Archive for January, 2010

A convoy of 4 cars and with only 1 person who knew the direction and what with the heavy  rain, it was a wonder that we didn’t get lost, it was easy at the main road but when we were closer to the restaurant there were a lot of twist and turn and I am not sure would we have made it there if we didn’t have a navigator and had to use a map.

The scenery and the ambience of the place was well worth getting lost ( although we didn’t) . We got a  good view of Putrajaya

 

The Alfresco Cabana section can sit 42 pax.

 

At the main restaurant building , you can choose to  dine indoors ( air conditioned ) or outdoors to enjoy the natural breeze and the  view (and maybe feed some mozzies)

 

We chose to dine indoors ( private room) , we make reservations and had pre-select the set menu. So, we only had to worry about ordering our drinks.Putrajaya Seafood Restaurant is part of the infamous Tai Thong group. For the website, please click here

First up – Phoenix white prawns with three combination, fishballs coated with almond flakes was rather good- springy fish paste and the crunchy almond flakes seemed a goof combination, deep fried prawns in batter – this was somewhat with a twist as the prawn was seasoned with some curry powder, the guys seemed to enjoy this. Fish paste  rolled in seaweed – the fish paste was ‘enhanced’ with carrots, bits of garnishing and sausage- nice. Stir fried asparagus and celery – vege was fresh and crunchy- nice. Being the first dish, the plate was ‘cleaned’   very quickly without too much of a fuss.

 

Braised shark’s fin soup with vegetables & crab meat was next—ok, apologies, I should have refrained from eating this / asked Mr Boss not to order this, in lieu of the sharks. Anyway, since the waiter had already filled up the bowls, would be quite a waste ( think of those hungry African children without food ) not to eat it. ( Yes, I have no backbone) . The soup was quite ok (a few strands of shark fin bits were visible)  and to support the cause, I didn’t refill my bowl.

 

Deep-fried grouper with Siam sauce, the deep fried fish was garnished with mango shreds  and onions . At this point the conversation around the table centered on   steam fish vs deep fried. Being a person who preferred fried ikan kembung to steamed Soon hock – I dare not make any comments in case they throw me into the lake. By the way, the fish was rather good and the main complain is that no one could have seconds.

 

Stir-fried venison with black pepper– the venison was tender and well marinated, but the black pepper was really very hot la, I felt like I was breathing fire after a few slices of the venison.

 

After the ferocious attack on all the earlier dishes,  most of us are starting to have that ‘fullness’ feeling and some had left the table to take a walk and some announced that they  will only move their forks  for ‘expensive’ dishes. When the next dish – Stir-fried vegetables with three varieties mushroom arrived, being curious that could the  thinly sliced  flattish beige thingy in the mixture be abalone,  prompted some greedy folks to lift their fork, well, it was a form of abalone lah, abalone mushroom lorrr…there were 3 types of mushroom- shitake, abalone and whatchacallit ( the smallish mini mushroom) plus some vege in this dish, I find the abalone mushroom rather salty ( and a bit slimy) but I enjoyed the other two mushroom which were succulent and tasty.

 

Stir-fried crab with chilli  – by this time, those that had wandered had returned and built up an appetite and as crabs can be considered as ‘expensive’ food, it wasn’t too much an effort to lift the forks – well,  they would have missed a pretty good crab if they didn’t try this ! The crabs ( fresh although not too meaty, but still ok lah) came with a dishful of tasty gravy. The slices of fried buns were greedily dipped into the gravy and ahhhhh…nice…major consensus around the table that this was the best dish of the night.

 

 Most of us were very close ( and for some, maybe over) the ‘full tank’ capacity  and so, when the Hong Kong style braised noodles with seafood  arrive, we weren’t too receptive to it and choose to continue with our conversation on the glory of Malaysian football, and names like Mokhtar Dahari, Soo Chin Aun, Aramugam ( spiderman), etc etc  were proudly mentioned. Anyway, some of us decided to give the noodles a try and hey, this was  very good noodles. the noodles were springy and with a bit of a bite, gravy was tasty and with sotong lah, prawns la, fish paste lah. Nice.

 

Burrpppp..next was dessert – Chilled sweetened lychee with sea coconut and Deep-fried pancake . I have always liked  the shanghai pancakes and thought that  pancakes were suppose to be served crispy and usually kinda hot, but this was something like a ‘masuk angin’ pancake , the skin was not very crispy, doesn’t feel or taste fresh .

 

Overall- a pretty enjoyable meal ( I wasn’t sure how much the meal cost as Mr Boss who foot the bill was sitting at the next table)

Business hour : Daily
Lunch 11:30am - 2:30pm
Snacks 2:30pm - 6:00pm
Dinner 6:30pm - 10:30pm

 Location :

 Putrajaya Seafood Restaurant

Taman Botani,
Presint 1,
62000 Putrajaya,
Wilayah Persekutuan  . Tel : +603-8889 1188

 

Coming from a state like Kelantan where Thai temples are aplenty ( some of you may gasped / may not know,  there are a lot of Thai/Buddhist temples ( some of them gigantic) in Kelantan and   it’s a normal sight so see the colourful temples along the road , pretty much a part of the scene regardless of ones religious believes), it evoked some kind of homesickness when I visited Wat Chetewan, resplendent and glorious in Petaling Jaya ( Jalan Pantai to be exact).

Our first stop was a pagoda housing Kuan Yin ( which I guess is more the Chinese community influence / attraction ). We lit some incense and  tried hard to remain solemn while short of seeming to jump about , trying to minimize the contact of our bare feet with the mosaic flooring which was really really burning hot. Check out the photo below—take note of the safe / donation box at the bottom left, you will see safe/ donation boxes like these in strategic locations at the temple. 

