Sunday, March 27, 2016

Hock Kee Ulu Yam Lor Mee @ OUG

Every time I am rushing my work, I would come to this area with my friend as the food is average and reasonably priced.

Ulu Yam Lor Mee (RM 8-9) 

This noodles is just amazing with soft tender pork and some vegetables and egg. This goes well with vinegar.

Pork Stew Mihun (RM 9.50) 

This is something I have never tried. The mihun is stir fried in wet style with a lot of soya sauce and fatty pork pieces, fishcake and chai sim (lettuce)

Details: 15, Jalan Hujan Rahmat 3, Taman Overseas Union, 58200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Formosa @ Kuchai Lama

Being my nature, of trying all the new cafes and leaving non untouched, we ventured into this Famosa.

Bean Sauce Noodle (RM 8.37) 

This is the only edible dish here with the stir fried small pieces of pork atop a bed of raw shredded cucumber and carrot and also noodles.

Braised Pork Rice (RM 5.83) 

My friend is a big fan of this but this seemed to not be fragrant enough and did not live up to its normal standard. The pork was not cooked till fragrant as usual. To him,  a good pork should dissolve in his mouth when eaten.

Egg-Yolk Five Coloured Roll (RM 7.95) 

This looks pretty in photo only. It turned out to be deep fried which is not the cooking method I favour. Inside, the egg yolk is too salty and didn't blend with the other ingredients.

Lavender Soda (RM 5.19) 

This is something like lavender tea mixed with normal soda, drinkable and thank god that it was not sweet.

Details: Address: 5, Jalan 10/116 B Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park Off Jln Kuchai Lama, 58200 KL
Tel: 03-79801888

Rayong Thai

After a whole week of having luxurious international buffets in Langkawi mainly in Westin Hotel and Pelangi Hotel, I am left with not having much appetite for too much varieties. So I decided to whet my appetite the cheap way at Rayong Thai for Saturday dinner. There are many people even at 7 pm due to the cheap and tasty food served here by original Thai cooks.

Set Dinner (RM 18.90) 

This time round, I opted for Chilli Seafood gravy set, that almost looks like thick red curry to us. This is well worth the price paid as there are many prawns, octopus, onions and parsley inside. Also included are the basic 2 pieces of deep fried fishcake, 1 glass of cold lemongrass drink and 2 pieces of santan corn dessert wrapped in leaves.

Stir Fried Asparagus (RM 9.90) 

When my friend sent this photo to his mother to guess the price, she could not guess correctly. No one would have thought it would cost merely RM 9.90 for asparagus which is usually an expensive food. The asparagus is not oily and crispy, cooked with onions and carrot till fragrant.

Details: Address: Thai Kopitiam, 19G Plaza Danau 2, Jalan 4/109F Taman Danau Desa

Artisan Coffee @ Section 13

Today, being Easter, I planned to go to DUMC church Easter service in the morning despite sleeping so late last night due to my work. Since Artisan Coffee is nearby, I came here for breakfast. There are a few tables having breakfast here. I figured the owner must be very clever to have everything self service including the food and drinks pick up area as it saves on additional manpower for waitress. The place has some ventilation issue so it was not that cold. They are also clever in turning a plain warehouse into a sleek contemporary and artistic coffee place. 

Egg Benedict (RM 10) 

Egg benedict is my favourite so I never fail to order this wherever I see this on the menu. The 2 big eggs pop out, running all over a piece of ham and muffin. There is Hollandaise sauce spread on top of the egg, fooling me into thinking it was egg yolk. At least the muffin is softer than the one at AMPM. The 2 eggs kept me full till lunch time at 12.30 pm! The price of this is quite reasonable compared to those sold in other coffee places. 

Toast Butter & Jam (RM 7) and Scramble Eggs (RM 3) 

My friend ordered this as he is a big fan of scramble eggs. If we were in my house, I would have said, save the money and I would cook the scrambled eggs. But this one is made soft and runny and quite ok. 

Dolce Mocha (RM 13) 

Dolce Mocha is differentiated from conventional mocha by using white chocolate. Coffee here is made at room temperature so I have specially requested for it to be made hotter so that it is still hot after my breakfast. 

Iced Chocolate (RM 12) 

The chocolate is so thick that even though there was a lot of ice, one could still taste the chocolate. 

Address: Jalan 13/2, Seksyen 13, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: 03-79318978

Gaga Western

Today, the moment I finished my work, I dipped into the pool. After all, my colleague said I had a spare tyre and I could not fit into my black dress at all and my other dress today, kept unzipping itself. 

We meant to go to Minamotonoya Cafe in Sri Petaling for dinner tonight but could not find the shop. When we finally found it, there was a signboard that says, "Closed on Sunday!" So finally I reluctantly went to the this cafe, that I thought was selling 'ciplak western food.' But the food taste soon proved me wrong. It's what we cantonese call, "Peng Leng Cheng" (Cheap, Tasty and Incredible) with a simple no-nonsense interior. They also have fusion that are Chinese stir fry food and also Western food so it's easier to find a place that suits friends who like both cuisine. All the Chinese food cost RM 8.90 or less than RM 10 per plate whereas Western food costs RM 13-24 per plate.

