Monday, February 08, 2016

First Family Ride at Penang Bicycle Lane

It was time to travel back to Penang to celebrate a new Chinese Year, Year of Monkey. I took the chance to bring my folding bicycles back for the whole family to use during the holidays.
We parked our cars at Chulia Street, set up our bicycles and started visiting some of the street murals as we pedalled towards south for Queensbay Mall.
I was very happy to see for the first time that the whole family was able to cycle together.
Besides the bonding we were enjoying the beautiful scenery along the bicycle lane.
My boys were suffering from butt aches as they have not been cycling regularly, I was glad they have completed the ride of at least 25km for the day. I wish they will continue to pedal more often as a good workout for them. 

Friday, February 05, 2016

Nyonya Tanjung Bunga - We are back.

The last time I blog on this restaurant Tanjung Bunga was way back in January 2012, business is still as good as usual, the younger generation has taken the restaurant for quite sometime and has been holding the fort very well. Thumb up for that.
Perut Ikan - everyone seems to like this dish very much and it bring us memories when we were living back in Penang, we used to savour this dish either from our mum's kitchen or somewhere in the island and definitely it has vouched to be still a favourite dish among us.
Thai mango salad was very appetising and everyone of us enjoyed it.
Jiu Hu Char - again we talked about my mum's Jiu Hu Char we used to eat whenever she cooked it for Chinese New Year unfortunately this time she has stopped cooking for CNY as eating out was easier when the number of people eating has mushroomed. I prefer my mum's Jiu Hu Char, the one here is slightly too wet.
Coffee spare ribs was interesting and yummy.
4 Heavenly Kings with sambal udang was also delicious comprising of lady's fingers, petai, brinjal and angle (winged) beans.
Claypot Tofu specially ordered for my father in-law something soft and tasty for him to enjoy.
Tomyam was too sour, I told them we are in a Nyonya restaurant we shouldn't have ordered Thai dishes, it's a mistake in deed. 
Ever since I was young I have always enjoy prawns cooked in this way that is fried with assam but I like it fried slightly darker and drier.
This Ma Yeaw Yee did not pass my fellow companions as they were the ones behind the kitchen of Ping Wah that specailises this fried fish dish. I would think it's has to do with the freshness of the fish.
Restaurant Tanjung Bunga
117 Jalan SS2/6,
Petaling Jaya.
Tel :03 7877 4531
GPS : 3.115969,101.616652

Monday, February 01, 2016

One of the Wednesday Evening Rides in Klang Valley

As usual our gathering point is either at Lake Ttiwangsa or Bandar Utama (My Bicycle Shop). This time around we met up at the club at KGT PDRM Titiwangsa. We just love the ginger tea (teh halia) here it is really awesome. One must try the fresh ginger flavoured tea in Titiwangsa.
Below are three clips of the evening ride to Seri Gombak for a dinner.
Part 1 - Getting out of lake Titiwangsa.

Part 2 - Into the kampong at Sentul somewhere along the DUKE Highway. We have to use many bridges to cross the highways and Gombak River.

Part 3 - Finally we reached our destination at Restoran Sin Kee for our dinner and headed back on a different route using bicycle lanes built by DBKL (local council).
The eleven of us at Dataran Merdeka before we adjourned at the club with a distance of 35km covered for the evening. 
Till then we shall see you again.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Meng Kee Char Siew Glenmarie Shah Alam

Beside the popular char siew, you can get poached chicken or fried chicken.
The famous Char Siew BBQ pork belly that is sweet, sticky and delicious. One must not miss if you are in this shop. Well done for it's good quality and and maintaining over the years. 
Crunchy bean sprouts to go with the meal.
At this time of hard economy this bill would probably be a bit heavy but considering it as a once in a blue moon affair then it's worth the while.
The place is ever crowded with mouths seeking for delicious food. The first time I tried this Meng Kee Char Siew was at a different shop back in 2008 but it was still on the same road. They surely have expanded in a big way in Glenmarie.

