Sunday, June 29, 2014

Wang Zi Mix Rice (什饭王子), Taipan, USJ, Subang Jaya

I have to admit, I'm not a person who eats mix rice. Not even during normal working weekday lunch hours. But I decided to go out of my ordinary way to try this out:
It's called Wang Zi Mix Rice.

Unlike the usual mix rice stalls which you find located inside a restaurant with other food stalls, this is a place of it's own.
I went to the place close to lunch time, so that I can beat the lunch crowd.

During my visit there, there's already a plethora of dishes line up neatly towards the back of the shop:
And there were more coming out from the kitchen as they were being cooked.
There's a total of more than 60 dishes laid out that day and they do this on a daily basis!

Some of the food there on that day:
Gu Lou Yuk. Pork meat with sweet sour sauce. This is one of their popular dish with their customers and so, it's available daily.

Some Century Eggs (top) and Bitter Gourd (bottom):
Another item that's available daily:
Petai! My favorite.

Marmite Chicken:
Friends said it taste okay. But to me, I would like a stronger Marmite taste in 'em.

More meat stuff on the left and I believe that's pumpkin on the right:
Fried chicken:
Bean Sprouts:
And many, many more:
Not all dishes are made daily. They usually like to mix it up a bit and do some other new dishes. Only select few popular ones will be made on a daily basis.

On top of that, Chinese tea, water and soup are free.
Just need to take it on your own.

Being an outlet by itself allows the freedom to control the cleanliness which can be a plus point if they're on top of it.

Wang Zi Mix Rice is at:
36, Jalan USJ 10/1B, USJ Taipan, Subang Jaya, Selangor 47620 Puchong

Open daily from 10am-9pm

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Arthur Guinness Projects & British Council "Entrepreneurs For Good" Awards Ceremony & Winners Announcement‏

It started off with a nationwide road show held to find the best of the best Malaysian Social Entrepreneurs that set up businesses not focused solely on profit but on actively benefiting the lives and livelihoods of the communities around them. 20 semi-finalists were shortlisted and from there, they were given business mentoring and training over the last 6 months. From 20, it shrunk to the top 12 social ventures where they were in the final stages of the program.

At a public pitch held in April 2014, the finalist then pitched their winning social business ideas in front of an expert panel of judges comprising of industry leaders and leading social enterprises out of which the final 6 awardees were chosen.

They are:
1) The MAD Experience:
2) CleanBites:
3) Catama Craft Enterprise:
4) BYOB Green Concepts:
5) Ecocentric Transitions:
and 6) Shuttle GO:
The six awardees will receive between RM20,000 and RM40,000 as well as training, mentoring and other assistance in order to achieve their objective.

Along with the six Social Enterprises, there's also a 'People's Choice Award' given to the winner where the public voted for on
Tanoti was the one and they too will receive training and mentorship from the Arthur Guinness projects and British Council.

For more info on The Arthur Guinness Projects Malaysia or the Social Entrepreneurs, visit

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Senjyu (千寿), Bangsar Village II Food Review

It's been a long time ever since I visited Senjyu.
The name Senjyu has always been a familiar one to me ever since they opened up at e@Curve. During that period, I rarely visit Japanese restaurants anymore. This was because ever since I came back from Japan, I find that most Japanese restaurants don't live up to my expectation but at recent times, things seem to look brighter.

Senjyu though, had me frequenting back to their outlet again whenever I was there at e@Curve for a movie screening. This was all due to their Sashimi. To me, I find that their Sashimi was one of the freshest and the best. Over a period of time, my visit to Senjyu started on the decline more and more as I somehow find that their standard seemed to have dropped just before renovation and after. But now, they had opened up a branch at Bangsar Village II. I headed over last week for a food review to see how they fare now.

First item tasted was the Hana Moriawase:
It's an exquisite assortment of luscious raw tuna, salmon, surf clam, octopus and butterfish. As soon as I took a bite of the salmon, I was immediately brought back to the taste I so remembered that drives me back to visit Senjyu again and again. That fresh and tasty feel that I so longed for which I find it lacking at other Japanese restaurants. The other items taste just as good which makes this a great tasty dish that I grew to love. It's priced at RM47.99.

Oyster Sashimi was up next:
In order to enjoy this succulent briny air-flown live oysters, it's best to take the lemon and drizzle it on top and add a splash of the soy sauce provided. Very nice in my books even though 1 piece costs RM17.99. A half dozen (ie. 6 pieces) costs RM87.99

Yasai Maki:
Basically, it's a veggie dish. Well, I'm not really a veggie lover but the beancurd that is inside provided a much better taste to me and hence making it a little better. Priced at RM17.99

Butterfly Maki:
Premium river eel slices wrapped around tempura crabstick sushi roll with sweet teriyaki sauce. This is priced at RM59.99.

