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Friday, July 15, 2011

Kolok Mee Sarawak

Kolok Mee, is the Sarawak version of the Semenanjung's Wantan Mee, minus the black soya sauce. You have to go to Bau town (Kuching) to get the best one, the restaurant beside Ngiu Kee Family Store. My wife & me will vouch for it. In Semenanjung, I have not found any that is nice, all just normal, not like the one in Bau. Recently, my wife mentioned to me that in Kajang, a cafe named, Abang's Cafe has Kolok Mee similar to the one in Bau, but it is Halal...It is located at Taman Prima Sajuana, in front of Kamdar, same row as Kedai FDI FujiFilem...So those in Kuala Lumpur, try out the Halal Sarawak Kolok Mee at this place. I'll definitely try it when I get back to Malaysia soon. When my wife says it nice, it is nice..I know...so try it and if anyone has more places for us to check out, please write in to us we can go check it out...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Fish Head Curry / Kari Kepala Ikan

Kari kepala ikan,I have not seen outside of Malaysia, not too sure about in India or some place else, but people laugh when I tell them about the fantastic taste of the meat from the fish head.
I love the one from Stadium Merdeka, I don't think you'll need a GPS coordinates to get there, and also the one in Restaurant Kampung Pandan. Most of the other famous one are like: Kari Kepala Ikan Cheras, it used to be located just after the old Cheras Police station or the Jaya Jusco heading to Cheras, just as you pass the police station you will find a train track across the road, it will be just there, under a few big trees....There are some other "wannabes" but the few main one are as mentioned above...so especially on a Saturday or Sunday, when we can have a nap after lunch, a good lunch would be a Kari Kepala Ikan with family or friends......

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Sweet and Sour Crabs

I just came back from Malaysia after 21 days of great food and time with my family. Incidentally, we went on a trip to Malacca to try out some of the Serani food there and came across something, the Sweet and sour crab at the Portuguese Settlement, Ujong Pasir at stall number 2, was the best we ever had in our lives. I am not writing this because I had  a free meal (I paid for the meal), but the gravy and the crab was excellent, compared to all the Chinese restaurants that we have had. I was surprise with the taste, and the crab were full of meat. Just as comparison, we went to Phuket the week before and there we had some crabs but it was only half filled meat, maybe the crabs were on diet before being caught. So go and try the one at stall number 2. Yes stall number 1 has the most customers, but we had our food at the next stall and it was good, especially the crabs. So head to Malacca and try it out. No Regrets...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Keluak Curry, One more Serani Favorite Dish



For those who knows how it taste, I bet you will be controlling your drool when looking at the picture....I know I did...
Since we are on the Eurasian dishes, another typical Serani dish, catching up with most Malaysian and Singaporean is the Keluak Curry. My wife just can't take it, so I would have to go on my own on this one. It will also be a test on my 4 girls, which of them has more of my taste buds than their mum's....
For this I've been reading about a place in Bandar Hilir, Melaka. I'll try out a few places next month and report back. 
For those food shifu's that is familiar and don't mind sharing, please speak out...

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Is it Devil Curry or Debal Curry...??? Who cares...

I don't know about you, but I am just counting the days I can have all these again....
I been encouraging my wife to practice making the Devil curry so when I get back I can try it out.
but her question to me is, how is the actual taste of the Devil Curry, since we only know the taste from my mum's cooking.??? So for this, we will have to go back to the source, as a typical Eurasian, we will have to travel to Ujung Pasir Malacca or Melaka and test it out there. I been reading online and marked a few places to visit, Papa Joe's, 88 Restaurant and a few other Eurasian & Nonya restaurant before we can conclude.
So, again for those almighty wise ones, please share your taste buds with the rest of us so we too can enjoy some of the delights in life....


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Satay..The Best.? Where.? Kajang or Jalan Peel.?















