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Once upon a time, when the word blog might be associated with some stains on your pants, personal websites were synonymous with annoying animated GIFs with unreadable text and some totally inappropriate cartoon pictures. During that time, who would have thought that the personal website (now aptly called blog) can be some day generating income for the writer wannabe in us?

Then of course, came Google Adsense, and textlink ads, and all those less effective money maker that promised to turn your site into a big money maker. However, with the exceptions few, most bloggers never get any significant revenue in their blogs. You have to get international audience, you have to use high paying keywords, you have to optimize the blog for search engine, etc etc. All these are due to the fact that the advertisers are mostly non-local.

So you not only have to cater for international audience, but you also receive checks all the way from the States, in US currency, which can be a pain in cashing them out with some of the local banks. Not to mention the depreciation in dollars these days.


Then came Nuffnang, Malaysia’s very own advertising community. Now we actually get localized ads. An advertisement for the, the local mobile software and ringtones provider (with free Java game upon registration too, check it out) fits into our blogs much better than a Google ad for some online Japanese grocer that only ships in the US.

Of course, the other obvious advantages are the easier processing of your earnings, and bigger payouts since the guys at nuffnang gets paid less than their counterparts in the States. There are other interesting stuff Nuffnang organize too, like networking session with fellow bloggers, outings, and events such as the upcoming Pirates 3 movie screening.

The bigger picture, though, is getting back the ownership of our collective blogs in Malaysia. With our own ad network, we can now get back to the basic and get rid of all those nonsense that caters to the oversea readers and the search engine more than the actual audience that will actually appreciate what we write. That was the reason most of us started our blogs anyway.

So, are you a nuffnangite yet?

This is the very first KY tv post, my very own fake plan food review “TV” show!

Now this is not the first time I wrote about Satay Celup at this particular place in Melaka. The previous entry on Ban Lee Siang Satay Celup includes the review in text, as well as pictures, contact number, address, and map. Then again, nothing beats the video, especially with hot chick (who is also my camera girl and chief editor) in it too.

It was 5pm and we were the very first customer in the restaurant. Trust me, by sunset the place will be busier than a beehive.

Tell me it’s awesome!

Of so many Japanese restaurants in Klang Valley, this is probably the one I visit the most. They might not have the best food, or the greatest ambiance; but Omitsu Koshi at DJ certainly offers above average Japanese dishes with very, very affordable price. Cheaper and definitely worlds better than certain conveyor belt sushi chains.

Omitsu Koshi, Japanese food at Damansara Jaya
good food with pretty nice ambiance

We ordered a Sashimi Set and a Ramen with Gyoza set for dinner, and of course, some hot green tea which goes well with Japanese food. Other than set lunch and dinners, this restaurant actually offers a variety of other choices, such as udon, Japanese fried rice, sushi, and even porridge.

Omitsu Koshi, Japanese food at Damansara Jaya
Jap food, slurps!

It actually took a while for the food to come as it was a busy Saturday evening. The Sashimi set came with plenty of salmon, tuna, octopus tentacles, and baby octopus. There’s also sushi rice, miso soup, and a few slices of fruits. As for the hot babe‘s set dinner, it came with charsiu ramen, 3 pieces of gyoza, fruits, and even a plate of fried rice (a bit excessive actually).

Omitsu Koshi, Japanese food at Damansara Jaya
we were definitely enjoying it!

The food were fresh and tasted authentic, like how Japanese food should be, not excellent like Raku Zen, but above average. While the servers did not try to impress you with crudely memorized Japanese phrases like some other places, they were mostly helpful and provided decent service. It was a very satisfying meal, after the customary 5% government tax and 10% service charge, the bill came to only RM 36.80. RM 19 for the raw fish set, and only RM 13 for the other. Great value isn’t it?

Omitsu Koshi, Japanese food, map to Damansara Jaya
Omitsu Koshi is situated right next to Atria shopping complex

Omitsu Koshi
No 17 & 19, Jalan SS 22/23
Damansara Jaya
47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.127821, 101.617291
Tel: 03-7722 2779

In an attempt to eat healthy for once, we decided to head to this Korean Porridge place, Bonjuk at Desa Sri Hartamas. I had thought that the parking situation would be pretty shitty on a weekend, it was. After a round of unfruitful hunt, I decided to just pay for it at the commercial car park just a block away for RM 3.00 that was totally worth it.

