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Kuala Lumpur - Best Spanish in Town at Ohla Tapas Bar @ The Intermark

Just as the Spanish culinary wave has hit Singapore (Catalunya, Binomio, Esquina, Ola Cocina del Mar, etc.) and Hong Kong (Catalunya HK, 22 Ships, etc.), Kuala Lumpur is now slowly getting into the act. In addition to old traiblazers, El Cerdo and El Meson, there was Nexo @ Bangsar South which opened this year.

But the most exciting Spanish spot in KL has to be the one-year-old Ohla Tapas Bar at the Intermark in Ampang. It started off with two Catalonian chefs, executive chef-proprietor, Toni Valero Ruiz (ex-El Celler de Cane Roca) & Mario Valiente, but the kitchen was manned by an all-local team early this evening:

- Sopa de calabraza y naranja: pumpkin soup poured over the broccoli couscous, beetroot, pumpkin cubes and orange segments.
- Vieira con panceta iberica y pure de patata con limon: grilled scallop with iberico pork belly and lemon mash potato.
- Cochinillo iberico con verduras: slow-coooked iberico suckling pig with vegetables.
- Hamburguesa de cordero lechal con queso manchego: suckling lamb burger with Manchego cheese.
- Tabla de quesos espanoles con nueces, membrillo y manzana: Spanish cheeses with walnuts, white wine-poached apple, and quince.

Address
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Ohla Tapas Bar
Lot G-18, The Intermark
348 Jalan Tun Razak
50400 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6016 204 4586

about 13 hours ago
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

Jakarta?

If there's only one restaurant that I can choose to dine at in Jakarta, it's Lara Djonggrang for me:
http://www.tuguhotels.com/restaurants...

Another old favourite:
http://www.cafebatavia.com/

For rijstaffel, try:
http://www.oasisjakarta.com/

about 13 hours ago
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

Help with northern India excursion?

For Mumbai, try:
- Mahesh Lunch Home
- Gajalee
- Trishna

For Delhi:
- Karim's http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/892811
- Moti Mahal http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/893124
- All-you-can-eat buffet from The Great Kebab Factory http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/893575
- Fine dining at Dum Pukht http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/893359, or you can try its very popular sister restaurant, Bukhara, where it's first-come-first-served.

2 days ago
klyeoh in India & South Asia

Hong Kong - What area to stay in that is close to best restaurants?

Thanks for the sarcasm. Livens up this board a bit.

Islamabad, Pakistan - Mediterranean Dinner at Monal's Tree House

More pics on Monal, and its view over Islamabad.

Sep 15, 2014
klyeoh in India & South Asia

Bhurban, Pakistan - Grilled meats at Nadia

Some lunch options at Nadia:
- Chicken tortilla wrap
- Shami (spiced, minced lamb) burger

Best fries I'd had in 3 weeks in Pakistan ;-)

Sep 15, 2014
klyeoh in India & South Asia

Hong Kong - What area to stay in that is close to best restaurants?

Not my type, esp after a week of chowing round the neighborhood. One night, we actually took the last train to TST looking for post-midnight supper.

Sep 15, 2014
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

Islamabad and Karachi?

Hmm, looks like Kabul's been around for quite a while!
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/987272

Sep 15, 2014
klyeoh in India & South Asia

Update- Need 2014 Solo Recs in HK

If I'm dining alone, I'd go for Bo Innovation:
http://www.boinnovation.com/html/menu...

Sep 15, 2014
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

Hong Kong - What area to stay in that is close to best restaurants?

Agree.

Just *don't* stay in Sheung Wan/Western district. Good eateries there can be far in-between - I was there couple of months back. Never staying in that district again :-(

BTW, HK's hottest months are July-Aug - if you're going anytime from now till the end of the year, it won't be so bad.

Sep 15, 2014
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

Kuala Lumpur - KL Cantonese at Uncle Botak Dai Chow (光头叔煮炒), United Garden

Not sure what it's called in Mandarin :-(

In Chinese characters: 油麥菜

Sep 13, 2014
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

The great noodle soups of the world roundup

My fave noodle soups are all from Penang, Malaysia:

- Curry noodle soup, with cuttlefish, cockles, tofu puffs and pig's blood cubes;

- duck-meat koay teow soup, with lardons, pork-strips, fish-balls and duck's liver.

