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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2017

Category: Johor

Top Recommended Cafe Johor Bahru: Union Fashion Bar Pelangi

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Some experiences in life stay with you forever. One such experience for me was the day I met Chef Yap. He has carved a special place for himself in the culinary world.

He started his career in 1998 with Pokka Japan Corporation’s patisserie. Later he joined Bakerzin and then the Boga group, of Indonesian heritage, which has several popular brands under its belt. Some of those are Bakerzin, Boga Catering, Pepper Lunch, Ten Ten etc. Chef Yap was the group’s Executive Chef (R&D) just before he decided to head back home in 2015, where he launched his own brand “Union Fashion Bar”.

It was at Union Fashion Bar’s Garden in Taman Pelangi where we met. Since 2015, UFB has grown from one to three outlets – one at Taman Pelangi, the other at Inderapura (Kulai) and the third one at Taman Sutera. Apart from a Cheese U Bistro in Kluang, he is soon coming up with a new outlet of UFB there.

UFBs boast of their independent style statement. Using the word “fashion” in a restaurant’s name itself describes how creative and innovative Chef Yap is. He has remodelled his outlets after the restaurants in malls of Jakarta where Anak Johor Yap has worked for thirteen years. You can expect to be served lunch, tea, supper and dinner at UFBs.

Over a bowl of UFB’s Papachos, we warmed up. The Papachos are the plain old papadums with a tangy, sweet and saucy twist. Served with diced tomatoes the crispy Papachos are a sure shot crowd pleaser. It’s no surprise. After all it comes from the Executive Chef of Boga Group.

The next thing I had were the deep fried Pork Bone Noodles. They were pretty decent but the broth and sambal chilli just took my breath away. I wanted to keep ordering them again and again. The milky broth, which was made by boiling pork bones, had a natural porky sweetness to it and a smooth thick texture owing to the melted collagen.

I am planning to suggest them to bottle their classic sweet and savoury sambal chilli. The chilli flakes and fried flakes of shrimp in it give it a crackling spicy body. One just craves for that explosion in your mouth.

Next up was the Frozen Cheese Cake Pop. They make all cheese cake ice-creams in house. And that too it in several different flavours like plain, chocolate, spicy orange and coffee. The flavours are then given a coating of chocolate and there are a wide range of toppings to choose from such as cranberry, marshmallow, Oreo crumbles, bacon etc.

After meeting Chef Yap I was left with a sweet taste in my mouth, quite literally.

Here is a quick look at the Menu and their prices.

Papachos  ~ RM10.90++

Deep Fried Pork Bone Noodles ~ RM18.90++

Frozen Cheese Cake Pop ~ RM18.90++ to RM20.90++

简体中文

人生有些经历是会永远陪伴着你的,正如我与叶师傅相遇的那一天。叶师傅在烹饪界创出了一片属于自己的天空。

他的事业在1998年开始与Pokka Japan Corporation的糕点铺。后来又顺序加入了贝可津(Bakerzin) 和富有印度尼西亚风味即拥有好些知名品牌如Bakerzin, Boga Catering, Pepper Lunch, Ten Ten等等的博加集团 (Boga group) 。叶师傅在2015反回国前是博加集团的行政总厨负责研究与开发。回国后,他创立了自己的品牌 “Union Fashion Bar” (UFB)。

我们是在坐落于新山柏林花园的Union Fashion Bar的会面的。从2015年,UFB已由一间发展至三间分行,一间坐落于新山柏林花园,第二间坐落于柔佛古来优美城以及坐落于士姑来Taman Sutera的第三间分行。在居銮除了Cheese U Bistro外,他也将再开设另一间UFB。

UFB宣扬它们独立风格的宣言。以品牌字眼中的“时尚” (fashion) 理念来陈述叶师傅的创意与创新。他的分店设计改装于他在印度尼西亚工作了十三年的餐馆。在UFB,你可享用午餐,茶点,晚餐及宵夜。

我们从第一碗UFB的Papachos开始。Papachos其实是简单的印度薄饼papadums加入了酸甜的元素,搭配着番茄丁的Papachos无疑是食客们的最爱。但这一点也不意外,毕竟它始终是出于博加集团的行政总厨之手。

