Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Meat Experts (TME)

Hello earthlings!

It's the last day of November tomorrow and I just realised that I've been blogging mostly about my 3D2N Malacca trip this whole month and it's not even done yet (one more day to go). Blame finals! Thus, I shall put my Malacca travel post on hold so that it no longer bore the hell out of you guys (: plus I've quite a lot of recent stuff that's happening throughout November to blog about.

Earlier this month, on the 4th to be exact, I finally had the time to have a breakfast date with two of my lovelies @ The Meat Experts (TME), Sri Hartamas Shopping Complex before going present hunting for Belinda. We actually bought this breakfast deal from Groupon somewhere in September.

Made reservation at 10am but as usual we ended up late, an HOUR late #likeaboss so I think it's more like  a brunch instead of breakfast date.

Quiet and comfy ambience. 
Camwhored a little while waiting for the breakfast to be served...

Me, couldn't take my fingers off Tap Tap Revenge *taptaptap*

Miss blur, doing her usual drills. 

& Elin, who abused my camera since no one is entertaining her :P

Our big breakfast set (for RM11 instead of RM25.40) that has grilled sausages, bacon, ham, eggs, grilled tomatoes, baked beans and toast. You can choose chicken or pork sausages, and eggs cooked in any style.

Look at that good looking sunny side up eggs YUMMEH


Bacon, my fave!  ( ̄▽ ̄)ノ

Beverages are not included in the big breakfast deal. Coffee, tea, or me? (; 

Some condiments to go with your breakfast (: 

I licked my plate clean yaw 8) and yes, I'm not a yolk-person TEEHEEE

Two of my favourite persons ♥ What's even better; the three of us love love love american breakfast! 

The Meat Expert ~ It's in the name!

Overall, it was a pleasant brunch and the portion was just nice. They have friendly service too (Y) Besides breakfast, TME serves loads of other food such as sandwiches, pies and pasta. They offers corporate catering and even customize your own sausage as well, how cool is that! It is stated there that Wi-Fi is available, but somehow we couldn't find any that day. Craving for meat or a meat lover? You gotta ask the expert for sure (; Beside being a meat expert, they have a wide variety of cheese too.

Any american breakfast lover out there? Do share with me your fave spot to have american breakfast (:

TME: The Meat Experts (Non-halal)
G-15-16, Ground Floor,
Hartamas Shopping Centre @ Plaza Damas,
60, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1
Kuala Lumpur 50480
Their website [HERE]
Tel No: 03-6205 2577
Operating Hours: Daily 10:00am to 10:00pm


Monday, November 28, 2011

Seafood @ Portugese Settlement

One of the makan(read: eat) spot in Malacca that shall not be missed would be the Portugese Settlement, if you're a seafood lover cause that's what it's famous for! It is located in Ujong Pasir, approximately 5km away from the Malacca City. There will be a row of stalls starting from 1 to 10, the local favourite stalls would be 1 and 7. For drinks, make sure you order your mango juice from Joe’s Only One Mango Juice which located at the far end of stall no 10 as it is recommended by many on 4sq!

Once you arrived, there will be people from each store who tries to approach you and drag you to their stall, which made quite a scene and scared the hell outta me! :O Seriously it is super annoying! Why can't we choose on our own -_-

The jetty opposite the row of stalls. It would be even nicer to come earlier to catch the sunset (: 

Sadly Stall 1 was closed that day so we settled at Stall 8, Restoran De Costa's Portugese Food.  

Underneath pokok kelapa, I will wait for you ~

Otak otak with Sambal @ RM10.00
The otak otak was tasteless; nothing can ever beat Otak Otak from Muar. 

Kangkung Belacan @ RM8.00
The belacan didn't even taste like belacan, this dish is utterly disappointing. 

Ikan bakar pari @ RM24.00
I never knew that Ikan Bakar in Malacca has gravy, I was expecting dry ikan bakar with sambal on top. The gravy tasted one kind too, MEH. 

Butter garlic prawn @ RM22.50 (Two person portion)
Probably the only edible and best dish that night. The prawns was crispy on the outside and tender inside, quite fresh too YUMS :9 
Damage of the night would be RM72.50 inclusive of 3 drinks and 2 bowls of rice. I don't think I will come back to this stall again, opt for stall no 1 or 4 instead! Try order fried squid or Portuguese baked fish (:

Restoran De Costa's Portugese Seafood (Stall 8)
No.8 Medan Selera
Portugese Settlement
75050 Melaka.

