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I went to Yellow Cab Pizza on one of the Friday lunch sessions with the bunch of noobs from Nuffnang a few weeks ago. The second time we went there as a group was also Su Ann’s second last day in Malaysia before heading to the States, so for whatever it’s worth, I dedicate this post to Lim Su Ann (or lil miss Late who just got her first bank account last month, congrats!)
Su Ann and Suet Li posing with the yellow bikes
Yellow Cab Pizza is a relatively new restaurant that actually concentrates more on delivery business than dine in. Seating area in the restaurant is rather small, and to accommodate all of us (Su Ann, Tim, Firdauz, Robb, Suet Li, Barry, Nicholas, Tock) they had to open a whole new section upstairs. We get to be all noisy and rowdy without having to get stared from anyone, best.
wholesome pizzas, slurps slurps
For the bunch of us, I think we ordered 3 x 14″ pizzas. A NY classic, Manhattan Meat Lover, and a Cheese. The place is a bit lacking in choices of drinks, only serving soft drink in cans or mineral water with disposable plastic cup. Then again, they never pretend to have a proper restaurant set up.
The pizzas were really great though, thin crust with very little to spare as far as topping goes. Very wholesome, cheesy, and just plain delicious. We devoured all 3 boxes rather quickly and made the mistake of ordering 3 x 18″ pizzas the second time we were there and ended up having to tapao some back to the office.
we always get to sit at the empty hall upstairs
At Yellow Cab they have 2 categories of pizzas, “classic” goes for around RM 20 for 10″, RM 30-40 for 14″, and RM 47-67 for the huge 18″s (oh wait they have a website and you can even order online: click here). “specialty” goes for a bit more than those. If it sounds a bit more than pizza huts and dominos, it is because they are better, with more toppings and probably uses better ingredients. The lunch costs each of us around RM 14-16 with drinks. Still very worth it I’d say.
yellow cab pizza is actually very close to Nuffnang KL office
Intersection of Jalan Raja Abdullah
and Jalan Yap Ah Shak,
Kuala Lumpur (next to the Dang Wangi LRT pedestrian bridge)
GPS: 3.157625, 101.701217
Tel: 03-2694 2003
A couple weekends ago I made a drive all the way to Batu Caves to finally meet Penny, someone who used to work in the next building I was at but never managed to see face to face. What made this finally happen was her effective persuasion that I should try the absolute best Wat Tan Hor at Pan Heong Restaurant near Batu Caves.
a simple kopitiam setting with some awesome food
The restaurant is more like a “tai chau” style kopitiam and only opens for breakfast and lunch. For the three of us, we ordered the wat tan hor (literally smooth egg flat noodle), fried noodle (mee goreng), deep fried nam yu pork, and a “fu yu” vegetable dish.
Although pretty packed, it didn’t take too long before the first dish arrives. The wat tan hor was absolutely fabulous, seriously the best I’ve had by far. The sauce thick and very flavorful, and you can taste the difference between the sauce blended with egg yolk and those with only egg white. Very different but equally tasty. There were plenty of cuttle fish, meat, and vegetable in it too.
wat tan hor, mee goreng, “nam yu” pork, vegetable with “fu yu”
I also like the deep fried “nam yu” (fermented beancurd) pork. The fermented beancurd marinated into the pork gives it a distinctive taste, and of course, you need the pork to be relatively fatty to have a juicy texture to go with it. Nice but of course, very sinful.
Of course, a vegetable dish is ordered to give us an illusion of having a complete meal and hence, cancel the sin. Vitamin C is good for you.
The mee goreng, on the other hand, was nice but pale in comparison with the above dishes. I think this might be due to the lack in spiciness, and the fact that I’ve had some pretty good mee goreng like from here (PJ), and here (Penang).
Pan Heong Restaurant is located only a couple hundred meters from Batu Caves
The meal for three came to RM 39.80 with both the noodle dishes at RM 8.50 each, the pork at RM 10.50 and vegetable for RM 6.50. Very reasonable and I will definitely go there again. There are a few more dishes I’d love to try, like those blogged at masak-masak and precious pea, can you say Sang Har Mien?
No. 2 Jalan Medan Batu Caves 2,
Medan Batu Caves, KL
GPS: 3.233873, 101.673456
Tel: 03-6187 7430
I have wanted to try Carl’s Jr. ever since it was reopened in Malaysia last year, but for one reason or another, I didn’t manage to try it until just a couple of days ago when my colleagues suggested that we should have lunch at the joint at Sunway Pyramid. When I saw the tag line on one of it’s posters saying “Screw the Diet“, I started to like the place already.
Think of Carl’s Jr. sitting in between Chilis/TGI and Burger King/McD. While it is set up as a fast food joint, the quality is far above BK & McD, and priced accordingly too.
unlimited refill of drinks (including ice lemon tea, coffee) and pickles/onion
Being my first time there, I didn’t really know what to order. I had wanted to get the Portebello Mushroom Burger but they ran out of stock, so I naively followed my colleague and ordered myself a medium size SuperStar double combination, or something like that.
