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AmandaLaurenLee
This is AmandaLaurenLee living in Mont Kiara. I am a Personal AssistantI like to hang out in Mont Kiara, Sri Hartamas, Bangsar. Japanese, Italian, European are my favorite cuisines. I also love Restaurant and Seafood, Burgers / Sandwiches, Fine Dining.
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Heritage food.  OK Sep 02, 2015   
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Categories : Chinese | Restaurant | Steamboat/Hotpot | Seafood

After a meeting in town, the collegue and myself thought of dining at this restaurant which was nearby the office building we were at. Plus it has been quite some time since we last had some Hakka dishes from there.

So, after waiting a little while for a table since it was the lunch hour rush at the time, but we were greeted by a not-so-friendly wait staff before leading us to a table. Maybe because there were many people there but almost all the workers looked incredibly displeased to be working. All except for maybe two, so definitely need to minus points at the service sector. 

But we were hungry so we overlooked the bad reception and went straight to ordering. Everything on the menu were things we have tried from home cooking, though we knew the few things we were hungry for.

 
First is the braised pork belly with preserved vegetable priced at Rm48. This is a staple in every Hakka family and as a kid, we'd just spoon the sauce over rice then mix in the fatty pork and call that dinner. Even as I ate the one served at the Hakka restaurant, it brought back nostalgic memories.

Though be warned that the prices will surprise you as the portions are only substantial sizes. I do believe that the tastes warrants their rather steep price.

Like this dish, there was a nice layer of melt-in-your-mouth fat on every slice of pork and it's as indulgent as it looked. Thankfully it tasted as good as I remembered.

 
Another thing that we like to order is the Salted vegetable fried Chicken. Also a dish that brings back childhood memories of when my grandmother would make a similar dish for me to eat with white rice.

This however was not as good as the pork belly. Somewhat disappointing as it was lack lustre and really nothing to shout about. 

 
Since we had the super fatty meat dish, we decided to compensate with some green veggies. So we ordered the stir-fried Kangkung with garlic. Again, nothing to shout about as it is just mediocre and somewhat lacking in the 'wok-hei' flavour. 

Although the bill came up to over Rm100 at the end of the day, we left the restaurant feeling stuffed to the brim and also in desperate need of a good run on the treadmill. If you are looking for some home cooked hakka flavours then this is the place to go to for your fix.

However, be prepared to pay the rather steep prices. 
 
Recommended Dish(es):  braised pork belly with preserved vegetable
 
Table Wait Time: 5 minute(s)


Spending per head: Approximately RM30

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Spicily tantalizing. OK Aug 30, 2015   
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Categories : Chinese | Restaurant | Steamboat/Hotpot

I don't know why but sometimes all my brain and appetite could think of is spicy food. Not just any regular spicy like some sambal or belacan, but something with a little more kick. That's when I go to one of the well known SzeChuan restaurant - Xiao Fei Yang in Damansara Utama. It's even better of a meal when the weather is chilly after some heavy rain. 

It is of no surprise that the service is somewhat lacking at this establishment. Perhaps it is because some of the workers were foreign so they could not really speak the local language. Though neither of them looked too pleased to be serving anyone there.

Plus, do not be too impressed that they have their bowls, spoons, chopsticks sealed in a wrapper that says it has been distilled for hygiene purposes. You are going to be paying at least Rm1 for each set. A little bogus to me but there is no room for argument. 
Herbal soup on one side and Spicy soup in the other.

Herbal soup on one side and Spicy soup in the other.

 
As always when we are there for hotpot, we always order their dual pot where one side would be Herbal Chicken Soup and the other would be their Spicy Ma La soup. 

The former is not strong in taste but you can definitely tell that it is herbal soup which has quite a lot of pepper in it, at least I assume. So I suggest that you drink this first before trying their spicy one as that will render your taste buds numb then you won't be able to taste the Herbal soup anymore.

