Monday, July 25, 2005

Muar, without a camera! :O

Yes, so I did make my trip back to Muar but unfortunately we forgot the camera and didn't realise it till we were already halfway home! So, please make do with the Net pictures!

We went to our usual coffee shop on Jalan Meriam for my family's coffee fix. Muar's noted for it's 343 "Sai Kee" coffee which seriously gets you addicted! My Mom's family who moved to KL bear testimony to that - Everytime anyone came from Muar, they had to bring enough coffee to last till the next trip! Is it the way the coffee is roasted? Or is it that dollop of margarine they add to the roasting process? No one really knows! With it, we had the nasi lemak from the Malay stall that shares the coffeeshop. It has heavenly sambal and really nice satay for only RM0.30 a stick!

I've always been known as a very fussy eater. So when I got back for lunch from a jaunt out in town, I was disappointed to see some Teochew mee (dry noodles with some fishballs, charsiew and vege for garnish) left for my lunch. It was over-cooked to begin with and after it had soaked in the gravy, since I was late for lunch, it was quite inedible. I made a face and declared I wasn't eating it, so my dearest Daddy heated up some leftover fish soup for me instead. Hehe...Love you, Dad! <3

We rounded it off with some Pulasan. This fruit resembles rambutan except the "hair" on the fruit is a lot thicker. And the flesh isn't as "crunchy" as rambutans. Then again, maybe because these Pulasan were kept a little too long!

But all that talk of rambutans made me start craving for some and when J mentioned there was a wild rambutan tree near his house, it didn't take us long to go check it out! We drove over to his area and voila, there was the tree with bunches of yummy rambutans hanging from it! We started off with the smaller ones from the lower bunches until J found nice red bunches further up and towards the back of the tree. So the monkey climbed up the branches, risking red ant bites and nests to get to them! I, on the other hand, had the task of collecting the rambutans that he threw down. It was muddy from the earlier rains and there were a MILLION mosquitoes buzzing around us. We didn't have a bag either so managed to fashion out a make-shift sling from a towel in the car! After a good 45 minutes of enduring red ant and mosquito bites, these modern-day hunter gatherers managed to amass 10 kgs of yummy rambutans!! We then had the task of removing them from the skin after that and storing it into tupperwares. Ice-cold rambutans from the fridge are delicious! And for all we endured, the fruits of our labour definitely tasted sweeter! :)

Pan Mee at Charms, 1U

I love pan mee and have had some decent ones. One of which is at an outdoor foodcourt just beside Atria in Damansara Jaya. Sometimes out of want of dining at an air conditioned place but still craving for pan mee, I go to Charms at 3rd floor of 1U.

I would have to say the pan mee there is pretty inconsistent. At times it is great and sometimes it can turn out too salty. The only consistently good thing is the chilli sauce that comes with it. So on days where the chef gets it right, it could be a well deserving treat.

But to be fair to Charms, they have a decent menu and the other items are OK as well. It does have its little charms of antique-looking tables and chairs, and food and drinks served in chinese porcelains.

Any recommendations for pan mee anywhere, anyone?

The Rib Shop

On Saturday night, I visited the Rib Shop at Damansara, behind Victoria's Station. I've been there 3 times now and I still love the barbequed ribs.

This restaurant is non-halal, famous for its pork ribs, hence the name. Barbeque ribs remains the specialty along with other types of ribs like braised and chargrilled ribs. They also have lamb ribs and a host of other varieties on the menu. But I go for the ribs all the time. The restaurant also has a small wine cellar in it and the interior is partly decorated with corks.

For starters we had a wild mushroom soup and a recommended caesar salad to share. The soup was creamy and yummy, with a generous serving of mushrooms. The caesar salad was great too. I couldn't tell what kind of dressing was used but it was a worthy recommendation.

1. Caesar salad.

2. Wild mushroom soup

The maincourses that we ordered were a large barbequed rib at RM39 and a medium chargrilled rib at RM29. The ribs were served with potatoes and coleslaw. Definitely finger licking good if you could abandon your knife and fork!

