Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Oiso Korean Traditional Cuisine & Cafe - Bukit Jalil

I had gone to this Korean restaurant twice. Their noodles were very tasty and have good feel and texture in the mouth. The broth was slurpingly tasty. There is a tendency to bottom up. The price are also value for money. The side dishes were fresh and of good quality.

I normally don't touch the Kimchi as it is too hot for me and upset my stomach. But this time I have it a try. The Chinese Cabbage was very crunchy, has a refreshing fragrance. It blended well with the piquant and hot taste.

Just sit and relax and let the work stress ebbed away in this spacious restaurant while picking at the Banchan side dishes that came with the mains.





Address:
Calvary Convention Centre, Bukit Jalil
https://goo.gl/maps/jh2KtFQnXiD2

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Menzo-KL @ Evolve Mall, Ara Damansara

We had black and white Special Chashu: Kuro (black soup base) and Shiro (white soup base). And my goodness, the broth and the Chashu (Pork Belly) were so tasty. The broth was thick and dense with many suspended food particles of various kinds. 

There was a change in name the restaurant occupying the same lot. It was Ebizio previously, but now we had a name change to Menzo-KL. The owner may still be the same. It was quick for I was eating from another name at the same lot not too long ago. But I thought I should make this joint a success so that when I think of Pork Belly Chashu, I have a place to go and its close to home.

Kuro means black, and the dark broth pigmentation came from charred garlic cooked together with sesame seeds. I guessed the Shiro has garlic but not charred together with sesame seeds. And these two ingredients much beloved in Asian culture, plus broth patiently extracted from bones will definitely be unforgettable broth experience.




Address:
Evolve Mall, Ara Damansara

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Mr & Ms - Oasis, Ara Damansara

We had some great grilled chicken. It's smoky and charred. Then throw in some salt and pepper and it was fantastic. We did not ate it straight but it went into our healthy salad and an avocado sandwich. The ingredients used were fresh. These operators knew how to take care of their operations or else fussy eaters will not come again.

Oasis has not been observed to be performing well since I moved into Ara Damansara a year and a half ago. I do hope better times will roll in. It needed some critical mass in the form of a good development that draws customers from the Subang Jaya side and PJ. On the bright side 2 huge condo developments are being delivered to buyers.

Oasis on its own do not has that special draw. It is a nice place, well-kept and has good architectural design and layout. But it's mostly offices, suites and condos. I can't see the commercial lots packed with businesses that matters. The bundling effects of one business helping another is not there as yet.




Address:
Mr & Ms,
B-G-3A, Block B, Oasis Ara Damansara, Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 03-7859-6665

Monday, August 20, 2018

Seafood from Mekong - Long An, Vietnam

Never got tired with seafood and never will! Though alot of seafood now are raised in ponds and cages, it is still widely accepted with good practices in their food and hygiene. Of course we prefer wild caught but how much can this practice be sustainable. In fact aquaculture in some advance countries like Taiwan are not only sustainable but also of very high standard for human consumption.

I had meals on many occasions here and the food were fresh from the market and also the cook was really good in matching and using local ingredients. Some of the local components were not even recognised by me who have been in and out of Vietaam over 70 times.

I enjoyed their fish sauce and also various herbs and vegetables and the use of vinegar.

Shrimps marinated in Fish Sauce and cooked with pieces of lard. They were pan-fried till shrimp is stiff.
 Shrimps stir-fried with local vegetables that were available in the market
 Snakehead fish and water-cress soup
 Local carrot in sugar syrup and vinegar
 Standard Vietnamese breakfast


Friday, August 17, 2018

Sushi Zanmai - Citta Mall, Ara Damansara

This is one of the better restaurants in Citta Mall. Business is very brisk. Service is good, fast and attentive. I used to enjoy the one at 1 Utama but I guess I can stay at home ground and need not travel the 15 minutes to 1 U.

The food portions were generous and you get good amount of value for money cuts. My salad was packed with salmon and tuna cubes and the price is only RM12+.

