Oct 20, 2018

10 Eats : Good Food, Great Time At Greyhound Cafe, Mid Valley

Greyhound Cafe is a modern Thai fusion eatery which originates from Bangkok. It has two branches in Kuala Lumpur.

A lucky draw blessing on Instagram gave me an opportunity to try out Greyhound Cafe, Mid Valley a couple of months ago. I've been here several times since with friends and family - the ambiance is that pleasant, the crepes are that good and the rest of the food we tried? Yum!

Greyhound Cafe, Mid Valley Megamall

I mention crepes specifically because it was the highlight of our meal. A tasty treat that was memorable and made me crave for more but I was already feeling stuffed from devouring a huge burger and fries.

You know the saying, 'Life is short, eat dessert first!' which we didn't do but my first pic is going to be that - Greyhound's Coconut Crepe Cake layered with fresh young coconut meat. The flavour, a beautiful harmony of pleasantness, nothing that screams 'lotsa cheap sugar in here'.

Young Coconut Crepe Cake

These were the dishes Hubs and I had in an outing which included my cousin, her other half and child.

Don't order the Super Elvis Burger unless you're really hungry, got the tummy space for it or intend to share. It's good plain ol' meaty stuff grilled to deliciousness.

Super Elvis Burger

Super Elvis Burger

Oh-so-yum Thai Tom Yum Noodles. Now this was bursting with flavour. I was dipping my burger bun into the soup.

Tom Yum Noodles

My cousin ordered Spaghetti with Crab Meat which had a sprinkling of shrimp roe on top.

Crab Meat Pasta

The Buffalo Burger is served with squid ink black buns. Also a heavy meal with home fries!

Buffalo Burger

My little nephew had a Caesar Salad. Anyone remember the 'scissors salad' blunder which left us Malaysians in stitches? I'm still laughing about it! Here's the link to the story if you don't know what I'm talking about.

Caesar Salad

Lastly, our drinks.

Drinks

As we patted our stomach from the fullness of a good meal, I couldn't help but feel the warmth that surrounded Greyhound Cafe's team. The staff was attentive and easy-going. They were extremely kind to us and I could not help but thank the supervisor personally for the amazing memories that were made that day.

Beautiful Table Setting - Greyhound Cafe

Neat! - Greyhound Cafe, Mid Valley Megamall

Awesome Ambiance - Greyhound Cafe, Mid Valley Megamall
Check out the decor. Great place to chill, right? ;)

Greyhound Cafe
Address: G floor, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley Megamall, 58000 Kuala Lumpur,
Telehone: +6 03 - 2201 2226
Website: www.greyhoundcafe.com.my

Oct 10, 2018

12 Roaming Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown

Petaling Street aka Chinatown, at times referred to as Banglatown. Laugh. I would elaborate but this article on NST sums it up : Nothing Chinese About Petaling Street Anymore

I still enjoy coming to this part of Kuala Lumpur, if only to walk down memory lane and bring the occasional tourist. Life is a balance of good and bad. If I stick to visiting only the places we have labeled 'safe' and 'rich', then it means that I am choosing to turn a blind eye to our heritage, to shun a part of our country and its issues. Well, that's what I believe anyway. The world isn't all sunshine and rainbows. There are rainstorms we must weather and Kuala Lumpur's imperfections are just that for me.

Petaling Street didn't earn its less than stellar reputation for nothing . The shops and night markets are a haven for imitation goods. This was the place I had seen a beggar put his crutches aside, then walk away with his day's collection. This is the place everyone tells you to watch out for pickpockets.

Petaling Street, A Part of KL's Chinatown

Anyway, one of the most famous wonton noodles around can be found here - Koon Kee Wan Tan Mee. A true blue KLite introduced it to me. I've been back here several times with family members who visit. Just plain ol' wan tan mee like how it used to be in the old days.

Koon Kee Wan Tan Mee, Petaling Street

Outside this noodle shop is a happening Apam Balik (Sweet Peanut Pancake) stall manned by a sprightly old man. I savoured every bite, a taste of years of expertise. His pancakes are so popular that it is sold as soon as it is off the pan and cut.

