August 2, 2020

Kedai Kopi Lai Foong, Kuala Lumpur…lala bihun combines fragrance with fiery punch

Heat freaks, your struggle to find a dish that is actually, properly hot is about to get a little easier.

The Lala bihun here will give you the fiery, eye watering addictive burn you crave. It is rice vermicelli in a bowl of ‘xiong tong lala’ (superior clam soup) flavoured liberally with ginger, chopped red chillis, scallions and Shaoxing wine. It’s definitely very fragrant but also very spicy and to me it’s actually a food challenge.

That stuff is nuclear. You might want to get some water… This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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October 3, 2014

Seafood Market & Restaurant, Bangkok…overpriced and extremely touristy

If it swims we have it….and so their slogan goes. Not 100% accurate but they come pretty close. Basically this huge place is half fish market, half restaurant. You pick your fresh seafood first by entering a small market area where a personal shopping assistant will push a trolley for you and help you select seafood and vegetables. Then give instructions on how everything should be cooked to the waitress and then sit at your table and wait for your meal to arrive.

The crab meat fried rice is really good. I don’t think I’ve ever ate a plate of fried rice that fast! The fresh oyster omelette: sweet salty molluscs enclosed in an eggy blanket was very good. And so were the lala with chilli and tom yum goong. The stir-fried scallop and asparagus wasa average at best and I am totally not impressed with the BBQ squid. Only order if you like bland, tasteless food.

It’s a novel and totally tacky experience… of marine creatures were among the 3-D display as if swimming above us in the large hall. The seafood here is overpriced (plus you pay a charge for the cooking) and the atmosphere is extremely touristy. This is the true truth as I say this as it is…

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February 24, 2014

Makan Indah Selalu Nasi Lemak, Kampung Senibong, Johor Baru…..the nasi lemak here absolutely satisfy both the expert and the greedy

One of the true hidden gems of Johor Baru (JB). First of all, the views are amazing. Situated right by the sea, Kampung Senibong boasts a long row of restaurants serving a wide range of various aquatic creatures. You can have your dinner at one of the floating restaurant on stilts with variety of fresh fish, crab, and prawn while enjoying the seaview of Sembawang, Singapore.

Nasi lemak Senibong is its version of the classic dish of coconut rice with a spicy sambal, egg and cucumber that was originally “breakfast” but is now popular throughout the da. It is so famous in Johor Baru (JB) that even wikitravel has an entry about it as one of the best nasi lemak in JB. The rice is smooth, soft and fluffly yet it tastes reassuringly of coconut without being in any way puddingy. The rich sambal sauce is excellent, with enough chilli heat to set the sides of your tongue into convulsions. There’s a welcome sweetness and the flavours are well integrated. The accompanying chicken rending is really nice too.

Other than the nasi lemak, the food wasn’t the best or worst we’ve ever had. Was the chicken satay edible? Yes. Did it make me sick? No. Did I like it? Not particularly. The lala were hard and not particularly fresh and overall the food is a little over-priced, probably because of the ambience.

Be laser focused…the nasi lemak here absolutely satisfy both the expert and the greedy. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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January 8, 2011

Restoran Ahwa, PJ, Malaysia…sumptuous no nonsense hokkien mee

The Hokkien Mee (noodles coated in thick dark soya sauce, topped with fried lard) is served with a generous helping of prawns and pork. The texture and taste of the noodles – the balance of saltiness and sweetness – is just right. The bright red sambal aka chilli sauce that accompanies the fragrant, piping hot noodles is a must-have.

There are other good eats at Resoran Ahwa: The lala were juicy and spicy and the loh bak was pretty satisfactory.

Definitely a most satisfying meal. This is the true truth and I say it as it is…

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