Friday, July 30, 2010

Ampang Orchard View Yong Tau Foo

Yong Tau Foo
Ampang Orchard View Yong Tau Foo is located at No. 2G, Jalan Wawasan 4/3, Bandar Baru Ampang, 6800 Ampang, Selangor.
TEl: 603 42705932 / 6012 2069490
Sat/Sun/Public Holiday: 8.30am to 6.00pm
Monday - Friday: 8.30am to 5.00pm

Yong Tau Foo is a Chinese soup dish with Hakka origins.  It is essentially tofu stuffed with a meat paste of fish and pork, thereby earning the dish its name "Yong Tau Foo," which means "stuffed bean curd." Apart from bean curd, other food items including fish balls, crab sticks, bitter gourds, ladies fingers, brinjals and chillies are also used. The dish is usually served with soup. It can be eaten with white rice or with any choice of egg or rice noodles. Chilly and sweet sauce are used as dipping.

Ampang Orchard View Yong Tau Foo serves ala-carte dishes too. Their famous dishes are assam kembong fish, trotter in vinegar and chicken wrapped in paper. Our meal (party of 3) cost RM69.00 including white rice and drinks. Thumbs up for the Assam Kembong Fish and Trotter in Vinegar.

Choy Sum with Oyster Sauce
Assam Kembong Fish
Trotter in Vinegar
Braised Peanut

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Pho Hoa @ The Curve

When Zureen suggested that the "4 se-kawan" meet before the fasting month, we all decided to try something new. We choose Vietnamese food and the restaurant is obviously Pho Hoa at The Curve. Pho Hoa is located at Unit A34, Ground Floor, The Curve Mutiara Damansara, PJ. They are hidden behind Baskin Robbins and Thai Express. Customers have a choice to dine in the open air area (in between the restaurant and the nice water features) or in the bright and chirpy air-conditioned interior.

Pho Hoa restaurant specializes in naturally flavored, healthy and delicious soups, a carefully prepared well-balanced meal for the health conscious. It is served with fresh coriander leaves, bean sprouts, hot chili peppers, lemon wedges and basil leaves and many choices of meat toppings like steak, meatballs, brisket and chicken.

We ordered 3 bowls noodles with everything in from their Adventure's Choice menu while Wai Leng settle for a rice meal, Cơm Gà Nướng Chả Giò (grilled chicken & fried roll served with steam rice and vegetable). I ordered Cà Phê Đá (iced Vietnamese coffee). For desert, we settle for fried banana with ice cream.

The all-in noodle is excellent. A must try. Coffee was super strong. I had to ask for syrup to be added.

Cà Phê Đá 
Cơm Gà Nướng Chả Giò 
All-in Mix Noodle

Big Tree Lin Kee (Chan Sow Lin Steam Fish Head)

Big Tree Lin Kee (Chan Sow Lin Steam Fish Head) is locared at Lorong Belakang 91, Jln. Waras 3, Taman Connaught.
TEL: 6016 2781292 / 2802390
Operating hours: 10.30am to 3.30pm (Close on Monday)

They have a branch at 31, Jalan Cerdas, Taman Connaught, Cheras. I'm surprise to find them on  Facebook . Check-out their menu via this link

This restaurant is very popular for lunch. Most time when we are there, it's crowded. Thumbs up for all the dishes and it's very affordable. I would be having lunch here everyday (great selection at affordable prices) if it's nearer to my office!

Tom Yam Steam Fish Head
Fried Long Bean with Roast Pork

Home Make Tofu
Pork with Mui Choy

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Restaurant Saifon Thai

Restaurant Saifon Thai is located at 43A, Jalan Pandan Indah 4/6B, Pandan Indah 55100 Kuala Lumpur.
TEL: 603 42967525

We went looking for Restaurant Baan Nok but was told that the restaurant has moved next door (now known as Saifon Thai) from the first floor of Thai Market Font. Not sure whether Saifon Thai is the same as Baan Nok. When we asked for their name card, the lady boss gave us the name card with Restaurant Baan Nok printed on it. Anyway, when we were there for lunch, there were some Thai patrons. We assume that they must be serving authentic Thai food.

We had a hard time communicating with the captain. We asked him which dish is "aroi" (delicious), he was not able to recommend the dishes to order. We had to depend on the menu and settled for seafood tom yam, kerabu babi (mixture of minced meat with liver), deep fried prawns, fish fillet and fish maw kerabu, kailan with roast pork and fried siakap fish with spices.

The service was slow. The dishes were served one by one. The deep fried prawns, fish fillet and maw kerabu and the deep fried siakap with spices were served when we almost finished our rice. The biggest surprise was, the second seafood tom yam serving. I wonder why? My friends commented that because I was taking picture of the dishes, they might think I'm a food critic, that's why we were given the second serving.

Fried Prawn, Fish Fillet and Maw Kerabu
Seafood Tom Yam

Kailan with Roast Pork
Kerabu Babi

Deep Fried Siakap with Spices

The food were salty (especially Kerabu Babi) and very spicy. Some of us had upset tummy after the meal. Our total bill came up to RM110.00 including rice and water infused with pine screw (pandan) leave. They also sells precooked Thai dishes and BBQ chicken and pork outside the restaurant.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

6 to 10 Grill and Nasi Lemak @ Happy Mansion Section 17 PJ

6 to 10 Grill & Nasi Lemak, Happy Mansion, Jalan 17/3, Petaling Jaya
Tel: 603 7955 4993

They has been operating in Section 17 since 1998. Why 6 to 10? It's because they used to operate between the hours of 6 to about 10 but now they have extended the hours to lunch as well. They are open for business from Wednesday to Sunday. If you are a big group, make sure you have enough cash as the payment term is cash only.

They serve economical western food and home cooked nasi lemak. The western kitchen offers fish, chicken, lamb, pork and beef, grilled to perfection according to your preferance. The nasi lemak is served with different types of curry and it is the only place I know that serve nasi lemak with pork rendang.

Ghee and I usually order western food (pork chop, chicken chop, lamb chop, grilled chicken and grilled fish) but we have never tried their nasi lemak. I'm not a big fan of lamb but their lamb chop is superb. It is served with their special mint sauce. Yum Yum. Thumbs up for all the dishes that we have tried.  

Grilled Chicken
Pork Chop

Grilled Fish

Satay or Sate

Sate Kajang Hj Samuri
Satay or sate is grilled or barbequed chicken, goat, mutton, beef or pork in bamboo skewers. It is usually served with a spicy peanut sauce dip or peanut gravy, slivers of onions and cucumbers and ketupat (rice cakes).

Sate (pronounced similarly to the English Satay) can be found throughout Malaysia, in restaurants, on the street - pasar malam (night market) and in food courts. Sate which is often associated with Muslims Malays of Malaysia is also available in non-halal Chinese eating establishments in Malaysia.

There are many well known sate outlets in Kajang, Selangor (Sate City of Malaysia) and one of them is Sate Kajang Haji Samuri. Sate Kajang Haji Samuri is now a chain restaurant and they offer chicken sate, beef sate, deer sate, rabbit sate, fish sate and many other variants. The outlet that we went to was at Taman Melati Utama.  

In Penang, the variation of the meat satay is satay lok-lok. Raw meat pieces, tofu pieces, century eggs, quail eggs, fish cake pieces, offal or vegetable pieces are skewered on bamboo sticks, cooked by dipping it in boiling water or stock. The satay is eaten with sweet sauce (thim cheong) with or without chili sauce and if it's eaten with satay sauce, it is called satay celup. Malacca is famous for satay celup (seamboat satay).

Lok Lok
Satay Celup
Both are Malaysian Chinese twists of the hotpot and the Malay satay, available either from street vendors or at certain restaurants. Most of them are non-halal. Customers use a common container containing boiling stock to personally cook their satay and sauces are either served in common containers or individually. There are no tables when you eat at street vendors and thus customers enjoy the food standing around the food cart.

Ramly Burgers

Ramly Burger (also known as Burger Ramly) is a Malaysian burger created by Ramly Moknin. The family business started out in 1979 from a mobile kiosk on Lorong Haji Hussin in Kuala Lumpur. It soon became a hit among Malaysians, a gift to the Malaysian fast food world and are usually best served by road side stall operators. Try looking for them in front of 7-11s.

Hamburgers sold in a Ramly Burger stall is commonly refered to as "Ramly Burger" or "Ramly Burger Special". The ingredients may vary depending on the location of the stall as Ramly Burger has being highly modified but it typically consists of a beef or chicken patty, margarine, onions, an egg, cabbage, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce and Maggi Seasoning.

What makes Ramly Burger Special distinctive from most other hamburgers is the unique way in which the ingredients are served. The patty in the Ramly Burger is first cooked with ingredients like Worcestershire sauce, Maggi sesoning or some pepper as flavorings, covered with the desired condiments and then wrapped in a thin layer of egg which enhances the texture of the burger while simultaneously reducing mess from the condiments.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Chicken Rice (Kai Fun)

Chicken rice is a dish of Chinese origin. This dish can be found in most food courts, street hawker stalls and coffee shops. There are also restaurants and chain restaurants that sells chicken rice as it's speciality.

Roast Chicken
There are many variations to chicken rice; Hainanese chicken (also known as steamed "white chicken"), stock or braised chicken and roasted chicken. Hainanese chicken is prepared by boiling the entire chicken in pork or chicken stock and dipping the chicken in ice after cooking to give it a jelly-like skin finishing. Stock or braised chicken as it's named, is braised in soy sauce whereas roasted chicken is chicken seasoned with soy sauce and spices, cooked in boiling oil. Other variations include a BBQ version or also a honey-roasted choice. The chicken is usually served with sliced cucumber and spring onions. The rice is usually oily or fragrant rice, cooked in chicken stock with garlics, sliced ginger or pine screw leaves. The dish is usually served with several dips, including chilli sauce and pounded ginger.

In Malacca, chicken rice is commonly known as chicken rice balls as the rice is served in golf ball sized orbs alongside with chopped white chicken. In Ipoh, it's bean sprout chicken rice (Ngah Choi Kai Fan), steamed chicken served with boiled bean sprouts and with white rice rather than flavoured or oily rice.

