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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Malacca Food -Asam Pedas @ Kota Laksamana Melaka


One of the key dishes in Malay cuisine is Asam Pedas, so tasty that it is often found on the menu. Malay food is generally spicy, as spices is a big part on the cooking process. The best places to sample traditional Malay asam pedas is in Kota Laksamana, Melaka. There are two shop which is serves delicious asam pedas.

Restaurant Kota Laksaman Asam Pedas Claypot

Restaurant Kota Laksamana Asam Pedas Claypot @ Kota Laksamana, Melaka
A favorite spot to yum cha (tea drinking session). You will find many locals gather at late hours to enjoy the asam pedas at this restaurant.

Claypot Asam Pedas
The claypot asam pedas are served with rice, half of a salted egg and stir fried cabbage. The pot of asam pedas are super duper spicy. Spicy enough to make you explode. Asam pedas cooked with sting ray, the asam soup tasted sour and fiery hot. Extraordinary satisfying dish!

Fried Noodles
Besides claypot asam pedas, the restaurant serves various fried noodles and roti canai too. The malay style fried noodles are appetising too!

Restaurant Hajjah Mona Asam Pedas

Hajjah Mona Asam Pedas @ Kota Laksamana, Melaka
Another favorite spot of the locals for tea drinking session. The restauarant serves asam pedas with various type of fish, so you may choose your prefered fish cooked.

Asam Pedas by Hajjah Mona
Not as spicy as the other restaurant, but the asam tasted good too. Also served with rice, cucumber and half of a salted egg. Besides asam pedas, there are stall operated by the restaurant owner that sells otak otak and satay too.

Both restaurant are crowded during late hours. But the waiting time is not long. Perhaps you might be interested to try on of the famous cuisine known as Asam Pedas in Melaka.

Kota Laksaman- walking distance form Jonker Street

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Delights of Gurney Drive @ The Gardens, Mid Valley City

Penang also known as the "Pearl of Orient" a state located at the Northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Gurney Drive is a popular seafront esplanade in Georgetown, Penang. The island prospered as a popular holiday destination as it's an island rich in culture, green hills and long strecthes of sandy beaches.

Besides that, it is also known as an island popular with sumptuous spread of local fare. Not much time to visit Penang for their local fare? Here is a place you might be interested to visit!

Delights of Gurney Drive @ The Gardens Mid Valley City
Although the restaurant is known as Delights of Gurney Drive, but the restaurant offer popular dishes from certain area in Penang.

Teo Chew Chendol (Penang Road) @ RM 4.50
The dessert tasted normal but served in a big potion.

Nasi Lemak (Pulau Tikus) @ RM 12.80
Nasi lemak, a popular dish in Malaysia. Fragantly cooked rice with coconut milk and pandan leaves. The rice were served with rendang chicken, deep fried fish, asam prawns and the most important is the spicy sambal belacan. A real satisfying plate of Nasi Lemak!

Hokkien Mee (CY Choy) @ RM 8.00
It's commonly known as Prawn Noodles in Malaysia except in Kedah and Pulau Penang, it is known as Hokkien Noodles. The noodles dish tasted good with perfect combination of pork and shrimp broth! Topped with pork, shrimps, bean sprouts,fried shallots and best eaten with pan roasted chilli sauce. Look at my egg yolk! It's a twins.

Jiu Hoo Eng Chai (Cuttlefish Kangkung)- Gurney Drive @ RM 12.80
It's a dish served with boiled cuttle fish, jelly fish and kangkong topped with sweet and spicy sauce and crushed peanuts. The sauce used is different from Malacca style but tasted good too.

Enjoying the Penang local fare at a well designed, comfortable and air conditioned restaurant, an enjoyable and satisfying dinner!


Delights of GURNEY DRIVE
Lot T-201, Level 3,
The Gardens,
Mid Valley City
Tel: 03-2287 6861

Business Hours: Daily, 10am to 10pm.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Claypot Chicken Rice @ Kedai Makanan Huen Kee

Was traveling like a crazy to get some stuff for the coming Chinese New Year. It so happened that I passed by this restaurant that I have not visit for quite sometime. Kedai makanan Huen Kee, a restaurant that serves delicious claypot chicken rice.

Kedai Makan Huen Kee @ Jalan Yew, Pudu

Claypot chicken rice cooked over fiery charcoal stove

Pig Stomach Pepper Soup
Delicious!! Oh dear.... I miss this soup so much! Filled with chicken feet and slivered pig stomach, a merely hot and flavorful soup. Tasty and clear!

