Tuesday, 29 January 2013

RM5 Chicken Chop Hutan Bandar @ Hutan Bandar Johor Bharu

RM5 Chicken Chop Hutan Bandar @ Hutan Bandar Johor Bharu

Craving for chicken chop but wan to avoid my pocket and wallet bleeding, we headed to the cheapest chicken chop stall in town. Yeah, here it is, near the Hutan Bandar Johor Bahru. It is of little be remote if you are not too familiar with the area, but you will definitely discover it at night because when the whole road is in dark, this is the only place with brightness and crowd! To make your trip more secure, please refer to the gps code at the bottom of this post.
There are three stalls linked together, the first stall on the left sells normal Malay goreng-goreng food, the second stall offers satay, but the attraction of crowd is still the western food stall which alleges to be the cheapest chicken chop in town with only RM 5. Besides chicken chop, they also serve burger, oblong, and lamb chop. Spy on other people table, the RM5 chicken chop contains 3 pieces of deep-fried chicken breast, fries and salad, the portion is super generous indeed. But my throat was not that comfortable with fried food, and I am not really into chicken breast, so we rather go for grilled chicken chop, grilled lamb chop and beef oblong.
Grilled Chicken Chop Set RM7.50
The dining atmosphere and environment were not that good, no candlelight, no cushion chairs and no fancy decoration, the table was not that clean as well, I have to admit this is a normal and typical mamak stall.  However, the grilled chicken chop with super nice presentation definitely surprised me. The white plate makes it look clean, classy and attractive. The chicken chop is accompanied by coleslaw and fries. The only sauce available is black pepper sauce, which is "membanjiri" on the chicken chop. The taste is quite not bad, and because they are using chicken thigh to do grilled chicken chop, the texture is just good. I do think it will be better if they can reduce the black pepper sauce which is too overwhelming. 
Grilled Lamb Chop Set RM10
The portion of the Lamb Chop is quite surprising as well, two big pieces of lamb chop on the plate! The meat near the bone is just fantastic, not too fat and oily. But, since they are expert in chicken chop, but not lamb, it is pity that the texture is of a bit rubbery and overcooked. And lack of options for sauce, it tastes similar to the chicken chop because of the pepper sauce.
Oblong Beef  RM4
Oblong is another option. It tastes good while it is still warm, with the bread, it is super filling. Because of the cheap price, I overestimated the capacity of my stomach, and subsequently spoil my diet plan. This is the place I will re-visit indeed for the good food at reasonable and affordable price. 

Address : Chicken Chop Hutan Bandar 
Hutan Bandar Johor Bharu
Jalan Tasek Utara, Taman Bakti, 80200 Johor Bahru
GPS : N01 28.840'  E103 44.772'

Business Hour : 5pm - late

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Monday, 28 January 2013



Texas Chicken®, a globally recognized brand, has opened its first restaurant on 31st January 2013 in Malaysia. Texas Chicken®’s local franchise partner, Etika International Holdings, plans to open 80 Texas Chicken® restaurants nationwide in the next 10 years.

 The first Texas Chicken® restaurant will be located at AEON Bukit Tinggi Shopping Centre, with a seating capacity of approximately 70 guests. The restaurant is fitted with state-of-the-art kitchen equipment and a new digital menu board display system to enhance the in-restaurant experience of Texas Chicken® guests. 
“As our Texas Chicken® brand continues its global expansion, we’re proud to work with and attract the best franchisees all over the world,” said Jim Hyatt, Texas Chicken® Chief Executive Officer. “I am pleased to welcome and celebrate Dato’ Jaya and his team at Etika International Holdings as they open their first Texas Chicken®. And, we’re excited to introduce the great taste of Texas Chicken® to consumers in this beautiful country of Malaysia.”

Today’s launch celebrates two paramount occasions – Etika Group’s strategic collaboration with one of the world’s biggest and most renowned chicken restaurant chains, Texas Chicken® and the first outlet in Malaysia which will bring you the most authentic and freshest fried chicken. 

“We are optimally poised to introduce Malaysians to the best cuisine from Southern USA while making a big stride into the local market. Fried chicken lovers will be delighted as their taste buds and palates will be treated to a gastronomic adventure from Texas Chicken®,” said Dato’ Jaya J B Tan, Chairman of Etika Group. 
Texas Chicken® differentiates from its competitors in the care and attention given to ingredient sourcing, quality control and preparation of fresh food:-

Direct imports from USA suppliers – Spices and seasoning for Texas’ great tasting chicken, and ingredients for the signature sides (i.e. Honey-butter Biscuits) are imported directly from USA. Thus, ensuring that guests who visit Texas Malaysia restaurants enjoy the same great taste created 60 years ago by the founder – Mr. George W. Church Sr.

