Friday, 13 April 2012

Restoran Robson Heights

We used to frequent this eatery when we were living in the vicinity. We remember it for its reasonable price and good quality food. That said, do bear in mind that it would be to your benefit if you were to ask the prices when you see 'seasonal price' listed next to the item you want. Do not fall into the trap like a friend of a friend's, where they were charged RM270 for a fish.

Now that I've given you fair warning, let's move on. After we moved from the vicinity, we hardly returned to Robson Heights. The restaurants in our new neighbourhood were a dime a dozen, and we didn't feel the need to drive halfway across KL to have some decent Chinese food.

But three Saturdays ago, an ex-classmate of hubby's returned from Singapore to perform Qing Ming rites. Robson Heights, located halfway between us, was the ideal place to have some good food.

Their prawns in salted egg yolk was done differently from other Chinese restaurants. Instead of the regular dry version, it was wet with a distinct salted egg yolk flavour. It was probably the best salted egg version I've ever had. Yumm....

The buttermilk sotong had a was served with crispy dried pork floss. 

Kangkong belacan was our friend's choice of vegetables. Apparently, he could not get decent kangkong belacan in Singapore. As for me, I like this kangkong belacan better than any other that I've had.

Now, I don't know how true this is, but apparently, in Singapore, you can't order a Hokkien Mai Fun Mee (beehoon mee). You can order either a Hokkien Mee or Hokkien Mai Fun. This is the one dish that our friend asked for each and every time he returns to KL to visit his family.

Personally, we prefer the Hokkien Mee without the beehoon, but as he returns to KL only twice a year, we like to accommodate him. 

This dish, unfortunately was not a winner for Robson Heights. It was too dry, and the mee did not fully absorb the flavour of the gravy. The best Hokkien Mee award still goes to the now-defunct stall at Taman Wahyu, Jalan Ipoh.

The total damage was RM77, which I think, was pretty reasonable. We did not order any rice. We ate those dishes on their own.

Lorong Syed Putra

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Restoran Vegetarian @ Kepong

There are many vegetarian restaurants in Kepong. Some are great, some are mediocre, and then you have those that should never have opened their doors for business. But one thing they have in common, their restaurant name is simply "Restoran Vegetarian".....

So, which vegetarian restaurant is this that I think is worthy of mention, especially when I should be resting my painful arm and shoulder? It's a small, nondescript shop opposite a prawn mee shop with this huge, eye-catching prawn sign at Kepong Baru, near the Wai-Sik-Kai.

We've been there twice now. I'll post the photos of the two visits in a single article. 

On our first visit, we ordered the white raddish soup, nyonya tofu and fried brinjal in gravy. 

The white raddish soup is a light, clear soup without any msg.

I love the sour, piquant taste of the nyonya tofu. Very appetizing. But hubby, who has a low tolerance of anything sour, did not like it at all.

The fried brinjal in gravy was more to hubby's liking. I found the gravy a little 'boring'.

On our second visit, we ordered the bitter gourd & tofu soup, fried mushroom in sweet & sour sauce and sambal fried brinjals, ladies' fingers and long beans. 

We love the bitter gourd & tofu soup. Initially, I was a little hesitant, for fear that the soup might have a bitter taste, but surprisingly, it didn't have the slightest hint of bitterness at all.

The fried mushroom in sweet & sour sauce was a runaway favourite. They used the shitake mushroom and it had a fragrant, crunchy taste. And the sauce was not too sweet, it was well-balanced.

The sambal fried brinjals, ladies' fingers & long beans was another hit with us. However, hubby wished that they had included dried shrimps or belacan in the sambal, as he was more used to a non-vegetarian sambal. Still, he loved it despite the lack of dried shrimp or belacan, so that is saying something about the flavour of the dish.

In conclusion, this vegetarian restaurant serves great meals at reasonable prices. How reasonable? Except for the sambal fried mixed vegetables, all the other vegetables and soup were RM6 each. The sambal dish was RM8.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Restoran Bich Tien @ Kepong

To my knowledge, there are only two nations' food that are healthy. Food that do not have much fat or salt in it. If you are thinking Japanese and Vietnamese food, you're spot on.

There are many Vietnamese restaurants in KL, most of which are in a shopping mall. Those are the more 'commercialized' ones, where you have tall, slim Vietnamese waitresses decked out in traditional 'ao dai' waiting on you.

Bich Tien is not one of those. Bich Tien is an unpretentious papa-mama shop. Its proprietor is a Malaysian Chinese who is married to a Vietnamese lady. Their staff are their family members and relatives. And they are dressed like you and I, in ordinary clothes.

Being a papa-mama shop, their menu is not extensive. It is just a one page two-sided A3 laminated paper. However, they have my favourite items, which are the beehoon salad and beef koay teow soup.

Beehoon salad with spring rolls - RM7.90

They have a few choices of 'toppings' with the beehoon salad. I've tried some of them and my favourite remains the one with the spring rolls. The spring rolls were crunchy on the outside, and soft with yam and other vegetable fillings on the inside. Very aromatic and yummy. 

