Thursday, 14 December 2017

Restoran Abdul Rahim Cendol @ Tanjung Malim, Perak

If you're looking for a good Cendol, then my pick would be Abdul Rahim Cendol that is located in Tanjung Malim, Perak. Abdul Rahim is a third generation Cendol maker and he has a huge pool of loyal supporters. 

The Restaurant Located Along Jalan Besar, Tanjung Malim
Abdul Rahim himself has been in the business for more than 20 years. Previously, he used to operate from a push cart that was based opposite the KFC in town. In recent months, he has moved to a proper restaurant and is located right in the heart of Tanjung Malim town. 

Cendol With Corn

Delicious & Refreshing
You do not get those fancy Cendol's here. What he prepares is the typical old school style of preparation and they are very reasonably priced. Compared to the prices that you get in the Klang Valley, this is merely half of it but rest assured, it is really good. If you happen to pass through Tanjung Malim, I would strongly recommend giving this Cendol a try. My rating for this shall be 9/10. 

Address: Jalan Besar, 35900 Tanjung Malim, Perak, Malaysia.

Business Hours: 1100 - 1900 Daily

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Restoran Lan Je @ Puchong, Selangor

I first tried this steamed fish some time in the year 2013 at their Desa Aman Puri outlet and have been hooked since then. Originating from Rawang, today they have a number of outlets across the Klang Valley. Being in Puchong this evening, we decided to try their Bandar Puteri Puchong outlet which is located along Jalan Puteri 4/9.

Restoran Lan Je Along Jalan Puteri 4/9
In Bandar Puteri, they occupy two shop units. Both units are air-conditioned and business has always been good for them. This outlet is located not too far from Puteri Mart, along the newly built shop units which is quite close to the MRT station.Parking is a huge problem here but worry not. Drive along the inner road that takes you to the rear of the shop. There is ample of space to park there and that's like a dedicated parking space for this restaurant. Ordering here is quite simple, all their items are listed on the board along with the prices. You just have to choose your items and as far as the fish goes, pick either medium spicy or super spicy. I have tried most of the items at this restaurant except that it was at the Desa Aman Puri branch and they were all just so so except for the fish which was excellent. These item that I had tried include their Tofu dish, a number of vegetables, Salted Prawn, Steamed Prawns and their chicken dish. Kindly note that this is a Pork Free restaurant.

Medium Spicy Steamed Fish @ RM 18.00
They only use Black Tilapia Fish for this dish and no other fish types are available. Many avoid this Black Tilapia as they tend to have a stench but that is not the case here. The fish is perfectly cleaned and cooked and all stench is removed. Generally, they are priced from around RM 16 to RM 19, depending on the size and this one today was RM 18.00 . In 2013, their base price for this very same fish was RM 12.00 . Well with all prices gone up, it is only fair for them to price it higher and even then, a similar fish of the similar size would at least be priced at RM 25 onwards and comparing that, they are still very much cheaper. Price aside, the fish was excellent. The fish is steamed with lots of garlic and bird eye chilies and the aroma is amazing . I usually go for the medium spicy as that is good enough for me. Maybe next time, I should try their super spicy instead. I have walked past their kitchen and observed that they stack the plates up in rattan baskets and steam them using the conventional methods. Perhaps that is where the taste comes from. For me, this dish is excellent and I would rate it at a perfect 10/10 . One thing that amazes me is how they can have the taste so consistent across all their outlets. Even if I was blindfolded and tasted this dish, I would still be able to tell if it's from Lan Je or not. That's how good it was. 

Steamed Prawns with Ginger @ RM 23.00
For RM 23.00, it came with eleven medium sized prawns laden with loads of ginger, garlic and chili. The prawns were absolutely awesome, never did it expect this to be this good. It seems that going forward my must order dishes here would be their steamed fish and this steamed prawns. You have to taste it to know how good it was. Both of us thoroughly enjoyed the dish and I would rate this at 9/10. .

If you love steamed fish and steamed prawns, then this place is a must try. I for one have definitely been hooked on to this fish. The recipe here is very much different to the rest and it is definitely a taste to remember. I for sure would definitely return again soon.

