Penang One, Kota Damansara

23 Sep

While almost everywhere in Malaysia is famous for some food or other, Penang food is one of the most recognisable. After tasting the delicious food in Penang, people hunt for the same stuff where they live or work elsewhere in Malaysia. Often, you have Penangites saying the food offered elsewhere is not authentic enough or doesn’t taste the same.

This is a gap which Penang One hopes to bridge. Bringing food made by the original stall owners in various famous shops in Penang here to the Klang Valley, it allows people to enjoy authentic Penang delicacies without having to travel all the way.

Penang One front

We tried the branch in Kota Damansara although they have another outlet in Bandar Puteri Puchong.

Penang One wall

The wall shows the original stall owners where the food is from and which part of Penang they are located in. The shop is decorated with faux road signs where the stalls or shops are.

Penang One

The open kitchen lets diners see what’s going on. Some of the items on the menu include Ais Kacang from Lorong Swatow, Chee Cheong Fun from Macalister Lane, Kampung Jawa Char Kuey Teow and most recently, Kuey Teow Thng from the Pulau Tikus market.

Penang One curry mee

Clockwise from the top is Special curry mee from Keong Curry Mee (RM8.50) on Jalan Burma, guleng peng (RM3.80), curry mee again, assam laksa from Lorong Selamat (RM8.50) and ice-blended lemon tea (RM5.80). The curry mee is filled with ingredients like prawns, cuttlefish, bean curd skin and pork blood. My sister doesn’t eat pork blood but ordered it anyway and left that part out. While I don’t remember how it compares to the original (it was some time ago), I’d say it’s quite similar.

Penang One laksa

I also enjoyed my assam laksa with the chunky soup and generous fish slices, with the right amount of sour and spicy. Needless to say, I finished every drop of soup.

Now I have heard varying opinions on this. All from local Penang people. Some friends say it’s not as good as they claim, some say it’s pretty much authentic. I think that on the island itself there are many variations of the dish so it’s hard to say what is the original version. It’s pretty good, methinks, although I do wonder how they replicate something like char kuey teow since it’s not just a matter of assembling the ingredients, no? Anyway, if you’d like to check them out, they’re at:

Penang One (non-halal)

Petaling Jaya Outlet   : 16-1, Jalan PJU5/7, Dataran Sunway, 47810 Kota Damansara, PJ  

Phone: +603 – 61511083

Monday – Sunday
10.30am – 10.30pm

 

Puchong Outlet         : G5, Jalan Puteri 2/1, Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong, Selangor

Puchong : +603 – 80520181

Monday- Friday
9.30am – 3.30pm

5.30pm – 9.30pm

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My Vanity Trove

23 Sep

Hello! How was your week? Hope everyone got a good break from the long weekend.

Ok, so I’m not a particularly adventurous person. Once I find something works, I tend to stick with it. So it has taken me this long to try Vanity Trove. Most of you would have heard of Vanity Trove, a beauty box service which started in Singapore and came to our shores early this year. Their boxes began with the surprise element where subscribers don’t know what is featured in their boxes until they received them. Vanity Trove has since revamped their model to one where we get to choose the samples we want to try. There are pros for both of course. If it’s a surprise, you get to try items you may not have heard of before or even thought you wouldn’t like, but might. This may be useful for people (like me) who don’t usually grab the next new thing to try. On the other hand, picking samples you’re interested in gives a higher chance of you enjoying the item since you would have already done some research on it. Well then, let’s see what I got.

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I’ve been eyeing the pretty drawer box even though I’ve not subscribed before this.

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Yay!

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Discount voucher and information brochures from Skin Lab and Decleor

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Tilley goat’s milk soap. This is the first time I’m trying this. Have only recently heard about it and the good reviews. Apparently it’s very moisturising and gentle.

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Pure South fresh goat’s milk body lotion (50ml). Both Tilley and Pure South are carried by TSN Skin Lab, which specialises in natural and organic personal and beauty care products. I personally like green products and it reflects in some of the items chosen for this box.

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Cocolab Aromatic Body Oil (5ml). Virgin coconut oil blended with essential oils. What a yummy, refreshing scent! It quickly absorbs into the skin without any oily feeling. Not to mention it’s virgin coconut oil (VCO) which has a long list of benefits. I’m already using VCO for my hair as well as having it with toast (yummy and aromatic) and encourage you to look it up!

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L’Oréal Professionnel Liss Ultime shampoo (100ml) and hair mask (75ml). A good product that leaves my hair nice and smooth. I mentioned this in this post.

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Decleor Hydra Floral ‘flower nectar’ moisturising cream (15ml). Since I like Decleor so much, I grabbed this while I could. I love the smell, it’s mostly botanically derived and very light.

So that’s my trove. Depending on your membership plan, you might be able to pick up to 8 samples with up to 15% bonus credits.

