• Food,  Living

    Plate Culture (Review) @ Mun Wei’s My Hakka Kitchen

    A cozy home setting, friendly people and good home cooked food. Would I recommend Plate Culture to you guys? Read on to find out:

    I had not heard of Plate Culture previously. But perusing their website I was intrigued. They have a good variety of cuisines to choose from; all prepared by home chefs that open the doors to their homes.

    From traditional Hakka to Malay as well as Western cuisines are offered. Some even offer cooking classes for you to learn about the cuisine.

    PlateCulture aims at connecting people who love cooking and hosting with people who love eating.

    “Social Dinning At Local Foodies’ Houses”

    They operate in several countries including Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore.  It’s really simple to use, you just request a dinner on your chosen date, Chef approves, you confirm and secure your payment and head over on your chosen date to enjoy the PlateCulturing experience.

    My Hakka Kitchen

    I was invited to a PlateCulturing experience at Mun Wei’s (Yuki): My Hakka Kitchen.

    Yuki was previously a chef at a café that served fusion Italian food; however, she gave that up to be a homemaker and especially to care for her, now, 3 year old daughter.

    I asked her “why she decided to join plate culture and serve Hakka cuisine instead?”

    Yuki told me that she loves cooking and as she grew up on traditional Hakka cuisine, wanted to offer the opportunity to try it to others.

    She was introduce to Plate Culture by her brother who is a Western cuisine chef.

    Getting There

    Yuki’s home is located at Jalan Kuchai Lama and the dinner was at 7PM on a Tuesday, so any of you who are familiar with KL would know my issue here. The usual Jam. But I had expected it and had left for dinner earlier to arrive on time.

    Getting there wasn’t too much of an issue other than the short crawl along the Federal highway on to Jalan Klang Lama. Once in the housing area, it was a little confusing and there were two streets with the same name. But it didn’t take long before I found Yuki’s house.

    As I arrived, Ken (Yuki’s husband) open the door for me and welcomed me warmly, I walked in entering the hallway that lead up to the dining area. The kitchen was on my immediate right as I entered where I met Yuki.

    Upon meeting, Yuki asked if I ate pork, as she would be serving pork (it is traditional Hakka). Due to a lapse on my part and excitement, I had forgotten about asking about this earlier (sorry guys).

    After the initial meet Ken guided me to the dining area. The home was nicely decorated with a cozy dining area that was next to a little outdoor garden (as you can see in the photo).

    Ken is an interior designer and humored my curiosity on the subject. It was no wonder the home nicely decorated.

    Before long the food came.

    Food

    Yuki served up 5 dishes that followed with desert. Despite my earlier mistake, Yuki did her best to accommodate, which was really nice of her. But she also presented the dishes so I could take photos for you guys 

    The dishes served were; Stir fried roast pork (cooked with garlic and soy sauce till crispy), Fried fucuk crab balls (filled with squid, prawn and fish paste), a Hakka style Yong Tau Foo (filled with salted fish and mince pork), Ginger wine chicken, two veggie dishes and followed by dessert.

    The dishes were served along with a bowl of rice.

    As I ate, both Yuki and Ken entertain me with delightful conversation,  educating me on Hakka Cuisine.

    As far as I can tell you, is that the food was very well prepared. The veggie dishes were well seasoned and I tried the ginger chicken that was really delicious. The ginger gave a good ommph to it and the chicken was flavourful.

    Yuki uses free range chicken and only seek the best quality of ingredients.

    The stars of the dinner however, were the stir fired roast pork, fried fucuk crab balls and the Hakka style Yong Tau Foo.

    The dinner ended with desert. I was given warm sweet soy milk cooked with egg. And trust me,  I was surprised at how nice it was. It was well balanced and sweetness did well to balance out the saltiness of the Hakka cuisine. Though Yuki usually serves barley and fucuk with ginkgo nut for desert.

    Would I Recommend Plate Cullture?

    I really like the concept of Plate Culture. My first thought was to have dinner parties, where you and friends could choose a cuisine to try and have it there.

    If the experience I had at Yuki’s is anything to go by, with good quality authentic food, friendly people and a cozy home setting; I would definitely recommend you try out.

