Welcome to My Modern Parenthood

~ Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 10:18 PM ~

I have been cutting down on doing product reviews since 2014 and what more with baby #4 on the way this end of year, all the more I need to be particularly picky and selective with the products that I'm reviewing. Not that I'm trying to be hard sell, no, definitely not! But with 3 kiddos + 1 on the way, being a housewife at home with kiddos all the time and helping out with hubby's business, I just feel it is not fair to make companies and PR reps wait for my reviews while I slowly review and look for time to spare to draft out my feedback you know? But of course, like I said, I have to be selective, so products that we can definitely fit into our family dynamics (especially books on parenting or homeschooling stuff, family products, something along those genre) will be accepted!

When I was contacted to review products from Merries and Kao, I immediately remembered the pleasant experience I had 3 years back when I reviewed Merries diapers for our 2nd kiddo! So needless to say, of course I say yes!  

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KAO, Japan’s Home Care Expert, has recently launched "Welcome to My Modern Parenthood" (WTMMP) to help new and anxious parents with minimal to zero know-how in transitioning into effortless, enjoyable parenthood through insights and education.

Welcome to My Modern Parenthood

I'm a full-time mummyWe received the following products for our review, they are basically the 3 ideal home care solutions:

  • Japan’s No.1* Baby Diaper, MERRIES;

  • Japan’s No.1* Home Care Range, MAGICLEAN; 

  • Malaysia’s No.1* Laundry Concentrated Powder, ATTACK

Welcome to My Modern Parenthood

After all these years, I am still impressed with Merries diapers. Just love their pants diapers and this time, I get to review the tape version as well (previous review 3 years ago was on their pants diaper version) Below snapshots on the tape and pants version - front and back view so that you can have a look at how they differ.

Welcome to My Modern Parenthood

Welcome to My Modern Parenthood

Personally, I feel both tape and pants version has their own pros and cons. I love the convenience of using the pants version and generally prefer to bring the pants version for our family outing. It is easy to take out, just tear the sides, roll up the diaper and stick the blue tape at the back to hold it together. For the tape version, if your child is still young and need to lie down to change their tape diaper, I guess this would be a better option but, yours truly here is a seasoned parent for 3 kiddos (4th on the way) and have over the years mastered the skills of changing kiddos' diapers while they are standing LOL so for us, tape or pants, no problemo!! So at the end of the day, it really depends on your skills as I see both tape and pants version are of equal quality and comfortable material (not to mention high absorbency!)

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We received several Magiclean products for review and I have initially wanted my hubby to try out as well as he cleans the house more than I do hahahaha but in the end, I decided that being pregnant at 5th months now, it would be particularly handy if these products are able to help me out as I really do not want to just depend on other people to clean up my house unless my pregnancy really requires me to rest a lot, otherwise, I think I'm good and I also wanted to use the opportunity to get our kiddos to do the house chores as well heheheh...

Okay back to the Magiclean products... the one that I'm particularly very satisfied and thrilled to use is the Magiclean Wiper Handy Duster Extendable! It looks like a normal peachy colored woolly duster but then you realised you can actually adjust the handle to extend from 46cm to 95cm and then bend it to few angles which gives you the additional reach and convenience to clean high and hard to reach places... whoaaaa... I love it!

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I'm also impressed with its high absorption fibres that effectively pick up, trap and hold even the finest dust! Cleaning is so so easy now!

The next item worth mentioning in the Magiclean range of products is the Magiclean Wiper Mop. It can handle wet and dry mopping where you apply on either wet or dry sheets onto the mop. I love the ultra-slim head which allows me to reach deep and narrow spaces and its 360° dust catching pattern improves overall dust trapping ability, you can easily flip left, right, front, back and I think because of this feature, our 4.5 year old girl enjoys mopping our rooms very much! She started out mopping our bedroom (despite my hubby mopping the room just the night before!) and you can already see how dirty it is after the mopping (our house is near the highway so the dust is horrendous at times)

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Our girl was so enjoying her mopping that she happily volunteered to mop our staircase as well. This time, I changed the sheet to dry ones to try out. Ahhh.... so easy, even a little child can do it!

