Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Happy Happy Bread Bakery @ Kajang, Selangor

I heard about this place in Bandar Sungai Chua called Happy Happy Bread Bakery that is famous for it's Cheese Tarts and Half Baked Cheese Tarts from a friend and I did some research on the internet and found this place to be extremely famous. Since it isn't too far from Cyberjaya, I decided to drop by this evening. 

The Bakery In Taman Berjaya, Kajang

Variety of Pastries

Sells Out Quickly

This may seem like an ordinary bakery but let me tell you that you can find a queue as long as 100 meters twice daily here. They mainly sell Chinese bread and pastries along with Cheese Tarts. But the most famous one here is their Half Baked Cheese Tarts. These are baked twice a day once at noon and again at 6.30 pm and that is when, this place would be having such a long queue. In 15 to 30 minutes, the entire lot would have been sold out. It is called half baked because it isn't solid like the usual Cheese Tarts, This one would have the cheese oozing out, quite similar to the custard buns that you find at Dim Sum places. I was here at 7.00 pm and I could not find any despite it being baked just an hour before. 

Cheese Tarts and Some Buns
Since I could not enjoy their top seller which is their Half Baked Cheese Tarts, I had to settle with some buns and Cheese Tarts. These again were so good. The bun was soft and fluffy and it was so fresh. These miniature Cheese Tarts were a treat on it's own as well. Definitely some excellent buns and they were way better to those that we commonly get. I am definitely coming back to get my hands on their famous Half Baked Cheese Tarts that are baked twice daily, once at sharp noon and again at 6.30 pm. Make sure you're here early i.e. at least 10 minutes before as it sells out within 15 to 30 minutes. Once again, don't be surprised if you see a queue with 30 people ahead of you. A must visit bakery in Bandar Sungai Chua.

Address: No. 285, Jalan Berjaya 10, Taman Berjaya, 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 1000 - 2200 Daily 

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Restoran Culinary Pleasure @ Cyberjaya, Selangor

It has been a long time since I had Arabic food. There was a phase in my life where I used to be crazy of Arabic food and I would patronise at least two restaurants a week. Gone are those days and after a long time, I had the urge to visit one. Luckily, there are so many of them in Cyberjaya. In fact, after Indian restaurants, the second largest cuisine in Cyberjaya would be Arabic. While looking for a place to visit, I did read some reviews and was told that this place does some of the best lamb dishes. Being a huge fan of lamb, I just could not resist. 

The Restaurant in CBD 2, Cyberjaya

Outdoor Seating Area

A Posh Indoor Seating Area

See Through Kitchen Concept
From outside, this restaurant seemed a little run down but once inside, it was the total opposite. The concept was luxurious and there were sub cubicle like small private dining areas and each one of the had a TV set. The staffs were very friendly and being an Indian, they assumed that I was not familiar with Arabic food and took the time to patiently explain each and every dish. 

Drinking Water On The House
The above are just a few pages from their colourful and illustrious menu. They have an extensive range of dishes and all seemed to be reasonably priced. Another thing that impressed me was that they do not charge for drinking water, be it iced water or warm water. When most restaurants charge for these nowadays, it was just a pleasant surprise that these guys don't. Once we were done with the ordering, the chef got to work and we could clearly see and smell the dishes as he was preparing them since he was behind a semi covered glass partition. 

Lamb Zurbian @ RM 22.90
Lamb Zurbian is one of the top sellers here and a rare dish to find in restaurants. The lamb which is inside the rice is slow cooked over amber for 24 hours and as a result, it becomes so soft and has a cotton like texture. The rice is topped with spices and served with the Arabic version of Chicken Kurma which is what you see in the side bowl. I must confess that it was a heavenly dish. The mixture of rice and lamb was so good and the Kurma was an absolute delight. The Kurma didn't taste like the usual Indian style Kurma. It was slightly salty and tasted something like the Campbell's Chicken Soup, perhaps a cross between that and Kurma. In short, a must try dish here and this deserves 10/10 for sure. 

Wraps For The Fajitas

Lamb Fajita @ RM 29.90

Chili Dip

Do It Yourself Wraps
The Lamb Fajitas were served on a hot grill and the wraps were served separately in a cane container. Along with that, there was some chili dip just in case you wanted it to be spicy. The lamb itself was heavenly. I could go on eating this forever. Seriously, it was that good. The lamb tasted very similar to corned mutton and came with the perfect blend of capsicum, onions, garlic, carrots and herbs. Wrap it yourself and you're done. This was the fastest dish to finish. Each one of us were so much into this dish as it was so good. If I were to rate this, I would give it 10/10. 

