What’s New In Ipoh – Tutti Frutti, Pappa Rich & Burger King

*Notice: Pappa Rich is no longer in operation; however, the new management took up the name Pappa Mia instead.

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On a recent trip back to Ipoh, I realized that more local and international chain eateries had finally set up their stores in the Ipoh Garden area, nearby Jusco. Thanks to J2kfm, I got to tour around the city to have a look on what’s new.

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A small plot of land opposite Jusco, along the Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah was being re-developed since last year. Called De Garden, a few of the local chain eateries such as Pappa Rich, Burger King and Wong Kok Char Chan Teng (opening in June 2010) are the main tenants. Imagine me jumping in delight when I saw Burger King’s signboard on the building, which once occupied by Courts! They also have the drive thru facility.

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Operating under the Naza Group, Tutti Frutti also opened here, however, it’s just a small kiosk compare to the shop lot in TTDI, KL. Famous for frozen yoghurt, it’s been around for 3 months (till to-date), and they offer 6 different flavours at one time (different flavours of frozen yoghurt are available every week) and priced at RM 5.30 per 100 grams.

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While J2kfm had the Death by Chocolate and French Vanilla, I picked the original flavour and Mix Berries. The kiosk works on a DIY concept – pick a cup, choose your preferred flavour(s), toppings and pay at the cashier. The machines looked very much like those soft-serve ice cream machines; pull the handle and the yoghurt will be dispensed thru the faucet. My cup of two flavoured yoghurt came to RM15+ with toppings – quite pricey for Ipoh standard. I personally find it reasonable though, as the amount I had could be shared among two adults. Or maybe I’m already used to such pricing standards in the Klang Valley all these while. Taste wise, I like the fruity flavoured yoghurt compare to chocolate and vanilla, as I felt like I’m just having soft-serve ice cream… while fruit-based has this tartness, like how yoghurt supposed to be.

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Tutti Frutti
Lot No. G-OR-3,
Ground Floor, De Garden,
No. 3, Persiaran Medan Ipoh,
Medan Ipoh, 31400 Ipoh.
Web: http://www.tuttifruttimalaysia.com.my/

Read also Masak-Masak’s review here.

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Ninja, Ninja, Ninja!

Tropicana City Mall is getting crowded each day especially on weekends. More shops opened like the recent Ninja Joe (doesn’t it sounds familiar?), which serves pork burger. Thanks to WMW for the info, we went there last month with Teckiee, her sister and CK to try out the ninjas… I mean burgers. Ahem.

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The menu is fairly simple; pork burgers (6 flavours available), side orders, drinks and dessert. A solo ninja (single burger) costs RM5.95, 2 at RM9.95, 3 at RM12.95 and 6 at RM24.95. Add RM3 for a set of one burger, a drink and fries. Furthermore, you can get a RM1.00 discount if you could prove that your name is Joe!

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We got the six ninjas of different flavours except black pepper which was sold out (sweet sour, teriyaki, original, oriental, spicy). They’re quite small in serving size, about a size of a Marie biscuit. The pork patties were juicy and well seasoned, where I personally think that original flavour was the best among them.

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We like the fries as they uses the straight cut fries, which were thicker than shoestring. The shurikens (mash potato with minced pork nugget, RM4.95) however, were rather mushy and soggy. We suspected that they were threw into the oil before the oil were hot enough. We did feedback the issue to the manager, hope that they’ll improve on this.

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Ninja Joe
LG-18, Tropicana City Mall, Petaling Jaya

Business Hour:
Mon – Sun: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
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Carl’s Jr @ 1 Utama, PJ

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Alvin tempted me to try out Carl’s Jr after a day trip to the Pikom PC Fair at KL Convention Centre few weeks back. Aha, got someone to accompany me, so why not? 🙂

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Their charbroiled burgers do look and sounds interesting, and according to Boolicious and Mei Yen, they come in huge sizes too. Now if you pair up a huge size burger and free flow of soft drink, what do you get at the end? Expanded tummy, of course!

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I went for their Chicken Santa Fe Sandwich, which consist of a thick and big piece of charbroiled chicken breast meat, cheese, lettuce, mayonnaise and pickles. The chicken is indeed very tender and juicy but lacked the taste somehow and was a bit cold. And it’s quite messy too. As you can see, there’s cheese on my bun (?) and when I try to grab it, that piece of meat actually glides away from the bun!

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Alvin ordered their Super Star which came with two pieces of succulent beef patties, lettuce, onion, cheese and mayonnaise. And it was cold as well but he happily wallop it down. Oh well, he was starving anyway. 😛

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We also shared a box of Beef Chilli Cheese Fries (fries topped with minced beef and cheese). Tastes kinda ok but too bad the fries were soggy. Bet it’ll taste better if came piping hot.

And then came the irritating part, spoiled all my mood for the day. We were about to leave and I tried to take the picture of the shop when a Malay woman in Jusco uniform spotted me and come over to question me:

Malay woman: “Hey… apa yang you tangkap? You dari mana?” (Hey… what are you taking? Where are you from?)

Me: “Tangkap gambar sahaja. Apa maksud you dari mana?” (Just photographing. What do you mean “where am I from?”) *was figuring whether she mean which part of KL I’m from or which COMPETITOR sent me over*

Malay woman: *ignoring my question and gave us an annoying look* “Kenapa tangkap gambar kedai? Nak buat apa?” (Why are you taking the picture of the shop? For what purpose?)

Alvin: “Kami datang dari Ipoh, tangkap gambar nak buat kenang-kenangan, tak boleh kah?” (We came from Ipoh, take pictures just for keepsake memories, is there something wrong with it?)

And that annoying woman actually ignored us for the second time and went to talk to a security guard who happens to be nearby! Good, now that we’re being treated as some sort of criminals??

Alvin: “Dang, she actually called the guard.”
Me: “To hell with her.” *continues to take my second and third shot*

When the guard came, I keep my camera back into my bag and left. He didn’t stop us or say anything. That Malay woman continues to stare at us but both of us just walk passed her as she’s invisible. Should have take her picture and post it here. *take deep breath to control my anger*

I love Malaysia, but not every aspects of it. If the person who’re taking pictures happens to be a foreigner, do you think she’ll talk to him like how she treated us? By the way, I can’t imagine that I actually said “To hell with her”! Aiksss….

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Carl’s Jr
Lot 210C, Ground Floor,
1 Utama Shopping Centre (Old Wing),
Petaling Jaya.

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