Sometimes the closest restaurants are the one that you never really bother to go, and such is the case with Hoi Peng Seafood at SS2 for us. After staying at SS3 for almost ten years, we only went to this place the other day when Horng suggested that maybe we should check it out since it’s a branch from the famous Old Klang Road eatery.
So we did, and luckily, were not disappointed.
Hoi Peng Seafood restaurant at SS2
Hoi Peng is located on the same row as the massive electrical appliance store that is ESH, and thankfully, this side of SS2 (which also houses Lobsterman, Nyonya Restaurant, Bibichik, Teo Chew Meng, etc) does not have the same parking problem as the main square.
There isn’t any decoration to speak of, but the restaurant is equipped with air conditioning, something that they were very proud of when it was first opened some 20+ years ago.
the glorious steamed crab, with huge claws to boot
The menu is pretty simple here, you have crab, prawns, a few types of fish, vegetable, tofu, and chicken. There is no pork, and to me, this is forgivable for a seafood place.
For the four of us, we ordered 2 crabs. They were pretty big and most importantly, tasted very fresh, firm, and packed with that seafood sweetness. We got ours steamed and it was glorious. The Chinese wine, ginger, and small amount of egg white completes the dish. We really loved it.
The kam heong mantis shrimp had a great tasting coating to it and was rather delicious. However, we wished that the mantis prawns were bigger though, there were more crust than meat here.
Seafood tofu did not disappoint, I would describe it as something in between a very good crab stick and tofu, can’t go wrong with the accompanying chili sauce.
Our stomach stuffer was fried tongfun (glass noodle) with shrimps. Simple and delicious.
Finally, a plate of tin chat (田七 ) vegetable provided the necessary vitamin C quota, and if you have the chance, you should definitely try it. The leafy vegetable has a very distinct taste to it that I really enjoyed.
At almost RM 60 per pax, dinner here is certainly not cheap, but with the quality of food and those excellent crabs, I would not hesitate to return.
Sentul is one of those places in KL that I probably go less than once per year, and both times in the last two years, I went there for dinner at Zhen Liew Siang, courtesy of Haze’s aunt, one of those old school ladies who loves her good, strong tasting Malaysian Chinese food.
Zhen Liew Siang at Sentul, always packed at weekends
The restaurant is located at Sentul Raya, the part of Sentul that has seen quite a bit of rebuilt over the years, you’d easily mistaken the area with some of the more glamorous parts of KL.
The restaurant occupies two floors of a shop lot, and a big chunk of parking space as make shift alfresco dining area. On weekends, parking is terrible and you almost always have to wait for a table, telephone booking is recommended.
fried mantis prawn with egg yolk, deep fried choi sam, belacan fried chicken wings
For this session, we ordered five dishes for the six of us, and had to wait for some 20-25 minutes before the food is served on a Saturday night.
Fried mantis prawn is battered and coated with salted egg yolk, and curry leaves to spice it up a bit. Anyone who likes squid with salted egg would love this.
For greens, we had fried “choi sam”, a cooking method that’s been gaining popularity recently, especially with kailan. The choi sam version is just as good, and I especially like it that they sprinkle some deep fried imitation crab meat on top for that extra texture and complexity.
The belacan fried chicken is a dish taken from classic Penang Hookien/Nyonya cooking style, and according to Haze’s aunt, the head chef is apparently a Hokkien, which explains the chicken wings and the next dish – curry fish head.
nyonya style curry fish head
The curry fish head here is excellent, and pretty much the same as the way my mom cooks it. There’s brinjal, long beans, lady’s fingers, tofu pok, curry leaves, and of course, the fish head itself (I believe it was red snapper). Gravy positively thick and flavorful, with just enough hotness to go with steamed rice. If you want a full flavor Penang Nyonya style curry fish head, this is the place to go.
steamed stingray, irresistibly spicy
The last dish we had was the steamed sting ray. Smaller sized string ray is used here as they often have a much smoother texture. The fish is covered with a thick layer of really spicy sambal that is slightly sweet and positively addictive. I struggled a bit to cope with the hotness but find myself unable to stop scooping up more of those spicy sauce. It was really good.
