Friday, February 24, 2017

Nasi Kandar Line Clear - Penang International Airport

Line Clear Nasi Kandar is in Penang Airport. For you who can't make it to their Penang Road eatery, this one will do. At the arrivals, you can enjoy your meal quietly and without hassle.
The curries for my roti were like those I had 40 years ago. Also strong mustard oil smell which I like and always reminds me of good Indian food. Suggestion: try freshly made items like thosai.
The Sotong is done right tender and it gave when I bit in. None of those leathery and rubbery stuff.

The Black Pomfret was so fresh and cooked to perfection. The meat will make any Cantonese happy.

Enjoy the curries and the menu. Though a bit limited I do hope they will enjoy better business and expand on it.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Garden View Restaurant's River Bounties - Bukit Tinggi, Pahang

It was one of those evening among friends. We talked about eating at Genting's Burger and Lobster. Then at a whim and on a fancy we decided for Bukit Tinggi. The lure of the river fishes and prawns were too great for my Singaporean friend. It has been a while for him. After 2 days of mediocre food the promised of a great gastronomical experience was too hard to resist. We left for the cooler climes of the hills. An hour and 15 minutes' drive added to our appetite.

Wow the steamed river prawns were like an lobster. A sufficient replacement for the lobster at Genting's Burger and Lobster. The garlic enhances the natural sweetness of the fresh flesh.

They have a extensive menu for river fish. Our 800gm Soon Hock was another 'wow'. Steaming it is a must. Any other way will not do justice and a waste of money. I dug the bulging cheek and savour the best portion from this river bounty and could not stop singing and thanking God for his goodness in his creation.

The other 2 dishes was the sotong appearing for a cameo part ans the customary vegetables in the humble river 'weed' in the form of the watercress to round up the meal.

Bon appetite!

Lot 19326 & 19327, Pesona Heights,, Kampung Bukit Tinggi, 28750 Bentong, Pahang, Malaysia

Monday, February 20, 2017

Restaurant New Wong Poh - Taman Bukit Mayang Emas

This is my third trip after moving over to Ara Damansara 5 months ago. The location is near Tropicana and Ara Damansara. Location-wise, they have a good site. Each man will have to do what he needs to do: find his own grub. Well the blogs and TripAdvisor are helpful but still you got to find your comfort zone. My interest is not just food itself but also find someplace where the cooking will not go wrong and I can bring guests at a moment's notice.

Their crabs qualify in the food category. As for the rest of the food it is good enough for me. But for the connoisseur may find it wanting. Anyhow, I have not got enough trips to say too much. As I have said each man got to find their own food and comfort zone. The service was average and the ambiance is a notch or two better than the coffee shop tai chow. I arrived at 6:25 an a Sunday evening and found myself sitting in the nob-AC sector. The much coveted AC area is packed. If crowd is a tell-tale sign of good food then they sure have the crowd.

The crabs have two categories. The normal ones and the super pricy. A crab will go upwards to RM100+. Check out the nippers. Its the size of a small child's hand!

36 & 38 Jalan Bukit Mayang 1/2, Taman Bukit Mayang Emas, Petaling Jaya
Tel: +60 3-7803 3527

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Pin Xiang Restaurant - Aman Suria

The Tropicana Chinese restaurants' enclave certainly has its fill. These are run of mill eateries (in a good way) for the die-hards oldies. To set the record right, I have been in this restaurant twice. We are still experimenting and trying out and asking for recommendations. More to come when I have time to post. The first time was pretty pleasant. The second was with my son who is back from UK for his holidays. So I ordered something different. This Restaurant seems to be very well run. It has to be, as the weekend crowd is forbidding. Every nook and corner plus extensions is fully occupied.

I asked again for Char Siew/BBQ Pork but it was not my son's BBQ day. Go order it when you there. Call first. Its top. It is interesting that they have "sang cheong" with the usual partners in crime. Go far dried shrimps to accompany. Again that was from the previous visit and was not ordered as young people don't go for fallopian tubes!

So we had the sotong/squid, a crowd-pleaser. I may say, for a crowd of one! I need not worry about their standards otherwise they would have bungkus/pack up by now. The Lemon chicken is fine and a crowd-pleaser to the very western taste of the crowd of one. And finally Roast pork with Chives. What else can go close to a tradition dish?

Those who want more avantgarde stuff should go to the Oasis where I have eaten a few times. More on that later. Ohh... I have posted one, Kumar's Indian Restaurant.


Restaurant Pin Xiang

H 18G Jalan PJU 1/45, Aman Suria
Tel: +603 8945 8733 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Tuck Kee Ipoh - Never Disappoints and a Loyal Friend

Landing a faithful friend is such a difficult task. So it will be also a restaurant where you have specials. You know they won't fail you from one generation to the other. Welcome to Tuck Kee! 

Free Range Chicken with accompanying ginger sauce to pork spare ribs of all flavours, Grouper fish to Cod fish whether whole or fillet, seafood pot and all kinds of vegetables. No play safe, just go ahead and order!

