Monday, 24 April 2017

Restoran Lucky Day @ Kajang, Selangor

While taking a drive last night looking for new eateries to explore, we discovered this Food Court that is located in Taman Kajang Prima. It seems to have been around for a number of years now and the place looked crowded. Since the vital signs seemed good (based on the crowd there), we decided to give the place a try. 

The Food Court in Taman Kajang Prima
This place is easily noticeable when you're driving along the main road even before turning in to this Taman. Such a huge food court and there would easily be around 40 stalls. A huge indoor and open air seating area is available and right beside that open air seating, you'd see a large plot of land that is a dedicated parking lot for this food court. Clearly this place is managed by a team of experts who know their stuff. This food court is open from 6 am and goes on till 2 am daily. In the morning, there's a different set of stalls and operators and come 5 pm, the evening shift arrives and this entry is based on the evening shift that operates till 2 am. We had a large group of friends this evening and that makes it even more exciting as we get to try more dishes. 

Char Kuey Teow @ RM 6.00
The first food stall that we tried was the Char Kuey Teow stall. Manned by a gentleman from Penang, his style of frying was quite similar to the one that we get in Penang. For RM 6.00 , the portion was satisfying and it did taste good. Not only was he generous with the cockles, he was also quite generous with the eggs. Taste wise, I would give this 8/10. 

Fish Head Noodles @ RM 9.00
I wonder what the relationship between Fish Head Noodles and Kajang town is but this dish seems to be omnipresent here. Not only that, it is so good taste wise. I have tried this dish in a number of establishments in Kajang and not a single one let me down. Similarly, this one too was extremely good. Right from the broth, the fish and other ingredients, not only did they meet my expectations, they exceeded it. Definitely a very good bowl of Fish Head Noodles and I would give this 9/10. 

Fish Ball Soup @ RM 5.30
This stall is run by a Thai couple and their specialty is their Fish Balls, Fish Cake and Fuchok. All three items are made by them. Slightly pricey, but they were totally worth it. The Fish Cake and Fish Balls were so soft and fresh. Their Fuchok was excellent too. One need not go for their noodles and may opt to have just these like we did tonight. Highly recommended and I would give this 9/10 as well. 

Ikan Bakar Stall

Grilled Stingray @ RM 24.00
This Grilled Fish stall is located outside the food court, in a quiet corner next to a Satay stall. She had a variety of fish but something didn't quite seem right. Even when we were checking the fish out, it seemed to have had a stale smell. On enquiring, she mentioned that it is normal as it is all inside a Styrofoam box. Having trusted her, we left after placing our orders. When the dish was served, just as we had suspected earlier, the stingray was stale. In fact, it was so bad that it already had a very funny taste. We called her and asked her again, of course to which she denied. I then stood up and asked her if she would like to eat her fish and that was when she said, "It's okay. I will give you back RM 7 as a discount" and walked away. Come on, that is just not acceptable. So please take note dear friends. Always check the fish prior to ordering and don't become victims like us. 

Wantan Mee @ RM 5.50

Delicious Dumplings
There's another stall selling Wantan Mee and we had ordered a plate as well. The large one was priced at RM 5.50 and it came with some dumplings in clear soup. The noodles were very good. Beyond that, I was even more impressed with the Char Siew. It had such a lovely texture that one would fall in love with it right away. Not only did they add Char Siew, they had also topped this with some minced pork. This is the first time that I am coming across Wantan Mee that comes with Char Siew and minced pork. Seemed like a hybrid between Kolo and Konloh Mee but taste wise it was very impressive. I would give this dish 9/10. The dumplings were very good too. Soft, chewy and juicy dumplings made just right. Again one that deserves 9/10 as well. 

Salt Baked Chicken @ RM 8.00

Braised Eggs @ RM 1.00
The Salt Baked Chicken stall is located on the far right and he has a good variety to offer right from pork to chicken. The above plate of Salt Baked Chicken was priced at RM 8.00 and the Braised Eggs were sold at RM 1.00 each. The Salt Baked Chicken was tender, juicy and lean and that blend of sweet soy sauce went along very well. Similarly, the braised eggs were decent. I would rate this preparation at 8/10. 

Variety Of Dim Sum

There's also a Dim Sum stall that has a wide variety of dumplings. We had randomly tried them and they were good. Prices wise, it was 6 dumplings for RM 7.20 . Specifically one that stood out was the Yam Dim Sum which is the purple coloured one. The rest were not bad too. If I were to rate these, I'd give them 8/10. 

