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Review: The Pork Place, IOI Boulevard Puchong

>> Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Overall comment: Those who love/fancy pork would feel at home at The Pork Place :P The meat is fresh, tasty & tender - yums.
Halal: No

The Pork Place is no stranger to those who live in Puchong as it's located at the IOI Boulevard, one of the more happening places in Pusat Bandar Puchong area. Parking is quite a nightmare here, but for pork-lovers, I doubt any of such concerns would be an obstacle - all for the love of pork!

The Pork Place is like a cafe featuring pork as its main meat that shares its cafe space with Sanbanto, the "pork specialist" that sells all cuts of fresh pork; the pigs are born & bred at a farm in Johor. (Sanbanto has another outlet in SS2, PJ)




The cafe's concept caters to customers from all walks of life & preferences. They have a comfortable dining area at the front, a more cosy setting for those who would like to enjoy their pork with liquor/drinks & also a mezzanine floor for groups who prefer to have their own space/for special occasions.


Bar-like area 

Mezzanine area for private functions & larger groups 

View from top (mezzanine floor) 

Variety of wines 

Such 'cute' piggy pictures (and hey, they were showing Chef Ramsay on the tv!)

The Pork Place has 2 sets of menu i.e. their daily menu & a weekend special menu that features the "Hei Zhu"/Black Pig (Berkshire Pig) :D The "Hei Zhu" is more tender as it has more fats spread all over the meat (like marbling on beef), which also makes the meat more juicy & tasty. Oolala...


Let me share with you some of the dishes that we tasted that day:

Pork Bacon Salad (RM21.00/serving)
Crisp romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes & olives topped with cheddar cheese & bacon bits served with our special house-made orange dressing
 If you enjoy pork bacon, you'll find that this salad isn't your enemy anymore. Although some people may just chomp down all the bacon, the fresh greens actually compliment the salty bacon very well. Having the orange dressing gives it a zesty, fruity feel, which make the salad far from being boring.

Pork Belly Salad (RM18.90/serving)
Deep-fried pork belly & fresh seasonal local & imported greens tossed in French dressing with lychee.
This was my favorite salad among the 2 that were served. It actually has a "Thai" touch to it as it comes with chopped lemongrass! Really fragrant & having lychee with deep-fried pork belly is just fantastic!

Twirls of Landrace-Duroc (RM 22.80/serving)
A.k.a. pig-in-blanket, meaty meats wrapped in bacon
Very interesting. Actually found it too small to really enjoy the dish in totality, also because 5 of us shared 1 dish! Hahaha. I could eat up this whole dish by myself. It's a starter dish for 1 - a complete, delicious meal with greens & juicy meat, all in one!


Crispy Skin Pork Knuckle (RM69.00 for whole, RM40.00 for halves)
Oven roasted for moist, tender & juicy meat on the inside & a crispy, crunchy skin on the outside
Who doesn't like crispy skin pork knuckle?? I felt the skin could be 'crispier' but the meat was indeed tender & juicy :D

Barbecue Ribs (RM48.00/serving)
Special cut - ribs with belly marinated & cooked in barbecue sauce
Perhaps the best ribs you can find in Puchong? I felt that this was one of the best dish for that day. The ribs were so flavorful, tender (falls off the bone) & felt just like those "glass char siew". Thumbs up! I think I could finish up the whole ribs by myself & have seconds!

 


Loin Steaks (RM50.00/serving)
Thin & succulent steaks grilled to perfection with onion rings & potatoes with 'wings'
As per the menu's description, these loin steaks were succulent & I have to say that the sides were very appetizing! Elevated the taste of the simple pork loin to the next level.

Collar Steaks (RM68.00/serving)
A cut above the rest with dauphinoise potatoes soaked in rich bone stock
After having so many plates of pork dishes, I felt I was 'saturated' with pork that I couldn't enjoy much of this dish anymore. All I know is that the dauphinoise was really delicious! :D

Best of Bellies (RM65.00/serving)
Juicy chunks of belly pork presented with mash & mushrooms
 This was the emperor of dishes. Unfortunately that day's pork belly was SOOOOOOOO fat that it didn't have much meat! It was like 95% fat, 5% meat!! I love the dish on the overall, but I think they really need to serve a more proportionate piece of pork belly so that the customers can enjoy both the fats + meat at the same time. The mashed potatoes, cherry tomatoes & mushrooms complimented the dish really well. LIKE!