The Ma La Soup however was heavily spiced and definitely not for those who cannot handle heat. Especially if you somehow took a sip of the soup with the chilli oil on top. But it's good enough to have you going back for more as it tingle your senses.

Also, please note that you are paying about Rm20-25 for the soup, so savour it plenty.
Not exciting.

Not exciting.

 
We ordered two plates of pork slices just to try. But it was nothing fancy. And really nothing worth shouting about as the slices were super thin, plus had more layers of fat than actual meat. 

 
That's our entire tray of meat balls and vegetables. All pricey and scarce unlike some other steamboat establishments, but we are there mainly for their soup.

As always we have to order their soup & meat filled meatballs. This one is exciting because imagine a xiao long bao, but instead of the dumpling skin you have meat instead. Put this inside the Ma La soup then enjoy as you bite into it - after letting it cool down significantly of course.

Another thing that is a favourite of mine is their pork dumpling. Not like any regular dumpling, the skins they have is slightly thicker so it's chewier, but the meat is incredibly juicy. So when mixed with the spicy soup just makes it amazing.

 
Something else that I enjoy about Xiao Fei Yang is the different types of sauces that they give that you can mix on your own to dunk your food in. Honestly I am not even sure what is in either of those but all I know is that it makes the food you are eating so much more delicious.

 
So despite how much I enjoy eating at Xiao Fei Yang, I probably would not go back as often because the bill can go up quite high even though there is only four person eating it. There's the service charge and 6% GST which hikes up the bill, plus the extra that we have to pay for our specially cleaned utensils is kind of bogus.

Once in a while I will go back, when the craving strikes, that's for sure.
 
Table Wait Time: 2 minute(s)


Spending per head: Approximately RM30

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Of Cubs & Cups OK Aug 26, 2015   
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Categories : Western variety | Café | Pizza/Pasta | Desserts

Being in a Muslim dominated country, it is rare to find a place for dog-lovers to go to with their fur babies (aside from Desa Park City) for a cuppa. Which is why Cubs & Cups at Desa Sri Hartamas is a place to go if you are an owner of some pups and would like to meet other dog owners. 
Interesting welcome.

Interesting welcome.

 
I had read a review about this new cafe and was instantly attracted to it. Being a dog-lover myself, I thought it would be a nice place to hang with friends who too adore the four legged fluffs. So that's where we headed to on the weekend for some coffee and chats.

To no surprise that the place was rather busy around 1pm-2pm as it was time for people to get their fix of caffeine. There were also many pet owners there with their furry friends which are on leashes so no chaos would ensue. Thankfully many of them were friendly and if asked politely would allow people to pet their dogs. A witty caption that would greet you as soon as you enter the cafe. They also have a wooden picket fence and door to keep any fur babies from running out, so it would be greatly appreciated if everyone remembered to close it upon entering. 

We waited about 10 minutes for a table as it was rather busy considering that it was a weekend. But the interior is incredibly cosy with minimalist decoration and warm lighting. A pleasant place to hang out, grab a drink and chat with friends. 
Too much milk.

Too much milk.

 
As always, my coffee beverage of choice is always Cafe Latte priced at Rm13.00. Upon paying at the counter, I spotted many different types of coffee making machine that looked very fancy which in my mind meant that they will have good drinks. Only when I received my drink I was left feeling disappointed before even tasting it.

Firstly the colour in itself told me that the Latte has more milk than I am used to. Perhaps some people prefer it that way however for me, being a coffee lover, I would prefer if I could taste to coffee. Which I did not get from Cubs & Cups. 

Furthermore I tried my friend's Americano and was also disappointed at how diluted it tastes. Usually I'm cringing at how bitter the coffee is, to a point where it's borderline sour, because I'm not used to drinking it that way. But the Americano from Cubs & Cups did not get any sort of reaction.
Not the best. But not the worst

Not the best. But not the worst

 
Another friend's order of Green Tea Latte priced at Rm12 was slightly more promising. However it is not the best that we've had before despite it being a step or two higher than the standards of Starbucks. No surprise as the brewery method and beans used differs.

