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[Lifestyle] Atria Shopping Gallery’s Comedy & Food Festival 2016

Of all things i can't believe today i am going to be sharing about all the food i ate during the preview of Atria Shopping Gallery’s Comedy & Food Festival 2016, don't judge me for stuffing my already round face k? Lol.
Those of you who grew up in PJ would know about Atria shopping mall and it's old glorious days before it was torn down and rebuilt as what we see today, a pretty neat looking mall that caters to mostly the residents living around the area. I myself haven't been to the old Atria, only heard stories about it from my parents who sounded like ancient fossils when they describe the mall back then lol. Sorry mom, that how you do sound especially when you are reminiscing :-P

I am glad that fast forward till today the new Atria looks so much more inviting than the previous old buildings and there are also quite a number of shops catered to every needs but definitely food took up most of the lots in Atria (3rd floor & LG, G floor) as Malaysian just LOVE their FOOD, so every rule in a mall should be 70% space is allocated for food meanwhile the rest is "lain-lain" lol XD
Just kidding but who knows it might actually be the case without us realizing right?

For the month of July, Atria Shopping Gallery will be having a comedy and food fest where you can expect one and a half hours of rib-tickling jokes as some of the top Malaysian stand-up comedians keep you entertained and help you forget your blues at special sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday on the Ground Floor.
The food festival will be happening on the Concourse Floor from 20 to 31 July 2016 featuring some of the mall’s tenants as well as outside vendors. In conjunction with the fest, Malaysia’s most famous culinary personality Datuk Chef Wan will share his delicious recipes and demonstrate his cooking skills. So if you are a HUGE fan of chef Wan, then you wouldn't want to miss this opportunity o learn some of his trademark culinary techniques.

I always stick out like a sore thumb in every group picture taken LOL. 
Too colorful already!

Gotta thank MHB for the invite & dragging me out to visit some of the food and beverage outlets who will be participating in the upcoming fest so it was up to the third floor of the shopping centre which houses a whole variety of restaurants, cafes and F&B outlets.
I'm honestly not a foodie person, so it's rare for you to see me purposely going all out just to eat or try unless it's Japanese food because i am such a picky eater lel. 
So those who want to bring me out to actually eat, only Japanese food or home cooked, if not i'll just sit there and order a drink while entertaining you guys as you eat.

Think we visited about 5 eateries, and for girls to eat that much in one day without prior warning to save our calories throughout the week before spending our weekend feasting is a brutal way to torture girls lol. How we wish we can all eat non stop like guys & don't get fat right?
Soon instead of Malaysia's Hottest Bloggers, i'll soon be labelled as Malaysia's Fattest Blogger haha!

Introducing our first stop which was 1 Love Yoo!

I Love Yoo! is known for their traditional Chinese favorites including ‘You Tiao’ and ‘Tau Foo Fah’ and they only use 100% fresh and new palm oil for frying, non-genetically modified soy bean and high quality ingredients. We had our breakfast there which consisted of red bean and peanut sesame balls, soya bean, you tiao and Hainanese coffee.
Those of you who would like a trip down memory lane like those old coffee shops we used to commonly find along the streets & for old times sake, would enjoy the food & coffee served by I Love Yoo!

Hometown Chinese Restaurant 

Gotta love the braised chicken noodle from Hometown Chinese Restaurant, it's really delicious!
Their Traditional Pork Noodle Soup (RM15.90++) and Mince Pork Noodles with Chicken Drumstick (RM15.00++). Both the dishes were the bestsellers at the restaurant and a favourite among patrons especially during lunchtime. The portions were pretty big and the pricing quite reasonable for a restaurant in a shopping mall.
Served with pot of hot Jasmine tea in a restaurant setting reminiscent of the olden days Chinese restaurants with marble tables and rose wood furniture. Heck even washing our hands the old school way using that tiny basin & a pot filled with lukewarm water.

 Pho Vietz 

After 2 rounds of Chinese food, i am amazed we still have space for Vietnamese food lol, and i didn't know that Vietnam dishes are highly influenced by the French during their stay there.
Pho Vietz is famous for its Pho aka beef noodle soup (RM17.90++) which consisted of vermicelli soaked in a really flavourful broth made from beef bones, oxtails, flank steak, charred onions, ginger, and spices. This restaurant gets quite busy during lunch and dinner so make sure you go early if you intend to dine there.

Though i've really tried much of Vietnamese dishes, except their usual pho noodles & glass skin vegetables rolls, this was the day i fell in love with their STEW!
Succulent tendered beef stewed to perfection, served with rice or it can be enjoyed on it's own, not too spicy but it does remind me of a more "kaw" version of my grandmother's famous beef stew lol.

