OFF to Langkawi!

Tonight I will be on the bus to Kuala Perlis, to take the ferry and due to reach Langkawi by 7am just in time for the shoot at Galeri Perdana. The movie is “My Spy” by KRU Productions and starring Hannah Tan, Carmen Soo and Daphne Iking. I was fortunate enough to secure a place as an extra for the next 4 days…

Boy, this would be my first time shooting for a movie, hahaa.. been on backstage before for photo shoots with Hannah but never on a movie set!
However, I’m keeping my expectations to a nil, for after the horror stories from Hannah, you can read it here.. I’ll be satisfied if they can just provide decent food throughout the shoot of 4 days! (yup, food will always be my numero ONE concern!) Since we are on this topic..anyone for recommendations of good Langkawi food?? My search online has yet to yield much results.. other than recommendations of buying beer, liquor and more beer ..

Traveling and lodging will be on our own pocket, and I have roped in 3 friends of mine who are currently freelancers as well so I won’t be alone. The production coordinator Zain has kindly booked our accommodation for us, promising that it will be convenient for us to get to the shoot, and comfortable plus affordable. *keeping my fingers crossed* grin

I hope to blog in between shoots, not sure if there are broadband available! Hahaa.. you guys might not hear from me for a while if there ain’t any.

Plus, I heard movie shoots are a lot of waiting and waiting and waiting.. get the idea..
Being involved in this is not so much about the money, for after deducting expenses for traveling and lodging, there aint that much in surplus. But hey, in life I’m game to experience anything (err.. almost anything anyways) and how bad can it get right??

Besides, I haven’t been to Langkawi since I was 5. And I will be heading down to Penang right after that. So a trip up north is warranted. I definitely be back with some duty free goodies – chocolates and the works ..hehe..

Yesterday I could feel myself coming down with flu.. having symptoms like sore throat, giddiness etc.. s*hit..! This can’t be happening to me now! Popped some pills, slept at 730pm and now I felt better. . No no no..must not fall sick..

Wish me luck!

Part 2 – Afternoon Lunch Market at Jalan Tengah

continued from my previous post…

This stall has all the “chinese” type of buns and in these metal containers are tong-sui of various types – bubur cha cha, red bean etc..

Carnival-like atmosphere….with non-edible items as well…

More food pics..

Yummy-licious sambal, to be eaten with the ulam..

The Indians community aren’t left out either…Indian dishes with rice…

below: Yogurt vegetables

Indian snacks – vadai etc..

Sardine rolls fresh from the oven..


And should you be worried about constipation after all that gluttony, freshly cut as well as whole fruits are available .. :p

Tapai ubi.

Too busy to cook? Few enterprising individuals here are selling frozen stuffs ranging from ready-pounded spices to “pau” aka buns, roti canai, curry puffs, etc..

Okiess… that’s all from me for the afternoon food bazaar at Jalan Tengah.Whew… no doubt there will be new stalls from time to time.. and there’s no better way to check out the vast array of food other than visiting it yourself! So, go!

D’lish and 30% off all desserts everyday at 8pm!

*groan* .. arrghh.. must be wondering what the hell is going on..well… moi here was feeling guilty as weekly gym regime has been neglected lately..being away every weekend, so today being off from work, I hopped over to Celebrity Fitness and joined, for the first time, a new (not so new now since it was launched like 2 months ago!) variation of class – PowerJump. Basically for this, one spends like 50 minutes jumping like a bunny on a trampoline.

Now I’m aching and sore. Obviously it’s gonna be worse tomorrow.
But….not all is bleak on the horizon..

Half-way through the class, (yes, halfway..and food rewards options already whizzing through my mind) I told myself I should be rewarded for such discipline.. ahem..& since I’m going to be aching all over tomorrow, I deserve a treat. haaha.. now, being a bargain hunter, not only for fashion but food as well, I do know D’lish at Bangsar Village 1 slashed their desserts ‘ price by 30% everyday by 8pm.
Since I’m already in Bangsar, why not eh? Petrol well-spend. LOL..

