Saturday, 31 August 2013

Dinner at Meng Kee Grill Fish, Jalan Alor, Bukit Bintang

I had been to Restaurant Meng Kee for uncounted time since over 10 years ago and this is one of my forever favorite for delicious seafood in Kuala Lumpur. I brought most of my good friends, and traveller friends to this restaurant to enjoy it's fine and delicious meals at this open air restaurant.

On last Independence Day eve (30th August 2013), we went here again for another dinner, and hours later, for supper. Talking about the menu, various seafood are available for you to choose here. From butter prawn, black pepper crab, lala sambal and bamboo clam with curry paste. You also can compliment your meal with garlic fried rice or white rice on the side. Awesome and awesome.

As always, this restaurant is always full and the customer keep coming in and out. I can see, they are many regulars here including me. This Meng Kee Restaurant also very popular among expats in Malaysia and seems like the restaurant owner, a lady really know how to care their customers.

As for that evening, we ordered black pepper squid, sambal lala and also sambal fried rice. Wow. Its all spicy food and we love it. The taste of the food is still the same as before. Maybe some people will say that the food price here is a little bit pricey. As for the location is at Bukit Bintang or so called tourist area, I am okay with that. 

As for our dinner, we spend as below:
  • RM20 Black pepper Squid
  • RM20 Lala Sambal
  • RM15 Sambal Fried Rice
  • Drinks are free for us 

If you are ever to Jalan Alor and thinking of having your good dinner here, just simply walk along this Chinese foodies street and spot for the shop sign, Restaurant Meng Kee Grill Fish.

After few hours, we went here again for a serving of grilled chicken wing and beer to close up our 56th Malaysia Independence Day's evening.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Lunch at Restaurant Ayam Kampung Publika, Damansara Perdana

I never eat any Ayam Kampung before, or literally called as Village Chicken and this is my first time having it. The different between Ayam Kampung and the normal one that we always buy in market is, the size is slightly smaller. Some said that the Ayam Kampung is more tender too, which is I'm not too sure about it.

So, on last Tuesday, my boss and team mate went to this Ayam Kampung Publika Restaurant at Damansara Perdana for lunch. One thing you need to know, good if you can car-pool when coming to this area as parking is very tough to get as the area has a lot of offices with limited parking spaces. Or else, you need to double park and leave your number on your dashboard if you don't want the person that u blocked leave a handwriting note call you as "asshole"

Okay, so we went to this restaurant and as informed by my boss, this restaurant is always full during lunch time. We headed to the food buffet area and nah! a lot of delicious dishes there. Of course, the main dish here is Fried Ayam Kampung. Besides, you also can have Ayam Percik, chicken liver, cat fish, veggies and many more. Oh ya! If you love Sup Tulang (literally Beef Bone Soup), it is available for you to enjoy daily too. 

Personally, it has been awhile for me to eat this kind of Kampung style food. The chicken flesh is very tender and mix well with our side dishes. We took servings of Sup Tulang, Kampung's ulam (literally vegetables), then kind of anchovies sambal with peanut, fried Ayam Kampung for all and Ayam Percik for me. To add in more flavours, you can have Sambal Belacan (literally chili with local shrimp paste) or budu with chili too. Seriously, its spicy and not my cup of tea.

How much we spent here for 5 people, as cheap as RM7.00/person for a full stomach lunch. 

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Weekend Escape to Mũi Kê Gà (Kê Gà Beach) Bình Thuận

If you get bored with Mui Ne beach, but still would like to pamper yourself with breezy and sunny day, why don't you give a try to visit Mui Ke Ga or some called it as Hon Ba. This island is very quiet and calm as not so many tourist know about this place. This island is located in Binh Thuan province or about 40km from Phan Thiet city. 

How to get here? You can buy bus ticket at Phuong Trang ticketing counter from Saigon - Muine. When arrived to Tien Thanh, you may get off and catch any local buses to Ke Ga. Or else, you can use car service (Mr. Kim Hung 0984 285 050) which will cost you around VND180,000 per person. The journey from Saigon to Ke Ga normally will take around 5 hours.

