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Pullman Waterfront Miri Buffet: Spices of the Orient

Pullman Waterfront Miri Hotel offers different variety of buffets on different days of the week.  Other than the Le Marche Buffet that my family and I tried last week and totally loved, there’s also the Spices of the Orient buffet which is available only on Saturdays and Sundays, 6.30 pm to 10.00 pm.

Having really love Pullman Kitchen’s Le Marche Buffet previously, I quickly gathered my friends for an impromptu dinner gather to try this buffet as well.

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I think someone had the same idea and decided to have their birthday party there!

The ‘Orient’ refers to the east, mainly Asia.  And in Asia, the use of spices is very common in our way of cooking, no matter which style the dish is prepared in; Malay, Chinese, Indian, even our local native food.  This is exactly what the Spices of the Orient buffet aims to treat you with; indulge your taste buds with dishes that are prepared with spices and herbs from all over the Asian region.

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All the different spices from Asia available in many different forms; fresh, whole dried and even grounded.

I know this is really strange, but I usually start at the heavy meals section first.  I know proper meal etiquettes dictates that I should start with the appetizers or salads to get the taste buds going and only then to the main dishes and finally the desserts.  For me, I just can’t going straight for my favorite dishes.

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And so, that’s how I ended up going to the grill section first while everyone else went for the lighter dishes.

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At the grill station, there is also the steamed seafood corner which is edible as it is.  Prawns, mussels and snow crab, all the juicy natural goodness taste preserved by way of steaming.  You can also choose to grill these!

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Some of my favourites; Steamed Prawns & Snow Crab

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Grilled Midin is also nice!

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Now making our way to the main dishes, there are so many of my favourites in one buffet, I had to settle for taking just a bit of everything just to satisfy my taste buds.

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Pee Pea Duck & Lamb Vindaloo

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Pee Pea Duck up close with its beautifully roasted crispy brown skin

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Pan-fried Salmon with Fennel Cream.  Can’t go wrong with salmon!

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Kung Pao Beef

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Prawn with Black Pepper.  These are shy prawns, all hiding under the spring onions.

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Broccoli with Fried Tofu

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Sambal Sotong

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Mussel Masak Lemak

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Brinjal with Cauliflower & Tomato Bredie South African Chicken Stewed

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Mee Hoon Siam

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There’s also the soups; Tom Yam Seafood Soup & Beef Soup

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After fulfilling my satisfaction, I’m back at the grill corner!  Can’t have enough of it!

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Looks like my friends have already made their way to the grill corner.  Let the chef know the way you like your grill done, and with what kind of sauce.

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I forgot to mention that there is also the Roast Lamb.  Definitely must have this!

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Roasted crispy skin on the outside yet still succulent and juicily soft in the inside.  Perfection.

For grilling, these are the other options available that goes well with any of the main dishes.

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Sliced Lamb

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Chicken Fillet & Beef Fillet

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Chicken Sausage & Fish Balls

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Behind the grill corner, there is the noodles and pasta corner.  3 different types of noodles and 3 different types of pasta for you to choose from.  For the noodles, there are two different type of broth to accompany.

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The different type of noodles and pasta to choose from, together with its toppings.

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I tried the laksa broth!  Love it!

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For the salad lovers, there are also plenty to choose from.  The salad section is quite an attraction with its use of bright apple green and red plates and colourful chalk written messages on the black wall.

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Fruit Salad & Thai Beef Noodle

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Tuna Salad

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Chicken + Cucumber Salad & Thai Beef Salad

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Potato with Thousand Island Sauce

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Beans Salad & Tomato Salad

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Cold Slices

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Cheese

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Other different dressings that you can choose from; Caesar Dressing, Cocktail Dressing, Vinaigrette, 1000 Islands, French Dressing & Parmesan Cheese

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And you have not raised the white flag and still have space for your stomach even after all that, desserts awaits!

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Clafoutis & Pumpkin Pie

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Orient Cake & Orange Cake

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Mango Panacotta.  I love this!

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Cream Caramel

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Top-down view of Mango Panacotta & Cream Caramel

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Honeydew Sago & Red Bean Sago

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Apple Crumble Tart & Éclair

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Crème Brule

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Assorted Buns

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I forgot to mention that the juices are freshly squeezed and there is also four different ice-cream with six different toppings.

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Most importantly, food tastes the best with good company!  Nothing like good food and quality time with great company to pass the weekend.

CONCLUSION

The Spices of the Orient buffet offers choices of dishes prepared according to the many favourites of the different regions of Asia.  On top of the main dishes, the grill section, noodles corner, salad section all makes it more than worthwhile.

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The chefs, waiters and waitresses were all very polite.  The chefs were always attentive to us and even approached us if we seemed like we needed help with our selections.

One important factor for me that won me over was the ambience and the generous space.  Tables were placed far enough from each other to make navigating around the place extremely comfortable.  The decorative lights and soft ambient music makes for a lovely place for you and your friends to have a good gathering.

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The Spices of the Orient buffet is available only on the weekends (Saturday and Sunday) 6.30 pm – 10.00 pm and it is priced at RM88++ (kids 12 and below is gets half price).

However, if you are in the mood for something different, perhaps a different type of buffet where you get to create your own recipe?  Do check out the Le Marche Buffet (click here).

Do try to make reservations beforehand to avoid disappointment.  Pullman Miri Waterfront Hotel’s contact number is +60 85-323 888.

Pullman Miri Waterfront Buffet: Le Marché Buffet

My family and I, together with my two friends went to try Pullman Miri Waterfront Hotel’s buffet last weekend.  The buffet has a very special name to it: Le Marché.  Le Marché  is a French word (pronounced as “lay MAR-kay”) which simply means, The Market.  True to its name, you can imagine all the different fresh raw food that are available for your choosing!

Ever wanted to be a chef but don’t have the skills with the wok?  Ever wondered how certain ingredients, when combined, would taste like?  The best part to this buffet is that you get to try out many different recipes of your own choice.  Mix and match these raw ingredients to make your own recipe!

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Le Marche

Le Marché: How Does It Work?

It’s very simple really!
Step 1 – Grab a plate and pick the raw ingredients of your choice.
Step 2 – Bring your plate to the chef and choose the cooking style of your choice.  Here you will be given a number which you should bring with you to your table.
Step 3 – Sit and wait for your new recipe food to be served to you at your table!

See! It’s that easy.  Here’s the breakdown of the steps (complete with pictures):

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First, grab a plate and proceed to this oval ‘market’ to pick all the raw ingredients that you like.  What’s that? Looks like not much you say?  Read on and let me prove you wrong!

 

My first stop was the raw meat section.  I’m quite a meat eater!

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Lamb Fillet

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Chicken Fillet

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Beef Fillet

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Sliced Beef

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Sliced Lamb

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Sliced Chicken

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Minced Chicken

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Sausage

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This turned out to be my favourite among the raw meats; the smoked duck.

 

Then choose some vegetable for a balanced meal.

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Midin

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Patela

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Bittergourd

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Carrot

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Gai Choy (Chinese Green Mustard)

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Eggplant (Brinjal)

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Long Beans

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Chai Sim (Chinese Flowering Cabbage)

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Another variety of Gai Choy

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Spring Onions

 

And then there is the glorious seafood corner!  In my opinion, these alone is already well worth the amount I pay for the buffet.
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Salmon
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Sea Bass
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Mussels
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Squid
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Crab
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Bamboo Clams
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Prawns
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Cuttlefish
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Beautiful Salmon up close!
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Sea bass up close!

 

And for the kids, these balls will surely be their choice.  My son had a lot of these.
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Fish Balls
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Chicken Balls
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Beef Balls

 

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Mom and Dad certainly looks happy with the selections of seafood available!

 

To accompany the dishes, there are a few mains to choose from.
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Noodles
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Flat Noodles (Kueh Tiaw)
Then spice up your dish by adding some spices!
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There are also some cooked dishes in case you prefer steamed rice, fried rice or kampong fried rice with your dish.
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Fried Rice
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Kampong Fried Rice
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Fried Kueh Tiaw

 

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Once you have taken the raw food of your choice, bring your plate to this counter and let the chef know your preferred cooking style (choices as shown below).

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Choose your preferred cooking style! There are so many methods to choose, took me awhile to decide; from various spicy Asian style to fiery wok-fried Chinese style, all the different cooking styles!  My personal favourite is the classic Chinese style with Garlic.

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Once you have placed your order, you will be given a number tag which you should place on your table so that the waiter can serve your dish to you according to the number tag once done.

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The Chef will start to prepare your order right away.  Pullman Kitchen has an open kitchen concept, therefore we can actually witness the ‘magic’ of the Chef.  I noticed that there were many chefs on duty, therefore preparation time for each dish was extremely fast if not instant!

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While waiting for your order to be cooked help yourself to the freshly squeezed drinks at the drinks corner.

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By the way, the drink in brown next to the orange juice is actually Ice Coffee, and a very good one too!  The ice coffee was very thick (‘kao’) and nice!  Mind you, I’m a coffee person and it’s not easy to please me!

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If all that wasn’t enough, there is also the healthier choice salad corner.

 

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Tropical Fruit Salad with Sultanas
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Umai Midin with Belachan
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Potato Salad with Aioli
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Summer Tomato Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette
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Tuna Salad with Lime Dressing
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Thai Rice Noodle and Beef Salad
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Chicken Chipolata and Sweet Corn Salad
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Fish Kerabu
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6 different kinds of salad dressing of your choice.

 

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Apart from the Asian and Chinese style, there is also the Western Style grilled corner where you can have the food of your choice grilled and served with the gravy of your choice.

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The Chef busy grilling my salmon to crust and juicy perfection!

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Grilled Salmon, anyone?  I love this.  Ah, mouth watering all over again!

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I’ve never tried grilled bamboo clams before, so giving it a try.  Quite nice too!