3. Barbequed ribs

4. Chargrilled ribs

After all that, couldn't do anything for dessert.

Friday, July 22, 2005


Sorry no updates! But I've been outstation for work and busy! But keep posted, another weekend in Muar coming up! Haha...there's still a lot of gems waiting to be discovered in that little ol' town of mine!
Have a good weekend, everyone!

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Junkie Chicken

Dinner tonight was Junkie Chicken! A rather apt phrase coined by Eternity as I had basically marinated my half chicken with every herb I could lay my hands on!

The half chicken pieces were marinated with onion slices, balsamic vinegar, ranch herbs, a dash of soy sauce, a sprinkle of basil and pepper and finally rubbed with honey mustard. How did it taste? Interesting!! Just like how Junkie Chicken should taste! Haha...

This was the cooked chicken from the oven. I'm afraid you can't see much as it had been chopped up into pieces. There was a rather interesting gravy left from the chicken with the caramelised onions.

We had it for dinner with pan-fried tuna and potato patties, celery sticks and spinach and fishball soup! Yes, it was an odd dinner combination! Basically due to the cook's boredom of the same old chicken recipes and need for experiments! Doubt it'll be so easy to replicate again!

Dinner of Odds and Ends

The highlight of dinner last night was the braised dish on the bottom right corner. Typical Hokkien style - it must be as black as possible! Recipe? Simple: Just root through your freezer and collect whatever tubs of frozen gravy you may have. Of course got to make sure it's more or less similar! In my case, I had some braising gravy, dark sauce gravy from chicken rice done some time back and some black bean gravy. Throw it all into a pot to boil, add some pork (I used belly meat with some fat for more flavour), eggs, beancurd ("taukwa"), garlic and dried chillies. I transferred it later to a slow cooker to let it braise for a good part of the day and by dinner time it was ready!

Here it is! It had a milder taste compared to usual braising sauces, possibly due to the mixture of the different sauces. And although it had been braised for quite long, the insides of the eggs and beancurd were still quite pale. It may work better if it was braised over a small fire on the stove as opposed to a slow cooker pot. It'll taste better too with pre-fried taukwa as opposed to the non-fried ones I found at the pasar malam. I hope to try it again (the proper way with proper ingredients!) but I guess it was ok for a first attempt! Meantime, I'll need to hunt for recipes for braising sauces or "lor" sauce!

Hawker Lunch

It's tough having to look for lunch in Taipan, USJ when you live and work in the same area! And I'm faced with this dilemma everyday since there are only 3 coffeeshops to choose from. We wanted to head for our usual one yesterday but it was chock-ful with people! Where did they all come from?! Our only explanation must be that it was the 12.30 pm lunch crowd who hadn't cleared yet! So, that left us with no other alternative but to eat in the one opposite which, in our opinion, has less appetising food.

The only saving grace this coffee shop has is it's chicken/duck/roast meats rice which my companion had. He's rather generous with his portions and there's always a long bee-line waiting at his stall. We had it with one of my favourites, sour vegetables. Somehow all chicken rice stalls have this! It's a good economical way of using up all the scraps from the chickens and ducks and it's popular too! But it's not too healthy as some stalls have a pot of this perpetually boiling on their burner! Brings to mind 100 years curry!

That's my companion's Char Siew & Siew Yoke Fan for RM4.70. He normally asks for an addition of braised chicken liver for an extra RM0.50 but the man forgot so we saved RM0.50! The right is the sour vegetable; a good-sized bowl for RM2. It's yummy and we had bits of duck meat in it.

I had the Hakka Tai Po noodles which was a bit of a disappointment. I like my noodles al-dente and this was a bit overcooked. It came with a small smattering of minced pork, a few slices of char siew and vege for RM3. The sambal belacan that accompanied it was pretty good though. One complaint though, it's a pity coffee shops are now all turning to thin disposable plastic spoons. I find it quite hard to eat with them as the edges are rather sharp and could cut if one isn't careful but I guess it's all in the name of convenience!

