Archive for February, 2009
It’s a shame that I have been working in Cyberjaya for over a year and I have yet to post any food in this area. Well, to be honest there are not many great restaurants nearby. The good ones would be expensive or too far for a typical working day’s lunch or dinner. I only allocate RM5 to RM7 for a meal you know? It seems a lot but actually it’s just enough to buy yourself a decent, edible meal in Cyberjaya. Then I found Saba, a restaurant serving Middle Eastern food.
Starting with the nicest of all the food I have had before at Saba – Lamb Tikka Rice @ RM15. A plate of rice cooked using spices served with flavorful cuts of lamb which were first marinated with yogurt and spices. I don’t know what were those placed on top of the rice but I didn’t like it because they tasted sourish.
If you look carefully at the next dishes, the rice used in Middle Eastern cuisine has a slimmer and longer shape. The rice was so skillfully cooked that each grain was separated from each other completely!
Followed by Lamb Kebab Rice @ RM12. The difference between this and Lamb Tikka is obviously the lamb – which was grilled on a skewer instead. The only reason this dish lost out to Lamb Tikka was because the meat was too dry and lacked flavor if compared to Lamb Tikka. Don’t misunderstand though, I am not saying Saba’s Lamb Kebab is bad, just that their Lamb Tikka is too good hence making the rest seem so so. Another lamb dish I tried was Lamb Kabsah @ RM15 which was lamb wrapped in aluminum foil and pressure cooked with herbs.
If you don’t like lamb, you could opt for Chicken Kebab instead @ RM9/10.. can’t really remember. Oh you can choose between rice and pita bread for any kebab set too. Like for this one, the Chicken Kebab was served with pita bread so it came with some extra fries and sauce. I feel pita bread is more suitable for girls because the portion of rice served is very big.
The curry mee at Taman Bukit‘s hawker centre is one of the most popular in Bukit Mertajam. If you want to taste one of the finest curry mee sold in Bukit Mertajam in the morning, I would recommend you this stall. For night ones, Taman Sri Rambai‘s hawker centre would be the one to look for. I remembered the last time I went it was during my high school days, and I am glad to say the taste is still being maintained and reasonably priced @ RM2.50 per bowl.
I was already craving for curry mee like mad when I last went back hometown during the last Chinese New Year. So, on the 4th day of CNY I got up early and had my cravings satisfied. Being one of the two stalls only open that day, business was super brisk. Some people even took away twenty packets of curry mee at one go! Even so, my order came rather quickly. Quite impressed with their ability to remember the orders so clearly in such a busy session.
Few days ago I had an invited dinner at Schokolart, a restaurant and lounge specializing in hand-made Swiss chocolate and chocolate inspired cuisines. Now who would say no to chocolate, lol. Like a popular quote goes, “9 out of 10 people like chocolate. The 10th person always lies”. Even the restaurant’s unique and catchy name, Schokolart is spelled to to sound like chocolate with an emphasis on the word ‘art’.
After being briefed on the food Schokolart‘s menu had to offer, we started off with two drinks that came highly recommended. The drink in front is Chocolate Almond Kiss, a concoction of Frangelico (a hazelnut and herb-flavoured liqueur), Chocolate Ice Cream and Vodka @ RM28. Even though I am not a drinker, I found the taste somewhat resembling Bailey’s Irish Cream (the only liqueur I have ever had) but more chocolatey.
The other drink we had was Schokolart’s signature shake – Soulmates @ RM16.90. Soulmates is prepared by blending dark chocolate ice-cream together with peanut butter then topped with whipped cream. I liked this chocolatey and peanut buttery drink a lot because it was sweet and had a right consistency. To differentiate the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks in Schokolart is simple, those that come in hurricane glasses are alcohol free.
Pumpkin Dreams @ RM9.90 was another recommended dish, basically pumpkin soup topped with melted cheese and served with herb croutons. The soup was smooth and thick and tasted great, just like how a good soup should be. Some grated ginger was also present in the soup, giving a hint of spiciness and warm feeling to your stomach.
Next was our main course – De La Mer, a dish consisting of pan fried salmon fillet and Swiss Roesti served with special Hollandaise-wasabi sauce. In this dish alone there were two new things to me: Roesti and Hollandaise sauce. An explanation ensued and it seems that Roesti is potato pancake and is considered as a national dish in Switzerland. Hollandaise sauce on the other hand is a French sauce made using butter, egg and lemon juice that is usually served on asparagus (where the salmon fillets are sitting on).
On my last Port Dickson trip, I searched everywhere to get info for the best place to have breakfast in Port Dickson because the hotel package we took did not include breakfast. The conclusion of my research was that everyone who visited Port Dickson before highly recommended PD Eating Point for their popular Western breakfast set.
Not wanting to take risk, we followed their advice and had the same breakfast at PD Eating Point just like they did.
This is the famous Western breakfast set at PD Eating Point, consisting of double sausages, double eggs, double toasts and some baked beans. You can choose between scrambled egg and fried egg, whichever you prefer more.
For the first day we had the fried egg set, and it was a nice breakfast. The portion was quite big as well, which is a good thing to help us stay full longer. By the way, this photo was taken using my 50mm lens, which came out nice and sharp.. Now compare it to the next photo taken with kit lens..