Fresh Chicken, Fresh Preparation – To guarantee the delectable, refreshing taste only available from using the freshest ingredients, the Original and Spicy Chicken are made with chicken which is freshly procured from local farms. All day long, Texas Chicken®’s cooks marinate and prepare fresh batches of chicken in the restaurants.

Truly Juicy & Crunchy Chicken – A result of Texas Chicken®’s exclusive cooking technique that merges the art and science of creating mouth-watering chicken, and delivered to guests in every Texas Chicken® restaurant through stringent training and QA programs.

Big Pieces, Greater Value – With Texas Chicken®’s signature 8-piece cut, Malaysia guests can now enjoy bigger, more sumptuous chicken portions at greater value.

Signature Spicy Taste (For Spicy Chicken Only) – Made from a proprietary recipe which includes a perfect blend of 5 types of Chili Peppers, each piece of Spicy Chicken is marinated overnight and freshly hand-breaded and battered in restaurants. Thus, providing consumers with a well-rounded, tingling spicy taste that is enjoyed in every bite.
For further information, please visit:-
Lot G29, AEON Bukit Tinggi Shopping Centre
Persiaran Bukit Nilam 1/Ks 6, Bukit Tinggi 2,
Klang, Selangor.

Exuberant choices in celebration of the Month of Love

Exuberant choices in celebration of the Month of Love

The celebration of love continues this February at The Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur. With seven spectacular dining venues to choose from, celebrate Valentine’s Day with a delicious Italian meal overlooking the scenic lake at Senja, Japanese delicacies in traditional countryside setting at Kogetsu, or specialty cocktails and electrifying sounds of a live band at RP Entertainment Centre.
Senja is set to melt discerning diners’ hearts with its exquisite menu and intimate ambience. Diners can get a chance to enjoy a scenic view of the lake, along with home - made rustic Italian cuisine prepared by Chef Filippo Giunta from Sicily. Spend this Valentine’s Day with scrumptious set menus at Senja. The set menus are priced at RM180++ and RM360++ (with wine pairing), inclusive of a polarized picture and a stalk of rose.

To start off this night, a mouthwatering Amouse Bouche of Oyster with Fennel Confit, Cucumber and Chives Vinaigrette will be served. This will then be followed by a palatable appetizer of Salad of Marinated Prawn and Scallop served with Seasonal Mango Carpaccio and Sherry Vinegar Reduction. If that isn’t enough, there is still more to come. For the middle course, Senja will be serving up a heavenly and flavorsome Salmon Raviolo served on a bed of tomato and basil, with lobster consommé.

For the main course, guests have a choice between two separate dishes. For one, guests can have a tantalizing Poached Fillet of Sea Bass with asparagus accompanied with sweet red pepper sauce. If this doesn’t satisfy the guests’ appetites, then they could go for the next dish. A succulent Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb, with Glazed Baby Shallots along with Baby Carrots accompanied with Thyme Reduction.

No meal is complete without dessert. To end this wonderful meal, what better way to end it than with our chef’s very own divine Chocolate Pudding, served with homemade avocado and strawberry ice cream. This is one meal not to miss during this Month of Love.

Suria Café
Overlooking the garden and swimming pool is Suria Café, an all-day dining venue that serves local and western specialties. This Valentine’s Day, indulge in a “Chocolate Lover’s Buffet”, starting from 6:30pm onwards, inclusive of a glass of red or white wine and ladies get a complimentary cake and a stalk of red rose, all for RM200++ per couple.

Valentine’s Day in Japan is a day where the ladies express their love for their loved ones and give them gifts. The men reciprocate their gifts a month later. At Kogetsu, couples can treat one another to “Teppanyaki Love”. Teppanyaki, meaning ‘iron griddle’ refers to various dishes cooked using an iron plate. This Teppanyaki Valentine’s Day set at Kogetsu is priced at RM240++ per couple, paired with a Sparkling Japanese Citrus ‘Kozaemon’ cocktail

Ti Chen
Situated in the neighboring Saujana Golf and Country Club, Ti Chen has a breathtaking view of the fairway. This February 14, treat your loved one to a 4 course Chinese Fusion Set menu, along with a complimentary glass of house wine, and roses for the ladies, priced at RM138.80++.

