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Jiamin
This is Jiamin living in Kuala Lumpur. I am a StudentI like to hang out in Kuala Lumpur, Subang, Petaling Jaya. Korean, Japanese, Italian are my favorite cuisines. I also love Hotel Dining, Café, Restaurant and Buffet, BBQ, Seafood.
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Categories : Malaysian variety | Restaurant | Nasi Lemak

The only branch of Nyonya Colors that I have visited before this was in 1 Utama Shopping Centre. My impression on that particular branch is never negative, regardless of the fact that it tends to run out of seats most of the time. That indicates good food! Since Don had never once tried their food, we decided to visit the one in Genting Highlands when we discovered it in First World Plaza.

 
Kuih Ketayap. It is one of the most common Malay desserts in Malaysia, made of a piece of green pancake wrapping a huge bunch of caramelized, grated coconut flesh. You should never miss it, especially now when there will be several streets selling Malay food due to Hari Raya Puasa.

To save the best for the last, although it is weird to eat it in such a way, I love to dig out and finish the coconut flesh before eating the green pancake, because I always love pancakes like this.

 
Kuih Talam. My top favorite! The top layer in white is made of coconut milk and the bottom layer is made of pandan. It really has very strong fragrance of coconut and pandan. And when I say it’s very strong, it’s really, really, REALLY very strong and heavenly good! The saltiness of the top layer blended well with the bottom layer and made it less sweet.

I actually ordered another one when Don went to place his second order. Hehe!

 
Pulut Tai Tai. The glutinous rice is colored with some bluish liquid extracted from a type of plant. This dessert is very famous in Peranakan or Nyonya cuisine, and it should never go wrong with some good kaya.

 
Nasi Lemak Packet. It is just an ordinary typed of packed Nasi Lemak that came together with sambal, peanuts and anchovies, and half of a hard-boiled egg. Don had it, and it wasn't filling enough for his tummy, so he proceeded to the second option.

 
Teh Tarik. It tasted like an ordinary cup of Teh Tarik, and I thought it was good to have it as my brunch along with the delicious food.

 
Roti Jala with Curry Chicken. It definitely wasn't my first time to have this as my meal at Nyonya Colors, because they’re always too good. The Roti Jala was soft and springy, and its texture was very similar to the green pancake that I mentioned previously. Dip it with the curry and you’re good to go! The best thing of all? They never served me with chicken breast. It’s always either drumstick or chicken thigh.

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Yellow Laksa. This was Don's second option. I couldn't really describe the taste because it wasn't quite explainable. Was it ginger? I am not too sure. Nevertheless, the sambal was extremely spicy to the extent that his sweat poured down his face like tap water, on a cold weather.

Since the foods available in First World Plaza are always overpriced and disappointing, you should consider paying a visit to this outlet for food with much better quality. Highly recommended indeed!
 
Date of Visit: Mar 27, 2013 

Spending per head: Approximately RM24(午餐)

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Categories : Malaysian variety | Café | Burgers / Sandwiches | Noodles

Basically, K3K is an abbreviation of Kwai Sam Kee, literally translated as K3K Kopitiam. "Sam" means three in Cantonese, by the way. The idea of setting up K3K Benta Kaya came from Ho Kwai Sam, a man who used to tap rubber and operate a grocery to earn a living. It was inspired by the strenuous efforts of the rubber tappers in getting a good cuppa and bread to go with before work. After 50 years of history at Benta, Kuala Lipis, Pahang, K3K Benta Kaya opened its first branch in Damansara Perdana, and expanded its business to Subang Jaya, Bukit Tinggi, Klang, Kuchai Lama, and etc. – Edited from K3K Benta Kaya, Malaysia (http://k3kbentakaya.blogspot.com/)

 
I don't usually do this. I was completely insane to order a cup of Hot Soya Honey Ginger with extra sugar. Needless to say, I regretted. It tasted so bitter that I had to mix almost every mouthful of it with some kaya in my mouth before I swallowed.

