Monday, July 14, 2014

Bari Uma Ramen @Jaya Shopping Centre Section 14 Petaling Jaya – Super Tasty and Original Ramen even the Japanese like it.

They are many Ramen Restaurant in the Klang Valley but one of the latest new kid on the block is Bari Uma Ramen located at Jaya Shopping Centre, L3-11, Level 3, Jalan Semangat, 46100 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Bari Uma Ramen which literally means Super Tasty Ramen in Japanese, has more than 40 outlet in Japan and growing each year. Nearly every region in Japan has its own variation of ramen, from the tonkotsu (pork bone broth) ramen of Kyushu to the popular miso ramen of Hokkaido.  There is a huge market for Ramen as it is a staple food eaten by children and adult.

Most Ramen outlet in town are usually helm by male Chef, but here at Buri Uma Ramen, the head Chef is a lady and she is very particular about the quality of the food that are served to patron of this restaurant.

At Bari Uma Ramen, all the ramen are made in house. So, you are rest assured that the Ramen are as freshly made as possible to serve to you.

Here at Bari Uma Ramen, they served the Tonkotsu Ramen which is a cloudy white colored and thick broth made from boiling of pork bones, fat, and collagen over high heat for many hours. The end result is a hearty pork flavored and a creamy soupy based.

Our first dish of the night is Kara Uma which is a pork flavored shoyu spicy soup with thick cut flamed Chashu. You can order your noodle to be firm or original, the firm version is a little more harder and it last longer in the broth while the original is of a softer version i.e. it is cooked a little longer henceforth the softer texture. A piece of advice if you order the original, it is best eaten quickly as it tends to absorb the soup and would be soggy.

With the thick and strong pork broth and an added spicy dose, it was very appetizing. The ChaShu is individually grilled, unlike some which grilled the entire pork belly and then cut to individual pieces. The end result, you are able to taste the smoky taste of the ChaShu in every bite. The fatty layers of the pork belly virtually melt in your mouth with every bite of the meat.

Next is the Noritama-Uma (signature dish) which is a pork flavored shoyu soup with thick cut flamed Chashu Ajitama and Dry Seaweed. Here the Ajitama was served as a whole egg compared to other Ramen shop which will cut it into half egg. 

The reason being is when you bite into the Ajitama, the egg yolk literally spit out, the egg yolk is very runny and you can taste the shoyu taste which had penetrated into the egg white.

The next dish is the Gyoza (Pan Fried Dumpling) chicken filing. The dough was very thin and when pan fried was very crisp while the chicken meat has a strong garlic taste and was very tasty. 

It was delicious and complimented well with the shoyu dipping sauce.

For those that preferred a little spicy on the Gyoza, you can try the Nemi-mayo Gyoza   which is Pan fried Gyoza top with a spicy mayonnaise sauce. It had a tinge of spicy taste, which is not too overwhelming to go with the Gyoza.

Next, we had the Yakitori. In Japan, Yakitori is a snack food must like our satay ayam, where it is eaten while drinking shochu in Japan. For the evening we had the Negima – Chicken Thigh and Leek, the Butanegima – Pork Thigh and Leek and the Sasami – Chicken Breast.

I personally preferred the Pork thigh and chicken thigh as they were more firm and it was well marinated compared to the chicken breast which has a more bland taste and softer meat texture.

The last dish for the night was the Ishiyaki Chaofan Chashu which is Japanese Fried Rice with the Chashu. The rice type used in Bari Uma, were the short grain Japanese rice. It has a smooth texture and when cooked in the hot stone bowl, it maintained the heat on every spoonful until the last grain. The Chashu that was used to fried the rice is also been grilled before hand and cut into little pieces.

Overall, if you wanted to eat something other than Ramen, you can order this rice dish to try out. You will not regret it.

For me, Bari Uma Ramen have live up to it’s name, Super Tasty Ramen. 

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Crave Café @ Oasis Ara Damansara - Breakfast Like A King With Crave BIG Breakfast.

Like the saying goes “Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince, Dinner like a Pauper”. With that in mind, we head over to try out the BIG breakfast at Crave Cafe located at BG-03, Oasis Square, Jalan PJU 1A/7, Ara Damansara, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.     

