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Oriental Pavillion @ Jaya 33

This blog has not been really updated for many weeks, although there are some drafts pending to be published. Just like this birthday outing luncheon for Her Majesty which took place a month ago. This is the first birthday celebration for Her Majesty after we got married, but we just had a simple luncheon at Oriental Pavillion as we would be traveling to Vietnam a week later as her birthday trip.

Lunch was busy at Oriental Pavillion, mostly are business people. However, the service is still very prompt. We can see that majority are getting dim sum or lunch set menus. However, we choose to go for a la carte instead.

Different types of chili / sambal as side accompaniment

First served on the table is the fried hor fun with venison, it is a little bit oily but the venison make the whole dish taste extra delicious. Not to mention the portion is more than enough for two to share.

As much as I like unagi, but seriously we were too full to finish the next dish – stone bake unagi rice. It’s really nice and big portion again. To not waste the food, we only finished all the unagi, not the rice…

For the finale, I am actually quite disappointed with what i ordered – chilled mango puree with pamelo, which is my all time favorite. Look at this… ergh!

But the chilled jelly served in coconut shell is really refreshing.

As we were using a RM50 cash coupon, so after all, we just have to pay RM30+, which is definitely very worthy^_^


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Restaurant Choon Yien @ Happy Mansion

The fisrt time when I was brought to Happy Mansion, I was told that this particular coffee shop is well known for its chicken rice. I know it sounds very unbelievable, but this is what we were told – phone reservation is required to avoid dissapointment. You also get special priviledge if you address the boss as bro.

However, we were not so impressed by the service during our first visit there few days ago. The coffee shop was still very empty as we were there. We were lining up together with another few customer until an Indon worker came and told us to get a table and sit down first. Not long later, two men came and sat at the table next to us. And the best is, the boss took their order first.

The food presentation ‘wow’ us for once when it was first served. But we can never judge the book by its cover. The roasted pork was tough and salty while their so called signature roasted chicken has nothing to shout about too. Especially if you have visited this very rundown chicken rice stalls behind Istana Hotel. The portion is actually very small for two persons, don’t get fool by the bean sprouts (taugeh) hidden at the bottom.

Our total bill was RM19. Not worth the money we paid at all, somemore the boss got ‘one kind of look’ when we asked for bill. This place has been over rated by some of the local food bloggers or perhaps they should try out more roasted chicken and roasted pork first before claim that this is the best in town.

Restoran Choon Yien
CG-1, Happy Mansion Apartments
Jalan 17/13
Section 17
46400 Petaling Jaya
11 am to 1 pm

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Cooking with love – Chapter 1: My wife is a good cook

I am always very proud that I have a lovely wife who can cook well. Isn’t this one of the reasons why I fall in love with her? But, those who knows her family background will always get shocked, how can this only child in the family cook? Well, my mother in law is a good cook, same goes to my wife’s late grandmother who hailed from Indonesia. Or else, they will stare at me and say “your wife can cook ah?” because to many people, youngster now a day won’t know how to cook or never even step into the kitchen.

Well, after years of knowing her, I just knew that actually she started to cook during her college time. According to our good friend, Jo who was her roommate in the hostel, Her Majesty was using a rice cooker to cook many dishes other than rice. Braised, fried, steam, boiled… who says it is impossible.

Until today, cooking has been part of her life. She will always wake up at 6am+ to prepare the stuff and cook. In another word, we hardly eat out because she doesn’t like those food that contain ajinomoto (we never buy any ajinomoto at all) and of course, to save money because most of the food outside can be cooked by her, and i am running out of options, unless it is mamak or malay food.

Apart from eating at home, she will also prepare lunch bento for me. So some of my colleagues are always curious want to see what is in my lunch box and even want to try it out.

And because of I have a lovely wife who can cook good food, now I am having problem when we eat out because I will not want to order any dish that she can make, so sometimes we will be just sitting there and don’t know what to order whenever she ask me what do i want.

From now onwards, I will start sharing the photos of good home cooking here with all my readers (be ready to get hungry!). However, Her Majesty is reluctant to share her secret recipe with anyone although some of the recipes are taken from somewhere else and modified to suit our tastebud. Reason being is, we have other plan in mind.

Braised chicken with fermented rice

This is a Foo Chow specialty that Her Majesty is in love with since she was a little girl. I still remember how I react when I first tried this but now, I am also in love with it too especially if is infused with rice wine.

Steamed rice with Japanese curry

Japanese curry is probably the most healthiest curry I ever know because no cooking oil is used at all in making this dish. Thanks to our Korean friend HyunJu, Her Majesty can make good Jap curry now.

Steamed rice with braised minced pork meat

If you have read my travelogue, you should have remember that how much both of us fall in love with this dish in Taiwan. Well, when your favourite food isn’t available in your country the only solution is to google for the recipe and cook it yourself. Something simple when the cook is in the lazy mode.

