Sunday, August 20, 2017

Fu Lai Dim Sum, Bandar Sri Menjalara

Dim Sum restaurants may not have long shelf lives. Usually after a few years and when business dip, they are gone. Likely to move to greener pastures and start all over. There is much money to be made judging by the crowd and esp during the weekend. One has to fight for a table and food.

I have been eating here for a number of years. Sometimes I made a special effort while others it was so happen I was there for other reasons. The food is usually good but other times it was tepid.

This time round the food was above average in taste, texture and portion. Food is all about good taste balancing with the texture. There must be the good feeling of food being chewed. Texture can be lost by adding too much of the certain ingredients and with it losing on the texture delivered.

The food has improved. I was impressed with the taste and chewability. It also came hot. All of it. Even the deep-fried ones. Paying attention to these will pay off with more customers. And also paying attention to customers and making eye contact with them is good service and will only add value to the food experience.

The prawns in the "har kaw" was fresh and firm. The pork was well seasoned without the overcooked smell. And the fish paste was of good quality and has a springy texture. If these 3 ingredients which form the base for most the the dim sum are good then everything will fall in place.

This time I experienced good food and service. Frankly, there were 1 or 2 occasions where I was thinking if it is worth coming back here. I hope they will continue to keep up the good work.

Jalan 3/62a, Bandar Sri Menjalara

Thursday, August 17, 2017

KLIA Downtown Char Siew Wanton Noodles

This has turn out to be my regular haunt when I am near KLIA, have some unrush time and early in the morning. Seems to be dating a lover. You make time and space.

The Char Siew (BBQ pork) here is the best as far as I am concerned. Tender, thickly caramelised and has enough fat. Besides, the have the complement of roast pork, roast and poach chicken. All good.

But the Char Siew deserved elaboration. A firm favourite to many esp the taxi drivers. You will see many cars park there and in the earlier mornings enjoy brisk business.

Here was my previous post in 2008. Almost 10 years has gone by.

WAZE or Google Maps - KLIA Fei Lou Wantan Mee

Friday, August 11, 2017

Warung Kita Malay Rice - Kampung Melayu Sungai Buloh

There is quite alot to do here before or after eating. One can visit the Leprosarium. This place is a living museum. Relics of the past juxtapose with living souls and many still making a living despite the dire straits that they are in.

Or do a spot of shopping. The nurseries are packed with flora of a thousand kinds. It is so peaceful with so much green and shade, one is drawn into it. It is good to be addicted to the beauty of the greens and blooming flowers here and giving rest to the overused eyes adapted for survival in the rat race.

This joint is smack right at the corner of a big junction. The parking is good, otherwise cars can be parked up and down the road. Just be courteous. There is a few 'halls' with open concept top with an attap roof. I spotted a few pavilions too where you leave your shoes outside and sit in an up raised floor with a shirt table. Eating with hands is encouraged! Go with the flow. So you can imagine the crowd.

The line was going non-stop. The wok was frying non-stop. This is the place you can order, "semua mahu". It was so cheap that they ran out of ikan tongkol, a kind of tuna. It  it's me RM5. My generous serving of fried chicken was succulent and well marinated. The curry was too good to describe. But I will try by comparison. The best nasi kandar curry that I have eaten. I had a pack and a half rice.

95, Jalan Kusta, Kampung Melayu Batu 13, Sungai Buloh
WAZE - Warung Kita

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Hot Plate Pancakes and Kueh - Sungai Buloh New Village

We had a leisurely drive from the other side of Kampung Melayu Sungai Buloh after our Malay rice lunch. With 2 agenda we will be shooting across Jalan Sungai Buloh to the Chinese side. Nothing will distract us from our food search. 45+ years of knowing each other has amalgamed this newly formed band of brothers to set aside their afternoon for lunch and tea.  

Twisting and tuning we finally got there and viola there was not much of a crowd despite not far from Kg. Selamat MRT station and reachable by feeded buses. I have heard hordes of senior citizens and those with time to kill riding MRT to look for famous food around d the stations. 

They kuih here is famous. Some say they are Foochow and some Hakka. To be sure the boss spoke Hakka and also a humorous fellow. I have eaten most of their offering and find it good and of quality. 
Their famous Hot Plate Pancakes with 3 different fillings. 

Ham Chim Pang. Fragrant and tasty. Not to be missed. 

This is really good. Vegetables gyoza. Must buy. Delectable skin and equally delicious fillings. Let it crunch in your mouth. 

345A, Jalan Besar, Kampung Baru, 
Sungai Buloh,
Tel: 0361562931

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Crazy Crabs, Oasis Ara Damansara

Taste buds gone haywire, the need for crabs has to be satisfied. This was our 2nd trip here but we have not gone for their signature crabs dishes yet. They tried to introduced the RM138/kg crabs to us. We were in no mood. Just local mud crabs will do. Either 700gm or 900gm sizes at RM108/kg. We took the bigger one. Should be better value for money as there would be more meat than shell, weight - wise.

