Calling all Durian lovers! Creamy Durian Seafood @ Just Seafood, Sunway Giza review

18 April 2018

Hello guys! Any Durian obsessed kawans reading this? I know this may sound a little weird but the other day I was at Just Seafood, Sunway Giza and I got to try their latest menu item which is their Creamy Durian Seafood! YES GUYS!! I ate Durian cooked with Seafood!!!

Okay, you guys must be thinking "nice meh???" ಠ_ಠ

Well, few days before the food tasting session I was thinking, it's durian + seafood, what if it tastes weird?? But you know what, I convinced myself that if I don't try this, I'll never know if I like it or not! 

On the day I was about to try this interesting combination, I mentally braced myself for the challenge (but to be honest, I was also super excited la) and surprisingly....

It was actually pretty good leh!!  

Like, no regrets. 

Now you have three choices to choose from! If you're interested to know what me and my picky tastebuds think of this combination, please keep on reading. If you love durian and you're up for something interesting and you're too lazy to read anymore, just head straight to Just Seafood @ Sunway Giza now to try it for yourself! Then let me know if you like it or not!! If you don't like durian then...uhm...check out my other blogposts??? Hahaha just kidding! Just Seafood also serves seafood cooked in different flavours. Scroll down to see what other flavours they serve! 

Before I hop into my review, here's how the shop looks like. It's a corner shop at Sunway Giza, Kota Damansara. If you're there during the night you would be able to spot it very easily as all the lights will be lit up. (quite pretty actually!) I've personally passed by the place many times but has yet to try their food until couple days ago. The restaurant always seemed packed so if you're planning to visit perhaps you'd want to call to make a reservation first. I'll include their phone number at the end of my post!

[   my rating & thoughts on the Creamy Durian Seafood?   ]

Taste: 8.5/10
Creativity: 9/10
Fun: 10/10
Quality of seafood: 8.5/10
Price: 7.5/10

[   T a s t e   ]
Honestly, I'd recommend this to anyone that eats durian and seafood! For this dish, expect a creamy slightly sweet and savoury taste in the sauce. The durian flavour is not very strong but you can definitely still taste it, because it wasn't too strong, you could still taste the freshness/sweetness from the seafood. This dish does contain cheese but for some reason I couldn't really taste the cheese in it. Though it is possible that the mild savoury taste is coming from the cheese. Other than seafood there were also some carrots and sweet corn tossed together in this creamy durian sauce. I think including some vegetables were a good choice as you might feel a little jelak from just eating seafood alone. I didn't fancy comb corn too much so I passed on that but carrot went pretty well with this sauce.

By the way, I really recommend eating their fried man tou (tiny fried buns), you can eat it with the sauce or eat 'em alone, it tastes so good! One last tip is to eat it when it's still warm!! We spent so much time taking photos of the dish, by the time we were ready to eat, it was already at borderline room temperature but it still tasted good. Can you imagine how much better it'll taste if it was still hot?

We all know that durians are seasonal fruits. In order to assure the quality of the dish, Just Seafood uses Monthong Durians from Thailand as this particular type of durian is more easily accessible and it also has a milder odour to it. Furthermore, the recipe calls for durians with a mild odour just so it doesn't overpower the taste of the seafood so Monthong durians fit the bill perfectly.

[   C r e a t i v i t y   ]
I've heard and tried a few Durian twists on different food/mainly desserts. However, a mixed seafood dish with durian and cheese sauce? This is certainly the first time I've heard of one and it's not an easy dish to nail! The thing with having a chef to be boyfriend is that you kinda learn a thing or two about culinary haha. So being able to 'adjust' the sauce to match a variety of seafood(each having it's own unique flavour) + vegetables, is not an easy task and surprisingly all it took Just Seafood was two attempts to present this yummy dish! The sauce tasted great with all the prawns/crab/mussels I had!


[   F u n   ]
Level of fun? 10/10. Bring your best waisekmao kawans(24/7 hungry buddies) and eat some seafood! If you have a gang of durian kakis, time to jio them out and challenge them to prove their love for durian with this Creamy Durian Seafood dish! The restaurant provides disposable gloves for those afraid of getting their hands dirty but if you want to have the 100% full experience of eating this, just eat with your bare hands!

[   Q u a l i t y   o f   S e a f o o d   ]
The seafood we had were fresh. I know that the seafood is served accordingly to weight but size does matter. I would rather eat 10 big prawns than 15 small prawns, you get what I mean? Thankfully, at Just Seafood, they were very generous with their mussels and there were a few large crab claws along with quite a number of large prawns and medium sized prawns too! So as far as the quality goes, I'll rate this a 8.5/10.