Hainanese Chicken Chop (RM 18) 

This is better than the others elsewhere. The crispyness of the chicken chop remains and the best part is non salty but sourish tomato paste style sauce poured generously on top of the chicken with chunks of tomato seen. I have changed the french fries to mashed potatoes with goes well with the sauce. The chicken thigh is soft when cut with the knife, tender enough too.

Mixed Grill (RM 24) 

We just ordered it because we are very hungry and didn't know this is another popular dish here till we saw the dishes on the counter! 

This dish is very well worth the money paid as it contains a pork chop, lamb chop, grilled chicken, fried sausage and also deep fried fish with coleslaw and black pepper sauce served separately.

Watermelon Juice (S: RM 6.50, L: RM 8.50) 

The fruit juices are sold at RM 6.50 for small sizes and RM 8.50 for the big ones so I took the big one to share. 

No. 108, Jalan Radin Anum 1, Sri Petaling, Wilayah Persekutuan, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Assa Shabu Shabu and BBQ Buffet

I saw this when we came to One City for a night walk. Nowadays, Main Place, One City and Taipan have turned into my hang out areas because my friend stays in that area. Also, USJ is only 15 mins drive from my house. I noticed that the Koreans like competition and purposely open Korean BBQ buffet next to each other. In this regard, a young Korean lady mans Sang Nae Deul which is beside Assa opened by a Korean elderly lady with her family. In Korea, restaurants are a family business. Sang Nae Deul did not have so many varieties and I could only choose 4-5 pork and meat with the normal side dishes so I decided on Assa. Also, I noticed there were not many people inside the former but Assa was quickly filled by by 8 pm whereby almost every table was occupied.

Assa Buffet Sets Price: 

Lunch (12.30 pm - 4.00 pm) excludes BBQ :
Adult : RM 20, Children: RM 10 (90 cm-130 cm)

Dinner BBQ (5.00 pm - 10.00 pm) includes BBQ:
Adult: RM 30, Children: RM 15 (90 cm-130 cm)

The best part is that the price includes GST and also no service charge! How great is that in our slow market nowadays?

There are many choices for steamboat but of course we should not compare with Fat Man because Korean ingredients are expensive.

There were choices of 3 types of  soup for Shabu Shabu of Kimchi, Udon or Soybean Paste Soup. 7 types of fishaballs, 4 types of noodles (maggi, ee fu mee, bihun, fish paste noodles), 5 types of seafood, 10 types of vegetables.

Every table is served with 3 Japanese style plates of sliced raw chicken, beef and pork. The portion was so much that we did not manage to finish the chicken. I liked to eat the thin sliced beef and pork to be dipped in the boiling and soup and wrapped with salad and Gochujang sauce, the Korean way.

We were famished so we rushed to the ready food corner first and took these: 2 tempura Shimsamo, fried Korean rice and my favourite, Kimchi fried rice which was so delicious though it was cold. The other deep fried breaded items are not good because it was already cold and nothing used to keep it warm. The lightly fried dried mushrooms were tasty. There was also Kuro Yok (Deep Fried Pork Balls) which were good too.

The Korean Pancake with Kimchi is better than the one without which looks like flat omelette. The Kimbab was amazing, neatly folded and made and tasted so good that I had to have another one despite feeling so full at the end.

There are also the conventional Korean appetizers that they usually serve in Banchans such as cabbage kimchi, fishcake kimchi, the best sweet fried peanuts, french beans, mushrooms, Acar (sliced cucumber and carrots), sweet fried pumpkins, and delicious non-oily Korean glass noodles. There were also sliced sausages with red and green capsicum and onions with chilli oil. My favourite is the sliced mushrooms with garlic in blackish soy base sauce which I have turned into a sauce for dipping too.

I also could not get enough of the kimbab here which were made neatly with radish, carrots and etc. I loved it so much I could not resist another one even though I was so full.

There are a few sauces available such as the typical Korean BBQ sauce in salty and orangey version and also the red Gochujang Hot Pepper Paste, and soya sauce with garlic.

They also keep refilling the food so fret not if you do not see much left. In fact, I think they are so busy serving people. The best part about the Koreans is the high level of service and hospitality. Despite the busy atmosphere, the Lady Boss even asked us how was the food and even went to each table to check whether the customers feel alright.

For seafood, there are baby clams, small chopped octopus, scallops, bamboo clams, mussels and prawns.

There are also tofu, radish, eggs, 5 types of fishballs, sausages and fried foo chuk. The vegetables range include bean sprouts (a little weird for this is not the typical steamboat ingredient), pumpkin slices, broccoli, spinach, salad vegetables (the expensive type), corn and black fungus.

There are also few varieties of mushrooms such as dried mushrooms, big giant mushrooms, oyster mushroom, king oyster mushrooms, straw mushrooms fulfills were my idea of a steamboat. Furthermore, normally if you visit places like Bone Steamboat Restaurant or have ala-carte steamboat, mushrooms are always expensive at usually RM 8 and above for a plate.

The only fruit is watermelon or we could opt for the Nestle ice-cream.

