Isetan The Japan Store @ Lot 10, KL

The foodie hubs and his foodie buddy went to the brand new Isetan The Japan Store @ Lot 10, KL early this week to take a peek at the much raved about newly refurbished Lot 10, which opened its door to the public on 27 Oct 2016. There are only two Japan Store concept stores in the world, the other one being its smaller counterpart in Paris.  My foodie hubs was very impressed and could not wait to bring us there.  Despite a heavy thunderstorm on a Saturday evening, we braved the rain to the heart of bustling KL to where Lot 10 is yesterday. Traffic was heavy as expected and we had to queue to the car park.

Each floor is designed to generate its own distinctive appeal:

LGF: The Market – experience the seasonal flavours
GF: The Museum – experience the ultimate japan
1F: The Studio – experience the fashion live
2F: The Room – experience the grateful lifestyle
3F: The Cube – experience the inspiring culture
4F: Restaurant Floor, will open in 2017

The Market:

What attracted the hubs the most is the food hall. Oh well, he is a gourmand isn’t he? He lives to savor the finest food and is happiest when his tummy is satisfied.

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The food hall was flooded with fans of Japanese cuisine.   It was hard to find a table. We spotted a table at Yakitori Hanabi and quickly got ourselves seated and ordered several yakitori items before the foodie hubster went to the individual stalls to order more food.

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I never liked natto, a fermented soy superfood but over time, I have acquired the taste and have now learned to appreciate the distinct pungent flavor of the natto beans.  This bowl of natto + egg rice is very flavorful but the kids haven’t yet acquired the taste.

This skewer of humble grilled salted cherry tomatoes is so flavorful and juicy.

Yakitori with leek.

Teppan sirloin steak bought from one of those individual stalls.



We also brought home 2 packs of frozen saba fish at RM20.80 a pack. Can’t wait to do a grilled terriyaki saba for the girls next week!


After our ‘main course’ of meat, we had desserts from Tsujiri.  The girls fell in love with the matcha ice-cream from Tsujiri when they tasted it for the first time in Hong Kong during our vacation last year. We had to queue up for everything albeit the prices of food there ain’t cheap. Well, if you’re a fan of all things Japanese, you wouldn’t mind the long queue and the price.

Part of our desserts from Tsujiri…

After a satisfying dinner, we walked around the impressive Japanese food hall.  For a moment, the girls felt like they were in Hong Kong. For me, I felt like I was in Japan as all the petite and pretty Japanese food stuffs that the mil and sil normally get for us from  Japan are mostly available here now.

**coughs**  Would you pay RM49 for a punnet of two apples flown in from Japan?  Not me!!  The most expensive apple that I am willing to fork out is Envy apples costing RM5 each.

Grapefruit juice right out from a fresh grapefruit! Total awesomeness!

A grapefruit only costs no more than RM2 each. Here, we paid RM10 more to suck the juice out from the fruit directly. I am in total awe with Japanese technology!  I am more in awe with the level of cleanliness of their toilets.

Fancy getting one of those grapefruit hole puncher thingy for yourself?

Frozen fruit popsicle sticks. If not for a tummy with Tsujiri ice-creams and desserts sloshing around, we would have tried these alluring colorful fruit popsicles.

A wide variety of sweet potatoes flown in from Japan. Some are designed to be low in sugar and high in nutrients but  at RM7.20 per 100gm, would you buy them?  Errr, my trencherman bought one to try and it cost a frigging RM12 each *choke*

We had the sweet potato for breakfast the next day (today) and it didn’t taste good anymore. It was bitterish and the skin was super hard. There goes his RM12 but at least we tried grilled Japanese sweet potato without having to fly to Japan 😀

As we walked into the hall where all the Japanese sweet delicacies are sold, I could not stop telling everyone that I felt like I was in Japan.

My connoisseur of food bought World Champion Financiers from Henri Chapentier.  He wanted to try the best financiers in the world listed in the Guiness World of Record, 2 years in a row.  At over RM50 for 3 super tiny financiers, I really think that the financier sponge cakes are over-rated. It is so small that our 3 girls commented that they can stuff all the 3 financiers into their tiny mouths at one go!   Well, at least we tried this award winning financiers without going to Japan! haha!




Pick your choice of vege powder, freshly pounded for you…

A panoply of smoothie and fruits…

Vegetables planted in state-of-the-art LED lighting plant…

Many of the staff at Isetan The Japan Store are Japanese.  As we left the store at 9pm, which is the store’s closing time, the staff wished us good night and thank you while doing the courteous Japanese bow.  We were all truly impressed with this awesome Japanese store. This makes me want to visit Japan soon to immerse in the real Japanese culture. I love everything Japanese! 🙂

Isetan The Japan Store
Lot 10, 50 Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL
Tel: 03 2382 7777
Hours: Daily, 11am-9pm.


