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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Food Journey @ Kuantan - Part 1

Yes, I am at Kuantan this weekend. Despite, this ain't anything special. We bumped into a newspaper section introducing on food-y stuffs last weekend. We made it a try this time, to check out those food and rate them based on our findings. Thus, the following review will be solely based on our taste bud and feedback.

If you could read Chinese, here's the online newspaper article - 特色面條篇. Check out the first stall this morning. Indeed, I knew I had tried this noodle before, when it was packed. These noodle stalls are located at Kuantan wet Market area.

Market GPS Coordinate : N3 48.677 E103 19.418

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Stall #1 - 吹冷氣的客家面, Hakka Noodle

You must be patient if you would like to try this dish, especially during busy breakfast hour. I was there around 10am today, and guess what? I think I had waited almost 45min for my noodle!

According to the newspaper article, this homemade noodle has gone through the process of making in an air conditioner and chilling method. That's the reason why their noodle can be such chewing QQ.

Despite being patient, I would say the taste of the Konlo (干捞) noodle was QQ. Nice. However, on the other hand, you might think the portion is a bit less. FYI, they sell 2 types of noodle and 1 price for each set, RM3.50. Besides serving Konlo dried noodle, they serve soupy noodle too. Business hour : 720am - 1215pm, or whenever noodle sole out.

Stall #2 - 炒粿條, Fried Kuey Tiaw / Noodle

We tried this fried noodle yesterday afternoon, as I was starving since morning. Our mission failed at Sri Jaya, 1 hour drive before reaching Kuantan, where the introduced pao were all sold out.

Unfortunately, Kuey Tiaw was out of stock. We have to bare with fried noodle. Anyway, I like fried noodle much more than kuey tiaw. Indeed a good choice. By the way, these are afternoon stalls, located outdoor outside Kuantan Market place. Business hour : 1pm - 6pm.

Thai Food @ The Elephant, Happy Mansion Section 17 PJ

Truly sorry for not updating my blog lately, part of the times I just had no mood to write, and part of the times I am just too lazy, part of it my weekend time may just be fully occupied.

I had an eventful Sunday last week. The first time ever I have been a Marriage Registration witness!! It was the 'blessing' I gave to this couple on paper, and through the heart, I wish them Happy marriage & happy forever! Since the event was at PJ, we spent the remaining whole day till nite within PJ area. Here we went to a hidden place for dinner, out within my old-uni-days area, where we used to send our laundry to the laundry shop.

In case you are familiar with Happy Mansion flat area in Section 17, you might know what I mean. So, in case you are not aware, there is this hidden Thai restaurant, I would say a type of Fussion-Thai style, located in one of the flats area. I remember parking my car at that place whenever I could not find parking space at the kopitiam area down the stairs. It's just next to a school.

Believe their official website could lead you to more detail info - http://www.myelephant.com.my/

How we could have bumped into this restaurant, well.. there was an introduction at a local Chiness newpaper last week. ChinaPress's 躲在組屋裡的大象.

Here's what we had. 3 dishes + brown rice + 2 cooler.

Main dish was duck curry, namely Gaeng Phet Yaeng (RM30). Highly demand Roast Duck curry with seasonal fruits, I saw lychee that nite. I like this the most, reminded me of a friend's badf experience at Delicious, hehe. This was good...

Next we had salad dish, Yum Mamuang Talay (RM10), made of Green Mango with Prawn and Squid. Very tasty with its soury and apertizing taste.

Last but not least, Thai food should always be accompany by its Tom Yum. We had Tom Som (RM18). It's clear Galangal-Lemongrass-Lime soup with fish, and I saw starfruits in there. It's my first time seeing fruits in the soup.

We had 2 coolers, Pandan & Krachiap as drink (RM3/each). Indeed a special soda + Pandan drink.

Interior setup of the restaurant is kind of simple but comfortable. The ambiance was dimmed, accompanied with soothing musics. Worth a try, I would say.

GPS Coordinate : N3 07.353 E101 38.084 (available at MFM POI)

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C-G-4 Happy Mansion
Jalan 17/13
Section 17, Petaling Jaya
Tel : 6010-220-1283

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Double Happiness ??

Chinese would always like item comes in double... especially double happiness,双喜临门! I wish there are more than double happiness around, probably four, or may be six or even many many. Ya.. I am greedy person, someone who's has high expectations. Nevertheless, looking at the other angle of view, there are still much more room for improvements.

Taking these philosophy words aside, I am writing a nonsense (无聊) blog again. It has been a while since I last blog, I have lost focus lately... probably attention has gone elsewhere in the cyberspace.

Presenting you a double-mushrooms at my backyard today. Malaysian should know it has been super rainy season lately... weather has turn chilling, and I quite like the chillness, despite I could not dry my cloths under the sunny sun over the weekend. Don't you think the mushroom looks cute, I wish I am staying in a mushroom-house, back to the olden cartoon series, imagining my drawings I drew when I was young. Wonder if these mushroom are poisonous, I believe so!

