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Whenever I go back to Penang, there are a few hawker food that I usually do not miss. The char kueh teow, curry mee, mee goreng, and also kueh teow soup such as the one at Lebuh Armenian. The other dish would be this famous dried kuey teow at the Mt. Erskine road side hawker center.

Penang Dried Kuey Teow Soup
the kueh teow soup stall

This particular stall has been in operation for at least the past 20 years or so, back when this make shift hawker center only had a couple of stalls operating under the trees. There are many places that sells kueh teow soup, but when it comes to the dry version, this place probably came up with the best concoction.

Penang Dried Kuey Teow Soup
dried kueh teow, with soup on the side

Much like wantan noodle , this dried kuey teow is served with a bowl of 4 types of fish ball soup on the side. The kueh teow then is served with some dark sauce, shredded chicken, and raw vegetables.

The different types of fish ball has their own unique texture and taste to it, some softer, some firm and bouncy, and all very delicious. I particularly love the sambal belacan that is served as the condiment, made from fresh red pepper, belacan, and lime that is rather spicy and perfect with those fish balls.

Penang Dried Kuey Teow Soup
my favorite sambal.. slurps

A bowl of the dried kuey teow goes for RM 3.50, but as with most Penang hawker dishes, the portion is quite small, which is just as well so that I can order another bowl of curry mee or mee goreng to fill up my stomach. 😀

Mt. Eskin Hawker Center
map to the hawker centre at Mt. Erskine

The hawker centre operates from around noon to 4-5 in ther afternoon.

Jalan Mt. Erskine,
Tg. Tokong, Penang
GPS: 5.450560, 100.302064

Back in my high school days, I had to cycle everyday from Tanjung Tokong to Ayer Itam. It was a long way, and I was the one who cycles the longest distance compared to the few hundred other poor high school kids who had to use human power to go to classes.

Being a true Malaysian, I never waited behind cars at a traffic light when I cycle. I would zigzag my way to the front of the line so to minimize my already long and tiring commute. People still do this with motorbikes and Kancils…

One day, while I was happily zigzagging my way through the stationary cars, I accidentally hit the side view mirror of a Proton car. However, instead of apologizing to the owner and risk having to pay for any potential damages, I ignored it and quickly paddle away from the car and resume my journey hastily.

KY cycling hitting side view mirror

Luckily, I was able to shake off the car and reached home without any trouble. *phew*

And then at the dinner table that night, my late dad suddenly talked to me:

“Why did you hit my car and then just ran away hah?”

Why didn’t I have such luck in buying 4Ds instead????

I actually tried this halal bak kua (BBQ meat) a couple months ago but kept forgetting to post it until a reader emailed me the other day, the content goes:

MK wrote:
do u have any idea where to get halal bak kua in KL?

and then I replied:

No halal bak kut teh as far as I know, but there’s vegetarian bak kut teh that has similar tasting soup you can find at Taman Mayang, near the old Lim Kok Wing building. It’s a stall by the roadside that’s very near to William’s mamak stall, operates during lunch time.


Which was a wrong answer because MK was asking about bak kua, not my favorite Chinese Malaysian food, bak kut teh. So I had to sent another email to the friendly reader who politely pointed out my mistake…

NOTE: This place is unfortunately, closed. I guess the concept did not work

Halal Bak Kua (BBQ Meat) at Pavilion KL
my ex-colleague Abby likes the beef bak kua

Anyway, this particular stall selling halal bak kua called Grilled to Perfection is situated at the basement food court of Pavilion KL. Just a stone’s throw away from it’s non-halal counterpart Kiew Brothers that sells bacon bak kua I posted about a couple months ago.

The stall offers three types of BBQ meat: sliced beef, sliced chicken, and sambal chicken. You can also have them in rounded coin shapes instead of sheets as well. They are priced at RM 72-75 per KG, very similar to the market price of the non-halal versions

Halal Bak Kua (BBQ Meat) at Pavilion KL
the three types of bak kua, sliced beef, sambal chicken, and sliced chicken

As for the taste, I find that the beef bak kua (the only one I tried) was a little dryer than what I am used to, possibly due to the relatively leaner meat as compared to pork. However, it does taste like bak kua, and to my ex-colleague who has never tasted something like this, it was a revelation.

So far this is the only place I’m aware of that sells Halal bak kua, so if you don’t eat pork and want to try out this Chinese delicacy, Pavilion KL is the place!

Address: (Corporate, stall at basement of Pavilion KL)
No. 73, Jalan Cemerlang,
Taman Perindustrian Cemerlang,
81800 Ulu Tiram, Johor

GPS: 3.148872, 101.713368
Tel: 03-5891 0934

My most beloved hot chick tagged me to do this meme, hence there isn’t so much of a choice than to when I had to do this. So here goes –

1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before?
– Got a lot of freebies Xmas Party 2007
– Went to Chiling Falls with the bunch of jokers
– Brought the hot chick to Melaka
– Went to Bukit tinggi
– bought a washing machine
– Had foie gras
– Got free beer for x’mas eve party
– Spent Valentine’s Day with my loved one
– Met up with my ex-university mates
– Switch back to using Nokia phones

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
– Didn’t have one, and not going to have one for 2008. I don’t think we need a new year to say to ourselves what we should improve upon, it can happen all year round.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
– TGB: a son!

