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Samgeori Butcher’s BBQ @ Trec KL (YG Republique Malaysia)

 

Korean restaurants can be found dotted all over town these days, with most joints offering trendy and fashionable fusion dishes. It is not difficult to settle with one that has a lot of fancy stuffs or variants of popular in-trend flavours- most of which are much promoted by the K-pop culture. Speaking of K-pop, Samgeori Butcher’s 삼거리 푸주간 is probably the only one that serves classic BBQ grilled meats of the best quality. This BBQ grill restaurant was inaugurated and celebrated with Big Bang’s member Seungri at the launch so look out for his signature on the wall when you visit.

 

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The dining room – like the menu – is most authentic and elegantly comfortable; with impressive space to ensure good ventilation, and warm lighting to set the mood. Prices are not impressively but the meats are crazy delicious. The table-top grill was heated before the meat was added, leading to the gentle charred, with a tender centre and a decent line of buttery fat along one side.

 

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Together with this meat set : Butcher’s Sampler (RM 210) of four different meat cuts, is a complimentary soup of either kimchi jiggae, dwenjang jiggae, and hot pepper soup. I sampled both kimchi jiggae and dwenjang jiggae and I’ll have to say that the first was satisfying, pleasingly spicy and sour from the well-aged cabbage it contained; and the second was comfortingly containing a generous quantity of deliciously tender shredded beef, the bowl of soup was rich and yummy.

 

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Don’t expect an entire table filled with pickled vegetables and kimchi because we are looking at aged meat cuts preparing to steal the limelight. Iberico neck, belly, shoulder and abanico is a must for pork lover. But Samgeori Butcher’s 삼거리 푸주간 serves not only premium pork & beef that is crazy delicious because there are other dishes thats really good. The Butchers Pork Fried Rice (RM 25) is lovely with meat and a bright sunny side up. The plump grains were resonant with aged kimchi and sesame oil, I enjoyed it very much.

 

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Samgeori Butcher’s isn’t known for its sparkling service, but I found the staff warm and efficient. Requesting to have our meats grilled on behalf of us did not have them slacking and not practising their standard operation professionally. Every meat cut was presented to us prior to grilling. Pancake brought over from K-pub and the squid and pork skin cooked at your table

 

Review on blog at: https://wp.me/p1tyh7-29k

Review on blog at: https://wp.me/p1tyh7-29k

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Review on blog at: https://wp.me/p1tyh7-29k

 

Samgeori Butcher is located at Trec KL:
HG-01 & HG-02 Hive, TREC, 438, Jalan Tun Razak,
50400 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: 03-2110 4104
http://www.ygrepublique.com.my/3geori-butchers.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YGREPUBLIQUEKL/
12pm-3pm (Lunch) / 6pm-2am (Dinner)
GPS: 3.14075,101.72099

 

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Menya Miyabi Hokkaido Ramen @ Sunway Pyramid

 

From miso to tonkotsu made with that long-simmered pork bone broth, to some simple light soya sauce-based soup, we’d have no problem getting the ramen fix in all sorts of forms in the Klang Vallley. In the most authentic and traditional restaurants to some fusion contemporary cafes that are always trying something a bit different than the rest, it really isn’t challenging to grab that steaming bowl of Japanese noodle in broth. But as to exactly where the best ramen joints are at, is still a question with no definite answer. The newest in Sunway- the Menya Miyabi Hokkaido Ramen is one with decidedly classic looking ramen bowls with short pages of menu featuring a handful of ramen selections. We’ve slurped our way through some of the noodles on the menu and rounded up the conclusion if the place is a dupe .

 

First and foremost, the place is about ramen. Because menu is straight forward with pictures and quick description. The short and simple menu makes ordering easy, but I recommend the seasonal Burnt Garlic . I personally can’t get over the brined noodles thanks to the powerful broth. But the loaded topped garlic were unmistakeably garlicky, the whole experience is rich, flavour and might even leave some wanting more. Gyoza (six pieces for RM13, 10 pieces for RM19) wasn’t something memorable and elegantly presented. But that is the character seen in typical Japanese dumpling. They are the perfect nibble.

