Thursday, February 28, 2013

Pao Xiang Bak Kut Teh

 Pao Xiang? Another Bak Kut Teh shop that everyone knows.. It's just another chain BKT from Klang. Their menu is really limited, to only two pages. But I've noticed that they have also tried to serve different things. Like for example, the egg isn't in the menu. They are adding varieties for people to pick from perhaps. They also have the pepper version of BKT which is the Singapore version of BKT. Of course I still prefer the Klang or the KL type. I wouldn't say Pao Xiang is the best, but it's definitely average or above.

They have always had the Fried You Tiao, nothing new. But recently they are promoting the You Tiao and Soya "in a set". It's not too bad, in fact, due to my recent Soya addiction, I actually love it!!

P/S: They do certain promotions as well for cards, the Aeon gives 10% off.

Pao Xiang Bak Kut Teh
Pavilion 6th floor,
Kuala Lumpur 55100 WP
(03) 2148 6388

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

SS2 Murni

My favourite claypot lou shu fun from Murni. It's just a simple claypot with LSF, minced chicken, raw egg and spring onion. 

Normal mamak serves the standard food, different kinds of roti canai, mee goreng, nasi goreng. One thing that makes Murni so different is their names of the roti canai, Roti Beckham, Roti Hawaii. I only ordered the Roti Kosong (plain). I don't really like fancy stuff, maybe only Roti Planta or Roti Banana.

They even make other things possible. Spaghetti mamak style, seafood, meatballs, whatever you feel like having.

Murni has always been one of the expensive mamaks, so be prepared to pay more. Try their Mango Special too. One of my favourite ^_^

The best thing about being in Malaysia? You can get food at any time of the day ^^. I'm not sure if SS2 runs all day, but it runs till late (that supper spot after clubbing) and closes on Monday.

Murni SS2
53 Jalan SS 2/75,
Petaling Jaya 47300 Selangor

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Nasi Lemak Bungkus

Nasi Lemak Bungkus is cheap, simple and tasty. 10 years ago these would probably cost RM 0.60 to RM 0.70 per packet. Today it costs at least RM 1.20 for one packet. 

Nasi Lemak Bungkus can be found in different places, in fact I'm not sure which one sells the best. Just in case you have no idea what this is, it's a mini packet of Nasi Lemak which has the basic ingredients, rice, ikan bilis (anchovies), cucumber, egg, nuts and sambal. The portion is usually really small, which is why it's cheap. You may find one packet is to little to fill your stomach, but it's a good snack if you don't feel like eating much. So anyway, you can even make it yourself!! This page shows more pictures and the recipe as well. Maybe I should adapt and try it out too. Except I probably can't get banana leaf over here in UK. I can't be bothered to make it myself because it's quite easy to find it in Malaysia, especially in Mamak stalls. I think it's better than hot and fresh Nasi Lemak!! :P

Dear Malaysians.... Don't you miss home already?

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Kafe Heng Huat

 This place is famous for their super expensive Char Koay Teow... RM 10 for a plate!! It's usually RM 4-5 outside but they charge double the price... Of course they don't cheat people with small tiny prawns, the prawns are really huge. Actually this place is just too well-known, there's no point writing too much about it... so I'm cutting this short and simple. Anyway, I think this place is more well-known as the "Penang Lorong Selamat CKT".

 Looks dodgy isn't it... It sure is. But guess what? You'll have to wait at least 15-20 minutes for your plate of Char Koay Teow. It's THAT good.

 I had the extra spicy one, I personally think it's better with chilli than without. Something different about this plate of noodle is the additional Chinese sausage (lap cheong) and the king prawns. Normally you won't see these extra ingredients, you'll only get the usual bean sprouts, spring onion, egg and tiny prawns. Perhaps that's why they charge so much more expensive than the rest of the coffee shops.

 While waiting for the noodles to arrive, we ordered extras. Ice kacang. This is your best friend during hot weather.. It's just a bowl of shaved ice with a mixture of syrup, brown sugar, beans and jelly. It can be really sweet so if you're not supposed to be consuming too much of sweet stuff then you should avoid.

 Oyster omelette (oh-jien). I don't know why it's like a must order when you're in Penang. I hate oyster but if it's cooked with egg then I'm fine.

