Saturday, 5 August 2017

Restoran Yik Mun @ Tanjung Malim, Perak

Restoran Yik Mun is one of those places that has made a name for itself in the Malaysian food scene. Having been around since the year 1926, this restaurant is so famous that it is most often filled with outsiders. Come weekends, it is so crowded that it is so difficult to get a place to sit. Their Hainanese food along with the Pau that is so famous has become so expensive nowadays so much so, you hardly get any locals visiting this restaurant. 

The Restaurant Along Old Slim Road

Newspaper Write Ups
Even when I was here this afternoon, it was so difficult to get a place and I had squeeze myself into a corner. Staffs were extremely busy but luckily they know me as the owners classmate and I do get some special attention that way. The place was buzzing with outsiders and bikers that commonly make a pit stop here. I have even seen people who travel all the way here just for the Pau and Chicken Chop for breakfast during the weekends and then return back to Kuala Lumpur after their meal. It may sound strange but it's a common sight here.  

White Coffee @ RM 3.50
Their White Coffee is one of the hot selling items here and it's priced at a ridiculous RM 3.50 for a mug. Honestly, food isn't the same anymore and we locals know that. For example, those days the coffee was fixed upon order. Now, they have their own version of the 3 in 1 coffee and that is what is used. Similarly, then the Pau's were handmade. Now, they are all mass produced, kept frozen and steamed to order. Still, people who have never tasted what it used to be like before come in huge groups and the Pau's sells like hot cakes. Even this afternoon, by 3 pm, they were completely sold out and couldn't cope with the demand. Coming back to the coffee, price aside, I find it to be a tad too sweet. My rating for this shall be 7/10. 

Hainanese Chicken Chop @ RM 17.00
Those days, this was priced at less than RM 6.00 and over the years the price has been going consistently going up and now it is RM 17.00 . The set comes with a slice of Fried Chicken which is topped with tomato puree, peas and onions. And on the sides, you get a small piece of Man Tau Bun and some Mashed Potatoes. 

Compared to last year, the portion has almost halved and that was truly shocking. Still, people are willing to pay the price for this. Of course, it does taste good but again, there has got to be some justification to it. This is a small town but these guys have become like a premium steak house. Another thing that I didn't like was the burnt Man Tau Bun. The colour of it would speak for itself. Otherwise, it was a good dish. The flavours were still authentic and it does taste good. My rating for this solely from the taste point of view would be 9/10. 

Mashed Potatoes
Their Mashed Potatoes was another one that was really good. It is their proprietary recipe that is used in preparing this and over the years, despite it getting more expensive, the taste has been consistent. My rating for this shall be 8/10.  

This place is one that needs no introduction so much so, Tanjung Malim has been put on the national food map solely because of this restaurant. Though we locals no longer patronise this restaurant due to the declining taste of their Pau's, still outsiders have been keeping them going and the support is overwhelming. Perhaps, they are still better than most Pau makers out there. For me, I would still come back for their Hainanese Chicken Chop which is one that is quite unique. Despite the rising prices and shrinking  portions, it is still something that I crave for every now and then. If you've never tried this, I would definitely recommend doing so.  

Address: Lot 6043, Jalan Slim Lama, 35900 Tanjung Malim, Perak, Malaysia.

Telephone: +605 4596 380

Opening Hours: 0900 - 2200 Daily

Friday, 4 August 2017

Restoran Hock Kee Bak Kut Teh Dan Seafood @ Kajang, Selangor

This evening we were in the mood for some Bak Kut Teh. I have visited a number of restaurants specialising in this dish in Kajang and as usual, I was in the mood to try out another new place. We had some guest as well and that being the case, we could not travel far. So, we opted to return to Hock Kee. 

