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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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September 30, 2017

The Coconut Club, Singapore…terrible waste of time and money

As you may make out of the title of this post, The Coconut Club isn´t good – or rather a terrible waste of money and everybody´s time. They’ve put effort into the décor. Obviously you know it’s going to be nose-bleedingly expensive. That doesn’t mean it can’t also be good.

A plate of nasi lemak with coconut rice, chicken leg, ikan bilis, peanuts, cucumber, fried egg and sambal set me back SGD12.80. And this was before adding on the otak-otak which was another SGD10.50. Sorely lacking were the things that make nasi lemak great: the flavour and fragrance. This is a restaurant predicated on one idea: that a single really expensive ingredient – specially brought in from Malaysia – will make your life better.

I’m sorry to be the one to tell you this, but it won’t. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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December 10, 2016

New Ubin Seafood, Singapore…steak is a melt-in-the-mouth delight.

This restaurant is bang on the money. It is a Zi Char place. It is not a steakhouse. No indeed. But the steak is so unashamedly good.

The main event is the US Black Angus ribeye steak served together with sea salt flakes and fried rice caramelized with beef drippings. What’s the steak like? Simply perfect. Affordably priced. A melt-in-the-mouth delight. Its intense, juicy twang – offset by a small pile of caramelized onions and Idaho potato wedges – is an education in how good beef can be.

Another lip-smaking items on the menu is the orh chien oyster omelettes with fresh live oysters. The fish roe – deep fried with petai and sambal, served with chinchalok is also chest-thumpingly good. Only item NOT to order is the utterly disgusting salted egg squid.

All in, this is a purist’s encounter with beef, and it is as uncomplicated as it is excellent. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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November 30, 2010

Sea Terrace, Melaka…a little pricey lip smackingly delicious portuguese seafood

This is a MUST GO place in Melaka for good old-fashioned good cooking. Delicious and fresh. The sambal (chili sauce) here is simply lip smackingly delicious, regardless if you cook fish, prawns, otah in it.

All the times I’ve been to this sea-side restaurant in the Portugese Settlement, it is always crowded and packed with people. So, the strategy is to go very early, like 6pm.

The prices were reasonable a couple of years ago but has moved up considerably nowadays. This is still the true truth because I am still saying it as it is…

August 5, 2010

Ikan Panggang Portugis Istimewa, Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur…simply the best!

I love this place! Delicious grilled fish and the hot hot hot hot sauce that makes you perspire madly as you savour it.  The stingray is a must-try dish. Mixed with the most fragrant and robust sambal sauce, it is simply the best! Served on the foil, the stingray was as  soft, tender and fresh as though it had just been brought in from the sea. The squid is another 5-star dish.

As this is not exactly in a shop, it’s not going to be easy to locate. The only directions I can think of describing is that it’s just right in front of Hong Leong in Chinatown….and that’s No. 285/6 Jalan Hang Lekir. The stall opens when the bank closes. Remember, it’s not flashy (far from it).  The food is great and the price is right.  Those are my measures of success, and this place hits them right on the mark.

Word of caution: this place if only for the patient, though. The wait can be as long as an hour or so.

There you have it, I highly recommend this place. Your stomach will thank you! That’s the true truth because I say it as it is.

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