Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Krung Thep, Republik Damansara Heights

Located in Republik, Damansara Heights is Krung Thep, showcasing authentic Thai regional delicacies to KL-ites. The restaurant's name is short for Krung Thep Mahanakhon, or simply Bangkok, capital city of Thailand, where every part of the country comes together – food, people, culture and tradition.

Krung Thep KL

Krung Thep exudes a cool vibe with an elegant open kitchen with bar seating, where you can watch the chefs cook your meal over charcoal embers. The kitchen is helmed by Chef Gug from North East Thailand, who takes pride in preparing his sauces, pastes and dips from scratch and by using the finest freshest ingredients to give diners the most authentic Thai dining experience.

Krung Thep KL

Krung Thep Republik Damansara

Krung Thep is a noodle bar by day, serving 8 types of noodles and small plates as well as a selection of delicious desserts.

Hubby's favourite was the Kao Soi Gai (RM28), a Northern Thai chicken curry rice noodles dish, topped with crunchy pickled Chiang Mai mustard greens. The flavorful, vibrant broth is thick, creamy and spicy, beautifully balanced by the pickled greens and a squeeze of lime.

Krung Thep Republik Damansara

For vegetarians, there is Wun Sen Pat Dtao Huu Yui (RM23), stir fried glass noodles with beancurd and mushroom. Even a meat lover like me loved this dish - so appetizing, and plenty of wok hei!

Of course you must also have the Tom Yam Pla Gra Pong Daeng (RM38), a clear hot and sour soup with huge chunks of snapper fish. This spicy soup will definitely awaken your senses.

Another must-try is the Kai Ceiw Pu (RM25), fluffy duck egg omelette with crab meat, served with a homemade Sriracha sauce.

Lemongrass cooler  (lemongrass, lemon, sencha -RM15) and Princess Pandan (Tanqueray Gin, pandan, earl grey - RM30)

For desserts, we went for the classic mango sticky rice, however to our pleasant surprise, Krung Thep's version uses black glutinous rice which gives it a delicious, nutty flavour. This also comes with fresh mango, fresh coconut slices and coconut milk.

Khao Niaow Dam Ma Muang (RM22)

Even the Tub Tim Krob (RM20) here is served differently - red rubies, jackfruit, coconut syrup and toasted peanuts is served with a scoop of luscious coconut ice cream. Perfect treat for a hot day!

Krung Thep al fresco dining area

Krung Thep Lunch Menu
Krung Thep KL Menu

Click here for both lunch and dinner menus.


Opening times: Mon - Sun: Lunch 11.30am – 2.30pm; Dinner 5.30pm – 10.30pm.

Location: Krung Thep, Republik, Ground Floor, 1, Jalan Medan Setia 1, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Parking rate RM3.50 per hour)

Tel: 03-7622 8760

Website: http://www.krungthep.my/

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Chong Qing Grilled Fish, Sunway Velocity, KL

Earlier this month, Chong Qing Grilled Fish officially launched its first outlet in Kuala Lumpur at Sunway Velocity's Nanjing Street, following the roaring success of its maiden Malaysian outlet in Kuching, Sarawak. Chong Qing Grilled Fish specialises in charcoal-grilled fish with Sichuan hotpot as well as authentic Sichuan cuisine.

Chong Qing Grilled Fish was first opened in Singapore in 2010, to bring to the local F&B scene the best representation of Chongqing cuisine. Upon a trip to Chongqing, China, the founders wanted to replicate the dish in Southeast Asia, successfully launching its first outlet along Mosque Street in Singapore and later bringing the well-loved brand to Malaysian shores.

Chongqing cuisine has always been known for its deliciously bold flavours: unapologetically rich, savoury and spicy. Chong Qing Grilled Fish is known for its Signature Grilled Fish, served in a simmering Sichuan hotpot.

More than 2000 years ago, fishermen living in Wanzhou used wood to grill their daily catch. Over time, they experimented with adding oil, herbs and spices to marinate the grilled fish; and the rest is history. According to legend, this dish dates to 1700 years ago during the Three Kingdoms period. Then, Zhuge Liang who was a premier politician serving under Liu Bei, loved this marinated charcoal-grilled fish. When Liu Bei ascended the throne soon after, grilled fish was made an imperial dish.

