Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Final countdown

It’s the final countdown to exam. Oh my, I hate this lot. Tomorrow would be a nightmare for me. Tomorrow’s paper is the subject I hate most and it’s the subject I can’t do well the most. There’re still plenty to catch up, loads to memorize and remember. I hate hate hate exam very much!

What I can do now is burning extra mid night oil to swallowing books and notes and vomit-out words on the paper. Must concentrate hard and study study study!!!

Hence, I would not have any updates for a week.
Oh please, I need to get away from my PC or at least keep myself away from drooling over food blogs for a week.


Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Pad Thai @ Hartamas Shopping Centre

My brother is a part timer (on Sunday only) in Hartamas Shopping Centre. He has worked for quite a long time and we have never paid any visit to his work place before. And one late afternoon, dad broke the quietness and said, ‘Let’s go visit to Hartamas!’

It was already 3pm when we got there. And guess what?! Youngest brother and I ‘stayed’ with bro till he finished his job. And we were fooling around in the shop. Of course we’d helped him out as the ‘few-hours-assistants’. Luckily bro’s boss was not around that day; else we would be …… ‘Kicked out’ from the shop.

Since it was my first time to Hartamas Shopping Centre, I surveyed the place and found there were a few specialty shops selling Japanese and Korean food and groceries. Ho-ho, I was glad to be here. Eyeing on those nice colourful packing of snacks delighted me. All I can do was to grab some to the cashier counter and walked out with plastic bags.

When came to dinner, we chose to dine in Pad Thai, Thai restaurant as I was a little tight on pocket money. Ahhh, spent too much in those specialty shops.



The restaurant is decorated in a way of wooden style with lots of wood crafted items displaced. And it is special to see that they use cloth and ribbons to decorate the high celling.

Chocolate Milk Shake. I have no idea why my bro wanted this. It tasted as just the normal shake-d chocolate fresh milk.

The Young Mango Salad was very appetizing. I am so in love with it as it had the very sourly and spicy taste. I still can’t forget the taste of it until now!

I have never come across with Apple Fried Rice before, so I ordered this. Cubes of green apple stir-fried with white fluffy rice. Additional of spices brought out the aroma of apple in the rice. It is also served with small serving of prawn and apple salad tossed in mayonnaise. It tasted good and went well with the side dishes, mango salad or the beef we ordered. it would be much nicer if added in more apple cubes. The plate came in an enormous portion at the priced of Rm 7.90 where both of us could not finish the rice.

Black Pepper Beef was claimed delicious by bro. I don’t take beef so I eyed on them while taking the side vege like onions and capsicums.

This restaurant serves quite a variety of Thai dishes. There are many more to try out. The place was crowded that day because Malays who were berpuasa started to fill up the empty places after 6.30pm and waited to be served. They have set meals too which come in very good deal. Both me and bro missed out the set meals menu, if not, we will order their set meal and add on extra side dishes. ^^

Sunday, October 21, 2007

12 Layers Me

I am tagged by Christine and Celine! Christine has tagged me twice, one with the 5 questions (if I m not mistaken) and this is another one with 12 Questions. So, I will complete this one first and the 5 Qs one later.

Layer 1: On The Outside
Name: Ai Wei (or you can call me as Ivy)
Birth Date: 4th of January
Current status: Single
Eye Colour: Brown
Hair Colour: Brown
Rightly or lefty: rightly when writing

Layer 2: On The Inside
Your Heritage: Mandarin
Your Fear: Fail in exam
Your Weaknesses: easily influenced by ppl
Your Perfect Pizza: thin or thick crust with loads of pineapple, capsicums, olives, chicken slices, thick pizza sauce and rich in mozzarella cheese

Layer 3: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
Your Thoughts First Waking Up: Can I have few more hours to sleep?
Your Bedtime: It depends on the day’s tasks. If my tasks are not completed at time, I may burn midnight oil until 4am.
Your Most Missed Memory: My 16 days home stay student exchange programme to Fukuoka, Japan and My 20 days vacation in Shen Zhen, China just to eat.

Layer 4: Your Pick
Pepsi or Coke: well, I dislike soft drinks.
McDonald’s or Burger King: Definitely McD!
Single or Group Dates: errrrr?!
Adidas or Nike: Adidas fans here
Tea or Nestea: Tea please.
Chocolate or Vanilla: CHOCOLATE! I don’t really fancy the smell and aroma of vanilla.
Cappuccino or Coffee: Both but preferable coffees

Layer 5: Do You…
Smoke: Nope!!! Smoking is extremely bad for respiratory system. I learnt smoking cessation during my first year. Anyone interested for a briefing?
Curse: errr… yeah
Have A Crush: anyone doesn’t?
Think you’ve been in love: Nope and not now.
Go to school: In my Uni now which is … not a good one.
Want to get married: Huh?! Er… until I found my true love.
Believe in yourself: sometimes… and sometimes not when I am lack of confidence
Think you’re a health freak: yeah and I am watching on the balance diet in my daily meals. Remember, you are what you eat!

