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24 Aug, 2012

Chong Ko Hakka Noodles (彰哥客家面家)

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Chinese Food

I have never been to Kuala Lipis before, neither have I heard much about that place until I found out about Chong Ko Hakka Noodles in Pandan Indah. I was impressed with their Hakka noodles on the first time I had it, so we decided to go back for more and this time, sharing to our readers about this place.

Chong Ko Hakka Noodles
Located near Pantai Hospital, we made a few wrong turns before arriving at Chong Ko Hakka Noodles. The area was rather crowded and parking was definitely an issue for us.

Interior, Chong Ko Hakka Noodles
Nevertheless, we found a parking and happily sat down in the restaurant while waiting to order. The restaurant was still very crowded when we got there, even though it was a rather late lunch .

Original Pork Ball Hakka Noodle, Chong Ko Hakka Noodles
We ordered an Original Pork Ball Hakka Noodle (原味肉丸招牌粗面) for RM4.80 for a small portion. We opted for the thick noodles. The handmade noodles were healthy and springy, it was topped with minced meat and spring onions which gave the noodles extra taste and aroma. The pork balls were very good as well, however, it has a rather strong porky taste which some might not enjoy.

Original Fish Ball Fine Noodles, Chong Ko Hakka Noodles
We also had the Original Fish Ball Fine Noodles (原味鱼丸生幼面) for RM4.70, also for a small portion. The fine noodles were very good as well, nice and chewy. However, we preferred the thick noodles which had more of a bite.

Chili sauce with Hakka Noodles, Chong Ko Hakka Noodles
The best part of Chong Ko’s noodles was their chili sauce. Although the noodles were already very good on its own, we enjoyed adding in their chili sauce into the noodles and eating it drenched and mixed with their Hakka chili sauce. It was rather spicy and had a kick to it, definitely something not to be missed when you eat in this place!

Overall, we really liked this place and would recommend our readers to try it out. We would definitely go back for more, and might also try Kin Kin Chili Pan Mee which was located in the neighbourhood.

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Restaurant Information
No. 11G, Jalan Perubatan 2
Taman Pandan Indah
55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-4280 3150

21 Aug, 2012

Vishal Food & Catering

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Indian Food

We personally find that found all the banana leaf meals that we’ve had to date, Nirwana’s is hard to beat and is probably one of the best overall.

Interior, Vishal Food & Catering
That was until we tried the food at Vishal in Brickfields. Located on Jalan Scott, Vishal has a clean environment and service was not bad as well.

Banana Leaf Rice, Vishal Food & Catering
Vishal’s vegetarian banana leaf meal was priced at a very reasonable RM5. As usual, it came with 3 vegetable sides which we quite enjoyed. The only gripe that we had with it was that we felt the portions for the vegetables were a bit on the small side. With that aside, the vegetables themselves were good. However, there was nothing on that day that compared to Nirwana’s deep-fried bitterguord.

Banana Leaf Rice, Vishal Food & Catering
The main highlight at Vishal has to be the curry. We think that a good banana leaf meal rests solely on the curry. We’ll be happy as long as the rice with the curry tastes good. Vishal’s curry exceeded our expectations. The fish curry was very thick and flavourful. We could taste the curry’s tomato base as it was sour and so, very appetising. The fish curry was definitely a notch above many others!

Mutton Curry, Vishal Food & Catering
We also opted to have a Mutton Curry for RM8 to supplement our meal. We thought that the mutton curry was nice, but it was nothing special compared to many others that we’ve tried before. A good meat accompaniment, but we can’t rave about it too much.

We’re glad that we found a new joint for good banana leaf rice. We would go back to Vishal for the curry alone! For those of you who fancy a good curry, head over to Vishal in Brickfields as check it out!

Restaurant Information
22, Jalan Scott
Brickfields
50470 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03 – 2274 0995 / 2274 1995

17 Aug, 2012

Yamagoya Ramen (山小屋) – 2nd Post

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Japanese Food

There are many Ramen places which we have visited so far but there are only a handful that we revisit. One of them is Yamagoya Ramen, which we liked a lot. This was our third visit and it was an invited review by Alvin, the Assistant General Manager of Yamagoya Ramen.

Mukashi Special Ramen, Yamagoya Ramen
As we’ve introduced in our first post, Yamagoya is a branch of a famous chain from Kyushu, Japan. Their best-selling ramen was their Mukashi Special Ramen (昭和ラーメン). Served with slices of Char Siu, bamboo shoots, beansprouts, ear fungus, spring onions and semi-hard boiled egg, the Ramen was delicious. One of the things that we loved about Yamagoya is their egg, it was so simple yet so delicious.

Mukashi Special Ramen, Yamagoya Ramen
Their Ramen was nice and springy and they managed to maintain their high standards on our few visits.

