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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Nambawan Again!

Hunny and I came back to Nambawan again but this time we invited Shujin and Food-Cookies along. When we got there at noon, the owner told us that Roast Pork Belly will only be ready at 12.30pm which was fine with us. As Shujin and Food-Cookies were running late, Hunny and I ordered a serving of Swedish Meatballs in Gravalax Sauce with Roast Potatoes and Salad to munch on while waiting for them.

According to the chef, the original Swedish Meatballs are a mixture of beef and pork minced meat unlike the IKEA ones which are all beef because of the halal issue. The meatballs were nice as it had a "bite" to it and you could taste the meat texture as it was chopped finely by hand instead of processed in a mixer. There are also a mixture of herbs in to make these meatballs more tasty and aromatic. This portion cost RM8.90.

Below photos (those without text in the photos are taken by my hunny)

After finishing that plate, Hunny invited other friends who lived nearby along to discuss some business and enjoy some more food. We ordered 2 portions of Roast Pork Belly, 1 charbroiled Pork Chop and 1 Cod Fish with Bacon Sauce.

Photo by Hunny

My pork chop came and the first bite, it was really juicy and not overcooked. As I bite and chew, the meat juices squirt out making it a really tasty meal. RM12.90 for this.

Hunny's roast pork was also as yummy as last week but a bit more fatty. RM13.90 per serving.

Pictures by Hunny

Shujin and food-cookies came and they ordered Roasted Pork Belly and the Homemade Pork Burger. Food-Cookies complained that her pork skin wasn't nice and it stuck on her teeth. We then told her to leave some skin aside for it to rest and continue with her meal. You will have to wait at about 10 minutes to enjoy crispy pork crackling as the fats on the freshly roasted skin needs to settle in to create that crispiness. You can either wait or eat the meat first and leave the skin till later to enjoy. Later on. she tasted the skin that has rested and to her delight, the skin was really crunchy and she enjoyed it.

Suddenly as we were finishing, we met 2 Shutterasian members who came to try the food after reading my blog. They too ordered the pork burger and roast pork belly and enjoyed it thoroughly. They were also satisfied at the cheap prices. They said it was cheap, nice and delicious. DT, I must say, looked very satisfied at the roast pork belly and judging from his look, he'll be back there for more. J also enjoyed her Pork Burger too.

Before I forget, you will have to tell the wait staff or the chef that you want your meats slightly undercooked as they normally do well done meats for their customers as most don't like pinkish meats.

The boss recommended us to try their Hainanese Tea and it tasted nice and smooth and not too sweet. It would have been better if Malaysia sold back condensed milk instead of sweetened creamer. Our bill came up to RM75.00:-

1. 2 servings of Roast Pork Belly
2. 1 Pork Chop
3. 1 serving meatballs
4. 1 Pork Burger
5. 1 Lemonades (freshly squeezed),
6. 2 Iced Lemon Teas
7. 1 freshly extracted Watermelon juice
8. 1 hot tea.

RM75.00 for 4 people with all those food and drinks!!! Really worth it! Do pay this restaurant a visit. Very Yummy!!!

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Valentine's Dinner at Aoyama, Sri Hartamas

Hunny gave me 2 choices for V-Day celebrations...RM165 spent on a dozen roses bouquet and no nice meals vs. Nice food and no rose bouquet, I chose the latter. Luckily I did or I'd wouldn't have discovered such lovely yummy stuff to eat.

For dinner, Hunny brought me to his favorite Japanese restaurant in Sri Hartamas called The Green Room or Aoyama Japanese Restaurant. We didn't make reservations and hence were seated at the sushi bar. The sifus were working non stop rolling rice, slicing, shaping rice, seafood and various condiments to fulfil menu orders.

Fresh Octopus tentacles

Fresh Salmon...yummy!!!

Fresh Tuna

Other fresh seafoods

Hunny told me to keep quiet and let him do the ordering. Then he went ahead to order stuff that were priced based on seasonal prices and my eyes grew wider and wider as he ordered. Unfortunately, two things bugged me about this restaurant, they didn't serve my favourite Ikura (Salmon fish eggs) and they ran out of my favorite Uni (Sea Urchin).

Yummy Maguro (Tuna) with Foie Gras. This was unbelievable!!! So yummy...that I let out a gasp of delight as I bit into it. The outside of the tuna was seared but in the middle, it was still raw and hence very juicy! I first thought it was a beef cube as it tasted like beef! I had 3 pieces and Hunny had 1 piece. Priced at RM28.00

Hunny ordered a Special Soup for me. It came in this blue cup and it was a clear soup stock with the sweetness of dried mussel, fatty salmon, mushrooms, onions, tofu and leek. Really soothing and comforting. Priced at RM16.00

Next up, was the yummy soft shelled crab with tamago sushi. This again is a big winner! Pure soft shell crab without the annoying flour batter that I have eaten in other restaurants. As it was rather huge, Hunny taught me to bite off the ends first to enjoy the fresh sweetness of the soft shell crab and then pop the whole sushi in my mouth and let the different flavors and textures explode in my mouth. It was orgasmic as the crispiness of the soft shell crab and roasted seaweed mixed with the sweet tamago, the tangyness of the mayonnaise and stickiness of the sushi rice came together as I chewed away. I had 2 pieces and Hunny had 2 pieces. Priced at RM16.00

Salmon Skin Maki took some time to arrive. It was again a first time for me eating this sushi. It was very crunchy and the salmon skin had no oily aftertaste. However, I didn't enjoy this maki as much as I enjoyed the 1st two sushis. This was because of my personal preference as I found the skin too crunchy and I'd prefer it with more sesame seeds. I had 2 pieces and Hunny had 4 pieces. Priced at RM16.00

Of course Hunny wouldn't had have enough to eat if he just ate sushi. He ate a Saba Shio Bento Set as well. Priced at RM20.00

This whole meal came up to RM107.80 with 2 Green teas. My mouth misses the Maguro Foie Gras Sushi (actually it's called Maguro Hanabi Sushi) so much...nyams...beef tasting Tuna....

