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One of my favorite local delights in this part of the world is the otak-otak. Now, there are two different types of otak-otak, noobs such as Suan would love that the southern type that is thin, wrapped with banana leaf, and cooked over charcoal fire; but the Penangite in me still prefers the northern Nyonya style variety that is thicker and bigger, often steamed instead of grilled.

Otak-otak at kopitime, 1 utama
my god, brain.. brain!

In Klang Valley, you can often find the southern style otak-otak in pasar malam and many Malay markets; but to get a decent peranakan otak-otak, now that is a bit of a challenge. Which was why I was rather delighted to have spotted this otak-otak set offered at Kopitime in 1 Utama.

Despite the slight over pricing of the item, I just had to order it. The set came with two decent size otak-otak and two slices of roti bengali. The otak-otak turned out to be actually pretty good, and the roti bengali does serve as a pretty good companion for the light meal. Though the RM 7.90 + tax is a little too much to pay, however, I wouldn’t mind it once in a while.

Otak-otak at kopitime, 1 utama
not exactly cheap..

Kopitime is situated at 1 Utama new wing facing the bowling alley, though I believe they have some other branches too. Other than the otak-otak set, we had prawn mee and laksa, both dishes were pretty bad and best left unmentioned.

By the way, the word otak means brain in the Malay language, though the food does resemble a little on the fascinating human organ, it is best not to remind yourself of this fact when consuming this dish.

GPS: 3.150050, 101.615939

Before the days of the Proton Waja limousine and the Proton Perdana limousine conversion service by the likes of Automotive Conversion Engineering, there were the Proton Saga limousine edition. Originally aimed for high ranking government servants and perhaps to encourage politicians to use local cars, this particular Proton never really took off, due to the obvious lack in aesthetics.

Black color Proton Saga Limousine
Black Proton Saga Limousine with rear wheel caps.

This particular car is pretty rare, so far I have only spotted them less than half a dozen times on the road. I wonder what kind of reception the owners get when showing up at the front door with such a perculiar car?

Silver color Proton Saga Limousine
Silver Proton Saga Limousine

It’s been a while since I last went for a buffet steamboat, in fact, it was Talipon in May. I guess it was because buffets always left me unable to walk. Then came the noobs suggesting that we head for the rather famous Yuen buffet steamboat at Sunway Mentari. I have passed the shop a few times and there was always a huge crowd, I guess it must be pretty good. So, why not?

Update 22/1/2014: the Yuen has since moved to 8G, Block A, Zenith Corporate Park, Jalan SS7/26 Kelana Jaya 47301 (behind Paradigm Mall)

Yuen Buffet Steamboat at Sunway Mentari
huge crowd all the time

Except that I was rather hungry, and when we got there at about 8pm, there were about a dozen tables’ waiting list ahead of us. It was about 45 minutes later when we were called for our table. Note to self: donot go there without reservation on a weekend when too hungry.

Once seated, we were asked for the choice of soup. Unlike, say, Shabu Shabu King, we were able to have both the tomyam and clear soup in the same hotpot. We headed to the buffet line right away. The selection of items in this restaurant is bigger than the previous two restaurants mentioned, and they are not stingy on the more expensive items either. Plenty of big shrimps (both salt and fresh water), crab, squid, and shell fish for the taking. They were all pretty fresh too.

Yuen Buffet Steamboat at Sunway Mentari
they didn’t skimp on the offering

The tomyam soup was particulary good, with the right amount of spiciness and sourness, it gets even better as you boil the various raw ingredients in the soup. I suggest always starting off with some crab or shell fish to give the soup base a stronger flavor.

Other than a few dozen types of seafood seafood, you can find poultry, beef, various types of fishball and fishcake taste-alike, more than half a dozen vege, kuih, fruits, ice cream, noodles, fried meehun and fried rice. I believe no pork is served.

Yuen Buffet Steamboat at Sunway Mentari
chicken wing was really good too

The claim of fame for this restaurant though, is not merely its steamboat offering, you can get that in many other places. It was their honey chicken wing. We stalked the cooked buffet line for quiet sometime before the chicken wing came out of the kitchen steaming, and it was some 30 seconds before the tray is empty again. We only managed to get a couple pieces per person. The tiny chicken wings were indeed very delicious, with strong taste of honey properly marinated in the wings, it was something you’ll have to try for yourself.

Yuen Buffet Steamboat at Sunway Mentari
so now you can go there too!

The dinner costs RM 18.80 per person, add RM 1.00 for the free flowing Chinese tea and it’s still less than RM 20.00, a very reasonable for the type of food served. Yuen buffet steamboat only serves dinner.

Address:
32A-1, Jalan PJS 8/6
Mentari Plaza, Bandar Sunway
46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.076211, 101.612098
Tel:016-2086678, 56375825

capless fuel intake with Ford carsFinally an automaker decided to make a basic and yet very welcoming improvement to the one component presents in all cars, the fuel cap. Starting with the 2008 Ford GT and Lincoln MKS (the Lincoln brand is owned by Ford Motors)

Basically a flap is used to prevent gasoline fumes from escaping, working much like a valve that opens from the pressure of the gas nozzle when pumping gas. The design came from Ford’s experience in the NASCAR racing series.

I myself has lost a couple gas caps before, it’s an annoying experience. Though a very small improvement, these are some of the more thoughtful innovations that benefits the consumer while not incurring high cost nor adding unecessary complexity to the vehicle. However, this will not prevent anyone from doing this.

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Well, trying to be a model citizen and all that (as evident from this blog), I usually will give up my seat on the LRT for the elderly, people with disabilities, and pregnant ladies. Afterall, I do read my pal peter tan‘s blog and all, you know.

But I have a dilemma, and give me your suggestion on how I should solve this. There are a few times when a lady comes into the train and I cannot distinguished if she is fat or pregnant, what should I do?

I mean, if she’s pregnant and I don’t give up the seat, it’ll be my bad. But if she’s just, you know, slightly better endowed horizontally and I try to offer my seat, she might take it as an insult. It’s a dilemma… I can’t always pretend to be sleeping. =/

What to do???