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After driving around PJ not knowing what to have for dinner, we somehow ended up at Sri Hartamas. Since the density of Korean restaurants at this area is probably only second to Ampang, we decided to include Kimchi for dinner.

note: this place is no longer in operation

Mu Gong He Korean Restauratn at Sri Hartamas
quiet little place just above 7-11

After scouring around for a parking spot, we finally deposited the vehicle next to the 7-11 convenient store. Since there is a little Korean restaurant situated right above this place, we decided to give it a try instead of going to some of the bigger and more lavished competitors.

Mu Gong He is just like many other Korean restaurants, offering numerous grilled meat dishes but not a whole lot of other stuff that does not use the burner. The interior decoration is simple and actually a little dated. Since it was a weekday evening, the restaurant was rather quiet too.

Mu Gong He Korean Restauratn at Sri Hartamas
the soup and side dishes

We ordered 2 soups, a Kimchi jjigae (Kimchi soup), and a Hae Mul Soon Dubu (Seafood tofu soup). The two soups (more like stew) came with banchan (side dishes) that is typical of Korean food. Two metal bowls of steamed rice were served too.

The two stews were surprisingly good, the Kimchi stew very strong in taste and packed with quite a lot of kimchi, as well as meat, tofu, and other ingredients. The kimchi served here were more fermented and thus more flavorful. Just the way I like it. The seafood soup though, was even better, generous amount of shellfish, squid, and prawn gives the soup a good base. The tofu used was very smooth and tasted awesome soaking in the spicy soup. There was even a half boiled egg, just perfect.

Mu Gong He Korean Restauratn at Sri Hartamas
situated in Sri Hartamas, pretty easy to find

It was a very satisfying meal, 10 different dishes with rice. The banchan comes free and the soups each cost RM 15. Including tax, the two of us only needed to shell out RM 16.50 for a very satisfying meal. This place is a little underrated, but I would happily go there again.

Jalan 23/70A
Sri Hartamas
(above 7-11)

GPS: 3.161674, 101.649756

Last weekend a few of us decided to have some spicy food and went to this Hong La Qiao (红辣椒 – literally Red Chili) at the heart of KL for their unique Szechuan steamboat. Knowing that the place is usually packed during weekends, we called ahead to book for a table. Do note that it is advisable to get someone who can speak in Mandarin to make the booking, since the receptionist doesn’t really speak in English.

Szechuan steambaot - restaurant Hong La Qiao 红辣椒

The restaurant, situated just right behind Berjaya Times Square, serves rice dishes as well as steamboat. We ordered the “ying yang” steamboat with the spicy Szechuan soup as well as the clear soup, and a bunch of steamboat dishes to chuck in there. There were fishball with meat stuffing, dumplings, beef, fish maw, dried pork skin, tofu, crab stick, fish fillet, a few types of vegetables, mushroom, sea cucumber, and more.. all in all more than 10 dishes.

Szechuan steambaot - restaurant Hong La Qiao 红辣椒
the spicy szechuan and the clear soup

The other must-order item at this restaurant is their unique cold cucumber dish. Basically cucumber sliced to bite size sticks, covered with oil, salt, seasonings, and very finely chopped garlic. The ingredients might look simple and even odd, but it proved to be a very refreshing and interesting “snack”. We eventually ordered 2 plates for the 4 of us. The other non-steamboat item we ordered was the gyoza, though pretty decent, it wasn’t as good as the one served up at Crystal Jade.

Szechuan steambaot - restaurant Hong La Qiao 红辣椒
the interesting pickled tofu sauce with crab stick

The steamboat though, was rather nice… if you are one of those guys who enjoy spicy food. The spicy Szechuan soup tasted very hot and even numbing. The top layer of red oil was especially powerful in attacking the heat receptor. However, cooking fish and meat in the hot soup, and then dipping them in their unique picked tofu (腐乳) or fermented bean paste sauce proved very addictive.

Szechuan steambaot - map to restaurant Hong La Qiao 红辣椒, pudu
Hong La Qiao is just behind Berjaya Time Square

The taste was pretty unique and rather good, though a little on the spicy side, a great place for that exotic yet very Chinese food. Since we ordered up a boat load of food, it came to about RM 40 for each of us, but a normal serving of steamboat should be around RM 30.

No. 53,55, Jalan Cangkat Thambi Dollah,
Off Jalan Pudu, 55100, KL

GPS: 3.140666, 101.710321
Tel: 03-2141-8078

I was with an otaku at Sungei Wang plaza picking up his expensive Japanese action figures, and decided to head to Lot 10 for some La Mian (拉面) at Crystal Jade. According to the guy, this place serves one of the best La Mian in the region, and heaps better than the One Noodle at SS2, a place that I thought was pretty decent.

Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao at Lot 10
absolutely mouth-watering La Mian

The restaurant is located by the side of the Lot 10 main entrance, nicely decorated with wooden partition, pretty comfortable chairs, and a bar-style kitchen area so you can watch the chefs swinging dough into noodle. There is also an outdoor area, I imagine it’ll be pretty nice enjoying your bowl of noodle at night watching the carousel of people strolling down Bintang Walk.

Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao at Lot 10
very classy interior deco

We ordered 2 bowls of La Mian, one plain and one with beef, vegetable, xiao long bao (小龙包), shallow fried dumpling (Gyoza/鍋貼), a mango dessert, and some herbal tea.

We didn’t have to wait long before the dumpling is served. They were very delicious and juicy, still packing some soup together with the meat inside. The xiao long bao too were top notch, served steaming hot on top of some lettuce in the bamboo basket. You can even see the juice in the xiao long bao from the picture above, and it really tastes as good as it look. The vegetable too, wasn’t overcooked and the seasoning done just right, I found myself chewing down the stems as if it was some high quality asparagus.

Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao at Lot 10
the sifu making la mian.

The La Mian though, was something else. It was very smooth and rich in flavor to the point that the beef, though pretty delicious itself, proved to be a distraction to the savoring taste of the noodle. No wonder the dude ordered a plain La Mian instead. Comparing the La Mian here to the SS2 counterpart is like comparing Fiat to Ferrari, same country of origin, you might even say same soul, but totally different class. It really opened my taste to La Mian.

Map to Lot 10
map to Lot 10

Of course, the location and the excellent quality of food does come at a price. We spent over RM 30 per person, but it was all worth it. I will definitely go there again when I head to town again.

R2 Annexe Block
Lot 10 Shopping Center

GPS: 3.146290, 101.711721
Tel: 03-2148-2338

Death Note 2: The Last Name
Death Note: The Last Name

Thanks to the young lady Reta who gave me some premier tickets to this fantastic show, I wouldn’t have gone to watch Death Note otherwise, especially after the horrid experience with the last Japanese show I watched in the cinema – Forbidden Siren.

In a nutshell, the story revolves around a brilliant student (Light) who picked up a death note that was dropped by a Shinigami (Death God). If a name is written in the book, the person will die in the next 40 seconds. Light wanted to get rid of evil and started using the book to kill off convicted criminals, gaining a reputation as Kira. But since he was taking justice solely from his own judgment, the police soon recruited the help of a famous detective, L, to stop Kira. The two then tries to outsmart each other, Light trying to kill L, and L trying to figure out who is Kira and to catch him.

The movie actually takes off from where the first one left off. If you did not watch the first Death Note (corresponding to anime series 1-7), the second (the rest of the anime) would still be very good, but might be a little confusing at first. Grab a DVD of the first Death Note, then go to the cinema for the 2nd.

This is by far the best non-anime Japanese movies I have ever watched. An interesting premise with a very smart story line full of brilliant twists. The ending might be a little dark, I get the feeling like I did while watching arguably last year’s best show – The Prestige. Go watch it, it’s awesome.

This movie currently gets 7.1/10 at imdb, and you can find a lot more information at wikipedia:Death Note.

Three of the most well known hawker food originated from Penang are Char Kueh Teow, Asam Laksa, and of course, Prawn Mee (usually referred to as Hokkien mee up north). Of these three, Prawn Mee probably has the highest market penetration in Klang Valley. You could find plenty of hawker centers offering this dish, often claimed to be from Penang.

Prawn mee at Kampung Chempaka
the proper prawn mee (Penang Hokkien mee)

I have tried Prawn Mee from numerous locations around PJ and KL, including some of the more prominent stalls such as the stall at Chow Yang, SS2 and the “famous” stall at this kopitiam at PJ State. However, they usually turn out to be such disappointments, until this one day when I saw this mobile hawker stall selling Prawn Mee just outside my house. I took a bowl from the kitchen and ordered a bowl, that was more than a year back.

Prawn mee at Kampung Chempaka
This is how prawn mee should taste like.

The Prawn Mee prepared by this old man was so good I kept thinking about it whenever I thought of this dish. Finally a couple weeks ago, when I was having the Pork Noodle near my house, I spotted this stall on the move, and quickly inquired the owner about the base location. Apparently the old man goes around the neighborhood at the area from around noon, and station at Kampung Chempaka from about 2-4pm daily.

Prawn mee at Kampung Chempaka
Located at Kedai Kopi Hoonky, Kampung Chempaka

The Prawn Mee here has no special secret ingredients, just the usual noodle (and meehun, or kueh teow), kangkung, bean sprout, small prawn, boiled pork, and fried shallots in a rich prawn based soup. Sambal paste is added according to taste and preferred level of hotness. This stall made it just nice, tastes exactly like what anyone would expect when ordering Prawn Mee in Penang.

Of course, the old man speaks the Penang Hokkien, too.

The Prawn Mee is sold for RM 3.50 regular and RM 4.00 for the big portion.

Jalan PJU 1/4,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.116027, 101.598945