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Melaka – Road Trip

Driving down to the historical town of Melaka (Malacca) tomorrow for a
well-deserved holiday. And of course, for a day of gluttony as well.
Kekekeke….see you guys on Thursday!!

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Attention all food bloggers

All ye food bloggers who went for the KLUE RSVP at Sandias.
You are required to send all the photos you took at the event to me
ASAP. Failing to do so will results in the closure of your food blog.
You have been warned. Thank you for your attention.

Regards,

Daryl aka tankiasu

(Floggers Inspector-General)

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Wong Hoi San Pepper Mixed Pork Soup in Taman Midah

Supposed to meet up with friends at a western food cafe to celebrate Andy’s birthday, but I reached Taman Midah in Cheras about an hour and a half early. And with my stomach making so much noise, I decided to grab something to eat first.

It was raining cats and dogs at that moment, so I thought to myself, its a perfect setting to have a steaming hot mixed pork pepper soup! Usually I would think twice before taking this, as my body would feel very “heaty” after consuming those black pepper. But I’m not going to deprive myself of the wonderful food this time.

This particular stall in located just along the main road of Taman Midah. The whole stretch in front of the shophouses are occupied by numerous food stalls. At the beginning of that stretch (unofficially known as Wai Sik Kai/Glutton Street), is a shop with a big signboard stated proudly “Wong Hoi San’s Pepper Mixed Pork Soup“. My dad used to bring me here pretty often, as he is a pork-lover as well. Kekeke…typical China-men huh?

Once you are seated (either on the shoplot’s walkway or the stall itself), a foreign waitress will quickly attend to you, bringing a menu for you. This menu is a heaven-sent for those who can’t read Chinese, or unfamiliar with this delicacy. Every item is listed with a photo, and written in both Chinese and English. Prices are shown too, so there’s no risk of being ripped off.

The pepper mixed pork soup or pig’s organ soup itself comes in 4 different sizes. A small one will cost you RM4.50, with additional pig stomach it would be RM6.50. A medium-sized is priced at RM10.00 and the big one costs RM15.00. I rationally opted for the small with additional pig stomach, although my stomach is telling me to go for the medium one.

The rice comes separately, and its charged separately too. If I’m not mistaken each bowl of rice cost RM0.60 or RM1.00. But it would be foolish if you do not have rice with the soup, as they goes along very well!

Once you make your order, the owner/boss/sifu/chef will promptly scoop the soup together with the spare parts from a giant wok. The soup is constantly heated, so the soup is warm and slightly simmering when served.

I was glad I ordered the small one as the portion is pretty substantial for one person. Ok, when even tankiasu thinks that its substantial, that actually says a lot! The bowl is filled to the brim with assorted parts of the poor pig. You can find pig intestines, stomach, blood cubes, pork slices, and strips of salted vegetable at the bottom.

It’s best to eat them together with some freshly-sliced red chillies in dark soy sauce. Or you can mixed your rice with the pepperish soup, and let it “burn” in your stomach. Yummmm….

The soup here is not as pepperish as some would like it, I guess they wanna cater to as many people as possible. So those who can’t take too spicy stuff, might wanna try this one out. No complain about the meat and the organs itself though.

Usually people would just eat plain white rice with the soup and the parts, but I requested the owner to pour some curry on my rice instead. I don’t really fancy eating rice with soup.

For drink, I ordered a glass of Iced Sea Coconut (RM1.20). This refreshing drink is perfect to neutralise the hot/heaty pepperish soup that might gives you stomach aches, or even fever for those weaker ones.

There are many other items that I would love to try but unable to on that day, as me alone would not be able to finish them. High on my list of “must-try” would be the Braised Pig Intestine (RM6.00).

The lady boss also recommended Curry Wild Boar to me, so I guess it must be one of their best-seller as well. They hang up few menu boards there, so you can just choose whatever that sounds good to you.

