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Ever since we moved to KEN Rimba, we have had to drive out for most of our meals, until very recently – the famed Ana Ikan Bakar Petai opened a branch literally right outside at our doorstep here in Shah Alam.

Ana Ikan Bakar Petai, now in Shah Alam
Ana Ikan Bakar Petai, now in Shah Alam

For the uninitiated, Ana Ikan Bakar Petai is a “brand” originated from Kuantan which also has a rather popular branch in Bangi. This is their 3rd outlet, occupying three shop lots, including upstairs & side walkway, a pretty big set up for the this otherwise pretty sleepy commercial area.

One serving of pari bakar petai and their kailan ikan masin, dinner at Ana Ikan Bakar Petai at Shah Alam. #kyeats #ikanbakar #dinner #shahalam #halal

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We’ve been to the place quite a few times since, it certainly is legit.

squid, prawns, crab, shellfish, and a variety of fish to choose from
squid, prawns, crab, shellfish, and a variety of fish to choose from

At Ana Ikan Bakar, you get to choose from quite a variety of seafood – squid, lala, bamboo clams, prawns, blue crabs, sting ray, cencaru, siakap (barramundi), jenahak, garupa, and more. The price is per 100 gram (RM 3.50 – RM 7.00) is clearly stated on the display as well, so you know what you going to have to pay.

There are several cooking methods as well, with the most popular being bakar petai. If bakar isn’t what you want, you can have them masak cili, manis, halia, kicap, pedas, tiga rasa, asam pedas, lamprik, kerabu mangga, goreng kunyit, or steam limau, asam boi, or halia. Quite a number of permutations really.

pari & sotong with petai
pari & sotong with petai

On our first visit we had a ikan pari & sotong prepared the traditional bakar petai style. The fish was absolutely on point, super spicy with the hint of petai permeating from the sauce. As it is basically covered with the sauce, you really don’t need to have a separate condiment to go with. I also particularly like the texture of the fish here that is not overly cooked like many others.

all wrapped up in banana leaf, the only way!
all wrapped up in banana leaf, the only way!

The sotong bakar petai was pretty good too, but to be honest if you already have a bakar petai dish, it’s best to go with a different cooking method. On subsequent visits, we found out that the sotong is best deep fried, and they also serve very good ikan siakap steamed limau, with tiga rasa among their most popular orders as well.

keropok lekor, tomyam, lala, kailan ikan masin
keropok lekor, tomyam, lala, kailan ikan masin

Ana Ikan Bakar Petai serves more than just ikan bakar. There’s a full menu of traditional “goreng goreng” dishes. Their vegetable dishes are among the best I’ve had (try their kailan ikan masin), tomyam was good as well. There’s also other dishes such as various types of fried rice, meat, soup, etc.

Oh by the way, the lala is not worth ordering. Happy dining!

map to Shah Alam Ana Ikan Bakar Petai

Address:
Ana Ikan Bakar Petai
No. 27, Jln Lengkuas B 16/B,
Ken Rimba, Seksyen 16,  
40200 Shah Alam, Selangor
GPS3.055502, 101.484363
Tel:  017-791 0197, 018-321 4519

Back in 2007 I wrote about one particular mee goreng at Restaurant New Yew Sang that I really liked, but unfortunately the operator passed away just a few months after that due to heart attack. For the next 6+ years, I wasn’t able to find another comparable mee goreng in Klang Valley, the version you find at most mamak restaurants is just not up to standard.

Seeni Mee Goreng at Asia Cafe, Subang Jaya
Seeni Mee Goreng at Asia Cafe, Subang Jaya

Not long ago, on one of my many breakfast sessions at Restaurant Okay’s curry mee, one of the regulars whom I share table with everytime I go there, mentioned about mee goreng in Klang Valley and recommended this particular stall at Asia Cafe.

Being a fan of good hawker food, I had to give it a try, and I’m glad I did.

now this is a version of mee goreng I like
now this is a version of mee goreng I like

The stall is located at SS15’s Asia Cafe with the signboard that says “Seeni Mee Goreng”, “Mee Goreng Master” etc, quite a big dose of self confidence I must say.

Luckily, the mee goreng mamak is indeed very good, with a healthy portion of classic Penang mee goreng ingredients, including the marinated squid, potato, lime, vegetable, and fritters. I also particularly like the spicy and sweet sauce that moist up the whole plate of noodle. If you’re a fan of mee goreng, you will enjoy this.

I’m going to try their mee rebus next.

map of Asia Cafe at Subang Jaya SS15

Address:
Asia Cafe
Jalan SS 15/8a,
47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.074278, 101.590452
Tel03-5636 4653

Many of us are willing to travel far in search of good food, but if we just look more closely at places surrounding us, there are gems we often missed, and there’s probably a Chinese proverb that explains this.

The nasi lemak at Wisma Genting Food Court (between Wisma Genting & Wisma Cosway) is one such places for me. It is often regarded as one of the best nasi lemak in KL, but for some reasons it took me almost two years to finally try it despite working just a stone’s throw away.

food court between Wisma Genting and Wisma Cosway
food court between Wisma Genting and Wisma Cosway

Wisma Genting food court is situated right between Wisma Genting and Wisma Cosway, and sometimes mistakenly referred to as the Wisma Cosway food court. It is a semi open area that was probably first designed as a walkway in the architect’s drawing.

