Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Vintry, Damansara Heights

The 29th of September 2006 was the day we registered our marriage. Two years on we have a beautiful baby girl (who's going to be one year old next month!) and things are still going great.

I spent very little time looking for a place to eat but I had heard (from Raymond) that The Rib Shop was a good place for dinner. I looked up the number from Google and gave them a call after lunch to make a reservation.

Which is when I found out that The Rib Shop has ceased to be and is now Vintry. I know I've heard some good things about Vintry so I went ahead and made the reservation anyway.

So what is Vintry anyway?  It's basically a wine cellar which serves some great pork dishes.  Upon entering you will see quite an amazing selection of wine but I know nuts about wine so I didn't bother ordering any.

2nd Wedding Anniversary Dinner at Vintry, Damansara Heights
"experience wine"... we didn't :)

We ordered 2 starters.

2nd Wedding Anniversary Dinner at Vintry, Damansara Heights
Caramelised roast pork (RM16.00).

This thing is basically the the more upmarket version of the caramelised siew yoke.  Quite a few bloggers raved about this dish so I had to try it.  It's nice if you take a few bites.  Have too much and the saltiness gets to you and you also start to wonder how come it's not sweeter.

2nd Wedding Anniversary Dinner at Vintry, Damansara Heights
Minestrone soup (RM18.00).

I love soups so I couldn't resist the urge to order one.  Their minestrone soup is quite delish.  Because this place is basically a pork parlor they also throw in some ham bits into the soup.

Now on to the main courses.

2nd Wedding Anniversary Dinner at Vintry, Damansara Heights
BBQ Pork Ribs (RM49.00).

The piece de resistance.  Simply the bestest pork ribs I've ever had.  I don't know how they did it but the ribs are sweet, sour and spicy in all the right amounts.  The ribs are mounted upon a slab of mashed potatoes which were also very good.  This is THE THING to order when you're here.  The other dishes are just fillers.

2nd Wedding Anniversary Dinner at Vintry, Damansara Heights
Sauteed Marinated Pork Ribs (RM49.00).

This item was written on their chalkboard under the heading of "Specials" so I'm assuming it's not in the menu.  The sauce you see on the ribs have a hint of really aromatic curry and it's the best thing about the dish.  The marinated pork ribs don't really seem to be marinated because they were quite tasteless once you go past the surface.  Thumbs up for the sauce.  Thumbs down for the ribs.

We had a hard time finishing the two main courses because their servings were so generous.  So if you're not a big eater... just order one and share lah.

Let's wrap this post with pictures of ST and me enjoying the excellent BBQ Pork Ribs.

2nd Wedding Anniversary Dinner at Vintry, Damansara Heights

2nd Wedding Anniversary Dinner at Vintry, Damansara Heights

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Stay Calm!

I'm appealing to every Malaysian. We have to stay calm. The last thing we need is for things to continue to spiral out of control. We are all being provoked and they have a good reason to do so. Despite what we like to think, they're not dumb. Once we lose it the crackdown will come. We'll get them in due time. But when we do we'll do it in peace and without bloodshed.

Please spread the message.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Yap Chuan Dry Bak Kut Teh, Puchong Utama

Alright how many people have heard of Dry Bak Kut Teh?  I see quite a few people with their hands up.  Ok then.  How many of you know that Dry Bak Kut Teh originated from Puchong?  I see several hands in the air.  One last question.  How many of you know that Dry Bak Kut Teh was invented by a 14-year old kid?  Got you stumped, eh?

Truth is I'm not sure how true what I just wrote is but it makes for an interesting story.  I've been wanting to come to this place since I saw it on Taste with Jason many months back.  So one Sunday night I did.

Yap Chuan Dry Bak Kut Teh, Puchong
Dry (RM9 per person) and Wet (RM8 per person).

We ordered both the dry and soup versions.  There's nothing much to say about the soup Bak Kut Teh.  Pretty standard stuff.  The star of the night of coz is the Dry Bak Kut Teh.

So what exactly is Dry Bak Kut Teh?  Well for starters if you're imagining a version of Bak Kut Teh which tastes the same as normal BKT only with a lot less soup then you're absolutely wrong!  In fact the Dry Bak Kut Teh is anything but Bak Kut Teh.

Dry Bak Kut Teh is basically pork cooked in a claypot with lots of dried chillis and pieces of ladies fingers with a lot of dark soya sauce and some oyster sauce.  Maybe it's just me but I felt that the whole dish is basically flavored by excessive amounts of dark soya sauce.  If they used any herbs or spices to give the dish any distinctive flavour then it must have been overpowered by the dark soya sauce.

Prices are BKT standard (and somehow BKT is never cheap) but the serving is on the smaller side.  I doubt I'll return for another visit.

People who liked it a lot more than I did:

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Saturday, September 06, 2008

Perodua Myvi SE Facelift

Guess what I saw at the Perodua Service Center when I went to service my car this afternoon? I think most people would know that Perodua recently released a facelifted Myvi but they have not released a facelifted Myvi SE. Well, here it is. I shot these pictures myself. The following are pictures of some of the pictures of the new Myvi SE posted at the bulletin board at the service center (did that sentence make sense to you?). Not sure if other people have published these though.

Myvi SE Facelift
Aside from the new Myvi grill they've also restyled both the front and back bumpers. Personally I love the new look and is that smoked lamps I see?

Myvi SE Facelift
Similar to the first picture but here you can clearly see that the rims are the same as the old Myvi SE. The rear lamps are now the clear styled types. Also you can see the badge clearly stating that this is a Myvi SE.

Myvi SE Facelift
Red stitching on the seats are very nice. Not too crazy about the redesigned meters though. I very much prefer the old Myvi SE meters.

Myvi SE Facelift
Red stitching also extends to the steering wheel and the gear knob. I think I see metal pedals, can you spot them? Does anyone else think the 2-din radio looks absolutely horrendous? On the other hand this is probably good news for ICE heads because the previous Myvi's had an integrated radio which made replacing the head unit extremely difficult.

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Charmy Snow Ice @ 100 Yen Shop

I've been meaning to update this almost-a-food-blog blog for quite some time but as President and life long member of the Procrastinator's Club of Malaysia I've got to set a good example :)

So today I'll tell you about something called Charmy Snow Ice that's available at all 100 Yen shops throughout Malaysia (or at least I think they are though I can confirm at least that they're in the SS2 and Puchong branch).

Apparently these delectable shaved iced desserts originated from Taiwan, the land of many good snacks.  They aren't your normal ais kacang and I think they're even nicer than the 'sai mai lo' that KTZ serves.  Why, you ask?

The shaved ice is made from cubes of frozen juice whereas usually people would just use blocks of frozen plain water.  This makes every bite tasty!  Their ice is also shaved very thin.  So thin that its got a very unique texture.  It's silky smooth and melts in your mouth instantly.  Aside from that they usually top the thing up with slices of fruit and generous servings of fruit syrup.

Charmy Snow Ice
Strawberry Snow Ice

Charmy Snow Ice
Mango Snow Ice

Snow Ice, 100 Yen Shops
Green Tea Snow Ice

My personal favourite is the Mango flavoured one.  Do try it out.  I don't know of any other place selling shaved ice like this.

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