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Ratatouille La Gourmet, A Hidden Gem at Tmn Setia Indah, Johor Bahru

Ratatouille La Gourmet (N1.57163 E103.75767) is my first dining experience that enjoying such a good quality western cuisine at a very simple ‘Kopitiam’. It’s actually a stall in one of the Chinese kopitiam (aka small food court) named ‘Fu Sing Kopitiam’ and serving nice + delicious food. Thanks for the friend’s recommendation from Facebook.

We were there around 6pm on the Sunday evening, the Chef Brian politely introduced the series of western cuisines that serve by Ratatouille La Gourmet to us. After about 15-20 minutes, the first salad served on table – Caesar Salad.

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That was the first appetizer for us and the presentation was nice, taste not bad.

Followed by second appetizers – Foie gras, some of us just cannot believe it because we were enjoying a nice Foie gras in a ‘Kopitiam’…

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This was my first time in my life having Foie gras in kopitiam too! What a experience!

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The Foie gras was well prepared and served with some mushroom slices and piece of bread, the bite will bring some mild alcohol fragrance…excellent! The dish above is selling with a affordable price (RM38) for everyone to be able to try it.

The third appetizers – Escargot.
Escargot is a dish of cooked land snails, usually served as an
appetizer in France and in French restaurants. The word escargot is also
sometimes applied to the living snails of those species which are
commonly eaten in this way.
Source from Wiki.

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Another experience that having this French cuisine in ‘kopitiam’ again!
The escargots were served in 6 per order (RM18), I’m not in the position to say about the taste because I don’t really have much experience having it, but…actually they were acceptable and nice!

Next was the Spaghetti Bolognaise.
As for the Italian authentic ingredients including pancetta, carrots, celery, onions, tomato paste and a dash of wine, and the key ingredient is minced beef. This spaghetti did all right except I didn’t taste the wine…maybe it was my mouth problem. 🙂
The rich minced beef and the tomato sauce were really made our mouth can’t stop until the spaghetti is finished. (RM11)

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Anyway, it is a light and fast meal you should try if you visit Ratatouille La Gourmet.

By having the dishes above, Chef Brian served us two different type of soup – Mushroom soup and Clam chowder to let us have a break before continue our extraordinary dinner.

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The clams were fresh and the soup was rich flavor but not starchy at all. Their mushroom soup was another great version compare with others, fresh mushrooms and rich. Again, not starchy. We like the both soup.

Here come the first main course – Grilled Salmon with pumpkin sauce.

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The grilled salmon served with pumpkin sauce, broccoli and Ratatouille.

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The combination was excellent! The grilled salmon was well grilled to perfection! This was another different experience to savor the dish.

Another main course – Crusted Roasted Rack of Lamb.

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The rack of lamb were served in the medium doneness, succulent and juicy! The dish was served with Ratatouille, broccoli and mashed potatoes. We like the crusted outer layer of the lamb which was mixture of herbs and pine nuts that really brought us a new taste of the dish! The bite had give us a different layer of enjoyment, awesome!

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The last main course was the US Black Angus Ribeye steak.



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I had a chat with the Chef – Brian Soon, understand that he’s still working in one of the 4 star restaurant in Singapore right now…and only available at the stall during Wednesday, Saturday Sunday. Thursday and Friday’s duty will be handle by his wife. According to him, he’ll be full time at Ratatouille few months later within this year.

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Brian said, he wanted to introduce the nice and quality western cuisines to the public with a affordable price, and he’ll try his best to educate the local on the various dishes serve by Ratatouille La Gourmet.

The stall is operating by Chef Brian and his partner Mr Sherman, both of them are good friends since teenage until now and they are from Malacca. That is also one of the reason that the wordings at the stall has some Malaccan style on it, can you feel it?

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They also provide catering and private chef services to your house for private function. Do contact them from the email address below if you need it.

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This will be one of my regular place for western cuisine. The prices are very reasonable and affordable, beside that I also tasted the quality ingredients provided by the Chef.
Do drop by if you happen in the area, I believe you will be surprise by the dishes serve by Ratatouille.

