Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Chapter 158 - The Butcher's Table, SS2

Happy New Year, guys!

Guess that we are not slowing down in terms of pampering and treating ourselves with plenty of food as we are about to celebrate Chinese New Year in less than a month time. Before treating ourselves with an array of sumptuous Chinese food, we visited The Butcher's Table in SS2 recently - apparently, the concept is somewhat similar like Anne's Elizabeth where you can pick your meat and the chef would fire the dish for you.
Mushroom Soup (RM 8.00)
Hmm, I was rather disappointed when this bowl of mushroom soup was served on our table. I hardly taste the mushroom but all I got was some sort of powdery texture, lingering in my mouth. Perhaps, the mushroom soup would taste better if mushroom pieces/chunks are added in plus some bacons, giving the crunchiness upon each sip.
Crispy Roast Pork (Full) - RM 12.00
When I had it in my last visit, it was good. However, this time, it wasn't that great. No doubt to say that the skin was crunchy but the meat that we had contained too much of fat and very less lean meat - you can see it from the photo. 
Butcher's Big Breakfast (RM30.00)
I love Big Breakfast! Comes with pork sausage, pancetta, sautéed shiitake mushroom, baked beans, hashbrown, grilled tomato, green apple and choice of scrambled eggs/sunny side up with toast, you can order it anytime from morning to afternoon. It is just not available for dinner only.
Iberico Tomahawk (RM 88.00)
Mr Chee wanted to try something different so he opted for Iberico Tomahawk that comes with coleslaw and fries. We waited for 30 minutes. When it was served, we were slightly shocked but I must say that it was the best dish that we had on that day despite that the price was slightly higher. The meat was cooked perfectly, maintaining its juiciness.

All in all, we spent about RM 150.50 including 6% SST - Comparing between Anne's Elizabeth and The Butcher's Table, I would definitely vote for Anne's Elizabeth as Anne's Elizabeth serves more kinds of meat and the food is really good. Nonetheless, if you do not wish to travel far to Cheras, you can visit The Butcher's Table, SS2. Oh ya, you can actually buy the raw meat from them and grill it on your own whenever you want it.

Ambient: 3.5/5
Price: Slightly higher
Food: Non-Halal
Service: 3.5/5

The Butcher's Table,
No.26, Jalan SS2/103,
47300 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Tel - 03  -7728 2843


Thursday, December 20, 2018

Chapter 157 - A short trip to Bangkok, Thailand (Nara Thai & After You)

Today, trips are part and parcel of our lives. It is no longer determine by the savings that you have but it becomes a necessity to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city, just to get yourself rejuvenated and refreshed so that you will not burnout one day and at the same time, giving you aplenty of good reason to keep your relationship alive, be it with spouse, family or friends.
A recent trip to Bangkok has made me to come to a realization that trips are not just about exploring the place but it is to build every single moment together. And yes, we know this fact but sometimes, it is not as easy as it is since each and every one of us have our personal interest. 
Visiting one of the busiest cities in the world, Bangkok is all about shopping and eating. Staying there for 4 days and 3 nights are just sufficient enough to add 2 – 3kgs to my body weight. Thankfully, we walked a lot that it managed to shed off some of my fats. Or else, I would be….. 
A selfie at Maeklong Railway Station
Lady luck was not with us as the rain poured heavily on that respective day. We couldn't really walk much and ended up heading back to Bangkok city.

Touching on the food topic, I strongly reckon you to dine in these THREE places – it becomes a mandatory for me to indulge in these places every time I visit Bangkok.
1.     After You
There is always a room for dessert! It was the first time my parents indulged in After You and instantly, they fell in love with it. In this short trip, we visited the place twice and filled our tummy with bowls of shaved ice, pancake and toast.

2.    Nara Thai, Centralworld
Price of the food here can be slightly pricey but I must say it is worth it after all. The taste is so authentic and delicious that we can never say no to them. Can’t remember the name of the dishes but you can show the waiter on the dishes that you wish to have. Last year, I met the Founder in her office and we exchanged conversation for about an hour. A pretty nice lady but she is a very principled person. All I can say is that she prioritizes food quality.
Pad Thai

3.    Pe’Aor Tom Yum Kung Noodle,Ratchathewi
Sister Teo recommended this place; we refused to go initially until the very last day. We were rather surprised that many people flocked into this place. Apparently, they sell the best Tom Yum Noodle in Bangkok hence, people are willing to travel from far. Well, my verdict is that you must try! 

