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Friday, May 29, 2009

Economy Rice in Restoran Sin Hup Seng

It was a working Sunday. My colleague and I decided to drive down to Seapark for the Sunrise Roast Duck Rice for their famous roast duck (duh). We reached there about 1 p.m. and the place was packed and there were a few group of customers waiting for table. Since, we have to go back to work, so my colleague recommended to eat the economy rice at the other corner of the same row of shops as Sunrise.

The economy rice stall here have loads of dishes for one to choose. @_@

I have a hard time deciding what dishes to take with my rice. I saw the roast pork seems not too bad. So for me is roast pork, spinach and fu chuk. It's not the best roast pork but still very delicious. The spinach is young and fresh. A very fulfiling lunch for just RM 4 to RM 4.50.

Rating: 3.75/5

There is also free daily soup provided. The boss told us that customer come here not for the rice but the soup lol. He say he only buy the freshest fish and good quality vegetables. The daily soup that day is ABC soup. I didn't go and dig up the ingredients because I was already quite full. True enough the soup is quite flavourful rather than tasting like plain water like the economy rice in Pusat Bandar Damansara near my office. But it's not like what the boss exagerated about.

So if you're looking for value for money economy rice and variety of dish choices. You can surely try this one if you're nearby Seapark.


Restoran Sin Hup Seng
23, Jalan 21/12
46300, Petaling Jaya

Google map here.
Coordinates: 3°6'31"N 101°37'21"E

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Nagomi Shabu-Shabu, Menara Hap Seng

VKeong invited some of us bloggers to a 50% food tasting session in Nagomi Shabu-Shabu in Menara Hap Seng not too long ago. This is dinner before A Night In Rome.

It's good that the party and dinner venue is so near to each other, and best of all, I get free parking from Nagomi.

Signed my name at the registration.

These are the sides that come with the set if you order a shabu-shabu set.

I asked Chimp to come along and she asked Irsaf to come along too lol.

Seating on the same table is Wilson, Rachel and Rebecca.

After browsing the menu, I decided to have a Duck Meat Shabu-shabu set and a Sake Ikura Temaki (Salmon and Salmon Roe Hand Roll Sushi). The hand roll is nothing to shout about. I always like salmon roe. The salmon and roe is fresh and because the hand roll is only made when you order so that nori (seaweed) is still crunchy. Not too bad.

Rating 3.5/5

The duck meat set comes with slices of thin duck meat, and in the center there's the minced duck meat with an egg in the middle. The staff there will help you mix the egg with the minced meat in to duck meat balls. The raw egg is to make it smoother of course.

This is the first time I am eating in Nagomi Shabu-Shabu and the first time to eat duck this way. As I mentioned, a set comes also with vegetables, tofu, mushrooms, glass noodle, and a bowl of white rice.

First, put in the vegetables to the broth to make it more flavourable. By the way, one can chose between the Nagomi broth or chicken broth. For duck meat, chicken broth was recommended.

Taking a slice of duck meat, I swish and I swash. Just about 3 count, and it will be cook because it is sliced very thinly. One can choose to dip it into the three sauces provided, sesame, soya or chili. The chili is created for local flavour because in Japan there won't be chili sauce provided. I found that the duck meat don't have the gamey taste that one usually found in roast duck. The meat is more springy than chicken. I love the minced duck meat ball.

Rating: 3.75/5

Taking the opportunity of the 50% discount. Our group decided to order an extra order of a la carte Kobe beef. Normal price is RM 125++, after discount it's RM 62.5. There's about 10 slices of Kobe beef. There's 5 of us, so each of us get 2 slices. This is the first time I try Kobe beef too. 1,2,3 and that's all to cook the beef. Overcooking it is not recommended. I found it to be more tender than normal beef and easily melt in my mouth. Next time, I will surely try grill one because grilling will make the fat of the Kobe beef more aromatic.

