Eat : Guess What! - Vietnamese Food at A Steal in Kota Damansara


If I asked you to guess the name of this restaurant, you’d probably won’t be able to name it correctly even though I’ve just spelt it out for you above. Because the name of this Vietnamese restaurant is Guess What! Yes, you read that right. The inspiration behind the name came from the owner’s wish to have a name which is easily recognized. Besides, with such catchy name, he’s hoping more would hear about his restaurant with a quirky name.

What Guess What is a Vietnamese restaurant located strategically within the rows and rows of restaurants, the food haven of Kota Damansara. The restaurant had only just recently opened and I foresee that in the days to come, when more people come to know of the place, it’ll be brimming with customers. I say this because the average price of the dishes here actually RM10.78. In case you’re wondering, I have actually computed that by taking all the prices of the food and averaged it out. :D

The prices are indeed very much affordable in comparison to many other Vietnamese places, but how does it taste? I have travelled to Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam and fell in love with the food there, so my expectations are pretty high. And, Guess What hit all the right notes with some of my favorite dishes. Let me share more my favorites dishes and those that I’d highly recommended.

Fish Sauce Chicken Wings | RM 6.90

The picture of the chicken wings are self-explanatory, it’s fried chicken wings. Fried chicken have always been my weakness, but this one was addictive because oh, it was so well-marinated with the fish sauce that you can taste it through the crispy skin and the flesh too. The secret to this lies in the type of fish sauce used, which is a premium kind where fresh fish is used to make it. The result is a rich, authentic flavor which is apparent in the chicken wings.

Summer Roll | RM 6.90

Summer Roll RM 6.90

Deep Fried Summer Roll | RM 6.90

Mango Papaya Pork Salad | RM 6.90

Summer Roll is one of my favorite appetizers and it’s hard to get it wrong with something so simple! Guess What’s version was packed with fillings and of course, with the mandatory prawns accompanied with their signature sauce. The sauce is different from the usual one as it’s the chef’s special recipe which have been improvised from the usual sauce recipe.

Australian Beef Pho | Beef Slice - RM 12.90 // Ribeye SliceRM17.90

Whenever I have any soup noodles, I judge it first on the smell of the broth and next on the taste of it. If the soup doesn’t even pass this simple test, chances are that the bowl of noodles sucks. The bowl of Australian Beef Pho with Ribeye Slices arrived and you can already smell the aromatic, rich beefy scent. A sip of the soup will send fireworks in your brain. Just by the color of the soup, you know that the soup is very flavorful which is a result of overnight cooking of 8-10 hours using the beef’s neck bone as the main ingredient for the broth. The beef slices are thin, to give it a nice texture. If you order the Ribeye Slices version, you’re actually getting 100g of ribeye.

Beef Internal Organs | RM 12.90

Beef Internal Organs RM 12.90

If you’re more of an innards person, then I’m certain you’ll be delighted that you can have a delicious bowl of Beef Internal Organs where the same soup broth as the Australian Beef Pho is used. There are a variety of different beef innards in this dish such as honeycomb beef tripe, tendon, stomach (spongy type) and beef’s heart . If eating beef’s heart is too overwhelming for you, you can also opt to change to beef’s shin. Alternatively, you can actually customized it to specific items that you would like to have or not have.

Handmade Beef Ball | RM 13.90

Another favorite of mine is the Handmade Beef Ball which as its name suggest is chunky, meaty beef balls made in-house. The sizes of the beef balls are unbelievably huge, so huge that you can’t finish it in a single bite for sure. 

Pork | RM 8.90

Pork RM 8.90

Chicken | RM 8.90

Fish | RM 12.90

If you always had trouble deciding if Vietnamese cuisine would be suitable for your non-beef eating friends, you won’t be faced with that hassle over here in Guess What as their menu is extensive and it includes pork, chicken and fish, even. The egg in the Chicken dish is a poached egg, made using a special machine to ensure the consistency of the poached egg. For the Chicken and Pork dish, the broth is made from chicken broth and pork lards which makes it yummy! Toman fish is used for the fish dish because it doesn’t have the ‘siang’ smell.

