Tuesday, December 5, 2023

7-Eleven Cafe, hawker foods and Baker's Cottage egg tarts

Tried out foods in 7-Eleven cafe. These days this convenience store is getting competitive too with having more warm food options. Many years ago, there is no such 'cafe' and the usual 7-Eleven only have slurpee and frozen pre-packed meals, but nowadays they even have dine-in section like Family Mart or CU.
I bought a box of aglio olio with prawn spaghetti (RM8) and a chicken ham french toast (RM6 or 8, can't recall).
The staff reheated them for me after payment is made.
The aglio olio spaghetti is still al dente despite being reheated after taken out from the fridge.
It is flavorful despite plain looking. The prawns are fresh and bouncy too. Worth buying.
French toast with chicken ham is just so-so, nothing special, but is quite filling.
On another day, i tried their Homesoy melon soybean ice-cream. Tastes artificial. I prefer they sell the original soybean flavor.
They also have onigiri...
I have previously tried onigiri from Family Mart and CU. Let's see how this fares....
Tastewise and texture on par. I wish they put in more chicken fillings.
[Below] Usual hawker food 'pan mee' in soup. These days a bowl of pan mee costs RM8.
Claypot lou shi fun with raw egg on top😬
Do u dare to eat?
Passed by Baker's Cottage one day and decided to get myself a box of Portuguese egg tarts.
RM11 nett for 4 pieces. Great deal.
so yummy, definitely will buy this again😋

Sunday, December 3, 2023

Ba Hao Dim Sum 8號点心 @ Sri Petaling

Dim sum brunch on a Saturday morning with family. Went to Ba Hao Dim Sum coz we never try this shop before.
We ordered:
A trio platter, which consists of egg tart, polo bun and charsiew pork bun.
The charsiew pork bun has crispy crust, similar to Tim Ho Wan version.
classic siu mai and salted egg custard bun (lau sar pao)
prawn dumplings
teochew dumplings - this one has chives and peanuts inside.
and my favorite fried radish cake😀
I like this so much that I ordered a second plate (for sharing)
The bill came to RM87.45nett

Friday, December 1, 2023

KUL - LHR on MAS Airline

The flight from KUL to LHR took about 13 hours. My flight supposedly departs at 11:50pm, slightly before midnite on Halloween day (31 Oct), but was delayed by 15-20 minutes due to some technical checks.
All seats fully occupied, no empty seat left. Most passengers are foreigners (white ang moh), with only a few Asians. Perhaps Asians are not keen to travel on this day😂
A few hours before, some online articles circulated that MAS will be providing free wifi onboard to all passengers (including economy class) starting from 1 Nov onwards, but not sure if it will be on this flight yet.
So, i tried my luck to connect wifi on 1 Nov (just a couple of minutes away), but nope it wasn't ready. 
However, I managed to online while on my flight back to KL (16 Nov) and was happily reading some of your blogs and watching Youtube while at thousands feet up there.
Moment after the flight took off, i was served with my favorite snack - MAS signature peanuts are the best!
After the 'starter snack', the main meal (supper) was served. I had beef brisket with potatoes and i requested for extra bun coz i was kiasu hungry😁
The smoked salmon with potatoes salad is extraordinary good, with the quality on par with those served in high-end restaurants. Dessert was cake (can't remember what cake is that), but it tastes alrite too. Overall a good meal. Well done, MAS!
As this is considered a long flight, some light meal were served mid-flight. I did not take any picture of it coz the light was dim, but i remembered being served chicken sandwich/roll. I finished it and went back to sleep.
2 hours before reaching LHR, breakfast was served. I choose to have nasi lemak with chicken rendang. Instead of sausage with potato (western breakfast) I choose the nasi lemak coz i know MAS airline nasi lemak got 'standard' especially when it is prepared by the Malaysian kitchen (regardless of the caterer).
However, despite the top notch nasi lemak, I noticed that alot of the 'white ang moh' on this flight doesn't know how to appreciate this spicy food, hence not many choose the nasi lemak. Only a few Asians who had this. 
Fragrant rice and the chicken rendang is not spicy at all. The breakfast also includes a croissant, yogurt and fruits.
This would be my final nasi lemak until i return to Malaysia....bye bye nasi lemak!
Reached LHR airport in the early morning when the skies were still dark. After checked-out terminal 4, collected my luggage and checked-in at terminal 5, there wasn't any time left for leisure stroll. I had breakfast, charged my phone, went to refresh myself at the toilet and checked emails before the next departure at 10am.
Gloomy morning skies in London....Next flight is on British Airways....