 
Halfway through our dinner, Don decided to order another cup of drink consisting of coconut milk, sago, and red beans if I am not mistaken. Both of us couldn't quite remember its name, and it was nowhere to be found on the worldwide web. I guess it was good, or at least better than Hot Soya Honey Ginger, judging from my recall of intention to jokingly exchange our drinks.

 
Kaya Char Kuih! Just by looking at the picture shown on the menu, we pretty much drooled. Prepared and tasted similarly to our traditional You Tiao, K3K Benta Kaya served it together with their homemade kaya. Although the combination of sweetness and saltiness may be weird, I thought it was unique, and it could have been perfect if the amount of sugar used for their kaya could be reduced.

 
Apparently, Penghulu Fried Chicken with Rice was listed as one of the chef recommendations on the menu, and I have seen plenty of positive comments from several bloggers as I went through the internet for more information. Fried to perfection, the fried chicken was crunchy on the outside, and tender on the inside. Dip it into the bowl of curry that was not spicy with strong taste of coconut milk, and it will be perfect.

It is, nevertheless, not advisable for people who concern about weight and health.

 
My Curry Chicken Rice was very ordinary, to be frank. Still, I loved how K3K Benta Kaya served their meals with a small bunch of Mamak Style Fried Cabbage each to sort of balance the nutrition.

I know I will definitely return one day, perhaps another brunch, because I have yet to try their side dishes that tempted me so badly during my visit. Price wise, it's similar to other cafes like PappaRich, In House Cafe, and etc. Be sure to give it a try!

My Blog: http://jcheerios.blogspot.com/2013/05/dinner-at-k3k-benta-kaya-kuchai-lama.html
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Kaya Char Kuih,Penghulu Fried Chicken
 
Date of Visit: Apr 27, 2013 

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Categories : Chinese | Restaurant | Noodles

Face to Face Noodles House at Taylor's University is not a good example of the saying, although inaccurate, that goes, "Good foods are never found in restaurants with multiple outlets." Their Pan Mee was not disappointing after all, even though incomparable with Kam Kei Noodles House in Selayang. Personally, it seems like a restaurant that sells overpriced Pan Mee, crowded only during peak hours.

 
I have only visited this particular outlet at Taylor's University for not more than five times, to be frank, and another outlet located somewhere within the country for merely once. I have tried their Creations Minced Pork Pan Mee, House Specialty Hot and Spicy Pan Mee (Dry), and Sichuan Piquant Pan Mee (less spicy), so I decided to challenge myself with their Vegetarian Hot and Spicy Pan Mee (Dry). I ended up eating it regretfully. I was about to be able to spout some flame and lava, I swear!

My overall experience with their Pan Mee was quite ordinary. In fact, I tend to take this restaurant as a backup, in case my original plan is somehow ruined.

 
This is something that I would never want to order ever again. I was craving for a cup of Soya Bean with Longan, and I mistook this cup of Longan Fresh Milk as what I thought it was. It was not too bad as a cup of milk, but I never like milk, that's why.

Apart from Pan Mee, Face to Face Noodles House sells Sarawak noodles, rice noodles, rice, side orders, breads, and desserts, and each of them come with various choices. As I review about the restaurant, I have come to realize that Face to Face Noodles House also specializes in the local fare with excellent fusion of Sarawak's homemade noodles, widely known as "Kolok Mee". I should give it a good try soon!

My Blog: http://jcheerios.blogspot.com/2013/05/early-dinner-at-face-to-face-noodles.html
 
Date of Visit: Apr 17, 2013 

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Dinner at Formosa, Sunway Pyramid Smile Apr 30, 2013   
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Categories : Taiwanese | Restaurant | Noodles | BBQ

Taiwanese cuisine seems to be something rather uncommon in Malaysia. Even if it is, the food quality may not be guaranteed, the portion size may be disappointing, or they may not offer anything that I truly fancy. For instance, I would never suggest XXL Crispy Chicken by Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks for its disgusting, weird, and smelly taste. Formosa, though, is so far the only one that I would highly recommend to give it a good try apart from Arisan at Taylor's University. Despite being operated by a group of foreigners, the food and services never fail to satisfy me during every visit.