- Hokkien noodle soup, with pork, pig's intestines, fish balls, hard-boiled egg, and fish-cake.

Lahori Nihaari - Plashet Grove (Upton Park Tube) - London

Thanks. The karahi here's *the* best.

Sep 12, 2014
klyeoh in U.K./Ireland

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

Ah yes, the Singapore Fried Noodles. My first encounter with it was at a "Hunan" restaurant in Washington DC Chinatown decades ago. Must say that whoever that invented (very likely a HK chef) had never been to Singapore, or even experienced Singaporean cuisine since the dish did not possess *any* trait or flavour reminiscent of Singaporean-Chinese/Malay/Indian/Peranakan food :-D

Sep 12, 2014
klyeoh in General Topics

Taxila, Pakistan - Chapli Kabab & Freshwater "Rohu" Carp from Shahzada Khan

Very fresh fish.

When I was in Lahore last month, I wanted to try Bashir Darul Mahi, but it's closed - my Lahori colleagues told me that they'd only eat fish during months with an "r" in them, so May, June, July & August are out :-(

Sep 12, 2014
klyeoh in India & South Asia

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

Actually, quite a few of my fellow Singaporeans simply miss "Mu Shu Pork" - it's something we can't get for love or money in Singapore, or in any Asian/Chinese city in our neck of woods, for that matter. Like "chop suey", "chow mein" & other American-Chinese food, it's something we'd seek out whenever we're in the US. My top spot for "Mu Shu pork" is SF's R&G Lounge - best in the world! :-)

Sep 12, 2014
klyeoh in General Topics
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Kuala Lumpur - KL Cantonese at Uncle Botak Dai Chow (光头叔煮炒), United Garden

LOL! I suspect their deep-fried pork leg dish was indeed inspired by the popularity of the Schweinshaxe at German brewery-restaurants which are all over KL.

Sep 12, 2014
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

Kuala Lumpur - KL Cantonese at Uncle Botak Dai Chow (光头叔煮炒), United Garden

Return visit 1.5 years later, and the fish-head curry here is still the best I'd tasted in town. Loved the gelatinous whole fish-eye.

The crisp-on-the-outside, custardy-soft-inside fried tofu, topped with minced pork and shallots, drizzled with light soysauce, was absolutely scrumptious.

Sep 12, 2014
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

Kuala Lumpur - Dinner at Nexo Spanish Restaurant & Bar

If you've been KL for an extended period and hanker for something else besides its spicy Malay curries and smoky Cantonese stir-fries, Nexo is an alternative, being one of a handful of Spanish restaurants around town. It only opened this Jan 2014.

- Fried pig’s head terrine (Cabeza de Credo), with garlic alioli. Nicely done, but could have been served warmer.

- Suckling pig confit (Cochinillo), served with crushed potatoes. Skin wasn't crisp nor crackling enough. Would prefer it served warmer as well.

- Baked eggplant, zucchini, capsicum & tomatoes (Pisto manchego) with egg. Tastiest dish this evening - I'd return for this.

- Paella valenciana, with chicken, shrimps & squid: over-cooked and dry-ish. The ingredients weren't fresh enough. A plus was that the rice wasn't overly salted, unlike the version served at El Meson in Bangsar Village nearby.

Address
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Nexo Spanish Restaurant & Bar
G-13, Ground Floor,
Nexus, Bangsar South,
No.7, Jalan Kerinchi,
59200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-22422226

Sep 11, 2014
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

Opening Chinese Soy Sauce (etc) bottles

+1

Sep 10, 2014
klyeoh in General Topics

Desi pizza of Punjab QAATLAMA

Any good bakeries or restaurants that serve qaatlamas which you'd recommend?

Sep 10, 2014
klyeoh in India & South Asia

London - Chowmeet at Lahori Nihaari, Upton Park

Sep 08, 2014
klyeoh in U.K./Ireland

Afghan Specialties at Kabul, Islamabad

The Afghan Bakery right next door to the Kabul Restaurant is quite interesting, too - offering a large selection of baked goods, including Aussie lamingtons!

Sep 08, 2014
klyeoh in India & South Asia
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October in Hong Kong

Ho Lee Fook = “Good Fortune for Your Mouth"

Oh Gawd, even the translation carries an unflattering innuendo.

Sep 08, 2014
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

London - Chowmeet at Lahori Nihaari, Upton Park

Always interesting to compare the rendition of a certain dish we get in London with that from its country of origin.

