Oct 17, 2016

8 Projek57 : A Movement Of Hope

Have you heard of it?

I didn't until this Merdeka Day (Malaysia Independence Day) when I joined a 'Raise The Flag' giveaway organised by Cebion Malaysia and was blessed with cool t-shirts for me and four of my friends. I was ecstatic.

Projek57 - A Movement Of Hope

A little curiosity and googling told me these weren't just any t-shirts. It was part of an initiative aimed at reminding Malaysians about the principles of 1957, the year Malaya achieved independence - Progressiveness, Unity, Tolerance, Diversity. A Movement of Hope founded by two guys who wanted to remind Malaysians how amazing our country was and can be if we worked together.

They are reaching out to people through community projects and the sale of t-shirts plus other merchandises that carry messages of patriotism.


Then there is the charity part. 40% of profits gained from the sale of these items are used for empowering single mothers and underprivileged children. Neat, right?

Facebook : www.facebook.com/projek57
Website : www.projek57.com

Just spreading the word on a good cause.

Oct 12, 2016

18 Eat Out : Salon Du Chocolat, Publika

My aunt was in KL for her medical review at GH. It's a half yearly thing. This was more than a month back, and I was tasked to find a place to 'lepak' (hang out).

Salon Du Chocolat popped into my radar whilst I was googling for yummy food in Publika. I knew it'd be the perfect place to bring my aunt and cousin since it was something none of us had tried before - waffles covered in smooth, creamy chocolate sauce drizzled on with a beautiful design.

These were the items we ordered. The stick waffle arrived first. One of the cheapest items on the menu.

Waffle Stick

The half moon waffle was absolutely gorgeous. We scooped every bit off the plate going, "Dark chocolate, mmmmm!".

Half Moon Waffle with Milk and Dark Chocolate

Then, there is this glorious wrap filled with fresh strawberries and chocolate crispies inside.

A Chocolate Wrap with Strawberries and Rice Crispies

The Inside of the Wrap

Finally, isn't this pretty? Pizza waffle with a small glass of chocolate heaven to dip the fruits in.

A Pretty Pizza Waffle by Salon Du Chocolat

Salon Du Chocolat at Publika Mall is a place that I love for its cosy ambiance but sincerely wished there were private corners where we could have heart--to-heart conversations with friends.

Salon Du Chocolat, Publika Mall

I misplaced the bill so I left the prices out. The waffle stick didn't cost more than RM15. The rest were between that and RM30, if I remember correctly.

~ On a need-to-know basis ~
My aunt shoved me a brown envelope that contained her medical report. "Nahh..." she said. I declined to look at it. "You're fine." I said.

Should I be assigned to cook and care for her again, the details would have been necessary, I thought. Other than that, I have never needed it to help anyone and have always preferred leaving people to decide for themselves if my knowing would really make them feel better. I didn't want her to feel that she had to report everything to me.

Some people are going to come into our lives for information, at times demanding, on the pretext of caring. Once they obtain it, they walk away. Not with any real intention to make anyone feel better. It is only a need to satisfy their curiosity and perhaps to be on the forefront of spreading the news as though they are or had been very much involved in the situation of helping.

The questions I ask myself  - Why do I need this information and what do I intend to do with it? And before I do ask - Will my asking make the other party feel better about themselves?  I do this to stop myself from unnecessarily hurting others. I have learned that some questions are best left unasked if it benefits no one.

As it was, my aunt said that she was in the clear. Happiness!

Sep 29, 2016

14 Snacking : Baked Cheese Tarts

The Japanese Cheese Tarts interest ruled my Facebook news feed for a brief moment with oohs and aahs, only to disappear as fast as it started. I'm late to the party as usual, preferring to take my time with all things new. Experience has taught me that long queues are never worth it when it comes to food. 
After breakfast one Sunday morning, whilst heading to the car, Hubs and I walked into Berry's Cake House in Damansara Perdana out of curiosity. Hubs saw the Japanese Cheese Tarts first, alerted me to it and minutes later, we were paying for two of the tarts.

Berry's Yummy Japanese Cheese Tarts

Light, creamy with a tart crust that made a great match - yummy flavours. Nothing over-powering. Worth the buy at RM3.00 per piece. We found it delicious.

