Archive for March, 2009

PCL told me that she saw a newly opened eating place in NZX on her last visit. Hence we went ahead to NZX and decided to try to look for the place that she mentioned. Upon reaching the place, the interior decoration was mainly in white and dining tables are scattered all over. While on the outside, those seats are for people that go there for a drink because the tables were so low for one to eat off their dish or bowl.

... this mix fruits was really serious. It has banana, papaya, watermelon, mango, mangoesteen, durian, orange and etc. But I chose to skip the orange though.

... this mix fruits was really serious. It has banana, papaya, watermelon, mango, mangoesteen, durian, orange and etc. But I chose to skip the orange though.


... it stated as fried chicken with ginger with white rice.

... it stated as fried chicken with ginger with white rice.

Rating: 2/10

This place was disappointing. Firstly, the lighting was really bad. I could barely take a good looking photo. My superb fruits juice was ultimate. It was a variety of mix fruits that I even lost count of. It was freshly blended and no sugar added. The mango, mangoesteen and durian were not actually in the blend. *grin*

As for my main course, I expected some chicken, but not that dark. I could barely find a slice of ginger in it, but instead it has plenty of onion. In Cantonese, dish such as this would be called ginger onion chicken (姜蔥雞) where there actually contains ginger slices in it.

Perhaps the place is only good for coffee, as the name indicates.

Location: N3 06.892 E101 35.406

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I’ve always wanted to bring PCL here to try out the benta kaya since my previous visit. I’ve even asked her if she likes to eat benta kaya and she said yes. Today, I finally remembered to bring her here as I’ve forgotten to for the past few weeks.

... tray cake (kuih talam) was being offered when we were just seated down.

... tray cake (kuih talam) was being offered when we were just seated down.


... I'm a sucker for these. I always wanted to have them whenever I see them.

... I'm a sucker for these. I always wanted to have them whenever I see them.


Even before we were given the menu, we were offered some cakes (kuih) on a tray. I thought they were so kind to let people from outside to come in and sell cakes. Later only I found out that these items were actually listed on the menu. Just that they were already nicely packed and ready to be taken away. Me being a sucker for muachi, I just couldn’t resist getting it. Usually I’d go and get it, but this time it was offered right smack on my face, so …

... syrup with sago in it and some black jelly.

... syrup with sago in it and some black jelly.


... ... homemade dumplings with benta kaya and gula melaka.

... ... homemade dumplings with benta kaya and gula melaka.


... homemade dumpling soaked in gula melaka.

... homemade dumpling soaked in gula melaka.


... the fruit rojak got my attention. PCL agreed on ordering it as well, since we were not having any main course.

... the fruit rojak got my attention. PCL agreed on ordering it as well, since we were not having any main course.


... the last piece of the rojak which PCL abandoned.

... the last piece of the rojak which PCL abandoned.

Rating: 6/10

The tray cake actually tasted not bad. But it could be better. I’ve had worse from somewhere else at a random location sold by random people. At least you can come back here for more if you like it. The muachi was acceptable only. Skin a little too thick. I preferred thinner skin where the crushed sugar peanuts would explodes in your mouth. Besides, the white flour used doesn’t chill my lips and mouth when I eat it. Something is missing from it.

My special drink was indeed really special. I thought it was similar to what I had at 1 Utama last time. The things that are similar were the red coloured liquid and the sago. This cup of drink, it reminded me of having 湯圓 during Winter Solstice. Yes, it tasted like ginger drinks. Did they think that I’d want ginger drink because I bought muachi?

The little homemade dumpling were within PCL’s expectation. She preferred the benta kaya, while what I had in my hometown, it was served with brown sugar. Hence the request for brown sugar. The rojak was pretty good. PCL was practically digging for more fried Chinese crullers in it. But the crunchy stuffs which I thought were Chinese crullers have hints of prawn crackers. So I wasn’t too sure what it was because the size was not like ordinary prawn crackers you’d get from rojak.

Location: N3 04.461 E101 35.191

I bought sandwich in the morning. But I somehow, or rather, gave that sandwich to someone. Ended up, I was starving. Fortunately, ALGJ called me and told me there is a pack of chicken rice that Jarum brought from Jenjarom. I rushed there like hungry ghost and skeddadled back to my room happily holding the chicken rice, despite the oily and messy plastic bag.

... chicken rice courtesy of LG. It came all the way from Jenjarom, hence it's a cold dish.

... chicken rice courtesy of LG. It came all the way from Jenjarom, hence it's a cold dish.


