Malaysia Food & Travel Blog http://www.vkeong.com vkeong blogs about food in Klang Valley, Penang, Melaka and beyond Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:01:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Penang Food @ Restoran Penang Corner, Kepong http://www.vkeong.com/restoran-penang-corner-kepong/ http://www.vkeong.com/restoran-penang-corner-kepong/#respond Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:57:22 +0000 http://www.vkeong.com/?p=4369 Just a quick update to let you guys know that Penang Corner has shifted to a larger stall a few doors away from their previous location. With the extra space, it's more like a mini food court now and they could accommodate more stalls in it too.

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Just a quick update to let you guys know that Penang Corner has shifted to a larger stall a few doors away from their previous location. With the extra space, it’s more like a mini food court now and they could accommodate more stalls in it too.
So since last week, besides their usual offerings you can also enjoy ABC and Char Koay Teow here as well. At night, another operator takes over and sells Penang style fried noodles.


Penang Corner White Curry Mee

Food consistency is still the main reason I keep returning. And since my last post, I noticed an improvement in their chili paste meant for the white curry mee. So I always go home satisfied after a meal here. You’d also be pleased to know that prices remain the same at RM5.50 a bowl.

Penang Corner Prawn Mee

Penang style Prawn Mee is only available in the weekends and if you intend to try it, do come as early as possible as it tends to sell out quickly. My advice is to reach here in the morning before the lunch crowd starts to pour in.
My verdict? It’s authentic and different from the rest in KL. It is primarily spicy with adequate prawn flavor and does not taste artificially sweetened with sugar. I also like that they used braised egg for it too.

Penang Corner Char Koay Teow

Though not fantastic, the Char Koay Teow is decent enough for a try and they are not stingy with the ingredients.

Penang Corner Koay Teow Soup


Koay Teow Soup Minced Pork Meat

This was my first time having their Koay Teow Soup and I have to say it’s really delicious.

Penang Corner Ice Kacang

Despite looking good and all, I can’t recommend the ABC here because the gula melaka has a bitter aftertaste. But there seems to be a lot of people who enjoy it.

Penang Corner Restaurant Kepong

Restoran Penang Corner

Jalan Kepong Baru
Business hour: 8am till finish
Closed on alternate Mondays

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Chen Brothers Durian & Fruit – Best Durian Stall in Kepong http://www.vkeong.com/chen-brothers-durian-fruit-best-durian-kepong/ http://www.vkeong.com/chen-brothers-durian-fruit-best-durian-kepong/#comments Wed, 22 Jun 2016 04:39:48 +0000 http://www.vkeong.com/?p=4367 If you are looking for great quality durians, I will recommend Chen Brothers Durian & Fruit in Kepong Baru. Compared to the other more popular durian stalls in KL or PJ, Chen Brothers is not only cheaper, they are also the most experienced in the trade.

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Durian Stall Kepong

When it comes to durian, the price actually comes secondary. Reputation and the quality of a durian stall are the more important things to consider before your spend your hard earned money. Good durians do not come cheap, they are rare because the best ones are exported. So they are definitely worth paying that extra few bucks.


Musang King Durian Kepong

Lets say you have been buying from a regular durian stall and you know the fruits are good, my advice is to stick to them. Try not to buy from random stalls that pop up once in a while, especially those that employ foreign workers. Even though they might be a couple bucks cheaper (per kg) you will probably end up buying sub-par quality durians.

Tekka Bamboo Leg Durian

If you are looking for great quality durians, I will recommend Chen Brothers Durian & Fruit in Kepong Baru. Compared to the other more popular durian stalls in KL or PJ, Chen Brothers is not only cheaper, they are also the most experienced in the trade.
That being said, don’t expect them to be the cheapest in town because like I mentioned earlier, you get what you pay for.

Chen Brothers Durian Stall Kepong

And like any other reputable sellers, they will guarantee that the fruits you get are 100% edible in the sense that they won’t be ‘potato’ (half ripe), unripe or have worms.
In case any of these things happen, they will be more than happy to exchange or reimburse any problematic pulps. I have bought from them a couple of times and so far, I have never been disappointed.

Kepong D24 Durian

For those who love D24, you’d be pleased to know that Chen Brothers’ carry lots of them in exceptional quality. They usually have those ‘high mountain’ or ‘old tree’ stocks with green and grey husks.

High Mountain D24 Durian

Compared to the normal D24 that have whitish flesh, these are yellow with an outstanding taste – creamy, sweet and bitter.

