Sunday, July 23, 2017

Lights, Camera, MBO!: The Starling MBO Flagship Outlet Launch

Lights, Camera, MBO! Did you know that MBO just recently launched their flagship cinema in The Starling in Damansara Uptown?

They transformed the whole cinema to a club like atmosphere just for this launch event

The launch event was dubbed the MBO Stellar Night which was star studded with popular members of the Malaysian entertainment industry and also bloggers and medias.

Well for one there was no shortage of food and drinks to go on the night while we waited for the premiere of War for the Planet of the Apes.

 Oh and plenty of wine, champagne and beers to go around

 
There were dances, special appearances of Marvel and DC characters, free flow of food and drinks from their concessionaires so we could really try all the good food at the cinema before being ushered into the movie halls.

Last selfie before entering the movie hall

First time tasting the MBO premium popcorns. Yes Aromatic caramel coated premium round popcorns so sweet I am loving it. Definitely going back for more.

You think the party would end just like that after the movie? No, the dance continues till late.

Anyway more about this new flagship cinema. Aside from the Big Screen and Premiere halls, they also offer MBO Kecil, a young children friendly hall, MX4D where movie goers gets to be part of the movie with the screen action synced built in motion and effects. So what are you waiting for? Give it a try and experience the difference for yourself.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Jack's Chill & Spicy Tales Review

So you are real tired after work and fancy some drinks while at the same time is real hungry but still wanna impress your date/other half/bf/gf/bae(or whatever you call em nowadays). Where would you go? Introducing the cheapest beer(at least what I could find) in town right at SS2. Interested? Continue reading how cheap it is lor... P.s. they serve some real good Vietnamese food too..

What is special is that they serve lighted up drinks which would surely impress the ladies..


Definitely it would brighten your day if not your date's. Highly recommended Vietnam Assam Drink

There's over 30 types of drinks you could choose from. Just ask from their drinks barista. How did I find this place? All thanks to Racheal from FoodiLIFEcious jio me makan here lor

Prawn sautéed with coconut milk. Taste like buttermilk but more on the Thai side. Fragrant yet mild and delicious

Squid Stuffed with Mince pork in Spicy & Sweet Gravy

Yeah, juicy minced pork inside springy squids. Perfect with rice

Garlic prawns! Aromatic garlic fried prawns paired with white rice. Need I say more?

Vietnam Style Fried Chicken Drumsticks. A must have for all fried chicken lovers

Fried Tofu Pok With Pork Filling. This dish has taken a page from Yong Tau Fu but with a twist. It's stuffed with juicy pork and topped with sweet and sour sauce.


Spicy Pork Stir Fry with spring onion for the spicy eaters

Finally! The best pairing for Beers. Chicken Wing with Glutinous Rice Spice!

Okok.. Enough teasing on the food.. You wanna know how much their Carlsberg beer costs right? It's 90 nett per tower and 170nett for 2 towers with free snacks or 250 nett for 3 towers with 2 free snacks. Can't drink that much? It's 9 nett for glass, 16 nett for pint, 34 nett for jug. 50 nett for 6 glasses, 60 nett for 4 pints, 3 jugs for 100nett.

Right from the bottle of 325ml is at 9 nett and a bucket of 6 bottles is only 52nett.

For connors, it's 9 nett for glass and 16 nett for a pint. Yes you are welcome. I do accept a pint as a gesture of thanks =)

Ok where to find this nice place?

Jacks Chill & Spicy Tales , SS2
Address: No.28 (ground floor) , Jalan SS2/66
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia .
Phone: 03-7865 3288
Operating Hours: Mon - Sat 11AM - 11PM
Closed On Sunday

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Dashi Dining & Delica Saya Review

Always thought a good authentic Japanese meal are raw fishes in the form of Sushi or Sashimi? Wrong. The Japanese actually have good heart and tummy warming food which I would say the internet did it a huge injustice for not promoting it. Yes, they are hard to find but that is why I am here introducing this new found place =) p.s. The food are prepared in small quantity to maintain quality and freshness with quite a few are made to orders. Read on to get the Buy 2 Free 1 promotion for the month of July

Located at the Lower Ground Floor of Isetan KL Lot 10, It's hard to miss this as it's just next to the main escalator going down towards the food floor. It's actually 2 sections side by side with one serving takeaways (Dashi Dining Saya) and the other sit in dining (Dashi Delica Saya)


Let's talk about the takeaway section first. They offer a good variety of food cooked in an open kitchen concept where you can see them prepare your food and prepared food are kept behind the glass cabinet while you mix and match your take away and the staff gets them for you. Highly recommended dishes from the above pic are the Sweet Potato with Lemon Sauce and the Grilled Salmon

The food are prepared in small batches to ensure freshness, taste and quality. Each of the dishes comes with a sign that explains each dish with its ingredients. From this picture, the highly recommended ones are Fried Chicken with Sweet Vinegar and Tartar Sauce(this one is real juicy and flavourful), Tomato with Apple Sauce, Japanese Traditional Stew "Chikuzenni" and the Hijiki(Japanese Seaweed)

Other than that they also serve prepared Bento boxes, Riceballs and others

Yes they are prepared fresh to order so you will always get it warm just the way the Japanese likes it.

