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When the dragon OBC lady was still staying at BU, we used to go to Centrepoint quite often. Yes, we often caved into her insistence, arguing with suanie is often an exercise in futility.

Which led to this blog covering disproportionately high number of entries on restaurants in this little shopping mall. Bernards, Champs, Cagayan, Jade Garden, Momo (changed name/owner), and Shanghai 1930 (closed).


the Straits Cafe at BU Centrepoint

I had no idea when the Straits Cafe first appeared at Centrepoint, it has the look of one of those restaurants that I usually wouldn’t stepped in to try until being suggested, in this case, by Jaclyn, who has been quite a regular customer.

Tucked at the inside of Centrepoint, most tables are al fresco. No air conditioning, but there are quite a few big fans blowing about. The menu is filled with a mixture of local and Thai delights – char kueh teow, phat thai, various types of fried rice, mee goreng, even steamed siakap and daging masak merah. Quite a variety.


Char Kueh Teow, Prawn Mee, Crab Meat fried rice, Mee Siam

I had the prawn mee (RM 8.90) on my first visit with #porkgang, and char kueh teow (RM 8.90) on my second visit with Val (who was passing the Corica Apple Strudel from Perth). While both dishes weren’t the best that I’ve had, they did not disappoint at all, and probably one of the better halal version of these dishes I’ve had from anywhere.

Others were happy with mee siam (RM 7.90) that looked a bit uninspiring, and the crab mee fried rice (RM 8.90) Val ordered was actually quite tasty too, despite not seeing much crab meat in it. But it’s less than RM 10 per plate anyway, and crab meat’s expensive.


Lorbak, Ais Kacang, and Roselle drink

I didn’t particularly like the chicken lorbak (RM 7.90) which was a bit too dry for my taste, I still believe this is one of those items without a good substitute for good old fashion pork meat in it. Their fried chicken wings (RM 6.90) though, was very tasty!

The Straits Cafe offers quite a few choices for desserts, ais kacang (RM 5.00) wasn’t disappointing, and there were also penang rojak, cendol, logan jelly, and even Thai steamed tapioca. My personal favorite drinks at the place would be the Roselle ice, I last had it years ago during a food review at Coca restaurant and never seen it on any menu since. It’s a pretty special drink, try it when you have the chance.


Kim, Gareth, KY, Jac, Eric, Horng, Suanie, and Val (separate visit)

While not exactly the best food you can find, the Straits Cafe does offer pretty decent food at a price that is acceptable for the type of place it is. This would be one of the places I should keep in mind especially when bringing Muslim friends for food.

Address:
The Straits Cafe
Centrepoint,
Jalan Leboh Bandar Utama,
47800 Petaling Jaya
Selangor

GPS: 3.137988, 101.610124

We were running around figuring out what to eat a couple Fridays ago (it’s harder than hell to get agreement from 2 girls on what’s for dinner), Kerol suddenly just decided to started driving with a purpose and said she’ll just surprise us.

15 minutes later, we arrived at Ah Foong Bak Kut Teh (阿峰肉骨茶), which was just as well since I never shy away from this uniquely Malaysian Chinese food. After all, this is the 10th time I blogged about a bak kut teh place. 😀

note: from 1/7/2008 to 31/12/2008, get a 10% discount by saying “KY Discount” at this place!

Ah Foong Bak Kut Teh at Sunway
friendly kopitiam setting

For the 3 of us, we ordered a portion of traditional soup bak kut teh, a portion of dried bak kut teh, sour and spicy vegetable (酸辣菜), a bowl of tofu pok (tofu with thicker skin), and some yau char kuai (油炸鬼). We also have extra string mushroom in the soup bak kut teh too, since the girls love that thing.

Ah Foong Bak Kut Teh at Sunway
wet and dry bak kut teh, sour and spicy vegetable, tofu pok

Service was very good in this place, the boss made sure that we had a good experience, and gave us extra soup in bowls to avoid the customer running out of those very delicious herbal soup (unlike Ah Sang, who are too stingy and will ignore your 3rd soup request). The sour and spicy vegetable was very good too, it gives a contrasting taste and texture to the meat from bak kut teh.

The yau char kuai too, was still crunchy. Same can’t be said for most bak kut teh places, most of the time I get soggy yau char kuai instead. Ah Foong also has red chili, chili padi, chopped garlic, and fried shallots with soya sauce and dark soya sauce available on every table, nice. As for drinks, choose they have several types of Chinese tea to choose from.

Ah Foong Bak Kut Teh at Sunway
chili, garlic, tea, and yau char kuai

The dinner only costs around RM30 for the three of us. Very reasonable and above all, very delicious. The soup was thick and full of flavor, and the meat well cooked tasted just the way they should. I’ll definitely go there again and again. This place is opened for lunch and dinner.

Ah Foong Bak Kut Teh at Sunway
Ah Foong Bak Kut Teh is just opposite Sunway Pyramid

Address:
446, Jln PJS 10/11
47800 Bandar Sunway
Selangor

GPS: 3.076715, 101.604368

Scouring for lunch one weekend afternoon, we somehow arrived at PJ old town food court. Since my house mate recommended the chicken rice, we did not bother to really look for anything else over there.

