Thursday, June 29, 2017

Roast Pork to Live For - Homecooking

Finally got the setting right for the oven after 5 tries. Familiarity breeds confidence. The results are there to see and to eat. 

Use a good mix of white pepper, Chinese five spice and salt. Amount according to taste. Give the mixture a good rub on all the surfaces of the pork except the skin. Scoring the skin with a sharp is important. Half a centimeter apart. 

A few hours in the refrigerator for the spices to penetrate and also the skin to dry out.  Pop it into the oven one hour before the meal. No need to lay salt on the skin. Forty minutes at 180°C and then bump it up to 240°C the last 5-10 minutes. The first stage is to get the pork cooked and the second stage is to get the skin to bubble thoroughly. If some areas of the rind is carbonised scrap it off with a knife. The key is to watch the oven at the last stage. 

Crispy rind makes it a great delightful meal when there is a good layer of lean meat and fat. Get a good block of belly pork. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Hing Kee Bak Kut Teh Jalan Kepong

The centre of gravity for Bak Kut Teh in Kepong has shifted here. It is blessed with space and parking is not bad later in the evening. The tasty clear soup BKT is attracting the crowd. Their dry version is also excellent with good amount of dried squid for that distinctive smell and savoury taste. I have eaten here at least 3 times lately and I must say it is a go-go place to indulge in a meaty dish.

The clear soup is not the only attraction. The meat portion and cuts are of good quality. The meat was done right meaning the shop is paying attention to their timing as regards to cooking and this translate to skills and experience. For those who have eaten overdone and undergone cook pork BKT will realise a tender yet well done is all it is to a good soupy porky supper.

No 28, Jalan Besar Kepong,
Mobile012-232 8940

Closed late - 230am

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Restoran Da Feng Sho Ara Damansara

Another discovery in Ara Damansara. Not actually, as we have seen this restaurant tucked away in a corner of a row of shops. Its partially hidden by a line of trees. We are going easy so was not in rush to check it out as it's right in front of our Aragreens Residences condo.

Don't be surprised at the mainland Mandarin being spoken here. Many of its dishes ingredients are sourced from China. Quite some of the food are inspired from Hunan province.

To say the food here is spicy is an understatement. It's fiery hot. Honestly, I couldn't handle it. The peppercorn or (malat) 'explodes' in the mouth. The aftermath or morning after, is part and parcel for me if I were to consume this type of food. But man, it's really good and addictive. Reminder to ask for milder version next time.

No worries, they have an extensive menu and lots of food that's not fiery and simply ask them to tone it down. I fancy their braised trotters and will try when have more kaki makan.

This lamb ribs done with lots of spices and finished really dried. I called it fried dried. Not a single drop of moisture or oil. It's so dry and crisp outside that it looked like a desert. The inside was tasty tender meat. And it's so delicious. A must order.
The next 2 dishes were their signatures. We ordered one with fish and the other with pork in soup base. Lots of ginger, spring onions, peppercorns, dry chillis and the broth was so delectable. However, these 2 were really hard for me to handle disgestively speaking. But more than make up by the superb taste.

Another strong in taste dish.
Looked to me a common folk's dish. Cabbages aplenty stirred fried with lots of wok hei. As simple as it was, exuded class. A good dish.

Peppercorns and star anise staple spices, the usual suspects in Hunanese cuisine

Address: F-11 PJU 1A/20C, Dataran Ara Damansara

Friday, June 16, 2017

Cafe Richards - Skyavenue, Genting Highlands

Finally made it Cafe Richard to experience real coffee. They are the top roaster from France with 2.4mil cups sold a day. We were fortunate to have the French Brand Ambassador K. Bidi to personally brewed a few cuppas for us.

What an excellent coffee, roasted by one of top roaster in the world. We had some Costa Rican and Aceh Gayo using the Syphon and Cold Brew processes.

Of you want real coffee make your trip up to Genting Highlands to enjoy this cuppa in cool environs. This is their first foray overseas. It must be some real connections from Genting to have entice Cafe Richard to open their first oversea branch in Malaysia.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Mildly Caramelised Pork Chops - Homecooking

I got a few pieces of pork ribs from the end with chunks, or rather, chops of meat attached to it. I was thinking King of using for soup. Change my mind to try a mild caramelised chop.

I got it marinated overnight with sesame oil, honey, garlic and soy sauce. The next day I have it slow cook over a pan for 20-30mins. The meat is slightly chewy but that's the intention. I don't need the meat to fall off the bones. The taste was fantastic.

Tip: The key is the honey. Give it enough to get the caramelisation you want. I gave my Capilano honey three squeeze since the meat is not alot. This is good for those who do not want a thick syrupy coating of sugar.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Ribeye Steak - Homecooking

You have a nice piece of ribeye that costs RM103/kg. And its a heavy 300gm. What to do with it? How about giving it a Jaime Oliver treatment? I have tried it 3X and got good results.

