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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

(The Star) Parties ink deal to collaborate on smart city

JOHOR BARU: A Chinese developer will be building an experimental centre using advanced technology to promote the Smart City initiative.
The 700sqm centre to be located at Greenland Tebrau Bay, will utilise touch screen displays, virtual reality and hologram motion display.
Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) and Greenland Tebrau Sdn Bhd signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on setting up the Iskandar Malaysia Greenland Smart City Experiential Centre and organise the Iskandar Malaysia Smart City Conference.
The exchange of documents was witnessed by Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin during the Iskandar Malaysia Open Day 2016 in Komtar JBCC.
IRDA chief executive Datuk Ismail Ibrahim said the project is expected to be completed by the third quarter of this year.
“This is an example of how the government and private sector can work together towards a common goal.
“We hope more private companies and organisations will work with us on other Smart City initiatives,” he added.
The six dimensions of the Iskandar Malaysia Smart City concept will be embedded in the 12 exhibition zones, featuring elements such as smart living, travel, healthcare, education, environment and others.
The Iskandar Malaysia Smart City Conference is expected to be held in September.
Greenland Tebrau managing director Wu Shaohua said it was an honour to work with IRDA.
In 2012, Iskandar Malaysia was given the nod to set up to a ‘Smart City’ at a special meeting of Malaysia’s Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council (GSIAC) — a unique assembly of all-star national and international experts created to inform and assist the nation’s sustainable development — chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Smart cities rely on the widespread and innovative use of ICT to promote a better quality of life and sustainable living.

(The Star) Tapping the global market

The Government will use the newly set up Electrical and Electronic Strategic Council (EESC) to strengthen and enhance the E&E industry to the next level.
“The focused areas include semiconductor, industrial system electronics, solar and cloud computing.
“Through this platform, we can better facilitate the Malaysian-based companies to be part of the global supply chain,” International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said in his speech at the opening of Semicon SEA 2016 at SPICE Arena, Penang.
The three-day event was organised by SEMI, a global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chain for the micro and nano-electronics industries.
Mustapa’s speech was read out by Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) chief executive officer Datuk Azman Mahmud, who represented him at the event.
Also present were Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, SEMI chief financial officer and vice-president (operations) Rich Salsman, and SEMI South-East Asia president Ng Kai Fai.
Mustapa said to compete globally, local industry players had no choice but to embrace automation and smart manufacturing, focusing on the usage of Internet of Things (IoT).
“The return on investments may not be apparent in the short term, but the companies will attain greater efficiency in performance, improving the quality of products produced, and reducing dependency on skilled labour,” he said.
Mustapa added that the government expected the electronic and electrical (E&E) sector to create an incremental gross national income impact of RM53.4bil and 157,000 new jobs by 2020, riding on the growth prospects of the global E&E industry.
He said according to Pricewaterhouse-Coopers, the global semiconductor was projected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.2% between 2015 to 2019, generating positive spillover effects to the country.
“The E&E sector, under the 11th Malaysia Plan (2016-2020), is one of the catalytic sub-sectors that will energise the manufacturing sector towards producing higher value-added and complex products,” he said.
An aerial viewof the boothsat Semicon South-East Asia 2016 at SPICE Arena.
An aerial view of the booths at Semicon South-East Asia 2016 at SPICE Arena.
Mustapa said in 2015, the E&E industry contributed 6.1% to the country’s gross domestic product.
“The E&E products in 2015 accounted for 35.6% of total exports.
“The semiconductor industry in particular, is the largest contributor comprising more than 40% of Malaysia’s E&E exports.
“We are also currently the world’s leading location for semiconductor assembly and test operations, accounting for more than 12% of the world installed capacity.
“Growing the semiconductor sector will certainly spearhead the growth of the E&E industry in Malaysia,” he said.
Lim, in his speech, said Penang had contributed about 20% to Malaysia’s overall foreign direct investment in 2015, which was a 7% increase from the previous year’s inflow.

“Penang has remained the most vibrant destinations for the semiconductor industry in Malaysia, playing a vital role in contributing to Malaysia’s E&E industry, which is one of the nations thriving sector,” he said.

(The Star) You are being watched!

