Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Old Town Kopitiam

Kopitiams are like a trends these days. No longer do they look shabby and dirty but Kopitiams can be found in mostly all major shopping malls and they definitely do look good. One of the most agressive player in expanding their business is Old Town Kopitiam. Their latest opening located in Sungai Wang 3rd Floor (along the walk way to the entertainment zone).

The usual fare of Kopitiams made up their menu offerings. Their specialty is of course the brown coloured Butter & Kaya toast.

The famous brown bread Butter & Kaya Toast

Curry mee - loved this, soup are thick and you can literally taste the coconut milk richness.

Lum Mee - looks like school-days canteen Mee Soup, and tasted like one too, but at the price is not 50 cent like in old school days la..

Prawn Mee - tasted alright but I felt the soup are slightly watery. Add in the "Sambal" given does compensate the soup texture.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Madam Kwan Mid Valley

Madam Kwan gave me a very bad service experience about 5 years ago. That was when I first dine in their KLCC's branch where I find their waiters are extremely snobbish. From that experience alone, I told myself not to ever, ever stepped in to dine here again although I remember how good their Nasi Bojari was.

Why they are snobbish? For me personally, I think the waiters look at us as though we're a bunch of kid that do not have a lot of money to spend, or maybe do not have the money to spend and decided to served us last and not attending to our request. Located in KLCC where tourist are lots abound and our service industry performing double standards in their customer service, totally unacceptable. Undeniable however that their food are still of top quality as I decided to tag along with my friends to have dinner in the Mid Valley branch. If I am to choose where to dine, Madam Kwan will not be the first choice ever. Customer service is very important for me and if you tried to served me like I don't have the money to eat, I keep that close to my heart.

Nevertheless, let's spread a little joy of the tasty food but suck-iest customer service of Madam Kwan:

Nasi Bojari

Nasi Lemak

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Nong & Jimmy Seafood

It was exciting to be here as this is the 3rd attempt we tried to dine here. The first time was last Monday, where Derrick planned to spend us for his birthday but they were closed and we head to Unique Fisherman Seafood instead. The second time was last Saturday. Ben, Noel and myself came for dinner at 9.30PM, the place was packed and by the time I found my parking space and get out of the car, we were told that their kitchen had closed as all the seafood sold out!

We're here today for Noel's birthday and got to taste the food at last! Happy 24th Birthday Noel. Footing the bill wasn't so bad the deal as I got to write review, something I loved but hardly have to time to do so these days.

Fried rice with prawn - golden coloured plate of fried rice, thanks to the generous amount of eggs with 3 huge prawns in each serving. I find the rice are slightly oily but the taste was superb. Couldn't beat my very own mom's prawn fried rice though.

Grilled Squids with Thai Chili Sauce - loved this. The squid were grilled just right to retain the moisture without sacrifying the springy texture. The smoked taste from the grilled process blends in perfectly with the Thai Chili Sauce .

Kangkong Belacan - the usual Kangkong Belacan dish but I find they have a very spicy version here. The could also consider throwing in another sprinkle or two of Belacan powder as I find this is rather bland.

Seafood Tom Yam - the review in says that the Tom Yam here tasted closest to the authentic Thai Tom Yam but I personally think the other way round. The Tom Yam was extremely spicy and the sour taste was over-powering while the lack of texture made the soup rather watery. Perfect balance of taste is definitely a lack of quality in this soup but well, we could always blame the crowd for the drop in quality. "We're too busy!!" (just kidding!)

Steamed Talapia Fish in Thai Sauce - this dish was alright but the lack of sauce leave us a huge fish without much of dipping to go along with. This could due to the rather big flame under the portable plate candle heater below. The sauce was a mixture of sweet and sour with a little mixture of Thai Chilli Sauce in clear colour, that explains the overall dish that looked rather pale. The sprinkles of fried shallots and chinese coriander definitely added a little colour and fragrant to the dish.

Grilled Crab - house specialty and this is what Nong & Jimmy are famous for. We ordered 2 crabs which was huge enough to serve 4 of us with the additions of other side dishes we have. The crab was huge, but Derrick says that those we are having now are considered small as it was quite late already (around 9PM where we're here). Get your imagination wild on how big it could be if we're here says 7PM? The grill however are slightly too long as the crab's meat are slightly lack of moistures. Their house sauce of Thai Chili Sauce with lime and crushed peanuts tasted really good with the grilled crab.

Although it wasn't the most mind blowing seafood meals, I do look forward to come back here and tuck in more of their grilled stuff instead of those that don't really fancy my tastebud.

