Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Sunset Moment at Pantai Morib, Banting


I heard about Pantai Morib or Morib beach since my young age when the Anak-Anak Sidek cartoon was very popular on TV back 20 years ago. We went there on last Saturday for an unplanned gateway as well as to catch for the sunset moment.

We just waze for the location and this Morib Beach was an hour driving from our house in Puchong Jaya via LDP and SKVE highway. After exiting the highway at Teluk Panglima Garang Exit, you will pass thru a 2 lanes federal road and passing by local villages before arriving to Morib area.







At first, we turned to Morib public beach which is very crowded and hard to find car parking. So I decided to re-route our journey to Gold Coast Morib and that is truly the best decision ever. Easy parking, very private (less people on that time) plus the sunset view here was truly stunning.

After spending almost 1.5 hours appreciating the sunset moment, we walked to the beach restaurant at the Gold Cast Morib for dinner. Very cliche but its okay. We ordered a Premium Steamboat for 2 person at price RM52.70 (around this price as I couldn't recall the exact price). It was a comfortable and cosy dinner with soft music, high tropical style ceiling and open air ambiance here.





I will definitely come again to here for more sunset and quick escape from my busy routine back home.

How to find this place, simply Waze for Gold Coast Morib. 

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Tomyam Kelapa Special (Special Coconut Tomyam) at Jalan Helang, Puchong Jaya

I love tom yam and I know many others out there love to eat tom yam too. If you are living in Malaysia, tom yam can be found at almost everywhere. From famous Thai food outlet, food court and street stall.

What so good about tom yam? For me, I love the clear broth, the spiciness and the freshness of the ingredients. In some articles that I previously read said that tom yam is good to heal flu, fever and for detoxification. So why need to pay so expensive when you get fever if you can sip a big bowl of tom yam soup right? Or you purposely wanna get MC from doctor the next day. Hahaha

Okaylah. Before I'm talking rubbish, let me straight to the topic of my 1st entry for October month. 

My housemate love tom yam too. That day I am so lazy to cook. So, I recalled that there is a row of Malay stalls located at Jalan Helang in Puchong Jaya. I told Chris that maybe we should check the place since the best tom yam should be made by Malay Kelantanese/Siamese (which is where the stall located).




First time here, there are 5 or 6 other stalls here. But I am more interested with a stall with big signage JR Tom Yam Seafood with main menu, Tom Yam Kelapa Special (Special Coconut Tom yam). 

Without any hesitation, we ordered the a serving of Special Coconut Tom Yam, 2 servings of extra spicy Kampung Fried Rice and omelette.


The food be served to our table in less than 15 minutes and we are very exited to look what is inside that 'coconut tomyam bowl'. Purely seafoods with prawns and squid. To make it special, there are some scrapped coconut flesh at the bottom of the coconut tom yam bowl. I love it, and my housemate love it too. Love the spiciness, the sweetness and the freshness of tom yam broth. I just hoping to have a bigger size of prawn for this tom yam dish since the price is RM12. But its okay. This is a good start actually. Me and my housemate are very eager to check other tom yam at other places in near future.



Oh ya. How about the Kampung Fried Rice? I love the crispiness of the dried anchovies in the fried rice. It makes the fried rice authentic and really tasty. 

Saturday, 3 October 2015

My Unforgettable Red Velvet Muffin from Chocolate World, Pavilion KL

Its soft, its smell good and its melt in your mouth. That is what I can describe about the Red Velvet Muffin that I recently bought from Chocolate World at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. 

The outlet is located next to the Food Republic and was care by a young Malay girl. At first, we never though of buying anything there. We were just browsing at their chill glass chocolate display and the girl start to greet us and give us many free tasting for their cookies and chocolate bites. 




According to the girl, all the bites here were made with chocolate which was imported from Belgium. Well, that answered by it is so great taste. While she entertaining other customers, we turn to the other side of her kiosk and saw the rows of fresh muffin. No hesitation, my housemate love everything made with the name of red velvet and we finally bought a large Red Velvet Muffin which we will eat it in the cinema later. 

I never eat Red Velvet Muffin before. But I think this one is great. Its melt in mouth and very light. Not a very sweet version, but truly a temptation. 




Will come back again here. For their Belgian chocolate, marshmallow and macaroon too. 

Get Impressed with the Impressed, Nu Sentral, Kuala Lumpur

I was at La Juiceria on last July to try their cold pressed juice. If you want to know what is cold pressed juice? please go ahead to my previous entry about it. 