Ahh..must share pics with u guys.. no words can do justice.. :p

clockwise: Tarte Normandie w Vanilla Ice -cream RM7.80
Raisin the label laa.. :p
Strawberry tart RM8.00
bottom pic: Banana mascarpone cheesecake RM8.80

Almond Toffee Bar – RM4.80
Raspberry brownie cheesecake – RM9.80

Tiramisu – RM8.80
Creme caramel – RM5.80

Chocolate tart – RM8.80
Carrot cupcake with cheese frosting – RM6.80
Choco-banana cupcake with peanut butter frosting – RM6.80
no prize for guessing which is which..

The mini ones are sold at RM6.80 for set of 3. Flavours are the same as their magnified counterparts. The pretty one with the umbrellas are called Snowball with coconut flakes – RM4.80
The one behind the Carrot version is Double Chocolate with Ganache – RM7.80. Chocolate lovers – are you with me? :p

Apple pie bar with Vanilla ice-cream – RM9.80 i think, aiyahh..forgot..

Caramel slice – RM4.80, followed by ..
Granola bar – RM4.80 and Choco Raspberry brownie – RM8.80

hhmmm.. this is starting to look like a menu..LOL… least if you’re planning to drop by, you can take orders from your friends and calculate the prices in advance! Remember, 30% off if it’s after 8pm.

This is my next target! Wagyu beef Pie!! RM16.80
and Roasted Veg Quiche – RM11.80

Banana pudding loaf -RM5.80 and Orange Poppyseed slice – RM5.80. I’m sure you can figure out which is which rigghhtt?

Soooo.. what did I buy??

Tiramisu of course!

and Banana cheesecake.

I had wondered before whether anyone makes banana cheesecake, and also whether it is possible.I have a penchant for anything banana be it smoothies or bread and regularly makes peanut butter, cheese and banana sandwich to gorge on…hey it does taste good ok, at least to me it does. HA.

After much hunting, I have not found any till I saw this. Secret Recipe doesn’t have this variation, neither do I see this offered at any bakery so far.

My guess then was that making a banana cheesecake would be of a slightly more difficult level, as banana does oxides fast and having black specks, (a characteristic of banana bread) in cheesecake would be unsightly (cheese being whitish/light yellowish after all).
This one, on the other hand, does not have any black specks, thus I deduced that it could mean very little banana was added into the mix.

Yummy crunchy biscuit base with BIG walnuts!

The verdict? Excellent. Banana taste is strong and well blended with the cheese. Fresh too. I think I bear with another PowerBunny ..errr..I mean PowerJump class just for this.

Next up – the Tiramisu. Ok, other than a convenient little bottle, I got a rather authentic tiramisu, fresh mascarpone cheese, alternately layered with sponge fingers dipped with coffee liquer and topped with sprinkle of coffee powder. Delicious…from the Delicious Group.

My tiramisu, after a few forkfuls..

Got more pics..for Part 2 ok..
Ohh.. nearly forgot..

The bill!
Yup, 30% off RM8.80 each. (though I won’t mind buying even at normal price) I’m really pleased with my desserts!

H-Factor – Johor & of course….what we ate there!

Next stop was Johor, a week after Pg. The week whizzed by and the next thing I know I’m on a bus again..heading to the South.
This is my first trip to Johor, and of course I did my homework and listed the food I wanted to try.
I have just ordered this online a week before and was anxious to test the places listed. In addition, just to be sure, I was also armed with printouts from some prominent floggers ;p

Alas, time was jam-packed and I didn’t get to staple the infamous Briyani Gam and Laksa Johor. Furthermore, we stayed at The Regency and it was too far from all the eating spots (or so I was told).

We reached Johor at lunchtime.
Isabelle, one of volunteers hailed from Johor and a quick check with her dad revealed that we are actually in proximity of a very famous mee rebus Johor stall.
Apparently, it is just a “short” walk away from our hotel.

