Monday, 7 August 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. 

Char Kuey Teow Stall

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. 

Wantan Mee Stall

Wantan Mee @ RM 6.00

Fish Ball & Wonton In Soup
There's another stall selling Wantan Mee and we had ordered a plate as well. The large one was priced at RM 6.00 and it came with some dumplings and fish balls 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. Definitely one that deserves a rating of 9/10. 

Fish Ball Noodles Stall

Delicious Fish Balls @ RM 0.70 each
This stall is run by a Thai couple and their speciality 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 Balls were so soft and fresh. 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.

This food court does offer a wide variety of dishes at reasonable prices. The dishes that we tried this evening were definitely up to our expectations. Besides the good food, parking is easy too. Surely an excellent place for dinner in Kajang. 

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

Opening Hours: 0600 - 1500 & 1700 - 0200 Daily

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Fifth Palate @ Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya

Fifth Palate is a Western Restaurant that is located in Encorp Strand Garden Office, Kota Damansara. This restaurant specialises in all day big breakfast concept along with a handful of other dishes. Besides these Western platters, they also have a handful of Japanese dishes as well.  

Fifth Palate In Encorp Strand Garden Office, Kota Damansara

Inside Seating Areas

Outside Seating Area
Located in this business district, Fifth Palate does attract a loyal following. This restaurant is located on the first floor and is easily accessible from the car park. They have both indoor and outdoor seating areas and the place has a beautiful conceptual design. 

Besides the elaborate menu, they do have some value for money set lunch as well. Prices are not cheap but being a place that serves some niche food, I guess it's okay to charge such prices. 

Bill For The Day

Once you have decided on what to order, one would have to proceed to the counter, place your orders, pay for them and then a number would be allocated for you. Somewhat similar to the fast food concept of prepaying for your meals. 

Black Coffee + Milk @ RM 2.00 (For The Milk)

Black Coffee
We had ordered the Butcher's Platter and with that, comes two Black Coffee. I did ask for some milk for one of it and that was an add on of RM 2.00 . Their coffee was quite basic. If I was to rate this, I would give it 8/10. 

Fried Squid With Chilli Mayo @ RM 12.00
Honestly, this was nothing to shout about. I felt that the squid was too thinly sliced and it had an oily aftertaste to it. The Chili Mayo was nice. However, the squid having that odd aftertaste was not to my liking. My rating for this shall be 6/10. 

Butcher's Platter @ RM 58.00 + Extra Bacon @ RM 8.00
This Butcher's Platter was huge and it came with an assortment of items. Two kinds of Pork Sausages, Waffles, Ham, Bacon, Mushrooms, Cherry Tomatoes, Scrambled Eggs, Honey, Salted Butter and Hash Browns. I felt that the price of the platter was justifiable but the add on of RM 8.00 for the Bacon was a little too high. Anyway, it was a royal meal and it was good for two large eaters. Definitely they had invested in good quality food items and they were really tasty. My rating for this shall be 8/10. 

If you're in the mood for a heavy breakfast, then I would suggest going for their Butcher's Platter. This is definitely good to feed two heavy eaters and it comes with two cups of coffee. The food items were definitely of a good quality the preparation was good. The cafe has a lovely ambience and the staffs are very friendly. An ideal place to have business discussions too. 

Address: Block D-G-1, Encorp Strand Garden Office, Jalan PJU 5/1, Kota Damansara,
                47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Business Hours: 0830 - 1700 (Thursday - Tuesday) 

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Restoran Yik Mun @ Tanjung Malim, Perak

Restoran Yik Mun is one of those places that has made a name for itself in the Malaysian food scene. Having been around since the year 1926, this restaurant is so famous that it is most often filled with outsiders. Come weekends, it is so crowded that it is so difficult to get a place to sit. Their Hainanese food along with the Pau that is so famous has become so expensive nowadays so much so, you hardly get any locals visiting this restaurant. 

The Restaurant Along Old Slim Road

Newspaper Write Ups
Even when I was here this afternoon, it was so difficult to get a place and I had squeeze myself into a corner. Staffs were extremely busy but luckily they know me as the owners classmate and I do get some special attention that way. The place was buzzing with outsiders and bikers that commonly make a pit stop here. I have even seen people who travel all the way here just for the Pau and Chicken Chop for breakfast during the weekends and then return back to Kuala Lumpur after their meal. It may sound strange but it's a common sight here.  

