Archive for April, 2009

MSF called for dinner tonight. If it wasn’t for her, I would’ve ended up with Maggi instant noodle. I told her that I wanted and had to take sushi only. She was surpried that my diet doesn’t allow sushi. Then I explained to her that sushi is actually very healthy, provided that I don’t take anything with meat on it. She agreed on it on a win-win situtation, where I get my balanced diet and she get her luxurious dinner. So I gathered the usual people, but only KUMA and WWS able to make it. Then EL joined us later after we started eating.

... the secret to my appetizing dinner today would be the wasabi mix.

... the secret to my appetizing dinner today would be the wasabi mix.


... I can't take tea, hence I get a fruit drink.

... I can't take tea, hence I get a fruit drink.


... the colour of the drink.

... the colour of the drink.


... close up, you could see Nata de Coco in it. It claims to have 25% Nata de Coco and 25% grape juice. The rest are flavouring, sweetener and stuff.

... close up, you could see Nata de Coco in it. It claims to have 25% Nata de Coco and 25% grape juice. The rest are flavouring, sweetener and stuff.


... first order of the dinner. Fortunately, tofu is allowable in my diet.

... first order of the dinner. Fortunately, tofu is allowable in my diet.


... hopefully this doesn't bring any ill effect. I supposed it's alright, since it doesn't contain any meat.

... hopefully this doesn't bring any ill effect. I supposed it's alright, since it doesn't contain any meat.


... the egg mayo has got pinch of fish roe on top of it.

... the egg mayo has got pinch of fish roe on top of it.


... the other piece of egg mayo, which is just rice with the sweet tofu skin.

... the other piece of egg mayo, which is just rice with the sweet tofu skin.


... I can eat this peacefully because it has no meat in it and the vegetables used were safe for my diet.

... I can eat this peacefully because it has no meat in it and the vegetables used were safe for my diet.


... this is Potato Salad... err... not sushi. Because it has no rice in it.

... this is Potato Salad... err... not sushi. Because it has no rice in it.


... another vegetarian dish. The only thing I can't eat here is the mushroom.

... another vegetarian dish. The only thing I can't eat here is the mushroom.


... gotta try the garlic fried rice. Unfortunately, not that tasty. The salt was not even, some piece of the rice was extra salty.

... gotta try the garlic fried rice. Unfortunately, not that tasty. The salt was not even, some piece of the rice was extra salty.


... I almost forgotten that I can't consume beans. So I had only 1 mouthful of this teppanyaki beansprouts.

... I almost forgotten that I can't consume beans. So I had only 1 mouthful of this teppanyaki beansprouts.


... MSF's Kaisen Kamameshi, which she wanted the Chicken Kamameshi at first.

... MSF's Kaisen Kamameshi, which she wanted the Chicken Kamameshi at first.


... the content of the Kaisen Kamameshi. It's seafood.

... the content of the Kaisen Kamameshi. It's seafood.

Rating: 6/10

The dinner was pretty good, despite I wasn’t having any meat, or close to meatless. I could take this opportunity to try those drink and dishes that I usually wouldn’t order, such as the Mogu Mogu Grape, Kakiage, Egg Mayo Inari, Potato Salad and Yasai Tempura.

The Mogu Mogu Grape tasted pretty good. Them small bottle was nicely fit into the cup including the ice. Unfortunately, they should have given a fatter straw because there were pieces of Nata de Coco inside the drink, making all the sucking a tough job. In the end, I had to take off all the ice cubes and drink the rest off the cup.

The Kakiage was pretty good with the teriyaki sauce. We ordered 3 of it because KUMA can’t have enough of it, while I alone hid 1 plate away from the rest. Hey, I’m on strict diet after all, so I’m eligible to do that. The miso soup was nice, though a bit too salty, but better than tasteless.

The rest were acceptable because I made a good wasabi, salty and sweet soya sauce mix. The only complain I had was that the egg mayo inari was quite cheating. I would expect both pieces of sushi having the same content, but instead, only the front piece has the egg mayo. While the 2nd piece, which was hidden behind has only the rice, wrapped in the sweet tofu skin. CHEAT! Anyway, I had 2 dishes of it because I wanted to taste my wasabi mix.