Me and my housemate were on our way to Bukit Bintang and we dropped by to Nu Sentral before hopping to KL Monorail to continue our journey. Then, my housemate were pointing to the La Juiceria and suggesting for Cold Pressed Juice to cool down ourselves during the heat of the hazy KL. 




But then, I remembered my ex-colleague whom currently working in Nu Sentral management office told me that there is a Bumiputra own Cold Pressed Jucie outlet located at the same floor which called Impressed. So, we change our mind from La Juiceria to Impressed. 

Impressed do serve limited choice of Cold Pressed Juice, but I love the simplicity on the menu. The staff suggested to us to take I4 in the juice menu which is consisted of watermelon, carrot, orange, green apple & pineapple. The stated benefit was anti inflammatory, to lower the cholesterol level and hydrating.




For another bottle, the staff suggested to get I1 which consisted of green apple and carrot which is good to fight high cholesterol, reduce risk of diabetes and aid eye vision. 

I love it cold, I love it fresh. What so good about this pressed juice is, it consisted of NO preservative, no added water and no added sugar. How great was that?



So, if you ever need a cold pressed juice and on transit at KL Sentral/Nu Sentral, do drop by to this Impressed outlet to experience this alternative healthy beverages. 

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My Fun-Craving Dinner at Franco Restaurant, Avenue K

Hi everyone, 

It has been awhile since my last posting in this blog. Before that, Happy October to all. Thats mean, we will have 2 more months before year 2016 and year end holiday time. I wish to complete my backdated blog writing before its too late. Perhaps I need to swiftly write a new entry after my eating out or activities. 

I was craving for Franco's since few months ago since I have to pass by the restaurant at old wing of One Utama Shopping Centre when walking to my office. I followed their Facebook Franco Malaysia and the IG: Franco Malaysia and been tempted with their food photos and promotion during their regular udpates. This experience was at their another outlet which is located in Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur. 





Franco do serve a fine casual French Japanese cuisine for the diners. The menu was limited but stunningly tempting. I think it is good to be specialize like this rather than presenting a whole book of menu but fail to deliver the best taste. This is what I like about Franco at first place, simplicity and focus the choice of foods.

There are 2 foods that actually triggered my eyes, the Squid Ink Pasta & the Squid Ink Rice. But I am not ready yet to taste it, so I play safe this time by ordering something which sounded familiar to our dining experience. So, we ordered a serving of Spaghetti Arabiatta, Chicken Teriyaki Rice, a Salad and a Vanilla Souffle for dessert. 




The Chicken Teriyaki Rice was sent hot to our table first and followed by the Salad. I love the rice and the chicken. The teriyaki chicken taste good and well marinated. I love the doneness of the rice and great to have the omelette on top of the rice serving which make the serving taste and look even better. 




It is good to have the Chicken Teriyaki Rice with the salad too. The salad consisted of soft tofu, white radish (I guess), seaweed strips, cucumber and lettuce. It was cold and uhmmmm.... super good. Really nice to compliment the deliciousness of the rice dish.

How about my Spaghetti Arabiatta? Its all about fresh meal. I'm not sure if the pasta was freshly made. I love the sauce of course and the pasta was well seasoned too. I must be silly if I don't lick the whole plate. Hahaha. 





At first, we plan to have our dessert somewhere else. But since our first 3 meals was great, we asked the waiter for the menu and we ordered the Vanilla Souffle. Trust me its hot, crispy outside, sweet and hot inside. Love it and I think I should learn how to make it at home.






In terms of the service here? Its all quick and the staffs at Franco Avenue K were very attentive. They greet us, they direct us to our table, the menu came right away, and the foods was served minutes after ordering. Definitely love the lighting and adore theor industrial concept of dining area. Love the cleanliness and love the choice of music too. Price wise? Well, you will think it worth your spending here. Truly affordable. 

Will I come back here? It is definitely yes. Thank you Franco from your happy customers, Danial & Chris. 

Monday, 14 September 2015

The Italian Gelato, Takashimaya, Singapore & The Case Study

Italian Gelato? What is that? 

I was in Singapore for a business trip with my housemate and we walked thru the lower ground of Takashimaya to cool ourselves from the humid and burning Singapore. Then, we accidentally stopped at this Italian Gelato & Coffee (I would say a kiosk or mini bar) which is located very near with a bakery and water fountain there. 




