Crazy Christmas at KY’s of KYspeaks.com

I had a blast of a Christmas this year, and the eve started off with dinner with some old friends at Yo Sushi at Pavillion, reminiscing of old times (god, thats sounds like we’re soo old huh).

But.. more on that later, as I’m excited to post about the X-Mas party we had at KY’s of kyspeaks.com

I’m very much a newbie in the blogsphere, and have made some really good friends since I started. When I read that KY is throwing his annual party, I thought it would be a good chance to meet some new people and also to get to know the people behind the blogs I read.

The night was really fun as the people was friendly and I didn’t have trouble chatting up with new friends although I didn’t know a single soul there. ;)

These pics below are taken during the present – exchange session which started just after midnight. The rule was to get something above RM10, it has to be wearable and you got to wear whatever you picked as your present.

All gathered around for the gift session.

The gifts; some wrapped really nicely and some in newspapers (I understand totally, going green is the new pink! *grin*), Pos Laju envelopes and paper bags.
And yeah..naturally; condoms, underwears and bra popped up often ;)

KY handing out the slips of papers that each person has to pick to determine their turn for choosing the gifts from the pile.

KY got a pair of boxers!


2 undies, how to fit?? aiyohh.. one goes on the head lohh..



errr…I’m too drunk to remember how a bra is supposed to be worn… ;p

This is a really cool hat, which was much sought after during the session. It must have changed ownership at least 5 times!

My friend Clara from HK, she turned up at my doorstep at 6pm unexpectedly that evening and got dragged by me to the party. *grin*

KY and the rest of the gang kept echoing “This is not typical Malaysian behaviour ok…”
Yeahh.. as if …anyways, I think she still has a nagging feeling about that! LOL.

Quiet poetry blogger Jenson who is visiting from Tasmania. Yup you read right, poetry and from Tasmania.


Sexy.. no?

Look ma.. condom balloon! I’m a genius!

THIS IS PG -XXX rated! Huai Bin of sixthseal.com.
HE really wore the condom, on where it is originally intended.

Rewind
Taking one out from the pack..

Tearing open the box..

Pants off..

Yee Hou who got a lipstick. he just got to show his lovvveeee for KY. muaahhhh!

Suanie who got a pair of lacy stockings and a matching white lacy undie.


This is a cool costume. ;p


Nice blue thong!

Condoms are great as gloves too.. as this guy demonstrated.

One of the ‘safer’ gifts of the night.

Horng, who got a baby pacifier, and being a good sport, he obligatorily suckle on it like a baby all throughout the night. ;p

It was a really really fun party and I’m so so glad I went (initially I was worried a bit as I’m an outsider).
Thanks KY!!
Really made my Christmas memorable!!

Day Out – Sunway Pyramid Part 3 – Borneo Rainforest

The group of us headed towards Borneo Rainforest for pre-dinner. As the executive chef is a personal friend, my friend wanted him to meet her family.

He is the model – perfect chef; round, jolly, loud and jovial. Hahhaa…

Food here is just so-so, in my personal opinion. If the chef himself whips up the orders, then it’s sinfully good. Else, mediocre dishes is served. To quote the chef; “It’s not the recipes, for I have taught them all, it’s the hand and the heart that does the cooking, hence one must have passion, for it translates directly into the food dished out..”

Enough said.

The concept of this place leaned towards Sarawakian (hence the name Borneo). Signature dishes are Sarawak Laksa, Kolo mee and Umai – umai (Umai is a raw fish salad popular among various ethnic groups of Sarawak, especially the Melanaus. Normally served as appetizer). However, open the menu and you will be spoilt for choice; for they serve Asian (char kuey teow, etc), Nyonya (lor bak), Western, Italian (pizzas), Mamak (roti canai) and even seafood!

I had the Sarawak laksa on my first visit here back in August, and was annoyed by the stringy, hard noodles that it came with. Soup-wise, he told me the paste was ordered from Christina of Nam Chuan at Bangsar. Still, I was not impressed.
We had the otak-otak and that left an impression, for it was rich, creamy and loaded with seafood.