The lamb nihari at Lahori Nihari (3rd picture above) is a rather dialed-down, mild stew, compared to the version I had in Muhammadi Nehari in Lahore, Pakistan, two weeks ago.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/987010

Muhammadi Nehari's perhaps the best nihari spot in Lahore (although Haji Nihari near the Lahori Gate, Old City, may dispute that). Like most other dishes here, the nihari was swimming in fat. Extremely flavoursome, the meat was fall-off-the-bone tender. The stew was also enriched with generous helpings of ox-bone marrow ("nali") and lamb's brain ("maghaz"). It's off the charts, cholesterol-wise.

Lahore's a long way from home for many people, but the nihari here should be on every foodie's bucket list.

Sep 07, 2014
klyeoh in U.K./Ireland

Kuala Lumpur - Qureshi's opened at KL Golf & Country Club!

Finally gotten round to try Qureshi's in Kuala Lumpur today. Ashfaque Qureshi and Irfan Qureshi, sons of the legendary Imtiaz Qureshi, one of the best chefs in India, have brought the royal Awadhi cuisine to Kuala Lumpur. I've been a great fan of the elder Qureshi, having frequented his spectacular restaurants (Dum Puhkt in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, India; and the Lakhnavi in Lahore, Pakistan), so to finally get to his first venture in South-east Asia here in Kuala Lumpur was pretty exciting.

Dinner this evening at Qureishi's:
- Assortment of kebabs, consisting of dill salmon tikka, burrah (mutton) kebab, murgh malai tikka, rosemary prawns and gilafee (minced chicken kebabs).
- Murgh Gilafee Seekh: minced chicken wrapped with chopped capsicums and herbs, then grilled in a tandoor.
- Dum Gazza: oxtail stew, cooked qorma-style.
- Murgh ka Salan: chicken stewed with caramelised onions, masala, carrots, scallions and mushrooms.
- Subz Miloni: Indian paneer cheese with spinach, mushrooms, baby-corn and bell peppers.
- Dal Fry: yellow lentils, tempered with onions and tomatoes.
- Murgh Bombay Bohri Biryani: basmati rice cooked with chicken and spices.
- Almond naan with coconut & raisins.

Verdict: Service was polite & friendly. Food, although prepared from high quality ingredients, was nowhere near the stellar standards of what the Dum Pukht restaurants in India can produce. The offerings in KL seemed dialed-down - kebabs and breads were served pretty cold, and not as refined as those one gets in India or Pakistan.
Both the Dum Gazza (oxtail) and Murgh ka Salan (chicken) were average-tasting.

Desserts:
- Gajar halwa, served with pistacho kulfi ice-cream.
- Gulam jamun.

Overall, it did not live up to my expectations. It also happens to be the most expensive Indian restaurant in KL (our bill was close to MYR450 for 4 persons, excluding drinks).

Address
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Qureshi
Ground Floor, East Wing
Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club
10, Jalan 1/70D, Off Jalan Bukit Kiara
60000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2011 1007

Sep 07, 2014
klyeoh in China & Southeast Asia

Lahori Nihaari - Plashet Grove (Upton Park Tube) - London

What did you have there?

Sep 07, 2014
klyeoh in U.K./Ireland

mooncakes 2014

Most mooncakes have to be consumed within a week or so - the ones these days are usually vacuum-packed and individually sealed, so hopefully that makes them stay fresh a bit longer.

Do look out for any fungus growth on the baked skin!

Sep 07, 2014
klyeoh in Los Angeles Area

mooncakes 2014

No, I'm not kidding, JThur01! But I guess the Chinese community in the US has different practices these days, compared to "the old country".

But then, why not? I'm also of the opinion that we should be able to enjoy mooncakes anytime we want. It's just that, here in Singapore (or in HK, KL, etc.), a sure way to *end* your friendship with someone is to give them a box of mooncakes a day after, i.e. next Tue, Sep 9. No kidding!!

Sep 07, 2014
klyeoh in Los Angeles Area

mooncakes 2014

LOL! Whilst over here in Singapore, HK or China, it's absolutely "taboo" to give mooncakes to anyone the day after.
But then, I remembered seeing a bakery in SF Chinatown selling mooncakes the whole year round.

Sep 06, 2014
klyeoh in Los Angeles Area