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I'm also particularly impressed with the Magiclean Kitchen Cleaner Refreshing Lime Trigger. Very impressed with the instant stain-dissolving foam that easily removes the greasy stains in just 1 wipe. I demonstrated it to my mother-in-law and she went 'Whoaaaa... I always have to put some other cleaner liquid and scrub the cooking area real hard and this one is so easy?! Look at how shiny it is also!' Parents, get this mother-in-law approved product!

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Some items worth mentioning in the ATTACK range of products are the Attack Ultra Power and Attack Detergent plus Softener liquid detergent. We've always been the powder detergent users (front-loading washing machine) and I feel that the liquid detergent is not bad as well. Smells good and cleans our clothes wonderfully. The softener also made our clothes smooth and soft.

To sum up our experience, I'm grateful for the opportunity to try out the wonderful range of products from Kao & Merries and believe that they will truly transform your parenting life and makes it way more convenient for you to do your house chores, even our young kiddos can do it easily!

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Do check out Kao's website to find out more!

Btw, Kao is holding a "Parenthood Home Makeover " contest. You can stand to win a home makeover & KAO products worth up to RM30,000! To join the contest, you need to purchase RM38 worth of Magiclean or Attack products and a minimum of 1 pack of Merries diapers. Do note that the contest runs from 2 May to 31 July 2016. So hurry up!

Also, do note that there is an event happening from 13th July to 17th July at the Ground Floor Centre Court (Old Wing) in 1 Utama Shopping Centre. Do join the event for more great deals and promotions!

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the products in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine.


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Mighty Utan Petaling Jaya

~ Posted on Monday, June 27, 2016 at 12:28 AM ~

I have been cutting down on doing product reviews ever since our 3rd kiddo came along in end of Sept 2013 and especially now with 4th kiddo due in mid of November 2016. I do still accept review pitches but only when time permits and if it is something that I can see it being useful and beneficial to our family. Also, as busy as I am with 3 kiddos, being preggy, home cooking, taking care of hubby's administration site of the business and swamped up with managing my FB page and blog, I just can't say no to reviewing awesome Lego stuff! Our kiddos (and hubby) are fans of Lego so all the more I gotta say yes!

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About the company:

"Mighty Utan is a 100% Malaysian owned and operated Lego toy store. We strive to bring your/your child's favorite toys such as Lego, Funko Pop, Play-Doh, Fisher-Price, Playskool, Disney Frozen, Thomas & Friends and more. We love to let every child enjoy building LEGO and let his/her imagination run wild!

Our team share a wealth of experience, knowledge and enthusiasm for toys such as LEGO, Funko Pop, Fisher-Price, Thomas & Friends and are looking to bring in more variety of products. You can visit us at our retail store located in Dataran Prima, Petaling Jaya or shop online 24 hours a day. Our team would love to help you with any queries or assistance with your purchase, just drop us a message at customer service."

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We arrived at the Petaling Jaya outlet at 11.30am after having a light breakfast nearby as we were informed opening hours on Saturday is 11am to 7pm.It was easy for us to locate the stores (using Waze) and there is proper signage that directs us to the correct tower and floors. When we reached the front of the store, the first thing we see is the toilet with the cute signage. Toilet is unisex, clean and bright just in case you are wondering.

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Next, as we stepped into the stores, we were bombarded with the sights of TONS of Lego products.

E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E!!!!

You see them on your left,

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you see them on your right,

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You see many more far ahead,

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Mighty Utan

Then there's a couple of big tables with lots of Lego bricks and some customers were holding a plastic container to store their bricks. Our kiddos ran off to the nearest table and started scouting for Lego bricks to build stuff. I went to check with the staff and explained the reason we were at the outlet.

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Upon explanation by the friendly staff in the store, I found out that they have this concept of 'Pick-a-Brick' where you can choose whatever bricks you wanted from the 2 tables and buy them according to their weights. You can choose to pick loose bricks or build your own Lego creations and buy it after weighing them.

I relayed the information to my hubby and he got down to explaining to our kiddos to look for different type of Lego bricks that they don't see at our home and instructed them to put the bricks they like into the plastic containers he is holding. Of course, with kids being kids, everything looks new and special to them, so all sorts of Lego bricks went into the container LOL!! Hubby had to do a few round of filtering to remove those bricks that we do not want.

There are different boxes underneath the tables if you are looking for specific boats, wheels, or parts like those spaceship capsules or covers etc. You really need lots of time and patience to look through and get what you really want.

