A Contented Meal that Warms Up your Tummy

As I’m writing this post, it’s raining heavily outside. In fact, it has been raining for the past 4 hours or so, making me shiver every time the wind blows. At times like this, a bowl of steaming hot porridge is the answer to my woes. Ah, how I crave for a bowl right now! Recently, a new row of shops have mushroomed in Sri Petaling, giving me more choices for lunch! I was delighted to see many newcomers in town, including Pappa Rich, Padi House, Jojo’s Little Kitchen, Pao Xiang Bak Kut Teh and, the one I went to, Contented Porridge Restaurant. Situated amidst a row of restaurants, Contented Porridge Restaurant wouldn’t be my first choice for lunch if not for the fact that all the other restaurants were still under renovation. Still, I was open to the idea of exploring new places and this new restaurant looked promising and clean.

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Clean and simple interior

Note: Pictures taken with iPhone 3Gs

The five of us went in and placed orders based on recommendations.

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Bowls for 5

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Home made fu chuk barley

We had a pot of Plain Porridge, which was to complement the claypot pork belly that would arrive later. I love porridge in claypot because it would remain steaming hot for a long time! The porridge here was a little bit on the watery side, but flavourful and delicious. Even though the pot for one person was huge, the watery texture would mean that you’d feel full but only for a short period of time.

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Plain Porridge (RM3.50)

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Mixed with soy sauce

The Claypot Pork Belly arrived next, also piping hot and very fragrant. These were moreish and a tad salty, so you’d have to eat them with the porridge. Even though I loved the taste of this, I would prefer it if the meat used was less fatty. :P

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Claypot Pork Belly (RM14)

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Tasty and fatty pork slices

Next was claypot of Frog Porridge! I first had my taste of frog porridge in Geylang Singapore, and never forget it  since. But the frog porridge here was served a little different in that the frog meat was submerged within the porridge. The porridge base was essentially the same as the plain porridge, but there were plenty of frog meat within.

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Frog porridge (RM11)

The frog meat was meaty, smooth and tender, blended very well with the piping hot porridge. It’s definitely comfort food during cold and rainy days.

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Frog meat in the Porridge

Of course, I love having Chinese Crullers (You Tiao) with porridge. Or should I just say, I love having Chinese Crullers, period. :)

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You Tiao/Chinese Crullers (RM1.50)

Last but not least, under heavy recommendation from the lady boss, we had a pot of Signature Seafood Porridge which was big enough to serve 2-3 persons. Priced at a rather hefty price tag of RM40, this pot came with a myriad of seafood including crab, fish fillet and huge prawns.

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Seafood Porridge

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Signature Seafood Porridge (RM40)

I didn’t have a taste of the crab but the fish fillet was indeed fresh and smooth. I spotted two relatively huge prawns, also fresh and succulent. The combination of all the seafood, especially the crabs, gave the porridge a really sweet and delicious finish. Needless to say, it was the most popular pot among all. :)

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Crab meat

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Huge prawn

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Fresh fish fillet

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My bowl of goodness

The 5 of us finished up 3 pots of porridge, heaving a sigh of satisfaction.  Sure enough, we left feeling contented. :) If the weather like this continues during lunch, I might just come here again for my porridge fix! :)

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Meal for 5 persons

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Contented Porridge Restaurant

Verdict: Nice place to go during cold and rainy days for something nice to warm up the tummy, though porridge is a little on the watery side.

Contented Porridge Restaurant (new row of shops next to New Lucky Restaurant)
No. 45, Jalan Radin Bagus,
Sri Petaling,
57000 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.
Tel. no: +6012-222 7536 (Jeffrey)

Roger’s Way of Delighting You

Every few weeks or so, I’d drop by Kota Damansara to explore new restaurants to try out. And every time I am there, there’s bound to be something new! A couple of weeks ago, Saucer and I finally tried a relatively new place called Rogers Delight thanks to Bok‘s recommendation. Once I entered the restaurant, I immediately liked the clean and straightforward design of its interior. White and spotless walls, bright lights, black solid furniture and cool air-conditioning. Comfortable indeed.

