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Review: Enjoy 'Iftar' during Ramadhan at Bangi Golf Resort

>> Sunday, April 23, 2017

Feels as if it's been a long time since I last attended any reviews! Relocation sure brings about loads of changes & adjustments of lifestyle. There are other areas to explore, discover & experience as I move on to a new phase of life.


It's my pleasure to share with you this great promotion that Bangi Golf Resort (BGR) Restaurant is offering during the month of Ramadhan. Their signature Ramadhan Buffet has been a tremendous hit each year & this year will not disappoint as well! From 29th May 2017 - 23rd June 2017, this halal-certified restaurant will bring you on a gastronomic experience with its sumptuous spread of up to 200 dishes, featuring the Kambing Bakar (slow-roasted lamb on the spit) from the Malay section of the buffet & their special Sous Vide Eggs with Mushroom Espuma from the Western section of the buffet spread.


This year, the kitchen team is proud to present their Nasi Lemak Istimewa as one of the main attractions, consisting of Rendang Daging Taik Minyak, Sambal Sotong Kembang, Ayam Bercili Masak Ketumbar, Ikan Masak Asam Kari & the Telur Rebus Goreng Masak Sambal Tomato. Don't miss this year's latest addition of the Peri-Peri Chicken Drumlets as well! I think it goes just as great with the nasi lemak spread...hahaha...

We thought that their Rendang Daging Taik Minyak tasted flavorful & the meat was tender. I'll recommend that above the rest of the dishes for the nasi lemak.

Rice-lovers would be further tantalized with the latest edition on BGR's menu i.e. Hainanese Chicken Rice, where fluffy grains of rice cooked in rendered chicken fat is served with succulent pieces of chicken & accompanied by fresh garlic & ginger chili sauce.

Chicken & Beef Satay

Western section: Spaghetti & Lasagna

Noodles section: Mee Soto Ayam 


Noodles Section: Mee Rebus 


I particularly thought their dessert spread was truly eye-catching! The myriad of colors & texture just made me, a non-dessert-lover, to want to begin the buffet with desserts first! (yes, it's true) Their favorites like the Spanish Churros with Thick Chocolate Sauce, Signature Italian Tiramisu & a selection of homemade, traditional Malay kuih & puddings are must tries! Some of the new desserts added to the dessert spread like the Serawa Durian, Assorted Swiss Rolls,Ivory Sesame Mocha Cake, Tropical Nectar & Lychee Rose Cake will probably fill you up if you actually try all of them before trying the main dishes...hahaha.

Look out for the "Durian Runtuh" section of the buffet as well, where fresh durians from Raub, Pahang, will be available to all durian-lovers & those who would like to try durians for the first time ;) There's also the freshly-churned gelato from Sweet Scoopz, a gelato producer known for its Musang King & unique P.G.A. (Passion Fruit, Guava & Asam Boi) flavors.

Desserts: Food to the eyes...so colorful & inviting!


Spanish Churros


The final cup of Durian Musang King gelato for the PerutBesi :P 

Live music performances will entertain guests from 6:30pm - 9:30pm daily, so you can be sure to enjoy the lively atmosphere while breaking fast during the month of Ramadhan together with the rest of the guests.

Their buffet price is probably the cheapest or one of the cheapest in town (coupled with GREAT-tasting, EXTENSIVE variety of dishes & ample car park for all guests) i.e. RM58.00 nett/adult & RM28.00 nett/child. For more savings, make your group reservations & enjoy the buffet at RM49.00 nett/adult & RM22.00 nett/child!


For more information & reservations, please contact the following:
Bangi Golf Resort (BGR) Restaurant
1, Persiaran Bandar
Bandar Baru Bangi
43650 Selangor
Malaysia.
GPS: 2.95716N, 101.76518E
Tel: (+60) 1700 81 8557
Email: sales@bgrrest.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/bangigolfresort/
IG: @bangigolfresortofficial


Enjoyed the buffet experience,

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Wondering why I was missing-in-action for a month? ;)

>> Saturday, March 25, 2017

HELLO, HELLO!! Yes, PerutBesi is back! :D

I know it's been a whole month of silence since my last post. Forgive me for the lack of updates & posts here. Those who have been following me on Facebook & Instagram would know that I've been occupied with work, family, gardening & home-cooking! :D Plus, yes, I've also been slightly lazy amidst my busyness to update the blog. My bad.