Other than that they also have the Japanese Oden(something similar to our local Yong Tau Fu minus the tofu). So what makes Oden stand out? The soup base is seasoned with soy sauce and dried bonito flakes. The varieties they serve are eggs, white radish, fish sausage, konjac(Japanese yam) and Fish Paste.

Then we have the Takoyaki! Piping hot Takoyaki made in front of you till they run out of em.

Served with mayonnaise and bonito flakes, these are perfect to eat on the go

Now just next to it, is the Dashi Delica Saya where you could sit and dine surrounding the open kitchen. For starters, go for the heartwarming made to order Chawanmushi.

The reason why this is different than conventional chawanmushi is that it's steamed with Dashi soup.

So what is Dashi actually? Why was it even in the name of the restaurant? Dashi is basically the Japanese secret ingredient stock in the form of a broth. How was it made? It's actually made by boiling Kombu(dried kelp), Bonito flakes(shaves thin flakes of dried smoked Skipjack Tuna), Iriko or Niboshi(Anchovies or Sardines) or a combinations of the above. It's primarily used in Miso soup, noodle soups and other simmered foods. When boiled, it creates the broth with the 'Umami' taste, dubbed the fifth taste(apart from sweet, sour, salty or bitter).

Ok enough on the background, here comes the main sets! It's Soy Marinated Tuna Sashimi on top of rice and you pour the hot Dashi soup on to it. The hot Dashi soup compliments the rice and meat perfectly with "Kimpira, Burdock and Carrot" as the side while the refreshing Sweet potato in lemon sauce serves as the perfect ending. Also on the set was sesame, spring onion and wasabi.

 My personal favourite, the Grilled Salmon flakes set with the same sides

Oh yeah the soup was so good that I went for a second helping. Errr what? Did I just mention the soup is refillable? Yeah!!

Unlimited soup!!!!

This is the Fried Chicken with Tartar Sauce Set served with rice, Miso soup, Japanese Traditional Stew, "Kimpira, Burdock and Carrot" and of course the Fried Chicken

The fried chicken is actually layered with Sweet vinegar and when dipped with Tartar sauce, it gives it the bursting flavours in your mouth topped with the juicy chicken juice.

Then we have the Take Set which comes with Rice and Miso Soup(Refillable Green tea is chargeable), Fried Chicken "Saya Style", Hokkaido Beef Croquette(Changeable to the Vegetable variant if you don't take beef), Tomato with "Dashi Ginger" or Apple Sauce, Grilled Mackerel or Egg Omelette(They ran out of Mackerel on my visit), Tofu & Kinoko Mushroom with Dashi Sauce and the Japanese Traditional Stew

Let's talk about the Japanese Stew. It actually impressed me when I had my first bite of the lotus root. The flavour so good that it could only be described as "You have really gotta try it out to find out". It's basically Chicken, carrot, burdock, lotus root, shiitake, taro, konjac being boiled together with soy sauce in Dashi soup stock so imagine all those flavours being immersed into each of the individual items in the stew.

Anyway for small/vegetarian eaters, you could always go for the Konjac in Curry Saya Style. It's rice with Japanese curry and assorted vegetables prepared fresh and hot in front of you in the kitchen

Now for the Buy 2 Free 1 promotion, just show them this picture! T&C on the flyer

Ok Now how do you get there?

Dashi Dining & Delica Saya
Address: Lower Ground Floor, Isetan The Japan Store KL(It's the Big green building opposite Sg Wang), Lot 10, 50 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
Phone: 03-21101479
FB: https://www.facebook.com/DASHI-diningdelica-SAYA-1850007161877803/
Operating Hours: 11am - 9pm daily

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Kellaw Travelogue: Fraser's Hill one day trip


Well it's after the Raya and School Holiday now and you are broke as fark. So what do you do now? You didn't really enjoy the break and you so wanted some alone time but don't know where to go. Cameron? Too jam la. That place like jam 24/7 all year round one. Genting? No theme park and nothing to see right? Why not go on a one day trip to Fraser's Hill? 


Yeap I took the road less traveled and ended up in Fraser's, had some nice food on the way and came back before sundown. The drive is just a short 2 hours one way or you could plan your cycling trip up and down.


