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BBQ Party

>> Monday, May 25, 2009

Date: 22 May 2009, Friday
Venue: Kryslynn's house
Occasion: Get-together & dinner

All of us had a great time at Kryslynn's place :D Thanks, Kryslynn for opening your lovely home to us! The food & fellowship were very enjoyable :)

From time to time, a group of us colleagues will gather for meals, just to chill & have fun together. I believe it's very important to have such gatherings, to foster our friendship, as well as to just enjoy each other's company :) Of course, food is an essential 'buddy' in all gatherings! I'm very thankful to have colleagues whom I can call friends :) *blessed!*

Below are some photos taken at the BBQ:
(photos courtesy of Alex & Toby)

I sure look forward to our next makan/gathering session!!

- Ruth


Review: Foodies at Souled Out, Desa Sri Hartamas

>> Saturday, May 23, 2009

Date: 21 May 2009, Thursday
Venue: Souled Out, Desa Sri Hartamas
Occasion: Food sampling of Souled Out's refreshed menu & an evening together with foodies, organized by theQguides & Souled Out.
Overall comment: This place sure offers a wide variety of food & drinks to their diners; one can find from local Malaysian cuisines to Western & Asian. The ambiance is very 'happening', as of other hang-out places in Hartamas & Bangsar, plus every now & then, you may be able to catch some good bands playing groovy music to enhance your dining pleasure ;) The variety of drinks are indeed very impressive as well & if you need some recommendation for their best food or drinks, the friendly waiters, waitresses, & even their own managers, will be more than happy to lead you into a dining experience you would remember :) As for the price of food & drinks, it's definitely slightly higher than other places, but if compared to other bistros & cafes, it's ok...

Just before I post up the photos of food & drinks that we had that night, here's a brief write-up about Souled Out:

"SOULed OUT started in September 1996 at the Mont Kiara Shoplex and moved to its current premises at Desa Sri Hartamas in December 1999. It is so named as each member of the staff at SOULed OUT puts his or her heart and soul into the preparation of the best in food with the best in service. They are also known for their showbiz talent!

With a coquettish menu featuring a mix of local and Western favourites and an astute beverage list, SOULed OUT has won many hearts with its easy and familiar personality.

A decade on, SOULed OUT has bloomed into a mature, confident yet innovative and fun dining venue, celebrating life every day where going to SOULed OUT is “as good as a hug”. Popular among young and old, with an eclectic combination of food and beverage and an inimitable style all its own, SOULed OUT has proven to be THE place for any celebration."

I was invited by theQguides to attend this food-sampling event of Souled Out's refreshed menu. It was a Thursday night, so I had to drive to Cyberjaya all the way to Hartamas, which took me at least 1hour one way :S I didn't have anything to do in Cyber anyways, so it's a good get-away, as well as an opportunity to meet up with new & old foodies ;)

We had a good time catching up & savoring Souled Out's 'come-back dishes' as well as their 'newly introduced dishes'. Fanny, Marketing Manager (a.k.a. Propaganda Pixie) of Souled Out, made all the recommendations & gave us a wonderful dining time :) Although each of us ate a bit of each dish, I was SO full by the end of the night!

Drink, Drank, Drunk
Below are some of the drinks that we had. To the surprise of many, all I had through the whole night was that one glass of Dragonfly...hahaha...the rest had at least 2 glasses of drinks :)

Dragonfly (RM12.00/glass)
- Detoxyfying & Power-juice Category -
Our signature juice. Red dragon fruit, watermelon, strawberry puree, Monin lychee syrup, fresh lemon juice.

Commander in Chief (RM28.00/glass)
- Signature Cocktails Category -
A robust mix of vodka, crème de cassis and pineapple juice.

Cucumber Juice (RM10.00/glass)
Cucumber with a dash of lime & sugar

Midori Sour (around RM28.00/glass)
Midori, triple sec, fresh lime & syrup.

Green Peace (RM35.00/glass)
- Jumbo Cocktails Category -
Limber up to the taste of white rum, Midori, dry orange curacao, sugar cane juice and pandan flavoured syrup.

Malibu Sunrise (around RM35.00/glass)
- I think it's under the Jumbo Cocktail Category -
A blend of Absolut Vanilla, Malibu, Cointreau, pineapple juice, grenadine, lime juice, cranberry juice, orange and lime slices.
See that small guy beside the drink? He's Frat Mustard, 'Marketing Manager' for theQguides...hahaha...

