Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Boat Noodles @ JBCC Johor Baru City Center, Johor Baru

Boat Noodles @ JBCC, Johor Baru

The famous Thai Boat Noodles has landed in Malaysia for quite some time and I still remember the initial big crowd when boat noodles were first introduced in Kuala Lumpur. Now, the population boom has slowed down, but it still provide an additional choice if you have run out of idea what to have for lunch or dinner.


Different from before, boat noodles restaurants have increased the variety of foods to attract more patrons. Now they offer more Thai cuisines and desserts to accommodate different patrons' preference.
Longan Drinks  RM3.90
Similar to Malaysia, Thailand is also famous with tropical fruits, like mango, longan and durian. My mum used to buy big packet of dried longan when she visits Thailand as it is much cheaper and fresher. During our visit to Boat Noodles, the restaurant was offering Longan Drink as their "today's special". As usual, Thai drink and dessert are slightly sweeter to my taste bud, but it is still acceptable if you are taking hot food. 


There are four types of soup base and two types of noodles. We wanted to order Egg Noodles for testing but was told that Egg Noodles were sold out.

Pathumtani - The Pathuthani recipe is a dark soy sauce broth with an appetizingly sour-ish and delica spicy flavour

Ayutthaya - Ayutthaya has an intensely flavour based creamy dark broth with no less than ten herbs and spices.

We ordered both chicken and beef noodles. Small portion of noodles and meat ball (respectively made from beef and chicken) are served in a small bowl, which was just now for a bite.


The broth was good and both are very appetizing. It is also quite enjoyable to stack up the bowls after eating, especially when you are eating with a bunch of good friends and each of us were competing with each others on how many we could eat! 

Address : Boat Noodles
Lot 307, 3rd Floor,
Komtar JBCC Johor Baru City Center
80000 Johor Baru
GPS : N 1 27.709 E 103 45.811

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Broovies Cafe @ Bandar Indahpura, Kulai

Broovies Cafe @ Bandar Indahpura, Kulai

It has been a while since our last cafe hopping and this round, our target is Broovies Cafe in Kulai. Broovies Cafe is located in Indahpura, a new township in Kulai and getting crowded in recent years after Aeon Jusco rooted here. Following the crowd, many eateries have been set up in the vicinity to cater all levels of patrons. Apart from Broovies, there are also other franchise cafes expanding their territory here, i.e. Sugar on Top, UFB, MyLiberica, Anmour cafe and etc.


Because of the banks located nearby, the traffic flow in front of Broovies Cafe is quite busy and you might need to park further and walk across. Broovies Cafe has a dark blue colour signboard with white wordings and a hidden nation flag of UK, the usage of colours and design truly reflect the UK concept of the cafe. *Please ignore the recruitment banner in front of the shop which slightly spoiled its outer look.*


You will definitely be surprised when you walk closer to the cafe. A blue public phone booth right in the walkway, the glass door and windows which we can see through from inside (just like in the dramas), are so attractive! At the entrance of the cafe, the owner has left the unused coffee grounds on a table to be grabbed patrons who would like to recycle them as fertiliser or for other usage.


The interior look of the cafe, which we are amazed at. The cafe is not spacious, but very contented and well divided into different sections.


Those little ornaments are very matching with the overall concept of the cafe.


Every corner in the cafe worth photo-taking. 




Various cakes are displayed in the glass cabinet, not many choices but each of them looks attractive.


We have chosen the rainbow mille crepe. If you are having the cake in the cafe, they will present it in a nice way, the drawing on the plate and creamy flowers on top of the cake are additional which really opened up my appetite.
Peppermint Mocha  RM11
If you are coffee lover but would like to try something more refreshing, peppermint mocha is a good choice. A combination of coffee, chocolate and mint, fragrance, sweetness and refreshing-ness are all in a cup. 
Rainbow Mille Crepe  RM13
Colourful rainbow mille looks nice, but tasted just normal. I still prefer the rainbow mille crepe from Passionfood, which is layered with fresh fruits and jam.


Waffles are one of the signature dishes in Broovies. So, definitely not to miss it. Other than the Banana Nutella Waffle that we had, Broovies has few other choices of waffle as well. 
Special Drink - Buah Long Long Juice  RM3.9
Broovies was promoting Buah Long Long* Juice during our visit, a tropical fruit juice and very popular among Malaysian. We think its price is quite reasonable and worth for a try and it turned out just nice to match with the creamy cake and waffles. Its sourness refreshed our taste bud and slightly balance the accumulated heaviness from the cake and waffle.

*Buah Long Long is also known as Buah Kedondong in Indonesia, its taste is akin to sour and unripe mango, normally made into juice. 
Banana Nutella Waffle topped with Chocolate Ice Cream  RM16
If you are a fan of the combination of chocolate and banana, you will definitely love this. The waffle batter was itself with chocolate flavouring, making it super duper chocolate-ish. The waffle was topped with banana and nutella, the usage of ingredients is indeed generous. To add a scoop of chocolate ice cream on top, the dessert became extraordinary fabulous.

Address : Broovies Cafe
55, Jalan Kenanga 29/5,
Bandar Indahpura,
81000 Kulai
GPS : 1.642151  103.619689

Business Hour : 12pm - 11pm
Tel : 07-665 1019
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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Arirang Korean BBQ Restaurant @ Bandar Putra, Kulai

Arirang Korean BBQ Restaurant @ Bandar Putra, Kulai

Looking for authentic Korean food? If you don't mind to travel 30 minutes from Johor Bahru, Arirang Korean BBQ Restaurant could definitely surprise you with their tasty Korean cuisine. Arirang located in Bandar Putra, Kulai, not far away from the Hutan Bandar Kulai. Despite its remote location, the restaurant is quite crowded with patrons on a Saturday night.


As usual, side dishes were served first. I am always delighted to see the table filled up with various side dishes of different colours, this is one of the best parts about Korean food. The cold yet attractive side dishes definitely open up our appetite prior to the commencement of heavy meaty meal. Although the side dishes are refillable, please slightly resist from having too much of side dishes and save some space for the main course. 


Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup is a heart and stomach warmer especially during cold rainy day. We had the soup in Chinese way (i.e. have the soup with some of the chicken meat) and the Korean owner actually corrected us, he came forward and cut the chicken into pieces using soup spoon, mixed the glutinous rice stuffed in the chicken well with the soup, making it look more like porridge, so that we able to taste every single ingredient in the soup.


We opted for bean paste soup instead of the normal kimchi soup and its taste has indeed surprised us. It tasted savoury with the fragrance of fermented bean, very good to go with rice. 


Another not-to-missed dish -- seafood pancake. It is at its best when served hot. 


Here come the leading role in our set meal. The barberque meat was personally grilled by the Korean owner outside the restaurant, so we can enjoy the barbeque meat in a non-smoky environment. If you think Korean BBQ is best to be eaten with the grilling in front of you, you can still walk to the outdoor and have a chit-chat with the Korean owner while seeing him grilling the meat for you. 

The BBQ meat are well marinated and grilled to perfection I would say, you can eat the meat alone or wrap it with the lettuce and the add some of the bean sauce and garlic, which is less sinful and with diversified texture.



Address : Arirang Korean BBQ Restaurant
7505, Jalan Enggang 19, Bandar Putra
81000 Kulaijaya

Business Hour : 10am - 11pm
Tel : 07-590 8744