So naturally, we ordered two of our favourites again that night; the otak otak and the roti canai.
It came looking like this. Asthetically pleasing no? *grin*


Yup, what does an otak-otak got to do with a chicken, you may ask. I asked the chef the same question and got a cheeky answer ” For fun laa.”
Well, I told you he was jolly right? One can’t say he’s has no sense of humour ;)
Items on the menu are named creatively, for he like his customers to think and take time to wonder about each dish, such as why was it named as such and the history behind it.

Back to food..
Open sesame! Cabbage wrapping around the otak paste.

All the seafood underneath.. prawns, mussels, thick slices of fish & ample cuts of squids.

The roti canai here deserve a special mention. Though of course, if you are paying RM3.50 for a piece and there is service tax-able as well.. it better be good right? Still I had worse in those uppity restaurants and had even paid more.

I didn’t manage to eat much of it that night, for so many hands were tearing at it the moment it was served. Very much alike, now you see it, now you don’t! ;p

But you can see from the pic that it was really flaky, but with the right chewy consistency yet somehow manages to stay “light” at the same time.

Chef gave us a basket of his new creation – the Prawn Tofu.

Minced prawns mixed into a paste with fish and carrots in the middle of a piece of tofu, deep fried and sprinkled with sesame seeds just before serving. The bottom layer (the tofu) was nice and crispy and the prawn paste was delicious. Can’t comment much of the sauce as it was the normal sweet and sour chilli Thai sauce but each piece was good enough to be eaten on its own.

Sad to say, though the calamaris looked promising, I had to rate it mediocre at best. The squids was soft and the outer batter crispy, but..but..it was tasteless and the accompanying sauce was bland. Sighh.. how can one go wrong with deep fried squids???

Can’t do without dessert, and mine came in the form of our local ais-kacang. Called “Ice Borneo”, it was a perfect ending to the meal; sweet, doused generously with syrup added with a splash of coconut milk, loaded with chockful of jelly, red beans, cincau and nutmeg strips and topped with chocolate ice-cream.

Some pics of the surroundings..


Entrance to the restaurant..note the “timber cravings”..

Liberal use of timber, rocks, attap leaves and plants for the effect of a rainforest.

From what I heard, RM2-3 million was spent on deco alone. Other than the restaurant, there is an attached club, which is small compared to Euphoria just across the road.

Borneo Rainforest is open daily from 4pm onwards till 4am. Kitchen opens 630pm till late.

Day Out – Sunway Pyramid Part 2 – J Co Donuts

Ok.. this is a backlog of many weeks, a supposedly continuously of the day (mis)-adventures of my Sunway outing ;p
My friend and I headed to J Co after the disappointing YoGurBerry. While I’m sure many (& I mean MANY) has blogged about J Co, just indulge me ..as I really liked the Mona Pisa (a pizza-topping version)

and this new cheese one.

See the fluffy really airy light dough?
its just sooooo soft to bite into… and really easy to finish!

The whitish sauce reminds me of thousand island, and the sweet tomato sauce plus slivers of cheese, bits of sausages and black pepper made up as pizza topping.
Somehow I just like this so much!


Same goes for this cheesy one. Unlike the previous cheese version, which was too strong and cloying to me, this version uses 2 different cheeses, a creamy one as base with slivers of herbs and then shredded cheddar on top. May be too light for hard core cheese lovers but for me it was just nice.

We bought loads.. supposedly for the kids (both of us walloped quite a few before they were out of the theme park ;p) , and they loved it (as there are no Big Apple nor J Co in JB) .



This is the best out of all the sweet ones. Generously sprinkled with crunchy almonds..

1st Malaysian Foodies Gathering – Hajime, KL


Fresh off a floggers’ gathering just the night before with the Penang makan kakis, I touched down in KL just in time for The 1st Malaysian Foodie Makan Outing. This group on Facebook has approximately 2K members, of which some are bloggers and others not.
Bonded by food talk and binded by the love of eating, we share reviews, recommendations of places to try and answer queries posted by the members. (imagine background song playing “we are family..my brothers and sisters and me..”). ;p

After weeks of planning, we settled for Jap food, and the final winning venue was Hajime.
I opted for Hajime as well, after reading about it on Lingzie’s post, and was glad that it was the favoured venue in the end!