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Interior of Rogers Delight

If you are unsure of what to order, just look at the walls and check out the recommendations. Most of the food we ordered that night were from the wall. :P

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Recommended dishes

To start with, I had a glass of Umbra with Sour Plum juice. It was one of the best that I’ve ever had! Very concentrated, fragrant and huge! I seldom recommend drinks in my food review but really, you have to try this if you love something sour and slightly sweet. :)

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Umbra with Sour Plum juice (RM5)

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witch’s favourite drink! ;)

The first dish to arrive that night was the Lady’s fingers with shrimp paste. I personally don’t fancy Lady’s Fingers so I was only eating the shrimp paste. Saucer, on the other hand, LOVES lady’s fingers and he said these were fresh and good. He gave double thumbs-up for these and had multiple helpings as well. *LOL* As for the shrimp paste, I’d prefer it to be more spicy with more kick, though this was also not bad to go with rice.

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Lady’s fingers with shrimp paste (Small – RM8/Medium – RM12/Big – RM15)

The second dish arrived piping hot in a clay pot, apparently their signature dish - Special Curry Duck with Yam. Portion was huge and generous, with lots of duck pieces and yam. The yam worked to filter off the pungent duck smell that some might not like, plus it made the curry appear all the more thicker and wholesome. One gripe I had was the slightly burnt smell I tasted with this dish. Not sure if it’s supposed to be cooked this way but it definitely took some time to get used to it.

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Special Curry Duck with Yam (RM18/RM25/RM40)

The Assam Fish Head was more of my thing though, spicy and sour and very appetizing. Would have loved it to be more spicy, but that’s just me. I think my tolerance level for spiciness is quite high. *LOL* Other than that, the fish meat was fresh and smooth, with no significant fishy smell at all.

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Assam Fish Head (RM28/RM38)

Saucer’s favourite dish that night, aside from the Lady’s fingers, was the Sweet & Sour Seafood with Pineapple. I found squid rings, fish fillets and shrimps inside this combo and all of them were super fresh, especially the fish fillets! Saucer loved the fish fillets so much he kept picking them out from the bunch. :P The sweet and sour sauce was moreish and not overly sour, just the way I liked it.

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Sweet & Sour Seafood with Pineapple (RM20/RM35/RM50)

My favourite dish that night was the Pan Fried Assam Prawns, which, if you look at my picture, definitely tasted better than it looked! The assam paste was very appetizing and fragrant, plus the fact that it wasn’t oily made me have more than a piece. Also, the prawns were fresh and succulent, as with all the other seafood that we had that night. :)

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Pan Fried Assam Prawn (RM20/RM40/RM65)

The smooth and soft Special Homemade Beancurd provided a nice interim in the midst of all the calorie and cholesterol-laden seafood we had. *LOL*

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Special Homemade Beancurd

Another seafood dish was the Coconut Curry Prawn, which, as the name implies, was served in a huge coconut. The curry was aromatic and thick, with thick hints of coconut milk. Definitely very hearty and delicious! If I had a bigger stomach, I would have eaten more of these. :P

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Coconut Curry Prawn (RM20/RM40/RM65)

Last but not least, we had the Salted Egg  Crab. I don’t know about you but to me, anything fried with salted egg can’t really go wrong. :) So was this dish! Crispy and flaky on the outside with the savoury salted egg and succulent tender meat on the inside. Not to mention, the crabs were quite huge and meaty!

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Salted Egg Crab (Market price)

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Huge and Meaty Crab

For dessert, we had a bowl of Bubur Cha Cha each, loaded with lots of ingredients – sweet potato, yam, sago and black-eyed peas submerged in sweet coconut milk soup. I loved the fact that this wasn’t too sweet nor rich, just the way that my grandma would make it herself. :)

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Bubur Cha Cha

At the end of the meal, I was full and satiated. The whole dining experience made me feel like that I was eating home-cooked food, with the company of dear friends. I definitely wouldn’t mind returning again. :)

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Rogers Delight at Kota Damansara

Rogers Delight (same row with Snowflakes)
No. 32A1, Jalan PJU 5/10,
Dataran Sunway,
Kota Damansara,
47810 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor,
Malaysia.
Tel no.: +603-6140 9088/ +6016-326 3083

Buy 1 Free 1 Set Lunch at Vintage

Every Friday, my colleagues and I would be in a particularly good mood – not only because it’s the last working day of the week, but because we get to have 2.5 hours of lunch break! :) So it is usually on this day that we become more adventurous and venture to somewhere further or nicer for lunch! This time, we decided to explore the Puchong area and found a rather new restaurant called Vintage having a promotion. The Buy 1 Free 1 promotion banner at the entrance caught our attention, and we unanimously agreed to give this place a try.

