California Pizza Kitchen, KLCC

Posted by vivien | Kuala Lumpur and Selangor | Sunday 27 June 2010 6:25 pm
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Haiwaian Pizza, RM29, homey with freshly cut pineapple, quite nice although slightly more expensive

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Two soup in a bowl, we had split pea to the left, and tortilla soup to the right. Taste really healthy, tortilla soup taste better, RM16. You can opt for “single flavor” soup for RM15, or mixed¬† like above for RM16. 3 Choice of soup available: Sedona Tortilla Soup, Potato Leek Soup and Dakota Smashes Pea & Barley Soup

Appetiser, soup, salad and pizza menu

thin crust pizza menu

Left: California Pizza membership card, cost RM30, but you get RM20 dinner voucher + RM10 lunch voucher free, so you could say the membership card is free. Plus, you are entitled 1 free  pizza on your birthday month (any pizza on the menu)

Right: Terms and condition of membership card, basically the more you visits, the higher your discount (10 to 20% discount)

Address: California Pizza Kitchen, (only 1 branch in Malaysia)

Lot 140, Level 1, Suria KLCC,

50088, Kuala Lumpur

Price: 5% government, 10% Servica Charge

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Nong & Jimmy Thai Seafood BBQ, Ampang

Posted by vivien | Kuala Lumpur and Selangor | Wednesday 23 June 2010 9:53 pm
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Nong & Jimmy situated in Ampang. Spicy sourish chili sauce to the left, and sweet peanut dipping sauce to the right.

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Their fried rice is quite nice, taste pepperish, with lots of fresh prawn underneath, only RM5

Nong-and-Jimmy3-BBQ-Prawn
Barbequed prawn, although taste delicious is quite oily, very fresh.

Nong-and-Jimmy4-BBQ-Squid
BBQ squid, perfectly grilled

Nong-and-Jimmy5-BBQ-Crab
Star of the restaurant, also my favourite, BBQ crab without any seasoning and oil, maybe just a bit of salt, very nice. Above is about 1.3kg, they selling 1kg for RM40.

very delicious thai food, worth a revisit.

Address: Nong & Jimmy Thai BBQ Seafood

Lot 27363, Jalan Cahaya 1,

Taman Cahaya,

Ampang,

Selangor.

Telephone: 03-4251 1807 or 019-261 1345 or 012-273 8069

Business hour: 6pm till 11pm, closed on Monday

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Mighty Macaron Baking Class by Rohani Jelani, Bayan Indah Culinary Resort, Sungai Pencala(near TTDI/Damansara Perdana)

Posted by vivien | Kuala Lumpur and Selangor | Saturday 19 June 2010 1:53 am
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Went for Rohani Jelani’s class using a gift voucher given by friend, macaron have always fascinates me and it is THE dessert that i wish i could make and it is also the one recipe which i will not want to venture in on my own, it just looks so impeccably fine and delicate. Heard of the famous macaron from France’s Pierre Herme’s store and upscaled bakery store in Paris called Lauduree, finally putting my hands on macaron making. Before this day, i only had macaron once, i think bought from Delicious in 1 Utama, and have never thought of making them because it just seems to far out of my league. With the experienced and cool chef like Rohani, i managed to make one batch successfully, smooth top, and with “foot”

Above is kitchen in Bayan Indah
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dining hall next to kitchen

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another view of dining hall

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left: pathway

right: fish pond

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Rohani let us eat macaron before we even made them, these above she made previous day. They are coffee and green tea(foreground); plain and orange(background)

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ingredients needed for making macaron are all weight exactly and layed out for us.

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Left: fold in the almond+icing sugar into beaten egg white.

Right: put into piping bag

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I made pistachio flavor macaron with ginger buttercream

Left: almond meal + grounded pistachio mixed with beaten egg white

Right: into piping bag

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My tray of piped pistachio macaron

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coffee macaron made by others

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Left: boiling sugar syrup

Right: sugar syrup boiling hard

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Left: egg yolk for making buttercream

Right: pour boiling sugar syrup in a slow and steady stream

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Finished basic butter cream, there is loads of butter going into this, it doesn’t taste like butter however, just taste deliciously creamy and nice, I didn’t even know i had down 4 macarons with loads of butter in it during tasting time… hahaha, they are just delicious, maybe a little too sweet, however this is how macaron suppose to be: sweet and very colorful, the sweetness can’t be help as it need sugar to hold its structure… making macaron is like science, everything must be exact and precise.

