Sunday, April 27, 2014

B-Station Korean Cafe @ Ampang Korean Village

Seems like our cravings for Korean food never stop huh, guess what, it's another Korean foodie post again!!! Woohoo!

Perhaps I'm the only one who's excited about it! Haha. /(><)\

If you are updating yourselves with the latest Korean food hotspot in town, I guess the name B-Station would be familiar to most of you. B-Station is a fusion Korean cafe promoting affordable healthy homemade Korean food (unlike Out of Seoul which is more urban and pricey).

Of course all the Korean food venture is only possible with Hubby and Hubby's mum who share the same K-food enthusiasm. We even discussed about the latest Korean drama while waiting for our food to be served.

B-Station is distinguished from the rest of Korean restaurants in Ampang with its bright white walls and sweet homey decorations. Somehow it looks like a toned down Fullhouse Lifestyle Store & Cafe. Love the concept! Oh seems like I do have a thing for vintage English design dining places. 

I always tell Hubby that I want white painted walls and white dining table for our future home. Hahahaha. Hmm hopefully he will keep that in mind! (@^_^@)

Simple menu.

And more pictures of how the interior looks like! You are not supposed to take photos in the restaurant but obviously I didn't know about that. =P 

Oops, now I saw the no photo sign! Sorrehhh *inserts Cheong Song Yi accent*

Note for social media addicts to pay attention to the people sitting next to you. No wifi! 

Homemade vinegar for sale! Healthy drinks!

I wish my dining area would look like this. So homey.

While happily snapping away, the waitress finally approached and asked me not to take photos anymore. So I obediently obliged...

Until Hubby took his Iphone out and continued curi-curi taking photos of the food we ordered!

Kimchi Pancake, Carbonara Spaghetti, Breakfast set and some side dishes.

Hmm, food tastes pretty average to me. Even Hubby's breakfast set doesn't look too appealing. Kimchi pancake is alright, not bad. Spaghetti tastes slightly bland. However, the food here is cooked in a healthy way with less salt and oil so no further complaints from me. Price is quite reasonable and affordable as well.

Aside from coffee and tea, B-Station also offers several healthy vinegar drinks to cater for the health conscious consumers. Vinegar is really good stuff for your health.

I noticed that they had a few branches elsewhere few years back but apparently the boss had decided to just focus on the Ampang branch by shutting down the other branches. So remember to find this location below to get to B-Station.

Location: Shoplot facing housing area.
Address: C14-1 Jalan Ampang Utama, 68000 Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-42510455

My food verdict: Food is pretty average overall. Nothing to shout about. Is it worth coming back? Not really unless you are tight on budget as the price here is lower than other Korean restaurants. The interior deco and healthy homemade food concept stand out the most. Recommended for health conscious people out there.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Famous Blogger Stalking (Herbal Essences Neo Gal Party @ Signature, The Roof)

Phew, that was such a long blogpost title. I had to add in the 'Famous Blogger Stalking' in front because that summarises what I had been doing in the event aside from some half-hearted effort to make pretty DIY accessories or decorating cupcakes. I guess I'm just too manly to participate in these girly activities. Downloaded Adobe Lightroom a while ago and it comes in handy when I was trying to edit the photos of Herbal Essences Neo Gal Party. Too much crazy pink and purple hue which made the photos look bad so editing is essential.

Instead of just giving an account of what happened during the party, I'm going to add some sentimental feelings into this blog post. I was so touched by the fact that Cheesie chose me and my buddies to join the party. I followed Cheesie's blog 4 years ago and since then I remain as a loyal reader of I can still remember vividly 2 years ago I was with Cheesie and Audrey on NHK Kawaii TV together with my same old friends (Christy, Jacqueline and Renae). NHK Kawaii TV came all the way from Japan to Malaysia to film about Gyaru fashion in Asia. Time flies and without realising the fashion trend in Japan now evolves to Neo Gal, the new Gyaru style. In short words, Neo Gal is a simpler, cooler street fashion mixed with Harajuku style and traces of western fashion influence as well. Minimal eye make up, coloured lips and natural hairstyle are taking over and replacing the heavy Gyaru make up.

