Thursday, December 18, 2014

KL Sedap 2014 Part 6: Dip N Dip

So this place was recommended by a good friend of my Darling Wife who says we simply had to visit here if we were in KL.

The place is situated in Bangsar so it was a little out of the way from where we were staying (Berjaya Times Square) but we happened to go nearby for a little shopping one rainy afternoon and the opportunity was ripe for us to finally drop by!

Dip N Dip is primarily a dessert place so you can expect plenty of sweet treats here.
Prepare yourself... for the... Chocolate Overdose!

Brownies Crepe (RM28.50)
Yeah it is pretty nice to look at right? Wait til you eat it!

The Brownies Crepe is not to be trifled with I can tell you that! This crepe is completely bathed in chocolate so all you choco-holics must be jumping for joy right about now. And it's not just covered in just one type but THREE types of chocolate! Milk chocolate, Dark Chocolate and White Chocolate make up this fantastic treat.

Errrr.... but why do they call it Brownies Crepe? Where's the brownie???


Ask and ye shall receive! The brownie lies within!!
Oh yeah. That means the entire size of the crepe actually has a carpet of brownies inside. Yes. Literally a carpet of brownies as you can see from that picture.

Tell me that's not enough chocolate for you!!
To be honest with you, this thing is enough to share between 2-3 people. Seriously.
But hey everyone really enjoyed this!

Plus, depending on who's the artist, your design might be different!
We had a 2nd masterpiece!


By the way, they've also got other crepes like the Dip N Dip Crepe (fruits), Cinnamon Crepe (Apples, Banana and Cheese), Tripple Chocolate Crepe, Cookies Crepe and Mallow Crepe to name a few.
Well, more than a few anyways.

Chocolate Waffle (RM17.00)
Well, if crepes are not your thing then maybe you might consider the waffles!

They have the type with fruits and stuff but chocolate lovers will surely go for the Chocolate Crepe.
It's pretty straightforward. It's a waffle and it's drowning in chocolate. LOL
And comparing to the crepe, I guess this was a much simpler presentation to prepare.

Pain Perdu (RM17.00)
So here are are having all the typical desserts so we thought we would try something a bit different and we had never heard of Pain Perdu before so we ordered it.

So the Pain Perdu is basically a slice of thick toast which has been soaked in milk and then they pile on goodies on top. And by goodies, I mean a scoop of ice-cream and then they drizzle chocolate all over the thing!! You could also choose caramel and cinnamon by the way (but I think you all will still chocolate right!!!)


If you leave it long enough, the ice-cream will melt so feel free to use a straw if you must LOL

To be honest the whole idea sounds so tempting. I mean, milk-soaked toast already sounds so spectacular but in the end, everything is pretty much going to be overpowered by the chocolate.

Dip N Dip Eclair Pyramid (RM34.00)
Okay this is what I ordered as well because the idea sounds really promising.
We've got 11 mini-eclairs and then you top it up with (LIKE DUH) CHOCOLATE!!


So here's something where you can get involved in the creation of the dish. You can choose to dip the 'eclairs' into the chocolate or, like us, shower some chocolate love all over. Sounds kinda wrong but tastes kinda right LOL

BUT.....
Firstly, I consider these more as cream puff than eclairs. I mean, yeah, Choux pastry but this is just what I get when I see these little nippers.

Secondly, I do have an issue with the filling...


Yeah some of the 'mini-eclairs' came up empty. Literally.
I'm not sure if this was done on purpose or not but I expected every single one to have some filling.
To be honest, the pastry on its own was actually very dry and kinda hard too as opposed to the nice and fluffy texture you'd expect.

Full marks to the staff though. When he was clearing the dishes, he actually asked me why I didn't finish my dish and if anything was wrong. I explained to him and I saw him bring the dish to the managed behind the counter and he was explaining what I had just told him. I didn't stick around after that but I was quite happy that the staff was so proactive.

Anyways, it's quite obvious that the star of this dish (and pretty much all the dishes here) was the...

Strawberry Milkshake (RM14.00)

Guess what? The Strawberry Milkshake tasted like Chocolate too!!
Just kidding...

