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Pan Mee is one of Suanie’s favorite local dishes, a few weekends ago I joined her and a few others to one of the newer Pan Mee centric restaurants that sprung out these few years. We went to Cha Cha Pan Mee at Aman Suria.

Cha Cha Pan Mee at Aman Suria
Cha Cha Pan Mee at Aman Suria

I must say, pan mee isn’t one of the dishes that jumps to my mind when it comes to hawker food. Being from Penang (you virtually can’t find pan mee there), it took a little while for me to get used to, but I’m starting to like it more now. Especially one with good chili sauce to go with.

original pan mee with poach egg
original pan mee with poach egg

Cha Cha Pan Mee is located just by Jalan Bukikt Mayang Emas with ample parking space right in front of the restaurant. The restaurant itself is air conditioned and clean.

I ordered the original pan mee with poach egg (RM 6.50). It came with minced pork, pork slice, anchovies, mushroom, fuchok, and of course, the potato leave found in all proper pan mee. It was actually pretty good, and the chili paste was lovely too.  My only complain would be the serving size, it was a bit too massive!

stew pork, dried pan mee, seafood ramen
stew pork, dried pan mee, seafood ramen

Haze ordered the stew pork with rice (that curiously served with a side of anchovies)  and gave very positive feedbacks. The others had seafood ramen and dried pan mee. No one had any complains but most of us couldn’t finish our portion.

 map to cha cha pan mee at Aman Suria

Cha Cha is a pretty decent place if you’re looking for a comfortable hawker dining without all the sweat and hassle of a kopitiam. The extra RM 2 or so per dish is well worth it.

Address:
Cha Cha Pan Mee
K-G-1 & K-G-3, Jalan PJU 1/43
Aman Suria
47301 Petaling Jaya

GPS: 3.12009, 101.59465
Tel: 016-660 0971

SS15 in Subang is seriously shaping up as the premier one stop center for Japanese food. Years ago, there was Rakuzen, and now, the number of restaurants at this little area has blossomed to double digit. One of the latest installment being Yamada.

Having blogged about Rakuzen, Hyotan, Jyu Raku, and Sumi Ka, I guess it make sense to pay a visit to Yamada as well.

Yamada Japanese restuarant at Subang SS15
Yamada Japanese restuarant at Subang SS15

Yamada is located right across the road from SJMC, just a few doors down from Jyu Raku and Rakuzen. Whenever a restaurant opens among the more established and still able to attract customers, you know they must be at least decent.

The crowd at weekend night when we were there mainly consists of Japanese expats, and the chef himself is an old Japanese guy, that’s always a good start.

Yamada Bento
Yamada Bento – fried chicken, sashimi, tempura, unagi, and more

I went for Yamada Bento (RM 60) that came with quite a lot of stuff, chicken karaage (fried chicken), tempura, sashimi, unagi, potato salad, saba, and miso soup.

The sashimi tasted pretty awesome, with hotate (scallop), salmon, surf clam, yellow tail, and one of the better cuts of tuna. Chicken was pretty good if not slightly oily. I don’t have any negative feedbacks for the tempura, unagi, or potato salad, but I thought the saba (i think it was saba fish) was a little over cooked to be honest.

potato salad, california handroll, saba, torikara bento
potato salad, california handroll, saba, torikara bento

Haze ordered a serving of potato salad (RM 12), a california handroll (RM 8), and the saba, torikara bento (RM 48). That was of course, a bit too much food. The bento came with saba that tasted nicer than mine, the same chicken, and a bowl of ramen that I thought tasted rather good. Instead of avocado, the california roll curiously had mango in it, a little strange but it worked.

map to Yamada Japanese restaurant

Compared to some the competitors, the price at Yamada seems a bit steeper. As for food wise, the quality is there but I didn’t think it was always spot on. Next time I’m gonna spy on the Japanese customers to see what they order. I suspect most of their raw stuff must be very good, as I can attest with the serving of sashimi in my bento.

There’re still a handful of Japanese restaurants at the area I haven’t been too, next time then!

