Saturday, May 20, 2017

IndoBowl Indomie @ Tryst Cafe Review


Someone once told me "The best instant noodles are those cooked by others!". I always wondered why? It's the same pack, same boiling in water same cooking but why people still go to mamak for their mi goreng. I finally found the answer in IndoBowl. Signature Sambal to die for.

p.s. and mum would murder you for dirtying her kitchen too right?


 Hidden in the middle of SS15 is this 2 storey Cafe which is home to the IndoBowl serving IndoMie with a twist.


The top floor and the front of the ground floor are open air while there's the more comfortable air conditioned non smoking area inside.


 Simple plain single serving IndoMie but what makes it so special? The secret lies with its home made Signature green or red sambal mixed with the noodles, topped with a large grilled juicy and tender chicken chop/breast and a sunny side up.


Now imagine this. The egg yolk exploding in your mouth filling it with warm juicy yolk melting on your tongue..


Not a fan of grilled? Try the Battered Chicken Chop instead. Crispy on the outside, Juicy on the inside.


Or a simple lightly marinated with salt & pepper which preserves it's natural taste and then grilled to perfection Grilled Lamb Rack to top your noodle.


 Feeling so hungry you could eat a cow? Order the Mambo Jumbo! 4 portions of noodles, 4 diff meat, 4 times the satisfaction. Or just challenge your friends to see who finish last to pay the bill. Don't murder me if you lose please. =)


Imagine this, a knife cutting the meat right in the middle, warm meat juices start flowing out and steam rises. You cut a slice and put it into your mouth. The oil melts on your tongue.. *gulps* Ok That's it! I am leaving to go for dinner now.. But wait... More information?

The price? About the same with regular mamak mi goreng.

Base price for IndoBowl with signature sambal and egg: 5.9MYR
Additionals:
Grilled/Battered Chicken Chop: 12MYR
Ribeye Steak 100gm: 14MYR
Grilled Salmon 100gm: 21MYR
Grilled Lamb Rack 100gm: 18MYR
Grilled Sausage: 3MYR
Tempura Prawns 5pcs: 10MYR
Chicken Breast 100gm: 7MYR
Grilled Meatballs 4pcs: 7MYR
Sambal: 3MYR
Egg: 2MYR
Indomie Serving: 3MYR

Mumbo Jumbo: 80MYR consisting of 4 servings of IndoMie, Signature Sambal, 4 eggs, Ribeye Steak(changeable with Lamb for those who doesn't take beef), Grilled Salmon, Grilled Lamb Rack and Grilled Chicken Chop

Address: Tryst Cafe, 74, Jalan SS 15/4c, SS 15, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Operating Hours: 6pm - 1am

FB page: http://www.facebook.com/trystss15/



Other bloggers who was invited for the review. Anyway I went back again after a week from the review and I found their food to be real consistent.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Shopback.my offering cashbacks while shopping online on sites like Fave!

In collaboration with Shopback Malaysia, I was invited to review their cashback while you shop online experience. What I did was I just Signed up for an account(they take FB login too)

I already knew I am going to buy some electronics and have been buying Fave by Groupon Vouchers and some other sites for some time now. Sites which offers great discounts like this and other popular sites like Lazada, Taobao, Foodpanda(FOODS!!!! Delicious food delivered by Foodpanda), Booking.com, Expedia, AliExpress and AirAsiaGo.

YES! We need to be prudent in savings and spending in this bad times right?

What if I tell you now you could Earn cashback with Shopback when you're online shopping? Yes, now I could get cashback when shopping through Fave by Groupon. And yes, it's also on top of your discounts and vouchers on those sites, at the same time while collecting points & cashbacks from your credit cards and also loyalty points from collaboration companies to those sites(AirAsiaBig/B Infinity)?

