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What’s better than spicy hot pot that goes in hot and comes out hotter? Well, unlimited refill at one fixed price, of course!

This is essentially what Fei Fan Hot Pot at Subang Courtyard offers, while I would have been a lot more excited about the prospect of buffet steamboat/hotpot 20 years ago, I was still pretty excited about it when Carol suggested that we check it out.

Fei Fan Hot Pot at SS15 Courtyard
Fei Fan Hot Pot at SS15 Courtyard

We did, and as it turned out, we weren’t the only two who thought paying RM 45.90++ per pax to fill our stomach to the brim was a great idea.

There was about an hour’s wait before our turn, which led to me getting a hair cut, and Carol did her eyebrow.. or something.

Anyway, finally we got in at around 9 p.m. with the host ushering us to a shared table located at a semi-outdoor dining area, which worked out just fine to diffuse the steamboat smell while not being overly too warm since it’s pretty late at night. No complains from me other than it being a bit far from the buffet spread.

condiments, vegetables, balls, mushrooms, and more
condiments, vegetables, balls, mushrooms, and more

Fei Fan offers quite a decent selection of condiments with just over a dozen types of various spicy/salty/fresh “stuff” you can mix up. They include cili padi, raw garlic, green onion, cilantro, fermented tofu, soya sauce, chili paste, and more. With that many choices, you are probably bound to get overly excited and mess it up.

As for soup base, there are four to choose from, with a maximum of two choices – pork bone soup, pepper pig’s stomach soup, tomato soup, and spicy mala soup.

We went with pork bone & spicy mala, though I’ve heard good things about the other two types as well.

unlimited refill on everything you see here
unlimited refill on everything you see here

The way it works is like this – pick the ready-made items from buffet spread – including various types of vegetable, mushroom, balls, tofu, and so forth.

There’s also a self-ordering sheet that includes pork/chicken/beef balls, shrimp dumpling, chives dumpling, tofu pok with pork, fish noodle, and beef/chicken/pork slices, intestine, liver, and such. You can use the sheet multiple times but food wastage will be charged 20% of total bill, which I thought is fair.

these thin sliced meat's pretty good, as attested by Carol
these thin sliced meat’s pretty good, as attested by Carol

What’s the verdict you may ask?

Well, Fei Fan Hot Pot certainly offers great value especially if you’re a big eater. The mala soup offers a good enough kick, while those pork bone soup was quite proper as well.

The meat slices might be a tad thin, but that also means they get cooked fast, and with unlimited order it’s not an issue anyway. I also like that there’s enough options for greens.

Overall it was a rather positive experience and I would certainly happy to go there again, but this time around I’d be sure to call ahead and make bookings.

map to Subang Courtyard, SS15

Address:
Fei Fan Hot Pot
Lot G-10 Ground Floor,
SS15 Courtyard,
Jalan SS15/4G,, SS15,
47500 Subang Jaya
GPS: 3.077683, 101.586468
Tel: 03-7496 6438
Hours: 11 am to 11 pm daily

fei fan hotpot subang jaya menu

Penangites always love a proper plate of char kuih teow and would usually regards CKT prepared by non Penang Hokkien as a bit of suspect. So naturally, most of us probably won’t sample char kuih teow manned by a Malay operator, since it’s .. well, usually not at all similar to the “original” version in which we’re familiar with.

It's a game of fire and showmanship
It’s a game of fire and showmanship

However, being a food writer, it is also very important to be open and be willing to try all sorts of food and dishes, including those that may looked to be going against my “cultural heritage”, a decision which brought me to many wonderful surprises and great experience, including this kuih teow basah stall at SS15 that I tried a short while ago.

The stall operates out of a van usually parked just outside the SS15 wet market on Jalan SS15/8a. There’ll be a few ad hoc tables set up right next it, comfort isn’t of any particular emphasis.

The cooking though, was a bit of a show, with flames threatening to blow up the entire operations, though any experienced hawker adventurer would find this a welcoming sight. And indeed it was!

simple looking kuih teow basah, but oh so delicious
simple looking kuih teow basah, but oh so delicious

The resulting plate of kuih teow was nothing like the type I’m familiar with, it came with kuih teow (of course), egg, bean sprout, cockles, and a couple prawns with shells still on. It was also really wet, and spicy in a way that’s different from what I’m used to,  yet it was very delicious in its own way, with the sauce packing a strong sweet seafood flavor and the dish having its own “wok hei” if you will.

