Monday, 22 November 2010

Vietnam House @ First World Plaza, Genting

We've eaten umpteen times at Vietnam House whenever we're at Genting although this is the first time I'm blogging about it. Yes, we were at Genting again, yesterday. It was very misty in the afternoon, and the temperature indoors at Highlands Hotel was 26 degrees Celcius. The mist cleared by nightfall, though.

But I digress. Vietnam House is probably one of the more authentic Vietnamese restaurants in the region of KL and Selangor. Our friend, TC has moved to Johor Baru to start a business and was back in KL for a week, so we decided to meet and catch up in Genting. Don't ask me why Genting instead of somewhere in KL.

The test for authenticity is always the Vietnamese Vermicelli. The authentic ones come with cold vermicelli, and piping hot pork chop and deep-fried spring roll. Vietnam House did not have pork chop, but served it with grilled pork and deep-fried spring roll. Alternatively, you can opt to have Chicken or Lemongrass Beef instead, which I did.

Hubby's fave - the cold vermicelli with piping hot grilled pork and deep-fried spring roll

My fave - the cold vermicelli with lemongrass beef -- the sauce is poured into the noodle and mixed well. Both noodles come with a bowl of the piquant sweet and sour sauce.

TC ordered the bamboo fried rice which he said was rather good, but paled in comparison to the vermicelli with lemongrass beef.

TC also wanted to try the Prawn Sour Soup, which the waiter said does not taste like Tom Yam. It certainly doesn't. It's not spicy and does not have any lemongrass flavour, which Tom Yam Soup has. It was too sour for us, despite our request to tone down on the sourness.
It's like a mini steamboat. After bringing the soup to a boil, put the prawns and accompanying ingredients in.

The total bill for the meal, inclusive of peanuts, two glasses of water and a pot of Vietnamese Tea came to RM81.90.

On our way home, Ms Sherlock Holmes a.k.a. yours truly, started counting cars again (ref: Who Goes To Genting?). Yeah, I think I have a fixation with car number plates. Perhaps Genting should hire me to conduct a daily survey of the cars...LOL!!!

Well, the result of my obsession was that 50% of the cars that were parked from level B6 to B9 at First World Plaza last night, or should I say at 1-ish in the morning, had Johor-registered number plates. So, the question and possible answers that occupied my mind as we drove home was why did so many Johoreans choose to come to Genting when Genting has a resort in Sentosa, Singapore? Not to mention Sands, too? 

P/s: Forgot to mention that hubby and I earned ourselves two free combo meals voucher which we redeemed for supper at Good Luck Restaurant. We ordered the Roast Pork Noodle Soup which was really good. TC who forgot to bring his Silver card had to pay for his own supper. :)

Monday, 1 November 2010

Set Lunch @ Jack's Place, 1-Utama

Halloween Costume Fashion Show at 1-Utama yesterday

The walking bleeding eyeballs (she has an eyeball on the inside of each of her palm, too!) is a great sight to behold after an almost equally gory meal at Jack's Place yesterday.

Waiter! The steak is not bloody enough!

I usually like my steak medium, but on occasions I tend to go along with hubby's vampire tendency of opting for medium-rare. And what better occasion than Halloween to opt for some blood in my food, right? 

The steak is part of a Set Lunch that includes Soup of the Day, Garlic Bread, the Day's Dessert and Coffee or Tea. For Lupie's benefit (she asked for the prices to be disclosed), the set is RM21.00.

The soup of the day yesterday was mushroom soup. Once, it was pumpkin soup. While it was not bad, I prefer the latter.

The garlic bread had the right blend of butter, garlic and parsley flavour to it.

Striploin steak topped with deep-fried mushrooms. The mushrooms were done just right, succulent, if I could describe mushrooms as that. I didn't like the steak that much, though. It was too fibrous. I should have opted for the rib eye steak instead.

Ice cream and coffee to end a great meal. I would have preferred a cake to go with coffee, though. Nothing wrong with the ice cream, it was good. But I just prefer cakes as dessert, a personal preference, you know.

There are twelve choices for the main course, with prices ranging from RM13.50 to RM30 per set. Prices are not inclusive of 10% service charge and 5% GST. The set lunch menu is available daily from 11.00am to 2.30pm. Jack's Place is located on the first floor of 1-Utama (New Wing).

Healy Mac's @ Bukit Bintang

While having lunch at Jack's place @ 1-Utama this afternoon, hubby remarked on the lack of food posts in my blog. He said that looking at my blog, he felt that we've been fasting and haven't eaten for a long, long while. "Haven't we agreed on using the blog to mark our food journey so that when we are old and have lost our grinders, we could walk down memory lane and relive the experience of the enjoyment of food?" he asked. 

You see, he was inspired by his boss, Tan Sri, who wanted to leave a legacy when he dies. But unlike Tan Sri, we can't afford to build a brick and mortar public gallery to hold all our photos of our younger days when we could still eat, live and enjoy life, so the next best thing is to leave a blog. Who knows, someone 100 years from now might be surprised at the type of food in the 'dark ages'. At any rate, there's something to remember when we're taking turns to use the dentures.

Coming back to the arid period of no food blogs. Well, the reason is, some photos didn't turn out that well. Or more accurately, the food was so appetizing, or we were so hungry that we started on the food before I remembered to take any photos. The result is, I have loads of photos of half eaten burgers, half eaten cods, and so on. Besides, after some time, I might have deleted the photos from my camera's memory card.

To prove my point, below are a couple of hastily taken photos. A few weeks ago (unless time flies and it's longer than I remember) we had a really, really nice lunch at Healy Mac's, an Irish Bar and Restaurant at Changkat Bukit Bintang. 

For the starter, we ordered a plate of salmon bruschetta to share (it came in 5 pieces) and a plate of cod & parsley, in mushroom sauce. We then shared a plate of bacon and egg burger for the entree. 

The half-eaten cod and the remaining piece of salmon bruschetta was put together on a plate for a last minute photo-shoot. That's why I don't make the mark of a food blogger. The cod was heavenly. And so was the salmon bruschetta. 

Just recalling the taste is enough to set me drooling. Well, at least, when we're 70 and toothless, we could still eat the cod, but definitely not the salmon bruschetta.

The half-eaten (again!) bacon and egg burger

I know it's weird, but today's meal at Jack's Place will be postponed to tomorrow. First things prove a point why I didn't update our 'Eating Out Memory Lane' with all the photos I've taken.