Next time you want to park at an undesignated parking lot or litter in the city, youbetter think twice.
The Penang Island City Council (MBPP) enforcement officers are not only watching you through the CCTV cameras but they would also issue a warning via the loudspeakers.
MBPP secretary Ang Aing Thye said if motorists failed to abide by the warningin 15 minutes, action would be taken including towing, clamping or being issued with a summons notice.
“By the end of this year, a total of 534 CCTV cameras, costing RM38.3mil, will be fully operational on the island to boost our surveillance.
“It will also assist us in enhancing safety, reducing crime as well as controlling thetraffic and enforcement.
“With the increase in CCTV units, we have moved our control centre to Level Four, Komtar,” he said at the newly opened centre in George Town yesterday.
Ang added that about six CCTVs had been installed at the foot of the hills in Paya Terubong and Batu Ferringhi.
“Another 22 monitors, with better lenses, will be installed at several hills on the island,” he said.
MBPP engineering department deputy director A. Rajendran said the CCTVs had picked up 10,848 traffic obstructions last year.
“Based on the live feed, we towed away 65 vehicles and clamped another 50.
“Until March this year, 4,242 traffic obstructions were detected and 58 vehicles were either towed or clamped,” he said.
The control centre will operate daily from 7am to 8pm with 10 enforcement officers on duty.
Local Government Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said apart from making Penang safer, this initiative was the start of making it a smart and intelligent city.

“To achieve this status, we may need between 10,000 and 20,000 CCTVs for an efficient network in the state,” he said.

(The Star) Right on target

The art of archery requires focus, coordination and, of course, a great deal of discipline.
All of which are traits I would like to improve on. So when we got the invite to attend the opening of a new outdoor archery range near Batu Caves, I jumped at the chance.
The Nur Sadad Leisure Archery is attached to the Nur Laman Bestari eco-resort, near the Sungai Tua Recreational Forest and Batu Dam in Jalan Ulu Yam.
The sprawling 8ha eco-resort is only 30 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur by car (on a good day) and offers many distractions for ardent outdoor adventurers, archery being the latest.
The range offers more than 20 targets, ranging from 30m to 50m.
“We are considering to instal 3D targets if we can find a good sculptor,” said site manager E. Nasaruddin Muhammad.
“If we can find one, we will instal 3D targets of deer and the likes on one of the trails we have, to give our archers a more realistic experience.”
“Right now we have the range, and we do intend to expand our services later,” he added.
Nur Sadad has a pretty interesting range as it is.
Archers standing on the raised concrete platform overlooking the large pond.
Archers standing on the raised concrete platform overlooking the large pond.
The range is opposite the eco-resort’s parking lot, making it very convenient for visitors who are not staying at the resort.
The 30m to 50m range is divided by a large pond, with archers standing on a raised concrete platform and aiming their arrow at targets that are arranged neatly on the side of a hill at varying distances.
Although aesthetically pleasing to look at, it does make it a bit of a chore to collect your arrows after you have emptied your quiver.
Saying that, archery is a sport so you should not expect to be doing it without breaking a sweat.
And sweat you shall, as it can get pretty hot out on the range.
Seeing that you are surrounded by forest, it is also pretty humid so it would be best to bring lots of drinking water with you.
I got the chance to try my hand at archery while I was there, and I must say, it is harder than it looks!
Archery is an old art that became popular when people realised it was easier to down an animal if one launched one’s sticks with a bow.
The principal of a bow and arrow may seem simple (nock your arrow on the bowstring with the pointy bit facing forward, pull, then release), but using one is a different story.
Being the greenhorn that I am, the resort armed me with a bow and some arrows and let me loose on their introductory range (which I learned later was actually the children’s range).
The one success of my experience at archery was that I managed to launch the arrow roughly in the direction I pointed my bow at, whether or not it hit the target was another thing.
Out of 10 flights, half hit the target and that basically meant it was more random chance than skill.
Archers collecting their arrows from the targets on the hill.
Archers collecting their arrows from the targets on the hill.
Overall, I was pretty impressed with the facilities and can see many archery fans in the Klang Valley enjoying this spot.
And being a short drive from Kuala Lumpur makes it rather convenient for city folk.
The management says that all bows are welcome, from traditional to compound.
As long as it is legal in Malaysia, you are good to go.
If I were to give any suggestions to the management, I would say that a little cafe or at least a drinks machine would sweeten it even more.

For details on Nur Sadad Leisure Archery, call 012-673 5852 or email nursadadarchery@gmail.com

(The Star) Knowing better than to mess with mums

Let mum take a break this weekend, and if your cooking skills are not exactly the best, lead her and the family to Section 17’s Soleil this Mothers Day.
The aptly titled “Don’t Mess With Mom” promotion is designed to offer a series of mains, a choice between seafood and meats, for a seating of two to four patrons.
Prepared by head chef Evert Onderbeke, there is something for everyone, from red meats to seafood and even a special dish made from eggs.
To begin the menu sampling, the Seafood Platter (RM230++, for two) – a mouthwatering and gigantic array of tiger prawns, clams, mussels, smoked salmon, shrimp and oysters- was served.
While the gigantic prawns and clams are either locally sourced or from the East Coast, others like the mussels and salmon are imported from Australia, with the shrimp from Holland and creamy oysters from Ireland.
Dippings consist of a “cocktail” sauce, Bearnaise and especially popular, Onderbeke’s own kizami wasabi dip.
Made with actual wasabi root and pickled diced gherkin (a variety of cucumber), this kizami wasabi adds a spicy tang to the seafood.
A close-up of the sumptuous Seafood Platter, with oysters, mussels, locally-sourced clams and tiger prawns, potted shrimp and smoked salmon.
A close-up of the sumptuous Seafood Platter, with oysters, mussels, locally-sourced clams and tiger prawns, potted shrimp and smoked salmon.
Out of curiousity, we tested it with the subsequent beef dish and it went down quite well too.
Aside from this, you also have fresh oysters by the dozen (RM175++), and a stew of King Crab and Shellfish Brodetto (RM395++ for four), flavoured with saffron, turkey chorizo and fresh parpadelle.
Mums who prefer red meat will not be disappointed with the Roast Beef Cuberoll (RM285++ per kg), a gigantic platter of grain-fed Aussie beef, served with oven-roasted vegetables, savoury Yorkshire pudding and red-wine gravy.
Savoury brown on the outside, the inside of the boneless rib-eye roast is still pinkish and succulent thanks to Onderbeke’s skills, and eating it together with the caramelised vegetables was just exquisite.
A couple of thick slices of roast beef cuberoll at perfect medium, accompanied with oven-grilled vegetables, and savoury Yorkshire pudding, with a red-wine reduction gravy in an elegant container.
A couple of thick slices of Roast Beef Cuberoll at perfect medium, accompanied with oven-grilled vegetables, and savoury Yorkshire pudding, with a red-wine reduction gravy in an elegant container.
For those who really want to spoil their mums, there is the Wagyu Beef Tomahawk (RM950++ for 2kg), served with glazed vegetables, Kampot pepper sauce from Cambodia and crushed Kipfler potatoes.
Moving on to desserts, there is the choice of Pavlova or Black Forest (both priced RM120++, for six) with the former having a kiwi fruit sorbet accompaniment.
Sampling the Black Forest, served with cherry brandy ice-cream, every bite was as sinful as it comes, and worth it, with the underlying liquor enhancing the cherries and cream of the Black Forest.
With Soleil’s spacious interior and quiet, understated ambience, this is indeed a great place to treat mum to a special meal this Mothers Day, so do not forget to make your reservations, prior!
The Seafood Platter, with oysters, mussels, locally-sourced clams and tiger prawns, potted shrimp and smoked salmon.
The Seafood Platter, with oysters, mussels, locally-sourced clams and tiger prawns, potted shrimp and smoked salmon.
SOLEIL, Ground Floor 22A, Jalan 17/54, Section 17, Petaling Jaya (Tel: 03-7932 5989/ www.soleil.my), Business hours: Noon to 2.30pm, 6.30pm to 10.30pm (last orders).

This is the writer’s personal observation and is not an endorsement by StarMetro.

