KL staycations: 3 things to do this long weekend

With most Malaysians away this long weekend, why not stay put in KL and make the most from the lull traffic? Here’s our top three picks to do this weekend.

By Khalil Adis

Watch: Mud: The Story of Kuala Lumpur

MUD KL has a truly local flavour and has received rave reviews from the public. Photo: MUD: KL Facebook page

Mud: The Story of Kuala Lumpur has a truly local flavour and has received rave reviews from the public. Photo: MUD: KL Facebook page

Panggung Bandaraya, Jalan Raja, Dataran Merdeka

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tel: +603 2602 3335

Show time: Daily performance at 3pm and 8.30pm.

Website: http://www.mudkl.com

Facebook: @MUDKualaLumpur

“MUD: The Story of Kuala Lumpur” has a truly Malaysian flavour and features a multi-cultural casts. Directed by award-winning producer Tiara Jacqueline, it tells the story of the city through the life journey of three young men who had left their village in search of fortune in a tin mining village in the 1850s to the city’s inception of becoming the administrative capital of the Federated Malay States in1896.

Reviews among Malaysians and foreigners have been nothing short but fantastic as the production features the rich and unique multi-cultural tapestry that has made Kuala Lumpur into what it is today. Presented by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) as part of its Visit KL project, the theatrical extravaganza is held at the iconic Panggung Bandaraya.

 

Eat: Go Off The Eaten Trek

Get off the eaten track and explore makan places like Petaling Street, among others. Photo: Khalil Adis

Get off the eaten track and explore makan places like Petaling Street, among others. Photo: Khalil Adis

Website: http://www.foodtourmalaysia.com

Facebook: @FoodTourMalaysia

You aren’t truly Malaysian if makan is not among your to-do list this weekend. In fact, Kuala Lumpur is a food paradise where you can find tasty and affordable Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisines. However, as some of the city’s best hidden gems are located in hard to find nook and cranny, this might be frustrating for food lovers. Well, fret not as help is just a click away. Join the Food Tour with experienced Malaysians alike as they take you for a food trail from Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur.

There are two packages to choose from in KL – Off the Eaten Trek and Kuala Lumpur Walk Tour. The former is available everyday at RM269 per pax from 7pm to 11pm. Meeting point is at Taman Paramount LRT station. The latter is available Monday to Fridays only at RM256 per pax. Meeting point is at Bangsar LRT.

 

Chill: TREC

There is something for everyone at TREC KL. Photo: Khalil Adis

There is something for everyone at TREC KL. Photo: Khalil Adis

TREC Holdings Sdn Bhd

436 & 438, Jalan Tun Razak,

50400 Kuala Lumpur,

Malaysia

Tel: +603 2110 5095

Website: http://www.trec.com.my

Facebook: @treckl

Let your hair down this Labour Day weekend and say hello to Kuala Lumpur’s first dedicated entertainment district.  Meaning “Taste, Relish, Experience, Celebrate”, TREC is home to Zouk KL and features an eclectic mix of casual and fine dining, quirky and independent cafes, wine bars, pubs, lounges and clubs across five different zones. Within Zouk itself, there are eight rooms to choose from – Zouk Main Room, Ace, Velvet Underground, Imperial, Member’s Lounge, Balcony Deck and Apex Lounge.

If partying to loud-banging EDM music is not your idea of winding down, fret not. There are a number of entertainment outlets to choose from ranging from Artebar to Starbucks. You can also check out the Electric Boulevard for flea marts and performances by indie bands and local talents.

Parking at TREC is a breeze as there are around 1,000 plus parking bays. You also get a daily 2-hour free parking at the basement and multi-level carpark when you spend a minimum of RM30 within TREC. All you need to do is to redeem your ticket at the carpark office and pay at the auto machine.In addition, TREC is  offering ten free UBER rides worth RM15 each. Simply type in the following promo code: GOTREC.

#youshouldbehere 3 game-changing ways of the Ampang LRT Line Extension Line on Puchong

Puchong’s time to shine has finally come. A new finding by iPropertyiQ showed that Puchong is now the fourth highly sought after location in Malaysia. Join our Puchongite, Lucky Ducky, as she takes the train and discovers how the LRT project has transformed this once ulu area into one of Malaysia’s sought after township

Born and raised in the tin mining lake of Puchong, Lucky Ducky has witnessed herself how much her kampung has transformed over the years. Follow her on her #youshouldbehere journey Photo: Khalil Adis

Born and raised in the tin mining lake of Puchong, Lucky Ducky has witnessed herself how much her kampung has transformed over the years. Follow her on her #youshouldbehere journey Photo: Khalil Adis

By Lucky Ducky

Quack! It’s me, Lucky Ducky, your new correspondent from Puchong.