RP Entertainment Centre
After dinner, why not continue the day’s celebration at the RP Entertainment Centre? Party the night away with hits performed by Hyperzone, the resident band from the Philippines. Guests can also enjoy a special ‘Poisoned Love’ cocktail for RM28++ or purchase a bottle of Ayala Champagne Brut for RM450++ with two boxes of complimentary chocolates.

For reservations, call 03 7843 1234 (ext 6122/4717) or email dine@thesaujana.com or visit www.thesaujanahotel.com



Ignite your senses this Valentine’s at The Restaurant, The Club Saujana Resort where its contemporary Asian style contrasted against the dark Burmese wood presents aromantic elegant setting for lovers.
With a sensory menu aptly named “Symphony of Senses”, indulge in Chef Alexander Waschl’s exquisite creation where each course is titled according to senses such as Subtlety, Sensitive, Insanity, Joyfulness, Obstinacy and Carelessness. Allow dishes such as Marinated Tuna Carpaccio, the unique Truffle Cream Soup, Smoked Rack of Lamb and Medium Roasted Lamb Shoulder, Grilled Seabass and Iced Passion Fruit Mousse Cake to tease your taste buds in a delightful way.
Impress your loved one with a lavish candlelight dinner at The Restaurant from RM170++ per person to RM210++ per person with a choice of a 3, 4 or 5 course menu. For dining reservations, please call +603 7806 7000 ext 6722 or email: dine@theclubsaujanaresort.com or visit www.theclubsaujanaresort.com / www.facebook.com/TheClubSaujanaResort

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Shoon Fatt Bak Kut Teh 顺发肉骨茶 @ Taman Sentosa, Johor Bahru

Shoon Fatt Bak Kut Teh  顺发肉骨茶 Taman Sentosa, Johor Bahru

Shoon Huat bak kut teh 顺发肉骨茶 in Taman Sentosa is an established favourite among locals and Singaporeans. Shoon Huat's sign board says the business was founded in 1975. Shoon Huat provides the most typical Johor style Bak Kut Teh, the Teo Chew style Bak Kut Teh which is lighter and less oily. If you are health-conscious consumer, I bet you will like it as well. Due to the overwhelming good respond from the customers, Shoon Huat expanded his business to most of the district in Johor, and even in Malacca and Kuala Lumpur. But, since I am in Johor Bahru, I should go for the origin of the famous Bak Kut Teh! 

AiYu Jelly Ice 爱玉冰 RM2.50
Soothing my throat with a bowl of icy refreshing Aiyu Jelly Ice. Nothing better than having this during a hot weather noon! The sweetness and sourness is just proportionate, opens up my appetite to cater the incoming heavy meal.
TauPok  豆卜  RM3
Preserved  Vegetables  咸菜  RM3 
Few types of side dishes are offered by Shoon Huat, preserved vegetables is always a must for me along with Bak Kut Teh, while the Tau Pok looked so tempting, and I can't help myself to order it. FYI, it is super juicy and absorb all the aroma and essence from the gravy. 
Bak Kut Teh 肉骨茶加料 with
Extra Enoki Mushroom and Pig Stomach  RM27
Bak Kut Teh here is served in claypot, to keep the Bak Kut Teh warm till the end of our meal. As you see, the soup is clear and of lighter colour. However, it is surprisingly flavourful and aromatic. Pick a pork rib and dip into the dark soy sauce with chilies, heavenly perfect! If you never feel enough with the good herbal soup, the best part to have bak kut teh here is that the soup is bottomless and refillable. 

A family photo of the dishes! =) Actually this is not my first time to try Shoon Fatt Bak Kut Teh, the first tasting was at the KL branch, where the taste is rather different, the origin of Shoon Fatt does a better job anyway and truly deserves the reputation.

