Chili Pan Mee @ Face to Face Noodles House Damansara Perdana

Friday, February 23, 2007

Restoran Face to Face is located same row as TK Chong. This shop opened early of the year of 2007. The shop's sign was pulling my attention, green color sign with big Chinese POP designed name, and it's unusual to see a Chinese sign name bigger than Malay in Malaysia.

The sign tell that it's a pan mee specialist, since it's a "specialist" then I would expect it's good. All the noodles are house made, the shop is selling 9 types of noodle, i.e.
  • House Specialty Hot & Spicy Pan Mee (Soup/Dried)
  • Curry Pan Mee (Soup/Dried)
  • Braise Pork Noodle(Soup/Dried)
  • Chef's Special Pan Mee in Soup
  • Creations Minced Pork Pan Mee
  • Black Pepper Pan Mee
  • Sarawak Noodle with Dark Soy Sauce & Chili Sauce
  • Sarawak Noodle with Dark Soy Sauce
  • Traditional Sarawak Noodle
House Specialty Hot & Spicy Pan Mee is the most famous item, I have the dried version.

House Specialty Hot & Spicy Pan Mee (RM4.30 (R) RM4.90 (L))

The pan mee serve with minced meat, anchovies, poached egg and spring onion. Chili is on the table, I added a spoonful of dry chilies. Dried pan mee is normally no surprising me, after all it's just noodle make from flour, cooked and mix with soy sauce, dark soy sauce and sesame sauce. The chili is hot , minced meat was great, but noodle is a little bit hard to me. It's delicious but not surprise. I never try the famous Restoran Kin Kin Chili pan-mee at Jalan TAR, can't comment if it is better.

House Specialty Dumpling (RM3.50)

The dumpling is really big size, with a lot of minced meat and fresh prawn, serve in delicious sweet stock. Can't remember if that was MSG, it's really nice.

Restoran Face to Face
11A-1, Jalan PJU8/51,
Perdana Business Centre

My New Gadget - Heart Rate Monitor

Thursday, February 22, 2007

I bought this Polar F6 heart rate monitor from Amazon, just arrive on time! You know what, for the first 3 days of CNY, I gain 3kg of weight! OMG. I'm so envy people like tekko, no matter how much he eat, he is still under weight, what an unfair world.

Heart Rate Monitor, the name tell what it is. Quote the following description from Polar website.

Why use a heart rate monitor?
By monitoring heart rate, the simple observation that the harder we exercise, the faster our heart beats is put to good use. Professional athletes and amateurs alike have for decades been relying on the information provided by their heart rate monitor for the following reasons:

  1. A heart rate monitor is like a rev counter, giving a precise measurement of exercise intensity.
  2. Training at your own ideal pace is made possible with a heart rate monitor.
  3. Direct measurement of heart rate during exercise is the most accurate way to gauge performance.
  4. Progress can be monitored and measured, increasing motivation.
  5. It maximizes the benefits of exercise in a limited amount of time.
  6. It introduces objective observation. Are you on the right track? Are you improving?
  7. It is a tool for regulating frequency and intensity of workouts.
  8. Because of the immediate feedback it provides, heart rate monitoring is an ideal training partner.

How does it work?

When you start training, your heart rate increases rapidly in proportion to the intensity of the training. In Polar Heart Rate Monitors, the transmitter belt detects the electrocardiogram (ECG - the electric signal originating from your heart) and sends an electromagnetic signal to the Polar wrist receiver where heart rate information appears.

The heart moves blood from the lungs (where the blood picks up oxygen) to the muscles (which burn the oxygen as fuel) and back to the lungs again. The harder the training, the more fuel the muscles need and the harder the heart has to work to pump oxygen-rich blood to the muscles.

As you get fitter, your heart is able to pump more blood with every beat. As a result, your heart doesn’t have to beat as often to get the needed oxygen to your muscles, decreasing resting heart rate and exercise heart rate on all exertion levels.

I like this Polar F6 heart rate monitor, it keep track my workout progress and calculate how much calories burned based on my age, height, weight and the heart rate, and keep the past 12 daily and 12 weekly exercise records in the watch. To keep a longer period, Polar provide a free online workout log, just need install a client application on my computer. Polar use SonicLink to transfer data between the watch unit and PC, how it does is aim the F6 to the PC microphone, and send using sound. That's simple, it send my workout information to PC and from PC to the web, information includes workout date, time duration, mim/max heart rate, calories burned, fat % burned and etc.