Let me break it down and sum it up for you:

Say I buy something for 2k MYR:
  • Say site like Lazada offers 50% discount on sale = 1k MYR savings
  • Extra Lazada vouchers code savings (google em) = Typical 15 MYR savings
  • Then Shopback offers 1.5% cashback(Some category offers 11%) = ~14.78 MYR Savings after previous discount(1.5% of 985MYR)
  • Cashback for conventional credit card @ 3% = 29.55 MYR Savings + ~985 Card points
  • On checkout, you can select to enter B Infinity/AirAsiaBig points = ~985 Card points
TOTAL SAVINGS: 1059.325 MYR
TOTAL LOYALTY POINTS: 985 on credit card + 985 on Bcard/AirAsiaBig
TOTAL PRICE PAID: 940.625 MYR

The more you shop, the more you save, the site offers different cashback rates. Some much higher than what I have shown.


Here is a sample of what I am earning, for first signup, you get a sign up bonus of 5 MYR, 2 purchases gives me ~13 MYR so MYR 18 in savings just from 1 transaction. =)

Click HERE to signup and get extra RM 5 cashback on your first purchase

p.s. Wanna save more? shhhh.... go help your friends on their purchases.. Mwahahahahaha!!


Friday, May 12, 2017

Marco Creative Cuisine, Affordable Fine Dining @ 1 Utama

Ever had this situation where you wanted a fine dining experience but your wallet is drying up like the dams in certain months? Yet you still want to give the best to your special ones but if possible pay a fraction of the price? Introducing affordable fine dining with an ambient environment in Marco Creative Cuisine.

Comfortable and classy table arrangement sure you impress your loved ones.

Dine with the live swimming jelly fishes. I could really spend hours watching them swim as it has that calming effect while waiting for the food to arrive.

Here's a video of the Jellyfishes


Palate Cleanser


Diners first gets an icy palate cleanser which tingles the tongue and refreshes you up to prepare you for the first dish.

Appetiser

Bite size Green Chile Pesto and Tomato Confit appetizer to tease your stomach to wanting more

Soup

Then comes the belly warmer aka soup as some say the right soup warms the tummy. Diners are given 3 choices here where we have the Truffled mushroom soup which is thick and warm.

Or one could choose the Strawberry Gaspacho which is a cold soup but yet creamy and full of strawberry flavour. Definitely one of the must try if you could take cold soups.

When we talk about french onion soup, one would think of the watery barely able to spoon even some onions from the soup but in this case it's thick and full of flavors and of course caramelized onions served with crispy on the outside french toasts

Entree

For the entree, a person like me who ain't quite fond of liver gave this a try and it's surprisingly good. Served with toasted bread and in house dried apple chips, I just applied a thin layer of chicken liver on the bread topped with a chip. The sweet taste of the apple chip sandwiching the liver with the toasted bread is all one's tongue could ask for.

Salad topped with lightly salted ice cream. Every spoon of the ice cream makes me wanting more of it.

Mains

If you are a fan of fish, this is the dish for you. Atlantic salmon cooked to perfection where the skin is crispy above a thin later of fish oil and the meat cooked just nice.

My personal favorite of all the mains. Duck breast pan seared to perfection. Crispy skin cut to release hot steam from the juicy warm meat. Many has tried mixing duck with orange yet failed. This is one of the few which succeed.

Japanese rice cooked with squid ink served with prawns, omelette and baby squid. Definitely another creative and delicious creation of the chef.

For the light and health conscious eaters, this is definitely recommended. Juicy chicken thighs cooked with a hearty helping of greens.

I could eat these all day long if given the chance.

Desserts

A spoon of creme brulee topped with a little ice cold White chocolate sherbet is like yin and yang in your mouth. Hot yet cold, warm yet sweet. The egg custard is just nice like the fillings of egg tarts minus the pastry.

Rasberry Cheesecake with ice cream. Need I say more? Can I get another of this please? Pretty pretty please? =)

Deconstructed Lemon Meringue Pie, Italian Meringue with a touch of lemon and passion fruit paired with White Chocolate Sherbet.

Drinks

One gets to choose between the Single origin, french pressed coffee or loose leaves tea which are served in the pot or for those who prefers a cold drink could choose the Sparkling Iced Berry. No points for guessing what I chose.

Can't get enough? Watch the video



Verdict: Affordable fine dining with superb food. Good ambience for lunch & dinner dates.