Address Shoon Fatt Bak Kut Teh  顺发肉骨茶 
236, Jalan Sutera 1,
Taman Sentosa, 80150 Johor Bahru
 GPS : N01 29.443'  E103 46.068'

Business Hour :  Daily 8:00am to 5:00pm 

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Monday, 21 January 2013



The Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) neighbourhood will be greeted by the aroma of freshly roasted coffee and friendly baristas throughout the day as the internationally renowned specialty coffee and tea retailer – The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® opens its first and new outlet here today.  The latest TTDI outlet is one of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®’s plans to expand its reach in the local beverage scene following the opening of its stores at Paradigm Mall, Tropicana City Mall and Lot 10 Jalan Sultan Ismail in the recent few months. The international household gourmet coffee and tea brand is always in the lookout for suitable locations in shopping malls and high traffic areas in Malaysia as part of their continuous expansion plan.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® in TTDIcurrently the 49th outlet in Malaysia – offers their famous Original Ice Blended, specialty coffee and tea-based drinks, All-Day-Breakfast with bottomless coffee and tea until 11 am, All-Day Dining selection, delectable pastries, gourmet coffee and handpicked tea products as well as the Ready-To-Drink beverages. On top of these, customers can also pick up their party packs for celebrations, anniversaries and festive season at the The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® TTDI store. Created with their Original Design, one of the 4 worldwide store concepts catering to enhance customer experience and customer-barista interaction in mind, this concept store will provide a haven for coffee and tea lovers to relax and enjoy their drinks with all the comforts.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® TTDI store is located at Unit 6-2-0 Sinaran TTDI, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 4, Taman Tun Dr Ismail.  Operation hours are from 7:30am – 12:00 midnight. The first 100 early birds will be treated to a Buy 1 Free 1 Ice Blended offer and not to be missed are the 500pcs of their TCB (The Coffee Bean) cards to be given free upon a minimum purchase of RM30. This will be on a first come first serve basis so hurry over while stocks last!

Follow The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CBTLMalaysiaPage. For further infor
mation go to http://www.coffeebean.com.my/

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

That's Cafe @ Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Johor Bahru

That's Cafe @ Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Johor Bahru

That's Cafe is the hidden gem in Johor Bahru downtown area. This small white wooden cafe  is so low profile until I won't even discover it if my friend did not tell me about this unique boutique cafe. A transparent window allows me to look into the small space, surprised by those little antique toys.

I am impressed with the homey feel when I first entered into the cafe. Got the feel of my grandma's house, with the strong sense of nostalgic. The furnitures are mixed and matched, placed randomly in the cafe, every single piece of table and chair is unique and not repeated. 
The beverage bar on the right of the entrance. The colourful glasses and cups are placed in the wall cabinet, decorative and attractive enough. And it was like a treasure hunting when I walk into the cafe, everything looks interesting to me. Below are the antique toys that I found in the cafe.
The tiny post-piggy bank, so cute.
Britain military soldiers standing neatly on the red-coloured rack.
I owned a small piano like this during my childhood, did you?
The old fashion funfair machine and popcorn maker.
This cute wooden horse caught my attention on my way looking for wash room.   
The old school bus taxi. Owner's childhood toy?

Passion Fruit + Yoghurt + Sour Plum  RM9.90
A costly beverage indeed, but the real and natural ingredients are used, I personally witnessed the making process, the owner used whole fresh passion fruit to blend with yoghurt and sour plum, very refreshing and appetizing. The texture is thick and creamy, it is rather dessert than a drink in my opinion. 
Chicken Chop  RM16.90
I like their chicken chop too, served with mixed vegetables, vege spring roll and wedges. Can't see the potato wedges? It is hidden under the chicken chop, and very delicious after absorbing all the flavourful gravy. The spring roll is another part that I like,  fried till crispy and since the filling is made from vegetables, good for healthy-conscious consumer. A very home-cook style chicken chop full with the chef's effort and thought. 
A close up look of the chicken chop, the chicken is grilled to perfection, tender and soft! Some western herbs spread on the top of the chicken chop, make it not only nice to see, but also delicious to eat.
Seafood Pasta  RM14.90
Seafood Pasta is my another menu on the night, flat noodles are used. Normally, flat noodles are not easy to handle, but the texture of this is just right, render the noodles springy and not to hard. The ingredients inside are quite surprising too, surprised by their generous portion of the fresh big prawn and squid. I super like their prawn, crunchy and fresh! A big like to it.
If you wonder where is the location of this nice restaurant, here it is, located at the street of heritage--Jalan Tan Hiok Nee. After dinner on Saturday, we walked around for their famous flea market just outside the door of the restaurant, kill two birds with a stone!

