Saturday 21 December 2019

#MakanReview : Alissara Thai Cuisine, Puchong Perdana

Hands down, my go-to place for authentic Thai cuisine. Consistent, delicious goodness.

They had been closed for a while for renovation and I had the chance to visit them recently.

I'm sharing some of my favorite dishes below;

Telur Cha-Om
One of my all-time favorite dish growing up, cha om omelette. It's basically omelette with acacia leaves (daun petai) fried to perfection, served with sambal belacan and prawn meat. 

Daging Matahari
Also used to have this a lot growing up. The meat are seasoned and sun dried for a few days before it's fried with lots of garlic (Mom even packed this for me to bring to Germany 😂). In Alissara, it's so tender and flavorful. I guess they didn't left it to dry for so long. Recommended!

Nasi Goreng Ketam
One of their newest offering, crab fried rice with imported crab meat and crab roe. It was good, just that the meat were a bit dry. But overall, acceptable. I'll stick to my usual fare here though.

Clear Tom Yum

Pulut Ayam, Kailan Ikan Masin, Tom Yum

They have A LOT on their menu, including desserts and Thai BBQ sausages.
Highly recommended.

My overall rating : 5/5

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Wednesday 18 December 2019

MBA UiTM : 3rd Semester Review

Nearly at the finishing line, guys! Only a semester to go! As always, here's the recap for my 3rd semester in UiTM.

OPM770: Operation Management
  • Lecturer : Associate Professor Dr Roslina Ab Wahid
  • Such a roller coaster beginning for the semester. It was not a particularly difficult subject but Dr Roslina's expectation was sky high so we were a bit agitated (at least I was)
  • In the span of 5 weeks, we had 2 case study reports, critique paper, midterm test, final exam and final project presentation.
  • For the article critique, we were required to comment on Dr Roslina's own published article. So that's a bit nerve-racking.
  • Final project - we were to improve the operation of any real-life organization and my team chose Family Mart [This was what I love about the modules in UiTM. Most of them revolve around solving real-life business issues]

FIN745: Managerial Finance
  • Lecturer : Professor Dr Noryati Ahmad
  • To say that I'm excited about this module is an understatement but at the back of my head, I'm a bit pressured too because I know I have to do well, being an ACCA member 😝
  • The two biggest output for the module was an individual assignment and group project on performance analysis in which we analysed UEM Sunrise against its competitors.

MIS750: Information Technology Management
  • Lecturer : Dr Syaripah Ruzaini Syed Aris
  • We learnt about formulating IT strategies and at the end of the semester, we have to propose IT strategies for any one organization. We went with EXIM Bank, surprise, surprise!

ABR794: Applied Business Research [Proposal]
  • Lecturer : Associate Professor Dr Nooraini Mohamad Sheriff
  • We've submitted our research proposal in December, under the supervision of Dr Nooraini
  • Our applied research will be on cooking oil brand choice in Malaysia, focusing on ALIF brand

So that basically sums up the 3rd semester of my #MBAJourney.
Exam result will be out mid-February. Hoping all will be as expected 💖
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Tuesday 10 December 2019

MBA UiTM : Faculty Post Graduate Award [June 2019 Exam]

Alhamdulillah, got invited again to the Pre-Graduation Hi-Tea to receive the Faculty Post Graduate Award for June 2019 exam. 

This time around, 4 of my other classmates also received the award. And we were seated at the same table. Yassss!

Kak Zai, Hasni & Farhan [Zawan could not attend the event]

Thank you Allah for the blessings. Looking forward to the rest of my #MBAJourney in UiTM!
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Sunday 1 December 2019

#MakanReview : Don's Diner, PJ

The place is located at Section 17, PJ. We went there for dinner and ordered diavola pizza, beef burger and chocolate lava cake.

Diavola Pizza; RM26 and Beef Burger : RM26
Diavola pizza is a tomato based pizza, topped with mozzarella, chili, onions and beef salami. What looks so simple but sooo amazing. We both loved it so much. For the beef burger, the burger itself was moist and well seasoned. The only downside was the stale potato chips.

Chocolate Lava Cake; RM18
We finished off with chocolate lava cake. You can't go wrong with this chocolaty dessert, served with a side of vanilla ice cream and some fruits. 

The restaurant has a 'homey' ambiance to it.  And the food was delicious!

My rating : 4/5.
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Saturday 30 November 2019

#MakanReview : Ibrahim Fatty Crab, Ampang

This will be a brief review on Ibrahim Fatty Crab.
The place is quite spacious with options of live seafood. We went there at 6pm, so the dinner crowd has yet to fill the place. 