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Awal Muharram Holiday – 3 Oct 2016

One of the best things to happen on a weekday is to have Monday off – off goes all our Monday blues 🙂  And we had just that yesterday. It was such a LUXURY to sleep in on a Monday morning of a school-going week. Total bliss.

We spent our holiday at Avenue K. It’s been more than half a year since we last visited Avenue K.  The one restaurant that we craved to eat at was Tokyo-based Bankara Ramen.

Bankara Ramen serves one of the tastiest ramen in town. If you have tried their pork-infused creamy and luscious broth that comes with each bowl of ramen, you wouldn’t want to have ramen anywhere else.

Check out the spoonful of spicy bean paste chilli. It was so spicy that we wouldn’t eat it but when hubs told us that it costs a frigging RM2 (or maybe RM2.50) as add-on, Drama Queen quickly poured some onto her noodles.

If you are not into ramen, try their Oyakodon, soul food of steamed rice with succulent chicken, soft-boiled egg and shredded seaweed.

Ramen (volcano) egg and Onsen egg.

Deep fried baby fish.

As we walked out of Bankara Ramen, we saw the newly opened Hokkaido Cheese Tart stall at the concourse.  Being the foodie that he is, hubs wanted to try this much raved about baked cheese tart from Hokkaido.

The baked cheese tart craze started in Hokkaido, Japan, took over the country and eventually invaded Hong Kong, Thailand and Singapore, before making its way to Malaysia.  The mousse centre is made with a blend of three different types of cream cheese, piped into a crunchy shortcrust pastry base. To ensure freshness and perfection, each tart is baked fresh daily at the outlet.   With a crumbly exterior and warm, soft, meltingly cheesy filling, it is no wonder this treat has taken the world by storm.

Each tart goes for RM5.80, and there is a six-for-RM29 promotion going on currently.

So are the cheese tarts really worth a whopping RM5.80 each? If you are a cheese and tart fan, then it is absolutely worth the price. I would give it a 5-star rating for taste and quality. I ate one this morning right out of the fridge and the tart still tasted heavenly.


A few steps away from the Hokkaido Cheese Tart stall were some token-operated kiddie rides. Guess who wanted to ride on it (without buying the tokens of course)? Hahahaha! I guess the big girl missed being a kiddo again.  Once upon a time, she used to love riding them.  I remember hubs and I once collected so many one Ringgit and fifty sen coins just so we could use them for such rides during the weekends.

While I brought the girls shopping, the hubs went for a Thai massage to kill time.  We went to H&M and were pleasantly surprised that there was a sale going on. Lucky us as we managed to grab some real good deals. We also popped by Popular Book Store and Daiso before meeting hubs at Franco Japanese French restaurant for a very early dinner at 4pm!

While waiting for our food to arrive, we sampled the Hokkaido cheese tarts. They were SO good I think I walloped 2 tarts! Drama Queen whacked a tall glass of matcha ice-cream milk shake. Gawd, I would have puked had I put this entire cup of creamy milk shake into my tummy.

Hubs ordered a squid ink rice with mushrooms, squids and omelette which was really rich and delish.

Ham, cheese and egg on a super thick slice of toast.

Warm and soft chocolate pudding.

After stuffing myself with so much rich food, I felt really cloy and had the familiar overeating stomach discomfort. For someone who eats very little food each day, my stomach had a hard time digesting so much high calorie food.  But I think I burnt off all the calories  by this morning. Before I plonked myself onto  bed last night, I did 80 bicycle crunches on the bed. This morning I brisked walked for 40 minutes and back home, after downing a packet of Izumio, continued with a few sets of Swiss Ball crunches on my fitball.


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Our Monday – 12 Sept 2016

School holiday means catching up on my beauty sleep, respite from school books, breather from everything academic and eating out. I’ve been sleeping in till 7:30 am (not so lucky to sleep in way past 8 am though) since Saturday and getting 8 hours of sleep has reinvigorated my mind, body and soul!  Lunches and dinners have all been settled outside of the house since Saturday. If only everyday is a holiday!

Well, today I am itching to cook again coz much as I love food served aesthetically to me without me lifting a finger, I just can’t tolerate the high sodium, oil and additives added into our food.  My girls feel the same too. We were so stuffed after going on a food marathon yesterday that we only ate toasts and some raw veggies for dinner last night.

We reached the mall by 11 am yesterday. Since we were pretty early, we got a table at Sushi Zanmai effortlessly without the usual crazy long queue.  The girls’ grand uncle from New Zealand joined us for brunch.