We wanted a full complement. Too bad baby octopus was not in the market. So was spicy see hum (blood cockles). We finalised the order - spicy crabs, lala meeholn and otak otak omelette.

The Meehoon Lala was a popular choice for me as both the seafood and the carbohydrate medium were my favourites. How do they match up. Taste was up to mark. Will order again but may try others. The reason is the lala was not really up to it in this noodle dish. Too dry, few and small. I guess it's hard to control the fire not to overcook them.

And the last dish is the otak otak omelette. The taste again was here but the otak otak is not so discernible. But then no complains we are getting ready for the crab dish and visually its so appealing and appetising.

The spicy crab came with tons of gravy. Kudos to the chef. Generous amount of chilis, onions and garlic and other herbs and spices. A beautiful and tasty dish. A must order. Make sure you have plenty of friends and family to share. The crab was super fresh. Yes, just one at 900gm. I avoided the gravy as the meat in itself tasty good in itself.

I did something that not often one can try. I scoop up the gravy and drank it soup. There was enough body to feel as though one was having a hearty dish. And then I have a secret weapon. The mantou we ordered was so good to do the mopped up exercise.  It was what it should be. Crisp outside and fluffy inside. All good meal has to come to an end. In the end we couldn't do the DBKL job. Lots of gravy left behind. But then we were so full and contented. Another day....

Oasis Square, Oasis Ara Damansara,, 2, Jalan PJU 1a/22, SS7, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Restoran Da Feng Sho - Ara Damansara

The have just shifted to new premises just behind their old lot. It has better ambiance, clean and organised. The service has always been good for the 5 times we were there. The Hunanese (not Szechuanese) food is adictive and there are lots of meat dishes. Meat lovers will return to taste what's on the menu. Those who love spicy food will also has more incentive to be there.

My post of Da Feng Sho in their old premise

These lamb ribs were really tasty. Savoury and meat was tender, it was falling off the bones. I thought the ribs were pressure cooked first till tender before spices were rubbed on it and fried in a wok till fragrant and dry. The spices used may be aplenty since flavours exploded in my mouth. A must order and won't come cheap.
 The ubiquitous Hunan dish. Fish fillet in spicy broth. Peppercorn that numbed, lots of dried chillis of different kinds together with finger and all kinds of herbs. The uniqueness of this dish was the inclusion of the devils yam, the size of a slimmer and shorter version of the French Fries. Check it out on the next photo. I asked the chef when I found it and unsure of the texture since the piece looked like lard. He explained that devil's yam has medicinal values and it is also a clean vege since its a tuber and will not be contaminated with pesticides etc.
Devil's Yam/Devil's Tongue, a tuber that looks like lard pieces and also feel like it though you don't get that oily feeling when chewing on it
This common Chinese cabbage in special milky broth (from fish bones I suspect) was exquisite at RM20. You get the common marrying the valuable to get an uncommon dish. It's takes some ingenuity to design this for the newly minted rich folks who yearned for their village comfort food. Just my take from an imagination at overdrive. Later, at digging in found they have also added mustard leaves but I would have preferred 100% Chinese Cabbage. There were small dried scallops as part of churning out this broth. I am sure it will taste better if they used bigger and better quality dried scallops.

1-12, Jalan PJU 1A/20F
Dataran Ara Damansara

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Pho Viet Cafe - Penang

We got a Vietnamese set meal. Like a Bento set but in an open tray made from weaved bamboo. Well, ingenious food presentation. Check out the various sets. Rice in claypot-pork-bone (Vietnamese), belly pork marinated in fish sauce inside a soup bowl (Western?), pickled ca phao (African eggplant), spring rolls and blanched veges in Asian bamboo trays. 

The bell pork was nasty. They taste were wicked. Absolutely great Vietnamese! The pickled ca phao or tiny white eggplant was extremely sour and tasty. The seeds altered the texture of the food as it gave it a nutty feel. Coupled with the crunch from the vege, it's a 'beautiful' dish. Beware, this tray will cause you to eat lots of rice.
The ubiquitous Banh Xeo, a pancake or pizza like dish with seafood inside plus lots of veges esp taugeh (in Vietnam). The batter is usually yellow in colour and it will come out yellowish. The crisp side will be on the pan and heated till the surface crisped up. The inside will be soft and moist. Go figure how it tasted when dipped into a pickled sweet sour based fish sauce.
Sweet, sour, spicy and fishy sauce with julienne carrot
Yay, they got one of my favourite shake - SinhTo Bur (Avocado) 
496, Lebuh Pantai, George Town