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When one talks about satey, undoubtedly msot of you will think of Kajang. However, if you are like me, who thinks that Kajang is bit too far and you agree with the popular sentiment that Kajang satey has gotten abit overrated these days, there’s still hope. Right here at the heart of KL, you can find pretty awesome and very affordable satey.

Ampang Satey

I was originally introduced to this particular joint by the chow Ah Beng, Galvin Tan, a couple years ago. So when we were stuck at KL traffic on the way back from KLCC just the other day, I suggested that we settle for dinner there. We ordered some 20 Chicken sateys (from my past exprience the beef satey wasn’t very great) and a couple ketupats for the 3 of us.

Ampang Satey

The satey is very juicy and not overly done. The satey sauce (peanut based) is pretty much free flow, for the chili lovers, you can add sambal to the sauce, too. The ketupat, well, tastes like how ketupat should, soft and blunt, but goes well with the satey and sauce. With 3 drinks, the total came to be about RM 14 or so, less than RM 5 per person for light dinner. Pretty good deal, not to mention it’s rather tasty too.

Other than satey, the restaurant sells other cook to serve Malay food, such as various types of fried rice, nasi paprid, and so forth. However, satey is their main speciality and pretty much ordered by every customer. Give it a try, and save some money on toll and petrol by not having to go to Kajang.

Here’s how you get there, bla!
Map to Ampang Satey

The place is just opposite Menara Celcom. If you are using Lebuhraya Mahameru going towards Ampang direction, make sure you don’t go up to the elevated portion of the highway. Take the left turn instead.

note: it’s bulatan Pahang, instead of Kuantan. hehe

GPS: 3.167828, 101.713759

This is the first time I appear in the newspaper (with my name on it and spelled correctly, too.) If you happen to have a copy of Kosmo dated 23/2/2006, turn to Rencana Utama page 19, now!

Koi Pond - KY Interviewed by Kosmo Newspaper
cool or not?

The article talks about Koi and I was one of the keepers interviewed. One of the reasons yours truely was chosen is the fact that most Koi keepers are not exactly young. I guess I gave them a fresher face, as I quote this gem

“Kecantikan ikan koi membuatkan ramai insan yang terpesona dan ingin memeliharanya sebagai hobi. Salah seorangnya ialah anak muda, Teoh Kar Yeong.”

Translation:

“The beauty of Koi fish captures the heart of many and makes them want to keep koi as hobby. One of them is the young man, T### K## Y####.”

Interesting isn’t it? There was no link to this blog, however, my best guess is that some of the entries posted might not be very halal for the target audience of Kosmo, a Malay newspaper. Now if only we had started the whole rowing thing before the reporters left..

Huey Fang told us about this iThai restaurant a while back, so we finally decided to give it a try due to her persistent urging. Boy, she was right about the place, really affordable and good Thai food.

note: I believe this shop has relocated to Millennium Square at Seksyen 14, PJ (OK I don’t know anymore)

iThai Thai and Pasta Restaurant, Damansara Jaya, PJ
Fried rice entrees are just RM 6.90 nett

iThai is a lightly decorated restaurant, unique in a sense that it offers Thai food as well as pasta. The menu offers choices of fried rice, the familiar tomyam dishes, noodles (ladna, pad se yeu, etc), ala carte (chicken, vege, seafood, etc) dishes to go with white rice, as well as pasta and dessert. That makes it possibly to dine alone, or to have a family meal there.

Alcoholic info: They serve beer too, happy hour is at 3-6pm with RM 7 Carlsberg, if I remember correctly.

iThai Thai and Pasta Restaurant, Damansara Jaya, PJ
Set meal with fried rice, tom yam soup, and a serving of fresh fruits

I ordered a set meal that includes a fried rice entree with Chiang Mai fried rice, a bowl of Tomyam soup, and fresh fruits. You can also choose from Tomyam fried rice, iThai Fried Rice , and a couple other choices. At RM 11.90 nett, it is very reasonable.

I’ve so far tried Chiang Mai and iThai fried rice (green curry with chicken and basil leaves), and they are both very good. Rich in flavor, and I believe they use pretty decent quality Thai rice. The tomyam soup is seafood base, with squid, prawn, cauli flower, mushroom, and tomato. Sour and spicey just as tomyam meant to be.

iThai Thai and Pasta Restaurant, Damansara Jaya, PJ
we sure enjoyed our meal

If you are there, try their Green Curry curry puff too, only RM 1 each and I gurantee you will want more. They are irressitable.

Here’s how you get there:
iThai Thai and Pasta Restaurant, Damansara Jaya, PJ
don’t you love my Public Bank logo?

GPS: 3.126718, 101.615832

If you ever think of having malaysian-western style breakfast, with roti bakar (toast), milo, and perhaps half-boiled egg, head to PJ state, there you will find the best roti bakar this side of klang valley.

Roti Bakar at PJ state
simple, yet very tasty

There are several factors that set this roti bakar offering from the rest. Firstly, the bread is not your run of the mill Gardenia type, but rather a specially made bread not unlike those old school Bengali Roti.

Secondly, a generous layer of butter or kaya is spread to the bread prior to toasting, instead of after. This allows the filling to seep into the bread from the heat, bonding the flavor into the bread itself. Lastly, instead of electric toaster, charcoal is used.

I always end up ordering at least a serving of roti bakar (RM1.20) even if I have something else as the main meal for breakfast. Perhaps you should give it a try too.

Roti Bakar at PJ state
old school charcoal toaster

You can find the map to the place in myseafood porridge post.

Address:
8 Jalan Tengah
Off Jalan Yong Shook Lin
Petaling Jaya

GPS: 3.099378, 101.644478

Without a doubt, other than chow Ah Bengs like Tan Kar Leng, the greatest thing out of Klang is the bak kut teh. The delicious herbal soup with pork, mushroom, tofu, and some vege that goes so well with rice and yau char kuai (油炸鬼). At least that is what most of you noobs are familiar with. Enter the “dry” version.

Klang Dry Bak Kut Teh
Restaurant Lai Choon Bak Kut Teh, always packed

Dry Bak Kut Teh is a rather recent phenomenon. The biggest difference is, obviously, the lack of the herbal soup in the claypot. The ingredient is also stripped to the basic, basically just pork and some vege (more for the color contrast than anything else,) simmering in the claypot with the sauce that looks alot like dark soya plus diced garlic and chili. The soup that made so many addicts out of us is not totally lost, but rather served seperatedly, usually in a bowl.

Klang Dry Bak Kut Teh
as usual, we finished everything and left the cleaning lady with little to do

We ordered 2 claypots of 2-portion dried Bak Kut Teh for the four of us. The meat was great, tender and full of flavor from the “dry” sauce. However, I would suggest an order of a claypot of dry and original Bak Kut Teh each so that you get some variations, the dry bak kut teh does overwhelm the taste bud after a while due to it’s concentrated sauce, and the accompanying soup might not be enough.

Give it a try, I’m sure you’ll like it. This particular restaurant is somewhere behind Klang Parade. However, my geographical sense of Klang is so bad I don’t want to draw a map that confuses everyone, including myself. hehe. Cheers!

Address:
Lai Choon Bak Kut Teh
116, Jalan Pekan Baru Off Jalan Meru,
Klang. Near Klang Parade.

GPS: Full-screen3.066117, 101.451883
Tel:
012-652 1659

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