    Plate Culture Website: plateculture.com

    Mun Wei’s: My Hakka Kitchen

  • Food,  Living

    Malaysia’s Top 10 Theme Eateries

    It is a well known fact that we Malaysians love our food. Some food entrepreneurs have taken this love to the next level, with creative themes that give their cafes a unique identity. If you need some ideas on where to hang out this weekend, check out Malaysia’s Top 10 Theme Eateries, as voted by you!

    1) Chemistry Café+Lab

    Who said test-tubes and beakers wouldn’t be useful after school? This is one lab that isn’t just for science geeks. Located in Shah Alam, Chemistry Cafe is inspired by all the things you may find in a laboratory, which means you can expect your drinks to be served in scientific apparatus, and not cups. Food and cakes are also served at the cafe, which is open daily.

    FB: chemistrycafe | IG: @chemistrycafe

    2) Locahouz

    The next cafe takes us all the way to Malacca for a bit of a history lesson. Almost every hipster cafe you’d see nowadays would have vintage memorabilia scattered throughout their venues, but this one is truly special as the items here are rooted in the state’s history. So sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee in an old school kopitiam style cup, and take in the classic vibes around you, the Malacca way.

    FB: Locahouz | IG: @locahouz.b.c.d

    3) Hello Kitty Gourmet Café

    These days, even cartoon characters are worthy of cafes. Of course, with her cult global following, Hello Kitty is no exception to this. Nestled in Sunway Pyramid, fans of the pink-bowed feline can pretend they’re on a European escapade, as the decoration there certainly evokes such feelings. At Hello Kitty Gourmet Cafe, you’ll also find a variety of food offerings which are of Western selections.

    hellokittygourmet.com.my | FB: Hello Kitty Gourmet Café | IG:@hellokittygourmetcafe

    4) Mamee Jonker House

    Malacca makes the cut once again, this time with a very familiar Malaysian snack – Mamee! Here, the infamous noodles are given a twist, in the form of well-loved local dishes like Bee Hoon Goreng and Curry Laksa. If noodles aren’t your thing, they even have classic Malacca favourites like Hainanese Chicken Rice. When you’re done tucking in, you can always head on over to their merchandise store where you can not only buy Mamee items, but see how the noodles are made.

    mameejonkerhouse.com | FB: my.mameejonkerhouse | IG:@mameejonkerhouse

    5) TOKB Café

    This cafe features a menu full of  Kelantanese flavours. TOKB actually stands for “Taste of Kota Bharu” and this is reflected in the food served there, which is reminiscent of cuisine from Kelantan itself, such as the traditional Keropok Lekor. But another attractive feature is actually the WWII inspired decor, which is in tribute to war heroes of that time. Camouflage lovers will certainly enjoy taking photos of the military artifacts and items available in the cafe.

    tokbcafe.com.my | FB: tokbcafe | IG: @tokbcafe

    6) Departure Lounge

    Frequent flyers, this one’s for you. Inspired by the airport lounges travelers wait in before jetting off somewhere, this place also has guidebooks for you to peruse over one of their famous brunch/breakfast type meals. Even the setting is somewhat reminiscent of an airport, with clocks showing the times in different countries. Explorers and adventurers will definitely have a soft spot for the interior here in this quaint Damansara Utama cafe.

    FB: CafeDepartureLounge | IG: @cafedeparturelounge

    7) M2escape

    The southern state represents here, for anyone who’s heading over to Johor Bahru looking for an interesting conceptual cafe. This cafe has a distinct Mickey Mouse theme going on, and you’ll definitely be seeing lots of nods to the world’s most famous mouse throughout their Mount Austin venue. Dishes feature classic Western and Asian items, as well as chocolate beverages and cakes.

    FB: M2escape | IG: @m2_escape_x_cafe

    8) Drums Café

    If it’s music that makes your heart beat faster, stop over at Drums Cafe in Johor Bahru. This cafe is inspired by the 24 Festive Drums, and these performances are very much tied to the Chinese calendar and are very symbolic and meaningful to the culture. The traditional drums used in the performances are seen all over the cafe, even functioning as tables, but lots of customers also frequent this place for the Ampang Yong Tau Foo, which is said to be delicious!

