Thursday, 19 January 2017

QQ Popiah Stall @ Kota Damansara, Selangor

QQ Popiah is a chain of Popiah stalls that is located in a number of Chinese food courts across the Klang Valley. I usually patronise their outlet in Kepong and as I happened to be here in Kota Damansara this afternoon, I decided to give this stall a try. I have tried their Popiah here but that was sometime in the year 2014. When I tried them the last time, I was very impressed with the preparation. With that old confidence in mind, I placed my orders without any hesitation. 

The Stall

Located Inside This Restaurant
This outlet is located in Restoran Big Family which is in Taman Industri Sungai Buloh. A place that is very close to the old Sungai Buloh Road which is also known as Selangor Green Lane. Parking is a huge problem here. So if you're here for lunch, do be prepared to walk quite a distance.

Seaweed Popiah

Crispy Popiah
Previously, they were only selling the Crispy Popiah and now, it seems that they have improvised and added more varieties as well. I am not a fan of Seaweed or Wasabi, so I decided to give those a miss and stick with the basic Popiah as it is. Prices have definitely gone up and I am hoping that the quality has not dropped, especially with all those cost cutting exercises. Even their staffs used to be local Chinese but now, they have employed foreign staffs to run the stall. 

Crispy Popiah @ RM 2.40 per Roll
It wasn't too long for the Popiah to arrive. I ordered two rolls and that was priced at RM 4.80 . One look at the Popiah and I knew that it was a disaster. The art of making Popiah isn't only with the ingredients but also the way it is wrapped. This was so flimsy and untidy looking. In fact, it wasn't appetising at all. I was definitely thinking of calling the girl and telling her to compare this with the photograph that they have displayed at their stall and if this looked anywhere close to that. 

Tasted Very Bad Too
Not only did it look horrible, it tasted really bad too. There wasn't any chili sauce in the Popiah. It was plain dry and the ingredients were coarse and bland. In fact, even the crunchiness that I was expecting wasn't there. An absolute waste of money. I would strongly recommend the management to retrain these staffs manning this stall or else, they would most likely run out of business soon. The last time I tried the Popiah here, it was amazing and this was not even 50% there. As for now, I am definitely not coming back anytime soon. 

Address: 65, Lorong TSB 10A, Taman Industri Sungai Buloh, 47000 Sungai Buloh, Selangor.

Opening Hours: 0900 - 1500 Daily

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Star Briani Bistro (2nd Branch) @ Tanjung Malim, Perak

Late last year, I had blogged about this place when they first started up in town and business has been very good for them to the extend that they have started the second outlet and this one is located in Taman Malim Indah, Tanjung Malim. For those who are not familiar with this residential area, this is located along Jalan Ketoyong, right opposite the Old Folks Home. 

Outdoor Seating

Indoor Seating
Previously, the late Mr. Hari used to run this place where the second outlet has been started. When he had passed on, these guys took over the business. Practically, everything that you see here is handed over from the previous owners. In a way, I guess that is quite convenient as they could straight away get on with business. This restaurant is open daily from 7.00 am till midnight. Occasionally, they would close on Saturdays. 

Vegetarian Lunch @ RM 3.50
As mentioned previously in another blog entry on their other restaurant, I would recommend skipping their non vegetarian dishes as it wasn't that good. Since all cooking is done centrally, I wouldn't expect a change in taste at this outlet.  However, I simply love their vegetarian dishes and that is the reason I have decided to go on a vegetarian feast this afternoon. As you can see from the above photograph, they do have a good variety to choose from and their vegetarian offering is not limited to the above. My choice of dishes for this afternoon were Pulichakeerai Curry, Thanichaar, Spicy Tofu Sambal, Radish, Snake Gourd Perattal, Bitter Gourd Perattal and Rasam. All this for just RM 3.50 and that's a steal!

Thannichaar is one of my favourite curries and these guy's just nailed it. It was thick and not the watery version that we occasionally get at some restaurants and came with lots greens and dhall. Perfect taste wise too and I would definitely give this a 9/10. 

Pulichakeerai was another excellent preparation. Typically a sour gravy with a hint of spiciness. I absolutely enjoyed it and would give this a 9/10 as well. 

Radish Perattal

Snake Gourd Perattal

Bitter Gourd Perattal
All three vegetables that I had tried were superb and there was nothing that I could find fault with any one of them. Each and every item was excellent and I can't see either one scoring lower than the other. For me, I would give them all a 9/10 as well. 