Chicken Parmesana @ RM 20.90
Their Chicken Parmesana was another good dish. Rich in tomato sauce and a blend of other ingredients. In fact, the grilled chicken was huge too and it was so tasty. You can't see the full size here as it is mostly covered. 8/10 for this!

Bill For The Day
If you're into lamb and Arabic food, then I would suggest you to give this place a try. Their lamb dishes were simply amazing. Heavenly stuff that's cooked with perfect skills. Even their Chicken dish was good but nowhere close to their lamb dishes. Lamb Zurbian and Lamb Fajitas are two must try dishes here!

Address: CBD Perdana 2, Jalan Perdana, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 1100 -  2300 Daily

Monday, 22 May 2017

Satay Awe @ Kajang, Selangor

In the past, I have blogged about three good places to have Satay Kajang  and they are Satay Haji Samuri, Willy Satay and Nyok Lan Satay. This entry brings you another such great place, however, it is not as famous as the rest. 

Restoran Choon Tien in Sungai Chua

The Satay Stall Inside Restoran Choon Tien

Delicious Satay Being Grilled
Unlike the other three satay places which are located in Kajang town, this one is located in a Chinese restaurant in Bandar Sungai Chua. Once you're in Bandar Sungai Chua, look out for Restoran Choon Tien which is a typical Chinese food court that operates in the evenings. This stall is at the far corner of this restaurant. Satay Awe is open daily from 7 pm till midnight. Her off days are not fixed as she has an ailing husband to care for. 

Chicken Satay @ 0.80 each

Peanut Sauce
The Satay is extremely tasty and only lean meat is served. The Satay itself was so good to go on it's own and for such a huge chunk of meat, she only charges 80 sen each. The Peanut Sauce was another excellent one. Mildly sweet and comes with coarsely ground peanuts and served with a dash of chili. My rating for this is definitely 9/10 for both the satay and the dip sauce. Truly a hidden gem and one of the Top 5 satay's in Kajang.  

Address: No. 288 & 289, Jalan Berjaya 10, Taman Berjaya, 43000 Kajang, Selangor.

Opening Hours: 1900 - 0000 Daily

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Restoran Maju Utama @ Cyberjaya, Selangor

While being concentrated on the Glomac Cyberjaya side all this while, I never realised that there are restaurants on CBD side as well. Only difference is this side the majority of restaurants are Arabic with a handful of Indian and Malay restaurants. In fact, Restoran Maju Utama is the only Indian Muslim restaurant to be found this side. 

Restaurant Maju Utama in CBD 2, Cyberjaya

Huge Variety Of Nasi Kandar Style Dishes

Iced Tea @ RM 2.20
This restaurant is crowded all day long and is extremely busy during lunch hours. One of the good things here is the variety that you get. I was very impressed to see the range of dishes offered that is only found in real Nasi Kandar joints. One thing for sure is that you would be spoilt for choice here. Since it was very crowded when I had arrived, I decided to take a seat and wait for the crowd to disperse while sipping my tea. Their Teh Ais was good, typical Indian Muslim restaurant quality and I would give it 8/10. 

My Lunch @ RM 12.80

They Use POS Systems
When the crowd eased, I walked over to the counter to get my lunch. Variety was amazing and everything looked good and the above is the items that I had selected. Rice (half portion), Mutton Curry (gravy only), Chicken, Fish Sambal and Potatoes mixed with carrots. This lot cost me RM 12.80 which I found to be very reasonable bearing in mind the number of meat items that I had taken. Moreover, it is an air-conditioned restaurant. 

Their Mutton Curry was thick and heavily spiced, just the way I love it. And in case you're wondering, they do have bone marrow curry as well which I am sure would be heavenly. The looks of it was so inviting. Probably I would go for that the next time I am here. As for this curry that I had tasted, I would give it 8/10. Potato stir fried with carrots were very tasty as well. Cooked to just the right level and the spices were perfect. Huge portions too. I would rate this at 8/10 as well. 