Address:
Yamada Japanese Restaurant
No. 5, Jalan SS15/5A,
47500 Subang Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan

GPS: 3.078895, 101.592711
Tel: 03-5635-2574

“Hello Makcik, kueh teow soup satu, tapau yah!”

I lied, that line wasn’t what I uttered to the employee at 60s Teow Chew Fish Ball Noodle Restaurant at Sea Park, for the very simple fact that she is probably a Chinese national who does not speak nor understand our National language.

tapao noodle at 60s teow chew fishball noodle restaurant
tapao noodle at 60s teow chew fishball noodle restaurant

In fact, I didn’t really have to specify the word “tapau” (or take-away, in non-Malaysian English). As soon as she saw the Tupperware in my hand, she had already asked what I wanted to order for take-away. Smashing!

The Tupperware that I brought for this very purpose was the very aptly named Tapau Set!

fish ball kueh teow soup in tupperware
fish ball kueh teow soup in tupperware – all in all less than RM 10

The Tapau Set comes with 3 containers – 2 Crystalwave dish (1L), and a single Crystalwave bowl (2L) that comes with a noodle holder. This noodle holder gadget eliminates the whole problem of soggy kueh teow altogether, you wonder why nobody has thought of that till now.

In the above “exercise”, I bought a portion of kueh teow soup, with soup and fishball in the 2L Crystalwave bowl and the kueh teow on noodle holder. I also used the 1L Crystalwave dish for some yong tao foo. (since the tupperware containers are quite big, sometimes hawkers will unknowingly give you bigger portion! shhhh…)

eco friendly design, rewashable
user friendly design, tupperware eco bottle

The Tapau Set also comes with this very nifty Grip n Go Cariolier that allows you to hold all 3 containers at the same time. A bit like a modernized version of old picnic set, no?

Together with the Tapau Set, Tupperware also have some new 500ml  Eco Bottle Spring that comes in several colors. They’re small enough to fit into a handbag, and big enough to quench your thirst.

cendawan the Bengal approves of tupperware!
cendawan the Bengal approves of tupperware!

Ultimately though, the most important message in this advertorial is about something that is better than recycle – REUSE. Using Tupperware for all your take-aways eliminates disposable plastic bags that ends up in landfills (or worse, the ocean where turtles can mistakenly ingest them), it is a step to the right direction for a better environment.

After all, the Penang government has already say no to plastic bags, shouldn’t we do our part too?

Above is the short video by popular hosts Winson & Orange showcasing the benefit of using Tupperware Tapau Set. Check it out!

Here’s one of my favorite little Thai food stall that’s tucked at the not so mysterious food court that is Ming Tien at Taman Megah. This little stall actually reminds me of those at Krabi, operated by a Thai lady who speaks a bit of Malay and Cantonese.

Thai food stall at Ming Tien food court
Thai food stall at Ming Tien food court

The stall operates from evening till late, and offers close to  10 authentic tasting Thai dishes – long bean rice, pineapple fried rice, belachan fried rice, vegetable, green curry, tomyam, sweet & sour siakap fish, kerabu chicken feet, and kerabu glass noodle.

green curry chicken, seafood tomyam, mixed vegetable
green curry chicken, seafood tomyam, mixed vegetable

If I was eating alone, I usually order their long bean rice (RM 5), it’s basically a serving of rice with long bean and chicken cooked in something that resemble our local Malay paprik style but with even more of a kick to it.

For a balanced dinner fit for two, I ordered a bowl of green curry chicken, Thai tomyam, and mixed vegetable (all RM 7 per dish).

The portion of green curry was quite generous, with plenty of chicken, long bean, basil and such, packed quite a punch too. The tomyam had some decent ingredients (some prawns, squid, lala), and you aren’t beat the price, but it could do with a little thicker flavoring though.

Haze and KY at Ming Tien, late night dinner
Haze and KY at Ming Tien, late night dinner

I also particularly like the way Thai prepares their vegetables, with plenty of fish sauce! This one came with cauliflower, broccoli, basil, and a few prawns. You could argue that it offers slightly less value for money compared to the other two dishes, but I’m not about to complain for a dinner that costs less than RM 25 for two.

