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Those of you who have followed this blog or my Instagram/FB channels for a while know that I’m quite a big fan of Penang Curry Mee, whenever I see any place that claims to offer them, I’ll give it a try.

Curry Mee at Tong Fong restaurant, PJ Seapark
Curry Mee at Tong Fong restaurant, PJ Seapark

So when Haze pointed out to me that there’s this stall offering Penang Curry Mee at Tong Fong kopitiam at Seapark while we were buying battery for the car, it became the de facto lunch choice for that day.

Tong Fong kopitiam is situated right behind KFC at Seapark, other than the rather popular beef noodle, there weren’t many hawker stalls worth mentioning, until this one.

coagulated pork blood and raw cockles, the most important ingredients
coagulated pork blood and raw cockles, the most important ingredients

To be perfectly honest, this stall does not offer 100% pure Penang Curry Mee. While having coagulated pork blood, cockles (two of the most important ingredients), cuttlefish, tofupok, and mint leaves, it lacks prawns, and comes with a few pieces of shredded chicken as well as some green beans. So in terms of ingredients, it was about 80% Penang, 20% KL, a bit of a mixed marriage.

there's no prawns in this curry mee, but I'm not complaining
there’s no prawns in this curry mee, but I’m not complaining

The good thing though is that it works, the broth was rather fragrant, and the sambal, while a tad on the oilier side, provided a pretty good kick. I can excuse the lack of prawn in this case.

If you can wake up before 9 am, Restaurant Okay’s version may still be a bit better, but this place serves till lunch, and I sure hope the stall stays.

map to restaurant Tong Fong, Seapark

Address:
Tong Fong restaurant
Jalan 21/17,
Seapark,
46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS3.110142, 101.621673
Hoursbreakfast and lunch

After writing about the beef noodle at the corner kopitiam at Taman Berkeley, I had a few readers who mentioned that they prefer “the other beef noodle place”, so here it is – I gave Cheong Kee Beef Noodle Restaurant a try.

Cheong Kee beef noodle Taman Berkeley
Cheong Kee beef noodle Taman Berkeley

Cheong Kee is located at the same row with Fatty Meehun kuih & Mo Sang Kor bak kut teh, with basic table & chair and zero decoration. The most important item in the menu would be the beef noodle, but they do offer a few other popular hawker dishes such as char kuih teow, pan mee, and so on.

dry version with mixed beef soup on the side
dry version with mixed beef soup on the side

Traditionally the beef noodle is soupy, but I opted for the dry version on my first visit. The minced meat on top of the noodle (or kuih teow/meehun etc) came with a bit of salted vegetable which gave it a distinct taste (Tangkak style). The beef balls, tripes, and other ingredients in the soup were pretty good too.

I enjoyed the normal chili paste, but if you’re a fan of chili paste, you can also ask for a special spicy version as well.

Cheong Kee is definitely worth visiting, and I’ll probably head there again soon.

map to Cheong Kee beef noodle, Taman Berkeley

Address:
Cheong Kee Beef Noodle
45, Leboh Bangau,
Taman Berkeley, 41150 Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.058252, 101.463231
Tel: 016-246 6690

I did say I’m going to try many bak kut teh places in Klang, right? Well, here’s another one that we went to one fine afternoon after another round of painting work at the new house.

Lao Heong Bak Kut Teh, at the heart of Klang
Lao Heong Bak Kut Teh, at the heart of Klang

Lao Heong Bak Kut Teh is located at the heart of Klang town by one of the busiest roads on Jalan Gelugor. If you’re turning from Federal Highway to Jalan Meru, you’ll pass by the area. The restaurant itself is converted from a residential unit with a large “garden area”, like many restaurants in this part of the country, with the typical BKT set up of boiling water on top of LPG tanks for tea making purposes.

fatty meat is my favorite when it comes to bak kut teh (especially kah wan)
fatty meat is my favorite when it comes to bak kut teh (especially kah wan)

Lao Heong servers clay pot style bak kut teh, and as with many places, you can specify the choice of meat (lean, trotter, big bone, small bone, kahwan, etc). The pot also comes with fuchuk (tofu skin), tofu pok, a bit of mushroom, and some lettuce.

As with most Klang bak kut teh, the pork was pretty tender and the soup packs quite a heavy dose of herbal taste, I can sense a strong hint of “tong guai” which I find quite enjoyable. Adding soup is a reasonable request here as well.

A pretty decent BKT and I would not hesitate to revisit, especially at after lunch hours whereby most other places are closed.

map to Lao Heong bak kut teh, Klang

Address:
Lao Heong Bak Kut Teh
Jalan Gelugor & Jalan Kandis
Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.050409, 101.451371
Hours: Mornings and Afternoons

While driving around Taman Eng Ann in Klang looking for some sort of afternoon snack away from the famous “under the tree” hawker center (that offers awesome pohpia), we chanced upon this curious little stall that’s about as old school as it gets – Nijia Fried Chicken.