Tofu Sambal
If you're one who can't handle spicy food, then this is not for you. The Tofu was cut to small square cubes and served in a thick spicy gravy. Some restaurants make this sweet and spicy but these guys kept it solely spicy and it was good for a change. Yes, this too deserves a 9/10. 

Their Rasam was the only one that was not up to the mark. It wasn't bad but it just was not as good as the rest. I feel that it lacked spices. Tasted okay but that satisfaction factor wasn't there. This I would give a 6/10.

Overall, the meal was excellent. If you're in for a vegetarian feast, do give these guy's a try and satisfaction is guaranteed. For the kind of meal that I had this afternoon, if only I had the same in Kuala Lumpur, it would have cost me much more than this. Yes, I am definitely coming back for more soon!

Address: Taman Malim Indah, 35900 Tanjung Malim, Perak, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 0700 - 0000 Daily

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Curry Mee Stall in Restoran Kar Kui @ Tanjung Malim, Perak

If you are looking for a good bowl of Curry Mee and Soup Noodles in Tanjung Malim, Restoran Kar Kui is the place. A very old restaurant that has been around since the late 1950's. There was so much of hype that this row of wooden shops would be demolished in 2017 as the town council was planning on building a mall and that would have been a shame if it had happened since these old structures are the landmarks that bear the history of this town. Thankfully, that piece of land failed the soil test and was deemed not suitable for a multi storey building. If you're wondering where this shop is, it is along Jalan Chong Ah Peng, right beside the dilapidated Shaw Brothers (Rex) Cinema. 

The Uncle Preparing The Noodles

A Simple Wooden Structure

Breezy As It's Open On Two Sides
It is just a simple shack like wooden structure but there's so much history to this place. Over the years, the operators have changed, the owners have changed and so have the vendors and this building speaks volumes of it's antiquity. Even I have a lot of childhood memories attached to this place. This stall is right at the entrance and they are open daily from 2.30 pm till 8.30 pm. In fact at that hour, only this stall is open whereas the rest, solely do breakfast business. As a matter of fact, this very stall is occupied by another vendor who does the very same dishes but he too solely caters for breakfast. Despite being the only stall that is open from noon till late evening, business is good and usually by around 7.30 pm, many of his dishes are sold out. I would advise to come for an early dinner around 6.30 pm or a late lunch. That would be the best time as you would have all four dishes available. Please do note that they are closed two days in a row, once a fortnight and the days are not fixed. 

Wantan Mee with Assorted Fish Balls @ RM 4.00

Assorted Fish Balls and Fish Cake
His Wantan Mee is very good. Though he does not use the egg noodles like the original Kon Loh Mee, this has a very unique taste of it's own. There are two versions to this. One is the one that you can see above and that is the plain Soy Sauce Noodles and comes with a bowl filled with assorted Fish Balls and Fish Cake. The other one is the same Soy Sauce Noodles but it is topped with Chicken Curry. That is the other variety. Both are excellent in their own way and both are priced at RM 4.00 . As for this dish, I would give it a 9/10. Surely a good one to try here. 

Mee Hoon Soup @ RM 4.00
His Mee Hoon Soup is excellent and one of the best ones that I have come across. Besides the noodles, it also comes with some Fish Balls, Fish Cake, Pork Balls and Char Siew. And the soup, that is just so good. That is the main thing that makes this taste so good. If you're a fan of Soup Noodles, you have to give this place a try. For RM 4.00 , it's an excellent dish and I would give this a 10/10. 

Har Mee (Prawn Mee) @ RM 4.00
His Har Mee or Prawn Noodles comes with shrimps, dried shrimps, Char Siew, Fish Cake, some kale and a boiled egg. He is quite generous with the ingredients and the variety of things that he adds to this bowl of noodles makes it taste pretty good. Not a very great Prawn Mee broth wise, but it does still taste good. I would give this a 7/10. If you would like to have Prawn Mee in Tanjung Malim, then this is the place as you can't get it elsewhere in town. But if you're coming here solely for the Prawn Mee, that I would not recommend. I would rather advise to stick to his Wantan Mee, Soup Noodles or his Curry Mee which are the winners here. 

Curry Mee @ RM 4.00
This bowl of Curry Mee is just awesome. For RM 4.00 , you get a bowl of noodles plus Char Siew, Tofu, Fish Balls and egg. And his curry is heavenly! It has a beautiful taste that would linger in your mind for a long time and it's not oily. This is another one that I would highly recommend here and it deserves nothing less than a 10/10. 

