Friday, November 27, 2015

Food Review: Nathan's Famous @ IOI City Mall, Putrajaya

This little restaurant is tucked away, near the skating rink. If you're not the type to explore IOI City Mall, you might not have noticed this restaurant, Nathan's Famous, Inc. an American company that operates a chain of fast food restaurants specializing in hot dogs.

With just a staff of three, and a semi-full restaurant, this self-serving restaurant/ fast food concept (not sure of the concept) was a bit slow on the service.

Of course, the decor made you feel like you were in New York, with it's illustrations, black-and-white chequered floor tiles, American booth seats and photos of the original Nathan's displayed on the wall.

Upon receiving the burger, I was quite disappointed with the size as I paid RM 16.99 ala carte for a supposedly "10 Super Cheese Burger". 10 cm? Definitely not 10 inches haha.

For the price of RM 16.99, you get an ala carte burger with single patty, beefed up with two pieces of lettuce and tomato slice. Burger was overdone. Shame, as there was potential. Essentially, an overpriced Cheeseburger from McDonald's.

We thought this would be the best-tasting Chilli Cheese Fries, but nope... was disappointed by the dollop of cheese on top with the bare minimum covering of the chilli beef. This was RM 8.99.

My husband ordered this Cheesesteak which essentially was dried bread topped with a too much artificial-tasting Cheese. Is this what American Cheese tastes like? It looks very heart-attack inducing. This was a set, totalling up to RM 22.99, and the set came with fries and a drink, if you're wondering.

The best tasting item we ordered; the lemonade drink! 

The bill for two pax.

Food: 2/5
Service: 2/5 
Pricing: 2/5 
Overall: 2/5



L1-13B, First Floor, IOI City Mall,
Lebuh IRC , ​IOI Resort City,
62502 Putrajaya
​Sepang, Selangor

Won't be hurrying there anytime soon. I'd suggest a cheaper and tastier alternative of A&W's Coney Dog. I believe they need to adjust the taste for the local market, and improve their service as well as cooking style.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Recipe: Spicy Ginger Chicken Asian Style

Spicy Ginger Chicken Asian Style served with Panfried Brussel Sprouts in Oyster Sauce

  • 1x Whole Garlic Bulb (Roughly 8 Pieces) (Bawang Putih 8 Biji)
  • Ginger, julienned (5 inches) (Halia Muda, Hiris Nipis)
  • 4x Red Bird's Eye Chili less if prefer non-spicy (4 Biji Cili Api)
  • 2x Red Chilli (2 Btg Lada Hidup)
  • 1x Cinnamon Stick (1 Btg Kayu Hidup)
  • 2x Star Anise (2 Biji Bunga Lawang)
  • 2x Cardamon Seeds (2 Biji Pelaga)
  • 1 stick Carrots, Julienned (1 batang karot, dihiris)
  • 1 tomato, quartered (1 biji tomato, dibelah empat)
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch (tepung jagung) [optional]
  • Coriander leaves (daun sup) / can be subbed with chives (daun kucai)

  1. Brown your chicken in a pan (low-medium heat, no oil, no water)
  2. Saute items 1 - 4 in some oil over medium heat until it browns slightly.
  3. Add in items 5 - 7
  4. Add in the black pepper
  5. Add in the browned chicken
  6. Stir in the oyster sauce and the chicken stock
  7. Cover with a lid until chicken cooks
  8. Add in corn starch if you wish to thicken the sauce (optional)
  9. Add in the carrots, leave for two minutes
  10. Add in the tomato
  11. Add in the coriander leaves. Season with salt

Step 1: Browning the chicken.

Step 2 - 3: Saute-ing some items with the spices.

Step 6: Adding in the browned chicken

Step 11: Adding in the chives and salt.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Palembang Day 1: Pempek & Patin

We recently went to Palembang to visit my brother's in-laws, Pak Hatim and his wife.

Palembang, honestly, is one of those cities that you go to just to eat.

It's also best if you could hire your own driver, which was graciously provided to us by Pak Hatim, during our visit there.

Upon landing, the driver, Pak Feri, picked us up from the airport and took us straight to Pak Hatim's house. It's a nice house nestled in the busy hustle and bustle of the city. We were served Pempek, one of the iconic and signature food. It's essentially varieties of fishcake, made from fish paste and tapioca. Pempek is usually served with kuah cuka. It is served grilled, steamed or fried. 

I love the courtyard; there are some singing birds who respond to you when you whistle to them.

Very gladiator-like decor in the courtyard!

Lunch was served; Ikan Patin, otherwise known as Silver Catfish was served three ways;
  • Pindang (which was some lemongrass, red onions, chilli, tomatoes, galangal, pineapple and some other ingredients I can't remember);
  • Tempoyak (fermented durian)
  • Asam pedas (sour spicy)
If you've never tasted Ikan Patin, you should try and taste the wild/ River Ikan Patin. It tastes very fresh, but it has a slight muddy taste to it.

There were also king prawns, which I was too lazy to peel.

I loved the Ayam Kampung masak Kicap - organic chicken cooked in a sweet, soya broth. I also loved the Sambal Tempe (fermented soybeans in spicy sambal sauce).

