Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Restoran Kudu Bin Abdul @ Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur

It's been very long since I had the original Nasi Kandar from my favourite restaurants that are located along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. I happened to be in this area for work with some of my friends and the closest one to us was Kudu Bin Abdul. What surprised me was the fact that none of them had ever been to any one of these restaurants despite being born and bred in Kuala Lumpur. So I took the opportunity to introduce them to Kudu Bin Abdul Penang Nasi Kandar. 

Just At The Intersection To Jalan Dewan Sultan Sulaiman

Such A Long Queue
We were here at around 11.50 am and even then, the queue was already so long. In fact, if you look at the photograph, you could only see half the queue. The queue had already started at the point where I was standing while taking that photograph. My friends who were with me were in a state of shock as they have never seen that many people queuing up in a restaurant. Restoran Kudu Bin Abdul has been one that has survived the test of times. This was P. Ramlee's favourite Nasi Kandar joint and many more celebrities frequently come to this restaurant. The entire place was crowded when we arrived but the turnover was pretty high. Everyone was responsible and ensured that they got up the moment they finished their meal. This ensured that the new comers would not need to wait too long for a table. 

My Meal @ RM 13.00
After the long wait, I finally came up to the food counter and happily picked my choice of food items. One would be spoilt for choice as there was so many things and they all looked so good. I went for Fish Sambal, Fish Roe, Omelette, Lady's Finger and some Fish Curry. All this for a mere RM 13.00 .

Fish Curry

One of the common curries that they mix in most Nasi Kandar outlets is the dark looking black gravy. For those who do not eat beef, then you better tell them not to add that. I too skipped that and only went for their Fish Curry. That being said, it was still so good. Both my friends kept repeating how good and authentic the Fish Curry was. For me, this was a class of it's own and I would give this 10/10 for sure. Even their Omelette was so good. It came with some onions and it was so thick and good. For a moment, it felt like I was having Murtabak instead of plain egg. That was how good it was. Again, one that deserves a perfect 10/10. 

Fish Roe

Sambal Fish
Their Sambal Fish was so delicious. It was truly one of the best that I have tasted. Been so long that I had food this good. Truly miss these places as it has been so long. The fish was slightly on the spicy side and came with some thick gravy. 10/10 is my rating for this. Similarly, their Fish Roe was another one that won my heart. Absolutely delicious stuff and I would rate it at 9/10. 

Sirap Bandung Soda
The signature drink at this restaurant is this Sirap Bandung Soda. It has a mix of the usual ingredients used to make Sirap Bandung. The special add on's were Soda and Jelly and that lovely cocktail was so good and refreshing. Highly recommended to go for this. My rating would be 10/10. 

The Bill
Having been a place that has been in existence since the year 1969, Kudu Bin Abdul has been going as strong as ever and still has the authentic touch to their food. The variety is still amazingly good and the food is heavenly. Be prepared to queue up and sometimes, the queue can take as long as 30 to 40 minutes as well. As for me, the wait is definitely worth it. One of my favourite spots for the real Nasi Kandar in Kuala Lumpur. 

Address: No. 335, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, 50100 Kuala Lumpur.

Business Hours: Monday - Friday 0730 - 2000
                             Saturday - Sunday 0730 - 1930

Telephone: +603 2697 7082

Monday, 31 July 2017

Aunty Lan Homemade Noodles @ Kajang, Selangor

Aunty Lan Homemade Noodles is a noodle house that is located in Taman Berjaya Baru, on the Sungai Chua side of Kajang. Previously, they were based in Sunway Damansara and then, I used to visit them at least once a week since I love their Kimuchi Noodles and suddenly one weekend they disappeared. After many years, I am glad to have found them again and this time, in Sungai Chua. 

Aunty Lan Homemade Noodles in Taman Berjaya Baru, Kajang

All their noodle dishes comes with a choice of homemade noodles and even their broth is very unique. It's a fusion between Chinese and Korean and that is why they have some strange names. That being said, I have tried a number of their noodle dishes along with their homemade sides and they have all been impressive. I arrived here pretty late in the evening and the boss had left. The staffs were manning the restaurant and they were very efficient. 

Green Tea
I usually go for the set meals as that comes with one main dish, their signature Durian Cheese Cake and Green Tea. It's better to go for these sets as they are truly value for money. For me, their Green Tea seemed good and I would rate this 8/10. 

Seoul Kimuchi Noodle (Set Meal) @ RM 15.50

Mushroom Pork Balls
This Seoul Kimuchi Noodles is my all time favourite at this restaurant. The broth is one that is perfectly suited to my taste buds. It's on the spicy side and is mildly sour. Along with that, the mix of ingredients that you get are quite amazing. Lots of anchovies are added to this dish as well and that gives it an extra punch. Not forgetting their homemade Mushroom Pork Balls which as simply out of this world. My overall rating for this dish shall be 9/10 and specifically for those Mushroom Pork Balls, 10/10. 

