While Klang is famous for Bak Kut Teh, the district actually offers quite a lot more than just this iconic pork dish, and if you’re in the area looking for a sumptuous dinner, there are actually quite a number of more than decent “tai chau” restaurants to choose from.
Located a stone’s throw from the popular BKT places by Taman Intan, Restoran Gold Leaf Village happens to be one of my favorites.
Restaurant Gold Leaf Village, Klang
While the address says Pusat Bandar Berkeley, it is not to be confused with Taman Berkeley. The area where Gold Leaf Village is located is actually on the other side of Federal Highway, an area that is a lot less busy and consequently, free of the parking hassle that plaques Taman Berkeley itself.
As for the restaurant, it is of a fairly basic set up with plastic tables and chairs, complete with classic old school red table cloths. Thankfully, the dining area is also air conditioned, so we’ve got the comfort level covered.
Menu at Gold Leaf Village is fairly descriptive and comes with a simple photo, which I find super helpful as some Chinese dishes can often have rather unique names. Example – kang kung belacan can also be written as 马来风光, which literally means “Malay scenery” if you were to put it into Google translate.
Now let’s look at some of the dishes we’ve tried here.
Claypot mixed vegetable with tofu (RM 15/20) is a type of comforting dish that’s best for rainy days, and one that offers a good mix of fiber and plant base foods.
Salted egg pumpkin (RM 14/18/25) is one of my favorite dishes here, this dish was being served here way before the current craze of all things salted egg, it is super rich and will certainly satisfy your cravings of a sensory deprived tongue.
Stir fry tapioca leaf (RM 10/12/16) a simple vegetable dish, something green to give us a bit of balance.
For those who loves pork, the deep fried pork belly (RM 22/30/38) should fit the bill, I think it’ll also make for great beer food, which you can surely order.
lala with superior soup, steamed garupa with ginger
Tai chau at Klang often prides themselves with seafood dishes in one form or the other, if you’re looking for some fresh fish, the steamed garupa with ginger (RM 32/42/52) is rather competent, but I do find it somewhat slightly over steamed. I do really like the ginger paste used here tho, spicy!
Lastly, lala in superior soup (RM 20/28/35) is something that I always order when given a chance. Fresh clams in spicy herbal superior soup makes for a happy me!
I haven’t really had any disappointing dish here, and this is probably the reason why this place is almost always packed especially over the weekends. Other than the dishes described above, they also serve chicken, mantis prawn, squid, and fried fish.
When I was very young my late dad told me about this place where they build model of cities with LEGO called LEGOLAND. I thought that must be the most awesome thing ever. I mean, the whole place full of real LEGO? I thought my imitation pasar malam Lego pieces were pretty sweet, but a LEGOLAND? That must be something!
we got our tickets, here we go, LEGOLAND!
Fast forward almost 30 years later, here we are, we have LEGOLAND Malaysia in our own backyard (sort of) at Johor.
I went there twice in the span of 4 weeks, first with a bunch of jokers averaging some 30 years of age, and the second time with my sister, brother, my niece, Haze, and my cousin’s son.
you don’t need to act your age when at LEGOLAND (pics from Winnie)
Getting into the park isn’t exactly cheap. On our first visit we paid RM 300 for 2 pax with a free one night hotel stay at Grand Sentosa in JB from some group buying sites.
If you’re paying normal entrance price, it’ll come to RM 120 per MyKard holder, while Malaysian kids pay RM 90. You do get RM 10 worth of food voucher for every ticket.
Foreigners will have to fork out RM 140 & RM 110 for adults & kids respectively, no food voucher for them. I’m not complaining.
Miniland is the bomb! I think they were shooting Bollywood film
LEGOLAND Malaysia is separated into a few areas, all of which has direct access to the all important MINILAND in the middle. This was what my dad told me when I was a little boy, cities built with Lego bricks!
There were scenes of supposedly famous places from 17 Asian countries. I recognised KLCC and KL downtown area, the Merdeka Square, Taj Mahal (there was couple Bollywood shooting on our second visit!), Merlion statue, Angkor Wat, and more.
more Miniland buildings, I love the way they use bonsai as trees
The MINILAND was indeed impressive, I particularly love the fact that they use bonsai as miniature trees too.
There were also train tracks with miniature LEGO train that’s supposed to go around the different cities, but they didn’t seem to be operating when we were there. I sure hope this is not the norm. Malaysia has a reputation of not having good upkeep on our theme parks, but this is supposedly an international brand.
On a sunny day, this area stupifyingly hot. We were lucky that it was a cloudy day on our second visit and hence was able to spend a lot more time there. My advice? Bring an umbrella or a large hat, and ample sun screen too.
Dino Island ride, prepared to get wet
What my dad didn’t tell me was that LEGOLAND is more than just MINILAND, there are rides!
While not overly thrilling like those you find at more extreme and adult oriented theme parks such as six flags or King’s Island, LEGOLAND strikes a pretty good balance on their offering with decent amount of rides just for kids and others for adults as well as children.
The Dino Island ride is perfect right after going to MINILAND, for this is where you will definitely get pretty wet. I also suggest that you bring a bottle of water and pour it on your friend’s head while going down the big drop for extra kick.