Rating: 3.8/5

Kobe Beef

In Nagomi Shabu-Shabu, they also serve sashimi and sushi. Sheryl order a sashimi moriawase (assorted sashimi) rather than a shabu-shabu set. She like the butter fish most.

Salmon, Tuna and Butter Fish.

That night is not only to eat but there's demonstration from the chef on how to make sushi and cut a trout salmon.

I have the urge to grab this piece and run. LOL.

The last step of eating Shabu-Shabu is to put the bowl of white rice and cook it in the broth. I should have ask for an egg to add inside, to make it into porridge but alas I was already quite full.

Thank you Nagomi Shabu-Shabu for this wonderful session. Also thank you for your concern on my health.

Nagomi Shabu-Shabu

Menara Hap Seng - map
Suite 1-19, 1st Floor
The Podium
Menara Hap Seng
Jalan P.Ramlee
50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2141 6332

Jaya33 - map
PG-02B, Ground Floor
Jaya33, No. 3 (Lot33)
Jalan Semangat, Section 13
46400 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: +603 7956 2330
Fax: +603 7956 6331

Hartamas Shopping Centre - map
Lot G11A & 11B
Ground Floor
Hartamas Shopping Centre
Jalan Sri Hartamas
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 6201 7130

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Monday, May 25, 2009

A Night In Rome

UEFA Cup Final is starting soon in Rome. I won't have chance to go to Rome or Krabi to watch the match like KY and Mellisa. Luckily, I got to go to A Night In Rome party to get a taste of Heineken Rome. I got to the venue, which is the Hap Seng Star showroom after my dinner at Nagomi Shabu Shabu at Menara Hap Seng (ah talk about coincidence). Will write about the dinner in the next post.

Besides free Heineken and cool music. That night, there's a hair show and lucky draw for an all expenses paid trip to Rome to watch the UEFA Cup 2009 Final.

The beautiful hostess, Marion.

We got Joey G spinning the wheel.

The hair show is sponsored by Redken.

KY showing his Heineken ID, which I don't know why I didn't get mine yet since we applied almost at the same time.

Endless buckets of Heineken thanks to Desmond.

Surrounded by Suanie, Steph, Ei Ling and Cindy.

Horng, will be in Krabi too watching the final. So nice.

I'll just imagine that I am in Rome by looking at this background.

Bumped into Cynthia too.

An event like this will be weird if you don't see Joyce there.

The night started and ends with Lap Sap spinning some cool club music.

Even though I won't be going to Rome or Krabi but it's good to enjoy Heineken with friends like Wilson here. Thank you Heineken and Nuffnang for inviting. Maybe next year I got to go somewhere exotic and watch the final.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Runway 101

Dennis the Nanny is organizing something called Runway 101. Calling all HELP Female Students that's interested.

We might be quiet these days but IPRMSA is all geared up and ready to present to you our first even Runway 101, a model search competition for HELP Female Students Only. So what are you waiting for? Don’t just sit back, relax and enjoy. “Doll” yourself up with the outfit that shouts out your personality and begin strutting in your living room. Then arrive at our audition venue with full of confidence. You know what they say “ You are what you wear!”

Audition Details:
(1) 22nd May 2009 – from 12.00 noon to 3.00pm Activity Room 2 & 3, Level 5, Wisma HELP
(2) 27th May 2009- from 12.30pm to 2.00pm LH7 & LH8, Main Block

Come by fully prepared to the auditions with the best outfit, personality, your “Amber Chia” pout lips and impress the judges. High heels are plus points. Imagine you are wearing something that you just got up from bed to audition in front of Tyra Banks. Oh not to forget the first 50 contestants who register now at or will walk away with a free goody bag. Registration is FREE!! Do not worry about you catwalk as FREE CATWALK CLASS IS PROVIDED.

Worry not be able to look as hot as you wish?? Say no more!! IPRMSA will provide you a FREE one hour Make-Up Workshop by Clinique. All you have to do is just register with the given email and VOILA! You will receive another goody bag worth RM200.

