Mexican Food @ Thyme Out, Bandar Sunway

I blogged about the delish food and chill ambience @ Thyme Out, Bandar Sunway in a previous post – and this time I came back with another friend who wanted to try Mexican fare. She wasn’t impressed, but I think it’s all a matter of taste, coz the food quality (to me) was as good as ever the second time around.

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…except the Wild Strawberry Mojito (RM7). It tasted like cough meds.

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I had the Nutella Shake (RM12) .I wasn’t expecting it to be so big (that’s what she said :D) so I gasped at the size when the waiter brought it to our table. The glass was taller than my head and came topped with loads of whipped cream, a chunk of Snickers, caramel sauce, minty garnish and a Thyme-Out shaped chocolate bar. It was packed with creamy, nutty goodness but wasn’t overly sweet.

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C and I got the Southern Chicks  (RM18 for three) hard-shell tacos to share. She didn’t like the coleslaw, but I thought it added a nice, refreshing tang to the meal. The chicken was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Wish they had more salsa base though. Without the accompanying sauce, the tacos were a bit dry. Personally, I prefer their Finding Dory dish.

That being said, I think this will still be my go-to-spot whenever I crave a Mexican fix. 🙂

THYME OUT 

66, Jalan PJS 11/7, Subang Jaya, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Opening hours: 11am – 10pm

http://www.thymeoutkl.com/

Thyme Out, Bandar Sunway PJ

We Klang Valley-ites love our Japanese food and steamboat buffets. Just go to any shopping center or commercial food hub, and chances are more than 40% of the restos offer either Jap food (sushi, ramen, udon, etc) or some kind of steamboat. Tex-Mex food, on the other hand, is much harder to find beyond Chilli’s, and they’re usually expensive. A shame, because I really like my tacos!

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S and I were hunting for food near Sunway University College. Just next to the uni is an odd mix of industrial/commercial lots – mostly car repair shops and factories interspersed with chic cafes to cater to the student population. There, we found Thyme Out! Punny name aside, the place dishes out cheap but tasty Mexican food like tacos, nachos, burritos and the like. The smoking area outside has a colourful wall with Mexican folk art inspired murals.

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Cosy interior, decorated with patterned tiles, clean and polished wooden tabletops, and modern, sleek-looking chairs.

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They started off as a food truck, moved to a hawker center, before finally opening their first outlet in SS15 Subang. The one we visited is actually their second shop 🙂

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I got the Finding Dory (RM18) – three fish tacos served with tartare sauce.  Juicy fried fish fillets sat on a bed of pink, marinated cabbage, wrapped in a soft, open-shell tacos. Fillets were a bit small in size, but they more than made up for it with flavour. Bursting with juices, the fried stuff and the crunchy cabbage gave a nice contrast to the soft wheat tacos. 20160702_202051-tile

S had Chicken tacos (minimum order 2). One of the only way to make me eat my greens is by sandwiching them in bread with some meat. The tacos had Chicken meat, tomato cubes, cabbage, salsa and just the slightest hint of sour cream . Chicken was a bit dry but overall still good. Felt healthy too 😛

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Tacos aside, they serve stuff like burritos (lamb, chicken, beef), nachos, Chimichangas (I will be back to try these!), Buffalo Wings, fries/chicken tenders and other snacks, and desserts. Price-wise, reasonable for the setting. Portions are moderate. But if you’re looking for a relatively affordable alternative to Chilli’s, give Thyme Out a try 😉

THYME OUT 

66, Jalan PJS 11/7, Subang Jaya, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Opening hours: 11am – 10pm

http://www.thymeoutkl.com/

 

 

The Sheperdoo, One City USJ

Update: This branch is permanently closed.

I met up with my ex-colleague N for dinner recently. After walking a good half hour around One City in USJ, mulling over a very first world problem (what to eat), we stopped at a cosy-looking place called The Sheperdoo. 

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A quick glance at the menu revealed that they served Mexican /Latin American food such as nachos, burritos, Tex-Mex burgers, and the like. I was excited because it’s hard to find Mexican restaurants around the Klang Valley other than Chilli’s – there are way more Japanese/Korean/whatever else. But N disagreed.

“It’s easy to find Mexican food. It’s hard to find good Mexican food,” he corrected. Hmm.

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Even on a Sunday, it was pretty empty (but then again, One City is a dead mall so). The resto was blasting loud club music, which was not very conducive for conversations. We found a relatively quiet spot separated by wooden dividers and tucked in.

