Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Kim Kee Nasi Ayam Hailam - Ampang Jaya

These are the type of little but big in heart stalls that serve lunches and dinners day in and day out. I am fascinated by the perpetual love affair of humankind with this fowl.

My personal preference will be poached chicken or 'white chicken'. I eat this often and wherever and whenever I see them. It is fresh tasting, sweet and the texture is firm.

The stall here is halal and serves in a predominantly Malay area. We arrived at 1140pm, earlier than the lunch crowd for sure enough by 12 noon the hungry hordes were in.

My meal at RM7.00 was pretty complete with protein, vegetables and carbo. The customary soup was the appetiser. Drop by if you are around Ampang area.

KIM KEE Nasi Ayam Hailam 錦記海南雞飯
1, Jalan Kolam Air Lama, Taman Dato Ahmad Razali, Ampang, Selangor
012-698 1709

Friday, October 11, 2019

Food Trawl in Hang Lekir, Petaling Street, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock and Jalan Tun H S Lee

Koon Kee Wan Tan Mee
95, Jalan Hang Lekir, Kuala Lumpur
03-2078 6554
We started with the famous Wantan Noodles. Thin, al dente, yellow noodles, tasty sauces were used, which was part of preparing the dry noodles. You can also go for soupy noodles with some great broth.

I suggest getting the dry noodles as you will be getting two Wantan in a bowl of soup. Best of both worlds. As for the BBQ Pork insist on half fat and half lean pork. They specialise in this and the taste was out of this world.

Air Mata Kucing
15, Jalan Hang Lekir, Kuala Lumpur
Too early for a sweet dessert. Never mind as the stall is 10m away. Drink it up. Sweet Mata Kucing esp when the weather is hot.

Uncle Bean (diagonal opposite Mata Kucing drink) Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur
Another dessert but for this stall I will go for hot soya bean curd (Tau Foo Far). Blow hot blow cold. It has to be hot unless it's soya bean milk drink with ice. Go for Gula Melaka for the natural taste.

Sin Kiew Yee Shin Kee Beef Noodles
7a, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Kuala Lumpur
012-673 7318 https://g.co/kgs/NhY1ki
This is serious eat. I go for a mixed bowl of raw meat, brisket, beef balls, tripe and tendon. The toppings were generous and the dish was value for money. The soup was not dense broth. So not overwhelming. Very Cantonese. A lovely bowl of Beef Noodles.

Santa Chapati
No. 11, Jalan Tun H S Lee, Kuala Lumpur
019-269 9771
Not satisfied we wondered off to an Indian eatery. Nominated on numerous occasions at Timeout. Again a light eats, on taste and the wallet. Not greasy, overly spicy and overpowering taste and smell. Just the way I like it. I hope the owner keeps it that way.

The Mutton Curry and Keema were bright and cheery. The other accompanying curries augmenting the bland chapati. Chapati was a bit too hard and dry for me. I prefer it to be under cook so that it remains soft to the bite. The drink was so so.

LOKL Coffee Co (diagonal opposite Santa Chapati)
30, Jalan Tun H S Lee, Kuala Lumpur
018-968 5515
Finally we after all the exertions we adjourned to a Cafe. Aircon was to the max. We cooled down almost immediately. Relaxed, hip and ready for the hop inside. There is a corner that panders to each idiosyncrasies. Pleasant atmosphere.

I ordered a local black coffee. Taste exactly like what I got in grandma's village house. Acidic, black and thick. Cafe duitable for a quick bite and putting the cellular away for some decent chats.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Sunrise Roast Duck, Seapark and Brother Kunker Roast Duck, Puchong

The Tale of Two Ducks

My wife and I had a quick Saturday lunch and tea.

Lunch was at Sunrise Duck where they will sell out by 2 or 3 pm. The steady stream of customers and many of them families was built not on castles in the air but back-breaking work through the years.

The last I had it here was 4 years ago. A friend who knew the proprietor booked a dozen of the duck's drumstick and thigh. That was a memorable meal. Indeed the meat was tender and tasty. The meat spoke for itself — one of the best duck around.

Now, how about this time around? Maybe it was an off day. The skin was slightly off. The meat can be better. Only the texture remained grand. But then what is an off day compared to a generation of satisfied tummies. The crowd will still gather and there will be better days.

A friend highly recommended Brother Kunker Duck in Puchong. He was not even staying nearby. His home is in Jalan Ipoh. 

The meat and texture were as good as it could be. I have my fair share of chewy and rotten temper meat. This one allowed the teeth to sink in and the chewing was not a chore. Each bite released the tasty goodness of a well marinated and quality duck. Do come and try at this place. 

Their Char Siew was chopped up like pellets in an unorthodox way. The meat and fat gave fibres and juicy lard, a right combination when you have well-caramelised sauces accompanying.

Sunrise Roast Duck
31, Jalan 21/1, Sea Park, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
03-7876 9689
Restoran Brother Kunker
2A, Persiaran Puteri 1, Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong, Selangor
016-228 1070 https://g.page/kunker-888?share

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Highlands Viet Cafe - Taman Mayang, Petaling Jaya

Highlands Viet Cafe - via Grabfood in 3 separate orders 

The food here can get close to the real deal. The portions were large and, they were generous with the meat toppings and the usual Vietnamese's sides of vegetables and herbs.

