Heritage Village @ Aman Suria

31 05 2011

Last Saturday I decided to make a trip to Aman Suria in search of the famous Nasi Lemak King at Heritage Village. Apparently, this place has received rave reviews and I decided that it is time for me to check it out.

What was initially a trip to explore the Nasi Lemak turns out to be a surprise when the ABC (Air Batu Campur) at Heritage Village fared so much better than the overrated Nasi Lemak. Hence, I have decided to write about the ABC instead which was served with red syrup, evaporated milk, flavoured peanuts, nata de coco, kidney beans and green jelly filling up the huge mountain of shaved ice in a metal bowl.

The flavor was certainly ‘pleasant’. Not rich, nor was it too bland. It was a fine mixture of both milk and syrup to produce a taste which is just right. While this is not the best ABC I have tasted, it was certainly good in my honest opinion.

For RM 5.50 a bowl, it wasn’t the cheapest ABC that I have tried. We have also opted not to have the scoop of ice-cream (which is how the ABC is served according to its menu). But the huge portion, mouth-watering bowl of dessert do sort of justified the price.

Heritage Village
D-G-3L, PJU 1/45
Aman Suria
47301 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan

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Yeoh’s Bah Kut Teh @ Klang

28 05 2011

Mention the word Bak Kut Teh and images of aromatic medicinal soup prepared with a concoction of herbs and spices with chunky meats spring into my mind. While many food lovers will tend to have their favourite Bak Kut Teh shop (including yours truly), my good friend, Yeong recommended me to try out Yeoh’s Bah Kut Teh at Klang. On the side note, I always thought the proper spelling for this dish is Bak Kut Teh but somehow Yeoh’s version is spelt differently.

Apparently, Yeoh’s Bah Kut Teh is located just at the back of the Hokkien Association Building along Jalan Batu Tiga Lama which makes it very inconspicuous to motorists traveling along the Federal Highway. Still, I was told by my friend that they are very famous among the locals and even have a branch in Hong Kong.

Putting fame aside, I was keen to see how good the Bak Kut Teh is at this place. The staff recommended us to try their Yeoh’s Signature Big Bone and Claypot Bah Kut Teh. Yeoh’s Signature Big Bone deserves a special mention. The first thing that struck me was how HUGE the bone of meat was.

It was so big that I could almost picture it as Titanic sinking into the sea of herbal soup. Putting my silly comparison aside, the meat was soft, tender and flavoursome.

One of the pre-requisite for me in tasting Bak Kut Teh is the soup itself. To tell the truth, I did not fall in love with the soup on my first sip. It was certainly thick, rich and full of herbal taste but somehow, the flavour was a wee bit bitter for me. Perhaps my taste buds were off tangent that afternoon but it certainly did not knock me off my socks.

However, as our lunch discussion went on, I was unconsciously taking spoonfuls of the soup to drink. Strangely, the taste became better! I somehow appreciate the thicker texture of the soup with rich content of herbs.

The claypot Bah Kut Teh was also yummy. Apart from a mixture of fat and lean meat, there were tau fu pock, cabbage, fu chok and etc.

The soup has a slightly different taste. It was less bitter and not as thick with herbs as compared to the Signature Big Bone.

There was also a slight tinge of sweetness. As for the meat, it was also nicely cook. No complaints there.

I read somewhere that there are almost 500 different Bak Kut Teh shops/stalls in Klang alone. This will invariably produces different version of the traditional dish which in turn will divide people’s opinion on which shop is the best. As for me, Yeoh’s would ranked among the top tier of Bak Kut Teh shops I have sampled so far.

For a meal of RM 31.00 inclusive of Chinese tea, I would say it was certainly worth the price of the meal.

Yeoh’s Bah Kut Teh
Bangunan Persatuan Hokkien (Kantin)
Jalan Batu Tiga Lama
41300 Klang
Selangor Darul Ehsan

Tel: +603-3341 7551 / +6012-312 2755

Website: http://www.bahkutteh.com/
Email: info@bahkutteh.com

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Aunty Gemuk’s Char Kuey Teow @ Kelana Jaya

27 05 2011

Affectionately known as Aunty Gemuk (Fat Aunty), I guess her physical appearance says it all. I stumbled across this place after reading a lot of positive reviews in the blogsphere, praising about her mouth watering plate of Char Kuey Teow. As a food lover myself, I knew it is a matter of time before I drop by at her stall to try her famous fried noodle.

