Archive for April, 2009
A stone throw away from KTZ at Kepong Baru is One Noodle, a Hong Kong char chan teng type of restaurant that serve mainly noodles and dim sum.
If you didn’t know, One Noodle is also a subsidiary of The Fruitti Stall just like KTZ. And because of this, the noodles you ordered at KTZ Kepong Baru are actually prepared at One Noodle then delivered to you by the waiters across the road on foot. Because only certain noodles are available at KTZ, you gotta head to the One Noodle’s outlet if you want to see and try the actual full menu.
I was particularly interested in the Superior Seafood La Mein @ RM13.80. When the noodles arrived I knew I made the correct choice lol. Just look at the the generous portion of seafood given.. there were prawns, mussels, scallops and clams! Click here to continue reading >
Warning: Very UNHALAL post ahead, photos may be unappetizing for some. View at your own risk.
One of the popular food in Bukit Mertajam‘s is Koay Chap – 粿汁 / 粿什, a Teochew (some say Swatow) dish combining koay teow like noodles and stewed pork and duck. It can be considered a rather rare food in Penang because of limited availability. Only certain places offer Koay Chap so good ones are quite difficult to find.
The Koay Chap stall I am about to show has been selling for decades and is very popular among BM people. Even so, it was only my first time trying it, paiseh. By the way, did I already mention this post contains very UNHALAL and not-so-appetizing photos? lol just a reminder. Click here to continue reading >
Last weekend Senjyu Sushi organized a food tasting session in conjunction with the launch of their new menu at Cineleisure. Based on my first visit, my impression on Senjyu Sushi is that they are more sophisticated and cater for Japanese food lovers who are ready to take their culinary experience to the next level – like having Wagyu and Foie Gras in their sushi.
Albeit pricey, I found the food was great and memorable. So, when I was invited by Yi Wen from Senjyu Sushi I was thrilled to know that I would be trying out some new dishes. And if I were to go alone I would not be able to finish the food planned for the tasting session so I got KampungboyCitygal to go along too.
Senjyu Sushi’s new menu, now full with photos to help customers when ordering food – definitely a good improvement. It’s great to have pictorial descriptions because I found myself asking the waiters to explain to me some of the menu items in my last visit lol.
Instead of having green tea, we were served Flower Tea instead. The Flower Tea comes in a transparent glass pot with a bundle of dried flowers @ RM9.90. Just add hot water and watch how the ball-shaped dried flower slowly blooms into a flower shape as the tea steeps.
All three Flower Tea available at Senjyu Sushi – Jasmine Feary, Fancy Corbeil and Seven Belle have Jasmine Flower as one of the ingredients.
Shown here is a pot of Fancy Corbeil consisting of Jasmine flower, globe amaranth flower, pot marigold and green tea leaves. It was mildly fragrant with a nice aftertaste.
We started off with Oyster Sashimi @ RM12. The oysters at Senjyu Sushi are at least of L size and were air flown all the way from Canada. They are only shucked upon order to ensure the highest freshness and quality.
The fat, juicy oyster was definitely fresh – enjoyable even on its own. Citrus Ponzu Sauce and Tabasco sauce are optional for additional seasoning.
Lobster Salad @ RM16.90 – a mix of lobster and vegetables served with house dressing, which was provided separately. I felt it was OK but could be better if only more lobster meat was provided.
I never really liked the taste of Kimchi but Salmon Kimchi Nabe (Salmon served in spicy Kimchi soup) was acceptable for me because the Kimchi’s sourness was not too strong.
Besides salmon slices, lots of vegetables like Enoki mushrooms, Chinese mushrooms, carrot, leek, cabbage and tofu were cooked together in the pot of Kimchi soup sitted on a lighted wooden stove.
Next was another sashimi made with Giant Sweet Shrimp called Botan Ebi Sashmi @ RM18. Click here to continue reading >
By the time we reached our hotel after returning from whitewater rafting, it was already 8.30pm and KampungboyCitygal was waiting for us for dinner.
Not sure where to go, we asked Lavender Lodge’s owner to recommend us some seafood restaurants which the locals usually patronize. And Salut, Luyang and Gayang were suggested.
After considering time and cost factor, we decided to give Luyang Seafood Restaurant at Luyang (yes, the restaurant has the same name as the location) a try because it was the nearest and also the cheapest via taxi (RM12). Other places like Salut and Gayang would have taken at least 40 minutes to reach and the taxi wanted to charge us a whopping RM120!
I think we were unlucky to reach at Luyang quite late because most of the seafood like prawns and clams were finished. Not even a single clam or prawn was left lol. We were only left with fish and crab, which Luyang Restaurant was famous for.
Our first dish was Spicy and Sour Crabs @ RM28/kg for the female mud crabs.
I had quite high expectation in this dish actually, since it was supposed to be Luyang’s signature dish. Looks wise it was already a winner but I felt it the crabs weren’t anywhere spectacular.
The gravy, initially quite tasty turned jelly like after being left cold and the crab meats always stuck to the shell, making the peeling even more difficult. At one point we were so frustrated with all the hard work peeling the crabs (and so little flesh!) we wanted to stop eating altogether lol.
After a disappointing first dish, things started to look up with the arrival of Braised Garoupa in Claypot – RM25 if not mistaken. The Garoupa was meaty and flavorful, really nice especially when it was still warm. Click here to continue reading >