Dragon and Project X roller coasters, thrills!
There are three roller coasters at LEGOLAND, Project X, one very mild The Dragon for kids, and another for children and adult.
Access to the main Dragon ride goes through the castle, and it was my favorite ride. Due to the children centric nature of the park, these rides are also some of the shortest in wait time, while other milder rides usually have much longer queue.
If you love to be thrilled, don’t miss out on these two rides. My very naughty and rather annoying cousin’s son was pale and all quiet after the rides, it was awesome.
Lego Train, Taasha on Royal Joust, and I scored 40000 on Lost Kingdom Adventure!
Another one of my favorites is the Lost Kingdom Adventure, which is basically a laser tag type of ride where you sit and shoot at targets, similar to the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster in Disneyland Hong Kong.
If you want to get higher score, make sure you sit at the front row of the 4 seater cart, otherwise your big friends right in front might block some of your shots.
with my brother, sister, Haze, niece, and my cousin’s son
Other attractions at the theme park includes many other rides that are quite mild, driving school for kids and toddlers, boating school thing (always a damn long line), observational tower, kids power tower (pull yourself up, very tiring), fire fighting game, Mindstorm classes (never had the time to do this), and more.
Joyce, Haze, Suan, Winnie, Gary, Shiang & friend
While it is not exactly on the same par with Disneyland (I’ve been to HK Disneyland & Tokyo’s DisneySea), LEGOLAND is still a pretty sweet place to visit and you can easily spend better part of a day there. I imagine the place would look pretty cool at night too, both our visits ended by late afternoon.
If I stay in Johor or Singapore, I’d probably get an annual pass.
This is another one of my go-to curry mee places whenever I’m back to Penang visiting mom. If you love unadulterated Penang curry mee, you would enjoy this one.
kedai kopi new cathay has a pretty good curry mee stall
The kopitiam is located by the intersection of Jalan Burma and Lorong Kucing, offering many of your usual suspects when it comes to hawker foods from Penang – laksa, curry mee, char kuih teow, chicken rice and so forth. Parking isn’t usually a huge hassle thanks to the commercial centers right next door, but the shop can be quite a bit busy during breakfast/brunch hours.
yum yum, coagulated blood, loved by my niece too 😀
For only RM 3.50 per bowl, the curry mee comes with cockles, one prawn, tofu pok, coagulated blood (my favorite, of course), a fish ball, and cuttle fish. You get to choose your favorite mee/meehun combination, and have as much of those fragrant and spicy sambal as you want.
I enjoy their almost mee-goreng style cuttle fish as well, brings a slightly different taste to the normal cuttle fish preparation. The prawn’s a bit smallish but hey, it’s RM 3.50.
Overall taste is superb and I’d have it any day. The only thing missing is a couple mint leaves, but I guess you can’t have it all every time.
good old fashion apom, get them fresh and warm here
And since hawker dishes in Penang are usually only 70% of what you get in KL in terms of portions, it make perfect sense to add some apom to the meal while you’re at it. The stall claims to be offering the best apom manis in town and will happily trade 6 steamy hot apom for RM 3.00. These too are yummy especially when consumed piping hot, slightly crispy on the outer layer, and sweet, creamy inside. Try it!
Oh, the steamed otak otak here is not too shabby either. If you’re in Penang, this kopitiam sure is a pretty decent place to visit for breakfast or lunch.
Address: Kedai Kopi New Cathay Lorong Kucing off Jalan Burma 10350, Pulau Tikus, Penang GPS: 5.432376, 100.309504
Asam laksa and curry mee are just two of Penang’s signature hawker dishes. You can find them almost anywhere on the island, and most of the time they would be of pretty decent qualities.
Here is another place you could try if you find yourself on the Pearl of Orient – at Mount Erskine hawker center.
my niece is an asam laksa addict, just like Haze
The hawker center is situated at the end of Mt. Erskine road, the road most famous for having plenty of graves (hence super congested during cheng beng weekends). Here you will find a dozen or so hawker stalls offering everything from char kuih teow, kuih teow soup, mee goreng, curry mee, asam laksa, oyster porridge, mixed rice, and so on.
Penang asam laksa from Mt. Erskine hawker center
The laksa here is manned by two white haired aunties who certainly knows to keep things the traditional way. The laksa is laden with plenty of vegetable, chili, fish broth, prawn paste, and of course, topped with ginger flower (bungan kantan). It tastes as good as any, and passed my niece’s taste test.
A bowl costs RM 3.50 (but that was over Chinese new year, normal price was RM 3.00 I think)
Penang curry mee, this one with yummy fish ball too
When I’m there, I almost always order the curry mee (previous blog post from 2006). Other than the usual ingredients of cockles, prawns, coagulated blood, and tofu, they also throw in a couple home made fish balls into it.
While fish balls is a nice touch that gives the curry mee an extra dimension, the real deal here is their soup and chili paste. Fresh coconut milk based soup (the reason it appears white) with that aroma and kick from the slightly charred chili. Super yum! RM 4 or so. Try it!
here’s how you get to mount eskin in Penang
Address: Jalan Mt. Erskine, Tg. Tokong, Penang GPS:5.450560, 100.302064 Operating Hours: 11am to 4pm