Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Jin Shan Cheng Steamboat

Steamboat places are mushrooming around Sunway's Dataran Mentari area. Sometimes I just wonder whether the feng shui there is good for opening a steamboat business or people just like to jump on the bandwagon when they spot something is doing well in that area. This often makes the business becomes diluted and most often not, the food in 9 out of 10 shops there is below par.

Jin Shan Cheng is another steamboat outlet, except unlike the other steamboat shops in the neighbourhood that thrives on buffet concept, JSC is solely ala carte. The establishment is on the 1st floor which means you'll need to walk up a flight of stairs. My first impression?

0_O errrrrm is this a steamboat place? *walks into the shop* ok certainly looks very dodgy here. There were hardly any filled tables and I had the feeling of walking into a dodgy Chinese restaurant with China import waitresses, red lanterns, unclothed tables, wornout cushion chairs. Hmmmm.

We were given a menu ala HK tick yourself style. Sauces and tidbits were then served to us but we declined the tidbits. The sauces available are chilli oil and flakes (ala chilli pan mee), peanut sauce, sesame paste and fermented fu yu.

We ordered the Winter Melon Ham soup base which came slightly cloudy with wolfberries, winter melon and few slices of chinese ham to give it a sweet taste. We also opted for a spicy base in the middle. The pot was really quite huge!

Being the ever enthusiastic foodies we are, here are what we ordered:
- fish noodles (RM8), beef slice (RM18), pork slice (RM8), crispy pork intestines (RM6), golden mushroom (RM6), smooth bean curd (RM2), fu zhou fish balls (RM8), pork balls (RM8), fish balls (RM8), meat roll (RM8).

The hits were definitely the beef and pork slices, very razor thin but when dipped in the boiling soup it cooks and unfolds perfectly. The balls were so-so. The miss would be the crispy pork intestines that were unfresh, we left them untouched completely and also notably a miss would be sighting of a baby cockroach on our table.

If any chance I would ever be back is to take away the awesome beef and pork slices (note- take away not dine in!).

Eiling's review on JSC here.

Jin Shan Cheng
42A-2 Jln PJS 8/2,
Dataran Mentari,
Bandar Sunway, 46150 PJ.
Tel: 03-5631 8220

[disclaimer: the opinions expressed here are based on my personal views, tastebuds and preference and may vary for others. please dont sue me, i dont have money. kthxbye.]

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Bavarian Bierhaus

Such tragic ending for the pig :(

Am I the last food blogger to ever blog about this? But like they say, "Better be LATE than NEVER!"

Ok, so I have in mind all you readers out there already know the existence of this German restaurant in The Curve that is famous for their BIG beer kegs (Paulaner I think?) and BIG pork knuckles and BIG sausages. They say everything is BIGGER in Texas but I think German deserves a mention too.

As for Malaysia, well we have the BIGGEST mooncake, BIGGEST ketupat, BIGGEST lemang and whatnot as well!

House Specialty Pork Knuckle- RM58

To be honest, the pork knuckle is really HUGE! Those pigs must be damn well fed! Upon dissecting it, well I guess what makes this body part HUGE is cos of the fats... A caution should be placed on all pork knuckle dish (western or chinese)- Beware of Fats. Eat At Your Own Risk!

It was deep fried to perfection, crispy, crunchy, meaty and fatty as well. It goes well with the brown sauce and mustard too. The potatoes were good too, I love potatoes done in this way.

Mixed Sausage Platter- RM70

I am a great BIG fan of meaty sausages and this comes as another must order as seen in everyone else's blogs. There are at least 10 variants of bratwurst on the platter- lamb, beef and chicken served with a side of sauerkraut (finely shredded cabbage that has been fermented) and potato salad with bacon bits.

Another caution on this dish- Can be Very Very Very Filling.

A glimpse at the next table, one whole family of 5 persons were having the same dishes as us, while there were only 2 of us! Hahahaha, certainly overdosed with meat. But no wastage though, as I took away the sausages and had it for breakfast for 3 days.

Bavarian Bierhaus
Lot G66,
Ground Floor,
The Curve, PJ.
Tel: 03-7728 8269

[disclaimer: the opinions expressed here are based on my personal views, tastebuds and preference and may vary for others. please dont sue me, i dont have money. kthxbye.]

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Sage @ Gardens Residences

Dear Readers,

These are pictures from Sage @ Gardens Residences, taken (& eaten) sometime back. Mention Sage and the instant reaction is that it is synonymous to the fine dining scene, but of course there are many fine dines out there but Sage is just about as good as it gets (or at least towards the 'once in a blue moon' affordability, price-wise).