Aunty Gemuk’s Char Kuey Teow is found at Restoran Jamal Mohamed, facing the entrance of Wisma FAM. Located at the intersection of Jalan SS51/12 and Jalan SS51/9, the restaurant was super-packed during lunch hours. Despite the crowd, it wasn’t hard to spot her stall given her plump appearance. Numerous customers were seen queuing up beside her stall while most tables were already filled with her signature fried noodles – a sure sign of her popularity. One of the unique thing about Restoran Jamal Mohamed is that its sellers are made up of various races congregating under one roof. Without doubt, the spirit of 1 Malaysia is alive and well here.

The Char Kuey Teow came in a big clump of reddish-like noodles with prawns, cockles, bean sprout and eggs embedded inside. While food presentation may not be Aunty Gemuk’s forte, the taste was a different story altogether.

I must say, the service was very efficient. Despite so many orders coming in, my big plate of Char Kuey Teow (RM 4.50) arrived swiftly. I guess Aunty Gemuk has mastered the art of frying noodles so proficiently that each plate of pipping hot fried noodle is served from the wok in no time at all.

The Char Kuey Teow wasn’t very oily which was a good thing. Despite so, the individual strands of noodles were moist and well-fried. It was as if Aunty Gemuk has truly acquired the fine art of cooking Char Kuey Teow with a perfect balance of ingredients, heat and frying time.

One other unique character that I noticed in Aunty Gemuk’s Char Kuey Teow is the absence of dark soya sauce. Instead of the usual dark brownish texture on most Char Kuey Teow, here, the noodles were of slight reddish tones from what I presumed to be the use of belacan or shrimp paste.

It was also slightly spicier compared to the usual Char Kuey Teow that I have tried elsewhere. The noodles were still hot even after spending a few minutes taking pictures which is an indication of ‘Wok Hei’ or what is commonly referred to as charred taste as a result of frying the kuey teow with intense heat.

Selling Char Kuey Teow in a Muslim mamak shop means that no pork lard or pork sausages are allowed to maintain the ‘Halal’ status. Despite the absence of these two ingredients, I didn’t find it detrimental to the taste at all.

Suffice to say, Aunty Gemuk’s Char Kuey Teow warrants two thumbs up. The taste is delicious and I finished my big plate in no time at all. Her fried Char Kuey Teow has won my heart and it is ranked as one of the best I had tasted so far.

For your information, Aunty Gemuk is a very friendly person. When I asked if I can take a picture of her frying noodles, she smiled and said “Okay!”

Truly a gem not to be missed. She open daily till 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday till 4 p.m. only.

Restoran Jamal Mohamed
No. 24, Jalan SS5A/9
47301 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan

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Restoran PKS Maju @ Taman Sungai Besi Indah

25 05 2011

When Eric told me about a mamak shop which is famous for its Nasi Goreng Mamak (Mamak Fried Rice) at Seri Kembangan, I was more than eager to check it out. The best Nasi Goreng Mamak that I fondly remember was back in my college days. Back then, it was the staple food for me as I can’t afford to eat anywhere else with my measly pocket allowance. Still, it was really delicious but the shop has since been closed down.

So when I was driving to Taman Sungai Besi Indah to try the fried rice there, I was hoping it would taste at least as good as how I remembered my favourite Nasi Goreng Mamak to be. Restoran PKS Maju is located not far away from the Esso Station near to Mines Shopping Centre along Lebuhraya Sungai Besi.

Eric recommended the Nasi Goreng Mamak with fried chicken (RM 5) which comes with huge portion of rice and chunks of chicken meat. Thumbs up for that. The rice were fried with ample amount of spices yet it was not too overpowering with the taste of curry powder. Each grain of rice can be tasted inside the mouth with that goodness of “hmmmmm” satisfaction.

Comparatively speaking, the Nasi Goreng at PKS Maju does have a similar taste with the one I had back in my college days. Thumbs up!

As for the chicken (I save the best for last), it was moist and nicely marinated with spices. From what I understand, the chunks of fried chicken are fried together again with the rice thus producing an aromatic flavour of its original spices mixed with the ingredients of the fried rice.

The result? A lips smacking plate of fried rice!

I was telling Eric that eat spoonful of rice is just so heavenly good. And for RM 5, it is really value for money.

While there may be other Mamak restaurants out there which serves great fried rice, I will settle for Restoran PKS Maju to satisfy my hunger anytime!

