Archive for June, 2011
For those who are already working I am sure you have a list of affordable places for lunch – me too. We even took the extra effort to maintain an Excel list that will help us randomize a makan place if we were undecided. If you ask me, I consider any meals under RM10 still affordable, cheap if it is under RM5. Well, if you’re working in Petaling Jaya then you might want to try this nasi lemak I am going to talk about. Hopefully it is good enough for you as a new entry in that list of yours.
But of course I did not stumble on this nasi lemak by accident because a colleague actually recommended it to me. When I asked if ‘kah liu’ (adding toppings) was available and he replied “Of course, there are mutton curry, chicken, sotong etc” – I was sold as soon as mutton was mentioned.
Bangsar has a quite a number of Indian restaurants to explore and one of them is Spice Garden Express. The first branch actually openend in Genting Highlands in 2003 and they have 4 branches in Klang Valley now. We came here based on the recommendation of our Indian collegue who is also the same guy who brought us to Anjappar. The menu is quite extensive and so is the variety, as Spice Garden serves Northern and Southern Indian food and Middle Eastern cuisine as well.
Lamb Seekh Kebab @ RM11.90 – the texture is a bit dry but still manage to taste quite good.
Chutneys and mint sauce.
The Garlic Naan @ RM3.90/pc is wonderful, tastes fresh from the oven with a fragrant and buttery crisp. We had this together with the kebab earlier, great for mopping up the gravies too.
Usually I am not too keen on eating at chain restaurants and even if I do, I would proceed with caution. Well, except for fast food. And since I basically eat anything, I never had a problem eating out anywhere. But if you are planning a meal for a group of people of different races and religions it could be a real headache. That’s when these chain restaurants come into place. Most of the time they have menu for vegetarians, take reservations, accept credit cards and perhaps more importantly – halal.
For convenience’s sake, Delicious at Mid Valley was selected for a meal function recently. My eyes almost popped out looking at the menu because everything is so expensive! Honestly, I am not too excited about Delicious so I am going to keep this one short and say that all the food we had was just average at best, unless stated otherwise.
Pan Seared Cod served with Sauteed Prawns on Ratatouille & Fried Potatoes @ RM48.90 – the best thing about this is the prawns, fresh with a crunchy bite. The cod however, had the fishiest taste to ever cross my tongue.
I could still remember my first time having the Char Koay Teow at Kedai Kopi Sin Hwa opposite the Pulau Tikus police station. It was particularly memorable due to the non-existant parking space (near to market) and the coffee shop was unusually stuffy with little ventilation. And of course, the Char Koay Teow is kind of special too, as it comes with squids and you have the option of ‘upgrading’ it to a duck egg version for extra 50 cents.
Instead of relying on the seafood sweetness achieved by using huge prawns, Sin Hwa’s Char Koay Teow is red hot, which focuses more on wok hei and spiciness – the oomph factor. And not to mention cheaper too compared to those selling at a crazy price of RM7-RM10 per plate.