This is an unglam photo of my past for reminiscence. Was around 8kg more than my current weight and my face looked incredibly square and huge. Cheesie and Audrey still look fabulous though.
A time when heavy lashes and nude lips were in-trend. This NHK Kawaii filming was the closest I had ever been with Cheesie and Audrey. The whole experience was still so surreal to me until now. =)

After the NHK Kawaii TV, I thought it would not be possible for Cheesie and Audrey to remember us as we are merely one of the thousands readers/fans they have. To my utter surprise, not only did they remember us, they even remember our names. It was during the Churpout event I think where Cheesie and Audrey were both there selling clothes and I even bought one of Cheesie's preloved clothes. Christy, Jacqueline and Renae were there too. My friends around me never really change. 

And the sad part is when all of us got invited to the Herbal Essences Neo Gal party, I didn't have any more friend to invite as plus one. Hahahaha. I was like 'Hey, I got an invite for the party, you wanna come?' and got reply like 'I got the invite too, how arh?'. Hahahaha.

I'm done reminiscing the past now and let's move on to the parteyyyyy! Bought a really nice cropped top from Mahsa Carnival and it matches the theme well so I did not hesitate to wear it to the party.

#OOTD shot with Lavender field as background.

At the make-your-own-headband area.

And it's selfie time! Jac Jac, Renae, Angie, Christy and me!

Thanks to Jac Jac who edited me so nicely in these photos. (^3^)

And group photos! Taken with beautiful view of PJ as background. Only possible at The Roof which is the highest floor of First Avenue office building. I even got the feeling of ear blockage when I took the elevator up.

Pretty ladies~

Friendship is a gift and for friendship to last this long, it's more precious than ever.

Cheesie! It's a must to take photo with my favourite blogger. Love her writing style and humour sense which make me even admire her more. Can't explain how she influences my life in words. It's just that reading her blog was once my daily dose of happiness.

Didn't really get to talk with Cheesie much. I was so shy larh. I remember saying hi to Cheesie and Audrey once I arrived and then I was star struck until completely lost the ability to converse. And then I caught her at the buffet area and again attempted to initiate a conversation. She told us how she had to frantically find a flight back to Malaysia in order to attend the event just for us *fangirl shrieking mode* 

And Audrey!

I really love her honest personality and how she always describes things in a funny way in her blog. Her blog posts are always interesting to read. There is one thing I can never forget which is how she futilely attempted to put fake eyelashes for me during the NHK Kawaii filming. She gave up after that and passed on to Lai (or Maiko). Hahaha.

Weeee Audrey looking into my camera!

And Jane!

Was impressed by Jane's DJ skills when she started spinning at the end of the event. She was very nice and friendly as well. Started following her blog 1 year ago and she's soooo pretty up close. Was a bit shy to take pictures with the rest of the bloggers such as Bwincessnana and Bobostephanie as I seldom read their blog. 

 Famous bloggers are interviewed. There's Mia and Shea too!

 Stalker mode on! Hermes and Cheesie taking a selfie together and the sight of two beautiful bloggers together looks lovely so I curi curi took a photo.

I shamelessly asked Jane to look into the camera and this was her getting her hairdo done by Number76style.

Christy got a major hairdo (literally) done by Master Chiaki from Japan. The hairstyle is the type you would see on fashion runways but I find it abit mismatch with the theme of soft pink and lavender that day. Still, Master Chiakisa's skills are amazing as he managed to turn Christy's heavy-volume hair into a big, fluffy and airy err... thing. Haha. Read more about Christy's transformation in her blog.

The best part would be the photobooths! It was hard to resist taking photos at the lavender and rose themed photobooths~! <3

The event ended with us cracking jokes about Christy's hair and Jac Jac braiding her crimped hair in order for her to look sane when we went for dinner later. Hahaha. 

That's all for today!