On a side note, I have recently found out that Taiwan was historically known as "Ilha Formosa" by the Portuguese, which it literally means beautiful island.

 
On that particular night, Don and I did not choose our usual set meals, but we wanted to have more than what our tummies could handle. Formosa offers a very wide selection of choices of set meals to be picked. Some of them may come with or without a cup of drink of your choice, and some may or may not include a bowl of rice. It's totally flexible in a way!

However, unless I need some cold drink to calm myself, I wouldn't prefer to have their Grass Jelly Milk Tea. It tasted like a cup of drink filled with flavoring essence.

 
Each of us had a bowl of Braised Sauce Rice as usual, and added Braised Egg and Braised Taufu at RM3.00 in total. The first bite had indeed helped to make a life changing decision ever since; I will be sure to order all three of them every single time!

 

 
Don preferred their Hot Crispy Chicken while I opted for Taiwanese Salted Chicken to save hassles. Both of them came with soft, tender, and juicy chicken meat covered with crispy outer layer, but cooked in different ways. They're definitely finger licking good! lol

Well, not to worry. The Hot Crispy Chicken wasn't too troublesome to be eaten, in fact. YOU MUST TRY!

My Blog: http://jcheerios.blogspot.com/2013/04/dinner-at-formosa-sunway-pyramid.html
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Hot Crispy Chicken,Taiwanese Salted Chicken,Braised Sauce Rice,Braised Egg,Braised Taufu
 
Date of Visit: Mar 31, 2013 

Spending per head: Approximately RM12(晚餐)

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Dim Sum at De Templer Restaurant Smile Apr 27, 2013   
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Categories : Chinese | Malay | Restaurant | Halal | Dim sum

In the afternoon right after Farah sent her mum back home in Cheras, she drove me to this restaurant with Muslim and Chinese cuisines, namely De Templer Restaurant, to fill up our tummies before we headed to Batu Caves. She said she wanted to bring me there and she said she felt good that she did it today. smile Thanks a gazillion, Farah. It's indeed a good recommendation to me, to be frank. All we had were only dim sums instead of other ala carte dishes but the dim sums were kind of huge that our tummies were bloated.

 
This was a kind of transparent dumpling with awesomely fresh prawns and fresh scallops inside that cost me RM5.80, which was actually the most expensive dim sum among what I had ordered.

 
I bet you have heard of Siew Mai, since it's the most famous kind of dim sum, but they're usually filled with pork. Nonetheless, this one that I had was filled with purely fresh prawns only. Yes, their prawns were all fresh and well-cooked.

 
This was another kind of transparent dumpling with only fresh prawns inside, similarly to the Siew Mai filled with prawns above.

 
This was undoubtedly Chee Cheong Fun with prawns inside. So many dishes with prawns within an hour! Oh yes, I love prawns but the fried onion on top sort of ruined the original taste of it, and it's slightly saltier than usual.

 
My fried dumplings with more fresh prawns inside! In my opinion, it tasted better without the mayonnaise because I always prefer it to be original. Yes, this kind of fried dumplings seems to be one of my favorite dim sum but unfortunately, most of the dim sum restaurants mix the fillings with meats instead of purely prawns. After the only restaurant that has the yummiest fried dumplings with prawns back in Bandar Menjalara, De Templer Restaurant has definitely become my new love. lol

 
Seeing this makes me think of announcing good news to all my readers, especially the Muslims. This is definitely a halal restaurant, so you need not worry about anything. All you have to do is step into the restaurant, get a place that you like, settle down, order whatever you want, and enjoy your meal. It's easy! ;)

I rated 4 over 5 for the dim sum but I'm not sure about the other foods they served because I have never tried any of them. Whilst for the services, I rated 3 over 5 because it's only slightly better than normal. What are you waiting for?

My Blog: http://jcheerios.blogspot.com/2011/01/dim-sums-at-de-templer-restaurant.html
 
Date of Visit: Jan 13, 2011 

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