Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Chef Loong Restaurant @ SS2, Petaling Jaya

Went to Chef Loong Restaurant last Saturday and had dim sum for brunch. It is located just a few blocks away from SS2 Police Station and opposite the open air mamak stall area in SS2, Petaling Jaya.

Chef Loong Restaurant offers Hong Kong Dessert and Shanghai Cuisine at a reasonable price with air-cond facilities. Their menu is decent with a good range of tempting dim sum, crunchy snacks, fried snacks, a few refreshing dishes and some desserts.

I have been there before and it was at night because they used to only do the night dining crowd. I've tried their desserts before but not dim sum. They used to have a healthy crowd there but now the crowd was much lesser than before and i wonder why.

The decor is fairly simple. This one above feels so "taiwanese", maybe because of the wordings on it - "忆难忘". Reminds me of the sob-sob Taiwanese drama years ago...

The restaurant is famous for their "Wine Dumplings". It is actually Siu Loong Bau 小笼包 (Soup Dumplings) but a bit of Chinese wine is added into the soup to make it taste better. It is the signature dish of the restaurant.

However, my friend and i didn't order their Siu Loong Bau but opt for our personal favourite instead.

Siu Mai (Steamed Dumplings with Fish Roe) @ RM3.40 and Pai Guat (Steamed Spare Ribs) @ RM3.80. The Siu Mai was delicious, with a fresh taste of fish-y. The Pai Guat was just average and it was a bit salty.

Woo Kok (Fried Yam Dumplings) @ RM4.80. It was not crunchy at all and very hard on the teeth. Never have i eaten Woo Kok which is so hard! They definitely need to improve on this.

Sang Jin Bao 生煎包 (Pan-Fried Bun) @ RM4.60. This is yet another specialty of Beijing and Shanghai Dim Sum, apart from Siu Loong Bao 小笼包. The outer layer of the Sang Jin Bao was soft and the pork filling was flavourful. The portions were good and it was quite filling.

Too bad we didn't get to try their Har Gau as it was sold out. Har Gau remains a must-have in a dim sum restaurant and it has always been on the top of my must-try lists.

Add: No. 86, Jalan SS2/60, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Tel: 019-634 1499
Opening Hours: Tue-Fri: 12pm - 3pm & 6pm - 12am; Sat-Sun: 10am - 12am.
Closed on Monday.

[Disclaimer: The opinion expressed here are based entirely on personal taste buds, view and preference and may vary from others.]

Snappy Snapshot : Idiot No. 3

Monday, June 29, 2009

Gimme That Oil-Blotting Papers

Who doesn't want to wipe their sweat with a 10,000 yen bill? Toymaker Bandai has come out with a new oil-blotting papers named Fukuzawa Yukichi, after the famous founder of Keio University whom you'll find on the 10,000 yen bill — the biggest bill in Japan.

It even comes in a wallet-shaped case, which makes it seems more too real.

Snappy Snapshot : Idiot No. 2

Annoying car found at Mydin Hypermarket (Subang Jaya) who treats pedestrian pathway as parking lot. Selfish Idiot.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Oh Shit!

(Click on the picture to enlarge)

Check if your feces are healthy!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Hong Kee Tim Sum Restaurant

Went to ta pao Chee Cheong Fun (rolls of thin and square-shaped noodles made of rice flour with filling) and Siu Dan Tat (mini egg tarts) at Hong Kee Tim Sum Restaurant this afternoon. It was supposed to be my snacks of the day. Quite an expensive snacks, i must say.

Chee Cheong Fun @ RM3.50.
Rating: Average

Siu Dan Tat @ RM3.50.
Rating: Above average

Damansara Branch
Add: No. 18 & 20, Jalan SS 22/25, Damansara Jaya, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Puchong Branch
Add: No. 31, Jalan Puteri 2/5, Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong.

Subang Branch
Add: No. 36, Jalan USJ 9/5P, 47620 Subang Jaya, Selangor.

Kuala Lumpur Branch
Add: No. 69, Jalan Pandan Indah 4/3A, Pandan Indah, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

Seksyen 19 Branch
Add: No. 2, Jalan 19/3, Seksyen 19, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

For enquiries: 012-380 9980

[Disclaimer: The opinion expressed here are based entirely on personal taste buds, view and preference and may vary from others.]

