Monday, October 30, 2017

Taman Yulek Wanton Mee, Cheras

Another iconic hawker food from the Cheras that is closer to Kuala Lumpur. Today Cheras can mean places as far as Kajang. I have heard about this Wanton Noodle ages ago but the priority was always to Kui Lum Pork Noodles until one day they gave me so many slices of kidney that I got turn-out.

We got there after 2pm and the adage, "Early bird catches the worm" rang out loud and clear. We got lean meat for all Char Siew BBQ noodles and most of the side dishes we gone. We have Fried Wanton but those were scant consolation for what's lost due to late arrival.

The noodles were extra thin and aldente. There were good. The BBQ pork was delectable and will be more so if it's the premium bellypork.

19, Lorong Durian, Taman Cheras

Friday, October 27, 2017

1977 Ipoh Chicken Rice, Jalan Gasing

My comfort food without a doubt will be this. Hailing from Ipoh, we will have the poached chicken or white chicken during festivals. And mom will buy the freshly slaughtered chicken from the market. Or sometimes if dad has a good bonus she will buy either the more expensive kampung chicken or the caponissd rooster.

I have eaten in here so many times that when I am near to Jalan Gasing the yearning for Ipoh Chicken Rice or Noodles will be very strong.

The chicken here is tasty, has good texture. I usually will go for kampung chicken and sometimes an organic one with the price scaling higher as it goes a notch higher. The best will be the hor fun noodles. It's thin and slurpy with a good soup bass.

And the other will be the bean sprouts. It's blanched very quickly and then served piping hot with a few dashes of white pepper. I used to remember that an Ipoh outstation taxi will drop off a big bag of bean sprouts every morning outside their sliding door every morning.

Now with 2 shop lots and and many more quick pre-cooked dishes on the menu plus the roast chicken, pork and BBQ pork, the hungry folks will be spoilt for choice.

107, Jalan Gasing

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

E Soo Yong Tau Foo, Bandar Menjalara

E Soo means the wife of 2nd brother in Chinese. It is not really complicated if you get the hierarchical layers correct with the collaterals.

This shop has more than meets the eye. I thought that they may have started with YTF and continued to improve with set pe-cooked dishes (Siew Chow) and moving on to the Tai Chow.

I shall venture to lavish my praise for this restaurant running the risk of being judged as exaggerating its merits. Anyhow here goes. The food I had here is really good. All of it. Every single dish. And we had alot of it.

Go there and enjoy will be my advise.

55, Jalan 9/62A, Bandar Sri Menjalara

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Kong Mah Dim Sum, Sungai Buloh

Another eat at Sungai Buloh. Many have been making a beeline here after the MRT started servicing this area. People from Kajang especially pensioners living along this line can take a leisurely journey for a simple New Village gastronomic experience. After arriving at Kampung Selamat Station they can take the feeder bus to many if the eateries around.

Kong Mah is the local Dim Sum joint. There is a parking lot nearby so no worries about parking if you are going by car. The exploration is still ongoing after moving to Ara Damansara about a year ago. I would say that the Sg Buloh residents have it good and I wonder with the influx of outsiders whether the local prices can hold up.

The Dim Sum here is good enough. Don't expect it to be 5-star hotel standard. You won't get prawns as big as your thumb for your Har Kau and fish paste that tiltilate your palate. But then it will fill your stomach and not empty your wallet.

Go there with an open mind. A few doors away you can also go for the Nasi Ayam Sungai Buloh which I will post soon and update here with a link. One of the better ones. I have my fill and will go back there again and again.

28, Jalan Public, Kampung Baru Sungai Buloh

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

CH Restaurant

Tuck at a quite corner of Setapak is a good restaurant serving clientele, no doubt from the many townships nearby - Danau Kota, Wangsa Maju, Air Panas and the Industrial Park nearby that includes the Royal Selangor Pewter Factory. They have rooms where you can have a quite 2 tables or 5 tables. Fully equipped with LED screen and karaoke it's a good place for a family celebration or even a company function. We like it for the privacy the rooms afford us.

Been there twice and I would say the  food was good and affordable esp when there's a budget given. The food was delectable, portions were fair and ingredients were fresh. No complaints.

The kitchen made sure that the food lack nothing from the taste to the presentation. Observations are that restaurants are not doing well and some of the larger ones have closed down while others drew scanty crowd. So they is incentive to make sure they don't lose existing customers.

A typical selection of Chinese food arrayed below.

14, 16, 18, Jalan 9/23A, Medan Makmur Off Jalan Usahawan, Setapak

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Thai Nyonya Restaurant, Ara Damansara

We heard about this place packing in the crowd for lunch. It is in a locality not exactly known for its food. We went there twice and it had been good. We also knew what to avoid.