Deep Fried Bean Curd @ RM 2.30
There are so many side dishes that I love here but since I am alone, there's only a certain amount that I could consume. That being the case, I went for my favourite Deep Fried Bean Curd. As always, their homemade Fuchok was excellent and it has a thin layer of pork stuffing in the middle. Truly tasty stuffs and I would rate this at 9/10. 

Durian Cheese Cake
These people are one of the pioneers to roll out this Durian Cheese Cake many moons ago and the trend caught on. Nevertheless, the taste of this Cheese Cake here is simply a class of it's own. Best consumed cold and my rating for this shall be 9/10. 

Bill For The Day
Aunty Lan Homemade Noodles has been a place that I have been dining for more than a decade now. Since the time that they had first opened their restaurant in Sunway Damansara and now relocated to Sungai Chua, I have been a loyal customer who had visited them at least once a week. The food here is a fusion between Chinese and Korean and it's so delicious. Not forgetting their Durian Cheese Cake which is amazingly good. If you happen to be in Sungai Chua area and you're looking for something different, I would recommend giving this place a try. 

Address: No. 15, Jalan Berjaya Baru 1, Taman Berjaya Baru, 43000 Kajang, Selangor.

Business Hours: Monday  - Friday 1030 - 2200
                             Weekends & Public Holidays 0930 - 2200

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Siong Kee Pan Mee @ Kajang, Selangor

Siong Kee Pan Mee is a humble stall that is located within a housing area called Taman Jelita which is just along Jalan Reko. Previously, this place was known as Hung Kee Pan Mee but recently, though there was no change in ownership, the name had been changed to Siong Kee Pan Mee. 

Home Converted Into A Business Place

Cooking Area At The Porch

Living Room Converted In To The Dining Space

A Humble Set Up
This stall has been around for a very long time and it has been run by the same family. Pretty much a house that has been converted into a place of business. Besides the seating area found in the living room, one could also find tables laid outside the house along the street. Business is open from Monday to Saturday and their business hours are from 5.30 pm till midnight. 

Add On Menu

Dishes & Drinks

Order Chit
There are just a handful of dishes that are offered here but they are highly sought after. People come from afar looking for this stall and most of his customers have been with him for more than a decade. Prices are very reasonable as well. Ordering is quite simple. Each table comes with a menu and the order chit. Just fill in the details and pass it to his daughter. Within minutes, the dishes are prepared and sent over to the table. The Uncle handles are the noodles preparation while the add on fried stuffs is prepared by the Auntie at the kitchen. Rest assured, everything is fried / prepared upon order. 

Curry Mee @ RM 5.30

A Good Mix Of Add On's In The Noodle

Very Tasty Curry

Their Signature Chili
I ordered the small bowl and it was priced at RM 5.30 . Really worth it as it came with lots of add on's like Cockles, Fish Balls, Fish Cake, Tofu and Char Siew. The curry itself was so thick and tasty. And a must add here is their homemade signature chili flakes which is added to your taste. I went for a spoonful since I like it spicy. Overall, a very delicious preparation and I would rate this Curry Mee at 8/10.  

Fried Chicken Drumstick @ RM 3.00 each + 1 piece Chung Kin @ RM 1.00 each

Dip Sauce
Another highly famous dish here is their Fried Chicken. You could go for Wings or Drumstick based on your preference. I went for the Drumstick and it was priced at RM 3.00 each . The chicken was crispy and so juicy. I think it is coated with fermented red bean curd (Nam Yue) as it tasted something like that. Besides this, I also went for a piece of Chung Kin and it was equally good. Both these items deserve a 9/10. 

I would say that this place is a hidden treasure in Kajang. A simple business based out their home and they have been going strong all these years. Their Curry Mee was extremely good and so was their Fried Chicken. For those who frequently use the MRT, this stall is a mere 2 minutes walk from the Kajang Station. A highly recommended place for Noodles.

Address: No. 121, Jalan Jelita 3, Taman Jelita, 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday 1730 - 0000
                             Closed On Sunday

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Restoran Jayasri @ Kajang, Selangor

I had always thought that the Indian restaurants in Kajang were limited to those that are located along Jalan Reko and little did I know that there is another famous restaurant that is located in Sungai Chua. It was by chance that I came across this place as I was heading to a friends place and since it was about just the right time to have lunch, I decided to check the place out. 

Restoran Jayasri In Taman Koperasi LLN
This restaurant is located in Taman Koperasi LLN. Assuming you're coming in to Kajang via Kajang Silk Highway, just after the Sungai Ramal Toll, turn off at the exit heading to Jalan Wan Siew and right after you turn, you'd be able to sight this restaurant on your right. There is ample of parking space here and so anytime of the day, you would not have difficulty parking. 