Address: No. 16-G & 18-G, Jalan Puteri 4/9, Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong, Selangor.

Opening Hours: 1000 - 2100 Daily

Telephone: +6012 522 9391

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Restoran Jayna Vilas @ Cyberjaya, Selangor

Restoran Jayna Vilas would be the newest South Indian restaurant to open in Cyberjaya, Selangor. They started their business sometime in end November 2017 and although I had visited them during their first few days of business, I never got the time to blog about this restaurant much earlier. 

The Restaurant Along Jalan GC 3, Cyberjaya

My Lunch @ RM 13.00
This restaurant occupies two shop lots, one is air-conditioned and the other is ventilated by ceiling fans. One thing that I loved here was the variety that was on offer. You get many dishes that you would not commonly get at most South Indian restaurants. Besides that, the service levels are really good and they make you feel somewhat at home. Today, I went for some Rice, Fish Curry, Pulicha Keerai, Yellow Pumpkin, Fried Fish, Mutton Perattal, Appalam, Moor Milagai and Oorgai and this wholesome meal cost me a mere RM 13.00 . Definitely very reasonable prices. 

Fish Curry & Pulicha Keerai

Yellow Pumpkin & Moor Milagai
Their Pulicha Keerai was really something. Really thick it was and not the watered down versions that we get at some restaurants. The flavours were also awesome. I am a huge fan of this and I found the preparation here to be very much home like food. My rating for this shall be 9/10. Their Fish Curry was good as well. Overall flavours were very much up to my expectations and again, it wasn't the kind of watery gravy. My rating for this shall be 8/10. Their Yellow Pumpkin was awesome. Another dish that I would say was very much homelike style of cooking. Again, I would rate this at 9/10. Their Moor Milagai was nice, balanced flavours and went very well with the Fish Curry. My rating for this shall be 8/10. 

Oorgai & Fried Fish

Mutton Perattal
Their Oorgai was tasty and I would give that 8/10. Their Fried Fish was very fresh, nicely marinated and fried to a crisp. I would definitely give this 8/10 as well. Their Mutton Perattal came with some very thick gravy and it went very well with the tender meat. Again, this is something that I would rate 8/10. 

My Bill
Restoran Jayna Vilas does offer some excellent variety on a daily basis. The food was good and I loved the warm reception given by the staffs. Most of the items that I had tried today tasted very much like home cooked food and for the variety and quantity that I had taken, I felt that the prices were very reasonable as well. This is another fantastic South Indian restaurant in Cyberjaya that I would recommend visiting. 

Address: Along Jalan GC 3, Glomac Cyberjaya, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia. 

Business Hours: 0800 - 2200 Daily

Monday, 11 December 2017

Each A Bowl Pan Mee Restaurant @ Kajang, Selangor

Each A Bowl Pan Mee Restaurant came highly recommended. Being a fan of Pan Mee, I decided to drop by this afternoon.  

The Restaurant Located Along Jalan Berjaya 11, Taman Berjaya

Cutlery, Tissue & Chili Flakes
The layout was fairly simple. They had a small open air dining area and a much larger air-conditioned dining area as well. I guess, the open area was predominantly for smokers. Despite the overall layout being not too large, they had spaced the tables really well and overall layout seemed very organised. Each and every table had all they would require in terms of cutlery, sauces and even tissue. They even went to the extend of having the cutlery in a covered plastic ware for hygiene reasons. 

Homemade Leong Shui @ RM 2.00
Their menu was simple. One side of the laminated card mainly listed all their drinks and the reverse was a list of all their food items. The main dish here is Pan Mee and what they have is a number of variations to those. Prices seemed okay to me as well. I ordered their Homemade Leong Shui since it came highly recommended. It was priced at RM 2.00 for a tall jar which was definitely worth it. Taste wise, it was concentrated, not the common watered down version and it was very refreshing. Definitely a drink that I would recommend and my rating for this shall be 9/10. 

