Monday, May 26, 2008

Gallivanting away

No blog posts for this week - sorry everyone! I'm off up North, this whole week for work. Loads of good food, at every stop.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Roti Tisu Special @ Manja Curry House, Old Town, Petaling Jaya

crispy roti tisu special, the must order here

Time to do away with all that bad food karma. A new weekend looms ahead and I am ever hopeful I will find great food out there somewhere. Since it's a Fly-day, I thought we should celebrate with a treat, we are so fond off.

unveiled...the delish chocolately layer within

Always around when we need it, roti canai or the super-stretched version aka roti tisu is one of the best inventions ever. Filling our rumbling tummies, at a minimal cost, there are loads of versions of this perennial favourite. A result of the tough competition between the mamak stalls, you get roti canai with the pungent durian, diced up and fried to be roti canai goreng or stretched thinly and cooked till crisp, to be an enormous roti tisu that can feed at least 3 people.

fluffy roti canai with egg and mushrooms

This particular shop in Petaling Jaya Old Town, opposite the wet market is one of those, which comes up with interesting varieties. Their roti tisu special is unlike the thin and tall version from Kayu Nasi Kandar, but has a hidden element within the crisp folds - a layer of decadent Milo powder and condensened milk. Very sinful but oh so delish, that one piece is never enough. Unfortunately, they don't do Milo Ais like the Milo truck (can someone tell me, why does Milo taste so much better from the green truck and in small paper cups?) hence, you have to settle for their Milo Shake.

They also do great roti canais here - fluffy and not too oily. Splashie Boy had their roti mushroom - a fluffy creation with egg and canned mushroom slices. Originally a stall, business has been so good, they have now shifted into a shoplot. Aside from rotis, they also serve mee rebus, mee goreng, tandoori and etc. Tables and chairs are laid outside, making it a pleasant dining experience especially during this current hot and humid weather.

Manja Curry House
Jalan Othman
Petaling Jaya Old Town

(Halal. Open 24 hours and right next to PJ Polyclinic.)

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Dining Out @ Amuleto by Crystal Jade, Mid Valley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur

I can't wait to get my hands on that slurpilicious soup

Like I mentioned earlier this week, food selections last weekend seemed to be pretty dissapointing. I reckon it was all bad karma as almost everything we tried was just mediocre or plain terrible. However, at the end of the weekend, I did get to sample D'lish's new menu offerings. Didn't snap any pictures at all but that was definitely the most satisfying meal. I love the new salads - the roast cauliflower salad is my favourite and the Vietnamese pho beef noodles is also great comfort food for the soul.

dissapointing spaghetti alio oglio

We were looking for a new place to try and found this place along Mid Valley Megamall's row of restaurants that face the Boulevard area. Next to Seed Cafe, this is the Western attempt by Crystal Jade, the Singapore restaurant renowned for their Chinese offerings especially xiu loong paus, roast pork, roast duck and dim sum.

ok-lah cheesy baked rice

Although they claim to serve "casual chic dining", the food here is a mish mash of current trends i.e. the Hong Kong cafe style food aka char chan teng food, chocolate fountain, chocolate fondue, tapas items and etc. However, instead of the noisy casual experience you get in the chan teng cafes, dining at Amuleto is peaceful and more pleasant with their red sofas and flower decorated glass topped tables.

We started pretty well with the Quartet of soups(RM12) - mushroom, pumpkin, French onion and broccoli. Served in small glasses with straws, you get to taste all their different varieties with this one order. Our overall favourite was the thick and creamy mushroom soup, followed by the robust tasting French onion soup. Although it is an interesting concept to use a straw to drink your soup, on practical terms, it does not work well since it is hot soup you're slurping down, which can singe your tongue, if you're slurp too fast. Even though the soups were tasty, I didn't like how they left quite a bit of fibre in the soup like stray bits of bay leaves.

