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Anyone for XO Loh Mee?

>> Tuesday, August 28, 2007

(non-halal)

Anyone knows how XO Loh Mee taste like? Or have you heard of this dish?

There’s this place in Sunway, behind the Puchong LDP highway, offerning a pretty good variety of what I call as ‘special’ Chinese food. It’s like one of those ‘tai chow’ places, where you order rice & dishes for dinner. :D

The place I’m referring to is called Tian Tian Lai Seafood Restaurant, located in a food court in PJS10, Sunway. It’s situated in a housing area, & the small food court is behind a row of shop houses along the LDP highway (before Puchong toll).

If you’re observant enough, as you come out of the Puchong toll, there’ll be a turning, & one row of shop houses on your upcoming left. The food court is right behind the shop houses, so if you take the first left turn after the Puchong toll, you’ll see the food court on your right.

The XO Loh Mee is really nice, & costs RM5/person. My family ordered one for 3 persons, so that came up to RM15. The taste was just ‘wow’ & there’s crab meat & medium-size prawns in the dish as well! Not bad for RM15, eh? Accompanying the Loh Mee is definitely the black vinegar, which is a MUST. The entire dish will taste really good with the fragrance & taste of the XO & the black vinegar, and the noodles, prawns, & crab meat blend very well together. Somehow it tastes like ‘Shark Fin Soup minus the shark fins’! *lol* :P

XO Loh Mee (taken with sis’ camera phone)
XO Loh Mee

The other 2 dishes that we had was the Marmite Chicken & the ‘stir-fried Yau Mak with preserved beancurd’. Both was excellent well, & the generous serving for 4 people costs us RM8 for each of the dishes only! Coolness! Altogether, we spent RM31 for a delicious meal & I’m indeed satisfied with the decision to go there for dinner. Well, the only thing is that we’ve to wait for quite a while as the service is quite slow. But overall, food wise, I could give an A-!

Marmite Chicken…we started on the dish already when I took both the pics!
Marmite Chicken

What's good about this chicken is that the taste & fragrance of the marmite is SO evident! It somewhat tastes like the honey-glazed BBQ chicken wings, but smothered with marmite. Wow. Irresistable! :P

Stir-fried Yau Mak with preserved beancurd
Fu Yue Yau Mak

You'll be wondering why I put this common vegie into this site, eh? Well, truthfully, this vegie dish is one of the better ones that I've tasted in the many places that I've been to. The preserved beancurd ('fu yue' in Cantonese) is generously included in stir-frying the vegie, & the bits & pieces of chilli padi (bird's eye chilli) gives a wonderful kick to the common vegie! :P

- Ruth

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Porkilicious!

(non-halal)

Yeah, found another place for good food! This time, it’s the pork ball (the flat ones) noodles at Bangsar :P

It’s one of the best that I’ve tried so far. Seriously, I can dare say that it IS good. I could give it a grade A for its good taste! Located at a Chinese coffeeshop at Lucky Garden, Bangsar, is this famous pork ball noodles stall. It’s a usual coffeeshop, stuffy, filled with people & no doubt noisy, but my friend told me that the pork ball noodles are good, & so goes the ‘pan mee’ (flat flour noodles served either in soup or dry with dark soya sauce)

The Coffeeshop
bestPorkBallNoodlesShop

I ordered the ‘kon lou loh shu fan’ (dry ‘rat tail’ noodles) & my, my, let me just make your mouth water! (Hurry, prepare a bowl or a pail to contain your uncontrolled salivation!)

‘Kon Lou Loh Shu Fan’
porkyLohShuFun

The loh shu fan was chewy, yet not to the extend that it feels like chewing gum, AND soft, but not to the extend that it feels over-cooked or ‘mushy’. Mmm…interesting, eh? It just gave me a ‘feel good’ when I ate it :P The mince pork was fragrantly stir-fried; the smell of pork wasn’t pungent to the effect that it feels yucky eating it, but it was nicely mixed with sauce, rich in taste & texture, to give the mince pork some added advantage when mixed with the noodles! Ahahaha…now, to the soup & the meatball itself!