Note: Pictures taken with Iphone 3Gs

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Interior of Vintage

The restaurant was well-decorated with shiny red table clothes, velvety plush chairs and carpeted floors. Almost romantic, if we weren’t there in a group of 4. *LOL*

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Selection of wine and Christmas tree

Elegant wine glasses were used at every table even though we were not drinking wine. The good thing was the free flow lemony water provided throughout our meal. Appreciate a restaurant that offers complimentary water these days, don’t you?

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Wine glass

The Buy 1 Free 1 Promotion was only available during lunch, and there were a few choices available, with prices starting from RM16.90++ per set. All of the sets came with a bowl of Soup of the Day, which turned out to be Mushroom soup for us.

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Mushroom soup of the day

The mushroom soup was not the typical Campbell’s-like texture, but the home-cooked type. It was quite fragrant, savoury and had lots of mushroom bits within. Served piping hot, I enjoyed this soup very much. Now, if only they provided complimentary bread…

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Creamy home made mushroom soup

A few of my colleagues ordered the Roast Chicken Leg for mains, which came with a whole chicken thigh. I didn’t try the chicken but the feedback from my colleague was that it was rather tough and bland, almost like it had been frozen for quite some time before being cooked. But what I did notice was the miserable amount of fries being served! I counted less than 5 pieces of those on the plate, looking limp and lifeless. I wonder why they skimped on the fries? They might as well not serve any.

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Roast Chicken Leg set (RM29.90)

As for me, I had the Chicken Cordon Bleu, which was supposed to be rolled with ham and cheese within before being deep fried. While I loved the crispiness of the breaded skin, I didn’t find the cheese to be as generous as shown in their menu picture. Chicken breast was used in this dish, resulting in a rather bland and dry texture, which made the cheese all the more important.

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Chicken Cordon Bleu (RM28.90)

Here I cut the cross section of the chicken cordon bleu to be observed but there was no cheese flowing out as expected. I soon found a small lump of cheese hidden within the chicken, together with some shreds of ham. I wonder if this was their standard way of serving this dish or if they’d reduced the quality due to the Buy 1 Free 1 promotion?

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Cross section of Chicken Cordon Bleu

Lunch ended with either a glass of Coffee or Tea.

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Complimentary coffee

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Coffee picture taken with Instagram

The promotion works by giving the least expensive sets for free. Since we had 2 sets worth RM28.90 and 2 sets worth RM29.90, the cheaper 2 sets were complimentary. In the end, we had to pay around RM17 per person, inclusive of taxes. I suppose it’s only good value for money if only they improve on their food quality, and add a few more pieces of fries with it. :)

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Vintage restaurant at IOI Boulevard, Puchong

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IOI Boulevard,
Jalan Kanari 5,
Bandar Puchong Jaya,
47100 Puchong, Selangor,
Malaysia.

New Year’s Eve Special at Bossa Nova

I know I know, Christmas is not even over yet and here I am blogging about New Year’s eve! The thing is, Bossa Nova at Parkroyal Hotel will be having a New Year’s Eve Dinner Set on the 31st of December 2010. And since this restaurant is usually packed during dinner, I’d suggest you to book early to avoid disappointment! Let me do a preview on what will be offered during the New Year’s Eve dinner. :)

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Elegant red finish on the tables and chairs

Before dinner started, we were served with complimentary bread and butter, warm and soft. It’s amazing what little gestures like this does to a great dining experience. :)

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Complimentary bread and butter

The Appetizer started with Sliced Lobster Medallion with Black Caviar served with Golden Kiwi Vinaigrette and Shiso Mix. The lobster was blanched just for a short while, so I could see that the outside had turned orange while some parts of the inside were still raw. I enjoyed the succulent and juicy texture to it but it was perhaps a little fishy in taste? But look at the caviar! It’s not everyday that I have those and I thought they were lovely!

