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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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May 7, 2017

Restoran Sun Huat Kee, Kuala Lumpur…pork ball noodle is good but not gold standard

Inexpensive and reassuringly tasty, pork ball noodle stand tall as a personal favourite.

Sun Huat Kee is a well-ventilated kopitiam which has an array of food stalls: Steven’s fried kuey teow, curry mee, wantan mee and of course, pork ball noodle (or chu yoke fun).  A bowl of kway teow (flat rice noodles) drizzled with lard and dark soy sauce, topped with a generous heap of fried mince pork and slices of BBQ sausages or siew cheong. Though called pork balls, these are rectangular and flat-shaped pork balls instead of round ones. The round bodied broth is robustly savoury and slightly sweet and though delicious, doesn’t match up to the one in a different kopitiam a few doors away.

Not gold standard. 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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October 23, 2016

Restoran Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur…huge disappointment

Restoran Stadium Negara was originally situated near the national stadium – hence its name, but has since relocated to its present location in Jalan Yap Kwan Seng.

Though famous for its steamboat, I wanted to try their other offerings and ended up having my appreciation of Tze Char food being dulled by this  “average” eatery serving culinary disasters. The hokkien style noodle is not hokkien mee without lard. Only then did I find out that this is a halal restaurant. The sweet sour crab was bursting with the flavour of wam Kuala Lumpur tap water. It was neither sweet nor sour  and the accompanying buns were too hard and not hot. The BBQ chicken wing and BBQ sotong were pretty ordinary.The steam prawns turns out to be among the only edible charm at this place.

I really do not like Restoran Stadium Negara. 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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June 12, 2016

Restoran Silva’s Curry House, Subang Jaya…a fabulous teatime treat

This restaurant made the news fairly recently for all the wrong reasons…for unjustifiably spiking their prices. But the show must go on. They should be noticed for their food.

The onion bhaji was probably my first introduction to the joys of this eatery so I feel I owe my long-time bud, Dr Soma, a considerable debt of thanks for  this simple snack . They’re almost ethereally light and addictively crisp. Onions are onions. For me, the difference between a great bhaji and a merely adequate one is in the crunch – as with all deep-fried foods, it should fight back – and Silva’s are particularly feisty. I am big fan of south Indian food and that’s why I absolutely love the vada here…crispy fried Indian donuts….light and fluffy on the inside with a crisp exterior, packed with flavor.

Their Bru coffee with full cream milk was a heavy mouth feel, a rounded and balanced profile and a beautiful sweetness. It was love at first sip.

I’d like to describe Silva’s as a “hidden pearl”, but I’m probably the last gourmand in Subang to dine there. 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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