Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Polenta Pete

Polenta

Spent Saturday afternoon with KH after my usual marketing session in the morning. We tried out the brand new food menu at Little People, Avantas. In addition to a seafood pasta, KH ordered polenta again, just a few days after having that at Drift Dining. Truth be told, it did taste better than the one we had a couple of nights ago.

Seafood Pasta

Little People

Latte

Although the food was promising, the star of the afternoon was Polenta Pete, a cutie who occupied the table beside us. Decide for yourself if you want to order him off the menu.





After lunch, KH chilled at my house for a while. As usual, he liked to fool around on the couch. Perhaps the risk of discovery turns him on! Mum served up clams for dinner. She bought a really fresh batch from the morning market. And Sis made roast pork! Yummy!

Chives and Clams

Roast Pork

Monday, July 24, 2017

Australian Food Trail

Raw Oysters

Some time in May, The Australian High Commission organized a food fair called the "Australian Food Trail" involving several restaurants in the Klang Valley. That brought us to eat at Drift Dining again for our Friday paktor session. The waitress recommended that we try the raw oysters, which we did to our regret. They were so small, so malnourished. Just gulped it down with our cocktails. Polenta was next, something that KH was craving for. We ordered two mains-- Crispy Skin Barramundi, and Australian Lamb Shank. The fish was better. The lamb shank was just that, lamb shank. Not as lackluster as Secret Recipe's version, but ain't more magical either. So much for the Australian Food Trail. Perhaps next time I'll just go for an Australian Treasure Trail.

Cocktails

Polenta

Crispy Skin Barramundi

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Very the Wesak

Dim Sum

When I was a little boy, Wesak was the time to go to the Kuantan Buddhist Association to bathe the statue of Baby Buddha with water that was full of flower petals. Mum would then take a few packets of that water to use at home. Before leaving, we would also line up for the free vegetarian food. Every year, it would be the same delicious fried noodles topped with vegetable curry, and faux roast goose. Fast forward 2017, I'm sitting at Foo Hing Dim Sum House having stuff that would never qualify as vegetarian. As expected, it was very difficult to get a table a Foo Hing, but we were lucky that the crowd overlooked a table right at the back of the place. In my opinion, dim sum there is quite decent. According to my colleague, they are pretty famous for the their big pao, but its sold out pretty quickly. Perhaps next time.

Siew Mai

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

You Mean the World to Me



Bro was in town for mum's birthday, so as usual he would arrive on Thursday night and fly back to Singapore on Sunday night. Every Sunday he would join us for mass, and after that we would go for lunch. This year, I tweaked that plan a bit. We went for early English mass to catch a movie at noon-- "You Mean the World to Me", Malaysia's first Hokkien film. Some 'big' names in it-- Frederick Lee (looks oh-so-familiar because he is Christopher Lee's brother),  Steve Yap, John Tan, and Neo Swee Lin (from Phua Chu Kang fame). Steve Yap plays the down-and-out drunkard father who was cheated out of the family fortune by his brother, and yet manages to maintain his hunkiness. John Tan plays the crazy brother who has the mentality of a sexed-up Standard One boy, but somehow manages to be all buffed. See the pattern? LOL. Anyway, the story is based on the events in the life of the director. A heavy theme about social stigma and family ties. There's some interesting themes in the film. Firstly, I noticed that the main actor always sits down at the dinner table only to leave it 30 seconds later without touching anything. Secondly, there's a few subtle gay hints surrounding the main actor. The audience never gets to see or hear main actor's love interest. They argue over the phone. The kiss and make up over the phone.  And the main actor hardly shows any interest when his old schoolmate offers him a grope of his strumpet. All in all, I wouldn't give this a high rating, but it is a great attempt for Malaysia's first Hokkien film. And the theme song is kinda catchy.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Cut Out Carbs

Nasi Kerabu

Nothing much of interest happened at the end of April. The only notable thing was mum's decision to start her no-carbs diet. So whenever we ate out, there was always special food considerations. SK's ex-coursemate invited us to her daughter's Upacara Mencukur Rambut, basically a traditional Malay baby shower of sorts. The baby's hair is cut in a ceremony that is observed by family and community members. Anyway, I missed that part. We arrived just in time to eat. Mum ignore the rice and went straight for the fried chicken and roast lamb. Haha.

Chicken Chop

While dining at Kakatoo in IOI City Mall, mum just ate the chicken chop, and left the mash untouched. Their mainstay is actually Nyonya food, but the price range is really a little on the high side. Wonder if they will survive for long. Even when we had cendol at Teochew Chendul, mum could actually resist. At our post-mass lunch the next day, we ate a Purple Cane where we just ordered dishes without rice. An interesting change of lifestyle.

Tofu

When SK came with chou yip angku the next day, mum also didn't touch it although it was one of her favourite foods. Amazing. In the whole house, only the little ones and I ate rice. The rest of the adults were not. Mum cooked her dishes as usual, but sometimes we would have salad with avocados or feta cheese.

Chou Yip Angku

Salad with Feta Cheese

Even when it came to mum and Little Monster and mum's joint birthday dinner, I had to choose a venue suited for carnivores. KH helped me with some research and came up with El Meson at Bangsar. Easy to order there. Meat platter and some tapas (definitely go for the gambas and champiñones) for the adults, while the kids were very content with the paella pan pizzas. And their red sangria was pretty. I felt light-headed after just one cup! The birthday cake was a chocolate lava cake that Little Monster happily ravaged.

Escargot

Gambas

Chocolate Lava Cake

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Mall Celebrities: HBCT Harry



Location: Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart, Avenue K.

HBCT Harry ain't exactly an exceptional looker, but I was attracted by his lean, sleek and tall silhouette. He really rocks that pullover over shirt look. No frumpiness at all. Talking of HBCT, I'm not crazy about it at all. Tried the warm version and I was quite overwhelmed by the pungent taste. Pop it in the fridge and its much more agreeable with me.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Bye Bless

Pasta

Made a dinner appointment with Lifebook and Bless on a Thurday night at KL Gateway Mall, one of KL's latest addition to the glut of retail space. In case you hadn't notice, it's located opposite the Universiti LRT station. There's even a pedestrian bridge directly linking the station with the mall. Anyway, it wasn't any 'ol dinner, it was a farewell for Bless who was leaving to work in Johor. Another minus one. None of the food choices were very compelling, so we just ate at Tovista. The name actually stands for Touch, Vision, and Taste, which doesn't really represent the brand very well. LOL. Just ordered a couple of mains and coffee. Stayed away from the cakes after seeing Lifebook shake his head vigorously (he and bless had arrived earlier).

Lamb Chop

Took a look around the mall and I just didn't get a good vibe from it. The layout just didn't appeal to me. Wonder if business will pick up over there. Felt kinda dead to me. Perhaps the only reason I would return is to try Fenix Inn, a Chinese restaurant from Bukit Tinggi. Hope it survives until my future visit. :P. That aside, all the best to Bless!