Sumo Onigiri @ KL Festival City Mall

Thursday, November 28, 2013 0 Comments A+ a-


Are you a Japanese lovers? Do check out this cozy kiosk at Kl Festival Mall which opened its door on 18 Nov 2013, located at the Ground Floor,  in the middle of the side entrance in between of the Seoul Garden and Bar-B-Q Plaza Restaurant. Was there early and greeted by Ray, the outlet manager here. He briefly explain the whole idea of this kiosk.

Sumo Onigiri first started its business in the main outlet in Kuchai Lama which opened on Dec 2012, Sumo Onigiri is the placed where they serve the fresh Japanese food with their specialties called the Onigiri which means Japanese Rice Balls. The meaning of this Onigiri is stated as 'taking hold of with your hands' explaining the way of holding or making the rice balls into triangle, oval or can be sphere shapes, topped with fillings and wrapped with fresh seaweed. 

Being the first Malaysian Restaurant serving the original Japanese onigiri, their best selling point is they customized the onigiri by adding more fusion choices to attract customers.Moreover, Sumo Onigiri serves the best premium rice to make a perfect rice ball which they actually send their staff for training in Japan to make this unique onigiri.

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Pretty excited to have my first try on the onigiri

We are checking out their sauces which are available in 4 choices - Spicy Sauce, Sesame Sauce, Wasabi and Kim Chi sauce. All the sauces looks good and i prefer the sesame sauce and wasabi. 

The wasabi is slightly different from the original wasabi taste. The wasabi mayonnaise sauce  is modified by the owner to become more watery liquid type and not too spicy. Awesome taste and blends well with the onigiri. Plus point here as all the sauce is homemade, and the sauces really enhance the taste for the onigiri.
Look very reddish but surprisingly not spicy at all. As we all know Japanese do not take spicy food. So you can judge the level of spiciness is just alright and i like the taste.

The main ingredients to prepare the rice ball. Different fillings to please your cravings.
Taking a peep on how the staff is putting together all the ingredients into making a perfect Japanese rice ball. All the rice ball is made to order.


Sumo Onigiri Rice Ball - Furikake.(RM 4.80)- Fresh filling with fish, seaweed and sesame. Served warm with crispy toasted Japanese seaweed and will be great if consume immediately before the seaweed turns soft. Sweet savory taste and  very aromatic. I like the softness of the Japanese rice and not too sticky. Awesome!

Inari Cheese Onigiri - Price at RM 8.90, this fusion onigiri is wrapped with seaweed, ebiko and cheese. I love the baked inari on the bottom, delicious and the spiciness of the both Kim Chi and Spicy sauce. Served on the side is the mashed potato. Great combination and very appetizing meal. This is the hot selling item among others.

The inari cheese onigiri is stuffed with lots of fresh ebiko, and the smaller pieces of the cheese melted inside. The onigiri tastes so good with the cheese inside and crunchy enough with the generous portion of the ebiko. Crispy and juicy and when i slowly chew them , the ebiko seems like explode in my mouth!!

While waiting patiently for another fusion onigiri to be served, we checking out their menu.

Here is the menu in Sumo Onigiri, offering variety of the food - Sumo Ala Carte, Fusion Origini Series, Sumo Special, Japanese Onigiri with their own originality and creativity. A simple onigiri became extraordinary by adding these fillings.. 

We can choose from the simple fillings of potato mayo, cucumber, egg mayo, sweet corn, tuna, tempura,chicken karagee, pop corn chicken, tamago yaki, kani mayo, and then up to these more complex fillings of cheese sausage, katsubushi, umebushi, ebiko, wasabi ebiko, BBQ Salmon, sardin fish, octopus, scallop and lots more. All priced between RM3.60 to RM9.80.

Prefer the fusion onigiri series which have lots of variety choices from the yaki salmon, soft shell crab,  golden triangle and etc. All looks very tempting and suite our local Malaysian taste. These onigiri can serves as a light meal or snacks and easy to bring along..They also have bento series and the curry set. Looks yummy!

Here also offer  the valuable combo set with reasonable price. Comes with the onigiri set with a bottle of tea.



