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When I first received the invitation for Gin Rik Sha, I must admit that from the name itself I’d have never guessed what this place is all about.

Gin Rik Sha, Plaza Damansara
Gin Rik Sha, Plaza Damansara

Well, as briefed to us, the name Gin Rik Sha actually derived from the “pulled rickshaw” in Japanese, which does not really explain what they serve here and how it is all related, but it is definitely a fun quirky name that I’ll remember.

a drink after a long day's work
a drink after a long day’s work

As it turned out, this restaurant at Plaza Damansara specialized in something that isn’t very common around Klang Valley – modern Indian cuisine with a bit of fusion touch, as well as a fully equipped bar serving wine, whisky, spirits, and even cocktails.

how do you like your cocktails?
how do you like your cocktails?

Started the evening with cocktail, I wanted something sour and was recommended to go with Amma’s Potion made with gin, coriander leaf, lime juice, and cucumber syrup, a good refreshing start to the evening.

My second was Whisky Cha, a play of whisky, masala herbs, and sour which was a tad more sophisticated compared to the refreshing note of the first.

If you’re not a cocktail person, there’s plenty of other drinks to choose from, alcoholic or otherwise (see menu below)

chili chicken is great as bar snack
chili chicken is great as bar snack

If you like something with a bit of a kick to start, Chili Chicken certainly fits the bill. This is Gin Rik Sha’s interpretation to the classic popcorn chicken but one that is quite high on the spicy meter. Juicy inside, crispy out while being spicy and aromatic, I love it, a perfect bar snack to go with beer, or cocktail in this case.

kerala shrimp, wrap it up
kerala shrimp, wrap it up

Kerala shrimp is a classic Indian dish of spicy tamarind flavored shrimp with roasted coconut, and in this case served with toasted chapati instead of rice, which turned out to be quite a good combination. The sauce carried a kick and complimented the seafood well without being overpowering.

banana leaf baked sea bass
banana leaf baked sea bass

If you like fish, check out the Banana Leaf Baked Sea Bass – banana leaf wrapped with fresh aromatic sea bass and basmathi rice and served with brinjal sambal.

This dish is certainly a full meal, love the long grain rice and I wish there’s more brinjal sambal to go with! The fish was prepared properly and not overcooked, a good execution in this case. If this could be tapao as lunch I’d be a happy man.

Other interesting dishes on the menu includes spiced cauliflower rice, vegetable lasagna, chicken briyani, and even rack of lamb. There’s a good variety of modern and traditional classic to choose from.

hello Sammi! carrot halwa filo pastry samosa, kulfi with caramelized bananas
hello Sammi! kulfi with caramelized bananas, carrot halwa filo pastry samosa

In the dessert department, their menu isn’t exactly very comprehensive. We did try the Kulfi with Caramelized Bananas and Carrot Halwa Filo Pastry Samosa with Black Pepper Ice Cream as the sweet endings to the night.  I enjoyed the samosa and pepper ice cream, and thought the kulfi was perhaps ordinary and not having a lot to write home about.

Overall this was certainly an interesting visit, a place fit for after-work wind down or a proper meal with friends. The menu and combination is bolder than most, and I for one welcome more innovations in culinary offerings in KL.

map to gin rik sha

Address:
Gin Rik Sha
37, Ground Floor, Plaza Damansara,
Jalan Medan Setia 1, Bukit Damansara,
50490 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.150079, 101.652613
Tel:  010-243 8266

 

For those who’re into Ipoh food, Nam Heong is surely a name that’s familiar.

Over the years, they’ve been expanding and bringing some of the most popular dishes from the city of Ipoh and spread it all around Klang Valley and more, good for us who loves a good meal of authentic dish from the area while enjoying the comfort of air conditioned dining area and all that convenience that comes with it.

challenge yourself to these games at Nam Heong Roadshow
challenge yourself to these games at Nam Heong Roadshow

A couple weeks ago, along with others, I was invited to their roadshow at IOI City Mall to check out what it is all about. They’re running the road show across different outlets happening now until mid November, 2019. Check graphic below for dates.

But first, during this period, do use MLINGKY discount code to get 10% off when you dine in during roadshow dates.

I was pretty good at the shooting game
I was pretty good at the shooting game

So, what about the roadshow and what do you do there?