White Coffee @ RM 3.50
Their White Coffee is one of the hot selling items here and it's priced at a ridiculous RM 3.50 for a mug. Honestly, food isn't the same anymore and we locals know that. For example, those days the coffee was fixed upon order. Now, they have their own version of the 3 in 1 coffee and that is what is used. Similarly, then the Pau's were handmade. Now, they are all mass produced, kept frozen and steamed to order. Still, people who have never tasted what it used to be like before come in huge groups and the Pau's sells like hot cakes. Even this afternoon, by 3 pm, they were completely sold out and couldn't cope with the demand. Coming back to the coffee, price aside, I find it to be a tad too sweet. My rating for this shall be 7/10. 

Hainanese Chicken Chop @ RM 17.00
Those days, this was priced at less than RM 6.00 and over the years the price has been going consistently going up and now it is RM 17.00 . The set comes with a slice of Fried Chicken which is topped with tomato puree, peas and onions. And on the sides, you get a small piece of Man Tau Bun and some Mashed Potatoes. 

Compared to last year, the portion has almost halved and that was truly shocking. Still, people are willing to pay the price for this. Of course, it does taste good but again, there has got to be some justification to it. This is a small town but these guys have become like a premium steak house. Another thing that I didn't like was the burnt Man Tau Bun. The colour of it would speak for itself. Otherwise, it was a good dish. The flavours were still authentic and it does taste good. My rating for this solely from the taste point of view would be 9/10. 

Mashed Potatoes
Their Mashed Potatoes was another one that was really good. It is their proprietary recipe that is used in preparing this and over the years, despite it getting more expensive, the taste has been consistent. My rating for this shall be 8/10.  

This place is one that needs no introduction so much so, Tanjung Malim has been put on the national food map solely because of this restaurant. Though we locals no longer patronise this restaurant due to the declining taste of their Pau's, still outsiders have been keeping them going and the support is overwhelming. Perhaps, they are still better than most Pau makers out there. For me, I would still come back for their Hainanese Chicken Chop which is one that is quite unique. Despite the rising prices and shrinking  portions, it is still something that I crave for every now and then. If you've never tried this, I would definitely recommend doing so.  

Address: Lot 6043, Jalan Slim Lama, 35900 Tanjung Malim, Perak, Malaysia.

Telephone: +605 4596 380

Opening Hours: 0900 - 2200 Daily

Friday, 4 August 2017

Restoran Hock Kee Bak Kut Teh Dan Seafood @ Kajang, Selangor

This evening we were in the mood for some Bak Kut Teh. I have visited a number of restaurants specialising in this dish in Kajang and as usual, I was in the mood to try out another new place. We had some guest as well and that being the case, we could not travel far. So, we opted to return to Hock Kee. 

Hock Kee In Taman Sri Langat
As much as this restaurant is famous for their Bak Kut Teh, they also operate as a usual Chinese restaurant serving the entire range of dishes that we would commonly get. This is something that I have never come across. Usually, Bak Kut Teh places do not sell any other dishes and this exception was quite fascinating. Even this evening, there was a large group who were there solely for their Bak Kut Teh and another large pool of customers who were there for their dishes. Interesting combination for sure. The restaurant itself had a large seating area and was attached to a house. Cooking is done by the boss and the lady boss is the one that handles the cash management. Orders are all taken by the staffs. The staffs are very efficient. In fact, the moment they know that you're having Bak Kut Teh, all the condiments are sent over to your table. 

White Rice @ RM 1.20 Per Bowl

Bak Kut Teh @ RM 12.00
The standard Bak Kut Teh was priced at RM 12.00 for one pax. The portion was huge and definitely larger than the dry version. There was more meat in this one too. The soup was very different to the one that I am used to. This was much lighter and was slightly sweet. I have tried the Kajang Bak Kut Teh at other restaurants and it wasn't like this. Well, this surely wasn't to my liking. I would give this 6/10. 

Dry Bak Kut Teh @ RM 15.00
This was for one pax and it was priced at RM 15.00 . For Kajang, I would say that it is expensive. I would have expected this to be around RM 10 to RM 12 maximum. If I were to comment on the taste of the dish, it was good. Lovely cuts of meat were cooked in a thick spicy gravy. They have also added a lot of dried shrimps which enhanced the taste. Definitely some good stuff. Also, this comes with a small bowl of tea since it was the dry version. I would rate this at 8/10. 