Masala Chicken
Their Masala Chicken looked good but it was rather disappointing. Firstly, it was recycled chicken. The previous days fried chicken which had becomes this and probably even longer. When I tried pulling the meat, it came off like strands of thread and turned out to be quite stiff. The overall preparation lacked flavours too. But the size of the piece was huge. Taste wise, I would only give this 5/10. 

Sambal Fish
This Sambal Fish was simply out of this world. It was super spicy, the fish cuts were fresh, so juicy and delicious. This would be one that I would highly recommend to try. Excellent stuff and I would rate it 10/10. 

Bill For The Day
So far from what I have come across, these guys are the best Indian Muslim restaurant in Cyberjaya. I wouldn't say excellent food but the best that I have come across though there are still a few more that I have not visited. Their lunch spread is the winner and that would be the best time to visit them. Prices are reasonable and service is speedy. A good place to head to if you're looking for Indian Muslim food in Cyberjaya.

Address: CBD Perdana 2, Jalan Perdana, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Restoran Al-Arafa Maju @ Cyberjaya, Selangor

Some seven or eight years ago, Street Mall used to be the place for food in Cyberjaya. Today, with all the development that has taken place, this mall has somewhat become forgotten. For many years Hassan's Cafe used to dominate the Indian Muslim food scene here and I was surprised to see them gone when I visited this place this evening. That place which is the anchor tenant of Street Mall has been replaced by Al-Arafa Maju. Hassans used to be open 24 Hours daily and from what I observed, so does Al-Arafa Maju. My thoughts now is only about the food quality. Would the be able to equate to Hassan's. 

Restoran Al- Arafa Maju in Street Mall, Cyberjaya

Iced Teh Tarik @ RM 1.80
I must confess that the place has lost it's shine. The glory and crowd that Hassan used to have is no longer seen this evening. Perhaps, it could be because of the huge number of restaurants that have now opened up in Cyberjaya or, it could also be the food quality itself. Before checking out the dishes, I had ordered my drink first and it was served shortly. Iced Teh Tarik was priced at RM 1.80 and that seemed very reasonable to me. Taste wise, it was decent and I would give this 7/10. 

My Dinner @ RM 11.00
To be honest, the food wasn't so appealing, at least not up to what Hassan used to offer. Still, I went ahead and tried a few items just to satisfy my curiosity. I had Rice, Fish Curry, Fried Egg, Tofu Sambal, Fish Roe and Fried Fish and this cost me RM 11.00 . For the lot that I took, RM 11.00 is once again very reasonable if not cheap. Now, time to taste it. 

Fish Curry

Fried Egg

Fried Fish
Their Fish Curry was watery but it still had the basic flavours that are deemed necessary for this dish. Still, I would say that it has lots of room for improvement. I would rate this curry at 6/10. Fried Egg came with lots of diced onions and chilies. It was good ingredients wise but it was a tad too dry. Could be because it was fried in the morning. I would rate this at 6/10 as well. Their Fried Fish was dry, stiff and lacked Masala. Again, one that was fried much earlier in the day and as such, had lost it's juiciness. I would rate this at 6/10. 

Fish Roe

Tofu Sambal
I liked the gravy that came with the Fish Roe but the Fish Roe itself seemed a little stale. In fact, it had already started to smell odd. I just tasted a bit and didn't want to take further risks. This, I would rate at 6/10. Their Tofu Sambal however was good and I enjoyed every bit of it. Made very spicy and the tofu itself was soft and delicious. This deserves a rating of 8/10. 

My Bill For The Day
Compared to what their predecessors used to serve, I have to agree that the food was quite disappointing. Most of the dishes were very mediocre except for the Tofu Sambal which was above average. Prices are cheap, in fact very cheap but the food quality was simply lacking. Honestly, I doubt if I would return. 

Address: The Street Mall, Jalan Usahawan, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 24 Hours Daily

Friday, 19 May 2017

Putrajaya Sate @ Seri Kembangan, Selangor

Kajang is a town that is famous for a number of dishes and Satay is one of them. If one takes a drive through Kajang town, you'd probably stumble upon at least 50 different satay places and each has it's own following. Usually when this happens, the spillover effect tends to fill into the neighbouring towns as well and this is one such place. Putrajaya Sate as they call themselves is a restaurant that is located in Seri Kembangan, Selangor. A place that is easily accessible through the SKVE as it is located beside the famous Shell Station that has an AES Camera installed not too far from it. 

