Posts Tagged ‘Food

16
Mar
10

Durarara: What I hate about Anime and What I ♥ about it

Nutrition Facts on Poro’s Durarara Ep 10 post

Serving Size: 2 pictures and 200 words.

Numbers of Serving Sizes: 2

grams of awesome……………………….500 galactic oceans

fanboyism………………………………….between Haruhi and Endless Eight (idunno)

profanity……………………………………your mom

discussion………………………………….70%

theorization……………………………….40%

SPOILERS………………………………..100%

Ingredients: awesome, spoilers….. you get the picture.

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29
Mar
08

Svea Deli House, Kota Bharu

Today at 8 p.m., Earth Hour will commence. Earth Hour is a global initiative that aims to offset global warming by reducing carbon emission and this is done simply by turning off the lights for a whole hour. Though Malaysia is not participating in this event, USM (the university I’m currently studying in) is joining the effort and I, myself offered my participation. Even you can join along and help to save the planet in simple ways you never expected. And turning off the lights is surprisingly helps the purpose. Visit the Earth Hour website for more details.

When I was told that there is a Swedish restaurant in downtown Kota Bharu, I was rather shocked to hear this yet delighted because knowing that there is such a restaurant in Kelantan. My friend first introduced the place to me as Sven’s Deli House. Not bad to name a restaurant, that is what I had thought in mind. What is more convincing to me is that according to my friend, the owner is a native Swedish. What can go wrong if you have a Swedish operating a Swedish restaurant? However once my friends and I set our foot there last night, I began to think that I should have doubted a such convincing expectation in the first place.

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16
Mar
08

Paddington House of Pancakes, Midvalley Mall

OH MY GOD! The outcome of episode 23 of Gundam 00 is just unexpected. I believe many of those who follow do not like this episode very much. Will get to the review as soon as I can.

This will my final installment of the long overdue backlog of my KL trip last month. I have been very busy ever since I came back from that trip and the struggle continues even during the upcoming semester break this April. But at least, I’ll be a little relaxed when I’m home by then. Only earlier today, I had finished my final mid-semester paper before I will face my finals in the coming 2 or 3 weeks. Well shit happens but that doesn’t mean I’ll be quitting the blogosphere just yet. For today’s offering is my post on Paddington House of Pancakes in Midvalley Mall. Before I begin, I would like to declare that I was not a fan of pancakes, not until I discovered Paddington’s pancakes. A pat on the back to Max for bringing me there. I’m thankful for him and his family for bringing me around to the best places to dine in KL, and that experience had never been better.

 Paddington House of Pancakes

At first, I was a little skeptical because as I mentioned earlier, I am not a big fan of pancakes. But my dear friend insisted on how good Paddington’s pancakes are and I just kept mum. Again, I was skeptical. Going through the menu book, I was spoilt for choice when there was many menus to select and decision never comes easy for me. I was also surprised to see how they rojak the pancakes to the extreme. I’m having doubt whether or not they serve pancakes in the first place. Max and I finally go for the house’s recommendation and voila, it was a Treasure Box. Hey, I’m paying for this treasure box and and no, I’m not regretting my pick on this treasure box. As the name suggests, it has everything you can imagine to add into your pancake. To consider that it is only a dessert pancake meal, this pancake is worth the shot. You might know this one well from this post but here’s my take on it. I love the fact that they mixed all the fresh ingredients, all with strong tasting. I know that this kills of the pancake (which is supposed to be the main serving) but the overkill actually works. Pancakes don’t come strong in terms of taste and flavour. So the use of additional ingredients are necessary to give more appeal to the plate. To top it off, a scoop of ice-cream was added on top and it may looks a little messy but the taste is not.

