Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Angie's Hen's Night

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A few nights ago, Lillian called me up to celebrate Angie's Hen's Night. Angie is the best friend of Tina, whom happens to be Lillian's sister but having said that, I've known Angie for the longest time too, for we've been school mates since primary and she's been my brother's classmate too back then.

Our original plan was to escort her to Andana Spa where we would all be pampered like a baby, and at the same time, get to enjoy some lovely food but she was pretty stressed up with so many outstanding to-do-list at hand, and had only time to enjoy a simple dinner.

We settled for Italianess in The Curve, Petaling Jaya after being told by Bubba Gump on the long waiting list.

The five of us, me, Lillian, Tina, Tina's Aunt and Angie started with Ciabatta bread. I liked the bread. It was fresh and springy.
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I had a glass of Cranberry Juice, where else the rest of them had some carbonated drink.
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Spinach and Artichoke Formaggio were really cheesy to the point that it drowns the Spinach and artichoke flavour. Perhaps it was meant to be this way, but I'd always prefer to have at least some taste to what I'm paying for, and not just for the cheese. It was tasty neitherless.
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To balance off all the cheesiness and carb, we ordered a portion of Sicilian Chicken Salad. All of us loved this combination. It had among other, Romaine, capsicum, pine nuts, grilled chicken pieces, grapes, and mango. The dressing were typical mayo, but was very light and tasty. We whopped them all down guilt free, and its so satisfying.
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Since Tina does not take seafood, we settled for Angel Hair Pormodoro from their to-share menu. There is an option of having them with or without chicken pieces, of which we chose the latter. The Angel Hair pasta tasted funny to me as it had heavy alkaline taste which turned me off.
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To end our meal, we had another to-share. Bread and Butter Pudding, which I though were super delicious and the best I've come across! Try them to believe.
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What's a Hen's Night without some cake right? As how it is, Angie had to adjourne to some urgent chore along with her cake. I guess I'll have to try Cupcake Chic's fame cupcake another time then.
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I found the food in Italianess nothing to shout about. The place on the other hand were atmospheric and service were impeccable. Overall, its a not bad place to go to with friends, if you're not over critical over your food.

Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Melaka Street, SS2

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The weekend before leaving the country for three weeks, I made a quick stop to this highly publicised Nyonya restaurant to fueled up before the big No sambal, No Hak Kou ordeal.

Though I was alone that afternoon, it did not deter me to go eat there. It is a no-frill place where no magazines were insight for I'd usually browse and enjoying my bite at the same time when dining alone.

The place was not difficult to locate. Parking on the other hand, was. That aside, I persevere and found myself a spot after a few rounds. It was lunch time and the place was packed. Most of its patron consist of family crowd, hence it is not surprising that their dishes top the line more than the individual dishes. That aside, it was probably due to the location with good lunch crowd too that prompted them into introducing Set Lunches?

Perfect for singleton like me. Priced reasonable around RM12.90 (I think), I decided on one of the set lunch main, with a soup and dessert.

The soup of the day was Ham Choy Tong (Preserved Vegetable Soup). The soup tasted as though it had been boiled for a while, and was deeply flavoured. I loved it.
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Greed appeared while ordering. My Sliced Assam Fish Curry, send me to food heaven with its fresh, crunchy vegetables and fresh fish slices swimming among a hot pot of spicy, sourish curry. Lipsmacking.
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My chosen set lunch were Nyonya Fried Rice, what else. But I may have gotten this wrong as this reminded me very much of Belachan Fried Rice with its marinated chicken and egg slices. Heaven forbid please, as this is one of the best fried rice I've eaten in a long time.
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At this point, I can see why this place is packed. Their Cendol ROCKS! The ice shaving were fine, while the flavourful Gula Melaka provided the very much oomph to this well known dessert. What I fancy too were its freshly taste cendol, which was sooo clearly NOT off the rack kind.
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Good stuff and comes highly recommended!

Sunday, 6 April 2008

Ahaus, Here I Come!!!

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Dear friends,

I will be away to the land of Beer, Bread, Sausage and Pork Knuckle for 3 weeks, and will resume exploring the food in Malaysia after the 28th April 2008. For my travelling post around Ahaus, Hamburg, selected German town/city and London, do drop by my other blog here.

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Slurppppppp ....

Hugs,
Lianne

Saturday, 5 April 2008

Oysterette Choo's Bangkok Jazz Birthday Celebration

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The girls had another elegant birthday celebration last night, and this time round, it was for oysterette Choo, whom birthday fell on last Wednesday. Our earlier plan was go check out Raw, a kitchen and bar place in Solaris Mont Kiara, but plan changed as we wanted proper dinner versus bar food, along some drink serving.

The birthday girl text us the venue a day before. She also added, I'll get my own birthday cake ...

With Joyce getting her the presents on behalf of myself few days earlier, I must say that this is one hell of a birthday with little preparation on my side. Literarily with no make up on, and adorning just a LBD, a pair of entrusted gold Zara wedge, and my latest brown work tote ...

