Burgerholics Event

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The “I Eat Burgers” event was organised by friedchillies.com to celebrate the love for BURGERS. It was a one day event, June 7th 2014 from 11am to 11pm held at Padang Timur, Petaling Jaya where it gathers the top 20 burger vendors in Klang Valley to showcase their creations all in one location. Amazing idea. No burger lovers would miss it.

I was there with a couple of friends and we shared between us a good amount of burgers just so that we can try a bit of everything. It was impossible to have a taste of what all 20 stalls had to offer. So we shared 3 books of RM20 coupons between us and this is what we got…

1) myBurgerLab, Petaling Jaya

They were selling their “Say Cheese” burger and “Swisstake” burger which we ordered one of each. We absolutely love one of it. myBurgerLab is famous for their black burger buns. To be honest, it tasted just like your normal burger bun.

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Say Cheese Burger from myBurgerLab

The “Say Cheese” burger was our favourite. The cheddar cheese that looked like it was fried, mustard that was grilled, caramalised onions and their secret x-sauce was the perfect complimentary to a nicely cooked beef patty. The cheese added a nice crunchy texture to the burger and the sauce was delicious.

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Swisstake Burger from myBurgerLab

“Swisstake” was not as impressive as the “Say Cheese” burger. The sauteed shiitake mushrooms lost its usual strong flavour and just tasted like button mushrooms and the cheese didn’t do much either. However, the chicken breast was deliciously grilled – was not dry at all.

2) Mustafa Jones Burger, Taman Melawati

They ran out of all of their burgers but one when we were there and that was around 3pm. The queue was continuously long so we had to have a go at the only burger they were selling which was the chicken sandwich. To be honest, it was nothing special. The chicken breast was coated in teriyaki sauce and instead of putting lettuce and cucumber with the burger, they dressed it with homemade coleslaw which was nice. The bun was soft and nicely toasted. It wasn’t bad but it was not amazing either. I guess if they had more options, others could’ve been better. Would have to go to the restaurant to give other burgers a try.

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The Chicken Sandwich from Mustafa Jones Burger

3) Kaw Kaw Burger Bakar, Ampang

The menu that they had on that day was very eye catching with the unusual dressing to the burgers and the name of the burgers. First we tried the “Saloma Burger” which was chicken breast with lettuce, onion, spicy percik sauce, grated papaya, cabbage and onion mayonnaise. Lets be honest, if you see that in a menu, you will be intrigued to taste it. But it was actually too weird to be good. The combination of all that taste and textures were too much that it made us feel nauseated after a few bites. The spicy percik sauce tasted more like an off rendang sauce and grated papaya did not go well with everything else in between that burger bun. On top of that, the chicken breast was not fully cooked. Some bits was still pink! So it was just a bad one from them.

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Saloma Burger from Kaw Kaw Burger Bakar

On a different note, the second burger we tried from them was the “Ms Ayumi” burger which was grilled chicken breast with lettuce, onion, teriyaki sauce, grated cucumber, sesame mayonnaise and seaweed.  These different taste actually complimented each other. The seaweed was the star of the dish. It added a little something to it. The chicken breast was coated in this delicious teriyaki sauce but again, it was not fully cook! Lets hope I don’t end up with food poisoning tomorrow from this. But overall, I enjoyed it until I forgot to snap a picture of it.

4) Bob Republic Burger Bakar, Subang Jaya

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Dear Lover Burger from Bob Republic Burger Bakar

THE BEST BURGER OF THE DAY goes to “Dear Lover Burger”. A charcoal bun with beef patty coated in their marinade and grilled to perfection, lettuce, mayonnaise and chilli sauce. Simply amazing when you just go back to basic. No special twist, other than the charcoal buns which is just to be instagrammable I guess. This was the last burger we had and we left with a full stomach and a smile on our faces.

Good luck.

Love

A

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Restaurant Discovery #1: Jibby & Co.

On May the 17th 2014, I turned 24. I had nothing special planned for the day as all of my friends were either too busy or somewhere else around the world. So I was happy to spend the day with my family.

