Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Dinner @ Shell Out *

One night, B and I decided to dine at the newly-opened Shell Out seafood restaurant near our home. Actually, the restaurant was my suggestion since I read about their food on a random blog and I was kind of enticed. I was especially keen to taste the Sweet Potato fries and since B and I both love seafood, we figured why not give this new seafood place a try. Smiley

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Shell Out KD

Parking is never easy in this particular area but we managed to find one spot after making two rounds. The place looked warm and inviting from the outside and we were greeted by a smiley server who explained to us what the restaurant was all about. I do like restaurants with servers who are able to answer questions I may have about the menu and our server seemed to be well-informed about their product. That was a good sign so I asked if they had a booth available and they did so we went inside.

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Another server immediately came to our table to place brown paper, covering the entire table. The concept here is to eat your order of seafood on the brown paper. So I guess you can get down and dirty as much as you want without having to worry about keeping the table clean. Our server did a great job in explaining the menu to us and though we would have liked to taste the chef-recommended crawfish, we finally decided on prawns, calamari and the sweet potato fries.

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Shell Out serves 4 different types of sauces with spicy levels of Mild, Medium and OMG. I had my mind set on Shell Bang OMG but B who is not much of a spicy eater, wanted something milder. I asked the server just how spicy is this OMG sauce and based on customer feedback, OMG ranges from somewhat spicy to not spicy at all. Smiley

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What's your pick?
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To keep both B and I happy, our server suggested we opt for 500g of prawns and the kitchen will prepare half the portion in Shell Bang Mild sauce and the other half in Shell Bang OMG, which I thought was an excellent idea! Smiley

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Where's my dinner?

Our order of Sweet Potato fries arrived first and they were exactly how I imagined; crispy on the outside, not too thickly sliced and fried to a golden brown perfection. Smiley

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Fried Sweet Potato

Next, came the Fried Calamari, which also arrived perfectly fried and after tasting one, we both agreed that it was tasty albeit a tad salty.
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Fried Calamari

Finally, our main order of prawns arrived, wrapped in a plastic bag. You’re supposed to rip open the bag and dig into your prawns so we did. Of course B started ahead of me since I was busy snapping photographs on my  iPhone. ihikhik

I looked at B’s prawns and they looked pretty much the same (colour wise) like mine aside from the minimal bird’s eye chilli bits in my OMG sauce. Slightly daunted, I took a taste of the OMG sauce and my suspicions were confirmed - OMG was definitely not OMG spicy. The sauce may look fiery hot red but unlike the Pedas Giler sauce I was hooked on a while back, which was ultra spicy, this OMG sauce was more salty than anything else. ketukmeje

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Prawns, Shell Bang OMG

I asked for a small bowl of rice to eat with my prawns. Otherwise, it would have been way too salty for my liking. merajuk

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What’s cool about this restaurant is that you can scribble anything you want on their furniture or windows so halfway through dinner, we joined in the fun!

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Naturally, I had to leave MMM’s URL here; this is a food blog after all and once I had MMM scribbled, there was no way I could leave out the rest so thanks Love for helping me scribble! senyumkenyit

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Mariuca's Food Blog
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Scribbling away
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Mariuca ♥ B
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Wishing on a Falling Star
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Love so True
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Meow Diaries
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Mariuca's Perfume Gallery

The bill arrived and we were informed that we could get one of our coconut juices FOC if we both Liked Shell Out’s page on Facebook, which we happily did for instant redemption.

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Fresh and Free!
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Overall, dining at Shell Out was pleasant with great friendly service and pretty tasty food and if we do return, I’d definitely order the Sweet Potato fries again! Smiley 

Food: starstarstar
Price: starstarstar


Friday, July 5, 2013

Fat Aunty's Char Kuey Teow *

Puffy eyes or not (thanks to a terrible sinus attack), there was no stopping me from having one of my delicious morning adventures with B a few weeks ago! We braved the morning rain and hungrily made our way to visit our favourite Fat Aunty in Kelana Jaya. Smiley

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One rainy Sunday morning
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Early morning breakfast crowd

After years of 'living without', B and I finally reunited with our long-lost Fat Aunty whose Char Kuey Teow (CKT) stall we’ve been frequenting for years until one fateful day when her stall closed down. Smiley

Well, that’s what we thought so we continued eating CKT at the new replacement stall, which though was pretty good, was always missing that something special to make it as yummy and moist as my adorable Fat Aunty’s! Smiley

Anyway last month, we finally discovered that Fat Aunty did not disappear! She simply moved location! From what I gathered, it seems that the owner of the restaurant where Fat Aunty’s rented stall was previously located, wanted to introduce their own CKT in the restaurant. Naturally this would pose a problem for the owner seeing that Fat Aunty’s CKT is so famous around town and many regulars have been frequenting her stall for years. The situation eventually led to a price increase of rent for poor Fat Aunty so she and her biz partner sister-in-law (who I fondly refer to as Small Aunty LOL) moved their stall to another restaurant, which was just around the corner from the first restaurant! adus

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Small Aunty at work

I gotta say however that Fat Aunty is not always consistent in her CKT frying. Most of the time she cooks up a delicious plate of wet and SPICY CKT as per my order but once in a blue moon, my order arrives dry and definitely NOT SPICY. Having said that, I still love her CKT the best! Smiley

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Fat Aunty taking a break
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Extra spicy CKT
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Another fave - Crispy Fried Wan Tan

B and I kicked ourselves silly for not finding this out earlier and we regretfully dwelled on the many years we’ve wasted missing and yearning for Fat Aunty’s CKT, all the while settling for second best with the new CKT stall in Aunty’s old spot!  ketukmeje

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What a delicious Sunday breakfast!

Well, no more settling for second best now. It’s back to the good old days with my favourite Fat Aunty! Smiley



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