Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Restoran Aik Yuen, behind Tawakal Hospital, Kuala Lumpur

We were in KL last Friday and ravenous with hunger having spent the whole day at our bridal photoshoot.
Being in the neighbourhood, we went to this restaurant that a friend of mine recommended.

He insisted that we had to order the spicy sour lala (RM12.00) which was what this restaurant was famous for. And they cook lala only in this 1 style at Aik Yuen. So order we did. Loved it! The gravy was lovely and I kept scooping and slurping it. It tasted different from the lala that you find at the economy rice stalls, this one was quite unique, and the bigger thick-shelled species of lala was used.

We also ordered the Sang Har Mee (RM23.00), and as its name suggests, huge prawns came with it. I was somewhat disappointed with this dish as it had a strange strong santan taste that seemed out of place. I would not order it again.
This restaurant is also famous for its hokkien mee (RM6.00 for single serving). This one came laden with lard.....yummmm. This was as good as the one in Jalan 222!

They gave us a big bowl filled with chilli sambal for the hokkien mee. Pretty generous.

I was not able to get this restaurant's address, however, it is behind Tawakal Hospital which is near the Pahang roundabout. Here's Tawakal Hospital's address instead:
Tawakal Hospital
# 202A, Jalan Pahang,
53000 Kuala Lumpur

With Tawakal Hospital on your left, turn left into the little lane that separates Tawakal Hospital from a mechanic shop. Go straight and on your right (directly behind the mechanic shop) is Restoran Aik Yuen.
3-bams for good lala and hokkien mee!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Woo Pin Fish Head Noodles, Taman Danau Desa, Kuala Lumpur

The Woo Pin Fish Head Noodles Restaurant is always crowded on weekend mornings. Having read good reviews of this place, we decided to try it out last Sunday morning.

The fried-fish head noodles soup (RM6.50) had an eclectic taste, it was sour from the tomatoes, slightly bitter from the chinese wine used, and slightly milky from the evaporated milk. Overall, we found it pretty good, though perhaps a wee bit overrated.

The home-brewed foo chuk barley drink was thick and had gingko nuts in it (RM2.00). Good!

Woo Pin Fish Head Noodles @ Ho A One Seafood Steamboat Restaurant
Jalan 1/109F, Taman Danau Desa,
58100 Kuala Lumpur.
Business Hours: 7.30am – 2.30pm (closed alternate Mondays)

This restaurant is opposite Sekolah Kebangsaan Danau Perdana, and facing the Danau Idaman Condominium. At night, it is a steamboat joint.

It's a 3-bam rating from us.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Ikan Bakar (Asli) Pak Din, Tanglin Food Court, Kuala Lumpur

It took us a wrong turn before finding this place, we ended up at the Bukit Aman police station on our first attempt. Tanglin Food Court is at the first left turning, just before the second left turning which leads to Bukit Aman.

The food court looked less than impressive, but who cares when we've read so many good reviews about the ikan bakar (barbecued fish) here. That stall on the right is where Ikan Bakar (Asli) Pak Din is. The cooking is done outdoors, behind the stall.
The real deal, fish grilled over charcoal. There were pari (stingray), kembong and cencaru fish on the grill that day.

There was also fried chicken which smelled heavenly.

We ordered a grilled pari fish. The specialty of this stall is that its grilled fish are all generously doused in a deliciously thick, sweet, sour and spicy tamarind sauce teeming with onion bits and birds-eye chillies. Needless to say, for a chilli lover like me, everything was lapped up to the very last drop.

We also ordered a grilled kembong fish, served the same way. I preferred the pari fish as it had more meat and no bones. Hubby ended up eating most of the kembong :D .
Our meal came up to a total of RM15.00 for the 2 fishes, 2 plates of rice with vegetables and 2 iced water. Very reasonable!

Ikan Bakar (Asli) Pak Din
Gerai #5, Kompleks Makan Tanglin,
Jalan Cenderasari, Kuala Lumpur.
Open 7.00am-3.00pm, closed on Sundays and public holidays (except holidays that fall on a Saturday).
For more reviews, check out Masak-Masak's posting on this stall.
Definitely a 4-bam as far as ikan bakar goes!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Ho Ho Restaurant, Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur

We had a steamboat dinner the day I got home. Wanted something light yet nourishing. We've noticed that steamboat is pretty popular in Sri Petaling, there were 2 such restaurants side-by-side, both crowded. We chose Ho Ho, 'cos I liked the name haha.

The stock.

The raw goods.

The noodles and eggs.

We ordered 2 standard sets meant for 2 persons, which totalled RM26.00 (each set costs RM13.00).

Ho Ho Restaurant
#19 Jalan Radin Anum 1,
Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 012-234 2558 (Mr. Lee), 012-318 6321 (Boy), 012-289 3119 (Peter Lee)
Fax: 03-9056 1250

For directions/map :

We rate this place 3 bams, steamboat is pretty standard everywhere.

Airplane food, MH21 from Paris to KL

Lunch was served while I was in the midst of a movie marathon.

