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Last weekends we took an impromptu trip to Sitiawan to check out something a guy was advertising online, and since it’s on a Saturday and we did not have anything planned, I decided that we should take the scenic route via Kuala Selangor to our destination.
And boy did it turn out to be a good decision.
Cendor Bakar at Kuala Selangor
Half way through our journey, Suan and I noticed this place by the road with lots of cars and people, a sort of old school expressway stop-over with a big signboard that says “Cendol Bakar”.
How do you exactly “bakar” (burn/roast) cendol? That question was intriguing enough that we stopped by to check the place out.
As it turned out, the name of the owner is Mr. Bakar, and as part of their preparation for the cendol ingredients, they also roast the gula Melaka (palm sugar).
Cendol VIP & Cendol Pulut Tapai
There are 6 varieties of cendol to choose from:
- cendol VIP – nata de coco + selasih + jagung + kacang – RM 2.00
- cendol VVIP – pulut + nata de coco + selasih + jagung + kacang – RM 2.50
- cendol tapai – pulut + nata de coco + selasih + jagung + kacang – RM 3.00
- cendol pulut tapai - pulut + tapai + nata de coco + selasih + jagung + kacang – RM 3.50
- cendol durian – durian + nata de coco + selasih + jagung + kacang – RM 3.00
- cendol durian pulut – pulut + durian + nata de coco + selasih + jagung + kacang – RM 3.50
I really love tapai on cendol, you don’t find it everywhere
I tried the cendol pulut tapai while Suan opted for the basic cendol vip. The gula Melaka used was authentic, coconut milk nice and creamy, and ice finely shaven. It was a proper cendol alright, and with the tapai & pulut, makes for a pretty delicious and quite filling bowl of dessert.
Oh, Cendol Bakar also offers free cendol for those who carries JKM cards (the disabled and the poor).
there are other dishes here too, like the delicious mee soto
Other than cendol, there are also giant curry puff, otak-otak, chicken wings, mee soto, and many other local delights to choose from. We tried the mee soto (RM 4) and it got the seal of approval from Suan, a Johorean who knows her mee soto.
If you’re going pass Kuala Selangor, be sure to check out this place.
Route 54 (just off Jalan Teluk Piah Kanan)
Kuala Selangor, Selangor
GPS: 3.30344, 101.29778
I’ve always complained to Yuki that we hardly ever try new places for Sunday brunch, the usual suspects are always Jin Xuan dimsum, Nang Feng bak kut teh, Peng Heong paikuat rice, various ramen places, and a few selected kopitiam.
To shut me up, she brought us to Restoran Kari Kepala Ikan Tiga at Puchong the other day, as first recommended by her boss (who is an avid gastronomic adventurer)
Restoran Kari Kepala Ikan Tiga at Puchong (3rd branch)
While the name might suggest that this place serves fish head curry (which it does), the speciality dish here is actually the steamed fish with superior soup and a variety of accompanying seafood.
While not exactly a high end restaurant with cute interior design, Restoran Kari Kepala Ikan Tiga does offer air conditioned dining area with pretty decent hygiene and responsive staffs.
the epic steamed tilapia, emperor vege, muay choi pork
Our main dish was a rather huge steamed tilapia fish with superior soup (RM 72), accompanied by quite a lot of prawns, squid, and lala. The seafood is garnished by generous amount of finely chopped garlic and spring onion as well.
As a result of all those seafood, the rather concentrated superior soup tasted fantastic, it was super sweet and absolutely savoury. The fish tasted good, and the squid super fresh as well. By the way, you can also top up the soup ala bak kut teh style, but we felt that the first serving tasted better than the top-ups.
free jelly dessert at the end too, Kerol approves
Other than the main dish, we also ordered a Vitamin C quota fulfiller dish that is the Emperor vegetable (RM 12), and a non-seafood dish in Mui Choy pork (RM 16). The vegetable was lovely, and the pork held its own as well.
With drinks and rice, the five of us spent RM 19 per person for this meal. Not the cheapest lunch options for sure, but one that I think offered decent value for what you get. I would have no problem to revisit.
Restoran Kari Kepala Ikan Tiga
No 19, Jalan BPU 2,
Bandar Puchong Utama,
47100 Puchong, Selangor
GPS: 2.993324, 101.620637
Tel: 016-288 2829 / 019–647 7941
Now here’s a concept that I haven’t really seen before when it comes to a buffet deal – pay a single fee and eat at any restaurant at the hotel.