Packed Musang King Durian


Musang King Durian

Musang King is always a safe bet so you won’t go wrong with it. They usually have two types – grade A or grade AB which is usually determined by their size.
Price wise the difference is about RM8-10/per kg. Just for your reference purpose, I bought the D24 @ RM19/kg and AB Musang King @ RM32/kg yesterday. It might be cheaper or more expensive depending on the season.

Kepong Chen Brothers Durian Stall


Chen Brothers Durian & Fruit Kepong

So if you have been duped by durian sellers in the past and are looking for a reliable one, don’t hesitate to buy from Chen Brothers. I am sure you will be pleased with the service, honesty and more importantly the quality of fruits they offer. Lastly, vacuum packing is also available here – great for those who plan to bring durian overseas.

Chen Brothers Durian & Fruit

Jalan Mergastua (Kepong Baru Durian Street)
Tel: 019-393 6877 (Chong) / 012-233 2613 (Kai) / 017-338 1366 (Foo)
Business hours: 1pm till finish

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Thirdwave Cafe & Restaurant @ Nexus, Bangsar South http://www.vkeong.com/thirdwave-cafe-bangsar-south/ http://www.vkeong.com/thirdwave-cafe-bangsar-south/#respond Mon, 20 Jun 2016 17:07:59 +0000 http://www.vkeong.com/?p=4364 Instead of playing it safe and replicating other cafes' success, Thirdwave cafe at Nexus, Bangsar South is willing to experiment with new recipes that translate into unique and creative dishes. The menu is extensively diverse so you ought to find something you like.

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Instead of playing it safe and replicating other cafes’ success, Thirdwave cafe at Nexus, Bangsar South is willing to experiment with new recipes that translate into unique and creative dishes. The menu is extensively diverse so you ought to find something you like.


Thirdwave Jackie's Bao

A dozen of new dishes were introduced recently, and all of them look interesting and equally tempting. One of them is Jackie’s Bao @ RM23 in which its name is a play on the ingredient that sets it apart – jackfruit.

Jackfruit Chicken with Bun

I thought it was a bold move that paid off, as their flavors compliment each other in harmony. The jackfruit taste is subtle but present which I think it’s the reason why this dish works. I highly recommend it unless you have a disdain for jackfruit.

Thirdwave Duck Confit Waffle with Ice Cream


Thirdwave Bacon Flavored Ice Cream

The Duck, Waffle & Ice Cream @ RM35 might be too edgy for some but if you appreciate a good duck confit then you should seriously give this a try.
The meat is cooked nicely and it has a refined and shredded texture when you cut into it. As for the waffle and ice cream, I think they are alright. Personally I’d love for the ice cream to have a stronger bacon flavor as not to be overpowered by the duck’s saltiness.

Thirdwave Fried Chicken Waffle


Thirdwave Crispy Fried Chicken

If you don’t fancy duck but still want to have something with the waffle, you could opt for their Guilty Pleasure @ RM27. It’s also one of the best selling item here.
The unassuming looking chicken thigh was actually sous vided, so the flesh inside is not under-cooked nor overcooked and still remains juicy. Not to mention the skin is flaky and crispy too. As for the waffle, it’s served with a dollop of slightly spicy maple peanut butter spread. It was quite special.

Thirdwave Love in Provence Seafood Stew

For something hearty and delicious to share you won’t go wrong with the Love in Provence @ RM26. It’s a tomato-based seafood stew that encompasses a selection of fresh and perfectly cooked seafood like prawns, seabass, squid and blue mussel. Since the portion is large, it’s value for money.

Thirdwave Ice Cream Sandwich

Dessert wise you’d be spoilt for choice considering Thirdwave has its own in-house dessert team. Besides the usual slice cakes, you can also indulge in some of the prettiest looking treats and ice creams in town. We decided to try their homemade ice cream sandwich platter @ RM32, in which four flavors are served in smaller size.

Dark Chocolate Rose Ice Cream Sandwich

Among all, we liked the Dark Chocolate & Rose and Pandan Kaya the most and should be on top of your list to try. That being said, if you are not in the mood for ice cream, do check out their Romeo & Juliet (Google it) – the presentation alone is reason enough to order them.

Thirdwave Coffee and Chocolate

Thirdwave serves double espresso by default so you can expect nice and bold tasting coffee here. Price wise it’s standard cafe pricing so no complaints about that.

Nexus Bangsar South Chillin' Facebook Contest

Lastly, don’t forget to check out Chillin’ 2016 Facebook Contest @ Nexus Bangsar South Campaign on Bangsar South Facebook Page and stand a chance to win RM300 worth of Nexus Gift Vouchers each week! The contest runs from 7 June 2016 to 1 July 2016.