 What I did was plan my stop at Kuala Kubu Bharu for breakfast. Best bet for good food would be the cyclist cafe, Kedai Makana Basikal Stopover with their Master Chef David Chin. Important Note: Check their FB page to check if they are open. They usually opens on Sundays and Public Holidays but like what I said, check if they are open to avoid getting disappointed.


I know.. I know.. This is a travel post right? But still need good food to keep us going right? The price is fair tending towards cheap. But wait RM9 for nasi lemak or RM8 for curry mee?


Here is why lor.. Don't judge a book by its cover or food by its price . It comes with the good old traditional Kangkung, Sotong, Crispy Ikan Bilis, Sambal Ikan Bilis, Peanuts, Eggs larger than those sd card sized we get elsewhere, and the main, The crispy skin siu yuk aka roast pork.


Pig skin, Cockles, Tofupork(not pork la even if you scream pork is non halal), and Siu yuk in creamy curry noodles.


For the ang moh celups(meaning die die can't eat local food ones la), you can choose their western choices. Do check their FB for their latest menus as it's depending on the sifu cook la. He good mood, he cooks more.. Comprende? Kapish?


 Fish and Chips.. Need I say more? No, not those dory, you get what you pay for la..


The best selection of all. The grilled chicken served with mashed potatoes and coleslaw. Why is this the best selection? Heard of Dave's Deli? Guess where the Dave name came from? Well this is the original ayam. Can't go wrong with it.


After the breakfast, you would be driving or cycling along the scenic Sungai Selangor Water Dam. Take a break and take some pics before continuing on your journey.


Since they have a new road, there's no more gap system(meaning you sit there drink coffee for an hour if you miss the window before you are allowed to drive up.) but if one of the roads are closed due to landslide, the gap system would apply. One hour up, one hour down. The road is long and winding but you would be met with the cold air. How do you know you have reached? You would see this famous English style clock tower.


Some things never change.. The cooling air, the lush green trees, the flower blossoms, the migrating birds and the insects especially the giant beetles..


This tuck shop have been there throughout the ages and as far as I could remember. It sells all the sundry items you would need should you decide to camp here(camps not included sorry guys but you could always sleep on the trees)


The houses(as far as I could remember, these are new)


The local police station. 2 more years till it's centenary. This is where you should report in if you decide to hike some trails or stay overnight so they know where to find you should you go missing. But of course do go and report back when you are safe and out else they will be searching for you for nothing.. 


Orchids blooming around the clock tower


First stop you can visit would be the Strawberry farm next to Allan's water. Look out for the signboards. The place ain't that big and the map from the tourist center seems too blur too useless. In case of uncertainty, ask people around. For me I came at the wrong season lor. People bought all the strawberries. But they do sell veges, flowers, cactus and honey(buy at your own risk la)


Variety of cactus. No need go Cameron and get caught in the jam.


Flowers. Tons of flowers


Take your favourite pick of colors, they would have it.


Ever wondered where your kuaci came from? These lor.. Sunflowers. And they are already seeding. In a week or 2 you can fry them or replant tons of these plants. 


Roses for the ladies


More flowers!!


 Wait, what is growing there? Vegetables!!


If you are a town boy, this is how Cauliflower looks like with its leaves.


 Bright purple little chilies..


Then should you decide to take a hike for a swim at the Jeriau waterfalls, you need to drive or cycle a short journey or Hike over if you are more adventurous. Take the road heading towards Smokehouse hotel to reach the waterfalls. The trick her is learn the trails and where each of them leads to before hiking so you don't get lost.


Follow the river and the sound of water for about 15 minutes from the road and you would reach the waterfalls. It used to be murky and dirty due to the constructions going on but now it's clear again. 


You would pass by several gazebos for picnics, a shop or 2 selling swim/bathing suites and light snacks and also toilets for you to change.


View from the top.. I would advice you not to slide or jump down. It's just a mere 6 meter falls. You could go for a swim in the ice cold waters if you dare =)


Else you could at least wash your face to freshen up before you continue on your journey.


Selfie!!


I was on the lookout for holes as these usually contains the large tarantulas but look what I found here?


Yeap, It's a froggy.. But on a side note, if you wanna find Tarantulas, stay overnight as they usually comes out at night. The more bigger beetles also comes out around the same time as the air becomes more moist and cold. But do keep on the lookout for snakes.


 I somehow quite regretted not having my pre dinner meal at the Smokehouse like my friend suggested and went back to town center. Somehow the food ain't that great. The nasi goreng ayam was so so.


The kuey teow is errr... Let's go somewhere else?


The lamb chop was screaming, Uncle David, is your shop still open? I need a good meal please.


On the way back! Found this mother hen with the baby chicks. 


 Going home before sundown and dinner back in KL. Kellaw signing out!

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