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Last weekend we met up with Haze’s relative who promised to take us to this place that serves “tilapia better than Lan Jie’s” at Seredah, and truth be told, we actually got more than what we bargained for, making the long drive definitely worth while.

Our destination was Restoran Yew Li, about 1 km north of the Serendah Police Station, not terribly difficult to locate.

Restoran Yew Li at Serendah
Restoran Yew Li at Serendah

The unassuming restaurant is located at an old shop lot and furnished with standard plastic table and chairs. Operating from brunch to about 5-6 pm, there’s usually quite a healthy crowd especially on weekends. Reservation is probably a good idea if you have a larger group.

steamed tilapia with plenty of garlic
steamed tilapia with plenty of garlic

There are two dishes we’re here for, but first, the steamed tilapia (RM 36 for the one we ordered).

The tilapia we got was huge, and skillfully steamed to perfection with a tonne of garlic on top and generous amount of cooking wine in the soup base, which compliments the fish surprisingly well. This was somehow better than using high grade soya sauce in steaming, I think I will try this at home one of these days. We definitely enjoyed this dish, a lot.

huge river prawn, this will cost you
huge river prawn, this will cost you

What most people come for here though, is their giant river prawn. (RM 50+ each)

And when I say big, they are HUGE. It is almost unrealistic to have one prawn per person, and they are also certainly much bigger than the ones we usually had at Pan Heong batu caves. The usual way to cook this here is with dark soya sauce, which really adds to the sweetness of the prawn really well. They are certainly pricey, but sucking the juices oozing out from the prawn heads will certainly help appreciate how awesome they are.

some greens and some pork to complete the meal
some greens and some pork to complete the meal

Additionally, we also had a claypot pork with salted fish and kangkung belacan. These dishes did not disappoint either and were delicious in their own rights, even though they aren’t as “special” as the two above.

Yew Li restaurant is definitely worthy of a visit, and I wished that they open for dinner.

map to Yew Li Serendah

Address:
Restoran Yew Li
19, Jalan Cempaka 1,
Taman Cempaka, 48200 Serendah,
Selangor, Malaysia
GPS3.371501, 101.612708
Tel: 03-6081 3226
Hours: lunch till 5-6 pm

Over the X’mas and New Year holiday, we went to a friend’s place in Serendah for an overnight excursion and a little bit of R&R, and of course, one of the agendas is to try some of the more unique foods in the area.

If Klang is famous for bak kut teh and Penang for char kuih teow & laksa, then tilapia must be Rawang’s speciality.

R Cheng Tilapia Wantan Mee at Rawang
R Cheng Tilapia Wantan Mee at Rawang

So the next morning, we went to R Cheng Tilapia Wantan Mee to try this rather unique dish only available here.

The restaurant is located in a residential area just a few minutes away from Rawang town center. Seating area is semi-alfresco, with a roof, no walls, and plenty of ceiling fans to keep you somewhat comfortable. While there are quite a few dishes to choose from the menu, the star here is the tilapia.

we ordered all five types of tilapia wantan mee
we ordered all six types of tilapia wantan mee

There are six choices to choose from, and you can have them with rice, or in their unique wantan mee style. We chose the latter and tried all six flavors.

Each dish is priced at RM 13.50 comes with a portion of wantan mee and a small tilapia that’s either steamed of deep fried. The flavors are:

  • 金针 golden mushroom – classic with steamed tilapia, enoki, garlic, & ginger
  • 酱蒸 bean sauce – brown bean sauce with deep fried tilapia
  • 干煎 deep fried – self explanatory, with some chili too
  • 油滑 classic oiled – steamed with soya sauce & oil, plenty of fried garlic
  • 咖喱 curry
  • 东炎 tomyam

the chicken wings pretty good too
the chicken wings pretty good too

The wantan mee was rather good, the fish tasted fresh and flavorful regardless of the preparation method, and the different sauces were all spot on, including the tomyam flavor (usually lacking in Chinese shops). Go for the deep fried version if you struggle with fish bones, otherwise the steamed version gives you slightly more flavors.

Additionally, we also had some chicken wings (RM 3.50 each) to “supplement” the meal. They were pretty good too, crunchy on the outside, juicy inside, with good belacan taste infused.

If you are looking for something special, this is definitely worth checking out.

map to R Cheng Tilapia Wantan Mee, Rawang

Address:
Restoran R Cheng Fei Zhou Yu Wantan Mee
No. E-13, Jalan LKS 5,
Kampung Lee Kim Sai,
48000 Rawang
Selangor
GPS: 3.309852, 101.577027
Tel: 012-304 5671, 016-983 4888

Earlier on this blog I talked about Bandar Tasik Puteri, one of the booming townships in Rawang that should be in the radar screen especially for young adults who are looking for their first property.

Just to re-cap, the township is located at Rawang, with a entry/exit link to LATAR highway in construction, scheduled to complete by 2016. Bandar Tasik Puteri is some 40+ kilometers from the center of KL and houses many facilities and amenities, such as schools, park, golf course, polyclinics, mini markets, and more.

launching of Acacia at Bandar Tasik Puteri, Rawang
launching of Acacia at Bandar Tasik Puteri, Rawang

I went to the launch of Acacia Park Rawang on the 8th of November to take a closer look on this project for myself.

The project was launched by Lee Kok Wah – Project Director of Bandar Tasik Puteri, Tuan Mohd Azizi Bin Mohd Zain – Yang Dipertua (YDP), Majlis Perbandaran Selayang (MPS), Low Gee Teong – Group Managing Director of Low Yat Group, accompanied by Mr. Wee Beng Sang, Director – Group Property Development/ Management Services.

property talk conducted during the launch
property talk conducted during the launch

There was also a property talk conducted during the launch (interestingly the emcee was one of my diving buddies from Maldives last year).

The talk mentioned about population growth along the Klang Valley and how it affects property prices, the upcoming KL-Singapore high speed rail and its impact, importance of location vs access to KL city center, and the price potential of various types of properties.

What I got from it was that Acacia Park falls onto many of the plus points mentioned – being within the 20 km or so (as the crow flies) of the center of Klang Valley, with good access (via LATAR highway), and affordability of the selling price especially for a double storey terrace. So far, so good.

the show unit by the Sales Gallery, with a map of Acacia Park
(from left to right) 1: Acacia Park Phase 1, show unit; 2: Acacia Park Scale Model; 3: Acacia Park Phase 2, Site Plan; 4: Master scale model of Bandar Tasik Puteri

Phase 1 of Acacia Park comprises 224 units of 18′ x 80′ double storey terraced house each with a built up area from 2670 square feet priced from RM 447,100.00. All units in Phase 1 are sold out, but luckily we were also given a sneak preview of the upcoming Phase 2 of Acacia Park with a total of 4 phases planned.

location of Acacia Park within Bandar Tasik Puteri
location of Acacia Park within Bandar Tasik Puteri

Looking at the model of the township of Bandar Tasik Puteri, Acacia Park is located at the Southern side, which is also rather closer to the proposed LATAR interchange. Commuting in and out of the township should be a breeze in this case.

To be honest, the current access route via Rawang has a bottle neck around Jusco area near the interchange to PLUS highway, something that Acacia Park residents will not need to content with once LATAR interchange is completed.

Acacia Park Master Plan
Acacia Park Master Plan

As mentioned, Acacia Park phase 1 is completely sold out, so let’s look at Phase 2.

Phase 2 is located somewhat in the middle of the Acacia Master Plan, with access to two parks, one within Phase 2 itself and another just north of the area, which is next to a school. I personally prefer the location of Phase 2 over the Phase 1 mainly due to the access to those green lungs.

Picking a unit opposing the park will also give you a better view, and the opportunity to park your cars opposite your unit.

scaled model of Acacia double storey terraced houses
Scale model of Acacia double storey terraced houses

There are quite a few scale models of Acacia Park terraced houses at the sales gallery.

These models show the unit as they are in real life, some with cut-outs, and these include corner and intermediate units. I think they provide a very clear idea of what to expect of the development and how Phase 2 of Acacia Park looks like when it is completed.

show unit - living, dining, and kitchen on ground floor
Acacia Park, Phase 1 Show unit – living, dining, and kitchen on ground floor

Of course, visiting show unit is a must prior to making a purchase as important as a house. As good as scale models or even 3D renders are, I personally think that it can’t beat walking into a show unit to get the idea of how the house can be in its final form, completed with furniture and minor renovation.

There are two units constructed side by side just for this purpose, with one furnished and the other unfurnished (as is when delivered to buyer.)

While not fancy, I felt that the arrangement of the house is modern, and most importantly, very functional.

show unit - master bedroom, and two other rooms on first floor
Master bedroom, and two other rooms on first floor

The first thing that greets you entering the house is the living room, with the dining hall, then kitchen at the rear. There’s also a small bedroom (or if you like, storeroom) on the ground floor.

What I really like is the fact that the 80′ long land area also allows a backyard accessible via the kitchen, a feature that is missing in most newer development these days.