Black Garlic Ramen, Yamagoya Ramen
This time around, we tried something new which was their Black Garlic Ramen (黒マ―油ラーメン). Priced at RM22, this bowl of Ramen is served with slices of Char Siu, beansprouts, ear fungus and spring onions. The Black Garlic Ramen has a very strong garlic taste, those who like your soup to be strong and garlicky, do check this Ramen out!

Chanpon, Yamagoya Ramen
We also got a chance to sample two new items on their menu. First, we had their Chanpon (ちゃんぽん) which was priced at RM28. It was our first time having a Japanese version Chanpon, we usually have the Korean one instead. Yamagoya’s version was served with generous prawns, fish cakes, squids and vegetables.

Chanpon, Yamagoya Ramen
The noodles were thicker than the Ramen noodles as well. We thought this was rather mediocre. We personally prefer their Ramen dishes over this Chanpon.

Tonkatsu, Yamagoya Ramen
Another new item on their menu was the Tonkatsu (とんかつ). Priced at RM15, we found this breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet was slightly tough to our liking.

Curry Rice, Yamagoya Ramen
However, if served with their curry, it would be an excellent combination. We thought Yamagoya’s Curry (カレー) was excellent, very thick and flavourful with a tinge of sourness which made the curry very appetising and addictive. It was definitely one of the best curry that we’ve tried in Malaysia, we will go back for more!

Gyoza, Yamagoya Ramen
We were also served with a plate of Gyoza (焼きギョウザ). Priced at RM11, we found this Gyoza to be very fresh and juicy, even better than the previous visit. A very nice side dish to go along with a Ramen meal!

Dessert, Yamagoya Ramen
It was a very pleasant and enjoyable lunch at Yamagoya with our close friends. We even received a gift from Yamagoya which was a red bean dessert from Japan, very delectable as well. We would like to thank Alvin for the warm host and also our fellow blogger Ai Wei and Kampungboycitygal for the great company! Do check this place our for good Ramen!

Restaurant Information
A2-G2-8, Solaris Dutamas,
No.1, Jalan Dutamas 1,
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-6206 2220

14 Aug, 2012

Basil Thai Nudle Bar

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Thai Food

As we are frequently around Bangsar, we have a number of restaurants which are our stalwart favourites for dining in. One such restaurant for Thai food has to be Basil in Bangsar Village 1.

Basil Thai Nudle Bar
Located on the ground floor, Basil underwent a refurbishment rather recently to update its look to a more modern style which also seats more customers while still maintaining a good level of comfort.

Basil Thai Nudle Bar
Thankfully, only its appearance changed. The quality of the food remained as good as always! We shall highlight several of our preferred dishes below.

Green Papaya Salad with Dry Shrimp, Basil Thai Nudle Bar
This was the Green Papaya Salad with Dry Shrimp, priced at RM9.90. Papaya or mango salad was always a good choice for us as this Thai-style salad was nice and sour with a good level of spiciness at the same time. Definitely a good dish to stimulate the taste buds!

Individual Spicy Tom Yam Seafood Soup, Basil Thai Nudle Bar
Thai food wouldn’t be complete without tom yam as well, so we had the Individual Spicy Tom Yam Seafood Soup. For RM9.90, we opted for the clear soup version instead. Basil’s soup had a generous amount of squid and mushrooms inside along with some prawns as well. It was sufficiently sour to our liking and a delectable example of how clear tom yam should be.

Steamed Siakap with Lime & Chilli, Basil Thai Nudle Bar
Our favourite item on the menu has to be the Steamed Siakap with Lime & Chilli. It was priced at RM38.90 and the dish came with a whole fish. Keeping in line with the trend so far, the sauce for this dish was also sour and spicy. It could almost double up as a version of soup as well and it was one of those dishes that warmed the tummy. It was very delicious and we enjoyed it with rice a lot!

Stir-Fried Kangkong with Belacan, Basil Thai Nudle Bar
Our preferred vegetable dish would be the Stir-Fried Kangkong with Belacan. Priced at RM9.90, the kangkong was fried until fragrant with belacan, resulting in a thick savoury sauce. Some anchovies and birds eye chilli (cili padi) were thrown into the mixture for good measure to round off an enjoyable vegetable dish!

For hassle-free and reasonably priced Thai food in a comfortable dining environment, we find that there’s no going wrong with Basil. Basil is part of SEA Cuisine which runs a good number of Thai restaurants around town. However, we find Basil to be our preferred choice over the rest. For more information, visit their website.

Restaurant Information
G10 (Ground Floor), Bangsar Village
Bangsar Baru
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03 – 2287 8708

09 Aug, 2012

Namoo Korean Dessert Café n Bistro on the Park

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Korean Food

Ever since Publika opened, we noticed a number of interesting restaurants opening in the mall and have frequented the mall a lot since then.

Namoo Korean Dessert Cafe n Bistro on the Park
This time around, we discovered a Korean dessert café serving genuine modern Korean food in bistro style.

