Thursday, May 31, 2018

Mama Kim Sauna Mee, Puchong Jaya

Purveyors of healthy living will run towards this three in one business. The beauty, healthy and living. Herbaline (yes, run by them) has a good thing coming. They are expanding like nobody business.

Due to their 3 business and some running together and their interesting food and utensils, I was not sure how to write this post and have been postponing it till now. It really infuriated me as I could not pin it down and was at lost for words.

Here are the proofs. 'Sauna Mee' and 'pumpkin noodles'. Yes I had them in an earthen pot for a bowl digging in like a caveman. The ingredients no doubt sounded healthy and I do hope its healthy.

It's low slat, no white flour, no white sugar and no MSG plus a 20% meat portions policy per serving. Also a colour code, Food should have ingredients from 5 colours. Only vegetables have a rich variant of colours  More vegetables please! It will make sure you have a balanced diet and a healthy one too.

The tastes were was not out of the world or complex but its subtly nice and guilt free and that's a feeling no money could buy. I felt that I was eating healthy food. Then the cheesy chicken chop came. I was not sure the 20% meat policy worked here or it applied to noodles. It looked psychedelic  a riot of colours. The salad were good and fresh and so was the bun, not the ordinary ones. They delivered a classier more than yeast and dough bakedin the oven bread.

Finally our pot of flower tea, with orange slices, apple chunks and passion fruit seedswere refreshing. It was placed on a heating platform. We got a few pots out of it by asking for more water or be added.


39, Jalan Layang - Layang 4, Bandar Puchong Jaya

Monday, May 28, 2018

Restoran Jallikattu Banana Leaf

I had this insatiable desires for banana leaf Indian Curry Rice once a while. And then I got to go to as many as possible. Here is one more besides Sri Paandi, Amos and Appachi's.

This place is interesting and unpretentious. It is still work in progress. The chef is even available to teach any enthusiast for a price. Opened for business not too long for ago it trumpeted the no MSG, uses organic ingredients and a no santan (coconut policy).

As usual I had my kambing curry and chicken varuval. Immediately I realised that the meat was coated with a layer (thick to me) of spices. It was bonded onto the surfaces. Now that is really good news. And I wonder how its done without the santan as the bonding agent.

With good spices I got good curry and a God curry made me glad. I missed their fish both fried and curry as they were gone by the time I arrived after 1pm. I was recommended the prawn curry and was told by colleagues that those are good. But alas, my eating companion and I thought it was less than fresh. Perhaps an oversight. But then the curry was really good.

I have listed this place as my regular banana leaf curry location.

My 2nd outing here on the 18th May

597, Utara 2, Taman Samudera  Batu Caves

Friday, May 25, 2018

Thai Food at Indochina Market Shops - Mukdahan Thailand

The braised chicken feet is a compulsory order for each customer. We followed suit. And came away without regret. The feet were up and ready for order. it will be put through a pot of of sauce and broth and then dished out with some of the broth and sauces. Skin was dropping off the bones. We got to sucking up the collagen being extra careful not to sucjked in the digits off the churckne feet. Again the soy sauce plus whatever they pput in got our diner of to a great vstart.

What followed were ubiqitious Thai food: Phad Thai and Kailan stirred fried with deep-fried pork (like roast pork). The later seems to be a common dish in Thai homes. It is more prevalent than I realised. I find it in the menu sheet in the north, in the east, central and also Laos. For one the deep fried pork with crispy rind is a big thing among the Thais.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Lao Viet Breakfast - Savannakhet Laos

At first sight this Big Breakfast must surely came from the French, one of the former colonial masters of Laos. The baguette is the French giveaway. Even though this dish is rarely found in Vietnam but the components are pretty common in both countries. What an excellent fusion of neighbourly cuisine? This must be the cousin's cuisine. Laos may be closer linguistically and culturally with Thailand but politically it is a different story. Vietnam and Laos both fought the French and later the U.S. And today Laos system of government is similar to that of Vietnam.

