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One of my favorite dinner Bak Kut Teh destinations was always been at PJ old town. For the longest time, I actually didn’t notice the existence of Meng Kee Bak Kut Teh despite having been to Heng Kee just a stone’s throw away in numerous occasions.

meng kee bak kut teh at pj old town
Meng Kee Bak Kut Teh with all sorts of ingredients to choose from

Meng Kee is located right opposite Public Bank at Old Town at a corner shop that is basically almost all alfresco with no table within the walls. The whole set up is more old school, quite a lot more disorganized, and even busier than Heng Kee.

On the Monday night we were there, it was packed and we actually had to wait for some 10 minutes before a table was available for the six of us. It took a further 20 minutes or so before our food was served.

bak kut teh, mushroom, ribs, pork belly, vegetable
pork ribs, vegetable, 3 layer fatty pork, braised mushroom

Just like the other Old Town bak kut teh, the dishes are served in plastic bowls instead of clay pots. Personally I don’t find any distinction between having my meat in a clay pot or a bowl. You should eat bak kut teh fast enough that the soup stay warm irregardless of the type of container used.

We ordered 3-layer fatty pork, ribs, braised mushroom, vegetable, a small portion of intestines and tripes, and tofu.

KY, ginny, mellissa, anne marie, yee hou, firdy
KY, Ginny, Mellissa, AmCheong, Yee Hou, Firdy

The meat, fatty pork, ribs, innards, alongside with the teow chew style bak kut teh soup was good, on par with some of the bests out there. The mushroom and vegetable was alright too, though not particularly special. Tofu was a little too oily but I think it was due to the fact that they rushed it.

There are people we claimed that Meng Kee is better than Heng Kee, but honestly speaking I find no significant difference between the two and would probably prefer the latter’s slightly more comfortable dining experience. That said, Meng Kee does have the more old school nostalgic feel to it that works in its favor for that all important psychological effect.

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Meng Kee BKT is located opposite Public Bank at PJ Old Town

Address:
Meng Kee Bak Kut Teh
Jalan Pasar 1/21
Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.086565,101.646044
Tel: 017-291 1745

My exhousemate Kerol reads the Chinese daily Sin Chew religiously, and once in a while she’d come across a food review from the paper that she thinks we should try. Most often than not, her recommendations prove to be spot on, just to show that you can usually trust a Penangite when it comes to food. :D

char siew zhai wantan mee at taman paramount
Char Siew Zhai wantan mee at Taman Paramount

The latest place she recommended was this new wantan mee restaurant at Taman Paramount by the name of Char Siew Zhai (or little bbq pork), the first time wee went was just a couple weeks ago, and I’ve been there three times since.

One of the unique selling point of this place is the way the noodle is prepared. After boiling the noodle and going through the standard quick bath of colder water (to make the outer layer more springy), they throw it up really high and before catching  it on the sieve several times. Apparently this is done to get rid of most moisture so that the noodle absorbs sauce better.

I managed to capture it on video on my 2nd visit there with cheesie, check it out!

sui kao mee, wantan mee, curry chicken mee
dumpling, curry chicken, duck & char siew noodle

Char Siew Zhai offers a wide range of noodle and rice based dishes that is often associated with restaurants like this (another place would be Chong Loy at Sunway). They have wantan, dumpling, char siew (bbq pork), siu yok (roast pork), roast duck, curry chicken, chicken feet, stewed duck, fried pork, roast chicken, poached chicken, and shredded chicken served with noodle or rice.

You can also order most of the items listed above as side dishes.

kerol, rachel, cheesie, and KY at char siew chai wantan mee
kerol, rachel, cheesie, and KY at Char Siew Zhai

I’ve tried their dumpling noodle, wantan mee, roast duck, bbq pork and roast pork so far and I gotta say I really like their noodle. I guess the whole high throwing method really does work, they’re tasty!

The char siu (bbq pork) is really good too, slightly different texture (rougher and less oily outer layer) than normal. Roast duck was alright but not anywhere near Loong Foong which is situated just a few doors down. Wantan and dumplings were pretty tasty.

The best part is, a wantan mee, char siu mee, or dried curry chicken mee is only priced at RM 4.00, with the most expensive main dish  not exceeding RM 7.00 (combination roast meat noodle). This is cheaper than most hawker stalls around the area in a much more comfortable area too.

map to restaurant char siew chai, taman paramount

Address:
Restaurant Char Siew Zhai Wantan Mee
No. 5, Jalan 20/13, Paramount Garden
46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.106085, 101.625295
Tel: 012-628 1348

Cool things you can do with a blackberry

As per promise from the previous post on PM Najib’s Hari Raya open house, here’s the #4 cool thing you can do with a Blackberry – BBM!

BBM is short for Blackberry Messaging. It is basically a chatting program not unlike MSN or Yahoo messaging, but exclusive to Blackberry phones only. BBM goes through Blackberry’s proprietary network if you subscribe to BIS (the must-subscribe Blackberry Internet Service). Instant messaging on the go with everyone who has a BB, and you don’t need to pay for SMS charges!

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You can pre-register for Xpax Blackberry here and get the new Curve 8520.

My mom has always been pretty critical about “outside food”, and every once in a while, she would volunteer to chip to my kitchen renovation fund with some of her hard earned money so that perhaps I could cook a little more.

Well, mom, the kitchen will be taken care of eventually, and in the mean time, worry no more, I have finally found the disgustingly healthy hawker food – Lui Cha (擂茶)

Hakka Lui Cha at Kelana Jaya
Lui Cha – brown rice, nuts, tofu, and lots of vegetable

Lui Cha literally means pounded tea in Cantonese, which described the way the way the soup is made – by pounding mixture of tea leaves and possibly mints to a very minty green tea like liquid. The soup accompanies a bowl of brown rice topped with plenty of nuts (or roast soy beans), chopped long beans, tofu, pickled as well as fresh vegetable.