Give it a try!

Address:
Ming Tien Hawker Center
Jalan SS24/8, Taman Megah,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.114334, 101.611658

I’m a pretty enthusiastic photography hobbyist, and a little bit in videography too.

I’m one of the earliest adopters in digital photography, with my very first digital camera a 3.2 megapixel Kodak model that runs on 4 AA battery with 32mb internal memory, then a Canon Powershot G3, Canon 400D DLSR, Canon S90 compact camera, and the Olympus E-PL1. Haze and I also have a couple GoPro HERO HD super compact camcorders.

Sony SLT A33 camera

The last toy I have to play with (at least for a couple weeks anyway) is the new Sony SLT-A33L A-mount camera. A 14.2 Megapixel SLR system that with 18-55 kit lens.

Calling this camera SLR might be slightly misleading though, for it is has a pretty nifty trick tucked in its sleeves – the SLT, or Single Lens Translucent mirror Technology.

Traditional SLR usually comes with a prism and has a mirror that needs to be flipped up whenever a picture is to be taken, while some 4/3 systems such as the E-PL1 do away with the mirror and hardware autofocus to have a reduce the size of the camera (while also using a smaller sensor).

In the latest SLT lineup from Sony, a translucent mirror is placed just before the sensor, reflecting 30% light to the hardware autofocus system and 70% to the sensor. This achieve several things:

  • auto-focus as fast as any DSLR
  • smaller size than traditional DSLR
  • much quieter shutter
  • very fast burst mode (SLT-A33L can do 7 fps, with SLT-A55 shooting 10 fps)
  • ability to use any Sony A-mount, Minolta, Konica-Minolta AF lenses and strobes

Sony SLT A33 rear view and LCD

The camera feels solid and well constructed, I particularly like the flip down (and turn-around) 3″ LCD screen, it’s crystal clear with 921.6k pixel resolution and makes it not only easy for some of you to camwhore, but very handy when it comes to taking photos or videos in crowded area or when you want to get that macro shot close to ground level.

Anyway, here’s the brief spec (full specs here)

  • 14.2 MP Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • 7fps Continuous Shooting with Auto-Focus
  • Quick AF Full HD Movie Recording
  • Liveview with Quick AF
  • 3D Sweep Paranoma
  • Electronic Viewfinder (invaluable in places where LCD is distracting to others)
  • 15-point phase-detection AF array with 3 cross-type AF points
  • ISO 12800 sensitivity (with Jpeg only at ISO 25600)

That’s some serious specs for something with a suggested retail price of RM 2,399 including a kit lens.

Here’re some shots:

test night shot with Sony SLT A33

I set the camera to P mode, disabled flash, and with Auto-ISO, snap, and got the above picture. The Sony Steady Shot came into play and is really a bless, I could have never taken a photo at 1/15s shutter speed so effortlessly.

sony SLT A33 test shot at night

With the full suite of SLR capabilities including aperture priority, shutter speed priority, and full manual mode, you can do quite a lot with this camera. The above picture is taken at 1/15s with aperture priority at ISO1600.

cendawan the Bengal cat

This picture of Cendawan the Bengal cat is shot at 1/100s in ISO 3200, I set the camera to full auto mode. A slow camera can only take blur pictures of an awake cat, or sharp pictures of sleeping cat.

A video to amuse you, Cendawan the Bengal cat playing fetch, shot in Full HD

Hong Kong street food (tai pai tong)

I also took the STL-A33 along to Hong Kong (more posts on that soon), this photo is taken we had dinner at a road side “tai pai tong”. Shot at ISO 3200, f/5.6, 1/320s. The food was very good by the way!

Disneyland fireworks

Fireworks aren’t the easiest scene to capture, but this camera does a very good job by just setting to Auto with no flash.

Mongkok, Sony SLT-A33 and A55 advertisement

Finally, a shot taken at the busiest spot in Hong Kong – Mongkok. Notice the poster of SLT-A55 and SLT-A33 on display?

note: all photos shown above are straight out of the camera, resized, with no additional edits.