Acacia Park intermediate unit floor plan
Acacia Park intermediate unit floor plan

Going upstairs there’s the very spacious master bedroom with attached bathroom (a bit of clever furnishing will even allow a walk-in wardrobe). Then there’s two other bedrooms sharing another bathroom, completing the first floor.  I like the fact that they maximize the size of bedrooms instead of having a small, and often useless family hall upstairs.

Acacia Park - corner unit floor plan
Acacia Park – corner unit floor plan

For a double storey terraced unit, Acacia Park provides a good balance between affordability, distance, access, and design. If you’re in a market for a new home (possibly first home), this is definitely one to check out.

Find out more at www.acaciapark.com.my and http://www.bandartasikputeri.com.my/

One of the problems that plague this generation of working adults is the ability to own a home. Gone were the days when monthly payment for an apartment or landed properties within Klang Valley is the same or even lower than the average rental.

For some, this means accepting smaller units of condo/apartment, but luckily, there are now developments that are located within reasonable distance from KL which are affordable, Acacia Park at Bandar Tasik Puteri in Rawang is one of such places.

So if you’re a young adult looking for your first home, continue reading. In this article, we will look at the township of Bandar Tasik Puteri.

location of Bandar Tasik Puteri, Rawang
location of Acacia Park and Bandar Tasik Puteri, Rawang

Bandar Tasik Puteri is located in Rawang, about 40-50 kilometers away from KLCC depending on which route you take.

The traveling route and distance to Bandar Tasik Puteri is as follow:

  • from Jalan Duta toll via LATAR highway – 30 km
  • from Jalan Duta via Batu Arang – 44 km
  • from Templer Park – 26.7 km
  • from Ijok – 24.6 km
  • from MRT Sungai Buloh Station – 28 km
  • from Subang SkyPark – 37.5 km
  • from Guthrie highway via LATAR highway – 27 km
  • from Shah Alam via LATAR highway – 36 km

Acacia Park Rawang township model
Bandar Tasik Puteri township model

The good news is, the interchange of Bandar Tasik Puteri to LATAR highway is being constructed now and expected to be completed by 2016, making the journey to KL possible in 18 minutes.

While physical distance may seem a little far, traveling time is actually rather reasonable. Everyone has a friend who stays in Puchong that takes almost 2 hours to travel to KL, don’t we? So physical distance itself doesn’t always tell the whole story.

nearby attractions of Bandar Tasik Puteri
Kuala Selangor, Sekinchan, Batang Kali waterfall, FIRM

Perhaps another lesser looked into areas of the location is the proximity to a lot of eco-friendly attractions.

For example, a 35 km drive is all it takes to see the fire flies and enjoy the seafood at Kuala Selangor, Sekinchan is just another short drive away from there. Forest Research Institute of Malaysia too is some 30 odd km away without having to go through Klang Valley’s congestion areas, and then there are gems up north such as the waterfall at Batang Kali.

Well, if you are the shopping type, 1 Utama is only half an hour away as well. Either way, you’re covered.

Tasik Puteri Golf and Country Club
Tasik Puteri Golf and Country Club Club House

Bandar Tasik Puteri spans some 2,670 acres and is surrounded by established neighbourhoods of Kuang, Kundang, Batu Arang and Rawang Town, collectively known as part of North Klang Valley.

On top of the nearby attractions, Bandar Tasik Puteri is also a well-equipped township with facilities and amenities that serves residents from different age group.

The township consists of these following facilities & amenities:

  • 2 primary schools
  • 1 secondary school
  • 1 Islamic school
  • 3 polyclinics including 2 specialists
  • 8 mini-marts
  • 1 mosque
  • A 27-hole golf course
  • daily night & wet markets
  • automobile service centres
  • restaurants/cafes/dobi/bakery
  • furniture retailers
  • central park
  • bank
  • petrol stations

Tasik Puteri Golf and Country Club
The 27 hole Tasik Puteri Golf and Country Club

It is a booming community with a population of about 60,000 strong (2013) and expected to grow to 100,000 in the near future.

Bandar Tasik Puteri is now basically a self sustaining township that covers your everyday needs, be it your children’s education, doing grocery, medical consultation, or even recreational needs, the township has them. I think it’s a rather vibrant city away from the hustle and bustle of KL without sacrificing the convenience.

