On a lazy weekend morning a few weeks ago, I was looking for a lunch buddy and happened to see Lorna coming online over MSN.
“Let me bring you to this Malay chicken rice place”
I said okay with a mixture of apprehension and curiosity, then proceed to get ready and wait for the lady to pick me up. (sexual equality, right? :P)
note: sadly this place is closed.
Lorna sipping her syrup ais
As it turned out, the nasi ayam bakar special (special roasted chicken rice) place is located pretty close to where I stay, at SS5 just next to the big Kelana Jaya Giant. The Malay food court area was not as busy in the afternoon as it is at night, there were only a few tables occupied.
drum stick, rice, soup, satisfying
We ordered two sets of nasi ayam bakar with drum sticks, and another extra drum stick for good measure. To properly Malaysianised the meal, we had iced syrup to drink.
The bbq chicken was rather unique, I could only describe it as a cross between roasted chicken and the chicken tandoori with the sauce that is somewhat similar to paprik style, slightly sweet and a little spicy. The rice was cooked together with other chicken parts (such as neck) and I presume, fats; thus carry a very fragrant smell that goes very well with the meat. It was very unique and certainly delicious. We finished devoured everything to the bones.
If I remember correctly, the chicken rice was less than RM 5 per portion and only available during lunch. The same place also have a big sign board that says “steamboat”, I wonder how Malay steamboat tastes like, maybe another time.
Kelana Jaya, PJ, Selangor
GPS: 3.101791, 101.598172
Last Saturday I went up to Genting to attend the MY FM 10th anniversary celebration thanks to Andrew who obtained media passes for myself and Lorna. Together with the nutty Alice, I think we were the only four people with media passes and not work for any traditional media companies. It is sort of obvious too as we were carrying entry level SLRs (or in the case of Lorna, pen and paper) instead of fabulous and expensive equipments.
Before I start, there are more pictures from the event on my flickr set here.
Andrew in highwire act
Having gone through 12 years of education that involves Mandarin, I do listen to MY FM and other Chinese radio stations whenever I feel like I need to get closer to the root. I used to know my fair share of local, HK, and Taiwanese stars during my high school years. Remember the four kings? Leon Lai, Aaron Kwok, Andy Lau, and Jacky Cheung? Rock bands like Beyond? Yah that was during my time, looking at the thousands of younger kids flooding to this event and their enthusiasm kinda brings back the memory.
Lorna & myself, Alice & Andrew
Our passes were from CIB MALL, the company that is behind this Crazy Shooter Online (CSO) game that looks a bit like counter strike. Incidentally, the game plays a big role in the whole event, with quite a number of people turning up cosplay style. Andrew’s friend Denise (who’s with CIB MALL) was on the stage doing her thing in a costume too, thanks Denise!
check out the incredible family!
Almost all VIPs as well as many attendees went to the event in interesting dresses. There were ghosts, cowboys, batman, spidey, catwoman, etc etc. The winner for the best costume went to the Incredible Family who walked away with RM 10,000! It was actually a family of 6, with 4 incredible characters and 2 small pirates, so cute.
Before the arrival of the artists, the hall was already filled with many hardcore fans. There’s at least a couple hundred people wearing the same green t-shirt supporting Nicholas Teo ???, another big group for Yoga ???, and the fans of Wu Jia Hui ??? lining up right at the red carpet patiently waiting for him. Pretty hardcore don’t you think?
some performers as well as VIPs on the red carpet
The artists and VIPs started to arrive from about 6:30 onwards and it didn’t end until more than an hour later. There were local stars, singers from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, and China. The more notable guests and performers include Ling Yu Zhong, Huang Wei Er, James, Oak Smith, Zhang Zi Cheng, Guo Jing, Nicholas Teo, Xiao Mai, Liu Li Yang, and Yoga. There were also winners of the last Astro talent show.
Ling Yu Zhong, Huang Wei Er, James, Oak Smith
While the DJs from MY FM were a bunch of goofs who dressed up like hell boy, pirates, and sailormoon (male version), the performers were actually very good! Ling Yu Zhong and Huang Wei Er did their bits, as well as James and Oak Smith from Thailand (singing in Thai). Interestingly, Oak Smith (weird name I know) gave up his career as a doctor and a skin specialist to pursue singing.
Zhang Zi Cheng, Guo Jing, Nicholas Teo
There were also equally entertaining performances by Zhang Zi Cheng (as the surprised performer), Guo Jing, Andrew, Nicholas Teo, and Yoga. However, my favorite of the night has got to go to Liu Li Yang from China. Her voice was both captivating as it was powerful, with the style that reminds me of Evanescence.
Xiao MY, Liu Li Yang, Nicholas Teo, Yoga
Towards the end, MY FM introduced their mascot Xiao MY. The whole event was rather entertaining, and having a media pass certainly helps quite a bit as we were just right next to the stage without having to line up or squeeze with everyone else. The only slightly disappointing bit was the absence of Eason Chan, but it didn’t stop the show for being a blast.
Last weekend I caught up with an old friend of mine, over sms she said she was gonna bring me to eat laksa at Bangsar. Now laksa is like handbags and shoes, girls seem to can’t have enough while guys are usually less enthusiastic it. I am one of those guys, but being a must-try-all person, I went with the flow anyway, despite the suspecious venue at Bangsar. I thought it might be at one of those modern restaurants.
Edit 2017: this place has moved, will update soon
Update 2019: they’ve now moved to Restoran Sea Park in PJ
the old school kopitiam, big bowl of laksa sarawak
After some twists and turns, we reached to the kopitiam that is situated in the housing area just opposite Bangsar Village. It was an old school place, which was a surprise. The young lady ordered the laksa sarawak for me.
Laksa Sarawak is slightly different from the Curry Laksa (also called curry mee), or Asam Laksa.It has a santan based curry soup, your choice of noodle of meehun, prawn, strips of chicken, shredded egg, bean sprout, and some mint leaves as garnish. Sambal and a piece of lime were given as a side too. Just look at the pics, *drools*
are you not drooling now? this stuff was great
Well, I gotta say I never knew Sarawak Laksa tasted so good. The soup was just creamy enough while not being too overly rich. I had initially thought the big bowl was too much but at the end it proved to be almost not enough. Definately one of the better hawker food I’ve had thus far in Klang Valley. As for the price, I wasn’t sure since I didn’t pay, but it was definately less than RM 5. Give it a try even if you’re not a laksa lover, you’ll not regret. I went there for brunch, I’m not entirely too sure if they sell till late in the afternoon though.
now this bangsar map is simply delightful, no?
GPS: 3.127575, 101.669487
open till around 3pm (thanks wye)
closed every wednesday (thanks PabloPabla)