No 1 Pork Burger @ El Meson

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Writing this post would be my second attempt on the #No1PorkBurger outing(read about previous outing here). Together with 8 others bloggers/twitterers, we visited El Meson, a high end Spanish Restaurant located along Jalan Telawi, Bangsar.

Sorry for the bad picture quality. forgot to bring my trusted camera with me, thus have to rely on my blackberry which isn't really good with night shoot.

Similar to my previous post, I shall rate the burger based on the same 5 criteria, namely Looks, Taste, Juiciness, Portion(Price Over Service Size) and Bonus Points(Depending on how happy we are with the service). At El Meson, the pork burger isn't available on the standard menu, thus you will have to ask the waiter/waitress if pork burger is available when you visit them. Without wasting anymore time, lets start with the looks.

Looks wise, there isn't really much to shout about, its just plain pork burger without much effort in the food presentation as far as I'm concern. As such, I would give it a 5/10.

Looks aside, it actually taste good. The pork patty was thinner compared to my previous reviews. A slice of bacon was added on top of the pork patty with melted cheese, giving it an extra yummy-licious taste. I will give it a 7/10 for its taste.

Juiciness is something El Meson's pork burger lack. In fact it was a little too dry for my liking, thus scoring only 6/10. As for its portion, I will only give it 7/10 for its moderate serving which left me hungry even after finishing the burger and fried potato's.

Sharpen Up

As for the bonus point, I would give it a 9/10 for its extremely friendly staff. let me tell you why, the waiter actually took the effort to get me a power extension and also help to separate the bill which was already ready. All these without a slight complain utter from his mouth. Now thats customer service.

The total average score would be 34/50 points or 68%. Despite only scoring 68%, I would still recommend that you try it out. Don't forgot to share your opinion after you have tried.

El Meson Espanol
Address: No. 61-63, Jalan Telawi 3,
Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03 22828290

Day Trip Around Klang - Yao Yao Ping, Pandamaran.

Our next and final stop after coming back from Pulau Ketam was to this place called Yao Yao Ping @ Pandamaran Klang. Apparently this place is famous for serving one of the BEST fried Chicken in Klang Valley and maybe Malaysia.

Yao Yao Ping with it's rather old sign board.

We ordered about 28 pieces of fried chicken. (RM2.30 each)

I must admit that that really live up to the various recommendation and endorsement for serving the best fried chicken in Klang Valley. I knew I fell in love with it's fried chicken the moment my teeth sunk on its chrispy chicken skin and tender chicken meat. Despite being deliciously frieded, the chicken was still very juicy and it taste far better than the infamous fast food chain called Kentucky Fried Chicken. FYI, Yao Yao ping was once featured in the famous food program HoChak! on 8TV. We only have 2 pieces of chicken each as it was already 5 plus and didn't want to filled our stomach to the max as we had dinner plans.

They also serve roast chicken, but we shall save that for the next visit.

Yao Yao Ping (Delicious Ice) @ RM1.30

Yao Yao Ping is an Ice blended drink comes in a variety of flavour including sour plum, lychee, red beans, mango, and bubur cha cha.

Ambiance: 6/10 - The Place is air conditioned but lack in term of cleanliness.
Taste: 9/10
Service: 7/10
Bonus: 9/10
Overall: 78%

Verdict: I will definitely come back for more finger licking good fried chicken. The delicious ice really live up to its name, even 7Eleven's slurpy is no match.

Try it yourself at:
Name: Kedai Kopi Yao Yao Ping
Address: 1503B, Jalan Young, Pandamaran, Klang, Selangor (Opposite SMK Pandamaran Jaya)
GPS Coordinate: N3 00.376 E101 25.243
Contact No: 012-299 9029 / 012-282 2099
Business Hour: 12pm to 7.00pm

Day Trip Around Klang - Stopped by Marine Police

Oh well, guess it must have been our lucky day. On our very first voyage to Pulau Ketam, we were stopped by Marine Unit of The Royal Malaysian Police Force. This happen about a 100 metres away from shore when we were on our way back from Pulau Ketam to Port Klang.

About 60++ people on boat the ferry were ask to sit at their respective seat and produce their Identification Card (IC) to verify their identity. While some says that the Marine Police were looking for duit raya (pocket money) as it's only the second day of Hari Raya. Apparently the Marine Police were conducting their regular spot check to curb illegal immigrant trying to sneak in from neighbouring country

The Marine Police came on a speed boat

If I remember correctly there were 7 officers on boat that speed boat and they were rather friendly. And no I didn't see any of them asking for duit kopi. They came on the ferry and took about 15 to 20 minutes to check everyone's identity.

This guy on the right forgot to bring his IC along.

This guy in the picture was sitting behind me got frighten when the police came on board as he did not carry his IC with him. He was smart to surrender to the police before his turn and repeatedly told the officer that his IC was left in the car about 100 metres away from where the ferry was ask to stopped.

