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Humble Chef, Plaza Damansara

Heyyyy .. A lil short post on Humble Chef today :D

Humble chef has a super clean and simple space for dining.

Lamb Pita (RM5) & Chicken and mozarella cheese Omelette (RM5)
Gorgeous lamb pita, the bread almost melts in your mouth along with the lamb. As you can see, it’s so easy to tear off (in the photo) anyway. But really, it’s one of the best lamb pita for its value. Ever !
The omelette .. oh gosh, heavenly !!!! Such simple food, yet so satisfying .

Seafood Aglio Olio (RM5)
Spaghetti in olive oil sauce, fresh crunchy prawns, celery and a sprinkle of blackpepper on top. It’s nothing fantastic , honestly .. But for RM5 ? Oh what the heck ! Especially when you’re in Plaza Damansara where nothing is below RM20 for a decent meal !

Creme Brulee (RM5)
It’s a big portion actually .. It’s decent, but I find it a lil’ too hard . Possibly because it’s kept in the fridge for too long .

 

Humble Chef

54, Plaza Damansara, Jalan Medan Setia 2,
Damansara Heights, 59100 Kuala Lumpur

Business Hours : 6pm – 12am

Samira, Sentul Park

Ideal place to have dinner before heading over to KL PAC for a show .. A restaurant by a lake .. There’s so much greenery here , I don’t know where to begin ! But do be ready for some mosquito bites . Unavoidable , but at least , I warned . I regret wearing a short dress . :

Shirley Temple (RM15)
My favourite of all times .

Vegetarian Crystal Rolls (RM11)
I always loved the Vietnamese rolls. The skin is chewy, the filling for this particular one is just beyond refreshing . Definitely a must have for an appetizer.  It goes superb with the sweet and sour Thai chili sauce . Without it, it would be a little bit dry for my liking .

Steamed Mussels in Lemongrass Sauce (RM25)
Yummy fresh mussels , nuff said .

Samira’s Traditional Banana Flower Salad (RM22)
At first, I was a little bit skeptical because I don’t see anything familiar that seems edible . Well, they look like the ingredients you ignore in the assam laksa. So .. I took my first bite . *crunch* It’s.. Gorgeous . Simply crunchy, refreshing . Mix of chopped up banana flower, shrimp and squid (And I think sliced chicken?) , this is a divine salad.

Thai Tom Sum with Fish Fillets (RM21)
Sour and delicious :3

Traditional Steamed Squid in Lime and Chili (RM28)
It’s bitter sour . It’s not that great .. But it’s addictive .

Pan fried Banana with Vanilla Ice Cream (RM12)
Hot banana covered in honey with a scoop on vanilla ice cream on top . What else can one ask for?

Thai Mango with Sticky Rice (Seasonal) (RM16)
The mango is really sweet. But I really dislike how it’s cut .. Too confusing to bother about when the whole dessert taste so good .

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Confrefrie De La Chaine Des Rotisseurs – Bailliage De Malaisie Dinner

Sometime last week, mummy told me about the annual Chaine dinner, and my eyes just sparkled . My face was just like this for the whole week. —>

Early this week, she handed me the lovely invitation card with my very own name printed on it!

My first ever Chaine dinner was at Equatorial Hotel Kuala Lumpur where the members had one last dinner together at The Chalet, before the hotel closed for renovations. This one would be my first time attending the annual Chaine dinner at the KL Convention Center.

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At about 6.10pm, mum and I were ready to leave the house . It was still slightly drizzling , I was praying so, so hard that the roads will be clear. But no such luck as it was in KLCC. We were stuck in heavy traffic at various places for over an hour. Thankfully, everyone else was also caught in the  jam, the event had to start slightly later than expected.

For pre-dinner drinks, we sipped a gorgeous champagne and nibbled hors d’oeuvres. Mum and I couldn’t stop having more of one or two of the miniature sandwiches made of slivers of multi grain bread and truffle mushrooms. Love-ley .