接下来是香炸排骨面。它的卖相不错,但让我回味无穷的是那汤头和參巴辣椒,让我想一点再点。那浑厚的汤头是以猪骨熬成,拥有猪肉的天然甜味和那胶原蛋白的浓稠。

我本想建议他们给我装一罐那经典的咸香參巴辣椒。那香脆的口感来自于辣椒碎和炒香的虾米,让人期待那在嘴里爆炸的感觉。

下一道是冷冻起司蛋糕。所有的起司蛋糕都是店里自制的, 有几种不同的口味如原味,巧克力,陈皮与咖啡。这些不同口味的蛋糕淋上巧克力再撒上多种选择的蔓越莓,棉花糖,Oreo碎,培根等等。

与叶师傅的这次相遇,简直让我留下“甜”美的回忆。

让我们来看看他们的菜单与价钱

Papachos  ~ RM10.90++

Deep Fried Pork Bone Noodles  (香炸排骨面)~ RM18.90++

Frozen Cheese Cake Pop (冷冻起司蛋糕)~ RM18.90++ to RM20.90++

 

繁體中文

人生有些經歷是會永遠陪伴著你的,正如我與葉師傅相遇的那一天。

葉師傅在烹飪界創出了一片屬於自己的天空。他的事業在1998年開始與Pokka Japan Corporation的糕點鋪。後來又順序加入了貝可津(Bakerzin)和富有印度尼西亞風味即擁有好些知名品牌如Bakerzin,Boga Catering,Pepper Lunch,Ten Ten等等的博加集團(Boga group)。葉師傅在2015反回國前是博加集團的行政總廚負責研究與開發。回國後,他創立了自己的品牌“UFB”。

我們是在坐落於新山柏林花園的Union Fashion Bar的會面的。從2015年,UFB已由一間發展至三間分行,一間坐落於新山柏林花園,第二間坐落於柔佛古來優美城以及坐落於士姑來Taman Sutera的第三間分行。在居鑾除了Cheese U Bistro外,他也將再開設另一間UFB。

UFB宣揚它們獨立風格的宣言。以品牌字眼中的“時尚”(fashion)理念來陳述葉師傅的創意與創新。他的分店設計改裝於他在印度尼西亞工作了十三年的餐館。在UFB,你可享用午餐,茶點,晚餐及宵夜。

我們從第一碗UFB的Papachos開始.Papachos其實是簡單的印度薄餅papadums加入了酸甜的元素,搭配著番茄丁的Papachos無疑是食客們的最愛。但這一點也不意外,畢竟它始終是出於博加集團的行政總廚之手。

接下來是香炸排骨面。它的賣相不錯,但讓我回味無窮的是那湯頭和參巴辣椒,讓我想一點再點。那渾厚的湯頭是以豬骨熬成,擁有豬肉的天然甜味和那膠原蛋白的濃稠。我本想建議他們給我裝一罐那經典的鹹香參巴辣椒。那香脆的口感來自於辣椒碎和炒香的蝦米,讓人期待那在嘴裡爆炸的感覺。

下一道是冷凍起司蛋糕。所有的起司蛋糕都是店裡自製的,有幾種不同的口味如原味,巧克力,陳皮與咖啡。這些不同口味的蛋糕淋上巧克力再撒上多種選擇的蔓越莓,棉花糖,奧利奧碎,培根等等。


與葉師傅的這次相遇,簡直讓我留下“甜”美的回憶。


讓我們來看看他們的菜單與價錢

Papachos  ~ RM10.90++

Deep Fried Pork Bone Noodles  (香炸排骨面)~ RM18.90++

Frozen Cheese Cake Pop (冷凍起司蛋糕)~ RM18.90++ to RM20.90++

Top Recommended Cafe Johor Bahru: Vburg Cafe

For the vegetarian, someone who are looking for meat-free foods or even someone who are out to try new foods, this is definitely something you would not want to miss out.  VBurg Boulangerie Café is located in Taman Ungku Tun Aminah!

This special café, run by a group of food lovers who believed in serving the best food out of their creativity to their customers. The interior and set-up of the café brings out a simplicity yet cosy feel to make customers feels like home when they patronised the place. What makes this café unique is meal-free foods are served although eggs and milk are being used to prepare the dish. Moreover, the wide variety products, freshness of the baked cakes & pastries are bound to trigger your senses and tickle your taste buds once you are about to enter into the café.

In VBurg Boulangerie Café, Otah croissant is one of their most popular dish among customers. The dish is special in such a way that the otah spices are mixed with tofu to bring out smooth and spicy texture. The otah cream on top of the croissant is cold while the inside is hot. You can feel the different sensations oozing in your mouth which makes you want to have another bite!

Some of their bestsellers are the “Otak-Otak Croissant”, which is the vegetarian version, “Salt and Pepper Monkey Head Mushroom topped with Special Thai Chili Sauce”, “Breakfast Set” which comes together with a croissant, a frankfurter, slice of ham (soy based), grilled tomatoes, and cup of hot café latte. Are you feeling hungry and can’t wait to try it out?