Apam Balik, Petaling Street

Apam Balik

Air Mata Kucing (Dried Longan Drink) anyone? A thirst quencher. No food journey in Petaling Street is complete without a cup of this. Our humid weather demands it.

Air Mata Kucing, Petaling Street

Food is not all you'll find interesting here. In between a row of shops, a friend and I came across this lovely piece by established street artists LeDania from Colombia and our very own Cloakwork. 'Lucy In The Sky' - look for this cafe and you should find it. I don't know how long it'll be there before it gets painted over though.

LeDania and Cloak

I remember the cafe - a cosy place. My aunt and I breakfasted here once long ago. We were in the area to buy cookware at the shop a door away. Such fond memories. When my aunt first saw the shop, her eyes shone in excitement, "I wantttt, I want those pots, pans and plates!" it said.

Lucy In The Sky Cafe

Lucy In The Sky Cafe

Around the bend is a newly opened bargain store opposite Pasar Seni LRT. Gilasco is sort of a gift shop similar to the likes of Yubiso and Miniso.

Gilasco

My walkabout around this part of the city has been interesting but I hope to be back again soon and perhaps this time, I will take a closer look at Central Market. The place seems to have come up nicely. I wonder if the second-hand book shop I used to frequent during my college days is still around.

Just a couple more pictures and that's that for this post.

Graffiti Across Pasar Seni LRT Station

The Scene at MRT Pasar Seni


Sep 28, 2018

12 Mid-Autumn Festival Balloon Display At IPC

Imagine our ooh and aah at seeing this. It was a huge balloon dragon installation hanging as a centrepiece at the atrium of IPC Shopping Centre. Majestic and inspiring. I did not get the name of the balloon sculptor but he or she is certainly inspiring. The 50ft long dragon however, that I have its name - Yang! How fun to be involved in such a project and I bet they love their jobs.

Mid-Autumn Festival Balloon Installation at IPC Shopping Centre
50ft Dragon

We spotted this person in a balloon rabbit costume cutely bobbing along the row of shops. The rabbit has a name too - Moon!

Moon Rabbit and The Dragon .. RoarrrRRr!

Further in the background, behind Yang the dragon is a small garden made of balloons  - it was a landscape of trees, birds, a bridge and a beautiful phoenix named Yin. Yin and Yang *wink*

Mid-Autumn Festival Balloon Installation at IPC
Yin at 9ft Tall

Mid-Autumn Festival Balloon Installation
Garden of Harmony

Mid-Autumn Festival Balloon Installation
Garden of Harmony

This was our adventure last Sunday in celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival but the installation stays up until 30th Sep, which is this weekend. So there's still a chance for anyone keen to pop in for a look-see.

Hej means hello in Swedish. We passed this sign at the end of the bridge above Ikea Cafe. I couldn't resist a photo because it was such a cheerful piece in yellow.

Hello, IKEA Fans

Mooncake Day was a little quiet for us this year since we'd already caught up with our friends and family earlier. Also, greedy us had eaten all the mooncakes up leaving none for the actual day! They were just too delicious to resist.

I leave you with a photo of the moon I snapped in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The Moon - A View from Kuala Lumpur



Sep 24, 2018

16 Eats : Awa Mee Bar, Mid Valley Megamall

Thanks to our elders, we are close to our cousins. They make our family life interesting. We have the numbers for rounders, badminton, police and thief and so much fun. There were ups and downs but also much love between us. Relationships in the old days are just that - colourful and solid.

Cousins are those childhood playmates
who grow up to be forever friends.
~ Anon

We celebrated my cousin's Birthday last weekend at Awa Mee Bar, a lovely noodle restaurant at Mid Valley Megamall. It's always an exciting affair researching for new places to eat - so many choices, so little tummy space.

Spicy Seafood Dry Noodle (Awa Mee Bar, Mid Valley)

The ambiance was pleasant, bright and clean. We were already feeling the effects of joyfulness as we sat down.

Awa Mee Bar, Mid Valley

Awa Mee Bar, Mid Valley

The food presentation, though easy enough, is genius -  this establishment serves noodles with a piece of fried mushroom that looks like undersea coral. The soup that came with was divine.

