Sunday, 18 June 2017

Hokkien Mee Tokong @ Kajang, Selangor

There is this Chinese Temple that is in Kajang Town along Jalan Mendaling and part of the temple has been converted into a Chinese Restaurant. It is fondly called Hokkien Mee Tokong by the locals and is open daily from 6 pm till 10 pm. I was told that they do have a unique Hokkien Mee not to be found elsewhere and that definitely kindled the curiosity in me to pay them a visit. 

One Side Of The Temple Had Been Converted For This Purpose

Cooking Is Done Under The Stage
Finding this place is not at all difficult. If you drive along Jalan Mendaling where Maybank is, at the end of the road where the turn is, is where this temple is located. You don't even need to park along the roadside as there are a lot of bays available closer to the temple which is by the river bank. True enough, it was one section of the temple that had been converted for this purpose and it is closer to where the Chinese Opera Stage is. The outer area where the audience would be is where the tables have been set and cooking is done under the stage area. Very unique concept and it was very interesting to witness it. The man who does the cooking does not take the orders and this is done by one of his trusted helpers. He I was told had been here for more than 10 years and have a strong support base that come here for his unique Hokkien Mee. The place can be a little mess to be honest. Some would wonder why all the commotion and noise from the staffs but that's how they are and you'd get used to it after a while. Do be prepared to wait as it may take a while for your order to arrive due to the crowd.

Hokkien Mee (2 Pax) @ RM 8.00

Hokkien Mee (2 Pax) @ RM 8.00
The Hokkien Mee here was definitely very different. It was handmade Pan Mee that had been used to cook this style. That variation gave it a very different texture and overall taste. For me, it seems like an acquired taste that one would need to get used to. But the price was extremely cheap for the portions. This would easily be RM 20 elsewhere and I was surprised to see that they had only charged RM 8.00 for this. Taste wise, I would give this 7/10. 

Fried Tang Hoon @ RM 6.00
Another dish that is very famous here is the Fried Tang Hoon. This we ordered for 1 pax since that Hokkien Mee was such a large plate and even this was very reasonably priced at RM 6.00 . Taste wise, this was much better in my opinion as I could immediately relate to it. I would give this 8/10. 

Chili Paste
I am so used to having my Hokkien Mee with lots of Chili Paste and when I asked for it here, they gave the above portion for three pax. Initially I thought that they were quite stingy with it but after tasting it, it was only then that I realised that this is more than enough for the three of us. This Chili Paste was very different, it was extremely salty and mildly spicy. So even a slight touch is good enough to go with your noodles. If you asked me, I did not like this because of the over saltiness. My rating for this shall be 4/10. Again, it could be one that needs an acquired taste. 

Sweet Potato Leaves @ RM 6.00
Sweet Potato Leaves is another popular dish here and I did not miss giving this a try. I actually liked the blend of flavours. It was a very simple dish but loved the preparation. And for the portions, I would say that the price of RM 6.00 is definitely cheap. My rating for this shall be 8/10.

Pork Spring Rolls @ RM 6.00
Pork Spring Rolls is another dish that is famous here and you would be able to see this at almost all tables. Firstly, the price is ridiculously cheap. It is priced at RM 2.00 per piece and each piece is about 7 to 8 inches long. We ordered three pieces and therefore we got quite a lot. This comes with a sweet dip sauce as well. I enjoyed the taste but I have definitely tasted better ones. My rating for this shall be 8/10 as well.

Hokkien Mee Tokong as it is fondly called by the locals is definitely a very unique restaurant. It is not often that we come across restaurants inside a temple and this is one such place. The food that is offered here is very limited and their signature dishes are a very unique Hand Made Hokkien Mee, Fried Tang Hoon and Spring Rolls. Another point to note would be the ridiculously cheap prices that you might never come across anywhere else. Definitely worth giving the place a try when you're in Kajang. 

