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Earlier this year I blogged about our white water rafting experience at Gopeng with Nomad Adventure, now I shall share what to eat after you’ve had a morning of fun getting wet at the river.

Mi Kari Ami Gopeng
Mi Kari Ami Gopeng

To be fair, Nomad Adventure does offer food after the whole ordeal, but if you want something slightly more exciting, the closest option would be Mee Kari Ami, just minutes of drive away.

Mee Kari, with home-made sauce
Mee Kari, with home-made sauce

Mee Kari Ami is probably the most happening place in this otherwise sleepy kampung. The old fashion restaurant offers mee kicap, mee sup, and laksa in addition to mee kari. Each bowl costs RM 4, but if you go for “special”, it’ll be RM 5.50, and “besar” is RM 6.50.

with crackers and fish cake
with crackers and fish cake

We went for their ordinary version of Mee Kari which comes with crackers, fish cakes, and some sort of homemade chili sauce which gives it a bit of a kick, but not overly so. To be fair, it wasn’t the absolute best curry mee I’ve ever had, but it was one hell of a satisfying meal after a day at the river.

If you had a chance at Gopeng for some white water rafting or other activities, give this place a try.


map to mee kari ami, Gopeng

Mee Kari Ami
Kg Gunung Mesah Hilir
GPS4.455381, 101.188503

One day while trying to find something new to eat, we chanced upon Chu Cha Dan Fan (粗茶淡饭) at Seksyen 14, a restaurant that I’ve noticed for quite a while but somehow never manage to try. Looking at the menu posted at the stairway leading up to the restaurant, my buddy Horng immediately agreed to give it a try.

Chu Cha Dan Fan is one of the very few restaurants in Klang Valley that offers Hunan dishes, and since Horng spent a few years working in China, he was keen to relive the taste of some of those dishes.

Chu Cha Dan Fan at PJ Seksyen 14, or in English, humble food
Chu Cha Dan Fan at PJ Seksyen 14, or in English, humble food

粗茶淡饭 literally translate to “rough tea and bland rice”, or humble food.

So prior to looking at the menu, I initially thought that this is perhaps a place offering comfort food like porridge or tongsui. As it turned out, they have quite an extensive Hunan dishes instead. I think they can really use a line of description on their signboard outside.

The look of the restaurant though, really exudes that “humble food” name, there isn’t any decoration to speak of, but it was pretty clean and air conditioned.

all three dishes turned out to be spicy, in a good way
all three dishes turned out to be spicy, in a good way

Since there were only 3 of us, we ordered 3 classic Hunan dishes for dinner – Mala chicken (辣子雞 RM 16), Hunan skewered prawns (串烧虾 RM 28), and dry fried green beans (乾煸四季豆 RM 10).

All three dishes turned out to be more than decent. While Horng commented that the mala chicken was not as aromatic as he’d like them to be, I found them to be delicious with the right amount of mild spicy numbing feel.

Our favorite was the shrimp on skewer, spicy, crunchy, and full of flavor, you can actually eat the whole thing with shells and all. The green beans weren’t bad either.

love the prawn, even though Yuki was trying to avoid spicy food that night
love the prawn, even though Yuki was trying to avoid spicy food that night

Overall it was a pretty pleasant dinner, we should go back there again with a few more people so that we can order more. I’ve heard that they also offer simple set lunches for the office crowd as well, so do give it a try.

map to Chu Cha Dan Fan at Seksyen 14

Chu Cha Dan Fan
No. 6A-2, Jalan 14/20
Seksyen 14, 46100 Petaling Jaya
GPS: 3.109763, 101.635860
Hours: Open for lunch and dinner


Thai food is of course, more than just tomyam and pad thai. However, there are certain dishes that are quite rare in Malaysia since most Thai establishments are set up with providing halal food in mind (Ying Thai 2 at Melbourne serves a good one). So this is one dish that isn’t particularly easy to find around here, but luckily, it isn’t difficult to cook it up at home either.