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I forgot the exact name of the dish, but it was an appetiser. The mushroom and sweet onion crepes (RM15) was topped with a dollop of fresh tomato salsa and a dash of sour, tangy balsamic vinegar. The crepes were warm and fluffy when they arrived at our table, and the mushrooms/onions came together for a crunchy/chewy texture interspersed with fresh, bouncy flavours. Loved it. My only regret is that the portion was small lol.

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Buffalo Wings (Rm16) was super spicy. Had to ‘dilute’ the flavour with cold ranch dressing. It wasn’t bad though, just a tad too salty. It wasn’t value for money because there were only three pieces broken into six.

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N had Chicken Quesadilla. The portion was huge – four slabs of chicken and vege-filled tortillas with a side of deep fried spiced potato strips and tomato salsa. Now everyone who knows me knows I don’t fancy veges, so the only way to get me to eat any greens is to wrap it up in something – tortillas, lumpias, burritos, popiahs, etc. Idk, it just feels really fun to eat wrapped items; like you’re giving presents to your tummy 🙂

The quesadilla was awesome. The meat was spiced well, with a strong black pepper flavour and had juices dripping out of the sides of the fluffy tortilla wrap. The potato strips were oily but oh-so-addictive. I think they seasoned them with cayenne pepper or chilli powder. You can order it as a side, perfect for tapas and drinks.

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Speaking of drinks, I had Tropical Summer (RM14) which was basically mango/orange cordial. It was refreshing and went well with the heavily spiced food items.

So if you’re looking for good Mexican/Latin American food, Sheperdoo is a good choice! Now I know where to go to get my quesadilla fix. 🙂

The Sheperdoo 

A-GF-07, Sky Park, Ground Floor, One City @ USJ 25, Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Tel: 018 – 656 8828

Opening hours: 1130am – 1am

PS: Their main branch is at Centro Klang. 

TexMex Food @ Chilli’s, Paradigm Mall

I think I’ve only been to Chili’s once before, and that was many years ago with my then-bf when we were both poor students and that was our idea of a ‘fancy’ meal.

Fast forward a couple of years, and my second Chili’s meal turned out to be over a catchup session with my ex-coursemates and C9 flat roomies, Bel and Jo, at Paradigm Mall. It was completely random because we didn’t know what to eat, it was kinda late and we happened to be passing by the restaurant. So, Chili’s it was.

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True to their Tex-Mex influence, the restaurant has a cosy interior with bar area, booths for privacy, comfy seats and wooden panelling.

Menu-wise, expect fajitas, burgers, burritos, tacos, salads with loads of meat, enchiladas and the like. The restaurant does not serve pork (coz Malaysia) but has alcoholic drinks.

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I had their Chicken Ranch Sandwich (Idk why they bothered calling it a sandwich.. they’re basically burgers) – crispy breaded chicken breast with spicy wing sauce, tomato, lettuce and ranch dressing on sesame seed buns, served with thick fries.

Ketchuped the sht out of the fries, which were pretty good.

The sammich was huge. I couldn’t even eat it in mouthfuls – had to split it up and eat the buns and meat separately. Buns were a bit oily coz they soaked up all the butter and it got soggy, but the chicken breast was really big and crispy, coated with savoury buffalo wing sauce.As with thick cuts of meat, the inside was dry, and I barely tasted any ranch. Passable.

RM22.95. 

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20150808_202725-tileJo’s Chicken Cajun Sandwich (RM23.95) was equally big, but the patty looked juicier. A spicy, Cajun-style grilled chicken breast with Swiss cheese, jalapenos, lettuce, tomato, pickles and Ancho-Chile Ranch dressing, topped with crispy onion rings.

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Bel’s Country Fried Chicken (RM28.95), served with boiled brocolli, a large dollop of creamy mashed potatoes, and generous serving of fried chicken topped over with ranch. The chicken was exactly the same as mine but without the spicy wing sauce.

Service was fast and friendly, and we got free water as well. You can also opt for refillable soft drinks or iced-lemon tea (RM8.95).

Chili’s Grill & Bar,

Lot GB01, Ground Floor,
Paradigm Mall,
1, Jalan SS 7/26A, Kelana Jaya
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel : 03 7887 3298
Opening hours: 11am – 11pm (weekdays), 12am (weekends)

 

 

9/8/15

Olvera Street, Los Angeles

Stepping into the stretch that is Olvera Street in Downtown Los Angeles feels like walking into a tiny slice of Mexico (albeit a very touristy one!). Most of Southern California was once the domain of Spanish and Mexican governments, so its not surprising to see a large Latino population here. As Malaysia doesn’t have much of a Latin American crowd, visiting Olvera Street and taking in the sights and sounds of its culture was a new thing for me. 🙂

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The first thing one notices upon stepping into this historical area is the bright, vivid colours and patterns. Traditional dresses are hung outside squarish, brick shops – and they look all ready to be worn to a fiesta or party! A faint but lively music wafts into the air from someone’s radio.