Interior, Namoo Korean Dessert Cafe n Bistro on the Park
Namoo means tree in Korean. The café was founded on the belief that good food should be served fresh and natural. Namoo aims to serve Korean food in a modern and classic ambiance. We personally thought their logo is very cute!

Interior, Namoo Korean Dessert Cafe n Bistro on the Park
The interior of the restaurant was amazing, dimly lit and spacious, we found it comfortable to dine in the restaurant on both of our visits.

Sweet Potato Latte and Yuza Tea, Namoo Korean Dessert Cafe n Bistro on the Park
On our first visit, we tried two of their hot drinks. On the left, we had a Sweet Potato Latte and on the right we had a Yuza Tea (Korean traditional citrus tea), priced at RM9.90 and RM7.90 respectively. The Sweet Potato Latte was sweet and thick, it was a rather filling drink, my better half enjoyed the drink a lot! I personally liked the Yuza Tea more, which I find rather sour and appetising. Both drinks are highly recommended!

Green Tea Latte, Namoo Korean Dessert Cafe n Bistro on the Park
On our subsequent visit, we had their Green Tea Latte which was priced at RM9.90. The Green Tea Latte was very good, it was not sweet at all but had a strong green tea fragrance which we both enjoyed a lot.

Snow Flower Rice Punch Granita, Namoo Korean Dessert Cafe n Bistro on the Park
The best drink, however, that we tried in Namoo, in our opinion, would be the Snow Flower Rice Punch Granita. Priced at RM8.90, this drink is more commonly known as Sikhye, a Korean rice drink which is commonly served in Korean restaurants after meals. Namoo’s version was probably the best and resembles the Sikhye in Korea most. Although slightly pricey, we highly recommend our readers to try it out!

Kimchi Soup with Rice
On our first visit, we ordered a Kimchi Soup with Rice which was priced at RM16.90. The Kimchi soup with chicken sausage was served with rice and white Kimchi. We thought the soup was very good, slightly spicy and sour with strong Kimchi taste, it was excellent when eaten with rice. Definitely one of the food items which we will recommend to order!

Bibi Rice Burger, Namoo Korean Dessert Cafe n Bistro on the Park
We decided to be adventurous on that day and ordered a Bibi Rice Burger which was priced at RM19.90.  The rice burger was unique and definitely one of its kind. Grilled chicken breast and mixed vegetables were prepared with Bibi sauce and sandwiched between a handmade grilled rice bun. We found the burger delicious in its own way and I personally liked the rice bun. It was firm and sticky, and slightly salted with seaweed taste. We will definitely return for more!

Kimchi Fried Rice, Namoo Korean Dessert Cafe n Bistro on the Park
On our second visit we had their Kimchi Fried Rice which was served in wrapped egg.

Kimchi Fried Rice, Namoo Korean Dessert Cafe n Bistro on the Park
Priced at RM13.90, I found the Kimchi Fried Rice quite delicious while my better half found it slightly bland to his liking. Nevertheless, the rice was nice and fragrant and the egg was perfectly cooked, suitable for those who preferred their Kimchi Fried Rice to be less spicy and sour.

White Kimchi Cold Noodles, Namoo Korean Dessert Cafe n Bistro on the Park
One of our favourite orders was the White Kimchi Cold Noodles. Priced at RM15.90, traditional Korean noodles were served with Namoo’s chef special white Kimchi soup. The cold noodles were simple but yet so delicious and refreshing, coupled with white Kimchi, every bite was amazing! We will definitely return for this dish!

Sweet Potato Cake, Namoo Korean Dessert Cafe n Bistro on the Park
The mains that we had in Namoo were definitely delicious, however, we found their serving slightly small. On both visits, we decided to satisfy our tummies by ordering desserts. Recommended by Namoo, we had a Sweet Potato Cake for RM9.90. The sweet potato and nut cake was served with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. The cake was sweet and creamy, very nice and delectable when eaten with the vanilla ice-cream. Surprisingly the cake was very filling, a good option for people who are constantly hungry like us.

Mat Tang, Namoo Korean Dessert Cafe n Bistro on the Park
On our second visit, we wanted to try The King’s Bing Soo (Korean shaved ice), however, we were told that the item was not available on our visit. So we had the Mat Tang instead. For RM14.90, we had a plate of honey glazed sweet potato and pumpkin with yuza nuts. We enjoyed the dessert a lot. The sweet potatoes and pumpkin were sweet and nicely coated with honey, the Korean rice cake which was served along with it was sweet and chewy as well. Again, a rather filling dessert to fill our tummies up.

We enjoyed the food in Namoo a lot and it was definitely quality and authentic Korean food. Do check this place out if you happen to visit Publika! We will definitely return for more as we wanted to try The King’s Bing Soo out next time! Please visit their Facebook page for more information!

Restaurant Information
Level G3, Lot 4A
Solaris dutamas No. 1
Jalan Dutamas 1
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-6411 6698

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