SATURDAY NIGHT VIBES @ SHOOK! in Feast Village, Starhill, Kuala Lumpur

Where in Kuala Lumpur can you find a nice place which serves good food with vibrant entertainment in a cosily posh environment? And pay an affordable value-for-money charge per head of RM168 nett, for a Saturday evening of good food and good fun? Sounds almost too good to be true, right? It’s true. It’s all happening at Shook! every Saturday.

Located in Feast Village Starhill Gallery at the JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur, Shook! has been setting standards of dining experiences in the city for discerning guests for years. Now with the recent launch of “Saturday Night Vibes”, its Cirque du Culinaire experience is taking diners to the next level.

The unique dining concept of Cirque du Culinaire offers the freshest ingredients from the various show kitchens; with handcrafted desserts served at table side while being entertained by their very own magicians, entertainers and even clowns. All these certainly set very vibrant and fun vibes to the restaurant – I mean, it’s a really happening scene there.

Gorgeous food display!

Now let’s get to the food. Believe me when I say the selections are pretty mind-boggling. I didn’t know where to start because everything looks so inviting and appetizing! The entire spread is a combination of signature dishes from restaurants at Feast Village. These include the critically acclaimed Shook!, Fisherman’s Cove, Luk Yu Tea House, Sentidos Gastrobar – The Latin Grill and Khushi Spice. So my advice would be: take a slow walk through the entire premise to check everything out first before zooming in to your favourites. That’s the only way to do it. But it’s not easy…because it’s hard to pick out the favourites when everything looks so mouth-watering.

These babies were just irresistible!

The Japanese delicacies are screaming my name so how do you pick among the pile of glistening sashimi, the lightly-battered crispy tempura and freshly-rolled sushi? Right next to these are trays of beef tenderloin & sirloin, chicken wings and quails just waiting to be grilled a la minute. Further down, the platters and pots of fresh and cooked seafood beckon – oysters, prawns, crabs, lobsters, clams – you name it, they have it.

Did I say the food selection was amazing?

Chefs clad in bright satiny mandarin robes keep busy throughout the evening dishing out endless trays of kam-heong clams, spicy prawns and lobsters which are quickly devoured. Just how can you resist Seafood Paella, King Prawn Noodles, freshly shucked Pacific Oysters, Five-Spice Rack of Lamb, Snow White Dancing Prawns, the finest Wagyu beef cheeks as well as Tiger Prawn Skewers Seasoned with Togarashi – I tell you, it’s next to impossible!

I love their Sang Har Meen – noodles cooked with bouncy freshwater prawns and then served at table-side. The whole evening was like that – small individual servings of freshly-cooked delectables are brought to guests at their tables

So what’s a Cirque experience if not for another key element – the music? Every Saturday night there will be a different notable performer taking the stage with original music and mesmerising renditions of well-loved tunes.

The first to join the hand-picked Saturday Night Vibes line-up was FAZZ, a world-class Malaysian band known for its soulful jazz vibes. Taking the stage at Shook!, FAZZ entertained the guests with its own creative versions of Take On Me, Shooting Star and others; and also introduced the audience to an original number from the band, The Game. In the weeks to come, Shook!’s guests can expect to be serenaded by the likes of Evelyn Feroza, Reza Salleh, Jumero, Bihzhu, and Ryot Jones, just to name a few.

Never skip the desserts ya!

Saturday Night Vibes – an amazing evening of good food, fun and music starts from 6pm to 10pm at RM168nett per person. A beverage package is also available at RM88nett (which includes an Aperol Spritz, a light-hearted cocktail of prosecco, Aperol and soda & applies to diners of Saturday Night Vibes only) while the 1-for-1 Happy Hour is available from 9.30pm to 11pm – selected draft beers, house wines and cocktails are served.

Contact Shook! Kuala Lumpur for reservations at +603-2782-3875 or shook@ytlhotels.com.my. Online reservations can also be made on the website as well.