Initially, I had wanted to ask Lingzie for recommendations but then I got an email informing us that we are given specially prepared set menus instead, created by the chef just for the occasion.

Menu A

Chicken crackers – Deep fried chicken with biscuit bits
Goma Tofu – Tofu with special sour sauce & sesame topping
Sashimi 3 kinds – Fresh seasonal raw fish
Hotatei Ninniku – Grilled scallop with special garlic sauce
Salmon pizza – Hajimi style mini pizza
California Cheese Maki – Hajimi special california roll with cheese & eel
Ebi miso mayo – Fried prawns with special mayo sauce
Garlic Fried Rice

Menu B

Soft Shell Crab Salad – Hajime house salad with soft shell crab
Goma Tofu – Tofu with special sour sauce & sesame topp
Chicken crackers – Deep Fried chicken with biscuit bits
Ebi Ninniku – Grilled shrimp with flying fish roe & garlic sauce
Salmon Ginger – Hajime Salmon Roll with Ginger special sauce
California Cheese Maki – Hajimi special california roll with cheese & eel
Hanabi Sushi – Smoked tuna & foie gras with special sauce
Inaniwa Udon – Fine inaniwa udon noodles served with dashi sauce

Total 18 of us turn up, and we had 2 from Penang, and 2 from Singapore. Shows that good food has no barriers no? Which brings me to think of these lyrics “there isnt an ocean too deep, a mountain so high that can keep, keep me away from foood..” LOL!

Ok ok, back to the serious matter..
As there are some differing items on each set, some of us shared our sets so that each person gets to taste every dish.

We started off with this, the Goma Tofu.

No fanciful description here. It was a firm block, and tasteless on its own, meant to be eaten flavoured by the sauce of course. Unfortunately I find the sauce too salty and avoided scooping any of it with my tofu, hence the word tasteless. But its ok, as I did liked the peanuts bits on top (not unlike the crushed peanuts you get with our Malaysian pancake).
Overall, it was an interesting fusion-ed morsel.

Chicken crackers. How should I describe it? Well…its chicken. Its thin. Its crispy. Didn’t impress but did leave me eagerly waiting for next course!

I personally find the sashimi were very good, the flesh of the fish firm and it was obviously very fresh. It was the epitome of how sashimi should be! No pics as it was gone almost as soon as the waitress set it on the table!

Coming in a close second was the Hanabi Sushi and Salmon Ginger Roll.

The tuna was seared on the outer layer, still raw inside and the rich creamy foie gras sort of like melted in my mouth and blended in with the flesh of the tuna. It was one heavenly mouthful. Hhhmm.. who would have thought; raw fish and liver?

Salmon ginger roll is named as such cos of the sauce that came with it. Creamy, with subtle ginger taste. As you can see, the salmon slice was THICK. Wrapping around a chockful of goodies. Nice.
Add a dab of wasabi and a blot of the ginger sauce. PErrrfect.

I lovvveee the Salmon Pizza. (hence the larger than life pic of it here!)
THICK salmon slices, seared outside and slightly raw still inside, mixed with bits of fresh tomatoes, some special sweet sauce and topped with cheese and roe. The biscuit base was very very crispy BUT not oily. I wish there was more!!


Much has been raved of the Grilled scallop, and yes, I agree it was rave-worthy. ;p

It was sweet, chewy and plain tasty.

Another item worth mentioning is the california cheese maki. The eel on top is very good!

I didn’t managed to try the Salad but there was no unfavourable comment on it so I guess it was fine.

I adored garlic fried rice but the one here failed to impress. Not sure why but it seems very soft/soggy? The udon was lacklustre as well.

The prawns were ok, tasted the same to me with the exception of difference sauce.
This one below is the Special mayo sauce (its mayo laaa, mix with something and something so become “special” ;p)

And this one here is better, with …ginger sauce? garlic sauce? Errr.. kindly scroll up and read the menu yourself! ;p

I just realized NOW, as I was looking at all the pics at one go, that there is a similarity to them – most item has sesame seed toppings! Did you notice that too?

