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Many of you undoubtedly know that Jalan Sayur in Pudu is one of the best places to go for supper. The street is closed for vehicular traffic at night and transformed itself to a Malaysian style alfresco dining area with little regards to proper hygiene or safety code, just the way we like it.

However, there are also a some delicious stuff to be had if you’re a breakfast person.

wantan mee at Jalan Sayur
wantan mee stall at Jalan Sayur

Head into the street in the morning and go all the way until the end (pass Chun Kee Hakka Noodle) and you’ll find a shack on your ride, just across the church.

In the morning, they serve a selection of familiar breakfast dishes – wantan mee, curry mee, chicken horfun and so forth. The best part though, is that you can sorta make a combination of different things, if you like.

a bit of curry gives this  version of wantan mee a good kick
a bit of curry gives this version of wantan mee a good kick

And today I just want to point out that if you order a plate of wantan mee, add some minced meat, and then pour a bit of those thick & creamy curry sauce on top, you’ll end up with something that makes your stomach happy for the rest of the morning.

So if you’re around town for breakfast, check this place out.

map to Jalan Sayur hawker center

Address:
Jalan Sayur,
Off Jalan Pudu,
55100 Pudu,
Kuala Lumpur
GPS3.135208, 101.713051
Hoursbreakfast

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A few weeks ago while walking from KLCC to Pavilion I strolled pass Vipod Residence and noticed that there’s a new Japanese restaurant opening up on the ground floor – Oribe Sushi. I’m a huge fan of proper Japanese food, so there’s no other reason needed to give it a try.

Oribe Sushi at Vipod Residence (between Pavilion & KL Convention Centre)
Oribe Sushi at Vipod Residence (between Pavilion & KL Convention Centre)

A peek on the menu shows that Oribe Sushi only serves Omakase (literal translation: “I’ll leave it to you”). For lunch, there are 4 choices priced at RM 88, RM 150, RM 180, and RM 250. Dinner omakase are priced at RM 120, 168, 198, and 350.

We took a seat at the sushi bar and then of course, I chose the cheapest – “Seto”.

appetizer & chawanmushi
appetizer & chawamushi

This set starts out with appetizer in the form of some carefully stirfried bean sproud, tiny shrimps, and other vege.

Then there’s the chawanmushi that’s smoother than most tofufa I’ve had, it was delicious. So far, so good.

sea bass, flounder, bluefin tuna, yellow tail
sea bass, flounder, bluefin tuna, yellow tail

Then came what we were here for – the sushi.

The experience here is pretty unique. While seated at the sushi bar, the chef is dedicated to your meal. He will prepare one sushi meticulously, serve it on your plate, explained what it is, and then only start preparing the next piece after you’ve consumed the current piece.

This way, the sushi never sit on the plate longer than a few seconds (or however long you take to snap a pic to show your jealous friends on instagram).

mackerel with seaweed, barracuda, scallop
mackerel with seaweed, barracuda, scallop

The 8 types of sushi we had were sea bass, flounder, bluefin tuna, yellow tail, mackerel with seaweed, barracuda, scallop, and ikura.

These were not just simple slices of fish (or other seafood) on rice, but also with addition of seaweed, blow torch treatment, bits of citrus peel, a wipe of sauce/oil and so forth. It was a work of art. I found myself not even really needing those grated fresh wasabi to accompany the sushi.

ikura (salmon egg), and er.. some vegetable roll
ikura (salmon egg), and er.. some vegetable roll

The ginger used here too is not of the usual variety. It was less spicy but carries a slightly sweet flavor which I really liked. They will refill it should you find yourself finishing them like I did.

After 8 pieces of nigiri sushi, we were treated with three pieces of vegetable roll (I think it was Japanese bamboo shoots?) to end the main course part of the meal.

miso soup and mochi with red bean to conclude our omakase
miso soup and mochi with red bean to conclude our omakase

Our omsake ended with a small bowl of miso soup and mochi with red bean as dessert. While the dessert wasn’t as exquisite as the other dishes, it was certainly not disappointing either.