So yes, why was I missing-in-action for a month? What have I been up to, you may wonder?

Since my last blog post, I have been occupied with planning the surprise 60th birthday dinner for both my parents! You see, both my parents have turned/are turning 60 this year & their birthdays are only a month apart. Thus, I thought it would only be fantastic & exciting to celebrate their lives as individuals & a couple for the 60 years of blessings that they have poured onto the lives of people around them! :) Enjoy the short video of the 'party' that I put up. It was a really enjoyable & memorable time for not only my parents, but those who attended as well!


I was also quite caught up with my latest 'craze' i.e. gardening! Unbelievable? The Ruthless Eater is easily influenced by Facebook videos on growing our own vegetables, thus yours truly attempted & experimented on growing my own food! Hahahaha...I know, it sounds kinda mad! But hey, I'm not really deviating much from my passion & blog's focus i.e. food! :D This felt like a 'level-up' for me as I actually managed to live out the "from garden to table" concept at least once a month! Some of my pride-and-joy are as below for your viewing pleasure :) They're not all from Feb - Mar, but pretty much from the beginning of this year 'til now.

Here's a summary of my gardening journey of 7 months :) You can click on the photo to view in large-size.

One of my 1st few crops: Kangkung + Emperor Veggie ("Dai Wong Miu")
that I planted from roots of the vegetables that I bought from the supermarket & ate the 1st-bought-veggie. It was an experiment to see if they will really grow & multiple to another batch of crops that I could harvest right from my small garden, without the use of commercial pesticides. It worked! In abundance as well! Praise the Lord! :D

 My other edibles: Thai Basil, Aloe Vera & Pandan Leaves
I cooked the Thai Basil with chicken while the skinned Aloe Vera + Pandan Leaves were boiled with barley as a refreshing drink.

Beautiful & Cute Japanese Roses
As you would have noticed, most of my plants are edibles & green. I didn't have any colorful flowers growing in my little garden, so I decided to try plant a bed of Japanese Roses, a type of flower that's REALLY hardy in all conditions, I feel! Give it good sunshine, some water & space to grow - it grows fast like weeds, but gives a cheerful note to the monotone garden :D

I even had an abundance of harvest that I could give away/share with family & friends!
Here are some of the babies that I gave out to my colleagues & friends ;) 

These Phalaenopsis orchids were the only few plants that I bought - but from the clearance section of a nursery in Sg. Buloh on 15th Jan 2017, before CNY!
I paid RM5 for 3 pots of semi-dead-looking plants, which I thought could be saved. It's also another experiment that I invested RM5 to gamble...hahaha! I was over-joyed when the orchids survived & grew new roots + leaves before popping 4 flower buds on 25th Feb :D The 1st flower fully bloomed on 17th Mar, 2nd flower on 20th Mar, while the 3rd flower fully bloomed on 22nd Mar. I'm still waiting for the last flower to bloom! RM1.70 TOTALLY WELL-SPENT! LOL!

Last, but not least, I was also busy experimenting in my kitchen :) I'm not a person who refers much to recipes, but I just enjoy experimenting on 'new/improvised' recipes using my 4 senses when I cook: sight, smell, taste, touch. I don't really 'measure' my ingredients, but tweak it according to what I feel & think would be best. Here are some of the dishes that I've cooked since my last blog post. The photos quality isn't great as I used my phone camera.