My effort? *shame*

Anywayyyy .... back to Bangkok Jazz; we had a bottle of Salisbury Cabernet Merlot California 2005 wine. It's a house pouring wine, with a mixture of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, bottled in 2005. The birthday girl had earlier asked if we were to choose a white instead, but my big mouth recommended a red as its more powderful to go with spicy thai food. Well, it is not true of course to match the wine this way, so just go with the flow as long as the wine is compatible with the food!

Their house pouring bottle were really good. I though it was perfect as the wine was a medium body, fruity and had an elegant taste.
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Most importantly is, the birthday girl enjoyed it.
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We left the ordering to birthday girl. What a good move because she hit the spot with so many of the order and we had so much of yummy food! Starting with ...

Meing Kam (Betelnut Leave Wrap), my first ever. I was surprise with the fragrant, crunchy, salty, sourish, spicy addictive taste. WE LOVED IT.
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Our Appetiser Combo were HUGE! There's everything you can imagine coming from thailand from fishcake, prawn springroll, chicken springroll, fried wanton, grilled meat, grilled scallops to more. Though there were only 5 of us, we whacked the whole thing up in minutes.
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Sorry for not featuring the actual name of the dishes, as I was not doing the ordering. Besides, my usual practise of shooting the menu before leaving the place got distracted after a few drinks *wink*

Here's to another plate of appetiser of Pomelo and Squid Salad. It was gorgeously done with super fresh ingredient. I love their generousity as the seafood and pomelo were bursting out from the plate.
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This Green Curry Chicken was lipsmackingly good! It was creamy, not too spicy and deeeeeeeeeeliciously yummy.
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The only dish which I felt were not up-to-par were its Steamed Fish, Thai Style. Don't get me wrong. It was not that bad as the flavour infused from the lemongrass sauce was good and the fish was fresh too BUT, it was just NOT clean. I had and a few times nearly choked on its scale, YUCKS!

Birthday girl's word ... the fish was not wax properly!!! Roaring laughter followed suit.

Errrr *blush*, I had earlier shared with them my brazillian wax experience* (remember the brown envelope I received during my birthday dinner?). Well ... the poor fish kena suddenly *grin*
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Their Paprika style Chicken reminded me of our roadside stall Nasi Paprik. Their touch of thai basil leave left us wanting more, as it was fragrant and tasted so homely. Another spot on.
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Lesiron, oops ... Kangkung ahhh, as how we call them here were perfectly al dente. I love how the Kangkung Belacan turned out un-spicy. Easier to enjoy instead of numbing your tongue. Enough of numbing experience today *blush*
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When dining thai, Tomyum is a must. Instead of the usual seafood combo, we had hugeeeeeeee tiger prawns in it! The soup were delicious, spicy and fresh while the prawns were such a good choice. Lye gave me her piece as a gesture that I might not get a chance to eat prawns during my 3 weeks stay in Germany.
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Last but not least, their specialty of Deep Fried Roast Duck! It was crispy outside, and tasty. Though it was suppose to be eaten with some sauce, I though the yummy duck were good on its own. I love it!
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For dessert, we had a exercise our vocal cord a bit. Seen here, birthday girl conducting us to sing in tandem *ahem* but how to concentrate if all we wanted to say was UH-HU-HU?!
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The Real KL edition U HU-Hu! Cheesecake from The Loaf came with Icy Lychee (with delicate taste), Durian Obsession (damn good!), Wholesome Nestum (not bad, but was a bit weak on flavour), Stylo Milo (I love this), Refreshing Longan (our favourite of the lot), and Banana Supreme (another delicate taste cheesecake). Overall, it was good, japanese style cheesecake neitherless but, I would recommend to eat them on its own rather than having them after a feisty, flavourful meal.

We could not stop ourselves from UHU-Hu! UHU-Hu! The wholeeee night. Pity Ju.
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Our oysterette tradition of gift presentation ceremony *grin*

Lye got her a gorgeous room freshener sans french style. WE LOVED IT and I'm gonna find ways to buy one for J's parents, and one for J's home. The smell were wondrous, and fine and ELEGANT. There's nothing like it and the packaging was lovely too.
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Me and Yoong got her the latest Aqua Lumiere Chanel lipstick and lip gloss. I love it too, but no budget for it now.
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The bill came up to approximately RM400 for the 5 of us. I though it was good considering the amount of food we ordered with a bottle of wine. If you pay with CIMB, there's another 15% off the bill. UHu-Hu!!!

Honey got a table arranged for us downstairs so we headed down after dinner. Bangkok Jazz is famed for their Jazz lounge and its not hard to understand why. The place is done up nicely, not too big, not too crowded and not smokey! Veryyy important. We were given a nice table fronting the band. The bad were not too bad.
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The birthday girl treated us to a bottle of Vodka! It came with a tasty orange mixer, which saw so many of us gulping a few glasses down. Another UHU-Hu moment!
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Birthday girl happy lah ... as usual, our conversation were like "pa sat".
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The girls. Thanks Ju for the lovely pic.
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The silly things we do.
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Well ... that's the oysterette's for us. I'm so happy that the group's back active in getting together after a slow 2007 year. They will be hopping to Hongkong/Macau to visit oysterette Elaine next month (I wanna go!) but that, I had to give it a miss coz "my boss would not approve my leave"

Oysterettes ... can we go Singapore and makan ah?