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Cendol @ Sistars Kitchen in Seksyen 17, Petaling Jaya

We’re back with another round of cendol in Seksyen 17, Petaling Jaya. Previously, we were at Kwong Wah Ais Kacang in Seksyen 17 also.

If you’re in Melaka, check out the East & West Rendezvous in our “What to east and do in Jonker Street”. Or the Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul in Penang.

How to get to Sistars Kitchen

Sistars Kitchen is in Happy Mansion, a neighbourhood of low-cost flats. The ground floors around the blocks have been given new life by hipster cafes, pizza outlets, chicken rice shops, and more.

Sistars Kitchen is specifically located in Block C of Happy Mansion.

If you’re driving, there is adequate parking space around the block.

Sistars Kitchen Cendol

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Authentic Middle Eastern Food at Tarbush Restaurant in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

“Strike while the iron is hot!” That’s what one of my friends said in anticipation for another foodie trip to a Middle Eastern restaurant for lunch.

Last week, we were at Balqis Restaurant in Putrajaya. I also left a review of Shawarma Damascus on Google Maps. We’re back at another Middle Eastern restaurant for lunch in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.

How to get to Tarbush Restaurant

Today, we’re at Tarbush Restaurant at 138, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

If you’re taking the train, stop at the Bukit Bintang MRT or Bukit Bintang Monorial, and then walk towards Jalan Bukit Bintang. Tarbush is just directly opposite Lot 10 and Fahrenheit 88 shopping mall. 

Parking is not really an issue, as you can also park in Lot 10, Sungei Wang Plaza, or Starhill Gallery, and walk across to Tarbush. If you’re coming from Lot 10 parking lot, take the escalator or lift from the 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th floor down to the ground floor.

Tarbush Restaurant and Menu

Qualifying as one of Kuala Lumpur’s best dining experience, TARBUSH actually had extremely humble beginnings.

In 1998, it started with a small sandwich bar in Ampang Point serving shawarma and other small bites to the mall goers. Even then, TARBUSH’s dedication to using only the freshest and finest ingredients was paramount.

2001 saw the opening of TARBUSH Bukit Bintang. Strategically and conveniently located at the heart of the Golden Triangle, the casual dining outlet originally occupied only the ground floor. Today, with a newly renovated and upgraded interior, TARBUSH at Jalan Bukit Bintang doesn’t fail to impress guests with its classy ambience and of course, its wonderful dishes.

Tarbush embarked on their first ever fine dining restaurant on June 15, 2005. The invitation to open a restaurant at Starhill Gallery’s Feast Village was extended only to a few – TARBUSH being one of them.

Tarbush Website

Tarbush has a modern, interior design. At the entrance, you’ll be greeted by a standing kebab griller.

The restaurant is multi-storey, so you can sit upstairs at the balcony and enjoy street view of Bukit Bintang. 

Browsing their menu, there is a wide spread of middle eastern and pizzas. Check out their menu below.

Learning from our experience at Balqis Restaurant and dining in a group of 10 people, we ordered:

  • Go Tarbush Mix Grill (RM65.00)
    • A favorite dish for grill lovers with assorment of delicious lamb, juicy chicken and premium type of prawns served in one special platter.
  • Mixed Grill (RM60.00)
    • Special grilled variety of juicy lamb and chicken with some onions and tomatoes on the side.
  • Mandi Lamb (RM60.00)
    • From the finest types of basmati rice with a chef’s touch, the original Arabic spices and ghee with fresh chicken or lamb in bone, we offer this dish for Mandi lovers.
  • Pepperoni Pizza (RM45.00)
    • We prepare pepperoni rings from the finest types of meat and baked it with mozzarella cheese with our special sauce.
  • Fatayer Cheese (RM22.00)
    • A pastry dish prepared from the finest fresh cheese, added with ghee and chopped parsley.

Check out what we ordered on instagram below. Swipe for more.