    FB: 24FestiveDrumsCafe | IG: @drumscafe

    9) Wheeler’s Coffee

    The Pearl of the Orient, Penang, is not to be left out in this list, with Georgetown’s Wheeler’s Coffee making the cut. Their theme is dedicated to bicycles, bikers and “bicycle art”, so cyclists can always make this a pit-stop on their next biking tour.  In addition to classic coffees and teas, they also have their own version of frappes, which should be a delight in the hot island weather. Meals like pizzas and pastas are served too, as are cakes, like their Molten Chocolate Lava Cake.

    FB: wheelers67 | IG: @wheelerscoffee

    10) Slurp Café

    Your inner child will definitely enjoy Slurp Cafe. Whether it’s The Caped Crusader or Son Goku you fancied growing up, you’ll find them here. When you’re done soaking up the cool atmosphere and taking pictures of their adorable superhero memorabilia, sit back and relax over a drink, or enjoy something to eat from their fusion menu, which has an East meets West concept, so you’ll see influences from local and international cultures.

    FB: cafeslurp | IG: @slurpcafe

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  • Career & Money,  Living

    Cost Of Living In Malaysia VS Singapore

    Some people say it’s much cheaper to live and work in Malaysia, while in Singapore the cost of living is so high that you’d practically need to take out a personal loan just to survive for a couple of months. But is that really true? Read this infographic to find out more about cost of living in these two country.

    Brought to you by Loanstreet.

  • Living,  Travel

    7 Things Only Spontaneous Travelers Will Understand

    As Paulo Coelho famously said, “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it’s lethal.” Are you itching to jump on a plane while you read this? No worries, we understand. Here are 7 things only last-minute spontaneous travelers like you will understand:

    1. You’re always good to go Whatever the time of day, wherever you are, you can pack up a small bag in mere minutes and have your travel gear ready to go. Your schedule always has room for flexibility and carefree ‘last minute’ changes. That’s just the way you roll. Your friends think you have commitment issues but it’s all about experiences folks.

    2. You’re a ninja packer You have minimalist packing down pat. If your less efficient friends get stressed at the idea of packing you are enlisted, making it look like a fine art. Your pals look on in awe as you ninja pack an hour before you leave without any sweat. Sarong, shorts, gadgets, done. Now where’s that passport? Get me out of here…

    3. You have too many travel apps You have all the travel apps a person can possibly have without creating your own. WhatsApp is your buddy. You are constantly wired to travel blogs, magazines, checking booking engines and social feeds. Any hot travel deals and you’re on it. I mean, ON it. $20 flights to Bali, you got it. Hot hotel deals on the HotelQuickly app are your first priority; I mean you have to get decent digs, right?

    4. You think routine is lethal Waking up in the same country every day is far from ideal! The spontaneous traveler wants to wake up in Hong Kong and be in Seoul by lunch. Perfect. Just because they decided to go on an adventure. A life well-travelled is one well-lived. Your idea of sheer hell is being in the same place for the rest of your life. You have friends from school like this, YAWN.

    5. You’re an Instagram junkie You get inspiration for your travels from various Instagrammers. You are an adept Instagrammer yourself and have a tribe of followers due to your casual journeys around the globe. Who doesn’t want to see the stunning Borobudur temple at sunrise?

    6. You grimace when you hear people talking about planned travel Holiday package anyone? NOOO! This is your worst nightmare. Staying in the same place and eating at the same restaurant for two weeks? Ugh. Actually planning a holiday and looking forward to it? You get your excitement from living life on the edge. Others with kids might disagree, but you think it’s pretty awesome just getting a flight and seeing what happens. After all, that’s when the travel magic really begins.

    7. You’re booking a spontaneous weekend trip as you’re reading this
    Yes. You. Are. Stop slacking. We know you are checking cheap flights and HotelQuickly as we speak. We’ve got to admit, your weekend will probably be pretty awesome. Wish we were coming too…

    This article was brought to you by Hotel Quickly who has just opened offers at 400 hotels in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto. The app is being translated into Japanese, which will become HotelQuickly’s 10th supported language.

