Thursday, March 31, 2011

Meng Kee Steam Soup @ Taman Paramount, Petaling Jaya

I'd always love to dine in Taman Paramount, simply because this town still serves a lot of good food that makes me reminisce the past. As one of the oldest town in the city of Petaling Jaya, each of the food business here has their very own history, being inherited from one generation to another. Not only that, many food businesses here are still operated by the locals instead of the foreigners which you usually find elsewhere.

One of the stall here that boasted such a rich history is Meng Kee Steam Soup. Established since 1960, it has been serving steamed soups to the locals for many decades. In fact this stall has gained so much fame throughout the years that most of the Petaling Jaya folks knew it's existence for serving home-taste-alike boiled soup.
Taman Paramount Meng Kee Steamed Soup

No fancy renovation or layout, but only basic tables and chairs by the street to accommodate your meal. Located along the road adjacent to Pos Malaysia Paramount Garden, it is not difficult to spot Meng Kee Steam Soup as you will notice a swarm of crowd sitting by the roadside.
Dining by the street

There are a wide variety of steamed soup to choose from. However, be early to avoid disappointment as the soup are selling like hot cakes.
Pepper Pig Stomach Soup (RM 5 per bowl)
Not too pepperish or thick in flavour, it allow the sweetness of the pig stomach sipping in. You will find the taste very much home alike. Not only that, the soup comes with a generous serving of pig stomach.

Bitter Gourd Soup (RM 5 per bowl)
Eugene ordered this. I was a little skeptical in trying at first but after trying it, I must admit that I really like the bitterness of the gourd that brings out the sweetness of the soup. Tasted very "goldenish-sweet".

Besides soup, Meng Kee Steam Soup stall do offer other little dishes for you to go along with white rice.
Blanched Choy Sum (RM 5 to RM 8)
They have another two choices of vegetables which are Siew Pak Choy and lettuce.

Fish Paste White Tau Foo (RM 5)
The texture very much alike the tau foo fa but this comes with slices of fish paste in a salty gravy. Simple dish but the smoothness of the tau foo and the gravy make it goes very well with the rice.

Steamed Smooth Chicken (RM 7 for quarter-lower portion)
Steamed chicken that are drizzled with soy sauce and oyster sauce. No complain with it as not only the chicken are smooth but the accompanying sauce tasted decent as well.

I reckon that the price are very reasonably priced. Not only they tasted good, the food comes in a very decent portion for the price that you pay. The service was excellent too considering the short amout of waiting time (15 minutes) for the food to come to the table judging from the amount of crowd they have. I will definitely revisit them to have a taste of the other soup.

Atmosphere: 5/10
Food: 7/10 (non-halal)
Price: 8/10
Verdict: You will never had enough of their home taste alike soup!

Meng Kee Steam Soup
Stall No 9
Jalan 20/16
Paramount Garden
Petaling Jaya

Tel: 012 - 239 0623 (Boy)
Business hours: 6pm -10pm daily

GPS Coordinates: N3 06.463' E101 37.453'

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Razer Spectre Starcraft 2 Gaming Mouse

Unlike my cousin brother, Eugene, I'm not really a fan of computer gadgets. As long as the gadgets are working fine with me, I won't be bothered to change them. However, I must admit that I was a little tempted by the Razer computer accessories.

Being a Starcraft 2 player myself, I was initially considering to get the Razer Spectre mouse. The urge of getting it were pretty strong but the thought of spending RM 250 for a mouse sets me back. Not until when Eugene agreed to release his Razer Spectre after a month of use at RM 200, I agreed to break my personal record of spending hundreds on a mouse.
Razer Spectre Mouse

Razer Spectre is the official licensed mouse of Starcraft 2 of Blizzard under the Razer Starcraft 2 Gaming Series. The name Spectre is derived from the name of a special tactical unit in the Starcraft 2 Wings of Liberty campaign which has the ability to snipe, cloak and call down nukes. Thus, it is no surprise to name this mouse as Spectre, because the mouse is the core accessory in executing the strategic movement of Starcraft 2 game play.

Look sexy even before the feature kicks in

Gold-plated USB connector
In truth, I really do not know what are the difference between a gold-plated and a typical USB connector.

Button force adjustment
Allow the adjustment of the force needed to click, with high being the higher force needed to perform a click.

Lighting Feature
The lighting area can each be customized differently using the Razer Starcraft 2 series software which offers more than 50 choice of colours.