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The Uma Bali @ Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya

Previously, we had a taste of Balinese food at Bumbu Bali in Puchong. Today we’re at another Balinese cuisine spot in the Klang Valley – Uma Bali in Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Selamat datang & welcome to The Uma, a restaurant conceptualised and dedicated to the people and culture of Bali, a place that exhales love, peace and harmony.

The Uma Bali

How to Get to Uma Bali

Parking space is available along Jalan PJU 5/21 where Uma Bali is on. Alternatively, you can park around the block or in Encorp Strand Mall and walk over.

The Uma Bali

Uma means paddy field in Balinese language. It is the tranquility of the “uma” which inspires the concept of this restaurant. 

May you enjoy our creation of tasty and authenthic Balinese cuisine in a relaxing ambience true to Balinese lifestyle. 

If you’re looking for a restaurant for small family gatherings and which serves sharing platters for families – Uma Bali has sharing meals for 3 to 4 peoples, dubbed the Paket 4 Orang.

There are 6 different packets, labelled alphabetically from A to F. There’s even a pork-free packet in Paket F. Each packet comes with 4 servings of rice. You can choose either:

  • Nasi Putih – White Rice
  • Nasi Saur – Black-Eyed-Pea Rice
  • Nasi Kuning – Yellow Rice

Since we were in a group of more than 4 people, we ordered Packet E and Packet F.

Packet E

In addition to the rice, in Packet E are:

  • Udang Kesuna Cekuh – Fried Whole Prawns
  • Be Siap Sambal Matah – Chicken Sambal Matah
  • Babi Kecap Manis – Pork in Sweet Sauce
  • 2 types of vegetables
  • Potato Fries
  • Pork Satay
  • Pork Sausage
  • Fish Satay
  • Egg Sambal
  • Sambal Tomat
  • Sambal Embo
  • Sambal Kecap
Packet F

In addition to the rice, in Packet F are:

  • Pesan Be Pasih – Baked Seabass
  • Kambing Mekuah – Balinese Lamb Curry
  • Be Siap Mepanggang – Balinese Grilled Chicken
  • 2 types of vegetables
  • Spiced Potato Fries
  • Chicken Satay
  • Minced Fish Satay
  • Spicy Shredded Chicken
  • Egg Sambal
  • Sambal Tomat
  • Sambal Embo
  • Sambal Kecap
Es Campur

We topped off our meal with a sweet ending of Es Campur dessert: Balinese ABC of jackfruit, cencol, cincau, nata de coco and coconut meat in vanilla flavoured milk syrup. There’s also the Indonesia Specials and mocktails under drinks and beverages.

There’s also Balinese individual meals with pork, duck, chicken, seafood, mushroom, or lamb. If you want to order dishes, there’s an a la carte menu

Browse and download The Uma Bali menu below.

Follow The Uma Bali on their social media below.

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Japanese Tokyo Ramen @ Lot 10, Kuala Lumpur

We’re back with another Japanese restaurant in Lot 10 at Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. In a previous post, I shared about my tonkatsu cravings from Malaysia to Japan.

Tokyo Ramen

Tokyo Ramen is on the 4th floor in Lot 10. The 4th floor – J’s Gate Dining – is commonly and famously known as the Japanese food floor. As for Tokyo Ramen itself, it is in the private dining area – Isetan Kuala Lumpur.

Grounded by warmth and humility through service and hospitality, values inherently associated with the Japanese tradition of Omotenashi, The Tokyo Ramen inherits the ambience The Tokyo Restaurant has to offer.

An epicentre that connects family, friends, and acquaintances, underneath the blush of coral tapestry and amber incandescence. Elegant booth seats and leather-grain furniture further cosset you away from the strains of the world beyond.

“A bowl of happiness from Japan, served fresh for Malaysia”

Sink your teeth into the umami-rich ramen option from THE TOKYO RAMEN! Made with authentic Malaysian free range chicken, The Tokyo Ramen incorporates The Tokyo Restaurant’s rich flavours and is the perfect gathering spot for ramen lovers of all races and religion. Celebrate the deliciousness of true Japanese ramen, and fill your heart and bellies with joy and satisfaction! Strictly no pork used.

