Food Review: Cheap, Yummy Beef Bowls and Ramen @ Sukiya, IOI City Mall Putrajaya

Moo and I were at IOI City Mall Putrajaya last weekend for some shopping and to grab lunch. There are lots of affordable but tasty options available, such as Sukiya, which serves fast, cheap Japanese food like beef bowls and ramen.

We shared a set for RM17+, which comes with a green tea drink. Moo had the ramen with chicken, which she said had a texture like wanton noodles.

I opted for the beef bowl with extra onsen egg (RM2.50). Stir fried onions and thin sheets of springy beef in a sweet savoury sauce was topped over a nice fluffy bowl of rice. The beef is of good quality, although the onion portion was a little excessive. For the price point, there’s nothing to complain about though.

SUKIYA (IOI City Mall branch) – halal 

LG69 IOI city mall, 62502 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya,

OPening hours (Daily: 11AM -10PM

Kakatoo Restaurant, IOI City Mall Putrajaya

IOI City Mall Putrajaya is a haven for food lovers, with a variety of restaurants, snack kiosks and eateries just waiting to be discovered. You can come back here dozens of times and have something new to savour at each visit! 🙂

Evelyn and I were here recently for a catchup session. Since she’s vegetarian, we hunted around for a place with vegetarian options and finally decided on Kakatoo, which dishes out Nyonya and Western fare. This is their third outlet, after Ativo Plaza Bandar Sri Damansara and Kepong.

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The main ‘characters’ here are the cockatoos and parrots adorning various nooks and crannies within the restaurant, which is painted in a colour scheme similar to the beautiful birds. Blue is a prominent shade, while the waiters wear matching yellow shirts. The furniture is wooden and reflects the Straits Chinese heritage, with patterned covers and intricate place mats.

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Evelyn had clear soup noodles, which came with an assortment of mushrooms, veggies and fried shallots.

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I had their signature Nasi Lemak with sambal sotong. The rice is cooked in coconut milk for a fragrant flavour and tinged blue from the petals of butterfly-pea flowers, a natural food colouring. Loved the rice as it was fluffy and separated well into individual grains. The squid was fresh and springy, with spicy sambal sauce clinging to each piece. The dish was served with the standard nasi lemak sides of boiled egg, crunchy anchovies and cucumber, with an extra dose of spicy sambal. Definitely one of the better nasi lemaks that I’ve tried 🙂

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To cool down from all that spiciness, Evelyn and I got a Cendol to share. The mountain of shaved ice is topped with sweet green jelly strands (cendol), gula melaka (palm sugar) syrup, condensed milk and mashed red bean. Great for hot days!

Kakatoo also serves Western dishes like chicken chop and pasta, as well as Asian dishes like rice and noodles.

KAKATOO 

LG-78B & 78C, IOI City Mall Putrajaya, 62502 IOI Resort City,

Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya, Malaysia

Opening hours: 10AM-10PM

Fusion Food @ Franco, IOI City Mall Putrajaya

 

So my college friend Evelyn was in KL for a job interview recently. The last time we met was last September, so we met up for some catchup and dinner at IOI City Mall, Putrajaya.

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After walking around for some time, we finally settled for Franco because they had vegetarian options (Evelyn is vegetarian). Now I can understand how difficult it is for vegetarians to find food, even in a big shopping mall!

Franco serves Japanese-French fusion food. Prices are pretty steep (RM20+ for mains) coz they offer ‘fine casual dining’. Okay, it’s not casual fine dining lol.  They are actually better known for their desserts, such as their thick toasts and parfairs. The savoury menu is pretty limited.

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Evelyn’s vegetarian pasta (RM28). While the portion was big and it was loaded with vegetables… RM28? Really? One can have a huge, meaty steak at Steak Shack with RM28. Tastewise, it was decent and felt healthy as it was tossed in olive oil, shimeji mushrooms, slices of cucumber and topped with poached egg, but pricewise, I don’t think it’s worth it to pay that much for vegetables. I could cook this myself for a fraction of the price.