This is what Marriott Putrajaya promises with the New Year’s Eve Walk N Eat Buffet Adventure that falls on, well, when else but 31st December, 2012. We had a sample preview of the buffet several weeks ago at the hotel.
the lamb rack was out of this world, best I had
The concept is simple, for RM 168++ per adult and RM 100++ per child, you get to go into any of these restaurants at Marriott Putrajaya -
- Zest all-day-dining
- Summer Palace Chinese Restuarant
- Midori Japanese Restaurant
- Tuscany Italian Restaurant & Pizza Bar
- d’Oracle Coffee Lounge
quite a selection of local dishes as well, from Zest
My only dining experience at Marriott Putrajaya prior to this session was at Zest during their opening night, and from the looks of it, they’ve managed to maintain the pretty high standard and quality of food served.
From Zest, there are many local delights as well as international all-day-dining dishes. Steamed vegetables, sambal prawns, grilled seafood, and cold cuts are among the selection you won’t miss.
Selection from Tuscany Italian Restaurant & Pizza Bar, pizza anyone?
Hopping over to Tuscany Italian Restaurant and you’ll find some of the best pizzas in town, but I wouldn’t suggest anyone to have more than a couple slices and maybe a sample size of ravioli/pasta since the spread from 5 different restaurants … is just quite a bit to handle for a night.
dimsum – Summer Palace Chinese Restaurant, sushi – Midori Japanese Restaurant
At Summer Palace and Midori you’ll find dimsum, sushi, sashimi, and many of the Chinese and Japanese dishes for your picking. Like many hotel restaurants, the Summer Palace is a pork free establishment.
That being said, the dimsum here was actually pretty decent, the ample usage of premium seafood such as scallops make up for the lack of pork.
available only on 31st December, 2012
Other than food, there prizes, balloon drop, party novelties, magical roving clown and hotel New Year’s Chef’s Parade. Having the countdown so near to the heart of Putrajaya will also ensure a good spot for viewing the magnificent fireworks when the calendar switches over to 2013.
If you’re going to spoil yourself with ridiculous choices of food to celebrate the new year (and having survived the end of the world according to the Mayans), this would be the event to check out.
IOI Resort, 62505 Putrajaya
GPS: 2.969784, 101.707993
Tel: 03-8949 8888
Ahhh, bak kut teh, one of my favorite Malaysian foods, so much so that there’s a category on this blog for it. Last weekends I had the privilege of having two bak kut teh brunch in a row, and the second one was this place that I haven’t been before, an old school establishment by the name of Restoran Chow Kiat, at Klang of course.
Chow Kiat bak kut teh at Klang, can’t get any more old school than this
We met at Ken Rimba (more on that in upcoming post) on Sunday morning and Sam Tan, the executive director of KEN Holding Bhd brought us here to share one of his favorite bak kut teh outlets.
It was only 9:30 am and the place was packed. According to Sam, by 10:30 am or so, some of the better cuts would be unavailable already. While the premise sells bak kut teh in the morning as well as at night, they are run by different operators. The morning session that we tried is said to be the more superior.
steaming pot of bak kut teh, I was sold when I saw this
The bak kut teh here is as old school as they come.
There’s no clay pot, no vegetable, no pepper soup, extra mushroom, or any of those other options that purists tend to label as “gimmicks”. Just pure unadulterated bowls of pork (or chicken legs, the little known ingredients in Klang bak kut teh) with just enough of those thick herbal soup.
The only non meat dish you can order is yao char kuay, and to be honest it is pretty average here.
choose your favorite part, finish your bowl of meat, or share with friends
The meat and soup tho, was excellent!
Pork cooked to perfection and so soft you can pry it off the bones just by using your spoon, and the fats? Oh my, they are so flavorful it’s a sin not to have. The soup is thick, packed with herbal goodness, and unlike the similarly styled (and equally delicious) Mo Sang Kor bak kut teh, you can ask for extra soup.
KY, Cheesie, Kampung Boy & City Gal
Choices of meat includes ribs, big bone, small bones, “kawan” (this with plenty of fats, super delicious), stomach, intestine, lean meat, and more. If you love bak kut teh, this is definitely one place to check out. Prices are similar to other establishments around the area.
Restoran Chow Kiat
Jalan Kapar, Kawasan 18,
41400 Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.05049, 101.448263
Senja, which means dusk in Malay, is an Italian restaurant at The Saujana that oversees the lush green golf course and enjoys a spectacular sunset view with its alfresco dining deck by the side of the pond. I was invited to sample the MIGF menu created by their new head chef from Sicily – chef Filippo Giunta.
Senja at The Saujana, classy dining hall
The Saujana is a little different from most hotels in Klang Valley. Instead of everything in one giant building, it is spread out amongst the greenery. There are shaded walk ways from the main building to the different restaurants located by various ponds and gardens, giving the place a very relaxing, holiday ambiance.