If you want to find a good resort to stay, Rock Water Bay is a good option. This resort come with a very nice and modern furniture. There is a salt water swimming pool which made with granite craggy cliff and it is located overlooking the sea. If you love massage, you can choose to do beach massage services and in the same time, listening to the sound of the sea breeze and enjoying the wind blowing softly to your face. Besides, you also can pamper yourself at at Eco Spa Village which is located at Rock Water Bay Resort. This is a perfect place for you to enjoy the massage therapy by a professional therapist. 

More about the resort units, you also can choose to stay at bungalow unit which is situated very close to the sea or on the craggy cliff and facing to the sea. This is quiet romantic for couple to watch the sunset together while enjoying glass of wine. 

In terms of foods here, I will suggest you to dine in at the resort. In general, the foods here came with an acceptable price. One set of lunch or dinner normally will cost you around USD7 per set and ala-carte menu normally will cost you around USD3 each. 

Other than exploring the beauty of the beach of Mui Ke Ga, other attraction for you to visit here is the Ke Ga Lighthouse which is located about 4km from the Island. Historically, the French on year 1897 has developed this flame lighthouse tower at Ke Ga. The lamp which was places at 65 meters height is to help ships passed this estuary and this lighthouse began the operation on 1990 and until now, it is still working and the light can be seen beyond 20 nautical miles. This Ke Ga lighthouse has two merits in Vietnamese tourism map as the 2nd highest lighthouse in Vietnam and also the oldest lighthouse in Vietnam. 

Last but not least, don't forget to to bring mosquito incense or repellent as if you do not want to be attached by mosquitoes at everywhere you go. 

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Creative in Motion: LimKokWing Graduate's Fashion Show

The event was on mid-July 2013 to celebrate the graduation of Fashion Design students of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology. With theme Creative in Motion, those final years students came out with their own design and delivered by the beauties on the runaway.

Other then fashion show, there are some catchy performance by LimKokWing's students to entertain the audiences as well. One of my favorite was the song performed by Mark O'dea, who also one of the finalist of Malaysia CLEO Most Eligible Bachelor 2013. The video was uncompleted when my camera suddenly ran out of battery. 

Prior to my "camera ran out of battery", there are other performances by familiar faces of LimKokWing's students as well. 

To understand more about what Fashion Design student did, click here to review more photos from the launching event of LimKokWing Fashion Club, the first label in the world by a university. 

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Saturday Food Hunting at Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This is just a quick posting. I have to work on last Saturday and around 3pm, my housemate, Christopher came to my office and its time for another food hunting after the Fasting Month and Eid Mubarak. 

We decided to go to Kampung Baru, the biggest Malay village which is located at the heart of Kuala Lumpur city centre or just a distance from the iconic Petronas Twin tower. We arrive to Kampung Baru by using LRT and stop at Kampung Baru Station.

This Briani Johore Restaurant is non air-conditioned eating out place and located at Jalan Raja Muda Musa, about 100 meter from Kampung Baru flat. We ordered a serving of Mee Bandung Muar and a serving of Mee Rebus. Literally, Mee Bandung is referred to mix of dried shrimps, dried chili, blended sweet potatoes, tofu, beef and other ingredients as a soup and eat together with yellow noodle. 

Talking about the Mee Rebus, I think the one that I ate at Meldrum Street, Johor Bahru is much more delicious. But then still tasty. If you don't know what is Mee Rebus, I will describe it as yellow noodle soup served with a very rich gravies consisted of beef, blended sweet potatoes and it is a sweet dishes compared to the spicy Mee Bandung. To compliment the spiciness of the Mee Bandung, we orders signature Malay Malaysian drinks, Sirap Bandung (Rose flavour drink with condensed milk) and a Sirap Limau (Rose flavour drink with lime).

Our journey for food hunting is not ending up here. We walk further to Jalan Raja Alang for some Indonesia dishes and wandering at Chow Kit night market.

Around 7.00pm, Raja Alang Road was busy and crowded as usual. Walking along the lane, you will see many Indonesia Jamu (traditional medication) shops, Indonesian cosmetic and health shops, Padang foods, and other kind of Indonesian foods. We previously tried the Satay Padang at Restaurant Rose and this time, we gave a try for other kind of local Indonesian foods at this street.

