Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Pho Flinders Express - Flinders Street, Melbourne

Australia has received lots of Vietnamese refugees since the end of the Vietnamese Civil War. Since 1975 refugees left the south in droves and many landed in Australia especially in Footscray. Australian cuisine has since being enriched by dishes deeply flavoured by fish sauces and aromatic and fragrant herbs and spices.

The most famous dish among them were the Pho, rice noodles with beef or for the matter all manners and parts of the cow. I have enjoyed good bowls of Pho in Vietnam over numerous occasions and I was not to be stopped when a friend in Melbourne wanted to treat us Vietnamese food.

This bowl of Pho is authentic and has all the ingredients needed. Aromatic lemongrassy broth steeped for hours in cow and pork bones. Good fresh slices of Australian beef and I ordered my bowl with pieces of yellow cow fat. These are delicacies to those who like animal fat. And yellow fat is the best.

Our sides have to be prawn dim sum and Vietnamese spring roll. The rolls were as they should be after downing hundreds of rolls in Vietnam through the years of visit and work. The prawns dim sum was also great with nice size fresh shrimps accompanying.

288/290 Flinders St, Melbourne, Australia

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Niu Niu Kulai Beef Noodle - Taman OUG

Kulai to KL, a migration of these out of towners to the promise land. Tangkak has been around for a while. Hope the Seremban market will move in soon. Very clean eatery and open kitchen concept with lots of glass and good eating implements.

Southern style and with soya and sticky sauces as toppings. It also comes with a plate of pickled radish. This will really open up your appetite. Stir it and whirl it and the flavours will be coating the noodles.

The beef slices and beef balls have the required taste and freshness. The sauces were flavourful, aromatic with a bit of tart. If you are hankering for beefy noodles and looking to shop in the morning market in OUG this may be a worthy pitstop for your breakfast

44-58, Jalan 16, Taman Overseas Union, Kuala Lumpur

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

New Siam Road Char Koay Teow, Penang

This uncle has been around for ages but on a different business platform. He has a shop now and some handlers, young folks helping out in a new shop. Family members? Maybe profit-sharing? Or they employed the uncle for a fee? Hahaha, leave it to some detectives to find out.

By 12 noon you will have at least 10-20 folks queuing for their plate of goodness. Numbers were handed out. So to each his own, seated or standing and most fiddling their smart phones, looking busy while whiling their time away.

Its so nice to be wanted and waited on, uncle! Our plates came within 30mins and shall I say, well, what can I say? Its good and ddfinitely Penang. I can shout it from the rooftop but then is it superlative? You judge for yourself. It has the dry noodles which I like and the fire is sufficient to give it the CKT wok hie coating. Light on sauces which was good. This would not mask the fragrance of the noodles that came from the expert's hand.

The hype is still there. My friend who without fail would visit this uncle when he is in Penang was pining for his CKT since the closure and many thought he had retired for good. But who knows, he was coaxed (I thought) to come out of retirement for the last hurrah. Like a good boxer, there will always be the last fight. I hope he will continue to be blessed and we be blessed.

82, Jalan Siam, George Town, Pulau Pinang
New Siam Road Char Koay Teow


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Shu Dao Jin Li Shanghainese Restaurant, Sunway Nexis, Kota Damansara

I got a treat from my classmate. He runs a business nearby and wanted to take us out for a meal at a newly opened restaurant. These food fed 5 male adults.

It is of the Mainland Chinese/Malaysian Chinese fusion style. The dishes were good. A mix of rich and simple food.

The 2 tastes Chinese Carp head was opulent. It came last and we were not able to do justice to it. The collageny skin and bits and parts of the head were most sought after.

The white chicken was by no means white. The skin told us a different story. It was a bit like the salty chicken. Thumbs up for flavour.

The 2 plates of shrimps were simple and savoury, done the Cantonese way. Crunchy prawns with simple direct style to let them speak for themselves. No remnants left behind.

Finally a simple peasant dish. Potatoes with vinegar and spiced up with dried chillis. Lastly the comfort food for many who have links to the farm land and villages. Cabbages with slices of pork belly. Simply got lost in a fit of nostalgia

B-G-7 Sunway Nexis, No, 1, Jalan PJU 5/1, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Big Tree Lin Kee Steamed Fish Head - Taman Connaught, Cheras

Ever so often I will be brought to some faraway place and strange shack for a stomach busting meal. The Chinese Carp head and belly were steamed just right ie slightly over-cooked. Meat was firm and the sauce was all over yet not overwhelmingly overboard.

There were three tastes: savouriness from the Tau Cheong base was clearly evident, followed by the sweetness from the sauces' caramel and finally some tart from dried Mandarin skin where it gave off the sweet and aromatic taste and smell. The rest of the dishes were ordinary in comparison to the signature dish

87, Jalan Waras 3, Taman Connaught, Kuala Lumpur

Monday, January 7, 2019

I Suka Seafood Restaurant - Teluk Panglima Garang, Selangor

Just ahead of Teluk Panglima Garang there is this quiet place with a good view for seafood lovers to have a relaxing dining experience. Both of us went for lunch. As is customary we either over order and over eat or go for just enough and cut of the vegetable dish.

We chanced upon the kurau (suan foong) fish head. A delicacy not easy to come by and it went for RM12 per 100gm. The slightly under 1 kg head will cost us over RM100. It was cooked and baked in the claypot with its own juices and some onions, garlic and simple sauces. The taste was the sweet flesh of one of the most sought after fish.

They have small squids and it attracted us as it was cooked with dried prawns and the usual onions, chili padi and garlic. Again simple sauces. The squid was so fresh that it is still swimming in its own juices. The lady fingers were cooked just right and blended well with the squid. Overall a good meal.

They have ample parking and for those who want to try a spot of fishing, there is a huge operation next to it. Saw customers reeling in a 1 kilo plus Jenahak.

319, Batu 1 1, 2, Jalan Bandar Lama, 42500 Telok Panglima Garang, Selangor

Friday, January 4, 2019

Hing Kee Bak Kut Teh - Jalan Kepong

A quick bite at my regular BKT stall in Kepong. They open till late. With the current MRT works right in front of the shop, parking outside the shop is gone. But then parking is available after immediately turning left just after the shop. There are quite some spots at the back and further behind the shop.

The captain introduced a dish called the 'fat bone' with an extra RM2.50 premium. It is the pork belly and soft bone portion. These are superior cuts. Kudos to them. Innovations work all the time.

We also ordered the dry version with lots of dried cuttlefish. This is our favourite and a must order. The taste was strong and so was the cuttlefish smell. Expect it to taste strong savoury but with strong sweet hints from the dark soy sauce. Fatty cuts were also added to the claypot to oil the dish that has a good portion of lean meat.

95, Jalan Kepong