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Cheryl Chan
This is Cheryl Chan living in Cheras. I am a Secretary, work in Ampang. I like to hang out in Ampang, Sungai Besi, Sri Petaling. Japanese, Italian are my favorite cuisines. I also love Café and Steamboat/Hotpot, Pizza/Pasta, Vegetables.
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Dinner at House Smile Oct 01, 2013   
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Categories : Singaporean | Western variety | Restaurant | Bar & Pub | Steaks / Chops | Burgers / Sandwiches

JoinMe (a food review website) offered a free taste voucher of House - Restaurant.Bar.Winepost @G Tower and coincidentally, it is only a mere walking distance of 5 minutes from my office and also from Ampang Park LRT station.

 

 
Comfortable interior of stylish wooden design.
As the taste voucher only valid during dinner, which at this office area, happens to be less crowded.
On another perspective, this can be a perfect place for romantic dinner or even chill out with friends.

 
Penne Pasta with Salmon RM29.90
"In smoked salmon cream sauce, vine ripped cherry tomatoes"
While cherry tomatoes giving out sour yet appetizing flavour, the cream sauce complimented it really well with its rich texture and salty taste. Penne pasta was cooked to perfection,with cream sauce bursting out on every bite,leaving me speechless in its wonder.All the ingredients were working very well except the smoked salmon fish which supposed to be under the main spotlight. I found it to be rather bland as a fish lover.

 
Squid Ink Linguini Aglio Olio RM31.90
"Assorted fresh seafood, scallop, prawn, mussel, chili, garlic & olive oil."
I was quite surprised to see the generous portion of seafood in a plate.
I found it to be average with the slightly hard texture of linguini.

 
(L) Virgin Apple Mojito RM13.90
"Fresh apples, lime chunks, mint leaves, brown sugar with a dash of soda"
Been loving the fresh taste and after breath from peppermint that I have ordered this virgin apple mojito from the exotic coolers series. It came in a tall glass and was exactly everything I was expecting. I would definitely come for this again. Two thumbs up!

(R) Mango & Lime Lassi RM14.90
"Mangoes, lime, lemon & yoghurt"
My first sip was mouthful with full load of mangoes. Yet at the same time, lime has lighten the texture, enable me to go for more.
 
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Afternoon Tea OK Oct 01, 2013   
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Categories : Western variety | Restaurant | Steaks / Chops

 
It is officially an addiction now, towards afternoon tea. Everything about macarons, cakes, scones, aromatic English tea, and all the little pretty things that come with it.
Out of so many places, we (together with Agnes) have chosen T Forty Two for its pretty decor. You'll see!

 

 
My all time favourite, the peppermint tea.
As I was expecting the pretty floral chinaware tea set (as seen from photos of other bloggers), I couldn't help but to be disappointed with the less attractive tea pot we had.

 
High T42
Served all day for only RM49.90/2 pax.

 
House-curred Salmon and Egg Mayonnaise Finger Sandwiches

 
Freshly Bakes Scones with Thick Cream and Berry Preserves

 
Rose Macaron with Raspberry Jelly and Lychee Cream, RM12.90++

Overall it was mediocre for the set.

 
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Afternoon Tea with LDG Smile Oct 01, 2013   
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Categories : French | Café | Sweets/Snack | Bakery / Cake / Kuih

I have decided to share it to Agnes and Hui Yen (who are passionate in macaron) about this pâtisserie located at Bangsar Telawi. In French, Les Deux Garcons means "The Two Guys", which in this Pâtisserie at Bangsar, it refers to Ben & Toto.
We have spent around 3 hours sitting together with pâtissier Ben, from whom we have learned so much about French pâtisserie.

 
While others commented on inadequate air-conditioned seating (of one table only), other options would be take out (which most of the customers do) or al fresco seatings where it was intended to cater for smokers.

 
Macarons
1 piece RM5
2 pieces RM9.50
4 pieces RM18
6 pieces RM27

1 Truffle macaron for RM9
Premium pack RM70

 
(Left) Le Voltaire (RM12) - Layers of chocolate sponge, cho creameux, ganache cho joconde, and cho mousse. Fenced with cho pieces.
(Right) Printemps (RM16) - Sable Breton with almond and sesame dacquoise. Cho-macha ganache, macha mousseline, and macha crumbles.

 
Salted Caramel Macaron
Perfect texture with strong flavour of traditional butter.

Ben has shared so many things on macaron including the fact that it is best consumed on the second day after baking instead of the first day and it would last for one week. He has also further mentioned that a macaron should not be cut into a few pieces for sharing, thus gone the precious texture of first bite.

 
La Diva (RM15) - Layered with raspberry joconde, raspberry ganache, raspberry and raspberry coulis.

 
La Duchesse (RM15) - Earl Grey biscuits tender, milk chocolate ganache, and Earl Grey creameux.
Minimalist design with monotone of black and white colours.

 
Printemps (RM16) - Sable Breton with almond and sesame dacquoise. Cho-macha ganache, macha mousseline, and macha crumbles.

Les Deux Garcons insisting on using only premium ingredients, with no artificial flavourings or colourings and hence the natural sweetness.

 
Tarte au Citron (RM10) - Crispy tart, layered with joconde, and sour lemon curd.

