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On a short visit to Ipoh, I visited the renowned Lou Wong Restaurant for Ipoh’s famous Bean Sprouts Chicken.

Restoran Tauge Ayam Lou Wong, Ipoh
Having heard about the restaurant for so many times, it was my first time visiting this place for its symbolic food. Although I arrived early for dinner, the restaurant was already packed with patrons, surprisingly many from outstation.

Bean Sprouts Chicken, Restoran Tauge Ayam Lou Wong
I ordered a portion of the Bean Sprouts Chicken. The steamed chicken was definitely delicious, one of the best I’ve had so far, and I was not exaggerating. The skin was silky smooth while the meat was tender but firm, giving it a very nice texture.

Bean Sprouts, Restoran Tauge Ayam Lou Wong
What impressed me most, however, was this plate of Bean Sprouts. This was what I called simplicity at its best. Seasoned with only pepper, soya sauce and oil, the bean sprouts looked ordinary but yet tasted fantastic, they were thicker than the ones I’ve had in Kuala Lumpur, much crunchier and juicier.

Kuey Teow Soup, Restoran Tauge Ayam Lou Wong
Lastly, I also had a bowl of Kuey Teow Soup to go with the chicken. I was never a fan of Kuey Teow Soup, but this bowl of flat rice noodles impressed me. It complemented the chicken and the bean sprouts very well, adding a sweet and delicious touch to the meal. I highly recommend my readers to try this out!

I was very happy with my dining experience in Lou Wong and will definitely return for more in the future!

Restaurant Information
49, Jalan Yau Tet Shin,
30300 Ipoh, Perak,

10 Dec, 2012

Baba Low’s 486 Bangsar

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Malaysian Food

Even though I used to hang out in Bangsar a lot, I did not know about the existence of Baba Low’s 486 Bangsar until I read about this place online.

Interior, Baba Low's 486 Bangsar
The restaurant was located in the old housing area of Bangsar, near Poco Homemade. Parking was rather difficult to find due to limited parking space.

Nyonya Laksa, Baba Low's 486 Bangsar
I read that this restaurant was owned by a Baba Nyonya descendent food operator whose business has its roots in Malacca. The restaurant serves traditional Peranakan Chinese food with a modern touch. One of their must-try item was the Nyonya Laksa.

Nyonya Laksa, Baba Low's 486 Bangsar
Priced at RM6, this bowl of Malacca Nyonya Laksa was served in spicy and fragrant coconut milk gravy with generous toppings of shredded cucumbers, bean sprouts, prawns, cockles, fish ball and egg. This bowl of noodles was what I called comfort food. I liked it and would recommend my readers to try it out.

Pong Teh, Baba Low's 486 Bangsar
Next, I also tried the Pong Teh, which was priced at RM6.50. Pong Teh is a Malacca Nyonya dish with sweet and savoury chicken served with rice. The soy-bean based braised chicken was delicious. The chicken was tender and the gravy complemented the rice very well.

Popiah, Baba Low's 486 Bangsar
Lastly, I also tried their Popiah for RM3.90. The Peranakan spring roll was wrapped with cooked turnips, coriander, fried shallots, bean sprouts, egg strips, shredded cucumber, home made Gula Melaka sweet sauce, garlic and grounded red chilli. Baba Low’s Popiah was very fresh and it was one of the better versions of Popiah I’ve tried.

It was quite an interesting discovery in Bangsar. For those who love Nyonya food, this place is worth a shot. Also worth checking out was their Cendol, which I’ve read a couple of good reviews about it. For more information, feel free to check out this newspaper article from The Star.

Restaurant Information
Lorong Kurau, Bangsar
59100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2284 8486

27 Nov, 2012

San Terri Cottage Café and Bistro

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Café|Dessert

I apologise for the delay in posting lately. I have been very busy with work and I can hardly find time to blog recently. Anyway, San Terri Cottage used to be a café which I visit when I was working in Plaza Damas.

San Terri Cottage Café and Bistro, Hartamas Shopping Centre
Located on the first floor of Hartamas Shopping Centre, San Terri Cottage was rather easy to be spotted because of its colourful and decorative interior.

Interior, San Terri Cottage Café and Bistro
There were seats available near the escalators.

Interior, San Terri Cottage Café and Bistro
I preferred dining in the café area which I found to be more comfortable and discreet.

Earl Grey Tea, San Terri Cottage Café and Bistro
Afternoon tea was light and simple that day. I had a serving of the Earl Grey Tea for RM7.50 per pot. The tea was nice and fragrant, perfect for an afternoon tea.

Oreo Cheese Cake, San Terri Cottage Café and Bistro
I also had an Oreo Cheese Cake which was priced at RM8 per slice. The cake was very good, I was very impressed. It was smooth and creamy in texture, but not too overwhelming. Complemented with the tea, it was a pleasant dessert!

