Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Restoran Jaipur Mahal @ Cyberjaya, Selangor

I have been exploring all the Indian restaurants in Cyberjaya over the last two months and here's introducing the sixth Indian restaurant in Cyberjaya and one that has been around for some time now. This restaurant is located along Jalan GC 9, on the Glomac Cyberjaya side. 

Restaurant Jaipur Mahal in Cyberjaya

Interior Of The Restaurant
Their very first outlet was opened in Jalan Ipoh followed by the one in Cyberjaya and subsequently Putrajaya. Though they try to portray a North Indian image, the restaurant itself is very much South Indian with all staffs speaking Tamil. Nevertheless, their menu consists of a wide range of food items right from North Indian to South Indian dishes. Their set up is posh and has a lovely ambiance. Though we came close to closing hours, it was very kind of the staffs to accommodate us. I did see some buffet trays and asked the staffs if they have buffet deals. That was when I was informed that the have buffet meals every Friday. So, if you're into buffet, then you should definitely visit them on a Friday. 

Kesari On The House

Ribbon Pakkoda
Even before we had placed our orders, they had served us the above Kesari and a small basket of Ribbon Pakkoda. The Kesari was unique. It wasn't the usual semolina stuff. It tasted like oats and vermicelli in Kesari recipe. Unique and tasty and for that, I would rate this at 8/10. As for the Ribbon Pakkoda, there is a reason why they had served it free of charge. It was because they were selling these items and this definitely is a great way to get customers to taste them. And as a matter of fact, it was very good. In fact, each table ended up buying a jar or two of those stuffs. Even we did the very same. We liked the taste, it wasn't oily and reasonably priced. A large jar was only RM 13.00 . Taste wise, I would give this 8/10. While munching on these lovely Pakkoda's, we had confirmed our orders with the waiter. Service is surely up to the mark here. The staffs were very helpful and quick to respond to customers needs. 

Aloo Paratha @ RM 6.90 each

Comes With Curd & Lime Pickle
Their Aloo Paratha is priced at RM 6.90 each and it comes with some curd and lime pickles. For the price, the size was a little small and the stuffings weren't that great. The restaurant that I had posted last week did better Aloo Paratha's and they were a Ringgit less each. In fact, bigger too. I would give their Aloo Paratha's 7/10. As for the curd and lime pickle, they were awesome. Their lime pickle specifically, leaves you a sour sting. Both of those items were very good and I would give them 9/10. 

Lacha Paratha @ RM 5.90
The waiter suggested to try a different bread and we agreed to go for this Lacha Paratha which was nothing but Roti Canai. Obviously, this and the previous bread were made using different flours but it never struck my mind that it would be like Roti Canai. However, I loved the fluffy texture of this one and it was tasty. This, I would rate it at 9/10. 

Chettinad Mutton Masala @ RM 23.90
This Chettinad Mutton Masala dish was one that came with medium sized mutton cuts and were cooked in a thick, medium spicy gravy. The dish was good and it went very well with the bread. The blend of spices were just perfect. I would rate this at 8/10.  

Malabar Fried Prawns @ RM 21.90
Their Malabar Fried Prawns were above average. It should have been a little more spicier. I have tasted the better version of this dish for sure. Also, the prawns should have been crispy which wasn't the case here. I would rate this dish at 7/10. 

Chettinad Nandu Varuval @ RM 27.90
This dish was simply fantastic! It was mega spicy, yes. The kind of spiciness that not many can tolerate and the crab was done beautifully. The thick gravy was a mixture of spices and banana blossoms, a rare combination these days. Heavenly it was! And where can you find a crab dish for RM 27.90 . Highly recommended dish!

Masala Tea @ RM 5.90
Their Masala Tea was another one that impressed me. After that spicy crabs, this was just the perfect drink to have. The infusion was medium strong, not too much milk and the tea itself was bolder. A good Masala Tea for sure and I would rate this at 9/10. 

A Variety Of Murukus and Snacks

The Bill For The Day

Outlets & Contact Details

Based on the dishes that we tried this afternoon, their Chettinad Crab Varuval was the best. That was definitely a different level. The other dishes were good too but they do have room for improvement. Prices seem decent and their service was excellent. A good place to drop by in Cyberjaya if you're looking for Chettinad food. 

