Thursday, February 28, 2008

Koko Krunch Duo

The first time Nestle came out with Koko Krunch Duo.

My first reaction was: “Finally!”


It’s been YEARS that Koko Krunch has remained as just.. well.. chocolate.

I know I love chocolates but with everything nowadays diverting into something else, it’s about time that Koko Krunch came out with a new variety and taste.

koko krunch duo

It wasn’t until this year that I actually started craving for cereals again, I came across a box of it in the supermarket so decided to pick up.

Woke up the next day and poured myself a bowl of crunches. Also....

Always, forever… with milk.

milk to koko krunch duo

Reminds me of my childhood, full of cereals~~~ Cheers to good old times.

Note: I think I prefer the old Koko Krunch

Monday, February 25, 2008

IZZI @ Uptown, Petaling Jaya

At the end of the Cohort 4 Research Comm module class, I have a gathering dinner at IZZI with my fellow course mates and our lovely professor Ursula. (this was before CNY)

dinner group photo
Mr Ho and Adrian (from left), Me and Ursula (from right); sorry I couldn’t remember all the names.

We had a feast.

mushroom soup

The Mushroom Soup here was lovely. Though I didn’t order it, but I had a taste.

cheese bun

Best eat it with Cheese Bun, which I liked a lot. The cheese didn’t ooze out as expected but the cheesy cheddar inside was delicious.

marinara pizza

I ordered Marinara Pizza with a classmate of mine. She didn’t like it, I thought it was okay, not fabulous, but edible. It did look lovely though.

carbonara pasta

Adrian’s Carbonara Pasta was my favourite. I wanted to wallop his plate but resisted. ~.~

marinara pasta

The Marinara Pasta, however, was a disappointment.

Blunt and tasteless, except of the succulent prawns, which I thought was a bit overcooked (pity), the there’s nothing impressive about the dish.

herbal pasta

I can’t remember the name of this pasta, but I know it had a lot of olives. It was so so, not my thing, some might like it.

opera cake

Having sweet tooth, me and Ursula couldn’t resist having some desserts, and the encouragement among my classmates didn’t help. -.-

So we ordered an Opera Cake from the wide selections at their dessert bar. It was very creamy, too sweet for some maybe, I prefer the ones at Starbucks.

Being me, I had a bit of everything from everyone’s dish. Afterall, sharing is caring right?

my portion of carbonara
My stolen portion of Carbonara

I loved the Mexican Chicken Salad here which I didn’t order but wished I had and didn’t have the chance to take photo of it. But the company was great, which made up for everything else.

I hope to see all of you again soon; you’ve been the best classmates so far. :D

Rating: 3/5
Price: Reasonable (around RM25-30 per head)

IZZI – Uptown, PJ
No. 45G & 47G, Jalan SS 21/37
Damansara Utama
47400 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan

Telephone and Delivery : +603 77290855
Fax : +603 77290955

IZZI – Kuala Lumpur (Bukit Bintang)
44-2A, 44-3A, 44-4A
Jln. Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur

Friday, February 22, 2008

Making Pineapple Tarts

Every year, my third aunt will make us the biggest bite-size pineapple tarts to share among our families during CNY. It’s a family tradition, and Melaka’s signature food.

This CNY, she brought the utensils and showed us how to make them.


Making the dough was hard work, but the rest of the process was fun.

process of pineapple tarts

Use a shape cutter to make sure all your pineapple tarts are equally shaped.

shape cutting

Put sweetened chunks of pineapples on top, one tablespoonful each.

pineapple paste on dough

Then use a zigzag twizzer to mould the side into shape. It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t look professional, it’s homemade tarts afterall.

moulding the border

Put them on your oven tray and preheat the oven to 180º (I think).

pineapple tart before bake

10 minutes and wha la~

pineapple tarts

Your homemade fresh and hot pineapple tarts!

Crispy, crunchy, heavenly!

I helped too. Able to guess which is mine?