San Terri was quite a nice place for dessert and afternoon tea. I would definitely revisit for more snacks and desserts in the future!

Café Information
F-09A, First Floor,
Hartamas Shopping Centre,
Sri Hartamas,
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 016-2276428

11 Nov, 2012

Bistro Fiore

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Italian Food|Japanese Food

When I used to worked in Plaza Damas for a short period of time, my colleagues and I used to hang out in this eatery after work, definitely one of my favourite places for Japanese styled Italian food in KL.

Bistro Fiore, Plaza Damas
On one of the weekends I visited the restaurant for lunch. The restaurant was located in one of the more remote corner of Plaza Damas.

Counter seats, Bistro Fiore
There were two floors for dining. The ground floor housed the counter seats and the open kitchen area. A very nice area to sit and talk to the owners and also the people in the restaurant.

Sakashita san, Bistro Fiore
The owner of the restaurant was Sakashita san, a very approachable and friendly person, cooks delicious Italian food and speaks Chinese as well!

Interior, Bistro Fiore
When I was there with my friends for lunch, we dined in the second floor.

Interior, Bistro Fiore
The second floor of the restaurant had more table seats. The environment was bright and cheerful in the afternoon.

Soup, Bistro Fiore
Since there were three of us, we ordered a few items to share. Their set menu was very appealing and we ordered a Mini Set A which consisted of a soup, appetizer, salad, two types of main course and also a drink. Priced at RM25, we found this set to be delicious and reasonably priced. The vegetable soup was simple and nice, no complains about it.

Appetiser, Bistro Fiore
The appetizer consisted of broccoli, squid rings, potato salad and onion rings. I liked the potato salad in particular, it was a simple and healthy appetizer.

Salad, Bistro Fiore
The salad was quite good as well. I liked the salad dressing, slightly sour and very appetising, it boosted my appetite for the next main course.

Fried Rice with Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato, Bistro Fiore
For our mains, we had fried rice with bacon, lettuce and tomato. It was a healthy option, the rice was moist and delicious and yet not oily.

Bacon, Mushroom and Tomato Sauce Pasta, Bistro Fiore
We also sampled their pasta. Their Bacon, Mushroom and Tomato Sauce Pasta was an enjoyable dish as well, it tasted nice and light.

Seafood Pizza, Bistro Fiore
Other than Mini Set A, we ordered a small pizza from the a la carte menu. Priced at RM21, I loved the pizza, definitely one of the pizzas which I loved most from this place. The prawns were huge and fresh and the cheese complemented the seafood very well, very nice and cheesy, two thumbs up for this pizza!

Napolitana Pasta, Bistro Fiore
These two remaining photos were pictures which I have taken when dining in the restaurant for supper after work.  We would usually leave it up to the chef to prepare what was good for us, commonly known as Omakase (お任せ) in Japanese. Pictured above was the Napolitana Pasta which was all of our favourite in the restaurant. It was very flavourful and very cheesy, simply delicious!

Pizza, Bistro Fiore
The pizza which we had was quite good as well, it wasn’t in the menu. It consisted of tomatoes, potatoes and ham. Very rare to have potatoes in pizza but this one tasted quite good.

Overall, I liked this place a lot, a very nice hang out place for us and lots of good memories with my colleagues. I would recommend this place for my readers and I will always revisit this place in the future.

Restaurant Information
H-0-11, Plaza Damas
Jalan Sri Hartamas
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-6211-481

04 Nov, 2012

Kushiyaki Kuni (串焼邦)

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Japanese Food

One of my favourite Japanese restaurants in Kuala Lumpur is Kushiyaki Kuni. It is a place that I will always go back to.

Kushiyaki Kuni, Kuala Lumpur
Located in Plaza Damas in Sri Hartamas, the restaurant is situated right across Starbucks in Hartamas Shopping Centre. The two months old restaurant only opens for dinner at the moment.

Interior, Kushiyaki Kuni
Kushiyaki Kuni is an Izakaya (居酒屋), a type of Japanese drinking establishment which also serves food to accompany the drinks.

Asahi Beer, Kushiyaki Kuni
The restaurant has many types of Japanese liquors to offer, Sake, Shochu, beers and also wines. Priced at RM13.90 during happy hour from 5 to 7pm, Asahi Beer was always a good start for the meal.

Grapefruit Cocktail, Kushiyaki Kuni
Other than beers, sake and shochu, the restaurant also served various shochu cocktails such as the Lemon Sour, Peach Cocktail, Tomato Cocktail and Grapefruit Cocktail. My favourite out of all would be the Grapefruit Cocktail, pictured as above with the promotion price of RM12.80 for the month.

Smoked Sanma, Kushiyaki Kuni
Dinner started with a plate of Smoked Sanma (秋刀魚の薫製) and Kimo Miso which was priced at RM28. The Pacific Saury was smoked to perfection, very soft and tasty. The Miso paste was slightly salty when eaten on its own but very delicious as an accompaniment with alcohol.