After brunch, we went shopping. I got my swimsuit.. finally!

After shopping, my trencherman dragged us to Haegan Dazs, albeit the girls were treated to Baskin Robbins by their grand uncle just an hour ago.

See, someone just could not wait, though all I needed was just 5 seconds to snap the picture. He photobombed the ice-cream photo!!

2 scoops of macadamia nuts for him and 1 scoop of salted caramel for Cass and me.

After walking non-stop for 3 hours or so, we were still feeling a tad hungry, though we had ice-creams sloshing around in our tummies!  The foodie hubs then dragged us to the newly opened Ben’s General Food Store @ Gardens to try out the food.

Desserts were just middling. I didn’t like the S’more cookie and raspberry doughnut at all. The walnut brownie were.. well, OK.

The Chicken Spit Roast bundle was to die for! We waited for almost 20 minutes for the chicken to arrive but it was down to the bones in just 5-10 minutes. Very yummy indeed. Hubs commented that his 3 princesses are like very famished piranhas!!

So he ordered another roast chicken – a quarter Thai roast chicken bundle and again, the chick was dug fast to the bone in just minutes!!   Even the delish chicken stock sauce flavored with a hint of Thai was downed to the last drop!

The kicap manis roast egg plant with baby French beans and chicken salad didn’t really go well with the girls as they didn’t like their salad sweet and cold.  I told them that I’ll make something similar for them, sans the sweet sauce next week. So watch this space!

Three happy girls after half a day of retail and food therapy!

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Our Saturday – 30 July 2016

Today is the day that both Cass and Drama Queen have been waiting for. They have spent many days practising for their sports day.

We reached school at 7am. After roll-calling, we had a quick bite at the canteen before rushing off to the running track.

Marching event…

Perfect shot of Cass’ team mate passing the baton to her in the relay event.

One of the boys in her team made a boo boo and the entire relay event was disqualified.  They did a rerun.  Her team did not win and Cass was really, really disappointed.

Drama Queen had to give up running in 3 events today as she is still nursing a sprained foot. Nonetheless, she still participated in marching and dancing.

Cass recharging her batteries with Izumio hydrogen water after the run.

As expected, yours truly the Puteri Lilin had a throbbing head after being grilled by the sun for 4 hours.  The morning sun today was ferocious and torched us mercilessly.  But after downing a packet of Izumio, I was all perked up and the headache gradually subsided. Izumio rocks!!

After a torturous morning standing under the sun waiting and cheering for Cass, we went to Glasshouse  to enjoy the air-conditioning while tucking into brunch of big breakfast, lasagna and chicken pie. Desserts were delectable cakes.

Delectable By Su’s cafe is located on the second floor of Glasshouse at Seputeh.

Located just a few metres from the popular Siu Siu Restaurant, Glasshouse is surrounded by lush greenery.  Stepping into the restaurant gives you the feeling that you are inside a modern cottage cafe set inside the woods.  The impressive building boasts of floor-to-ceiling glass walls that allow you 360-degree views of its green surroundings. Its raw brick walls and cement floors also make it the perfect backdrop for any event. Even the roof structure is see-through, allowing natural sunlight to pour in or give you a peek of twinkling stars at night.  Glasshouse at Seputeh is ideal for parties or corporate events.

Glasshouse at Seputeh offers sweeping views of the greenery around and natural light in the comfort of a fully air-conditioned space.




Glasshouse at Seputeh
Lorong Syed Putra Kiri, Taman Seputeh, KL

For more details, visit their website:,

Tomorrow my day will start early again. I will have to tumble out of bed by 7am to get some chores done before attending a training session by Naturally Plus at their office.  This week has been a hectic and tiring one for me, with no chance to sleep in on any day. Hopefully I’ll get to catch up on my beauty sleep next weekend. I miss moseying around the house on weekends with absolute nothing to rush into and no where to sprint to by a certain time.

What about you? I hope you had a funtastic Saturday and a relaxing Sunday awaits you for you to recharge your batteries to full bar to face another new week with gusto.

Happy weekend!


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Hari Raya Holiday 2016 – Day 2

Our 2nd day Raya holiday was spent at the mall.   Since 1 week is too short for a getaway (we would avoid the highways at all cost during major festivals), the next best way for the hubs to make everyone happy was to bring us all to the mall. The kids are always content with a movie at the cinema, the gourmand hubs is pleased as punch when surrounded with food and I am easily fulfilled with a does of retail therapy. We’re a family that’s pretty easily content with life 🙂

Breakfast was dim sum at Han Room…

After breakfast, the hubs and our 2 older girls watched Independence Day: Resurgence. As usual, Cass and I toured the mall and bought stuff that we liked, while burning loads of calories… and my wallet.  Shopping is still my best hobby, and it doubles up as a super entertaining way of burning calories while flexing the muscles.  I can walk and shop from 10am – 10pm and not feel a wee bit of weariness.  I used to do that with my friends before the kids came along. I kid you not.  How I miss those days of shopping like there was no tomorrow!

