Dining in the Dark @ Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumput

For my wife’s 31st birthday,  I brought her to Dining in the Dark KL. In Dining in the Dark, you will get to dine in total darkness. You can’t even see your food or utensils!

Dining in the Dark KL is operated by Werner’s and it is located on top of Werner’s at Changkat Bukit Bintang (parking is terribly expensive but try Radius Hotel). The interesting bit is that the manager and waiters of Dining in the Dark KL are blind! Our waiter, Darius, guided us to our table in total darkness. We had to hold on to him.

Once we are seated, we were served with a three course meal which remained a secret after the whole session. A session last about 2 hours. You can eat with your hands or utensils. I hate eating with my bare hands hence I ate using my utensils all the time. It’s tough eating with your utensils in total darkness!

My eyes were quite uncomfortable throughout the session. I guess I’m not used to total darkness.

I must say that the food is not bad. I wasn’t expecting it to be tasty. Sorry, no pictures of the food as we were required to surrender our phones before going into the dark room!

But here’s the menu. You won’t know what you will be eating until the end of the session. If there was a cockroach on top of your food, you wouldn’t know too 😀

Also, the menu changes from time to time. You can tell them to cut out certain stuff if you have allergies or certain preferences. You are also required to come on designated time. They don’t want people walking in and out throughout the session.

Lastly, one of the best parts of this experience is to be able to speak with people who have vision disability. They are just like us. I am told that Werner’s had made efforts to hire blind people to work with them to give them a better life. Kudos to them.


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44A & 46A changkat bukit bintang
50200 kuala lumpur . malaysia
Tel: + 603 2110 0431
Fax: + 603 2145 1375
Reservation: + 6012 251 5797

Website: http://www.dininginthedarkkl.com/

Christmas @ Cristang @ Avenue 8, PJ New Town

There I was. Sitting on the red bench of Cristang holding my knife and fork. This time round, it wasn’t their famous pork burger. It was something else.

Lee Shih and I (and our partners) were invited to try Cristang’s Christmas set and give feedback thereafter. I was told that we will be served pork loin with other dishes.

While waiting for our pork loin, we ordered the ever delicious Cristang mash potatoes. It’s a mixture of mash potatoes, cheese and bacon topped with cream of mushroom soup. If I could have this mash potato served as a burger, I would definitely eat it.

Mash potatoes aside, Gerald (owner) served us Winter Summer Salad (RM 13.80+)(previously know as Uncle G’s salad) as the appetizer.

It’s a representation of the traditional colors of Christmas, red, green and white. Freshly grilled tomatoes topped with asparagus and crumbled herbed feta cheese, drizzled with olive soaked olive oil and a dash of balsamic vinegar for a touch of acidity. I normally do not eat asparagus but I must say that this asparagus is tasty.

Then came the shrimp ceviche (RM 23.00+). According to Gerald, it’s a “quick blanch of shrimps in hot water and soaked for 24 hours in freshly squeezed lime juice, allowing the acidity to ‘cook’ the shrimps, together with Bombay onions and jalapeno peppers. Served with diced tomatoes, mangoes and avocados with julienned cucumbers“.

If you’re bringing a date for dinner, bring some strong mint along cause the smell of onion in your mouth is as good as an overloaded garbage truck.

The highlight was the Pan-seared Pork Loin. For RM42, you can enjoy this tender and juicy loin served with cherries, cinnamon and walnuts with a dash of seasoning and seared in olive oil, with cherries, cinnamon and walnuts, together with a juice reduction with cherry brandy and port wine sauce.

There are so many ingredients in this dish and I think one word summarizes this dish – AWESOME.

For dessert, we had the cranberry and cinnamon Semifreddo (RM12.90+). I was told that it is served traditionally during the Christmas season at Cristang. It consists of fresh cranberries cooked with cinnamon and blended with heavy cream into an ice-cream consistency.

I must say that Cristang serves one of the best desserts in town. If Gerald is in the restaurant, get him to describe the food to you. His description is extremely meticulous. You’ll appreciate the dish more after hearing from him.

