Wednesday 28 May 2014

Amma Indian Muslim Restaurant @ Jalan Ngee Heng, Johor Bahru

Amma Restaurant @ Jalan Ngee Heng, Johor Bahru

Amma Restaurant is restaurant located not far away from City Square, at the end of the Little India street in the town, catering decent and reasonable-priced Indian foods. During weekdays' lunch hours, Amma is always crowded with the working people nearby as the restaurant is air-conditioned and is spacious and comfortable to have a quick lunch.
The exterior look of Amma, which is "decorated" (or obstructed) by few Areca trees. There are some limited parking space in front of the shop, but normally fully occupied.
Teh Masala  RM2.50
Masala tea is a traditionally and Indian favourite, made from Indian spices such as cloves, cardomom, cinnamon and ginger. It is an ultimate remedy for a stomach upset and for a cold.
Banana Leave Rice with Fish Curry RM10
A big chunk of mackerel fish cooked with Southern Indian Styled Curry, served with few refillable side dishes, including rasam and some vegetables. Indian and regular indian foods lovers will pour out all the rice and dishes from the containers onto the banana leave, mix well and start enjoying the foods.The level of spicy is appropriate and suitable for all levels of people. Rasam is an Indian-flavoured soup, it is always a must and a meal is never complete without it, it is especially good when serves piping hot and soothes the soul.
Ghee Thosai  RM2.50
Ghee is clarified butter made from the milk, where it is used instead of oil while frying the thosai. Thosai is a crispy savory pancake, a very good choice as tea foods. Ghee Thosai is served with three types of sauce, to accommodate different people's liking.

Amma is also selling various Indian candy, which is decorated in different attractive colours and in fruit shapes. However, please mind the level of sugar in the tempting dessert and cut it into smaller pieces instead of wallop it in a big chunk.

This is my first try on banana leave rice and it left me a quite good impression. The visit to Amma definitely an eye opener to the world of Indian cuisine and inspire me to find out more! After a simple research, I noticed that Amma's foods lean more to Sounthern Indian style, and I will definitely continue my adventure of Northern Indian Food in the near future.

Address : Amma Indian Muslim Restaurant
164 A&B, Jalan Ngee Heng,
80000 Johor Bahru
GPS : N01 27.899'  E103 45.627'

Bussiness Hour : Mon - Tue 07:30 - 22:30 
 Wed - Sun 19:30 - 22:30

Wednesday 21 May 2014

Ajisen Ramen 味千拉面 @ Tiong Bahru Plaza, Singapore

Ajisen Ramen 味千拉面 @ Tiong Bahru Plaza, Singapore

When the day we meet up, we walk around this mall and finally come across this Ramen restaurant. As known nowadays, many Ramen restaurant has been introduced here, such Japanese style, Chinese style and even local version of Ramen. Many restaurant are added modified version Ramen to suit local delight. Therefore, we decide to give try on this.
We ordered two side dishes to kick start our dinner. It just nothing special and we ordered this two side dishes to complete as our set meal, since it in promotion.
White Fish (5pcs) $5.90
Baby Octopus  $5.90
Here start with our Ramen. The noodles is not so impressive with slightly alkaline taste. Perhaps, it will improve this by using fresh handmade noodles on the spot. That will be a great.
Thunder Ramen $12
Crispy Yuba Ramen  $12
This is my own bowl of Ramen. Since I seldom eat spicy, therefore I leave the spicy to other alone. Back to here, usually the miso soup base of Ramen will come with sweet and salty taste. I just like the moderate taste which not salty as other offer. For the sake of eating ramen, I finish up the soup and leave the empty bowl there. Great satisfactions. 

Address : Ajisen Ramen 味千拉面
Tiong Bahru Plaza,
302, Tiong Bahru Road, #B1-01

Tel : 63774223

Wednesday 14 May 2014

Menu Please Bistro @ Taman Maju Jaya, Johor Bahru

Menu Please Bistro @ Taman Maju Jaya, Johor Bahru

Recently, many of this type cafe are mushrooming around the town. This is one of the famous among all. This cafe is located at the heart of city which is convenient for motorist. Menu Please is located at Taman Maju Jaya, the famous newspaper street. Menu Please bistro distinguished itself from a row of old shop houses by having modern exterior design. 

