One of the best things about living in Kepong is that you will never need to travel out of town for steamboat. A steamboat restaurant can be found at every corner of this town and dozens of them can be found at Bandar Menjalara alone.
However, almost every one of them is Chinese hot pot styled so if you wanted something different like shabu shabu, your choices are extremely limited.
Luckily, Kuro Japanese Steamboat opened at Plaza Arkadia not long ago and it’s only a quick 10 minutes drive away. Price wise it’s alright because it’s a buffet which includes free flow of Haagen-Dazs ice cream.
The normal buffet package starts at RM54.90 for lunch and RM64.90 for dinner. For a more indulgent experience, you can opt for their Wagyu buffet – either RM128 for Australian Wagyu or RM338 for Japanese Wagyu. Currently, they are also having a promotion for the latter where the 2nd diner enjoys a 50% off the bill.
There are 6 types of soup available and you can pick any two of them. They are Kuro Broth (pork bone soup), Spicy Kuro Broth, Shabu-Shabu, Sukiyaki, Japanese Curry and Mala. During our visit, we picked their signature Kuro Broth and Sukiyaki – essentially one savory and the other being sweet to contrast the flavors.
Meat wise there are Kurobuta pork, Australian beef, Australian lamb, chicken, squid, dory fish slices and homemade seafood paste. Since we opted for the Japanese Wagyu buffet, all these meats and seafood are also included in the package. Here’s what you could expect for the same:
Japanese Wagyu – grade A5 and the marbling as you can see is excellent. They take only seconds to cook in the broth and tastes absolutely tender and wonderful, they just melt in your mouth.
Australian Wagyu – the marbling is not as intense but still highly enjoyable. If you are the kind of person who likes to have a little chew in your meat, I think you would prefer this to the Japanese version.
Kurobuta Pork Belly
Kurobuta Pork Shoulder
Kurobuta Pork Loin
Australian Beef Belly
Australian Beef Shoulder
Squid and Dory Fish – we have never been a fan of dory so this was probably the only item we did not refill.
Homemade paste – it tastes like a cross of fish and squid paste with a really nice texture. Highly recommended to try.
If for some reason you are bored of the premium meats, head to the common buffet spread with more than 30 kinds of meat balls, vegetables and noodles. Based on what we sampled, our favorites are the Ika ball, curry fish ball and mushroom ball.
There are plenty of sauces and condiments present too which lets you customize your very own dipping sauce. We didn’t experiment too much on this, since we found that a simple combination of soy sauce and chili garlic paste is good enough to pair with anything.
Haagen-Dazs ice cream is without a doubt a highlight of the buffet. There are multiple flavors to try and they all taste just so good. So it’s not surprising to see the customers actually attacking the ice cream first before they start enjoying their steamboat.
All in all, if you are looking for a good Japanese steamboat try, Kuro will not disappoint. The normal buffet is already good enough and worth the price you are paying for.
As for the Wagyu promo, you really gotta be able to eat a lot of it to make it worthwhile. The price might be a little high but definitely worth checking out if you just want to enjoy as much Japanese Wagyu as possible for a fixed price.
Kuro Japanese Steamboat
F-G-03, Plaza Arkadia
Desa Parkcity, 52200 Kuala Lumpur
11.30am – 3.30pm, 6pm – 11pm
Tel: 03-2778 4370
**Set lunch available from RM29.90
Throughout the month of Ramadan, McDonald’s Malaysia has launched two new menu offerings for its guests. If you are looking for a delicious, fulfilling meal to break fast (even at wee hours) during the month of Ramadan, this should interest you.
The two new exclusive offerings that customers can choose are – the all new Nasi McD and the Chicken Foldover which has returned.
The new Nasi McD is paired with spicy Ayam Goreng McD and served with an all new Curry Sauce that customers can add-on for a kuah banjir experience. The Chicken Foldover has a new spicy sauce and it’s still served with two pieces of grilled chicken patties, topped with fresh lettuce and tomatoes, wrapped in a warm toasted flatbread.
The Ramadan menu is sold throughout the month of Ramadan until 5 June 2019. The Sahur meal, which started on 6 May, saw McDonald’s extending selected Regular Menu items until 6am to cater to customers who are fasting. The Sahur menu includes the Nasi McD, Ayam Goreng McD, McChicken, Spicy Chicken McDeluxe, and Chicken McNuggets, which will be available to customers looking for a satisfying meal to bersahur with at McDonald’s.
