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We’ve had dim sum here a couple of times and thought it was pretty okay. Well, certainly not the best, but if you’re in Pavilion and craving for dim sum, Grand Palace will satisfy that itch. On our last visit, there was a wedding going on but they were still serving dim sum for patrons like us. However, the food just wasn’t as good as usual.

First up, the roasted pork was just way too bland. The pork skin was crispy and well salted but the meat itself was just lacking in flavour.

We also ordered my usuals, siu mai, har gao & xiao long bao! I’m pretty glad that they managed to maintain the quality of these. I love how the siu mai is so fragrant with mushrooms. Also the har gao skin had just the right amount of thickness coating fresh prawns! Xiao long bao was also juicy, but… could have been juicier!

These fried prawn dumplings are amazing! Jason ordered these, and it was the first time I tried these. I know I’d definitely order these babies again when I’m back.

The steamed pork ribs with yam was flavourful but the pork ribs were again, bland. The mat itself probably wasn’t marinated. The phoenix claw (chicken feet) on the other hand was yum!

We also had the egg tart and custard bun which did not satisfy us. Although the egg tart was silky smooth it lacked flavour. The custard bun was no where comparable to Grand Imperial at Plaza Damas.

Well though this last visit I had was not a good experience, the few times that I’ve eaten here, food has been pretty good.

Grand Palace Pavilion,
Lot 6.39.00, Level Six,
No. 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
03 2143 1128

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Coco made us some lovely beignets a few weeks ago. She’s been using this recipe countless of times and it has never failed her! They were deep-fried beautifully to golden perfection with the help of mama and dusted with some caster sugar. It was such a wonderful tea time snack!

These babies were perfect texture-wise! Coco’s recipe for success is simply written on this piece of paper:

Do you understand it? Haha fret not, this recipe is available on Allrecipes.com. The only variation made to this recipe was the use of caster sugar to dust the beignets with instead of icing sugar. Our resting period for the dough was only 2 hours instead of the required 24 hours.

Beignets
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
1 1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup evaporated milk
7 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup shortening
Vegetable oil for frying
1/4 cup caster sugar

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add sugar, salt, eggs, evaporated milk, and blend well. Mix in 4 cups of the flour and beat until smooth. Add the shortening, and then the remaining 3 cups of flour. Cover and chill for up to 24 hours (2 hours < ).
  2. Roll out dough 1/8 inch thick. Cut into 2 1/2 inch squares. Fry in 360 degree F (180 degrees C) hot oil. If beignets do not pop up, oil is not hot enough. Drain onto paper towels.
  3. Shake caster sugar on hot beignets. Serve warm.

Since all my previous posts have gone missing (cause I accidentally did something stupid and I don’t know how to fix it back), I thought it will only be fair if I repost a post about my favourite tea time snack from Sandakan.

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UFO tart is only available in Sandakan and the name might spark a few curiosities from tourists like me! It’s other name is also called ngau si dui meaning cow dung in English!

It has got a cake base, topped with meringue and filled with some custard. Don’t be fooled by its look or name, it is actually really yummy!

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20121030-001757.jpgThe only place I’ve tried it is from Dragon Restaurant in Prima Square. This place also has the best egg tart ever. It is Jose’s favourite egg tart stall and we’d always go there after a lunch to get our cravings fixed. Love the buttery crust and silky smooth egg custard!

If you have plenty of time to spare, order a drink and wait till the have a fresh batch of egg tart popping out from the oven. It’s best to enjoy these egg tarts when they’re piping hot!

 

Satay celup is really popular in Malacca. It is like satay steamboat, where you cook your raw ingredients in a pot of satay sauce. Honestly am not a big fan of these but there are some people who are willing to queue up for an hour just to have satay celup! The pot of sauce is recycled, over and over again. To have the pot changed, you’d have to fork out RM 40!

My relatives from Malacca actually recommended me this place. Lesser queue and same quality they said. There’re 2 shops there, I don’t know if they’re the same but I have been eating at the one to the left, my left as I’m facing the restaurants.

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At RM0.60 per stick, it is not exactly a steal. To have this for just dinner alone would be dissatisfying, so I’d recommend that you come here for a snack and head for dinner some place else! Being a typical Chinese we’d prefer to have a bit of carbs for dinner, but the only carb served at Ban Lee Siang was roti.

This is a great place to have satay celup if you do not want to queue for like an hour. You don’t have to worry about diarrhoea because I’ve eaten here twice and I’m still standing!

Opening Hours: 5.30pm โ€“ 12.30am (Closed On Tuesday)

Ban Lee Siang
45E, Jalan Ong Kim Wee,
Melaka
06 284 1935

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Goodnight peeps!

