Monday, August 31, 2009

Canton Bay @ Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, Petaling Jaya

Canton Bay is located at Lower Ground Floor of Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, next to Sunway Pyramid Ice.

Nice Chinese caligraphic art as decor.

Some items in the menu is written on the decor.

Classy and comfortable ambience.

Fried Man Tau @ RM3.50. Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Char Siew Noodles @ RM9.50. Tasted average and the portion was pitifully small. Notice how BIG is the plate?

Char Siew Rice with complementary soup @ RM10.90. Nothing to shout about as well.

Conclusion: Average food with premium price. The service is bad. We waved our hand for almost 5 minutes but no one noticed us. Eventually i stood up and no one noticed me as well. Reason being all the servers only look at the floor but do not held their heads high up. With this kind of service, rest assure that this shall be my last visit.

Add: LG. 1 No. 43A, Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, No. 3, Jalan PJS 11/15, Bandar Sunway, 46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Tel: 03-5635 2910

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

Canton-i @ The Gardens Mall, Kuala Lumpur

Canton-i Restaurant with a view of all the activities in their open kitchen.

It is located at the Lower Ground Floor of The Gardens at Mid Valley City, a few doors away from Cold Storage.

Nice oriental decoration.

Spacious and comfortable.

There are a row of bird cage decor above me.

Soya Bean Milk -> watery and tasteless.

Hong Kong Signature Prawn Wonton Noodles (wet version) -> BIG wontons + springy noodles = Super duper delicious!

Char Siew (BBQ Pork) -> Sweet and juicy (2 out of 5 pieces eaten when photo taken).

Siew Yuk (Roast Pork Belly) -> Cruncy and fragrant (2 out of 5 pieces eaten when photo taken).

Conclusion: Delicious food but regretably over-priced. On a plus point, their service is good.

Add: Lg-202 & 203A, Lower Ground Floor, The Gardens, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2284 6888

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

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Les Toasts Bakery @ Nineteen Digital Mall, Subang

Bought some bread at Les Toasts Bakery which is located at Nineteen Digital Mall, Subang. They were having promotion of "Buy 4 Free 1" at that moment so i went in without hesitation.

I noticed that they are pretty creative in terms of bread offered. They are not selling those run-of-the-mill bread which can be easily found in other bakery shop, nor do they sell bread that were mainly topped by mayonnaise and sausage (which is not authentic "bakery" to me).

Japanese Potato Bun @ RM2.20.

Dark Brownies Bun @ RM2.20.

Tiger Skin Slice Cake @ RM1.90.

Butter Cake Banana @ RM1.80.

With just RM6.30, i get to eat bread made of healthy ingredients and premium quality bakery fat. The bread speak for themselves as they are still fragrant and soft even after kept in a refrigerator overnight.

Add: Lot G2A, Nineteen Digital Mall, USJ 19, Persiaran Kewajipan, 46720 Subang Jaya, Selangor.
Tel: 012-305 1820

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

Snappy Snapshot : Lake

A mine lake that is somewhat left uncared-for located behind the new extension of IOI Mall, Puchong.

Tickle Me Elmo Factory

There is a factory in Northern Minnesota which makes The Tickle Me Elmo toys. The toy laughs when you tickle it under the arms.

Well, Lena is hired at The Tickle Me Elmo factory and she reports for her first day promptly at 8:00 AM.

The next day at 8:45 AM there is a knock at the Personnel Manager's door. The Foreman throws open the door and begins to rant about the new employee.

He complains that she is incredibly slow and the whole line is backing up, putting the entire production line behind schedule.

The Personnel Manager decides he should see this for himself, so the 2 men march down to the factory floor.

When they get there the line is so backed up that there are Tickle Me Elmo's all over the factory floor and they're really beginning to pile up.

At the end of the line stands Lena surrounded by mountains of Tickle Me Elmo's. She has a roll of plush red fabric and a huge bag of small marbles.

The 2 men watch in amazement as she cuts a little piece of fabric, wraps it around two marbles and begins to carefully sew the little package between Elmo's legs.

The Personnel Manager bursts into laughter. After several minutes of hysterics he pulls himself together and approaches Lena...

"I'm sorry," he says to her, barely able to keep a straight face, "but I think you misunderstood the instructions I gave you yesterday..."

''Your job is to give Elmo two test tickles."

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Ah Ping Bah Kut Teh Restaurant @ SS14, Subang Jaya

Was craving for Bak Kut Teh last week, so my friend and i went to Ah Ping Bah Kut Teh Restaurant, a famous Bak Kut Teh restaurant in Subang. The shop is located near Bulatan Kewajipan at SS14, Subang Jaya. It opens around lunch time and sold out around 8pm daily.

