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I remember when I was young, near my grandma’s house at the old village of Pengkalan Weld in Penang, there was a neighbor that has a business in selling cucur udang (prawn fritters). High school kids in the area took up part-time job as cucur udang door to door salesmen. My late grandma used to buy a few of this snack whenever the kids with their baskets full hot prawn fritters and chili sauce came by the house.

Cucur Udang at Pudu Plaza

Fast forward some twenty odd years, the same aroma of freshly deep fried cucur udang greeted me at the entrace of Pudu Plaza (for the uninformed, it is behind Berjaya Times Square.) Even though I have just had lunch, I surrender to the temptation and got myself a piece of cucur udang, with chili sauce, of course.

The RM1 snack was just as good as I remember it to be. The crunchiness of the deep fried dough with whole prawns on top, chewing them down with chili sauce is like a walk down memory lane, the taste and aroma brought up flashes of those innocent days.

The traditional cucur udang is not as popular as it once used to be, but do give it a try if you are around Pudu Plaza area.

GPS: 3.137034, 101.713389

I remember distinctly that Twisties play a major part of my childhood life. Trips running to the neighborhood grocery store buying Twisties, getting my fingers all colored from Twisties, fighting over the last pieces of Twisties with siblings.

However, the normal Twisties isn’t exactly an adult’s snack, grown ups must have chips instead! It is then natural that I have to try out Chipster, the grown up adult snacks from one of my favorite childhood brands, Twisties. Even better is that they are running the “Nothing Else Matters” contest chipster.com.my. Just submit whacky pictures and you have a chance to win a Macbook, N95, or huge 80gb ipod!

Just go over to the chipster website and do it, I’ve joined and here’s my picture, cool huh? VOTE FOR ME!

Chipster!

I have always thought that the roti bakar at PJ state was one of the bests I have had, until one of my clients bought me to the food court at KLCC to order the same thing there. Since then, this little stall at the 2nd floor food court became my favorite place for breakfast.

excellent roti bakar toast at KLCC food court
a satisfying breakfast for two

Like the version in PJ state, thicker version of bread is used; but instead of charcoal (which wouldn’t be allowed in an air conditioned environment), the bread is heated with electrical toaster instead. However, instead of having kaya and butter spread on each piece of the toast, this place have both pieces with kaya, and then put a thick slice of frozen butter in between.

The frozen butter combined with the hot bread and the sweetness of kaya makes a perfect combination. The taste of butter blending with kaya and bread; the texture of frozen butter contrasting strongly with soft kaya spread and the crispy toast; and even the differences temperature between the ingredients combined to a very satisfying bite.

excellent roti bakar toast at KLCC food court
ahhh.. thick frozen butter

The toast goes best with a cup of hot coffee and some half boiled egg. As each food court rental costs somewhere around RM 18,000 per month, the food doesn’t come very cheap. Each item is slightly more than RM 2. It makes a slightly expensive breakfast, but I simply couldn’t resist this stuff, just so good. I think I’m going to the 2nd floor food court at KLCC again tomorrow.

GPS: 3.157581, 101.712102

Back in the days, before we had MSN with webcam and voice chat, before we had Yahoo messenger, Skype, or even ICQ, there was IRC. The virtual place where you meet new friends and catch up with the old ones. I actually got to know some of my closest friends from the Dalnet IRC network, ShaolinTiger and Suanie being two of them.

It was the best place to get to know new people, with the current crop of instant messaging tools, it is always one-on-one, nothing like the good old days.

10 years of IRC
officially 10 year old!

ST and myself actually registered our nick within a month of each other, if he didn’t lose his nick, he would have his 10 year anniversary just a few weeks later, what a pity.

Happy 10 year anniversary to my IRC nick! Any of you still hanging around on the network?

After getting to know about this from the ever popular Ho Chak series on 8TV, Kelvin suggested that we give Gopala Indian vegetarian restaurant at Brickfield a try. I didn’t have to drive there, so why not? Although I’m not a huge fan of vegetarian food, I’m always willing to try just about anything. 🙂

Gopala Indian vegetarian food, Brickfield Kuala Lumpur
the restaurant is fairly clean and comfortable, other than the tiny ceiling fans

Located at Brickfield, KL, the restaurant is actually just a stone’s throw away from the Sentral Monorail station and the YMCA building. Gopala is a lot cleaner than most banana leaf or mamak places, which is always a good thing.

Gopala Indian vegetarian food, Brickfield Kuala Lumpur
excellent satay and the unique Indian style yong tau fu

After looking through the rather extensive menu, we ordered a set of satay, a clay pot yong tau fu, sambal petai, mee goreng, nasi goreng, and a plate of mixed vegetable pakora . The list of items would be very ordinary in any food court, but do keep in mind that we were in an Indian vegetarian restaurant instead.

Of the six dishes that we ordered, 4 of them were rather ordinary, and with the mixed vegetable pakora somewhat disappointing as they actually deep fried the mixed (chopped) vegetable and dahl instead of having many different types of pakora instead. A different interpretation I suppose.

Gopala Indian vegetarian food, Brickfield Kuala Lumpur

The two other items, however, were surprisingly good. The yong tau foo is not any less tasty than the real thing, and the soup carries a very unique peppery taste (in a good way) that is very different from the non-halal version.

The vegetarian satay too is surprisingly delicious. The peanut sauce has a stronger curry taste to it, and the best part is that you don’t have to deal with the tendons or fats that comes with eating meat. The texture is much more consistent and the taste is similar to very tender meat. It was a revelation. This is definitely the place to go if you were to introduce any of your vegetarian friends to this famous local dish.

map to Brickfield, Kuala Lumpur

The dinner came to be about RM 30+, not exactly cheap, but vegetarian food are never cheaper than the non-vegetarian counterparts anyway. The 5 sticks of satay did costs RM 5, but I think this is still a decent place to go for vegetarians to get a different taste.

Address:
59 Jalan Thambipillay
50470 Kuala Lumpur

GPS: 3.131999, 101.687683
Tel: 012-351 3713