Apr 17

I had passed by Tasty Pot a twice last weekend and both instances, its packed with people and everyone seems to be queuing for what looks like a roast lamb that they are serving. I first thought was… wow, roast lamb for a steamboat place.. that’s not bad… but its so crowded.

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So, yesterday after work, I decided to head there with Ed and Sky to check it out. The steamboat buffet cost RM23.80 per adult and drinks are additional. Its more pricey comparing to the other competitors in this so called steamboat village in Sunway but their food quality and varities is really a lot better.

They have 6 types of soup that you can choose from… chicken herbal, tomyam, soya bean soup (errr…), curry soya bean soup (lagi… err… ), chong qing spicy soup & HK Satin porridge. We are allowed to choose 2 and we decided on chicken herbal and tomyam… oh ya… they give you a piece of paper to mark yourself what soup and drinks you want, self service is the best service?

Anyhow, we got 1 small problem here, the pot they we got seems to be leaking! As in the tom yam is leaking to the chicken herbal soup… we thought, nevermind… tomyam is still ok… but we found out the hard way… anyway.. back to the food..

Just like most steamboat places here and thanks to Yuen whom revolutionize steamboat buffet to offer chicken wings! So, they have their share of chicken wings here too… not bad.. .as well as curry chicken, fried meehoon, fried rice, fried buns and all sort.

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Besides the ready to eat food available, they are also grilled food available… in another competitor’s place, you pick your food they grill for you but here… they technically grilled different stuff one at a time… since its a weekday, I don’t think they have the lamb thing… when I got there, they had grilled potatos, sausages, kembong fish and otak-otak ready… then later grilled satay prawns, sweetcorns and shellfish too!

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Then comes the steamboat part, I was already eating all the above before steamboat… ahha… for steamboat, there’s a whole row of stuff to pick from of more than 150 choices! The good thing is all the quality of stuff here for steamboat is not bad as well…. crabs, prawns, fish balls, foo chok, etc. are all available. Oh ya, this place serve no pork, so your non pork eating friends can come too.

The food here is good, varities is plenty and very fresh.. althought its a premium pricing but its worth it… we paid RM23.80 per pax plus RM7.00 for a pot of tea for sharing in total.

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Restaurant Tasty Pot
No.9 Jalan PJS 8/18, Dataran Sunway Mentari
Bandar Sunway, 46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: 603-56301282
GPS: N3 04.635 E101 36.793

Mar 29
Ampang – Thai @ Nong & Jimmy Thai BBQ Seafood
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I was introduced to this place some 10 years back when I was working Taman Maluri, Cheras. Those days after work for some occasion the whole office will go there for a good and cheap makan. Prices here have gone up over the years but food is still good la.

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The thing I missed most about this place is the mini yau char kwai which comes with a very nice creamy kaya. The yau char kwai cost RM3.00 for a 2 person portion and for dine in, the little kaya provided is free. The taste of the kaya is marvellous, no wonder they charge extra for take away.  The idea is simply to dip the yau char kwai in the kaya, it serve as a good thing to eat when your tongue is burning from all the spicy thai food! Take away is RM4.00 per pack with RM1.00 extra for a small container of optional kaya.

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I ordered a seafood tomyam at RM10.00, chicken feet kerabu at RM 8.00, grilled sotong at RM14.00 and fried kangkong at RM9.00.  The tomyam is good with generous amount of prawns and sotong. Chicken feet kerabu is the besssst… soft, spicy and sour and Miharu can’t stop eating it. Grilled sotong is nicely burnt like how I like it with 2 type of thai style chili sauce provided, yummy! Kangkong is good too, not too spicy and very tender.

Food is still very good and it is always crowded… we even say the myFM DJ dining here as well ;).

Nong & Jimmy Thai BBQ Seafood
Lot 27363 Jalan Cahaya 1, Taman Cahaya, Ampang, Selangor
Tel: 603-4251 1807
GPS: N3 08.515 E101 45.286

Oct 30
Weekend Trip to Batam
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I was a mad rush for the week to make sure that I settle all my stuff at work and although I was tired, I felt good on Friday morning as we make our way to Batam via Singapore. Its been a while since we had our family trip and this time I have my two nephews with us as well.

We decided to travel by Aeroline to Singapore as it stops at Harbour Front where we could convinently change to our ferry to Batam (no choice la since AirAsia cancelled its direct flight to Batam, what a pity!). The only problem I had taking Aeroline is that Sunway Pyramid decided to hold a fire drill exercise that morning and sort of block off the road to the Aeroline stop, we had to do a tour to the service basement and took the lift up with 2 kids and a whole bunch of luggages, it was havoc but we made it!

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This is my first experience on Aeroline and we got the double deck, which is a 30 seaters with seats pre-allocated from my online booking. Downstairs is a small lounge that fits 6 and a light usage toilet and pantry. The seats are really comfortable and spacious and there’s power socket at the both sides the bus on every row making charging of notebooks, phones, PDAs, etc. easy. Too bad they don’t have WIFI like how Oddessy does.

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For the journey to Singapore, the service was really good and we were pampered with subway sandwiches, bottomless hot drinks and mineral waters. Only problem was the LCD screen showing the movie wasn’t bright enough and there’s no individual earphones, so volume had to be kept low to avoid distrupting other passengers :(.

