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When it comes to proper Indian food in KL, you can’t go wrong by pointing to the district that bears the name “Little India” in the city – Brickfields.

Unfortunately for many of us who does use the car as mode of transportation, this area is also quite notorious when it comes to getting a parking spot. Not to mention about the traffic around the area during busy work week lunch hours.

Legend's Nasi Briyani Kambing + extras
Legend’s Nasi Briyani Kambing + extras

For this reason, even though I’ve heard about Legend’s clay pot nasi briyani for quite a long time, I’ve yet to visit the restaurant to give it a try…. until I find them on the listing on GrabFood!

Working in KL, food delivery services such as GrabFood is really a godsend, no longer do we have to get confined to eating nearby the office, or worse, having to bear with the traffic driving out and try to get back to work within one hour (or two hours on Fridays but the traffic is even worse!)

GrabFood delivery service at KL
GrabFood delivery service at KL

It’s safe to say that many of us are familiar with ordering ride sharing services such as Grab, and thankfully using their app for food delivery is just as simple.

To start with, you can use the same credentials & payment methods on both apps.

Also, if you’re new to GrabFood, use KYSPEAKS15 promo code and free RM15 to your order, twice!

GrabFood - ordering is easy as 1-2-3
GrabFood – ordering is easy as 1-2-3

GrabFood app divide their offerings into different cuisines, and with each restaurant there’s also an estimated time from order-to-delivered timing, sometimes as low as 15-20 minutes.

Once you’ve made your order, a confirmation email will be sent out, and then there’s the fun part – you get to see the progress in real time – the order received at restaurant, food being prepared, rider picked up your meal, rider in transit, and finally arrival!

GrabFood - seeing your lunch coming towards you in real time!
GrabFood – seeing your lunch coming towards you in real time!

One of the coolest thing to me must be the way we get to see the riders delivering the meals in real time, on a map view with a moving icon and estimated time of arrival. This is an extra convenience for people who work in office towers that disallow delivery services to get into the building, we don’t have to waste anyone’s time by waiting downstairs, or having the riders wait unnecessarily. For residences though, you usually get the food delivered directly to your door step instead, even better!

The GrabFood network is expanding quite rapidly with more restaurant offerings as well as coverage in delivery area, do check it out on Android Play Store or Apple App Store.

Again, if you’re use to GrabFood, use KYSPEAKS15 promo code to enjoy free 2xRM15 to your orders.

Good news to Texas Chicken fans, there’s now the new Crunchy Deals that we can all get behind – at RM 5.50 per combo, you get a drink (with unlimited refill no less), and a choice of four different dishes.

Texas Chicken RM 5.50 Crunchy Deals
Texas Chicken RM 5.50 Crunchy Deals

It is simple, the deal is available all day long and consists of the four choices below:

  • 1 Piece Chicken (original or spicy) with drink
  • Classic Chicken Burger with drink
  • Tender Wrap with drink
  • Porridge with Coffee/Tea

RM 5.50 deal not to be missed
RM 5.50 deal not to be missed

If you’re a fan of Texas Chicken, you’ll find these deals rather enticing. I did, so I drove to Texas Chicken at Ultrapolis in Shah Alam to give these deals a try on my own.

classic burger, spicy chicken, tender wrap
Classic Burger, Spicy 1 Piece Chicken, Tender Wrap

In fact, I tried to order all 4 deals but managed to get 3 of them as the porridge was sold out on the day.

The fried chicken at Texas Chicken never disappoints. The Classic Burger too made a fine meal with the sizable chicken patty sandwiched between the soft buns. The Tender Wrap is a good option for those who are looking to have something lighter, perhaps for the late afternoons.

each deal makes for a good afternoon snack session
each deal makes for a good afternoon meal

So if you’re looking for an affordable meal, the Crunchy Deals are now available.

