Wednesday 24 July 2013

Food Review: The Roast House @ Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park

I was never a big fan of roasted meat to be honest because my mum used to serve it every week for dinner. But, i decided to give it a try anyway, I mean no harm done anyway. We left the house pretty early because we were afraid of the jam around the area. Take note, there's night market every Wednesday, so parking would be a tad bit difficult to find.

First dish out was the popular Barbecue Pork Rice! According to the owner, this is the most sellable item on the menu.

Barbecue Pork Rice. 
The fat layer in the meat was halved such that it was soft and slightly chewy when bitten into. Thee egg was still 'jelly', just the way I like it and it coated the buttered rice giving it the ultimate delectable taste. The sauce for the pork was not too sweet, in fact, it was just a little tangy and sticky.

Barbecue Pork with Noodles. 
For this dish, I particularly love the texture of the barbecue pork since the fat layer was halved. It was really smooth to the point it almost melts in your mouth as you chew it. The noodles were pretty oily but I liked it because it was very fine and springy.

Traditional Hakka Noodles.
This was a bit too salty to my liking. The minced pork was alright and the texture of the noodles were smooth. But, if it was less salty, this would be not bad as well.

Wanton (Shrimp & Pork) 
The wanton was packed with pork and shrimp. There was a generous amount of filling and the texture of the wanton skin was so smooth. The soup was briny but tasteful. This would go well with barbecue pork rice.

Roast Meat Platter
This platter consists of roast pork, roast duck, barbecue pork and roasted pork. The chicken meat was quite tough but the roasted pork had that distinct flavour and texture which tantalize my taste buds. The roasted pork skin was crispy and roasted at the right temperature. Just so you know, roasted meat requires high level of precision when it comes to cooking time.

That's all for the night and I might be heading back there pretty soon to get my dose of roasted meat!

Saturday 20 July 2013

Food Review: The Journey Cafe @ Setiawalk, Puchong

Once again, another cafe at Setiawalk, Puchong. We headed out pretty early because we were afraid of the Saturday jam. My expectations on this cafe were quite high because I thought they had a great concept, cosy place with good food. I looked through their Facebook before going since I was curious if they had pastries which are my all time favourite. It seemed that they were more famous for gelato and breakfast instead.

Anyway, ta-da, we reached! It isn't that difficult to find compared to the last time I went there for another food review. The ambience was perfect for couples out on a date or friends who are looking for a place to hangout.

Anyway, let us skip to the point of this post. The food.

Fried Button Mushrooms. 
Don't they look so cute? Yes, the size was a little too huge compared to our regular button mushrooms. I think they should reduce the batter for this and make it less oily.

Chicken Bruschetta.
Baguette with small chicken chunks. The tomatoes were fresh but the baguette was soggy by the time I ate it. The chicken was flavorful though. The baguette was a little too buttery for me.

Swedish Meatballs.
There wasn't enough binding for the meat and this was way overfried. It actually tasted burnt. Even the sauce could not help it. Disappointing dish.

European Continental.
Bacon and sausages are my favourite food for breakfast. The bacon was pretty good but the sausages were a little too oily. Mushrooms were fresh and the baked beans are scary, can you believe they were the size of kidney beans?

Soft Shell Crab Spaghetti.
Although this was a tad bit spicy, it was very tasteful and the sweetness of the tomatoes could be tasted in the spaghetti. I only managed to get one bite of this and the soft shell crab was quite crispy as well.

Scandinavian's Delight.
Smoked salmon on baguette toast and poached eggs. This dish was a little messy because as you cut it, the poached egg yolk will drenched your whole toast. It becomes soggy and distasteful. However, the salmon is pretty good.

This was a little special than your regular lasagna. They had cream cheese all over and it was too milky for me. I had one small bite and I didn't want it anymore. The bolognese sauce inside was dry and the meat were so little that i couldn't even taste it. In terms of taste, it was pretty bland.

New Zealand Lamb Grill with Mint Yogurt Sauce.
I love eating lamb but when this arrived, the smell was so strong that i think it overpowered the real taste of lamb. The lamb meat was well grilled though. But, the smell was still too pungent for me.

Tenderloin Steak.
This was medium done and I usually prefer mine well done. However, it was so good, extremely juicy and bursting with flavor the moment i bit into it. This was definitely the best steak I've ever tasted so far. It was well seasoned with salt and pepper.

Lamb Shank.
The aroma from this dish was so enticing. The meat was a bit tough but it was generally okay. Definitely delectable and flavorsome!

New York Cheesecake.
The cake was so strong and rich. The crust at the base of the cake was a bit salty and went well with the cake. The taste was piquant as you continue eating it. This cake had that zest I've always been looking for in cheesecakes.

The Gelato.
I tried almost all the flavours and the Calamansi was so sour. Definitely too intense for me. But, I'd recommend to try the Strawberry Frogurt because it was so smooth, just like how gelato is supposed to be.

Well, that marks the end of this food review. I think I'm reminded of how much I used to love eating Western food.

