Sunday, March 14, 2010

Bunny Eats At Kinpachi in ss17, Subang Jaya

Hunny brought Bunny for our belated Valentines Day Dinner at Kinpachi Japanese Restaurant in ss17, Subang Jaya. It's located at the turn off road to the Shell and Esso station opposite the Wisma Consplant (next to Subang Parade). I have seen that place since i studied in a college in Subang Jaya many years ago and it has survived all through these years.

Hunny ordered a Hokkai Sashimi Moriase Set which came with 3 slices of fresh salmon, fresh sweet succulent scallop and 2 roe rich prawns with sweeet sweeeet flesh...very yummy ...RM58.00

Hunny then recommended the porkchop or tonkatsu as he said it don't taste like local pork...RM30. It came looking non was crisp on the outside and succulently tender on the inside and it most certainly did not have that tell-tale porky smell...I wonder wat they did to it....

Hunny's Maki Set was a huge portion and real sushi grade rice was used...some Japanese restaurants like Kiku Zakura uses normal rice but charge exhorbidant prices...Hunny was full after finishing this.

Next came my Nabeyaki Udon noodles. I wasn't expecting such a huge claypot of noodles as other places serve smaller portions for that price or even more expensive...! This cost RM17. The broth was clear and tasty and came with a chockful of veges, some chicken meat and a tempura prawn. The udon noodles are freshly made as the texture was different and it absorbed the broth it was soaked in. The soup was still steaming hot even after 30 mins!

We paid RM153 for this meal but it was worth it. I wished they had Uni (Sea Urchin) as I miss it very much. Thank You Hunny for bringing me to such a cosy restaurant!

Bunny Eats At Yuzu in Gardens Mid Valley

After reading countless reviews of Yuzu at The Gardens, I was really lucky that LK decided to choose this place to celebrate her birthday. I have always wanted to try this place out but my Hunny wasn't really that keen and it also looked very pricy from the outside. Ever since Kiku Zakura increased their prices, I have not been indulging in Japanese meals so often anymore.

We were very surprised to find their bento sets very reasonably priced. LY ordered a King Prawn Bento Set (RM38), LK ordered an Unagi Bento Set, SW ordered an ala carte eggy and chicken chop rice (forgot the name), AT ordered a Gindara bento set and I ordered the Yuzu Bento Set (RM48).

We were pleasantly surprised that at the varieties that came with the bento sets...from soup, salad, appetizer, pickles, chawan mushi and fruits. Portions were just right for all of us too.

LY's King Prawn Bento Set was very impressive...

A close up view of LY's King Prawn Maki

I couldn't take the pic of my whole I was too comfy to move from my here are bits and pieces of it. I love the beef so much...they were so tender n juicy!

The sashimi was also fishy smell...

The tempura was light and no oily after taste....

The sushi was the nicely flavoured rice...not too vinegary...

We weren't too happy with the Chawan Mushi as it tasted rather diluted and was too soft. I prefer an eggier tasting one.

I would love to come back here again to eat but a word of caution, do wear warmer there as the aircon's really cold there.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Bunny Makes Oven Dried Tomatoes - part 2

My 2nd attempt at making oven dried tomatoes took longer than expected. My 1st time here took 5 hours...whilst this round took me almost 9 hours simply because I forgot to de-seed the tomatoes..grrrr...

Local Roma Tomatoes at RM1.99 for 4pcs from Jaya Jusco 1 Utama that has been cut into wedges and some in slices but I forgot to de-seed the wedges! There is approximately 1.5kgs here

The ingredients to marinate the tomatoes. Please REMEMBER to de-seed them first!

Lay them in a single layer on lined baking pans...dash some more olive oil over them....

Place them in pre-heated oven of 200 degrees Fahrenheight

After 3 hours, they begin to shrivel up...look my sliced ones are almost I know that slices take shorter time to dry...

The slices were done after 4 hours but the wedges took 8 hours!

U can be hardwork and start peeling the skin off the wedges whilst they are still warm or be lazy like me and just left them be. Peeling the skin off does taste better as the tomatoes will be easier to eat and more juicy...whereas I leave them on just to increase more fibre in my diet... After the slices and wedges have cooled down, fill them up in glass jars. Make sure your glass jars are clean and dry. This round yielded close to 900 grams of dried tomatoes.

Once filled up, you can pour in any oil you wish to preserve the tomatoes. You can leave them as they are if you want but u will have to store them in ziplock bags in the freezer. Do not leave them in room temperature in Malaysia as there are no preservatives added to the tomatoes and they will grow mouldy as our weather is hot and humid. I used the rest of my extra virgin olive oil to soak these tomatoes in. You can leave the jars in room temperature BUT you must REMEMBER to use clean utensils to scoop the tomatoes or oil out each time to avoid contamination.

As I made so much this round, I am forecasting that these will last me till May. Hope you will try making these yummy beauties on your own. At least now I don't have to pay RM12.90 to RM15.90 per 100 grams outside to get my fix.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Bunny Eats @ Din Tai Fung, Pavilion

Hunny and I went for a charity fashion show last Sunday at JW Marriott Hotel organized by SIFE_UNMC. If you are looking for cheap parking at Bukit Bintang area, do park at Starhill Gallery at RM5/entry. Do not park at Pavilion unless you are swimming in pools of rates there are hourly.

We went to watch Book Of Eli starring Denzel Washington. We sat Twin Seats but I don't like Pavilion's Twinseats as the next door seats are placed too close to each other and got no place to put our shopping's like economy twinseats there....other GSCs like 1U, MV, Tropicana gives ample space in between twinseats for more privacy and roomy feel. Stupid Pavilion seats were also much more expensive! The movie was so-so only..I was surprised the censorship board didn't censor most of the show...violence, f**k words, etc.

After the movie, we decided to eat at Din Tai Fung which took over I think Dainti Hill Restaurant. Hunny and I were hankering for their ultra-licious creamy century egg yolk. We ordered 2 eggs at RM3.90, 1 each for both of us.

Then as we just wanted to fill our tummies a little, we ordered a Prawn Fried Rice at RM14.90 to share. The rice was eggy, fluffy and separate. I found it a lil too oily but Hunny said it was just done right for him.

No visit to Din Tai Fung is complete without a serving of steamed dumplings. We ordered 6 pcs of Pork and Prawn dumplings. They were delicious eaten on their own without the usual vinegar and ginger shreds...the sweetness of the prawns balanced out the gamey-ness of the pork. Hunny made a good choice. Yummy!

Hunny loves deep fried stuff and ordered a Prawn and Pork Deep Fried Dumpling but the taste wasn't as good as the delicious steamed ones.

I can't wait to go to Din Tai Fung next round...just to tabao theor yummy century eggs....nomnomnom :)

p/s : All photos taken by Hunny