Due to the complicated foreign language names of the dishes, I shall localize them so that laymen like you and me can understand.


Complimentary- Fried Sushi Ball

Foie Gras with Vege Tempura

Duck Confit with capers, olives and rocket salad

Assorted Mushrooms


Main Course

Foie Gras and Angel Hair Pasta

Risotto with Scallops and Prawn

Lamb Rack

Angus Beef



Strawberries with Vanilla Ice Cream

Almond Blancmanger

Ice Cream Blackberries and Pastry

Almond Cream with Apples and Vanilla Ice Cream

The dinner set menu was at RM140++ per pax, with a choice of an appetizer, mains and dessert each. While it's definitely not an everyday dinner affair, the food, ambience and setting does the pricetag justice. This is the place one must go if looking for a fine dine (wine not included) without burning a big hole in the pocket.

Set Lunch goes for RM100++, while Chef's Menu at RM160++.

The Gardens Residences
6th Floor,
The Gardens, Mid Valley City,
Lingkaran Syed Putra.
Tel: 03-2268 1328

[disclaimer: the opinions expressed here are based on my personal views, tastebuds and preference and may vary for others. please dont sue me, i dont have money. kthxbye.]

Monday, September 14, 2009

Colourful Bowls of Desserts @ Little Penang Cafe

Red Ruby with Strips of Jackfruit- RM5.90

Desserts are a vital part of a meal, I am sure many out there will agree with me (especially the girls *wink*). A good dessert can end the meal on a high note, whereas a bad one will leave you hanging there, angry and disappointed... and leave you feeling empty even after you have had a full meal.

So here's 2 of my favourite oriental/asian desserts (wanted to say Malaysian but I think red ruby is made famous from Thai, also known as tub tim krob?). The red ruby is made to look like mock promegranate but actually it's made of water chestnut. Top it with ice shavings and coconut milk and strips of jackfruits, this dessert is just yummilicious!

Cendol- RM5.90

Looks like the cendol is not from Malaysia either, haha. Read from Wiki that it originated from Jakarta, Indonesia. I guess cendol is such a common type of dessert that it needs no introduction anymore?

Aaaaahhhhh, would love a bowl of this dessert now.

Little Penang Cafe
G43, Ground Floor,
The Curve.

[disclaimer: the opinions expressed here are based on my personal views, tastebuds and preference and may vary for others. please dont sue me, i dont have money. kthxbye.]

Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Final Episode of Malacca

Jonker Walk

Malacca is dubbed the historic state of Malaysia. Well besides being a land rich in historical buildings and nolstagic feel, Malacca is also known as the Land of Good Food (LGF- Other LGFs include Ipoh, Penang and some of the outskirt areas).

Takoyaki stall- I love this snack!

Jonker Walk or Jalan Hang Jebat is inarguably the most famous (and probably overrated) but it is the one place everyone will go to appreciate the historical buildings, antique scouting, food searching and souvenir buying. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, Jonker Walk will transform into a night market, except you won't see any vegetables or poultry being sold. There are traders lining along the pedestrian street selling knick knacks, souvenirs, street snacks, crafts, jewellery etc.

Curry Laksa

Whenever we are in Malacca, Jonker 88 will be a sure drop-by for their curry laksa and durian cendol. I am not a fan of this artery clogging but colour inducing bowl of noodles but my makan partner in crime gives his thumbs up all the time for this! Mmmm mmmmmm.

I am an assam laksa person :)

Durian Cendol

I headed for the durian cendol instead. Durian + cendol, can the equation get better than that? Although this has been weeks ago, can't explain the sudden cravings for cendol these few days though, still hasn't got my fix of it yet. Any good cendols around PJ- preferably near Section 19?

Putu Piring

I'm ashamed to say I have never seen, ate or even know what putu piring was until I was shown the 'light'. Putu pirings are steamed rice flour filled with gula melaka and topped with grated coconut. Hot, fluffy and packed with sweet offerings, these traditional sweet cakes sells at 80¢ per piece and even Jason (aka Ah Xian) from Astro approves of it (click here)!

Jonker 88
88, Jalan Hang Jebat,
75200 Melaka.

Putu Piring
252, Jalan Tengkera,
75200 Melaka.
Tel: 06-282 1505
Business hours: 6.30-10.30pm, closed on Sundays

[disclaimer: the opinions expressed here are based on my personal views, tastebuds and preference and may vary for others. please dont sue me, i dont have money. kthxbye.]