Clams | RM 8.90

But the winner of all the non-beef dishes for me would be the Clams. Priced at just RM8.90, the bowl arrived looking like I’ve just ordered a bowl of just clams soup. There were so many clams in the bowl that I lost count. The best part was how chewy, juicy and it actually is! You can actually taste the natural sweetness in the clams.

Stir Fried Australian Beef Vermicelli | RM 12.90

Let us move on to the dry noodles now, where they also serve Stir Fried Australian Beef Vermicelli or better known as Bun Thit Nuong in Vietnamese. This was actually one of my favourite Vietnamese dish ever since I tried them during my trip to Ho Chi Minh city. It’s a dry noodles where you have vermicelli served with the most important ingredient – the sauce. This dish is topped with stir fried beef, basil leaves, zucchini and pickled radish, just to name some of the toppings.

Heritage Coconut Soup | RM 12.90

An interesting dish that I have tried here is the Heritage Coconut Soup which is a fragrant soup cooked with coconut juice and beef broth. It gives it a very flavorful taste and you’ll find coconut flesh, coupled with beef balls in your soup. Do try this, if you’d like to taste how coconut goes with beef.

The dishes I mentioned above are my short-listed favorites one but there are actually quite a number of other dishes available as well. There are banh mi of four different varieties to pick from ; beef, pork, chicken and tuna. There are also the rice dishes with choices such as Vietnamese Pork or  Chicken Chop, Lemongrass Pork or Chicken and Beef Stew to choose from.

Sang Tao 1 | RM 5.90  (Hot) RM 6.90 (Cold)

As with most Vietnamese cuisine, Vietnam is famed for its coffee and the ones served in Guess What certainly doesn’t disappoint. In fact, the coffee served here is actually served with tea (but not pictured above), just like how it’s done in Vietnam because the coffee on its own can be too strong. In fact, it’s so strong that no amount of ice can actually dilute the coffee. The drip coffee is served strong, so as to remain authentic to Vietnamese experience of drinking coffee. If you prefer a coffee with a chocolate aftertaste, you can actually order the Phat Hai.

Durian Cendol RM 11.50

The only dessert served here currently is the Durian Cendol and for me, that only option is sufficient because this is so delicious you don’t need to have any other desserts. Unless you’re not a fan of durian, else I am pretty sure you’ll like this. The durian used for this is brought in especially from Betong, Thailand. The durian taste really does differ from the usual one we have here in Malaysia. Do give it a try and share your thoughts with me. :)

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// 7, Jalan PJU 5/6, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor //
Open daily from 11AM to 9.30PM

Review : Drink up CAROMA Bentong Ginger Tea, for a healthier you!

Growing up, I have always thought of ginger as a mythical food because I couldn’t comprehend how a root can taste so spicy when eaten. Needless to say, I was not a huge fan of ginger. Till today, I avoid eating ginger if I have a choice not to. But the health benefits of ginger is endless, a simple Google search on the “Benefits of Ginger” will return you with pages, after pages of information explaining the numerous benefits.

Although I was not a fan of eating ginger, I still wanted to reap the benefits of it. One of the possible way to do that is actually through the consumption of – lo and behold! – ginger tea. Similar to consuming ginger, drinking the tea also have many benefits. In the market, there are many different versions of ginger tea. I’ve had the opportunity to try CAROMA Bentong Ginger Tea which a tea, infused with Bentong ginger. The word “infused” may cause you to think that the ginger flavor in the tea is mild.

But, it was anything but mild! The ginger taste is prominent, strong and intense. After taking a sip of the tea, I know that the product manufacturer didn’t stinge on  the amount of ginger they used to make the tea.  The tea is easy to brew, similar to a 3-in-1 coffee premix where the tea are in sachets and you just need to pour the contents into a cup and add hot water! It’s so simple and easy to make, which definitely beats the old school way of actually cutting ginger and boiling it with your tea. There are in total of 10 sachets in each of the box.

As I mentioned earlier, the taste is pretty strong and some might dislike the spicy taste. For me, I felt it was slightly too spicy for my liking. So what I did was simply to add some honey in my tea, to sweeten things up. Alternatively, you can simply increase the amount of hot water. The recommended level was 150ml, which is actually just a small glass. I would prefer the ginger taste to be slightly milder, hence I opted to add in more water… approximately 250ml of water.

