When I was a boy in Penang, whenever the topic of laksa came up, there’s always two stalls that came up in the conversations among the locals – the one at Balik Pulau, and the Ayer Itam stall. The good news is, for those of us who has moved to Klang Valley, the famous stall from Ayer Itam, Angcle Peoh’s asam laksa, is now available in Bukit Tinggi, Klang.
Angcle Peoh, now at Bukit Tinggi Klang
Restoran Angcle Peoh is a non halal outfit located just a stone’s throw away from one of the larger malls in the country – AEON Bukit Tinggi.
While Klang may sound like a distance too far for some, it is actually just half an hour’s drive from Petaling Jaya on a decent day, and we Malaysians have a habit to go far in search for good food anyway, kan?
asam laksa is good, and char kuih teow more than decent
While the Ayer Itam stall offers only asam laksa, the air-conditioned restaurant in Bukit Tinggi carries other Penang hawker dishes on the menu as well.
The asam laksa is as good as the original, with the old man himself often seen at the kitchen, it is as authentic as you can get. It is arguably one of the best asam laksa in Klang Valley you can get right now (I’d also recommend Aik Asam Laksa at Seapark, PJ as a close second)
The version of char kuih teow cooked up at this place is pretty decent as well, though I find myself preferring Uncle Vincent’s version (Bukit Rimau) just a tad more, though both of these are still a notch below Lot 10‘s duck egg CKT in my view.
curry mee, cendol, and hokkien char too
I was delighted that they have Hokkien Char (Penang style fried hokkien mee) on the menu, gave it a try and had an okay experience. The taste was there, but there was way too much noodle to properly enjoy the dish.
Cendol was alright here, and don’t order the curry mee, it was awful, and not even a proper Penang version at that. For other dishes, well, you gotta try them and tell me.
Earlier we talked about the best mobile plan currently for those big data users, the instagram addict, the serial YouTube surfers, or like me, someone who actually stream NFL games on mobile, and together with the recent auto-play video feature on facebook, these activities can really chew up your data quota in a jiffy.
So of course, having more is better, but you want data that you can actually use, right?
U Mobile on iPhone 6
So this week, I got a chance to test drive U Mobile’s network on an iPhone 6 to see how it actually perform, to see if the P70 plan with its 7 GB quota is fast enough for everyday use.
I loaded the sim card, which comes in 3-in-1 size to suit every phone model, and fire the baby up.
instagram is usually the app that uses most data for me
Within the minute, the phone is connected to U Mobile’s 4G LTE network, I was at the office at KLCC. First thing to load is of course, the all important Instagram application.
For the purpose of this test drive, I also installed the Open Signal App from the Appstore to properly gauge the performance of U Mobile’s network. Applications installed from Google Play Store without a hiccup, so far so good.
Now U Mobile has recently been very aggressive in upgrading and expanding their 4G coverage in the country. Many parts of Klang Valley, from Ampang to Cheras, Damansara to Shah Alam, and even Skudai and Port Dickson are now covered under their 4G umbrella. You can check the coverage on u.com.my/4G
test driving the iPhone with U Mobile at various locations
To be more systematic in evaluating the network, I’ve conducted some tests at several somewhat random places with the for download speed, the most important indicator for me. Open Signal is used for this purpose:
LTE connected, set, go!
From my personal opinion, I think the 4G coverage is currently good enough for probably over 90% of my usage, which is more than satisfactory, 3G speed is pretty decent and would be able to do what I need to accomplish if and when I’m out of the 4G coverage.
In the couple weeks of testing, network hiccups only happened a couple times (solved by disable/enabling data), and video streaming on NFL Game Pass and YouTube application were pretty smooth as well. I find no huge difference between U Mobile and other mobile networks I’ve used in the past.
Having said that, 4G coverage for U Mobile outside Klang Valley is still somewhat of a work in progress, so for those residing in other areas, your experience may vary. Then again, the value offered is pretty much unbeatable if you are OK with 3G speed (which is sufficient most of the time).
So if you are looking for a data centric mobile plan and don’t want to break your bank, do check out U Mobile, after all, it’s doesn’t require any commitment.
Back in September I was fortunate enough to get invited to a tasting event at Sheraton Imperial’s Sasagawa Japanese Restaurant to sample their Kansai Menu. While this write up is a little late, the Kansai Fair running through 20th December 2015, so we’re actually only about half way through.
The following 8-course meal is the brainchild of Chef Hitoshi Sasagawa, with premium ingredients from Kyoto, Osaka, Mie, Kouchi, Nara and Shiga. It is priced at RM 300.
mixed autumn vegetable with sesame cream, fresh sashimi
The 8 course Kansai Menu started with fresh appetizer in the form of Mixed Autumn Vegetable with Sesame Cream. The daikoku shimeji mushroom in this dish was harvested from Kyoto, I also enjoyed the little bulb of yam in this dish, very refreshing.
It’s certainly an expectation that Japanese course dinner should have some form of sashimi, and in this case, we had a selection of fresh raw seafood handpicked by the chef. Instead of the usual soya sauce, the sashimi was served with Tanimachi ponzu from Osaka, the citrus based sauce gave it a hint of acidity which I find quite enjoyable.