 Paddington House of Pancakes

Paddington House of Pancakes 

Maybe it is overrated. Maybe I am biased. But all I can say it that the pancakes are the best I’ve ever tasted. Thanks to Paddington’s pancakes, my perception on pancakes changed for the better. And I do look forward for another seating at Paddington House of Pancakes. Besides Midvalley Mall, you can find their chain restaurants in OneUtama, The Curve, and Hartamas. Yes, they’re exclusive to KL only. What a shame.

28
Feb
08

Tony Roma’s, Pavilion KL

What do you think about this? Should I be posting anime download links on my blog?

This is quite a late entry. In fact, I should be posting this entry 3 weeks ago. Yeah, more unfinished stuff about KL. Not that I am very obsessive about KL or anything. I mean, I do love KL but I don’t actually go crazy about it. The real thing that I want to share with you guys is my gourmet experience in KL. If not for the shopping, KL is also best known for its exquisite dining with many international restaurants and high-impacting food label such as Starbucks, Carl’s Jr and Wendy’s. As we all know, Pavilion KL is the place to be in KL for both shopping and dining. But take heed, you would need to stretch your wallet for such a feat. Also there was one particular dining place that my KL (technically it’s PJ) friend had been talking about (the other being Carl’s Jr), which is Tony Roma’s. Who doesn’t know about Tony Roma’s anyway? When I first heard the news about that franchise’s arrival to Malaysia, I know that I was in for a deal for the best rib steaks you can get your hands on.

 Tony Roma's, Pavilion KLInside Tony Roma’s.

Oh yes, the best rib steak is here in KL. In Pavilion KL. It’s Tony Roma’s right in front of my eyes. I took a seat. Gave my order and guess what I had for lunch (yup, lunch). Tony Roma’s burger. Yes, the best rib steak in the house but I got myself burger instead. I know that it’s utterly stupid but here are my reasonings. First, it was lunch time. I have no intention to get anything heavy for lunch. Second, I wanted something quick as I was on a rush at that time. So I needed something fast for my lunch although in the end, I waited half an hour to get my burger on my table. Third, I would not prefer to have meat for lunch. I mean, a plate of a load of meat. Burger is something just right for me. And fourth, well, there is no fourth. Having said that, I don’t indicate that the burger is horrible. In fact, it’s one of the best burger I’ve ever had. The best being Carl’s Jr though I haven’t tried Wendy’s yet, so I can’t give my verdict just yet.

Tony Roma's, Pavilion KLThe burger.

If there is one thing that I really, really like about Roma’s burger is the patty. Basically it’s a steak on a burger. The meat was done medium rare as what I had requested. And boy, the meat was tender and juicy. If there is a burger heaven, this burger would make it there without a doubt. Yes, Carl’s Jr is good. No denying on that. But Roma’s won it out by its great tasting patty. The ingredients were fresh as well. And of course, the size was humungous. A little larger than what I had in Carl’s Jr before. Even the size of the patty was huge. However the excitement stopped there. If there is one thing that I don’t enjoy to have with my meal, it’s gonna be onions. I won’t mind if the amount is considerably small or if they are cooked with some sauce or whatever. But Roma’s burger came with a huge, raw onion ring around it and I found that finishing the burger was quite daunting. In the end, I had to remove the onion so that I can finish the rest of the food. Well, barely. I couldn’t finish the fries because the meal set was large. Very large. To the extent that my belly nearly burst (just a figure of speech, aye?). I don’t like onions. I don’t like how onions can leave a stinky breath to your mouth. And usually, I can have stomach upsets when I have a little too much onion. Call it onion intolerance.

Tony Roma's, Pavilion KLThe extras. Yeah, this picture is meaningless really.

Besides Pavilion KL, you can find Tony Roma’s in Sunway Pyramid, Cineleisure Damansara, and soon at The Gardens Midvalley. And yes, I’ll remind myself to get rib steaks next time. 