 

1.Menya Miyabi Hokkaido Ramen @ Sunway Pyramid
2.Menya Miyabi Hokkaido Ramen @ Sunway Pyramid

 

The classics topped with onion, bamboo, slices of tender meat and most importantly and interesting surprise of a good textured and perfectly cooked noodles- we hardly get good noodle texture without a gentle reminder to the chef, that some of us in Malaysia do like the real deal of springy from ramen noodles. While there are some with thicker and more flavourful broth, the rest of the bowls of the order didn’t quite make it to please or pass the musters for value and depth of flavour. The rest on the table seemed to unhappy with the rest of the ramen choices. All Assari Sio Ramen (RM23) , Tonkotsu ramen (RM 25) and Yaki- Miso Ramen( RM 25 ) were either lightly seasoned or

 

3.Menya Miyabi Hokkaido Ramen @ Sunway Pyramid
4.Menya Miyabi Hokkaido Ramen @ Sunway Pyramid
5.Menya Miyabi Hokkaido Ramen @ Sunway Pyramid

 

Ramen joints have always had eponymous mainstays but Menya Miyabi Hokkaido Ramen probably should work on establishing that. Menya Miyabi Hokkaido Ramen is located at:

 

Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall 3
Ground Floor, Green Zone, Sunway Clio Hotel
3, Jalan PJS 11/15, Bandar Sunway,
47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor,Malaysia.
Opening Hours: 11.00 am – 10.00 pm Daily
Tel: 03-5650 5118
GPS: 3.0732619,101.6046172
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/menya.miyabi

 

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Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot @ Sunway Velocity

 

Hot pot has been around for as long as I can remember, and I’ve been loving all sort of hot pots for the longest time. The recent trend that is rapidly growing in the last couple of months is none other than the Chinese hot pot. The concept of hot pot is pretty simple- simmering meat cuts, assorted vegetables, and maybe some noodles in various choices of broths, of which is probably most of the time the draw factor to the hot pot experience. Chinese hot pots have come to more than merely just culinary and cultural experience. It is now a form of relaxing enjoyment involving more than just actively digging into what’s cooking in the pot. The most popular hot pot trend right now is one that comes with more than just a room filled with steams and noises. It is one that comes with exceptional attentive and warm service, and sometimes even some fancy albeit unnecessary presentations and performances.

 

4.Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot @ Sunway Velocity
5.Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot @ Sunway Velocity

 

Currently boiling hot is the “ma la” otherwise known as the “numb and spicy” hot pot experience with hefty dosage of Sichuan flower pepper added to the broth richly added with thick chili oil. This is one of the most famous variations of the Chong Qing hot pot, and it is indeed having its moment now. Chong Qing is the city believed to be the birth place of hot pot in China, but the unique spicy and pungent flavor that reflects the history of the place has since travelled all across the globe so we can now experience the similar, if not the exact same culinary experience.

 

1.Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot @ Sunway Velocity
2.Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot @ Sunway Velocity
3.Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot @ Sunway Velocity
8.Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot @ Sunway Velocity
9.Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot @ Sunway Velocity
15.Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot @ Sunway Velocity

 

Sunway Velocity where hot pot spots are aplenty, this one caught my attention with the fancy display and their barbie doll meat presentation. Not that I am into it- I actually thought it wasn’t very appealing, but I thought it will be an attractive gimmick most people would appreciate. Alas, I didn’t manage to order that particular dish mostly due to my lack of proficiency in Mandarin. Here at the Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot, everything is mostly in Mandarin including the signage, putting that as the foremost upfront hindrance to locate the outlet.