Richard Wee told me that Gerald framed my review of his restaurant but I never got the chance to see it. It’s the first time I had someone framing my blogpost on their walls. That made my day! Here’s a picture of it.

Unit B-G-19, 8 Avenue,
Jalan Sungai Jernih 8/1
Seksyen 8, 46050 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Tel: 03-7956-7877
Facebook Page

OPERATING HOURS: Tuesdays to Sundays 11:00 am to 3:00 pm; 5:30pm to 11:00pm. Last call @ 10:30pm.


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Pan Mee @ J&E Little Kitchen, OUG

J&E Little Kitchen used to be in a small stall located at one of the coffee shops of Overseas Union Garden (OUG). That coffee shop was demolished recently and J&E Little Kitchen took over a smaller coffee shop.

There was a time I was crazy over their pan mee. So much so that the boss and her helpers know what I want – dry version of pan mee in the morning and soup based pan mee in the afternoon.

The reason why I like J&E’s pan mee is the texture of their noodles. It’s quite springy and chewy. Also, their broth is quite clear and tasty. Unlike many other pan mee, it doesn’t leave me thirsty (due to MSG I guess) after a bowl.

I don’t like their vegetables in my dish thus I always leave aside. J&E was quick to know that and they replaced the vegetable with extra fish paste – without me asking them. You will notice that the pictures above do not have vegetables in it!

Amazing how little sales and marketing tips to win loyalty of your customers that you can pick up from your neighbourhood hawker stalls.

19, Jalan Hujan Rahmat,
Taman OUG, Off Jalan Klang Lama,
58200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 012-667 1611 (Eileen Khoo) / 012-377 3236 (Carol Lee)

Business hour: 6.30am to 9pm


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Mixed Pork Soup @ Sun Tho Yuen, Sungai Way

It started off with a small group of us meeting up for lunch but the group grew to 11 people with the help of WhatsApp group.

Recommended by Eric and Dj Anatta, Sun Tho Yuen is located in one of the remaining villages of Petaling Jaya. It’s an old school coffee shop –  probably a favourite of the retirees of the village. It has a healthy mixture of Chinese, Malay and Indian inhabitants. But I guess foreigners have moved in too.


The restaurant has no visible signboard outside but you can see it inside the shop. You wont miss the mixed pork soup stall inside.

Old school comic character – Lou Fu Chee.

We ordered their well known mixed pork soup, pork trotters, braised tofu and eggs. Instead of white rice, they serve yam rice. But if you come too late, you’ll probably get white rice and scraps.

The pork soup came with various parts of the pig like the stomach, liver, lung, intestine, belly and pork balls. I’m not a big fan of pig spare parts.

But the highlights to me were their yam rice and pork trotters. Yam rice was fragrant. Pork trousers were wrapped with a soft piece of skin and fat which melt in your mouth.

The other highlight is that the price was extremely affordable. There were 11 of us and the bill came up to a grand total of RM104! 

At the crossroads of SS9A/2 and SS9A/9, Sungai Way,
47300 Petaling Jaya.
Opposite a temple.

Opening Hours: Tues to Sunday (approx.) 8.30am till 2pm


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Menya Musashi @ Isetan 1 Utama

I’ve never been a big fan of ramen until I tried Ichiran ramen in Fukuoka. After trying Ichiran ramen, I was on a search for good ramen in KL.

After Jessica Wong of Plasterdoll recommended Menya Musashi to my wife and I, we’ve been going to this place for their awesome pork ramen regularly.

Menya Musashi is located at the second floor of the Old Wing of 1 Utama. It’s part of the row of Japanese and Korean restaurants inside Isetan’s Eat Paradise.

Service at Menya Musashi is awesome. You’ll be welcomed with a big shoutout from the crew. Once in a while the kitchen crew will roar loudly. I guess it’s an indication that a bowl of ramen is ready.