Pan-Fried Chicken Thigh Burger with Fresh Potato Wedges
Yeah, I know, it looks kinda burnt...but it was still very tasty + crunchy too :P

Crustless Brazilian Spinach (home-grown), Mushrooms, Pork Slices & Bacon Bits Quiche

Simple stir-fried Home-Grown Emperor Veggie + Home-Made Chicken Patties with Plain Porridge

Pan-Seared Medium-Rare Australian Beef with Mushroom & Carrots Cream Shell-Pasta

First-attempt of Green Curry Chicken with Home-Grown Thai Basil, Stir-Fried Kai Lan with Chinese Wine & Ginger + Fried Omelette with "Choy Pou"

Lamb Stew, Home-Made Garlic Bread + Home-Mixed Yogurt Mint (Home-Grown) Dip

Simple Dried Oysters, Carrots & Wolfberries Porridge 

In the coming days/weeks, I'll be sharing some blog posts on food that I tried outside :P Do stay tuned with The Ruthless Eater! This blog will get more interesting as I'm not just exploring new restaurant, revisiting old restaurants, but I'll be sharing my experiments & experiences in cooking & gardening!

Eat healthy, stay healthy everyone! :)


Yours faithfully,

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Review: MBO Cinemas Presents MBO Setapak Central Reborn!

>> Monday, February 27, 2017

Residents of Setapak can now look forward to catch the latest movies at the newly renovated MBO Setapak Central Mall! The MBO Setapak Central Reborn event was filled with excitement, where world class street dancing group Katoon Network & famous artiste Ayda Jebat made their appearance. MyFM celebrity DJs Jack Lim, Wai Fun and Emely Poon were also present to add to the fun of the event.


Look & feel of the refurbished MBO Cinema at Setapak Central Mall

From left: Mr Lim Chee Wai – Setapak Central Centre Manager, Cheah Chun Wai – MBO Cinemas Director of Marketing & Sales, and Mr Tan Wai Chong – MBO Cinemas Director of Finance

Famous artiste Ayda Jebat mesmerizes the guests with her rendition

MyFM celebrity DJs (from left): Emely Poon, Jack Lim and Wan Wai Fun entertains the crowd

With MBO's tagline of “Bringing Excitement Near You” and in appreciation to loyal patrons, the refurbished MBO Cinemas Setapak Central outlet has improved layout that are also user-friendly for the physically challenged, more open spaces in the lobby for waiting guests and enhanced counter service including the delicious MBO Cinemas popcorn and a wide choice of beverages. The cinemas feature black faux leather and enhanced sound systems in all the halls plus Barco laser projectors and Auro 3D immersive sound system in Hall 6 of the outlet. Even the washrooms in the cinema are newly renovated! Hehe. The brand also has a cafe called Cafecito, where patrons can enjoy an aromatic cup of coffee or some delicious cakes before catching a movie or while chilling out as they catch trailers of upcoming movies.

MBO Cinemas’ very own Cafecito

If you haven't discovered MBO's StarClub loyalty program, you'll be pleased to know that this FREE loyalty program offers extensive benefits & privileges where members can just queue up at the Member’s Priority Lane, receive free movie tickets on their birthday month & catch exclusive, ‘members only’ free screenings. Each time a member books MBO movie tickets online, no booking fee is incurred, regardless if it's a 2D or 3D movie, & each ticket purchase entitles the member to even earn StarPoints, which can be used to redeem free movie ticket, popcorn, drinks and other exclusive movie premiums.

With all the refurbishments happening for MBO cinemas, one after another, I actually am looking forward to their upcoming upcoming official openings of the following cinemas in 2017 at:
  • Starling, Damansara Uptown
  • Elements Melaka
  • AEON BIG Farlim Ipoh
  • Kuantan City Mall
  • Atria Shopping Mall, Petaling Jaya
My usual go-to MBO cinemas are at Subang Parade or Citta Mall, so with more MBO cinemas coming up, there's now more options to look forward to!

For more exciting deals & info, log on to www.mbocinemas.com 


Looking forward to the new cinemas!

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Review: "Be My Beau-tea-ful Valentine" Gift Idea by T Garden

>> Saturday, February 11, 2017

There's a French proverb that says, "Wherever life plants you, bloom with grace."

