Archive for May, 2009

We sorta waited, for more than 30 minutes in Baskin-Robbins Mont Kiara. DL said, the people leaving were more than the people entering. After a while waiting, when he turned back to look into the shop, the crowds got heavier. It was then we gave up and proceed to Haagen Dazs. The 31st is always a PITA to visit Baskin-Robbins. Anyway, I never liked Baskin-Robbins anyway.

... Macadamia nuts and Chocolate chips ice-cream.

... Macadamia nuts and Chocolate chips ice-cream.

Rating: 7/10

The vanilla in the Macadamia nut ice-cream was a little bit salty though. Reminded me of the powder milk I used to have when I was little. While my chocolate chips ice-cream was a disappointment. Not because it was bad but they served me a non-chip chocolate chips ice-cream. What a turn off.

Location: N3 10.544 E101 39.599 (estimation)

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It was one of those boring weekends spent on land, I needed some action to fill up my time. Since I’ve woke up half past noon, I rang up the usual weekend suspects, MH and CW to check if they wanted to do lunch. After venturing into Pudu last weekend for the `pun intended` closed roast pork, we’ve passed by Sek Yuen Restaurant. Been hearing quite a number of people raving about how good this place is, I’ve decided thats gonna be the answer to everybody’s usual question, “eat what and where?”

resize_0012 The old school building that still houses the restaurant. Next to this shoplot is the air conditioned Sek Yuen. Dishes are still served from this old building

resize_0013A good view of the interior from the main entrance. Old school indeed

Upon reaching the place, we’ve decided to sit at the `non air conditioned` shop to get some old school feeling and also to satisfy our shutter lusts. We leave it to MH to do the honour of ordering since he had dined here before to know what are their signature dishes. For the first order, we had called for Garlic stir fried Choy Tum, the signature Pei pa Duck and `Xing Kong` tofu. MH and myself was contemplating to order another signature dish as CW said he is no big fan of `Kau Yuk`(Yam with Pork Belly). Finally when the first 2 dishes arrived, its been decided the `Kau Yuk` shall make its way to our table as the serving was not as big as we thought it would be.

resize_0015Sing Kong Taufu @ Sek Yuen
Simple dish with all you can find. Pork bits, prawns, sweet corns, carrots and of course, deep fried beancurd(tofu), all smoothened in a semi raw egg gravy.

resize_0016Sauteed Choy Tum with Garlic @ Sek Yuen
Smelt of strong `wok hey`(breath of the wok) when served. Garlic was done just right in the oil before the greens are sauted together in the firewood flamed wok.
It tastes good even without the Chinese cooking wine in it.

resize_0017Pipa Duck @ Sek Yuen.
The air dried butterflied bird has the fried to the perfect crisp while maintaining a balanced juicyful flavor of a duck and its spices. An absolute winner especially when its dipped with the house special sour plum sauce concoction.

resize_0018Wu Tao Kao Yuk – Yam with Pork Belly @ Sek Yuen
While the ordinary Wu Tao Kao Yuk served elsewhere are normally braised, Sek Yuen’s version is steamed to the right tenderness marinated with a generous amount of fermented beancurd(nam yue) and just the right pinch of 5 spice powder while the Yam absorbs all the goodiness of the pork belly from the steaming.

Overall, the food here is considered very satisfactory for me although the service needs a little bit of improvement. Soya sauce is a commodity in this restaurant. You’ll get your saucer filled with soya sauce that comes with the utensils. When CW requested for more soysauce, expecting the soy sauce to come in the serving bottle, he was given another saucer filled with soya sauce! As of when I asked MH if he’s ok to order the 4th dish, we put in our order with the uncle that took our order, and we were given the annoying `can’t you order it one short` on his face. Oh well, I guess there will never be perfect hospitality when you dine in places like this.

