Last week semperna ulang tahun kelahiran Haze Long, we went to Templer Park Forest Retreat for a bit of a getaway (blog post some other time). A place that’s a bit out of the city and more in tune with nature, which also translate to making our own food.
Fortunately, there’s a pretty well equipped kitchen for our usage, and the Selayang market nearby. So on the morning of the 2nd day, we went to the market and picked up a chunky barramundi fish (siakap) for a bit of DIY ikan bakar.
I want to share with you the recipe of this dish, as it is a very simple dish to prepare at home. It’s pretty delicious and the use of banana leaf in this preparation method ensure that the skin is edible and never charred.
home cooked ikan bakar with siakap fish
600-800 gram barramundi fish (or stingray, or any other fish of similar size)
turmeric powder (kunyit)
2 pieces banana leaves big enough to cover the fish
a couple table spoon of cooking oil or butter
ikan bakar with kunyit (turmeric) – sedap!
clean and dry the fish
cover generous amount of turmeric powder and two teaspoon of salt on the fish, set aside for at least a few minutes
heat up a flat surface frying pan, then pan fry the fish on top of banana leaf for 10 mins with oil
fry the other side of fish with a fresh banana leaf for another 8 minutes
serve with a couple slices of lime (bonus: with sambal)
The period between middle of December and beginning of January is often the slowest time in corporate world, which sometimes translate positively in terms of the level of adventure one can have over lunch time.
That may of may not be the reason we ended up at Restoran Sup & Popiah Zaiton Hussin at Setapak a few weeks ago.
Restoran Sup dan Popiah Zaiton Hussin at Setapak
Restoran Sup & Popiah Zaiton Hussin is located to the right of Jalan Pahang right after Duke highway on a tiny road by the name of Jalan Puah Jaya. If you blink, you’ll miss the road, in fact, it looks more like a alleyway than an actual road.
The actual restaurant itself is not any different from the typical Malay or Mamak restaurants, it’s hot and noisy inside with ceiling fans that aren’t overly effective, and a few “alfresco” tables on the outside that everyone wants to sit.
You may have to wait for a table to be freed, but it’s worth it.
If you’re here, you are most likely going to have soup and popiah, but they also serve mee goreng, nasi goreng, and so on.
As for the soup, sup kambing (lamb soup, RM 6) is the most popular, but you can also go for ayam, daging, perut, burung puyuh, ekor, torpedo, lidah lembu, lidah kambing, kaki, etc. Prices ranges from RM 4.50 to RM 7.50 per bowl.
my favorite is the ox tongue soup, so very tender and flavorful
I tried the sup lidah (ox tongue) and absolutely loved it. Packed with over a dozen pieces of sweet, succulent ox tongue in those heavily spiced broth, it was fantastic! The guys loved their sup kambing as well.
To go with those delicious soup, you can have a plate of rice (with some curry and other vege if you want to), or, as most people do here, a set of steamed Indian bread. Either way, you won’t go wrong.
thanks to these guys I now know where to find awesome soup
Then of course, there’s the other half of the shop’s name – popiah. Well, the popiah here is the slightly wetter type with sengkuang and tofu as the main ingredients with some kunyit as the main flavoring. The sweetish and slightly spicy sauce is then poured on top.
I find the popiah to be rather average and probably could use thinner skin, but still pretty satisfactory nonetheless.
In any case, if you like some awesome soup, this is a must try place in my book.
Address: Restoran Sup & Popiah Zaiton Hussin N0 9, Jalan Puah Jaya 1 Taman Setapak, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur GPS: 3.188205, 101.702268 Tel: 016-284 1578
Good Laksa Sawarak is a bit of a rare commodity here in Klang Valley, for the longest time, my go-to place remains the stall at Happy Garden in Bangsar, I’ve tried a few other places but usually ended up less than impressed.
Until we decided to give 7th Mile Restaurant at Kelana Jaya try.
