Monday, December 05, 2016

Party at Pampas

Birdcages

Every year, Cutiepie will make the time to celebrate my birthday. This year, it was on a Friday night after work. KH and I walked over to her office building. As luck would have it, before she could leave work, her boss threw a bitch fit and pulled her into a meeting. There was nothing we could do but wait. At least there was a Starbucks at the lobby where we could chill and sip an Asia Dolce Latte. By the time Cutiepie came down, she looked a bit drained. Thought it was due to work, but it was actually something more sinister. Anyway, she drove us to the dinner venue-- Pampas @ Old Malaya. Something new for me. Some genius had transformed a whole row of pre-war shophouses into restaurants with much character (but little parking).

Glass

Beer & Gifts

Mixed Grill

Disaster struck when we reached the restaurant-- Cutipie had started feeling nauseous. Several times she rushed to the toilet to vomit. The culprit was probably the lunch at Reggae Mansion (avoid!). In her condition, she only managed some hot water and bread. KH and I quickly finished up the beer, carpaccio, and steak (sedap!) so that she could go home to properly rest and purge her system! Will catch up again when her birthday comes up in the following month.

P.S.: Thanks for the lovely wallet.

Wallet

Saturday, December 03, 2016

B-36

Nasi Kerabu

I celebrated my 36th birthday on Sunday, the 9th of October. Went to church as usual and lunched nearby. A new café offering East coast delicacies had popped up at Sunwaymas, so we decided to give it a try. The name of the place was Cafe Kesom, but they had not put up their main signboard. I kept seeing Blook Warehouse. Like Capital Nasi Dagang in Damansara Uptown, this place has a Chinese proprietor and serves Kelantanese food. Kesom uses a self-service approach where you are given a tray and you cherry pick whatever add-ons you desire. Unfortunately, the counter is too short and the checkout too slow for such an implementation. To gauge the authenticity of the place, we ordered the two classic dishes-- Nasi Dagang and Nasi Kerabu.

Nasi Dagang

One bite of the Nasi Dagang and my taste buds could not detect a single percentage of Nasi Dagang in it. Tasted all wrong. Couldn't detect the taste of fenugreek. To make matters worse, the rice was soft. The basic Nasi Dagang also doesn't come with meat, so I ordered the Gulai Ikan Tongkol to go with it. That was quite OK. On the other hand, the Nasi Kerabu was quite satisfying and it looked very handsome. The rice was a good hue of blue, but they were a little bit stingy with the salad. Interestingly, the Nasi Kerabu is served with a dollop of thick gulai which added a very creamy note to it. I'm not quite used to that.

Fine Desserts

After lunch, I was craving for something sweet, so I went looking for Foo Foo in TTDI. Heard a lot about it, but never tried it. Walked upstairs and was greeted by a closed door, but it automatically opened and we were ushered in by a member of the crew. He flashed a huge smile and showed us to our table. The first thing I noticed about the place was the beautiful interior. It was simple and incorporated some retro elements, giving it enough design details. Even artfully peeling Chinese style calendars can be used to make a feature wall. The service was very attentive. The guy would proactively come over to ask whether I needed any help. Pored through the reviews on Foursquare and decided on the Crispy Profiteroles.

"Is it your first time here? You actually chose the most popular item on the menu!"

Counter

KH said that was a little dramatic. Haha. Took a while for them to fulfill the order as I'm guessing it's made to order. When it came, it looked like a trio of cold sliders. Crispy choux pastry were sliced into half to sandwich salted caramel coffee ice cream. Each sandwich was put on a slice of candied orange. I liked the combination and it was perfect to share.

Retro Calendars

Crispy Profiteroles

MaisonSK hosted dinner that evening. The usual gang came over and we had a good time with good food. Even The Tribe made an appearance. Thanks for celebrating my big day!

Steamed Snow Crab

Steamed Prawns

Thursday, December 01, 2016

MP & YTF

The Market Place

OUG's multi-level wet market finally opened its doors. DBKL christened it The Market Place. I can now proudly tell people that I go to MP every week! The new market has much needed basement parking, toilets, and two floors of market retail space. The ground floor is reserved for vegetables, fruits, poultry, meat, and garden plants while the first floor is for dry groceries and other products. Above that is OUG Jade Restaurant which looks really posh. Recently they had some drama on FB where they openly had a war of words with a disgruntled customer. On the top floor is an indoor badminton court. On the ground floor, a drain runs through the middle of all the walkways. The drains have metal covers so the whole market rings with the sound of feet tramping on the metal plates. Wonder what hearing to that day in, day out does to a person. On a separate note, Bersih 5 T-shirts had also started to appear at the market.