Claypot Chicken Rice by Huen Kee
It takes so long to be served and I was quite frustrated as I am hungry and in a hurry! Please be forewarn with the waiting time as we were serve only after an hour. But somehow when the food was served, I was back to my cheerful self.

Ahhhh.... aromatic and distinctive in flavour!

Are you a fan of claypot chicken rice? Don't miss Huen Kee!!~~

Kedai Makanan Heun Kee (Claypot Chicken Rice)

59, Ground Floor, Jalan Yew,
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-9200 1603

Opening Hours: 11.30am to 9.30pm

(Crowded during lunch& dinner hours, extremely crowded during weekends dinner time)

Saturday, January 17, 2009

大西刀 Yi Yan Restaurant

A simple noodle dish that satisfy me much. I have seen advertisement for this particular restaurant in one of the local magazine and decided to stop by for dinner.

大西刀 Yi Yan Restaurant, Malaccan style Yong Tau Fu. 西刀 fish which is known as ikan parang in our national language, is commonly used to prepare fish balls or fish paste. I guess, this is how the restaurant was named after.

大西刀 Yi Yan Restaurant @ Kuchai Lama

Three types of sauces were placed in each table. Dark soy sauce and chilli sauce to mix with your noodles and sweet sauce for dipping yong tau fu,

Fish balls and tau fu pok stuffed with fish paste

Fried Fish Cake

Plain noodles are served, and you may add in soy sauce and chilli sauce according to your prefered taste. As for me, of course I prefer more chilli sauce. The taste of the noodles is similar to how it is served in most of the Malacca hawker stall.

There is nothing very special indeed, but the way the noodles prepared by 大西刀 Yi Yan Restaurant is similar to the Malacca style noodles dish. Miss Malacca food? Here is something to share with the Malaccans in KL!!

6, Jalan Maju 8,
Jalan Kuchai Lama,
58200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 014- 6377 111

Monday, January 12, 2009

Din Tai Fung @ The Gardens Shopping Mall

Din Tai Fung a Taiwanese chain famous with their signature dish of steamed dumpling arrived in Malaysia in Year 2007. And then, here is my post about Din Tai Fung during my first visit in Year 2009.

About Din Tai Fung
Din Tai Fung was born in 1958. It's a Taiwanese restaurant by Bingyi Yang, originated from Shanxi, China and then moved to Taiwan in Year 1948. They began business by selling Xiao Long Bao, known as soup dumpling. The soup dumpling served was so popular and then the business began to expand. Din Tai Fung was once voted as "Top 10 Restaurants in the world" by The New York Times. (Please visit their official website for further details.)

Din Tai Fung @ The Gardens, Mid Valley

Appetizer by Din Tai Fung @ RM 2.00
An appetizer served cold. Shredded seaweeds & chillies, with shreds of white & firm tou fu. The appetizer tasted sweet and sour and the seaweeds are juicy and crunchy, tasted fresh too.

Soup Dumpling (Xiao Long Bao) @ RM 9.80
It has been years since I tried Xiao Long Bao! I recall the trip to China few yeara ago, there was a meal where we were served with 10 different types of jiao zi & xiao long bao. (I got to find the photos from the to post it). Since then, I never try Xiao Long Bao again until I visited Din Tai Fung.
Ahhh... tasted good!! The dough skin is thin and a bit translucent but could be better if the dough skin is thinner. Xiao Long Bao is best eaten with ginger slivers and vinegar.

About Xiao Long Bao
A dish/dim sum also known as soup dumpling orginated from eastern China. The dumpling is steamed in the bamboo basket and that's how the dish was named. Xiao Long Bao are actually steamed buns with translucent skin filled with meats and soup in it.

Cha Jiang La Mian @ RM 12.00
La mian also known as hand pulled noodles are thin and smooth. Topped with a portion of minced pork cooked with fermented soy beans and preserved vegetables. Tasted sweet and salty! An appetizing noodle dish!

Shrimp Pork Fried Rice @ RM 14.50
A plate of simple fried rice. Frangantly fried with shrimps and pork.

Din Tai Fung, a world recognised eatery that sucessfully spread their wings around the world. Perhaps you might consider to try too!

Lot LG-207, Lower Ground Floor,
The Gardens, Mid Valley City,
Lingkaran Syed Putra, Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-2283 2292
Official Website:

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Nippy Noodle Restaurant @ Kuchai Lama

The name of the restaurant caught my attention and as I reached home, I start surfing and do some search on the word "nippy". Then, I learned a new word "nippy".

