Sunday, September 28, 2014

Two Pesos Steamboat, SS2, Petaling Jaya Food Review

Two Pesos Steamboat is actually a very popular franchise in Taiwan and is known to be Taiwan's No. 1 Mini Steamboat outlet. It opened it's first branch in Malaysia on 25th of August, 2014 where it's located at SS2:
With vibrant colors, it's hard to miss when you're driving by and looking in that direction even though there are many shops in that area.

When night falls, people tend to queue up to wait for their turn to savor their delectable flavors they have to offer.

 Two Pesos Steamboat has a lot of different base flavors to choose from but for Malaysia, as of the time of my visit, there were only 12 selections to choose from. This is because they're still in the testing phase towards the Malaysian market in order to adapt to our taste and also not to complicate their current menu as they introduce Two Pesos to Malaysians.

Their ordering process is simple, take a menu, choose a meat of your choice (Pork, Beef or Lamb) and choose rice, yee mee or meehoon according to the broth that you want.

During that day, we had 6 different types.

This is the Two Pesos Stone Pot:
Lightly flavored with the garlic and spring onions in it, they soften up the meat for us by cooking it in the hot pot for awhile.
They then proceeded to throw the soup in and it's time to start making it boil, boil, boil!
The first taste of the soup was fantastic, however, after the 2nd refill onwards, the taste just starts to fade away and you'll only rely on the ingredients you throw in for flavor.
Nevertheless, this is one of my favorite to soak my stuff in.

For this steamboat pot, this is the Milky Seafood Pot (RM14):
The broth is milky and smooth and is most of my peers favorite.
Of course, I liked it too.

Other things tried is this Japanese Sukiyaki Pot (RM14):
It's okay but not enough to entice me to try more of it.

Basu Spicy Pot (RM14):
I love this spicy broth even more than the milky one. The spiciness doesn't kick in immediately when you drink it. It will only kick in after awhile so drink slowly or it'll be choking. LOL.

This is the Tajine Seafood Pot (RM16):
This has a really unique taste that it's hard for me to describe. However, it's not the kind of taste that I would continue enjoying when the Milky, Spicy Basu and Hot Pot is present.

Mongolian Herbs Pot (RM14):
It has a touch of bitter taste to it and it lingers on in the aftertaste which I dislike hence, after tasting about 3 scoops, I'm done with it.

If you took note on the different ones I tasted, all the pots has their own unique housing which intrigues me.

In addition to the meat and the things that goes with the dish, you can add on other things that usually won't come along with it like these dumplings:
Or eggs, or pop pork balls and many more.

One thing that I love the most about this place which I would say is the star is their garnishes and sauces:
 
You're allowed to mix and match as you please and after mixing in the bean paste, the garlic mash with the spring onion, I could just eat that with the rice itself without anything else on it.

Another thing that surprises me with this place is that you can actually take away steamboat instead of sitting in here and eat!
This is the first ever that I've heard of.

Two Pesos Steamboat SS2 is currently located in:
No.7, Ground Floor, Jalan SS2/67 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sun: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Pretz n' Beanz, Solaris Mont Kiara Food Review

Familiar with the location of Solaris Mont Kiara, I confidently headed to Pretz n' Beanz for my appointment without allocating extra time to spare. However, during my haste, I accidentally miss the turning that leads towards the road and instead headed off up to the highway. As if things weren't getting worse, it suddenly rained heavily when I got on the highway. To make a long story short, I was 45 minutes late to my appointment! Anyway, I was glad I made it. XD

Pretz n' Beanz is very hard to miss and is very visible the moment you turn into Solaris Mont Kiara.
It lights up like Broadway and is a huge corner lot on Jalan Solaris 4. The interior no doubt is bright and big but the lights are cozy enough for a relax setting and is fitting environment for a family to dine in. Upon my arrival, of course most of the item that the group had indulged in was gone except for a little bit saved up for me. I was so grateful that they did so.

Before I dived in into the food that the rest had consumed, I proceeded to have this drink to gauge on the coffee quality in an ice blended form:
It's an Iced Blended Mocha (RM13.90) with whipped cream. Taste is not bad and decent, not too sweet with syrup and not too weak in coffee taste.