Chili Pan Mee @ RM 7.00

Soup with Veggies
I felt that their Chili Pan Mee was good. The noodles itself was soft and springy and it came with lots of minced pork and anchovies. The egg was made just right as well. Portions were good as well. Initially, I took just a little of their Chili Flakes and after tasting it, I found it to be not too spicy. So, I added more subsequently to suit my taste buds. For those who love their Chili Pan Mee to be spicy, you could boldly add three teaspoons full of their Chili Flakes. That was how much I had needed to get it to my desired level. Nevertheless, the overall dish was quite tasty. My rating for this shall be 8/10. Of course, I would not compare this to Madam Chiams or even Kin Kin's. It's not up to that level but it was still good. The soup that came with the noodles were good as well and my rating for that shall be 8/10 as well. 

For a good bowl of Chili Pan Mee in Kajang, I would recommend visiting Each A BowlPan Mee Restaurant that is located in Taman Berjaya, Kajang. Their Chili Pan Mee is pretty tasty and they do not compromise on their ingredients. Good food at reasonable prices. 

Address: 5G, Jalan Berjaya 11, Taman Berjaya, 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia.

Business Hours: 1100 - 2100 

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Restoran Hashima Maju @ Tanjung Malim, Perak

Restoran Hashima Maju is not a new restaurant. This restaurant was previously located in Taman Anson. After the recent U Turn closure by the town council, business had been down and they had recently moved their business to Taman Happy Garden, which is right opposite the main entrance to UPSI. 

The Restaurant in Taman Happy Garden, Tanjung Malim

A Simple Indian Muslim Meal
This restaurant belongs to the eldest grandson of the famous Ghani family. Bahari, who is also a close friend of mine abstained from using the Ghani legacy name and wanted to build an empire of his own. That is something that we should respect. Coming back to this restaurant, they are open from breakfast till dinner and they serve the usual Indian Muslim fare. This afternoon, I dropped by for lunch not knowing who the owner was and when I saw Bahari, I was confident that this restaurant would do fine. As for my lunch, I went for some Rice, Fish Curry, Chicken Varuval and Cabbage Perattal wnd this meal cost me a mere RM 4.50. Very reasonable I felt. 

Fish Curry

Chicken Varuval
Their Fish Curry was decent. I liked the fact that he had added some potatoes giving it a slightly different twist in terms of flavours. Nevertheless, it did taste good and my rating for this shall be 7/10. His Chicken Varuval again was nice. A mix of bones and meat were found but you're free to choose the cuts that you like. Only complaint would be that it was slightly on the oily side. Taste wise, it was surely nice and my rating for this shall be 8/10. 

Cabbage Perattal

Teh O Ais
The Cabbage Perattal was slightly overdone. Otherwise, it was okay. I would give that 7/10 as well. Their Teh O Ais was good and my rating for this shall be 9/10. 

Restoran Hashima Maju does offer some good food at reasonable prices. For people living on this side of town, it is now very convenient that they are open in Taman Happy Garden and that means that we don't have to drive into town every time we want to have some Mee Goreng or Rojak. Besides all the standard offering, he also has Cendol and Ais Kacang as well. 

Address: Jalan HG Utama, Taman Happy Garden, 35900 Tanjung Malim, Perak, Malaysia.

Business Hours: 0800 - 2200 Daily

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Kedai Roti Happy Happy Bread Bakery @ Kajang, Selangor

Happy Happy Bread Bakery is one of the most famous Chinese bakeries in Kajang. They have a number of outlets in Kajang and Cheras and the top seller here is their Half Baked Cheese Tarts. Those are baked twice a day and during those hours, don't be surprised if you find a queue that is as long as 100 meters.

The Bakery Located In Taman Berjaya, Kajang

Assorted Buns
I was here at about 4 pm and by then, their Half Baked Cheese Tarts were already sold out. Their buns are great as well and so I decided to pick up some of those for dinner. The ones that I had selected were Butter Bun, Pork Ham Bun. Lunchean Meat Bun and Smoked Pork Meat Bun. These are my favourites and hence I went for them. In terms of choices, they have so much more to offer. 