Thursday 11 July 2013

Food Review @ Zakuro 2, The Scott Garden

I've never been much of a fan of Japanese cuisine until I've tried Zakuro 2. To be honest, I'm alright with sushi and maki but that's it. Raw fish slices were not my favourite as well and I didn't really liked wasabi too.

But despite all that, I decided to try Zakuro 2 out, in the hope that I would have a liking towards Japanese food. We reached just in time for lunch and it was almost packed. Seems like this is a really popular spot among the locals. There was a short briefing done and this outlet has been around since 1997. It used to be located opposite Citibank in town.

Anyway, we didn't wait long before the food was served. So, here goes!

Soft Shell Crab Maki
Doesn't this look good? There were soft shell crab and crabsticks inside. Rice was used to wrap both the ingredients. I thought that there were too much mayonnaise in this and although the rice was too starchy for the rest, I liked it that way. The soft shell crab was also crunchy as you bit into it.

Sashimi Moriawase
A seafood platter with various cuts of raw fish or sashimi in this case. I thought that the fish slices should be thinner such that it was more of bite size rather than in chunks.  The prawn was fresh and smooth though.

Dragon Roll
This was my favourite of the day. This had tempura inside and avocado toppings which complimented it well.  It was definitely savoury and the rice was just nice, not too starchy. I think I could eat 10 pieces of this because it was honestly good :)

Salad Roll
For all the vegetarians out there! This is just crispy letuuce wrapped with seaweed. I'm not a big fan of salad, so one was enough for me.

Scallop Chawan Mushi
This egg custard was so smooth and silky that it melts once you put a spoonful in your mouth. It was flavorful and I think I tasted miso in this. The scallop was very chewy, enhancing the taste of this dish. I think this is definitely the best chawan mushi I've ever tasted.

Sashimi Salad
Raw sashimi with fruits and mayonnaise is never a good idea. I didn't liked this very much because I think the combination of fruits and sashimi wasn't blended well.

Salmon Salad
This had salmon in different styles, raw, cooked and fried. I particularly enjoyed the crispy and juicy salmon skin which was fried. Although it was a little oily, it would be good as an appetizer. 

Gindara Mentaiko
Fried cod fish covered in batayaki sauce and fish roe. This tasted like fish and chips at first and it was too salty as well. But I liked how the fish roe compliments the cod fish. The flavour was rich and I think it would be better if we had this with rice.

I've always been disgusted by the thought of eating eel but I decided to give this a try. I didn't regret it. This had a slight hint of sweetness and although it wasn't meaty, it was savoury. I would say it was a good comfort food.

Mentaiko Yaki
I previously had a bad experience with udon so I've always been skeptical about it. I tried a small portion of this and the mushroom essence complimented the dish. The cod roe blended well and it wasn't so bad after all. 

Basically, the ambience was very comfortable and service was pretty efficient as well. This marks the end of my Japanese experience at Zakuro 2. Looks like I'll be trying more of Japanese in the near future.

Tuesday 9 July 2013

Movie Review: The Lone Ranger

I first heard of The Lone Ranger last week and I honestly thought it was going to be another boring movie. I figured that it was probably your typical comedy plus I was never a big fan of Johnny Depp anyway.

I did enjoyed watching Pirates of the Caribbean previously but I never had much expectations on The Lone Ranger. However, my perception changed after watching it yesterday. It was a special screening by Klips at Paradigm Mall.

I was pulled into the movie, literally the moment it started. The setting was in San Francisco and it began with a child who adores 'The Lone Ranger' series. The child went to an exhibition on the Wild West and met Depp who was in heavy makeup. Tonto (Depp) told the story about his journey with the masked men, John Reid (Armie Hammer) a.k.a The Lone Ranger. 

Previously, John was a lawyer and after a series of events, he decided to return to his hometown in Willow Creek where he met his brother, Dan Reid who works as a ranger. The whole movie revolved around trains so to those who love those olden day trains with the soot, this is definitely a must watch for you guys. John became a ranger when he joined his brother's team on a quest to capture Butch Cavendish (William Fichtner), a notorious criminal. Unfortunately, the whole team was killed except for John.

This is where Tonto's character become relevant. He had a common goal with the rest and his aim was to kill Butch Cavendish as well. Being an Indian, Tonto believed in spiritual beings and it seemed that John Reid was the 'Spirit Walker' where he could not be killed no matter what kind of danger he was in.

The movie then progresses with both the characters cooperating with one another to kill Butch Cavendish. I really enjoyed the last part where there was a train chase. That part was full of action  and it was funny as well. The witty comments by Tonto made me laugh and overall, it was a good movie.

Monday 8 July 2013

Randomosity Attacks: Strawberries?

I had real strawberries on my head. I smelled of strawberries after that. And, I'm lovin' it. End of story. 

If you were wondering why I made a strawberry crown, it's for a contest and I damn hope I win it. I never thought i would really go to such extend to win something. But, guess I did anyway.