For more details and latest updates, please go to their Website
www.texaschickenmalaysia.com or Facebook www.facebook.com/TexasChickenMalaysia

Many of you do know that I stay in Shah Alam, specifically, at the KEN Rimba township, which I wrote about way back in 2013, also the time when I placed my down payment to a unit at the place I now call home.

Well, the township has since grown quite a bit since many of us moved in several years back, with the KEN Rimba Condominium 1 residents being the latest batch to be joining the neighborhood.

ken rimba condo facilities

A bit of re-cap on KEN Rimba township –

The community is set up at Seksyen 16 Shah Alam, and located just slightly over 1km from the i-City/UiTM exit. As for major highways, you can also get to NKVE in a few minutes, and with the West Coast Expressway now being built, accessibility will only get better.

The township itself has also certainly grown since I last moved here. There’s now a few convenient stores such as 99 Speedmart, 7-Eleven, and MyDin, there’s a 24 hour mamak, several restaurants (including a big Ana Ikan Bakar), 24 hour laundry, car wash, service centers, and more.

KEN Rimba Condominium 1

Additionally, within a few KM you’ll find the Taman Rashna Chinese School, Padang Jawa School, the above mentioned UiTM, KTM station, Shah Alam hospital, Pantai Hospital at Eng Ann, JPJ, JPN, and even a cinema (TSR Cineplex). With the huge iCity Mall being near completion and situated perfectly just 5 minutes away, the township is rather well served in terms of convenience.

Having stayed here the past 3 years or so, I came to appreciate the community and convenience at this area, slightly away from the super busy KL & PJ area to be able to anjoy the slightly quieter suburban life, but still within reasonable travel time even if you work in the city center.

On a more personal level, as someone who’s passionate about food, the location has also been pretty kind to me. Being just a short drive from Klang, I have since explored quite a few more breakfast bak kut teh places such as Kee Heong, Teong, and Teck Seong, expanding knowledge on one of my favorite dishes. Other nearby awesome food includes fatty meehun kuih, and poh piah at Eng Ann. Then there’s also the 24 hour ayam penyet place,  Klang style red wine mee suah, and the most awesome apple strudel in Klang Valley too, so many hidden gems in this area.

living room and kitchen, Ken Rimba Condominium
Show unit of KEN Rimba Condominium 1

The good news is, there are some limited available units up for grabs at the KEN Rimba township, including both the Condominium 1 and landed houses.

For those who’re not familiar with KEN Rimba, I’ve made 3 different videos show casing KEN Condominium 1 with it’s interior, amnesties & facilities, as well as the township overall to show you how living in this place is about.

Check them out below & call the sales office at 03-7727 9933 or click https://kenrimbatownship.wasap.my to talk to the sales rep today.

Check out the KEN Rimba Condominium 1 show unit. Comfortable and well ventilated due to it’s North South orientation. Square layout makes for easy furnishing and interior decoration. I thought the living and dining area are rather spacious. Units are just shy of 1200 square foot. Call the sales office at 03-7727 9933 or click https://kenrimbatownship.wasap.my to talk to the sales rep today. #kenrimba #kenrimbacondominium1 #showunit #shahalam @kengreenbook

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Facilities is what living in condo is all about! KEN Condominium 1 spots a large Olympic size pool, breezy practical spots such as cabana, a lake sanctuary, shady spots under tree & reading pavilions. There’s also a badminton court, children’s playground, a gym overlooking the pool, and did I mention that huge pool? Traquility within the hectic Klang Valley. Call the sales office at 03-7727 9933 or click https://kenrimbatownship.wasap.my to talk to the sales rep today. @kengreenbook

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Ken Rimba township is strategically located with schools, hospital, university, KTM Kommuter station, and other amenities within very short distances. It is also accessible almost directly via Federal Highway and NKVE, with the upcoming West Coast Expressway within a kilometer or so. The township also spots a number of restaurants and stores for your convinience. Limited landed units as well as KEN Condominium 1 are still available from developer, call the sales office at 03-7727 9933 or click https://kenrimbatownship.wasap.my to talk to the sales rep today. @kengreenbook

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A couple weeks ago I was approached by the good people from PrimeWorks Studio (a company owned by Media Prima – ala TV3) to see if I’d be interested to participate as a judge in a cooking competition – Versus 1001 Rasa by Baba’s. I agreed pretty much immediately right after figuring out that I could fit it into the calendar, which also coincide with the 13th anniversary of this blog!