After the dinner, we decided to enjoy the soothing sea breeze by the jetty since we are unwilling to move around with our full tummy. We then spotted a small stall selling firecrackers, fireworks and sparklers. So Kew bought a small bundle of firework sticks and start playing with it.
Two kids in action :P 

And somehow..... something happened and Joeann burnt herself LOL There's even a hole on her shoe inner pad!  

Kids.. the moral of the story is Don't Play with Fire! :P 

Friday, November 25, 2011

Malacca Capitol Satay Celup

I guess my title says it all.

When it comes to Malacca, how can one ever miss the #foreverfamous Satay Celup in the to-eat-list. It's something similar to steamboat or lok-lok, what makes it so unique is the pot of hot boiling peanut sauce that you dip your skewers into. That's how the celup (Read: dip in Bahasa Malaysia) word came from. Satay celup is definitely one of the thing that Malacca is famous for, beside the chicken rice balls.

After the long tiring afternoon at Jonker Walk, we went to Nadeje for a tea break before heading to Capitol around 6pm. We were quite lucky because we got a parking spot just right in front of the shop. The shop is can be easily spotted cause it's a corner shop and  due to the size of the shop, the seats are quite limited. It's a good thing that we went there during the weekdays so the queue wasn't that long compared to the crazy long queue during the weekends yet we still ended up waiting for one hour plus! After quite some time, we are actually asked to queue by the narrow road with the cars non stop passing by instead of the corridor, how dangerous!
The queue since 5pm, and it's longer than it seems in the photo *faints*

The Satay Celup that everyone has been talking about!

So near yet so far, it feels like forever to get seats. 

Took a sec to camwhore when we were almost at the finish line LOL Look at the tired and hungry faces!

Here we are @ Capitol Satay that has been operating for three generations! They are even claimed to be the origin of Satay Celup in Malacca before other places started the same business. 

Once you've been assigned a table, the waitress will took order of your drinks then you're free to choose the skewers you want from shelves of cold storage in one corner of the shop while cleaning up the table and prepare a new pot of peanut sauce.
 They have quite a variety of skewers at 80 cent per skewer, ranging from raw meat to fresh seafood. 

Our not-so-many skewers :3
Since we planned to go for Portugese Settle after that, so we just took a few just for the sake of trying it. 

Complimentary sliced cucumber. 

So this is the pot of peanut sauce that I was talking about(!) and this is not just it. 

The worker will then come over to add these secret ingredients to the pot of peanut sauce; sugar, spice and everything nicecrushed ground peanut. Stir it well and....


I know it doesn't look that appetizing but the peanut sauce tasted okay. Thick, aromatic and slightly sweet but sadly the taste is not that memorable. I actually forgot how it taste like, maybe it's just like any typical peanut sauce you have with satay. 

Walls filled with photos of the famous celebrities that visited the shop with the owner. I even heard Yao Ming was here before, are you kidding me? 

Quite a creative way to list out the prices, I would say.

Dipping in process *keep keep waiting, keep keep waiting in patience*

Then it's eady to eat! :D This is the chicken satay. 

You can order for bread as well to go with the sauce (Y) 

More photos with newspaper cuttings and magazine articles . 

By the time we leave, the queue is still LONG. That's what people do for food! 

IMHO, I think Capitol Satay Celup is quite overrated and it's not as awesome as I expected. It might be probably because of the long hours of waiting and the crowd or maybe that's how satay celup taste like. Somehow the taste of peanut sauce was slightly too overpowering for my liking. I will still recommend you to try if you've never try it before, no harm trying something new for sure :D cause for the variety and quality of skewers wise, Capitol will still be the best.
That's what they said (:

Besides Capitol, there's another places like Ban Lee Siang and McQuek Satay Celup that sell Satay Celup too.

