Out with the old. In with the new.

Posted by Timothy Low under Articles | [5 views]

3-meals.com is history.

But it’s legacy continues. My mistake actually. Forgotten to renew my domain subscription …. oops!

Anyway, as said. Out with the old, in with the new. I’ve been meaning to change the name 3-meals.com. An experienced internet Guru once told me, never to use punctuations in your domain URL i.e. commas, dashes or even apostrophes. It makes it harder for search engines to find you and of course, it’s harder to tell people your URL.

I used to experience that difficulty. People ask, “Hey, what’s your food blog again?” and I’m like “It’s three meals dot com”. And he’d be like “three as in number three or the letter three?” and I’m like “three as in the digit three, with a dash and then meal with an ass !!!!!”

Now that 3-meals.com is no more (RIP buddy ….. some nippon bugger launch an invasion and conquered it!), I have a new name.

DinePlay.com

And our food adventure continues ……

Ichiban Boshi

Posted by Timothy Low under Kota Damansara | [142 views]

Sunway Giza is not a unfamiliar location to most. Located right in the middle of the booming township of Kota Damansara or Dataran Sunway to be exact, Sunway Giza is practically the right formula for a piece of successful commercial real estate. And located here, are some of the most popular local and international eateries such as Full House, Chili Pan Mee, Jin Xuan Hong Kong Dim Sum, Daorae Korean BBQ, Lan Jie Steam Fish, Tao Cuisine, The Uma. Dessert shop aren’t lacking too. SnowFlake, Chatime, Ochado, Baskin Robbin and even Tong Pak Fu Hong Kong dessert.

I will cover ALL of these, someday. Somehow. But I would like to bring you attention to one particular Japanese restaurant, Ichiban Boshi which is located inside Sunway Giza, on the 1st floor. Tucked hidden in a corner, you’ll just need to turn around and look back as you take the escalator to the 1st floor. Once inside, the restaurant is pretty spacious. Like most Japanese restaurants, there are seats next to the Kaiten Sushi (sushi conveyor belt) for those who can down endless supplies of sushi. And of course, seats with a view. In this case, views of the Giza Mall below.

Food choices are aplenty, ranging from set meals to ala carte and of course, sushi. A good Japanese restaurants are particular in what they serve. Down to the wasabe. Wasabi is Japanese horseradish and is used as a condiment accompanying your Japanese food. Good and genuine wasabe is very hot and will cause a burning sensation in your mouth so you should eat very small amounts or you’ll find your eyes watering. On the other hand, if you don’t feel any of this when you take your wasabe, you may want to check the ‘freshness’ of your wasabe with the chef.

If you are not sure what to choose, here are some tips. Firstly, go for some sushi. It doesn’t matter if you’re going to order set meals or ala carte later, just order some sushi. A good Japanese restaurant is very particular in the way they make their sushi. Sushi rice has a very delicate flavor and is usually made with short grained rice, water, rice vinegar, sugar and salt.

There are many types of sushi, but just to name a few below are some list of it FYI :

Sashimi: Raw seafood served chilled and sliced, and elegantly arranged. It’s usually prepared with fish fresh from the water, refrigerated but never frozen.

Nigirizushi: Nigiri means something like “hand pressed”. This type of sushi is the most common type at the sushi bar: A small oval made with rice, with an expertly cut slice of fish on top, and with a dab of wasabi on it. Most types of nigirizushi are meant to be dipped in soy sauce, and must be eaten in one bite, slowly. Close your eyes and feel the different textures in your mouth while you eat every piece.

Gunkan: Battleship sushi. This looks like a nigiri piece wrapped once in seaweed. It’s called “battleship sushi” because it resembles the cylindrical sail of a submarine or battleship. Most caviar sushi (e.g. uni, tobiko, ikura, masago) are wrapped in the gunkan style.