Go there for a special occasion. Please the older folks and make them smile, go to Tuck Kee. I know, I have been there many times with my family and friends.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Aceh Chinatown - Hakka Chinese Traditonal Brewed Coffee


The Hakka are a big contingent compared to other dialects. Head to the Chinese side of the wet market in Aceh town and experience the atmosphere. Interesting noodles and the coffee is very Aceh.

Aceh Style Apam Balik


Watch out for the segment where the lady uses raw salt to clean up the wok to that the next Apam will not stick to the surface.

Not a very healthy way of feeding the fire as the palm frond is quite smoky and too much of the fumes is bad for the lungs.

Also take a look at the more modern way using the gas stove.

Apam Balik and a pot of banana, coconut milk and other to make a gruel to mix with the Apam.

Aceh Food - Ayam Tangkap or Free Range

All my trips to Aceh is marked by a common denominator. Eating Ayam Tangkap or Free Range Chicken. The chicken is deep-fried with the leaves of Melinjo plant, curry plant, pandan and green chillis. The food is potent as the leaves and chillis bites back. Besides being potent it is also addictive. I was also served with an array of Padangnese food which i normally don't eat as it is really spicy. My tongue can handle but the aftermath is ugly the next morning!

Therafter I went over to Pidie Jaya to check out the destruction brought about by the 6th December 2016 earthquake. We started at 5:00am and arrived there at 9:30am after a cuppa or two of Acehnese coffee. It kicked hard to wake you up.

Seng Huat - Under the Bridge Bak Kut Teh, Klang

Lunch outing at the iconic BKT under the bridge since we are already in Klang one eventful Sunday afternoon. Food can be taken by plan or by opportunity. It was the later this time round.
We had bigbone, smallbone, knuckle, shoulder and ribs. The soup was dark but clear and packed with flavors. BKT choices is not just taste but also the way the soup looks like. It was almost brooding and in an inviting way asking us to take them in.

It has lots of herbs exactly as we like it. As was all opportune outings it did not end well as we missed the boat for the innards plus over ordered for two and ended up doggy bagging quite a fair bit home.

9, Jalan Besar, Klang.
Business hours : 7.30am – 12.30pm, 5.30pm – 8.30pm
Telephone : 6012-309 8303.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Nasi Lemak - Chong Hwa Sri Gombak

A plate of nasi lemak may just cost RM3.00. Careful purchasing of all the ingredients may bring it closer to RM2.50. Off course I have excl3ded the indirect costs. A plate of nasi lemak in a cafe/bistro may set you back RM12. Is there money to be made?  It's a resounding yes.

My favorite is in this corner lot famous for their curry noodles. Chong Hwa's Nasi Lemak cost just RM6.50 but they are big in generosity. Good size curry chicken, fragrant lemaky rice with good pickings of peanuts, anchovies and half an egg.

Address: 1, Jalan SG 3/1, Taman Sri Gombak, 68100 Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia

La La Chong or La La Land Ara Damansara

For the foodie the choice is abundantly clear. Food for stomach is more important than feeding the emotions. I know of at least three La La Chongs. It's a multinational crowd over here including Malays a fair representation of Ara Damansara.
Spacious and airy with lots of trees and a cool Valentine night, who needs to be at the cinema. The relaxing evening wore on till 10pm before we called it a night.

If you have a chance this is a pretty good eats with value for money. We ordered Lala naturally, Nyonya Sotong, Salt and Pepper Mantis plus a customary vege to round off the all seafood meal. RM86 seems to be a good price. However, we did not ordered crabs with Mantou. Seems to be a favorite. 

Lala in double-boiled soup was average. Meat was a big smallish and the soup was not really up to mark with taste lacking in the 'stock' element. Mantis with slat and pepper was sharp and the flour was crisp and seasoning brought the best of the mantis prawn. The Nyonya Sotong was average without anything to highlight. A warning sign probably of the run of the mill outsourced sauces.

I will try out their crabs and other signature dishes in due time .

Monday, February 13, 2017

Doutor Japanese Coffee

I can't resist trying out this new kid on the block. Doutor is from Japan. Looks like they are expanding along the lines of trusted Japanese partners. My visit was to their Bukit Tinggi branch in Aeon.

Simple decor almost can bore you to tears. White almost ceiling board panels greet you from above the counter. Furnishings are almost old fashion. But then who is there to argue with these Japanese on a mission to outdo the Americans. The focus is on the coffee and not decor. In fact they sourced their coffee from 10,000 farms! It's the translation of value and experience from the knowledge of the barista to the customers.
Expect the service to be slower than other similar joints. Hope they will pick up speed. I enjoyed they military latter a mix of matcha and coffee and milk. Thick and flavourful albeit not as hot as I like coffee to be.

Go enjoy a cuppa for yourself. I think I like Japanese fixing my coffee whenever I drink one.