Old places, but worth visiting with the kids

Although the National Planetarium has been around since 1993, I did not visit the place until around 2013. Since then, I have been truly impressed with what it has to offer, especially the dome-shaped Cineplex with the ceiling as its screen. This is a place that is...

Mikoshi is about family togetherness

With the number of Japanese restaurants trying to adjust to the local tastes, Ayaka Fukuda of Mikoshi Restaurant in Damansara Utama believes that people still enjoy authentic Japanese shabu-shabu, especially when it is done well.   She is a strong believer of the...

Pastries that are authentically Aussie

For the most part of his early years, Malaysian pastry chef or pâtissier, Justin Wong developed his love for pastry under the tutelage of mentors who had backgrounds in Michelin-starred restaurants. Colleagues whom he had worked with were both very passionate and...

Honey Chicken popular since 1974

With the number of food reviews that I have done, sometimes, it is a real tough decision just thinking what to eat for a simple dinner. Malaysians are truly blessed with a wide variety of choices. Being the melting pot between East and West, for the foodie fan have...

Fancy being served by two medical doctors

I was expecting to be introduced to a bearded retiree by the name of Dr. Adnan Abdat, but the bespectacled young gentleman in his apron, looking more like a waiter, was none other than a 30-year-old Dr. Adnan himself. Despite being fully qualified as a medical doctor...

Miss Ellie’s legacy goes on…

Miss Ellie has left behind a legacy that is hard to be erased from the memories of those who loved her. The cute little lady-like toy poodle, Ellie was a favourite pet of the Wong family, especially Nancy, who still misses her after several years that she died. The...

Restoran HSBC – Hot & Spicy Bangsar Cuisine

Restoran HSBC in Lorong Maarof, Bangsar has become a household name for the past 17 years not because it is owned by a bank. After all I am not a fan of the banking group, but the acronym which stands for “Hot & Spicy Bangsar Cuisine” has its uniqueness...

Go Italiano, Signor & Signore!

'Buon Appetito' is the Italian equivalent of 'Bon appetit' in French, or in simple English, “Enjoy your meal.” When I was studying in Australia, I used to work in a metal stamping shop floor with a Greek supervisor, whom we used to call Georgie Polgie. He was never...

Lavishing Oneself at D’italiane

Life is such that sometimes one has to lavish oneself or loved ones to some really nice cuisine. Occasionally, a little indulgence in life or just to pamper the family is a good treat to motivate ourselves to work even harder to achieve our next milestone in life....

Waltzing to J&D Espresso

Next on our Waltzing Matilda food trail, we waltz over to J&D Espresso in Bandar Utama, where they claim to serve ‘bloody good coffee.’ Located at the Mini Oasis Centre at the traffic light junction between Lebuh Bandar Utama and Persiaran Tropicana, I admit having...

Penang Flood Relief

The *Make It Right Movement and BAC* seek your kind assistance to collect essential items and monetary donations to aid these families in need.

Nostalgia of food from Australian Outback

Exactly thirty years since graduating from a university in Melbourne, Australia, I am still feeling nostalgic about the Australian outback. Not that I had spent a lot of time in the outback, but the bush songs such as the Waltzing Matilda still ring fresh in my mind....

Bonfire Restaurant

On our Waltzing Matilda Food Trail, let’s start with Bonfire at The Starling Mall in Damansara Uptown. Touted as a ‘modern Australian’ restaurant serving cuisine which is cooked using a custom-made woodfired oven, Bonfire first caught my attention, when I saw the...

Just the Chettinad Dining Experience

For the uninitiated, the Chettiars are famous not only as money lenders; they do have their well-known cuisines that give a truly Chettinad dining experience. Most of us may think that Indian restaurants are all the same, but like the Chinese, we our Cantonese-style,...

A call to increase cigarette prices up to RM100

The proposal to increase the price of a pack of cigarettes to RM50 in light of the coming Budget 2018 announcement is seen as small and might be futile to our ongoing struggle to prevent the smoking habit among our people especially among the youth. If the government...

Der Backmeister simply means The Master Baker

When Oliver Rollar decided to call it a day in the corporate world, his passion in the bakery business took off to where he is today. With the help of a baker friend of his from Cologne, Germany, Klaus and his wife Monika, Oliver and three other partners managed to...