After long hours and eyes straining, the judges will choose 12 eligible models to “battle” in our Runway 101 Finale on the 5th of June 2009. You will show your stuff in front of the audience during our Fashion Show with clothes sponsored by COLOURS and DESMOND CHOK COUTURE HOUSE!! So bring your BIG FAMILY to come support you as there are votings involved. Ticket to the FINALE is charged only RM10 inclusive of refreshments. The first 50 person will walk away with a goody bag as well!!

Winners will walk away not only CASH prizes but also products sponsored by MYC and Clinique! This is an experience of a lifetime if you have never modeled before. You might not have the chance to wear Versace, Yves Saint Laurent or Prada but this event promise you an enjoyable night that you will never forget.


Stay tuned for more news and updates. Tips will be given these few days on how to enhance your confidence.


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Before the Penang Trip...

me and Huai Bin only have about a week's time to look for accommodation. What's better way to do it online. I found this website call From here, I can find hotels not only in Malaysia but also most city in the world like Bangkok and Singapore. Of course there's hotel in Kuala Lumpur and Penang. Okay, so that's how we got our accomodation and booked a room in Cititel Penang. Internet made travelling so easy nowadays. We can book the flight online from MAS website, made hotel reservation and even book for tour bus if we wanted to.

Long Weekend Penang Trip - Day 3

Continued from the second day of me and Huai Bin in Penang, I wrote that my friend will be driving us around on Day 3 but she'll only be free after 4 p.m. and we have to check out from the hotel at 1p.m. Normally it's 12 p.m., we asked for an extension. So, we kept out luggage at the concierge first as we wanted to go for brunch.

We planned to go to Lorong Seratus Tahun for the curry mee that we missed the first day, char kuey teow by the lady in Lorong Selamat, and ice-kacang in New World Park. This time instead of taking the taxi, we took the thrisaw. We were tourist after all lol.

It's kind of cramp for me and Huai Bin to sit in one trishaw and both our weight added together is about 165 kg. So, you know that the uncle is very strong now to be able to pedal us.

It's quite fun to travel in the trishaw but I also felt it is quite a dangerous ride because every other vehicle around us is bigger and faster, and we're out in the open without any cover. Lucky it's not raining while we're on the ride. Want to take a feel of what it's look like riding a trishaw? You can play the video I took.

We reached safely at our destinaton or should I say the wrong destination. The uncle actually don't know where is Lorong Seratus Tahun, so he asked his friend and was told to go to Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Center but he took us to Sun Yat-Sen Base instead. There's two Sun Yat-Sen attraction in Penang. Luckily we were able to stopped the uncle again and tell him that he took us to the wrong place.

Managed to snap a picture before we go.

So, there we go again on the trishaw. After passing the road and building that we passed by, we made it to Lorong Seratus Tahun. The fee for the ride is RM 10.

Luckily it's still open when we reached. So now I can try the curry mee that I ate in Lorong Seratus Tahun in SS2 from the original stall. The curry mee here is different from the normal curry mee we always see. The soup here uses very little santan (coconut milk). It's not spicy at all if you don't add in their specially made chili paste that is on every table there. You more of it if you like it spicy. I usually put in three full spoons.

We ordered a small bowl with extra prawn that cost RM 5.50 per bowl. Besides fresh prawn, there's also blood cockles, sotong and pig blood (black pudding). Satisfying bowl of curry mee. I found that the taste here is about the same as in SS2. So, next time I can go to SS2 if I'm craving for Lorong Seratus Tahun curry mee and don't have to come to Penang. The quality is almost the same, just the price is different of course.

Rating: 4/5

After eating the curry mee as appetizer, we walked across the road and into Jalan Dato Keramat. I remembered Cheryl told me that Ah Leng char kueh teow is along this road. I called Kah Wheng and got the direction but alas, Ah Leng already closed. So, we took a taxi and go to Lorong Selamat.

