Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Uncle Jang Korean Restaurant

We worked late today and by 9pm there are not many choices of restaurant opened that serve tasty food. And so I suggested to Mr Hubs, why not give Uncle Jang a try. It has been there for a while and I remember a friend said that it's nice. He is always okay with Korean food, he should be a walking kimchi. (and that came out sounding totally racist)

Uncle Jang specializes on Dak-Galbi, which is a popular dish in South Korea. This dish is a stir fried dish which comprises of marinated diced chicken, chili pepper paste, sliced cabbage, sweet potato, scallions, onions and rice cake on a hot plate.

The hot plate

That's how big the hot plate is. The model in this photo is 5'8 and weights 90kg therefore his hand is not small.

First, the waiter will throw all the raw ingredients onto the hot plate with the chilli pepper paste.
 A closer view.

Mix and mix until all is even.

My dad always say that my close up photos are not close enough. How about this, eh ?

And the Dak-Galbi is ready to be eaten.

Kimchi. This is pretty authentic. We wanted more but was too shy to ask for refills.

Raw onions. Crunchy and sweet. *farts*

The menu here is simple. Choose whether you want "Hot Spicy" or "Normal" flavour. Minimum order is 2 portion, just like any other Korean restaurant. Choose your add-ons ; mushrooms, rice cakes, ramen, udon, rice, cheese, sweet potatoes etc.

We chose a mix of Hot Spicy and Normal flavour and our add-ons are mushrooms, rice cakes and ramen. It was the spiciest Korean meal both of us have ever eaten in our live. I am a feather light in terms of eating spicy food but Mr Hubs is from Penang and spicy is his middle name and he couldn't take it. Salute to the Koreans! 

We later spoke to the owner (korean man) and mentioned that it was f***ing spicy and he said, "Oh, I didn't know that this is your first time here. If not, I will recommend Normal." Oh well, now we know and will not order Hot Spicy anymore in the future. 

And all I want to say is, this meal is freaking awesome. We will be back! And it's a pretty cost effective meal especially if you come in a group.

No,1-1, Jalan Puteri 1/7,
Bandar Puteri, 
47100 Puchong,
03-8051 2208
(They are open 365 days a year)

*Uncle Jang is also available in Solaris Mont Kiara, Ampang and Bukit Indah (JB)*

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Restoran Pan Heong, Batu Caves

My friend Ms FN have been raving about this place for some time but driving all the way to Batu Caves seems like a stressful task. However, this time around we agree to join my friends to eat here due to curiousity.

Our group this time is big. A total of 12 of us. Ms FN, Ms CAV, Ms CAL, Mr NL, Ms SS, Ms J, Mr K, Mr HS, Mr B, Ms JL, Mr Hubs and I.

The organiser this time is Ms JL and she was surprised when I confirmed with her the night before and the morning itself. Reason being that during my off days I normally sleep in. Anyway, we woke up at 10am and reached Batu Caves around 11 plus. By then, the place is already packed with customers.

This photo shows the throng of customers waiting for table. By then, we were ready to leave.

Garlic stir fried yau mak

Sang Har Loh Mee - This is the star of the day. I normally do not like Loh Mee but this is excellent. I don't mind refilling.

Chinese Style Fried Chicken  (Lam Yee Zhar Gai) - just like eating fried chicken at home

Foo Chook Roll - the fish paste is super fresh

Steamed Cat Fish - the meat is fresh and I bet my dad will like this very much

Deep fried Pork Belly - serve pretty lean meat and girls will be okay with this

 Mee Mamak Goreng - much better than mamak

Fried Sliced Stewed Pork Mee Hoon - I love this dish too because it reminds me of my childhood. When I was younger, my mom went back to her hometown and my dad attempts to cook us a meal. I can't recall the brand of sliced stewed pork but it's green in colour and it's super delicious.

I will definitely come back here again and this time with my family. These are old style cooking and they will definitely appreciate it. Better arrive early if you do not want to wait for a table. Despite the packed restaurant, dishes come out pretty fast. Go there with an empty stomach or you won't be able to savour all these lovely dishes.

Restoran Pan Heong
No.2, Jalan Medan Batu Caves 2,
68100 Batu Caves,
03-6187 7430

Ozeki Italian Cuisine, Wisma Cosway KL *CLOSED DOWN*

Ozeki Italian Cuisine is a new italian restaurant with a twist. It's a mix marriage of cuisine between Italian and Japanese. When most people hear of the name Ozeki, they will instinctly think of the famed Ozeki Japanese Cuisine located at Menara T.A along Jalan P. Ramlee.