Thirdwave Cafe Bangsar South


Thirdwave Cafe Restaurant Bangsar South

Thirdwave Cafe

Unit 1.11, Nexus, Bangsar South,
Kampung Kerinchi, 59200 KL
Business hours: Mon – Thur (10am – 10.30pm), Fri – Sat (10am – 12am), Sun (10am – 10.30pm)
Tel: 03-2242 2126

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Babeloo Roast Pork @ Kepong Baru http://www.vkeong.com/babeloo-roast-pork-kepong-baru/ http://www.vkeong.com/babeloo-roast-pork-kepong-baru/#respond Sat, 18 Jun 2016 07:34:58 +0000 http://www.vkeong.com/?p=4362 I'd say Babeloo's roast pork is quite good and I enjoy the lovely thick crackling that coats the meat. Flavor wise it's different from those you get at the chicken rice stalls (not those melt in your mouth kind too), as it's seasoned differently.

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Babeloo Roast Pork Van

If this roast pork van looks familiar to you, that’s probably because you have seen them around KL – there are 5 of them anyway. Babeloo is their name and I believe it’s referenced from the proprietor’s name. One of their vans is stationed in Kepong Baru and it’s operated by one of his friendly sons.
We are not considered their regular customers since we only buy from them like once a month. There are other customers who buy from Babeloo religiously, especially during Chinese festivals.

Roast Pork Kepong

For reference purpose, here’s what you get for RM19. They used to entertain orders of RM5-6 last time, but now the minimum order is at least RM12 – not a biggie though if you ask me.

Roast Pork Babeloo


Roast Pork Skin


Chinese Roast Pork


Babeloo Roast Pork Kepong

I’d say his roast pork is quite good and I enjoy the lovely thick crackling that coats the meat. Flavor wise it’s different from those you get at the chicken rice stalls (not those melt in your mouth kind too), as Babeloo seasons it differently.
Basically, you have two choices here: sweet and aromatic, or salty. I’d recommend trying the sweet one first (in fact it’s still quite salty) to gauge your personal liking. And as usual, come early for the best parts as they tend to finish quicker.

Roast Pork


Babeloo Roast Pork

All the meat are weighed for price so you don’t have to worry about being short-changed. Despite being a food truck, hygiene is satisfactory considering he never takes the money from his customers after handling the roast pork. He also covers the meat with a plastic sheet when necessary.
Besides Kepong Baru, you can also find Babeloo in Taman OUG, Sri Petaling (Tuesdays only) and Pandan Perdana.

Babeloo BBQ Roast Pork

Babeloo BA.B.Q Roast Pork 巴必佬金豬香

Kepong branch: along Jalan Mergastua (near durian stalls)
Tel: 012-281 7263 / 012-388 7263
Business hours: 11.30am till finish

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A Week of Feasts: 7 Places to Buka Puasa this Ramadhan http://www.vkeong.com/week-feasts-7-places-buka-puasa-ramadhan/ http://www.vkeong.com/week-feasts-7-places-buka-puasa-ramadhan/#respond Fri, 17 Jun 2016 12:31:22 +0000 http://www.vkeong.com/?p=4359 Ramadhan is upon us and it brings along with it, the much anticipated buka puasa festivities that we hold dear to our hearts (and our bellies once dusk sets in). From the hodge podge of food bazaars packed with vendors peddling their signature roti johns and aromatic bubur lambuks, to decadent buffet spreads offering classical […]

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Ramadhan is upon us and it brings along with it, the much anticipated buka puasa festivities that we hold dear to our hearts (and our bellies once dusk sets in). From the hodge podge of food bazaars packed with vendors peddling their signature roti johns and aromatic bubur lambuks, to decadent buffet spreads offering classical Malay dishes, there are plenty of options around to keep diners on their toes till the month of Ramadhan comes to a close.

To make sure that you get to cover all grounds, we’ve put together a list of seven buka puasa places -one for each day- that you should definitely visit this Ramadhan.

TTDI-ramadhan-bazaar

Monday: TTDI Ramadhan Bazaar

Kickstart the week with one of KL’s most popular Ramadhan bazaars. Never a dull day when it rolls into town, this bazaar is a cornucopia of sights and aromas.

A long stretch of road that is eternally crowded and jam packed with stalls selling pretty much anything you imagine. There’s the instantly recognisable signatures of ayam percik, apam balik and kambing bakar all the way down to the strange but nevertheless fascinating murtabak maggi. Either way, the TTDI bazaar is a great place to discover and indulge in the wonders of our local cuisine.

Opened daily, it starts at about 4pm and vendors usually begin packing up between 7 to 7.30pm in preparation for Iftar. We definitely recommend getting there early to get first dibs on the food whilst its still fresh and also to dodge the queues which can get pretty intense, especially for the more popular stalls.