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TARGETING 15 MILLION TOURISTS IN 2014

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New series of foods and desserts from Moshi Moshi Dessert and Tea Cafe at Taman Mount Austin

Do you like desserts?
Moshi Moshi Desserts and Tea Cafe at Taman Mount Austin had launched their new series of desserts and some snacks on December 2013! We visited the cafe not too long ago, and below are some of the new series available…

Before the desserts and snacks, let me brief some information of Moshi Moshi Dessert and Tea Cafe…Moshi Moshi is selling their 100% local handmade ice cream and sorbet (they learned the skill from Taiwan) and serve with ‘Natural, Fresh’ ingredients with NO preservatives, and their drinks is make from fresh fruits, not from ‘powders‘ that easily available in other cafe. Majority of their ingredients are imported from Taiwan and they make the sorbet and ice cream locally.

The first dessert was Coffee Ice Cream + Guava Bum Bum Ice (????? + ??????)

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The dessert served with 2 flavor of ice cream which was coffee and guava, corn flakes and some fresh fruits. The coffee flavor was rich and nice, we love the ‘aroma’ very much! If you are coffee lover, I believe you will love it too! The guava flavor ice cream was fresh, fragrant and original. It’s advise to take the side dish (fruits and flakes) together while enjoying the handmade ice cream.

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The dessert above serve in 4 types of combinations.

The Sesame Q-Rice Ball (?????) was the second surprised for us. The rice ball was fried in sesame seed and glutinous rice with the fragrant Gula Melaka (palm sugar) filling. The outer skin was crispy and soft inside. It’s advise to taste the rice ball with the peanuts topping, the first bite was unforgettable!
There are 3 types of rice ball available from the menu.

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Peanut Mochi Cake (???????)
This was one of the Classic series of the Mochi Cake, topping with peanuts butter and a cube of butter + honey.

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The Mochi cake is waffle look-a-like, but it was not the waffle. It made from the sticky rice, baked to perfection. Crispy outside and really chewy when you bite on it! It was a totally new experience! The dish can really fill up your empty stomach even it doesn’t serve in big portion.

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The Classic series of Mochi cake serve in 4 different types…Chocolate, French, Strawberry and Peanut.
The Mochi cake also serve with ice cream, our next dish was Chocolate Ice Cream with Cheese Koshi Cake (????????????).

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The chocolate ice cream was not sweet, it taste like dark chocolate…slight bitter. Cheese lover will love this light meal because of the nice aroma of the cheese which baked with the Koshi cake. The whole combination was just perfect!

Beside the series above, Moshi Moshi also provide the Special Baked Series ???????? for the Kochi cake.
One of the popular Special Baked Series is the Smoked Chicken Koshi Cake (??????.

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I like this smoke chicken baked koshi cake! It’s hard to describe in words about the taste, it took a little strength for chewing it and the smoke chicken was a good combination for the cake. Love it!

After we filled up our ‘tank’, the last dessert was served on the table…Coconut Ice Cream Parfait (?????????)  It was one of the dessert from the Parfait series…

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This parfait ice cream was served with fresh coconut where you feel the coconut within, they mixed the young and old coconut with some home recipe to provide this NICE parfait ice cream. It can really cool down the temperature during the hot sunny day…please take note the layer of the dessert, there were cornflakes and cut fresh fruits in between. One of the great refreshment we had!

Prices for the above desserts and snacks is between RM6.90 – RM15.90


Do visit the Moshi Moshi Cafe not only on the hot weather day, it’s also a nice hangout place in evening. It’s good to enjoy some good dessert after your sumptuous dinner. The cafe understand the market demand about the after meal dessert culture, so Ms Elaine (one of the partner) said their operating hour is until 12am everyday…Yes! It’s everyday!

Related post :-
Moshi Moshi Dessert Tea Cafe at Taman Mount Austin, Johor Bahru.