If you are a Puchongite, I am sure you are familiar with the problems faced by fellow residents.

In fact, ask any Klang Valley urbanites what their number one daily frustration is and they will tell you hands down that it is the traffic jams. Therefore, it is no wonder thousands of KLites breathed collective sighs of relief when full service for the Ampang-Sri Petaling LRT Extension Line became commenced on 30 June 2016.

Measuring some 18.1 km long and comprising 11 new stations that extends from the existing Sri Petaling station, the line now makes it possible for those living in Southern Kuala Lumpur to travel to the city centre via rail. Let this Puchongite explain to you three game-changing ways arising from this RM10 billion project.

1. Improved accessibility

The RM10 billion Ampang Extension LRT Line is expected to bring in an additional 195,000 passengers in daily ridership, including 40,000 from the newly-opened stations. Image: RapidKL

The RM10 billion Ampang Extension LRT Line is expected to bring in an additional 195,000 passengers in daily ridership, including 40,000 from the newly-opened stations. Image: RapidKL

Remember those days when we used to get caught in horrible daily traffic congestion? Let’s not even talk about the floods!

Well, those days are now over as the opening of the Ampang LRT Extension Line has made traffic a lot more smoother. There are now seven stations running through the township, namely BK5 (Kinrara), IOI Puchong Jaya, Pusat Bandar Puchong, Taman Perindustrian Puchong, Bandar Puteri Puchong, Puchong Perdana and Puchong Prima. This would bode well for Puchong’s population of 400,000 which will continue to grow.

It does not stop there. Commuters from Puchong can now enjoy easy accessibility to the whole of Greater Klang Valley as the Ampang LRT Extension Line is integrated with the Kelana Jaya LRT, the Batu Caves-Seremban KTM, the Tanjung Malim-Pelabuhan Klang KTM, the ERL KLIA Transit, the KL Monorail and the soon to be completed MRT Line 1 (Sungai Buloh-Kajang).

Hence, it does not matter if your workplace is in KL or as far away as Cyberjaya and Seremban. The Ampang LRT Extension Line and its sister rails will have your back!

View the whole integrated transport magic system here

2. Savings, savings and more savings!

You can save more with the monthly MyRapid Card! Photo: Khalil Adis

You can save more with the monthly MyRapid Card! Photo: Khalil Adis

Let’s talk about the LRT’s biggest boons – time and cash savings!

Take for example a trip from Bandar Puteri Puchong station to KL Sentral. This 24 km journey can either take you 45 minutes or an-hour-and-a-half, depending on the time of the day.

Considering the burgeoning traffic conditions in KL coupled with the current rainy weather, it is safe to say that the commute in the mornings and evenings will involve a lot of hair-pulling.

In addition, the travelling cost is not cheap – a one way trip can come up to almost RM9 (plus an additional RM4.70 for toll charges along the LDP and NPE & RM4 for petrol). This does not include parking fees and your car’s wear and tear, which contributes to another estimated RM10 in expenditures.

In contrast, the journey by public transport, will take you 45 minutes and costs you RM4.60. Comprising 19 stops from Bandar Puteri Puchong LRT station to Masjid Jamek interchange station and then hopping onto the Kelana Jaya Line to the KL Sentral station, this translates to a cost saving of RM14 or a whopping 75 per cent – one way.

Instead of getting caught in traffic, you now have the luxury of time in using that 45 minutes to catch up on some reading or a shut-eye.

3. Puchong is rising in popularity – accessibility & affordability, checked!

Puchong is the fourth most sought after township in Malaysia. Source: iPropertyiQ

Puchong is the fourth most sought after township in Malaysia. Source: iPropertyiQ

Not everyone who works in the city centre can afford to purchase a home there, especially, Gen Ys.

Hence, it is no surprise that Puchong has always been a top choice among aspiring home buyers as there are numerous affordable property options and the township has it all – from shopping centres to  hypermarkets such as Tesco Extra Puchong, Giant Bandar Puteri Mall and AEON Big Puchong Utama.

This does not include the many educational institutions comprising 24 primary schools, 13 secondary schools, three colleges/university colleges and Taylor’s International School.

In the past, many used to find Puchong’s traffic conditions a deal-breaker. However, that is now a distant thing with the LRT extension line. With enhanced connectivity, Puchong has seen an uptick in interest among property buyers.