Besides the two new menu mentioned above, you can also look forward to a range of desserts with Malaysians’ favorite flavors. McDonald’s is not only bringing back the D24 Durian McFlurry, they are also reintroducing the Banana Pie, with its aromatic banana filling in crisp pillow pie. It’s just the perfect item to break fast with.
For those who are always on the go, McDonald’s dessert menu line-up also includes the Sarsaparilla Cones and the new McCafe Ice Blended Ribena. The latter is also blended with strawberry sauce for a burst of fruity flavor. These will serve as sweet and refreshing ending to a satisfying meal.
If you haven’t downloaded the McDonald’s App, now there’s a good reason to do so. McDonald’s has also launched the “30-Days of Ramadan” promotion which is only available exclusively via the App.
The ’30-days, 30 deals’ offers special discount coupons that will be released on the App on a daily basis. Customers simply need to download the McDonald’s App from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store to enjoy these amazing discounts.
Besides being the first restaurant in KL to provide live tiger prawns to customers to catch and barbecue directly, Talaykrata Seafood BBQ is now also the first to offer seafood tabur buffet. If you don’t know what “seafood tabur” is, it’s just a localized version of Louisiana seafood boil. Watch how it’s served in the video here.
For RM68, you get to choose your seafood tabur in two sauces: Sambal Pedas or Buttermilk. You are given two hours to enjoy the meal which also includes free flow of Haagen Dazs ice cream, soft drinks and rice. With all things considered, this buffet is of good value and I highly recommend it.
The Sambal Pedas sauce is our favorite, as it’s truly spicy (but not punishingly hot) and appetizing. It just pairs well with the seafood and makes it irresistible not to eat with rice.
Buttermilk wise, it’s more suited for those who can’t handle spicy food. The sauce is rich and creamy and slightly sweet. The selection of seafood you get include tiger prawn, flower crab, mussel, lala and scallop. Sometimes there are squid or razor clams too, depending on the stock they have.
If you have been to Talaykrata Seafood BBQ before, you would know that the owners are very particular about the quality of seafood. One of the reasons is that they are from Sabah, where fresh seafood is in abundance. So they aim to provide a fresh and delicious experience to their customers as well.
After 3 months, there are some changes to their seafood BBQ’s starting set. Some items such as baby lobster, oysters and scallops with cheese mayo have been replaced with mud crab with roe and pen shell – a type of giant clam. Other popular items like giant fresh water prawn and giant scallop are still included in the set.
And of course, live tiger prawns are still being replenished frequently. This is one of the best things of eating here as compared to other places which also offer live prawns. As soon as the customers have finished catching he prawns from the ‘river’, the restaurant would refill them immediately.
So don’t worry about the restaurant being stingy about the live tiger prawns. Don’t need to be kiasu and just focus on enjoying the meal at your own pace.
The easiest way to look for this restaurant is by locating Papparich or Bestari Nasi Kandar in Publika. Talaykrata Seafood BBQ is located at the same row, but further down the shop lots towards Jalan Duta side.
Plaza Arkadia is the latest F&B spot in Desa Park City that has been well received by its residents and people who live nearby. Although it has plenty of drinking establishments, it’s still a family friendly place as most customers who patronize the place mainly come to hang out and mingle instead of getting drunk or wasted.
Despite the increasing number of restaurants available, not many of them specialize in desserts – except for Sinful Seafood & Desserts. Previously, Sinful only focused on desserts but they have also added seafood and other snacks into their menu.
So you can expect to have seafood combo (commonly known as shell out) for mains then followed by a range of desserts prepared with Belgian chocolate. For their seafood combo, they all come in sets which include free flow of side dishes such as potatoes, mashed potatoes, coleslaw and fragrant rice. 6 types of flavor are available: Sinful Signature, BBQ, Garlic, Spicy & Sour, Honey Mustard and Curry.
What makes their seafood combo different from the rest is that they have opted to substitute the usual mud or flower crabs with fried baby crabs. Personally, I think that’s a good idea because it’s a lot more convenient to enjoy – all you need to do is pop them in your mouth! They are simply marinated in salt and turmeric so they have a savory and appetizing taste, pairs well with rice.
Among the three sauces that we tried, Sinful Signature (just a bit spicy) and Honey Mustard are highly recommended especially the latter. The curry sauce did not taste like the local curry we have come to expect, but more like a Japanese curry.
As for the seafood’s freshness, it’s not the absolute freshest we have ever had, but decent enough to be enjoyable. We liked the white prawns the most, they are easy to peel, firm and sweet.