Address : That's Cafe
55, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee,
80000, Johor Bahru
GPS : N01 27.392'  E103 45.825'

Bussiness Hour3pm-12am
Closed on Monday
Tel : 07-2239088

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New Green and Blue Boot Will Be Worn by PUMA’s Top Speed Assets 

PUMA® today introduces the latest colourway of the evoSPEED 1 FG, the most recent performance football boot from the highly successful SPEED silo. Still one of the lightest football boots in the market, the new green and blue colourway of the evoSPEED 1 FG will be worn from now on by PUMA’s top football SPEED players. 

The new green and blue evoSPEED 1 FG is designed to help players achieve top speed and enhance their manoeuvrability, and together with Manchester City’s players Sergio Agüero and Gaël Clichy, Atletico Madrid’s top star Radamel Falcao and Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, many top footballers around the world is now wearing the new colourway.
A player such as Agüero has always been a Speed Junkie. Quick mind, lightning fast feet and the ability to beat defenders into the space – speed is in his blood. It is his nature to be first to every 50/50 ball and leave the opposition in the dust, the new lightweight and responsive evoSPEED is the boot for him. Football fans in Malaysia may also now discover their nature of performance through Puma Malaysia Facebook fanpage:

Equipped with speedCELL™, the boot’s mono-layer microfiber upper reduces weight and increases flexibility while the EverFit cage provides an especially snug midfoot fit. The Pebax outsole combines bladed and conical studs for heel stability as well as total freedom during forefoot rotation. For an improved ball grip in wet conditions, the upper features a super thin 3D film.

Falcao, one of the hottest and most talked about players in the world, commented, “I really like all the different colour variations that PUMA offer me, because I really enjoy difference and like when boots stick out on the pitch. I have been playing in the evoSPEED since May 2012 and I feel extremely confident wearing them. The boot is perfectly suitable to go up to speed quickly, which I really appreciate. And the combination with some different colours makes the boot stand out from others in the market”.

Behind this new evoSPEED 1 FG stands a full green and blue coloured collection that answers every athlete’s need for speed by taking performance technologies and innovations and incorporating them in footwear, apparel and accessories. The full collection includes more footwear for indoor and outdoor, shirts, shorts, jackets, goalkeeper gloves, balls and many other products.

The new evoSPEED products in the green and blue colourway are now on pitch and are now available in selected AL-ikhsan, Mizi and Sports Direct.

For more information, please visit www.puma.com



Available at All CBTL Outlets this 7 January 2013 – 17 February 2013

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a twist of health this Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day with The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf®’s line-up of mouth-watering delicacies and beverages that willcomplement your festive and romantic seasonsfrom 7th January 2013till 17th February 2013. 

The delectable offerings available in all The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf® outlets for Chinese New Year includePassion Guava Fru-Tea, Passion Guava Tea Latte, Passion Fruit Cheese Mousse, and Orange Poppy Seed Cake. While you enjoy The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf®’s festive cheer with their kaleidoscope of gourmet coffee and tea, you will not want to miss out on the intricately designed vanilla cupcakes.

If you are looking for a dash of romanticism this Valentine’s Day to surprise your loved ones, then try the special Strawberry Romance cake! Shower your affection on your loved ones with a heart-shaped moist vanilla layered sponge topped with mouth-watering whole fresh strawberries in apricot glaze. Take advantage of 10% off when purchased with TCB card or order online at RM 79 only (Normal price RM 88). On top of these fruity recipes to complete your palates are the Beef Goulash, Poppy Citrus Salad, Pesto Chutney Zucchini Burger, Chicken Patty, Pancake Platter, Cheesy Spinach Muffin, and Smoked Salmon.

The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf ® Offerings of Natural, Healthy and Fresh Beverages

The new passions for the passion guava drinks – Tea Latte and Fru-Tea – is an alternative choice for a creamy tea latte made with passion guava honeybush infusion or a tasty frozen blend of tangy passion fruit and sweet guava. You can also grab the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf®’s Ready-To-Drink Teas when you are in a hurry. The Ready-To-Drink beverages priced at RM5.50 per bottle is a range of premium natural fresh teas in the flavours of Jasmine Oolong, Peach and Lemon – all of which will be your healthy and natural companion these festive seasons.

The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf® Offerings of Delectable Festive Delicacies

The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf®’s Chinese New Year Party Pack priced at RM89 is filled with delectable and intricately designed vanilla cupcakes perfect for the festive cheer. The Orange Poppy Seed Cake topped with mandarin oranges promises a refreshing and juicy sensation with every bite for only RM 8.90 per slice. Another delicacy you can opt for from these festive offerings is the Passion Fruit Cheese Mousse, a tantalizing cheese mousse with fresh passion fruit pulp – passionately delicious at only RM 9.50 per slice.