Address: Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000, Kuala Lumpur
Open daily, 4pm to 7.30pm

Food Matters

Tuesday: Food Matters

After a chaotic day of food bazaars, what better place to Iftar than within the coziness of your own home. Avoid the traffic jams, crowds and queues and instead, opt for a quiet night in with your food delivered right to your doorstep by the food delivery angels that reside behind Foodmatters; a food delivery online portal in Singapore and Malaysia.

They currently offer a monthly plan with a minimum of four meals per month and new subscribers can redeem additional savings of their meals right here. The best part is that the meals are all super healthy and jam-packed with nutrients so you get a break amidst all the feasting. Their menu also includes vegetarian and gluten-free options. We’re currently eyeing the Tom Yam Pasta with Tempeh and the Moroccan Meatballs with Couscous Pilaf.

my.foodmatters.me
Monday to Friday, 7am to 7pm

Bowery Petit

Wednesday: Bowery Petit

It’s the middle of the week so why not mix it up and go for something a little different. Bowery Petit is a newcomer to TTDI’s foodie sanctuary but its offerings of hearty, American-style comfort food has made it a welcome addition. The interior is simple, spacious and great for unwinding as you tuck into a hearty meal.

Their specially crafted Ramadhan Menu comes in both individual and sharing sets and lets diners mix and match a variety of dishes that include Cajun Blackened Chicken, Louisiana Seafood Platter and Harissa Roasted Lamb Shoulder across four courses for a hearty and super-satisfying meal. If that isn’t enough to tempt you, let us leave you with two words: Rainbow. Bagels.

Address: 48, Persiaran Zaaba, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000, Kuala Lumpur
Open daily, 8am to 11pm

Sambal Hijau TTDI

Thursday: Sambal Hijau

Round up your loved ones and head towards Sambal Hijau for the ultimate nasi campur. The restaurant offers an extensive selection of traditional Malay-style dishes within a no-frills, communal style dining experience. With no less than 50 dishes to choose from, the spread is an amalgam of fragrant curries, grilled meats, fiery sambals and veggie dishes.

Their dinner service also includes an a la carte Thai menu and family packages for groups. Depending on what you get, your total meal can come up to about RM20-something per person -expensive for mixed rice standards but the authenticity of the food makes it totally worth it. Go for the selection of chilled desserts to end your meal on a sweet note. Overall the combination of delicious, unpretentious food and the restaurant’s laid-back vibe makes it a great place to buka puasa and catch up after a long day.

Address: Lot 2990, Jalan Sungai Penchala, Kampung Sungai Penchala, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
Open daily, 7am to 2am

Serai restaurant
(image via kuali.com)

Friday: Serai Restaurant

Mark the end of the work week with an oldie but a goodie. There’s something immensely comforting about ordering from a familiar menu and Serai Restaurant has a pretty good one to boot. With outlets in popular malls such as Empire, Paradigm and Pavilion KL, it wins in terms of accessibility and the fact that it’s one of the better food franchises in the Klang Valley is the icing on the cake.

The food is consistently delicious, reasonably priced and there is an easygoing ambience that really sets the mood. Choose between Western and local delights or go for the Thai Iftar Feast currently on promotion. Dishes include Soft Shell Crab in Mango Kerabu, Massaman Style Chicken Curry and Thai Style Fried Eggs with Chilli Basil.

Multiple locations
Open daily, 10am to 10pm

Avenue K Rooftop Buka Puasa Buffet
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Saturday: Avenue K Rooftop Buka Puasa Buffet

It’s the start of the weekend and in honour of it, why not break tradition and go for a totally unique Buka Puasa experience. Eating dinner in front of the TV is definitely a popular guilty pleasure, Avenue K takes it to a whole new level this Ramadhan as it invites diners to come together and watch local Malaysian films such as Ola Bola and Munafik on its rooftop under a blanket of stars.

While you’re at it, feast on a sumptuous buffet spread of roast lamb, nasi biryani and so on. We can’t imagine a more memorable way to spend a Saturday night really. Adults pay RM55 to 65 Nett while children eat for RM35 Nett. Remember to call ahead to secure a spot.

Address: Fourth Floor, Avenue K, 156 Jalan Ampang, 50450, Kuala Lumpur
Daily from 14 June to 30th 2016, 5pm to 10pm

Mosaic Buka Puasa Buffet Mandarin Oriental
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Sunday: Mosaic Buka Puasa Buffet @ The Mandarin Oriental

We know, we know, two buffets one after the other might be overkill but we like to believe in the saying that every once in a while, too much of a good thing is just enough. And we’re applying that theory to this case.

