1. crispy bittergourd, so good that one must pinch a bit with the fingers, 2. yummiest ever long beans achar, 3. wahhhhhhhh! so much rice, 3. fiery hot dried chillies anyone to spice your life up?
Mission 1 - Eat banana leaf rice
Getting your fingers all dirty with spicy curry, tangy achar, rice and vegetables seem to be the best way to spent the day off. At Bangsar's Sri Nirwana Maju (where people seem to be spilling out on the sidewalks), you have the option to order plain white rice or the more exotic yellow nasi briyani with chicken. You can go for the carbo-overload meal (they pile the rice here, like they own their own paddy fields) or just opt for the healthier (only slightly) vegetarian option of deep fried bittergourd slices, spinach or cucumbers in a cooling yoghurt. I especially love the slightly sourish long bean achar here and the quirky plastic spoon they give you (double bound with a piece of rubberband to hold it together). For meat eaters, they also do an excellent mutton curry and fried items like sotong and chicken are also available. Fried noodles (the yellow wormlike or curlier instant strands) can also be ordered. Oh! Don't forget the crispy pappadums where one is never enough after you try one crunchy morsel of it.
1. tucking into a hearty meal, 2. pappa-pappadum, dums, 3. nope these ain't worms but mee goreng
Mission 2 - Meet new bloggers
Blogging is always fun and the best bit of course is meeting new people within the blogosphere. This time round, we met two at one shot - Paranoid Android and Cacoethes Scribendi. While one is into Momijis, the other one creates these gorgeous looking bento boxes. Great meeting both of you and hope we'll see more of you on the Net and around.
1. don't touch my stash of ketchup, 2. fairies do exist here, 3. busted bunny falls at the feet of Twinkle, is this a love story?, 4. new and old blogger friends
Mission 3 - Have a Momiji (and Dunny) moment
Since we were having a Daily Grind moment (gorgeous hummingbird and lemon drizzle cakes), it was also time for the momijis (and Kid Robot [er, not Tokidoki]'s dunny) to make an appearance. Discovered a shop in Bangsar Village II called Emma K that sells momijis including the new ones by a Chilean designer called Camilla De Gregorio. A little different from the other designs, this series has a bunny all decked up in white with rainbow stripes called Busted Bunny, a bear called I Don't Care Bear and this jesus christ superstar lookalike called Coming Soon . No momiji event will be complete without a dunny hence, a lil' fat monkey brought his adorable (Tom Selleck lookalike) dunny! So adorable.
Sri Nirwana Maju
43 Jalan Telawi Tiga
Tel No : 03- 6028 3526
LG8, Lower Ground Floor
1 Jalan Telawi 1
Tel: 03-2287 6708
* Note: Bangsar was kicking that day with Edison Chen doing his Juice moment (I heard some fans even jumped on cars to get a pix of him!) and Robert Rainford of AFC's Licence to Grill fame demonstrating his barbeque skills in Bangsar Village. Others who also joined in this mission: Cumi & Ciki, Fatboybakes, Lyrical Lemongrass, Hairy Berry, Kampungkayell, a lil' fat monkey and Paprika.