14
Feb
08

Carl’s Jr, One Utama

How to finish a 30-page review report in 2 days? Then what if you have another mid-term exam paper on the next day of the report’s dateline? Well I did just that and as for that 30-page report, I managed to wrap it up in just about 36 hours. The worst part of this is there are more exam papers, presentation, and assignments meeting its due date in the coming two weeks. By the way, happy Valentine!

After missing out from the fast food scene in Malaysia, Carl’s Jr is back after its withdrawal from the Malaysian market in 1998. Opened its first branch in One Utama, Carl’s Jr had opened its second outlet at Midvalley and the recent one at Pavilion KL. The actual thing is that I have never tried Carl’s Jr humungous burgers; comparatively larger than most of the burgers from their local competitors. This is America’s best for the Malaysian palate. So I ventured out to One Utama with my dear friend to take me to Carl’s Jr, a promise which he kept since last year when the restaurant opened. I was very aware that serving size at Carl’s Jr is pretty much the standard serving size in any common fast food chain in the States. Americans love everything huge, including their burgers though they lost to the Europeans when it comes to airplanes.

Carl's Jr, One UtamaCarl’s Jr – a welcoming sight.

After asking for the recommended menu from the food server at the counter, I’ve decided to try one of Carl’s Jr signature charbroiled burgers, Super Star with cheese. I’m a little appalled by the fact that I did not receive my burger right after I made my purchase, so I had to wait for a little while. Then finally, it came. The largest burger I have ever seen. So far. It’s huge, definitely huge. I also like the way they wrapped their burgers in the packaging. Handling was surprising easy as well. I was worried that the burger was too big to fit in my mouth but it did. Well eating the burger can be quite a challenge. Messy stains are expected. You can’t possibly finish the burger without leaving any single trace to your hand. At least I think I did a good job to minimize that. But don’t fret, there is the sink for your own convenience and moreover, an automated hand dryer is also available for use.

Carl's Jr, One UtamaSize comparison.

Carl's Jr, One UtamaThe real deal.

Now for the tasting. The burger is by far, the best burger I have ever tried. The ingredients for the burger were all fresh, right down to the lettuce and tomato slices. They were very generous to fit in many fresh dressings into my burger. And also the patty. The patty was not only fresh, it was also tender. Not exactly the best patty I’ve ever ate but it was good. Honestly speaking, you cannot compared Carl’s Jr burgers standard with all other burgers from KFC and McDonald’s. It deserves a class of its own. KFC and McDonald’s are not done with the insults yet. The fries served in Carl’s Jr were also superb. Definitely better than what we have in KFC and McDonald’s. The potatoes used for their fries seems fresh, though I can’t really tell the difference. Again, not exactly the best french fries I’ve ever had but I can reserve my compliments to its large size and fresh appearance.

Carl's Jr, One UtamaSpecially ordered fries. Forgot the name though.

Prices for the meal vary from the ala-carte and set menu. For certain, the set meals would more than RM 10 per se. Sorry that I can’t find any contact details of all their chain restaurants in Malaysia but what I can tell is Carl’s Jr restaurants are located at One Utama, Midvally and Pavilion KL. Will update this once I get my hands on the information.

06
Jan
08

I smell DONUTS!

In contrast to last night’s event, today I’m settled for a very negative mood. Now that the winter 2008 anime had begun, I thought to kickstart my anime review campaign by downloading the season’s anime. Then disaster struck. Download failed midway and I still have no new anime to get started with. I’ve been bickering about the lousy internet service in my campus but this time, it has crossed the line. I’m losing my tolerance already.