Berry's Cake House - Japanese Cheese Tart

Berry's Cake House
Address: 2A-1, Jalan PJU 8/5G, Perdana Business Centre, Damansara Perdana, 47820 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Tel: 03-7722 4120 | Business Hours: Mon - Sun 8am - 10pm.


A week later, I was at Mid Valley Megamall to catch up with a friend. I chanced upon Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart during my walkabout and proceeded to purchase two to take away at RM5.80 per piece.

Tadaaa! It is pretty.

Hokkaido Cheese Tart, Mid Valley Megamall

It has a richer and creamier texture. The cheese ooze factor was definitely more. I found the crust plainer in taste and as you can see, thicker too. It was nice.

Hokkaido Cheese Tart

Hokkaido Cheese Tart

Address: Centre Court, G Floor (beside Secret Recipe Malaysia), Mid Valley Megamall.


We prefer ...

As with all things, it is a matter of personal taste. For me and Hubs, Berry's will be our go-to for Japanese Cheese Tarts because we were hooked at first bite and found it addictive.

"Ling, Berry's one is much nicer! The crust and the filling was delicious together!"  Hubs proceeded to give me his thoughts on the matter. I agreed. Both crust and filling was awesome to us.

That said, we're not big fans of cheese tarts rarely ever buying any. The cheesier and richer it is, the more we go "ugh!". You can imagine how we feel about no-bake cheesecakes. No, no!

Have you jumped on the Japanese Cheese Tarts bandwagon yet?

Sep 21, 2016

27 Eat Out : Restoran Fatt Fatt Fatt - Eat And Prosper

It's Fatt Fatt Fatt, not fat fat fat but I think that's debatable. A number of Chinese eateries in Malaysia include the word fatt or 8 into the restaurant name because it means prosperity. At the rate I'm enjoying my food, prosperity is hitting me smack in the waistline ..now lack of. The restaurants? They prosper pocket-wise. Fatt fatt them, fat fat me .. haha!

My Malaysia Day started out with brunch at Restoran Fatt Fatt Fatt in Taman Tun - opposite Maybank. Hubs and I love coming here for the chicken rice. The seller is a nice chap who is passionate about what he does. He doesn't hesitate to ask us to try out his new creations or help out fellow friends in the food business even if he is the busiest man! It's not easy waking up in the wee hours of the morning to prepare food for the brunch crowd. I should know - I'm exhausted after organising a party for just twenty!

This is the chicken rice we ordered that day and the one below, the week before.

Steamed, roasted and with some char siew - all delicious.

Restoran Fatt Fatt Fatt - Chicken Rice

Restoran Fatt Fatt Fatt - Chicken Rice

The spicy squid dish at the Nasi Lemak stall had us drooling so we asked for a plate of that too.

Spicy Squid

We finished our meal with two pieces of durian tarts for dessert - something that was introduced to us weeks earlier which was made by a friend of the nice chap. It is yummy stuff. Not overpowering at all - light, creamy and can I say duriany?

Durian Tarts

And finally, some pictures of the place - a little old, but we like coming here because of the people.

Restoran Fatt Fatt Fatt, Taman Tun

Restoran Fatt Fatt Fatt, TTDI

I am always fond of eating in places where there is this feeling of warmth.

Sep 13, 2016

18 KindMeal.My - Meat-free Food Options At Your Fingertips

This isn't a sponsored post. I'm just spreading the word on a good thing.

Have you heard of KindMeal.My, an online platform which promotes meat-free dining ...with perks?


For the record, I am not a vegetarian. I am just someone who makes a conscious effort to be responsible with my eating habits - a big part of that being not to waste food.

Sometimes I feel like a nagging mum! I admonish myself with thoughts like:

For every vegetable we push aside on our plate, it is the farmers' hard work and months of sweat that we so carelessly toss away. Every piece of meat we discard for whatever reason, means a life callously sacrificed.

It's motivated me to be a better foodie. Reading about KindMeal's efforts made me think about reducing my meat intake. I already love vegetables so this is achievable. I don't have to include meat into every meal!