I got my cup and filled it up with some coke while waiting for the burger to be served. The one thing I like about Carl’s Jr. is the fact that other than soft drinks, they have unlimited free refill for coffee, ice lemon tea, pickles, onions, and even slices of lemon.
it was a big meal
When the burger came, the size of it makes the Whopper look like a White Castle sandwich. The taste was actually rather good as well, the two charbroiled beef patties were juicy and tasty. While I prefer the real bacon, this halal version did not disappoint either. I actually had to waste more than half of the fries as my stomach was totally stuffed up after finishing the awesome burger.
While the price is a little high at RM 10+ to RM 20+, I think the size and taste factor do make up for it. I’m going to get the Portebello Mushroom Burger next time!
You can find Carl’s Jr. in Sunway Pyramid (new wing), Mid Valley, 1-Utama (old wing), and Pavilion KL. I’ve heard that they’re going to open 40 outlets between Singapore and Malaysia, can’t wait!
GPS: 3.150050, 101.615939 (1 Utama)
GPS: 3.073297, 101.607576 (Sunway Pyramid)
After coming back from the Melaka trip, we decided to have some Bak Kut Teh (肉骨茶). Since this is one of those dishes that is actually better in the Klang Valley as compared to my hometown that is Penang. Going to Klang would be a bit of a drive after the long journey from Melaka, so we went to Ban Lee Bak Kut Teh at Jalan Ipoh instead.
this is some mouth watering stuff
I have been to Ban Lee on a previous occasion, but that was for their morning/lunch session, when we got there at around 5pm last week, the night session was just getting started. That suits me just nice as I had wanted to try their night session Bak Kut Teh since more than half a year ago.
look at the amount of herbs in the soup
For the four of us, we ordered a clay pot Bak Kut Teh with mixed ingredients, a plate of oily vegetables (油菜), and some yau char kwai (Chinese Crullers – 油炸鬼).
The yau char kwai and a bowl of plain Bak Kut Teh soup was served almost instantaneously. This was a nice touch as we could immediately start to curb the penned up hunger while waiting for the main course to be served. The yau char kwai was actually good too, very crispy.
this is some nice bak kut teh
The main pot didn’t take long before it was on our table. Steaming with the proper Bak Kut Teh smell, the clay pot came with plenty of pork (fatty and non fatty), ribs, intestine, stomach, mushroom (2 types), vegetables, and some crispy fu chok (dried bean curd skin) on top. The soup was pretty strong and tasty, as you can see from the herbs that they put into it. Overall the taste was very satisfying, with the meat properly cooked and the different ingredients making up a range of taste and textural feel.
It was a good meal, though i think some of the Klang shops still retains a slight edge over Ban Lee, but there is nothing to complain about, and I will not hesitate to visit there again. The dinner costs around RM 50 for the 4 of us, a very reasonable price.
Ban Lee Bak Kut Teh is located just a stone’s throw away from Dynasty Hotel along Jalan Ipoh. Parking might be a bit of a hassle, but do not park right in front of the shop by the yellow line as the police station is just right across the road. I have actually witness a Kancil get hunted down by the police as the guy parked illegally twice (the cops gave chance the first time, but the dude did it again 2 minutes later, the guy left without even paying for his food)
GPS: 3.172557, 101.691642
I was invited by photographer Stephen Wong to meet with Chef Marco from Switzerland at the Seri Pacific Hotel for a pasta tasting session last Tuesday. It was a chance not to be missed, despite the treacherous weather, we forged ahead with the plan.
chef Marco preparing four pasta sauce at the same time
When everyone finally arrived, we were introduced to chef Marco and his assistant Urs (pronounced uuhhrs). They were very friendly people. The good chef then went to do what he’s good at, making pasta.
Chef Marco was working with four pans at the concurrently, each with a different sauce. Two creamy sauce and two tomato based sauce. Considering the fact that this guy set the Malaysian Book of Record by preparing 402 sauce in 7 hours running 12 pans at the same time, this was no sweat whatsoever. Personally, I can only cook soup & fry another dish of vege while having the rice cooker running at the same time. =/
the four flavors
I was asking chef Marco about the name of his dishes, but he told me basically he doesn’t really name the dishes as he has over 700 recipes and it’ll be pointless to name them all.
Then of course, it’s eating time.
The four dishes were all very good. Two creamy seafood pastas each with its distinct taste, one with an Indian hint with the use of tumeric while another with sweetness to bring out the taste of the fresh shrimps. The two tomato based sauce, one vegetarian and the other with chicken tasted awesome as well. The fresh and sun dried tomato, the baby bok choy and the chicken was a surprising mix, but proved to be a good one. A slight oriental hint to the traditionally Italian dish.
the camwhores, and the cook book
After the excellent dinner, we were given a copy of the cook book “Pasta in Play”, authored by Chef Marco with photographs from Stephen Wong. The book is made in Malaysia and will be available at bookstores very soon (more on this once I get the details). Chef Marco is also planning to open a restaurant in KL sometime next year. He promised that he’ll stick to the true traditional ingredients (i.e: cooking with white wine in some dishes) in the new restaurant, I can’t wait.
Kelly Kel Li and Natalie, who took so many pictures of themselves it gave the chef and his assistant (and me!) a cultural shock has already written their piece on the experience too.
FA and foodlover‘s takes