Malaysia Food & Travel Blog http://www.vkeong.com vkeong blogs about food in Klang Valley, Penang, Melaka and beyond Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:58:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Gerai Makan Japanese BBQ (Taishu Yakiniku) @ Taman Desa http://www.vkeong.com/gerai-makan-japanese-bbq-taishu-yakiniku-taman-desa/ http://www.vkeong.com/gerai-makan-japanese-bbq-taishu-yakiniku-taman-desa/#respond Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:09:40 +0000 http://www.vkeong.com/?p=4262 Can't believe it took us so long to eat at the legendary Taishu Yakiniku (大众烧肉) in Taman Desa, but here we are after so many years hearing about good things about them. And once you are here, it's not hard to understand why this Japanese BBQ joint is so popular.

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Can’t believe it took us so long to eat at the legendary Taishu Yakiniku (大众烧肉) in Taman Desa, but here we are after so many years hearing about good things about them. And once you are here, it’s not hard to understand why this Japanese BBQ joint is so popular.


Taishu  Yakiniku BBQ Menu

The menu is delightfully affordable with more than a dozen of choices of meat, mostly pork options. Price starts at RM5 for the cheaper cuts of meat like offals, RM10 for the normal stuff and RM20 – RM25 for the special stuff.

Taman Desa Taishu  Yakiniku

As you can see, the portion size is satisfyingly for the prices.

Taishu  Yakiniku Pork Neck

Pork Neck @ RM10.

Taishu  Yakiniku Pork Shoulder Loin

Pork Shoulder Loin @ RM10.

Taishu  Yakiniku Beef Tongue

Beef Tongue @ RM10.

Taishu  Yakiniku Beef Rib Eye

Beef Ribeye @ RM10.

Taishu  Yakiniku Japanese BBQ Taman Desa

Based on what we had, the beef tasted better than the pork – which is usually the case when it comes to BBQ like these.

Taishu  Yakiniku Teppanyaki Prawns

We also tried the Prawn Foil Yaki @ RM10. Safe to say it’s not worth the money compared to those above, as you only get a few pieces of tiny prawns. Taste wise it’s pretty good though so only proceed if you don’t mind paying for it.

Taman Desa BBQ Ramen

Besides yakiniku, ramen is also available here in three flavors: pork, chicken and cold. The pork ramen won’t necessarily blow you away, but for RM10 it’s good enough for me.

Taishu  Yakiniku Japanese BBQ

Overall the meal was an enjoyable one without any hiccups. Although we felt like we ate a lot, the final bill came to only RM62, not bad at all considering the amount of dishes we ordered.

大众烧肉 Gerai Makan Japanese BBQ

Plaza Faber, Jalan Desa Jaya, Taman Desa, Kuala Lumpur,
Business hours: 6pm till midnight

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Yung Kee HK Style Beef Noodles 庸記牛腩面 @ Pudu http://www.vkeong.com/yung-kee-beef-noodles-pudu/ http://www.vkeong.com/yung-kee-beef-noodles-pudu/#respond Mon, 25 Apr 2016 15:20:50 +0000 http://www.vkeong.com/?p=4259 If you are a beef noodle lover and you don't know about Yung Kee yet, then you need to make your way to Pudu to try it. Despite being relatively new, Yung Kee has been making waves with their HK-style beef noodle prepared with premium imported beef.

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If you are a beef noodle lover and don’t know about Yung Kee yet, then you need to make your way to Pudu to try it. Despite being relatively new, Yung Kee has been making waves with their HK-style beef noodle prepared with premium imported beef.


Yung Kee Kwai Hup Beef Noodle Stall

The proprietor is Albert who’s clad in white t-shirt. He speaks fluent Cantonese with an unmistakable Hong Kong slang after spending 17 years in the F&B industry there.

Yung Kee Beef Noodle Price

Since they are serving HK-style beef noodle, you will see more parts of meat being offered other than just the usual beef brisket, tripe and tendon.
Most of the meat parts sound foreign and are more of nick names coined according to their taste and texture. Price are clearly displayed on a big signboard too.