Sambal sotong

Growing up in a traditional Chinese family, cooking sambal is definitely something that Her Majesty never came across in her family. She picked up this dish all because of me who loves to have sambal. My aunt taught her once. Few years later, her celebrity chef friend shared his secret recipe with her that she is refering to now. Once you know how to make the basic sambal, it won’t be hard at all to modify it become another dish like sambal sotong.

Stir-fried mushrooms with abalone sauce

I don’t really fancy mushrooms so she only cook this favourite dish of hers once a while.

Steamed fish Teoh Chew style

I am just like my fatty FurFur who loves fish! Even though Her Majesty is allergy to most of the fish but didn’t we always say best way to win a man’s heart is through his stomach? After few times of trial and error, finally she has mastered the skills of making good steamed fish. I can never have enough of it, more please…

Ok, time to get ready and attend a Malay kenduri. TBC with more food photos, stay tuned.

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6 to 10 Grill & Nasi Lemak @ Happy Mansion

I get to know this place at few months ago but only get to try out their food by myself last week. I am totally in love with it till I make a second visit today and this place, is no other than 6 to 10 Grill & Nasi Lemak at Happy Mansion, SS17, which is endorsed by my favourite 8TV show “Ho Chak”.

Just like what the name tells, nasi lemak is their signature dish. Choose your preferred side dish from the menu – which includes chicken curry, mutton curry, beef rendang, sambal sotong, or for something more unusual, pork rendang or pork sambal. You can also opt for as many side dish as you want. This is my first time trying out pork sambal that would be greater after you squeeze the lime juice on it. Slight spicy plus sour… very appetising. Of course, their selling point here is still where to get sambal and rendang that is cooked by using pork? Unfortunately the pork rendang finish already, so be an early bird if you don’t want to be disappointed and the place was already so packed when we reached there.

Or for western cuisine, the lady boss highly recommend the red wine pork ribs (RM32.90) to us. The pork ribs is first marinated with red wine for many hours before grill to perfection and served with pineapple sauce, mash potato and some other vegetables. Its generous portion is enough to be shared by two persons.

Another equally worth to try dish is the ham steak with egg that costs only RM12.80.

While waiting for the main course to be served, we had a bowl of the creamy homemade mushroom soup (RM4.50). Yum yum…

So if this post make you feels like driving there right now, wait, this place has certain opening hours. Although it is name 6 to 10 but it doesn’t means that it only opens from 6 to 10. Be there early to avoid disappointment too.

6 to 10 Grill & Nasi Lemak, BG-1, Block B, Happy Mansion, Jalan 17/13, 46400 Petaling Jaya.

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Restoran Bah Kut Teh Yap Chuan @ Klang

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Maaf Zahir dan Batin!

Festive season is once here again and after three years, this is my first time to have a raya holiday and not working. But unfortunately there is no rendang, sate or lemang for us as all our Malay friends are celebrating Raya in their hometown instead of KL. So there we went for Bah Kut Teh at Klang since Her Majesty needs to meet an ex-classmate to collect some stuff.

Honestly, the only place we know that serve good Bah Kut Teh in Klang is Qe Xiang and that’s also the place we wanted to go at first. Who knows, it’s full house and none of the workers bother about us while many other families who were there waiting to be seated. So we just walked across the street to another Bah Kut Teh shop which we have no idea how good it is.

I must say that the service here is much better compare to Qe Xiang. Despite of being busy, the waitress immediately attended to us and told us to wait for a moment to be seated. We noticed that many families who were being ignored at Qe Xiang like us also came to Yap Chuan.

Our food was served within 5 minutes after we placed our order, the service here really impressed us. First served on the table is the claypot bah kut teh with pork ribs, intestine, beancurd skin and lean meat. The strong aroma of the herbal soup really satisfied my appetite.

Besides that, we also ordered another small portion of their award-winning dry bah kut teh. This dish is said to be created by the taukeh’s son when he was 14 years old during the Bah Kut Teh’s King Competition at 4 years back. Since then, this dry bah kut teh has become the signature dish of this dish.

As it is dry bah kut teh, so for sure, there is no soup at all. The pork ribs and pork intestine are first boiled in the herbal soup for hours before it’s transferred to a big wok, and fried together with other ingredients like ladies finger and dried cuttle fish. Dark soya sauce and cooking wine are added in to enhance the aroma.

Even though it can’t replace the normal bah kut teh but sometimes, if a new recipe is something different yet good, why not give it a try. Well done to this 14 years old boy who makes me had three plates of rice at one go. And of course, the most important thing is curiosity didn’t kill the cat. Definitely will be coming back here again with family and friends in the future.