Aoyama Japanese Restaurant,
No.10, Ground Floor,
Jln 27/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas,
50480 Kuala Lumpur

Tel : 03-23000683

Highly recommended that you call and reserve a table on weekends and special occasions.

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valentine Porky Lunch at Nambawan Cafe

We really had no idea where to go for lunch today as all the shopping malls were really packed and other famous restaurants will be leeching us with expensive Valentine's meals today. Hence, Hunny and I went to Nambawan Cafe (at first when I read the spelling, I couldn't connect it to the restaurant...only when I read it aloud, it sounded like Number One!) at Taman Sri Manja, Old Klang Road for Valentine's Lunch as the shopping malls are packed.

I admit that I was very skeptical when we reached there as the cafe was empty! But once the food was served, I was very impressed.

1. generous....3 long slices of roasted pork belly with crispy skin. Not too salty...just right tasting...outside cannot even get so much pork for RM12.90! Weekend Specials Roasted Pork Belly - served with side dishes of fresh salad, apple chutney sauce, brown gravy and roast potatoes...RM12.90

2. Thumbs up!

3. Gorgeous juicy meat with ultra crisp crunchy crackling skin.....

4. Pork Burger served with french fries...only RM6.90!!! Freshly made juicy patties...Hunny said it was very delicious and different from those supermarket bought processed meats..there was still the bite to the minced pork meat.

The meal was excellent and the price was very reasonable a we only paid RM26.57 for 2 mains plus 2 drinks. An absolute value for money albeit its location.

Anyone interested to makan but don't know how to get there, please leave me a comment and we can arrange for a TT lunch or dinner getting there is rather daunting if you don't know the way to Taman Sri Manja, off Old Klang Road. If there are 6 or more who are interested in eating the Roast Pork Belly, do call 1 day ahead so that they can prepare it as the roast pork belly is their "Nambawan" best seller on weekends. You can also inquire if they can roast the pork belly specially for you if you decide to eat it on a weekday.

This really wins over Bellygood Restaurant in Sunway...ate there and didn't like it at all!!! Pricey and dry tough meat...I didn't even feel like blogging abt it...

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Chao Yen at 1U New Wing

Hunny and I went to this pricey establishment located at 1U's new wing where Giant Hypermarket used to be. This restaurant serves teochew cuisine and serves alot of dishes be it ala carte or individual meals.

1. Hunny's Pork Intestine White Pepper Soup with Mee Suah. RM17.90

2. My Teochew porridge with scallops, dried oyster, vege and pork meat balls. This type of porridge is different from the cantonese style of cooking as it's like rice with soup. Cantonese styled porridge is rice that has been boiled for a few hours till it breaks down. The bowl came was very big..recommended for 2 person to share so that you can try more dishes. RM19.90

3. See my bowl of yummy goodness...clear and not oily at all. Sweet soup stock. Very hearty and tummy warming.

4. Yummy cold platter...with meat encased in gelatin, stewed pig ears and jellyfish marinated with sesame oil. Very Yummy! I love the gelatinuous bits with melt in mouth texture that bore traces of fermented beancurd (fu-yee in cantonese). Much better than Dragon-i's version. This is my 1st time eating pig's ear and it's so yummy. Tender yet crunchy.

5. So yummy the sesame oil infused jellyfish strips. Crunchy and delicious.

The total bill came up to RM76.00 for the 2 of us. Pricey. We will reserve this restaurant for future occasional treats.

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Peel Road's Famous Delights

Hunny brought me to eat lovely Satay and Ah Wah Grilled Chicken wings for dinner last night at Restaurant Queens. We also had fresh sugarcane and coconut, hokkien bihun, chinese salty nasi lemak, satay and chicken wings.

1. 4 chicken wings for RM7.50;

2. Hokkien Bihun for RM6 and the prawns were big, sweet and fresh but otherwise pretty tasteless as the noodles lack the "wok hei"

3. Sambal to go with the Hokkien Bihun

4. Nasi Lemak with Sambal Ikan Bilis, Chicken Curry, Curry potatoes, Luncheon Meat and Long beans was RM5.50 but it was abit too salty for my liking.

5. Satay was RM0.60 per stick and the peanut sauce was so so yummy..thick and peanuty

6. The Famous Ah Wah Grilled Chicken Wings Stall

7. Manyak Chicken Wings

8. Tengah Grilling

9. The Busy Satay Stall

10. Hot Fire flaming and the satay are being cooked.

Sugarcane and coconut juice was RM1.50 per glass.Very cool and refreshing with no additional syrup. When you are there, I recommend that you sit outside so that you can order food from the non-halal stalls outside. The inside restaurant only caters for halal eaters.

We over ordered this round and ended up take away the satay. The satay today when reheated was still yummy. The peanut sauce and the succulent chicken pieces are indeed going to make it a repeat visit to this restaurant. However, Hunny and I would prefer if we go with other friends in order to enjoy the food more.

I would certainly want to visit this place again as they food is really yummy and my fellow members also recommended the mixed part beef noodles and mutton soup are also very yummy.

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