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Friday, 19 January 2018

Food: Guess What Vietnamese Cuisine @ Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara

I recently discovered that I enjoy Vietnamese cuisine very much. Frankly, I have never been to Vietnam myself, but I've heard of many good things about their food. I tried out Guess What @ Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara which serves up authentic Vietnam recipes in a modern, chic setting. 

The chef is a Vietnamese Chinese and the menu is his creation. I find that they have an extensive menu with many Vietnamese dishes that I haven't tried before. 




Absolutely love the decorations and interior at the restaurant, as it provides with a feeling of being at home in Vietnam.

APPETIZER


Summer Rolls (RM 6.90)

This is one of the most popular appetizer in a typical Vietnamese meal. 

The ones they make here is accustomed to the South Vietnam taste which was improvised by the Chef.



Deep Fried Summer Rolls (RM 6.90)

Loaded with yam, carrot, bean sprouts and prawn paste, this rolls have double the crunch and crisp
from the thin spring roll skin.




Fish Sauce Chicken Wings (RM 6.90)

These chicken wings were amazingly delicious! 

It was so tasty, we ordered two servings of it. The wings are marinated with imported Vietnamese fish sauce, which is less salty than the normal Thai fish sauce that is often used in most cooking.

VIETNAMESE PHO



Australian Beef Pho (Beef - RM 13.90; Ribeye - RM 17.90)

My favourite pho is the one which serves thinly sliced premium Australian beef  (100g). 

The beef is indeed of high quality with a smooth texture. The right way to enjoy the dish is to squeeze some lime, pluck the basil and add in the bean sprouts.

The broth is made from boiling beef neck bone and numerous spices for up to 8 hours. Perfect bowl of heavenly goodness!





Beef Internal Organs Pho (RM 12.90)

This is a specialty pho. 

There are two types of beef stomach in this, honeycomb stomach & sponge stomach as well as, beef heart, tendon and beef shin. Try it out, if you have a brave heart or prefer something unique.


Handmade Beef Ball Pho (RM 12.90)

The beef balls are all handmade from scratch and are extremely meaty! The beef balls are so large and I like how generous they are with their serving.

In fact, I decided to order beef balls on its own because it was so good. 



Clams Pho (RM 8.90)

A bowl of pho with a huge amount of fresh clams. 

Value for money and the ideal choice for seafood lovers, like myself.


Fish Pho (RM 12.90)

BANH MI




Pork Banh Mi (RM 7.90)

The baguette is absolutely crispy and crunchy on the outside, but soft on the inside. 

They came up with their own baguette recipe to achieve the ultimate texture. I wasn't a fan of banh mi previously, but after trying theirs, I would definitely be back for more.


RICE



Heritage Coconut Soup with Rice (RM 16.90)

Love this peppery coconut soup!

Filled with beef balls, coconut flesh, coconut juice and beef broth, the sweet and flavorful soup is great to have with a bowl of steaming white rice.

DRINKS



Premium Sang Tao 1 High Grade (Hot- RM 5.90; Ice-RM 6.90)

Authentic Vietnamese coffee for caffeine addicts!

The coffee is served with a glass of iced Vietnamese tea, to wash down the strong coffee aftertaste.


At Guess What, you can expect to have a TASTY MEAL, with A LOW PRICE, LOTS IN QUANTITY, GOOD SERVICE and BEAUTIFUL ENVIRONMENT!

Guess What
Address: 7, Jalan PJU 5/6, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Opening Hours: 11 AM - 9.30 PM Daily

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Cook: Healthy & Nutritious Home-Cooked Food Made Possible with WHISK!

Have you heard of WHISK? This is the latest concept introduced in Malaysia, where busy modern working adults can whisk up home-cooked food without going through the hassle of preparing the ingredients beforehand. WHISK delivers fresh ingredients in pre-portioned package with the specified amount, so all you need to do is follow a given recipe and cook your meal. The recipes are easy and you can whip up a delicious meal in no time. Plus, they also deliver any orders within two hours from the time you call for it.

These days, I get so busy at work that I feel so tired the moment I get home, and the least I feel like doing, is to prepare a meal from scratch. I find that I end up ordering a lot of meal deliveries and indulging in fast food, which definitely isn't healthy in the long run. Now, that I've discovered WHISK, it is a great and convenient option for me to save money while having healthy, nutritious meals.




All the ingredients are delivered in a box which looks organised and neatly packed. It is recommended to refrigerate it immediately to preserve the freshness of the ingredients.



Here I have a colorful recipe card, with a step by step instructions which are clear and easy to follow. They also help to organize your diet by including the important nutrition facts in back of the recipe card.


This is a video, demonstrating how the ingredients were labelled properly and beautifully arranged in the box. The shelf life is about 3 days, so make sure to consume, as soon as your receive the items. 

LET'S PREPARE THE FARFALLE WITH SPICY BABY OCTOPUS!


1. Firstly, boil the pasta in water with some salt for 5 to 7 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent the pasta from sticking.


