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Klang Valley good food directory!

In the age of having profusion of food blogs, I intend to provide no-frills good food directory to save us time from going through the minutiae. Not listed in particular order:-

Ramen at IPPUDO

Please don't waste even one drop of the Tonkotsu broth, the product of more than 15 hours of preparation!

Please don’t waste even one drop of the Tonkotsu broth, the product of more than 15 hours of preparation!

Address: 1) Pavilion KL 2) The Gardens 3) Bangsar Shopping Centre


Beef noodle at Lai Foong Coffee House

Nice soup!

Nice soup!

Look for this building at the intersection of Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock and Jalan Tun HS Lee

Look for this building at the intersection of Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock and Jalan Tun HS Lee

Then look for this stall!

Then look for this stall!

The menu, and contact number

The menu, real brief history (since 1952, :))), and contact number

The business hours. Closed only during chinese new year and xmas!

The business hours. Closed only during chinese new year and xmas!

Address: 138 Jalan Tun HS Lee, Kuala Lumpur.


Sarawak Laksa at Nam Chun Food Court (Kedai Makanan Nam Chun)

Aunty Christina's Sarawak Laksa

Aunty Christina’s Sarawak Laksa

Aunty Christina herself!

Aunty Christina herself!

Address: No. 2-4, Lorong Ara Kiri 2, Lucky Gardens, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.

Business hours: 8 am – 2.30pm, closed on alternating Wednesdays

Contact number: +6016-3153213



First time visiting and I got disappointed…

To make my money worth, my main attack was on the following counters:-


My first try on half-a-dozen of J. Co!

Birdie once commented that eating donut from Big Apple or J. Co is like nibbling on a puff of cloud.

While there are still so many people out (me inclusive) there raving about donuts from the foregoing, hippo insisted that he still prefers the conventional donuts with sugar-coating (which are harder & thicker)…

New milestone for my chronicle of cari makan

First time eating these creatures! The texture of the flesh is similar to escargot.


Me: What’s the Chinese name of this seafood?


Me: English or Malay name?

Waitress: Helicopter

Sushi! Sashimi! Wasabi!

If price is the first dictating factor (which means I can afford to visit more than once per month ) and followed by deliciousness/freshness, then my favourite Japanese restaurants around Kepong would be:-


1) Sushi Zanmai @ 1 Utama (salmon sashimi @ RM2 per slice only!)

2) Sakae Sushi


What say you?

Caviar???? @ Sushi Zanmai, 1U

Creative pan

Pan? Plate?

85% grilling + 15% steamboat!

I really think this is a creative idea from Bangkok

Creativity/ innovation in steamboat

Location: New Wing of 1 Utama Shopping Centre


– providing vast variety of condiments

– and all sorts of choices of soup!


Greedy hippo…


Our choices

Worth sharing my observation: this is actually the second “Hong Kong style” (港式) restaurant using order forms which are not environmentally friendly….

A waste of paper le….

My visit to Miri – cari makan

I visited the Hippo Land (viz. Miri!) from Aug 28th to Sept 3rd.


May I present to you the good food in Miri that one should really try!


The famed mee kolok (earmark of Sarawak) I tried in Miri unfortunately failed to satisfy my taste buds but I found the laksa here were quite savoury.


Hippo and his family unanimously voted for laksa sold at Sin Foh Café to be the best laksa in Miri. The Sin Foh laksa no doubt is tasty, the taste showed a lot of similarity with laksa from Peninsular, but my favourite would be the laksa sold by Nancy Stall, which is located in front of Imperial Mall.


Sin Foh Laksa!

Location map of Sin Foh Laksa

Nancy Stall!

My favorite Nancy Stall’s Laksa!

The beef noodle at Nancy Stall is quite famous too…

Location map of Nancy Stall

Another appetite-tempting food that I’d like to recommend is the “kuey chap” (粿杂) available at Hopoh Building for morning session only.

The non-halal kuey chap!

Location map of Hopoh Building

Maybe I’m under-exposed, but I find the dim sum served at Mega Hotel (4°23’47.76″N, 113°59’17.45″E) were of the best ones I’ve ever tried to date! And the most important fact is that the mouth-watering dim sum costs only RM3.80 per dish!


So, you all know what to look for if you happen to drop by Miri!

spaghetti @ Marche

Kawan-kawan sekalian,


Go! Go! Go! Go try the seafood tomato spaghetti at Marche. In case the quality control is not in place, it’s Marche @ The Curve to be exact.

The spaghetti whetted the appetite so much that we ate through half way then only thought of taking picture…

Trust me, this photo failed to even reflect 10% of the tastiness!

“Chicken in paddy field”

Actually, it’s rather misleading for Chinese to regard a kind of frog, Rana tigerina rugulosaas 田鸡(chicken in the paddy field if translating literally).


My colleagues brought me to taste the famous frog meat mee hoon within this region. The location: travel for around 30km from Sg. Siput Main Street until you reach Lasah police station on your left, this house shown below is just next to the police station. 

Home-style cooking!

The raw ingredients! I really think I was so brutal by taking this photo before I had them in my stomach…..


I was amazed by this creative DIY flies-trap! Some flies’ favourite e.g. salted fish was placed in the middle of the trap, and they cut a small holes at the bottom. My manager told me that the design principle of this trap is that flies don’t really walk and when they get trapped, they always fly upwards! I think this explanation carried certain truth!

DIY flies-trap

While I was working my way through the meal, the following thoughts kept crossing my mind:-

“This is gonna be the last piece of meat that I can have…”

“No, wait, still have plenty in the bowl!”


Besides the mee hoon, you can also order this dish with rice


Not only we ate everything in sight, we gulped down all the soup which was added with mild alcohol.

I was teasing my colleague that his face turned red even with the mild alcohol content in the soup, but I did not realized that even my ears also flushed!

The price=RM12 per bowl. To me, it’s really worth eating . So, this is another delicacy for you to try if you are visiting me! Hehe…

Rating:  Thumbs up!

I spot you, creativity!

Series #9 Light bulb reuse!

Reflection of the day

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Inside the glass bottle…

“I want to walk tall, believe in myself, have the courage to ask for what I want and need, and live a life that mattered. I want to wake up in the morning with a smile on my face and know that I am loved and that I belonged. I am desperate to feel worthy and I am hungry for the opportunity to live my fullest potential.” - modified from "The Dark Side of the Light Chasers" - Debbie Ford

Under the apple tree…

"If you are not spending all of your waking life in discontent, worry, anxiety, depression, despair, or consumed by other negative states; if you are able to enjoy simple things like listening to the sound of the rain or the wind; if you can see the beauty of clouds moving across the sky or be alone at times without feeling lonely or needing the mental stimulus of entertainment; if you find yourself treating a complete stranger with heartfelt kindness without wanting anything from him or her... it means that a space has opened up, no matter how briefly, in the otherwise incessant stream of thinking that is the human mind." - A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle

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