Hock Kee In Taman Sri Langat
As much as this restaurant is famous for their Bak Kut Teh, they also operate as a usual Chinese restaurant serving the entire range of dishes that we would commonly get. This is something that I have never come across. Usually, Bak Kut Teh places do not sell any other dishes and this exception was quite fascinating. Even this evening, there was a large group who were there solely for their Bak Kut Teh and another large pool of customers who were there for their dishes. Interesting combination for sure. The restaurant itself had a large seating area and was attached to a house. Cooking is done by the boss and the lady boss is the one that handles the cash management. Orders are all taken by the staffs. The staffs are very efficient. In fact, the moment they know that you're having Bak Kut Teh, all the condiments are sent over to your table. 

White Rice @ RM 1.20 Per Bowl

Bak Kut Teh @ RM 12.00
The standard Bak Kut Teh was priced at RM 12.00 for one pax. The portion was huge and definitely larger than the dry version. There was more meat in this one too. The soup was very different to the one that I am used to. This was much lighter and was slightly sweet. I have tried the Kajang Bak Kut Teh at other restaurants and it wasn't like this. Well, this surely wasn't to my liking. I would give this 6/10. 

Dry Bak Kut Teh @ RM 15.00
This was for one pax and it was priced at RM 15.00 . For Kajang, I would say that it is expensive. I would have expected this to be around RM 10 to RM 12 maximum. If I were to comment on the taste of the dish, it was good. Lovely cuts of meat were cooked in a thick spicy gravy. They have also added a lot of dried shrimps which enhanced the taste. Definitely some good stuff. Also, this comes with a small bowl of tea since it was the dry version. I would rate this at 8/10. 

Tofu @ RM 4.00

Mushroom @ RM 14.00

Omelette @ RM 10.00
The other sides that we ordered were the Mushrooms, Tofupok and an Omelette. The price of the mushrooms were surprising. RM 14.00 for that small portion and that's totally ridiculous. It wasn't so great as well. Their Tofu Pok also tasted a little old and the texture was rough and stiff. Similarly, the Omelette wasn't great either. If I were to rate these, I would give them 7/10, 5/10 and 7/10 respectively. 

Bill For The Day
To summarise our dining experience, I have got to say that this is one expensive Bak Kut Teh place. Most of the dishes that we tried were not up to our expectations. Some were even lacking in terms of freshness. The only thing that we enjoyed is their Dry Bak Kut Teh which was very good. Their Soup Bak Kut Teh was a tad too sweet for me as well. If I return, it would be solely for their Dry Bak Kut Teh.

Address: No. 114, Jalan Langat 1, Taman Sri Langat, 43000 Kajang, Selangor.

Opening Hours: 0900 - 1400 & 1730 - 2200 Daily

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Restoran Asam Batu Laut @ Batu Laut, Selangor

Restoran Asam Batu Laut is located in Batu Laut Fishermen's Village which is just a few minutes away from Tanjung Sepat and Morib. There are so many people that flock here for good seafood that is sold at much cheaper rates than the restaurants in the Klang Valley and you should not be surprised if there was such a tremendous crowd when you visit them. 

Fishing Village Just Beside The Restaurant

The fishermen from the fishing village dock their boats just beside this restaurant and it is a must visit place if you want to buy cheap seafood or even visit for the views.It is also from this place that this restaurant get's it's daily supplies.  

Still Quiet As We Were Early

Indoor & Outdoor Seating Areas

Actual Distance From Where I Was Sitting

During the weekends and public holidays, please do not be surprised to see such a huge crowd here. I will estimate easily there were around 700 people at this restaurant the last time that we were here. Yes, and that number is not an exaggeration. Today however, we came quite early and there were less than 50 people. But as time went on, huge crowd started coming in bus loads. One can opt to sit inside or outside. Both places are well ventilated so you don't have to worry about feeling hot if you sit outdoors. Personally, I prefer sitting close to the sea as the views are really amazing. 

