Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Chapter 165 - FLOUR Restaurant @ Bukit Damansara


When my friend prompted me to FLOUR, I thought that they were playing a prank on me. Trying to be macho, I literally turned to Mr. Google and typed the word “FLOUR”, hoping that there would be some new discoveries. All I got was merely flour, flour and flour…purely tepung.

Seeing how clueless I am, my friend shared a link pertaining to ‘FLOUR Restaurant’ – in that very second, I was filled with so much of embarrassment that I asked myself ‘How could I just type the word Flour without restaurant?


Known for their authentic northern Indian cuisine, I headed to FLOUR with another 3 friends of mine. FLOUR is situated right in Bukit Damansara that you might have to fully depend on Waze (if you are not familiar with Bukit Damansara). Even if you know the place well, I still suggest you to use Waze because there is a high chance that you may miss this place especially if you go there at night.

Strawberry Lassi
In FLOUR, I was told that Mango Lassi is a must to order but unfortunately, it was not a mango season. So, I opted for Strawberry Lassi. Smooth texture and packed with its flavor. Good choice indeed.

Papadum
Then, we had Papadum. Unlike the usual Papadum that we have in banana leaf, it was very crispy and refreshing especially when you dip it with mint sauce. However, it only had 2 pieces per order.

Mutton Briyani
Mutton Briyani was another recommended dish. It was one of the most compelling briyani that I ever had. The rice was fragrant with spices and the mutton was tender. A really nice bowl of briyani.

Fish Curry with Sesame Kulcha
Pairing with fish curry (a recommendation from the waitress), we opted for Sesame Kulcha, an Indian flatbread with coriander and sesame. A pretty good combination.

Murgh Makhani (Butter Chicken) with Naan
Another favorite of ours was Murgh Makhani (Butter Chicken) with Naan. Chicken pieces were well-marinated, giving so much punch of its flavours.  Every bite was just an explosion of aroma and flavours that you just longed to chew them bit by bit while enjoying the moment.

Ajwaini Baingan (eggplant in curry)
Among all the dishes that we ordered; we collectively weren’t that fancy with Ajwaini Baingan (eggplant in curry) with Laccha. As much as this was one of the best-sellers in Flour, we didn’t like it much. We thought that okra curry could be a better bet.

All in all, if you opt for an authentic Northern Indian cuisine, FLOUR Restaurant is a must to go. A gentle reminder to always make your reservation before heading there. Or else, you might have to wait for 1.5 hour, just like me.

Ambient: 3.8/5
Price: Slightly Expensive ($$$$)
Food: Northern Indian cuisine, Halal
Service: 4/5
Verdict: Try it today, at least once in a lifetime!

FLOUR Restaurant,
69 & 71G, Jalan Medan Setia 1, Plaza Damansara, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur.
012 – 221 4066


Regards,
Foodiestravel

Monday, August 5, 2019

Chapter 164 - TOP 5 info about Da Nang, Vietnam

I’m back! Cross fingers that I will not fall into any of the movies or drama addition or else, you will see me disappearing again 😊. Lately, I visited a very beautiful country where I enjoyed the sights and sounds plus, getting myself entertained with the chicken-and-duck conversation. It was fun, it was comfortable, it was beautiful, and as French would always say, it was tres magnifique.

Now you see me, now you don't

From having the opportunities to stay at different kind(s) of accommodation like AirBnb and hotel, to entering into a thrilling world of dining and indulging with a plenty of different kind(s) of spring rolls and walking into the adventure of some tourist attractions where we were greeted with pouring rain unfortunately, it was indeed one of the holidays that is worth remembering.

All we did was to enjoy a cold glass of San Miguel, took plenty of photos regardless where we were and entered into a shopping paradise where our bargaining skills took a notch up. Yet, there were still some circumstances that held us back from enjoying to the fullest.

Here are the top 5 things that one must know before heading to Vietnam.
  • Traffic is a nightmare

We barely able could cross the busy street. It seems like there is no sense of mercy to the pedestrian and all you need is to be courageous and run as if there’s a dog chasing you from the back. You hardly have the time to turn to your left and right too. We did cross the road once and we vowed no second time. We took Grab instead.
  • Drivers are ….. just speechless

Plenty of drivers are there for you; just open your Grab app and in no time, you just have to wait for your drivers to arrive. However, very frequently, our drivers decided to cancel our booking. So, be warn! Drivers in Da Nang also love to honk; I can’t even track now whether the honk sign serves as the warning to other drivers/motorcyclists, a greeting when they bump into their friends next door or merely it’s for fun. At some point, it can get pretty annoying.
  • Food is good (if you like vegetables and salad)

