Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Velan Curry House @ Kajang, Selangor

Velan Curry House is a South Indian Restaurant that had started sometime in the month of December, 2017. This restaurant is located in Taman Kajang Prima, just beside the Chinese Food Court. One good thing about this place is that parking is quite easily available, both on weekdays and weekends. 

Velan Curry House in Taman Kajang Prima

My Lunch @ RM 10.00
We were here slightly after the usual lunch hour and many of the food items had already been sold out. Business seems to be good and that is a positive indicator that the food has got to be good too. Anyway, whatever that was left over seemed more than enough for us and so we decided to continue having lunch here. The restaurant itself is very clean and the waiters were very helpful and friendly. Chicken and Fish are fried on request. As for my selection of items, I went for some rice, Fish Curry, Goat Intestine Perattal, Murunga Keerai and Chicken Varuval. This whole lot cost me a mere RM 10.00 which is definitely a fantastic deal. 

Fish Curry

Goat Intestine Perattal
Their Fish Curry was definitely good. It came with lots of brinjals and okra which was just perfect. The flavours were just right as well. My rating for this shall be 7/10. Their Goat Intestine Perattal was good too. The cuts were just about the right size and the gravy was good. It would have been better if the gravy was thick. Nevertheless, the preparation was nice and my rating for this shall be 7/10. 

Murunga Keerai

Chicken Varuval

Fried Tenggiri Fish @ RM 5.00
Murunga Keerai is something that is hard to find these days and I was happy that I could get it here. It has definitely been a long time since I last had this and for me, it was a treat. The preparation was also nice and my rating for this shall be 8/10. Their Chicken Varuval was just okay. The meat cuts were perfectly sized and the masala was good too. The only setback was that it had a little too much salt and that was a put off. For me, I would only rate this at 5/10. The Fried Tenggiri Fish was excellent. It was freshly fried on request and we get to choose the cuts. The marination was good and the fish was crispy on the outside and hot and juicy on the inside. 9/10 would be my rating for this. 

In summary, Velan Curry House does serve some delicious South Indian food and the variety that they have is quite impressive. If you're coming for lunch, I would suggest coming before 12 noon as their food tends to get sold out rather quickly. Another thing that I have got to highlight is the very reasonable prices and excellent customer service. 

Address: Jalan KP 1/2, Taman Kajang Prima, 43000 Kajang, Selangor.

Business Hours: 0800 - 2200 Daily

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Jayna Vilas Banana Leaf @ Cyberjaya, Selangor

Jayna Vilas Banana Leaf Restaurant had started it's business in Cyberjaya sometime towards the end of November 2017. Having been impressed with the food the last time I was here, we decided to visit them again this evening. 

The Restaurant Located Along Jalan GC 3, Cyberjaya

My Dinner @ RM 10.00
There's an amazing variety that you get here and that applies to both vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes. Fish and Chicken are fried on request as well and in the evenings, there's all those tiffin items that you would typically get in a South Indian restaurant. As for this evening, I decided to go for rice and along with that, I had some Fish Curry, two Omelettes, some vegetables and a heap of Goat Intestine Peratttal. All of this was priced at RM 10.00 which I felt was very reasonable. 

Fish Curry

2 Omelettes
I was in love with their Fish Curry. It was thick, rich in spices and had an authentic taste to it. Very seldom that we get curries this good these days. My rating for this shall be 9/10. Their Omelette was tasty as well. It was fried with onions and green chilies and even the thickness was about just right. It was so good that I had to take another one. Again, this too deserves a rating of 9/10. 


Aatu Kudal Perattal (Goat Intestine)
Despite being a simple preparation, their Keerai was amazingly delicious. The leaves were fresh, not overcooked and the flavours were perfect. Their Goat Intestine Perattal was another treat as well. The cuts were perfectly sliced and they were cooked in a thick, rich and aromatic gravy. Loved it! I shall rate both of these dishes at 10/10. 

Rava Tosai @ RM 3.00
My friend had a Rava Tosai along with some vegetarian curries and Coconut Chutney. One look at the Tosai and I knew that it was good and true enough, it was. Even the Venthaya Kulambu, Sambar and Coconut Chutney were tasty. I shall rate their Rava Tosai at 9/10 and the same applies to their Chutney as well. 

Our Bill
Restoran Jayna Vilas does offer some excellent variety on a daily basis. The food was good and I loved the warm reception given by the staffs. Most of the items that I had tried today tasted very much like home cooked food and for the variety and quantity that I had taken, I felt that the prices were very reasonable as well. This is another fantastic South Indian restaurant in Cyberjaya that I would recommend visiting. 

