Double celebrations! Mama J’s baby shower & my birthday bash@Princess G’s home& Ekkamai, Jalan Batai


Without the presence of our artsy fartsy origami expert Ms Lilow, the thought of decorating Princess G’s home for JJ’s surprise baby shower was rather daunting. Each of us chipped in here and there to do up a girly pink theme for the coming of little baby Lara into the world.

Baby Zs were really helpful as sticker troopers to glue up all the decors on the floors and we played some really funny baby games too, hosted by Princess G herself!

Not to mention those cupcakes were crazy delicious, apart from being ultra adorable! Vonnie knows where to get the good stuffs man. Even the pastry puffs, were crazy crunchylicious! 

So yes, we survived the daunting decor task and also facetimed origami expert Ms Lilow to show her the outcome haha.

Coincidentally, JJ’s baby shower is also a day before my birthday but the girls had their own plans (supposedly), but it was really fine by me since we’ve spent the whole afternoon together. My date for dinner was with JJ and we were heading off to Jalan Batai. When we reached Ekkamai, there was a long queue outside but JJ just walked in like she owned the place. I thought preggers hot mamas get free passes and skip queues. She said she knew someone inside who could get just a spot. Then, I thought she knew the chef or something.

I was pleasantly surprised that princess G and Vonnie were nicely sitting inside! Double surprise indeed!

It was my first time here and the entire place was packed. The decor is rather quaint, dim and cozy,a little noisy tho’ but hey, after a couple of drinks you do start speaking a little louder than the usual.

The ladies did the ordering of the food. The chicken dishes came and boy oh boy they were amazing. The pandan leaf chicken, once opened, the strong whiff of the pandan leaf smell opened up your taste buds. The chicken was tenderlicious, crunchy on the outside and super tender inside. Needless to say they did the same to the chicken chunks for the green curry. Tenderlicious bits nicely coated with the thickened, creamylicious green curry gravy, so good you want to drizzle ’em gravy just about everything you eat!

The Tom Yam Gung was mind blowing. Not for the spicy faint hearted. Very fragrant, and the flavour of the herbs was very strong. This was my first time having Tom Yam with salmon belly, and got to say, they were an amazing combination! I wished I could throw in some Maggi noodles and slurp them up in front my my TV now.

This was my personal order: Phad Thai has always been a must for me in any Thai restaurant. And when I took the first slurp, spot on! The wok hei from this fella was pow-wow! Not often I get a slightly sweetened wok hei dish. The seafood ingredients were nicely cooked too. 

The grilled squid was stuffed with some minced meat, was also nicely done. The charcoal smokey aroma was locked in yet the squid was still soft and juicy. Kudos to the chefs, it’s really hard to find a place that serves everything good!

I don’t know the total damage but I reckoned it should be at least about RM50-70/pax. For the good quality food and ambience, it is a nice place to come and chill and catch up over wine! Ekkamai, I’m definitely coming back again!

Address:

Ekkamai,

8 Jalan Batai,

Bukit Damansara,

50490 Kuala Lumpur.

Opening hours: 11.30 am – 1.30 am daily

Website: http://www.ekkamai.com.my

FB page:https://www.facebook.com/ekkamai.my/



Finger-lickin’ supper foodie@Nanda Chicken난다 치킨 , Solaris Mont Kiara

Probably an unwise choice for health freaks and exercise junkies, but this was our supper after a sweaty 2 hour badminton marathon. Usually my post-badminton supper/dinner is cereal but since I have another badminton kaki who wants to have a meal after our game, we headed to Nanda Chicken, a nice Korean fried chicken hangout joint I spotted a couple of weeks ago.

It was a Friday night, and a typical Friday night in Seoul by this time of 1030pm, calls for localites already loud-voice, red faced, soju bellied, partying and drinking their way through Saturday morning. But for Solaris Mont Kiara on a Friday night, was quiet and somewhat obedient. I always wondered, where do the Korean expats rendezvous their typical Korean Friday outings in KL?

There were several tables filled up in Nanda (located opposite Salt & Lick, same row with Raju’s), but it was generally quiet inside, with K-Pop girls dancing and singing on TV. 

The food was served with some tidbits, just like any typical bars in Korea, but the only difference was that the tidbits were Indian crackers! Lol. I do recall off and on, there is a keropok Indian seller by the roadside running his business, I’m guessing they came from there.

We ordered a bottle of beer and soju (so much for 2 hours of badminton. Down the drain!)

Overall, the chicken was crazy tenderlicious! Juicy madness and you don’t get those thick batter layers which fall off when you bite them. Gotta say Nanda serves really yummy fried chicken! 

Strange part of the entire dish again, was having Indian keropok on top, perhaps it’s a fusion thing to blend in with the Malaysians’ palate lol.

Total damage including drinks came up to about RM100, an equal split of cost between the chicken and the booze.

Nanda does home deliveries as well, which I have given a try and the packing is of good quality! The chicken chunks also remained their crunchiness, and I regretted attempting to win the fiery battle against the spicy chicken chunks. After a couple of pieces, my tongue was already numb and my belly became a hot pot. 

Worthy foodieventure place for those who wants to have Korean style fried chicken, but what is lacking is the whole feel of crowdedness with red-faced happy loud voiced people around you enjoying the fried chicken together.

Address:

Nanda Chicken 난다 치킨

11, Jalan Solaris 2,

Solaris Mont Kiara,

50480 Kuala Lumpur.

Opening hours: Daily, 3.30 pm – 2.00 am

Tel: 016 580 7925

FB page:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nanda-Chicken/1133678939998500