Yung Kee Beef Noodle Pudu

If you can’t read Chinese you might face some challenges while ordering off the menu, but you could always ask for recommendations because they are the experts. For those willing to spend more, you could even get Australian Wagyu (subject to availability) to pair with the noodle of your choice.

Yung Kee Beef Tongue

Due to limited seats and the overwhelming number of customers, do expect to share tables with strangers. Once you have found a seat, you’d be given a number and have your orders written down to avoid mix ups.
We reached the place around 1.30pm and found that most meats were sold out. So we were left only with striploin, shin (金钱腱), tongue, tendon and beef balls. The most expensive cut on the menu is the striploin which clocks in at RM25 per portion. Noodle is provided FOC as long as you order a portion of beef.

Yung Kee Australian Beef Tongue

Among all the cuts we had, my favorite has got to be the beef tongue. It’s out-of-this-world tender with a nice chewy bite. I extremely enjoyed it so RM15 is a price I didn’t mind paying at all. It’s not everyday you get to savor something as delicious as this.

Yung Kee Strip Loin Beef Noodle

Next favorite is the US striploin, which is called ‘US fat cow’ when translated literally from its Chinese name of 美国肥牛. As you can see, it has a beautiful and even marbling of fat and they are served in paper thin slices.
Cooked perfectly, they simply melt in your mouth and that’s not an exaggeration at all. The soup was stunningly delicious and we were impressed by tasty it was, even more so considering there’s no added MSG in it – just pure beefy goodness extracted from fine meat, bones and herbs.

Yung Kee Beef Shin Tendon


Yung Kee Mixed Beef


Yung Kee Beef Tendon

If you are not in the mood for noodles you could opt for a bowl of mixed beef with soup. Good thing is they are unstinting with the portion and for RM20, we got a generous serving of beef shin and tendon as shown above. But of course, that would also depend on the cuts you requested for.
As for the chili dip, it’s balanced in terms of spiciness and sourness and it goes hand to hand with the beef noodles. More importantly, it does not distract the taste of the beef noodle at all. Instead, it enhanced the overall flavor and gave it an uplifting touch of zing.

Kwai Hup Restaurant Pudu

Lastly, do note that they only serve normal beef brisket and tendon noodles from Monday to Thursday. Come Fridays and weekend, the specials will make their appearances which also include the dry beef noodles. Don’t push your luck and try to get here as early as possible (before 2pm) to avoid disappointments.

Yung Kee HK Style Beef Noodles 庸記 (香港) 牛腩面

Kwai Hup Restaurant
24, Jalan Kancil, Off Jalan Landak
55100 Pudu, KL
Business hours: 8.30am till finish (around 3pm)
Tel: 012-215 8009

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Jes Chew Special Course Menu @ Elegantology Gallery & Restaurant http://www.vkeong.com/elegantology/ http://www.vkeong.com/elegantology/#respond Sun, 24 Apr 2016 09:47:59 +0000 http://www.vkeong.com/?p=4256 Guest Head Chef Jes Chew is now cooking at Elegantology Gallery & Restaurant. His specially created 3 course a la carte menu offers a series of colored dishes that could be paired with cocktails and in store fashion items.
Priced at RM150++ per pax and available for a limited time only, the exquisite dishes are prepared by using premium ingredients with a local twist.

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Guest Head Chef Jes Chew is now cooking at Elegantology Gallery & Restaurant. His specially created 3 course a la carte menu offers a series of colored dishes that could be paired with cocktails and in store fashion items.
Priced at RM150++ per pax and available for a limited time only, the exquisite dishes are prepared by using premium ingredients with a local twist.


Charcoal Smoked Salmon Soy Ikura Melon Salad

Appetizers include Charcoal Smoked Salmon with marinated Ikura (shown above), Spicy Tuna with compressed watermelon and Bang Bang Chicken served with spicy peanut butter. The salmon would definitely be a safe bet while the spicy tuna is equally delectable with more exciting flavors.