Top Recommended Restaurant Johor Bahru: New Zealand Unlimited Restaurants

New Zealand Unlimited Restaurants bring the tastes of New Zealand to the stomachs of people wherever they are located. It is impossible to be disappointed by them, trust this chain of restaurants to present to you the varied flavours of New Zealand in fun and innovative methods.

The menu is crafted with the stars of New Zealand’s produce in mind, of course, by their local Head Chef. The only constants are the classic dishes, who had won their spots in the menu as customer favourites.

With his/her creativity and knowledge of local produce, the Head Chef adjusts the menu according to the seasons. The ever-evolving menu provides customers with a little surprise every visit.

Fancy a tipple to pair with your mains? New Zealand Unlimited Restaurants has a decent alcohol list to suit different types of drinkers. Wines, sourced from New Zealand’s vineyards and wineries, are meticulously selected to pair with the menu items. Selecting a glass of wine may be tricky for some, but fret not, the service staff will kindly guide you through to find a glass that’s comfortable for you and your taste buds.

If wine isn’t your style, there’s also a wide array of cocktails at the bar. Watch the bartenders concoct a potion to satisfy your alcoholic cravings, who can resist a time-honoured Gin & Tonic as well as a cute bartender?  Steinlager, a classic New Zealand pale lager, is ready on the tap for a refreshing end to your meal. Craft beer, trending all over the globe, is also highly promoted in the restaurant. As hipster-sounding some of the beer names are, the selection of bottled craft beers is ready to tease out your inner-hipster as you go through each bottle.

Your pleasant experience begins the moment you are brought to your table by the friendly service staff, through the menu, the meal and the drinks. Be prepared to be amazed by all your senses in the span of your meal time, enjoy!

Eugene’s Grocery, Johor Bahru

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Looking for a place to get the best meats in Johor Bahru? Eugene’s Grocery is number one on our list. Nestled in Jalan Perang, Taman Pelangi, the store imports and distributes fresh and chilled meat but never frozen below -20ºC to ensure freshness. This guarantees the flavour and quality of the proteins you get, enabling you to cook up a storm for a special occasion or even just a delicious everyday meal. Fresh ingredients are always a top priority for a tasty meal.

A main highlight of Eugene’s Grocery is their beef, imported from countries such as USA, Australia, New Zealand and of course, Japan.

Want something low-fat and low-calorie? New Zealand grass-fed beef is your pick. Want something tender and juicy? Japanese Wagyu beef is the recognized world-wide to be the best. Japanese Wagyu beef is genetically predisposed to intense marbling and melts-in-the-mouth and Eugene’s Grocery has Grade A5 Japanese Wagyu, which is the highest grade possible.  The A5 here is truly world-class, just as good as those you find in Paris, London etc.

The store is not only the go-to for freshly chilled meat varieties, they provide fresh foods such as wide varieties of pasta, and seafood. On top of the cost of the meat/ seafood, you can add a nominal and the expert chef prepares the meat/ seafood just the way you like it for you to enjoy right here in the deli.  I wholly recommend their lobsters from Boston.  Kept live in a tank till you buy it, you can really taste the “fresh-off-the-sea” sensation in these crustaceans.

Well-known for their impeccable service, you can also pick up ingredients easily from the day’s menu over the counter.

If ogling at the different kinds of grub makes you a little hungry, Eugene’s Grocery also serves delectable western cuisines on the spot. We hear that the steak, burgers and ribs are mouth-watering.

You can find Eugene’s Grocery at: No.16 Jalan Perang Taman Pelangi, Johor Bahru

简体中文

您在找新山最好的肉食品商店吗?Eugene食品商店是您最好的选择。坐落在Jalan Perang, Taman Pelangi的这家食品商店进出口新鲜和冷却的肉类食品。为了确保新鲜,绝不会在零下20度以下冷藏。这样也确保了食物蛋白质的口味和质量,让您可以在特别的场合做出一桌美食,又或者只是一道美味的家庭料理。对一道美味的菜肴来说,新鲜的食材永远是最重要的。

Eugene食品商店最推荐的就是牛肉。他们的牛肉是从美国,澳大利亚,新西兰进口的,当然也少不了日本。

如果你想要低脂肪低卡路里的牛肉,新西兰的食草牛肉是您的最佳选择。如果您想要鲜嫩多汁的牛肉,日本和牛是世界公认最好的。日本和牛天生就有有鲜明的大理石花纹和入口即化的口感,而Eugene食品商店有现有最高级别A5级别的日本和牛。这里的和牛真真确确是世界级的标准,和您在法国和伦敦等地买到的一样。

