Right after announcement of the easing of movement control order, I made a plan to travel up North for some long overdue family time, and on the way back, stopped by Ipoh for a bit of R&R. And since it was already late afternoon by the time we were heading back, I thought it was probably a good idea to have dinner packed from Ipoh “sekaligus”.
The choice for dinner was Ipoh’s famous Salt Baked Chicken at Aun Kheng Lim, located right in old town Ipoh – right by Jalan Theathre.
Aun Kheng Lim Salt Baked Chicken
Aun Kheng Lim is somewhat of an institution and a bit of a tourist attraction in itself, there’s only one item on the menu – chicken stuffed with some Chinese herbs, baked in coarse salt, aka salt baked chicken (fresh or frozen, RM 21 a pop in year 2020). You only get to order to go, the shop does not have any dine in area, or do they offer any fancy side dishes. You line up, asks for the number of chicken you want, take them, and eat at your own leisure.
whole salt baked chicken, tender enough to tear off by hands
You can have the chicken at room temperature, but warming it up with a microwave oven for 2-3 minutes is my preferred method of serving. The chicken is probably just a little over 1 kg, not terribly big, and perfect for 2 person of moderate appetite if you’re going all paleo and without rice. The combination of herbal note and those saltiness brought out the taste of the bird, so satisfying to gobble down with a glass of ice cold water (or beer) to go with.
If you’re in Ipoh, you owe it to yourself to tapao a few birds back home.
P/S: there’s another shop selling the same thing, and to my untrained tongue, they tastes pretty similar.
Last August, GrabFood ran a campaign titled ‘The People’s Pick’ where it allows people just like you and me to vote for our favorite local restaurants to be part of the GrabFood delivery network. Now, the results are out!
More than 5,000 of you casted your votes for over 50 different restaurants within the current GrabFood service areas, and below you’ll find the 13 restaurants with highest ballot counts. From apam balik to our beloved nasi lemak, these local favorites are now on board on the GrabFood app and you can have it delivered to your door step!
Read on to find Promo Code at the end of this article.
And here are the results:
Ravi’s Banana Leaf
Nasi Lemak Goreng Chef Fauzey
TNR by Sean & Angie (My Toast & Roast)
Lorong Seratus Tahun
KL City Center
Apam Balik Nusantara
Restoran Dapur Sarawak
Satay Capitol 1951-Warisan
Soong Kee’s Beef Ball Noodle
For those who haven’t been keeping up with what’s trending in 2018, well, now you can order food to be delivered via the GrabFood app. I in fact do use this service quite often since having to deal with driving out/parking/walking under the hot sun can get to be a bit of a chore especially during a busy work day.
As mentioned, the availability of choices on GrabFood now includes many of our favorite local restaurants food that we would have to sometimes line up under the hot sun to get just a few years ago. Now with just a few clicks, we get to consume these awesome dishes right at home, or in the office pantry.
Personally, I was very happy that Soong Kee’s Beef Noodle was voted onto the list and is now available on GrabFood app. I can have one of my favorite beef noodles come to me instead of me having to walk all the way from KLCC to Jalan Tun HS Lee for a bowl of this wholesome goodness.
The properly cooked mixed beef parts are done just right, together with the minced meat in it’s special sauce, and the firm, delicious homemade beef balls, are just perfect for lunch, especially since I don’t need to leave the house on a gloomy cold afternoon.
Soong Kee’s beef noodle, yums!
The GrabFood platform will continue to grow, and I can’t wait for more of our local favorites to get on board. If you’re new to GrabFood and want to discover new local delights, use the promo code – KYSPICKS. You’ll get RM 15 off with a minimum spend of RM 20, eligible for one use only.
Food truck is all the rage these days, but they have actually been around since the days hawkers started operating from those old school Daihatsu vans. The only difference the “modern” food truck is that they now cook inside the truck instead of by the side of the truck. Same difference if you ask me.
