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November 19, 2017

Nasi Lemak Bumbung, Petaling Jaya… it’s never short of utterly delicious

If you’re food-obsessed but don’t have the disposable income for Kuala Lumpur’s top end restaurants, you want to pay nasi lemak bumbung a mealtime visit. It is truly a cheap eat of an exceptional standard. You can tell, with every mouthful.

Nasi Lemak Bumbung is an odd name because the stall does not have a roof (bumbung) over it. It is hidden in a narrow alley.

The combination of coconut rice, crispy anchovies, peanuts, cucumber, egg and spiced fried chicken (ayam goreng berempah) hits all the right spots of flavour and texture. These were doused in an incredibly shrimpy sambal that I couldn’t get enough of—the funkiest, most powerful flavors of the meal. And all for less than ten ringgit.

A billion times better than plane food. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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June 25, 2017

Meat the porkers, Kuala Lumpur…Curry-philes can’t stay away

Sometimes you just get a craving for pig, and a measly couple of pork chops won’t cut it. For those hoping for a more unusual take on pork, Meat the Porkers is a tasting of several different kinds of pork, Indian style.

The luscious butter pork will rock your world. With the sauce, a wildly luxurious, deep, caramelized flavor, the dish is opulent. The pork tenderloin biryani was disappointingly dry and ordinary, although I have been told, after-that dinner, that the siew yoke biryani is the absolute must-try. Looks like I gotta make another trip there again.

This is the pork of the town! This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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June 11, 2017

Nam Heong Vintage, Kuala Lumpur…chicken hor fun is amongst the league of legends

As Asians, we’re constantly searching for the newest and hottest restaurants with innovative cuisines and are adorned with the latest, most stylish decor. Yes, being up to date on the restaurant scene is fun – and a Singapore necessity- but at times we forget about the historical gems.

Nam Heong Vintage’s unique and retro feel will transport you back in history and keep you wanting to stop time to cherish their delicious eats.

Order this: The egg tarts make a good start. The filling is delicate and sweet. The shell is crispy, flaky and buttery. The Nam Heong chicken hor fun aka kai see hor fun consisting of super smooth flat rice noodles (kuey teow) and shredded tender poached chicken. The awesomeness lies in the incredibly flavoursome soup with that vivid layer of orange oil that comes from boiling the prawn heads. I downed the bowl in record time; slurping up every strand of the noodles and drinking up every drop of soup.

Don’t order this: signature chicken rice with steamed chicken. Nam Heong used to be famous for its chicken rice, but sadly it’s a dish which should finally be laid to rest here.

You would not want to miss the chicken hor fun, though. It’s way up there amongst the league of legends. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

 

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May 28, 2017

Peter’s Pork Noodle, Restoran One Sentral, Kuala Lumpur…it’s the place to go if you want to try KL’s best pork noodles

If you ask someone where to go to get pork noodle (chee yoke fun) in KL, most people will say you HAVE to go to Peter’s Pork.

This one has three (three!!) kinds of pork: minced pork, pork slices and pork liver, which I don’t ask questions about. Lots of people go straight for the soup version (also great), but the sleeper hit for me is the dry version. The kway teow noodles themselves are kinda slippery, really chewy and the ideal canvas for this pork situation. The bowl of broth is also spectacular. There’s invariably a mad search for vacant tables and the coffee waiters can be brusque. But it’s all worth it for the pork noodles.

For ME (haters please sit down), this is the best pork noodle in the city. Oh god, I am so hungry. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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April 2, 2017

Restoran Nobel House, Kuala Lumpur…worth a special trip

With the vast choice of  sprawling, ever-changing Chinese restaurants before you in KL, it is often difficult to know where best to go. Nobel House is one of these totally trustworthy restaurants which will give you a more refined dining experience…and blissfully so.

It’s a minefield of a huge menu in here. The Cantonese food, too, has a touch of the high street, only done really, really well. The flavors are all intense and wonderful.