It’s Friends of Mine Café

Whenever I am around in Mont Kiara area, I like going to my friend’s café. Oops! Except for the way it is called – for which the correct name should be ‘Friends of Mine Café’ – most people would believe that the café is operated by some friends of mine. No, I only...

A simple Penang Ah Meng’s Teochew restaurant in PJ

Teow Chew Meng Restaurant in SS2 Petaling Jaya is a Teochew restaurant, while Ah Meng is just a common nickname in Penang. For those who did not know, this was how the name of the restaurant came about. Simple, but it reflects beautifully the beginning of a restaurant...

The militant monk of Myanmar

Many would have been wondering why on earth the Rohingyas in Myanmar are not only abandoned but also terrorised inhumanely by the Myanmar-government. It has to be reluctantly admitted, however, that the highly prejudicial view of against the Muslims is the main...

What will happen when you abstain from voting?

In the 13th general election in May 2013, there were 11.2 million out of 13.2 million registered voters who cast their vote, which represented an 85% turnout. The turnout was unprecedented in all Malaysia’s past general elections and the opposition’s result in the...

Saravana offers more than the food it serves

With Deepavali round the corner, we decided to review a few Indian restaurants, starting with Saravana Bhavan in Bangsar. Especially popular with the last-minute shoppers, Saravana Bhavan, located on the same row as DeGem’s Bangsar flagship boutique along Jalan...

Nothing beats the Vergine when it comes to fresh food

At The Vergine (Italian for ‘Virgin’), they like things fresh from the oven. Anything fresh and “virgin” such as the virgin olive oil and virgin coconut oil, is supposed to taste better. In fact, after two years, The Vergine has decided to launch a fresh new set of...

Have you tasted Ayam Panggang Kenyalang in Seremban?

A weekend’s trip to Seremban with the kids to visit the Jelita ostrich farm, without checking out all the good food that Seremban town has to offer, is simply unthinkable. Most people can think of the usual stuff like siew pow, beef noodle, roast duck and so on, but...

Paradiso Café, the gem yet to be discovered

There is an old saying, “Never judge a book by its cover.” What’s more when the book comes “alive” with two “power” chefs hard at work in the kitchen of their small café in the middle of nowhere! Sounds like a folk’s tale? Paradiso Café in Damansara Sutera is where...

Fascinated with the way chicken is cooked using the SPICES!

It is no surprise that the Portuguese sea explorers in the early sixteenth century travelled as Far East as they could looking for the spices. It is these spices that were once the biggest trading commodity between the East and the West. I can understand why. Of late,...

Two little Secrets about Briyani

For those familiar and who have savoured the Nasi Briyani from the original founders of Restoran Sri Pinang (see Recognition: http://www.heritagebriyani.com/recognition/), let me tell you a secret. You can now order it online and have it delivered to your home or...

Whenever you crave for some grilled patin…

When we were craving for some grilled patin fish, the first thing that came to mind was Mamimia Patin Champion in Laman Melati Kuang. Again, with Waze and Google Map these days (just key in Mamimia Patin Champion), it only took a 20-minute breezy drive for us to the...

Lucky King Bun is Seremban’s Next Big Thing

Seremban has always been famous for its beef noodles, roast duck, BBQ crabs and the siew pau but the Lucky King Bun is starting to make its foray into the competitive food business as the next big thing. Previously known as the curry chicken bun when the idea was...

Shark Hero Conservation Run 2017 & Pledge Signing Ceremony

Acexelent Sdn Bhd (“Acexelent”) announced that Shark Hero Conservation Run 2017 (“SHCR17”) will be held on 18 Nov 2017 in Celebration Centre, Sunsuria City from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. In collaboration with Shark Savers Malaysia and WWF-Malaysia, SHCR17 is organized with the...

Sengoti means simply delicious!

By Stephen Ng Malaysians are known for going to any place where the food is delicious, and as Pok Nik from Kelantan puts it in his local Kelantanese dialect, it is “sengoti!” (which means, simply delicious). The beautiful part is that you do not need to go to Kelantan...

Leaving office comforts to fill hungry stomachs

With great care, Justin Cheah assembles each nasi lemak packet, putting an extra fried egg in one, adding more rice in another, while bustling in and out of the kitchen. "Some of our volunteers are not coming today, so I'm helping the team out," explains Cheah, before...

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