 

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Next to the grill, there are some ready grilled vegetables; grilled potatoes, grilled carrots and grilled pumpkin.
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Grilled Potatoes
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Grilled Carrots
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Grilled Pumpkin

 

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There’s also the soup corner if you prefer your mee or kueh tiaw to be soup-based.  There is the choice of chicken soup or laksa soup.

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This was my first try at my own recipe: Kueh Tiaw + Midin + Spring Onions + Smoked Duck + Chicken.  I chose to have it Chinese style fried with garlic.

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Tada! This is my masterpiece recipe.  I really loved the combination of the soft kueh tiaw accompanied by the crunchiness of the midin!  The taste of the smoked duck blended well with the overall dish!  Fantastic.  When I go for this buffet again, this will be my top choice again!

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Trying out another recipe!  Mee + Eggplant (Brinjal) + Sliced Lamb + Onion.  My choice of style was Chinese style fried with egg.

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Okay, presentation wise, maybe needs more improvement on the colour contrast.  Taste wise? This won’t be a recipe I will try again.  Ha ha.

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Now for some western style grill! Lamb + Chicken + Beef + Smoked Duck.  Won’t go wrong with grilled.

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And I was right.  Won’t go wrong with grill.  Yummylicious juicy crusted tasty goodness!

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What about some grilled seafood?  Salmon + Sea bass + Prawn + Bamboo Clam

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Another yummylicious juicy crusted tasty perfection!

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Grilled oyster with cheese is also a good combination!

 

Once you have had enough, it’s time for desserts.  There are also plenty of desserts to choose from.
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Pandan Clafoutis
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Blueberry Linzer
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Banana Clafoutis
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Chocolate Mud Cake
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Glutinous Rice with Spicy Desiccated Coconut
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Honeydew Pudding
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Crème Caramel
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Chilled Longan with Almond Jelly
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Green Bean Sago

 

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Naturally, my daughter went skipped these desserts and went straight for the ice-cream corner. Two different flavours of ice-cream are available; yam and vanilla.

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Six different kinds of toppings are available, guaranteed to make your eyes wide open with excitement; pecan nut, croquant, mixed fruit, chocolate rice, crumble, croquantine.

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Leave the toppings choices to your kids.  My daughter was excited to try the different toppings and indulged herself in a lot of the chocolate rice!

 

CONCLUSION

Overall, this is a buffet I will surely be returning to.  At RM68++ (kids 12 & below gets half price), I feel that it is really worth it for the choices that are available and the fact that the food is made to order according to your desire.

Where else do you get an unlimited buffet that allows you to take unlimited amount of raw ingredients to be combined together and then cooked on the spot according to the style that you prefer?

By the way, the Le Marche buffet is only available from Wednesday to Friday from 6.30 pm – 10.00 pm.  If you’re looking for their buffet for the weekends (Saturday and Sunday), it’s currently the ‘Spices of the Orient’ buffet.  Click here to read about it.

Do try to make reservations beforehand to avoid disappointment.  Pullman Miri Waterfront Hotel’s contact number is +60 85-323 888.

Modesto Bistro & Grill Sungkai Buffet 2016

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When it comes to western food, Modesto Bistro & Grill has certainly made a name for themselves for their delicious food over the years.  This Ramadhan, they are offering all their best and crowd-favourite dishes in their Sungkai Buffet, and that is not all!  They are also partnering with their sister restaurants to provide you with as much variety of food, more than enough for your picking.

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Lof Bakery for their tasty cakes and pastries, TwinklePan for their delicious pretzels, Dapur Penyet for their Indonesian recipes  and Hippo & Bees for their famous Korean ice-cream, all available in Modesto’s Sungkai Buffet this year.

Situated at Batu Bersurat, same block as Shabulicious and a few rows behind Happy Star, Modesto Bistro &  Grill is equipped with modern & colourful luxury seats and tables that are arranged with generous spacing and plenty of room to ensure their patrons has a comfortable time during their dine-in.

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Modesto’s Sungkai spread is very well organized.  There’s a section for the appetizers and main courses, another section for the bread and buns together with the fruits, another ‘hot’ section that serves the carvings such as the roasted chicken and lamb as well as the pasta and another section for all the different types of desserts you could ever want.

I took many pictures during the buffet, too many that I cannot include them all in this post.  To view all the pictures, have a look at my FB’s album here:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1093683457370441.1073741879.265575076847954&type=1&l=507566a9db

THE APPETIZERS

Here are the appetizers that were available that day.  My favourite is the Mini Pizza Cowboy and the Baked Mussels.  The Salsa and Chips were also a nice addition to the appetizers.

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The Appetizers selections which includes the tasty Chicken Velveteen Soup

Mini Cowboy Pizza

Mini Cowboy Pizza

Baked Mussels

Baked Mussels

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Various buns and pastries for your choosing

Bread & Buns

Bread & Buns

Pretzels

Pretzels

Very refreshing drinks

Very refreshing drinks

THE MAIN COURSE

I found myself ‘attacking’ the main course most of the time compared to the other sections.  I suppose I’m a meat eater hence this was my favourite section of all, and my favourite dish here was the Grilled Lamb Chops!  I have always been a lover of lamb chops, so naturally this is my favourite.  Baked Salmon is also my favourite here!

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The main course spread; an impressive selection of many of my favourite dishes.

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Grilled Lamb Chop

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Picture: (Left) Grilled Sirloin Steak in Mushroom Sauce. (Right) Prawn Skewers.

Baked Salmon

Baked Salmon with Salsa Medley. I couldn’t get enough of this! I’m a sucker for Salmon!

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Picture: (Left) Mixed Vegetables. (Right) Pan Roasted Chicken Breast.

Chicken Satay.

Can’t go wrong with a perfect Chicken Satay.

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Picture: (Left) Creamy Mashed Potato. (Right) Fried Rice.

THE CARVING & PASTA SECTION

The carving section offered their Roasted Lamb Leg and Roasted Chicken, both of which is undeniably delicious.  I noticed that pasta section was also ‘hot’ among the crowd.  The chef was preparing making the dishes ‘made-to-order’ to ensure the pasta dish is served to you while its fresh and hot!

Freshly carved Roast Lamb Leg

Freshly carved Roast Lamb Leg

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Picture: (Left) Roasted Lamb Leg. (Right) Roasted Chicken.

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Roast Lamb Leg

Made to Order

Chef preparing the pasta ‘made-to-order’ so that you get it freshly cooked and still hot with the flavours.

Pasta Ala Carbonara

Pasta Ala Carbonara

Seafood Aglio Olio

Seafood Aglio Olio

THE DESSERTS

Most buffets that I have been to usually offers plenty of main course dishes, but does not provide a similar abundance in choices for their desserts.  At Modesto’s Sungkai Buffet, you will be spoilt for choice even at their desserts section; from old fashioned traditional cakes all the way to the modern cakes.  Modesto is also reviving the old-school cakes which was the favourites during the yesteryears.

Dessert selections

Brunei’s No.1 Food Blogger Thanis showing off the dessert selections to his viewers

Old School Cake

Old-School Cakes that was once the ‘hot cakes’ back in the yesteryears.

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Picture: (Left) Various cupcakes and puddings. (Right) Teh Tarik Cendol.

Blueberry Cheese Tarts & Mini Egg Tarts

Blueberry Cheese Tarts & Mini Egg Tarts

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Various cakes

Colourful Macaroons

Colourful Macaroons

Sugar Candy

Sugar Candy

Fruits & Dips

An impressive arrangement of fruits and the dips

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Very beautifully carved and well presented fruit selections

TIME TO DIG IN!

All that delicious looking food, I could not wait to be able to have a go at it myself.. but sabar.. sabar.  As much as I would have loved to dig in together with the rest, being able to capture all these smiling faces enjoying their Sungkai was the most rewarding!

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Time to dig in! I love the twinkle lights above the dishes.

Mandy & Salt delighted with the choices

Mandy & Salt delighted with the choices

Nabilah 'attacks' the desserts corner first

Nabilah ‘attacks’ the desserts corner first

Happily ever after

Happily ever after… with their food

My own selections!

My own selections! As you can see I’m a meat eater. 😉 Camera gets to eat first!

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What? Second round already???

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Picture: (Left) The No.1 Brunei Foodie trying his hand at preparing his famous Thanis’ Pasta. (Right) The proud chef presenting his Spicy Cheesy Lamb Pasta.  Delicious!

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The finished product, the masterpiece of No.1 Food Blogger Thanis. Spicy Cheesy Lamb Pasta!

Korean Ice Cream

Last but of course not least, the creamy Korean ice cream from Hippos & Bees. Must have!

Outside Patio

Patrons has the option of enjoying their meals outside in the fresh air at their sidewalk tables, away from the hustle and bustle of the crowd inside where you can enjoy the ambiance of the candlelit tables with your loved ones.

To keep the menu interesting, Modesto has a different menu for each day of the week.  Please refer to the menu below to check the dishes being served on the respective days.

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Picture: (Left) Menu for Monday – Wednesday. (Right) Menu for Thursday – Sunday.

You might also be interested to read Brunei’s No.1 Food Blogger’s take on Modesto’s buffet here:
http://www.thanislim.com/2016/06/brunei-sungkai-2016-modesto-sungkai.html

I took many pictures during the buffet, too many that I cannot include them all in this post.  To view all the pictures, have a look at my FB’s album here:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1093683457370441.1073741879.265575076847954&type=1&l=507566a9db

Be sure not to miss out Modesto’s Sungkai Buffet this year!  For any enquiries or reservation, please call (+673) 233 2000 or (+673) 720 9777.

See you at Modesto!

Here’s Chef Phoebe and Chef Jamie saying “See You at Modesto!”

Best Restaurants and Cafés of Siem Reap, Cambodia

Honestly speaking, I am not a food expert but I hope to share with you the places that I dined, the food that I tried in Cambodia, specifically in Siem Reap.  One thing to note is that Siem Reap’s attraction is not only the temples of Angkor, but also its food choices which seems to be aplenty.

This is the last out of my 3-part article which will be all about the food!  If you missed my other two parts of the article, they can be found here:

  • Scenes of Siem Reap; which shows the different ambience and scenery of Siem Reap, both day and night, in the city and out of the city.
  • The Temples of Angkor; which tells the exciting story of our visit to the famous temples of Angkor such as Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Phrom and many more!

Before I proceed, let me introduce to you two very common dishes that is Cambodian that you must try; Fish Amok which is a curry dish which is prepared by steaming it in a banana leaf, and the Beef Lok Lak which is a stir-fried marinated beef usually accompanied by lettuce, cucumber and tomato with some house sauce.  Basically, the easiest way for me to describe Cambodian cuisine would be; a merge of Thai and Vietnamese cuisines.

You might be interested to read the views of my food blogger friend Thanis’ here.

I have divided this article into two logical sections: RESTAURANTS and CAFES.  ‘Restaurants’ in the context of this article refers to places where it would be suitable to have lunch or dinner whereas ‘cafes’ refers to places that are good for having a short rest from the heat of the day.

Please refer to these two maps for the locality of each place being mentioned:

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Map: (Left) Detailed view of Siem Riep city’s main town proper. (Right) Location of places further from town. Orange Circles represents restaurants while Green Squares represents cafes.

RESTAURANTS

In the maps above, the restaurants that we dined at are represented by the orange circles.  Some of the restaurants are located just within the city limits, so they are just very short tuk-tuk rides which shouldn’t cost you more than USD 1.

1.  Little Kroma (84 Wat Dam Nak Street)

Little Kroma is a very humble local coffee shop located at Wat Dam Nak Street, just behind the Wat Dam Nak Primary School.

Homely little shop

This little coffee shop gets to be my first on my list not because it was the cheapest out of the other restaurants that we’ve been to, but their freshly home-cooked local Cambodian dishes is definitely worth a mention.

Heavenly aroma

I can guarantee you that it’s fresh as we could see them chopping and preparing all the ingredients in their kitchen as we waited and then the heavenly aroma that makes its way into our nose receptors.

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Picture: (Left) A typical Coffee with Milk, quite thick and sweet compared to our normal Malaysian flavours.  Nevertheless, it’s a nice change from the usual.  (Right) Nom Pao (steamed pork buns) are also slightly different from the Chinese ‘Pao’ such that the bun’s texture is thicker and dense (personally I prefer our lighter chinese buns) but the fillings were generous with the pork meat, which had a little hint of black pepper.  The generous fillings really won it for me.

Cambodian Kuy Teav (Beef Noodle Soup)

Cambodian Kuy Teav (Beef Noodle Soup).  Tasty clear broth and rice noodles equivalent to that of the Vietnamese ‘Pho’.  Not surprising since southern Vietnam was part of Cambodia once upon a time.

Khmer Curry

Khmer Curry.  It’s more of a sweet curry than the spicy hot curry I’m familiar with.

Cambodian Fish Amok

Cambodian Fish Amok. ‘Amok’ refers to the process of preparing the food by steaming  the curry in banana leaves.  This dish took awhile to prepare but definitely worth the wait.

Cambodian Beef Lok Lak

Cambodian Beef Lok Lak.  Stir-fried marinated beef,served on a bed of lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes.

Fried Flat Noodles

Fried Flat Noodles. Similar to the Fried Wet Tomato Kueh Tiaw in Malaysia.

Fried Rice

Fried Rice.  Definitely my favourite dish there!  It’s one of the most unique fried rice I have ever tasted, certainly unlike the usual fried rice that I’m familiar with.  Must try!

2.  Genevieve’s Restaurant (Sok San Street)

Genevieve’s Restaurant is located in town on Sok San Street which is not too far from the main Pub Street.

Genevieve's Restaurant

It is one of the many restaurants in Siem Reap that provides some of its profits for the benefit of the locals and local non-profit organizations (NGOs).  10% of its profits is divided between the staff, while another 10% is given to 4 local charities, and the remainder of the profits are distributed to a school or community project in Siem Reap.

Fried Squid with fresh Green Pepper

Fried Squid with fresh Green Pepper.

Khmer Style Curry

Khmer Style Curry.  This is my favourite dish among those that we ordered.  The curry was so tasty we finished it to the last drop.

Beef Lok Lak with Rice set

Beef Lok Lak with Rice set.

Fish Amok with Rice set

Fish Amok with Rice set.

3.  Mamma Shop (636 Hadgang Street)

Mamma Shop is an Italian restaurant located at Hadgang Street, just opposite of where my favourite café The Little Red Fox Espresso is also located.  Mamma Shop is opened by an Italian who has settled down in Siem Reap with the aim of keeping the Italian food and culture alive and at the same time, giving back to the community by contributing to the lives of the less fortunate children.

Mamma Shop

The restaurant is small and humble, but don’t let that fool you.  Their food is simply delicious.  I would say it’s one of the best Italian restaurant’s I’ve tasted before in my life.  I suspect that the secret to the deliciousness is because every dishes are home made!

Ravioli al Pomodoro

Ravioli al Pomodoro.  Homemade raviolli filled with spinach, ricotta cheese and parmesan cheese served with tomato sauce.

Spaghetti al Ragu Bianco

Spaghetti al Ragu Bianco.  Spaghetti with beef and parmesan cheese.

Prosciutto di Parma e Rucola

Prosciutto di Parma e Rucola.  Pizza topped with tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, parma ham, rocket salad, parmesan cheese and oregano.  This is my favourite, the generous amount of ham won it for me!

4.  The Square 24 (Street 24, Wat Bo Area)

The Square 24 is a fine dining restaurant that serves Khmer cuisine.  They say first impressions always count, which is probably what the owners of this establishment was aiming for.  The attention to details put into the whole setup and interior deco is just amazing.  Vegetarians will be delighted to see that they have a special section in the menu just for them.

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From the moment you walk in, the place gives out an ambience of class and style.  The first word that came out of our mouths were ‘Wow’.

The Square 24

When it comes to the interior deco, the Square 24 beats all the other restaurants that we’ve been to.  From life-sized statues of Apsara and Bayon-like faces to little intricate details such as colour flowers on table tops and ever-changing lighting themes, they certainly take their dining experience to the max!

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Picture: (left) Life-sized statues stands in the middle of the square litted by ever-changing neon coloured lights.  (right) My Lime Breeze (Lime, Banana and Pineapple with grenadine syrup) nicely decorated with a purple bougainvillea flower.

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Free appetizers before our main meal, elegantly presented.

Banana flower salad

Banana flower salad.

Fish Amok with Coconut Milk

Fish Amok with Coconut Milk.  This was my favourite dish of the night and I’m really missing it now.

Grilled beef with lime and chili

Grilled beef with lime and chili.

Sour Duck Soup with Pickled Lime

Sour Duck Soup with Pickled Lime.

Complimentary desserts after the meal

Complimentary desserts after the meal.

5.  Happy Special Pizza (2 Thnou Street)

Do a google on ‘the best pizza in Cambodia’ and you will be flooded with search results of ‘happy pizza’.  Happy Pizza is what Cambodia is famous for.  I know, I know, eating pizza is  always a happy affair.  However, the ‘happy pizza’ in Cambodia doesn’t refer to that kind of happy, but a ‘happy’ of another kind.  These ‘happy pizzas’ are topped with ‘extra special seasoning leaves’ which can make you ‘high’, therefore happy!  By law, these ‘leaves’ are of course illegal, therefore the menu in Happy Special Pizza are all for the normal pizzas.  Just choose the pizza of your choice, and specifically tell them that you want the pizza to be a ‘happy’ one!  Oh, and please make sure don’t have anything important planned for the rest of the day in case you get too ‘happy’.

(For obvious reasons, I’m not attaching a picture of the restaurant).

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‘Happy’ Pizza!  The dark green herbs you see on the egg and hidden below the cheese are the happy stuff!

6.  The Sugar Palm (Taphul Road)

The Sugar Palm Restaurant is another Khmer cuisine restaurant which serves their dishes with a modern twist.  They actually have two branches in Cambodia; one in Phnom Penh which was their first branch since the 1970s and another in Siem Reap which was only opened in 2010 which features a very stylish and wooden themed dining area.

The Sugar Palm Restaurant

The entrance to the Sugar Palm Restaurant with plants and vines dangling from the top makes it feel like an entrance to one of the forest temples.

On the first floor

The dining area is located on the 1st floor.

Spacious tables and seatings

Very spacious dining area with ample ceiling fan in the hot climate of Siem Reap.

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The exterior and interior of the restaurant are all wooden themed, including the tables and chairs and even the bar!

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Picture: (left) Sombai, an infused local Cambodian liqour is displayed on a shelf available for purchase.  (right) The trademark of Siem Reap and the restaurant is named after it; the Sugar Palm.

Classy cutleries

The plates are embossed with the Sugar Palm’s name accompanied by very classy cutleries.

Crispy Spring Rolls

Crispy Spring Rolls.  One of their unique dish you won’t find anywhere else.  Pork mince, prawn and vegetables wrapped in rice paper and then deep fried.

Fish Amok

Fish Amok.  This is my favourite dish of the restaurant and my favourite of the whole Siem Reap!  Freshwater fish, steamed with a lightly spiced blend of coconut cream and steamed vegetables.  The Sugar Palm’s Fish Amok definitely wins my vote for the best Fish Amok in Siem Reap!

Khmer Fish Salad

Khmer Fish Salad.  Freshwater fish sliced and marinated in lime juice the mixed with a fresh salad of capsicum, carrot, cabbage, been sprouts and mint, topped with special dressing and ground peanuts.

