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Most everyone here will say that the best bak kut teh is found at Klang. I do agree with the statement to a certain degree, but I also believe that the dish has matured beyond it’s original location and now you can find pretty awesome bak kut teh in many places around town and perhaps even in another state (but not Singapore, please!).

Yap Chuan Bak Kut Teh at Puchong
Yap Chuan Bak Kut Teh at Puchong

I’ve heard about this elusive bak kut teh place at Puchong for quite a while from Horng, who happens to work in Puchong, and we finally went there a couple weeks ago when FA was in town and suanie was hungry for some meat.

The claim-of-fame for this this particular bkt place lies with the fact that the chef/owner started the restaurant at the tender age of 14, and actually won the best bkt award 2-3 years back. Just to show that the lack of education is not a hinder to archiving early success in life.

bak kut teh, dry bak kut teh, steamed fish, taufu
soup and dried bkt, steamed fish, tofupok and fuchuk

The restaurant is pretty airy, quite clean and comfortable for a bkt place. We took a table, and grabbed a packet of tea before ordering a pot of soup bak kut teh, dried bak kut teh, and steamed siakap fish (yes, for some reasons they’re famous for steamed fish here) to go with rice and some tofu and fochuk.

The soup bak kut teh was top notch, right up on par with some of the better ones I had, rich, thick, and very herbal, this is Klang version as opposed to the teow chew style BKT soup. The tofupok and fuchuk, however, were just ordinary. For a good bowl of fuchuk, I would still head to subang teowchew bak kut teh.

Carol, Horng, Suan, and KY at Yap Chuan Bak Kut Teh, Puchong
FA, Horng, Suan, and KY having some awesome bkt!

The dried bak kut teh here reminds me of the one at Lai Choon, Klang but slightly more sophisitcated. There were dried red chili, sliced okra, and dried cuttle fish to add to the taste. The sauce is thick and rather strong, I usually have it with some soup, but the meat is quite a bit more flavorful though. I like it.

Now, I was at first quite skeptical about this whole steamed fish thing, but the steamed siakap (red snapper) turned out to be a surprisingly good dish. Topped with lime, plenty of sliced onion and the slightly salty and sourly sauce, the fish felt like a mixture of Chinese and Thai style of preparation, but the end result was quite splendid.

map to Yap Chuan Bak Kut Teh at Puchong

I think the guys can attest that we had a very satisfying brunch at Yap Chuan Bak Kut Teh, and even though it is almost all the way to the Cyberjaya/Puchong toll, I wouldn’t mind making that journey again. We paid less than RM20 per person, which is pretty reasonable considering there was fish too.

Will definitely go there again.

Address:
Yap Chuan Bak Kut Teh
53, Jalan BPU 2,
Bandar Puchong Utama
Selangor

GPS: 2.994486,101.621094

A couple weeks ago I took a brand new Toyota Vios for a test drive over the weekends. You might recall that I myself actually own a Toyota too, one that is manufactured some 18 years ago and still running fine, a testament of the longevity of this brand.

This Vios is not exactly just any Vios on the road, but top of the line TRD Sportivo version that comes with all the extras that are normally associated with after market upgrades.

Toyota VIOS TRD Sportivo exterior
TRD Sportivo with aerokit and 10 spoke alloy wheels

As some of you might aware, Toyota Vios comes in 5 different variants. There’s the entry level 1.5J with manual transmission and automatic transmission. 1.5E that has 14″ alloy rims instead of entry level’s steel rims, 2-DIN MP3 CD player instead of 1-DIN CD player and 1 air bag.

Toyota VIOS TRD Sportivo interior: meter cluster, seats, gear
Optitron meter cluster, sports gear knob and TRD Sportivo seat fabric

Then there is 1.5G Auto with 15″ alloy rims, dashboard integrated audio, 4 disc brakes, leather gear knob, and dual airbags. The TRD Sportivo differentiate itself from the G variant with TRD Sportivo 10 spoke alloy wheels, special Sportivo sports paneling, TRD Sportivo scuff plate, TRD Sportivo carpet mat, Optitron amber cluster, as well as a more aggressive looking aerokit and optional suspension kit that is more suited for spirited driving.

The car also has a pretty nifty multi information display, there’s the odometer, trip meters (2), instantaneous and average fuel consumption (I was getting around 10.5km/liter with some aggressive driving), average speed, and driving range. The last feature will prevent me from repeating the whole out of fuel nonsense again.

KY, kerol, suanie, and horng in Toyota VIOS
seats 4 comfortably

Other features include a pretty smart power steering that is light during low speed and tightened up as you increase speed, handy for parking but safer on highways. The trunk can be opened with the remote control too (comes with immobiliser).

I took suanie, horng, and kerol out for a test drive and there isn’t really anything to complain about the car. Interior noise is minimal, the aircond works well, seats comfortable, and even the built in 6 speaker sound system was quite impressive. Check out the following short video.

Of course, I had to put a car with the TRD Sportivo badge to a more interesting test – DRIFT! (actually for a front wheel drive, it is called power slide)

I found an empty parking lot, put the pedal to the metal, and did a few hand brake turns. I must say the car passed with flying colors. check out the video below.

p/s: please don’t try this at home, and certainly not with your dad’s car.