Just got off the phone with Jose and now I’m gleeing like a kid gone high on chocolates! Ah, can’t wait to see him in 2 weeks! We’re going to Melbourne!

Hi guys, I just bought myself the new iPad and I’m blogging from it now!

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Namoo on the park is a rather quaint Korean cafe located in Publika. The prices here are a little steep considering the ingredients and portion of the food.
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I had the beef bulgogi with rice for RM 19.90. The thinly sliced beef was cooked in a delicious teriyaki-like sauce. It was good but it feels jelak after a while because the sweetness kinda overpowers the dish.

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Though i dislike pickled stuff, this pickled zucchini that came as a side went really well with the dish!

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LF had the seafood garden noodles. It was simple and comforting for a rainy day but I reckon that the price does not fit the dish. It was simply mee sua in anchovy broth with some prawns. If I was not mistaken it was RM 16.50 for this.

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This sweet potato cake is delicious. It was like a cheesecake made with sweet potato. Very rich and unique! Would definitely recommend this cake to anyone. Previously Alfred had tried the carrot cake, and I too sampled a little and it was horrid. It was dry and hard, not at all crumbly like a cake should be. Nonetheless he was too polite to send it back ;(

Namoo on the park
4A, Level G3 (above MPH Bookstore),
Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
03 6411 6698

Marini’s 57 is one the latest bars or as some would say, “watering holes” that has popped up in KL. All the way “up” on the 57th floor of Petronas’s Tower 3. Though there’s nothing much to shout about the decor, the view is certainly gorgeous. When we were seated at the outdoor area, there were moments where you felt like you could literary touch the clouds that pass by.

Here’s some pictures from that night!

 

Us girls

 

 

The big bosses!

 

 

Krystle and Tzer

 

 

 

Mel & I, a lot of people say we look like sisters!

 

 

Mel & Mian

Marini’s is such a great addition to KL. It reminds me ofย 1Altitude in Singapore where you can just grab some drinks and enjoy the view of the city from up above. Agnes sent me a tweet saying that this place is rumoured to be the best Italian in town.. Maybe when I’ve finally gotten my first official pay cheque, i’d splurge a little bit here just to find out if it’s true!

Opening hours:
BAR
Mon to Sun, 5pm til late
RESTAURANT
Mon to Sun, 7pm to 11pm
(Last Call 10.45pm)
LOUNGE
Mon to Sun, 3pm til late
Marini’s on 57
Level 57, Menara 3 Petronas,
Persiaran KLCC,
Kuala Lumpur.

 

I had bad cravings for pizza, Jason wanted to have pasta and Alfred just wanted to have something creamy (?!) haha. So I suggested La Risata since they are one of the best Italian restaurants in KL and it’s been ages since I last went. The place has been transformed from it’s old style restaurant to a much more modern and hip place. Totally loving the reno that they’ve done for the place. I saw lots of happy diners enjoying their food and acknowledging nods here and there. Looks like I wasn’t the only one ๐Ÿ˜‰ Freddy even said that he’d gladly bring his parents here for dinner!

Antipasti Misti, RM 42

For starters, we had the Antipasti Misti to share. The portion is recommended for 2 to 4 person but I thought 3 was perfect. 2 would have been a little too much to stomach though. It has beef carpaccio, grilled mushrooms, squid rings & chicken liver pate. The beef carpaccio was excellent, if you’re planning to skip this platter, I would highly recommend for you to get this as your starter. Also if you’re a big fan of chicken liver pate, you’re gonna loveeeee theirs!

Pizza Margherita, RM 22

Lamb Sausage Chorizo Pizza, RM 28

We also ordered the Margherita pizza & Chorizo pizza. Obviously we got the Margherita cause that’s the pizza that I always go for whenever I’m having Italian. Boys obviously love their meats and could never live with just the plain old tomato ones… so we had to order a chorizo one as well, which I do not like cause it has capsicums, olives and heaps of chili flakes ;( I love the pizzas here, and they’re wood fired ones from their in house oven!

Spaghetti Con Arragosta, RM 38

We then had the spaghetti to finish off, but nobody wanted to please Alfred’s choice of creamy-based pasta so we ordered the lobster spaghetti while he was busy chattering away..

All in all it was a good meal. If you’re ever craving Italian, you know where to go ๐Ÿ™‚ They have two branches, one at Jalan Ampang & the other at Damansara Heights. The one that I went to was the one at Damansara Heights cause it’s nearer to my place. It is at the back row, just behind OCBC bank & Victoria Station.

Opening Hours:
Lunch : 12.00pm-2.30pm
Dinner : 6.30pm-10.30pm

La Risata
128 Jalan Kasah,
Medan Damansara
03 2095 9572