Posts Tagged ‘Petaling Jaya’

Another meal from the Groupon stable ..haha.. the deal was for ‘ Italian Pizza and Pasta Dinner for two, for RM28 instead of RM75.90. Details of the deal from Groupon : Met up with Chunny on a Friday night for our Groupon meal at Muse which is a restaurant, bar and club .This was my first trip to Jaya One, we had to pusing-pusing a few rounds at the parking area before finally managing to get a spot to deposit the car for a few hours. Jaya One seemed a pretty happening place especially on a Friday night.. I was lucky that Chunny seemed to know her way around Jaya One, if I was to be the navigator then um..we might end up having breakfast the next day ( or the following week) instead.

Muse setting is cozy, paintings ( for sale) adorn the walls, and there was a restaurant area and then another area catering for drinks with a  pool table. At the eating area, we sat on the transparent chairs which  wasn’t that comfy after a while. I find the tables were a bit too close to each other so one might have to lower one’s tone when discussing  about stock options, spouses/ in-laws, malfunctioned body parts and other more personal matters. Upon closer inspection , we realised the drawing that we faced ( as shown below) is actually rather cheeky one lorrr.

 For drinks-which were not part of the Groupon deal,  I had the Muse Punch RM10 and Chunny had the Pussyfoot (RM9)

 Soup of the day was pumpkin soup- the soup came in gigantic saucers, gigantic circumference I must add,  but the part that acts as the ‘bowl’ is probably the normal size of a soup bowl. The soup was not bad, smooth and tasty.

Seafood Aglio Olio – the pasta  was angel hair . This was interesting as it tasted very local-like .  I find this light and tasty  , not heavy and overpowering like some pasta where one get a bit jelak after a few spoonful.  Frankly, if I was blindfolded and tried  this, I might say that this was tomyam flavoured meehoon, there were ample of prawns, squids and mussels in the dish. I did a search to find out what is Aglio Olio :  Aglio means garlic and Olio means oil, there you have it, the two main ingredients for aglio olio ! This version is also said to be the simplest to pasta to prepare as it doesn’t involve too many ingredients. The Groupon deal was for an 8” Chicken triple crown pizza but as we were feeling rather malnutritioned when we were ordering, we were enticed by the waitress to top up another RM8 to  add another four inches to the diameter of the pizza. Eh…that got me thinking, in countries that use the metric system- do they also order their pizza by the inches or centimeters ? The triple crown pizza turn out to be the thin crust type and for the toppings we had  three different styles of chicken, olives , pineapple and mushroom. At one point of time, where there seemed to be still a large number of pizza slices on the plate and we were starting to feel some fullness around the middle –  we wondered aloud that maybe we should have just stuck with the 8” instead, anyway, waste not, want not, we finished the pizza . This was pretty enjoyable  pizza .Overall, an enjoyable meal at Muse.

 Location
L-16-G-2, Palm Square, Jaya One,
No.72A, Jalan Universiti, 46200 P.Jaya
Tel: 79544099

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 😛 ! 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/