One of the most favorites we like to eat is SATAY. It is famous close by where we stay, Kajang. It is the most famous thing you can get from Kajang town. And one of the best and commercialize restaurant in Kajang is the Satay Kajang Haji Samuri  Restaurant, you can't miss it, the biggest one is adjacent with the Kajang Football stadium.I like it here, clean and fast service but the one you get from Queens Restaurant (Formerly known as Queens Hotel)  Jalan Peel, is equally or the best of all. It is rumored that this stall owner's uncle is the the very famous KL's satay shop owner, Majid Satay, formerly located at the Campbell complex food court...for those KL old timers, they will tell you about the old stories about Campbell Complex or Pertama Complex...So go try out both and tell us what you think is the best Satay in KL or maybe you know somewhere I don't know....For satay lovers, FYI...Penang does not have any good spots....I know my wife just loves the satay in Peel Road, every time we even come close to Peel Road (within 5 km radius) she will remind me to stop and get 50 sticks of satay...just to taste, her excuse is long time didn't eat the Peel road Satay...ok,  Enjoy...

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Best Bak Kut Teh


Bak Kut Teh is most liked by many people as a meal for breakfast and lunch. It is said that the origins of this dish is from Klang, Selangor. I love to have some during my next trip back to Malaysia. Both my wife and me love the one from Teluk Pulai (Claypot) Bah Kut Teh, Taman Intan Klang (You can't miss it, it right in front of the big parking lot, Lunch is packed, so come early)  She says that because it does not smells too much of the herbs, that why she likes it. I don't mind the smell. I have not had the privilege of trying the most famous shop in Klang, the one under the bridge known as Restaurant Seng Huat located at 9, Jalan Besar, Klang. I have the GPS coordinates on my gps machine all ready to launch, but never had a chance to do so. Just waiting for the chance one these days.
In Penang, in the mornings, you can get good Bak Kut Teh on Gurney Drive, just besides the Evergreen Hotel. It's very good to have Bak Kut Teh in the morning especially when you are planning to miss lunch...
There are a few other versions of Bak Kut Teh besides the regular one that comes with meat & soup, most probably because the cook forgot to take the pot off the fire and it dried up, the dry version was invented. The good one to try is at Yap Chuan Restaurant in Puchong. It is prepared by a young boy who happened to invent the dry version while helping his dad in the restaurant kitchen and never looked back.
So if anyone has another spot for me to check out, please write in....

Monday, February 14, 2011

Rojak Mamak or Passembur in Penang



Rojak or also known as Passembur, in Penang is extremly famous amongst Malaysian no matter of what raise. I used to enjoy the rojak from one young boy on a motorbike, around SS2 back in the days, I got to know that he is selling now close to the lorong near the Maybank at the same area of SS2. It's been years since I had his rojak but I'll try to look for him this trip and report back. Now a days, the one in Subang Jaya SS15 is the famous one, used to sell from this pick up truck, together with his wing man the cendol man....
For the Penang side, try the ever famous one in Padang Kota, but be careful of what you choose, as the price can suddenly shoot up to 20-25 RM if you choose too much. The one in Padang Brown is equally good and worth trying. So if you got your secret rojak hideout, just share with us so we can also try out and enjoy it.

The Best Chicken Rice

I like the chicken rice sold in the afternoon food court in Island Glades, but my wife swears on the New Ipoh Chicken Rice Restaurant in Jalan Gasing, located close to the SFX Church, opposite the EPF PJ building. I have heard from some people, that there is another great place in Ipoh, Restauran Lou Wong Tauge Ayam Kue Tiau at 49, Jalan Yau Tet Shin, Ipoh, which I hope to visit on my next trip back to Malaysia. There are a few styles, how the chicken is prepared, the roasted one or the boiled one. I as usual will have both and don't mind both, unlike my wife, who prefers the roasted one. So if there are more secrets out there, please share it
so everyone can enjoy it....Have a Great Valentine's Day.... 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Sani Char Koay Teow














The Halal version of the Penang Char Kuay Tiow...is definitely Sani Char Koay Teow, located opposite the Penang Snake Temple in Bayan Lepas. The only problem with this shop is that, me being a big eater, I would need to order an extra plate always, or one of my child will have half her plate missing if she turn the other way just for 5 seconds. Another good restaurant you should try and I ensure you, 101 percent, you'll enjoy it. They have those copyright versions of it in KL but it just does
not make it for me....