So a hungry bunch of us set out immediately for lunch.. and 25mins later we were still walking…
“Belle, are you sure we on the right track?”
“Dunno ahh.. my dad says just walk down this street..sure can see one.. just at the side of the road..”

another 5 minutes..
“Belle.. call your dad would ya?”
“well, he said walk on..”

another 5 minutes..
“eerr.. do you know the name of the shop? At least we know what we should keep an eye for..”
“hhmm.. dunno.. its below a “salesman” hotel and besides a money changer..”

By now, all of us are sweating and wasn’t really sure if we are going to get food any time soon. Yours truly here was the most concerned naturally. LOL.

Hannah’s PA Jess was miffed cos she thought I purposely bought the team so far just cos I wanted to eat this mee rebus. Hey.. I didn’t know where it is exactly! In defense, Isabelle said it was walking distance.
Besides, all was in favour of trying this famous mee rebus versus the suggestion by Official photographer Gareth and videographer Michael who wanted KFC at The Zon!

Then someone in front hollered.. oh yes..found!

I like the crunchy bit toppings. Sauce wise it was sweet and heavily “potato-infused”. Probably that explains why it was quite filling. What you see it what you get really; yellow mee, taugeh (bean sprouts), a hard boiled egg, crunchy bits and green chillis.
So why it is famous?
Honestly, by my standards it failed to ‘wow’ me but to give credit where it is due, I guess I would term it as “different”?

Anyways you can read about Mike’s post here and also renowned *wink* flogger Motormouth From Ipoh: The Southern Escapade (Johor Bahru) – Part 2 – yup, it’s the same hotel :0)

Otak otak for RM0.50.. wahh inflation hasn’t hit Johor yet mehhh?

Yup, bright red. Each of us polished off an average of 5 pcs in addition to 2 plates of mee rebus! Top that with set after set of roti kahwin (toasted bun with butter and kaya). Table full of gluttons, what to do (There were 14 of us..).. LOL

Next we popped over to MSC Cyberport, level 28 for the sound, stage and event set-up for tomorrow.
View from the 28th floor.

The function room and boardroom opens out to this garden. Very beautiful and well maintained. Great for chilling out and having a cuppa. However, the group of us were busy cam-whoring, hehe ..what else..

You can see the infamous Causeway from here.

Initial plan for dinner was Taman Jaya or something, where it is said that they have a big food court and really good errr.. darn..forgot liow…i think it was mee siam??
But then we were invited for dinner courtesy of Mr Ganesh and Her Royal Highness Tunku Zahrah – niece to the Sultan of Johor..

Venue: Restaurant Singgah Selalu at Danga Bay.

VIP table – Tunku Zahrah and Hannah, Ganesh, Reymee

MSC Cyberport owner & CEO of Malaysia Online (MOL) ,Mr Ganesh and David Lai, the mentalist

Drinks orders were taken first of course, and my eye zoomed in on Durian Ice Kacang on the menu instantly.

It DID NOT disappoint.

Hannah’s dessert – ice, sagos, and more sago, and sugar syrup and round jellies.

Not bad.. but doesn’t come near this.

Creamy, rich and with strong durian taste, this is the real McCoy. It was
pureed and blended with coconut milk I think, for it was not just durian
flesh. Surprisingly, chocolate syrup paired well with it, for my initial
reaction was chocolate and durian, can ahh??
Didn’t know both could make such a fatal combination *grin*

I went from table to table to recommend this to rest of the team. After exclamations of “Ohhhh…” “Ummmmmm..”wahhhhh…”, “heaven!” the waiter was called for and another round of Durian ABC for each table was placed.
Heh, hope Ganesh didn’t mind the bill.

Leonard ordered this ..

I was curious of course, and what better way to satisfy one’s curiosity than to just dig your spoon in? ;p
Longans aside, the round thingy you see are actually jellies..not sago..don’t ask me how they made it cute and nice roundly shape like that..

With the 1st “course” passing with flying colours, I sat back and waited in anticipation for the dishes ordered personally by Tunku.