So, I planned to visit Nippy and see what's so nippy inside.........

Nippy Noodle Restaurant @ Kuchai Lama

Finally, this is what I have found out. Well, the noodles are indeed special , yes! only the noodles. We wanted to try more of their signature dishes, too bad, its sold out!

Their signature dish:
  • Bamboo Noodles with dry sauce
  • Prawn Wanton
  • Pan Fried Dumpling
  • BBQ Pork, Crispy Pork, Roasted Herbal Live & Pork Sausage
About Bamboo Noodles
Bamboo Noodles/Bamboo rise noodles is also known as Jook-Sing Noodles (竹昇麵). It is a rare type of Cantonese noodles prepared using a large bamboo log to tenderized the dough, where the method of preparation is found in some parts of Hong Kong, Macau & Guang Zhou.

Historically, the person who prepares the noodles will ride on the bamboo log to press the dough mixture ( egg , flour etc)

Pickled vegetable with slice pork bamboo noodles @ RM 4.80

Farm Chicken Bamboo Noodle @ RM 7.20

Pan Fried Dumpling
The Pan Fried Dumpling is one of the house's signature dish. There are 2 choices of the dumplings filling that you can choose which is minced pork or prawn with fish paste. As for me, the pan fried dumpling doesn't taste good at all. The others might like it but not me!

The bamboo noodles are special as it is prepared into very thin strands and yet springy and chewy. As for the ingredients used to cook the noodles, the taste is just normal. We wanted to try their roasted pork but it's sold out so we ordered the others.

Anyway, it's a restaurant that one can consider to visit as in the modern days, noodles are prepared using machines but in Nippy Noodle Restaurant, the noodles are prepared using the traditional way which is using the bamboo log. Besides that, they use quality ingredients to prepare the noodles.

Nippy Noodle Restaurant
No 25 Jalan Kuchai Maju 7
Entrepreneurs Park, Off Jalan Kuchai Lama
58200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: 03- 7982 1781

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant & Market

Sounds like bubble gum but it's not name after it!! Bubba Gump Shrimp Co was name after the comedy-drama film Forest Gump in 1994.

About Bubba Gump Shrimp Co Restaurant & Market
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co is a chain of seafood restaurant. The concept of the restaurant is isnpired by the famous comedy-drama film in year 1994 -Forrest Gump.

The restaurant is named after the movie's mai characters Benjamin Bufford (Bubba) and Forest Gump (Gump)- who started the shrimping business. And hence, the restaurant's menu consist mainly with shrimp dishes but also other western cuisine.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co @ The Curve, KL-Malaysia
It's not a planned visit, I would say I wanted to have some finger food and ended at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Bubba Gump Unique Paging System
There are to license plates placed on the tables marked "Run Forest Run"-blue plate and "Stop Forest Stop"-red plate. The blue plates indicates that the diners are enjoying their meal and everything is doing well. On the other hand, the red plates signal that a the table needs service.

I was quite embarassed as I turn over the red plate for shooting, all of the sudden, one waiter appeared and asked me "yes???" I was like "huh???" ~lol~

Alabama Sweet Smoothie @ RM 9.90 and Run Forest Run Smoothie @ RM 10.90
Alabama Sweet Smothie- A mixture of peanut butter, chocolate and non-fat Vanilla Frozen Yogurt. Smooth, creamy and rich in taste. A toothsome drink!
Run forest Run Smoothie- A mixture of blended strawberries, bananas and non-fat Raspberry Frozen Yogurt. Fluffy, sweet and sour drink. An appetizing and satisfying smoothie.

Shrimper's Heaven @ RM 44.90
Love shrimp? This one's for you! Shrimper's Heaven - shrimps prepared in four styles, coconut shrimp, fried shrimp, tempura shrimp and shrimp served chilled served with 3 types of dippin sauce.

Shrimp fridge magnet @ RM 16.00+ 5% govt tax
Finally, after having your meal, you might be interested to shop for some souveniors. Well, I bought one shrimp fridge magnet for myself. Ah Shia bought an ah xia fridge magnet. ~lol~

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co's menu consist mainly shrimp dishes but they do serve other western food as well like hamburgers, sandwiches and ribs too. A restaurant interesting enough to dine in!