The meatball was ‘springy’ and not too salty, and the soup that came with it was fragrantly spiced with a dash of white pepper & chopped spring onions. Yums! I recommend our dear readers to try it for themselves. It’s something that you won’t regret eating it, even if you feel that there are better ones. And if there are better ones, make sure you introduce it to us, the Perutbesi duo!

* Landmarks: near Bangsar Village & same row as Ipoh White Coffee kopitiam

Kedai Kopi & Makanan Chun Heong,
Lucky Garden, Bangsar
Kuala Lumpur



- Ruth

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MIFC: Team Italy Competing!

*Pheeew….boom!! Pheeew….boom!* This went on for 30 minutes during the competition days! Cool eh? It was actually pretty interesting, considering the fact that Malaysia rarely have such events on! :) The sight & sound of fireworks dancing in the night sky was one to behold :)

The 1st MIFC was held in the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC). We, the Perutbesi duo managed to go there for 2 of the events *smiles proudly* Anne went for the display night on the 24th of August, while I went for the Team Italy’s competition night on the 25th :D However, we, like the thousands of others only watched the fireworks from outside the convention centre :P

Signboard directing towards the PICC
PICC_Signboard

The event is carried out every Friday & Saturday, from 16th August to 2nd September. On display nights, there’ll be 10 minutes of fireworks shooting into the sky, while on competition nights, the event will last for 30 minutes :P

Fireworks display
MIFC_Italy2007

Every night when the event is on, Putrajaya will be thronged by people from all over Malaysia, & other parts of the world, mesmerized by the awesome display of fireworks! :D For once, to be stuck in a traffic jam is something that’s not stressful, & one that brings a smile to each person’s face! Amazing, eh? Mind you, the jam to reach the bridge before the convention centre takes around 1 hour, & the jam after the event (to get out of Putrajaya) was another 1 ½ hours!! Toll itself, from Sunway, costs RM6.40 both ways, with an hour plus drive to arrive, with the jam!

Bridge at Putrajaya, before the PICC
PutrajayaBridge

Traffic jam after the event
MIFCJam

I managed to capture some video of the event & snapped some photos too, but the photos didn’t turn out as well as the video itself :( Here’s to share with our dear readers, the event that took place on Team Italy’s competition night!

*sigh* Since Wordpress isn't compatible with video embedding, do check it out on this site:




- Ruth

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SOULed Out - So Lip Smacking

>> Sunday, August 26, 2007

Check out the ever famous Souled Out Cafe & Bar for a cozy yet happening dining experience. Not to mention a food outlet, which is almost full all the time :)

Coster

Souled Out is famous for its location, atmosphere and friendly services. Had an opportunity to dine with a big group of colleagues at Souled Out, Desa Sri Hartamas last Friday. It was my first time there. My friends often told me that it is one of the best hangout place and i don't really believe them until i made my way there. One friend described the place as a 'high class mamak'..hmmm. It was indeed packed with diners and you really have to make sure you be there early or make a reservation in advance to avoid disappointment :)

Souled Out offers a mixed of 3 cuisines, namely Western, Indian and Malayian favourites. Their Indian dishes are superb and highly recommended by one of my colleague. Souled Out menu listed almost 100 different dishes and their price is somehow 'well priced' (*i can't think of a proper word right now :P), if compared with the service and the quality of food they offer.

Some of the foods we had...

Chicken Ala Kiev (RM23)
Chicken Ala Kiev

Carbonara (RM18)
Carbonara

Garlic Naan (RM6)
Garlic and Cheese Naan

Tom Yam Noodle (RM16)
Tom Yam

Ravieli Asparagus (RM20)
Ravieli Asparagus

Fish Burger (RM16)
Burger

Long Island (RM27)
Virgin Island

Location:
No. 20, Jalan 30/70A
Desa Sri Hartamas
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2300 1955
You can submit online reservation through their website here

Special credit to the following great folks :)

Group

JH - For being a safe driver that nite
Brian - For being a brave food photographer that nite. I admit that i do chicken out a bit a lot w/o Ruth around..hehe
Ning - For typing the hard-to-remember cum long name of dishes we had that nite. Believe me, she can type REAL FAST with her hp
Yaz & Heeman - For their encouraging words. Can't remember who, but one of them actually said 'Be brave, you are a food blogger wat....'
Lai - For the funny games
PY - For inviting us
To the rest of the group - Thanks for making the night a memorable one :)