The usual question after a screaming “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” from everyone on this special day is “Where do we go to celebrate?”. So I did some research – as you do when picking a restaurant in KL – I opted for Jibby & Co. in Subang.

Jibby & Co. opened in front of Subang Empire Shopping Gallery some time in March and has been the talk of town since. Called the restaurant to make a reservation but the same as many restaurants in Malaysia, they only do walk-ins. Arrived at around 3pm, we were greeted by a lovely host and was told to wait for 15 minutes for a table of 6. After 20 minutes, the host then sat us down at a sharing table which we were a bit uncomfortable with but as soon as there was a non sharing table available to accommodate us lot, they moved us which was really nice.

From the outside, the restaurant looks like a greenhouse. Inside, it is airy with high ceilings. Decor was minimalist with random antique decorations scattered around the restaurant. It was different than any restaurants I’ve been to in KL.

The menu was rather large with options from asian food with a twist to the classic pastas and western mains. Many would think that the menu is pretty ambitious but I must say, Jibby & Co. did OK. Now lets get to the food review shall we?

As a starter, we ordered the Salted Egg Yolk Chicken Popcorn (RM22). It was creamier than expected but good nonetheless.

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Salted Egg Yolk Chicken Popcorn (RM22)

We also shared a plate of the Crispy Calamari with Japanese Mayonnaise (RM21) which we were not a fan of. The calamari was overcooked and ended up tasting like rubber.

Moving on to the main course, we had a plate of the Basil Pesto Pasta (RM28) to share and it was one of the best pastas I’ve had in a long time. The basil pesto tasted heavenly and the spaghetti was cooked to perfection. It could not be fault. Would come again just for this dish. DEFO!

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Basil Pesto (RM28)

For my main, I chose the Soft Shell Crab on Brioche (RM32) which was served with asian coleslaw. The star of this dish was the crunchy soft shell crab with very juicy crab meat. The dish came with a dollop of this intriguing spicy mayonnaise with a twist – probably just paprika – but it goes well with the perfectly fried sweet potato fries.

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Soft Shell Crab on Brioche (RM32)

I managed to have a taste of everyone else’s food too.

My sister and my dad had the Pan Fried Atlantic Salmon Steak served with white rice (RM35). The salmon was a downer since it was not seasoned and it didn’t mix well with the delicious sauce it was served in.

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Pan Friend Atlantic Salmon Steak (RM35)

My mom ordered the Crispy Boneless Chicken Maryland (RM28). I must say the chicken that was coated in a Terriyaki like sauce was very delectable. However, the salted egg yolk fried rice it came with failed to impress.

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Crispy Boneless Chicken Maryland (RM28)

My sister in-law was the most disappointed with her Crispy Panko Chicken Schnitzel (RM35) as the chicken was very dry. The chicken was served on a bed of sauteed mushroom and baby spinach which was the one that saved the dish. It did not come with any sauce other than a small bowl of onion and tomato jam which didn’t help the dry fried chicken fillet.

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Crispy Panko Chicken Schnitzel (RM35)

My brother ordered The Ultimate Burger (RM35) which he devoured in a split second and said there wasn’t anything special to it; just your average cheese burger. I guess it must have been at least an OK one for him to clean his plate so quickly. I didn’t even get the chance to snap a picture.

I had the Lychee Mint (RM15) to drink and it was refreshing.

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Lychee Mint (RM15)

My mum ran to the counter to look at the desserts that they have. She came back with a big smile on her face and a few seconds later, the whole restaurant sang Happy Birthday to me. Oh the embarrassment! The waitress came with a slice of chocolate pavlova (RM16) which my sister thoroughly enjoyed. I am not a big fan of Pavlovas so I let my sister stuffed her face with it.

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Chocolate Pavlova (RM16)

Overall, I’d recommend Jibby & Co to everyone who enjoys trying new food.

Ambience: 8 out of 10
Food: 6 out of 10
Service: 7 out of 10
Price: $$

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Jibby & Co
GK11, Empire Shopping Gallery, Subang Jaya
Tel: 03-5613 7070

Good Luck!

Love,
A