View Burgers Mouth-Watering Facts That Might Surprise You!

The Mouth-Watering Facts About Burgers That Might Surprise You!

You think you are too frantic about hamburgers? Don’t worry because you are not the only one! Fresh lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes and a juicy well-seasoned beef patty sandwiched between soft and toasted buns, each bite results in oozing sauces and toothsome flavors! Hmm…one could hardly resist this sensation! 

Hamburger (or burger for short) has made its way to be one of the most loveable and crowd-pleasing foods worldwide. However, did you ever question where it actually comes from or what leads to the prominence of this delight? Check out the answers and other mouth-watering facts right here!  

1. Hamburger is created in Hamburg, Germany? 

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There is a myth that the first hamburger was originated from Hamburg and that is where it got its name from. If you believe so, this following fact might surprise you! Though the inspiration for the hamburger and its name did come from Hamburg, the burger itself was invented much later! In the 19th century, Hamburg was renowned for their beef which was commonly chopped, seasoned and molded into patties. It was the European immigrants that brought these sumptuous beef patties to America and made them popular street food. As forks and knives were not provided to eat the Hamburg steak, people had come up with the ideas of putting them in sandwiches and that’s how our beloved hamburger was claimed to be invented!

 

2/ How Hamburger Became Popular? 

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Although the burger was a hit after its invention, it was not until the early 20th century that this delight became phenomenal around the globe! At that time, meat was increasingly in great demand and people were interested in creating an efficient assembly line process that can help to refrigerate meat and produce hamburgers quicker. The birth of “fast food” became popular in the 1920s in the Midwest, America. However, only until the 1940s, Richard and Maurice McDonald came up with the drive-through concept and a more speedy process – a breakthrough in the history of the hamburger! With the idea of making McDonald a franchise, burgers have since weaved the way through every corner around the world, becoming one of the most successful stories of the fast food industry!

 

3/ Interesting Variations Around The World

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We could hardly deny that the international presence of burgers is thanks to the effect of fast food chains, however, it is also because of the ability to adapt and various unique creations that make burgers accepted and well-loved in different regions and countries. Come to Japan or East Asia and you will find the rice burger of which its buns were substituted by compressed rice cakes. Head to Mexico and you can excite your palate with jalapeños and avocado slices packed in the middle of the burgers. And in India, vegetarian and chicken burgers are ubiquitous! Black burgers using activated charcoal or gourmet burgers featuring premium items like Lobsters, Foie Gras, Wagyu Beef and so on are also making waves!

So are you ready to sink your teeth in a delicious burger? If you are wondering where to find one, we have got the hand-picked list of restaurants with unique and scrumptious dishes in Klang Valley. Check out The Daily Grind, Mezze Bar & Bistro, Pavilions Lounge @ Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur, SOULed Out Sri Hartamas, The Lounge @ Hilton Kuala Lumpur, JP teres @ Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Signature, EGG – 8 Gourmets Gala, The Beer Factory, Gobo Chit Chat @ Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Yeast Cafe Mid Valley, Uncle Chilli’s Bar & Restaurant @ Hilton Petaling Jaya, Bistro 160 @ Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur, BLVD House, Raintree, Truly Wine and El Ibérico


Stay tuned as more mouth-watering facts are waiting to satiate your taste buds! 

 

 

 

View 3 Lip-Smacking Signature Dishes at Sassorosso Italian Restaurant and Wine Retailer

Lip-Smacking Dishes at Sassorosso Italian Restaurant and Wine Retailer

When I told my friend I was searching for an authentic Italian restaurant to get away from the hustle and bustle this weekend, she did not hesitate to introduce Sassorosso Italian Restaurant and Wine Retailers. How was the experience there, you ask? I fell in love! 

Friendly staff welcomed us when we arrived and the moment we stepped in, the aroma from the imported oven immediately whetted my appetite. Rustic setting and relaxing ambiance, I was drifted back to the peaceful Italian countryside. I couldn’t wait to revel in a wide selection of pizza, Italian seafood dishes and savory desserts with a European twist here. And, as usual, I would not want you to miss out the 3 most-favored dishes by diners here!    

1/ Squid Ink Tagliatelle 

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I started the meal by indulging myself in the signature Squid Ink Tagliatelle. This unordinary pasta was made from scratch and, as its name suggests, had a unique black color from the squid ink while being embellished by seared scallops and broccoli. I love the squid ink not only for its special color but also for its rich and briny flavors added to the dish. The cooked-to-perfection pasta mingled perfectly with the delicately sweet and buttery scallops, making it a delight you would not able to resist! 

