Sun Kam Kee @ Overseas Union Garden

Filed Under (chinese, food) by rinnah on 14-11-2011

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I love salted egg. In mooncakes, with crabs, with squid, with chicken, probably with everything. Now, my seafood allergies mean that crabs and squid are out of the question unless I want to indulge first and pay the dire consequences later so I was all perked up when I read A Lil’ Fat Monkey’s blogpost on salted egg chicken wings.

Thus, I naturally *cough*demanded*cough* gently persuaded my folks that we should drive all the way to Overseas Union Garden for dinner just so I could satisfy my curiosity about the wings. Heheh.

Sun Kam Kee is located in a lesser known part of Overseas Union Garden, probably one where only locals go to. It’s at the end of a long row of shophouses that have seen better years and you should most probably dress down to feel comfortable and fit in. :P There weren’t many people when we arrived around 8pm; just a few tables occupied here and there and it remained that way as long as we were there. Since there were only 3 of us, we ordered the following dishes to try :

sunkamkee 01
(Stir fried vege with garlic)

This was pretty much normal fare that you can get at any self-respecting dai chow place.

sunkamkee 02
(Japanese tofu with minced meat aka tip pan tofu)

Again, this is a normal dish with gravy that goes well with rice.

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(What we came here for – salted egg chicken wings!)

And how did the piece de resistance fare? It was okay, in my opinion. The chicken was nicely fried – crispy without being burnt or undercooked. Personally I felt that the salted egg taste was not enough for me (yes, I really enjoy my salted egg dishes) and the bits of salted egg were few and far between. It also could have done with a wee bit more of the curry leaves and chili padi to give it an added kick to the tastebuds. Overall, not bad, but not outstanding.

The meal above for 3 pax inclusive of rice and chinese tea came up to MYR 51.70 (roughly about MYR 17.00 per head which is a bit pricey compared to other dai chow places). I understand from comments on A Lil’ Fat Monkey’s blogpost that each pair of salted egg chicken wings cost MYR 7.00.

Would I go back again for the salted egg chicken wings? Probably not because it wasn’t exceptionally stand-out memorable for me and because it’s quite far away from where I stay. Might be worth a one-time visit for the experience though.

Restaurant Sun Kam Kee
1, Jalan Hujan Emas 8
Taman Overseas Union
58200 Kuala Lumpur

Read other blogger reviews here :
A Lil’ Fat Monkey

Note : Photos in this blogpost taken with my Panasonic Lumix TZ7.

Henry Cook @ SSTwo Mall

Filed Under (food, western) by rinnah on 27-09-2011

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I like Henry Cook. Those four words could very well sum up my review but that wouldn’t be doing justice to Henry Cook, now would it? :P

Outside Henry Cook

Henry Cook originates from Singapore, and this is their first outlet in Malaysia. Although I am working in Singapore, I have yet to (locate! and) patronize the Singapore outlet so this review will be based on my two visits to the Malaysia outlet at SSTwo Mall.

Interior of Henry Cook

My first impressions of Henry Cook were good. The restaurant is bright and uncluttered but still manages to exude a homey air, perhaps thanks to the magazines and boardgames in the shelving by the wall. They have an open kitchen concept going on, so you can watch the chefs prepare your meal as you wait.

Drinks & soups at Henry Cook

A montage of the various drinks and soups I had during both my visits – homemade pear drink, tropical fruit punch and tea. Some might find the homemade pear drink to be on the sweet side. The soup of the day – pumpkin soup and mushroom soup. I have to say that Henry Cook makes one of the better pumpkin soups I have tasted so far in Malaysia but it is not in the same league as my favorite. I would have preferred it to be a touch creamier but it was good overall, as was the mushroom soup.

Sides & salads at Henry Cook

Some of the sides and salads available. The garlic toast is yummy dipped into the soup of the day and the fried chicken drummets were nicely done too. The salads normally come as part of your main dish meal but are also available on their own. The herbed potato salad can be a bit bland on its own, but when eaten together with your main it balances out the meat. I quite like the unique green salad.

