Wednesday, April 30, 2014

MOF Japanese Cafe @ Sunway Pyramid

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MOF Japanese Cafe at Sunway Pyramid has been there for a long time. It's only recently that we managed to pay it the overdue visit. MOF actually stands for Ministry of Food which is a Singapore restaurant brand chain specialising in Japanese food. When it opened in Malaysia, I was pretty excited. I had a taste of MOF in Singapore and it was really good! So I had a certain high expectation.

To be honest, we visited the place months ago and in the midst of everything else, I published everything else and left this in the storage. I did not want any photos to go wasted so I dug them out and decided to do a post on them. The photos were not so up to par for we were still practising a lot with the camera. Mind you, we still are practising with the camera. Life is a lifelong learning right? ;)

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Since it's a Japanese Cafe, they actually serve a variety of desserts. Their main selling point is their Japan Hokkaido Gelato, which you can easily notice while walking down the mall since the Kiosk is situated in the middle of the entire bridge.

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Many popular Japanese flavours to pick from.
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SALMON ABURI MAKI RM14.80 - Japanese cucumber and omelette topped with half grilled salmon, mayonnaise and shrimp roe.

The half grilled salmon is fresh. I love the slight smoked taste emitting from the Salmon and it certainly helps to enliven the otherwise very ordinary rice roll (sushi) that comes with it.
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TORI KARAGE SET RM17.80 - Deep- fried chicken topped with mayonnaise sauce, chicken dumplings, assorted salad & Japanese rice served with bean paste soup.

This bento set is filling and enjoyable with the crispy fried chicken that never goes wrong with a good amount of mayonnaise. I mean, who doesn't love fried food right? It takes a lot of control to say "NO". Now I finally get where the hell all these fats on my body comes from.
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TERIYAKI CHICKEN RAMEN RM14.80 -Sautéed teriyaki chicken & assorted vegetables.

It's an edible fish and personally I find that the soup base is slightly saltier for my taste. It's a good dish for those who are hungry as they are pretty generous with ramen portion. It's hard to comment about the quality of ramen apart from being normal, it doesn't taste bad but it's not special enough for me to give a thumb up.

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You have never tried Japanese Ice Cream until you had at least the Green Tea flavour and the Black Sesame one. If I remember correctly, some of the flavours had ran out on the day of visit, so we settled with the more common flavours namely Chocolate, Vanilla and Black Sesame.

Don't underestimate these common flavours, they are here for a reason and you could easily tell if their ice cream is a real deal just by tasting the Vanilla or Chocolate ice cream. And to my delightful surprise, the ice creams are good, much better than main courses themselves. The black sesame ice cream is rich in flavours, just as good as the other two flavours.

It's a little sad that the food doesn't not live up to my expectations and certainly what I had in Singapore seemed to fare better, their desserts are a killer though, slightly overpriced for the quality as a lot of competitors out there could do very well or even better with the same pricing. If I have to comment about my experience dining in MOF Japanese cafe in one sentence? It would be: Get the desserts, forget the rest. :)

Honey Lemon Girl's Rating

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For more information:

MOF Japanese Cafe @ Sunway Pyramid
Address: Lot F1.67 Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall
Phone:+603-5611 0949
Hours: 10.00AM - 10.00PM

Visit MOF Japanese Cafe @ Sunway Pyramid Facebook here!
Saturday, April 26, 2014

Life is like Pancakes!

Today I am here to talk about PANCAKES. *drum rolls*

This simple food is such a delicacy, given if you mix with the right ingredients; the perfect amount of flour, butter, eggs or perhaps milk to form one of the favorite food in the world! Even now we have those premade flours on the markets shelves. (You don't know how to make pancakes? Here, take this gun with bullet, maybe this world isn't cut for you at all.) And what's so cool is that each country has their own versions pancakes or look-a-like or stolen recipes with their own cultural twists. Neverless, we all love pancakes. It's such an awesome and simple after-sex food.


I ain't expert in pancakes. Occasionally I take some and I love them sweet. I have come across some really cool ones like with bacons (People love mixing bacons with everything, like bacon ice cream). The idea of having something sweet together with some salty really appeal to me! It doesn't gross me out but neh, I don't really enjoy it. I don't want have my cakes made out of meat, nope!

When I think about it, pancakes are pretty similar to life. Everything starts off real simple, you come to this life and all you need to do is breathe, eat and survive, that's all. And in the middle of it, someone might add in some milk, eggs, chocolate cips and others might add crazy stuff like veges, herbs and then at the end of it we top it off with syrups, honey or some nutella. Everyone has a different mix, just like life itself. At the end of the life, what kinda pancakes do you want? Sweet? Bitter? Or just terribly messed up in the awesomest way?

Cracking your brains yet? Let's just keep things simple and enjoy some of our random pancakes photos. Yeah, we made them while we were bored, broke and hungry.


"Living a good life is like flipping pancakes. If you hesitate, it splatters all over the place." - Matt Simpson

Maybe it's time to take the leap of faith and chase your dreams today!

So what pancakes are you making today? :)
Friday, April 11, 2014

El Cerdo @ Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL

[Warning: This is a super non-halal post!]

