Thanis Lim

All Rounder Chef and Food Journalist

YAM YAM KFC (Korean Fried Chicken)

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Korean fried chicken is something new to many. This restaurant is a joint partnership between Bruneian and Korean. It’s opened for some time already and they did post some advertisements in the newspapers.
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They are already featured in Brunei Times but how many of us know where this Yam Yam KFC is located? In the newspapers, they mention Kiarung as their address but finding the place can prove confusing for some. Have no fear – as I will guide you through how to find the place.
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This is the crossroads along Jalan Pengiran Babu Raja – if you go straight – you will go to Beribi Shell Station – turn right and you will enter Kiarung – so you should turn right here.
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You will be faced with red humps like these because it’s a school area. Keep driving straight ~~~ DO NOT turn into the Kiarung Area where Baiduri bank and Kaizen Sushi is located. Just keep going straight ….
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Until you see this mini roundabout – turn left …
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You will then see a Simpang 18 and a yellow CAR WASH sign (you can have your car washed while enjoying your meal LOL) – turn into this simpang and you will find ~~
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This orange coloured building ~~~ YAY~~ we are here!
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YAM YAM KFC ~~~~~~~~~~ THIS WAY ~~~~~~~~~ I am surprised they don’t use any Korean Mascots ~~~
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To avoid embarrassment, which two of my friends did – use the DOOR on the left side .. the right door is locked de ~~ haha ~~
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I am intrigued by this tyre table ~~
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Pretty spacious and simple decoration with many signs about their food~~
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Feels like a fast food chain ~~
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I ordered the Half Yang-Neom Chicken and Half Gan- Jiang Chicken for $10
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KFC is basically crispy fried chicken but tossed in special korean style sauce. It’s quite delicious! I especially liked the crispy skin and that saucy feel to my chicken (yet it doesn’t make the skin soggy) YUM YUM chicken indeed!
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Being a Korean restaurant – it’s no surprise you will see many other Korean dishes such as this Char Chiang Mian
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This Omurice set is good value – chicken chop on top of egg and rice and with sides ~~ complete meal (I felt my chicken chop was a bit tough though)
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The Korean Stone Pot Rice ~`
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Gim Bap (Korean style sushi) which goes well with the KimChi (no wasabi pls lol)
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Spicy Korean Noodles (similar to Char Chiang Mien style but this one clearly uses hot bean paste)
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Hot and Spicy Kimchi Stew (Soup)
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Nutritious Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup ~~ hmmm…
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Chap Chae (not sure if I spelled correctly) is a noodle dish – green bean noodles apparently stir fried with vegetables. It felt like thick Tang Hoon but texture wise very interesting. DSCF0614
Kimchi is usually given with the GIM BAP but if you want to tapao/takeaway Kimchi, they do sell at a good price ~~~
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Personally I like their fried chicken and I think you will ~~ the Korean dishes are generally alright but the main thing I will order here will be the Fried Chicken, drenched in the sauces ~~ hmm… *finger licking good*


UPDATE: Yam Yam chicken has since closed down but has been relocated to Batu Bersurat. More news to follow. Stay tuned. 

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Amali’s Cafeteria

Amali’s cafeteria is a cosy little place at the back of Centrepoint Gadong and right next to Kitaro Japanese restaurant. The owner is a free spirited woman whose not only a great cook but also a fashion designer and in the process of publishing her cookbook! The restaurant is named after her daughter, whose already starting to learn the joy of cooking at a young age.

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The restaurant is pretty cosy and has enough seats for maybe 15 people – and up to four tables and some can probably sit at the bar table.

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I must say I like the personal touches on the dining table setting. Gives a very classy relaxed feel to your dining experience. Amali’s menu features many home cooked style soul food such as ….

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This rich delicious pumpkin soup – which is gorgeous! Loved it!

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Cream of Spinach Soup – Hmmm ~~~

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The cream of mushroom soup is also *lips smacking* yum!

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Amali also has great appetizers from their menu – such as this prawns spring rolls with three different dipping sauces …

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These are certainly my kind of lollipops ~~ the chicken lollipops! Hmm ….. and they put foil on the bones so we won’t get our hands dirty~~ how thoughtful!

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Now is that green apple basket appetizer enough to make you salivate? *slurps*

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and this delicious appetizer, which is a layer of pineapple,cucumber, apples, cherry tomatoes, tuna and topped with caviar – a good contrast and balanced appetizer! A must try dish!

 

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One of the hard things to find in Brunei are salads which aren’t loaded with heavy supermarket dressings that contain so much fat and calories, you’re better off eating Nasi Katok instead. Amali’s uses only home made dressings that are whipped up right in their kitchen! None of that loaded with preservatives and artificial flavouring ‘goodness’ from store bought dressings!

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Their Caesar Salad, which you can choose between Salmon or Chicken or Plain, is light and not loaded with mayonnaise and loaded with tons of cheese. Their croutons made from pita bread, are seriously crunchy and provided a great textural contrast to this salad. 

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This is their mango prawn cocktail salad, which is drizzled with mango dressing. Hmmm .. a must try for mango lovers!

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If ya love nachos and dips, Amali’s has quite a few dips for you to try such as this pizza dip, which is loaded with finely chopped vegetables and a satisfying dip! Be sure to check out their chestnut dip, which the boss highly recommends!

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They also have pasta dishes if you’re looking to load up your carbs !

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The spaghetti bolognaise ~~~ hmmm….

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From the main course I got to try this tangy dish – their Ginger Flower Prawns – which is served with rice.

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This dish came from the roots of Filipino cuisine, a milkfish fried till crispy and you can actually eat the fine bones from the fish.

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This is the most expensive dish on their menu, their black pepper lamb, which is well seasoned and properly honeyed (a new term I invented for that honey caramelized taste of BBQ honey goodness) – and served with good bodied mashed potatoes – not too mushy – which I like! Highly recommended! *smacks lips – finger licking good*

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After all that food – it’s good to end the meal with a good dessert!

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Tiramisu topped with chopped strawberries~~ hmmm

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Smooth Panna Cotta (you can see the black bits … which are from actual vanilla beans!) and topped with black berries~~ yum!

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I also got to try this gorgeous Durian Torte (seasonal), which makes you feel like you’re eating fresh durian! Hmm…… Ooo my Durian~~

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Wobbling Mango Pudding ~~ Ooooh gotta love those mangoes!

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We also got to try this off the menu dish, which was actually an accidental creation! It is seriously a chocolate overloaded dessert, you need to try this to believe it --- we actually asked the chef to call it OH MY CHOCOLATE~~ we shall see if that happens! So chocolaty goodness  ~~ chocolate mousse on top of a kuih batik/brownies like cake base! Oh My ChoCo…..Late~~

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*burp* now to wash down all the desserts with gorgeous cup of cappuccino …

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or pour some of their special Sencha (green tea with puffed rice) infused with mint and tarragon. Oooo the fragrance ~~ you can smell it as soon as you pour it off the pot! *sips ~~ and reaches Zen mode or Happy Place*

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Hmm … such a satisfying meal! Now you would expect such a place to be pretty expensive but I find the prices are pretty reasonable for good quality food and cosy ambience. I must admit I will be hanging around Amali’s often – if there’s available seats! I actually wished the restaurant could seat more people – so I would not have to think if I will get a seat or not!

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