Address: No. 7, Block H, Jalan GC 9, Glomac Cyberjaya, Cyber 4, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor.

Opening Hours: 1100 - 1500 & 1730 - 2200 Daily

Telephone: +603 8322 1199 

Monday, 24 April 2017

Restoran Lucky Day @ Kajang, Selangor

While taking a drive last night looking for new eateries to explore, we discovered this Food Court that is located in Taman Kajang Prima. It seems to have been around for a number of years now and the place looked crowded. Since the vital signs seemed good (based on the crowd there), we decided to give the place a try. 

The Food Court in Taman Kajang Prima
This place is easily noticeable when you're driving along the main road even before turning in to this Taman. Such a huge food court and there would easily be around 40 stalls. A huge indoor and open air seating area is available and right beside that open air seating, you'd see a large plot of land that is a dedicated parking lot for this food court. Clearly this place is managed by a team of experts who know their stuff. This food court is open from 6 am and goes on till 2 am daily. In the morning, there's a different set of stalls and operators and come 5 pm, the evening shift arrives and this entry is based on the evening shift that operates till 2 am. We had a large group of friends this evening and that makes it even more exciting as we get to try more dishes. 

Char Kuey Teow @ RM 6.00
The first food stall that we tried was the Char Kuey Teow stall. Manned by a gentleman from Penang, his style of frying was quite similar to the one that we get in Penang. For RM 6.00 , the portion was satisfying and it did taste good. Not only was he generous with the cockles, he was also quite generous with the eggs. Taste wise, I would give this 8/10. 

Fish Head Noodles @ RM 9.00
I wonder what the relationship between Fish Head Noodles and Kajang town is but this dish seems to be omnipresent here. Not only that, it is so good taste wise. I have tried this dish in a number of establishments in Kajang and not a single one let me down. Similarly, this one too was extremely good. Right from the broth, the fish and other ingredients, not only did they meet my expectations, they exceeded it. Definitely a very good bowl of Fish Head Noodles and I would give this 9/10. 

Fish Ball Soup @ RM 5.30
This stall is run by a Thai couple and their specialty is their Fish Balls, Fish Cake and Fuchok. All three items are made by them. Slightly pricey, but they were totally worth it. The Fish Cake and Fish Balls were so soft and fresh. Their Fuchok was excellent too. One need not go for their noodles and may opt to have just these like we did tonight. Highly recommended and I would give this 9/10 as well. 

Ikan Bakar Stall

Grilled Stingray @ RM 24.00
This Grilled Fish stall is located outside the food court, in a quiet corner next to a Satay stall. She had a variety of fish but something didn't quite seem right. Even when we were checking the fish out, it seemed to have had a stale smell. On enquiring, she mentioned that it is normal as it is all inside a Styrofoam box. Having trusted her, we left after placing our orders. When the dish was served, just as we had suspected earlier, the stingray was stale. In fact, it was so bad that it already had a very funny taste. We called her and asked her again, of course to which she denied. I then stood up and asked her if she would like to eat her fish and that was when she said, "It's okay. I will give you back RM 7 as a discount" and walked away. Come on, that is just not acceptable. So please take note dear friends. Always check the fish prior to ordering and don't become victims like us. 

Wantan Mee @ RM 5.50

Delicious Dumplings
There's another stall selling Wantan Mee and we had ordered a plate as well. The large one was priced at RM 5.50 and it came with some dumplings in clear soup. The noodles were very good. Beyond that, I was even more impressed with the Char Siew. It had such a lovely texture that one would fall in love with it right away. Not only did they add Char Siew, they had also topped this with some minced pork. This is the first time that I am coming across Wantan Mee that comes with Char Siew and minced pork. Seemed like a hybrid between Kolo and Konloh Mee but taste wise it was very impressive. I would give this dish 9/10. The dumplings were very good too. Soft, chewy and juicy dumplings made just right. Again one that deserves 9/10 as well. 

Salt Baked Chicken @ RM 8.00

Braised Eggs @ RM 1.00
The Salt Baked Chicken stall is located on the far right and he has a good variety to offer right from pork to chicken. The above plate of Salt Baked Chicken was priced at RM 8.00 and the Braised Eggs were sold at RM 1.00 each. The Salt Baked Chicken was tender, juicy and lean and that blend of sweet soy sauce went along very well. Similarly, the braised eggs were decent. I would rate this preparation at 8/10. 