If you are walking from Raja Abdullah Road towards the Raja Alang road, you will find the place that we went here which is located before a Sikh Temple. This road side stall is a join of Pecal Lele (Fried Cat Fish), Bakso, Ayam Penyet with a Mie Acheh stall. In another word, the stall run by two different owner. 

We ordered Bakso from the first stall. Well, I always have problem with Indonesia foods. Why? It can be too spicy, too sweet, too salty or too bland. Our Bakso consisted of clear chicken soup, big beef ball, rice noodle and I think it is a bit salty. 

From the next stall, I was so tempting with the big banner at the stall stated Mie Acheh (Mee Acheh) with big crab and big prawn on display. Since on that day, they don't have crab so, i ordered a serving of Mie Udang, kind of a Fried Prawn Noodle. As expected, the Fried Prawn Noodle is very spicy for me, but very delicious. The best part is, there were generous amount of prawn in the serving.

How much did we spent during the food hunting? Reasonable cheap.

Briani Johor Restaurant
RM5.00 Mee Bandung Muar
RM5.00 Mee Rebus
RM1.50 Sirap Bandung
RM1.50 Sirap Limau Ice

Bakso & Mie Acheh Stall
RM6.00 Mie Udang
RM4.00 Bakso
RM1.50 Teh Tarik

This is the beautiful factor of living in Malaysia, foods are everywhere and the price are still reasonably cheap and you can get any regional foods here. 

Hell yeah, the food hunting never end here. After having the Bakso and Mie Udang, we walk passed through the Chow Kit Market and took the Monorail from Chow Kit to Pavillion Bukit Bintang to find a new place for dessert. 

After wandering around, we finally chose to have all mangoes base dessert at Hui Lau Shan, at 6th floor of the Pavilion Shopping Centre. We spent RM25 for 2 different kind of dessert and guess what, my housemate said that my home-made dessert at home is much better and tasty. 

Saturday, 10 August 2013

My Pre-Hari Raya Cooking 2013

Eid Mubarak or Hari Raya is the celebration after 1 month fasting for the Muslim. During the fasting months, Muslim are prohibited from eat and drink start from sunrise until the sunset time. Prior to the Eid Mubarak celebration, there will be some preparation has to be done earlier such as shopping for new cloths, making Hari Raya cookies, changing some furniture and many more. 

As I am living in Malaysia, or particularly in Johor (the southern part of the peninsular Malaysia), I will share about how we was our celebration for this year. I had done with my Hari Raya shopping few days before coming back to my hometown in Segamat, and what I can say is, there are sea of people in town crazily shopping

One day before the Hari Raya, normally the family members, especially women are very busy in kitchen to prepare the ingredients for the occasion. As in Johor, having Ketupat (Rice stuffed in the coconut leaf) is a must, besides Rendang Daging (Beef with spices), Ayam Masak Merah (Spicy Chicken with tomato puree), Kuah Lodeh (Vegetable and Tofu cooked with coconut milk) and Sambal Kacang (Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce). This year, I let my parents to be more relax and I will take charge the kitchen.

Well, to prepare those dishes is not that quick. This is what people say as the art of cooking Malay Traditional foods. Some dishes sometimes need a longer time to cook and we need to control the fire to avoid from burning the food in the cooking pan. Example, the Beef Rendang normally will take around 2 hours to cook and the Ketupat normally will be ready after 3 hours boiling on slow fire. 

It was an amazing Hari Raya for me start from Hari Raya shopping and Pre-Hari Raya Cooking. Next time, I will share more about the dishes served during Hari Raya, especially in Johorean style.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

"Vietnamese Curry" for Dinner at Restaurant Leong Ah - Puchong

What is for dinner tonight? That is a very common question for me and my mate for almost every weekend. Since we are not driving, we decided to go to a restaurant nearby our house in Puchong. From what I know, this restaurant is always pack at dinner time.

Leong Ah - Puchong Restaurant, we been there around 7.00am and this restaurant which majorly funished with round tables start to get crowded. My mate Christopher chose what to order coz it was his treat. 

First, we ordered the signature dish of this restaurant which is Mixed Seafood Vietnamese Curry. Honestly, I never taste such curry during my 5 years of living in Vietnam. Really NEVER!!! But I have it here, something so called Vietnamese Curry. After few sipping, then I figure out that, one of the ingredient for this curry is "ớt sa tế", kind of a Vietnamese Chili Paste. Anyway, I love this new taste of curry and will definitely imitate the recipe. 

