Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Just married

Our wedding.

More in The Star newspaper Wedding Specials, Friday 26th Sept 2008.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Wantan mee @ home

Hubby insisted that I blog his home-made wantan mee, eaten with our leftover duck from The Champion Duck. Ok so here it is, our dinner last night. More kailan please?

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Nyonya Colors, The Gardens @ Mid Valley, Kuala Lumpur

The 2 Nyonya Colors branches that I know of are in 1-Utama and the latest in Mid Valley (at the lower ground walkway between The Gardens and Mid Valley Mall). The nyonya kuih on display were really eye-catching, as were the painted wooden chairs in the quaint little Mid Valley set-up.
Hubby quenched his thirst with iced local white coffee (RM2.70) which was uber thick and strong.
The yellow laksa (RM8.90) was supposed to be served with meehoon, but I opted for yellow mee. The laksa soup was well, like soup. It came with what I believe was boiled white radish and chicken pieces. The soup tasted strongly of galangal; not quite curry mee, and not quite siamese laksa....a combo of both, perhaps, minus any traces of fish.
I preferred hubby's mee siam with honey chicken (RM8.90). The meehoon had a lemongrassy taste which I loved, with a hint of sweet and sour. Very good!
Thab Thim Krob (RM3.80) or waterchestnut in of my all-time favourite desserts. This came topped with coconut cream, with the water chestnut and jackfruit pieces buried underneath the ice. Yummmm.

A 3-bam.

The Champion Duck Restaurant, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya

We had to service the car at our usual mechanic in Damansara Uptown.....and all I could think about was duck, duck, duck.....mmmmmm. So while the car was being pampered, we went to The Champion Duck for some brunch.
Herbal soup greeted us. Soup tasted of dried sotong (I know because I use it for my soup stocks too) and of course, herbs. Nice.

We were greedy. We ordered half a duck (RM24.00) and stuffed ourselves silly, and ended up having to tapau about a quarter of what was served. The duck was juicy, and had a herbal taste. My guess is that they marinated the duck in some kind of herbal broth which got infused into the meat. The skin was shiny and taut, but not crispy in the Peking-duck sort of way. This was more braised, then roasted, methinks. Some pieces were abit fatty, I had to scrape off the fats from under the skin.

The duck came with a side of plum-and-5-spice sauce. I preferred just using the chicken rice chilli sauce.

The Champion Duck Restaurant
30, Jalan SS21/35, Damansara Utama,
47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

It's located on the same row as Maybank in Damansara Utama. If you are facing Maybank, The Champion Duck would be further to your right.

It's a 3-bam for us!

Awet Thai Cafe, Taman Cheras, Kuala Lumpur

The Awet Thai Cafe is just across the road from our usual wantan mee joint in Taman Cheras. At night, it looks kinda cosy with its soft yellow lights and the mist-machine at work. Thai music wafts from its audio system.
We ordered the kerabu angle bean (RM8.00) but was served instead with stir-fried angle beans with garlic and oyster sauce which tasted pretty normal. Wasn't what we had in mind, hello! Kerabu is meant to be spicy, sourish and salad-ish.

The Thai deep-fried pork ribs with garlic (RM12.00) was an improvement. It came served with a home-made Thai chilli sauce and lots of deep-fried garlic bits scattered over the ribs. I found the ribs to be a wee bit chewy, but nicely marinated nonetheless. The crunch of the garlic and the sweet tangy chilli sauce complements it well. Hubby wished there was more meat on the ribs.
The dry pork curry was thick with santan. It could have done with more lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves, but was nonetheless quite piquant. For RM16.00, the serving wasn't that large, just enough for 2 persons.

The seafood tom yam soup (RM6.80/serving of one) was nicely spicy and had all the hallmarks of a good tom yam soup. We had our fill of squid, prawns and abalone mushrooms while slurping away at the refreshing lemongrassy soup.
That's our spread. In total, the bill came up to RM49.15, inclusive of rice and pandan water (refillable). The pandan water was plain water infused with pandan (sort of like pandan tea, non-sweet), I found it unusual and yet very soothing to the palate.
Awet Thai Cafe,
8, Jalan Kaskas 3, Taman Cheras,
56100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-91319838

We would rate this place a 3-bam.

Rumahku Restaurant, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur

We read about Rumahku in The Star and based on the good reviews, we were tempted to go try it out. We know Brickfields very well, but have never come across this restaurant, it must be relatively new.
We wanted to order the mutton varuval (it's actually dry mutton porial), but apparently that was a very popular dish and it was sold out. Have to come earlier next time!

As was recommended in the newspaper article, we had to sample the deep fried tuna cutlets, reminiscent of vadai but with fish. They were pretty good, RM3.50 for 3 pieces which came with a yoghurt-onion-cucumber dip. You can see my half-eaten tuna cutlet above, rusty blogger that I am, I forgot to take any pictures till the dish was almost gone.
For main course, I opted for the chicken briyani. The chicken pieces were all hidden inside the rice, and they were pretty generous with the meat! At RM8.90, the briyani rice was very savoury and rich with spices, one of the best I've eaten in KL. I loved the raisin chutney for the sweet taste that went very well with the savoury rice, but could not locate any was more a sweet paste than a chutney. The curry gravy was thick and complemented the briyani perfectly.
Hubby ordered the nasi lemak with ayam masak merah. I had a taste and fell in love with the ayam masak merah. Superb! It was comparable to the ayam masak merah that hubby's mom cooks, teeming with a strong taste of tomato, lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves. Excellent, and at RM6.90, very worth it! Hubby loved the nasi lemak rice too, which was fluffy and rich with coconut milk and pandan. It went very well with the sambal belacan and the chicken.

There's a branch (Rumahku Gallery & Cafe) at Jalan University PJ, just opposite Universty Hospital, same row as Mitsuoka.

202, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields,
50470 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-22603475
Mobile: 012-3131073 (Sunita Mahesan)

The Brickfields Rumahku is on the main road of Jalan Tun Sambanthan, facing KL Sentral Station, opposite of the Pos Laju building.

This place garners a high 3-bam++ rating from us.

We're back!

After a very long break getting ready for our wedding, and then getting married, and then recuperating from all that madness.........I am finally back on the blog. Lost some weight in the month prior to my wedding (stress lar), but with all the eating that's been going on after the wedding, the pounds are creeping back up.

I've been told by my old pal (who works in The Star) that our picture and a small caption on us will appear in The Star (Wedding Specials) this coming Friday 26th September 2008. Heh heh, if you are curious do check it out.