Dessert wise you won’t be disappointed with the ultra-chocolatey selections available. There are pancakes, crepes, waffles, cakes, fruits, sizzling brownies and others to choose from – all ranging between RM20 and RM30 a portion with portion size large enough to share among 2 to 3 pax.
For something truly special, try the Chocolate Magic Ball @ RM29.50. Just pour the hot chocolate on top of the white chocolate ball to reveal the fruits and chocolate fudge fillings inside.
The lunch sets here are only RM14 inclusive of a drink, choose between seafood or chicken wings with rice. Kinda cheap with all things considered especially the area you’re in.
Sinful Seafood & Desserts
Block Hutton, G-3A Plaza Arkadia
Jalan Intisari Perdana, Desa Park City, KL
11am – 11pm
Malaysians love to shop online, and when it comes to shopping online, there are various ways you can use to save you money. Every cent counts in this economy we are in currently. Also, time is money so you want to save money quickly too with the help of technology especially the Internet.
But of course, not everything about online shopping is good. There are issues like delay in delivery time, damaged goods upon arrival or worse still, the wrong items were sent to you! In this post, we look at the pros and cons of online shopping objectively.
The advantages of shopping online include:
The stores are almost open 24 hours, 365 days a year.
It is easy to compare prices of similar products.
Shoppers can shop from the comfort of their homes, even in their pajamas!
Save on petrol, toll and parking.
Don’t have to deal with aggressive sales people, great for introverts!
No crowd! You don’t even have to queue to pay at the cashier.
You can read hundreds and thousands genuine reviews online by other buyers before making an informed decision.
There are sites like ShopCoupons to help you get the latest coupon codes in a click of a button.
The disadvantages of shopping online are:
You don’t get to physically touch or inspect the item before purchasing it.
You don’t get to negotiate or haggle for a lower price with a real sales person.
Items ordered online may ship from overseas and may not be always in stock.
There’s a chance to be scammed by bogus online shopping sites that have ceased operations but still accessible online.
When there’s a problem, you don’t have a person to personal assist you.
Items bought and shipped online may look vastly different from advertised on the websites.
Online coupons may come with confusing terms and conditions and most of them are only applicable for first time customers.
Other Pros and Cons of Online Shopping
Pros: Many online stores sell products at really low prices because of the lack of overhead such as operating costs including rent, staffing, water, electricity and storage. A lot of these are at least partially taken into consideration for the final price of the products.
Cons: Online stores advertising free or cheap products will sometimes intentionally increase the cost of shipping so that they profit from the purchase. It’s not uncommon for shipping fee to cost more than the product itself!
The Bottom Line
Shoppers will save money and frustration by taking the time to learn the pros and cons of purchasing from both online and local stores. How repairs are handled on the products purchased is another important point to consider.
Most of the times, it’s easier to return a faulty product to the store for repair, rather than going through the trouble and expense of filling various forms and shipping it back through an online store. Happy shopping and it always pays to be an informed consumer!
The restoration of pre-war colonial shops in KL’s Chinatown/Petaling Street into stylish eateries, hostels and cocktail bars have reinvigorated this part of the city.
What used to be known as a place to shop for cheap knock offs is now more of a spot for youngsters and tourists alike to gather and enjoy a cuppa.
Oldies Cafe Bar is the latest establishment to join the collection of restaurants here. The premise that they are occupying currently was built in 1931 and it used to house the Selangor Grocers’ Guild. Interior wise, it’s spacious and warm and not as cluttered compared to the other cafes in the vicinity.
Like the name suggests, it’s also decorated with various collectibles and antiques from the past. Some notable items include the world’s first motorized bicycle and His Master’s Voice Gramophone. And oh, they play lots of oldies too.
Food wise, you can expect contemporary Western and Asian food such as steaks, seafood, pasta and local favorites. Very steakhouse like and different than the rest of the nearby establishments.
One of the reasons is because the head chef used to work at The Ship. If you have a keen observation you will notice the similarities in the plating and sauces served here as well.
Among the few dishes we tried, the Roasted Lamb Rack @ RM55.90 was our favorite. It features three pieces of extra large lamb cutlets that were expertly cooked, the meat is so tender!
There’s also a nice layer of fat which provides extra flavor. The portion of the meat and sides is satisfyingly large too and should be more than enough to fill up the average guy.
6 types of steaks are available – either charbroiled or served on a sizzling hot plate. And of course, as long as the steak is cooked to the right temperature (medium rare) it’s almost impossible to go wrong with it.
We picked the Rib Eye Steak @ RM53.90 with black pepper sauce and it was deliciously tender, pairs well with the sauce too! Not a fan of black pepper? Other options include garlic, wild mushroom, St. James, green pepper and Bombay sauce.