The Best Fried Chicken















The best fried chicken is from this restaurant, Cargas Cafe in Bayan Lepas, if you coming from Bayan Lepas Factory area, after the airport flyover, as you come down the flyover drive about 100-150 meters and walah...!!! You'll see the place on your right. Don't judge the book by it's cover. It's now renovated and looking better, compared to when I was around Penang.
Initially, I did not want to take my family there, so I tah pow a few packets back home and after they tried it, they wanted to know from where did I get the fabulous fried chicken, especially my wife. So one Saturday, I decided to take my wife for lunch there, and believe me, she enjoyed it so much. For me it was my usual lunch joint, since I used to work in the Cargo Centre. I really used to just have the Ikan Pari curry and fried chicken. That just made my day.....I went to Cargas Cafe during my last trip to Penang in Dec'10 but unfortunately it was closed on Friday, what a waste as I drove all the way from Batu Ferringhi to Bayan Lepas just to see the shop closed.

Go try it out one day....and tell us what you think....

Yong Tau Foo














Yong tow foo is also one my DO NOT MISS meals every time I am in Malaysia. The best and easily available one are the Ampang Yong Tow Foo. It's halal and service is fast. Normally I will go to the one in front of  Ampang Putri Specialist Hospital but always parking problems...but what to do, we need to eat, so sometimes 20 mins just looking for a parking spot. Same with their brach in USJ, Taipan, always hard to get parking. There are a few more shops if you drive further into Ampang Old Town can't remember the address

As usual, if anyone can come up with something that tastes better that this...please feel free to enlighten us....

Monday, February 7, 2011

Nasi Briyani in Restaurant Hameedyiah Penang
















Location...Campbell Street, Penang...not KL please....Price is a bit on the high side if you are comparing prices with the other Penang restaurant but you come out of the restaurant feeling good always...Taste is excellent...You should also try the Curry Ayam Kapitan...it's really good....My dad use to love the Murtabak here too. He sometimes use to have 2 Murtabak on his good day....So head out there and check it out.... if you find someplace else better, write in and we will go try out your recommendations....

Nasi Dalca or Dhalca....who cares about the spelling......


Nasi Dalca Kassim Mustafa....OMG...OMG....Location 12 Lebuh Chulia GeorgetownPenang...Problem is you have to be there after midnight....then only you'll get the best one...and only from this branch of Kassim Mustafa....not the others...I've tried the one in KL, Doraisamy road....tak boleh challenge lah...Try it with either the chicken or the excellent mutton curry and don't forget the coconut chutney....
especially after some drinks, the taste is OUT OF THIS WORLD... 
Can anyone tell us another spot where we can get it better than this shop, please do so right now....

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Char Kuay Tiow....Ho Chiak...



Char Kuey Tiow...Great in Penang...Most places in Penang has got some great legendary stall selling Char Kuey Tiow....I like those at McAllister Road and Island Glades food court. I'm sure most of Malaysian have heard about the Lorong Selamat Char Kuey Tiow...??? I have not tried it but I heard that it cost very expensive for Penang standard. For those in KL, you can check out the one near Imbi Road, just beside the Honda Car showroom, in the evenings...got standard lah....not like what we will get from Penang, 
but boleh lah....

So why not drop us a note on where is your own favorite spot and I'll definitely drag my wife and kids there to try out.........

Excellent Beef Kuay Tiow & Mee Hoon







Beef Kuay Tiow & Mee Hoon in Soo Kee Restaurant Imbi Road, is the best. There have been others that tried but they would need to try harder and longer as this restaurant has history. Apparently, this restaurant was introduced to my dad by his bro in law in the early 60's and we have going to their reataurant ever since and now my kids are going there so between us, it's like 3 generation of us has been partonizing their place. The original location was across were the are now and apparently, Soo Kee's son is there now running his own show there. Both taste's the same and you can choose between both restaurant
Location is Jalan Medan Imbi.......Try it, you'll love it.

Beef Ball Noodles at it's best....