The plate of sashimi was as good as it could be at this level of a restaurant. At RM40+, I got yellowtail, tuna belly, salmon, squid, scallop and shrimp. The buttery sweet shrimp was my favourite.

I also tried out their cheese oysters. It was briny, moist, succulent and topped with cheese. I got the natural freshness of the sea and also the cook's ingenuity in matching the oyster with an equally good savoury cheese top layer.

My tempura was thought to be a fibre 'guilt' offering. But the shrimp again won my taste-bud. Fresh and form and tasty. The other was the shitake mushroom coated with Japanese flour and deep-fried to a crunch. The overall bill? Cheaper than expected and without the GST, what an eat!




Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Yew Yeong Kopitiam - Sungai Pinang Kecil, Pangkor Island, Perak

Our humble hotel was sited at Sungai Pinang Besar, so its natural for us to walk towards town and looked for our meals. Yew Yeong was one of the few at the Chinese fishing village. A main road and 2 rows of shops. Where space allowed, there were 2 parallel roads with more shops.

They have a simple menu and the cook was right in front of the shop, so one can observe the entire set up and proceedings. Nothing was left to imaginations and when it comes to food it is good. We saw westerners who were regulars coming. They seems to be regulars by their conversations with the cook.

We settled down and asked for recommendations. A good sign that we have relaxed and warmed up to Yew Yeong. On the menu was deep-fried shark meat and sea eel in dark sauces. There were not only exotic for city dwellers but also tasty. Needless to say it was they were fresh from the sea.

Deep-fried shark meat. Long cartilage/bones here and there so in the rush to eat when hungry, can be a hazard. Aromatic from the mixture of batter and spices and the meaty goodness. Must have!
Prawn Noodles, what not to like it when you have super fresh just caught a few hours ago prawns. Enjoyed the simple soya and thick sauces. Carbo and seafood fix were done.
Sea eel will soya and thick sauces again but the meat was tender and soft yet firm and holding itself. With a handful of dried chilli the sauce was savoury and hot. Great for this sea eel.
 What you see is what you get!



Saturday, August 11, 2018

New Lucky Restaurant - Seri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur

The Seri Petaling commercial area was crowded as ever. And it is also a place for Steamboat officiandoes as there are many. Also many different types of food from the various communities. There are a few corner shops coffee shop with a good variety of stalls sell the usual breakfasts, lunch and dinner fares.

Check out this one. I like their Prawn Mee and Kampung Chicken Rice.


Address:
2, Jalan Radin Anum 1, Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpu

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Nasi Lemak - Chong Hwa Curry Laksa, Sri Gombak

This is one of the best and economical place for lunch serving many Malaysian favourites. Tops will be their Nasi Lemak and Curry Laksa. They have Pan Mee, Chee Cheong Fun and Chicken Rice with drumstick and thigh combination, deep-fried or steamed.

I am featuring their Nasi Lemak with fried chicken in thick batter. Tender and tasty meat and crunchy batter combination. At RM7 it's a steal.

Address:

1, Jalan SG 3/1, Taman Sri Gombak, 68100 Batu Caves,

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Nasi Lemak - McDonald's

Nasi lemak burger? Only from McD or else someone else will steal their thunder? There is no monet to n be made from it i believe. It is for novelty sake and bragging rights. I doubt this product will last as the price of RM14. 95 ala carte is prohibitively high. Try once if you want.

The smell and taste of Sambal was there. Somehow it will not surpassed those with a banana leave as a base layer to absorb the heat or impart an infusion of the leaf to the meal. Missing were the usual suspects of sotong, rendang and surprise, there were no ikan bilis and peanut. And of course the nasi lemak can't be there as there was the bun!




Thursday, August 2, 2018

Mekong Crabs, Shrimps and Octopus - Vietnam

Some of the best seafood from Mekong Delta. Also delicious seafood porridge and free-range chicken. The hospitable Vietnamese in Mekong has never been short of food like the central and northern region.

The big river brought fertile soil and the land is good for planting and harvesting seafood. Be sure to order plenty of seafood when there. But check the price first as it can be costly esp tjose that are still alive.