El Cerdo is a spanish word, and it means PORK. So it's easy to guess that El Cerdo @ Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur specialise in pork dishes, even their tagline "Nose to tail eating"  tells you that much; that they don't waste any parts and they have dishes just for them.

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Even their menus are filled with adorable pigs.

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Upon entering, we were served with a basket of bread and some spreads. As you have probably guessed, the spread is made from pork, we have no idea which parts, but it tasted wonderfully good. We had one or two servings of these before the other dishes we ordered came along. It was complimentary.

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CAESAR'S SALAD RM28 - Romaine Lettuce, bacon, Ciabatta Croutons with Garlic Anchovy Dressing and Parmesan Cheese.

Previously when we visited The Steakhouse @ Changkat Bukit Bintang, operates by the same company, we thoroughly enjoyed their Caesar's Salad, in fact I commented that it was one of the best I have had thus far. Not wanting to miss the chance of savouring the deliciously fresh appetizer, we ordered this dish again. Surprisingly, they tasted slightly different, perhaps because of the different toppings used? We weren't sure, as fresh as this dish went, we were kinda disappointed that it didn't live up to our expectations, like certain things were missing to prevent us from saying "Damn, it's GOOD!".

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BACON "BOQUERONES" RM26 - Fried bacon rolls filled with White Wine Marinated Anchovies served with tartar sauce.

We were so excited when this dish came sizzling hot. The fragrant itself was so appetizing that we couldn't wait to plunge onto them, except that we had to capture the glory first! The first bite was really memorable, that's because the outer bacon roll that's been fried to perfection was literally a masterpiece itself, I mean who could resist bacons! (Don't forget to dip into the tartar sauce too!) The inner part, where all the fats were; was less palatable. I wasn't used to the texture and found it sleazy. I had to separate them away in the end because I couldn't stomach it.

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GRILLED PORK SHOULDER STEAK RM48 - Marinated for 48 hours in Paprika, herbs, onions, garlic and served with jalapeno and smoked paprika sauce.

Grilled to perfection on the outside; tender and juicy on the inside; each bite into the pork shoulder feels like an aromatic therapy itself! I especially love to have them together with the mashed potatoes. The taste blend so well you could feel every inch of the meat bursting with all sweet-scented spices used to marinate this. All the long hours taken just to make sure the meat is well seasoned is worth it in the end.

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WHISKY BABY BACK RIBS RM78 - Marinate with 10 year Laphroaig Single Malt Whisky, served with grilled pepper salad and straw potatoes.

Soft, juicy, delectable ribs? Tastily sweet and cutely chopped potatoes? And we have yummy grilled pepper salad too? What! It's marinated with some exquisite whisky? This gourmet, delicately prepared just for your pleasure, we can't resist it, nope! So forget about saving up your money as this treat will make your penny worthwhile. ;)

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PASTA CAVATELLI RM35  - with cheese and smoked pork shoulder ham.

To be honest, this tasted like an ordinary bolognese with extra cheese.  The pork shoulder ham was really nice though, the meat was tender and easy to the mouth. I wouldn't say that this dish was awesomely good, but it was still pretty fine, nothing to complain about.

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Ever since Baskins Robbins removed Rum & Raisin from their menu, it's pretty hard to find one that's decent. At El Cerdo however, they make sure that the quality of their food is top notch and as a result, you get this heavenly dessert. The scrumptious ice-cream is irresistible; once in the lips, you couldn't stop digging in for more and more. This is definitely one of the best Rum & Raisin I have ever come across and on top of that, they are so generous with their portion. You could totally share this plate with 4 people or more without needing to control your intakes much. ;)

Oh, don't get me started on the fluffy pancakes, they compliment each other so well. I would definitely return just because they serve this dessert.
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If you start hearing plates breaking, don't be shocked. Just their Roasted Suckling Pig and you will get to participate in their "ritual" by cutting the suckling pig into pieces and then throw their plates into a pale. It is believed that by breaking the plate, you are warding off the bad luck. This dish is especially popular among those parties who come to celebrate birthdays, so you will be hearing plates crashing pretty often.
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One of the disturbing thing that I must mention is that I feel like I have entered a pig morgue. I understand that El Cerdo means PIG, and their main dishes are all pork, but seriously, with all the cute, adorable pigs and piglets as decorations, staring down at you while you are munching away your food which could only be made from the sacrifice of some innocent pigs' lives which probably haven't lived even up to a month?... I am not sure, but I find it extremely disturbing...\

I have no doubt when it comes to the quality of food served by El Cerdo, after all it's one of the higher end restaurants around the area. I have enjoyed most of the dishes and felt that even though the prices stated in the menu could blow one's mind away in the first glance, you wouldn't feel so much of the money pain after the food comes as they are pretty generous in their portions and not forgetting the quality and taste, so the money you pay for is pretty worth it.

(Yesh, after this meal I actually feel more determined to go back to being vegetarian again, or cut down pork entirely...)

Honey Lemon Girl's Rating

Ambience: 5/5
Service: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Value: 5/5
For more information:

El Cerdo, Nose to Tail Eating
Address: 43&45 Changkat Bukit Bintang,
50200 Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Changkat Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur,
Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone:+60 3-2145 0511
Hours: 12:00 – 2:30 pm, 6:00 – 10:30 pm

Visit El Cerdo Website here!

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