Makizushi: Maki means “rolled”. This kind of sushi consists of fish (or crab) and vegetables rolled in a sheet of nori (roasted seaweed) and rice. Makizushi is usually served sliced into bite-size portions. In some restaurants it will be listed as norimaki (seaweed roll) in the menu. Makizushi is an excellent choice for those venturing into the sushi bar for the first time, particularly if they are squimish about eating raw fish. The taste and crackling texture of the the seaweed, the visual delight from its appearance, and the combination of salty seaweed, sweet rice, and delicate fish and vegetables soon win even the most reluctant experimenters.

Temaki: Te = hand. Temaki describes the hand rolls, something like a Japanese nori taco, that you bite into. Many of the ingredients you’ll find in makizushi also exist in temaki.

All the sushi education here does not measure to anything if you don’t try it. Go on, grab a bite and you’ll know what I mean. And here are details on Ichiban Boshi.

Restaurant name : Ichiban Boshi
Food Type : Japanese
Price Factor : Medium Cost

Address : Sunway Giza Shopping Mall, Kota Damansara
Tel : 03-61481844
Email : giza_ib@res.com.my
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/IchibanBoshi.RESM

Other Locations :
Ichiban Boshi Pavilion Shopping Centre @ KL
Tel : 03-21416621 (Bukit Bintang)
Email : pavilion_ib@res.com.my

Ichiban Boshi Solaris Dutamas Shopping Mall @ KL
Tel : 03-62032271 (Beside Solaris Mont Kiara)
Email : solaris_ib@res.com.my

Ichiban Boshi Setia Alam @ Shah Alam
OPENING May 2012 SMS: 016-9061003 (Setia City Mall)
Email : setia_ib@res.com.my

Cheow Sang Bah Kut Teh

Posted by Timothy Low under Petaling Jaya | [255 views]

I have written numerous articles about Bah Kut Teh but nothing quite like what I am about to tell you about in this article. I am assuming you have heard of Sunway Mas Commercial Centre, near Aman Suria and Bandar Utama. If you’ve not come across this name, let me ‘enlightened’ you with the fact that this place is dotted with good food in it’s map. Just to name a few …. Wong Poh seafood, popular for their variety of crab dishes, Famous Seremban Favorites Restaurant popular for serving the best char siew in town (so they say), Rosemary Bites, Betty’s Midwest and soon to come, 6 To 10 Grill & Nasi Lemak moving in from Happy Mansion, PJ.

And just to think, I live very near to these place and that means all these good food is within my reach, anytime. Gosh, there goes my diet ….

Choices aplenty, I tend to crave for a certain food especially during dinner. On one occasion, I could practically smell the aroma of Bah Kut Teh, so I drove towards the first Bah Kut Teh shop I can find along the way out of my house. Cheow Sang Bah Kut Teh is located on the main road of Jalan PJU 1/3A facing Aman Suria gated residence, so this place is not at all hard to located.

Being a Bah Kut Teh shop and all, I would assume their specialty is Bah Kut Teh and all I could think of is which part of Bah Kut Teh I’ll be ordering. To my utmost dismay, most of the favorite Bah Kut Teh parts are already sold out. So I reluctantly ordered whatever leftovers there are, mostly lean meat. You do know what are the favorite Bah Kut Teh parts right? By Bah Kut Teh parts, I meant the the parts of the pork. My favorite parts are the knuckles and the legs. Done right and it’ll come out juicy …. hope I am not grossing you out!

Since they are all out of Bah Kut Teh, I had to order other dishes. Here are some of their highly recommended dishes.

Generally this place is alright if you’re not too choosy. Aside from the disappointment of not having my Bah Kut Teh, the other dishes are just ok. Perhaps I did not order the right dishes but then again, nobody recommended me to. And would I visit them again ? Perhaps …..

And here’s their details in case you would like to try them out

Address
SunwayMas Commercial Centre, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
13A-1, Jalan PJU 1/3A, SunwayMas Commercial Centre,
47301 PJ. Tel : 03-7880-4930

Location Map

Snowflake

Posted by Timothy Low under Kota Damansara | [556 views]

Who would have thought a simple dessert made from ice shavings, some beans, sweet potatoes with a pinch of pearl jellies would’ve made such an impression on me? For the benefit of those who don’t know me, I am not exactly a fan of desserts. Especially not those bubbly, pearly Taiwanese fad that swept across our shores some time ago. I wouldn’t be caught dead sucking black pearly stuffs on those gigantic straws. Nope, not me !