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Chicken House @ Ampang Korean Village

안녕하세요! I hope I'm not making you bored to death with another Korean food post (^-^)a . Ahh, can't help it because thanks to Korean food, my blog has doubled in its number of views! Omo! Plus Hubby and I are kind of Korean-food-resistant. Usually when you eat the same food over and over again, you will get sick of it eventually like this 요TL (vomiting all over the floor). Our cases are totally the opposite though. Hubby has been eating Kimchi Jjigae for months and still love Kimchi Jjigae to the max to the point that he never fails to order one whenever we step into a Korean restaurant. I guess he's showing the true spirit of a Korean food lover. (Y) ^o^ (Y)

Okay, back to the main topic. After my mock exams, I finally got the time to meet up with Hubby in Ampang. Food hideout is always my favourite place to de-stress hence we decided to have lunch at Chicken House, which has our favourite Military soup. I blogged about the Military soup once and you can click over here to read the post. However this time we would not be ordering only Military soup as Hubby strongly recommended their Korean fried chicken as well! Hurray! 아싸! \(^0^)/ Although Kyochon Fried Chicken seems to be the current hottest Korean fried chicken place in town but trust me, Chicken House might serve crispier chicken and in fact I love their fried chicken more!

Chicken House located above a laundry shop at Ampang Putra.

Do take note that Chicken House only opens at 12pm mid noon but operates until 1am midnight. Good news for late night snack eaters!

Menu for a variety of fried chicken. You can opt for half or whole chicken with different flavours to choose from. Normal fried chicken, spicy fried chicken or soy sauce fried chicken with garlic which I highly recommend! Hubby and I ordered half of the soy sauce garlic fried chicken and Korean Military soup for 2 pax.

The story behind the name of Military soup is explained in this previous post!

Hubby showing off his biceps (•¯ ∀ ¯•)

Food pictures coming next but first... let us take a selfie!

Heavy eye bags must dieeeee ㅎ_ㅎ

Love the white shoes that I got recently!

Banchan or side dishes to keep our hungry stomach occupied. The kimchi served here is more fermented then the usual ones. Love it! And side dishes refill is a norm in Korean restaurants so it's perfectly fine to ask for refill if you want to have more. However, I've heard of Korean restaurants that charges customer with every refill so always check the menu for the extra charges statement.

Our all-time favourite, Military soup before the broth was poured in. Spam, scallion sausages, tofu, kimchi and glass noodle are the ingredients you can find in this pot..

If I'm not mistaken RM5 is charged for extra Ramyeon. Military soup goes well with Ramyeon so remember to order one!

Broth was added and while we were waiting for the soup to boil, our fried chicken was served!

Crispilicious fried chicken coated with soy sauce and garlic bits. These are the ones to die for. Definitely finger licking good! The chicken was not soggy at all and remained crispy even after being drenched in sweet and savoury soy sauce. The unique flavour is not one you can easily forget. (^v^) Korean fried chicken is always one of the most popular dishes in Korea and I spotted a group of Korean kids silently munching on their fried chicken.

Finally, our Military soup was done boiling!

Yums, our perfect comfort food. Spiciness level can be adjusted depending on how much Gochujang (Korean chilli paste) is added. If you are unsure, seek suggestion from the customer-friendly Korean lady boss =).

Location: Same row as Shin Shun Mi Korean Mart, Snogurt. Above a laundry.
Address: Ampang Putra Residency, 5-L2, Jalan Ampang Putra, Taman Putra Sulaiman, Ampang.
Tel: 03-42531514

My food verdict: The Korean fried chicken are to die for. If I'm not having early dementia, this is my 3rd visit here and the Korean Military soup has never disappointed me so far. 


Monday, April 21, 2014

Out of Seoul @ Ativo Plaza, Bandar Sri Damansara

Today I will be blogging about my favourite Korean food again! The moment I found out that there would be a Korean cafe in my neighbourhood, I squeaked in happiness like a little girl who had received a Barbie doll as her present \(^ㅇ^ )/ 푸하하~. Most of the Korean restaurants can only be found in area like Mont Kiara, Sri Hartamas or at my hubby's place, Ampang and those places are a tad too far to travel. So the opening of 'Out of Seoul' Korean cafe at Ativo Plaza is definitely a good news for Korean food fanatics like meeeeeee ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ, 한식짱이에요!