We were there around 7pm, thinking that it's still early but the restaurant was already packed with dinner crowd! So if you want to patronize them, make sure you be there early to avoid disappointment.

We ordered Clay Pot Bak Kut Teh for 2 pax and Yau Char Guai (fried dough stick), which is a must-have in Bak Kut Teh.

The soup of the Bak Kut Teh was not thickish, with mild herbal taste. There were only lettuce, fu zuk (dried bean curd skin) and lean meat in the pot of Bak Kut Teh.

The fu zuk (dried bean curd skin) permeated with the porky concoction, which makes the it tasted fragrant in every bite. The lean meat tasted alright to me, not as flavourful as i thought it would be.

There are a few Bak Kut Teh stalls on the same row with Ah Ping Bah Kut Teh Restaurant. However, Ah Ping Bah Kut Teh Restaurant is the busiest of all and is recommended. Food here is good enough, but Klang's Bak Kut Teh is still the best.

Add: No. 42, Jalan SS 14/2, Subang Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan.

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

Monday, August 24, 2009

Sand & Stone

Two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey, they had an argument; and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand:

"Today my best friend slapped me in the face."

They kept on walking, until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him. After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone:

"Today my best friend saved my life."

The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, "After i hurt you, wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone. Why?"

The friend replied, "When someone hurts us, we should write it down in sand, where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it."

Learn to write your hurts in the sand and to carve your blessings in stone.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Rajah Brooke Cafe @ Kuchai Entrepreneur's Park, Kuala Lumpur

One may come to realise that it can be very difficult to find authentic Sarawak food in Klang Valley. Hence, Rajah Brooke Cafe, which is located in Kuchai Entrepreneur's Park, Kuala Lumpur, is such a rare breed.

This Sarawakian eatery is named after James Brooke, the White Rajah of Sarawak who ruled from 1841 to 1868. A potrait of James Brooke formed the backdrop of the restaurant.

The Cafe is run by Sarawakian, including the waiters and waitresses. They pride themselves in bringing you a variety of food and drinks that are uniquely Sarawak.

My friend ordered Sarawak “3-Layers-Iced-Tea” @ RM3.80. Compared to the normal "3-Layers-Iced-Tea" found in Peninsular Malaysia, this Sarawak “3-Layers-Iced-Tea” is sweetened by palm sugar and wheat grass rather than white sugar.

It taste pretty smooth and nice. However, i feel that the milk was a little bit too much. Maybe it just doesn't really suit my taste buds.

I ordered Sugar Cane with Chestnut Drink @ RM3.50. It is a mixture of Sugar Cane and Chestnut. Nothing to shout about. It taste just alright to me and i find it pretty sweet.

Both of us ordered Sarawak Kolo Mee @ RM6.90. This is Kuching, Sarawak specialties. It was mixed with home-made Char Siew sauce and served with Char Siew, minced pork and vegetables. This dish comes with a complimentary soup as well.

We chose Sarawak noodles ("kiu mein") and it was pretty springy. The Char Siew sauce, which is the essence of Kolo Mee, taste deliciously flavourful. However, we find that the portion was a tad too small. This is their signature dish and is definitely worth trying.

Add: No.19, Jalan Kuchai Maju 8, Kuchai Entrepreneur’s Park, Jalan Kuchai Lama, 58200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-7983 3264
Opening Hours: 11am - 10pm daily.

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

Thursday, August 20, 2009

10 Warning Signals of Cancer

(Click on the picture to enlarge)

"Life is not merely to be alive, but to be well." ~ Marcus Valerius Martial

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Hakka Lee Restaurant @ SS15, Subang Jaya

Being a Hakka ngin, i am very much enthusiastic in terms of Hakka restaurant. Hakka Lee Restaurant is a newly-opened restaurant (merely 5 months old) in Subang Jaya, serving popular Hakka dishes to simple Hakka Noodles and Pan Mee (board noodles).

Access to the restaurant is conveniently linked to the NPE or the Federal Highway. It is located with the same row as Mc Donalds and just a few doors away from Face To Face Noodle House.

The Chinese Kopitiam-themed decor is chic and simple. Even their tableware, eg. cup, plate, bowl, spoon etc were those that we used to have at home. Such a homey feel. The restaurant carries a family concept, in hope to be a place for families to hold parties and gatherings.

Both my friend and i ordered Hakka Noodles @ RM4.80. It was so fragrant as we can smell it even though it was 1 metre away. It tasted subtle yet very delicious! The noodles were pretty springy as well.

Personally, i think it's the best Hakka Noodles in Klang Valley that i have ever had thus far.

The Hakka Noodles comes with a complimentary soup with a pork ball afloat. Delicious soup. But one pork ball is simply not enough...

