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A must-see movie for any car enthusiasts, the fast and the furious: Tokyo drift is the 3rd installment of the Fast and Furious franchise that started it all with Vin Diesel and Paul Walker in The Fast and the Furious (2001) , and Paul Walker with Tyrese in 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003). I caught the film at the theater on opening day.

the fast and the furious: tokyo drift

In order to avoid a jail sentence, Sean Boswell heads to Tokyo to live with his military officer father. In a low-rent section of the city, Sean gets caught up in the underground world of drift racing.

From the synopsis, you can pretty much guess that the story is expected to be pretty thin. Then again, anyone who is familiar with the franchise knows that this film is not about story, acting, or even realistic racing. In little less than two hours, though, you can expect lotsa phat cars and hot babes. Only this time the setting is in Tokyo, and instead of quarter mile drags, we have drifts ala Initial-D.

the fast and the furious: tokyo drift
RX-7 drifting through busy Tokyo streets

The featured cars include a Nissan 350Z, Mazda RX7, Mitsubishi Evolution, Nissan Silvia S15, and a 67 Ford Mustang fitted with a Nissan engine (don’t ask). The racings were every bit as unrealistic as the previous two installments, however, the cinematography was excellent and the drivers displayed some amazing drifting skills. Watch out for the drift up the parking ramp that leaves only maybe 6 inches between the car and the wall both front and back.

the fast and the furious: tokyo drift
same hot Japanese babes

Other than cars, there were plenty of babes. Not that most of them matters at all in the story, they’re just there mainly for eye candy, suits most of the audience fine. Keiko Kitagawa, though not doing much in the film besides hanging around in every other scene, was cute as a button. The leading actress, Nathalie Kelley, doesn’t hurt the eyes either. There were a tonne of mostly Japanese girls in the movie in various racing and party scenes.

the fast and the furious: tokyo drift
Tokyo underground racing scene

As for acting, Lucas Black was quite a dissapointing choice as the leader actor. Bow Wow wasn’t much of an actor either. There were some attempts on character development, and a half effort on having a believable story, but at the end it didn’t matter. The movie was a treat for car enthusiasts and it ended well with the ultimate battle between the Mustang and the 350Z.

the fast and the furious: tokyo drift
The battle between 67 Mustang and Nissan 350Z

As a bonus, Vin Diesel made an apperance at the end. Lets hope they can bring him back in a more involving role on the next installment.

How many of you are true curry mee (also called curry laksa in Klang Valley) fans who wants the dish served authentic in santan curry with shrimp, cockles, cuttle fish, and coaguated blood? If you are one of the rare breeds who loves it the true Penang style but have a hard time finding a place that serves it, you’re in luck.

Lorong Seratus Tahun Curry Mee at SS2
they serve more than just curry mee

The (somewhat famous) Lorong Setarus Tahun Curry Mee in Penang has a branch here at SS2. I have been to this palce on serveral occasions whenever my taste buds yearn for some juicy coagulated blood and the all-you-can-eat curry mee sambal. Masak-masak reviewed this place before too.

Lorong Seratus Tahun Curry Mee at SS2
very nice sambal and the otak otak

The santan based soup comes in pale white color without any hint of chili, you will have to add the sambal paste to get the familiar curry color and taste. This is a good serving method as you are able to personalise the spiciness based on your own tolerance level and taste. I would say that the curry mee’s flavor is on par with Penang’s offering.

Lorong Seratus Tahun Curry Mee at Penang
the version served up at Penang island

The Penang restaurant serves little other than curry mee. However, the SS2 branch offers various other dishes too. I like the otak-otak (Penang style, big and chunky), the mee goreng was pretty good too. Loh Bak though, was mediocre.

Map of Lorong Seratus Tahun Curry Mee at SS2
map to the Lorong Seratus Tahun Curry mee @ SS2 branch

Curry mee is priced at RM 4.50 per bowl. You save about 2 bucks per bowl if you are willing to travel to Penang. No air conditioning in the restaurant on the island tho. It’s your call.