If you're in Puchong or just feel like indulging in a pork-filled meal, you have a glaring option here :P


The Pork Place Cafe
31, IOI Boulevard
Jalan Kenari 7
Bandar Puchong Jaya
47100 Puchong Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Malaysia.
Tel: (+603) 8076 9608
Business hours: Tue.-Sun. 11:30-15:00 (Lunch)/ Tue.-Sun. 18:00-22:00 (Dinner); Close on Mondays
URL: http://sanbanto.com.my/
FB: The Pork Place


Ratings:
Presentation: * * * *
Price: * * *
Environment: * * * 1/2
Taste: * * *
Service: * * *


Overall:






Pork! Pork! Pork!

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Review: Squid Ink Tempura, Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks

>> Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Halal: Pork free

Introducing the dark side of tempura: squid ink tempura (Chinese:墨魚汁甜不辣)! If you're a fan of squid ink products or you're just curious on how the squid ink tempura tastes like, pop by any outlets of the well-known Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks to satisfy your curiosity. This unique product is only available for a limited period of time in Malaysia & Singapore, from 22nd May 2015 'til the stock runs out.


I tried my 1st squid ink tempura at the 1 Utama (New Wing) outlet. As it's something still relatively new since its launch mid May this year, all customers actually get their tempura freshly fried upon ordering :)

Quoting from the official press release by Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks: "Squid ink has been proven to be rich in iron and antioxidants, and scientists believe that these antioxidants have strong preventive lipid oxidation abilities – a benefit which is in turn possibly linked to a lower risk of heart disease in humans. With such positive findings, the health-conscious can now look beyond their daily greens and opt for black instead. Black is indeed, the new green!"


The freshly deep-fried tempura sticks will be sprinkled with a pinch of fairy dust parsley for added flavor and given a good shake before savoring. The texture is similar to the local "keropok lekor", where it's chewy, savory & has a slightly sweet after-taste alike the squid balls sold at supermarkets.


In conjunction with the launch of the Squid Ink Tempura, Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks is pleased to announce an exclusive “#HeiHeiHey~” promotion beginning 22nd May 2015. Customers who shout “HeiHeiHey~” or "黒黒嘿~" along with any words of their choice (such as “HeiHeiHey~ I want you!”) when ordering the Squid Ink Tempura will be entitled to an immediate discount off their purchase. Customers are also encouraged to post pictures of themselves with their purchases using the official hashtag – #HeiHeiHey.


If you've not tried any squid ink products or this squid ink tempura, "HeiHeiHey ~ Don't miss out this opportunity!"


Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks
URL: www.ShihlinSnacks.com.tw
URL MY: http://www.shihlinsnacks.com.tw/my/index-my.htm
FB: fb.com/ShihlinSnacks


Black is the new green!

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Review: Epic Fit Meals Co., Metropolitan Damansara Perdana

>> Monday, June 29, 2015

Overall comment: Pocket-friendly, delicious, fresh & healthy meals! It's not "rabbit food"! :D
Halal: Pork-free
Motto: Made by day, gone by night!

Epic Fit Meals Co. is the pioneer of fit meals, offering essentially delicious, wholesome and balanced everyday meals that meet your eat-to-live needs while also indulging your live-to-eat spirit. The eatery's concept is Melbourne-inspired, offering the same multicultural range and quality cuisines using only best and most fabulous ingredients. They are all about simple, tasty food that you will love to eat everyday! All ingredients & dishes are delivered & prepared the very same day, ensuring that the food served is fresh; no sauces prepared nor meats marinated the night before. Every item is made to order - no cooking in large batches, nothing pre-cooked/reheated, not even their fruit juices!