After shopping and a movie, we had a late lunch at Alexis.  The nasi kerabu was delish with superb tasting sambal.

Since we were still pretty stuffed from a late lunch, the girls wanted something light for dinner.  They wanted to play masak-masak at the  kitchen.  The big princess who hates wetting and dirtying her royal hands was in a mood to fry stuff on the pan!!  What good way to train her to like this feminine hobby that’s a true survival skill.

Below – the big princess trying her hands out on the pan with caramelized bananas and caramelized onions for their sandwich with direction from Drama Queen.  There’s bound to be a lot of laughter and commotion  each time the girls want to whip out something in the kitchen. I know I am going to miss this when the girls leave the nest one day.

Chopping of onions and avocado was done by Drama Queen. I chopped and sliced the mozarella cheese, capsicums, tomatoes, cucumbers and pineapple.

Below – grilled bread with low-sodium and preservative-free Mozarella cheese from Arla.

The girls’ grilled sandwich, piled high up with such healthy ingredients as scrambled eggs, mozarella cheese, caramelized banana and onions, avocado, cucumber, tomato, capsicum, pineapple and a squeeze of mayo and tomato ketchup for the more-ishness.

The girls enjoyed their scrumptious sandwiches as much as they did playing masak-masak in the kitchen 🙂


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Gravy Baby @ Taman Desa

On Saturday morning, a Wesak Day holiday, we had an early breakkie at 9:30am at Gravy Baby, which opened its doors for the first time on that day.  Gravy Baby is a cafe that serves gourmet pies, sandwiches, cakes and pastries.  This cafe is opened and run by some British chefs.

We thought we were early but there were many early birds earlier than us.  The entire neighborhood has been waiting impatiently for the opening of the cafe. By the time we left, the cafe was already packed to the brim. Foodies and food bloggers, all well equipped with their DSLR cameras were seen snapping pictures of their food and the establishment.

We waited pretty long for the food to arrive . As they are still very new, things were moving pretty slowly.  Pies and waffles were not ready yet. We were really disappointed as our main intention of going there was to try their gourmet pies. We came back the next day to take away some pies.

Finally our food came after the long wait.  Everyone patiently waited for me to snap the pictures before we attacked and dug into the food.

Check out the curry puff on the below right picture. It cost a whopping RM18!  The spiciness level of the curry puff is very mild and suitable for those who cannot tolerate hot and spicy food but have a penchant for spicy food. The taste and texture are somewhat similar to Murtabak but this is purely my own opinion.

The bill came up to a choking RM200+ with taxes and that’s just for breakfast!!  Food was just OK, nothing to shout about.  To be fair, we will have to try other items from their extensive menu before I can finalize my review and I think it won’t be too long before the foodie hubs who enjoys gourmet pastries, cakes, sandwiches and coffee drags us there again!

I heard that the inventive cocktails at Gravy Baby are mixed by a French bartender who flew into KL from a stint in Buenos Aires.

The next day (Sunday), we had 2 takeout Blighty-style pies that cost a frigging RM46+ (RM20 each plus service tax).  The size of the pies was pretty small – not filling for my 3 growing girls. For that price and 3 girls who were still hungry after sharing the pies, I think I’d get something more filling for them the next time. The petite pies would be perfect for someone on a diet.  Sorry, there is no picture of the pie but the slow-cooked beef pie was yums… but a tad expensive.

Here’s a picture of Gravy Baby’s pie, picture credits to Eat Drink KL.

Off the pie section of the menu, you will find a long list of tempting options like braised steak & ale pie or blue cheese, potato & leek pie – a credit to the team led by Gravy Baby executive chef Paul Elliot, who spent the past few years helming the kitchen at London’s Army & Navy Club.

The next time we have brekkie or lunch at Gravy Baby, we will definitely try their pie bundle. I am sure having hot pies served with accompaniments like mash and beans at the cafe itself would give us a better experience vs. taking out.

Gravy Baby
5A, Jalan Desa Jaya, Taman Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur.
Opened daily, 7am-11pm

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Health Freak Mommy’s Meals – 24 February 2016

My breakfast yesterday morning…

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Skinny sugar-free, preservative-free and additives-free yoghurt with Pic’s sugar-free cashew butter, toasted pumpkin seeds, organic chia seeds, raw walnuts, blanched skinless almonds, drizzle of maple syrup and a small handful of coconut cookies.