Isetan KL – The Tokyo Ramen


Let’s dive into their menu. Hungry for lunch, we ordered the Asakusa Sho-Yu Ramen (signature ramen), Bara – Chirashi, and Tori Chashu Don.

“Halal Authentic Ramen, Produced by Japanese Muslim Chef”.

The Asakusa Sho-Yu Ramen (RM30)

The “Yukiri” process in the cooking of Japanese noodles like ramen, udon, and soba involves pulling the noodles out of hot water and shaking them free of liquid in a colander so that they retain their delicious springy and perfect texture.

This method ensures that the liquid in the noodles does not dilute the soup, leaving you with textural perfection as well as an intensity of flavours that soothe the soul. All expert noodle-makers are well-versed in this art; but you, too, can be your own expert by properly draining your ramen noodles at home!

Bara – Chirashi : Assorted Sashimi Sushi Rice Bowl
Tori Chashu Don : Chicken Chashu Rice Bowl

You can follow Tokyo Ramen on their instagram below or click “Menu” above to explore their menu online.

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Hakka Food from Michele’s Kitchen in Damansara Jaya

Looking for traditional, home-cooked Chinese food – Hakka cuisine – to warm your heart and tummy? You don’t want to pass Michele’s Kitchen in Damansara Jaya, Petaling Jaya.

How to Get to Michele’s Kitchen

Michele’s Kitchen is along Jalan SS22/23, just opposite the eastern entrance of Atria Shopping Gallery. It is not hard to miss with it’s purple signage significantly distinguishing itself from the other shops.

The side parking along Jalan SS22/23 is easily filled from day to night. Parking is aplenty in Atria and around the block with more street parking available.

Michele’s Kitchen

Michele’s Kitchen is a 2-storey restaurant. Hence, during peak hours, there’s still tables available for dine-ins. Instead, we did a take-out and picked-up our food after ordering online.

You can order on Grab or online through their website. Ordering online on their website was a smooth experience, as you’re given the option to pay with credit/debit card or via Paypal. After payment is made, you’ll receive an email and SMS to confirm your order and pick-up time.

Click Image to visit their online menu and to order

Michele’s Kitchen top sellers are the Crispy Pork Belly, Nyonya Garoupa Fillet, Bentong Tau Fu Pok, Hakka Yong Tau Fu, and Signature Tau Fu.

For a simple dinner and a small family, we ordered their Nyonya Chicken Series, Sheng Melon Tau Fu, Bittergourd Fried with Salted Egg, and Baby Spinach.

Nyonya Chicken Series (RM24.60)
Sheng Melon Tau Fu (RM20.20)
Bittergourd Fried with Salted Egg (RM17.90)
Baby Spinach (RM11.20)

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Shugatori Dessert Cafe

Damansara Uptown is no stranger as the place to hang out, eat, and have desserts. If after a plate of Damansara Uptown Hokkien Mee or a meal, and some jalan-jalan in Starling Mall; why not have dessert at Shugatori. Aptly named as SHUGATORI: THE DESSERT CAFE.

How to Get to Shugatori

Shugatori is located along Jalan SS 21/1a in Damansara Utama. It is not hard to miss as it is facing the main road – Jalan SS21/1. If you’re turning in from the SPRINT highway, it is on your right.

Parking may be a challenge during the day and night, as the parking spots tend to be filled with cars by office workers and people who frequent there.

Due to the limited street parking, you can park at Starling Mall or at Uptown 7 (elevated parking). Then walk across to Shugatori.

Shugatori Dessert Cafe

Waffles, croffles, desserts, coffee, macarons, or all? Browse their menu below.

We ate their Biscoff Waffle, Peanut Butter & Jelly, and Razuberi Yoguruto. It was an experience indulging in 3 different types of pastries and desserts together: waffle, croissant, and cake.