For vegans and those who have favorite liking towards any kind(s) of vegetables, particularly basil and mint, Vietnam is the right place for you. It gives a different twist to our local cuisine. Don’t expect to have an array of meat as it comes with a pretty minimum quantity. We ordered a bowl of Quang noodles for instance and sadly, only a few, thin chicken fillets were found whereas our bowls were filled generously with lots of vegetables.
Some of the Vietnam food that we had

  •  Check the weather

Yay! Bana Hills is a pretty attraction to begin with but the joy in us immediately disappeared when dark clouds started forming. Before we could tour around Bana Hills, we found ourselves running to the nearest restaurants/outlets. We couldn’t go anywhere except playing with our phones. Even after 2 hours, the rain refused to stop so, we decided to leave Bana Hills. Thankfully, we took some photos at the Golden Bridge before that.

  •  Currency - More USD and less Vietnam Dong

Tips to all Malaysians - it is good to have more USD dollar with you. When you compare both USD and Vietnam Dong plus the conversion of Ringgit Malaysia, somehow, buying stuff using USD currency is slightly cheaper as compared to Vietnam Dong. Even if you wanted to tailor-made your dresses, suits, t-shirts or what not at Hoi An, the vendors prefer USD.
The amount of stuff which you can buy in Vietnam

To sum up, it was a wonderful short-getaway session with the ladies. After all, nothing is more than exciting than creating the moments and memories together.
Till then, the next time…adios!

A beautiful place when lanterns are lighted up


Regards,
Foodiestravel

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Chapter 163 - Paul Depuis 1889 (Pavilion) & Selfie Museum (Fahrenheit88)

Anyone here? I can’t believe that I have stopped writing for more than a month now despite that I have written so many press releases and articles in the past few weeks. Anyway, what urges me to pen this down before I forget is my recent experience in Kuala Lumpur, putting on my tourist cap and strolling the city on a Sunday.
Where I tried to become a mermaid too :)

1.    Paul Depuis 1889, Pavilion

Started off the day by having brunch in Paul Depuis 1889 in Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur. The name itself has pretty much sparked our curiosity to try what this restaurant has to offer. We were well seated amidst the patrons that made up by families, couples and friends. Cozy ambiance but lack of privacy; don’t even thought of gossiping if you are sitting right at the centre of the shopping mall, in an open concept.
Pizza Margherita (RM 19.00)
Surprise set (RM29.00)

2.    Selfie Museum, Fahrenheit88

Have you heard of Selfie Museum? I have never come across this until my friend shared it with me. Perhaps, Samsung users will know this well. Located at Level 2, all Samsung smartphone users can redeem two tickets of Selfie Museum for free whereas non-Samsung users would have to pay an entrance fee of RM20.00. Thankfully, I have loyal Samsung friends which entitle me to walk in style, play like a kid and act like a model.

In fact, at the 3rd room, you can redeem a free Baskin Robbins ice-cream; just don’t expect a big tub ya.
Why do they look alike?

3.    Wong Kok Char Chan Teng, Pavilion

By the time when we “completed” our tour in Selfie Museum, our stomachs started to growl, asking for food. Without thinking much, we headed to Wong Kok Char Chan Teng as surprisingly, we miss the food there. I immediately ordered a plate of Smoked Duck Fried Rice plus a cup of Honey Lemon. It was such a heartwarming meal;  we then spent the  rest of the time catching up with one another.


It was a memorable day, spending time with friends whom we have not met for months. Sometimes, all you need is not a grand plan for activities and food but all you need is just the moment to craft the memories together. Indeed, I am glad that I managed to make time for them.


Paul Depuis 1889
Level 2, Lot 2.09.02/S2.09.02,
168, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur. 

Selfie Museum,
Unit 2.28-2.40, Level 2, Fahrenheit88,
No. 179, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur. 

Wong Kok Char Chan Teng,
Lot 1.107.00, Level 1, Pavilion Mall,
Lot 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur.