I have missed the Bun Bo Hue (Gio Heo - knuckles/trotters) for the longest time. Even in HCMC, one may not get the real McCoy as it is a Central region's dish. The soup base can be weak and usually not spicy enough.

The accompanying noodles (Bun) to this Central Vietnam dish is a bit like the Assam Laksa's noodles, although not precisely, as the Laksa noodles are kind of springy and translucent. It's as though tapioca was added. For Bun, the rice ingredient is very obvious by its appearance and texture.

The soup is from beef bones and lots of lemongrasses. It's on the sweet side with chili oil added to the soup. Yes, it's spicy. Does this dish measure up? Yes, if they can tone down the sweetness from the sugar it. 

Noodle with Seafood and Roasted Pork was a delightful local dish tailored after the Vietnamese Beef Stew called Bo Kho. The colour was dark and murky as though there are some treasures hidden to be dug up. The soup was thick and likely from beef and pork bones. I enjoyed Vietnamese with a local twist.

Finally, their Goi Cuon (Spring rolls) was as authentic as it came. The skin was fantastically thin and it melted in my mouth. The prawns were large, fresh and generous. Taste the subtle freshness from the farm and sea. The peanut-based sauce, with very hot chili and laced with fish sauce, was a perfect match with the more bland roll. Can't stop eating them.

Highland Viet Cafe
129, Jalan SS 25/2, Taman Mayang, Petaling Jaya
03-7886 3539

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Restoran Jia Kopitiam (家咖啡店) - Danau Kota Setapak

Jia Kopitiam aspires to be like those olden days of muhibbah. Halcyon days of Ah Leong, Samy and Ahmad sharing the same shop lot dishing Malaysian multi-ethnic cuisine in a jiffy for the hungry souls. Jia Kopitiam in food terms is unmistakably Malaysian at least.

The food was good, and most of the hawker stalls' fares are there. I was given a lunch treat and managed to snap my friends' food before the chopsticks went in.

My Nasi Lemak Fried Chicken was strait-jacketed. They got things right. Was it superb, not there, but was between good to great. You follow the system and train the workers, the Kopitiam will get into the path of excellence. I wish them well as they were polite and a vibrant, helpful bunch.

My friends dug in. Food was good. Special mention was the Chee Cheong Fun, Ipoh-style with red sauce. They told me, the bowls of Prawn Mee, Hainanese Chicken Rice and Curry Laksa were good.

It's better than the stalls at the coffeeshop if you know I meant. There is a difference between Kopitiam and Coffeeshop. Yes. One is more stylish, cost more and with air-con while is the other has none of the three.

Be there is you are near Danau Kota in Setapak/Genting Klang.

Restoran Jia Kopitiam (家咖啡店)
G02, Danau Kota Apartment Suite, Jalan 1a/6, Taman Setapak Indah

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Pokok Assam Market Hawker Food, Taiping

Polo Assam Market Food, Taiping

Small pleasures only for the seekers. For they shall find. A drive up to visit a friend in Pokok Assam got us to pause a little while at this old market with a newer annexe, for our lunch.

This is no Taiping but a satellite. But then the common food is as common as any market in Malaysia. So many varieties for a smaller pain in the market. In fact, it gets us to try more.

One of thing I like about this type of market is the authencity of their food. They stick on to old recipe and taste. Klang Valley has become a sweet food valley. Sweet predominates.

Here in Pokok Assam, I still get to taste the sour, spicy, pungent, savoury (thumbs up) and sweet. The Mee Rebus Chinese style has almost all the above flavours and tastes. The Chee Cheong Fun and Popiah almost has the same sauces, sweet, spicy, sour and savoury.

And finally, the Loh Mee, almost lost that soya sauce taste in KL. A kind of smell that half assault and invite itself into your world. Somehow, I have no need for the black vinegar to Ho with it. The lost sauces reintroduction were enough for the day.

Pokok Assam Market
Kampung Potong Pinang, Taiping, Perak

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Best Kopitiam Yuan Kie Kopitiam - Bentong, Pahang

Each time for the last few occasions, this would be our brunch pit stop after starting from KL at 9 am. We particularly like the Mixed Rice stall. Heaps of food whet our appetite and best of all some old favorites not commonly available, as well as the Kongsai clan specialty, all kinds of tofu with meaty toppings or stuffings.

We usually pick up the stuff Tau Pok (Dried Beancurd Puff) and White Tofu with Meat Paste toppings. Robust flavourful taste with great texture.

The next plate should be their aromatic spicy wild boar curry. Careful cooking locked in layers of the spices ready to be unleashed on the taste buds.

The Hooi Kee Wantan Noodles were also tasty. Cheap and good eats with al dente springy noodles and flavourful sauce and equally good wantan with fresh pork and aromatic sesame oil wafting ever so plainly to the nostrils.

Great place for breakfast and lunch, at least for the outsiders.

No. 57, Jalan Chui Yin, 28700, Bentong, Pahang
016-963 2427 https://g.co/kgs/NsYzsV