Sunday, April 28, 2019

Japanese finally at Batu Caves - Nippon Sushi Batu Caves

The long awaited Japanese sushi and sashimi joint is opened around Batu Caves. However, there is a Sushi King Express at Prima Seri Gombak about 1.6km away. And news is getting around and they are receiving business in the form of pent-up demands.

It's halal also don't expect pork belly and such. There is a steady stream of local residents patronising this nicely appointed and aircon joint in this pre-dominantly Malay area.

They have quite some menu so won't be hard making a selection. There also a belt going around but at 6pm there is not much of a choice in variety and also those of highly quality platter. Maybe latter in the evening.

I have eaten better but at a price. For the nice ambiance and easy to get to when you want Japanese, I won't fuss too much. There are scopes for improvements in the quality and presentation of the ingredients. In the meantime, I am just happy to have them near my work place.

16G, Prima, 11, Lorong Samudera Utara, Taman Samudra
011-2341 7901

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Sentul Banana Leaf Restaurant - Sentul Raya Boulevard

I have not had some really good banana leaf curry rice since ages ago. This was by far the best of the lot in the near recent past.

The curry mutton and chicken were excellent. So was the chicken varuval done dried style. The spices shine through each dish. They took time to allow these potent powder to shine in preparation before the meat was put through the gauntlet to get the excellent taste and aroma.

The vegetables were generous as per banana leaf restaurants. What I want to highlight was the ginger spice paste, the mint sauce and the mango pickle. There were an excellent complement to the meat, vegetables and rice, whichever way the customer wants them to be had.

I especially like the ginger paste, it has a strong ginger aroma, taste slightly sweet and spicy and addictive. And lastly, the masala tea with cow's milk was refreshing without overwhelming the drinker. The spices surfaces as I drank and I thought the cardamoms fragrant smell made my day as I finishes my meal. Overall a really good restaurant and worth going to again.

5-G, Jalan 11/48a, Sentul Raya Boulevard, 51000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
03-4040 0382

Monday, April 22, 2019

Signature Noodle Noodle (Sarawak Laksa) - SS15, Subang Jaya

I have been chasing Sarawak Laksa lately and this is my 4th location. So far I have been impressed by these big 3: Salted, Aunty Christina and Aunty Lan.

This new joint has a strong and thick broth. Both the taste and fragrance were sharp. The spices shook my taste buds up. With these pluses totalled up, they were a bit lagging in food presentation. There was too many strips of fried egg clogging the bowl. The chicken was in thick slices rather than thin strips. And finally the prawns were not generously enough.

At the end of the day it boils down to a matter of preference. For the rest that I have eaten, some were creamy and subtle. Another was in between. One scored in the spices department.

Finally, one need to find the balance for the dish in the form of the noodles, broth and toppings. It will also help by putting up a good show by arranging their toppings and also adding some garnishings.

Signature Noodle Noodle
56, Jalan SS 15/4b, Subang Jaya
03-7499 7355

Friday, April 19, 2019

Guan Heong Biscuit Shop (Meat Floss Lotus Paste Salted Egg Biscuit) - Ipoh

There are keen competitions between the many confectioneries around Ipoh Town and the outskirts. Each toting their signature biscuits vying for the wallets of the many visitors to the food haven in Malaysia. Regular visitors to Ipoh will tell you their favourite biscuits and where to get them.

I dare not say that there are many different types of biscuits. Perhaps biscuits revolve around probably a score of basic types. Then the variations kick in giving rise to distinctiveness that will differentiate each confectioner.

Guan Heong claims that they are around since 1918 and they can deliver to Malaysia and Singapore. This may be the 2nd or 3rd time I was there.

Their signature and crowd pleaser was their meat floss lotus seed paste with salted egg yolk biscuits. Sounds a mouthful. I bought 15 pieces. You can checked out picture 3 and 4. What I had was slightly too dry. I wished it was more moist esp the lotus paste and the egg yolk.

I liked their sesame seed biscuit, Heong Pheah, cashew  and peanut candy, milky hazelnut and kuih bangkit alot. Special mention will be the Heong Pheah. The filling was sweet, rough and grainy, fragrant, soft and sticky, the way it should be. The sachima was a tad dry. I grew up with moist sachima.

When in Ipoh go and shop around and try the many shops. Most have samples where you can try before buying.

Jalan Sultan Iskandar, Ipoh
05-241 2399

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Lim Keng Guan Sliced Dry/BBQ Meat - Ipoh

Through the years, this dry meat was quite an 'atas' delicacy to be had during CNY. Today it is still a valued item though not an premium restricted to a narrow segment of the community item. Coming CNY it will be on the shopping list for most families. It is to be sent as presents as well as to serve visiting guests. And also not to forget, it will be consumed by multiple slices at home.

I have been buying from this shop for many years. They are known for their 'sliced' dry meat. It means that it is not form into slices by minced meat. But rather from whole blocks of meat cut into slices.

