Archive for June, 2012
Melaka‘s Wantan Mee is one of a kind and you should give it a try whenever you pop by the state. Hailing from Penang where the Wantan Mee is prepared in dark soya sauce and eaten together with pickled chillies, I must admit that the Malaccan (or southern Malaysia) style of Wantan Mee seems weird to me at first – especially the part where they mix the chilli sauce directly into the noodles. I have no issues with the noodles being white though, as the Wantan Mee I grew up eating with looks about the same.
For those who are new to this style of Wantan Mee, I would suggest the stall at Dung Fong coffee shop for a start. To the locals, it is more often referred as ‘Bukit Cina Wantan Mee‘. Anyway, the reason I recommend this particular stall is due to the fact that it changed my perception towards the Malaccan Wantan Mee, while the rest failed. Instead of feeeling it is weird, I actually enjoyed it and am able to appreciate the chilli sauce. My only gripes on the noodles would be the slight oiliness and the ‘red coloring’ char siew.
You will find steamboat restaurants in every nook and cranny of Kepong, no wonder people call it a steamboat town. Next on our trying list was Tai Tao (Big Head) at Bandar Menjalara – an ever-busy steamboat restaurant that is always packed especially on weekends. Although there are not many online reviews about this place, the busyness should be a good indication of things to come. Yeah, that assumption is not always accurate, but I guess it is better than trying out a restaurant that is void of customers.
A steamboat set here is only RM16 per pax, which is slightly lower (but not cheapest) than the standard price in Kepong.
The ingredients in the set are pretty much self-explanatory by looking at the photo so I am not going into details. I have been writing so many steamboat related posts that I feel many of them are just a repetition of each other. But if there is anything worth highlighting then it would be the freshness of the seafood.
In Melaka there are two well-known places for Char Siew. One of them is at Batu Berendam (Chuen How), which I blogged about not too long ago while the other can be found at Jalan Bunga Raya‘s food court. Luckily both of them open at different times so you could actually try both of them in the same day if you wish.
The Jalan Bunga Raya one is only open for lunch and most of the customers are here to take away. You can also opt to eat at the food court but do note that the seats are rather limited. But for some, they don’t even mind sitting right in front of the stall where the chopping of all the roast meat takes place. It could be a an interesting experience if you ask me. Anyway if you are eating in, please just grab a seat immediately and you will be served quickly. You only need to queue if you are taking away.
The Char Siew here is done very similarly to the Chuen How’s, in which they look and taste like strips of ‘bakkwa’ (Chinese pork jerky – ‘yuk gon’) The thing about this variation of Char Siew is that they usually have a nice distribution of fat and meat, tastes more tender and less guilt in each bite. Unless, of course, if you requested for the fattier cuts. Besides roast meat you will also find a number of side dishes here, albeit not as many choices as Chuen How. From what I see the french beans and fried eggs are two of the more popular choices among the customers.
If you are in Bangsar early in the morning you will notice there are two restaurants that are exceptionally busy compared to the rest. One of them is Antipodean Cafe along Jalan Telawi, while the other is Plan B inside Bangsar Village 1. It is not hard to understand why Plan B is so popular and always packed to the brim.
Besides having a unique and quirky decor (especially Journal by Plan B at Publika) that definitely helps in attracting customers, their Internet presence is very strong as well. Just try to Google for “Plan B” or any restaurant under The Big Group, you will see what I mean.
Plan B’s menu is described as modern Aussie-meets-New York-deli, which features a wide selection of hearty breakfasts, salads, sandwiches, pasta and a variety of cakes and pastries. If you are here in the morning before 11am, do note that only a handful of items are available – mostly breakfast stuff.
The Breakfast Platter @ RM26 – a standard affair that comes with two eggs of any style on toast, grilled turkey bacon, hash brown, smoked chicken sausage, baked beans, sauteed mushrooms and roasted tomatoes.
And of course the set includes a glass of fresh orange juice and a choice of coffee or tea as well.