Monday, December 14, 2009

Lunch at A Little Dim Sum Place, SS2 Petaling Jaya



Initially I wanted to go for some Char Siew @ Seremban Favorites after some shopping with a friend; however when we arrived there, it was all sold out. I headed over to Atria, Damansara Jaya area to go to a particular japanese restaurant(watch for the newer post later on) but it was closed as it was already the end of lunch hour (we reached there about 3pm). Disappointed, I thought to myself, there's only SS2 left to go for food nearby. I thought of going to KTZ, but my friend wanted some dim sum. We stumbled upon a cafe not far from KTZ, called A Little Dim Sum Place.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Lunch at Seremban Favorites, Sunwaymas Commerical Centre, Petaling Jaya


I always been very fond of eating Char Siew(barbecued pork in sweet sauce). I've always thought that the char siew nearby my place was excellent already. I was wrong; there was something even more awesome than that. Located in Sunwaymas Commercial Centre(behind Aman Suria), Petaling Jaya, there's exists a shop that sells Char Siew that would be on a totally different scale (I'm serious, really).

Friday, November 13, 2009

Breakfast @ Hoong Foong Dim Sum, USJ21, Subang Jaya


It's been an extremely long time since I've had any proper dim sum. One morning I decided to have some and I checked if there were any other dim sum places around Subang Jaya aside Hong Ling Restaurant which I had ages ago. Pictured above is the Siu Long Pau (wrapped meat with soup) which Hoong Foong serves. I haven't had any of this before, so I'll leave the taste testing to you guys :P

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Dinner at Pondok Satay, USJ8 , Subang Jaya


I've heard many good things about this particular satay(skewered meat grilled on top charcoal) joint from various bloggers. Whilst not being an actual "pondok"(hut), it's a shoplot located in USJ8 (just behind the police station and opposite the mosque at USJ9). It's a typical restaurant/kopitiam that serves malay food, but it seems that they are more famous for the satay.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Dinner at Frontera, Jaya One, Petaling Jaya


Imagine yourself being a foreigner living in Malaysia for a while, and you have been craving for food back home which practically isn't found in Malaysia. So what do you do? Cook your own food of course. This is what Larry, the owner of Frontera did when he came to Malaysia. Frontera offers authentic Tex-Mex cuisine, so it would basically taste the same as what you would be having over in the States.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Lunch @ Baywatch, Dataran Prima, Petaling Jaya.


Image courtesy of The Star newspaper.

Baywatch, located right at the corner of Dataran Prima (nearby taman mayang/ aman suria) has always piqued my interest as I work nearby. Today I decided to try the place for lunch as I heard from my colleague that they serve lunch as well. A friend of mine wanted to pick up his laptop that I helped him repair, and so we might as well have lunch at the same time.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Lunch at Food and Tea, Tropicana City Mall, Petaling Jaya

Tropicana City Mall, a rather new mall in the heart of Petaling Jaya, located right next to the underpass heading to 1 Utama via LDP and just opposite Damansara Uptown. It's a not a very large mall, but it is dedicated to nearby residents to do their shopping conveniently. I was there for ACGC2009 (this was in march 09), and I went on a food hunt with my friend for lunch.

We arrived at Food and Tea, located at the corner of the building. They are very similar to the typical Hong Kong coffee shops styled cafes, such as Kim Gary and Wong Kok. Even the way we order our food was similar. Jot down the numbers on a piece of paper given and then flag a waiter(ess) to pick it up.

Drinks -
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Appetizers -
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Seafood Roll
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Yam Cake

Main Course -
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Fried Kuey Tiao
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Sambal Fried Rice
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Pork Cutlet Rice
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Black pepper pork cutlet noodles

Desserts -
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Food here is nothing to shout about. Mostly are just average. My friend complained the lack of sambal taste in his fried rice. The prawns in the seafood roll weren't too fresh either. As for me the biggest turn off would be my grape soda. It had those flying ants in it (WTF). I suspect they didn't cover their syrup properly and all the ants went inside =_= .

I wouldn't exactly recommend this place eventhough the food is "okay okay", but if you must satisfy your curious taste buds, then so be it.

