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June 17, 2011

Mugs ‘n Bun, Indianapolis…the root beer is low carbonated and so damn good

This is basically a drive in restaurant but there is a dine-in section too which is decorated with tin advertising signs and sort of retro-vintage knick knacks.

Order the signature root beer – it’s fantastic. They make their own root beer on premise and damn is it good. It  is tuly delicious, dark, sweet and full of character, served in thick frosty mugs. There is low level of carbonation. The coney dog was served on a warm, steamed bun, and had diced onions on top.  The coney sauce with onions was a delicious combination. The breaded tenderloin sandwich is a big one. Moist on the outside, crisp on the inside. The onion rings are forgettable though, battered too thick, too massive without much flavour.

If you’re near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway you should go to Mugs ‘N Buns.  It’s nearby and easy to get to. Otherwise, don’t bother. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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June 11, 2011

Restaurante Botafumeiro, Barcelona…food and service were good but not value for money.

Good restaurant but too expensive. Good quality and delicious seafood. The staff were friendlyand helpful.

It didn’t come cheap. It was pricey, in fact, it’s overpriced. Probably won’t go back there. There are a lot of other great restaurants in Barcelona which offers equal or better ambience, service and food at better value and price, so you should probably give this one a miss. This is still the true truth because I am still saying it as it is…

June 10, 2011

Turkish Airlines, Istanbul…C+

I used THY for the first time from Casablanca to Istanbul.

No boarding priority for premium passengers. Legroom on business class was limited and is a bit too small for comfort. If the seat next to me had not been empty I would have been really uncomfortable. In-flight entertainment was poor. Food was surprisingly average. In fact, it was bus-like and a bit rowdy but considering where I departed from, perhaps it is to be expected.

The cabin crew seemed friendly. Yes They were informative. Not. When you ask three of them separately as to the flight time and receive three different answers, then there is something wrong. The funny part is they allow passengers from economy class to walk around in business class so we get to share the toilet with them.

I know it was in Business Class, I can not even imagine what it was like in Economy. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

June 5, 2011

Restoran Woo Lan, Kuala Lumpur…pretty decent food.

Milleniums ago, I used to enjoy the food at an old wooden zinc-roofed shed in Brickfields. One day they moved and was gone. Last week, a relative brought me to Restoran Woo Lan – a nice air-conditioned and brightly lit eatery hidden nicely in a quiet corner of Brickfields – and what’d ya know? Once lost. Now found.

The food is pretty decent. A dish a with a diff is the ginger steamed fish head aka song yee tau.  It is silver carp fish head steamed with lots of ginger. The full-of-flavour seafood curry in claypot is a definite must-have, a bit  high on the cholestrol bit but ok once in awhile (I justified to myself). Another favourite is their braised tiger skin pork. The oyster omelette is pretty cool too. Lastly, the glass noodles with fresh water prawns was good but nothing extraordinary.

This is my personal “re-discovery”of the year! This is the true truth as I still say it as it is…

June 4, 2011

Yee Shun milk company, Hong Kong…desserts heaven for milk lovers

Yee Shun is famous for their steamed (some people call them double boiled, and yet some others stewed)  milk. I can testify, it’s super smooth and satisfying… they do serve super duper steamed milk curd. The appearance of the steamed milk is not unlike soy bean curd, but taste-wise it is lighter than beancurd – a bit like very very soft tofu.

Their signature double skin steamed milk has the distinctly rich milk flavour and silkily, velvety fine texture which is something I have never tasted before. It was love at first spoon(ful). I have tried both the cold milk curd and the warm one. Warm one it is for me. The sweetness comes through more strongly in the hot one than the cold one. Other than signature steamed milk, it also sells other desserts like steamed egg. I tried the cold one but it’s average and not as outstanding as the steamed milk.

Service is really fast, because they have batches of the steamed milk ready. This is desserts heaven. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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