The lighting feature does not meant to serve as a decorative purpose only. During the Starcraft 2 gameplay, the lights will change according to your Actions-Per-Minute(APM) in the game. APM is the measurement of actions (training, building, moving units) completed within a minute in the real time strategy game. Obviously, the higher the APM goes, the better it gets because it means you are more involved in the game.
Actions-Per-Minute (APM) Lighting System
The lights will change to white when you hit a 250 APM and above in Starcraft 2 gameplay.

Other notable key features include:

*Lightweight, Fingertip-Grip 5 Button Mouse
*5600 DPI 3.5G Laser Sensor
*Ultrapolling (1000Hz Polling/1ms Response)
*200 inches per second and 50g acceleration
*Braided 7-Foot Usb Cable

Without doubt, it is my most expensive mouse owned to date. I definitely felt the difference especially during the game play in Starcraft 2. This Razer Spectre mouse offers me a smoother scrolling experience and a better sensitivity in executing my actions. So as the saying goes, you get better things when you spend more, is very true indeed.
My favourite feature of Razer Spectre

Finally, I understands why Eugene are willing to spend a lot in computer accessories. As for now, I'm contented with my computer accesories especially with this addition of Razer Spectre mouse. Next target? A mechanical keyboard maybe.

Thank you Eugene for selling me this piece of sexy mouse at a very reasonable price!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Mcdonald's Malaysia Free Big Breakfast Promotion @ Sunway Mentari

Hello again readers. First of all, I would like thank you guys for the continuous support shown to my blog even though the blog has been in cold storage for quite a while. It's not that I have lose out the interest in blogging, but the fact is that I'm really busy with my work and I sincerely apologize for the lack of updates.

Before I continued on where I left from my previous post, there is a breakfast feast going on in Malaysia. Mcdonald's Malaysia is rewarding the whole Malaysian 2 sets of Big Breakfast to show their appreciation in bagging the Gold Putra Brand Award for the second consecutive year. To redeem, just present the coupon and spend RM 5 above in a single receipt at any Mcdonald's breakfast serving outlet from 15th March to 31st March 2011.
The 2 Free Big Breakfast coupon
Get it from the Mcdonald's promoters or simply print them from the Mcdonald's facebook fan page.

My first redemption of the big breakfast happened last week at Mcdonald's Sunway Mentari when I stayed up to the wee hours for work purposes. I have heard that people been queuing up all the way to the entrance during the peak time from 6.30am to 11am, so I thought going there to redeem at 4 in the morning would be the best choice.
Mcdonald's Sunway Mentari Business Park

As expected, the crowd has not shown up yet. I've got no complain at all as I did not need to queue up to have my orders ready.
The scene at 4am

To redeem the big breakfast, I ordered two sets of Mcdonald's Weekday Special (W4) in which each set consist of a Sausage Mcmuffin and a cup of Arabic hot coffee.
W4: Sausage Mcmuffin (RM 4.50 per set)

Here's the 2 set of free big breakfast when you spend above RM 5 at any Mcdonald's breakfast serving outlet.
Who doesn't like 2 sets of free big breakfast?

A big breakfast set consists of hash brown, 2 slices of muffin, a slice of grilled chicken sausage and scramble eggs.
Mcdonald's Big Breakfast Set (NP: RM 6.90 per set)
While the scrambled eggs and the sausages are pretty normal, the toasted muffins deserved mentioning for it's crisp exterior while maintaining a soft texture bite. The hash brown were just as great with a mushy bite of real potatoes.

You can have your own mixture of orders to top the bill to RM 5 and above. As for me, I think the most value for money to redeem the big breakfast is to order two sets of Sausage Mcmuffin (W4). Not only that you get 2 cup of tea or coffee, you will also get another two Sausage Mcmuffin. Now, isn't that sharing is caring?
Everything here costs only Rm 8.50 after tax

There are 2 more days left before this promotion runs out. Hurry up to your nearest Mcdonald's to grab some free big breakfast. To avoid queuing up long, the advisable time to grab your big breakfast will be from 4am to 6.30am. Unless you are ready to queue for at least 45 minutes to grab a breakfast, it is advisable to avoid the period of time from 6.30am to 11am whilst this promotion is still ongoing.

I have already redeemed the big breakfast four times. Suddenly, I realized that I'm leading a healthy lifestyle by having breakfast so early in the morning, all thanks to Mcdonalds.

Thank you so much Mcdonald's Malaysia for your generous offer to show your appreciation to us Malaysian towards our support to you.

Food: 7/10
Price: 10/10
Verdict: You would not get any cheaper breakfast promotion than this.

Location: Any Mcdonald's breakfast serving outlet in Malaysia

*This promotion has ended on 31st March 2011.
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