Food Reviews, Reviews

Queen’s Fried Chicken at Peel Road

Jalan Peel or Peel Road
as it is known among my family and friends got to be one of the most
under-publicized, under-visited, under-appreciated and under-blogged. My family
has been eating at this food haven for decades (no kidding), even before the
emergence of the now more famous “tai-chow” stalls along this road,
such as “Chui Mao”.

This Peel Road, that runs
parallel to the main Jalan Cheras, is dotted with different types of eateries.
At the beginning of the road, you can find mamaks and Malay food stalls, at the
junction of Peel Road and Shelly
Road, you will find the Wai Sik Kai-styled hawker
stalls and the Restoran Queen’s. Opposite this restaurant, would be the
imposing Carrefour shopping and apartment complex. On the other corner of the
junction, the newly-built Queen’s Park offers an Australian Harbour Town-styled
shopping experience. And at the ending part of the road, a number of
“tai-chow”s awaiting you.

Today, I will just be focusing on the Queen’s fried chicken, as well as the Ah
Wah Grill Wings. These two items are a must-have for me everytime I pay a visit
to this place. Both stalls are located at the above-mentioned Restoran Queen’s.
You have to believe me when I tell you that they are the best fried chicken in
KL (at least), and one of the best grilled chicken wings in KL (at least again
).

Okay, let’s talk about the Queen’s Fried Chicken first. I’ve
seen this brand name before, but I believe the name of this stall derived from
the name of the restaurant that is hosting it, and have nothing to do with the
Queen’s fried chicken franchise elsewhere.

I still remember how thrilled I was every time my dad “tah
pau” this fried chicken home for me, and sometimes on weekend, will bring the
whole family there to eat. At that time, an old uncle used to operates it,
until he passed away last year. Now, his son, Tai, has taken over the shop.

Most of the time, you would not be able to see a lot of
chicken on display, because as soon as they are fried, they will be snapped up
by those who want to take away, or served to waiting customers dining at the
restaurant. So you will see Tai patiently fry those marinated chicken with
extremely hot oil, and walking to and fro the storage room where he keeps the
chicken.

Tai operates this stall alone, but the waiting time usually
would not exceed more than 10 minutes. Although you might have to wait awhile
before putting those piping hot fried chicken into your mouth.

But even before you put them into your mouth, the smell of
this freshly fried chicken will be enough to convince you of all the things I’m
telling you right now. The obviously well-seasoned chicken gives out a very
unique aroma that sets it apart from any other fried chicken. For best effect,
place the chicken in your car and drive home. Let the aroma and smell of the
hot fried chicken filled the whole of the car, and try your best not to eat
them till you get home. Kekeke….

Sometimes I purposely “tah pau” home instead of dining
there, so that I can eat my favourite fried chicken with my favourite chili
sauce, Lingham’s!

When you bit into it, you will know how crunchy and crispy
the skin is, and the meat is so juicy and tender as well. Take my word, this is
definitely the best hawker’s fried chicken ever!

Oh have I tell you the price? Kekeke..this is the most
amazing part of this stall. Each fried chicken, is priced at only RM1.70! And
you can even choose whichever part of the chicken without being charged extra
for more popular drumsticks, or thighs.

Besides fried chicken, you can also find other snacks such
as French fries, chicken balls, hotdogs, and other skewer food.

So instead of paying RM8.50++ for 3 pieces at KFC, or RM2.50
for a piece of cold, hard and bland fried chicken at mamaks, why not pay RM1.70
for a piece of what might be possibly the best fried chicken?

Now let me introduce you to the Ah Wah Grill Wings. Not to
be mistaken with the much more famous Wong Ah Wah Chicken Wings on Jalan Alor, this
smaller stall is manned by two people. The one who grills would be the Mr. Ah
Wah himself, and he is assisted by a Burmese/Thai worker.