Zhen Liew Siang also offered other signature dishes like their steamed lala, banana leaf prawns/sotong, and even “shark mouth”. Do yourself a favor, make a trip to Sentul and give it a try!
Address: Restoran Makanan Laut Zhen Liew Siang No.30, Jalan 14/48A, Sentul Raya, Off Jalan Sentul, 51000 Kuala Lumpur GPS: 3.18472, 101.69212 Tel: 03-4041 3781
My siblings and me share the same passion when it comes to food – we want to eat everything and anything that is delicious, and usually would travel to illogical distances just for this purpose.
Over the last CNY holidays, we paid a visit to my younger brother who works at Sungai Petani as a houseman and he brought us to this little hidden gem that is Mae Salong Thai Restaurant for dinner. Most of us are tomyam fanatics, so the destination suits us very well.
Mae Salong at Sungai Petani, crazy decoration
Mae Salong resides in an unimpressive part of Sungai Petani, which is a pretty unimpressive town in a state that isn’t known to be impressive. The restaurant however, is anything but.
Nestle in the kampung is a structure that could easily confuse diners as a set for fantasy movie. There’s hanging bridge, a huge koi pond with a two level dining area that is half submerged, and even a massive water wheel and fountain and the center. Oh, it is also some sort of a mini zoo as well.
All these fancy decoration proved to be useful when we had to kill time waiting for table on the Saturday evening when we were there. (booking highly advisable)
the drinks come in a big bottle, red ruby’s nice!
After securing a seat, we were given some Thai tidbits as some sort of appetizer, and they come in the form of dried anchovies with curry leaves, peanuts, and dried chili padi. That thing was quite awesome, and you could actually buy them at Thailand in packets, beats potato chips anytime.
We made our orders with the friendly Thai lady, and asked for desserts to be served first since we knew it was gonna take a while before food is ready. The red ruby (RM 2.50) was delicious, with the right amount of santan, fresh nangka, and that chestnut in tapioca. Yummy.
We ordered honey dates with sugar cane drinks (RM 12 for all) to quench our thirst, and was happy that they come in big bottles instead of individual cups.
thai style lala, mantis prawn, otak otak
Our first dish that came was the the Thai style lala (RM 15), though the shellfish wasn’t exactly big in size, the taste more than make up for it. There’s chili, green onion and garlic all mixed up with the lala soaked in spicy sourish broth that’s kept warm with a small fire under. The soup itself was very very delicious.
Mantis prawn (RM 15) is deep fried with salted egg yolk, another dish that never disappoint. Again you find chili padi in the mix, spicy, savory, with the hint of saltiness, love it.
Thai otak-otak (RM 15) was perhaps the only thing that was a bit disappointed. It was packed with seafood, but somehow the otak otak paste wasn’t exactly up to the level of standard I was expecting. Not a bad dish per se, but nothing special.
steamed siakap, omelete, and of course, tomyam
Of course, no Thai meal is complete without an order of tomyam (RM 20). The seafood tomyam is hot, flavoful, and absolutely packed with ingredients – prawns, fish, squid, and more lala in addition to tomato, chili, and other ingredients that make up a proper bowl of tomyam soup. We enjoyed this a lot.
We also had a fish to go with all the other seafood dishes, the steamed siakap (RM RM 27) was the most expensive dish we ordered. It was fresh and does taste very good, the soup made me suspect that it is a cross between the lala and tomyam, and hence didn’t make a very good combination to the other dishes we oredered. It was however, a quality dish nonetheless.
Last but not least, there’s omelete (RM 8) that again, has a hint of seafood in it – very tiny baby prawns, the same size that you find in cincalok. It brought back some childhood memories when we’d catch them in the sea, good times. The omelete was pretty decent as well.
mom, sister, brother, haze, niece – happies!
By the time we are done and headed back to Penang, it was already some 11pm, but that was after a very good dinner that only cost less than RM 140 for the 6 of us. If you find yourself anywhere within 50 or even 100 km from Sungai Petani, give this place a try, but do call and book your table if it’s on weekends.