This is a Pork Free restaurant and as such, you do find many Muslim customers here as well. Prices are very reasonable and you would be able to see shortly how vast a difference it is from restaurants Kuala Lumpur. Moreover, being a fishing village, supplies are very fresh. 

Kam Heong Clams @ RM 15.00
Kam Heong Clams is one of my favourites and these guys did an amazing job with this dish. Just look at the amount of gravy which they had generously added. Goodness, it was so good and I was in love with this dish. My rating for this shall be a perfect 10/10. 

Oyster Omelette @ RM 13.00
The Oyster Omelette was very different here. I was expecting the one that would come like the Penang style of preparation but this was more like Omelette with Oysters. A little disappointed as well but it did taste decent. Though I would rate this at 7/10, I would perhaps give this a skip the next time around. 

Marmite Baby Octopus @ RM 14.00
After having fallen in love with this dish during my last visit, I had to order this again.The octopus had such a soft texture and the style of preparation was just perfect for this. Fresh, such huge portions and very cheap I would say. 10/10 is what I would rate this dish. 

Ikan Merah Steamed Teochew Style @ RM 45.00
A rather huge Ikan Merah steamed the Teochew Style and this was priced at RM 45.00 . Extremely cheap and fresh and it tasted heavenly. Loved the sour broth that came with preserved vegetables. 10/10 is my rating for this.

Bill For The Day
If you're looking for some excellent seafood served fresh and at a discounted rate of 30% to 40% of what it would cost you in the Klang Valley, then Restoran Asam Batu Laut would be the perfect destination. Located merely an hour away from the city, this rustic town would not only be able to feed you delicious food but it's also a lovely destination for a day trip. Good food, wonderful views and it would surely be a memorable experience. 

Address: Banting Sungai Mosok, Batu Laut, Kampung Nelayan, Tanjung Sepat, Malaysia

Business Hours: 1100 - 2200 Daily

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Adam Tomyam @ Kajang, Selangor

It was a rather late night when most restaurants had already closed and I was looking for a place to have a quick meal. That was then I sighted this restaurant called Adam Tomyam that is located on the Bukit Mewah side in Taman Kajang Utama. I used to frequent Tomyam restaurants and it has been some time as well. Being a fan of this cuisine, I decided to give this place a try. 

Adam Tomyam In Kajang Utama

Typical Kelantanese Restaurant Design
Just like most Tomyam restaurants, this place too has both indoor and outdoor seating and most customers were seated outdoors. The interior is almost a replica of many of those Tomyam restaurants and the place was pretty clean. Ordering was a breeze. The only problem was me drying to understand the waitresses thick Kelantanese accent which eventually I managed to get a hang of it. 

Teh O Ice @ RM 1.50

Telur Dadar @ RM 1.50
The dishes arrived pretty fast and they all arrived at the same time. Their Teh O Ice was good. I liked the concentrated version of it and it was mildly sweet which was just the way I like it. As for this drink, I would rate it 8/10. Their Telur Dadar was good as well and came with decent amount of onions. Again, one that I would rate at 8/10. 

Ayam Masak Pedas @ RM 5.00

Kailan Ikan Masin @ RM 5.00
Both the dishes were good but not as good as the one's that I get in Tanjung Malim. The Ayam Masak Pedas could have been a little more spicier. Also, the portion of chicken should have been more.  But their Kailan Ikan Masin was decently prepared. I would rate these 7/10 and 8/10 respectively. 

Generally, Adam Tomyam does some decent food. Not to say that it was one of the better ones that I have tasted, there surely is room for improvement. Prices also seemed to be a little on the high side, at least when I compare to the ones that I get in Tanjung Malim. Perhaps, this is the usual price range in Kajang. Unless, I check out more similar places, I wouldn't be able to gauge this. Otherwise, it's an okay place for a quick meal. 

Address: Jalan Seksyen 3/8, Taman Kajang Utama, 43000 Kajang, Selangor.

Business Hours: 1700 - 0300 Daily

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