As the name of the place implies, Pretz n' Beanz focus is their signature Pretzels and Pretzel Pizzas.

This pretzel is the Cheese Basil (RM6.90)
(Most photos are from Jeff since mine are mostly left with few bites left. LOL.) Pretz n' Beanz representative highlighted to me that despite an hour had past, the pretzels and pretzel pizzas would still be soft and remain in good texture and as I bit into it, I would have to agree. No doubt, it may not be as good as when it was warm and straight out of the oven but it still is delightful and the taste didn't deviate that much. Just that it's now, cold. Cheese Basil taste to me like the elevated cheese bun with enhanced flavors.

Cinnamon Sugar (RM5.90):
Nice amount of cinnamon glazed on top of the pretzel with it not being too sweet. It certainly goes well with the pretzel as if it's meant to go together. A good eat.

Hot Pepper Chilli Chicken (RM14.90 regular/ RM20.90 large):
Looks red and spicy on top but it's tolerable. In fact, I wouldn't say that it's spicy at all. Nevertheless, it is quite an interesting crust since it's a pretzel pizza. What it differs in your normal pizza crust is that this is more fluffy and soft compared to the bread like feel of a normal pizza.

Norwegian Delight (RM15.90 regular/RM21.90 large):
Deemed also as the seafood pizza, don't let the exterior fool you that there's nothing much. Inside contains some salmon in 'em and being inside makes it cooked proper rather than merely as aesthetic pieces. This one to me tasted spicier than the Hot Pepper Chilli Chicken so if you fancy spicy and you fancy seafood as well, this would be the pizza to go for.

Caramel Butter Thick Toast (RM13.90) as our dessert:
Although it may not be the best thick toast I've tasted, it certainly is near to that level. The caramel and the cream along with butter on the toast covered it's bases and will not let you have a plain bread moment. Although it looks like it has loads of caramel on it, it's just the right amount and not too much which is great on the sweetness level.

Pretz n' Beanz at Solaris Mont Kiara is certainly a good place to just chill and relax for singles like me and is also a good place for families to dine in.

It's address is:
22, Jalan Solaris 4, Mont Kiara 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Opening Hours:
Mon–Thu, Sun
7:30 AM–Midnight
Fri–Sat
7:30 AM–1:00 AM

Friday, September 26, 2014

Eat, Drink and Win Contest by Domino's Pizza in Collaboration with Mountain Dew

During the duration of August 4 to August 22 this year, Domino's Pizza Malaysia had held a Facebook poll in collaboration with Permanis Sandilands Sdn Bhd (the company that manufactures and distributes Mountain Dew in Malaysia), allowing the public to vote and choose their dew. It was a battle between the color Red and Blue and in the end, the result had determined that blue was the winner and hence came the appearance of the Mountain Dew Blue Shock drink.
It's a unique, bold flavor which is raspberry citrus and the 1.5L bottle is only available at Domino's Pizza Malaysia at the current moment. This new flavor joins the ranks of the ever popular original Mountain Dew variant, Pitch Black (Citrus Grape) and Live Wire (Zesty Orange).

So with the new addition of this new flavor, together with Domino's Pizza Malaysia, comes a campaign that spawns the Eat, Drink and Win Contest. In this contest, participants will stand a chance to win a brand new Honda Jazz 1.5L S.
All you have to do in order to participate is simply calculate the number of 1.5L bottles of Mountain Dew Blue Shock that will fit into the sporty blue automobile and also complete it with a creative slogan.

Entry forms for the exciting contest are available with a minimum purchase of RM5.80 which is the a-la-carte price for the 1.5L bottle of Mountain Dew Blue Shock. A purchase of RM30 or above entitles you to 2 entries while a purchase of above RM70 will entitle you with 3 entries. Ordering online will double your entries.
During this promotion, consumers can enjoy the Blue Shock Combos where each comes with add-ons of Crazy Chicken Crunchies, Garlic Cheese Onion Rings, Garlic French Loaf and of course, a 1.5L bottle of Mountain Dew Blue Shock.
Blue Shock Combo Set 1 comes with 1 regular pizza for RM35, a savings of RM23.
Blue Shock Combo Set 2 comes with 2 regular pizzas for RM50, a savings of RM32.80.
Blue shock Combo Set 3 comes with 2 large pizzas for RM70, a savings of RM32.80.