BBQ and Roast Pork Mix
Braise Pork, Tofu and Eggs
Some hawkers also sell a variety of chicken innards (gizzard, liver, intestines) which are also equally popular for chicken rice lovers. Some also sells BBQ pork, roast pork and braised pork, tofu and eggs alongside the usual variation of chickens. Pork ball soup and sour vegetable (Suen Lat Choi) are also popular side dishes.

 Nasi Ayam Hai Nan Asli Suki is located in Cheras. It is a stand-alone shed on a hill slope off Taman Yulek.

The business is run by a husband and wife team and a couple of Indonesian worker. They served only steam chicken and they uses Bukit Mertajam chicken which is meatier compared to farm or kampong chicken. What makes their chicken rice special is the chilli sauce. You can also order stir fried "nga choy" (bean sprout) to go with the chicken rice.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Baixian Restaurant in Taman Melawati

Restoran BaiXian is located at 42, Jalan Bandar, Taman Melawati 53100 Hulu Kelang, Selangor
TEL: 603 41058741

BaiXian is opened for lunch and dinner but we usually have lunch here instead of dinner as most of us works in this area but stays in the other side of town. The menu consists of ala carte dishes served with rice like the ones below and many more, fried noodles in a variety of styles, noodles with chicken cooked in rice wine (wong chau kai) and fish head noodles. A very popular lunch venue.

Curry Fish
The curry fish is cooked in thick coconut milk and assorted vegetables (brinjal, okra, long beans) and taupok.
Fried French Beans

Brinjal with Minced Meat
Steam Egg

These four dishes for our party of 4 cost RM51.00 including drinks and white rice.

Hawker Centres in Petaling Jaya

In Petaling Jaya (PJ), there are many hawker centres as there are many people eating out all the time. Some of these hawker centres open only at night but these days, there are some that opens 24 hours. One will be spoilt of choices in the hawker centre but you will also find many stalls selling the same stuff. So how do you know which stall is the best? Well, you can try out each and every stall or see which stall has the most people ordering (not an easy task, trust me).

SS2 Wai Sek Kai (Hawker Centre) is located beside the morning market. The stalls used to open only at night. Lately, some stalls (nearer to McD side) are also opened for lunch. Parking is definitely a problem. Be prepared to walk or park at the open car park opposite which is quite expensive.

Chee Chap Chok
Chee Chap Chok (Porridge with Mixed Pork Parts) sounds like Andrew Zimmern's bizarre food? Yes to some but to some, it is a speciality. There are not many good Chee Chap Chok outlets in town these days because of the tedious preparation work. If the intestines are not cleaned properly, the taste is horrible. If the oil is reused over and over again, the fried mixed pork parts will have the oil smell.
I'm not a big fan of Chee Chap Chok.

Grilled Stingray
Grilled Squid

Char Kuay Teow
Char Kuay Kak

Char Kuay Teow (literally "stir-fried ricecake strips") is made from flat rice noodles and stir-fried over very high heat with light and dark soy sauce, chilli (optional), whole prawns, deshelled cockles, bean sprouts, chopped chinese chives, eggs (optional) and chinese sausage. Char koay teow is traditionally stir-fried in pork fat, with crisp croutons of pork lard and commonly served on a piece of banana leaf on a plate. It has a reputation of being unhealthy due to its high saturated fat content but it is a very popular dish with Malaysian and tourist alike.

Char Kuay Kak is very similar to Char Kuay Teow. Instead of flat rice noodles, rice cubes (kuay kak) is stir-fried with similar ingredients as Char Kuay Teow plus minced preserved radish.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Pangkor Curry Fish Head Restaurant, Taman Megah, PJ

Pangkor Curry Fish Head Restoran is located at 59, Jln SS24/8, 47300 Taman Megah, PJ. TEL 603-7803 6577

It is a family run restaurant and they do have a branch in Subang Jaya, run by the owner's sister. My hubby and I likes the food in the PJ outlet whereas my brother-in-law likes Subang's. Anyway, both outlets serve the same food and their specialties are curry fish head, honey chicken, prawns fried with black sauce, fried home-made seafood tofu, kam heong lala, crabs in a variety of style (unlike Fatty Crab which is located directly opposite Pangkor), fried prawns with petai, fried crispy sotong and the list continues.

Paku Pakis with Sambal
Fried French Beans

Curry Fish Head
Fish head curry is a dish where the head of the fish is cooked in a thick curry with assorted vegetables. Tamarind juice is added to give it the sweet-sour taste.

Kam Heong Crab
In Pangkor Curry Fish Head Restaurant, curry fish head is served with okra, brinjals, taupok and a slice of pineapple. This is their signature dish and  a must try. A bit spicy but both my hubby and his brother "drinks" the curry like soup :) There are write-ups in the shop to say that taking curry helps prevent cancer. Don't know how true this is but it is a dish not to be missed. It goes well with white rice but watch the serving as there is a tendency to over eat.

Fried Squids
Honey Chicken