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Not a big fan of smokey clubs with overly loud music that will make your ears end up like this? We decided to have a couple drinks and chill out over the weekend and went to Halo cafe at Sunway Pyramid instead.


can you spot the silhouette of FA? and the dumb pattern fox arranged on the table

Some of you banana (English educated Chinese) noobs might not have realised that there exists two big franchise of semi open air pubs with live performers singing mainly chinese songs. Rice cafe is prominent in Penang, while Halo Cafe is pretty established here in the Klang Valley.

The place serves some finger food as well as a few entries that can fill your stomach should your date be late by 2 hours and you miss your dinner altogether. In terms of drinks, they have coffee, tea, beer, mixed cocktails, and even whole bottle of whiskeys and wine to choose from, all reasonably priced. For example, a margarita is RM 17.50 and jasmine tea at RM 10 or so.

The live performance was excellent, there were 3 male singers for the night, with one of them playing the guitar. One of the singer sang Hikara Udata’s “First Love” that was totally out of this world. FYI, the current Malaysian Idol used to sing at Rice cafe in Penang.

It’s a pretty nice place to hang out, enjoy live music that isn’t too loud for you to still be able to chat with your friends. Probably a great place for a date too, now any hot chick want to go there with me?

GPS: 3.073297, 101.607576

With horny’s awesome driving skill, we somehow arrived at Sungai Buloh, when we had initially wanted to go to Puchong Kepong for bak kut teh. Since we were already pretty much half way to Rawang, we decided to go the extra mile to sample the famous Steamed Tilapia fish at ‘Sister Lan’ (Lan Cheh in Cantonese) road side restaurant.


check out my pro way of eating a fish!

The fish was really good, it was the best tilapia I’ve ever had. They steam it with alot of diced garlic, very finely shredded ginger, and some chopped chili padi. The sauce is a very light blend of soya with some other sauce. All these is topped with some parsley and sliced spring onion.


now look at suan‘s noob way of annihilating her lunch

The ingredients, especially the strong aroma of ginger, garlic, and parsley, were especially effective in doing away the undesireable smell that is often associated with fresh water fish such as tilapia. The fish is steamed just right, properly cooked and yet not overly done, which left the meat still very tender. The sauce was just the right taste that I hardly have to reach for the soya saucer.


we had something else going together with the fish too

Other than the fish, we ordered 2 dishes of vege and a prawn entry to complete the meal. The salted prawn was excellent, fried baby kailan was passable, but do avoid the kangkung belacan as it was not even average.

Overall, this is definately a place worth visiting if you do not mind t he half hour drive from KL. The tilapia is a must-eat and the salted prawn was also one of the best I’ve had.


omg my mad skillz in map

I am guessing most of us aren’t very familiar with Rawang, so here’s a slightly in depth direction.

  • From KL, using the PLUS highway, take the Rawang exit
  • After pay toll, go straight till you find a T junction, take a right to Rawang
  • Go straight, pass a few intersections, till you are going up a slope, turn right at the traffic light on top of the slope (which is also an overhead bridge)
  • Go straight for almost a kilometer or so till you pass a pedestrian bridge overhead
  • The restaurant will be on your left just about a hundred meters or so after the bridge
  • Enjoy the fish!

Business hour is 11am to 3pm for lunch, and 6 to 10:30pm for dinner, closed on Tuesday.

Address:
Lan Je Steamed Fish
27-28, Block C, Jalan Rawang
Gerai MPS, Batu 16
Rawang

GPS: 3.306057,101.591134
Tel No: 012-227 0037

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So I ran out of idea on what to have for lunch one day while I was at Isetan, saw this aisle full of Japanese instant noodle and decided to grab one and give it a try. This particular cup of black sauce curry noodle costs me RM4.99, and comes with some real meat (limited amount)

Japanese Instant Noodle black sauce curry

Instruction for “cooking” this cup noodle is same like any other, pour in hot boiling water, and let sit for 3 minutes. Of course, you have to pour the ingredits from the 3 little packs into the cup first. However, don’t ever say you can cook if you did this. Cooking is such a lost art, sighhhhh

Japanese Instant Noodle with black curry sauce
simple to prepare, isn’t it?

