Thursday, April 11, 2019

Chapter 163 - Paul Depuis 1889 (Pavilion) & Selfie Museum (Fahrenheit88)

Anyone here? I can’t believe that I have stopped writing for more than a month now despite that I have written so many press releases and articles in the past few weeks. Anyway, what urges me to pen this down before I forget is my recent experience in Kuala Lumpur, putting on my tourist cap and strolling the city on a Sunday.
Where I tried to become a mermaid too :)

1.    Paul Depuis 1889, Pavilion

Started off the day by having brunch in Paul Depuis 1889 in Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur. The name itself has pretty much sparked our curiosity to try what this restaurant has to offer. We were well seated amidst the patrons that made up by families, couples and friends. Cozy ambiance but lack of privacy; don’t even thought of gossiping if you are sitting right at the centre of the shopping mall, in an open concept.
Pizza Margherita (RM 19.00)
Surprise set (RM29.00)

2.    Selfie Museum, Fahrenheit88

Have you heard of Selfie Museum? I have never come across this until my friend shared it with me. Perhaps, Samsung users will know this well. Located at Level 2, all Samsung smartphone users can redeem two tickets of Selfie Museum for free whereas non-Samsung users would have to pay an entrance fee of RM20.00. Thankfully, I have loyal Samsung friends which entitle me to walk in style, play like a kid and act like a model.

In fact, at the 3rd room, you can redeem a free Baskin Robbins ice-cream; just don’t expect a big tub ya.
Why do they look alike?

3.    Wong Kok Char Chan Teng, Pavilion

By the time when we “completed” our tour in Selfie Museum, our stomachs started to growl, asking for food. Without thinking much, we headed to Wong Kok Char Chan Teng as surprisingly, we miss the food there. I immediately ordered a plate of Smoked Duck Fried Rice plus a cup of Honey Lemon. It was such a heartwarming meal;  we then spent the  rest of the time catching up with one another.

It was a memorable day, spending time with friends whom we have not met for months. Sometimes, all you need is not a grand plan for activities and food but all you need is just the moment to craft the memories together. Indeed, I am glad that I managed to make time for them.

Paul Depuis 1889
Level 2, Lot 2.09.02/S2.09.02,
168, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur. 

Selfie Museum,
Unit 2.28-2.40, Level 2, Fahrenheit88,
No. 179, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur. 

Wong Kok Char Chan Teng,
Lot 1.107.00, Level 1, Pavilion Mall,
Lot 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur.


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Chapter 162 – (SECOND VISIT) Titi Eco Farm @ Negeri Sembilan

t was two years ago when I first stepped into Titi Eco Farm; this year, Mr Chee and I decided to visit this place again with the whole intention to be out of the city and to just indulge in some organic food.
I ponder about my life, thinking should I pursue this or that

Much to our disappointment, they were no longer served organic poultry like fish and chicken. All we were given was an array of greenies. I bet that this was one of the few times where I had so much of vegetables in a day.
Doubtless to say, Titi Eco Farm is a place for one to unwind and relax; much so, there isn’t much you can do there besides listening to the birds’ chirping, hunting for mosquitoes and finding your own entertainment. For the first time, I was really bored surfing Facebook and Instagram over and over again. So, Mr Chee and I took this chance to sharpen our skills in playing chess. Not just a game but we played 6 rounds in less than 24 hours in Titi Eco Farm. Yes, I kid you not but 6 rounds of chess games were sufficient to keep us occupied. Or else, we would be left in boredom.
Upon our arrival, we were taught on how to make a hibiscus tea from scratch; took a quick tour to know the herbs, plants and flowers before plucking the necessary leaves and made one. Then, we made some snacks using organic plants and here you go:
We made it from scratch ;)

In late evening, we were supposed to attend a sharing session given by the Founder but that got cancelled. And we were ushered to our beds very early that day.
The next day, thankfully, we had an organic farm tour – that made our stay a slight memorable one. Led by a staff there, we were brought around the farm. I had the opportunity to taste the raw lady fingers and some other leaves which I can’t remember the name. All I know was my courage was put to test! 
All in all, it is a nice experience if and only if you want to unwind yourself where you run away from the busy city and be friends with nature. And yes, it’s real nature – no air conditioner and you might be greeted by some lovely creatures.
We had organic yee sang!
Check out our breakfast
Lunch; one of the best organic meals that I ever had there
Ambient: 4/5 (if you love nature)
Price: RM 250 per person (to stay in Semi-D chalet and Energy Garden)
Food: Organic vegetables
Service: 3/5
Verdict: Once a lifetime experience? Try it!  

