How time flies, 2009 is already coming to an end. This year I have written 156 posts, which comes to an average of 13 posts a month, or 3 posts weekly – quite consistent I think lol. To sum it off, 2009 has been a good year for my Food and Travel Blog, as I have finally managed to achieve a traffic of 2 million hits a year, with 60k uniques a month. You, as the reader is the reason why this could possibly happen. So I really thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support. THANKS!
Some of the most surprising things that happened to me were offers to host a short tv show, to be a food planner and to write for food magazine. To be honest I couldn’t have imagined my blog would have this type of attention when I first started.
But in the end, I have to decline all the offers because I had to go to Singapore to work. Besides that, I have also made the decision to stop accepting the so called “invited reviews”, because I find it hard to stay true to my opinions.
Anyway, looking back at what I have said at the end of 2008, that I wanted to focus on writing more on hawker and street food, I am glad to say I managed to fulfill it – although I did sway a little during the mid-year lol and blogged hell a lot of buffets.
So, this will be my last post for 2009 and instead of writing a new post, I’ve decided to compile a list of the good, bad and worst of my ‘eats’ and travels done in 2009. Just to be clear, the items mentioned below are from the list of stuff I have blogged in 2009 only, doesn’t mean it’s the best of the best yeah lol. Here goes!
BEST CHICKEN RICE
Tian Tian’s Chicken Rice is indeed very delicious and flavorful that it can be enjoyed even on its own. The rice’s firm texture played an important role too, giving it a nice biting sensation. Seriously, I did not expect rice could taste so good.
Petaling Jaya: Kee Kee Bentong Chicken Rice @ Kelana Jaya
Kee Kee’s chicken is bigger in size with yellower than usual skin, that’s because the birds used are claimed to be corn-fed. And although the chicken was chopped into big pieces, it was still tender and juicy, even the breast meat! I really enjoyed it. I think the secret is to not fully cook the chicken, this is pretty evident from the meat’s slight pinkish color and the trace of blood visible in the bones.
Halal version: Haron Satay @ East Coast Lagoon Food Village
What makes Haron Satay really stand out is the marination of the satay meat. I just never tasted any juicier, tender satay that could be so flavorful even eaten on its own. Even after being dipped into the peanut sauce, the meat’s marinade dominates the taste through the burst of flavor upon chewing. Simply delicious.
Non Halal version: Kwong Satay @ Geylang Lorong 29
The primary reason I liked Kwong Satay so much is because it tasted very similar those in Malaysia. Each stick of satay is priced at $0.40 each, a slight increase from the old price of $0.35. Being affordable and delicious, it easily became one of the bests satay I have had so far.
BEST PRAWN MEE
The soup served in the mini wok has a much redder hue as well as a sweeter, prawny flavor – seems to be prepared using a more intense stock. While waiting for my order I observed the preparation process. I noticed the tiger prawns were cooked by swishing them in a separate pot of soup, which could very well be source the extra flavor.
Petaling Jaya: Penang Prawn Mee @ O & S Coffee Shop, Taman Paramount
At Taman Paramount Petaling Jaya there’s already an impressive prawn noodle stall that can beat most of the Penang ones. I was at KL three weeks ago to meet up with some friends and we had our lunch at O & S Coffee Shop.
BEST NASI LEMAK
If you like your nasi lemak with extra ingredients then you gotta give Village Park @ Damansara Uptown a try. Besides plain nasi lemak, they offer various dishes as additional add-ons like ayam goreng rempah, sambal udang, sambal petai and even rendang.
BEST AIS KACANG
I have to say they really did not skimp on the ingredients as generous amount of peanuts, red beans, grass jelly, sweet corn and atapchi were given. For me it’s super valuable. There’s simply no way you can purchase a bowl of Ais Kacang laden with so much toppings for only RM3.50 in KL.
The soft shaved ice, sweet tasting with a hint of refreshing Sarsi flavor was a perfect treat in the hot afternoon. Every mouthful taken is met with interesting textures of the crunchy peanuts, tender-soft red beans, smooth grass jelly and chewy atapchi. Just great.
How time flies, 2009 is already coming to an end. This year I have written 156 posts, which comes to an average of 13 po...