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Sliced Lobster Medallion with Black Caviar served with Golden Kiwi Vinaigrette and Shiso Mix

The next course was a bowl of Porcini Mushroom Consomme, which is actually not very common with Western restaurants. Most restaurants serve cream-based soup rather than clear soup so I was really interested to know why this was different. And the first sip of the soup cleared my doubts. A burst of flavour playfully toyed with my taste buds. It was the type of soup that made you keep drinking more while trying to figure out the spectrum of flavours within. And best of all, it’s light and healthy too.

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Consomme of Canard with Porcini Mushroom

To conclude the appetizers, we had a mini glass of Strawberry Sorbet, which I thought was quite fascinating! I mean, sorbet and appetizer usually don’t appear in the same sentence but the idea of having sorbet before the main course was quite refreshing! It worked to clear our palate of the appetizer that we had, ensuring that our taste buds were fully ready for our next course, which was the mains. It also helped that the Strawberry sorbet was sweet and nice! :)

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Strawberry Sorbet

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Loved the sorbet!

When it came to the mains, we could choose between the lamb or the fish. I had the Three Bone Lamb Rack crusted with Herbs served with William Potato, Ratatouille and Natural Jus, which came in a really pretty presentation. The Lamb was grilled medium well, with the crust still slightly crispy and the interior pink and tender. Cut a piece and soak it with the jus for optimum taste! Loved the fact that it wasn’t very fatty too.

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Three Bone Lamb Rack crusted with Herbs served with William Potato, Ratatouille and Natural Jus

Saucer, on the other hand, picked the Baked US Seabass served with Apple Cider Balsamic with Potato Cake and Braised Endive. I have to say, the aroma from his fish was really quite enticing! I could smell it from across the table and it was good! Upon cutting the seabass, I could see that the skin was crispy and fragrant, while the meat was amazingly fresh, smooth and flaky. I kept asking Saucer to let me try a piece after another! *LOL* I guess if I were to choose, I’d prefer the seabass. :)

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Baked US Seabass served with Apple Cider Balsamic with Potato Cake and Braised Endive

On normal days, Bossa Nova serves the Brazilian skewered meat on a buffet style. While waiting for desserts, we took a look at the variety of skewered meat offered and sampled some!

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Skewers of meat on normal buffet dinners

Among the three types of meat we tasted (lamb, beef and chicken), it was quite clear that chicken was the winner to me. It was the one marinated with the most spices and was the most flavourful among all.

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From left: Grilled Lamb, beef and chicken

Finally, our dessert was served. The Mixed berry and Creme Brulee came in quite a sizable bowl, donned with a cute gooseberry on top! It was my first time having a gooseberry and I thought it was not too bad, quite sweet with lots of seeds inside. The creme brulee was also not overly rich, but soft and smooth, making it a nice ending to a carefully planned dinner. :)

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Mixed berry and Creme Brulee

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Sous Chef of Bossa Nova

Couldn’t help taking a picture of the Christmas tree at the restaurant! :)

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Christmas tree at Bossa Nova

For a satisfying and comfortable meal with the in-house live band playing in the background, why don’t you give Bossa Nova a try?

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Bossa Nova at Parkroyal Hotel

New Year’s Eve set: RM138++ per person (without wine pairing) and RM300++ per person (with wine pairing) & RM69++ per child

Bossa Nova
Parkroyal Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.
Tel: +603-2147 0088
Website: parkroyalhotels.com

Our Secret Santa Xmas at Betty’s!

I’ve always heard of people doing Secret Santa gift exchanges during Christmas, but I’ve never had the chance to do it myself! I thought it’s a really fun idea, to buy something nice for a friend without his knowledge! :) So, I took the chance this year to organize one with my fellow tweeples. :) It started with a FB message to everyone in the gang, just to test water, but it turned out that everyone was game!

