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For some of you who follow this humble blog, you might know that I vouched not to ever spend a dime at Sushi King and Genki Sushi. Although both the restaurants serve inferior sushi on conveyor belt, it doesn’t mean that all conveyor belt sushi restaurants are bad, as my latest experiment at Sushi Zanmai (Sunway Pyramid) assured me.

Zanmai Sushi at Sunway Pyramid
conveyor belt sushi, with a lot of other items on the menu

I stumbled upon this place a couple of months ago when I visited Zen Sushi at their Pyramid branch. The menu enticed me (particularly the ikura chawamushi) to actually go there a few weeks ago when I had an appointment at Pyramid.

Zanmai Sushi at Sunway Pyramid
proper portion of fish over rice, nice

For the quick dinner, I picked 4 dishes of sushi (sake, maguro, amaebi, tofu skin) from the conveyor, and ordered a cup of the irresistible ikura chawamushi (salmon roe on top of steamed egg) and a plate of hotate sashimi (raw scallop).

The sushi dishes were actually very good, the portion of fish is generous, and if you look at the amaebi sushi (sweet shrimp), it is actually one big shrimp instead of the usual two tiny ones. They are plenty fresh and tasted very good too. I am one of those people who cannot say no to ikura, and the ikura chawamushi, albeit a bit small in portion, was actually very nice. It is a bit different from the usual roe over sushi rice though. Lastly, the succulent hotate sashimi (5 pieces of fresh scallop) was perfect to round up my dinner.

Zanmai Sushi at Sunway Pyramid
ikura chawamushi (salmon roe) and hotate sashimi (scallop)

The dinner cost Rm 35.42, with ikura chawamushi being the most expensive at RM 9.80, the sashimi was only RM 8, and sushi plates were between RM 1.60 (tofu skin) to RM 4.80 (shrimp). 10% service charge and the 5% tax is added. Still a pretty good value, and I am going there again.

Address:
Lt 0B2-F1, Sunway Pyramid Shopping Centre
Bandar Sunway, Selangor

GPS: 3.073297, 101.607576
Tel: 03-7492 3080

Just a couple of days before the start of Ramadhan, I had a chance to accompany one of my friends to have one of her last dinners before sunset in the coming month. We went to Kelana Jaya just outside the older and smaller Giant hypermart where a row of Malay hawkers operate in the evening.

Nasi Lemak Kukus at Kelana Jaya
nasi lemak kukus with ayam rempah (chicken with spices)

I can’t keep my eyes off the very good looking ayam rempah as soon as I saw it, I knew that would be my dinner. After buying some deep fried cempedak for appertizer in a neighboring stall, I ordered a plate of nasi lemak kukus with the ayam rempah while my friend ordered the Malay chicken rice. The word “kukus”, according to this particular lady (not an authority in the Malay language by any means), refers to the wooden container the rice is cooked in. I suppose the wooden container gives the rice a hint of flavor normal electrical cooker just wouldn’t do.

Nasi Lemak Kukus at Kelana Jaya
as the awek eats

The nasi lemak was served hot, and the chicken was very good. Plenty of rempah (spices) accompanied the chicken and compliments the rice very well. I also added an egg (sunny side top) to go with the chicken. I usually prefer the warm version of nasi lemak instead of the more common type that is served at room temperature.

Nasi Lemak Kukus at Kelana Jaya
this hawker stall is just opposite the small Giant at Kelana Jaya

The relatively simple yet fulfilling dinner costs around RM 5 with drinks included.

Address:
Jalan SS 6/3,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.105838, 101.600329

While checking out the latest huge mall that is the Pavilion KL, the house mate, friend, and I decided that we should have some appetizer before dinner. The famous J.CO Donuts just opened their first franchise in Malaysia at this mall, perfect.

