Monday, October 23, 2017

Crab Day, Crab Night

It always amazes me what SK decides to bring back from her trips. During a recent Bangkok trip, she actually bought a packet of kway teow. She stir-fried it with chicken fillet and kale, and brought it over for breakfast. Later in the morning, we headed out to Midvalley Megamall as SK needed to get her luggage repaired. In our haste, we arrived even before the shutters were raised. Once she got her luggage sent in, we did some shopping. Always great to move around before the crowds set in. Mum and SK even did a free oxygen therapy from Elizabeth Arden. Too bad they couldn't squeeze a sale out of us.

Lunch was at Define:food, a new restaurant opposite the now-defunct Tim Ho Wan. A word of warning, the place ain't very disabled friendly. Ascended a long flight of stairs with no bannister to access the air-conditioned area. Grabbed two things from the menu-- crab cakes and duck confit. The crab cakes were small, but bursting with crab meat. The pair of cakes were topped with a mango salsa and served with a hypnotizing swirl of tangy, white sauce. The duck confit was also delicious with a nice crisp.

Crab Cakes

Duck Confit

MaisonSK hosted dinner that night after a long hiatus. My sister and the Monsters were also there. SK whipped up a dish of Thai green curry that was very authentic thanks to the cooking paste that she bought in Bangkok. Her dish of steamed mud crab (AEON at Midvalley sells really fresh crabs) with egg and Hoegaarden Radler was also fantastic. Right after dinner, I played Monopoly with the kids. Gosh, just the process of buying up all the property took so long. Been ages since I played that.

Grilled Pork Neck Meat

Steamed Mud Crabs

Friday, October 20, 2017

A Scrumptious Sixty

Cendol

The 60th National Day celebrations kicked off a super long weekend in Malaysia. SK suggested that we have breakfast together at Restoran Kim Kee, Kota Kemuning. Been a while since I visited that place and business has never been better. From my observations, their wantan noodles is the bestseller. I gave that a try a made a conclusion that those people don't know what a good plate of wantan noodles taste like! Well, they got the texture right, but those noodles left a horrible rusty aftertaste in my mouth. Normally that's a sign of too much preservatives in the noodles or bad cooking. And the char siew was was rough and dry. Yikes, I'll stick with Daniel Wantan Mee at OUG.

Chicken Feet

SK want for their curry wantan noodles which was much better. The gravy was strong enough to mask the aftertaste. We also ordered cendol which looked fantastic. The cendol strands were long, and glistened a beautiful green. From the taste, it was obvious they used quality palm sugar. My only complaint was the texture of the ice. I prefer smoother ice shavings, not the 'crunchy' type.

Doors and Fishes

We then visited Sunway Velocity Mall, a place that SK had not visited before. Truth be told, that mall just doesn't resonate with me. Don't know if it's the layout or the choice of shops or both. We didn't spend much time there. Bought a box of Original Cake since there was no queue. It's definitely very soft and fluffy, and tastes great right out of the oven, but I wouldn't be lining up for it. Sunway Velocity dedicated their top floor to the arts. Christened as Commune, it's home to local designers, hipster cafes, and the occasional art exhibition. Much of the space is partitioned with a Frankenstein jumble of panels, door, and windows salvaged from old houses.

Tiles

My Journey By Bus

Our lunch was at Forêt Blanc, Alex's foray into cafes. Years ago, he baked specialty cakes out of his home off Old Klang Road. He then became a supplier for cakes and pastries. That business remains although he's into retail now. From a stroke of genius, he created a synergy between Malaysia's love of Indian food with waffles, and called it Banana Leaf Waffle. His earlier version was more on the weet side but the later v2.0 was more savoury. We chose the latter. The first thing you notice is of course the banana leaf. Lol. The waffle is actually special because it's made with a vadai base and topped with coconut ice cream with a sprinkling of desiccated coconut and deep-fried curry leaf. Several sauces are included-- tomato chutney, mint chutney (could be less sweet IMHO), mango puree, and raita. My favourite was the tomato chutney.

Neon Unicorn Freezy Bowl

Banana Leaf Waffle v2.0

Three of us polished the whole dish, and SK went back to the counter to order dessert. The Yuzu Garden is a collection of items with yuzu bring the star. And SK also got her favourite vanilla creme brulee. The creme brulee was thick and flavourful, but I noticed that the sugar crust was too thin for me to crack with the spoon. You'll never get bored of the creme brulee there because they change the flavours weekly.

Yuzu Garden

Vanilla Creme Brulee

Dinner was at Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park after rolling (and bouncing) in the hay with KH. Just imagine that I threw my head back and was pumping my hands in the air shouting 'Merdeka!'. He brought me to Yu Noodle Cuisine, a rip-off of the successful Go Noodle House. We shared a bowl of mee xian with slices of grouper. Avoid this place if you have high blood pressure-- the soup base is kinda salty. Unlike Go, they have a bottle of rice wine on the table that you can use to mask the saltiness. Or you can go crazy with it and turn your dinner into a big bowl of cocktail. Also ordered a bowl pork-mushroom balls. Texture-wise its quite dense, but it's quite delicious.

Mi Xian

Wine

Pork Balls

Crossed the road to Donutes to have coffee and was quite surprised to see the revised pricing. Wonderful inflation. The place seems popular with the LGBT crowd. Saw a whole table of lesbians outside, and we sat next to two gay lous who were busy receiving dick pics on their Grindr. Malaysia is great. Happy 60th!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

10MDC

Leong Wei

Woke up very early on Sunday morning to send mother out for her Bentong day trip. The original plan was for me to do a morning run with KH after dropping mum off, but that was called off due to the rain. Changed the plans and headed to 6:45 AM instead. Right after mass, I picked KH up and we went to breakfast together. The place was near his home, a kopitiam by the name of Restoran Leong Wei. We shared a plate of curry CCF with YTF. Not exactly a good choice for my scratchy throat, but it was worth it.

YTF

Curry CCF

Further treatment for my throat continued back at home. A very unconventional treatment involving a special delivery method, a suppository of sorts. LOL. If only all 'medical procedures' were so pleasurable. In the afternoon, we headed to Sunway Putra Mall for lunch. KH introduced me to Momo King, a Nepalese restaurant at the food court. Shared a bowl of soup momo (Nepalese meat dumplings in a dhal-like soup) and fried noodles.

Soup Momo

Once we had filled our bellies, we walked over to Sunway Putra Hotel. The whole place was bustling with activity as the SEA Games contingent from Philippines and Vietnam were holed up there. Security was 'tight' with several metal detectors and baggage scanners at the lobby. The actual reason we were there was to listen to a sharing by Lilian Ong, a successful Nu Skin distributor in Singapore. She is a charismatic speaker, detailing her long journey from a high-paying marketing director career to qualifying as a USD 10 million circle member. Network marketing is a very different kind of approach, that's why its often shunned. It seems so crazy to exit the rat race.

Tea time was at Onde-Onde, a Malaysian restaurant that supposedly serves the second best Asam Laksa in town. Trust me, it's a lie. However, I do recommend their kaya butter toast.

Kaya Butter Toast

For the first time ever, we went to watch Harith Iskander, who was crowned "Funniest Person in the World" by Laugh Factory. That night's show at HGH Convention Center was called "I Told You So", a long-winded story about young, reckless love. I didn't feel that I got my money's worth of laughs. Felt that the side-tracked jokes were better than the main story line. The show was recorded that night, so who knows, our faces may turn up on TV some time. Hope I wasn't looking bored!

Harith Iskander: I Told You So

Friday, October 13, 2017

Who's Your Appa?

Rainy Market Day

The rain on Saturday morning was so heavy that I woke up before my alarm rang. Undeterred, mum and I headed to the wet market anyway. At least half of the stalls half of the stalls in the open air section weren't open for business. Some vendors set up their stalls, but kept all their merchandise wrapped up to prevent water damage. Although there was less of a crowd, it was still an umbrella war when getting around. My breakfast was Penang white curry noodles but I found it a little too sweet. On the other hand, mum got herself a plate of chicken feet salad and roasted pork.

White Curry Noodles

In the afternoon, mum suggested that we go eat at Appa's Charitable Restaurant. The places serves an array of Indian food with a unique concept-- eat as much as you need, pay as much as you like. When you exit, just put money into the donation box. Years ago, Annalakshmi at Midvalley Megamall had a similar concept, but they collected money at the cashier where they would guilt trip you to pay more. When we walked in, we were the only non-Indians there. The friendly staff kept asking us to eat more. Lol. Truth be told, food there is pretty delicious. There's idli in the morning and banana leaf rice on Sundays too. In case you're wondering, the restaurant is part of the All Persons Providence Association group founded by Dr. Solomon Rajandran. Don't know much about him, but I found an interesting piece of news about his organization-- early in the year, famous money game godfather Zhang Jian donated MYR 1.2 million to them.

Eat What You Need

Lunch at Appa's was quite light, so mum and I could still eat some more at home. She had bought some fresh clams from the market that morning, so she made dish of stir-fried clams with chili. Yummy!

