Hello Singapore! How's it going? For Michelin Star food that won't break the bank, head over to Chinatown complex for 2 SGD Soy Sauce Chicken Rice!

I ordered 3 plates of Chicken Rice, extra char siew and siew yoke, veggies and the additional cost of takeaway set me back by 14SGD. Pretty cheap if you ask me.

The chicken was sweet, salty, soft, juicy, all you would want in a Honey glazed roast chicken. And that was what it tasted like. I wouldn't be like "this is the chicken rice to top off all chicken rice!!" No. I love my crispy skin roasted chicken sometimes as well. But this is a different type of chicken rice and I'm saying it's a good tasting different type of chicken rice. Siew yoke, in my opinion, lacked taste but otherwise, everything else was enjoyable. The char siew didn't have too much fat, the vegetables were soft (i prefer those rather than crunchy ones) and the soy sauce was flavorful. They also use white rice instead of the typical oil rice, which to me is like a meh-heh kinda thing. I mean... on one end I'm like but eee no oil rice and on the other hand I'm thinking how it makes it leas greasy and perhaps it might be a good thing.

Side note: if you can't stand such a setting,they have a restaurant opposite, on the other side of the road selling for 3.80 SGD per plate of chicken rice

I never really review Japanese buffets because... Well usually the ones commoners like me go to are merely for "stuffing yourself till your full" purposes and unless it's really bad *cough*shogun*cough* I'm pretty ok with it.

Of course, I take into consideration the price of the buffet and the quality of the food. RM 100 for nicely done steak cuts and grilled unagi as part of the menu? Well sure thing! RM 100 for hagen daaz ice cream? Uhhh...

MAIU is priced at around RM 50 after all those pesky taxes and has a time limit of 2 hours. Their food is ok-ish and is made to order. Choose from a wide range of sashimi (hint: don't touch the butter fish or white tuna) and sushi (which is mostly rice with a thin slice of nigiri) and other things like chawanmushi (normal), edamade, yakiniku and even rice (but why?) Obviously for occassions like this people make it an aim to stuff themselves silly and with RM 50, you really can't complain. Food isn't THAT great but it makes decent food for RM 50 (but like I said, you're partially psychologically influenced by the price anyway) so you prettt much get what you pay for.

During peak hours service might be pretty slow and they have a tendency of not bringing in your orders in the specifies quantity. Annoying sometimes when yoy're racing against the clock to eat the shop till it closes.

Parking is not pleasant as well so do take note of that.

"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio. Than are dreamt of in your philosophy" Like how can Yakitori taste so good?? Isn't this satay? what us this magic?

Well welcome to Sumi-ka. Famous for having no seats, lots of Japanese people and a Japanese uncle behind the stove who can speak Cantonese.

Sumi-ka isn't a place you would want to bring your first date (but who I am to judge?) nor is it where you would want to eat a meal (unless you're ready to break the bank) and technically, it closes too early (12 a.m.) to be a "yum cha" sorta place. It's smokey. It's noisy. It's not the most elegant of places. But the food is good. And the atmosphere is a breath of fresh air (see what I did there?) to the fancy shmancy Japanese restaurants in the area.

It is quite hard to just review a dish or all of them (it will take forever) since you will just try so many in one sitting but what is certain is thag everything is what you are paying for. Yakitori typically goes for RM 4-6 per stick with pork and beef costing more. They also serve potatoes and sweet potatoes baked over the grill (and the seasoning is on point!) as well as teriyaki don and onigiri. And of course, I LOVE their pudding so be sure to order those. They have limited quantities so be sure to try it at least. Overall if you ask me, the food here comes slow, but is definitely well done and done with lotsa care (not like the uncle will layan you if you rush him la). A bit pricey, but you are getting pretty good food (the beef tongue is really good by the way)

So if you're looking for a casual bite (or a meal, if you're willing to spend like an average of 80 per person) with a lively night atmosphere....remember to book a place.

Hullo peeps! Today we gonna be exploring the less-explored Japanese Restaurant- Hyotan (瓢箪) which means... Gourd... Ok don't ask me why because I really have no idea... Unless of course the aim is to be like "oh like the magical gourd we shall provide you with with magical food" .... Or at least I wish....

Located along the road of Japanese restaurants, Hyotan is a little far away from the rest and is a few doors away from Souka Bake Shop. While the surroundings are a little dodgy, the interior itself does scream "CLASS!!!" and tables are either in private booths (HOORAY FOR PRIVACY) or by the bar. Sake, alcohol and what not are available and you have some less seen items on the list like ochazuke and this huge gigantic ball onigiri and zosui.

But that's fine. We're here for a meal. And they have set menus as well. Hyotan Bento (Bento A) comes at a price of RM 45 pre 16% tax. Green tea costs RM 1 and wet tissue is RM 0.50 so beware!

