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For many of us, there seems to be only two versions of Halal Indian cuisine served in this country. The high end, and the 24-hour mamak shops. There’s certainly a gap to fill isn’t it? That’s where restaurants like Ratha’s Famous Raub Curry fits in, a casual dining that serves just what we love most.

Ratha's Famous Raub Curry, at PJ Uptown
Ratha’s Famous Raub Curry, at PJ Uptown

Ratha’s is a family own restaurant, and the original restaurant at Raub is one of the highest ranked eatery at the location on TripAdvisor, and this Damansara Uptown branch is operated by the second generation.

The restaurant is located at the side of Uptown facing LDP, which offers slightly better parking situations compared to the parking hell that is the “inside” of the commercial area. It is air conditioned, clean, and brightly lit, while offering a no-frill experience.

stirfry bendi, sambal squid, curry chicken, fried lamb
stirfry bendi, sambal squid, curry chicken, fried lamb

The menu is a simple laminated sheet, but offering is quite comprehensive. There’s seafood, poultry, meat, vegetable, and other individual dishes if you prefer not to go with steamed rice.

For dinner, we shared stirfry bendi, sambal squid, curry chicken, and fried lamb for the three of us, and they turned out to be quite delightful and properly flavored while not being overly spicy. I’d wished that we ordered their famous fish head curry, but perhaps that would be more fitting to a larger group.

clean and comfortable dining concept for mamak style food, what's there not to like?
clean and comfortable dining concept for mamak food, what’s there not to like?

If you’re up for some good old fashion Malaysian Indian cuisine in a comfortable set up, this would be a good place to start.

map to Ratha Raub Famous Curry at Uptown

Address;
Ratha Raub Famous Curry
32, Jalan SS 21/35, Damansara Utama,
47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.137086, 101.623948
Tel03-7733 9287
Hours: 7am to 10pm

Klang is of course, the Holy grail of Bak Kut Teh, it is the place that invented the dish, and also the place that has the most concentration of restaurants offering this wonderful marriage of meat and herbs with a serving of rice.

To demonstrate that you can get bkt basically at all times in this town, let’s look at Kin Kong at Taman Eng Ann today.

Restoran Kin Kong at Taman Eng Ann, Klang
Restoran Kin Kong at Taman Eng Ann, Klang

Kin Kong goes against the Klang tradition of having bak kut teh as breakfast, instead, their operating hours are from 9pm to 5am, far removed from ordinary dining hours, which is convenient for those who works at odd hours, or those who just had to have bkt fix after a good clubbing session.

late night claypot bak kut teh
late night claypot bak kut teh

Claypot version is the popular choice here, and like most places, you get to pick the choice or meat – lean, pork belly, big bone, small bone, ribs etc..

The pork is usually soft and juicy, while the soup packs a decent herbal note, though not being the strongest I’ve tasted, they are not stingy with it and you can always ask for refills.

what's better than this at 2 in the morning?
what’s better than this at 2 in the morning?

While the bak kut teh mah not be my favorite in Klang, the yau char kuai here was a welcoming surprise. They’re crispy, crunchy, and goes really well with the abundance of soup. If you’re here, ask for a serving.

If you’re looking for a late night fix, Kin Kong won’t be a bad choice to go for.

map to Kin Kong at Taman Eng Ann

Address:
Kin Kong Restaurant
Lorong Kawasan 4a,
Taman Eng Ann, Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.057054, 101.460019
Hours: 9 pm to 5 am

Remember the awesome tilapia wantan mee at Rawang I posted on this blog not long ago? Well, that was actually the second plate of wantan mee in two days when we visited Serendah several weeks ago, this was the first – at Yee Kee kopitiam in the sleepy town of Serendah.

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Wantan Mee at Yee Kee Kopitiam, Serendah

Yee Kee kopitiam is perhaps the busiest spot in the whole of Serendah in any given mornings. The corner coffee shop is usually packed with people, and offers quite a number of different hawker delights. The biggest of these stalls though, has got to be the one offering wantan mee.

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While many wantan mee places in Klang Valley offers char siu (bbq pork), wantan, chicken feet, and even hakka fried pork, few can rival the variety of additional ingredients offered here. There’s fried tofu skin, curry chicken with potato, long bean, pork, cabbage, fish paste, and even chicken drum sticks.