J.CO Donuts at Pavilion KL
half a dozen sweetness that go straight to your waist line

J.CO Donuts is actually a chain from Indonesia, often criticized for copying the style of the even-more-famous Krispy Kreme (from the States but have a few shops in Indonesia) and doing a very good job at it. It’s been quite a number of years since I had Krispy Kreme donuts and I do wish they are available in Malaysia too.

J.CO Donuts at Pavilion KL
my favorite would be the original glazed donut

We ordered half a dozen + a free donut for RM 10.95. Individual donut goes for RM 2.00 to RM 2.30, but the more you order, the cheaper it gets. A big box of 2 dozen donuts would be less than RM 30 instead of the expected RM 48. Pretty interesting pricing scheme I’d say, sort of like an evil plot to make you fat.

J.CO Donuts at Pavilion KL
this dude seems to be enjoying the snack

The donuts were sweet, and to be fair, pretty good. The fillings were generous, and the dough very soft and airy, they have a very nice bite to it and does not fill up the stomach too quickly. My favorite would be the original glazed donut, and although I prefer Krispy Kreme’s version that has a slightly crunchier texture, this one is plenty good too.

KL Pavilion

I also have sampled the Big Apple’s glazed donut at the Curve, this one is on the same par. Try it.

Address:
LL1.05 Pavilion KL
168 Jln Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur

GPS: 3.148872, 101.713368
Tel: 03-2141 7751

Kimberly is so great!

September 20, 2007 18 Comments

Inspired by Suanie‘s ky is so great post (that was suggested by me), I would like to continue the baton and tell you how great I think Kimberly is.

Kimberly is so great she devours everything in sight and does not leave anything behind. As evident from this photo, she would swallow the chopsticks if only they are edible.

Kim is so great

Kimberly is so great to play badminton with (to be her opponent), as she does not move on the court but let the partner do all the silly running. She also has a rich history of smashing the shutter cock on her playing partner’s head. However, I am sure wearing the same sweaty shirt and shorts for the 3rd straight week without washing has nothing to do with it.

Kim is so great

Last but not least, Kimberly is so great because she has the greatest fashion sense ever. I never feel like the person who wears the oddest cloths whenever she is around, no one can out do her.

Kim is so great

I salute to Kimberly because she is so great!

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As my house mate the Sotong had to wait for over an hour before the movie Rough Assassin starts (a very forgettable movie, lucky we didn’t have to pay for it), we decided to have dinner around the area. Although there are a host of restaurants at the Curve, Cinneleisure, and Ikano, I always struggle to find something that is affordable and decent there. We finally decided to try the curious Ketam Village Steamboat restaurant at the basement of Ikano Power Centre.

Steamboat Ketam Village at Ikano Power Center
the Sotong was enjoying her meal

The menu is packed with photos of every item, this make selection pretty easy as what you see is what you get. Unlike the more traditional steamboat places, this restaurant supplies every customer with their own pot, similar to Mizi Shabu Shabu in Puchong. Individual steamboat set priced from just less than RM 10 and above, pretty reasonable I think.

Steamboat Ketam Village at Ikano Power Center
the combination set and the interesting chili padi, spring onion, and fried shallot condiment

My house mate ordered a combination set with a side order of cuttle fish, while I had a sliced lamb noodle set with extra crab stick. Both of us went for clear soup, like many steamboat places these days, tomyam soup is available too.

I usually don’t expect too much from restaurants like this, but the soup actually tasted pretty decent, and the ingredients quite fresh. Furthermore, the chili paste was really good, and to top it all, there is this chili padi + spring onion + fried shallots + sesame seeds condiment that proved to be rather addictive. It turned out to be a very decent meal.

Steamboat Ketam Village at Ikano Power Center
I made quick work of whatever that was served

The bill came to RM 37+ for the two of us, combination set was RM 15.80 and the sliced lamb noodle was RM 9.80. There is a 5% tax.

GPS: 3.156478, 101.611927

p/s: I do not suggest that you should go to Cold Storage to buy some extra ingredients into that restaurant. :D

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