For more information on the mouth-watering festive offerings, please visit:- 

The Chinese New Year Party Pack and Strawberry Romance Cake can be ordered at any The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf® outlets, or online at www.coffeebean.com.my.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Blackball 黑丸 @ Taman Indahpura, Kulaijaya, Johor

Blackball 黑丸 @ Taman Indahpura, Kulaijaya, Johor

Got no chance to visit BlackBall in Kuala Lumpur, so I got my first visit to BalckBall in Johor. Around JB area, I found that there are more BlackBall than the famous Snowflake in KL, yeah, it means that BlackBall is more dominating here. The BlackBall in Taman Indahpura Kulai is just newly opened and attracts residents nearby to visit this new outlet.
I visited this outlet after dinner, around 10pm. It was super duper crowded. All seats were occupied, people were standing to wait for seats, queuing to order, and some of them standing outside the shop to wait for their take-away.

The UFO as usual Taiwanese Dessert Shops use.
Blackball Signature 大黑丸  RM6.90
 Grass Jelly, Yam Balls, Taro Q, Pearl, Red Bean

The signature dessert in the house, come with four toppings. The orangish potatoes balls are the tastiest, the texture is good, very chewy. The taro and potato chunks are not tasty at all, it is not the original fruits, but made from flour.
Cranberry Crushed Ice with Milk 蔓越梅牛奶冰  RM6.90
This cranberry crushed ice is good with the fruity flavour, with non-excessive sourish taste, very appetizing, can't help myself to have more.

We actually ordered another herbal jelly winter melon tea, but the beverage was bad and it smells burnt. Definitely not worth for the price. It is far more worsen than the winter melon herbal jelly in Meet Fresh.

Address : Blackball 黑丸
2, Jalan Kenanga 29/1,
Taman Indahpura,
81000, Kulai, Johor
GPS : N01 38.401'  E103 37.133'

Business Hour : Weekdays  12pm - 11.30pm
Sat - Sun, PH & Eve  12pm - 12am
Tel012-720 9783

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“If you want 1 year of prosperity, grow grain. If you want 10 years of prosperity, grow trees. If you want 100 years of prosperity, grow people.”

The Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival is the most important festival on the Chinese calendar. The festivities traditionally begin on the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar and end with the Lantern Festival celebrated on the 15th day of the New Year. The Chinese calendar follows a 12-year cycle and each year relates to an animal in the Chinese Zodiac. Year 4711, the year beginning February 10, 2013, is the Year of the Black Water Snake.

Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means your family will not starve. New Year's Eve and New Year's Day are celebrated as a family affair, a time of reunion and thanksgiving. The presence of the ancestors is acknowledged on New Year's Eve with a dinner arranged for them at the family banquet table. The spirits of the ancestors, together with the living, celebrate the onset of the New Year as one great community. The communal feast is called "surrounding the stove". Hence, certain dishes served during this season bears momentous meaning to the family members such as Abalone defines good fortune, Bamboo shoots is for wishing that everything would be well, Fa Gao means prosperity cake, Gingko nuts brings of hope and silver, Jujube means prosperity and fertility, Mushroom strives for opportunities and longevity, Glass Noodles represents silver chains of luck, Oysters brings good fortune and Nian Gao is a homonym for a higher and better year. Taking all these key ingredients into considerations, Master Chef Heng once again conjured up a selection of spectacular affluence dishes for everyone to savour and commune this opulence time of the year together.
 This year Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur offers some of the city’s best dishes for the spectacular Lunar New Year on the 10th February 2013.  “There could be no better place to celebrate the Year of the Snake than at Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur,” says Mr Peter D. Gibbons, General Manager of Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur. “The chefs at Lai Ching Yuen have outdone themselves with a superb eight-course dinner menu which includes all the traditional favourite Cantonese dishes. At Lai Ching Yuen restaurant, we are proud to present a choice of either an à la carte or an eight-course tasting menu, while The Mill Cafe is another ideal venue for a family get together.”

Lai Ching Yuen: the stunning Cantonese restaurant on the first floor of Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur, offers diners an eight or nine-course celebratory menu. Chinese New Year Set menu at Lai Ching Yuen starts from RM 1,388.00++ for a table of ten persons.