Harry's Crunch (RM30.00/glass)
- Signature Cocktails Category -
Gold Award in 2008 Mixology Competition, HORECA School of Excellence - Created by our very own Harry, this award winning warm combination of vodka, Bailey’s Crème de Cacao, chocolate sauce, pandan syrup, topped with crunchy cornflakes is heavenly mix.

'A common cocktail where I can't recall its name' Cosmopolitan :S
Bangsar-Babe had this, & she told me the name TWICE, but being a non-alcoholic drinker, I guess I'm just horrible in remembering names of drinks with alcohol. Bummer.
(Thanks Bangsar-Babe for reminding me of the name!! Hahaha)

Bollywood Calling
Okies, here comes the array of food that we partook! *burp* 10 dishes...?? Oh yes, that's the much we had :P

Sizzling Lamb Cutlet (RM28.00/serving) - Good 'Ol Fav
Lamb cutlets marinated in special Indian herbs, served on a
sizzling plate.
Accompanied by Naan - wheat bread baked in a tandoor
Spinach Dip - blended fresh spinach cooked with traditional Northern Indian herbs, garlic and topped with cheese, Papadum and a side serving of salad
*Naan can be replaced with a choice of rice or chips

It Aint Western
This category of dishes are mainly local dishes. It doesn't taste too bad...just that it's lacking in the 'chue yao char'(lard)! Aisehman...I love the Kuey Teow Beef Tau Si best :) Nice.

Hokkien Mee (RM14.00/serving) - Good 'Ol Fav
Thick yellow noodles fried with chicken slices, prawns and vegetables in a dark sauce.

Singapore Fried Noodles (RM14.00/serving) – Good Ol’ Fav
Fried rice noodles with shredded vegetables, prawns, chicken in tomato sauce.

Claypot Loh Shu Fun (RM14.00/serving) - Good 'Ol Fav
Short, thick rice noodles served with minced chicken and mushrooms in a dark sauce, topped with shredded egg.

Kuey Teow Beef Tau Si (RM14.00/serving) - SO Brand Spanking New
Fragrant sliced beef cooked in tausi gravy over koay teow.

Chicken Ala Vietnam (RM15.00/serving) - Good 'Ol Fav
Chicken in exotic Vietnamese spices served with egg fried rice and topped with a fried egg.

It Aint Eastern
Western food category. I enjoyed the pasta very much :) Maybe it's because I love pasta & I love fish as well! Yum yums! This dish gave me more ideas on my pasta-cooking variety ;)

Pan Seared Grouper (RM23.00/serving) – SO Brand Spanking New
Grilled grouper fish fillet over mixed cajun pasta, topped with roasted sliced cherry tomato and pepper.

SO Pizza - Woodfire Over-Baked
Pizza! If you love thin-crust pizza, Souled Out's pizzas are quite good. You HAVE TO eat it when it's served hot, otherwise it'll be hard & chewy *crunch crunch crunch* The Sake San is quite interesting. I would never have thought of such an idea...hahaha...wasabi....eeek!

B-B-Q Chicken (RM19.00 for 8”/RM24.00 for 11”) - SO Brand Spanking New
Marinated B-B-Q chicken, corn kernels, BBQ sauce, pepper and tomato salsa.

Sake San (RM25.00 for 8”/RM32.00 for 11”) - SO All Time Favourite
Salmon slivers, roe, cherry tomatoes,Japanese mayonn oaise, lolorosso and a hint of wasabi.

Light & Easy and Super doodledoo
You can call this section of food as 'snacks' or 'lite bites'. I reckon such food goes well with beer...

Roast Beef Baguette (RM18.00/serving) – Good Ol’ Fav
Baguette topped with sliced beef, salad, mushrooms, cheese and baked.

Sin City (desserts)
Awesome-possum! Mouth-watering, sinful desserts. If you're a sweet tooth, you will really enjoy the desserts below. I was too full to fully enjoy the desserts :P But I just can't resist the Lava Cake...it's TOO good! Warm, moist, chocolate cake with cold vanilla ice cream....oo-la-la...*drools at the thought of it*

Pannacotta (RM10.00/serving)
Italian style cream mousse infused with vanilla beans. Choice of topping : Raspberry/caramel

Praline Chocolate Mousse (RM8.00/serving) - SO Brand Spanking New
Creamy chocolate mousse with a hint of almond chocolate caramel, topped with lashings of cream.