 
Do not be surprised if there are pups wandering around the store, greeting you with excitement as the owner's huskies and pomeranian are occasionally allowed to wander around the store. 
A little too expensive for a sandwich.

A little too expensive for a sandwich.

 
Finding ourselves slightly peckish, we ordered a Chicken Club sandwich to share. This looked and smelled promising. The sandwich consist of a nice crusty bread, a portion of pan seared chicken breast which was not dry, some bacon, lettuce, tomato, fried egg, cheese and lots of mayo. Not bad at all. 

As good as it tasted, I was definitely shocked by the price. This cost Rm26 and for a sandwich with some side of fries, it's definitely more expensive than I would have ever thought to pay. Though considering the many ingredients, I guess that's the standard price?

Rather disappointed by the coffee and food, but it is a nice place to go to on the weekend especially if you like dogs. 
Haven for pups & humans

Haven for pups & humans

 
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Only go if you have a love for dogs and do not fear them. Otherwise, this cafe is a very cosy place to be just to hang out with friends.
 
Table Wait Time: 10 minute(s)


Date of Visit: Aug 22, 2015 

Spending per head: Approximately RM15(午餐)

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Dim sum and then some, Smile Feb 11, 2016   
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Categories : Chinese | Restaurant | Dim sum | Porridge | Private Party

Once again the sister and myself managed to convince my mother to bring us to our favourite Dim Sum joint. Which took a little while because whenever we ate there we often times over indulge and end up leaving feeling super stuffed. But in a good way.

 
This time my first order was the braised pork ribs with black dace. This was AMAAAAZING! The flavours was strong from the garlic, dace and also all the magical seasoning that goes into this dish. The pork was tender and super well marinated. We had to order a second basket of this cause one just wasn't enough since I could easily finish one myself.

 
My sister however went for this xiao long baos. Although they weren't as good as the ones we get from Dragon-I, these were delicious too. The meat was tender and each little dumpling was filled with enough soup for us to be happily slurping at it once it was cool enough. Add a little vinegar and ginger then this will be a perfect mouthful.

 
For my mother, she ordered this giant fish balls which were actually better than I thought. Usually I never go for fish balls of any kind cause they're just too pasty for me. However these were nicely juicy & crunchy which was exactly what my mother likes.

We also got an order of Lao Sa Pao which was MINDBLOWING. The first bite and you get a rush of the custardy inside which was super creamy plus has a strong salted-egg-yolk taste. HEAVENLY. Never can we get the same kind anywhere else. 
 
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Back fr more Smile Feb 11, 2016   
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Categories : Western variety | Bar & Pub | Pizza/Pasta | Steaks / Chops | Seafood | Private Party

I don't know why but I was strongly craving for some good comfort food. Actually I think I was just strongly craving for the super yummy food we can get at Sam's so we got dressed and drove all the way out to Damansara just to dine there. Thankfully it was rather empty on a weeknight or else we'd be waiting a while to get served and I was already starving by then.

 
My immediate order was the mutton curry with a side of toast. I am pretty sure the last time we dined there they offered some naan or pita bread, but this time they said that there isn't such thing. Weird but that didn't stop me from dipping my hot toast into the super thick & flavourful curry, then happily eat the tender and succulent mutton pieces. Its so so sooooo good especially on a cool night.

 
As always we have to order a serving of the grilled chicken leg. I've already raved about this in my previous review so I'm not going to talk too much about it. But this is absolutely positively delicious. Enough said.

 
That night we got something new to try which is the grilled lemon sole and it was pretty amazing. The fish was nicely grilled with good seasoning and the side vegetables was AMAZING! Cause they were stir-fried with lots of garlic and butter so it was super flavourful.

It's jsut awesome how the food at Sam's never disappoint. Plus the price is not too exurbent which means you won't have to worry about overspending and still receive good sized portions.
 
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