Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Fatty Mok Hakka Yong Tau Foo

Fatty Mok in Salak South is very popular for their Hakka Yong Tau Foo. In Klang Valley, not many places serve good YTF.

They offer a variety of Hakka dishes - YTF, curry noodles, Hakka braised meat with noodles.

Pork Innards Porridge is HEAVENLY. Not many places in town seems to be serving this anymore!

I would highly recommend this place for good and cheap Hakka food. Don't have really high expectations, it's more like a daily place to eat if you live around the area. I personally would not go all the way if I live at least 30 minutes away.

Fatty Mok Hakka Yong Tau Foo
AS-27, Jalan Hang Tuah 3
Salak South Garden
57100 Kuala Lumpur

Monday, May 30, 2016

Serai Pavilion

Iced Lemongrass Tea (RM7.50)

Serai, is the malay word for lemongrass. Malays use a lot of lemongrass in their cooking, apart from the Thais. It's a very important herb to create the aroma in their cooking. Not just food, lemongrass makes very refreshing drinks too. I personally love lemongrass in any thing, from food to drinks and lemongrass products are perfect to keep mosquito away!

Midlde Eastern Medley (RM45)

The Moroccon lamb shank is braised to perfection - ideal for those of you who has great appetite and can't survive without meat! The portion is absolutely too big for me! If you would like to try some Middle Eastern flavour this dish is perfect for you.

Crispy Skinned Salmon (RM35)

There are also a wide range of Western selections - just in case you're out and about with clients who does not enjoy local grubs, there are Western platters and pasta to cater to their needs. Not that I don't enjoy their Western - this salmon is pretty damn good with that crispy skin. But I highly recommend local delights over Western plates.

Nasi Kerabu (RM22)

The Nasi Kerabu is highly recommended, it is one of the popular dishes in Serai. They offer a variety of Malay rice dishes so if you're feeling more adventurous than just the boring old Nasi Lemak, try other specialties like Nasi Kerabu or Nasi Ulam.

Pandan Banana Fritters with Palm Sugar (RM13)

Banana fritters coated with pandan flavoured batter. Some people complain that it's overpriced street food served the fancy way. I completely disagree. Please respect them and give Serai some credits for dishing up such a wonderful dessert. Our local dessert deserves a recognition and not "some cheap food by the street". The batter is very light and crusty on the outside, whereas the banana inside is soft like cake, little bit gooey from the heat. It's like having the crispiest cookie with flowing chocolate. Too good! Street food, sadly tend to overcook and the batter is not as perfect. I completely agree that the price they charge, is reasonable. Don't forget the scoop of ice cream, even if you get it from ice cream joints, it would cost at least RM6ish for one scoop. So please, analyse a little bit more before degrading them for trying to promote our local dessert on a better plate.

Serai can be found in malls within Klang Valley. They offer good choices of local eats and some Western selections. It is best to make a reservation as they are always packed, especially during Ramadhan month. If you're visiting Kuala Lumpur, I would highly recommend this place if you want to try local Malay food in a comfortable and air-conditioned place.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Little Mums

Fried Cencaru with Petai (RM26)

Sister's branch by the original Mum's Place is now available at Damansara Uptown!

Terung (RM15)

Pretty much exactly the same, except the menu has even lesser choices compared to Mum's Place.

Portugese 'Devil' Curry Chicken (RM18.30)

Quality and standards, honestly no difference with eating at  Mum's. They selected some of the more popular dishes from the original store. Pricing and portion is also the same.

Otak-Otak (RM18.80)

The difference is Mum's Place at Damansara Perdana is better to cater families - there are more tables for larger groups as compared to this branch. This branch is best to cater group of 3-4 perhaps.

Pulut Tekan (RM7.30)

My favourite Pulut Tekan seems to be smaller in portion as compared to Mum's. Taste and quality is the same though. This is a must order every time I visit Mum's so this one is a little obvious in terms of portion.

Highly recommended to Mum's Place fans! It's OK even if the menu has lesser choices, as they have all their popular and my regular ones in their little menu!

Little Mums 
13, Jalan SS 21/1a
Damansara Utama
Petaling Jaya
47400 Selangor
Opening Hours
Daily 11.30am - 2.30pm; 6pm - 10pm
Closed on Mondays

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Dave's Bistro Bar & Grill

 French Onion Soup (RM20)

Covered with lots of cheese! That perfect appetiser to start off!

 Crispy Pork Knuckle (RM66)

Oh this knuckle is extremely huge! At least for me it's huge.

 We shared the portion because it was really too huge for me.

Dave's Bistro Bar & Grill
1 Utama Shopping Centre
1, Lebuh Bandar Utama
Bandar Utama
Petaling Jaya
47800 Selangor
Opening Hours 
Daily 10am - 10pm

Friday, May 27, 2016

Sam's Kitchen

Tom Yam Goong (150THB++)

Very bland, not spicy at all.

Beef with Garlic Thai Style (150++)

So tough meat, like dried meat. Terrible.

Meal for two costs no more than 400THB. I wanted to give up on them but tried their Pad Thai the next day and was it good. 

If you're staying at Phuket Panwa Beachfront, this little cafe is located right across the hotel. There is nothing nice at Phuket Panwa Beachfront - either Mosaic (for buffet) or Mediterranean food. I just wanted simple food as I was not that hungry but they said only buffet is available. Hotel staffs were not that helpful in that sense, they told me there is food about 20 minutes away, but thankfully there's Sam's across the street. Just don't order dishes, simple fried rice or noodle is fine.

Sam's Kitchen
Moo 7 Sakdidech Road
8/88, Muang Mueang
Phuket District
Phuket 83000
(Phuket Panwa Beachfront Hotel's address because the cafe is right across the hotel)

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Coconut Flower Seafood Restaurant

Fried Noodles with Tiny Clams (Lala)

Those tiny clams are all hidden beneath!