(The Star) Mini stadium to be ready in a year

Ampang Jaya will finally have a mini stadium complex in Taman Pandan Perdana, which is set to be completed by May next year.
Costing an estimated RM16mil, the stadium will sit on a 2.43ha site along Jalan Perdana 6/3.
Construction of the stadium began in November last year.
Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) president Abdul Hamid Abdul Hussain said MPAJ was the last local council in Selangor to have a stadium of its own.
“All the other councils already have a mini stadium and it is high time that one is built in Ampang.
“This is a facility the public needs, especially with the growing population.
“With some 880,000 residents, there is currently no suitable place for us to hold sporting events apart from the council field in Pandan Indah and the community halls,” he said, reiterating that this was part of MPAJ’s public service.
He pointed out that the stadium’s close proximity to the Middle Ring Road 2 would ensure easy accessibility for visitors.
The MPAJ mini stadium will have a 400m synthetic track, an international standard synthetic football field and 1,100 seating capacity.
There will also be some 100 parking bays within the compound.
“We have decided to go with synthetic field and track as they are cheaper and require less maintenance in the long run.
“The synthetic field and track can also handle more wear and tear from frequent use,” said Abdul Hamid.
The stadium will have about 100 parking bays within the compound.
The stadium will have about 100 parking bays within the compound.
“We may consider opening the track to walk-in users who want to jog or run, but the field will have to be reserved beforehand,” he added.
To accommodate the anticipated increase in traffic, Abdul Hamid said Jalan Perdana 6/3 would be widened with an additional lane during the last stage of construction.
Addressing the recent controversy over the project, he said the site had been gazetted as open space.
It had recently been reported that the plot of land was supposedly earmarked as the location for a Chinese primary school.
“The land was previously used as a driving range and food court, but these structures had been dismantled to make way for the stadium.
“With its current land status, it is suitable for a mini stadium.
“There is already a Chinese school nearby, in Pandan Mewah, which is 2km away from Pandan Perdana. And another Chinese school will be built in Lembah Maju,” he explained.
However, Teratai Public Complaints Bureau chief Ben Liew said they had been fighting for a Chinese primary school in the Teratai constituency the past 10 years.
“There is a need for a school here as there are some 70,000 Chinese residents with school-going children. The other Chinese schools are too far away.
“This is a lost opportunity for the residents of Teratai,” he said, adding that Pandan Mewah was under the Cempaka constituency.
Zon 20 councillor Holly Ho Lee Hien said the stadium would be a place for residents to hold sports and recreational activities.
“While most of the feedback has been positive, there has been some concern about traffic congestion during the construction period.
“However, we will monitor the situation and refer back to MPAJ should there be any complaints,” she said.
Works on the mini stadium in Pandan Perdana have started.
Works on the mini stadium in Pandan Perdana have started.
Pandan Perdana resident Eric Teow, 56, said there should be more facilities at the stadium.
“There is no swimming pool or badminton courts, which is what residents will be interested in.
“If not here, perhaps these facilities can be built elsewhere,” he said.
Grocery shop owner Mohd Hamdan Mohd Bakar, 35, said it was a good idea to have a stadium there, but had reservations about the traffic congestion.

“Hopefully, during events, there will be officers present to monitor traffic and prevent visitors from parking haphazardly,” he said.

(The Star) RM6.4mil project to mitigate floods in Shah Alam

Five new retention ponds will be built in Section 13, Shah Alam, as part of a flood mitigation programme.
The Selangor Government has allocated RM6.4mil for the project that will be located on a one-hectare land near the Shah Alam Stadium, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali said.
The five ponds, he said, would serve as supplement the existing retention pond in the area.
He said the additional retention ponds should solve the persistent flash flood problem in the state capital.
“We are concerned about the frequent flash floods occurring in the city and the retention ponds will help to ease the situation.
“Work is underway and the project will be completed in August,” he said during a visit to the site.
During a downpour, he added, excess water from the drains would be channelled to the ponds and water from the ponds would be pumped into the drains once rain had abated and the situation returned to normal.
Azmin said the area would also be turned into a recreational site for the public.
He said this involved creating attractive landscape around the ponds.
“It will offer a nice space for the public to exercise in the morning and evening, or just to relax,” he said.
Besides that, Azmin said the state had allocated RM80mil this year for the Selangor Drainage and Irrigation Department compared to RM47mil last year.
He said the funds would be utilised for the various maintenance and upgrading of drains all over Selangor.

“This is also part of the government’s efforts to reduce flash floods in the state,” he said.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

(The Star) Sime can reach half of monetisation plan with S’pore property sale


PETALING JAYA: If Sime Darby Bhd’s purported deal to sell majority interest in three of its Singapore properties to Blackstone Group goes through, the group would have achieved close to 50% of its RM1.8bil asset monetisation plan to pare down debt.

A report by Singapore’s The Business Times said that the conglomerate was planning a S$300mil (RM870mil) deal with the United States-based private equity fund for the three properties.