For example, according to data obtained from iProperty.com’s iPropertyiQ, Puchong ranked fourth as one of the top residential hotspots in Malaysia as of September 2016. (See graph above)

So what are you waiting for? – Get your hands on a slice of Puchong’s property pie today.

Visit Epic Residence to search for your dream home in Puchong. 

Disclaimer: No animals have been harmed in the process of writing this story. 

5 things I like about Epic Residence: A happy buyer’s story

Business owner Encik Abdul Kadir has been living in Bandar Bukit Puchong and has seen the township transformed over the past decade. As his business involves commuting to and from Putrajaya, choosing Epic Residence was a natural choice due to its strategic location. Here, he shares with us five things he likes about Epic Residence.

 

Epic Residence's strategic location within the growth corridor of Southern KL has made it a logical choice for Encik Abdul Kadir to buy a unit here. Photo: Khalil Adis

Epic Residence’s strategic location within the growth corridor of Southern KL has made it a logical choice for Encik Abdul Kadir to invest in a unit here. Photo: Khalil Adis

By Khalil Adis

Encik Abdul Kadir is a busy man. Despite scurrying between work appointments from Putrajaya to Bukit Puchong where he runs his business, he still managed to squeeze time for us.

“I used to live in Bandar Bukit Puchong BP10 developed by Bukit Hitam Development Sdn Bhd. In fact, we have stayed here for ten years,” said Encik Abdul Kadir.

Indeed, Encik Abdul Kadir lives and breathes Bukit Puchong. Even before Puchong, and by extension Bukit Puchong became a buzzing area, he has been living here since 2006 with his family.

“It is so convenient. It is also very near my office,” he explained.

However, for Encik Kadir and his family, investing in Epic Residence is more than just buying bricks and mortars alone. It also about moving into a place where they can call home and for potential rental income. As such, he values the soft touch that TAHPS Group’s staff has extended to him and his family during their buying process.

“As I am an existing buyer, they never fail to invite me to their new launches. As a result, we have established a very good relationship with the staff. The best experience was receiving our keys even before the due date handover date.,” he said.

Indeed, all these small gestures from TAHPS Group have gone a long way in winning buyers’ confidence, like Encik Kadir.

Here, he shares with us five things he likes about Epic Residence.

Good reputation of the developer

Bursa listed developer TAHPS Group is one of the oldest and most experienced Malaysian developer. Photo: Khalil Adis

Bursa listed developer TAHPS Group is one of the oldest and most experienced Malaysian developer. Photo: Khalil Adis

“First of all the reputation of the developer is important as I am doing a lot of business with the government which is located in Putrajaya,” he said.

Indeed, TAHPS Group is one of the oldest and most experienced Malaysian developer. This year, the group will mark its 110th anniversary. Since 1992, the Bukit Puchong township has grown significantly with development and sales of 5,495 residential units, 510 commercial and 410 industrial properties under its belt.

Strategic location

The federal administrative capital of Putrajaya is 20 minutes away while the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is just 30 minutes away from Epic Residence. Meanwhile, the Puchong Industrial Park is located some 13 minutes away via the Damansara-Puchong highway (LDP). Photo: Khalil Adis

The federal administrative capital of Putrajaya is 20 minutes away while the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is just 30 minutes away from Epic Residence. Meanwhile, the Puchong Industrial Park is located some 13 minutes away via the Damansara-Puchong highway (LDP). Photo: Khalil Adis

“The location is very conducive for my business. The surrounding area is already matured with easy access to my clients in Putrajaya, to the airports and to the industrial areas via the Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP), the South Klang Valley Expressway (SKVE), KESAS Highway and MEX Highway,” said Encik Kadir.

In addition, Epic Residence is located within the growth corridor of Southern KL as outlined in the Eleventh Malaysia Plan 2016 to 2020.

Potential for growth

Infrastructure developments, such as the RM10 billion Ampang LRT Extension Line and highways, have helped to boost property values in and around Bukit Puchong. Photo: Khalil Adis

Infrastructure developments, such as the RM10 billion Ampang LRT Extension Line and highways, have helped to boost property values in and around Bukit Puchong. Photo: Khalil Adis

 

“I am always looking for growth potential for my property investment value so that is why I chose Epic Residence. Also, if you don’t buy today, the prices here may increase even further,” said Encik Kadir.

In fact, housing prices in Bukit Puchong in 2005 was around RM190 per sq ft. However, as the area has become developed with more infrastructure and amenities in place, housing prices have risen to around RM395 plus per sq ft.

With three federal mooted projects located in this part of the growth corridor of Southern KL – Cyberjaya City Centre, Malaysia Vision Valley and KLIA Aeropolis – the potential for growth is even more.

