Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tut's Egyptian Eatery @ 1 Utama Shopping Centre, PJ

Think about Egypt, I see images of deserts and giant pyramids floating in my mind almost instantly. What about Egyptian food? I was guessing it could be something close to Arabic cuisine since Egypt is one of the Arab countries, but NO, now let Tut's Egyptian Eatery reveals the truth.....

Named after King Tut, the monarch who once ruled ancient Egypt over 3000 years ago, Tut's Egyptian Eatery is the very first Egyptian restaurant in town. Now we can save a trip to Egypt and just head to 1 Utama Shopping Centre and be among the first to experience the authentic taste of Egypt in Malaysia!

Location wise, Tut's is tucked at the corner lot in the Oval Concourse, LG Floor in New Wing, right next to the exit to the Rainforest. It does not take us too long to search for this shop since we are frequent shoppers here.

Ambiance wise, the family-friendly interior exudes very strong influence of Middle Eastern flairs. Bright, vibrant and nothing overly elaborated.

Also, don’t forget to have a good read on the infographics on the table. It explains the main ingredients used in typical Egyptian dishes – rice, pasta, lentils, and Middle Eastern spices any other Arab fare – which combine as one comfort food at its finest.

So, all the dishes we are having today are the timesless Egyptian classics savoured from the streets to royal palaces, prepared with love using the homemade recipes passed down from family to family.

Upon being seated, we are treated with the welcoming snack – Crisp toast with TUT’s fiery chilli dip – before indulging into the Egyptian gourmet.


(From Left to Right) Egyptian Lemon Mint @ RM8.00
(Citrusy lemon and sharp mint in milk concoction)
Sobya Milk @ RM7.50
(Milky sweet coconut drink)
Tropical Tamarind @ RM7.50
(Exotic aged tamarind drink similar to the local “Asam Boi”) 
Kiwi Pineapple Mixer @ RM8.00
(Kiwi, pineapple, what else can give Vitamin C boost more htan this?)

The first 3 are timeless Egyptian beverages which are commonly prepared at every Egyptian home to beat the heat and quench thirst, while the one on most right is a modern blend of fruity goodness to deliver all the vitamins you need.

My personal favourite goes to the Sobya Milk which tickles my taste buds with smooth lingering sweetness and strong aroma of coconut milk. Slightly thick, but neither too creamy nor filing for my liking. I heard it is the “must-have beverage” during Buka Puasa (Muslim’s fast breaking) in Egypt too. Interesting!


Molokhia Minced Leaf Stew @ RM9.90

The soup arrives first as the starter, but this warm bowl of finely chopped Molokhia leaf stew is not an ordinary soup. The Egyptians love cooking it with lots of spices such as fine butter, garlic, coriander, cumin and black pepper to make it an extremely savoury stew.

I am delighted that there is no “raw earthy” taste in it at all, and the aroma of butter does help to enhance the flavours well. Since it is served with a choice of side, we choose the Egyptian-style “Royal Rice”. The aromatic flavoured rice is slightly sweet on its own, and pairs well with the leafy stew as a comfort meal for light eaters.


Koshari Mixed Grain Bowl @ RM14.30

Our star of the day is no other than this staple Egyptian dish which is widely available all over Egypt, from street stalls to restaurants. Back in the olden days, Egyptians cannot afford having meat in every meal, hence they have Koshari - a delightful blend of pasta, rice, lentils, onions and beans that yield an absolutely delicious harmony of aroma and taste.

Although it is dubbed as the "poor man's food", the taste isn't poor at all! TUT's version is served with tomato sauce, TUT’s chilli sauce, chick peas, lentils, and fried onions - all are refillable as much as you wish. Mix the ingredients together, and enjoy every spoonful with bursting flavours of sweet, sour, spicy and savoury!


Oh I don't mind having healthy carbs like these!


Herbal Hot Plate Chicken with Baked Rice + Vegetables (Original/Spicy) @ RM25.90

Surprises come one after another. The slow-grilled chicken served on a hot plate is, again, not an ordinary "chicken chop" dish. Thanks to TUT’s secret herbs and sauces, the chicken is rich in exotic Egyptian flavours - so tender and aromatic with the charness on point. It tastes better than any BBQ chicken I've ever tried! The complementing handpicked potatoes, bell peppers and rice are just perfect for a hearty meal.

Available in 3 options, in case if you don't fancy much rice / vegetables:
 Herbal Hot Plate Chicken + Vegetables + Baked Rice
 Herbal Hot Plate Chicken + Baked Rice
 Herbal Hot Plate Chicken + Vegetables


Tut’s Dynasty Fries / Sweet Potato Fries @ RM4.50 per portion

If you feel like having more side dishes to perfect the meal, there are 11 options to choose from! I go for the two best-selling fries with an interesting twist of flavours, and I have never thought that the fries can be so special here.

Tut's Dynasty Fries is breaded with TUT’s secret herbs for a tastier, fuller flavour to the crisp potatoes. Be warned, once hooked, you may not be able to stop munching these yummy fries!