Monday, July 18, 2005

Good hang out place

If you want to spend time chit-chatting with friends and grab some light snacks and drinks cheaply, and mamak isn't quite on your list, try this place. It's got nice comfortable chairs to sit and relax in. You have your pick of taking a table indoors or out.

When indoors, you can have your pick of comfortable single-settees or bar stools, as pictured. Not only do you get to sit in for as long as you want, waiters and waitresses come up to you asking if you want a free refill of your softdrinks. Not bad for a place like this.

Oh, did I mention this place is called McDonald's? Loving it, huh? This one's at Mutiara Damansara.

KL weekend of seafood noodles

Sue has probably had a more adventurous eating weekend in Muar than mine in KL. The highlight of mine was lunch at Yu Ai coffee shop in SS2 of PJ, where the Nasi Kandar Kayu is.

Yu Ai is one of the branches of the Segambut seafood noodle coffee shop. I used to frequent the Segambut (original shop) one until the SS2 branch came about. The seafood noodle comes in a few soups of your choice; clear soup, laksa or tom yam flavours. I've tried all three and I can't really pin-point a favourite. Each is good in its own ways.

The serving of the seafood is a real generous amount. There's fish meat, clams, mussels and 3 huge prawns. It used to cost RM8 for a small bowl and RM11 for a big one. Now the small helping costs RM11.

Here's the laksa soup seafood noodle.

And here's the tom yam one.

Another weekend in Muar

Last weekend we took another trip back to Muar. Our first stop was our usual coffeeshop for breakfast and coffee. With a limited time in Muar only, Char Kueh was high on the list!

Unlike the Penang Char Kueh Kak, the southern version is white (the pieces in the man's wok). He cuts it up as he fries it with oil, adding chilli, eggs, pickled radish and a handful of spring onions and parsley befor serving. And voila! That's the finished product!

We also had some "Ham Chin Peng", Chinese fried doughnuts filled with a sweet red bean paste. This is one of my Mom's favourite and the nice hawker always puts in extra red bean paste for her! There's also a savoury version with 5-spice powder instead of red bean. One of the great benefits of knowing hawkers personally! You always get extra stuff! :) All these food was washed down with Muar's famous 434 coffee, brewed in a sock strainer in an old coffeeshop! Small pleasures!

After all that breakfast, we still managed to find some space in our tummies for yummy asam fish from Parit Jawa (a small fishing village approximately half an hour away from town). There are generally two styles of asam fish (fish cooked in spicy tamarind gravy). We prefer the Malay one which has a thicker gravy with some additional spices like "daun kesom" while the Chinese version is somewhat spicier and clearer. Anyway, we had a wonderful feast with lots of fish, vege and onion ommelette! Somehow, asam gravy goes fantastically with ommelettes or fried eggs!

Clockwise from bottom: Onion ommelette, taugeh, Chinese cabbage, Asam "Kembung" fish and stingray and a large-ish "Jenahak" or red snapper! And right in the middle was the scrapings of sambal kangkung from the seller! It was lip-smacking good! :)

A Penang Adventure

As promised, here's proof of my camera's excursion to the Pearl of the Orient - Penang Island! My sister was up in Penang recently and very kindly snapped some pictures for me. The pictures had me I hope you enjoy them too!
She had dinner at the famous Gurney Drive hawkers. I think Auntie Lilian has blogged about it in her ever-popular 5xmom blog!
There's a little old man under a tree who sells fantastic Char Kuey Teow. Have to go early as there are always people queuing for his charcoal fried kuey teow. And he has no qualms in scolding you if you try to cut queue or harrass him about when your order is due!
Wah...see the big prawns? He normally gives 3 prawns but that night he was feeling generous and she got double the amount for RM3!