Lava Cake (RM13.00/serving) – SO All Time Favourite
Warm moist chocolate cake in praline sauce and cashew nuts, topped with Haagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream

Foodies at Souled Out

Map to Souled Out

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Souled Out Kuala Lumpur
No.20 Jalan 30/70A

Desa Sri Hartamas

50480 Kuala Lumpur.

(+603) 2300 1955 (Reservations)/ (+603) 2300 1929 (General)
(+603) 2300 1989
Email: yum_yum@souledout.com.my / www.yum_yum@souledout.com.my

Business Hours:

Afternoons: 12:00p.m.- 3:00p.m. (Monday – Friday)
6:00p.m. – 1:00a.m. (Everyday & Public Holidays)
Happy Hours:
12:00p.m.-3:00p.m. & 6:00p.m.-9:00p.m.


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


- Ruth


Restoran Korean House, PJ SS2

Date: 17 May 2009, Sunday
Venue: Restoran Korean House, SS2 Petaling Jaya
Occasion: Belated birthday celebration with church friends
Overall comment: The Korean food here is actually quite nice (no wonder they have a constant crowd every week). Their prices are slightly higher than my usual place in Jalan Ampang, but if it's shared, it's actually not too bad. The ventilation isn't exceptionally good, especially when any barbaque takes place...the smoke was kinda trapped in the restaurant & we came out smelling like a piece of bbq-ed meat :P As for variety, I think it's quite limited, but it's sufficient for those who just enjoy the typical/common Korean food. Oh ya, service here is quite slow, but the waiters/waitresses are very helpful.

Fuh...yet another makan session! It's like "see Ruth, see food!" *gah* I'm very thankful to Noel for organizing this little get-together to celebrate my birthday with me :) Thanks to all who came!! I'm so blessed to have all of you as my friends! :D

The dinner was just lovely & the fellowship was very nice & warm :) We were SO stuffed with all the food & the worker there even gave us more food 'on the house' like the 3 bowls of steamed egg in stone bowls (just like the Japanese chawanmushi), a pumpkin soup dessert each, & a bottle of Soju (Korean alcohol) to share & taste, for those who haven't tasted Soju before. I don't really like Soju, since the last time I tasted it in Seoul 3 years ago...

Much said, here are some photos to whet your appetite & crave for some Korean food! :D

This is how the restaurant looks like from outside. It's facing the main road in SS2, near the police station.

Here's 2 portions of chicken...each portion is actually aimed for 1 person, & costs around RM25.00/portion! *faints*

The lamb was really delicious. It's well marinated & is so flavorful that you would ask for more! Just have to bear in mind that lamb is definitely more expensive as compared to chicken...I reckon we paid at least RM40.00/portion & the photo shows 2 portions of lamb.

Lovely pork! Super fat, but oh so yummy!! Guys will love this :D This dish is called 'samgeopsal' in Korean & it costs roughly RM35.00/portion. The photo shows 2 portions.

The variety of side dishes is pretty amazing...plus, as the Korean tradition, all side dishes are refillable (unlimited!)! One could just come here & have one dish plus the many side dishes & be well-fed!

This is their traditional mixed rice (bibimbap) in a hot stone bowl (dol sot). You'll have to mix the sauce given with the rice & vegetables+meat assortment to get the full flavor of the dish :)

I was very surprised when they served the dokbokgi (Korean rice cakes that look like our Malaysian 'chee cheong fun', but the texture is more chewy) like this! I was expecting fried dokbokgi in spicy bean sauce, like they always do in other Korean restaurants like Nak Won & Romance & Cheers, both in Jalan Ampang area. This dish is very special & can be eaten on its own...VERY filling & yummy - it's sweet, savory, & spicy :D

This dish is rather spicy as it contains kimchi (Korean's traditional pickled cabbage), but it's quite delicious & appetizing as well :) There are beancurd, glass noodles, golden mushrooms, leeks, green chilli, seaweed, fish cake, onions, carrots, & kimchi...quite an interesting dish, which once again could be eaten by its own & gets you full ;)

Pumpkin soup...some may like it, some may not (and I know of some friends who would squirm & cringe at the thought of eating pumpkins)...I didn't really enjoy this dessert, but it was 'on the house', so I drank it with gratitude. It looks like egg yolk, but is thicker in texture & sweet too. I think it's a really acquired taste...

Map to Restoran Korean House in SS2

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Restoran Korean House (Korean BBQ)

185, Jalan SS2/24
47300 Petaling Jaya
Tel: (603) 7873 0031
Business Hours: 11:00a.m. til late


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


- Ruth

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