Address: Along Jalan GC 3, Glomac Cyberjaya, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia. 

Business Hours: 0800 - 2200 Daily

Monday, 15 January 2018

Restoran D' Hainan Kitchen @ Cyberjaya, Selangor

Restoran D' Hainan Kitchen is another relatively new restaurant that had recently started in Cyberjaya. This restaurant is located in CBD 2 and is just a few doors away from the famous Salam Noodles. 

Restoran D' Hainan Kitchen in CBD 2, Cyberjaya
This restaurant specialises in Hainanese Cuisine and is Halal certified. Besides ordering from the main kitchen, during lunch hours, you could also pick up some local cakes from the outer kitchen which is located near their entrance. The set up is quite posh and the entire restaurant is air-conditioned. 

Cucur Udang & Fried Popiah
We decided to try some of their cakes and we choose Fried Popiah and Cucur Udang. I must say that both were pretty decent. They were not greasy and even the dip sauce was tasty. My rating for these shall be 8/10. 

Roasted Chicken Rice Set @ RM 8.80

Roasted Chicken

Clear Soup
Their Roasted Chicken Rice set was not bad. The Rice had a lovely aroma and it tasted reasonably good. My rating for their rice shall be 8/10. Similarly, their Roasted Chicken was decent too. The only setback was that I found it to be a little on the dry side. It would have been better if the chicken was juicy. I would rate their Roasted Chicken at 7/10. Their Clear Soup was just okay. For me, it definitely needed a little more flavours. I would rate this at 6/10. 

Kuey Teow Soup @ RM 8.90

Marmite Chicken with White Rice @ RM 8.80
Their Kuey Teow Soup came in a pretty huge portion and is good to feed a heavy eater. Flavours wise, it was quite decent and I loved the mix of ingredients. My rating for this shall be 7/10. Their Marmite Chicken with Rice was good. The Chicken chunks were fresh but they could have been a little more generous with the marmite. My rating for this shall be 8/10. 

Steamed Chicken Wantan Mee @ RM 7.90

Clear Soup with Dumplings
Their Wantan Mee was definitely good. They were quite generous with the sauces and the egg noodles were tasty. Their Steamed Chicken was also way better when compared to their Roasted Chicken. I would rate this at 8/10. Their dumplings in clear soup was just okay for me and I would rate that at 6/10. 

Our Bill
For Halal Wantan Mee, D' Hainan Kitchen would be a good choice. Even their Chicken Rice was decent and for the set up, I find their prices to be reasonable. Worth visiting if you happen to be in Cyberjaya. 

Address: 4806-0-09, CBD Perdana 2, Jaalan Perdana, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor.

Business Hours: 0800 - 1800 Daily

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Restoran Nasi Kukus Famosa @ Cyberjaya, Selangor

Restoran Nasi Kukus Famosa is a restaurant that had recently started in CBD Perdana 2, Cyberjaya. This restaurant specialises in the Nasi Kukus variety. Despite being very close to my office, I only managed to visit them this afternoon for lunch.  

The Restaurant In CBD 2, Cyberjaya

A Very Posh Set Up
This restaurant is located directly behind Restoran Salam Noodles and they are open from 7 am till 10 pm daily. The entire set up is very posh and overall, it has such a cosy ambiance. Weather you are here for a quick meal or to have a business discussion, the place is just perfect. The entire feel here is like walking in to a 4 or 5 star hotel and the staffs are a class above any day to day restaurant. 

Nasi Kukus With Fried Chicken
The offering is not limited to the above They have a huge variety to choose from right from poultry, meat and even seafood. Even the variety of vegetables that they have were quite impressive. Prices aren't the usual and that is only natural since they operate an upscale restaurant. 

Stir Fried Okra and Sambal Belacan

Chicken Gravy
I went for their Stir Fried Okra and I absolutely loved it. They were very generous with the ingredients and the veggie was not overdone. It was still crispy and taste wise it was one that I totally enjoyed. My rating for this shall be 9/10. Similarly, their Sambal Belacan was a class of it's own. It was such a potent preparation that it literally stings. This deserves a perfect 10/10. I went for some Chicken Curry and again, this was simply amazing. Rich with spices and the gravy was thick and concentrated. 9/10 would be my rating for this. 

Fried Chicken
Another one that we very much enjoyed is their Fried Chicken. It was deep fried to a golden brown perfection leaving the skin crispy and the meat juicy. This is one that would put many of those famous Fried Chicken joints to shame. Absolutely loved it and my rating for this shall be 9/10. 

