Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Restoran Kong Sai Chicken Rice, Paramount Garden, PJ

We are still chasing after a good poached chicken. This time our cravings took us to Paramount Garden. I have tasted various versions of the Kongsai Chicken, ie in Mentari Sunway (sadly now closed) and at Bukit Tinggi.

We took a kampong white chicken or (Pak Cham Choy Yuen Kai). Half a chicken was a bit on a greedy side and we could not finish. The reason was their portion served was generous. And fully intended to have a full meal, we also ordered a veg and a soup.

Food here was value for money. No wonder the crowd were pouring despite the Sunday's Pasar Malam was right outside. Good thing we were eating an early dinner. But not to worry, service was quick.

The chicken was as good as any kampong chicken should be. Taste good, firm and never watery or soft. It could stand alone for sweetness, but was enhanced by the light soy sauce and the heavy and thick condiments.

We had the best of both worlds. Subtle and strong tastes. The condiments was a mixed of ginger, coriander and spring onions. It would have been exceptional if a bigger proportion of ginger was used. But it was still addictive.

Our Pig's stomach pepper soup was stronger in the department of saltiness. It would have done well if the soup base has a stronger stock from pig's bones. The peppery spiciness was also compromised.

The bitter gourd and egg were with little salt and oil which was a more modern and healthier interpretation for today's more conscious of health's customers. It relied on the plain sweet taste of the fresh gourd and the freshness of the eggs. Overall a good eat.

No.39, Jalan 20/16, Taman Paramount, Petaling Jaya
012-298 4038

Friday, July 26, 2019

Best Nasi Lemak at Village Park Restaurant, Damansara Utama

Grabfood is my favourite food transporter these days. It started when I fell ill and needed to get some food that I feel like eating. Sick people's food like porridge and vegetarian fares. I must say, I am impressed. The restaurants and the boys who sent my food were excellent.

Then I discovered that I can actually get my favourite food without going there, look for parking, search for a table and then wait for the food. Grab has made all these go away.

Just use the App and make the order and wait in the comfort of home or office. Case in point was my order for Village Park's Nasi Lemak. And generally you don't lose much in terms of food quality esp when it comes to curries, braised food and stews.

The rice as expected with strong coconut fragrance and flavour. Fluffy and each grain on its own. Not a sliver of starchy film to spoil the texture. The Sambal was wickedly spicy, sweet and anchovies' laden. The taste from the sea pervades and I can literally smell the familiar fish fries we Malaysians were so used to.

The rendang daging was steeped spices. There was a good balance and one can pick up the various dry powder and not forgetting the kaffir and tumeric leaves that left an unmistakable smell to it. Leave these two herbs out at you peril esp with rendand daging. Lastly, I just loved the savouriness of the meat to balance the sweet Sambal.

The must order fried chicken was well marinated. Known for its tender meat, it also has a strong ginger accent. Lots of it. Ginger tenderise and also give the unmistable sweet incense scent. There are some who left their scent at the wok that hold the hot cauldron of oil. This piece de resistance brought the fragrance along.

Finally, the ayam rendang. The curry was more diluted but with strong lemak with dissolved spices. It bit lighter but still aromatic and a good piece for those who prefer healthier white meat in a clearer gravy. Tumeric strength can be seen in the colour. A good contrast in comparison to the sight and smell of the rendang daging and fried chicken.

5, Jalan SS 21/37, Damansara Utama
03-7710 7860

Monday, July 22, 2019

Moon Kee Fish Head and Seafood Noodles满记, Section 19, PJ

It was a fine late morning to go for some soupy brunch. Heard alot of this joint and a firm favourite of PJ folks and crowded most of the time. Don't have to go to the fringes of KL or Chinese majority areas to get a good bowl. The location and shop is upmarket reflecting the surroundings. 

The backbone of the shop as for their staple products are simple. Clear or milky soup base. This shop is pork free and the soup is made from fish bones. I heard the branch in Balakong has soup made from pork bones. 

Then their fish offered are poached fresh grouper (normal, Loong Tan and Lo Fu Pan) or deep fried thread fin (Ma Yau). With that settled one can order other side dishes like fish maw, abalone and fish cake. 