-Anne

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Anyone Can Cook

>> Thursday, August 23, 2007

Yeap, thats the famous tagline from the latest movie by Pixar, Ratatouille :) This post has nothing to do with neither cooking, nor getting everyone to become a cook. Hehe..the headline might be a bit deceiving, but it definitely has something to do with what I'm about to write here. I was given an opportunity to attend the free movie screening of Ratatouille last Thursday at Cineleisure, Mutiara Damansara. Yeap, I'm able to watch Ratatouille on its opening night itself *jumping around. The free movie screening was part of Intel's celebration of the success of Intel Core Microarchitecture and the 1st year anniversary of Intel Core 2 Duo.

The party started with guests indulging themselves in great food served by caffe 1920. Didn't get to take any photo of food as I'm kinda 'chicken out' a bit with so many 'adults' around me and i only have my hp that nite. The photos didn't turn out nice :(

Chef

The party continued with cake cutting ceremony. Check out the BIG birthday cake. Lurv it! Simple but pretty *yum. The dinner and cake cutting ceremony ended around 7.20pm, where guests, media members and Intel staffs were directed to the cinema to catch the 7:30pm show.

Cake

I bet there is at least one person there who wonders what Ratatouille has to do with Intel, right? Well, it is because * Intel's C2D processors helped Pixar bring Ratatouille to life, faster than ever, with 30% performance improvement in computer-generated animation and visual effects rendering software. Way to go! The rats look so real! I even had goosebumps a few times while watching the movie...eerrkk..I'm afraid of rats! :P

(*taken from a trusted source)

Overall, all of us had fun that nite :) The movie was great and funny! LOVE it. Don't mind watching it for the second time though :)

-Anne

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Events in August & September

Forgive us for being silent since our last post. We've been pretty distracted with other areas of our lives. Anne is busy working on a project, while I am busy with other stuff.

Lately, we noticed that there are many events happening in Malaysia. It's probably due to the 50th Anniversary of Malaysia, but sadly, we haven't had the chance to attend all of it. Weekends are taken up for family & friends since the weekdays are for work *sigh*

Here are some of the highlights of August & September:

jazzFestivalKL1. KL Sunrise Digi Jazz Festival 2007
Venue: Plaza Mont' Kiara
Dates: 17 August - 1 September 2007 (Fridays & Saturdays)
Time: 8.30am - 12.30 am
Admission: Free
More info: Click here




2. Food & Hotel Malaysia FHM 2007
Venue: Suria KLCC , Kuala Lumpur
Dates: 22-25 August 2007
More info: Click here



MIFC20073. Malaysia International Fireworks Competition 2007
Venue: Putrajaya International Convention Centre
Dates: 18 August - 2 September 2007
Time: 6.00pm -11.00pm (fireworks start at 10.00pm)
More info: Click here



MATTA Fair 20074. MATTA Fair 2 (Travel Fair)
Venue: Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur
Dates: 7 -9 September 2007
Time: -NA- (should be 10.00am - 7.00 pm)
More info: Click Here

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Cancel/Teruskan reunion 3BCS 06/07?

>> Thursday, August 16, 2007

Perhatian kpd kawan2 & pelajar 3BCS 06/07.

Pasal reunion hari Sabtu ni (18 Ogos 2007) di Times Square, Kuala Lumpur, siapa yg ingin datang & boleh datang? Perutbesi bercadang nak cancel je reunion ni krana tak ramai yg balas announcement reunion yg kami buat bulan lepas (di blog ni, blog 3BCS, & di Friendster), & tak ramai yg boleh dtg.

Apa pendapat kawan2 semua?

Cancel ke teruskan? Perutbesi bercadang nak cancel je...

Sila balas post ni. TQ! :)

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Ideas: leftovers & fridge clearing

Somehow my fridge is cluttered with quite a lot of food & vegie. Not because I'm a Perutbesi, but because we rarely get to cook at home apart from Sundays & Mondays, & we usually have to buy more than we need since the market won't sell anything in too small an amount.