Bonus food:
Mango Sticky Rice - must try when you are in Terminal 21
Convenience Store - Literally, we had sampled most of the food in the convenience store. We just love it that we visited the store at least thrice a day.

All in all, Bangkok is a shopping haven and a food paradise. I was trying to have as much Thai food as possible but the time did not permit to do so since shopping had also consumed much of our time. Four days and three nights certainly not enough and we had to sacrifice a number of places as shopping was the top priority since Mama Teo wants to shop badly.
With the 3 musketeers :)
Stay tuned to my next post! 

I just created an Instagram account mainly for FoodiesTravel. Do join me in the adventure to discover and indulge in great food in great ambiance.
Search and follow foodiestravelblog today.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Chapter 156 - #SHIRCOOKS

Hello blog! I have abandoned my blog for a month and I promise that I will never do it again *cross fingers*. The past month was quite busy for me as I travelled to a few places plus, my passion in cooking ignited pretty aggressively, leaving me to put my blog aside.

Anyway, before I start sharing more, let me pen down what are my cooking achievements thus far. Thankfully, I did not burn the kitchen during the process and overall, it was a fun experience especially when Mr Chee, family members and friends enjoyed them.
Ultimately, a big thank you to my buddy, Fiona, who guided me in this process particularly Devil Eggs and Spaghetti Aglio Olio. I’m still learning and improvising it from time to time but ya, her tips and guidance have helped me a lot.

1.    Devil Eggs
It becomes my signature food now. Looks easy but the process can be quite taxing. Nonetheless, when you have a bite of these Devil Eggs, you know that it’s worth it after all! 

2.    Spaghetti Aglio Olio
It failed tremendously when I cooked it for the first time. Instead of Spaghetti Aglio Olio, it became Chow Mien. Once the right guidance was given, I managed to somewhat cook it and voila, presenting Spaghetti Aglio Olio (with some cheddar bites)

3.    Lemon Mojito (+ Bacardi for cocktail)
Had the opportunity to do this drink when my family members came over to my place in one of the weekends.  I was over the moon to prepare some special drinks for them and decided to crush some ice and mix a few liquids into one jug. Added Bacardi too and then, you notice that one glass was simply not enough.

4.    Korean Pancake
For those who follows my blog, you would know that I went for a cooking class during my Busan trip (besides reminiscing the movie of Train to Busan). Just use basic ingredients like carrot, zucchini, flour and yellow onion, and there you go, a good snack for tea time.

5.    Korean Jiggae (Stir-Fry Glass Noodle)
Never would I thought that I would be able to cook glass noodle. Again, the cooking class in Busan helps and this dish has never failed me.

More to come… 😊

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Chapter 155 – My cooking class at Dongnae, Busan

One of the highlights during my Busan trip was I attended a cooking class. Travelled all the way from Haeundae to Dongnae, we met these beautiful and friendly sisters who patiently waited for us at the train station and then chauffeured us to their apartment.

Without wasting much time, we made ourselves comfortable in their apartment while constantly amazed with their well-equipped kitchen, tidied living hall, clean toilet and even, checking the view at the outside.
I couldn’t remember their names so I would just address them as “The Sisters” – by right, we were supposed to do grocery shopping and prepare the ingredients as part of the cooking class. However, when we were there, they had prepared everything for us, leaving us to fire up the one and only meal whereas the rest was taken care by them.
Check out our cooking class!
Welcome drinks
Ingredients for most of our food
Cooking pajeon 
Korean Pajeon (Pancake)
Korean Jiggae (Glass Noodle)
Beef Bulgogi
Souvenirs after the cooking class

Overall, we were fully stuffed with homecooked Korean food. We were quite shy initially but soon after, we just happily finished all of them. It was so delicious that it got me to buy the Korean sesame oil and sesame seed at Busan itself. My gosh; aunty-ness in me immediately sparked up then and there.
If you have some time to spare when you are in Busan, you should experience the cooking class too. Just follow the locals for one day and you would be amazed with their culture that you might fall in love to it. Just like me…until today, I still cook Korean food at home (though is not as perfect as theirs).

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Chapter 154 – TOP 10 Must-Try Food in Busan, South Korea

Once I step into the month of October, I just realize how much I miss Busan! It’s not just about the scenery and view but also, the food. Lately, I have been trying to dish up some Korean food, hinting Mr Chee that I really, really want to go back to Korea if possible. Some dishes turned out to be good which I, myself am surprised by it and some on the other hand, failed tremendously.
Can you see me? This photo was captured by Mr Chee.