This is really a humongous breakfast and very Asian and very tasty too. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it. The meat (both pork and beef) served were generous, and stirred fried with spring onions. In additional there was a dollop of minced pork ball. To round up there were two sunny side up eggs and a good size baguette. Breakfast made in heaven?

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Gong Cha, KLIA2

Taiwanese Tea with lots of different types of fillings has been the rage for many years and has spread throughout the world where the Chinese diaspora is. The fillings, from Taro to nuts, jellies, seed, beans, grains and cereals.

First pic, had me arriving at KLIA2 picking up my Gong Cha and pretzel. My first introduction to Taiwanese Tea was in Kaoshiong, Taiwan. And it was Gong Cha (pic 2 and 3).

My favourite will be Milk Tea and Pearls, most of the time! The tea is usually thick with a slight bitter taste. This is how tea should taste to me. Then the pearls are heavenly. Chewy and challenging me to a bite fight. You know what I mean.

The various franchises has fine tune the operations to a fault. You can have the sugar at a few various levels. And the combinations though there is no mix and match are already too much to handle for the customer. Next time when taking a break, go to one of these Taiwanese Tea houses.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Universal Noodles (Pork Bones Noodles) - Citta Mall, Ara Damansara

On a late night dinner at Citta Mall and was turned away by established joints and it was just 9:37pm.  They lost me as a customer. Any way, we managed to wandered into this relatively new noodles shop. Saw it a few times but wasn't really hankering for noodles then.

According to their Chinese signage it was stated as Pork Bones Soup Noodles. Another sign said 'No MSG'. My meal was intended to be quick as I did  not want to slow their closing shop time. But the soup was hot and slurpy so it was slower meal.

Good soup, I wonder how long they will boil the pork bones to get the necessary stock for their soup. Anyway the portion was big and the toppings were a big huge portion. They have 4 choices and can choose any combinations. Minced pork paste, pork slices, liver and small intestines. I added a fish cake for my sides. Found the paste good but the skin a bit more chewy than normal.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Khao Piak Tapioca and Rice Noodles - Mukdahan, Thailand

Khao Piak noodles are made from about 50% tapioca and 50% rice flour. It is famous in this region inclusive of the land across the river Mekong i.e. Laos. This shop's noodles came with soft bones pork ribs, fish and preserved pork together with mini cruller. The broth was so thick and intense and it was nice when combined with the sticky pliable noodles.

My bowl has the egg half cooked. A good decision given that the soup was so sweet. Took some of the edge away. Generous with shakes of cracked black pepper and some sprinkling of deep-fried onions.

I had a mix bowl with toppings from sliced preserved pork, soft bones pork ribs and fish which I presumed was tilapia. However, this may not be as it felt muscular and tough.

This famous eatery is a short walk from the Thai Laos International Bus Station. Its here we boarded for our trip to cross into Laos and return too.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Boat Noodles, Citta Mall Ara Damansara

There is a merry-go-round musical chair happening in Citta Mall. Eateries are moving out but there is no short fall in new joints moving in. To each their confidence, the new entrepreneurs, and for those who moved out, likely a conclusion it's not worth the while anymore.

We tried out the Boat Noodles, which is still hugely popular wherever we go. It normally enjoys good crowd most the time when compared to other restaurants in the same Mall.

The food is Thai-grade. And the springy noodles I got was average. The small sliver of beef and beef Balls were fine. The soup was good. At RM280 per bowl, I was supposed to order 4!

From 1992 since I started traveling to Thailand on many occasions. I have eaten their food and find that they were particularly spicy and tasty (sweet, savoury, tart and the fish sauce was used liberally). However, it was too strong to for the Cantonese here. Not for my wife though as she is Hokkien. And she fell for Thai food heads over heels!