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Sumptuous 4 course dinner at SkyBar and buffet breakfast at Traders Hotel Puteri Harbour, Johor.

Having dinner at SkyBar Traders Hotel Puteri Harbour – Johor was one of the most enjoyable and unforgettable dinner for our family! We had our dinner on one of the Saturday evening sometime November 2013 during our 2 days 1 night city escape holiday. I appreciated that Ms Aidah and the Executive Chef of SkyBar for the dinner arrangement.

We specifically chose the table situated next to the baby pool and had a breathtaking view for the Puteri Harbour night view. While waiting for the dinner to serve, the Chef presented a nice bread with 3 different sauce on our table.

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There were 2 types of bread and we like the 3 different sauce very much! Garlic, Rosemary and butter. Before we can finish the bread, the starter served…The Caesar Check-mate! Salad.

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The appetizer was unique and creative! Nice presentation on the piece of tile and this was the most creative salad I ever have!

Next appetizer was the ‘SHE Lobster Bisque’.

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Bisque is a smooth, creamy, highly seasoned soup of French origin,
classically based on a strained broth of crustaceans. It can be made
from lobster, crab, shrimp or crayfish.
Souce from Wiki.

The rich flavored soup was yummy with the fresh female lobster meat. The highly seasoned savory appetizer made our conversation pause awhile, everyone just enjoyed very much. The empty plates tell it all…

The next dish was the main course of the night. The Herb-Crusted Roasted Rack of Lamb.

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I was looking at the Rack of Lamb for at least 5-10 minutes just to admired the presentation by the Chef. Well done!

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The portion was big and the lamb served on the medium doneness. Every bite of the juicy and tender lamb provided the satisfaction of the meal, it was sometime back I haven’t have a chance to taste the rack of lamb with the mint sauce, excellent! Well, I took the longest time to enjoyed this delicious Roasted Rack of Lamb among all of us…

The dessert served after the main course, it was the Combination of Screw pine Creme Brulee and Tiramisu with home-made Vanilla ice cream. Again! Another well presentation of the dessert from the Chef of SkyBar – Traders Hotel.
*  Apologies from me that my memory card having some problem that I can’t retrieve the photos.

Thanks for the humble Chef who came to explained on the dishes, and very much appreciated on the surprised chocolate birthday cake from the management of Traders Hotel. Ms Aidah and the team, thanks you very much on the arrangements and warm hospitality.

That was a wonderful dinner for us especially company by the breathtaking view from the surrounding of SkyBar and Puteri Harbour, the dining experience was totally cannot describe by words! You have to try it yourself to feel the different!

Our buffet breakfast on the next day was prepared at the Harbour Cafe of Traders Hotel. It was full house during we stepped in, nice and polite cafe’s staff arrange our table in about 10 minutes…

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The Cafe provided more than 50 types of breakfast for their guests to choose from. It was a nice breakfast with full of varieties, appetizers, main course and dessert from local and international. Photos below…

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It was a very enjoyable moment for our family having the buffet breakfast in the Harbour Cafe. The full varieties of foods really wake up my morning appetite and I like the sausages very much!

It can be very crowded during the weekend morning session at the Harbour Cafe, so please make a reservation from the hotel management if you wish to having the breakfast during the weekend to avoid any disappointment.

We will be back again on our next city escape!

Related post :-
*  The Traders Hotel at Puteri Harbour Nusajaya, Johor.
Deluxe Harbour View Room in Traders Hotel Puteru Harbour, Johor.

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Cuisine in Melaka

MELAKA ELECTRIC BUS TRIALS TO START ON WEDNESDAY, 8.1.14.

This blogspot is being created to compliment our main Tourism Melaka website at www.tourism-melaka.com.

We hope to write our comments and views on the development of the tourism sector in Melaka so that old cultural jewels can be retained and new ones generated to attract more visitors to our Melakan shores.

For us to continue our journey, we like to invite visitors to pen their comments and views so that we can create a sustainable and vibrant tourism sector in Melaka.

Enjoy.

TW Kang