Meanwhile, MSF’s Kaisen Kamameshi was pretty nice, though it was quite costly at RM17.90 each. Fortunately, I wasn’t tempted at all by their orders because KUMA had the Beef Tamago Toji while WWS had Unagi Tamago Toji. EL was there to be DBKL, sapu (sweep) all the leftovers we have for him.

Location: N3 04.928 E101 35.165

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First day of my lunch on strict diet. Ask PCL out for lunch and asked her to make decision. She wanted it to be quick, hence she decided on Kar Heong Restaurant.

... siraitia grosvenorii (羅漢果) which doesn't taste like one at all.

... siraitia grosvenorii (羅漢果) which doesn't taste like one at all.


... strict diet, a bowl of flat noodles (河粉) soup would be fine, I guess.

... strict diet, a bowl of flat noodles (河粉) soup would be fine, I guess.

Rating: 6/10

My flat noodles soup with chicken strips was quite tasty actually, though I can’t eat all the meat there. Since PCL was not in the mood, so less talk for us and more chicken for her. I stuffed all my prawns and chickens into her mouth instead. The cup of lo hon ko was not that nice. It doesn’t taste like lo hon ko at all, which I find it really weird.

That’s the end of my 1st lunch on strict diet. Still surviving, the food was pretty good actually.

Location: N3 04.368 E101 35.408

Today is the start of my somewhat healthy diet. I’ve been thinking, whether roti telur with onion would be a suitable diet. Come to think of it, they are considered acceptable based on the reference list I got from my doctor. Besides, it’s been weeks since my last visit to CS Restaurant.

... ordered iced lime insted of iced tea.

... ordered iced lime insted of iced tea.


... I guess roti telur with egg and onion should be a permissable diet.

... I guess roti telur with egg and onion should be a permissable diet.

Rating: 6/10

Instead of my usual iced tea, I had to order iced lime. Coffee, tea and cocoa are not permitted in my diet. Say bye bye to my chocolates for a month! For my roti telur banjir, which I asked for curry, he go and mixed it with a little bit of dhal and sambal ikan bilis (anchovy).

Location: N3 06.594 E101 36.208

The pain was quite unbearable already, fortunately it was close to dinner time. I was thinking of just taking the pills without having anything at first because I was still quite full from my lunch. But I do not want to take the risk of vomiting everything out later. Fortunately, there were some leftover toasts from lunch earlier. 2 pieces of LGFL’s corn & tuna toasts and 1 piece of KUMA’s potato salad toast. I picked the potato salad toast instead because of the strict diet that I had to observe from now onward…

... KUMA's potato salad toast leftover from today's lunch.

... KUMA's potato salad toast leftover from today's lunch.

Rating: 5.5/10

When I opened the container, I could only smell durian-like smell. I thought the toast was a goner. Anyway, I had to get something in first so I just chomped it down. The toast itself has turned soggy, rather soft, but no complain there. The potato salad was quite amazing actually. Some potatoes were seriously hurt when this was made. It has really genuine potato taste in it. Not too much on the egg or mayo, it was just right (I can assure you I wasn’t too hungry to have misjudge it). Despite being soggy on the bread itself, it was still pretty cold. The salad itself was already cold to begin with.

Do not proceed if you are against drugs consumption…

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Today, the ladies said gotta go somewhere nice to celebrate NAP’s farewell. At first I suggested either Dragon-i or Canton-i, but NAP (no, he has got nothing to do with slumber) just had them like a couple of days ago straight. When we were on the way there, TSL suddenly thought of the Pasta de Gohan’s clam soup pasta she saw in a food magazine in my car. Then we decided to give Pasts de Gohan a try.

... Pasta de Gohan, if I'm not mistaken, it means pasta and rice.

... Pasta de Gohan, if I'm not mistaken, it means pasta and rice.


... this scallop & prawn pizza was my idea. Abundance of cheese.

