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