Fab Friday : Web Collapses

Love him or hate him, everyone on the planet knows him. And that caused big problems for a lot of huge websites with the news of his passing.

As reported, Twitter had hundreds of thousands of tweets came in about Jackson in a very short amount of time. Various reports had the AOL-owned TMZ, which broke the story, being down at multiple points throughout the ordeal. Then it was the LATimes, people rushed there, and that site went down.

Horror Novel

Japanese horror story writer Koji Suzuki has teamed up with Hayashi Paper (manufacturer) to publish his latest work, “Drop”, on toilet paper.

Talked about tonnes of bone-chilling toilet horror stories we used to hear when we were young...

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Hai Siang Kopitiam @ Bandar Puteri, Puchong

Went to Hai Siang Kopitiam last Sunday. I was settling some banking affairs at a nearby bank and the shop was just a block away. It is located on the same row with Citibank (Puchong Branch) and next to Old Town Kopitiam in Bandar Puteri, Puchong.

Hai Siang Kopitiam claimed to serve Hai Peng Coffee exclusively, by using the coffee powder from the famous Hai Peng kopitiam in Chukai, Terengganu.

The decor is fairly simple, with a fusion of Chinese and Malay concept. I guess they want to bring back those olden days’ memories to everyone who comes to their shop.

However, the shop seriously need to keep up with house-keeping. Those pile of boxes and things stacked at the back of the shop was indeed an eyesore.

My friend and i ordered Kopi Peng (Iced Coffee) @ RM2.60. We were disappointed with the watery and tasteless coffee. Local coffee comes in various strengths, according to the hands of the brewer, and this is what makes any particular kopitiam a personal favourite. Unfortunately, of all the coffee i have had from modern kopitiam, this Kopi Peng, i must say, ranked the last.

My friend ordered Toasted Bread with Kaya and Butter @ RM2.20. The toast looks thicker than usual (even after toasting), which i think is their own baked bread. Not bad, it was crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. The kaya taste just average, a bit sweet if you asked me.

I ordered Yau Char Guai with Kaya @ RM2.30. For the price that they are charging, i find it disappointed. The Yau Char Guai (fried dough stick) comes in such a small portion, and a bit over-cooked. It simply lacks in crunchiness. The Yau Char Guai (fried dough stick) taste just average, even though the Kaya was generously spread in between.

Apart from house-keeping, the staffs in the shop also seriously need to take note of personal hygiene. We saw one of the server picking her nose in the public while waiting for the food to be prepared. OMG!

Running the business with such a strong competitor next door would require Hai Siang Kopitiam to improve on whatever is lacking, starting from brewing good, old local roast coffee.

Add: No. 17, Jalan Puteri 1/6, Dataran Puteri, Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong, Selangor.
Tel: 03-8061 6919

[Disclaimer: The opinion expressed here are based entirely on personal taste buds, view and preference and may vary from others.]

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Manga Comics

Japanese paper goods company Banbix has teamed up with newspaper manga artist and TV celebrity Yakumi Tsuru to sell toilet paper with his manga drawings and 4 panel comics printed on it.

Japanese manga fans can enjoy their reading while doing serious business now.

Be Water, My Friend

Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless, like water.
If you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle.
If you put it into a teapot, it becomes the teapot.
Water can flow or it can crash.
Be water, my friend.

~ Bruce Lee

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

PJ 19 Food Planet @ Section 19, Petaling Jaya

Went to PJ 19 Food Planet last Saturday. It is a 24 hours food court located near The Otomotif College in Section 19, Petaling Jaya. It used to be called 888 Food Planet but somehow changed to PJ 19 Food Planet subsequently. I heard that the premises used to be an old factory.

The food court is situated a walking distance from most of the factories and offices in the area. If you are coming from SS2, take the third turning at Rothman Roundabout. Once you see the first junction on your right, turn right uphill and you will see PJ 19 Food Planet on your right.

The environment are very cozy and clean, with a Chinese-New-Year-like decoration. There are over 30 stalls, serving a diverse array of local food and international cuisine (eg. Korean, Taiwanese, Vietnamese etc). The food served are proportionate to the price paid and a variety to choose from.

My friend ordered 镡肉饭 (loosely translated as "Pork Rice") @ RM5.50. I had never seen this dish before. It is served with a bowl of braised streaky pork, tofu (bean curd), French beans, one whole boiled egg PLUS a big bowl of white rice.