In summary, as I mentioned earlier, this place is excellent for his Curry Mee, Soup Noodles and Wantan Mee. His Har Mee is just above average. If you're looking for a good place to have these dishes in Tanjung Malim, this is it. And for those friends from Tanjung Malim, in case you have not tried this place, please do and I am sure that you'd enjoy it as much as I did. 

Address: Along Jalan Chong Ah Peng, 35900 Tanjung Malim, Perak, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 1430 - 2030 

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Chicken Rice Stall in Restoran Uli @ Tanjung Malim, Perak

Firstly, let me take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! As my first blog post for this year, let me introduce you a new food stall from my hometown Tanjung Malim, Perak.  

The Very First Stall Near The Entrance
I have done several blog posts in the past on Restoran Uli and those were mainly concentrating on the main kitchen and an Indian food stall, both of which operate solely in the evenings. Now, we have a new stall that sells Chicken Rice in the afternoons. This guy originally used to operate from Restoran 123 that is located in Taman Angerik Desa, the one right opposite the Hindu Temple near the traffic lights. As his business had picked up there, he has now given that stall to his wife to run and set up another stall at this restaurant. Despite being in a remote location and way out of town, there are lots of customers that come here solely for his Chicken Rice. This guy operates daily from 11 am till 3 pm. From my observation this afternoon, it is best to come before 2 pm as his preparation sells out very quickly. 

Rice with Roasted Chicken
As far as his offerings are concerned, he solely does Roasted Chicken, Roasted Duck and Char Siew. Siew Yuk and Steamed Chicken are not available. This afternoon, I wanted to try his Roasted Duck but sadly they were sold out. I was advised to come before 1 pm if I wanted to try that. I guess it must be really good for it to sell out so fast. Having had no other choice, I settled for his Roasted Chicken and Char Siew. 

Yellow Rice
Before discussing about the meats, I would like to say a few words about his rice. This rice was really good. It had that buttery taste and an overall creamy texture to it. He also adds some sauce to the rice that definitely boosts the taste. Truly one of the good ones that I have tasted and I don't mind having just the rice without the meats. That good it was and I shall give this a 9/10. 

Roasted Chicken
The Roasted Chicken was marvelous. Just look at it. So perfect! The skin had a beautiful golden brown colour and it was crispy and juicy on the inside., The meat itself was so tender and his marination had seeped in right to the bones so much so it was such a joy just to munch the bones. Amazing it was and I would give this a 10/10. Highly recommended!

Char Siew
His Char Siew was nothing much to shout about. It was neither bad nor great. For me, this seemed like just another Char Siew. It did not have the mind blowing factor like the rice or the Roasted Chicken. Still a decent one to have. There was an equal balance of lean meat and fat to it and mostly, the taste came from the sauces, not the meat itself. I would give this a 7/10. 

Clear Soup with Radish
His Clear Soup was good and the fact that he had added radish in it gave it an extra flavour. Mildly bitter, mildly on the salty side but it was good. This I would say deserves a rating of 7/10. 

Chili Paste
The Chili Paste was good though I would have expected more spiciness in it. This had a little too much vinegar in it. Nevertheless, I would give this a 6/10. 

Overall, it was a good meal. The highlights were the Roasted Chicken and Rice and I find the price to be very reasonable too. My meal today cost me a mere RM 7.50 which is a pretty good deal bearing in mind the volume of Char Siew that was served. I would strongly recommend this stall for their roasted meats and seeing how good his Roasted Chicken was, I am now yearning to try his Roasted Duck. Hopefully, I would be able to do it soon. 

Address: No. 87, Jalan Intan Setia 1, Taman Intan Setia, 35900 Tanjung Malim, Perak.

Opening Hours: 1100 - 1500 Daily 

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Restoran Ibrahim Ghani @ Tanjung Malim, Perak

Restoran Ibrahim Ghani.... this is a restaurant that is very close to my heart. For me, this is the best place in Tanjung Malim for a number of dishes, namely Rojak, Mee Rebus, Roti Canai and the Roti varieties including Murtabak. There is absolutely no other restaurant in town including Restoran Ghani which is currently being run by his father, that can come close to Khaleel's preparation. I have brought many of my outstation friends here and they simply loved his preparation.

Restoran Ibrahim Ghani in Taman Wangsa Utama

Interior Of The Restaurant

Interior Of The Restaurant
This restaurant has the very same design as the original restaurant in town and is almost a copy of their other sibling's restaurants. As usual, I placed my orders with the son who is a close friend of mine. It was almost closing time and some of the workers were seen busy cleaning the restaurant. One thing that I very much like about this restaurant is the lighting. It's so brightly lit up and that creates such a lovely ambiance. 