Well, for one, you get to meet the mascot – Madam Ling 玲姐. You’re right, I did not know they had a mascot before meeting her, but Madam Ling is pretty cute. 😀

More importantly, you get to win prizes after you’ve enjoy your good old fashion Ipoh dishes at Nam Heong by playing the different games they have:

  1. Clawing machine 1- eligible for Grand Prizes
  2. Clawing machine 2- eligible for Nam Heong merchandises
  3. Throw the ball into cup – Nam Heong Signature Menu and Retail Items
  4. Shoot the gun – Nam Heong Signature Menu and Retail Items

absolute feast at Nam Heong restaurant
Some of the dishes we sampled at Nam Heong

The prizes are super attractive too:

ITEM DETAILS
Beats Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones – The Beats Skyline Collection – Midnight Black
XiaoMI Xiaomi  Folding Electric Bicycle
Macwheel Macwheel 36V 10.4AH Electric Foldable Bicycle Bike
Samsung Galaxy Watch (46mm) Bluetooth  SM-R800NZSAXME
G-Shock Casio G-Shock 35th Anniversary BIG BANG BLACK GA-735A-1AJR Limited Edition (JAPAN SET)
G-Shock Casio G-Shock Rangeman Triple Sensor GW-9400DCJ-1
SOLVILetTITUS Classicist Multi-Function Mechanical Leather Watch (Case Size: 34.5mm)
SOLVILetTITUS CLASSICIST MULTI-FUNCTION MECHANICAL LEATHER WATCH (Case Size: 38mm)
Tiffany & Co. Double Loving Heart Bracelet ( 7’inch)
Ipad Mini 4 Gold-128gb
Nintendo Switch Add-on (Switch Lego Marvel super Heroes Game)
LG TV LG Smart UHD TV-55′

yes, we did have an absolute feast
yes, we did have an absolute feast

So if you haven’t try Nam Heong yet, it’ll be a good opportunity to do so during one of their roadshow dates and win yourself some merchandise, or who knows, you may walk away with one of those big prizes!

Madam Ling Roadshow dates across Malaysia
Madam Ling Roadshow dates across all locations

When you do so, don’t forget to use the MLINGKY discount code for 10% off!

Here’s their store locator.

I’ve been using dahmakan for over a couple years now. In the earlier days when they only offer lunch boxes, I used to do “group orders” with my colleagues every now and then.

These days, they’ve expanded to include dinner, and the menu too has expanded with combo sets, drinks, and more.

First, for readers of KYspeaks, use BETASTY063 to get RM12 off your first purchase.

dahmakan deliveries
properly packed eco friendly way

So for those who is new to dahmakn, you may wonder how does it work and how it is different from other food delivery service?

Unlike delivery services that source food from partnering restaurants, dahmakan is an end-to-end provider that handles sourcing of local ingredients, to having in house chefs cook and prepare the meals, and finally having them delivered to your door step. They have a firm control every step of the way to ensure quality and service delivery.

slow cooked beef stew, nasi kerabu
slow cooked beef stew, nasi kerabu

Everyday, there’s usually over a dozen different dishes to choose from, usually with choices of dishes that includes chicken, fish, or beef prepared in either traditional, Western, or even dishes with a bit of Japanese flair. Do check out their menu online.

you can order via web browser with a computer
you can order via web browser with a computer

Ordering is as simple as a few clicks away on your web browser, or if you prefer, there’s also a mobile app on Android and iOS which also help track down delivery time and where the riders are currently at.

or via their phone app, delivery time is always on point
or via their phone app, delivery time is always on point

One of my favorite things about dahmakan is the way you’re able to schedule when the food is delivered. For example, I had mine scheduled between 6:30 – 7 pm and sure enough, it was delivered by 6:51 pm on my doorstep. This makes for easier planning to have them delivered right after you get back home, but not too early, or too late.

I really love the beef stew, mom liked the nasi kerabu too
I really love the beef stew, mom liked the nasi kerabu too

Most importantly though, when it comes to any food services, it’s the quality of food you get. Of the numerous orders I had with dahmakan, they’ve never disappoint. My most recent order of slow cooked beef stew and nasi kerabu were as good as any, and they were still warm when I got them too.

The beef were tender, soft, and properly seasoned. Nasi kerabu was served with plenty of greens, that signature blue rice, and a huge portion of thigh meat. They were delicious.

If you haven’t yet, check out dahmakan.com and do use the BETASTY063 promo code. Dahmakan currently delivers to most of Klang Valley.

Weekends are for Netflix and relaxation, and what’s better than that with a meal-snack that’s good for the belly to pair with the movies that’s good for the soul?

For that, GrabFood has you covered with the Weekend BOKBOKBOKBuster™, read on!

GrabFood with BOKBOK Discount Code

GrabFood with BOKBOK Discount Code

Now what is this Weekend BOKBOKBOKBuster™ Deal?

