Friday, June 24, 2011

IKEA, The Curve

I've always been a huge fan of IKEA's Swedish meatball so when I had to pop by IKEA at The Curve, Mutiara Damansara for some office supplies, of course I had to stop by for lunch! I was accompanied by the lovely Dee who I've not seen for the last 8 years! We were very close way back then, uni buddies for 3 years and house mate for a year, so when we met up it was just like old times.  Funny thing about our friendship, even when we've not been in touch for so long when we met up we naturally connected the way we were before, and it was like we've never been apart.

Well back to the food....
I had ordered the Swedish Meatballs with fries and extra gravy, although I don't think the attendant heard me when I asked for more gravy. The meatballs here are not as juicy as the one in IKEA, Rhodes, Sydney but still pretty tasty. I have a feeling that the difference could be because of the HALAL meatball that is served here in Malaysia. Check out IKEA's Meatball recipe here that includes the use of pork in their meatball.


Dee had the roast chicken which I didn't get a chance to try. The chicken looked very pale which made me wonder if it was even roasted in the oven?!

For dessert I had the Banana Muffin. I think it was a banana muffin but I'm not too sure! It was pretty standard. Times like these I really miss the food scene in Sydney.

IKEA, The Curve
No. 6, Jalan PJU 7/3,
Mutiara Damansara,
47810 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor, Malaysia

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Ben's General Food Store, Bangsar Village

I find myself in KL this week, on business, but with no means of transport (meaning I do not have a car to move around). If you've been to KL you will know that public transport here is very unreliable and don't get me started on taxis in Malaysia. They have had many a bad review and have even been tag "Worst in the World" according to Warkah.Com

I digress, so me without a car in KL and wanting to head out for lunch but not keen on calling a taxi.. until my good friend HS was kind enough to offer to come pick me up and bring me out for lunch! YAY! What are good friends for eh? hehe

We made our way to Bangsar Village and decided to try Ben's General Food Store which at 11.45am was already filling up fast. Not long after we were seated the place started to fill up fast and by lunch time there was a queue of people waiting to get a seat.

For drinks I had the Strawberry Soda Fountain (RM6.90) which was strawberry cordial mixed with soda water. I detect just a slight hint of strawberry but still very refreshing in the humid weather.

Breakfast Pizza (RM19.90) which was made up off tomatoes, mozzarella, beef bacon, chicken sausage, eggs and ketchup. The breakfast pizza brought back memories of eating a similar one at Pompei's. I love the chicken sausage in Ben's GFS's version but would have like more tomatoes (I couldn't really see any tomatoes on the pizza as described in the menu) as well other than the tomato ketchup.

HS and I were both disappointed when the Caesar Salad (RM11.90) was served as the plate was tiny and the lettuce accompanied by a measly hand-torn piece of baguette (situated on the upper left side of the plate) as croutons and a turkey bacon strip (3o'clock view on the right side of the plate) and half a boiled egg.

Overall I would give Ben's GFS another go as they had excellent service and a great atmosphere. I'll just not get the salad next time round!

Ben's General Food Store
G17-18, Ground Floor, Bangsar Village
No. 1 Jalan Telawi Satu,
Bangsar Baru,
59100, Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03 22848790

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Bedok Market, Singapore

I just got back from a hectic weekend in Singapore but it was a good trip nonetheless. I had to drive down to Singapore so that I could pick up my mum who just got back from a trip to the USA that I sadly couldn't tag along (hehe) but Singapore was good enough. We did a lot of eating, catching up with relos and of course some shopping. One such eating session was at Bedok Market.

One can always tell which eateries are good by the queue in front of the shop/stall. The three stalls below had long queues so it's always good to go with a number of people to ensure all the food are served together at the same time - one to queue for the drinks, one to queue for a table and the rest to get the food. Also, the stalls are self-service which means that you'll have to queue to place your order and wait for the food to be made so that you can take them to your table (Singapore efficiency!).

You Zha Kueh, also known as Youtiao or fried bread sticks, are made from dough which are deep fried till golden brown. These are usually eaten for breakfast as accompaniments to Chinese Porridge / Congee and Bak Kut Teh. While in the queue to buy these I observed the old man rolling the dough and cutting them into thin strips to be deep fried. I marveled at the texture of the dough and how light and crunchy it tasted once deep fried. Our family loves to dunk the youtiao into hot black coffee, the savouri ness of the youtiao combined with the sweet and strong taste of coffee..... as the Singaporeans will say SHIOK!

Me dunking my youtiao into a mug of hot black coffee. I try to refrain from drinking coffee as I get heart palpitations but sometimes I just can't stop myself. Although I wouldn't call myself an expert in coffee the one here was well made with just the right amount of water to coffee powder and gave off a lovely aroma (I like my coffee strong). And as expected be prepared to queue for coffee.

Chai Tow Kway or Fried Radish Cake / Fried Carrot Cake is made from steamed rice flour, water and shredded radish which is then fried with egg, cured radish and sambal or chilli sauce for an added kick. The Chai Two Kway here had a nice crispy outer layer by frying the steam radish cake with eggs and seasoning but the radish cake was still soft and fluffy on the inside. Yum!

A picture of the Chai Two Kway stall.

Bedok Market 
216 Bedok North Street 1
Singapore 460216

You Zha Kueh
Stall #01-43

Coffee and drinks
Next to the You Zha Kueh Stall

Hai Sheng Carrot Cake
Stall #01-49

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