Elegantology Mojito Food Pairing

A cocktail is served with every course. I am not going to show all of them but two of my personal favorites that day: Martell Cane (Martell VSOP shaken with sugar cane juice, triple sec and Ribena) and Havana Rambutan Mojito (Rambutans muddled with mint leaves, orange quarters, lychee juice and caramel)
Even for a non-alcohol drinker such as myself, I find all of them great tasting and easy to drink – so you might get tipsy faster than you think.

Pumpkin Soup with White Truffle Oil Crab Meat

Soup was Pumpkin Soup cooked down with a crab and prawn stock then drizzled with white truffle oil for a touch of luxe. Each creamy sip was accompanied by delicate crab meat strands, truly wonderful and was gone in no time.

Tiger Prawn Pasta

For main course you could opt for fish, pasta or steak. Personally I would recommend the Tiger Prawn Pasta because of its unique preparation that’s slightly fusion as well. Thin dried cuttlefish shreds are strewn through the pasta which I thought was a great move to give it an umami lift.

Cod Fish Nestum Crust

Cod fish on the other hand was sous vide cooked at 55°C for half an hour rendering it completely flaky and tender on the inside.
The grinded nestum coating gives the texture and we adored the silky turmeric sauce that we happily mopped up with the crispy croissant and eggplant. That being said, I felt the otak-otak cream was a bit out of place in this dish so it was largely left untouched.

Varlhona Ganarche


Ice Cream Potong Jagung Durian Corn Cream


Deconstructed Bandung

Desserts wise there’s something for everyone. If you adore chocolate then the Varlhona Garnache with Mandarin Orange will be extremely satisfying. The ice cream potong jagung (corn) would appeal to those who have a penchant for durian, as it’s drizzled with a cream of Raja Kunyit and corn.
Last but not least, the Sirap Bandung 1.0 is a deconstruction of the beloved sirap bandung drink. As you can see, it’s worthy just for the immaculate presentation alone – it’s like a piece of art!

Elegantology Open Kitchen


Elegantology Bar and Restaurant Publika


Elegantology Restaurant Pubilka
Elegantology Publika

Elegantology Gallery & Restaurant

G2-35, Level G2, Publika
Jalan Dutamas, Solaris Dutamas
Tel: 03-6206 5577
Business hours: 10am – 11pm

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Ah Fa Roast Fish 发記招牌特色烤鱼 @ Pudu http://www.vkeong.com/ah-fa-roast-fish-pudu/ http://www.vkeong.com/ah-fa-roast-fish-pudu/#respond Fri, 22 Apr 2016 15:30:09 +0000 http://www.vkeong.com/?p=4254 Ah Fa Roast Fish's signature dish is a medley of seafood with fish being the main ingredient, simmered in a piquant Hunan-influenced broth infused with the heat of chili peppers.

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Ah Fa Roast Fish might still be new in the business but it’s a name worth knowing. Despite being called roast fish, there’s nothing roast-y about their food.
Their signature dish is a medley of seafood with fish being the main ingredient, simmered in a piquant Hunan-influenced broth infused with the heat of chili peppers.

Ah Fa Roast Fish with Prawns Pudu

For a group of four or more, the RM99 set is recommended. It comes with a halved Soong fish head, clams, squid and river prawns. Additional toppings (optional) include all the seafood mentioned earlier, Enoki mushroom and tofu.
The other thing you should know about Ah Fa is that they don’t kid around with spiciness, as even the least spicy version is hot enough to set your lips on fire. So it’s a better idea to go for level ‘B’ spiciness (indicated with 1 chili only) then ask for more chili peppers if you think it’s not spicy enough.

Ah Fa Roast Fish River Prawn

The roast fish indeed has a ‘wow’ factor to it. On arrival, the first thing everyone did was to pull out their smartphone and took photos of it and share on social media. That explains their popularity.
And although it looks like it has four pieces of prawns, there are actually only 2 of them and they are both sliced in half. Therefore, the portion might not be as generous as you think.