Acacia Park brochure

The good news is, if you’re looking for a first home, Acacia Park at Bandar Tasik Puteri is open for sale. Do check it out:

  • Date: 8th and 9th Nov 2014 (Sat & Sun)
  • Time: 11am to 7pm
  • Venue: Bandar Tasik Puteri Sales Gallery
  • GPS: 3.296563, 101.485187

For more information, head to bandartasikputeri.com.my

During the event, Ishmael Ho from Ho Chin Soon Research will be giving a property talk to the public on 8th November, 3pm. Be sure to catch it if you are interested in property. There will also be games and activities for kids and a free buffet for the public! So come join me at the event at this coming weekend!

One of my waist line management activities is also the number one sports of the country – badminton. I’ve been playing it with the same group of dudes since about 5-6 years ago. We always collect a little bit more than is needed to pay for the shuttlecocks and court, then use extra money for a feast every so often.

The trip to Restaurant Triple Round at Bukit Beruntung, however, was not from those extra money. This trip was made possible by one of our members’ generosity. Chi decided to buy everyone a meal out of the mere joy of sharing, so thank you boss!

Restuarant Triple Round at Bukit Beruntung, fresh seafood
Restuarant Triple Round at Bukit Beruntung, fresh seafood

Though the restaurant is located at the god forsaken place that is Bukit Beruntung (the exit North of Rawang on the North South Highway), getting there proved to be pretty simple. A couple right turns after the highway gets you there. Without crazy Friday evening traffic, a drive to Bukit Beruntung from PJ/KL shouldn’t take more than 35 minutes or so.

The restaurant is a glorified kopitiam with air conditioned as well as normal fan-cooled dining area. Since no one was going to smoke in between meals, we opted for the climate controlled option.

vegetable curry, vitamin c, chef's special tofu with minced pork
vegetable curry, vitamin c, chef’s special tofu with minced pork

We had the typical Chinese style dinner, with steamed rice to go with these dishes.

First to came were the vegetable curry, a couple dishes of fried vegetables, and chef’s special tofu with minced pork. Though lacking any seafood, poultry, or meat, the vegetarian curry was rich and flavorful, not quite as strong as those good Indian curry, but plenty good from a Chinese restaurant.

The tofu with minced pork was delightful – silky smooth tofu with thick sauce and the contrasting texture from minced meat. Highly recommended.

Siamese style tilapia, more vegetable, German style pork knuckle
Siamese style tilapia, more vegetable, German style pork knuckle

A couple richer tasting dishes came next. The Siamese style tilapia is your typical deep fried fish with richly flavored sauce poured over. They executed this perfectly, the sauce a mixture of sweet, sour, and spicy taste that has a hint of Vietnamese influence thanks to the use of basil leaves. I like it, and you should try the chili padi if your system tolerates spicy food.

German pork knuckle is a dish that is making in-roads at local Chinese restaurants (such as New Paris, SS2), the version here is one of the finer specimen I’ve tasted. Crispy on the outside, but steaming hot and soft on the inside, the skin is also seasoned to perfection.

pork ribs with orgasmic sauce, chicken wings, seafood tofu
pork ribs with orgasmic sauce, chicken wings, seafood tofu

After the two heavy dishes, we were served 3 others that were anything but light.

The pork ribs covered in a creamy peppery mushroom sauce was super delicious. The dish also came with some deep fried mantao so that you never waste a drop of those delicious sauce. The pork was tender, succulent, and the sauce absolutely stunning, it became our favorite dish.

We also tried two types of chicken wings here – one with Guinness and the other Marmite. They were again, rich, heavy, and goes extremely well with some whisky (which we brought with us along, I don’t think corkage was charged)

Last but not least, we also had two types of seafood tofu served. One to be enjoyed with Thai chili sauce, and the other covered with a sort of sauce that is not entirely unlike cake icing, but strangely it worked very well too. The home made seafood tofu tastes like a happy marriage between tofu and fish cake, they were very delicious.

these are my badminton kaki, I'm the second youngest in the pics :D
these are my badminton kaki, I’m the second youngest in the pics 😀

The bill came to about RM 290 for the 11 of us, which translate to about RM 26 per person, practically a steal for what we had that night. The individual dishes were all very good, but I thought it would be better if we balance them with some lighter tasting dishes in between, like soup instead of curry, and perhaps a dish or two that is prepared by steaming.

If you’re willing to drive a bit for good food on the cheap, Restaurant Triple round is definitely a place to check out.

map to restaurant Triple Round at Bukit Beruntung

Address:
Restaurant Triple Round
No.1, Jalan Melati 2B,
Bandar Bukit Beruntung,
48300 Bukit Beruntung, Selangor
GPS: 3.40614, 101.55628
Tel: 012-380 1162