Monday, August 29, 2011

Goku Raku Ramen @ Mid Valley Megamall

Fancy some piping hot and wholesome bowl of ramen? Head over to Gokuraku Ramen which the newly established ramen shop in Mid Valley to satisfy your cravings.

The Menu

Table setting

They offer 2 types of soup base which is Tonkotsu (by boiling pork marrow bones) and Gokuraku (by boiling pork marrow bones, chicken and fish together). The soup base is really flavourful because they boiled it for 48 hours.

For ramen, there are 2 types as well which is the thin and thick noodle. Thin ones will accompany Tonkatsu which the soup texture is lighter. Thick noodles will be matched with Gokuraku soup base which is with a thicker texture.

Nitamago Tonkotsu (RM17.90)

Kuro Tonkotsu (RM17.90)

Gokuraku Ramen (RM19.90)
Ultimate Tonkotsu (RM20.90)

The usual accompaniments would be black fungus, spring onion, bamboo shoot, cabbage and seaweed.

The ramen made from high density flour has a springy texture and keeps me wanting to chew more. Simply can't resist slurping the ramen, chewing it and have a sip of the soup base together. The portion of ramen was very filling.

I love how they serve the egg which has a soft gooey texture of egg yolk being different from other ramen restaurants. It was adequately flavoured too. Not too salty from the soya sauce.

Both types of soup bases tasted genuine from the long hours of boiling. Gokuraku soup base has a thicker texture as it is boiled with 3 ingredients mentioned above. But we felt thirsty after meal wondering it might be the MSG added to the soup.

Holding a private party? Fret not as there is a private section as a venue for your event.

Goku Raku Ramen
Lot S-025 & S-026, Level 2,
Mid Valley Megamall,
Lingkaran Syed Putra,
59200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03 2282 3924 / 012- 377 8927 (Mobile)

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Friday, August 19, 2011

5UKM Gathering @ Kai Zen Japanese Restaurant

This will be my second favourite Japanese Restaurant so far on my list =D Recently we had a gathering session at the restaurant. Nice to see my high schoolmates and EST teacher, Puan Juliet again.

Hot Japanese Green Tea
Unagi roll that is included in one of the set meals

Chicken Teriyaki
Salmon Sashimi and Fried Chicken Set. Comes with Miso Soup.
My choice of set that includes Ramen (picture below), California Roll, Gyoza (Japanese dumplings), Tuna Salad, and Green Tea. Price is around RM25 which I find quite reasonable. Overall taste was decent and up to par.

Complimentary watermelon slices after meal

Crazy and funny bunch of guys XD

Gotta miss some of them so much as they are going to local universities in different states to further their studies after STPM. All the best in your future undertakings. Looking forward to the next gathering session with you guys =)

Kai Zen Japanese Restaurant

No. 30 Jalan Puteri 2/4
Bandar Puteri Puchong

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Village Park Nasi Lemak @ Damansara Uptown

I love to try out food/drinks no matter new in the market or has been long established whenever I hear or read about it from people. Being a little adventurous in food hunting can be rewarding or dissapointing sometimes. I usually suggest the places to my mum and mostly she will be my partner cum driver when it comes to food hunt =D

Our destination of most recent food hunt- the famous Village Park Nasi Lemak. Have been reading so many reviews about it and mostly are good comments. Looks like I'm slowpoke food lover =_=

We reached there at about 1 pm and the place is almost packed with people. We were lucky enough to have the last table available. The staffs are pretty attentive in taking orders. But my mum chose to queue up.

Nasi Lemak with Chicken Rendang. The gravy was flavourful packing fragrant spices. A bit oily but overall it has pleasant aftertaste when combined with the succulent chicken drumstick .

Nasi lemak was not lemak enough due to lack of coconut, hence not fragrant enough. It was a dissapointment. The texture of the rice was fluffy though. The taste of sambal was a balance of sweet and savoury taste but it's not the best that we had. Again, it was kinda oily. Price: RM7.70

Now, the famous fried chicken which many people have been discussing about. I find it so-so only (not the best that we had), no doubt the skin was crispy enough and marination was done quite well, the meat was a bit dry for me. It looks like a huge piece of chicken but it lacked of meat. Nasi Lemak with Fried Chicken, RM 7.20

Based on the price, what I can say is what you pay is what you get. I don't mind paying more for Uncle Lim's Nasi Lemak with Fried Chicken (sorry no picture yet) which I think taste much more satisfying than this. Same goes to mum.

