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Last week Haze and I were strolling along at Bukit Bintang, the one place where most locals don’t exactly go if you don’t have anything to buy, cos frankly speaking, it’s just asking for trouble when it comes to parking.

On top of that, you get all sorts of different smell of international origins, and sometimes when the crowd is really dense, you get a free taste test on foreign sweat, if you’re lucky.

We went there cos Haze wanted to buy a set of speakers, and I wanted to buy a set of good cooking pots, but that’s a story for another day (the pots were really great btw!)

fried intestine at low yat plaza
this stall is located at “behind” low yat plaza, closer to jalan imbi

It didn’t turn out to be an excellent shopping trip, we ended up running in the rain carrying boxes that were too heavy, but the good thing was, we had fried intestine.

According to Haze, this shop has been here forever. Her version of forever and my version of forever is about 8.5 years apart, but basically the place has been around for a while.

how can anyone resists the intestine? come on!
how can anyone resists the intestine? come on!

I was already all wide eyed and happy when we finally found it, the “stall” isn’t exactly a stall but an outside counter of the restaurant called Hong Kong Food Culture that is located at the corner of Low Yat that is closest to Sg. Wang Plaza and Jalan Imbi.

The food available here is not far from street foods in Hong Kong, there’s seafood tofu, deep fried squid, fried eggplant, curry fish ball, curry squid, mushroom, and of course deep fried intestine.

Haze & KY at just outside low yat plaza
Haze & KY at just outside low yat plaza

The intestine were priced at RM 2.50 per stick, and what you see in the photo consists of 2 sticks worth of fried intestine. The garlic laden chili sauce is available at no extra charge, and it was heaven! Crispy, juicy, and just yummy!

The curry squid was alright, and deep fried squid with batter was better, but seriously speaking, I would just order more intestine next time instead, there were no comparison to all the other nonsense.

So if you find yourself at Low Yat or anywhere at Bukit Bintang in general, don’t miss out!

map to lowyat plaza

Address:
Hong Kong Food Culture
LG-18, Lower Ground Floor,
Low Yat Plaza,
Off Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur
GPS3.14397, 101.71046
Tel: 03-2141 6998

Non-halal Japanese Ramen used to be a bit of a novelty in this country. For a long time, Wisma Central’s Tenka Daiichi and Ton Chan at Wisma Cosway were two of the few places that serves it.

Mai Ramen at Jaya One
Mai Ramen at Jaya One

But with the seemingly rapid maturity that Japanese cuisine enjoys in this country over the last decade or so, I’m glad that there are now more ramen shops that don’t feel like they have to make compromises to capture a wider demographic.

Mai Ramen is one of such places, a relatively new comer to the scene that serves ramen as intended – with pork!

chasiu ramen, always my go-to ramen of choice
chasiu ramen, always my go-to ramen of choice

I ordered basically the measuring stick of any ramen place – chasiu ramen. If you ask for a set, it comes with 3 pretty tasty gyoza, a somewhat forgettable salad, and some interesting salty+spicy vegetable on the side that goes pretty well with the ramen.

As for the bowl of ramen itself, it was certainly not a disappointment. The broth was pretty thick and flavorful, the noodle palatable, and the chasiu were commendable too. It was actually, quite good.

I think we might have over ordered..
I think we might have over ordered..

Yuki had ramen that comes with unagi. The unagi sauce certainly made the eel tasted as good as any. The 3/4 boil egg in the ramen too were perfectly done. Good stuff.

The yakitori (grilled stuff) at Mai Ramen, on the other hand, were a pretty disappointing affair. They somehow tasted a little old and you don’t get the flavor and punch you’d expect from good yakitori such as those you can get from the excellent Sumi Ka or Hyotan at SS15.

Horng, Yuki, Kerol
Horng, Yuki, Kerol at Mai Ramen

A dinner at Mai Ramen would come to about RM 20-30 inclusive of drinks. The best ramen I’ve had in the region is still Santouka in Singapore, but Mai Ramen is certainly not a place to be dismissed if you’ve got that pork ramen craving coming. Now I just wish they don’t take nearly as long to serve…

map to Jaya One

Address:
Mai Ramen
D-13-G, Block D
Jaya One,
No. 72A, Jalan Universiti,
Petaling Jaya
GPS: 3.117537, 101.635680
Tel: 03-7957-6689

Last weekend Le Meridien threw a small party for a few lucky bloggers. The email invitation I got a few weeks prior to the event called it “A Night of Discovery” with no other details. As it turned out, it was a grand tour/food crawl at the various fine restaurants within the hotel, with surprises along the way.