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There are also some pre-packed Lego bricks in plastic pouches that clearly states the weight of the bricks (if you are lazy to choose and wants specific theme of bricks)

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I managed to score an awesome find from one of these pre-packed plastic pouches. I saw some MegaBlock Halo soldier figurines inside and immediately grabbed it and showed it to our 7-year-old-boy. He goes crazy with soldiers looking stuff and when he noticed the plastic pouch contains Halo soldiers, he hangs onto the bag real tight. Some of the figurines are not complete (missing hands or legs or heads) but 80% of it are complete, nobody's complaining!! I am so very happy with this find!

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If you are a beginner in Lego stuff and looking to get a starter set for your kiddos or as a gift, I would recommend you to read my "Tips on Buying Lego For Your Child" blog post first then to skip the 'Pick-a-Brick' section and opt straight for those ready sets.

I do notice there are some sets in the stores which I do not see anywhere else, even if other places sell it, they sure do not have so much variety as found in the Mighty Utan Petaling Jaya outlet. Many different sets of the Lego Education theme can be found here, as well as those Lego Technics sets.

Mighty Utan

Mighty Utan

There are some rare or old sets as well but some of them are not complete. I almost wanted to get the LEGO SpongeBob Heroic Heroes of the Deep 3815 but had to consoled myself after being told that the figurines are missing and they are selling the set without the figurines. Sigh....

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We were given a complimentary voucher to exchange for Lego bricks from 'Pick-a-Brick' section so our final loots after almost 2 hours of digging, filtering and finalizing... we just need to pay extra RM2.50 for the additional weight from our loot.

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Overall, we have a very enjoyable visit at the Mighty Utan Petaling Jaya outlet.

Friendly staff, lots of brands and options available, surely there will be something for everyone.

Do check out the stores!!!

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There are currently 2 physical Mighty Utan stores which are located at:

  • Petaling Jaya outlet (Address: Level 7, Unit 03, Menara A , The Tube, Dataran Prima,Jalan PJU 1/37, Petaling Jaya 47301, Selangor, Malaysia)
  • Kuala Lumpur outlet (Address: Level 1-23A, Cheras Sentral Mall, Cheras 56000, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

You can also shop online at http://mightyutan.com.my/

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Do note that I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the products in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine.

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Nine Chefs Malaysia Food Review

~ Posted on Friday, June 24, 2016 at 12:05 AM ~

One of the reasons I love being a blogger is getting to do food review with my family. I recently received an invitation from Mr. Tan, the owner of Nine Chefs Malaysia and I had the privilege to try out a food review session at their restaurant. What's even cooler is Mr. Tan had no qualms with me inviting 2 additional persons to join my family in our food review session! Unknown to Mr. Tan, I had invited my eldest brother in law (he's a region sales manager and travelled often and tasted tons of delicacies all over the world and his best friend who is a good cook as well. Unknown to them, their feedback helps in my review as well hahaha... Without further ado, check out my review below...

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About the company:

"Nine Chefs was started in December 2015. The story behind why the restaurant is named Nine Chefs is because our team travelled to nine different states within Peninsula Malaysia to learn and bring in the specialty dishes of Malaysia under one roof. Our main objective in creating Nine Chefs is to serve all Malaysian goodies under one roof. Regardless of race, religion or color, if you are a Malaysian, you know our food. "

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We arrived at the restaurant at about 1.45pm, in time for lunch. Total 4 adults and 3 kiddos under 8 years old. After a brief chat with the owner, Mr. Tan, we were greeted by a waitress in the restaurant. I can't recall her name, Adeline or Adlin or something like that. She is very attentive and friendly and guided us through our selection of dishes from their menu.

Feedback on Menu:

  • My brother in law commented that their menu should have a glossy finish as the current matte look does not do the images of the dishes any justice. I personally did not notice any difference until he mentioned that hahaha...

  • My hubby on the other hand commented that there is just too many varieties of dishes offered and that he personally preferred if the selection is kept to as less as possible so as to allow the restaurant to focus on a few key attractive dishes.

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Feedback on Our Choice of Food and Drinks:

As the 3 men are still deciding what to eat, I proceeded to order the Mango Milkshake for our 7-year-old-boy, an Oreo Cookie Milkshake for myself and a carrot + orange juice for our 2.5-year-old-girl. Our 4.5-year-old-girl rarely drinks fruit juice or any other drinks except plain water so I didn't get her any drinks hahaha...