  • Events,  Living

    Laugh Out Loud with Kuala Lumpur International Comedy Festival 2015

    Get ready to Laugh Out LOUD with the Kuala Lumpur Comedy Festival 2015! From the 16th to 23rd September 2015,  8 days of tummy aching, tear jerking comedy in 4 different venues.

    This epic comedy saga is the brainchild of the ‘Godfather of Malaysian Comedy’ Harith Iskander. The Festival brings together 60 of the world’s best comics from 14 different countries.

    There will be comedy from sketch, satire, musical and improve to slightly less traditional acts such as a comedy magician and hypnotist comedian.  And they will also have OPEN MIC Competitions and comedy workshop for kids. There are Comedy Acts in English, Bahasa Malaysia, Bahasa Indonesia, Tagolog and Cantonese.

    “This is a first, a huge first and we’ve worked hard to do it right. Everyone’s heard of the Edinburgh Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Montreal’s ‘Just For Laughs’, three of the biggest, most prestigious comedy festivals. Hopefully KLICFest will be a step towards getting Kuala Lumpur in that elite group of cities. Edinburgh, Melbourne, Montreal, KL” – Harith Iskander

    The Festival is part of the DiverseCity 2015’s Kuala Lumpur International Arts Festival – an initiative aimed at showcasing the diverse talents and cultures from around the region.

    20th September 2015, will see a mammoth performance by the festival’s top comedian come together for a night full of belly twisting comical hilarity at Harith Iskander’s ‘To Know Malaysia is LAUGH Malaysia’ Gala Night at The Manhattan Ballroom, Berjaya Hotel.

    Tickets range from RM15 to RM70 which covers each show per-night. There will also be limited special daily pass at RM98 per person or RM300 for 4 passes that are available to be purchase at the Black Box @ Maps KL from 16th September 2015. *Fans can purchase a daily pass in advance for upcoming shows

    Kids Comedy Workshop

    On 19th & 20th September 2015, KLCFest will have a very special Comedy Workshop For Kids. The workshop will be facilitated by Ros Boyer – who is the owner and principal of Joondalup Entertainers Theater School (JETS) in Australia.

    There are two groups one for 6-8 year olds and another for 9-12 year olds. Entrance fee is RM35

    Find out more here

    Preview Review

    We were invited to a preview of the comedic event and it was nothing short hilarious. Sharing with the talents of Alan Bate (U.S), Hung Le (Australia), Jarred Fell (New Zealand), Tamer Kattan(U.S), and Jonathan Atherton (Australia).

    Alan Bates demonstrated his amazing one of kind comedic powers of hypnotism. With the help of a few volunteers, he put the crowd in a daze of laughter with several skits of funny actions.

    Hung Le, a Vietnamese Australian comedian made us laughed hard with his set. Hilarious jokes with cultural references will surely have you tummy hurting with laughter.

    The Comedy Magician Jarred Fell, charmed the crowd with his engaging act. Getting the crowd to participate in his set, with hilarious consequences, and not forgetting cool magic

    Tamer Kattan, an Egyptian-American comedian, will have you laughing out loud with hilarious observational comedy as he shares with the crowd his unique and humorous view of the world.

    Jonathan Atherton, is a comedian that known really known Asia, he even known how to speak Bahasa Malaysia. He has some relatable jokes that are truly comical.

    Harith Iskander was of course full of humorous stories and funny jokes.

    These are just a few of the amazing line-up that the festival has in stored for Comedy Fans. The Festival truly is a great opportunity to be entertained by some of the world’s most hilarious Comedian. Don’t Miss IT!

    Find out More @

    KLInternationalComedyFestival.com

    KLICFest Facebook

    Get your Tickets @

    Ticket Pro

  • Events,  Living

    Win A 2 Night Stay At Koh Samui

    Win a holiday for you and a loved one at Monsoon Beach, Koh Samui with HotelQuickly!

    HotelQuickly, a last-minute hotel booking app, will be raffling a two-night stay at Monsoon Beach Villas on the Thai island of Koh Samui.

    How To Join:

    New users on the app can join the contest from Dec. 21, 2015 to Jan. 8, 2016 by redeeming the code ‘WINHOTEL’. Each participant will also receive a 20% discount from HotelQuickly to book a hotel of their choice.