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My Carbonara pasta (also RM28) had an egg yolk, slices of chicken ham over a bed of pasta swimming in a light, creamy broth. The sauce was more liquid than solid, but it gave the dish a light feel (usually with cream-based pastas, you get full/tired of it really fast). Again, a lot of pasta, only a few slices of ham – not worth it.

Since the bill was already whopping with just the mains and drink, we decided to skip their famed desserts. Would not come to Franco again for the mains, and only if I had money to splurge.

FRANCO 

LG-80C & 80D, Lower Ground Floor, IOI City Mall, Lebuh IRC, IOI Resort City, 62502 Putrajaya, Sepang.

Tel: +603 8959 3928

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Second round of drinks – was feeling in the mood for some Thai iced milk tea. I love that stuff. Of course, it’s nothing like the authentic 20baht ones you get from streets in Thailand, but the ones from Cha Tra Mue are good enough.

bbq Chicken, IOI City Mall Putrajaya

I’ve been having problems assessing my dashboard these few days – it keeps showing me a blank page. Thankfully there’s the Quick Edit function so I can still upload stuff but I hope WordPress fixes it soon; can’t imagine how it’d be like if I lost all my posts D:

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There’s a new BBQ Chicken outlet at IOI City Mall in Putrajaya, which I had for lunch the other day. Tried their Mango Peach Twist (RM7.50) which was all mango and no peach lol. The drink was like a cordial and was very sweet even after mixing with ice; a definite no-no for diabetics. It was good to wash down the grease though.

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Interior: modern but cosy, with dark walls decorated with typography.

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Was in the mood for something other than rice, so I got their pajeon, a traditional Korean pancake fried with spring onion, shrimp and onion. It came served with a tangy/savoury dipping sauce that tasted like soy sauce + vinegar with a sprinkling of chilli powder. It was good, albeit a little oily. I especially like how crispy it was on the edges and gooey in the middle – it’s exactly like my dad’s flour pancakes! 🙂 Small portion costs RM13.90.

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The pancake itself was enough, but I got greedy and went for their signature Golden Chicken (RM15.90 – 2 pieces). The were ginormous. I kinda regretted ordering this coz even though it was good, juicy and fried in olive oil, the amount of oil got overwhelming and I had to skip dinner afterwards from indigestion lol. Yeah, I know, I really need to cut down on the fried stuff. 😡

BBQ CHICKEN 

LG-43, LG Floor, IOI City Mall,
Lebuhraya Lembah Klang Selatan, 62502 Putrajaya,
Sepang, Selangor.

Tel: (603) 8957 8098
Fax: (603) 8957 8998
Business Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

Sopoong Korean Food, IOI City Mall Putrajaya

Had to pay my phone bill at the mall, so I wandered around in search of dinner. Passed by a quiet, unassuming looking Korean restaurant called Sopoong. The interior was a pleasing green shade with branch-like decorations. The lighting was dim so it didn’t catch my eye at first.

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…. guess it didn’t catch the eye of that many other people either. Resto was empty even though it was dinnertime.

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Tried ‘Sac Sac’ orange juice. It had lots of pulp in it, but was very very sweet, even when I diluted it with ice. The serving is tiny: just 230+mls.

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Cheese ramyeon. Ramyeon = Korean instant noodles, cooked in a delightful miso-like broth that is savoury and just a tad spicy. The version here had bits of oyster mushroom and onions swimming in the soup. The cheese was melty and cheesy, coating the ramyeon with a delightful finish.Another thing I liked about it was even though I ate it slowly,  the noodles did not turn soggy.

My meal came with banchan (sides): a chilli marinated vegetable, kimchi and macaroni salad. The kimchi tasted homemade, fresh, and well seasoned. They also sell it in jars which you can take back home.

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Other than ramyeon, they serve typical Korean fare like bulgogi, tobokki (rice cakes), kimchi fried rice and spring onion pancakes, etc.