I'm the type of person who can't stand the fridge cluttered with too many stuff. Plus, I can say that I'm bonkers enough to cook up anything found in the fridge! Just imagine, last week, I found half a bowl of rice, 2 bundles of 'choy sum', a packet of carrots, a box of cherry tomatoes, some deep freeze seafood nuggets, and many more that it'll be a whole long list to write it out here!! :lol:

As hungry & uncomfortable with the sight as I am, I decided to give my 'mad & creative' side a go ;) I took the rice, 'choy sum' and a carrot, some nuggets, & 2 eggs, & walked to the kitchen feeling excited :D

*chop chop shred shred beat beat cut cut chiang chiang chiang*

(sound of chopping the vegie, shredding the carrots, beating the eggs, cutting the nuggets, & cooking it all with the rice in the wok....of course one ingredient after each other in a proper sequence la)

After an enjoyable time of cooking up a storm 'kononnya' & making a mess out of the kitchen... :D ... I had lunch served! *yay*

Here's introducing the MC2 Fried Rice: Mad, Creative, & Colorful!

mc2FriedRice

As long as there's food to eat, & it taste alright, it'll do fine as a simple lunch ;)

- Ruth

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Food fiesta even in the office?

The one thing about my workplace (aside from work) is the word "Food". Interestingly, most people who enter this company to work will eventually look 'fuller'... :lol: I'm not an exception!! *faints*

Last Friday, we had the usual monthly office birthday-babies-of-the-month lunch. This time's lunch was "WAH!". Usually, we'll have catered rice or something around that sort. This time around, we had: *drumrolls* :lol:

Tada!

officeLunch_August2007

Does it look like Kenny Rogers Roasters? Teeheeheehee... the person in charge managed to get someone to cook up loads of black-pepper quarter roasters, mash potatoes, stir fried vegie, & fried rice :P Yum yum... so far the best office-lunch I've ever had! :D

- Ruth

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Malaysia Food Festival - Spice Route

>> Sunday, August 12, 2007

Hey ya! I'm back and all spiced up with some updates on the Malaysia Food Festival 2007. Couldn't run away from posting this as Ruth has declared in her previous post that "...Anne will be at Suria KLCC today to cover the event & bring back some photos & news..." . Better get this posted before she start hunting me up and down for this *grin*

I was hoping to cover on the opening ceremony yesterday (Fri) but i couldn't make it to the ceremony on time :( But i was able to stop by at the Spice Route event today and get some information for our dear readers here :)

MFF '07 at Suria KLCC
MFF07

MFF07

The Spice Route event will be held until this Sunday at Suria KLCC Centrecourt. There are few exhibitors from the food industry who participated in that event. Among them are Chakri Place, San Francisco Steakhouse, Chocz, Bakin' Boys Malaysia, King Pie, House of Peri-Peri, Spring Garden Chinese Restaurant, Santini@Suria KLCC. Shrooms, Bongsen, Stars Oysters & Sushi Bar etc. Visitor can get to try on some of the delicacies offered at the booth, get a glimpse of the menu, watch live culinary demonstration or talk to their staff. Some of the exhibitors also give away discount voucher or free meal voucher for lucky visitor :)

MFF07

Well..do make a trip to Suria KLCC to experience the wonders of Malaysian food :) For those who couldn't make it, dun worry...as the Tutti Fruity event will be take place at 1 Utama on 17-19 August. There will be a wide array of thirst-quenching juices, mocktails and fruit drinks for visitor to try on during the event *yay*.

Visitor can also get to see a lineup of lip smacking rice dishes at the third event for the Malaysia Food Festival 2007, the Rice Festival. It will be held on 24-26 August at Sunway Pyramid Main Concourse Lower Level 1.

See you there! :)

-Anne

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Malaysian Food Festival 2007

>> Saturday, August 11, 2007

Yay! The Malaysian Food Festival 2007 is finally here!!! *dances around* Food....glorious food..... :D

Malaysia Food Festival 2007
Dates: 10-26 August 2007



MalaysiaFoodFestival2007


Kicking off today (10th August) & lasting for 17 days (ends 26th August), the Malaysia Food Festival, organized by Reed Exhibitions, will depict the unique aspects of Malaysian cuisine & the amazing food culture, and provides an interactive platform for both consumers and businesses to come together in celebration and recognition of its local culinary industry.

