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That’s right ladies and gentlemen, they serve nasi briyani at Yangon, Myanmar. With a little ASEAN geographical knowledge you’d know that it is just natural. Myanmar borders with India and Bangladesh to it’s west.

Nasi Briyani in Yangon, Myanmar
It actually tastes alot better than it looks

This particular nasi briyani place (they spell it nasi biryani) is located down the next turning from Traders hotel in Yangon. While there are quite a few nasi briyani restaurants there, you can’t miss the place, it is always the one with the most customers.

The rice is served with a single piece of 1/4 chicken. Since this is Myanmar, a highly unindustrilized country, we get real tender kampung type of chicken. It was awesome. A small bowl of soup and some fresh lettuce accompanied the meal. We ordered some extra gravy too. Except for the soup tasting a little too salty, the meal was very good. Easily better than most all of the nasi briyani served by mamaks here in Malaysia.

Drinks is a little bit tricky, the drinking water came in a bottle that looks like those we use for car battery, so that was a bit odd, to the tune that my friend brought two bottles back to Malaysia. The local Star “coke” was pretty bad, do not feel too compell to try it.

pancake with poppy seeds
Poppy Seed Pancake, Yum

First off, no, I don’t know where you can find this in Malaysia. I had this pancake in Yangon, Myanmar while on a business trip. I don’t even know if it’s legal here.

The composition of the pancake is pretty much the same as ordinary pancakes we get around here, with one addition – lotsa poppi seeds laced on top. Initially I was a bit wary of consuming it, but after some reassurance from my colleage who is also a medical doctor from Myanmar, I gave it a go.

The stuff tastes like any pancake, but just amazingly better. It was good, you could feel the texture of the seeds in your mouth, crushed between your teeth. A different aroma mixed up with your saliva and it all goes down smoothly in a somewhat sweetie taste. Did I tell you it was good?

That plate was supposed to be shared by 6 people, but I ate about half of it. hee-hee

Give me some more!

p/s: there are rumours that certain famous nasi kandar house cook their curry with poppi seeds to add to the taste.

While filling up the tank yesterday at a petrol station near Ara Damansara, I saw for the first time what Galvin said he’s done before – Driving off with the petrol dispenser.

So this dude in a Proton Saga filled up his tank, and without putting back the dispenser, he decided to simply drive off. Perhaps it was an attempt to test the effectiveness of the anti-stupid-driver mechanism that the petrol station has fortunately set up.

The connector of the dispenser to the kiosk immediately snap off and the safety valve went to work without spilling any petrol, by design. The dispenser was now stuck to his car, the dude heard some dragging sound and decided to stop and investigate. You should look at his eyes when he found out what he did.

I was quick enough to snap this two pictures while laughing my ass off at the same time.

running away with the petrol dispensor
Petrol station worker wondering how dumb this guy could be

trying to hook up the petrol dispenser
OMG it’s too high for me to connect this back.


Kim’s Birthday
So I was at Myanmar, checking my email and found out there’s a party at my house on the coming saturday several hours after my scheduled flight back to KL. That was kinda interesting, but since it was for Kim’s birthday, it was all good. Kim posted about it, and Suan has a gallery here.

The party was fun, but too bad Kim herself spent the least amount of time awake. Before she left the house, I was fortunate enough to snap this picture with my phone. (digicam’s memory card went dead)

kimberlycun puked
How lovely, everyone who celebrated birthday at my place ended up doing this.

Suan’s Ikea Bowl
and how she feels so at home there.

So I went to the Ikea sales with FA and Suan on Sunday. I bought 4 pieces of dining chairs that match my dining table and were on sales. When I initially bought the dining table, it was on sales too but the chairs weren’t. Sneaky Ikea never anticipated that a guy would buy the table and then wait for half a year for the chairs.

FA bought some magic markers and colorful straws. I stopped her from buying the milk carrier thingy.

Suan wanted to get a blue bowl, so she took one and put it in the bag. 15 minutes later FA found out that the bowl was the sample, you know, the one you’re not supposed to check out cos it’s attached with some extra descriptions and such? So suan ran back and got another while FA and I waited 10 minutes for her.

Few minutes later, as we were looking at some bookends, Suan decided to drop a stainless steel bookend on the bowl, and managed to chip it. So we had to wait another 10 minutes as she went to get the 3rd blue bowl.. I’m giving her 2 weeks before she destroy it anyway.

blue IKEA bowl

Ikea encouraged you to try their furniture in the store before you buy them. I didn’t know they meant sleeping in their bed like this..

suanie sleeping at IKEA
Lucky I’m not related to this woman.


Whenever anyone talks about Penang food, we always refer to the island. However, there are still some hidden gems on the other side of Penang Bridge, Butterworth. The Lean Gaik Hokkien Mee House at Chai Leng Park is one of such places.

Loh Mee at Penang Butterworth

The distinction between Hokkien Mee (better known as Prawn Mee in KL) and Loh Mee is the soup. Loh Mee uses the thick and heavy soup made with lotsa flour, while Hokkien Mee comes with somewhat clear soup.

This kopitiam serves both Hokkien Mee and Loh Mee but nothing else. What sets this establishment apart from the others is the variety of “extras” you can add in to your particular bowl of noodle. Including roast pork, pork ribs, pork leg, mantis shrimp, prawn, fish ball, and hard boiled egg.

I had the Loh Mee with rosted pork and pork ribs added. Would have preferred mantis prawn but they ran out of those. The also have chili paste and garlic on the table, saves you the trip to the stall to ask for more if you’re a chili happy person, or if u’re like Galvin the Chow Ah Beng who can’t have enough garlic.

While it might not be the absolute best Loh Mee that I had (there’s a stall nearby the old temple in Penang that I thought was better), it was certainly still very very good, especially with the extra ingredients you can add. I would recommend it to anyone who eats non-halal food.

50, Lebuh Kurau 3, Chai Leng Park,
13700, Prai, Penang

GPS: 5.385470, 100.392337
Tel: 04-399 1680