Overall, I would rate this stall quite highly. Not just because I love pork, just like a normal Chinese would, but because of the wide varieties of other type of food available there. And of course, I really feel the price here is very reasonable. This highly-satisfying meal costs me less than RM9.00, and the portion is so big that I didn’t even have to add extra rice like I normally do. Go all you non-Halal food lovers!!!

Warung Makanan Wong Hoi San/ Wong Hoi San Pepper Pig’s Organ Soup

Address: Gerai 2 & 3, Jalan Midah Besar,
              Taman Midah, Cheras, 56000 Kuala Lumpur

* from Jalan Cheras, turn right into Jalan Midah Besar. The stall would be on your left, right opposite the Restoran Durbar.

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The Poetic tankiasu

People mountain people sea

This is something that you must see

My gallant attempt to make this rhyme

Only resulted in wasting all my time

 

So after many so called compositions

I have finally come to my conclusion

I’m trying too hard to be poetic

Now the publish button I shall shamefully click.

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Lemongrass Cafe at Sunway Pyramid

No Lemongrass, this is not a tribute to you.

Was window-shopping one fine day at Sunway Pyramid. Dinner time arrived, so have to quickly find a place to eat before the movie time. So after walking for what seems to be a marathon, I was attracted to this “billboard”:

This Lemongrass Cafe is one of those kopitiam-styled cafes that are mushrooming all over the major cities in Malaysia lately. This particular one offers only local food, mainly spicy ones.

One look at the menu instantly reminded me of cafes such as the Uncle Lim’s Cafe. You can find popular local dishes such as nasi lemak, assam laksa, curry laksa, kuey teow soup and fish ball noodle.

And similar like Uncle Lim’s, you have to queue up at the counter to order your food, and carry it yourself to the table. This self-service is a good thing, cause it also means that you won’t be paying any service charge.

Because it was already about 9pm, most of the options were already unavailable. Wanted to try their Nasi Kerabu, but have to order the Nasi Kuning instead. The Nasi Kuning (RM5.90) comes with 4 different options, either Chicken Rendang, Beef Rendang, Sambal Sotong or Fried Chicken. I opted for Chicken Rendang.

The yellow rice was surprisingly good (why am I saying it was surprising?!). The rice is very fragrant and I can taste some hints of turmeric and ginger. One thing I wish they would have done is to garnish some extra fried shallots on top. The Chicken Rendang tasted pretty nice too, though I must say it should be spicier. The sambal given is lacking kicks as well.

Their Assam Laksa (RM4.90) was a slight disappointment. The fish-based broth was pretty ordinary, and just like their Chicken Rendang, it was not spicy enough. They were quite generous with the amount of ingredients they put in. In my humble opinion, the taste and smell of the Jusco’s Assam Laksa are much delish!

For dessert/side dish, I ordered the Home Made Yam Cake (RM4.50). It was pretty good, but I feel its overpriced. I probably can get the same portion elsewhere for almost half that price?

The drinks there are slightly overpriced as well. Both the Fresh Soya Bean and Iced Lemon Tea cost RM3.00 each.

Will probably come back again to try their other items on the menu. Nothing fantastic or special, but it is a nice alternative for me when I’m looking for a no-frills, affordable, fast and filling meal. Especially when rushing to eat before a movie.

Lemongrass Cafe

Address: G1.45(A), Sunway Pyramid Shopping Centre, Bandar Sunway, PJ.

Telephone: 03-7494 1168

* 5% government tax applies

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Restoran Ma Ma’s in SS22, Damansara Jaya

The time between futsal session and dinner on Sunday evening is always a torture. Thinking of what to eat can be a lengthy and frustrating affair. The body is telling us to go somewhere near and get it over and done with. The stomach is telling you to get something delicious and in huge proportion to kill the hunger, and your head is telling you to go somewhere new and different to try and blog about it.

Two Sundays ago, few of us guys were once again cracking our heads, thinking of a place that can satisfy our body, stomach and head. Wee Kuan insisted we go somewhere with air-conditioning, so that pretty much ruled out a lot of choices. Then Samuel and her suggested a place near Atria, apparently a “tai chow” restaurant. Me and suingau promptly agreed, as it was already 7-ish and we were dead tired.