Address: Tokong Cina, Jalan Mendaling, 43000 Bandar Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 1800 - 2200 Daily

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Restoran Al Sarifa @ Kajang, Selangor

Restoran Al Sarifa is a 24 Hour restaurant that is located in Kajang Sentral area. I did visit this place a fortnight ago as they came highly recommended for their Mutton Soup and Tandoori Chicken, both of which I found to be reasonably good and it was during that visit that I observed that they had a good spread of curries that enticed me to come back and give that a try today. 

Always Crowded

Iced Tea @ RM 1.70
Every time I pass this way, the crowd at this restaurant is always overwhelming. Do note that they have another unit by the side that is air-conditioned and that too is mostly full house. Somehow, I managed to get a table and ordered my drink. Service is very efficient here and I admire the way they work. Within minutes, my drink was sent over. A good cup of tea it was and I would give it 9/10. 

My Meal @ RM 10.50
I had taken some rice, Fish Curry, Cabbage, Goat's Liver and some Mutton and the total bill came to RM 10.50 . For the portion and items that I had taken, it seemed like very reasonable to me. 

Fish Curry

Sadly, the food didn't taste as good as it looked. Their Fish Curry was quite watery and it just didn't taste like curry to me. I also sensed that they did cut down on the spices and that resulted in a rather bland tasting curry. I would only give their Fish Curry 5/10. The Cabbage was just okay to me. The cabbage itself was fresh and not over cooked but once again, the flavours were just not there. This too I shall give 5/10. 

Goat's Liver

The Goat's Liver was not bad. It was cooked just right but the one that slacked is the lack of spices and the rather watery gravy. The same applies to their Mutton as well. I would rate both of these items at 6/10. 

The Bill
Honestly, the food wasn't anything to shout about. It's just an okay place to have a meal when you're hungry. Unlike their Mutton Soup and Tandoori Chicken which was quite good, their rice and curries were a let down.

Address: G-22, Jalan TKS 1, Taman Kajang Sentral, 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia.

Open 24 Hours Daily

Friday, 16 June 2017

Tian Yen Village Corner Restaurant @ Broga, Selangor

Having been impressed with the food that we have tried this far in Broga, this evening we made another trip to try out another restaurant that is quite famous here. This restaurant is also located along the same Old Broga Road. For directions, it would be best to refer to my post from yesterday as I have given very detailed directions to this place. This restaurant is neighbouring the restaurant that we visited yesterday and so it would be easy to locate. Once again, please be informed that no GPS works there and so you would need to navigate the old way by following the instructions that I have shared yesterday. 

Tian Yen Village Corner Restaurant in Broga

Good To See Some Tamil Wording

The Restaurant Is In A Huge Piece of Privately Owned Farm Land

Pond Surrounded By Durian Trees

Lots Of Parking Space

Interior Of The Restaurant

Stage Available For Private Functions
Compared to the one that we visited yesterday which was pretty much a shack like looking place, this restaurant is a little more posh and sits in the middle of a huge privately owned farm. The landscape is simply amazing and since it is located on elevated hilly terrain, you tend to get a nice cool breeze. 

As mentioned before in some earlier blog entries, each restaurant in Broga has their own Signature Fish dish and they keep their offering simple so that they do not compete with each other. However, this restaurant has got a slightly better offering in terms of variety and their Signature fish dishes here are the Claypot Fish and Nyonya Style Fish. 

Herbal Tea @ RM 3.00 each
This Leong Sui is a must try here. It is made by them and kept refrigerated. If you look into their fridge, you'd be able to see hundreds of these. Slightly pricey at RM 3.00 each but it was so good. My rating for this shall be 9/10. 

Kam Heong Clams @ RM 20.00
Their Kam Heong Clams were excellent. Huge clams were used and they were very generous with the ingredients. They had also added some diced onions and dried shrimps and that gave it a delicious crunch as well. Not too spicy and it was wonderful. A dish that I would recommend to have here and my rating for this shall me 9/10. 

Nyonya Style Fish @ RM 32.00
This has got to be the best Nyonya Style Fish that I have tasted. The fish had been deep fried to a crisp and the sauce was just perfect. Tangy, sour, spicy and it was a burst of flavours with each bite. If you're one who loves this style of preparation, then you have got to give these guys a try. Heavenly! My rating for this shall be 10/10. 

