Somehow or rather, they ran out of banana leaves.
Somehow or rather, they ran out of banana leaves.
The durian bantal (durian pillow) was firstly introduced to me by KC. He’s a super durian lover, basically anything with durian in it, he’ll loves it. Even if I give him a steamed bun with durian as the innards, he’ll lick his fingers. So, I have my doubts when he said it was so great and a must try.
So, today I saw the stall. Each piece cost RM2 and minimum purchase is 2 pieces in a box. Since I know I most probably won’t be returning, I decided to try all 3 flavours that were being offered despite the high price tag. My little snack cost me RM12 already with a total of 6 pieces. Unlike how I imagined it would be, the durian pillows weren’t superb, despite I have a 2nd serving to assure of that. I still prefer the cempedak one as it could cover the cream taste perfectly. As for the mango, I’d recommend them to drop that off their inventory. If you like durian + whip cream, go for Big Apple’s Duren-Duren instead. At least that cream was laden with durian fragrance, despite there isn’t any actual durian in it.
Well, how do I like them? The sequence of the photos explains it. From the best till the worst. Move aside king of fruits, give way to the cempedak when it comes to pillow.
Today was KUMA’s birthday, so I suggested that we head on to Italiannies for lunch to celebrate her birthday. KW joined us to the lunch as well to add laughter for the lunch, in case the ladies were too tired chewing the food. So, basically, there were 2 men (me and KW) to entertain a total of 5 ladies, including the birthday girl.
Since I was being the lead there, for having the most experience with Italiannies, compared to the rest. I decided to order stuff which I had confidence in. First to goes into the ordering list is definitely the Stuffed Mushrooms. After confirming the fact that it was stuffed with chicken meat, I went ahead without much hesitations. The receptions were better than what I expected. Everyone was praising on how good the stuffed mushrooms were. KUMA being the lucky one, she get to eat 2.
Everyone was saying that the fried calamaris were very good. As for myself, I find it a bit bland. It lacked the saltiness in it. Perhaps they preferred their fried calamari to be bland? Anyway, it was still good when it was fresh and crunchy.
The pizza was nothing to shout about. Perhaps here isn’t the best place for pizzas. As for the pasta, some preferred the salmon fettucine, especially TSL, while myself still prefer the prawn aglio olio linguine. I guess not many likes the weird tastes from black olives.
Everyone went home feeling satisfied, especially KUMA. She was so happy that we celebrated the birthday for her. Hence she offered to be the credit collector amongst all the people and went for the lunch, all except herself of course.
Location: N3 04.400 E101 36.341
This is my 2nd time to Sushi Tei within a week time. I must be crazy as the food there wasn’t exceptional. At first, we wanted to have YTF at Jalan Ipoh, but when we were there, the place was closed. Then I suggested to them to try out Sushi Tei since DC was around to see if his cousin’s taste was that good.
Firstly, the unagi that was jogging on the kaiten belt looked unappetizing. It looked dry and I guess it was probably leftovers from the day before. Even when I ordered for unagi, the staff just pick them off the kaiten belt for me rather than making a new set for me, unlike other sushi places. Even Sushi King made new plates for you as the staff don’t go hunting on the kaiten belt for leftovers for their customers. There’s a very good reason why we paid the 10% service charge. If they would just serve us what’s on the kaiten belt, why would we want to pay that 10% service charge while we could practically kiss the moving belt from where we were seated?
Next, while we had an order for a maki, despite not mentioning the name, DC just pointed to the waiter on the item based on the picture on the menu. The staff still managed to made mistakes on it. Ended up we made a complaint and asked for our unagi maki instead as we’ve got no idea what was the maki that was served. Though it has a nice prawn head and tail on each end of the maki.
Food wise, nothing exceptional. It’s pretty similar to Sushi Zanmai. Service, there are still a lot of rooms for improvements.
Location: N3 07.821 E101 37.653
Despite all the anticipations when my brother told me he bought me 2 bars of Whittakers’ dark chocolate, it was kinda disappointed at this. It was a tad too sweet for my liking. It made my throat a little sore after having only 4 cubes. I guess it gonna stays in the fridge for a very long time.