Details of Saturday Night Vibes are available on Feast Village Starhill Gallery’s newly redesigned website, www.feastvillage.com. It’s the most happening dinner buffet in town on Saturdays!

 

 

SHOOK!
Feast Village Starhill Gallery
at JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur
183, Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
website: www.feastvillage.com

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“TREASURES OF THE SEA” WEEKEND DINNER BUFFET @ ALOFT KUALA LUMPUR HOTEL

Come Friday and Saturday, the buffet counters light up with fresh catches from the sea.  At the “Treasures of the Sea” dinner buffet, diners get to indulge in a variety of seafood on beds of ice, in soups, noodles and cooked in delicious ways kept nicely warm in crockpots and colorful cast iron pots.  All this happens in Nook, Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral’s all-day dining restaurant.

This weekend buffet dinner enhanced with Neptune’s treasures is available on Fridays and Saturdays at RM138nett per person, with free-flow of fruit juices and soft drinks.

Besides regular servings of western and local favourites like Braised Beef with Chilli Teriyaki, Chicken Avongolomelo, Irish Lamb Stew and vegetarian dishes of Palak Paneer and Stuffed Beancurd with Vegetable Paste, seafood lovers get to indulge on tiger prawns, green mussels, scallops, squids, flower crabs and bamboo clams cooked in a variety of ways.

Crab Curry – don’t miss this!

We particularly liked the Baked Seafood Parcels, Braised Giant Garoupa Fish Head, Kam Heong Squids and Poached Tiger Prawns.  Even the very simple Prawn Omelette was executed very well and the spicy Crabs Curry had us going for seconds.  The fiery curry was also perfect for dipping freshly-made roti pratha.  Strange but true, this buffet features one of the best roti canai I’ve ever had – it’s so good I had 2 whole pieces all by myself!

Excellent Roti Canai – eat it hot off the grill!

Sarawak Laksa is one of Nook’s signature items and it’s a permanent item on the buffet.  The broth is deliciously fiery with fragrant spices and a squeeze of lime makes it all the more addictive!  There’s also a grill station where diners can get their selected seafood pieces grilled upon order.  We had some really fresh bouncy tiger prawns grilled to perfection which were polished off very quickly!

Treasures of the Sea Dinner Buffet promotion is priced at RM138nett per pax (adults) and RM69nett/per child (aged 6-12 years old) available on Fridays and Saturdays from 6.30pm.

 

ALOFT KUALA LUMPUR SENTRAL
5 Jalan Stesen Sentral
50470 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2723-1188

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Dining at The Royal Selangor Yacht Club (RSYC) – it’s OPEN to the PUBLIC!

The Royal Selangor Yacht Club (RSYC) is no stranger to me. My in-laws were the first food operator of this grand dame, way back many years ago. At that time and until a few years ago, the RSYC was strictly for members only. It’s the oldest and largest yacht club in Malaysia, having been established in 1963. The club is graced by the royal patronage of HRH Sultan of Selangor.

Some of you may be familiar with the prestigious Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta, which is organised by the club and it’s the most challenging offshore sailing event in South East Asia. Over the years, the RSYC has gone through many milestones, including a fire which razed the club house in 1992. A new club house was built and completed in 1996.

The good news is that the RSYC Club House is open to the public for dining. The traditional style club house and terrace offer gorgeous river and port views and where boats and yachts are moored at the pontoon area. This lovely ambience is the perfect backdrop for some casual dining at The View Seafood Terrace on a lazy Saturday afternoon as we discovered recently.

Bright airy open spaciousness for your dining pleasure

Chill-out at the bar

How about some al fresco chill-out on a cool evening?

 

Browsing through the menu, we were tempted by so many of the dishes listed under various categories. Entrées, salads, soups, mains (both local & western items – I heard their burgers are awesome!), pizzas, pasta and desserts clamoured for attention. As we were in Port Klang, seafood won our hearts.

 

First to arrive was a bowl of piping hot Seafood Tom Yum brimming with prawns, squids, fish fillets and lots of mushrooms, tomatoes and onions. Flavours were well balanced as how a good tom yum should be and we slurped up every drop of it in no time.