Vegetarian Banana Leaf Meal @ RM 6.00 + Tofu Sambal @ RM 2.50
Their Basic Banana Leaf Meal set comes with rice, four vegetables, pickles, Appalam, choice of curries and Rasam and this is priced at RM 6.00 . This definitely seems like an excellent deal to me. Most places would only be serving three vegetables and charge pretty much the same. I also went for a plate of Tofu Sambal and this was a mere RM 2.50 . I had a glass of plain water and that was on the house. Small gestures like this does say a lot about this restaurant. 

Four Vegetables

The vegetables that they served this afternoon were Potato Perattal, Cabbage Perattal, Pumpkin and Long Beans. All the vegetables tasted really good and very much home cooked taste. The winner among these were the Potato Perattal and Pumpkin. These two, I would rate them at 9/10 and the other two, I would give them 8/10. Not forgetting the Rasam that came packed with spices. A Rasam that I totally enjoyed and for this, I shall rate it at 9/10. 

Vegetable Kulambu

Keerai Curry
Their Vegetable Kulambu was nice but I would have preferred it to be a little more thicker. Otherwise, nothing to comment about it. As for this, I shall rate it at 7/10. Their Keerai Curry was more to my liking and this I would rate it at 8/10. 

Tofu Sambal @ RM 2.50
Tofu Sambal was an add on that I took and this was priced at RM 2.50 per plate. Again, I find this to be very reasonable as I do know places that charge much more for this. The portion was huge as well and they were very generous with the ingredients. The gravy was thick and delicious and the Tofu cubes were just the right size. My rating for this shall be 9/10. 

If you are looking for a good South Indian Banana Leaf restaurant in Kajang, my vote would definitely be for Restaurant Jayasri. Not only did I find the food to be good, the staffs were very pleasant and they serve you with passion. Prices are very reasonable as well and the restaurant itself is very clean. Definitely a place that I would be visiting more often. 

Address: No. 6, Jalan KLN 3, Taman Koperasi LLN, Sungai Chua, 43000 Kajang, Selangor. 

Opening Hours: 0700 - 2300 Daily

Friday, 28 July 2017

Cheong Kee Bak Kut Teh @ Kajang, Selangor

Besides Hock Kee, Cheong Kee is another famous place in Kajang where the locals go for their Bak Kut Teh fix. I was told that both places have very similar style of preparation except that Cheong Kee has a lot more to offer in terms of variety. Being a Bak Kut Teh fan, I just could not resist visiting them and here I am this afternoon. 

The Restaurant Located In Taman Berjaya Baru

Indoor And Outdoor Seating Space
Unlike Hock Kee that operates out of their home, Cheong Kee is located in the commercial area of Taman Berjaya Baru. They have taken up a corner unit and that gives customers ample seating space with both indoor and outdoor seating options. 

They do have a very impressive menu covering a range of dishes beyond the scope of the usual Bak Kut Teh restaurant and I did see a number of customers who were ordering the other dishes as well. The place is crowded both for lunch and dinner and that is an indicator that the food has got to be good here. Orders are taken by the lady boss and the staffs are very efficient. Prices seemed reasonable too. Of course not as cheap as the ones that we get in Tanjung Malim but they still fall under the category of a day to day restaurant. 

Brown Rice @ RM 1.50
The standard serving here come with Brown Rice which is priced at RM 1.50 per bowl. Of course, the usual White Rice is available too but that is only served when you specifically mention that you want to go for that. Otherwise, they would serve you this Brown Rice. 

Bak Kut Teh @ RM 13.00
For the price, the portion was good and it came with a mix of lean meat (you could ask for bone or other cuts as well), Button Mushrooms, Enoki Mushrooms, Fuchok and some Tofupok. I felt that the soup here had a slightly stronger body compared to Hock Kee and overall as a total dish, it was very satisfying. Loved the mix of ingredients and the tea as well. My rating for this shall be 8/10. 

Zha Kuih @ RM 1.50
I am not sure if they prepare this on their own or get it from another supplier but their Zha Kuih was very fresh and tasty and it went perfectly well with the hot soup. A good side dish to have here with your Bak Kut Teh and my rating for this shall be 8/10. 

Spicy Sliced Pork Belly @ RM 12.00
Interestingly, this dish was served in a wok and it looked so good. The aroma was so appetising the mix of ingredients were impressive. Prepared with lots of Dried Chillies, Okra and Onions, this was a dish that I very much enjoyed. Just the right level of spiciness as well. My rating for this shall be 9/10.  

My Bill
Personally, I feel that Cheong Kee does some better Bak Kut Teh when compared to Hock Kee. The prices are much more reasonable and the medium bodied tea was more to my liking. Besides this, the variety of dishes that you get here is impressive as well. 

Address: No. 23, Jalan Berjaya Baru 1, Taman Berjaya Baru, 43000 Kajang, Selangor.

Opening Hours: 1100 - 1500 & 1700 - 2200 Daily