Friday, June 23, 2017

Ebeneezer's Revisited and Discovering new favorites

We used to go to Hong Kong every June, because Sof and I used to enjoy the same June 24 Holiday. Me because our office used to be located in Manila, and the 24th of June is Manila Day, Sof because there are no classes for San Juan on the 24th of June because they celebrate the feast of St. John the Baptist with a Water Festival and they wet anyone walking around San Juan on this day (exaggeration of course).

Good thing, we had more than our fill of Hong Kong when we went for Timmy's birthday and I celebrated my birthday there. Among our favorites (first meal always in fact, since we arrive around midnight) is Ebeneezer's! Though this time around we happened to discover new favorites.

The Roast Lamb on fries, Hummus and Garlic Roti are
all clear winners.

Actually anything with their flavorful lamb and green sauce is a winner.
The fries just make them so much better.

We asked them to set aside a few fries without topping for
Fi but they generously gave her one whole order for free.

Van who allegedly wasn't hungry still managed for finish the Roast Lamb
with Rice, and he didn't even offer us! Hahaha.

I think the hummus and breads are all new to the menu.

The Garlic Butter Naan was yummy too. Good thing we decided to add
this, because it was still all gone even if it arrived much later.

Good job Ebeneezer's with your menu expansion. Also loving your new bigger and brighter location on Prat. just saying.

6-8A Prat Avenue
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Hong Kong

Friday, June 16, 2017

KL eats

Been several months since I was last in KL, but since I'm cleaning my To Blog About folder, here are some places I tried and enjoyed the last time I was there for work.

SOULed Out 
The place was semi-outdoor/ open air serving a fusion of western and local dishes.

Carbonara and the giant bread stick
***oops, I didn't realize I had no photos of the other dishes we tried.

Dessert to share
The team after a hard day's work.

I loved the old school/ retro feel of this local restaurant.

I'm not really sure what we ordered but we had a Laksa to share, some fried rice and toppings, fried squid rings and a deconstructed local noodle dish that was really good.
This is the deconstructed noodle dish that is so yummy.
The broth is on the sour side, and it comes with fried
chicken bits and scrambled egg.
The plum iced tea is good.
This is what I mean by old school. Complete
with iced gems. Blast from the past in a charming way.

Paramount Hawker
Then I also got to try where the locals eat, with yummy Char Kway Teow, Beef Noodle and some rice rolls. Unfortunately there were just 2 of us so we couldn't order more.

Now I know the secret to eating well in Malaysia is similar to India. Your friends need to take you to places they know you'll like. Such a big difference when we had to fend for ourselves when we went for an audit, but we may not have been very welcome. Thanks Jul for always feeding me well. just saying.

SOULed Out Bangsar South
No. 7 G-11&12, Nexus Bangsar South, 
Jalan Kerinchi, Bangsar South, 
59200 Kuala Lumpur, 
Wilayah Persekutuan 
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Bangsar Village, G6, Ground Floor, 1, 
No Satu,, 1, Jalan Telawi 1, 
Bangsar Baru, 
59100 Kuala Lumpur, 
Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, 

Paramount Hawker
Jalan 20/14, Taman Paramount, 
46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Brunch Society in Yangon

One of my must visit places in Yangon, si Bogyoke Market to shop for jewels. You can read my post on that here. But since surprisingly traffic is really bad in Yangon, and shops at Bogyoke normally close early, our friends recommend that it would be best to eat a late lunch nearby before we go to the Market to shop.

The place they recommended near the Bogyoke Market is Brunch Society and we really enjoyed it.
Unfortunately, I only have very little photos, but you can take my word for it.

Salad and Bacon Mushroom Skewers to start

I ordered Eggs Benedict, my favorite order for brunch, but this one was a bit
weird with the onions and pepper that topped the sauce.

What I remember though is their three course lunch sets were really good value that came out to around US$12 per person. Order the Risotto, Seabass and the Burger. I remember bumming food from other people that was really yummy, I can't wait to go back so I can order the good stuff for myself, before shopping at Bogyoke market of course. just saying.

Brunch Society
Ground, Sule Plaza, 
143,149, Sule Pagoda, 
Yangon, Myanmar

Friday, June 2, 2017

Kam's Roast in Singapore

I've heard about Kam's Roast, but ironically, I tried it in Singapore, and not Hong Kong, where it originates from, and due to some import regulations, they are only allowed to sell Roast Duck in Singapore.
Fine with me. I love Roast Duck.

Kam's Roast in Singapore is at Pacific Plaza on Scott's Road.
There normally is a queue for lunch, but good thing my friend Anson arrived
earlier enough to queue for us and secure our table. 
Anson ordered the soup, which he loves in Hong Kong, but I wasn't
really a fan.
We also ordered BBQ Pork Char Siew, which I found ok.
It was so fat, though, I had to scrape it off while leaving the yummy
caramelized stuff. 

Now the duck... this I really enjoyed. Especially since you can ask for the
Ginger Sauce that they serve in HK Roast places.

I haven't really decided if I prefer this to London Fat Duck, but I guess it doesn't really matter. I can just go to the more convenient one, but next time I will just order the duck. 

Thanks Anson for introducing me to another great discovery in Singapore (and for lining up for us too while I was busy getting lost). just saying.

Kam's Roast Singapore
9 Scotts Road #01-04, 
Singapore 228210

Friday, May 26, 2017

Cafe de SeOUL in Yangon

I haven't had a chance to blog about all the places I enjoyed during my last trip to Myanmar, so I'm trying to work through my list now and one place I'd like to write about is Cafe del Seoul.