I am surprised that Cass  loves Farm Fresh’s sugar-free yoghurt, which is a tad sour and light. She says it tastes like Moo Cow frozen yoghurt, except that Farm Fresh yoghurt is not frozen. I agree with her too!  She likes to eat her sugar-free yoghurt with cashew nuts and crumbled homemade cookies.

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Lunch was baby greens salad with organic cherry tomatoes, Korean kim chi, almonds, cashews, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, toasted sesame seeds, sauteed minced pork and salad dressing composed of organic apple cider vinegar + maple syrup + dash of naturally brewed soy sauce.

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Dinner was at our all-time favorite neighborhood restaurant which serves  delish dishes at really affordable prices. The mil was still feeling a wee bit under the weather and yesterday was our part-time maid’s off day.  And I wasn’t in the mood to cook too 😀

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Stir-fried baby spinach, braised tofu with fish paste and sweet and sour fish fillet.


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Bijas Vegetarian Restaurant @ Hong Kong University

With the continuous year end celebrations and feasting all over now, I am going to continue with wrapping up my 6 – 13 December 2015 Hong Kong trip postings 🙂

Now where was I already?? I had to go  through my photo albums and scroll down to check which was my last posting 😀

On our 4th day in Hong Kong, which was a very wet and chilly day, we went on a tour of Hong Kong University (HKU).

HKU is rated 2nd best in Asia in year 2015. Did you know that there are also 3 other universities in Hong Kong rated as top 10 universities in Asia in 2015? And what happened to all the universities in Malaysia? *shrug shoulders*

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After our tour of HKU, we had lunch at Bijas Vegetarian Restaurant.  This restaurant is located within the campus of the university. It was super packed with students and professors on the day we had lunch there.

This was our menu for lunch…

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Below – Vietnamese spring rolls.

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Below – assortment of yummy dumplings.

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Below – deep fried crispy tofu with raw green pea sprouts.

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Below – double boiled aromatic soup with an assortment of mushrooms and natural ingredients.  Though totally meatless, it was nonetheless full of flavors.

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Below – Bean curd sheet spring rolls (not in menu) but added last minute.

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Super crispy rice puff with a super healthy and yummy dipping of pureed carrot and potato.

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Below – stir-fried mock meat. Also an added dish, specially for the kids.

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Below – sauteed asparagus with macadamia nuts, fresh lily bulbs, baby sweet corn, shimeiji and red bell pepper.

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Below – mixed vegetables fried rice with pine nuts and red yeast. The rice with a very chewy and nice texture paired really well with the mock meat.

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Below – dessert was deep fried sesame balls

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Below – house-made soy bean milk with black sesame pudding.

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Though the meal was meat-free, it was nonetheless very enjoyable. Every dish was amazingly executed and uniquely flavored though no meat was used, not overly oily and there was no aftermath of insatiable thirst, which was evidenced that not much or perhaps no MSG was added into the dishes. I would love to return to this restaurant in our next trip to Hong Kong.

Below – after lunch, my eldest SIL treated the girls to some souvenirs at the HKU souvenir shop.

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Dah Makan Online Food Order

I never have full confidence in online food delivery as previous experiences had left a bad taste behind. Same goes with so-called home-cooked daily food catering. Maybe I am persnickety but that’s just my girls and me. We’ve had enough of bad experiences to even trust online food delivery now.

When I was approached by Dah Makan online food delivery to give their healthy menu a try, I was pretty apprehensive too. But looking at the pictures and ingredients  used in the Dah Makan website, I was pretty impressed. Being a health freak who is very anal with what goes into my food, I was impressed that Dah Makan serves only healthy food with  healthy ingredients and herbs used.

Dah Makan whips up only one specialised dish each day, for lunch and dinner. This makes it easier for quality control and the chef only has one dish to focus on each day. Thus, the quality and taste of the food are superior.

Ordering online from Dah Makan was a breeze for me. The website is very easy to navigate.

On the day that my lunch box was to be delivered to me, it rained in the late morning. A customer service rep. emailed me to inform me that my order will be slightly late due to bad weather. Nonetheless, my lovely lunch box was delivered to me by 12 noon.

The packaging was pretty impressive too and came with a set of disposable plastic cutlery.

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Below: The  Christmas Special Chestnut Stuffed Chicken with Trio Roast Root Vegetables that I ordered.

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Within minutes that it arrived, my 3 girls, as famished as feral dogs did  not even bother to use the cutlery provided and pecked on the food with their bare hands!