At Chong Qing Grilled Fish, there are 8 different flavours to choose from - Spicy Fragrant, Spicy Numbing, Pickled Cabbage, Hot & Sour, Mushroom Herbs, Fermented Black Bean, Fresh Chillies and Chopped Chilli Pepper.There is something for everyone here - from mild to spicy. Diners can also choose from five different types of fish - sea bass, golden snapper, red tilapia, Temerloh patin and golden pomfret, with prices starting from RM58 for a whole fish.

The fish is marinated with over 20 types of herbs and spices, and then grilled in the special charcoal oven. This results in an amazingly crispy skin coupled with tender, soft flesh beneath. Then, the broth of your choice, cooked with your choice of sides, is poured over the fish.

Highly recommended are the “Spicy Fragrant” (一品香辣) or “Spicy Numbing” (川味麻辣) broths which are bound to awaken the senses. For those who like it mild, the Mushroom Herbs which comes with willow mushroom, dried porcini mushroom and fresh mushroom, along with garlic, green and red pepper and mushroom spice is the way to go. The chef recommended fish is the Temerloh Patin, which is well-loved for its rich, fatty yet tender texture. It also has a delicate sweetness which will pair perfectly with any broth.

Spicy Fragrant Seabass - loved this spicy, appetizing broth!

Mushroom Herbs Temerloh Patin - the mushrooms impart a lovely earthy flavour to the broth.

Check out this video to watch how the chefs prepare the signature Grilled Fish here!

Other than the signature grilled fish, one of the must-try dishes here is the Spicy Chicken Cubes (RM30)- crispy chicken chunks tossed in dried chillies, dried peppercorn, white sesame, peanuts and special spicy sauce.

Double-cooked spicy pork slices (RM28) - thinly sliced pork belly cooked with garlic shoots, green and red chillies. Very nice!

For salted egg lovers, they also have a series of delicious salted egg dishes here, from calamari to cheese tofu, chicken cubes,  corn and more!

Salted egg fish skin (RM24) - an addictive snack of fried salmon fish skin with salted egg, curry leaves and cili padi. You can also order this for takeaway, as they will be sealed in an airtight takeaway pack.

Salted egg calamari with Thai herbs (RM28) - we can never say no to this dish! The version here is garnished with kaffir lime leaves and chilli powder.

The unassuming Hand Shredded Cabbage (RM18) was another favourite - this simple cabbage dish was stir fried with pork slices, dried chillies and fried garlic.

The Lijiang Fragrant Spicy Fried Rice with Shredded Pork (RM16) is the perfect accompaniment to the rest of our meal. Full of wok hei, the fragrant rice is stir fried together with Yunnan preserved vegetable, shredded pork, eggs, and spring onions.

Fresh fruit with Jasmine tea tower (RM36 for 2l) - perfect for sharing and cooling down!

Chong Qing Grilled Fish KL - restaurant interior

The restaurant is located in Nanjing Street at Sunway Velocity's Signature 2.

In celebration of its grand launch, Chong Qing Grilled Fish is offering customers 50% off their total bill (drinks not included). Customers need to only complete these 3 simple steps:

1. Like the Chong Qing Grilled Fish Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cqgf.kl)

2. Share this post (https://bit.ly/36AvPq9)

3. Tag 3 friends in the post.

4. Present your proof of entry to outlet staff to receive offer.

Additionally, customers can partake in the SPIN & SURE WIN contest. With any amount spent in-store, customers will have a chance at spinning the Fortune Wheel to win prizes including 3 months’ worth of free Signature Grilled Fish, free Chong Qing Grilled Fish dishes and complimentary vouchers.

The above promotions are ongoing from 12th – 31st January 2020.

Opening times: Mon - Fri 12pm - 3pm, 5pm - 2am; Sat & Sun 12pm - 2am.

Service: Excellent.

Location: Chong Qing Grilled Fish, Nanjing Steet @ Sunway Velocity, 1st Floor, V06-01-06, Signature 2, Lingkaran SV Sunway Velocity, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-2382 1786

Website: https://www.facebook.com/cqgf.kl/

Nearest MRT: Cochrane.

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