My parents (my mom in leopard; my dad in black), and Pak Hatim and wife before the meal!

It was such warm hospitality, we couldn't thank them enough, especially after such a big feast. You can imagine, after the meal, we were very full and proceeded to head to the hotel. We stayed at Emilia Hotel by Amazing, located right next to Palembang Indah Mall.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Killer Gourmet Burger, KGB @ Taman Tun Dr. Ismail branch

For one of my closest friend's birthday, we decided to celebrate it at Killer Gourmet Burger (KGB) Taman Tun Dr. Ismail. I heard many good things about it.

It's a Minion-themed party. WHO SAYS 27 IS TOO OLD FOR BIRTHDAYS??

Ordered this Texas Jalapeno Steak & Cheese Fries to share, I think around RM 20 or less.
But someone doesn't want to share... The sad thing is, all the topping's just for show.. when you dig deep it's just regular fries.

I don't remember for the life of me what this burger was called. 

Happy faces being fed. Raihan's overjoyed by the size of her cheese from her Mexican-inspired burger that came with guacamole. Mmm, moley moley.

The queue and wait was a bit long, but I guess that's what happens when you go to burger joint on a Friday night. Their milkshake is quite small for the price. 

Overall Experience:
Food: 4/5
Service: 2/5
Pricing: 2/5 

For a little peace and quiet, we proceeded to Kaffe Coffee, just down the road, to cut cake.

Birthday girl (left) lighting up her own cake HAH!

The tasty chocolate cake by Nadia, purchased from Lavender. I think the coffee foam was Nadia's (questionable?). Not sure what it is - an old woman? Bahaha.

Forced selfie with Raihan!

Thanks Kaffe Coffee for allowing us to celebrate the birthday there!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

097. kitchen renovation (before and after)

As promised, I would blog about the house renovation we did.

We purchased a corner unit at Kelana Puteri Condominium; the house needed a lot of work. The unit is approximately 1050 square feet. It was unfurnished and needed retiling for the kitchen, patio and bathroom. The house also needed a touch of paint.

We worked out with the deal with the previous house owners that they would allocate X amount towards repainting and retiling the kitchen, patio and bathroom, if we were to source the tiles on our own.

My major concern was the kitchen, as I would be spending a lot of time there (I love to cook). 

This was the house when we bought it. You can see there is a 6-feet wall between the kitchen and the dining area. We immediately planned to remove the wall as we envisioned having a kitchen island for a breakfast bar and to make the house look more spacious.

The kitchen, as it was before. I also dislike the slatted frosty window panes.

The contractors work in progress; we bought the terracotta tiles and vintage square design tiles from Jalan Reko in Kajang. The contractor made an error, where they tiled the patio walls, instead of tiling the kitchen walls to the top. It was a costly mistake, and we could not afford to purchase any more tiles.

The view from the kitchen end. As you can see, the contractors were very messy. You can see that the heck is not even.

The kitchen after they retiled, repainted the walls and door, and hacked the wall. The contractors "forgot" to wash the floors with acid so there were still some paint stains on the floors. We still haven't fixed it. The contractors left it like this.

We purchased our Kitchen Cabinets from IKEA, and contracted their workers to work on it. I'll edit the post later and hope it will help any first time houseowners in your process of building your dream home.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

096. Whaddap g?

Apologies for the absence as I had so many projects launching and I was getting used to being an entrepreneur working by myself. Yes a few updates!
1. We bought a house
2. We retiled the kitchens and bathrooms
3. We replaced the toilet bowls and sinks
4. We did a Kitchen with IKEA

I will some detailed posts on those subjects but I hope to be blogging more regularly now that the dust has settled!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

95. an amazing time at jakarta part 1

I've been planning some projects as a freelancer, so earlier in April, me, L, and her mom went to Jakarta to source some funky and cool fabrics for our secret project (which will be not so secret soon). I was blessed to be staying at the Pullman Hotel Jakarta and sharing a Superior Room with L.

Call me jakun, but as soon as we entered my mind was blown. Maybe because I don't travel as much, but the hotel room was freaking huge. I love Jakarta. I love you, Pullman.

When you open your door, this is what awaits you.

If you walk straight, the tv cabinet acts as a divider between the "living room" and the "bed room". 

To the right of the "bedroom". Toilet en suite, enough for the diva in me. 

I freaked out when I saw the bath tub, yayyy. 

 The mini walk-in wardrobe with two types of robes; kimono and cotton wool.

The fountain near the area where we stayed. There's a lot of hotels at this area.

This was the BEST peking duck I've ever had. This is from Grand Duck King at Grand Indonesia Mall. Just thinking of this duck is making me drool.

The lovely company I was with! All that yummy food, gobble gobble.

LV just across our hotel, wow! That shopping mall is like the Pavilion of Jakarta haha. Woke up on Sunday to see this crowd of people walking, cycling, and skating around. Not really sure why.

Me and L waiting for the lift!

Pullman Jakarta completely changed my views on hotels. We were treated like a queen. I hope to stay at more Pullman hotels around the world, was completely satisfied with the stay, including the amazing breakfast buffet! To see the breakfast buffet variety and where we went to, wait for part 2, jeng jeng jeng.