I ordered clear soup with deep fried Ma Yau. The broth was sweet and tasty. It was not heavy with salt and no msg detected. Just unadulterated soup base with a strong emphasis on fresh fish eaten with fresh tasting soup having the right equilibrium. Obviously time, effort and good ingredients were put into it. I drank it all. 

The deep-fried Ma Yau was fresh and the meat was sweet. It just flaked off just as I expected it to be.

The milky soup came with Ham Choy (pickled vege), tomatoes to give it some tart and it was refreshing and appetising. If you like strong taste, it's an easy choice. Good combination with Mee Hoon. The grouper slices were fresh and sweet. You can expect the best and the freshest here. 

48, Jalan 19/13, Seksyen 19, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
03-7954 1518

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Restaurant Sun Kar Hee Sdn Bhd 新嘉喜海鮮冷氣酒家

White Kampung Chicken
We had the famous Claypot Rice nearby and one thing led to another. This restaurant was bandied around and recommended. Both are local haunts that have made it into the mainstream. And try we must or what we usually say, "die die also must go."

We were told to get there before noon or else the wait would be long. They have a most famous dish in the White Poach Chicken in their special ginger and spring onion sauce. The Guangxi Chicken would be served with this condiment.

We found the chicken was well presented and the skin colour held much promise of a good meal. We dove in, the texture was to our liking, the feel was there, just the taste was a tad off the chart. It was not as sweet as some kampung chicken I had. Nonetheless the dipping sauce more than made up.

We found the chicken was well presented and the skin colour held much promise of a good meal. We dove in, the texture was to our liking, the feel was there, just the taste was a tad off the chart. It was not as sweet as some kampung chicken I had. Nonetheless the dipping sauce more than made up.

My Cantonese Beehoon came with the usual suspects. The toppings were nothing unusual. Nowadays, they don't do innards anymore. One has the option to order seafood. The taste was a reflection of the subtleties of the Cantonese, light and sweet. The gravy was thicker than normal but I like the whites of the egg found in abundance. Ipohans, though, would prefer a slightly thinner gravy.

We decided to doggy bag some more of their food for trying. The unending quest to do better   of the food bloggers. Braised trotters with soy sauce and other usual spices. We were stuck in between a rock and a hard place. Our adventurous selves wanted more but our tummies were filled. Food reheated at home would have skewed the taste somewhat. Overall, it was well with the taste and texture. For going in and out of the fridge and reheating, we got a slightly funky smell. Probably some sauces have started to break down.

It was quite a journey as our main intention was to experience the well-talk-about poached chicken. I am sure they have more dishes to offer. But then the claypot rice with the strong sauces are calling again not too far away. The lure of Malaysian hawker food!

Restaurant Sun Kar Hee Sdn Bhd
28 & 30, Jalan Manjoi, Taman Kok Lian, Kuala Lumpur
03-6253 1240

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Restoran Yat Yeh Hing Chicken Rice

We tried to get out early to avoid the crowd and also have our brunch. At 1115am there was only a handful of folks having their brunch like us. An elderly lady came for our orders and our meal came fast.

I was still scooping free, self-service soup into two large bowls. The big pot was full to the brim and I got hold of 2 bowls of hearty chicken soup together with 2 small chicken feet. The man in front of me was filling up 4 bowls each with 4 - 5 big pieces of chicken feet. This reflects on the generosity of the shop.

The condiments of chili sauce and ginger were more than sufficient to accompany my meal. The half chicken that came was humongous. It was a shocker to me. I asked and was told that their chicken are reared intentionally large eating cereals and so on. It was sourced from Buntong, Ipoh. At RM25 for half a bird it was a steal. Frankly, we couldn't finished and have a third left.

The meat was chunky and tender on the thigh, drumstick and wing. The chicken breast was moist but not mushy. Firm but not tough. A good eat. Probably as good as the Kampung Chicken. The only difference was the skin colour.

The sauce was light and did not interfere with the excellent chicken pieces. You have to be confident of your meat to serve 'mild' soya sauce. For those who wanted strong sauces can settle for the chili and ginger sauce.

