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My Tiger Crystal Moment at SOULed Out Menara HSC


Beer and food pairing. Yup...that was one brilliant makan adventure that I had last weekend. The norm has always been wine with food pairing. This beer and pairing is certainly the first for me. And being held at Souled Out, I was excited as this is one of my fave makan places some 15 years ago from their Mont Kiara days. And more so since I missed trying out this limited edition Tiger Crystal last year, I was even more excited.
I arrived right on time. Hubby joined me a wee later as he ended up at the SOULed Out in Sri Hartamas despite being given a full briefing right before we both left our home. So while waiting, Yvonne and I opted for some fruit juices. Yes I love juices before a meal anytime and everywhere. 3 very colourful juices for 3 very colourful girls. Hehehe.

The Silkroad is a refreshing mix of orange, ginger, cucumber and lemon juice. Yummeh as I've always loved ginger for its mild pungent taste.
I must admit that the Dragonfly didn't look like a dragonfly but it was a brilliant red ruby made of dragon fruit (of course!), watermelon, strawberry puree and fresh lemon juice. Sweet with a refreshing touch of zesty lemon.
Apple Tropics is either a love or hate it drink. A blend of beetroot, apple, pineapple, lime and passion fruit, I loved the mild earthy beetroot taste. Yes, I love beetroot and have it in a lot of my salads and juices at home. So obviously I come under the category of I love this drink people.
When the gang arrives, we kick off with our buckets of ice cold Tiger Crystal. Refreshing and light, this brew is totally different from your regular Tiger beer. Drink it while its nice and cold. Its light and very easy:D
refreshing, light & cold!
Cheese Nachos are such a must for nibbles when out with friends over beer. And this must have been the train of thought of the chef when he included this dish with the wine pairing. Crunchy nachos with a generous topping of oozing cheese is absolutely awesome. Add a touch of the sour cream and it brings us a different experience.
The Deep Fried Chicken Wings was certainly a fave with many that night. Crispy skin and tender juicy meat. Yummeh...and I began my second bottle of Tiger Crystal. LOL.

Fried Calamari with its light batter and almost perfect calamari was yet another popular light bite for the night. The calamari was fried just right. Not chewy at all, it took just a few munches and swallow. Nice!

The Tofu Puffs I believed was meant for the healthy people:P But that seriously, this is one healthy nibble. Crispy on the outside and flavourful creamy stuffing including some lovely mix of crunchy vegetables with a tangy dip on the side, this is a good dish to return to SOULed Out especially when you're in the company of "healthy" eaters.
We had 4 mains for our Tiger Crystal beer pairing.

The main highlight of the mains had to be the Beef Espetada. It was a pretty culinary display. And I must admit it tasted even better than it looked. The meat dangled from above the plate. The base was a pretty plate of awesome grilled vegetables ~ healthy idea! Done with pictures, it was a 400g glorious piece of ribeye. Well marinated, this was a magnificent piece of meat. It was nice and juicy inside with a firm outside. Great enough to eat on its own with its mild bay (also known as laurel) flavour without the need of the 2 sauces that was served. Yes this is a highly recommended dish to try when you visit SOULed Out!
medium rare and juicy.
Healthy Miso Grouper was quite a departure from the extremely satisfying meaty Beef Espetada. The grouper and scallop was lightly marinated with miso. Lightly pan fried, the scallop was all tender and juicy while the grouper was flavourful with the miso marinade. This is served with some sauteed vegetables which included my favourite squash.
The Sizzling Lamb Cutlet  was one dish that I could smell before the waitress reached us. It was a robust dish with an amazing marinade of fine Indian spices. Served on a hot plate, this made the whole dish even more fiery. Served with some Indian breads on the side, this dish pits many Indian restaurants to shame.
breads that went well with the lamb cutlets (and also the masala chicken)
Last of the mains was the Masala Chicken Chop. A fusion dish, it was quite an appetising dish even though I was quite filled by what I have eaten above. The lightly spicy chicken was rather addictive with the yoghurt dip on the side. 
Dessert and beer? Yes the chosen dessert was Bananarama. Mind you this has nothing to do with the 80s pop bandlah! Bananas wrapped with soft crepes served with ice cream and crunchy cornflakes, I could not resist the dessert and another bottle of ice cold Tiger Crystal. *Burp*
So there you are, my beer and food pairing experience:D

SOULed Out,
Menara HSC,
Jalan Ampang,
50450 Kuala Lumpur
www.souledout.com.my
Landmark: beside British High Commission
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A couple of friends arrived late and had missed the light bites. So we ordered the Seafood Aglio Oglio. The pasta was el dente and with a generous topping of seafood (Its so good, that I'm heading in for this  tonight and of course the beef espetada too)
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And if you happen to try out Tiger Crystal, do check out their contest which ends on Saturday 10th December 2011. The lucky winner gets to experience a rare experience to stay in a hotel made entirely out of ice and snow, the iconic ICEHOTEL in Sweden. Each room is uniquely designed and the hotel offers amazing art, nature, accommodation and gastronomic experiences for the guests. 
This once in a lifetime opportunity is available to the consumers via the “Refreshingly Different” Tiger Crystal Facebook photo contest. All they need to do is upload a photo of their most refreshingly different Tiger Crystal moment. The grand prize winner will walk away with a trip for two to the fascinating Sweden’s ICEHOTEL.

To find out more about Tiger Crystal and the “Refreshingly Different” Facebook photo contest, log on to www.facebook.com/tigerbeer.
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And we took the opportunity to celebrate a friend's burpday - Sidney from Big Boys Oven. This has been a pal that has guided me in blogging. THANX Sid! Happy Burpday:D