Ebi Ten -RM 9.80. This is another fusion range of the onigiri. Yummy rice ball with the special wasabi sauce on top. Served together with the mashed potatoes. Highly recommended for this.

The whole onigiri is so crunchy and i enjoying every bite .The ebiko is again popping and exploding in my mouth and i start digging to check out more what is the ingredient inside. The tempura is the main source that makes this onigiri taste so good. The crispy tempura is deep fried and cut into smaller portion .Flavourful and tasted so gourmet yet so filling.
Tuna Salad - RM 8.50 . Served with tuna, tomatoes and cabbages and tossed with the mayonnaise sauce on top. The tuna salad becomes smoother and creamier with the mayonnaise sauce. Refreshing and delightfully salad just nice to end our meal.


Comfortable place to dine in, with warm, friendly service and absolutely clean environment. Sumo Onigiri provides catering and delivering services, all the Japanese rice ball will be wrapped and provided with the different sauces placed in a small cup container.

As for those bento set , it will be placed in a sealed bento box food containers and the catering prices is different depends on the traveling distance. All the delivery will be from the main outlet in Kuchai Lama. All the ingredients here is very fresh and they will replenish every week.

According to Ray, the main customer here is the students which prefer Japanese rice ball and mainly take away orders. They will be up to 5-8 onigiri takeaways orders. Convenient and easy to consume too..


Another great dining experience trying out this unique Japanese delights with impeccable service here. Thanks to the owner Mr. Alfred and Cindy, for this food tasting opportunity! Sumo Onigiri is going to open another new outlet next month at Fahrenheit 88 and will reach Puteri Puchong soon. Check out their FB page for more updates.

Sumo Onigiri (closed)

Lot GK9, Ground Floor
KL Festival City Mall
No.67, Jalan Taman Ibu Kota
Taman Danau Kota
53300 Kuala Lumpur

Business Hours: Mon- Sun 10am - 10pm

The main outlet in :

No. 33, Jalan Kuchai Maju 8, Entrepreneurs Park, 
Off Jalan Kuchai Lama, Kuala Lumpur, Kuchai Lama
58200, Kuala Lumpur

Tel : 017-5050755

Facebook Link : https://www.facebook.com/sumoonigirimalaysia?ref=ts&fref=ts

Website : http://sumoonigiri.com.my
 


Email : sumoonigiri@live.com.my

Top Hat Restaurant @ Jalan Stonor, Kuala Lumpur

Thursday, November 21, 2013 0 Comments A+ a-

It's weekends again and its time to go to another new place. My two girls is excited for each outing and my second daughter will quickly grab her shoe and also her water bottle. I wanted to try this Top Hat Restaurant so much but when looking at expensive price i would just have to wait for the deals to come. And yeah finally, they are doing some great cash voucher deal from Living Social, which i can instant redeem it as soon as the payment is done. As usual i make early booking at 11.30am  to dine in and i only spend RM49 for RM100 Cash Voucher for food from the ala carte menu. But this voucher does not include the desserts. 

Let's get to know some fact on the famous place 'Top Hat Restaurant'.It is Malaysian Tatler's Best Restaurant Award for 10 consecutive years (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012) by the Malaysian Tatler and also i watched the tv show 'Ho Chiak' they featured this restaurant introduced the signature food of the nasi tomato which price at RM 49. Apparently, this restaurant also been featured on KL Lifestyle, The Edge Financial Daily, The Edge Malaysia and The Star.

Top Hat Restaurant is located at Jalan Stonor and just nearby KLCC. Parking is easy to find if you are early. This bungalow house is a nice place to dine in with family with cozy ambiance and homey environment.

The bungalows restaurant nestled in the heart of the city, with a delightful garden and a pond. My girls keep on walking in and out pulling my hand, they just love the outdoor space here, running around and spotted koi fish inside the pond. Both excited and we need to take turns to bring them out. It is getting tougher and challenging bringing my girls for dining now. They can only behave less then 20 minutes and the tantrum begins.Sigh!



Admiring the whole restaurant setting with dim lights, elegant and classic place to be and the place is quiet . The place look luxurious, with closed in glass wall with display of the wines and some seating area have curtains too.Relaxing and pleasant moment here.