Whereas the Herbs-coated Sweet Potato Fries are classic favourites. Overall, it is ideal for communal sharing as it keeps the streams of conversations going. Best served with the oh-so-cheesy homemade TUT’s Cheesy Sauce!

DESSERTS

To put a sweet endnote to our Egyptian gastronomic journey, we pick the top 3 crowd’s favourites among the 5 types of desserts available on the menu, which are also the classics created since the ancient Egypt.


Roz b Laban Creamy Delight @ RM 6.85

"Roz B Laban" simply translates to "Rice and Milk" in the Egyptian dialect. Traditionally it is eaten during breakfast as it is the most crucial time of the day to get that high energy boost. With a little twist to the dish, it can also be a delicious dessert that pleases the palate with cool sweet flavours of milk and vanilla.


Nutty Nile Nougat @ RM7.50

My eyes are wide open with excitement when I see "Nougat" on the dessert menu. I mean, I am a super fan of nougat snack bars, but this is my first time having deconstructed nougat in a glass. Digging into the chilled creamy concoction, I discover loads of crunchy almond chunks in every spoonful that adds biting pleasure to the sweet treat.


Om Ali Bread Pudding @ RM9.80

If you prefer something sweeter, try this traditional Egyptian dessert. The base is pretty similar to the Western-style bread pudding, so soft and warm with strong milky flavours. Topping it off with two mini scoops of Sangkaya's Coconut or Gula Melaka ice cream adds an interesting local twist to the dessert and balances it with coolness that leaves you wanting more.

Verdict:
1.
 
Overall, an amazing Egyptian affair with local and Western twists that is ideal for friends and families alike.
2. The dishes here are suited for local taste buds, and I find that the main ingredients i.e. spices used in Egyptian cuisine are easily acceptable. Nothing shocking, all pleasing to the palate.
3. Must try: Koshari Mixed Grain Bowl and Herbal Hot Plate Chicken with Baked Rice

Tut's Egyptian Eatery
LG333A New Wing
(next to the Rainforest)
1 Utama Shopping Centre,
Bandar Utama,
47800 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor.
Facebook: fb.com/tutsmy
Instagram: @tutsmy
Business Hours: 10am-10pm daily

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Review: MAMONDE Flower Pop Eye Brick + Blusher


It’s been only a year plus journey for Mamonde’s expansion journey in Malaysia but
the brand has never failed to wow us with new floral-inspired lineup and brand concept.

Feel free to check out my previous reviews for Mamonde:

If you do not already know, Mamonde is a skincare brand that mainly uses only flowers as its key ingredient. Latest in the store are the 2 new Mamonde products – Flower Pop Eye Brick and Flower Pop Blusher.


Mamonde Flower Pop Eye Brick (2.3g x 4) @ RM99

Available in 5 colours:
No.1 Golden Beige
No.2 Laura Coral (as shown on picture above)
No.3 Burgundy Pansy
No.4 Pale Purple
No.5 Rosy Road

I’m in love with Mamonde’s all-new multipurpose, portable eyeshadow quad! Look at the pearlescent shades with light shimmers, so pretty right? Plus, it is infused with White Flower Complex (which comprises Madonna Lily, Edelweiss and Lily Magnolia) that helps keep the skin around the eyes moisturised.

How To Use:
Step 1: Lightly apply and spread the base colour (#2) over the eyelids.
Step 2: Apply the medium colour (#3) up to the centre of the eyelids and blend the colours.
Step 3: Give a touch of the deep colour (#4) along the lashes to add dimension to the look.
Step 4: Add an extra touch of the highlight colour (#1) at the centre of the eyelids and along the under lashes for a shimmering effect.

My No.2 Laura Coral palette is a sweet-looking palette of 4 golden shades:
Light gold, basic gold, rose gold and shimmery bronze.

Texture: 
The fine powder is easy to pick up using a brush, and it glides smoothly along the eyelids.

Feel: 
Very smooth, almost gel-like texture that sits on the eyelids well.

Color Payoff (Without Flash)

Color Payoff (With Flash)

Color Payoff: 
The shades are shimmery but very light. The beautiful blend of colors is beautiful,
plus it does not look heavy and mottled on the eyes.


Adherence: 
No traces of excess powder upon application over other parts of the face.

What I Like: 
The shade I am using here (No.2 Laura Coral) is suitable for a sweet "princess" makeup look.
If you love that naturally-looking, demure eye makeup, this is for you.


Mamonde Flower Pop Blusher (7.5g) @ RM59>

Who say blushers must be pink or red? Mamonde has recently released this series of newly-formulated blusher that offers an array of fresh colours to brighten up the complexion. No, it doesn’t contain any shimmering pearls, but it comes with a coat of camellia oil that promises a glowing complexion once applied onto the cheek.

Available in 6 different shades:
No.1 Pansy (as shown on picture above)
No.3 Daisy
No.5 Peony
No.6 Camellia
No.7 Rose Bay
No.8 Ginger

The formula is rather special here – It uses the Flexible Binder System to hold the highly pure powder particles in ensuring a clear, sheer and longer lasting colour on the cheek.