She ate this in my honour! This is a BIG favourite of mine in Gurney Drive. It's actually Kuey Teow Thng (Kuey Teow Soup) but I normally opt to have the condiments without the noodles. There's a wide array of fishballs, meat, liver, innards, vege, etc to pick from. And over it, the hawker will ladle fragrant meat broth and top it with a generous spoon of minced garlic oil. The funny thing about this stall is that you never know what the price is going to be as the items are not individually priced! This bowl costed RM5. My personal record was RM13 and the soup had to come in TWO bowls! Then again, it was shared by 4 people so not that greedy-lah!

She went to Lorong Selamat the next day for lunch. Lorong Selamat is well-known for its Char Kuey Teow fried by a lady in a red Smurf hat. Many still make a bee-line for her stall but her high prices and miniscule portions stopped us from frequenting it some time back. Be prepared, though, should you wish to eat the Char Kuey Teow. It's self-service and while you wait for your order to be fried, they'll hand you a plate (if you're eating in) or a pair of chopsticks (if it's takeaway)!!

Nevertheless, the area still has lots of good eats. As they say, the proof is in the pudding...or in this case, in the photos!
On the left is Char Kuey Kak - rice cake pieces fried with eggs and beansprouts. Further south, we call it Char Kuey but I believe the Penangites add the "Kak" because it's wrapped into a triangular shape for take-away. But please do correct me if I'm wrong! On the right is another version of Pork Kuey Teow. This coffeeshop in Lorong Selamat serves really good Kuey Teow soup. We stumbled upon it by chance and it's remained high on our Penang Must-Eat list! It has the usual liver and pork slices and fishballs but the difference lies in the soup which is a nice wholesome and flavourful broth. Delicious!

Finally, what's a trip to Penang without the famous Penang Lobak? Every Lobak stall has a wide variety of pick-and-mix ranging from century eggs, fish balls, fish, etc and of course, the Lobak itself! Lobak is a meat springroll where slices of marinated meat are wrapped up in caul fat or beancurd sheets and deep-fried. Anything selected will be deep-fried, sliced and served with chilli sauce and a sweetish, starchy sauce. The brown shape is the Lobak while the yellow are fried fish slices.

Well, I hope you enjoyed the virtual Penang trip as much as I did! I hope to make a trip up there again soon!

Friday, July 15, 2005

Speaking of unique dining

Sue's latest post reminded me of a superb experience I had while abroad. It was April and considered to be winter in Western Africa. I was in a country called Mauritania (not related to Mauritius although it would be great if I were there). It is where the famous Sahara desert is, a mere 400 kilometres from the capital of Mauritania.

On one of the days, our host invited us for dinner at his house. It was a sumptous meal with portions of food so huge that we could hardly stay awake that night. Dinner was set on the floor, that being their culture.

We started off with baskets of bread and a large plate of salad. Here's a closer look at it. We hardly touched it. Not because it wasn't any good, it was just too huge. It came in a mountainful and we had cleared the top of it already.

Then came the giant fish. It was as big as the plate that held the salad. Unbelievable! We did a bit better with the fish because our host kept going round to pile them on our plates.

That was not the end of the huge servings. Next came 2 whole grilled lambs! I am not sure if we felt more terror than excitement seeing the amount of food we were obliged to finish as good guests. Pictured below is one of the lambs we worked on.

For dessert we had fruits. Even the fruit bowls came in extra large sizes. We also had plenty to drink - bottles of mineral water were handed out, jugs of hibiscus juice, jugs of baobab fruit juice (baobab is a kind of desert tree which strangely enough, bears fruits) and countless servings of the Mauritanian hot and sweet mint tea. The tea was poured into glasses that are smaller than the size of an espresso cup. At every half hour interval, the tea would be brought out.

After that big meal, our very hospitable host showed and encouraged us to practice their way of relaxing - the way life should be. With that posture and lots of food in the stomach, it was a challenge to stay awake, not to mention it was way past 11pm.

Sucking Marrow...What?!

These were my exact words when I was handed a straw with my soup! But let's back-track a little...