Koraen Porridge, Bonjuk at Desa Sri Hartamas
some seriously healthy food

Like most franchise, Bonjuk does not offer a very wide variety of dishes in their menu. There are, however, over a dozen types of porridge, and an equal amount of Bibimbobs (mixed meal), as well as some Korean pancakes to choose from. The pancakes aside, all the dishes were not fried nor BBQ, so far so healthy.

After scanning the offerings, I decided to go for the mid size seafood combination porridge. Since the porridge is cook to order, it did take a while before I get to start satisfying the stomach, luckily, the wait was worth it.

Koraen Porridge, Bonjuk at Desa Sri Hartamas
now you see it, now you don’t

The porridge was cooked with squid, shrimp, mussels, dried oyster, and octopus. It was actually very good, the taste of the seafood mixture blends into the porridge very well, if only some dried scallop were used as well, it would have been perfect. Then again, that ingredient would drive the price up by quite a bit.

Free flow kimchi and a plate of marinated beef came with the dish, a salty and slightly spicy chili paste accompanied the porridge too. The kimchi and beef were pretty good, I had like 4 plates of kimchi as it was just at the right level of rottenness for me. However, I gave a pass to the cold soup, that thing tasted like a mixture of vitagen and vegetable soup served cold, not exactly to my taste.

map to Bonjuk at Desa Sri Hartamas
Bonjuk is just opposite Breakers and Soda

The porridge was an economical RM 14.95, and if I remember correctly, no government nor service charge added. I’ll definitely go there again, and I think you should give it a try too. The young and friendly Korean guy who run the place scored an A+ for customer PR skills as well.

No. 18, Ground Floor, Jalan 25/70A
Desa Sri Hartamas 50480 Kuala Lumpur

GPS: 3.162584, 101.650164
Tel: 03-2300 2302

Just before heading to SGN airport coming back to Malaysia during the last trip at HCMC, I decided to have some Japanese food instead of traditional Vietnamese Food. Instead of catching a cab, I just started to walk down the busy Hai Ba Trung Street to check out the numerous Japanese restaurant around the city.

Angler Fish Liver, Akatonbo Restaurant, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Angler Fish Liver and Sashimi

After passing a handful of Japanese restaurants that are either too expensive or offering only a limited menu, I decided to go into Akatonbo as the menu displayed outside the door looks enticing, and reasonably priced as well.

After scanning through the rather extensive menu, I ordered a sashimi set and a serving of ankimo (Angler fish liver).

Angler Fish Liver, Akatonbo Restaurant, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
very extensive menu

The sashimi, consisting of salmon, tuna, squid, octopus tentacles, and two other types of fish, were very fresh and properly cut. Though the serving was somewhat small and rice were not included, it was still pretty good. The Angler fish liver, though, was quite interesting. I had actually wanted to order it at Zen sushi at Subang Jaya once but it was a seasonal offering and they had run out of it, so this was actually the first time I tasted this Japanese delicacy. The texture of the liver is similar to pickled tofu, but slightly tougher, it has a rich and fatty taste to it, often described to be similar to foie gras. It was really good, and served exactly like how it’s meant to.

More on Ankimo:

The liver is first rubbed with salt, then rinsed with sake. Then its veins are picked out and the liver is rolled into a cylinder and steamed. Ankimo is often served with chili-tinted grated daikon radish, thinly sliced green onions and ponzu sauce.

Angler Fish Liver, Akatonbo Restaurant, map of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Akatonbo restaurant is at the heart of District 1, HCMC

The total damage was less than $14 USD (less than RM 50). Pretty good value for the interesting Ankimo and the good quality sashmi. Yogurt is served after the meal too, a pretty good concept that no Japanese restaurants in Malaysia that I am aware of follows.

38 Hai Ba Trung Street,
District 1, HCMC, Vietnam