While RM 88++ is certainly no chump change for lunch, I do feel that it provides value for money so far as the quality of food, and the excellent services goes. If you are a fan of proper Japanese food, this is one place you should check out.

map to vipod residence, KL

Address:
Oribe Sushi @ Vipod Residence
19, Jalan Kia Peng,
50450 Kuala Lumpur

GPS: 3.152181, 101.712662
Tel: 03-2181 4099

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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
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
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
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
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!

map to Istana Budaya, KL

https://goo.gl/maps/U10EP

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My first experience having non-claypot bak kut teh was actually at the Mo Sang Kor branch at Taman Berkeley almost 3 years ago. It was quite an experience.

Fast forward to June 2015, just a few weeks before we move to Shah Alam and in the midst of house renovation, I thought I should try the original Mo Sang Kor bak kut teh shop, as part of my aim to try as many different bak kut teh restaurants in Klang as I possibly can.

Mo Sang Kor bak kut teh at Pandamaran, Klang
Mo Sang Kor bak kut teh at Pandamaran, Klang

Located at Jalan Chan Ah Choo, Pandamaran. The restaurant is no different from many other bak kut teh shops littered along the same road – semi open concept with basic plastic tables & chairs as well as kettle with boiling hot water for your tea.

As usual, you can bring your own tea leaves (like all proper Klang people), or asks for house supplied tea that usually comes in a few varieties.

"kah wan" and "tua kut" bak kut teh
“kah wan” and “tua kut” bak kut teh

For the two of us, we ordered a portion of “tua kut” (big bone), “kah wan” (fatty meat near leg), and a bowl of pork intestine.

The taste was pretty much spot on and actually identical to the version at Taman Berkeley. It had a strong herbal taste with a very slight bitter after taste which I like. Like most Klang bkt, the pork was boiled to perfection and so soft you can peel them off the bone with a spoon.

Most importantly, don’t let the garlic goes to waste either, they are absolutely beautiful.

if you want a good bowl of bak kut teh, go to Klang
if you want a good bowl of bak kut teh, go to Klang

Compared to Ah Her bak kut teh (one of our favorites), the soup is slightly less thick but has a stronger herbal taste. I like them both.

map to Mo Sang Kor bak kut teh, Pandamaran

Address:
Mo Sang Kor Bak Kut Teh
145, Jalan Chan Ah Choo,
Pandamaran, Klang,
Selangor
GPS: 3.009651, 101.417366
Tel: 012-904 2421
Hours: 6am – 12pm, 5pm – 10pm

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This is not a typical food, travel, or advertorial entry to this blog, but is rather an even that I want myself to be reminded of years to come. I met the US Ambassador to Malaysia, Joseph Y. Yun, and I was invited to do so.

Monika & KY with US Ambassador to Malaysia Joseph Y. Yun
Monika & KY with US Ambassador to Malaysia Joseph Y. Yun

A couple weeks ago I got this email that says:

The Ambassador of the United States of America
Joseph Y. Yun and Dr. Melanie Billings-Yun
request the pleasure of your company at the

 U.S. Travel and Food Promotion Event

on Tuesday, May 26, 2015
from 5:30  to 7:00 o’clock

Which initially looked sorta suspicious, but I really couldn’t think of any Nigerian scam that could start this way, so I responded, and after a couple KM walk from office on the 26th of May, 2015, I arrived at the ambassador’s residence, which by quarter to six was filled with people whom I’ve never met before (except two.)

US Travel & Food Promotion Event at the US Embassy, KL
US Travel & Food Promotion Event at the US Embassy, KL

The US Travel & Food Promotion Event was attended by mostly people in the travel industry, the media, and a couple food writers (that I can recognise).

At the Ambassador’s “humble” home, we got to sample quite a few products from the States. OceanSpray cranberry juice, Florida’s Natural orange juice, cheese, Kettle’s chips, a couple types of ice cream, Californian wine, and even raw oysters.

some of the products from United States
some of the products from United States

If you think about it, the most popular food in the world is actually American food. They’ve been incredibly successful in exporting American culture & food via hollywood & fast food chains, but look around a little more and you’ll find that there are many other US food brands that carries a much more positive image of the country.

This event sorta reminded me of the good times I had spending that 4.5 years in the States.

Thank you for the invitation, and hopefully I get to travel to the States again soon.