Baan Nok

It couldn’t be more better to a foodie who has a “sidekick” who also enjoys trying new eating places and occasionally start the conversation with “I just found out there’s a place serving nice fish dish, let’s go and try!”

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So, when Kevin (a Thai food lover) said that he’s interested to try out Baan Nok, I couldn’t reject. As I’m not familiar with Pandan Indah area, I searched for the place on Google Map but it turned out to be quite easy to locate actually. The same street houses another two more Thai restaurants. The staff were all Siamese but can speak some simple English and Malay (impressive).

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I ordered the Som Tum (papaya salad) on mistake as I always thought that Som Tum is mango salad. It’s quite appetising with a slight tangy flavour and mixed texture from the long beans, tomato and peanuts but we found it a tad fishy. Maybe they added too much fish sauce in it.

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The stir-fry chicken with cashew nuts did not disappoint – full of “wok hei” surprisingly and well-marinated. The only comment we have is they didn’t remove the chicken skin before cooking.

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We opted for the simplest vegetable dish, the belacan kangkung (water convulvus) which was also good. Full of wok hei and the pungent belacan flavour was just right.

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Of course we just can’t miss to order the Tom Yum soup. Spicy, sourish and burst with flavour as we expect it to be, very similar to those we can find in Thailand itself. The slight difference here is the additional of coconut milk that made the soup thicker than the usual tom yum gong (prawn tom yum) or tom yum gai (chicken tom yum), hence it’s called tom yum nam khon.

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After the fiery encounter with the tom yum, we seek refuge by cooling down with a bottle of Thai coke each, as if we’re actually dining in a particular restaurant in Bangkok!

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One thing though, that we found a little uncomfortable about the place is the appearance of small roach juveniles on the table and chairs. There are not much but enough to make us changed our table to avoid them. Perhaps it would be better at daytime.

Baan Nok
43A, Jalan Pandan Indah 4/6B,
Pandan Indah, Cheras,
55100 KL.

Tel: 03-4296 7525 / 012-327 5718 / 012-227 3586
Business hour: 9am – 3pm, 6pm – 12am

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Oriental Spoon Ramadhan Feast

*Notice: Oriental Spoon moved out of Sooka Sentral to its new location in One Bangsar with a new name, House of Tang.

*An official invitation by Food Street and Oriental Spoon. Original pictures were used on both sites.

While the Muslims were having ‘buka puasa’ during this Ramadan month, it doesn’t need a reason for the non-Muslims to not join in the flair. Instead of the usual buffet promotions offered from the hotels and restaurants, how about having it the banquet style?

Oriental Spoon is having the “Buka Puasa With A Feast” affair throughout the month of September where diners can choose from the four banquet packages offered, which are available at both Oriental Spoon and its sister restaurant, Bangsar Seafood Garden Restaurant. A good way to ‘buka puasa’ with your Muslim and non-Muslim friends together as Oriental Spoon is halal certified.

*The following dishes are excerpt from the Royal Package, out from the four offered meal packages:

Each package consists of one entrée, six main dishes and two desserts. We had the Royal Package and plus two more extra dishes from the Imperial Package and Emperor Package.

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The Chef’s Special Appetizer came with four types of entrées, stir-fried prawns, deep fried sausage rolls with seaweed, turmeric glass noodle in fu chook rolls and cold sliced abalone with tangy onion, cili padi and garlic.

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Often found in wedding banquets, Shark’s Fin Soup came with abundance of shredded chicken, mushroom and shark’s fin but minus the egg.

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While many restaurants would prepare chicken with oat or Nestum, Oriental Spoon prepared their Crisp Roasted Chicken with biscuit crumbs. The lovely roasted chicken elevated with biscuit crumb, giving it a pleasant aroma and teases the palate for more.

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The Steamed Sea Garoupa with Lime and Thai Soya Sauce arrived in all its glory, being fresh, free of any muddy or fishy smell, steamed just to the right texture and the tangy lime sauce complement the fish nicely.

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We were visually attracted to the Chinese Marrow Rings Stuffed with Prawns. The chef carefully slit half of the prawns before stuffed it into the hollowed gourd and steam with special sauce. It looked like a bunch of prawns doing synchronized swimming!

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For vegetables, we had the Chinese Cabbage Wrapped Vegetables and Mushroom that looks rather plain. Poke the soft cabbage to reveal the treasures inside such as gingko nuts, lily bulbs, mushrooms, snow fungus and garnish with chopped red capsicum which contrast to the overall dish.

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Another interesting dish, which is also the final dish, Fried Pearl Rice With Spinach Juice. As we normally see rice in white, brown or blue colour, we were surprised by the chef’s creativity to use spinach juice to dye the rice into green, just like how they dye their porcupine-shaped Sesame Paste Bun. Stir-fried with vegetables and century eggs, the rice was neither clumpy nor greasy and has a delicate flavour.

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Desserts include the refreshing Chilled Lin Chee Kang that came with plenty of lotus seeds, longan, snow fungus, lily bulbs and barley, water chestnut pudding and also Chinese Pastries Combination. The pastries are made of deep fried sweet potatoes dough, encasing the warm lotus paste filling and shaped like cute mini carrots!

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As mentioned earlier, we had another two extra dishes; first one is from the Imperial package while second one is from the Emperor package.

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From Imperial package: Another fish dish but instead of the whole block of fillet, the cod fish is cut into smaller individual cubes and steamed with Chinese herbs such as cordyceps (tongkwai) and spinach. The fish has a fresh, firm flesh but the herbs flavour is a little too mild.