Rub into the slab of meat salt, pepper, garlic and olive oil. Since its premium meat get good quality black pepper and salt. Put each side for a minute with three repetitions on a very hot pan. This will get medium. Add butter while the meat is on the pan the amount according to personal preference to enhance the flavour.

1. Do not hold back on salt as too little will not cut it in the department of flavour.
2. If you hear a sizzling sound then should get a nice sear. This would definitely help the taste tremendously

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Restoran Yin Her - Jalan Welfare Sungai Buloh

It was a lazy afternoon and already past 2pm. We rushed over to Sungai Buloh to hopefully catch a good lunch. And we were rewarded with a simple yet appetising meal. The price was cheap. It a spacious place with dine-in or alfresco next to a pond. The pond is open to the public for fishing.

The senangin was deep-fried. There is no other way for this particular fish. I like the texture side of things as the chewy and sweet fish just made my meal so enjoyable. It became our main dish. A stomach pleaser. The lala was a bit small and lean on the meat side but then we have the vegetables to in the gaps in our stomachs

Restoran Yin Her
AL114, Jalan Welfare,
Kampung Baru Sungai Buloh

Thursday, June 8, 2017

My Japanese Meal at Village Grocer, Japanese section - Citta Mall

Citta Mall may be passe compared to Evolve Mall but it's still the first mover in the area. It has some great places to shop and eat. When shopping fresh produce or groceries I do sometimes eat around the area.

One of my favourite would be the Japanese section in Village Grocer. They have a wide variety of sashimi, bento sets and other standalones that can fill the stomach for that moment.

Normally I will get a cold brewed coffee from Lifejuice just outside Village Grocer's entrance. Their mission is to save food people from bad juices. So their cold pressed juice are considered to be one of a kind and one of the best. Be prepared to pay.

So this time I decided on coffee. Got settled down at a corner and enjoyed my meal!

More of a cold tentacles salad!
Lifejuice's cold brewed Coffee and my sushi

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Quick and Easy Fish Steaming Pomfret - Homecooking

A simple steam fish dish couldn't be far off. Village Grocer or Jaya Grocer in Ara Damansara has some really good fresh fishes. I enjoyed getting it from them as they make shopping easy and convenient.

Just 15mins of preparation time. Julienne some ginger and chopped up a few cloves of garlic. Score the Pomfret's body where it is thickest and place it in a metal plate and drizzle it with premium soy sauce, ginger and garlic. Steam for about 10mins or when the eyes pop out. If the fish is small reduce steaming time proportionately.

This is about to be steamed by me. Look at the bright eyes!
Pomfret steamed by my MIL. Excellent, just 10mins
Just landed pomfret at Penang's Pantai Jerjak
This Coral Grouper was steamed at a Tai Chow. Just nice, with a commercial steamer tower, it was a breeze

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Meng Kee Char Siew - Glenmarie, Subang

We have been talking about this famous BBQ Pork or Char Siew for a while since moving over to Ara Damansara. Non-rush hour will be a trip of just over 10 mins. Well, its been 4 years since the last eat and again the conclusion I formed at the end of this 2nd eat was the same as the first, "Is it worth eating after paying the premium for their fame?" The crowds doesn't seem to mind.

One portion of the Char Siew is RM8.50 now. Kosong noodles is RM4 per plate or bowl.

Beyond that price overshadowing the meal, I will say that Char Siew was delectable but not in my top drawer listing. We were persuaded to try their Siew Cheong also made without the pig's spare parts. It nice minus the bit of bitter innard's after-taste. The wonton was passable without that extra crunch and taste for further mileage.

30 Jalan Pekedai U1/36, Hicom-Glenmarie Industrial Park

Friday, June 2, 2017

Restoran Xan Ling - Segambut

Tucked in a corner of Segambut amongst the old and new, Xan Ling is not trying hard to escape from its past as the old is better than the new. It seems that this nondescript joint started out from the home kitchen in difficult times and flourished into what they are today. In fact they leverage their past and have opened a few more branches.

They are famous for the noodles. More like Pan Mee, in comes in a claypot. Packed with goodness, meat and prawns it's a must order dish. Get this in start of rice. It's value for money. An order can easily feeds four and that's the normal size.

If you still want rice you can ask for yam or mustard rice. We ordered mustard rice. My first and won't be the last. The mustard vegetables is unique and has a strong taste and smell. What a way to 'marinate' and colour the plain white rice.

Another likable and popular dish. Braised pork belly. Like from the mother's kitchen. Unpretentious and very likeable, a time to pause and reflect on mom's cooking.
Very fresh Tenggiri. Get the lime juice on it and you get a appetising meaty dish.

Persiaran Arfah, Segambut 
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