Beef with Basil

Beef with Basil.  Sliced beef stir-fried with onion and basil leaves topped with group peanuts.

Khmer Crispy Noodles

Khmer Crispy Noodles.  A traditional dish of crispy rice noodles accompanied by pork, tofu, sprouts and special sauce.  Another of my favourite!

7.  Kroya @ Shinta Mani (Oum Khun Street)

Shinta Mani is a prestigious upscale boutique hotel located in the heart of Siem Reap.  Their fine-dining restaurant was given the name according to the meaning of food in the Khmer Royal language, which is a highly suitable reflection on the setup and ambience of the establishment.

Kroya

The entrance to Shinta Mani’s restaurant, Kroya.  As soon as our driver dropped us right in front of this entrance, we were glad that did prior researched and knew we should dress formally for this dinner.

Caterpillar

At the side of the entrance lies this cute green caterpillar lantern.

Air-conditioned area

The air-conditioned section of Kroya has equipped with very bright down-lights and a maze-like ceiling design with matching carpets.

In the mood for love

The outdoor section of the restaurant has bed swings.  I used the word ‘bed’ because the size of the swing is literally as big as a bed.  I won’t be surprised if it is a real mattress under that sheet.  These swings are mounted to the high ceiling and makes for a very romantic and relaxing ambience for you and your partner.  The only reason my friends and I preferred not to sit here was because we really wanted the air-conditioning and we can’t do our photography if we were on a moving platform.

Complimentary

Complimentary plain bread to keep us busy while we wait for the good stuff!

Grilled Chicken Breasts with Banana Blossom Salad

Grilled Chicken Breasts with Banana Blossom Salad.

Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab with Lime & Pepper Sauce

Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab with Lime & Pepper Sauce.

Home Smoked Salmon on Wasabi Pancake, Black Caviar, Sour Cream and Khmer Basil Sorbet

Home Smoked Salmon on Wasabi Pancake, Black Caviar, Sour Cream and Khmer Basil Sorbet.

Warm Wagyu Beef Carpaccio.  Frisee and Cresson Salad with House Dressing

Warm Wagyu Beef Carpaccio.  Frisee and Cresson Salad with House Dressing.

Chilled Fresh Strawberry Soup, topped with pumpkin gazpacho ice cream

Chilled Fresh Strawberry Soup, topped with pumpkin gazpacho ice cream.

Sauteed Devil Scallop with Me Kong Langoustine

Sauteed Devil Scallop with Me Kong Langoustine.

Mushroom Ravioli with Truffle Cream Sauce and Balsamic Reduction

Mushroom Ravioli with Truffle Cream Sauce and Balsamic Reduction.

The Traditional Khmer Tasting Menu

The Traditional Khmer Tasting Menu.  Clockwise (from top-left): Khmer Organic White Rice & Brown Rice, Beef Sour Soup Scented with Lemongrass and Fresh Herbs, Wok-fried Pork Fillet with Toasted Ground and Lime Juice, Khmer Style Steamed Garlic Prawns with Chili.

Passion Fruit Crème Brule

Passion Fruit Crème Brule.

Assorted Khmer Sweet Dessert

Assorted Khmer Sweet Dessert.

8.  Mie Café (Phum Treng Khum Street)

Mie Café is a fine dining gourmet cuisine restaurant which makes me wonder why they label themselves as a ‘café’ in the first place.  It is located a bit out of the main town area, which is why we planned our dinner there to coincide with our attending of the play “The Smile of Angkor” (read more about this show in my previous article ‘The Scenes of Siem Reap’ here) which is located not far from there.

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Mie Café is nested in a very traditional Khmer house with an outdoor patio and garden, which offers a refreshing place to enjoy our meal.

Patio garden

The outdoor patio garden offers an alternative dining experience.

Mosquitoes away

Upon arrival, we were initially concerned for mosquitoes (yes its in our Asian blood) which might attack us, but the many fans that are placed around the place helps to ensure that our bodies are not molested by these pest.

A balcony with a view

The upper level of the restaurant has a nice balcony seating that overlooks the garden and the main street.

Tonle Sap Chlang Fish Fillet

Tonle Sap Chlang Fish Fillet.  Mixed vegetable stew (Cambodian kor ko style) light coconut cream mixed with lemongrass.

Grilled Beef La Ap with Red Ant Eggs

Grilled Beef La Ap with Red Ant Eggs.  This was by far the most unique dish throughout my whole time in Siem Reap.  Chopped grilled medium rare beef marinated with local herbs, chili, roasted sticky rice flour, tomato sauce and a touch of balsamic vinegar, served with long bean salad and topped with parmesan cheese and of course… red ant eggs!

Alien world

Using my macro lens to magnify the ant eggs for a closer look, we could see that some of the eggs has burst with the ants complete with their faces and antenna clearly visible!

Sexy legs

Marinated Frog Legs.  Wild Mushroom tart, sauteed frog legs with balsamic vinaigrette.  Deliciously sexy!  Best dish here!

Eel Char Khroeung

Eel Char Khroeung.  Stir-fried Tonle Sap Eel with mixed lemongrass paste, saffron, bell pepper, spinach served with sticky rice.

Rib Eye Beef Lok Lak

Rib Eye Beef Lok Lak.  Mushroom, onion, green pepper corn stir fried with oyster sauce.

9.  Cuisine Wat Damnak (Wat Damnak Market Street)

Cuisine Wat Damnak is located in an area called Wat Damnak, just a little further from the main town.  This is a highly popular restaurant and we made our reservations a few weeks in advanced, even at that time, our initial preferred date was already unavailable and we had to select another date for our dining there.  When making a reservation in a restaurant that is in the Asia Top 50 list, it’s not surprising to find an available date!

Cuisine Wat Damnak

When we arrived, we were greeted by a lady with French ascent (I assume she’s French too?) and after having checked our reservation, we were brought to our table.  When doing your reservation, you would need to choose for outdoor seating, or indoor which is air-conditioned and with very limited tables.

Amuse Bouche

Amuse Bouche (Complimentary Appetizer)

Palm Sugar and Tomato Pickled Winter Melon, Sanday Fish, Green Mango and Fresh Peppercorn

Palm Sugar and Tomato Pickled Winter Melon, Sanday Fish, Green Mango and Fresh Peppercorn.

Frog Meat Salad with Lotus Root, Stern and Seeds, Prahak and Cashew Nut Emulsion

Frog Meat Salad with Lotus Root, Stern and Seeds, Prahak and Cashew Nut Emulsion.

Spicy Prawn Pancake with Yam Bean, Holy Basil and Kaffir Lime Leaves

Spicy Prawn Pancake with Yam Bean, Holy Basil and Kaffir Lime Leaves.

Duck Confit in Pong Tia Kone Style

Duck Confit in Pong Tia Kone Style.

Mekong Langoustine Yellow Curry with Pumpkin Fruit and Leaf, Lemon Basil and Tamarind Shoots

Mekong Langoustine Yellow Curry with Pumpkin Fruit and Leaf, Lemon Basil and Tamarind Shoots.

Beef Cheek Soup with Barbecued Green Papaya, Shiny Cresson, Lime and Rice Paddy Herb

Beef Cheek Soup with Barbecued Green Papaya, Shiny Cresson, Lime and Rice Paddy Herb.

Braised Pork Shank and Calamari Black Sticky Rice Porridge, Mushrooms, Glazed Turnip and Siem Reap Sausage

Braised Pork Shank and Calamari Black Sticky Rice Porridge, Mushrooms, Glazed Turnip and Siem Reap Sausage.

Cambodian Green Giant Eggplant, Tonle Sap Croaker Fish, Braised Maam with Coconut Tree Heart, Peanuts and Winged Beans

Cambodian Green Giant Eggplant, Tonle Sap Croaker Fish, Braised Maam with Coconut Tree Heart, Peanuts and Winged Beans.

Pan Fried Kholan Cake, Aged Rum Caramelized Banana, Toasted Coconut White Chocolate Ganache

Pan Fried Kholan Cake, Aged Rum Caramelized Banana, Toasted Coconut White Chocolate Ganache.

Steamed Chocolate Biscuit and Pot De Crème, Passion Fruit Whipped Cream and Rice Praline

Steamed Chocolate Biscuit and Pot De Crème, Passion Fruit Whipped Cream and Rice Praline.

Complimentary Assorted Fruits

Complimentary Assorted Fruits.

Thanis & Chef Joannès Rivière

My friend Thanis posing with Chef Joannès Rivière after the very satisfying and delicious dinner.  Thumbs up Chef!  It’s no wonder your restaurant is in Asia’s Top 50 list!

CAFES

Apart from the many lovely restaurants in Siem Reap, there are also many very hipster cafes in town which has its own style and theme.  However, you will notice one thing in common that most of these places offer; giving back to the community through donation and working closely with the non-profit organizations for the welfare of the local community.  Many posters and pamphlets are available in their premises to raise awareness of the visitors.

A.  The Little Red Fox (Hap Guan Street)

This is my favourite café among all the others in Siem Reap due to its variety of coffee drinks available which I really love.  They serve the best latte in my opinion, and if you feel the need to excite your latte flavours, there’s also the Coconut & Cinnamon Mocha which I love really much!  If that is still not exciting enough, they have the Espresso Martini which will blow your mind!  It does not end here, other than the casual espresso brewed coffees, they do offer cold pressed coffees as well!  Oh by the way, there is a popular hair salon located above the café which is run by the same owners.

Lively ambience

The outside of the café, gives you a very down-to-earth experience.  The place is always filled with people giving it a very lively ambience.

Cosy

Inside is air-conditioned, with small wooden stools and tables that can be easily moved around to suit the group size.

Interior Deco

Unique and interesting interior deco using stools stucked to the wall.

Merchandise

There are also some Little Red Fox merchandise that is available for purchase.

Coconut & Cinnamon Mocha

Coconut & Cinnamon Mocha.  This is my favourite!

Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini.  Coffee with Martini, what a terrific combination.  I could definitely feel the kick from the combination of the two fusion!

Affogatto

Affogatto.  If you can’t decide if you would rather have coffee or ice cream, go for this!

Carrot Cake (Grandmother’s Style)

Carrot Cake (Grandmother’s Style).

Omelette with Sundried Tomatoes and Goat Cheese served with Fresh Brown Rice Salad

Omelette with Sundried Tomatoes and Goat Cheese served with Fresh Brown Rice Salad.

Thanis, Adam and David

Thanis (the guy who cannot decide if he prefers Batman or Superman) posing with the two owners of The Little Red Fox, Adam (left) & David (right) both from Australia.

B.  Common Grounds Coffee (#719-721 Street 14)

Common Grounds Coffee is an American style café located at the end of the street from The Little Red Fox.  The café is big enough to cater for plenty of people, and features a Internet Café on its upper level.  This café also believes in giving back to the community by giving the locals a working chance and to create an income that helps to sustain the Children’s Home in Siem Reap.  More impressively, Common Grounds serves as a vocational training center, teaching English and computer skills!

Apple colour!

The bright apple green colours creates a very refreshing ambience to enjoy.  The upper level is the Internet Café.

Merchandise

Various merchandise sold in the cafe with the proceeds being donated to the cause of the Children.

Molten Lava Cake

Molten Lava Cake.

London Fog

London Fog.  Interesting name for this drink which is a combination of Earl Grey Tea and Vanilla Latte.  It is quite nice too!

Beef Lok Lak

Beef Lok Lak.  Cambodian stir fried beef in BBQ sauce.

Fried Spring Rolls

Fried Spring Rolls.

Chicken Caesar Salad

Chicken Caesar Salad.

C.  The Hive (#631 Psar Kandal Street)

This is another café located near to The Little Red Fox and Common Grounds Coffee.  Using black steel, shiny floor tiles, modern art graffiti on the walls and yellow hanging lights, the place gives out a feel of modern and artistic ambience.

The Hive

Being smaller than the other cafes, they have managed to make efficient use of space by making another upper level for more seating.

Small and cosy

The seating in the café is small and cosy, with most suitable for groups of 4.

Latte & Passionate Juice

My Latte and Jess’ Passionate Juice (Mango & Passion fruit).

Rough Morning Cure

Rough Morning Cure.  This is Hive’s specialty breakfast with potato fried in Tabasco with bacon, cherry tomatoes and topped with fried egg.

Breakfast Burrito

Breakfast Burrito.  Scrambled eggs, bacon, spinach and tomato sauce.

Egg Benedict

Egg Benedict.  Poached eggs with ham, spinach and homemade hollandaise sauce on Panini, served with fries and salad.

Mango Bruschetta

Mango Bruschetta.  This was absolutely delicious!  Never had a combination like this before.

D.  Sister Srey (Pokambor Avenue)

Sister Srey is located literally in the heart of the city (right next to the old market) where you would be able to watch people going about their everyday lives by just to sitting there, watching them go by.  This café was opened by two sisters to not only to serve coffee, but also to support Khmer students by training them in hospitality, English language skills and personal development.  They also have various incentives in place, to name a few, working alongside the Hearts to Harmony Foundation which supports the rural families.

Sister Srey

Sister Srey is a ‘young’ café, having being opened only in 2012.  Both the sibling owners in their early 20s were equally young at the moment they started this café!  These two sisters has the most amazing story on his they ended up in Cambodia and eventually starting this café.  There’s even the Sister Srey motorbike parked right outside!

People spotting

One of the main streets of Siem Reap where you can watch people go by their everyday lives.  The number of tuk-tuks waiting opposite just proves how much of a hot-spot this place is.

The 10 Commandments

The 10 COMMANDMENTS why you should have a break at Sister Srey.

Map of the world

One section of the wall which is fitted with the map of the world.  This is quite fitting seeing that the sisters almost migrated to the United Kingdom (they are originally from Australia).

Window

Another corner of the café where there is a big open window which faces the less busy alleyway.  Perfect place to catch up on some reading.

Fancy some shopping?

The upper floor of the café holds the shop where various items such as clothing, books, souvenirs are being sold and proceeds goes directly to the Hearts to Harmony foundation.

The Library

There is also the cozy book corner where you can spend time reading the books and novels available there.

Pink Flamingoes

That’s Sister Lauren (no, I don’t mean a nun) hard at work drawing a mural of pink flamingoes on wheels.

Ground Floor

A shot of the ground floor from the challenging spiral staircase.

Yummylicious

Various yummylicious pastries at display shelf.

Children's story Book

We sat at the sidewalk and I had the Ice Latte which was extremely good and refreshing from the heat of the day.  Notice the kiddy story book?  Why would I be reading it?  It is actually the menu of the café in disguise!  What a brilliant idea!

E.  Gelato Co (2 Thnou Street / Old Market Street)

Gelato Co is the best place to stop by to get a cone of ice cream while you continue your walk around pub street and market street.  The summer heat in Siem Reap will definitely make this an irresistible place even if you accidentally walk by.

Gelato Co

The classy sign board outside of the shop.  Our eyes opened with delight when we saw the word GELATO on the board, which could only mean ICE CREAM!

Pistachio Ice Cream

Jess very happy with her Pistachio Ice Cream.

F.  Blue Pumpkin (2 Thnou Street / Old Market Street)

Blue pumpkin is a french bakery which also serves Ice Cream.  They a lot of branches in Cambodia and plenty of branches within Siem Reap itself.  The best feature of this place is the very relaxing atmosphere at the first floor of the café.  A long row of mattress with big cushions is there for anyone to just lounge on.  I could literally fall asleep there after a long and tiring day at the temples.

Blue Pumpkin

Look for this sign along pub street which will lead you to your desire… Ice cream!

Like a boss

Very comfortable setup for patrons to relax on (and even fall asleep).  Thanis shows everyone how to be a Chinese boss!

 

SUMMARY

As far as really local Cambodian, coffee shop style food, the only dish that I’ve managed to try is the Cambodian Noodle.  I had the chance to taste this at the village near to Bantaey Srei.

Local Cambodian Noodle

Local Cambodian Noodle.

Simply Delicious

The best way I can describe how the noodle taste; tasty with a coconut milk broth.   The complimentary freshly plucked vegetables which is placed on each table (see picture above) is meant to accompany the noodles or any dish that you order.  All that for only USD 1!

Please take my article here as it is; it is not meant to be a full review on the food places.  My friends and I were in Cambodia to see Angkor Wat and the other Angkor temples with our own eyes.  Food was only a side pleasure while we were there.  Please note also that we did not dine in the local coffee shops (except for one) mostly those proper classy restaurants, therefore I don’t have much to show in terms of the genuine cheap and simple local food around.  Also, since I am a Malaysian (another food haven), most of my comments would be based on and comparative to our Malaysian flavours.

But don’t worry, if you get yourself a reliable tuk-tuk driver, they are always more than capable of recommending a local place for you.  Please consider Shafie our tuk-tuk driver for the whole duration of our visit.  He has proven to be very steadfast and his knowledge of Siem Reap, even the temples of Angkor is comparable to that of a tour guide.

I hope this guide is of help to you!  Needless to say, although the variety of food in Cambodia cannot match those in Malaysia, I do find myself missing some of the dishes; namely the Fish Amok from The Sugar Palm, The Fried Rice from Little Kroma and the Coconut & Cinnamon Mocha from The Little Red Fox.

Above all else, I miss the feeling of wondering in the mystical temples of Angkor and discovering something new at every corner!

The Café for Dogs: Furry Fiesta, Miri

There’s a new place in town where you can relax by bonding with dogs of different breeds and sizes, while having a nice meal to catch up with your friends.  It’s called Furry Fiesta.  Come and say hi to the doggies around, have a picture or two taken with them, pat them or even give them a cuddle, share the love!
p.s. please read until the end of this post for some special offers that Furry Fiesta has for you.

Posing at the photobooth

Couple posing with cutie

Sharing the love

The idea of dog cafes is not new in this world, however, most dog cafes are focused on serving good lattes and finger-food, whereas Furry Fiesta offers the full-range of meals for both people and even dishes for their four-legged friends.

Located in Miri’s new Marina Bay Commercial Area, it is a good place to have a quick lunch (less parking congestion there!) or have your dinner after a nice evening stroll along the Marina’s walkway by the beach.

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The place has a beautiful corner for a photobooth complete with a trishaw with floral backdrop for anyone who would like to take a picture with their furkids, or other furkids that are around. Your furkids can also relax and fall asleep with the air-conditioned surrounding while getting their furs gently caressed by the breeze from the fans.  The warm lighting and various cute posters provides a warm and cosy atmosphere for the dog lovers alike.

Brackets for securing

If your furkid is one of the ‘hyper’ ones, fear not as there are brackets around the pillars that can be used to secure them.

Ever seen a husky up close?

Ever seen a husky up close?  Not one but two beautiful huskies who are not camera shy came that night.

Come say hi

Another young guest saying hi to Balu the blind dog.  Yes, he’s literally blind and can only recognize things based on smell and sound.

True love?

Two new fur friends sniffing each other out.  It is a great place for your furkid to learn how to socialize and to meet other fur friends… maybe even find true love?

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Sit your furkid on your lap and enjoy the candle light dinner together.

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Furry Fiesta’s range of dishes are quite a lot, ranging from asian-styled dishes to the western-styled and even dishes for your fur kids.  More importantly, they are all delicious.

Penang Curry Fish

Penang Curry Fish, this would be my favourite dish of the day.  I’m not really a fish dish person, but this dish is an exception.

Thai Green Curry

The Thai Green Curry is also very good, with it’s flavorful curry gravy that is moderately spicy allowing even those who doesn’t take spicy food.