Rojak @ RM 3.50

Rojak @ RM 3.50
Their Rojak has always been one of those consistently good dishes. Just look at the colours, that itself should speak volumes. Filled with goodness and nothing but goodness, it's a treat to Rojak lovers. Slightly on the spicy side and served in a thick and delicious broth, I would rate this at nothing less than a 10/10. Definitely the best Rojak in Tanjung Malim!

Mee Rebus @ RM 3.50

Mee Rebus @ RM 3.50
Their Mee Rebus is no less either. He uses a combination of two different broths to make this delicious dish. Besides that, he's never stingy with the extra prawn cakes. One glance at the dish and you should realise how good it is. I have tasted all the Mee Rebus in town and none can come anywhere close to this one. Another dish that deserves a 10/10 and surely the best Mee Rebus in town!

So, here's the best place in Tanjung Malim for Rojak and Mee Rebus. Mee Goreng used to be good when Khaleel used to prepare himself. Now, his Uncle from India is doing it and it's quite disappointing. Their rice and curries are selectively good. My suggestion would be to solely stick to these dishes that I have mentioned here and rest assured, you'd return a very satisfied person. 

Address: No. 3, Jalan Wangsa Utama, Taman Wangsa Utama, 35900 Tanjung Malim,
                Perak, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 0700 - 2100 Daily

Friday, 2 December 2016

Restoran Hijau Daun @ Tanjung Malim, Perak

Restoran Hijau Daun isn't a new restaurant in Tanjung Malim, Perak. It has been around for more than 10 years now and they are famous for their lunch spread serving some authentic Malay dishes. Easily twenty plus dishes are prepared daily and the food is very good and it tends to sell out quite fast. In the evenings, not many are aware that they also do Malay style Chicken Rice which is very tasty as well and that is something that I have blogged about in the past, some time in June this year. And now, they have introduced another dish also available only in the evenings and that is their Nasi Kukus and Ayam Goreng Berempah. I am a huge fan of this dish and when I got to know that they have started selling this food item, I had to give it a try.  

The Restaurant With The Frying Area Set Up Outdoors

Inside the Restaurant
Generally this restaurant is quite deserted in the evenings. The problem is that many are not aware that they also do other dishes post lunch hours. Today was no different. When I arrived, I was the sole customer and that was to my benefit as I got things done rather fast. I ordered what I wanted and also asked for a glass of Iced Water which was priced at RM 0.50 per glass. 

Chicken Is Fried As And When The Order Is Received

Fried Potato and Anchovies @ RM 1.00
I ordered my dish and the guy went outside to fry the chicken. It is good that they have that small tent like stall set up outside the restaurant as now more people would be aware that these dishes are available. Another good thing is that the chicken is fried only when an order comes in. That's really great as the chicken has got to be crispy when served and this can only be achieved if it is just recently fried. While waiting for it to be ready, I went over to see if any of those lunch dishes were still available and the only thing left was the above Fried Potato with anchovies. Potatoes are my favourite and since I was already hungry, I decided to munch on these while waiting for my main course. The preparation was very good. Sweet and spicy and the mixture of the soft potato along with those crunchy anchovies were just splendid. They charged me RM 1.00 for this and I felt that it was worth it. A good one and I would give this a 8/10. 

Nasi Kukus with Ayam Goreng Berempah Set @ RM 5.50
The set looked good for the price of RM 5.50 . It came with a good portion of white rice, a reasonably big piece of chicken, some chicken curry, a little bit of sambal belacan and a few slices of cucumber. 

Loved That Spicy Topping

Chicken Curry
The rice was good and it came topped with some of those crispy, spicy little bits that I just love. However, the Chicken Curry was a little disappointing. It was too oily, in fact you could see a thick layer of oil right on top. I also felt that the spices in the curry were rather mild. It would have been better if the gravy was really thick and rich in spices. And not to forget a little less oily as well. Overall, that oily feel and the mild tasting curry didn't go well with me. I would only give their curry a 6/10.  

Ayam Goreng Berempah
The Ayam Goreng Berempah was really huge and it had a lot of meat to it. Great that it was very crispy and juicy as well. However, I felt that the chicken was a little over done. Should have taken it out a little sooner. Still, it wasn't really a big thing. The fact is I thoroughly enjoyed the Fried Chicken and as such, I'd give this a 8/10. 