Ah Fa Roast Fish with Seafood

I normally don’t fancy fried fish but I found myself loving Ah Fa’s. In fact, frying the fish head first is correct and the way it should have been. Otherwise the flesh on the fish head wouldn’t have held up and would have disintegrated from being simmered for too long.
Based on what I gathered from my group of makan buddies, the fish head was the best among all the seafood, while the lala could have been fresher. Overall, Ah Fa’s roast fish is something new and unique that’s definitely worth trying at least once.

Ah Fa Roast Fish Menu Page 2


Ah Fa Roast Fish Menu Page 1

We also ordered an additional portion of roast fish with just the fish head alone @ RM38 and found that the flavor is somewhat subdued due to the absence of prawns and other seafood. So the set is actually a better bet for a more satisfying experience.

Ah Fa Roast Fish Jalan Seladang Pudu

For those who wish to dine at a more comfortable spot without having cars zooming inches away behind you, you can cross the street and look for their restaurant that offers a more proper dining environment.
Lastly, I want to commend the friendly and genuine service that we got while eating at Ah Fa. Although they are now famous, doing well and all, they never showed the slightest bit of arrogance and accommodated to our requests well.

Ah Fa Roast Fish Pudu

Ah Fa Roast Fish 发記招牌特色烤鱼

Jalan Seladang, 55100 Pudu, KL
Tel: 016-916 3999
Business hours: 5pm – 12am

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Hokkien Mee & Chef Onn Roast Duck @ Restoran Damansara Uptown http://www.vkeong.com/hokkien-mee-chef-onn-roast-duck-damansara-uptown/ http://www.vkeong.com/hokkien-mee-chef-onn-roast-duck-damansara-uptown/#respond Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:37:17 +0000 http://www.vkeong.com/?p=3126 Restoran Damansara Uptown Hokkien Mee is one of the very few which could do both the noodles and sambal right, and with consistency in quality over the years.

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I used to think that Fried Hokkien Mee is a rather straightforward dish to produce. Well after tasting quite a few in town, now I know that is not entirely true. Some places could dish up delicious noodles but the sambal is meh, or vice versa.
Restoran Damansara Uptown Hokkien Mee is one of the very few which could do both the noodles and sambal right, and with consistency in quality over the years.


Hokkien-Mee

Hokkien Mee is undoubtedly the signature dish here, and extra portions of crunchy pork lard could be ordered if you’re a real die hard lover of it. Personally I feel the default amount is just nice but I have seen a friend who would go overboard and get 2 extra portions of lard for a serving of noodles.
While you’re here you could also give the Hokkien Mihun a try. The thinner strands of vermicelli could soak up the flavor better compared to ‘dai luk meen’.

Roast-Duck


Roast-Duck-Drumstick

There’s an independent stall called Chef Onn in the restaurant selling Guangdong roast duck. I’d never miss ordering their duck while eating here.
The quality seemed to take a slight dip though – maybe because it was late and the duck tasted past its prime. Nevertheless it was still delicious and I would recommend it to anyone who hasn’t tried this before.

Stir-Fried-Lala

We usually order the Stir Fried La La to have something to nibble on while chatting after everything else is finished. It won’t blow you away but the clams are usually fresh and plump so there’s nothing to complain about.

Cooking-Hokkien-Mee

It’s also good to know that locals are still handling the wok here and I hope this trend continues.

Chef-Onn-Roast-Duck


Damansara-Uptown-Hokkien-Mee

Lastly, always opt to sit at the outdoor seating area because it’s extremely stuffy indoors. You wouldn’t want to go home smelling like charcoal.

Damanara Uptown Hokkien Mee

117, Jalan SS 21/37
Damansara Utama, 47400 PJ
Business hours: 5pm – 2.30am

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Dai Chao @ Restoran Double Seven, Taman Sri Bintang http://www.vkeong.com/dai-chao-double-seven-taman-sri-bintang/ http://www.vkeong.com/dai-chao-double-seven-taman-sri-bintang/#comments Tue, 19 Apr 2016 16:30:05 +0000 http://www.vkeong.com/?p=4250 Double Seven's dai chao stall is now our go-to place whenever we feel like having a proper meal, yet won't put a dent in the wallet. We have our dinner here almost on a weekly basis and we have never been disappointed.