The opening ceremony will be held today at the Suria KLCC Shopping Center!!

Three special events will be held throughout the festival to give all Malaysians and visitors an experience of the rich food culture in Malaysia that they will never forget:

1. Spice Route

Venue: Center Court, Concourse Level, Suria KLCC Shopping Center
Dates: 10-12 August 2007

2. Tutti Fruity

Venue: Lower Ground, Level Oval, 1 Utama Shopping Center
Dates: 17-19 August 2007

3. Rice Festival

Venue: Main Concourse, Lower Level 1, Sunway Pyramid Shopping Center
Dates: 24-26 August 2007

Aside from the 3 special events, a Jati Merdeka Challenge was held (in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of Malaysia) & 50 lucky contestants walked away with fantastic prizes of dining vouchers, cash prizes, Jati goodie bags, cars, motorcycles, & much more!

This festival is something not to be missed! Our dear Anne will be at Suria KLCC today to cover the event & bring back some photos & news to share with all our readers! *hurray!* :lol: So, stay tuned for more updates of the Malaysia Food Festival 2007 ;) We'll do our best to keep you updated on the latest happenings in the food industry in Malaysia & all across the globe :D

For more information on the Food Festival, go to: MFoodFest

- Ruth & Anne

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More Fish Head Noodles Anyone?

This is another Fish Head Noodles eatery that was recommended by some colleagues. Since they said that it's very good, a few of us decided to take a drive there & try it out for ourselves! :P

Located at Damansara Kim, this stall is pretty famous & has many patrons during lunch hour. I guess it is one of the better ones, if not the best. It's quite easy to locate the stall. If you happen to know where the Desa Kiara Condominiums are, it is behind that condo. Here's a simple map :P

mapSS20FishHead

Compared to the one at Jalan Batai (Restoran Shangri-la), I would say that this has its own specialty as well. Personally, I still prefer the one at Jalan Batai because it has more milk (thicker) and it's more fragrant...more cooking wine! But it's worth eating! :D

Pros: Generous serving, large variety of noodles with different combinations, delicious fish with not so many bones or some with no bones!, & more ginger!
Cons: Soup not as thick/doesn't have as much milk as I wish it to be, slightly more salty, more sour cos of the vegie & tomatoes, & not as fragrant due to less cooking wine.

The front of the stall:
ss20_fishHeadNoodle

They even have a menu! There are 3 types of fish noodles:


  1. Soong Fish (has bones, but it's still good): RM6-RM6.30,

  2. Haruan Slice Meat (no bones): RM8-RM8.30,

  3. Fish Paste (with added cuttlefish bits & preserved veg mixed into the paste): RM6-RM6.30


Main courses:
ss20_fishHeadNoodle_menu2

Side Orders (at least RM10/serving):
ss20_fishHeadNoodle_menu1

Exotic Courses (at least RM10/serving):
ss20_fishHeadNoodle_menu3

Dessert (ranging from RM1.30-RM2.00):
ss20_fishHeadNoodle_menu4

Drinks:
ss20_fishHeadNoodle_menu5

Fish paste Bee Hoon. The fish paste is very nice:ss20_fishHeadNoodle_paste

Soong Fish Head Bee Hoon:
ss20_fishHeadNoodle_soongFish

I guess we'll continue looking out for good food to recommend to our faithful readers ;) 'Til our next post, stay tuned & have a yummilicious day!! :lol:

- Ruth

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Divine...only in Taman Pelangi!

>> Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Actually, our JB trip was REALLY, VERY short. Since we arrived late evening, all we did was just have dinner, & later had supper with 2 friends. Pictures speak a thousand words, so I'll just 'speak' with pics la! :lol:

We were in New York for a night :P My first time in New York!! Haha...who needs to fly to the USA for New York? We have it here, in Johor Bahru! Room rates are reasonable lar... RM120 for a twin share/night. :)

newYorkHotelJB

When you're in JB, you've gotta try this- BBQ Seafood/Meat. I'm not sure how much it costs since we didn't pay for it, but it sure taste VERY nice! These meat sticks come with a special chilli, which gives a kick to the dish!! :D

Find the Restaurant/mamak adjacent Jalan Setiapuspa in JB, with the name Kafe Enampuluhan :P
bbqSeafoodJB

Breakfast the next day at New York Hotel's cafe:
newYorkJB_cafe

This was basically what I had. The variety ain't that much, but the taste is not too bad. I'll give it a B grade under the hotel food category :P
breakfastNewYorkJB

This is one place that I will recommend to anyone who comes by JB. Stop over at Taman Pelangi for some 'ice kacang' (shaved ice with syrup, & an assortment of 'jewels' like boiled red beans, cin cau [grass jell], corn, jelly bits, etc)!!
iceKacangTmnPelangi

The Taman Pelangi ice kacang is the best because it has chocolate sauce on it!!! Yummy!! It's SUPERBLY delicious! A++ for this ice kacang! If you're a chocolate lover, this is for you!
chocIceKacangJB

I hope these 2 JB posts gave you an insight of what you could do if you're there for a short trip. When it comes to JB, it's mee rebus, Danga Bay, Desaru, nasi lemak, 'kuey teow kia' (keuy teow cooked with pig's intestines in dark sauce like bah kut teh), & of course the 2 dishes that I posted above!

I wanna go for more of such makan trips!

- Ruth

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B-W-N-M-J!

Wondering what in the world this mad Perutbesian is gonna write about this time? Haha :lol: If u can actually guess it even before u read on, lemme know! We'll go for teh tarik ;)

BCW 3948... WMA 6656... NAX 8345... MT 5588... JEC 3398...

Now can u figure out?

I traveled from one state to another lar... I actually went to JB last Sat with 2 friends, a youth pastor, Ps Chris, & his side-kick, Choy Quin! Haha..I'm Quin jie's side-kick (self declare), so I thought of just tagging along & have some 'get away' from PJ :P

I've a few goals for this trip:


  1. Get away fro PJ for a few days (just 2 days)

  2. Visit Ps Tim & family, & visit the youths in JB Wesley

  3. MAKAN!! and get pics for the blog!!


We left PJ quite late, around 2 pm on Sat, & by the time we actually arrived, it was 7+pm d. What to do? When you're with good friends, you'll end up stopping for makan every other time! Hahahaha... :lol: Worse still, we drove the van, not the car! Teehee... for the 1st time, Ms Wong actually drove a van! Tiring, but an experience :)

On our way there, we made 2 major stops:

  1. Dengkil Rest Area

  2. Tangkak


1. Dengkil Rest Area

Why stop at the Dengkil Rest Area? Hmm...not that it's very nice to stop there la...but Ps Chris said the satay there is quite nice wor.I give it a B+ rating. It's not excellent, neither is it yucky. It's not as fragrant as those authentic ones, but it's good for a rest area stall!

Pros: Tender meat, serving size quite alright, a big bowl of sauce given
Cons: Ketupat (rice dumpling in woven palm leaves pouch) very small, not fragrant enough

Price listing of all the types of satay:
dengkilStayPrice

Clockwise from top left: Sate Kajang Hj Samuri, Chicken Satay, Satay Sauce (peanut), Ketupat & Cucumbers (no onions!)
dengkilSatay

(ergh... I shall not makethe photos like that. Will use the originals instead)

2. Tangkak

This part of the journey was kinda exciting for me....teeheehee...we went to meet the 'King'! Yeah, went searching high & low for the 'King of Fruits'!! :D Ps Chris again la...wakaka...he's more of a Perutbesi than Anne & I! We managed to find some stalls selling durian right after we turned in from the toll gate :P

Welcome sign when turning into Tangkak
welcomeToTangkak

Perutbesi Ruth in action! 1st time driving a van!! Teehehe... :P
ruthDrivingVan

The durian stall...
durianUncle

Ps. Chris happily showing off the durian, which is although big & nice, is slightly dry :(
pastorpherEatingDurian

Quin jie in action!
quinJieEatingDurian

Perutbesi Ruth in action... nyahaha :lol:
ruthEatingDurian\

This is 'day 1 in/to JB'...one more post for this short trip coming up!

- Ruth

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