Map of Lorong Seratus Tahun Curry Mee at Penang
map to the Penang Lorong Seratus Tahun Curry mee @ Anson Road

The 3 branches:

Lorong Seratus Tahun Curry Mee
55, Lorong Seratus Tahun, 10400 Penang
GPS: 5.416099, 100.320534

Lorong Seratus Tahun Curry Mee
56, Jalan SS2/66, 47300 PJ Selangor
GPS: 3.120055, 101.620907

Village Cafe [Pork Free]
Block D-105, Phileo Damansara, 46300 PJ, Selangor

The restaurant emperor noodle 皇帝麵 (HDK is the pinyin Hwang Di Mien) is fairly new in the competitive food district that is PJ’s SS2. It sits directly opposite of the famous wai sek kai food court. After checking the menu and determined that they offer good value, we went in despite its relative emptiness.

NOTE: This place has already closed down

Restaurant HDK (emperor noodle) at SS2 - 皇帝麵
nice menu with photos of the dishes

Emperor noodle is basically a type of egg noodle, quite similar to the basic wanton noodle you can get at anywhere, but finer. I’ve had it at Dragon-i One Utama, as well as SS2 pasar malam boxed noodle. I like the texture, and being as fine as angel hair spaghetti, it tends to soak up the sauce very well and give a stronger flavour.

Restaurant HDK (emperor noodle) at SS2 - 皇帝麵
clockwise – dumpling, shrimp, wanton & roasted pork, chicken

The restaurant offers around a dozen types of dishes, priced at RM 3.80 (basic like char siew with wanton, fishball), RM 5.80 (roasted chicken, tiger prawn, dumpling), and RM 9.80 (seafood, king prawn). Pretty reasonable price for a clean restaurant with nice deco and properly air conditioned. I guess as most restaurants do, they make more on the drinks (fresh juices at RM 3.00).

Restaurant HDK (emperor noodle) at SS2 - 皇帝麵
which is pepper and which is soya sauce?

We ordered a few dishes. The basic char siew and wantan was pretty good, though the serving on the char siew was very small. The dumpling was very good, packed with pork, shrimp, and other stuff you typically find in a Chinese dumpling. The tiger prawn emporer noodle offers the best value, at less than RM 6, you get two pretty big size prawn, to go with the noodle and some other garnish.

The roasted chicken, however, was average and even a little too dry for my liking. Overall this place offers good value and pretty decent food, will go there again.

map to SS2 Restaurant HDK (emperor noodle) - 皇帝麵
another excellent map by KY

SS2 branch:
No. 26, ss2/61, 47300 PJ, Selangor
GPS: 3.117730, 101.621164
Tel: 7877 9226

Manjalara branch:
No. 41, Jalan 1/62D, Jalan Medan Putra 1,
Medan Putra Business Center, Off Jln Damansara
Manjarala 52100 KL
tel: 6275 5181

Penang branch:
No. 9, Tingkat Mawar,
Taman Mawar, Jln Raja Uda
12300 Butterworth, Penang

Opens 11am to 10pm daily

Peugeot 307CC

June 11, 2006 2 Comments

Black Peugeot 307CC rear look
Peugeot 307CC rear shot

I was at the Peugeot showroom the other day when one of my friends was booking a Naza Bestari (rebranded Peugeot 206) and saw this gorgeous black Peugeot 307CC.

Black Peugeot 307CC side view
Peugeot 307CC side view

Peugeot originally launched the 307CC (coupe-cabriolet) in 2003, the 4 seater vehicle comes with a folding hard roof and yet still offers a pretty respectable 204 liter boot space. The size of the car isn’t very big, however, total length of 4357mm and width of 1759mm is in fact shorter but wider than the familiar Proton Waja’s 4465mm and 1740mm. This gives the car a better stability with the wider wheelbase.

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The FIFA World Cup is here, how do you watch yours? Hanging out with a bunch of strangers 3am in the morning at a mamak place with puny 42″ plasma TVs? Or at home with your little 29″ TV? I feel for you…. over here, we do it in style. Take a look, a giant 80″ screen on the wall! Are you jealous?

World Cup on big screen at KY's
how do you like this?

World Cup on big screen at KY's
kerol posing to give you a sense of scale

p/s: Too bad the projector will be with us only for the weekend… I’m looking for a sponsor.

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