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Last weekend BPL took a break as international football took stage for World Cup qualifiers. England beat the Kazakhs’ team 5-1 thanks to Ashley Cole’s mistake.

Remember the mini league I set up on the Tiger FC Fantasy? We now have a very auspicious 21 teams in my league, and up to a week before, I was on top with the most points. But when I logged in to check on my status, look what I saw!

Tiger FC Fantasy League

Latest league-mate Cheng Leong (xes.cx) came in on the top with 161 points, and ShaolinTiger overtook me with 1 point (probably something to do with the fact that he is a Brit). In fact, second to sixth place are all separated by only 1 point each!

This is going to be pretty interesting in the next few weeks, very close fight for the second place. However, judging from how fast that Brit caught up with me, Cheng Leong’s position isn’t secure at all either.

Tiger FC Fantasy League

There were a few non performers in my team, so I did a few transfers as well. Ashley Cole is since left and right backs usually has a higher chance to get assist points. Sagna wasn’t doing the team any favors either, so I put in George McCartney.

Tiger FC Fantasy League

This is how my current squad looks like. After these transfers, I have only 500,000 left in the bank. Ronaldo seems to be in form, but I don’t know if I can justify him by removing probably 3 decent players for him. We shall see how it goes.

Wish me luck, games are back on!

Huai Bin was in town a few days ago, so Ringo and I took the opportunity to meet him at Midvalley Gardens for dinner. My previous time meeting this formally notorious dude was actually during the PPS bash in June 2005 when this blog was just barely 5 months young.

Time certainly flies, the dude went through a national fame and a year of rehab since. How many of us could boost that kinda personal history? And then there are those crazy piercings. Anyway.. lest I digress.

Fong Lye Taiwanese Restaurant at Midvalley Gardens
this place is constantly packed

Fong Lye to Taiwanese food is pretty similar to Dragon-i in Shanghainese food, relatively affordable, comfortable ambiance, with a high turnover rate. The menu is not overly extensive, but most importantly, it is laden with many pork dishes, some beef, and a few chicken entrees.

I ordered the pork intestine set while Ringo asked for hot & spicy dimsum. Huai Bin went for the three variety supreme diced chicken, Melody the Taiwanese braised beef noodle, and HB’s friend a beef roll.

Fong Lye Taiwanese Restaurant at Midvalley Gardens
braised beef noodle, hot & spicy dimsum, pork intestine, and 3 variety supreme dice chicken set

The sets come with soup, a small portion of vegetable, a yong tao fu style brinjal, and a meat ball of sort, and steamed rice with some minced pork on top (was very good!) as standard package. The Three Supreme Diced Chicken was probably the tastiest of what we ordered. Very flavorful with just enough hotness provided from the dried chili, it is pretty similar to kung pao chicken, except better.

My Pork Intestine Set came with intestine, coagulated pork blood, tofu, and salted vegetable in a tomato based broth that is sour and spicy. It was pretty good, but I thought the portion of salted vegetable might have been a little excessive, and Ringo should stop stealing my coagulated blood though!

Fong Lye Taiwanese Restaurant at Midvalley Gardens
coagulated pork blood, beef noodle, beef roll, peanut snow mountain

Hot & Spicy Dimsum was somewhat similar with the previous dish, except that it doesn’t have much broth, and a lot more spicy. Tofu, intestine, vegetable, and some other pork parts with the “ma la” spicy sauce. It was pretty interesting but a little too spicy though.

Beef Roll and the Taiwanese Braised Beef Noodle were delicious dishes themselves too, as you would expect from a restaurant specialized in Taiwanese food.

Fong Lye Taiwanese Restaurant at Midvalley Gardens
Huai Bin’s gf was the camera lady, secret identify

We also had a Peanut Snow Mountain as dessert, but unfortunately the memory of two girls one cup killed my enjoyment for this item.

While the main dishes were pretty reasonably priced at less than RM 20.00, drinks are pretty pricey here. A pot of tea for two is RM 12, a beer RM 12.50, and yoghurt drinks at RM 7.30 each. I guess you gotta make up for the rentals at Gardens somehow.

map to Midvalley Gardens
Fong Lye is on 3rd floor, Mid Valley Gardens

Fong Lye can also be found at 94, Jalan Imbi; and No. 9 Plaza Prismaville at Hartamas.

Address:
Lot T208, 3rd Floor The Gardens,
Mid Valley City Lingkaran Syed Putra,
59200, Kuala Lumpur

GPS: 3.118675, 101.676085
Tel: 03-2282 8699

Haaaaaaaaaaa! It’s movie screening time again! I missed the last two Nuffnang movie screening due to various reasons, but I’m going to make it to the Madagascar Escape 2 Africa screening.

In fact, not only I am going to make it, I have 30 tickets to give away to 15 of you as well, and by the way, did you know that the island of Madagascar has both the biggest and smallest species of chameleon? Yes, I do have a lot of useless information in my brain partly thanks to the Discovery Channel.

Madagascar 2

Well firstly, the details of the premier screening:

  • When? 4th November 2008
  • Time? 9pm
  • Where? GSC Mid Valley Hall 3
  • Ticket Collection? 7:30pm till 8:15pm (don’t be late!)

Well how do I get a pair of tickets then?

Easy, just write an entry on your blog featuring the Madagascar Escape 2 Africa poster above, as well as a link to this blog. After that, leave a comment with the link to your Madagascar post and your correct email address on this post so you can be contacted to confirm your attendance.

