Saturday, 20 May 2017

Restoran Al-Arafa Maju @ Cyberjaya, Selangor

Some seven or eight years ago, Street Mall used to be the place for food in Cyberjaya. Today, with all the development that has taken place, this mall has somewhat become forgotten. For many years Hassan's Cafe used to dominate the Indian Muslim food scene here and I was surprised to see them gone when I visited this place this evening. That place which is the anchor tenant of Street Mall has been replaced by Al-Arafa Maju. Hassans used to be open 24 Hours daily and from what I observed, so does Al-Arafa Maju. My thoughts now is only about the food quality. Would the be able to equate to Hassan's. 

Restoran Al- Arafa Maju in Street Mall, Cyberjaya

Iced Teh Tarik @ RM 1.80
I must confess that the place has lost it's shine. The glory and crowd that Hassan used to have is no longer seen this evening. Perhaps, it could be because of the huge number of restaurants that have now opened up in Cyberjaya or, it could also be the food quality itself. Before checking out the dishes, I had ordered my drink first and it was served shortly. Iced Teh Tarik was priced at RM 1.80 and that seemed very reasonable to me. Taste wise, it was decent and I would give this 7/10. 

My Dinner @ RM 11.00
To be honest, the food wasn't so appealing, at least not up to what Hassan used to offer. Still, I went ahead and tried a few items just to satisfy my curiosity. I had Rice, Fish Curry, Fried Egg, Tofu Sambal, Fish Roe and Fried Fish and this cost me RM 11.00 . For the lot that I took, RM 11.00 is once again very reasonable if not cheap. Now, time to taste it. 

Fish Curry

Fried Egg

Fried Fish
Their Fish Curry was watery but it still had the basic flavours that are deemed necessary for this dish. Still, I would say that it has lots of room for improvement. I would rate this curry at 6/10. Fried Egg came with lots of diced onions and chilies. It was good ingredients wise but it was a tad too dry. Could be because it was fried in the morning. I would rate this at 6/10 as well. Their Fried Fish was dry, stiff and lacked Masala. Again, one that was fried much earlier in the day and as such, had lost it's juiciness. I would rate this at 6/10. 

Fish Roe

Tofu Sambal
I liked the gravy that came with the Fish Roe but the Fish Roe itself seemed a little stale. In fact, it had already started to smell odd. I just tasted a bit and didn't want to take further risks. This, I would rate at 6/10. Their Tofu Sambal however was good and I enjoyed every bit of it. Made very spicy and the tofu itself was soft and delicious. This deserves a rating of 8/10. 

My Bill For The Day
Compared to what their predecessors used to serve, I have to agree that the food was quite disappointing. Most of the dishes were very mediocre except for the Tofu Sambal which was above average. Prices are cheap, in fact very cheap but the food quality was simply lacking. Honestly, I doubt if I would return. 

Address: The Street Mall, Jalan Usahawan, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 24 Hours Daily

Friday, 19 May 2017

Putrajaya Sate @ Seri Kembangan, Selangor

Kajang is a town that is famous for a number of dishes and Satay is one of them. If one takes a drive through Kajang town, you'd probably stumble upon at least 50 different satay places and each has it's own following. Usually when this happens, the spillover effect tends to fill into the neighbouring towns as well and this is one such place. Putrajaya Sate as they call themselves is a restaurant that is located in Seri Kembangan, Selangor. A place that is easily accessible through the SKVE as it is located beside the famous Shell Station that has an AES Camera installed not too far from it. 

Putrajaya Sate Restaurant In Seri Kembangan

Chicken Sate @ RM 1.00 each
This restaurant is open from 5 pm to midnight daily and is easily visible from the SKVE. It seems to have it's own loyal customers as I did see a number of positive reviews on the internet. Similarly, you would also come across some who were not too happy with the satay as well. I for one would love to try anything once and having heard quite a lot about this place, I decided to drop by this evening. The restaurant is a very simple set up, it seemed more like a family venture with members of the family playing their part. Satay is priced at RM 1.00 each and the wait is slightly long as there is only one person who's attending to all these orders. 

A Mix Of Meat And Fat
Peanut Dip With Chili

For RM 1.00 , I felt that the Satay was rather small and even more surprising was the blend of meat and fat. Each skewer came with 70% fat and 30% meat which wasn't to my liking. Their Peanut Sauce seemed quite similar to Haji Samuri's as it was a mix of Peanut Sauce and Chili. Nevertheless, I did not enjoy the light bodied taste that came from the dip sauce. It was a tad too sweet and diluted. If I were to rate this, I would give 6/10 for the Satay and 5/10 for the dip sauce. Definitely one that is nowhere close to the ones that we get in Kajang. 