Beef koay teow soup - RM8.90

Their other item that I like is their beef koay teow soup. Like most Vietnamese beef noodles, the beef was soft and tender. As for the noodles, it went very well with the sage leaves that were included in the plate of raw beansprouts, giving it a fruity flavour.

No. 15, Jalan Metro Perdana Barat 2
Taman Usahawan Kepong

May King Lum Mee @ Pudu

Hubby's favourite lum mee used to be at a stall in a corner coffee shop at Brickfields. But then, said shop called it a day and a boutique hotel took over its space, to hubby's chagrin. He pined for the lum mee like a werewolf pining for a full moon.

Chance had it that a friend of mine, Fern, who adopted Mc Eow, a.k.a. Sayang posted in her Facebook page some photos of a lum mee that she recently had at May King, Jalan Yew. 

Armed with the address, the Laus (that's me, hubby, mother-in-law & sis-in-law) dropped by May King for lunch yesterday before performing the Qing Ming rites for my late father-in-law.

A line of people were already there waiting to be seated when we arrived. Like any good citizen, we joined the queue. Fortunately, the wait was not long and before our legs started to protest, we were seated.

We ordered a plate of lum mee each, and a bowl of Ipoh hor fun (Ipoh soup noodle) to share, plus some meat balls that had cuttlefish in it.

Those two plates were my sambal. I love my lam mee hot and spicy. :)

Hubby loved the lum mee and thought it tasted the same as the one at Brickfields. Mother-in-law wasn't so excited about it. She and my late father-in-law had apparently patronized this shop regularly a long time ago and she felt that the flavour was not as good as it used to be.

Personally, I prefer the hor fun at Jalan Imbi (the one that used to be at Jalan Tong Shin). While the koay teow was smooth and soft, the soup wasn't half as sweet or flavourful as the one at Jalan Imbi's.

The meatballs were good, with lots of flavour. Value for money at RM1.10 per piece.

That said, I thought the total damage of RM50 was a little steep for only 5 bowls of noodles and 8 pieces of meatballs. 

May King
38, Jalan Yew (off Jalan Pudu)
(round the corner from the Pudu market, and beneath the flyover)
Business hours: 9:30am - 6pm
Closed on Mondays

Mille Crepe Cakes @ Food Foundry, Sec. 17, PJ

After a heavy lunch at De Hunan Restaurant @ Kuchai Lama, V and I proceeded to Food Foundy for dessert. I tell you, we two ladies could really eat, don't let our size deceive you.

Although I've had crepes, I've never had mille crepe cakes before. I guess I've just been too busy hunting down cheesecakes and brownies. So when V asked if I still have room for crepe cakes, I was like, "YES!". I'm one for trying new things.

V ordered the chocolate crepe while I selected the mango flavour. 

The chocolate mille crepe cake was made with thin layers of crepes with layers of chocolate cream in between. It's totally delicious.

The mango mille crepe cake, in my opinion, was even better than the chocolate flavour. The fresh mango pulp and cream went very well with the mille crepe and each mouthful was like a trip to heaven. :)

According to V, besides cakes, Food Foundry serves decent Western fare, too. I'd have to try it some day.

Happy Mansion apartments
Jalan 17/13, Sec 17, Petaling Jaya

Saturday, 7 April 2012

De Hunan Restaurant @ Kuchai Lama

It's been a long time since I updated my blog. Too long, in fact, that I'm sitting here with a mental block, not sure how to go about writing about food. Yes, I haven't used my brain for some time now, and it's so rusty I can't get the wheels to spin.

But they say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I'll just let the photos speak for themselves.

I've never tried Hunan food before, so when a friend suggested the hot spicy cuisine for lunch, I was  all for it. I love hot spicy food.

I was told their specialty is the Hot Spicy Steamed Fish Head in Hunan Specialty, but since there were only two of us (the fish is huge), we had to give it a pass. 

Instead, we opted for their other specialties, Chef Deep-fried Tantalising Pork Ribs, Fried Spicy Brinjal with Minced Meat in Hunan Style, and Stir-fried Beijing Cabbage. All three turned out to be excellent choices.

The chef deep-fried tantalising pork ribs was well-marinaded and very tender.

Although the fried spicy brinjal with minced meat in Hunan style looked like a Szechuan dish, the taste is completely different and unique.

I was surprised to see that the Beijing fried cabbage is not just a simple fried cabbage with dried shrimps. Instead, it was fried with pork and dried chilli and the taste is totally different from any fried cabbage I've ever had.

Our steamed rice

I truly enjoyed all the three dishes, and would definitely return with more people to try the fish dish. Thanks for taking me there, V! :) 

2, Jalan Kuchai Maju 6
Kuchai Lama
(near the Kuchai Entrepreneur's Park)
Tel: (03) 7987 9318
Business hours: 11am - 11pm (open daily)