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It’s funny that we feel the need to drive all the way out of town just to enjoy food, when in fact there’s one just around the corner. For my case, it’s Double Seven‘s dai chao stall located right behind my house which only operates for dinner.
It has been our go-to place for whenever we feel like having a proper meal, yet won’t put a dent in the wallet. In fact, we have our dinner here almost on a weekly basis and we have never been disappointed.


Double Seven Dai Chao Kepong

I don’t know if anyone would even bother to come here unless they stay in Kepong, but I am going to try promoting for them anyway. Not that they need help though, since they have always been doing well. It’s simply because I want more people to know about them, so they could survive in the business better. In return, I get to patronize them in the years to come.

Fish Head Curry

Like many other dai chao in town, they have a book of menu which lists the dishes they have to offer. You won’t find anything fancy or extravagant here, just simple and delicious dishes done right, all accompanied by delightful prices.
Most of the meat dishes hover around RM10-12 for small, while the rest like vege and seafood are RM8 and RM20, or more for large portions. Not to mention the ingredients are fresh too.
The Fish Head Curry here is a personal favorite of mine and it’s also available in Toman fish slices. For RM20 you get a generous serving with loads of vege thrown in, so much so that you don’t even need to order a separate vege dish.

Fried Lemon Chicken

Lemon Fried Chicken @ RM12 was something I loved as a kid. It’s comforting to know that they prepare it exactly like how I remembered it – with crispy and tender boneless chicken, served on an appetizing and sticky lemon sauce. It might not show it, but even the small portion is large enough to be shared comfortably between two adults.

Salted Egg Mantis Shrimp

They do salted egg dishes well. We usually go for the mantis shrimp or squid but we prefer the latter more.

Kung Pao Fish Fillets

Kung Pao fish fillets – this is something that hardly ever goes wrong.

Kangkung Belacan

We really like the Kangkung Belacan here. It has good ‘wok hei’, not too oily and the spiciness is just spot on. You’d be surprised to know that many restaurants can’t even prepare this simple dish properly. There’s a saying that the simpler a dish, the harder it is to get it right. It’s so blardy true.

4 Heavenly Kings Vegetables

The same goes for the 4 Heavenly Kings Vegetables, it’s just a pleasure to eat.

Restoran Double Seven Kepong Sri Bintang

Our dinner here thus far rarely ever exceed RM40 unless there are more than two of us. The last time we ate here with the in laws, we had the lemon fried chicken, nyonya squid, kangkung belacan and a kung pao fish fillets. That’s two seafood, one meat and one vege and the total bill came to only RM45 inclusive of rice.
For those who want to save even more, they also offer two set dinner @ RM31.80 (6% GST) which comes with 1 meat, 1 tofu, 1 vege and a huge bowl of soup. Even though the set is said to be meant for 2 pax, we think it could actually feed 3 or even 4 pax.
With this dai chao around, no wonder some of the not-so-good and overcharging restaurants nearby are finding it hard to compete. It’s not surprising at all (to me) that Crab Sifu at the other end of the road has closed down a few weeks ago – it was kind of expected.

Double Seven Night Dai Chao

Jalan 3/36, Taman Sri Bintang
52100 Kepong, KL
Tel: 016-319 7661

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Uokatsu 魚勝 @ Plaza Damas 3, Sri Hartamas http://www.vkeong.com/uokatsu/ http://www.vkeong.com/uokatsu/#respond Mon, 18 Apr 2016 17:23:20 +0000 http://www.vkeong.com/?p=4247 Uokatsu does not enjoy the best location in Sri Hartamas, yet it is not a deterrent for sashimi and Japanese seafood lovers. While the other restaurants in the same vicinity appear dead and on the brink of financial collapse on a weekend, Uokatsu is full to the brim. No wonder they are able to expand into another shop next door.

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Uokatsu does not enjoy the best location in Sri Hartamas, yet it is not a deterrent for sashimi and Japanese seafood lovers.
While the other restaurants in the same vicinity appear dead and on the brink of financial collapse on a weekend, Uokatsu is full to the brim. No wonder they are able to expand into another shop next door.


Uokatsu Japanese Restaurant Plaza Damas

Uokatsu’s 2-page menu offers enough variety and alternatives without being overwhelming. For those who don’t enjoy raw fish, there are still a couple of cooked options to choose from.
Price is the only thing to consider while dining here, as high quality produce doesn’t come cheap. When in doubt, simply ask for recommendations from the friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Uokatsu Horse-Mackerel

Horse-Mackerel @ RM40 – garnished with chopped scallions andserved with a side of grated ginger. A crude way to describe this is that it tasted almost like a Chinese steamed fish sans the soya sauce. The fish is undoubtedly fresh and had a firm texture with a faint sweet flavor.

Uokatsu Salmon Belly Sashimi

Ocean Trout Belly @ RM29 comes in thick, luscious slices but I reckon the slices should have been cut more even. That being said, the value is exceptional for the portion and quality you get.

Uokatsu Uni Sea Urchin

Fresh Uni is available at RM60/20gm and based on what we had (creamy and briny, melts in your mouth) it’s highly recommended if you’re into it. However, if that’s too rich for your blood, you can always opt for 10gm like we did. It’s roughly about the size of two teaspoons as shown above.

Uokatsu Don

The Uokatsu Don @ RM23 was neither disappointing, nor impressive. Personally, I feel you could omit this and go for other dishes instead.

Uokatsu Grilled Whole Japan Squid

Grilled Whole Japan Squid @ RM24 was done perfectly and delicious but I had mixed feelings about the accompanying dip made with the squid’s guts, ink and all.
I wished they had served the dip in a separate dish because the taste is really overpowering and it’s not something everyone would find acceptable. If you ask me, I think Yuzen probably did a much better job at the dip.

Uokatsu Air Dry Saba Mackerel

Uni aside, Uokatsu’s homemade air dry saba @ RM20 was the other highlight of the dinner. Compared to the usual grilled-with-salt rendition, this has a much even flavor – one that seeps through the fish entirely. Just give me a bowl of rice and I could eat this anyday.

Uokatsu Fresh Fish

Depending on what you order, a meal here could be affordable or bank-breaking. For the price we paid (RM170) I am pretty sure we could have a more satisfying and not to mention fuller Japanese meal elsewhere. It’s the experience that counts I guess since Uokatsu has been on my list of restaurants to try for quite some time. Lastly, do note their peculiar business hours if you are planning to drop by.

Uokatsu Sri Hartamas

Uokatsu – Specialty Food Store

B-0-7, Ground Floor Plaza Damas 3
63, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1
Sri Hartamas, 50480 KL
Tel: 03-6201 0339
Business hours: Tue & Wed (11.30am – 2.30pm), Thus & Fri (11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10pm), Sat (10am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10pm), Sun (10am – 2.30pm)

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Download OpenRice’s App and Win RM50 Starbucks Vouchers http://www.vkeong.com/openrice-app-starbucks-contest/ http://www.vkeong.com/openrice-app-starbucks-contest/#respond Sun, 17 Apr 2016 17:32:18 +0000 http://www.vkeong.com/?p=4187 I have teaming up with OpenRice again and this time, we want to buy you coffee! We are giving away 10 Starbucks vouchers worth RM50 each. All you need to do is download and install OpenRice's latest app, submit a photo (or review with a photo), share it on Facebook and tag @malaysiafoodntravel and @OpenRice Malaysia.

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OpenRice‘s app was the most used app when we were holidaying in Hong Kong. The app’s usefulness lies in the fact that it offers foodies vast information on restaurants, news and various articles that made food hunting so much easier.
Whenever we are looking for food, OpenRice’s app would be our go-to-app to check on nearby available eateries, real users’ reviews and photos. Frankly speaking, it has never failed us.