Chicken and beef satay slathered with peanut sauce....always a favourite.

Appetizer was salmon and scallops tartare on a bed of fresh lettuce and cucumber salad. The salmon looked raw, but surprisingly ok, and I actually finished it.

The main course was Oriental pan roasted chicken served with steamed white rice and stir-fried Chinese mixed vegetables.

Fresh cut seasonal fruits.

Passion fruit tartlet served with egg yolk custard cream. This was lovely.

A couple hours before we landed they served breakfast. Fresh cut seasonal fruits again.

My main course was Chinese egg fried rice accompanied by stir-fried prawns with hoisin sauce.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Robson Heights Seafood Restaurant, Off Federal Highway, Kuala Lumpur

The last time mom and eldest bro-in-law were in town (the night before I flew off to the States), the 6 of us dined at Robson Heights Seafood Restaurant. It was an excellent meal for meat lovers (poor hubby!) and we ate till we were completely stuffed. Gobble gobble.

Baked spare ribs in honey sauce (RM36.00). There were 6 ribs in the pile, and they were all deliciously melt-off-the-bones tender. The sauce (sweet and sour, like pai kwat wong sauce) was absolutely heavenly. I could not get enough of this dish!

Thai Style Pork Knuckles (RM45.00). This was huge, crispy around the edges and eaten with a garlic lime juice dipping sauce, it was terrific too.

Sing Kong Tofu (RM 15.00) was alot like wat tan hor with the thick eggy gravy. Pretty good, but overshadowed by the first 2 dishes.

Stir-fried "4 heavenly king" vegetables (RM15.00), delicious, crunchy and the hint of spicy belacan was just perfect.

Just last Saturday we went to this restaurant again with another couple, and had a big deep-fried talapia fish done in Thai style (RM30.00). Excellent! Topped with fresh mango slivers, the gravy was spicy with birds eye chillies and sweet too, very addictive stuff.

We also ordered the sizzling claypot tofu (RM12.00) which had a very tasty seafood-ish (with a hint of wine) gravy.

Robson Heights Seafood Restaurant
10-B, Jalan Robson, Off Jalan Syed Putra,
50460 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-22746216

If you're coming from PJ toward KL on the Federal Highway, take the left exit road for Jalan Tun Sambanthan, right after Volvo. Go up the ramp. At the traffic lights, turn right onto the flyover bridge across Federal Highway, which would take you to another set of traffic lights. Turn left and go straight on (do not keep left or you will end up back on the Federal Highway headed towards PJ) till you see the restaurant on stilts on the hilly part on your right.

We love the food here and would rate it a 4-bam.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Catching up......Boston food

I'm back, and catching up on work........and blogging. Was dead tired for a couple of days, but am feeling more normal now.

Well, since I was too busy travelling to really blog much, here's some catch up.

In Boston, the diet was American in the daytime and Chinese at night.

For lunch....

Lasagne with a ton of cheese. It was so packed full with cheese and so rich that I could only finish 3/4 of it.

And then, they served us even yet more cheese for dessert! Cheesecake, which I virtually forced down 'cos I was so full, yet love cheese cake so much!

Next day it was salad for appetizer.

Butter balls for bread.

Entree was grilled chicken breast and potatoes, which was pretty had a smoky flavour. I like chicken, but prefer the drumstick section.

Dessert was fruit tart. Pretty.

For dinner.....

I wandered around Chinatown in Boston to tapau.

Hmmmmm......pork with celery and peanuts.....It was supposed to be Sichuan-style pork! I don't know how celery and peanuts ended up in the equation. Bleargh!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Galeries Lafayette, Paris

Yesterday was my last day of wandering around in Paris. Today I'll be flying back to hubby and my kittykins. Decided to check Galeries Lafayette out since it's so famous and all.

Galeries Lafayette actually consists of 3 big buildings, the main building (Lafayette Coupole) sells women's stuff and has a food court at the top floor, the second building (Lafayette Homme) sells men's stuff and has a gourmet supermarket, and the third (Lafayette Maison) sells home decorating stuff. It's a huge departmental store selling mostly designer goods, sort of like Robinsons on steroids.
This is the main concourse area of the main building. At the apex of the ceiling is a dome (not shown here). The walls have beautiful carnival-like ornate fixtures and painting, with latticed grilles at the balconies. Very pretty!

I went to the rooftop, and the view from there was superb. Galeries Lafayette is directly behind the Paris Opera House.

The Eiffel Tower in the distance.

And then I went to the food court which is one level below the roof top. They have a spread of yummy-looking tarts and cakes.

More cakes.

Desserts of every kind.

Even more cake.

The cream/mousse type of desserts in a glass.

I personally picked the bavaroise (3.10 Euros), which is a rich sweet cream-based dessert topped with assorted berries. Sort of like ice cream, just not cold. It was very filling, and very good.
The sitting area of the food court.

The gourmet supermarket section at the men's building (Lafayette Homme) also sells cakes and desserts. Paris is a heaven for the sweet-toothed.