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So I finally went to the Mum’s Place at Damansara Perdana for a feast. The dinner ended up a celebration of gluttony, as we made the mistake of allowing Kelvin to order, the result was 6 dishes for the 5 of us.

Mum's Place at Damansara Perdana
nice food, nice deco, illustrated menu

Mum’s place is a nicely decorated, slightly upper class restaurant in the new hip residential area that is Damansara Perdana. The place is furnished with lotsa wooden artifacts, similar to Bumbu Bali at Puchong, if not more extravagant. The place was rather busy and we had to wait for our table. However, service was brisk once we were seated.

Mum's Place at Damansara Perdana
cincaru, soft shell crab, fried fish, steamed egg

If you are new to this place, it’s plenty easy to order as the menu comes with lotsa pictures. We (or rather, Kelvin) ordered five fried cincaru fish (leather jack), soft shell crab, deep fried jenahak (red snapper) with pineapple, steamed egg, fried vege, and fishball soup. All these to go with nicely cooked jasmine rice. We also asked for the very good sambal balacan, it reminds me of how my mom prepares it, nothing but balancan and red chili crushed with the old school penumbuk and serves with a squeeze of fresh lime.

Mum's Place at Damansara Perdana
the vege, fishball soup, sambal belacan, the feast

The cincaru fish is a must-order item, more so if you are a person who loves to have petai. Coupling with the sambal belacan, this dish is an absolute delight to have. The other speciality of Mum’s place is the soft shell crab, deep fried to a crispy texture with some strong taste of traditional spices. Very different from the way Japanese restaurants serve it.

The steamed egg, fried fish topped with pineapple, vege, and fishball soup were all very good dishes as well. The different tastes and texture of the six dishes proved to be a winning combination as far as gastronimcal satisfaction goes. It was a lot of food, but we didn’t have any trouble finishing everything.

Mum's Place at Damansara Perdana
mango pudding, satisfied mat salleh, water chestnut dessert, Kelvin and Suanie

After the main meal, right before the 20 minute interval whereby my stomach will politely inform me of its desire to explode, Kelvin somehow convinced me to try the water chestnut dessert. So we had that, and another friend had the equally good mango pudding.

Dinner for five was around RM 250, including a couple glasses of beer and that huge plate of soft shell crab. Mum’s place certainly isn’t the cheapest, but the excellent food and very nice environment more than make up for the price. I’ll definately go there again. By the way, it is Halal too.

Mum's Place at Damansara Perdana
just a little further from IKEA and Tesco

31-1, 33-1, 35-1, 37-1 & 39-1, Jalan PJU 8/5A,
Damansara Perdana, Petaling Jaya, 47820 Selangor

GPS: 3.165166, 101.605564
Tel: 03-7726 3376 / 1877

So we went to the latest play by fthe Oral Stage – fiftynineminutes which was held in a nice little location (the dram project) on the ground floor of the flat that also houses the famous 6 to 10 Grill and Nasi Lemak kopitiam-restaurant. We did have a nice meal there after the show, but lets not digress…

Pictures are described from top left, clockwise.

fiftynineminutes by the Oral Stage
the location, the booklets, interlude lady, best foot forward

There were 7 shows altogether, packed into a 59 minute play with the interludes played by a maid who was terribly funny in a way. I thought that was a clever way to set up the props. The shows were Best Food Forward, Mother Tongue, Fruitcake, Showers of Flowers, Track, The World’s Smelliest Durian, and The Ground Floor.

fiftynineminutes by the Oral Stage
mother tongue, fruitcake, showers of flowers x 2

Of the seven shows, there were some impressive individual performances (Lam Wai Yee & Johann Lim), some interesting moments, some artistic expressions, and even some disturbing topics. Overall, my, and judging from the reception by the crowd, most everyone’s favorite show was the world’s smelliest durian. I almost got a stomach cramp laughing.

However, I felt that a few of the plays were a little too cryptic and slightly overly artistic for my liking, though you might very well find it otherwise. The Mother Tongue with Lam Wai Yee was a great individual performance, but I thought it was lacking a little on the ending and overall message of the story, a missed opportunity. This is in contrast with the similar monologue at Rojak by Emily.

fiftynineminutes by the Oral Stage
track, the world’s smelliest durian, the ground floor, closing

As a whole, though, fiftynineminutes was a pretty decent show. I can honestly say that I enjoyed myself. Though there is some areas for improvement, the Oral Stage deserves much credit for pulling this off. For only 10 ringgit and free parking, this is definately something worth going.

