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I can’t believe it took me so long for my first visit to Betty’s Midwest Kitchen.

I spent 3.5 years of my life living in Midwest in my early 20s. 2.5 years in Minnesota, and another full year in Ohio, so the meal at Betty’s definitely brought back some memory, allowing me to rekindle with the tastes I was once so accustomed to.

Betty's Midwest Kitchen
Betty’s Midwest Kitchen

We went to Betty’s on a Saturday for dinner without reservation, that was a mistake. The little restaurant was packed and we were the 7th group to be waiting for a table.

The host though, were true to Midwestern “niceness”, explained the situation to us, and asked us to wait patiently while taking our orders. So under the dim lights of the sidewalk, we inspected the menu and made our orders.

pork burger, pork chop with apple sauce, pork belly, pork chop with gravy
pork burger, pork chop with apple sauce, pork belly, pork chop with gravy

Some half an hour or so later, we were seated, and in 5 minutes, our food was served. The service was super efficient, that’s always a plus point.

Our orders were a pork burger (RM 12), 2 pork chops (RM 23), pork belly (RM 27.50), and 2 portions of pork ribs (RM 32.50 each). That was for 6 person, and yes, every dishes were of my favorite for-food animal. Lovely.

baby back ribs, Haze, KY, sister & BIL
baby back ribs, Haze, KY, sister & Jerry

And the food were good! Real hearty American food. Properly grilled and deep fried, they are as original as you can get. The pork came in big chunk and were juicy too, it’s everything you want in a proper non-halal Western style dining without being pretentious.

If you want real American food that will clog your artery and make you one step closer to joining the Biggest Loser, this is definitely the place to go, they are so good. I will be there again, this time I’ll call for reservation go on weekdays! :D

p/s: I think they don’t take reservations

map to Betty's Midwest Kitchen at Aman Suria

Address:
Betty’s Midwest Kitchen
A-G-40, Jalan PJU 1/43
Aman Suria Damansara,
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.123161, 101.595329
Tel: 03-7880-0196

Pan Mee is one of Suanie’s favorite local dishes, a few weekends ago I joined her and a few others to one of the newer Pan Mee centric restaurants that sprung out these few years. We went to Cha Cha Pan Mee at Aman Suria.

Cha Cha Pan Mee at Aman Suria
Cha Cha Pan Mee at Aman Suria

I must say, pan mee isn’t one of the dishes that jumps to my mind when it comes to hawker food. Being from Penang (you virtually can’t find pan mee there), it took a little while for me to get used to, but I’m starting to like it more now. Especially one with good chili sauce to go with.

original pan mee with poach egg
original pan mee with poach egg

Cha Cha Pan Mee is located just by Jalan Bukikt Mayang Emas with ample parking space right in front of the restaurant. The restaurant itself is air conditioned and clean.

I ordered the original pan mee with poach egg (RM 6.50). It came with minced pork, pork slice, anchovies, mushroom, fuchok, and of course, the potato leave found in all proper pan mee. It was actually pretty good, and the chili paste was lovely too.  My only complain would be the serving size, it was a bit too massive!

stew pork, dried pan mee, seafood ramen
stew pork, dried pan mee, seafood ramen

Haze ordered the stew pork with rice (that curiously served with a side of anchovies)  and gave very positive feedbacks. The others had seafood ramen and dried pan mee. No one had any complains but most of us couldn’t finish our portion.

 map to cha cha pan mee at Aman Suria

Cha Cha is a pretty decent place if you’re looking for a comfortable hawker dining without all the sweat and hassle of a kopitiam. The extra RM 2 or so per dish is well worth it.

Address:
Cha Cha Pan Mee
K-G-1 & K-G-3, Jalan PJU 1/43
Aman Suria
47301 Petaling Jaya

GPS: 3.12009, 101.59465
Tel: 016-660 0971

It’s always a constant headache whenever we try to decide on where to eat, and asking me for a suggestion without specifying any criteria usually won’t get us anywhere. So when Eiling came over to have dinner with us, I left the decision to her.

88 Seafood Restaurant at Aman Suria
88 Seafood Restaurant, with pictured menu

With her suggestion, we went to this 88 Seafood Restaurant at Sunwaymas Commercial Center (also known as Aman Suria) for some old fashion Chinese food. This was the first time I had any “tai chau” at this area despite staying relatively close by.

It was around 6:30 when we arrived on a Sunday and already the restaurant was over 70% full, with tables set up both under the roof and alfresco style. Business was rather brisk.

guinness pork ribs, asparagus, salted egg squid, tofu with minced pork
Guinness pork ribs, sambal belacan asparagus, salted-egg squid, tofu with minced pork

I like the fact that every entry on the menu at 88 Seafood comes with a picture, so you know exactly what you want to order will look like. That said, like most Chinese restaurants, you can always order out of the menu. We did just that for our fish dish, asked for normal steamed fish with red snapper instead of their Teow Chew style steamed fish.

We also ordered the Guinness pork ribs, asparagus with sambal belacan, deep fried squid with salted egg, and tofu with mince pork to go with rice for the four of us.

KY, Eiling, Carol, and Horng at 88 Seafood Resataurant
steamed red snapper, KY, Eiling, Kerol, Horng

Though service wasn’t terribly fast, the four dishes did come at almost the same time, with the steamed fish some 5 minutes later. This is much better than some restaurants that serves dish by dish punctuated with long waits in between.

As for the dishes, the asparagus was alright, I’d prefer them to be of smaller size; the tofu too was not bad but I think Lucky Loke at SS3 serves up a better tasting one.