I did 2 exercises last Saturday and a exercise today. 1508 kcal burned in total, not too bad. Last Saturday was my first usage, I recorded 2 extra exercises by mistake.

It's Chinese New Year, and my resolution is to reduce to body fat to 17% (current is 22%) by end of June and 14% by end October 2007! Hmm.... should able to train my six-pack by then :D

Polar F6 also come different color and different size for female, it's also available from Fitness Concept for RM475

Posted by whistler at 10:44 PM 6 comments  

Restoran TK Chong @ Damansara Perdana

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Been to Damansara Perdana lately and notice this Chicken Rice and Ipoh Hor Fun restaurant. It was Saturday lunch time, the restaurant are full house and people is queuing up to take out.

I order the Ipoh Hor Fun (flat rice noodle), serve in a chicken and prawn (or pork bone?) broth with shredded chicken, prawn, spring onion and add a splash of chilies oil. Guess what, it only cost RM3.50 per bowl, very good price. The hor fun is so soft and smooth, it's like melting in my mount. The chicken shreds I got was taken from chicken tights, it's tender. The soup is very sweet, I can't help to think of MSG, however I don't feel particular thirsty after the meal where I normally would after taking a lot of MSG. I didn't clarify the shop owner or waiter. If you happen to visit this restaurant, tell me what you feel.

Overall, TK Chong is a good try.

Restoran TK Chong
5-1, Jalan PJU8/51,
Perdana Business Centre

Posted by whistler at 2:34 PM 6 comments  

Luk Yu Tea House @ Starthill Gallery

Thursday, February 01, 2007

I tried a dim sum restaurant in Melbourne China town many years back, which I thought it was the best. Although I might have different taste preference at that time, I remember their dim sum color, fragrance, taste, shape and size are just great.

Cantonese dim sum is not something that I eat very often here and therefore have not been to many dim sum restaurant in Klang Valley. Among those I've tried, there isn't one that I can consider as superb. Always wonder which restaurant serve the best Cantonese dim sum in town. If you know one, please recommend ya.

Someone told me Luk Yu Tea House is consider as one of the best, and I went there.

If you been to Hong Kong, you might aware Hong Kong most famous traditional tea house in central district also named as Luk Yu Tea House. I'm too sure, but I suppose there are no relationship between that Hong Kong Luk Yu and the Luk Yu Tea House in Starhill gallery. Both English named as Luk Yu Tea House, however Chinese name is different. Hong Kong Luk Yu called 陸羽茶室 and Starhill is 陸羽茶馆. I forgot to clarify with the staff in Starhill.

Luk Yu Tea House located under the escalator at Feast floor, the decoration is quite quaint, mostly dark color with white marble dinning table and wooden chair. Like other restaurant at Feast floor, the kitchen is open concept.

We went there late evening, just want to have some simple bite. Notice it's a Halal Dim Sum, so we just order 3 baskets.

Har Kau (RM8.50)

The Har Kau and Siew Mai size are double than usual, of course the price is double than normal. Each Har Kau has 2 big prawn, I must say this Har Kau is absolutely delicious.

Siew Mai (RM9.00)

Notice the 3 Siew Mai with 3 different topping? It's sea asparagus, pacific clam and dried scallop. It's not usual to have these topping, therefore 9 bucks per basket! Taste wise.... err... if compare to other halal dim sum, I must say it's nice; But compare to the real one, this obviously a looser.

Xiao Long Bao (RM7.00)

Look at the xiao long bao, judging from the size and texture, it looks good. Taste wise... again, if compare to Tian Shan Restaurant in TimeSquare, this one is superb; But compare to the real one, it's no way to close, you get what I mean? After all, it's chicken dumpling.

My advice: if you happened to go there, try their seafood dim sum such as Har Hau, Crab Meat Xiao Long Bao, Scallop dumpling, Shark's fin dumpling and etc.

Luk Yu Tea House
Feast Floor
Starhill Gallery
181, Jalan Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur

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