Mizuna Salad, Kushiyaki Kuni
Next up, I had a plate of Mizuna salad (水菜サラダ). I am usually not a fan of any salad but this was an exception. Priced at RM18, the prawns and the fish roe were very fresh and the Oba dressing went well with the imported vegetables. Simple and healthy.

Sashimi Moriawase, Kushiyaki Kuni
Sashimi is my all time favourite dish in Japanese cuisine. Priced at RM80, this plate of Sashimi Moriawase (刺身盛り合わせ) was excellent. From the far left to the right, I had Kohada Tsumami (小肌つまみ), Sanma Sashimi (さんま刺身) and Shime Saba Sashimi (しめ鯖刺身). Presentation was exceptional and the sashimi were very fresh. I loved it.

Grilled Dish, Kushiyaki Kuni
After sashimi, I was served with a plate of grilled dish. The grilled dish consisted of Shishitou (ししとう), Mameaji (豆あじ) and Mehikari (メヒカリ). Shishitou is a type of Japanese Green Pepper, it wasn’t spicy at all, slightly sweet and very fragrant. Both types of dried fish were grilled to perfection in the oven. I liked the Mehikari a lot, it was crunchy and aromatic, a very nice snack with Japanese liquor.

Kushiyaki, Kushiyaki Kuni
As the name of the restaurant suggests, Kushiyaki Kuni specialised in doing Kushiyaki, Japanese skewer grilled. Kushiyaki here were grilled with charcoals, therefore promising a traditional and delectable taste.

Chicken Skewer, Kushiyaki Kuni
I started off by having two sticks of Chicken Skewers (鶏もも). Priced at RM4 per stick, the chicken was tender and soft, coupled with the Japanese leek, it was simply irresistible, a must order in the restaurant!

Pork Slice with Mentaiko, Kushiyaki Kuni
Next I had two sticks of Pork Slice with Mentaiko (豚バラ明太) which was priced at RM10 per stick. The pork was juicy and succulent, very delicious even when eaten on its own.

Miso Paste, Kushiyaki Kuni
What I found special about this restaurant was their homemade Miso paste. Slightly salty and rich in flavour, the Miso paste perfected the taste of the Kushiyaki, it was very popular among Japanese patrons.

Chicken Liver, Kushiyaki Kuni
One of the best selling Kushiyaki in the restaurant was the Chicken Liver (レバー). Grilled with their special sweet sauce, the liver was creamy, moist and sweet,  very delicious when eaten fresh from the grill!

Iberico Pork, Kushiyaki Kuni
Next up was also one of the restaurant’s specialty – Iberico Pork (イベリコ豚). Priced at RM12 per stick, the Spanish pork skewer was mouthwatering delicious, the meat was slighter denser than normal pork and it has a stronger taste, pork lovers should try this out!

Chicken Meatball, Kushiyaki Kuni
One of my favourite skewers was the Chicken Meatball (つくね) which was priced at RM10 per stick. The preparation for the Meatball was longer than normal skewers, since it has to be oven baked first, but it was well worth the wait. Very moist and tender drizzled with sweet sauce, this Kushiyaki was popular among children.

Shiitake Mushroom, Kushiyaki Kuni
Other than meat, I also had some vegetable skewers. Priced at RM3 per stick, the Shiitake Mushroom (しいたけ) was simple and nice. Grilled to perfection with salt, the Shiitake Mushroom was a healthy option to go for!

Ginko Nuts, Kushiyaki Kuni
One of the Japanese customers’ favorite was the Ginko Nuts skewer (銀杏). Priced at RM6 per skewer, the Ginko Nuts were imported from Japan, similar to the Shiitake Mushroom, it was grilled with salt, healthy, simple and nice!

Chestnut and Mushroom Rice with Ikura, Kushiyaki Kuni
Dinner ended with a bowl of Mushroom and Chestnut Rice (栗ご飯). Priced at RM per bowl, the rice was simple and delicious, and the Ikura complemented the rice very well.

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On the night of dining in the restaurant, I was offered a special dish to sample by another Japanese customer, who brought the salted fish roe to the restaurant. According to the Japanese owner, this dish was one of the most popular dishes in Japan of all time. Known as Karasumi (カラスミ), the fish roe was to be eaten in small bites. Coupled with alcohol, it was extremely fragrant and delicious.

Overall I really enjoy dining in this restaurant. Service was good and food was fresh, authentic and delicious, a very relaxing place for a drink! Check out their blackboard for seasonal items, some flown in fresh from Japan! For more information, please visit their Facebook page for more photos and information!

Restaurant Information
E-0-15 & 1-10, Plaza Damas
No 60, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1
Sri Hartamas
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-6206 2990

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