Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I've heard people complain that when they reach certain age, their weight hike up like nobody business!

Being 31 this year, I never expected that it would happen to me.

I can't find enough courage to step on the weighing scale, but the weight gain is pretty obvious from photos taken of me, and how certain clothing doesn't fit nicely anymore, and yeah, when people hit me with real honest comments like "Eh.. u gain weight ady leh...!!!".

Being a petite lady with not more than 45kg of body weight all my life, I can't imagine myself being FAT! It would be like a disaster... end of the world!

I woke up from my nap after having nightmares being at 54kg, and I rushed to my wardrobe looking for my dive suit, thinking, worrying "WILL THIS STILL FIT ME?!!" Ahhh.... f*ck if it wouldn't.

Resolution is out, but why is it so darn hard to lose an inch?!!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Memphis Bistro, I was introduced to this place by Sunny boy.
Was told that this bistro is a cozy little family restaurant,
and yet they serves good Western food.

This place used to operate during lunch and dinner time, but now it is opened only for dinner. 
No more lunch nom-nomming at Memphis for me...


Escargots (RM 19.50 for half dozen) is pretty good, baked with butter and garlic.
And served with garlic bread. I am a little picky when it comes to garlic dishes,
will get the kitchen to tone down a little on the garlic in my next visit.

memphis escargot garlic butter

Seafood Chowder (RM 10.50) is good, 
but could be better if there is more seafood in it.

memphis seafood chowder soup

Classic Caesar Salad (RM 9.00) is pretty simple.
It has all the ingredients that a Caesar Salad should have,
nothing more, nothing less, and I would reckon them to improve with some bacon bits. 

memphis caesar salad

Cajun Chicken Thigh (RM 18.00) is not to my preference.
The chicken thigh is dry, and doesn't jive well with the BBQ sauce.

chicken chop cajun thigh

Hot Chocolate Lava Cake (RM 10.50) is a satisfying dessert for
the sweet tooth me. Love how the chocolate melt and spill onto the plate... 

memphis chocolate lava cake

This is a good place for a decent meal. 
Remember to call for reservation as this tiny bistro is packed most of the days!

Details for Memphis Bistro :-

Address : Jalan PJU 1A/46, Lembah Subang, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor DE.
Contact no : 03-7843 6818

Monday, February 24, 2014

How to satisfy my constant craving for Japanese food?

Eric would say "Go for buffet la... you can eat as much as you want!"
And so he recommended his favourite Japanese buffet outlet - Umai-ya.

He said they serve the best buffet and wanted me to try it out.

There are currently THREE outlets : IOI Boulevard, Damansara Uptown & KLCC.
We went to the nearest - at Damansara Uptown (which I like for the envinronment too).

They charge RM58++ per pax for buffet lunch from 11.30am till 2.30pm.

First in line, Tempura Mori comprises of fried prawns and vegetables.
I wish I could only order Ebi Tempura coz I'm a fan of prawns but not fried vegetables.

tempura mori japanese fried vegetables prawns ebi

Simplicity is the best. A simple lady's finger can be grilled for the aroma
and yet still preserve the natural sweetness and softness of the vegetable.
Okura is one new dish to be explored here!

special lady finger grilled

One of the must-try dish is the soft shell crab and egg omelette sushi
called Kani Tama Maki (the word Kani always amuses me). 
I love the big chunk of soft shell crab and thick egg omelette wrapped
with moderate amount of rice and seaweed. Yuhmzzzz... 

creative sushi soft shell crab omelette

Sashimi! It comes in pairs... and we get to order as many as we want!
There are salmon, butter fish, tuna, octopus, cuttlefish and seabass.
I always wondered why is the tuna here is brownish compared to
ones I used to have which is reddish in color?
Nevertheless, the sashimi served here are fresh... 

colorful sashimi butterfish tuna salmon

My favourite... Sukiyaki Beef!
As Eric do not take beef, the big pot of sukiyaki is entirely mine to finish.
The beef slices are purrr-fect and is one of the best I had!
The raw egg is not to be poured into the hotpot (this ain't a steamboat),
but is for the beef slices to be dipped for extra softness and aroma. 

why dip raw egg sukiyaki beef delicious

Under the grilled section in the menu, you may find this small tiny fish
called Sishamo, which is a copelin fish. It is filled with tiny eggs in it 
with not much flesh to be found. So you could eat the whole fish, yes, the head,
tail, and whatnot. 