Futher down, you will come to the Office building – where you can do some donations or have your enquiries answered. Beside the office,  you will see buckets of chrysentemum for offerings , in various sizes and colours . The prices are indicated clearly on the pails : RM1, RM2 etc per stalk.

 

We place our offerings at the Buddha statue located at the open hall next to the office.

 

And this is probably my favourite view of Wat Chetawan – the stairs, adorned by two menacing looking Nagas ( in punk-ish hairstyle) the ‘bell tower’ , ( belfry) and a glimpse of the main shrine hall, so Thailand-ish

 

From another angle

 

The 4 faced Buddha ( which I  probably incorrectly named, as this is not really the Buddha)

 

Pure and fragrant jasmine placed as offerings

 

The main shrine hall building, nice hor ?

 

I was  attracted  by the expression of the  2 guardians

     

Tranquility – that was how  I felt –- stepping into the hall

 

The main altar

 

 This is the other building ,  opposite the main shrine hall building.

 

 The building housed more statues of the Buddha and a couple of statues of the famous monks – with some of their faces pasted with gold leaves. ( is this the souce of idea for having gold powder incorporated in some cosmetics ?) If you looked closely at the picture below, apart from the flowers ( and daun sireh) you could make out the familiar shape of  a packet of nasi lemak. And interestingly, on the shelves, apart from housing Buddhist books / leaflets , you could find what appears to be Thai glossy gossips/ entertainment magazines.

 One other interesting features of Wat Chetawan  is a sauna treatment centre. Please note that this is a chargeable service ( I forgot what the prices were, sorry – if you are interested, please call  the number as stated on the signboard )

 

Every year in December ( please check the exact date with the Office) , the Loy Kratong festival is celebrated grandly at Wat Chetawan, I have been there 2 years ago, it was a very interesting occasion, you buy / make your own flower thingy on a Styrofoam board, and there is a possession from the temple to the Taman Tasik Jaya ( Opposite Amcorp Mall)  to ‘float’ the flowers, it was a pretty sight. And you get a chance to mingle with rather large the Malaysian-Thai community that turns up in full force to celebrate this festival.

 

 Click here to read an article in NST about Wat Chetawan-

 

 Location :

Wat  Chetawan Temple

No 24, Jalan Pantai, 46000 Petaling Jaya,

Selangor.      Tel: 03-7957-2255.

 

Rumah Ku @ Petaling Jaya

Posted: January 5, 2010 in @ PJ
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When Chunny picked me up that saturday , we hadn’t decide where to have lunch, then Chunny suggested, ‘let’s do Rumah Ku’, so off we head to PJ. A  few weeks before this, a colleague had pointed out the place to me but being someone with a total lack of direction, I didn’t really have much  an idea where I was, except that it was on the same street as the shop serving the  famous Ipoh chicken rice and it was an orangy/yellowish painted bungalow.  And guess what , we drove up and down the street twice and could not locate the shop and at the third try, I was all for going to Jaya 1 or somewhere else, but Chunny was a bit more persistent and FINALLY, we found the place, it wasn’t difficult to find actually, just that we never expected it to be so near the end of the road and we had turned back before reaching that part of the road.

When we stepped into Rumah Ku, we could hear snippets of ‘happy birthday’ drifting from one of the  2 private rooms  (  these private rooms seemed to have specific themes ( Chinese room and Indian room)  and looked rather pretty and cozy. We had to sit in the ‘public area’ –which I think is the Malay hall. There were also several tables out in the garden which would probably be suitable for the evening diners ( or perhaps for  those that would like to get a tan while having lunch ?)

We spend a bit of time deciding on our orders and settled for Tuna cutlets, Chunny wanted XO Mee with prawn and being a rice bin, I ordered banana leaf meal + chicken peratal.

Tuna Cutlets ( RM8) – I find the cutlets a bit over-fried- the outside had a bit of a hard-ish thick crust  and the softer insides seemed to be a bit too loosely packed ( I was expecting the tuna bits to be packed more tightly), the taste was interesting though, one can experience a variety of flavour as you bite into the cutlets, lotsa spices.  

Rumahku XO Mee with prawns , at RM9 – I was something a bit more glamourous looking, this look like wantan mee ( except for the prawn ensemble ) , I had a taste of this and as I was expecting wantan mee –ish flavour, it was a surprise to bite into a spicy-ish flavoured noodles. Chunny said that it was ok-ish.

 

Banana leaf meal ( RM6) + Chicken Peratal ( RM6) – and it wasn’t even served on a ‘real’ banana leaf but a plastic banana leaf plate :P ! For the Banana leaf meal, kinda the usual fare than you could get at the usual shops ( and probably in bigger portions ), ladies finger lah , soft slices of spicy raddish lah, the dhall kuah la, the pampadom la. The chicken peratal was some kind of dry curry style of cooking. This was average and did I mention the portions were rather small ?

 

Overall – I would say an average meal . Frankly, we had very high expectation of the food as from the blogs and newspaper features that we had read, all were singing praises about this establishment so, it was kind of a downer for us,  maybe we didn’t order the ‘correct’ dishes. Anyway, don’t take our word for it, check it out yourself. and probably visit in the evening, i think the place should be pretty in the evening.

 You can view their menu here  although I think the prices hadn’t been updated guar.

 Location :

Rumah Ku Gallery and Cafe (PJ)
6A, Jalan Universiti,
46100 Petaling Jaya. Tel :79571073

http://rumahkuonline.com/