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Haze always described me as someone who’s bordering insufferable when it comes to dining at shopping malls. It usually takes me quite a bit of merry-go-round trying to evaluate what is worth eating before settling into a restaurant. Luckily, at IOI City Mall, I found just what’s worth spending a meal – at Kakatoo.
Kakatoo at IOI City Mall
The restaurant is tastefully decorated with a modern touch and Baba Nyonya colors, and with a cute logo to boot, it is one of the better looking outfits among the many restaurants on the lower ground of this huge IOI City Mall.
As for menu, they offer a mix of Western & classic Nyonya dishes, I was only interested in the latter.
cencaru with sambal, just like how mom makes them
For the two of us, we went for the classic dishes that defines any Nyonya restaurants – ikan cencaru with sambal, and paku paki sambal belacan.
The fish (RM 29.90 for two) was on point. Fried to perfection and with properly seasoned sambal too. They gave a bit of extra sambal tumis in the middle, but I’d be a happier man if even more was offered.
paku pakis with sambal belacan
In retrospect, we probably should have ordered some other vegetable dishes that provides a bit of variety in taste, but thankfully the pucuk paku pakis (RM 16.90) did not disappoint. It was spicy, crunchy, fresh, and definitely went well with rice.
KY & Haze at IOI City Mall
The Nyonya dishes experience at Kakatoo was one that worth revisiting, and now if I go to IOI City Mall again, I know where to go for a decent meal I won’t regret.
LG-78B & 78C,
IOI City Mall Putrajaya,
62502 IOI Resort City, Putrajaya
GPS: 2.970467, 101.713870
The first time I heard about Temerloh had nothing to do with food. I remember hearing that the town in Central Pahang was badly flooded, and a few of my friends organized trips in relief efforts. Some of us helped out a little financially to the cause as well.
Well, thankfully other than flood, Temerloh is also famous for its ikan patin (freshwater catfish), so much so that they are now really getting popular here in Klang Valley.
Restoran Temerloh Catering, Wangsa Walk
A couple weeks ago, one of our colleagues brought us to get a taste of what central Pahang has to offer right here at Restoran Temerloh Catering, Wangsa Maju.
The restaurant is located right next to Wangsa Walk and directly adjacent to the open air paid parking lot, quite a convenient location if you get there by a car.
ulam & other lauk, choose your patin cuts
Like many Malay restaurants, the set up here is very straight forward. Pick from the choice of pre-cooked dishes, get rice, and be on your way. You can choose to have this all on the same plate, or in individual dishes for sharing.
We were of course, here for the patin tempoyak. To properly enjoy this delicacy, it is best to order one portion for each person. The beauty here is that you can pick your favorite part – head (for advanced appreciator, I guess), body, or tail.
balanced meal, with proper patin tempoyak
The catfish is positively smooth and fatty, with the tempoyak sauce properly pungent, just the way the dish is supposed to be. One of my colleagues who has a habit of traveling to Temerloh said that this is about 80-90% as good as the original version, which is plenty fine by me.
Other dishes we had here were pretty decent, if unremarkable, though I really enjoyed the fried lady’s finger and ikan masin. The tempoyak (for ulam) was rather good as well.
bill came up to be just over RM 20 per pax including drinks
Total bill came up to be about RM 20+ per pax, which I think is within expectations. Give it a try if you’re a patin fan. There’s also branches at Shah Alam and Bangi
Restoran Temerloh Catering
35-G, Kedai D’Wangsa,
Jalan Wangsa Delima 12
Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.198098, 101.742626
Tel: 03-4141 5044
Ikan Bakar is one of the type of local dish that has its name completely wrong. If you translate it to English, ikan = fish, bakar = burn (or grill if you stretch it). But instead of grilling on open fire, ikan bakar these days is more like frying on a flat pan with a sheet of banana leaf in between. Which is just the way we like it.
Kak Jat Ikan Bakar, Jalan Bellamy
A few months ago I wrote my first article on Jalan Bellamy’s ikan bakar stalls at Mak Alang, and while it was a pretty good experience, we only went there because the consensus best ikan bakar stall at the area – Kak Jat Ikan Bakar, was already packed to the brim. This time around, we made sure we’re early enough to get a table.
quite a good variety of other dishes as well as ikan bakar
Like most ikan bakar places, Kak Jat also offers a variety of different other dishes ala nasi campur style. Grab a few of these, order some fish to go with, pick your sambal of choice, grab some rice, and you’re good to go.
the tilapia (on the right) was surprisingly awesome
As far as choice of fish goes, you get pari (stingray), kembung, terubok, tilapia, and more. I felt that the fish here was prepared with that extra umph to it, the skin seemed crispier with the marinate they have that is different from others.