It was good! Thick and creamy and a nice change from all the chocolate we'd had that meal.
They've also got Banana, Oreo, Vanilla, Coffee, After Eight and also.. Chocolate. LOL

Adam's Verdict:
Dip N Dip Eclair Pyramid 1.5/5 -- Pain Perdu 2.5/5 -- Strawberry Milkshake 4/5

Maryah's Verdict:
Pain Perdu 2.5/5 --  Brownies Crepe 3/5

Razali's Verdict:
Brownies Crepe 5/5

Fateha's Verdict:
Chocolate Waffle 4/5

Azim's Verdict:
Brownies Crepe 3/5

Pak Busu's Verdict:
Brownies Crepe 4/5

This was a nice place to visit although it's more of a cafe than anything. A great dessert place especially if you're looking for chocolate and more chocolate. In the end, it proved to be too much chocolate for us so be sure to order sparingly.... Try and share if you can... Unless you're really the chocolate monster.

Dip N Dip

Bangsar 5900 Jalan Telawi 3,
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia


Tel: +60 3-2201 5052
www.dipndip.ca

Operating Hours:
11:00am - 1:00am Daily

Monday, December 15, 2014

KL Sedap 2014 Part 5: Chili's


Chili's is definitely one of the more popular names when it comes to Western food fare especially when we go over to Malaysia since we can't have it here in Singapore. And yeah there are more choices nowadays but Chili's has been around for quite awhile and still seems like a very popular place to visit!

Burgers, Ribs, Steaks, Mexican - you name it and you can get it here!

Classic Nachos (RM25.95)

Okay we have to start by saying that this was not what we were expecting... LOL
When someone says Nachos, I think of a nice big messy pile of Nacho chips, beef, jalapenos, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, lettuce and cheese all looking gooey and stuff like that.

Well, this was a very... err... well presented plate of Nachos!

The Nacho chips were coated with some melted cheese and you're supposed to scoop on some salsa, guacamole and sour cream and have the chips like that one by one. Well, I guess that's one way to do it but maybe having it the good old fashioned (and more messy) way might have been more enjoyable. The taste was okay but definitely something different from the norm 'Nachos' we have.


Wings Over Buffalo (RM22.95)
Another appetizer we decided to have was Chili's take on Buffalo Wings.
Comes with some celery sticks to dip into the ranch sauce provided as well so you get your veggie intake while enjoying the junk food LOL

Let us give you a WARNING...
These wings are coated with a buffalo seasoning which probably includes a nice big dash of Tobasco Sauce... How did we find out? When you bring the wings to your mouth to quickly, you're probably gonna get a nice big whiff of the Tobasco in your nostrils. And THAT'S when you find out.

But besides the surprise, the wings were okay for a started. A little crispy on the outside and the BBQ flavour is really gonna awaken your tastebuds.

And another thing... they're kinda... small.

Guacamole Burger (RM25.95)
Time to starts on the mains and a nice bid ol' burger will do the trick.
You've got a nice juicy beef patty that's piled on with sauteed bell peppers, fire-roasted Jalapenos, caramelized onions, cumin-lime sour cream, Monterey Jack cheese and, of course, a nice big dollop of guacamole!


For the benefit of those who might be going "What's Guacamole??" right about now...
Well, it's a Mexican-food must-have and made up mainly of mashed-up Avocados. Some seasoning like salt and pepper is probable and some versions even go extreme.

Well, just the simple stuff here and the beef patty was cooked to perfection. This would be a great dish for someone who really loves burgers or is just really really hungry.

Chicken Crispers (RM26.95)
I actually wish I had taken this dish because it looks so darn good!
Hand-battered chicken strips are deep fried to a nice crispy perfection before being bathed in sweet-spicy sauce. Served with fries and come corn... MACAM POWER LIKE THAT!!

Anyways, because it's chicken breast and because it's deep fried, it turned out a bit dry...

BBQ Beef Ribs (RM57.95)
Here's what I had... And you know I'm gonna go for the meat right?
And even though we'd just had ribs at Tony Roma's awhile back, I couldn't resist to see if the ribs here were any different (or any better for that matter)

I will say that the ribs were considerably smaller but still had a very distinct BBQ flavour to them.
As you can see, they really baste it on there and you can even add more if you'd like.


Meat was tender but a little on the dry side though. But I guess I really can't complain much because I still quite enjoyed the ribs. And the serving was actually just nice for 1 person especially if you're going to have some side dishes to go along.

Southwestern Grilled Lamb (RM36.95)
This was probably the best-cooked meat on the table this time around.
The lamb was simply perfectly cooked and a nice medium well. Tender to cut and a great juicy flavour to it too!

You've got some Black Pepper sauce to go along if that's your thing. Enjoy with some mashed potatoes and veggies too.

Flame Grilled Ribeye Steak (RM55.95)
Here's the biggest disappointment of the meal....

We'd asked for the meat to be Medium Well but it arrived Blue.
What exactly is Blue? Well, it's the stage in between Rare and Medium Rare. That means only the outside is lightly seared and the meat inside is still pretty much raw. You can actually see this towards the bottom of the steak in that picture above... See those raw bits?

Yeah some people might go for that but not us and it was disappointing to order a good cut of meat and have it served not to expectations...

Anyways we send it back and they cooked it a little bit more and that was that.

Adam's Verdict:
BBQ Beef Ribs 2.5/5 -- Classic Nachos 1.5/5 -- Wings Over Buffalo 1.5/5


Maryah's Verdict:
Southwestern Grilled Lamb 4/5 -- Classic Nachos 2/5 -- Wings Over Buffalo 2.5/5


Razali's Verdict:
Flame Grilled Ribeye Steak 3/5 -- Classic Nachos 3.5/5 -- Wings Over Buffalo 4/5


Fateha's Verdict:
Chicken Crispers 3/5 -- Classic Nachos 2.5/5 -- Wings Over Buffalo 3/5


Azim's Verdict:
Guacamole Burger 4/5 -- Classic Nachos 3/5 -- Wings Over Buffalo 4.5/5


So I guess Chili's is actually not too bad. They do have quite a big menu so you can really try a few things if you're looking for something you like.

CHILD FRIENDLY FACTOR


Ask the staff about the 'Kids Eat Free' specials they have! And yes they do have baby chairs upon request. But try and ask for a table near the window if possible because the booths are pretty crampy. Plus at least you'll have a nice view while you eat.

Overall Child Friend Rating - 4/5

Chili's

Lot 346B Level 3, Suria KLCC
Kuala Lumpur City Centre


Tel : +60 3 2164 1400
www.chilis.com.my

Operating Hours:
Sunday - Thursday :11.00am - 11.00pm
Friday & Saturday :11.00am - 12.00am

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Inari-ku: My Inari - Kitsune Udon

So we were at a friend's beautiful wedding yesterday evening and we spotted something on the buffet line. I'd already piled my makan onto my plate and then at then end I see these small plastic bowls all piled up and displayed for selection.

At first I though it was some sort of dessert but then I noticed something that looked like noodles so I thought maybe it's Laksa or something.... And then I saw the label.


"Well, it appears to be something Japanese in nature"... Like DUH.

Before I'd even sat down I was thinking to myself "What a great idea! And Halal some more! How come we'd never heard of this before??" And I couldn't wait to open up the little plastic bowl to what was inside.

Kitsune Udon ($4.00)
Udon! And quite a generous serving of it too!
So you get a nice serving of Udon noodles which were firm and springy to the bite. The noodles were swimming in a delicious broth and the combination of the 2 were just light and just nice for a tasty slurpy noodle experience.

The Udon was topped off with a few slices of Aburaage which is the sweet tofu slices which you normally get when you have Inari sushi. There were 3 (rather big) slices which was very generous because I feel that even just 2 slices would have been just nice. So you can see you're really getting your money's worth here.

Adam's Verdict:
Kitsune Udon 3.5/5

A quick check on their FB page shows plenty of Japanese delights ready for your enjoyment.
They've got an array of Sushi (including the awesome looking Lobster Inari), Ramen, Donburi and who knows what else they have but it looks awesome.

It's little wonder because the owner has apparently graduated from the Tokyo Sushi Academy! No wonder lah like power only!!

So glad that we stumbled upon this and looking forward to trying more from Inari-ku!!

PS a quick snippet of trivia for yous all. Did you know that 'Kitsune' actually refers to the Japanese legend of the 'fox spirits'? The dish Kitsune Udon is named after this legend because the 'fox spirits' were said to be fond of the Aburaage (sweet tofu)! Interesting right?

But we think the real question is... If the Kitsune were foxes... Then...



Inari-ku: My Inari

Pasir Ris Street 13
https://www.facebook.com/inariku.myinari

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Krispy Kreme - New Store At Great World City!!!

Oh yeah this Christmas season keeps getting better and better!
Krispy Kreme is proud to open its 4th store located at Great World City!!


You can now enjoy your favourite doughnuts when you head down to Great World City!
Krispy Kreme's newest store boasts seating for 30 people at any one time so if you feel like having some doughnuts, coffee and a chat with some friends, this is the place!

Yeah yeah we know life's busy and doughnuts are great as an 'on-the-go' snack but it'd be nice to sit down and relax with an Original Glazed® once in awhile are we right?

Hazelnut Kreme Brulee ($2.95)
To commemorate the opening of the new store, Krispy Kreme has come up with a real mouth-watering doughnut that is gonna make a lot of you go "WOW!!"

