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Jeff Lee Kitchen in Sungai Buloh

Located in the heart of Sungai Buloh’s industrial district is a local Chinese restaurant by the name of Jeff Lee Kitchen.

When my friend sent me the Google link, I thought it was a cafe, but it was not!

How to get there

Even though there’s an MRT station (Kampung Selamat MRT) nearby, but it’s not walkable. Even when driving, you’ll be passing rows of warehouses and trailing trucks and lorries closely behind. 

If you’re driving along Jalan Welfare, turn into Jalan Market. There’s an empty car park and field in the middle of the area.

As for Jeff Lee Kitchen, it is just conveniently located in front of the open car park. Jeff Lee Kitchen is 2 shop lots side-by-side.

Due to it’s popularity and to avoid the lunch crowd, go early. By noon, the crowd started filling up the restaurant.

Jeff Lee Kitchen

The signature dishes are the standing chicken, Peking duck, stir fried pork belly, minced pork noodles, cold “paku-pakis”, and claypot pork or fish porridge.

Among the signature dishes, we had these for lunch.

Paku-Pakis (RM15.00)

Minced pork noodles (RM10.00)

Stir fried pork belly (RM20.00)

Peking duck (RM45.00)

For dessert, we had the mochi mango (RM5.00).

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Big Leaf BLR @ Section 17 Petaling Jaya

At the mention of food in Section 17 Petaling Jaya, places like Pizza Mansion, Sistars Kitchen, Kwong Wah Ice Kacang, Cafe Tujoh, and many more come to mind. 

If SS26 Taman Mayang Jaya has Kanna Curry House, Section 19 has the original Kanna Curry House, and Gasing has Lotus Family Restaurant; Section 17 PJ has Big Leaf BLR.

How to get there

At the mention of “It’s near the Section 17 corner mixed rice restaurant”, or “it’s behind Happy Mansion”, or “it’s before Kwong Wah Ice Kacang” – people should know where is Big Leaf BLR.

It is a corner restaurant facing a row of double-storey houses.

If you’re driving there for lunch, parking may be challenge. However, if for dinner, there’ll be plenty of parking around.

Banana Leaf

Aside from the given 3 vegetables and rice, you can add-on meat, fish, squid, or more vegetables. We added mutton masala, fried squid, and fried bitter gourd to share.

Browsing their drinks menu, their best sellers are Teh Tarik, Teh Ais, Kopi, Cham Ais, Masala Tea, and Watermelon Juice.

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Vietnamese food at Pho King SS2

Before jalan-jalan at Chow Yang Pasar Malam on Thursday nights or at the SS2 pasar malam on Monday nights, or before supper at Kayu Nasi Kandar; head behind for some awesome Vietnamese food crafted with quality ingredients and lots of love.

Between a game of badminton and supper at Kayu, we had a dinner at Pho King.

How to get there

If you’re not Grabbing to the restaurant and driving; parking can be a challenge. As it’s a two-lane commercial district, you’ll be competing with people who’re also going to Kayu, SS2 Chow Yang, Super Kitchen Chilly Pan Mee, and Hakka Rang Restaurant SS2.

Alternatively, you can park around the residential neighbourhood nearby.

Pho King

At Pho King, you’ll find awesome Vietnamese food crafted with quality ingredients and lots of love. There’s banh mi, soup noodles, salad noodles, rice, and more!

For the soup noodes, there are two types: Australian Beef Pho and Sanbanto Pork Pho.

We ordered the Braised Pork Rice, Special Beef Pho, Small Beef Pho, Special Pork Pho.

Sliced Beef Pho (RM23.50).

Special Beef Pho (RM30.90) with sliced beef, brisket, and beef balls.

Special Pork Pho (RM25.50) with ribs, pork slices, minced pork, pork balls, and ham.

Braised Pork Rice (RM23.50).

For drinks, we had the coconut coffee, grass jelly coffee, cold mocha, and cold drip coffee.

Guess which is which?

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These 5 Unique Bookstores in Malaysia Bring You to New Worlds!

library photo

Looking for some quiet time, away from the hustle and bustle of daily life? Check out these 5 unique bookstores in Malaysia that you absolutely must visit!