Address: No. 18, Jalan Utama Suria Tropika 1, Sierra 1, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor.

Opening Hours: 1700 - 0000 Daily 

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Hong Hong Chicken Rice @ Cyberjaya, Selangor

Hong Hong Chicken Rice is a restaurant in Cyberjaya that is famous for it's Roasted Chicken. Though they have been around for a number of years, I have not had the opportunity to visit them. One of the reasons for this is simply because parking is very difficult during the day around this area and that is why I decided to drop by for dinner today. 

The Restaurant Along Jalan GC 4, Cyberjaya

Pork Free Restaurant

Simple And Nice Interior
The restaurant was rather quiet when I arrived with no other customers. I guess most of them would come here for lunch. Another thing that looked peculiar to me was the lighting that was very dim. It was so dim that it was even difficult for me to read the menu. I wonder why they do this. Cost cutting measures? Maybe. Perhaps, they don't expect customers for dinner. All their staffs were Indonesian Muslims including the one's in the kitchen. Since they are a pork free restaurant, I guess this is not a problem but I became worried as to how the dish would taste since they were preparing it. 

My Bill

Drinks Corner

Ice Lemon Tea
Most of their dishes come in sets i.e. a main dish plus free flow of house pouring drinks and this is priced at RM 7.90 . Predominantly, their dishes were around Wantan Noodles with Roasted Chicken and Chicken Rice. I was not in the mood for rice at this hour and so I went for their Wantan with Roasted Chicken plus I ordered another Steamed Beancurd with Onion Oil. As for the drinks, I went for their Ice Lemon Tea. Do note that this is self service and you would have to pick up your drinks from the drinks area. The Ice Lemon Tea was not bad and I would rate it 7/10. 

Wantan Mee with Roast Chicken @ RM 7.90

Wantan Mee With Roast Chicken
I need to break this up into two sections. Firstly, let me speak about their Roast Chicken. Their Roast Chicken was excellent. Beautifully marinated and roasted to perfection. The skin was crispy and delicious and the meat was tender and juicy. For this, I would give 8/10. Now coming to the Wantan Noodles itself. That was horrible. Seriously the worst Wantan Mee that I have tasted. It was bland, no salt and the noodles wasn't even softened perfectly. 0/10 is what I would give for this. True enough, my fear did come true and the guy's in the kitchen did kill this dish. 

Steamed Beancurd in Onion Oil @ RM 3.00
This I believe must have been a ready made dish where the staffs would have had to only add the sauces and luckily, this was good. The Beancurd itself was delicious, fresh and the texture was just right and the blend of sauces were just perfect. This I would rate at 8/10. 

If you wish to come to this restaurant, my recommendation would be to come in the afternoons when the owner is around and he fixes the dishes. Otherwise, you might end up being served bland, tasteless noodles like what happened this evening. Nevertheless, their Roasted Chicken was very good and so was their Steamed Beancurd. Those two would be items that you could boldly try day or night since it has been prepared much earlier. 

Address: No.2, Jalan GC4, Glomac Cyberjaya, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 1100 - 2100 Daily

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Gerai Yatie / Pak Cu 916 Nasi Lemak Panas @ Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Sometime last week, I had posted an entry about Suri's Nasi Lemak which is one that is very famous in Petaling Jaya. This entry is about a similar vendor known as Yatie's Nasi Lemak who also operates from the very same Medan Selera Jalan 223. 

Yatie's Nasi Lemak Stall (No. 6)

The Red Label Nasi Lemak
Just like Suri's Nasi Lemak, Yatie's Nasi Lemak is also located in the very same food court except that these guys are located at Stall No. 6. Both have got their own fan base. Some prefer this and some the other. This stall too is crowded all the time, mostly from customers who buy bulk and some who want to have their Nasi Lemak on plates with extra items like Fried Chicken etc.. For those who would settle for the standard Nasi Lemak Bungkus, then you can get this at all tables in the food court. In fact, both Suri's and Yatie's are placed on every table. Yatie's comes with the red stamp. It is great that they have colour coded these as it helps to easily identify them. 

Yatie's Nasi Lemak @ RM 1.60

Less Sambal

Just like Suri's, Yatie's Nasi Lemak is priced at RM 1.60 per packet. This one comes with more rice, less Sambal, half an egg and some fried anchovies. The Sambal itself is milder in terms of spiciness and would suit those who can't palate very spicy food. If I were to rate this, I would give it 8/10. Preference wise, my vote is still for Suri's! Nevertheless, this is still one good Nasi Lemak. 