7th Mile Kitchen, at Kelana Sentral Service Apartment
Situated at the ground floor of the less than glamorous Kelana Sentral Service Apartment (across from Paradigm Mall by LDP), 7th Mile Restaurant is more of a single stall kopitiam than a restaurant. There’s no air conditioning nor cute decoration, but they have good authentic Sarawakian dishes prepared by Sarawakian at more than reasonable prices.
definitely one of the better Laksa Sarawak around
The laksa sarawak turned out to be rather awesome, the broth was thick and flavorful without having to be overly spicy. There’s prawn, strips of fried egg and all the usual ingredients you find in a bowl of laksa sarawak, it was glorious. We really liked it.
authentic kolo mee and look at that iced coffee
The kolo meehere is pretty good as well, with thin and springy noodle topped with charsiu, minced pork, spring onion, and a hint of those delicious charsiu sauce. It’s a more subtle dish compared to the laksa, I liked it too.
Other than noodles (they also serve tomato mee which I’ve yet to try), they serve pretty mean cup of traditional coffee as well, including three layer tea and Sarawak teh-c peng.
Where do you go when you’ve got the munchies at 3am in the morning but don’t feel like heading to yet another mamak restaurant that serves spicy food and nothing else?
Well, if you’re a fan of Teo Chew porridge, you’re in luck, there are several such places that offers nightcrawlers a bowl of warm congee with dozens of different dishes to go along, one of such places is Restoran Peng Hwa at Old Klang Road.
Peng Hwa Restaurant at Old Klang Road
Situated between Pearl Point and Scott’s Garden on the busier part of Old Klang Road, Peng Hwa is one of those old school restaurants offering porridge and rice that operates some 18 hours a day (11am to 5am). I mean, no one really eats porridge or mixed rice with pre cooked dishes for breakfast, but for any other meal, you’re covered.
intestine, Chinese sausage, mushroom, mui choi pork and more
Like most such type of restaurants, Peng Hwa offers classic dishes such as pork intestine, soya sauce chicken, Chinese sausage, mushroom, fried vegetable, luncheon meat. salted duck egg and so forth.
They tasted pretty good too! For the three of us on a late night supper a week or so ago, we spent about RM 8-9 per person including drinks. Not the cheapest supper nor the healthiest, but I’d say it beats mamak restarant any day.
Address: Restaurant Peng Hwa (non-halal) No 19A, Jalan Klang Lama (Old Klang Road) Batu 4 1/3, 58100 Kuala Lumpur GPS: 3.089242, 101.674050 Hours:: daily from 11am to 5am
SS2 Monday night pasar malam is probably the 2nd largest pasar malam in Klang Valley, with Taman Connaught’s on Wednesday being slightly larger. There are well over a hundred different stalls offering anything from handphone cases, cloths, to fresh produce, and of course, food.
It’s always an adventure to go there and hunt for food every once in a while, as with most pasar malam, there are always new food offerings from time to time. After all pasar malam is probably the best place to gauge a new (al cheapo) trend, isn’t it?
Here are a few dishes we tried last Monday.
yakitori with pork, shishamo, and even smoked duck
There are a couple stalls offering yakitori, and this one we tried is situated closer to McDonald’s (nearby Taiping char kuih teow stall). We had a stick of smoked duck and a couple sticks of pork and shishamo yakitori each. The pork was succulent and delicious, smoked duck more than passable, but shishamo could be more crispy. RM 12.50 in all.
grilled scallops on stick, choose from five flavors
Next was scallop teppanyaki at this Sea King Teppanyaki stall that goes for RM 5 per stick of 3 scallops. You get to choose from 5 different flavors (bonito, black pepper, garlic, chili powder, or seaweed). We opted for original with teppanyaki sauce. It was pretty delicious too.
Less than RM 2 per scallop? Sign me up anytime.
Abang Jeff’s fried oysters omelet was actually pretty good
Then there’s Abang Jeff’s fried oyster. Being from Penang and got burnt many times ordering fried oysters in Klang Valley, I’m usually pretty skeptical with this dish, but since I was feeling adventurous anyway, we gave it a try.
The version here is a bit different as the oysters and eggs are prepared pretty much separately, but the end result turned out to be pretty decent nonetheless. RM 10 gets you 8 pretty good size oysters with more than edible omelet, so that was good. We really enjoyed this.
banchang kuih anyone?
To cap off the night, we had a crispy ban chang kuih each (RM 1.40) with plenty of sugar, corn, crushed peanuts, and even a bit of coconut inside. Perfect ending for a night of fried/grilled food. Now why don’t they serve beer at pasar malam to go with all these?
Address: SS2 Pasar Malam Jalan SS2/61 Petaling Jaya 47300 Selangor GPS: 3.117366, 101.621668 Hours: Every Monday Night