Ise lobster from Mie
Third course came in the form of Ise lobster, from Mie prefecture by the Pacific coast. The fresh lobster is lightly boiled with vegetable broth, preserving it’s natural seafood sweetness without over seasoning. Simple yet elegant.
pot stew with yuzu stock
Next up was a pot stew dish with Yuzu flavored stock to go with red snapper from Kouchi and Saikyo miso from Kyoto. Another rather simple dish that exudes a feeling of traditional home-cooked goodness. No complain from this happy camper, certainly.
Echizen soba salad, grilled sea eel with steamed Yoshino-kuzu ankake
The fifth item on the menu was Echizen soba salad, from Fukui, the cold soba provided a change from the previous two warm dishes.
Next up was the Grilled Sea Eel with Harvest Steamed Yoshino-kuzu Ankake. The eel was certainly delectable, and I thought the starchy broth complemented the seafood well. This dish has ingredients from Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara.
miso soup, seaweed pickle, salted bean rice cake dessert
The penultimate dish was a combination of Aosa miso Soup with Japanese pickles served with rice. I find the pickle very very strong tasting, but a small bite with a healthy scoop of rice can work in a way not entirely unlike banana leaf with chutney. The seaweed laden miso soup though, was lovely.
The 8-course dinner was concluded with salted red bean rice cake from Shiga, a rather simple end to this enjoyable Kansai Course.
chef Sasagawa, Ringo, Haze, KY at Sasagawa Sheraton Imperial KL
Overall it was quite an impressive course that showcases the various offerings from Kansai. The Premium Kansai menu is available through 20th December, 2015, it’s not too late yet, and I think I’ll be back to Sasagawa to sample some of their other dishes for sure.
This is the last food entry for our London Trip, and more importantly, the only place that I was recommended to go by my colleague William who went to the same city just weeks before Haze and myself made the trip that was sponsored by Malaysia Airlines – the restaurant chain is, of course, Burger and Lobster.
Burger and Lobster, London
While most food in London (in our experience) was rather expensive in comparison with what we get in Malaysia, Burger and Lobster somehow manage to provide a sweet deal that is in a way, cheaper than back home.
As the name suggest, this place only offers Burger and Lobsters. After we sat down, we were presented with a drinks menu and no food menu. You would either choose burger, or lobster (baked or steamed), with each dish priced at £20.
As Asian, it was no surprise that we opted for the crustaceans.
baked or steamed lobster with chips, pick one
The lobster dish is very straightforward and simple, you get salad & chips as sides, and butter sauce to go with the seafood. And sometimes simplicity is best when it comes to good quality seafood, the lobster was fresh, succulent, and full of that seafood sweetness. The salad was superb as well, though the chips were again, tastes like deep fried potato cut into thin strips with salt sprinkled on them.
We found that portion was just right as well. If you’re one of the bigger eaters, they do have some bigger sized lobsters instead of the standard 1.5 pounder.
Haze & KY at Burger & Lobster, we certainly enjoyed it
While we went to the branch at Knightsbridge, there are actually quite a number of Burger and Lobster branches in London and a few other cities. If I go back to London again, I will most likely revisit this fantastic chain.
P/S: Pince & Pints is doing something similar in Malaysia, I have yet to give it a try.
To continue on sharing our trip to London, we now talk about one of the more famous names in the food industry – Jamie Oliver. If you don’t know who he is, you either don’t have a TV, or don’t have any friends who has a TV. In either case, google is your friend.
So, since our hotel, Dorsett Sheperd’s Bush, is so near to Westfield London, we thought of giving Jamie’s Italian a try, one of the celebrity chef’s many restaurants in UK.
Jamie’s Italian at Westfield London
The restaurant has a small alfresco dining area, but the bulk of the seats is actually indoor, it is beautifully decorated with a mixture of rustic & classy feel to it. I thought it exudes class above the price point of this establishment.
The menu is fairly straight forward, you have bread & antipasti, a selection of mains & sides, pasta, desserts, and drinks. There’s also kid’s menu as well.
Gennaro’s Famous Porchetta, Haze
We only sampled two different dishes here at Jamie’s Italian. Haze had the Gennaro’s Famous Porchetta (£13.95), slow cooked pork belly filled wih garlic, chilli & herbs, served with roasted root vegetable, spiced apple sauce, and salsa verde. It tasted healthy and the pork meat portion was pretty good, but ultimately the skin was far too chewy to be edible, I think the Europeans still need to learn from the Chinese on how to roast perfect pork skin.
Stone bass, and I just realized we had an extra item on our bill…
I initially ordered the Venetian Fish Stew, but eventually had to change to one of their specials of the day – Baked Stone Bass (£16.95) due to the unavailability of my initial choice.
The baked bass was beautifully done and sat on a bed of (I assume) mashed potato & radish with cubes of avocado. It was quite balanced and tasted rather good with a bit of extra salt & pepper. I quite liked it.
From the small sample size, I thought Jamie’s Italian was pretty decent for it’s price point. The experience would have been better if I didn’t find out as I write this that the Venetian Fish Stew was actually still in my bill (accidental I think)…… Oh well.
P/S: there’s a branch in Singapore.
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