Saturday, October 25, 2014

My Boston Montague Taking Me to Klang from Home Again

I like my Boston Montague it is kind of a cool full-sized bicycle comfortable and excellent for urban commuting. Below is a ride where we traveled a distance for more than 40km to a neighbouring town.
The date was 31 August 2014 and it was Malaysia's Independence Day we called it Merdeka Day. Merdeka means Independence in our national language. I decided to take my Boston Montague with our national flag flying all the way to Klang just for a breakfast together with a group of friends. My ride started from home in the wee morning the weather was at it best with a temperature of 22°C.
Kuala Lumpur is another busy city with lots of vehicles on the roads but not on Sundays and Public Holidays. A group of us started from various parts of the city as we rode on a designated route and along the way the group grew bigger towards Klang. Boston Montague is a single speed folding bicycle which would be difficult for ascending tough climbs fortunately this route to Klang was reasonably friendly and we manged to executed it without much a problem. In fact we have successfully attempted a few times on this favourites route of ours.
At last we have reached Klang Town, the day began to get hotter and humid and by then our tummies were growling for food. Klang is famous for its herbal meat soup known as "Bak Kut Teh" and it is this cuisine that made us come to this town.
The moment of truth has eventually materilised as we slowly savour and enjoy the delicious food.
One of the several attractions in Klang Town we visited after our satisfying meal. This is Kuan Yin Temple of more than 100 years old and it is popular among the people of Klang.
The beauty of Montague bikes is that they are foldable and making them very portable for travel. Here we were at Klang Train Station waiting for our train back to the capital city of Malaysia. Boston Montague has a wheel size of 700c bigger than most of my friends' folding bicycles but it is lighter and simple. I am proud to own one and extremely satisfied with its performance.
These urban riders are enjoying every minute of it and more adventures to come. Till then see you and all the best.
Let's #RideMontague .

Thursday, October 23, 2014

PJ Fun Ride of 30km by MBPJ ... And the Fun Continues

Of late there were some kind of competitions between DBKL and MBPJ both the city councils were trying to outdo one another as who is giving a better event for cyclists in Klang Valley. As a leisure cyclist I like to see these competitions and as time goes by we hope to see improvement in the organisation of these events for a safer and enjoyable ride.
MBPJ has a longer route of 30km to pamper the riders whereas in Kuala Lumpur it provides a looping of 7km with a time frame of 2 hours for cyclists to enjoy without any fear of any vehicles on the road. Both routing are different they have their own flaws hopefully both of them have noted these setbacks and will improve for future dates.
 My estimate of the number of participants in this PJ Fun Ride to be in the range of 500 cyclists and that was a good turnout. Currently it looks loke the population of cyclists in Klang Valley has increased, it is definitely a good sign for everyone and I hope it will continue to increase.
The starting point was held at Kelana Jaya MBPJ Stadium, I was glad to be able to reignite my interest after a short break and at the same time I was happy to see familiar faces in the event.
The number of female enthusiasts also seems to be encouraging and I hope this healthy interest will continue to grow into a bigger cycling community in the coming years.
Cycling is all about exercising for a better and greener world with no politics, no age limit, no racial and religious issues involved. The best part of this kind of ride is that there is no need to rush to finish at the end of the ride and it is the most appropriate event for new comers to take part. So if you have not try in such event please look out for the next one. KL Car Free Ride is coming soon.
Even Jo is getting the fever and she is looking forward for more of these events in the coming days. Slowly I hope she will gain the confident of cycling on public roads and be able to master the skill of cycling. So far her progress looks pretty alright for a probationary rider.
The sight of hApPy cyclists making a regrouping stop and they were planning for a breakfast after the ride. Why not after a nice outing.
Mr. Hoh & Mrs. Hoh you were doing well and I hope to see them again. Cheers.
Jayl and her mom were doing well too. It was her mom's maiden ride of 30km, mind you, there were a couple of difficult climbs she made it at the finishing line with no hassle. Bravo!
Unfortunately we had to board on a sweeping bus as we were far behind from the convoy and riding without marshals could be dangerous with the heavy traffic on PJ roads. It was a blessing in disguise for me as I should not ride too long due to my back injury. Anyway I enjoyed the lift in the air conditioned coach back to the stadium.
My good buddy, Jotaro captured this image as I was taken away from the convoy but I shall be back for more and hope see you again.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Restoran Yi Xin Ge 一心阁 serves Excellent Bak Kut Teh at PJ People's Park

This is my favourite Bak Kut Teh shop I have been eating it since the days when they were in Section 14, Petaling Jaya back in the early 1980's, I don't see the Master here anymore looks like the young master has taken over the business. The young master also have grown older and wiser and he is the same guy back in Section 14 during those old days. Whatever it is, the Bak Kut Teh is still awesome.
I always enjoy the clear herbal soup and never fail to refill my bowl whenever I am there.
One of the many ready dishes to supplement your Bak Kut Teh feast.
This time we are going to try to cook it at home and apparently it's very simple. Just get of a pack of assorted herbs (RM15) for 4kg of pork ribs, slow boil it for one hour with 4 litres of water and a tea spoon of soy sauce.
The foreign workers at the shop are good and efficient with their services from the order to preparing the pre-cooked Bak Kut Teh. I shall be back even though the price is a bit costly.
 At last a pot of home cooked Bak Kut Teh successfully prepared and also tasted as good as from Kelana Jaya.
Restoran Yi Xin Ge
23, Jalan SS4D/2
People's Park
47301 Petaling Jaya
Tel:  016-658 9579 / 016-322 9366
GPS : 3.113,101.599529