Restoran Nasi Kukus Famosa is definitely a place that serves some amazing food. The ambiance is wonderful, very helpful and attentive waiters and excellent food. Prices are slightly premium but you get some really delicious food that is not easy to get these days. If you're looking for a good restaurant to have the Nasi Kukus variety in Cyberjaya, then my recommendation would definitely be for Nasi Kukus Famosa. 

Address: 4807-0-15, CBD Perdana 2, Persiaran Flora, Cyber 12, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor.

Business Hours: 0700 - 2200 Daily

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Restoran Makanan Laut Jeti @ Kuala Selangor, Selangor

Having been in the mood for some seafood, we decided to do a day trip to Kuala Selangor. This fishing town does offer some very good Chinese seafood at very reasonable prices. Once you're in Kuala Selangor, just keep driving past the old town. Once you've crossed the large bridge that goes over the Selangor River, you'd see a turning on your left shortly ahead which leads into Pasir Penampang area. This fishing village has got so many restaurants to choose from. Most of them are not Halal certified but these two restaurants which are the famous ones, Restoran Makanan Laut Jeti and Riverside Restaurant are Halal certified. This afternoon, we visited Restoran Makanan Laut Jeti. 

The Restaurant In Pasir Penampang Area
If you're coming here during the weekends or public holidays, parking can be a huge challenge. My advise would be to either come for an early lunch or a late lunch. Besides having some good seafood, you could also visit the shops here that sell sea produce at very reasonable prices, way cheaper than what you would get in the city. If you're looking for some activity to do after lunch, you could go on one of those eagle feeding tours, firefly sighting tours or even go up Melawati Hill which has so many historical attractions. 

Mantau Bun @ RM 4.00

Sweet & Sour Crab (1 Kg) @ RM 90.00

Salted Egg Mantis Prawns @ RM 26.00
There were eight of us this afternoon and that being the case, we could order more dishes. The first one to arrive was the Mantau Bun and Sweet & Sour Crabs. The Mantau Bun was priced at RM 4.00 which I felt to be very cheap and the crabs were priced at RM 90.00 . Not to say the cheapest that I have come across in these seafood towns but it was still cheaper than the cities. I could have the same 1 Kg crabs at Sungai Besar for RM 56.00 . Anyway, the closer the seafood town is to the city, the higher the price that they charge. This is something that I have observed. Nevertheless, it was still worth it. I would rate the Mantau Bun's at 7/10 and the crabs at 8/10. The Salted Egg Mantis Prawns were nice too. They could have been a little more generous with the Salted Eggs, still it was okay taste wise. My rating for this shall be 8/10. 

Deep Fried Squid @ RM 25.00

Nestum Prawns @ RM 36.00
The Deep Fried Squid was good. I felt that the portion was good too for the price and the squid itself was tasty. My rating for this shall be 8/10. The Nestum Prawns was again good but the best version of this dish that I have come across in these seafood towns would be the one that I had in Carey Island. Nevertheless, the prawns were fresh and the meat was sweet and tasty. The preparation was decent too and I would rate this dish at 8/10. 

Kam Heong Clams @ RM 25.00

Teo Chew Style Steamed Ikan Merah @ RM 42.00
Their Kam Heong Style Clams were nice. The only setback would be the small clams used. It would have been better if they had used the larger ones. Ingredients wise, it was surely good. My rating for this shall be 7/10. Their Teo Chew Style Steamed Fish was decent. Not the best version that I had tasted, but it was still good. Again, 7/10 would be my rating for this. 

Stir Fried Okra with Garlic @ RM 12.00

Stir Fried Broccoli with Garlic @ RM 14.00 
Both the vegetables were good. Despite both being prepared the same style, both had a unique taste of it's own. We enjoyed both the dishes and my rating for these shall be 8/10. Prices were very reasonable too. 

Our Bill For The Day
If you're in the mood for some seafood, then it is worth driving down to Kuala Selangor. With the new LATAR Highway, the journey has been shortened by half and besides the good food, there's so much more to see there as well. Although the prices are no longer as cheap as they once were, still it is worth the drive. Restoran Makanan Laut Jeti is definitely a restaurant that I would recommend. 

Address: No.T26, Jalan Pasir Penampang, 45000 Kuala Selangor, Selangor, Malaysia.

Business Hours: 1100 - 2200 Daily

Telephone: +603 3289 2917 

Friday, 12 January 2018

Restoran Leong Kee & Ming @ Tanjung Malim, Perak

Leong Kee, as it is known to the locals is a famous restaurant that is located in Hulu Bernam, Selangor just after the boundary from Tanjung Malim, Perak. Though it is across the Bernam River, to the locals, this is still considered part of Tanjung Malim though they differ administratively. Previously, they were based right beside the old market in Tanjung Malim and that is where I used to go as a little boy, come to think of it I've been their loyal customers for more than 30 years. Sometime in the early 1990's, they had to move to cater for KTM's double track project and were relocated in a different location just about a 100 meters from the present place. It is only now where they have a physical restaurant and yet the cooking is still done outside like the yesteryears. In recent years, he had changed the name to Leong Kee & Ming to allow his son to become a partner in the business. The reason food is so good here (besides his cooking) is because they are all cooked using charcoal stoves. He only prepares a handful of dishes but these are highly sought after. There have been numerous write ups about this place in a number of Chinese newspapers including online media and his customers go as far as Singapore. His prices have also just been raised minimally over the 30 plus years that I have been eating here but the food quality has been ever consistent. All his dishes are RM 10.00 flat. There are no various portion sizes and this applies to all his dishes, just one standard size. Since I was here with the family today, I would be able to show you most of his key dishes, just a few to number but all extremely good. Do note that on weekends, he gets a lot of outstation crowd and hence I can take a while before getting your meals. So it is best to come here when time isn't a constraint. On weekdays, it doesn't take that long.

Cutlery In Hot Water
We prefer to sit outdoors usually. The service is generally good as he has his family to assist him. They attend to you swiftly but from around 9 pm onwards, the waiting time can be long for the dishes and so it is advisable to come here around 7+ or for supper at around 10+. He used to be open till 3 am those days but now, he keeps it till midnight. He too has aged and needs his time for rest.

Chili Paste With Belacan
This is another amazing preparation that is found here. He makes them on his own and this is a must have with the Hokkien Char Mee. I could personally finish three servings of this for my portion of Hokkien Char Mee as it is so good. Another item that must not be missed here. I would rate this preparation at 10/10 .

Pepper Mee Hoon Soup @ RM 10.00
This Pepper Mee Hoon Soup is the second most sought after dish here. This Pepper Soup comes in two choices, with or without noodles. The noodles used is the usual Rice Vermicelli. This soup is filled with cabbage and pork slices and with a whole load of pepper that gets you sweating to all glory the moment you take the first sip. The Pepper he uses is not the common pepper but one that is purchased at those Chinese Medical Halls, and a very pricey one too. An excellent dish! Good also for a cold night and especially when one is having flu. One has got to try this at least once and you'd love it. Guaranteed satisfaction! I would again rate this dish at 10/10 . Even the ones available in Damansara Hokkien Mee or Sentul Ah Yap does not come anywhere close to this. Those are like child's play when compared to this one at Leong Kee.

Hokkien Mee @ RM 10.00
This Hokkien Char Mee is the third most famous dish here, also the best Hokkien Char Mee in town! Before I speak more about the dish, I would like to mention that he makes his own noodles and not one that is purchased from those factories. This is a tradition that he had learned from his late mother and now, even his son does it so well. The noodles itself are so soft, creamy and delicious. The preparation comes with generous amount of lard, pork slices, pork liver and some cabbage and together, they are just amazing. I have tried 8 of the top 10 Hokkien Char Mee places in Kuala Lumpur and for me, this tops them all! I would rate this at 10/10 again! Ask any TM person, even those who have left town for decades.... Where is the best Hokkien Mee and they would all unanimously mention Leong Kee. A taste that would forever linger in our mind.

Stir Fried Cabbage with Rice Wine & Dried Shrimps
This is another excellent dish that you must have at this stall. The cabbage is still fresh and sweet and it takes a great skill to cook it that way. The mixture of Rice Wine and Dried Shrimps adds a twist of flavour to this dish. Another highly recommended dish at this stall. My rating for this shall be 10/10 as well. 

Moonlight Char Kuey Teow @ RM 10.00
This is by far the most sought after dish here. Usually by around 10 pm, the Kuey Teow is sold out. It comes with a raw egg on the top and has to be mixed thoroughly. Something that you would not be able to find elsewhere except for Kim Lian Kee in Petaling Street. Both of them invented this Moonlight Char Kuey Teow dish at around the same time. An absolutely delicious dish. The dish itself comes with lots of cabbage and pork and once mixed with the egg, gives such a creamy taste. I have seen many people, including those that I have brought, been put off by the sight of the raw egg but once they tasted the dish, they were hooked on to it. Even today, I still have cousins of mine who tried this in their chidhood, keep mentioning about this dish to me and how good it was. And that's like after 20 plus years. This itself should be an indicator as to how good this dish is. Though Kim Lian Kee has the same, I have tasted both and for me, Leong Kee is the winner. That previous does not come anywhere close to this latter preparation. Again I would rate this 10/10 .