Other than that, we had a serving of vegetable soup with dried shrimp on top of it. This crystal clear soup really taste good, just nice to compliment the spiciness of the Vietnamese Seafood Curry just now. 

To complete our meal, we order one serving of tofu (I forgot the name). This tofu dish cooked on a hot plate with eggs and mix veggies such as corn, green peas and carrot. 

Overall, we love our dinner here, but not sure when we will come back again. RM50 for 3 main course, 3 bowls of rice and 2 Chinese Tea is quiet reasonable price though. This is what I like about living in this Puchong Jaya neighbourhood, cause there are various kind of Malaysian - Chinese foods available for you to enjoy.

Monday, 5 August 2013

Things Not To Do during Chinese's Hungry Ghost Festival

Hungry Ghost Festival is coming again this year (7th August 2013 until 4th September 2013) and one of my Facebook friend shared about "DO NOT" Checklist after 00:00Hrs on 7th August:
    Photo Source: MSN Malaysia
  1. Hang out late.
  2. Spit in the street or tree.
  3. Stare at the candlelight or burning fire.
  4. Step On Or Kick offering items / joss sticks along the Roadside.
  5. Cover up your forehead at night; always pin or put up your hair as high as possible.
  6. Stare at “them” if you really saw one; look or walk away calmly.
  7. Make funny jokes or comments on any display altar / offering items along the street.
  8. Look underneath the altar table when there is a prayer session.
  9. Shift your eyeballs from left to right or right to left repeatedly if you sensed something; always look straight and walk toward your destination calmly.
  10. Sniff and follow any pleasant or sweet smell ahead of you.
  11. Sit on the first few Front Rows of any public Chinese Operas.
  12. Open your umbrella at night, especially red color type.
  13. Wear red color costume with high heels and walk alone at night.
  14. Pick up any unique items found on the street or road.
  15. Stand Under a Tree in the middle of the night.
  16. Wait at The Bus Stop after Mid-Night especially already passed the bus service operating hours.
  17. Whistle alone at night; you may found someone singing along with you.
  18. Hang your clothes out in the middle of the night.
  19. Walk in the dark and near the walls; something maybe visible at your side view.
  20. Answer or respond when someone calls you, especially from behind.
  21. Turn your head when someone pat on your shoulders in the middle of the street.
  22. Use any Dark or Black color manicure.
  23. Comb your hair in front of the mirror in the middle of the night.
  24. Shout or scream in the middle of the night, stay as quiet as possible if you felt sudden coldness.
  25. Get emotional and cry in the middle of the night.
  26. Leave your bleeding wounds in a open air; always cover up the area with plasters or other bandage materials.
  27. Be a curious person or hero, if you hear some "strange" sound or noise, especially soft crying tone; always act blur. 
  28. Swim in the pool or lake in the middle of the night; something maybe waiting to pull your legs.
  29. Play at the playground in the middle of the night; especially the swings.
  30. Take up the challenge to enter cemetery area or abandoned houses.

Hari Raya Shopping at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, KL

We Malaysian really love shopping. The quote "Shopping till Drop" is really suitable for Malaysia. Prior to Eid-Mubarak or locally known as Hari Raya Aidilfitri, one of the must do item is shopping for the celebration. 

One of the famous shopping district for the occasion is Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. Since decades, this street is the main attraction among shoppers to get their needs at a very reasonable price. Shoppers can choose to get their cloths from side walk seller, or famous textile boutiques along the street. 

My last trip aka shopping for Hari Raya was awesome. Thousand of people on the street, shops, shopping malls, here and there choosing Baju Melayu (male Malay's traditional costume), Baju Kurung (female Malay's traditional constume), bargaining or maybe just wandering among others.

This scene wouldn't end up just at day time, immediate after breakfasting time aroun 7.30pm, people will come back to shop here even until 12 midnight. See how we love to shop. The key point here is bargaining and shop smart. If one Baju Kurung will cost you around RM100 per set now, try to come back here night before the Hari Raya and you may get those with auction price around RM30 each. 