sishamo egg fish

Next in line is the Saba Shioyaki which is a grilled mackerel fish.
This isn't one of the best dish we had that day, probably it is way too dry.

saba fish grilled

We too had some tofu - Agedashi Tofu.
These fried beancurd in some light soysauce topped with minced meat
and spring onions is a simple dish, but it is truly satisfying. 

agedashi tofu minced meat recipe

Before I was convinced to try out Umai-ya, I did some research about this place.
And was told that the Unagi Tempura is one of the popular dish.
Sadly, this dish couldn't be found in the buffet menu.
So we ordered this from the ala-carte menu.
It was a well-worthy order as we were served thick slices of deep fried unagi!
One comment to improve this dish is probably the dressing. 
It somehow tasted like dark soy sauce. It would be perfect if the dressing is improved!

unagi tempura special delicious

A fan of Umai-ya....

eric liow diver diving instructor malaysia malacca
Ze World Best Instructor.. Baba Liow! :P

Although my preference for buffet would eventually makes me
end up in Tao @ Sunway Giza because they serve far more varieties,
still, I would come back to Umai-ya again for their innovations.

From the conventional twist of Agedashi tofu, to Okura, and something like Unagi Tempura,
I'm ready for Umai-ya to blow me away with their new creations soon!

Details for interested foodies.... 

UMAI-YA (IOI Puchong)
Block A, IOI Boulevard, 
Jalan Kenari 5, 
Bandar Puchong Jaya, Puchong.
Tel: 03 8075 1113

UMAI-YA (Damansara Uptown)
49A, Jalan SS21/37, 
Damansara Utama, PJ. 
Tel: 03 7726 4410

Lot No. 428, Level 4, Suria KLCC
Jalan Ampang,Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03 2161 3939


One of my requirement of a good buffet is when we get to order from the menu!
That means, we get to eat anything without having to queue for it.
Furthermore, it will be fresh and hot when served to our table!

I have been to Tao twice, and was glad to have better experience 
on the second visit than the first. Means improvement, eh?

This time, I was determined to get together few of my close friends
in the mission to try out as many dish as possible at this outlet.

And it was the best deal ever when we were there on a weekday! 
We paid RM48++ per pax for lunch buffet from 11.30am to 2.30pm.
Now tell me that it's a good bargain! 

Edamame, even more delicious when served with salt - a simple but must-have starter!

edamame japanese green bean pea

Abalone slices. Simply delicious! We had three plates of these. 

nice food photo abalone

Sashimi lovers would be impressed by the variety of raw seafood
offered at Tao. We had salmon, tuna, octopus and prawns which are undoubtedly fresh!
I don't quite enjoy the octopus as it's a little chewy - very gum challenging!

types of sashimi

We too had some Adegashi Tofu which I find simple but very tasty.
I love how the slightly fried tofu is still soft inside, and simple ingredients
like ginger, shallots and seaweed could make the dish so satisfying.

japanese tofu seaweed

One of our regrettable order is the huge plate of Cheese Baked Scallops.
It do sound very tempting, and the look of it may have you blown away,
but the fresh scallops are covered by thick mayonnaise and the taste of scallops are barely there.

cheese baked scallops

Fried Softshell Crabs and Tempura Moriawase are the two fried
dishes that one would bound to order in a Japanese restaurant.
Although these dishes may be quite on par with other outlets,
I find Tao's a tad too oily. 

fried soft shell crab

ebi tempura

If there is one dish that would makes me very happy,
that would be the Unagi - yes, Unagi, without the Don.
With their new extensive menu, I can now enjoy a wholesome dish of grilled unagi itself!

delicious unagi japanese

Steamed Cod Fish from the buffet line is one of the fastest to finish!
The aroma and natural sweetness is enhanced 
with slight garnishing of spring onions and ginger.

healthy steam cod fish

We had so many fish dishes and it all have been very satisfying except
for this one here. I forgotten the name of it, but it's some grilled fish,
and it wasn't very memorable.

Grilled prawns! My favourite! There are plenty of fresh seafood displayed 
on the buffet line. Fish (please please please don't forget the salmon), 
scallops (oh-my gawd), mussels (yuhmmm), prawns (slurrrpppp),
beef (nom nom nom...) just to mention a few!
Some are for teppanyaki and some to be grilled on the spot!
We had a plate of what I mentioned above, and I finished it before snapping a photo.

grilled prawns recipe

We were also tempted to order a dish comprising of some shell thingy.
Couldn't remember the name, cause it kind of disappoint us at the end.

