Posts Tagged ‘rojak’

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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I’ve finally have the chance to try out the YTF here, which was very much talked about, at least by HL. The last 2 times I came, the place was closed. Both CSK and SKWS told me that the rojak was nice, even before I reach there. So SKWS was courteous enough to place the order on rojak once we sat down. While HL was salivating over the steamed peanuts.

... I guess this used to be a club house, which now has been turned into a restaurant.

... I guess this used to be a club house, which now has been turned into a restaurant.


... and I thought it would be the kind of peanut where I don't have to shell them.

... and I thought it would be the kind of peanut where I don't have to shell them.


... HL opened up 1 for my to snap.

... HL opened up 1 for my to snap.


... everybody recommended this rojak here.

... everybody recommended this rojak here.


... sui gao in soup.

... sui gao in soup.


... soup based YTF.

... soup based YTF.


... plenty of fried YTF.

... plenty of fried YTF.

Rating: 4/10

The peanuts were ok but I preferred those from Tai Thong. HL said those were soya sauced peanuts while these were steamed peanuts. To me, both were steamed except Tai Thong’s have a little personal touch to it, to add in more flavours. Else how could they get to be so fat?

Then came the rojak. Despite all the hypes, it was rather mediocre. It tasted a little like vegetarian rojak I had in Organic Vegetarian Fresh Mart & Restaurant. The prawn paste was not that prominent in taste. After about 15 minutes to it, the paste starts to turn watery. I guess the rojak in DoReMi was just as good.

As to the YTF, aside from the enormous size of the ding dong bitter gourd YTF, others were just mediocre. I was expecting the fried bean curd skin to be in rectangular shapes, but the one we were served was rolled up into cylindrical shape. HL said, only the one in Puchong serves rectangular fried bean curd skin YTF. I beg to differ. So far as I recall, this was probably the only place that serves cylindrical shaped fried bean curd skin, which I’ve had my whole life. I don’t like it because it can’t put out the full potential of fried bean curd skin.

Lastly, the sauces were not nice either. I’d anytime go for the Puchong’s YTF anytime, just for the sauce with mix of jalapeno in it, which was heavenly.

Location: N3 10.924 E101 40.716

The ladies, especially TSL instructed that I can’t eat this and that. So they sorta forced me to have organic / vegetarian food instead. Not that I’m complaining but…

... the top layer of the 2-layer carbon copy ordering form.

... the top layer of the 2-layer carbon copy ordering form.


... less sweet grass jelly drink.

... less sweet grass jelly drink.


... I ordered the stink bean fried rice. Very healthy diet.

... I ordered the stink bean fried rice. Very healthy diet.


... spread them out to leave them out cold.

... spread them out to leave them out cold.


... ALGJ ordered the Sze Chuan soup noodle, which I wanted to order, but I wanted to have rice instead.

... ALGJ ordered the Sze Chuan soup noodle, which I wanted to order, but I wanted to have rice instead.


... saw the people on the next table ordered this sushi, as we did as well.

... saw the people on the next table ordered this sushi, as we did as well.


... I was intrigued to find out how does an organic pizza taste like. I had the Hawaiian flavour.

... I was intrigued to find out how does an organic pizza taste like. I had the Hawaiian flavour.


... organic rojak with separate peanut sauce.

... organic rojak with separate peanut sauce.


... after pouring in the peanut sauce.

... after pouring in the peanut sauce.


... after LGFL did some stirring, this was the outcome of it.

... after LGFL did some stirring, this was the outcome of it.

Rating: 6.5/10

All food was pretty good. Somehow, my orgasmic stink beans weren’t that orgasmicstinky. The Sze Chuan soup was nothing like Sze Chuan style at all. TSL even commented that it was like Maggi’s soup (instant noodle seasoning). The rojak was a little different from last time, the peanut sauce was a bit more sweetened. Somehow, I find it nicer though. The sushi was very the vegetarian. Fortunately, we were given a dollop of wasabi to go with it. Not that the wasabi serves any purpose on eating vegetarian sushi, but it does made the sushi tastes better when mixed with the soya sauce. Lastly, the pizza. Let me just put it this way. Leave the pizza to the pizza place.

Now, the big but. Despite this place being vegetarian and organic, not everything served here were acceptable for my strict diet. For example, the peanut sauce and rice crackers from the rojak. Then the crust from the pizza too. Oh well, another day passed by while serving my strict diet. At least I’m still in 1 piece.

Location: N3 04.363 E101 35.109

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

I’ve always wanted to bring PCL here to try out the benta kaya since my previous visit. I’ve even asked her if she likes to eat benta kaya and she said yes. Today, I finally remembered to bring her here as I’ve forgotten to for the past few weeks.

... tray cake (kuih talam) was being offered when we were just seated down.

... tray cake (kuih talam) was being offered when we were just seated down.


... I'm a sucker for these. I always wanted to have them whenever I see them.

... I'm a sucker for these. I always wanted to have them whenever I see them.


Even before we were given the menu, we were offered some cakes (kuih) on a tray. I thought they were so kind to let people from outside to come in and sell cakes. Later only I found out that these items were actually listed on the menu. Just that they were already nicely packed and ready to be taken away. Me being a sucker for muachi, I just couldn’t resist getting it. Usually I’d go and get it, but this time it was offered right smack on my face, so …

... syrup with sago in it and some black jelly.

... syrup with sago in it and some black jelly.


... ... homemade dumplings with benta kaya and gula melaka.

... ... homemade dumplings with benta kaya and gula melaka.


... homemade dumpling soaked in gula melaka.

... homemade dumpling soaked in gula melaka.


... the fruit rojak got my attention. PCL agreed on ordering it as well, since we were not having any main course.

... the fruit rojak got my attention. PCL agreed on ordering it as well, since we were not having any main course.


... the last piece of the rojak which PCL abandoned.

... the last piece of the rojak which PCL abandoned.

Rating: 6/10

The tray cake actually tasted not bad. But it could be better. I’ve had worse from somewhere else at a random location sold by random people. At least you can come back here for more if you like it. The muachi was acceptable only. Skin a little too thick. I preferred thinner skin where the crushed sugar peanuts would explodes in your mouth. Besides, the white flour used doesn’t chill my lips and mouth when I eat it. Something is missing from it.

My special drink was indeed really special. I thought it was similar to what I had at 1 Utama last time. The things that are similar were the red coloured liquid and the sago. This cup of drink, it reminded me of having 湯圓 during Winter Solstice. Yes, it tasted like ginger drinks. Did they think that I’d want ginger drink because I bought muachi?

The little homemade dumpling were within PCL’s expectation. She preferred the benta kaya, while what I had in my hometown, it was served with brown sugar. Hence the request for brown sugar. The rojak was pretty good. PCL was practically digging for more fried Chinese crullers in it. But the crunchy stuffs which I thought were Chinese crullers have hints of prawn crackers. So I wasn’t too sure what it was because the size was not like ordinary prawn crackers you’d get from rojak.

Location: N3 04.461 E101 35.191