Now, from the start of this post I kept mentioning on the benefits of the tea, in general but never specifically listed them down. Here are some of the benefits of the tea, which I hope will be able to convince you to try the tea out. :)
  • Digestion | Ginger can help with those that suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome as it is known to have a calming effect on the digestive system and helps to relax the intestines during any such episodes. Besides that, it has been proven effective in helping to release gas so it’s recommended to drink some ginger tea before bed and the ginger will work its magic while you’re asleep.
  • Nutrient Absorption | Ginger tea have an ability to aide in the absorbtion of all of the beneficial nutrients in the food that we consumed. When more nutrients are being absorbed, these nutrients can signal your hormones to let the body know when it’s full and that prevents you from actually over-eating.
  • Blood Circulation | Ginger can help thin blood, improving overall circulation. As ginger improves blood flow, it can generate a warm feeling inside the body. If I’m travelling to a cold country, I am going to bring some of these ginger tea to help warm my body up!
  • Natural Pain Reliever | Regardless of the kind of pain you’re experiencing, ginger can act as a natural pain reliever. Along with fighting inflammation that can cause aches and pains, ginger also works on a hormonal level to relief pain.

The CAROMA Bentong Ginger Tea is available only at selected locations of Village Grocer. In conjuction with Village Grocer’s Health and Wellness’s event which would be held from 1 – 11 March 2018, there would also be sampling of the CAROMA Bentong Ginger Tea , so you’ll be able to try the taste of the tea before purchasing it. Note: The product is still available at the outlets listed below after the event date. So, drop by and get your own cup of these ginger tea at the following locations :-

| Bangsar Village | Bangsar
| Mont Kiara | Mont Kiara
| Sunway Giza | Kota Damansara
| Desa Park City | Desa Park
| My Town | Peel Road, Cheras

However, for those that prefer to shop online, fret not as CAROMA Bentong Ginger Tea is also available online through 11Street. There is an on-going promotion where you get a free box of 5 sachets with every purchase of 2 boxes. Here’s the link for the online purchase >>>>!

I'll like to end this post with a simple video that I shot of my mom, making this CAROMA Bentong Ginger Tea just to show you how simple it really is to make this healthy drink!

Till next time,

Eat : Pak John Steamboat & BBQ has landed in IOI City Mall!

For the folks of Putrajaya, you can now rejoice as Pak John Steamboat & BBQ has opened in IOI City Mall. Prior to this, there was only one outlet which is located in e@Curve, Mutiara Damansara. Stemboat & BBQ concept is not a new concept but Pak John Steamboat & BBQ does it the best by offering a wide variety of choices… be it in terms of the meat offered or the vegetables or the seafood. In fact, if I had to list down everything that they have it’ll probably bore you from reading the list! Oh, I forgot to mention that this is actually a buffet restaurant which is why you can pick as many items as you can eat!

In the pictures I’m sharing, you can see all the different items available. There are approximately more than 160 items in total. In addition to the raw food to be cooked, there are also some cooked dishes you can have like Sweet Sour Chicken, Fried Rice, Dim Sum… just to name a few. There are also desserts for the sweet-tooth and with options like ice cream, waffles, cendol, ice kacang and fruits — it is sure to satisfy any dessert lovers!

For your steamboat, you can pick between soup bases like Chicken, Prawn, Tom Yam depending on your preference. We started by trying out the chicken soup base that is a clear, soup with minimal flavour. As we added more things into our steamboat pot, the flavour of the soup was enhanced. We also tried the prawn soup which on its own was already quite flavourful. You can really taste the distinct prawn flavour in it.

But my all-time favourite from Pak John Steamboat & BBQ is the premium option of slices of lamb, beef and abalone. They even have smoked duck which is rarely found at steamboat & BBQ restaurants. The premium option is included in the price of RM42.90++ per person. However, as these items are expensive hence to prevent wastage, you will need to obtain it from the counter! There is no limit though so you can take as much as you can eat, just be sure not to waste any food.