Meng Kee Char Siew
20, Jalan Pekedai U1/36, 
Hicom-Glenmarie Industrial Park 
Shah Alam

GPS : 3.081433, 101.560337

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Revisit to Taman Botani Negara Shah Alam

This is my fourth time visiting Taman Botani Negara also known as Taman Cerakah or Taman Cahaya. My first time I went with my sons together with a friend's family in April 2012, our kids were so young then. Subsequently in July 2012 Dave Ern had a big group visiting the park. And the last visit was on December 2012. Malaysia has vast potential for tourism as usual we need to buckle up on our maintenance things seem to be deteriorating over time and it is a waste of money and opportunity.
This recent visit I took my wife for a morning ride it was a public holiday and it was her first time. I was glad she enjoyed it though she was had a bit of hard time with some climbs. She got to practice more in order to couple with tougher rides. We enjoyed the visit such as the paddy fields. Well done Taman Botani Negara for the perseverance,  continue to improve and revive the property.
It was a good work out we covered as many places as possible and it was so refreshing with the clean fresh air, the breeze of the coming new lunar year, sound of birds and animals in a forest environment that is so near to the city.
We will back for more rides in this park. Bear with me for about 5 minutes to watch this clip of this recent visit and I hope you will like it.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Brompton Ride to Pulau Ketam

It was a ride organised by a group of Brompton bicycle owners to visit an island off Port Kelang with our folding bikes. This was my second time visiting Pulau Ketam. My first trip could be viewed from this link. We all gathered at Chong Kok Kopitiam near the Klang Train Station for a lovely breakfast before we start our event.
I like the atmosphere of this coffee shop, it has become a very rare scene to see all races sitting down in the a coffee shop and eat together. Fortunately we still have a few of such shops like Chong Kok Kopitiam. The local coffee is simply awesome it's concentrated "kaw-kaw" and I love it without sugar.
Our ride from Klang town to Port Kelang, it was about a 10km ride.

To the jetty at Port Kelang and here we come.
By the way the boat fare per trip is RM7.00.
Pulau Ketam if translated to English is "Crab Island" is basically a fishing community literally floating or sitting on silts. We enjoyed cycling around and observing and experience their lifestyle in the island.
We found an interesting ice floss dessert at a shop by the name of Chop Hiap Thye, the ice dessert is a finely shaved flavoured ice and topped with red bean and jelly. 
Time to go home and everyone on board as the boat is about to leave.
A train ride from Port Kelang to Klang instead of cycling on a hot afternoon, we were looking forward eating the banana leaf rice in Klang.
Yap Kee is another unique shop a Chinese shop serving Indian banana leaf rice and it is always pack.

A clip showing our round in the island.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Sathiyanery Vegetarian Food Centre, Brickfields Kuala Lumpur

Thanks to Jeffery for bringing me here for lunch, he told me to just sit down and food will be served. All the patrons eat the same standard combination of food. Seating is just a mere bench shared by everyone. That's interesting indeed.
A plate of rice with a few types of vegetarian dishes, a bowl of dahl, a bowl of dessert and a glass of cold water. All for a fixed price of RM6.00 per plate. I had a good time my appetitie was good and the food was delicious, nothing was left from my share. Thumb up for Sathiyanery.
The stall is clean with many poster of different beliefs, Picture of Mahatma Gandhi, Signages with different languages and I truly love Malaysia. So many kind of different food to savour and so colourful. 
It was packed and there were patrons waiting to be seated so eat reasonably quick and let others have a chance to eat.
It was busy working at the severy counter cum cashier and all system looking well in place and food were served fast. Cheers I shall be back.

Sathiyanery Vegetarian Food Centre
Jalan Tun Samanthan 3 (Near Petronas Station)
Kuala Lumpur
50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur 
GPS: 3,135769, 101,689957