Conservatory Bar at Le Meridien KL
canopes at Conservatory Bar, Le Meridien KL

The evening started out at Conservatory Bar, the lounge at the main entrance of the hotel. A glass of wine in hand and ample of canopes for us to get the stomach ready for what’s next.

We had pan seared cremolate tuna sashimi with sesame wakame salad, diced feta cheese, ratatouille and pine nuts in mini pita bread (pic), martini of tomato salsa, mozzarella mousse and pesto (pic), and even chicken tandoori and minted raita on chili focaccia bread. I had to start pacing myself to not over eat.

Favola at Le Meridien KL
Favola at Le Meridien

We then took the elevator and moved up to Favola, Le Meridien’s Italian dining outfit. More food awaits us as chef Antoine started to explain the seafood centric food laid before our eyes, for examp;e, the fabulous spicy calamari with olive oil & citrus (pic.)

chef Antoine at Favola, showing us the various tomatos
chef Antoine at Favola, showing us the various tomatos

The good chef then shows us the various ingredients important to Italian cuisine that are used here at Favola, including almost half a dozen types of fresh tomato, and the imported as well as one local mozzarella from Langkawi (Malaysia boleh!) that passed his personal quality tests. I can have those cheese as snack all day if you ask me.

Antipasti Duo at Favola
Antipasti Duo at Favola

Our main dishes (or what we thought as main dishes for the night) at Favola were two antipasti.

Smoked salmon with cold cucumber and macadamia puree, grilled peaches, buffalo mozzarella, Pecorino rocket and Radicchio salad. I love the contrast between the salad and the salmon, and I can really use more of that buffalo mozzarella at home, It was so good!

foie gras on wild mushroom risotto, haze
foie gras on wild mushroom risotto, haze

Then there’s the pan seared foie gras on wild mushroom risotto in clear beef broth that was so delightful. This was highly anticipated when chef Antoine told us about it, and the dish did not disappoint at all.

The other part of this antipasta was the chicken meatball in green olive tapenade, onion and roasted bell pepper, that was very good too.

after Favola, we make our way to Prime
after Favola, we make our way to Prime

At this point in time, with some really good determination to not over eat, my stomach stood at maybe 70% full. Then we collectively moved to Prime, my favorite steak house in town.

the beef served at Prime, that's a grade 12 wagyu on my hands
the beef served at Prime, that’s a grade 12 wagyu on my hands

A surprise awaits us at Prime as we stepped into the private room. Slabs of Blackmore Wagyu beef from grade 6 to 12 as well as grain fed Austraian Angus beef were on display as chef Antoine again explained the ingredients used at Prime to us.

The number of days a vacuum packed beef could be kept refrigerated is tightly regulated here to ensure maximum quality that goes into every serving.

it's like choosing between fish & bear palm (chinese proverbs, learn!)
it’s like choosing between fish & bear palm (chinese proverbs, learn!)

Look at the two slabs of Blackmore Wagyu marble grade 6 and 12. These are some of the best beef you can get, the grade 12 Wagyu on the right consists of some 60% fat, not for the faint hearted, but that was exactly what we’re going to have at Prime! Yes, I’m a very lucky man.

blackmore wagyu marble 9, with truffle sauce
Blackmore Wagyu marble 9, with truffle sauce

Undoubtedly, the high light for the night were the steak. The charcoal grilled Blackmore Wagyu chuck flap tail marble 9, with roma tomato confit, brocolini and braised intercoastal on mascarpone polenta. It was absolute heaven, especially with some truffle sauce to go with the red meat.

teppanyaki ice cream, ciki
teppanyaki ice cream, ciki

Dinner wouldn’t be complete without desserts, and for that we were guided to the final destination of the evening – Latest Recipe.

Teppanyaki ice cream is a must have here, and the Belgium waffle personally prepared by chef Antoine was fantastic.

desserts at latest recipe, and macaroons
desserts at latest recipe, and macaroons macarons

We were also served a dessert platter with honey dew sago shot, carrot cake, lychee tart, vanilla creme brulee, agar agar, and my personal favorite – chocolate mousse with citrus jelly. It sounded like an unlikely combination, chocolate & citrus jelly, but the contrast was perfect, I finished it despite the stomach complaining at 150% capacity filled.

fatboybakes, ciki, a lil fat monkey, Damian of Le Meridien
fatboybakes, ciki, a lil fat monkey, Damian of Le Meridien

This was easily one of the best events I’ve attended, the people at Le Meridien were fantastic hosts and have everything prepared meticulously. A big thank you to Damian, Sashi, Harvey, Fauzy, and of course, chef Antoine for the great evening.

map to Le Meridien at KL Sentral

Address:
Le Meridien
2 Jalan Stesen Sentral,
Kuala Lumpur 50470

GPS: 3.135631,101.686476
Tel: 03-2263 7888

Being from Penang where pan mee is not common, this is still one hawker dish that I have yet fully embraced. I guess same can be said for most from central region with regards to Penang style curry mee or even koay chap.

dry "mala" pan mee with chili sauce
dry “mala” pan mee with chili sauce

So I was a little bit apprehensive when Winnie suggested that we give this a try (since the lunch gang of Terence, Horng, and I all felt that our wallets gotten too light). After trying, I went back there again a few days later, it was very good!

