Saturday, December 29, 2018

Best Curry Noodles - Restaurant Kum Chuan, Subang Jaya

This Kum Chuan delicacy is a cross between KL and Ipoh styles. A good compromise if I may say.

KL is lemaky. Alot of santan and milk lots of oil giving it a bright red sheen on surface and also a heavy dose of sweetness. Too much will get you jelat.

Ipoh style has more spices, much less reliance on on oil and santan. You can find lots of the ground spices suspended in the broth. What I like is the savouriness that gives a sense of well-being. Too much santan causes bloatedness.

The bowl here is savoury but still has the some amount of santan and sweetness but happily it hit a sweet spot in me. I found a happy balance of the Ipoh and KL styles. Enjoy
SS13/1A, Subang Jaya

Monday, December 24, 2018

Choy Kee Curry Laksa - SS19 Subang Jaya

My friend took us to this little gem in SS19. Just in front of SJKC Lick Hung. The Curry Laksa is very similar to those in Ipoh. Strong on the rempah (spices) side and low in santan (coconut milk). Savoury rather than sweet and laden with extra cockles, what a treat. Get extra meat from the roasts stall and other sides.

There was an extra bonus. They allow me to add extra cockles toppings. Much appreciated as this lovely half-coooked molluscs are a treat and it's no longer so well received by the younger generation who finds its rawness not palatable and also the health issues involved with unhygienic farming. Lovely lunch

Restoran Choy Kee
101, Jalan SS 19/6, Ss 19, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor

Friday, December 21, 2018

Jyu Raku Japanese Restaurant - Subang Jaya

Happy camper for the diners. My 2nd visit and certainly not the last. They have been the marquee Japanese food for SS15 for ages. Mind you competition is tough here as there are numerous other eateries around. I think within earshot there are 4 Japanese joints.

The sashimi set is fresh and tasty as the meat speak for itself. This set is to die for and this time we managed to order the sea urchin. Sweet and lively in the mouth, the taste is a combination of the earthy sand it crawled in and the salt of the sea.

Another dish to shout about was the Teapot Seafood Soup. Superior ingredients and stock made this dish so delectable and it is a must order for next visit.

13, Jalan SS15/5A, Subang Jaya

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Jin Xuan HK Dim Sum - Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara

Another day another dim sum for the Cantonese. Yum Cha (drinking tea) is kind off associated with Dim Sum and also breakfast in the general sense. It is also used for tea time. Dim Sum is the famous bite-size food probably equivalent to sushi and tapas. The ability to have Dim Sum is blissful and brings plenty of smiles all round.
The Dim Sum here is of standard since I started eating five years ago. Sadly those that are average will only last a few years. Also maintaining the standard of food is not easy especially as the restaurant age and people just fail to notice standards are going south and competitors are moving in. Seen this often enough

1, Dataran Sunway, 48, Jalan PJU 5/9, Kota Damansara

7am -  12am

Phone: 03-6151 6881

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Pork Noodles, Restoran Sing Seong Teck Mui - Kuala Ampang

Another day another rbowl of noodles. Malaysia is so blessed that we get to eat anywhere and at anytime. Most stalls close at 2pm but this fills the void. 3pm is like the graveyard shift. But the hungry soul needs sustenance sometimes due to job irregularities.

And here we are. Faithfully it opens at 3pm. A nourishing bowl of good soup, noodles and pork slices, minced and spare parts. Thumbs up!

Restoran Sing Seong Teck Mui
Pork Noodles - Open at 3pm
32, Jalan Lorong Awan 10, Kuala Ampang, 68000 Ampang, Selangor
03-4257 3232

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

shudaojinli Chinese Restaurant - Sunway Nexis

I got a treat from my classmate. He runs a business nearby and wanted to take us out for a meal at a newly opened restaurant. These food fed 5 male adults.

It is of the Mainland Chinese/Malaysian Chinese fusion style. The dishes were good. A mix of rich and simple food.

The 2 tastes Chinese Carp head was opulent. It came last and we were not able to do justice to it. The collageny skin and bits and parts of the head were most sought after.

The white chicken was by no means white. The skin told us a different story. It was a bit like the salty chicken. Thumbs up for flavour.

The 2 plates of shrimps were simple and savoury, done the Cantonese way. Crunchy prawns with simple direct style to let them speak for themselves. No remnants left behind.

Finally a simple peasant dish. Potatoes with vinegar and spiced up with dried chillis. Lastly the comfort food for many who have links to the farm land and villages. Cabbages with slices of pork belly. Simply got lost in a fit of nostalgia 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

China Bar - Melbourne

It was a huge portion to say the least. The roast duck was meaty but not chewy. It was tasty enough for me to go after it with gusto. The skin was delectable too as I saw my wife, another officiando of roast duck not missing a step (or bite) as she walloped the fowl I to submission. I missed its after roasting juices on a condiment platter. It would have been if I ordered a platter rather than just toppings. Mine was a combination of two and came together with roast pork.