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
The Curve, Lot 145, 1st Floor, No. 6, Jalan PJU 7/3
Mutiara Damansara, 47800, Petaling Jaya
Tel No : 03-7710 9862 & 03-7710 9863
Fax No : 03-7710 9864

Official Website:

Monday, January 5, 2009

Restaurant Ho Boh (Lei Cha)

When one mentioned about Hakka Cuisine, automatically some not so good comments start dancing in my mind. Many years back, my mom told me I won't like it! especially "Lei Cha"........ So I have heard about this restaurant named Ho Boh!

I noticed there are more and more outlets of Restaurant Ho Boh which apparently serves Hakka cuisine. Well, if Hakka cuisine is not favorable, why are there more and more of this restaurant? Okay- Don't tell me the Hakka Heritage is growing fast, not much deep thoughts on this issue!

About Hakka Cuisine
The Hakkas are a subgroup of Han Chinese based in the province of Guangdong, Jiangxi & Fujian of CHina. Hence, Hakka cuisine is believed to be originated from Southeastern of China ( Guangdong & Fujian).

The Hakka culture is known for a diverse range of rice, meat(pork) cuisine and preserved vegetables cuisine. Some of the famous Hakka dishes would be pounded tea(lei cha), duck stuffed with glutinous rice, abacus beads ( suan pan zi), poon choi(varieties of ingredients served in basin) and also sliced pork with preserved mustard (mui choy khao yuk).

Restaurant Ho Boh @ Jalan Puchong
It's a restaurant that I have considered to step in for quite sometime and finally I did! Am quite surprised that I indeed insist to order the dish that I was told not to try! It's not a restaurant with extensive menu, in fact it is just a normal home cook style restaurant that serves Hakka cuisine with reasonable price.

Pounded Tea (Lei Cha 擂茶) @ RM 5.90
Deng deng deng deng..................This is Lei Cha! A famous Hakka cuisine known as pounded tea in English. A mixture of tea leaves (usually green tea), mint leaves, mung beans, peanuts and herbs pounded into fine powder then mixed as a drink served with rice topped with varieties of vegetables.

Honestly, I don't like the taste of the tea. Tasted too raw for me.... but the rice topped with vegetables and dried shrimps was simple and yet satisfying. Side dished includes pickled radish, sliced to fu and peanuts.

Sliced pork with preserved mustard (Mui Choy Khao Yuk) @ RM 8.00
This is my favorite dish and I didn't realise that this dish is one of the Hakka cuisine until my this post. Well, the sliced pork with preserved mustard served by this restaurant failed to please me. Not a good one........

Suan Pan Zi- Abacus Beads @ RM 8.00
Abacus beads, another famous Hakka dish made of tapioca and yam cut into abacus beads shape. The abacus beads were soft, springy and chewy. The abacus beads were fried with portion of dried squids, mushrooms and cut chillies and the aroma of the dried squids complemented the dish.

So, have you tried Lei Cha? Will you..................?? I will be back to try other dishes!!

Restaurant Ho Boh
21A, Jalan TK 1/11A, Taman Kinrara,
Seksyen 1, Jalan Puchong, Batu 7 1/2,
47100 Puchong Selangor

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Murtabak @ Victory Arab Street, USJ 9

While waiting for my turn to do hair @
ShearXXposure Hair Art, I walked over to Restaurant Victory for some food. Yes! Murtabak to fill my stomach before dinner!

About Murtabak
Murtabak is a dish originated form India or probably originated from Middle East and brought to India. This dish is known as Murtabbaq in Saudi Arabia, meaning "folded" in Arabic. In Malaysia, this dish is normally served by the Mamak and commonly found in Mamak tea stalls or night markets.

Murtabak is made of folded flat bread wrapped with minced beef/chicken/sardine. The minced beef and chicken are normally marinated and cooked with curry.

Restaurant Victory Arab Street @ USJ 9/5Q

Murtabak with minced chicken by Restaurant Victory Arab Street
Thin and crispy flat bread wrapped with minced curry chicken cooked with onions and garlic . Murtabak is served with curry gravy and dhall. A highly pleasing snack!

Murtabak Prices
  • XS- RM 5.00 (Meat)
  • S- RM 6.00 (Sardine)
  • S- RM 7.00
  • M- RM 10.00
  • L- RM 12.00
  • XL- RM 15.00
  • Special XL- RM 18.00

Address & Contacts of Restaurant Victory Arab Street

So it's mid noon and you don't know what to have for tea time? Here is the place............

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Kopi Club @ Low Yat Plaza

So, it's lunch time and it's time
Kopi Soya Cino Ping @ RM 4.90
Might not be something new for others but this is the first time I tried coffee with soya bean mix with grass jelly. A glass of coffee which is not too thick and sweet yet refreshing!

