
As the kind owner of Erawan was informed that it was to be a birthday dinner, he threw in a complimentary homemade Moist Chocolate Cake with ice-cream at the end (usually priced at RM15). The cake was simply amazing. It was soft and seemed to melt in one’s mouth. The cake itself was not too sweet and went well with the vanilla ice-cream. It was even topped off with the cutest icing sculpture of a girl and her car.

Erawan Classic Thai & Fusion
Erawan is a restaurant we highly recommend. The service is excellent and the food as well. We will always have fond memories of it and we will be back to try more things from their extensive menu. For contact information and the restaurant’s menu, go to Erawan’s website.

Restaurant Information

No.22-1, Jalan PJU 5/16
Kota Damansara
47810 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-61412393

25 Jan, 2012

Nihon Kai Japanese Restaurant (日本海)

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Japanese Food

After hearing a number of compliments about Nihon Kai, we decided to give this place a visit since it was located rather close to where we live.

Interior, Nihon Kai Japanese Restaurant
Reservations were not allowed and we arrived late on a Friday night for dinner. It took a while before we were seated. But fortunately service was fast and efficient.

Interior, Nihon Kai Japanese Restaurant
Other than indoor seating, patrons can also choose to dine at the sushi counter or outdoors.

Nihonkai Maki, Nihon Kai Japanese Restaurant
As mentioned above, service was speedy and food was served rather fast, even though the restaurant was quite packed. We had our first sushi served – Nihonkai Maki (日本海巻き) priced at RM26. The seaweed roll was generously filled with sashimi, crab stick, egg, pickles and fish roe. It was one of the better versions of futomaki we’ve had, very fresh and flavourful, and it was reasonably priced too, definitely worth a try!

Nihonkai Sp Maki, Nihon Kai Japanese Restaurant
The Nihonkai Sp Maki (日本海スペシャル巻き) was one of our favourites too. Priced at RM16, fresh salmon slices and julienne vegetables were wrapped with thin rice paper topped with fish roe and mayonnaise, sprinkled with tempura batter. Again, the maki roll did not fail to impress us, the combination was simply delicious, very juicy, fresh and crunchy too!

Tenzaru Soba, Nihon Kai Japanese Restaurant
Craving for something cold for our main the other day, we ordered the Tenzaru Soba (天ざるそば) which was priced at RM13. Cold buckwheat noodles were served with tempura and their dipping sauce. It was simple and nice, a dish that we enjoyed all the time.

Tempura, Nihon Kai Japanese Restaurant
Pictured above was the tempura served with the soba. They were nicely deep-fried, not too oily, crunchy and juicy!

Chirashi Sushi, Nihon Kai Japanese Restaurant
We also had a Chirashi Sushi Jo (ちらし寿司) priced at RM52. A variety of raw fish were served on a bed of seaweed and rice. The sashimi was very fresh and we were happy with the selection of sashimi too. The salmon sashimi and the scallops were my personal favourite, coupled with their properly vinegared sushi rice, it was fantastic! Our only complaint was that they could’ve provided us with more sushi rice.

Overall, food was very good and we were satisfied with their price and portion too. Do give this place a try if you like Japanese food, but try to be early to beat the crowd!

Restaurant Information
No. 4-2, Jalan Telok Gadong,
Off Old Klang Road,
Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-7982 3668

19 Jan, 2012

Ribs By Vintry

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Western Food

Last Christmas we wanted to go for dinner at a place we’ve never been to together before. We decided on Ribs by Vintry because one of us has tried it before and thought that it was quite good. Located on Jalan Kasah in Medan Damansara, the location was convenient for us. The only drawback being that parking might be hard to come by later in the day.

Interior, Ribs by Vintry
Many families and couples frequent the restaurant thanks to its relaxed setting.

Wine, Ribs by Vintry
Wine lovers can enjoy their meat with whatever wine if they so choose, as there is an extensive selection of wine to choose from.

Caramelised Roast Pork, Ribs by Vintry
To start, we had the Caramelised Roast Pork for RM18. This starter comes in a spicy and non-spicy variant. Naturally, we opted for the spicy one. This dish consisted of roast pork wok-fried in soy sauce and caramelized with sugar. The pork was very crunchy and slightly sweet. There was a hint of spiciness within the flavours as we noticed tiny bits of chili amongst the pork and on the plate. We thought this starter was very good, but this was definitely one to share! It might be a bit too much for one person to finish.

BBQ Pork Ribs, Ribs by Vintry
One of our mains was the BBQ Pork Ribs. A medium portion was priced at RM42. The meat was soft and the barbecue marinade made it sweet to taste. Some enjoyable pork ribs, though not the best we’ve had.  Accompanying the ribs were a portion of coleslaw and mashed potatoes.

Chef Pasta, Ribs by Vintry
We also had the Chef Pasta for RM36. This was a tomato-based spaghetti dish, pan-fried with Taiwanese sausages, pork bacon, sliced mushrooms and pork croutons. We thought the pasta was excellent. The tomato-based sauce was light and there was a generous amount of pork in the pasta. We would recommend this dish highly!
For pork lovers, Rib By Vintry is something that you would enjoy very much! We know that we definitely did! For more information, do visit their website.

