Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Din Tai Fung Restaurant at Gurney Plaza.

"Sin jamban ho pangsai"

Direct translated from hokkien: New toilet very nice for pooping.

When this restaurant was first opened at Gurney Plaza, there were always long lines outside of the restaurant. Everytime when we were there, the lines just doesn't seem to get any shorter and mind you, we don't go there often so we don't really know how it's like during weekdays and stuff. 

We thought the phrase above was perfect to describe the whole crowding thing in front of Din Tai Fung. That and also we thought that the food here must be really good. 

And yes, we decided to give it a try. 

We were not gonna line up for 45 minutes for a meal so we decided to go during a weekday lunch time. We were wrong. There was a line, just not that insanely long. We waited a while and we got a corner table, very closely placed next to another couple. 

We opened the menu and thought that since this is our first time,we shall order their recommended items and maybe a few more dish that has the most delicious look-in-photo. 

Let's see how it goes, shall we?

Pork Xiao Long Bao
6 pieces - RM13.10
10 pieces - RM20.80

He says: Like this one. But tasted better ones before.. work it out Din Tai Fung!
She says: So overpriced for this kind of dumpling okay. Got 'soup' inside I know, but it tasted so normal ni. It's pretty normal la. Nothing to shout about. 

Spicy Shrimp & Pork Wonton
3 pieces - RM7.50
6 pieces - RM14.00
He says: Normal..  The spicy sauce is pretty good though!
She says: This one I like better than the xiao long bao. Also, really like the chilli, surprisingly though it's not as spicy as it seems. 

Hot & Sour Noodle Soup - RM18

He says: Could be the best dish of the night for me. Hot and sour at the same time =D
She says: I thought this was going to be mind-blowing amazing but I have tasted something similar at a hawker place in Penang. Hah. BUT the noodles are amazing! It's chewy and soft at the same time. Prolly one of the best textured noodle I've eaten. I think..

Shrimp & Pork Fried Rice - RM23.90

He says: High expectations but disappointing outcome. Could get a better fried rice at food courts!
She says: It is apparently highly recommended and chef's top pick something like that. Hmm. Let's see. All I tasted on this fried rice was the eggs. Yeah, I dare say I make better fried rice at home. This is very very disappointing. 

Stir-Fried Baby String Bean with Minced Pork - RM25.10

He says: Normal.. come on!
She says: Bleh. 

Din Tai Fung Restaurant at Gurney Plaza.
Price: Very expensive


His rating: 3/10
Her rating: 4/10

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Frozen Squids with Subi.

If there is something that would make our life easier and faster, we would definitely love to have it. Being full-time office employees, both of us never have the time or energy to buy grocery items and then head home to cook. 

It's almost to impossible, and partly because we are not living in the same house (yet!) so that makes it more difficult to do all the cooking and stuff. 

However, the boy loves to cook. I mean like he seriously loves inventing new ways of cooking, be it a normal stir-fry dish or pan-fry the chicken breast fillet. I hate to admit this but most of the time, his cooking tastes really good. Now, he's gonna go all bangga on me. Heh. 

We were given an opportunity by Jar Creations to test this one product out, and it's called Subi. It was our first time hearing such brand and they gave us not 1, but 3 different products to try them on. 

Here's a little something about Subi that you may now know yet and will know after reading this. 

1. Subi is one of the seafood products brand produced under Golden Fresh Sdn Bhd. 
2. Golden Fresh S/B is a popular frozen food processing company is Malaysia. 
3. The variety seafood products are locally made with the best quality kind.
4. Customers satisfaction is their priority. 
5. Their seafood are mainly caught from the Atlantic Ocean and Australia. 
6. Subi's products are free of saturated fat.
7. Their savoury snacks offer the easiest way to cook and most ideal for those who are busy.

We were excited to cook them because he loves to eat squid and I don't find them in my must-eat-list because most of the time, the ones I have had before are way too chewy and I find them pretty tasteless, so no need to waste time eat. Hah. 

I was looking forward to this, thinking that this could change my mind of my general perception of squid. 

Oh and one more reason why we love Subi's Squid Products! We don't have to de-frost them. It's cook-able right from the freezer to your pan. HOW CONVENIENT IS THAT. 

There are 3 ways of cooking Subi's frozen products. 

- Deep Fryer 
- Air Fryer 
- Toaster Oven

Gone were the days when we had to take out the pan, pour oil and fry our dinner/supper and that was the only way we could enjoy deep-fried frozen stuff. 

With Subi's products, it's good to know that there are the other 2 ways we could do with it. 

Let's see how the tasting went :)

Oh oh before that! We were also given the chance to try out Subi's newest squid addition - Subi's Spicy Squid Bites! Read down below!

You can also go see their FB page to get their latest updates!

So, overall we tried on Subi's Crunchy Spiced Squid, Subi's Squid Chips and Subi's latest product (mentioned above). 

Subi's Squid Chips (coated with delicious curry spices) - RM13.79
 He says: Tastes like Kentucky Fried Sotong! Original flavour! Must try!
She says: Among the 3 ways of cooking them, I love the air-fryer because no oil is needed and still came out so delicious. The spices that coats the squid is salty-kind and that is why it makes the perfect snack at home. Oh and the squid was not chewy at all. Soft and yumms. 

Subi's Crunchy Spiced Squid (marinated with unique herbs and spices - best seller in the market) - RM14.85
 He says: Not chunchy enough but still.. its not bad! Oh ya, if you like squid heads like me, take this!
She says: This one was crunchy and a lil spicy if I remembered correctly, but it was really mild kind of spicy. The squid for this version is not so much on the squid's body but the squid's head. So, if you like that part of a squid, you will love this one. 

Subi's Spicy Squid Bites (aromatic squid pieces - latest product) - RM12.59
He says: Could be spicier! 
She says: This one super easy to makan! It's popcorn squid! Love this one!

Price: Reasonable

His rating: 8/10
Her rating: 8/10