PEr FYI

May 24, 2020

Flying wanton mee, Petaling Jaya…hawker or showman?

Since the emergence of hawkers in the 19th century, the role of the cook has not changed. For the most part they toiled entirely comfortable in their anonymity. Today however, successful hawkers are entrepreneurs, budding scientists and showman.

A humble plate of wanton noodle is deemed too plain and unsurprising to command a place here in Seapark and so the hawker makes simplicity shine – the gravity-defying bundle of noodles tossed two storeys high and deftly caught it in his sieve. He then transferred the noodles to a bowl, ladled a good helping of lard and shallot oil as well as dark sauce over the springy strands, and gave them a good mix. Apparently, the science behind it is the higher you toss, the more hot water gets dispersed. So when you mix the noodles into the gravy, they absorb better, the overall taste doesn’t feel watered down.

The definition is flying noodles is no longer those they serve you on board a flight anymore. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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March 1, 2020

Annie1, Petaling Jaya…it’s all a-okay

Big menus are commonplace in Malaysia. The menu at Annie1 looks longer than the complete musings of Confucius.

Famous Menglembu wanton mee is absurdly satisfying: They are the very definition of joyous slurp. The noodles are springy and the charsiews are the star of the dish. There is no way to eat this food elegantly so don’t bother trying. Just get your mouth over the plate, lift the noodles and suck. Festoon yourself in napkins tucked into every crevice of your clothing as if you are trying to mitigate the impact of a blast zone, which in a way you are. I was also moved to speechlessness by their Chee cheong fun pork curry – this is a good place to try these rice noodle roll.

Yes, the food is also deliciously affordable. This is the true truth, as I say it as it is…

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August 25, 2018

Restoran Gold Chilli, Petaling Jaya…prepare to have the biggest poultry-induced orgasm of your life

Despite the health food craze sweeping through Kuala Lumpur, buttermilk chicken still has a solid fan base in the capital.

Buttermilk chicken at Restoran Gold Chilli is delicious and totally naughty. Just to tempt you, think nuggets of chicken blitzed in golden crumbs and topped with homemade, drippingly good buttermilk to finish. Prepare to have the biggest poultry-induced orgasm of your life.

Be warned, this place ain’t fancy or Instagram friendly at all. Don’t order the big portion unless you are sharing with someone!

Compose yourself. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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February 25, 2018

Reborn, Petaling Jaya…will revive even the most jaded execs

Filed under: Activities, Malaysia, Massage, tui na — Tags: , , , , — PEr @ 2:33 pm

I’m very happy I chose this tui na therapeutic massage place on a whim.

The masseur gave me the longest, deepest massage I’ve ever had with the perfect amount of force and leaving me sighing with pleasure instead of writhing in pain. She exerted long, firm strokes, crisscrossing my rigid lower back with her powerful forearms and softening my tension-locked shoulders. She worked silently and efficiently; I’d tell you the details, but I fell asleep 20 minutes into it. The only unbearable part of my massage came when it was time to leave.

Friendly, inexpensive, and my back doesn’t hurt anymore = yay! I’m a fan. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

reborn apple kl

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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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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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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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…

escape room kl

November 10, 2015

Village Park, Petaling Jaya…Muted praise for the nasi lemak

After watching about it on TV, I was determined to try Village Park’s 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 day. It is not a fancy place by all means, but you do not come to this eatery for the décor.

On the whole; the nasi lemak was GOOD. Not extremely outstanding. The coconut rice was pretty good, not overpowered but with a nice hint of coconut. The tender deep-fried chicken thigh had a shatteringly crunchy coating but was lacking flavour. No matter how well you can crisp up a chicken leg, it needs a balanced flavour to make all the difference between good fried chicken and one that’s transcendental. The sweet and creamy, wet and salty beef rending was unfortunately not that great. The beef have obviously been slow cooked and there is absolutely no toughness in the meat. But one of the other key elements in the dish is the gravy and this is where this dish falls flat here. It was definitely not the best Nasi Lemak I have had.

The nasi lemak is good but you do pay a price. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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April 4, 2015

Dave’s Bistro Bar & Grill, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia…The world’s best sandwich?

Eating bread filled with stuff is as universal as loving Taylor Swift.  When it comes to global gastronomy, the sandwich reigns supreme. If a sandwich is doing its job, every bite should be a voyage of discovery. A world of delicious ingredients hidden by slices of bread.

The Vietnamese-French Inspired Banh Mi Sandwich – Winner of the 9th Delifrance Sandwich World Cup 2012 held in Paris is a unique blend of crispy pork belly marinated with local herbs, garnished with daikon radish, carrot, cucumber and topped with bird’s eye chili and signature Tonka vinaigrette. Served between a freshly baked baguette.

Did I like the World’s best sandwich?

This banh mi was radically different, true. Something that combines so much pork with fresh herbs all stuffed into a crispy baguette is, I have to say, a pretty magical sandwich. The crunch of bread was followed by an interplay of porky goodness. It is one heck of a mega sandwich. Eating it tired me out as if I had just completed an Olympic event.

But is this truly the best sandwich in the world?

It may be a notch below great, compared to the humble Roti John. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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