For drinks, you could get your own mango juice, green tea or corn tea at the counter and add in ice cubes as you wish.

The main drawing point for me is the BBQ Station whereby I need not sweat over my own BBQ pit to barbeque food. Yeah, I am that lazy. Also, I am not that good in seeing whether my meat is cooked and it's easier to have someone cook everything I select. We even saw the lady boss help the employee do some BBQ as she probably wanted to ensure the quality control. There was quite a selection of Korean beef, ribs, chicken and beef at the top layer of the freezer.

There are also skewered BBQ at the bottom such as dried mushrooms, small octopus, small prawns, sausages, and chicken.

I like the skewered marinated chicken very much because of its tenderness.

Greedy me could not resist not trying everything so I just had to try the Korean glass noodle salad which was not bad. Of course the photo shows more ingredients such as acar and shredded seaweed and mushroom;

Overall, I would rate this place 8/10 for the reasonable price and food. We cannot complain about the size of seafood due to the low prices.

Address: Skypark Shoplot,

Restoran Simon's Cafe

I have been wanting to come here like 3 thrice but failed each time. I later deduced that probably the owner closes on Sundays in order to go to church. Today is a Saturday and I came here to try my luck again and discovered I was half right because they are opened only after 5 pm every Sunday.

When I did a quick google check, I realized this is very famous and have been frequented event by journalist from The Star. (URL: )

It has even been operating in Taipan for the last 14 years! Now I learn how long and 'historical' Taipan is! I think the main feature that draws in a lot of regulars and enables it to face the stiff competition from so many other restaurants and food chains in Taipan are the reasonable price and of course tasty food! The cook also do not stinge on ingredients.

Since the Claypot Curry Fish Head  is the most famous dish here, I did not hesitate to order it in small portion for RM 35. At least the amount of ingredients did justice for the price tag compared to the Fish Head Curry in Jalan Puchong or in Bandar Puteri which charges the same price a few morsels of fish head parts, a lot of tofu pok and not many varieties of ingredients. The curry is also thicker than the other two mentioned and so full of flavour too. There were a lot of thinly cut eggplant, long beans, ladies' fingers and tofu pok that leaves me so satisfied. The special claypot retained the heat till the last morsel of rice was finished.

Sambal Petai with Prawns (RM 16) 

The sauce is so tasty, thick and flavoursome. This is way better than the petai in Melaka which was so oily comparatively. This is also not that spicy. There are many Petai to be seen together with prawns, onions and fresh tomatoes.

Melaka Cendol (RM 5) 

Is it over the limit if I say that this is by far, the best cendol in my life? Even beats the ones at Jonker 88 and any of those in Jonker Street or the supposedly famous cendol near Kelana Jaya LRT station and the cendol at Penang Road in Penang  or Penang Road Famous Teochew Cendol franchise everywhere ! I used to dislike cendol as I am not a big fan of santan or the frozen cendol they usually use. I also dislike overly sweet food. This one is just nice, and the cendol is fresh and soft, for the first time in my life!  The Gula Melaka are generously poured all over yet not overdone as it was not overly sweet.

Both of us could not finish these two dishes so we Tapao the petai as I planned to cook for dinner.

 At least now I know I need not travel 2 hours to Melaka and undergo traffic jam for the weekend food journey as the food here beats the Nyonya food I had in Melaka or my very own Penang!

(Call me Penang traitor if you like but I don't seriously care! After all, convenience matters!)

Address: Restoran Simon's,
4 Jalan USJ 10/1B,
Taipan, Subang Jaya.
Tel: 03-5636 7466
Business hours: Mondays to Saturdays
(noon to 2.30pm, 5.00pm to 10.30pm),
Sundays (5.00pm to 10.30pm),
closed on alternate Tuesdays).

Fushou Lou Nyonya Curry Mee

We happened to be in USJ this morning on 6 March and finding a place for healthy and cheap breakfast is quite a challenge. Suddenly, I suggested my friend bring me to try the famous curry mee. It's called Fushou Lou Nyonya Curry Mee. My first spoon of the soup, that has a sourish taste, I can tell me was simply fabulous. Since young, I never drink soup of curries for the noodles and also laksa soup because I was worried about the MSG inside.

The Curry Mee (RM 6.50) reminds me of photo of Selayang Curry Mee that my blogger friends went to eat. I did not join because I could not wake up at 4 am to reach there at 6 am to queue up! Both curry mee are similar in the sense of having Siew Yoke, sliced into small pieces to ease eating. They also have long beans, 3 pieces of chicken and 2-3 pieces of Tau Pok. Adding Siew Yoke cost          RM 1.50.

This one is so awesome that I finished every morsel!

There is also a Seafood Nyonya Curry Mee for RM 20 that includes sting ray and lala of all things! I did not try that as I could not imagine spending so much for a bowl of curry mee.
Nyonya Curry Mee in USJ 2


Selayang Curry Mee 

Address: Kedai Makanan USJ 2, Jalan USJ 2/2c 47620 UEP Subang JayaGPS: 3.057137, 101.591065Hours: 10 am – 2 pm