 

7.Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot @ Sunway Velocity
6.Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot @ Sunway Velocity

 

Sauces are basic with freshly chopped chili, garlic, coriander and spring onion. As soon as the pot of broth is brought to the built in stove table, the meats and vegetables follows tightly after. All plates come with suggested cooking time as printed on the menu, so be ready for a mouth-numbing spicy hot pot experience soon after. We celebrate the creative soup and hot pot temperature with freshness mainly from land because the sea harvest wasn’t as intriguing. All meat balls, pork blood, pork intestine , tofu, mushroom, and the signature marinated pork rib were amazing except the pork belly slices which could have gotten more applauses if served slightly thicker.

 

10.Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot @ Sunway Velocity
11.Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot @ Sunway Velocity
12.Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot @ Sunway Velocity
13.Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot @ Sunway Velocity
14.Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot @ Sunway Velocity

 

Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot is located at:
V05-01-02, Signature 1(V05) Lingkaran SV,
Sunway Velocity, Maluri, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Opens daily from 12pm to 12 am
Phone: 010-213 3382
GPS: 3.129573,101.723144
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/xiaolongkanKL/

 

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Harvest Ground @ Sunway Geo

 

Eggettes, otherwise also known as the egg waffle has always been an iconic Hong Kong street snack. One that is almost a quintessential and while it has always been classic and nostalgic, it has been really common in the recent years for innovative modern twists. Harvest Ground seemed to nailed their rendition with some of the most local falvours. I was instantly drawn to Jack the Baba HK Eggettes (RM 20) because of that interesting combo of jackfruit and ice cream. The generous scoop of fresh coconut ice cream was pretty amazing along the shredded jackfruit. Plus the choice of salted gula Melaka caramel sauce, was quite a fascinating match all together to the otherwise boring eggettes that could really use a little more of that crispy.

 

1.harvest ground

2.harvest ground

3.harvest ground

 

The egg waffle isn’t the only innovative modern twist and despite being unsure of the core selling point, everything else is pretty innovative. Gua bao here folds a tender strip of fried chicken and even though their menu did not exactly make things easy when it comes to decision making, I was told the Taiwanese Ru Rou Fan (braised pork belly over rice) was good.

 

6.4.harvest ground

 

Fries for snacking didn’t quite leave a very impressive impression but these hits and misses can always be fixed with a better standard operating procedure.

 

5.harvest ground

4.harvest ground

 

Harvest Ground is located at:
No A-01-08, Level 1,
Block A, Sunway Geo Avenue, Jalan Lagoon Selatan,
Sunway South Quay, Bandar Sunway
Subang Jaya 47500
Tel: 012-751 1963
Monday- Thursday (11am- 9pm), Fri- Sat (11am – 10pm), Sunday Closed.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/harvestground/?tn-str=k*F
GPS: 3.0653684,101.609708

 

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Absolute Thai Street Food @ MIdvalley Megamall

 

Currently in Thailand when drafting this particular post just makes it worst to have to describe my experience with Absolute Thai street food in Midvalley megamall. If I must put it bluntly, then the simplest and most accurate description is probably localised. All our order, including the drink, of which one of it is sold as the Thai coconut (RM 7), totally fail to live up to their reputation. Absolute Thai has been serving street food with comfortable indoor seating, mostly inside malls, but the eatery still qualifies as street food given the array of most popular and renown Thai street dishes. One of which is the Thai Chicken Porridge (RM 11.90) and the Beef Noodle (RM 15.90). Which turns out would be a delight to most Malaysians. Seasoning and taste profile are closely tied to the local palate so for those eager to satisfy the Thai street food cravings, I’d recommend skipping this one.

 

1. absolute thai street  (2)
2. absolute thai street  (3)

 

Lemon Grass (RM 4.90) drink weirdly has a wedge of lime and this one totally reminded me of our local limau ais. Safest order is probably the omelette but take note it isn’t a sharing portion.

 

3. absolute thai street  (4)

 

In Thailand, even if you don’t know where to look, there’s still a high chance to stumble upon treasure. While Bangkok’s street food already claiming their throne to be legendary, with critics and bloggers from all over the world dropping reviews and praises, there is indeed something magical about their cuisine that seemed familiar to most of us in Malaysia but yet still never fails to create a little bit of surprises each time. I am hoping that there will be more Thai restaurants in Klang Valley that could give us the same surprises.