Then one day, I came across Snowflake.

Not the one in Subang or Pavilion but right here in Kota Damansara. My turf. My dining playground. Yup, Snowflake came bashing into Dataran Sunway unannounced, and conquered us all. With their little pearl jellies…. I can imagine them blowpiping us all with pearl jellies using their gigantic straws. Ugh!

Anyway, it was by chance that I stumbled upon this so-called dessert shop. It’s a corner shop and I must compliment the owner of Snowflake for being smart enough to place their store in one of the busiest street in Dataran Sunway. Some of my favourite shops are located on that street. My favourite coffee shop, DU Cafe that serves like a million choices of food ….. and my favourite dvd shop that I “ALWAYS” frequent after my dinner. And guess what, now I have a third option ….. dessert time!

My first visit to Snowflake isn’t exactly a pleasant one. And I blame it on my own biased judgements. As I said earlier, I don’t fancy dessert. Especially not one in an overcrowded shop. The queues were just outrageous. I’ve never seen people so eager to queue up just for a simple dessert such as this. Nevertheless … after some convincing from my partner, I joined the queue (my feeling at that very moment …. I felt a little “over-aged” just to be in that queue … they should come up with another queue for those over 18! Guys and girls … no pun intended. You guys do look young ….)

After queuing for almost like a million years (ok, I was being a little drama .. I waited for about 5 minutes), it was my turn to order. I stared at the sweet young thing behind the counter and she stared back at me, smiling. I looked around and looked up at the menu behind her.

Paiseh. I didn’t know what to do! Good thing the girl behind the counter was nice enough to walk me through the process of ordering. Trust me, if you’re as ignorant as me, you’ll need this.

Step One : Choose Snowflake, Tohua or Memorable series.
Step Two : Select a sub-series choice.
For Snowflake series, select your Snowflake flavour. Grass Jelly series, Taro Ball series or Soya Ice series.
Step Three : Pay up and receive UFO remote token (note : never place the token in your pants pocket!)
Step Four : Choose either to wait for your order outside the shop or in one corner of the shop looking like a school kid punished for being late to class.
Step Five : Your token vibrates. You can collect your order at the delivery counter. (note : if your token is in your pants pocket, you will probably get a shock and embarrass yourself in front of the kids. Serves you right …should’ve listened to me….)

It was after my first visit did I develop a crave for that icy cold, refreshing Snowflake. The next day, I could still vividly remember the taste of Snowflake’s soya ice series with red bean and peanuts. And the same evening … I was queuing up again ….. damn !

You have to try this out, if you haven’t done so. If you like it … good luck, you’ll want more. If not, at least you’ve tried it and you can leave it as a conversation piece with your friends if someone talks about it.

Snowflake is available at these locations :

Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
SS15 Subang Jaya
Kota Damansara

* photos “pinjam” from Snowflake Facebook group.

A Dining Experience

Posted by Timothy Low under Articles | [596 views]

Dining out is a very common practice in our society.

Eating in certain dining environments doesn’t really qualify it to be a “restaurant experience”. Eating at a food court or a fast food establishment is a different style of dining, based around the principles of cost, convenience, and consistency.

Consistency especially applies when it comes to places like McDonald. Their success is based around a formula. No matter where you are in the world, you know exactly what to expect.

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Fu Kua Restaurant

Posted by Timothy Low under Petaling Jaya | [1,190 views]

The bitter gourd (also known as bitter melon) looks like a cucumber but with ugly gourd-like bumps all over it. As the name implies, this vegetable is a melon that is bitter. There are two varieties of this vegetable: One grows to about 20 cm long, is oblong and pale green in color. The other is the smaller variety, less than 10 cm long, oval and has a darker green color.