Crispy Chicken

This is definitely my another one of my favourite; Crispy Chicken.  For me, the best part of this is the delicious crispy skin!

Yellow Wine Chicken

Yellow Wine Chicken, another dish of hakka origins. Made with potent rice wine and is considered as a highly nutritious dish especially for the ladies.

Slice Yam Pork

Slice Yam Pork, a kind of hakka origin dish.  The marriage of the tender layered pork just goes so well with the soft yam and sauce.

BBQ Pork

BBQ Pork, the universally loved dish that is best enjoyed with beer.

Pork Rolls

Pork Rolls, wonderfully wrapped spring rolls of tender pork.

BBQ Chicken Wings

BBQ Chicken Wings, simple and surely a no-brainer for the kids.

Hollandaise Chicken Chop

Hollandaise Chicken Chop, an smooth emulsion of of egg yolk and liquid butter to accompany the finely grilled chicken chop.

Grilled Chicken Garlic Cheese Bake

Grilled Chicken Garlic Cheese Bake, a unique dish that has the chicken served straight from the oven, wrapped aluminum to preserve all the flavours from the garlic and cheese!

ABC Doggy Yummy Yummy

A dish for your beloved furkid: ABC Doggy Yummy Yummy, as the name goes, your furkid will definitely love this!

Furry Lamb Special

Another alternative dish for your furkid, the Furry Lamb Special!

Happy Family

One happy family having dinner with their lovely furkids.

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Celebrities which I met that day!  Romeo (the white pomeranian in red gray stripes) wins my heart.

Letting our kids learn

Letting our kids learn to love canines early.  If your children does not have any experience with dogs, this would be a nice place to start, where they can pat and even feed them, and learn to love them.

Chillin;

Romeo just chillin’ and enjoying the ambience.

Fall asleep!

Our four-legged friends aren’t that different from us.  After eating and filling the stomach, they would get lazy and eventually fall asleep!  Well, all except for Pepe the brown dog still standing in the center!

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When it is time to go home, you would probably need to carry your furkid away as they take one last glance of their other friends one last time to say goodbye.

SPECIAL OFFERS
Furry Fiesta strongly encourages you to bring your furkids!  Bring your furkids and get a 10% discount on all the Asian & Western food that you order!
Other than that, Furry Fiesta can also organize a special birthday party for your furkid with a free special birthday gift!

Furry Fiesta is located in Miri’s new Marina Bay Commercial area: Lot 2028, Ground Floor Marina Square, Phase 1, Miri.  Their opening hours are 10.30 am – 12.00 midnight daily.  Please contact Connie should you have any enquiries or bookings at +60 12 7273272.

Beesket: The D.I.Y. 100% Natural Juice

Let’s face it.  Most of us (including myself) hates drinking fruit juices.  The more someone tells you “no sugar added… no artificial flavouring added”, the more turned off we are.  Sure, it’s healthy.  Sure, it’s good for us.  But it could take us forever to finish a glass, if we even manage to finish it.  Hands up if you’re one of us!

Rejoice! For now comes a fruit juice method guaranteed that anyone will love it… even the little ones who dreads the idea of being given any fruit juice.  Trust me, after the first sip, your child will drag you to order again the next time!

Introducing beesket, a very different approach to fruit juices: the latest juice franchise that comes all the way from Korea!  More importantly, the juices are all 100% natural ingredients that are prepared fresh and does not add any artificial additives or sugar!  Beesket Brunei has recently opened its first outlet in KB Sentral Mall.

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Beesket introduces a very different approach to fruit juices.

SO WHAT?  WHAT’S SO INTERESTING ABOUT IT?

The first thing to do is to determine what fruit juice you would like to have.

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Surely you will find your favourite fruits among the abundant choices available.  Choose 3 of your favourite fruits.  The choices are available in the different coloured capsules placed in the hive-like shelves (hence the word ‘bees’).  Located above the capsules is a guide of common combinations that people normally choose.

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These above combination guides were taken from Beesket’s website.  I’m so gonna try the combination for  ‘bling-bling my skin’ and ‘immunity shield’ the next time I am there!

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The capsules that you have chosen will then be placed into the holder (hence the word ‘ket’ which would be short for basket).

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Once you are satisfied with your choices, place the beesket (the holder containing the capsules) on the cashier counter.

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Just like magic, the system will automatically recognize your fruit choices and display the list of fruits that you have selected on the screen.  For those who are concern with the calories intake, the screen conveniently includes the calories(Kcal) associated with your selection!

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All fruits are FRESH and you can clearly see this standing anywhere around the counter.

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Fresh fruits of your selection are taken and weighted before being placed into the blender.

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Watch and drool while your delicious drink is being prepared in front of you.

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Taadaa!… and your drink is ready in no time.  Together with your drink, there is included a Beesket Score Card.  On the card are details of your fruit selections, together with the calories associated as well as the detailed breakdown of each nutrient contained in your drink, such as how much Fiber, Calcium, Vitamin K, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin C and Vitamin E.  In addition to that, you can also leave your feedback on the card.

By the way, did I mention that Beesket juices are 100% fresh natural ingredient without any artificial additives or sugar?  Beesket’s ingenious system makes it possible for you to know your calories and nutritional informations at a glance, even before you confirm your order!

Beesket Brunei is located in KB Sentral Mall, 1st Floor.  You will be able to spot it as soon as you step off the escalator from the ground floor to the 1st floor.  Personally, I have never been a fan of fruit juices.  I don’t remember having any cravings for any fruit juice until I had beesket’s.  Now I find myself craving for beesket every so often.  Trust me, you will love it too!

Food Arena’s Jumbo Buffet 2015

Introducing the newest food offering in Brunei: Food Arena’s Jumbo Sungkai Buffet.  Food Arena is the consortium of restaurants and bakeries which makes up the whole row of Seri Q-Lap Mall’s ground floor.  Rows after rows of big eatery names in Brunei.

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Modesto Bistro & Grill, Lof Bakery, Dapur Penyet, Twinkle Pan and Hippo & Bees

This year, these big names are bringing to you one of the biggest buffet offering for Sungkai Buffet in Brunei.  Western cuisine, Indonesian cuisine, Arabian cuisine, cakes, pastries, and a whole lot of desserts, all under one roof!

Upon arriving at the Food Arena, my first impression was “So pretty!”.  This was my first time to the Food Arena since they took ownership from previous Giant Supermarket and gave the place a whole new makeover.

An enjoyable dining experience

View from the main entrance of Food Arena.  The area is spacious making sure that its patrons enjoys a comfortable dining experience during their sungkai.

The Welcoming Committee

The colourful buns and pastries that makes the welcoming committee as you enter the main entrance.  It is hard not to be impressed with these sweet smiles welcoming your arrival!

Vibrant yet comfortable

First impression tells that the place is extremely clean and comfortable, with colourful vibrant cushion seats for its patrons.  The LED lights hanging above the dining area makes whatever food porn that you take with your phone camera at your table to be clear and bright.

Vietnam Coffee drips

Every corner of Food Arena is decorated nicely.  These Vietnam Coffee drips are so irresistible although not part of the buffet, .  If only I could bring one home!

Presentation First Impressions

The waitress making sure every single glass is arranged properly.  Just goes to show how important their presentation is to the management.

Mee Soto Corner

The Mee Soto corner complete with all the toppings you would ever want.

The Arabian Appetizers Corner

The Arabian Appetizers corner which holds a lot of green choices, including the expensive olives for that extra taste.

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A wide view of the main dishes on each side of the main sitting area.

Drinks Corner

The drinks corner!  Any buffet that offers coffee wins one point with me!  If coffee is not your thing, there’s always the tea, milo, nestea, mango and orange juice.

Pastries of your choice

Pastries of your choice.   Those pineapple tarts will be my target!  It’s Chinese New Year all over again!

I Heart Sweet

Nothing says it more obvious that a big sign saying “I HEART SWEET” on this counter.  All the sweet desserts you could ever dream for.  If desserts is high in your priority list, Food Arena is definitely the place to go to!

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More cakes for your dessert.  Selections includes:

  • Chocolate Butter Cake
  • Pandan Butter Cake
  • Red Velvet Butter Cake
  • Marble Butter Cake
  • Batik Horlick Cake
  • Blueberry Cake
  • Premium Prune Lapis Cake
  • Chocolate Chips Kek Lapis Cake
  • Red Velvet Lapis Cake
  • Oreo Roll Cake
  • Oreo Cheese Cake
  • Blueberry Cheese Cake
Simply Irresistable

Having a chocolate fountain is definitely an automatic win for the kids!  To be honest, even for me!  Who can resist dipping those marshmallow and fruit sticks under the silky blanket of of chocolate layer.  Simply irresistible!

What do you think? See anything you like? For me, they already had me at ‘Hello’. First impressions count, and they have shown that when it comes to the presentation and layout of the whole place, they mean business.  Every single dish is decorated with contrasting colours and every corner is well litted with modern LED lights.

After seeing all those delicious food and sweet desserts, I can’t wait to dive in to eat!

Scallop in a spoon. 

Scallop in a spoon.

Baked Mussels

Baked Mussels

Grilled Prawns and Mango

Grilled Prawns and Mango. They say the best way to enjoy this dish is to eat the prawn first then drink the mango mixture to neutralize the after taste.