During the campaign official launch to bloggers at Domino's Pizza, Subang Perdana, Senior Manager, Marketing of Domino's Pizza Malaysia and Singapore, Linda Hassan brief us on the mechanics of the contest as well as to answer any queries that we might have.
She also echoes the words of Shamsul Amree, General Manager of Domino's Pizza Malaysia and Singapore at the official launch,"Domino’s Pizza Malaysia has always been committed to providing our customers with the highest standards of service, not merely in terms of being the world’s pizza delivery experts, but also in offering quality meals for great value. We are truly excited about this partnership that brings two global brands together to offer the all-new Mountain Dew Blue Shock to our customers. Domino’s is delighted to be the first Quick Service Restaurant to introduce Blue Shock to the Malaysian public and to reward our customers’ loyalty with the Honda Jazz Grand Prize.

The launch to bloggers which include these four:
saw a setting in a more relaxed and laidback atmosphere among friends which ended in a feast.

By the way, I never knew Domino's Pizza has Chocolate Lava Cake:
The taste is not bad too! Pleasantly surprised.

Selected outstation Domino’s dine-in stores also offer unique ambiance and the great value of three Blue Shock Eat-in Combos, making them perfectly suited for customers who choose to dine-in. For more info on the "Eat, Drink and Win" contest, head on over to www.dominos.com.my

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Purple Pasta Restaurant & Cafe, Oasis Square, Ara Damansara Food Review

The name immediately captures my attention when my friend relate it to me for trial. "Purple pasta?" I resounded in my mind. I amuse myself with the visualization of a purple pasta dish everytime that name pops up in my mind.
Situated in a place where I frequent, I've never ventured to this part of Oasis Square in my life and was elated with joy to discover that there were some eateries over here.

Of course, Purple Pasta is not just a place that serves pasta but other types of Western cuisine as well and you'll get to see some of it later on here. :P

The front of the place may look plain and ordinary, but one section of it inside is beautiful in it's decor and seems comfy and cozy. The coffee section of it's menu seemed confusing at first to me, but I eventually figured it out after analyzing it for awhile. And that's where I settled for a Hazelnut Latte:
The coffee was alright and was smooth but I didn't get much Hazelnut taste in it when I was drinking it.

So then begun with the Lunch Menu.

The Lunch Menu is a lesser filling portion of the Dinner Menu but nevertheless would suffice my hunger pangs should I had breakfast. LOL.

This is the Garden Salad (RM8):
Some lettuce, cherry tomatoes, croutons, Parmesan Cheese, arugula thrown in the mix and some mayonnaise to dress it. As you may already know, I'm not a salad fan but this one is okay to me. It may be smaller in portion than other places but it only costs RM8 which is cheap.

The Garden Salad wasn't the only thing that cheap to consume in this restaurant. The Pasta dishes are too. It only costs a mere RM5 and I kid you not!

Lamb Marinara (RM5):
Basically, spaghetti with a lamb meatball. The lamb meatball taste great and I'm very much satisfied with the tomato sauce also the ratio of the sauce and spaghetti. Again, sure the portion is smaller than a normal pasta dish but adequate enough to be a filler for me for the afternoon so that I don't doze off in the office from a heavy meal. What's more it's only RM5!

We tried one more pasta dish and it was the Authentic Carbonara (RM5):
Unlike other Carbonara, this isn't with loads of creamy sauce. In fact, it's as dry as an Aglia Olio and is a no cream Carbonara. But I love the idea of the egg yolk flowing onto the spaghetti which adds flavor to it. Herbs and black pepper adds a little kick into it.

After the 3 dishes, we proceeded with the Dinner Menu.
During my visit, the dinner menu has not been released yet and was a trial run. However, if anyone would like to try any of the dishes, it would only be on a reservation basis to ensure the quality and the presentation of the food.

Since the dinner menu was still in the works, prices were not available.

Prawn Ceviche:
I love the harmony of this dish where all the components of this dish seem to go well together. I like the raw prawn which is quite refreshing when you consume it.

Salmon Tartare:
This dish was very well presented and the taste is not bad too. The salmon and the apples in there are also quite refreshing like the Prawn Ceviche earlier though not as much as that but still gives you a cool sensation.

