Ever since we moved to Shah Alam, Setia City Mall has became our go-to shopping mall for movies and access to certain brands that we like, since it is basically the closest decent shopping center to us.
Now Haze will complain that I am one of the most insufferable person when it comes to choosing for food in malls as I usually prefer old-school eateries, but for this place, we’ve found a perfect venue that satisfy both of us – at Mr. Tuk Tuk
Mr. Tuk Tuk, the place we dined most often at Setia City Mall
Located at the lower ground level, Mr. Tuk Tuk is a rather small fast serving restaurant that offers Thai food. At first glance, it doesn’t look particularly “authentic” or fancy, just another one of cookie cutter mid price range sort of eatery. But look closer, and you’ll notice that the workers are mostly Thai, and the place is almost always packed.
tuk tuk noodle, fried chicken wing, beef salad
Most dishes here are catered for individual consumption, with a few “center plate” style suitable for sharing. Most dishes hovers around RM 7.80 to RM 10.80, very reasonable in a shopping mall setting.
For noodle lovers, their pad thai (RM 7.80) is one of the best I’ve tried in Malaysia, packed a punch and beautifully presented too. They also offer glass noodle and “tuk tuk noodle” which is similar to boat noodle (but actually filling) at the same price.
set meal, pad thai, beef salad, tomyam
Tomyam fried rice (RM 7.80) and pineapple fried rice (RM 9.80) were very decent choices as well, both tasted strong and properly seasoned. Then there’s other classic Thai single-dishes like basil chicken and basil beef (RM 9.80 each) if you feel like having steamed rice.
We also always order something to share as well. Tomyam and tom kha (chicken RM 7.80 to seafood 10.80) will not disappoint any Thai food lover, but if you want something out of the ordinary, try their beef salad (RM 10.80), slices of very lightly cooked beef marinated in a sort of sourish seasoning that is also littered with plenty of chili padi. It is very strong, spicy, and absolutely delicious.
red ruby, steam sotong, tom kha, thai honey chicken
If you’re at Setia City Mall or anywhere near it, give this place a try. I hope they open up branches at other places as well. Good Thai food is always welcomed in my book!
Address: Mr Tuk Tuk LG-69, Setia City Mall, Persiaran Setia Dagang, Setia Alam, 40170 Shah Alam, Selangor GPS: 3.085229, 101.458629 Tel: 03-3362 5738 Hours: 10 am to 10 pm
Now that we moved to Shah Alam, it’s time to explore the neighbouring places for food a bit, and there’s no better way to do this than starting out with some of the names that we’ve already familiar with – which is what brought us to Serai Thai Restaurant at Seksyen 3.
Serai Thai at Seksyen 3, Shah Alam
Serai has been quite successful since it first started out several years ago, we went to the Subang Empire branch and came away pretty impressed, so it was no surprise that we had some high hopes for their more Thai oriented version when we discovered it by typing “thai” on google map in search for dinner option nearby.
The restaurant is hidden in a quiet residential area, parking is plentiful, and interior is simple yet comfortable.
brinjal with belacan, tomyam, squid with salted egg
The menu is typical Southern Thai with influence of some Malaysian element. We tried three dishes for the two of us over dinner.
The tomyam seafood (RM 14 small)had quite a decent kick and while it wasn’t the most flavourful tomyam I’ve tried, it was more than decent and had the necessary ingredient to carry its own.
Brinjal with belacan (RM 10 small) was my favorite dish of the night, beautifully executed with the perfect balance of sweetness from brinjal complemented by the pungent belacan taste, bits of chopped dried shrimp completes this dish.
Squid with salted egg (RM 12 small) was another dish worth trying as well, they definitely didn’t skimp on the salted egg part at all.
dinner for two at Serai Thai, Shah Alam
We came away more than satisfied with our experience at Serai Thai, good food at fair price with a comfortable setting. If you’re hunting for decent halal food at Shah Alam, this is definitely a good option.
Being a Penangite in heart, I am always on a look-out for a good plate of char kuih teow, so when I saw this place popped up on my FB feed thanks to Angeltini (who blogs about booze), I just knew that I had to visit Uncle Vincent’s at Bukit Rimau soon as possible.