Layer 6: In The Past Month Have You…
Drank alcohol: Yes with my gang of friends. They are alcoholics but not me *grin*
Gone to the mall: Off course. Shopping can de-stressed. Even a window shopping might help.
Been on Stage: Yep, and always did for bacaan Ikrar during my secondary years
Eaten Sushi: A Japanese food lover I am
Dyed You Hair: Never, I have my natural dark brown hair. What’s the point to do that since I have natural hair color?!

Layer 7: Have You Ever…
Played a Stripping Game: No
Changed Who You Were To Fit In: What for?! Just be yourself (my Motto)

Layer 8: You’re Hoping
To be married: … to someone who is mature and secure to be with him. *dreaming* Haihz, that’s too far away to think of. That’s too future lar~
For a: meanwhile, I am thinking and worrying for my final (coming in a week times) definitely hoping to pass every papers in flying colour.

Layer 9: In a Boy (for guys, in a girl)
Best Eye + Best Hair Color Combination: no comments as long as they are in good combination
Short Hair or Long Hair: Short Hair.

Layer 10: What were you Doing
1 min ago: typing this and still typing this
1 hour ago: studying and I get bored of it.
4.5 hours ago: taking a nap
1 month ago: swallowing notes and books for my mid term test.
1 year ago: still… swallowing notes and books for my final exam. I am in the exam period every year at this time and also in April.

Layer 11: Finish the sentences
I Love: my family, friends, shopping, holidaying, and eating!
I Feel: Pressuring and panic at this time
I Hate: Exam and assignments and tests and reports.
I Hide: my anger?!
I Miss: my friends and the dinner with the food bloggers on Saturday.
I Need: extra time and extra hours for exam preparation.

Layer 12: Tag 5 People
1. wenching & esiong from Sugar Bean (since she and he have not written any)
2. Ling239
3. Jackson from Living in Food Heaven
4. Eldred from Sky2live
5. Yan from Paradise of Yan

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Imperial City Restaurant @ Tmn Segar

I was happily following my aunts for a morning yum-cha at Imperial City Restaurant, Cheras Plaza, Taman Segar on one Sunday. But then, it turned out to be a not-so-satisfied-experience for me. Firstly, there was a wedding at noon, so they only allowed us to sit at the limited dining area. There were about 15 to 18 tables around. As you know, morning yum-cha is always dim sum. People would always take up hours to sit there and slowly taste their freshly brewed Chinese tea and having some dim sum(s). We had to wait for some times to be served as there were limited tables. Alright, till our turn, we ordered dim sum(s) but it turned out that we had to wait for quite some times before our dim sum(s) placed on the table. Why?! Haihz… lack of staff. And, I could see that some captains pretend to be very busy and never attended us. Iksss

Well, thinking that dim sum(s) may tempt my nerves. But no… let’s read what I could say bout them?!

The complementary boiled peanuts tasted the same as those canned peanuts.

My all time favourite, Har Gau but these were not good as the skin were thick and too chewy, not smooth enough.


These were the Xiu Mai(s) in Sze Chuan Style which claimed to be the best from all the dishes.

Stir Fried Raddish Cake. This was oily and cold.


Xiu Mai(s) were nice too and we had few plates of these (what to do?! Cz there were not much selections to choose from).

Char Xiu Bao(s) were less in fillings but tasted okay. Anyhow, I don’t like the bao’s part which was sticky between my teeth.


Egg Tarts were good one with soft, smoothly eggie.



Fried Woo Gok.


This was new to me as it was stuffed with prawn instead of meat. there is a layer of cheese and wrapped up with Yam paste and then fried. Imagine the cheese leaks when served piping hot. Well, it was in my yummiest list.

We actually ordered the dried version but were served with the soup-base Gyoza. Couldn’t remember what the exact name it is but This Gyoza had a similarity with the Shanghai Xiu Loong Bao. There was broth inside the gyoza. Tasted okay~

There were some other dim sum(s) I never captured such as HK Chee Cheong Fun. It was not warmed enough when served and not smooth at all. Overall, I am dissatisfied with their services and the dim sum(s). Will I return for morning tea again? I am not sure unless they change their cooks?!

Imperial City Restaurant
Ground Floor, Cheras Plaza,
Jalan Manis 1, Taman Segar,
56100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03- 91320118

Monday, October 15, 2007

HaiLam Kopitiam @ Damansara Perdana

This was another peaceful lunch before our crazy shopping activity going on. We were dropping over our favourite boutique again. Yen was late this time. While waiting for her arrival, we had ourselves seats in HaiLam Kopitiam which is situated a few shops next to the boutique.