2. Heat oil in a pan and lightly fry the onion, garlic, red chilli flakes for 30 seconds.


3. Add the baby octopus, tomato sauce, chicken liquid and cook over low heat for 1 minute.


4. Add in the pasta when the sauce is done.

5. Add the seasoning of salt and pepper.



6. Garnish with the parsley, basil, chevril, seaweed & sesame seeds. Serve and enjoy!

Within less than 10 minutes, I'm able to whip up a healthy and delicious meal, just by using a saucepan and some kitchen utensils! You don't even need to be an excellent cook to prepare a meal for yourself. Everything is properly measured beforehand, so just pour the ingredients in and follow the recipe which is provided.



The dish tastes surprisingly good, even for a newbie cook like myself. The sauce was flavorful and the garnish really brought out the umami flavour of the dish. 


WHISK believes in local sourcing of ingredients and environmental sustainability. Their boxes and packaging are recyclable, and so is the cold-pack that comes with it. You can return it to WHISK, and earn points for discounts on future menus!

This is highly recommended and I can't wait to try out the different dishes available on their website. There is a wide selection of flavorful, nutritious meals to suit any taste, from vegetarian to adventurous! The price range is about RM 13-17, so its good news for millennials like me, who needs to save some money. Check out their website here for the full menu: Whisk Website

You can also vote for your favourite menu in the future, just by clicking the 'LIKE' button on the What's Next icon.

SIGN UP TODAY TO GET A FREE MEAL!
*The free meal is happening only for the first 6000 boxes!*
You can only begin purchasing the meals after the FREE MEAL campaign ends.

*UPDATE: The 6000 meals are SOLD OUT!*


How do you like my Farfalle with Spicy Baby Octopus? :)

Monday, 15 January 2018

Food: MANDALA Cafe & Bar @ Publika, Solaris Dutamas

Publika is a hub for all entertainment, food and enjoyment! There are always so many good food and places to try out in Publika. One that I've recently discovered is MANDALA Cafe & Bar, which serves modern Western fusion cuisine. 



Ambience-wise, it is unlike your typical restaurant. In fact, they have the perfect setting for dates, parties or even family gatherings. So versatile, you can celebrate any occasion with your loved ones here. 





They have a VIP room available upon request (with a specific minimum spent, of course) and it's comfortable to relax and chill after a long, hectic week.

Guess what? MANDALA Cafe & Bar is so famous that even celebrities, such as Jimmy Choo and Datuk Wira Lee Chong Wei has visited this place before.

APPETIZER


Lemon, Garlic and Butter Mussels

This was my favourite dish. I love mussels very much, I always have them raw with some lemon and a dash of tabasco sauce. Here at Mandala, the mussels are cooked with their special sauce.

Giant, meaty mussels cooked with lemon, garlic and butter. The sauce was absolutely appetizing and dip some garlic bread into the sauce to enjoy it at its best. Or else, you can also use the mussels to scoop up some sauce and have it together with the meat.

It was so yummy, I actually finished the sauce till the last drop!




Tom Yam Popcorn Chicken


Fried Chicken Wings

This chicken wings are worth trying. It was sweet and tangy, as it was brushed with a coat of sweet honey garlic sauce. 

It was lightly battered and topped with sesame seeds as well. It was so good, we actually ordered two servings!

MAINS




Golden Soft Shell Crab Spaghetti

The pasta is a little bit like carbonara, but its slightly spicy as well. I like it, because it wasn't too creamy compared to some of the carbonaras I had before.

The soft shell crab was a good combination and a great addition to this pasta dish.



Black Angel Pasta with Grilled Chicken

If you're a fan of herbs, you'll definitely enjoy this dish which is loaded with tonnes of herb that coats the pasta evenly. 



Grilled Chicken with Buttermilk Sauce

Well-marinated grilled chicken! Such a generous serving, great for sharing. 

Try the chicken with the buttermilk sauce, it is slightly spicy with curry leaves while enjoying the salad which is drizzled with sesame sauce dressing.



Pepperoni Pizza

DESSERTS

Rich Chocolate Brownie

I usually don't enjoy chocolate brownies, as it is usually too sweet. 

But, surprisingly this one was just how I liked it, chocolatey but not intensely sweet. I could taste the rich chocolate flavour and I enjoyed this very much!


Chocolate Lava Cake with Ice Cream


GOOD NEWS! HERE ARE THE JANUARY PROMOTIONS!

1. FREE COCKTAILS FOR LADIES (Choose from Blue Lagoon, Pink Mandala, Sex On The Beach)

  • Valid from 15th January 2018 until 13th February 2018
  • LADIES need to LIKE MANDALA Facebook Page, CHECK IN during the visit and showed to our staffs to get the COMPLIMENTARY cocktail. Every lady is entitled to only ONE cocktail.


2. FREE APPETIZER FOR 4 PAX & ABOVE DINE IN AT MANDALA
  • Valid from 15th January 2018 until 13th February 2018
  • Guests have to LIKE our Facebook page and show to our staff to enjoy a plate of complimentary appetizer of the day. Only one appetizer per receipt.