Archive for January, 2011
Ayu Mee Udang, this restaurant needs no further introduction. It is one of the most famous Mee Udang in Teluk Kumbar (Penang) and was featured in various TV shows.
Food price has increased recently, seafood is no exception. Here, the normal serving of Mee Udang costs RM15 while the special edition is priced at RM22. It is not cheap but I thought it was worthy of a try. When the noodles came I was like “dude, where’s my prawns?”
Steaks. Just mention this word and the first thought that come to mind is the expensiveness. Even more if you are going for quality cuts from prime beef. Luckily for me I have discovered Jake’s Charbroil Steaks, an affordable steakhouse located at Medan Damansara to satisfy my strong craving for steaks. If you didn’t know, Jake’s is also often referred as “the nice steakhouse along Sprint highway”. Anyway, it certainly would not cost a bomb to dine here (think Prime) but you are sure to get the same level of satisfaction.
Three types of breeds are available at Jake’s namely Wagyu, Black Angus and Australian Grain Fed, while the selection of cuts is typical of any steakhouse. The T-Bone/Porterhouse menu caught my attention immediately with a number of abbreviations like K, SK and SSK. Well, you guessed them right. They stand for King (K), Super King (SK) and SSK (Super Super King) sizes, used to describe the portion of steaks you are about to receive (subject to availability though).
Even the smallest T-Bone/Porterhouse weighs at 380gm, including the bone of course. You wouldn’t think I would settle just for the normal version right? But since they were out on the SK Porterhouse, I had to settle for the Australian Grain-Fed Porterhouse (K) @ 430gm @ medium rare @ RM59.
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If you are in Penang looking for Loh Bak, one of the places I would recommend you to try is at Kheng Pin Cafe. The coffee shop is located at the junction of Jalan Sri Bahari and Penang road. The owner and cook, whom I affectionately address as Uncle Lau is a friendly and chirpy man. Although his Loh Bak is delicious, what I like the most are his deep fried squid and prawn fritters, which are prepared upon order only to ensure freshness.
I asked Uncle Lau to prepare a person’s mixed portion for me, it was only a few bucks.
Believe it or not, after working for almost 6 years this is the first Sao Gong Zhao I attended. Although this dinner tradition is usually organized by companies or bosses to reward their staff before the start of Chinese New Year, I had it with some close friends instead.
Extra Super Tanker restaurant was our choice, well known for their creative signature dishes. But also notorious for being inconsistent with their quality. We took a bet I guess. The dinner started off great, the whole Roast Duck @ RM88 was delicious. This popular dish usually requires booking.
If it was RM88 for the duck alone I would have screamed “CRAZY!” But luckily it wasn’t the case. The RM88 also included the Mantao for sandwiching the Roast Duck Skin and a slice of crispy fried pancake. I usually find roast duck pancake very boring after a few but Extra Super Tanker’s (Roasted Duck in “Chinese Sandwich Style”) was really good. Too bad the portion was kind of fixed and had to be divided equally among us because I simply could not keep my hands off them.
Fried Crab Meat with Egg & Pine Nuts @ RM80, which I think is spin off from the sharks fin version you usually find at Chinese wedding dinners. Instead of sharks fin, more chunks of crab meat and pine nuts are used so the dish has a better flavor and texture value, not oily too. Some lettuce leaves are provided to wrap them up but I preferred to have it just as it is. OK OK, I admit I was just being lazy.