And finally, the bean sprouts were as good as we can get. It was also our required vegetable portion. The gizzard was chewy and crunchy, like soft bones and cartilage. What's interesting was the availability of chicken intestines. You almost can't find it nowadays in KL. It was along time ago since I had it. The texture was smooth, very chewy, will only break down when chewed long enough. Both gizzard and intestines went well with the chili and ginger sauce.

Taman People's Park, 33, Jalan SS 4d/5, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
012-617 8179

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Famous Thong Kee Cafe, Sea Park

I took some time off on Saturday (a chance meeting) and Sunday (brought my wife) to check out this rather popular Coffeeshop in Sea Park. It has for company, within the same block, the famous Sunrise Roast Duck and Aunty Christina's Sarawak Laksa.

The crowd was amazing. I was there at 11am (Saturday) and then at 2pm (Sunday). In the weekends, customers got to queue up to buy their drinks and order their eggs and toasts.

Their coffee was good. I had mine hot and cold. And their toast was also delectable. Crisp to the core and generous with their pandan kaya and butter. I also ordered their croissant with kaya and butter though I was told that the French will never butter their croissant as it has a good amount of butter in it before baking.

At 2pm half their stalls were closed or sold out. I saw Wanton Mee, Curry Mee and Hokkien Mee were out for the count before 4pm closing. I caught the last bits of the Ipoh Hor Fun. It is actually Kai See How Fun (Shredded Chicken Prawn Broad Rice Noodles).

I must elaborate a bit more as this was really one of the good ones. Even better than some of the best in Ipoh. What was so special? It was the superior broth and the tablespoon of fiery red Prawn Oil that was found floating on my soup. This was culled through boiling the prawn shells and reducing it to oil. Very aromatic and addictive. Add a spectacular dimension to their bowl of noodles. Take it from someone from Ipoh.

We also managed to order their Char Koay Teow and Fruit Rojak. Go early next and catch more of their offerings. Parking can be a bit challenging. Park further away and nearer to Public Bank.

33, Jalan 21/1, Sea Park,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Claypot Chicken Rice Cooked with Charcoal @ Taman Kok Lian, Jalan Ipoh

Never a dull moment with some of these Makan kakis. They will search and light the way. Jalan Ipoh is not my regular hound but looks like this may be a good place to camp for a while. Predominantly, a Chinese area, do expect some classic and home-style food and hawker's fares.

This is a great introduction of a great quality Claypot Chicken Rice. The rice was fluffy and well-cooked, each grain unbroken and well coated with these primary marinates usually light and thick soya sauces and some Chinese wine. The rice looked perfect and spoke of the high regard of this genial cool/hawker of his ingredients and trade.

The sauces not overwhelming like some that almost choke you. Chicken was so tender and succulent, the Tenggiri Salted fish that broke up into tiny bits when stirred around the claypot rendering the rice with another layer of flavour. The nice Chinese sausage also added more wine esp rose wine (Mui Kwai Lo) into the equation.

Verdict - great food for the hungry souls, the aroma increased the appetite as the well-sauced and oil-coated rice filled the belly and killed the hunger pangs.

Hawkers stalls along Jalan Batu Ambar, Taman Kok Lian, Kuala Lumpur
Business hours: 10am – 6pm, closed on Wednesdays

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Pampas Reserve Grill & Bar - Bukit Ceylon, KL

Reviews said it all. Good service and good food. The ambiance calming and relax. The dining space evokes elegance. And with this hopefully it may loosen somebody's wallet.

The Tomahawk Black Angus was on offer at 800gm after grilling. It came with caramelised onions, Hasselback Potato and salad. There was enough fat to get the meat to glisten. The meat was tender, juicy and mouth-watering.

The meat into the black peppercorn, mustard and mushrooms sauces. But then, one may not want to use them and allow the meat speak for itself. This may be a wiser route to enjoy the steak.

The Tomahawk was nicely paired with its Argentinian companion, Argento Malbec. As if the meat was not enough, desserts came in the form of Chocolate Volcano and Creme Brulee. Overall, a cosy and comfy place for a meal to remember. Make some memories here.

Guest Review: KK

G01, Suasana, 2, Persiaran Raja Chulan, Bukit Ceylon, Kuala Lumpur
03-2070 5548