Sorry to report to you that while writing this as I looked at the pictures of the noodles, I almost fainted.
Thank God I managed to control the dripping saliva and regain my composure.
Since I used to live around Peel Road when I was young, the day I learn how to cross the road was the day my mum could use my services to go to the market and in the evening get me to go buy the legendary Beef Ball Noodles. In fact those days, it was safe for a kid just 7 or 8 years old to walk around and not get harassed or kidnap. Another place that is Legendary for the same style noodles is Soong Kee Beef Noodles located right in the middle of Kuala Lumpur City at the exact spot 35-40 years ago, along Jalan Tun Tan Siew Seng opposite the RHB Bank, close to the HSBC bank (I think the owner felt safe close to the banks so after business, just walk across to bank in the days collection...).
Those days it was all outdoors and sometimes while eating on the walkway, we had to stop eating, get up and move the table as the Toong Fong bus made a turn too close to the side walk and need us to move the table for the bus to pass....Oh, I forgot, they had also a great sugar cane stall besides their shop, so if you ordered the noodles, you can order the sugar cane too....ooooh what a delight. My Wife likes the one in Jalan Peel (Opposite Carrefour) but I being a pig, like both stalls.
Coincidently, there is another stall selling similar style noodles, along Jalan Alor (behind the old Cathay Cinema) but really not up to these 2 standards. We always keep it as reserved, just in case both are closed.

So for you all out there, if you have another place that you would like to share with all of us, just leave your comments and location of the spot and rest assured, I'll definitely check out the spot....Thanks

Friday, February 4, 2011

The Best Black Hokkien Mee


This is another one of my top favorite...I'll make another trip to the Moon if someone tell's me they have the best one there....Don't mistake the KL's Hokkien Mee with the one in Penang...that too will be covered later...
For me I love the one in Jalan Peel. Also love the one in Kajang, can't remember the restaurant's name (I'll give you more details when I get back to home base, Malaysia). I have tried the one in Jalan 222, Ah Waa's, tasted ok but not the best...another place is in Petaling Street, many many moons ago since I patronize this place. I'll put it in my must do list..

 

The Best Nasi Lemak....


Nasi Lemak...another dish that has blended into most of us Malaysian Life. Good Nasi Lemak is at Chow Kit after dark, 7pm till 4 or 5am...Excellent choice.
One secret location is at the small Market in Pandan Jaya, husband and wife, only Malay having a stall inside the food court, * must be quick, before 9.30am lauk habis.


Where else can you think of.? Tell us

The Best Pork Mee



Pork Mee...Excellent in Subang Jaya, located formerly In front of Carrefour, now shifted, don't know where.
Also good in Penang behind Perangin Mall, exact location not sure of, but husband & wife still going strong.


Where else can you    recommend to us.? 

The Best Thosai



Thosai...Thosai...Thosai...Tell Me about it...I've always enjoyed it especially when the Dhal and Chutney are at the exact & correct thickness and texture....WOW...not those waterdown dhal....

1) Kayu Nasi Kandar Penang
2) Selvi Restaurant Brickfields

and a few other spots...tell me about your best...

The Best Wantan Mee

I just love wantan mee...

I'll go to the moon if you tell me that there is a Wantan Mee shop that is soooo good.....

I'm willing to pay RM100 for a bowl of wantan mee right now...

I have to wait until early April before I can get one....
You lucky people living in Malaysia, enjoy...





My best are as below:

1) PJ SS2 Restaurant Chan Meng Kee
2) Jalan Loke Yew Restaurant Hung Kee
3) Jalan Cheras Batu 2 1/2 Payathin Food Court...(Originally was selling at the Famous Only Night Sungai Besi Wantan Mee)
4) New Cathay Coffee Shop, Bukit Jambul Flat, Penang
5) Stall at Swatow Lane Penang...(Recently I went there, was told they have moved away, location unknown)


Tell Me more....

The Best Roti Canai






Roti Canai is part of all Malaysian, be it Malay, Indian, Chinese and all the others living in Malaysia. It is normally eaten for breakfast and evenings. It goes excellent with a good teh tarik.
Some of the best roti canai I ever had are as below:


1) Restaurant Kari Kepala Ikan Kampung Pandan located in Kampung Pandan.
2) Restaurant Kayu Nasi Kandar in P.J. SS2 Chow Yang area.
3) Stall located on the sidewalk next to the Shell on Jalan Ampang (Opposite Ampang City)


We need your feedback and recommendations of the best Roti Canai you ever had.....!!!