The dim but warm lighting in the Bistro, the simple but creative decoration on the wall are believed to be the owner's artwork. I especially like the clock made by the cake tray, fork and spoon, it is so interesting.
Peach Tea 桃子茶 / Passion Fruit Tea 百香果茶  RM6.80
Cold Fruit Tea are our choice, with peach and passion fruit flavour respectively. The drinks are not too sweet with a light fragrance of tea. The fruity flavour adds a refreshing element to the drink.
Sesame Duck Salad 芝麻熏鸭沙律  RM9.80
We ordered the sesame duck salad as appetizer, comprising sliced smoked duck, cucumber, carrot, lettuce and surprisingly--tangerine, rendering the western styled salad infused with oriental flavour. The smoked duck is slightly salty, but well-balanced with the variety of raw vegetables. The dressing itself is very unique too.
Tomato Soup  番茄汤  RM7.80

We ordered one tomato soup for sharing. It is served with two piece of garlic bread, buttered and pan-fried till golden-brown. The tomato is just appropriate to my liking, not too sweet. A little bit of sourish definitely opens up my appetite for the main course.
Spaghetti with Ham and Mushroom Pink Sauce  火腿蘑菇意大利面  RM15.80
We have chosen two dishes as main course. The first one is spaghetti with ham and mushroom pink sauce. The chef is very generous with the portion of cheese, making the spaghetti very cheesy and creamy. With crispy pieces of ham, it provides some different texture to the noodles. Mushroom is always my favourite to appear in spaghetti, so needless to say, I like this spaghetti.
Wasabi Prawn Pizza 芥末虾仁披萨  RM14.80
The name of the dish--Wasabi Prawn Pizza, itself is interesting. As a Japanese foods' lover, wasabi-flavoured pizza definitely make us curious about its taste. Various ingredients such as prawn and dried bonito are equally spread on the thin crust pizza, topped with wasabi-mayonnaise. The pizza is cut into 8 pieces, it sounds a lot and heavy, but it is so handy and we can actually finish it.

The spiritual ingredient of pizza-- cheese! Where else we can get this good pizza with such a reasonable price? I will definitely recommend Menu Please Bistro to all my readers and friends. Menu Please Bistro is normally not crowded, even though they serve good foods. Hence, if you are looking for a quiet place to enjoy your meal, Menu Please Bistro can be a good choice. It is really worth for my next visit.

AddressMenu Please Bistro
25, Jalan Maju ,
Taman Maju Jaya
80400 Johor Bahru
GPS : N 1 28.865 E 103 46.066

Business Hour : 11am - 10pm 
Closed on Monday

Wednesday 7 May 2014

Da Si Xi Dim Sum 大四喜香港点心小厨 @ Taman Johor Jaya, Johor Bharu

Da Si Xi Dim Sum 大四喜香港点心小厨 @ Taman Johor Jaya, Johor Bharu

It was a Saturday that I returned to Malaysia from work. We made our trip to Johor Jaya with an intention to try the seafood porridge in the same area. But too bad, the restaurant is only open until 3pm, my plan for seafood porridge as late lunch spoiled. Driving around the vicinity, found a Dim Sum restaurant which looks interesting.
Ta Si Xi located at Jalan Dedap area, combining two double-storey shops in a row, providing spacious dining space.  Due to non-peak hour, the restaurant was quite empty. Differ from Hong Kong styled dim sum restaurant, there is no trolley with dim sum served from table to table (or perhaps because of the very few customers in the restaurant). We have to order our foods from the menu.
Deep Fried Prawn Dumpling in Salad 沙律明虾饺  RM3.80
Prawn dumpling is one of our choices (but it looks very different from what has been displayed in the menu), the outer layer is a bit burnt rendering the bad presentation. The filling with prawn meat and vegetables are good to taste, but the presentation itself cut off half of my appetite, despite I am a fan of prawn dim sum.
Shanghai Xiao Long Bao 上海小笼包  RM7
Their Shanghai Xiao Long Bao is recommended, the price is very reasonable. The skin is quite thin allowing us to inspect the filling through its semi-transparent skin. It is full with double-boiled soup and a gentle bite easily allows all the soup run into my mouth.
A close up of the crystal xiao long bao.
Har Gao 虾饺  RM3.80
The taste of Har Gao is just of average, nothing to shout with, but just sufficient to satisfy my craving for prawn dumpling.
Sao Mai 烧卖  RM3.80

Prawn Chee Cheong Fun 鲜虾猪肠粉  RM4
Their Chee Cheong Fun is quite nicely made, the silky smooth skin covering fresh prawn, served with fried shallots and their special made chilies sauce.
Fried Carrot Cake 炒萝卜糕  RM4.50
Their fried carrot cake is more to Singapore styled, which the dark soy sauce is omitted. Instead, every piece of carrot cake is clothed with a layer of egg, pan-fried till crispy but the inner remains soft and juicy. A stalk of tau geh reduce the greasiness of it.
Golden Bun 金沙包   RM4.50
Their golden bun looks normal and plain too, but it tastes damn good while it is served steaming hot.  

The filling rich with salted egg yolk juices, simply tempting! But be cautious to avoid being scalded as it is super hot!

Overall, their foods are just of the average, but I would consider their price as reasonable and not overly pricey. If you are looking for dim sum after breakfast hour, Ta Si Xi still serves as a good place for dim sum.

Address : Da Si Xi Dim Sum 
11 & 11-01 , Jalan Dedap 4,
Taman Johor Jaya,
81100 Johor Bahru
GPS : N01 32.411'  E103 48.285'

Bussiness Hour : 6.30am - 5pm
Tel : 07-351 3378