That said, the Guinness pork was really good; and the steamed red snapper was very fresh and tasted superb with all the fried garlic and ginger, not to mention the perfect balance of soya sauce and oil to complete the dish.

This was my first experience with the fried squid with salted egg dish, my previous experience has been limited to salted egg with crab and prawn, but this version too passed with flying colors. It was a combination of the richness of salted egg yolk, fragrance of curry leaves, and the spiciness of chili padi that makes the squid tasted so yummy.

map to Sunway Mas Commercial Center, 88 Seafood Restaurant
88 Seafood Restaurant is located at PJU 1/3b & PJU 1/3c

The dinner came up to some RM 75 or so, and considering we had 5 dishes with meat, seafood, vegetable, and tofu, it was rather inexpensive. Most importantly, it was a well satisfying and none of the dishes disappointed us.

I shall return.

Addess:
88 Restaurant Seafood Restaurant
Jalan PJU 1/3b,
Sunway Mas Commercial Centre,
47301 Petaling Jaya

GPS:
3.119835,101.599942

The hot chick and I met up with Kerol for lunch a couple weekends ago, and she suggested that we give one of her new found places a try. We met up at Aman Suria and headed to the Famous Seremban Favorites Restaurant for what she described as the best char siew (bbq pork, 叉烧) in town. This is someone who recommended me the very good char siew at Meng Kee, Glenmarie, so I actually had pretty high hopes.

Char Siew (BBQ Pork) Famous Seremban Favorites Restaurant
awesome char siew (bbq pork, 叉烧)

The restaurant is actually situated at Sunway Mas Commercial Centre. I actually went to a couple bak kut teh places at the area: Wong Siong Wong, and Klang (Dry) Bak Kut Teh. The place is set up like a kopitiam but with only one stall overdose with plenty of char siew. Other than char siew and Hakka noodle, they also offer chicken rice, sui kao, and wantan. The interior is pretty clean and comfortable. As it was still rather early on Saturday, the place was rather empty. However, I have heard that the weekday lunch crowd can be quite crazy.

char siew and hakka noodle, Famous Seremban Favorites Restaurant
look at the amount of char siew there

We ordered 3 bowls of Hakka Noodle and a big plate of char siew to share. If you’ve never had it, the noodle, like most Hakka food, is rather plain. The texture and taste of the noodle is pretty similar wantan mee. However, instead of dark sauce and wantan, Hakka Noodle comes with ground pork and almost no sauce.

As for the char siew, it was really awesome. The texture was just so soft and tender, and together with the char siew sauce provided, it was actually slightly better than the already very good char siew place in Glenmarie I mentioned earlier. We actually ordered another plate just to satisfy the taste buds.

char siew and hakka noodle, Famous Seremban Favorites Restaurant
char siew, hakka noodle, and choices of chili

With drinks, the meal cost us around RM 30 for the three of us. Pretty decent price and definitely awesome taste. You should give this place a try if you are a char siew lover. Couldn’t get any better than this.

Map to Aman Suria, Famous Seremban Favorites Restaurant
Famous Seremban Favorites Restaurant is located near Aman Suria

Address:
No. 80-1 (Ground Floor),
Jalan PJU 1/3B
Sunway Mas Commercial Centre,
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.118630, 101.598891
Tel: 017-279 8582

It’s no secret that I am a fan of Bak Kut Teh (肉骨茶), in fact, I have devoted a whole subcategory for this uniquely Malaysian dish. In recent years, some of the more imaginative bak kut teh restaurant owners have come up with the concept of dry bak kut teh, in addition to the traditional soup type. So far though, I have only tried one at Lai Choon, Klang. Until last weekend, when we spotted the Restaurant Bak Kut Teh Shun Heng 吧生顺兴(干)肉骨茶 at Aman Suria.

Klang dried Bak Kut Teh at Aman Suria, Shun Heng
nice and clean environment

For two person, we ordered one portion of dry bak kut teh, and another clay pot the normal variety. It was late afternoon and we didn’t have to wait very long for the food to be served.

The two clay pots came steaming with irressistable aroma, with a couple plates of oil rice and some yau char kuai (Chinese Crullers – 油炸鬼). While the normal version of Bak Kut Teh served were pretty good but not overly impressive with its soup (slightly lacking compared to some of the Klang stalls), the dry version was absolutely superb.

Other than dried red chilli and the thick sauce, there were also chunks of okra and some dried cuttle fish in the mix, with different cuts of meat and pork intestine as the main ingredients. The combination may sound odd to you, but you simply have to give this a try. It was great.

Klang dried Bak Kut Teh at Aman Suria, Shun Heng
absolutely delicious bak kut teh… *slurps*

There are quite a number of Bak Kut Teh restaurants in this area, including Wong Siong Wong. However, to my knowledge, only Shun Heng serves the dry Bak Kut Teh. The restaurant is one that is nearest to the big aquarium shop.

Klang dried Bak Kut Teh at map Aman Suria, Shun Heng
Located nearby Aman Suria, at the Sunway Mas Commercial Center

Opening Hours:
weekdays 9am – 3pm, 6pm – 9pm
weekends 7:30am – 2pm, 5:30pm – 9pm

Address:
Restaurant Bak Kut Teh Shun Heng
No. 9-1, Jalan PJU 1/3C
Sunway Mas Commercial Centre
47301 PJ Selangor

GPS: 3.120055, 101.599460
Tel: 012-392 3082

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