Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Curry San

Tucked away in Compass Point, Curry San to me must be one of the most underated Japanese restaurant in contrast to their more famous counterparts that sells sushi and other Japanese delicacies.

Suffice to say that, I will make my way down to this humble outlet whenever I am in Compass Point. To those who never had the knack of trying Japanese curry, should give this a try. Yes, its so much different that Indian or Chinese curry, but it just goes to show that there is so much varieties that we can try.

Try out the Chicken Katsu Japanese Curry Rice. Its simple but yet delicious. I hope Curry San expand its wings to reach more Singaporeans out there.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Daun Kaduk

Its really not easy to find daun kaduk or better known as Wild Pepper Leaves in Singapore. I tried asking a "makcik" before in the market at around my neighbourhood if she knows where to get daun kaduk. It comes to a halting No with a bemused smile that a Chinese guy is looking for daun kaduk.

Mostly used by ethnic Malays, its also used in laksa. To me, its just so yummy if you fry it with chilli, dried shrimps and coconut milk. The funny thing is that this plant is supposed to be a wild plant. Back home in Malaysia, this plant grows everywhere, and I mean everywhere. You can just pluck that from roadside, wash it, and its ready to be served.

So now, my search continues. To find this specimen in Singapore, or alternatively I can choose to grow this plant myself in a pot.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Friendly Match - Woodlands Team

We had a return match with Woodlands badminton team last Sun. We won with a margin of 3-2 matches.

It was a good win but we went into rubber games to decide including my match as well, in which the score was 11:21, 21:18, 21:16.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Food Sg Rambai

Its yet again food food food. On my 2nd night back in my hometown, made my way down towards open air makan place at Sg Rambai in BM. Thats what you love most in Malaysia. Eateries just mushroom anywhere you go.

So I tried the chicken wings and grilled fish, but sorry folks. No pictures. I was so busy eating, I totally forgotten about snapping. But anyway here are some pictures of gado gado, the famous curry mee and fried kuay kak.

The gado gado to me didnt taste that great. But the kuay kak is simple delicious. This must be one of the better kuay kak I eaten for years. Its so fragrant and it just melts in your mouth when you bite it. Simply ravishing.

As for the curry mee, I would rate is about 7 out of 10 given that you always need to put up with the long queqe. Plus taste wise, my Mum said it reminds her of curry mee that they used to sell in school canteen. Sorry I cant imagine that. Definately not my era.


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Gado Gado

Last weekend I was back in my hometown. And you can be sure that anyone that comes within 50km radius will be flirting with the various nice delicacies up for offer.

This Gado Gado stall had been one of my favourite since I was still studying in secondary school. The funny thing about this stall is that, the couple who owns the stall do not have a fixed scheduele on when they are open for business.

Its no suprise that they dont open the stall for a stretch of few consecutive days or weeks. And then resume business, only for the stall to be closed again. Think I will have better luck predicting the weather than to predict whether the stall is open for business.However as of late, I believe they had discarded this old habit of theirs.

Their Mee Jawa and Gado Gado is so good that, it was even featured in a Chinese daily in Malaysia. I believe its like a recognition long overdue. I had found out about this gem long long time ago.

I wouldnt say this is the best Gado Gado or Mee Jawa in this part of the world, but I can certainly say that you will come back for more.


Thursday, December 4, 2008


I wrote a review before of a book called In Good Faith. Its so weird to find an extraordinarie in the mould of Zaid Ibrahim to be in UMNO. Not only did he build up Malaysia's largest law firm, Zaid champions "justice, "accountability", "transparency" and "good governance", words which probably do not register in UMNO's dictionary.

But how can a champion of equal rights be in UMNO. Well I guess only Zaid has the answer. But I will try to do a prognosis here. Zaid probably thought UMNO can be saved. Seriously, he thought Pak Lah is the knight in shinning armour that could rid UMNO of all evils. Besiege the party of all evils. Well I guess Zaid was wrong. He probably wanted to start a revolution of sorts. Or just like Castro once said, you only need one man to start a revolution. And ever since then, there was no looking back for Castro. But we all know Zaid failed in his task. And he admitted this as well when he relinquished his post from Abdullah's administration.

But the gloves are off now. Zaid is no more with UMNO. And I believe he need not be with Pakatan Rakyat as well. If you're reading this Zaid, you should be at where you had always been and forever will be. Be with us, the PEOPLE. As Raja Petra pointed out on telly last night, we are all in the Barisan Rakyat front. That term was coined way before the name Pakatan Rakyat ever came into existence.

Welcome to Barisan Rakyat, Zaid! You're a God sent hero to all Malaysians!


Wednesday, December 3, 2008


I find it amusing that some people will justify their crooked and whimsy statement by using another person's name.

Take our beloved Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar as an example. He recently said in The Star, "Malaysians sometimes don't know how lucky we are in that we have not experienced what is happening in Mumbai and Bangkok now."

Isnt it ironic and sad, to capitalize on other nation's misery, we justify a draconian piece of law to subdue and quell violence. So is Syed Hamid proposing that ISA is the antidode for terrorism? Slamming someone's ass into a cell without trial is certainly not going to change anything except robbing a person's freedom for a free trial.

He was also quoted in The Star

Syed Hamid was speaking to reporters after receiving Singapore Law Minister K. Shanmugam at his office here yesterday.He said Shanmugam shared the view that preventive detention laws were still needed."We both know that we are not out to silent detractors or the opposition. But they must not advocate conflict among the public, or raise sensitive issues."

Again using Singapore to justify ISA. Yes, Singapore also have ISA. But the last time ISA was used was against Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) in Singapore. As much as we disagree with the existence of ISA, Singapore never used ISA before against a journalist, a blogger and an opposition MP. But we know someone did.

And please dont besmirch K Shanmugam's name. This guy is a pedigree in Law. Syed Hamid might have the qualifications as a lawyer, but he certainly doesnt act like one.