Located at Damansara Perdana's Metropolitan Square, this eatery caters mostly for take-aways & deliveries, with minimal seating for those who prefer to dine-in. Their very own crew of Epic Delivery Superstars will deliver to you come rain or shine between 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily (final order at 10:30 p.m.). Delivery is free with minimal order of RM20.00 and above, and they will deliver to you within 45 minutes. As of now, locations covered by delivery are:
  • Damansara Perdana
  • Mutiara Damansara
  • Taman Tun Dr. Ismail
  • Bandar Utama
  • Damansara Kim
  • Tropicana*
  • Kota Damansara*
(* Terms & conditions applied)


Chief of Team: Lai Wick Kee
Very friendly, easy-going young chap, who explained to us, bloggers, the eatery's concept. Caught him in his serious look though...hahaha...

The team for that afternoon
They have at least 2 teams of kitchen staff, all young people! :D

The 'extensive' menu for such an eatery!



Delivery bags
Keeps the food fresh throughout the delivery journey, just like how Domino's Pizza does their delivery.

There were around 9-10 of us bloggers during this session, so we were introduced to almost all the food available on their menu! *woots*

Freshly pressed juices - no sugar nor water added
L->R: Agua Mello Smoothie (RM8.80/bottle - 61 kcal) - watermelon smoothie with fresh yogurt that's made in-house! Rich in vitamins A, B6 & C, it has anti-inflammatory & hydration properties.
Classic Trifecta (RM7.80/bottle- 78 kcal) - carrot, apple & pear. Rich in vitamin A & C, and beta-carotene, this juice also detoxifies, aids digestion & energy boosting. 
Coolie Beauty (RM7.80/bottle - 41 kcal) - cucumbers green apple, ginger, celery & lemon. This juice is good for nourishing your skin & hair, alkalizing your body & it's also a beauty edible tonic in a bottle.
Red Apple Honey Smoothie (RM8.80/bottle - 79 kcal) - apple smoothie with fresh yogurt & wild honey. Rich in vitamin C & aids in digestion & de-stressing.

Side Dishes - 7 varieties of sides at RM4.80 each & 7 varieties of Epic Sides at RM5.80 each
Top (clockwise) - Epic's Mashed Sweet Potatoes [271 kcal], Epic's Crunchy/Fire Chookies [233 kcal], Epic's Cauli-Rice, Epic's Frugertii [98 kcal], Irish Colcannon [122 kcal], Spiced Baked Wedges [132 kcal], Farmer's Coleslaw [33 kcal].

Mum's Mushie Soup (RM5.80/serving - 206 kcal)
Interesting. It's not like the usual creamy mushroom soup, but hearty enough as a bowl of mushroom soup. 
 

Almond Honey Mustard Salad (RM8.80/serving - 132 kcal)
Mixed coral lettuce, tomatoes, shredded red cabbage, orange & almond flakes in Epic's honey mustard dressing.

Loads of fun & food with blogger friends!

Yes, they have pizzas too!! Perhaps they should try burgers next :P My favorite pizzas were the simple Tricolor Margarita & Sam's Hawaiian Luau :D Love the thin crust & flavorful toppings. Every pizza has its unique taste, which was satisfactory.

Pollo Supremo (RM19.80/pizza - 565 kcal)
Awesomeness + chicken. We combined spiced lean chicken strips with mushrooms, green & bell peppers, & real mozzarella cheese. 

Sam's Hawaiian Luau (RM19.80/pizza - 509 kcal)
A luau (feast) of real mozzarella cheese, spiced lean chicken strips, onions & pineapples. 

Tricolor Margarita (RM17.80/pizza - 380 kcal)
Epic's Italian flag pizza with red tomatoes, white mozzarella cheese & green basil. It's a vegetarian delight.

OZ's Beef Delight (RM19.80/pizza - 567 kcal)
Delightful combination of pulled Australian beef, pineapples, onions, tomatoes & sesame seeds.

Shrimpy Affair (RM19.80/pizza - 489 kcal)
A delicious taste of the sea combining flavors of fresh prawns, real mozzarella cheese, cherry tomatoes, & English parsley.