 

 

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Currently in Thailand when drafting this particular post just makes it worst to have to describe my experience with Absolute Thai street food in Midvalley megamall. If I must put it bluntly, then the simplest and most accurate description is probably localised. All our order, including the drink, of which one of it is sold as the Thai coconut (RM 7), totally fail to live up to their reputation. Absolute Thai has been serving street food with comfortable indoor seating, mostly inside malls, but the eatery still qualifies as street food given the array of most popular and renown Thai street dishes. One of which is the Thai Chicken Porridge (RM 11.90) and the Beef Noodle (RM 15.90). Which turns out would be a delight to most Malaysians. Seasoning and taste profile are closely tied to the local palate so for those eager to satisfy the Thai street food cravings, I’d recommend skipping this one.

 

1. absolute thai street  (2)
2. absolute thai street  (3)

 

Lemon Grass (RM 4.90) drink weirdly has a wedge of lime and this one totally reminded me of our local limau ais. Safest order is probably the omelette but take note it isn’t a sharing portion.

 

3. absolute thai street  (4)

 

In Thailand, even if you don’t know where to look, there’s still a high chance to stumble upon treasure. While Bangkok’s street food already claiming their throne to be legendary, with critics and bloggers from all over the world dropping reviews and praises, there is indeed something magical about their cuisine that seemed familiar to most of us in Malaysia but yet still never fails to create a little bit of surprises each time. I am hoping that there will be more Thai restaurants in Klang Valley that could give us the same surprises.

 

 

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Absolute Thai Street Food is located at :
LG Floor, Mid Valley City,
58000 Kuala Lumpur
Business Hour: 11 am – 10 pm daily
Phone: +60 3-2202 2708
GPS: 3.118518,101.676263
https://www.absolutethai.com.my/

 

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Absolute Thai Street Food is located at :
LG Floor, Mid Valley City,
58000 Kuala Lumpur
Business Hour: 11 am – 10 pm daily
Phone: +60 3-2202 2708
GPS: 3.118518,101.676263
https://www.absolutethai.com.my/

 

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Eatomo Publika

 

Poke bowl. Pronounced as ‘po- kay’, is a Hawaiian dish commonly mistaken as Japanese origin because of the fresh raw cuts of fishes. The confusion probably happened because of the similar dishes by the Japanese – most likely zuke Don or donburi, and that most of us were more familiar with Japanese food as the cuisine gained its popularity over the years. While it may seem like a new trend, this simple and addictive Hawaiian dish has been around for centuries. And because local Japanese in Hawaii is a big ethnic group in Hawaii, it is no surprise of the influence in their food.

 

Up until 2015, we haven’t caught wind of this Hawaiian dish but when pokebowl becomes widely accepted (thanks to social media), people started being creative and infusing local elements to redefine the dish. Take note the real Hawaiian poke though, isn’t really instagrammable. So, this one is close.

 

2.Eatomo Publika

 

Meet the Pokelantan Bowl. Here at the Eatomo Solaris Dutamas, this one is made with the usual raw cuts of fish before finishing with a toss of lime and chili padi drizzle marinate, this truly is a marriage of Asian pacific. Resembling local dishes, the combination in this bowl is bursting full when it comes to the authentic Asian flavour.

 

1.Eatomo Publika

 

Another amazing protein source for those not too keen with raw fishes, Mentaiko Tamago rice is a good satisfaction although I find the portion a little small to fit the huge appetite I had during my visit. Personally, I like my mentaiko just as they are, but most are probably more accustomed to slightly more diluted flavour profile so having this with them thick slices of egg omelette and fragrant rice is topgallant.

 

7.eatomo publika

 

That wasn’t the only crowd pleaser, fresh oysters and mussels come with the breeze of ocean and sea. The plump and juicy oyster of a perfect one mouth bite size was my ultimate favourite, followed closely by the pot of mussel with that fancy sweet flavourful broth of nothing but pleasant.

