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Taiping’s Koay Teow Doli is opening in KL

by The News Team, on Mon, April 06, 2009 - 2:09:23 AM, 1 comment
We heard through a trusted source that the famous Taiping Koay Teow Doli/Dolly is opening in Taman Tun Dr. Ismail sometime June this year. The exact location is not released yet but it is somewhere near where MOFAZ shop used to be (opposite the old CHOWRASTA site) . Koay Teow Doli started as a humble shop tens of years ago and was a must stop for foodie travellers traversing the town of Taiping. Since then, it has now grown to a two shoplot restaurant along Jalan Tupai. We will post more news as we get them.  Continue reading »

Where To Eat

Espressamente illy

by Adly, on Fri, April 03, 2009

"A great cuppa is always a good thing...."

I thought that Espressemente Illy was an experimentation by Illy to open a boutique café in KL as I have never seen any in my travels. However, they have over 140 franchises globally, including one in Pavillion a year back and another one in Bangsar Two, opened a couple of months ago. Although the company is family run, its global business now brings in more than half the revenue. It was less than 20% ten years ago.

Another fact worth noting was that it was Francesco Illy who invented the espresso, the steam driven coffee maker to replace the traditional Italian moca pots. If you think that Illy sells only coffee beans, there you go! Yet another fact is that unlike other coffee franchises that sells beans of all sorts such as Kenyan, Columbian and Blue Mountain, Illy’s coffee is actually a blend of 9 different coffee beans. Only the roasting method is different. So, there’s only Dark Roast, Medium Roast and Decaffeinated. You can actually buy the nitrogen packed grounded coffee beans at their cafes.   More »

Food Articles

The Authoritative Coffee: Part 2

by Nadge Ariffin, on Tue, March 31, 2009
Gastropology 101
Like it has been since the first cup ever brewed a thousand years ago, it starts with a sip. It has to be a sip, because unlike wine it would be hot. Even if it’s not, it still starts with a sip, because unlike tea for example it has an expectant bitterish taste and one does not want to overwhelm the tongue with a big gulp.

That, in just…   More »

Gastro News

Spice of India F1 Pit Stop Special

by The News Team, on Sat, March 28, 2009 - 12:25:41 AM, 1 comment
From the 1st to 5th of April, Spice of India @ Pavillion is offering a three course meal for just RM89++ per person. Start off with Subzi Samosa and Mulligatawny Soup (usually a soup with hints of curry that hails its origins during colonial times). For mains there's Chicken Tandoori, Rogan Josh and Bendi Masala with Chawal or fresh Naan bread.

The chicken tandoori waits patiently for hungry diners.

Then end the meal with cool Mango Kulfi. If you have an Enrich or Mastercard you can also get a complimentary Gulab Jamun with your meal. Amex holders will also get 10% off on ala carte meals from April to June at the Pavillion Outlet.

For reservations call 03- 2143 3669. Opening times 11.30am to 10.30pm  Continue reading »

Where To Eat

Restoran A. Hassan

by Honey, on Fri, March 27, 2009

"Oh, which one shall I attack first?"

“The sambal belacan here, boleh ternaik…” my friend licked her chops as we sat in A. Hassan. “I’m already salivating thinking about it”, she grins pleased with the fact she managed to drag me all the way to Taipan. What’s famous here is the ayam kampung goreng. “Must be freshly fried okay,” she eye-balls the waiter, “I want it hot”. It came so crackling hot to our table I think I might have burnt my fingers and tongue trying to eat it.

A. Hassan is your usual Malay eatery (Kelantanese in origin) where piles of dishes greet you the moment you enter. They have all sorts of ulams, meat and seafood dishes to be eaten with hot white rice. Try and contain your greed upon entry. Take a deep breath and ask for the fried chicken first before falling upon the rest of the dishes.

Right, the fried chicken. Like most ayam kampung goreng, it looks quite puny in comparison with your regular supermarket chook. And though it’s tastier than your average bland chicken, it’s usually a little stringy and muscular. However, here it’s also quite juicy. I like thighs because they are more succulent but even the breast here has tons of flavour and moistness.

We ordered kerutup daging- meat ground down in a spiced coconut gravy (sort of like a dry Kelantanese curry of sorts), pucuk paku, fried ikan bilis with nuts in a sticky sweet sauce, gulai ikan and fried beef in a strange pale peach gravy.

The kerutup was a bit disappointing- too salty but the ikan bilis is great! Reminds me a little of those kerepek you buy in packets at Kampung Baru that is covered with a sticky spicy sauce. You can just eat this like a snack without rice. The gulai ikan is mellow providing much needed gravy and mixed with the savoury paku (cooked with somekind of bean paste) is fabulous with rice.   More »

Food Articles

Know Your Lady’s Appetite

by Honey Ahmad, on Wed, March 25, 2009
More Food
Girls have their own appetites and lusts. Some girls need time, others are more likely to grab you. But even the most modern of us girls still deep down inside like to be wooed and wowed. We appreciate a touch of finesse in seduction and a guy that can take his time but also understands the thrill of desire. Just like you lot, we don’t like to second…   More »

Gastro News

Almost 25 million cans of condensed milk are sold per month says F&N Dairies!

by The News Team, on Wed, March 25, 2009 - 3:08:35 AM, 1 comment
F & N Dairies (M) Sdn. Bhd. revealed their new label design for its sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk range mid last week. The company is the market leader in the condensed milk category with about 60% share of the nation's market.

Answering a question from the FriedChillies News Team, Mr, Poh Eng Lip, General Manager of F & N Dairies says that this translates to approximately 520,000 cartons of condensed milk per month with each carton containing 48 individual tins or a whopping 24,960,000 tins per month!

Mr Poh added that their canned milk range has been specifically targeted at the beverage…  Continue reading »


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