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I remember way back when going to office was a thing, me and my colleagues would sometimes walk over to the myNEWS outlet at Avenue K and grab lunch, I remember one of my favorites being the spicy tuna sandwich.

myNEWS now has an app as well
myNEWS now has an app as well

Fast forward to now, myNEWS has expanded their selection in this section and I’m happy to get to try some of their Japanese inspired bakes & ready-to-eat meals.

Before we talk about the food, you can also win amazing Ang Pow worth RM188,888 with myNEWS, and all you need to do is by spending RM 18 and above in a single receipt using myNEWS app and receive 1 stamp. Collecting 3 stamps and you’ll be rewarded with e-Ang Pow into your app!

Golden Egg Combo Sandwich, Salted Egg Chicken Onigirazu
Golden Egg Combo Sandwich, Salted Egg Chicken Onigirazu

Starting with something for the salted egg fans, there’s Salted Egg Chicken Onigirazu and Salted Egg Chicken pasta.

Onigirazu is something like a cross between an onigiri and a sandwich, and this version comes with a piece of fried chicken wrapped around with Japanese rice and of course, those delicious salted egg sauce.

The Golden Egg Combo Sandwich  is perfect for those who can’t decide if they want egg or chicken in their sandwich, so in this case, grab both!

Claypot Chicken and Mushroom Donburi, Salted Egg Chicken pasta
Claypot Chicken and Mushroom Donburi, Salted Egg Chicken pasta

The Salted Egg Chicken pasta tastes best after heaving up in an oven for 1.5 minutes, almost-instant gratification.

For those who loves lor mai kai, the Claypot Chicken and Mushroom Donburi has a taste that is actually very close to it, which unsurprisingly, makes it one of their best-sellers. I think having with a bit of chili sauce may enhance the taste, but I liked it as is as well.

Strawberry and Mango Peach Croissants
Strawberry and Mango Peach Croissants

Lastly, we also tried their strawberry and mango peach croissants, both may not look like your typical croissant but they do taste rather good! I popped them in toaster oven for about 3 minutes to warm up the pastry while keeping the sweet fruity fillings still slightly cold, giving it a nice contrast. Best served with coffee, which of course you can conveniently get from myNEWS as well.

Additionally, ice cream fans will be happy to know that the Maru Kafe also offers some delicious soft serve dessert in chocolate or mixed flavor

Right after announcement of the easing of movement control order, I made a plan to travel up North for some long overdue family time, and on the way back, stopped by Ipoh for a bit of R&R. And since it was already late afternoon by the time we were heading back, I thought it was probably a good idea to have dinner packed from Ipoh “sekaligus”.

The choice for dinner was Ipoh’s famous Salt Baked Chicken at Aun Kheng Lim, located right in old town Ipoh – right by Jalan Theathre.

Aun Kheng Lim Salt Baked Chicken
Aun Kheng Lim Salt Baked Chicken

Aun Kheng Lim is somewhat of an institution and a bit of a tourist attraction in itself, there’s only one item on the menu – chicken stuffed with some Chinese herbs, baked in coarse salt, aka salt baked chicken (fresh or frozen, RM 21 a pop in year 2020). You only get to order to go, the shop does not have any dine in area, or do they offer any fancy side dishes. You line up, asks for the number of chicken you want, take them, and eat at your own leisure.

whole salt baked chicken, tender enough to tear off by hands
whole salt baked chicken, tender enough to tear off by hands

You can have the chicken at room temperature, but warming it up with a microwave oven for 2-3 minutes is my preferred method of serving. The chicken is probably just a little over 1 kg, not terribly big, and perfect for 2 person of moderate appetite if  you’re going all paleo and without rice. The combination of herbal note and those saltiness brought out the taste of the bird, so satisfying to gobble down with a glass of ice cold water (or beer) to go with.

If you’re in Ipoh, you owe it to yourself to tapao a few birds back home.

P/S: there’s another shop selling the same thing, and to my untrained tongue, they tastes pretty similar.

map to Aun Kheng Lim salt baked chicken in Ipoh

Address:
Aun Kheng Lim (Main Branch) 鹽焗雞
24, Jalan Theatre,
Taman Jubilee,
30300 Ipoh, Perak
GPS: 4.594825, 101.083322
Tel: +605 254 2998

Last August, GrabFood ran a campaign titled ‘The People’s Pick’ where it allows people just like you and me to vote for our favorite local restaurants to be part of the GrabFood delivery network. Now, the results are out!

More than 5,000 of you casted  your votes for over 50 different restaurants within the current GrabFood service areas, and below you’ll find the 13 restaurants with highest ballot counts. From apam balik to our beloved nasi lemak, these local favorites are now on board on the GrabFood app and you can have it delivered to your door step!

Read on to find Promo Code at the end of this article.