The first 15 people to do that gets a pair of tickets each; and since I’m in such a great mood, whoever comes up with the best post will also walk away with a pair of Penguin speakers! (ok la the iPod is not included)

I need to compile the list of winners as soon as possible, so get going already! If I haven’t gotten 15 entries by 24th October, I might just randomly give the tickets away or something.

Madagascar 2

Judging from the success of previous Nuffnang movie premier screenings, I think this one’s going to be a blast! See you there!

The weather has been pretty miserable lately. The road is wet, sky gloomy, and laundry always damp and damned. However, this exact sort of pitiful weather is perfect for a bowl of hot porridge or some steamboat goodness. Which is why Cheesie and I decided to head to Nagomi Shabu Shabu at Jaya 33 for the most fitting dinner last Friday.

Nagomi Shabu Shabu at Jaya 33
we ordered the duck set

In addition to Shabu Shabu with various type of meat (including Kobe beef), Nagomi also has a pretty comprehensive offering on fresh sashimi and sushi dishes. For the two of us, we ordered a duck shabu shabu set, sake deluxe maki (salmon roll with ebiko), and sake toro sashimi (salmon belly).

Nagomi Shabu Shabu at Jaya 33
duck shabu shabu set, sake deluxe maki, sake toro sashimi

We chose the Nagomi soup, a miso based soup (I believe) for the shabu shabu. The duck shabu shabu set came with minced duck meat at the center holding a up a raw egg, sliced duck breast meat on the side, a bowl of rice rice, and a plate of raw vegetable, mushroom, tofu, and glass noodle. The sliced duck meat took only seconds to cook while the minced version had to sit in the boiling soup for a little longer, but they were delicious. I particularly like to have it with the foyu (fermented tofu) instead of the chili or soya sauce.

Nagomi Shabu Shabu at Jaya 33
the three types of sauce

The sake deluxe sushi maki tasted very good too, with huge chunk of salmon and generous amount of ebiko (shrimp eggs) covering the roll. It was very good to lace our stomach with while waiting for the soup to boil.

Sake toro sashimi, of course, didn’t disappoint either. There were six slabs of salmon belly sashimi with a hint of the distinctive silver belly skin lining visible. As with tuna, the belly meat is most fatty and flavorful. The buttery texture with some wasabi and a dip of soyu, bliss!

Nagomi Shabu Shabu at Jaya 33
awesome shabu shabu porridge!

Just as we were almost done with all the raw items, Cheesie suggested that we make porridge out of the now very flavorful soup base. It was an ingenious idea I’ve never gave a thought before!

We poured the rice into the steamboat; threw in the last pieces of meat, vegetable, and tofu; turn up the heat, and stirred. The rice swam lazily in the soup, but in about 15-20 minutes, the once solid rice fused with the soup and became porridge. It actually tasted so good with the concentrated flavor from the reduced shabu shabu soup. You should give it a try sometimes!

Map to Jaya 33, Petaling Jaya
Nagomi is located on the ground floor of Jaya 33 in PJ

It was certainly a very good dinner. The bill came to RM 90.30 with the set costing RM 31, sushi and sashimi RM 16 & RM 25 respectively. Though not exactly cheap, I would rate the price as pretty reasonable, a place I would revisit.

Nagomi are can be found at Hartamas Shopping Complex and Menara Hap Seng too. Their website is here.

Adress:
PG-02B, Jaya 33,
No. 3, Jalan Semangat,
Seksyen 13,
46200 PJ, Selangor

GPS: 3.110274, 101.637139
Tel: 03-7986 2330

My housemate Rachel, her course mate Lucy Liu Amanda, and I were at Taman Paramount scouting for a place for dinner when we spotted Restaurant Kong Sai. A place that looked clean, comfortable, and pretty busy. Since we happened to park the car just across the road, we decided to give this place a try despite never heard about it before.

Kong Sai at Taman Paramount
Restaurant Kong Sai, Taman Paramount

One of my favorite open air Tai Chau (Chinese cook to order) places, Ming Heong, is located right across from this restaurant. If Kong Sai can attract as many customers as Ming Heong, it only make sense that their food must be up to the standard as well.

Fortunately my logic didn’t fail this time.

Kong Sai at Taman Paramount
pork knuckle vinegar, omelet, lotus root soup, vegetable

For three of us, we ordered four dishes. A pork knuckle vinegar, an omelet, a bowl of steamed soup with lotus root, and fried vegetable for some vitamin and iron.

Our food did take a while to arrive. The soup really smells good and tasted very sweet, obviously cooked long enough with pork bones and chicken feet. The lotus root and peanuts in the soup were soft while still retaining enough taste.

Kong Sai at Taman Paramount
say hello to Lucy Liu Amanda

Vegetable and omelet were both pretty good dishes, but the best dish of the night undoubtedly went to the pork knuckle vinegar. The generous serving of pork came with just the right proportion of skin, fat, and meat. Coupled with the strong taste of ginger, vinegar, and their excellent home made chicken rice style chili sauce; it was totally awesome. We devoured everything.

Map to Kong Sai at Taman Paramount
Kong Sai Restaurant is situated right across Giant Hypermart

If my memory serves me correctly, the dinner and drinks came to around RM 40. Pretty good value I’d say.

Apparently every other table orders their steamed chicken (ala chicken rice style) as well, I am going to try that the next time.

Address:
39, Jalan 20/22,
Taman Paramount, PJ
Selangor

GPS: 3.106890, 101.623975