Chicken Rice at Petaling Jaya Old Town
the girls are enjoying their lunch

This Kie Kee chicken rice stall has been in operation for many years, and actually serves more than just chicken rice. They have roasted pork (siu yok), bbq pork (char siu), chicken with mushroom, and even curry chicken and curry pork. Of course, the standard steamed chicken and roasted chicken are available, there’s porridge too.

I ordered a plate of dark meat roasted chicken with siu yok, while the other noobs had chicken with char siu, and siu yok with curry sauce. The food were actually rather good, the chicken prepared boneless, and the pork tasted like how they should be. Most importantly, the chili sauce was really nice. I maintain that one of the most important ingredients for chicken rice is the chili sauce, this place didn’t disappoint.

Chicken Rice at Petaling Jaya Old Town
roasted chicken, roasted pork, bbq pork, curry

While many other places sells chicken rice for no less than RM 3.50 for a plain chicken and rice dish, and RM 4.00 to RM 4.50 for combo; Kie Kee only charges RM 3.50 for combo and RM 3.00 for a normal plate. Pretty cheap for PJ standard.

Petaling Jaya Old Town Food Court Map
the food court is situated opposite the bus terminal

Give it a try if you are going to old town. There are a couple stalls that sell Chinese satay, and the ais kacang is very delicious too.

Address:
Intersection of
Jalan Othman & Jalan Selangor
Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.087519, 101.645948

It’s been a while since the last time I had pho in KL, and it’s been even longer since I went to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. As we were looking for dinner before movie, I happened to chance upon O’ Viet and decided to remind myself why I had come to love this traditional Vietnamese dish.

O Viet Vietnamese Restaurant at Sunway Pyramid
look mighty appetizing, no?

Since it was basically a quick dinner, I only ordered a bowl of mixed pho, and the hot chick got herself the seafood noodle. Nothing else, no spring role or any of those fancy Vietnamese appetizers (it turned out to be a wise choice, main dish came in big portion.)

O Viet Vietnamese Restaurant at Sunway Pyramid
we’re loving it

The dishes came after a short wait, served by someone who spoke with a Vietnamese accent, it was a good sign. The pho smelled pretty good, and the soup noodle come complete with a side dish of basil leave, mint, lemon, bean sprouts, and chili sauce. I wish they would only have some hot jalopeno peppers.

I put the fresh leaves and bean sprouts to the soup and started attacking the dish right away. Out of my expectation, this bowl of pho was actually one of the bests I’ve tried in Malaysia. The soup tasted right, and the meat (brisket, flank, tripe, meat ball) cooked to a very soft and tender texture. The type of noodle too, was pretty close to what I had in HCMC, though I still long for the proper flat rice type. If only they serve beef tendon, it’ll be perfect.

The seafood noodle came in a slightly spicier broth, and had plenty of squid, cuttle fish, fish meat, and prawn. It was pretty good, too.

O Viet Vietnamese Restaurant at Sunway Pyramid
pho.. *drools*

The meal came to a bit over RM 35 for two, including 5% government tax and 10% service charge. The plain water wasn’t free either. This place certainly wasn’t cheap, but I do feel that the quality of food justified the price, and I will gladly go there again when my pho craving strikes.

Address:
G1.45 Sunway Pyramid (near ice skating rink)
46150 Bandar Sunway
Selangor

GPS: 3.073297, 101.607576

It’s no secret that I am a fan of Bak Kut Teh (肉骨茶), in fact, I have devoted a whole subcategory for this uniquely Malaysian dish. In recent years, some of the more imaginative bak kut teh restaurant owners have come up with the concept of dry bak kut teh, in addition to the traditional soup type. So far though, I have only tried one at Lai Choon, Klang. Until last weekend, when we spotted the Restaurant Bak Kut Teh Shun Heng 吧生顺兴(干)肉骨茶 at Aman Suria.

Klang dried Bak Kut Teh at Aman Suria, Shun Heng
nice and clean environment

For two person, we ordered one portion of dry bak kut teh, and another clay pot the normal variety. It was late afternoon and we didn’t have to wait very long for the food to be served.

The two clay pots came steaming with irressistable aroma, with a couple plates of oil rice and some yau char kuai (Chinese Crullers – 油炸鬼). While the normal version of Bak Kut Teh served were pretty good but not overly impressive with its soup (slightly lacking compared to some of the Klang stalls), the dry version was absolutely superb.

Other than dried red chilli and the thick sauce, there were also chunks of okra and some dried cuttle fish in the mix, with different cuts of meat and pork intestine as the main ingredients. The combination may sound odd to you, but you simply have to give this a try. It was great.

Klang dried Bak Kut Teh at Aman Suria, Shun Heng
absolutely delicious bak kut teh… *slurps*

There are quite a number of Bak Kut Teh restaurants in this area, including Wong Siong Wong. However, to my knowledge, only Shun Heng serves the dry Bak Kut Teh. The restaurant is one that is nearest to the big aquarium shop.

Klang dried Bak Kut Teh at map Aman Suria, Shun Heng
Located nearby Aman Suria, at the Sunway Mas Commercial Center

Opening Hours:
weekdays 9am – 3pm, 6pm – 9pm
weekends 7:30am – 2pm, 5:30pm – 9pm

Address:
Restaurant Bak Kut Teh Shun Heng
No. 9-1, Jalan PJU 1/3C
Sunway Mas Commercial Centre
47301 PJ Selangor

GPS: 3.120055, 101.599460
Tel: 012-392 3082