Ozeki Italian Cuisine is located at Wisma Cosway, facing Novotel Hotel. Parking after 6pm is only RM3.50 and it's not too dodgy. However, if you prefer outdoor parking, you may park at the outdoor carpark next to Novotel Hotel for RM4. The choice is yours.

Cosy little place (typical Japanese style with a twist of Italian decor)

Ahhh....this was placed at the kitchen counter.

Maybe this is for feng shui. But I thought that you guys might find this interesting.

Spaghetti Vongole. The spaghetti texture is al dente, unlike some restaurant where it's overcooked and loses its firmness. Clams are fresh and juicy. And this is not your typical spaghetti for its tastes it exquisite. A must try. There is a bit of bitterness of white wine and yet it seduces your taste bud.

This is the Chef's Recommended Spaghetti. I can't remember the name but it's Aglio Olio with ham, prawns and parsley. Although a lot of people will shy away from ordering Aglio Olio. This is really tasty. It's not overpowered by garlic and olive oil.

I should've snapped a photo of the complimentary bread. The bread here is excellent. Charcoal bun (still hot!) is soft and fluffy, dipped with butter. Yum yum. I was in heaven. Selection of bread is served with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

I'll be back to check out the rest of the food items. Price is reasonable and not skyrocket. They also have alfresco dining area for smokers.

Majority of their customers are Japanese businessman with a mix of yuppies.

Ground Floor, Lot G22-24,
Wisma Cosway,
Jalan Raja Chulan,
50200 Kuala Lumpur.
03-2110 3876

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

La Boca Latino Bar, Pavilion KL

This alternate work day is making me crazy. I don't know whether to laugh or cry. My body is all weird out and not sure to rest fully or rest a little bit and get ready to work the next day. And so, today we've decided to go out after rotting at home for god knows how long.

Pavilion KL is where went for dinner and to shop a little after that. They have once again revamped the place and more eateries are mushroom-ing here. La Boca Latino Bar opened up their door for business recently and we could not resist the colourful temptation. It tempts your eyes to look at it and pulls you over to have a look see.

The menu. Ahhh Latin American cuisine. Must try.

 Colourful interior makes one happy and jolly. 

Nothing makes this place more Latin American. 

We started our meal with a tapas order. Champiñones al Ajillo. Do not be alarmed by the name of this tapas. It basically means sauteed mushrooms with garlic, olive oil and parsley. Dip the sliced baguette onto to the gravy to enjoy this.

Millanesa de Pollo. Breaded chicken cutlet cooked with tomato sauce and cheese served with salad and fries. The first thought that came to mind was, "Hey, this tastes like pizza. The only difference is the base is breaded chicken."

Inca Cod. Cod wrapped in plantain (banana) leaf served with saffron rice and caramelised plantain. First bite of the cod gives you a fragrant taste from the plantain leaf and herbs. Cod is fresh as well. However, if you're not a fan of banana, avoid this. 

Lot C3.10.03, Level 3,
Pavilion KL.
03-2148 9977  

Sunday, November 11, 2012

A new way to dine

Couple of days ago, I received a text from my dad asking me whether I'm interested to have dinner at his friend's place. And that it's not a restaurant, but a home and there's no menu. The chef will cook whatever that he have on hand. Ahh! This is interesting. And I immediately text back and ask for more info. Where, what, when, why and how?

They only have limited tables (2 to be exact) and confirmation of attendance is important. And each pax pay X amount of money to enjoy the food. Great! I'm game! And so, 5 of us (mom, dad, brother, Mr Hubs & I) were to meet at X address at 7.30pm. We are the only group for that night. Got the address from dad and find our way to the place. We parked at a quiet, upscale neighbourhood in KL, it was drizzling and there's no sign of a makan place in sight. It looks like a cosy townhouse and no music playing on the street.

We looked around (the street was dimly lit and it was drizzling) and found the address. We approach the house with caution. And walked up to the front porch. There was soft music playing on the laptop, a round table with cigar, plates everywhere and a huge mirror.

The walls are lined with guitars, records, caps and nifty goods etc

Roast Pork - we love this because the meat is lean for the health conscious and crunchy skin. Dad prefers the meat with more fats. 