 

While the chicken wings here are not as good as the Wong Ah
Wah’s, they have something that Wong Ah Wah does not, which is their grilled
whole leg. Priced at RM4.00 for each whole leg (drumstick + thigh), this is
definitely a good bargain. They are barbequed to perfection, with just a little
burnt on the edge. The meat is succulent and tender, and just a little bit of
bloody part near the bone. Eat this with the chili sauce provided, oh just so
heavenly!

 

The BBQ chicken wings here are very nice too, and
considerably cheap at RM1.60 each. Besides these two, you can also get the
Grilled Spring Chicken at RM8.00 each. Eaten it only once a long time ago, so
can’t comment much about it.

 

It is not very hard to get here, although those that are not
familiar with Cheras might have some difficulties. This Restoran Queen’s is
right opposite the Carrefour hypermart.

 

Oh why not I just provide you guys with a map:

Queen’s Fried Chicken

Address: Restoran Queen’s
              96, Jalan Peel,
50400 KL.

Telephone: 016-979 2490 (Mr.Tai)

Operating Hours/Days: 7:00pm –
10:30pm (Closed on Mondays)

Ah Wah Grill Wings

Address: Restoran Queen’s
              96, Jalan Peel,
50400 KL.

Telephone: 016-272 8029 (Ah Wah)

Operating Hours/Days: 7:00pm –
11:00pm (Closed on Mondays)


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News, SocioPolitics

Lina Joy – Loses appeal

Lina Joy, the 43-year-old Malay woman who converted to Christianity 19 years ago, lost an appeal to have the status “Islam” deleted from her identity card. The Federal Court made a ruling today that Lina Joy or Azlina Jailani before she became a Christian, will still be legally a Muslim, and she will be under the jurisdiction of the Syariah Court. Read more about his on Malaysiakini and The Star.

The implications of this ruling on her is not just merely about her religion status, but she would not be able to marry her long-time boyfriend unless he converts to Islam as well. As long as the word “Islam” remains on her identity
card, Lina cannot marry her Christian boyfriend, a cook, under the Law
Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976.
And this case will also be used as a precedent in any future court cases involving inter-faith conversion.

People, this might be the end of the moderate Malaysia as we know it. The Federal Constitution of this country guarantees us religious freedom, but the intepretation of it make it practically impossible for ethnic Malays like Lina Joy to renounce Islam?

Book of Romans, Chapter 8, Verse 28 to 39, Bible

28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. 29For
those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness
of His Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
30And those He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified.

 31What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He
who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all—how will He
not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things? 33Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34Who
is He that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was
raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for
us. 35Who shall separate us
from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or
famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

36As it is written:

   “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[d] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither
height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to
separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

May this verses will be able to bring comfort, peace and strength to our sister-in-Christ, Lina Joy. Yes, if God is for her, who can go against her? Brothers and sisters, don’t just curse and complain about this case. Instead, turn your anger, frustration, hatred, and sadness into prayers. Pray for Lina, pray for your family and friends, pray for the churches, and please pray for our country Malaysia. May the Lord’s will be done!

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Food Reviews, Reviews

Noodle Stall on Jalan Alor

Slowly but surely over the years, Jalan Alor is no longer known for sleazy people and places, but instead it is turning into a wonderful food haven. Although in the past even the KL locals would avoid eating here, due to its reputation for overcharging tourists and whosoever who dare to eat at their stalls, now locals seem to be the majority of the customers.

I was introduced many years ago by a friend who used to stay in that area, to a noodle stall at the beginning of the road, at the junction of Jalan Alor – Changkat Bukit Bintang.

This stall offers five different types of noodles, namely Curry Laksa, Assam Laksa, Prawn Mee, Sliced Chicken Noodle (Kai Si Ho Fun), Fish Ball/Meat Ball Noodle (soup or dry version). The cook is a young-looking guy, assisted by an older woman, presumably his mother. And as any other food stalls in Kuala Lumpur now, the waiters/waitresses are Thai/Burmese foreign workers.

Judging by how they cook the noodle non-stop, I reckon their business must be really good. Their customers usually comprised of the retail workers from the shopping complexes, and local residents there.

Once you’ve made your order, you can just sit back and watch the hectic world of Kuala Lumpur passes you by while waiting for your food to come.

