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N.Ice Ice Cream Shop @ Jaya One PJ

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I’ve walked past N.ice a couple of times while at Jaya One, but never got down to trying it. With how hot the weather has been lately, this was the perfect opportunity. The shop is pretty new, having opened in December 2020, and is apparently a spin-off of the streetwear brand NERDUNIT. Prices are quite steep though, so be prepared to shell out about RM15++ for a soft serve with all the trimmings.

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The shop is a small kiosk with a couple of seats and ice-themed decor.
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The ice creams have cool (pun intended) names like New Era, Bearbrick, Mindf*cked, Deconstruct and Restricted Area; and usually incorporate some sort of cereal plus cookies. I was going to drive so I wanted something I could hold and not make a mess. Ordered an ice cream milkshake instead.
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My Oreo Shake (RM15.90). It was nice and creamy, and the bits of ground Oreo added some crunch to it. It wasn’t particularly fantastic though, and the portion was quite small so it wasn’t worth the price, for me at least. The ice creams look like they fare better (bigger portion), according to videos online.

One thing to note though: While they tout themselves as ‘natural and nutritious’, I don’t see a lot of info online about what is in the ice cream apart from the ingredients listed (I don’t think cereal is THAT nutritious?). There’s also no mention as to how the ice cream is made; like if they make it in-house like artisan ice cream parlours, or if they’re getting it from a supplier. For the price N.Ice charges, I think I’d prefer homegrown artisanal brands like Inside Scoop because I know these are handcrafted and made in small batches with lots of love. That’s just my personal opinion though – you can always try this to see how you like it!

PS: You can get the ice cream at the NERDUNIT shop in Sunway Pyramid too.

N.ICE

100-P2.013, Level P2, The School @ Jaya One, 72A, Jln Profesor Diraja Ungku Aziz, Seksyen 13, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

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The Library In A Mall – The Selangor Public Library @ Jaya One, Petaling Jaya

Malls can be a nice place to shop, eat and chill. 

Now, you can add reading to the list, as the Selangor Public Library opens its doors at Jaya One in Petaling Jaya. Tucked in a quiet corner of the mall’s ground floor, the newly opened public library has a small but nice selection of fiction and non-fiction titles, and a cosy space where visitors can relax in comfort, peace and quiet.

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Shoes are to be left outside, or placed into bags at the entrance.

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Spacious and clean, the library is divided into several sections. There is a section for fiction, non-fiction, as well as children’s books, encyclopedias and graphic novels. The colour scheme and ambient lighting is warm and inviting.

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(Right) Children’s section with colourful pouffe stools.There aren’t too many books at the moment though. They welcome donations.

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You can register for a library account for free, and it only takes minutes! Just fill up a form at the counter and you can start borrowing right away.

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I know I just bought a tonne of books recently but I couldn’t resist. The time limit is three weeks, so I have my work cut out for me lol. Halfway through Khaled Hosseini’s And The Mountains Echoed, which seems less depressing than his other works. (**I never did finish The Kite Runner because it was so friggin depressing. Maybe someday I will).

The thing about Malaysian libraries is that they’re not always up kept well in the long run (case in point: our National Library is just… sad) so I hope this doesn’t succumb to the same fate.

SELANGOR PUBLIC LIBRARY 

Ground Floor, Jaya One Mall, Petaling Jaya

Opening hours: 10AM – 7PM

Entrance / membership: Free

 

 

Food Review: Sae Ma Eul Charcoal Korean BBQ, Jaya One

This was over a month ago but I’ve only had time to write a review now; that’s how busy I’ve been 😦 

It’s been awhile since I last met up with my uni-mate Jo, so we decided to get dinner after work. I wanted to take her for some yakitori, but the place was closed so we ended up getting Korean barbecue instead. Located on the second floor of the central courtyard, Sae Ma Eul uses charcoal rather than an electric grill for the meat, creating a nice, smoky flavour.

Interior looks like your typical bbq joint, with indoor and outdoor seating and exhaust hoods over the grills to catch the smoke.

Readying the grill.

I’ve been to several grill places where the service is excellent – waiters are very attentive to your needs/help you to grill your stuff. This was not one of those places. Service was mediocre, and staff members looked completely disinterested at their jobs. The boss himself was great – came out to show us how to cook the meat properly – but the staff needs proper training and a huge dose of enthusiasm.

Jo and I got a set meal for 2-3pax (ambitious much). Instantly regretted when the food came because they came in such hefty portions. Giant pork belly slabs. Humongous shoulder cuts. A huge mound of marinated octopus. Didn’t help that I (foolishly, but hey, everyone does that when they’re hungry right?) ordered an extra helping of cheese lol.

High quality cuts with good marbling and balance between lean and fat.

Jo didn’t like octopi so I had this all to myself 😀 They were quite sizable, and the spicy sauce it was marinated in had a kimchi/bellpepper flavour.

Part of the fun of bbq – watching the meat crack and sizzle over the fire.

Our melted pot of cheese on the side was thick and gooey – great as a dipping sauce with the meat. The meat itself was tasteless but went well with some sesame oil and bean paste. The best way to eat is to wrap the whole chunk in a fresh lettuce leaf with some garlic. Hmm!

A lot of food which we struggled to finish towards the end. Didn’t even touch the banchan (side dishes) too much lol.

All in all, I’d say that I’ve had better K-BBQ, but Sae Ma Eul isn’t bad and pretty value for money if you’re sharing a set with friends. Service can definitely be improved though. They also have branches in Publika and Solaris Mont Kiara.

SAE MA EUL (JAYA ONE BRANCH) 

77-1, Block E, The Square, Jalan University, Jaya One, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Open daily: 11.30AM-11.30PM