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Hubby and my brother in-law's best friend both ordered the Vanilla and Banana Milkshake while my brother in-law ordered the Fresh Coconut Milkshake. The drinks arrived promptly and eagerly sipped by all of us. Very yummy, I can taste the rich milk taste in my Oreo Cookie Milkshake and it is not too sweet either. The Mango Milkshake was yummy as well, a bit sweet for me though (maybe it is because I just drank the Oreo Cookie milkshake) while hubby's Vanilla and Banana Milkshake was delicious as well, the banana flavor is rich and strong as well!

I ordered the Fish Ball Noodle Soup for myself. Personally, this is the one important dish that I use to test whatever food outlets I go to. Ever since I could remember, I've been on a quest to look for a place that can serve this Fish Ball Noodle Soup that reminded me so much of the ones I used to have during my childhood years back in my late mum's hometown in Batu Arang, Selangor. Maybe because so far in my whole life, I have only come across 1 other place (it is in Jalan Alor Bukit Bintang) that can so-called be almost on par with the Fish Ball Noodle Soup that I cherished so much in my childhood years. So to be honest, I've already set my expectations very high for this simple dish and have unfairly compared it to the one served in Nine Chefs Malaysia. I would be lying if I say the noodle soup is exactly what I had in my mind. I was actually a bit disappointed when I see it. Totally crushed the image I have beautifully conjured in my mind (darn you Batu Arang noodle shop!!!!).

Then I reminded myself that the quest is still on-going, and it doesn't mean that I should pass other chances, who knows this might taste good as well? The portions are a lot for a simple dish. Lots of fish balls floating in the big bowl, with lots of fish cake slices as well as vegetables.

Anyway, I tried the soup first. I remembered telling my brother in-law earlier that the soup makes or breaks a fish ball noodle dish. For me, if the soup is not good, there is little chance I would enjoy the remainder of the dish I ordered.

The delightful aroma of spices of the soup is inviting and easy on the throat as well (unlike others that I have tried which leave your throat thirsty for water, possibly due to MSG), the gravy is rich and noodles are springy enough. The fish cake slices are fresh and good however I don't quite like the fish balls. I would've preferred those bouncy texture type. My 7-year-old-boy whacked half of my noodle soup and he enjoyed the noodle with some soup and the fish cake slices as well. Overall, my personal rating of this dish would be 7 out of 10.

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Hubby's Nasi Minyak with Lambshank Masala arrived few minutes after mine. I managed to snap a quick picture of it while he proceeded to devour the dish together with his brother and his friend. For me, that lamb shank looks hugeeeeeeeeee but since the 3 men are sharing it I guess it's okay hahaha... According to my hubby, the spices permeated the meat nicely and that the meat is not too overly soft that it fell off the bones (he expected that) but it was a nice combination that he enjoys very much. He did mention that the gravy is not enough for his nasi minyak hahaha (he is a person who enjoys gravy type of dishes)

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Grilled Stingray Portuguese Style, our next dish arrived and the 4 of us quickly took some ourselves to try it out. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the best dishes we have in our food review that day. Hands down. All of us were singing praises and raining compliments over this dish non-stop. I can't remember how many times my brother-in-law repeatedly feedback to Mr. Tan and the waitress that the Grilled Stingray Portuguese Style is just so very fantastic! I think my photo taking skills does not do a proper justice for this dish. It is really good and you MUST order this if you decide to check out this restaurant. The portion is VERY generous, the meat is very juicy and fresh and perfectly grilled with the sauces and spices nicely marinated, very value for money and simply mouth-watering! The dish was gone in minutes! We were like a bunch of locusts over this dish I tell you!!!!!

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While multitasking between making sure my son does not mess his clothes while whacking my noodles and then trying to grab some more stingray for myself, the first kid dish we ordered arrived. We ordered the Chicken Nuggets and Chips but what arrived was Chicken Drummettes and Chips. The drummettes are HUGE, I seriously think even as adult, we would be having problem finishing it! Nevertheless, we let our 4.5-year-old-girl tried out the dish first, if she doesn't like it, we will eat it hahaha. She had a few mouthfuls of the drummettes and then told us it was spicy. She sometimes said this when she had something with pepper on it. Am not sure whether this is the case as we all tried the drummettes and it was fine for us.