At about 8pm, we were finally seated. First thing served – BREAD! Of course, I thought it would be just buns and butter. But NO! We had three breads to choose from and three types of butter – plain, capsicum and truffle butter embedded with salt crystals. I swear, this is the first time I had one and a half pieces of bread and I almost finished the whole cup of truffle butter . (FAT FAT FAT)

Amuse Bouche (Kumamoto oyster pearl)
Award-winning Executive Chef Richmond Lim told us to pop  the kumamoto oyster pearl whole in our mouth and as we chew, we’d be able to taste the freshness of the oyster. Goodness, he’s so right. Obediently, I put the whole thing into my mouth and with lips sealed together, slowly chewed on it. Heavenly! It’s felt fresher than the freshest oysters! So refreshing, so appetizing.  Can you imagine that? Especially when the roe burst as I bit into it, I did a little dance in my head. Mum described this as the absolutely sensual. I couldn’t agree more. (:

Mummy placed her portion next to mine for photogr-aphy. Can you see the oyster in that egg-shaped jello?  that’s kitchen artistry at work!

Duo Flavoured Wild Tasmanian Salmon Tartar with shaved summer truffle
The addition of edible flowers also made the dish so colourful.
Salmon tartar made from air-flown fresh salmon that arrived that very morning itself, mixed with smoked salmon. On top of it are two slices of scallops. And on top of that, 2 pieces of sweet juicy lobster ! Dinner just gets better and more interesting with each course. I couldn’t wait to see what’s next.

Crustacean Smoke Consommé with lobster ravioli
I find the ravioli skin a lil’ too thick for my liking, but that’s the way it’s served. Chef Richmond was so adorable. He told us he had  added some muscles in it for us to chew on, and yes it was lovely to have a little something to chew on besides the ravioli.

The waiter placed the bowl with ravioli and lobster in front of me and another waiter poured in hot, steaming consomme from a teapot.

Slow-Roasted Quail with figs and kumquat marmalade
This isn’t really my kinda thing .. It was really lovely though. Meat was slow roasted to perfection and beautifully tender.

Scottish King Scallop with urchin roe hollandaise
Chef Richmond was rather disappointed that he could not get the king scallops he promised in the menu, so he used Queen scallops instead. I found the the scallop a lil’ overcooked on the outside as it tasted rubbery. The inner parts were gorgeous. Perfect. The foam sauce and hollandaise tasted so, so good. But not many people would enjoy it as it has a pretty strong fishy  flavour from the beads of roe. I loved it though. :P

Cheers to the CHAINE!

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Ginger Flower Infused Pineapple and Basil Sherbet
IT’S SHERBET SERVED IN AN ICE CARVING THAT EMITS BLUE LIGHT. HOLY HAMSTERS! I touched the ice looking thing and .. OH MY GOODNESS, IT’S REAL ICE. Okay, that felt so dorky .. BUT BUT BUT . IT’S REAL ICE.
I didn’t like the pineapple flavour in the sherbet though. I just don’t like  pineapples.

Australian Grain Fed Lamb served with wild mushroom risotto and Ratatouille
Ohaii there ! Tender pieces of lamb with the pinkiest center ! It’s also my first time having ratatouille, although there was only a bite-sized portion wrapped in the zucchini cup.

White Chocolate Cheese Mousse with champagne grapes and raspberry jello
I don’t quite fancy desserts .. I usually never finish dessert, actually . Even my mum was surprised that I cleaned my plate. That torque (chef hat)-shaped mousse is so gorgeous, I tell you. It was not extremely diabetic-ally sweet and it had a slight salty taste from the cheese. Just the way I’d love a good dessert. One of the Chaine members said that the mousse was so smooth, like a baby’s bottom! Imagine that now :P

Datuk Dr Jagjit Singh Sambhi, National Bailli Délégué de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs and I after the lovely dinner.

“Ladies are very much like a good wine, they mature with age.”
Most memorable quote from the dinner.

Toodles !