Biscoff Waffle (RM23)

Classic waffle with biscoff crumbs, white chocolate, topped with vanilla ice cream dizzled in biscoff sauce.

Peanut Butter & Jelly (RM18)

Buttery croissant served with mascarpone whipped cream, raspberry compote, chocolate chips and two scoops of vanilla ice cream.

Razuberi Yoguruto (RM23)

Charcoal honey castella plated with mascarpone whipped cream, mixed berries compote and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Maxis Deal

If you’re a Maxis user, there is a “RM10 OFF total bill with minimum spend of RM38 & above.”

Open the Maxis app on your smartphone and click Deals at the bottom tab (if you’re iphone user). Type Shugatori or search under Food & Beverage for “Shugatori”. Then “Download Deal” and show it to cashier upon payment.

Shugatori Social

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Japanese Soup Curry Garaku

It was a cold and wet autumn night. We were craving for something hot and spicy. We had soup curry as planned at Soup Curry Garaku in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan.

Where is Soup Curry Garaku?

The restaurant is located below ground, so we walked downstairs.

Address: 〒060-0063 Hokkaido, Sapporo, Chuo Ward, Minami 2 Jonishi, 2 Chome−6−1 おくむらビルB1.

How to Get to Soup Curry Garaku

It is approximately:

  • 170 meters from Odori Station
  • 200 meters from Pole Town
  • 400-450 meters from Susukino Station
  • 450 meters from Hosuisusukino Station
  • 260 meters from Tanuki Koji tram line

Soup Curry Garaku

Let’s check out the menu. They’ve different types of soup curry dishes with chicken, shabushabu, pork, vegetable, sausage, mushroom, or lamb.

Then, select the amount of rice and the level of hotness. Rice comes in small (100g), middle (200g), or large (350g) amounts. The hotness level range from mild to standard to hot to very hot to ex hot to fire!!! You can also add on “toppings” with the curry, at additional charges.

To savour the curry in the comfort of your own home, you can also buy their soup curry powder mix.

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Mido Korean BBQ @ SS2 PJ

Not to be confused with Jeon Mi Do in Hospital Playlist and Thirty-Nine, this is Mido Korean BBQ in SS2, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

In Petaling Jaya and in SS2, we are not short of Korean BBQs. Before After (a) Meal, go to Mido – a few doors back.

Getting to Mido Korean BBQ

Mido is directly opposite McDonald’s in SS2. Mido is easy to spot with it’s traditional Korean-looking front.

If you’re driving, parking is easy at the right timing. Find parking along Jalan SS2/64 and anywhere else in the commercial square of SS2.

Mido Korean BBQ

The interior has a traditional Korean house and restaurant feel. You’re not out of place, as there is a robot (on wheels) going around delivering your orders.

The seating arrangements are comfortable for 1 to 4 pax per table. If you’re eating in a big group, you’ve to split the group to 2 or more tables.

At the time of writing this, Mido had a few promotions running. Birthday babies get 1 free pajeon (Korean pancake).

We went on a Thursday and so happened it was ladies’ night. If there’s 1 lady in the group, you get 10% off from the bill. Then, if there’s 2 ladies in the group, you get 20% off from the bill. Then, if there’s 3 ladies in the group, you get 30% off from the bill. Finally, if there’s 4 ladies, you get 40% from the bill.

The promotion applied to a la carte dishes. We pounced on the beef, pork, and other dishes. You could either have the meat cooked for you or you can cook yourself at your own pace. We had the meats cooked for us.

We ate AUS Grade 5 Ribeye, Pork Belly, Pork Collar, Skirt Meat, Steam Egg, Corn Butter, Seafood Pancake, Kimchi Military Casserole, Mini Kimchi Soup, and Mido Rice Balls.

Mido Menu

You can browse their menu here.

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Kwong Wah Ais Kacang @ Section 17 PJ

We’re back here for another round of desserts and afternoon tea. Kwong Wah Ais Kacang at Section 17, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Bringing the taste of Melaka to PJ. Authentic gula melaka Ice Kacang using our secret family recipe handed down through generations since 1939.