And the skewered chicken and beef balls were good though I wished it was a bit more solid in the area of the meat. And their Ayam Legend (Chicken Chop portion) was tender and properly cooked.  Sometimes both won't appear together. The skin was enjoyable, still some fat and yet crisp. Marination sauces were up to mark as I could taste it in the meat.

Finally  the dipping g sauce was very God but only of one kind as far as I can see at least for these food I ordered. No doubt the sauce was good, chili flakes, lime juice, fish sauce  sugar and cilantro. But I hope I will see more types appear as I patronise them and order other food in the future.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Braised Pork Leg on Rice (Khao Kha Moo) International Bus Station, Mukdahan Thailand

Khao Kha Moo (Pork Leg Rice) is almost as common to Tom Yam. It is hawker food. Bangkok has this at every nook and corner. Braised in these usual spices: Sichuan peppercorns, star anise, cloves, cinnamon, black pepper and Chinese soy sauces both thick and then. The premium portions will be the part with skin and the layer fat.

It is served like what we have here when ordering Roast Pork and or BBQ Pork Rice. My plate was missing the half boiled egg cooked in the sauce and also the Kailan vegetable. Didn't really remember to ask as I was busy tucking it in. If you want to imagine the taste just think of Tau Yo Bak (Soy Sauce Pork) plus the extra spice taste and smell of clove, cinnamon and star anise.

My served portion was cooked to perfection. Even the lean meat was falling off the bones. It comes with pickled mustard vegetable and a must for every platter to balance out the fat in the meat. One of my favourite is the toes (minus the hoofs). Each phalanx/digits has lots of skin and cartilage and with no lean meat, it was fabulous.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Restaurant Long Sing, Nilai

2 hours to get from Ayer Keroh to Nilai for this iconic Foochow restaurant with award winning dishes. It was a slow crawl during the seasonal holidays. But it was worth it. Three Foochow dishes plus a bowl of Monk Jump Over the Wall.

Stylish food and ample space for parking, cool environment and ambiance. Highly recommended esp the diehard Foochow food aficionados.

Chicken cooked in claypot with the residue from the production of Foochow red wine
Pseudo shark fin with crabmeat stirred fried I to egg omelette. Lettuce used as wrapper
Fish Maw with bamboo shoots, Foochow style, sweet and sour
Beehoon with braised pork belly, shrimps and fish slices
Monk jumped over the wall, abalone, dried scallop, fish maw, sea cucumber and mushrooms
Foochow style Dong Po Yoke - Pork belly in dark soy sauce
PT 2484, Kawasan Perindustrian Nilai 2, Block D, 71800 Nilai, Negeri Sembilan

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Gino's Recipe (Italian Restaurant), Ara Damansara

One of my goals as an Ara Damansaraan will be to visit and try as much of the food that are available in my neighbourhood. Gino's is one of the western restaurant that has graced this satellite town for almost 8 years. I had been there on 3 occasions and I will say the experience was pleasant except for a rather soggy Fettuccine Carbonara. I am sure it was an oversight as our spaghetti was al dente and tossed well for a good mix of the herbs and olive oil.

Their sandwiches built up was good with fresh and good components. It's refreshing and will be excellent for a tasty snack on the go. Our Pizza was off the top of the charts. My son just couldn't get enough of the Pizza Margherita. I guessed it was the Mozzarella Cheese.

They served rice too in the form of Risotto or Spanish Paella. Last I checked, Paella is Mediterranean. The Paella was good. It is no normal rice, short and stubby, and cooked to perfection and in my definition, nothing mushy. Taste was up and running as I have been to Spain.

And my Ribeye was lined with 'yellow' fat. Now that's something I don't get easily. So this piece was from a grass-fed livestock! Yellow fat is tastier and healthier! It contains beta-carotene. Grain-fed ones have white fat.

We had desserts and my Panna Cotto was not up to mark as I have had better. It was rougher than usual and the 'cotto' shake was missing. I love mine vibrating when the plate is moved.

I-G-, 6,, Jalan PJU 1a/1, Taipan 2 Damansara, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor