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One of the most best things in modern living is convenience, we can contact anyone at anytime, have news delivered to us via the the internet, and of course, gets food delivered to us by a few clicks and swipes via services like GrabFood.

But of course, modern convenience also has some downsides, one of which is the increasing use of plastic as an enable. Plastic, however, is also linked to climate change and environmental pollution in several ways, from air quality to ocean toxicity, plastic wastes contribute to ecosystem disruption.

Upcycling Workshop, officiated by Shaz Mukhtar, GrabFood social media manager
Upcycling Workshop, officiated by Shaz Mukhtar, GrabFood social media manager

As the major player in food delivery business in the country, GrabFood is in a unique position to make an impact in reducing single-use plastic by working together with merchants & eaters to reduce the use of single-use plastics, starting with cutleries.

The first step GrabFood took is by introducing a toggle option in the app to allow customers to opt for single-use plastic cutlery. Next time you use GrabFood, please do not opt in for single-use plastic cutlery unless you are stranded somewhere and absolutely have to use them.

Jey of Biji-Biji Initiative showing us how it's done
Getting it done with otherwise waste material

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE are the three major steps in saving our environment, in that order.

To send the message across, together with others, I was invited to participated at an  upcycling workshop conducted by GrabFood in ME.REKA, a makerspace in Publika. ME.REKA is a space where you have access to tools and expertise in making whatever you have in mind – be it wood & metal working, 3D printing, and so forth.

getting busy with it
getting busy with it

Our tools were hot glue, scissors, knife, spray paint, ropes, with material to be upcycled being plastic spoons and bottles.

By cutting the spoons and sticking them around cut up plastic bottles, we were able to make some pretty neat looking small vase. Check out some of them below, and of course, one made by yours truly. It was overall a pretty fun session and one that sent the message across pretty clearly.

succulent vase upcycled from single use plastic
succulent vase upcycled from single use plastic waste

So remember, for your next meal via GrabFood, please do not opt-in for single-use plastic cutlery and use those metal ones from your kitchen or office pantry. If your office doesn’t have cutlery, bring some metal ones to work.

Kuih Teow Soup is one of my favorite Penang style hawker dishes, and unfortunately also something that is a bit tougher to find in Klang Valley due to the overlap that pork noodle & classic Teow Chew fishball noodle provides. So whenever I find a good one, I want to document them.

Hock Seng Kopitiam, Ara Damansara
Hock Seng Kopitiam, Ara Damansara

I previously wrote about the version at Do Re Mi kopitiam at Ara Damansara, well, this is an updated post as the stall is now moved to a new location just a few shops away at the corner, with this kuih teow soup guy running the whole show.

Note though that this is a kopitiam with more than just the kuih teow soup stall.

I spoke to the owner briefly about the history of his stall.

The guy decided to run this stall after retiring, picking up the family recipe originated from his grandfather & father’s stalls back in Penang, with the original stall started business way back in 1907, over a century  ago.

According to him, the soup takes 6 hours to prepare, starting from late at night until the wee hours to achieve that subtle yet sweet & savory taste that’s unmistakably a “proper” kuih teow soup signature.

chicken, duck, pork slices + fishball
chicken, duck, pork slices + fishball

As for ingredients, there’s chicken, duck, pork slices, as well as fish cake & home made fish ball. Add in kuih teow, bean sprouts, spring onion, garlic oil, some vege and a side of cili padi, you have a complete bowl of goodness perfect for a great start to the morning.

Penang style kuih teow soup with homemade fishball
Penang style kuih teow soup

If you’re a fan of kuih teow soup or comfort food in general, this one’s worth checking out.

hock seng ara damansara map

Address:
Hock Seng Kopitiam
C-G-1, block c, Jalan PJU 1a/20b,
Dataran Ara Damansara,
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.120365, 101.578803
Tel: 012-332 2717
Hours: 6 am to 4 pm daily

We’re definitely blessed with a great selection of street food in Malaysia, from your typical char kuih teow stalls to burger tepi jalan, to nasi lemak shacks.. but if you look harder, you can also find authentic street food originated from neighboring countries, case in point – Little Rara with its authentic Thai fare.

Little Rara Thai Noodle House, Kia Peng
Little Rara Thai Noodle House, Kia Peng

The restaurant is located at the carpark next to Menara HLA by Jalan Kia Peng, a stone’s throw away from Pavilion KL. The set up is as “authentic” as they get, seemingly putting up together by someone who happened to have a set of table saw, hammer, and nails. There’s no such thing as air conditioning or tinted windows, but you are somewhat shielded from rain should it starts pouring.

The place starts operating by 5:30 pm and does work up a crowd pretty soon. While the set up is old school, they do have a proper digital queuing system, color me impressed.

tomyam talay meggi
tomyam talay meggi

Like most proper “street food” stalls, the kitchen is pretty much open. There’s a BBQ grill where they prepare beef/chicken/corn, a stall for noodle (wet & dry), plus a drinks’ kitchen.

We started out with their famous tomyam talay meggi (RM 19 for small), it was basically tomyam maggi on steroid. Packed with prawns, mussels, squid, egg, and ultra strong tomyam flavor. Love it.

bbq beef, pad thai
bbq beef, pad thai

BBQ Beef (RM 13, Australian beef apparently) goes well with the accompanying sauce, and it wasn’t over cooked either. Portion though was a bit small I thought.

However, the must-order from the grill turns out to be their BBQ Corn (RM 7 for 2). They were ultra sweet and almost half caramelized, I need this for movie night!

mango sticky rice & the excellent bbq corn
mango sticky rice & the excellent bbq corn

We also had seafood pad thai (RM 12) which I thought was quite competent, and a dessert in mango sticky rice (RM 8) which turned out to be just average.

Over all thought I really liked the place and the intense flavor of their tomyam & those corns. Will definitely order those two again when I revisit, and perhaps try some of their other dishes.

map to little rara, kia peng

Address:
Little Rara Thai Noodle House
Menara HLA, 3, Jalan Kia Peng,
50450 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.151342, 101.713584
Tel: 012-372 2706
Hours: 5:30 pm to 12 am, Closed on Sunday

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little rara menu (7)

A couple weeks ago I managed to check off the list of states to travel in Malaysia, finally stepped foot in Kelantan after all these years thanks to a colleague’s wedding invitation.

ayam bakar, solok ladi, daging bakar
ayam bakar, solok ladi, daging bakar

While it was only for a short day-trip and the wedding reception involved food, I can’t help but stopped by one of the more famous nasi kerabu place for a pre-kenduri brunch.

After consulting my brother’s friend who’s a Kelantanese (my brother spent years in Kelantan as a uni student), we decided to visit Liniey Nasi Kerabu Tumis in Kota Bahru town.

The restaurant is just over 10 minutes from the airport. Renting a car to move about in KB is probably the easiest way to move about this town. Pro tips: search with the term “kereta sewa” and you’d usually get it a bit cheaper than “car rental”.

The restaurant was rather busy in the brunch hours when we were there. There was a queue, we lined up for our turn and waited for our turn to pick the version of rice (dagang/kerabu) and lauk (dishes).

liniey nasi kerabu kota bahru
liniey nasi kerabu kota bahru

I opted for the blue nasi kerabu (color from butterfly-pea flower) with ayam bakar, daging bakar, and a piece of solok lada (stuffed green chili).

The meat were flavorful if not a bit sweet, as most things in Kelantan often is. If you’ve not had solok lada before, imagine yong tau fu, but also with shredded coconut, and spicier, I love it.

Lieniey Nasi Kerabu Tumis, Kota Bahru
options of dishes to choose from, and that long queue

The brunch at Liniey Nasi Kerabu Tumis was lovely, a word of caution – the drinks was still too sweet despite us ordered it “kurang manis”, you’ve been warned.

lieniey-nasi-kerabu-kelantan-map

Address:
Lieniey Nasi Kerabu Tumis
GPS: 6.125033, 102.258844
Hours: 7:30 am to 2 pm

If you’re at KLIA between 8-10th November 2019, you’re in luck!

MIGF KULinary is happening on these three days at KLIA as a collaboration between Malaysia Airports and Malaysia International Gastronomy Festival (MIGF), allowing guests to sample award-winning dishes from participating restaurants at KLIA.

MIGF KULinary 2019 @ KLIA
MIGF KULinary 2019 @ KLIA

KULinary is an annual event by Malaysia Airports to award top F&B outlets both from KLIA & KLIA 2 terminals starting from 2016. The campaign strive to encourage F&B operators to offer food in terms of variety, quality, value, and also service level for passengers passing through this space.

As someone who travels almost monthly for work, I certainly appreciate this move.

Horse meat, camel milk anyone? from Kazakhstan
Horse meat, camel milk anyone? from Kazakhstan

Among the stalls, one of the most interesting is the offering from Tal Cafe & Restaurant in Almaty, Kazakhstan. They have camel milk, horse milk, horse meat, and a host of other dishes, including beshbarmak, their national dish.

fried chicken, nasi lemak, pizza, burger
fried chicken, nasi lemak, pizza, burger

There are a host of other international and local dishes to choose from as well, including the usual suspects such as fried chicken, sandwich, nasi lemak, pizza, burger, to sang har mee (yee mee with prawns), curry laksa, mutton nasi briyani, and even roti canai.

yee mee, curry laksa, spaghetti, nasi briyani
yee mee, curry laksa, spaghetti, nasi briyani

The good news is, each of these dishes can be redeemed for 1 GastroDollar, which is equivalent to RM 5.00. The GastroDollar vouchers can be purchased at venue or online at https://migfkul.com.

Godiva chocolate, beef, and even cendol
Godiva chocolate, beef, and even cendol

Throughout the three days, there’ll also be cooking demonstrations by well known figures such as Chef Wan and Chef Dato’ Fazley Yaakob , as well as Master Chefs including MIGF Golden Cauldron Winner Chef Nathalie Arbefeuille and Chef Giuseppe Lioce from Nero Nero.

performances and cooking show by Chef Wan
performances and cooking show by Chef Wan

The participating restaurants include Godiva, Fukuya, Flight Club, Grandmama’s, Tampopo, Dome Cafe, Sama Sama Express, and more. For the first time, the festival will also feature Airlink Gastro Village, highlighting signature menu items from partner airlines, including MAS, Astana Air, and Citilink.

There’s also a RM10 Grab rides by booking with promo GRAB2MIGF, and RM 30 off ERL tickets by purchasing at self-service kiosks at KL Sentral, KLIA, or KLIA2 with promo code MIGFKUL.

Go check it out, especially if you’re traveling this weekends.

MIGF KULinary award winners
MIGF KULinary award winners

Date: 8th-10th November 2019
Time: 12 pm – 8 pm
Venue: Stage Area, Level 5, Departure Hall, KLIA