Celebratory dishes includes
·        Braised sea cucumber with “Ling Zhi” mushroom and Garden greens
·        Chinese wax meat rice with yam wrap in lotus leaf
·        Braised dried oyster with sea cucumber, mushroom and garden greens
·        Poached marinated farm chicken with Chinese wine

Alternatively, guests may order their own favourites from the new à la carte menu with a minimum spend of dishes starting from RM12.00 ++. For the Year of the Snake specials includes
·        Deep fried pork knuckle
·        Roasted mini duck
·        Steamed Squash stuffed with dried scallop
·        Pan fried homemade nian gao
·        Deep fried prawns with fresh grapes and mayonnaise sauce
·        Roasted crispy duck topped with deep fried shredded eggs 

Chinese New Year is never complete without yee sang! For the year 2013, Lai Ching Yuen offers you, Yee Sang with Soft Shell crab, Yee Sang with Scallop, Pearl and Mango --- we brought back this from last year’s menu as this dish was the favourite item last year. Prices of yee sang starts from RM58.00++ for half portion and RM98.00++ for full portion. There are also choices of yee sang with premium items such as premium abalone, geo duck clam and lobster to add on.

All diners at Lai Ching Yuen from the 10th February to 24th February 2013 will get fortune cookies which is subject to availability, therefore, make your reservations quickly at Lai Ching Yuen and let your fortune be told!

For those who fancy a fusion affluent dining, The Mill Cafe, always a popular choice for families, offers a sumptuous international Chinese New Year buffet at RM88.00++ per adult and RM44.00++ per child.

Last but not least, come join us at Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur while we celebrate this thriving year with celebratory activities such as the glorious traditional Lion Dance and meet the God of Prosperity in person, on the 1st Day of Chinese New Year (10th February) and 8th Day of Chinese New Year (18th February).

Reservations for dining can be made by telephone or by e-mail:
Lai Ching Yuen
+60 3 2117 4180
The Mill Cafe
+60 3 2117 4163

They have been awarded the “Exellence Award for the Best City Hotel” by “The Best of Malaysia Awards 2012 – Travel Awards” by Expatriate Lifestyle.  Thank you for all your support. 

Puma BioWeb Elite Running and Training Shoe

Puma Brings Nature’s Work of Art into their Latest Introduction, the Puma BioWeb Elite Running and Training Shoe 
Visually stunning, extremely comfortable, and performance enhancing, the Puma BioWeb Elite running and training shoe takes nature’s inspiration to the next level

This season, PUMA introduces the BioWeb Elite, a running and training shoe engineered to deliver maximum cushioning and stability through an innovative cage design similar to a spider’s web that wraps the foot, delivering a fresh new look in performance.

The performance shoe that is modeled after a spider

Puma BioWeb Elite
Style Number: 186437 01
Materials: controlCELL™; WebCage Technology; Mono Mesh; Injection Molded EVA; Rubber.
People all over the world have long admired the incredible strength and durability of the spider web. Perfectly designed for optimal toughness and durability, these remarkable structures are also incredibly flexible and pliable. This natural work of art has inspired the team at Puma to study the intricate details behind this unique feature, leading to the creation of the revolutionary new Puma BioWeb Elite.

The BioWeb Elite is distinctive through the unique web like design that is carried into the actual tooling of the shoe, offering seamless style and functionality from top to bottom, dubbed the WebCage. The WebCage upper employs injected PU overlays: high strength-to-weight material which offers lightweight and flexible support that is strong and durable, much like a spider web. The result is a perfectly aligned, lightweight, web-like structure with breathable mesh-flex that bends with the foot when in motion without sacrificing strength and durability. 

However, the web concept doesn't stop with the upper. This design carries into the mid- and outsole construction. It features a flexible TPU heel wrap that absorbs the impact and discomfort associated with heel strike. The heel counter fuses with a solid rubber outsole that houses strategically placed flex grooves to deliver flexibility and a smooth ride whether running, jogging, walking, or training. This supportive heel wrap provides all the impact protection needed while delivering all the cushioning required by performance runners.
Visually stunning, extremely comfortable, and performance enhancing, the Puma BioWeb Elite takes natural inspiration to the next level. This shoe offers a complete experience for athletes who live for action both in and out of the game. Not only does it perform at an advanced level, it looks great to help you feel confident, no matter the level of activity. Puma has brought the nature of performance to yet another level with the BioWeb Elite. 