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Mille Crepe @ Nadeje

Original Mille Crepe- RM8.50

Still on the Malacca episode, today's post will be on the famous Nadeje Mille Crepe. In KL, the only place you will probably see this (or at least the one I know) is at Food Foundry and I have heard and read too much about the standard and quality of the food not as good as it used to be. True enough, my first encounter with FF left quite a bit of impression on me that I vowed to revisit when I can finally drive and find my way there. Fast forward, think the food now is overrated and pricey... and the supposingly special Mille Crepe cakes are not that good anymore.

Haven't tried Nadeje before but read so much about it being more 'original' than FF's. So here we are at Nadeje!

Calpis Hisbiscus- RM8.50, Cafe Mocha- RM8.50

I have to admit, the cake here is better. Not too sure whether I've been psychologically hypnotized to think Nadeje's version is better from all the reviews, but the cake does taste good, and creamier. A little too pricey for a piece of cake though methinks. The drinks are ok, though really the Calpis Hibiscus is meant for those with an acquired taste :/

Overall a good place to have a teatime/evening tea break :)

G-23 & 25, Jalan PM4,
Plaza Mahkota,
75000 Melaka.
Tel: 06-283 8750

[disclaimer: the opinions expressed here are based on my personal views, tastebuds and preference and may vary for others. please dont sue me, i dont have money. kthxbye.]

Monday, September 7, 2009

Malay Style Seafood @ Crystal Bay, Malacca

Pick me! Pick me!

Seafood is always synonymous to Chinese/Western style of cooking- the lavish kind you can find at big but sometimes overpriced seafood restaurants? When in Malacca few weeks back, a kind local friend of ours took us for seafood- Malay kampung style seafood.

Cook me! Cook me!

This seafood place is located quite far from the Malacca city centre (by small town standards, I think it is far) and the place is called Crystal Bay. Quite a nice name but the actual on site location begs to differ, ha ha. Anyway, that's besides the point. There are a few stalls, all in the seafood business so naturally we picked the stall with the most people. There are a variety of catches for you to pick your dinner from. We picked our fish, prawns, squid and kupang.

Warm Nasi Lemak- RM0.50 per pack

The style of eating here is with nasi lemak, small but warm and fluffy. An average person can probably gobble 3 or 4 of this at one sitting. But of course, we're not here for nasi lemak, so we shall leave space for the main dishes!

Udang Bakar (Grilled Prawns?)- RM4.50 each

Butter Prawns- RM4.50 (each)

We picked 6 prawns, 3 done in butter style and the rest purely grilled to taste the freshness. The prawns are big and fresh, I think they are fresh water prawns. Bakar style of butter style, both were fresh and tangy.

Ikan Jenak Bakar (Grilled Jernak Fish)- RM19.50

For our grilled fish, we chose the Jenak type. This was fresh too and the grilled aroma was too good to be resisted!

Sotong Bakar (Grilled Squid)- RM10

While the sotong bakar was nothing fantastic to shout about, it was fat and tangy which will surely send the cholestrol level rocket high! Oh and grilled crispy tentacles are yums!

Kupang (Local Mussels)- RM8

Surely, there's got to be something soupy among all the grilled dishes right? We ordered the kupang which are also known as local mussels (not as big, fat, and orangy as the western ones) done in sweet & sour style. For RM8, I think the dish was quite a steal!

The total bill came up to RM66.45 for 3 persons inclusive of nasi lemak and coconut water.

Warisan Aroma Kita Stall No.2
@ Crystal Bay, Melaka.

[disclaimer: the opinions expressed here are based on my personal views, tastebuds and preference and may vary for others. please dont sue me, i dont have money. kthxbye.]

Sunday, September 6, 2009

'Best Pork Satay in Melaka'

Besides being quite annoying when they can't locate the satellite, GPS is actually quite a useful tool especially for those on a makan trip! We located this pork satay shop (captioned as the best pork satay in Melaka) through the GPS point of interest function.

Let me bring you the 'Best Pork Satay in Melaka'!

Now, to be honest, I love pork and all things porky (except char siew pao's fatty lard, as publicly announced in my FB few days ago, with much objection from certain csp lovers and a few support from anti-csp fatty lard members), so naturally I should LOVE pork satay right? Wrong! I like chicken satay more... hehe.

Anyway, I can't deny that this 'Best Pork Satay in Melaka' is tasty, with the grilled fatty bits in between and grilled flavours, it is quite addictive. We went in with the objective of trying "2 sticks" and ended up having 20 over sticks! There were also grilled intestines (yums!) and grilled coagulated pork blood (yuck!).

The satay is at 55¢ a stick.

Kedai Satay Xiang Ji
50, Jalan Portugis,
Off Jonker Street (Jln Hang Jebat),

disclaimer: the opinions expressed here are based on my personal views, tastebuds and preference and may vary for others. please dont sue me, i dont have money. kthxbye.]
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