Restoran PKS Maju
Jalan Sungai Besi Indah 1/18
43300 Seri Kembangan
Selangor Darul Ehsan

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Pick n’ Brew @ Glenmarie

23 05 2011

Despite dining at Pick n’ Brew numerous times, the place has never failed to impress me with its cozy dining ambiance and an admirable range of Italian and Asian cuisines. With such an attractive atmosphere and food fare, one would never expect to find such a fine restaurant situated in the sprawling industrial zone of Hicom Glenmarie. Indeed, Pick n’ Brew is located at the left wing of the CNI (a multi-level marketing company) building which is another surprising factor for me.

Apart from the food which I will talk about later, Pick n’ Brew serves Graffiti Latte (RM 10) which is a cup of coffee with hand-drawn patterns on the foam.

Apparently, Graffiti Latte has been around for decades. What started from pouring simple pattern on the foam has evolved into a work of art in every drink. The Graffiti Latte comes with two pieces of Biscotti that can be dipped into the coffee.

While RM 10 is expensive for a cup of coffee, the opportunity to witness something as unique as this is really worth paying for. It was a good cup of coffee and the artful design certainly was a bonus to me.

Food at Pick n’ Brew is certainly not cheap but for what it is worth, the food presentation and taste makes up for it. First up is the Crispy Skin Seabass (RM 30).

According to the menu, the seabass is cooked with asparagus, mixed vegetables and tomato salsa sauce. Preparing this dish does require a fine balance between cooking the skin till it is crispy without over drying the fillet meat.

The salsa sauce has a light taste to it and complimented the fish well without overpowering the taste of the fillet.

The Grenobloise Salmon Fillet (RM 28) which was complimented with potatoes, lemon butter and spinach cream was equally good.

The salmon tasted fresh and goes well with the cream and herbs. The taste was light without too much of creamy taste which brings out the flavour of the fresh salmon.

Pick n’ Brew is certainly a good choice for food (and coffee). Despite its unconventional location, the cozy ambiance and great food were more than enough for me to take a slightly longer drive to dine there.

Pick n’ Brew
No. 2, Jalan U1/17
Hicom Glenmarie Industrial Park
40000 Shah Alam

Tel: 03-5569 1216
Fax: 03-5568 5561

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Klang Cendol @ Klang

18 05 2011

When I was told that the best Cendol is found in old Klang town, the statement was met with skepticism by yours truly. However, curiosity got the better of me and I decided to make a trip down to the ‘royal city’ just to find out if the cendol lives up to its reputation. Upon seeing the cendol shop, I was startled to see the word 1972 prominently displayed on the signboard. Apparently, the cendol shop was founded by Mr. Mahalingam way back in 1972.

There is an interesting story of how Mr. Mahalingam began his cendol business. He came from a very poor family and had no choice but to pawn his Seiko watch for $20 to start a part-time cendol business at Nibong Tebal in Penang. His first day profit was only $1.60 but his persistency paid off when he was offered to take over a business from another cendol seller in Klang when the later need to go back to India. The rest as they say is history.

There are many types of cendol sold at Klang Cendol ranging from cendol biasa (plain cendol), cendol ais krim and cendol pulut (cendol with glutinous  rice). I ordered the cendol pulut which costs RM 2.20 per bowl.

The cendol was served in a metal bowl. Instead of a mountain of shaved ice covered with coconut milk and thick gula melaka (palm sugar), the bowl of cendol came with a few chunks of glutinous rice in a pool of melted ice with brownish gula melaka, milk, green jelly and red beans.

While it doesn’t look impressive, the taste was truly fantastic. While it wasn’t overly dense with gula melaka which made it less sweeter than those Baba cendol in Melaka, it still hit all the right notes with a perfect combination of fresh coconut milk with gula melaka.

I believe Mr. Mahalingam has fine-tuned his recipe over the years and has successfully come up with a lips smacking bowl of cendol that truly lives up to his reputation.

It was also my first time trying cendol pulut which adds a new dimension to the texture of the dessert. While cendol biasa comes mainly with shaved ice, the cendol pulut has a more chewy texture due to the glutinous rice soaked in the coconut milk. Two thumbs up!

Apparently, Cendol Klang do sell rojak as well. The sauce is slightly lighter in colour and not as thick or as spicy as those other mamak stalls.

There were fried tofu, a piece of boiled egg, sliced cucumber and even lettuce.

Taste wise, I wasn’t really impressed with it. After tasting the cendol, I was hoping that the rojak would be equally good but I still prefer Rojak Mustaffa at Petaling Jaya.

But the whole purpose of going there was to taste the cendol and I wasn’t disappointed at all. True enough, apart from Bak Kut Teh and seafood, Klang can proudly proclaim cendol as one its repertoire of signature dishes in this royal town.