For tickets and the how-to in getting to the place, read my pimp post on fiftynineminutes.

After posting about the Loong Foong roast duck rice at Taman Paramount, many of you suggested to me that I should try the perpetually crowded Sunrise restaurant nearby. Since Sunrise only opens for lunch, I had to wait till last Saturday to give it a try.

Sunrise Roast Duck Rice at Seapark, PJ
old school kopitiam setting

For two of us, we ordered half a duck. If it sounds like a lot of duck, it was! But since everyone else was ordering the same amount for two, we sort of agreed to it without thinking twice. As it was relatively early (11am), the restaurant wasn’t actually crowded yet, it took only about 5 minutes for food to be served.

The big plate of duck comes with two small bowl of soup (something loong foong lacks), a bowl of sauce, chili, and two plates of white rice. The duck meat itself was tender and good, with the skin roasted to perfect golden brown. The soup though, was a mixture of sour, sweet, and salty. I don’t really know what to make of it and didn’t end up drinking much of it anyway, it just tasted a bit too weird even for me.

Sunrise Roast Duck Rice at Seapark, PJ
glorious roast duck…

Comparing the Loong Foong and Sunrise roast duck rise, I will have to give my preference towards the former. Though the taste of the duck skin and duck meat didn’t differ too much, the sauce that came with Loong Foong’s roast duck was much better. The sauce from Sunrise basically tasted like diluted soya sauce, without the distinct duck rice sauce taste. However, if you love duck skin, you can order extra skin at Sunrise, as I found out a little too late.

The lunch was slightly over RM 20, not bad for half a duck. So if you’re going for duck rice for lunch, you won’t regret Sunrise; but if you can wait till dinner time, Loong Foong is the place to go.

Sunrise Roast Duck Rice, Map of Seapark, PJ
excellent map from yours truely, =)

31, Jalan 21/12
46300, Petaling Jaya

GPS: 3.108549, 101.622773
Tel: 03-7876 9689

Working at the KLCC area basically dictates that I usually frequent Wisma Sentral for lunch. Afterall, it breaks the bank to satisfy the stomach at the KLCC food courts and restaurants otherwise. Hence it was a delight to find out there was a new establishment in the building busiest around lunch time, the Ikan Bakar Portugis (Portuguese style BBQ fish).

Ikan Bakar Portugis at Wisma Sentral, near KLCC
a pretty small establishment just next to the main elevator area

I went to the place on friday after 1pm, the best time as our muslim brothers are at the mosque and thus the place is not too packed. Then again, it is Puasa month now, so that might not be a factor at all anyway (in fact, I’m not sure if the place is open for business at regular hour during Puasa month. update – open for regular business during puasa month)

The menu is simple enough, starting from RM 4.50 to RM 6.50 for seafood and rice. There are sting ray, tilapia, squid, lala, prawn, and other combinations such as sotong with petai, sting ray with lala, and so forth. I ordered the string ray with petai (twisted cluster bean) and a glass of sea coconut drink.

Ikan Bakar Portugis at Wisma Sentral, near KLCC
string ray with petai, yumm

Since every dish is freshly cooked, I had to wait for some 10 minutes before lunch is served. The smell that attacked my nose was first indication that lunch was going to be good. Fish + sambal + petai can never go wrong for me. The string ray and petai were very well cooked, with plenty of excellent sambal on top. For a Malay dish, the ikan bakar was not overly spicy. The rice was of nice and soft texture and goes down well mixing with the fish and sambal. It was a very good lunch.

map to Wisma Sentral, near KLCC
here is how to get to wisma sentral

My lunch combination and drink cost me RM 7.50. Slightly high for Wisma Sentral standard, but definately worth it. Still a lot cheaper a plate of mixed rice with 3 items at the food court anyway. Give it a try if you are around KLCC.

GPS: 3.158728, 101.714473

Suanie's 25th Birthday

To the Suan,

Happy happy birthday to you. Remember what happened on your last birthday at Bangsar? I’m glad that we are slightly further away from those kind of slightly unhealthy lifestyle these days. The starbucks and french fries was a better alternative, lets have some of that tonight, shall we? Forget the Atkins for a day and have a feast. Welcome to the quarter century mark!

Fancy durian, anyone?