The menu has steaks, tapas items (which looked good for a quick bite), fried rice (with olive oil), pastas, rostis and chan teng staples like cheesy baked rice. As we didn't want a heavy meal, we opted for light meals like pasta and cheesy baked rice to share. My seafood spaghetti alio oglio (RM16) was mediocre - I didn't like the overcooked texture of my spaghetti, definitely not al dente. When it was served hot to me, the taste of the olive oil with the seafood was not bad but it got cold quite quickly and turned out pretty blah at the end. Splashie Boy's cheese baked rice with sliced beef (RM19) was ok-lah. Nothing much to shout about and just good as a tummy filler.

Somehow, I don't think I will be rushing to return to dine here for a long while. Not sure whether I ordered the wrong items but I just didn't think their menu items will make them stand out amid the sea of Hong Kong chan tengs which are found all over the place. Prices may make them exceptional as they are offering the chocolate fountain and the salad bar for RM16, hence you won't need to patronise the hotels. The only one thing I really liked of this place was the deep red colours they used on their walls and the chairs. They also have an outside area with televisions, which got a few customers who wanted to drink in peace while they watched the Thomas Cup final.

Lot G (E)-015
Mid Valley Megamall
Kuala Lumpur

Tel : 03 - 2287 4128.

(Pork free. Open till 1am on Friday, Saturday and eve of public holidays.)

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Braised Chicken Feet with Mushroom Wantan Noodles @ Restaurant Wah Cheong, Section 17, Petaling Jaya

my comfort food......that I reach for whenever life feels a bit blue

A short and sweet (or shouldn't I say savoury?) post today.

I've blogged earlier about
K.Intan, one of my favourite places for wantan mee (we often buy back the noodles for home use) but sometimes when I get bored with the toppings there, I eat at this stall located at Kedai Kopi Wah Cheong.

Run by an old man with a grumpy lady with glasses, they serve wantan noodles with a variety of toppings. I've eaten the basic char siu version, which is also good but my favourite is their braised chicken feet with Chinese mushrooms. The chicken feet is tender and tasty (from the deep frying). Add chewy wantan noodles and I am in heaven.

I also love the Tong Kee stall selling egg tarts and sweet things here. Gives me a reason to take a break during work and indulge in some sinful egg tarts without driving down to Kuala Lumpur.

Wantan Noodles Stall
Kedai Kopi Wah Cheong
Jalan 17/29
Section 17
Petaling Jaya

(Non halal. The stall is either closed on Wednesday or Thursday. The coffeeshop is the same row as Restoran Hong Seng which serves siu yoke, teochew braised duck and etc.)

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Roast Duck @ Chef Onn Guangzhou Roast Duck, Damansara Uptown, Petaling Jaya

Quacks in a row.................

What a weekend! Unfortunately, it wasn't a weekend for great food, as the places we tried were dissapointing. Don't worry, I will share with you all the sordid details later this week. I did get to try something I have been meaning to sample for the longest time ever. I first read about this place in Damansara Uptown from the Chinese papers. Seems the roast duck here is so popular, there will be a long queue waiting patiently for their turn.

juicy roast duck, too bad about the skin

I inadvertently found out it opens pretty early during the day, when we drove past yesterday afternoon. Splashie Boy spotted his dream drive - the Hummer parked nearby at the luxury car showroom. While he drooled over the Hummer (just RM580,000, a song compared to its original price of RM630,000), I took my time at the roast duck stall. There was a small wait, which gave me a chance to check the place out.

Sharing the same premises as Damansara Hokkien Mee, the ducks were fresh from the oven. Everytime, the fella split the duck open, to tip the juices out, there would be small puff of smoke. I asked the owner, what was the difference between Guangzhou roasted versus the ones we get, and he was very non-comittal, just saying that it is the same. A whole duck is RM40, a half is RM20.