For that price, it really is a steal when you compare to the value that you’re getting. Plus, this place is also perfect for gatherings especially if you have Muslim friends as Pak John Steamboat & BBQ has the halal certification issued by JAKIM. So, what are you waiting for, hop on over to Pak John Steamboat & BBQ in IOI City Mall! Do note that the restaurant is located on the outer facing side of the mall. To access it, you’ll need to make sure you’re entering it from the part of the mall which is facing the outdoor.

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Pak John Steamboat & BBQ
// GE-11, Ground Floor, IOI City Mall //
// 03-8957 1128 | 012-251 8289 //

Out & About : A pagent for men — Mister World Prestige International

It’s refreshing to know that there are actually pageants for men too, although it definitely is not common in our modern global culture. We’ve been so exposed to the numerous different kind of beauty pageants for the ladies, but unbeknownst to us is a another realm where men are also crowned for their beauty, charisma and intelligence.

The men’s pageant that I’m referring to here is the 2018 Mister World Prestige International where the Grand Finals was just held last month on January 25, 2018 in Pullman Hotel, Putrajaya. This pageant was no ordinary one, as they have opted to focus on how stylish these men looked like as they compete for the Mister World Prestige’s title.

The Honorary Sponsor for this pageant is Vintage Collection International, where their expertise lies in tailored evening wears and work wears for executives. Their collection are timeless and elegant, which are designed by three experienced fashion designers of various nationalities in the world. Daniel Fenadon, their Chief Designer have said, “With 11 years of experience in the fashion line, we’ve expanded from personalised designs and exclusive customizations to ready-to-wear designs sold at various retail outlets.”

In addition to that, there are many other various sponsors such as Fion Poon Exclusive, Peek-A-Boo Hair Profesional, Gelly Wee Makeup, Character International Modeling Academy & Agency and VOUGE Production. The event would not have been successful without the contribution of everyone, working together to ensure the success of the event.

The next pagent in their pipeline is actually the Miss World Prestige International and Mrs World Prestige International. This would be perfect for the ladies who have always wanted to give beauty pagent a try. :) Interested candidates may call Ms Cassandra Ng at 012-6101188 or alternatively you may stalk their social media page >>>> to be amongst the first to find out more information about it!

Out & About : Newest Japanese Variety Shop in Mont Kiara, Meet Tokuya!

Malaysians are introduced to Japanese varieties store by the likes of Daiso first, when it was just RM5 before GST was implemented. Years later we have shops like Miniso and Yubiso as well, but with a slightly different business model. These shops sell a variety of different products at a reasonably attractive prices, as compared to Daiso where the prices are fixed. And now we have even more options with the addition of TOKUYA, another variety shop based in the neighborhood of Mont Kiara, in the new building of Plaza Arcoris. 

From my visit to TOKUYA recently during their grand opening, I found that the concept of TOKUYA differs from the usual. With the concept of being "purposely unique", it aims to carry and sell products which serves their purposes and yet, it's distinct, where it stands out from the usual. As I browsed through the aisle and the racks of products, I can't help but be amused at the myriad options of different products available for sale.

The products are of different categories of items such as household, kitchenware, beauty, organization, pets, stationery, cosmetics, hardware, cleaning, hygiene, gardening and many others. I found out that there are actually 20,000 products for sale in the shop, so I can be sure that you’ll be spoilt for choices! Trust me, I spent probably my first hour going round and round the aisles, trying to decide what to get. You can’t help but be spoilt for choices when you’re there.

As I was going around, I got an idea to share with you on my unique finds whilst I was there. That way you’re able to gauge what kind of items TOKUYA has to offer. I do need to mention that since most, if not all of their products are from Japan, the packaging has Japanese words all over it. That can be quite tricky, in my honest opinion as most of us don’t understand the language. But having said that, most of the items are self-explanatory and there are always pictures / illustrations to help you with it.

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So, without further ado, let me show you what are some of my top picks that I have found.

These are really just a handful of the products available, trust me it’s best for you to come and see it for yourself. TOKUYA is located on the lower ground floor, so you’ll need to head down from the escalator from the outdoor park to arrive at the store. There is a water feature fountain right in front of the store, so do look out for that. Once you see that, most likely you have arrive at the variety store wonderland of TOKUYA!

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// LG1-06 & 07, Arcoris Plaza Mont’ Kiara, Jalan Kiara //
//03-6411 2082 //
Open 10am – 10pm daily
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