Whenever you step into Busan, South Korea, these are the top 10 Must-Try Food. Just go all out and forget about diet for once – you can diet when you return to Malaysia later 😊.
1. Chicken Ginseng Rice Soup @ Haeundae
Thanks to the cold weather, this bowl of chicken ginseng rice soup was so delicious. Every sip that we had was soothing enough to warm our body. Plus, add a tinge of ginseng where the owner would generously offer you, giving you an extra punch of this awesome meal! 

2. Aslan Bread @ Shinsegae Centum City
At the time I wrote this, Aslan Bread is a hit now in Haeundae area. Located in Shinsegae Centum City Mall, locals and tourists alike are willing to queue to have this bread; and I was one of them. It is a simple bread; all they did was injecting the cream into the bun. I paid a hefty amount just for this bread and you know what – I never regretted it! It was so, so delicious. 

3. Corn bun @ Shinsegae Centum City
Somehow, the corn bun in Busan tasted so good. For every single bite, you would be greeted with fresh, crunchy corn.

4. Korean BBQ @ Haeundae
You can’t say that you have visited Busan without visiting Anga, a popular BBQ spot in Haeundae. We were given a generous amount of side dishes from Kimchi to all sorts of greenies to accompany the plates and plates of meat that we had. 

5. Korean pancake (Pa Jeon) @ BIFF, Nampo
I had this in few places and one of my favorites is located at Busan International Film Festival (BIFF)! The curly hair Ah Jumma who was donned in red shirt was so friendly that she literally invited each and every passerby to queue at her stall and try the pajeon. I must admit the pancake was truly satisfying! One is never enough and we opted for another one.

6. Kimbap @ Gamcheon Cultural Village
I had Kimbap in Haeundae and Gamcheon Cultural Village. Among these two places, the kimbap sold in Gamcheon Cultural Village was the best. Enveloped with abundance of tuna and cheese, one roll of Kimbap was just sufficient to fill my tummy on that particular afternoon.

7. Live Octopus and Steamed Abalones @ Jagalchi Fish Market
Have you ever tried eating live octopus? If you have not, I reckon you to try one today especially when you step into Jagalchi Fish Market. Initially, I thought that the tentacles might choked me up hence, I was quite hesitated to try it at first. However, since I was in Busan and in Jagalchi Fish Market where it is one of the must-try food to have, I went for it. All I can say was “Wow”. 

8. Korean Mandoo @ BIFF, Nampo
Those who have been with me for long would know that I love wantan, sui kow or whichever you want to name it. In Korea, wantan or sui kow is known as mandoo. The minute we bought a bowl of mandoo in BIFF, it simply blew our mind. Best to be eaten while it’s hot and you would certainly crave for another bowl. 

9. Stir-Fry Noodles, Fried Chicken and Jjamppong @ BIFF, Nampo
Before we bid farewell to Busan, thankfully, we chanced upon this restaurant. We had the stir-fry noodles, fried chicken and jjamppong; a relatively big portion which was just nice for 6 persons. 

10. (BONUS) Pizza at Pizza Hut @ Aqua Mall
I know this sound strange but I strongly recommend one to visit Pizza Hut when you are in Busan. Try ordering the Rich Gold crust and Topping King as the topping! You would be amazed by not just the look of it but also, the taste. Amazingly, the pizza there tasted so good with a layer of potato surrounding the topping, giving the crust an additional kick of flavors, which makes me craving for more.

Some may asked how come I did not suggest the Busan Fishcake which many, many websites would certainly propose one to have it when they are in Busan. Believe it or not, I tried a number of fishcakes from different vendors even to Samjin, the oldest Busan’s fishcake producer. Somehow, Malaysia’s fishcake is still the best!
Aside from that, I had taken the opportunity to try other foods like these:
Samjin Fishcakes
Dry Cold Noodles 
Cold Noodles in Soup 
Freshly baked croissant at Nampo
You can easily get it in any convenience stores
One of my breakfast meals with the locals at Gukje Market
Busan Fried Chicken

After filling my tummy with plenty of food, I was then imagining myself as a Queen. Hehehe

On a serious note, Busan is a city that one should take the time to explore, discover and enjoy the pace of living in Busan. Slowly, you will fall in love with it.