Crave café is inspired by its owner Australian love affair. So the décor and outlook pretty much size it up like the outback with comfortable dining area and sofa seats where you can hang out with your buddies for a nice get together.

Here at Crave Café, the line of coffee and tea are from the famous Toby's Estate Arabica Coffee in Sydney and are of the Woolloomooloo Blend from Sydney Australia. Toby coffees are of the mild roasted type and are not the type where you can get the coffee kick, which are suitable for those that prefer a not so strong coffee.

One of the advantages of a mild roasted coffee is, it leaves a little sweetness in the beans, so technically you don’t really need to add any sugar into the drink.

We had the opportunity to try out a few interesting coffee flavors one of which is the Dirty Chai Latte which I have not tried before. It is a one shot expresso mixed with Chai syrup and topped with cinnamon powder. I should have ordered a double shot as I like my coffee stronger.

For non coffee drinkers, you could opt for the Toby Breakfast Blend Tea, it has a smooth taste and a strong floral aroma.

The first breakfast set we sample was none other than the Crave BIG Breakfast which has 2 sunny side up eggs, sausages, beef bacon, baked beans, roasted tomatoes and mushrooms served with ciabatta.

The mushroom which was lightly sauteed was very tasty especially eaten with the toast, topped with some slices of sausages, bacon and eggs.

Next we had the Pancakes with Caramelised Banana & Maple Syrup – The pancakes was very fluffy and of the right texture. Eaten with the combination of the maple syrup and caramelized banana, the taste was just right. There were also sprinkles of cashew nuts too.

The third set of breakfast that we had was the Salmon Scramble – It is smoked salmon nestled on a bed of scrambled eggs served with focaccia. The scrambled eggs were very light and fluffy.

The saltiness of the smoke salmon and the sprinkle of parsley topping was a perfect combination with the focaccia. This dish is for those that prefer a lighter wholesome breakfast to start the day.

Crave Cafe will be introducing a new item to their breakfast menu – as of now, this dish has not been named but it is served with fried eggs, beef bacon and avocado paste with ciabatta.

The white paste is actually cheese spread which you can spread on the bread or eaten as it is. The strong avocado (green) paste was a perfect blend to the bacon and fried eggs.

For Lunch menu, you try out the Chicken Parmigiana, which is breaded chicken cutlets baked with Parmesan cheese and served with tomato sauce base. The Chicken cutlet is coated with parmessan cheese and oven baked.

You can taste the crispy chicken with the flavored cheese wrap around it. Slurp it up with the accompanied tomato sauce, it makes a tantalizing sweet sourish meal. The thinly slice baked potatoes was a perfect side dish to compliment this dish.

The Next Lunch menu dish was the Seabass With Spicy Sauce. This dish will be for those that prefer a little spicier food, the fish is first coated and deep fried and served in a bed of spicy sauce with a bowl of Buttered Herb rice, green beans and carrots.

For desserts, we started off with the

Gula Melaka Cake – I find this cake a little unique and it is an acquired taste to like this especially so, if you are those that loves anything Gula Melaka or sweet stuff. I don’t think you can find this cake in any places. You can taste the tiny pieces of Gula Melaka crystal in every little bite of the cakes, it has that slight crust bite feeling when eating this cake.

Nutella Mille Crepe Cake – It is a nutella infused crepe cake. Look at the multiple layers of nutella crepe.

Salted Chocolate Cake – this is another specialty cake serves at the Crave Café. The whole cakes is chocolate based and in the middle, there is a thin layer of melted salt which you can taste. It is a very interesting combination of the rich chocolate taste with a tinge of saltiness in every bite.

In conjunction with the Ramadan, Crave Café is having a Ramadan promotion.

Ramadan Buka Puasa Promotion

Crave is having a promotion which comes with a homemade Soup, a choice of Main Course, a slice of homemade Cake and a Dragon Fruit Juice.

Main Course Selection:

Honey Glazed Roasted Chicken with mashed potato and grilled vegetables


Seabass in Spicy Cream Sauce served with Butter Herb rice


Beef Stroganoff with Steamed Rice.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Buzz Restaurant at Hotel Premiere Klang – Delightful Mouth Watering Spread Ramadan Buffet.

The Buzz Restaurant at Hotel Premiere Klang – Delightful Mouth Watering Spread Ramadan Buffet.

