Archive for February, 2009

Nasi Lemak

Posted: 2009-02-24 by W in 5.0 - 5.9, Breakfast, Eat, Halal, Malay, Non-vegetarian
... my dossage of nasi lemak from my favourite nasi lemak stall.

... my dossage of nasi lemak from my favourite nasi lemak stall.

Rating: 5.5/10

Somehow or rather, they ran out of banana leaves.

... the orange skin can't contain the heavy cempedak fragrance from leaking out of it.

... the orange skin can't contain the heavy cempedak fragrance from leaking out of it.


... yellow skin to distinguish the king of fruits from others.

... yellow skin to distinguish the king of fruits from others.


... unfortunately, the mango's yellow has to give ways to the king of fruits.

... unfortunately, the mango's yellow has to give ways to the king of fruits.


... looking at the quality of the wrappings.

... looking at the quality of the wrappings.


... wrappings were pretty similar, nicely done like the rest.

... wrappings were pretty similar, nicely done like the rest.


... now, the low profile mango is being checked.

... now, the low profile mango is being checked.


... bite through and you'll notice there were more whipcream than cempedak itself. Fortunately, the cempedak has heavy taste, so it wasn't too bad.

... bite through and you'll notice there were more whipcream than cempedak itself. Fortunately, the cempedak has heavy taste, so it wasn't too bad.


... another contender to the cempedak. But I still prefer the cempedak over this, because the durian wasn't sweet enough. Try some better quality durian next time.

... another contender to the cempedak. But I still prefer the cempedak over this, because the durian wasn't sweet enough. Try some better quality durian next time.


... mango was practically tasteless because there were too little mango and the whole thing was overwhelmed with whipcream.

... mango was practically tasteless because there were too little mango and the whole thing was overwhelmed with whipcream.

Rating: 4.5/10

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.

... like a genuine Italian restaurant, patrons are served with breads and vinegar olive oil mix.

... like a genuine Italian restaurant, patrons are served with breads and vinegar olive oil mix.


... oh boy, I so wanna take that home.

... oh boy, I so wanna take that home.


... vinegar for your bread and olive oil.

... vinegar for your bread and olive oil.


... the iced lemon tea is bottomless!

... the iced lemon tea is bottomless!


... I recommended these stuffed mushrooms to them. Just can't dine here without them.

... I recommended these stuffed mushrooms to them. Just can't dine here without them.


... the fried calamari looked good on the menu. So I had to order this too despite my cholesterol level.

... the fried calamari looked good on the menu. So I had to order this too despite my cholesterol level.


... I couldn't remember what pizza we had. It was covered in cheese with button mushrooms slice.

... I couldn't remember what pizza we had. It was covered in cheese with button mushrooms slice.


... fortunately, there were 7 of us. So the big portion of the aglio olio prawn linguini can be shared amongst us.

... fortunately, there were 7 of us. So the big portion of the aglio olio prawn linguini can be shared amongst us.


... we decided to give the salmon fettucini a try.

... we decided to give the salmon fettucini a try.

Rating: 6/10

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.

... the unagi sushi looked dry. Probably leftovers from the day before.

... the unagi sushi looked dry. Probably leftovers from the day before.


... the waiter took the wrong order and we were given this dunno what maki.

... the waiter took the wrong order and we were given this dunno what maki.


... just gotta try this too.

... just gotta try this too.


... finally, the right maki came. The unagi meat is fat!

... finally, the right maki came. The unagi meat is fat!

Rating: 5/10

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

... Whittakers' Dark Cacao... something you can't get here locally, or maybe I just didn't try hard enough.

... Whittakers' Dark Cacao... something you can't get here locally, or maybe I just didn't try hard enough.


... the aluminium foil wrapper looks nice with the brand embossed all over.

... the aluminium foil wrapper looks nice with the brand embossed all over.


... the tasty cubes waiting to be melted in my mouth.

... the tasty cubes waiting to be melted in my mouth.

Rating: 4/10

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 deco looks like Sushi Zanmai @ The Gardens.

... the deco looks like Sushi Zanmai @ The Gardens.


... green packaging wet towel. It's complimentary, so take as many as you like.

... green packaging wet towel. It's complimentary, so take as many as you like.


... green envelop chopsticks. Why are the stuffs so green?

... green envelop chopsticks. Why are the stuffs so green?


... 2 kind of menus. Ala Carte and set meals.

... 2 kind of menus. Ala Carte and set meals.


... yes, sweet sauce at your disposal. It put a smile on my face when I saw that.

... yes, sweet sauce at your disposal. It put a smile on my face when I saw that.


... a whole soft shell crab for only RM9.90. I find it very cheap as compared to SK's RM16.90 each!

... a whole soft shell crab for only RM9.90. I find it very cheap as compared to SK's RM16.90 each!


... sushi pairs, from left to right: Anago, Salmon, err.. forgotten the rest.

... sushi pairs, from left to right: Anago, Salmon, err.. forgotten the rest.


... just gotta try out their unagi to see if it's on par with other sushi places.

... just gotta try out their unagi to see if it's on par with other sushi places.


... the star of the night, tuna belly.

... the star of the night, tuna belly.


... same as Sushi Zanmai, this place serves black caviar as well.

... same as Sushi Zanmai, this place serves black caviar as well.


... maki covered in fish floss.

... maki covered in fish floss.


... finally, I suggested to have another plate of sushi. I picked the Salmon Mentai, as no sushi place could go wrong in making a Salmon Mentai.

... finally, I suggested to have another plate of sushi. I picked the Salmon Mentai, as no sushi place could go wrong in making a Salmon Mentai.

Rating: 6/10

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.

... soy drink, cost RM2, same as mineral water. It's very milky until the very last drop.

... soy drink. It's very milky until the very last drop.


... boneless crispy chicken with pepper and chili powder. Yummy! But Uncle Bob's nicer, which is only RM5/piece compared to this RM6/piece.

... boneless crispy chicken with pepper and chili powder. Yummy! But Uncle Bob's nicer, which is only RM5/piece compared to this RM6/piece.


... the infamous Taiwan oysters mee suah. The Taiwanese eat it with only spoon, without chopsticks.

... the infamous Taiwan oysters mee suah. The Taiwanese eat it with only spoon, without chopsticks.


... these so-called Tempura was actually lekor, which is not even crunchy. I preferred crunchy lekor.

... these so-called Tempura was actually lekor, which is not even crunchy. I preferred crunchy lekor.

Rating: 8/10

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