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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Pasar Besar Wakaf Bharu @ Kelantan

10 02 2011

I had a chance to visit the morning market at Wakaf Bharu during Chinese New Year. Known as ‘Pasar Besar Wakaf Bharu’ or Wakaf Bharu Big Market, this is the largest market in the district of Tumpat, Kelantan and it is very crowded during day time.

1. A woman was seen selling selling ‘Apam Balik’ , a popular Malaysian version of crepe. Apam Balik is usually prepared with sugar, sweet corn and crushed peanuts.

2. Although meat and fresh vegetables were the common items sold at Wakaf Bharu market, non-food items were also abundantly seen around the place. Used shoes were spread out on the ground for buyers looking for cheap buys.

3. ‘Pisang Goreng’ or banana fritter is another popular snacks commonly seen at road side stalls. Apparently, fried snacks are popular among the Kelantanese.

4. A batik trader was seen haggling prices with the buyers. Spotting a piece of batik cloth wrapped around his torso, his antics were spotted against the vivid colours of the batik cloths at the background.

5. Fresh chillies and other vegetables as sold by one of the traders.

6. The aroma of freshly fried prawn fritters or ‘cucur udang’ was tantalizing enough to attract passersby. The lady who was selling the light snack was busy preparing the batter.

7. A Malay woman clad with malay ethnic wear was looking at the towel hangers.

8.  ‘Ikan Masin’ or salted fishes are usually cooked with some local dishes. These fishes were dried under the hot sun with sea salt so that they can be kept for a long time.

9. Another trader seen selling used shoes.

10. A lady carrying her child with a pink balloon walking along the busy market street.

11. ‘Lekor’ (or ‘Keropok Gote’ in Kelantanese dialect) is another popular snack here. These fish sausages are deep fried in hot oil and are distinctively longer than the usual lekor found in other states of Malaysia.

12. A child curiously looking at the camera while I was taking some candid shots of the market.





Restoran YiKee Seafood Bak Kut Teh @ Tanjung Sepat

17 01 2011

One fine weekend, I made a trip down to Tanjung Sepat with my in-laws. Tanjung Sepat is a well-known fishing town just 18km south-east of Morib town. One of the local attractions in this place is YiKee Seafood Bak Kut Teh. Located at the intersection of Jalan Besar and Lorong 7, this quaint restaurant was certainly a crowd puller judging by the morning crowd.

While I had tried all sort of Bak Kut Teh in Klang Valley, seafood Bak Kut Teh was something new to me. From what I understand, the owner came up with this idea of selling seafood Bak Kut Teh when some of its local customers brought along their catch of the day and requested it to be cooked with the Bak Kut Teh broth.

The fresh seafood and other raw ingredients can be seen on the counter top where the owner, Mr. Chia was busy preparing Bak Kut Teh of all sorts for his customers.

Apart from the seafood Bak Kut Teh, YiKee does sell pork based Bak Kut Teh as well. But somehow I didn’t quite enjoy it that much as the soup was rather diluted as compared to thicker version which I generally prefer.

The Prawn Bak Kut Teh was a different story altogether. The sweetness of the seafood flavour really makes the broth tasty. I kept drinking the soup while enjoying the fresh prawns.

The fish paste clear soup will certainly delight those who like strong taste of black pepper with a tinge of sour taste in the soup.

All in all, the bill came up to RM 141. 50 for 10 pax. Quite cheap considering the the amount of seafood that was served in each claypot.

Restoran YiKee Seafood Bak Kut Teh
No. 247B, Jalan Besar
42800 Tanjung Sepat
Selangor Darul Ehsan

Tel: 03-3197 4907 / 019-351 8448

Business Hours
6am – 11am Daily

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Pick n’ Brew @ Glenmarie

14 08 2010

I am always fascinated with how café in foreign countries can whip up a cup of coffee with hand-drawn patterns on the foam. When I had my lunch at Pick n’ Brew last week, I was ecstatic to find out that they also offer serve the same hand-drawn coffee or better known as ‘Graffiti Latte’.  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.

Graffiti Latte at Pick ‘n Brew costs RM 10 per cup. Not a cheap price to pay considering I could get a similar drink elsewhere at a cheaper price. But the opportunity to see the Graffiti Latte myself was something worth paying for.

I was gasping in awe when I saw the cup. It was really a work of art!

A closer look…

I also took the black pepper seafood (RM 24).

There were prawns, clams and squid cooked with spaghetti with black pepper sauce.

For that price, I would expect a great tasting meal. Unfortunately, the black pepper taste was too overpowering.

Still, what amazes me what the Graffiti Latte. Food wise, it was rather disappointing for me.

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

Tel: 03-55691216
Fax: 03-55685561
email: customer@picknbrew.com

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