Regards,
Foodiestravel

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Chapter 162 – (SECOND VISIT) Titi Eco Farm @ Negeri Sembilan

t was two years ago when I first stepped into Titi Eco Farm; this year, Mr Chee and I decided to visit this place again with the whole intention to be out of the city and to just indulge in some organic food.
I ponder about my life, thinking should I pursue this or that

Much to our disappointment, they were no longer served organic poultry like fish and chicken. All we were given was an array of greenies. I bet that this was one of the few times where I had so much of vegetables in a day.
Doubtless to say, Titi Eco Farm is a place for one to unwind and relax; much so, there isn’t much you can do there besides listening to the birds’ chirping, hunting for mosquitoes and finding your own entertainment. For the first time, I was really bored surfing Facebook and Instagram over and over again. So, Mr Chee and I took this chance to sharpen our skills in playing chess. Not just a game but we played 6 rounds in less than 24 hours in Titi Eco Farm. Yes, I kid you not but 6 rounds of chess games were sufficient to keep us occupied. Or else, we would be left in boredom.
Upon our arrival, we were taught on how to make a hibiscus tea from scratch; took a quick tour to know the herbs, plants and flowers before plucking the necessary leaves and made one. Then, we made some snacks using organic plants and here you go:
We made it from scratch ;)

In late evening, we were supposed to attend a sharing session given by the Founder but that got cancelled. And we were ushered to our beds very early that day.
The next day, thankfully, we had an organic farm tour – that made our stay a slight memorable one. Led by a staff there, we were brought around the farm. I had the opportunity to taste the raw lady fingers and some other leaves which I can’t remember the name. All I know was my courage was put to test! 
All in all, it is a nice experience if and only if you want to unwind yourself where you run away from the busy city and be friends with nature. And yes, it’s real nature – no air conditioner and you might be greeted by some lovely creatures.
We had organic yee sang!
Check out our breakfast
Lunch; one of the best organic meals that I ever had there
Ambient: 4/5 (if you love nature)
Price: RM 250 per person (to stay in Semi-D chalet and Energy Garden)
Food: Organic vegetables
Service: 3/5
Verdict: Once a lifetime experience? Try it!  

Titi Eco Farm
Kampung Titi, Jelebu
Lot 1706. 1708. 1203. 1349. 1916.
Sungai Rotan,
71650 Jelebu,
Negeri Sembilan.
Booking is required for you to visit the farm: 019  220 7868
http://www.titieco.com.my/

Regards,
Foodiestravel

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Chapter 161 – Edo Ichi @ Bangsar South

I have been craving for Japanese cuisine for quite some time, particularly sushi. Sometimes, I have the urge to order a few plates of sushi, take it home and indulge them while watching my favorite variety show. BUT it’s merely a dream. As my dream have slowly faded as time goes by, Mr. Chee popped up with a question on our Valentine’s date. Immediately, I turned to him and suggested Japanese cuisine in no second. 
Which then led us to Edo Ichi at Bangsar South. There was a variety of dishes to choose from and I was knocked with more dilemmas. And guess what we order..
1.    Unagi Kabayaki Set (RM 37.80) 
Since Unagi is hard to get in Malaysia, Mr Chee ordered one. When it was served to our table, we were brought to a little disappointment with very few Unagi slices. Would be good if they could be slightly generous about it. Anyhow, the Unagi tasted really good; soft and fragrant. Or should I say nothing can go wrong with Unagi?

2.    Una Cheese Roll (RM 30.60)
Yay, I got my sushi answered! It was pretty in appearance. I carefully picked it up using a pair of chopsticks, dipped it into a pool of sauces and put it into my mouth. I took my sweet time to munch and chew it; and my satisfaction was immediately fulfilled. Complicated taste yet satisfying.

3.    A set of Salmon Teriyaki and Tori Niku Tama Ni (RM 21.90)
Ok, this is pretty normal; don’t order this if you want to eat like a Japanese. However, if you want something fast with a reasonable price, then this set could be good for you. I had it and ya, it’s a normal cuisine where you can get it at elsewhere too.

4.    Sashimi (ADD-ON RM 9.30)
This, this was so good!!! No words can describe this; just put it into your mouth and enjoy it. So fresh. 

For two people, our bill came up to RM 115.55 inclusive of 10% service charge and 6% service tax. 
Ambient: 4/5
Price: Slightly higher
Food: Japanese cuisine, pork-free
Service: 2.5/5
Verdict: Must-try

Edo Ichi Japanese Restaurant 
Unit G-4, Ground Floor,
Nexus, Bangsar South,
No.7, Jalan Kerinchi,
59200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03 – 2242 2022
Business hours: 11.30am to 3.00pm; 6.00pm to 10.00pm
Regards,
Foodiestravel

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Chapter 160 - Heng Ong Huat @Klang, Selangor

The term of “Heng”, “Ong” and “Huat” is usually used during Chinese New Year. While many or I would say majority want to be blessed in many ways, be it in good health, wealth, prosperity and abundance in luck, my family decided to double our Heng, Ong and Huat by dining in this restaurant.
Missing Mr Chee