The menu includes classic dishes with Asian flavours such as the famous local Malaysian and Nyonya delectables of Top Hats, Nyonya Laksa and Seafood Noodles. Western cuisine lovers can opt for Chargrilled Ribeye, Rack of Lamb, Pan-fried Salmon Fillet, Signature Chicken and Mushroom Pie, Signature Oxtail Stew and other selections. Mrs.Maria Danker, is the founder of Top Hat, has assembled an excellent team of chefs,that creates the delightful meal that comprises of the Malaysia and Nyonya cuisines.

Homely dining experience with some corner of privacy. There are many seats available, but the staff said it will be pack during weekends and better to make early reservation.

Comfortable dining area with great service here

Top Hat do organize events and special functions. It also does outside catering.


Signature Top Hats (half dozen) - (RM12) . Also known as (Nyonya Kuih Pie Tee). Served with homemade sweet & sour sauce, shredded sengkuang, and shredded carrots. This signature dish is actually also represent the restaurant name and it's a must try item when you visit here. This mixture of the fresh vegetables is really suitable for vegetarian and very crispy when i taste it, great snacks to start with.

Pie Tee is beautifully plated, creative creation of this flavourful snacks. I just put in the whole top hat into my mouth and enjoy the crispness!

 Garlic Bread (French loaf) (3 pcs) - RM9. Crunchy and fresh from oven


Seafood Noodles - RM25 . A clear-based soup with a choice of yellow noodles, meehoon or brown noodles served with fresh prawn, squid, fish, bean sprouts & seaweed. Fresh and premium seafood obviously shown in the picture and this darkly colored seaweed flavour the noodles dishes.  I love this healthy and nourishing meal and the soup is aromatic. Awesome!

Grilled Lemongrass Chicken price at RM48. Served with nyonya fried rice, pickled vegetable & mango sauce. I will highly recommend this. The combination is pretty blends well and the mango sauce is flavourful thus enhance the chicken taste. Perfectly grilled chicken with appetizing pickle vegetables on the side of the plate. Added on top of the rice with the crispy smaller size of the anchovies which i love so much.
What is more interesting about this place is all the menu changes every 3 months.You also must indulge yourself with their home made delights desserts such as ice creams, puddings and crumbles. There are also variety of cakes choices here

This deal is truly satisfying - with affable waiters providing excellent service and the quality of the food is value for money.

You might also want to check out their latest Xmas promotion early bird booking for 20% before 10 December 2013

TOP HAT RESTAURANT

No.3, Jalan Stonor,
Kuala Lumpur, 50450

Contacts : 603-2142 8611 / 603-2144 1863

Emailinfo@top-hat-restaurants.com



Deal Link : https://www.livingsocial.com/malaysia/cities/1964-klang-valley-kuala-lumpur/deals/768006-rm100-cash-voucher-for-food?utm_campaign=bigsale_standard&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=bigsale

Menu Link : http://www.top-hat-restaurants.com/menu.html

Website : www.top-hat-restaurants.com

Increasing Online Deals with Complicated Experience

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 0 Comments A+ a-

In average i have bought more then 50 vouchers this year and i felt that the terms and the experience is getting tougher than before.Would love to share my thoughts here on the on going deals lately :-

1) The redemption period for the dining vouchers is getting shorter up to only 1 months time to redeem your food. It is really a drawback as i find it hard to purchase the voucher with only one months time or maximum up to 3 months time to redeem it. Some also need to make booking and if you choose to dine in only weekends, better make a call to the restaurant to reserved the place before purchasing the voucher.

2)  Another thing i realize is the product we bought online is not genuine. I think the website brag and showing the description that the product is original made from leather and so on. But when receive it the material is somehow so much different. This is called 'Cheating' and never encounter yourselves to buy expensive stuff from those online website. Usually i only purchase less then RM 50 (to be safe) 

3) From my past two months experience, i have ordered the Korea bag from Mydeal, as promised in their website when deals is over, they will send over the bag. I saw the deal is ending in an hour when i purchase it online, but then the next day i check again this deal, it was actually extended to another 5 days.The total purchase have gone up to 1100 people and now they  going to sell more. 