Address:
Marco Creative Cuisine,
Lot G146, Ground Floor (old wing)
1Utama Shopping Centre,
No. 1 Lebuh Bandar Utama,
Bandar Utama, 47800 PJ, Selangor

Operating Hours: 12noon - 10pm daily.
(12-3PM - Lunch, 3-6PM - Coffee & Desserts Only, 6-10PM - Dinner)

Price: MYR78+ per pax for 7 course meal
 
Pork Free, Alcohol Friendly, Accepts reservations, Seating capacity of 62

Monday, May 8, 2017

Kouzu Japanese Tapas Bar & Restaurant TTDI Review


When we talk about Japanese food, the first thing that comes into mind would be cold food like sashimi and sushi and hot food are often associated with ramen? What if I tell you there's more than that? Something that warms the stomach. Something fusion and hearty that you can't just get in normal Japanese restaurants in KL.


Here is the mini highlight of this restaurant


Introducing Kouzu right in Taman Tun Dr Ismail


It's a spacious restaurant which also doubles as a bar.


They have an open bar concept where you get to take a sip while looking at your food being prepared


Want something more private? Try their private room with no minimum charges but with a minimal pax enough to cater for a small function away from general public


There's a huge selection of Japanese Liquors available


And also Japanese and other Whiskeys which I am sure you would find one that suits your taste


Now lets talk about foods shall we?

SALADS


Lets start off with their Roasted Pumpkin with Rocket Leaves Salad topped with sweet juicy strawberries. Definitely a vegetarian's choice I would say


Then we move on to their Sashimi Salad with Wasabi Mayo, one for the sashimi lovers as the portion is definitely generous with various sashimi cuts on top of the greens

TAPAS


Then we have the Tapas and first thing that one could think of would be Gyoza. Grilled to crisp at the bottom with juicy and warm chicken fillings slowly melting on your tongue. What else could pair best with this other than a glass of whiskey?


Then we have the Pan Seared Tuna on top of a layer of Foie Gras. Best eaten when it was hot and juicy. Best pairing would be a glass of wine.


Then we have the more filling selection for the big eaters, Baked roll sushi topped with Diced Scallop.


Some said oysters are best eaten fresh and juicy.. I say nay.. I personally liked it more with cheese and a glass of wine while socializing. No messy hands too =)

YAKITORI


Wings minus the hassle of dealing with the sharp ends. Just the juicy mid wings grilled to perfection.


Juicy Sirloin grilled and served with a touch of fresh lemon juice


My personal favourite, the rock lobster, fresh and juicy minus the pain and mess of removing the shells =)


One could almost smell it roasting on the charcoal from miles away and not be mistaken by the distinct smell of grilled shiitake.


Okra aka Ladies fingers.

PASTA & NOODLES


One would have always thought Udon is always served with soup and rarely would one see it dried. This was cooked to perfection with a little spiciness in it and would be one to fill the tummy.

DONBURI


Then we have the donburi aka Japanese rice bowls served with cold cut Sashimi cubes, avocado and Ikura


Then we have the hot bowl of all my personal favourites in a single bowl containing grilled Unagi, Hotate(Scallop), Ebiko, Mushroom, Minced Chicken and Onsen Tamago(Egg cooked just perfect that the yolk will just burst inside your mouth..


Medium rare beef topping the rice with an Onsen Tamago. A must try for all beef lovers

JAPANESE PIZZA


Then we have the 4 inch Japanese Pizzas with its thin crust made from Japanese rice topped with juicy exotic escargot *winks*


For those who are not that adventurous on escargots, they could try the salmon version which taste just as good as the previous


I am one for saving the best for the last. Hidden in their special menu is this special roll that I could only say you have gotta taste it for yourself.

A wide range of cigars and alcohol are also available on sale.

My take? You have gotta try this one.

Address:
Kouzu Malaysia
18, Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 1,
Taman Tun Datuk Ismail,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: +6018 366 3987 / +603 7733 9309

Operating Hours: 4pm - 1am daily

PORK-FREE


Special thanks to the owner, Andrew for hosting us and Racheal from Foodilifecious for the review invite
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