The pork were braised in thick dark soy sauce but it taste average. A very generous portion indeed and my friend was not able to finish it.

I ordered Sui Kow Mein (Dumplings Noodles) @ RM4.00 from the same stall. It is served with three boiled dumplings, slices of fried fish cake, minced pork and vegetables. Thin flat rice noodles cut in smaller strips were used. It taste so so only but the dumplings were better than most of the dumplings i had in other food court.

However, waiting was too long for us, as in a food court standard. For a food court which is just 1/4 packed, i do expect food to be served in 15 minutes.

I also ordered Woh Tip (Pot Stickers) @ RM4.00 and it turned out to be a huge mistake. The Woh Tip looks like deep-fried, rather than pan-fried. Taste wise, it was just average, with a strong ginger taste. Personally, i just thought that the Woh Tip at my hometown (which is not the best by the way) is better than this.

On a side note, i guess their Suet Cha (Iced Chinese Tea) is considered the most expensive among all the food court as it is RM0.80 per glass! The Suet Cha has got a hint of lemon though.

Add: Lot 1, Jalan 19/1, Seksyen 19, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Opening Hours: 24 hours daily.

[Disclaimer: The opinion expressed here are based entirely on personal taste buds, view and preference and may vary from others.]

Monday, June 22, 2009

Snappy Snapshot : Conscience

In the journey of life, if you want to travel without fear, you must have the ticket of a good conscience.

Snappy Snapshot : Safety

Safety Auto had been banged from the rear. A blow on the Website.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Black Canyon Coffee Restaurant @ The Summit Shopping Complex, Subang

Went to Black Canyon Coffee Restaurant last Sunday. It is located at the Ground Floor of The Summit Shopping Complex in Subang.

The restaurant is originated from Thailand and is famous for its gourmet coffee which claimed to use 100% fresh coffee beans imported from around the world, as well as those grown in Thailand under Royal patronage.

The restaurant has a great ambiance with cozy dining environment. The atmosphere here is superb, with a colour scheme that's very warm and relaxing. I especially liked the settings in dark brown colour as it's simply elegant.

The servers will clean the table with Citronella Oil which can ward off insects especially flies. Someone may want to learn a thing or two from them.

The restaurant serves an extensive food menu. There is a wide selection of coffee from plain to exotic. There is also a wide variety of food to choose from, which combines Western dishes with Eastern favorites.

Both my friend and i ordered Black Canyon Iced Coffee @ RM7.95. The milk is mixed with the old "Black Devil" (coffee powder) and poured into glasses over crushed ice. It is claimed to be the best iced coffee you'll ever taste.

However, i beg to differ. Personally, i just thought that it taste similar to Nescafe. As an avid coffee enthusiast, it did disappointed me a little as i'm hoping for something different.

My friend ordered Roasted Chicken with Rice & Mixed Vegetables @ RM8.90. It is served with a chicken leg-quarter with vegetable gravy, rice and stir-fried mixed vegetables. However, it doesn't taste as nice as it looks. It taste so so only, nothing to shout about.

I ordered Teriyaki Chicken Steak. This Cream of Chicken Soup is a compliment with any Steak. It was their own cream soup recipe, mixed with diced grilled chicken. It taste average as it lacks in flavour.

Teriyaki Chicken Steak @ RM15.90. It is served with two pieces of grilled boneless chicken thighs with their own teriyaki sauce, mixed vegetables salad, french fries and sliced toast. Nice food presentation. The chicken was juicy and more tender than usual, with a flavourful taste.

Overall, we had a satisfied and wholesome meal. The food was above par and the staffs were friendly and helpful.

I like the fact that the Manager requests feedback from customers directly as he asked us how was the meal and the service. Seems to me that they have, as their goal, to continually improve the quality of the food and the dining experience. An action well praised.

Definitely recommended as one of the to-be-visited restaurants for group of yuppies.

Add: Lot G(M) & G(N), Ground Floor, Summit Subang USJ, Persiaran Kewajipan USJ 1, Subang Jaya, Selangor.
Tel: 03-8023 6328
Opening Hours: 10am - 10.30pm.

[Disclaimer: The opinion expressed here are based entirely on personal taste buds, view and preference and may vary from others.]