 

3.Eatomo Publika
4.Eatomo Publika
5.Eatomo Publika
6.Eatomo Publika

 

Meaty bowls are inevitable, but for anyone dying to have raw leaves then you might have to pick any of their salad bowl, which I really don’t recommend unless if the determination to improve wellbeing of your gut is the main concern. Salads are like many other Japanese eatery, boring and unattractive.

 

8. Eatomo Publika

 

Seemingly trivial, but food is a way of life in the country and the ethnic diversity has resulted in such extraordinary food landscape. Who would have think that poke, a product of the indigenous native Hawaiian culture would fit perfect with the touch of Kelantan? This outlet gave me a better experience than the their first in Taman Danau Desa outlet for sure and at this blog entry point, there is a third outlet at Bangsar !!

 

Eatomo Publika is located at :
A2-G2-06 Solaris Dutamas,
No 1, Jalan Dutamas 1,
50480 KL
Business Hour : Monday (closed), Tues- Thurs (12–3PM, 6–10:30PM)
Friday- Sunday (12–10:30PM)
Phone: 03-6412 2280
GPS: 3.1708147,101.665288

 

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Soon Soon Pan Mee & Fish Head Noodle @ Mutiara Damansara

 

With those mismatched tables and plastic chairs for seats, this newly expanded coffee shop space is loud, crowded and unrefined- just the way many of us would enjoy a comfort meal before casual trendy gossips and news- both fake or real. This isn’t a newbie in town but the recent expansion means a lot to some of their hardcore fan. Many are drawn into Soon Soon Pan Mee and fish head noodle by the reputation, and there is not a time of day when a crowd can’t be spotted outside, lining up or waiting for a table. Most come with family and larger group. Now with a bigger space means more seats and tables hence it is now shorter time in the line, so scene as such is possibly no longer visible.

 

 

It is almost not necessary to look at the menu when you are here, you’ll find everyone else sorta eating the same couple of dishes, and you should too: they are famous for making the best fish head noodle within this area. You’ll spot a bowl of glistening noodle dish on almost every table. Unlike typical fish head noodle, the broth here is slightly starchy and has what’s close to broth-like consistency. Each spoonful delivers soup made from rich stock that’s umami with a hind of sweet tang from the tomatoes and the pickled mustard green. Soup is thick also because of yam chucks that contributes a little starch to the texture of the soup. While it is not merely about the soup, each pieces of fillet were thick, cuboidal and fried correctly for sufficient crisp on the outside and moist juicy on the inside. The deep fried also helps lock the flavor of fish from within so it compliments the noodles in the soup.

 

1.Soon Soon Pan Mee & Fish Head Noodle
2.Soon Soon Pan Mee & Fish Head Noodle
4.Soon Soon Pan Mee & Fish Head Noodle
5.Soon Soon Pan Mee & Fish Head Noodle

 

Skip the pan mee and char chan teng breakfast all together cause why waste your quota on those when you can have the delicious fish head noodle? Of course, unless if you are not a fan of fish head noodle of which if so then you shouldn’t even bother visiting this shop then. They do however bring some nostalgic memories to the root of local coffee shop menu. Eggs are always fresh, I would order the half-boiled eggs every single time and they never fail me.

 

3.Soon Soon Pan Mee & Fish Head Noodle
6.Soon Soon Pan Mee & Fish Head Noodle
7.Soon Soon Pan Mee & Fish Head Noodle

 

Soon Soon Pan Mee and Fish Head noodle is located at:
18-1, Jalan PJU 8/5C, Damansara Perdana, 47820 PJ, Selangor, Damansara Perdana, 47820
Phone: 012-928 7632 / 012-634 6662
Business Hour: Daily 7am- 5 pm
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Restoran-Soon-Soon-Pan-Mee-Fish-Head-
GPS: 3.1648096,101.6068099

 

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