SOPOONG (IOI CITY MALL) 

L2-D21-R1 (Level 2), IOI City Mall Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya, Malaysia

Business hours: 11am – 10pm

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Chinese New Year is in a week. The malls are decked out in reds, yellows, lanterns and  calligraphy. 🙂 Here in IOI City mall Putrajaya, they had a rotating tree hung with dozens of colourful ribbons.

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Wishing everyone a prosperous Year of the Monkey!

 

Nando’s Chicken @ IOI City Mall Putrajaya

 Nando’s might not be very well known in the US, but it has certainly made a name for itself in Malaysia. Famed for their roast chicken – South African-style –  the restaurant has a Mozambican and Portuguese vibe.

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H and I got to sample their buffet after an event at IOI City Mall Putrajaya, so.. tuck in we did. 🙂

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Famed for their flame-grilled chicken, each table is furnished with bottles of their signature sauces – Lemon & Herb, Mild, Hot and Extra Hot Peri-Peri – which, as their name suggests, get increasingly spicy. The peri-peri sauce which is popular in former Portuguese-African colonies like Angola, Namibia, Mozambique and South Africa, is made from ingredients like crushed chillies, citrus peel, onion, garlic, pepper, salt, lemon juice, bay leaves, paprika, basil, oregano and tarragon. This gives it a distinctively salty and sour taste.

Since our event booked the restaurant for a buffet-style lunch, we also got to try a few other items on the menu. I had a side of wings to go with my chicken thigh, grilled vegetables, coleslaw and a chicken pitta wrap.

The food left me disappointed because I’ve had Nando’s elsewhere and it was pretty good. The chicken thigh was not cooked well on the inside, while the wings were wayyy too salty. The grilled veges were oily, limp and bitter, while the pitta was soggy (I think it had been lying around for awhile on the buffet line).

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On the flipside, the mushroom soup wasn’t seasoned well enough and super watery. You know a place’s quality is in big trouble when the best item out of all of the above is their garlic bread. .__.

Maybe it’s because they had prepared all the buffet food in advance as opposed to a normal walk-in customer that will have their food prepped fresh-to-order, but I don’t think I’ll be coming back here again. Give it a try at other outlets though, I know they serve decent chicken.

 

Nando’s IOI City Mall Putrajaya

LG 53 & 55, Lower Ground Floor,

IOI City Mall, 62502, Putrajaya

Open daily: 10am – 10pm

Be Lohas Vegetarian, IOI City Mall Putrajaya

Was at IOI City Mall in Putrajaya with mum for some shopping the other day and we had lunch at Be Lohas Vegetarian and Organic Restaurant on the LG floor because I was having a sore throat and couldn’t eat, well, pretty much everything else. Half of the shop sells organic foodstuff and merchandise, while the other is a small dining area with cosy wooden accents. Before serving us food, they gave us a small cup of ginger tea and spirulina tablets. Both mum and I had the herbal soup with brown rice, which came on a blocky wooden tray and small claypot.

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Tastewise it was decent, but there isn’t much in the soup apart from tau foo pok, tofu, one mushroom, a bit of cabbage, vegetarian meat and some needle mushrooms.

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The brown rice was a bit too gooey for my liking. That’s seaweed on top by the way.

At RM10.90 each, I guess it was an okay meal. They have a selection of other stuff like curry laksa and nasi lemak as well, but perhaps another time when my throat has healed.

BE LOHAS 

LG-42, Lower Ground Floor, IOI City Mall, IOI Resort, 62502 Putrajaya.

03-8328 0722.

Business Hours Mon-Sun: 10.00am – 1opm

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We popped into District 21, a sports theme park of sorts. The entrance was made to look like a rusty door leading to a robot-manufacturing facility like the ones you see in Science fiction films. I didn’t have my camera with me, so these are some sucky photos from my phone. The space was not very big, but there were a couple of attractions like a bungee which was three storeys high, and the girl was screaming her head off….

There were other challenging attractions, which will probably really appeal to kids. There’s rock climbing and obstacle courses where you have to jump from one pillar to the next, monkey bars..

Entry is RM55.