The resort is fast becoming one of my favorites, stepping into the resort and immediately you’re in a completely different world of the hustle and bustle of KL even though you’re just half an hour away from the city.
bread with olive oil & such, and the amuse-bouche of the day
Anyway, lets get back to food. The MIGF menu is priced at RM 110/140/180 for 2/3/4 course dinner, or RM 220/280/360 with wine pairing. The menu is available the whole of October 2012.
We started out the dinner with some freshly baked Italian bread and a pretty tasty amuse-bouche (pre first course bite size food) of the day in the form of a deep fried risotto ball. Crunchy skin with the flavorful filling that carries a hint of mushroom, I liked it.
sparkling water, and Prosecco Cascine 7 NV
The first course is a choice of Sicilian Brood Bean Soup with Dil and Sun-dried Tomato or Sardine Beccafico Style, Rocket Salad, Fennel and Orange Reduction. The wine with these dishes is a glass of Prosecco Coscine 7 N/V.
first course – sardine beccafico style, or Sicilian brood bean soup
The sardine is apparently a Sicilian signature dish, the cleaned sardine is rolled up with breadcrumbs, pinoli (pine nuts), passolina, sugar, and lemon juice. It was one of the more interesting dishes I’ve tried lately. The rocket salad gives it a good balance, but the orange reduction did need a bit of getting used to.
This, or the savory brood bean soup, were both quite a big serving for fine dining dishes, I’m not complaining tho.
second dish – risotto with cream of pumpkin, or seabass tortelli with seafood ragout
The second course is a choice between Risotto with Cream of Pumpkin, Burratina Cheese and Fresh Sage, or Seabass Tortelli with Seafood Ragout and Porcini Foam.
The risotto was prepared al dente, which is well, the proper and only way to have risotto that’s sometimes misunderstood as being undercooked by less familiar diners. It was excellent and just appropriate to have some pumpkin this Halloween season.
The seabass tortelli lets us check off the skills of Chef Filippo in handling pasta, it was another dish we enjoyed throughly and definitely went well with the second glass of wine – Banfi Le Rime IGT 2010, a Pinot Grigio with a nice balance and clean finish.
3rd course – wrapped silver cod with aubergine, veal ossobuco Milanese style,
Banfi Le Rime IGT 2010
Moving on to the third course, you get to choose from a choice of the following dishes:
- Veal Ossobuco Milanese Style, Saffron Risotto and Sicilian Gremolata
- Wrapped Silver Cod Fish with Aubergine, Onion, Tomato ‘Cipollata’ and Basil Oil
- Stuffed Chicken Breast with Pistachio and Mint, Sicilian Caponata, Rosemary Roast Baby Potato and Red Wine Reduction
There’s a choice of Vigne Regali Principesse Gavia di Gavi DOCG 2010 or Banfi Chianti DOCG 2010. In another word, white, or red wine.
the huge chunk of bone marrow from the veal was irresistible
The fish was prepared impeccably and a work of art. The very thin aubergine gives the cod an extra dimension, and the onion and tomato base sauce offered a perfect compliment.
The veal though, is more of a straight forward meat dish that is bold and flavorful. The explosion of savory taste was a welcoming change of pace, and that chunk of bone marrow? Heaven, which is why it deserves a full size picture by itself.
desserts – chef Filippo’s Sicilian cassata and orange granita, or Szechuan pepper panna cotta,
Barone Ricasoli Castello di Brolio Vin Santo DOCG 2004
Dessert proved to be another platform for Chef Filippo to showcase his skills. Both choices were beautiful.
Szechuan Pepper Panna Cotta, Chocolate Sauce and Raspberry Sorbet is perhaps one of the most interesting desserts I’ve had all year. The panna cotta carries an undeniable hint of peppery taste that’s not something you’d expect in a dessert, but it does work very well in a, well, very unfamiliar way.
Chef Filippo’s Sicilian Cassata and Orange Granita is more “traditional” sort of dessert but one that’s not shabby either. The taste is close to ice cream cake, and the icy citrus in the shot glass provided an good cleansing to the palette.
We were served Barone Ricasoli Castello di Brolio Vin Santo DOCG 2004 to end the dinner, a very good dessert wine that is perfect for a sweet ending.
Ee Laine, Azimy from The Saujana, and Chef Filippo Giunta
If you’re up to some Italian food that’s true to the origin, do give chef Filippo at Senja a try. I’m quite sure this capable chef from Sicily is here to stay.
Saujana Resort, Jalan Lapangan Terbang SAAS,
GPS: 3.108849, 101.578474
Tel: 03-7843 1234