Main dishes at Henry Cook
Clockwise from top left corner : beef stew, stuffed chicken roll, baked fish fillet, beef bomb

My aunt, who is a big fan of beef stew, gave Henry Cook’s version a thumbs up. The beef is soft and tender and the stew is flavorsome. I like my stew chunky but did think the pieces of beef were cut rather large, as were the potatoes and carrots.

Henry Cook’s signature dish is their stuffed chicken roll – which to me is a bit like a fusion version of the Peranakan lor bak. It also reminds me a bit of kebab meat, especially with the sauce.

Beef bomb. I would like the ground beef to be a little less dry but it was still good overall. It was interesting to find a hard boiled egg smack dab in the middle of the beef patty – somewhat like an alien landing in one’s backyard.

After the meaty goodness of the other dishes, we did find the baked fish to be a bit plain and not so memorable. It was alright though and fresh.

For all of their main course dishes, you have a choice of selecting either yellow rice or herbed potatoes as a side. If you’re looking for a vegetarian option, then I would suggest the soups and salads. Other than that, most of Henry Cook’s dishes are hearty and meaty – on both occasions I came away feeling like I’d had my meat quota for the day and more.

Meat Madness set platter at Henry Cook

Henry Cook also has this set meal for 4 pax called their Meat Madness platter. From my experience, it could well feed 6 pax comfortably. It features all of Henry Cook’s specialties and is a good way to taste nearly everything on the menu in one visit.

Table number at Henry Cook

Being a small, family run operation gives Henry Cook a slight advantage in terms of service. I find their waitstaff to be prompt, friendly and helpful. It’s also one of the plus points of why I like Henry Cook.

I would visit Henry Cook more often but for its location as I have a ton of gripes about SSTwo Mall (but I’ll save that for another blogpost).

Read other blogger reviews here :
Lilian
Su Fen
Thistle.Tea
Wendy

Marble Slab Creamery

Filed Under (dessert, food, ice cream) by rinnah on 24-05-2011

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I love how many specialty ice cream and yogurt and dessert shops there are in Singapore. Marble Slab Creamery is one on my list of favorites after tasting their lovely version of Irish Cream ice cream.

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Marble Slab describes the Irish Cream flavor as :

“Hints of coffee flavouring make this a sophisticated indulgence. A rich, creamy flavour that provides ultimate satisfaction.”

Did it meet the mark? Yes on all counts. The ice cream is smooth and creamy and the flavor is rich without being overpowering. Kind of like the perfect marriage of a what outwardly appears to be just a plain, ordinary, unassuming scoop of ice cream but with the blended flavor of a masterpiece. (Yes, I know I’m waxing lyrical. Heh.)

marble slab irish cream

I had a Kiddie Cup (the smallest size, a single scoop) which costs SGD 4.50. Just the right size for one to indulge in a little bit of perfection without having to share and just right to leave you wanting ‘just a bit more’.

I also love their kitschy tagline of ‘Find happiness within’. It’s the perfect phrase to go along with a scoop of loverly ice cream on a lazy weekend.

Marble Slab Creamery @ Marina Bay
8A Marina Boulevard #B2-40
Marina Bay Link Mall
Singapore 018984
Tel : +65-6834 3693
Website : www.marbleslab.com.sg

Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant @ One World Hotel

Filed Under (chinese, food) by rinnah on 03-02-2011

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Happy Chinese New Year folks!

Zuan Yuan logo

My ex-colleagues and I have this tradition that we’ve been faithfully keeping for the past 7 years. Every Chinese New Year, we will have our own version of a ‘reunion dinner‘ – that all important meal when family members near and far all attend. In this version, all of us ex-colleagues make it a point to attend the reunion meal and as the years went by and each of us slowly left the ex-company one by one (there’s only one person left there now, haha), it became important that we must attend this yearly traditional meal of ours. This year, we had our reunion meal early (in the 2nd week of January) since one of our group members came back from Hong Kong on business matters.