We also ordered Sui Kow (dumpling packed with minced pork) @ RM6.50. The pork filling were fresh and meaty. Again, deelish!

The restaurant has indeed done a great job in offering quality food at an affordable price. A great value on food, with a home-made taste.

Add: No. 68, Jalan SS15/4D, Subang Jaya, 47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Tel: 03-5638 3875

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

Monday, August 17, 2009

Monkey Business : The World's Economy

Once upon a time in a village in India, a man announced to the villagers that he would buy monkeys for $10.

The villagers seeing there were many monkeys around, went out to the forest and started catching them.

The man bought thousands at $10, but, as the supply started to diminish, the villagers stopped their efforts.

The man further announced that he would now buy at $20. This renewed the efforts of the villagers and they started catching monkeys again.

Soon the supply diminished even further and people started going back to their farms.

The offer rate increased to $25 and the supply of monkeys became so little that it was an effort to even see a monkey, let alone catch it!

The man now announced that he would buy monkeys at $50!

However, since he had to go to the city on some business, his assistant would now act as buyer, on his behalf.

In the absence of the man, the assistant told the villagers: ‘Look at all these monkeys in the big cage that the man has collected. I will sell them to you at $35 and when he returns from the city, you can sell them back to him for $50.'

The villagers squeezed together their savings and bought all the monkeys.

Then they never saw the man or his assistant again, only monkeys everywhere!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Fab Friday : Web Filtering

The China government had announced it will (partially) back down over its controversial plans of internet monitoring filter software "Green Dam Youth Escort".

The software is supposed to protect Chinese web users from "harmful content", and was to be made mandatory with all PC shipments in the country from July 1 this year.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Kedai Makanan Yut Kee @ Dang Wangi, Kuala Lumpur (Revisited)

Standing for 3 generations and yet Kedai Makanan Yut Kee is still going strong. The crowd was intimidating at first glance, rendering us shaking in our boots while walking by. Be prepared, we told ourselves, to share a table with wall-to-wall regulars. And indeed, we did.

When one steps into the corner shop, one is confronted with a slightly chaotic kopitiam, where everything happens at the same time, with noise probably the No. 1 complaint diners have about eating out in Yut Kee.

Apart from the digital TV commercial shown on a LCD plasma TV, there are a lot of framed newspaper write ups about them all over the wall as well.

Yut Kee is a traditional family-operated kopitiam that has been in business for three generations. I guess some of the switches on the electrical board here were from the first generation...

My friends and i ordered Iced Coffee @ RM1.70. The freshly brewed aromatic Hainanese Coffee was strong and smooth, which claimed by some, is Malaysia’s answer to espresso.

We ordered their Siew Yuk (Rolled Roast Pork) @ RM10.00. It is a special item, available only on Fridays and Sundays, from 11:30am till it runs out. They are carried out on a tray to the front of the kopitiam and placed on a folding table between cash register and kaki lima (sidewalk).

The Siew Yuk was moist and tender, with a dollop of house-made apple sauce on the side. The apple sauce goes perfectly well with the meat. The crackling was so crispy, even eating it on its own would render one feeling delightful.

One of my friend ordered Curry Mee @ RM5.50. Thick yellow noodles was served with fragrant and spicy chicken in red curry. The curry looked decent, but surprisingly the taste of spiciness was rather diluted.

This was the second time my friend had Curry Mee at Yut Kee, yet i was told that the dish was not as tasteful as the previous visit. Not to mentioned the excessive chilli seeds found afloat in the curry, which had very much spoiled the dining enjoyment.

Another friend of mine ordered Fried Mee Sua (炒面线) @ RM6.00. This dish sees thin rice vermicelli stir-fried with sliced cabbage and chunks of pork, fish cakes, chicken gizzard and squid(?).

I heard that a plate of fried mee sua can determine the skill of a Chef, in that the noodles cooked are not soggy and it's not stick together. If this is true, then i really doubt the skill of the Chef here as none the above is achieved. I was expecting something a bit more on the dry side and it was a tad salty for me.

As for me, i ordered Lum Mee (淋面) @ RM6.50. Lum Mee remains a notable nibbles at Yut Kee in which thick yellow noodles was served in a rather light and simple shrimp broth.

With prawns, crabmeats, pork and eggs thrown in, the price may be justified by the substantial portion. Tastewise, it was rather bland. I guess i'm not used to eating lettuce with noodles which is prepared in such a way. Not my cup of tea though.

Just drop by at Yut Kee if you happened to be around the area, just for the retro-style coffee shop or just for the childhood memories, perhaps. Never mind the price, which is a bit higher than your average generic kopitiam.

Add: No. 35, Jalan Dang Wangi, 50100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2698 8108
Opening Hours: 8am - 5pm (Closed on Monday and last Sunday of the month).

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