Food Reviews, Reviews

Restoran Aunty Nat at Sri Hartamas

Drove past Aunty Nat at Mid Valley City for gazillion times, but never check it out as it gave me an impression that the food there would be overpriced. That is why I was quite reluctant when Lena Ban suggested us to go to their Sri Hartamas branch for a last lunch with Fannie before she goes to Singapore for good.

Located at the much quieter section of Sri Hartamas, I have to admit I have never ventured into this part before. Quieter it is, but that doesn’t mean that parking is no longer a problem. While it is not as bad as Desa Sri Hartamas, it still took us a good 5 minutes to find one, and it wasn’t even a proper parking slot.

The interior of the Nyonya restaurant certainly got my vote. Rustic but classy, most of the dining furnitures are wooden, and black and white photos decorate the white wall. And with a mini waterfall, the overall ambience of comfort and relaxation. Would appeal especially to corporate slaves like me.

 

All the ala-carte mains here are called as Quick Meals, and it ranges from fried rice to soup meehoon. And to my surprise, most if not all of the Quick Meals cost RM8.00 only. Definitely reasonable considering the location, quality and the substantial portion of the dishes here. The Sambal Belacan Fried Rice with Beef (or Chicken) is one good example. While I am not exactly sure how Nyonya this fried rice is, it certainly tasted very good. No soggy rice, generous amount of meat, and one kick-arse sambal belacan to eat with.

The Sweet & Sour Chicken with Rice (RM8.00++) was a disappointment. While not exactly a bad one, it tasted very ordinary and I thought the chicken meat itself was a tad too tough to chew.

The noodles I’ve tried here were all delectables as well. The Stir Fried Kuay Teow (RM8.00++) was slightly spicy, and a bit wet, the way I love it.

While the name of Shredded Veg & Meat Noodle (RM8.00++) would not exactly make me jump up in excitement, it turned out to be an absolute winner too. The thin noodle used felt very springy, and full of flavours without the starchy taste.

There are a lot of appetizers and side dishes available, and most are priced around RM8-RM12. As most of our dishes came with some chicken meat already, we ordered two sotong dishes as side instead. When we asked the captain (or owner maybe?), she suggested Crispy Fried Sotong (RM12.00++) to us. A good recommendation it was indeed, as the sotong was true to its name, very crispy and the aroma was irresistable. A perfect side dish to go along with our mains.

Yet another gem would be their Spicy Stir-Fried Sotong (RM12.00++). This one comes with spicy gravy, together with onions and red chilli peppers. Would have been great eating it with rice I am sure.

With all those heaty and spicy food, it is best eating them with iced cooling drinks. Such as the Iced Cincau (RM2.50++) and the bottomless Iced Chinese Tea (RM2.00++), that comes in a small Tiger Beer glass (ops, I hope I was not seen drinking it by my passing church members! ).

I am a big sucker of Cendol, so when I saw it is available on the menu I ordered it without any second thought. Priced at RM4.50, it came with alot of short fat strands of cendol and big red beans. And with the right amount of gula melaka (palm sugar), it was a heavenly dessert to have especially on a hot sunny afternoon.

Overall I must say I am very impressed by this restaurant, not only by its delicious food and reasonable prices, but also by its wonderful ambience and attentive service. I am absolutely delighted to add yet another fine eatery into my lunch list, as this place is considerably near to my office. Without a doubt I would definitely come back to try their other delights.


Restoran Aunty Nat (Sri Hartamas)

Address: 7, Jalan Sri Hartamas 7,
              Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.

Telephone: 03-6201 1833

Operating Hours/Days: 10:00am to 10:00pm, Daily

Restoran Aunty Nat (Mid Valley City)

Address: 5G, Signature Office,
              The Boulevard, Mid Valley City,
              Lingkaran Syed Putra,
              59200, Kuala Lumpur.

Telephone: 03-2283 5339

Operating Hours/Days: 10:00am to 10:00pm, Daily


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Food Reviews, Reviews

Restoran Famous Seremban Favourites at SunwayMas

While I am not a char siew slut, as what Lemongrass would like to call herself, I was mega excited when I read how she raved about a new found great char siew in SunwayMas area. So with a convoy of 2 cars and 10 colleagues, we ventured kilometres away from our office in the food-barren land of Damansara Heights.

It wasn’t too difficult to find the restaurant as I have eaten in SunwayMas few times before previously. Looking at the premise itself doesn’t promise much, as it is just a quite nondescript looking shoplot. But take some steps closer and you will see the char siew enticingly hang at the stall, screaming out “Try me try me!”.

I must admit, when I look at the char siew abit more upclose, some doubts creeped into me as it looked quite fat and too articially shiny. And I saw similar reactions from some of my colleagues as well.