But then again, if you happen to be around Damansara Uptown area, no harm trying it ;)

Village Park Restaurant

5, Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: 03-7710-7860

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Jia En's 20th

The guys came up with this amazing idea for her birthday present. A jigsaw puzzle with the photos of us together, filled with happy moments together during hiking trip, Pulau Tioman trip, outing to KL and buffet session. She liked it very much and she didn't expect this cuz she doesn't know that we can read her mind! =P
Awww such a sweet girl! ;)
Most of them are in their last semester of Uni already. Will miss them so much when they are going out to work T_T Thank you guys for making my uni life colorful and awesome. Good luck in ACCA!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Ramadhan Buffet @ Holiday Villa Subang Jaya

Last Wednesday I was invited by Thristhan along with other bloggers to attend the buffet session. Thank you so much for the invitation =)

I was amazed by the 270+ types of delicacies served. Such a wide selection that I do not know where to start!
Let's start the meal with piping hot sup daging. Received comments that the soup is flavourful. Dip some bread provided with the soup would be perfect.

Salad with nutritional vegetables

Popia stuffed with cucumber and carrot, spreaded with sweet sauce. Light and healthy.

The very traditional Malay dish, Beef Rendang.

Curry Chicken

Some dish consists of fish.

Fresh oysters. Finished taken up by guests pretty fast. Be fast to grab the oysters before the tray is empty ;)

Fried Kuey Teow

Fried vegetables including cauliflower, brocolli, carrots and mushrooms. This was well seasoned and the crunchy texture still remains.

Nasi Briyani Kambing

Ayam rendang and meat floss accompanied by nasi kunyit. The rice was not too oily and soft enough.

Grilled items such as ikan bakar, otak-otak and ayam bakar. They served satay ayam and beef satay too which are fragrant from its marinade. The meat was a bit too dry for my liking. They have a live grill station grilling the food from time to time to ensure fresh food is served.

You can find Italian dishes here which is Spaghetti Carbonara and Penne with tomato based sauce. The texture of cream sauce was just nice and tomato sauce is appetizing with tangy flavours. Powdered parmesan cheese and parsley was provided to add more flavours to your pastas.

Fried prawns in spicy sauce

Fried calamari rings with dried chillies
Chicken kebab. I enjoyed this very much as the tender chicken meat was spreaded with combination of appetizing sauces. Having together with soft pita bread is just so yummy.
Japanese delights which is one of my favourites were also served. Sushi and california roll tasted decent. Varieties of tempuras such as prawn, calamari rings and brinjals were evenly coated with batter, deep fried till golden brown and tasted not too greasy.
Indian cuisine ranging from chapati, roti canai, roti jala and murtabak were served with curries. Texture of dough was alright.
Five types of broths for Mee Rebus, Prawn Noodles, Curry Laksa, Assam Laksa and other were served. I am totally spoilt by the choices as all of them is callling at me to try them. The gravy for mee rebus has a balance of sweet and savoury taste. Thumbs up!
Choose the condiments to go with your choice of noodles below =)

Noodle for Asam Laksa, Mihun, Kuey Teow and Yellow Noodles.

Various crackers such as muruku, papadam and potato crackers. Light and crunchy as a snack in between.
Few types of drinks are provided such as Bandung, Air Sirap with bits of watermelon pieces, Soya Bean and even Teh Tarik.
Cakes and Kuih Muih. The bread and butter pudding with sweet white sauce is a signature dessert of Holiday Villa making it a popular dessert.

Who doesn't love ice-cream? =P Put some condiments to add flavours and texture to your ice cream. The chocolate flavoured ones was all finished up before I had a chance to take it XD
You can visit some stalls located outside the restaurant selling Raya cookies and Baju Raya.
RM 77++ (Adult)
RM 57++ (Children)

Currently they are having promotion for last 3 days of the Ramadhan month. You can get 50% Discount off for your total bill!

For enquiries and reservations, do not hesitate to contact 03-5633 8788

Holiday Villa Hotel & Resort Suites in Subang
9, Jalan SS 12/1, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.

Selamat Menyambut Bulan Ramadhan to all my Muslim friends! =)
Photo credits to Kian Fai