Me and Huai Bin shared a plate of char kueh teow that cost us RM 8.50. I think this is the price for extra prawn. I at first mistaken this stall for sister char kueh teow, they put crab meat and prawn in their char kueh teow. While waiting for our char kueh teow (even though there's not many customer, still we have to wait for 30 minutes), a lady in the restaurant let us sample some of her pork floss. I found it to be quite nice, so I bought one.

The char kueh teow here also use some very big prawn. The taste here is a bit saltier than the one that we ate on the first day and the prawn is not as fresh. Ah, such a disappointment.

Rating: 2.75/5

While we were enjoying our char kueh teow, it was raining quite heavily. Luckily, it was only drizzling when we finished, so that we can walk to New World Park which is just a stone throw a way from Lorong Selamat. By the way, Tune Hotel, Penang is just next to New World Park.

I knew about the ice-kacang here after watching Ho Chak! Season 8 Episode 12. We ordered the ice-kacang special, which have 4 fruits and ice-cream. The 4 fruits is mango, banana, papaya and honey dew. On top of that, there's also kidney beans and and very firm jelly like thingy. I can say that this is one of the best ice-kacang that I've ever eaten. A must try if you're here. I also ordered the Tee Nya Kueh that Ah Yoon ate in the show.

The Tye Nyah Kueh don't have taste on it's own, it only have a mild pandan taste. It gets it's taste from the gula melaka. It's quite cooling and the taste is balanced well with the brown sugar.

Tye Nyah Kueh

My lovely bowl of ice-kacang.

After our brunch, we made our way back to the hotel and waited for Valerie to come and pick us up. At about 4.15 p.m. she arrived. Since, there's still time, I ask her to drive us to the Snake Temple which is quite near the Penang International Airport. The snake temple closes at 5 p.m. and we made it before it closes.

Snake Temple

The snakes are not in the temple but a room next to the temple. Due to development, the snakes here are near extinction. Huai Bin paid RM 30 to take picture with the snakes on him. They will print out the picture on the spot and give it to you. I don't think Pinky will ever pay money for this lol.

There's actually a snake farm next to the room. We paid RM 3 each for entrance fee instead of RM 5 by showing my MYKAD. There's about 15 different species of snake in the farm. There's also tortoise and monkey. There's one big tortoise that is already 65 year old, which is still very young for a tortoise. We also able to watch the python feeds on the chicken.

That day must be our lucky day because the person in charge there decided to add an extra snake show for the crowd there. The show was supposed to have ended already. We were shown the handling of Mangrove Snake, Cobra, and King Cobra. The snake handler told us that, the Mangrove is not very poisonous, it's venom will only cause pain within 45 minutes. Huai Bin asked whether he can get bitten by it and take medical leave the next day. Lukily, he was stopped by the lady owner, if not, we might not make it in time for the flight because we have to go to the hospital lol.

Handling the Mangrove Snake.

The King Cobra can grow longer than the Cobra that can only grow until 1 meter long. Hence the name King Cobra. The King Cobra's venom can kill a human within 15 minutes if no anti-venom is injected. Even though there's a nurse with us that day, I don't dare to stay close an get bitten by it.

The King Cobra.

For RM 3 each, we got ourselves quite an entertaining visit to the Snake Temple. Valerie drove us to Queensbay Mall (currently the biggest shopping mall in Penang) to have dinner. There's nothing special to eat, so we chose to eat in Dragon-i.

Xiao Long Bao, Drunken Chicken, Fried Prawn in Bean curd roll, and Crab with egg white.

Me and the Nurse.

After dinner, it's time to go to the airport to check in.

Huai Bin and I at the Penang International Airport showing our MAS boarding pass.

Take one more picture with Valerie before going back to Kuala Lumpur.

It's been a very interesting 3 days 2 nights in Penang, Malaysia. Domestic traveling can actually be fun too if you know what to look for. A long weekend like this is also a good time to grab the Weekend Special package from Malaysia Airlines.

Adios Penang, Hello Kuala Lumpur.