Monthly Archives / October 2006
October 30, 2006
After having heavy meals for the past few days, we decided to have something lighter on Saturday night, Mee Sua Tow (鱼翅面线糊) at Restaurant Teow Chew Meng (潮州铭小食馆) at PJ SS2. Even though the restaurant is quite close to where I stay, I never noticed it’s existence as the location is just slightly out of the view, behind the row of shops that faces the Mobil gas station by the road that connects Seapark to SS2.
Mee Sua Tow, topped with some fakeplan sharks fin
The ambience of this place is rather pleasing. Just clean and quiet environment, the quietness probably due to the MIDI music that is being played softly. No rowdiness usually associated with Chinese restaurants.
We ordered Mee Sua Tow for four, two plates of three flavored oyster (sweet, sour, and spicy), steamed lettuce, steamed octopus with rojak sauce, and some Toew Chew yam paste for dessert.
Mee Sua Tow, Vege, Oyster, and Octopus
We didn’t need to wait long for the food to arrive, the Mee Sua Tow was served just a few minutes after we placed our order. Topped with some (I assume fake) sharks fin, the main dish comes with plenty of shrimp, imitation crab, fish maw, and bamboo clam in the thick mee sua (rice vermicelli) soup. It actually tasted like sharks fin soup, and best served the same way, with some vinegar. The portion wasn’t too big, and it was very delicious.
Kelvin always looking so joyous
The other dishes we ordered were all pretty good, and the three flavored oyster even more so. It was like having oyster omlete without all the hassle of having to pick through the egg and starch. We ultimately had to order another serving to satisfy the cravings. The steamed octopus is a common dish in Penang but done pretty well here as well.
ST and Kelvin skipped the dessert, but kerol and I went for the ultra sinful Teow Chew yam paste. Basically made of yam with lard and topped with ginko nuts. It was very rich and sweet, and the lard.. ah.. go try it.
The same row as Lobsterman
A portion of mee sua tow is RM10, with all the other extras and drinks we had to part with around RM 25 per person. A good value for what we had and I’ll surely go there again.
Restaurant Teow Chew Meng opens from 10am to 10pm, closed on Monday.
33, Jalan SS2/30
47300 Petaling Jaya
GPS: 3.113563, 101.621132
Tel: 03-7877 9298
Other branches in PJ:
9, Jalan SS14/1, 47500 Subang Jaya
54, Jalan 8/62A, Bandar Manjalara, 52200 Kepong
Branches in Penang:
Chai Leng Park, Prai (012-438 5288)
Pulau Tikus, Penang (012-411 0988)
8-Row, Georgetown (04-228 8675)
Sunway Tunas, Bayan Baru (04-646 6675)
October 27, 2006
This is the pork noodle stall that I love to hate, the source of minor traffic jam to the main entrance of the housing area where I stay. The thing is, the noodle is actually pretty good, if you can wait.
over a dozen bowls at a time
A bowl of pork noodle comes with sliced pork, intestine, slices of liver, minced pork, and some vegetables with your choice of noodle (kueh teow, mee, or mee hun). The clear soup is cooked with the pork, and the everything is spiced up with sprinkles of Chinese preserved vegetable, salt, and pepper. Topping everything off (and I always ask for more) is the super unhealthy but ultra tasty fried pork lard.
The end result is instant gastronomical satisfaction, especially if you are a guy that loves pork. The soup is just right, the meat tastes good, it all goes well with some soya sauce and chili padi provided. The intestine though, requires some hardcore chewing, but interestingly one of my friends like it that way.
add some fried pork lard.. *slurps*
At around RM 4.00 per bowl, the pork noodle is slightly more pricey than the usual rate, but within the acceptable range. Expect to wait for more than half an hour during weekends though. The old man cooks over a dozen bowls at each go but takes probably close to 10 minutes per round, never sacrificing quality for speed. The wait isn’t as bad during weekdays non-lunch hours.
you can walk there from the LRT station
The pork noodle stall doesn’t start serving before 9am and usually operates until about 2 something in the afternoon. The restaurant is just a normal kopitiam at the same row of shop houses with the SS3 post office. About 2 minute’s walk from the Taman Bahagia LRT station.
you can walk to this place from the LRT station
GPS: 3.109577, 101.611776
October 26, 2006
The mat salleh suggested that we go to De Chiengmai Thai Seafood restaurant at Sungai Buloh after reading the Malay tomyam place I posted on monsterblog a few weeks ago. Together with Kelvin, we promptly did that the following weekend.
very nice ambience
Getting to there is no trivial stuff, the restaurant is located deep in a kampung at Sungai Buloh. However, with the senior’s memory and a little luck, we finally reached there after only one wrong turn. For the readers here, you guys are lucky, there’s now, of course, a map (see below)
The architecture of the restaurant reminded me of cultural centers and museums more than a place to cure hunger. Nicely decorated and quiet, De Chiengmai offers a good ambience for dining. There are also ample parking space.
tomyam, otak-otak, steamed fish, pandan chicken
We ordered 4 dishes for the 3 of us. A must-order steamed siakap fish (bass), seafood tomyam, otak-otak, and pandan chicken. It didn’t take long before the dishes were served, with the more aromatic Thai rice to go with them.
real charcoal, and super fresh vegetable
The steamed fish turned out to be the best dish of the day. With plenty of garlic and ginger, the fish simmers in a sourish and spicey soup base and being kept warm with slow burning charcoal. Don’t miss out on this dish if you go there. The tomyam was pretty good as well, not overly spicy, but with plenty of squid, prawns, and other seafood items.
