Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Delectable Home Kitchen - Bandar Sri Damansara

          Pork ribs with thick sauce - My favourite but need to have lots of plain rice to go with it.

Home Kitchen is a replacement for Kopicana and a timely as their menu was not really a favourite with the folks in BSD. However, they have a things going but was not enough. All good things must come to an end. Now we have another 'tai chow' in our locality and one that has air-con. There is finally stiffer competition as the food here is rated good and the price is reasonable. There is an option for better food and folks here do not need to make a food run to Manjalara, 1Utama or Curve.

All said I am happy with the food here though it is a tad salty and have lots of thick sauces and marinates. So be prepared so strong taste. Another interesting feature is that there are lots of woks and claypots that are used for food presentation. It is also practical in that it comes with a candle to heat it and keep the food piping hot.
             Kampung Chicken - well presented and taste was average. Good for a big group.
Steamed Tilapia with Black Bean. another of their specialty salty and spicy dish that go so well  with a plain tilapia.
Finally, Kangkung with garlic so well presented and also kept piping hot with the candle. A favourite for me if i need a good 'tai chow' in my backyard Bandar Sri Damansara.

Address: 11G, Jalan Tanjung SD 13/1 (a few doors from Maybank)

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Fat Boy Burgers - Publika, Solaris Dutamas

So we went discovering Publika and looked for some western pork dishes. For pork, I wanted something well cooked yet retained its moistness. The 'tai chow' pork dishes are well known but we were looking for westerns and decided on burgers. Lately, there is certainly a proliferation of western eateries offering pork. Its a niche area but there is enough purchasing power when it is located in the right area. I do hope that this happy state of affairs will continue in commercial areas.

FAT BASTERD

The burgers in Fat Boy had patties made from fairly well grounded meat. It was not as juicy as I expected. However, the patties did not breakdown easily.  I had juicy ones before but they were also a lot more sauces slathered on it while it was being prepared. So my burger has no messy sauces.

I couldn't have the double patties Fat Basterd. Mine is the single Wimpy and built up from my own choice of ingredients. I chose guacamole, capsicum and jalapeno. What I like most for these Fat Boys were the hearty infusion of charcoal smoke. It's smoky alright. Like the Chinese 'wok hei' these patties had the 'thaan hei' (charcoal breath).

WIMPY

 PUBLKA Spacious and bright with natural light.


Friday, October 5, 2012

Pisang Molen (Banana Fritters) - Bandung, Indonesia

All nationalities/localities have their signature dessert. For our part of the world banana fritter is a definite winner. We have the usual form here in Malaysia. It can get pretty boring after some time. I personally cannot recall a stall that offers an 'addictive' version i.e. I have to go back to it again and again.
For all the detractors who have mentioned the health aspects of it bear in mind that people eat all the time. Plus good food attacts the pull factors draw them in like a dragnet. As for banana fritters I measure it by the crispy, not lumpy melt in your mouth fragrant dough. Sometimes the filling may not matter if the dough is bad. So in Malaysia we have many different types of dough being used from the wheat flour to others made from different cereals and the combination of such.

Once the dough's hurdle is cleared lets talk about the fillings. The type of banana being used is obvious. It must be very sweet and after frying is reduced to a nice soft consistency.

Well the Gandasari Pisang Molen in Bandung is reputed to be the best. Always crowded and never short of folks buying boxes of these heavenly desserts. Highly recommended.


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Nostalgic Madras Lane Petaling Street Curry Noodles and Yong Tau Foo

The Madras Lane foodstalls have been around for ages but have not lost its lustre albeit some of it some may venture. It still enjoys a steady stream of customers some intentional while others spur of the moment decisions. You can enter from the Pak Peng Building located right in the middle of the venerable Petaling Street.
But nowadays not many visit Petaling Street unless they have guests that wanted to get knock-offs, or you go there out of sentimentalism or nostalgia. It is a place I rather not go due to the heat and crowd. It is the changing in the face of time. Referring to the street itself, alot of the stalls are manned by foreigners which is unthinkable since this is Chinatown. But really there is nothing Chinese about it except for its Chinesey arches on both ends and the many local Chinese that visits it out of habit or live around the area.
The curry noodles has all the right ingredients as evident by the pictures. It looks good in colour and arrabgement but falls short on taste. It's above average but its has fallen short as I heard that it was very good i.e. in times past.
But the YTF is something else. The winner here. The fish paste was solid, taste as it should and obviously has a lot of good fish in it. The vegetables used as a carrier for the fish paste was fresh and I did enjoyed it very much.