Ben's insistence of crispiness and dense texture on all his pâtisseries has left me a different mindset upon leaving.

 
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Kyoei OK Oct 01, 2013   
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Categories : Japanese | Restaurant | Seafood | Noodles

Was walking at Pavilion KL one day when the sudden craving for a bowl of hot and heart-warming soup strikes in. (well, it happens all the times) We were more than happy when we passed by this newly opened (on Nov last year) ramen restaurant at Level 6 thinking that this would cure my craving.

 
Kyoei Ramen it is, with photos and japanese words displaying the process of handmade noodles using bamboo stick.

According to the introduction at its Japanese website, Kyoei Ramen began at February 1978, selling only 200 yen per bowl. It has gone through difficult moments, but managed to pull it off for 35 years and is now expanding to Malaysia.

 
The Kotori Lamp
Being a time-honored traditional Japanese shop, Hiyoshiya, who has been creating the Japanese umbrellas for 5 generations, giving this traditional art a modern invention through Kotori Lamp. When a traditional Japanese umbrella was opened and held up to the sunlight, one can feel the warmth and brightness through the washi paper. It is now available in a lamp, be it hanging or standing. The geometric pattern of bamboo shades complements the washi paper very well, allowing permeation of diffused artificial sunlight.

 
Typical condiments that can be found at any ramen shop: Soy sauce, chili oil, rice vinegar, and Shichimi Togarashi (七味唐辛子, a common Japanese chili pepper flakes mixture containing 7 ingredients.)

 
Refill is now available at Kyoei Ramen, but with an increment of RM1 from the previous RM2. Not to mention the change from Ocha to Genmai Ocha.

 
Ramen ラーメン RM22
There are 3 kind of Ramen broths at Kyoei: Shoyu(醤油)which simply means soy sauce, Shio(塩)for salt and Miso. I have ordered shio for this bowl and plain salty is not just the thing I fond of. Nevertheless, the soup was still flavorful, though its clarity would suggest otherwise.
Char Siew(on the left) , also known as yakibuta(焼き豚)in Japanese, was rolled into a log , seasoned with Kyoei special sauce overnight and braised in low temperature. It will be perfect, with a tad more tenderness on the meat. Though with the same name of Char Siew, Japanese differ from Chinese by not using the seasoning of red food colouring, sugar and five-spice powder(五香粉).
Take a proper look at the Ramen (on the right). It was the noodle that has totally changed my perspective of yellow noodle with alkaline smell(which I would avoid at all cost). The irregular noodle shape (due to handmade noodle of bamboo stick) giving springy yet firm texture to the mouth.

 

 
Kyo-chan Ramen 共ちゃんラーメン RM27
Add another RM8 to make it a set of RM35 including Kyo-chan ramen, rice, salad and side dish.
I would strongly suggest the shoyu broth, with fragrance of soy sauce in it.

 
Overall, though the Ramen was delicious and recommendable, a little online marketing would go a long way for Kyoei Ramen.

"I want to make a Ramen so memorable that my customers would come back for more." ~ Kyoei Ramen
 
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Namoo On The Park Cry Oct 01, 2013   
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Categories : Korean | Café | Burgers / Sandwiches | Noodles

 
I believe many have heard of Namoo on the Park (full name would be Namoo Korean Dessert Cafe and Bistro on the Park), the first ever Korean Dessert Cafe in Malaysia, along with its famous Rice Burger.
Unfortunately, we are not here for that.

 
Cake of the Day (White Chocolate Marshmallow Cake) RM9.90
This is what my mischievous friends would described as the cake that goes to gym with super hard 6 packs. I should have added the word, "with no sweat".
Seriously hard and dry, two uncommon words in describing a cake.

 
Sweet Pumpkin Cake RM10.90
On the first impression, it looks like Kuih Ubi Kayu (translated directly as tapioca cake) to me.
It is basically mashed pumpkin puree, being mould into the form of solid cake.
And you can totally skip the part where the sugar was supposed to be added. Rather too healthy and not the type of cakes that we have all imagined. I bet it would be great as low calories cake (if it were to be marketed that way) for ladies on diet.

Both of these cakes have vanilla ice-cream on the side. Actually I wouldn't know how to name it, since it was not freezing cold and in half liquid form when it arrived on our table. Hey, it was not my photographing time that caused this. Having it together with the cake inside the mouth is like adding lubricant to smoothen it but nothing more.

We weren't satisfied with the two cakes above and decided to order one more cold dessert, hoping to have a happy ending upon leaving here.

 
The King's Bing Soo RM16.90
Shaved Ice with Rice Cakes, Red Beans, Strawberries, Kiwis, Bananas, Peanuts and Ice-cream Sprinkled with Multi-grain Powder
What's with the melted ice-cream? I just couldn't comprehend it.
The ratio of toppings and green tea shaved ice just doesn't tally: By the time we finished all the toppings, still lots of shaved ice left in the bowl. And again, this has no sign of sugar appearance.

Despite the very relaxing ambiance for a cup of coffee or a slice of cake while chilling out with friends, the cakes were not up to my expectation, or perhaps, it is just the Korean cake culture that this side of me could not comprehend. Shall go for the famous Rice Burger on next round and leave the cakes or any dessert with melted ice-cream behind.

 
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