4. Did anyone close to you die?
– No

5. What countries did you visit? myanmar
– Myanmar & Vietnam

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
– Less procastination

7. What dates from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
– Everyday 😛

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
– Got myself a new job

9. What was your biggest failure?
– Can’t think of one now

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
– The usual cirit birit from being too adventurous in eating

11. What was the best thing you bought? Citizen Nighthawk
Citizen Promaster Eco-Drive Nighthawk

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
– Hot Chick for being patient and loving
– Sister for being bold in her career switch

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
– No one in particular

14. Where did most of your money go?
– Food
– and more food

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
– The Chiling Falls trip Suan organized
– Hot Chick coming back for holiday

16. What song will always remind you of 2007?
– Can’t think of one

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
a) Happier
b) Same, can’t put on weight
c) Pretty much the same

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
– Spending time with hot chick
– Spending time with family

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
– Procrastination

20. How did you spend Christmas?
– Had an awesome x’mas eve party, of course 😀

21. Did you fall in love in 2007?
– The flame is still strong.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
– Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservation

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
– No

24. What was the best book you read?
– I thought Sleep Thieves and Confessions of an Economic Hitman were pretty good.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
– None

26. What did you want and get?
– A watch and I did (the Citizen)

27. What did you want and not get?
– A dryer, remains to be pricey and will likely to consume too much electricity

28. What was your favorite film this year?

29. What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
– Bought myself a watch. hehe

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
– Hot chick being here

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
– I don’t have a fashion concept, I wear whatever that are still clean

32. What kept you sane?
– Food

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
– I would like to have Anthony Bourdain’s job..

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
– I thought Bersih and Hindraf were pretty eye-opening

35. Who did you miss?
– Hot chick and my family

36. Who was the best new person you met?
– too many

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007.
– Stay together and support each other no matter what


Last Friday, the traveling Australian dude Dabido decided to spend a bunch of us to a vegetarian dinner on his last night in Kuala Lumpur. Suan decided that Jade Garden at Bandar Utama Centrepoint would be a good place for such occasion because she knows the food is great, or maybe just because it is a place close enough for her to walk there with her under utilized legs.

Jade Garden at Bandar Utama Centrepoint
acha as appetizer, and the 4 season dish

Dinner was scheduled at 8, but inadvertently we only got to eat at around 9pm. I guess it is a good thing cos we were able to show Dabido the full extend of our culture, including the Malaysian Timing when it comes to having a group dinner. There was 14 of us split into 2 tables, and Suan ordered the food for everyone. Nice and dandy.

Jade Garden at Bandar Utama Centrepoint
imitation luncheon meat, tofu, imitation fish with mango salad, fried vegetable

We had about 7 dishes in total. There’s the 4 season dish with some imitation meat and fake fish balls that actually tasted quite good despite it being a cold dish. The tofu soup was more like a thick broth that goes well with rice, I like the fungus that came with it. Then there’s my favorite, the imitation luncheon meat that tasted almost as good as the real thing minus the oily bit.

Jade Garden at Bandar Utama Centrepoint
kang kung with nuts, tomyam soup, and the bunch of jokers

The imitation fish tasted pretty decent as well, and with no real fish in there, you don’t have to worry about getting your neck pierced by fish bones, which isn’t a particularly nice thing to do, speaking from experience. There’s also a fried kailan that tasted just like any fried kailan you’d expect. Other than that, we also have a fried kang kung dish with nuts and some imitation seafood that I didn’t think tasted very good, slightly too sourish with the imitation seafood a poor substitute for the real thing.

However, the tomyam soup with imitation squid and some very real tomato was an excellent dish. It was actually one of the best tomyam soup I’ve tasted and surely a must-order item if you find yourself at Jade Garden.

Jade Garden at Bandar Utama Centrepoint
Jaime, Suan, Dabido, Jack, Erna, Reta, Paul, Kim, ST, Tim, Samantha

In all, it was a very good meal, and the total bill came to about RM 370 for 14 of us. That translate to about RM 26 per person for a pretty good vegetarian meal. The price is just slightly more than the Restaurant Kuan Yin at Seksyen 17 that I went, but with a nicer ambiance and free and easy to find parking spots at Centrepoint.

Thanks Dabido, see you at Perth!

map to Bandar Utama Centrepoint
map to BU Centrepoint

Centrepoint, Bandar Utama,
Petalig Jaya, 47800 Selangor

GPS: 3.137988, 101.610124
Tel: 03-7710 2939