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Dave’s Bistro & Grill at 1 Utama for a Birthday Treat

The first time when I visited this place was with a group of cyclists and it was a late evening where we were allowed to bring our bicycles into the restaurant. Thank goodness there is ample space at the back of the restaurant. I knew if I bring my family here they will surely love it. It was Xiang's birthday and I decided to bring them there for a porky lunch.
Salmond Salad RM28 - A good and healthy start with a variety of green and a half boiled egg instead of a poached one ... yummy leh.
Roast Pork Belly Bar RM25 - With a glass of beer and it was a good kick start with this sinful but delicious "Siew Yuk".
Stuffed Button Mushroom RM24 - there is so many stuffs in the mushroom of course there is bacon in it, it's juicy and simply delicious.
Chicken Parmigiana RM58 - Xiang loves his cheesy food and this time it was something Italian...delizioso.
Roast Piglet (Half) RM118 - This western baby piglet delight is very much tastier and interesting to savour if you compare it with those in the Chinese restaurants. It was meatier and gorgeous. You should try it to believe it.
Beef Burgundy RM58 - a braised meat easy to bite and soothing to the taste buds. It could have been better with a glass of red wine instead of beer.
Nothing like a cool beer in a meaty indulgence.
Dave’s Bistro Bar & Grill (next to Canton-I)
Lot G209, The Promenade, One Utama Shopping Centre
47800 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
03-7725 4017

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fabulous Breakfast at Restoran Megah Good Luck @ Taman Megah, Petaling Jaya

One fine Saturday morning we took daddy for a Kopi "O" kaw and I suggested to Jo we go for a roast pork noodle at Taman Megah. It has been a while since I last visited Restoran Megah Good Luck for this delicious kon loh noodle and I always like going to this place except the car parking.
Another good discovery of a Penang Hokkien Mee by us. I went over to Chef Li's stall and uttered the magic word "Hokkien Mee" in Penang slang he responded with the same lingo.... mostly importantly his prawn mee is good and has passed the mark for one nice Penang Prawn Noodle in Klang Valley.
What a wonderful surprise meeting. Both of these men have actually met during the days at Paramount Garden many years back and both were still able to recognise each other. It was nice to know this Andrew and we will bring my father in law to see him again at Megah Good Luck Kopitiam while we can try the Jawa Mee and Char Koay Teow. Cheers.
Restoran Megah Good Luck
Jalan SS24/11
Taman Megah
Petaling Jaya
GPS: 3.11464,101.612224

Monday, October 13, 2014

Restoran Yut Kee Entering into Another New Chapter

Yut Kee Restaurant has stepped into another new chapter since it was established 86 years ago now it has moved into a new premise located just behind the old place which is going to be developed into a hotel in the near future.
Everything about the food and faces serving you are the same except it is in a new building with more sitting spaces to cater to the ever huge crowd.
Though the place is new but the old kopitiam charm is still there. It is good to know that it has been now managed by the third generation and I bet the Grandfather cum founder must be very proud of the son and his grandson to carry on his legend. Well done and we will continue to be attracted by your Hainanese attraction in Kuala Lumpur.
One might take things for granted we have been lucky to be able to get such good and authentic food in KL, many have vanished the new generation is not keen to follow their old folks' foot steps. By the way the sambal is still awesome.
One of the many stuffs from the old shop that are displayed at this nice Kopitiam.
The first customer of the day everything was fresh and satisfying.
Don't come too early it only opens at 7.30 in the morning we were too early for the kopi.
I bet the cycling community would not be happy with this restriction but to be fair to the management they need to conduct their business in a more organised manner. Too many bicycles parked inside the compound could be a nuisance to others especially when we (including myself) come in a big group.
It was a Sunday where we commuted by LRT and cycled to Yut Kee for our breakfast, all the roads nearby the area were closed for KL Marathon (Standard Chatered) event. I bet Yut Kee will be swarmed with runners after the event. Good luck by then we have already had our breakfast. And all the best to Yut Kee in their new endeavor.
Yut Kee Restaurant
No.1 Jalan Kamunting
Kuala Lumpur
GPS : 3.156557, 101.700183

Sunday, October 12, 2014

One of the Good Prawn Mee (Penang Hokkien Mee) in Kuala Lumpur 顺利虾面

Soon Lee Prawn Mee, the all time favourite prawn mee at Jalan Ipoh is being rated as one of the top ten in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya. It is located at the end of Ipoh Road near "The Store" departmental store. Those photos at the show case above are those of film stars from Hong Kong and that is how popular the word of this delicious prawn mee has spread.
I like the taste it's awesome Soon Lee is generous with its ingredients and as far as closeness to Penang Hokkien mee it has one but not like some as listed in the top ten best prawn mee in KL & PJ. The only fall back here is that it's not available for breakfast.
Soon Lee's Char Koay Teow isn't too bad as well, it is a good alternate choice if you are not in the mood for a prawn noodle.
The ABC (Ais Batu Campur) sold at the stall next to Soon Lee is also good.
I brought my family here to savour the food and they agreed with me that the noodle is delicious and would want to come back again for this marvellous Penang noodle.
Soon Lee Prawn Mee (Penang Hokkien Mee)
Taman Kok Lian
Batu 5 Jalan Ipoh
Kuala Lumpur

GPS : 3.202587, 101.672629