If you’re a fan of kuih teow, give this a try as well, you may be surprised.

kuih teow basah ss15

Address:
Kuih Teow Basah Food Truck
Jalan SS15/8a (outside wet market)
Subang Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.074237, 101.587796
Hours: night

While Indian makes up for one of the big three ethnic groups in Malaysia, when it comes to Indian food, the Northern variety is definitely one of the least represented. There’s a 24/7 mamak restaurant in every commercial areas, but a true Nothern style cuisine, or in case of Big Singh Chapati, a Punjabi restaurant, is much less common.

BIG Singh Chapati, Subang SS15
BIG Singh Chapati, Subang SS15

So for the Nothern Indian cuisine fans like myself and Haze, we were quite delighted to stumble upon this place while visiting Jyu Raku, one of our favorite Japanese restaurants just a few doors down from Big Singh Chapati.

The menu at Big Singh Chapati is pretty extensive. There’s soup, salad, various types of chapati and naan, tandoor, chicken, mutton, fish, briyani, paneer (punjabi cheese), vegetarian, and even desserts.

love the butter & cheese naan here
love the butter & cheese naan here

On our two visits there so far, we tried four different dishes to go with butter naan (RM 5), garlic naan, and white rice (Basmati?).

The butter naan (RM 5) was my favorite, freshly made and packed with generous amount of buttery goodness. Use it to wrap with any of their dozens of dishes and you’ve got yourself a winner.

palak lamb, aloo gobi
palak mutton, aloo gobi

Palak mutton (RM 22.9) is a bit different from the palak paneer (spinach + cottage cheese) dish I’m more accustomed to, but they got the muttonsoft and flavorful as well as the spinach on definitely on point here.

Aloo gobi masala (RM 12.9), one of my go-to Northern Indian dishes did not disappoint here, the symphony between potato, cauliflower, onion, and various spices worked wonder.

naan, chicken tika masala, baingan bharta
naan, masala chicken, baingan bharta

Masala chicken (RM 16.9) was again a more than decent dish here, and I was really happy that they have baigan bharta (RM 11.9)a type of smashed eggplant dish), the very first Nothern Indian dish I first had over a decade ago as a student in US, I probably had this in Minneapolis, certainly brought back the memory.

Overall, we rate Big Singh Chapati pretty high, and would definitely return again rather often in the future.

map to Big Singh Chapati, Subang Jaya

Address:
Big Singh Chapati
41, Jalan SS 15/5a, Ss 15,
47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
GPS3.080102, 101.592701
Tel012-601 6130

A couple weeks ago while getting myself a band saw from a hardware supply shop in Subang SS15, we walked past a restaurant with no name that seems to be enjoying quite a healthy stream of customers. Upon closer inspection, the nameless restaurant is called Uncle Seng, and they just didn’t bother fixing up the sign board that has half its letters fell/worn off.

Uncle Seng at SS15, a short walk from the colleges
Uncle Seng at SS15, a short walk from the colleges

I’ve not heard of Uncle Seng before, but a shabby restaurant that has a good crowd is usually a positive sign, so we went in and took a table.

Uncle Seng noodle at ss15, with unique homemade noodle that’s best go with their sambal, yums #kyeats #nonhalal #noodle #ss15

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Ordering system here is pencil & paper sort of affair, and we ticked our options without too much trouble.  The choices consists of combinations of char siu, wantan, shredded chicken, chicken feet + mushroom, deep fried pork, and curry chicken with their homemade noodle. They’re priced at RM 7 to RM 10 depending on your choice of combo.

what ingredients do you want on your plate?
what ingredients do you want on your plate?

For lunch, I chose chicken feet with mushroom + charsiu wantan while Haze had the noodle with deep fried pork plus charsiu.

The order did take some 15 minutes to arrive, and at first, we thought while the texture of homemade noodle was good, the overall taste was pretty average. It was not until the owner came over and informed us that the unique thing here is their chili sauce, and that you have to mix it all in.