The otak-otak, well, is not anything we would call otak-otak in a Malaysian sense. This dish is a mixture of seafood in the otak-otak “sauce”. With plenty of fish meat, prawn, and squid. It was very rich and satisfying though. The pandan chicken tasted as how they should be, and provided a good alternative to all the seafood dishes we ordered.
location map of de’ Chiengmai Thai Seafood Restaurant
The restaurant definately offers one of the best Thai food anywhere, and with the great atmosphere and reasonable pricing (RM 112.88 for all those). It is really hard to beat. Especially now that you know how to get there, there is no excuse not to give it a try.
Do order some vege dishes too (we probably should have), De Chiengmai grow their own vegetables so that all the vegetables are super fresh and of top quality.
De Chiengmai Thai Seafood
No 34, Kg. Sentosa, Bt. 13 Sg Buloh 47000
Sungai Buluh Selangor
GPS: 3.224241, 101.568655
Tel: 03-6156 3225
October 23, 2006
For some reasons (don’t ask) I found myself at Kim Gary in Sunway Pyramid for dinner just the other weekend. Not knowing what to order as I have yet to find something that is actually any good from the restaurant, I turned around and look at the nice big poster promoting their new Stoned Grilled Unagi Rice and promptly asked for that instead.
I couldn’t finish this crap
I thought since I love unagi, I couldn’t go wrong with the decision. *beep* – wrong.
When I first saw the dish, it was the size of the unagi that caught my eyes, or shall I say, almost escaped my eyes. The big poster (top right) showed a nice chunk of eel filet, but in reality it was only half of that, equivalent to about 1.5 sushi. I was going to make a complaint, then I noticed that the picture (smaller of course) of the same dish in the menu actually spotted the tiny portion of Unagi. Borderline false advertising, but they cover their asses well.
The presentation for the food was actually not half bad sans the tiny unagi. However, the dish came with the unagi sauce instead of soya sauce, and there was no wasabi either. I began to wonder why they called it “Japanese style”. A bite later, all hope was lost, as they never bothered to use proper Japanese rice.
Worse still, it was actually Stoned Grilled Rice with Unagi instead of Stoned Grilled Unagi Rice. The bottom part of the rice was all burnt, I had no idea why they made the rice bowl that hot.
When the waiter came and clear the table, he didn’t ask why I had no finish the food. I took the initiative of telling him how bad the rice were, and all he answered “you have to stir the rice at the beginning“. And I thought it was a bad habit stirring your dish like a washing machine before eating.
By the way, if you need some ketchup, Kim Gary served them in packets so you can have the feeling that you are eating take-out orders from McDonald’s, how nice. -.-”
I am not likely to ever go there again.
p/s: I realise some of you come to this blog to look for recommendation of good food, hence I apologize for having to make a post of a bad dining experience. I’ll keep this to a minimum.
October 20, 2006
Note: this restaurant is no longer in business
I had an appoitnment at BU Centerpoint the other day at around dinner time, and thought I might as well settle the little whining sound my stomach was making over there instead. BU Centrepoint has been a totally new place ever since the expansion and renovation earlier this year, with Starbucks, Dragon-i, 1901 hotdogs, and many other international franchises now occupying the floor space. In sharp contrast with the earlier years.
old school but clean and pleasant setting
As I was walking around the mall, I came across this curious little place with the weird name, Shanghai 1930′s Cafe. The interior decoration bare resemblance of a Nyonya restaurant, and the menu offers mostly local dishes, albeit the presence of siu long pao (小龙包). After a quick check on their menu and price list, I found myself sitting in this restaurant with the strange name. Partly due to the name, and partly cos I wanted to have a relatively light dinner (ie, not Momo).
We ordered 2 of the fish sets that comes with rice. A Thai style Tengerri (Mackerel) and sweet and sour Tengerri. We had wanted to go for the black Pomphret with black sauce but unfortunately they ran out of stock for the evening.
two fish and two rice, a nice and simple dinner
The two dishes actually tasted quite good, the Thai style is prepared with some sliced okra and onion, while the sweet and sour dish with spring onion. The filets were slightly smallish but just enough for a single portion. The strong taste of the sauce gives good compliments to the relative bluntness of the Mackerel filets. However, some might find the sweet and sour sauce a little too sour.
With drinks, the total price came to be slightly under RM 20. A pretty decent value for a place with air conditioning and clean, if not comfortable eating environment. By the way, their sambal isn’t bad either, though up to par with Mum’s.
BU Centrepoint is just right next to the big 24hr McDonald’s
Lot G4, Ground Floor, Centrepoint,
Lebuh Bandar Utama
47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.138245, 101.610231
Tel: 03-7722 1152