We loved this Seafood Tom Yum (RM25)!

 

Next came Steamed Squids in Lime, Butter Prawns, Sweet Sour Fish and Kam Heong Crabs in quick succession. The squids were really fiery with the generous portion of chilli padi in it and we struggled a bit with the burn. The Butter Prawns were spot-on, easily our favourite for the day. The creamy buttery sauce scented with curry leaves and chilli, clinging to the succulent prawns was very addictive. The crabs were sweet and fresh and I would have preferred to savour them plainly grilled or just lightly steamed but the guys loved the fragrant “kam heong” sauce.

Steamed Squids in Lime (RM20)


Butter Prawns (RM40)


Kam Heong Crabs (seasonal price)


Sweet Sour Fish (RM65 for a Siakap/RM90 for a Red Snapper)

 

Taking a break from the seafood onslaught, we tried the Mutton Varuval, a signature dish by one of their veteran kitchen crew. The dry-style spicy mutton was tender and had totally absorbed all the aromatic goodness of the spices cooked with it.

Mutton Varuval (RM32)

 

Our choice of vegetables was their Pucuk Paku Belacan, a dish that’s great with white rice.

Pucuk Paku Belacan (RM18)

 

We couldn’t resist having a pizza as it seemed to be the right kind of food to have when dining with a sea view! Besides, we also knew the kitchen here can dish out some really mean pizzas. The Beef Bolognese Pizza we had proved the point – thin crust, gooey cheese and well-flavoured beef topping.

Beef Bolognese Pizza (RM30)

 

If you are pressed for time and just want a one-dish meal, there’s a good selection of fried rice and noodles. We had the Fried Beef Noodles and Singapore Hokkien Mee and these were well-executed. The latter was a creation and favourite of Eu-Gene, the man handling the F&B repertoire at the RSYC. Eaten with a squeeze of lime and dollops of sambal belacan, the Singapore Hokkien Mee was polished off quickly.

Fried Beef Noodles Thai-style (RM15)


Fried Singapore Hokkien Mee

 

Desserts were simple… the usual ice-cream, fruits, waffles etc. We tried the Goreng Pisang with Ice Cream and Chocolate Lava and both gave a comforting sweet end to our sumptuous lunch at the RSYC.

Goreng Pisang with Ice Cream (RM8)


Chocolate Lava (RM16)

The spacious club house provides an ideal venue for weddings, parties and corporate functions, either on the terrace area or in the Kenaga Room. The RSYC catering serves breakfast, lunch and dinner every day and can provide a wide variety of cuisine customised for group bookings and events.

So the next time you are hankering for a seafood meal in Port Klang and wish to avoid the crowds, the The View Seafood Terrace at the RSYC is just perfect for a spot of cosy dining in a laid-back club environment and with that lovely view, it’s hard to beat! Not only just seafood – like I’ve mentioned, the menu is really very comprehensive! Be it lounging and chilling with some beer and pizza or a full-blown sumptuous meal, this is a venue that’s worth checking out.

 

THE VIEW Seafood Terrace
The Royal Selangor Yacht Club
Jalan Shahbandar
42000 Port Klang
Selangor
Tel: 03-3168-6964
Open from 11.00am till midnight daily

*Pork-free

Website: www.rsyc.com.my

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DZH SEAFOOD SAUNABOAT @ TREC Kuala Lumpur

There’s steamboat and there’s hotpot but have you heard about saunaboat?  Basically, saunaboat  it’s about steaming food, in the true sense of the word.  The regular “steamboat” is such a misnomer – food is cooked in boiling soup and not steamed!  Whereas, saunaboat is much like in a sauna – placing food in a closed space and cooking it in high-heat steam.

