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December 16, 2018

Restoran W.A.W, Kuala Lumpur…This one’s for the monied tourist

It’s unusual to eat at a tourist hotspot in your home town. On holiday we endure it all.

Chicken wings have been popping up all across Malaysia for the last many decades and are very much on-trend in the capital – but if ever there was a subject to split opinion it is the place serving the very best in town. Only one wing can rule them all and Restoran W.A.W (Wong Ah Wah) is the chicken wing specialist.

Sure enough, Wong Ah Wah signature roast chicken wings are absolutely awesome. And precisely because of this, it is almost certainly on a tourist’s radar. Experience and instinct suggest that this restaurant has gone over to the dark side. The supporting dishes such as creamy salted egg prawns, dried chilli fried with frog, salted fish fried kai lan, fried chili cockles are not too bad either. However, the Signature hokkien mee is a poor imitation of the fame KL dish.

I came, I ate, I paid – so that you don’t have to. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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November 18, 2017

Som Tam, Bangkok…possibly the best fried chicken wings I’ve ever had in my life

It was named Bangkok’s best som tam restaurant by CNN Travel. That was good enough reason for me to visit.

Of course I had the healthy and low-cost somtam with dried shrimp and peanuts. Papaya salad – or som tam – is a mainstay of Thai cuisine. It was a blend of savory umami, sweet, spicy, and tart. However, like the pork shoulder BBQ and hot and spicy crispy nil fish, there were ordinarily average.

Don’t miss the fried chicken – deep fried chicken wings to be precise – which triumphs over the som tam. Absolutely loved the lightly battered wonderfully crispy and succulent wings showered with a generous heap of fried garlic. They were possibly the best fried chicken I’ve ever had in my life. To be sure, I devoured a second basketful.

The food may not be worthy of going out of your way to visit, but if you are in the area,  fairly fast service, a basic but cozy décor, reasonable prices and addictive deep fried chicken wings are good reasons to pop in. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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October 16, 2011

Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant, Singapore…for that late night/early morning dim sum craving

Open overnight from 6pm to 10am, Swee Choon Tim Sum serves up pretty decent Hong Kong and Shanghai dim sum at reasonable prices.

There’s even a chef to knead la-mian on show. Their pork chop la mian is plain la mian in a clear and light-tasting broth with the fried pork chop served on a separate plate. The pork chop is rather tender. The juicy pork dumpling or Xiao Long Bao which is decent as well – the skin is very thin, the soup is quite tasty.

TO TRY: Deep fried shrimp paste chicken wings. It is surprisingly delicious.

The air-conditioned interior is kept clean and simple. Service was very friendly, efficient and attentive and the food came very quickly.

P.S. I love their chee cheong fun…it’s awesome. This is still the true truth as I still say it as it is…

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