Oldies Mix Grilled @ RM42.90 combines beef, lamb, chicken, turkey bacon, sausage and fried egg in the same serving. It’s a great choice if you want to try everything.
Usually served in Korean or Japanese restaurants, Grilled Mackerel @ RM26.90 makes an appearance on the seafood menu. The flesh is rich in flavor on its own, moist and oily – apparent from the glossy appearance.
Unfortunately they ran out of the ‘Oldies’ sambal during our visit so we got Thai chili sauce instead. Not bad, but we think it would have tasted better with a spicy sambal.
After eating, you can proceed to the small patio for a drink – great for people watching and absorb the surrounding smell, sights and sounds too. Trust me, there’s plenty to see around here.
If you are a durian lover you may want to check out their Durian Latte @ RM12.90. It’s mixed with real Musang King flesh in powder form which is normally used for pastries. Because it’s Musang King, the durian aroma and flavor are strong. I would also recommend adding some syrup to accentuate the durian taste even more.
For traditional coffee lovers, the Shakerato @ RM11.90 will not disappoint. The chilled espresso has a thick froth after being shaken vigorously in a cocktail shaker.
Oldies Cafe Bar also serve lemonade, smoothies and a couple of mocktails – all reasonably priced and in line with most cafes in the city. Try the Mango Magic @ RM12.90, it’s a mix of blueberry, vanilla, sourmix and mango and packs a sweet flavorful punch. Perfect to sip on a hot afternoon.
Pak Tam Mee Udang - Best Mee Udang in Penang - YouTube
During my trip back to Penang for CNY celebrations last week, we went for a Mee Udang hunt. Reason being, there’s not a lot of Mee Udang in KL and even if there are, the taste is just isn’t same and not up to expectations.
Among the three that we tried, Pak Tam Mee Udang off a small Malay village in Teluk Kumbar gets our vote for being the best.
Not only their seafood was the freshest, the dining setting at Pak Tam Mee Udang is unmatched too. Imagine being seated on the seaside with an unobstructed view of the Malacca Straits, accompanied by gentle ocean breeze and the sound of the waves crashing on the beach.
You get all of this while enjoying savory and spicy seafood noodles, how do you top that? Better still, the food is affordable and you are not charged with ridiculous tourist pricing.
Since Pak Tam gets their seafood direct from the nearby fishermen at Sungai Batu, the prawns, squid and crabs served here are definitely fresher than what you get at the wet market.
Besides, they are perfectly cooked so they retain that delicious tender and succulent texture. The crab is so fresh, you can pull the flesh from the legs in one perfect piece, it just slides out effortlessly. So satisfying!
If you are here, there’s no reason not to try both Mee Kuah and Mee Goreng. I would suggest ordering a Mee Seafood (with kuah) @ RM20 and Mee Udang Goreng @ RM10.
The one with gravy has a spicy kick while the goreng version tastes slightly sweet, they are equally delicious.
With all things considered, I honestly think that Pak Tam Mee Udang is one of the best places to eat in Penang. They truly deserve it.
Pak Tam Mee Udang
Pantai Teluk Bayu, Teluk Kumbar, Penang
12pm – 7pm, closed on Thursdays
If you are not a Fave user yet, this Chinese New Year will be the perfect time to take the plunge, as they are giving first-timer Fave users 22% off on their purchase by using code “ENJOYCNY”.
It’s perfect if you are looking for a place to enjoy a meal with family, or to catch up with your friends over a cuppa during this festive season. In fact, I took my family to MQL Steamboat in Icon City recently for a pre-reunion dinner to experience steamed food with congee, something all of us never tried before.
The concept is all about steaming the freshest available raw ingredients using a high power electric steamer, which allows you to enjoy them at their original form and flavor.
The deal I bought was a seafood and meat combo for 4 people which includes a seabass, tiger prawns, scallops, chicken, chawan mushi, mushroom and vegetables.
For congee you can opt for minced pork, pumpkin, sweet potato, preserved egg, or even all of them if you want. Dried scallops are available at RM10, recommended as a natural alternative to MSG.
For voucher redemption, simply swipe when you are at the restaurant. Totally paperless and the other thing I really like is that a lot of these deals do not require reservations. Just walk in and enjoy when the mood to eat strikes.
Every ingredient requires different length to cook, all controlled by a timer. For example, prawns only need 3 minutes while fish takes 10 minutes.