Nasi Pantai Udang Sambal- Sotong @ RM 12.50
Fried special marinated prawns with chilli paste and squids cooked with tumeric served with four angle beans and special sauce. According to my colleagues- Thumbs up!!

Nasi Goreng Ayam Berempah @ RM 10.90
This is what I have ordered, spicy fried rice served with fried chicken marinated with herbs. Too bad, the fried rice looks good in color but it's tasteless. The specially marinated chicken failed to satisfy me too.

Set Nasi Ayam Goreng @ RM 11.90 comes with a cup/glass of coffee/tea
One of the rice set Kopi Club offered is marinated fried chicken served with stir fried cabbage. Dissapointingly, rice served without any sauce or chilli paste. To add on sambal (chilli paste), you will need to pay extra for it.

Kopi Club is a cafe that you might consider to stop by for a cup/glass of coffee. Besides, rice set, they do served other noodles dishes like fried noodles in mamak style, fried mee hoon and etc.

Kopi Club
LG-8 Plaza Low Yat
Off Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL

Friday, January 2, 2009

Egg Tarts by John King

The enticing aroma of the egg tarts pastry caught my attention. Yes, although it's dinner time, I don't mind stuffing myself with some tempting and delightful egg tarts.

About Egg Tarts
Egg tarts or egg custard tarts were introduced in Hong Kong since 1940's. It's a kind snack/dessert made from outer pastry crust and filled with soft egg custard then baked.

John King @ One Utama

Delicious Tarts by John King

Hong Kong Egg Tarts King -John King

Green Tea, Coffee and Egg Tarts By John King @ RM 1.60- 2.00 per piece

The pastry crust were thin, fluffy and crispy but not too oily. The egg custard fillings were light, soft and smooth in texture and not too sweet. I personally preferred the original taste than the green tea and coffee flavored tarts. Craving for some mouth watering snacks/desserts? Do stop by John King if you are in One- Utama or Pavillon Shopping Mall.

Current promotion by John King, 1/2 dozen of tarts @ RM 9.00. Besides tarts, John King offers biscotti, cookies, lou phor pheng, chicken pie & siu pao too.


John King (since 1965)
LG203A, Lower Ground Floor,
1 Utama Shopping Centre,
No. 1 Lebuh Bandar Utama, Damansara,
47800 Petaling Jaya Selangor

John King (since 1965)
Lot 1.41.00, Level 1, Pavilion KL, 168 Bukit Bintang,

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Simply Thailicious @ Flying Chillies

With an appealing name like FLYING CHILLIES, you might consider to dine in for a simply thalicious meal. FLYING CHILLIES another restaurant owned by the S.E.A Cuisine Group, serves medium range Thai cuisine.

FLYING CHILLIES @ The Gardens, Mid Valley

Thai Fish Cake @ RM 9.50
For a flying start, we ordered Thai Fish Cake as recommended by the person who served us. The appetizer was served with Thai spicy sweet chilli sauce and ground peanuts. Although it is a bit greasy, the fragantly deep fried fish cake accentuated with kafir lime leaves and and chillies tasted good.

Stir fried baby kailan with salted fish @ RM 15.00

Green curry chicken @ RM 15.00
Tasty green curry with lots of brinjals, peas and tender chicken. The green curry tasted sweet and spicy with thick milky gravy. An excellent choice to go with sweet smelling jasmine rice.

Spicy tom yam seafood soup @ RM 12.50
Tom Yam soup, a famous Thai cuisine served by Flying chillies probably will make you feel like flying after your first few sips. Hot and spicy, sweet and salty........unlike Thai Thai Restaurant, seafood served in the Tom Yam soup by Flying Chillies were tender and not over cooked.

Mocktail fc punch @ RM 12.00 and Roselle Flower Juice @ RM 9.00
FC punch, sweet and sour mocktail consist of strawberries and soursoup, a tasteful drink that helps to stimulate the appetite. The Roselle Flower Juice tasted normal- ribena alike.

S.E.A Cuisine runs a series of popular Thai restaurants in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. If you are a fan of Thai flavors, Flying Chillies is another restaurant that presents simple and satisfying Thai cuisine. Visit for the list of restaurant by S.E.A Cuisine.

Lot T219, 3rd Floor,
The Gardens, Mid Valley City,
Lingkaran Syed Putra,
59200 Kuala Lumpur

Business hours: 12 noon- 10 pm
Tel: 03- 2287 7708
Fax: 03- 2287 7710