... this scallop & prawn pizza was my idea. Abundance of cheese.


... this complimentary soup was for TSL's clam soup pasta.

... this complimentary soup was for TSL's clam soup pasta.


... delicious looking clam soup pasta.

... delicious looking clam soup pasta.


... NAP's Prawn Pilaf.

... NAP's Prawn Pilaf.


... NAP's Wafu Chicken & Mushroom. Very oily stuff, another lip gloss incident.

... NAP's Wafu Chicken & Mushroom. Very oily stuff, another lip gloss incident.


... KUMA's Potato Salad Toast.

... KUMA's Potato Salad Toast.


... KUMA's Potato & Bacon Cream fettucine.

... KUMA's Potato & Bacon Cream fettucine.


... a good thirst quencher?

... a good thirst quencher?


... decided to give the curry chicken rice a try.

... decided to give the curry chicken rice a try.


... my Wafu Al Aglio Olio. I still can't figure out what does "wafu" means, even after the meal.

... my Wafu Al Aglio Olio. I still can't figure out what does "wafu" means, even after the meal.


... my aglio olio with extra ingredients.

... my aglio olio with extra ingredients.


... someone left this Neapolitan spaghetti on my side of the table.

... someone left this Neapolitan spaghetti on my side of the table.

Rating: 6/10

I start off with the clam and prawn pizza. It was pretty nice actually with super thin crust with good fragrance from the cheese. The prawns was fresh and crunchy while the scallops were big. I could eat it plainly with only cheese on top of it. But this piece of UFO cost RM28.80.

I had a sipped of TSL’s clam soup pasta, it was quite nice, a little bit of sweetness of the clams. It’s kinda special too, one of its kind. The last time I tried vongole spaghetti was more than 6 months ago. That vongole spaghetti was very different from this 1 though. This also came with a complimentary soup, which tasted a little like miso soup with plenty of seaweed in it. But for RM24.80 for plain spaghetti and clams, that’s very expensive.

Then I had a bite on NAP’s Wafu Chicken & Mushroom. It was pretty ok, just a tad too oily. I wondered whether those was from the olive oil or some other stuff. It sorta made me feel a bit full though. Never had a chance to try his prawn pilaf though, cause it was like chaos there, for 7 people to sit in a long table having plates flying here and there where hygiene was placed at lowest priority.

Then there’s KUMA’s potato salad toast, which looked really nice and her Potato & Bacon cream. Unfortunately, those bacons weren’t pork, they were beef. So I didn’t bother to give it a try. Suddenly, I missed my Popai the Potato so much.

Finally, on the stuff that I ordered. The RM4.80 canned ginger ale was very costly. The lunch set chicken curry rice with wafu al aglio olio cost me RM18.80. It sounded a lot cheaper than TSL’s clam soup spaghetti. I guess reason being this is the kind of items that rarely interest the patrons, so they decided to put them up for promotion. Fortunately, despite being a plain spaghetti, the taste was still acceptable. But it tasted much better after I put in extra chili powder and grind the pepper in. The curry was sweet as expected, nothing to shout about. The rice used was genuine Japanese rice that I had from ordering curry chicken rice from Japanese restaurant. So, no lacking of ingredients here.

The rest of the stuff I didn’t bother to snap because our table has no more space to sort stuff around. But I was given a plate of Neopolitan to try. It was… not that good. That’s why I never like ordering spaghetti in tomato sauce.

The bill for the lunch cost us RM230.10 for 7 pax. Averaging at around RM33 per pax. Overall, lunch was pretty nice, but the pricing was crazy. The food weren’t exactly Japanese except for a few items as pasta is western while most of the stuff on their menu was consists of pasta. There were many other stuff on the menu as well, such as parfait. It’s another place which is common like PHOP, where you’d need months to try out everything on the menu.

The place was not exactly comfortable and the lighting was pretty bad too. The shop was quite small and the air conditioning was bad. TSL was practically sweating throughout the time, for a person that rarely sweat even if we eat under hot roof. Go figure…

Location: N3 04.318 E101 36.367

Went for dinner with TSL and WWS. TSL can’t decide on what to eat when I showed her a blog categorized with Subang & Sunway eateries. In the end, I decided to crash into SS18 area and see for ourself what to eat. If we can’t find anything there, then it will be TJ Haus.