The thing about KindMeal is that they make looking for meat-free dining options so easy. No more hunting for vegetarian restaurants or meat-free offerings the hard way - googling and googling! It is even more attractive with discount coupons that can be downloaded and used immediately - no upfront payment required and no need to print it out either. Read the FAQs here before you begin.

Via Kindmeal, I discovered this interesting food - a triple-flavoured dosa called Tiranga Dosa by Radhey's, a vegetarian restaurant.I have bookmarked this to try!

Tiranga Dosa - Meat-Free and Exciting!

KindMeal is an interesting place for both foodies and bloggers alike. The following information should interest my blogging friends - free meals for blogging about the meal! Details can be found here ; so far there are participating restaurants from Klang Valley, Perak and Penang. I hope it spreads across Malaysia soon.

There is a reward system in place where KindMeal foodies can collect points and win gifts. See? So many good stuff going on.

How's that for encouraging meat-free dining? I'm on KindMeal's web version right now but will be downloading the app onto my mobile soon for a more convenient experience.

Sep 5, 2016

14 Eat Out : The Yums At Franco, The Curve

We celebrated Malaysia's Independence Day with food. Surprisingly, none of it local! Thai, Fusion and Western cuisine ruled the week. 

Jen, my best bud, stayed over for three nights. We had a great time catching up with life, did a bit of window-shopping and tried out restaurants we had never stepped foot into before. Franco, being one of these places.

I've always wanted to come here. Franco is a French Japanese fusion restaurant that has 'fine dining' tagged to its name. The food, as we expected, is pricier than what we would usually go for but it is a special occasion and we didn't feel that it hurt the wallet too much.

We had Squid Ink Rice. It was a beautiful combination of strongly flavoured seafood that matched the plainer-tasting egg and rice. I absolutely loved this dish! So sedap-lah (delicious-lah).

Franco - Squid Ink Rice RM29.05

Franco - Yummy Squid Ink Rice

Then, we ordered two desserts. Ahem, stressed is desserts spelled backwards ; surely more was the way to go! The warm vanilla souffle was beautifully made. It was yum at first bite and I wished I'd ordered the chocolate one too but we were already half full as it was.

Franco - Vanilla Souffle RM16.80

The Adzuki red bean with Matcha softee is a delightful treat to end the meal. I must say that I found great satisfaction in having the souffle along with a teaspoonful of matcha softee; it was a matcha made in heaven!

Franco - Adzuki Red Beans With Matcha Softee And A Pancake RM19.65

To end, some pics of the cozy restaurant, our drinks (lemon tea) and the fish pond we saw out back.

A Cozy Ambiance At Franco

Fish Pond At The Curve Shopping Mall

FRANCO at The Curve

Address : Lot G49, Ground Floor, The Curve Shopping Mall,
No. 6, Jalan PJU 7/3, Mutiara Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Telephone : 03 7732 7623

Aug 23, 2016

20 Kuala Lumpur : Tugu Negara (National Monument)

The National Monument was built to serve as a memorial for those who died fighting for Malaysia's freedom during WWII and the Malayan Emergency. It was designed by sculptor Felix de Weldon, who was later conferred the title 'Tan Sri'.  Pergh!

I've been here several times, bringing friends and family for a sightsee of the place. It's one of my favourite stops because of the impressive towering sculpture of bronze soldiers that stands there and the history it carries for us. The park, when it's not flooded with tourists, is a great spot to reflect on how far the country has come and it's a reminder to me that in difficult times, heroes will rise. It could be me, it could be you, but it's always best if it's all of us working together for the betterment of our beloved home. 

These are pics I snapped a couple of years ago, a time when several relatives spent a few nights at my small apartment. Fond memories! Blankets, pillows, mattresses - I was prepared. Cousin Jo was getting married. That's why the many visitors.  For one of my aunts, it was all the more exciting because it was her first time in Kuala Lumpur; so I showed her around and of course, a visit to Tugu Negara was included!

Behold, our National Monument:
Tugu Peringatan Negara / National Monument

Tugu Negara - View From The Back

Tugu Negara - View From The Front

Names of fallen soldiers are engraved on a plaque on the cenotaph pictured below. Did you know that the cenotaph was built earlier than the National Monument? It was initially meant to commemorate the Great War (1914-1918) but later included names of those who had fallen during WWII as well.

