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One of my regular weekend brunch places is restaurant O&S at Taman Paramount. According to a friend, most, if not all the hawker stall operators in this restaurant were originally from Penang, and thus if you’re looking for some good Penang style hawker food, you can’t go terribly wrong here.

The prawn mee (hokkien mee in Penang), laksa, and Penang style prawn paste chee cheong fun are all pretty famous here, but one that somehow managed to escape my attention for the longest time has gotta be this kueh teow soup stall.

kueh teow soup at restaurant O&S
kueh teow soup at restaurant O&S

I actually discovered the kueh teow soup place by accident – while walking towards my table after ordering prawn mee, I spotted some coagulated blood in a bowl on the stall counter. I told myself I gotta give this a try, and I did just last weekend.

Penang style kueh teow soup is pretty rare at Klang Valley, this is only the second stall at PJ area that I know, the other being the one at Soon Lee Coffee Shop at PJ Old Town.

kueh teow soup with coagulated blood, intestine, chicken, and more!
kueh teow soup with coagulated blood, intestine, chicken, and more!

I ordered the kueh teow soup with extra pork intestine and coagulated blood. This is on top of fish ball, fish cake slices, and chicken meat that comes with the soupy concoction. Of course, some fried lard cubes, green onion, and fried garlic serves as the finishing touch of this dish.

All for RM 5.50, can’t say it’s a bad deal at all.

check out these proper ingredients :D
check out these proper ingredients 😀

While the fish balls aren’t nearly as good as the one at PJ Old Town, the coagulated blood were awesome, and intestine super soft and tasty too. The soup further enhanced by that bit of lard, and overall you have a bowl of proper kueh teow soup anyone from Penang would approve of.

You can choose between kueh teow, yellow noodle, or meehun, so brace yourself among the crowd at O&S and give this a try ya!

map to restaurant O&S, taman paramount

Restaurant O&S
Jalan 20/14,
Petaling Jaya
GPS: 3.107713, 101.624919

It’s been a while since this blog featured a movie review, with the last one being Inception some 10 months ago. I guess there just wasn’t a movie I like enough to be writing a review since then.. until I managed to catch Source Code a few days ago.

Source Code movie poster

The movie currently score a pretty good 7.9/10 on IMDB, pretty good for a relatively low budget scifi. This movie sort of took Jake Gyllenhaal back to his Donnie Darko roots after the semi disaster that was Prince of Persia, Like Donnie Darko, this is another sci-fi film that has something to do with alternate history/universe theme. Something that the geek in me love seeing on big screen.

This is the second full featured film from Duncan Jone, the other being Moon, which was another sci-fi film with an even lower budget, but a must-watch if you’re a fan of hard scifi instead of space soap opera.

This review is going to have some spoilers/discussions, so for those who hasn’t watch the film, go watch it now!

source code train scene
the co-star is pretty cute!

Jake Gyllenhaal’s character, Captain Colter Stevens wakes up in a train and found himself looking at a “stranger” female who clearly knows him, and when he went to the toilet, the person in the mirror wasn’t himself.

He attempt to get to know what happens, but 8 minutes later, the train to Chicago blew up, killing everyone on board…… and he woke up in a bunker strapped on a chair with a woman name Goodwin on the screen trying to explain to him what happened.

Apparently Colter Stevens was in the Source Code, a program that puts him into someone’s mind over the last 8 minutes of his life. In this case, 8 minutes in the train that got blown, his job was to find the bomber.

The plot is covered on wikipedia, so I guess I shall not repeat the story.

source code experiment room scene

While started out a little slow, the pace of the movie worked out pretty well at the end. I love the premies of the story even though it was as almost as far fetched as space aliens hanging out with human breathing the same atmosphere and being able to have hybrid children.

The one part that I wish to be different is perhaps the way the film ends. I think it would carry a little bit more of an impact if the movie ended at the freezing frame where everyone was laughing on the train listening to Russel Peters with Stevens and the girl kissing.

While the ending in the movie works well on the many world interpretation quantum mechanics postulate, it left a bit too sweet a taste and a bit too Hollywood for me.

This is a must watch movie for all geeks, and while you’re at it, get a copy of Moon and watch that too!

NBA playoffs 2011

For those of you who are following the NBA, the playoffs are finally here!

First round Eastern Conference would be Indiana vs Chicago, Philadelphia vs Miami, Atlanta vs Orlando, New York vs Boston, and Western Conference match ups are Memphis vs San Antonio, New Orleans vs Los Angeles Lakers, Portland vs Dallas, Dallas vs Oklahoma City.

I am gonna admit that I like the Miami Heat and want them to do well. I watched Lebron James live in Washington DC while he was  in a high school all stars games. The second round match up could be Miami vs Boston, and that’s gonna be mighty delicious!

I think Miami or Chicago’s gonna come out from the East, and Lakers might represent the West again, though I hope OKC or San Antonio (might be too old) can spoil it.

The problem with basketball games is that often time it is only interesting at in the last half an hour or so, and that American time zone isn’t very compatible with the one we’re in either, so Astro B.yond PVR to the rescue!

I’m gonna record all the games and make sure I don’t miss the important moments!

I have a little history with this most awesome mee sotong stall.

Although born and bred on the beautiful island of Penang, I haven’t stayed there since after high school, so this particular mee sotong stall wasn’t in my vocabulary. I had originally heard about it from Horng instead.

The very first time I tried to have it, I went to the wrong food court at the other side of the ocean front and had myself a disappointing mee goreng. The stall was closed for during my second visit, and on the third try, which should be a charm, ended up with the whole place being cordoned off due to Cup Prix motor racing.

mee sotong at Padang Kota Lama, Penang
mee sotong at Padang Kota Lama, Penang

Two years later, this is the story of my fourth visit, and unfortunately, it doesn’t provide a further cases of schadenfreude, I simply had the best mee sotong (or if you prefer, mee goreng) ever!