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Picture of piggies at Betty’s Midwest Kitchen

It was quite simple: I just had to enter everyone’s email address in SecretSanta.com, and an invitation would be sent out. The attendees had to RSVP and after that, I just needed to click a button to ask SecretSanta.com to match the Secret Santas to the recipients randomly. It will automatically send an email to all the attendees, informing them who their Secret recipient is. This way, no one, including myself, would know who is buying for who! Plus, we all could write down our wish list, in the hopes that our Secret Santa would be generous enough to grant us our wish! *LOL*

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Welcome to Betty’s Midwest Kitchen

On that day, we all gathered at Betty’s Midwest Kitchen for our early Christmas lunch and Secret Santa exchange event! All our gifts were placed under the Christmas tree. :)

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Our gifts under the tree

Before we did the gift exchange, we had a hearty lunch! Most of us ordered the Lemonade for our drinks. It was slightly sour and refreshing, nice on a hot afternoon.

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Homemade Lemonade (RM2.50)

While everyone was looking at the menu and deciding what to eat, look at what Ethan was doing! Digging his nose while playing with Iphone! That’s what I call multitasking! *LOL*

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Multitasking

Saucer and Foong ordered the same dish of Classic Meatloaf, which I thought was juicy and tender. Loved the sweet taste of carrots bits which was infused within the meatloaf!

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Classic Meatloaf (RM16.50)

William ordered the Beer Batter Fish. I didn’t get to try this, I wonder if there was really beer inside. *LOL*

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Beer Batter Fish (RM22)

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Pork Chop with Apples (RM23) ordered by Erika

The star dish though, was the Pork Belly ordered by Grey! Just look at it! Crispy, slightly charred edges and golden brown skin! It had the right balance of fatty and lean meat, and it was so good! I only had the lean meat which would usually be a dry but this wasn’t at all. It was tender, moist and flavourful! I wish I had ordered this for myself.

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Pork Belly (RM27.50)

Ethan and Merryn had the Bacon Tomato Spaghetti which was not bad. These days, I seldom find tomato spaghetti that impresses me because I’ve cooked and eaten too much of it at home! *LOL* OK, I’m not bragging here but when you cook and experiment too many times, you generally set a much higher standard for that particular dish.

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Bacon Tomato Spaghetti (RM15.00)

As for me, I ordered the Pork Chop with Country Gravy, which was quite disappointing. For starters, the pork chop was tough, dry and perhaps overcooked. It was also bland if not for the gravy on top. The only saving grace for this dish was really the gravy. It was a little buttery, creamy and was pretty delicious.

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Pork Chop with Country Gravy (RM23)

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Pulled Pork Burger (RM12)

Last but not least, I ordered a plate of ‘Dog Food‘ to be shared. It was a glorious plate of fries, drenched with gravy and cheese, baked in oven. Just look at the amount of cheese and gravy on top! It was really cheesy and delicious. I wish I had ordered this earlier because by the time they arrived, I was already full from my meal. Still, it was such a delight to eat these with friends.

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Dog Food (RM9)

Now, after pictures of food, it’s time for some pictures of the gang! Look, Ethan is picking his nose here AGAIN. :P

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Merryn, William and Ethan

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Witch and Saucer

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Adrian and witch

Couldn’t stop laughing at Foong’s shirt, which said “I’m with Stupid” with a finger pointing to his left. So lucky that I didn’t sit beside him! :P

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Foong’s T-shirt

Guess who was the ‘stupid’ one? Served Quachee right for he was the latest to arrive! Almost 2 hours late ok! So he had to be the one sitting next to Foong. :P

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Quachee acting ‘stupid’ :P

Look, both Foong and Quachee were pointing at each other to be the ‘stupid’ one. :P

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Who’s stupid?

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Grey, Erika and Eric

Then it was time for Secret Santa exchange! First off to get the present was Adrian. We’re supposed to guess our Secret Santa but it seemed that his Santa was leaving quite a prominent ‘hint’! Look at the small Panda symbol there! Now there’s no need to guess who his Santa was. :P

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Adrian’s gift from his Secret Santa

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A set of cards and Doraemon robot!

As for Foong himself, he got a his head finally! Ever wonder why he always didn’t appear in our pictures? Because of his missing head! Now with his Panda head back into possession, he can now take pictures with us all the time. Thanks to his Secret Santa Eric. :)

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Foong and his Christmas gift

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Grey’s present

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A Bali Spa CD from Erika

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Saucer’s gift

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A whole bag of NIPS!