Mosaic’s “The Spirit of Ramadhan” buka puasa buffet features a special menu lovingly created by the restaurant’s sous chef Kamarudin bin Dali and features family recipes that have been passed down through generations such as the Kambing Quzi Rencah Asli and the Kerabu Sotong Tradisi. Appetisers, soups, mains and desserts, there are over 100 dinner options to choose from including a generous selection of Chinese, Indian and Middle-Eastern dishes.

Address: Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Jalan Pinang, 50088, Kuala Lumpur
Open Daily, 6am to 10.30am; 11.30am to 2.30pm; 6.30pm to 10.30pm

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Only Me BBQ Steamboat Buffet Restaurant @ Kepong http://www.vkeong.com/only-me-bbq-steamboat-buffet-kepong/ http://www.vkeong.com/only-me-bbq-steamboat-buffet-kepong/#respond Thu, 16 Jun 2016 15:24:19 +0000 http://www.vkeong.com/?p=4356 Only Me is a relatively new steamboat & BBQ buffet restaurant that opened in Kepong early this year. Despite being the new kid on the block, they are doing exceptionally well and are giving QQ a run for their money. If you don't know yet, both restaurants sit in the same row and they are just a stone's throw away from each other.

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Only Me is a relatively new steamboat & BBQ buffet restaurant that opened in Kepong early this year. Despite being the new kid on the block, they are doing exceptionally well and are giving QQ a run for their money. If you don’t know yet, both restaurants sit in the same row and they are just a stone’s throw away from each other.

Steamboat Buffet Kepong


Yin Yong Soup Steamboat

The price for an adult is RM38.80 while children under 90cm eat for free. Price wise, it’s pretty standard considering most of the steamboat buffet in KL charge almost the same. For those looking for a long and relaxing dinner, do consider this place because there’s no time limit or how much you can have.

Steamboat Prawns


Bamboo Clam & Mussel

While Only Me’s variety of ingredients is far from impressive (especially if you compare them with QQ), they make up in quality. Honestly, we did not expect much on from the seafood, more so considering it’s a buffet kind of establishment. But we were pleasantly surprised to find that most of the seafood here is fresh. Live shellfish including mussels, clams and cockles are available too.

Fresh Prawns for Steamboat


Fresh River Prawns

If you’re a prawn lover I think you wouldn’t be disappointed with what you get. Besides the usual tiger prawns, river prawns like those used in Thai cuisine are thrown into the mix. They are easy to peel and come out a whole piece too.

Fresh Flower Crab Scallops

Flower crabs were very enjoyable – the flesh was sweet and firm and did not have that dreadful ‘dead’ taste

Live Clams

As for the live shellfish, needless to say they were absolutely fresh and tasted clean without any gritty feeling.

BBQ Meat

We didn’t really care for the BBQ but from what I could see, many customers seem to be having a blast with it. Like QQ, Only Mee also serve a couple of cooked dishes. The most popular items are their Crabs in Special House Sauce and Seremban style baked crabs.
They are undeniably delicious so it’s no wonder the customers rush for them whenever they come out from the kitchen. During our 2 hours at the restaurant, we saw the crabs being replenished three times, and we always end up with some bits here and there. So if you really want the crabs, be prepared to fight for it.

Only Me BBQ Steamboat Kepong

Overall, we were satisfied with the meal and felt they are definitely the better steamboat and BBQ buffet restaurant around. Thus, I would recommend them to any steamboat lover. One thing they should improve is their soups, as they were far from being great.
Lest I forget, for those who plan to come in 8 pax or more, do note that you are eligible for a free crab dish. The catch is, you need to make a booking three days in advance.

Only Me BBQ Steamboat

No C-G-6 & 8, Fortune Avenue
Jalan Metro Perdana 3
Taman Usahawan, 52100 Kepong
Tel: 012-639 2781
Business hours: 5pm – 12am

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Ruyi & Lyn Restaurant & Lounge @ Bangsar Shopping Centre http://www.vkeong.com/ruyi-lyn-bangsar-shopping-centre-kl/ http://www.vkeong.com/ruyi-lyn-bangsar-shopping-centre-kl/#comments Wed, 15 Jun 2016 09:13:49 +0000 http://www.vkeong.com/?p=4353 Admittedly, Ruyi & Lyn is not the cheapest restaurant around. But if you are looking for a new culinary experience and memories that will be cherished for a long time, then you don't need to look any further. The restaurant presents more than just Instagram-worthy dishes, as each of them is a delectable play of Asian flavors.