The chicken was really flavorsome and my girls and I just couldn’t stop pecking on the chicken with our bare hands haha!  Within minutes, the entire box  of food was gobbled down. Even the sauce that came with it was tasty and was suggestive that everything was prepared with much thoughts and effort, with care given on ingredients used.

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Check out the chestnut and parmesan stuffing on each slice of chicken. Mmmmm, I liked that!

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Other healthy and exciting dishes from the Dah Makan menu…

  1. Lunch and dinner on 10 December 2015 (Thursday) – Christmas Special Beef Ragu with Baked Polenta and Roast Vegetables @ RM22

2. Lunch and dinner  on 18 November 2015 (Friday) – Slow Cooked Moroccan Chicken with Herb and Raisin Wild Rice and Roasted Vegetables @ RM19

3. Lunch and dinner  on  11 December 2015 (Friday) – 3 Baja Fried Fish Taco with Coleslaw and Pineapple Salsa @ RM18

and many more cuisines from all over the world. All of them looks delish and I am pretty sure that they taste delish too.

They say that first impressions are important as they stick with people. And my first impression of Dah Makan’s food is good and I am very satisfied with it. There will definitely be another round of ordering from me!  I know our girls will be more excited than I am.

Goodies in store for Health Freak Mommy readers! 🙂

Each reader of Health Freak Mommy will be entitled to a RM10 discount off their first purchase only.  During checkout, all you have to do is to key in the promotion code HEALTHFREAKMOMMY1  

So the next time you are stranded in the office and are unable to get out to grab a decent takeout or if you are feeling plain lazy to cook a delish meal, Dah Makan is just a few clicks away to make you feel at home with their homecooked meals!

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Monday Brunch – 30 November 2015

This morning, I managed to force my lazy arse off my comfy bed at 6:30am to swim after taking a 1-week break. But it was still drizzling. I was disappointed, yet a tad happy that I needn’t have to jump into the icy cold water so early in the morning while everyone else was still in lalaland. I did a round of laundry and my usual morning stuff. Thankfully, an hour later, the rain stopped. I quickly went down and swam 22 laps while the hubs worked out in the gym. I am glad that I started swimming again today. The hardest part is starting the momentum. Once the momentum is going again, it’s easier to continue everyday.

We were supposed to have brunch with the hubs at some coffee shops  near NSK and thereafter shop for groceries at NSK. But something cropped up last minute and he could only have brunch with us at a cafe in our neighborhood.

After 2 days of meals laden with meat and cholesterol, I opted for a Vegan Treehugger today…

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Above – Vegan Treehugger composed of homemade baked beans (from white cellini beans), oven dried cherry tomatoes, lots of juicy pan-seared mushrooms, homecooked mashed potatoes, avocado, toasted multi-grain bread and arugula leaves. The set came with a fresh fruit juice and tea.

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Above – Alycia ordered this egg omelette with mushrooms + cherry tomatoes set with lots of arugula leaves and a slice of multi-grain toast.

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Above – chicken avocado with Arugula sandwich for the hubs.

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Above – mushroom pasta with arugula for Sherilyn.

Tonight’s menu will be:

1. Pan-fried fish with garlic and tau cheong sauce
2. Grilled palm sugar, black pepper and soy sauce chicken boxing
3. Oil + sea salt blanched organic broccoli

It’s already 5ish pm. I better move my butt off my comfy massage chair and start prepping dinner.  Do hop over again tomorrow. Happy Monday everyone!

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Saturday Night Dinner At Red Kettle – 28 November 2015

Dinner on our lovely Saturday night today was at Red Kettle, a boiling hot hangout place for dinner amongst residence at this neighborhood.

Today we had a meat-heavy meal.

We started off with the Kettle Salad with homemade crispy buttery croutons, cranberries, rocket salad, oven-dried cherry tomatoes, ramen-type lava eggs and a mix of salad leaves.

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Baby lobster angel hair pasta with oven-dried cherry tomatoes has a tinge of spiciness and the girls loved it.

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Homemade pork sausages with homemade mash potatoes cloaked in a very flavorful old-school gravy that evokes home-style cooking.  Red Kettle gains a crucial edge by showcasing kitchen-crafted and homemade components as much as possible.

On the foreground is white wine mussels spaghetti.

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The grilled boneless lamb shoulder was cooked to a tee. Though it looked a tad dry, but it ain’t dry or tough. The meat was juicy and tender and paired really well with the mint sauce.

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Kettle’s roast ribs are by far one of the tastiest I’ve had. The meat is juicy, succulent and tender – it falls off the bones easily. Every bite was enjoyable and to die for. For a moment, I forgot that I was to go easy on red meat!   The oven roasted garlic was soft and aromatic.  Sherilyn and I whacked the 2 whole roasted garlic.