Nasi Lemak Pizza (RM19.80/pizza - 591 kcal)
Epic's Pesta Raya Special - Our original & special tribute to the nasi lemak & it includes spiced lean chicken strips, eggs, peanuts, anchovies, cucumbers, real mozzarella cheese, & of course our Fire S.O.S.

3A: Apple, Ayam & Api (RM19.80/pizza - 545 kcal)
Fiery pizza with minced chicken, real mozzarella cheese, onions, & caramelized apples.

If you're avoiding carbs from pastries, bread & rice, Epic has a good variety of chicken meals with different sauces.

Grilled Chicken with Apple Salsa (RM12.80 ala carte - 249 kcal + 25 kcal)
Fresh & tasty :)

Classic/Fire Oven-Baked "Fried" Chicken with OZ's Barbie-Q Sauce (RM13.80 ala carte - 381-403 kcal + 91 kcal)
Scrumptious golden brown crusted chicken breasts with Epic's interpretation of BBQ sauce: medium-thick tomato + balsamic vinegar based sauce with chopped onions & spices.

Classic/Fire Oven-Baked "Fried" Chicken with Curry Grande Sauce (RM13.80 ala carte - 381-403 kcal + 241 kcal)
The Japanese curry sauce is made from scratch with fresh vegetables & Epic's secret blend of spices & herbs minus the sinful coconut milk.

Classic/Fire Oven-Baked "Fried" Chicken with Country Gravy Sauce (RM13.80 ala carte - 381-403 kcal + 52 kcal)
If you want something simple yet satisfying, try the special, flavorful country brown gravy. 

 Classic/Fire Oven-Baked "Fried" Chicken with Fire S.O.S. Sauce (RM13.80 ala carte - 381-403 kcal + 61 kcal)
This is Epic's 'naughty' version of the sambal, a quintessential Malaysian condiment. Fragrant, spicy & sweet!

 Grilled Chicken with Eziki Sauce (RM12.80 ala carte - 249 kcal + 70 kcal)
Those who love Greek tzatziki sauce will love this sauce - yogurt, cucumbers, vinegar, dill, lemon juice & garlic.

Are you not impressed? Hahaha...looks super delicious, right? I felt that office workers could tap into their variety of wraps for lunch as well!

Chookie Burrito (RM12.80/wrap - 393 kcal)
Our burrito is filled with grilled chicken fillets, cilantro rice, fresh pico de gallo, black beans, & our OZ's BBQ sauce.

Zesty Thai (RM12.80/wrap - 391 kcal)
This is a zesty wrap with Thai minced chicken, lettuce, carrots, & Epic's sour cream. 

Hercules (RM12.80/wrap - 333 kcal)
Epic's wholesome interpretation of Greek souvlaki, but served in a wrap. It comprises grilled chicken fillet & vegetables with Epic's unique Eziki sauce.

Good Ol' Breakkie (RM12.80/wrap - 415 kcal)
A heavenly combination of grilled chicken fillet, pico de gallo, scrambled eggs & rounded off  with  Epic sour cream. 

Mushie & Onions (RM12.80/wrap - 268 kcal; vegetarian)
A vegetarian wrap comprising sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions, carrots, & cucumbers with black pepper sauce. 

Apart from the above, they have combo meals from RM15.80 - 21.00/set as well as Epic Classics of Hurry Curry, Home-Style Beef Stew, Herb & Lemon Crusted Fish, & Oyakodon. They also have Buka Puasa/Raya combo meals starting from RM48.80 (combo for 3 pax) - RM178.80 (combo for 15 pax).

Ah, Epic As Usual! Love the variety, the freshness & the flavors! Give it a try & you'll know what I mean.


Epic Fit Meals Co.
E105, Block E, East Wing
Metropolitan Square
Jalan PJU 8/1
Damansara Perdana
Petaling Jaya
Malaysia.
Tel: (+603) 7733 3375 (orders)/ (+6017) 9380 000 (Watsapp)
Business hours: 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. daily
URL: http://www.epicfmco.com.my/


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