I was away for work in Gelang Patah, Johor. Gelang Patah is a tiny town near the Second Link Highway into Singapore and has a surpringly high number of Singapore visitors for its cheap food. We normally eat at one of the family-run Chinese restaurants there called "Come Again" which has relatively cheap, tasty and big portions of food. Next to it is another restaurant called "Tian Tian Lai" (Come Everday). Talk about imaginative names!

For a treat after a hard day's work, my boss and his wife took me down to the bright lights of Johor Bahru city. He promised me something different for dinner and different it definitely was! He drove through dark streets and right under a tunnel before we appeared at rustic-looking Malay restaurant. There were fairy lights sparkling in the trees and little individual seating booths with tatched roofs were dotted all over the large area. There were even "serambi" booths - booths with low tables where the guests could sit cross-legged to eat!

We started off with otak-otak which tasted strange to my Muarian tastebuds (Muar is famous for its otak-otak; spicy fish paste grilled between banana leaves) as it was brilliant red and too sweet to the taste with no hint of spiciness. Then came the main entree - "Sup tulang" (Ox-tail soup) which the place was famous for! It came with approximately 4 large bones in a spicy soup with a liberal sprinkling of fried onions. And standing to attention in the fragrant broth was a straw!

Apparently, the innovative owner noticed his customers banging the bones on the table to get at the bits of marrow and decided to include straws for them to suck it out instead! It was my first time tasting marrow and I'm afraid I didn't like it at all! It had a spongy texture and a rather raw, bloody taste. And if you're watching your cholestrol, one bowl is quite enough!

Other than that, the soup was okay, beefy and adequately spiced. Unfortunately, as I didn't enjoy marrow, I wasn't left with much to eat as the bones were mainly tendon and fat. It came with some slices of french bread which was a little stale. We had some satay too but it wasn't too great as the cook was too liberal with the spices in the marinated meat.

All in all, it's an interesting place with lots of newspaper literature on the innovative owner and his marrow-sucking straws but not really worth the drive there! Although it was really nice of my boss and his wife to do so!

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Nothing better than Mom's homecooked food

Got home late last night. My cats weren't happy because no one left the lights on for them. After feeding them, it was time to feed myself.

Found some goodies in the kitchen. Mom made some curry ribs with vegetables earlier in the day and there were enough left for me. Too lazy to dish up anything else, guess that'll do. I could eat it like a "curry stew", I suppose. Although just a simple dish to go with rice, mom's cooking is somehow better than cuisines at some fancy restaurants :)

As kids, my cousins and I were falsely informed that when someone gets thrown into jail, they eat nothing but "curry rice" all day long. And when we did something bad, we would be asked "Do you want to eat curry rice??". Back then, it was always a "NO!". But you know what? It really isn't so bad, that curry rice...

Recipe for this? Erm...gotta do a quick check at home first.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Chicken rice in a pot

The recent rains and cool weather had me craving for some hot soup. So, tonight's dinner was a quick, simple meal of pickled vege soup (Eternity's earlier post inspired this!), fried siew pak choy and chicken rice. Sounds tedious! But with a little bit of planning, minimal cooking is required! Perfect for working people! :)

I marinated some chicken pieces the night before with some oyster sauce, soy sauce, ginger slices and pepper (You can add some sesame oil for flavour - which I forgot!). When I got home from work, I put approximately 1 cup of washed rice in the rice cooker. Just as it was about to finish cooking, I added in the marinated chicken, closed the lid and left it to cook.

Earlier in the day, I put anchovies to boil with tomatoes and pickled vegetables for a while to create a stock. Then just before serving I added in some tofu and fishballs. I wasn't too good at straining the anchovies though! Bits of stuff were left behind! The siew pak choy was just stir-fried with some fishcake and garlic.

And in a few minutes, voila! Dinner was ready! The chicken rice was a bit too wet cos from some excess liquid from the chicken marinade. And J thought it was glutinous rice! Opps...haha, cooking mishap! But the wet rice aside, it was quite flavoursome as the marinade had soaked through the fluffy rice grains and the chicken was just nicely cooked and soft.