Safety 

Help is just a touch button away on your phone with the Bukit Puchong Community Apps. Photo: Khalil Adis

Help is just a touch button away on your phone with the Bukit Puchong Community Apps. Photo: Khalil Adis

“Initially, we did have some problems when we first moved into this township. However, after we formed our community, the safety and security has improved. My family and I applaud the Bukit Puchong Community Apps and we are wiling to pay for it for our safety and security,” said Encik Kadir.

For the newly initiated, Bukit Puchong Community Apps is a unique safety and security application to ensure residents’ safety and well-being. With features such as Emergency Assist, Intercom Call, Real-time Notice Board, Visitor Registration and many more, Epic Residence’s buyers can sleep easy as help is just a finger tap away via the ‘Emergency Alert’ and ‘Call Your Guards’ buttons. Should there be a situation and you need assistance immediately, all you need to do is just tap the buttons in the Bukit Puchong Community Apps and help will be on its way.

On top of that, Epic Residence has a 3-tiered security system with access card to the guardhouse entrance, your private lift lobby and the basement car parks. Residents can also enjoy peace of mind with Epic Residence’s 24-hour security surveillance.

Facilities

Epic Residence has been thoughtfully planned with lush landscaping and gardens for your family to be at one with nature. Photo: Khalil Adis

Epic Residence has been thoughtfully planned with lush landscaping and gardens for your family to be at one with nature. Photo: Khalil Adis

 

“We have a very nice garden complete with a jogging track spanning some 800 metres. We particularly like the overall design of the facilities as it is so conducive for modern living,” said Encik Kadir.

Indeed, Epic Residence has a myriad of facilities for everyone to enjoy. They include a half-Olympic size infinity pool, a fully equipped gymnasium, changing rooms, a multipurpose space, a games room and a convenience store.

For children, they can look forward to the wading pool with a sunken sitting pit within the pool, a colourful children’s playground, kindergarten and a nursery.

For those who want to be at one with nature, Epic Residence boasts garden spaces complemented by lush greenery and picturesque landscaping.

Collectively, all these facilities have elevated the concept of luxury living within Bukit Puchong which has won the hearts and minds of buyers’, just like Encik Kadir.

#askmeanything with Prof. Joe Choo

The Southern Corridor of Greater KL is set to be the next growth area and where three major economic projects are being built  –  Malaysia Vision Valley, KLIA Aeropolis and Cyberjaya City Centre. As property prices here are still relatively affordable, we sat down with Prof. Joe Choo recently on what home buyers and prospective investors should look for when house hunting in this part of Malaysia.

 

Prof. Joe Choo will share her feng shui predictions on 4 March 2017 at Bukit Puchong Sales Gallery. Photo: Khalil Adis

Prof. Joe Choo will share her feng shui predictions on 4 March 2017 at Bukit Puchong Sales Gallery. Photo: Khalil Adis

 

By Khalil Adis

 

Southern KL, where Bukit Puchong is located at, is the new growth corridor outside KL. Could you give us your take why this is so from a feng shui perspective?

Bukit Puchong is at almost the tip of the joining of two major expressways namely the NKVE and LDP. Therefore, it will benefit from the bottleneck created by theses two expressways. Finally, the earth energy here is being slowed down and subsequently bouncing back to Bukit Puchong which gives sustainability to this area. This has explained why it takes some time for this area to pick up to be a lively and liveable area.

 

There are three major economic drivers coming up here – Malaysia Vision Valley, KLIA Aeropolis and Cyberjaya City Centre. How will these three projects affect the overall feng shui of Southern KL?

These three areas are very far away from the Titiwangsa mountain range. First of all, let’s take a look at the Cyberjaya City Centre. The Cyberjaya City Centre is basically quite a flat land but with quite a small hill nearby. There isn’t any small stream or river nearby. Therefore, it does not have a very vibrant energy there. This has explained why Cyberjaya has been around for quite sometime and why it is still very, very quiet. In fact, developments here took place from the year 2000. If a place were good, it would have flown in ten years. However, it is still very quiet.

As for KLIA Aeropolis’ location, it is full of molehills. There are streams but no rivers. Moreover, KLIA is also there. This would bring a lot of unpleasant energy due to the frequency of the aeroplanes and electronic gadgets creating an unstable energy field. So whoever stays there, the energy will not be good.

Malaysia Vision Valley sounds as though it will be surrounded by valleys which is good. However, If the valley is between two mountains then it is not that good. If the valley is like a plain, like a bowl, that is surrounded by mountains, it is good. From the looks of It, it looks like this area doesn’t have much mountains. Comparatively, between these three, the best is the Malaysia Vision Valley. If you were to compare this with the other two developments and other residential areas or townships, they cannot harness the energy of the mountain. However, If you want to compare these three developments to the surrounding townships, then, they will need many, many years to grow.

 

Are there any things buyers must avoid when buying a home in this growth corridor?

When you want to buy a home at these three economic corridors, you must avoid buying near to KLIA. You also should avoid buying near schools, shopping malls and religious centres because when you have a lot of human forces, the energy of the individual house in the area will not be strong enough. Thus, it will become lopsided as the energy will be attracted to the public area. Also, avoid having a river behind your house. You must have highland at the back. These are the key fundamentals when choose a house.

Now, let’s take a look at Cyberjaya. This area has a very flat land there with a lot of lakes. Avoid buying homes around these lakes because they have no more earth energy. In feng shui we emphasise upon on three type of energy, cosmic, earth and human energy.

When we talk about cosmic energy, it is already there in the universe. For earth energy, it is up to us to choose. For human energy, it is based on the date of birth of every individuals. Since we have the choice to choose a land with vibrant energy, we should avoid to be close to any artificial lakes. This is because during the mining area, the miners have exhausted the energy of the earth by taking away all the resources. This leaves it with no more earth energy which means the land doesn’t have any energy at all. However, with that kind of land, you can make use of it to become a religious place or for an illegitimate business or even a casino. Another business that will be good is for a burial ground.

 

Now let’s talk about your talk at Bukit Puchong. What aspects of feng shui will you be covering?

I will be sharing the history of feng shui and the three types of energy which comprises cosmic, earth and human energy. In the earth energy, I shall explain the source of earth energy of Peninsular Malaysia. Very interestingly, I will share insights as to what happens when the source of the earth energy reaches Bukit Puchong. It changes the scenario altogether.

Besides that, I will shall the importance of the these three types of energy and how to harness them to select the right property for you to ensure that the property brings positive effects for you and the people living at the property.

 

This township is located some distance away from Puchong. What is the prospects like for this area in 2017 and beyond? 

The prospect of Bukit Puchong is just the beginning of a vibrant era. This is very similar to Ipoh.  Both Ipoh and Bukit Puchong, and by extension Puchong, were mining areas before. In the case of Ipoh, it slowly started to gain popularity and its property market has picked up since 2014.  Therefore, Bukit Puchong will carry the same weight or even more.

 

This year some are predicting it may be a good time to buy a property while others say it is not. What is your take from a feng shui perspective?

A  good time to buy a property will be the second half of the year. For the first half, the market is still very volatile. The second half will be more stable and you will see more available stocks in the market. The secondary market will be very good. The primary market is a bit slow this year. However, for next year, the primary market will be good

 

Got a questions? #askmeanything. Email me at fiveelementsmastery@yahoo.com

Sign up here for Prof. Joe Choo’s talk.

8 things you must do before Chinese New Year

2017 is the year of the rooster. To ring in the New Year with a loud cockledoodledoo, here are eight things you must do before the big day.

Festivity in Chinatown, Singapore. Photo: Khalil Adis

Festivity in Chinatown, Singapore. Photo: Khalil Adis

Get a hair cut 

Make sure you go to the hairdresser before Chinese New Year so as not to snip away your good luck. Photo: Khalil Adis

Make sure you go to the hairdresser before Chinese New Year so as not to snip away your good luck. Photo: Khalil Adis

What better way to welcome in the new year than a brand new hair cut. So hop over to your favourite barber or hairdresser and get more bangs (literally) for your bucks! Just remember to keep it short and tidy enough for a month. You don’t want to snip away your luscious locks and good luck don’t you?

 

Clean the house

Start sweeping and dust away all your bad luck before the Chinese New Year. Photo: Khalil Adis

Start sweeping and dust away all your bad luck before the Chinese New Year. Photo: Khalil Adis

Throw away old furnitures, give old, unused clothes to charity, sweep all the bad luck away and dust every nook and cranny for cobwebs. So take out your feather duster, vacuum cleaner and start dusting! Come New Year, your home will be as good as new. Just remember to put those brooms away on that day, lest you sweep all your good luck away!

 

Buy new clothes and shoes

Shop till you drop at Suria KLCC. Photo: Khalil Adis

Shop till you drop at Suria KLCC. Photo: Khalil Adis

Fashionistas, rejoice! This is the perfect occasion to splurge on that new pair of clothes and shoes that you have been eyeing for as there is now a legitimate excuse to wear them for the New Year. So go ahead and indulge yourself in that new Jimmy Choos or Mont Blanc – preferably in auspicious red.

