Archive for April, 2010
Yi Xin Ge 一心阁 is a Bak Kut Teh restaurant at People’s Park, Kelana Jaya that has been around for more than 25 years. Their first outlet was initially opened at Petaling Jaya Section 14 but moved to it current location later. Business starts as early as 6.30am and it is said to be the favorite Bak Kut Teh of former Malaysian badminton legend Datuk Eddy Choong.
The founder of Yi Xin Ge is a Bak Kut Teh lover himself. After experimenting with various recipes to prepare his own Bak Kut Teh he finally came up with one good enough even to setup him own shop. The soup here is clearer, slightly sweeter with a mild herb taste – and actually a lot milder if compared to the other Bak Kut Teh shops in Klang Valley.
The sweet taste is attributed to the fact that they use a lot of yu zhu – 玉竹 (stem of Solomon’s Seal) often used for its natural sweetness in flavoring Chinese herbal soup. A hint of Ginseng taste could be detected as well.
After hearing so much about Madras Lane‘s famous kaya (coconut jam) I purposely went to search for it and now I know Kiah Hong coffee shop is the kopitiam that serves this traditional spread. I thought it was going to be difficult to find the coffee shop, as there was not much being mentioned about this famous kaya except its street name in Penang.
If you travel along Macalister Road often and did not know about this coffee shop, well we are in the same boat. Because Kiah Hong is fronted by trees making it quite hidden from sight and not really noticeable especially if you’re driving.
Here, two slices of toasted bread spreaded with margarine and their very own kaya, two half boiled eggs and a cup of coffee cost RM3.60. A reasonable price if you ask me.
Kiah Hong uses crust-less Bengali bread for the toasts, known for its fluffiness. Although the toast slices are quite thick, it was nicely toasted and still felt crunchy all over. A spoonful of castor sugar is also given at the side of the plate to dip the toast with and one bite instantly brought back the childhood memories. With that said, do kids nowadays still use lunch box, inside containing peanut butter or butter sandwich with castor sugar? I doubt so lol.
Wahiro is a family run Japanese restaurant located at Roxy Square, Katong that provides authentic Japanese cuisine. The dishes are prepared with fresh air-flown ingredients from Japan at a reasonable price – reasonable in the sense that you get what you paid for.
Although the prices are a notch higher than its counterparts, I didn’t really mind because good service was rendered, the staff is knowledgeable and most importantly the food was great for me. No wonder it is one of the most well-received Japanese restaurant in Singapore. So I consider myself lucky to have discovered and dined at Wahiro before returning to Malaysia.
I chose the special Sushi Set @ $50 from the dinner menu for its variety of dishes served on a course-by-course basis. First was a mini Otsukuri consisting some of the chef’s selection of the freshest sashimi of the day – Hamachi, Maguro and Sake.
Then some mini Japanese appetizers served in small Chinese tea cups – Salmon Roe, tangy and spicy Seaweed, and Baby Squids served with mustard sauce. The latter two were new to me and I liked them. Not too much of a fan of Salmon Roe personally because of its fishy and salty taste.
Not long ago I popped into Petaling Jaya for the weekend to meet up with my friend who stays at Aman Suria. Not far away from his house (walking distance in fact) is Betty’s Midwest Kitchen, a restaurant serving American styled food specializing in Midwest cuisine ranging from soups, sandwiches, to pork chops and burgers.
I didn’t know about Betty’s because it was only opened about 6 months ago and I was at Singapore all the while. But I am quite surprised with the popularity it managed to achieve in such a short period. I believe the bloggers who shared their dining experience at Betty’s is a contributing factor.
Jucy Lucy is a hamburger that uses a grilled pattie consisting of both beef and pork. Hidden within the thick patty is a melted cheese core that flows out if you cut it early. But it is recommended to leave the hamburger to rest and cool down for a while even after it has been served to to avoid burning your tongue.
Jucy Lucy is priced at RM13.50 and it comes with a substantial amount of fries. While the hamburger’s name suggests a juicy experience, it was rather quite the opposite. I felt the patty was a little too dry for my liking and it didn’t hold up together really well. A crumbling patty in a burger makes it difficult to enjoy or even eaten properly.
But luckily they provide fork and spoon so it didn’t turn out to be a big mess. That aside, the seasoning was well done and the overall flavor could be a pleasant surprise for people who are trying it for the first time. It has this refreshing taste, which I believe comes from one of the leafy ingredients present in the meat patty.