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Admittedly, Ruyi & Lyn is not the cheapest restaurant around. But for those looking for a new culinary experience and memories that will be cherished for a long time, then you don’t need to look any further. The restaurant presents more than just Instagram-worthy dishes. Each of them is a delectable play of Asian flavors.


Ruyi & Lyn Sushi Platter

Ruyi’s Sushi @ RM43 is the most iconic dish here and it probably single-handedly propelled the restaurant into the spotlight. I’d say it’s a must order for any first-timers, not just for its novelty value, but also for the chef’s originality, creativity and skill.

Hainanese Chicken Rice Sushi


Nasi Lemak Sushi


Mango Sticky Rice

Meticulous presentation aside, each morsel is prepared in perfect bite size portions with authentic tastes of the dishes they represent. The nasi lemak, Hainanese chicken rice and mango sticky rice all taste exactly like how you’d expect but in the form of sushi. I liked the Hainanese chicken rice sushi the best as it managed to capture the essence of the dish beautifully.

Pan Fried Foie Gras on Watermelon

Taizi’s Dish @ RM98 was highly recommended by the captain and it was spot on. It might not be obvious but it is actually a combination of two distinct ingredients: pan seared foie gras and caramelized watermelon.
What really made this dish shine is the multiple layers of texture that make every bite a treat. The foie gras was perfectly cooked too. It had a slightly crusty exterior, creating an almost glaze like glisten yet the inside was decadent with a buttery richness. Just delicious.

Fried Cod Fish

Does this look familiar to you? If yes, then you must have had a Squirrel Fish before. Here, it’s called Champagne Snow Fish Flower (RM148) and since only boneless fillets are used, you and your kids can enjoy it with a peace of mind.
The way of eating it is quite fun too, as it feels almost like having fish-flavored French Fries. That being said, the accompanying Moet champagne sauce is brilliant and really brings out the subtle flavor of the cod.

Wagyu Foie Gras Burger

For something that’s kinder to the wallet, you could opt for their new lunch menu offerings which include Dim Joy (alternative Dim Sum) and casual mains.
Among the dozens of choices, the H H Wagyu Burger @ RM58 caught my eye the most because the price is actually quite attractive with everything considered. And instead of a bun, the burger features cheese baked rice patties that are obviously Korean-inspired.

Wagyu Burger Patty

The wagyu patty is seriously huge and filled with foie gras sauce in the center – talk about luxury! If you like your burger to be extremely juicy and tender, you won’t go wrong with this one. My only gripe was that the patty was a tad salty.

Ruyi & Lyn Lounge


Ruyi & Lyn Restaurant Bangsar

Captivating food is only part of the reason to drop by Ruyi & Lyn. The venue alone is worth checking out and you will feel like a star walking into the restaurant down a spot lit runway.
If you are planning for a special celebration or occasion soon, this is one of the places to consider. I am sure the room will be filled with oohs and aahs as the meal goes on. Lastly, do note that Ruyi & Lyn is a pork-free establishment.

Ruyi & Lyn Restaurant Lounge Bangsar

RUYI & LYN

4th floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre,
59100 KL
Tel: 03-2083 0288
Business hours: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 2am daily

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Mummy’s Noodles House @ Pandan Indah, Ampang http://www.vkeong.com/mummys-noodles-house-pandan-indah/ http://www.vkeong.com/mummys-noodles-house-pandan-indah/#comments Sun, 12 Jun 2016 17:51:09 +0000 http://www.vkeong.com/?p=4350 Looking for a comfortable yet affordable place to have a good meal? Mummy's Noodles House is a newly opened, family run restaurant in Ampang that fits the bill perfectly.
They specialize in traditional Pan Mee, Yee Mee and a couple of side dishes. Based on the setting, food and service, you'd expect their menu to be pricier but fortunately that's not the case.

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Looking for a comfortable yet affordable place to have a good meal? Mummy’s Noodles House is a newly opened, family run restaurant in Ampang that fits the bill perfectly.
They specialize in traditional Pan Mee, Yee Mee and a couple of side dishes. Based on the setting, food and service, you’d expect their menu to be pricier but fortunately that’s not the case.


Mummy Noodle House Menu

Most of the noodles here are RM6.90 a bowl except a handful which go for RM7.90. That’s only slightly more expensive than what you get at the normal hawker stalls – but you get to enjoy a cleaner cafe environment in return.

Spicy Chili Pan Mee

Like most Pan Mee restaurants in town, Mummy’s Noodles House also serves the dry and spicy version. Their homemade chili paste is more savory than spicy, so the standard version is suitable even for those who can’t handle really hot food.
For those who prefer a spicier taste, simply request for more chili and you won’t be charged for it. If I were to nitpick though, the poached egg is a tad overdone for my liking.