This particular pan mee place is located at the ground floor of Wisma Cosway, just across the street from Pavilion. The tables are sprawled along the corridors below and behind the escalator, and they are rather popular with the rat racers over lunch, and often times you have to wait for an empty spot.

with anchovies and lard too!
with anchovies and lard too

There are a few versions of pan mee to choose from – dry, soup, mala (麻辣) dry, mala soup, and so on. My favorite is the mala dry version. The chili sauce here is closer to traditional pan mee chili (unlike the dry chili at superkitchen or kin kin), but they are really really super spicy (do ask for extra serving, usually the portion of chili is very small).

The soup that came with the noodle is a bit underwhelming, but the dry noodle itself was superb when you mix in the chili. The combination of super spicy chili, anchovies, pan mee, black fungus, and of course lard in that dark sauce is perfect.

map to wisma cosway
map to wisma cosway

If you’re around the area on weekdays looking for a good bowl of spicy pan mee, look no further than this place at Wisma Cosway. The whole thing is less than RM 5-6 including drinks too!

Address:
Ground Floor Wisma Cosway
Jalan Sultan Ismail
50540 Kuala Lumpur

GPS: 3.150875, 101.711812

We bought some lamb chops from Jaya Grocer about a week back and really didn’t know what to do with it at first. A bit of research on the internet tells me that garlic, mustard, pepper and rosemary makes good marinate for lamb, so I decided to use them all for this recipe.

I added asparagus and tomato to serve as sides to compliment the savory taste of lamb with the freshness of asparagus and sweet/sour taste from tomato. As an added bonus, they make the dish looks better with added colors. :D

While many are not as familiar with lamb, this is a surprisingly simple dish to prepare, and takes only half an hour to serve.

lamb chop with tomato and asparagus on the side
lamb chop with tomato and asparagus on the side

This is a three part dish, the lamb, asparagus, and tomato. Luckily all three of them are very simple, and the only juggling act is to time each dish properly so you get to serve them all on the same time.

Lets start with the lamb.

Ingredients:

  • lamb shoulder (I made 5 pieces), I got them frozen from Jaya Grocer
  • 1 bulb of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 table spoon French mustard
  • black pepper
  • rosemary
  • a teaspoon of butter, and a bit of cooking oil

marinate lamb chop with mustard, pepper, rosemary, and garlic
marinate lamb chop with mustard, pepper, rosemary, and garlic

Instructions:

  • marinate the lamb with all ingredients in a zip locked bag for at least an hour in the fridge, over night if possible
  • preheat oven to 200 celcius
  • pan fry each side of the lamb in medium heat for 1-2 minutes, use minimal cooking oil, or butter
  • put the lamb in the oven for a further 10-15 minutes (depending on how well cooked you want the lamb to be, I also add a bit of butter to the aluminum foil)
  • remove from oven and let the lamb chop rest for about 3-5 minutes before serving

Total time not including marinate takes not more than 20 minutes or so. If you don’t pan fry the lamb in advance, baking process should be between 30-40 minutes. Of course, you can also use a grill for this.

lamb chop and baked tomato
lamb chop and baked tomato

The lamb chop will not be complete without side dishes, so here’s how you do the tomato!

  • remove the core of tomato
  • add half a teaspoon of sugar (brown sugar if available), 1 clove, and a teaspoon of vinegar into the core
  • bake in oven at 200 Celsius for 30 minutes

Haze, Vinn, and KY
Haze, Vinn, and KY

Last but not least, the asparagus

  • remove wooden end of asparagus, and shave off the bottom with a vegetable peeler if the skin’s a bit tough
  • add a teaspoon of butter and salt to the water in you steamer
  • steam asparagus for 7-8 minutes
  • sprinkle some salt before serving

To get everything ready at the same time, the timeline for this should be something like this:

  • 0 min: bake tomato
  • 10 min: start pan frying lamb on both sides
  • 15 min: put lamb in oven
  • 22 min: start steaming asparagus
  • 25 min: remove lamb from oven
  • 30 min: serve everything!

Give it a try, this is really much easier than the dish suggests. For more cooking recipes on this blog, click here! Now what should I cook next.. ermmm.

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