These was what we ordered; lala halia, Singaporean chili crab, sotong goreng tepung and fried man tao. All of these came up to RM230 (The crab was a bit expensive ; but super fresh and big)

My comments;
  • Lala Halia : A refreshing dish with fresh lala. Love it!
  • Singaporean chili crab : Was not expecting a sweet dish, I definitely don't like the sauce. However, the crab was fresh, full of meat and roe (thank God). 
  • Sotong goreng tepung : Too much flour I would say. The actual squid was small and I have doubt on its freshness.
  • Fried man tao : I expected crunchy man tao on the outside and soft in the inside. But it's flat out soft. 

Overall rating : 3/5.
Don't see myself coming back.  

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Saturday 9 November 2019

#MakanReview : 3 Budak Gemok, Monster Kg Bharu

I first had this 'nasi ayam kicap pedas sambal gesek' at the office, when my colleague ordered for the department. Fast forward a few months later, a branch opened in Kampung Bharu very near to our office. 

N has never tried this so we went for a visit. Be warned though, parking may be a hassle and it's open air concept, can be a bit hot despite several standing fans provided. There are a few stalls at Monster, and 3 Budak Gemuk is one of them. 

RM10 (with the addition of omelette)
I like em!! Although it can be a tad too oily sometimes and let's be real. It's such a simple dish but for me, it hits all the right notes. RM2 for the small omelette was a little bit overpriced but oh well... N really loved it too. It's spicy, but flavorful.

From a humble roadside stall, this businesses has grew into multiple branches. And I see why. Simple, tasty dish.

Rating : 4/5
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Saturday 2 November 2019

#MakanReview : Ayam Gepuk Pak Gembus, Sunway Mentari

A bit late on the bandwagon but oh well...

We visited the Sunway branch as it was less crowded and easy to park.


So we both chose set D, with chicken, fried cabbage (so oily!!), liver, gizzard, fried tofu, fried tempe and cucumber. The chicken was a tad small as they are using ayam dara. I took the 'normal' spicy level while N opted for 'spicy' (which he regretted). The rice can be refilled for free. 

Frankly speaking for me, even the normal level was too spicy up to a point I can't taste the actual flavor. My mom had the same opinion and she is kinda an expert in Indonesian cuisine nowadays. Hahaha! [All of her close friends are Indonesian and they seem to have 'makan-makan' session every other day with their local fare 😅]. 

I could tolerate the spiciness only with the help of Kicap Manis ABC which they provided on the table. 

N kind of like it but me, I'm on the fence. My rating ; 3/5.

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Wednesday 30 October 2019

#MakanReview : Neighbor's Coffee Bar, Sri Petaling

The sole reason we came here was for its fuwa-fuwa pancake. Had it once in Fukuoka and kinda looking forward to eat it again. The cafe has a fresh vibe to it with the white/natural colored interior.

From it's Facebook
There are 3 options for the souffle pancake aka fuwa fuwa pancake; Original (RM18), with seasonal fruits (RM22) and with soft serve (RM23). We chose the side of seasonal fruits.

As the pancakes are made to order, it took about 30 minutes of waiting time before this beauty was ready. One, it's not as jiggly as I expected (which meant it was a bit dense and not as airy as the the one we had in Japan). Two, the Chantilly cream tasted great, I usually scrape off the cream but not in this case. Three, the strawberry was a tad too sour which kinda a deal breaker.

All in all, I rate this 2.5/5. Acceptable, but I don't see myself coming here again 😎
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Friday 25 October 2019

#MakanReview : Dayang Sarawak Corner Cafe, Putrajaya

There are 5 branches of Dayang Sarawak that I know of; Sg Besi (food court), KL Sentral (food court), Putrajaya, Setapak and Ampang. We visited the Putrajaya branch last Sunday. The place was quite big, with a lot of seats still, it was packed! We have high hopes, after reading all the reviews. The service is quite fast considering how packed the place was. Packing was a bit tricky, though. We ordered mee kolok, laksa Sarawak and ABC.

Mee Kolok Campur, RM8.00
Since we couldn't decide between chicken and beef, we took the mixed mee kolok. Admittedly, they charge a little bit on the high side for a small bowl. tho you can opt for the upsize version at RM10.00. Frankly speaking, I'm not a fan. Will skip this the next time we visited. 

Laksa Sarawak, RM8.00
Their Laksa Sarawak fare better with me. Again, the portion is a bit small. I would say, the taste is okay as I've had a rather mind-blowing experience with Laksa Sarawak at Restoran Raff, Labuan. [They had the best Laksa Sarawak!! I've blogged about it here].