>> Click here to view this Squid Ink Tagliatelle

 

2/ Pizza Gorgonzola 

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I was overwhelmed with the choices of pizza here and later on, was introduced to the signature Pizza Gorgonzola which is the chef’s favorite dish! This authentic pizza was freshly made using a wood-fired brick oven and that’s why it was imparted with an exquisite smoky flavor like no others! Topped with mozzarella, gorgonzola cheese, rocket salad & truffle oil, diners can expect an explosion of flavors in every bite!

>> Click here to view this Pizza Gorgonzola

 

3/ Cannoli Siciliani 

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The final dish is the classic signature Cannoli Siciliani which is an Italian pastry that originated from the island of Sicily, Italy. As one of the much-loved Italian desserts, Cannoli Siciliani is a splendid treat to end your meal with. Presented simply yet enough to titillate my taste buds, the crispy pastry was stuffed with house-made ricotta, chocolate chip and pistachio. Light and refreshing, this signature dessert is not to be missed!

>> Click here to view this Cannoli Siciliani


Great news! TABLEAPP ELITE Members can get this signature dish for FREE! Find out more about ELITE Membership
here

Sassorosso Italian Restaurant and Wine Retailer
Location: 9, Lorong Yap Kwan Seng, 50450 Kuala Lumpur.
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S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna: The Wagyu of Bottled Water

When dining out, have you ever been asked by the waiter, “Would you prefer sparkling or still water?”. Chances are the water offered are either S.Pellegrino or Acqua Panna. With that being said, today we are going to talk about two of the world’s most famous bottled water! Synonymous with gourmet food and wine culture, they are also the preferred choice of many award-winning and Michelin starred restaurants in the world.

1. S.Pellegrino

Credit: www.sanpellegrino.com

Origin

Given its strong reputation as fine dining water, S.Pellegrino (and its still counterpart, Acqua Panna) has been producing excellent and fine tasting mineral water since 1899. What is even more interesting is that there are at least 10 minerals found naturally in the water!

Here is a fun fact: Every bottle of S.Pellegrino has come from the same natural spring for the past 600 years!

Credit: www.sanpellegrino.com

How did Sparkling Water come about?

It is said that if you drink the water at its purest form, the after taste would be like milk. However, with the addition of CO2, the milkiness disappears and all that is left is the signature crisp taste. In the beginning, the bubbles were added to preserve the natural minerals but customers ended up preferring the taste of carbonated water. This ultimately leads the company to stop selling the non-carbonated version once and for all.

2. Acqua Panna

Credit: www.acquapanna.com

Hailed as the still water of fine dining, Acqua Panna bottled water is a companion of the finest palates on every table. Bottled at the heart of uncontaminated nature in Tuscany, Acqua Panna needs 13 years to flow through the aquifer and reach the surface at the natural spring where it is bottled without any additional treatment nor filtering.

Here is a fun fact: The Acqua Panna Natural Spring Water sources are located 1128 meter high in the serene Apennines Mountains of Tuscany.

Why good water is important in fine dining?

Just like wine, no water tastes alike. With that said, it is undeniable that fine dining water plays a significant role in the world of gourmet dining. Besides acting as a palate cleanser, still and sparkling water when paired correctly can help to amplify the flavours of a dish without covering them.

The next time you dine out at a restaurant that serves either S.Pellegrino or Acqua Panna, why not give it a try and taste the difference. Book a restaurant here!

 

[May 20 – 26] What’s New This Week

MAY. 20 – 26, 2019

What’s New This Week

Scouting for sumptuous delights to excite your taste buds or a new dining experience this week? You are at the right place! Indulge yourself in our top dining promotions and news in town! Keep an eye on TABLEAPP Exclusive Promotion for Festive Buffet Dinner at Essence @ Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur as well! 

New on TABLEAPP

Cellar Door
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Renowned for its imaginative drinks to pair with high-quality meals, Cellar Door is the perfect venue for wine lovers and enthusiasts alike. Come to this gastropub to chill with your friends or simply revel in revitalizing drinks while discovering and appreciating wines at their own pace. 

Waterfront Café
Hilton Kuching

Situated at Hilton Kuching, Waterfront Café boasts a relaxing dining ambiance and entices diners’ taste buds with local specialties and other Continental favorites. Don’t forget to start your day with the famous Hilton breakfast, locally-sourced cream of mushroom soup or get gratified by the weekend high-tea buffets featuring Asian and Western favorites. 