 

Do New Year shopping

There are plenty of bargain galore in Petaling Street. Photo: Khalil Adis

There are plenty of bargain galore in Petaling Street. Photo: Khalil Adis

Throng the shopping centres and pasar malam to stock up on cookies, food and other new year goodies. The best time to do so is the day before where you can get bargain deals as shopkeepers are eager to clear their stocks. Be prepared for the mad rush and jostling with the crowd. Not for the faint-hearted.

 

Go to the flower market

A wholesale flower market in Chinatown, Petaling Street. In the foreground is the auspicious lucky bamboo. Photo: Khalil Adis

A wholesale flower market in Chinatown, Petaling Street. In the foreground is the auspicious lucky bamboo. Photo: Khalil Adis

Stock up on pussy willows, orchids, chrysanthemums, jade plants, orange trees and lucky bamboos for your home as these flowers and plants are considered auspicious. Pussy willows are especially ubiquitous as they represent the start of spring. You can find them at all the wholesale store in Sungai Buloh or Petaling Street. When going for plants, go for the lucky bamboos, as they represent strength in Chinese. The best thing is, they require very little care and thrives on its own. Just put in a vase, add water and you are good to go.

 

Buy auspicious fruits

Orange represents gold in Chinese traditions and its round shape signifies money. Photo: Khalil Adis

Orange represents gold in Chinese traditions and its round shape signifies money. Photo: Khalil Adis

While good for our health, some fruits have auspicious meaning in Chinese customs. Traditional favourites like orange represents gold in Chinese traditions and its round shape signifies money. Others, like bright red and pink Pomelo, represent good health. You might want to also consider bananas which symbolises unity while yellow stands for happiness.

 

Make banners with good luck messages

Chinese lanterns with auspicious greetings. Photo: Khalil Adis

Chinese lanterns with auspicious greetings. Photo: Khalil Adis

Decorate the entrance of your home with good luck greetings preferably jn red and gold. This is because such colours are considered lucky. For example, red represents vitality of life and happiness while gold represents wealth and prosperity. You can buy them at the bookstore or make your own using bright red papers using markers or brush, if you are good with your hands.

 

Pay respect to your ancestors

A Chinese New Year's eve concert in Chinatown, Singapore. Photo: Khalil Adis

A Chinese New Year’s eve concert in Chinatown, Singapore. Photo: Khalil Adis

Last but not least, don’t forget to pay respect to your ancestors. According to Chinese traditions, the New Year can only begin after they have done so. On New Year’s eve, you can see people thronging the temples to give their offerings of food and prayers to please the spirits of the deceased for more good luck ahead.

 

 

10 Puchong foodie haunts to visit this weekend

If you are unsure what to do over this long Christmas weekend, why not head over to Puchong? Also known as a food paradise, there is something for everyone to suit your taste buds. Here’s our top ten picks.

Puchong has become a highly sought after township and is easily accessible via the Ampang LRT Extension Line. Photo: Khalil Adis

Puchong has become a highly sought after township and is easily accessible via the Ampang LRT Extension Line. Photo: Khalil Adis

Puchong is a vibrant district located just outside Kuala Lumpur and within the growing Southern Corridor of KL. Home to a good selection of local and international cuisines, Puchong has become a magnet among food lovers as there are many option to choose from, ranging from mamak to Korean. With the long weekend ahead, we list down 10 cool eating places you should check out in Puchong.

Warung Cikgu

1, Jalan BP 6/7, Bandar Bukit Puchong, 47100 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia

Tel: +60 16-973 6579

Opening hours: 7am to 10pm

Facebook: @WarungCikgu.Puchong

Warung Cikgu serves rice mixed with chicken curry gravy, sambal and fried tumeric chicken cut into small pieces Photo: Warung Cikgu Puchong Facebook page:

Warung Cikgu serves rice mixed with chicken curry gravy, sambal and fried tumeric chicken cut into small pieces. Photo: Warung Cikgu Puchong Facebook page.

We tried the Nasi Mmanggey at Warung Cikgu in Bukit Puchong recently and was blown away by its rice mixed with chicken curry gravy, sambal and fried tumeric  chicken cut into small pieces. Whether you are eating in or ordering take-away, the Nasi Mmanggey here comes wrapped in brown food wrapping and is available all day. Be warned though, the sambal is super hot. Another signature menu is their coconut shake. Warung Cikgu is a fuss-free, self service eatery.  Each packet of Nasi Mmanggey will cost you RM5 while a glass of coconut shake will cost RM3.50.