This food court does offer a wide variety of dishes at reasonable prices. Most of the dishes that we tried this evening met or exceeded our expectations except for the Grilled Stingray which turned out to be stale. Otherwise, an excellent place for dinner in Kajang. 

Address: Taman Kajang Prima, 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 0600 - 1500 & 1700 - 0200 Daily

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Restoran Goreng Kuey Teow Tong Shin @ Puchong, Selangor

Goreng Kuey Teow Tong Shin is a place that is famous for their Char Kuey Teow and has been around for ages at their stall which is located along an alley in Bukit Bintang. Char Kuey Teow is a dish that is loved by most Malaysians and for those who are not able to head to Bukit Bintang to have this famous plate of CKT, you could now have this in Bandar Puteri Puchong as they have an outlet there which is much more comfortable.  

The Restaurant Along Jalan Puteri 2/6

Newspaper Write Up's Adorn The Walls
This restaurant in Bandar Puteri Puchong is located along Jalan Puteri 2/6. They have been here for at least seven years and are quite famous among the residents. A nice air-conditioned restaurant which has both indoor and outdoor seating with huge number of blown up newspaper write ups adorning the walls. 

Longan Winter Melon @ RM 3.00
Their menu consists of their signature dishes only. Good that they have stuck with those and not experimented with others. The most famous one here is their Char Kuey Teow and Popiah followed by their Fried Rice, Lam Mee, Har Mee and Pork Ball Noodles. Prices are not cheap but being a famous restaurant, I guess that that's inevitable. The original man that started the stall in Tong Shin is seen at this restaurant but he no longer does the cooking. He practically sits at the cashier and most often refuses to smile and engage with customers. I found it to be quite odd but then, that's how it is. The son, who looks just like him is the one that does the cooking and he seems to be more friendly. Order taking is done by the foreign workers and they seem to know all the dishes and the various options well, so that is definitely very helpful. With the orders being done, my drink which was a glass of iced Longan Winter Melon priced at RM 3.00 was sent over. The drink was quite disappointing as it was watered down, leaving just a mild trace of winter melon and no signs of longan. If I was to rate this, I would give it 6/10 only.  

Popiah @ RM 2.50

Simple But Satisfying
Their Popiah was nothing to shout about. Not like those Popiah's that are really tasty. In order to enjoy this, you would have to cut down your expectations and then, it would seem nice. In terms of ingredients, there were nothing much either but as I said earlier, cut down your expectations and you would enjoy it. I would give this 7/10. 

Fried Kuey Teow Special (Large) @ RM 15.00
Here, every add on item is priced separately and if you want to enjoy all the ingredients like shrimps, Lap Cheong, cockles etc, then go for their 'special' which has a combination of all those listed there. We ordered the large portion and it was good for two medium eaters. The Char Kuey Teow was unique, yes it was. It had a very different kind of taste to it which was pleasantly tasty. Not too spicy as well and the blend of ingredients were great. As for my rating, I would give this a 8/10.

I know that this stall is extremely famous in Bukit Bintang and it is great that they have another outlet in Bandar Puteri Puchong as well. Taste wise, their signature Char Kuey Teow was indeed unique and tasty. Their Popiah however could have been better but if you're expectations are low, then you would like it. Prices are definitely steep but I guess that comes along with their brand name. A good one to try if you're in the vicinity.

Address: No. 27, Jalan Puteri 2/6, Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 0930 - 2130 Thurs - Tues
                             Closed on Wednesdays

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Sup Power Ali @ Kajang, Selangor

Sup Power Ali has been around for almost 20 years. This guy is so famous that he has appeared in a number of TV shows and there are so many newspaper write ups about this place as well. Being new to Kajang, I only came to know about this place as I was passing it one night.  

The Stall in Taman Maju 2, Kajang

Just A Stall But There Are Indoor Seating As Well
Despite being just a humble stall, this place becomes very crowded from 7 pm onwards. He is open from 5.30 pm till 3 am Mondays to Saturdays. Even during the wee hours of the night, you get a lot of customers here. There is a huge outdoor seating area which could easily accommodate 50 people at any one time and a smaller indoor seating area which is good for around 15 pax maximum.  