Kung Pou Razor Clams

Omelette (slightly overdone)

Thai Coconut Prawns (highly recommended!!). 

They do not have a menu so we practically had to "guess" what's good. Ordering something everyone else did will never be wrong!!

Butter prawns

Steamed Clams (Lala)

All of the above with one coconut drink each only cost about RM120++?? I don't remember the exact amount. It is possibly one of the busiest seafood restaurant around the place. I love all the dishes, especially the Thai coconut prawns.

They have plenty (like more than 50 from what I see!) of tables but almost full when we got there before 7pm! For all you first timers for seafood/Klang, I would highly recommend this place for seafood in Telok Gong/Klang. I've read some really bad reviews of this place, but honestly, I've tried Yong Tat @ Telok Gong, which is no where near good. Coconut Flower dishes aced our tongues and all of us loved it! Be there earlier to avoid the long queue!

Bear in mind this is no 5-star restaurant, don't expect air-conditioning or pretty tables and chairs. It's just another typical "tai chow" place in Klang Valley.

I am unsure if this place is Halal, but from the looks of it they do not use/serve pork.

Coconut Flower Seafood Restaurant
702, Jalan Udang Galah
Telok Gong, Klang
42000 Selangor
Opening Hours
Daily 11am - 10.30pm
*unsure of their rest days

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Yamagoya Ramen

A revisit to Yamagoya after 4 years. Seems like everything had changed.

 Special Ramen (RM24)

4 years ago:

Soup is very diluted and bland now.

 Pork Katsu (RM18)

Looks nothing like what we had ordered. It's hard, overcooked and chunky.

4 years ago: 

 Gyoza (RM11)

Overcooked gyoza leaving burnt marks. Major recycle oil used creating that sort of effect.

4 years ago:

Agedashi Tofu (RM7)

It certainly looks nothing like what I had before. Click here for the old post. Major downhill so I won't return again.

Yamagoya Ramen
No 1 Jalan Dutamas 1,
50480 Kuala Lumpur
(03) 6206 2220

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Foong Lian Claypot Chicken Rice

Another claypot chicken rice in Pudu. It's just a few shops away from the famous Pudu Heun Kee. This place is normally second to Heun Kee. 

They have a selection of soup, vegetables and claypot chicken rice. To end your meal, you can have a bowl of tong shui (Chinese dessert) too. 

Overall, the claypot chicken rice is not bad, sadly the soy sauce they use is not as fragrant as Heun Kee or 168 Pudu. It is lacking of the aroma and if it wasn't for the salted fish it would be just a pot of rice with chicken and mixed soy sauce. 

I wouldn't recommend you to drive all the way if you're far, but if you work or live nearby it's an OK place to go to. Nevertheless, it is still a great place for budget eats. I've been back a couple of times because of the comfortable tables, clean cutlery and still able to savour on decent quality food. Sometimes, the ambience makes a very big influence to taste.

Foong Lian Claypot Chicken Rice
55, Jalan Yew
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours
Daily 10.30am - 10pm
Foong Lian's Page

Monday, May 23, 2016

Pho Hoa

Pho Hoa may sound familiar to you as they have shops across Asia, Canada and US. It's not the best place for pho, but it's not too bad if you're craving for it.

Steak & Flank Pho (RM19.50)

The bowl of pho arrived piping hot, but the beef was served cooked. The ones I had in Vietnam is so different... They normally serve it raw so the hot soup will slowly cook it so that it wouldn't be overcooked.

Brisket and Flank Pho (RM19.50)

I'm not sure if they have issues of not being able to serve it that way due to some authority issues, but clearly these beef were pre-cooked before serving. Me like to see red-ish in my beef and me no like it being overcooked!

The noodles are not really the traditional Viet noodles, where it's soft and lightly transparent. This one is just hard (obviously it isn't freshly made), either that or it's not cooked long enough for that level of softness.

The only thing that scored for the night was the broth. The broth was very flavourful and it arrived really hot which is how it should be for us to add the additional vegetables at the side.

Drip Coffee (RM7.95)

The drip coffee was a pure no. It wasn't served on traditional Vietnamese drip coffee set. It was just like another cup of instant coffee.

Honestly, I would not recommend anyone to go to this chain restaurant as the quality is really not there at all. Not sure about other branches, but the one at The Curve is a letdown.

Pho Hoa
The Curve
Mutiara Damansara
Petaling Jaya
47800 Selangor

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Goon Wah Restaurant

 Guinness Stout Chicken Wings (RM11.90)

I first visited Goon Wah at Kuchai, their original branch.

 Fried Pork Intestines (RM16.90)

Quaint little joints with limited choices, but good enough. I don't normally take pork innards, but this is really good it's a must!

 Claypot Lou Shu Fun (RM12.90)

Portions are pretty small, but the prices are quite reasonable. Air-conditioned place, about RM10ish for one portion of noodle is not too bad within the Klang Valley. The place is always crowded so just be patient with them. One of those places where it's busy and service is still fine.

Goon Wah
No 38, Jalan SS22/21
Damansara Jaya
Petaling Jaya
47400 Selangor

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Choon Prawn Mee House

A Penang friend brought me to this place. According to her PG tastebuds, this place serves "the best Penang prawn mee" in Klang Valley.

Loh bak - does not feel it was freshly made. Not crispy at all...

Tried the noodles, it not too bad it seems. You can also opt to add pork ribs or sides that you may want to make it more flavourful.

Choon Prawn Mee House
13, Jalan 20/14
Taman Paramount
Petaling Jaya
46300 Selangor
Opening Hours
Daily 7.30am - 4.30pm
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