The nasi lemak seller is situated at the stall closest to the entrance, and you really can’t miss it. There’s almost always a line of office workers queueing up at the stall.

piping hot and very fragrant rice, reasonably priced as well
piping hot and very fragrant rice, reasonably priced as well

The nasi lemak here is comes steamy hot, and there are plenty of different side dishes you can choose from to go along with the basic – rice, hard boiled egg, cucumber, anchovies, peanuts, and sambal. For my breakfast, I chose cuttle fish, alternatives include fried chicken, fried egg, fish ball look-alike-thingy, curry chicken, and more.

The nasi lemak is a bit wetter than usual, and definitely much warmer than the “usual” ones. It was delicious and all those ingredients compliment each other perfectly. For those who appreciate breakfast to be warm and full flavor, this is a place to be. I think it is also right up there with other popular nasi lemak places such as Village Park at Uptown, Nasi Lemak Tanglin near the National Mosque, and Nasi Lemak CT Garden at Kampung Baru.

nasi lemak, kuih, meehun too
nasi lemak, kuih, curry puff, and meehun too

Other than nasi lemak, the same stall also offers quite a good choices of traditional Malay breakfast dishes such as currypuff, meehun goreng, begedil, and more.

If you work around the area, check this out, if you don’t, find an excuse to go there before 10-11 am to give it a try.

wisma cosway map

Address:
Wisma Genting Food Court
Wisma Genting, Jalan Sultan Ismail
Bukit Bintang, 50540 Kuala Lumpur
GPS3.150407, 101.711326

Most of my raw seafood are sourced from mom, who works at a wet market in Penang. She’d pack them frozen in layers of newspaper so that they remain as such during the journey back to KL. The interesting part is, I usually never really know what I’m getting.

So the latest shipment includes squid, one of my favorite seafood, but also one that I have little experience in preparing. I scouted around the internet a little bit and came up with this recipe of deep fried butter squid, an inspiration from several sources, and some personal preference in taste.

end result: deep fried butter squid, yum yum
home made deep fried butter squid, yum yum

This dish takes a little longer and more steps than most my other recipes, but the end result turned out pretty good, definitely worth the effort and it’ll be something that I shall make again.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoon rice flour
  • 3 tablespoon corn flour
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • squid (300-500 gram)
  • 1 inch ginger
  • half a bulb of garlic (you can have more)
  • 2 red/green chili
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • vegetable oil for deep frying

ingredients - squid, flour, egg
ingredients – squid, flour, egg

cooking instruction 1 (deep frying):

  • mix rice flour, corn flour, and black pepper in a bowl
  • beat an egg in another
  • clean squid, you can cut them in rings for bigger squid, remember to remove eyes and beak too
  • dip squid into egg, then flour mix, then deep fry till just a shade before the desired golden brown color
  • set a side these fried squid
cooking instruction 2 (final stage):
  • cut ginger and garlic into slices
  • split red/green chili down the middle and remove seeds
  • heat up a tablespoon of vegetable oil, then fry garlic, ginger, and chili till fragrant
  • add butter, then squid
  • fry for another 1-2 minutes
  • viola, it’s done!

a simple two phase cooking procedure
just a simple two phase cooking procedure

What I really like about this dish is the infusion of butter into the crunchy layer of the squid as well as the fried garlic/ginger. The chili adds a different dimension as well as giving the dish a little bit of a kick. Fresher squid would yield an even better result in my case, but overall the turned out was better than expected.

Check out my other recipes too if you like these style of cooking. Bon appetite!

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Some of my favorite seafood dishes involves squid, and once in a while at mamak nasi kandar places, I’ll be tempted to take one of them big squids, but those things are always so ridiculously priced that I always stopped myself from committing that financial suicide.

Good thing is, squids are actually not expensive as an ingredient to cook. This is my recipe for whipping up some asam squid curry, it is pretty simple and can be prepared in less than half an hour, including cleaning the squid and preparing the home made curry paste.

ingredients for asam squid curry
ingredients for asam squid curry – dried chili, shallots, squid, asam, onion

For the curry paste ( you can skip this portion if pre-made curry paste is used, like one of those from Adabi). This is for portion of 2.

Ingredients:

  • 8 shallots
  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • 8 dried chili (fresh red chili would be ok too)
Use a blender and blend the ingredients to pulp, set a side.

grind your own curry paste - with dried chili, garlic, and shallots
grind your own curry paste – with dried chili, garlic, and shallots

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium to large size squid (clean but leave head intact, I take out the eyes and beak too)
  • 2 small red onion, sliced
  • 3 table spoon of oil
  • 3 table spoon of asam
  • 1.5 cup of water

fry the curry paste, then squid, finally add asam water
fry the curry paste, then squid, finally add asam water

The cooking method:

  • mix water with asam
  • heat up cooking oil and fry the prepared curry paste till fragrant (1-2 minutes)
  • add squid and sauté for 2 minutes
  • add onion, and cook for another minute or so
  • add asam water (strain away the asam seeds)
  • bring to boil and ready to serve

squid curry for two, yummeh
squid curry for two, yummeh

The result is a pretty yummy squid dish for two, add another plate of vegetables and it’s a balance dinner to go with rice already. Check out my cooking session for more recipe.

Cheers and happy cooking!