As I packed the roast duck home, I quickly snapped pictures of it before sampling a piece. The meat was juicy and tender. However, the skin wasn't crispy. I suspect this could be due to them not bathing the roast duck with hot oil, before serving it. Nevertheless, the roast duck still tastes pretty succulent. I would imagine, it will taste sinfully good (and cholestrol laden) with a plate of fresh-from-the-wok midnight black Hokkien noodles with super guilty deep-fried lard bits.

Chef Onn Guangzhou Roasted Duck
No. 121, Jalan SS21/37
Damansara Utama (Uptown)
Petaling Jaya

Tel No: 012 -238 3325

(Non halal. Same place as Damansara Hokkien Mee, opposite the police station. Starts from 4pm onwards. Closes on Tuesdays.)

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Vote Now - The Miele Guide needs you!

Nope, it is not Mao's Little Red Book but for enthusiastic foodies or culinary adventurers, this will be THE holy bible on what to eat in Asia.

Sponsored by Miele, the guide is set to be Asia's first truly independent regional restaurant guide when launched in October 2008. Unlike other guides you find on the bookshelves, this guide involves no free meals or advertising from restaurants (something I absolutely believe in!). Instead, it will be based on food lovers votes i.e. people like you and me!

For the 2008/2009 edition, the guide will cover restaurants in 16 Asian countries—Brunei, Cambodia, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

So how do you get involved in a part of culinary history??

A shortlist has been drawn from the region’s top food critics and all you need to do, is vote which restaurants you think are the best. And if your favourite restaurant is not on the shortlist, you’ll have the option to nominate and vote for it too. From these results, a list of Asia’s top restaurants will be drawn. The people behind the guide, will rank and profile in detail the top 20 in Asia. The rest will be categorised by country, city and cuisine.

To get your fingers clicking, there's a sweet treat also for your efforts - a chance to win an opportunity to dine at Asia's best restaurants and stay in one of the region's most luxurious hotels. You also get special discounts for the guidebook. So what are you waiting for, just click this link to vote and start creating some history. I have in some small part, got involved in the guide, hence it will be great for your votes to also be counted.

For more details, you can go to the Miele Guide's website, Chubby Hubby's post on this (he and his wife are the people behind it) and their facebook site. If you wish to see what it looks like when you vote, Popagandhi, who did the web development has screenshots also on her blog.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Malay Food @ Restoran A. Hassan, Section 13, Shah Alam

cooling pegaga salad

Working in Shah Alam can be a real pain sometimes as good food is not easy to come by. One day, when I was exploring Section 13's shophouses, I discovered they had my favourite Malay stall - Restoran A. Hassan. Ever since then, it has been my regular lunch time place.

local vegetables pucuk paku

Restoran A. Hassan made its name with the famous ayam kampung goreng. You can find a stall or a restaurant open at quite a few places - USJ Taipan, Puchong, Cheras, Taman Desa, Kampung Baru and etc. I've blogged about the Kampung Baru outlet before, which still remains my favourite outlet as the dendeng with the percik sauce is to die for!

sinful but oh so good! tempoyak with rice

If you plan to eat here, do come early as this place gets super packed with people after 12.30pm. Since the shop is quite small (just a single lot), tables and chairs are laid out at the walkways. You will find students from the nearby university, office workers and even high ranking police officers dining here for lunch.

yummy ayam kampung goreng

Just select what you wish to have for lunch from a spread, which consists of ayam kampung goreng, clams, ayam percik, fried fish, various ulam and etc. I often go for the clams, which is my favourite.

kelantan style ayam percik

They also have all types of sauces including the smelly but oh so yummy tempoyak. Made from durian, the smell can be pungent but when mixed with chillies, it is a spicy treat great with white rice.

my fav dish - the clams

The place mainly caters for the lunch crowd but for breakfast, they do sell nasi lemak. If you crave for good Malay food, this is definitely the place to be during lunchtime.

Restoran A. Hassan
Jalan Lawan Pedang 13/27
Section 13
Shah Alam

(Halal. Closed on Friday. Open for breakfast and lunch. The restaurant is at the same row as Rafi Mamak and faces the new TTDI development, Laman Seri.)

