Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Vietnamese Banh Mi Cafe - Bandar Puteri, Puchong

The influx of Vietnamese to Malaysia since 20+ years ago added to the cosmopolitan cuisine scene. The more the merrier since we are already a melting pot of culinary gastronomic haven. In the beginning there is not much of an authentic Vietnamese food opened by professional entrepreneurs. This is due to lack of original and authentic ingredients and other implements to cook. Further, there were not many Vietnamese cooks.

Today times have changed. Eatery like this happened probably by accident. I was told the owner married a Vietnamese and voila the restaurant was born to cut a long story short. By now there are hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese migrant workers and a huge consumer base for things Vietnamese. I was told all kinds of authentic Vietnamese ingredients were brought in now to serve this huge market.

The food here is good and close to authentic. Flavourful and aromatic and true to its Vietnamese origins. I have been in and out of Vietnam at least 80 times and I can tell the difference. A truly good eat here.

1, Jalan Puteri 7/10, Bandar Puteri, Puchong, Selangor

03-8060 0127

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Tan Heng Charcoal Fire Hokkien Mee - Jalan Kepong

This is one eatery that gets the night crowd. They opened till late and definitely you will get food and quickly at midnight. And they are not many that open late. Most restaurants and Tai Chows wind down at 930 pm.

Despite the good publicity going around through reviews, my charcoal-fried Hokkien Mee came in average. A little wet and soggy. Maybe the cook's day off. Or to each their own taste and cooking preferences.

I need to go another time. Usually I will make it a point to go into Jalan Kepong when I am hungry on my way home. Tan Heng has a good menu and it reflects on the needs of the hungry crowd that need to be fed and fast.

115, Jalan Kepong, Metro Prima, 52000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

017-266 6355
Closed on Thursday

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Vietnamese Banh Mi Cafe - Jalan Kenari, Bandar Puchong Jaya

Vietnamese Restaurant
Banh Mi Cafe Bandar Puchong Jaya

We couldn't have enough of the Vietnamese food and went to another of their branch in Jalan Kenari, Puchong Jaya. The other one we had lunch (last post) was in Bandar Puteri, Puchong. We had their Banh Xeo (pancake with beansprouts, mung beans and also minced pork). Taste was subtle goodness. Nothing fried to crisp with strong sauces, just some great food flavours to titillate our palates.

The spring roll was Vietnamese and instead of prawn we got pork. Also another favourite. The rice paper was perfect, held the food within well but soft and elastic to stretch and give way when eaten and chewed.

We also ordered a family favourite in Malaysia and Thailand, ie stuffed bitter gourd. The stuffing were basically meat and mixed in were other components to make it savoury and eaten with the soft and spongy bitter gourd. It was a good match. Good for those who learn for a good soup!

The Western-style salad was also refreshing with kampung chicken. One of my favourite dish when you can get this type of food in a Chinese, Malay or Thai restaurant. Very good healthy and value for money meal.

Banh Mi Cafe Bandar Puchong Jaya
5, Jalan Kenari 8, Bandar Puchong Jaya
03-8080 4909

Monday, February 18, 2019

Klang Bak Kut Teh - Kee Heong at Taman Eng Ann

This one for the locals near the morning informal wet market. Thick Klang Bak Kut Teh broth ie sweet and tasty without strong herbal aroma. All their various cuts were done just right. Here we had  the "big bone", knuckle, toes and shoulder.

There were much "chews" left of the skin and tendons from the knuckle, toes, lean meat and fat. So enjoy your food which is meant yo be chewed. The food is unlike some that were stewed and cooked till jelly-like. So don't expect it to be soft and pillowy but fear not it would not take your teeth out.

I must mentioned the claypot supposedly dry BKT was not dry. It still has quite sauces to spare. And I enjoyed scrapping bottom and scooping it up and mixing it with my rice. Delightful

7, Lorong Kasawari 4a, Taman Eng Ann, Klang, Selangor

Friday, February 15, 2019

Musang King Durians - Bentong

We were kind of disappointed at the 2 stalls outside the Bentong wet market (last 3 pictures). So we wandered off the well-travelled path to search and try our luck on our way back to KL. We drove along the old road and chanced upon a roadside stall just outside Bentong town.

Its MSKs were going like RM18/kg small, RM28/kg and RM38/kg for medium and large respectively. All the fruits were from the same plantation. Tried the smallest size ones at RM18/kg and it tasted super. We almost bought the entire "bakul".