Overall, this is an excellent place to visit for dinner or supper. I have introduced this place to many of my friends from Kuala Lumpur and they did make day trips just to try this place out and the feedback have all been very positive. I am yet to meet someone who would say that the food here is bad or only average. One of the fantastic food places in Tanjung Malim that should be a 'Must Visit' for Chinese food fans. Besides the above, his other notable dishes are also his Loh Mee and Cantonese Style Fried Noodles (Hor Fun or Yin Yong as some may call, depending on the region). For directions, assuming you are coming using the North South Highway, after the Tanjung Malim exit, keep left and turn in to the very first exit on your left. Keep going straight and you would pass a Tamil School on your left. Shortly ahead, there would be some tractors/ old Range Rover's that are parked on your left (in a large open land). Do slow down here as this restaurant would be visible shortly on your right. Parking is usually taken up near the restaurant and most people would just park by the side of the road, which is quite safe. Alternatively, they are okay with customer's calling them and asking for directions. I have provided the mobile phone number below. Please do call them and they would gladly assist.

Address: Beside Jalan Kilang Papan off Jalan Besar Hulu Bernam,
                35900 Hulu Bernam, Selangor, Malaysia.

Business Hours: 1700 - 0100 Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Mondays.

Telephone: +6012 518 0165

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Gerai Nasi Lemak Haji Din @ Tanjung Malim, Perak

Nasi Lemak Haji Din is one of the famous Nasi Lemak stalls in Tanjung Malim. Having been around for the past 40 years, I have been their loyal customer since my childhood days. Those days, they were located in a row of shops somewhere near the present bus station which has been demolished now. Today, they are located at Stall No. 18 in the Medan Selera that is right opposite the Tanjung Malim Police Station. Finding the Medan Selera is quite easy. Just drive past the UPSI main entrance. Shortly, you would see the Magistrates Court on the left and shortly thereafter, within a minute, you would come to the Medan Selera. There is a playground in front of the Medan Selera and it is right beside the Balai Bomba and opposite it is the Police Station.  

The Stall In Medan Selera Tanjung Malim
This stall opens by around 6.30 and is mostly sold out by 11 am. I still remember the long queue that we had to go through those days in order to place our orders. Then the stall used to be much smaller with limited seating area and we all had to be seated in a cramped space just to have the Nasi Lemak. Now, they are located in a much more organised place with very comfortable seating arrangements, thanks to the Town Council. Still, when you come on weekends, there is a long queue. The furniture used in the stall is the exact same ones that were used in the old stall. Those days Pak Haji Din used to be at the stall but now, since he has aged, the stall is run by staffs but still maintains the good old taste. 

Local Coffee

It is amusing that they even still use the same cutlery from my childhood days and it looks good. I was here at 7 am and luckily then, since it was a Sunday, there were not many people yet and I managed to have my breakfast peacefully. Their Local Coffee was on the sweet side which is common in most Malay stalls. I would rate this drink at 8/10 .

Nasi Lemak
The Nasi Lemak  looks and tastes exactly the same. It is quite simple with limited ingredients but tastes excellent. Those days it was sold at RM 0.70 per plate but now the price has gone up to RM 2.00 per plate. I still remember clearly that I used to have two or three plates during my teenage days. Must have been a very good eater then. Even now, two is just nice and is good to last right up to tea time. The Rice itself is fragrant and delicious. Cooked with a lavish amount of coconut milk, the rice is so creamy and good. Definitely still one of the best Nasi Lemak rice out there. The Nasi Lemak comes with a sufficient amount of Onion Sambal and some Cucumber and Long Beans on the side. The cucumber and long beans are just steamed items. The Sambal however is not on the spicy side like other Nasi Lemak sambals. Here, it is on the sweet side, this may seem odd to many but when you taste it, you would know that it is absolutely delicious. A rare kind of sambal preparation that would keep you wanting for more. 

If you happen to be in Tanjung Malim or passing by, then this is a must try dish for breakfast. I would rate their Nasi Lemak at 9/10 and it is definitely one of my favourite Nasi Lemak places.

Address: Stall Number 18, Medan Selera Tanjung Malim, Jalan Raja Itam, 
                35900 Tanjung Malim, Perak.

Business Hours: 0630 - 1200 Daily