Sunday, June 23, 2013

Tous Les Jours Grand Opening @ Bangsar Telawi

'I'm waking up to ash and dust, I wipe my brow and I sweat my rust, I'm breathing in the chemicals'
*Gasps for air*. Radioactive by Imagine Dragons has always been my favourite song and I find it so relevant to our situation right now due to what's happening in Malaysia and Singapore. The air and vision today was so bad and I was literally breathing in the dust and smoke and had problem catching with my breath all thanks to our neighbour country. Hmmph. I miss breathing clean and fresh air! It's only during these times we become conscious of what we breathe in and learn how to appreciate what we used to have.

Back to the topic, my bestie and I were at the grand opening of this famous Korean bakery shop, Tous Les Jours this morning! Tous Les Jours means 'Everyday' in French. I have difficulty pronouncing French haha. I actually came across this bakery shop on facebook and found out that they are having this free coffee and tea promotion for three days so we decided to give it a try! Besides, there is so much hype going on even before the opening of this bakery shop. Apparently Tous Les Jours is a very famous Korean bakery shop known to have only used flour imported by Korea and many local people seem to know about this bakery.

I really like the concept of this bakery shop! The doors and window panes are painted in mint green which really compliment the red bricks well. I love this shop before even stepping in. Haha. There's just something about this shop that makes it very 'Korean-ish'. In Korea, there are many cute coffee and bakery shops like this which are very aesthetic looking. 

The display of freshly baked pastries welcoming you upon entering the shop.

The shop was packed with customers despite our early arrival.

I love the cute wooden trays. Don't you just love cute bakery shop with these cute little details?

Bestie! I love this picture!


 Cute star-shaped Apple Crumb Danish!

First round of pastries that we ordered! The numbers indicate our preference from most favourite (number 1) to least favourite (number 3).  

 Our number 1 favourite! Potato Focaccia bread with crispy potato wedges on top of a layer of Mozarella cheese and herbs! The bread is super crunchy. We went crazy over this Potato Focaccia because both of us like savoury pastries and this bread really hit our mark.

 Soporo. It's bread with peanut butter crumbs! The outer layer is very crunchy but the bread is soft and tender. Our second favourite!

Cream Cheese Danish! It's quite good. However, both of us are not sweet pastries lovers so we weren't overly crazy about it.

Free Americano!

 Apple Crumb Danish with thick layer of apple jam topped with some crumbs! Isn't it pretty? The layered pastry is crunchy and savoury while the filling is sweet. The same goes for this Apple Crumb Danish. It's a fairly well made pastry but we don't really fancy the sweet flavoured apple jam. Nevertheless the crunchy and layered outer pastry deserves thumbs up from us! 

Close-up shot.

 Yay! Free sweet potato bun given by the Korean manager! Thanks!

 Natural yellow sweet potato filling in between the soft and fluffy bun. We like it because it's not too sweet! Those who like read bean bun will definitely like this as well!

 Sweet potato filling!

 Enjoying coffee on a perfect Sunday morning! I really love the ambience here.

Must pose with the red bricks wall. Haha.

Here are some pictures taken by Hui Ming.
 Even their coffee mug is in mint green!

 Waiting for our turn at the busy cashier counter.

 Take away some pastries for my parents too! Bought sweet potato bum, Cheese Fitzel and Potato Focaccia!

 Yipee, I'm surrounded by pastries!


 Cute mint green bicycle with a basketful of bread!

OOTD! Oops, bag strap felling off my shoulder!

 Photo of us together!

I really like the pastries here and this bakery is currently my top favourite in my personal opinion. The pastries at The Bread Shop (Damansara Heights) are good too but you can find more variety of pastries and cakes at Tous Les Jours! TLJ is a must try for all pastries lovers in KL/PJ and I'm sure you won't be disappointed. =)

Tous les Jours's operation hour is from 7.00am to 10.00pm daily. Located at Telawi Square, Bangsar just opposite Papparich or Hong Leong Bank. Few more branches are soon to be opened soon Empire Damansara Perdana and Subang!

That's all for today's pastries post!


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Short Update - Congress, Work, Food and Marathon!

Hi all! I'm currently working as a part time administrative officer hence won't be blogging as much. So here's a quickie update for the past two weeks.