The stall is located within the food court directly next to Fort Cornwallis, a stone’s throw away from Penang Jetty.

As you step into the food court, the mee sotong stall is hard to miss, it is the busiest stall.

glorious mee sotong
glorious mee sotong, spicy and addictive

A plate of mee sotong costs between RM 4 to RM 6, and the photo above illustrate the RM 4 version. The dish is very wet, and comes with your usual mee goreng ingredients, but with plenty of squid in really spicy, sweet, and awesomely delicious sauce.

It was so good I wanted to have it again the very next day, the only thing stopping me is the long drive back to KL and the knowledge that my stomach will probably protest. The idea of stopping at every other rest area to visit the toilet wasn’t a very welcoming one.

mee sotong and coconut shake with ice cream
mee sotong goes well with coconut shake with vanilla ice cream

By the way, the spicy mee sotong goes best with a glass of icy cold coconut shake with vanilla ice cream from the mamak stall right next to the one selling mee sotong. A combination perfect for each other, that milky vanilla ice cream really does control the spiciness a little bit.

So next time when you go to Penang, try this out!

map to Padang Kota Lama, Penang

Food Court at Padang Kota Lama
Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah

GPS: 5.42078, 100.34434

Most of us associate Kilkenny as one of those premium beers you get from fancy pubs and restaurants, places like Bernard’s and Sid’s Pub, and indeed this is true, Kilkenny draught can be found in all those places.

But now, one the fastest growing beer in this country has just gotten even more accessible, we have Kilkenny in the bottle!

Kilkenny can now be found at food courts like Ming Tien!
Kilkenny can now be found at food courts like Ming Tien!

I was just at Ming Tien the other day, taking a break out of all these home cooking activities and just decided to have a light meal and a bit of relaxation during the week. We ordered a couple bottles of Kilkenny to go with asam laksa and takoyaki.

Penang asam laksa, takoyaki, kilkenny
Penang asam laksa, takoyaki, kilkenny

The beer came in a bucket of ice to keep chilled, and two small glasses. I actually like small glasses cos you don’t ever let the beer go warm (I don’t drink fast enough I guess).

The best part was, it only costs RM 18.80 for the two bottles. A pretty good deal for premium beer if you ask me. 😀

So far as taste goes, it was still the same Kilkenny good taste that I’m familiar with, but with one small distinction: The draught version is nitrogenated to give it a smooth, creamy head. However, the bottled version enjoy the ability of staying chilled in ice bucket and only pour as you drink, I really can’t pick a favorite here. At the end of the day it is still essentially Kilkenny.

KY & Haze having a good beer over supper
KY & Haze having a good beer over supper

The laksa though, wasn’t exactly premium and can’t hold a candle to it’s Penang counterparts, or even the Kedah laksa at Alison nearby, but they don’t sell Kilkenny there, hehe.

Takoyaki wasn’t the best either, but at least it was a decent snacks since my favorite fried dumpling stall at Ming Tien was not in operation that day.

map to ming tien food court

You can also find Kilkenny at selected pubs and bars, food courts, restaurants, and cafes such as Kepong Food Court, Frontera Bar & Grill in Jaya One, Station 1 cafes and more.

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

GPS: 3.114334, 101.611658

Remember the last few posts about the signs? I found a few more while walking near Pavilion KL, this one’s on a lamp post right at the walk way on Jalan Pinang.

kolony sign near Pavilion KL

But the sign is secret no more, it represents a society that is growing in every hour, and by the time of this writing it stands at 1,369,988 people, this is the number of people in the KOLONY.

So what is this Kolony? And how do I get on?

Kolony, represented by ))K((, i s an SMS based social network that does not tie you down to the computer or discriminate between people who uses smart phone with data access and those with conventional phones.

Kolony web sign at

In fact, Kolony will work just as well on the 10 year old Nokia as it will on the last Sony Ericsson Arc, cos there is no data network needed. All you need is any phone with SMS capability and have a Xpax, U.O.X., S.O.X., or any Celcom line.

To get started, just send KOLONY <nickname> to 25333, and after that you can socialize on Kolony via several ways:

  • DING – Ding your buddies and leave them a message to cheer them up. Send KDING <fren’s nickname> <message> to 25333
  • BOMM – Have an update to share? BOMM it away to all your FRENs! Send KBOMM <message> to 25333
  • FREN – FREN for life? Make as many as you can in Kolony! Send KFREN <fren’s nickname> to 25333
  • POPP – Get to comment on what your buddies say! Send KPOPP <fren’s nickname> <comment> to 25333

For more cool activities on the Kolony, send KHELP to 25333 for a full list of keywords, you can also go on for references too.

old nokia vs sony ericsson arc

To go into Kolony, you will need KOINZ to perform the activities described above.

And to get KOINZ, all you need to do is by making calls on the new Xpax plans. Every single call earn you free koinz that you can use.

  • 1st – 5th calls make in a day = free 10 KOINZ per call
  • 6th and more call in a day = free 20 KOINZ per call
  • the free koinz will be awarded the next day
  • alternatively, you can purchase KOINZ at RM 0.30 for 10 koinz, RM 1.50 for 50 koinz, or RM 3 for 100 koinz

Xpax Promotion - Kolony

Above is the new Xpax plan that gives you awesome low rates as well as the free koinz mentioned above. Calls are now only 28 sen for 10 mins to Celcom network or 5 mins to other networks. SMS to Celcom network’s only 1 sen while 5 sen to others.

Have you join the over million strong Kolony yet?!