My absolute favourite at this stall would be their Curry Laksa (RM4.00 for small). The version her is the less santan type. But lack of santan in no way means lack of taste, as this is one tasty and spicy laksa.

There are alot of ingredients put in, such as tofu pok, cockles, slices of chicken, crunchy long beans and brinjal (eggplants). The meatballs you can see from the picture is actually added in by request. I think it was RM0.60 per meat ball.

The lack of santan gives the noodle a more redish look instead of orange-ish. And one sip of the curry, you’ll know its red hot as well. This is how I like my curry to taste like, not just nice but spicy as well.

Besides the usual sambal chilli paste, you can also find chopped red chillies in one of the container on each table. So if you are of one those more adventurous type, you can put some into your Curry Laksa.

Although their Curry Laksa definitely scores high, the same can’t be said for their Assam Laksa (RM4.00). While there’s nothing wrong with it, the Assam Laksa here tasted very ordinary. Maybe my expectation was set pretty high because of their Curry Laksa.

The Assam Laksa, which also known as Penang Laksa, comes with the usual slices of ikan kembung, cut cucumbers, pineapples,  lemongrass, onion and some other spices. The soup/broth is spicy and sour, but in my humble opinion, not spicy enough, and not sour enough as well.

The texture of the thick noodle is alright, so no complain here. I won’t say it’s something to be avoided, but order this only if you’ve bored with Curry Laksa, or you can’t eat food that are too spicy.

And of course, they provide you with shrimp paste (heiko/har gou) as well. You can either dip the paste to your each spoonful of noodle, or just mixed it together first before eating them.

When you are eating spicy and “heaty” food like Curry Laksa or Assam Laksa, it is recommended that you drink something cooling, like the Iced Herbal Tea (RM1.20) you can get here. One herbal tea a day, keeps the fever far away!

Noodle Stall on Jalan Alor

Address: One of the corner at the junction of Jalan Alor and Changkat Bukit Bintang. (right opposite KL Baptist
Church)

Operating Hours: 5:00pm – 9:30/10:00pm


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Events

Sneak preview – Camp Motivation 2007 pics

Here are some of the photos taken during the Camp Motivation 2007 at Jeram Besu.
Heaps more coming your way but I am not going to sacrifice my weekend’s
fun time to blog it all now. Especially when I spent the whole day in
the office yesterday!  So stay tuned folks!


The cello maestro, oozing his musical talent out.


 Church people can be brutal too you know?


The junior “Discovery Group”. I was one of the helper in this group.


The camp group photo (“ng ching king” version)


Making a bold fashion statement


The strong, and the flabby (I’m not in this photo, so girls, stop drooling)

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Western Food at Restoran Hup Soon, SS3

Decided to revisit this stall selling affordable Western food, after last visited them at least 4 or 5 years ago. Introduced to this place by the ex-boyfriend of my ex-girlfriend’s ex-sister sister, kekekeke…complicated eh?

Anyway, my cousin brother, suingau (whom I have introduced this restaurant to years ago), suggested this place one Sunday evening after our weekly futsal game. After leading a convoy of 6 cars all the way from SS14 in Petaling Jaya to SS3 in Kelana Jaya, we finally reached the restaurant without getting lost.

Getting a table wasn’t too difficult, as the Western food stall has the whole restaurant for itself as other stalls are only open for lunch. One look at the menu  I was impressed, not only at the extensive choices but also because of the prices that are so reasonable. Of course, the price has increased since my last visit, but it is now considered very cheap if compared to other Western food stalls.

This stall is very well-manned, with at least 7 staff in the kitchen as well as waiters. In the kitchen, you can see one staff assigned to marinade the steaks and chops, one in charged of the sauces, and a couple preparing the food to be served.

Judging by the volume of the meat they are preparing, I can safely assume their business must be doing really well.

There was one pan of brownish sauce that caught my attention. It was left there simmering all the time, I guess black pepper sauce must be the most popular among all.