Successfully completed my two-day International Sports and Exercise Medicine Congress! I've learnt a lot and was happy to meet a few inspirational figures during the congress. Medicine is really a vast field hence it's important to update ourselves with the latest knowledge from time to time. The congress was exhausting as I had to sit and listen to talks all day long but it's definitely worth it ^ ^.

Group picture with my seniors and course mates. During the two-days congress at Royale Chulan Hotel, I had to resort to eating hotel food because I had no time to prep my own meal. Besides, those cookies and cakes served at the hotel are just too irresistible to stay away from. Sigh.  

Anyway, I went back to eating clean after this! My current favourite healthy food is tofu! Tofu is high in protein but low in carbs so it's a perfect food to indulge in while staying lean!

 Agedashi Tofu Salad using Japanese pressed tofu. Cut the tofu into cubes, lightly coat them in corn starch and grill them on a non-stick pan with dashes of olive oil. Serve the tofu with salad of your choice. You can eat a lot of these because of the low calories.

 Yum Yum~

Received my Standard Chartered KL Marathon race pack today! Super excited about it and I'm gonna workout super hard from now on. I let loose few days ago due to the congress and Father's day dinners but I'm going to make sure that it will not happen again. Consistency is the key to my success! I shall bear that in mind!  

That's all for today!


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Mr. Lim Korean BBQ Restaurant @ Desa Sri Hartamas

It's not hard to find genuine Korean Restaurants in Malaysia thanks to the many Koreans who came to Malaysia for work or education. According to the Star's statistics, there are currently 20,000 Koreans living in Malaysia and most of them are in Klang Valley. Mont Kiara, Hartamas and Ampang are the three places with large Korean population and eventually these places became Malaysia's 'Little Korea' with Korean Restaurants mushrooming everywhere.

Like I said, I never had a hard time finding a Korean Restaurant and I have a list titled 'Korean Restaurants to be visited in 2013' to clear. You can click here to browse all the Korean Restaurants that I have visited in the past.

On my daddy's big birthday, I decided to bring my family to 미스터림 레스토랑(Mr. Lim Korean BBQ Restaurant) for a mini celebration. I've read many good reviews about it so I had high hopes for this particular 레스토랑 (Restaurant).

P/S: Sorry I just have to insert random 한국어(Korean words) from now on. Haha.

 The restaurant is at the same row with KFC. You can hardly miss the eye-catching red signage and LED signs.  

 Daddy and mummy waiting for the dishes to be served.

 So let's take a photo while waiting!

 It feels like one of those Korean drama scenes where the Korean office workers will gather to have dinner after work.

 My beloved parents! Happy Birthday to daddy! (This is a procrastinated blog post as my daddy's birthday was two months ago)

The restaurant was packed with Korean customers and it made me felt like a foreigner. Looks like this restaurant could be local Korean's favourite.

 Again, we always have to start with our favourite 반찬 (side dishes) when it comes to Korean cuisine. The 김치 (Kimchi) here is good enough with moderate level of spiciness and sourness.

 The rest of the 반찬 (side dishes) including the complimentary steamed egg. I looooove steamed egg!

 Marinated Pork BBQ! Delicious! There's hardly a Korean BBQ dish which doesn't taste good so I won't elaborate more. You just have to experiment with different restaurants to know your preference. Currently, Zen Korean BBQ Restaurant is my favourite but I have found another Korean Restaurant which might be even better. Will try that out soon.

 Again, 삼겹쌀 (three-layered pork belly) rarely disappoints. The even layers of meat, fat and meat indicates it's a high quality pork belly. The ecstatic part of eating pork belly is when the fat melts in your mouth with each bite.

 Feels so good when the meat sizzles!

 My favourite dish would be 잡채 (Stir-Fried Sweet Potato Noodles). I love how the noodles are coated with sesame oil which makes this dish so irresistible.

Crowd's favourite, 김치찌개 (Kimchi Stew). It's not exceptionally good though.

Overall, the food here are reasonably good but the service could have been better. The waitresses weren't attentive enough and they looked worn out. Not sure if it only happened when we visited or it has always been like this. It's also a slight disappointment that we were not asked for any side dishes refills. Quite paiseh to ask for refill myself. I still prefer Ampang Korean Restaurants for my next Korean meal. 

Mr. Lim Korean BBQ Restaurant
5G Jalan 26A/70A Primaville, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur.