Thursday, September 18, 2014
We're finally on to the final post of my travels back to Malaysia. This time we also took a day trip to Melaka (Malacca), the historic state, about two and a half hours drive from PJ/KL. I haven't been there in 10 years and quite a lot has changed, as for Mr. Foodie, it was his first visit. Melaka holds very rich history that dates back to the beginnings of Malaya. Deriving its name from the Melaka tree where Parameswara was taking shelter, this state was an important port for trade due to its strategic location on the Straits of Melaka. Over the centuries it has been through Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and finally British influence before becoming independent as part of Tanah Melayu which we know today as Malaysia. The beauty of Melaka is most of its attractions are within walking distance of one another so get some good walking shoes on and start exploring!
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Welcome to Part 3 where we shall continue on the journey of satisfying Mr. Foodie's Western food cravings and my family marking things off the list of "Places to bring me when I come back". But first, I found a little pet cafe in Pet Safari at Ikano Power Centre. Anyone who knows me knows I absolutely love dogs so when we came across Blink Pets Bakery I thought it was so cute! Selling assorted dog cookies, pies, pupcakes, cupcakes, petcaron, birthday cakes and pet treats, this place was amazing! It looked so pretty even I wanted to eat one. Blinks Pets Bakery claims to make freshly baked pastries made from human grade natural ingredients. There are no salt, sugar, additive, artificial colouring or preservatives. They also list the ingredients used in their products so that you can pick the best for your pet.
Anyway, back to human food. We were brought to Three Little Pigs & the Big Bad Wolf for dinner one night. I thought it was a clever name, they serve pork here obviously and open from breakfast till dinner. At breakfast time, they're called Three Little Pigs and for lunch and dinner service, they're known as The Big Bad Wolf. How clever! We went to the one in Tropicana City Mall, PJ. They have another restaurant in Bangsar Village.
|My family checking out the Bagel Be Happy poster|
This restaurant serves up the western fare of pasta, garlic bread, wedges, onion rings, meatballs, salads, soups, burgers, chicken parmagiana, pork knuckle, fish, ribs and more along with some Asian specials such as Japanese pork curry. The menu covers a lot of bases.
|Pork Lover's Aglio E Olio RM29++|
I went for the Pork Lover's Aglio E Olio which had roast pork, honey ham, smoked bacon and pork meatball tossed till fragrant in garlic, chilli and olive oil. It was delicious, pasta al dente, different textures and flavours from the different types of pork produce used. It wasn't salty and definitely had a lovely balance. I couldn't say it's authentic but it's definitely tasty.
|Piggies Rolling in the Mud RM26++|
Dad felt like a bit of Asian tonight so it was Piggies Rolling in the Mud for him. Succulent crumbed pork cutlet topped with mild Japanese curry, egg and mozzarella cheese served over rice. The idea was to create something similar to a katsu don. The pork was a little bit tough but it was an all round nice dish.
|The Wolf's Favourite RM29++|
The Wolf's Favourite was very much like a carbonara. Creamy spaghetti with smoked pork bacon and button mushrooms topped with a poached egg and crispy bacon bits. My brother enjoyed it very much with the saltiness from the bacon adding flavour to a creamy pasta made more delicious by the runny yolk from the poached egg.
|The One That Didn't Get Away RM79++|
I thought their menu items had creative names and this one certainly made me chuckle a little. The one that didn't get away is the big bad ribs. Their house special pork ribs are seasoned in St. Louis style sauce and grilled until tender. At RM79++ it's quite an expensive dish to order. The sauce was delicious and the meat stripped easily off the bone. The pork had obviously been well marinated with the flavours showing through the meat. Tony Roma's used to be our favourite for ribs but on the last couple of occasions they seem to have slipped, what a shame.
|Chicken Cordon Bleu|
Still on the pasta trail, we went to a restaurant very local to us that has been there for years but somehow I've never stepped in. Actually I didn't know about it, my family did but somehow we never went. Vary Pasta is located near the Atria shopping centre (currently under reconstruction) at 21G, Jalan ss22/23, Damansara Jaya, PJ. This restaurant serves pork chops, soups, salad, pasta, steak, sausage and other western meals. Their price is also very reasonable.
|Fettucina Al Pesto RM14.50++|
I ordered the Fettucine Al Pesto - Olive oil, chicken, cheese with pesto sauce. It was a fragrant delicious pasta dish. The pasta was cooked perfectly and the pesto sauce was full of herb flavours but not overpowering. Mr. Foodie ordered Fettucine Carbonara with pork bacon. You can have a choice of beef bacon, chicken ham or seafood with this. The carbonara was nice and creamy, reminded me of when I used to order carbonara before moving on to aglio olio or tomato based sauces. Creamy and delicious. Vary Pasta also offers rice, chicken chop with spaghetti, pork and lamb chops, salads and sandwiches. All of us actually wondered why we haven't been here all these years, it was really a tasty feed at reasonable prices. Definitely going back next time. Might try their Penne Smoked Chicken!
|Fettucine Carbonara with Pork Bacon RM14.50++|
I do believe this trip we have killed any cravings Mr. Foodie might have had with all the burgers, pasta and ribs so back to why I go home! Mum has been wanting to introduce Xiao Bar Wang to me for a while now. It's a little Taiwanese street snack eatery franchised in most major shopping centres. We of course went to 1 Utama. Their menu is very straight forward, mince on rice, Taiwanese fried chicken, braised eggs and mee sua. Mee sua is a very thin type of Chinese noodles made from wheat flour. It is different to rice vermicelli which is made from rice. I ordered the set meal which pretty much covered their signatures. Mee sua, crispy fried chicken and braised egg with a drink for RM16.90+.
Mum was right. Their Mee Sua was delicious! Cooked in a thick soup that I can't even really describe the flavours, it was very tasty. It's not spicy at all but I'm sure it has some vinegar in it. Served with pork meatballs and garnished with coriander, I could eat bucket loads of this thing. Mr. Foodie had the Crispy Fried Chicken Strips which was as delicious as any good Taiwanese fried chicken. Tender, juicy and extremely well seasoned. I of course had the egg. I would never give braised eggs. This was a mushroom tea egg with a fragrant aroma and....nom. I like eggs.
Every single visit has at least one steamboat meal. We were getting to the end of our trip and hadn't even had any! Something is just not right but in fairness, the weather was very hot in July. My brother suggested that we have steamboat out instead and he brought us to Mo Mo Paradise Steamboat in Uptown on Jalan SS21/62, Damansara Utama, PJ. It was a steamboat buffet at RM35 per head. Instead of one big pot in the middle of the table, we get individual pots like in Go-In Hotpot Train. After you pick your soup bases, go pig out. There was a big variety of fresh meat, fish, prawns, shellfish, vegetables, mushrooms, noodles, tofu and beancurd products. Then of course you get the fishcake, fish balls, pork balls, squid balls, beef balls, chicken balls, exploding pork balls, prawn balls and all the other balls you find in an Asian supermart freezer. Just when I thought that was it, there's a shabu shabu meat counter to the side where you get your sauces. Oh yes, mix your own sauces just like Go-In Hotpot. There's thinly sliced pork and beef that was fresh and great for cooking in hotpot because it doesn't take long to cook and preserves a juicy meaty bite.
You can also order hot dishes from the kitchen and let me tell you, they were all delicious. We tried at least one of each except teppanyaki mixed seafood. The Taiwan sausages, pressed meat Bakkwa, satay chicken and teppanyaki chicken were my favourite. Actually I really did like them all. They do provide some better quality ingredients and not just cheap fish balls made of mostly flour and minimal meat available. I thought it was a really good price for what you get.
Alas we had our steamboat in an air conditioned premise and it was time to go out to the humid heat again. I always love steamboat or Asian hot pot. It's such a sharing and grazing meal that ends up with you eating too much because you want to try everything and have extra of the things you like!
My next post will be the final post from this trip. Join me in visiting Melaka for a day and experiencing the history and cuisine it has to offer!
If you're looking for Part 1 it's here.
If you're looking for Part 2 it's here.
If you're looking for Part 4 it's here.
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Thursday, September 4, 2014
If Part 1 was 20% of my food log this here, is Part 2. Lo and behold a further 15% of my food log. In my last post detailing some of the noms on my travels around PJ it was predominantly Asian food. I did also mention that Mr. Foodie was getting Western food withdrawal syndrome. Fortunately we've come a long long way from just chicken chops, lamb chops, fish, fries and sandwiches but first, I finally found my childhood favourite Prawn Mee by Lim Mee Yoke.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
You probably may have noticed I go to Malaysia quite frequently. I grew up there. My visits are more going home and visiting my family than exploring the tourist wonders. Most of the time I don't plan to write a post on it and yet old habits die hard, I leave my camera but find myself taking photos with my phone. Or maybe it's because I'm Malaysian, it's a wonder I don't have a monopod. In case you haven't noticed, Malaysians are obsessed with food, it's the common factor. Heck, they should probably make political campaigns food focused! (Maybe not.....)
Anyway, I grew up in Petaling Jaya, PJ in short. Over the years PJ has grown into a city itself only about half an hour's drive outside Kuala Lumpur (disclaimer: traffic jams not accounted for). We go home, we eat, we shop. That, is Mission Malaysia and this is approximately 20% of my food log taken with my phone. Get hungry!
Friday, August 22, 2014
Father's Day is just around the corner and while you're going through wishlists, pestering mum and wracking your brains for gift ideas, I thought I'd throw one in the mix for the gourmet dad. Monthly Fix launched in November last year and is fast growing to be a popular choice. It's a subscription, a gift that keeps on giving and surprises your dad every month with high quality gourmet goodies from Australian artisan producers and some imports. In fact, it's not just for dads, everyone loves a surprise and delicious goodies. I was signed up for a 3 Month Fix courtesy of Monthly Fix to experience it for myself so let's see what it's about.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Growing up in Malaysia, it is almost impossible to avoid spicy food. Even three years olds are eating a bit of spicy! Having said that, not all Malaysians can take spicy food but there's a pretty good chance of someone beating you in a chilli showdown, that is until the South Americans turn up. I've always loved spicy food, virtually every hawker dish comes with chilli either mixed in or on the side and if the meal is not spicy, you ask for the chopped bird's eye chillies in soy sauce for the extra punch. Actually even if it is spicy, you still get the chilli on the side, after all curry laksa comes with a chilli paste. Chicken rice has its dedicated chilli sauce, nasi lemak with sambal, Maggi Mee Goreng is fried with chillies you need to specifically ask for non spicy.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
It's no secret we love Benny's American Takeaway quietly tucked away in Blackwood, local enough for us to indulge in their hot wings, PB & J shakes and crispy chicken tacos perhaps a little too often. I'm sure they're not complaining. Craig and Michael have been welcoming, friendly and enthusiastic from day one about their American food venture. I was invited to their recent VIP night to coincide with the launch of new menu items and 7 night trading. I love attending their VIP nights, it's always friendly and fun and it's so close to home! Now really, there's no excuse not to go is there?
Friday, August 8, 2014
|Decor at Grill'd Norwood|
The renovations are done and the big reveal is here. Sharing a building with Hoyts Cinemas on The Parade in Norwood, Grill'd Norwood is the new burger bar in town offering fresh and healthier burgers to Adelaideans. Founder Simon Crowe established the first Grill'd restaurant in Hawthorn, Melbourne in 2004 with a goal to make burgers from the freshest ingredients in a healthier way that doesn't leave you feeling greasy and bloated. Today there are over 75 outlets nationwide and Adelaide just got her first.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
We have this joke in the house. I always say it's harder to think about what to cook than to actually cook a meal. Every time I ask Mr. Foodie what he wants to do for dinner the answer is always "I don't know...Mexican?". Without fail. So it happened again the other night and I actually laughed because we had jalapenos in the fridge so I said "Mexican Chicken Pie?". You should've seen his face light up. I wasn't going to post this hence the less than great pictures but a few people have been asking me for the recipe so here it is.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
I was contacted about trying out an online takeaway ordering service and to be honest, it couldn't have come at a better time. It had been raining all week and as I was reading the email it was hailing. We've all had those nights where we just don't feel like cooking but it seems such an effort to go out. Then there's going through the pile of papers (you know what I mean) to look for takeaway menus before finding yourself staring at the limited choices. I must admit this is precisely where Eat Now comes in handy. After trying out the service, I'm quite a fan.