ABC, RM5.50
All in all, I foresee that I'll visit them again to try their other top rated dish such as mee jawa, nasi kukus and chicken wing.

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Tuesday 15 October 2019

#MakanReview : Canton Village, Bukit Beruntong

Before I start, let me share this first. I came here because I once saw a glowing recommendation on internet, can't remember where but this place has been in my 'to try' list ever since. So below are some of the other reviews I've found.  

We visited the place last weekend. It was EMPTY without a single soul in sight 😂

Parking can a be a little tricky, be warned. 

We ordered the famed signature duck egg char kuey tiaw, duck rice and chee cheong fun. 

Chee Cheong Fun, RM7.90

So, the chee cheong fun served here is basically half a packet of raw kuey tiaw, drizzled with sauce, sesame seed, fried shallot and pickled chilies. That's it! It was so ABSURD!!! 

Duck Rice (Add RM3 for drumstick) - RM16.90 & Signature Duck Egg Char Kuey Tiaw RM11.90

The duck rice. Where should I begin? The roasted duck itself was moist, succulent. But that's about it. Everything else was terrible. The rice reeks of ginger. It was too much. The soup, was very very bland. Like tap water with some oil in it. 😒

Next, the char kuey tiaw. We both agreed that it was a tad too salty. It had a nice wok smell to it but frankly speaking, it was nothing to shout about. I had better char kuey tiaw elsewhere.

And this ladies and gentlemen is why you should not believe all the reviews you read online 😜

Overall rating : 1/5 (just for the roasted duck)
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Monday 7 October 2019

MBA UiTM : 3rd Semester Pulse Check

So we've juuuuust completed our first module of the semester, Operations Management. I kid you not. We were barely able to breathe!! As soon as we were finished with the final presentation, it felt like a huge rock has been lifted 😵 Such a demanding semester thus far. 

There are 4 subjects for this semester;
  • Operations Management
  • Managerial Finance
  • IT Management; and
  • Applied Business Proposal

The research proposal is to be produced by the end of the semester and Alhamdulillah we've got the supervisor we were aiming for. 

Tuition fees for the semester is RM5,315.

Anxious for the next subject, managerial finance. Previously, more than half of the class taking this subject failed. Gonna put more effort, definitely. 

Till next time!

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Monday 30 September 2019

Kuantan Food Hunting Diary

Penning this down for future references; the places we visited during our anniversary trip. 

I was excited about eating seafood in Kuantan (of course!). I always, always visited Ana Ikan Bakar Petai and this was my first time at Mail Ikan Bakar following the glowing recommendation I read online. So we ordered ikan bakar, udang masak pedas and sotong goreng tepung. Truth be told, it was mediocre at best. The sambal was too spicy, lack of flavor. The squid was okay but overall, I still prefer Ana Ikan Bakar over this place. 

I've been here a few times before for it's curry mee. So I brought N here. He was a little bit underwhelm 😂 and said the soup was watery. Much preferred the one at Kg Bharu and even Ah Cheng Laksa. LOL!

The downside of bringing my husband along to all these eateries is his elevated palate. Haha Seems difficult for him to give 5 star rating to restaurants. And Lila Wadi is another example. Albeit all the good reviews we read online, we felt it was a tad overpriced and mediocre.

Warung Poksu and Moksu. A humble stall but very popular during lunch time. Everything was cheap and delicious!! Will definitely visit this place again.

Kula Cakes, never fail to deliver. We had the OG mango cheesecake, pavlova and burnt cheesecake.

Many more places to discover in Kuantan. Looking forward to another visit!
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Wednesday 25 September 2019

#HotelReview : Hyatt Regency Kuantan Resort, Kuantan

We celebrated my birthday / wedding anniversary at this beautiful place. They had just re-opened early this year after an extensive refurbishment. 

Here are some of the pictures from Hyatt's website. 

The pictures are exactly how it is!! 

There are 3 pools; 2 for adults and 1 for children. 

Though the beach is right in front of the hotel, it's not closed off to the public. But, the entire time we were there it was never crowded! It's the same beach as Telok Cempedak fyi. 

The location is perfect since it's near many many eateries. 

We had this waiting in our room. 

One of the pool
During our morning stroll by the beach
The staffs were courteous, the building was new, abundance of Astro channels 😂, awesome view, clean beach, strong water pressure. Most of my boxes are ticked. 

My Overall Rating : 4.8/5
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