Monday, 17 April 2017

My Very Fattening Weekend


Last weekend, my brother and I set out on another of our quests to find good ramen. Yeah, we love ramen so much that we are game to try all the Japanese restaurants that  are reputed to serve good ramen. So what's with the pancakes?

I'll get to that later. First up ramen. Where? Our target this time is Hakata Ippudo@ The Gardens. Before setting out to Ippudo, we googled and checked the menu. 

The menu is rather extensive and there are lots and lots of goodies to eat. Even their ramen, you have many choices. We actually planned on eating just ramen and then adjourn elsewhere for desserts.

But we couldn't resist. We had to have Deep Fried Chicken Wings.


These are the mid-wings, they sort of looked like ribs. We thought the wings were fantastic. Very crispy with great flavors.

And of course, my brother's favorite, gyoza. They were good and did not disappoint.


As for the ramen, I was spoilt for choice. That's the problem when I am confronted with too many choices, I can't decide. Eventually, I settled on the Shiromaru Special. I was asked how I would like my noodles done and I chose normal.


I took a sip of the broth and the second sip confirmed that the broth lacked depth of flavor. Not only that, it tasted diluted to me. 


The noodles here are much thinner compared to the ones I have eaten before. But no complaints, the texture (normal) was just right for me.


And they got the soft center egg spot on. 

My brother chose the Akamaru Special, which I felt was the better choice.


Just like me, he found the broth quite mild. We prefer a much stronger and thicker broth.

There was miso paste in the broth and upon adequate mixing, the broth became wonderful.


I had a taste and I wished I had ordered this one instead. My brother's choice for the ramen was hard and I assume that it would have more bite than mine. 

After we were done, we walked back to Mid-Valley in search of desserts and we stumbled upon Pancake House International.



After browsing the menu, my brother wanted the Waffle Foldover and I suggested we just get that and share. Nope, my brother said that if we shared, we must get another item. We don't to to be fighting over the waffle, do we? hah..hah..


This is the waffle and boy, it was big....


....with generous scoops of vanilla ice cream. It was very nice, crispy waffle with ice cream, how can it not be nice?

As for our other dessert, I picked the Banana Cinnamon Pancake, which turned out awesome.


The pancakes were so fluffy and I loved the combination of the caramel syrup, cinnamon and walnuts. The dollop of butter on top of the pancake was really something. 


But what's with the parsley? It did not belong so I picked it up and set it aside. 

We did not manage to finish all (well, 90% hee..hee..) our waffle and pancakes. We were so very stuffed. Yeah, we were too greedy and it felt like we consumed 1,000,000 calories. Each.

41 comments:

  1. I'm seriously drooling over the pancakes.

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  2. did you find fatty bits swimming in the ramen's broth? hehehehe finally I read that the dessert was not finished. Ramen and pancakes and waffles must be a little too much.

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    1. Yes, there were fatty bits in the broth.

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  3. Chicken wings, ramen AND dessert? Hehe, can you say indulgence? But sounds like a fun outing! ;)

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    1. Overindulgent perhaps hee..hee.. Yes, it was a lot of fun :)

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  4. Fuyooo.. Mmg betul2 jenjalan makan makan ni PH.. Bagusnya kalau selera PH tu pindahkan kat SB..

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    1. Jangan, SB. Selera macam PH ni cepat gemuk hee..hee..

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  5. Wow, that waffle..ermmmm, nak sikit.

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  6. Wow...semua pun sedap² tu PH

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  7. I want the chicken wings and your banana pancakes. Look yummy!

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  8. I also had a very fattening weekend. Also, that waffle?? I am actually drooling!

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    1. That waffle was great and it would have been just nice for lunch hah..hah...

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  9. What a food adventure with your brother . I am drooling over the chicken wing as well as the waffle. I must share the waffle with someone. Sure cannot finish by myself. Fluffy pancakes! My girl would love this.

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    1. It was quite a lot even for us big eaters hah..hah.. We overestimated ourselves :)

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  10. Have to admit, I scrolled straight to the pancakes! I'm a bit of a fan. ;-)

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  11. The one that you ordered is supposed to be a lighter broth compared to your brother's which is richer in flavour. But then I'm not a big ramen fan, so I wouldn't really know if one tastes better than another...haha...but I thought Ippudo's ramen was pretty good (but then I last ate it 3 years ago)! Hey, what happened to our Queen of Condiments! ;) You didn't notice the condiments on the table which can help shore up your ramen? I remember that there were quite a few when I ate at Ippudo in Pavilion like sesame seeds, red chilli pepper, chilli oil, spring onions, etc.

    Oh, these are the thin pancakes that need a stack to make a bite...hehe! ;) Personally, I prefer maple syrup to caramel as it's more fragrant than just being sweet. This pancake house is a very 'old brand' and was probably one of the first in KL to offer waffles and pancakes. They have a few outlets and one nearer to you in Atria that you can visit since you like their pancakes.

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    1. Ah, the condiments! Yes, I saw 3 - sesame seeds, red chili pepper and I can't remember the third one. Well, I attempted to put the red chili pepper but they were caked up in the shaker so I gave up. Well, I won't be back for the ramen but I want to try other things on their menu.

      I love those pancakes! I want to revisit on an empty stomach hah..hah..

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  12. I like the pancakes... eyeing on it now.

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  13. I loved Pancake House, my girl too but of course, we can't go there anymore, not gluten free.

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    1. Yes, a pity that they are not gluten-free :(

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  14. Wow... PH... It is confirmed... I really love going out with you if given an opportunity!!! Love the varieties! Lol...

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    1. You can dream on! She won't even invite or cook for me no matter how much I begged her on my knees! I still haven't given up.

      Kikikikikiki....

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    2. reana claire : Yes, makan2 with people who love food is very fun!

      TM : Eh, reana claire was talking about going out to makan2 lah, not me cooking for her hah..hah...

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  15. Are you sure or not that both of you consumed JUST 1,000,000 calories. Not more than that huh? Haippp! Why are you suddenly looking at your waist? I didn't mention anything that's offensive lor ^_^

    Wow, you and your brother really have good appetites ^_^ After a meal, straight to another meal! If I ever do this with my husband, he will definitely tease me until I want to cryblood - by saying that I really have BIG appetite and no wonder I only diet in my dreams!

    Eh, sorry ok! I don't know what to comment about the food because both are not my favorite actually. However, my fingers ni gatallah, tetap juga nak leave a comment tau!

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    1. You mean, it's more than 1 million? hah..hah..

      We are big eaters, MD. We eat for 4 people gitu... You can join our club lah.

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  16. Hi Phong Hong, life is all about eating, eating and eating. Never mind, enjoy and belakang kira, hehehe! I ate loads of food last Sunday too.

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    1. Hi Kimmy! I love eating too much to diet. Belakang kira until I cannot wear my pants hah..hah...

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  17. Oh my goodness! This brother & sister pair could do an Indulgence 1 million Calories Talk Show with highest ratings. I won't be able to eat so much lah. Waving white flag!

    I like very thin soba noodles nowadays for a nice change. I must try this Akamaru Special.

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    1. We are champion eaters lah. The thin ramen was quite a nice change from the thicker one.

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  18. I like caramel and cinnamon

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  19. I had once Ippudo Ramen, it was not bad and I like their pork belly bun :P

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    1. It's actually OK, just that I prefer thicker broth. But I will go back try their other stuff.

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