Friday, March 27, 2009

Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

I guess I should have probably blogged this earlier. We went when Popeye's was relatively new to the neighbourhood.

The bright & snazzy order counter.

We shared the Fish & Shrimp platter (RM14.95) which consisted of 1 piece of fish fillet, 5 pieces of shrimps, 1 biscuit, regular coleslaw, regular mashed potatoes and regular iced lemon tea. We also tried the regular Cajun fries (RM2.90) which tasted alot like McDonald's curly fries.

I liked the mashed potatoes alot as it had Cajun spices mixed in.

Overall, food was good, but the portions were a tad too small.

Do check out masak-masak's post on this place for directions.

Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen
Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 1,
Taman Tun Dr. Ismail,
Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03 - 7710 1198

3 bams!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Jiu Jiu Szechuan Restaurant, Auto-City, Prai, Penang

I love spicy food, and Szechuan food fits right into the bill.
We stumbled upon this gem of a restaurant quite by accident on our way back from Penang on the North-South highway, hungry and in search for dinner. Auto-City teems with restaurants and fast food joints. Jiu Jiu stood out since Szechuan restaurants aren't all that common in Malaysia. It's located just above Seoul Garden.
The reception area of the restaurant.
We ordered the braised eggplant in fragrant spicy sauce which was vinegary and spicy, with a touch of Chinese cooking wine (RM12.80). We loved this dish for its savoury yet tangy taste, very unique.
Another firm favourite was the savoury seared french beans (RM12.80) which had delicious tiny morsels of mui choy and minced meat.
Belly pork with Lao Gan Ma (RM29.80) was somewhat pricey and a tad fatty for my liking. It had a strong 5-spice powder taste.
We all loved the spicy bean ma po tofu (RM11.80), another Szechuan classic. Spicy and loaded with Szechuan peppercorns.

The ultimate dish of the night was undoubtedly the stir fried chicken with Szechuan peppercorns (RM25.80). Excellent bite-sized bits of deep fried, marinated, boneless chicken that just exploded in the mouth with savoury, salty, Szechuan peppercorn flavour. This dish was insanely good.

The bill for the 4 of us totalled RM115.00. The service here wasn't all stars however, the waiters and waitresses did not seem to understand English nor Cantonese, and our Mandarin proficiency was non-existent. Requests for water refills were slow in fulfillment. Nonetheless, the great food more than made up for this shortcoming. The food here was just a whole rich range of amazing flavours, all pleasing to the palette.

Jiu Jiu Szechuan Restaurant
1831-FI, Jalan Perusahaan Auto-City,
North-South Highway Juru Interchange,
13600 Prai, Penang.
Tel: 04-5013899
Fax: 04-5013898

Definitely a 4-bam for the terrific, spicy and super flavourful food!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Restoran Ah Chong, Chai Leng Park, Seberang Perai, Penang

My aunt treated us to a very good lunch at this neighbourhood restaurant. It may not look all that posh, but the food was fantastic. There were 7 of us that afternoon, and food portions were more than sufficient! Salad mantis prawns. The deep fried mantis prawns were good, but not being a mayo fan, I could definitely have passed on the mayo that was drizzled over it.

We had the deep fried baby squid done in Thai style, with lots of birds eye chilli buts sprinkled all over. Sweet, sour, spicy and crunchy, I loved this dish.

Mixed vegetables with razor clams....I like!
Green kangkung did they keep it so green? Another winner!

Marmite chicken, with the sweet sauce sticking on all crevices. It was tangy and marmitey, yet not overpoweringly so.

My favourite dish, pai kwat wong, except they used pork chops instead of pork ribs. Wonderful, juicy, succulent, sweet and sour all at once!

Restoran Ah Chong,
40, Lorong Kurau Satu,
Chai Leng Park,
13700 Prai,
Seberang Perai, Penang.
A winner! 4 bams!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Tai Tong Restaurant, Lebuh Cintra, Penang

This corner pre-war shophouse is an institution in Penang. Tai Tong has been in operation for umpteenth years, I remember dining here as a kid.

These days, it's a dim sum heaven, crowded to the brim when we last visited. Grouchy old lady- waitresses rule the roost here, so you'd better be on your best behaviour!

We had a big pau with sweet lotus paste and a salted egg yolk. It was BIG.

Char siew pau, also BIG.

Lor mai kai, this tasted ok.
Fried radish cake, pretty good, though it could use a little more burnt edges.

Neat little parcels of pandan chicken, I liked this alot for the juicy, fragrant bone-free meat.

Fried prawns coated in batter. The batter was a tad too thick and hard.

Minced meat and prawns in lohbak skin....yummy!

Hong Kong chee cheong fun, not the Penang type.
Steamed pork ribs. I had the lion's share since this was my favourite dim sum dish.

Siew mai, too porky tasting.

Har mai, better.

Har kow, even better! Prawns! Prawns! Prawns!

Wu kok. I don't fancy yam much, so I gave this a pass. It looked pretty enough, though.

Prawns, deep fried in lohbak skin. Good, albeit could have been crunchier!
The price for each item ranges from RM0.80 - RM6.50.

Hubby's bro belanja-ed I think the bill came to around RM60.00+ for the four of us.

Tai Tong Restaurant
45 Lebuh Cintra,
10100 Penang.
Tel: 04-2636625

A 3-bam for the huge variety of dim sum available here.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Koey Teow Ganja @ Jalan Mahsuri, Bayan Baru, Penang

Hubby's bro has been talking about this place and we finally checked it out.
Located at the intersection of Jalan Mahsuri and Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, the stall (with no name) is located behind some flats, facing the main highway.

The cooks were a grouchy serious bunch, army men, methinks.

Luckily, there was a friendly cat to lighten the atmosphere.

They had big tubs of pickled green chillies on each table.

The koey teow ganja (I think it was RM3.50) was essentially a wet version of char koey teow. Servings were small, but they were generous with the prawns. It was pretty tasty, spicy and good, though I wouldn't quite call it addictive, just yet.

Location: Jalan Mahsuri, Bayan Baru, Penang.

Sunshine Square is 100 metres in front of you on the left, the stall is on your right, in front of some flats. It's at the intersection of Jalan Mahsuri and Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah.

I'd say a 3-bam.

Hawker Food @ New Lane, off McAllister Road, Georgetown, Penang

New Lane is a usual haunt for us, when in Penang. I've got fond memories of New Lane; when I was young, my grandma and I used to walk here to grab a bite. She stayed a few blocks away from this place, on Irving Road, and I was the naughty toddler who tagged along everywhere she went. She's gone now, but visiting this place always reminds me of her.
It was Chinese New Year season and it seemed like everyone from all over the country had decided to meet in Penang. We ordered char koey teow from this stall.

It came (RM4.00) and while it looked good, it tasted rather bland. In fact, it didn't taste at all like the char koey teow we know. Disappointing.

Another must-have while we are here is the "oh chien" or fried oyster omelette. (Prices are RM8.00, RM10.00, RM13.00, RM16.00 depending on serving size).

Large, succulent oysters abound, and the egg mixture wasn't too starchy (RM8.00). Just right!

The BBQ chicken wings were good, but we've had better in Jalan Alor. Forgot to note down the price.
The apom man busy at work.
At RM2.00 for 5 pieces, I ordered the original (white) ones with bananas in them. You can also choose apom made with a green-coloured pandan batter. Grandma used to treat me with apoms, hence it's another firm childhood favourite.

New Lane is a food heaven, and definitely rates a 4-bam in my list of favourite places to eat in Penang.