Friday, April 27, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
It was indeed an honour for me, being invited to this restaurant by its owners to sample their food and the dining experience in this new "char-chan-thang" in PJ new town. Mama Mia is located along the same row of Poh Kong, facing the big roundabout. Since it was after working hours, my tummy was crying out for a refill, but it can wait, for upon arrival the interior deco took me by suprise. This place is just different from the others i've been to. Thankfully, the boss allowed me to snap pictures of the place and here's how my dining & gossiping experience went.
This is how the bar, where your drinks and concoctions are made. Unlike other outlets, this one actually has less IKEA items on count and you can certainly view how your drinks are made.
See that area which is covered by curtains in a glass partition? That's the V.I.P room.... what the...? Well, it's good to know that it's free of charge but the room is on a first-come-first-get basis. Hence, you might wanna consult your respective feng shui or fortune teller to get the ideal date, day and time to get this room.
Alrightee, time to move on to the menu. Typical of these outlets, noodles, rice, toasts and drinks are the standard order you'll find in these places but i was determined to try the uncoventional.
An ex-colleague of mine, a hard core fan of Hello Kitty, Mashimaro and anything cute from Japan settled for a plate of Mama Mia special fried noodles (Mee Sua) stir fried with cabbage, bean sprouts, prawns. A rather common dish served in many outlets but Mama Mia's version better than the average, and you get a generous portion of vege and prawns.
Monday, April 23, 2007
Yummm.. for us this is the ultimate BBQ bacon strips..Resistance is f-u-t-i-l-e. Let's diet another day.
The brand:-Bee Cheng Hiang
Friday, April 20, 2007
As mentioned in my previous post, we went to Umbai Jetty, a place known for seafood. Since we were unfamiliar with the way, a local told us to just follow the road sign to Muar. We heed his advice until we saw a signboard indicating a right turn to reach the jetty. Though the roads were quite dark with badly lit roadsigns, it took only about 15 minutes drive from Malacca town.
Wow. I did not expect the number of stalls manned by solely Malay proprietors and the crowd there. Or the parking fee of RM3.00 per car. We walked the length of the stalls and decided to dine at the last one since it was the biggest and attracted the most patrons. Most appeared to be tucking into the food hungrily. On every table, there was a basketful of prepacked nasi lemak. Since we saw each and everyone at other tables had at least one, we followed suite. Phitoy even speculated that it could be complimentary. Huh? Those small plates in the picture contained 2 types of chilli mixture to go with the seafood. Now those are complimentary. =P At first I was disappointed. It held no ingredient other than a big patch of sambal. Then realised it was to be eaten with the seafood. The coconut milk infused rice was in a generous portion and the sambal spicy, though I found it a tad too sweet. Like all stalls there, the fresh seafood was laid upfront to be chosen and weighed. Then, it will be cooked according to one's order. Look at all these. Drools.
Boiled cockles. We intended to get these grilled but the staff said these were too big so only to be done this way. Those grilled-size ones 'sudah habis' (finished). Actually these were good too. Sweet & juicy. Given a choice I would have preferred it more raw with blood spattering my plate when attempting to open the shells. Too gory for you?
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Next stop, Malacca. 1 hour drive from Lukut. Not much traffic until we hit Ayer Keroh turn off. 5pm. Tea-time!
Jonkers Street night market. We were still early so most stalls were not opened yet. However, there was already a queue at this stall (it's self service ie order, collect, pay and bring to own table):-
Prices:- Chendol (RM1.70) and Nyonya Assam Laksa (RM3.50)
Location: Jonkers Desserts, Jonkers' Street, Malacca. Not providing link to map. Afterall, who gets lost in Malacca? But just in case, just follow a car with Singaporean plate. Hehe. Coincidentally our unofficial guide that day is a Singaporean friend who's there almost every weekend!
There are so many food gems in this bustling city teeming with tourists (mostly Singaporeans, mind you). My post does not do it justice at all. Want more? Drop by Sweets For My Sweet and KL People KL Food. Oh, if you have such reviews too, please let me know. I hope to go again soon. Though it's only 2 hours drive it is always more fun to go in a group especially for a 'makan' trip. So, that will take time to arrange. *sigh*
No, we did not monopolise the table long after we finished. Those death stares .. brrrrr *shivers*.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Overwhelmed with 3 rumbling tummies, we just drove a little way back up the road and sat our ourselves down at this place. We took white rice with dishes they recommended:-
Bak-kut-teh. A tad too mild for us. In the background, that's the Siakap Fish steamed with Salted Soy Beans (Cheung-cheng-siakap). Gladly allowed the gravy to drown my bowl of rice. Yums.
Stir fried Potato Leaves with Garlic. Fresh. Again the gravylicious fish dish lurks at the back.We paid: RM49.00.
