I am extra picky when it comes to Penang food found outside the state – whether in a hawker center, cafe or restaurant. Most of them are just bad if compared to the real deal, which is understandable so I have always distanced myself from such places. So, are there really no good eateries in Klang Valley to cure the homesickness of Penangites? Well, there is one called Gurney Delight Cafe at Kota Kemuning.
The menu features all the familiar Penang’s signature specialties such as Assam Laksa, Hokkien Mee, Char Koay Teow, Curry Mee etc and they are reasonably priced @ RM5.50. Well, except for a few that are more elaborate.
The Hokkien Mee (also known as Prawn Noodle in the rest of Malaysia) is a must try here, true to the authentic Penang style where the soup is already mildly spicy on its own – so tasty we slurped up every last drop. Price wise it is more than reasonable considering the generous amount of toppings that include some pork ribs as well.
2nd must try – Hokkien Char, something that is underappreciated outside Penang. So far as reputation is concerned, this dish is equivalent to the KL’s Hokkien Mee, which kind of explains why they don’t do well in each other’s territory. Seasoning aside, both of them actually share quite a number of similarities since they are of Hokkien origin. Taste wise, Hokkien Char emphasizes more on the seafood flavor and the quality of sambal belacan, whereas a good Hokkien Mee is usually judged based on the ‘wok hei’. Regardless, they must be topped with ‘chee yau char’ and eaten with a dollop of sambal (the soul of the dish) for maximum enjoyment.
First thing first, enough of Ramadhan Buffet. I think I have blogged enough of it for this year. So, what’s better than Ramadhan Buffet? Definitely Bazaar Ramadhan. Every year during Ramadan month I will go to the bazaar nearest to my place, which is usually smaller in scale. But this year I decided to do something different and visit a more grand one instead. Many people are saying that the Bazaar Ramadhan at Shah Alam Stadium is very huge and also the best in Malaysia.
When I reached Shah Alam Stadium’s entrance yesterday evening, I was shocked to see not a single tent in sight. Luckily there was a guard around and he told us that the bazaar is actually held on the other side of the stadium, on a carpark to be exact. If not for that I would have gone home already lol. For me I feel the best time to visit the bazaar is around 4pm (weekends, of course) when there’s lesser people – you get to survey the stalls more comfortably and freely.
The first thing that caught our attention was the Ayam Golek. It was simply the highlight of the Bazaar Ramadhan. It’s hard not to feel fascinated by the number of skewered whole chickens being barbecued slowly over gas and charcoal in a rotational movement. They were also perfect for photos and I am going to show lots, and I mean lots of them lol.
Some Ayam Golek stations have an automatic roller, while some still required manual rotation.
When they are ready they will be taken to the stall front and sold hot and fresh. The price for a whole bird ranged from RM12 to RM15, depending on the size.
Because Ayam Golek is barbecued over slow fire the meat is very juicy and tender, even the chicken breast part.
We bought half a bird from Restoran Jaring @ RM8 and it was sooooooo good. The marinate was just a simple combination of honey and lemongrass but the taste and aroma of the chicken was just so so great.
They say better buy Ayam Golek barbecued over charcoal than gas because gas might be poisonous? I don’t really know lol.
Food on sticks, not exactly tasty but the children love it.
Barbecued Chicken Wings @ RM1.50 each.
Pan fried skewers.
It’s good to know the chefs were wearing face masks amidst the H1N1 flu outbreak.
Jugs of cendol selling for RM3 each, so tempting and colorful. Click here to continue reading >
A short chit chat with Serai Satay Bar‘s owner Qistina revealed that their family restaurant – Serai Thai at Shah Alam serves one of the best Butter Prawn in Malaysia as voted by readers of The Star in 2008.
Because Shah Alam is too far for me and I am not familiar with the city, I never really dared to venture there. And the many number of roundabouts in Shah Alam is pretty scary for unfamiliar people too. But with the help of my new found gadget – a GPS unit loaded with malfreemaps, going to Serai Thai was no sweat.
Maybe due to Ramadhan month, the restaurant was said to be full when we called in to make a reservation at 7pm. After breaking fast hour the restaurant was almost empty and we were the only customers lol. This is the highly regarded Butter Prawn, priced at RM30 and had 7 medium sized prawns. Do you know that Butter Prawn’s recipe was created in Malaysia?
Now I wouldn’t say Serai Thai’s Butter Prawn is the best in Malaysia but it was good alright. I found the prawns to be a little tough, maybe overcooked. The desired springy texture in the prawn was just lacking. Click here to continue reading >
This curry laksa @ curry noodle stall is introduced by none other than my dear gf. When she was working as a industrial trainee in [tag]Shah Alam[/tag], her colleagues always brought her to Glenmarie for the famous curry laksa. She has been telling me how good the curry laksa tasted, which I can only ponder. After returning to Cyberjaya to work, I finally have the opportunity to try it.