    During this period, first-time bookings made using the promo code will also earn 3 times the normal number of BPoints.

    Find more information about the contest here.

    Download the HotelQuickly app from App Store or Google Play.

  • Living

    How To Cook Moist & Tender Chicken Breasts Every Time

    Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (aka BSCBs) — is there anything more boring? They are all too often overcooked until dry and chewy, and I generally prefer more succulent boneless, skinless thighs. But for lunch and dinner favorites like chicken Caesar salad and chicken pasta, sliced juicy chicken breasts can’t be beat. They’re a great staple for quick lunches, too.

    Fortunately I have one method that makes unfailingly juicy and tender boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Need some chicken for a salad, or to top some pasta? This is the method. It takes some trust, but believe me — it works flawlessly every single time.

    A Method That Requires Trust!

    This method takes trust; you can’t check the chicken breasts or watch them cooking. The method isn’t searing, sautéing, broiling, frying, or baking; it heats the chicken breasts quickly on the stovetop then lets them essentially poach from the inside out in their juices in a covered pan.

    So you can’t peek, and you have to trust us. But I promise that if you follow this method exactly, you won’t be disappointed. I learned this cooking method from an old edition of Joy of Cooking, which gives this method its special label:Cockaigne, reserved for only their personal favorite and best recipes.

    Seasoning the Chicken

    This method alone makes plain, simple chicken breasts — a blank slate to be used on top of salads, rice dishes, and tacos. But you can season the breasts any way you like; make them spicy, or flavor them with fresh herbs.

    You don’t need to brine or marinate the chicken, but a quick brine does make them even juicier! Watch the video below for instructions on how to make a super-quick 15-minute brine. (If you use a brine, make sure to pat the chicken very dry before proceeding with the cooking method below.)

    Tester’s Notes

    Since we originally published this a few years ago, I’ve been surprised at the number of people who have written or commented to say they really love it. It’s truly reliable!

    There have been questions about it too — for instance, do you adjust the cooking time if the chicken breasts are extra big?

    I don’t; I find that this works across a spectrum of size and weight, provided the breasts are separated into individual halves and they are flattened to even thickness during the prep.

    I also originally published this very close to Joy of Cooking‘s method, which calls for you to dredge the breasts in flour. I’ve found this is unnecessary, and also undesirable for those who eat gluten-free. I’ve adjusted the method below to not include flour — just salt and pepper. But you are free to tweak and adjust; there are some great suggestions in the comments for dredging in alternative flours like chickpea, and seasoning with all kinds of spices or herbs.

    This is truly just a blank slate method; it makes nicely cooked and juicy chicken breast for topping salads and other dishes. I usually make about one pound of chicken breasts at a time, which gives me enough chicken for a few days of salads and lunches. But if you want to turn it into a meal on its own, get creative! No matter how you season them, you’ll have juicy, tender chicken breasts. — Faith, September 2014

    Flatten the chicken breasts: Pound the chicken breasts to an even thickness with the bottom of a wide jar or glass. You can also (carefully!) use the handle of a heavy chef’s knife.

    How To Cook Moist & Tender Chicken Breasts Every Time

    What You Need

    Ingredients

    1 to 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, of similar size
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    1 tablespoon olive oil, unsalted butter, or combination of both

    Equipment

    Heavy Mason jar or wide drinking glass
    Wide (10-inch) sauté pan with lid
    Tongs or spatula