Sushi is available from both the menu and buffet line.
One of our menu-ordered-sushi is topped with smoked salmon.
It's actually not bad, but I guess we were way to full to enjoy it fully.

Another sushi we ordered is tasted good.
Ebi tempura sushi topped with mango and avocado.
A refreshing twist! 

sushi mango avocado fish roe ebi tempura

And irregardless of how full we are, there is ample of space
for free-flow ice-cream with various toppings!
..... not forgetting, chocolate toppings too!!! 

Verdict : One of the best buffet I've tasted. In terms of variety and quality,
Tao has improved alot over the years. I'd love to go there again soon!

Satisfied guests of the day : Vince, Rachel, Heeyang, Eric, CC and myself

Details for Tao @ Sunway Giza, Kota Damansara

Address : Jalan PJU 5/14, Kota Damansara
47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Contact No. : 03-6248 2826

Website : 


Saturday, February 8, 2014

As 2013 passed, I wonder if I've made any difference in anyone else's life.

Is my existence insignificant?
Is my presence unnoticeable?
Do I matter to anyone?
Do I even matter at all?

Sigh... rambling when emo-ness kicks in.... 

Hashtags #alone #soalone #iamalone #lonely #depressed #foreveralone #fml

Friday, February 7, 2014

Contradicting with my usual preference of a meal, Barry brought me for another buffet.
I do not usually opt for buffet as I'm a small eater, and I'm under the
impression that buffet are meant for people who go for quantity, not quality.

Still, it is my belated birthday treat so what do I have to complain?

Furthermore, Five Senses is located in the prestigious Westin Hotel, how bad could that be?

For dim sum brunch, we were charged RM70++ per pax. 
Not bad for a place that is reputed for their Chinese cuisine and dim sum 
- do note that this is a non-halal outlet.

What resembles the sight of the sun from afar... 

dim sum buffet
Classy entrance

Five Senses serves variety of dishes from their buffet line to served dimsum selection.

What greeted us on the buffet line are plenty of desserts...pastries... kuih-muih... chocolates...
Now behold sweet tooth!
As here you may find your candy castle!

dim sum buffet

dim sum buffet

dim sum buffet

dim sum buffet

dim sum buffet

dim sum buffet

When we were seated, Barry has already reminded me about the
Char Siu (barbecued pork) and Siu Yuk (crispy roast pork).
He claimed that it is one of the best one he have tried so far! 

It was indeed... very delicious! Soft pork belly meat with crispy skin... uh-la-laaa!
The char siu with sweet sauce and roasted duck is very recommended too!

dim sum buffet

dim sum buffet

One of the reason I love dining here is that we do not have to move an inch from our seat.
The staff would go table by table to offer certain dimsum that is ready for serving.

One of our must-have dimsum dish is the Lor Mai Kai (steamed glutinous rice with chicken).
My personal preference for lor mai kai is that it should be equally "wet".
I hate it when lor mai kai is only wet on top, then plain, white, and dry at the bottom.

dim sum buffet

There is also Freshly Cooked Porridge at the buffet line.
Choice of fish, prawns, pork slices, oysters, century eggs, salted eggs, and
many more that you could choose to dump into the porridge which will
then be cooked and served at your table.

dim sum buffet

Braised Chicken Feet isn't my favourite but this served at Five Senses are not bad.
I would prefer the Pai Kuat (steamed pork spareribs with black beans).

dim sum buffet

dim sum buffet

Dimsum is only complete with Char Siu Bao (barbecued pork-filled buns).
I love the filling in this one, but would comment that the bun is a little too thick on the outside.

dim sum buffet

Fried stuff like the Wu Kok (fried yam puff with barbecued pork filling), 
Salad Ha (fried prawn dumpling), Char Siu Sou (barbecued pork pastry),
are the BEST in the fried selection! It will get you hooked!

dim sum buffet

As we were busy enjoying our dimsum, I forgotten to take photos of 
Har Gow (steamed prawn dumpling), Siu Mai (pork and prawn dumpling), 
and Chee Cheung Fun (steamed rice roll with prawns / barbecued pork). 
It was all delicious! I love the sambal that was served with the chee cheung fun!

We had only a number of dimsum that day as both of us are small eaters. 
We hope to come back soon to try out the rest of the dimsum selection!

joyce barry yap
Ze bozz Barry!

Looking forward to be there again one of these days!