The first time I heard of Sushi Tei was from DC. According to him, his cousin from Indonesia wouldn’t even want to set foot into any of the sushi restaurant here unless it’s a Sushi Tei. During the time the statement was made, Sushi Tei has not hit our shore yet. Until Tropicana Mall has finally opened, the very first Sushi Tei outlet in Malaysia has finally opened.
Aside from the uncanny resemblance to Sushi Zanmai, both the photos in the menu and the varieties offered, the sushi offered weren’t that impressive. Perhaps it would taste different in Singapore/Indonesia, but over here, it definitely just another Sushi Zanmai clone. Price wise, they were similar, probably a few cents difference.
If you want to go for sushi and don’t want to be rounding the mall for parking space, try Tropicana Mall. Plenty of people and many more people don’t know how to enter the place. Worst, most of them don’t even know how to get out.
Location: N3 07.821 E101 37.653
After a while of walking in the mall, EL suggested to eat at Shihlin Taiwan Snacks. At first I was reluctant to agree because the place is usually flooded with people. But when we reached the shop, the queue was long only for those takeaways. The bench seats were unoccupied, so we made our way in. All the comfortable seats were taken, the bench seats would make you feel like a twisted piece of washing cloth after you finish your food.
This outlet was the very first outlet of Shihlin Taiwan Snacks in Malaysia. Looking from the cramped space, it would be quite unappetizing if one was to dine there. That’s why I never had it until a couple of years later after it was opened. My first visit was to the outlet in The Gardens. My first time having it, the oyster mee suah was so so. But this time, it tasted really good. No wonder the business were so good.
The boneless chicken meat was nice, but it was laden with way too much powder. It has more powder than chicken meat itself. If you bite on it, you could see layers in it, where majority of it was formed by un-fried portion of the powder. I’d usually pick them out and leave only the crispy part and the chicken meat. The Tempura was not so nice though, despite it was served with chili powder to complement the taste. Proof of some cheap food that was overpriced.
There were other stuff there as well, such as the rice set lunch for RM10, which includes a drink. Perhaps I’ll give it a try next time.
Location: N3 08.916 E101 36.967
We went for lunch together, a large group of us. There we 9 of us, regarding this as the lunch prior to CNY. ALGJ suggested to come here which I mentioned about it few days before. And it also my first time coming here as I’ve always wanted to try it out someday.
The so-called Fat Chai set was supposed to feed 8 pax. Somehow, the portion that we get were barely there. It cost each of us around RM35/pax including drinks. I would say it’s extremely expensive as I could hardly feel my stomach. Such a nice set name which has a machete placed underneath the bill as you pay it.
Despite the bad experience, the condiments served were really nice, especially the 100C cincalok. I guess it would cost a lot less if we were to order the personal size set.
Location: N3 06.898 E101 35.383
I hailed EL over for tong sui which was located right opposite the shop we had dinner. I went for the red bean tong sui because there were too many choices to be selected from the menu. When it was served, I was stunned by the size while EL was laughing hysterically due to my amazement. He wasn’t that good either, cause his tong sui was as big bowl as mine too. Ha ha! The portion could feed 2 adults. It was especially large when I just finished dinner like few minutes ago.
The red bean tong sui wasn’t that nice actually. Despite the generous amount of red beans in it, and sago as well, it was boiled without the used of pandan leaves and mandarin orange peels. 2 essential items which I believe made the tong sui heavenly. My mum still makes the best red bean soup.
Location: N3 02.869 E101 35.017
Called EL out for dinner today. He suggested the usual location, Taipan. We were indecisive on what to have hence he recommended the Ampang Homeland YTF. He said it wasn’t too bad. I decided to give it a go, something which I wouldn’t try myself. The menu was unlike your usual YTF style. They come with set per pax. So you just pick your stuff based on the number of people you have and they serve you variety of YTF for the portion of 2 pax.
The YTF pieces were nice, though not amazing. While the soup was amazingly nice. I can’t stop drinking the MSG filled soup. EL ordered the asam fish and pandan chicken wings as well. The sauces were very nice too, where the sweet sauce was claimed to be the original recipe of Ampang YTF’s sauce. A place worth a 2nd visit, though it was pricier than your usual YTF. I suspect the fish and chicken wings must’ve cost a lot. But the dinner was enough to fill up the 2 of us.
Location: N3 02.876 E101 35.032