... I was given a pretty big pack of gravy and chili sauce.

... I was given a pretty big pack of gravy and chili sauce.

Rating: 6/10

ALGJ kept telling me that the chicken rice was very very nice. I had my doubts as the bestest of the best chicken rice I’ve ever had was the Singaporean chicken rice, which used to open in my hometown. But a couple of years later, they shifted, and then they went chapter 11. God knows why, even my mother doesn’t know what’s the reason it closed down.

Anyway, my breakfast was very messy. Everything seemed oily in the whole package. Firstly, I got an oily gravy, with scent of sesame oil in it. I was so thrilled to find out it has sesame oil, so I poured away. My senses stopped me from emptying the whole pack in because I wasn’t having chicken rice soup. Then there’s the chili sauce which I find it rather mediocre.

How did the chicken rice rate? Pretty good I’d say, for something that cold. Jarum told me that, it would be really awesome if taken fresh. The owner lives and runs the business just beside her house, so making her buying the chicken rice pretty easy. I hope I could try the fresh one someday.

Guess what I found in the gravy…

... there were little squids in the gravy. Yummy~

... there were little squids in the gravy. Yummy~

Went to dinner with HL, KUMA. Then DC, whom already has dinner earlier with NAP, tagged along as well. He said want to eat a little bit, because it was on company’s expenses.

... the signboard on the staircase.

... the signboard on the staircase.


... the painted name on the wall.

... the painted name on the wall.


... no envelope for the chopsticks. Is this place a less premium one?

... no envelope for the chopsticks. Is this place a less premium one?


... sake for 4 of us. That's DC's hand there busy pressing on his phone.

... sake for 4 of us. That's DC's hand there busy pressing on his phone.


... this Popai the Potato was ordered by accident. I was pointing the funny name to my KUMA, but the waitress took my order instead, which I didn't realise.

... this Popai the Potato was ordered by accident. I was pointing the funny name to my KUMA, but the waitress took my order instead, which I didn't realise.


... KUMA, as usual, had her dossage of unagi set meal.

... KUMA, as usual, had her dossage of unagi set meal.


... I wanted the unagi set, but since KUMA got it to before me. So I settled for the tempura prawn instead.

... I wanted the unagi set, but since KUMA got it to before me. So I settled for the tempura prawn instead.


... I ordered this unagi maki upon knowing that this meal is on company's expenses. Woohoo!

... I ordered this unagi maki upon knowing that this meal is on company's expenses. Woohoo!


... DC went a step higher. He asked for the notorious "black board" and ordered a cod fish.

... DC went a step higher. He asked for the notorious "black board" and ordered a cod fish.

Rating: 8/10

Despite not having envelope for the chopsticks, this place remained as 1 of the most expensive Japanese restaurant I’ve been to. I guess it’s because they don’t bother to get Halal certifications and been serving porks like mad.

The previous statement was a joke. The more plausible reason would be that it serves authentic Japanese dishes. You could see a lot of Japanese people frequent that place, day and night. Aside from that, the premium stuff are written on a piece of small blackboard. They were written in Japanese words and phonetic pronunciations. Making it pretty useless for non Japanese speaking/reading people, because it lacked the English equivalent names for the items.

Amongst all the stuff there, I guess the best would be the dish called Popai The Potato. Despite being a bastard (unwanted, or by accident) dish, it turns out to be the best thing for the night. We were busy picking on it and I can’t stop eating it. It has bacon in it, which made the whole vege thing tasted so damn good and the fragrance was overkilling too. We were busy guessing what was that item, because we didn’t order it. Only to find out later when we get our bill.

The sake was moderate. Nothing to shout about. I asked HL to get a warm sake, as sake is best served warm. But instead, it was being served cold. The bottle has a “鬼” (ghost) word on it. Perhaps it’s best serves cold. When we were leaving, KUMA found another bottle with the word “神” (god) on it. Now I know which has to be served hot.

As for the cod fish, it was pretty nice. The gravy in it was very tasty, just that a tad too salty. The fish meat has only a little hint of milky-ness (as how I like to call it) but it wasn’t as fresh as I thought it would be. That 2 pieces cost around RM35 – RM40.

Location: Location: N3 04.743 E101 34.845

PS: Popai The Potato was really damn good. I just couldn’t stress enough of it!

... ran out of stuff to drink, I ordered an iced lemon tea.

... ran out of stuff to drink, I ordered an iced lemon tea.