Address: Medan Selera Jalan 223, Seksyen 51A, 46100 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Opening Hours: 1700 - 0400 Daily

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Zawara Coffee @ Cyberjaya, Selangor

Zawara Coffee is a franchise that has a number of outlets in the Klang Valley and this outlet that I visited is in Cyberjaya. Besides those American coffee chains, it is good to see our homegrown brands slowly making waves as well. 

Zawara Coffee Along Jalan GC 11, Cyberjaya

Nice & Comfortable Outdoor Seating Area

Cosy & Beautifully Designed Indoor Seating Area

Coffee Bar
I have passed this way so many times as it is en route to my office and never did I expect the place to look so posh and comfortable. Clearly they have spent a lot of money renovating this place. Whether it is the outdoor seating area or the indoor seating area, they were so inviting. Looking at this place, it definitely looks much better and conducive to hold discussions and casual chats compared to those big foreign brands.

Bill For The Day

The above are just a few pages from their menu. Food items range from cakes to burgers and many more and they have a decent selection of cakes as well. Just like any other cafe, once you have decided what you would like to have, head over to the counter, place your orders and pay for them. Once you're done with that, a remote buzzer would be handed over to you for food collection. Once the food item is ready, this unit buzzes. 

Iced Americano Soda @ RM 8.00
Instead of serving the usual Americano, they have improvised this drink by adding Soda to it and it did taste great. Besides the deep and bold coffee taste, the soda added a zing to it that gives you an instant refreshment with each sip. An improvisation that I enjoyed and as such, I would rate this at 8/10. 

Moroccan Lamb Burger @ RM 15.00

Juicy Lamb Patty Served With Cheese
The Moroccan Lamb Burger came with a thick lamb patty and they had stacked a range of other goodies like nachos, melted cheese etc to give it a range of flavours. I did taste the lamb patty on it's own and it was nothing much. However, when it was consumed with all the other ingredients as it should be, then it was very satisfying. Definitely a good lamb burger that I enjoyed and I would give this 8/10. 

Nutella Cheese Cake @ RM 10.00 
This Nutella Cheese Cake was heavenly. There are two of my favourites here, Nutella and Cheese and how can it go wrong. Each bite was so good that I savoured and enjoyed this cake slowly. Definitely one that I would recommend here. My rating for this shall be 9/10. 

Be it their cakes, burgers or coffee, they were all so good and very reasonably priced. Not forgetting the ambiance which was so comfortable and perfect to have business discussions. Compared to all those foreign cafes, I believe these guys surely give better value for the dollar spent. 

Address: 1-11, Jalan GC 11, Glomac Cyberjaya, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 0900 - 0000 Daily

Monday, 15 May 2017

Restoran Ahwa @ Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Restoran Ahwa is one famous Hokkien Mee place that has been around for many years. In fact, I have been seeing this place for at least 25 years now but never got a chance to visit them. One of the reasons for that is the lack of parking bays around this area. Having heard and read so many positive reviews about this place, I decided that I have got to try them tonight. 

The Restaurant Along Jalan 14/48 Petaling Jaya

I Wonder How He Keeps Track Of All The Orders

Every Night Is A Busy Night
We were here at around 9.30 pm and that's after the usual dinner hours and the place was still crowded. Business starts at 6 pm and goes on till 2 am. Finding a bay to park is one challenge, the other challenge would be to find a table in the restaurant. Even today, that was a challenge and finally we had to sit at a table that was close to the Kam Heong Lala stall, right beside the stove and by the time I finished my meal, I too was smelling like Kam Heong Lala. Despite there being a number of stalls at this restaurant, the highlight is definitely the Hokkien Mee stall. If you just look around, you would definitely see a plate of Hokkien Noodles on each and every table. Besides Hokkien Mee, they do other noodle dishes as well but those are fried by another guy. As for Hokkien Mee, there is one dedicated chef who fries the noodles using charcoal stove. Orders keep coming in and I wonder how they manage them all so well.

Chili Paste
They had stacked buckets of this Chili Paste and I assume they were all for that day's consumption. Literally buckets! This is a strong indicator as to the number of Hokkien Mee plates that they sell per night. As for this Chili Paste, I loved the taste. It was slightly pungent, had a deep and bold flavour and a dried shrimp after taste to it. Absolutely loved it and I would rate this at 9/10. 

Hokkien Mee (1 Pax) @ RM 9.00
We had ordered for one pax only since we wanted to snack and this was priced at RM 9.00 per plate. Yes, a little on the high side but it was absolutely worth it. The noodles were a little firmer, slightly chewy, rich in starch and blended so well with the sauces. A lot of lard and shrimps were added to the dish and that combination was just divine.  Though it took us a wait close to 30 minutes for this dish, it was worth it. I would rate this noodles at 9/10. 

