Friday, June 30, 2017

San Nae Deul @ Solaris Dutamas, KL - How to Get 30% Off Your Bill

We're trying to pack in as many Asian meals as possible before our holiday. One of the things I would crave for sure when I'm away is Korean food, particularly Korean BBQ. We returned to San Nae Deul in Publika, this time with both the kids for a yummy Korean feast.

We ordered 2 sets of sam gyup sal (grilled sliced pork - RM28 each) as well as one set of gochujang sam gyup sal (grilled sliced pork marinated in Korean spicy sauce - RM35). This is still one of my favorite Korean BBQ places, as the staff here cook the meat well.

We were served nine types of complimentary ban chan (side dishes) and I really liked the radish kimchi... so crunchy! We got refills of that plus the napa cabbage kimchi. We were also served complimentary steamed egg and a doenjjang jjigae (soy bean paste stew) which wasn't spicy, so the kids could enjoy it too.

Overall an excellent meal and we left with happy tummies... by the way guys, if you visit the restaurant during lunch (12pm - 3pm) and order their a la carte BBQ, you can enjoy 30% off your bill. Applicable for both weekdays and weekends. So, instead of RM100 we paid only RM70 for our meal here.What a fab deal!

Read about our previous visit here.

Opening times: 10.30am to 10.30pm daily.

Service: Excellent.

Price: Total bill RM70.05 for 4 pax.

Location: Korea BBQ San Nae Deul, A2-UG1-02 Solaris Dutamas, No.1 Jalan Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 012-335 5104

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Moobaan Thai, Taman Desa, KL

I wanted to satisfy my Thai food cravings before our Scotland holiday. We headed to Moobaan Thai in Taman Desa with one half of BabySumoKids in tow.

It started raining as soon as we arrived at the restaurant... perfect weather for a bowl of piping hot tom yum. The menu here comprises of salads, noodles, fried rice, Thai-pas, main courses and drinks. Service is friendly and prompt, with food served within 15 minutes of us placing our order.

First to arrive was the Tomyam Namkon Talay (RM21), aka creamy (red) tomyam soup with seafood. You can also choose to have it with pork or seafood and they also do a clear (white) version. The soup was pretty spicy and comes with two large prawns, as well as generous amounts of squid and oyster mushrooms. Very appetizing - I enjoyed this a lot.

We also ordered a Gaeng Kiaw Wan Gai (RM14), Thai green curry chicken - the sauce was rich, creamy and mildly spicy, so Baby C could enjoy this too. The sauce was so good, that we ordered an extra portion of rice. YUM.

We also ordered two sticks of Moo Ping (RM3.50 per stick), Thai-style grilled pork. We liked the caramelised finish on the pork, however the meat was slightly too fatty for our liking.

I enjoyed the Pik Gai Tod (RM8 for 4 pcs), aka fried chicken wings... well-marinated so it's flavourful and crispy.

Don't forget to order the Thai Milk Tea (RM4.50), nice and creamy - definitely one of the best we've tried as it doesn't taste diluted even at the end of our meal.

Desserts are not mentioned in the menu, however you can ask the waiting staff what they have for the day. If mango sticky rice (RM6.50) is available, we urge you to try it. Pour the coconut milk over the warm, sticky rice and sweet-sour mango slices.... so so good!

Overall a fantastic Thai meal, we will definitely be back!

Opening times: 12-3pm; 5.30pm - 10pm.

Price: Total bill RM71.50 for 3 pax.

Location: Moobaan Thai, 15, Jalan Bukit Desa 5, Taman Bukit Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (same row as Sanuki Udon. Street parking available)

Tel: 016-312 3331

GPS Coordinates: 3.110710, 101.685034

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Family Dinner @ Royal Canton, DC Mall, KL

After our scrumptious dim sum lunch at Royal Canton KL last month, we returned over the weekend to sample their famous roasted meats and other items off their a la carte menu.

We ordered a Peking duck (RM148) and it arrived in its glistening, crispy glory. I was already salivating at the sight of it and the kids were super excited to see the skin carefully removed and then wrapped in an egg pancake along with sweet plum sauce, spring onions and cucumber. It was well worth the wait as we took the first bite... superb, crispy skin, everything a good Peking duck should have.

What a beauty!

BabySumoKids watching intently (and learning).... later on, Baby D made a few duck wraps for us too!

The duck gets sent back to the kitchen, and the duck drumsticks are served for us to enjoy. When you order a Peking duck, the meat will get prepared in your choice of cooking style- duck in lettuce wrap, stir fried with kampot pepper, stir fried with ginger and spring onion, cooked with fried rice or with fried noodles. We went for the latter, and it was delicious! The kids enjoyed the egg noodles which were braised in a thick, flavorful sauce and topped with the duck meat and beansprouts. I would say a whole Peking duck can comfortably feed a family of four.

