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It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that I am a huge Bak Kut Teh (肉骨茶) fan. It all started when I was a young boy when our family used to have bak kut teh almost every Sunday. The pork, the soup, the “yau char gwai”, it is simply the best Chinese food invented from this land. The last post on this category appeared some 3 months ago, so the time is right to have another one!

Bak Kut Teh at Ming Tien Food Court, Petaling Jaya
my personal pot of bak kut teh

Most of the bak kut teh at food courts and kopitiams that I have tried over the years have not been particularly rewarding, but that has never stop me from trying new stalls once in a while. My luck came when I found myself at Ming Tien some months ago without knowing what to order, so I fall back to my default feel-good food, the Bak Kut Teh.

Bak Kut Teh at Ming Tien Food Court, Petaling Jaya
ahh, the strong herbal taste of the soup

When the steamy pot of goodness arrived, I was utterly surprised by the aroma and flavor of the soup. Strong with herbal taste, the soup is pretty sweet and not over powering. On top of that, they serve old school oily rice that goes very well with the meat. No wonder there are comments on my ming tien dumpling post recommending me to this stall.

Map to Ming Tien Food Court, Petaling Jaya
Ming Tien food court is located at Taman Megah, PJ

For a single portion, the price is in line with other bak kut teh places at around RM 8 or so. Try it out if especially if you frequent this food court. I reckon this stall sells the best bak kut teh in any food court that I’ve tried so far.

Address:
Ming Tien Food Court
Jalan SS 24/8
Taman Megah, Petaling Jaya

GPS: 3.114334, 101.611658

The end of the year usually signifies the time of relaxation; school children have their school holidays, college kids have their college holidays, and for the working people, many of you are clearing leaves that you otherwise couldn’t carry forward to the next year. I, on the other hand, just started a new job and hence do not have any leave whatsoever, but lets not digress…

The question is then, what do you do with all these free time? PARTY of course, that is always one way to make sure that you make proper use of the holiday season. I have a birthday to attend on the 22nd, then there’s the X’mas eve Party on the 24th, and to round up 2007, I’ll be heading down to the SimCity Mid Valley for the Midzone Countdown 2008 on New Year’s eve!

Midzone Countdown 2008
the DJs at Midzone Countdown 2008

This party is going to have it all, the music, the liquid, and even the countdown fireworks! I am really looking forward to be dancing silly with Kim again, there is a video to prove that she actually danced quite silly (while I was just acting silly, she bit the bait u see :D)

The details:

  • Venue: The Boulevard, Mid Valley City
  • Date: 31st December 2008
  • Time: From 7pm onwards!!
  • Ticket Sales: www.ticketpro.com.my
  • RM75 (Pre-Sale)
  • RM100 (Door Sale)
  • Inclusive of 3 F&B Vouchers

Though I’m not an expert in trance music, the DJ list does look impressive. There is DJ Stoneface & Terminal from Germany, DJ Matthew White from Hungary, and VJ SORT from Japan. With these international men of music in charge, I’m sure it’ll be a spectacular night. All I need to do now is to ask Suan to drive me there instead (though the chances of me ending up as the designated driver is far greater)

Last but not least, though I have nothing to give you but information, you might want to check out these guys who are giving out free tickets!

  • Kennysia has some to give out
  • Kim also gives out tickets
  • and TBG has backstage passes to be given out!

Tien Kee (田记) is becoming one of my favorite comfort food places ever since Kelvin brought me there after one of our badminton sessions. Traditional and true to the origin Teow Chew and Hakka food with reasonable price in a comfortable surrounding, I can’t really ask for more.

Tien Kee at Subang Jaya SS14
air conditioned restaurant with traditional food

The restaurant has a very simple one-page menu that lays out everything they serve. While not very extensive, you do get quite a selection of traditional Teow Chew and Hakka food. There are a few choices of Soup dishes ranging from Grouper, Pomphret, and Saito fish to pork and bitter gourd. Other than that, they have abacus (客家算盘子), soon kueh (客家笋糕), otak-otak, pork with yam (芋头扣肉), and pork knuckle with vinger (猪脚醋)as well.

Tien Kee at Subang Jaya SS14
long bean rice, fish soup, and noodle soup

I have been actually been to this place 4-5 times ever since first stepped foot in it less than a month ago. This is from someone who usually don’t visit the same place twice in the same week.

I’ve had the soup dishes, tried the abacus, otak-otak, pork dishes, and soon kueh. So far I could say that none of the dishes disappoint. The soup dishes were very subtle and goes down easy with either white rice, if you are slightly more adventurous, there are long bean rice and yam rice too.