This was what we ordered. Tonkotsu Dry Noodles that came with a big bowl of soup for me and hubs. Do you know what tonkotsu means? I googled - Japanese broth made from pork marrow. Yum!

Non-Spicy Tonkotsu Dry Noodle (Awa Mee Bar, Mid Valley)

Tonkotsu Dry Noodle Soup (Awa Mee Bar, Mid Valley)

This is the soup that came with Spicy Seafood Dry Noodle (see the first picture of this post if you want a look at the noodles).

Spicy Seafood Dry Noodle Soup (Awa Mee Bar, Mid Valley)

These are the noodle soup versions, which my cousin and my friend ordered - Tonkotso Noodle Soup.

Top-Left Clockwise : Cutlery Kept In A Hidden Drawer at the Side of the Table,
Chilli Dip for Noodles, Tonkotso Noodle Soup,
One White Rice Noodle and One Yellow Noodle.
 
Hotpig Claypot - Yes, you read right. There are a couple of funny named dishes on their menu.The meat was tender and flavourful in this one. So good to eat that I feel a craving slowly coming on right now. Greedy me.

Hotpig Claypot (Awa Mee Bar, Mid Valley)

There is a 'handsome' dish on the menu. Lol.

Handsome-leh (Awa Mee Bar, Mid Valley)

It was nice to dine here as we were treated really well by the staff. Also nothing beats good company, and the people I'm with is definitely that!

Price-wise, it was reasonable. We spent about RM20 per person - one bowl of noodles and a glass of drink. Hotpig not included.

Drinks (Awa Mee Bar, Mid Valley)
Sour Plum Tea and Honey Pomelo Tea - RM5.90 each

Awa Mee Bar
Address: Mid Valley Megamall, T-043, Third Floor Mezzanine, Mid Valley City, 58000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Telehone: 03-2280 0772

Sep 20, 2018

14 The Orchid Park At Perdana Botanical Garden, Kuala Lumpur

Do you love orchids? I do, for their beautiful unique flowers and their long-lastingness. It's been a long time since Hubs and I last popped into this corner of Perdana Botanical Garden. The orchid park is located on higher ground in a quieter area where only the occasional jogger passes by. It feels like a 'secret garden' sort of place.

I remember making countless trips here in preparation for a treasure hunt. We were a team of three girls, just hitting 20, second year of college. Hopes were high. Alas, the running around was too much for one member and we lost the heart to continue as concern for her welfare hit us. Still, we had a great time and was excited by the orang utan soft toy we had earned from the hunt.

I thoroughly enjoyed my walk here this particular Sunday. There were many orchids in bloom and I could not resist snapping many photos! I wasn't the only one - there were other makciks swept away by photography therapy too.

Feast your eyes on these beautiful blooms. Identifying orchids is not as easy as I thought without a guide - Google wasn't my best buddy in this research so I have left out the names.

Pic 1 - Orchids at Perdana Botanical Garden, Orchid Park

Pic 2 - Orchids at Perdana Botanical Garden, Orchid Park

Pic 3 - Orchids at Perdana Botanical Garden, Orchid Park

Pic 4 - Orchids at Perdana Botanical Garden, Orchid Park

Pic 5 - Orchids at Perdana Botanical Garden, Orchid Park

It may not look like there are a lot of flowers from this distance.

Orchid Park, Kuala Lumpur

Let me show you a close-up. Lots of blooms, as you can see.

Pic 6 - Orchids at Perdana Botanical Garden, Orchid Park

This park has a lovely water fountain near here, which I have not shared a photo of in this post. Perhaps next time. 


Orchid Park, Kuala Lumpur

Orchid Park, Kuala Lumpur

Pic 7 - Orchids at Perdana Botanical Garden, Orchid Park

Pic 8 - Orchids at Perdana Botanical Garden, Orchid Park

Pic 9 - Orchids at Perdana Botanical Garden, Orchid Park

Pic 10 - Orchids at Perdana Botanical Garden, Orchid Park

A bit of history. Officially opened in 1986 by the wife of our current Prime Minister.

Orchid Park, Kuala Lumpur


There you go. Which orchid did you like most out of these? Pic 3 is my favourite - I love those twirls.



 

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