Now that you’re gotten acquainted with the bitter gourd, let’s get to the interesting bit. Bitter gourd is often used in Chinese cooking for its bitter flavor, typically in stir-fries (often with pork and douchi), soups, and also as tea. And more recently, I’ve discovered a restaurant here in Klang Valley that serves everything bitter gourd. That’s right … from bitter gourd juice (yup, you heard me right) to dish and soup.

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Kien Kee Sup Pedas Ayam Kampung

Posted by Timothy Low under Kuala Lumpur | [1,775 views]

Seri Kembangan is never short of ‘interesting’ dine options. For example …

1. Ikan Bakar Garam (Salted BBQ Fish) – Behind the hokkien association
2. Weng Heong BBQ Chicken/Duck/Pork Rice shop – just after Public Bank
3. Farmland Porridge Steamboat – Opposite South City Plaza
4. Leong Ya Yong Tau Fu/Ji Bao Gai – Opposite Serdang KTM
5. Sister Lam Yong Tau Fu – On the way to Serdang town from Equine Park
6. Hakka Yong Tau Fu near market
7. Cheng Fatt Restaurant
8. Chinese restaurant (uses charcoal to cook noodles, opposite Cheng Fatt)
9. Hoi Tong BBQ Steamboat Restaurant @ Bukit Serdang
10. Hakka Village Restaurant @ Bukit Serdang
11. K.C.W Curry Fish Head @ Serdang Raya (same row with no.12’s Pan Mee)
12. Pan Mee (night only) @ Serdang Raya – in front of a car repair shop
13. Ye Ren Bak Kut Teh + Steamed Ikan Haruan + Spicy Chicken + Siong Tong La la
14. Yap Beng Dry Bak Kut Teh + Stir Fried Shark @ Equine Park
15. Tomyam Noodles (tue,thurs and sat only) @ Beside soft drink factory, opposite Public Bank there

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Waroeng Penyet

Posted by Timothy Low under Mutiara Damansara | [1,157 views]

Flattened Chicken? Backside Soup? Happy Soda?

When I first visited Jakarta, Indonesia some years back … I had quite an an exciting culinary adventure. Other than extra strong spices, food varieties are quite similar with ours in Malaysia but it’s the name of the food that shocked me. Nasi Goreng Gila (direct translation … Crazy Fried Rice) …. Sup Bontot (hmm … how do I put this …. backside …. ass …. behind …soup?). I mean, these are just some of it that I can remember.

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Weng Heong Bah Kut Teh

Posted by Timothy Low under Klang | [1,726 views]

Have I ever mentioned that I grew up in Klang? Yup, true-blue Klang boy. Stayed in Teluk Gadung. Went to school at La Salle Klang. Hung out at Emporium Makan and Great Wall. Back in those days, there were no Starbucks or Dome. McD’s was the most “happening” place to be seen. If you’re unsure of all those places I mentioned, ask anyone from Klang who took their SPM in 1989. They’ll vouch for me.

Yup, I miss those days. But of course, what I miss most was weekend family outings to my favorite Bak Kut Teh shop in Pandamaran. We used to compete for the most plates of rice we could finish and you could see stacks of plates after we finish our meals. Sad to say, my favorite shop was long gone. And I stopped enjoying Bah Kut Teh ever since. I just couldn’t find anyone that could make Bak Kut Teh that good …. anymore. And I moved out from Klang …..

Nah …. just kidding. I moved out of Klang a long time ago, after graduating college to look for a job in the city. I still visit Klang occasionally but not as often as I wished to.

But recently, I stumbled upon another good Bak Kut Teh outlet in Klang. And suddenly, I am visiting Klang more often again.

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Mr Teppanyaki

Posted by Timothy Low under Mutiara Damansara | [2,395 views]

I’ve been away for quite a while. Yup … job obligations. No choice. But that’s what everyone says, right? I actually miss doing this. I miss the rantings and bitching of culinary preferences among us ‘reviewers’ or better known as ‘foodies’. So here I am again, now that what I have to do is all done and the next one is not until June 2010.

For my new article, I could probably summarize it into a single sentence but then again, where’s the fun in that? So I shall elaborate further ….. here’s how it goes…..

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