Food and Tea
L1-15, Tropicana City Mall
Tel: 03-7710 5313
(www): www.myfoodntea.com

Monday, September 07, 2009

Dinner at Natural, Damansara Uptown

(*this post has cut all my backlog food queues xD)


Located in the busy streets of Damansara Uptown (same row as Starbucks Coffee which is located at the corner, not the middle one), Natural is a organic vegetarian restaurant. One of my friends tried this place before and he highly recommended that we try as well; and so off I went for dinner with a few other friends for this tasting session.

Parking is a hassle around this area, as I had to go around and round for like 20 minutes before I could locate a proper parking spot( normally people would just park at the roadside and all). Anyway, my friend had reserved 2 tables and had already booked the dishes in advanced. He ordered 5 dishes which are;

- Kangkung Belacan
- Butter Ribs
- Nestum Prawn
- Roasted Chicken
- Asam Fish

Before I show you ze peektures, Natural also has a wide range of health drinks for the health conscious people. From aloe vera to herbal drinks to fruit drinks, they have it.

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Roasted Chicken
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Butter Ribs
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Asam Fish
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Nestum Prawns
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Kangkung Belacan

I would have to say, this place is one of the better places for a good vegeterian food. Most of the dishes were flavorful, and quite realistic against their meat counterparts. Most places I had vegetarian food were rather bland, but this was not the case. Only the Kangkung belacan was a little pale, as the belacan had next to no taste (this is excepted as belacan is shrimp paste).

Overall, this place is a must try if you are into some healthy food. The only issue is the parking which you'll have to go through before enjoying your meal.

Natural Healthy Food Vegetarian Restaurant
82, Jalan SS21/39 Damansara Utama,
47400 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor.
Tel: 03-77242658

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

KC cooks: Egg in basket

This is a very very backdated post, which I was too lazy to update. But anyway, here we go. I'll be doing a step-by-step instructions on how to make Egg in Basket. What is an Egg in Basket you say? It's pretty much an egg put into the middle of the bread which has a hole in it. Ever watched V for Vendetta? Yup, that's the same one (tbh, I didn't watch it; so shoot me :x).

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1. To cut the bread, take glass and put on bread, press down and twist.
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2. The result you should have a nice round circle with the bread remainder on the glass.
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3. Heat the pan and apply butter
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4. Melt the butter and even it out across the pan
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5. Put the bread right on top of the melted butter, this will seal the edges so the egg wont seep out.
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6. Important step! Do not put in the egg too fast, this is the result of doing just that
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7. Slowly pour the egg into the hole, let the egg white cook before pouring the rest in. Use low-mid fire to cook.
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8. If you feel that the top is still raw, flip it over for a 100% cooked egg, or you can leave it like before for a nice sunny side up egg in basket.

That's all you need to do, how hard can it be? You may then add any sauce/seasoning/garnish that you like, or just eat it like that. Tastes good :3

Saturday, July 18, 2009

I spy : Nokia 5530 XpressMusic

Okay, I didn't actually spy. Went to a Nokia 5800XpressMusic gathering at Sunway Pyramid earlier today. Basically a bunch of us from Lowyat.net met up with the people of Nokia Malaysia. It was a session where we shared information and prompted feedback to Nokia Malaysia.

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The people from Nokia were very receptive of our views and feedback on the Nokia 5800XpressMusic. To show their gratitude, they even brought out the smaller sibling, the Nokia 5530 XpressMusic which is scheduled to be released in Q3 of 2009.

We were a lucky bunch to try out the new phone and this is my impressions. Firstly, the screen. It is a wee bit smaller than the 5800, but features a higher density screen instead, meaning that it is sharper. The screen is noticebly brighter and the colors were much more vivid. Also, the home screen has improved, you can now put contacts as well as a shortcut list; compared to the 5800 which you can only put either one.

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The 5530 was a wee bit smaller as well, and features a chrome/stainless steel finish to the faceplate. The black is now completely plastic as opposed to the rubberish feel on the 5800. I prefered the latter as it would make it less scratch prone. Also note that the camera is not as recessed as the 5800, which meant it would be easily scratched.

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Next the interface. As you would have probably seen on youtube, it has kinetic scrolling. It was a joy fiddling with the kinetic scrolling, and we had already feedback to the Nokia Malaysia crew that we would like this feature on our 5800 as well. Lets hope we will see it in the near future.

