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Back in 2008, Shiang and I had a little year long bet. The exact details aren’t important, but due to some luck and a lot of cheating, I emerged the victor. We then decided that the appropriate winning prize would be a nice dinner, and Diadomon Japanese BBQ restaurant was chosen.

Horng and Jeff were the two lucky dudes who happened to leech this meal off Shiang for absolutely zero effort, risk, and monetary contribution.

Daidomon Japanese BBQ Restaurant
Diadomon Japanese BBQ restaurant, buffet style

Diadomon is located at Great Eastern Mall, which is in turn situated on Jalan Ampang, roughly half way between Ampang Point and KLCC. Getting there during rush hour can be a bit daunting, but with the liberal usage of the newly opened DUKE highway or our super advanced SMART tunnel (depending on where you’re from), it shouldn’t be too tough.

Parking isn’t a problem either if you are willing to part with RM2 to go into the basement. If you’re willing to spend a good chunk of money on food anyway, why not a couple bucks to park your car?

seafood at daidomon japanese restaurant
sashimi, grilled fish, prawns, and chicken.

Daidomon is one of those buffet places where you get to order the dishes, or in this case, raw and marinated ingredients so they are served fresh. However, an extensive line up of ready-to-eat dishes are available too, and of course, you don’t have to wait for those. There’s sushi roles, fried chicken, snail meat (very delicious!), edamame, kimchi, sashimi, and more.

From the ocean, we had sashimi (salmon, tuna, butterfish, mackeral), oyster and scallop (limited to one serving only), prawns, and marinated seafood. The sashimi were pretty decent, but honestly speaking not something to shout about. The grilled seafood though, were quite good, but it takes a bit of practise to get it just right.

Prawns were quite large and fresh, and I particularly love the big scallops, but too bad it was only 2 pieces per person.

grilled beef, oysters, scallops at Daidomon
ox tongue, beef sashimi, marinated beef

From the farm, we had plenty of beef with some chicken and lamb too (Jeff doesn’t eat beef). The marinated beef belly was really awesome and are ready to eat after minimal grilling time. I suggest asking for a serving of raw garlic and fry them on the grill first before starting to grill actual food, that’ll add an extra hint of aroma to the grilled food.

Ox tongue is one of my favorite part of cow to eat, and it’s great that Diadomon allows unlimited order, somewhere in an Australian farm, a deft cow hates me.

raw beef, KY, Shiang, Jeff, and Horng at Diadomon
yukke sashi, KY, Shiang, Jeff, Horng

For the braver souls, Daidomon also serves several types of raw beef. The gyu sashimi (thinly sliced raw beef) is probably the easiest to swallow, while the yukke sashi (marinated beef with egg) can be a bit too much especially for a first timer. I love the gyu sashimi but to be frank, I think the yukke sashi was a bit too raw and maybe slightly too rich for my liking. It’s no wagyu tartar at Cilantro that’s for sure, but Shiang loves it.

Map to Great Eastern Mall, Ampang, KL

Over all it was a very satisfying dinner that left all of us barely able to walk back to the carpark. With their ever long lasting promotion, the price came to over RM60  per person after service charge and tax. Pretty good deal if you ask me, I have no doubt this won’t be my last visit.

Check out their promotion on the website.

Address:
Diadomon
Lot 4, Level 3, Great Eastern Mall
No. 303, Jalan Ampang
50450 Kuala Lumpur

GPS: 3.16027,101.736746
Tel: 03-4252 8155

BU Centrepoint has always been sort of a meeting place for the only reason that Suanie stays only a stone’s throw away, and when she says we meet there, we meet there. An argument with Suanie is an exercise in futility.

We have been to the BigWateryAmericanCoffeeChain numerous time but strangely enough, last Tuesday was the first time we went to Cagayan’s right next door.

Update 2009: this place is now closed.

pork ribs at Cagayang, bandar utama
pork ribs at Cagayan’s, Filipino Cuisine

Cagayan’s is one of the very few restaurants that serves Filipino cuisine. Now personally I’ve never been to the country nor have I heard a lot about the food there. I must confess that the only thing about this place that attracted me was the rather big “Non Halal” sign and the pictures of pork ribs and nuermous other pork dishes. Kerol had the same sentiment.

I’m quite clueless when it comes to Philipinno food, but luckily the menu comes with description as well as photos of each dish, making our job much easier.

pork adobo, caldereta (lamb curry), pork binagoongan, french rivera
pork adobo, caldereta (lamb curry), pork binagoongan, french rivera

For the five of us, we ordered a medium rack of pork ribs (RM 36.50) with original sauce to share (6 pieces) as well as  individual dishes. To be frank, I thought the ribs were average, Tony Roma’s at Bangkok‘s pork ribs was better than this, but this wasn’t bad either.