The Hazelnut Kreme Brulee has a nutty cream filling but it's the outer layer that's gonna get you!
Caramelized sugar just like Creme Brulee!! Sounds power right!!! And apparently they are individually caramelized under a blowtorch for the desired end product!

This special creation will b available at the new Great World City store for the time being but will be available at the other Krisly Kreme stores a little later on.

Doughnut availability
Great World City: 13th December 2014 – 31st December 2014
All other outlets: 20th December 2014 - 31st December 2014


Another Limited Creation from Krispy Kreme is the Kool Kreme!

There's a Krispy Kreme Original Glazed® Doughnut underneath that mountain of either Chocolate or Vanilla Bean Gelato topped off with crushed Oreos, peanuts, walnuts and chocolate sauce!! Extra cool and yummy dessert especially after a long day of shopping!! LOL

Priced at $6.90, this is a real steal! Available while flavour stocks last!

And since it's Christmas time, they've got some special Christmas doughnuts too!

Evergreen Happiness ($2.95)
Get your favourite Krispy Kreme Original Glazed® Doughnut complete with red and green icing to make it an extra sweet Christmas!

Snowman ($2.95)
No prizes for guessing the name of this one (like duh).
Filled full of Strawberry Jam and finished off with icing (including his own scarf!!) plus some M&M buttons, Frosty himself would be impressed!

Snowflake ($2.95)
More icing on this doughnut but look forward to the Chocolate Kreme within!
Oh yeah... CHOCOLATE KREME SNOWFLAKES!

Holiday Tree ($2.95)
Vanilla icing not enough to entice you? How about the Caramel Kreme filling inside? :)


Wash down your doughnuts with some special concoctions this X'mas too including both hot and cold beverages depending on your mood.

Praline Latte, Spiced Mocha Latte are the hot choices and definitely for all you coffee lovers.
Looking for something iced and refreshing? Try the Rocky Berries Iced Tea or the Strawberry Passion Fruit Iced Tea! Available in both Medium and Large sizes, priced between $5.50-$7.50.

And by the way, the Christmas Menu items are available from now till 26th December 2014 at all outlets! Some of you may already have enjoyed them!! If not, time to head down now!

If that's not enough, Krispy Kreme will be giving away half a dozen Original Glazed® doughnuts (worth $15.60) with every double dozen purchase. Promotion ends on 2nd January 2015.

So head down to your nearest Krispy Kreme now and enjoy some sweet treats this holiday season!
If you can wait a few days (which will be hard I know...) then head down to the newest store at Great World City which officially opens on 13th December 2014!!

The other 3 Krispy Kreme stores are located at Tangs Orchard, Income at Raffles and Changi Airport Terminal 2 just in case you were wondering LOL

Congratulations to Krispy Kreme and looking forward to more stores and more yummy doughnuts!

(All images in this post were courtesy of Krispy Kreme)

Krispy Kreme (Great World City)

Great World City

#02-40A/B
1 Kim Seng Promenade


www.krispykreme.sg

Operating Hours:
10.00am til 10.00pm Daily

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

KL Sedap 2014 Part 4: Berjaya Times Square Taste Of Asia Foodcourt - Korean Food

So it was time for brunch and we were a bit short of time because we were leaving for the airport in awhile so we didn't want to have to go out too far to get something to eat. Since we were staying at Berjaya Times Square Hotel, we decided to just stick around within the shopping centre itself.

We'd heard about the foodcourt at B1 but never really visited. They seemed to have quite a few options but we didn't know what would be open since it was still early goings and looked like some of the stalls were not even open yet.

In the end, my Darling Wife and I settled on the Korean Food!

Chicken BBQ (RM8.60 ala carte)
I had actually decided on the Bi Bim Bap (because I love it) but the stall was just opening and it wasn't ready for sale yet :\

But I guess it's a good thing because if it had been ready, we would not have been able to find out that the Chicken BBQ is actually really good! It comes on a hotplate so it's nice and sizzling and bubbling when it arrives so that's always an appetizing sight!

It's also got a sweet/spicy gooey sauce to go along which I really enjoyed because I don't mind the sweet but my Darling Wife would have preferred it a little less sweet and maybe a little more spicy.
The chicken was nicely cooked and onions are always welcome.

Kim Chi Fried Rice (RM11.20 set)
We had the Kim Chi Fried Rice to go along and it was quite a pleasant surprise because this was the first time we were having Kim Chi Fried Rice. I mean, we both love Kim Chi, but we've never had it in fried rice before.

Firstly, let me say the accompanying side garnishes were a bit weird.
The seaweed was a bit misplaced to be honest and this was also the first time we had shredded potatoes in Korean food (is that normal??). Thank goodness for the sunny side up fried egg!


The rice itself is rather wet because it looks like it's fried with the kim chi (paste?) and also with bits and pieces of kim chi which was actually quite nice. It's quite starchy but the flavour was actually pretty okay to be honest. It's not as spicy as it looks by the way...


Set meals are accompanied by a bowl of soup (which you can give a miss no problem), a cup of Korean tea and also some kim chi and errrr shredded potatoes LOL

Adam's Verdict:
Chicken BBQ 4/5 -- Kim Chi Fried Rice 3.5/5

Maryah's Verdict:
Chicken BBQ 3.5/5 -- Kim Chi Fried Rice 3/5

Plenty of other choices at the Berjaya Times Square Foodcourt but the Korean Food stall seemed really popular and I guess we can see why. Now, after typing this review out, I feel like having some Korean food LOL

Korean Food

Berjaya Times Square Taste Of Asia Foodcourt
Lot LG-23, West, Lower Ground

www.berjayatimessquarekl.com/store/taste-of-asia-food-court-lowerground-floor-west-wing#

Operating Hours:
10.00am til 10.00pm Daily

Sunday, December 7, 2014

21 On Rajah - Christmas & New Year's Specials

Great news! One of our most favouritest makan places ever - 21 on Rajah - is having some Christmas Specials that are sure to excite and delight! So if you have not made any plans for Christmas time yet, here are some great ideas for you to consider!!

Starting from Christmas Eve all the way til New Year's Day, celebrate good times and great food with family and friends at 21 On Rajah where they have an extra special spread in store for us!

If you're visiting on Christmas Eve or New Year's, you can expect to enjoy a special Al Fresco LIVE BBQ station serving the likes of Garlic Herb Lamb Chops and Satay! There will also be a cold seafood section including Boston Crab and Tiger Prawns.

On Christmas Day, enjoy either a Brunch or Dinner Buffet!
For Brunch, enjoy the D.I.Y Rojak station or the Nyonya Laksa Live station. Main dishes include Brussel Sprouts with Turkey Bacon in Brown Butter Mushroom Ravioli, Seabass with Lemon, Caper and Onion Butter Sauce just to name a few!

For Dinner, look forward to Asian pasta live station with sauces such as Laksa, Hae Bee Hiam, Chilli Crab and Black Pepper, Chicken with Glazed Vinegar and Dried Chilli.

Boxing Day? Still got! Highlights include Smoked Salmon Platter, Cheese Platter and even Salted Egg Yolk Slipper Lobster!!!

And of course, for all the above, enjoy Roast Turkey and Roasted US Prime Ribeye Beef!

Roasted US Prime Ribeye Beef

Roast Turkey
There will Christmas Caroling and Christmas-themed activities to keep the young ones entertained!
Perfect place to spend the Christmas holiday!

And as if Christmas were not enough, 21 on Rajah also wants to usher in the new year with you too!
Al Fresco LIVE BBQ station (seafood and Satay), Spanish Seafood Paella, Roasted Whole Chicken with Citrus Marinade, Baked Seabass with Mustard Grain Sauce, Asian Pasta LIVE station, Roasted US prime rib-eye and Cajun Baked Whole Seabass with Morocco Toghume Spices, Ice crustacean bar with Boston lobster, scallops on shell and tiger prawns and Rock Salt Baked Whole Salmon depending on whether you visit for Brunch or Dinner on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day!

Rock Salt Baked Whole Salmon
Roasted US Prime Ribeye Beef
Spinach Tortellini
Well everyone, I think it's quite safe to say that you know where The Halal Food Blog Team will be spending either Christmas or New Year's (maybe even both!!) this year. With such a great spread and a guaranteed great experience with the warm and always friendly 21 on Rajah crew, it's a great way to ensure you have a great holiday season!

Prices for the buffets start from $42++ per Adult and $21++ per Child. Those are really great prices for such quality food! Book early to avoid disappointment okay!!

21 On Rajah

Days Hotel At Zhongshan Park
1 Jalan Rajah

Tel: 6808 6846
www.dayshotelsingapore.com

Operating Hours: Weekdays
Breakfast - 6.00am til 10.30am
Lunch - 12.00pm til 2.30pm
Dinner - 6.00pm til 10.30pm

Operating Hours: Weekends
Breakfast - 6.00am til 11.00am
Lunch - 12.00pm til 3.00pm
Dinner - 6.00pm til 11.00pm