Sunday, February 26, 2012

Chi Ka Yin Restaurant


Chi Ka Yin Restuarant prides itself in serving traditional Hakka dishes and I had been reading a numbers of positive reviews about it. Hence, I decided to give this restaurant a little visit to verify all those claims.

Apparently, this restaurant also featured in 8TV's Ho Chak programme as well as in the local newspaper.

There is nothing much inside the restaurant in term of decoration. Customer has the option to dine outside or inside the air conditioned area.

We can also see the kitchen and observe how the food are prepared. I had put a few orders of their signature dishes and I did not have to wait long.

The braised duck (RM 12, small) came highly recommended by the staff. The meat ain't tough and the sauce is slightly sweet. Slightly above average.

Spring Roll (RM 12, small) received a lot of accolade but somehow it tastes pretty average to me. Served with chili sauce.

I heard so much about its Bitter Gourd Salted Vegetable Soup (RM 6.50, small) and I just have to try it to be sure. It doesn't taste bitter at all. Somehow I couldn't find any bitter gourd in it. This looks and tastes more like a salted vegetable soup to me.

Overall, the food here are just average to me. It is just not good enough to attract me back here again.

Chi Ka Yin Restaurant
9-G, Jalan Puteri 2/6
Bandar Puteri Puchong

Friday, February 24, 2012

Alor Setar from the air

Alor Setar is probably the greenest place I ever seen in Peninsular Malaysia as paddy fields are almost everywhere if you happened to fly over it.

No wonder the city is the distribution center for manufacturing and agricultural products such as paddy.

 
Alor Setar city appears to be surrounded by paddy fields from the air. What a sight to behold.

 
The Alor Setar Tower, the landmark for the city, stands at 165.5m tall. It functions as both a telecommunication tower and tourist attraction.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Capsquare


Capsquare is a small shopping complex in Dang Wangi which I just came to know about while exploring this part of KL.

This place seems to be the home to PIKOM for their PC fairs. I would say the location is pretty strategic as it is just a short walk from Dang Wangi LRT Station.

 
Capsquare has a plaza and a convention centre of its own. I have to say it is quite a pleasant place to hang around.

 
 
The mall itself is pretty small with shops specializing in information technology, electronics, GPS and communication. Surprisingly, there is a TGV cinema on the 3rd floor.

 
 
 
There are a lot of drinking places just outside the mall, specializing in German beers such as Paulaner. I will probably be back for a pint of beer in the future.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Yut Kee Restaurant

Yut Kee Restaurant at Jalan Dang Wangi has been operating for more than 80 years is an iconic landmark in Kuala Lumpur and one of the last remaining Hainanese coffee shop in the city.

This eating place has a long list of signature dishes and drinks from recipe as old as the shop itself. It is currently run by the third generation of its original founder.

 
The shop interior seems to survive the test of time as probably nothing much has changed since the inception of the shop. Marble table and wooden chair are still used here, as with the kopitiam of the yesteryear.

The place is always crowded and there will be usually be a queue outside the shop. Be prepared to share a table with strangers as the owner just have too many customer to cater.

 
Pork chop (RM 10) is a bit different from the normal pork chop I used to consume. Served with gravy, potato wedges and onion, it offers the best of both worlds, east and west. The meat is tender and almost boneless.

The chicken chop (RM 8.50) has the same presentation as the pork chop and I actually had a hard time to differentiate it with the pork dish. I reckon they use the same gravy for all the western food here. Another tasty dish the shop had to offer.

 
The roti babi (RM 8) is something unique. The deep fried bread is stuffed with shredded pork and onion. It actually feels like munching a tuna sandwich.

All the food came out pretty fast. Probably less than 10 minutes. There are just too many dishes to try out here such as the kaya toast bread, roasted pork roll, beef noodle, coffee and the list goes on.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Terminal Bersepadu Selatan


The Terminal Bersepadu Selatan at Bandar Tasik Selatan has been operational for sometime now and I decided to give it a thorough check while I was around.

Bandar Tasik Selatan has become a transportation hub of late with the ERL (Express rail Link), LRT (Light Rail Transit) and KTM Kommuter having a transit station here side by side.

The terminal serves as the bus station for all the buses to/from the South will depart and arrive at this terminal. The bus won't be heading to the Puduraya Sentral anymore for buses arriving and departing from Malacca, Johore and Negeri Sembilan.

For those who intended to reach KL, there is a shutlle bus to Puduraya Sentral operated by Rapid KL. Otherwise, the best option is to take the ERL, KTM Kommuter or ERL to the intended destination in KL.

 
The terminal looks very similar to any airport from the inside. This is probably the first of its kind in this country before Puduraya Sentral follow suit.

 
All the tickets are centralized and can be purchased at any ticketing counter. Just select the bus operator you want to travel with at the preferred time.

This is how the bus ticket looks like. It has pretty much all the information on it such as departure gate, bus operator, destination and departure time.

 
 
After purchasing the ticket, just head to the departure hall at the lower ground floor via an escalator. The access point to the departure hall is guarded by security, very much like in the airport and passenger must show the bus ticket in order to enter.

The departure hall here reminisce those of an airport. How I wish all our bus stations look like this.

 
 
 
 
The terminal also offers some shopping and dining experience with a few retail shops, food court and fast food restaurants

I am quite surprise to find a motel too within the terminal which offer RM 60 per night stay or RM 12 per hour. The motel also provide massage service to restore energy due to fatigue after a long travel.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Danga Bay

Danga Bay is a one stop leisure and dining spot by the beach in Johor Bahru. It is located about 8km from the Malaysia/Singapore Causeway.

 
 
It offers all night long al fresco dining experience while enjoying the cool gentle sea breezes.

There is also a theme park to get the children excited especially during the weekend and public holiday.

The marina, fronting the Danga Bay Waterfront has a clubhouse, gym, spa, meeting rooms and business centre.

 
Also available at the marina is the berths that can accommodate 150 yachts 

Danga Cruise 8 is an exclusive sea cruiser which sails the Straits of Johor which offer sightseeing and cruise dining.

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