Nicole pineapple tart

I like to stand out. Sue me.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Yee Sang @ Lucky Famous Restaurant, Melaka

Few days before Chinese New Year, I gathered some friends to “lou sang” at a local Chinese restaurant.

So we went to the huge and new Lucky Famous in town.

lou yee sang

Yee Sang, literally translated to “raw fish”, shares the same pronunciations as increasing , hence it is considered a prosperity dish.

“Lou Sang” means to dig for wealth.

lou sang

Served with different types of stripped vegetables, crackers, drizzled with sauce and oil and sprinkled with strips of raw fish and five spice powder.


It’s my favourite dish of the year!! Can someone please please bring me to eat Yee Sang before the end of 15th day of CNY.

Moving on.

cold dish

The “cold dish” (appetizers) here are fantastic. They have scallops on clamp shells, sweet pork on a bed of pickled cabbage, century egg rolls, prawns and I couldn’t remember what that spring roll fritter thing was, I remembered it tasted really good.

lemon chicken

Lemon Chicken's not so bad, I’ve had better, I’ve had worse too.


This was meant to be their recommended tofu. In my opinion it’s very disappointing if this were to be their best tofu.

salad prawns

Salad Prawn, prawn fritters drizzled with mayonnaise; again, I’ve had far better.

kai lan

The “Kai Lan” was good though. :D Me like~


Here’s the address for you Melakan out there. But then again, who doesn’t know about Lucky Famous, it’s just in between Amigo and Red Square KTV AND it’s six lots wide.

Rating: 3/5 (cold dish alone is 4.5/5)

Lucky Famous Restaurant
1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, Jalan Melaka Raya 8,
Taman Melaka Raya, 75000 Melaka.

Tel: 06-284 0031

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Lychee Cake of Coffee Bean

With CNY, Coffee Bean launched (coincidently?) a new type of cake - Lychee Cake.

I have always liked rich moisture and chocolate-y cakes, but since I was visiting Coffee Bean with my mom and buying her a drink and cake while we chat; I have to choose something that is not too sweet, not too chocolate-y and something not cheesy (all of which she doesn't like and I like, sigh).

So I decided to take the risk of her picky taste bud and went for the new lychee cake.

lychee cake coffee bean

Well, she liked it. (OMG, finally she liked something I ordered!! ..... as always :p)

RM8.50 for not too sweet, not too rich, non-cheesy and non-chocolate cake fans out there.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Black Canyon Coffee @ Centre Point, Bandar Utama

On the day Jay Chou arrived in 1-Utama, was the day I was having my Research Communication class. I remembered clearly, it was a Saturday. *sob*

So after class, I met up with Gerald to have dinner together at Black Canyon Coffee in Centre Point.

ice lemon tea

I heard from Marylin from Mindshare that the Black Canyon Coffee serves nice Black Canyon Coffee (pun intended by Black Canyon Coffee) so decided to have a try.

I didn’t have coffee cause I don’t drink coffee, so I had Green Tea Latte instead while Gerald had Ice Lemon Tea.

green tea latte and ice lemon tea

I was forced to change to green tea ice blended cause the green tea latte was horrible. It tasted like sugar water, with a hint green tea. Ice blended isn’t any better.

However the Dry Tom Yum Tuna with Pasta (Fusilli) took the cake. It’s amazingly nice despite the un-impressive name. 5-star to this dish.

fried fusili

Apart from that, the Thai salad and my Tuna Sandwich were total disappointment.

thai salad

Too sour, too spicy, too sour.

tuna sandwich

Un-inventive, boring, blunt. Didn’t even cut of the brown edge of the bread for me. Sigh~

Rating: 2/5 (expensive for their kind of food, RM20 for a small dish and a drink)

Maybe for fusilli, I'll go back.

Black Canyon Coffee
Ground Floor, Centre Point,
Bandar Utama, Selangor

G(M) & G(N). Ground Floor
The Summit Subang Usj. Persiaran Kewajipan
47600 Subang Jaya
Tel No.: 603-80236328

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Heng Hua Rice Noodle

I am from a Hokkien origin, a dialect group of Chinese for those non-Chinese.