Last night has to be the happiest moment throughout my 3-weeks back in Kelantan. Let me get you the details. Quite recently (to be specific, on the 3rd) Tesco had opened its doors to the Kelantan consumers in their efforts for a nation-wide expansion. This latest addition to the shopping scene in Kelantan is considered timely because honestly I find KB Mall alone is too boring. What is great is that Tesco is the first foreign retail tenant in the Kelantan and with this, I give high hopes with the presumption that being foreign means more product variety. I don’t have Tesco back home in Miri but I can tell for sure that Tesco being a multinational company will dedicate many efforts to improve their product quality and brand name. Here’s a little comparison to you. Before the arrival of Tesco to Kota Bharu soil, the available shopping complexes such as KB Mall, Billion and Pantai Timur have poor product availability and variety. While back in my hometown, the range of products is kick-ass and just to want to inform that we don’t have Cold Storage (Cold Storage is predominantly known for its wide-ranged imported goods). Yet we got more stuff sold in the small city of Miri compared to Kota Bharu that is on the Malaysia Peninsula. They should have more products for the market demand, right? Wrong, dead wrong. But that concern stops there. Tesco has landed.

Tesco Kota Bharu
Kelantan’s latest tourism campaign.

After rambling so much about Tesco (I might get back to that sometime later), here’s the thing that really made my day last night. So my roommate and I decided to take a look on Tesco as opposed to the initial suggestion to go there some days later because we are aware that Tesco being brand new would have huge number of visitors. And we were not wrong. The thing that I like about Tesco on the shell (literally) is the well-organised with well-directed signboards and the shopper-friendly environment of the… don’t be surprised… parking lots. Not only the parking space is huge, it is also resembles everything I know about being British. So we got inside and we set sight on this words – DONUTS & COFFEE. Whoa! I thought to myself. Is Kelantan trying to create another cheap imitation of a doughnut store? With the recent buzz of J.Co Donuts, I am not too surprised by this move at all. I thought the Kelantanese decided that bring doughnut business in Kota Bharu under a lousy brand name. We got closer. And heck, I was more surprised that moments earlier. It goes by BIG APPLE DONUTS & COFFEE. That name rang the bell. My friend, Max once told me about this donut store and many times he would compared theirs with J.Co and how good their doughnuts are. Big Apple should not be mistaken with J.Co though their logo and products look pretty similar. Even to their store layout. And many of you should not belittle Big Apple and herald J.Co alone. Big Apple are opening many stores throughout the country and soon to make an overseas venture to Thailand. As for Dunkin’ Donuts fans, I am sorry but I have come clean with you people. Dunkin’ Donuts suck! Big Apple Donuts taste way much better. And yes, that is a statement. Big Apple is really good.

Tesco Kota Bharu
The wait is finally over. Here comes the donut madness.

Tesco Kota Bharu
Big Apple Donuts & Coffee

Tesco Kota Bharu
Selection of donuts are pretty similar to J.Co’s.

Enough with the doughnut hype already. So as I said, Big Apple is here in Kota Bharu, Kelantan. You can always compare Big Apple with J.Co simply because these two franchise are alike. However I get comprehensive with my comparison. First of all, Big Apple’s doughnuts are more tender compared to J.Co’s. J.Co doughnuts would harden after a few hours yet Big Apple’s remained soft. Second is that Big Apple has the best cheese doughnuts. I am aware that J.Co too have cheese doughnuts but I did not have them a try. But I am pretty sure that Big Apple’s are better. However when it comes to fresh ingredients especially the nuts and chocolate, J.Co emerged the victor. J.Co gives the best quality chocolate to cover their doughnuts unlike the slightly lousy chocolate for Big Apple’s. This is where Big Apple lose the bout. Most of their ingredients are close to being fresh but their flavour gave them away. J.Co Donuts came with a stronger flavouring on their ingredients, giving a rich and bold taste to their doughnuts. Big Apple on the other hand, are scarce with their ingredients. So it’s sad to have this downside, given that their doughtnuts are undeniably better than J.Co’s. A question at the back of my head is why is that KLites do not appreciate a good local product – Big Apple – but came drooling on J.Co. I admit that J.Co is good but that does not mean that Big Apple is a failed equivalent.

Tesco Kota Bharu
Big Apple has better packaging compared to J.Co ones.

Tesco Kota Bharu
My choice of doughnuts last night.