Usually when a place becomes too famous, then the quality declines over time but these guys have managed to keep the taste consistent over the years. Despite the fact that one would need to wait approximately 30 to 45 minutes for the dish to be served, crowds of people still patronise the place and that speaks volumes about this Hokkien Mee. Glad that it is still prepared using charcoal stove. A must visit place for Hokkien Mee lovers!

Address: No. 66, Jalan 14/48, Seksyen 14, 46100 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 1800 - 0200 Daily

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Sankranti Indian Cuisine @ Cyberjaya, Selangor

Sankranti is another Indian Restaurant in Cyberjaya that has been around for many years. Unlike the other Indian restaurants which focus on food from a specific region, this one has dishes from across the Indian sub continent. Based on what I saw, the chef and many of the staffs were from Andhra Pradesh and I believe the name Sankranti is a word from the Telugu language as well. That being said, there will definitely be a hint of Andhra in all the dishes, regardless of the fact that they hail from various regions in India.  

The Restaurant Along Jalan GC 3, Cyberjaya

Interior Of The Restaurant
We came at odd hours for lunch as it was somewhere near 3.30 pm and these guys are one of those few Indian restaurants that are open all day long in Cyberjaya. Most of them would close briefly during 3 to 5 pm as they don't get much customers then. Despite being one that has been around for some time now, the upkeep was good and I loved the decoration. 

Their menu was one that had a range of dishes and they seemed to be reasonably priced. On weekdays, they also offer buffet meals which are reasonably priced. Since a few of the waiters were having their rest, the chef personally attended to us. It showed that he was struggling with Tamil but we were still glad that he tried his best to explain the dishes. After some time going through the menu with us, he was off to prepare the dishes. 

Prawn Briyani @ RM 18.00
One thing that I must warn you is that it takes a long time to prepare the dishes and so please be prepared to wait. Even this evening, our dishes came in installments and by the time we were done, it was already 6.30 pm. Yup, that's three hours of eating and waiting in between for the next dish to arrive. Coming back to this Prawn Briyani, it was very different. Usually, the Prawn Masala would be at the base and mixed with the rice. Here, they had cooked this rice with Mutton, separated it prior to serving and topped it up with Prawn Masala. You might wonder how we know this. Simple. There were chunks of mutton in the rice which they had missed and it revealed it all. I guess this is standard practice in many Indian restaurants, just that we do not know. The Briyani Rice itself was just okay, not too impressive and again the Prawn Masala was above average only. The curry and Raita that were served together with this dish was quite watery as well. To sum it all up, not great! I would rate this at 6/10. 

Mutton Iguru Fry @ RM 18.50
Mutton Iguru Fry was basically a very spicy Mutton Varuval and contrary to the earlier dish, this was heavenly. Made with lots of dried chilies and curry leaves, this was one dish that disappeared in a matter of minutes. We were having it non stop as it was very delicious. 10/10 for this! Yup, a must try dish here. 

Aloo Paratha @ RM 5.00
Their Aloo Paratha wasn't impressive either. It was thin and that showed that it lacked the potato fillings. Definitely charred at places and that wasn't good. Just okay I would say and if I were to rate this, I would give it 6/10. 

Nellore Fish Curry @ RM 16.50
Their Nellore Fish Curry isn't the typical Tamil Style Fish Curry. This was surely Andhra Style Fish Curry and it was heavenly. Two huge chunks of Tenggiri fish served in a thick, aromatic, spicy gravy that went so well with the bread. This was so good that we forgot about the flaws of the earlier Roti. I wouldn't mind drinking the gravy as well and that was what I did. Seriously, one that is not to be missed here. 10/10 for this is what it deserves.  

Prawn Fry @ RM 12.80
Their Prawn Fry came in a thick masala like gravy but it wasn't very impressive. The prawns too seemed like they had been frozen for a while and lacked juiciness. Unfortunately, another dish that we didn't enjoy. I would rate this at 6/10 only. 

Bill For The Day
Despite being a multi cuisine outlet bringing dishes from various parts of the Indian subcontinent, I would recommend sticking with their Andhra cuisine  since the chef is from there. Their Mutton Iguru Fry and Nellore Fish Curry were simply out of this world. The rest however were not up to the mark. Friendly services but do be prepared to wait a long time as the dishes come out in installments. Definitely worth checking them out for the Andhra dishes but not the rest. 

Address: No. 9, Jalan GC 3, Glomac Cyberjaya, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 1100 -2300 Daily