Since AP & I got married & moved into our new house, we've been blessed with a place to call home that comes with a small plot of empty land that I could get my garden growing. I've never had my hands into gardening since I've never lived in a landed property 'til 2 years ago, so having a small area to call 'my garden' sounded kinda fun :)

For those of you who have been following my FB or Instagram posts, you'll notice how crazy I can be when it comes to gardening (can be a perfectionist, even in gardening!) as I believe in the concept of "from the garden to the table". Seeing my physical plants bloom encourages me to 'bloom with grace' as an individual, wife & in all aspects of my life! :D

It's great to know that I'm not alone in believing in this concept as T Garden's flower teas are also organically grown without pesticides & can be consumed for general well-being.


French Rose Tea - RM10.00/20g in jar

I've written for T Garden last month, introducing the varie-tea of teas available in their range. This time around, I would like to share with you some of the benefits of consuming these flower teas, which you may want to consider purchasing for your own consumption or even as gifts this Valentine's Day. Giving your loved ones something different would be nice! :D

Review photos are taken right at my own garden! :P *wootz*

French Rose & Peach Flower tea
Women are highly concerned with their appearance (men are too, but more so the women), so keeping their skin glowing healthily is always something that they'll strive to do. Rose buds & dried, young peach flowers are packed with Vitamin C (plus Vitamin A & B as well). With our current environment & lifestyle, we're all exposed to toxins & free radicals that are harmful to our skin.

Consuming these teas on a regular basis can help improve the skin's complexion as well as boost our body's immunity, calm our minds on stressful days, aids digestion, weight loss & much more! It's also great for women who have menstrual cramps as drinking this tea will lessen the pain/cramps. You can read up more about these flower teas' benefits all over Google. Men should drink these teas too :D Who knows, it'll help you in ways that you can't be thankful enough for...hehe. 

Peach Flower Tea - RM8.00/20g in jar

Something that's created by the Creator can't be harmful to His own creation, can it? :)

I'm really intrigued by peach flowers as I love having peach tea & this baby flowers as tea are just aromatic :)

Jasmine Flower tea
More often than not, this flower is paired with tea leaves for consumption. The fragrant, floral scent of this flower just relaxes a person & it's a therapy on a busy day. The difference between drinking the flower by itself & drinking the flower paired with tea leaves such as green tea or oolong tea is the presence of caffeine. If you want your tea to be caffeine-free, just have the flower tea by itself.

Alike the French Rose & Peach Flower teas, this tea has also strong anti-oxidant properties that helps improve our health. One of the anti-oxidants called catechins helps to keep our blood pressure & cholesterol levels low/within optimum range. This is in addition to the other benefits to our immunity & skin's health.

Apart from the above, jasmine flowers also have antibacterial and antiviral properties. It's a great cold & flu reliever, for those who are suffering with constant flu like yours truly.

Jasmine Flower Tea - RM8.00/20g in jar

Diabetics can benefit from jasmine flower tea as well since it's claimed to reduce the blood sugar level. The compounds in the jasmine flower regulars sugar level as well as help build insulin within the body.

For any flower teas like these, drinking in moderation is sure to reap great benefits for a healthier lifestyle. Of course, if it's over consumed, you may get intestinal discomfort/pain from the higher level of acidity in your body. Well, these tea boosts metabolism & aids with weight loss, so it's not surprising that it's more acidic in nature.


I personally think that investing in such teas are an affordable investment considering the benefits & "ROI" that it gives on the long run when consumed regularly, in moderation. It's certainly way better than investing in cosmetics, medication & non-organic health products!


From just RM8.00/jar - RM10.00/jar for the flower tea series, I'll certainly encourage you to consider these as 'investment' in yourself & the lives of your loved ones. 


Buying 10 jars of tea (various flavors) costs you just RM100.00 & it'll be a way better RM100.00 spent compared to spending on stalks of fresh flowers/roses that you can't consume this Valentine's Day! Hahaha...you'll get a pretty paper bag for free with each jar too!