This cup noodle tasted better than the standard maggie variety, then again, it costs more than twice as much. I don’t know what they meant by black curry, it tasted a little salty, not spicy at all, and the soup base is actually a little more to the thick side. There are little chunks of meat, but barely enough to feed a hamster. Overall it’s not a bad meal, but you do tend to get hungry again in a couple hours time..

I think I might try some other types next time. They sell some that cost more than RM 10 per bowl.. advertised as having real big chunk of meat and all. At least the pictures suggest so, I can’t read Japanese other than Kanji.

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So we got hungry one of the Saturdays, and since we were around the Kelana Jaya Giant, we decided to try out some unexplored kopitiams around the area. Got to this one behind the furniture mall that is next to the small giant, and Sotong discovered the steamed rice stall that her friends were recommending to her all the time.

awesome stamed rice
new awesome feature: integrated map!

Horny ordered salted fish with fatty pork, and I had pork ribs with mushroom and a bowl of dried vege soup. True to the reputation and the handful of newspaper cuttings pimping the establishment that’s plasted on the counter of the stall. The food was very good.

The rice is pretty well cooked, with flavor reaching to the bottom of the bowl and not just on the top. The meat is soft and the taste is just right, not overly salted nor too blunt. Easily one of the best steamed rice I’ve had, and better than the one in Wai Sek Kai at ss2 I used to frequent. The soup is nothing too special, pretty good, but then again I haven’t tasted any dried vege soup that stands out in either direction.

If you are looking for a good and cheap lunch and happen to be going to Kelana Jaya near Giants, give it a try.

Address:
Jalan SS 6/8
Kelana Jaya

GPS: 3.106717, 101.598178

Some of you lucky noobs had the experience of holiday in Bali, for the rest of us, there is BumbuBali restaurant, giving a taste of Bali that is close to home and offering a peace of mind while dining.

BumbuBali at Puchong
nice menu with illustrations, good atmosphere too

The establishment is located in Puchong, at the shop lots opposite the Giant hypermarket of Bandar Puteri. Saturday night was very busy, we had to wait some ten minutes for the table even though we got there pretty late for dinner at close to 9pm. Obviously that was a good sign for a restaurant.

We ordered Nasi Campur BumbuBali (mixed rice), and Campur-campur tiga (3 mixes). We had initially wanted to order more, lucky the waiter adviced against it as the portions are rather large.

Nasi Campur BumbuBali is served with either potatoe rice (or yellow rice), with beef (or chicken, or lamb), squid, fish, prawn, and kangkung belacan (vege). It was more than a full meal and I reckon even Kim could not finish it.

BumbuBali at Puchong
are you feeling hungry?

Campur-campur tiga is supposedly an appertizer, but the portion can feed a suan. The three combinations is deep fried calamari, chicken wings, and satey on lemon grass stem. The satey was especially good and highly recommended by your culinary expert, me.

The food was great, something different and yet pretty close to local taste. It’s a bonus if you are one of the ex-bali tourists who misses the Bintang beer, they sell it here! However, as a good boy and all, I had star fruit juice instead. Total cost of the meal was RM 66+, pretty reasonable for a taste of Bali without the terrorist threat.
Map to BumbuBali at Puchong
this is how you get there, yo!

You can also SMS the restaurant, just send “BC Bumbubali P” for promotion, “BC Bumbubali RSV” for reservation, and “BC Bumbubali E” for enquiry to 36399.

Address:
18 & 18-1, Jalan Persiaran 1
Bandar Puteri, Puchong

GPS: 3.023087,101.615617
Tel: 03-8061 8699

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