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

From the apartment balcony at Costa del Este & Coco del Mar

[Throwback, to clear the backlog of the previous trip
My rented unit is on the 39th floor, hence i can see the entire office building from my balcony. The highway on the right is the Pan-American highway which stretches up to 30,000 km covering 15 countries. This highway also connects the Panama City with the airport.
[Below] One of those weekend morning where i woke up too early and decided to make chicken soup😂
It was 5am (GMT-5), which is 6pm Malaysian time. So, this was my 'dinner'...lol, kinda mix up with my biological clock, even after weeks of staying there.
I have a 'date' with Mr-nice-guy on that Sunday morning. But before that, I visited his apartment coz he has been bragging about the scenic ocean view from his unit. 
His balcony is facing the Pacific ocean.
Not only that, his bedroom has the same ocean view too.  Unfortunately, too many ships/vessels passing by this area to the Panama canal, hence the ocean is not as clear as the Caribbean sea.
His one-room apartment is located on the 41st floor, hence overseeing the entire Coco del Mar neighbourhood.

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Kyochon, Burger & Taco, Big Apple Donuts (Pavilion BJ)

My last visit to Kyochon was some 6 years ago at Pavilion KL. Back then, Korean fried chicken was a craze and there were long queues at Kyochon all the time. These days, the craze has cool off and there are more options/establishment to choose from besides Kyochon. 
Fast forward to nowadays, the Kyochon is totally empty at Pavilion BJ when i went there on a weekday noon. It was such a contrast compared to the heydays. Something not right.
It took me a good half an hour to look for this restaurant in Pavilion BJ, only to realise that it doesn't have an entrance inside the mall. I have to go out from the mall main entrance and walked along the curbside to reach the restaurant. As this restaurant is kinda located 'outside' the mall, it doesn't get the cool aircond from the mall but instead rely on its own aircond, which is not powerful enough to cool up the shop, not to mention the shop is facing towards the glaring sun and the glass window is not tinted well. It was quite stuffy even for a person to dine-in. Yea, i was the only diner throughout that time. So, imagine if it is on full-house, u will be sweating like a pig.
So, since it was so hot, i ordered an ice barley tea. It came with a small jar of ice cubes with tea in it. From the small jar, I poured the tea into the cup which is of the similar size as the jar. LOL, i might as well just drink from the jar. Anyway, tea is refillable.
During my first visit to Kyochon, their Kimchi fried rice is so-out-of-the-world, and has lasting impression. So, i make sure to order this. I purposely upgraded my set meal to replace the white rice with Kimchi fried rice with an additional RM8.....only to be disappointed with the sub par taste. The fried rice doesn't have much kimchi taste and lacking ummphhh despite the attractive red that is so deceiving. It wasn't spicy at all. The one i had last time was full of kimchi-goodness and has 'wok-hei'.
The seaweed soup is another disappointment, tastes salty, like salt water.
As they sold out of chicken drumstick, i can only order the chicken drumettes and wings. How can it be sold out by midday?!
Anyway, i had the spicy flavor and soy garlic flavor. Tastes alright, well, at least their core item still maintain the standard, otherwise a total failure.
Service was slow....I wonder what the staffs were doing inside the kitchen despite only me and a few delivery orders. Taking their own sweet time to slow cook the chicken? 
Anyway, i think i will not go to Kyochon for a long time now....
Tried out another new fast food in Pavilion BJ...the shop's name is 'Burger & Taco'
The shop name sounds so common, could be better with a catchy name instead😂
Anyway, instead of trying their burger or taco, i ordered a minced beef burrito.
My first bite, it was hard, then i figured out that they put nachos into the wrap. The nachos have soften because of the sauces inside. It was no longer crispy and became hardened flour-like texture, like a microwaved bread/pita. The minced beef was flavorful though. I would prefer they substitute the nachos with beans instead.
Big Apple donuts...
Nice colorful packaging box for half dozen donuts!
It was designed in conjunction with national day/Malaysia day.
Here are the flavors that i chose:
Total price RM19nett.
Too sweet....I still prefer Krispy Kreme donuts (still sweet but not overly sweet).