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Cajun pork prawn burger came with textured pork patties which were hand-moulded, own-smoked bacon and succulent prawns.

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As usual, the hubby must end his gourmet meal with a cuppa gourmet coffee. Tonight, he ordered a cuppa latte, a slice of cream cheese carrot cake and…

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…banana walnut cake. The cake was pretty huge and we doggy-bagged half the leftover cake back for our breakkie tomorrow 🙂

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I was so so stuffed I felt like letting out a loud BURP at the restaurant but what do I know?  Hubby ordered 2 soft-serve ice-creams, O-M-G!!

I had to ask hubby to drop us at the lobby so that we could take a longer walk back to our block and then climbed up 5 floors to our unit. Back home, I did 50 jumps on the skipping rope but dang it, I still feel so so so stuffed now! I am still burping. My internal system is just not used to such meat intense dinners.  It’s now 11ish pm and I can still feel the heavy meat undigested in my guts.  I am so doomed!  After a very enjoyable meal, I am now insomniac from guilt in my guts!


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Haze Holiday (Thursday, 22 October 2015)

The hubby said no eating al fresco at our favorite coffee shops, so today is another day that we had to eat our brunch indoors at an air-conditioned eatery – which means more expensive meals.  Hey, I think I should join the businessman in Sg Petani and lodge a report on the Ind*n Government for causing the prolonged haze in our country!! This is clearly a perennial menace plaguing our country with no likeliness to an end.  It’s causing everyone so much inconvenience and lives are prematurely taken away too. Money is also spent unnecessarily on face masks, air purifier, health drinks, electricity and eating at air-conditioned eateries. It’s unfair!!

Anyways, we had brunch at Faber Tower again. This time at Coffee Box for local hawker fare but at double the cost of hawkers’ price.

The Ipoh style kon loa hor fun with shredded chicken, prawns and fish paste was very good.  This will be our repeat order the next time we come. And I think it won’t be long that we have brunch here again. I just have a hunch that tomorrow will be another day of haze holiday looking at the depressing skies!

Curry meehoon was for Cass and me.  Half-boiled eggs were hers too.

Nasi lemak with chicken curry for the big girl.  The hubby was in a hurry to the office and only took a few bites from here and there.

For lunch, I reheated the flour-free savoury egg muffins that I made last night and they tasted even better today, YUMSS!!

As of typing this post, everyone at home (and I am sure all the school kids and their parents out there) are waiting anxiously on the announcement of school status for tomorrow. When can we see clouds and bright blue skies again??



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Comfort Food – Spicy Indian Cuisine

Yesterday morning I was in  the mood to eat something spicy with a touch of Indian spices.  I was bored of eating bread, oats and crackers for breakfast. I wanted to add some spice to my Friday morning and I knew that the girls would love to have spicy Indian food for lunch too. They are all fans of spicy food.

So I went to a nearby Indian restaurant and packed some herbs and spices chicken, chick pea curry and dal curry.  Then segued to the next door cafe to take-away two packets of mee siam.

This Indian restaurant dishes out authentic Indian food, some of which are pretty unique. I love them all!

My brunch — three forkfuls of mee siam accompanied by lots of chick pea curry and dal curry with lots of Indian dal lentils and leaves. So yummy and therapeutic!

With comfort food, enough sleep (forced myself to be in bed by 10:30pm), a good cat nap on my massage chair while the girls were in school and extra dosage of Izumio hydrogen water, I have been feeling fine and dandy since yesterday. My heart palpitations have stopped.



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Mum’s Birthday Celebration At Hiong Kong Restaurant, Pudu Plaza

It would take other people three to four weeks’ advance booking to secure a table on a weekend and the order had to be placed at least three days prior to the actual meal, specifying the dishes and number of diners, so that the chef could shop accordingly. But for the hubs, he booked a table only a week prior to the dinner as he is a regular at this small-based restaurant. Plus he personally knows the owner of the restaurant.  Mum’s 69th birthday this year was celebrated at Hiong Kong Restaurant @ Pudu Plaza, KL.

This might sound like an exclusive restaurant in one of the city’s finer dining spots, but it wasn’t.  It was a most unlikely location, a small ‘tai chow’ stall located in the basement of a mall in Pudu Plaza, downtown Kuala Lumpur.  There are probably only about 10 tables (about 4 big tables only). Foodies have long known about Hiong Kong Restaurant and the chef who turns out dishes worthy of a five-star Chinese banquet hall.  Hubs had patronized this stall several times with his bunch of basketball mates but it was my first time there.