[ Price ]
Their Creamy Durian Seafood will be the same price as their Butter Cream Milk/ Golden Salted Egg seafood. The dish is not on their menu yet but they should be releasing a new menu with it real soon! I'm rating the price as 7.5 because while it is a little pricey in figures, you really get what you pay. The quality of the seafood, the generous amount of mussels, and the interesting cooking styles you get to choose from (Creamy Durian, Butter Cream Milk, Salted Egg Yolk, Original Cajun Style, and Nasi Lemak Cajun). Moreover usually you would go for this in a group so the cost is also split among several people which makes it alright.

Considering all of this, plus seafood in Malaysia was never cheap to begin with, I think the pricing here is pretty fair and I'm not sure if you guys would agree with me on this but I personally think that for what you get, I would actually consider this affordable. By the way, you can also add on different types of seafood that is not included in the set. Top up RM49 and you'll get a 400g lobster leh. I'm going for that ok!

Their sides and mains on the other hand does seem a little pricey to me. I have not ordered any of it to try so I'll only be able to give my two cents after seeing the portion and tasting 'em.

Click to enlarge. Here are more photos of what's on their menu. (photo from Just Seafood's FB)

Another photo taken off Just Seafood's Facebook. A little off topic but here's a dish I'm interested to try on my future visit!! It's their lobster nasi lemak and they have other alternatives too like large tiger prawn nasi lemak, giant fresh water prawn nasi lemak, and big prawns nasi lemak!

By the way, after trying Just Seafood's Creamy Durian Seafood, the boss also let us try one of their bestsellers which is their Golden Salted Egg flavour. Compared to the creamy durian seafood, this felt much heavier. Obviously if you love salted egg dishes, you will LOVE this. Although I'm not a big fan of salted egg (love fried salted egg calamari tho), I still ate quite a lot of this so it's safe to say that this was pretty good!

PS. Did you notice that while most seafood restaurants serving seafood in this concept would normally serve you your seafood in a plastic bag? I like how Just Seafood does so using a metal bowl instead. Basically, I just personally prefer having hot dishes served using metal instead of plastic la.

Look at that juicy big prawn at the bottom left! One thing about visiting Just Seafood with a large group is that you guys could order a few flavours to try! It'll be interesting and delicious too!

That is all for my post today, I hope this review is helpful! Really glad that Racheal invited me over for this haha if not I probably would've never known that durian + seafood would actually click together! If you're planning to try this Creamy Durian Seafood or if you have already tried it, let me know what you think!! :D

Thanks for reading and until next time!

Just Seafood, Sunway Giza
A-9-G, No. 2 Jalan PJU5/14 PJU5,
Dataran Sunway,
47810 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor


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*This is an invited food review session however all opinions mentioned are 100% mine*

DR. JOU Six Essence Hyaluronic Acid face masks - which is for your skin?

15 April 2018

Hello kawanss!! How are you guys doing? The other day I attended a beauty launch event for DR. JOU's Six Essence Hyaluronic Acid masks and I guess you can say it was a pretty entertaining and educational event! Since I'm always excited to try new face masks in the market, after trying their masks for a while now I've decided to share about 'em with you guys along with a few beauty tips I've picked up from the event. Full review on their hydra, soothing, and whitening mask(maybe) will be available real soon and I'll link 'em at the end of this post as soon as I'm done writing 'em.

A quick background info. This series of Six Essence Hyaluronic Acid masks is formulated by Dr. Jou Jun Xu. When it comes to Hyaluronic acid formulated facial masks, he is certainly no newbie as he is also the brainchild behind Dr. Morita masks - A brand famous for having Hyaluronic Acid as a key ingredient in a lot of their facial sheet masks.

What inspired Dr. Jou to create this series of Six Essence Hyaluronic Acid masks is that as Dr. Jou age, he realized that his skin needed an extra boost in order to absorb skincare products better. Like many brands over recent years, the reason why Dr. Jou is so focused on Hyaluronic Acid skincare is because the benefits of Hyaluronic Acid includes increasing the absorbency rate of skincare products, increasing your skin's moisture, as well as anti-aging benefits.

After extensive research, Dr. Jou is the first in the world to release a facial sheet mask containing 6 Hyaluronic Acids namely - Sodium Hyaluronate (Macromolecular), Hyaluronate Sodium Hyaluronate (Medium-sized molecules), Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid ((Micromolecular), Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hyaluronate, C12-13 Alkyl Glyceryl Hydrolyzed Hyaluronate and Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate.