Sunday, November 26, 2023

Little Chennai Darbar @ Jalan Puchong

Whenever i craved for Indian food, i would search for affordable ones with clean environment. Sorry to say, but i'm abit skeptical when dine-out at Indian restaurants. Not being prejudice here, but i don't trust the hygiene standards when the restaurant is run by Indians/Bangladeshi/Nepali. This explains why i m so unadventurous with Indian cuisine, but once I found a decent place, I would stick to it.
This restaurant at Jalan Puchong would be one of them. Looking at how clean and neat the place is, i m assured that their kitchen wouldn't be that bad.
During my first visit, i tried their claypot curry chicken with banana leaf rice. It was a set meal. The curry chicken is cooked till soft (almost fall off the bones)...so, that's fine. Overcooked is better than undercooked. This dish is packed with spice....definitely must eat with rice to tone down the spiciness.
It wasn't that fiery hot, but the curry & spices kick in when eaten hot.
Give it a good stir to cool down before eating, otherwise it would burn your lips.
Here's the full set with rice, papadam, a hard boiled egg and 2 vegetarian side dish (potatoes and acar).
This set costs RM19nett. It came with a dessert.
On another visit, I had the tandoori chicken rice which is served with cucumber salad, dhal curry and mint chutney. There is also a hard boiled egg and papadam.
During my third visit, I decided to try their claypot mutton curry. Generous servings of mutton which were cooked till soft. Unfortunately the mutton was abit gamey.
Nevertheless I still finish the mutton...The price for this mutton curry set meal is somewhere RM23 or RM24nett.
As for dessert, i had sago in coconut milk once, but if the original dessert runs out they would serve ice-cream instead.
So far, i have not experience any stomachache or discomfort after eaten such heavily spiced meal in this restaurant, so i guess the level of spiciness is still tolerable.

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Lantern Soy Braised @ Sri Petaling

[Throwback] This shop is located at the shop row facing the main road and condo.
Saw this menu board at the walkway. Well, a lot of restaurants in the neighborhood getting competitive with set lunch promo during weekday.
By default, the lunch set is served with noodle (default 'prince' noodle), but the staff mentioned that I can change it to any of the below options:
The shop interior...full of Chinese wordings...
it was empty during weekday 2:30pm+
I ordered a set B meal which consists of pork slices, pork face, pork ball, cabbage. It is topped with pickled veggie.
Instead of noodle, i chose rice.
Tastewise ok la, flavorful but slightly salty like bak kut teh. I wish they'd give more meats...
RM10.80nett after membership discount.
On my second visit, i ordered a set D which has pork slices, radish, cabbage and taupok. I decided to try the default 'prince' noodle, which came out to be instant ramen noodle. I didn't know it has such an exclusive name!
Still as salty, so i decided not to come again.
Side note: Been away from the country for half month. Now that I'm back, notices several eateries/shops sprung up in the neighborhood, but my fav A&W is no longer around😐

7-Eleven Cafe, hawker foods and Baker's Cottage egg tarts

Tried out foods in 7-Eleven cafe. These days this convenience store is getting competitive too with having more warm food options. Many year...