Now you can easily create ‘makan’ sessions and invite your friends and family to join in. Simply pick a restaurant of your choice in the app, then click on the “Invite” button. The rest of of the steps are very straightforward and you will have an event set up in no time.
After that a link will be sent to your invitees through Whatsapp, LINE or Facebook which they will use for RSVP. Even if they do not have OpenRice’s app installed, not to worry because they will be able to respond using any web browser.
If a restaurant has not been decided (isn’t that always the case?) you can still send out invitations to them to discuss where and when to meet. After the meal, you all can vote for the individual dishes and the restaurant’s overall performance too. Maybe your friend hated a dish but you loved it, while another thought it was just OK – talk about it, sharing is the point!

Besides Hong Kong, the app also covers Malaysia, Taiwan, Macau, Singapore and many other countries to come in the future. So it’s not surprising that the app now has a database of more than 80,000 restaurants, and increasing daily based on users’ submission.
That’s why it doesn’t hurt having OpenRice installed on your phone. It’s a Travel One Apps for all that lets you enjoy looking for food while traveling across Asia. One click is all it takes to switch to another country to save yourself from the hassle of language barriers.

OpenRice Editor's Picks

Even when I am not looking to eat, I would log into the app and read their specials and editor’s picks. It’s one of the things I do every other day while I am commuting to work.
The editor’s picks can be considered as collections that feature popular cuisines or restaurants of specific themes, trends, concepts or locations. Lets say you are a Japanese buffet chaser, then you’d really need to check out their “Top 10 Japanese Buffets in KL“. Others include “20 Must-Try Restaurants in Subang Jaya”, “10 Best Korean BBQ Restaurants in Klang Valley” and so on – you get the drift. It helps you to keep up to date with the latest and hottest restaurants in town, so you will never run out of places to dine in.
There are just so many things you can do with OpenRice’s app that I honestly can’t list all of them here. Not to mention their latest update includes a lot of improvements and features that are practical to our lives, and not added just for the sake of it. To check out the app’s new feature, head on to http://my.openrice.com/info/campaign/revamp-v5/index-en.html for more information.

OpenRice Free Starbucks Voucher Contest

Lastly, I have teamed up with OpenRice again and this time, we want to buy you coffee! We are giving away 10 Starbucks vouchers worth RM50 each. All you need to do is download and install OpenRice’s latest app, submit a photo (or review with a photo), share it on Facebook and tag @malaysiafoodntravel and @OpenRice Malaysia.
If you already have the app installed, don’t worry because this contest is open to all existing OpenRice app users as well. As usual, I will pick the winners based on the best submissions between 18th and 22nd April and announce them on 23rd April. For extra brownie points, talk about the features that you like or wish to see on the app. Good luck and have fun! Here’s the gist of the contest again:

  1. Download and install OpenRice’s app for Android or iOS
  2. Make a screenshot of your photo submission in the app
  3. Share it on Facebook and tag @malaysiafoodntravel and @OpenRice Malaysia and remember to set it to public
  4. Write anything you want (on the shared post) that you think can help you win the vouchers
  5. The submission period is between 18th and 22nd Apr 2016. Winners will be announced on 23rd Apr 2016.

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Fanny’s Char Koay Teow @ Restoran Tian Fatt, Kepong http://www.vkeong.com/fannys-char-koay-teow-tian-fatt-kepong/ http://www.vkeong.com/fannys-char-koay-teow-tian-fatt-kepong/#respond Sat, 16 Apr 2016 14:31:45 +0000 http://www.vkeong.com/?p=4239 Tian Fatt was my next stop for KL-style Char Koay Teow. Like Fei Lou's in Jinjang, fresh cockles are also available; though you need to be specific if that's what you want. Otherwise, you'd get a a normal looking CKT that doesn't distinguish itself from the rest.

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Tian Fatt was my next stop for KL-style Char Koay Teow. The coffee shop is located next to a temple, right opposite the entrance to FRIM so you would see a lot of nature-loving customers here. The one and only one CKT stall is operated by a lady who I was told is called Fanny.