Hard and chewy Lemon Chic. A real let-down.. for it’s one of my fav chicken dish.

Ikan Bakar..I had better..

Tom Yam..nothing to shout about..prawns, squids..normal normal normal..

Nasi Goreng Kampung, it was eerr.. fiery..yes.. and salty.

Asparagus.. pass! Or was I desperate for something edible? hah.

At the risk of sounding ungrateful, I would like to redeem myself (ahemm) and said it was a good meal with even better company. The durian ABC makes it all worthwhile! There are other stalls outside of which I have yet to try so there might be some hidden gems..

So will I singgah – selalu?? Err.. hhmm.. I still think not..Just feels very commercialised kinda place..
Anyways, got more pics (or rather better pics) here . Sorry, moi here no camera pro..

I think we occupied 4 or 5 tables in total..

After dinner, we were “entertained” by mentalist David. His signature act is the spoon bending demo..

Final fate of the poor spoon? No joke!

The next day – Work time..
The hall all ready.. 300 goodies bags prepared, Serena C and Pietro with the opening act..

These pics above are courtesy of Shaolin Tiger – the official photographer of the event as I didn’t managed to snap any myself.

Security crew – they did a mighty good job of “securing” the local celebraties ;p

Goofy moments – off duty of course!

The team..

Pic courtesy of Shaolin Tiger..

We departed right after the event and had dinner at one of the rest stop on the highway.. so nothing much to blog about that!

Next.. Kota Kinabalu!

H- Factor Penang and Penang Food!

..ahhh.. this is weeks overdue..

I can’t remember the last time I spent weekends at home anymore! My weekend has become a ritual of packing on Fridays nights, early Saturday mornings traveling and well..this part has got no complains from me; hanging out with a bunch of great, really cool “kids” ahem.. ok..rephrase.. young adults from HELP University who is the event crew..awesome craze–ee speakers and last but not least, this youth project has bought me much insights into the mindset of the younger generation Malaysians.

Of course.. lets not forget the food places I made a point to explore at each venue!

I’m starting with the first leg of the H-Factor Youth Creative Workshop (which was in PENANG) which aims to give an insight to the youth of Malaysia on what it takes to get ahead in the Malaysian Creative Content Industry by showcasing some of the players who has indeed made it in this arena.

[The gentlemen from left to right - Hans Isaac, David Lai, Harith Iskander, Reymee Hussein, Pietro Felix, Fellest Yan, Joey Khor. The ladies - Hannah Tan and Serena C]

Each speakers specializing in an area.

The journey..misty cool air along the highway..

Tapah – Jambu Jeruk

I was absolutely fascinated with the above. Apparently, it is a hybrid fruit. Very diabetically (if there’s such a word) sweet, with a good bite and crunchy. I loved it. But it is not available in KL I think, for I have not come across it. Anyone?
I was asking the stall -keeper on whether this is the original fruit itself or is it a preserved fruit. Sadly no contrite answer was given as the stall-keeper could only repeat “ more..good lehh? buy more….try try..” everytime I ask her anything!

Seems that it is only available in Tapah rest-stop too.

Reached Penang in time for lunch *grin*..perrrffectt..
A quick check-in into G Hotel and after chomping down some lunch from the afternoon buffet, I’m off to Swatow lane! Haaa..where else for my Ais Kacang fix..

New WOrld Park – packed as usual..

with my favourite topping of bananas, and for Vit C I added dragonfruit ;p
And this..KL don’t have laa..Tee Nya Kueh

Oh-Chien (oyster omelette) .. for RM6 with big plump oysters.. really can’t get it in KL!!

Of course I had to order the Char Kuey Teow, and my favourite here is the stall that is beside the fried oyster’s. However, I seems to have lost the pic, (??!) or did I not take any? Sigh, the thing that good CKT do to you. Make you forget everything and just tuck in! You can choose to add duck egg, of which I did.

Also, since I did take a pic of this stall, thought I might as well post it..The Chee Cheong Fun, Yam kueh, red bean soup and Meat dumpling (Ba-chang) is pretty decent.