Kuala Lumpur Cenotaph

Kuala Lumpur Cenotaph - The Surroundings

Tugu Negara - A Lovely Park With Fountains

I couldn't resist snapping a photo of Sabah's Coat Of Arms when I saw it. Sabah Maju Jaya means 'Let Sabah Prosper'. I was born in Labuan as a Sabahan, years before the island was surrendered to the Federal Government and made a Federal Territory. We were 'Sabahan' until 1984. Then came this awkwardness of saying "Saya orang Sabah" that was never there before. Part of our cultural identity had been stripped away. I used to cheer Sabah on in sporting events. Now I wondered if Labuanites were considered part of the team!

Even Wikipedia divided us (sob) :
"East Malaysia (Malaysia Timur), also known as Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan ..."

Suddenly it was strange identifying Mount Kinabalu as one of our best tourist landmarks. It is, of course, if you say it in a nationwide kind of way but what's great in our state/federal territory? The best I could cough up was Labuan's Japanese Surrender Point which was in painful-to-see conditions the last time I visited. I'm cringing, and sticking my tongue out at this. It's best I end this conversation here. I'm getting carried away!

Sabah - Where I Was Born!

A weather-worn sign at the entrance of Tugu Negara.

Tugu Negara

If you're Malaysian and have yet to visit, add Tugu Peringatan Negara to your jalan-jalan  list this Merdeka Day.

Tugu Peringatan Negara / National Monument Malaysia

Location: Jalan Parlimen, Kuala Lumpur, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Open 24 hours. No entrance fees.

Aug 11, 2016

14 Eat Out: Namoo Korean Dessert Cafe n Bistro on the park

What better way to connect with people than food. The women in my family are all ardent home cooks. It's no surprise that we have a lot in common to talk about and no shortage of happy memories built around scrumptious Birthday meals and the fun of working on festival eats together.

I spent the whole of last week catching up with my aunt and cousin. We went sightseeing and ate at restaurants we've never been to before.It was a morning 'til night thing. I'm exhausted, yes but I carry with me now many beautiful moments that make me smile every time I think back.

This is us at a cosy modern Korean cafe at Publika mall. Just outside the restaurant is a children's playground. It's a good place to catch up with the girlfriends and bring the kids.

From top-left, clockwise: Us, The Interior, Cappucino - RM12, Milky Hwa Che - RM15

I ordered  a chicken rice burger. It was really good. At first impression, I thought the cheese was slathered with typical sweet chilli sauce, the kind on a Malaysian Ramly burger. I'm glad it wasn't. This was different.

Bibi Rice Burger - RM25

My aunt called for grilled marinated beef slices with rice. This is very much like comfort food. Satisfying on the taste buds. 

Garlic Bulgogi Rice - RM30

My cousin had tomato cheese rice. It doesn't look like much, but it was tasty. Check out the egg - begging for a photo shoot is how I would describe it!

Tomato Cheese Hambap - RM30

Namoo Korean Dessert Cafe n Bistro on the park (phew!) has a warm and romantic ambiance that is great for long chats.

Namoo Korean Dessert Cafe n Bistro - The Ambiance

The main entrance.

Namoo Korean Dessert Cafe n Bistro - The Entrance

There's a hook under the table. How convenient; no more pulling up an extra chair for my shopping bags.

Bag Hook

We enjoyed our makan (eat) session. The staff was fun and friendly. They were attentive too!

I picked up the bill. It was something I'd been meaning to do ever since my last trip back to the town I was born in. My aunt and cousin have always been there for me in both tough and cheerful times. I love them dearly.

Namoo Korean Dessert Cafe n Bistro on the park
Address: Publika, Level G3, Lot 4A , Solaris Dutamas No.1 , Jalan Dutamas 1 , 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (a floor above MPH Book Store)
Telephone: 03 - 6411 6698
Website: http://www.namoo.com.my/home

Aug 2, 2016

14 A Walkabout : Setia Eco Park Lifestyle Hub

In the quiet city of Shah Alam, lies Setia Eco Park (SEP), a greenery-inspired neighbourhood that boasts of beautiful parks with landscapes that incorporate the forest.