02
Nov
07

To the city in search of doughnuts…

Note: This is a backlog. A very old one. Seriously long time ago. I’d promised to do it anyway.It was a month ago since my previous trip to KL. It was only a brief stop but it was a burst of experience in a matter of hours. I got my (budget) clearance from my dad to head on to KL – and he specifically pointed to Bukit Bintang (or Starhill, which sounds much glamourous). He read my mind, I did intend to go to Pavilion, the latest shopping experience in the heart of KL. Did I said shopping experience? Yes, it is and it beats the crap out of most shopping malls there in KL. After an hour ride on the bus from the LCCT terminal, I head on to Bukit Bintang immediately and was with an empty stomach. But heck, I won’t take a nimble until I am arrived to Bukit Bintang. Despite the variety of food there (frankly, not many of eateries were opened for lunch at Bukit Bintang), in the end, I had to settle for Dome. Little did I know, I would regret that decision.

Pavilion KLPavilion KL at Bukit BintangPavilion is only a stone throw away from the Bukit Bintang monorail station. Basically just walking straight along the infamous Bintang Walk, you will have the Pavilion in sight. For far, I was astonished by the sheer size of the complex. After I did a little research myself on the Pavilion project days later at home, I was surprised but delighted by the true scale of the project. If the plan goes by the drawing board, Pavilion will stretch all the way to KLCC. Now that’s HUGE! Talk about huge, more surprises was in store for me at Pavilion. Let me go through them one by one. The GUESS and Esprit stores are huge – three stories high. The size of each shoplot in Pavilion is not so big, so having three stories of GUESS and Esprit seems reasonable. Then the Marc by Marc Jacobs was the first welcoming store upon my arrival. It is unlikely for me to shop in such high fashion boutiques but I’m telling this just so as you guys would know about it. Then there’s Paul Frank. Other already existent fashion labels in KL such as Chopard, DKNY, Prada, Aigner and HUGO BOSS also opened/opening their stores in Pavilion.

Pavilion KLInside Pavilion

Pavilion KLThis poor fellow had to wait for his wife who was shopping. Obviously he’s bored.Enough with those houte-couture talking and getting down to business – food. But it was basically the case of getting down to the lowest floor of the complex. There are wide range of food available, though most of the delis and cafes are yet to be opened. There are a handful of signature restaurants up on the top level of the mall but those do not suit my wallet size. It was then a small crowd pulled my attention. To my surprise (yet again), it was the J.Co Donuts and Coffee. Not sure about their coffees though but their doughnuts (this how British spells out their donuts) are to die for. I’m not suggesting suicide to grab a bite, it is only a figure of speech. Not famous to on international grounds but J.Co Donuts was highly commended by Kenny Sia himself and gotten a full-star rating by food-that-are-sweet self-proclaimed-connoisseur Nicole. I lined up with the crowd and got myself half-dozen of doughnuts. With a generous heart, I bought those take-away doughnuts with an intention to share them with my folks at home. I should have gotten some for myself and eat them there. Fast forward to home hours later (7 hours to be exact), I immediately got those doughtnuts into the oven for a reheat. Then moment of truth – the big bite. One word to describe the taste – HEAVEN! J.Co Donuts definitely one of those sweetest thing to come in KL. My next visit will be two dozens of doughnuts. Oh God! The obscenity!

Pavilion KLJ.Co Donuts and Coffee has landed.

Pavilion KLThe doughnuts are a crowd-puller.

Pavilion KLBehind the scene. Doughnuts in the making.

Pavilion KLThis J.Co Donuts made a commitment of transparency, so customers can see what’s cooking.

Pavilion KLSharing the J.Co way… and so I did.

Pavilion KLHeaven-sent doughnutsI should quit myself for being a self-justified advocate of healthy eating. I can’t possibly take on my own advice of eating moderately. Maybe being a dietitian is not a good idea. But it’s too late to call a quit.




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