Earlier in February, Sime Darby president and group chief executive Tan Sri Mohd Bakke Salleh had said that the company was planning to raise RM1.8bil by selling or leasing back its assets in Singapore and Australia.

He said the company had identified 13 assets in Australia and three in Singapore for the planned asset monetisation.

Sime Darby is targeting to reduce its gearing level to 0.54 times by the end of the financial year ending June 30 (FY16) from 0.61 times as at end-2015 through asset monetisation and its RM3bil perpetual sukuk programme.

In its second quarter ended Dec 31, 2015, the group reported that its total borrowings stood at RM19.58bil.

Alliance DBS Research said if the deal were to go through, the most significant impact would be the resulting positive cash flow.

The research house said it would also result in the reduction of the company’s net debt-to-equity position, possibly below its forecast 0.4 times for end-FY16.

“While Sime has yet to divulge further details on this news piece, the details brought up indicate that there may yet be further talks on the other property assets it intends to spin off.

“The group could also opt for a full disposal vis-a-vis a stake divestment,” it said in a report.

Alliance DBS said the net book value for the three properties amounted to RM220.8mil, based on its annual report for FY15.

“Pending further development on the matter and details from management, we maintain our forecasts and rating,” it said.

The research house has a “hold” rating on the group.

According to the Singapore Business Times report, the latest deal to sell the Singaporean properties involves the Sime Darby Centre at 896 Dunearn Road, the Sime Darby Enterprise Centre, an industrial building along Jalan Kilang, and the Sime Darby Business Centre at 315 Alexandra Road.

It says Blackstone plans to buy 75% of the properties, and Sime Darby entities located there may lease back the space once the deal is completed.

It said the highest value would be for the Sime Darby Centre, which is an office and retail development on freehold and 999-year leasehold land parcels with an 1.8 plot ratio.

The other two properties sit on Business 1-zoned sites with 2.5 plot ratios, with a remaining lease of about 40 years.

The report added that these three properties, combined with another two properties owned by the company in Singapore, could be worth over S$500mil (RM1.5bil).

Sime Darby has been under pressure to reduce its gearing following the acquisition of debt-funded New Britain Palm Oil Ltd for RM6bil in March 2015.

The acquisition caused the group’s gearing ratio to balloon to 60% at the time.

The company raised over RM5bil cash from banks and topped up RM1bil from internal funds for the asset.

Later, in August last year, StarBiz reported that Sime Darby was looking at an RM6bil rights issue to raise funds.

However, the proposal reportedly did not have the blessings of Sime Darby’s controlling shareholder, Permodalan Nasional Bhd.

In March this year, Sime Darby issued RM2.2bil in Islamic debt papers at a final yield of 5.65%.

The plantation heavyweight issued the sukuk wakalah offering with a 10-year perpetual non-call tenure, which was oversubscribed by 1.8 times.

In early April, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services (S&P) withdrew all of Sime Darby’s ratings upon the company’s request.

This was after S&P had lowered its long-term corporate credit rating on the conglomerate in February, downgrading it to BBB+ from A- with a negative outlook.

Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch Ratings had also previously downgraded Sime Darby’s debt ratings.


(The Star) Need for better WiFi networks in stores

To respond to the ever-present online shopping alternative, major retailers in Malaysia should address the needs of today’s connected shoppers by offering WiFi networks in their stores and, at the same time, build consumer intelligence that could be used to their advantage, said network security company Fortinet.
“Every smartphone is equipped with ways to connect to WiFi,” said Fortinet Malaysia country manager Michelle Ong.
“When your phone is looking for networks to join, it is detectable by local routers. In a retail store, there is often additional equipment that can detect your phone’s WiFi capabilities, note your device’s unique ID number, and track your device over time as you move through the store.
“The resulting information can help businesses build detailed profiles of their customers.
“It is possible for retailers to cross-reference the data that is gathered with other forms of public or commercial information.
“This information can then be used to plan and reconfigure store layouts and merchandise displays in order to better attract and retain shoppers. This, in turn, will boost sales and customer loyalty,” explained Ong.
Local retail stores can use technology to determine the flow of customer foot traffic, analyse conversion rates and research dwell times in the stores.
Some solutions work off the stores’ existing WiFi networks, while others require specific equipment (such as WiFi or Bluetooth controllers) in or near the store.
Businesses can leverage wireless technology to personalise in-store advertising efforts that can convince shoppers to spend more time in-store, track customer movements to ensure more effective product placements and build customer loyalty through in-store digital advertising.
Additionally, Ong noted that the use of wireless technology could also help businesses analyse and identify causes of best and worst-performing stores, as well as gain customers’ trust through safe business security protection to allay concerns of cyber-theft and fraud.

