Archives for: December 2008

vkeong’s Top 21 Food in 2008

Throughout the year 2008, I have blogged over 100 food related entries. Bak kut teh, dim sum, sushi, shabu shabu, Korean BBQ, steamboats, buffets, steaks, hawker food.. You name it, I got it. So, I thought it would be interesting to list the top 21 either most memorable or nicest food I had in my humble opinion. Clicking on the images would bring you to the post itself.

21. Sushi Zanmai, Sunway Pyramid

sushi

In year 2007, Sakae Sushi was my favorite sushi joint. Now, it has been overtaken by Sushi Zanmai.

20. Matsuki Japanese Restaurant, Cantonment Road

chicken teriyaki

The teriyaki sauce is so thick and tasty, you will feel that you are getting your money’s worth. Other restaurants would be stingy and pan fry the chicken with more oil.. making the dish watery and lack of taste. I didn’t really believe it when told it was this good.. but yeah it’s true.

19. Nagomi Shabu Shabu, Menara Hap Seng

kobe beef shabu shabu

Kobe Beef really lives up to its reputation and price tag, it is simply a heavenly meat with unmatched flavor and tenderness. Because they are sliced thinly enough, they usually cook within seconds in the boiling broth.

18. Abang Is’ Malay Char Koay Teow, Bukit Mertajam

malay char koay teow

Bukit Mertajam is the place where this variant of char koay teow originated. It is so well received that many have taken the opportunity to setup their own char koay teow stalls in Penang. The many cockles and prawns are the biggest contributor to the koay teow’s tastiness.

17. Lebuh Acheh Beef Soup Koay Teow

beef soup koay teow

This is definitely the place for the best beef soup koay teow in Penang. You will regret if you didn’t try, no joke. And most Penangites refer this as the one “opposite balai bomba”. The other things I like are the tendons, tripe (soft jelly texture, nice) and thinly sliced beef which are cooked by quickly dipping them in the boiling soup.

16. Eel Fish Ball Noodle, Heng Seng Kopitiam

unagi fish ball soup

The noodle here was awarded one of the best street food in Penang. You could see the news being shown in the poster put up in front of the stall. It is a pity that Heng Seng’s Eel fish ball noodle does not receive as much publicity compared to other Penang hawker food. Because after Googling around I only found a few food bloggers who mentioned this place. Well I think they really deserve more.

15. Ngau Kee Beef Noodle, Tengkat Tong Shin

beef noodles

I hate to admit this, but Ngau Kee’s beef noodles taste nicer compared to Penang’s beef koay teow.. especially the dried one. Really hou hou sek. The beef soup is thick and flavorful, and the minced meat is just awesome.

14. Fong Keow Bak Kut Teh, Klang

fong keow bak kut teh

I look for tender and fresh meat, herbal thick and sweet soup in a good claypot of Bak Kut Teh. And Fong Keow doesn’t disappoint. Pork ribs were actually given, which made me a happier man lol.

Throughout the year 2008, I have blogged over 100 food related entries. Bak kut teh, dim sum, sushi, shabu shabu, Korean...

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Fancy Mee Corner Pan Mee Restaurant @ Desa Setapak, Wangsa Maju

Fancy Mee Corner at Desa Setapak, Wangsa Maju is a relatively new restaurant that specializes in Pan Mee, dumplings, snacks and homemade drinks. 爱面子 is the restaurant’s name in Chinese, which could be translated to ‘loving noodle and dumplings’. It opened about 6 months ago and promotes a unique home style feel on the second floor’s seating. Despite not being a huge pan mee fan, the cozy environment was attractive enough for me to pay them a visit.

fried-dumpling

There are roughly twenty snacks to choose from at Fancy Mee Corner. One of them is the Traditional Fried Dumpling @ RM4.20.

traditional-fried-dumpling

There’s nothing fancy about the nice dipping sauce, it’s simply Thai chili sauce with a dollop of mayonnaise at the center.

fried-pan-mee

Fried Pan Mee @ RM2.50 comes in a rather huge serving and it’s a novel dish created by the chef. It tastes like muruku, minus the spiciness. Quite an awesome snack for a cheap price and I gotta applaud the chef’s creativity. Who would have thought deep frying pan mee could be so tasty?
Best of all, the crunchiness was retained nicely even being left on the table for hours. I could see the potential of fried [tag]pan mee[/tag] being developed into a commercial snack.. I bet it will be popular among the younger people.

Fancy Mee Corner at Desa Setapak, Wangsa Maju is a relatively new restaurant that specializes in Pan Mee, dumplings, sna...

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Restaurant Shabu Shabu @ Bandar Puteri, Puchong

How did you celebrate your Christmas? Well, I kind of celebrated it over a shabu shabu meal at Restaurant Shabu Shabu located in Bandar Puteri Puchong. And since most of my friends have went back to hometown on the very day, I went alone. Sounds damn pity huh, lol.

shabu-shabu-conveyor-belt

Even after blogging about food for three years, I have yet to really get used to all the glares and stares from other customers when they see me whipping out my camera and taking photos. And the fact that I was eating alone made it looked even weirder, lol. If you spot any poor soul armed with a camera (especially those eating alone), try not to look please. Probably just a food blogger trying to do his/her thing.

abc-soup

Some things I like about Japanese [tag]shabu shabu[/tag] are the hygienic concept of not having to share your boiling pot, and easy heat control just by using two buttons (either warm or cook)
But, the most interesting thing for me about this particular restaurant is the shabu shabu ingredients that go around on the conveyor belt. It’s like eating [tag]steamboat[/tag], sushi style. If you think plain soup is too boring, you can find ABC soup ingredients to be added into your soup. It comes on the belt too so keep an eye for it ok.

shabu-shabu-sauce

How did you celebrate your Christmas? Well, I kind of celebrated it over a shabu shabu meal at Restaurant Shabu Shabu lo...

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Kam Hin Dim Sum Restaurant @ Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park

Kam Hin Restaurant at Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park serves very good dim sum and it is packed to the max during weekends. Needless to say, it is already a well known dim sum restaurant in KL.
Actually I didn’t know I was going to visit [tag]Kam Hin[/tag] when I first came here. Because, the person who recommended me this restaurant forgot its name and only recalls the direction to it. Luckily the restaurant’s location is pretty strategic so it was no sweat looking for it.

deep-fried-yam-with-prawn

The variety of [tag]dim sum[/tag] available at Kam Hin is a lot and even though I have been here a couple of times, I still couldn’t manage to try every of it. Starting off with the most expensive dim sum I ever had so far (yes, it’s even more expensive than the one I had at Eden) – Deep Fried Yam Paste Stuffed with Prawn @ RM8.
Again, I didn’t check the price first before I took it from the fried dim sum station. And to be honest, it certainly didn’t look like it was going to cost RM8, did it? LOL. Nevermind the price, it was deliciously crunchy on the outside and the prawns were fresh. Good stuff. Because of the yam paste, having a few of these will already make you full.

deep-fried-yam-paste-with-p

Another fried dim sum that cost RM8 (didn’t check again) – Deep Fried Yam Paste Stuffed with BBQ Pork (char siew) This is even more filling than the prawn one because the portion is bigger and the yam paste is thicker too. It was tasty at first but since there were only the two of us sharing it, it did get quite boring later lol.

Kam Hin Restaurant at Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park serves very good dim sum and it is packed to the max during weekends. Ne...

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