Invited Review: Silverglobe Bird Nest from Kuching, Sarawak

Posted by vivien | Product | Sunday 29 August 2010 9:28 pm
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Evelyn Gan of SilverGlobe Bird Nest sent me a bird nest to be reviewed. Above is bird nest package sent by PosLaju, it takes only 1 day to reach KL from Kuching, Sarawak. There is a recipe on how to cook bird nest attached to the container.

Bird nest drink is a chinese delicacy known for its health and beauty benefits, it is essentially saliva of certain birds which lives in caves, its nests are made of their own saliva.

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Raw bird’s nest, above is 2 pcs worth RM130 which weight only about 10g, talk about expensive, but it would still be cheaper than saffron

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Put the bird nest into a small bowl

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pour in luke warm water and let it soak for 1 hour

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expanded. Apparently, real bird nest will expand whereas fake ones won’t expand after soaking

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Put into a heatproof bowl, i used Pyrex, but chinese ceramic clay bowl are usually used. Above are bird nest, a piece of rock sugar weighing 40g and 400g of water

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double boil the bird nest. I put the pyrex bowl into a big stock pot, base it with a metal steaming rack, and fill water halfway up the pyrex

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Cooked, after 2 hours. The bird nest is automatically broken up into jelly lookalike. I can’t really get used to the smell though, it smell of albumin or egg white. Upon googling, having a eggy smell means the bird nest have not been chemically bleached, and they called it egg-like FRAGANCE.

Website: Silverglobe Bird Nest

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Tonka Bean Southern BBQ buffet, Impiana KLCC Hotel, Jalan Pinang

Posted by vivien | Kuala Lumpur and Selangor | Saturday 28 August 2010 10:55 pm
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Cheese and grape

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Salmon Gravalax

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Sushi and sashimi, no salmon! only tuna, butter fish etc. Their butter fish is good though

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Make your own salad in a parmesan cheese “barrel”

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pizza, some with creamed corn topping, at least use some frozen corn/fresh corn… Creamed corn just sounds so desserty…

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Jacket potato, the pototo is a bit dried out

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BBQ, choose your seafood/meat and they will cook it. Their squid and fish BBQ are pretty good.

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chicken kebab, beef roast and BBQ ribs, the ribs are huge and juicy

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My plates, portion control… don’t want to have a bloated feeling at the end of the meal :p The guacomole is kinda odd, first time having it…

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Pizza with squash, not bad although oily.

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juicy beef ribs

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Chocolate Fondue

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Cakes

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Other pastries and dessert

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Baskin Robbins

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Topping: Coconut flake, almond nibs, chocolate sprinkles etc

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Their cherry ice cream is actually not bad, the green tea is good as well, strawberry ones comes with big chunk of real fruit

Overall, i find they skimp on their food choices knowing a lot of Alliance credit card member are coming. It is a 2-days-offer whereby Alliance credit card member can get 50% off. Not mistaken, original price is RM78++ per pax. There is no coconut and crab in sight as seen in other’s blog :\

Address: Tonka Bean Cafe (Impiana KLCC Hotel)

13 Jalan Pinang

50450 Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia.

Tel: (+603) 2147 1111

Website: Impiana KLCC Hotel

Business hours: 6:30am to 10:30pm, daily

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Edo Ichi Japanese Restaurant, Solaris Dutamas

Posted by vivien | Kuala Lumpur and Selangor | Saturday 28 August 2010 6:51 pm
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Edo Ichi, a new Japanese restaurant in Solaris Dutamas, located same floor as Pappa Rich

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Mini Shake Oyako Don to Nabeyaki Udon set, RM35, very big portion and nice

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chawanmushi, comes with the set, very smooth

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Nabeyaki Udon(comes with the set too), yummy, soup base is good

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Mini Salmon belly don(comes with the set), fish is fatty and delicious

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Salmon Platter, RM30, their august specials, portion is really small, it is better to take the Udon+Don set which is just RM5 more.

Quality japanese food at reasonable price

Address: Edo Ichi

A4-G1-1, Solaris Dutamas,
No. 1, Jalan Dutamas 1,
50480 Kuala Lumpur.

Tax: 10% Service Charge

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Sponsored Post: Kitchen Ware I Wish to Have

Posted by vivien | Journal | Wednesday 25 August 2010 8:26 pm
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I love browsing in supermarket and also departmental store selling kitchen ware. One of the kitchen ware i wish to have is microplane, zesting orange and lemon going to be much easier. I read somewhere that microplane originally are metal equipment used to smoothen surfaces, but later it found its way into kitchen being a sturdy zester for parmesan cheese, citrus fruit etc.

digital kitchen scale, yet to have one…

measuring cups, wish to have a set of these too, just found out they are digital measuring cups too :P

maybe a Le Creuset too, a french manufactured cookware, it can be put inside oven, sorta like pyrex. Other than the normal orangey color Le Creuset pot, they actually now selling baking cups and ramekins too. Good for making cheese/chocolate souffle, one of my to-make dish in a quite distant future… hahaha

~random blabber~


 

Maiu Japanese Ala Carte Buffet, RM48++ Damansara Perdana

Posted by vivien | Kuala Lumpur and Selangor | Saturday 21 August 2010 8:31 pm
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MAIU Japanese Restaurant, previously called Umaiya. I think this branch of Umaiya is sold off, and taken over by new management who renamed it MAIU, but the chef, menu etc remain the same.

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Shop Front

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Appetiser: Edamame is plump and good

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Shishamo is perfectly grilled with no burnt bits

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Saba

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Takoyaki is not bad

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Interesting and yummy: Unagi deep fried tempura style. Piping hot when served.

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Agedashi Tofu and Tofu Steak, the tofu used are japanese type which are soft and smooth

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Sashimi: butterfish, red tuna, salmon, octopus and squid

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another type of tofu which i think has small unagi bits inside

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Beef cube tepanyaki

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Looks nice, but taste just so so, avocado+unagi+tempura prawn

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Soft shell crab temaki

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Unagi and cheese roll, again looks nice, taste just so so, perhaps by then we were overwhelmed by amount of rice in these rolls.

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California rolls, with crispy egg

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Red tuna roll and unagi roll

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Chawanmushi steamed egg

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Garlic rice

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tempura, a bit too oily

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Chocolate, and match ice cream

Overall, they are hit and misses.

Address: Maiu (previously known as Umai-ya)

G-3A, The Place,

Jalan PJU 8/5D,

Bandar Damansara Perdana,

47820, Petaling Jaya,

Selangor

they also have a branch in Bandar Baru Seri Petaling

No 39-1, Ground floor,

Jalan Radin Anum 2,

Bandar Baru Seri Petaling,

57000, Kuala Lumpur

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