Yes, the recipe for this post is Kapraw Pork, or minced pork with chili & basil.

note: you can actually substitute pork with chicken.

kapraw pork - Thai style chili basil pork
kapraw pork – Thai style chili basil pork

The ingredients are simple:

  • pork, 2-300 grams, minced
  • 4-5 chili (red & green for better color, but either color is fine)
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic
  • basil
  • dark soya sauce (or caramel sauce) – 1 table spoon
  • fish sauce – 1 table spoon

ingredients for kapraw pork - pork, chili, fish sauce, basil, garlic
ingredients for kapraw pork – pork, chili, fish sauce, basil, garlic


  • using pestle and mortar, crush chili & garlic
  • heat up 2 tablespoon of cooking oil, and fry chili & garlic till you start coughing (around 2 minutes)
  • add minced pork, then fish sauce and dark soya sauce
  • stir fry till pork is cooked
  • add basil and stir for another 20 seconds or so before serving

For purely aesthetic purposes I also saved half a green & red chili and sliced them instead of having all crushed. You don’t necessarily have to do that.

The result is a dish that is spicy, slightly salty (from fish sauce), and savory at the same time. Best served with rice.


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Being from Penang where pan mee is not common, this is still one hawker dish that I have yet fully embraced. I guess same can be said for most from central region with regards to Penang style curry mee or even koay chap.

dry "mala" pan mee with chili sauce
dry “mala” pan mee with chili sauce

So I was a little bit apprehensive when Winnie suggested that we give this a try (since the lunch gang of Terence, Horng, and I all felt that our wallets gotten too light). After trying, I went back there again a few days later, it was very good!

This particular pan mee place is located at the ground floor of Wisma Cosway, just across the street from Pavilion. The tables are sprawled along the corridors below and behind the escalator, and they are rather popular with the rat racers over lunch, and often times you have to wait for an empty spot.

with anchovies and lard too!
with anchovies and lard too

There are a few versions of pan mee to choose from – dry, soup, mala (麻辣) dry, mala soup, and so on. My favorite is the mala dry version. The chili sauce here is closer to traditional pan mee chili (unlike the dry chili at superkitchen or kin kin), but they are really really super spicy (do ask for extra serving, usually the portion of chili is very small).

The soup that came with the noodle is a bit underwhelming, but the dry noodle itself was superb when you mix in the chili. The combination of super spicy chili, anchovies, pan mee, black fungus, and of course lard in that dark sauce is perfect.

map to wisma cosway
map to wisma cosway

If you’re around the area on weekdays looking for a good bowl of spicy pan mee, look no further than this place at Wisma Cosway. The whole thing is less than RM 5-6 including drinks too!

Ground Floor Wisma Cosway
Jalan Sultan Ismail
50540 Kuala Lumpur

GPS: 3.150875, 101.711812

I was battling flu symptoms since late last week, it got better, then it got worse, then it got better, then it got worse. Runny nose, itchy eyes, and that constant sneezing was getting very annoying. So yesterday, I decided that something had to be done

In the afternoon, I had some Japanese food with plenty of wasabi.

curry fish head stall at restaurant Arlison
curry fish head stall at restaurant Arlison

That provided a good relief for some half an hour, but did not fix the case. So after work, I walked straight from Taman Bahagia LRT station to the nearby Restaurant Arlison while it was still drizzling and order up something more potent – curry fish head.

I think siakap fish is used here, and instead of pure fish head, there are some fish meat too. Other ingredients include brinjal, long bean, lady’s finger, tofupok, and cabbage. All came simmering in a clay pot coconut milk based curry that is both hot in temperature and spiciness level.

super spicy curry fish head (lemak)
spicy curry fish head (lemak)

As if the curry isn’t enough, there’s a small plate of chili padi for the masochists too.

The curry actually turned out to be quite delicious, and definitely spicy. For RM 13 a pop it is definitely not very economical (the curry fish head stall at Ming Tien sells for about RM 10) but the portion is pretty big, and the quality of fish was commendable.

Not a bad choice if you want to have curry fish head but nobody else does. If it’s on weekends and you have a small group of people, my recommendation goes to Kampung Atap Curry Fish Head.

map to restaurant arlison at Petaling Jaya

I had my nose cleared for about half an hour, but in the end, trying to cure flu by having spicy food was not meant to be. I ended up going to the doctors’ last night and hence writing this now at home, god bless medical certificate.

I shall go back to rest. Cheers!

Restaurant Arlison
Jalan SS 2/4A
Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.111565,101.611197