Follow on, this is what I found! An 18SX picture for the insect community.... a mating flies~!!! Hahaha... they didn't even care I went close by with my idiot little camera... just wonder how they could continue their business, with me interfering them. Haha... just for your viewing.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

DIY - Three Cups Chicken (三杯鸡)

Can't wait to blog this recipe I tried today... it was a success.. hooray! Understand this is a Taiwanese dish, or some websites mentioned its origin from a place in China. No matter where does it origin from, I first tried this dish was Fong Lye restaurant @ Mont Kiara.

The recipe is rather simple, worth a try. If you recall my earlier blog on basil plant hunt here, it was my intention of getting this herbs plant to try out this particular dish. Unfortunately, I didn't get the exact right plant of basil. Seems what I got from the nursery was a local basil. Luckily, a friend gave some and pointed place for instant source.

Here's my basil leave plant. I need more recipe to make full use of this herb plant :) Anyone to share?

OK, here's the recipe...

fresh chicken drumstick
1 cup fresh basil leaves (九層塔)
1 shallot, sliced
5 braids of garlic, chopped
1 ginger, sliced or smashed
3 stalks dried chilli

Sauce Ingredient:
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cooking rice wine
2 teaspoons sesame oil
3/4 cup water

1. Rinse and drain drumstick, then cut into chunks.

2. Heat 2 tablespoon sesame oil to fry ginger, garlic, shallots, basil leaves and dried chilli until fragrant. Add in chicken chunks and continue to fry.

3. Once chicken turns slight golden in color, pour in the sauce ingredients and cook on high heat, bring it to boil. Cover with a lid, lower heat. Cook ingredients for about 30 to 40 minutes till tender and done.

4. When sauce begins to thicken, turn off the heat and add basil. Stir well. Dish up to serve.

Very simple isn't it.. it tastes good. Here's the end product.

Recipe reference : http://en.christinesrecipes.com/2008/08/stewed-chicken-in-three-cups-sauce.html

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Wang Chiew Restaurant, SS2 PJ

I know this has been a dated post. But since I know I will make it a return with my gang to the place very soon... I would think I should blog it out, just in case the organizer needs it to call up for booking.

The previous makan event was organized by me.. and the best part was the adventurous me had never been to this place before! ... and I dared to introduce my makan-kaki over for a try. Of course, it turned out to be a satisfying one:)

From some introduction here, here and here... plus some friends who 'barely remembered if they had been to this place', tried their best to switch on their memory files, ordered some dishes which sounds familiar. Very unfortunate, we missed the crab promo for RM19.90/kg at that time!! It was out of stock the time we decided to order...

Let's see what we had...

Pork Knuckle - it's a must try! See what happened in just few minutes... left the bone...

Salted egg fried crayfish, and.. another which I can't remember.

Thai styled fried fish.

Franking speaking, I didn't get to enjoy the food much at that time.. Reason being, I wasn't sure if the taste suits my makan-kakis, since I wasn't sure of its quality - a bit tensed. Secondly, ahem... I can't beat most of them in speed, especially those who greatly enjoy eating foods! :P

Next visit... let's plan our orders carefully. What introduced by most floggers are...

1) Claypot Pork Ribs
2) Pork Knuckle - yeah, its a must
3) Fried Pork intestine with dried prawn
4) Crabs!! - Salted egg york, ginger steamed
...... any other recommendations?

GPS Location : N3 07.604 E101 37.509 (POI available in MFM map)

Wang Chiew Seafood Restaurant
30, Jalan ss2/103
47300 Petaling Jaya,
Tel: 03-77223662
Business Hour: 11.30am-10.30pm

The restaurant locates within the housing estate of SS2. Not too far away from the Fire station.

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Hokkien Mee @ Restaurant Millenium Eighty Six, Paramount PJ

It has been awhile since I last blog. Kinda lost my passion a little on blogging, those who know me might saw some negative headline I had over my FB post or Yahoo Messenger. No worries, my life still goes on, just that I had lost my lil excitement which I 'was' looking forward for sometime ago.

Leaving that aside, hope things will get much better soon :)

I had the opportunity to try new fried Hokkien Mee (福建面)and fried Beef Noodle (牛肉炒伊面) couple of weeks back, introduced by a car sales person while hanging around the area. Indeed was a good choice, and most importantly, price is still reasonable - RM5.50 per serving.

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to capture a good picture, as I forgot my camera! Taste wise, it was good, especially when the chef uses charcoal at the bottom of the frying pan. Don't ask me how much lard they serve in the Hokkien mee.. as I can't recall :P

Here were the servings. Instead of hanging ourselves to those regular stalls here and here, its good to always try new cooks. You might be surprise, the stall name is just the same as the famous one at Jalan 222. Ah Wah 阿华?? Are they related, or the same. Too bad the name was not trade marked. Hehe..

GPS Coordinate : N3 06.492 E101 37.440
Location : Jalan 20/22, corner shop, Taman Paramount PJ. Nearby Caltex Station.

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