Titi Eco Farm
Kampung Titi, Jelebu
Lot 1706. 1708. 1203. 1349. 1916.
Sungai Rotan,
71650 Jelebu,
Negeri Sembilan.
Booking is required for you to visit the farm: 019  220 7868


Thursday, February 28, 2019

Chapter 161 – Edo Ichi @ Bangsar South

I have been craving for Japanese cuisine for quite some time, particularly sushi. Sometimes, I have the urge to order a few plates of sushi, take it home and indulge them while watching my favorite variety show. BUT it’s merely a dream. As my dream have slowly faded as time goes by, Mr. Chee popped up with a question on our Valentine’s date. Immediately, I turned to him and suggested Japanese cuisine in no second. 
Which then led us to Edo Ichi at Bangsar South. There was a variety of dishes to choose from and I was knocked with more dilemmas. And guess what we order..
1.    Unagi Kabayaki Set (RM 37.80) 
Since Unagi is hard to get in Malaysia, Mr Chee ordered one. When it was served to our table, we were brought to a little disappointment with very few Unagi slices. Would be good if they could be slightly generous about it. Anyhow, the Unagi tasted really good; soft and fragrant. Or should I say nothing can go wrong with Unagi?

2.    Una Cheese Roll (RM 30.60)
Yay, I got my sushi answered! It was pretty in appearance. I carefully picked it up using a pair of chopsticks, dipped it into a pool of sauces and put it into my mouth. I took my sweet time to munch and chew it; and my satisfaction was immediately fulfilled. Complicated taste yet satisfying.

3.    A set of Salmon Teriyaki and Tori Niku Tama Ni (RM 21.90)
Ok, this is pretty normal; don’t order this if you want to eat like a Japanese. However, if you want something fast with a reasonable price, then this set could be good for you. I had it and ya, it’s a normal cuisine where you can get it at elsewhere too.

4.    Sashimi (ADD-ON RM 9.30)
This, this was so good!!! No words can describe this; just put it into your mouth and enjoy it. So fresh. 

For two people, our bill came up to RM 115.55 inclusive of 10% service charge and 6% service tax. 
Ambient: 4/5
Price: Slightly higher
Food: Japanese cuisine, pork-free
Service: 2.5/5
Verdict: Must-try

Edo Ichi Japanese Restaurant 
Unit G-4, Ground Floor,
Nexus, Bangsar South,
No.7, Jalan Kerinchi,
59200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03 – 2242 2022
Business hours: 11.30am to 3.00pm; 6.00pm to 10.00pm

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Chapter 160 - Heng Ong Huat @Klang, Selangor

The term of “Heng”, “Ong” and “Huat” is usually used during Chinese New Year. While many or I would say majority want to be blessed in many ways, be it in good health, wealth, prosperity and abundance in luck, my family decided to double our Heng, Ong and Huat by dining in this restaurant.
Missing Mr Chee

And yes, this restaurant is relatively new in Klang. During Chinese New Year, Heng Ong Huat was fully booked and we were one of the lucky ones who managed to make our reservation at the eleventh hour.
Since it was a Chinese New Year gathering with my family members, we went with the set package; after all, it was our first time there so we weren’t sure what are their signature dishes. 
1.    Signature Seafood Combo with Patin Fish
This is one of the signature dishes in Heng Ong Huat! Comes with aplenty of seafood like mussels, prawns, scallops, clams, patin fish including roast pork, yam and tofu, the soup taste was surprisingly mild and it went pretty well with a bowl of rice. And yes, we ordered 6 bowls of white rice, just to go with this dish.
2.    Wok Fried Fishlips with Shark Fins
Something different compared to having the usual Chinese soup; I was trying to be healthy for a day that I started to influence my family to eat it with fresh greenies. Some liked it but some did not as they prefer to have it without the leaf. Simple but satisfying.
3.    Steam Red Snapper Fish
Fresh fish but a relatively small in size for 10 people.
4.    King Prawns cooked in 2 styles
Cooking style for King Prawns was pretty standard where you can get it at any restaurant. However, one thing that stood out were the prawns was fresh and the huge size of the prawns. 
5.    Braised Dried Scallops with Mixed Vegetables
This was slightly disappointing. We were hoping that there were chunks of scallops in this plate of vegetables however, we barely seen one. Taste wise was just so-so only.
6.    Golden Fried Chicken Slices
When the dish was brought to our table, we stared at it for a second. The name itself stated Fried Chicken Slices but what we had was more like Roasted Chicken Slices. Whether they got it right or wrong, we took a bite of it and never returned the dish to the restaurant. It was good!
7.    Signature Fried Noodles
Must have it! By the time this dish was out, we were pretty full but we couldn’t stop ourselves from not eating the Signature Fried Noodles. Filled with “wok hei” aroma and topped with abundance of bean sprouts, one bowl is never enough.
8.    Two variety Mandarin pastries
Saw the fried balls? It was delicious with yam fillings.
9.    Local fruit platter