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From Emperor Package: We love the prawns that cooked in two styles; in hot and spicy sauce and pumpkin sauce. The prawns cooked with hot and spicy sauce were very appetizing, while the one cooked in pumpkin sauce were crispy and has a creamy flavour, thanks to the smooth pumpkin paste.

Buka Puasa With A Feast Promotion

Noble Package, RM 488+
Royal Package, RM 588+
Imperial Package, RM 688+
Emperor Package, RM 988+

  • All packages came with one appetizer, six main dishes and two desserts. Cater up to ten people per table.
  • Available at both Oriental Spoon and Bangsar Seafood Garden Restaurants.
  • All packages will be available till the end of the year but there will be slightly some minor changes on the dishes after September.
  • All packages can also be ordered during lunch hour (advance booking required).
  • Receive dining vouchers worth RM100 when you book any one of the four packages at either Oriental Spoon or Bangsar Seafood Garden Restaurant.
  • As Oriental Spoon normally opens till 8pm, give them a call if you’ll be coming late and they will extend their business hour for you.

Click HERE for more information.

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Oriental Spoon
1-2, 1st Floor,
Sooka Sentral,
Jalan Stesen Sentral 5,
50470 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-2261 3222
Fax: 03-2780 2055
Business Hour: 10.00am – 8.00pm, closed on Sunday

Bangsar Seafood Garden Restaurant
One Bangsar,
No. 63, Jalan Ara,
Bangsar Baru, 59100
Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-2282 2555
Fax: 03-2284 4827
Web: http://www.bangsar-seafood.com

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Ramadhan Buffet at Pick n’ Brew

*Notice: Pick n’ Brew in One Utama shopping complex has since been closed down for business. However, their main outlet at Glenmarie Shah Alam is still operating as usual.

It’s Ramadhan again and in less than 3 weeks, the Muslims will be celebrating Hari Raya. During this one month period, many hotels and restaurants will be having Ramadhan buffet promotion for buka puasa, and Pick n’ Brew is one of them.

I was one hour late due to the traffic congestion so the buffet has already started by the time I reached.

Some appetizers to perk up your appetite:

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My favourite Acar.

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Something similar to Acar, minus the peanut sauce. Made of cucumber, carrot, pineapple and red chillies, it is slighty sourish in taste with crunchy texture.

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An interesting combination of apple and barley salad with potatoes, this is rather refreshing. Good for digestion too.

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Precious Pea love the Tomato and Basil Salad the most. There are another few varieties of salad available including the Sweet Potato and Chicken Salad (which I didn’t post as it turns out to be too dark) and also soup of the day.

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Different varieties of chafing dishes were available on different days such as (clockwise from top left) Sambal Sotong Berkacang, Roast Chicken Forestier, Seafood Tomato Rice and Breaded Beef. The Tomato Rice was good as it’s infused with seafood flavour. Pair it with the sambal sotong – heavenly!

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Assorted of crackers to go with the gado-gado, a type of Indonesian salad, ulam (raw vegetables), salted eggs and beef kerabu. I particularly love the spicy peanut sauce to go with the gado-gado and crackers. Behind this counter, you could get Laksa Johor (the only laksa that is cooked using spaghetti!) and also some grilled seafood cooked on the spot by the staff.

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If there’s more spaces in your stomach, it’s time for desserts! The Cucur Badak is particularly nice with a slightly spicy dried shrimp and coconut filling, encased by the sweet potato dough which is a little too thick in my opinion.

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Some of the cakes selection. If you’re wondering, yes, the popular Apple Crumble Cheesecake is available too in smaller bite size. Good for those who worries that they can’t finish one whole slice of it.

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The Kuih Ketayap is also good with a smoother texture of the skin (those I usually saw are with coarse skin texture) and fragrant coconut filling. There are another few items I didn’t photograph such as the steamed Kuih Talam (also known as Kuih Seri Muka) with two layers of white pulut below and pandan above it, Pineapple cookies which was lovely with buttery crust, Malay doughnuts, my favourite onde-onde, sweet soup of the day and even chocolate fondue with marshmallows and fruits!

Pick n’ Brew Ramadhan Buffet Special

One Utama outlet
8th September 2008- 30th September 2008
6.30pm – 10.00pm
RM 38+ for adult, RM 18+ for children

Glenmarie outlet
8th September 2008 – 26th September 2008
6.30pm – 9.00pm (Monday to Friday only)
RM 30 nett for adult, RM 15 nett for children

Other types of promotion currently available at One Utama outlet throughout September:

Breakfast Menu
10.00 am – 12.00 pm
Choose 1 from the 6 varieties of breakfast (free tea/coffee).

Executive Set Lunch
12.00 pm – 3.00 pm
One soup of the day + One main course + Coffee/Tea
RM 28+

Asian Set Lunch
12.00 pm – 3.00 pm (Monday – Friday only)
One main course + Iced Tea
RM 15+

Coffee Break
3.00 pm – 6.00 pm
Enjoy set of one Pick n’ Brew coffee with EITHER Pumpkin & Carrot pancake with ice cream OR Apple Crepe with orange sauce and ice cream
RM 12+

ONECARD Holders
Valid till 30 September 2008
Free one Pick n’ Brew coffee with purchase of any beverage

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Pick n’ Brew (One Utama)
F233, 1st Floor Promenade,
1 Utama Shopping Mall.

Tel: 03-7726 0102
Business Hour: 10.00am – 10.00pm daily
Web: http://www.picknbrew.com

More pictures here, here, here and here.