这家食品商店不只提供多种新鲜冷却的肉类,也提供意大利面食,海鲜等种类繁多的新鲜食物。如果您在买肉或者海鲜的价钱上,象征性地加一点,他们的名厨可以按照您想要的方式为您烹饪,让您可以在店内享受美食。我非常推荐他们的波斯顿龙虾。他们将虾饲养在水缸里,您可以真正品尝到那壳里面“刚出海”的鲜味。

他们店里的服务无可挑剔,您也可以在柜台从日常菜单中轻松地挑选食材。

如果挑选这些食物让您觉得有点饿了,Eugene食品商店也提供现成的西式美食。听说那里的牛排,汉堡和肋骨让人垂涎三尺。

Eugene食品商店的地址是:No.16 Jalan Perang Taman Pelangi, Johor Bahru,您这里在这里找到他们。

Top Recommended Chinese Restaurant Johor Bahru: Wan Li (Renaissance Hotel)

Looking for a place to have a grand celebration at? Planning for an important business meeting? Or simply looking to have a satisfying family dinner, at a location where even your pickiest relatives won’t make a sound? Well, look no further, because Wan Li Chinese Restaurant has got you covered.

Located in the Renaissance Hotel Johor Baru, this Cantonese fine-dining restaurant is the ideal location for almost any event that you can think of! And don’t be fooled by the luxurious setting – the food, surprisingly, comes at an extremely affordable pricing for a fine-dining meal.

For a most affordable price, you can truly, really have the FEAST of your life.  The following package is available at only around RM$300 per pax.  Gasp!  Is there a better deal in this whole world?

Wan Li Five Combination Deluxe Lobster Platter Platter

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Double boiled Village Chicken Soup with American Ginseng

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Roasted Crispy Mango Peking Duck with Traditional Condiments

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Salted Baked Village Chicken

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Crisp-fried Fillet of Cod Fish with Fragrant Garlic and Teriyaki Sauce

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Chef’s Signature oil poached Pontian Pomfret with superior sauce

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Seared King Prawns with Superior Soy Sauce

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Signature Wasabi Prawns with Fresh Mango

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Fried Organic Red Rice with Pine Nuts, Chicken and Mixed Vegetables

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Cantonese Style Seafood Hor Fun

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Steamed Shanghai “Xiao Long Bao”

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Baked Barbeque Chicken Puff

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Superior Har Kao with Water Chestnut

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Steamed Barbeque Chicken Buns

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Chilled Mango Puree with Pomelo serves with Golden Custard Bun

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Chinese Tea

And before you ask, yes, the food’s pretty good, too!

One of the restaurant’s highlights would definitely be their Double-Boiled Ginseng Soup with Village Chicken.  The village chicken, having gone through the process of double-boiling, was absolutely tender and melted in our mouths. The soup itself contained various other nutritious ingredients and was fragrant, wholesome, and tasty to the core. 10/10 would recommend this when you drop by this restaurant.

Did you know that Wan Li serves up a variety of fresh seafood as well? A seafood dish is a must-have when you’re here, and our pick of the day was the Crisp-Fried Fillet of Cod Fish with Fragrant Garlic and Superior Soy Broth. The flesh itself was sweet and firm, owing to its state of freshness. Along with the savory and flavourful soy broth, this dish impressed us with its intricate harmony of tastes.

And, of course, how can we miss out the desserts? Starting with the Chilled Mango Puree & Pomelo, this dish impressed us with its mango-y goodness. One bite in and you can already tell how pure the puree is! None of that diluted, tasteless stuff that we so often get. The refreshing pomelo bits did a great job in balancing out the concentrated, tangy flavours of the mango as well. A match made in heaven, if you ask me.

Last but not least, a trip to any dim sum restaurant would be incomplete without some salted egg yolk buns. Aptly named the Golden Custard Bun, is it too much to say that even this common dish managed to impress us by quite a bit? Nestled within the freshly steamed bun, the salted egg yolk custard was just the right mix of savoury and sweet. Its consistency was just right as well – not too runny, not too solid, something that so many others seem to not quite get. Needless to say, Wan Li has got it down to the tee.

It was a wonderful afternoon at Wan Li Chinese Restaurant, what’s with all that goodness frolicking in our mouths. It’s definitely a place to check out if you ever want to get some superb Cantonese food, so drop by soon when that craving hits!


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