 Prawn noodle. I was never a fan of prawn noodle but this one totally changed my perspective of prawn noodle. There are pork ribs in the noodle.. Correct me if I'm wrong, I've never seen pork ribs in a bowl of prawn noodles before. Nevertheless it's super awesome and spicy. It'd be better if they use bigger prawns, after all it's "Prawn Noodle" right.

 Penang loh bak. It's a Penang cuisine served with special sauce. That one thing that's a must to order is that pork roll. Don't know what's a good loh bak, pretty much tastes the same to me... Not in a bad way though. 

Rojak. Mixed fruit and vegetable. That sauce used in the rojak, is called the rojak sauce perhaps. It's just a special sauce specifically for this salad. 

Street food in Penang is... so awesome. The tip to food in Penang is... Never order one portion for yourself. Order everything and share.. Otherwise you'll be way too bloated by the end of the day ^^

Kafe Heng Huat
Lorong Selamat
Georgetown 10400 Selangor

Friday, February 8, 2013

Koya こや

So far, one of the best udon I've tasted in London. There's always a queue during dinners and it's horribly long! People are willing to queue an hour just to have this awesome bowl of udon. This is a bowl of hot udon in hot broth, the pork and miso. Looks simple isn't it?

Remember to order an extra topping, the poached egg. Before mixing it, try a spoonful of soup first and mix it after and you'll get why I like it so much. It makes a difference, really.

The noodles are the main focus, the best selling point. Please don't go there for rice... It's a noodle shop. Their noodles are authentic, freshly made to serve. If you're a noodle lover, do drop by for a bowl. Promise, it'll be superb. I don't think they take reservations, it's on a first come first serve basis. You might want to be there earlier to avoid the queue. The first time I went at 6pm, I had to queue till 7pm. Be there earlier. :)

Koya Japanese Udon
49 Frith Street,
W1D 4SG London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Mino Japanese Korean

 The new Jap-Korean restaurant in Kingston. It does look like a proper restaurant.. (When I mean proper, it's not a takeaway shop!)

 Foodwise? We were spoilt with choices... We had the sudden urge to order everything.. The lunch sets are pretty reasonable, ranging between £6 - £12. The normal menu, with more choices are slightly higher in price, but still OK. A plate of sushi would cost about £3+-.

 I have been craving for a green tea latte for ages! For some reason, I can't seem to find it in Starbucks UK anymore. So anyway, I ordered their green tea latte... Surprisingly it was actually good... The green tea was strong and the whole cup is not sweet, unlike Starbucks's. Starbucks green tea latte is actually extremely sweet! This cup of latte could be a little better if they can improve on the taste of the green tea. Well, I'm not saying I cannot taste it at all, I just feel it should be stronger. Also, it's a little too diluted, I like it thick.

 I love the teapot!! *drools*

 Tai sushi. Properly done actually. You know how some places actually slice the fish really thinly or too much of rice? Surprisingly, it was worth the £3.20! It's very fresh and perfectly done (and cheap!!).

The kimchi pancake was served hot, crispy on the side, very strong in kimchi smell. If you dislike kimchi, I'd say please don't order because the smell of it is super strong! I love it by the way. Thickness was about right, I dislike thick flour pancakes, what's the point of eating thick pancakes, might as well just swallow the packet of flour. They made it just nice, which allows extra room for other food :)

 The udon set, which I expected it to be fried udon. It turned out to be udon soup... Gah, never mind. Obviously they are not specialized in udon, unlike Koya (oh dear I thought I have already written about it but I haven't. Soon, soon). Koya's udon are freshly made which is nothing compared to this one. Overall, I'd say it's OK, nothing to shout about... But it was really cheap to have such huge set for only £7.50!! As I've mentioned, the sushi's pretty good too.

We ordered the Katsu Chicken Set but they made the wrong thing and served the Katsu Bento instead. Not too bad, the chicken katsu was freshly made, thinly battered, thin piece of chicken katsu served with plum sauce. I'm not really a fan of plum sauce so I'd say it's better off without the sauce. 

The shop is still new, it has only been around for a few days. Our orders were pretty messed up, as you can see, they served the wrong katsu, but fortunately they charged the one we ordered, not the one they served. Bento boxes are at least £10. They overcharged us without realizing, so please do check before making payment. It's probably because it is still new and they are lacking of staffs. It's actually worth it and I'll be back again another time for their Japchae (Looks yummy from far...!!!) :)

Mino Japanese Korean
20 Eden Street,
Kingston upon Thames
KT1 1BB London
United Kingdom
020 8546 5283