Today, we look at one of the popular original food truck by KLCC – Mat Rock Ayam Goreng Kunyit.
ayam kunyit mat rock is the original food truck
The truck is parked along Jalan Yap Kwan Seng right opposite the Australian High Commission on weekdays over lunch hours and has been operating for a number of years.
It’s a simple affair, lineup, get your ayam kunyit with rice, with an option for additional fried egg (RM 6, RM 5 without egg), and go back to your office for the noms.
tapao doesn’t mean you can’t plate it nicely at office pantry
The secret ingredient here is that instead of chili padi, a special blend of sambal in their ayam kunyit. The result is a rather tasty dish of ayam kunyit with a kick, I liked it.
For a no frill lunch on the cheap, this is quite a decent option. The keropok (RM 2) here is pretty good as well and I’ll recommend getting a pack to share to go with lunch.
For those who’re too lazy to move, Mat Rock offers delivery services for free if you order 10 packs of above, otherwise a charge of RM 2 is imposed, which is more than fair I guess.
Address: Opposite Australian High Commission Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur GPS: 3.160482, 101.711041 Tel: 1-300 88 5800
One of the toughest Penang hawker dishes to hunt down in Klang Valley has got to be char kuih kak. Outside of various pasar malam, there’s only one other stalls at Jalan Sayur that I am aware of, until I went to the hawker row right beside the Seapark wet market a few days ago.
char kuih kak at Seapark, next to the morning market
For those who has never been to Seapark in the wee hours, there’s actually a row of hawker stalls on the same road where My Burger Lab is located. The stalls usually open by around 6am so if you’re looking for earlier breakfasts, this is definitely a place to check out.
char kuih kak as breakfast, glorious
The char kuih kak operator does not have any table nor even plates, the only option is “tapao”.
I ordered a pack of char kuih kak (RM 4) with eggs and took it to the office for breakfast. It wasn’t the best version I’ve tried, but definitely managed to satisfy the cravings for a bit.
If you’re a char kuih kak fan, this is one more place to check out.
Address: Char Kuih Kak Jalan 21/22, Sea Park, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor GPS: 3.110397, 101.621757 Hours: mornings
Transitions lens, works well in a movie theater too
Went to the movies with my Transitions lenses glasses, great clarity under low light condition, basically no difference compared to a clear glass. The cool thing is if you walk out from the cinema and it happens to be afternoon, you won’t get hit by the glare like Thor’s Hammer.
For nasi briyani lovers who don’t feel like paying an arm and a leg to get a plate of these yummy rice from mamak chains, here’s definitely a place you should check out.
Located right within the heart of financial district at Lorong Bandar 13 just off Lebuh Pasar Besar is Warong Nasi Briyani Tajudin where you can still get a plate of nasi briyani for as low as RM 5. (that’s about the 2 teh ais at those “high class” mamak these days right?)
Nasi Briyani at Lorong Bandar 13
Since parking is a bitch at the area, we decided that take away was the best option. Luckily, even though the stall was plenty busy, they are well prepared for big number of tapao orders and we got our 5 packets of nasi briyani in less than 10 minutes.
There are some cozy tables at the lorong where this stall operates, so it is an option to dine in, though not a particularly great idea to do so during peak lunch hours.
chicken briyani and lamb briyani, yum yum
Chicken briyani is RM 5, lamb at RM 6. I had mine with lamb, and while the size of that one piece of lamb wasn’t exactly big (barely sufficient), it was rather tasty, and certainly worth the price we paid.
The rice was fragrant, and I love the extra couple packets of curry that comes with it, one being the normal curry and the other tasted almost like satey sauce, kinda interesting but it worked. There’s also a tiny portion of cucumber and onion, I guess you can call those vege?
Other than lamb & chicken, they also serve briyani burung puyuh (RM 7), briyani fish/sotong (RM 6), and plain rice with those ingredients.
Address: Nasi Briyani Lorong Bandar 13 Off Lebuh Pasar Besar Kuala Lumpur GPS: 3.146794, 101.696255 Tel: 012-265 3653 / 016-602 3737 Hours: 10am – 4pm