Yes, I'm the Ruthless Eater...give me anything good that can be eaten, can nourish my life/health & can heal my soul & I'll be satisfied to the brim :)

Check out T Garden's FB page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/tgarden.ktn/


Learning to live up to the concept of "from the garden to the table",

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Review: EATEA, Kuantan - Asian Fusion Restaurant

>> Friday, February 10, 2017

*pork-free*

Give me a good plate of Thai Basil with Minced Pork/Chicken any time! Yes, add a piece of bull's eye fried egg & serve it with some warm rice....oolala...
The statement above is a general statement of what I enjoy eating. EATEA is pork-free, so they don't serve pork here, no worries! :D

EATEA took us by surprise! Its exterior looks like a classic Chinese eatery, but it is one restaurant that holds so much of stories in everything they do, from the restaurant's name, interior design, & especially their food! *yums*

Located on Jalan Air Putih 2, this spacious restaurant can be spotted from afar, especially at night, since its signboard is high above, at the rooftop. I noticed it from afar when I was waiting at the traffic light on Jalan Beserah, turning into Jalan Air Putih 2.


The specialty of this restaurant is actually Asian-Fusion, focusing more on the Thai-Chinese heritage. As you walk into the air-conditioned section of the restaurant, you'll notice a variety of wood-based decorations, which you may miss as "just some piece of wood".

Each display item has a history behind it & most of it are collected since the times where Sungai Lembing was still an active mining town. The owner of the restaurant, whom we were casually introduced to as Sum, took us on a mini historical journey through the different display items & shared with us how & where he obtained it. In time to come, we hope that he will put up some written tags/plaques to provide more information to diners who are intrigued to find out more :)


The historical display items, mostly from Sungai Lembing
One may wonder why are these displayed at the restaurant. It's through the decoration concept that you'll have a sense of who the owner & team behind this unique restaurant really are & what sort of food & drinks they would serve on their menu ;) Every little detail matters to them!

Open-air area
The restaurant is massive in space! Go over for a large group meal or yum cha session! They used to operate in a different business model, thus the space. But now that they're more focused, the space still remains although the restaurant has evolved in its menu & cuisine focus.

EATEA offers an extensive range of beverage, some of which compliments their food rather well. I managed to try 5 of their drinks out of SEVENTY different types of drinks available! Yes, no kidding. I actually did counted from the list of drinks on their menu :D


EATEA Mocktails (RM9.90/glass)
I Lap U: Sprite + Ribena + Lemon + Lychee
I Want U: Lemongrass + Soda + Mint Leaves + Sour Plum
I Hate U: Lemongrass + Soda + Ginger + Chili + Sour Plum
Their special mocktails were individually unique. Their "I Lap U" reminded me of the Ribena Longan drink at William's in Taman Megah, Petaling Jaya. Heh. It's quite a crowd-pleaser, especially on a hot day. "I Want U" & "I Hate U" tastes quite similar, but "I Hate U" has a different level of 'kick' as it has the evident taste of ginger & red chili. The heat in the sweet-sourish-savorish drink is quite mild, so don't be too afraid to give it a try ;)

EATEA Five Green Premium (RM9.90/glass) & Ice Coffee (RM2.80/glass)
For those who are more health-conscious or just needed some beverage to detox for the day, EATEA's Five Green Premium is HIGHLY recommended! I'm serious! There's cucumber, celery, bittergourd, green pepper/capsicum & green apple - NO sugar added, but it's not that bitter (at least not for me), slightly sweet-ish from the peppers, cucumber & green apple, I presume, & totally 'green' in taste...hahaha...it's truly refreshing & cleansing! You HAVE TO try it! *go green!*
Coffee-lovers should give EATEA's coffee a try. Sum said that he wants to encourage Kuantanians to drink the local Kuantan-roasted coffee, so he gets his supply of coffee beans from a local Kuantan roaster. I have to say that it's pretty good! Very aromatic, smooth & 'butterish' in taste, I think. I'm not a coffee connoisseur, so I can't tell you exactly how it tastes, but I enjoyed the glass of ice coffee :)

EATEA boasts of using fresh own-grown herbs where possible, so they've been planting & propagating their own lemongrass, mint leaves, & Thai basil as well. They still have to buy from the supplier as they need a lot of fresh herbs for their dishes, but they hope to see to the day where they have sufficient herbs for their kitchen.