Noble House is part of the Oriental Group of Restaurants which also runs Noble Mansion in PJ. Either one is still worth a special trip and trust me, whichever you pick, you won’t be disappointed. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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August 12, 2016

Coliseum Cafe, Kuala Lumpur…can anyone save Coliseum?

Coliseum Cafe has been withering for years, the decline reflected in any number of data points — from the emptiness of the place at peak lunchtime to the dull and bland food they dish out. Coliseum has long been one of the great institutions of KL society. Yet this decline is far from a recent phenomenon.

The real surprise is that anyone should be surprised. It’s no real mystery why the one-time dominance of hainanese chicken-chop and steakhouse has receded. The hainanese chicken chop was on the dry side with underwhelming sauce. It was a LESS THAN 1 STAR experience.

Now, I am not suggesting that there’s any kind of death knell for Coliseum forthcoming. But don’t be surprised if one day your former favourite steakhouse turns into a Taiwanese restaurant or a place that serves boat noodles. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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April 10, 2016

Mitsui Outlet Park, Kuala Lumpur…you will be sorely disappointed

As the economy and inflation continue to pinch consumers’ wallets, outlets are a great way to save money on your favorite brands. Who doesn’t love a deal?

There are 13 Mitsui Outlet Parks across Japan but this is the first one outside of the country. Located 60km from KL and 6km from KLIA, the outlet offers 127 stores with brands such as Nike, Levi’s, Versace, Polo Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, Samsonite and Swarovski.

Plenty of stores here really aren’t discount stores, they’re just there to confuse consumers into thinking they are. Here are some hot tips : be familiar with current merchandise to be able to identify clothing that may be a few seasons old. Knowing retail prices before entering a store can help you make better decisions.

If you’re looking for a good buy at great discount, you will be sorely disappointed. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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April 3, 2016

Bah Kut Teh Teck Lee, Kuala Lumpur…a melt-in-the-mouth delight

Bak Kut Teh – essentially pork ribs simmered in a rich, savoury and fragrant herbal broth – is another perennial favourite of mine (yes, I have heaps of favourites).

Although the bak kut teh here is credible – the meat is tender, though not falling off the bone – it is only the sidekick to the main act – the Sang Pow. Sang Pow is also a slow-cooked claypot soupy meat dish but it takes 45 mins longer to prepare compared to Bak Kut Teh so that they become a melt-in-the-mouth delight. The ingredients are totally different from bak kut teh and Sang Pow is only prepared upon request.

Teck Lee’s bak kut teh and sang pow are the perfect comfort food. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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March 12, 2016

Escape room, Petaling Jaya…The Great Escape gets a lot of things right

The Escape Room @ eCurve is absolutely a dream come true! I mean, as a lifelong puzzle lover, how could it not be!? Over the past year, I have been become involved in the growing fad of Escape Games.

THIS Prison Break room is my new favorite of all time. The way we were let into the room absolutely blown me away. We were handcuffed to each other, blindfolded and led. When they removed the blindfolds, we were standing in a prison cell. The room did look the part. If it wasn’t for the countdown clock, you could imagine you were in a real prison. How cool is that? Prison wardens do come in to check on you. Little details like this really added to the experience. While the decor was thematically appropriate, not all the puzzles elevate the story.

If you like this type of thrill, I recommend giving it a go. Tell them the Room Escapist sent you.This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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February 20, 2016

Nasi Lemak Tanglin, Kuala Lumpur…Number one? Surely not in my books!

Allow me to use a metaphor.  Nasi Lemak Tanglin is like Manchester United…the team looks good on paper, but it does not deliver during the regular season.  I was disappointed to say the least.

Everyone is talking about it and everyone is recommending it…I was expecting something big. Having been voted Food Wars Asia Nasi Lemak Champion, everyone seem to be raving that its one of the best nasi lemaks in town.

The sambal sotong and beef rendang were a real let down. These are the two basic staple accompanying dishes to nasi lemak, and they can’t get basics right. Definite skip.

So what’s the big fuss behind it? Number one? Surely not in my books! This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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