Carol was part of our Christmas exchange but since she couldn’t be there, Eric accepted her gift on her behalf, while describing it to her on the phone. :)

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Eric with Carol’s present

In return, Carol’s gift is for Erika! It was a nice feather hair band, which I forgot to snap a picture of. :(

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Erika’s gift

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Eric’s gift was from Quachee – a book!

As for me, my Secret Santa was Adrian! The kind magician gave ma  Starbucks tumbler! Now I can get RM2 off whenever I order from Starbucks! Yay! :)

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witch and her Starbucks Tumbler

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Ethan’s gift from Grey

As for my secret recipient, he’s no other than Quachee!

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Quachee and his gift

And I got him a cheeky T-shirt! He didn’t want anything that’s not practical so I got him a shirt, something that he can wear everyday. But with a twist of course! :P

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The T-shirt for Quachee

But he looked good in it! Don’t you think so? :P

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Secret Santa and the Secret Recipient

Before we left, a group picture of all of us! Would have been perfect if Carol was here.

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Merry Christmas from all of us!

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Funny picture for the album!

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Betty’s Midwest Kitchen

What are your plans for Christmas?

Betty’s Midwest Kitchen
A-G-40, Jalan PJU 1/43,
Aman Suria Damansara,
47410 Petaling Jaya,
Malaysia.
Tel no.: +603-7880 0196
Opening hours: Tue – Sun (11.30am – 3pm, 5.30pm – 10pm) Closed on Monday
GPS Coordinates: N3 07.314, E101 35.703
Website: http://midwestkitchen.com.my

Al-Amar Express Opens its Doors

It’s no secret that I love Lebanese food. I fell in love with it during my first visit early this year and I even went back there again to celebrate my birthday later. So when I heard that Al-Amar Express is opening its doors at the prime location of Jalan Bukit Bintang, Saucer and I immediately went to pay them a visit, on the second day of operations itself! Located just outside Fahrenheit88, the huge signboard in red is hard to miss, and will definitely be a prominent landmark in the future.

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The grand Al-Amar Express signboard in red

Initially, I had thought of Al-Amar Express to be a booth by the roadside, selling takeaway items just like those Kebab stalls in the shopping malls. The term ‘express’ led me to believe that, but boy, was I wrong! Even though it’s termed ‘Express’, it’s nothing short of a full-fledged restaurant! It occupies quite a huge space, with 3 different dining areas – an outdoor area with couches for drinks/shisha, an indoor air-conditioned area and another outdoor dining area. It was really impressive! The whole building was made of glass walls, giving it a very classy and elegant outlook. We dined outdoors the whole night while watching cars driving by the busy Jalan Bukit Bintang. :)

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Al-Amar Express interior

Of course, being an Express restaurant, the items sold here are quite different from the restaurant in Pavilion. Most of the items sold here are bread or pastry-based, something that can be prepared in a jiffy, suitable for the hectic lifestyle of working people in the heart of KL.

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The menu

While waiting for the others to arrive, I ordered a bottle of cold Almaza beer for myself. I drank that during my first visit and I didn’t mind drinking that again. Even though I’m not a beer person, this was light, smooth and very refreshing! And it’s cheaper than Heineken. :P

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Almaza beer (RM20)

As usual, appetizers in Al-Amar started with some bread and Hommos. The bread is complimentary, but the Hommos is not. :) The bread served here is slightly different from the one at Pavilion, in the sense that it wasn’t baked into fluffiness before serving. I guess it’s understandable, as baking them would take time hence reducing the speed of their express servings.

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Complimentary bread

Combining the bread with Hommos (mashed chickpeas mixed with sesame seed paste and a dash of lemon juice, topped with olive oil) is always a sure-win thing. I love the thick but smooth paste of the mashed chickpeas, not unlike mashed potatoes, but with a fragrant, savoury and creamy texture. I could really eat just bread and hommos for a meal!

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Hommos (RM12)

The rest of the items that we tried were mostly new, starting with Tawouk Salad, which was  chicken tawouk with baby spinach, rocket, tomato and walnuts with aioli dressing. I don’t know how they did it but the chicken was aromatic with a tender and moist interior. The slightly charred skin gave it not only an aesthetic appeal, but a nice bite! I could definitely see myself eating this for lunch, a healthy one that is.

