Friday, November 28, 2008

The Steamboat Ketam Village, Waterfront Desa Parkcity

I love a good steamboat during the rainy season. And having it with my son at the leisurely Waterfront with a great garden and lots of space was a great bonus. For me having steamboat is a deliberate attempt to slow the eating process for some meaningful talk and hearing each other. Very relaxing time for us. Al fresco was our initial plan as it was breezy and the lookout to the garden was great. However, when the food came so were the flies forcing us to move indoors.
Great Ambiance and Spacious
Each have their individual induction plate as well as their bowl of soup. This did not encourage the communal meal where the soup pot was divided into 2 halves for 2 different types of soup. The individual has a choice of either curry or clear soup. Adding another portion of soup will cost RM2.00!

We took the Golden Combo Set (RM49.80) and a Century Egg tray (RM1.90) for side dish. The fish paste was served in a about 7 inches plastic bamboo stick with a spatula to divide the paste at leisure and dropping it into the pot. Exquisite taste of fish and ground to nice consistency. I dare say this is the best 'yee wat' I have eaten. Then there were these huge mussel without the muddy smell. Great taste too. Overall a very satisfying and healthy meal.
Curry soup - Great tasting curry but differentiated from the curry noodles type and is less creamy and lighter on the spices.
Clear soup - Subtle and tasty. Superior and both soup light on MSG.
The star of the Combo set - Bamboo Fish Paste
The 3 types fish balls and fish noodles were fresh, springy and smooth. Good quality fish.Century Egg with pickled ginger.The chili packed a knockout blow. Very 'hot'. I couldn't stand it and have to stop dipping my items there. The fried onions in oil was great accompaniment for the clear soup.
Restaurant is pork free and beef is served. Staff cutting frozen beef block into slices. Look at the ideal milk cans. I thought it was used for the curry.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Charcoal Fired Hokkien Mee, Genting Klang

Sparks flying (above). After the sparks the dance began (below).
Simple pleasures bring great comfort to the soul esp. after a rainy day. One of it, is the Hokkien Mee done the traditional way. Charcoal fired with sparks flying. Indication of a great meal to come.

I like my Hokkien Mee fried with lard in a thick cast iron wok over charcoal fire. In addition, generous loads of the crispy lard pieces that make the meal memorable. Then there is the thick dark soya sauce that gives the colour and leaves an ever so slight bitter aftertaste in my mouth. The sauce should be thick enough to cling for dear life on the noodles so that the I can have a full taste. I hated it when lots of the sauce were left behind in a watery puddle on the plate after the noodles are gone. Bad cooking.

A reminder. Be prepared to wait. Sorry no other stalls nearby to order appetizer!

Prices: RM4.00 per serving/head. Open at night.
Location: From TAR College drive along Jalan Genting Klang towards Air Panas traffic lights T-Junction. Pass the junction and you can see the coffeeshop right ahead on your left.

Full-bodied Hokkien Mee. Enjoy!!
Close-up. Kon Char Hor

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Soon Heong Teow Chew Seafood, Aman Puri, Kepong

My wife and I went looking for food one of the evening. The lamentations have always been there is not many good food joints at the SD6-15 side of Bandar Sri Damansara. 10 minutes away would be Desa Aman Puri. Much more varieties there. We spotted this potential. This restaurant offers air-con comfort and al fresco dining (roadside). It is pretty spacous indoors.

Signature dishes are the way to go when we are new. The food came in big portions and we went belly-up. We hardly have problems polishing off the dishes but this time we surrendered. Total cost: Less than RM50 with drinks.

Curry Fish Head - Average quality. The weak colour curry was a harbinger of not so tasty dish. The pieces from the head were fresh. The meaty pieces were not. So both come from different batches. Came with lots of vege so saved on a vege dish.Pork Ribs in Salted Egg Sauce - The rich sauce weighed us down. Check out the salty egg yolk clinging to the meat! Dish was tasty and ribs meaty.Deep Fried Tofu - Besides tofu there were many components mixed in. They gave body and also fresh aroma. Came piping hot. My upper palate was slightly seared!No. 3-68A, Block P, Jalan Desa 2/3, Desa Aman Puri,
52100 Kepong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: 03-62777167

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Pan Heong, Batu Caves

Address: 2, Jln Medan Batu Caves 2. Tel: 0361877430

There is something about this porridge and noodles haven. It attracts all and sundry. But drop by before noon or better still at 11:30am. I got to have a feel of clientele, have an unhurried lunch/brunch and not be too boxed in. Young families with children in tow, camera toting tourists and the working class. I guess the food is too good. My intention is to get my son to experience some of these old brands during the holidays to give him some roots in the working class Chinese cuisine though the price may not be working class rate now.
Airy and clean with an annexe.
Comfy. Must be regular local resident.
We ordered Frog Porridge (min. order 2 pax) at RM15.50 and a fried wet noodles (mamak style) at RM5.20. The waitresses discouraged us from ordering San Har Mein as it has a minimum order of 2 pax. Masak-masak ordered one plate for RM36 more than a year ago. Precious Pea also blogged on this in Nov 2007.

The porridge is above average but not enough to send us to the skies. The portion was big and the frog legs were meaty but I could not say for the skinny body.
The noodles were delicious but the price was not. At RM5.20 a small plate with some pork pieces it was not worth it.

Monday, November 24, 2008

EcoGreen Life Cafe, Taman Tun

A medical doctor treated me to an organic lunch at Taman Tun. He is known as a discipline eater. EcoGreen serves organic and vegetarian food. It is owned by Organic Wong who also has 20 acres of farm in Rembau, Negeri Sembilan applying the organic farming methodology.

