My best beef experience@Maple Tree House 단풍나무집, Myeongdong, Seoul

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This trip allowed me to learn something new about my MD. That he, is also a big time foodie fella! As our meeting venue is at Lotte Hotel, and the Myeongdong shopping district was just across the road, we were in luck to have this dinner meal with our big boss, who raved about how good Maple Tree House was.

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We left the ordering to the expert. The side dishes seemed boring. But boy oh boy, they did make really good kimchi. If I wasn’t sick (with the whole fever, flu, sore throat, cough package) I’d think my gluttony appetite would have soared up the roof.

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The colour of the charcoal tells you how good the food was going to be. Gorgeous shades of red and grey. The heat from this thing was pretty intense, coupled with my fever.

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The Sam geop sal, was also one of the freshest and prettiest I’ve seen in a long while. Tummy juices running wild as we watched these delicious strips of porkylicious goodness grilling over the pot of charcoal.

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Today! Damn, they were yums! And to think it was barely marinated. I was never let down by the freshness of South Korea’s meat. I don’t blame my Korean friends who reside in Malaysia and sometimes declining some meat dishes served here since they get good quality meat in most places in Korea, whilst we don’t get good quality meat in many places.

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The biggest highlight of Maple Tree House was the beef. Shizers. The Beef. The bomb. The kaboom. The fireworks. Speechless. By far the best beef I had besides Mitsui in Taipei.

Teeheehee. 1/3 of the patrons on our table do not take beef. I could tell the 2/3 including me, were going all out taking the extra portions willfully haha.

So tender, so juicy, so soaked with the smokey smell of charcoal. Each piece in the mouth made me want to rip my hair off and hop around like some mad kid on a lolly

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Then came the lamb chops, gorgeous slabs of redness. The meat were all so undeniably fresh! Very tender juicylicious, after being grilled to perfection! Not a single hint of that foul gamey smell of lamb meat you get very often in overcooked below average lamb meat quality dishes.

If I had to rate the best meat in sequence, it’d be : beef, lamb then pork.
The meal was rather pricey though, 7 of us ate this dinner which cost nearly RM 1000. Phew. Burning a hole in the pocket if it hadn’t been for our big boss around. Teeheehee.

I would definitely return to this place for the beef alone! (Due to cost containment). The service was pretty good, and the staffs could speak really minimal English, enough to order and bring us what we need.

Address:
Maple Tree House 단풍나무집,
Myeongdong
B1F, 8-1, Myeong-dong 1-ga,
Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Tel : 02-771-9700
Website: http://www.mapletreehouse.co.kr/eng/html/about.asp

Tandoori Chicken Pow Wow@Pak Putra, Melaka

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Located nearby another must-come place in Melacca, asam pedas Laksamana, Pak Putra gained great fame as one of the hot spots for a good supper meal.

The place was full, with both locals and angmohs, busy eating these delicious food. I guess travel sites had already helped PP reach out to many foreigners considering the large caucasian crowd present when I arrived here.

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The Tandoori was actually not bad. It is one of PP’s most hightly sought after dish. Although the tandoori seemed a little more fried-like to me rather than grilled, but the flavouring and marination compensated for the slight downfall.

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The setting was no different from any mamaks, except that the waiters spoke better English and were able to recommend dishes better, from their improved probing skills.

The butter chicken (apologies on the lousy photos as it was really quite dark where we were seated), was yummulicious! Tenderlicious chicken chunks with creamylicious gravy, filled with the fragrant aroma of ghee. RM9/pot.

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The Bendi ghobi was filled with wok hei! Gravy was like thickened dhall with actual potato chunks inside. The spicy wok hei gravy coated each slice of lady fingers perfectly. RM 6.

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To balance off the heavy flavours of spices and aroma, a plain naan did just fine to bring the yin and yang into our meal. The best naan, still went to Fiercer’s!

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The naan expert was a rather friendly one too. He gladly allowed me to slow down his speed of baking for a slight bit, to take a couple of photos of the fluffy naans cooking their way in the round clay furnace. Full respect to this chef as I could not bear even 5minutes standing next to this super hot thing. And he needs to be next to it from 6pm to 2pm everyday. His skin must be made of heat repellant.

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Kudos also to the chef in charge of the tandoori chicken grilling. It was some really crazy heat even just standing a near distance away, and this fellow was literally by its side for hours. These guys must be some sorta X-Men super power chefs with heat-repellant skin suits!

Total damage was RM 15/pax. Wasn’t bad actually for the quality and quantity of food were got. Definitely a worthy try and it deserves another return. Next trip!

Address:
Pak Putra Tandoori & Naan
Jalan Laksamana 4,
75200, Melaka.
Tel: 012-601 5876
Opening hours: 6.00 pm-2.00 am (Tuesdays – Sundays)