Char Koay Teow with Cockles and Lard

Like Fei Lou’s in Jinjang, fresh cockles are also available; though you need to let her know if that’s what you want. Otherwise, she’d just fry up a normal looking CKT that doesn’t distinguish itself from the rest.
However, since I am here for the fresh cockles (as in they are peeled on the day itself) I asked if she’d accommodate my request to place the toppings on top of the noodles, as her usual practice is to bury the cockles under the hot noodles.

Fresh Cockles Char Koay Teow Mee


Fresh Cockles

As you can see, she did. And for RM5, you get an unstinting amount of ingredients. So as far as price is concerned, it’s not something I would or could complain about.

Normal Char Koay Teow

I am aware that briefly cooked cockles are not everyone’s cup of tea, so here’s a normal order in which the cockles are fully cooked. Taste wise, personally I thought it was delicious considering it had everything you want in a plate of good CKT: nice ‘wok hei’, fresh seafood and aromatic with crunchy lard pieces. It’s quite spicy too which suits me but do note that the overall flavor is on the lighter side and not as heavy compared to Fei Lou’s.

Tian Fatt Char Koay Teow Stall Kepong

If you happen to visit FRIM one day for exercising or hiking, this would be a great breakfast/lunch spot to fuel and replenish your body. Plenty of free parking space around too.

Restoran Tian Fatt FRIM Kepong

Restoran Tian Fatt

Jalan Ehsan Utama (opposite FRIM entrance)
Business hours: 8am to 3pm

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Satay Sri Melaka @ Medan Selera AU5, Lembah Keramat http://www.vkeong.com/satay-sri-melaka-lembah-keramat/ http://www.vkeong.com/satay-sri-melaka-lembah-keramat/#comments Fri, 15 Apr 2016 09:14:47 +0000 http://www.vkeong.com/?p=4235 Satay Sri Melaka was the last leg of my satay hunt in KL. Thankfully it was as good as the reviews say it is so we are glad our little hunt ended on a high note. Satay Sri Melaka operates from a stall in a 'warung' in Lembah Keramat and it's obvious that they are the most popular one.

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Satay Sri Melaka was the last leg of my satay hunt in KL. Thankfully it was as good as the reviews say it is so we are glad our little hunt ended on a high note. Satay Sri Melaka operates from a stall in a ‘warung’ in Lembah Keramat and it’s obvious that they are the most popular one.


Satay Sri Melaka Satay Stall

Their offering is kept simple and traditional with only four types of satay on the menu: chicken, beef, heart and tripe.

Satay Sri Melaka Grilling Satay


Satay Sri Melaka Chicken Satay Ready

Satay Sri Melaka employs a couple of local staff to man the grills. There have two to three grills fired at any time just to cater to the onslaught of orders, mostly from take aways.

Satay Sri Melaka Lembah Keramat


Satay Sri Melaka Chicken Beef Satay

Among all the satays we tried, beef emerged as the clear winner while it’s a tie between the chicken and beef tripe. All the satay had an extraorinary deep flavor and you could certainly taste the special spices they use to marinate them.

Satay Sri Melaka Satay Sauce

Besides, the satay sauce was deliciously sweet with an adequate hint of spiciness. We even couldn’t resist ourselves from drinking it, because it IS that good and not jelak at all! Now, in hindsight, maybe I should have really given their chicken heart satay a try instead of staying in my comfort zone.

Satay Sri Melaka Price List

Priced at only RM1 each (80 cents 3 years ago), the satays are affordable enough for repeated visits. You can even buy their satay sauce too if you want – it’d be great for a satay party at home. I am actually surprised that it’s kind of cheap too because I’d have expected the sauce to cost at least RM10 or more for a kilo.

Satay Sri Melaka Take Away


Satay Sri Melaka Food Court


Satay Sri Melaka Food Court Lembah Keramat

All in all, great satay, friendly faces and highly affordable. Not to mention the venue is clean as well. Is there anything else you could ask for?

Satay Sri Melaka

Medan Selera AU5, Taman Lembah Keramat
54200 KL
Business hours: 5pm to 1am (Closed on Sundays)
Tel: 013-640 9895

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