The restaurant wasn’t exactly packed when we reached there, but yet service was pretty slow. The owner came to get our order, but his doleful expression wasn’t the best one can hope for to get  I must say. Ordering might not be easy, as there are quite a number of dishes available here. You can either opt for rice to go with the char siew, or selecting one of the few types of noodle.

I am not sure whether Hakka Mee is one of the famous favourites of Seremban or not, but it was listed as one here. A very simple noodle dish, the version here is slightly wetter as compared to the usual ones. Definitely worth more than its reasonable price of RM3.50.

We ordered two medium-sized plate (RM10.00) of char siews to share amongst the 10 of us. With great excitement, anticipation but as well as come caution, we all took the first bite. And boy how we were more than convinced by the almighty char siew!

I now can truly understand the definition of the expression “melts in your mouth“, cause that exactly what happened when we took a bite of that char siew. With the fat and the lean part nicely defined and balance, the barbeque pork is tender, well-marbled, slightly charred and nice portion of caramelised bits of fat on it. It is not overly sweet, and one can even taste the smell of the smoking charcoal. Char siew definitely doesn’t get better than this!

If you are one of those more health-concious, fret not as you can ask for leaner cuts, with lesser fats but taste good nevertheless. The caramel sauce is not poured over on the meat like the usuals, but was given on small plates, so you can have the option of eating the char siew on its own.

 

The rice here is just ok, certainly not something that I would like to write about with more than one sentence of review. Another noodle that they claimed to be Seremban’s favourite would be the Yau Yee Mai Fun (Sotong Bihun aka Vermicelli with Cuttlefish. Also priced at RM3.50, this one came with a generous amount of cuttlefish and stewed pork. The broth is slightly herbal-ish, though I can’t really comment much as I am not a big fan of soup-ish noodle.

There are numerous other choices such as Fish Ball Noodle (RM3.50) and side dishes such as Fried Sui Kow (RM0.70 each), they are all pretty decent in taste and portion. If you are going there alone and do not wish to order too much but yet still want to try their char siew, you can always opt for their Char Siew Wantan Mee.

Overall this is one great place for a very satisfying meal, with great taste and impressive varieties to choose from. Prices are very reasonable, especially considering its location. While service is not exactly friendly and prompt (it gets even more slower when the lunch crowd peaked), the arguably one of the best char siew in Klang Valley more than makes up for it. Will I return for more? Are you kidding me? Of course!

Restoran Famous Seremban Favourites

Address: 80-1, Grd Flr, Jalan PJU 1/3B,
              SunwayMas Commercial Centre,
              47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Telephone: 017-2798582 (Bill Khoon)

Operating Hours/Days: 7:30am – 4:30pm (Closed on Tuesdays)

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* map curi-ed from A Whiff of Lemongrass

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Random Reflections

Busy still

It’s 6:31am in the morning, and here I am in the office, just finished my work. Almost-finished actually, as I still need to continue later. But now, I would just go to the meeting room and take a 2-hours nap before starting yet another hectic day at work. Lord, please grant me strength to go on. Amen.


Wake me up, before you go go



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Product Reviews, Reviews

Unif T’s Barley Black Tea

Been extremely busy lately, so no time for comprehensive food reviews. So the next best thing for a food junkies like me? Review of a drink that I have discovered recently!

Was introduced to this drink by my colleague Rachel. Kinda skeptical when I first saw it, blackish and somehow barley and black tea mixed together were slightly difficult to picture. Though I got to say the design and packaging of the drink is stylish and elegant.

Developed by Uni-President, a Thai subsidiary of a Taiwanese health drinks giant, this is their answer to the global declining sales of green tea. I still remember when the green tea frenzy began few years back, you can find almost all products with green tea in it. Now its all about other tea, yes still tea, but Oolong tea, black tea, chrysanthemum tea, bla bla tea.

One fine afternoon, me and Rachel went to the 7-Eleven store opposite our office for our tea-time ritual. After some not-so-convincing convincing from Rachel, I decided to take the plunge.

I took a cautious first sip, and to be honest, I was less than impressed. The “malty” taste of the barley grains and the slightly bitterish black tea was a bit overwhelming at first. But after few more sips, my tastebud kind of adjusted to it and I found myself taking big gulps of it.

This barley black tea is one of those drinks that leave you with a great aftertaste, and keep you wanting for more. Extremely enjoyable especially during hot and sunny days. Oh and the manufacturer claimed that this herbal-ish drink is packed with vitamins and other nutritions too, of course.   I have to say, not everybody would like this. But I can tell you I am hooked ever since that fateful second sip!

Try it now, it is selling at RM2.40 at 7-Eleven, and also at other convenience stores and supermarkets. I believe this drink was introduced months ago in Singapore as well.

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