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Head on over to Vanity Trove Malaysia or their Facebook page for more details.

Lilac Box 4 has got you covered head to toe

17 Sep

Hi ladies! I’ve been missing for awhile as I attended a life-changing conference where young people of like mind came together to reflect on how they can use their best years in service to others. I learnt a lot about the importance of youth and our role in ensuring the future generation are able to navigate the forces of society.

Anyway, once I arrived back home I found a package waiting for me. Yup, the Lilac Box 4 has arrived.

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It came in the same black box as the Decleor Concept Box, tied up with a shimmery silver Jimmy Choo ribbon.

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The goodies!

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L’Oréal Professionnel Mademoiselle Infinium hairspray (100ml). This hairspray got an update on its packaging by celebrity hairstylist Charlie le Mindu sometime middle of last year. I rarely use hairspray so I’m not sure when I’ll be trying this out yet.

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L’Oréal Professionnel Liss Ultime shampoo (100ml) and hair mask (75ml).  I know, I know. It’s been doing its rounds in beauty boxes, but believe it or not, this is the first time I’m getting it! I have somehow not managed to get the other boxes they appeared in. It’s a good product. I like it enough to pick it for my first customised Vanity Trove.

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Sothys Hydradvance Light Hydrating Cream (15ml) and Hydra-nourishing Mask (15ml). I’ve seen Sothys salons around but never tried them, so this one I’m excited to try!

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Crabtree & Evelyn Tarocco Orange hand therapy (25g). Another favourite, which I also picked for my customised Modbox.

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OPI nail lacquer in the shade Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine! from their Germany collection (15ml). This is a dark grey with a tinge of green. I was really happy we got OPI, although I can’t say I’m excited about the colour I got. It’s not something I would wear, really. If only I got Just Spotted the Lizard or Into the Night (which happened to by my chosen shade for my post-wedding manicure) or any of those two-toned metallics (Metallics! Blues! ♥) . Ok moving on…

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Perfume vials of Jimmy Choo (2ml) and Flash (2ml). I like Flash. I get the white florals and strawberry, and maybe a bit of spice. Jimmy Choo is also quite pleasant. It’s more fruity, and sweet.

So there you have it. Here’s the rough value:

1) L’Oréal Professionnel Mademoiselle Infinium hairspray (RM40/300ml) | RM13.30/100ml

2) L’Oréal Professionnel Liss Ultime shampoo (RM50/250ml) | RM20/100ml

3) L’Oréal Professionnel Liss Ultime hair mask (RM67/200ml) | RM25/75ml

4) Sothys Hydradvance Light Hydrating Cream (RM370/50ml) | RM111/15ml

5) Sothys Hydradvance Hydra-nourishing Mask (RM272/50ml) | RM81.60/15ml

6) Crabtree & Evelyn Tarocco Orange hand therapy (25g) | RM35

7) OPI nail lacquer (full size) | RM63

8) Perfume vials of Jimmy Choo (2ml) and Flash (2ml)

This brings the total value of the box to more than RM348.90! For only RM49.90, that’s almost 7x the price you pay. If you’re interested to get your hands on their next box, go here for updates.

Banana J Foodstation

15 Aug

Hubby and I first came across Banana J Foodstation a few weeks ago when we were passing by these two rows of shops in Section 17, Petaling Jaya. We decided to check it out and bought their mango bread for a gathering that night. It was an interesting version of the banana bread and we decided to visit again to try their other offerings.

This time, we dropped by for lunch.

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Simple, kitchen-inspired decor.

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Some of their available cakes for the day. I was offered a sample of the Chocolate Bar which you can see at the top right corner of the picture. It consists of chocolate (dark, I believe), biscuit and marshmallow. It was delicious. Not too sweet, and at RM1.50 each, quite reasonable too.

For lunch, I ordered the spaghetti bolognese (which I had been craving) and hubby took the English Breakfast. The pasta sets come with a glass of iced lemon tea and a choice of spaghetti or fettucine. The English Breakfast comes with a choice of turkey ham, chicken ham and beef bacon. Hubby opted for the bacon.

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Hubby was happy with the portion, especially the serving of bacon. I found my spaghetti satisfying. The sauce was quite chunky, although maybe could do with more ‘body’. Anyway, I was happy.

The waitress then served us two complimentary mini cupcakes.

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The inside of the carrot and red velvet cupcakes. You can see the bits of carrot in the first. Quite moist and with a hint of cinnamon. The red velvet was quite chocolatey, although maybe a tad dry.

Banana J is having a promotion where you get a slice of cake of the day if your bill amounts to more than RM20.

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We were served the chocolate cake. The shell on the outside was a bit hard so we flipped the cake on the side. I found the shell a bit sweet but loved the cake underneath.