The Hyotan Bento A comes with tempura, unagi and salmon sashimi as well as rice, chawanmushi, pickles, salad, salmon roe, and some other side dishes. The 3 salmon slices came fresh and fairly thick in slice whils the tempura came with 1 ebu, 1 sweet potatk, 1 okra and 1 brinjal. The cawanmushi, is smooth and nicely seasoned and comes with ginko and chicken. And the set seems to give you everything in moderation. Very healthy I must say.

But the tempura was a disappointment. The batter was undercooked and not crispy and white like Snow White after she fell into a coma with too much foundation on. But othee than that, this seems to be a pretty value for money set.

So if you're looking for a quiet place to be and don't mind spending a little this is the place for you. And parking! Parking everywhere!

If you're familiar with SS15 Subang Jaya, you'll know of the famous "Japanese Food Row" opposite SJMC. The reason it is called such is because of the many Japanese shops along that row. Most of them side by side. And even so, competition seems to be fair.

Enter Jyu Raku - located right beside Rakuzen, Jyu Raku's name spells out to be longevity(寿) and happiness (樂) and to deliver these aspects, Jyu Raku claims to focus on fresh and quality ingredients.

Today's feafure is Bara Chirashi Don (RM 40 pre all those lovely taxes) which was a bowl of sushi rice topped with multiple different cubes of sashimi (salmon, tuna, snapper, amberjack), avacado as well as shiitake mushrooms, kani sticks, perilla leaves and salmon roe. Much can be said about the sashimi. Fresh. Firm. Comes in a good amount to ensure every bite is met with rice AND fish/whatever you want. The rice was also nicely seasoned and the mushrooms had lots of flavour to give taste to the sashimi and rice.

The parking however... dinner and lunch times prove to find parking a challenge. But valet parking is available and is based on tips. So if you trust them with your car... I guess why not?

Welcome to Klang. Where the old buildings and old school interiors contrast strongly with the high rise buildings we see everyday in KL and Subang. Nonetheless, it is famous for its good food (namely Bak Kut Teh). Ask any Klang person and they will tell you this must try apple strudel from Fruity Bakery.

Sporting an old school interior which brings me back to days of Berry's cakes when I was a kid, Fruity Bakery has a old school feeling that I'm sure the millenials are having a hard time appreciating.

The Apple Strudel (price: unable to recall) does not seem like the typical apple strudel I am used to. What I am used to is a foot long apple strudel in puff pastry filled to the brim with apple filling. This one was small. Cupcake sized almost. But what caught me was the incredibly flakey, cripsy, puffy puff pastry it sported. Inside of this pastry was fresh cream and the bottom lined with apple filling. The combination gives you crunch, cool cream, sweet tangy apple, and crunch again.

Now imagine this while reading: you put that flakey strudel between your fingers, it is so crispy and flakey that with even the slightest extra amount of pressure you know the outer layer will break. As you bite down on the strudel, you hear, first a crisping sound as the pastry breaks. Your teeth then sinks in further and your mouth is filled with cool, fresh cream. Continuing on you catch the sweetness of the apples, muted and balanced by the cream. And then once again, you heard a crunching sound as you bite through the last piece of pastry at the bottom.

And you wonder why this is a must try.

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Owl's Cafe might not have real owls. But they do have drawings and pancakes with fancy names! Meet David. A total gentleman, David is sweet, but not like those tacky people who flatter with too much sugar. David has flare that comes at the side with a little peanut butter. When he wants to be, David is also cool, but soft (his heart) despite his appearance. All in all, David is nice. But I prefer my waffles a little crispy on the outside. Their Mocha on the other hand is a different story. Acidic, overwhelming coffee, and cast aside chocolate, their mocha isn't my cuppa tea (see what I did there?) but I don't know... Maybe some people DO like it.

Some of you may know Naughty Nuri's from its Desa Sri Hartamad branch. But fret not my fellow Subang-ians! Naughty Nuri has opened it's doors in SS15 courtyard (formally First Subang) and serves pork. Pork. And more pork. Oh and also, they are called Naughty for a reason... siew yoke salad? Yes please! Naughty Nuri's Signature Roast Pork Salad (RM 24.90) brings you sinful pleasure in the form of siew yoke and deep fried pork skin, and "but it can be healthy" assurance in the form of buttet head lettucr, hard boiled eggs and purpple cabbage in apple vinaigrette. Overall it's not something to shout about but if you want to uh... be healthy but not sacrifice your pork diet. This is the way to go.

Naughty Nuri's 1998 Signature BBQ Spare Ribs (RM 39.90) was another favourite on the table. Smokey, sweet, spare ribs with slightly charred bits, soft bones and a wedge of lime make it appetizing and the portion is big enough for sharing.