 

Lok Lok Street

18, Jalan Kenari 11, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia

Opening hours: 6.30pm till late

Lok Lok Street in Puchong is a hidden gem located along Jalan 18, Jalan Kenari 11, Bandar Puchong Jaya. Photo: pohkemonfooddiary.blogspot.com

Lok Lok Street in Puchong is a hidden gem located along Jalan 18, Jalan Kenari 11, Bandar Puchong Jaya. Photo: pohkemonfooddiary.blogspot.com

Literally meaning getting burnt in hot water in Cantonese, Lok Lok derived its name from the assortment cooked and uncooked skewered food items to be dipped in hot water. There is an assortment of meat for you to choose from in the make shift trucks found along the street. If skewered food is not up your alley, you can opt for Asam Laksa, Otak-Otak or Fried Oyster Omelette.

 

Donutes

7&6, Jalan Kenari 6, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia

Tel: +60 3-5880 7038

Facebook: @DonutesMalaysia

Opening hours: 24-hours

Donutes is opened 24-hours and serves a great selection of coffees, teas, cakes and freshly made bread. Photo: Donutes Cafe Facebook page

Donutes is opened 24-hours and serves a great selection of coffees, teas, cakes and freshly made bread. Photo: Donutes Cafe Facebook page

Donutes is so popular among Malaysians that you’d find difficulty getting a seat, even during off-peak hours on a weekday. Serving an assortment of coffee, tea, cakes and bakery, this 24-hour joint has serves cakes that are so animately designed that it has become an Instagram-friendly place among millennials and Puchongites. This, combined with the huge outdoor and indoor spaces, has made it a must visit place among Gen Ys. If you are fussy about your bread, fret not. You can expect freshly baked breads hot from the oven between 7.30am to10.30am, 1.00pm to 3.30pm and 4.30pm to 6.30pm.

 

Puchong Yong Tau Foo

Jalan Puchong Batu 14 | No. 105, Kampung Baru, Puchong 47100, Malaysia

Tel: +60 19-678 8188

Opening hours: 11am to 9.30pm. Closed on Mondays.

Head to Bandar Bandar Puchong Utama for fuss-free yet delicious Yong Tau Foo. Photo: www.taufulou.com

Head to Bandar Bandar Puchong Utama for fuss-free yet delicious Yong Tau Foo. Photo: www.taufulou.com

If you are looking for traditional Yong Tau Foo wrapped in silky tofu skin or bitter gourd, look no more than Puchong Yong Tau Foo. Located within Bandar Puchong Utama and just a stone throw’s away from Bukit Puchong, this no frills self-serviced eatery requires you to choose from the many food options spread in bright red plastic baskets. Once you have chosen your food items in your basket, just head to the counter to make payments. Another signature dish is their Chicken Wrap comprising steamed herbal chicken wrapped in a leaf.

 

Restoran Little Italy

61, Jalan Kenari 23a, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia

Tel: +60 3-8075 3081

Opening hours: 11.30am to 3pm and 6pm to 10.30pm

Restoran Little Italy is considered one of the most established Italian restaurants in Puchong. Photo: Puchong Fairytale Homestay

Restoran Little Italy is considered one of the most established Italian restaurants in Puchong. Photo: Puchong Fairytale Homestay

As its name suggests, this restaurant brings the taste of good old Italian cuisines right in the heart of Puchong. This joint is considered one of the oldest Italian restaurant in Puchong, serving traditional favourites like pasta, pizza and risotto. There’s been pretty much mixed reviews about this place. Italians and Malaysians who know their Italian dishes by heart say it could be better while Puchong residents swear the food is delicious, especially the piping hot onion soup. Whatever it is, this place is a must try among Puchongites. Best of all, it is halal. Restoran Little Italy enjoys easy access via the IOI Puchong Jaya LRT station serving the Ampang LRT Extension Line.

 

Restoran Shabu Shabu

No.55, Jalan Puteri 1/6, Bandar Puteri Puchong, 47100 Selangor, Malaysia.

Tel: +60 3-80639696

Facebook: @mizishabu96

Opening hours: 5pm to 11.30pm

Have shabu shabu here but served with a twist in Bandar Puteri Puchong. Photo: Shabu Cafe Facebook page

Have shabu shabu here but served with a twist in Bandar Puteri Puchong. Photo: Shabu Cafe Facebook page

From the other end of the continent in Europe, we move over to other side of the world in Asia for some delicious Japanese food. Shabu shabu literally means a hotpot dish of thinly sliced meat and vegetables boiled in water served with dipping sauces. You can think of it like our steamboat but very much Japanese-style with a twist. For example, the good assortments are served on a conveyor belt much like how most Japanese restaurants would serve sushis where you can pick and choose. Subsequently, you need to boil them into your own hotpot.

