Thursday, July 27, 2017

[food review + soft launch] OMAYA, Mount Austin

OMAYA was well-received by many 'foodie', since its flagship outlet opening at Subang Jaya. It has stirred up hype and is well endorsed of many Korean food enthusiasts within Malaysia. After a short three months, they opened their second outlet at Mont Kiara. Now, barely half a year later, OMAYA's third outlet has been opened at Mount Austin, JB, and I was delighted to have been invited for the soft launch and food review session!

The specialities we reviewed were the 1200mm Korean BBQ Skewer, Giant Pork Ribs Cheesy Toppoki Stew, Honey Mustard Boneless Chicken Cubes, Shimson Stew and the Lee Kwang Soo - Cheese Dakgalbi. 

To start off, I had the Rainbow Slush (RM11.90), and I love the stylish tall bottle! The Rainbow colors looked so pretty, and were very Insta-worthy! 

 I was amazed by OMAYA's Korean BBQ Skewer (RM138) which holds a record for a height of 1200mm. The Skewer is fixed with various Pork Cuts, Chicken Thighs, Sices of Pineapples, Bell Peppers, Squid, Prawns and Onions. 

The Skewer is hung high on the ceiling, and it is only detached once it is to ready to be grilled. Thumbs up for the BBQ Skewer as it was definitely the limelight of the night! 

Next up was the Giant Pork Ribs Cheesy Toppoki Stew (RM75) which came with 5 humongous sticky Giant ribs that were marinated in mildly spicy sauce. We had a great time polishing off these ribs that were covered in such a delicious and luscious sauce! 

The Honey Mustard Boneless Chicken Cube (RM25) came in piping hot cheese! I really like the chicken meat, as it tasted awesome

Shimson Stew (RM84) is one of OMAYA's signature dishes that feeds around 2-3 people. It is a combination of Korean rice cakes, noodles, luncheon meat, ham, hotdogs, baked beans and custard slices. The addition of cheese made the soup thicker and more flavorful!

The Deep Fried Squid Cheesy Toppoki Stew (RM58) was my favorite dish of the night ,as the batter was well seasoned and was cooked perfectly. OMAYA specially selected the Squid from Argentina for its better texture. 

The Lee Kwang Soo - Cheese Dakgalbi is another one item that OMAYA takes great pride in! The Boneless Chicken Leg was marinated 2 days using the flavored chili sauce! The set also included an aromatic pork chop, and on the whole , the price was RM82. If you are a cheese lover, then you are in for a treat, as the seductive cheese aroma will whet your appetite!  

Another Insta-worthy non-alcoholic drink is the Cotton Candy Fizzy Drink (RM9.90). Many patrons are attracted to OMAYA's special drinks. I love the bubble drink as it really made my day though handling it might be a bit messy! 

Never forget about the signature beverage, which is readily available in almost all Korean Restaurants. The Watermelon Soju! This refreshing cocktail (RM36.90) tasted really delicious and was sweet!

Cheese is the primary ingredient in OMAYA, and I was surprised that I did not get the 'Gelak' feeling at all. OMAYA captures the hearts of Korean food lovers and I strongly recommended all my friends and readers to visit OMAYA! I was pleased by the generous serving portions, and the price wise, it was pretty decent as well! 

Lastly, thanks for having me at the soft launch of OMAYA. I enjoyed the food very much, and it was worth travelling across the causeway to attend the tasting session!

No 49 & 51 Jalan Mutiara Emas 2A
Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru, Malaysia 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

[opening event] Ah Mah Homemade Cake at VivoCity

Ah Mah Homemade Cake is a bakery from Malaysia that specializes in Castella Cakes, and is widely known for it's fantastic quality and taste. Now, they've opened an outlet at VivoCity, and I was present to taste the yummy Castella Cakes during the media launch! I loved it very much!

Ah Mah Homemade Cake was first opened in Restoran Poh Yap, Kota Kemuning, Malaysia. Within a short period of 2 months, they opened 14 outlets across the country. The very first Singapore outlet was opened at Bukit Panjang Plaza on the 14th of July 2017. 6 days later, they opened the second outlet at VivoCity. 

The sponge cake is inspired by the popular egg sponge cake originating from Tamsui (Danshui), Taiwan. Chef Jim of Ah Mah Homemade Cake has adapted the traditional recipe and has put a local twist into it! 

Everybody knows that VivoCity has a high volume of patrons and there are throngs of people. Hence, do take note if you're coming to buy the cake, as the queue may be fairly long! During the launch, there were many curious on-lookers checking out on the cakes, but apparently it was not opened to public yet. 