Beers and alcohol is also available on the menu if you feel like going "naughtier". Oh and not to mention they have a specialty "roast suckling pig"(RM 300) where they roast and entire suckling pig for you and do this dance thingy majiggy . The father says it's really good but I haven't had the chance to try it yet :(

All in all, Naughty Nuri's is your one stop pork station for all things pork. Throw in random dances (ala Johnny Rocket) and alcohol. Well you got yourself a place for company dinner nights

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Remember my beloved Thean Chun pudding? Well much closer to home is Sumi-Ka with their "Sumi-Ka Pudding" (RM 6 after gst). Much creamier, softer, bouncier than Thean Chun's "Dan Dan (蛋蛋)” Sumi-Ka's Pudding melts in your mouth in bouts of creaminess paired with semi-bitter caramel. Not too sweet and not too bitter, the caramelized sugar compliments the creaminess of the cool pudding and just leaves you wanting more. RM 6? Chef-san! Get me 5 of these!!!

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Fun fact: did you know that Jibby n Co and Serai in Empire was owned by the same person? Well if you've enjoyed their foods thus far, there here to bring you another restaurant called Jibby Chow that was only in its second day of opening at the time of writing.

Located in SS15 Courtyard (formerly known as First Subang SS15) right beside Rakuzen on the ground floor, Jibby Chow sports an urban look with lights and designs commonly seen in cafes. They serve what I would like to call "Chinese with a Twist" as they serve foods that are very Chinese-ey but are different from the conventional ones such as crab meat fried rice, lobster noodles, mongolian style lamb ribs and so on. They also serve some pretty common dishes such as roast half chicken, stir fried kailan and asparagus, salted egg bitter gourd and minced meat tofu.

The menu for the nice consisted of Mongolian style Lamb Ribs (shown in pic), roasted half chicken, minced meat tofu and chinese style red bean pancakes and durian ice cream for dessert. Foods and meant for sharing and they serve basmati rice instead of the normal jasmine rice as the owner said that basmati rice has less starch and she is concerned with the health of the customers as well.

Our favourite dish of the night is undeniably the Mongolian styled Lamb Ribs (RM 48). While I wouldn't say the ribs were tender till they fall off or anything of the sort (in fact, use the knife they give you... It'll take some mouth exercise if you just chew the entire thing- from experience) but the flavour is definitely on point. I have not had Jibby n Co but I have had Serai and I can say I do enjoy Serai's food. Slightly sweet, tangy, a little heat and a little resemblance to char siew sauce, each rib packs a huge flavour punch and just makes you want to go back the next day.

However, the strong flavours might be a little heavy and I couldn't eat more than one rib at a time 😂😂But if I ever wanted something other than the typical western lamb chop ir grilled lamb or roasted lamb, you know where I'll be heading next! Note: will change location once Jibby Chow is on the map 😂😂

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IDC (Not I Dont Care apprently) has opened its doors in Damansara Kim selling Kapiti Ice Cream. With RM 7 for a scoop, 3 for RM 18 and RM 28 for 6 tennis ball sized scoops of ice cream, I'm wondering if Fat Baby or Inside Scoop has a place in my heart anymore (tho inside scoop was never my style) flavours are pretty non-conventional and I found myself liking Spicy Apple Crumble the most and Vintage Strawberry Cream next. They alsl have ladies night where ladies get 50% off and ice cream buffets on some days.

That being said, unlike Fat Baby or Inside scoop, their flavours don't seem to rotate that often. Their scoop sizes are huge so be sure to bring someone or several people to share the ice cream.

And despite what they say, the olive oil and sea salt affogato is not for everyone. I don't think it's bad bad... but it's not something I would crave.

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Lian Heng Pan Mee is famous in Subang Jaya. Serious. Ask anyone if they know the number-taking SS19 pan mee. Tho the old stall is still there in SS19. It was sold off to someone a few years back and I don't know if it tastes any different from the original Lian Heng. But feat not! They have opened a shop in USJ 1 called Lian Heng Pan Mee (someone forgot to sign a non-competition agreement) and is run by the original owner's son.

That being said, the place is full and packed during lunch hours by those who no doubt want a taste of that old nostalgia they once had. At time of writing, we were told that it was opened less than a week ago.

There was no menu to be found and it's RM 6 for small with no gst and only a few drinks to choose from.

The noodle itself was a tad disappointing in my opinion. Overcooked and the edges of the noodles had a texture of bread dipped in water (they only serve hand pinched pan mee). The soup itself was not bad with a strong taste of anchovy but the texture of the noodle just made your enjoy the dish less. Nothing more to ruin your day than soggy noodles.

Waiting time was pretty long as well which was about 20 minutes. Drinks came fast and be sure to come early or risk standing and waiting for seats during lunch.

That being said, I'm trying to think positive by saying this is only their first week and they might improve some within the next month. So we'll check back in the next month to see how it goes.

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