I was so angry and upset by this kind of promise, thus my bag only arrive after 2months which initially supposed to arrive within a months time. I have to send email to Mydeal to get my status and it was really frustrating!!

4) Another incident is my hubby purchase the Doraemon glass set from Jackcow. Yesterday, he have sent email to them to ask for the status of delivery which the product should send out within 30 working days. It was due and yet no email or phone call from Jackcow to inform him on the delay. They actually reply in the email that the merchant is getting the things and will be delay and will receive by next week (without actual date given) and be patience. 

How can we be patience with this kind of nonsense excuses?? If he did not send email to Jackcow, so they are going to delay it without informing the customer? What kind of customer service is this and the merchant is not reliable too.

5)  The merchant and also the online website is greedy and taking up so many vouchers. Are they able to commit the delivery time and accommodate so many vouchers sold and be fair to each customer? Sometimes, they just sell too much vouchers with limited resources and always i heard is FULLY BOOK!!

6)  Actually, another issue that i want to share is that we as customer who purchase online deals is still being treat differently from those who actually walk in into the restaurant, service shop such as facial, massage and etc

They have this facial expression which did not welcome us and i really cannot tolerate this kind of attitude. We are paying the food and it is not FOC. So please treat us better and yet we are still paying for the 10% service tax!!

7)  I also saw some comment in FB on Mydeal, Dealmates,Living Social website and etc, many people complain and leave comment there saying that the product is delay, need refund for any damage product and more issue involve. But the common thing i realize is  the complain on the customer service

Why no people reply? No response by email or phone call? No follow up on the case being raised up and more.If they want us to continue to support them, please response to customer quickly and hire more professional in handling our complains and give us solutions


Check out this link which i think Groupon is still my no.1 choice in buying online deals with PROMISE!!

Groupon Link : https://grouponmy.zendesk.com/entries/21933891

Good luck!!

1 Utama Wonder Food Adventure @ 1 Utama's Food Street

Sunday, November 17, 2013 0 Comments A+ a-

Free and easy food hunt organized by 1Utama and I am grateful to receive invitation from Tammy from The Butterfly Project along with other 50 food and lifestyle bloggers joining in together for this food trail.  

We are going to hunt for great food at 1 Utama's Food Street starting from 11am to 4 pm and here have everything under one roof and it's really all in one. Penang , Melaka and other Asian food is all available here and no hassle to drive all the way to Penang to have my O' Chien.

Wonder Food is starting from 4 - 24 Nov, 2013, aims to promote variety of food delicacies and also 1Utama ONECARD which offer so many privileges. 


I am so ready for this gastronomic journey with my map ready, passport in hand and my photographer (aka hubby). Cameras on!

My first choice is the  Ko Hyang Korean Country Delights. Choose the Korean Pan Mee noodle to warm up my stomach and to kick start my engine to fill up my food later on the next station. This restaurant looks familiar and they actually having another outlet in Mid Valley.

Personally, I do like the taste, clear soup with healthy mixture of vegetables. Not to forget the spicy Kimchi is the great appetizer to start off my meal.
Served hot with the smooth pan mee and lots of fresh seafood. I love this meal. More then 19 dishes to try on here.

I walk opposite way to Eat & Happy Yong Tau Foo, with wide variety of the fresh yong tau foo, picking up any pieces and can choose to be served with the soup or with noodles.



Prefer the crispy 'fu chook' and fried wan tan.
Fresh fish paste and the smooth and firm taufu



Seaweed and crab meat rolled with the fu chok . Yummy!

Looking up for some desserts and I move on to try Mr.Cendol. Yeah everything is all about cendol and most famous choices is the cendol mangkuk, But, I am craving for ice cream so this will be my better choice. What a great combination. 
Adding gula melaka syrup as much as you need (self service as provided on the table). I will go just one circle, not too sweet just taste good!!



Mr .Cendol also offered some local Asian food which most of the menu is spicy. Yes. We all love spicy food of course. Will come back for their nasi lemak and mee rebus. Looks so tempting in the menu with reasonable price from RM 8 onwards.