Not many Ramadan buffet in the Klang Valley offers more than 100 types of dishes. but here at The Buzz Restaurant located at Hotel Premiere in Klang it serves more than 100 dishes.

Ranging from Salad, Cold Cut, Ulam, Gado-Gado, Soup, Pizza, Spaghetti, Curry Noodles, Main Dishes (more than 10), BBQ (Lamb, Seafood, Chicken Wings), Nasi Briyani, Nasi Ayam, limitless desserts and the in season Durian Kampung. Sadly, yours truly is not able to try out every single dish here. It must be the first time in a buffet that I was unable to savour every dish that was served.

One of the main points according to Executive Chef of The Buzz Restaurant @Hotel Premiere- Mr. William Teo (more than 35 years of experience specializing in Western and Malay Dishes), it is not the number of dishes that we served but most importantly each dish were cooked to give you a total culinary delights to steer your every taste bud.

Above all, there are many “LIVE” cooking stations to ensure that your dishes are cooked and served just for you. You can choose your favorite ingredients and the portion for the Chef to cook it.

For the night, below are the lists of my favorite

The main highlight is the Roast Lamb – freshly Roasted and cut to the right serving size. The Lamb (from New Zealand) was marinated for more than one whole day before being roasted to perfection. The meat was tender and succulent. With the added brown sauce, it was a perfect fit to start this culinary experience.

My next favourite is the Sambal Petai Prawn. The prawn was very firm and the sambal gravy was so ingrained into the prawns and very juicy. The Petai was purposely half cooked so that you can savour the bitter sweet taste of the petai and the aromatic flavour of the petai. Blended with the sambal sauce, it was indeed tantalizing.

Next is the Soup Rusa, which was another fine example of the creativeness of the Chef, most restaurant will either serve you the soup kambing, gearbox or tulang rusuk. With the right blend of spices used and the use of venison meat as the base, it does not have any musky taste and not overwhelmimg.

For the main dish, we had the Stir Fried Beef With Capsicum & Black Pepper, the beef was very tender and the peppery sauce was not too spicy.

In the Briyani section, you can try the meat of choice of - Lamb, Chicken or Beef Curry With Potatoes. I personally enjoyed the Beef Curry, as it have a watery texture and the beef was very well cooked and the meat have a soft texture making it very easy to eat.

 In the Luk Luk section, I  had the Poach Tiger Prawn,  the freshness of the prawns top it off. You can just eat it on its own without any need for any extra sauce and you will be able to appreciate the natural sweetness and the firm texture of the prawns.

Next, I had the curry noodles. Apparently, this is the Chef Grandmother Original recipe which has a Baba Nyonya origin. Nyonya Curry are usually laden with a lot of santan and the curry noodles served at The Buzz is of not exception. Due to this, it has a creamy soup texture and couple with the perfect combination of the condiment such as fish ball, cockles, taufoo, taugeh and etc.

Although there are many desserts served like a selection of Malay Traditional Kuih, which I did not have the chance to savour all of it, 

but the one that stands out have to the Sarawa Durian With Pulut. The creamy durian although a little sweeter has a strong durian taste and was the perfect match to the pulut.

The other dishes served at The Buzz @Hotel Premiere are

Briyani Special at The Buzz @Hotel Premiere

Western Salad at The Buzz @Hotel Premiere

Kebab at The Buzz @Hotel Premiere

Chicken and Beef Satay at The Buzz @Hotel Premiere

Coconut Shake – Don’t have to travel to Tanjong Klebang to taste it

Durian Kampung

BBQ Squid, Mussel, Mackerel and other seafood

Pasta Section at The Buzz @Hotel Premiere

Cakes and Fruits Section at The Buzz @Hotel Premiere

ABC Station

It was truly a different Ramadan Buffet that I enjoyed very much as the food served was very tasty and have exceeded my expectation in terms of quality and value for money.

Hotel Premiere is collaborating with Air Asia Big Loyalty program which you can shop, dine, stay and fly program where you can collect the BIG POINTS for every ringgit spent. One of the promotion is Buy 10 buffet voucher for The Buzz restaurant and get 1 Free plus an additional 200 BIG points.

So, head over to The Buzz @Hotel Premiere Klang for a feast this Ramadan.

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