Anyways, quality of the food here is undoubtable. For our sets,the portion served were more appetiser kind of size, and was just nice to fill the tummy (for small eaters, at least). I guess the “normal” serving would be of better proportions.

I have read that they serve puffer fish (fugu) here and was keen to try it out as I’m always game for anything to tease my palate.
Apparently it is available only on Tuesday and Friday or Saturday. Though we were there on a Sunday night, there was fugu available so I guess you can always try your luck. Or better still, as advised by Koko himself, call in advance and make a booking.
For me, I missed the opportunity as it was already sold out when we finished our set meal.

After the dinner, Chew had a chance to speak to Sally (the restaurant manager) and we were introduced to their executive chef, Koko Tan.

Sally, Koko and the creator of Malaysian Foodie; Chou Chew Yew

It was really nice of him to have taken the trouble to prepare a set menu for us. Thanks Koko!

Overall, I had a great dinner here with all the Malaysia foodies members who came and I’m definitely looking forward to the next gathering this Thursday!

Latest Dough Craze? Chewy Junior – Pavillion

A public holiday yesterday, I met up with some friends, and since one is from Penang, we suggested Carl’s Junior and Ministry of Food, since both are unavailable in the gluttony island of “hawker grub rules“. Pavillion was packed as usual, hhmmm.. to think that we are heading for recession?

New stores has popped up on the food scene, Pepper Lunch is finally open, and there is this Korean Pizza thingy (cone-shaped) that is located near the food court.
The prices doesn’t agree with me for the size of the pizzas they serve so I have yet to try it..

Passing by J Co, I saw a queue shorter than usual (it has been getting shorter lately ;p) But that’s still weird, for a PH, I thought to myself..

I got the answer why just as we were ushered to our seats in MOF; for directly opposite, there is a new dough-craze chain in town!

Chewy Junior.

First prize for a J Co/Big Apple set-up look-alike!



So now this is where the queue is.

Another novelty food to tantalize our bored Malaysian tastebuds..lucky us hor?

It came with the usual choices, savoury ones like cheese, sweet ones such as fruits flavoured jams . Of course, chocolates and nuts laden ones are a must.

RM2.20 for the original and RM2.50 for the assorted. RM13 for half a dozen.. ok..you fill in the rest, you know the drill (or rather, the marketing gimmick) by now.

As my stomach was already allocated for MOF, I only tried the original version. My take on food is, go for the basics, if it’s good, then the macam-macam (varieties) should be passable!

Tastewise?
I actually liked it. Chewy (duuhh.. it is in the name after all) and the custard filling was light, milky and not oversweet (thumbs up!).
Comparatively, the dough from donuts are lighter (as in fluffier/airier) than this, so when consuming Chewy Juniors one for one to J Co, CJ would be more filling.


As mine was the “original”, there was nothing to tamper with my tastebuds.
Freshly baked from the oven, I assume it’s a healthier alternative from donuts and they are hoping to lure the diet-conscious crowd as well. Then again, if you choose chocolate and cheese as your toppings, you’re pretty much back to square one.

A cross between Papa’s cream puffs and J Co donuts, it’s like having the best of both worlds AND paying one price ;p .

I shall be back for more so stay posted!

Note of caution: Chewing required, might tire the mouth. Not unlike bubble gum. Will take some time to consume so can’t disappear so fast, recommended for functions, more economical on the $. LOL

3rd Penang Floggers Gathering – a night of gluttony & comradeship


I was excited like a kid for this. My first ever floggers’ gathering!
Finally I’m able to associate a face to the writers of the blogs I have been following, and getting to meet and speak to them in person was a real treat indeed to a newbie blogger like me..

Potluck was the theme, and each flogger showed great culinary prowess with their contributions to the dinner table.

First up -Sushi by CK Lam.
Tastewise, can put Sushi King to shame ;o) …but seriously, if she opens a Jap restaurant and serve such sushi, sure go bankrupt! So generous laden with “liow”(not much rice but brimming with fillings) ;p



Spicy cantonese pork ribs – simmered and lovingly prepared for 4 hours by Ken of Foodpoi.com

He came bearing “gifts” like a Santa – packets and packets of premium meaty sausages and a whole chicken stuffed with a fat (what else?) sausage.