Final verdict, the greens was done very well with a generous amount of finely chopped up garlic and the gravy for tofu was awesome with the half done egg. As for the Pei Pa Duck, the crispyness and the flavour is just perfect although i reckon the bird was overcooked as the chicken drumstick meat was a little dry while the texture on the breat portion was just nicely done. Coming to the Wu Tao Kao Yuk dish, it kind of brought back some nostalgic memory to me. This is the 3rd time in my life I’ve tried the steamed version from the usual braised version you typically get to eat, the first 2 time being made by my late grandmother. Nevertheless, last 2 dishes did impress me alot for the chef’s effort to get the marinade just right for the duck and the tenderness of the pork belly & yam. The bill came up to RM 62.50 for 3 of us. I will definitely be back to try out the other signature dishes very soon.

Rating:

Greens: 6

Tofu : 6

Duck: 7

Pork:  8

 

Location: N3 08.119 E101 42.741

Went to meet up with EL & AT in Sunway Pyramid. He tempted me with XM because the latest SFCC outlet just opened in Maxis Centre in Sunway Pyramid. So, I went up there in a jiffy, met him up, had a cup of Buy-1-Free-1 XM, waited for AT to rendezvous with us then we decide what to have for dinner.

EL specifically said, “something cheap.” I then recommended the ayam penyet in Sunway, the area just opposite Sunway Pyramid. They were OK with it, hence I went on ahead. Luckily I had the GPS coordinates for Ayam Penyet-AP I got from KY Speak’s website, which pointed me to the wrong building block of the place. Duh! Anyway, AT managed to find the place for us in the end.

... the chilies which looked like a rooster's silhouette.

... the chilies which looked like a rooster's silhouette.


... almost asked for an iced lime, but since I'm day off of my strict diet. Might as well try out their cendol.

... almost asked for an iced lime, but since I'm day off of my strict diet. Might as well try out their cendol.


... my ayam penyet.

... my ayam penyet.


... yam drink and pineapple juice.

... yam drink and pineapple juice.


... AT's lele penyet.

... AT's lele penyet.


... EL & AT's terung penyet.

... EL & AT's terung penyet.

Rating: 6.5/10

The cendol was quite sweet but not too overly sweet. It reminded me of those cendol served by those Indians with a mini truck by the roadside. The ayam penyet was nice, despite the portion was small. It seemed really flattened compared to those earlier ayam penyets that I’ve had. It was crispy and crunchy which I kinda like yet the meat was not too dried. Tempe wasn’t sourish or bad either. Probably the best tempe, or least worst tempe of all the 3 ayam penyet places I’ve been. Might go back for more if I want a quick fix.

Location: N3 04.677 E101 36.796

PG was in town and he asked for dinner yesterday. Unfortunately, I had to join my colleagues for dinner because we just came off from OH’s office. So today I bring the lady out for lunch instead. He said he wanted something nice, premium perhaps. Definitely not something roadside or non-air conditioned place. I can’t think of anything for lunch, I asked him to ring DL up to see if he has any idea.

DL was too KO’ed from the early morning hike in FRIM, he said he can’t think of anything because his brain was sucked dry by those leeches. Anyway, I suggested that we go to Solaris since PG never been there. And perhaps we could try out Ole-Ole Bali. Yes, it’s my day off on strict diet this weekends.

Unfortunately, when we were there, DL said he heard of few not so pleasant comments on Ole-Ole Bali. Then I suggested to go for Michelangelo’s instead, since someone recommended the vongole pasta there. Well, the price tag definitely fits what PG wanted, though there were rarely any air cond because we were seated on the outside. All for the sake of nicer photos.

If I didn’t see any aglio olio on the menu, I would’ve definitely go for the vongole pasta. Seeing that I’m a sucker for aglio olio, I can’t help it but to order it. Instead of spaghetti, I asked for linguine. On the other hand, DL was tempting PG with his cup of Guinness Stout while PG can barely hold it.

... apparently, I was allowed to order a cup of fruit mix. Apple and watermelon juice mix. Not the 3rd type though.

... apparently, I was allowed to order a cup of fruit mix. Apple and watermelon juice mix. Not the 3rd type though.


... yup, RM9 cup of fruit juice and all I got was a cup of diluted fruit juice.

... yup, RM9 cup of fruit juice and all I got was a cup of diluted fruit juice.


... aglio olio linguine. Doesn't look appetizing at all.

... aglio olio linguine. Doesn't look appetizing at all.


... PG's spaghetti marinara sizzle. The pan was seriously sizzling hot.