Inside the clear, see-through round casing, the blush is molded into a rose shape. Plus, it also comes with floral fragrances. Isn’t this a love at first sight?

The shade No.1 Pansy is a basic purple blusher, which many people tend to shy away because the color often appears shockingly deep or strong, but hey it can actually be more natural looking than the basic pink or peach! In fact, purple shade is great for color correction and brightening the complexion.

How To Use:
#1 Apply a little bit directly under your eyes to brighten dark circles.
#2 Apply lightly on cheeks and pair with pinky eye shadow and a pinky-nude lipcolor.
#3 Use it as a lipstick balancer.

Texture / Adherence: 
Fine, smooth powder is easy to apply against the cheekbones and stay in place well.

What I Like: 
I love pairing it with a peachy nude lip for that "softer" korean look.
Overall, the blusher is pretty versatile and pairs well with different makeup combinations.

Mamonde Flower Pop Eye Brick and Flower Pop Blusher are available at all Mamonde beauty counters nationwide.
 

A quick shoutout for the grand opening of Mamonde’s 6th beauty counter at Parkson KLCC!

Remember to check out the design of this beauty counter based on its latest brand concept ‘Journey of Flowers’, featuring an illustration of Mamonde’s very own pressed-flower pattern at the centre. Service wise, on top of skin consultation, the new counter also offers complimentary Flower Touch Hand Massage service to all its customers.

For more information about Mamonde, please visit:

Friday, August 11, 2017

ZAFUL "Back To School" FREE New Clothes Promo

Do you remember my summer fashion haul from Zaful?

I am excited to share with you guys this round that Zaful is running a “Back To School with FREE New Clothes” promotion from 8 August 2017 to 22 August 2017. Only during these 2 weeks you'd be able to get FREE clothes for you and your best friend!

How To Get FREE Clothes?
Step 1: Click HERE and pick 1 product.
Step 2: Share the image of the product on your social media platforms

Step 3: Write these in caption: #BackToSchool I want free clothes for two! Zaful 16 days free shipping from now. http://www.zaful.com/promotion-back-to-school-edit-special-752/?lkid=116864

Step 4: Tag your friend: @XXX and post your shared article link in Zaful's event review blogpost: https://zafulofficial.wordpress.com/2017/08/08/back-to-school-with-free-new-clothes/ 

Do it now and Zaful will pick 3 winners who will walk away with the product they choose
and another copy for free. GOOD LUCK!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

PUMA Night Run 2017: I've Completed 12KM Run!

Yay, my first 12km run done and dusted!

I sort of get addicted to fun runs over these 2 years, but 12km is the farthest distance I've done so far. I started joining PUMA Night Run 2016 as a 10km participant, and now it seems to be an annual activity to me.

PUMA Night Run 2017 is back for the 4th time with more excitement, fun and amazing line-ups for more than 10,000 participants this year. The 6km fun run gains 6,000 runners whereas the 12km competitive run receives equally great response from 4,000 runners.

As usual, PUMA Night Run is not just about the joy of running! Here we have more fun experiencing the “carnival” where we get to participate in various activities such as the PUMA Ninja Warrior Challenge and performances by renowned local singer Black, national cheerleading championship Cheer Aces, unique percussionists No Noise Percussion and one of the best known dance crews in Malaysia EleColdXHot.

PUMA’s pop up store is flooded with crowd before the run begins,
probably because everyone is busy checking out the all-new Netfit lacing system.

My mini game card where I have collected the PUMA LED shoe lace.

Right before the run, I get to fuel myself at the food trucks area where I have my burger dose from Big Hug Burger. Other food trucks available on site include Juice Works, Lokka Café, Wheeloaf, O-Tea, Oishii Onigiri, The Laughing Monkey, and Ten Ounces.

Apart from familiar faces from the “PUMA Friends” celebrities, this round the Korean star Peter Lee Jae Yoon who has made a special appearance and flagged off the second wave of 6km runners.

PUMA's General Manager of SEA, Philippe Le-Bretton (in green)
posing along with fellow PUMA friends and pacers.

The 6km runners are about to flag off!

12km for me is indeed not easy and I am glad that I made it in 1.5 hours.
Hopefully I can work harder for a better record next year :)

At the end of the run, it’s prize presentation ceremony. The top 3 finishers of the 12km / 6km men and women category walked away with thousands of ringgit worth of PUMA vouchers.

The official partners and sponsors of PUMA Night Run 2017 include: 100 Plus, Lazada, Sepang Municipal Council, Sunway Putra Mall, Juice Works, Celebrity Fitness, Jaybird, Garmin, Tune Talk, Salonpas, GRAB, ON Fm, Running Malaysia, Domino's Pizza, Heal on Wheel, Optical 88, GoPro

Bump into some old friends during the run too. Such a coincidence!

We stay a little longer after the run just to wait for the best part of the evening. The awesome evening concludes with a dazzling firework display along with streams of energetic cheers from the crowd. 


Once again, special thanks to PUMA Malaysia for such a memorable experience.
Am definitely looking forward to PUMA Night Run 2018 – may it be bigger, brighter and better!

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