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My favourite food in town V – Kiew Yee Teow Chew Fried Kueh Teow

It’s a long weekend but unfortunately, my car got towed on last Thursday and I can most probably claim it back by tomorrow. Perhaps God says I am too spoilt by the car already, so is time for me to take the public transport these few days. Well, it has been so long since the last time we took lrt together to town. And we can only go to certain places that are easily accessed by LRt, for eg pasar seni and bukit bintang.

So as usual, it is Her Majesty’s weekly routine to do grocery shopping at wet market on every Saturday. She does cook almost everyday, for our breakfast especially and bento lunch for me. With no car to go around, we can only take LRT to Pasar Seni which is within walking distance to the wet market at Petaling Street.

Our regular spot for breakfast is always the beef noodles or porridge that Her Majesty refused  to have it this round. While thinking where to go and what to have, we past by this food court that we have been knowing it for years but never bothered to check it out until recently.

Suddenly, Her Majesty said she just came across a newspaper article featuring the char kway teow here, which has more than 50 years of history and it’s certainly one of the best in town. Char Kway Teow is always my favourite food but we couldn’t get any good one in KL except in Penang and Singapore, else what we get here is always either containing too much full of bean sprouts (taugeh), portion too small, lack of taste or even very oily. So… I must give it a try.

Many of us might not know actually Char Kway Teow is a Teow Chew specialties. Both of us have a very high expectation on this stall, but we just ordered one plate to share.

I never knew also that we can ask for mix kway teow and noodles. Ingredients wise there is not much bean sprouts together with spring onion, cockles, egg and fish cake. And the most important is, the secret behind this very famous dish… a homemade peanut sesame sauce that give it extra aroma. Two thumbs up! Finally i have found a Kueh Tiaw shop worthy of it’s name and worth the visit each time when i drop by.

I can’t express how glad we are to know such a good Char Kway Teow in town with reasonable pricing. A special one with egg and extra cockles at only RM4.80. Thanks my car got towed^_^

Kiew Yee Teow Chew Char Kway Teow (Since 1952) @ Tang City Food Court, Petaling Street. Open Daily from 7.30am – 3.30pm

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Jom Buka Puasa!

While many of us doubt that the idea of 1 Malaysia can be materialized, but I am sure many of us will ‘temporarily’ agree that we’re 1 Malaysia when come to an array of good food we get to try, especially during fasting month of Muslim (bulan Ramadhan). We, non-Muslim will give ourself all the excuse possible like ‘it’s only once a year’ to go Bazaar. Previous years, we will always drive to Wangsa Maju Section 1 for the bazaar but this year, we tends to be a bit lazy after we found out the bazaar near our place, Bandar Baru Sentul is getting bigger compare to last year.

One can never finish counting how many choices are there, it’s as if suddenly all the good malay food are gather together, make you craving for it yet your tummy have limited room for it. Certain all time favourite are still there, like Roti John but enhanced with new sauce – black pepper.

This isn’t any ordinary grilled chicken but Malaysia’s very own ayam percik (spicy BBQ chicken). There could be many stalls selling this popular local delicacy, however, it doesn’t means that each stall also make a good spicy sauce, which is the essence of this dish.

I was so eager wanted to try out Putu Piring after listening to a radio talk show discussed about this kuih and i always wanted to give it a try because i am curious about good Malay food. It’s made from rice flour that is steamed in a metal container and filled with gula melaka (palm sugar). Sad to say, it’s been over-rated and if someone can tell me where to get the best Putu Piring in KL drop me a message and i will give it a go.

We will definitely get a piece of murtabak during our every visit to Bazaar. The one that we got today is filled with flour and onion only, this teaches us a lesson, get the one from where many people are lining up at. There must be a reason why everyone are willing to lining up there.

Can anyone tell me what is this called? It looks like putu piring but is filled in a bamboo instead. I think the lady that sell this mentioned it is called  Putu Buluh, it was noisy so i guess this is what it’s called.

We couldn’t be bother to get the ikan bakar as Her Majesty can whip up a good one too that burn your tongue and ass at the same time. The uncle selling the fish was not so friendly neither, explains why he did not get many customers for his Burned Fish.

Since when our favourite Taiwan style deep-fried chicken chop is also introduced into Malay market? This is why we are 1 Malaysia, good food are meant to be shared. Make sure you ask for the spicy one and tell the boss not to cut it into small pieces, it’s tastier that way. I can never get enough of it. I wonder when will i get to see an Indian version of the Spicy Crispy Chicken, i guess i have to wait until Deepavali to find out.

Now is time to show my most favourite food… … popiah basah. The filling is still same as any other popiah, except that it’s topped with spicy honey sauce that give this appetizer extra taste. I just can’t get enough of it.

Of course what I am posting here are just a small part of what you can expect from Bazaar Ramadhan. Since it’s once a year affair, then why not make a few more trips. It’s 1 Malaysia afterall and to all my muslim readers, Selamat Berpuasa!

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