The result is a meal that can often last you through lunch. I really do like it with those extra vegetable options as well, most other places only offers meat based additional ingredients.

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If you find yourself looking for breakfast options near Rawang or Serendah, this is definitely a place worth checking out.

map to Serendah Yee Kee kopitiam

Address:
Yee Kee Kopitiam
Lorong Kampung Dato Harun
Serendah, Selangor
GPS: 3.366566, 101.605637

When it comes to steaks, quality of cut is often directly correlated with satisfaction in eating them, and unfortunately, so is the asking price. To “solve” this problem, sous vide is often the most recommended solution – cook the beef in a slow and controlled temperature, and you’ll get almost any cut to be tender.

Sounds good, right? But here’s the catch – sous vide machines can be very pricey, and I’m not about to spend upwards of RM 1,000 – 2,000 without really knowing what I get myself into.

Enter McGyver inspired cooler-box sous vide solution. (well, I actually read this from another website)

all you need is a thermometer and a cooler box
all you need is a thermometer and a cooler box

For this method, you only need the following 3 crucial items

  • cooler box
  • ziplock bag (freezer type recommended as they’re usually stronger)
  • cooking thermometer

Now let’s look at how to make your own sous vide beef & chicken.

sous vide steak, medium rare, done in an hour or so
sous vide steak, medium rare, done in an hour or so

Instructions:

  • season your meat with salt and pepper, or any other desired seasoning
  • place them in zip lock bags
  • prepare hot water 2-3 Celsius above your desired internal temperature for the meat (example: slightly less than 60 C for medium rare beef, 75-80 Celsius for chicken)
  • lower the meat-bags and shake off excess air pockets before zip locking it
  • monitor every half an hour, if temperature drop below desired level, add hot water to bring it up
  • let the meat cook for an hour or two, depending on the thickness

sous vide chicken breast is surprisingly good on salad
sous vide chicken breast is surprisingly good on salad

  • use the thermometer to ensure that internal meat temperature is appropriate
  • for beef, heat up skillet (I use an IKEA one) to high temperature, then sear for a minute on each side before serving, a blow torch will do similar wonder for chicken breasts
  • add your side dishes, and eat away!

The results we got were amazing. Relatively cheap cuts of grass fed beef had the texture not entirely unlike tenderloin, and for the first time in my life, I actually enjoyed chicken breasts as it came out succulent and moist.

Will do it again!

It’s a bit of a tradition that our group of colleagues at work takes turn to buy lunch for everyone, usually at the frequency of about once a year or so (when got bonus lah). Several weeks ago, it was Iman’s time, and she managed to get another colleague to recommend a “new to us” place – Fatimah at Kampung Baru.

Fatimah Selera Kampung, at Kampung Baru
Fatimah Selera Kampung, at Kampung Baru

In a way, many of the Malay restaurants in Kampung Baru offers similar dishes at first glance, and it usually takes someone with experience in the area to know which are the must-order dishes in certain restaurants. For Fatimah Selera Kampung, what I enjoyed most was their daging salai, prawn gulai, and most definitely, the tempe. If you’re a fan of tempe, don’t miss it.

However, the true star at this restaurant, to me, has got to be their killer jangung drink. It’s basically shaved iced with corn, and it’s really, really awesome. If you’re a fan of ais kacang, this is a little bit like that, but better.

plenty of local dishes to choose from, including daging salai
plenty of local dishes to choose from, including daging salai

Additionally, they also serve ikan bakar, asam pedas, ikan masak lada, ikan goreng asam, rendang, ulam, and more. For the lone rangers, there are also nasi/mee/meehun/koay teow goreng.

jagung ais is not to be missed!
jagung ais is not to be missed!

Prices at Fatimah Selera Kampung is in tune with other such places in Kampung Baru. You may also want to check out Makanan Padang Asli (if you’re a tunjang/beef tendon fan) and Grand Garuda (for another nasi padang alternative) if you’re around the area.

map to Fatimah Selera Kampung

Address:
Fatimah Selera Kampung
5, Jalan Haji Yahya Sheikh Ahmad,
Kampung Baru, 50300 KL
GPS3.167255, 101.704149
Tel03-2692 1073