Tien Kee at Subang Jaya SS14
soon kueh, pork knuckle with vinegar, otak-otak, and abacus

The soon kueh is a type of dumpling look-alike that is stuffed with dried shrimps, bamboo shoots, fungus, and minced meat. You should really try this out as there aren’t many places that serve this the way it’s supposed to be. Surprisingly, the otak-otak was rather good too, and the other dishes were equally up to the task in satisfying taste buds.

Tien Kee at Subang Jaya SS14
Tien Kee is situated just a short drive away from Subang’s Colleges

The soup dishes are priced from RM 5 to RM 15 while the other side dishes range from RM 2.20 to RM 7. A pretty good value for some very good old fashion cuisine. You don’t need to confine yourself to having porridge when you are looking for some comfort food.

Address:
No. 94, Jalan SS14/1,
47500 Subang Jaya,
Selangor

GPS: 3.066681, 101.586370
Tel: 012-232 0028, 012-373 2262

You better watch out
You better not cry
You better not pout
I’m telling you why
Xmas Party is coming again!

Xmas Eve Party 2007

It’s the time of year again, and as usual, I am throwing another X’mas Eve Party this year. This has become some what of an annual event since I moved to this location in 2004, and we’ve had awesome fun over the past 3 years. This year is gonna be no different!

Here are the details:

  • Wear like an Ahbeng or Ahlian. People like Galvin can just come as normal, since he is from Klang and therefore, already an Ahbeng. Also, Suanie is from batu pahat, so… nevermind.
  • Bring a gift of value at around RM 10 for gift exchange, photo frames and candles prohibited, use your imagination! (tips: fox brought home a toilet seat cover 2 years ago)
  • no shoes nor smoking indoor
  • I provide booze, but feel free to bring some tidbits or more booze if you think you’re a really heavy drinker. You are not obligated to bring anything other than the gift for exchange.
  • party starts at 9pm 24/12/2007 till the last drunkard goes home
  • location: 8, Lorong SS3/59B, PJ (just behind Taman Bahagia LRT station, Google Map Link)

You might have been invited by me on facebook, but do bring yourself here even if you aren’t on facebook or if I somehow left it out! It’s gonna be a blast! SEE YOU HERE!

Check out the previous Xmas party report:
Xmas Eve Party 2005
Xmas Eve Party 2006

The hot chick and I met up with Kerol for lunch a couple weekends ago, and she suggested that we give one of her new found places a try. We met up at Aman Suria and headed to the Famous Seremban Favorites Restaurant for what she described as the best char siew (bbq pork, 叉烧) in town. This is someone who recommended me the very good char siew at Meng Kee, Glenmarie, so I actually had pretty high hopes.

Char Siew (BBQ Pork) Famous Seremban Favorites Restaurant
awesome char siew (bbq pork, 叉烧)

The restaurant is actually situated at Sunway Mas Commercial Centre. I actually went to a couple bak kut teh places at the area: Wong Siong Wong, and Klang (Dry) Bak Kut Teh. The place is set up like a kopitiam but with only one stall overdose with plenty of char siew. Other than char siew and Hakka noodle, they also offer chicken rice, sui kao, and wantan. The interior is pretty clean and comfortable. As it was still rather early on Saturday, the place was rather empty. However, I have heard that the weekday lunch crowd can be quite crazy.

char siew and hakka noodle, Famous Seremban Favorites Restaurant
look at the amount of char siew there

We ordered 3 bowls of Hakka Noodle and a big plate of char siew to share. If you’ve never had it, the noodle, like most Hakka food, is rather plain. The texture and taste of the noodle is pretty similar wantan mee. However, instead of dark sauce and wantan, Hakka Noodle comes with ground pork and almost no sauce.

As for the char siew, it was really awesome. The texture was just so soft and tender, and together with the char siew sauce provided, it was actually slightly better than the already very good char siew place in Glenmarie I mentioned earlier. We actually ordered another plate just to satisfy the taste buds.

char siew and hakka noodle, Famous Seremban Favorites Restaurant
char siew, hakka noodle, and choices of chili

With drinks, the meal cost us around RM 30 for the three of us. Pretty decent price and definitely awesome taste. You should give this place a try if you are a char siew lover. Couldn’t get any better than this.

Map to Aman Suria, Famous Seremban Favorites Restaurant
Famous Seremban Favorites Restaurant is located near Aman Suria

Address:
No. 80-1 (Ground Floor),
Jalan PJU 1/3B
Sunway Mas Commercial Centre,
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.118630, 101.598891
Tel: 017-279 8582