Also almost immediately regret the decision since the program is in Malay language, but alas, I was able to cope. 12 years of Malaysian education did not disappoint at the end. *phew*

with my fellow judges, and celebrity chef hosts
with my fellow judges, and celebrity chef hosts

We shot 2 episodes of the program in the same day, both hosted by Chef Kamarul & Chef Adu. I was also joined by Aiman from EatDrinkKLNorshalina from Baba’s QC & Halal department.

There are two contestants for each episode, challenging each other by cooking two dishes that are drawn from a recipe box by their respective mentors.

shooting in progress
shooting in progress

The contestants are given ingredients, including Baba’s product, to come up with the dish to impress the judges while being guided by their mentors. All this is done within the stipulated cooking time, which is dependent on recipe. For the episodes that I was a part of, each dish was given an hour’s time to prepare.

A behind the scene short video taken of the filming of season 2 Versus 1001 Rasa by Baba’s. Was honored to be a judge for 2 episode 😍 #cookingcompetition #versus1001babas

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When the time is up, we the judges then gets invited to taste them and gives point to the dish based on predetermined criteria of taste, ingredients used, uniqueness, presentation, and completeness.

dishes from the contestants for judges to sample
dishes from the contestants for judges to sample

It was overall quite an interesting experience. Quite a bit different from my previous experience as judges at R.AGE Food Fight and Blogger MasterChef Challenge. The three judges have the final say without input from the hosts or mentors, and everything is audited. I thought that was very genuine.

I’m not going to announce any spoilers here, but if you have access to TV3, do try to catch the program when it comes out and see how I struggle with our national language.


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For many of us Malaysians, driving to work everyday is a ritual we’re all familiar with, and since we are also a country not particularly blessed with great parking situations, stopping by for breakfast can be a challenge. In fact, it is found that one in four Malaysians ended up skipping breakfast.

PETRONAS breakfast at only RM 5
PETRONAS breakfast at only RM 5

When it comes to breakfast, there are three things most of us look for:

  • accessibility – how am I going to get to that breakfast place?!
  • choice of food – what do they offer? will it be halal? how does it taste?
  • value – I don’t want to spend RM 10 just for breakfast!

 pick any combo of food & drinks to go
pick any combo of food & drinks to go

The good thing is, PETRONAS Mesra has got you covered in all three aspects.

  • accessibility: Many of will pass by a participating Kedai Mesra en route to work
  • choice of food: sandwich, nasi lemak, pulut, kuih, and more!
  • value: combination of main dish with a drink of canned milo or coffee for only RM 5!

choices!

If I’m on the go and have little time to spare, a combination of tuna sandwich and canned Milo is the way to go. Sandwich because I can actually even eat it in the car, and milo to give me that extra protein and feel good stomach.

If a little bit of Malaysian flavor is what I crave, the nasi lemak and coffee provides a great alternative. I’d tapao this and have it at the leisure of the office’s pantry when I get to work.

nasi lemak from Kedai Mesra

If you love pulut and a bit of curry, or some good old fashion Nyonya kuih, grab those instead. All for RM 5 per set.

You can find your nearest Kedai Mesra at http://www.mymesra.com.my/Promotions-@-Get_Breakfast_Combo_for_only_RM5!.aspx

So, remember, feed your stomach in the morning, and now there’s no excuse you can’t grab something filling before hitting the keyboard to start the day.