... PG's spaghetti marinara sizzle. The pan was seriously sizzling hot.


... this pepperoni calzone pizza smell damn good.

... this pepperoni calzone pizza smell damn good.

Rating: 4.5/10

My cup of fresh fruit juice was rather exceptional. Yes, it was exceptionally bad. Look at how badly diluted it was. 90% water and 10% fruit stuffs. It was RM9 a cup, I bet they use Evian mineral water on this. My aglio olio linguine was really bad. Aside from the rather non-existent aglio olio scent, the linguine was rather hard, almost uncooked. The taste, it was bland and I can’t feel any garlic taste at all. DL was complaining north, east, south and west on that spoonful of linguine that he had. RM18.90 for a plate of nothingness. Very good!

PG gave me a clam and mussel. They were both juicy, though the clam was rather tasteless. It was mildly cook, so it was tender. I guess that’s why the vongole pasta was good. The mussel was sweet though. DL complained that the seafood was not fresh on PG’s pasta. That’s what PG said, the prawns were not fresh. And my comment? The sauce tasted like kerosene.

Somehow, the pizza was nice though. The fragrance was good and the taste was above average. Better than most of the pizzas out there. DL whom was lactose intolerant was liking it. He said he took the piece without those cheese on the topping. Yeah right, he totally sucking on the molten cheese the middle layer. Though the pepperoni was rather lacking but the nice fragrance and taste made up for the sparing ingredients.

With such pricey tag, I guess I won’t be seeing the lights of Michelangelo’s anytime soon. Though we found out that, on 3rd June (or onward?), Michelangelo’s is having 50% off promotion on their main course, provided payment is made with Public Bank’s credit cards. Perhaps I might stop by for… a vongole spaghetti.

Location: N3 10.540 E101 39.599

After our work at OH in Jalan Ipoh, HL said it’s better we have dinner before going back office due to the bad jam. Since we were nearby Jinjang, so I recommended them my favourite fried little squids place, which is just nearby. Though it took us almost 1 hour to reach that place, due to the bad jam from Jalan Ipoh to Jinjang. It’s been so long since I last came here, probably more than a year or 2. I’ve since forgotten which junction to turn in, fortunately I suddenly thought of the name and able to find it on GPS. Lucky for me, the other 2 restaurants beside this was not POI-ed by the community. I guess this shows that this place is the better one than the other 2.

HL said he doesn’t want to have rice. Diet? Now he knows he’s fat. So we ended up with vermicelli and noodle only.

... the costly menu signboard with florescent lamps.

... the costly menu signboard with florescent lamps.


... this was recommended by the lady (as shown in above picture).

... this was recommended by the lady (as shown in above picture).


... I asked for the Seremban style fried rat tail noodle, but she cut me off with something called the "rainbow rat tail noodle" instead. Little did I know, it wasn't fried! Disappointing.

... I asked for the Seremban style fried rat tail noodle, but she cut me off with something called the "rainbow rat tail noodle" instead. Little did I know, it wasn't fried! Disappointing.


... my favourite of them all. Just can't do without them.

... my favourite of them all. Just can't do without them.

Rating: 6.5/10

Firstly, the fried vermicelli in clams was served. I was having trouble eating that because the clams used were so tiny. It was difficult to pick them out, even more difficult than picking chopped sausages in a fried rice, because the vermicelli tends to get in the way. Like HL said, it was a little bit dry though. Then came the surprised, the “rainbow rat tail noodle”. I thought it would be fried. Anyway, the rat tail noodles were pretty tasteless, the shark’s fins style soup too. Despite plenty of crab meat in it, it tasted just salty and lacked the sweetness from the crab meat. I could even find crab’s roe in the soup. There goes my strict diet, but then, I couldn’t possibly pick out every single strand of crab meat, could I?

Finally, the star of the night was served. The fried little squids were full glazed in delicious looking dark sauce. The last few time I had this, they weren’t glazed in so much of sauce. It reminded me of my hometown’s fried little squids, except the sauce here was so much saltier. Fortunately, it was made up by the super crunchy deep fried squids. Regrettably, I’ve had quite a few of it, about 6 pieces. I guess I just can’t keep my promise of not having meat. But I’m a sucker for this. So, screw my strict diet! At least, for this time. *hehe* (I could hear DL calling me “hao poh” already)

Major failure tonight? Almost, but saved by the fried squids. Perhaps we should have just stick to having rice and dishes.