All in all, I thought it was a satisfying meal which is good value for money at RM22.90.

On another note, we were at the Mayang Oasis foodcourt for dinner the previous day and guess what we saw?

double rainbow

A rainbow! A double rainbow actually. I take it as a sign of great things to come!

So check out Banana J Foodstation’s Facebook page. All items on the menu are available for catering as well. Or pop over to the cafe at:

Banana J Foodstation

609,jalan 17/10, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Phone: 03-7931 6289

Modbox Relaunched!

15 Aug

I’ve heard of Modbox months back and was quite tempted to jump in but never really did. Then when I decided to try them out, they announced that they were taking a break to revamp the company. Boy was I excited when they finally relaunched in August! At an even lower price of RM9 at that!

This time, the concept was a little different. We get to actually choose the items we want to try out. It was not easy choosing because they all looked good but here’s what I got:

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The small but functional box. I like it!

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The personalised welcome note. I appreciate it when people get my name right 🙂

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First up, Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender Hand Therapy (25g). A good size, delicate scent, and I like how it feels on the skin. This came together with:

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A Tarocco Orange body lotion sample and a Somerset Meadow EDT sample vial. Somerset Meadow smells really green and fresh, something different.

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Next, I got the Unico Advanced UV Defense SPF50/PA+++ (7g)

SPF indicates protection against UVB rays which are responsible for sunburns while PA indicates protection against UVA rays which penetrate deep into the skin and is responsible for premature ageing. + shows the least amount of protection and +++ shows the most so this product has got some really good protection! This one comes with a 20% off voucher for the full-sized item.

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Last but not least, Murad Eye Lift Illuminator (0.44ml)

This one claims to depuff and firm skin in 15 minutes as well as cover and treat the delicate under-eye skin. I have dark circles so I’m excited to see how this works for me.

So the value of my first Modbox:

1) Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender Hand Therapy, RM35/25g

2) Unico Advanced UV Defense SPF50/PA+++, RM198/30ml |RM46/7g

3) Murad Eye Lift Illuminator, RM165/1.8ml |RM40/0.44ml

Excluding the voucher and Crabtree samples, this box comes up to RM121! Not bad for the RM15 (RM9 + RM6 for shipping) I paid.

If you like what you see, hop on over to their website or their Facebook page for updates.

Cleanse, tone, treat and moisturise with Avène

25 Jun

I was browsing through my blog when I noticed I missed out on this post which was supposed to be after my first Avène post. Oh well, better late than never.

So I’ve been using the said products for about four months now, and will be penning my thoughts on them.

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First up, Avène Cleanance Gel Soapless Cleanser. This range I’m using is for oily, blemish-prone skin. And usually, these products tend to dry the skin a bit, which this cleanser does for me as I have combination skin. But that’s where the Thermal Spring Water comes in. A spritz or two refreshes the skin and lessens tightness. The scent smells “clean”, although sometimes it gets a bit strong for my sensitive nostrils.

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Next, Cleanance Lotion-Toner. This one is all right. I felt that it left a thin film after I applied it. Maybe it’s just me.

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Cleanance K Cream-gel. This product claims to reduce blemishes and control oil secretion. It contains Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, and Salicylic Acid to exfoliate the skin as well as Thermal Spring Water to soothe and soften the skin. I applied this on spots and it does reduce the redness and swelling. A little goes a long way for this product and I quite like it.

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Cleanance Emulsion-Lotion. This goes well with the Cream-gel mentioned above. I like that it doesn’t make the skin feel greasy but doesn’t dry it out either.

As a whole, I think my experience with the Avène skincare routine has been quite pleasant. I especially like the Thermal Spring Water, Micellar lotion and the Cleanance K.

Have you tried Avène products? Which is your favourite?

How Kaw is Burger Bakar Kaw Kaw?

25 Jun

So the burger bakar craze had piqued my curiosity. We see people queuing for hours just to get their hands on the grilled burgers. Just how good are they?

I decided to visit the one at the Mayang Oasis food court in Petaling Jaya. We ordered the double beef baconizer which comes with two beef patties and beef bacon.

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It’s definitely not a burger you can just bite into, although I had imagined the patties to be bigger. Beef lovers would like the grilled smokey flavour of the patty. I also tried the double chicken turkeynizer at another time. Comes with two fried chicken breasts with turkey ham. Both have their own taste. Depends on whether you prefer fried or grilled.

We also ordered spaghetti bolognese from the stall next door.

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The first time I had this it was not as spicy and somehow more fulfilling. Or maybe I was just craving it at the time. I’d say not bad. The pasta was al dente which I don’t expect from food court stalls.

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A rainbow with dinner! How lovely is that?

Burger Bakar Kaw Kaw

SS 26/9, Taman Mayang Jaya, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

GPS Coordinates: 3.116027,101.60397