Address: Mae Salong Restaurant 199-E, Kampung Bakar Bata, 08000 Sungai Petani, Kedah GPS: 5.62594863, 100.46545 Tel: 016-424 6842
Just got back from a trip to the Similan Islands near Phuket/Khao Lak over the past 6 days that includes 4 days and 4 nights spent on the boat without touching dry land. My very first Live On Board experience.
enjoying a piece of grilled chicken at Khao Lak
It was pretty much a last minute thing as I only decided to join when a spot came up for the liveaboard trip. I’ll be writing a lot more about the trip in the next couple days.
mantis shrimp, shot at Similan Islands
The trip was full of unplanned events, but that’s until next post! In the mean time here’s a photo of a mantis shrimp taken at one of the 15 dives we did over the course of the entire trip.
In the mean time, hope over to MilkADeal.com and check out the lastest deal – RM 6 instead of RM 14 at sbread, the Gardens for a bowl of authentic Penang Asam Laksa and a drink, that’s a good 57% off!
Asam Laksa at SBread, Gardens
While the name sbread is a bit out of the ordinary, the place is run by Penang-born Madam Q S Tan, you can perhaps test her with Penang Hokkien. Redemption period of this deal runs from 25 February – 31 March 2011, 10am – 7pm daily. Don’t miss out
super chilled beer poured on frozen mug = frozen beer!
After spending a good 20-30 minutes looking for the place and almost ended up at a wrong shop with a deceptively similar name, we finally sat our collective butts on the table. Except this time around the 5 of us sat at a semi-circle aka TVB style dinner, and I got to do the food review in the video below:
Before talking about the food, lets concentrate on the frozen beer for a moment. The idea is actually pretty simple, the beer is chilled till it’s almost frozen, I’m guessing probably below 4 C.
The beer glasses are super chilled separately, and when the two meets, the beer foam is instantly frozen, and the beer itself remained super cold but in liquid form. The beer tasted super awesome! I’m not sure you can do this at home, but I think it’s worth a try, just don’t leave your beer in the freezer though.
tofu, kung pao chicken, vegetable, fried lala
Since the shop uses a super cool and ultra efficient wireless PDA for ordering, we ended up asking for way too much food. The five of us had 7 dishes, and later added on 2 other side dishes since we found out Jojo doesn’t eat seafood, at all!
We had tofu with minced meat, kung pao chicken, and vegetable (vitamin c quota :D) for the non seafood dishes. While the tofu and vegetable dishes were pretty decent, the kung pao chicken was rather good, it had a good “wok hei” going on. Those were the only dishes Jojo eats, FHL.
mantis prawn, steamed pak sou kong, steamed frog
As for the seafood dishes, we had deep fried mantis prawn, steamed cat fish (pak sou kong), steamed frog with chicken essence, and fried lala.
Other than the fish which tasted rather ordinary, the other 3 dishes were excellent. The mantis prawns was my favorite, deep fried, salted, and with fresh chili all over, it packed a punch and was really flavorful. The steamed frog with chicken essence were very sweet too, Kim loved that max!
stuffed chicken wings, frozen beer, satay
Since Jojo were only able to have 3 out of those 7 dishes, we ordered stuffed chicken wings and satay for the tv celeb without telling her that the wings are stuffed with a variety of ingredients including mutton and fish. We liked it, and so did Jojo, but she almost killed me when I told her they had fish in them.
The stuffed wings are a must order item, and it’s sold by this old lady that has a stall next to Yoon Wah. Don’t miss out if you’re there. The satay though, was forgettable.
Kim, Gareth, Jojo, KY, and Cheesie
Since this was for Project Alpha, the production treated us dinner and I didn’t manage to find out the exact price of the feast. But from all the other blogs and comments, Yoon Wah seems to charge pretty reasonably. So if you’re in Ipoh, get some frozen beer and good seafood there.
Address: Kafe Sun Yoon Wah
No. 7, Jln Bijeh Timah,
30000 Ipoh, Perak GPS: 4.596231, 101.078977 Tel: 05-253 9980