The 5530 retains almost everything from the 5800, with exception of 2 features. 3G and A-GPS support has been removed in order to keep the costs low. Which mean we would be expecting a lower-end Xpressmusic phone with touch screen capabilities. They didn't tell us the pricing and the amount of storage they would bundle together with the 5530 (gsmarena.com quotes 8gb microsdhc), but I suppose they will be officially announcing it soon.

Thanks to David,Ernie and Glen of Nokia Malaysia as well as the others (didn't catch your name properly, sorry) for inviting us over and for the lunch as well :D

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Cheap Japanese Bento @ Ume-tei Bento House, SS15 Subang Jaya

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After finishing up my final year presentation at college, my friends and I decided to go for lunch. A friend introduced this place, Ume-tei, located in the busy streets of SS15 Subang Jaya. He described it as economical japanese food and tastes decent too. There aren't many economical japanese food around town(not in Subang Jaya at least), especially bento sets, which usually go for at least RM20 onwards. Without hesitating, we carpooled our way down to ss15.

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Ume-tei is located just beside Peppercorn Cafe. Fairly easy to spot if you are a regular at ss15. It is on the same row as Salmon Steak House and the back of the wet market.

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Inside was a little quiet, especially during lunch hours. Interior decorations were fairly simple, japanese potraits, wooden chairs and glass table. I must say, the selection of food choices here isn't great, but it is more than enough (most places have menus as thick as a magazine, here is just a sheet of laminated paper). I mean, it makes life easy to decide on what to order.

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We ordered Unagi Don(rm18), Chawan Mushi(rm3.50), Chicken Teriyaki Bento(rm11), Shake Bahayaki Bento(rm12), Sliced Beef Steak Bento(rm12), Macaroni Salad(rm2). They have a choice between garlic fried rice, or just plain white rice. I had garlic fried rice to go with my bento. I have to say, it is quite nice. I had sliced beef bento. The beef wasn't overcooked, which resulted it in not being too dry, which was good. Serving portions were not bad as well; quite large for this kind of pricing.

I would definitely recommend this place if you are looking for cheap japanese food. Although if you are looking for sushi, you would have to go somewhere else as they only serve bento and various noodles. They also pack their bentos so you could call them to order and go there to pick it up.

Ume-tei Bento House
No. 19, Grd Floor, Jalan SS15/4,
47500 Subang Jaya,
Selangor.
Tel: 03-56367895

Monday, June 15, 2009

Dinner at Star Grill, Taipan USJ 10, Subang Jaya

Today my friend wanted to treat me dinner for my birthday celebration and he asked me to pick a place. I've been eye-ing on this place called Star Grill, located in Taipan, USJ 10. It is just beside where Burger King once used to be. He agreed and we went there.

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To my surpise, I saw a familiar face. He greeted me like an old friend. It was the old uncle from Meaty House across the parking facility. No wonder I didn't see him there anymore, he moved to Star Grill! With his usual enthusiasm, he quickly introduced us with some fairly new dishes which I did not seem to have come across the old place last time. He recommended the German Pork Knuckle, which was for 2pax. There were 2 variations of it as well; one being the regular crispy version, and the other skinless, but wrapped in bacon instead. Oh my god, can you imagine how sinful is that? Bacon + pork knuckle = instant fat.

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Anyway, we ordered Ice Lemon Tea and Barley Lime. Complimentary crackers and salad were given as well while we waited for the main dish. We also had mushroom soup. It was definitely filled with mushrooms, but it did not taste as good as the one at Dave's(which effectively is double the price as well). When the Pork Knuckle came out of the kitchen, my jaw dropped. literally. It was that huge, larger than what I would have estimated. We ate and ate for an hour and barely managed to finish it. 2 people definitely won't be enough to take down this behemoth, unless you have a black hole appetite.

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The Pork Knuckle was served with minty sauce and the usual brown sauce. We had to go 2 rounds of the sauce as it finished before we even had half of the pork. The skin was very crispy, akin to the chinese roast pork belly, except this in one huge lump. Meat was still pinkish and very tender, which probably meant it was just about right.

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Overall we paid about RM70, which was a little high, but for this chunk of meat, I think it was worth the while. The uncle recommended we make a 2nd trip back for the German Pork Knuckle wrapped with Bacon instead. I would need to bring more friends the next time around.

StarGrill Restaurant
No.4, Jalan USJ10/1B,
USJ Taipan,
476200 Subang Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan.

Tel: 03-5621 8100

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

...and I aged today

Guess my age :D