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Left: My tray all baked within 14 minutes

Right: all easy lifted up from baking sheet, they don’t stick :)

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Closed up, the have nice foot, perhaps next time should have thicker ones and have higher “feet”… hehe…

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Basic butter cream, mix the minced ginger into it

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Finished product: ginger buttercream filled pistachio macaron, so pretty!

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Some other people making coffee macaron with luscious vanilla buttercream, with speckles of real vanilla beans

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Cute as a button rose water flavor macaron filled with lychee buttercream and chocolate ones filled with orange buttercream

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Left: my take home pack

Right: yummy nyonya styled fish with nasi dagang provided for us :)

Macaron is not an easy thing to make, it is more than meet the eye recipe, and weighing each ingredients accurately, most importantly the techniques which is best learnt thru hands on experience.

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David Lebovitz

La Tartine Gourmande

Veronica’s Test Kitchen experiment on macaron and caramel fleur de sel macaron at Kitchen Musings

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Address: Lot3343, Kg Palimbayan Indah, Sungai Penchala (near TTDI/Damansara Perdana etc)

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Kikyo Ala Carte Japanese Buffet, RM29.90++, Bandar Puteri Puchong, Puchong

Posted by vivien | Kuala Lumpur and Selangor | Saturday 12 June 2010 10:27 pm
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Heard about this value for money ala carte japanese buffet from iamthewitch.com, only RM29.90++ for dinner buffet(available everyday) and lunch buffet(for weekend only). According to waitress there, this promo has been on going for 5 months already, they are unsure of the ending date, saying if you can’t see the banner as above means the promo is over :P This restaurant is somewhere near Giant in Bandar Putri Puchong, it is not at the side of Giant, opposite Giant passing thru the main road… near Bumbu Bali/A Wet Thai restaurant area…

they have 26 items as above which is 50% off during lunch hours.

menu for ala carte buffet
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Left: Fried breaded prawn, agedashi tofu(local tofu cooked yong tau fu style, with even chili paste in it :\, California rolls and unagi rolls, unagi(the sauce coating looks a bit gluey)

Right: Tobiko sushi and Chawanmushi(the cawanmushi is really nice and smooth, feel like drinking soup, almost as good as Munakata‘s)
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Left: Huge garlic rice at the back, their noodle and rice dishes are huge

Right: Tempura prawn temaki
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salmon and white tuna sahimi, salmon is good, white tuna is ok.
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salmon sashimi again
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Left: gyoza

Right: Miso soup
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Free flow green tea
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shishamo
shishamo, nice
grilled-salmon-head
fatty delicious grilled salmon fish head
ice-cream
Like the goma(black sesame) ice cream better than the generic green tea ice cream

Easy on the pocket way to satisfy japanese food craving :)

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Address: Kikyo Japanese Restaurant

No. 10, Jalan Puteri 2/2,

Bandar Puteri Puchong,

47100 Puchong,

Selangor

Telephone: 603-8060 1766 or 012-627 3459 (Jimmy Yap – Manager)

Fax: 603-8060 6766



 

Yut Loy/Yat Lai Coffee Shop, Kuala Kangsar, Perak

Posted by vivien | Others | Wednesday 9 June 2010 8:40 pm
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Yat Lai is the famous coffee shop selling bun to the Malay royalties in this royal town of Malaysia-Kuala Kangsar, Perak. Was there for work.

Yut Loy’s menu

Left: Omelet on toast, RM4

Right: Chicken bun, RM1.60, light and fluffy skin, the dough doesn’t stick to the teeth, they also sell beef curry bun, but it was fully booked for the day. Apparently the bun are faved by the royal families of Kuala Kangsar, and royalties from other state also buy buns from here as this restaurant is halal.

Fried Rice 4.30

Rice with eggy stirfry, RM5

Address:Yut Loy/Yat Lai

51, Jalan Kangsar,

33000 Kuala Kangsar,

Perak,

Malaysia

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