Remember when we used to go to the office to work daily? Yeap, I remember such time, and there was even a period where I would make a stopover for a glorious breakfast before heading to office, I mean, what’s a better way to start the day?
mix pork porridge, Chun Heong kopitiam
One of my regular breakfast spots is Lucky Garden, Bangsar. The small stretch of shops facing housing area by the roundabout houses three rather excellent kopitiam that offers quite a selection of dishes for the early risers. Today, let’s look at one of my favorite stomach warmer in the morning – mix pork porridge at Chun Heong kopitiam (the shop at the middle).
For those who are not familiar with this dish, mix pork porridge consists of mainly deep fried bits of pork intestine, some sliced pork, pork blood, yau char kuai, and often with salted vegetable. I used to crave for it back in Penang and have my fix at New Lane, but this version at Bangsar is every bit as good.
mix pork porridge in all its glory
For a few ringgit, you get a piping hot bowl of porridge with all the above mentioned ingredients, I like to add a bit of soya sauce and generous amount of white pepper to give it a bit of kick. Do enjoy it while the intestine are still crispy and not wait till they are soggy from moisture absorbed from porridge. If you love a good bowl of porridge, this should satisfy.
crispy intestine, pork blood, and all
Address: Chun Heong kopitiam 16, Lorong Ara Kiri 2, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.1274699, 101.66989 Hours: breakfast & brunch
I think it’s safe to say that Japanese food is one of my favorite cuisine when it comes to heading out to a proper restaurant. In fact, this is the 100th entry on Japanese cuisine on this space – and for this occasion we head to Bangsar and look at Hana Tei Japanese Restaurant.
Hana Tei, Lucky Garden Bangsar
If you’re from Kajang and Cheras area, you may have heard of Hana Tei before. This Bangsar branch is their latest venture into KL city.
Personally, I thought Lucky Garden (the same row with 3 famous kopitiam) is a pretty good location to be at. It is in Bangsar, and parking situation at the area is usually pretty good during dinner time, though lunch can be a bit challenging.
The menu for Hana Tei is actually quite extensive, covering the usual suspects such as sushi, sashimi, to teppanyaki, teriyaki, nabemoto, tempura, as well as rice and noodle dishes. Well, on our review session, we got to sample quite a few of these dishes.
shake sashimi (thick cut salmon)
We started the night with shake sashimi (RM 35), or thick cut salmon. You get 5 pieces of fresh raw salmon at I think at least 1 cm thick. It was glorious. I also do like the fact that they use proper grated wasabi to go with the salmon here. It was definitely a treat.
camembert cheese yaki, gindara foilyaki
Next up was something rather unique – Camembert Cheese Yaki (RM 15). Grilled Camembert cheese with baguette with a side of jam. I thought it was rather interesting and most likely will go very well with some sake.
Then there’s Gindara Foilyaki (RM 48), cod fish with mushroom wrapped in aluminium foil and cooked with a miso soup base. It’s not entirely unlike Chinese style steamed cod except with a Japanese touch & flavor. I thought it was executed quite well.
hana tei beef sushi
If you’re a sushi person, well, here’s some treats for you, starting with Hana Tei Beef Sushi (RM 25). Instead of raw fish like usual, you get Australian striploin with salmon roe and ebiko, all wrapping those sushi rice.
The combination works surprisingly well to be honest, I love the contrasting taste between the savory beef and the freshness and slightly salty nature of ikura.
foie gras sushi, hotate maki spicy sauce
Then there’s also the one of a kind Foie Gras sushi (RM 28). This is probably one of the cheaper ways to experience foie gras, and foie gras never disappoint. I can have 5 of these for breakfast if I get my way! I shouldn’t, but I want to!
If you’re a fan of scallop and spicy food, you can find that strange combination in Hotate Maki Spicy Sauce (RM 35). The roll comes with quite a big chunk of scallop in each of them and covered with this hot sauce that really gives the dish a kick. You definitely don’t need any wasabi for this.