... my colleague liked the egg sandwich so much that she only orders this everything we are here.

... my colleague liked the egg sandwich so much that she only orders this everything we are here.


... since I was quite full, I suggested to her that we share our portion. So to make things simple, I ordered a plate of fries.

... since I was quite full, I suggested to her that we share our portion. So to make things simple, I ordered a plate of fries.

Rating: 5.5/10

Despite expecting the fries to be mediocre or bad, I still order it so that I don’t go back empty stomach. I had 1/2 of the sandwich while another 1/2 of the fries. The fries were really good. It was out of my expectation actually. Crunchy on each stick, though they should have change the oil, because I could see black solid stuff sticking to the fries.

Location: N3 07.225 E101 34.763

After our dinner, we went to the pasar malam to see if there’s anything that worth eating… I mean, buying. I bought some muachi’s, prawn crackers while walking toward the other end. When there weren’t anything else edible, we turned back. Stopped by a stall selling soy milk and beancurd jelly. We had 1 each while I specifically asked for brown sugar.

... tau fu fah, with... hopefully a genuine gula melaka.

... tau fu fah, with... hopefully a genuine gula melaka.


... that's a lot of brown sugar the guy gave me.

... that's a lot of brown sugar the guy gave me.


... the brown sugar eats into the epidermis layer of the tau fu fah. What would happen to my stomach then?

... the brown sugar eats into the epidermis layer of the tau fu fah. What would happen to my stomach then?

Rating: 6/10

I didn’t eat it until I went back home and started eating it quite late. The top layer seemed rough already. I guess the brown sugar was corrosive or something. When I had a scoop of it, I could see that the brown sugar has eats into the top layer of the beancurd jelly, dying the top layer with colour brown. Pretty scary, I wondered what they put in the sugar. But I must admit, it was quite good and very generous on the brown sugar. Very sweet too.

It was a waste that the leftovers brown sugar has to be discarded.

After we went to Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2009 at Putrajaya, I suggested that we have dinner in Puchong. Reason being that Puchong is the place that we are gonna pass by and we rarely eat in Puchong as well, or probably just me. DL said there is a nice curry fish head shop somewhere in Puchong, but he can’t remember the shop’s name, hence our GPS were rather useless here.

Hence I called my friend TSW for recommendations. He mentioned a good clay pot curry fish, somewhere near the infamous Yap Chuan BKT and another outlet somewhere in Bandar Puteri. I told him I couldn’t find the name stated in my GPS, hence I needed his instructions to reach the place.

When we were in that area, there was pasar malam along the roads. Fortunately, the place we were heading to was away from all the crowds. It was pretty easy to find as it was at the corner of the building block.

... no, these chopped up garlics were green the time I reached there. Not some camera or WB tricks. I wonder if they were mixed with wasabi.

... no, these chopped up garlics were green the time I reached there. Not some camera or WB tricks. I wonder if they were mixed with wasabi.


... oily vege.

... oily vege.


... fried egg with minced meat in it.

... fried egg with minced meat in it.


... start of the evening. Clay pot curry fish meat. The hunt of the evening actually.

... start of the evening. Clay pot curry fish meat. The hunt of the evening actually.

Rating: 5/10

We were so darn hungry while waiting for the food. As my friend has warned me that I might have to wait quite long because the place is usually crowded. Fortunately, it was not full house and we were served within 10 minutes after our order. Unfortunately, everything seemed to be below my expectation. The vegetable, which usually has a hint of liquor in it, turns out rather bland. I had to mix in jalapeño with soy sauce for every vege that I picked. Aside from that, I think they poured in a whole quart of engine lubricant into it. The whole plate of vege was very oily. My lips turned luscious after having just 1 of the vege. I swear I notice the girl from next table can’t stop staring at my luscious glossy lips.

As for the fried egg, it was acceptable. The fragrance was good. It was the fastest consumed item on the table, leaving the vege behind to suffer. Next came the star of the dinner. Clay pot curry fish. I was expecting it to beat my usual clay pot curry fish that I had in Millennium 86, Taman Paramount. I had my reserves on this. I guess it wasn’t what I expected, or I was too brainwashed with the curry fish I usually have. This, way too much coconut milk and it wasn’t salted enough. I guess the only plus point was, the fish meat here were a lot more than that from Millennium 86.

Overall, the food there were a little light salted. I guess you can say that it’s healthier. But how healthy can it be when you are having curry full of coconut milk?

Location: N2 59.572 E101 37.217