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! 

 

 

 

From Flour To Table: Pizza and Fascinating Facts You Might Not Know!

Fresh out of the oven, a sumptuous delight is waiting for you to relish. Your senses are overwhelmed with the distinct aroma emitted from the bread mingling with the irresistible scent from the cheese and its toppings. You simply cannot wait to chow down on this pizza! Yes, there is nothing better than sinking your teeth into the heavenly pie topped with generous heaps of cheese and sauce!

Famous around the globe, pizza has won the heart of even the most discerning diners! If you are one of them, it’s time to indulge in our “bite-sized” facts and figure out how pizza travels the world and ends up on your table! 

 

1/ The Origin of Pizza 

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As pizza becomes ubiquitous, there are countless stories of how it was invented and in fact, most of them are half-truths, fables or hard-nosed opinions. Pizza is originated from Italy? It might stun you a little but Italy cannot really take the credit for inventing pizza! According to archeological evidence, pizza could be originated from the Middle East. It is believed that the pizza nowadays is actually a part of the lineage of Greek yeasted flatbreads (which is called “pitta” in Greek)! 

2/ What Makes Italian Pizza Become Popular All Around The World? 

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It is no doubt that Italy has successfully made pizza a phenomenal dish that is loved by foodies internationally. But have you ever wondered how?  Pizza lovers would be familiar with the story of how Queen Margherita got obsessed with pizza and made it the national dish! However, pizza scholar Zachary Nowak believes that it is hardly the truth! The fact is, during World War II, many allied soldiers stationed in Italy fell in love with this dish and brought with them the recipes when they got back home. Also, numerous Italian immigrants have traveled the world with this delectable delicacy. In the sixties, it was a big hit in America and well-known since then! 

 

3/ What Are The Differences Between Italian Pizza and American Pizza? 

Click here to view Pizza at Vineria.ITImage Credit: Vineria.IT

You might fall in love with both yet what distinguishes them from each other? Well, the key difference is actually in the sauce itself! While American prefers to use slow-cooked tomato sauce, Italian loves to use puréed fresh tomato instead! The crust and shape are also important characteristics to differentiate the two versions. To be called ‘authentic Italian’, the pizza must be round and no more than 13 and three-quarter inches in diameter with a crust of three-quarters of an inch thick or less. The dough must be kneaded by hand and prepared from traditional types of flour, yeast, salt and tomatoes.

4/ Where To Find A Sumptuous Pizza in Klang Valley? 

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Craving for a classic authentic Italian pizza or want to tease your palate with innovative pizza flavors yet wondering where to go? We have got your back. 

Here is our hand-picked list of top restaurants in town offering sumptuous pizzas! Check out Positano Risto, Luce Osteria Contemporanea, Nero Nero, Neroteca, Vineria.IT, Cicchetti Di Zenzero, La Risata, Ciccio Bar Pizzeria, EGG – 8 Gourmets Gala, SOULed Out Sri Hartamas, Botanica + Co, Raintree, The Lounge @ Hilton Kuala Lumpur, Uncle Chili’s Bar and Restaurant @ Hilton PJ, BLVD House, El Ibérico, Mezze Bar & Bistro, Table 23 Restaurant and Bar, Bon Appétit and Enorme.

What are you waiting for? Pamper yourself with a mouth-watering pizza now because you deserve it! 

 

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[Mar 11 – 17] What’s New This Week

MAR. 11 – 17, 2019

What’s New This Week

Feeling peckish yet don’t know where to go? We have got your back! Fill your heart with joy and your stomach with delectable foods by checking out our dining promotions and events this week!

Dining News and Promotions

March Promos
Raintree, Menara CIMB

Come to the restaurant to revel in a plethora of promotions this month! Get ready to grab discount on all liquor, 1 Complimentary Chicken Chop or Lamb Chop with every purchase of 2 bottles of wine or a Free Pizza with every purchase of bottle liquor! 

10% Off Pizza 
Luce Osteria Contemporanea, Old Malaya

Awesome news for pizza fans! Luce Osteria Contemporanea will satiate your taste buds with an array of freshly-made and authentic Italian pizza at special prices! Grab 10% off for all pizza from the restaurant’s a la carte menu from Monday – Wednesday! 

Spring Season Specialities
Kampachi, All Outlets

If you have a knack for authentic Japanese cuisine with fresh seasonal ingredients imported from Japan, don’t miss out this chance to spring up your taste buds with Spring Season Specialities including unique delights such as Takenoko, Sakura Ice Cream and Sakura Masu at Kampachi

New Menu
Nadodi, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng

Seeking for a tantalizing culinary journey with tradition and modernity go hand-in-hand? Head to Nadodi! The restaurant is offering a brand new food menu featuring The 7-Mile Journey, The 9-Mile Journey and The 11-Mile Journey with creative flair using modern techniques!  

Saturday Gossip Girls
The Eighth Avenue, Solaris Dutamas

No matter how hectic your week is, don’t forget to indulge yourself in the ladies night here on Saturdays where you can have the best drinks at only RM15! Remember to delight your taste buds with a fine food selection prepared by the top chefs here as well. 

Events

[Mar 14] Wine Dinner
ROOST, Bangsar

Love to experience from-farm-to-fork European cuisine while enjoying extraordinary wine? You definitely should not forgo the wine event at ROOST! Excite your taste buds with 8 dishes using local sustainable ingredients with wine pairing. Available at 7.30pm at RM228+ per person.