Cendol Klang
No, 78, Jalan Nanas
41400 Klang
Selangor Darul Ehsan

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Marche Movenpick @ The Curve

17 05 2011

Whenever I shop around The Curve, I always notice tons of people queuing up at the entrance of Marche. One must have the impression that the food is good judging by the amount of people eating there, including yours truly. So last month, I decided to have my dinner there with my other half.

What makes Marche so unique is the ‘passport’ card which is given to every customer when he or she steps into the restaurant. The interior is akin to a market environment where various food stations are set up namely pizza, pasta, rosti, grill, bakery, salad and etc. If a customer wishes to order any food from the respective food station, the chef will stamp on the passport card while the he or she waits for the food to be prepared. Once the customer checks out, the passport card will be collected back by the Marche staff to calculate the total amount spent.

Although the concept is unique, I find the restaurant overcrowded with people. Perhaps it was a weekend and understandably, most people prefer to eat outside but the crowd made it so hard for me to walk around the place. It almost feels claustrophobic with hot pans or plates being carried around by customers searching for a table to dine. Food can take as long as 20 minutes before it was ready and the customers will need to go back to the station to collect it.

I ordered the plain Rosti (RM 7.50), which was supposedly the signature dish at Marche. Rosti is basically made from potato strips lightly fried on the pan with oil. Honestly, I was disappointed with the dish. The grated potatoes tasted salty and it fell short of my expectations.The dollop of sour cream did not help to make it taste any better.

The mixed grilled (RM 20.00) did not fare any much better. The beef texture was hard and dry while the chicken wasn’t really great either.

The portion was also small and it doesn’t look appetizing at all.

The mixed grill came with a small cup of black pepper sauce which didn’t help to make the grilled meat taste any better.

Lastly, there was the crepe (RM 12.50) which is made from capsicum, vegetables, cheese and chicken strips wrapped with crepe.

The taste was flat and again, it was a disappointment for me.

I hardly put up a bad review for a restaurant but I am really hard pressed to say anything good about Marche. If there is one good point, the ambiance was lively and the variety of food to choose from certainly made it fun to walk around just to have an eye of what was in store at Marche.

I would however give this place a miss and wouldn’t go back there again anytime soon.

Marche @ The Curve
Lot G87, Ground Floor, The Curve
Mutiara Damansara
47800 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan

Tel: 03-7727 8461
Website: http://www.marche-malaysia.com

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Coconut Lamington

9 05 2011

Here is another offering from Bakin’licious. The Coconut Lamington is simply awesome and mouth watering! The chocolate icing and coconut flakes makes every bite a true delight. For more information on how to place an order for this cake, please click here.

Chee Kiong & Yan Pre-Wedding Shoot

8 05 2011

I had the privilege to do a pre-wedding shoot for Chee Kiong and Yan a few days ago. Both of them were really excited and I am very sure that they enjoyed the shoot as much as I did. I will never forget all those wonderful moments that we shared laughing together throughout the entire shoot.

Restoran Soon Hing @ Kota Kemuning

2 05 2011

A while ago, I came to know from my niece of a restaurant called Soon Hing at Kota Kemuning. The restaurant is apparently famous for its Wanton noodle and it is located just a stone throw away from Pun Chun Noodle House which is another famous place to eat around the area.

The overall environment at Soon Hing was clean, hygienic and orderly. This  provided a comfortable dining experience for their customers. Service was also efficient and our food arrived on our table without waiting too long.

First up was the roast duck Wanton noodle. The roast duck skin was crispy while the meat was tender and moist. The duck definitely contributed to the overall tastiness of the meal.

The noodle was springy and freshly made. You can tell how skillful a plate of Wanton mee was made by tasting the texture of the noodle.

The curry chicken Wanton noodle was also noteworthy. Unlike most conventional curry which is more diluted, the curry served with Wanton noodle has to be thick so that it doesn’t become too watery once it is mixed with the black sauce.

The gravy was rich with ‘santan’ and curry flavour. The chicken meat was also delicious.

Soon Hing definitely offers one of the better Wanton noodle around town. If you are living around the vicinity of Kota Kemuning, I am sure you would have heard of this place. The place was packed during the weekend which is a sure sign of the quality of food served there.

Soon Hing offers different varieties of Wanton Noodles. I will definitely make my way back to this restaurant again to try their food soon!

Restoran Soon Hing
No. 8, Vanilla Q31Q
Kota Kemuning
40460 Shah Alam
Selangor Darul Ehsan

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