Lemongrass

Mint Leaves

We had the opportunity to try some of their best sellers & one of their unique Western-Asian dish that you'll probably find it only at EATEA (throughout the whole of Kuantan).

Pad Kha Prao Kai (RM10.90/serving)
One of their best sellers is the Pad Kha Prao Kai/Stir-Fried Thai Basil Minced Chicken. We love the aromatic Thai basil in each bite of the minced chicken & the added heat from the chili padi/bird's eye chili as well. The dish is well-balanced in flavors as it's slightly sweet, savory & spicy, just alike how you'll get it in Thailand. We told Sum that we prefer to have more Thai basil so that the rich aroma will travel to our noses first before we tuck the delicious dish into our tummies :)

EATEA Curry Chicken Rice (RM8.90/serving)
This was good wei...we just wished it came with more gravy! The dish comes with a tender piece of chicken drumstick (I think it's been cooked for hours 'cause all the aromatic flavors have seeped into the chicken) & pieces of potatoes that melts in the mouth...oh my...lip smacking! I thought that it may taste nicer if some kaffir lime leaves are added to set it apart from other chicken curries & other dishes on their menu, since lemongrass is a star in majority of their dishes. It's something for the kitchen to experiment...haha...I'm no chef, so I can't guarantee that my recommendations will taste good :P

Affordable, must-try rice dish!

Grilled Khun Thai Chicken (RM20.90/serving)
You'll find this ONLY at EATEA. PerutBesi's recommendation is to eat the grilled chicken WITHOUT any sauces as the chicken is marinated so well with lemongrass & other herbs & spices. Thumbs up! We finished up the grilled chicken in a jiffy.
* you can opt for their home-made brown sauce or home-made sweet green chili sauce to go with this dish

Khun Thai Tom Yam Meehoon (RM11.90/serving)
Their tom yam meehoon is also not to be missed. I must say that it's a scrumptious bowl of Thai Tom Yam with vermicelli! I love the balance of sweet, sour, salty, & spicy in every mouthful :D It's not too spicy for me, but enough heat to qualify as tom yam. I love that it's the 'milky-ish' sort of red tom yam unlike those that we get from Malay food stalls. Another thumbs up! I'm pleasantly surprised...now I know where to get my tom yam meehoon fix. EATEA, please maintain this standard of delicious tom yam! I'll be back for more...

Currently, they're running a weekday set lunch promotion for just RM9.90 nett where you can get:
- 1 bowl of soup of the day
- 1 main course
- 1 drink

Be there between 12:00p.m. - 2:00p.m. to enjoy this fantastic deal!


EATEA is easily located if you're familiar with Kuantan. If Kuantan is new to you, just key in the GPS coordinates. I look forward to try more of EATEA's dishes as this restaurant seem to be pretty promising for a good meal & to be a good hang out place as well ;)


Give this place a try & let me know your thoughts. Restaurants always look out for customers feedback for further improvement, so I'm very fond of giving them constructive feedback to serve their customers better :) Looking forward to trying out their other dishes! (they're open for breakfast, lunch & dinner)


EATEA Restaurant
B1679, Jalan Air Putih 2
Kuantan.
Tel: (+6017) 278 1994
Business hours: Wednesday - Mondays 9:30a.m. - 11:00p.m.; close on Tuesdays
Email: 2016eatea@gmail.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/eatea.kuantan/
GPS: 3°49'49.8"N, 103°20'32.2"E



Ratings:
Presentation (does it look mouth-watering): * * * *
Price (is it affordable - more stars = YES): * * * *
Environment (is the place comfortable, cosy, clean, pleasant): * * * 1/2
Taste (is the food delicious, worth coming back for more): * * * *
Service (are the service providers friendly, efficient, polite): * * * 1/2


Overall:






My next go-to restaurant for fusion food,

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