Half a kilogram, got me 9 slices, and at RM50 it worked out to RM5.50 for each ⅛inch thick squarish slice. It was nicely caramelised in the BBQ fire. The meat was well marinated and sweetish. The meat was chewy and that's the main reason why I like it. I can feel the texture as bite into the protein fibres.

And lastly, I will jot leave without my bacon BBQ slices. The batch that I bought was the best I had. It was from the belly with good amount of fat. The marinate again was superior and the taste memorable. The meat was moist and it just can't be help as the oil from the fat moistened the lean meat.

154, Jalan Sultan Iskandar, Ipoh
Tel: +60 5-254 0837

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Tuck Kee Restaurant - Yit Kong Hor (Moon Flat Noodles), Ipoh

This restaurant is famous for their Yit Kong Hor (Moon Flat Noodles) and the miniature octopuses. If you are the type that stay out late, head to this eatery as it will cater for the hungry souls till 2am. The food were good, filling, hearty and reasonably priced. The menu is simple. Full blooded carbo dishes with lots of sides to complement. 

Here's how I ranked it:
1. Poached octopus with peanut sauce 4/5
2. Moon Flat Noodles 3½/5
3. Pork Balls 3/4
4. Yee Mee 4/5
5. Noodles made from fish paste 4/5
6. Cantonese Flat Noodles 3/5

Poached octopus got the crunch and the little drizzle of the soy sauce added to the taste besides the peanut sauce. The Yee Mee had the wok hei and the sweet and savoury sauce was a perfect match.

The highlight of the meal was the noodles made from fish paste. It was new in their menu and tried it we did and it came through with flying colours. The 'noodles' were firm and had some bounce to it. The gravy/thick soup was good for late night hunger relief. We felt fed and fulfilled after the bowl and only then were ready to slip into the night and back to sleep. 

61, Jalan Yau Tet Shin, Ipoh
05-253 7513

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Cheow Sang Bak Kut Teh Restaurant - PJ

Beware, another Bak Kut Teh post!
We arrived at 1230pm. I ordered the usual BKT knuckle and braised trotters with some ladies fingers. The shop is winding up for the day as they open as early as 730am to reopen at 6pm for the night session. The claypots came up well-heated.

Knuckle was with excellent broth. Tendons, rind and all. Cooked just nice to be chewy. Light broth colour but with strong herbal taste. Underlying sweetness testimony of care in their food preparation.

Braised trotters with really soft and gelatin-like skin and fat. Sweet sauces coating the meat pieces. Those who like strong unpretentious taste will like it.

Ladies fingers came with good amount of dry shrimps. Value added taste. Definitely made this dish more savoury and delicious.

12, Jalan PJU 1/3a, Sunway Mas Commercial Center, Petaling Jaya
03-7880 4930

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Aik Cheong Kopi-O (Comparison with Love Earth Black Coffee and Chek Hup Mandheling)

Once in while I will do a varieties comparison shout-out (not shoot-out). It is a comparison of different products in the market where you get what you pay for. I am mindful that even among the same type of products, there will be the various differentiation for diverse markets. So it is not like comparing an apple with another apple and see who is the better or the best.

I have done the Love Earth Black Coffee and Chek Hup Mandheling. Price-wise expect to pay RM2 per 10gm sachet of Mandheling Arabica. This is more of a gourmet coffee. The other will be Robusta beans from the lowlands of East Coast. With added Korean bamboo salt will cost RM1.20 per 10gm sachet. Its packed as a lifestyle healthy product. While the Aik Cheong each costs RM0.30 per 10gm scahet.

I find the Aik Cheong Coffee-O on the lighter side for taste. It should be Robusta Beans. You won't get the strong coffee taste. But take a look at the price. It's 1/4 of Love Earth and 1/7 of Chek Hup. If I am gunning for price it has to be Aik Cheong. Otherwise, pick the better Robusta in taste (Love Earth) or go for premium highlands Arabica beans (Chek Hup) where you get good aroma plus taste.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Samy & Min Bak Kut Teh 三美肉骨茶 @ Oasis Ara Damansara

Seldom we get a menu that properly lists and describes what you are going to get at the Bak Kut Teh joint. Wait no longer at this famous Botanic Garden, Klang BKT restaurant. I got myself the knuckle, fat small bone and mushroom and intestine.

The porcelain bowls came heated from the fire source below. My bowls were literally boiling. It's similar to the aromatherapy concept. The soup is thof the typical Klang type: thick, black and almost sticky with gelatine rather than the black pepper heavy light soup.

The knuckle was excellent eap the skin, tendon and fat. If that's trinity of BKT that you yearn for, this is it. The skin and the rest were done just nice, not too chewy and too soft. Some fight but also they yield.

My fat small bone has some nice fat and skin but the lean meat was a bit too lean for me. Will not order this again. For those who like more lean meat than skin and fat this is for you. The small intestine was a bit too thin but the mushroom was thick and succulent.

Oasis Square, D-G-02, Capital 4, No 2, Jalan PJU 1A/7A, Ara Damansara, Petaling Jaya
03-7831 7899