So without any further ado, let's take a look at which mask would suit your skin type as well as some beauty tips I've learned from the sifu himself!

The event was held at a cafe called The Other Half and the emcee of the day was very entertaining! He joked that the reason why they chose this venue was in hopes that DR. JOU's mask would become our other half HAHA! 

Currently there are 6 types of masks in DR. JOU's Six Essence Hyaluronic Acid mask series. From left to right: Whitening, luminous, hydra, revitalizing, soothing, and brightening. 



The first mask in this series would be their hydra mask which so happen to also be their best seller. No matter what skin type/concerns you have, hydration is something every skin needs so if you're looking for a 'general' face mask, this is the one to go for! Though of course, if you have dry skin, no doubt, I highly recommend this as it consists of squalene extract, vitamin B5, and tremella for a well hydrated skin. 

Here's the thing, a patch of skin under my right eye have been pretty dry for quite some time and no moisturizer/mask have been able to help it and surprisingly after two rounds of this mask, my skin's condition improved so much, so I do recommend this to my dry skin kawans! I did manage to somewhat document my 'before and after' using this mask so expect a review on it real soon!

For my full review on this mask, you can read it [ here ]!


The next mask is a whitening mask. Other than Hyaluronic Acid, this mask also combines Squalane extract, tranexamic acid, mulberry white, European dragon bile, and large algae extract to help those with dull skin concerns as these ingredients is supposed to help achieve fairer skin.


This mask is their revitalizing mask(orange). It is suitable for all skin types but recommended for those with extra dry skin concerns. It is advised that if your skin is feeling dehydrated/tired, pamper your skin with this revitalizing mask first then only switch to their hydra mask to maintain the moisture. 

In this mask, the ingredients used to re-energize tired skin includes Wine Meal Soy, Luo shen hua, barley, bird's nest, Q10, royal jelly, and platinum particles.


The next mask we have here is the brightening mask(yellow). Not to be confused, the earlier revitalizing mask is in orange packaging, while this brightening one has a yellow packaging instead. This mask is suitable for those with dry skin and dull skin concerns. 

In order to help one achieve a brighter more radiant skin, some of the ingredients used in this mask includes Squalene, rose pure dew, salami acid, hypericum, aesculus, witch hazel, and ivy extract.


This one here is their luminous mask and I know what you're thinking. Huh? What is a luminous mask?? So for Dr. Jou's luminous mask, other than the 6 types of Hyaluronic Acid essence that is present in all the masks in this series, some ingredients in this mask also includes Squalene extract, daisy extract, lily extract, licorice extract, and Komu extract to keep your pores cleaned and refined for smoother skin.

For those wondering, this mask is suitable for all skin types however recommended for those with dry skin and sensitive skin. 


The final mask in the series would be this soothing mask that I really love! For some reason, when I saw the packaging I instantly knew that this mask would be good for my acne skin kakis! I guessed correctly as their soothing mask is suitable for all skin types, and especially recommended for those with oily skin, sensitive skin, as well as acne concerns. As this is a soothing mask, it is said to be good for sunburned skin too!

Being a soothing mask, it contains ingredients like squalene extract and hamamel extract to calm inflamed skin while giving sensitive skin a soothing boost.

For my full review on this mask, you can read it [ here ]!

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[   Overall thoughts.   ]
In my opinion I think Dr. Jou has developed a pretty wide range of masks targeted to treating different skin concerns. I've also looked up a number of the ingredients mentioned and turns out a number of them has 'anti-inflammation' / healing properties in 'em. This was also mentioned during Dr.Jou's presentation at the event as he showed us before and after photos of how the mask was able to quickly soothe a lady's face after her facial session.
Out of the 6 masks, I've received 3 of them - Hydra, Soothing, and Brightening. So far I've properly tried their hydra and soothing masks and I am very pleased with the results. Will definitely blog about my full review on 'em soon. As for the brightening one, I have yet to test it out but I will be doing so sometime in the near future after I'm done testing out some other skincare products *wink wink*
[   B e a u t y   T i p s   ]

Now that we know which mask is suitable for our skin, do you know the best way to apply your facial sheet mask for the best results? 

During the event we were surprised to learn that there is actually a trick when it comes to applying facial sheet masks. The trick is to apply starting from your under eye area. It is not easy, I know, but practice make perfect, and I'm still trying to master this technique too! The theory behind it also makes sense la. People often say that the key areas that shows visible signs of aging are your neck, hands, and under eye area. So naturally even for that extra second, you would want to first pamper your under eye area. 