Nijia Fried Chicken (with Yoyo Ice too)
Nijia Fried Chicken (with Yoyo Ice too)

This place is as no frill as it gets, offering only a very limited menu of fried chicken, nasi lemak, and yoyo ice.

Chicken goes for RM 2.20 (wings) to RM 3 (thigh), a set of nasi lemak cost RM 2, as with a cup of “Yoyo ice”. It is also self served.

fried chicken and nasi lemak does go well together
fried chicken and nasi lemak does go well together

While there’s no claim of 11 herbs and spices, the chicken was crispy and rather tasty in an uncomplicated way. I ended u p going for second servings. The nasi lemak too was fragrant and rather delicious, Haze had no trouble finishing everything in the plate.

As for yoyo ice, it’s more like sourish flavored shaved ice, which was just perfect when it’s really hot out.

All in, it was a few bucks per person for a good afternoon snack, why can’t we have more places like this?

nijia fried chicken at Taman Eng Ann map

Address:
46, Jalan Serindit 4,
Taman Eng Ann, 41150 Klang, Selangor
GPS3.057621, 101.458970

Due to the preparation in moving to new home, my schedule has been crazy, and that has a direct impact on my availability to participate in Ramadan buffet reviews. I’ve only been going to very few of them, but when Intercontinental Hotel came calling, I just know I have to make it there.

the famous seafood spread at Intercontinental KL
the famous seafood spread at Intercontinental KL

The biggest reason this is a must-attend event for me is simple, just look at the seafood on ice spread they have above! US & Finn de Claire oysters, Australian spanner crab, baby lobster, crabs, NZ green lips mussels, pacific prawns, slipper lobsters, Harvey bay half shell scallop, and even Alaskan king crab!

If you’re a fan of minimally prepared super fresh (and also sashimi) seafood, this is a spread you must not miss.

ulam, kuih, rojak, salad, and the all important sambal (including tempoyak)
ulam, kuih, rojak, salad, and the all important sambal (including tempoyak)

Before we continue, the most important information:

Selera Pantai Timur bersama Chef Zamzani is available from 8 to 17 June, 2015. Priced at RM 128 nett per adult & RM 64 nett per child. This is the chance to savor all of East Coast’s delicacies brought to you by the good chef who will be at the restaurant during this period.

Serena Brasserie’s Berbuka Puasa buffet will continue from 18 June to 15 July, 2015. Priced at RM 139 nett per adult on first and forth week or Ramadan, and RM 152 nett per adult on 2nd and third week of Ramadan.

roast beef, bread, cheese, for the Western touch
roast beef, bread, cheese, for the Western touch

Other than seafood, the dishes from the West includes pink pepper macadamia crusted Australian beef, lamb, Yokshire pudding, pastry, a good selection of cheese, bread, mushroom soup, gratin potato with cheese, pasta and so forth.

So you don’t really need to be someone who can eat spicy food to fully enjoy this spread.

okra, ketam berlado, kung pao chicken, gratin potato with trio cheese,  sautee mussel,  chicken tandoori, har lok prawn, asparagus
okra, ketam berlado, kung pao chicken, gratin potato with trio cheese,  
sautee mussel,  chicken tandoori, har lok prawn, sautee asparagus

As for traditional Terengganu cuisine, there’s plenty to choose from. Gulai udang, kerutuk daging, singang sotong hitam, gulai telur itik, ayam percik, and ketupat sotong are among the few. There’s also nasi dagang as well.

Of course, ulam and a selection of sambal (including the all important tempoyak) is available.

rendang ayam, gulai udang, hati ayam kicap, nasi dagang, home made ice cream, sup ekor, sup mushroom
rendang ayam, gulai udang, hati ayam kicap, nasi dagang,
home made ice cream, sup ekor, sup mushroom

Other than the selection of Malay traditional fair, there’s other Asian representative too in sautee asparagus with garlic and soya, har lok prawn, kung po chicken, and chicken tandoori.

Like many other places, there’ll also be “stalls” serving roti, roasted whole lamb, roti canai, roti jala (with durian flavor!), ABC, and celup-celup tepung. If you want noodle, they have mee rebus Terengganu and mee goreng lambak as well.

Pauline, Kerol, & KY having a whale of a time enjoying the Ramadan buffet
Pauline, Kerol, & KY having a whale of a time enjoying the Ramadan buffet

Overall, this has got to be one of my favorite buffet spread. The price is certainly on the high side, but you do get what you pay for, so if you’re looking for something a bit more premium with great ingredients while still retaining a traditional touch, this is the place to check out.

map to Intercontinental Hotel, KL

Address:
Serena Brasserie
Intercontinental Hotel

165 Jalan Ampang,
50450 Kuala Lumpur
GPS3.159767, 101.718045
Tel03-2161 1111
Webwww.intercontinental.com