Archive for April, 2007

Hong Kong Kim Gary Restaurant

April 5, 2007

Kim Gary Restaurant is a Hong Kong-style eating outlet and has a chain of restaurants around Asia. My first Kim Gary experience was at Gurney Plaza, Penang. And the Kim Gary experiences after that were all in KL – Sunway Pyramid, Sg. Wang, Mid Valley, The Curve.

The restaurant is always packed especially during lunch hour, high-tea, late evening tea, dinner time and even supper. You have to know the best time to have your meal here so that you do not have to queue up for your seat. Well, this is a good place for you to hang out with your friends for some juicy gossips and catch-ups.

Its Ying Yong is the signature drink here (even though some would opt for its HK Milk Tea)

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I never failed to have the ying yong every time I dine here. You can have it either hot or cold according to your preference but my vote will go to the cold one. Someone actually had 2 glasses of cold ying yong while having dinner here. A marriage between coffee and milk tea (as I was told) brings out the special taste that I couldn’t quite describe here. You can actually see the unstirred fresh milk they added into the ying yong when it arrived at our table. The ying yong not only quenches your thirst after that shopping marathon but also satisfying with every sip.

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The FRENCH TOAST never failed to disappoint me each time I visited Kim Gary. I was introduced to this fantastic dish since my first Kim Gary experience in Penang and have been hooked ever since.

It is always served hot and fresh from the stove. The slices of bread are dipped in egg and fried to perfect golden brown. This uber sinful dish would definitely left an unforgetable memory on your palate. French Toast is served with an appropriate amount of honey spread all over it. Not forgetting the huge chunk of melting butter on top of the succulent toast.

You wouldn’t resist to savour the aromatic dish right there and then. With the knife on your right hand and a fork on your left, you slice into your toast. Peanut butter and more butter are revealed. Two thumbs up for the chef who is not kiamsiap with the amount of peanut butter and butter inside the toast. Peanut butter and butter with healthy, rather sinful, amount of honey taken with toast is heavenly. Perfect for tea time with a tall glass of ying yong.

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Luxurious Dim Sum Treat

April 4, 2007

If you have actually gone to Genting Highland (not those who went there to gamble) and loiter around, cam-whoring like there’s no tomorrow at the First World Hotel area, you’d come across this high class restaurant:

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Restoran Ah Yat Abalone Forum

This is how the inside of the restaurant looks like:

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Almost everything in the restaurant is white – the tablecloth, the chair, the wall, the lighting, the spoon, chopsticks, plates, etc and it looks very clean. It gives me a serene feeling while I enjoyed my dim sum.

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I remember blogging about dim sum in my very first post which was a halal feast. However, this time, I was spoilt for taste with the real non-halal dim sum and this are what dim sum supposed to taste like.

First and foremost, this came first:

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The TURNIP CAKE which was pan-fried to be crispy on the outside and soft on the inside must be taken while it was still hot to tempt your tastebuds to crave for more.

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The Mini EGG TART. They looked as mini as the name indicated on the menu. Freshly baked and served to you right away. The taste is marvellous! Not too sweet, not too fulfilling and no, you won’t get too full after only 1 tart. The tart, man, so crispy and crunchy that I’m practically wiping away my saliva while typing this. LOL!

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PORK ROLLED IN BEANCURD SKIN. The thin beancurd skin looks so tempting, isn’t it? Wait till you bite into the beancurd. The springy sensation on your teeth is there to ensure you that you won’t regret your every bite. You will then bite into the crunchiness of the vegetables in the rolls. That’s when the aromatic taste of pork blends in. Dip into the sticky sauce and savour it with like there’s no tomorrow. The porky inside will eventually make you smarter (especially for those like me who are ‘imprisoned’ in an anti-porky territory and you can actually feel your brain depleting).

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DEEP FRIED YAM WITH PORK. This looks tempting even from the picture. The taste is beyond description when you first bite into it and you’d think that you are in heaven. This is one heck of a deep fried yam that you should not miss. You got to taste it to understand what I meant. This dish is simply delicious. I could not find any word to describe it.

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As I’ve said earlier, your dim sum is not complete without the HAR KAU. And this har kau is made to perfection with its transparent skin and the fresh prawn trapped inside with a little bit of tender pork. Nothing can beat fresh prawns in har kau. Well, need I say more?

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I also said that SIO BEE or SIU MAI always come together with har kau and your meal is not complete without sio bee either. Pork sio bee remains the top of the chart. Nothing can beat the pork especially the tender pork. The orange thingy on top of the sio bee is not the usual carrot. Those are salmon’s egg, the ones you have on the sushi. Simply delicious!

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PORK IN RICE ROLL. I only had slight idea of how and what rice sheet s until then. With bits of pork inside the rolls, the taste is superb when taken with the aromatic sauce that you’d even think of licking the plate clean when no one is looking. LOL!!!

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Last but not least, and one of the best, the SHARK FIN SIO BEE contained shark fin, of course! Dip into the belacan sauce in the picture and savour it with great gusto. You’d think that there will be no more tomorrow.

Dim sum here is of course better than the dim sum I took at the JW Mariot at Bukit Bintang because of the porky element. And the belacan sauce here at Ah Yat is indeed more aromatic and yummier then the JW Mariot one. We had 3 servings of belacan with all the dim sum above.

The service they have here is as high class as the restaurant. I was treated like a queen all the time I was in the restaurant (indeed, I am, The Glutton Queen…LOL!!!)

Damage done: Less than RM70

Best in Ipoh

April 3, 2007

No, you do not have to own a hot Lamborghini and a chain of Hilton hotels to get me into promoting you in here. All you have to do is knowing the right way and right time to BRIBE me. Some people need no effort in doing that but a lot will have some practice to do.

On my way back from Cyberjaya to UUM, we, the UUM debators were bribed big time with dinner in Ipoh.

We were served:
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The delicious NASI MINYAK. You won’t be satisfied with only one serving of that. If you think that this is not enough, do not think again because there were some other accompanying dishes to spoil us for our taste.
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The CHICKEN CURRY. The best I’ve eaten so far. The gravy is so thick and aromatic, with the perfectly cooked chicken and potatoes, that this dish is best taken with the nasi minyak or even with plain rice. I can virtually taste it in my mouth (taken with BARIO rice from Sarawak) while typing this.
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Do not be deceived by the simplicity of this vegetable. The one chewed by Bugs Bunny and the white flower-like vege which I suddenly forgotten the name, were just fresh. We couldn’t find these in UUM. Even if we do, the colour and structure of these vegetables are so mutated that they are beyond recognition. (I am not kidding!)
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Indian and DHAL are inseparable like music and melody. Excuse my French, I suck making up metaphors. Well, the dhal here taste so wonderful that one of us actually refilled her rice 3 times! (Not me, I dig curry!) This dhal is purely vegetarian. And it tasted better than the non-vegetarian ones!
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I’ve never savoured RASSAM before and before I took them, I was told that this is something like a tomato soup. When I tasted it, it was as though I was having an orgasm! Sour and aromatic! This soup is simply to-die-for! I am seriously craving for it when typing this!

The man and woman behind all these yummylicious food are none other than:
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My fellow debator, Habibah (in brown)’s parents (in white and red respectively). The two guys behind are her brothers. Habibah’s parents, indeed, cook the best halal food in town. I am so going to visit them again if I drop by Ipoh. Thank you Habibah for the great dinner. Thank you Uncle and Auntie, you are the best cook! Next time I’m going to taste something else.

Just in case I forgot how the shop looks like, here’s a picture I took:
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But I cannot remember the exact address or landmark around this place.