Dr. Jou's masks are drenched in essence so you could also take some of that left over essence and apply that to your neck area as well. 

As the demo was going on, Dr. Jou also explained to us why drinking water is good for our skin. This is partly because Hyaluronic Acid exists within our cells and by drinking water, it replenishes the natural Hyaluronic Acid in our body.

After approximately 15-20 minutes, the mask is removed and you would want to gently massage the left over essence into your skin.

After Dr. Jou has shared more about his latest Six Essence Hyaluronic Acid mask series, Venice Min was invited to share her experience using Dr.Jou's Six Essence mask. She mentioned that as a frequent traveler, often times she has to deal with the change of weathers and this would occasionally give her concerns like dry skin. So what she did was she first used Dr.Jou's Six Essence Hyaluronic Acid Revitalizing mask to replenish the moisture that her skin needs and later on switched to the Hydra mask series to maintain the moisture. Out of the two masks she used, she favoured the hydra one over the revitalizing mask.

Last but not least, we all received a cute bento box of goodies from Dr.Jou! 

Inside my 'bento' I got DR.JOU's Six Essence Hyaluronic Acid Brightening and Soothing mask. As of now I have yet to try out the brightening mask but I am in love with their soothing mask. A review on their soothing mask will be up hopefully soon and you will know why I love it so much!

They were having a lucky draw at the event and surprisingly my name card got picked so I went home with two more boxes of DR.JOU's hydra mask. hohoho. Review for this mask will be available soon too and I'll link all review postings below! So stay tuned!

PS. As of right now I'm writing this, I saw that Watsons is having a promotion and DR.JOU masks are currently retailing for RM29.80 instead of RM38.90!! If you're interested to try DR.JOU's Six Essence Hyaluronic Masks, go take advantage of this promotion while it's still on!


That's all for today! Thank you for reading and until next time!!


Available at Watsons outlets & online.
Retail price: RM38.90/box (5 sheets)
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A Hidden Gem in town – Aurora Italia

4 April 2018

Hey everyone! Lately my blog has been bombarded with food postings so here’s something fashion related for a change. If you’ve noticed, recently more and more charm bracelet jewellery brands have been popping up in Malaysia. While most of us are familiar with Pandora, let me introduce you guys a hidden gem from Italy called Aurora Italia.

Hey Naruto fans, there is an Ichiraku Ramen at Kota Damansara!! [ review ]

30 March 2018

Hello guys, I ATE AT ICHIRAKU RAMEN!! For those confused by my 'semi-hyped hello', Ichiraku Ramen is the name of the ramen shop featured inside the manga/anime/comic Naruto. I've been hooked on Naruto for some time now, which explains my mild excitement towards writing this review.

While I'm aware that there are several 'Ichiraku Ramen' inspired shops all over the world, I have yet to chance upon one in the flesh. So when I found out that a local Malaysian opened one at Kota Damansara, I knew I had to check it out for myself!!

Before I hop into describing every little chashu and naruto in Ichiraku Ramen @ Kota Damansara, lemme first thank my tomodachi (friend) Firbs for telling me about this place. Also, if you are not a fan of the manga/anime Naruto, don't worry, I'm still reviewing the food at Ichiraku Ramen, so do keep on reading to find out more!

Without any further ado,

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How to shop on Mogujie & JD.com (Jing Dong) in English?

21 March 2018

Hi everyone! If you have been following my blog for a while, you guys probably already know that I have been using this website called ezbuy to shop for affordable clothes, makeup tools, and a whole lot more since 2013! I have always been using their ‘Buy-For-Me’ service and after so many years, my shopping experience with them has been nothing but pleasant.

Ultra violet trend in desserts - Caffe Bene Purple Sweet Potato Review

16 March 2018

Annyeong kawans! How are ya'll doing? I noticed that I've been writing a lot on food lately (but that's what it means to be a foodie right?). While I do have more food posts in my drafts, rest assured I have some beauty related ones coming up as well!

Today's post is for my hype hunt/cafe hoppers obsessed foodies as I'll be reviewing Caffe Bene's seasonal Ultra-Violet purple sweet potato menu! If you are out of ideas on what's the next insta-worthy desserts to feast on, keep on reading because you're in for a treat!