DZH Seafood Saunaboat in the entertainment mecca of TREC started off in Johor about a year ago.  Apparently it’s so popular that they have decided to venture into the Klang Valley and this outlet in TREC opened in January this year.  The concept is all about steaming the freshest raw ingredients using high-powered turbo steamers thus cooking food in the shortest time to retain the natural flavours and goodness.  It’s food at its most basic and original form as no MSG or even salt/pepper is added during the steaming process.

The steamers in DZH are custom-made and they come paired with a pot at the bottom for cooking congee.  This is done at table-side where the fresh raw ingredients are placed into the pot.  We had their Chicken Sweet Corn Porridge (RM25.80-medium/RM29.80-large).

So, right before us, sweet corn, chicken breastmeat and rice were placed in the pot before boiling water was poured in.  Within minutes, the congee started simmering and then a perforated tray is placed above it where our selected raw food would then be placed for steaming.  As the food was being steamed, juices from the steaming process would flow onto the simmering congee below.  You can bet that after your last food item has been steamed, the resulting congee below will be very well-flavoured!

Chicken Sweet Corn Porridge

 

Believe me when I say food is cooked super fast in the turbo steamers.  A regular portion of seafood (clams, prawns, crabs) practically just takes 2-3 minutes to cook.  A filleted 1.3kg soon hock takes only 3 minutes to be steamed perfectly.

Excellent service: their service crew even peels your steamed prawns for you!

DZH’s menu focuses much on its selection of live seafood, many of which can be found swimming in tanks within the restaurant.  Diners can take their pick from crabs, abalones, lobsters, geoducks, oysters, tiger prawns and mantis shrimps.  Fish selection is more towards the premium breeds like groupers (various types), jade perch and soon hock.  Even their clams are of premium quality – check out the Scotland clams, razor clams and their signature premium clams from Sabah.  Prices of seafood are at market rates, charged according to weight.  As mentioned, it’s premium seafood so do expect prices to be premium as well.

Signature Premium Clams – plump, juicy & sweet!

Sweet succulent Kampung Chicken

Just look at all that roe!

For those who prefer some meat, there’s also American wagyu slices, Australian beef slices, house-made meatballs and fresh kampung chicken to pander to bigger appetites.  For some healthy fibre, there’s a good repertoire of fresh vegetables and mushrooms.

Eat up your vegetables yo!

Upon request, house-made chilli sauce and premium soya sauce is served if you find the steamed food really bland.  And that’s about it.  It’s all about healthy and clean eating here where flavours are natural and unadulterated.  If you find dipping your entire meal in soya sauce (or nothing at all) is not to your liking, then this will not be your cup of tea.

DZH also has pork-free dim sum on its menu. We’ve tasted better dim sum elsewhere but then if you have been partying (in TREC) and feeling peckish way past midnight, then I guess their late-night offerings would suffice.  Their late-night dim sum is available from 11pm till 3am.

 

 

DZH SEAFOOD SAUNABOAT
大中華蒸汽火锅
T-G-03 Terraces
TREC
436-438 Jalan Tun Razak
50400 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 019-2302633

*Pork-free

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BIG MOUTH SEAFOOD, Bandar Botanic, Klang

I’ve often wondered what inspired the amusing name “Big Mouth” for this fairly new restaurant occupying a corner shoplot in Bandar Botanic, Klang. Does one need to have a big mouth to gobble up what they serve? It has been drawing in the crowds almost every evening since it opened a few months ago. With such a catchy name on its huge signboard, it’s easy to spot the place coming off the Kesas Highway.

You can’t miss the big welcoming signboard!

 

Naturally our meal here started off with seafood.

First on the table was their popular Chilli Crabs. Smothered with a thick sweet spicy sauce, the crabs looked very tantalising with an equally enticing aroma wafting from the plate. The 2 medium-sized crabs were packed with creamy roe and tender sweet meat. Even the crab legs were fat with meat and we took our time cleaning them off the shells. We had some fried mantou as well to mop up the delectable eggy sauce. Those 2 crabs, weighing a total of 1.2kg cost RM80.

Chilli Crabs – be sure to order some mantou to mop up every drop of that delicious sauce!