Then, I hop on to this cozy placed called the Seaweed Club.The seats arrangement and the interior impress me the most. Greeted by the petite lady owner, she introduce the chicken floss seaweed popiah that comes with four flavour to choose from. Original, Spicy, Tuna and also Wasabi. I prefer the original and the spicy chicken floss.



Nice food presentation and I really enjoy myself here.
Every piece of the seaweed popiah is filled up and stuffed with the chicken floss.Refreshingly crispy popiah!


I am enjoying every sip of this tea mixture of longan, and kei chi (wofberry), also we called it 'Liong Sui' (Herbal Tea) which i think is far more healthy, promote blood circulation  and energy boost drink, and I am ready to continue to my next station.



Seaweed Club is having on going promotion which I think is very worth the value

Moving on with fast speed to another station which is the signature food O'Chien at Oyster King. Open concept kitchen and clean environment.

Look what I have spot inside my O Chien!, My first bite on the gigantic oyster. Fat, Juicy and most important is FRESH.  The best serving  for me. Delicious!!

Friendly staff at Oyster King and pleasure moment here
Valuable combo meal to try on

Some other menu that looks interesting

Digestion in the progress and I think i need a break. Heading over to the activities counter and I found 4 coupons in my goodies bag. Excited and I am going for my first ever nail art. OMG!!. I have not done any nail art before not even on my wedding day. I wonder why.HAHA. 

This is really fun. I got to choose the design and the nail polish colour and no long queue. Just opt for the simple pinky colour and some butterflies on it.Surprisingly, this counter is occupied by the kids rather then the adults.


My wonderful nail art and i hope it can last until one week times. I just hope the butterflies won't fall into my babies bottles while i am preparing the milk for them. Hehe.
Choosing the best body part for Minions tattoos for my two naughty girls to admire


Posing with my tattoos

Hop on to Bisou and found this lovely place with creative interior and display counter for all the cupcakes. I spotted few lovely cupcakes with beautiful frosting, and so many designs to choose from
Delectable fresh baked cupcakes that is rich in chocolate

Creamy moist chocolate cupcake- One of my favorite as I am truly chocolate lover!

Colour cupcakes.Can I have a bite for each please??

SS2 Goreng Pisang is my next pitstop and I manage to take away  the famous goreng pisang and the traditional chinese 'nin kou'. They have lots of choices range from the sweet potato, fried yam and the cucur udang.

Crispy and moist when i taste it. Great to have this for light snacks
I love Yoo is my next stall. You Tiao, hot selling item. Of course i need to have this and my red bean sesame ball (my all time favourite).

Cravings for other traditional chinese dough such as Butterfly Bun, Fried Bun, Sesame Ball and Mix Bun. The bos is very kind and generous, i can choose what ever food in the display counter.
              

Here also have Tau Fu Fa, Soya Drinks, Liong Fun, Hainan Coffee and White Coffee.I need some cold drinks. White coffee is a better selection for now.

Thumbs up!

Hop over to Ninja Joe and was given the Hikkori Ninja the signature food here.

Pork burger with juicy pork meat. Tasty and flavourful!


Now its time to head over to LG Highstreet and i have my meal here at Lammeeya. Homey and comfy environment with the taste of the home cooked food.
Fulfilled my craving for lam mee. My first try in this restaurant. The yee mee is still crunchy with the thick gravy. Spice up with the hot blend chili.


Walking back towards to the BBQ Chicken.  Mainly this area is covered by huge restaurant and offered more heavier food. The large serving by BBQ Chicken which include the grilled BBQ Chicken and the deep fried crispy chicken with fries and coleslaw. When I use my hand to peel off the chicken skin, it was really hot and crispy. Succulent meat ever.

Healthy meal with 100% usage of the olive oil. Great place to dine in

Surprised given a RM 10 voucher, can be used at KL Festival Mall. Thanks to Josephine, have a nice chat with her

Oh so nice. Not oily at all and so crunchy!


After that I went to Molten Lava. This small place do served variety of food such as the Funnel Cake Strawberry Chocolate with Ice Cream (looks yummy on the menu).
Wow. So many choices and I am getting excited looking at this colourful swiss roll and macaroons.