Location: Actually this is quite easy to find as it was along the main road. Nevertheless, I spied this across the road.For those interested, please click here and call the contact number to get better directions. I trust it's the old office as I was there before 10/04/2007, their moving date.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
St Patrick's Day celebration at Souled Out. You know, the Irish holiday on March 17th where humans of any colour, language, culture and whereabouts proclaim to be somewhat Irish and chug down tremendous amount of alchoholic drinks produced by that country. What's exactly the holiday is about? Who cares! Gulp, gulp, gulp, burp! Repeat. Over here in Malaysia, Guinness Stout's the Irish converter of many.
They had magicians, clowns, dancers, bagpipes bands and game booths set up. Took only limited pictures though as my camera cannot perform in bad lighting. :(
Coupons were bought and we played:-
Lateral Bungee (maybe it's called by another name?). This is where one is tied to a bungee cord at the back. The one who ran the fastest and able to stick a sponge furthest onto the the side to mark one's distance wins. Fun is that being tied to a bungee cord, one is practically bound onto a big rubberband - a lot of effort to stretch it far and once relaxed, one will shoot backwards in most undistinguished ways and land in more than often, an embarrassing heap. Whee...piak. Trust me, spectators do have as much fun as, if not more than, challengers.
There was this petite girl sitting on a platform. She's the 'victim' in the Dunking Game. Once thrown ball hits the bull's eye (the red blob in picture), she falls into a pool of water (the big box below her seat). It was one of the most popular game. With the males, of course. Girl, t-shirt, water. How to go wrong? ;)Now this is more violent. Cannot recall the name. Winner is the one who is able to whack one's opponent off the bouncy platform. Below picture is of 2 siblings. They were having 'lots of fun' until dear daddy intervened. Dear daddy did stumble off soon after, courtesy of both 'deranged' kids. Haha.Balloons and shamrock (3 leaves clover) stickers were distributed. There were booths doing free face painting and darts throwing. A picture pf Phitoy getting a shamrock painted on his nose leads pictures of my gang (taken with a few of the restaurant's staff in tall hats) that made it that night. Well, only put up small ones as I did not ask permission from them to showcase their gorgeous looks for all to admire. Fezzaboy, shhhh.
T-shirts and tall hats were sold. None of us bought the tall hats. Most adorable but hey, it's not exactly a daily wear item. We are responsible spenders (ahem). I bought this for RM25 (I think):-The last green available. Friends got black and were green with envy. *nyek-nyek-nyek.*
Cost: RM5 a voucher.
Location: Souled Out, Hartamas
Monday, April 09, 2007
Still, managed to fill my tummy up with some good and cheap Jap food at Hartamas as my girl wanted to get her eyes checked at her trusty optician before the race. Enter Aoyama - The Green Room, another Jap restaurant which has been in existence for quite some time now, but was always left out from my "places to eat" list as it has a sign near the entrance that says: "NO PORK SERVED" sigh....
However, as we've tried almost every Jap restaurant here in Hartamas, i guess it's time we give it a try. Besides, there were a few Japs dining in...
Nothing fancyful, the deco of the place was pretty Jap-like with individual "coach" tables and benches separated by a curtain. Ordered a Sashimi set and a Combination set along with 2 glasses of Jap tea.
The sashimi set was my girl's and boy oh boy, the serving was GREAT... quantity and quality wise. The salmon and tuna pieces were big, chunky and juicy... not forgetting the octopus, squid and cod chunks...
Next came my Combination set, essentially their very own salad, served with 2 pieces of grilled unagi on rice, 3 pieces of fried ebi and a cup of chawanmushi, which took nearly 20 minutes to arrive, i guess it's prepared on a per order basis.
Deep fried ebi... not my usual favourite coz i don't fancy the batter but at least the prawns were fresh here.....
My salad on the right and the grilled unagi on the left.
The chawanmushi came at long last..........
Service was acceptable though the songs could've been less Sushi-King-Genkilike. Imagine listening to Linkin Park in a Rolls Royce Phantom. Doesn't fit quite rightly.
2 Jap tea - RM 2
1 sashimi set - RM 22
1 combo set - RM 25
Govt tax - RM 2.45
Serv charge - RM 4.90
My tummy rating..... 8.2/10
Friday, April 06, 2007
After many rounds (I lost count) of confirmation of the availability of this supposedly finger licking dish, my dearest worn down colleague told me to just go eat there and if they fail to present ribs, he will reimburse me. Yay, the power of buggerroo-ing (Boys & girls, I seriously doubt there's such a word). =P
I gathered 3 friends and we went on a Friday evening. Parking was ecpc. However, the open space parking directly opposite the beigy orange Somerset service suites collected RM2 while the one further collected RM5. O.o"
MUST make reservation unless you are early. A friend arrived just before 7pm and was just a step ahead of a couple to grab the last available table. Phew. Just before 9pm after they have cleared our table, we were politely asked to vacate to accommodate the next reservation.