Their pork ramen comes in versions namely normal ramen (RM22), Ajitama ramen (with egg) (RM24) and Chashu men (with barbecued pork) (RM30). It also comes in 3 flavours namely onion flavoured oil (shiro), special oil combined with fried shallots and garlic oil (kuro) and chilli oil (aka). My favourite would be the shiro ramen. There’s an unlimited supply of fried shallots on each table. 

Their pork comes in a long and thin slice with a lovely piece of fat. Soup is full flavoured peppered with cruncy bamboo shoots. Noodles is springy. It’s not as good as Ichiran ramen but it’s quite yummy!

Shiro ramen

Aka Ramen

The only drawback is the soup is a little bit oily. Price is also at the high side. A bowl of ramen is from RM22.

Other reviews
Vkeong – http://www.vkeong.com/2012/08/menya-musashi-samurai-ramen-isetan-eat-paradise-1-utama/
Eat Only Lar – http://www.eatonlylar.com/japanese-food/menya-musashi
Pure Glutton http://pureglutton.com/menya-musashi-is-open-at-1-utama

Menya Musashi Ramen
2nd Floor, Isetan Eat Paradise
Isetan Bandar Utama City Centre
Opens 11am onwards

Mukha Cafe @ Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI)

My wedding photographer, Anna-Rina recommended this place to us for coffee.

I must say it was a good recommendation. Located in the neighbourhood of Taman Tun Dr Ismail, this classy artistic cafe provides a comfortable environment for patrons which are predominantly hispter Malays.

According to their Facebook page:-

A Recipe For A Good Gathering In the heart of TTDI, nestles a cozy little cafe called Mukha that draws its inspiration from a place of the same name in Yemen where traders from all corners of the world used to meet and trade coffee in the 15th century. A place that was built out of love for good food and good company, Mukha will continue to inspire others as a place where you can meet, unwind while enjoying the taste of your favourite cup of coffee and other delectable offerings. Coupled with its cosy ambience, it’s the perfect recipe for all gatherings, whether with friends or families. Gather and share your common love for good food and good company at Mukha, TTDI.

The cafe shares a spot with a small pastry shop called Suoka which serves to-die-for red velvet cake. Cream cheese was sour enough. It was very moist too!

Big Breakfast (RM13). Large portion. Doesn’t come with many options like Departure Lounge. But Arab toast was tasty.

Latte. Coffee taste rather light and faint. Should have ordered double shot!

I accidentally left my iPad at Mukha and rushed back there after an hour. When I came back, the kind waiter kept it for me. Looks like honesty is one of the things they serve! Thumbs up!

15, Lorong Rahim Kajai 13,
Taman Tun Dr. Ismail
60000 Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours :
Mon – Thurs 12pm-10pm,
Fri 2pm-12am,
Sat 12pm–12am.
Closed Sundays.


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Ishin Japanese Restaurant, Old Klang Road

I brought my wife to Ishin Japanese restaurant for her birthday after a treat at Khayena Spa. My friend recommended Khayena Spa and my wife thinks it’s great.

Anyway, Ishin Japanese Restaurant is located in an old bangalow facing Old Klang Road. The bangalow has been there ever since I was a kid. Before it became a Japanese restaurant, it was a laundromat. Now its a spanking Japanese restaurant with nice ambiance and interior. Service is not bad. There’s free valet parking too.

Their menu is in the iPad. Quite impressive. Would be better if you could order your food using the iPad!

Their website stated that their ingredients are specially flown from the famed Tsuji market in Tokyo. Notwithstanding the distance, their food was fresh. Our first meal, salad tofu, was great. The tofu tasted was thick and creamy. It was like ice cream.

I had their Unagi Zen. Like any normal Unagi dinner set, it came with tempura, chawamushi and fruits. Priced at RM45, it was nevertheless good.

Sushi was great as well. Wasabi was great too. Gave me a massive headache.

For dessert, we ordered chocolate parfait and gomo (black sesame) ice cream.

The chocolate parfait was disappointing. It was just a cupful of chocolate icecream and whipped cream. I did not even finish it. So far, I prefer Pasta Zanmai’s parfait.

In fact, their goma ice cream was better although it came in a small bowl.