Butter Bun

Luncheon Meat Bun
Both of these buns were fantastic. Their Butter Bun comes with so much butter and sugar and it's overall texture is so creamy and tasty. Their Luncheon Meat Bun is pretty good too. Comes with a large cut of meat and the overall texture is so soft and fluffy. My rating for both shall be 9/10. 

Smoked Meat Bun

Ham Bun
Their Smoked Meat Bun was just awesome. The quality of the smoked meat clearly shows and again together with the bun, it was such a delight. Similarly their Ham Bun was again excellent. Once again, I shall give these 9/10. 

If you happen to be in Sungai Chua area, I would highly recommend this Kedai Roti Happy Happy Bread Bakery. Not only is their Half Baked Cheese Tarts awesome, their buns too are simply out of this world. They are so soft, made using quality ingredients and you get a variety that is not commonly found. A must visit place for bun lovers.

Address: No. 285, Jalan Berjaya 10, Taman Berjaya, 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia.

Business Hours: 1000 - 2200 Daily 

Friday, 8 December 2017

Restoran Gu Xiang @ Kajang, Selangor

Being on a lookout for a place to have Chinese Mixed Rice, we landed at Restoran Gu Xiang that is located in Taman Berjaya on the Sungai Chua side of town. This entire vicinity is famous for it's Chinese food variety and is quite happening all day long. 

Restoran Gu Xiang Located Along Jalan Berjaya 10

More Then 30 Varieties
Despite being a restaurant that focuses on selling Chinese Mixed Rice, the decoration was very impressive and the entire restaurant was air-conditioned. We arrived at around 3 pm for a late lunch and even at that time, there were more than 30 varieties to choose from. I wonder what their usual variety would have been during lunch and dinner. From the space allocation, I am guessing that it would be close to 60 varieties of dishes. 

My Lunch @ RM 7.50
I went for some Rice, Scrambled Eggs with Veggies, Sweet & Sour Pork, Minced Pork, Stir Fried Potatoes and Stir Fried Pork Belly with Dried Chili and this whole lot cost me a mere RM 7.50 . Not to forget that this meal comes complimentary with Chinese Tea and a bowl of clear soup. 

Scrambled Eggs with Veggies

Sweet & Sour Pork
The Scrambled Eggs were delicious and so was their Sweet & Sour Pork. Both were made with generous amounts of ingredients and they tasted excellent. My rating shall be 9/10 for both. 

Minced Pork

Stir Fried Potatoes
Their Minced Pork was heavenly. I totally enjoyed the preparation and the portion was huge. Similarly, their Stir Fried Potatoes was very nicely done. They had been deep fried first and then the sauces had been added to the dish thus giving it a slightly crispy outer layer and a soft texture on the inside. Both definitely deserve a 9/10 in terms of rating. 

Stir Fried Pork Belly

Complementary Chinese Tea
Thinly cut slices of Pork Belly had been stir fried with dried chilies. The overall taste was mildly sweet and with a spicy aftertaste. My rating for this shall be 8/10. For those who do not drink Chinese Tea, they also have warm and iced water. Again, this too is provided complimentary. 

Assorted Roasted Meats @ RM 12.00

Chili Paste
Besides the main mixed rice platter, we had also gone for a plate of assorted meats. We had some Roasted Chicken, Steamed Chicken, Siew Yuk and Char Siew and this platter cost us a very reasonable RM 12.00 . Each and every item served on that platter was delicious. The meat was tender and juicy and clearly they were all very fresh. My overall rating for that platter shall be 8/10.

A good place to have Chinese Mixed Rice in Kajang would be Restoran Gu Xiang that is located in Taman Berjaya, Kajang. They have close to 60 varieties to choose from and their prices are very reasonable. Besides this, I would also recommend going for their Roasted Meats. Reasonable prices as well and they are quite tasty. 

Address: Jalan Berjaya 10, Taman Berjaya, 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia.

Business Hours: 1000 - 2100 Daily