There were also 5 smaller pots that contains other type of different sauces.

And of course, the head chef that handles all the cooking, non stop.

Once you’ve ordered, it won’t be long until they serve you with the complimentary toasted bun. The bun is nicely toasted, resulting in near-perfect crispy-ness, and the taste of the butter is just so good. In fact, we loved it so much we ordered another round of it!

The Mushroom Soup (RM2.50) arrived much earlier than the other food. It was just an ordinary Campbell mushroom cream soup I suspect, but nevertheless we enjoyed it very much. They were pretty generous with the extra mushrooms they put in, and at RM2.50 I reckon you can’t get better than this.

The Lamb Stew was quite a steal as well, priced at RM3.00. Forgotten who ordered this, so can’t tell you how this one fared.

Kevin’s Lamb Chop with Black Pepper Sauce (RM9.00) was the first one to be served. Three huge pieces of lamb, and comes with french fries and mixed salad. Kevin thought that the taste was above average, but with that huge portion and low price, definitely another winner I reckon.

Samuel tried their Sirloin Steak (RM15.00), and opted for Medium. According to him, it was a total disappointment. First, it wasn’t medium enough, and it was also too dry. I didn’t try it myself, and everybody most probably have their own standard for beef steak. So if you are curious enough, maybe you would want to try this one out.

As usual, to satisfy my never-ending hunger and gluttony, I went for the Mixed Grill (RM12.00). It has been ages since I last came across such a resonably-priced Mixed Grill. Here, you get a long sausage, a sunny side up, a piece of fish and chip, a piece of chicken chop, one small piece of beef steak, and a piece of lamb. Nothing to shout about when it comes to the taste, but that price for such gigantic portion?!? Dreams are made of these (fat people’s dream at least).

At the end, almost everyone went home happy. Service was good, food was ok, price was great, place was clean, and the fellowship was fantastic! I will definitely come back again, especially when I am mega hungry, or too poor to go cafes and fine dining anymore. Kekekekeke…

HUNGRY PEOPLE + CHEAP, LARGE & GOOD FOOD = HAPPY & FAT PEOPLE


Restoran Hup Soon

Address: Jalan 3/29, SS3 Kelana Jaya
               47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Operating Hours/Days: From 4:30pm till late; Closed on Tuesdays

* from Damansara, use the LDP Highway. Turn left into Jalan 3/29 just before the Pusat Perabot Malaysia. You will see the restaurant on your right, a cornerlot next to two petrol station (Shell and Esso).

* from Federeal Highway, turn right at the Motorola interchange (Penang Bridge-lookalike). Go along the LDP, and after 100 metres you will see a huge furniture shop on the opposite side (right). At the next turning (Persimpangan Jalan Majlis), keep left instead of going up a flyover. Then make a u-turn, and turn left to Jalan SS3/29 right before the Pusat Perabot Malaysia.

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Lunch with Food Bloggers at Maju Palace

After the RSVP KLUE event at the Sandias, I finally got a
chance to meet up with fellow food bloggers again, albeit a much smaller
gathering. Last week, me and SC from food4thot, tummythoz, and Joe from Lots of
Craving
had lunch together at Maju Palace,
a halal dim sum restaurant reviewed earlier by SC. This is one of the many premium Chinese restaurants in KL under the Oriental Group‘s chain.

 

Parking was a breeze, as there were plenty of parking spots,
and right outside the restaurant itself as well, on Level 5. The only thing is
you would have to go up a narrow and super winding ramp in order to get to that
level. The crowd in the restaurant is starting to build up by the time I got
there, at about 12:35pm.

 

Not going to talk about every single item we had that day,
as SC got it pretty much all covered previously. But will point out some really
nice ones and some that you might want to avoid.

 

This “sui kow” look-a-like is very good, although I’m not
sure of its name. Generous amount of chunky prawns inside, making it nice to
bite.  The prawns are mixed together with
minced chicken instead of pork, but you won’t mind about the difference as it
is equally tasty, and very juicy too.