Long Beans Fried With Salted Egg @ RM 18.00
This was so addictive. The salted egg batter was crispy and moist and the long beans was so crunchy. A simple dish that tasted so good and it was very satisfying. Once again, this would be the best that I have tasted so far for this style of preparation. 10/10 for this too!

Each restaurant in Broga has their own signature fish dish and for this restaurant, it's their Nyonya Style Fish. This dish was heavenly and had a wonderful blend of flavours. For this style of preparation, this has got to be the best that I have tasted. Even their Long Beans Fried with Salted Egg was very good and again, the best that I have tasted. Not to forget their Kam Heong Clams which again was a very good preparation. Overall, good food and reasonable prices. Lovely ambiance too.

Address: Old Broga Road, 71750 Lenggeng, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 1100 - 2000

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Broga Recreational Fishing Park @ Broga, Selangor

Beginning of this month, I blogged about this place in Broga. Having been hooked on to the food, we returned again this afternoon. It would be very difficult for me to give you a precise address for this place or for you to even use Waze to locate this place as after a certain point, there's no cellphone reception. So you'd have to follow the old school way in order to reach this place. Firstly, set your destination at University of Nottingham on your GPS and get yourself there. Once you come to Nottingham, keep driving straight all the way. Even if it seems like you're in the middle of nowhere, just keep driving straight and you'd come to the town of Broga. From here, continue straight and you'd see a lot of seafood restaurants on both sides of the road. Once you come to an intersection which marks the border of Selangor - Negeri Sembilan, naturally the road will turn right but you keep driving straight. There would be the famous Dato Sak Chinese Temple with a small lane on the left which says road closes at 7 pm. Take that road and keep going straight. At this point, you'd loose hand phone signals but don't worry. Shortly, you would once again see lots of huge Chinese farm like restaurants on both sides. Keep going straight till the last restaurant which is this Broga Recreational Fishing Park which would be on your left. 

Dine In The Farm Concept

A No Frills Restaurant

Just A Shack But Lovely Food

Amazing Views

It's Green All Around You
Once inside, you would need to drive along that pond and would come to the car park area in a short while. Don't be surprised if you see Singapore registered vehicles. This place is so famous that it draws customers from afar. It is just a simple place that offers delicious food at very reasonable prices. You might wonder how all of these restaurants survive when their signature item of this town is grilled fish. The truth is that each one of these restaurants have their own signature Grilled Fish recipe and that is how they keep everyone's business going. This place has a lovely view with Broga Hills dominating the scene. Grilling is done the conventional way whereby the fish is wrapped in aluminium foils and placed on these railings. The family running this farm restaurant is very friendly and if you have any clarification, they would be more than happy to assist. 

Conventional Methods Used To Grill

Limited Seafood Available
Their menu is definitely limited in terms of variety. As I said, you won't get all that you get in city restaurants as they only sell their signature dishes. For us, this seemed more than enough as we were looking for something different. Besides fish, the also have saltwater prawns, mutton and a handful of vegetables. 

Dry Chili Mutton @ RM 16.00
The last trip here, we tried their Curry Mutton and so this time, we decided to try another style of preparation and went for this Dry Chili Mutton. They were very generous with the ingredients and I loved the mutton. It was so tender, as if it was cooked using a pressure cooker and most of the fat had melted leaving only the lean meat. The blend of ingredients were great and we loved this dish. My rating for this shall be 8/10. 

Prawns with Rice Wine and Ginger @ RM 45.00
These are fresh salt water prawns and not those farmed ones. This Prawns with rice wine and ginger were awesome and they were very reasonably priced at RM 45.00 . The prawns were so sweet in taste and the mix of rice wine and ginger brought a lovely blend of flavours. An excellent one to try and I would rate this at 9/10. Compared to the Tomyam Prawns that we tried the last time, this one was better.