Entrance of Zuan Yuan

This year, we decided to hold our reunion at Zuan Yuan after seeing some pictures of yummy food from local floggers (“food bloggers”). Also, as Zuan Yuan is pork free, it also met our need to search for a halal restaurant. Zuan Yuan is tucked away at the Ground Floor corridor between One World Hotel and One Utama Shopping Centre. It’s a reasonably convenient location since you can choose to park in either the shopping mall’s carpark or the hotel’s carpark (it’s all joined up anyway). Read the rest of this entry »

More Marmalade @ Bangsar Village II

Filed Under (dessert, food, western) by rinnah on 11-01-2011

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Since my previous post on Marmalade @ Bangsar Village II, I’ve gone back a few more times with friends on different occasions and thought it would be nice to put up the accumulated pictures of food we ate to compliment the earlier review post.

Hope it doesn’t make you drool too much, because I’m hungry just looking at all the photos! :P

Salad @ Marmalade

Some kinda salad – not sure which one it was since I wasn’t the one ordering. Read the rest of this entry »

Waroeng Mas Timoer @ Sunway Giza

Filed Under (food, indonesian, local) by rinnah on 09-01-2011

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Note : Waroeng Mas Timoer has since closed down.

Every now and then you find a gem of a restaurant that deserves to be brought to the attention of the masses. Waroeng Mas Timoer in Sunway Giza, Kota Damansara is one such gem I recently discovered by chance.

I had originally planned to eat at Cravings but only found out that they had closed down after I arrived and parked my car inside Sunway Giza. Rather than drive out in search of food elsewhere, I decided to check out what Waroeng Mas Timoer has to offer. And boy was I glad I did!

Waroeng Mas Timoer logo

As the menu tells you, Waroeng Mas Timoer specializes in authentic Sundanese food. So far, my experiences with Indonesian food have been limited to my one travel trip to Medan and outings to places like Ole Ole Bali. Read the rest of this entry »

The Bee @ Jaya One

Filed Under (dessert, food, western) by rinnah on 08-12-2010

The Bee logo
Yes, I realize this photo of the logo is not taken from the right angle…

It was a sunny Saturday afternoon in November when the blogger girls gathered for a good old-fashioned natter about… what else, gossip!

Interior @ The Bee, Jaya One
Can you see our table in the picture above?

The Bee fits all of our criteria for a meeting spot. A cozy setting that is great for photography, an extensive and delicious brunch menu, bemused staff (very important!) who are tolerant of the noise and demands that our group of females can be capable of coming up with. The suggestion to meet at The Bee came from Kahani, and as one of us, her suggestion was definitely spot on. Read the rest of this entry »

Latte taste-off : Starbucks vs Austin Chase

Filed Under (coffee, food, western) by rinnah on 24-10-2010

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Anyone who hangs out with me long enough will know that there’s only one type of coffee I’ll order from upmarket coffee houses/cafes. And that would be a latte – regular sized, with one packet of raw/brown sugar.

My usual java of choice comes from that ubiquitous brand – Starbucks. Spare me the spiel about how Starbucks is evil and yadda yadda yadda – I choose it because it’s convenient. Everywhere you go, you can find a Starbucks outlet, right?

starbucks takeaway cups
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Last Friday, my colleague kindly bought me a latte from Austin Chase as thanks for playing driver and ferrying her to MidValley. And this was my first time tasting coffee from Austin Chase. How did I find it?

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Well, the milk froth/foam on top of the latte was not as dense as Starbucks, so it felt more like air bubbles. And the coffee strength seems less strong, because I didn’t get the same caffeine buzz as I normally would. (My caffeine tolerance level is pretty low.) Also, I found the overall packaging of Austin Chase’s takeaway coffees to be less refined as compared to Starbucks – especially the plastic lid, which reminded me of McDonald’s takeaway coffee cups.

So, am I a coffee snob much? I’d say yes.

Kedai Kopi Sun Yuan Loong @ Ipoh

Filed Under (chinese, food) by rinnah on 10-10-2010

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Although Ipoh’s not part of my usual stomping grounds, but whenever the family heads up north on a roadtrip, this place is where we’ll definitely stop for breakfast.

Kedai Kopi Sun Yuan Loong

Reason? For the yummy food and local coffee. In fact, we would never have known about this place if not for my godparents, who first brought us here during one of our visits in 2009. Apparently this place is popular with the local folks, because invariably we are the only outstation car parked in the area and it’s not easy to get a table. Plus, the food sells out pretty quickly too, so try to get there before 11am if you don’t want to be disappointed.