Dining News and Promotions

TABLEAPP Exclusive Promotion for Festive Buffet Dinner!  
Essence, Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur

Only at RM70 nett per adult and you can enjoy a sumptuous buffet dinner worth RM170 nett? You are reading it correctly! Book a table via TABLEAPP to enjoy your favorite local treats, savor premium selections of international cuisine and succumb to the restaurant’s decadent dessert station at special price. 

All-You-Can-Eat Pizza
BLVD House, Naza Tower

What’s better than delighting your palate with mouth-watering pizza and bottomless drinks? If you are searching for one, look no further than BLVD House! Fill your tummy with joy with the All-You-Can-Eat Pizza at RM60 per person. From 5:00pm – 8:00pm on Fridays & Saturdays. 

Peking Duck Promo
Pantai Seafood Restaurant, Petaling Jaya

Dig into delectable Chinese delights, live seafood selections and home-cooked flavors when you come to Pantai Seafood Restaurant! Don’t miss out a chance to treat yourself to the famous Peking Roasted Duck with two cooking styles at only RM58.80++ per piece (before promotion at RM98++ per piece)! 

New Menu 
Dining In The Dark, Changkat Bukit Bintang

Dining In The Dark has been a go-to place for foodies who love a unique sensory experience! Great news for the avid fans! The restaurant is launching a new menu which is designed to bring you through a gastronomy journey of true flavors and fine taste! 

Events

[May 23 – 26] Guest Chef Series 2019
Farquhar Mansion, George Town

Chef Andy, trained in 3-Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris, will come to Farquhar Mansion to host a special dining week with all specialties featuring his favorite summer ingredients. Be prepared for a fantastic dinner with unparalleled culinary sophistication to warm your heart and soul. Limited seats available. 

[May 25] Cinco De Mayo
Tosca Italian Restaurant, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Johor Bahru

Have an extraordinary weekend with the themed party of the month at Tosca Italian Restaurant! Take joy in a hearty spread of international buffet while being entertained by live performances! You can also stand a chance to win attractive prices during the lucky draw session! From 6:30pm onwards at RM130 nett per person. 

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3 Toothsome Signature Dishes at El Ibérico @ Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

When it comes to premium pork, an avid porcine fan would definitely love to titillate the taste buds with Ibérico pork! Not only renowned for the pig’s unique dark grey color but this extraordinary delight is also loved by discerning diners for its extremely flavorful meat. Good news for you! You won’t need to fly all the way to the Iberian Peninsula, Spain to have a taste of this scrumptious delicacy! Just head to El Ibérico @ Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and their authentic imported free-range Ibérico “Black Pig” Pork with excellent meat quality will satiate your craving!

If you are planning for a treat at this restaurant, remember to keep an eye the following 3 unique dishes which are much-favored here! 

1/ Original Ibérico Ribs

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I could not stop the temptation to start the meal with the signature Original Ibérico Ribs (430g – 480g per serving). Pieces of the highly sought-after Ibérico Ribs were presented simply yet exuded a distinct flavor that was enough to trigger my salivation. I was thrilled once sinking my teeth into the ribs as they were not only rich in taste but also exquisitely tender-to-the-bite. Don’t forget to dip the flavorsome ribs into the house-made mint and chili sauces on the side as they perfectly complemented the tasty dish. 

>> Click here to view this Original Ibérico Ribs

2/ Grilled Seafood Tapas Platter

View El Iberico Grilled Seafood Tapas Platter

The signature Grilled Seafood Tapas Platter is one of the platters that received much love from the diners here and I had no reason why not to indulge myself in such a delight. 4 different seafood tapas including prawns, baby octopus, calamari and mussels were set neatly on the platter, promising a palate-pleasing treat. I personally prefer the baby octopus for its freshness and crisp taste. This signature dish is ideal to be paired with white wine and perfect for a group of 2-3 persons.

>> Click here to view this Grilled Seafood Tapas Platter

3/ Grilled Pork Sausages

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The final dish is the lip-smacking Grilled Pork Sausages. This vibrant dish featuring grilled vegetables such as zucchinis, eggplants, carrots and sweet peppers along with 2 types of 6 irresistible grilled-to-perfection sausages quickly enticed my taste buds. The sausages had an airy and crispy cover on the outside yet were moist and flavorful on the inside – a splendid indulgence for any pork lovers! 

>> Click here to view this Grilled Pork Sausages

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 dishes for free. Find more about ELITE Membership here

 

El Ibérico
Location: Level 4, Lot C4.05.01, Pavilion, 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

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[May 13 – 19] What’s New This Week

MAY. 13 – 19, 2019

What’s New This Week

In search of a place to satiate your hunger yet wondering where? We have the list of top restaurants for your wonderful culinary adventure this week along with top dining news and promotions that you cannot miss out! 

New on TABLEAPP

Sassorosso Italian Restaurant and Wine Retailer 
Lorong Yap Kwan Seng

Heading to this dining haven and you will be drifted away to the beautiful Italian countryside with authentic oven imported from Italy and exquisite Italian delights! The restaurant’s extensive menu of pizza, seafood dishes, savory desserts with an European twist will surely whet your appetite! 

Wan Li Chinese Restaurant 
Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel

If you are an avid advocate of authentic Cantonese dishes, especially seafood delights, you would not want to forgo a unique dining experience at Wan Li Chinese Restaurant! Don’t forget to tease your palate with their remarkable All-You-Can-Eat Dim Sum with various handcrafted dim sum specialties. 

Dining News and Promotions

20% Off Festive Dinner Nationwide!
Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Malaysia

Yes! You read it correctly! Celebrate the holy month to its best as you can now enjoy 20% Off Festive Dinners reservations at participating restaurants at Hilton Hotels & Resorts in Malaysia including Hilton Petaling Jaya, Hilton Kuching, Hilton Kota Kinabalu, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Johor Bahru, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Hotel Melaka, DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang! What’s more? Book before 15th May 2019 to get an exclusive promotion of RM120 nett per adult for Festive Buffet Dinner at Vasco’s @ Hilton Kuala Lumpur (before promotion: RM188 nett per adult)! 

All-You-Can-Eat Buffet
Yakiniku Toraji, ISETAN The Japan Store

It’s a one-of-a-kind chance to revel in free flow of high-quality prime beef cuts such as Diamond Cut Harami, Tender Beef Tongue or tantalizing cuts of Australian Wagyu Steak cooked to your preferred doneness. A treat for beef lovers at RM168++ per person only until 2nd June 2019! 

RM1 Beer Promo
The Beer Factory, All Outlets 

Calling for all beer lovers! It’s time to quench your thirst with the special promotion from The Beer Factory! Indulge in Melbourne-inspired delights and tapas amidst a casual bar setting with a mug of Tiger beer at only RM1 (T&C applies). 

20% on Selected Steaks
Chin Chin Gastropub, George Town

Steak Fiesta is here! Get ready to gratify your insatiable cravings for steaks with 20% off on the highly sought-after and succulent cuts such as A4 Kagoshima Wagyu Sirloin, Australian Wagyu, Black Angus Beef or even the mouth-watering Aged 45-Days Wagyu T-Bone Steak at Chin Chin Gastropub

Events

[May 19] Sunday Brunch Bacon Booze
El Cerdo, Changkat Bukit Bintang

Sunday has never been so much fun with endless servings of Pork Steaks, Ribs, Schnitzel, Paella, sumptuous Cold Cuts and many more at El Cerdo! What else? You can also relish a free flow of beer, wines and Italian prosecco! Only at RM198+ per person! 

[May 23] Wine & Dine Dinner 
El Ibérico, Pavilion

Tempt your palate with a unique 4-course set dinner featuring delectable Ibérico “Black Pig” Pork imported from the gastronomy of Spain’s Iberian Peninsula perfectly complemented by 4 varieties of Spanish wine from St. Vino. From 7:00pm onwards at RM150 per person. 

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A Simple Guide To Enjoy Oysters – Should You Chew or Swallow Whole?

Click to view TABLEAPP Weekly Read - A Simple Guide to Oyster

It is not uncommon to see a restaurant serving oyster but how much do we actually know about them? Today, we are going to explore the different types of oysters and how to eat them. Do not worry this is nothing overwhelming and just perfect for beginners.

Common Types Of Oysters Served in Restaurants

For your information, there are actually hundreds varieties of oysters yet it all comes down to a total of only 5 species of oysters. They are namely Crassostrea gigas, Crassostrea sikamea, Crassostrea virginicas, Ostrea edulis and Ostrea lurida. To put it in lay man’s term, they are Pacific oysters, Kumamoto oysters, Atlantic oysters, European flats and Olympia oysters.

Oyster farm in which oysters are bred and raised.

1. Pacific Oysters

Pacific oyster or Japanese oyster (Magallana gigas) are oysters native to the Pacific coast of Asia. They tend to be meatier and creamier in which the more popular types include Kusshi and Marin Miyagi.

2. Kumamoto Oysters

Kumamoto oysters are usually deep-cupped with smaller meats inside. Although it is smaller in size, they are a favorite for both new oyster eaters and connoisseurs. It is also known as the ‘Chardonnay of oysters’ due to its fruity flavours with a hint of brininess.

3. Atlantic Oysters

Atlantic oysters (aka great American oyster) are usually a lot bigger and they are most commonly found in North America. In terms of taste, they come with a slight metallic finish and because of that it is not recommended to beginners.

4. European Flats

As the name suggests, the European Flat oysters are native to Europe. These European countries include England, Denmark, Nether­lands and many others along the western and southern coasts of Europe. They are usually larger in size compared to other types with a rich and extremely flavourful taste recommended only to true oyster lovers.

5. Olympia Oysters

Last but not least, the Olympia oysters which are just bouncing back from being almost extinct. As a matter of fact, they were wiped out and for many years thought to be extinct. With that being said, they are the least common type of oyster found in this day and age.

Here is a fun fact: Oysters get their flavours from their environments. Meaning the same species of oysters in another region of the world may have a different taste when eaten.

How To Eat Oysters

Oysters are usually served with a slices on lemon on the side.

Now the interesting part, eating oysters! For a start, you would want to eat the oysters naked with no sauce added. This way you can truly taste the region or seawater of where the oyster is from. Moving on, you can gradually experiment by adding some lemon, cocktail sauce, vinaigrette or horseradish to find what best suits your taste buds.

All in all, the general rule of thumb here is to never over sauce the oysters as it will mask its natural taste. The tip here is to add just enough sauce and chew it twice to release the flavours within before swallowing whole.

The key is to never over sauce the oyster!

To make it simple, here is a step-by-step on how to eat an oyster:

1. Use the fork to release the oyster from its shell.

2. Add your preferred sauce or simply have it naked.

3. Using the shell as a spoon slide the oyster into your mouth.

4. Chew it twice to release the flavours within then swallow whole.

5. Repeat.

Where To Eat Oysters

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With these 5 simple steps you can now start your journey in search of the best oysters in town! Better yet, save your precious time by checking out these top seafood restaurants on TABLEAPP. Bon voyage!

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3 Delectable Dishes at Lai Ching Yuen @ Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur

Lai Ching Yuen at Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur has always been a must-go place for Chinese cuisine lovers for their scrumptious extensive menu of authentic Cantonese dishes made with high-quality ingredients and the nostalgic ambiance that depicts ancient Shanghai. 
While prowling for top restaurants serving Cantonese cuisine in Kuala Lumpur, I came across this dining haven. After going through comments and feedbacks, I had no reason why not to reserve a table for my family gathering. Stunning interiors and glamorous setting, the restaurant boasted an intimate atmosphere with modern touches and promised a gastronomic journey ahead. 

1. Traditional Peking Duck

Click here to view Pekind Duck at Lai Ching Yuen

As the signature dish – Peking Duck is loved by many diners here, I could not resist the temptation to try! I was thrilled as its crispy skin crackled on every bite! Marinated for hours using traditional methods in homemade sauces and condiments, the duck meat had infused with unique flavors that burst in the mouth. Though the duck skin was crispy, the chefs managed to keep its meat moist and juicy! You might need to take note that this dish can serve up to 6 – 10 persons!

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2. Crispy Fine Egg Noodles with Fresh Water Prawn

Click to view Crispy Fine Egg Noodles with Fresh Water Prawn

The Crispy Fine Egg Noodles with Fresh Water Prawn titillated my taste buds with its savory broth which was enriched by the fresh water prawns. Being immersed in the broth which packed with finest ingredients, the prawns exuded a light sweetness which would please any discerning diners! Of course, I would not forget to give my compliment for the crispy fine egg noodles as it was a perfect companion for the prawns.  

>> Click here to view this Crispy Fine Egg Noodles with Fresh Water Prawn

 

3/ Signature Chilled Durian Pancake

Click to view the Signature Chilled Durian Pancake at Lai Ching Yuen
The final dish that caught my attention is this Signature Chilled Durian Pancake which totally gratified me for its creamy and velvety durian cream. Wrapped in a thin crepe, the durian pancake was a must-try for a forget-me-not experience as its strong yet pleasing taste will linger on your palate. Take a bite and its smooth filling will not let you down at any moment. 

>> Click here to view this Signature Chilled Durian Pancake

 

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free. Find out more about ELITE membership here!

 

Lai Ching Yuen
Location: Level 1, Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur, 160, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to book a table at Lai Ching Yuen