And under this group, there are many sub-groups.

I fall under, the Hokkien - Heng Hua sub-group. Better known as 兴化 省.

We, Heng Hua, celebrate Chinese New Year quite differently (as for every single culture out there), we have our own Heng Hua food and tradition to follow.

On the first morning of CNY, we need to eat what we creatively called “Heng Hua Min Xin Mee Sua” (in Hokkien) or you can also call it Heng Hua Rice Noodle.

And because I can’t speak nuts of Hokkien language, I intelligently combine Hokkien and Mandarin and call it “Heng Hua Mian Xian”.

heng hua rice noodle 2
Eating Rice Noodle has always indicated long life and prosperity

I love Heng Hua Rice Noodle, it’s one of the few Asian dishes that I actually enjoy and love. It’s also the only Asian dish I don’t mind waking up early in the morning to eat, for a person who don’t eat breakfast, that’s a big achievement.

We also share our culture with our ancestors who passed this tradition to us.


Ingredients of Heng Hua Rice Noodle consist of pig intestines and stomach, eggs, sweet peas, bone stock soup, sprinkle of fried onions, assorted mushrooms, abalone and some other anonymous things.

heng hua rice noodle

And even though I usually leave the intestines and stomach behind.

It’s delicious like no other.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Lunch at KDU Cafeteria

KDU college has long been well known for their hospitality courses. Students who learn culinary apply their skill in the real world even before their internships starts. They are trained by serving food to their fellow students.

Which is why the students at KDU are blessed to be served with the finest cuisine in their very own campus cafeteria.

Hence I was at the campus the other to wait for Dominic (program leader in Communication Department) to have lunch together.

Some of the food are rather cheap. Take this pea soup for example.

pea soup

Only RM2.00. You get some garlic bread and a bowl of rather nice pea soup.

I like simple food like sandwich and hence what was what I went for.

focccia tuna sandwich

Normal white bread sandwich costs RM3.50 but I ordered the homemade sandwich priced at RM5.50. Which was rather pricey by campus standard, but then again, it’s good food so it doesn’t matter.

focaccia bread

I chose the Focaccia bread. It was obviously homemade because the texture of the bread was very soft on the inside and has a tender crunch on the outside. However the overall presentation could be improved, if they use salads and chips instead of crisps, it would’ve been better.

I finished the meal (didn’t really finish the food actually, ordered too much, greedy me) with a small blueberry tart given by a friend.

blueberry tart

Erm.. not bad not bad. I don’t mind paying another visit if I ever pass by the place again.

Rating: 3.5/5

KDU Campus Cafeteria
SS22/41, Damansara Jaya
47400 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan

Tel : +603 7728 8123

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Chocolate Fondant at Mid Valley

Ever since watching the manga (comic) "Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle" drawn by Clamps, who also drew the famous Card Captor Sakura, X, Chobits, Clover...etc, I have always wanted to eat Chocolate Fondant.



There's this scene where Sakura serves some fondants with the wizard in a virtual game world to Syaoran and her friends in the cafe they run, and Sakura was wearing this french maid outfit (so cute!).


The fondant is described to be oozing with chocolate once popped through and it's pipping hot from the oven, best served with ice-creams.

fondant poster pic

It just made my drool~

then I saw this stall in Mid Valley selling it!! for RM4.50! Yay!!!

beard papa napkin

Fondant is a French bakery which was brought in by the Japanese and introduced into Asia. What is not brought in by those Japanese anyway, they're such geniuses in running business.

Beard Papa's Chocolate Fondant

fondant 2

When I cut the cake with my spoon, it didn't break as easily as expected and the inside didn't ooze out as expected either.

fondant inside

I guess this is what you get from a commercialized outlet. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed my RM4.50 chocolate fondant for the first time. :D

fondant inside 2

Rating: 3.5/5

Here's a video on how to make your very own chocolate fondant (also known as lava cake).

How To Make Chocolate Fondant

Beard Papa's
Mid Valley, Lower Ground Floor