Teochew Style Fish with Spicy Soy Bean Paste @ RM 23.00
I have been here before and tried their other Signature Fish as well but for me, this Teochew Style was much better. This huge fish was grilled with Tauchu and  chilies and served with some Okra. If you're one who loves very spicy food, then go for their extra spicy, but please do note that it can be very spicy for some. In my opinion, this was just heavenly and we ended up literally scooping and drinking the base sauce once we were done with the fish. This definitely deserves a 10/10. 

Fancy dining in the farm with freshly caught seafood cooked according to their signature styles? Then this would be a fantastic place for you to visit. Despite being in Broga which is a 'Grilled Fish' heaven, it's not too far a drive from Kuala Lumpur. Prices are ridiculously cheap and the food is heavenly. If you have not been here yet, then it's totally worth the drive and experience. A place that I would highly recommend. 

Address: Lot 4242, Old Broga Road, 71750 Lenggeng, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 1000 - 1900 (Closed on Thursdays)

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Restoran Ahwa @ Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Restoran Ahwa is one famous Hokkien Mee place that has been around for many years. Having just visited them some time last month, I decided to drop by again since my family was with me. And another advantage of going in a larger group is that I would be able to try out the other stalls that I could not do during my last visit. 

The Restaurant Along Jalan 14/48, Petaling Jaya

Every Night Is A Busy Night
We were here at around 9.30 pm and that's after the usual dinner hours and the place was still crowded. Business starts at 6 pm and goes on till 2 am. Finding a bay to park is one challenge, the other challenge would be to find a table in the restaurant. Despite there being a number of stalls at this restaurant, the highlight is definitely the Hokkien Mee stall. If you just look around, you would definitely see a plate of Hokkien Noodles on each and every table. Besides Hokkien Mee, they do other noodle dishes as well but those are fried by another guy. As for Hokkien Mee, there is one dedicated chef who fries the noodles using charcoal stove. Orders keep coming in and I wonder how they manage them all so well.

Chilli Paste

Delicious Tasting Chilli Paste
They had stacked buckets of this Chili Paste and I assume they were all for that day's consumption. Literally buckets! This is a strong indicator as to the number of Hokkien Mee plates that they sell per night. As for this Chili Paste, I loved the taste. It was slightly pungent, had a deep and bold flavour and a dried shrimp after taste to it. Absolutely loved it and I would rate this at 9/10. 

Hokkien Mee (2 Pax) @ RM 16.00
We had ordered for two pax only since we wanted to snack and this was priced at RM 16.00 per plate. Yes, a little on the high side but it was absolutely worth it. The noodles were a little firmer, slightly chewy, rich in starch and blended so well with the sauces. A lot of lard and shrimps were added to the dish and that combination was just divine.  Though it took us a wait close to 30 minutes for this dish, it was worth it. I would rate this noodles at 9/10. 

Popiah Stall

Popiah @ RM 2.20 each

A Decent One
Popiah was priced at RM 2.20 each and it came in a decent size. Taste wise, I would say that it was just okay. Nothing to get excited about but it wasn't bad either. One that you could have in case you feel like having Popiah. My rating for this shall be 7/10. 

Grilled Fish Stall

Grilled Stingray @ RM 36.00
This Ikan Bakar stall is in very high demand and trust me, this is probably the most expensive Ikan Bakar stall in the Klang Valley. That Grilled Stingray that we ordered was priced at RM 36.00 . Despite the high price, he is so much in demand simply because of the taste. You do not need to have that dip sauce. The marination done on the fish itself was so good. The meat was so soft and tasty. My rating for this shall be 9/10. A must try dish here when you visit this restaurant.  

If you're looking for a good Hokkien Mee place in Petaling Jaya, this would be one that I would recommend. Their noodles are so good and so is their sambal. Please be prepared to wait a while for a table as the place tends to be crowded all night long, more so over the weekends. Another excellent preparation that I would recommend here is their Ikan Bakar. It's probably the most expensive one that you can find in Petaling Jaya but totally worth it. 

Address: No. 66, Jalan 14/48, Seksyen 14, 46100 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 1800 - 0200 Daily