Stir-fried Clams

Mum had dinner plans in the evening, so I had a dinner date with KH. As my throat was feeling a bit scratchy, I suggested we eat at Paradise Dynasty, Pearl Shopping Gallery. Drank plenty of hot tea and soothed my throat with soupy dishes. But seeing KH was the best sort of remedy. :).

Shanghai Fried Rice

Thursday, October 12, 2017

LZB

Black Ink, Black Threads

When EspressoLab was still in Avenue K, I used to train my eyes behind the counter every time I walked by, going to and from the KLCC LRT station. Why? Because a leng zai barista (nama manjanya LZB) used to work there. With his height and broad shoulders, he looked so good girded with the work apron. Ever since it closed down, I lost my cuci mata opportunity in the early mornings and late evenings.

Cafe

However, my disappointed is now at an end, because I found him again! And just down the road from where I work at Jalan Yap Kwan Seng. If you're curious about how he looks (no spy pics from me guys and girls!), go check him out at Black Ink No. 6. It's a perfectly quiet place for a poke bowl and a cup of coffee, while you check out LZB with his daily tasks. There's also a coffee called the Volcano, something that looks like a messy creampie. :P. I shall go back to try that.

Poke Bowl

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Swift Singapore

Eggs and Toast

Out of the blue, I was summoned to Singapore for a meeting with several of my colleagues. It was about some demo for my Brunei client. The partner's office was in Singapore, so we went down there. Arrived at KLIA2 bright and early. I didn't feel like McDonald's that day, so I went to ToastBox instead. I swung my teaspoon against the large soft-boiled egg and the whole thing just disintegrated in my hands. The table was a mess! Big eggs, VERY thin shell.

Looking Up

The flight was uneventful, which is of course desirable. The immigration counter was kinda swamped at Changi, and it was partly due to a whole bunch of Korean tourists who did not know how to fill in their arrival cards. Since the last time I came to Singapore for work, the office had moved to a different building. All glass and modern furniture, with a pantry that looks like something out of Google HQ. The meeting went well and by lunch time it was over. My CEO took us to lunch at .... wait for it .... wait for it .... Lau Pa Sat. Wow. I really miss the place. Meh. By late afternoon, we departed. Yes, just a day trip.

Four Fingers

Back at Changi, I was feeling a bit hungry, so I ordered some chicken wings with seaweed fries from Four Fingers (they replaced Texas Chicken). Didn't like it at all. So dry. Don't know what the hype is about. Hopefully I will have the opportunity to meet AlexanderTheGay, MoonlightPiggy, Nic, POD, Suzy, Kidz, and some other friends in future visits.

Gates

Monday, October 09, 2017

Pop Down to Petaling Street

Nasi Lemak

From church, mum and I traveled to Kuala Lumpur on a Sunday afternoon to attend a talk on women and politics at Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH). But before that, we met up KH for lunch at Ali, Muthu &Ah Hock at Jalan Balai Polis. It was my first time at that very touristy cafe. Following the trend, it's a retro cafe at a heritage shop lot. Their menu is full of typical Malaysian favourites like nasi lemak, roti kahwin and laksa lemak, all of which were pretty good. Their local coffee is also great. No wonder it's usually packed.

Muhibah

Roti Kahwin

At 2:30 PM, we headed to KLSCAH to listen to the talk. Two of the speakers were female lawmakers from the opposition. Mum started yawning halfway through the thing (and KH could hardly understand 20% of what was being said), so we quickly left the hall and went coffee hunting instead.

Rotunda

Talk

KH recommended that we go to Leaf & Co., right opposite the old Yan Keng Benevolent Dramatic Association building. A great chance to revisit the old part of town after the MRT construction was completed. The quaint little cafe is actually a part of Mingle Kuala Lumpur Hostel. As with old pre-war shop lots, the layout of the place was narrow, but very long. In the middle, they planted a tree with a feature wall of artfully stacked sand bricks. A very IG-friendly cafe indeed.

Mingle

Sand Bricks

Pour Over

The menu also had many appealing cold drinks that were very suitable for sweltering afternoons. I chose the passion fruit lemonade while KH had the lime lemon mojito. The latter was so refreshing with a large lime juice popsicle with mint leaves dunked into the ice-cold mojito. Perfect. After all those sour drinks, we were feeling a bit hungry, so we tucked into a slice of Blue Velvet cake, which was also excellent.

Lime Lemon Mojito

Blue Velvet Cake

Before going home, we walked around the area on foot, mainly around Pasar Karat. In just one afternoon, we spent nearly MYR20 on parking alone.

Yan Keng

Jalan Sultan

Petaling Street