The idea of the cafe's name 'Out of Seoul' which is derived from 'out of soul' sounds creative to me! I love Seoul and hopefully I will be visiting Seoul very soon! v( ^ _ ^v)♪ Spot Namsam tower among the buildings on top of the coffee cup? It's one of my must-visit places in Seoul!

It was only opened recently on 16th April 2014. I guess I'm one of the very first to blog about this Korean cafe. Ngehehehe. *\0/*

Thus explains the flower stands but this flower stand given by a dental clinic nearby writes 'Congratulations to Out of Soul' instead of 'Out of Seoul'. Not sure if this is a genuine intention or a mistake done deliberately. ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

Menu made from rough brown paper. Not sure if they are going to come out with a new menu in the future as they are just newly opened. Most restaurants did change to a new menu after weeks of opening though.

The thing I love the most in this cafe is their colourful furnitures! Every chair and table is different and the vibrant colour choice definitely lifts your mood up whenever you enter the cafe d(^_^)b. I love cafes with cute concepts and for cafes to stand out from the crowd, a distinguished concept is a must!

Not to mention a cute background with I-don't-know-how-many round placemats?

The best part is the cafe is located at 2nd floor where you can look out of the glass windows and enjoy the beautiful neighbourhood of Bandar Sri Damansara. Haha. 

My mom! Brought my family out for dinner today!

Although I was going to order main courses for dinner today, Out of Seoul offers coffee and tea (and next time hopefully cakes!) to cater for the increasing number of coffee lovers in Malaysia as well!

Outdoor coffee tables and chairs. Told ya every furniture here looks different. =D

Awkwardness! Haha. See what is written on the flower stand? 푸하하~

I love the design of this down light as well.

Creative use of the piping! Magazine and book rack it is!

Reminds me of the tinman from Wizard of Oz.

A beautiful night scenery of Seoul!!! Ahhhhh my dream place!

Okay seriously running out of captions now and there are still tons of pictures of the cafes before the food pictures.  ^ㅇ^

We ordered Korean style tea to quench our thirst! Korean mulberry and brown rice green tea. Next time I will be ordering their coffee instead.

Alright, here comes our food! 

Daddy's Kimchi Ramyeon. They are very generous with their side ingredients such as kimchi, chicken meat, mushrooms, fishcakes and others. The portion did look impressive with the enormous bowl and daddy was forced to share it with me.

Another closer look of it. The Kimchi noodle was nicely cooked but I secretly wished that the spiciness level can be increased. Personally I prefer Kimchi Ramyeon that makes you break out in sweat throughout the meal. I guess they tone down the spiciness to cater for the local consumers? This dish would be a bowl-licking material if the level of spiciness is adjusted.

Mummy's Kimchi fried rice served with side dishes such as Kimchi and fermented cucumbers with carrots.

It's a nicely cooked Kimchi fried rice but again I would like to have some more spiciness added into it. I guess I'm too used to the spiciness of Korean food in Ampang.

Lastly, my not-that-spicy Korean spicy chicken set! The chicken was really tender and juicy and the rice is perfection. This dish is on a pricey side which costs me more than RM20 so order only if you are feeling particularly rich that day. Or else you can opt for other price-friendly dishes instead. ㅠ_ㅠ

That's all for today's Korean foodie post! Thanks for reading! 감사합니다!

Location: Above Kenny Rogers Roasters at Ativo Plaza, Bandar Sri Damansara
Address: Lot B-F-1 Block B No.1 Jalan PJU 9/1 Damansara Avenue, Bandar Sri Damansara, PJU 9, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: 012-6051730

My food verdict: A good hangout place for coffee or tea drinking. Food is average taste wise but presentation is good. Price wise reasonable except for a couple of dishes.