Walk further from the busy street of textile, sea of people actually gathered in the air-conditioned mall of Sogo. Yeah! It was sea of people at every floor of this shopping mall with long queue and discount sight at almost everywhere. 

I'm done with my shopping, and now looking forward for the Hari Raya. To share the shopping spirit, feel free to watch the video that which was recorded during our last shopping trip here.


Danial & Christopher
Microscopasia Journal

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Expensive Briyani Lunch at Restaurant Ismail Briyani, TTDI

Our visit to Restaurant Ismail Briyani was 2 weeks before the fasting month, and this restaurant is located nearby my office at Taman Tun Dr. Ismail (TTDI), Kuala Lumpur. The only problem when you come here by driving is, you will have difficulty to find parking especially during peak hours.

Sitting in this restaurant, it is look like a higher standard of Mamak restaurant (Indian Muslim's restaurant) with male waiters with varieties of curry based foods and rice dishes in the menu. So, we ordered two servings of Chicken Briyani and one serving of Beef Murtabak. 

How about our Chicken Briyani? It was okay. Maybe because I am a Johorean and briyani is one of our famous dish. So, I would rate the Chicken Briyani that we had here as moderate in terms of taste, fragrance and the chicken texture. 

Murtabak is one of my favorite since my childhood time. The Beef Murtabak that we had was very rich with beef and really thick and this is a new version of Murtabak for me. We had the Murtabak witk Dhal curry, very light one, but I think I love to have it thick, sweet and creamy with more Dhal. 

Will we come back here to Restaurant Ismail Briyani? I will say no for RM11.00 serving of Chicken Briyani. That was one of the most expensive Briyani for lunch in a moderate place that I ever had in my life. But maybe, I will come back for the RM6.00 Beef Murtabak which reasonably tasty and rich with beef.

Restaurant Ismail Original Recipe Briyani
22, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

Friday, 2 August 2013

Stress Releasing Dinner at Dontaku Ramen @ One Utama

Maybe I am not a qualified food reviewer. But anyway, I really love to share with people about where did I go over the weekend with mission to inspire them to enjoy their life.

It was a very tough Monday and all in my mind when working in office is to have a good food and later a good sleep. After calling my mate, Christopher, we decided to meet up at One Utama Shopping Centre for a Japanese dinner.

We went to Dontaku Ramen Japanese Restaurant which is located at lower ground floor, New Wing of the mall. At 7.30pm, the restaurant was really crowded with I think, 99% of Chinese customer and I am the 1% which is Malay. I believe, there must be something unique about this place.

Our mobile was run out of battery and need to use our Ipro
which resulted a bad collection of photos. (Top) complimentary
salad and (Bottom) Chicken Teriyaki Ramen
We ordered 3 main courses which is Teriyaki Chicken Ramen, Soft Shell Crab Udon and Seafood Teppanyaki with rice set. Teriyaki Chicken is always my favorite, but this is my very first time to have a Teriyaki Chicken with Ramen.

Next, we were having the Soft Shell Crab with Udon. The soft shell crab was deep fried and placed on top of the Udon soup. The same the Ramen soup just now,  even it was just a plan clear soup, the taste was so delicious and different to each other. This is what I like about Japanese noodle, smell good, clear water soup, simple and tasty. 

(Top) Soft Shell Crab with Udon (Bottom left) Salmon Teppayaki
with veggies on the side and (Bottom right) Sake
Finally, we had Salmon cooked in Teppanyaki style. Surprisingly look different compared to one showed in the menu. The small was really tiny and covered with some veggies and other stuffs. 

Dinner experience in Dontaku Ramen was really interested. Maybe not so fancy  or as exclusive as at Yuzu Japanese Restaurant, KLCC, but I think this restaurant is one of the best place to get something quick during a busy day. 

Ka ching! We spent RM84.45 (Including Service Charge & Govt tax) for below items:

RM17.00 Teriyaki Chicken Ramen
RM12.80 Soft Shell Crab Udon
RM19.00 Salmon Teppanyaki
RM14.00 Hot Sake
RM 5.00  Ice Lemon Tea
RM 5.00  White Rice

Dontaku Ramen Japanese Restaurant 
Lot LG352, Lower Ground Floor, 1 Utama Shopping Centre
Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: 03-7727 8389 Fax: 03-42923152