Where is Kwong Wah Ais Kacang?

Address: 627, Jalan 17/8, Seksyen 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Business Hours:

11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Kwong Wah is not hard to miss as it is just before the row of houses on Jalan 17/8 in Seksyen 17. The entrance, instead of facing houses, it faces Jalan 17/9 and SK Sri Damai field, widely. It has an open space in the front and an un-enclosed kitchen. You can actually see your asam laksa and cendol being prepared.

Parking is not hard to find. You can park along Jalan 17/9 or along any of the row of shops behind.

If you’re taking-away (tapau-ing), order inside and collect your orders outside here.

The interior is a fine blend of modernity and tradition. Even though the flooring is an antique and old pattern, yet it feels modern. The neon lights and lightings around the inside brings up the place from inside and add a touch to it.

Kwong Wah Ais Kacang

Bringing the taste of Melaka to PJ. Authentic gula melaka Ice Kacang using our secret family recipe handed down through generations since 1939.


Have a taste of their “must eat” and “our signature” food. Start with sour – Asam Laksa. End with sweet – Cendol. Both are filling together or on their own, separately.

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Ramen Bar Shi Shi Do

Also known as Shi Shi Do Ramen Bar (to me), is in the Gasket Alley. The Gasket Alley is not hard to miss, as it is directly opposite Jaya 1 shopping mall and behind Columbia Asia Hospital – Petaling Jaya.

The Gasket Alley is a small warehouse with restaurants, dessert outlets, an IT store, and Harley-Davidson of Petaling Jaya. Head right to the end where you’ll find the authentic Japanese Tonkotsu Ramen in Section 13, Petaling Jaya.

Where is Ramen Bar Shi Shi Do

How to get there?

If you’re not Grabbing to the restaurant, within the compound, there is a short row of visitor’s parking. Alternatively, you can park at Jaya 1 or the office complexes down the road, and walk up to the Gasket Alley.

During lunch hours or rush hours, there can be long queues outside the restaurant. So it’ll be best to go early and time yourself beforehand.

Inside the Ramen Bar

Instead of going to Japan, Japan is brought to you. And you’re transported back into time inside the ramen bar.

There is a ground and mezzanine level. On the ground floor, it feels like you’re eating in the streets of Japan in the old days of history’s past. You’re surrounded by “shophouses” and an old street lamp post in the middle.

Ramen Bar Shi Shi Do Food

The pork broth is delicately boiled and skimmed up to 48 hours to bring out the natural yet rich flavour of the finest pork bones. On top of that, the meticulously custom-made springy noodles are perfect to be slurped up with the creamy soup, alongside the tender braised pork shoulder, soft boiled egg, black fungus and spring onion. With a 9 years of history, the artisans have been focusing on serving the ultimate tonkotsu ramen, from the stove to the serving table, only for you.

Orders are made with the touch screen tablet on the table.

There are three types of ramen to choose from. Each mainly with a different meat given: pork shoulder slice (1 piece), Yakibuta (2 pieces), and Ippon Yakibuta.

Then you can choose and mix the flavour, from single, to double, and triple flavours. Single flavour consists of either pork soup, black garlic pork soup, spicy pork soup, curry pork soup, basil pork soup, and pepper spicy pork soup. From these selections, you can mix and match to double or triple flavours.

Ajitama Chashu Ramen (RM25.00)

If not ramen, you can make your own hot pot. There’s Shishido Original Tonkotsu Hot Pot and Shishido Original Spicy Tonkotsu Hot Pot.

Shishido Original Tonkotsu Hot Pot (RM22.00)

They also have three types of Tsukemen to choose from: Tonkotsu Tsukemen, Yakibuta Tsukemen, and Ippon Yakibuta Tsukemen. Like the ramen, you can also mix and match the flavours. The single flavours are black garlic pork soup, spicy pork soup, curry pork soup, basil pork soup, and pepper spicy pork soup.

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