We also had the Emperor Char Siew (BBQ pork - RM22 for small) and the Siew Yok (Roasted Crispy Pork Belly - RM22 for small) and they were so good! The kids especially loved the char siew, with has a beautiful sticky, caramelised finish. Here, they use meat with higher lean to fat ratio, which is great for our kids, as they dislike fatty meat and I usually have to cut out the fatty parts before they would eat it.

I loved the siew yok which had the most amazing crispy crackling.. you could hear it crack as you sink your teeth into it. This is served with a lovely, tangy chilli dipping sauce.

Royal Canton is currently running a promotion whereby with every spend of RM100 and above, you can order the Murray Perch (approx 500-600g each) at RM10 only. The normal price for the fish is RM12 per 100g, so it is a pretty good deal! This promotion will run until end of July and is available for dinner only.

Our host recommended that we have it deep fried as Murray Perch is quite a fatty fish so this cooking method will bring out the best in the fish. Indeed, we enjoyed it immensely - the fish was fresh with crispy skin and the part closest to the fin was nice and fatty. So yummy! We learnt later on that they use live fish hence diners can enjoy it at its freshest.

Royal Canton is also well-known for its premium dried ingredients such as abalone, fish maw and sea cucumber. For the abalone, they serve either Japanese Amidori or Yoshihama abalone, selected specially for its outstanding quality and wonderful candied centre. For a limited time, diners can enjoy the Whole 50 head dried Japanese Yoshihama abalone, along with Indian Ocean Soon Fung fish maw and Goose web for RM188 per person (min 2 pax). The braised abalone had a great texture, even BabySumoKids loved it! Goose web is a Chinese delicacy, which is said to be high in collagen.. great for smoother, lovelier complexion ;)

For dessert, we made sure we pre-ordered the Piggy Bun with white lotus paste (RM8 each) as the kids really wanted to try it during our last visit. Look at their happy faces :)

We also had the Ma Lai Gao (RM8), soft and fluffy with a delicious custard filling. And a cold, refreshing dessert to wrap up dinner nicely - the Mixed Fruits Lemongrass Pudding (RM10).

Hubby skipped dessert and settled for a premium cold beer.  Royal Canton has a selection of bottled German beer from Weihenstephaner, the world's oldest brewery, located in Bavaria.

Opening times: Lunch: Mon-Fri 12:00PM - 3:00PM, Sat & Sun 10:30AM - 3:00PM, Dinner: 6:00PM - 10:00PM

Location: Royal Canton, Lot L2-03A - L2-2-07, 2nd floor, DC Mall, Damansara City, 6 Jalan Damanlela, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Parking RM1 per entry after 6pm)

Tel: 03-2731 4628


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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Nam Heong Vintage, Pavilion Elite, KL

This long Raya break, we opted to stay back in KL and enjoy the traffic-free roads and quiet(er) malls. We were in Pavilion KL to jalan-jalan with the kids, and when lunchtime came, we let them decide what they wanted to eat... and they chose the newly opened Nam Heong Vintage, as they wanted to eat their favorite kaya toast and half boiled eggs.

The outlet in Pavilion is located on the 8th Floor in the Pavilion Elite wing. Very nice decor, and just like their other outlets, they have a tablet on every table for you to browse the menu and also to place your order.

The kids chose the Soft Boiled Egg Set (RM7.90) which comes with two eggs and kaya margarine toast. Perfectly cooked eggs and yummy toasts ;)

They also ordered the Golden Man Tau (RM6.90) with pork curry - this was as good as we remembered it. Crisp, soft buns with a delicious, thick curry to dip your man taus in. And siew mai (RM6.50) is a must-order for BabySumoKids whenever they see it on the menu.

Hubby went for the Wanton Noodles (dry with wanton in soup - RM10.90) while I had the Teeny Savory Assam Laksa - such a steal at RM3.90 per bowl. The soup was thick, generously laden with fish and so appetizing. I loved it!

We also got a FREE dessert, thanks to a special promotion ongoing in this outlet until 2nd July. The free dessert for the day was tau fu fah... smooth and yummy!

You may also read about our experience at their outlet at The Starling.

Service: Good.

Price: Total bill RM25.20 as we had a free one main course voucher.

Location: Nam Heong Ipoh Vintage, L8.106.00, Pavilion Elite, 166 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-2110 6321

GPS Coordinates: 3.148471, 101.713129

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Hotel Review: Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur

Another long weekend is approaching... if you fancy a staycation in KL instead of braving the traffic to balik kampung, consider YTL's latest hotel in KL, Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur.

Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur is the newest addition to YTL Hotel's impressive portfolio of hotels and resorts in Malaysia. The hotel is also part of the Autograph Collection Hotels (an ensemble of exclusive independent hotels by Marriott International), featuring a distinctive vibe and character with a different perspective on the local scene mixed with a bit of edgy style and adventure.

The hotel is steeped in history, much like the neighbourhood it sits in. Strategically located on Jalan Kamunting, the site once housed YTL's first office, the Bangunan Yeoh Tiong Lay. Several neighbouring lots were bought up over a number of years allowing YTL's return to the community as Hotel Stripes.

All dressed in stripes for our family staycation at Hotel Stripes ;)

The hotel is designed to showcase the local heritage with a touch of modernity whilst complementing the iconic buildings in the vicinity. The brick facade lends a chic, modern curbside appeal to the property which is matched inside by modern, stylish rooms and a chic French brasserie for dining.

Along with BabySumoKids, we were at Hotel Stripes recently for a short staycation during the school holidays. The hotel has 184 bespoke guest rooms and suites, with four room categories to choose from. The boys stayed in one of the Executive Deluxe rooms, while the girls snuggled up in the Studio for some quality time together.

Executive Deluxe Room

I just love new hotel rooms - the rooms here are spacious and modern with a contemporary design. Propped above the  comfortable king-sized bed is a black and white photograph showcasing Jalan Kamunting during the 1940s to 50s. Every room also comes with a coffee machine, sofa bed, 50" LCD TV as well as a complimentary mini bar.

We also love the little touches such as local snacks and sweets placed in the room, which brought back sweet childhood memories for me.

Coffee machine in every room

Complimentary mini bar

One of the features in the room is this large bling bling vanity mirror which is placed in the room, rather than the toilet.

Head upstairs to the rooftop pool, set against the breathtaking views of the city skyline for some well-deserved relaxation.  There is also ample covered seating, the space accentuated by beautiful plant walls. You may even order food from the in-room dining menu and request that they send it up to the pool so you can enjoy it in the sun.  There is also a 24-hour gym located on the same level.

Iconic KL Tower as backdrop for our photos ;)

Super-Dan.. family fun by the pool

Enjoying lunch by the pool

Delicious burger

Tasty carbonara pasta

Nightview by the pool

Breakfast is served at The Snug, the hotel's all-day dining restaurant. The restaurant has a laid back, cosy ambiance with stripped-back walls, giving it an industrial edge. The breakfast selections are great, from pastries to soba noodles, fried noodles, congee and eggs cooked to order. We particularly enjoyed the nasi lemak bungkus which comes with a kickass sambal.

For lunch and dinner, hotel guests can check out Brasserie 25, a French-style restaurant offering comfort French food.  The red brick arches showcase the open kitchen while the copper sputnik chandeliers and large windows give the space a classy yet simple elegance.

We highly recommend the Pan seared foie gras, Duck confit, Lamb shank, L'Entrecote De Boeuf and Roasted rack of lamb. You may check out our post here and here. As expected from YTL, the service staff are impeccably turned out and always willing and able to assist when called upon.

Special mention to restaurant manager Li Lian, who we recognised from The Majestic Hotel KL.. she is a true professional, warm and welcoming towards all her guests, forever busily helping out around the hotel.

YTL Hotels are renowned for their afternoon teas and Hotel Stripes offers a French slant to afternoon tea in the form of Le Gouter. Available daily from 3-6pm, patrons can spend an afternoon indulging in unlimited French pastries, hot savouries and refillable tea.You can read more about Le Gouter here.

Make some time to explore the Jalan Kamunting neighbourhood for some good food. This area used to be the main settlement for tin mining during the colonial area.  At the end of the 19th century, most of the neighbourhood’s buildings which had been constructed from wood and thatch were replaced with bricks and tiles as stipulated by the British colonial administration.

As one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Kuala Lumpur, you can expect to find distinct eclectic shophouse architecture, many with five foot ways, pedestrian walkways unique to the region, such as 1940s shop houses and decade-old family-owned businesses such as Yut Kee and Ah Loke Tailor. The hotel is also located within walking distance to a MRT station and Quill City Shopping Mall.

Room rates start from RM247. Check-in time 3pm, check-out time 12 noon.

Location: Hotel Stripes KL, 25 Jalan Kamunting, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Valet parking available - RM10 for hotel guests)

Tel: 03-2038 0000


GPS Coordinates: 3.157295, 101.700384

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