Slap Bang in Bangsar Baru, there's a place that serves great Indian food at decent prices. I thought that they are new, just opened, 'baru buka' but no... they have been around for about 3 years now. What?! where have I been? How come I don't know about this place. Well, now I know... and so do you... So what's another Indian place then? Aren't they all the same?
Well, this place isn't. Firstly, they serve both Northern and Southern Indian food. Most of their cooking comes from village recipes brought in by chefs from India. The taste is almost as homemade as you can commercially pay for, they don't brag on their decor or service but they do stand by their cooking. Let's eat...
Start with pulka with the dhal palak. Pulka is like a mini chapati but fried straight on the flame. You have this nice fluffy piece of tortila like pancake that goes well with some thick dhal with pieces of spinach in it. It's also good with chicken amaravadhi, chicken cooked with a lot of spices, dried chillies and onions. Watch out, Indian Kitchen likes their chooks spicy... strong legs to kick your tastebuds with.... (Where's that water? sniff.. sniff..)
The roti romali is cooked on a sort of upside down wok. A lot bigger in size, this one is prepared like a pizza topping, with its UFO-like dough taking flight several times before hitting the rounded wok. Cooked crispy on the outside, its too big to fit a plate, so this roti is folded. What goes well with the roti, I hear you ask?
Introducing the South Indian Dish Gobi Chicken Varuval... loosely translated as dried cauliflower chicken. Chunks of chicken cooked with very little oil and lots of curry spices. This is a great dish to have with both pulka or romali. There is also a Mutton dish similar to the varuval but cooked with no oil! Crushed bones are fried over a high flame to provide the oil before a variety of curried spices and chillies are fried with it. This recipe, originating from the city of Andra has a nice spicy dark and dry curry taste and if you need your dish to be a bit wet, some palak paneer should do the trick. The Andra recipe is not on the menu, so if you order this dish, the waiter will think that you are a regular or a friend of Shiva, the owner.
I am sure that you know by now that the long awaited Proton Exora is now available for a test drive. From the reviews and comments buzzing around, a lot of people were impressed with this new Proton model.
Even paultan.org's review has been more positive about this new MPV compared to other earlier models. I'll leave the specs and technical 'ouhh ahhs' to the car websites, but do you know, in the front passenger seat, just beside the glove compartment box (which they have 2) there's this little hook that's can hold teh tarik bungkus! Very funnily clever...
It's on the Paul Tan site. The ones on the proton site sports a shopping bag tho. I thought that you guys would want to see it. What better way to call a family MPV malaysian than to design a collapsible hook that can hold a teh tarik bungkus... or two... Continue reading »
We stumbled upon this by accident. Our creative director alerted us to this cool game by U Mobile. Looks like some dexterity is required. Top scorers are awarded prizes every month. Grand prize is Sony PS3.
I had every intention of ordering as many chocolaty delights as my tummy would fill but those plans were slightly derailed when I saw the recession busting price of the high tea menu. It seemed almost too good to be true at RM35 (weekend price) for two with goodies such as cake, homemade chocolate ganache, fine tea biscuits, freshly baked scones, mini sandwiches and a choice of coffee or tea. The menu described it as ‘a true experience of Swiss high tea culture’ and I was eager to partake!
As we placed our order, the server led us to the glass casing holding gorgeous sculpted chocolates in exotic flavours. With so many to choose from it's almost impossible to decide on just three. We eventually settled on the raspberry wasabi, coconut curry and Szechuan pepper as they seemed like the most intriguing flavour pairings not to mention they looked like lovely little treasures.
Next we picked a slice of cake and decided to go with the Tropikana, a rich chocolate cake with fruit within the layers. In addition to the high tea menu we also ordered the chocolate chicken satay on the side as it’s one of the dishes I initially came here for.
Once we’re back at our table I dived for the raspberry wasabi ganache. Its pretty white chocolate exterior in the shape of a heart had me at hello. Once I took a bite, raspberry filled my senses and just as I was about to say that I couldn’t taste the wasabi it hit the back of my throat in a light punch. The coconut curry had a creamier texture but I had a bit of trouble picking out the distinct flavours and in the end it just tasted like very smooth creamy chocolate. The Szechuan pepper was interesting and the little hints of spicy pepper added an edge to the rich chocolate. The pepper doesn’t overpower but rather plays beautifully on the tongue simultaneously with the chocolate. All of this is lovely with a piping hot cup of aromatic coffee. More »
Malaysia, as everyone knows is a multi-racial country, but sadly now (more than ever), we feel the divide among us. As the economy worsens, as our national language seems to belong more to the Malays than any other race, and as it becomes increasingly common to find yourself seated next to a fellow Malaysian but being unable to speak the same language- we look more and more towards those Petronas Ads to believe that racial harmony is truly alive and kicking in our country.
But maybe the 'dream' isn't really that far off. To get a good dose of racial harmony, you only need to visit a place like Fatty Crab on a Saturday night and you will see all of us (with no prejudice whatsoever) jostling for a seat. It doesn't matter if you are Malay, Chinese, Indian or 'lain-lain', everyone loves a good makan spot.
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That's the great thing about our food, it transcends racial boundaries. We don't think about our 'racial bloodline' while tucking into a really delicious plate of Char Kuey Tiow. You can find almost every kind of food in big food courts like Hartamas Square; and even small, family run shops like Murni in SS2 and Village Park in Uptown caters to the gleeful glutton in all of us.
Malaysian food institutions also show true compromise, even when we (the 'rakyat') don't always do so.… Continue reading »
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