The People's Pick

And here are the results:

Mont Kiara/Hartamas

  • Ravi’s Banana Leaf
  • Solaris Café
  • Chi Mac
  • Breadfruits

Petaling Jaya

  • Nasi Lemak Goreng Chef Fauzey
  • TNR by Sean & Angie (My Toast & Roast)
  • Lorong Seratus Tahun

KL City Center

  • Apam Balik Nusantara
  • Restoran Dapur Sarawak
  • Satay Capitol 1951-Warisan
  • Soong Kee’s Beef Ball Noodle

click, pay, track, collect, eat!

For those who haven’t been keeping up with what’s trending in 2018, well, now you can order food to be delivered via the GrabFood app. I in fact do use this service quite often since having to deal with driving out/parking/walking under the hot sun can get to be a bit of a chore especially during a busy work day.

grabfood delivery

As mentioned, the availability of choices on GrabFood now includes many of our favorite local restaurants food that we would have to sometimes line up under the hot sun to get just a few years ago. Now with just a few clicks, we get to consume these awesome dishes right at home, or in the office pantry.

Soong Kee beef noodle, mixed beef & beef ball

Personally, I was very happy that Soong Kee’s Beef Noodle was voted onto the list and is now available on GrabFood app. I can have one of my favorite beef noodles come to me instead of me having to walk all the way from KLCC to Jalan Tun HS Lee for a bowl of this wholesome goodness.

The properly cooked mixed beef parts are done just right, together with the minced meat in it’s special sauce, and the firm, delicious homemade beef balls, are just perfect for lunch, especially since I don’t need to leave the house on a gloomy cold afternoon.

Soong Kee beef noodle, yums!
Soong Kee’s beef noodle, yums!

The GrabFood platform will continue to grow, and I can’t wait for more of our local favorites to get on board. If you’re new to GrabFood and want to discover new local delights, use the promo code – KYSPICKS. You’ll get RM 15 off with a minimum spend of RM 20, eligible for one use only.

 

Food truck is all the rage these days, but they have actually been around since the days hawkers started operating from those old school Daihatsu vans. The only difference the “modern” food truck is that they now cook inside the truck instead of by the side of the truck. Same difference if you ask me.

Today, we look at one of the popular original food truck by KLCC – Mat Rock Ayam Goreng Kunyit.

ayam kunyit mat rock is the original food truck
ayam kunyit mat rock is the original food truck

The truck is parked along Jalan Yap Kwan Seng right opposite the Australian High Commission on weekdays over lunch hours and has been operating for a number of years.

It’s a simple affair, lineup, get your ayam kunyit with rice, with an option for additional fried egg (RM 6, RM 5 without egg), and go back to your office for the noms.

tapao doesn't mean you can't plate it nicely at office pantry
tapao doesn’t mean you can’t plate it nicely at office pantry

The secret ingredient here is that instead of chili padi, a special blend of sambal in their ayam kunyit. The result is a rather tasty dish of ayam kunyit with a kick, I liked it.

For a no frill lunch on the cheap, this is quite a decent option. The keropok (RM 2) here is pretty good as well and I’ll recommend getting a pack to share to go with lunch.

For those who’re too lazy to move, Mat Rock offers delivery services for free if you order 10 packs of above, otherwise a charge of RM 2 is imposed, which is more than fair I guess.

map to nasi ayam kunyit Mat Rock

Address:
Opposite Australian High Commission
Jalan Yap Kwan Seng,
KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
GPS3.160482, 101.711041
Tel: 1-300 88 5800

One of the toughest Penang hawker dishes to hunt down in Klang Valley has got to be char kuih kak. Outside of various pasar malam, there’s only one other stalls at Jalan Sayur that I am aware of, until I went to the hawker row right beside the Seapark wet market a few days ago.

char kuih kak at Seapark, next to the morning market
char kuih kak at Seapark, next to the morning market

For those who has never been to Seapark in the wee hours, there’s actually a row of hawker stalls on the same road where My Burger Lab is located. The stalls usually open by around 6am so if you’re looking for earlier breakfasts, this is definitely a place to check out.

char kuih kak as breakfast, glorious
char kuih kak as breakfast, glorious

The char kuih kak operator does not have any table nor even plates, the only option is “tapao”.

I ordered a pack of char kuih kak (RM 4) with eggs and took it to the office for breakfast. It wasn’t the best version I’ve tried, but definitely managed to satisfy the cravings for a bit.

If you’re a char kuih kak fan, this is one more place to check out.

map to seapark morning market hawker row

Address:
Char Kuih Kak
Jalan 21/22, Sea Park,
46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.110397, 101.621757
Hours: mornings

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Transitions lens, works well in a movie theater too

Transitions lens, works well in a movie theater too

Went to the movies with my Transitions lenses glasses, great clarity under low light condition, basically no difference compared to a clear glass. The cool thing is if you walk out from the cinema and it happens to be afternoon, you won’t get hit by the glare like Thor’s Hammer.