Uncle Vincent’s at Bukit Rimau, Selangor
Uncle Vincent’s is located at Bukit Rimau, the slightly less glamorous sister to Kota Kemuning. Parking is relatively easy as the shop lot next to AEON at this area isn’t particularly well populated.
The interior has a very simple set up, and they probably spent all of 5 minutes to figure out what they decided not to have as decorations. Which is fine by me, I’m here for the food.
Penang char kuih teow with prawns, cockles, and Chinese sausage
There are basically three main dishes here – char kuih teow, prawn mee, and pork noodle (or four if you count nasi lemak on Sundays). I’ve read that the pork noodle is not particularly impressive, so we’ve decided to skip that.
Thankfully, char kuih teow here turned out to be rather good, as Jon, another born-in-Penang friend said “80% of Penang’s version”, which I agree. The “wok hei” is there, and for RM 8, you also get pretty decent sized prawns, Chinese sausage, and fresh cockles. I like it, I’ll be back.
the prawn mee comes with a couple bigger prawns too
The prawn mee too did not disappoint, also priced at RM 8, this version of prawn mee comes with 2 bigger prawns in addition to those tiny shrimps, your choice of noodle/vermicelli, hard boiled eggs, pork slices (or more like chunks), fried shallots, kangkung, and all the prawn-shell flavored goodness in its soup.
Lunch came to less than RM 20 for two, and we were truly satisfied. I like that the concept is simple, and that Uncle Vincent’s did not try to overcrowd their menu with dishes they have no business providing.
I’ll be back.
Address: Uncle Vincent’s Restaurant 21 Jalan Sungei Burung Z32/Z Bukit Rimau, Selangor GPS: 2.998867, 101.526406 Tel: 012-3766071; 016-9555948 Hours: Closed on Mondays, 8:30am to 3pm
Last weekend I decided that since we’re moving to Seksyen 16 in Shah Alam, it might be a good idea to scout around for some good Malay/Indonesian food around the area and see what we can find.
We drove straight into Padang Jawa without any plan or expectation, and just as we passed the flyover, a sign appears that says “Pecel Lele”, we scouted a bit some more before decided to check it out, and was pleasantly surprised that within this almost-jungle/kampung area exists a rather busy shack/restaurant/stall that’s packed with people.
Kedai Makan Pecel Lele, Padang Jawa
We then immediately got our car parked at the dedicated carpark for the restaurant just behind the building, and proceed to check out what the all fuss is about.
As it turned out, Pecel Lele is an ayam penyet stall/restaurant that operates around the clock, and a local favorite among Padang Jawa folks as well as UiTM students. Haze and I were the only two Chinese at the time, and I was absolutely delighted.
que to order, then get your unlimited rice and soup
The SOP at Pecel Lele is simple.
jot down your table number
line up, order, and pay for your food
get your own rice & soup (unlimited)
wait for your food and drinks to be served (usually within 5-10 mins)
berbola, pecal lele, ayam penyet, bergedil, and those sambal!
The prices at Pecel Lele is really one of the cheapest I’ve seen anywhere, especially in Klang Valley. Ayam penyet with rice at RM 4.50, with catfish (pecel lele) is RM 5.50, pecal berbola RM 5, pecal daging RM 5. Other extras offers great value as well – RM 0.50 bergedil, nangka, or pucuk ubi, two bebola for RM 1, and tempe for RM 1.50.
If you’re not into rice dishes, mie ayam, soto, bakso, or gado-gado are priced at RM 3.50. Drinks are RM 1.50.
we definitely enjoyed the meal, all for only RM 15.50 too
As for the taste? We absolutely loved it!
The chicken was properly seasoned, and the cat fish deep fried to a crunchy state that goes really well with those tomato salsa/sambal concoction. Berbola tasted very similar to keropok lekor with body image problem, and even the bergedil was pretty decent (could be warmer though).
The drinks? Though they’re supposed to be “mango juice” or “grape juice”, they tasted more like melted Sugus candies, which my taste bud loved, but I reckon may not be perfectly good for your health. Then again, you don’t eat there everyday kan?
