30 June 2013

Choy Kee Tai Char

Choy Kee Tai Char 
Restaurant Choy Kee
No. 63 Jalan SS 22/11 Damansara Jaya
47400 Petaling Jaya
(Coordinates: 3° 7' 47.00", 101° 37' 16.50")


Like we mentioned earlier, this weekend has be pretty hectic as Brendan was involved in the 4th KIDS BP (British Parliamentary tournament) 2013 organized by KDU University College. Right after it was over, we headed over to a row of shophouses right behind KDU and stumbled upon this restaurant (only one of two eateries opened in the area on this quiet Sunday evening).

yes, it's a little run down
right at the corner


What struck us when we first entered the restaurant was the Mamak stall occupying the entrance, fancy that! And next to it was a Malay stall selling satay to boot. Now this is one culturally diverse restaurant. The only Chinese stall doing business was the Choy Kee Tai Char (or Choy Kee Fried Dishes, did we get it right?) stall, and since Brendan had an ulcer from all that debating we opted for dishes of the non-spicy variety.


'big' fried dishes?
caution... these cooks are lightning fast!


We ordered a round of Sweet and Sour Pork, Kam Heong (Stir Fried Golden Fragrance) Chicken and a bowl of Slow-Fire Ham Choi (Chinese Salted Vegetables with Tofu) soup. Perhaps it was due to the fact that the restaurant was only half full but our dishes were prepared and served pretty quickly and in no time we were already having our dinner.

We enjoyed all the dishes in general and immensely enjoyed the Kam Heong Chicken, and I especially enjoyed the Ham Choi Soup as well. The Sweet and Sour Pork was pretty okay too, but since we couldn't get enough of the Kam Heong Chicken it was a little neglected.

ham choi soup, my personal favourite
the evergreen favorite sweet and sour pork
the crowd favourite kam heong chicken
dinner is served... chop, chop!
helping herself to some soup
one tired debater


The damage? RM37 excluding drinks, and while it’s borderline ‘everyday food for the everyday person’ we’ll definitely be coming back if only for the Kam Heong Chicken and the extraordinarily fast service!

29 June 2013

Restoran Fong Lim Homemade Noodles

Restoran Fong Lim Homemade Noodles
No. 12 Jalan 34/154
Taman Bukit Anggerik
56000 Kuala Lumpur
(Coordinates: 3° 3' 28.00", 101° 44' 54.00")

This weekend will be pretty hectic as Brendan has been selected by his school’s debate club to compete in the 4th KIDS BP (British Parliamentary tournament) 2013 organized by KDU University College. Hence, our usual weekend routine of visiting new eateries will be disrupted.

While Brendan was away we thought that it was about time for us to trade in our humble net book for a proper laptop. So off we went to see our good friends Shawn and Darren to look at some decent refurbished laptops. Before meeting up, we took the time to survey the various eateries in the vicinity of their premises.

We were drawn to this restaurant’s bright and cheerful exterior and the promise of homemade noodles.

the signboard says 'red' Lim?
half empty on a busy Saturday afternoon
deceptively appetizing?


I sampled the Special Fried Rice with Chicken Wing while Cat tried the Signature Malat Pan Mee (I guess she’s been infected with Brendan’s zest for the dish).

waiting to be served
I loved the iced coffee though
bright and clean
the (not so) special fried rice with chicken wing
the malat (spicy and bland) pan mee
well, here goes..


Truth be told both dishes were pretty bland. Cat said her pan mee was so spicy that it overpowered all other flavours (if any), and the ‘homemade’ noodle was nothing special as well  while my fried rice looked nothing like what was in the menu. If not for the chicken wing, I would have been eating lightly fried rice with little to no flavour.

We will not be coming back.

24 June 2013

Kuala Lumpur Overcast! (Updated)

Updated: Saturday June 29, 2013 MYT 3:57:08 PM

National Security Council to declare emergency order if API breaches 500, says Palanivel


Dear Mr. Minister, isn't an API reading of 300 already considered hazardous? At levels beyond 300 healthy people will experience reduced endurance in activities. There may be strong irritations and symptoms and may trigger other illnesses. Elders and the sick should remain indoors and avoid exercise. Healthy individuals should avoid out door activities. Those with existing heart or respiratory illnesses may experience significant aggravation of their symptoms. There may also be widespread symptoms in the healthy population (e.g. eye irritation, wheezing, coughing, phlegm and sore throats).

So Mr. Minister, why 500?



Updated: Wednesday June 26, 2013 MYT 07:58 AM


Improvements everywhere, is this permanent or are we just in the eye of the storm?


Updated: Tuesday June 25, 2013 MYT 11:58:25 AM

Haze: DOE offers hourly API readings; status as at 10am

The Air Pollutant Index (API) readings will now be updated on an hourly basis.

The Department of Environment (DOE) director-general Datuk Halimah Hassan said the readings will be available at the Natural Resources and Environment website and will be made available on the DOE portal soon.

"We are giving it out every hour due to the public's request," she said.