How to get to Nong & Jimmy.
From KL and along Jalan Ampang, turn right at the traffic light after Ampang Point towards Kg Pandan.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Unique Fisherman Seafood Restaurant

Brand new seafood restaurant along Jalan Cheras (the road opposite Leisure Mall, slightly further down). You will not missed this new place as they are very brightly lit and a big sign that says "Unique Seafood" that will definitely have you glancing their way each time you passed by the road.

Greeting you by the road side.

Of the food we ordered, I liked the mussel best as well as their house specialty kailan dish, Fried Kailan with Anchovies. The kailan leaves was sliced finely and deep fried to crunchy texture together with anchovies spreading on top of a plate of fried kailan. The result was superb, the crunchy leaves blends very well with the shrimps and it gives a slight taste similar to those of arrow root. Love this dish very much.

Fried Kailan with Anchovies

Fried Mussel in House Sauce - a sauce mixture that claimed to made up the 4 main taste - Sweet, Sour, Bitter and Spicy. Mussel was fresh and juicy while the sauce is not over-powering.

An ugly looking Deep Fried Talapia covered in Sambal Sauce. I was about to take photo when the waiter eagerly wanted to served us the fish and began cutting the poor fish into portions. On the dish itself, the fish is very meaty and not overcook, the skin is crunchy while maintaining the flesh moisture, covered in a palatable sambal paste.

Crab with Salty Egg - another house specialty, not quite to our taste bud. The first thought that came into my mind once I had it in my mouth was "Mooncake". It's funny but yes, that's what ran into my mind. Perhaps the salty egg yolk was a little bit too heavy.

Fresh prawns in Premium Soy Sauce, a little too salty to my liking and prawn size are too small.

Seafood galore:

Stairs of seafood in aquarium.

Ugly sea monster - Snow Crab

Fresh bed of mussel

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Old Time Memories

I know it''s very long since my last post, work has taken off most of my time and I had barely enough time for myself to rest, what's more about blogging.

I'd like to share with you today, something that I read on my Friendster Inbox today, forwarded by one of my buddy during my schooldays. I hate chained-mails, but this one had me finish reading and to think about how fast time has passed. I hope you enjoyed it, and take a moment to remember the friends we had, some that we have long not heard from.


We grew up watching Transformers, Thundercats, Woody Woodpecker, Chipmunks, Mickey Mouse, Jem, Mask, Ninja Turtles, Voltron, Baja Hitam, Ultraman.

We had to brush our teeths during recess at primary school? We had to hold plastic cups, line up with your classmates side by side and start brushing our teeths at some open area... or maybe near some drain??

Do you still remember that we had 'dentist' rooms where we had to have our teeths check?

Not to forget our 'program minum susu' in primary school.. everybody is suppose to buy like cartons of milk that costed 30 cents.. and you would see everyone drinking it everyday...

The teachers who would want to punish us must use yellow rulers to hit us on our palms??

That a bowl of mihun soup or some soup only costed 50 cents at the school canteen...

We went to some sundry shop near the school or to the 'roti' man waiting outside our schools so that we can buy junk food like chickedees, mamee, ding dang with some toys in it, 'Ti Kam', ice-cream and we would play games like monopoly, uno, old maid, and all other card games like that...

Another fun time would be during Pendidikan Jasmani. the boys would play football while the girls would play netball... and it would be like we were playing in the world cup...

But of course. the best would be main guli, batu seremban, bottlecaps, ice-cream sticks, 'Pepsi Cola one-two-three', Cops and Robbers, main kejar-kejar duduk.. and for the not so active, those kind of 'book games' where we would use buku latihan to draw and ask our friends to play...

Do you remember the ice-cream tubes which are actually ice and colouring that are sold for 10 to 20 cents.. the colourful ones.. where you usually bite off the top to glup it down...

What about days when we felt like doing naughty things such as folding papers so small to make 'lastik' and shoot each other... how about throwing chalks??

Back then, micheal jackson was just turning white.. and still had albums coming out.. compared to CD's, we were listening to tapes that sold for RM9.90...

In computer class, we were still using black and white computer moniters.. played 'Atari'... maybe SEGA or NINTENDO...

Well, are we all getting older or what?

1) if you understand what you have read and you are smiling...

2) we have friends from school that are already married...

3) we shake our heads everytime we see high school students fussing about their handphones in school..

4) we don't hang on phone with our friends for hours a day talking about nothing...

5) when we meet back with our friends from time to time, we feel excited and happy talking about old times, the funny 'adventures' or stories that we experienced as a kid..

6) last but not least, that when you read this, you would think of all the happy & sad memories that you have experienced when you were still a kid and would think of forwarding this to your old friends that you have known since forever... i'm sure they would have a huge smile on their face after reading this...