It’s CNY again and many of you are undoubtedly on the “Balik Kampung” journey right now, or very soon.
The bad news is, traffic is probably not going to be great, but there’s always silver lining in every cloud – and this CNY season, as with the past 15 years, PETRONAS Coffee Break is back!
This year, PETRONAS is giving out bright red goodie pouches to motorists, containing a can of Wonda Premium Coffee, a pack of crispy Julie’s Love Letters crackers and PETRONAS branded CNY ang pow packets. No purchase necessary.
This is happening on 29-30 January and continues on 2-3 February for its second phase when you are probably heading back from kampung to city again.
Additionally, PETRONAS will also contribute RM 20,000 to fuel up St John Malaysia’s ambulances that are patrolling the major highways during this time. This initiatives is being carried out for the 20th consecutive years by PETRONAS.
That’s a pretty awesome move I’d say.
If you have an Android of iOS device, search for “PETRONAS Pitstop” application on Google Play or Apple AppStore, the application allows you to locate participating PETRONAS stations on your fingertip.
For the rest of you, well, here’s a list of the participating stations on the map.
participating PETRONAS stations for Coffee Break CNY 2014
It’s going to be the year of Horse in a few more days, and like so many Chinese families, reunion dinner is on the menu. So are you going to just watch your mom prepare everything? or are you going to be contributing at the kitchen and come up with at least a dish like a good filial son or daughter should?
Well, if you’re the latter and lacks in the finer skills in front of the stove, here’s a simple lala recipe you can follow that just might make your mom proud.
ingredients are lala, garlic, ginger, chili padi
This is a lala (or any clams) dish with garlic, ginger, and chili padi. Takes less than 20 minutes from start to finish, and is also one of the cheapest seafood dishes you can come up with especially during CNY season.
Here are the ingredients:
1 big bowl of lala/clams
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 inch ginger, stripes
6-10 chili padi, chopped
5 tablespoon cooking oil
fry till the shells are opened, wise to steam it a bit too
soak lala/clam in salt water for 30 minutes, rinse
heat up cooking oil and fry ginger & garlic till fragrant
add in lala/clam
add chili padi
fry till all shellfish are opened, you can use a lid to cover the pot for steaming effect
ready to serve
lala with chili padi and garlic
This is a rather simple and fail proof dish, you can also spice it up by adding some Chinese cooking wine or soup stock to give it a more fragrant flavor.
If you find yourself near Bukit Tinggi, perhaps for a little vacation up at the hill admiring those faux French architectures, or like us, after a pretty awesome trip the the Perting Fall waterfall excursion, one of the places you should stop by for a well deserved stomach refuel session would be Restoran Makanan Laut Loong Sing.
Loong Sing at Bukit Tinggi
To be honest, this place is should adopt the name makanan hutan (jungle food) or makanan sungai (river food) instead of makanan laut (seafood), seeing that it is some 100km away from the ocean.
Indeed, for those with a bigger wallet, they offer “soon hock” (RM 11/100g), river patin (RM 6/100g), sultan fish (RM 38/100g) and so forth. The only actual seafood on the menu that is from the ocean would be prawns.
seafood tofu, wild boar, vegetable
We didn’t order those tho, but we had one of their signature dishes – clay pot wild boar. Wild boar has a rather gamey taste to it but with generous amount of ginger and green onion, it actually tasted pretty awesome, it’s like almost a mix of normal pork and deer meat.
Seafood tofu came with bits of mushroom, imitation crab, sea cucumber, and squid. This is a dish I can have on my own as a full meal by itself, rather tasty!
kampung chicken with ginger
Another must-order here is the steamed kampung chicken with ginger. Execution is flawless with the minced ginger covering every piece of chicken that’s cut into convenient bite size. If you have a blocked nose, this would clear it up nicely.
Oh, we also had vegetable, but I guess that isn’t something overly interesting.
Meal came to be about RM 14 per pax, pretty cheap and very satisfying. Definitely a place worth revisiting.
Restoran Makanan Laut Loong Sing
97, Bukit Tinggi,
Bentong, Pahang GPS: 3.350188, 101.821627 Tel: 016-960-8270/016-276-6876.
Whenever I think of beef noodle, like most people, I usually think of Ngau Kei at Tengkat Tong Shin, and to a lesser extend, Soong Kee at Lot 10. Little did I realise that one of the better beef noodle stalls is located just a couple kilometers away from home, at Seapark’s Restaurant Tong Fong.
restaurant Tong Fong at Seapark, PJ
The restaurant is of a kopitiam set up and located right behind KFC at Taman Paramount, or Seapark (these two names are pretty much interchangeable). At the corner of the stall, right by the entrance, is the beef noodle stall that offers mixed beef noodle, beef ball noodle, wantan noodle, pork ball, and on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, braised sirloin with radish.
beef noodle with radish soup
The braised sirloin with radish soup is something that I haven’t come across before. With the meat so tender and radish absorbing the flavor of the beef, it was quite a hearty stew-like concoction that I find myself liking very much.
If you order the dry version, the thin wantan noodle is topped with sweet minced pork and vegetables not unlike the version at Soong Kee and Ngau Kei, and equally as delicious. If you haven’t had this version of radish soup before, you should give it a try.
the “usual” mixed beef noodle, dry version
I’ve also tasted t heir normal mixed beef noodle that comes with tripe, beef slices, and beef balls, lacking only beef tendon (I shall ask the proprietor about that next time) and found my taste buds quite agreeable to this dish.
A meal here cost between RM 6 to RM 10, give it a try if you’re a fan of beef noodle!
Address: Tong Fong restaurant
46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor GPS: 3.110142, 101.621673 Phone: 016-348 8141 Hours: breakfast and lunch