Without hesitating, I ordered 2 gelatos for us, Forest Berries flavour for me and Mango flavour for my housemate. Well, this is my first gelato in my life and I think it taste pure, flavourful and yum! Since the temperature in the Takashimaya is very chill, our gelato was not easily melting too. 

Other than strawberry & mango flavour, they have other flavours too such as Green Apple, Cookies & Cream, Apple Pie (which is the flavour of the week), Mama Cookies (which is special of the day) and many more.





Okay. So back to my earlier question. What is Italian Gelato? 

Actually, it is a twist tongue language. Gelato is the Italian word for icecream which derived from the Latin word, gelatus. In English, Gelato is commonly refers to the varieties of ice cream made in a traditional Italian style (Source: Wikipedia)

So, why don't we just call it an ice cream then? And here is what blog.foodnetwork.com say. 

Creaminess: Gelato is creamier, smoother & silkier compared to the American ice cream. Just like what i tasted before. 

Ingredients: Both Gelato & Ice Cream contain cream, milk & sugar. The authentic gelato use more milk and less cream then an ice cream. The Gelato is generally doesn;t use eggyolk compared to normal ice cream.

Serving style: Authentic Italian Gelato isn't scopped. it's served with spade. Dig it?

Temperature: Italian Gelato is served about 10F to 15F warmer than normal American ice cream at about 7F to 12F. So, your mouth is less numb and be able to taste it better. 

So, previously I just don't care if it is an ice cream or Gelato. But now, I will choose Gelato to fulfill my sweet tooth craving. 

I wonder, where could I get the best Italian Gelato in Kuala Lumpur. 



Thursday, 3 September 2015

Crossing to Singapore via JB Sentral - CIQ in Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Hi guys,

I was in Singapore on last weekend for market survey for my new business. Out from normal, we decided to park our car in Johor Bahru (easily known as JB by Malaysian) and will take bus from CIQ (the immigration Malaysia immigration check point to Kranji in Singapore.



Crossing border can be very easy if you are choosing the right time. Please avoid peak time like in the morning and evening and there are alot of people are rushing to work on both side of CIQ traffic, Singapore & Malaysia.

To save money from paying an overnight parking at JB Sentral, I parked my car at Suria City Hotel which is located about 10 or 15 minutes walking to the CIQ. It is a free limited parking and I assumed it is safe. LOL, hopefully the hotel parking don't get cramped after you read this article.

So, after changing money at a money changer at JB Sentral, we walked thru the escalator heading to the Malaysia immigration electronic counter (non Malaysian will need to proceed to manual passport stamping. Done with the passport stamping, we walked to the lower floor to the bas terminal to Singapore. No problem, you will see the signboard which will direct you to the bus area.

 

There are many buses for you to choose to cross the border to Singapore. So, on that day we choose the CW1 bus with price S$1.50 per person and the journey crossing the sea is only less than 10 minutes during clear time. Always remember to avoid peak hours as the short distance can drag you to 1 or 2 hours cramped.

Once you arrived to Singapore Immigration Check Point, you need to get off from the bus with your belonging. Don't forget to fill in the entry form to Singapore and get your passport stamp by the officer. Done with all those, you will get off from there to the bus stop and your wait for the bus there.


You don't need to pay for a new ticket as long as you have the old one. From the Immigration Checkpoint, we took the bus and get off at the Kranji MRT station and heading to town.

More options, click on the link below for Bus CW2, CW3, 170, 160 and many more. http://johortravel.com/how-to-get-from-singapore-to-johor-bahru/ Hoooyeah




Thursday, 13 August 2015

Nasi Kukus Ayam Rempah, Restaurant Warisan, Nu Sentral Kuala Lumpur

Hello everyone,

Without we realized, now is already August 2015, which is mean 4 more months towards the year end. Me myself will get busy with my brother engagement ceremony, building my house in Segamat as well as planning my 2 months year end trip which probably will start on mid December 2015 until February 2016. 

Out from that busy schedule, I still try to find my time to hang out with my friends and trying out new food places in town. Eventhough I do have a strong believe on having home cooking. But I think there are a lot more foods out there which is still very delicious and I need to taste it. 




So, this time I would like to share about a restaurant located at the ground floor of Nu Sentral Kuala Lumpur called Warisan. Briefly, this restaurant served authentic Malay cuisine with affordable price and diners actually can casually enjoy their meal no matter for breakfast, lunch or dinner. 