A couple of seafood such as flower crab, NZ mussel and clam need to be booked ahead, otherwise the chances are you won’t be able to order them. Reason being, the seafood needs to be really fresh so booking is required so they could get the stock ready for you.
Among all the a la carte items we had, the tiger prawns, sea bass, dumpling, herbal chicken and pork ribs were all great – provided that you pick the right sauces to go with them.
They are pretty generous with the tiger prawns @ RM18, recommended and satisfying.
At the end of the meal when the congee has been cooked (from scratch) and absorbed all the essences and flavor of the steamed ingredients, it has become sweet and flavorful with an almost creamy consistency.
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I finally tasted 鹿角巷 The Alley‘s famous bubble tea. Sad to say I was not impressed by the service nor the taste. Maybe I went to the wrong branch, because it’s apparent that the outlets in Penang have a lot of bad reviews compared to those in KL. How bad? The review score is 2.9 (out of 5) for Icon City’s vs 4.8 for Kepong’s.
Icon City in Bukit Mertajam is now a hot spot for bubble tea, as there are about 4-5 of such shops just within walking distance to one another. And the most surprising thing? All of them are full with never-ending queues. I for one did not expect bubble tea to be so popular in my hometown.
They are not even cheap to begin with considering the average cup costs RM12++, a lot more than Tealive or Chatime’s prices.
Also, there’s a chance that your visit to The Alley will be in vain, as they might run out of brown sugar pearls and you will have to wait for an hour. FYI that actually happened to us.
If you don’t know yet, The Alley does not allow you to specify the sweetness or the amount of ice in their drinks. It sure makes ordering a lot simpler but not so great for those who prefer to customize their drinks.
I had their signature Brown Sugar Deerioca Milk @ RM12.90. The first sip I took when the straw was positioned at the bottom of the cup was wonderful. The intense aroma and sweet rush of the brown sugar was really something.
But after you stir the pearls and brown sugar around, the entire drink feels like a slightly sweetened milk – one that you could make yourself at home. Clearly, Cojiitii’s Fresh Milk series are the superior choice and not to mention cheaper too!
**This post was not made to discourage you from trying The Alley. If you are a first time customer like me, perhaps it’s best to avoid the branches in Penang try it in KL instead.
Valentine’s Day is drawing ever closer, if you still can’t decide where to take your Valentine for dinner on Feb 14, perhaps you could take this into consideration.
This year, the team at Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur will help you to impress your date with a classically romantic candle light dinner under the stars at THIRTY8.
Strategically located on the 38th floor and comprises of 360-degree view of the city skyline, THIRTY8 has the perfect setting and atmosphere for a romantic and memorable evening. I have been to a lot of restaurants, THIRTY8 is one of the few that truly awed us.
The 5-course dinner is available in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options @ RM680 nett per couple. Naturally, we opted for the latter.
Upon arrival, you will be served with a glass of Rose Fairy cocktail which is included in the dinner. FYI, Rose petals table decoration is optional and can be arranged upon request for an additional RM20.
Appetizer – Smoked Salmon Tartare with hibiscus powder and black sesame brittle. The classic combination of smoked salmon and caviar offers an intense flavors of savory and briny. The hibiscus powder added a subtle floral notes and a contrasting texture.
Soup – Crustacean’s bisque with papaya ravioli. The soup was extremely rich and satisfying and we loved the ravioli. The presentation could be better though, and I was told by the chef that he will be replacing the bowl with something more appealing.
Sorbet – Lemon grass with pineapple sorbet. After two heavy tasting dishes, this refreshing treat was great as a palate cleanser for the main course.
Main – Autralian Black Angus Beef tenderloin or Wok-fried Alaskan cod fillet. For the men, it’s a no brainer to go for the steak. Known as the tenderest muscle in beef, the tenderloin we had proved its reputation correct, simply delicious and satisfying.
It should also interest you that THIRTY8 sources their steaks from Stanbroke Farms in Australia. They produce happy cows which in return results in juicy and tender meat.
Compared to the steak, the cod fillet felt underwhelming in terms of portion size. So it’s much better suited for the ladies. Having said that, the taste did not disappoint at all. The Kung Pao sauce added a nice oriental touch to the sweet and delicate fish.
Dessert – White chocolate and raspberry jelly parfait. If you are not full by the 4th course, rest assured that this dessert will do the job.
The 2-hours Valentine’s Dinner will be available for 3 days from 14 Feb to 16 Feb 2019. First seating is at 6pm while the second seating is at 8.30pm. Call THIRTY8 at 03-2182 1233 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org to make a dining reservation.
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
12, Jalan Pinang, 50450 KL