Sambal Belacan
This Sambal Belacan was one potent stuff. It was super spicy and being one who loves spicy food, I was having a gala time. Just a little bit of that and the rice was such a wonderful combo. Honestly, this Sambal Belacan was the one that had saved the dish since the Chicken Curry was pretty bad. If not for this, then I would not have been able to finish the rice. Absolutely loved it and I would give this a 9/10. 

If you're a fan of this, I would definitely recommend you to try the preparation here. I am not saying that it was excellent so much so you must give it. What I meant to say was that you could give it a try. Moreover, this is the only restaurant in Tanjung Malim that does this dish. 

Address: Along Jalan Chong Ah Peng, 35900 Tanjung Malim, Perak, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 1030 - 2030 (Monday to Friday)

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Restoran K.P. Gani @ Hulu Bernam, Selangor

Many of my Tanjung Malim friends have always been asking me where's the best Indian Muslim Mee Goreng and Mee Hoon Goreng in town and so here's an entry just for you guy's. Restoran K.P. Gani is located in Taman Nakhoda, just a few doors away from Pasaraya Bernam Jaya, once again on the Ulu Bernam side of town. This restaurant is part of the Ghani Restaurant legacy and belongs to one of the son's. 

The Restaurant in Taman Nakhoda, Hulu Bernam

The Air Conditioned Section
This restaurant is much smaller when compared to the others in town but the business here is very good. All throughout the day, the restaurant is continuously crowded and they have a good flow of customers. The layout is an exact replica of the other restaurants which is part of the same family. I am not surprised if their suppliers are the same too. This is a no frills restaurant, just like any other typical Indian Muslim restaurant, except that in recent months, they have added an air-conditioned section and that would make them the first Indian Muslim restaurant to do so in Tanjung Malim. This shall also speak volumes in terms of their revenue. As always, I place my orders with Ali Bhai, the guy who does the Mee Goreng as he knows exactly how I like my dish to be. In fact, he's got such a good memory that he remembers all the specific details that the usual customers prefer. The service here is nothing much to shout about but these boys are surely efficient and continuously on their feet. Once the order is placed, one is rest assured that the dish is to be delivered in not more than 10 minutes.

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu
This menu thingy is one that has been added specifically after opening the air-conditioned section and is placed on the tables in that section only. The reason for this is simply because the price for those who dine in comfort is slightly more. For food items, it's fifty cents more and for drinks, it's thirty cents more. I heard that there have been some disputes in the past and so they have introduced this practice. Good in a way to inform the customers before hand.

Teh Ice @ RM 1.80
The tea here is excellent. We all know that Indian Muslim restaurants do fix a good cup of tea but I find these guys to be a step above the rest. Really good stuff and I would give this a 10/10. 

Mee Goreng @ RM 4.00
Their Mee Goreng was once again a perfect dish. It was dry, not too spicy and packed with some fantastic flavours. A perfect preparation! Not a single thing that I am able to comment on this dish. Thoroughly enjoyed it and I would rate this at 10/10.  Definitely the best Indian Muslim Mee Goreng in town! Just for information sake, there is another version of Mee Goreng here as well and that's like an extension of this. I do not really enjoy that but there's a huge crowd including my brother that solely goes for that. Wondering what that version is? Well it's a plate of charred Mee Goreng. Yes, you read it right. This same preparation in cooked further till the chili paste and the noodles get somewhat really dry and burnt. I understand that taste is subjective but I don't really enjoy that version. I have tasted it though and found it overdone as it was but there are so many people who just go for that. Anyway, just wanted that share that that is available too. Oh, another point that I would like to add, if you sit at the non air-conditioned section, then this same dish is priced at RM 3.50 . 

Mee Hoon Goreng @ RM 4.20
Just like the Mee Goreng, this too is excellent. A completely different taste to the Mee, this Mee Hoon tastes more creamier in texture. What can I say, you need to taste it in order to experience that heavenly joy. Another one that would score a perfect 10/10 and indeed, this is the best Indian Muslim Mee Hoon Goreng in town!

Besides these, they do have rice and curries which is quite decent. But please do not go for their Mee Rebus and Rojak here, it is pretty bad. If you're at this restaurant, do stick to the above only. I shall come up with another entry soon on the best Mee Rebus and Rojak in town. 

Address: No. 9, Jalan Nakhoda 1A, Taman Nakhoda, Jalan Besar Ulu Bernam,
                35900 Hulu Bernam, Selangor, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 0700 - 2100 Daily
                           Closed From 1300 - 1400 On Fridays