The fat from the pork was melting in my mouth. The rind was cracking as I ground it to bits. Finally, the dumplings were ordered without sighting the noodles and meat portions. Big mistake. We have to takeaway most of it. Make no mistake it was good and meaty though would not rise to the heights where I have to sing lyrical of its taste.

235 Russell St. Melbourne

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Rosemary Lamb Cutlets and Napoli Mussels - Degraves Street, Melbourne, Australia

The famous Degraves Street is a good place to have a casual meal. My lamb was satisfying. Done medium, the meat was a delight to chew on releasing its juice. No, it was not gamey. I wished instead of 4 there was half a dozen. The vegetables they laid on may have been hidden but they were flavoured by the excellent sauce. Creamy and tart, a great combination.

Napoli Mussels were appealing to sight and appetising to the palate, what more with Mediterranean seasoning, colour and sauces from this Italian city. Salivating even before diving in. Aromatic touch from herbs and tantalising the palate with basic tomatoes, garlic and onions.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Gummy Shark and Chips - Off The Pier Fish and Chippery, Williamstown, Victoria, Australia

We had an excellent meal at Off The Pier Fish and Chippery. They used Gummy Shark fillet which was fresh, fresh and fresh. It came piping hot and has a subtle and fresh aroma with light sweet taste. The meat was dense and firm. The chips were decadent, hot, crisp on the outside and moist inside, salted and full of carbs that we dared not finish.

We landed from Melbourne City at Williamstown's Gem Pier and was rewarded with a rather open piece of seafront. I guess the Australians just love the sun. I was scorched within the hour. A fun place to go and may I suggest, go early and retreat into the restaurant for lunch and head back to Melbourne after that unless the weather cooperate. Get an open ticket

Monday, November 12, 2018

Famous Sungai Way Ah Sang Bak Kut Teh

We came, saw and got our last pot. Famous in Sungai Way and people making the way there led by the stomachs, habit or been there because of parents or friends.

The broth of the thick herbal style. I am used to both and take a liking for each of their characteristics. The smell of the liquid lingered long after the meal. Especially if fingers were used to pick up the morsels or to conveniently remove bones and ribs from the mouths.

These were so good for the rainy days and cooler climes. The meat was tender yet firm. You could pull the meat off the bones intact. This made it so good for eating something 'solid' yet soft.

One of the best around. Even better than those I frequent in Kepong. If you have not been to Sungai Way it's high time to make the trip.

Seri Setia, Sungai Way, 531, Jalan SS 9a/12, Petaling Jaya
03-7876 2299

Friday, November 9, 2018

Excellent Spicy Hunan Food at Da Feng Shou - Ara Damansara

Hunanese dishes for us on a cool night. My wife's favourite spicy food restaurant. In our meal outing book, this is one of the better Chinese restaurant around Ara Damansara and we have been there easily 10 times the last 2 years.

The Malat peppers (numbing hot) bowl of fish fillet in a bowl of spicy super hot Hunanese peppers. I won't go near the bowl as it upsets my stomach. My wife is the brave one. I will go for more soy sauce styled dishes.

The pork belly was excellent. It has to be cooked to perfection to get the texture and taste. The fat melted in the mouth and the rind gelatinously soft yet retained a slight elasticity. The fat with the sauces combined to make this platter so heavenly.

We rounded up the meal with homemade Tofu with minced pork in a claypot. The thin skin held the soft Tofu within ready to reveal its secrets when chewed. The mustard greens were chopped up in small pieces/cubes and lightly stir-fried Cantonese style. A good simple fibrous dish that got us grounded to the earth which give life to us

1-G, Jalan PJU 1A/20, Dataran Ara Damansara,
016-653 5796

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Tin Ha Kopitiam (Aunty Lan Sarawak Laksa) - Shah Alam (Sungai Buloh)

Sarawak bowl's delicacies at Aunty Lan.
Kueh Cap, Kolo Mee and Laksa with accompanying condiments

1) Kueh Cap with thick herbal broth and braised pork belly, rind, stomach, roast pork, half egg and Tofu Pok. That's a long list. Broth definitely tasted herbal yet not overpowering like the Bak Kut Teh, a good light meal without the medicinal and herbal overhang

2) Kolo Mee, a lightly tossed yellow noodles, coated with lard and oil. Again no strong sauces. The focus was on the asian-style aldente noodles and the aroma of lard and the chewy sweet caramelised BBQ Pork

3) The best Laksa around. Thick luscious soup in strong spices and herbs. Go heavy and get that powerful laksa kick

The accompanying sauces were great but I thought the food was good enough without the sauces. Try to figure out the pairing of the sauces!

Tin Ha Kopitiam
39, Jalan Apollo U5/192, Bandar Pinggiran Subang, Shah Alam
03-5887 4905