I thought I was going to have something to write for yesterday’s dinner. I really did. Because my dinner gathering with my school friends was at a restaurant I do not remember having set foot into before, Restoran Sek Yuen 适苑酒家, Pudu. This is a very popular old school Chinese restaurant in KL.
Turned out my “brave” organizing friend decided that we need not make reservation in advance to dine here. Anyone who knows this restaurant knows that this feat is next to impossible, especially during the CNY peak season.
He ended up going earlier to “borrow” a reserved table, and I was the latest to arrive. Not my fault though, he told me 7PM and changed it to 6PM at the last minute! When I arrived, they were already halfway through eating.
So instead of lovely pictures of the all the dishes, I only managed to snap this photo of a very traditional looking 捞生 Lou Sang platter, complete with raw fish slices. I was only able to get this picture because we did the meal in backwards order. Usually people start dinner with the Lou Sang before everything else.
As I was eating in a hurry, I was somehow able to make an interesting observation. Right in my line of sight, seated in a table bigger than ours, I observed a hot, semi-bareback auntie trying to snap pictures of the restaurant’s interior and the dishes on her table somewhat discretely. I suspect she is a blogger of a similar nature as yours truly. I wonder if she is in fact one of the bloggers in my blogroll… 🙄
Okay, let’s talk about today…
Today, I woke up early in the morning to fulfill another assignment as a temporary husband. Let’s not get into the details because those are P&C stuff, but suffice to say, I found myself in KLIA2, 7.30 AM in the morning. After getting everything sorted, we found some time to sit down in a cafe for a cuppa.
I did not realize this cafe is affiliated to a certain old and notorious politician until I saw the items on the menu. So here’s what I ordered:
These, ladies and gentlemen, are a Grilled Chicken Sandwich from Tun M’s Favorite section of the menu, and a cup of Cappuccino. I forgot the exact prices, but the sandwich and two cups of the cappuccino came up to almost RM 60. F**king hell! I wonder how much of the profits will go into bailing out the ailing national car manufacturer.
I want to talk a bit about this KLIA2. Today was my first time setting foot into this LCCT replacement. I am glad to find a proper airport that looks somewhat like Changi airport instead of a chaotic mess that resembles the old Puduraya bus station. But I think the design of KLIA2 is incredibly short-sighted and foolish. They designed the airport in such a way that no matter how you arrive at the airport, you will have to navigate through a labyrinth-like building full of shops and out of that building to get into the actual departure hall building. Yes, this will artificially create incredible people flow through that intermediary shopping building, but they forgot that people who go to the airport to catch flights will always want to check-in and drop their luggage first, and then if they have time, they will most likely prefer to shop or dine within the departure hall building for ease of egress. Those shops in the intermediary building will see huge people traffic, but those traffic will not translate to much spending.
Anyway, I made it home in time for a quick lunch, and then I was out again, this time with my family, because the dad suggested that we should visit the new IOI City Mall in Putrajaya.
I’m kind of impressed with this mall. It seems properly huge to me. The walkways are very wide, making it very comfortable to walk around in here.
I was even more impressed with their Chinese New Year decorations in the Centre Court, because there’s a large (fake) cherry blossom tree placed on a rotating platform, dominating the area.
I was however not too impressed and was instead extremely amused to discover a couple of Uniqlo’s siblings in this mall. When I say siblings, it is basically a polite way of calling them 山寨版/ciplak/pirated versions. LOL, quite literally! 🙄 …
I was most definitely not impressed with the dinner that we had in this fish head noodles place at the top floor. Not because the noodle bowls were deceptively large with lots of soup and no noodles in immediate sight,
but because this place is supposed to be famous for their grouper fillet noodles and tofu rice, and yet they did not have both item ranges in the kitchen today. Since it is CNY, I suppose I should give this place some leeway and reserve my judgment (and proper blog post) for some other time. If I ever get to come back, either to this outlet or their other outlets. And that’s a big IF…
After dinner, we came straight back home and decided to call it a day, and I am finally able to sit down and write this blog post and hit “Publish”.