Variety Of Dim Sum

There's also a Dim Sum stall that has a wide variety of dumplings. We had randomly tried them and they were good. Prices wise, it was 6 dumplings for RM 7.20 . Specifically one that stood out was the Yam Dim Sum which is the purple coloured one. The rest were not bad too. If I were to rate these, I'd give them 8/10. 

This food court does offer a wide variety of dishes at reasonable prices. Most of the dishes that we tried this evening met or exceeded our expectations except for the Grilled Stingray which turned out to be stale. Otherwise, an excellent place for dinner in Kajang. 

Address: Taman Kajang Prima, 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 0600 - 1500 & 1700 - 0200 Daily

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Restoran Goreng Kuey Teow Tong Shin @ Puchong, Selangor

Goreng Kuey Teow Tong Shin is a place that is famous for their Char Kuey Teow and has been around for ages at their stall which is located along an alley in Bukit Bintang. Char Kuey Teow is a dish that is loved by most Malaysians and for those who are not able to head to Bukit Bintang to have this famous plate of CKT, you could now have this in Bandar Puteri Puchong as they have an outlet there which is much more comfortable.  

The Restaurant Along Jalan Puteri 2/6

Newspaper Write Up's Adorn The Walls
This restaurant in Bandar Puteri Puchong is located along Jalan Puteri 2/6. They have been here for at least seven years and are quite famous among the residents. A nice air-conditioned restaurant which has both indoor and outdoor seating with huge number of blown up newspaper write ups adorning the walls. 

Longan Winter Melon @ RM 3.00
Their menu consists of their signature dishes only. Good that they have stuck with those and not experimented with others. The most famous one here is their Char Kuey Teow and Popiah followed by their Fried Rice, Lam Mee, Har Mee and Pork Ball Noodles. Prices are not cheap but being a famous restaurant, I guess that that's inevitable. The original man that started the stall in Tong Shin is seen at this restaurant but he no longer does the cooking. He practically sits at the cashier and most often refuses to smile and engage with customers. I found it to be quite odd but then, that's how it is. The son, who looks just like him is the one that does the cooking and he seems to be more friendly. Order taking is done by the foreign workers and they seem to know all the dishes and the various options well, so that is definitely very helpful. With the orders being done, my drink which was a glass of iced Longan Winter Melon priced at RM 3.00 was sent over. The drink was quite disappointing as it was watered down, leaving just a mild trace of winter melon and no signs of longan. If I was to rate this, I would give it 6/10 only.  

Popiah @ RM 2.50

Simple But Satisfying
Their Popiah was nothing to shout about. Not like those Popiah's that are really tasty. In order to enjoy this, you would have to cut down your expectations and then, it would seem nice. In terms of ingredients, there were nothing much either but as I said earlier, cut down your expectations and you would enjoy it. I would give this 7/10. 

Fried Kuey Teow Special (Large) @ RM 15.00
Here, every add on item is priced separately and if you want to enjoy all the ingredients like shrimps, Lap Cheong, cockles etc, then go for their 'special' which has a combination of all those listed there. We ordered the large portion and it was good for two medium eaters. The Char Kuey Teow was unique, yes it was. It had a very different kind of taste to it which was pleasantly tasty. Not too spicy as well and the blend of ingredients were great. As for my rating, I would give this a 8/10.

I know that this stall is extremely famous in Bukit Bintang and it is great that they have another outlet in Bandar Puteri Puchong as well. Taste wise, their signature Char Kuey Teow was indeed unique and tasty. Their Popiah however could have been better but if you're expectations are low, then you would like it. Prices are definitely steep but I guess that comes along with their brand name. A good one to try if you're in the vicinity.

Address: No. 27, Jalan Puteri 2/6, Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 0930 - 2130 Thurs - Tues
                             Closed on Wednesdays

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Sup Power Ali @ Kajang, Selangor

Sup Power Ali has been around for almost 20 years. This guy is so famous that he has appeared in a number of TV shows and there are so many newspaper write ups about this place as well. Being new to Kajang, I only came to know about this place as I was passing it one night.  