This is my first at an organic eatery. It is spacious as it occupies double shoplot, bright with a minimalist and simple styling. I feel completely at home. The staff was attentive and the food was served promptly. Within the eatery there is also space/shelves with organic products. Good synergy. Shoppers of organic products will also have their meals there.

Most of the meals are below RM10.00. Creamy laksa at RM5.90!! I had one of the best 'to fu far' since a long while. You should expect the usual lemongrass drink etc etc.

What make this place extra special? Minimum oil was used. No trans-fat. No MSG, no microwaving, no food enhancers, additives, flavouring and preservatives.

This place serves only chicken and fish meat. Fish was sourced from Semporna, Sabah and delivered fresh with no preservatives. Semporna is not only famous as a launching pad to Sipadan but also for its sea aquaculture. When I was there in 1991 lobsters and groupers were already breeding in cages. The sea is very clean and crystal clear. There was no mud and sand. Most of the material on the shore was chalk white tiny bits of corals and shells. The sun rays penetrate through and was reflected and refracted out through these white coral and shells.Wonderful place for marine life. Their chicken are free-ranging.

Organic Brown Rice Nasi Ulam with Mackerel - with tonnes of organic vegetables, herbs and spices. The leaves are crunchy and gives body to the food. With so many colours, smells and tastes what more can I ask for!
Kam Heong Chicken Brown Rice - Free-range chicken cooked with looks of herbs and spices. Chicken was aromatic and tasty.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Restoran Sai Gong, Bandar Menjalara, Kepong

Address: 63 Jalan 1/62D, Medan Putra Business Center, Bandar Menjalara, Kepong .

When I was new to Bandar Sri Damansara and running low on eating places I asked an old friend for a recommendation. One of those was Sai Gong. The name intrigues me as I thought it was serving Vietnamese cuisine.

One of the evening we went. My son preferred to stay home. It is in Medan Putra Business Centre and adjacent to Desa ParkCity. They were doing a roaring business and the service was slow. Food took 1/2 hour to be served.

Total Bill: RM49.00

Eat First Think Later has blogged on this restaurant.

Deep Fried Pork Loin - It should be crunchy but turned out a tad hard and stiff. And also salty. Good to go with plain porridge. RM12.00.
Braised Duck - No gamey smell but again salty thus overpowering the tender meat and also liberal usage of ginger. RM15.Lala in Soup - Again salty. Wine did not come forth strong enough and the superior soup surrendered its subtle taste. However, the Lala was cooked just nice. RM12.
And finally some fibre to round up the meal. RM6.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Restoran Popular City Tai Chow, PJS 9/5 Sunway

This is another hidden coffee shop with 'tai chow'. Unpretentious. Reasonable and at times cheap prices for a satisfying meal. This eatery has been around even before the existence of the LDP.

It is situated next to the LDP and along the same road and side of the Sunway Hospital. If one is coming from the Sunway Hospital side, drive towards the LDP and take the last left turn before the LDP. The shop is a corner lot and faces the surau.

The costs for this meal is RM125 for 9 adults and 2 school going children.
A big pot of Curry Fish Head. Fresh fish head.
Pork Ribs. Interesting they use a mix of tapioca flour for the batter. Make it chewy and inetersting rather than the crunchy run of the mill ones.
Eleven 'Hor Pau' eggs. One each.Claypot Chinese-style tofu.LettuceKangkung

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Nara Thai Food, Desa Melawati, Ulu Klang

Hidden spots. A little out of the way. Local knowledge. Nara is one of them. The township is adjacent to Taman Melawati and the road in is also the one going right into the majestic limestone cliffs of Klang Gates. If you can find the Muslim cemetery the shop is on the opposite side.

The lunch and dinner crowd has always been there and it has survived for almost 10 years in a commercially dead area. The lunch food are very Malay, mind you not mamak. It has lots of ulam, spices and herbs and coconut milk in its various dishes offered 'chap fan' style. The price is very reasonable.

We have dinner not too long ago after a hiatus of 5-6 years. We decided to go Southern Thai. In fact, on previous occassions I did converse in Thai with owners' family. Total cost: RM50.00 for three pax.
ABC - The rose syrup is much too red. Average.
Normal stuff. Fried rice.Mango Salad. A bit flat. No dired shrimps. Not enough lime juice.Seafood otak-otak. It is good except for the crabs. Not so fresh.Seafood Tom Yam. Expected it to be better. Crabs and shrimps are not so fresh.Pandan Chicken. Taste good but over cooked as it uses chicken breast. If it uses meat from the leg and drunstick it would be scrumptiously tasty and tender!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tortillas and Salsa Dip

When it comes to preparing food my son works through inspiration. No recipes. Unstructured. He just canters along and makes adjustment when he feels like it.

From his own words as he worked and with me watching from the sidelines. He told me he is making the salsa that would be chunky, smoky (BBQ sauce), creamy (avocado), sourish (lime and tomato), salty (tortillas) and hot (pepper and Tabasco).

The ingredients:
2 juicy lime
Half of a large Australian red onion
2 medium tomatoes
Half of a Australian avocado
To taste:
Black pepper
BBQ Sauce (Smoky)
Tabasco sauce
Olive oilCut all the ingredients in small chunky pieces. Mix well or blend if desired. Squeeze the lime juice and add the sauces, oil and pepper to your own taste.
Tomatoes and Lime
Onion addedAvocado addedKraft's Tortilla (No MSG and food additives)