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Stalls selling all manner of clothing and souvenirs line the street. Although it was typical touristy stuff, it was still fascinating to browse through. Bringing a heavy Spanish influence, there were figures of the Virgin Mary and Jesus everywhere. The peddlers weren’t picky though – they also had lots of South American Indian paraphernalia, like Incan and Mayan masks and tribal decorations.

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Olvera Street is the oldest section in Downtown LA and was the commercial and social hub for the Mexican immigrant community in the olden days. The present ‘form’ we see has only been around since the 1930s, when a major revitalisation project took place. People applauded the effort, calling it ‘a street which recalls old Mexico’. Today, it is listed as one of the top five streets to visit in the USA.

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Brick buildings line the entire stretch of Olvera Street. Most of them are two storied, with the second one slightly lower than the pavement.

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It’s a great place to buy souvenirs, like string puppets, skull-faced dolls, guitars and whatnot.

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Sundial 🙂

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At the very end of the street, the walkway opens up into a plaza. Simply called ‘La Plaza’, it has giant, shady trees surrounding a gazebo that is decorated with strings of colourful flags.

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And nearby is the Pico House, a luxury hotel built by the last Mexican Governer of California; which is now a museum. In its golden days, it even had an aviary of exotic birds !

Olvera Street is an interesting place to visit for those who want to know more about LA’s history, as well as an introduction to the culture of the Mexican people in America. Worth a visit 🙂

Olvera Street 

125 Paseo de la Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Mon-Sun 10 am – 7 pm

Directions

Take the Metro to Union Station. Olvera Street is just 3mins away.

Frank’s Charbroiler, Fairfax Avenue Los Angeles

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Rise and shine! Breakfast is an important part of the day, especially when you’re travelling 🙂 Our plan that morning was to take a bus to the Los Angeles Natural History Museum, but before we set off from our hostel along Fairfax Avenue, we decided to fill up our tummies first. I did some research because I was craving for burritos, and found that there was a nice local joint just further down the road calledFrank’s Charbroiler.

The place is run by Latina staff, who were friendly and accommodating. We were immediately served a basket of nachos with salsa to munch on before we ordered our mains. Not to be a prick, but I can see why Americans are among the most obese people in the world. I myself gained weight after just a few weeks here – because of the easy accessibility of food and humongous portions. I find it very wasteful when I see there is still food on my plate, hence I try to force myself to finish it. >->

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No frills, canteen-like setting. It was interesting how all the restos and cafes have a placard that says they have the right to refuse service to anyone. I have never seen this in Malaysia before. I think this is a great thing to protect restos, because some customers can be a real pain in the ass.

 

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Ordered one bacon breakfast burrito. I wasn’t expecting it to be normal sized after my few days of experience eating in LA, but…

 

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The portion broke my expectations. The size of one half of said burrito was equivalent to two burritos in Malaysia. (which would mean that the burrito could have easily fed four people with a small appetite) Filled with bits of salty bacon, scrambled egg, soft and mushy potato, picco de gallo (a type of Mexican salad), it was nevertheless yummy, warm and toasty. We kept the other half for lunch  because there was just too much .__.

You can’t say that they’re not value for money!

Frank’s 

363 S Fairfax Ave Los Angeles, Beverley Grove CA 90036

Phone: (323) 655-5277 (closed on Sundays) 

Cheesy Beef Nachos – Teazer Food Truck

Here’s another food truck entry, guys! I was at an event recently and they were catering for it, so I got to stuff my face with free food 😀 Teazer serves dishes such as cheesy beef nachos, grilled chicken burgers, sloppy joes and other Mexican/American food truck fare.SAM_7190-tile

My photographer got me the chicken burger, which also came with a side of tortillas. That was tasty, but I still wanted to try the nachos. 😛 After about 20mins of queueing up (there was a long line!) I was served a piping hot paper plate of goodness, drizzled over with cheesy sauce and juicy, minced beef.

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What I like about Teazer’s is their generous servings. You know how some places serve nachos that are mostly nachos with no toppings? This came chock full of beef and cheese. AB.SO.LUTE.LY. ADD.ICT.IVE.

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Washed it down with milky Thai green tea. I also tried another fizzy green drink which tasted like 7/11’s Slurpee.

Anyway, if you’re looking for good food with generous portions, look out for the Teazer truck! They’re usually making the rounds around Setapak and Wangsa Maju.

I’m not very sure why their social media accounts aren’t active, but you can still follow them on Facebook. Phone numbers are there. Have fun chowing down!