Still craving for crabs, we had another serving of the crustaceans – this time cooked in the simplest way: steamed with ginger and eggwhites. With no thick sauces in this dish, the natural sweetness of the crabs shone through deliciously. That eggwhite custard was divine too, having absorbed much of the crabs’ natural juices and we cleaned out the plate totally!

Steamed Crabs with Eggwhite – quite possibly the best way to savour fresh crabs!

The Prawns in Herbal Wine Broth (RM35) packed a good deal of warmth and comfort in the bubbling pot. Chinese herbs like angelica, red dates and wolfberries together with ginger strips brought out the best of the fresh prawns.

The piping-hot tasty herbal wine soup will warm your tummy and soul!

There were several options of fresh fish available and our whopper of a Steamed Seabass Teochew-style (RM60) was cooked perfectly. Flavours of the broth were light and appetising, contributed by tomatoes, sour plum, tofu, minced pork and pickled vegetables (“kiam chye”).

Perfectly steamed, the fish was sweet and tender, delicately enhanced by the tasty tangy broth

We love the Fish Fillet Fried Meehoon (RM30) – it’s fragrant with “wok hei” and with generous portions of crisp beansprouts and fresh tender fish fillets.

Big Mouth-fish fillet Meehoon: A must-order here!

Salted Egg Squids (RM22) was another big hit

As some of us were particularly hungry, we ordered 2 braised dishes to go with white rice. The first claypot was full of collagen goodness: pig tendons! These succulent tendons were braised to the right degree of tenderness in a rich umami gravy.

Slippery smooth Braised Pig Tendons!

Next came the Tofu with Mushrooms, a simple but tummy-warming dish… perfect with white rice!

Tofu with Mushrooms (RM22)

Stirred Sweet Potatoe Leaves with Garlic (RM12)

Can never go wrong with Kangkung Belacan! (RM12)

 

We have since gone back many times whenever cravings for fresh seafood hit and they never go wrong with their repertoire of simple home-style dishes.

 

 

BIG MOUTH SEAFOOD
No.42 Jalan Kasuarina 11
Bandar Botanic
41200 Klang
Tel: 012-368-6313/012-368-6373/03-3318-8828

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MEI KENG FATT SEAFOOD RESTAURANT – SPECIAL CNY FEASTS TO USHER IN ROOSTER YEAR!

Mei Keng Fatt Seafood Restaurant is one of the pioneer seafood restaurants in Tamkong Chinese New Village in Kuala Ampang. Opened since 1990, the restaurant has gone through many changes, improved and expanded to its present 3-storey building with own carpark. It’s very popular for weddings and private functions as the restaurant has numerous private rooms and full karaoke equipment.

facade

terrace

entrance

spacious

Spacious seating, perfect for group gatherings too!

For this coming Chinese New Year, Mei Keng Fatt has lined up several special set menus highlighting their signature dishes.

set

From as low as RM555, diners get to feast on Abalone Seafood Hot Pot, Oreo Cheese Crabs, Hong Kong-style Assorted Wax Meats Rice and Crispy Fried Nian Gao. The portions are sufficient for 10 pax. I like this set as it’s not too heavy, has my favourite crabs and it’s certainly different from other regular festive dishes.

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The hot pot is filled with all kinds of treasures like abalones, scallops, prawns, sea cucumber, dried oysters, crabs, a whole fish and various vegetables. The soup is robustly sweet with all the flavours from the seafood simmered in it.

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The Oreo Cheese Crabs are rich and creamy and perfect for those who love some cheese in their seafood.

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Mei Keng Fatt’s Assorted Wax Meats Rice is one of the best I’ve tasted this season. Besides the usual Chinese sausages, 2 types of waxed pork are also added giving it that wonderful sweetish aroma laced with a hint of fragrant Xiao Shing wine.

nian-gao

Crispy Fried Nian Gao in 2 Ways

 

The other set menus at RM698, RM998 and RM1,488 (for 10 pax) feature their signature seafood dishes cooked with festive influences in mind.