I’m not a big tilapia fan, but if you’re at Kak Jat, do yourself a favor and order it, they are pretty special. The tilapia skin here is a chunk of coagulated spices & marinate in which we had no idea what they are made of, but so-so delicious! Give it a try!
asam pedas with stingray (bottom right) was one of my favorites
On the side dishes, other than the usual ulam, I also really enjoyed the asam pedas (stingray with salted vegetable curry), I felt that their version here is almost as good as the one at Kampung Baru Man’s Cafe Asam Pedas.
And before I forget, the grilled squid here is definitely worth ordering as well.
makcik makcik agreed that this ikan bakar stall is the best
Overall, we had a great lunch and a bucket of sweat, but it was worth it. If you’re heading to Jalan Bellamy for ikan bakar, this is the stall to check out.
Kak Jat Ikan Bakar
GPS: 3.130557, 101.694670
Nasi campur, or Malay mixed rice, is usually a pretty uneventful type of meal. You pick a few dishes from a couple dozen precooked “lauk” to put on top of steamed rice, and go about filling up your stomach.
Unless of course, you head to Istana Budaya.
Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur
Most people associates Isatana Budaya as a place where you dress up to catch a fancy play such as Puteri Gunung Ledang, but did you know that they also serve perhaps one of the fanciest nasi campur over lunch?
Well, I was just as surprised when I got there the first time with a couple of my colleagues who are just as big a fan of good food as me – Razi & Amalia.
yes, this nasi campur spread looks like a luxurious buffet
The nasi campur spread here looks as good as any hotel grade buffet, complete with a huge selection of halal dishes, including appetizer, main course, dessert, and even selection of kuih and other tea time favorites.
The modus operandi though, is the same as any nasi campur places – fill up your plate, go about filling it up with your favorite dishes, head to the counter to pay, and makan!
laksa, sago gula melaka, and more
Other than rice dishes, there are also noodle dishes such as laksa. I also recommend ending the meal with a small container of those really sinful yet delicious sago gula Melaka.
Amalia sure looked happy
Prices are not out of the ordinary, a usual meal cost less than RM 10 in an air conditioned dining hall, and being located at a big function building, parking is not a problem either. Have a try!
Every once in a while, the bunch of jokers at work would organize a fun “eating out” session, usually when one of us has something to celebrate and belanja the team.
A few weeks ago, we ended up at Jalan Bellamy for some good old fashion ikan bakar on one of such occasions.
Gerai Mak Alang Ikan Bakar Jalan Bellamy
Tucked behind Agong’s old palace between Jalan Syed Putra & Jalan Istana is a small hill that is very different from most part of KL. There’s virtually no development, you can’t find any big commercial buildings or high rise offices. A place so close to the hustle & bustle of the likes of Puduraya and yet immune to the change of time.
It is here that you find some half a dozen ikan bakar places, all packed with hungry lunch crowds any given afternoon.
Gerai Mak Alang was the restaurant of choice for our excursion.
tempoyak is always a plus at ikan bakar places
Gerai Mak Alang offers quite a good selection of grilled fish and other dishes. You have the standard ikan pari (sting ray), kembung, tilapia, and even terubok (toli shad, full of annoying tiny bones but with the softest meat ever). There’s also a selection of sambal to complete the dishes, including my all time favorite – tempoyak!
prawns, cuttlefish, and cockles are available too
In addition to fish, they also offer prawns, cuttle fish, and cockles. I expected the cockles to be of the Nong & Jimmy bakar method, but it came coated with curry powder/sauce instead, which turned out to be quite ok nonetheless, but I would still prefer it grilled tho.
The cuttle fish was superb though, soft, succulent, and tasted supremely fresh. The prawn seemed to be prepared similar to nyonya asam prawn style, which was mighty fine by me.
food is always best when enjoyed with great company
Food quality is more than decent, and we certainly had a great time at Jalan Bellamy. There are a few other stalls still yet to be explored for me, and judging by the amount of crowd, I believe they are all worth trying out.
Gerai Mak Alang
GPS: 3.130557, 101.694670