 

The “Ma Lai Kou” (Malay Cake?), another winner that you must
order. Tasted fantastic when we ate it while it was still warm. Layers of sweet
custard compliments nicely with the soft texture cake.

 

Their halal-version of “Wu Kok”, fares not as good as
others. One bite into it and you’ll immediately will be able to taste the
difference. The nice presentation ain’t enough to neutralize my disappointment.

 

The “Char Siew Bao” (no relation to Xiu Long Bao’s
boyfriend) also not up to my standard. Once again, somehow chicken does
not  “perform” well to substitute pork as
the main ingredient for this famous bun.

The other food was ok, nothing spectacular but definitely
one of better halal dim sums I had for quite some time.

* The metrosexual Joe

The fellowship we had that afternoon was far more wonderful
though. Because there were only 4 of us, we really got to get to know each
other more, and act more like ourselves (at least for me lah). Must have
similar gatherings more often I reckon. Any interested food bloggers?

* The graceful hands of the 2 female food bloggers!

Maju Palace Restaurant

Address: Level 5, Maju Junction Mall, 1001, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 KL.

Telephone: 03-2691 8822 Fax: 03-2691 3822

Operating Hours/Days: 11:30am – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 11:00pm Daily

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Medan Selera 888 in Taman Eng Ann

A number of Klang residents have been trying to convince me that Klang is more than
just bak kut teh, seafood and pan mee (mee heun ke) for ages. This time
I was in Taman Eng Ann to try out yet another recommendation.

Medan Selera 888 is a old food court right in the middle of Taman Eng Ann‘s commercial area. During the day, business is pretty brisk with the lunch crowd, and during the night it’s mainly patronized by senior citizens and some families. Not all food stalls here are still open at night, I think only about 3 are, including my target, the chicken rice stall.

An elderly woman operates this stall, with a big neon sign stated “Chicken Rice” both in Chinese and in English as well. But this is more than just your average chicken rice stall. Besides the usual fares such as roasted chicken, siew yuk and char siew, the stall also offers fried chicken and “Pai Kwuat Wong” (Pork Rib King).

As there were only 2 of us that night, we only ordered small portion of each type of roasted/fried meat there, except for siew yuk as all were sold out by then. The food did looks pretty good when served, with different colours and shapes placed nicely together on a same plate.

Ok, let me rate those meats one by one in terms of taste:

Char Siew: Very average, and a tad too lean for me. Would be nice if there’s a layer of fat between those lean meat. And the char siew gravy are not very nice as well. I would give this a 4.5 over 10.

Pai Kwuat Wong (Pork Rib King): Well I found out its not exactly Pai Kwuat Wong, but it is very tasty alright. The pork ribs are grilled to perfection, and well balanced between the fat and the lean part of the ribs. The meat has a very nice sweet taste to it and the outer part is crispy, without overburnt. Love this one, a 8 out of 10 from me!

Fried Chicken: Surprisingly tasty as well, although it didn’t look like it is. The skin is very crispy and full of the taste of the marinade, and the meat is well-cooked but not too tough (no sight of blood as wel ). Not extraordinary but definitely nicer than the usual fried chicken elsewhere. Deserves a 7.5 out of 10 at least.

While I would not recommend anyone to drive here from KL just for these, I will definitely advise you to try this one out if you happens to be in Klang, or if you stay near enough to this place (Shah Alam and Subang residents maybe? ). I won’t rank this besides Klang‘s other greats such as the BKT and seafood, but a pleasant discovery to add to my list of alternatives whenever I’m makan-ing in this part of Klang Valley.

By the way, this Medan Selera 888 is just a stone’s throw away from Jackson Kah‘s very own Book Valley. Oh Jackson, I was actually planning to visit your Book Valley and maybe have dinner there, but I am not sure about your operating hours, so next time yah.

Chicken Rice Stall @ Medan Selera 888

Address: Lorong Kawasari 8, Taman Eng Ann, 41150 Klang, Selangor (opposite Guardian Pharmacy)

Operating Hours/Days: 7:00 am – 10:00pm, Daily (not sure about Sundays)

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