After a short drive from Section 13, we reached Damansara Jaya to found out that the restaurant is not opened. Not wanting to travel anymore, I suggested the nearby Restoran Ma Ma’s (not to be confused with Restoran Mama’s Kitchen in TTDI) that we drove past earlier. As you can see in the photo, they boldly proclaim that this restaurant offers home style cooking. So with the risk of exorbitant price, we walked in with faith.

First thing that you will notice when you walk in is the antiques and some really old photos showing some Babas and Nyonyas. But some decos like “fortune cats” and some dolls are slightly inappropriate? But overall, this place is cosy and the lightings are calming.

The place was already half-filled when we walked in. And most of the tables were mostly occupied by families. Looking at the menu, we were pretty clueless what to order as none of us is really familiar with Nyonya delicacies. But lo and behold, Michael Chuah the owner came to our rescue. He patiently recommended and explained few choices to us. Wanted to order everything he mentioned, but there were only 4 of us, so we decided to order 4 dishes this time round.

Our drinks arrived shortly after, served by one of the few Burmeses/Thai waiters there. The Cincau (RM2.00++) is alright. Not very different from the normal ones you can get elsewhere. But a good and refreshing choice when eating “heaty” food like Nyonya’s.

All four of us were mega tired. And it was quite awhile before the food is ready on our table. So imagine our facial expressions and our stomach reactions when the Curry Fish Head (RM46.70++) was put on our table!

Goodness me, it smelled so good! Served in a sizzling hot claypot, the curry was bubbling before our eyes. And there was no escaping as the aroma of the combination of spices in the gravy floated around in the restaurant. *slurp* Besides the fish, there’s lady fingers, brinjal and “tofu pok”. The gravy is both tangy and creamy at the same time. It tasted so good that between the 4 of us, we walloped 8 plates of steamed rice (each bowl of rice cost RM1.20++).

To satisfy the carnivore in us, we ordered the “Inche Kabin” (RM12.70++), recommended by the owner himself. A popular (not to ignorant people like me) Nyonya snacktime dish apparently, it is actually deep fried chicken with spices. Unlike those bland fried chicken elsewhere, this one is very aromatic and you can really taste the different spices used to marinade this chicken, before being battered and deep fried. The chilli sauce that came with it is simply fantastic too.

The Egg Belanda (RM9.70++) is basically egg omelette with some kind of gravy poured on top of it. Nice but in the end, its just an egg omelette so nothing to shout about (don’t stone me dear egg-lovers out there).

Then the surprise star dish of the day came. Since all four of us like brinjal (egg plant), we decided to order a plate of them (name forgotten, sorry). Unlike the typical Nyonya Brinjal Curry, the one here is of completely different style. I have no idea how to describe this dish, but please believe me, it is really really really *gasping for air* really really really nice. We sapu-ed it finish in a blink of an eye (ok I’m over-exaggerating).

The food here is definitely not cheap, but it’s not easy to put a price to such a hearty, satisfying home style cooking. All cooking here is done by the owner’s wife, and both of them hailed from Penang (of course).

We had a pleasant conversation with the owner, and he was more than happy to tell us about the history of the restaurant. How he named the restaurant in remembrance of his mum. How our beloved (I mean this sarcastically please) Prime Minister came and eat here frequently, and sometimes tah pau it all the way back to Putrajaya (no wonder he wants to build the controversial KL-Putrajaya highway). And also told us about his story of being a national ten-pin bowler. He was the runners-up in the World Ten-Pin Championship in Mexico back in 1982 (a feat not repeated since then by any Malaysian male bowlers).

Food might be pricey, but great service and such a nice and friendly owner? Priceless…..

Restoran Ma Ma’s

Address: 36G, Jalan SS 22/25, Damansara Jaya, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor (same row as Domino’s)

Telephone: 03-7726 0776

Mobile: 016-623 8542 / 012-285 7668

* 5% government tax and 5% service charge applies

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