She stressed that brick-and-mortar stores needed wireless network solutions that delivered much more than basic operational support and customer service.

(The Star) A dish well worth the fuss

Braised pork belly with preserved vegetable is one of the best-sellers at Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert but it is also a dish that requires plenty of fuss.
Traditionally Hakka in origin, the dish served here is a 20-year-old recipe from the chain’s head chef, Sit Yuen Chee.
Crucial to the success is pork belly sourced from a wholesaler in Seremban.
In the best grades, the layers of meat and fat are clearly defined, just like a lasagna.
Preferably, the meat should come from gilts as sow meat is too gamey.
Size-wise, the animal should be between 70kg to 80kg.
Back in the kitchen at 1Utama Shopping Centre, the meat is washed and remaining bristles removed.
Then, it is boiled for 45 minutes in a shank bone stock flavoured with old ginger, spring onions and garlic.
Once cooled, the meat is punched with a needle to release fat.
Then, a layer of fine salt is rubbed over the skin and wiped away after 30 minutes.
Spicy fermented bean curd, salted soya beans and rice wine go into its marination.
The meat is then deep-fried. If the pork skin when pressed, makes a “crack” sound, it is done.
It is then left to cool before being cut into 2cm thick slices.
“Thickness is important for a good mouthfeel. Half a centimeter thicker and the texture is affected,” said Sit.
Now, we come to part two — preserved salted mustard leaves (mui choy).
For Sit, they have to be from Cheung Chau, an island 10km southwest of Hong Kong.
To remove excess salt, it has to be soaked for three hours.
Star anise, cinnamon, black cardamom, liquorice and cloves go into the hour-long braising, plus Chinese rice wine and rock sugar.
Fresh Hong Kong mustard leaves and a clear soup of meat stock enriched with sole fish and soybeans accompany this dish.
The only contender to this dish is a well-known comfort dish — wonton noodles with char siew (roast pork in sweet sauce) and dumplings. The house-roasted char siew and freshly wrapped wonton are what makes this dish stand out.
To make the char siew, Sit reveals peanut butter and sesame paste were among the ingredients used in the marinade.
Another item of pride is the char siew snowy bun.
At present, only three other competitor restaurant chains serve this.
According to Sit, the gist of a snowy bun basically lies in its topping of vanilla essence, margarine, lard and sugar.
The dough enclosing the filling has to feature high gluten wheat flour for extra elasticity.
For extra flavour, Sit adds milk powder.
Other recommendations include deep fried bean curd balls sprinkled with “gold dust”.
This topping gets its namesake from the colours of well-browned chopped garlic and bright red chili flakes.
If one cares to look carefully, you will find seaweed flakes, too.
Also popular are the steamed rice sheets. It covers a crispy roulade of chicken and shrimp in a deep-fried bean curd skin.
Yellow streaks of egg yolk and a sprinkling of black sesame seeds give a jazzy final touch.
The porridge dishes are also nice.
Evergreen variations include pork balls and century egg, fish with ginger slices and mock abalone with shrimp.
Made up of fragrant rice and glutinous grains, the smooth texture is achieved by adding bean curd sheets at the end of a three-hour simmer.
A question on the actual composition of mock abalone popped up during the porridge tasting session with Sit saying it was processed whelk meat.
For dessert, the mango, sago and pomelo sacs combination came out tops with its sweet, sourish and bitter notes.
The main composition here is the mango puree which sits atop a bed of crushed ice.
According to Sit, the restaurant had purposely installed an ice-making machine to ensure its desserts were unmarred by the aftertaste of chlorine.
For a warm comforting end, there is the yin and yang combination of sesame and almond paste.
HONG KONG SHENG KEE DESSERT, Lot LG311b, Lower Ground Floor, 1Utama Shopping Centre, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. (Tel: 03-7733 1238) Business hours: 10am to 10pm. Non-halal.

This is the writer’s personal observation and is not an endorsement by StarMetro