Ali Preparing The Orders

Variety Of Cuts

He has a variety of cuts to choose from and he sells Chicken, Lamb, Beef and even Quail. Regardless of the part that you choose, the base soup is the same. Each part is priced differently and they are clearly displayed at the stall. 

Mutton Soup @ RM 6.00 With Bread

Bread @ RM 1.00 per plate
It didn't take him long to serve the soup since it had already been cooked and was just left to a mild boil. My bowl of mutton soup was priced at RM 6.00 and with it, one could choose to have this soup with bread or rice. This White Bread is also one that is made by him and has a very different texture compared to the standard loaves that you get off the shelf. A plate of bread is priced at RM 1.00 . The soup itself was very thick, in fact it looked more like gravy and was highly infused with spices. Very different preparation compared to the rest that we get. It's so spicy that it could get you sweating profusely. Taste wise, I really can't compare this to the rest as it was a different recipe altogether. I would give this soup 8/10. 

The Bill
This is a very different kind of Mutton Soup prepared with a wide range of Indian spices and served thick and hot. That is why some even opt to have this with rice. I have not tasted anything like this before and since that it the case, I am not able to give a comparison. Definitely worth giving it a try at least once.

Address: No. 7, Jalan Maju 1, Taman Maju 2, 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 1730 - 0300 Monday - Saturday

Friday, 21 April 2017

Restoran Sungai Jelok @ Kajang, Selangor

I was visiting a schoolmate in Kajang this evening and that was how I was introduced to this place. I was informed that this Chinese restaurant is one that is quite famous among the locals and one that has been around for decades now. 

The Restaurant In Sungai Jelok Area

Indoor & Outdoor Seating Available
Restoran Sungai Jelok is located along Jalan Sungai Jelok, Kajang and it is hard to miss as it's located right by the road. Such a huge set up that it occupies an entire lot with both indoor and outdoor seating areas. Seeing all this and the crowd this evening, it was definitely convincing that the food would be pretty good here. Food options were very much similar to any other Chinese seafood restaurants. There wasn't a menu available hence we ordered based on our preferences. Maybe they might have been one inside but since we had already known what we wanted to have, none of us insisted on seeing one. 

Kangkung Belacan @ RM 8.00
Looking at the crowd this evening, I was expecting the dishes to arrive at least 60 minutes from the time of order but to my surprise, it came in half of that time. Coming to their dishes, the first one to arrive was Kangkung Belacan. Portions were good, the veggies were fresh and they were quite generous with the shrimp paste. However, my only complaint would be that it was a tad too oily. Taste wise, it was good and I would rate this at 7/10. 

Cuttlefish with Salted Eggs @ RM 16.00
Cuttlefish with salted eggs were very good. I was very impressed with this dish. The squid was fried to a golden brown perfection and was topped with a generous batter of salted eggs. This dish would be one that I would recommend here. As far as the rating goes, I would give it 9/10. 

Steamed Fish with Chilli Paste @ RM 31.00
Steamed Fish with Chilli Paste (Cheong Cheng) was very much the southern style of preparation. In fact, in northern Peninsular Malaysia, this dish is prepared in similar fashion. Compared to the one that we get in the central region, this one was sweeter, was a little more coarse and had lard in it. The overall texture of the shrimp paste is a little dry as well. Differences in style of preparation aside, it did taste good and different from the norms for me. I would rate this at 7/10. 

Kam Heong Clams @ RM 16.00
Their Kam Heong Clams was a fantastic dish. Large clams were used and as you can see, there was an overload of sauces. Tasted extremely good and this for sure is another dish that I would recommend here. As for me, this deserves a perfect 10/10. 

The Bill For The Day
The food at this restaurant was surely good. Out of the four dishes that we had, their Kam Heong Clams and Salted Egg Squid were two dishes that stood out. Price wise, it isn't small town pricing but it was worth it. Definitely a good Chinese Restaurant to visit in Kajang.

Address: Lot 2202, Jalan Sungai Jelok, 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 1730 - 0000 Daily

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Uncle Tetsu's Cheese Cake @ Putrajaya

Of late, there has been an overwhelming response in Malaysia for Japanese Cheese Tarts and Japanese Cheese Cakes. That being said, a number of different brands have set foot in Malaysia in the recent years and Uncle Tetsu's Cheese Cake is one such brand.

