Posts Tagged ‘cuttlefish’

Rushed to Seremban early this morning for some breakfast in the wet market. According to AT’s eating magazine, there were some nice food stalls there worth trying.

... gotta have a black coffee to boost my day, starting so early in the morning.

... gotta have a black coffee to boost my day, starting so early in the morning.


... this was 1 of the items introduced in the eating magazine, vermicelli with squids.

... this was 1 of the items introduced in the eating magazine, vermicelli with squids.

Rating: 6.5/10

This vermicelli was quite different from what I usually have. Instead of clear soup, I was served with a brownish soup, which was quite salty in its nature. Then there were some cuttlefish strips and best of all, those sliced porks. The vermicelli itself was not very well prepared. It has the smell of raw vermicelli, which I don’t like. The sliced porks were very nice marinated. I guess I could just eat that all day long. Should have been called the marinated pork vermicelli instead.

... the specialty of the stall was dried beef noodle, instead of the soup one though.

... the specialty of the stall was dried beef noodle, instead of the soup one though.

Rating: 0/10

AT went to order a bowl of beef noodle. She mistakenly ordered the soup noodle, instead of the dried one, which was recommended by the magazine. I had a few sips of the soup, which was very plain and watery, unlike any beef noodle’s soup I’ve had. I heard the noodle was home made too. I supposed that was to attracts more people to try it out with the notion that it was healthier? Anyway, I give it a zero because a bowl of beef noodle from Teppanyaki would’ve tasted much better. Perhaps it was her trick of leaving something behind, so we could have something to yearn for on our next visit.

... it contains pork in it and special concoction of gravy.

... it contains pork in it and special concoction of gravy.

Rating: 7/10

I was quite tempted by the rojak’s photos in the magazine. AT said it was just a few stalls away from the stall selling vermicelli. Despite feeling a little full already, I went ahead to try it out. How often would I be visiting the wet market so early in the morning, let alone the one in Seremban’s? I was glad I did went ahead and be a glutton. This rojak (pasembur) was unlike any of those that I find in KV. It was served with pork (not the meat) in it and has five-spice powder in it, which made the gravy so special. Though it was quite spicy by comparison. Something worth a second try or takeaway.

... after those, we went around the stalls to go for Tow Kee's Hakka Mee.

... after those, we went around the stalls to go for Tow Kee's Hakka Mee.

Rating: 4/10

I’m not a big fan of Hakka Mee, but since it was highly recommended, we went ahead and gave it a try. Initial impression was, it was very salty. I felt a slight tingling on my tongue. I was guessing it was due to the used of alkaline in the preparation of the noodle or it has way too much salty. Somehow EL and AT can’t feel that, but they loved the soup on the beef noodle though. My comment for this noodle? It was nothing extraordinary as I could get similar stuff in Glenmarie.

That’s about wrap it up for our breakfast in Seremban. A day which I woke up so early and I still can’t believe it myself.

PS: will update the stall numbers when I got them from EL or AT.

Location: N2 43.840 E101 56.200

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Went to dinner with ALGJ and LGFL. Managed to drag MSF out as well since our destination was nearby to her office. Parking was easy as I was able to spot 2 empty spaces just outside the food court.

... ice kacang, or ABC, from the same stall where I had my cendol previously.

... ice kacang, or ABC, from the same stall where I had my cendol previously.

Rating: 6/10

I’ve always thought the nicer ABC stall was the one at the corner, but MSF told me that the usual nice one that she usually has was from the stall where I used to have my cendol previously. It was pretty nice, especially the brown sugar’s taste. Though I wished it was less sweet but there is rarely any ABC that is less sweeter than this. The shaved iced was very fine, which melts evenly in the mouth and it wouldn’t lacerate the tongue as well.

... the very crispy skinned fried tofu.

... the very crispy skinned fried tofu.


... sotong (cuttlefish) kangkung (water spinach).

... sotong (cuttlefish) kangkung (water spinach).

Rating: 5.5/10

I didn’t particularly liked the fried tofu but it wasn’t bad either. The outer layer was very crispy and the content didn’t spill as well. Taste wise was nothing to shout about. On the other hand, cuttlefish with water spinach was pretty amazing. The similar type of food that I have everywhere else has runny sauce, but this one, the sauce was thick and there were generous amount of peanut powder. The spinach didn’t watered down the sauce either. I guess it was properly dried after being poached. Worth coming back for as I don’t find anything similar to this anywhere else.

... ALGJ said the mee jawa here was nice. I didn't try it the last time, so this time I can't miss it anymore.

... ALGJ said the mee jawa here was nice. I didn't try it the last time, so this time I can't miss it anymore.

Rating: 5/10

Despite how nice ALGJ said the mee jawa was, I was glad I didn’t order this the previous time I was here. Not that it sucked, but it wasn’t nice either. There were plenty of bean sprouts, almost as much as the noodle. The gravy was nothing awesome, though the crispy crackers were something to crave for.

Location: N3 05.250 E101 38.760

After our rest in hotel, our next destination was a food court called Aneka Selera. Little did I know, it was called Restoran Kam Wan as well. I guess the restaurant just owned the place and decided to let some competitions join the boat.

... despite all these years, Ipoh is still flooded with food courts.

... despite all these years, Ipoh is still flooded with food courts.


... unlike KV's food court, I think Ipoh's food courts are crowded 24/7, provided they are opened 24 hours a day.

... unlike KV's food court, I think Ipoh's food courts are crowded 24/7, provided they are opened 24 hours a day.


... first item on the table, fruits rojak.

... first item on the table, fruits rojak.


... according to EN, this fried carrot cake was cooked by a very snobbish guy.

... according to EN, this fried carrot cake was cooked by a very snobbish guy.


... another local delicacies. Dried cuttlefish with water spinach.

... another local delicacies. Dried cuttlefish with water spinach.


... why does this Penang Lobak (five-spice meat rolls) doing here in Ipoh? Got lost?

... why does this Penang Lobak (five-spice meat rolls) doing here in Ipoh? Got lost?


... these fried mantis prawns were so good to them, they had to order a 2nd serving.

... these fried mantis prawns were so good to them, they had to order a 2nd serving.


... these clams were meaty, unlike those small and rubbery clams I had in KV.

... these clams were meaty, unlike those small and rubbery clams I had in KV.


... before I could say "cheese", these bamboo clams were already raped by those hungry zombies. What's left were just the shells.

... before I could say "cheese", these bamboo clams were already raped by those hungry zombies. What's left were just the shells.


... these ain't soft shell crabs. They were just little crabs from Pulau Ketam. What a con!

... these ain't soft shell crabs. They were just little crabs from Pulau Ketam. What a con!


... steamed tilapia in sour sauce. DL's idea of a dinner.

... steamed tilapia in sour sauce. DL's idea of a dinner.


... lastly, these popia came all the way from India. They ordered these first but it came last and delivered by an Indian boy. I figured it must've been from the land of elephants then.

... lastly, these popia came all the way from India. They ordered these first but it came last and delivered by an Indian boy. I figured it must've been from the land of elephants then.

Rating: 7.5/10

Our dinner was a war zone. The photographers were struggling to get a good shot of the food against the hungry zombies that would want to terrorize the presentation of the food. Can’t blame them really, 3 photographers against 5 other very hungry zombies. Anyway, the dinner was a fine one and we had a lot of varieties.

Firstly, the rojak. The sauce was quite nice, but I didn’t manage to pick up much from it except that the sauce was nice. I’ll try it out again on my next visit to Ipoh so that I could have the whole plate all to myself. Then the fried carrot cake was nice too. DL said it has a lot of choi pou (preserved vege) in it that makes the thing salty. Kinda nice but a tad too salty though, those choi pou. I was surprised I get to eat cuttlefish with water spinach that evening. I rarely have it and I was happy because the sauce used was very tasty. I don’t recall having such tasty sauce on similar dish back in KV. I had a piece of the cuttlefish and plenty of water spinach. Hope it doesn’t has the same effect of spinach on my strict diet. Next came the five-spice meat rolls. It was very ordinary, I wouldn’t want to have another plate of it. Probably because I was only picking on those permissible items, such as fried bean curd.

Then came the seafood. Firstly, the fried mantis prawns. DL said, he could eat the big fat thick meat in it. My first impression? The thick batter and barely any meat in it. It was like eating fried powder. It wasn’t even salty. Though at first it smell good, like a junior version of fried squids’ fragrance. Anyway, give me fried squids anytime over these. Nothing beats my favourite mantis prawns. Then the clams were served. I was reluctant to try but since I’ve had a piece of the fried mantis prawn, oh what the hell. I took 1 at first, the clam was meaty, juicy, and not overly cooked. I had a good impression on it until I started chewing it deeper. It was filled with… sand! Oh boy, even the 2nd one also very Sandy cLam. I stopped after that, yet DL was busy milking the juice off each of them. I just can’t take it. I’d rather eat the soda’s bottle if I wanted some silica diet.

When the bamboo clams were served, those hungry zombies raped all the meat off the shells. Fortunately, there were enough for us all. I had one, I almost vomited trying hard to swallow it. The meat was tasteless and the sauce was similar to that of the clams. Very unappetizing, these dick looking clams. Suddenly, a small plate of soft shell crabs were served. It reminded me of those crabs on Pulau Ketam. Since when it was called soft shell crabs? Very crunchy, not salty at all. Would love to have another one but strict diet alarm went off the moment I had my 2nd clam. Lastly, the tilapia was quite nice. The sauce was different and rather nice, fortunately. Too bad, we don’t have rice to go with it.

Finally, after we finished everything, the popia came. Yes, it came late, very late indeed. It was quite good though and quite filling. I’ll remember to get this too if I’m coming here for another visit.

Location: N4 36.674 E101 06.620