Dry Chicken Curry Pan Mee

The Dry Curry Chicken Pan Mee is an equally delicious alternative. The chicken curry is prepared with noticeably stronger spices which enhanced the overall aroma. You can see they are unstinting with the toppings, as the noodle was completely covered in chicken and potatoes.

Minced Meat Soup Pan Mee

For something less exciting yet satisfying, their signature Minced Pork Pan Mee is recommended. Although the soup was deliciously tasty, you could tell that it wasn’t due to artificial flavoring nor with the addition of MSG. In fact, we enjoyed the soup so much that half of it was gone before we even started eating the noodle.

Rough Pan Mee

Pan Mee is one of the healthier noodle around considering it’s often handmade fresh on the same day it’s sold. This is especially true when you compare it the usual yellow noodles, koay teow or rice vermicelli that are mass-produced in factories and laden with additives and preservatives. So it is not hard to see why Pan Mee is getting more and more popular.

Chicken Lobak


Mummy Noodle House Chicken Lobak

One of the side dishes we had was the Chicken Lobak (fry chicken roll) @ RM5.90 for 2 pieces. If you ask me, this is somewhat too cheap and it made me wonder if they actually make any profit by selling this dish at such low price. And while it certainly won’t beat the pork version, this rendition is decent enough to share among few diners.

Fried Dumplings

We also tried their Fried Dumpling (3pcs @ RM5) which came recommended by the owners. Each dumpling was filled to the brim with tender fish paste so it was well worth the price.
Personally, I’d like it even more if there was more variation of texture in the filling. Maybe some addition of water chestnuts, carrots or mushrooms would help.

Homemade Herbal Drinks

Drinks wise the offerings are pretty standard stuff. We had their homemade bamboo cane juice @ RM2.50 and Aiyu Jelly Ice @ RM3. Both were nice and refreshing and more importantly, not too sweet.

Mummy Noodle House Pan Mee Restaurant


Mummy Noodle House Ampang

I have nothing against hiring foreign help but I am pleased to see that Mummy’s Noodles House employs locals to run the business. One of the staff whom attended to us is a friendly and efficient aunty who made us feel welcomed.
Lastly, parking could be a challenge in this area but luckily they have 4 reserved parking spots for customers who eat here.

Mummy's Noodle House Ampang

Mummy’s Noodles House

11G, Jalan Perubatan 4
Pandan Indah, 55100 KL
Tel: 03-4288 3349
Business hours: 8am – 6pm daily (off days not fixed yet)

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Zheng Kee Double Boiled Soup & Chicken Rice @ Segambut http://www.vkeong.com/zheng-kee-chicken-rice-segambut/ http://www.vkeong.com/zheng-kee-chicken-rice-segambut/#comments Fri, 10 Jun 2016 06:36:26 +0000 http://www.vkeong.com/?p=4347 Zheng Kee is not a cheap place to be eating at. I feel it's important for me to highlight that immediately because we paid RM93 for a 4-pax lunch. I admit we ordered slightly more than usual but the price was still excessive with everything considered.

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Zheng Kee is not a cheap place to eat. I feel it’s important for me to highlight that immediately because we paid RM93 for the following:

  • Half a roast chicken
  • 1 pax serving of char siew
  • 1 pax serving of siu yuk
  • 1 steamed chicken drumstick, and
  • 2 double boiled soups, 3 rice and 4 herbal drinks

For the same price, we could easily have a proper Chinese course dinner with a few seafood dishes thrown in as well. I don’t mind paying for it if the food actually tastes good, but all of us felt only the char siew was the only thing which stood out; while the rest was just average at best.
To be fair to them, the main reason why they charge more is (supposedly) because of the quality of ingredients they use, especially when it comes to their chicken. Capon (castrated chicken) is available here and it’s usually reared for special occasions like Chinese New Year. Having said that, we did not order any Capon, only the normal stuff.


Zheng Kee Roast Chicken

The roast chicken here is noticeably larger and fleshier than usual, but that’s all about it. Taste wise it’s not bad but not great either.

Roast Pork


Zheng Kee Roast Pork

Siu yuk was lacking in flavor and the skin simply did not give that satisfying crackling experience we were expecting for. If you have been to Wong Mee Kee, Section 17’s Hong Seng or even the one at Fook Loong, this one simply pales in comparison. I wouldn’t be so critical if the meal did not cost us this much.

Zheng Kee Char Siew

Zheng Kee’s char siew is undeniably good, it’s so much better than the rest we had that day.

