Wednesday, October 18, 2017

CH Restaurant

Tuck at a quite corner of Setapak is a good restaurant serving clientele, no doubt from the many townships nearby - Danau Kota, Wangsa Maju, Air Panas and the Industrial Park nearby that includes the Royal Selangor Pewter Factory. They have rooms where you can have a quite 2 tables or 5 tables. Fully equipped with LED screen and karaoke it's a good place for a family celebration or even a company function. We like it for the privacy the rooms afford us.

Been there twice and I would say the  food was good and affordable esp when there's a budget given. The food was delectable, portions were fair and ingredients were fresh. No complaints.

The kitchen made sure that the food lack nothing from the taste to the presentation. Observations are that restaurants are not doing well and some of the larger ones have closed down while others drew scanty crowd. So they is incentive to make sure they don't lose existing customers.

A typical selection of Chinese food arrayed below.

14, 16, 18, Jalan 9/23A, Medan Makmur Off Jalan Usahawan, Setapak

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Thai Nyonya Restaurant, Ara Damansara

We heard about this place packing in the crowd for lunch. It is in a locality not exactly known for its food. We went there twice and it had been good. We also knew what to avoid.

Found my Tom Yam Nam Sai (Clear Soup Tom Yam). This hard to find dish was sour, spicy, packed with a big aromatic punch. My senses were tingling and heightened. It was really tasty. Exactly like what I used to get from my friend's kitchen in Chiangmai.

The Omelette with Prawns tasted as it should with fresh prawns leading to a simple yet elegant dish. The fragrance trapped inside this simple platter of the humble eggs stoked my appetite even more.

The blood cockles were fresh and lovely. So was the dip. If you have a stomach for 'blood' and bold go for it. Just ignore the fear factor associated with this food. A small complain - where are all the bigger cockles? Sold overseas for a better price?

What about the otak otak omelette? And the glass noddles? I had better ones in Thailand. The seabass was OK. The pandan chicken was overcooked. The sides were burned and hard.

A big plus factor here is the reasonable price. Oh, by the way, this place is staffed with Thai speakers.

L27, Block L, Taipan 2 Damansara, Jalan PJU 1A/1, Ara Damansara

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Jarrod and Rawlins, Bukit Damansara

We have been visiting Damansara Heights or Bukit Damansara for quite a while esp Jarrod and Rawlins. My son loved this place. This location is oozing with money power. The houses around attest to this. It's a lovely and quaint place. There is a feel of tranquility to it with its many mature trees and also old and new joints giving it a sense of stability but not old. Go there with a spring g on your feet and enjoy some good vibes and food.

With the write up on the "10 world's Coolest Neighbourhoods to Visit" in Lonely Planet and The Star picking it up this place will be buzzing and will it give Bangsar a run for its money? 

My 4 trips there were basically in the afternoon for lunch. Check out what happened after 5pm with its many watering holes there. Will the professionals go there for a pint and talk work or just while their time and stress of the day away?

The pork there was good, lardy and smoky. This is what we go for most of the time. It's well marinated, done with love and extremely tasty. The palate was very happy. The sandwich was rather food and completely fulfilled the above criteria for pork!

Address: 36, Medan Setia 2,Bukit Damansara

Monday, October 9, 2017

Tai Soon Curry House - Sungai Buloh

The "Curry House" in Tai Soon Curry House may be a misnomer. Why? The shop is anything but curry. Yes, they do have a famous curry dish - curry fish head. I have not asked for the curry despite my 2nd visit. They are more famous for their roast goose, free-range chicken and an array of Chinese dishes. The minimum order for the fowl is at least half a bird. And mind you they open only for 4 hours a day. Sunday is closed. 

The free range chicken has great texture and it tasted really good. Those having dentures be forewarned. The Paku Pakis cold dish vinaigrette style was a first. Tart and sweet with crunchy and fresh ferns. The spring rolls were unique as it is more meaty and they do not use the usual bean curd skin. 

434, Jalan Taiping, Kampung Baru Sungai Buloh, 40160 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Friday, October 6, 2017

Chakri Palace, KLCC

Entertainment can be tough. The choice of restaurant and getting there. The meeting place was conveniently set for KLCC as our guests decided to settle in and shop and see this iconic Twin Towers before going home.

Despite the rush, we managed to get together and were able to settle down in this quite and nice patch of real estate. Anyway, anything in KLCC should be premium.

These guys went for Thai. A good choice I would say and they have a set menu and we went for it after checking out each item. A lot of familiar items as we looked through. But good ones.

Our favourite Miang Kham came with most the ingredients. Missing was the nutmeg pieces but then it might not be Thai. It was pleasing with a mix of explosive and subtle flavours. Get the lime cubes, ginger and onions, put them into your mouth and chew it together with dried coconut flakes, peanuts, dried shrimps and betel leaves. A great start!
One can't miss the glass noodles in a Thai restaurant, right? Anyhow it's cooked or in salad form and whether savoury or sour it's a great dish of noodles, seafood and vege mix here.
Pandanus chicken was good meat and good comfort food that I have not had for a while.
My white Tom Yam. Without the oil and santan it became very appealing and appetising. The aroma of the herbs and spices shone.
The seabass looked very familiar to what we used to have but really couldn't compared to the Tai Chow steamed fishes.
A familiar and obligatory dish.
The soft shell crabs were average
Lot 417B, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre

Monday, October 2, 2017

Chicken Varuval from Indobase - Homecooking

1 kg chicken breast
4 red onions
4 dry chilies deserved. Add more for a spicier Varuval
2 sprigs curry leaves. I prefer more leaves 
4 tsp chili powder 
4 tsp coriander powder 
4 tsp black pepper powder. Used quality peppers or Varuval will taste limp
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder 
2 tsp ginger garlic paste. I used 2 inches of finely chopped fresh ginger 
Peanut oil
Salt to taste

Heat oil in wok
Fry dry chili, cumin seeds and curry leaves till fragrant 
Add chopped onions and ginger garlic paste and fried till onions is brown
Reduce to medium heat
Add chicken and the rest of the spices and fry till chicken is cooked

Adapted from Indobase Recipes 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Martha Stewart's Braised French Beans - Homecooking

Recipe modified from Martha Stewart

1/2kg French Beans, removed both ends
1/2 garlic, chopped up the cloves
1/2 cup chicken broth or 1 cube chicken
1 cup water
2 tsp fresh/dried thyme leaves
Black pepper, crushed
Salt to taste
Peanut oil
Lemon slices

Sautéed garlic in a work with peanut oil till brown
Add broth and mix well
Add French beans over medium heat and cover until well-cooked
Add thyme leaves, pepper and salt