What a cozy ambience. Simply in love with the oldish look of every kopitiam(s).

Both me and Christine were hungry. We made order as soon as flipped through the menu.

Since we were in the Hainan-type kopitiam, I had their Hainanese Special White Coffee. It had the strong aroma of coffee. It was simply good to go with my main course.

Christine had Jasmine Honey Tea which came in a big pot of tea. It tasted jasmine-ly but not the honey taste. Good thing that it came in a big pot. We can slowly ‘tan-cha’ while waiting for Yen and Shirley (who claimed to be coming along with Yen).

I had the Hainanese Fish Fillet Sandwich where I chose my fillet to be cooked in black pepper style. The bread was just the normal bread but the peppery taste was just nice and never overtook the taste of fried fillet. although this was fried stuff, the fillet was juicy. They went well together with the bread.

As for Christine, she had the Toasted Bun with Rendang chicken. From the menu, it showed the round bun but ended up it came in a short rectangular bun. Maybe they were out of round bun?! Taste wise, I never knew Rendang went so well with the bun. Slightly spicy but the Rendang Chicken was good.

P.S. I noticed that there was an error in their menu. *hehe*

Friday, October 12, 2007

My M-A-F Celebration

Before our meal, I hopped into my car and took Yen and Khee with me straight to Christine’s house. We were there earlier to have a bit of gals’ chat.

And yet, I brought along these goodies --- muffins for them which I baked in the morning. I have put in many efforts in them. Luckily they turned out to be good ones. Phew~

Then, here are the goodies that brought back from Macau. Leng’s mum got it. No idea what are they. Are they nice, Leng???

After our dinner in Shabu-Shabu restaurant in Bandar Puteri Puchong, we went to her house again. Guess what we did?!

---> Lighted up the lanterns.

We were like kids, playing with lanterns and lit up candles all over Leng’s garden. Feeling happy because I didn’t get to play the lantern or having any mid-autumn festival (M-A-F) celebration at home. this was my so-called mooncake festival celebration. No Mooncakes but there were lanterns for me. Anyway, i got to a belated celebration *wink*

The sweetest couple! ~

All lined up form short to tall, left to right. Beep~

Friends forever --- Yen, Khee, Leng and Me. Yen’ll be going to Aus in February while Leng will be going to Scotland in June. As for Khee, she might be back in March or if not then she will be back in September. Gonna miss them a lot!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Let's Shabu-Shabu

Khee was back to India to pursue her study. A month of her holiday has passed, it happened so fast. And before she flied back, we had a little farewell dinner together. 6 of us headed to Puchong for steamboat buffet.

Let’s shabu-shabu! After reading MeiYen’s review on this place, I am so eager to drop over for it. Well, Puchong is not my ‘territory’ and I have no idea where this restaurant located… until that day, Chris (Christine’s darling) brought us over.

Shabu-shabu restaurant is offering eat-all-you-can concept. What you have to do is to purchase a ticket for the buffet (where seating is on first floor). And for those who prefer to have a-la-carte meal, you can take a seat in the ground floor dining area.

Shabu-shabu is featured by 8tv, Ho Chak! before.

Rm 25 nett per pax

Menu. There is Lot of food where you can select from the conveyor belt.

The sauce. I have had 3 refilled plates. Definitely a good one with the combination of peanuts, vinegar, soy sauce, fried shallots, chopped spring onions… (can’t remember all)

I was busy eating but I’d managed to capture some pictures. We were like playing masak-masak kept adding up vege, pumpkins, tomatoes, fish and lots of fish to make our broths tastier. Khee was the one who kept instruct me in flavouring the broth. What she added, I added them in too. *hehe*

Korean Kimchi. This can be added into the soup base to flavour it. I had 2 plates of this in my pot of soup which ended up very very hot and spicy.

Seasoned baby octopus, Fu Chok, dumplings, Chicken sausages, fried fish which were good for flavouring, fish cake, Enoki mushroom

Pork slices. Freshly in pink and I myself had 2 plates of this.

Fried yam roll. Thumb up for this! Both me and khee loved this a lot.

We also had some Fried dumplings.

The food offered is quite ordinary and that’s the conveyor belt which made this place different from the others. But of course, you can show off your culinary skill in your own pot of soup. Add up everything to make your very own broth. Another thing is that, everyone is given a pot instead of sharing which is a very hygiene idea.

Shabu-Shabu Restaurant
No. 19, Jalan Puteri 1/6,
Bandar Puteri,
47100 Puchong.
Tel: 03-80605221

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