Well, that sure made a whole lot of difference. The chili sauce give the otherwise muted tasting noodle dish quite a kick and added dimension, it was quite enjoyable.

mixing the chili sauce up is the way to go here
mixing the chili sauce up is the way to go here

At the end, it was clear to us that there isn’t a secret why this place is packed even in a lazy rainy afternoon over the weekends. If you’re around the area, Uncle Seng is worth a try, they have a branch at Puchong too.

map to Uncle Seng noodle at SS15

Address:
Restoran Uncle Seng
68, Jalan SS 15/4b, Ss 15,
47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
GPS3.076391, 101.588652
Tel012-254 6482

Yesterday at Subang Courtyard, SS15 is certainly a restaurant/cafe perfectly named for an Abbott and Costello skit, but more importantly, it is also a pretty nice place to hang out and grab a cup of coffee or a decent meal if you’re around Subang Jaya.

Yesterday at Subang Courtyard, SS 15
Yesterday at Subang Courtyard, SS 15

Americano, Cream Orange Tea, Flat White
Americano, Cream Orange Tea, Flat White

The Full English Breakfast (RM 25.90), Kid’s Meal- Luscious Macaroni Carbonara (RM 15.90)
The Full English Breakfast (RM 25.90),
Kid’s Meal- Luscious Macaroni Carbonara (RM 15.90)

Breakfast Box (RM 22.90), Breakfast Eton Mess (RM 10.90)
Breakfast Box (RM 22.90), Breakfast Eton Mess (RM 10.90)

Kinwa Sarada (RM 15.90), The Japanese Forage (RM 16.90)
Kinwa Sarada (RM 15.90), The Japanese Forage (RM 16.90)

A Heavenly Match (RM 15.90), Yesterday’s Toast (RM 15.90),Royal Banana Crumble (RM 16.90)
A Heavenly Match (RM 15.90), Yesterday’s Toast (RM 15.90),
Royal Banana Crumble (RM 16.90) 

Passionately Mango Panna Cotta (RM 8.90), Matcha Affogato (RM 9.90), Affogato Bezzera (RM 9.90)
Passionately Mango Panna Cotta (RM 8.90),
Matcha Affogato (RM 9.90), Affogato Bezzera (RM 9.90)

the gang and I certainly had a great brunch at Yesterday
the gang and I certainly had a great brunch at Yesterday

Located at the pretty new Subang Courtyard “mall”, Yesterday is pretty easily accessible and has three different seating areas – there’s alfresco outdoor, alfresco indoor, and proper indoor, so there’s probably a suitable table for the particular mood you find yourself in on the day.

The restaurant claimed to be a British Colonial & Japanese inspired brand, and I do think that the menu does reflect the theme pretty well. There’s the full English breakfast, and the likes of Kinwa Sarada (lemon aioli & wasabi sour cream- dressed salad of quinoa, kidney bean, chick pea, zucchini, salad sprout & konnyaku), but if you’re looking for onigiri or sushi, you should head elsewhere.

Coffee served here is more than decent, with the latte and flat whites (RM 11.90) beautifully prepared and tastes as full bodied as any. I also thoroughly enjoyed the fact that regular espresso affogato and macha affogato are somehow priced at RM 9.90, providing excellent value for money for something sweet with a jolt to the nervous system.

If you’re into savory meals, Yesterday provided quite a few solid choices. The English breakfast is decent tho could be bigger, and Breakfast Box with Hokkaido with garlic butter, scrambled egg, smoked salmon, shitake mushroom, bonito flakes, vegetable & herbs was one of our favorites.

For the pasta lovers, Smoked Duck Kamoglio and Yesterday’s Carbonara Bake should satisfy you.

However, I would probably go for the aforementioned Kinwa Sarada or The Japanese Forage (Salad of smoked duck confit, roasted pumpkin, edamame, zucchini flower, red radish, cherry tomato, salad sprout & mache dressed in homemade balsamic dressing and topped with crushed walnut) for something that’s more representative of the East-meets-West theme. I think these are the dishes that represents Yesterday’s unique position rather well.

For those who loves sweet endings, do try their Passionately Mango Panna Cotta, A Heavenly Match, Yesterday’s Toast, or Royal Banana Crumble. I’m sure one of these should suffice to answer your cravings.

Over all, I think Yesterday positions itself well in the ever competitive cafe/hipster restaurant scene, and I look forward to try some of their other dishes in the future.

map to Subang Courtyard, SS15

Address:
Yesterday
G.03, Ground Floor,
Jalan SS 15/4G, SS 15,
Subang Jaya,
Selangor 47500
GPS: 3.077683, 101.586468