Moroccan & Indian Fusion Bone Marrow Mutton - the winner of the night. It would be good if there's bread to dip because the gravy is excellent. Different types of spice and not overwhelming. Chef Benjy gave us straws to suck on the bone marrow.  He call this dish "as long as you don't die eating it bone marrow" in Hokkien.

The one I ate. Licked off all the gravy from the bone. Hehe..

Kapitan Chicken Curry. This is another winner and I wish for bread again. Chef Benjy have his way of surprising and seducing one's taste bud. It looks like any chicken curry but once you eat it, you'll know the difference. First bite, fragrance spices and the spiciness slowly kicks in and throw you off. (mind blowing - good way) The potatoes are cooked with the skin which is something new because Asian cooking normally removed the skin.

White rice to complement the dishes.

 Steamed fish. Better than the popular Lan Je. The fish is steamed with chilli, onions, celery, Mirin etc. As you eat, there's a certain crunchiness from the celery in the gravy.

Stir fried bitter gourd with roast pork. This is to balance off the heatiness from the mutton. The bitter gourd is bitter (as it should be) and the gravy is sweet. It is a delightful combination.

Every single detail and produce used by Chef Benjy is of high quality and none of us felt thirsty after the wholesome meal. According to him, he do not like pre-prepared food and enjoy making everything from scratch.

My brother looking smug after the wholesome meal. In the background, Chef Benjy chats with dad.

He's a chatty guy who entertained us throughout the meal and update my dad on what he had been doing. And his natural love for cooking and entertaining. We also asks him what else he could cook. As I've mentioned earlier on, this place do not have a menu. If you wish to have a certain type of food, all you need to do is inform him in advance and he'll prepare it. Price varies depending on the cuisine.

Chef Benjy looks like Kitaro and John Lennon. And my brother took this photo therefore he's not in the frame.

For those who are interested to check out Chef Benjy's home cooked goodness, please email me. He do not cook for just anybody. That's his quote, not mine.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Kiku Zakura Japanese Restaurant *CLOSED DOWN*

After our trip to Singapore, we came back to celebrate Mr Hubs birthday. The party never ends. It starts with Universal Studio Singapore and back to reality in Puchong. And so, we've been wanting to check out Kiku Zakura Japanese Restaurant because the last time any of us ate there was centuries ago.

My last experience was when they were in Jaya Supermarket and the place had been demolished. And Mr Hubs experience was at the other outlet at Mid Valley. We have not met yet at that time so it was centuries ago.

Back to the story of us eating here together for the very first time. We went to our friendly (not!) neighbourhood mall and it was freezing our tits off. Air conditioning must be cheap in Puchong. I had to wear a hoodie and Mr Hubs being his strong self wore shorts and regretted every minute of it.

Beautiful geisha print cups for the ocha (fancy word for green tea)

The chopstick is so zen (another fancy word for serenity, peace, in the zone)

Pickled white radish with julienned carrots and cut chilli. A bit spicy for me. Mr Hubs love it. He's a spice boy.

This is a rare gem. Not the ready made kind. It's spicier than the generic brands. In case if you're wondering what the hell is this. It's wasabi (A Japanese plant of the cabbage family with a thick green root that tastes like strong horseradish and is used in cooking) <-- obviously I plucked this off the net.

Tasty gyoza. The most generous and juiciest gyoza I've had so far. I can just come here and eat this whole night long.

Assorted Sashimi. And this shot suck coz I don't know how to take pics of sashimi. It's super fresh but the bowl was a tad messy. I think they didn't have time to prepare this properly. The ice at the bottom was a bit wobbly and don't fancy the white stuff for base. 

View from left angle.

View from the right angle.

Grilled scallop. Too dry and sliced too thin.

Tamago. My favourite and the rest of the kids in Japan. I can vouch for them. Thick portion with just enough rice as base. Love it and it's uh-mazing~

 Sliced Hotate (Scallop) Sushi.

And yes, 2 of us at the lot. We were famished and the food was good. Will be back soon when we have moolah. Japanese food is not cheap unless if you're eating at those chain restaurants. 

Kiku Zakura Japanese Restaurant
Lot ET 5, 3rd Floor,
IOI Mall, Batu 9,
Jalan Puchong,
47100 Puchong,
Tel : 03-8076 8581 

*also available in Mid Valley Megamall & Berjaya Times Square

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