The Toyota Vios TRD Sportivo goes for RM 90,900 on the road (including insurance) for private owner, I think you might even pay slightly less if you actually have NCB, something I don’t currently enjoy. The entry level 1.5J (M) is going for RM 69,825 on the road.

The full price list and specs can be found at Toyota’s website here.

This has gotta be one of the more interesting development in the local Telco scene, for the first time ever in Malaysia we have a prepaid plan for Blackberry offered by Xpax. No longer is there the big debate on the long term unlimited BIS (blackberry internet services) commitment, the blackberry ownership barrier just got alot lower.

blackberry_8520
the blackberry curve 8520

Details of the plan aren’t out yet, but it is confirmed that Xpax will be pairing the plan with the new mid level Blackberry device that is built with prepaid customers in mind, the BB Curve 8520.

I’ll be one of the firsts in the country to get a unit, reviews and more information on this baby will be posted here soon enough. Pretty soon this elusive communication marvel won’t be exclusive only to big dollar corporate guys!

BIS wants liberty!

I’ve  heard of Restaurant Ahwa and it’s famous Hokkien Mee (not prawn mee) for a long time. However, for some reasons it took me years to finally go there despite staying only some 2 kilometers away.

What followed was a second visit just days after the first, the reputation for this place is indeed well deserved.

restaurant ahwa near jalan 222
Restaurant Ahwa, hokkien mee, wat tan hor, and more

Restaurant Ahwa is located just next to the Shell gas station on Jalan 222, just a short turning from Federal Highway Jalan 222 exit. Parking is usually not a very trying affair as there is only a single row of shops where the restaurant is located. Looking for a place to sit though, might prove to be slightly harder as the restaurant is rather busy.

wat tan hor, hokkien mee, loh bak, lala
wat tan hor, hokkien mee, loh bak, and lala

On the first visit, horng and I ordered hokkien mee for two and we added a plate of loh bak for good measures.

The Hokkein Mee (RM 12 for 2) was rather good. Dark, rich, and of course, with bits of fried pork lad. I would say this place is on par with the other famous Hokkien Mee stall at Chow Yang. It did not disappoint despite the fact that KL style Hokkien Mee isn’t exactly my favorite hawker foods.

The loh bak was pretty satisfactory, but we’ve had better prawn fritters though, (the one outside Pudu Plaza comes to mind).

pickled green chili and red chili paste
pickled green chili and red chili paste for the taking

On my second visit with Kerol, we ordered Wat Tan Hor (RM 12 for 2, flat noodle with egg gravy) for two with a plate of lala and a couple deep fried chicken wings as appetizers.

Perhaps it’s a personal taste, but I do like their wat tan hor more than the hokkien mee this place is famous for. The gravy was thick and savory, the flat noodle flavorful.

Kerol, Horng, and KY at Restaurant Ahwa Hokkien Mee

The lala (RM 11) too were juicy and spicy, which makes it a perfect appetizer. I wish we had ordered a bigger serving though. As for the chicken wings, they were decent enough as normal deep fried belacan marinated chicken wings, but not something to shout about since I still think mom makes the best belacan chicken wings on the surface of the earth.

On both occasions though, we ended up pretty satisfied while not exactly having to scotch the wallet for a sumptuous no nonsense KL hawker food. I shall return to this kopitiam again and again.

map to restaurant Ahwa
restaurant ahwa is located next to the Shell station along Jalan 222

Address:
Restaurant Ahwa
66, Jalan 14/48,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.096657, 101.629441

A couple weeks ago, I got a facebook invite to the curiously named “Malam Tumpang Glamour” party, and since this weird crap was from Michael, Elfie, and Reta, I had to go, it’d be cool, and it was!

The party cost RM1, a bundle of old newspaper, namecard, and a fake moustache to get in. Private invitation only tho, and held at a semi-secret location somewhere near Sunway Pyramid.

malam tumpang galmour
Michael playing from an ipod mini, wasting all the Hi-Volt DJ equipments

As it turned out, horng, rachel, and kim were pretty much the only people who actually dressed up, crap. The place was filled with quite a lot of people when we got in, there were free beer for everyone, crates of Tiger beer,  Heineken, and I suspect, some vodkas for the late comers too.

The music were without any consistencies since playlists came from a few jokers who had different tastes and ideas, but they were great nonetheless, great enough that emocharlie had a whale of a night suffering from hypertension.

Malam Tumpang Glamour
emocharlie’s first party!

There were alot of dancing going on, with a few of them girls gotten up to the pool table and almost destroyed the surface with heels, someone then decided to spill Guinness on the same table too.

It was a hot party not only because of the people, but the insufficient aircond, we complained, but we still enjoyed.  To top it all, I got a SUM41 CD from lucky draw, while Suan was even luckier, netting a Twilight T-Shirt. Other lucky draw prizes include “Meet Dave” lunch box.

These dudes memang know how to kick up a good party, it’s been a while, and hey, when is the next one, Micheal?