Found my Tom Yam Nam Sai (Clear Soup Tom Yam). This hard to find dish was sour, spicy, packed with a big aromatic punch. My senses were tingling and heightened. It was really tasty. Exactly like what I used to get from my friend's kitchen in Chiangmai.

The Omelette with Prawns tasted as it should with fresh prawns leading to a simple yet elegant dish. The fragrance trapped inside this simple platter of the humble eggs stoked my appetite even more.

The blood cockles were fresh and lovely. So was the dip. If you have a stomach for 'blood' and bold go for it. Just ignore the fear factor associated with this food. A small complain - where are all the bigger cockles? Sold overseas for a better price?

What about the otak otak omelette? And the glass noddles? I had better ones in Thailand. The seabass was OK. The pandan chicken was overcooked. The sides were burned and hard.

A big plus factor here is the reasonable price. Oh, by the way, this place is staffed with Thai speakers.

L27, Block L, Taipan 2 Damansara, Jalan PJU 1A/1, Ara Damansara

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Jarrod and Rawlins, Bukit Damansara

We have been visiting Damansara Heights or Bukit Damansara for quite a while esp Jarrod and Rawlins. My son loved this place. This location is oozing with money power. The houses around attest to this. It's a lovely and quaint place. There is a feel of tranquility to it with its many mature trees and also old and new joints giving it a sense of stability but not old. Go there with a spring g on your feet and enjoy some good vibes and food.

With the write up on the "10 world's Coolest Neighbourhoods to Visit" in Lonely Planet and The Star picking it up this place will be buzzing and will it give Bangsar a run for its money? 

My 4 trips there were basically in the afternoon for lunch. Check out what happened after 5pm with its many watering holes there. Will the professionals go there for a pint and talk work or just while their time and stress of the day away?

The pork there was good, lardy and smoky. This is what we go for most of the time. It's well marinated, done with love and extremely tasty. The palate was very happy. The sandwich was rather food and completely fulfilled the above criteria for pork!

Address: 36, Medan Setia 2,Bukit Damansara

Monday, October 9, 2017

Tai Soon Curry House - Sungai Buloh

The "Curry House" in Tai Soon Curry House may be a misnomer. Why? The shop is anything but curry. Yes, they do have a famous curry dish - curry fish head. I have not asked for the curry despite my 2nd visit. They are more famous for their roast goose, free-range chicken and an array of Chinese dishes. The minimum order for the fowl is at least half a bird. And mind you they open only for 4 hours a day. Sunday is closed. 

The free range chicken has great texture and it tasted really good. Those having dentures be forewarned. The Paku Pakis cold dish vinaigrette style was a first. Tart and sweet with crunchy and fresh ferns. The spring rolls were unique as it is more meaty and they do not use the usual bean curd skin. 

P/S, I went back in January 2018 and tried their Roast Duck and BBQ Pork Neck. The duck skin was crisp and taut. It was well marinated with the duck sauces but not overwhelming. Overall good. The Pork Neck BBQ was rather unique in taste and texture-wise. It was springy and the meat seems to be coated with layer after layer of caramelised sauces. It's like eating through a thick layer of marinate. The portion was small so it should be eating for fun and not to satisfy growling hunger. 
Roast Duck
BBQ Pork Neck

434, Jalan Taiping, Kampung Baru Sungai Buloh, 40160 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Friday, October 6, 2017

Chakri Palace, KLCC

Entertainment can be tough. The choice of restaurant and getting there. The meeting place was conveniently set for KLCC as our guests decided to settle in and shop and see this iconic Twin Towers before going home.

Despite the rush, we managed to get together and were able to settle down in this quite and nice patch of real estate. Anyway, anything in KLCC should be premium.

These guys went for Thai. A good choice I would say and they have a set menu and we went for it after checking out each item. A lot of familiar items as we looked through. But good ones.

Our favourite Miang Kham came with most the ingredients. Missing was the nutmeg pieces but then it might not be Thai. It was pleasing with a mix of explosive and subtle flavours. Get the lime cubes, ginger and onions, put them into your mouth and chew it together with dried coconut flakes, peanuts, dried shrimps and betel leaves. A great start!
One can't miss the glass noodles in a Thai restaurant, right? Anyhow it's cooked or in salad form and whether savoury or sour it's a great dish of noodles, seafood and vege mix here.
Pandanus chicken was good meat and good comfort food that I have not had for a while.
My white Tom Yam. Without the oil and santan it became very appealing and appetising. The aroma of the herbs and spices shone.
The seabass looked very familiar to what we used to have but really couldn't compared to the Tai Chow steamed fishes.
A familiar and obligatory dish.
The soft shell crabs were average
Lot 417B, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre