Posts Tagged ‘water spinach’

... hot plate bean curd. It has the best tasting sauce ever!


... pork stir fried with bitter gourd in thick soya bean sauce. A tad too salty, but it's different from what I usually have.


... sour vegetables soup, pretty normal.


... stir fried water spinach in belacan.

Rating: 7/10

This was a place recommended by a fellow friend whom home town is in Kluang, if we got the place correct from his ad-lib instructions to the location. We haven’t had anything for lunch since we departed from Tioman island, all the way drive from Mersing to Kluang. This late lunch has turned into a dinner instead.

As I stated above, the sauce from the hotplate bean curd was excellent. Those weren’t sauce per se, it was more like the mixed substance of cooked oil with ingredients which leak out from your food when you grilled them hard. In another word, the ESSENCE of the food! Just great! I wished I could find something similar back in KV. I wasn’t good with bitter gourd, as I don’t like the bitterness in them. Nevertheless, this plate of stir fried pork with bitter gourd was quite good. Bitter gourd wasn’t too bitter and the pork was nice. Though the chef was a little heavy handed, it was a tad too salty, but would be perfect if you had them with rice. While the soup and water spinach was just ordinary.

Couldn’t remember how much was the dinner, but it was a good one, aside from us being too hungry from skipping our lunch.

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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

My ex-colleague, HGY, showed me this place the night before. She said the place has very very very nice fried siew yuk (roasted pork), and some other varieties too. Later, I showed it to DL and asked if he’s been there. Since he stayed nearby, I thought he would’ve know the place quite well.

Turns out he hasn’t heard of the place. So we decided to gate crash the place and hopefully get some good tasting Chinese style stir fry food. My first and last fried siew yuk was a couple of years back in Taman Tun, which was recommended by KC. It was really nice too, served with wanton noodle. The meat was basically coated in sauce like those on BBQ pork.

Anyway, when were were there, the place was closed. I guess it opens for the industrial workers whom work around that area. Then DL recommended Canton Fare as contingency plan, in case the place not opened. He said he saw the place the week before and been wanting to try it out. Hence we headed straight to Solaris Mont Kiara. It was my first time here as well. Been hearing about it since the spawn of Tenji, yet I haven’t the initiative to go check it out. I wonder how it fares against Canton-i.

... hidden inside Solaris Mont Kiara. That's DL for showing his satisfaction for finally finding the place.

... hidden inside Solaris Mont Kiara. That's DL for showing his satisfaction for finally finding the place.


... red theme, just like how Dragon-i looked like. I thought this was probably related to Canton-i.

... red theme, just like how Dragon-i looked like. I thought this was probably related to Canton-i.


... the place wasn't really that big as can be seen. I believe there was a staircase somewhere.

... the place wasn't really that big as can be seen. I believe there was a staircase somewhere.


... nice menu wrapped in cushioned canvas.

... nice menu wrapped in cushioned canvas.


... boost with self confidence, it said "King of Roast". Move aside, Kenny Rogers.

... boost with self confidence, it said "King of Roast". Move aside, Kenny Rogers.


... why are English wines being served here?

... why are English wines being served here?


... this was served after we've placed our order. I guess it's probably pickled papaya.

... this was served after we've placed our order. I guess it's probably pickled papaya.


... longan with snow fungus tong sui. I was given a choice of longan with Chinese herb roots (羊參鬚) or longan with snow fungus. I'm a sucker for snow fungus!

... longan with snow fungus tong sui. I was given a choice of longan with Chinese herb roots (羊參鬚) or longan with snow fungus. I'm a sucker for snow fungus!


... we were given the choice of white rice or flavoured rice. Of course we picked flavoured rice. I've been having white rice my whole life!

... we were given the choice of white rice or flavoured rice. Of course we picked flavoured rice. I've been having white rice my whole life!


... glimmering BBQ pork found sleeping with roasted duck. Naughty, naughty!

... glimmering BBQ pork found sleeping with roasted duck. Naughty, naughty!


... BBQ pork on the left and roasted duck on the right.

... BBQ pork on the left and roasted duck on the right.


... it was unexpected, DL ordered the belacan style water spinach. I was surprised too.

... it was unexpected, DL ordered the belacan style water spinach. I was surprised too.


... what would a roasted meals be if without roasted pork?

... what would a roasted meals be if without roasted pork?

Rating: 7.9/10

At first, I thought it was probably related to Canton-i in some way. Aside from the similar name, it was different as DL said the dishes offered were different. We were asked what do we wanted to drink even before we make our order. A choice of 2 tong sui and Chinese tea. I picked the longan snow fungus while DL went with hot Chinese tea.

I let DL made the choice while I was busy setting my WB on my camera. He ordered the roasted duck and BBQ pork with a belacan style water spinach to go with our rice. We were offered white rice or flavoured rice. The choice was simple in fact. We were given chili sauce and sweet sour sauce as condiments for the BBQ pork and roasted duck. When my drink was served, I thought it would be in porcelein bowl, but it was in cup and it was cold. Fortunately, it wasn’t all bad. The content was more than the drink itself, which made it worth the RM6+ (incl tax and all). I’ve got no idea what does the wine menu doing in a Chinese restaurant. I thought they only serve Chinese wines.

We were served a plate of pickled papaya while waiting for our food. DL wasn’t too sure if it was papaya. I guess the colour doesn’t look right. Anyway, after soaking in vinegar for so many weeks, I guess oneself wouldn’t be able to distinguish itself from the rest of the pickled papayas or mangoes. As long as it doesn’t taste bad, it goes into my mouth. Pretty sour and crunchy, unfortunately we can’t finish it. I guess they gave quite a lot.

When the BBQ pork and roasted duck was served, the glimmering BBQ pork looked damn tasty. I could hear them calling to me. Though I noticed some fats on it, which kinda put me off. When I picked the 1st piece, which was mainly covered in red sauce with some fats in it, I would want to take back my words about the unappetizing fats. It was crunchy! It was heavenly! The fats weren’t smelly at all. DL can’t stop praising on the BBQ pork, how great it was and stuff. It tasted even better than the Meng Kee I had in Glenmarie. Just that it wasn’t all 1/2 fat 1/2 lean meat. Basically, that piece of heavenly fat BBQ pork melts in my mouth, with its sweetened sauce… *drooling*

On the other hand, the roasted duck was only so-so. Probably the BBQ pork was too good, it made the duck pales in comparison. The herbs taste was not heavy in the duck, a bit too light though. I didn’t realised it was supposed to have herbs in it until I had my 2nd piece. Then I recalled I have had roasted ducks with heavier herbs taste, which I supposed was better. The belacan style water spinach was pretty good. I never thought places like these would cook such nice homey feel kind of belacan style water spinach. I give it a 9/10 and it only cost RM9 per plate. It was not small portion either!

Later, while we were busy indulging ourselves, we were being pestered on any last order because they were closing the kitchen. They did this 3 times. I asked DL if he has ordered any roasted pork, he said “no” because I’ve just had roasted pork yesterday. Hence I asked him to get a roasted pork. What would it made us for leaving the place without trying out the King of Roast’s roasted pork? Yes, it made us the soggy pigs.

Anyway, the roasted pork was served within minutes after the weird condiments, mustard and sugar. I let DL tastes it first. He was rather disappointing at the roasted pork. Basically, he has already spoiled all the anticipations for me. Skin failed but meat pretty good. So, I could’ve guessed. I’d take the skin from Mooi Mooi‘s roasted pork and fusion it with Canton Fare’s roasted pork meat. It would make a perfect combination. The skin was still crunchy, but it lacked the fragrance I could get from Mooi Mooi’s. Like he said, the meat was nicely seasoned and flavoured though. But it could’ve been better, for something more premium.

We left the place satisfied, with some leftovers though. The lunch was VERY nice. I would’ve rated it higher if the roasted duck and roasted pork weren’t there to spoil the lunch. I could’ve asked for more BBQ pork. To hell with the fats, “Eat First, Die Later,” as Doc always say. I guess the place should change its name to “King of BBQ pork” instead.

Location: N3 10.537 E101 39.554 (estimation)

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