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The Best and Worst of 2011

The Best and Worst of 2011

2011 has been quite a year for me. It started off pretty badly — there were plenty of uncertainties regarding my career direction and lady luck was never on my side. I kept missing opportunities despite working hard for them. It came to a point where I nearly wanted to give up and just bum around.

I kept knocking on doors, only to have them slam shut in my face. And I’ve lost count of how many doors I’ve knocked on. During the first half of the year, I wasn’t quite myself and was always feeling moody about things. I think this really took a toll in my relationship with Rif, as I wasn’t keen on opening up to him regarding issues I was facing. Rif kept telling me to persevere as he believes being hardworking has its rewards. It wasn’t until the middle of the year when things started picking up for me.

Brian from StarMetro called me to tell me I was promoted to Star2Sunday and I was going to write a bi-monthly food column for them. I got a fairly decent job with good working hours, allowing me to continue doing freelance work for other publications. On top of that, things started to improve in our relationship after Rif and I started the Marriage Preparation Course in June 2011. It was one of the best decisions we’ve made for our relationship.

My Chi Muis

I lost a few friends this year — friends I thought would stay by me through ups and downs. Those were very disappointing moments for me. While friends come and go, I never thought these few people would end up ‘going’. Good thing I still have a few close friends left and I hope these friendships would stand the test of time.

It’s been a pretty good second half and I’m quite sad that the year is coming to an end. I only hope that 2012 would be just as good as the second half of 2011, or better. That said, since this is still a food blog, I’m going to highlight the best and worst places I’ve visited this year.


Best Food Discoveries of 2011

Nibong Tebal Prawn Curry

Nibong Tebal Prawn Curry @ Lim Aik Chew

Curry Wantan Mee

Curry Wantan Mee @ Kedai Kopi Ming Sing

Jumbo prawn and lobster with tomato oil, shallot, lemon, garlic and herbs

Spasso Milano

Bak Kut Teh

Yap Beng Bak Kut Teh

Yao Yao Ping

Yao Yao Ping

Penang Hokkien Mee

Ah San Hokkien Mee, Bukit Mertajam

Baptiste’s Vegetarian Choice - Vegetables with shaved white truffles

Baptiste’s Vegetarian Choice with Shaved White Truffles @ Mezze

Chan Chan Yong Tau Fu

Chan Chan Yong Tau Fu


Bangsar Babe’s Special Recommendation

Caesar Salad

Brunch @ Prego, The Westin KL



Worst Food Discoveries of 2011

Chicken Chop @ Papillon 1973

Papillon 1973 @ Solaris Dutamas

Shitty service and lousy food @ Joseph's Kitchen

[email protected], Menara UOA


There you have it — my best and worst food discoveries this year.

Happy New Year Everyone!

May year 2012 be a wonderful year for all. 🙂


Bangsar Babe

14 Responses

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Thanks dear! Hope your New Year celebration will be fab! 🙂

  1. I’m glad to hear your year is ending on a high. Happy New Year and wishing u continued success in 2012. 🙂

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Thanks sweetie! Happy New Year to you too!!

  2. many yummo food discovered huh!

    hope next year will be even more post to tempt us!
    happy new year 🙂

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Thanks! Happy New Year. 🙂

  3. Augustdiners

    I can’t help but lol on your papillon chicken chop. R they for real? 😀

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Ya lor. Such a con job!

  4. Augustdiners

    Happy new year 2012! may this year be bless wit happiness, good health n plenty of good food!

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Happy New Year to you too dear! 🙂

  5. thane

    I can’t stop laughing at the papillion chicken chop. LOLLLL

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Yeah, a lot of people find it funny. But really la…I was so angry when they served me that! Don’t know why people still go to the place…

  6. Michael Lee

    I enjoy reading your column on good food and I have been to quite a few of the places you recommended and you were spot on. The attractions to your column is GOOD FOOD, not Bad Food. Hence, there is no need to write bad review. Like my daughter often said ” if you have nothing good to say, say Nothing”. Writing bad review can damage others business and some of these restaurants or hawkers are already struggling to make ends meet – don’t destroy their life!

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Michael, the purpose of my blog is to share my food discoveries with everyone, both good and bad food. To me, I’d rather spare my readers the hassle of finding out about that bad food places themselves than to keep quiet. The attraction to my column is my honesty in reviewing and I never maliciously attack restaurants — I always try to give constructive criticisms.

      Besides, I think a bit of negative comments can help these restaurants improve on their food, don’t you think?

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