Then it was a quick visit to Continental Bakery, my all time prefered bakery before Rainforest Bakery at Chulia Street. (that I will keep for another post)

Him Heang was next on the list (read about it here)..

Back to work..
It was a meet and greet session at Queensbay Mall..

Dance demo by Fellest Yan of WildStream Productions.

We had pretty overwhelming response, and a cool number of teenagers signed up for the workshop which was the very next day.
Satisfied with ourselves, we headed back to the hotel. Some went to New Lane for dinner, others just had buffet in the hotel and moi here went hunting for hawker food at Gurney Drive ;p

This is THE stall for CKT here..

It’s a father and son team. Son will take and fire order, dad never looks up from his wok..

And it’s self-service.. judging from the queue I don’t think anyone mind..

Wok hei – check
Perfect balance of chilli and soy condiments – check
Smooth soft kuey teow, all evenly coated with sauce – check
Reasonable pricing – RM4 – check
Fast and efficient service – check
Not too oily – check
Fresh sweet crunchy prawns – check
Ku chai – check

ahhh.. what more can one ask for?

Other than the infamous Apom Guan on Burmah Road, who only sells in the afternoon (oh, on my last trip I saw his brother putting up his own signboard “Apom Chooi” too!..hoho..maybe to compete yea? ), we do have this version of Apom in Gurney

Here, they have 3 choices of filling – banana, kaya or corn. 5 for RM2.
If you have been following my posts, I’m sure I have mentioned that I dig bananas (banana cheesecake – D’lish, banana with ais kacang..) so this is what I had.

The morning after.. up at 630am.

I skipped hotel morning buffet for this.. Chowrasta Market!
This aunty only sells on weekends.. I kinda prefered hers to the ones at New World Park. Her pandan colouring is really derived from pandan leaves, not colouring.

Another stall is this..

He used to sell pandan tau fu fah.. of which forms one of the main reasons I came here for.. But sadly he has stopped “production” of this particular version, citing heavy workload as the reason..

Next hunt is for good old Nyonya kueh.. this stall gets it from a supplier in Air Itam. You can recognise it the from the distinguishing diamond shape cut of the kueh.

I so missed this, normally I have it steamed with curry chicken, etc or dipped into egg and fry alike french toast.. delicious!

When I was in Penang, I bought my oysters from this aunty whenever I have the urge to play “masak-masak” and whip up some oh-chein.. each packet only RM5..big and juicy..

This coffee shop on Kimberly Street sells duck meat kuey teow soup in the mornings and I got to know this place from my dad, who only eats chinese food 99% of the time and knows the best places for old-fashioned chinese cuisine.

The soup is super tasty, boiled for hours with duck bones, etc thrown in.

Indian apom.. a definite must-buy for me..

Rm1 for 3 pcs. Non-existent in KL..or even Penang. Most stalls are selling RM2 for 5 pcs. And the taste is no way comparable to this, for he doesn’t cheat on the eggs. Others are mostly flour, santan and sugar.

I was further astonished by the size of the eggs they use, A grade! No joke. No hawkers uses Grade A for obvious reasons.
My normal order of Indian apom is “tambah telur” – 1 whole egg added for each piece. RM1. Wahh.. really amazing..

Thick,full aroma of fresh egg, sweet and nutritious.. I like!

A hot hearty thick porridge in the morning is also good for the soul *smile*

This stall is on your left is you are coming in from Campbell Street entrance into the market. It is by the lane and you won’t miss it as it is the only stall selling “chook” in the morning.
The innards, liver, crunchy intestines are no doubt an acquired taste but you can always opt for the plain broth with garnishing of parsley and spring onions.

When you see this a long queue like this, you know you have discovered another gem. Food-wise that’s is.

Of course, duty calls and I was back in G Hotel by 830am.

Reception area before the strong 400-odd crowd came in.

Young uns sitting themselves inside the hall.