The main highlights of this restaurant is the Nasi Kukus Ayam Goreng Berempah (Steam Rice with Marinated Herbs Fried Chicken). Besides, diners also can try other kind of main course for the Nasi Kukus such as Beef Rendang and Mysore Lamb. Not only that, the restaurant also do serve Chicken Rice which can be complimented with the chicken or you also can order fried rice with then same main dish. 

If you are not hungry for rice on that day, perhaps you can try to order other dish here such as the Mee Kuah Ketam (Noodle with Crab Gravies), Mee Siam, Laksa Warisan and Yong Tau Foo. 

Coming here during teatime also a good idea i think. You can order something like Roti Jala with Curry Dipping, but I think it is a little bit pricey here. There are choices of sweet desserts and boiled tapioca for you to try too. 




A bit review of the food that I ordered in Warisan. So, I ordered my Nasi Kukus with Ayam Goreng Berempah, and oh ya.... I ordered a glass of ice cham drink (will google more about what is cham drink). Another charm of this restaurant warisan, you can order either Nasi Kukus Biasa (Normal Steam Rice), Nasi Kukus Lemak (Steam Rice with Coconut Milk), Nasi Kukus Beras Perang (Brown Rice Steam Rice), Kukus Pandan (Steam Rice with Pandan Leave) or Nasi Kukus Bunga Telang (Blue Steam Rice). 

I think I love my chicken. It is well cooked (no red blood or whatsover) and love the crispy skin. Besides, They fried the chicken skin, sliced it and make it as a garnishing for my rice serving. To rate from 1 to 5 star, I will give my meal 4 star for the taste and the food presentation. 

A slight comment if the restaurant owner read my blog posting here, they should provide knife to the customer for a convenience eating. Besides, I do appreciated if they serve the meal on clay plate instead of a green plastic banana leave mould plate which is very running whenever I want to cut my chicken. Besides, the staff were standing too close to the customers, which making me not so comfortable eating alone. Yes of course, they are very attentive... indeed. 

Will I come again to this restaurant? The answer is absolutely yes for more Nasi Kukus & the Noodles. 

Monday, 3 August 2015

My Experience at Mentai Sushi, Puchong Jaya

I supposed to meet my housemate at Kimchi Haru, IOI Boulevard. But then, I walked passing by a new sushi outlet located at the other side of this IOI Boulevard and suggested Chris to try this newly open sushi restaurant.



First thing about this Mentai Sushi (which at first I read it as Hentai Sushi) is I like the crowd. It was full house at the time we step into its front door. A good sign for a newly open restaurant I think. Like other sushi restaurant, they have a moving sushi delivery machine (oh I don't know what is its real name) with plates in red and yellow colour which is very catchy for customer's eyes and they sushi makers work station was at the front side which customer will know that they produce the sushi by customer's needs. I mean, when theres an empty sushi plates on the delivery machine, they will roll a new sushi afterwards.




Alright. Enough with some elaboration about this place. Lets check on the menu. The sushi in yellow plates came with price RM1.80 each and the red plate came with price RM2.80. Other than sushi, customer can order main dishes which some will come with the Miso Soup. So, I ordered a serving of Chicken Teriyaki meal with rice and my housemate get a Unagi (Eel) for his main dish aside of Chawan Mushi for his dessert (I don't why he likes it). 

Comments about the foods here? 

In my opinion, this place is by Malaysian for Malaysian. But not for a real Japanese food lovers. I love my sushi fresh in terms of taste and fragrance. The sushi in Mentai Sushi was a bit hard and some is not recommended to be served cold or its not suppose to be a sushi i.e the Taco look sushi... will check the real name later. Price wise, it was reasonable and within the market range. 







How about my Chicken Teriyaki set? I think it was my bad day because something wrong with the Teriyaki sauce itself. It is too salty, perhaps too much vinegar and the real taste of chicken was really gone. I didn't finish the meal honestly. The rice was too hard and the only good thing here was the Miso soup.

I never try the eel but my housemate said that it was okay. So, overall I think this Mentai Sushi is just an okay place for people who are looking for affordable Japanese meal. But for me, there is no wow factor to attract me to come again to this place. Sorry Mentai Sushi, I hope you guys will serve a better quality of sushi in new future, or at least beat what the AEON Store on the next road can offer. 

Cheers.