It's a place that mixes both hipster vibe and fusion comfort food. 

We ordered the Carbonara, and they truly get points for creative plating.

It didn't just look nice, it tasted good too.

Since it's a fusion place, you can't miss their Korean Fried Wings, which
comes with potato wedges.

But another must order is their Truffle Fries (Wedges)!

This was the first meal Sam and I had during our trip last year, and we really
enjoyed it.

I love how internationally open Yangon has been. You can include Cafe del Seoul in your must visit places in Yangon if you want a fix of western fusion comfort food. just saying.

Cafe del SeOUL
24/1 Pyay Road, 7 Mile, 
Mayangone Township, 
Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

Phone: +95 9 971 993711
Open Daily 11am-12midnight

Friday, May 19, 2017

Tien Ma - Yummy Taiwanese Food for a Steal

I love discovering new places in the Libis Area, especially since this is as far as I go when I need to drive myself. One of the new places we like is Tien Ma, a place that offers Taiwanese Home Cooked food at really affordable prices.

Tien Ma is located outside Eastwood, in the very first
location of Starbucks in Libis 15 years or more ago.

Tien Ma has a lot of dishes on their menu, but they are famous for their Xiao Long Bao, which at Php200 is a steal. Just take note, according to my dad, it's not as good as Din Tai Fung, and he's probably right, but at a fraction of the cost, I think it qualifies as good.

One thing I observed from our first visit, is it seemed that there was no dish above Php200 on the menu. Since it seemed on the cheap size, I remember ordering almost everything on it. Hahaha, and surprisingly the servings were quite big,
They also have Truffle Xiao Long Bao for Php240
but I'm happy enough sticking to the regular one.
(Sorry, no photo of that)

I love their Pork Intestine Misua. It's a steal for Php60.
And it saves me the plane fair of going to Taiwan for my
Pork Intestine Misua fix.

The Pork Chop is prominently featured in their posters,
and it was a shock to see it came with 2 generous chops,
with either Mince Pork Rice or Noodles. 

Sadly, it wasn't very good. Just stick to Din Tai Fung if you have a
pork chop rice craving.
What they have that's really good though is the Stewed Pork (Php200)
which is excellent with Cua Pao Bread (Php150). It's actually just the
bread that I think is expensive, but Sofia likes it, it's really yummy so it's fine.
Melt in your Mouth. 

I didn't really plan to blog about the place when I first visited so I don't have more photos. I remember their Hot Prawn Salad was good, but their fried dumplings (which was recommended in a lot of the reviews I read) were definitely not worth ordering again.

It's best to come in a big group, because when I come alone (hahaha, yes, when I have a misua craving), I need to decide if I want Xiao Long Pao, or the Stewed Pork and Cua Pao Buns because I definitely can't eat them all, even if I wanted too. just saying.

Tien Ma's Taiwanese Cuisine
184 Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Ave, 
Bagumbayan, Quezon City, 
Metro Manila

Friday, May 12, 2017

CUT by Wolfgang Puck in Marina Bay Sands

I love impromptu meet-ups, and that is exactly how I got to try CUT by Wolfgang Puck on one of my work trips last year. Reservations are required though, so if you want to pull this off, be ready to have dinner at 9:30pm or 10:00pm. Definitely do-able if you're flying in from somewhere else in time for dinner.

Thanks to the power of social media, Angge and I discovered we would both be in Singapore at the same time, and what better way to catch up than over a late dinner. She initially suggested eating at the hotel, but in Singapore where there are so many places to choose from, I asked if there was anything else she wanted to try and she mentioned CUT, which I also have never tried, so I was willing to give it a go.

I remember calling CUT from the Singapore Airlines Lounge in KL and asking for a last minute dinner reservation. They said they could only accommodate at 9:30pm or so but since I wasn't even in Singapore, it was perfect. They even asked if we were celebrating something and we were... Angge's birthday dinner... though it just so happened to be a week late, but her birthday dinner no less. 

The timing was just right. It gave me enough time to check into the hotel, and search reviews for what to order, while Angge was shopping.

The bread not only looked nice, it was yummy too. But I guess that's what you get for eating close to 10:00pm... very hungry.
They also walk around with a bread basket in addition to what is served on
the table.

Angge and I ordered a steak to share and two sides, creamed spinach with organic egg and mac and cheese.
The steak was yummy, perfectly charred outside and pink on the inside.
It's just a bit weird that they served the steak as two pieces, probably
equally dividing the lean and the fat part is my guess.

Both our sides were rich, but I wouldn't have it any other way, though if you were a bigger group, you could probably order something else for assortment.

The service was excellent. We were offered dessert, but the server whispered to me that we didn't need to order anything if we didn't like anything on the menu as they were coming around with something for the birthday celebrant.

Happy Happy Bithday Angge!!!
Thanks for the friendship :)

I know this is many many months late, but then,
you can also count it as early for this year.

I also found the prices in CUT to be reasonable, as they do not discourage guests from sharing since their servings are big anyway. And I really love how well trained they are to celebrate with you which they inquire about when you make your reservation. I can't wait to go back. I just need to have a reason to celebrate so I get free dessert again. just saying.

CUT by Wolfgang Puck
B1-71, Galleria Level
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands 
(next to the Theatre)
Only open for dinner 5:30pm - midnight