For takeaway, why not have the Fatt Choy Abalone Hot Pot and Yee Sang with Salmon for 10 pax at only RM488 (cash only) and you get to keep that pretty ceramic pot too. Place your orders and you can pick-up from 27 January – 28 February 2017.

 
MEI KENG FATT SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
No.1 Lorong Awan 6
Kuala Ampang
68000 Ampang
Tel: 03-4257-3232
Open:11.00am-2.30pm; 4.00pm-12.00am

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Crabbing out at FEI FEI CRAB RESTAURANT, Damansara Jaya

As its name suggests, this is a restaurant for serious crab lovers. Specialising in seafood generally, with crabs as their highlight, Fei Fei Crabs offers a good variety of dishes cooked in ways that most Malaysians love. It’s located in a middle shoplot and looks like any other local neighbourhood eatery.

facade

The red plastic chairs contrast vividly with their bright yellow tablecloths – you can’t miss the place, trust me. It’s no-frills kopitiam-style set-up paves the way for some really good comforting food.

interior

 

If you can’t decide which particular seafood to order, go for their Thai-style Sour Steamed Seafood Platter. Their signature sour spicy sauce was perfectly balanced in all the taste factors and was excellent with all the fresh seafood mixed in it.

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For our dinner, the huge platter was groaning with the freshest catch: red snapper, mud crabs, prawns, scallops, Japanese clams, squids and mussels! This magnificent treasure trove of seafood delights had us digging in endlessly and drenching our rice with the divine piquant sauce.

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seafood1

 

For the serious crab lovers, check out Fei Fei’s Steamed French Brown Crab with Eggwhite and Chinese Wine, one of their premium crab items. The French Brown Crabs were all brought in live so rest assured, your crabs can’t get any fresher than that!

brown-crabs

These brown babies were full of the most sinful roe ever, so watch out! The Chinese wine enhanced the natural sweetness of these crabs in the most aromatic way and I couldn’t help spooning up all the winey eggwhite from the dish.

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more-roe

 

Fei Fei’s list of crab dishes would have you salivating over every one of them. One of the their more unique styles was the Oreo Cheese Crabs with Mantou. Live crab muds were cooked in a thick creamy cheesy sauce dotted with Oreo cookie crumbs for that unique chocolatey touch. Fried Chinese buns (mantou) did a good job mopping up every drop of that rich sauce.

oreo-crabs

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*Prices of most live seafood are seasonal, at market rates

 

Besides the crabs, we checked out several other dishes too. Two seafood-based dishes we had were the Mantis Prawns with Spiced Garlic Sauce and Japanese Snails done in 2 ways: in butter sauce and kam heong (spicy) sauce. These dishes were good with rice as the sauces were robust and bursting with flavours.

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Mantis Prawns with Spiced Garlic Sauce

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Japanese Snails in Butter Sauce & Kam Heong Sauce (RM35)

 

For something a bit milder, the Sharksfin Tofu (RM28) was a good choice. Don’t be alarmed – those were faux sharksfin. Those transparent strands were actually made from beanflour, similar to glass noodles. The smooth tofu and boiled broccoli were delicious, bathed in a thick umami sauce richly enhanced with crabmeat.

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Sharksfin (faux) Tofu (RM28)

 

For a porky treat, have the BBQ Pork Rib with fork-tender meat falling off the bone. Coated in a thick glistening marinade, the pork rib had been firstly deep-fried before being steamed for hours for that delectable texture.

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BBQ Pork Rib (RM30)

 

Did I say this was an incredibly sinful meal? Even our vegetable dish of French Beans with Salted Eggyolk (RM12-small) was hardly healthy but who cares – it was darn tasty!

french-beans

 

So, crab lovers and even the non-crab lovers, when you are in the mood for a delightfully sinful seafood meal, Fei Fei is the place to head to.

 

FEI-FEI CRAB RESTAURANT
19 Jalan SS  22/11
Damansara Jaya
47400 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 013-207 9978 / 010-270 9978

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