Putrajaya Sate Restaurant In Seri Kembangan

Chicken Sate @ RM 1.00 each
This restaurant is open from 5 pm to midnight daily and is easily visible from the SKVE. It seems to have it's own loyal customers as I did see a number of positive reviews on the internet. Similarly, you would also come across some who were not too happy with the satay as well. I for one would love to try anything once and having heard quite a lot about this place, I decided to drop by this evening. The restaurant is a very simple set up, it seemed more like a family venture with members of the family playing their part. Satay is priced at RM 1.00 each and the wait is slightly long as there is only one person who's attending to all these orders. 

A Mix Of Meat And Fat
Peanut Dip With Chili

For RM 1.00 , I felt that the Satay was rather small and even more surprising was the blend of meat and fat. Each skewer came with 70% fat and 30% meat which wasn't to my liking. Their Peanut Sauce seemed quite similar to Haji Samuri's as it was a mix of Peanut Sauce and Chili. Nevertheless, I did not enjoy the light bodied taste that came from the dip sauce. It was a tad too sweet and diluted. If I were to rate this, I would give 6/10 for the Satay and 5/10 for the dip sauce. Definitely one that is nowhere close to the ones that we get in Kajang. 

Address: No. 18, Jalan Utama Suria Tropika 1, Sierra 1, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor.

Opening Hours: 1700 - 0000 Daily 

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Hong Hong Chicken Rice @ Cyberjaya, Selangor

Hong Hong Chicken Rice is a restaurant in Cyberjaya that is famous for it's Roasted Chicken. Though they have been around for a number of years, I have not had the opportunity to visit them. One of the reasons for this is simply because parking is very difficult during the day around this area and that is why I decided to drop by for dinner today. 

The Restaurant Along Jalan GC 4, Cyberjaya

Pork Free Restaurant

Simple And Nice Interior
The restaurant was rather quiet when I arrived with no other customers. I guess most of them would come here for lunch. Another thing that looked peculiar to me was the lighting that was very dim. It was so dim that it was even difficult for me to read the menu. I wonder why they do this. Cost cutting measures? Maybe. Perhaps, they don't expect customers for dinner. All their staffs were Indonesian Muslims including the one's in the kitchen. Since they are a pork free restaurant, I guess this is not a problem but I became worried as to how the dish would taste since they were preparing it. 

My Bill

Drinks Corner

Ice Lemon Tea
Most of their dishes come in sets i.e. a main dish plus free flow of house pouring drinks and this is priced at RM 7.90 . Predominantly, their dishes were around Wantan Noodles with Roasted Chicken and Chicken Rice. I was not in the mood for rice at this hour and so I went for their Wantan with Roasted Chicken plus I ordered another Steamed Beancurd with Onion Oil. As for the drinks, I went for their Ice Lemon Tea. Do note that this is self service and you would have to pick up your drinks from the drinks area. The Ice Lemon Tea was not bad and I would rate it 7/10. 

Wantan Mee with Roast Chicken @ RM 7.90

Wantan Mee With Roast Chicken
I need to break this up into two sections. Firstly, let me speak about their Roast Chicken. Their Roast Chicken was excellent. Beautifully marinated and roasted to perfection. The skin was crispy and delicious and the meat was tender and juicy. For this, I would give 8/10. Now coming to the Wantan Noodles itself. That was horrible. Seriously the worst Wantan Mee that I have tasted. It was bland, no salt and the noodles wasn't even softened perfectly. 0/10 is what I would give for this. True enough, my fear did come true and the guy's in the kitchen did kill this dish. 

Steamed Beancurd in Onion Oil @ RM 3.00
This I believe must have been a ready made dish where the staffs would have had to only add the sauces and luckily, this was good. The Beancurd itself was delicious, fresh and the texture was just right and the blend of sauces were just perfect. This I would rate at 8/10. 

If you wish to come to this restaurant, my recommendation would be to come in the afternoons when the owner is around and he fixes the dishes. Otherwise, you might end up being served bland, tasteless noodles like what happened this evening. Nevertheless, their Roasted Chicken was very good and so was their Steamed Beancurd. Those two would be items that you could boldly try day or night since it has been prepared much earlier. 

Address: No.2, Jalan GC4, Glomac Cyberjaya, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 1100 - 2100 Daily