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PUMA BIOWEB ELITE (RRP: RM 459) will be available in PUMA retail stores by Feb 2013

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Soon Cafe & La Gourmet Dessert @ Johor Bahru, Johor

Soon Cafe & La Gourmet Dessert @ Johor Bahru, Johor 

When I decided to go working in Singapore, it means that I will hunt the good foods down in Singapore and Johor Bahru as well. Eating and blogging are just merged as part of my life. After started working, weekends are the moment I anticipate every week, to shelter my stressful mind and stomach. This week, I went to the area around Taman Pelangi there to hunt for good foods. It is going to be a two-stations-post.
The first station I visited after I had passed over the border is this Soon Cafe. Soon Cafe is established not long ago, it is not a very old and traditional cafe, but is surprisngly all time crowded by people. Soon Cafe is famous for its Hainanese Chicken Rice, Emerald Mee and Hakka Lei Cha.
Kopi Special 顺咖啡  RM3
Spotted this Kopi Special in the menu and decided to see how special it is. Anyway, not too much special and different than a Kopi C. But it is good to have a cup of aromatic coffee to go with my brunch. 
Burger Bun with Egg and Luncheon Meat
黄金汉堡午餐肉煎蛋  RM3.90
This is the breakfast I shared with my girlfriend. The buttered round bun is toasted to perfection, with the traditional charcoal fragrance and crisp. This kind of combination needs not much of seasoning, the luncheon meat itself is sufficiently flavourful.  
Lontong 隆冬  RM4.90
This is my lunch, a plate of Chinese-styled Lontong. This is my first time trying on this dish. Lontong is a compressed rice cake. Its ingredients consist of compressed rice, carrots, beans, cabbages, fried bean curd and boiled egg, served in the coconut milk gravy, topped with Sambal Bawang and ikan bilis. It is definitely not a luxurious version of Lontong, but definitely a good experience for me. 
Emerald Mee 菠菜面  RM5.90
The Emerald Mee with its beautiful greenish is made from spinach, looks healthy and also taste healthy. The noodles is believed to be handmade and therefore it is super springy! The broth is great too, long hours cooking with pork bones makes it looks milky and thick, very good match with the noodles. Some fried anchovy is added on the top, to enhance the crispy and crunchy texture.

Too full and satisfied with the meal. we decided to go shopping before heading to next station for dessert. 

Address :  Soon Cafe 顺咖啡美食馆
133, Jalan Sutera,Taman Sentosa,
80150 Johor Bahru, Johor
GPS : N01 29.588'  E103 46.318'

Bussiness Hour : 7.30am - 7pm
Closed on Sunday
Tel : 07-3320213
FB Soon Cafe 顺咖啡美食馆

After shopping, we went to the famous dessert shop in town--La Gourmet. It is located at the back of Plaza Pelangi, a quite strategic location. This new dessert shop is main on Hong Kong Dessert, the name of the cafe in Cantonese "Mat Dou Lou" means "mix everything together", implies that icy dessert here comprised of a big variety of ingredients.

Their name is printed on their spoon and bowl.
Strawberry Loh 草莓捞  RM8.90
The strawberry ice is for my girl. The colour is fabulous, naturally derived from the strawberry fresh juice, no colouring is added. Anyway, the strawberry they used is not sweet enough, but super sour! And I was quite disappointed by the shaved ice, where only normal ice is used, I thought it supposed to be snow ice. The texture will be much more better if snow ice is used.
Durian + Mango 榴莲芒果捞  RM12.90
Mango Mountain Hill 芒果神冰  RM9.90
Being impressed by the Mango Mountain Hill from Hui Lau San in KL, I tried on the same dish from La Gourmet too. From their fan page in Facebook, they claim their mango are from their self-owned plantation. The ice-cream and pudding are all made from mango. The dessert is not bad, as it is rich with mango aroma. Just do not know what, their mango is so sweet as I thought too. 

Actually this dessert shop is famous with its tallest ice tower, but it is definitely not for two person. Leave it for next time when I come with a bunch of friends!

Address :  La Gourmet Dessert 乜都撈
11, Jalan Kuning 2,
Taman Pelangi, 
80400 Johor Bahru, Johor
GPS: N01 28.704'  E103 46.000'

Bussiness Hour : 1pm - 5pm / 7pm - 12am

Closed on Wednesday
Tel 07-338 3237
FB https://www.facebook.com/LaGourmetDesserts

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