Fortunately, TSL spotted the Shanghai food. So without further ado, I parked my car nearest to the restaurant. It was just a few shops away from TJ Haus itself. I wonder do they serve Shanghai dumpling (上海小籠包)?

The lady boss that took our order, her Mandarin dialect was different. I supposed she’s from Shanghai, being that it’s Shanghai home cooked food. I couldn’t tell if it’s really genuine Shanghai style but all I could do was imagined that I was at Shanghai having some home cooked food because the ugly truth is, I’ve never been to Shanghai.

... the restaurant's name was so small, all I noticed was the word "Shanghai".

... the restaurant's name was so small, all I noticed was the word "Shanghai".


... I chose this 香辣豆腐 over the usual 麻辣豆腐 (malat beancurd) to try out the differences.

... I chose this 香辣豆腐 over the usual 麻辣豆腐 (malat beancurd) to try out the differences.


... plain stir fried siu pak choi.

... plain stir fried siu pak choi.


... this spicy sour soup (酸辣湯) was a decision made based on coin flip, between this and stir fried nian gao (Chinese cake).

... this spicy sour soup (酸辣湯) was a decision made based on coin flip, between this and stir fried nian gao (Chinese cake).


... this golden phoenix fish (金鳳魚) in sour spicy sauce was recommended by the lady boss.

... this golden phoenix fish (金鳳魚) in sour spicy sauce was recommended by the lady boss.


... the boss asked if I was a journalist before giving this card to me.

... the boss asked if I was a journalist before giving this card to me.


... get a stamp for every RM45 and above. Collect 8 stamps and receive a free seafood dish valued RM30 or above.

... get a stamp for every RM45 and above. Collect 8 stamps and receive a free seafood dish valued RM30 or above.

Rating: 6.4/10

Our dinner tonight was full of spicy stuff. I hope WWS didn’t have to have war with her WC after the dinner. Fortunately, Shanghainese’s spiciness ain’t anywhere near what I couldn’t withstand, so I guess it’s fine for her. The spicy beancurd was served in a clay pot. I was glad the portion was moderately enough for the 3 of us, not too much. It as a little sour but I couldn’t recall if I ever felt spicy in it. I guess I should have opted for malat beancurd. Anyway, a lesson learnt today. Then came the vegetable. It tasted rather bland but I guess there’s a very good reason for it. You’ll find out later.

Halfway through, TSL tossed coin to decide on adding on spicy soup or stir fry nian gao. The coin says spicy soup. While I was eagerly anticipating for the fish after ordering the spicy soup, the soup came first. I was shocked at the size of it. It could easily fit 10 people. The soup looked very much like beancurd soup (豆腐羹), except it’s spicy. The soup was quite diluted and pretty tasteless except sourness. We were offered vinegar for those that prefer more sour than it is.

Finally, when the fish came, it was soaking sauce. After a couple of pretty bland tasting dishes, I was expecting too much of the fish. I guess I was a little disappointed on the sauce. The fried fish itself was quite tasty actually but it should have been fried a little longer so that the crispiness stays longer before getting soggy. Finally, I’ve had 3 bowl full of the soup, while TSL had 2.5 bowl and WWS chickened out, she had only 2 bowl full. I’ve estimated the leftovers and it does really serves up to 10 pax or bowls.

I keep asking them to order what they wanted to eat because I intend to claim the bills until I suddenly thought of what if the place doesn’t accept credit cards? Then I notice the flyer holder has American Express printed on it. It lessen my worries until TSL assured me that she has the money to pay. Fortunately, the place does accept cards. Then later we were presented with the promo card by the boss himself. He was asking if I was a journalist. He should have treated me the dinner then I would’ve told him what he wanted to hear.