I’m definitely going to make this place one of my weekly pilgrimage soon.
Address: Pecal Lele Padang Jawa Lot 617, Jalan Berangan Kampung Padang Jawa, Shah Alam Selangor GPS: 3.050029, 101.489769 Tel: 019-206 8920 Hours: 24 hours, closes for Friday prayers
Every once in a while, I get invited to one of these fancy dinners that I imagined myself being a part of when I was working as a casual worker at a five star hotel in my high school days.
I thought that it’d be pretty awesome sitting down having a number of different courses of almost bite size food served in plates that are unnecessarily large, and wouldn’t it be even more cool if they have different drinks for each dish?!
That’d really be living the life, won’t it?
A Premium Wine Affair, Senja at Saujana Hotel
Well, last Friday was one of such days, and yes, that’s another teenage-hood dream come true moment (though not the first time).
I was invited to “A premier Wine Affair of the Saujana Hotels & Resorts Wine Collection“, a private event hosted by the Saujana to unveil its new wine collection.
Charcoal’s Australian Chef Robert Johnston
The wines were specifically made from Frankland Estate, Margaret River, Western Australia, a well-renowned winery with an approach to winemaking that values the importance of soil and environment.
In the kitchen was Charcoal’s Australian Chef Robert Johnston who prepared a distinctive five course menu to pair with the wines for a night of, well, wine and dine.
By the way, you can only get these wines from The Saujana
Note: Instead of paraphrasing the note and pretend that I know exactly how to describe these wonderful wines, I’m going to include the tasting note here verbatim, and by the way, most media/writers do get tasting notes for wine/whisky, we can’t magically come up with fantastic descriptions that are all pretty much the same.
After socializing a bit with the crowd, we sat down and dinner began, our first dish was the lightly cured salmon, pomelo, cucumber, verjuice jelly to be paired with Souvignon Blanc Semillon 2014. Refreshing and easy on the palette.
Tasting note: On the nose it shows exotic fruit aromas, lychee, mango, rose, quince and spices. On the palate it exudes a powerful, burst of fruit, flattering and round with lightly spicy finishing.
poached chicken and crispy noodles, shitake tea
Second course was poached chicken and crispy noodles, shitake tea. Paired with Chardonnay 2013, Miles from Nowhere.
The shitake tea makes an interesting base with its slightly bitter after taste, reminding me of chicken essence in a way. Crispy noodle provided interesting texture to the otherwise quite muted poached chicken. Very Asian-ish.
Tasting note: Butterscotch and ripe stone fruit flavours, with a rich and luscious creamy mouth feel. A complex wine with a spicy oak finish
Third dish was char grilled duck breast, sweet onion puree, apple and radish, balsamic reduction. Paired with Merlot 2014.
Really love the duck breast with the hint of charred taste. The Merlot carries mulberry and red plum fruit aromas, a touch of earthy complexity that went well with duck.
Tasting notes: Medium ruby red in colour. Alluring strawberry, mulberry and red plum fruit aromas with subtle hint of French oak spice and a touch of earthy complexity.
black Angus tenderloin, roasted pumpkin risotto,
oyster mushroom, bone marrow and parsley sauce
The main dish was black Angus tenderloin, roasted pumpkin risotto, oyster mushroom, bone marrow and parsley sauce. Paired with Cabernet Souvignon 2012. While the Wagyu from Hanaya a couple days ago was heaven, I still enjoy Angus beef with its more profound texture.
Tasting notes: A powerful yet elegant wine. Soft and rich with full body. Well rounded tannins on the palate with concentrates fruit flavours and provides a great length on the finish.
coconut rice, caramelized banana, candied coconut and chili
Coconut rice, caramelized banana, candied coconut and chili as dessert to end the night. Good food with excellent company, what a great way to start the weekends.
great company and awesome food with delectable wines
The other wines we tried were Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2014 from Grape Expectations Estate, Margaret River, and Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc from Frankland Estate.
Address: Senja Saujana Golf & Country Club, Jalan Lapangan Terbang SAAS, 40150 Selangor GPS: 3.106865, 101.575285 Tel: 03-7846 1466 email: firstname.lastname@example.org