Well, apply BOKBOK Promo Code during weekends (yes, that’s Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) on orders over RM 25 from restaurants under the chicken category and you’ll get 50% OFF. It’s that simple!

my wings from Wingstop is here via GrabFood!
My wings from Wingstop is here via GrabFood!

So is there any catch?

Well, this is applicable up to 3 orders per weekend per user, until 5 May, 2019 discount is capped at RM25 per order. So don’t lose out and start getting your chicken meals!

Spicy wings from Wingstop
Spicy wings from Wingstop

I gave it a try last weekend and ordered myself some chicken tenders and hand breaded wings from Wingstop with the promo code BOKBOK. Total bill came down to less than RM 20 all in after the BOKBOK discount.

Well satisfied with the simple & straight forward promotion, and yes, the wings and tenders were good too!

the chicken rice shop
The Chicken Rice Shop

If you prefer to have it more traditional, meals from The Chicken Rice Shop are in as well, granted this may fit the dining table a little better than in front of the TV.

Texas Chicken
Texas Chicken

Want some old fashioned Southern style fried chicken and those yummy biscuits? Well, Texas Chicken should fit the bill too.

Lim Fried Chicken
Lim Fried Chicken

Or how about home grown brand that we can all be proud of in Lim Fried Chicken? LFC too is one of the participating stores.

In fact, you can find the full list of participating chicken meal providers by heading over to https://www.grab.com/my/food-blog/bokbok/ or check it out via your Grab app on the phone.

The GrabFood Weekend BokBokBokBuster will run until 5 May, 2019 and it’s applicable on weekends only (Friday – Sunday), yes, Fridays should be considered part of weekends too!

The 50% off promotion is applicable up to 3 orders per weekend per user, with a minimum spend of RM25, for restaurants in the “Chicken” cuisine category.

For the full list of details, kindly refer to GrabFood Weekend BokBokBokBuster.

Happy eating!

You may have remembered that earlier in the year I wrote about Nespresso and their CNY promotion. Well, ever since then I was utilising the little but rather capable Nespresso machine quite often for my coffee fix.

The machine makes proper espresso and long black, with beautiful crema and taste that’s not unlike a legit cafe, and I can’t get enough of it.  Coffee has some magical ability to transport us to different moments in life, but this round I’ll be sharing about how it can take us back in time as well!

Nespresso Limited Edition Coffee Houses
Nespresso Limited Edition Coffee Houses

Inspired by the first coffee houses in Venice and Istanbul, Nespresso recently introduced two limited edition flavours, each celebrating 2 distinct moments in history where coffee culture has since thrived.

The first one is Venice, which was apparently the entry port of coffee into Western Europe. The second on is Istanbul, the meeting point between Asia and Europe. Back then, people would visit coffee houses to match wits, challenge theories, listen to music, even discuss politics—we do that with our phones these days, even at cafes which is rather ironic, but I digress.

Apple Crumble with Nespresso Caffè Venezia
Nespresso Caffè Venezia

Caffè Venezia, reminiscent of 18th-century Venice, has wild and floral notes combined with a roasted character. I decided to pair it with the sweet and similarly fruity apple crumble and thought it complements the coffee rather well from the way it brings out the roasted character even more. The aroma is simply captivating.

bread to start, creamy mozzarella w beef bacon, buffalo mozzarella cheese
food that I can associate with a hot cup of Nespresso Caffè Venezia

Since Italian cuisine just goes naturally with a cup of coffee, I also paired Caffè Venezia with some good Italian bread, a simple salad with beef bacon, and some rich buffalo mozzarella cheese. Caffè Venezia fits perfectly with these dishes, bringing one back in time to the flavour and spirit of those Venetian coffee houses in that golden era.

Nespresso Cafe Istanbul with Turkish Delight
Nespresso Café Istanbul

Café Istanbul has an exotic character, carrying intense roasted and black pepper spicy notes. This was a great contrast to Turkish delight which I chose to balance out the strong body with a nutty sweetness. The complex tasting profile makes for such a delightful treat to the palate that their shared origin is just a happy coincident at this point.

Nespresso Caffè Venezia & Cafe Istanbul
Nespresso Caffè Venezia & Cafe Istanbul

If you want a taste of coffee history, it’s time to head to the Nespresso boutique in The Gardens Mall or their website to try these Limited Edition capsules. If you haven’t got a machine, maybe it’s time to get yourself one!

#NespressoMY
#CafeIstanbul
#CaffeVenezia