A nice steaming dinner on a cold, rainy evening!
P/S Sorry for the quality of the photos. It was taken with a camera phone. The camera has gone on holiday to Penang so watch this space for a Penang foodie adventure!

My Lucky Day Or What?

Without giving much thought I walked into Domino's Pizza last night and ordered a takeaway dinner of chicken pepperoni pizza and a bag of twisty garlic bread. As I stood and waited, I was trying to recall if I had enough ice cubes and Coke in the fridge to go with my meal. I decided I had.

It was a quiet night for Domino's as my pizza was ready in no longer than 10 minutes. I watched the guy pack my pizza, garlic bread and a can of Coke. He handed them all to me and I told him I did not order the Coke. He checked the order slip on the box and said I did. I looked too and saw that the cashier had punched in a can of Coke, but at no cost. I was confused and kept telling the guy I didn't order it. He just repeated for me to take it and that it's OK. He opened the door for me and said "Drive safely". I was pleasantly surprised.

When I got home, I checked the slip on the box again. I saw that the cashier had given me a discount by punching in a discount coupon. I haven't presented him with any coupon! So on top of that free Coke, I had some discounts!

I put it all down to great service, for a lack of better word for it. They were not cheecky guys trying to be nice to a girl, and definitely did not appear to be. Perhaps just a kind gesture. Like the Tesco tagline goes, "Every little helps", it rings true. Not that I was thrilled by the freebies but it just feels nice to have a little kindness. Unexpected kindness, put it that way.

Naturally, the pizza and garlic bread tasted warm and good.

Friday nite out

My friends and I had long debated for about a week where to go for dinner. Finally after reading someone's blog about this place in SS2 PJ that serves bak kut teh, we decided to go try it out. The place is called Wee Sang Kee. Anyway, it took most of us some time rounding SS2 to find it.

When we got there, it was quiet. Just a few tables filled. Not sure if it's because it's a Friday night and people were off partying somewhere or the food isn't as attractive. But I'd say the food wasn't lousy, so it must be the former.

Anyway, we ordered a large pot of bak kut teh, steamed vege with oyster sauce, beancurd (tao-pok), and "yau cha kuay" (sorry I don't know what it's called in English or any other language for that matter!).

Here you have it, bak kut teh in all its glory, the highlight of the dinner. The soup of the bak kut teh was good. But the meat didn't seem to have been cooked in the soup. Tasted quite blend. I suspect it was probably steamed and then added into the soup. But for the lack of tastiness, it was more than made up when one of the ladies at the shop offered to heat up the pot for us after we've been sitting there for so long and still have not finished!

All in all, it wasn't that bad. I enjoyed the soup and the company I was in.

Monday, July 11, 2005

A homely dinner

After Saturday's eating tour, Sunday was a quiet affair with light, simple and home-cooked meals. We dropped by the Guardian warehouse sale and picked up 2 litre bottles of Just Juice for a mere RM3! I'm a self-professed lover of warehouse sales so please do keep me informed if you know of any!

Dinner was a simple meal of steamed fish, onion omelette and spinach soup. The spinach soup didn't look too photogenic so it won't be featured! :P

The fish was steamed Teochew style with tomatoes, dried mushrooms, preserved vegetable and presevered plum; giving it a nice sour and tangy flavour. Sorry the pictures aren't too appealing, they were taken with my camera phone! By the way, the plate the steamed fish is sitting on was handed down by my grandfather! :)

Sue's Gastronomic Saturday

Early Saturday morning, J and I took a drive down to Muar, Johor. We left about 6.15 am and arrived in excellent time for breakfast at our favourite "Kuay Chap" stall.
Muar's a little town north of Johor which is fast gaining popularity for its unique food, notably it's "otak-otak". There are, however, lots of other food gems waiting to be discovered. And this is to introduce just one of it! For the uninitiated, Kuay Chap is a dish unique to Muar and may seem rather strange to those who set eyes on it for the first time! It'll probably send your cholestrol levels sky-high but as J always claims, "Life is short" so just close your eyes and savour it...Mmmm....