I was expecting to see the officer asking for some money to close an eye but surprising the officer let him off with only a verbal warning. This incident was really an eye opener and gave me some hope in the police force that not all officer will take bribe while executing their duties.

Anyway while the Marine Police were busy checking people's identity, the 14 of us had great fun flooding @KLroadblock with update on our situation with the hashtag #klrb. In just a matter of seconds everyone in Malaysia(well almost everyone, particularly those who tweet) knows that we went Pulau Ketam and got stopped by Marine Police.

A preview of how @KLroadblock was flooded by us.

Day Trip Around Klang - Pulau Ketam

After breakfast, we head over to the Klang Port to catch the ferry to Pulau Ketam (direct translation: Crab Island), a small little island located southwest off the coast of Port Klang.

It cost us RM7/pax for an approximately 30minutes journey which takes us though a mangrove river and the Straits of Malacca.

Waiting for the ferry was a rather HOT affair as we have to stand right under the hot sun for close to 30 minutes. Learned my lesson well, shall bring an umbrella if I ever plan to visit Pulau Ketam again. Advice to all of you out there who intend to visit Pulau Ketam, PLEASE bring an umbrella.

The interior of the Ferry.

The ferry which has a capacity of about 70 paxs is not well maintained. Perhaps the government could help refurbish the ferries to better promote Pulau Ketam as a tourist.

View from the Ferry via an old tinted window.

Upon arrival, we were greeted with a big seafood restaurant which we later dine at.

Pulau Ketam is village that thrived on fishing activities with majority of its population being Chinese. It's said that Pulau Ketam was lifeless until about 20 years back when some Chinese immigrant landed and decided to call it home. The island is so small that people on the island travel by bicycle only. There were no motorise land vehicle sighted throughout the island.

Fishing Boat

Pulau Ketam volunteer fire brigade.

I just cant imagine how the fire brigade operates with fire bicycles instead fire engines.

Look!!! they have satellite TV too, impressive.

I'm amazed and impressed that they have satellite TV because I'd always thought of Pulau Ketam as a lay back fishing village.

Pulau Ketam Fried Ice Cream

This fried ice cream store which appears to be the one and only ice cream store on the island is operated by an old couple in their 60's. Unlike the wide variety served at Baskin Robin, it comes in 4 flavour only, namely Chocolate, Yam, Vanilla or Strawberry. Each being sold for RM2.20 (USD 0.71)

Pre-prepared ice cream stuff in some sort of pastry are kept in a portable freezer.

The frying process take less than a minute.

After frying, the uncle took it to drain off some of the oil before serving it wrap in serviette

Tadaa..... Fried Ice Cream anyone?

The CHIA 's Descendant Association

This place is packed with local tourist, mostly day tripper.

There is a moderate size temple on the island, indicating Taoism is a major religion on the island.

Table Soccer is one of the local's favourite past time.

After walking round the little island and trying our the variety of street fare, we proceed for seafood lunch at Kuai Lok Hian Seafood Restaurant. Here's some of the dishes we had:

Crabs cooked in Sweet and Sour style

Steam Fish

Steam Lala (clam)

Fried Sotong/Squid (the upper class people call it Calamari)

Fish Ball Soup

Prawns cooked in Asam Style

We spend about RM160 for 8 dishes, rice, Chinese tea, coconuts and few bottles of Guinness. That's pretty cheap for 12 people and the amount of fresh seafood we had. The result:

We left there fully satisfied.

Honestly the food isn't really that fantastic, the it was really fresh and that made up for the taste. Certainly a good place to be at if you are looking for fresh and cheap seafood. We had good companies too, and that made it even more special.

Right after lunch, some of us crave to try the Fried Oyster aka Ho Jian which is being sold at almost every corner of the street, with each of them claiming to the be the best and authentic staff. Almost all of they even have a newspaper cutting to backed their claim. Besides friend oyster, they also have friend lala(clams).

This stall has a news paper cutting which claim that it's one of the best in town

We decided to buy from this uncle simply because it looks the best among all the stalls.

Just to look of this make me hungry.

Though we bought 1 each of the fried oyster and fried lala, we never really had to chance to try it while its hot as everyone was busy yapping away. We ate it together with Yao yao ping fried chicken later in the evening. By the time we try, it didn't taste that good, probably because it already cold.

Next we had egg shaped sorbet which is being sold at a sundry shop right beside Kuai Lok Hian restaurant.

The seller claim that its made from fresh fruit juice. However I doubt so, cause it didn't taste fresh.

The variety of sorbet in the freezer.

and this is my Dragon Fruit Sorbet.

Overall its nice place to visit, a must for everyone who stay in Klang Valley. Basically if one plans to visit this place, please try to control yourself to avoid being con into buying underrate stuff and food just because there is a sign which says its famous or special.

Day Trip Around Klang - Seng Huat Bak Kut Teh.