And yes, this restaurant is relatively new in Klang. During Chinese New Year, Heng Ong Huat was fully booked and we were one of the lucky ones who managed to make our reservation at the eleventh hour.
Since it was a Chinese New Year gathering with my family members, we went with the set package; after all, it was our first time there so we weren’t sure what are their signature dishes. 
1.    Signature Seafood Combo with Patin Fish
This is one of the signature dishes in Heng Ong Huat! Comes with aplenty of seafood like mussels, prawns, scallops, clams, patin fish including roast pork, yam and tofu, the soup taste was surprisingly mild and it went pretty well with a bowl of rice. And yes, we ordered 6 bowls of white rice, just to go with this dish.
2.    Wok Fried Fishlips with Shark Fins
Something different compared to having the usual Chinese soup; I was trying to be healthy for a day that I started to influence my family to eat it with fresh greenies. Some liked it but some did not as they prefer to have it without the leaf. Simple but satisfying.
3.    Steam Red Snapper Fish
Fresh fish but a relatively small in size for 10 people.
4.    King Prawns cooked in 2 styles
Cooking style for King Prawns was pretty standard where you can get it at any restaurant. However, one thing that stood out were the prawns was fresh and the huge size of the prawns. 
5.    Braised Dried Scallops with Mixed Vegetables
This was slightly disappointing. We were hoping that there were chunks of scallops in this plate of vegetables however, we barely seen one. Taste wise was just so-so only.
6.    Golden Fried Chicken Slices
When the dish was brought to our table, we stared at it for a second. The name itself stated Fried Chicken Slices but what we had was more like Roasted Chicken Slices. Whether they got it right or wrong, we took a bite of it and never returned the dish to the restaurant. It was good!
7.    Signature Fried Noodles
Must have it! By the time this dish was out, we were pretty full but we couldn’t stop ourselves from not eating the Signature Fried Noodles. Filled with “wok hei” aroma and topped with abundance of bean sprouts, one bowl is never enough.
8.    Two variety Mandarin pastries
Saw the fried balls? It was delicious with yam fillings.
9.    Local fruit platter

All in all, our bill came up to RM 813.50 inclusive of rice and tea. The set that we chose was RM 798. No corkage charge so we were happily indulging the food with a glass of Whisky, thanks to my dad.
Ambient: 4/5
Price: Reasonable
Food: Chinese cuisine, non-halal
Service: 3.5/5 
Verdict: Must-try 
Heng Ong Huat Chinese Cuisine Restaurant
No.88, Jalan Batai Laut 4, 
Taman Intan, 
41300 Klang, Selangor
Tel: 03 – 3341 3288
Business hours: 11.30am to 2.30pm; 6.30pm to 10.30pm
Regards,
Foodiestravel

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Chapter 159 – Indonesian Curry Chicken vs Mongolian Chicken at Kedai Kopi Myzone, Nilai

When your parents decided to have a short gateway, you brought them to the border of Negeri Sembilan that is Nilai! And that’s what I did, hinting them that the Aeon Mall Nilai is recently opened.

Right after my sister and I did some damage to our purses, we decided to run away from the reality, not thinking about the money that we had spent for. Journeyed all the way to Nilai and then, we were greeted with grumbling stomachs.
Indonesian Curry Chicken (RM 20.00)
Comes with some greenies like long beans and cabbage to accompany this bowl of Indonesian Curry Chicken, a bowl of white rice is never sufficient. This is just too delicious! A person who is so picky like my sister can even credit how sumptuous the curry is. One drawback is that we have to keep scooping to get the chicken fillet as it is ‘buried’ in the curry itself.
Mongolian Chicken (RM 20.00)
Trust this is something new for many of you. Mr Chee was the one who introduced this dish to me and immediately, I fell in love with it. I can't say if this dish brings an authentic Mongolian taste but all I know is that this dish carries a tinge of black pepper, giving you an extravagant flavor when you munch it in your mouth. 
Sweet Potato Leaves (RM 15.00)
For 4 adults, this portion is rather big. Like our usual stir-fry vegetables, it is good to have some greenies to balance up our diet so that we don’t feel guilty at the end of the day.
Fruits Rojak (RM 6.00)
Mum was attracted to the rojak stall and we decided to order a small plate of fruits rojak that comes mainly with guava, cucumber and fried yoo tiao as they have run out most of the other tropical fruits like pineapples. Like other fruits rojak, it’s nice to have it!
Will I come here again? Answer is yes! The Indonesian Curry Chicken and Mongolian Chicken have hooked me up. 
Ambient: 3.5/5
Price: Reasonable
Food: Pork-free
Service: 3.5/5
Kedai Kopi Myzone,
No. 15, Jalan Nilai Square 1,
Nilai Square Commercial Centre,
71800 Nilai, Negeri Sembilan. 
Regards,
Foodiestravel