My dish was pork abodo (RM 11.00) with rice. Abodo apparently is a very common Filipino cooking process that involves stewing with vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, bay leaf, and peppercorn. The wholesome pork belly with the slightly sourish and salty marinate tasted better than I had expected, I could eat it with rice even without any chili, but with the chili padi that they have it was even better.

rachel, suanie, KY, kerol, and horng at Cagayang Philippine Cuisine
rachel, suanie, KY, kerol, and horng at Cagayan’s

Horng ordered Pork Binagoongan (RM 12.00), which is a bowl of pork belly cooked with fermented fish paste bagoong based soup. Like fish sauce popular in Vietnamese cuisine or shrimp paste in our local sambal, the soup carries a subtle but distinct taste that might not suit everyone, but we love it!

Rachel’s lamb caldereta (RM 12.50) actually tasted like a mild version of lamb curry with slightly different spices, I find it very delicious too. Apparently this is also a popular method of cooking for dog meat in Philippines, hmm, I wonder if that would taste even better?

The French Rivera spaghetti (RM 9.00) was alright, Suan didn’t complain nor compliment, so I guess it was just average.


Cagayan’s is located at BU Centrepoint, just next to Starbucks on ground floor

With the ribs and drinks, dinner came to RM 20+ per person. Though not everything tasted super awesome, the few rice dishes we had was impressive enough to warrant many visits in the future.

Address:
Cagayan’s
G107-108 Centrepoint
Bandar Utama
47800 Petaling Jaya

GPS: 3.137988, 101.610124
Tel: 03-77241022

Most people who embrace the digital age has surely heard of Twitter by now, the 140 character micro blogging platform that have fast becoming an indispensable tool for them internet addicts. And yes, that would include yours truly @kyspeaks.

The beauty of twitter is its lightness, no frill approach in social networking. A few tap on the keys and off you go, the update is sent across the network and instantly appearing on all your followers’ Twitter programme.

On the desktop, I use TweetDeck, but on the go, one of the best has got to be UberTwitter, only available on Blackberry devices.

UberTwitter incorporate pretty much all features supported by the platform: mentions, direct messages, time line, and best of all: it’s own version of picture and location implementation.

For the location awareness updates, you don’t even necessarily need a Blackberry with GPS, cell tower triangulation works almost as well most of the time. Check out the follow update with cheesie in it!

uber_twitter_location
this one’s updated from Bkt Jalil Stadium during T-Music Fest

If you have an account, add me @kyspeaks, otherwise sign up at Twitter.com!

The Blackberry Curve 8520 from Xpax, though doesn’t come with GPS, will support UberTwitter and it’s location awareness updates perfectly well. It’s coming really soon!

A few weeks ago suanie asksed if I wanted to join her in a food review session at 1901 Hot Dog at KLCC, being someone who is aware of 1901 but have rarely been their customer, I reluctantly joined in out of convenience (it was at KLCC, my workplace).

My expectations weren’t sky high, but I came back rather impressed not only with their food, but their company philosophy in a whole. I am glad took up suanie’s invitation.

Update 2019: this place is now closed permanently

1901 Hotdogs
1901 hot dogs: Deutsch Doodle Dang in pau, Cheezy Carbonara, Coney Dog in pau

My first taste of 1901 was some years ago at one of their outlets in Mid Valley, as recommended by my buddy Damien. To be honest, I thought the dogs, while tasted good, would have been better if the sausages were deep fried instead of steamed.

It was during this little session that I learned about 1901’s philosophy in thier food, as explained by the very friendly Zakir (CEO and co-founder), Afzan Adenan (Brand Manager), and Raymond (Marketing Manager).

suanie and KY having some hotdogs
suanie & KY having a dog, Zakir proudly show off the aidil fitri promotion

While often being compared to fastfood behemoths like McDonald’s, KFC, and the likes, 1901 is a true Malaysian homegrown business that operates nothing like the big chains. The conventional assumption is that fastfood is usually greesy, salty, and unhealthily delicious while packing a tonne of calorie. 1901 challenges that idea and came up with a rather healthy version of fast food.

Everything here is steamed, the bun, the sausages, and set meals come with orange juice instead of normal soft drinks (you can only get Diet Coke here, no “full flavor” ones). The result is a brand that actually sets up quite a few outlets in hospital lobbies.

plenty of dogs!
Had the gourmet platter with some colleagues

During the review session, 1901 also shared with us their CSR (orporate Social Responsibility) programme in feeding the homeless. In a nutshell, they give out some 250 packets of nasi lemak every week to the homeless people.

The entire team from HQ are directly involved in this, and they do really try to get the homeless out of their current situation instead of merely giving away free food, Zakir was telling us the different categories of homeless people and what they can do to help them, very heart warming. Check out their website on CSR.

More businesses should be run like this, no?

Not a whole lot of details in terms of how the data packages and BIS (Blackberry Internet Services) will be priced in prepaid yet, but here’s a little short video advert on Xpax Blackberry with the new BB Curve 8520.

I’m starting to think that the new optical track pad on the 8520 will be a pretty welcoming feature in replacement of the usual trackball on other BB Curves and Bold line up. My colleague actually had his older Curve’s trackball sorta stuck, track pad would eliminate that sort of problems.

I think it’s just a couple weeks now before we get this phone, can’t wait!