Bersih 5 T-shirts

Felt like ages since I serviced my Iswara Skyline. I was not sure if it was due for an oil change since the mileage sticker had faded into oblivion. Did a quick check with the dipstick. When I pulled out the dipstick, it was dry as a whistle. Yikes. Quickly drove it over to my regular workshop. When I picked up the car several hours later, the mechanic told me that there was hardly 0.5 liters of engine oil in there. Double yikes.

Eggplant and Beancurd Skin YTF

Got sick of eating in my neighbourhood, so mum and I ventured to Taman Perindustrian Serdang for dinner. The place is quite developed now. Even has a Burger King and Tong Kee Bakery. Drove around but couldn't decide on what to eat. Mum suddenly thought of YTF, so we went to Restoran Puchong Yong Tau Fu. Food there is cheap, hot and yummy. Very satisfying.

Okra and Bitter Gourd YTF

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

LRT Celebrities: Mystery Hunk



It's been a while since I posted any LRT Celebrities. My sincerest apologies for my lapse in providing a continuous supply of LRT cuties. Today I present you with a Mystery Hunk that I had seen several times on the Sri Petaling line. As you can see from the spy pics, he has a gym fit body. Look at those arms and nicely-shaped torso.



From the angle of the photos, you can see his prominent nose and thick eyebrows. Hints of a macho face no? To be honest, he's not so blessed in the looks department, but from my photos, it gives an illusion that he is a handsome hunk. We all need to find our most flattering angle. Haha.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Staycation II: Hunting for Breakfast and Coffee

Tofu & Egg

All of us were exhausted. I vaguely remember the sound of the kettle boiling in the middle of the night, but I wasn't sure what time that was. KH nudged me awake and gave me a drink of water. In my sleepy state, I nudged his hand and doused some of the water on me. That didn't bother me at all, I immediately slipped back to sleep. I just slept and slept and slept, refusing to wake up until the curtains were drawn at 9:00 AM. Breakfast wasn't included in our free stay, so we had to hunt for food outside. Our first choice was the Imbi Market at ICC Pudu. We parked our car at the open air car park. The foreigner who was minding the car park was nice enough to tell us that the market was closed for Awal Muharram. Opss. Plan B was executed. We drove to Tuck Cheong Dim Sum at Jalan Kancil. That was closed too. Argh. Plan C? Randomly pick an open coffee shop.

Siew Yuk

Pork Noodles

Celebrated Coffee House looked like a good choice. Always go where a healthy crowd is present (even Myanmarese eat breakfast there). Typical Chinese kopitiam with a very 'hygienic' looking back alley where most of the food preparation takes place. While we were there, an Alam Flora truck was making its rounds. I 'chopped' the table while KH and SK went to get the food. KH came back with a bowl of pork ball noodles. So-so le. With SK, it's always 'the more, the merrier'. She ordered a plate braised tofu and egg, roasted pork, and pork noodles with kidney. I must say that the roast pork was fantastic. The pork noodles weren't quite porky enough. The soup was a tad too bland. The coffee here is really thick. The drinks uncle actually came over to ask whether I was impressed with his coffee!

Pork Ball Noodles

Kopi C Kaw

Beside Celebrated Coffee House was Kedai Kopi dan Makanan Pak Lock, a place that specializes in wantan noodles. Many customers were waiting for the breakfast there. Since it was nearby, we had our second breakfast there. All three of us shared a small plate. In my opinion, the wantan noodles weren't all that great. I've had better. That was all the eating that we could do in one morning. Rushed back to the hotel to pack and check out.

Wantan Noodles

On the way out, gave mum a call to book her for lunch. She was just about to go out with an elderly neighbour, so I asked them to join us. SK recommended us to eat at Restoran Yoke Heng at Taman Putra Indah. Their specialty is the Sang Har Meen and claypot loh shu fun. Decided not to order the latter because it just looked like a pot of hot starch. The Sang Har Meen was delicious. Deep-fried noodles were drizzled with a thick gravy infused with prawn roe and egg. The MYR90 portion gets you three large prawns which is quite a lot of meat. Other than that, we had a portion of their special pork ribs that came wrapped in foil. Inside was chunks of caramelized ribs with the fragrance of nam yue and Marmite. The garlic clams were over-rated, not to my liking. Also tried one portion of salted egg and bitter gourd noodles which was quite unique, but too rich.

Special Pork Ribs

Sang Har Meen

The interior of the restaurant was stuffy, but it still felt like an oven when we walked out. A perfect excuse to hide in a cafe and chill. Decided give Cafe Ame Soeur at Jalil Link a try. Being a new kid on the block and with Owl Cafe closed, the waiting list was quite long. Ushered mum and the old lady inside to wait while the rest of us waited outside. Most of the clientele were young girls all dolled up for a field day of selfies and wefies. Some came with balloons and other props. People who know me would be so surprised that I actually waited forty minutes for a table. KH had an appointment with his insurance agent so he left a little earlier.