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Chinese New Year 2010, Part 2

At night, we had western food! Which is ALSO not normal to eat in Penang, for me. We went to Sigi’s Bar and Grill on The Beach at Golden Sands Resort. Currently, it’s only open to in house guests, and the launch is on the 18th of February! This particular restaurant is quite big, it has an outdoor and indoor dining areas. Besides that, they have a cool bar that is lit up with blue lights at night! Actually, the whole restaurant is based on blue colour. The place is a little dark which sort of gives this mysterious and romantic ambiance. On the opposite end of the entrance leads you outside to the beach which you can enjoy the beautiful sunsets and enjoy the sea breeze. Outside the entrance has a trail with herbs and flowers at the sides. Overall, this place is such an adventure.

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Blue lights, turquoise chairs and tables and lovely ‘lighted paintings’ on the wall.

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The long ‘river’ in the middle of the restaurants is still due to constructions though.

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The actual place is much darker.. I brighten it up so you could see whats there.

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The outdoor dining area. So spacious!

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Eastern Sunrise Mocktail
Fresh Guava, Pineapple, Lime, Banana, Mango and Grenadine Syrup
My favourite. It’s slightly sour because of the grenadine. But surprisingly, I didn’t taste any pineapple and banana..

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Caesar Salad (RM28)
Crispy Romaine Lettuce, toasted croutons, beef bacon, anchovies, shaved parmesan, and soft poached egg with caesar dressing.
Lovely poached egg, oooh! The parmesan that melts in your mouth and beef bacons. Am I making you drool?

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Salt and Pepper Calamari (RM21)
Red Chilli, Coriander, Onion Jam and Nahm jim

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Seared Scallops (RM30)
Scallops with green olive tapenade, chive creme, and potato galette
The. Scallops. Are. So. Fresh. And. So. Juicy.. I only had half.. and I want more! It’s just so lovely!

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Prawns (RM28)
Marinated in Morrocan Spices, dipping sauce
Eat it without shelling the prawns! It taste so beautiful.. If you shell them, you don’t get to taste the spices anymore. Trust me on this!

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Pan-fried Cod (RM65)
With crushed new potatoes, pistachio aioli, and fennel and caper salad
I always loved cod fish.. Juicy fresh cod fish.. Yum. :D

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Braised Oxtail Fettuccine, Parmesan, Broccoli and Basil (RM34 for individual, RM112 for family)
For me, I’d preffer my spaghetti softer.. The oxtail is full of fats. Eek! Not my kind of meal.

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Beef Sirloin (RM70)
Char-grilled Australian black angus sirloin steak with hand-cut chips. cafe de paris butter and salad
Don’t order a well done steak.. Order medium or rare. It really makes a difference. Juicer and more tender. Every mouth made me want another piece. It’s that good. RM70 worth of paradise.

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Fried Dried Flat Rice Noodle (RM31)
They have a few local items as well like this one! Of course, they are fine dining local food! :D

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Fungi (RM27 for 12″)
Mushrooms, anchovies, olives, and dried oregano
Mushrooms are nice. :D Do you like mushrooms? I love mushrooms.. This pizza is just awesome!

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Souvlaki (RM29 for 12″)
Shredded lamb, onion, sweet chilli sauce, tomato tabouleh and garlic sauce
The weird part is that they added chilli sauce to make it a little Arabian-ish. Not working for me.. It reminds me of the Ramli burgers..

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The Bombe (RM23)
Mango sorbet, white chocolate parfait, Italian meringue, and pine nuts
It seemed to be a weird combination, but a good one.

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Chocolate Tarte (RM25)
Like chewing gum tart! Okay, not literally, but its quite chewy, but not too much that makes you tired of eating it. To balance it off, they added a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Meet the chef himself, John Brock.

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Family time! :D My Aunt, Uncle and mum.

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Say hello to baby Neville! He’s about 8 months old now.

Saturday

Usually we would visit and pray to my grandpa in the morning before lunch.. This time we went in the afternoon.

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The sun rays here are so.. SO bright!

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Night falls and we had our reunion dinner. We had steamboat as usual! No pictures, I wanted to enjoy the food…. :D But I did take pretty pictures of the fireworks we played. We also accidentally lit up an unknown firework and we didn’t stand far away enough nor did we covered our ears.. The cylinder-shaped firework bombed with such a loud sound, our ears were still ringing 2 hours later. ):

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