Haans session on acting – this lucky girl was chosen upstage to act a short impromptu sketch with him

And of course, buddy Harith has to butt in and spoil the party (just kidding!)

Harith’s session – threatre & comedy. Guess why Haans guffawing like that!

He had everyone in stitches with his jokes! Amazing, give him a mike, that’s all he needs.

Backstage: Very funny cool bunch really..just like you and me *ahem* except that they earn way more than you and me!
Someone had this idea that the wall is a perfect backdrop for a lock-up scene. Creative minds at work huh..

Fellest getting the crowd worked up for his dance session..

Thank you session at the end of it all.. the crew from HELP Uni KL. Very responsible, great PR and loads of enthusiam!

ps: These young adults have so much talent they don’t need surety bonds to insure their success!

Next up..JOHOR!

Jalan Alor yew char kueh – Chinese Crullers

Yup, this is the famous yew-char-kueh (Chinese crullers) stall in Jalan Alor (or should I say Jalan Kejora?)
The recently renaming exercise by KL City Hall has sparked such a debate among both Malaysians and foreigners that if one had not before, would have, by now realized just how internationally famous this stretch of street is.
The decision has drawn flak from almost everybody, including traders, tourists and residents. Comments and outrage poured in from all sides and locations of the world.

the pathetic piece of a “sign” someone has the gall to hang below the road sign. So substandard..

IMHO, the whole thing was a fiasco. It was so unnecessary. But I for one, have not expected such strong reaction from the public, it does shows how we do indeed treasure and take pride in our “national treasures” grin.

Back to the food.

It is not difficult to find this stall. Just look for the Jalan Alor KFC and it is right opposite the road. Available only in the evenings, the stall churned out hundreds of these tasty flour bites each day.

Indeed I must say it is that good, even for my high standards Penang tastebuds. Hehe..I would say the hype is justified. Next, I would have to try the ones at Chow Yang in PJ as I have read so many blog postings of it, most recent the one by mike.

This is how it looked like before it gets dumped into the big wok of fried oil..

The flour being kneaded, rolled and shaped into the desired shapes..

The signboard says it all. Price – see the “pasted” piece of paper? No doubt due to the recent price hike of flour and what-nots..
Choices: left to right ya..
1. The normal version – popular to be eaten dipped into local black coffee. It is the plainest one.
2. This round shaped one has red bean paste inside.. nice if you fancy something sweet in your yew-char-kueh
3. hhmmm.. for this.. I can taste the different but it’s kinda hard to explain..
4. This one’s got a patch of sweet chewy glutinous rice in the centre, again great for those who like a bit of variety
5. My personal favourite – smaller in size, it has sesame seeds sprinkled on top.

Lastly, the operation time.. so take note for those who are planning to come all the way to Jalan Alor for this!
I must warn you though, their daily closing time is basically as soon as their pre-mixed dough runs out. Normally that is way earlier than 9pm!

Now, sitting here in KK, I’m thinking of buying one each and tasting them all at one time when I get back to KL later.. as it just occurred to me, though I have eaten this many times, the texture and taste of each is distinctively different.
The “ham chin peng” and “chup chung” dough is the same I am sure..but the “nam kiok” did taste alike too.. hhmmm.. all the while just eating it and now when I have to write about it I realized hey.. I don’t really know much about it!
However, the “yau tiao” definitely taste different from the 2 above.

As for what goes into the dough, I’m no expert.. but it’s not as simple as flour, sugar and salt, maybe the basic dough is the same and for “ham chin peng” and “chup chung” I think there is 5 spices powder added(popularly used for chinese cuisine).

No problem, its’ decided. I got a craving strike for it right now, my flight is in 2 hours, my pick-up from hotel to airport is in 30 mins and the earliest I can indulge in these yummy dough will be tomorrow right after work… ahh.. hope tomorrow the craving is still there..

Stay tuned…

more pics..

As you can see, there isn’t much on the trays for display.. haha..simply because it never gets to stay there for long!

In it goes into the paper bag as soon as it leaves the wok..!