I might come again to try out other because the price was quite reasonable. The fish for RM25, spicy beancurd for RM12, vege for RM9, pretty standard price, though it could hardly beat Canton Fare‘s. RM10 for that soup, averaging RM1 per pax if it serves 10 pax. The rice were RM3.90 for 3 pax and Chinese tea was a measly RM3.50. No wonder the tea was so tasteless too.

I still can’t make out what does BnY mean.

Location: N3 04.364 E101 35.087

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Went to Cold Storage today. I was curious as in what new stock did they bring in. Bought back 3 items from there, 2 chocolates and 1 biscuits.

... the 72% dark chocolate got my attention. Didn't find any "imported by" sticker on it, could be locally made. Further proven with the "Halal" logo printed on top.

... the 72% dark chocolate got my attention. Didn't find any "imported by" sticker on it, could be locally made. Further proven with the "Halal" logo printed on top.


... came with quality seal. A way to increase the price of your chocolate despite being locally manufactured.

... came with quality seal. A way to increase the price of your chocolate despite being locally manufactured.


... the content was rather, unappealing.

... the content was rather, unappealing.


... 17 gold bars, total up to 100gm. How does that get divided into 17 bars?

... 17 gold bars, total up to 100gm. How does that get divided into 17 bars?


... unfortunately, they seriously need to pay more attention on the quality assurance department. Chocolate leakage, a big NO NO!

... unfortunately, they seriously need to pay more attention on the quality assurance department. Chocolate leakage, a big NO NO!


... pretty plain printing, very unappealing indeed.

... pretty plain printing, very unappealing indeed.

Rating: 6/10

This locally manufactured 72% dark chocolate was a little sweeter than I expected. It was also the 1st time I see a locally made dark chocolate that labels it 72%. I don’t recall if Beryl’s labeled their products with the percentage of cocoa though. I thought it would be bitter as 70% from other brands were pretty bitter already. When I had the first 1, it actually tasted pretty nice, sweetened black, with minimal milk. For 100g of cocoa at RM13.99, I’d expect it to be better. The aftertaste was a bit overkilling. It sorta made my throat a little sore. This is what I call a “bitter aftertaste relationship”. Back to imported goods.

... packaging looks rather different. Probably because inside contains pastilles form chocolates.

... packaging looks rather different. Probably because inside contains pastilles form chocolates.


... bottom was printed as well. The part where most manufacturer would save cost from printing anything. Pretty neat!

... bottom was printed as well. The part where most manufacturer would save cost from printing anything. Pretty neat!


... unfortunately, the chocolate's printing itself wan't as pretty as the display.

... unfortunately, the chocolate's printing itself wan't as pretty as the display.


... only melts in your mouth, not in your hand. Unfortunately, this doesn't work like M&Ms.

... only melts in your mouth, not in your hand. Unfortunately, this doesn't work like M&Ms.


... give it a bit and the inside looked like truffles's content.

... give it a bit and the inside looked like truffles's content.


... don't just discard the wrapper. You might find some random phrases on different wrappers.

... don't just discard the wrapper. You might find some random phrases on different wrappers.

Rating: 6/10

On the other hand, the Dove devilishly dark chocolate hasn’t any percentage label on it. For 150g at RM21.99 of imported goods, it doesn’t really cost that much more as compared to ORVIeN. Probably because this 1 has lesser percentage of cocoa in it. In fact, it was pretty sweet. The content was very truffles-like, which I kinda like. Sweet, soft and powdery cocoa content. If only it has less sugar in it and contains alcohol. It would be really nice!

Here’s another one:

... "Chocolate doesn't make the world go around but it makes the trip worthwhile."

... "Chocolate doesn't make the world go around but it makes the trip worthwhile."

Lastly, the drink…

... tong sui courtesy of HL. It has snow fungus, I like it.

... tong sui courtesy of HL. It has snow fungus, I like it.

Rating: 7.5/10

This tong sui that HL brought back was pretty nice. In fact, it was comparable to the one I had in Canton Fare, which was a similar kind of tong sui. The only set back was, this tong sui was not cold. I didn’t get to ask him where he bought it and for how much. Last I heard he said he was in PJ Old Town.