Ame Soeur

Belgian Coffee

Opulence

The interior of Cafe Ame Soeur is really something else. Inspiration for its interior decoration comes from the French Baroque period. The whole main area is lined with mirrors, prints of paintings, and lots of gilt. An illusion of a high ceiling with frescoes is achieved with the use of photo prints as well. The look would have been completed if they used brocaded chairs, but perhaps they ran out of budget. The main counter is backed by a tall shelf of Royal Belgium coffee makers, which is actually a type of balancing siphon that was popular in European courts of the 1800s. All very shiny, from the days of bronze and polish. Very TWG. The lady at the counter recommended the Royal Belgium Coffee, and we randomly added on some lavender tea, hot chocolate and fruity French toast.


How It Works — Royal Coffee Maker from Royal Coffee Maker on Vimeo.

It's really fun watching the siphon work as you can see from the video. A clever contraption that basically runs on its own when it's properly set up. Like some bizarre Victorian invention. One order could fill nearly two cups of coffee and I must say that it's pretty fine coffee. The lavender tea was also good and the hot chocolate not too creamy (though some would argue otherwise). The last to come was the fruity French toast. Too oily to deserve a recommendation from me. That concluded my KL staycation.

Fruity French Toast

Hot Chocolate

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Staycation I: ShangSkank

Squid Ink Spaghetti with Soft Shell Crab

KH makes all his hotels bookings through hotel.com. To reward him for his continued support, they gave him an in-store credit of SGD175 to spend before the year is out.The timing was perfect. My quick-thinking hubby immediately incorporated that free stay into a staycation plan for my upcoming birthday. He chose the best deal, which was a night's stay at Shangri-La. On Sunday, I went to church as usual and went to lunch with mum at Le Pont Boulangerie. Recently, they launched a new menu and added more tables and chairs at the bakery. Business was brisk and they were obviously swamped.

Sous Vide Duck Breast

I chose several signature items from the new menu-- Sous Vide Duck Breast and Strawberry Symphony. The duck breast was supposedly infused with orange (sous vide means cooked in airtight plastic bags), but it was too subtle for me. However, the meat was moist and tender, and the pairing with blueberry sauce was quite good. The Strawberry Symphony was a puree of strawberries, oranges and cherry tomatoes. Served in a cup rimmed with salt, its like drinking a fruit margarita. Recommend. For mum, I got her the Squid Ink Spaghetti with Soft Shell Crab. It's perfect for those who like a thick carbonara.

Strawberry Symphony

When I got home, KH was already waiting for me. I quickly packed my overnight bag and we went to the hotel to check-in. The room was on the 19th floor with a view over Concorde Hotel. The room wasn't very big but it was good enough. Our first order of business was to *ahem* shower. Once we had washed off all our sweat under the rain shower, we proceeded with a cat shower-- licking each other clean. :P. From the stall, we moved to the tub, and finally to the bed. It was another intense session with a new-found position that really did it for my G-spot. Moaned my heart out. Right after KH pulled out, and I was still panting on the bed, there was a visitor at our door. KH quickly pulled on his clothes and I dove into the bathroom. Turned out to be a member of the housekeeping staff.

Staff: Hi sir, are you able to operate the TV? Is the remote control in the room?

KH: TV? Remote control? Yeah, the remote control is in the room.

Staff: We were worried that it wasn't in the room. Sorry for disturbing.

KH: ?!


First things first, we were thankful that it wasn't a vice raid from JAWI. But the whole remote control thing was kinda strange don't you think? I wonder if it was a subtle way for the staff to handle noisy lovemaking complaints. Can someone in the hospitality industry confirm this? Haha.

Shangri-La Hotel

Took a short nap after that and was later woken up by a message from SK and #BF. They had already arrived and were coming up. There was some time to kill before dinner, so KH suggested that we go to Heli Lounge Bar at Menara KH for some drinks. Got dressed and walked over there. We were all so spoiled, grumbling about the walk on a gummy evening.

KL Sunset

The Helipad Lounge Bar is located on the 34th floor. Before allowed entry, the men are given a pat down. Never been there, so I was surprised that the place was pretty full at 6:30 PM. To be allowed up on the helipad, there is a mandatory drink order. While waiting for our drinks we took some pictures at the bar. Surprised to see so many Malays there. To gain access, they order a MYR28 cup of orange juice. Quite a steal. Among the crowd, a Korean couple stood out. They were just sitting there, looking into each other's eyes while lacing their fingers together. Sometimes, their hands would part a moment, but their fingers tips would be connected, like some finger ballet. Masyallah.