This is the Stuffed Chicken:
It is chicken stuffed with Spinach and Walnut on top of a mashed potato mixed in with mashed pumpkin and cheddar cheese on the chicken. I feel that it looks greater than it taste. From the visual impact, I probably felt that it should taste better than how it is but I wouldn't say it's bad. It just lacks the excitement in taste but is enough for a passing grade from me.

This unique dish here is called the Salmon Beurre Blanc:
Although I love the salmon but I'm not sure I can relate the same to the sauce combining with the pasta. Maybe because I'm not use to the taste of a sweet sauce with a pasta dish. I've tried teriyaki sauce with pasta before but then again teriyaki sauce contains some saltiness in it's taste among the sweetness. Overall, I just find it weird to taste sweetness in a pasta sauce like a dessert.

This is called Prawn Thermidor:
It's a dish that I would say not bad. Beneath the layer of Thermidor Sauce and Foam lies grilled prawns. Weirdly, although I quite like this dish, I like the Blanch Asparagus the most at the bottom!

Fra Diavolo:
Despite it's almost one color appearance, this dish is delicious. The mutton was tender and juicy and the flavor of the sauce is unique edging towards Indian kind of taste. It's a little spicy due to the chili flakes and I had a shock when they mentioned that there's dark chocolate in the sauce as well! Savory with a little bit of heat in it.

Purple Pasta is situated at:
D-G-06, Block D Oasis Square Ara Damansara, 2, Jalan PJU 1A/7A 47301 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sun: 10:30 am - 11:00 pm

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Purge: Anarchy (2014) Movie Review

Genre: Action, Thriller
Language: English
Starring: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford
Story (may contain spoilers!):Just like the movie of the previous installment, it's time once again for the Annual Purge in America. The year is 2023. The Purge is an annual event in America sanctioned by the government to allow people to let out their inner beast and to go about killing and committing acts of violence or any sort of crime for a total of 12 hours. During this time, no emergency services will be available or come to anyone's aid. For those who's not participating in the event will lock down in their own homes.

The movie takes place at Los Angeles where Eva Sanchez is a waitress and a mother who tries to make ends meet. During the day of The Purge, hours before the event starts, Eva tried to negotiate with her boss for a raise but failed. She goes home to her sickly father and her daughter but the father was in a really foul mood and decides to lock himself in his room and demands not to be disturbed. Little did the family know, he actually planned to make himself a martyr, a person who agrees to be a slaughtering lamb in exchange for a really hefty sum of money. This is how the rich participate in The Purge.

Another focus on the movie also goes to a couple, Shane and Liz, where they argue over something. They bought supplies and goes to their car but were confronted by a gang who seemingly is awaiting for The Purge to start where they taunt them. Shane and Liz drove out of there puzzled as to what was that about but soon found out that their car was sabotaged as it stalls on the road later on. They quickly try to run and seek safety away from the gang before The Purge starts.

Eva and her daughter Cali soon discovered about the fate of their father after he had long gone left the house but Eva and Cali faced problems of her own when The Purge started as their pissed off neighbor barged into their place. However, before he could do anything to Eva and Cali, a well trained team of army with their high tech gadgets started to kidnap Eva and Cali.

Will they all survive? Watch the movie to find out.

Comments:
I didn't watch the first installment of the movie but I love how the plot is. And so I highly anticipated to watch this show. The buildup of the story had me excited on the anarchy and mayhem that I'm about to witness but after watching the movie, I was severely disappointed. The hero of the show is just a weaker and more careless rip-off of The Punisher but that wasn't what let me down. It was when The Purge started, they showed just a few people either being hacked or gun down but other than that, it doesn't seem to have that much of activity going around. It just seemed like a normal, everyday crime scene that is usually portrayed in movies. And when there were blood splatters, the CGI was so fake that it looks so amateurishly done. When the movie was over, I thought to myself, "This is it? When do the real mayhem starts?" There were too few big action scenes in my opinion which I feel it's not enough.
However, I do like their heart-warming and heart-tugging moments which is something I thought that they did okay.

Rating:
I was expecting a lot of action and suspense but ended up almost none. 2 stars out of 5.