Tofu @ RM 4.00

Mushroom @ RM 14.00

Omelette @ RM 10.00
The other sides that we ordered were the Mushrooms, Tofupok and an Omelette. The price of the mushrooms were surprising. RM 14.00 for that small portion and that's totally ridiculous. It wasn't so great as well. Their Tofu Pok also tasted a little old and the texture was rough and stiff. Similarly, the Omelette wasn't great either. If I were to rate these, I would give them 7/10, 5/10 and 7/10 respectively. 

Bill For The Day
To summarise our dining experience, I have got to say that this is one expensive Bak Kut Teh place. Most of the dishes that we tried were not up to our expectations. Some were even lacking in terms of freshness. The only thing that we enjoyed is their Dry Bak Kut Teh which was very good. Their Soup Bak Kut Teh was a tad too sweet for me as well. If I return, it would be solely for their Dry Bak Kut Teh.

Address: No. 114, Jalan Langat 1, Taman Sri Langat, 43000 Kajang, Selangor.

Opening Hours: 0900 - 1400 & 1730 - 2200 Daily

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Restoran Asam Batu Laut @ Batu Laut, Selangor

Restoran Asam Batu Laut is located in Batu Laut Fishermen's Village which is just a few minutes away from Tanjung Sepat and Morib. There are so many people that flock here for good seafood that is sold at much cheaper rates than the restaurants in the Klang Valley and you should not be surprised if there was such a tremendous crowd when you visit them. 

Fishing Village Just Beside The Restaurant

The fishermen from the fishing village dock their boats just beside this restaurant and it is a must visit place if you want to buy cheap seafood or even visit for the views.It is also from this place that this restaurant get's it's daily supplies.  

Still Quiet As We Were Early

Indoor & Outdoor Seating Areas

Actual Distance From Where I Was Sitting

During the weekends and public holidays, please do not be surprised to see such a huge crowd here. I will estimate easily there were around 700 people at this restaurant the last time that we were here. Yes, and that number is not an exaggeration. Today however, we came quite early and there were less than 50 people. But as time went on, huge crowd started coming in bus loads. One can opt to sit inside or outside. Both places are well ventilated so you don't have to worry about feeling hot if you sit outdoors. Personally, I prefer sitting close to the sea as the views are really amazing. 

This is a Pork Free restaurant and as such, you do find many Muslim customers here as well. Prices are very reasonable and you would be able to see shortly how vast a difference it is from restaurants Kuala Lumpur. Moreover, being a fishing village, supplies are very fresh. 

Kam Heong Clams @ RM 15.00
Kam Heong Clams is one of my favourites and these guys did an amazing job with this dish. Just look at the amount of gravy which they had generously added. Goodness, it was so good and I was in love with this dish. My rating for this shall be a perfect 10/10. 

Oyster Omelette @ RM 13.00
The Oyster Omelette was very different here. I was expecting the one that would come like the Penang style of preparation but this was more like Omelette with Oysters. A little disappointed as well but it did taste decent. Though I would rate this at 7/10, I would perhaps give this a skip the next time around. 

Marmite Baby Octopus @ RM 14.00
After having fallen in love with this dish during my last visit, I had to order this again.The octopus had such a soft texture and the style of preparation was just perfect for this. Fresh, such huge portions and very cheap I would say. 10/10 is what I would rate this dish. 

Ikan Merah Steamed Teochew Style @ RM 45.00
A rather huge Ikan Merah steamed the Teochew Style and this was priced at RM 45.00 . Extremely cheap and fresh and it tasted heavenly. Loved the sour broth that came with preserved vegetables. 10/10 is my rating for this.

Bill For The Day
If you're looking for some excellent seafood served fresh and at a discounted rate of 30% to 40% of what it would cost you in the Klang Valley, then Restoran Asam Batu Laut would be the perfect destination. Located merely an hour away from the city, this rustic town would not only be able to feed you delicious food but it's also a lovely destination for a day trip. Good food, wonderful views and it would surely be a memorable experience. 

Address: Banting Sungai Mosok, Batu Laut, Kampung Nelayan, Tanjung Sepat, Malaysia

Business Hours: 1100 - 2200 Daily