Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Xin Kuala Sepetang Seafood Sepetang Perak & Aik Kee Fried Porridge, Serdang Kedah

Xin Kuala Sepetang Seafood &
Aik Kee Fried Porridge

We were on a roll. That was from Ipoh to Kuala Sepetang and onwards to Serdang's Famous Fried Porridge. We had seafood at Sepetang at 3pm and then shopped for some dried seafood before heading over to Aik Kee for our fried dark and thick porridge.

The fresh fishes laid out at the seafront restaurant was for choosing. Yes, we have to exercise caution that is we have a dinner in 3 hrs and we carefully choose the freshest items that were available. Cockles and crabs that were well and kicking plus a vege dish.

The cockles were done just right. Soaked just momentarily in boiling water and then poured out so that not to overcooked. We smelt bloody blood and meaty and engorged cockles. Bliss and enjoyable.

Then the flower sea crabs came with all its glory, fresh and again steam just to cook and allowed it to boil in its own juices. The meat peeled off easily and the morsels were fleshy, firm and sweet from the sea.

We left for Serdang, Kedah at about 5pm and arrived at Aik Kee at 6pm. We were early as just 2 or 3 tables were occupied. The fried porridge came and looked as I envisioned in my mind. The porridge were came congealed and seems plastered together. But the combination of sweet broth, dried squid, fresh small prawns did aalot of good to the humble watery staple of many. The taste and texture were superb. It can hold its owna despite its lowly status in the Chinese food pantheon.

Due to its proximity to Thailand, we ordered their Thai style Red Snapper and Mango Salad. The Mango Salad was appetising and open our appetite. Its was refreshing. The Thai style fish was a notch higher than those from the roadside Tomyam joint.

Xin Kuala Sepetang Seafood Restaurant
173, Jalan Sungai Manggis, Kampung Kuala Sepetang, Negeri Perak

Aik Kee Fried Porridge Restuarant
27, Jalan Tengah, Serdang, Kedah
012-523 0275

Friday, October 25, 2019

Putien @ SS15 Courtyard

With the advent of Grabfood, Putien's door is open to those who eat solo. They can sample the menu pioneered from the Singapore kitchen accorded with 1-Michelin Star from 2016 - 2018. Personally, I eat solo on many occasions. But it's kind of like a sore thumb sticking out eating in a fine dining restaurant.

Over two rounds of Grabfood, I got 6 different dishes over to the privacy of my home, thanks to the faithful rider. They have not got an order wrong, despite me, ordering time and time again, sometimes over 10 occasions a week.

The theme that runs through Putien dishes so far as I can tell after 6 dishes, is the usage of common Chinese spices like star anise, cloves and 5 spice powder. I seemed to encounter one or more of them in their dishes. Secondly, the broth was very thick.

Some were there to mask certain unwanted smells or tastes while heightening a particular fragrance and flavour. Take, for example, their Braised Pork Intestine. It calls for a good amount of spices. This is my favourite. I esp like the chewy texture and the layers that have absorbed the spices and sauces. The more I chewed, the more joy I derived from it.

Next was another porky dish of Cold Pork Trotters Jelly. It came with an ice-bath to keep the jelly from melting. Flavoured with spicy pepper chili's and formed into a block by the pig's gelatin, it was then then diced. One of the best dishes around. It aggressively attacked the tongue and the nostrils. Don't miss it.

The Ah Yuan Fragrant Herbal Chicken was kind of flat after the first two strong dishes. So I suggest to finish it before eating the robust tasting dishes. Probably we have been spoilt by the many good poached chicken around town and not easily impress unless the dish turns out spectacularly well.

The Braised Homemade Bean Curd was also light in taste perhaps purposely so, for us to enjoy the mild aroma and broth that came with it.  Understandingly, Putien is not in Szechuan, Yunnan or Hunan. It is in the south of China and food with lighter taste still reigns over there.

On another day I ordered their famous Lor Mee with its carbo rich noodles. It complemented iceky with the soup that was heavily laced with lardy goodness. The smell was so strong and it went well with the thick broth that was derived from long hours of boiling pig's bones. Some pieces of dry scallops completed the concoction. A delightful dish. If you are going solo, this is a must-order.

The last was the Putien style Bian Rou Soup. It was somewhat like Wanton but these are daintier and the skin wrap was more stretchy and sticky through the use of starch. It was different and a new sensation and experience for me. But the soup was overwhelmed by the Lor Mee's dense broth.

All in all, a pleasant experience and they deserve every bit of accolade due to them. I think making a trip there is a must, but before going, I need to drag a few others so that we can order more dishes to sample.

Putien @ SS15 Courtyard
1-05, First Floor, SS15 Courtyard, Subang Jaya
03-5612 3377

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