Marion Crepes Malaysia Grand opening event

10 March 2018

Hello kawans! Remember the first impressions review I did on Marion Crepes Malaysia at Plaza Mont Kiara previously? Y'know, the Harajuku famous crepe chain that has just entered KL?

Yup! So on last last week I received an invitation to attend their grand opening ceremony and since I was pretty free, I decided to pay a second visit to see if there's anything new. Before I get to what went on during their grand opening event, let me first share with ya'll a little more on Marion Crepes.

What to eat at Port Campbell? 12 Rocks Cafe & Beach Bar review

19 February 2018 19 Lord St, Port Campbell VIC 3269, Australia

If you're visiting the 12 Apostles/Loch Ard Gorge and is planning to stay a night at Port Campbell, chances are you'll be wondering what's there to eat. While there are limited restaurants available, your options will be further reduced when it comes to dinner time as a handful of them would be closed by 5pm. 

We did our typical trip advisor tourist research and after being on the road for hours, we were pretty tired so we decided to have dinner at 12 Rocks Cafe & Beach Bar. The restaurant is located just opposite Loch Ard Motor Inn (the place we were staying) so it was very convenient for us.

Famous Japanese Crepes from Harajuku - First impression + mini review on Marion Crepes Plaza Mont Kiara

12 February 2018

Hello everyone! Yesterday I visited 76 Style for my long needed hair rescue session and noticed that the famous Marion Crepes from Harajuku's Takeshita street has finally opened it's doors for business at Plaza Mont Kiara (next to Mc Donald's). Seeing that there was only a short queue, we decided to get one of their crepes to snack on.

NYX cosmetics is now in Sunway Pyramid + my haul & swatches!

9 February 2018

Guyssss NYX Professional Makeup just opened their 3rd store at Sunway Pyramid!! OK, I know la. NYX already has two stores in Sogo & IOI but I'm never one to visit malls 40 minutes drive away from me, so when they announced their 3rd store opening at Sunway Pyramid, I was like "I HAVE TO GO!" Now enough of my excitement, let me just show you some photos and share with ya'll how my day went!

And if you want to see what I bought + my mini reviews on them, keep reading until the end!

Boat Noodle Chinese New Year Menu review

29 January 2018

Sawadeekaa~ Hello kawans! I recently got to try Boat Noodle's Chinese New Year menu, so today I'm here to share with ya'll what's new and also my personal favourites! For those who has never heard of The Original Boat Noodle, it's a restaurant chain in Malaysia that serves all sorts of Thai street food!

If you've ever chanced upon people on Instagram flaunting their tall stack of small bowls, chances are they've just finished eating a meal at Boat Noodle!

Experience Bella Apartment Hotel review - Southbank, Melbourne, Australia

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Hi kawans(friends)! On my first Australia travelogue posting (READ HERE) I mentioned that I'll review the places I stayed at during my Aussie trip individually right? So let's keep this part short so you could quickly start reading my review on Experience Bella Hotel Apartments located at Southbank, Melbourne.

From KUL to SIN to MEL - Day 1 in Southbank, Melbourne

Hello hello kawans! Now that my long delayed Japan travelogue is complete, I can finally work on my Australia travelogue without feeling any guilt! This time round I'm feeling a little extra as I'll be reviewing the places we stayed and some of the restaurants we ate at separately. I feel that this way my travelogue would be less messy and easier for me to slot in all the photos we took during the trip without the post being too crammed up! So here's Day 0 to Day 1 of my Australia travelogue!

HIDDENcos Latte Mask Review - A mask that makes you hungry

20 January 2018

Heyy kawans! I'm back again with another face mask review! This time it's an interesting one from the Korean beauty brand HIDDENcos. A quick fyi, HIDDENcos carries two types of "coffee facial sheet masks" -  namely Latte and Americano. Both masks retails on Althea for RM5 each or RM40 for a box of 10 sheets.

For today I will only be reviewing their latte mask as at the time I was making my much needed Althea purchase(I ran out of cleanser sigh) the Americano mask was sold out :( Once I get my hands on it, I'll write a separate review and link it below!

Last piece of my Japan trip - Day 7 & 8 in Tokyo, Japan

17 January 2018

こんにちは! January is almost over and on today I'm ready to strike out a 2 year old resolution of mine!! *drumrolls* Every day for the past two years I've been telling myself  "Ok I'll finish my Japan postings today" and the word 'tomorrow' just pops in. With a collection of tomorrows, 2 years and a month flew by. But ya know what they always say, better late than never, right?? Guilt aside here's the grand very-long finale to my Japan travelogue. Hope ya'll enjoy!!
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