They were very good. Sticky, bright yellow colour and creased up, bitter and sweet all the characteristics I wanted of a good MSK. Lady luck was smiling on us.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

New Hoong Kee Wanton Noodles - Bandar Sri Damansara

Got wind of this famous branch of one of the Hoong Kee in Kepong or Ampang. Anyone in the know can enlighten? I arrived at 755am as they were just about to start the day.

The noodles were of finer strands than the usual Wanton noodles and were cooked to perfection i.e. al dente. The sauces (thick soy and thin soy sauces) were a well balanced sweet and savoury with a hint of lard. Don't miss these noodles even if you are on a carb-free diet.

Wanton noodles is not complete without the Char Siew (BBQ Pork). These were really succulent morsels. Well caramelised and charred at parts exposed to the fire. One of the best with tender meat and well marinated. It was both tasty and smoky from the fire and also caramelisation.

The Wanton was found waiting without any identifiable strong characteristics, they was nothing to praise it for. However. The Sui Kow (dumplings) was top drawer stuff. It has a good size prawn inside and with the usual pork, peas and jicama etc. Even the skin was smooth and lovely to taste.

Looking at my amazing platter, with its full complement of Kai Lan vege, well sauced minced pork And Char Siew, I left a happy man.

My ratings at a glance:
Noodles - A
Char Siew - B+
Sui Kao - B+
Wanton - C
Overall - B+

New Hoong Kee
25G, Jalan Ara SD 7/3a, Bandar Sri Damansara, 52200 Kuala Lumpur
019-268 2512

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Sweet Potato Steam Cake (Kuih) - Homecook

This not a difficult cake (kuih) to make. I tried it the first time without having the rice flour. The final product was gooey and sticky. The second round came out thumbs up when served to a group of 15 folks. I will post the link to the recipe at the end to give credit. Basically follow the instructions.

Some improvements.
1) Get some good sweet potatoes. This with strong smell and taste. Imported Japanese (food taste but the pale yellow is not attractive to the eyes) and Australian ones (excellent orangy final product) may be good.
2) You may want to blend the sweet potatoes esp those local ones (cheap but lacking in the taste and smell department) that can be quite hard and lumpy.
3) Use good quality santan esp box ones. Or less the smell maybe limp.


Bottom Tier Ingredients
650g yellow sweet potatoes, peeled and steamed
250g tapioca flour
80g rice flour
180ml Kara UHT Coconut Cream
350ml water
320g sugar

Top Tier Ingredients
180g tapioca flour
280ml Kara UHT Coconut Cream
360ml water
80g rice flour
35g sugar
½ tsp salt

Rectangle tray (greased)

Mix all ingredients in the bottom tier until the sugar dissolves. Then transfer into the greased rectangle tray.
Cook in steamer for about 40 minutes
Mix all ingredients in the top tier before laying over the bottom tier.
Continue to steam for 25 minutes, making sure the surface has solidified.
Let it cool before cutting into cubes to serve.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Oriental Pavilion Jaya 33 Dim Sum - Petaling Jaya

We had a delightful dim sum lunch. A farewell of sorts. The food here served the PJ folks well and they are spoil for choice especially when it comes to fine dining. This restaurant has survived for over a decade and will continue to do well with a great location for lunch and dinner.

The food we got were most of good to great quality. The  surprise favourite was the Crispy Salmon Skin in Salted Egg. 

The rest of the orders - Siew Mai, Dim Sum with Red Rice Wrapper, Crispy Salmon Skin in Salted Egg, Char Siew Dumplings, Porridge with Century Eggs, Fried Radish Cake and Cantonese Koay Teow

Jaya 33 P1-04 Jalan Semangat


Sunday, February 3, 2019

Tian Yi Yuan Dim Sum & Steamboat

The restaurant is above the ever busy Restoran Jade OUG. Tian Yi Tuan took up the entire 3rd floor. The boss it seems has lots of old furniture, paintings, sculptures and ornaments. Asiana and western are well represented. Rather than keep them in storage he displayed them in the restaurant. These pieces gave the restaurant some good ambiance.

The shabu shabu was great, better than the many that come and go. Fresh and quality ingredients, good soup herbal base, no hint of MSG and great service from the waiting staff. All well trained and courteous. The dim sum is of acceptable standard. The yam puff was excellent.
Take some time and check out the furniture's, sculptures and painting. It is worth checking out. The have a great painting by a local boy, Gan Tee Sheng. His Chinese Man 2 is both haunting and a real reflection of age and frailties.

3rd Floor, The Market Place, No. 2, Jalan Hujan Rahmat, Taman Overseas Union
03-7971 6171
Hours 09:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 22:30