[Mar 19] French Wine Dinner
Graze, Hilton Kuala Lumpur

A gastronomic experience is waiting for you at Graze with a specially curated menu with hand-picked wine. Enjoy a wide array of delicious canapes with a glass of pre-dinner white wine and 4 types of French wine to go with a 4-course dinner of bold and robust flavors. Priced at RM350 nett per person!

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[Feb 25 – Mar 3] What’s New This Week

FEB. 23 – MAR. 3, 2019

What’s New This Week

Welcome back, foodies! Treat yourself and your loved ones to awesome delicacies by reveling in our Dining News and Promotions this week! Don’t forget to keep an eye on our top Dining Events in town for a joyful time as well.

Dining News and Promotions

New Set Lunch Promo
The Eighth Avenue, Solaris Dutamas

Indulge in a new lunch set with free soft drink only from RM10.90m nett! Delight your taste buds with dishes like Chicken Wrap, 8-Hour Pork Stew, Nasi Lemak Pandan, Carbonara Bacon Pasta and many other delicacies! 

New Surf & Turf
PAMPAS Boutique Steakhouse, Publika

Satisfy your craving with the new culinary spin on traditional surf and turf with the perfect combination of the mouth-watering Black Angus Tenderloin and the palate-pleasing XXL Fresh Water Prawn with Garlic Sauce at RM230++ per plate.

Breakfast Promo
Ben’s Suria KLCC

A delectable breakfast set at only RM10! Yes, you read it right! Excite your taste buds with an aromatic cup of brewed coffee or tea and a pastry of your choice with an amazing morning view. From 8 – 11am every weekday. 

 

 

 

New Cocktail
Nadodi, Off Jalan Yap Kwan Seng 

Get yourself ready to revel in a new cocktail list at the restaurant featuring unique cocktails such as this flavorful mix made from Rapid Infused Turmeric Gin, Ginger Cordial, Organic Passion Fruit and Homemade Spice

Ladies Night 
Raintree, Menara CIMB

Calling for all ladies! Enjoy your week to its best by coming to the restaurant on Wednesday and Saturday from 9pm – 12am as you will be offered free drinks along with 25% off the bill for the rest of the night! 

Ibérico Lamb Promo
El Cerdo, Changkat Bukit Bintang

What’s better than gratifying your palate with the exclusive meat originated from a lamb breed for over 1000 years? The rich heart-loving oleic content of this Ibérico Lamb makes it the healthiest meat of all time! Enjoy this delight from RM155 for a limited time only. 

Events

Vega Sicilia Wine Dinner 
CREAM by ChinChin, George Town

Don’t miss out the opportunity to immerse in a comfortable environment with a 5-course dinner to tempt your taste buds! Relish one of Spain’s finest wine – Vega Sicilia Wine and dishes like Maine Lobster, Foie Gras Torchon, Smoked Margaret Duck Breast and more at RM550+ per person! 

Spanish Fiesta
Tapas Club, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

Step into this March with joy as you will have a night to remember at Spanish Fiesta at the restaurant! Enjoy live Spanish music, free flow of authentic Spanish cold cuts, complimentary 1 serving or Paella and a selection of fine wine to add on! Priced at RM99 per person.

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[ELITE Review] 3 Luscious Delights at Raintree @ Menara CIMB

While looking for a restaurant with an alfresco to chill after a hectic week, I came across Raintree – a restaurant at Menara CIMB with a mix of Thai and Western cuisine which houses a relaxing alfresco.
Impressed with its minimalist design yet vibrant ambience, I and my friend made a visit with no hesitation. Once settled down, I just couldn’t wait to try the food here and also to share with you the best dishes you must not forgo when come to the restaurant. That’s why I had a friendly staff introduced 3 dishes which are much-loved by Raintree‘s customers. 


1/ Lamb Rack

Click here to view Free Lamb Rack at Raintree

The Lamb Rack was presented in an unpretentious way with the main focus on its flavors (which I was teasing my friend that it “cuts straight to the point” as the name suggested). Perked atop perfectly-grilled seasonal vegetables and potato wedges, the high-quality lamb racks whetted our appetite with its irresistible aroma. We were both amazed by the juiciness of the lamb while the racks were grilled to à point as the meat could easily dry out if it was not handled well. A great delight for lamb aficionados!

>> Click here to view this Lamb Rack

 

2/ Beef Short Ribs

Click here to view Beef Short Ribs at Raintree

Our next dish, which we couldn’t stop talking about until now, was the signature Beef Short Ribs. The big chunk of beef short ribs on a sizzling hot pan totally stunned us for a moment. Our first slice into the rib was satisfied as the meat easily fell of the bone, promised a melt-in-the-mouth sensation. Of course, it didn’t let us down with the well-marinated, fork-tender meat and the splendid BBQ sauce. 

>> Click here to view this Beef Short Rib

 

3/ Rib Eye

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Finally, we finished our meal with a true show stopper – Raintree’s signature Rib Eye. I have always been a big fan of rib eye and for sure I had some expectation for this signature dish. I was delighted as the rib eye was absolutely luscious. Using fine ingredients and top-quality rib eye, the chef skillfully preserved the meat’s juiciness and taste with a touch of the house-made black pepper sauce. The sauce itself was an exquisite combination that accentuated the flavors of the rib eye. The seasonal vegetables and potato wedges are worth-trying as well! 

>> Click here to view this Rib Eye

 

TABLEAPP ELITE members can redeem these 3 dishes for free! Find out more about TABLEAPP ELITE here

 

Raintree
Location: Level 2, Menara CIMB, 2, Jalan Stesen Sentral 2, 50470 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to book a table at Raintree