Zheng Kee Steamed Chicken


Zheng Kee Chili Sauce

The steamed chicken here is sort of a signature dish and it’s not hard to see why. Honestly speaking the texture of the chicken is quite wonderful – juicy, succulent and all so I’d say it’s a very good ‘pak cham kai’. Alas, their chili sauces just does not make the cut. In fact, they were kind of bland despite looking otherwise.

Zheng Kee Steamed Soup Menu


Zheng Kee Double Steamed Soup

For double boiled soups, Zheng Kee offers more than a dozen of them. Some are obviously more expensive than the rest by looking at their names, but the common ones like Old Cucumber Soup and Watercress Soup are priced at RM8 and RM9 respectively.
Although I am not very happy with the price of their meat dishes, I have to say the soups are worth paying for because you get a considerable amount of pork ribs in each serving.

Zheng Kee Chicken Rice Stall


Zheng Kee Restaurant Segambut

Taste is subjective and I am aware that Zheng Kee has its own following of faithful customers. But if you have been recommended to try this place, you need to know that they are not as affordable as they appear to be.

Zheng Kee Restaurant

No 19, Jalan 17/42, Taman Kok Doh
51200 Segambut, KL
Tel: 012-383 0621

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Maria’s SteakCafe @ Jalan Maarof, Bangsar http://www.vkeong.com/marias-steakcafe-bangsar/ http://www.vkeong.com/marias-steakcafe-bangsar/#comments Wed, 08 Jun 2016 18:06:17 +0000 http://www.vkeong.com/?p=4345 It's heartening to see that Maria's SteakCafe is doing well after my first visit about 7 years ago. When my friends ask me where to go for steaks, Maria's is still one of my personal recommendations. Anyway it has been a while since we had a steak out, so we decided to drop by their Bangsar branch last weekend for a scrumptious dinner.

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It’s heartening to see that Maria’s SteakCafe is doing well after my first visit about 7 years ago. When my friends ask me where to go for steaks, Maria’s is still one of my personal recommendations. Anyway it has been a while since we had a steak out, so we decided to drop by their Bangsar branch last weekend for a scrumptious dinner.


Thai Style Beef Salad

Maria’s menu remained largely the same throughout the years but the Spicy Beef Salad @ RM28 is a new addition. It’s clearly a Thai-inspired dish and features succulent slices of Australian beef tataki on a bed of fresh greens and served with a tangy sauce. I like that they keep the flavor true to what it’s supposed to be as it was adequately spicy.

Maria's SteakCafe Pumpkin Soup


Maria's SteakCafe Oxtail Soup

For soup, you won’t really go wrong with any of their offerings. However, if you like a meaty one then by all means go ahead and try their Oxtail Soup @ RM20. That being said, both their mushroom and pumpkin soups are equally tasty with a wonderfully thick and creamy consistency. Just to clarify though, the garlic bread actually comes only with the oxtail soup.

Maria's SteakCafe Wagyu 7 Steak

Maria’s doesn’t call itself a steakcafe for nothing. Steaks are the stars here and they come in different kinds and prices. Their most affordable steaks here are normal Australian Rib Eye and Fillet and they clock in at about RM60 each. Black Angus is available at RM48/100gm while Wagyu 5 and 7 are RM80/100gm and RM95/100gm respectively.
Personally, Black Angus is already a respectful choice but if you want a truly mesmerizing steak experience, then go for the melt-in-your-mouth Wagyu 7 (shown above) which is specially marinated to enhance its natural flavor. I am not sure what they use for the rub, but it’s sure delicious even when enjoyed without any sauce.

Canadian Seabass

Their seafood dishes are well executed too. The Pan Fried Canadian Seabass (essentially an Atlantic Cod) @ RM75 was perfectly cooked and was accompanied by a light sake sauce with a lovely fruit tang. But as much as we enjoyed it, we were somewhat let down by the dish presentation. It could have certainly looked a lot better with some simple adjustments.

Maria's SteakCafe Tiramisu

Desserts wise, you may opt for slices of their homemade cakes (personal favorites are: blueberry cheese and moist chocolate) Tiramisu is also available @ RM15 and should be worth trying out if you’re into it. Just keep in mind that it’s not heavily infused with rum. Otherwise, everything else is pretty much spot on.

Maria's SteakCafe Restaurant


Maria's SteakCafe Bangsar

I am a bit sentimental when it comes to Maria’s because I know they have come a long way to establish themselves among the other more well-known restaurants in town.
Now, they are no longer a hidden gem as I mentioned in my very first blog post I wrote for them. Instead they are a recognized place to enjoy good and simple food in KL. If you are here for a meal, mention “VKEONG” to enjoy an exclusive 10% discount :)

Maria’s SteakCafe

58, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar Baru,
59100 KL
Tel: 03-2282 2220

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