Friday, September 23, 2011

Ama Bakery - 745 Silom Street, Bangkok

I got hold of this box of gems from my wife on her return from Bangkok. Soft and fluffy buns, almost pillowy in texture. There was lots of milk beaten into the dough and with Thai penchant for everything sweet, these buns were really good. The best I have had for long-time. I am  not sure whether it is a chain store. But looks like it is a local bakery with its secrets kept within its community. The packaging was not that great. I thought Thai really pays a lot of attention on the packaging and good at it. The other was the exclusive use of the Thai language except for the word, "AMA". But who cares, when the products were so good!

The tagline say, "Aroy, sod jak tau tuk wan." It means "Delicious, fresh from the oven daily." And it is, as I agree to it whole-heartedly.

Being a carbo addict and in need of cutting back, it is not really a good thing with these fluffy buns lying on my kitchen table. The piece de resistance was the fragrant pandan fillings. It was more custardy than jam-like and again with milk added in gives it a rather rich feel.

I am sure I will get more of these when my wife get back to Bangkok next week.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Lardy Hokkien Mee @ AhWa - Off Jalan 222

A favourite among the old faithfuls, the Hokkien Mee has a few distinctiveness that separates it from the other noodles.

Firstly, it is fried till almost dry, allowing the sauces to be concentrated and then cling on to their dear lives on the long and sticky surfaces of the 'fat noodles'.

Secondly, the absorption of the "wok hei" is lifted to a new high without the presence of too much gravy.

Thirdly, the thick sweet black sauces can be addictive though it is slightly bitter. Like molasses added to selective pastry or bread the synergy produced is better than the taste that come from the sum of the parts.

Fourthly, the robust body of the fat round noodles can satisfy any growling stomach.

Last but not least, the explosive combination from the lard oil and its deep-fried pieces makes eating Hokkien Mee a culinary experience. I wonder why it didn't make it into the CNN top 50 Asian eats.
This what we came for and got. Great lardy stuff and it couldn't have gone better than these. Admittedly, they have competition from the other end of the block in the form of the formidable looking Mei Keng that has an extra lot. An old friend and a resident nearby brought me there for dinner years ago and it is known for their 'tai chow'.
 Another of their best-seller. Stir-fried Lala. Great sauce and fresh morsels.
Wat Tan Hor - I am still very much for the Ipoh variety where the egg mixture comes in with the right consistency/amount and right timing.
The Lo Meen looks the same as the Wat Tan Hor. The only difference was the noodles and the addition of Black Vinegar.

Verdict: Go for their Hokkien Mee and Lala!.

Address: Off Jalan 222, Jalan 14/48 (Next to Shell Station)

Monday, September 5, 2011

Restoran Hua Mui (1948) - Jalan Trus, Johor Bahru

The new framed from the old cast iron window frame of Hua Mui. It was started in 1948 and was known as "the Cafe with a Colonial touch". A muhibbah cafe, it is one of the early Chinese restaurants to offer Hainanese style western food to multi-cultural Malaysia.. 
Its signature dish was their Hainanese Chicken Chop. 
 Tender chicken thigh coated with golden bread crust. Crisp with a slight crunch, the meat was tender all round with no hard or tough edges. Really good and better than some of the best-known Hainanese coffee shops in KL. Must try.
Hainanese breakfast staple. If you are a die-hard fan, go for it. It will not go wrong here.
The best noodles here was the Mamak Noodles. Fragrant, slightly sticky from all the sauces binding and then enveloping the noodles. This had me singing.
 Customary noodles to keep the patrons happy.
 Muhibbah diners!

No 131, Jln Trus,
Johor Bahru, 80000 (Below Johor Old Temple)
Time: 8am - 6pm

No 50, Jln Sutera Tanjung 8/4,
Tmn Sutera Utama,
81300, Skudai Johor

Time: 7.30am - 9.30pm