On the second day of raya, I joined a group of bloggers and tweeples for a day trip around Klang. Thank to Eric Yong for organising and getting everyone together. The goal for the day was to have Bak Kut Teh for breakfast, Seafood in Pulau Ketam and Fried Chicken in Pandamaran. And we are gonna have all this with a budget of not more than RM100.

So we gathered at BHP Petrol Station, along Federal Highway, right after Shah Alam Batu Tiga toll before convoying with 3 MRS to Seng Huat Bak Kut Teh, the Famous Under the Klang bridge Bak Kut Teh @ Klang Town. If you are clueless what Bak Kut Teh (BKT) is, read here at Wikipedia.

Seng Huat Bak Kut Teh

As usual, the place was packed when we arrived, lucky for us, Thomas Yap arrive early to reserved 2 large table for about 21 people. We later added another large table so that everyone can sit comfortably.

Yau Fan (Oily Rice)

Yau Fan or Oily Rice is often prepared by mixing white rice with fried shallots.

Yau Char Kwai

Yau Char Kwai is a long deep fried dough known in English as Chinese Oil Stick (just i case you are not know what Yau Char Kwai is click here Wikipedia for more info). What you see in the picture had been cut into pieces and served in bowl.

My bowl of bak kut teh

The bak kut teh is served in bowl just as there were traditionally. As there were so many of us, its rather hard for us to share, so we order a bowl each(with a mixture of pork rib and pork intestine.

After my recent visit, I'm sad to say that the standard @ Seng Huat Bak Kut Teh has dropped tremendously compare to my last visit 2 years back. In fact my regular BKT outlet near Sentosa Klang taste much better (anyway that's another story to share). The soup wasn't as tasty as it use to be that I didn't even ask for more soup. The amount of soup you see in the picture is all that I had for the day. Traditionally people who loves Bak Kut Teh, will never have enough of the soup, and would even go to the extend of soaking the rice into the soup before eating it.

I'm not condemning that the food is not good but the quality drop significantly and I find my regular BKT stall to be better than this. Hope Seng Huat BKT will do something to improve their quality and bring it's BKT back to its glory.

The meal cost us about RM11/person. Affordable by KL standard but maybe a little pricey for some.

If you have not tried it and would love to do so here are the details:
Restaurant Seng Huat Bak Kut Teh
GPS Coordinate : N3 02.612 E101 26.895
No.9, Jalan Besar, Klang, Selangor.
Contact No : 03-3371 2652

The Meaning of Life

Have you been having a tough time at work, working your way up the corporate ladder? Well maybe it time you take a pause from your hectic life and enjoy this video. There's more to life that just money and career. Treasure your friends and family for they are the greatest pillar of support in life.

About 3 weeks back, a close friend of mine shared this rather meaningful video on Facebook entitled "The Meaning of Life". It's a great video that got me thinking and reflect on my own life. Good things are meant to be shared, so I decided to share it with some tweeple(that's what we call people who tweets) with the following tweet:

"@rezasalleh, @nikicheong @joshuachay @ericyong77 @quaintly @meiyingt @yoonkit @kimberlycun @nicolekiss this is 4 U... "

Soon after that, the video was picked up by @nikicheong and he started to share with his friends via his blog The video went viral and Grace Tan, a loyal fan of Niki re-post it on her blog and subsequently followed me on twitter. It's really amazing to see what a short (less than 3 minutes) video can do on the world wide web. Glad these people enjoyed the video, hope you will also enjoy and share it with those you love.

So anyone wanna join me for a visit to the museum soon?

DiGi: The Next Level Finale

Attended DiGi The Next Level Finale, a reality TV Show organised by NTV7 and DiGi Telecommunications. The reality show offers RM50,000 worth of Cash Prize for the best business idea and 1 year of business support from DiGi Telecommunications (a subsidiary of Telenor Group)

The finale which was held at Sri Pentas 2, Plaza Alam Sentral, Shah Alam last night was hosted by Hansen Lee, a well known emcee and an upcoming actor who also host the NTv7 Breakfast Show.

The Stage before the show began

The panel of judges for the reality show includes Mr Ng Khai Lee(Executive Director of Youth Asia), Ms Sulin Lau(DiGi's Head of Marketing Services) and Mr Dzulkifly Aminuddin(DiGi;s Head of Enterprise Marketing).

Khai Lee, Sulin and Dzul

Mizz Nina and Crew

Mizz Nina was also at the event to entertain the audience by performing her famous hits song "What you waiting for?".

The 10 episode reality show saw 30 years old Suren Haris Anwar walking away with RM50,000 cold hard cash as the winner of DiGi The Next Level with his brilliant idea Fools Marathon, a reality show which will send its winner to for the Gold Coast Marathon in Australia.

Suren and Hansen Lee

Prize presentation by representative from DiGi & NTV7

Suren with his mock cheque of RM50,000.

If you miss the show, you can watch all 10 episode here DiGi The Next Level

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