It basically comprises a bowl of uncut rice noodle sheets in a brown soup, topped with bits of preserved radish ("chye poh"). The highlight of "Kuay Chap" is the condiments which complement the noodle soup perfectly. It's normally made up of a mixture of braised beancurd, egg, small and big intestines, and skin. The more adventurous normally request for add-ons of blood cubes, meat from the head which is really soft and tender, ears and any other innards!

I have to admit that the description and the picture above doesn't sound or look too appealing but it is a real delight to eat! The stall is located next to a huge monsoon drain and has a somewhat rustic charm as you sit on rickety foldaway stools and savour away!

I also had to take a photograph of Muar's "bak pau" or pork pau. This is from the famous pau shop called "Guan Kee". It is somewhat different from KL paus, mainly because the skin is more elastic than the fluffy, Hong Kong style types found in KL and the meat is sliced rather than minced. This gives it a nice bite and texture. True pau aficionados love the little spurt of hot oil and gravy that bursts out when you bite into it. Do try if you're ever in Muar!

The evening ended with some famous Nasi Briyani Gam from Batu Pahat. It is better-known as Nasi Briyani Power amongst the locals and is called Gam because the meats (beef/chicken/mutton) are cooked together with the rice and the lid is glued with starch to prevent the aroma from escaping. The rice was soft, fluffy and well-infused with the flavour of the beef. The beef too was aromatic and delicious. We had a side of mutton too which was flavoursome but a little oily.

I'm afraid the photo doesn't do it much justice but what you see are 2 pieces of beef sitting on a bed of briyani rice. All in all, it was a good lip-smacking Saturday :)

Meaty House - a non-halal review

Last Friday, J offered me a break from cooking and we ventured out to traffic-crazy Taipan for dinner. Oh, a quick note for readers who are planning to head that way, all roads in Taipan have been turned to one-way streets so just keep a look-out as you go along!

This small neighbourhood restaurant offers meat, meat and more meat! Or more specifically, pork! The place was quite empty when we arrived about 7.10pm but groups of people started trickling in later. It's softly lit with booths running along the wall and a big chiller of processed meats by the counter. We were given an extensive menu which features mainly Western dishes but includes the ever-popular Bak Kut Teh as well. However, menu aside, we were there for their signature dish - the German Pork Knuckle!

At RM29.80, it was a good-sized knuckle, beautifully roasted to a golden hue. It came with 3 side dishes of sauerkraut, coleslaw, mashed potatoes and a gravy boat. The side dishes weren't much to shout about and tasted rather home-made. The knuckle, however, was a different story altogether! The meat was incredibly tender while the well-roasted skin was wonderfully crispy and crackled with every bite. We cleaned every morsel off the plate and judging by the estatic expression on J's face as he savoured every bite, it was well worth it!

We also ordered a sausage set. Meaty House's sausages are home-made and are the closest I can get to nice sausages, just like the ones in Europe! We had the Thuringer Garlic for RM9.90 which also came with 3 side dishes of your choice.

It was okay but wasn't quite to my taste as the garlic and herb was a bit too over-powering. J, being a lover of all kinds of food; especially strong herby ones, polished them off on my behalf! Nevertheless, it was a nice end to a long week and a good start to the weekend. Would we return? You bet we will!

Friday, July 08, 2005

Lunch in a Bowl

The Japanese win hands-down for economy and speed, right down to their food! It's amazing how they manage to fit a complete nutritious meal all in a bowl! Add disposable chopsticks and it's a delicious lunch on the go! Then again...our chicken rice man has perfected that art too! But more on chicken rice in later posts! :)

Had a tori teriyaki don takeaway from Jusco for lunch. At RM7.90; it, unfortunately, looks better than it tasted! Jusco supermarket has an impressive array of cooked food for lunch and dinner and is a great help on days when lunch ideas are hard to come by!