Location: N3 12.743 E101 39.495

*photos courtesy of DC.

I wanted to have another round of Nyonya fried noodle at Restoran Kwai Sun again, but TSL insisted on having Esquire Kitchen. She said I needed to have soup because of my health conditions and my strict diet. And here we were, at Esquire Kitchen, unwillingly.

... this Beijing sour plum drink is rather odd.

... this Beijing sour plum drink is rather odd.


... TSL said I needed some soup, hence this old cucumber soup.

... TSL said I needed some soup, hence this old cucumber soup.


... this elongated northern style zongzi (糭子) is different from what I usually have, the triangular one.

... this elongated northern style zongzi (糭子) is different from what I usually have, the triangular one.


... LGFL ordered these gao zi (餃子), but I can't eat due to my strict diet.

... LGFL ordered these gao zi (餃子), but I can't eat due to my strict diet.


... TSL's sister, the gai lan.

... TSL's sister, the gai lan.


... fish fillet in celery. The sauce was nice and I guess it's... I don't wanna know.

... fish fillet in celery. The sauce was nice and I guess it's... I don't wanna know.


... malat bean curd, my definite choice. There were 3 other choices of bean curds though.

... malat bean curd, my definite choice. There were 3 other choices of bean curds though.


... ALGJ was interested on the sour and spicy soup.

... ALGJ was interested on the sour and spicy soup.

Rating: 5/10

Firstly, the drink. It was a bit of sour yet it was rather too sweet at the same time it tasted bitter. I could taste Chinese herb roots (羊參鬚) in it though. The old cucumber soup was quite nice albeit a little too oily. As I drink it, it tasted saltier and saltier, somehow. There were plenty of pork inside the soup though. For only RM3.80, I think it’s quite worth it.

I was very hungry, so I suggested that we get a zongzi (糭子) as appetizer first. My last experience on the zongzi here was a good one. I remember it was rather nice although it was RM8 each, back then. This one was rather nice too. Had a little bit of the yolk but I can’t have the meat though. The glutinous rice was a bit on the salty side. Fortunately, they were enjoying it.

The gai lan was oily but adequately tasty. A tad on salty side though and probably plenty of MSG as well? The fish fillets with celery was nice. I mean, the celery soaking in the sauce was nice. I can’t have the fish, so I can only indulge myself with the vege on the dish and the sauce, which probably not fit for my strict diet.

The malat bean curd was acceptable. I expected it to be salty but instead, it was a little sweet. Finally, the sour and spicy soup. According to WWS, it was flour soup soaked in vinegar. Well, I can’t really have vinegar, so I had about 2 sips then I had to stop. Not only it wasn’t good for my diet, but the soup was kinda sucks.

Location: N3 04.897 E101 35.105

Finally, I’ve have the chance to eat here. TSL recommended me the mee Jawa here the last time when I was having 1 in Well Cook Gourmet. She told me the mee Jawa by the nyonya stall was nice. Then AC told me about the fried noodle nyonya of the same place as well when he was having Restoran Sedap’s fried noodle some time back. Since today’s weather was good, I decided to go there for a trial.

... came here for the nyonya fried noodle.

... came here for the nyonya fried noodle.


... mee rebus, or mee Jawa.

... mee rebus, or mee Jawa.


... mee goreng, nyonya style.

... mee goreng, nyonya style.

Rating: 6.5/10

The mee rebus, as the lady boss of the stall calls it, was indeed nicer than Well Cook Gourmet’s mee Jawa. It as authentic as it should be, having sliced potatoes and crackers, unlike the one I had in Well Cook Gourmet, was garnished with dried squids and no potatoes. The fried noodle was similar to my hometown’s mamak’s fried noodle. Not bad at all, a bit wet and sourish taste. The noodles were only RM4 per plate, while I was paying through my nose for the 1 at Well Cook Gourmet, which was RM5.50 each. I’ll come again for the fried noodle next time.

Location: N3 04.695 E101 35.272