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Some of you might have heard about the famous yau char kuai (油炸粿, you tiao) stall outside Chow Yang at PJ SS2, or have even tasted it. Well, passing that super busy stall for the Nth time, I finally tried something from there when Suan’s friend Pinky was in town.

fried glutinous rice
sizzle, sizzle

It was after a heavy lunch that Suan decided to check out the much talked about stall. We squeezed ourselves to the front and tried to order some of the famous yau char kuai. Unfortunately, we had to give up the idea upon hearing that waiting time for yau char kuai is 40 minutes.

However, the owner was making fried glutinous rice with dough thingy (I don’t know the Chinese name), and we could have some in for a mere 5 minute wait. So we thought, why not?

fried glutinous rice
hot, sweet, delicious, and yummy (no pun intended)

We took home 6 pieces of this fried glutinous rice with dough thingy, and boy it was really good. Imagine sweet and slightly sticky glutinous rice wrapped by the slightly salty dough with the texture of good doughnut. I think my explanation failed to do justice to the taste, but Suan, Rachel, and Pinky all love it too.

map to chow yang, PJ ss2
the stall opens at night, expect long wait

I think I gotta try their yau char kuai next time.

Jalan SS 2/6
Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.116862, 101.617377

Some of you might know that I play sports on a fairly regular basis. It all started from badminton, with my Monday evening group being the longest lasting session that has been going on for at least two years now. We always collect extra money each month, and every few month the pool is used for a feast. After all, that is why we exercise, right?

Pantai Seafood at Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara, PJ
seafood, glorious seafood!

One of our regulars (who was also an ex colleague) was leaving the country last month, so it was a perfect excuse for the group to indulge ourselves in the farewell dinner.

The destination: Pantai Seafood at Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara.

I’ve heard much about this place, and even tried to go there once (but it was full.) The choices of live and swimming seafood is astounding, the number of aquariums is no less than the seafood restaurant I went to at Kota Kinabalu a couple years back. Huge grouper, abalone, lobster, geoduck, mantis prawn, and all sorts of shell fish swimming helplessly begging our mercy for a swift and delicious death.

oyster and geoduck at Pantai Seafood
huge live oysters, and geoduck sashimi

Anyway, for the 11 of us, we ordered a Mexican Geoduck set dinner that includes live oyster, geoduck sashimi, steamed fish (barramundi/siakap), boiled prawn, butter chicken, vegetable (lotus root), fried rice, and dessert (sea coconut). We also added sweet & sour crab and salted egg crab, as well as a big plate of noodle to fill us up.

The 10 oysters were really huge and juicy, reminded me of those I had at Kensington, Seremban. You know, the sort of seafood juiciness that is at the same time, void of any unpleasant smell.

It was also my first time having Geoduck, that unsightly shell fish that is similar to a baby elephant’s wiener, and it was very good! The meat is cut in little sashimi slices, wasabi is provided if you prefer to have it raw. Boiling chicken soup too if you want to have it slightly cooked. It was very sweet, something similar to scallop but even sweeter, the texture slightly chewy but similar to cartilage. I love it!

prawn and fish at Pantai Seafood
steamed siakap, boiled prawns, butter chicken, lotus root

The other dishes were a bit smallish in size if you were to actually feed 10 without having to order additional food. The steamed fish and prawns were obviously very fresh and tasted very good as well. Butter chicken didn’t disappoint either, if not a little unhealthy. Lotus root too, provided a refreshing change of taste from all the seafood and meat taste.

fried rice and crab Pantai Seafood
fried rice, crab with buns

The crab dishes we ordered were pretty good too. Salted egg crab is always one of my favorites, with the richness of salted egg yolk enveloping the shells, you can almost feel the cholesterol building up your arteries as you lick the goodness off that unfortunate crustacean. I love it.

The man tao (bun) goes very well with the sauce from the other crab dish as well. Sweet and slightly spicy crab sauce with the deep fried bun might seems like an unlikely combination, but any seafood lover (especially Chinese) agree to the awesomeness of it.

badminton gang at Pantai Seafood
the noodle, dessert, and the gang

After all those goodness, we stuffed ourselves with fried rice and yee mee (noodle) with xo sauce. The fried rice was pretty ordinary and the noodle slightly disappointing with the amount of toppings rather limited. However, I’d still rate it a very good meal over all, I still can’t forget that geoduck experience.

map to Pantai Seafood at Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara, PJ

The set was RM 398++, with the crab, bun, noodle, and tea, everything came up to RM 571 for 11 of us. A pretty decent value considering the variety we had. I believe I would return for more.