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Chips and its Salsa condiments

From left to right: Pandesal, Charcoal Pandesal, Breakfast Roll

From left to right: Pandesal, Charcoal Pandesal, Breakfast Roll

Lovely Cold Cuts

Lovely Cold Cuts

Arabic Green Salad

Arabic Green Salad

Tangy Coleslaw with Corn Kernels

Tangy Coleslaw with Corn Kernels

 

Mee Goreng

Mee Goreng

Chicken Curry

Chicken Curry

Ayam Pandan

Ayam Pandan

Sayur Pakis

Sayur Pakis

Telur Madu

Telur Madu

Kacang Panjang

Kacang Panjang

Tauhu Tempe Goreng

Tauhu Tempe Goreng

Semur Daging

Semur Daging

Tomes Acar

Tomes Acar

Ayam Goreng

Ayam Goreng

Lamb Bukhari

Lamb Bukhari

Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Chicken with Spicy Chili Sauce

Roasted Chicken with Spicy Chili Sauce

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Garlic Mayo

Garlic Mayo

Grilled Striploin

Grilled Striploin

Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala

Grilled Lamb

Grilled Lamb

Beef / Chicken Sheekh Kebab

Beef / Chicken Sheekh Kebab

Stir Fried Bokchoy in Garlic Sauce

Stir Fried Bokchoy in Garlic Sauce

English Fish and Chips

English Fish and Chips

Arabian Bread

Arabian Bread

Sheekh Tawook

Sheekh Tawook

Assorted Puddings

Assorted Puddings

Batik Horlick Cake

Batik Horlick Cake

Oreo Roll Cake

Oreo Roll Cake

Oreo Cheese Cake

Oreo Cheese Cake

My usual routine in a buffet this huge would be to taste each of the dishes on the first round, just one bite of each item and then decide on which dishes will make it to my ROUND TWO.  Round two would see more of those dishes until I’m fully satisfied!  Yummy in my tummy!  Maybe these dishes would be your favourites as well?

Pizza

I can never say no to pizza.  These assorted of various slices of thin crust pizza just delights me.

Carving Station

The carving station offers delicious roasted beef and chicken and various gravy to choose from.

Roasted Beef

Roasted Beef.  Tell me you can resist this?

Mouth Watering

Mouth watering Roasted Beef slices.  I was already mouth-watering while the beef is being carved.

Roasted Chicken

If roasted beef is not your thing, what about this delicious looking Roasted Chicken?

Pasta Corner

The Pasta corner serves nice Seafood Aglio-Olio.  It is made on the spot so the spaghetti and sauce will definitely be very tasty!

Cold Cuts with Olives

Cold Cuts with various chicken ham and beef salami.  The olives makes for a very interesting contrast to the colour.

Pandan Chicken

This is also one of my all-time favourite.  Chicken wrapped in Pandan leaves.  The aroma from the Pandan is really refreshing.

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Nasi Lemak and its condiments.  I love my Nasi Lemak with plenty of peanuts.  And their Sambal Belado and Sambal Hijau is my choice!

Lamb

And there’s always distinctive aroma of the lamb that is always my all-time favourite.

Scallops in a spoon

These scallops in a spoon makes it very convenient to just grab and go.  And it can be eaten in just one mouthful.

Lamb Bukhari

The Lamb Bukhari rice a traditional Arabian rice dish.  Since this is a Lamb Bukhari, it has a mildly distinctive aroma which is just enough to make me love it.

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

I’m a Potato person, so I will definitely love any potato based dishes so the Creamy Mashed Potatoes is also one of my target.

TwinklePan Pretzels

Original and Almond TwinklePan Pretzels.

Consume when fresh

Waffles are one of those food where it must be consumed while still warm.  The waffles here are made on the spot fresh for you with a variety of filling to choose from.

Generousity

I chose the chocolate filling for my freshly made waffle.  Look at the generous amount of the chocolate spread!

Fresh Ice Cream

And now time for some fresh ice creams!  Available are Hippo and Bees’ Original Flavour with a choice of Chocolate or Strawberry toppings.

Too delicious not to try

I’m not really a fan of strawberry flavoured items, but these ice creams looks just too delicious not to try.

Hippo & Bees Ice Creams

Original flavour Hippo & Bees Ice-Cream with Chocolate and Strawberry topping.

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Macaroons and Sweet Candies anyone?

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Shredded ice is available at the ABC corner together with the varieties of toppings to choose from.  Or would you prefer delicately carved fruits such as the watermelon rose, the apple flowers and the pineapple swan?  Beautiful.

Marsh Mallow Sticks

I am brought back to relive my childhood days with these marshmallows sticks and the chocolate fountain.

Waterfall!

Chocolate waterfall… I mean Chocolate fountain remains everyone’s favourite.  Who can resist those unlimited silky smooth chocolate curtain!

Rainbow Cupcakes

Spectacular choices of Chocolate Cupcakes of various designs and colours.

Puddings of different designs and colours

Many different flavours of puddings of different designs and colours.

All in all, the Food Arena’s Jumbo Buffet is definitely a buffet worth going for.  At only $29.90 for adult and $15.90 for child, this buffet is priced competitively with other buffets available out there.  The choices of the main dishes available from the western, arabian and indonesia are those that are usually popular among the people.  One of the biggest strength that this Jumbo Buffet has over others are the overwhelming number of desserts that you are spoilt for choice!

Lucky Draw

This year, by shopping and dining in the Food Arena, you stand chance to win some very attractive LUCKY DRAW prizes.  You could be a winner of a flight ticket to SINGAPORE, KUALA LUMPUR or KOTA KINABALU, or you can also be one of the 10 consolation prizes which the Grand Draw will happen on November 1, 2015.

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What are you waiting for?

The Jumbo Buffet will only be available until the end of Ramadhan, so do hurry.  Food Arena is located at Seri Q-Lap Mall’s ground floor.  Park your car behind the mall as that would be the closest to Food Arena’s entrance.  You will not miss the Jumbo Buffet’s banner there.  Please call +673 7151177 or +673 720 9777 for place your bookings!  Don’t just take my word for it, go and see and try for yourself!

KB Sentral Grand Buffet 2015

Good news to all Belait and even Mirians!

Last year, for the first time ever, Freshco offered their MEGA SUNGKAI BUFFET which is boast the largest buffet spread in the whole of Brunei which comprises of FIVE big names of different themes:  Waroeng Penyet (Indonesia cuisine), All-Seasons Restaurant (Chinese cuisine), Pastamania (Italian cuisine), Sushi Tei (Japanese cuisine) and Auntie Anne’s (Pretzels!).

Click here to read about this year’s Freshco Sungkai Mega Buffet’s full review by my good friend and Brunei’s top foodie Thanis Lim.

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The FIVE big names that make up this GRAND buffet

This year, this same team is bringing their buffet spread closer to you, especially for Belait and Miri residents!  It is hosted in the newly opened KB Sentral Mall, hence the name KB Sentral Grand Buffet.

Warming it up

A waiter lighting up the warmers to ensure the food is warm and fresh.

The Chinese food spread

The Chinese food spread

The Italian and Indonesia food spread

The Italian and Indonesia food spread

Here’s how some of the beautifully arranged spread looks like inside:

Two boatfuls

Two boatful of sushi and maki, there’s definitely a few that you will love.

Steam warmers

Fresh dim sum available being placed on the steamer to ensure you get your food warm

On-the-spot Beijing Duck

On-the-spot Beijing Duck slices

On-the-spot sliced Beijing Duck rolls.  One of my favourite!

On-the-spot sliced Beijing Duck rolls.  One of my favourite!

Ice shredding machine

There’s even an ice shredding machine to make your custom ABC/Cendol to your liking!

Toppings for your ABC/Cendol

Toppings for your ABC/Cendol

Let’s have a look at the MANY offerings of the buffet.  WARNING: Since this is Brunei’s largest buffet spread, this is going to be a long list of dishes!

Click on the thumbnails to view the full glory of the food!

 

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Italian Cuisine

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Fettucini
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Creamy Chicken Mushroom
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Baked Cheese Rice
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Lamb Chop
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Teriyaki Chicken
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Spicy Chicken

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Japanese Cuisine

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Sashimi (Salmon, Tuna, Tako, Hamachi)
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Chicken Teriyaki
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Various sushi and maki
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Big Tako Yaki
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Various sushi and maki
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Horenzo Ohitsushi
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Various sushi and Maki
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Various sushi and Maki
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Various sushi and Maki
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Various sushi and Maki

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Chinese Cuisine

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Century Egg Spoon
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Green Mussel
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Cakwe Mayonnaise
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Squid Tempura
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Rolls
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Salad Vegetables
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Cheong Fun Chicken / Vegetable
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Fried Chicken with Pandan Leaf
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Fried Mee
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Broccoli with Shimeji
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Thai Mayonnaise Prawn
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Ang Siew Beef
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Roasted Chicken
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Steamed Egg
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Black Pepper Lamb Chop
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Honey Spicy Chicken
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Butter Prawn
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Scallop with Vegetables
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Homemade Thai Spicy Fish Fillet
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Scallops Stir-Fried
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BBQ Lamb Chop
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Honey Chicken
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Mushroom Chicken
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Jelly Fish
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Cheese Balls
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Salad Prawn
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Yam Rolls
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Spring Rolls

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Indonesian Cuisine

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Beef / Chicken Satay
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Satay Gravy
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Ayam Belado
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Vegetable Curry
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Butter Prawn
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Indo style Eggs
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Mee Mamak
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Stir Fried Beef

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Pretzels

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Various flavours of Pretzels
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VARIOUS DESSERTS
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Coconut Pudding
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Laici
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Assortment of cakes
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Banana pudding

NOT IN THE PICTURES: There’s also free-flow ice cream if the above desserts are not to your satisfaction.

What do you think?  See anything you like?  Brunei’s largest buffet, the GRAND buffet is no-joke.  After all that picture taking, I finally started to take my own food.  Here’s what I ended up with, three rounds of different themed dishes.

My 3 rounds

I know it doesn’t look like much, but I’m not really a heavy eater to begin with.  But my tummy is definitely happy at the end of all that!

KB Sentral Grand Buffet

KB Sentral Grand Buffet

KB Sentral Mall

For the benefit of Mirians, here’s a picture of the KB Sentral Mall.  It is located along the road before reaching the famous teapot roundabout of Kuala Belait.  You will not miss it!