Churros is the best seller item here.  The flavor sugar spread on top of the churros enhance the taste of churros. Need to have this while served hot. 
Food Box is just locates side by side to Lava.  Mouth watering menu and they are promoting their signature food - Hakka Braised Pork.

Looking delicious.My favorite rice bowl is there display at the main counter. I wish I can finish up three pieces.

Food Box offered non halal food and good to hang out here if you looking for some traditional chinese food such as the sweet and sour pork and the butter chicken. Valuable set with good quality of the food there.


I love this rice bowl. Thumbs up for the spicy dry prawns sambal. I just love the taste so much and I am craving for more.Deliriously happy when i spotted this place.
Kuih Ko Se filled up with pandan flavour and just nice for tea break
Next,  heading over to Vivo American Pizza and Panini which is just opposite BBQ Chicken. Was greeted with warm welcome by the staff and Cecelia ( the owner) gives me three options - Smoked Chicken BBQ Pizza, Baked Chicken Chop and their best selling desserts that you must indulge in ( Volcanic Chocolate and Ice Cream Dessert ).

It was indeed a satisfying meal as the pizza dough is very crispy and delicious with generous portion of the ingredients. I love the BBQ Sauce, and extra layer of cheese. Worth waiting for the pizza (about 10 minutes) and have chit chat with Cecelia, she really wish I can try the desserts , which i love to, but I am pretty full and need to rush to the last station.

Delightful meal  and full of excitement

Rush hour. I need to walk back to the LG Promenade to get my bak kut teh and i have only 7 minutes to reach there by 4 pm . Speed up and i nearly shouted please don;t block my way to the crowd while i was walking. I need to get to Pao Xiang Bak Kut Teh asap to get my passport stamped. I am so desperate and yet i could not locate it. Opss!. Then I try one more round and ya. It was down the lane just beside the Effective Herbs. 

Meet the humble owner and here is a franchise restaurant. Some might get different quality of the bak kut teh depends on the outlet you dine in.
The tender and lean pork rib. The pork meat is Half lean and half fat.  The mixture of meat and skin melted slowly in my mouth, Strong herbs i can smell off and aromatic. I love the thick soup. Simply Irresistible. I like the taste and yeah, end my meal here with total satisfaction.
There are more choices in the menu


Finally, I completed 15 restaurants in 5 hours time.I am so HAPPY when I look at my stamped passport.  It was the memorable moment and amazing experience exploring all the eateries and meeting up with humble and nice owner here. It was indeed a fun moment hop on and off and heart pumping looking at the time, waiting for the food to be served and complete the task and yes of course eating up all the food. WOW!

These are the participating restaurants : 
LG Promenade: SS2 Goreng Pisang, Ninja Joe, Seaweed Club, I Love Yoo, Eat & Happy Yong Tau Foo, Oyster King, Bisou, Mr Cendol, Pao Xiang Bak Kut Teh, Ko Hyang Korean Country Delights.

LG Highstreet: Lameeya, BBQ Chicken, Food Box, Vivo American Pizza and Panini, and Lava.
The layout in our passport is impressive, I keep on looking at it, and even every stops I will sit down and think where should I go next, pointing here and there, busy hunting for the food. Wonder Fun!


My fantastic food adventures is done and I am so FULL! BURP!! Specially thanks again to Tammy, and 1Utama Shopping Centre for this great opportunity to join this meaningful event. Definitely bringing my family along to try other Asian delicacies in these food street. Crazy, Fun Filling and Awesome!!


Sponsors:
www.1utama.com.my
www.onecard.com.my


ONECARD  Privilege - Earn 1 point for every RM 1 spent (shopping & dining)and can be used as the prepaid parking ticket. In conjunction with this event, you might be the lucky winner for RM 100 ONECARD by spending minimum RM 100 at the ONECARD food and beverages stalls.

Facebook Link : www.facebook.com/1Utama
1 Utama is World's 4th Largest Mall. Do check it out for more happening events in their website.

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*The Butterfly Project is a community of independent beauty and lifestyle bloggers geared towards inspiring everyone around us.

Goodies Bag : ONECard for 3 years, RM 50 shopping voucher, pillows, towels, power bank, coupons for nail art and tattoos, peel fresh guava juice.