Creativity was the game that night for Criz Lai. My my my.. the amount of time that went into this masterpiece. The piece de resistance of the night!

It got the most attention and flashes of the camera.

Each of his 3 ‘seasons’ came with self identifying tags.
This is my fav. Tender pork strips, fruity and slightly sweet. What a palate pleaser!
Even the jackfruit strips itself tasted different as it has absorbed the sauce of the dish.

The spicy chic and abalone salad lived up to its description of spicy! I would think it would be more aptly described as fiery.
Do visit Criz’s post as he has kindly shared the ingredients he used for these dishes.

The salsa salad by Gill, for padding our conscience cos of all the meaty dishes.

Fruits, by yours truly. Hehe.. I have heard so much of the Australian mangoes; been fascinated by the skin colour as well as the size. So I thought that would make a bit of difference to the normal palate of fruits.

It was good alright, the flesh was firm, really sweet and juicy.

This was unexpected! The famous Hakka dish of abacus “seeds” with yam (Suan Pan Ji).
A savoury item with chinese dried cuttlefish strips, minced pork and wood fungus.

Kimchi fried rice by the all-famous Steven Goh. Nice balance of spiciness and sour from the kimchi; though mild. Rice was fluffy with well separated grains.

Lingzie’s late entrance, really rich and luscious cheese brownies. Hats off to her for the perfect balance of cheese and chocolate. It wasn’t cloying. It wasn’t sticky and hard. Top was the marbled effect of cheese and chocolate. Bottom is soft layer of rich choco brownie. Finger licking good!

Lemon/Lime Pie.
The first impact hit me face-on (or rather, should I say right in the mouth?) as the sourness shot through my tastebuds to my head akin the wasabi effect!). Really sour, top was a blend of lime juice, condensed milk and egg yolks. Great to give your sluggish system an electrifying jolt after the oily and heavy dishes we had!

Digestives lined the bottom. served chilled. Enjoy it with a good dollop of whipped cream for good measure!

Drinks was lemonade with Pomegranates by Jason and Gill. Another feeble attempt to wash off the oil lining up along our arteries.. LOL
They prepared the Cheese fondue as well. The taste of the kirsch in the fondue mix was very strong, even to the point of masking the cheese for me. I couldn’t attempt another morsel dipped into it.

The fondue, all the way from Europe..Quite an international affair we had yeah?

The others enjoyed the fondue, coating roasted pork,baguette, prawns (yup, prawns..), sausages with the thick gooey cheese.

Lilian of PenangFaces outdid herself with the homebaked focacia- like bread thins, spread with cream cheese and rolled fresh salmon, seasoned with lemon (I think) Nice..

Allen’s 1st attempt at making mashed potato. Many thanks to him for the effort. It came with a warning “Don’t complain ahhh” just as my spoon was about to descend to the dish.. Heh..
It was definitely creamy, with very rich buttery taste. Smooth too, I wonder how long it took him to make it so? ;p.
Too bad he omitted the salt..and the pepper..and the sour cream..

So sweet of Criz to give us each a souvenir – a pair of chopsticks nicely cocooned in a pretty case. Very apt for foodies like us!

Mine..

Roasted chic – courtesy of Ken of Foodpoi.com. Came frozen and grilled on location in Gill’s oven.

Enough la! Already dead somemore kena torture lagi!

One of the many variety of pork sausages by Ken. This one came completely raw. Didn’t managed to get a shot of the BBQ-ed version, it was that swiftly devoured! Very juicy, as Ken, Jason and myself can attest to, for our first bite got the liquid squirting out and it literally burned our tongues!

I truly enjoyed myself, for it was a night of great company, laughter, fun and absolutely fanta-licious food, (especially so since each dish was personally prepared by each of the flogger) and I’m already looking forward to the upcoming 4th Penang Floggers Gathering (tentatively) in Feb!

Thanks to Lingzie, the organiser, Jason and Gill for being the host and everyone else who came! Great knowing you guys!