Soft Shell Kani (Crab) and Unagi Mentai Maki:
The bottom 3 are the soft shell crab and the top 3 are premium river eels. It's with creamy codfish roe sauce. Elegant and nicely presented, just like the Butterfly Maki dish. Costs RM29.99

Kaki Roll:
It's oyster and assorted mushrooms wrapped in an egg omelette. It has a unique taste where you get to taste all of the ingredients but none overpowers the other. It's just like a symphony where it takes turns in being the lead. Priced at RM22.99.

Kaisen Ninniky Chahan:
Fried rice with a variety of seafood. A little too dry for my taste but I have to say that it's fragrant and have quite a lot of seafood in it. RM15.99

And finally, we moved to dessert which is called Shiratama Zenzai:

It's Japanese rice cakes with black sesame filling in a hot red bean soup. The rice cake provides a nice chew to go along with the red beans. When the black sesame interacts with the red bean soup, it somehow blends into a fine concoction without losing much of it's own individuality. Priced at RM7.99.

If Senjyu maintain this standard, I would certainly say it's got my vote as the best Sashimi in town.

Senjyu Bangsar Village II branch's full address is:
Bangsar Village II
2F-27 & 28, 2nd Floor,
2, Jalan Telawi Satu,
Bangsar Baru,
59 100 Kuala Lumpur.

Open daily from 12pm - 10pm.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Fu-Rin Japanese Restaurant, Holiday Inn, Glenmarie Food Review

Although I work nearby Holiday Inn, Glenmarie, I had not venture into it's premise for a really long while.
Being only my second visit to this location, this time is to have a taste test of their new menu at Fu-Rin Japanese Restaurant that they're re-introducing by popular demand.
At the front of the restaurant stands a garden-like surroundings giving a nice, peaceful and serene ambiance to the place.
The name Fu-Rin is reference to Japanese wind chimes or bells that are popularly hung in Japanese homes during the summer, producing sounds as the wind blows.
Originated from a Chinese tool called a "Senfutaku" which was hung in a bamboo forest, it was used to tell if things would be good or bad from the direction of the wind and the sound that it made.

Okay, so onwards to the items that were presented to us that night.

Pan Fry Wafu Toriyaki (RM28):
A Japanese style pan-fry chicken with a tangy sauce that goes with it. Loved the citrusy feel to the sauce with some spiciness to it.

Wasabi Beef:
Sliced sirloin that's cooked and paired with special Wasabi sauce. However, in spite of it's name, I only tasted very mild doses of Wasabi on it. Mostly masked by the greens that are underneath it. I guess, it's catered for people who can't really take much Wasabi but wants the taste of it.

Basically Potato Croquette. I love the taste of potatoes and this epitomizes it. It leans towards yam-like texture with it's mixture in it but the main ingredient which is the potato shines through. There wasn't a need for me to dip in the sauce as I like the pure taste of it.

Yaki Soba:
Well, a nice array of colors in the dish. It's Fried Buckwheat Noodle with Seafood. The scallops were nice and some seafood that provides some pleasant chewing. RM28 per serving

Kuruma Ebi Chizu Yaki:
Tiger Prawns grilled with Cheese. The cheese and prawns fused together nicely. I'm not a prawn lover but I'm a cheese lover. The two combine makes it acceptable in my books. LOL

Hiyashi Natto Inaniwa:
Cold Japanese Flat White Noodles with fermented Beans. I love Natto! But I prefer to eat it alone than with all these ingredients mixed with it. Nevertheless, it was okay. Somehow would prefer if the noodles are colder like how I tasted in Japan. Gives a refreshing feel to it.

Sashimi Carpacio Aburi:
Seared fish Carpaccio. I didn't know that I didn't taste this dish till a friend indicated that we missed out on this dish. LOL. It's done with some unique fishes that gives off different flavors on it's own.

Jumbo Ebi Sushi:
King Tiger Prawn Sushi. Big pieces of sushi that I couldn't fit into my mouth at one go. Nice presentation. Overall, okay.

Fu-Rin Creamer Maki:
Assorted Seafood with Mayonnaise Roll. Very rich and creamy.

Ebi Tango Fry:
Deep Fried Prawn Meatball. Noteworthy in taste.

Well, that's about it.

As stated earlier, Fu-Rin Japanese Restaurant is located in Holiday Inn, Glenmarie. The full address:
Fu-Rin Japanese Restaurant
Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie
1 Jalan Usahawan U1/8
Seksyen U1
40250 Shah Alam

Opens daily from 12pm-2.30pm and 6.30pm-10.30pm.