So what are you waiting for, Belait and Mirians!  Start making your way to KB Sentral to have this for your Sungkai today!  Please call +673 3342337 or +673 8634076 to make a booking as the buffet is usually quite full.  As for me, I’m going to have to wait a few more days before all that food is digested.  BURP!

Brewhouse, Miri

It was just by chance that I discovered this little gem of a cafe hidden amongst the many luxury clothing shops in that shopping mall.  The new cinema just opened and hot coffee was not yet available from the cinema’s snacks counter.  Knowing that there was that famous coffee chain with the mermaid logo on the ground floor I decided to get a quick take-away, an Asian wanting an Americano.  As I neared the escalators, the heavenly aroma of roasted coffee lingered in the cold stale air of the mall.  Immediately, all my senses were ignited and I realized that the aroma was emanating from a shop, which was easy to miss if it was not for its vividly decorated walls with bright twinkling Christmas lights teasing the eyes.  I was greeted by a sweet Barista whose genuine smile and on-the-spot questions to me about how I would like my coffee served, reassured me  that I would be getting a perfect take-away cup of coffee.  Sure enough, I was not wrong.

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You will be awed by the vividly decorated messages written on post-it notes left on the wall with bright twinkling Christmas lights teasing the eyes

 

Ever since that brief encounter, I told myself that I must revisit this place with my friends to properly enjoy the coffee while enjoying the ambience, an act that I believe would nowadays be referred to as ‘chillin’.  Minutes turned into hours, as time seemed to have stood still in that space.

Brother Bear Latte Art

The mocha with the perfect brother bear latte art looks perfect against the bright lights reflecting on the coffee table’s smooth glass surface.

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Enjoy the moment with your friends and loved ones. Leave some inspirational messages on colour notes that might touch someone’s life.

Remember the sweet barista who served the perfect coffee that I mentioned earlier?  She was there and  was kind enough to share her knowledge of coffee with me.

Step 1 - Grind the Coffee

Step 1 – Grind the Coffee.  The coffee should be grounded to the suitable amount of fineness depending on the extraction method (i.e. espresso machine, filter, press etc).

Step 2 - Tamp the coffee

Step 2 – Tamp the coffee. The coffee must be tamped with the correct amount of pressure so that it is not too packed otherwise the water cannot extract the coffee essence properly or too loose otherwise the water will just run down without proper extraction.

Step 3 - Make sure water at the right temperature

Step 3 – Before extraction, make sure the water is at the correct temperature (best is between 91 Celsius and 96 Celsius). Having the water at boiling point will cause the coffee to ‘burn’.

Step 4 - Extract the espresso

Step 4 – Extract the espresso. Start the extraction process and watch the espresso being extracted and smell the heavenly aroma.

Step 5 - Anytime now

Step 5 – Stand back and relax while your espresso is flowing. If you get all the steps correctly, you can be sure it will be a perfect cup of coffee!

Step 6 - Enjoy your coffee

Step 6 – Sit back and enjoy your coffee!

Meanwhile, while I enjoy my Americano, my friend’s Latte and Cappuccino is getting all the attention.

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: (1) It takes great control and a lot of practice to get the latte art right.  (2) The making of a cute bear to lighten up anybody’s day.  (3) The sprinkling of cinnamon powder on the cappuccino to enhance the aroma.  (4) A appetizing cup of cappuccino ready to serve.

Various choices of coffee beans imported from around the world and tea leaves from Taiwan are also available for purchase.  Not convinced?  Well don’t decide just yet; customers can try out the taste of the different origin coffee beans to choose the taste best suited for the individual so that you can home feeling satisfied.

Coffee beans

Coffee bean from around the world, each with different aroma and acidity.

Tea leaves

Tea leaves imported from Taiwan are also available for the tea lovers out there.

UNIQUELY BREWHOUSE

BALANCE

Unlike most cafes around the world, Brewhouse focuses on BALANCE.  For example, some cafes are famous for their extremely strong coffee yet some are famous for their very nice latte art, or some are known for their portion.  In Brewhouse, it is their principle that in order to achieve balance, everything must be done right; the right grind type, the right tamp, the right  water temperature, the right extraction time, the right milk, … and the list continues on.  Every morning when they start operating, they would readjust their grind to make sure that it is the correct fineness.  They would also flush the water from inside the espresso machine to make sure that fresh water is used and the water remains at the optimum temperature throughout the operating hours.  There are many other steps that they have taken that would be too long to list here.  To put it simply, Brewhouse is meticulously making sure every single factor that goes into the making of the coffee is proper before serving that perfect cup of coffee to you.

ONE-STOP CAFE CONSULTANTS

Another interesting fact that makes Brewhouse unique is that not only are they a cafe serving both coffee and tea, they are also a one-stop cafe consultants; from coffee beans all the way to coffee machines that comes with the training of baristas necessary for the establishment of a cafe.

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Brewhouse’s main objective is to promote and to create awareness of the coffee and tea culture to the community.  Brewhouse has already successfully help with the start-up of various other cafes around town.

Keep-Cup

Many selection of Keep-Cup in different combination of colours.  One is bound to meet your liking.

Handmade postcards

Postcards handmade by the sweet barista herself!  Not only does she know her coffee, she’s creative in arts as well!

Grab one

These handmade postcards are placed next to the cashier counter, have a look through, there’s surely one that you will love!

Brewhouse is located in the Permaisuri Imperial City Mall, Miri on the 1st Floor.  You will be able to spot it going up the escalator.  If you’re longing for a perfect cup of coffee, this is it.  So what are you waiting for?  Bring your friends, enjoy the ambience.  SmileLaughLIVE.

Smile. Laugh. LIVE.

Smile. Laugh. LIVE.

The Starbucks of Sarawak: Black Bean Coffee, Kuching

With the boom in the number of posh places that serves top-quality coffee nowadays, it would be extremely difficult to break the ‘market’ to offer something different for a change.  In my opinion, Black Bean Coffee does just that; stayed away from the usual norm of making the place look so lavish and concentrate on what is important: THE COFFEE.

Unlike all other establishments around who advertise themselves as offering the best Arabica beans from various coffee estates around the world, Black Bean Coffee does just the opposite.  Arabica coffees are known for their quality and better taste and can only be grown in very specific high attitude cold climate areas, as opposed to robusta coffee (Read more about arabica vs robusta here).  Liberica coffee is a different class of coffee from the arabica and the robusta (different plant characteristic).  The liberica coffee originated from Africa and made its way to Indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia.

Black Bean Coffee introduces Sarawak’s very own coffee called “Sarawak Liberica”, which originates from the hilly southern region of Sarawak from small scale Bidayuh and local chinese plantations.  The coffee beans are brought to Kuching and then freshly (and passionately) roasted by the store owner himself, Mr. Chang (He has a roasterie just behind the shop), making Black Bean Coffee the place that serves the most fresh coffee, literally.  It is in this context that I feel that labeling them as the Starbucks of Sarawak is only appropriate not to mention deserving.  Tasting the flavour from the delicately but well-roasted Sarawak Liberica beans is all you need to agree with me.

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Black Bean Coffee, located in the heart of the Cat City; unlike most posh or lavish establishments, they concentrate on what’s important: The coffee!

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Sarawak Liberica Coffee Beans are grown in our very own backyard, in the hilly areas of southern Sarawak and is freshly roasted at the shop everyday.

Black Bean Coffee offers other coffee types such as the arabic and robusta from different parts of the world.  As a first-timer to Black Bean Coffeee, and having never tried Sarawak’s own coffee beans, I was definitely curious and must try the Sarawak Liberica coffee.  I ordered the Americano so that I can taste the bean’s natural flavour, without the milk and sugar contaminating the original taste.  The first sip was… heavenly.  The full aroma as the cup nears the nose was already an obvious indication on how exotic the flavour would be.  Indeed it was sharp and strong.   My friend who ordered the Ice Mocha using the Sarawak Liberica beans noticed that he was still feeling the effect of the coffee hours after we left!

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Picture (left): I was curious about how the Sarawak Liberica taste, so that was my obvious choice of beans.  Picture (right): Smooth and silky frothed milk prepared by the skilled ‘barista’ for the Cafe Latte complete with a cookie!

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Black Bean Coffee are serious about their coffee, hence they use a proper professional espresso machine to extract every bit of goodness from the beans for the espresso (Espresso is the base of any coffee drink.  Think the syrup used in any cordial drink).

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At only RM4, I definitely enjoyed my cup of Americano to the fullest.  I would have ordered myself another cup but we were really on a tight schedule.

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Vacuum packed and readily available gift packs are also available for purchase.

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Cheers from John and I from Cat City, Kuching!  There are not a lot of tables available in the cafe, so be ready to just grab a sit and have a cup while chatting and watching the many people walk by going about their everyday life.

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Location map to Black Bean Coffee.  Just walk along Carpenter street, it’s right at the end of it next to the temple.

Black Bean Coffee is located at Ewe Hai Street (at the end of Carpenter Street).  It’s quite easy to find.  Just walk along Carpenter Street towards the temple and you will be able to spot Black Bean Coffee very easily at the end of the street.  For the locals who know their way around Carpenter Street, its just opposite Life Cafe.  Like any cities, parking is a pain, especially in this area of the city.  My recommendation would be to park in Merdeka Mall and just walk down Carpenter Street (it’s a lovely stroll anyway)!

Please take note that Black Bean Coffee only operates during the day time (9.00am-6.00pm) and they do not open at night.  They do not open on Sundays as well.

My happiness at Black Bean Coffee was short-lived!  We were on quite a tight schedule so I only had the chance to try their Americano using the Sarawak Liberica beans.  When I get the chance to go Kuching again, I would definitely want to drop by and savour the other flavours!  Why go to those posh establishment and pay a monstrous price when you can have the BEST and MOST FRESH coffee in the Starbucks of Sarawak: Black Bean Coffee!