Lui Cha
mix it, eat it separately, drink the soup, it’s up to you

You can now find quite a number of kopitiam and hawker centers selling this traditional Hakka dish, I had my first one at New Yew Sang kopitiam at Kelana Jaya, recommended by Cheesie (there’s another one at Ho Weng Kee at SS2, which also has this nice wan tan mee).

The reason it took me this long to try Lui Cha is basically the fact that it’s all green with no animal killed in the production, but after tasting it, I must confess that I actually find it rather tasty.

The brown rice is quite sweet, the combination of nuts and all that vegetable gives a very fresh and crunchy texture while the pickled vegetable chipping in with a little bit of saltiness for that extra dimension. It was nice.

KY & cheesie having lui cha
it was well, quite tasty actually!

I think most people like to mix the dry bowl with the soup, but after experimenting with mixing them in the spoon, I find my taste buds agree more with having the rice and vegetables/nuts separately, and in the end, I didn’t exactly finish the soup. I guess I probably only salvaged 65% of the goodness from the whole dish, but one can never ask for too much. :D

Address:
New Yee Sang kopitiam
Jalan SS 6/8
Kelana Jaya

GPS: 3.106717, 101.598178

On another non related note, check out Joyce’s interview on the new BB curve from Xpax, preregister for one here
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We only live once, I always believe that you do what you can to make the best of it:

Live life interestingly, but do cover your butt.


insect cook out at my house, yums!

In the past few years, I can single out a couple things which are worth a highlight when it comes to doing something not exactly conventional, nor were they particularly risk-free.

The insect cook out (with video) was definitely one of them. After tasting the professionally cooked (I use the word “professionally” quite liberally) insects at Bangkok, I decided that it’ll be interesting we do it ourselves. So we did, and as it turned out, my version actually tasted better than those from the land of the smile!

Thank goodness, none of us came down with food poisoning. So cover yourself, make sure the insects are well cooked. :D


boating at taman jaya lake during chap goh meh, 2006

The other perhaps crazier thing I did was to convince horng to go on a boating expedition with me at Taman Jaya lake during chap goh meh (15th day of Chinese New Year) back in 2006.

What basically happened was that we used a fiberglass fish tank as a boat, with squash racquets our makeshift oars and paddled ourselves to the middle of the lake and  collected loads of mandarin oranges. These are oranges with phone numbers on them, single girls looking for partners!

Of course, we did a proper proof of concept at a friend’s in-house swimming pool to make sure the whole idea works and that we won’t drown.

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For the more ‘normal’ things in life though, there are still risks and there will be accidents and sickness and things as such. To cover our butt, there is PRUhealth. An insurance plan to cover our butt and better deal with Murphy’s Law. They have the whole NCB concept and you can even claim medical benefits while overseas.

Check out the PRUhealth website for more information.

crazy photographer
one crazy photogrpher at grand canyon

However, I don’t think I’ll ever do something as crazy as this photographer at Grand Canyon though!

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri to all my Muslim friends, readers, and everyone who is celebrating this occasion, maaf zahir batin.

The very traditional Malaysian thing to do during the festive season is of course, hosting or attending open houses, and the mother of all open houses in the country is none other than the PM Najib Razak’s rumah terbuka at Seri Perdana, Putra Jaya.

best milo at Najib's hari raya open house
the Milo truck always serves the best ever milo!

Actually the idea came from Kenny via twitter, and since I was going to have lunch and to peek at a cat at Subang with Cheesie anyway, we decided take Kenny’s advice and get our tax money’s worth.

After spending half an hour getting lost around Putrajaya, we finally reached Seri Perdana at Precint 10. Parked the car and walked across the street with hundreds of people, and saw the MILO TRUCK!

I don’t know if it’s a conspiracy or something, but the Milo truck always serve the absolute best milo ever! We took a couple cups and it felt like I was in primary school all over again.

hari raya open house at PM najib razak's
Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Seri Perdana was well packed

As it turns out, the guest’s hall was actually a converted car park covered with tents and plenty of plastic chairs. Luckily it was drizzling and it was still rather cooling. We eventually made our ways to the buffet line and found Kenny, Jacklyn, and Lainey among thousands of other free loaders.

There were also a stage with performers singing Malay, Chinese, as well as Indian songs. The sound system were quite loud, and most people pretty much stays closer to the food than the stage.

cheesie, kenny, laine, jacklyn, KY at PM's hari raya open house
the satey was awesome! cheesie, kenny, lainey, jacklyn, KY

The food at PM’s open house was actually quite good. The rendang, nasi impit, and taufu were pretty delicious, but the best item of the day was definitely the beef satey. As the stall offering satey was packed to the brim, cheesie only managed to get 3 sticks of satey and I had a total of one.

Kenny than later got a huge plate of chicken satey as the dude manning that stall happened to be one of his readers. The chicken satey was good, but the beef was a lot more awesome.

We had wanted to visit the PM in the royal hall and perhaps make use of the royal toilet. But alas, we tried when it was just over 3pm, PM wanted to get his rest or start doing something really important, so we went off instead.
Thank you @NajibRazak!

Cool things you can do with a blackberry

In the next few posts, I will attempt to showcase 5 cool things the Blackberry from Xpax can do. Here is #5.

Blackberry Flag
show a Canadian flag on cheeserland.com

Cheesie’s blog has this nifty little flag thingy whenever anyone leaves a comment, and just last night I placed a comment and interestingly, a Canadian flag came up instead of the usual Malaysian flag like most everyone else.

Cool ya? You can preregister yourself for the new Blackberry Curve 8520 from Xpax here!