Drip Coffee anyone?

Go Thai is a Malaysian-owned restaurant with an all-Thai kitchen team that specialises in Thai street fare. The restaurant is set-up with colourful street food scenes on the walls, intended to give you the feeling of being on a Thai street but in the air con comfort of a mall. BBQ skewers are a highlight, showcasing a strong inspiration from the northeastern Isan region.

Taking a tour of the kitchen, we were amazed to see the division of labour – the staff specialise cooking only one (1) type of food – grill, soup and others like a true hawker stall should be. The kitchen was also squeaky clean and there’s also a hotel grade dishwasher which ensures that all the dining ware and cutlery are spotless.

This outlet is the second after the first one in SS2, Petaling Jaya and has a menu that doesn’t boast many items of food. This is intentionally done so that the quality of the food is emphasized instead of an outlet which features a huge variety of items but doesn’t specialise in any.

Who doesn't love Mango Sticky Rice?
Because i know, i do! 
Spent most of my trip in Thailand 2 years ago eating Mango Sticky rice almost everyday lol

Moo Ping (charcoal grilled pork fillet) – deliciously tender and smoky pork fillets which are the perfect accompaniment to an ice-cold Thai beer!

Khao Kha Moo (stewed pork leg with rice)

The restaurant also has a value set for three (3) pax for just RM49.90.

Dessert is something i always look forward to whenever i am eating, i can skip all meals just to save space for good dessert lol, io have quite a sweet tooth there. We headed over to Eggu for dessert (ya, we have blackholes for stomachs lol)! Eggu serves soft serve ice cream, and crispy eggettes come in flavours such as original, choco chips, butterscotch, green tea, charcoal and banana. The signature creation is the “Eclipse”, a combo eggettes and premium soft serve ice-cream. The soft serve ice cream is creamy and not too sweet, while the eggettes add a nice variance in texture when eaten together with the ice cream.
Think of them as lighter versions of pancakes that looks like large bubble wraps that's why it goes so well with ice cream.

The waffle can be eaten on it's own is pretty enjoyable too, i would highly recommend the chocolate flavored eggettes!


Besides the outlets above, there will also be Yummy Asia, Mad Hatter Desserts, and Stick Arts – Italian Artisan Gelato.

Here’s the list of show times:
  • Thursday, 21 July | 8pm | Jonathan Atherton
  • Friday, 22 July | 8pm | Dato Chef Wan
  • Saturday, 23 July | 3pm | Kavin Jay
  • Thursday, 28 July | 8pm | Gajen
  • Friday, 29 July | 8pm |Jonathan Artherton
  • Saturday, 30 July | 3pm | Kavin Jay
  • Every Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Mashi & Friends (Opening Act)

The stand up comedians are known in the local comedy scene and will have their first ever show at Atria.

Papi Zak
Papi Zak is definitely the “biggest” stand up comedian in Malaysia. Born in Egypt and raised in other different countries, he is the true definition of a third culture child. He is a gut-grabbing performer who has no qualms about opening his mouth and letting all manner of things fly out. It’s all these things that make Papi Zak one of the hottest comedians around.

Kavin Jay

Kavin, one of Malaysia’s most underrated comics, is a rapid-fire grumpy joke telling machine. He may be grouchy but does it with such panache, you can’t help but laugh. He is an integral part of the comedy revolution in Malaysia and a regular host and performer for TimeOut KL Comedy Thursday.

Jonathan Atherton
Jonathan, an actor, comedian, traveller and raconteur, is no newcomer to the entertainment industry. As a teenager he pursued an acting carer. He made his debut in The Mango Tree, then went on to play television and theatre roles.

Gajen Nad
Gajen, also known as “Malaysia’s First Chindian Comedian” is no stranger to the limelight, appearing in Monash University student magazine Monga, getting interviewed by Capital FM, and even having NTV 7 film a documentary about his career as a stand-up comedian.
Now here is how you'll get to catch all the shows above, all you gotta do is shop & redeem your tickets:
Shoppers who spend RM100 and above in not more than two (2) accumulated receipts are entitled to redeem two (2) free tickets to the comedy show. Redemptions can be made at the Concierge Counter located at the Concourse Floor, while tickets last. Comedy ticket holders will also stand a chance to win Atria Gift Vouchers worth up to RM5,000.

For more info on Atria Shopping Gallery’s Comedy and Food Fest 2016, head over to Atria Shopping Gallery's Comedy & Food Festival

Atria Shopping Gallery is located at:
Jalan SS 22/23, Damansara Jaya, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Photo credits: Andy Kho Photography for Atria Shopping Gallery


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