    Instructions

    1. Flatten the chicken breasts: Pound the chicken breasts to an even thickness with the bottom of a wide jar or glass. You can also (carefully!) use the handle of a heavy chef’s knife.
    2. Season the chicken breasts: Lightly salt and pepper the chicken breasts.
    3. Prepare the pan: Heat the sauté pan over medium-high heat. When it is quite hot, add the olive oil (or butter, if using). Swirl the pan so it is lightly covered with the olive oil.
    4. Cook the chicken breasts for 1 minute without moving: Turn the heat to medium. Add the chicken breasts. Cook for just about 1 minute to help them get a little golden on one side (you are not actually searing or browning them).
    5. Flip the chicken breasts: Then flip each chicken breast over.
    6. Turn the heat down to low: Turn the heat to low.
    7. Cover the pan and cook on low for 10 minutes. Cover with a tight-fitting lid. Set a timer for 10 minutes, and walk away. Do not lift the lid; do not peek.
    8. Turn off the heat and let sit for an additional 10 minutes: After 10 minutes have elapsed, turn off the heat. (If you have an electric stove, remove the pan from the heat.) Reset the timer for 10 minutes and leave the chicken breasts in the pan. Again, do not lift the lid; do not peek.
    9. Remove lid and take temperature: After the 10 minutes are up, take the lid off, and your chicken is done. Make sure there is no pink in the middle of the chicken breasts. If you want to be absolutely sure it is cooked, you can use an instant-read thermometer to check (the chicken should be at least 165°F). Slice and eat. Store any leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator.

    Recipe Notes

    • Dredge in seasoned flour: You can also dredge the chicken breasts in flour before cooking. Season the flour with spices or fresh herbs and make sure the chicken is golden on one side before you flip it over. This will give your chicken a very subtle crust.
    • Quick brine: You can make your boneless skinless chicken breasts even juicier and more flavorful with a super-quick brine. Even just 15 minutes in a simple brine will make them juicier. Watch the video above to see how this is done.

    This article was brought to you by www.thekitchn.com.

    See the original article here.

  • Food,  Living

    Iconic Dishes From Around The World

    The unifying qualities that good food can have is something that should never be underestimated.

    Here is an infographic on ‘Iconic Dishes From Around The World’.

    This article was brought to you by www.perfectstays.co.uk.

    We Malaysian love our food.

    And there are so many Malaysian Food Classics that no infographic can do it all justice!

    Here are some Malaysian food articles you may be interested in:

    The 8 Different Kinds Of Laksa And Where To Get Them In Malaysia

    Top 5 Nyonya Kuih Finds

    Best 10 Must-Eats On Jalan Alor

  • Fashion,  Living

    Where To Rent Halloween Costumes in KL and PJ

    Don’t want to buy or make a costume for Halloween? Here are some places for Halloween Costume Rentals:

    Halloween is just around the corner and that means parties, costumes and a night of fun.

    If you are stumped on where to rent one, here are some places in KL that you could visit:

    1. Costumes ‘N’ Parties

    This shop is literally located in the center of KL.

    They have costumes for adults and children ranging from 1920’s themed and Cosplay and Video Games inspired. You can also buy special effect/ stage makeup to complete your look.

    With over 20,000 costumes, Costumes ‘N’ Parties is one of the largest costumes boutiques in KL.

    Their store is a nice studio like outlet with visual interesting decorations – recently a spooky theme for Halloween.

    They try to update their collection with the latest costumes as soon as possible.

    For example, they already have the latest Star Wars costumes from the 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie.

    Cost:  RM60 to RM170 each for a three-day rental.

    Costumes’N’Parties
    The Weld, #L2-09, Level 2, 76,
    Jalan Raja Chulan,50200 Kuala Lumpur

    Contact: 03-2164 8184

    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fri: 11AM – 8PM
    Sat: 11AM – 6PM
    Sun and Public Holidays: Closed

    2. Costumes Empire

    They have a wide variety of costumes for you to pick from.

    From Alice in Wonderland and Red Riding Hood to Batman and Superman, you can even have your costume made to order.

    Costumes Empire also has a selection of  fancy dresses, different coloured wigs and accessories.

    Cost: RM80 – RM100  for a three-day rental

    Costumes Empire
    KL Outlet
    Penthouse Suite 7.07, 7th Floor Wisma Central,
    Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    Contact: 0111-5713651

    Opening Hours:
    Mon- Fri: 10AM – 8PM
    Sat: 10AM – 6PM
    Sun and Public Holidays: Closed

    PJ Outlet
    Unit B-1-23A, Block Bougainvillea,
    10 Boulevard, SPRINT Highway, Petaling Jaya.

    Contact: 0111-5713652 or 03-77311886

    3. Century Fiesta

    This store has 6000+ costumes to choose from for either adults or children – ranging from Cowboys, Cosplay, Uniforms, Lady Gaga to cultural based costumes.