So now when people talk about satay celup, I can say it out loudly that I tried it before! *both hands up*

To-eat list:
Satay celup ✔

Restoran Capitol Satay
41, Lorong Bukit Cina,
75100, Melaka
Contact No : 06-283 5508
Opening Hours: 5pm onwards
GPS: N2.19548, E102.25252


Monday, November 21, 2011

ADV: Durex College Programme

I suppose everyone know what Durex is.. Durex is the global leader and world’s number one condom brand. It has been the first choice of protection from unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections for over 80 years.
Kuala Lumpur, 14 November 2011 – The government has recently announced that between 2006 and 2010, there were 21 recorded cases of students who got pregnant out of marriage. Statistics from the Welfare Department revealed that this year, from January to April, 111 young girls were pregnant.
High rates of unplanned pregnancies are powerful evidence of the lack of sexual and reproductive health information and education for young people in Malaysia. The need to equip youths with information on sexual reproductive health and inspire them to make informed choices remains a pressing concern.
Sadly but it's the ugly truth that we read about baby dumping cases almost everyday in the newspaper. What have these innocent lives done to deserve such gruesome death? Some are lucky to be found alive, where as some died before having the chance to see the true world.

Therefore, Durex had the commitment to organise Durex College Programme, in hopes to create awareness among youth about sexual health and contraceptive options that leads them to make informed decisions. Themed ‘One Voice, Prevention is Key’, young students between the ages of 18 to 23 years old will be given access to series of information on sexual and reproductive health issues such as unplanned pregnancies, through two platforms – a design contest through a Facebook application and an on-ground college programme.

Note: Don't get us wrong. We are neither promoting premarital sex among the youth nor encouraging youth to have sex but with a condition which is using condom.

The ‘One Voice, Prevention is Key’ college programme kicks off with a design contest that invites contestant to develop their own art and slogans on to a poster or postcard containing their views on unwanted pregnancies. Each message contains a unique thought, motto or design that encapsulates their views regarding unwanted pregnancies. All participants are required to submit their creative design in a format of a picture and upload it on to Durex Malaysia Facebook fan page. The winning design in each category with the most number of votes will walk away with an iPad2. Durex will also be giving out five iPod Touch as consolation prizes for each category.

Besides, Durex made their way to 6 other colleges campuses throughout November namely Taylors Lakeside Campus, Universiti Teknologi Mara Shah Alam, Raffles College, INTI International University, Nilai and IACT College to continue its burden in empowering students.

So since IACT College was the nearest to me, I had the chance to pay them a visit last Friday (:
One voice, Prevention is the KEY!

Informational wall filled with ‘Did you know…?’ facts on sex and interactive storytelling depicted through pictures to provide better understanding to the young students. It also helps to increase the comfort level with the subject and provide access for students to seek consultation about sex-related matters in confidence.  Saw those photos at the down right corner? Way too gross! *close eyes with name* It's even scarier than the name itself sounds, trust me. 

Durex’s main aim is to not only empower youths to create awareness about sexual health and contraceptive options, but also to break the taboo around the issue, to make people more comfortable about the topic. 

It's never too late, THINK BEFORE YOU ACT. 

Useful pamphlets and brochures for sexual health, contraceptive options, family planning and women's health are available too.
Besides, there is friendly assistance given to you throughout the whole programme (: 
Some of the freebies we got from the mini lucky draw;
Durex playing cards LOL IKR! Limited edition cause it's not for sale :P 

I got myself a notepad, coaster and a small fun-facts booklet from Durex.

So what are you waiting for? Let that creative juice of yours start flowing and lend your voice to the Durex One Voice Contest! There's fabulous prizes waiting for you :D
For more information on topics such as youth’s sexual health issues, contraceptive options and Durex campaign initiatives, you can always log on to Durex Malaysia Facebook fan page!
When youths are given the privilege to access such initiatives, we trust that this will further help youths make smart choices that help them in every aspect of their lives. This also builds a creative avenue for young people to share positive views and shatter negative views surrounding unplanned pregnancies and baby abandonment issues – Nikhilesh Kalra, Marketing Director at Reckitt Benckiser Malaysia.

Hopefully this will be a positive baby-step start in overcoming the issue of unwanted pregnancies and baby dumping nationwide. Like the saying goes, prevention is always, actually no doubt better than cure! We are all in this together, aren't we?

Life is too short to be ruined by your foolish thought and acts.  Love life and most importantly love yourself too