Archive for July, 2009

... stir fried choi dum.

... stir fried choi dum.


... flat noodle fried in egg sauce.

... flat noodle fried in egg sauce.


... Singapore style vermicelli.

... Singapore style vermicelli.

Rating: 5.5/10

The vegetable was super oily, though it tasted quite alright. The cow meat wut dun hor was pretty good actually. It’s been a while since I last had a good wut dun hor. Each piece of the meat was tender. Not overcooked until they were sinewy. Unfortunately, the Singapore style fried vermicelli wasn’t what it supposed to be. It was just like a plain fried vermicelli, but I can live with it, cause it tasted quite good too.

The food weren’t cheap either. The bill came up to around RM60 for the 4 of us. I guess their credential allowed them to charge that much. Because it was famous and there were many HK celebrities visited the place as there’s a wall with their photos plastered all over it.

Location: N3 08.641 E101 42.870

... clay pot bean curd with roasted pork.

... clay pot bean curd with roasted pork.


... oily vege.

... oily vege.


... fish that cost RM200+.

... fish that cost RM200+.


... water spinach in belacan.

... water spinach in belacan.

Rating: 6/10

Today was DL’s treat, so he made the call on the dishes. Seeing that I’m still on strict diet, he proceed with 2 vegetables to balance my today’s diet with fish that he ordered. Firstly, a clay pot bean curd with roasted pork, stir fried with some vegetables. The gravy was quite nice and I can’t have enough of it. The bean curd was quite nice. Then came the fish. I’ve forgotten what fish was that, but it cost RM210. Still swimming in the aquarium when it was picked by the staff there. Fish was fresh, of course, but DL said it wasn’t nice at all. Maybe the meat was rather tasteless, at least they weren’t destroyed upon picking with chopsticks.

Finally, the signature meat of the place… (more…)

Bought some raw ingredients for today’s lunch. Went into the old IT room, which was turned into a store room now, to cook our stuff in there. A meaty meal, rather pushing my strict diet to the limit.

... cooking streaky bacon.

... cooking streaky bacon.


... everyone is busy with their own tasks.

... everyone is busy with their own tasks.


... laying the medium rare bacon onto the bread.

... laying the medium rare bacon onto the bread.


... canned food, rendang chicken.

... canned food, rendang chicken.


... Kuma's mix of spicy tuna with cherry tomatos slice and streaky bacon strips.

... Kuma's mix of spicy tuna with cherry tomatos slice and streaky bacon strips.


... next up, cooking the back bacon.

... next up, cooking the back bacon.


... back bacons and streaky bacon.

... back bacons and streaky bacon.


... scraping off the bacons from the sticky pan.

... scraping off the bacons from the sticky pan.


... delicious looking back bacons.

... delicious looking back bacons.

... ais kacang, vegetarian style. Not sure if other ais kacang out there were different, maybe vegetarian realism might insist on the different kind of milk being used here.

... ais kacang, vegetarian style. Not sure if other ais kacang out there were different, maybe vegetarian realism might insist on the different kind of milk being used here.


... ordered a fried kuey teow out of the blue. Let's see how it fare against ordinary fried kuey teow with prawns, sausages, cockles and eggs.

... ordered a fried kuey teow out of the blue. Let's see how it fare against ordinary fried kuey teow with prawns, sausages, cockles and eggs.


... ALGJ's BBQ pork rice. I think the rice was fried with seaweed in it.

... ALGJ's BBQ pork rice. I think the rice was fried with seaweed in it.


... seaweed soup with bean curd in it. Sourish, supposed to helps with the appetite.

... seaweed soup with bean curd in it. Sourish, supposed to helps with the appetite.


... milk butter prawns, vegetarian style. Intriguing on how they made it to taste as close as the real stuff.

... milk butter prawns, vegetarian style. Intriguing on how they made it to taste as close as the real stuff.

Rating: 5.5/10

The ais kacang I had tasted pretty much the same as those you can find outside. Maybe I wasn’t good enough in distinguishing the differences in the ingredient used, especially the milk. I’d say it tasted rather good though the shaved ice wasn’t fine enough. My fried kuey teow was more like fried hor fun (flat noodle) instead. Those flat noodle used in wat tan hor (滑蛋河). Anyway, despite being vegetarian, I’ve had worse non-vegetarian fried kuey teow before. So there isn’t really much to complain about for a healthier counterpart.

I had a taste of ALGJ’s vegetarian BBQ pork. It tasted the same as the kind of vegetarian BBQ pork I had the first time. I figure the vegetarian food don’t evolve much but rather got innovative over time. The seaweed soup was quite nice with sourish soup base. Though it was a tad too salty. Finally, the milk butter prawns that I ordered out of curiosity. It tasted quite nice, thought not exactly the same, but the artificial prawns had quite similar texture as the real deal. The outer layer was probably coated in crushed peanuts. Pretty cool.

I was pretty amazed with all the innovative vegetarian dishes nowadays. Unlike back in the olden days, there were only vegetarian BBQ pork and vegetarian roasted goose to satisfy the cravings for meat.

Location: N3 04.896 E101 35.424 (est)

... nasi lemak, highly recommended by AC.

... nasi lemak, highly recommended by AC.

Rating: 6.5/10

I packed this nasi lemak right after I had my lunch. I have to try it out as it was highly recommended by AC, as he quoted, “Even my friend from Penang said it’s nice.” When I was there during lunch time, the stall was not opened or not tended by anyone. After my lunch today, while walking to my car, I had a peep and found a woman tending to the stall. I decided to pack a plain one.

I was expecting it to have only curry as the main condiments. Fortunately, it does come with sambal and it tasted good too! The curry wasn’t runny like most Chinese nasi lemak I had. Though unfortunately, the rice wasn’t exactly lemaky. It felt like the leftover rice from the economy rice stall besides the nasi lemak stall. It would score a solid 7.5 if the rice was genuine nasi lemak. There was only O-N-E anchovy in the sambal as well. Not that I’m complain, since I’m still on my strict diet regimen. Anyway, it’s gonna be a nasi lemak that I’ll come back for more, hopefully she’s working over the weekends.

Boy! Was I full…

Location: N3 04.360 E101 35.356

... had it once, and wanted more.

... had it once, and wanted more.

Rating: 4/10

I had these yam cakes last Friday as TSL packed them for me. There weren’t exactly tasty but the chilli paste given was really nice. Basically, I wanted only the chilli paste, but I had to grab something. I had the glutinous rice as well, but they don’t go well with the chilli. So, yam cake it is. If only the shop has nasi lemak also.

Location: N3 04.357 E101 35.482 (est)

... orange juice from the set.

... orange juice from the set.


... curry lamb rice.

... curry lamb rice.

Rating: 4/10

I was surprised with the orange drink (not exactly juice, but powder orange drink) as the set lunch menu showed lemonade. Bad call. Then the lamb, it sounded nice to have, but it wasn’t that good actually.

Location: N3 06.865 E101 35.446

Surprise following … (more…)

Initially, I thought I would be going to Loong Grilled Fish in NZX. Then when I got into the car, DL said he wanted to eat crabs at Kwai Lam instead. I was bedazzled as I don’t know where’s that place. It turns out that I’ve been there once, quite long ago. Probably more than 1 year ago.

... 2 types of condiments. Left one for the grilled fish and right one, for anything.

... 2 types of condiments. Left one for the grilled fish and right one, for anything.


... stir fried yau mak.

... stir fried yau mak.


... choi sum fah in oyster sauce. There were some fried pork lards on it.

... choi sum fah in oyster sauce. There were some fried pork lards on it.


... I dunno what style was this toufu called, but the gravy was full of pepper.

... I dunno what style was this toufu called, but the gravy was full of pepper.


... this grilled stingray has exceptional sauce. Unlike others, this 1 tasted like tumeric with ginger, which was very nice.

... this grilled stingray has exceptional sauce. Unlike others, this 1 tasted like tumeric with ginger, which was very nice.


... fried chicken wings was 1 of the signature dish here.

... fried chicken wings was 1 of the signature dish here.


... DL was craving for some crabs, hence there's no escaping it.

... DL was craving for some crabs, hence there's no escaping it.

Rating: 6.5/10

The stir fried yau mak was very nice. It was nicely salted and plenty of chopped garlic. The taste was just right I found myself can’t stop eating it. Then come the choi sum fah, which has a few fried pork lards on top of it. Despite the most favourable fried pork lards, it doesn’t turn out as good as the stir fried yau mak. Besides, oyster sauce wasn’t exactly good for my strict diet.

The bean curd soaked in watery gravy was not that good. I don’t even remember the taste of the bean curds, except for the overly peppered gravy. Such a forgettable dish. I don’t even remember how many piece of bean curd I had. I could only remember there was 1 piece of bean curd leftover. Nobody claims it.

The grilled fish was a surprise. I was expecting the fish to be laden with the usual sambal. The restaurant’s own concoction of the turmeric sauce reminds me of the fried fish with ginger that my mum used to make. It was nice and different when applied to grilled fish. The fish was fresh too and the second half of the fish didn’t stick to the leaf that was served at the bottom of it.

The fried chicken wings were nice too. They were rather huge compared to other chicken wings I’ve had, especially KFC’s. I was afraid that I might feel glutton for having 2 pieces of chicken wings as there was still 1 more dish that haven’t been served. Finally, the kam heong crabs was served. It was exceptionally dry, as DL commented. Taste wise, it was very salty, like most kam heong does. The crabs were quite fresh. The only turn off was, the top shell of the crab was empty. I was very disappointed.

Overall, the dinner was satisfying, except for the few glitches. The seafood were fresh enough though the price came up to RM97 for the 3 of us, which I find it quite steep.

Location: N3 08.510 E101 32.234