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We then informed the waitress that we would like to get the Chicken Nuggets and she quickly processed our order. Our girl happily whacked all the nuggets without any complains and actually wanted second helping after that! Our youngest kiddo meanwhile alternates between eating the big sized chips and also had some of my noodles as well.

Our next order which is the Salted Egg Soft Shell Crab with Spicy Tomato Coulis arrived and the men devoured that quickly as well. I had a bite of it and my preggy self can't take the succulent crab taste in my mouth after that. I had to pass the rest of the fleshy crab portion back to my hubby.

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Immediately after that, our order of the Asian Snack Platter arrived. The platter came with 6 sticks of satay (we choose chicken), otak-otak, fried fish cake & keropok served with satay dip. I only managed to have a slice of the fresh bouncy fish cake and some of the crunchy keropok as the rest were quickly devoured by the 3 men!!! Hubby loves the otak-otak (one of his favorite dishes) but he has to refrain himself from over-eating it as he had allergic reaction to them long time ago. My brother-in-law and his best friend don't quite like the satays as they said the chicken meat is overly marinade with the sauce and a bit hard.

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The second kid's meal we ordered, Fish and Chips arrived. The fish portion is HUGE again and this time I was seriously wondering how is this restaurant going to make money by dishing out such generous portion for kids' meals?! I would've ordered this dish for myself and don't think I could finish it! I quickly cut the fish into bite-sized portion, our 7-year-old boy had some of it and liked it. Our girls are full by then and I helped myself to finishing most of this dish. I loved it! The fish meat is fresh and very juicy! The sauce has some chunky fruits pieces in it which makes the fish more flavorful! The 3 men had some of the fish as well and they loved it too! Again, they too agree that the portion is too huge for a child!

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By now, all our main dishes have been completed and as we sat there continue chatting and enjoying the atmosphere, we also chatted with Mr. Tan, relaying our feedback on the dishes we tried. The 3 men ordered coffee (I'm really full by then) and they loved the coffee as well. The aromatic coffee is not too sweet and very value for money as well.

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Nine Chefs

We capped off our lunch by having Nine Chefs's famous Pisang Cheese Combo. Mr. Tan recommended this dish to us as it is one of the popular orders from his restaurant. The toppings decorated the bananas beautifully and there is a generous portion of grated cheese all over the bananas as well as the chocolate toppings and sweet sauce at the base of the bananas. The batter coated the bananas nicely, crunchy, crispy and not too soft when we eat it.

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Personally we feel that the bananas flavor overshadowed the toppings (Oreo and grated cheese). We did suggest some other ideas to present this dish so as to best preserve the flavors of the bananas as well as the toppings to Mr. Tan and I can see, he's taking mental notes while he listened to our feedback.


Feedback on Service & Ambience:

As mentioned earlier, Adeline or Adlin, the waitress who attended to us is very attentive and friendly and guided us patiently through our selection of dishes from their menu. She is consistently good and fast considering the fasting time when we were having our lunch there. Foods and drinks were served promptly one after another without us waiting too long for it.

The decoration around the restaurant is tastefully done, nice setup though I'm personally not a fan of yellow colored lighting. There is an area near the bar section where you can wash your hands and I can see many Ikea's children high chairs stacked neatly against the wall next to the washing area. There is also an area where you can sit and overlook outside view as well.

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I also quietly snooped around and snap some pictures of the kitchen from outside. I can see about 3-4 chefs inside the kitchen cooking and washing up. All neatly dressed in their uniforms. Equipment and utensils are arranged neatly and looks clean and orderly from where I'm snooping at hahaha...

We do have a minor feedback on the background music being played in the restaurant during our lunch there. The volume is a bit loud (but then, we were the only family there during the fasting time) that sometimes we have to raise our volumes a little higher in order to chat with each other. Mr. Tan noted our feedback on this when we highlighted it to him.


Thank you again Nine Chefs Malaysia for inviting us! We really enjoyed our lunch very very much!

Portions was so much that hubby and I skipped our dinner that night!

Will definitely introduce to friends especially the delicious Grilled Stingray Portuguese Style and Nasi Minyak with Lambshank Masala! 

Thumbs up from all of us!

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Nine Chefs

Nine Chefs is located at GE11, Ground Floor, IOI City Mall.

You can find out more at http://ninechefs.com.my/

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Do note that I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the products in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine.

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