Lot 13575, Jalan Chempaka PJU 6A,
Kg. Sg. Kayu Ara, 47400 PJ

GPS: 3.125756, 101.609126
Tel: 03-7725 5099

During a particular Saturday evening a few weeks ago, I was loitering online and saw Eiling came on. As both of us were feeling hungry and haven’t had a plan for dinner, she decided to introduce her favorite Steamboat restaurant to me, Wan Hou at SS14.

Wan Hou Steamboat at SS14, Subang Jaya
look at the lady enjoying

The air-conditioned and clean interior is a welcoming change from most other steamboat places. I’ve always found steamboat goes best with clear soup, and the soup here is rather flavorful, I suspect the involvement of pork bones in preparing them.

Wan Hou Steamboat at SS14, Subang Jaya
order set, or ala-carte. love the condiments

For two of us, we ordered a set for one, a big portion of their famous meatballs, half portion of fish ball, and another half portion of their fish wantan look-alike thingy.

When you are at Wan Hou, do remember to ask for their special sauce that is made with sesame oil, fried shallots, garlics, chili padi, and if I remember correctly, apple vinegar. This condiment goes really well with clear soup steamboat, you just have to try it.

Wan Hou Steamboat at SS14, Subang Jaya
oh, glorious pork meat balls!

The ingredients were fresh and the set actually pretty big. There were plenty of vegetable, tofu skin, assortments of fish balls and meatballs, prawn, egg, noodle, and even half a corn. A pretty nice combination.

However, the most important thing at this steamboat place has got to be the pork meatballs. Larger than usual and very firm and juicy. It tasted just like how pork meatballs should, succulent and flavorful, it was probably the best I’ve had. I will go there again just because of this!

map to Wan Hou Steamboat at SS14, Subang Jaya
Wan Hou Steamboat is opposite Metropolitan College

I believe we spent less than RM40 there and yet came out very satisfied. There are other items in the menu I haven’t tried, but I am sure that wasn’t the last time I go to Wan Hou.

14, Jalan SS14/2,
47500 Subang Jaya.

GPS: 3.072833, 101.591499

Other review: YiLing

OK, I must confess that I have playing with myself, it is an incurable habit, an addiction of sort. It all started with the banner on the site, promising a world of fun and excitement, I couldn’t help it, I clicked on it, and got myself into this… Tiger FC Fantasy League, and now I have my own fantasy football team! 😀

Tiger FC fantasy football
Tiger FC Fantasy Football

Some of you already know that I follow the Barclays Premier League quite a bit and play futsal regularly (so don’t ask why I don’t gain weight with all these food), and it was actually from my futsal buddies that I started out with this whole fantasy football thingy last season.

For those of you who are still wondering what on Pete’s world is fantasy football, it is basically a game where you assemble a football team of your own from real world players. When they score or perform well, you win points. You also get to buy and sell players as their value changes from week to week. The goal of the game (pun intended) is of course, to get the most points. Game rules here.

I registered and log on to the site and started to create my team, the first thing I noticed was the avatar for the team manager, and I couldn’t help myself but choose this one. Can you see the resemblance with a certain famous ex BPL manager? It was a no brainer I chose him. Hahahaha

Tiger FC fantasy football
my handsome football manager

To start out, each team is given 115,000 pounds to buy 11 players and a manager. With some players costing over 20,000 pounds, it is not as simple as just picking all the best players, you gotta have a vision to pick players that gives you the best value. You are also limited to have only a maximum of 3 players from the same team. Here is the selection I hope to beat all of you!

*fingers crossed*

Tiger FC fantasy football
my team. sorry, there’s no pretty boys

By the way, there are prizes to be won. The highest scoring manager at the end of the season wins a trip for 2 to UK! Then there’s Nintendo DS, Ipod, handphone, x-box, and other monthly and half season prizes too.

So let the game begins! Join me and let me beat you 😛

If you really have some guts, join the mini league I created
Name: nuffleague
Password: tigerfc

Bring it on!

Note: Yessss! I have 2 players and also the manager from Man City, who conveniently pwned Portsmouth 6-0 last weekend. 11 points for Shaun Wright Philips and 13 on Robinho! Yeay!

Woke up this morning, checked my sitemeter stats, and look at what I saw! You’re now one of a million to have visited this humble blog. Never in my wildest dream did I anticipated this when this blog was started 3 and a half year and 612 posts ago.

One Million Hits
one million hits

Congratulation to me! 😀