Uncle Tetsu's Outlet in IOI City Mall

Brief History
This outlet in IOI City Mall is located on the Lower Ground Level. Although being a simple kiosk like set up, it is very presentable set up wise. Baking is done on premise and that guarantees the freshness of the cakes.  

Variety Of Cakes

Conveniently & Hygienically Packed
They have a variety of cakes to choose from, hot and cold and both of these versions comes in original cheese and chocolate cheese flavours. The staffs were very helpful in explaining these as well. For customers convenience, these cakes are packed in cakes boxes with utmost importance given to hygiene.  

Original Cheese Cake @ RM 21.00

Original Cheese Cake @ RM 21.00

The Bill
I must say that their cakes were quite impressive.They were cotton like, fluffy and had their signature texture that is found in all Japanese Cheese Cakes. The degree of cheesiness was impressive as well. For RM 21.00 , it's definitely one that is worth it. But, if I am to compare to other similar ones that I had tried, I would still say that Tokyo Pastry was better. Nevertheless, this is still a very good cake to try. 

Address: LG - 41 - B, Lower Ground Floor, IOI City Mall, IOI Resort, 62502 Putrajaya.

Opening Hours: 1000 - 2200 Daily

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

India Gate @ Cyberjaya, Selangor

In the past few weeks, I have already blogged about four Indian restaurants in Cyberjaya and still, I have so many more to visit. And amidst all that, here's another new Indian restaurant that had opened it's doors two weeks back. 

India Gate in Shaftsbury Square

Beautiful Mughal Style Decor

Lovely Ambiance

Quality Cutlery
This restaurant is located in Shaftsbury Square and is on the Ground Floor facing the main trunk road. They have a good variety of dishes, mostly being North Indian food items, South Indian Thali Meals and some Chettinad Dishes. Prices were quite reasonable bearing in mind the kind of set up that they have put in place. The entire restaurant was air-conditioned and I loved the Mughal style decoration. The staffs still seemed like they needed a little more time before they could come up to speed, nevertheless they were giving it their best and were very friendly. 

Aloo Parata @ RM 5.00 each
There were a handful of tables that were occupied this evening even though it was a working day and despite that, they didn't take too long to prepare the dishes. All food items are made from scratch when ordered. Only during lunch hours, they precook their North Indian Thali and South Indian Thali Meals. The rest are all cooked based on orders. I ordered Aloo Parata and this was priced at RM 5.00 each. What you see in the above basket is two pieces of the same. The Parata was quite huge and if you're a light eater, I would recommend going for one only. I loved the potato stuffings as it was beautifully infused with spices. Even the bread was so soft and tasty. This is one of those Aloo Parata's that I could eat on it's own. Truly good and I would rate this at 9/10. 

Fish Tikka Masala @ RM 19.90
Their Fish Tikka Masala was another excellent dish. Decent cube sized cuts of fish were cooked in this extremely delicious gravy. The gravy was thick, mildly sour and it was just perfect. Good to go with even rice. I would rate this at 9/10 as well. 

Mutton Chettinad @ RM 18.90
Their Mutton Chettinad was another delicious preparation. The gravy was spicy and I could get traces of black pepper and that chili, spices and black pepper combo was just awesome. However, one thing that I did not like were the mutton cuts. The had used huge mutton chops, each cut was probably about two thirds the size of my fist. It would have been better if they had gone with smaller boneless cubes. That is my only complaint for this dish, otherwise the gravy was excellent. I would give this dish 8/10. 

Tandoori Chicken (Quarter Chicken) @ RM 10.90
Their Tandoori Chicken was not bad. I have definitely tasted better ones and this surely has room for improvement. I would probably skip this one the next time I am here as there are so many other dishes to try. This, I would rate at 7/10. 

Masala Tea @ RM 5.00
Their Masala Tea was amazing. Loved the infusion of spices and it was very similar to the one's that we get in India. Just perfect to have this after a hearty meal. I would rate this one at 9/10. 

Bill For The Day
I would say that their food was quite impressive except for the Tandoori Chicken. The rest of the dishes that we tried were quite awesome. In fact, we returned again that weekend only to find the place to be full house. We tried a range of Briyanis (Prawn, Chicken and Mutton) and they were all good. Definitely a place that I would recommend. Good service and reasonable prices too!

Address: P1-17, Shaftsbury Square, Persiaran  Multimedia, Cyber 6, 
                63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor.

Opening Hours: 0800 - 2230 Daily