The Selangor State Economic Planning Unit (UPEN), in collaboration with Gaya Travel Magazine, organised a media familiarisation programme called Eat.Travel.Write (ETW) 6.0 from 4 until 7 October 2017 to selected places in Selangor.
With the theme Jom Ngeteh (‘Let’s Have Tea’), this programme brought the conventional media practitioners and social media influencers to cool attractions and spots in Selangor’s Kajang and Petaling districts that are suitable for travelling families and friends to hang out over tea and other refreshing beverages, including popular local comfort dishes. Come and follow us as we take you to the places covered during Eat.Travel.Write (ETW) 6.0 so that you will know where to head to for tea, including other meals, whenever you are in Selangor, besides experiencing various fun-filled activities of course…
Restoran Sue Kamilah
Talking about having tea in Selangor, be sure to head to Restoran Sue Kamilah in Bandar Baru Bangi that is famous for its teh beng madu (sweet pulled tea with honey and ice added for good measure). Once travellers have drunk this dramatically pulled and frothy beverage, they will never drink iced milk tea the same way again. But be warned: the drink’s sweetness might shoot your sugar level to the roof…
The Garage Kuala Lumpur
The Garage Kuala Lumpur (@thegaragekl) – located around 15 minutes from Kuala Lumpur city centre – is a complex constructed from 25 recycled containers that become home to a hipster cafe, a fully functioning car workshop, a vehicle modification area and shops that sell auto accessories and specialty items, as well as a vertical farm called Babylon that uses plastic pipes, sponge, water and ultraviolet lighting to grow crops like herbs, salad and strawberries. The Garage Kuala Lumpur comes alive in the evening when diners start coming in groups to enjoy the food while learning about the art of mechanics and vertical farming. The place is also suitable as an event space and able to hold activities related to meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE).
Farm In The City
Wow, little did the participants know that Farm In The City excites children and even adults! Opened since June 2012, this attraction offers the chance for travellers to feed, touch and play with over 100 species of animals. Located in Seri Kembangan and set in a specifically-designed environment built to resemble a Malay kampung (village), Farm In The City is where animals roam freely in visitor-friendly enclosures. Among the most interesting encounters are the chance to feed adorable raccoons, petting the soft furry alpaca and getting the glimpse of the cute four common marmosets. This is definitely an enjoyable attraction to be had with family and friends because both children and adults are bound to be enthralled.
Weekdays 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Weekends / Public or School Holidays 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Senior Citizens – MYR27
Restoran Sate Kajang Haji Samuri
Restoran Sate Kajang Haji Samuri is one of the most popular places for people who love to enjoy satay, which is basically pieces of tender meat that has been marinated with aromatic herbs and spices held together on skewers made from bamboo or the midrib of a coconut tree frond. The types of meat that can be enjoyed here are chicken, beef, fish, rabbit, venison, beef tripe and chicken gizzard. Once the meat is barbecued together with the skewers, the meat is consumed together with condiments such as cubes of compacted rice, raw cucumber and raw onion, all to be dipped in the accompanying flavourful peanut sauce, which Restoran Sate Kajang Haji Samuri is famous for. This establishment that is now becoming more of an institution has several branches throughout Klang Valley, but to get its original feel, travellers should try dining at its flagship restaurant in Kajang, Selangor, where it all began. As a matter of fact, Kajang is considered as a satay hub in Selangor as well as Malaysia.
Philea Mines Beach Resort
Nestled amidst the concrete jungle of Kuala Lumpur is an unexpected haven called Philea Mines Beach Resort that offer authentic Malaysian hospitality, comfort, and tranquility. Well known as the “beach in the city” and living up to its name, the resort is ideal for health retreats, weekend getaways, garden weddings, beach barbeques and various team-building corporate events. Philea Mines Beach Resort – the sister property of the flagship Philea Resort & Spa in Ayer Keroh, Melaka – possesses 174 rooms comprising 126 beach- and lake-facing room and another 48 units of chalets facing the lagoon.
Taking the cruise on the MINES Resort City Lake provided by Philea Mines Beach Resort makes guests feel like being ferried over the seas in the middle of Klang Valley. The cruise service, which is part of the resort’s MICE offerings, is able to accommodate up to 40 persons at a time. It could also function as a water taxi taking guests to the other buildings next to the lake such as the Sapura building and MICE Shopping Centre upon prior arrangement.
Another fun-filled activity that corporations and businesses can incorporate as part of their meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) programme at Philea Mines Beach Resort is the ‘Master Chef Challenge’ whereby participants – assigned into small groups – are given the opportunity to show their culinary talents through the preparation of poppiah (soft crepe spring rolls), including food sculpting and presentation.
BBQ Lamb KL Kemensah
Do you know that you could enjoy succulent barbecue meats set amidst lush greenery next to a running freshwater stream in Selangor yet close to Malaysia’s capital city? Located behind Zoo Negara (Malaysia’s National Zoo), the surroundings of BBQ Lamb KL Kemensah reminds travellers of a serene and leafy Malay kampung environment that elevates diners’ dining experience as they indulge in various barbecue options such as smoked duck, grilled organic chicken, beef tenderloin and lamb cuts.
Weekdays 5pm-12pm (dinner only)
Weekends 11am-12pm (lunch & dinner)
Kampung Sungai Buah (Sungai Buah Village)
The ETW 6.0 participants spent the whole day at Kampung Sungai Buah (Sungai Buah Village) in Sepang , a rural community comprising residents that descend from three different sub-ethnic groups: Minangkabau, Javanese and Bawiyan. This idyllic village, located alongside the Kajang-Dengkil trunk road, is considered as one of the best in Selangor due to its peaceful and pristine surroundings. Here, the participants learned about the kampung’s culinary specialties such as the comforting yet spicy Rendang Pucuk Ubi made from coconut milk, herbs and tapioca shoots, including papaya salad with bird’s eye chili. This kampung is also the place where foodies can savour lip-smacking homemade tapioca and banana chips, including satiating tapioca and banana fritters dipped in black soy sauce with chilli paste, including fried banana balls. While savouring local delicacies, the participants were entertained by local children performing traditional Minangkabau, Javanese and Bawiyan dances in their respective traditional attires. Participants were then taken to the relaxing, breezy and down-to-earth Tasik Idaman (loosely translated as the ‘Lake of Intense Desire’) for a break.
Selangor has an additional water theme park in the form of 12-hectare Bangi Wonderland opened less than 2 years ago! It has 16 thrilling state-of-the-art water rides such as slides and one giant funnel for adults and children who are above 110 cm in height, including the first ever human water cannon in Malaysia. There is also a family-friendly wave pool that attracts patrons of all ages. Bangi Wonderland also organises Family Day package for at least 30 people that includes entrance fee and lunch.
Weekdays 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Weekends / Public or School Holidays 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Senior citizens pay half price.