The updates can be viewed at http://www.nre.gov.my/malay/Pages/defaultnre.aspx



Updated: Monday June 24, 2013 MYT 11:50:11 AM

Haze: Port Dickson API spikes at 335; unhealthy levels in KL, Selangor, Malacca and N. Sembilan

The air quality remained at unhealthy levels in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malacca and Negri Sembilan as at 7am Monday.

According to the Department of Environment website, the Kuala Lumpur, the API at Putrajaya registered at 155, Cheras, 157, and Batu Muda, 191.

In Selangor, Petaling Jaya registered 198, Shah Alam, 157, Port Klang, 296, and Banting, 178

Higher API readings were also registered in Port Dickson (335) in Negri Sembilan and Bukit Rambai (260) in Malacca.

The DOE classifies any API reading above 301 as hazardous, 201 to 300 as very unhealthy, 101 to 200 as unhealthy, 51 to 100 as moderate and 0 to 51 as good.

Haze forces schools in KL, Selangor and Malacca to be shut down

Schools in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Malacca have been ordered to be closed today due to the worsening haze.

The order has also been given to schools in Kuantan and Port Dickson, as well as several districts in Johor.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel said parents in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor were advised to keep their children indoors and ensure the use of face masks outdoors.

Meanwhile, these are pictures taken on Sunday afternoon (June 23, 2013) in and around Kuala Lumpur:


.. along DUKE

.. along DUKE

.. along DUKE

.. along AKLEH

.. right beside it but barely visible

silhouette of Twin Towers barely seen

.. along Jalan Dang Wangi

.. along Jalan Munshi Abdullah

.. SOGO Department Store

.. view from our apartment

23 June 2013

Restoran Plus Plus Setapak

Restoran Plus Plus Setapak
Lot 7 & 8 Jalan Metro Wangsa
Section 2, Setapak
53300 Kuala Lumpur
+60341422926
(Coordinates: 3° 12' 18.00", 101° 44' 10.00")

We visited this restaurant pretty frequently in the days before Cat started cooking during the weekdays. It’s your typical food court and the dishes are pretty standard too. I fell in love with the lotus root soup some time ago and I’ve been having it every chance I get ever since.

always wondered what the plus plus means
run of the mill food court

During the daytime it’s a very quiet and sleepy food court but (as with most chinese food courts) it comes alive at night. Parking may be a bit of a challenge (most patrons park haphazardly along the side of the road where the yellow line is clearly visible) but we always opt to park some distance away at properly designated parking bays.

lotus root soup!
oolala at RM6.80, still pretty reasonable
any guesses what Brendan had?
you guessed it, pan mee at RM4.50
he's contented
Cat ordered char kuey tiau..
and got a hybrid instead for RM4.50
she's not complaining


I enjoyed my lotus root soup with rice while Brendan and Cat said their pan mee and hybrid fried mee/kueh tiau was ma-ma (so-so). By the way, at the rate he's going I might just apply for a deed poll to change Brendan's name to Peter (as in Peter Pan, get it?).

Cat says the sign board in Mandarin literally means 'street food' while google translate spewed out "street street food high tea room" (huh?); we have no idea why it’s translated to Plus Plus in English. Oh well, maybe someone can drop us a line and explain.

Coffee Break Cafe Kepong

Coffee Break Cafe
141-1 Jalan Rimbunan Raya 1
Laman Rimbunan Kepong
52100 Kuala Lumpur
+60362525778
(Coordinates: 3° 12' 43.75", 101° 38' 51.25")

Cat came across this on mydeal.com.my: "59% Off Sumptuous Set Meal - A Choice of Chicken Chop / Pasta with Ice Lemon Tea & Ice Cream for RM 9.90 at Coffee Break (Kepong). Voucher Value: RM23.90".

We duly obliged and purchased three of these vouchers. Reaching the place, we discovered that it was actually situated on the first floor above a restaurant called Honeymoon.

we had to use our GPS navigator to get here
right above Honeymoon
ample signage
its upstairs
we have arrived!


Upon entering we were suitably impressed with its décor and overall layout. We had a choice of either dining indoors or on the terrace outside. With the current hazy conditions we opted to dine indoors. Bright colors everywhere, warm and cheerful ala eating places you see in Korean dramas.

verifying our vouchers
waiting to be served

bright colourful and cheerful
the outdoor terrace

I ordered the Chicken Chop with Black Pepper Sauce set, Cat had Chicken Chop with Mushroom Sauce set while Brendan sampled the Spaghetti Carbonara set. Each set comes with a tall glass of iced lemon tea and a scoop of icecream (chocolate or vanilla).

the ice cream scoops came first?
appetizer or dessert?
perusing their menu
oh well, here goes
simple uncomplicated spaghetti carbonara
tickled about something?
Cat's chicken chop in mushroom sauce
hey, wait for me!
my chicken chop in black pepper sauce

Taste wise, it was pretty mediocre and no nowhere near the excellent western set we had at d'Spice @ BB Park the other day. We’re not complaining though as overall the café’s décor and ambience more than made up for it, and at RM9.90 a set it does fit the mantle of ‘the everyday food for the everyday person’.

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