1. Tsutaya Books

Location: Level 2 Orange Zone, Pavilion Bukit Jalil, Persiaran Jalil Utama, Bandar Bukit Jalil, 57000 KL

Operating hours: Daily, 10am – 10pm

Tsutaya Books is one of Japan’s best and most beautiful bookstores, and it opened its doors to the Southeast Asian market, with Malaysia as its first destination.

Located in Pavilion Bukit Jalil, it houses an extensive range of books, a cafe, specialized merchandise, curated gifts, fine writing stationery and more – to put it simply, it’s a book lover’s wonderland. Head over to Tsutaya and sign up for an enlightening experience.

2. Lit Books

Location: P-1-11 Tropicana Avenue, 12, Persiaran Tropicana, 47410 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Operating hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 1pm – 7pm

Owned by a Malaysian couple who are ex-journalists, Lit Books is an indie bookstore in Petaling Jaya that aims to instill love for reading in both adults and children with their carefully curated collection of books and cute merchandise that you can add to your cart.

Specializing in English literary titles, this bookstore boasts fiction and non-fiction books, classics, new releases and contemporary reads for all ages. The bookstore also has its own cafe, allowing you to browse or relax to your heart’s content.

3. Silverfish Books

Location: 63, Lorong Maarof, Bangsar, 59000 KL (Bangsar Village II)

Operating hours: Monday to Friday, 10am – 7pm

This bookstore is home to a variety of Malay and Indonesian novels, with a collection of fiction and non-fiction books written by local authors.

With rave reviews from visitors, this is your go-to place to find hidden gems – rummage through their bargain bin or the antique bookshelf in the back of the shop, and you might find something worth keeping.

4. BookXcess Pudu Jail @ Lalaport

Location: L1-13A & 13B, Level 1, Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

Operating hours: Daily, 10am – 10pm

Bookxcess’ latest store opened its doors at Lalaport Bukit Bintang, with a unique twist. Inspired by the former Pudu Jail, this bookstore repurposes elements of the penitentiary with an unconventionally eerie touch.

As you enter the bookstore, you will be greeted by an eccentric arch made out of repurposed materials from the former Pudu Jail, as well as a large collection of discounted books in many different categories, allowing you to save on your new reads with prices slashes ranging from 50% to 80% off year-round, plus free shipping with a minimum spend of RM59.90 if you buy from their website.

5. The Ink Library Cafe

Location: EcoWorld Gallery@Eco Grandeur, 42300 Puncak Alam, Selangor

Operating hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 11am – 10pm

Last but not least (and let us cheat here), the Ink Library Cafe is more of a book cafe. Either way, this sanctuary for book lovers boasts ceiling-high bookshelves and a gorgeous interior, with its iconic bicycle welcoming you as you enter.

Located in EcoWorld Gallery @ Eco Grandeur, this container cafe carries indie magazines from the US and UK, a selection of fiction and coffee-table books in English, Chinese and Malay. Albeit the drive out from the city centre, enjoying a cup of coffee or a taste of their delicious dishes while admiring the sunset view makes it a trip worth your time.

Originally published on IQI Global.

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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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Cafe @ La Salle Hall in Bukit Gasing, Petaling Jaya

Near to nature – Bukit Gasing – is Cafe @ La Salle Hall or also known as Canteen @ La Salle Hall in Seksyen 5, Petaling Jaya. It is a bungalow-turned-cafe.

Canteen @ La Salle Hall is located at Lorong 5/15B Off Jalan Chantek (5/13), 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Being a big bungalow with lots of land, it is not short of parking space in it’s compounds. In theme with nature, there are lots of windows and doors to allow in natural lighting and the natural breeze through.

Hi there 👋🏻 We are running a small cozy cafe at La Salle hall. We serve food like Bamboo biryani, chicken chop, and we have a wide range of options when it comes to our breakfast menu. For all the coffee lovers 💕 ☕️ we’ve got premium italian coffee beans. Please drop by and have a look, we have a very calming garden with trees surrounding added with some light and easy music, it will be very relaxing indeed. See you soon!

For afternoon tea and dessert, check out their French Toast Ice Cream and Fruity Pancake Stack Ice Cream.

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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.

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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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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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