Archive for February, 2011
When I was working in Singapore I used to call home every alternate day to check on my family, especially my new-born nephew who I adore and love playing with. The calls’ duration varies, usually less than 10 minutes and sometimes stretching to half an hour. With that, I could easily make fifteen to twenty calls home a month. And just by that without doing anything extra, I am already on my way to win a Volswagen Golf TSi or a Blackberry Torch 9800 smartphone!
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One special Har Mee (Prawn Noodle) in Penang uses mantis prawn to enhance the sweetness of the noodles. This stall at Sim Kin San Coffee Shop at the end of Rangoon Road has a ‘parent’ stall at another coffee shop just across the street. Ah Soon Kor Har Mee is named after the son (previously unnamed) who is going to take the helm when the father and original cook fully retires.
Depending on the cook, actually there are a few ways to prepare the prawn noodle’s soup. It could be prawn only, prawn + pork bones or pork bones only. Here, the pure prawn or pure pork bones version are available. The latter is not so common and would depend largely on the chili paste that is infused with prawn flavor. If you are not local and only here for only one-off tasting, get the special version @ RM5 to RM7 that comes with mantis prawn, ribs, some intestines (tell him to exclude if you’re not a fan) and roast pork.
Ying Ker Lou – an expensive looking and award winning restaurant that claims to serve authentic and MSG free Chinese-Hakka cuisine. If it’s not for their tea time dim sum promotion, I don’t think I’d ever step in for a meal. But also thanks to the promotion, I wouldn’t have the desire to dine there anymore. But just to be clear, this post is only valid for reference if you intend to try their tea time promotion. Their “normal hour” food could paint a different story though.
I will start with the dim sum we liked most – Steamed Siew Mai with Prawns @ RM6. The compact texture is a rarity in Siew Mai, plus the prawns were fresh and intensely sweet so there was really nothing to fault with it.
Hakka Bamboo Shoot Dumplings @ RM5, the skin was way too chewy while the fillings tasted forgettable.
My latest steak-adventure brought me to Las Vacas at SS5 Kelana Jaya, a meat shop cum steak joint that is enjoying a growing popularity among steak lovers recently. They even opened a branch at Mont Kiara not too long ago. So you could say the owners made a smart move by venturing into restaurant business.
While almost everyone is raving about their steaks, sadly my dining experience was marred by a rodent incident. I don’t know why but things like bad service and cleanliness issues seem to find me on their own lol. For example, Kin Kin Chili Pan Mee and that Soo Kee Sang Har Meen. Anyway, more about that later.
Basically there are four types of meat served here: Wagyu, Angus, Grain Fed and Grass Fed and three types of cuts: Ribeye, Striploin and Rump. We were not prepared to fork out for the premium meat just as yet since we were just testing the water. I had the Ribeye Angus @ RM28/100gm.
One thing I like about Las Vacas is the courteousness shown by the owners. They would engage you about your meat preferences and recommend accordingly along with the serving size. Then he would cut the meat at the counter and send it to the kitchen.