Hubs brought me here for a walkabout. I love the area. It is, in general, a well-planned town. The roads and sidewalks are wide and neat, free from litter and construction debris.

We spotted this interesting place from the road and decided to pop in for a look-see.

Setia Eco Park Lifestyle Hub
This large round building is actually a property sales gallery. We had a good chat with one of the consultants who briefed us on the latest developments and answered our queries. She also arranged for another consultant to drive us into the gated neighbourhood to view the houses. It was a lovely experience.   

Setia Eco Park Lifestyle Hub

The Lifestyle Hub houses several restaurants, an education center and a skin specialist - most of it closed during the time I was there. I had walked up the stairs to get an overview of the place from the second floor but the gates were locked. Perhaps an adventure for another day!

Setia Eco Pak Lifestyle Hub

Setia Eco Park Lifestyle Hub

The lakes are mostly a murky yellow-brown but it is peaceful. This is located just beside the Sales Gallery.

Setia Eco Park - The Lake

Setia Eco Park - The Lake

I think I will love living here ;)

Aug 1, 2016

16 Review : Trying Out The EnviroHome Food Wash

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"Sha, don't eat the apple with the skin on !! My sister worked in an apple farm ..", my lively, talkative friend went on about how toxic it was.

Yep, it seems that wax locks in pesticides. Fruits and vegetables have often been waxed to prolong shelf life and prevent moisture loss.

It's been my usual practice to peel fruits before eating but there are times that I prefer not to do so for aesthetic reasons, especially when I'm making party food or if it's for a blog post on my cooking blog.

Unless I know how the fresh food I have purchased is handled or where it has been before it lands on supermarket shelves, it's better to be safe than sorry; a personal opinion.

How do I clean fresh food? I've been doing it the tedious way all these years; with a small soft brush. No kidding! I'd have more faith, if I'm buying this direct from the farmer, fisherman or planting it myself. The supermarket? Mmm...

So, when the folks at EnviroHome approached me to try out their Food Wash, I was only too happy to accept!

EnviroHome - Food Wash

Pesticide, bacteria, wax - solid reasons to wash fresh produce, meat and seafood before consuming them. The most important thing that caught my eye whilst reading about EnviroHome is that their products are environmental friendly. Yep, it's non-toxic, and as a bonus gentle on the skin.

Just a squirt or two into a basin of water. That's how easy it is to use this. As you can see from the picture below, the EnviroHome  food wash is a clear transparent liquid. It has a mild slimy feel that is easily rinsed off.

EnviroHome Food Wash

Leave the fruits in the water for a couple of minutes. Do the same with seafood, raw meat and vegetables. Rub gently and rinse off. Easy peasy!

EnviroHome Food Wash - Fruit-washing

The product details.

EnviroHome Food Wash - Directions and Ingredients

My findings - Less water was used since the washing wasn't done under a running tap. We all know the importance of preserving water. As this is an earth friendly product, whatever goes down the drain is not harmful to the environment. Secondly, it took me a shorter time to clean my fruits and veggies. Finally, it looks like it does the job. My fruits and veggies look and feel clean.

I like it! It gave me a sense of security knowing that I could clean pesticide and wax off just like that. I've been using it for a week now which is probably too soon to make a proper assessment.

Here's a short demo to show you how it works and its wonders. 

Food washing products are relatively new to Malaysians. We've often taken a lackadaisical attitude towards food cleanliness, as evidenced by our enthusiasm for eating at hawker stalls that are openly unhygienic.

However, that is not to say that there isn't a rising concern for food safety and what we feed our loved ones. Many people are choosing to eat at home these days for a healthier lifestyle. The popularity of organic foods has also risen over the years. I have no doubt that concerned mothers and health conscious people will be picking up food washing products very soon. The EnviroHome Food Wash is an attractive choice because it is a natural cleaning product that is free from chemicals. 

But, are food washing products just hogwash? Does it really help? The only way to find out for sure is to try it for yourself and talk to the EnviroHome experts! Fire your questions to the relevant people via:

Website: http://www.envirohome.com.my
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ENVIROHOME.MALAYSIA

This is a sponsored post, where I was provided with some products to try out.
That said, this piece is wholly written by me and all opinions are my own.
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