 

DeGut’s Cafe & Restaurant

Blok C SetiaWalk, C-8-G, Persiaran Wawasan, Pusat Bandar Puchong, 47100 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia

Tel: +60 3-8605 4085

Facebook: @Degutcafe

Opening hours: 12noon to midnight daily

DeGuts Cafe is known for its signature chicken chop and value-for-money set meals. Photo: DeGuts Cafe Facebook page

DeGuts Cafe is known for its signature chicken chop and value-for-money set meals. Photo: DeGuts Cafe Facebook page

Located just a stone throw’s away from Pusat Bandar Puchong LRT station and served by a covered walkway, DeGut’s Cafe & Restaurant scores big on its strategic location. Many swear by its grilled chicken chop which comes with its own unique sauce that cannot be found elsewhere. This signature dish comes in value-for-money set meal that is served all day at around RM20. Comprising chicken, vegetables, fries and a wide range of drinks to choose from, it’s no wonder it remains popular among Puchong-lang.

 

Bumbu Bali Puchong

Lot 18 & 18-1, Jalan Persiaran Puteri 1, Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia

Tel: +60 3-8061 8699

Facebook: @bumbubalipuchong

Website: www.balibistro.com

Opening hours: 11am to 11pm

The Nasi Campur here is must-try but comes with a hefty price tag of RM31. Photo: Bumbu Bali Puchong Facebppk page

The Nasi Campur here is must-try but comes with a hefty price tag of RM31. Photo: Bumbu Bali Puchong Facebook page

If you love authentic Indonesian food, then this is a must visit place in your foodie haunt list this weekend. Known for its signature Nasi Campur, this dish features a combination of Balinese grilled lemongrass prawn, squid, fish, choice of beef or chicken rendang and sate lilit, served with lawar kacang, rempeyek, sambel terasi and sambel matah. Be prepared though for its hefty price tag at RM31. If that’s too steep for you, there are other perennial favourites you look forward to such as Sayap Panggang, Sate Lilit and Cumi-Cumi Goreng, served with Sambel Matah, Sambel Terasi and Coriander Mayo.

 

Zok Noodle House

11, Jalan Kenari 4, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia

No. 25-G, Jalan Puteri 2/3, Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia

Tel: +6 017-287-3187 (Bandar Puchong Jaya), +6 016-225-6630 (Bandar Puteri)

Facebook: @zoknoodle

Website: www.zoknoodlehouse.com.my

Opening hours: 8am to 10pm daily

Hong Kong Wanton Noodle, one of the restaurant's signature dishes. Photo: Zok Noodle Facebook page

Hong Kong Wanton Noodle, one of the restaurant’s signature dishes. Photo: Zok Noodle Facebook page

Zok Noodle House was founded by four chefs in 2011 with a passion for good Hong Kong and Macau food. Coming from a strong hotel culinary background, whats results are endearing comfort food. Thus, it is no wonder this noodle house is well regarded among Puchongites-ites for its Wan Ton and porridges. To better serve residents here, there are now two outlets – one at Bandar Puchong Jaya and another in Bandar Puteri. Their signature dish is the Fresh Prawn Wanton Noodles which the owners claim is “sold more than 100 bowls within a day.”

 

Low Maji Restaurant

The entrance of Low Maji located in Bandar Puteri. Photo: Groupon.my

The entrance of Low Maji located in Bandar Puteri. Photo: Groupon.my

5, Jalan Puteri 1/4, Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia

Tel: +60 3-8060 1168

Website: www.lowmaji.com.my

Opening hours: 5pm to 3am daily

Since steamboat is a favourite eating past time among Malaysians, why not check out Low Maji Restaurant located in Bandar Puteri? Noted for their signature Winter Melon Steamboat (yes, it is really served in a cut out Winter Melon), this is an acquired taste where you will either love it or hate it. For the adventurous, you first need to dip your selected meats and vegetable into the steamboat. The soup comes across as sweet with a hint of herbs. For those of you who prefer your traditional steamboat, fret not, as this option is also available. There is also a wide range of sauce for you to choose from. The special sauce, comprising spring onion, sesame, sesame seed oil, fried onion and cilantro, is apparently the house special that everyone goes for.

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Puchong is home to many mega malls with a myriad of lifestyle offerings for residents. Photo: Khalil Adis

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