    Cool part is that they are able to customize all kinds of costumes, and prices will depend on the design.

    More than 95% of their costumes are design and made by their tailors right here in Malaysia.

    Cost: RM60 – RM500 for a three to four-day rental.

    Century Fiesta
    No.44-2, Jalan 24/70 A,
    Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur,

    Contact: 03-2300 2048 or 012-440 2048

    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fri: 11AM – 7.30PM
    Sat: 11AM – 5PM
    Sun And Public Holidays: Closed

    4. Costume World

    Costume World’s selection features Star Wars Characters, mascots, as well as ethnic themed costumes, among others.

    They have different variations and styles for every category that they have.

    So you and your friends can go as the same character, but with different outfits.

    Although they buy the costumes and accessories, they will often modify them to improve on the overall look of the items.

    Cost: RM60 – RM150  per costume rental

    Costume World
    B-3A-17 Pusat Perdagangan Pelangi Square,
    Persiaran Surian PJU 6, Pelangi Damansara, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.

    Contact: 03-7729 7332

    Opening Hours:
    Mon – Fri: 11AM – 7PM
    Sat: 11AM – 4PM
    Sun and Public Holidays: Closed

    5. Abracadabra Costume Rental

    Abracadabra houses a selection of over 3000 costumes for rent and accessories such as hats, mask, props, among others.

    There are costume available for adults and children – even as young as pre-school kids.

    They cater for a variety of events such as TV commercials, stage shows, theater and music production – and take very good care of their costumes.

    Costume themes range from cartoon characters, Wild Wild West, Pirates and more.

    Most of their costumes are imported and they have just replenish for this coming Halloween.

    Cost: RM45 – RM 350 per costume rental

    Abracadabra Costume Rental
    No 2-1, Prima Avenue 3, Jalan Cenuk 2,
    Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100 Puchong, Selangor.

    Contact: +603- 8071 7950 or +603- 8071 7951

    Opening Hours: 
    Mon – Fri: 11AM – 7.30PM
    Sat: 11AM – 4.30PM
    Sun and Public Holidays: Closed

  • Food,  Living

    NESCAFE’s New Mountain Wash Decaffeinated Coffee

    NESCAFE has launched a decaffeinated coffee to join their ever popular coffee range. It’s called NESCAFE Mountain Wash  and we in Malaysia are the first to get our hands on it.

    The coffee was inspired by the traditions of a hidden village in Vietnam named Tri-An, where the beans are soaked for long hours to gently remove the caffeine.

    Here is a video overview on the story of NESCAFE Mountain Wash.

    The Review

    The Name

    The name strikes me as slightly odd. When you say “mountain wash” fast, it sounds like “mouth wash”. However, since the coffee range draws inspiration from the village in the mountains, I can understand the origins of the name.

    The Packaging

    The packaging is a nice, medium sized canister with an artwork of a mountainside scenery.

    The Coffee

    The taste is very similar to that of other instant coffees by Nescafe. I like that it wasn’t as sweet and had a lighter body.

    I was suprised by the smooth texture, making it extremely easy to drink.

    The coffee has a nice smell to me(maybe because of the familiarity). Let’s just say you would know that it is from NESCAFE

    Effects

    I drank the coffee at night (11 PM) to test potential caffeine effects. Well there was none. I had no problems falling asleep that night. Since caffeine in general has little effects on me. I tested with my brother and he had no problems sleeping that night either.

    I took another cup in the morning (10 AM) and the coffee woke me up sufficiently (without a caffeine buzz).

    Price

    The Mountain Wash range retails at RM 14.84 for a canister of 12 sticks or RM 14.85 for a bag of 15 sticks.

    This is more expensive than NESCAFE’s Original instant coffee which retails at RM 13.99 for a bag of 30 sticks.

    Conclusion

    I did not expect too much the NESCAFE Mountain Wash, since it was a decaffeinated coffee, but they have done a good job overall. It is a decent  alternative to the regular instant coffee.

    I would recommend that you try this coffee out for yourselves.

    You can find out more at:  www.nescafemountainwash.com.my