The Stall in Taman Maju 2, Kajang

Just A Stall But There Are Indoor Seating As Well
Despite being just a humble stall, this place becomes very crowded from 7 pm onwards. He is open from 5.30 pm till 3 am Mondays to Saturdays. Even during the wee hours of the night, you get a lot of customers here. There is a huge outdoor seating area which could easily accommodate 50 people at any one time and a smaller indoor seating area which is good for around 15 pax maximum.  

Ali Preparing The Orders

Variety Of Cuts

He has a variety of cuts to choose from and he sells Chicken, Lamb, Beef and even Quail. Regardless of the part that you choose, the base soup is the same. Each part is priced differently and they are clearly displayed at the stall. 

Mutton Soup @ RM 6.00 With Bread

Bread @ RM 1.00 per plate
It didn't take him long to serve the soup since it had already been cooked and was just left to a mild boil. My bowl of mutton soup was priced at RM 6.00 and with it, one could choose to have this soup with bread or rice. This White Bread is also one that is made by him and has a very different texture compared to the standard loaves that you get off the shelf. A plate of bread is priced at RM 1.00 . The soup itself was very thick, in fact it looked more like gravy and was highly infused with spices. Very different preparation compared to the rest that we get. It's so spicy that it could get you sweating profusely. Taste wise, I really can't compare this to the rest as it was a different recipe altogether. I would give this soup 8/10. 

The Bill
This is a very different kind of Mutton Soup prepared with a wide range of Indian spices and served thick and hot. That is why some even opt to have this with rice. I have not tasted anything like this before and since that it the case, I am not able to give a comparison. Definitely worth giving it a try at least once.

Address: No. 7, Jalan Maju 1, Taman Maju 2, 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 1730 - 0300 Monday - Saturday

Friday, 21 April 2017

Restoran Sungai Jelok @ Kajang, Selangor

I was visiting a schoolmate in Kajang this evening and that was how I was introduced to this place. I was informed that this Chinese restaurant is one that is quite famous among the locals and one that has been around for decades now. 

The Restaurant In Sungai Jelok Area

Indoor & Outdoor Seating Available
Restoran Sungai Jelok is located along Jalan Sungai Jelok, Kajang and it is hard to miss as it's located right by the road. Such a huge set up that it occupies an entire lot with both indoor and outdoor seating areas. Seeing all this and the crowd this evening, it was definitely convincing that the food would be pretty good here. Food options were very much similar to any other Chinese seafood restaurants. There wasn't a menu available hence we ordered based on our preferences. Maybe they might have been one inside but since we had already known what we wanted to have, none of us insisted on seeing one. 

Kangkung Belacan @ RM 8.00
Looking at the crowd this evening, I was expecting the dishes to arrive at least 60 minutes from the time of order but to my surprise, it came in half of that time. Coming to their dishes, the first one to arrive was Kangkung Belacan. Portions were good, the veggies were fresh and they were quite generous with the shrimp paste. However, my only complaint would be that it was a tad too oily. Taste wise, it was good and I would rate this at 7/10. 

Cuttlefish with Salted Eggs @ RM 16.00
Cuttlefish with salted eggs were very good. I was very impressed with this dish. The squid was fried to a golden brown perfection and was topped with a generous batter of salted eggs. This dish would be one that I would recommend here. As far as the rating goes, I would give it 9/10. 

Steamed Fish with Chilli Paste @ RM 31.00
Steamed Fish with Chilli Paste (Cheong Cheng) was very much the southern style of preparation. In fact, in northern Peninsular Malaysia, this dish is prepared in similar fashion. Compared to the one that we get in the central region, this one was sweeter, was a little more coarse and had lard in it. The overall texture of the shrimp paste is a little dry as well. Differences in style of preparation aside, it did taste good and different from the norms for me. I would rate this at 7/10. 

Kam Heong Clams @ RM 16.00
Their Kam Heong Clams was a fantastic dish. Large clams were used and as you can see, there was an overload of sauces. Tasted extremely good and this for sure is another dish that I would recommend here. As for me, this deserves a perfect 10/10. 

The Bill For The Day
The food at this restaurant was surely good. Out of the four dishes that we had, their Kam Heong Clams and Salted Egg Squid were two dishes that stood out. Price wise, it isn't small town pricing but it was worth it. Definitely a good Chinese Restaurant to visit in Kajang.

Address: Lot 2202, Jalan Sungai Jelok, 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 1730 - 0000 Daily