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Vegetarian food @ Nature's Vegetarian, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur

delish handmade noodles for RM10

A year ago, I decided to work on an index. Sadly I abandoned that as it was too tedious. I'm reviving it again but to kick start my project, I decided to publish what I have categorised so far. Not much, I know but it is a start. It is currently a work in progress, so expect additions to the list, as and when I have the time during the night.

chicken or mushroom - weird hairy looking monkey head mushrooms masquerading as soy sauce chicken (RM18)

Something to tempt you carnivores with. Sadly pictures were taken indoors so quite low light situations again. My mother has been raving about this place to me for some time. A bit weird since my mother is of the belief, Malaysia has no nice vegetarian food (all starch only).

Kar Heong Choy - literally meaning home cooked vegetables, just the way I like it (RM15)

Recently, she has taken to frequenting a reflexology and massage place in Desa Sri Hartamas. Manned by masseurs from China, she told me it is the best, as they are well trained to look for the massage points. Coincidentally, the owner of this place also owns Nature's Vegetarian. Although there is one at Desa Sri Hartamas, the workers recommended the Bangsar outlet instead as more choices are available.

Walk into the restaurant just opposite Alexis Bistro, and it is like you stepped back into the past. Heavy Chinese rosewood tables and chairs are used by the diners while, the walls are decorated with figurines of Chinese folk tales and legends. There is even a small stage in front with a karoke machine, perfect for those who think they are the next Frank Sinatra.

High on the recommendation list was their home made noodles. A bit weird looking with lots of black soy sauce but believe me, these noodles are great with the slight chewy texture. I enjoyed the accompaniements - choy sum and fu chok. Next on the list was the recommended "soy sauce chicken". Instead of the gluten type of food substiutes, they used monkey head mushrooms. The mushrooms can look scary with their long hair but it is delicious, and chunky (like meat) especially with thin slices of fried ginger. Next is the home cooked vegetable dish, fried with cloud ear's fungus, tung fung (thin mungbean vermicelli), carrots, gingko nuts, tofu puffs. Redolent with nam yue (fermented bean curd), it is best eaten piping hot.

Overall, a satisfying meal even though no meat was present. For lunch, they serve dim sum and another popular dish seems to be vegetarian steamboat here, as a few tables for dinner had this item.

Nature's Vegetarian Restaurant
24, Jalan Telawi 3
Bangsar Baru
Kuala Lumpur

Tel No: 03 - 2283 5523

(pork free.)

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Index - by Food Item

Abacus Seeds

Ais Kacang (Ais Batu Campur)

Apam Balik

Apong (Appam - Chinese)

Asian Fusion

Assam Laksa

Banana Leaf Rice


Bak Kut Teh

Beef Noodles

Bistro and Cafe Food


Burmese Food

Brazilian BBQ (Churrasco Brasileno)



Char Kuey Teow

Char Siu

Chee Cheong Fun

Chee Chap Tong (Soup)

Chicken Chop

Chicken Wings

Chinese Restaurant Food


Dim Sum

Egg Tarts

Fishball Noodles and Fishcake

Fishhead (Steamed)

Foochow (Fuzhou) Food

Hainanese Food

Hainanese Lamb Stew

Hakka Mee

Ikan Bakar

Indian and Punjabi Sweets

Indochine Food

Ipoh Hor Fun

Italian Food


Kolo Mee

Kong Piah

Kuey Teow Th'ng

Lai Mian


Lam Mee



Lui Cha (Hakka Thunder Tea Rice)


Mee Goreng

Mee Rebus

Middle Eastern Food

Mongolian Food and Steamboat


Nasi Briyani

Nasi Goreng

Nasi Kandar

Nasi Lemak

Nasi Padang

Oyster Omelette (O Chien)

Pan Meen

Pei Kueh (Nien Gao)

Prawn Noodles


Pork Noodles

Pork Noodles (Sam Kan Cheong)

Porridge (Chee Chap)

Putu Piring

Rice Wine Chicken

Roast Duck

Roast Goose

Roast Pork (Siu Yoke)

Rojak (Penang Style)

Roti Babi

Roti Canai


Sang Har Meen (Fresh Water Prawns Noodle)


Shanghainese Food


Steamed Soup

Swedish Food

Sweet Potato Balls

Tai Chow

Taiwanese Food

Tapioca Noodles

Tauhu Bakar

Teh Tarik

Teochew Duck Porridge (Loh Arp)

Thai Food


Tong Sui

Vegetarian (Indian)

Wantan Mee

Western Food

Woon Chai Koh

Xiu Loong Bao

Yam Cake (Wu Tau Koh)

Yong Tau Foo

Curry Mee, Lam Mee, Loh Mee & Har Mee @ Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur

the unassuming shack, which serves all kinds of Penang goodies

I am often amazed at how resourceful people are. Take for instance, this abandoned condominium site at Desa Sri Hartamas (which I almost bought!). For years, it has been left empty, with a few pile caps to indicate its existence but now, the old sales office houses this stall, which serves all kinds of Penang goodies. Right next to it is an open carpark that caters to the parking woes of people who work around here, since Desa Sri Hartamas does not have sufficient parking spaces.

curry mee, just like the Penangites love with mint leaves

To sample each of the goodies, you need to memorise their schedule by heart. Just remember, Mondays when life is at the bluest, they serve their very popular Penang curry mee. Then for Tuesday and Thursday, it is thickish Loh Mee, while Wednesdays when things are beginning to look up for the week, you get the clear and very healthy tasting Lam Mee. At the end of the week, on Friday, you celebrate it with Har Mee/Hokkien Mee/Prawn Mee.

light but delicious tasting prawn mee aka Hokkien mee

Unfortunately for those who don't work or live within the vicinity, the stall takes a break during the weekends and public holidays. You can however see the stall or the old sales office, open as it acts as a place for the open car park attendant to stay. There is even an air-conditioned section within the sales office.

rare find - the birthday noodles known as Lam Mee

I totally enjoyed trying each type of noodles and my conclusion at the end of the day was this was great tasting stuff minus any MSG. The taste of the soups feel very home made and not overly sweet indicating the prescence of artificial items like MSG.

the kick ass chilli sauce for Lam Mee and Loh Mee

The curry mee is authentic, per my Penang colleague as they serve it with the mint leaves. I love the clear tasting soup full of coconut milk. You can ask for cubes of pig's blood, if you fancy. If not, the noodles are served with brown cuttlefish, cockles, prawns and tofu puffs. Extra sambal can be scooped from the bottle on each table. The sambal adds the much needed spiciness to the noodles.

loh mee with minced garlic

Loh mee is also served the traditional way with finely minced garlic and a hardboiled egg and pork slices, which have been cooked in a soy sauce broth. The broth served with the noodles is not overly starchy and fried shallots are added for flavour. The chilli sauce served with it is also good. This is the same sauce served with the healthy tasting Lam Mee. A clear soup is used that is a great favourite of the fitness buffs who frequent this place after working out at True Fitness next door.

Most of the noodles use similar type of toppings with certain exceptions. Last but least, it is the prawn mee. Not too thick, the broth is aromatic and delicious. It was so good, I slurped all the broth down, until it was almost empty. Definitely an indication on how delish the whole bowl was. On Friday, Loh Mee is also available as some Penangites love to mix the prawn mee with Loh Mee for unique pairing. Yet to try it but it sounds great.

Lot No. 48632
Jalan Sri Hartamas 22
Sri Hartamas
Kuala Lumpur

(Non halal. Open from 8 am until 2pm or when noodles run out. Closed during weekends and public holidays. Prices range from RM4.50 to RM4.80 for a small sized bowl of noodles. To get here, from Petaling Jaya, drive down Jalan Kiara pass KLGCC and go straight towards Hartamas. Keep left and end up at the traffic light. Go straight and keep left. You will pass by True Fitness on your left hand side and make a turn at the end. You will see the shack on the right hand side of the road, after the turn.)

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Japanese Pasta @ Pasta de Gohan, Sunway Pyramid, Petaling Jaya

just opened but packed with people

Notice how we seem to follow Singapore in terms of food trends. Not sure why we are always the follower versus the leader. One fine example is the newly opened Pasta de Gohan, a spin off from Pasta de Waraku from Singapore. A well established chain of restaurants in Singapore, this outlet at Sunway Pyramid, just opened their doors on 9 May, 2008.

take your pick from the row of plastic plates of pasta

For their opening ceremony, they advertised a special promotion for the 9 May, 2008, which involves a 100% rebate in terms of vouchers to be used in your next meal there. Unfortunately, we missed the promotion but we did notice a pretty good crowd of people when we dined here last night.

why do cherries always remind me of Sherilynn Fenn in Twin Peaks? - Ordinary lemon squash given a twist of cherry for RM3.80

One thing I admire about this restaurant - the enthusiasm of the staff serving. They greet you cheerfully and service is super brisk. Not only is the service excellent, the kitchen is running well as the food they served is up to standard even though they have only been running for 4 days!

cool down with Maccha float (RM4.80)

Take your time in selecting which pasta you want as they have about 72 varieties!! If you are a bit confused, you can even walk outside or around the restaurant as plastic replicas of the various types of pasta is on display. There are plain wafu sauces, cream based sauces, tomato based sauces, basil sauce, curry sauce and etc to choose from. If you like to keep healthy, they even have salad pastas. Prices for the pasta dishes range from RM17 to RM33.

a total rip-off, the salmon avocado tofu salad (RM18.80)

If you don't fancy pasta, they also serve thin base pizzas (about 13 types), 4 types of gratin (cheese with various toppings, that is baked), 4 types of doria (similar to gratin, except rice is used as a base), hamburg steaks, fried rice, rice pilaf, salads, soups and etc.

Simply yummy - Wafu Sukiyaki Fettucini (RM25.80)

The pastas have a slight Japanese twist to them using ingredients you normally see in your Japanese meal - fresh sea urchin, salmon roe, salted fish roe, unagi, pork katsu and etc... There is even one with just corn niblets, wafu sauce and a slice of butter. I can imagine that to taste very comforting. For those who love their pork, you will be happy to know, this place serves real bacon. Slightly steaky with that unmistakable aroma.

real or plastic???

To kick off our meal, we ordered a salad - the salmon avocado, tofu salad (RM18.80). It was a total rip off as the portion was quite small and just enough for 2 of us, as an appetizer. Cubes of salmon, avocado and tofu were tossed with green and purple salad leaves with a wafu dressing.

the real deal - oyster and bacon carbonara spaghetti (RM25.80)

We fared better at our main meal choices. I loved my decadent carbonara. Not too rich, the cream sauce was slightly diluted with the wafu sauce. I enjoyed it with 4 juicy oysters and a generous portion of bacon bits, with a poached egg on top. Simply heavenly. Splashie Boy also loved his sukiyaki wafu pasta. Similar to sukiyaki, you get thin slices of beef, tofu cubes, cabbage and shitake mushrooms tossed in pasta with a delicious thin sauce. Very slurpy stuff, which we both polished off quickly.

sweet endings - maccha azuki parfait (RM8.80)

I liked the old style decoration here for our drinks - a cherry with the stem intact. That always reminds me of how the Twin Peaks gal could twist the stem into a heart shape with just her tongue...The maccha float was nice and refreshing but I wish the maccha ice cream had a stronger flavour. We ended the meal with dessert - the maccha parfait. Essentially it is soft ice cream with bits of cornflake at the bottom, topped with maccha ice cream, adzuki paste, strawberries and a type of glutinous rice dumpling. Nice and cooling, my only complaint was their maccha ice cream lacked taste.

Overall, we had a very satisfying meal here. We were impressed with the food quality and the service (hopefully it does not go downhill after the opening). Definitely would not mind returning to try the other dishes but I will stay away from the salads. They also have set meals, which offers better value.

Pasta de Gohan
Unit No. LG2.126A
Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall (new wing)
3, Jalan PJS 11/15
Bandar Sunway
Petaling Jaya

Tel No: 03 - 5621 8166

(Non halal. Open from 11am to 11pm, last order is at 10pm. The restaurant is next to Pancake House and JCo Donuts, opposite Jusco at the new wing.)

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Fish head noodles @ SS20 Fish Head Noodles Stall, Damansara Kim, Petaling Jaya

Large slices of haruan fish (sang yue) to tempt your tastebuds - RM9 with beehoon

Hope everyone's weekend was good. Mine was, since I spent loads of time with my mother especially since Splashie Boy had hightailed to Pahang for a 4WD trip. On to food food food...there seems to be a recent buzz about this place. Although I've known about this place for quite some time, I only managed to check it out yesterday. Even my mum was talking about this place, hence I decided to bring her here to sample the food.

bouncy fish paste made from mackerel (kau
yee) - RM7 with beehoon

For those who live in Petaling Jaya and the Taman Tun Dr Ismail area, you should be familiar with the Jenny Hong vans that sell soy bean milk, tau fu fah and cakes. The stall owner, Jenny Hong also has an outlet at the Taman Tun Dr Ismail market where she sells fresh soy milk and tau fu fah. I quite like her tau fu fah, and it is a must for me whenever I visit the market. I first heard about this stall from her (she was distributing leaflets to customers) and this place is run by her husband.

Soothing lin chee kang

Located just after the Damansara Specialist Hospital, the stall is within a row of other stalls which includes Riah Seafood that serves nasi campur including ikan bakar. As they have the corner stall, tables and chairs are laid out in an airy area that faces a few shady trees. Nice and breezy, the place is great to dine especially during this humid weather.

The stall serves three types of fish - soong, haruan (sang yue) and mackerel (kau yee). The soong fish is deep fried and used in the noodles, while the haruan fish (sang yue) is sliced and served deep fried or just fresh. The mackerel fish (kau yee) is the same type they use in stuffing yong tau foo, is made into a paste that is shaped like a metal spoon.

To make things easy for all, there is a pictorial menu, with well written descriptions in English. You can choose between the soong fish head noodles, haruan fish slices or fish paste with either beehoon or lai fun. The lai fun is slightly more expensive with an extra 50 sens charge. The soup can either be with or without evaporated milk and is served with tomatoes, ginger shreds, deep fried shallots, spring onions and preserved vegetables (ham choy). A dash of rice wine is also added into the soup. Prices range from RM6.50 to RM9.50, whereby the soong fish head is cheaper and the haruan fish slices, the most expensive. There are even side orders for RM11 per bowl- you can also order fish paste or haruan fish slices with spinach in soup, or just plain haruan slices with soup. If you have a sweet tooth, they also serve desserts - their signature tau fu fah, cendol, lin chee kang and ais kacang.

Tastewise, I found the broth, not as sweet and tasty as Woo Pin at Taman Desa. Moreover, the rice wine taste is quite subtle. However, the fish used is fresh as seen from tasting the thick haruan fish slices. The fish paste also has a nice bouncy and home made feel to it. The place is a good alternative, if you don't want to drive down to town to sample Woo Pin's noodles especially if you live or work around the Petaling Jaya area. Even though the soup is not as sweet, I liked the fact they use haruan (sang yue), which is much better than soong fish. Some people tend to avoid soong fish, as it is believed the fish is fed faeces or animal waste in the breeding ponds.

SS20 Fish Head Noodles Stall
Stall No. 17
Jalan SS20/10
Damansara Kim
Petaling Jaya

(Pork free. Open from 10am to 4pm from Monday to Saturday. On Sunday the stall is open from 11am to 3pm.)

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.

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