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Tawouk Salad (RM20)

If you can’t live without carb, perhaps the Chicken Baguette would be a better choice. I wonder where they sourced the baguettes for they were really good! Toasted on the surface with a crispy skin but soft and warm interior. Not to mention it’s quite sizable too! It had some roasted chicken, garlic sauce and pickles within. Some really sour pickles, I might add! I have to say I don’t really fancy sour stuff, so I would ask them to omit the pickles on my next visit. ;)

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Chicken baguette (RM16)

When the next dish came, we were surprised as we didn’t know there were Lebanese pizzas! The Zaatar & Cheese Manakeesh was a thin crusted pastry of Lebanese cheese topped with thyme and sesame seeds. It was not overly cheesy and the thin crust really did the trick for me.

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Zaatar & Cheese Manakeesh (RM12)

In fact, the Spinach Fatayer had a stronger cheese smell compared to the above, in addition to baby spinach, onions and a zest of lemon. I found it a tad too rich but cheese lovers might love this.

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Spinach Fatayer (RM12)

My favourite pizza would be Kafta with Cheese Manakeesh, delicious grilled lamb mix topped with tomato slices, cheese and mayo. The lamb slices were generous! They were nicely grilled, with a strong aroma that was sure to tease anyone’s taste buds! And the best part was? It’s portion is good enough for sharing! Where can you get a lamb pizza for 2 at only RM16 in the heart of KL right?

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Kafta with Cheese Manakeesh (RM16)

As mentioned earlier, most of the items served at the Express outlet are pastry or bread-based. So we had the Sandwich, the Pizza and now we had Wraps! The Falafel Sandwich was  a wrap with fried beans and chick pea paste, turnip, pickles, parsley, lettuce and sesame paste. I’ve always liked Falafel for its crispy skin and its filling mixed with spices. It was moreish and went well with the wrap. Again, no pickles for me next time. :P

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Falafel (RM12)

Another wrap was the Kafta Halabi, seasoned minced lamb wrapped with hommos, parsley, onions and pickles. I think Al-Amar really knows how to make its lamb delicious and tender! Add that with hommos, what’s not to like? Eat them just out of the oven for that crispy bite on the wrap. I even packed this back for breakfast the next morning. Yummy!

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Kafta Halabi (RM15)

The next dish was something quite special. Dubbed as Eggcellence, it’s actually a clay pot of baked eggs! 3 eggs, to be exact! And they’re baked to a runny finish on the hot pot, to be eaten with the warm Lebanese bread. I guess we took too much time in taking pictures and eating other dishes that when we ate these eggs, they were more solid than runny. *LOL* So next time, remember to eat this once it’s served for the best effect!

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Baked Sunny Side Up (RM15)

One more dish before desserts! A Half-Roasted Chicken served with fries and Lebanese bread. I was incredibly full at this point of time and did not have a bite of this. It did look golden brown and had a nice aroma to it.

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Half-roasted Chicken (RM22)

Finally, it was time for desserts! We had a few types, starting with the Creme Caramel. I have to say, this was huge! Definitely meant for sharing, especially after having a hearty meal. The texture of this was firm and bouncy but smooth. It was rather sweet, but that’s what desserts are supposed to be, no?

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Creme Caramel (RM12)

The Homemade Ice-cream was delicious and smooth, but I’d prefer for it to not melt that fast.

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Homemade Ice-cream (RM6/scoop)

Last but not least, a huge piece of Cheese Cake, which turned out to be my favourite that night. It was not overly rich, very smooth and the addition of the slightly sourish berry sauce made it all the more appealing in taste! Absolutely loved this!

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Cheese Cake (RM15)

Of course, dinner wouldn’t be complete without company from amazing friends! That’s the reason why I love dining with a group of friends, we could order more, try more and laugh more! :)

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witch and the gorgeous Farena

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Esther darling and witch <3

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witch and Joseph

So when you’re around Jalan Bukit Bintang, hungry and wondering what to eat, do look out for the unmistakable red sign board and drop by for a visit that wouldn’t burn a hole in your pocket! ;)

Al-Amar Express
Fahrenheit88
Lot G44, Ground Floor,
179, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.
Tel no: +603-2141 3814
Opening hours: 8am to 3am Daily (24 hours on weekends starting in 2011)
Email: info@al-amar.com
Website: http://www.al-amar.com/
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