June 15, 2007
As a gesture of appreciation for helping a buddy out, I was promised a good dinner at Mont Kiara a few weeks back. After the assignment, as we were figuring out what to have, I spotted this nice little place called Zakuro on the ground floor of Plaza Mont Kiara. Since I’m such a fan of Japanese cuisine, the decision only took a planck time.
Ahhhhh, Sashimi Moriwase, yumm
To satisfy my stomach for this occasion, we ordered a Sashimi Moriwase, some tempura, kaki furai (deep fried oyster), and the BBQ squid. The free appetizer was, I believe, a slice of pumpkin, and our we ordered a bowl of fried rice and normal Japanese rice to go with everything else.
nice ambiance with comfortable chairs as well
The food took a while to come, but I guess that was only because they took the time to prepare with attention to details. The sashimi dish was arranged with some very good cut of fresh salmon, surf clam, tuna, butter fish, and some other stuff I can’t name.
The BBQ squid and tempura were similarly satisfying, crunchy and juicy respectively, and prepared with fresh seafood. However, the most delicious item has to be the kaki furai, this was only the first time I had tasted oyster prepared this way. The oysters served here were really hugey, the crunchy texture of the breading contrasting with the juicy and not overly cooked oyster was just perfect gastronomically satisfying stuff.
sashimi, tempura, squid, and oyster
The bill came to be RM 140 for everything. The sashimi was RM50, tempura & the oyster dishes were RM25, and the squid RM12. Pretty reasonable price for the quality of food as well as the rather nice dining environment.
C-OG-02 Plaza Mont Kiara
2, Jalan 1/70C, Mont Kiara
50480 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.165637, 101.651956
Tel: 03-6201 6626
April 27, 2007
Not your history teachers
I was listening to the breakfast show on Mix FM with Ika, Serena C, and Pietro this morning and they came to touch on the history of China. It does seem like they have actually did a bit of “research” on the topic (maybe less than 30 seconds), so it certainly wasn’t something completely random.
Pietro was basically quiet this whole time, I actually respect his ability to know when not talk as a DJ, and certainly his wisdom on not to make up history.
Unfortunately, the two ladies had mouths faster than their brains this particular morning. The topic has to do with the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang.
Firstly, they credited the Great Wall of China to the emperor, which was at best, half true. Most sections of the fortifications and connections of the wall done by Qin Shi Huang did not survive until today. Whatever we see today are mainly from the work done during the Ming Dynasty.
The highlight of the “lesson” was when they ladies claimed that Qin Shi Huang used the great wall to fend off attacks from Genghis Khan‘s Mongol troops. Qin Shi Huang was the emperor from 247 BCE to 221 BCE. At the time, the wall was mainly used to protect the kingdom from the Xiongnu people up north. Furthermore, Genghis Khan was not even born until 1162 AD. The ladies conveniently ignored more than 1,300 years of history to put these two very different periods together. Amazing isn’t it?
I wish these DJs would just put in 10 minutes with wikipedia before babbling out their lessons. Though talk is cheap, and you can say whatever you want to say. However, a DJ on public radio does and should hold some responsibility in their speech. Making sure the facts are correct is a start. Otherwise be like Pietro and know when to stop working the tongue. This is not a mamak discussion session with your pals after all.
I was actually quite embarrassed.