Restaurant Information
120-122, Jalan Kasah
Medan Damansara
50490 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-20961645

16 Jan, 2012

Uncle Jang Korean Restaurant

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Korean Food

A few months ago, we paid a visit to Uncle Jang Korean Restaurant in Solaris Mont Kiara with Brought up 2 Share, My Story, Motormouth from Ipoh and Ipoh Mali Talak Sombong as we wanted something spicy and they recommended it for some spicy Korean delights.

Interior, Uncle Jang Korean Restaurant
In true Korean style, one could sit on the floor to enjoy your meal if preferred. However, chairs are also available for those more inclined towards a regular table-and-chair set up.

Interior, Uncle Jang Korean Restaurant
All tables come with a hot plate and that is because the main item to order in Uncle Jang is Dak-Galbi. It is a dish generally made by stir-frying marinated diced chicken in a gochujang (chilli pepper paste) sauce with sliced cabbage, sweet potato, scallions, onions and rice cakes on the hot plate.

Accompaniments, Uncle Jang Korean Restaurant
The various fried ingredients are to be wrapped in the provided lettuce before eaten. Other condiments were provided as well to compliment the meal.

Dak-Galbi, Uncle Jang Korean Restaurant
That day, we ordered the Spicy Dak-Galbi for RM22 per person. Shortly after ordering, the ingredients for the dish were brought to our table and fried on the hot plate in front of us. The waiter will be the one doing the frying and stirring, so just sit back and relax.

Dak-Galbi, Uncle Jang Korean Restaurant
We requested for the addition of cheese to our Dak-Galbi for an extra RM8. It was sprinkled on top towards the end of the whole process and then stirred. Throughout the frying process, we could smell the excellent aroma of the Dak-Galbi and couldn’t wait for it to be ready to be eaten!

Dak-Galbi, Uncle Jang Korean Restaurant
The end result was very flavourful. The chilli paste coated the ingredients well and gave it all a nice spicy kick. A good balance is achieved when the spicy ingredients are wrapped up in the cooling lettuce leaves and eaten. We enjoyed the Dak-Galbi very much!

Dak-Galbi, Uncle Jang Korean Restaurant
A recommended option towards the end of meal (when only about a quarter to a third of the Dak-Galbi is left) is to order rice to be fried on the hot plate. We did so at an extra charge of RM6. Extra vegetables and seaweed will be fried along with the rice.

Dak-Galbi, Uncle Jang Korean Restaurant
When done towards the end of the meal, the rice was able to absorb all the flavourful juices from the chicken that remained on the hot plate. We found that the rice absorbed the spice from the chilli paste and all the residual flavour left on the hot plate. It was the perfect way to round off an excellent meal!

We really enjoyed the food at Uncle Jang as it was able to offer us a good level of spiciness which still tasted very good. Definitely one worth checking out! For more information, do visit their Facebook page. If Mont Kiara is inconvenient for you, their original outlet is in Ampang and there is another outlet in Puchong as well

Restaurant Information
No 11-3
Jalan Solaris 1
Mont Kiara
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-62112536

09 Jan, 2012

Village Park Restaurant

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Malaysian Food

Our hunt for good nasi lemak continues and this time we were at the much talked about Village Park Restaurant.

Village Park Restaurant
The nasi lemak here has been getting rave reviews and even won the 2011 Time Out KL Food Awards in the Blogger’s Choice category!

Interior, Village Park Restaurant
Always expect a crowd at Village Park. If eating in, one would probably need to wait for a table as the place tends to be full, especially during peak breakfast and lunch time. If getting take away instead, one would need to queue by the food display in order to place an order. However, don’t be discouraged by the wait. It is always a good sign if the place is full and people are still willing to wait.

Food Display, Village Park Restaurant
They have other things on offer, as can be seen from the vast display of foodstuffs here. Although the nasi lemak is still the main attraction here.

Neslo, Village Park Restaurant
For drinks, we had a Neslo for RM2.30. A combination of Nescafe and Milo, it’s hard to go wrong with something like this!

Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng, Village Park Restaurant
While we were there, we simply had to try the much talked about Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng priced at RM7.70. The chicken was very crunchy and flavourful, definitely a step above most others that we’ve tried and quite deserving of its rave reviews. The sambal was slightly sweet and rather good, though not the best we’ve had.

Nasi Lemak Rendang Ayam, Village Park Restaurant
This was the Nasi Lemak Rendang Ayam. Priced at RM7.20, it is also a good choice for those who would like a change from the fried chicken.

Also worth trying is the sambal sotong which bears some similarity to a certain other nasi lemak we might cover in the future! The nasi lemak from Village Park was definitely an enjoyable experience, but not the best for us. We would definitely recommend the fried chicken above anything else!

Restaurant Information
5, Jalan SS21/37
Damansara Utama
47400 Petaling Jaya
Selangor
Tel : 03 – 77107860

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