All in all, our bill came up to RM 813.50 inclusive of rice and tea. The set that we chose was RM 798. No corkage charge so we were happily indulging the food with a glass of Whisky, thanks to my dad.
Ambient: 4/5
Price: Reasonable
Food: Chinese cuisine, non-halal
Service: 3.5/5 
Verdict: Must-try 
Heng Ong Huat Chinese Cuisine Restaurant
No.88, Jalan Batai Laut 4, 
Taman Intan, 
41300 Klang, Selangor
Tel: 03 – 3341 3288
Business hours: 11.30am to 2.30pm; 6.30pm to 10.30pm

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Chapter 159 – Indonesian Curry Chicken vs Mongolian Chicken at Kedai Kopi Myzone, Nilai

When your parents decided to have a short gateway, you brought them to the border of Negeri Sembilan that is Nilai! And that’s what I did, hinting them that the Aeon Mall Nilai is recently opened.

Right after my sister and I did some damage to our purses, we decided to run away from the reality, not thinking about the money that we had spent for. Journeyed all the way to Nilai and then, we were greeted with grumbling stomachs.
Indonesian Curry Chicken (RM 20.00)
Comes with some greenies like long beans and cabbage to accompany this bowl of Indonesian Curry Chicken, a bowl of white rice is never sufficient. This is just too delicious! A person who is so picky like my sister can even credit how sumptuous the curry is. One drawback is that we have to keep scooping to get the chicken fillet as it is ‘buried’ in the curry itself.
Mongolian Chicken (RM 20.00)
Trust this is something new for many of you. Mr Chee was the one who introduced this dish to me and immediately, I fell in love with it. I can't say if this dish brings an authentic Mongolian taste but all I know is that this dish carries a tinge of black pepper, giving you an extravagant flavor when you munch it in your mouth. 
Sweet Potato Leaves (RM 15.00)
For 4 adults, this portion is rather big. Like our usual stir-fry vegetables, it is good to have some greenies to balance up our diet so that we don’t feel guilty at the end of the day.
Fruits Rojak (RM 6.00)
Mum was attracted to the rojak stall and we decided to order a small plate of fruits rojak that comes mainly with guava, cucumber and fried yoo tiao as they have run out most of the other tropical fruits like pineapples. Like other fruits rojak, it’s nice to have it!
Will I come here again? Answer is yes! The Indonesian Curry Chicken and Mongolian Chicken have hooked me up. 
Ambient: 3.5/5
Price: Reasonable
Food: Pork-free
Service: 3.5/5
Kedai Kopi Myzone,
No. 15, Jalan Nilai Square 1,
Nilai Square Commercial Centre,
71800 Nilai, Negeri Sembilan. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Chapter 158 - The Butcher's Table, SS2

Happy New Year, guys!