Losing the Light

Once we had our drinks in hand, we proceeded up the stairs to the helipad. Most of the seats had been taken. From the looks of things, they've been there for quite while, reclining in the best seats and had already set up their camera tripods for the sunset. The view ain't that great, but one does a clear view of KL Tower. Didn't stay long, had to leave by 7:00 PM to meet up with the rest. Sharky, Apollo and QueerRanter-D met us at Menara KH and in the six months that we had not seen Sharky, he seemed to have bulked up a bit. Bigger arms!

At the Heli Pad II

At the Heli Pad I

From there, we walked to Drift Dining and Bar, an Australian restaurant. Everyone was there except for SimonLover who was still at work. Let KH do the ordering because he knew what was good. The portions were a bit small, kinda like tapas, so we had to order several portions. Most of us loved the Crispy School Prawns, small battered prawns served with nam prik sauce. The Walnut and Beetroot Salad tasted like how it sounds like. Haha. Fried Polenta was pretty good. It was drowned with Gorgonzola cream and topped with enoki mushrooms, providing good texture. Thyme Roasted Portobello Mushrooms was really succulent and delicious. Pumpkin Ravioli wasn't impressive. Torched Scottish Salmon was just a few slices, topped with a whole lot of cucumber. Slow Braised Baby Pork Ribs was just OK. For that, go to Naughty Nuri's or Morganfields. Slow Braised Australian Lamb Shank was really good, but it's quite expensive at MYR75 per portion. Truffle Mushroom Arancini was a great snack. For drinks, we had the Drift Jar #1, a specialty mix. I was already a bit high from the mojito (on an empty stomach) at Menara KH, adding the Drift Jar #1 really made me float a bit.

Crispy School Prawns

Fried Polenta

Thyme Roasted Portobello Mushrooms

Torched Scottish Salmon

Pumpkin Ravioli

Slow Braised Australian Lamb Shank

Truffle Mushroom Arancini

SimonLover only managed to catch the tail-end of the dinner (poor boy rushed over from work), so we brought him to Restoran Bahdushah. Some of us weren't exactly full, so we had a second round there. Tandoori chicken, roti telur and Maggi goreng all around! Our presence really added a boisterous rainbow presence for the mamak. Even gay lous that walked by did a double take. LOL. Right after second dinner, we retired back to our room at Shangri-La for another session of drinking. KH went to the trouble of bringing his own wine glasses. We let Apollo fuss over cleaning the glasses, pouring and tasting. Our very own sommelier. As always, I plied Sharky with drink. He hated the Choya Umeshu but said that the wine tasted like water. Perhaps that's a reverse of the miracle at Cana! The party ended at midnight and everyone went home except SK. Invited her to stay the night but that didn't stop KH from being a bit frisky!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Nifty Nine

1st Day of the 9th Lunar Month

During my childhood, the Nine Emperor Gods Festival was an annual event that I looked forward to. During the nine days of celebration we would go there on at least two nights. Different ceremonies were performed each night, coupled with lion dances and opera performances. Several mediums oversaw the ceremonies which included fire walking, dipping one's hands in hot oil, crossing a knife bridge, body piercing, tongue slashing, and beating with a flail. Always interesting to watch. For those nine days, I would be wearing a yellow cloth talisman on my wrist. As far as I remember, we would always attend the last day where there would be a bridge-crossing ceremony. Mum would make sure that we wore a white T-shirt so that the vermilion seal can be clearly stamped on when we stepped off the bridge. Once that was completed, they would cut down the tall bamboo pole with the 九曲灯 lamp and burn the whole bridge, marking the end of the nine days. But anyway, the point that I want to make is that, my lunar calendar birthday is celebrated on first day of the ninth month, which is the start of the Nine Emperor Gods Festival. LOL.

The Nine Emperor Gods

Went to the morning market as usual, then went to cut my hair. My stylist must think my face is getting 'jollier' because he styles my hair keeps getting higher in an attempt to lengthen my face. Had a late lunch at Taman Damai Utama where I ordered a bowl of Minnesota Soup Noodles which turned out to be prawn noodles. Perhaps 明州 referred to 林明 (Sg. Lembing) that produced a similar type of noodles.

Minnesota Noodles

Roasted Pork Rice

SK came over in afternoon with a whole lot of Nyonya dumplings and Kee Zhang (not really something I like) from Melaka. It was an afternoon tea that was heavy on the digestive tract. So much glutinous rice.

Nyonya Zang and Kee Zang

Later that evening, SK and I had dinner while mum had a church activity to attend. Not wanting to stray far from Taman Megah, we ate at Sushi Kame, Atria Shopping Gallery. An expensive sushi treat on my birthday. Atria didn't have much to hold our attention in term of retail options, so we just chilled at TEA Verandah until it was time to pick my mum up. She didn't have a proper dinner, so we made a stop at Kayu Nasi Kandar before calling it a night.

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Tea & Cake