Ipoh coffee @ Kedai Kopi Sun Yuan Loong

Delicious and authentic Ipoh white coffee that cannot be found in KL and definitely does not taste like those pre-mixed coffees that claim to be Ipoh white coffee.

Yam cake @ Kedai Kopi Sun Yuan Loong

Home style yam cake, one of the best I’ve ever tasted!

Chee Cheong Fun @ Kedai Kopi Sun Yuan Loong

Chee cheong fun is not one of my favorite foods, but I’m assured that it was good. They tend to serve it a little differently here, with long green beans and green chillies in addition to the usual sweet sauce and chili sauce.

Pancake @ Kedai Kopi Sun Yuan Loong

I don’t know what this is actually called. I call it my favorite pancake (not a technically accurate term) and I’m just drooling thinking about it now! This is the best pancake I’ve had in my life – the size is not too small or big, it is perfectly crispy without being burnt and the batter used to make this pancake is beyond perfect.

Lor mai fun @ Kedai Kopi Sun Yuan Loong

The lor mai fun was a tad smaller than I’d have liked it to be because it was yummy. In the background, you can see a small sauce dish of curry which adds to the uniqueness just like the chee cheong fun.

Kedai Kopi Sun Yuan Loong
Medan Bendahara 2
Taman Taiping
31650 Ipoh
Malaysia

Marmalade @ Bangsar Village II

Filed Under (food, western) by rinnah on 26-09-2010

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Two separate outings, but at the same venue and with the same gang of madcap friends!

The first time around was last year, when we had a surprise birthday party for Paris B at Marmalade in Bangsar Village II. Fast forward 10 months later and we were back for a weekend brunch cum gossip session.

Marmalade Cafe

I find Marmalade to be an excellent venue of choice for those laid back weekend brunches and for catching up on the latest gossip with friends. The bright and cheerful interior of the cafe boasts colorful murals on the walls with comfy seating arrangements that allow you to linger. It is also a good place to host small parties as there is a section of the cafe which can be blocked off and seats around 20 people comfortably.

Marmalade’s staff are also incredibly helpful and accommodating – when we held the surprise birthday party, they graciously allowed us to bring in the birthday cupcakes and helped us store it. And no matter how long we linger around (on average we can sit around for up to 4 hours at a go), service is always prompt and cheerful. It’s nice to know that good service does exist in Malaysia.

Hearty Brekkie @ Marmalade

Now, the highlight of dining at Marmalade for me is always their breakfast sets (which are available up till 1pm). Tip : Order a few different sets and share amongst family and friends! That way you’ll get to try more. The Hearty Brekkie above comes in a set with choice of coffee or tea and juice.

Omelette @ Marmalade

We couldn’t get enough of the scrumptious omelette you see above, so we had 2 sets of this (or was it 3?) and still wanted more!

French Toast @ Marmalade

I simply love the fruit and yogurt that comes with the French Toast set. Makes me feel more healthy in a way. LOL.

Burger @ Marmalade

I didn’t get to try much of this burger, but as with the other items on Marmalade’s menu, it must have been good since it vanished off the plate in a hurry. Oh, but those grilled mushrooms you see at the side of the burger? Absolutely yummy even on its own.

Pumpkin Soup @ Marmalade

This last dish of pumpkin soup was ordered on a whim, since the Caucasian ladies at the table next to us had ordered it and it looked so good even from afar. We reasoned to ourselves that soup was just liquid anyway, so we went ahead and ordered it even though we’d had multiple sets of the food above! It was a good decision, for me anyways, because I love pumpkin and this soup was nicely creamy and akin more to pureed pumpkin rather than a watery soup. I was scraping the bowl clean on this dish!

All in all, I do love a good brunch at Marmalade and I really shouldn’t wait for 10 months to pass by before I make my next trip there! Anyone up for brunch?

Marmalade Cafe
Lot 1F-18
First Floor
Bangsar Village II
2, Jalan Telawi 2
Bangsar Baru
Kuala Lumpur

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Read the other surprise party event blogposts here :
Paris B
Beetrice
Pinkelle

Read other blogger reviews on Marmalade here :
Boolicious
Chocoholic Memoirs
Lyrical Lemongrass
MeiyeN

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