Guess that we are not slowing down in terms of pampering and treating ourselves with plenty of food as we are about to celebrate Chinese New Year in less than a month time. Before treating ourselves with an array of sumptuous Chinese food, we visited The Butcher's Table in SS2 recently - apparently, the concept is somewhat similar like Anne's Elizabeth where you can pick your meat and the chef would fire the dish for you.
Mushroom Soup (RM 8.00)
Hmm, I was rather disappointed when this bowl of mushroom soup was served on our table. I hardly taste the mushroom but all I got was some sort of powdery texture, lingering in my mouth. Perhaps, the mushroom soup would taste better if mushroom pieces/chunks are added in plus some bacons, giving the crunchiness upon each sip.
Crispy Roast Pork (Full) - RM 12.00
When I had it in my last visit, it was good. However, this time, it wasn't that great. No doubt to say that the skin was crunchy but the meat that we had contained too much of fat and very less lean meat - you can see it from the photo. 
Butcher's Big Breakfast (RM30.00)
I love Big Breakfast! Comes with pork sausage, pancetta, sautéed shiitake mushroom, baked beans, hashbrown, grilled tomato, green apple and choice of scrambled eggs/sunny side up with toast, you can order it anytime from morning to afternoon. It is just not available for dinner only.
Iberico Tomahawk (RM 88.00)
Mr Chee wanted to try something different so he opted for Iberico Tomahawk that comes with coleslaw and fries. We waited for 30 minutes. When it was served, we were slightly shocked but I must say that it was the best dish that we had on that day despite that the price was slightly higher. The meat was cooked perfectly, maintaining its juiciness.

All in all, we spent about RM 150.50 including 6% SST - Comparing between Anne's Elizabeth and The Butcher's Table, I would definitely vote for Anne's Elizabeth as Anne's Elizabeth serves more kinds of meat and the food is really good. Nonetheless, if you do not wish to travel far to Cheras, you can visit The Butcher's Table, SS2. Oh ya, you can actually buy the raw meat from them and grill it on your own whenever you want it.

Ambient: 3.5/5
Price: Slightly higher
Food: Non-Halal
Service: 3.5/5

The Butcher's Table,
No.26, Jalan SS2/103,
47300 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Tel - 03  -7728 2843


Thursday, December 20, 2018

Chapter 157 - A short trip to Bangkok, Thailand (Nara Thai & After You)

Today, trips are part and parcel of our lives. It is no longer determine by the savings that you have but it becomes a necessity to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city, just to get yourself rejuvenated and refreshed so that you will not burnout one day and at the same time, giving you aplenty of good reason to keep your relationship alive, be it with spouse, family or friends.
A recent trip to Bangkok has made me to come to a realization that trips are not just about exploring the place but it is to build every single moment together. And yes, we know this fact but sometimes, it is not as easy as it is since each and every one of us have our personal interest. 
Visiting one of the busiest cities in the world, Bangkok is all about shopping and eating. Staying there for 4 days and 3 nights are just sufficient enough to add 2 – 3kgs to my body weight. Thankfully, we walked a lot that it managed to shed off some of my fats. Or else, I would be….. 
A selfie at Maeklong Railway Station
Lady luck was not with us as the rain poured heavily on that respective day. We couldn't really walk much and ended up heading back to Bangkok city.

Touching on the food topic, I strongly reckon you to dine in these THREE places – it becomes a mandatory for me to indulge in these places every time I visit Bangkok.
1.     After You
There is always a room for dessert! It was the first time my parents indulged in After You and instantly, they fell in love with it. In this short trip, we visited the place twice and filled our tummy with bowls of shaved ice, pancake and toast.

2.    Nara Thai, Centralworld
Price of the food here can be slightly pricey but I must say it is worth it after all. The taste is so authentic and delicious that we can never say no to them. Can’t remember the name of the dishes but you can show the waiter on the dishes that you wish to have. Last year, I met the Founder in her office and we exchanged conversation for about an hour. A pretty nice lady but she is a very principled person. All I can say is that she prioritizes food quality.
Pad Thai

3.    Pe’Aor Tom Yum Kung Noodle,Ratchathewi
Sister Teo recommended this place; we refused to go initially until the very last day. We were rather surprised that many people flocked into this place. Apparently, they sell the best Tom Yum Noodle in Bangkok hence, people are willing to travel from far. Well, my verdict is that you must try! 

Bonus food:
Mango Sticky Rice - must try when you are in Terminal 21
Convenience Store - Literally, we had sampled most of the food in the convenience store. We just love it that we visited the store at least thrice a day.

All in all, Bangkok is a shopping haven and a food paradise. I was trying to have as much Thai food as possible but the time did not permit to do so since shopping had also consumed much of our time. Four days and three nights certainly not enough and we had to sacrifice a number of places as shopping was the top priority since Mama Teo wants to shop badly.
With the 3 musketeers :)
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