The first dish that arrived after a long wait was the yam basket lobster combination. It composes of a large lobster (meat steamed and mixed with salad sauce), deep fried yam basket, fried prawns, jelly fish, century eggs and various accompaniments. I noticed that the other 2 big tables also ordered the same dish.


Next was an exotic fried boneless ‘chicken’. It’s a combination of fish and chicken dish where the thin layer of meat is actually fish paste. The outer layer is crispy chicken skin.

Next was fish maw soup and sauteed Hong Kong ‘choy sum far’ (pictures not taken).

And the not to be missed Longevity Noodles.


Desserts were pretty unique. We had bubur cha cha boiled in whole coconut shell and cooked yam in a caramelised sugar shell.

The bubur cha cha sweetness was not overpowering like most ‘tong suis’ are. There were generous amounts of gingko nuts.

An unusual dessert of cooked yam in a caramelised sugar shell.


We were so full that we had to bring the birthday cake back and even planned to cut the cake the next day. But we went to the next venue – Les Deux Garcons to have coffee, tea and cake cutting session. Mum said that since everyone was around, she wanted a picture with her complete family, thus the cake was cut and everyone had a small slice of cake 🙂

Hiong Kong Food Square, LC5
Lower Ground, Pudu Plaza
Jalan Landak
Pudu, Kuala Lumpur


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Wat Kai Fan (Kwong Kei) @ Jalan San Peng (Gem of San Peng!)

Now we don’t have to travel all the way to Ipoh and Penang to savor kai see hor fun (shredded chicken noodles) and char koay teow!  We can chow it all at the heart of KL at Wat Kai Fan located along Jalan San Peng.

I discovered this awesome stall just on Tuesday this week after grocery shopping at NSK. From the facade, this unassuming roadside staff looks like some kind of stalls that I would never step foot into.  But it’s pretty clean inside and the food deserves some publicity.

Wat Kai Fan (also known as Kwong Kei) is sandwiched next to a capati joint owned by a guy called ‘Tiger Jit Singh’ and a char koay teow stall.

This bowl of kai see hor fun (in my case, I ordered mai fun or vermicelli) is by far the best I’ve tasted in KL. I think it can join the ranks of the authentic Ipoh ngar choi kai (bean sprouts chicken) heavyweights.

Note: the char koay teow was ordered from the stall next to Wat Kai Fan. Had I closed my eyes and ate the plate of char koay teow, I would have thought that it’s an authentic Penang char koay teow. So yea, it was very good too with enough ‘wok hei’.  Our plate of char koay teow came with one giant prawn and several smaller prawns, cockles, eggs, etc. — very much like the famous Sisters char koay teow at Macalister Road, Penang.


Loh taufoo (braised hard bean curd) and eggs.


Crunchy and juicy bean sprouts. My absolute favorite!

The Star’s Food Trail Sam has given his mark of approval – the owner proudly hangs this framed article  on the wall of her stall.

We were served by a hunky ‘leng jai’ too (in orange tee)! HAHA! The woman in green is the owner.  She told me that she has a branch at Viva Mall, Cheras.

We will definitely be back to try  other items like steamed pork with salted fish, steamed fish, double boiled soup and many more. On the advise of the great dame – to avoid robust lunch hour crowd, try to be there at around 11ish am.

Address: Jalan San Peng,Off Jalan Loke Yew (Opposite TM building)

Contact Info

Tel: 016 – 203 6966 (Ah Kwong)


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Online Meals In A Jiffy

Our part-time helper did not turn up again yesterday and she gave me  another last minute notice, which made me fuming mad and disappointed.  Thinking that she would be coming in the evening, the mil baked bread and cakes and cooked up a storm for dinner. Then, I got the dreaded text message from her at about 5pm, informing me that she wasn’t coming in for work.  I have told her umpteen times that if she wants a day off, she has to let me know before 12 noon so that I can reschedule my plans for the evening. And we will definitely not be baking and cooking a feast leaving the kitchen greasy with a mountain high pile of dirty dishes in the sink!  Did I tell you that washing dishes is just not my kind of thing?

If our part-time helper is off for the day, we would normally cook simple dishes, eat out or use Foodpanda Vouchers to order our dinner online.  Foodpanda is a one shop stop for online food discount and deals operating in more than 40 countries and more than 500 cities worldwide.  Foodpanda partners with more than 45,000 restaurants globally.  Whatever food the kids fancy, we can have them delivered to us by Foodpanda in a jiffy! My kids love to browse the Foodpanda website but sometimes we take too long to decide on the food / restaurant as the choices are too many! Foodpanda will be the ideal choice for busy people who have no time to whip up a delish meal. Give them a try today and don’t forget to get the Foodpanda vouchers by clicking on the links above.


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