Overall experience was good. I will come back again.


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No. 202, Persian Klang Batu 3 3/4
Off Jalan Kelang Lama,
58000 Kuala Lumpur

03-7980-8228 (Call for reservation)
Website: http://ishin.my/

Kien Kee, Sup Pedas Ayam Kampung @ Seri Kembangan

My contractor, Uncle Loh brought me to Serdang for lunch. He had been raving about this spicy soup for the past few months. We finally found time to try it after we chose the doors for my new house.

Kien Kee is located in the old Chinese village of Serdang. Wooden and houses and are scattered around this village. This place certainly has a nostalgic feeling.

The interior of this place is very old. It has a special air conditioned room. Some of these rooms were even converted into an office for driving instructors.

I was told that this place gets packed in the afternoon. I was there at 2pm and the crowd seems to have dwindled down. The food came quite fast.

Highlight of the place – Ayam Kampung Sup Pedas (spicy village chicken) – mixture of village chicken (ayam kampung) and pork in pepper soup. It was awesome!

We ordered Fat Tiu Cheong (Buddha Jumps Over the Wall) – Tasted good too!

Taufu – taste like tau fu fah!

Meal was extremely satisfying. I would highly recommend anyone to try this. The scenic drive through Serdang village is worth it!


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Restoran Kien Kee
D-1, Jalan 10/3
43300 Seri Kembangan
Tel: 012-350 9900

Behind the Sri Kembangan Post Office
Opens 9am to 3pm, 6pm to 9pm, close on Monday

Seri Petaling Chee Cheong Fun

Ping is one of my oldest friends. We were friends since kindergarten days.

Umeng (Left) and Ping (Right) during primary school days.

After school, Ping worked as a graphic designer and then moved to sales. After years of working for people, he decided to embrace entrepreneurship and started a chee cheung fun stall with my other high school friend, Pao and Pao’s father and aunt.

The stall is located at Seri Petaling morning market. I went there on their first business day.

I suggested that Ping get a few topless muscular men from Pushmore to stand in front of the stall to get attention on their first day – just like what Abercrombie and Fitch did in Singapore when they opened their first outlet.

Topless boys @ Abercrombie and Fitch, Singapore. Photo credits to MsGlitzy

But without the sexy men, the aunties were clamoring over the stall!

I ordered their curry chee cheung fun with curry pork skin and wild boar meat.

It was tasty!! Amount of wild boar meat was generous and pork skin was crunchy! All fresh cause its made on the same day. The texture of the chee cheung fun is thick unlike the usual thin ones. Overall it’s yummy!

I also tried their black sauce paste chee cheung fun. It’s good as well. Ideal for the morning if I don’t want my stomach to be burning from curry.

Please go early in the morning otherwise the pork skin will run out. They start early morning and will close in the afternoon.


Sumi-ka @ SS15, Subang Jaya,

Two weeks ago, my former dock brief mates, A and myself met for our occasional dinner at Sumi-ka Japanese restaurant. Ever since we completed our dock brief course back in 2005, we still meet up for dinner once in a while. Most of us are still in practice except for Kevin who has gone in-house. Time flies.

This time round, we had dinner at this hidden but well known Japanese yakitori restaurant. It’s a haunt for many Japanese salarymen and families. You know a Japanese restaurant is good if Japanese eats there.

Door leading to Sumi-ka. You’ll see loads of rats and cockroaches before entering the door XD

Raw cabbage with special soy sauce is served as appetizer while you decide what you want. The owner cum Japanese chef will cook it once you decide.

Boss at work

The price of each stick of yakitori ranges from RM4 to RM9. One stick is quick small and it is usually not enough to share.

My personal favourites are the sweet potatoes, beef ribs and shitake mushrooms.

Sweet potatoes wrapped in foil.

It may be quite difficult to find the place. The entrance is a small door and it’s on the 2nd floor. Also, do make reservations if you’re coming in a big group.

No 19, 1st Floor, Jalan SS15/4,
47500 Subang Jaya
Tel: 035632931