The cakes are freshly made every day on the spot, and each batch required a good 80 minutes. To ensure that freshness and quality is maintained, Ah Mah Homemade Cakes are baked daily, and all cakes are discarded after 12 hours if they are not consumed.

The sponge cake is made from simple ingredients such as eggs, milk, sugar and no contains no butter at all. Note though, they use quite a lot of eggs in one cake, so you might find quite a potent eggy taste!

After removing the sponge cake from oven, the Chef flipped the cake on to it's side, cut them into even pieces, and affixed the bakery's logo as a mark of authenticity!

While taking photos at the event, I could smell the fragrance of the fresh sponge cakes which I couldn't wait to sink my teeth into. I really enjoyed these delicious Castella cakes!

The original version (of the cake is made purely with milk, eggs, quality flour, and has no added water, preservatives or colouring. It makes Ah Mah's Homemade Cake a healthier choice after all! It is extremely soft in texture, fluffy, and tastes wonderful.

 They have another cheese version, which I feel will appeal more to a younger crowd. Older crowds will probably still prefer the original version. I personally like the original version as I'm not very into cheese, but you can give it a try as I'm sure it's quite delicious!

There are 2 flavors to choose from the original (SGD8) and cheese (SGD11). They are made of Grade AA high-quality locally produced eggs from Singapore. There is a limit per buyer, where they are only allowed to purchase 2 boxes each.

Thanks for having me at the media launch and congratulations on the opening! Kudos to the staff of Ah Mah Homemade Cake for the hard work as they baked batches and batches endlessly for the media launch!

 I went home with a box of the original version of Ah Mah Homemade Cake, and I had them for breakfast. The soft, fluffy and melt-in-the-mouth texture of these cakes left me wanting more!

Interested to know more about Ah Mah Homemade Cake? You can visit the stores at the addresses below.

Ah Mah Homemade Cake 
1 Harbourfront Walk, ivocity, 
#B2-K7 Singapore 098585

Ah Mah Homemade Cake
1 Jelebu Road Bukit Panjang Plaza, 
#01-18 Singapore 677743

Monday, July 24, 2017

[food review] Yuzu Japanese Restaurant

Having a zest for good food, I enjoy trying out new eateries and food, especially across the causeway into Johor Bahru, Malaysia. When my JB blogger friend invited me for a food tasting session at Yuzu Japanese restaurant on a random weekend, I gladly accepted! Yuzu Japanese Restaurant is located at Mount Austin, JB, and the eatery place is fairly small with a homely and unpretentious setting.

Upon reaching the premises, we were told to help ourselves with the complimentary cold/hot green tea and free flow of kimchi at their located area within the eatery place. Currently, Yuzu Japanese Restaurant is running a promotion on their 4 deluxe Soft Shell Crabs Ala Carta and Set Meals!

2pcs of Soft Shell Crab (RM19.90)
1pc of Soft Shell Crab with Shoyu Ramen (RM18.90)
2pcs of Soft Shell Crab Meal Set with Chawanmushi (RM28.90)

2pcs of Soft Shell Crab Don with Chawanmushi (RM24.90)

Apart from the soft shell crab menu, we were allowed to also order any other food items on the menu for our tasting session. I started off with one of their signature dishes, the Cha Soba! (cold noodles). The price was much affordable as compared to other restaurants located within JB which I had tried before. The serving portion was pretty decent too! The texture of the noodles were perfect, and the dipping sauce was tastier and enhanced with the accompanying Sesame seeds.  

If you are a lover of cold noodles, you should not miss out on the soba at Yuzu Japanese restaurant. 

We also ordered the standard dishes that one can find easily in a Japanese restaurant. We shared them among the other bloggers during tasting session. 
Salmon Teriyaki 
Deep-fried Breaded Scallops

Ebi Fried Tempura 
Cold Tofu

Yuzu Japanese Restaurant may not be an exquisite Japanese Fine dining eatery, but they do well to attract customers due to their very affordable prices and quality of food. It is a good choice for weekday lunches, and is also a good place for gatherings and outings for friends and families alike during the weekend! Everybody can eat well at this wallet-friendly eatery!
Lastly, thanks for having us at the tasting session, and I enjoyed the food very much. I made many JB blogger friends through this tasting event too. 

Yuzu Japanese Restaurant (Mount Austin) 
No.27 Jalan Mount Austin Height 8/4
Taman Mount Austin 81100, Johor Bahru, Malaysia