Anyhow, it was an enjoyable ride but our coach captain was taking a bit too long and my nephews really lost patience in Johor, I kept getting “are we there yet?”, “how many more hours?”, “why so long one?”… you can imagine the rest. The only hassle of taking a bus to Singapore is having to depart to get go through immigration and when going through Singapore we had to carry all our luggages down to crossover. Maybe driving isn’t that bad the next time *wonders*.

The bus stopped at harbour center and soon we were met by the representatives from Indah Puri Golf in Batam whom helped us to arrange for our tickets and we just left our luggages with them to check in for us. So we finally can move freely and decided to grab our late lunch before taking a short stroll in Vivocity.

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We went to the Tuck Shop on the 3rd floor and I ordered the Dry Ramen for S$4.00, portion is small but its very tasty! The coffee here is excellent, very thick, not too cheap and rich with flavours.

Tuckshop in Harbourfront Center, Singapore. GPS: N1 15.843 E103 49.213

After the quick meal, we hang around Vivocity a little then boarded the ferry, its quite systematic as per how they do everything in Singapore. First you are presented with a smartcard rather than holding a ticket upon check in. You will need to scan your smartcard before going through Immigration to exit. In the waiting lounge, its still a bit confusing but the smartcard are colour coded based on different ferry and departure. They will call out the ferry name when you can board and you have to scan your card again and if you miss the boarding, they can check the computer and announce the pending passengers, pretty cool ;). Then just before boarding the ferry, they will collect the card and scan it again to make sure you really board the right ferry.

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We boarded the Sea Princess ferry to Batam, its really a small ferry and most of the Indonesians in the ferry will book their seats by placing their bags on the seat and go off smoking. Some of them will just put their bags on the seat next to them, so although its half filled, you still have to find place to sit. This ferry is slower too, from my GPS, its moving average of 30-33km/h and took about 45 minutes before reaching.

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In Batam, we are greeted by Indah Puri staff and got an “express” passing through Immigration and transfered to the resort. TIm’s place is pretty neat, facing the sea with the view on one side Singapore and the other side Batam town. Since its the ground unit, just open up the glass doors and its windy throughout the day and balcony makes a perfect place for bbq or a nice morning and afternoon tea ;).

That night, we head to Golden Prawns Restaurant for seafood, there’s 2 of them, one is Golden Prawns 555 and the other is Golden Prawns 933. I read in some blogs that they serve the same food, about the same price and taste too. We went to Golden Prawns 555 and ordered a host of seafood, unfortunately we are seating outdoor on wooden tilts by the sea, so its too dark to take pix of the food.

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The oats prawns here is good, fresh and everything fried to perfect crisp, I just ate the whole prawns without having to border to peel off the skin or head. One of the crab style I have yet to taste in Malaysia is Black Pepper Crabs which I had here. Its really nice, the crabs are fresh firstly (what am I talking about, all the seafood are live here!) and its fried with a light coat of black pepper sauce but cooked out dry. ITs superbly tasty and you will just get addictive with it. The other good dish here is their garoupa fish, the taste are just so so but the fish meat have this “qq” bouncy taste. Accordingly to my dad (who was a fish farmer), this fish are caught from the sea and not those farmed in kelong judging from the texture of the meat. Plus a few regular dishes and drinks, bill come up to about 700,000 rupiah, that’s about RM260.00. Is it cheap, well, it could be cheaper in Indonesia but then again, this place are spoilt by willing to spend Singaporeans, so by that standard, I would say it was ok :).

Golden Prawns 555 Seafood in Batam, GPS: N01 09.629 E104 02.225

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The next morning we had a good breakfast of home baked breads, muffins, cakes and jam by my sis, all of them are great good especially love the bread and banana cakes. It was really relaxing just sitting facing the sea and enjoying breakfast, then… “suk suk, are we going swimming?”… aiks… time to bring the little monster for a swim. The swimming pool is located next to a driving range overlooking the sea and tennis courts. There’s a small gym by the pool and the pool itself is huge, with 4 different pool and depth joining together, so its for kids as well as adult.

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We have our lunch at the coffee house in Indah Puri and the view here is just amazing facing the entire golf course. The food and drinks here are priced in Singapore dollars. It cost from S$6.00 to S$10.00 for a meal here. The food is not bad, I had a sup buntut goreng, basically its the cow’s tail cooked in soup then having the meat fried in sauce serving it with rice and some crackers. There’s a spa below the club house offering traditional massages at about S$20.00 1 hour.

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We head to town for some shopping after that, Nagoya is the most developed commercial area for shopping here and we got down at Matahari @ Nagoya Hill. Its a big hypermart here and most of the things are available here, expect for one thing, we just can’t seems to find fresh milk anywhere, strange. We got our food, drinks and seasoning for the night’s bbq and drop by a Polo outlet on the way back. The prices at Polo here is not cheap, after 50% discount, it still cost RM120.00 for a shirt. We could get much cheaper prices in Bandung and everything here is money, even the tour bus outside parked by the roadside needs to pay the store’s guard.

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That night, we had a nice and simple bbq and I was dead tired by the end of the day (partly taking care of the kids too). The next day, I got an early ferry back to Singapore for my morning bus back to KL to attend good buddy Kevin & Ashley’s wedding dinner. The ferry back was a bigger one, Batam fast and its more comfortable, bigger and faster, clocking about 40-43km/h on my GPS.

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It was a good experience, I am glad I went and I definitely look forward to another trip there, but perhaps allocating more time to just relax and unwind there ;).

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