Saturday, September 08, 2007

Meeting Sis's Merdeka Weekend Eat List

Malaysia’s 50th Independence Day fell on a Friday. Admit it. First thing that went ‘ting-ting-ting!’ in most minds would be ‘Yay! Long weekend!’.

Sis came avisit from Uniquely Singapore bearing precious gift for me! More of that next post, k. Guarantee to evoke envy. In return I welcomed her the Malaysian Truly Asia way:- Food food and more food. Hey, the gift was ‘yit-lat-lat’ (fresh hot) from Japan, ok. Told it has yet to appear in Singapore least of all, Malaysia. So, it’s only fair I throw dietary caution to the gutters and pig out together-gather.

As expected, she gave me a ‘to eat’ list. Let’s see ..

1) Lardy dark luscious Hokkien Mee
2) Pristine smooth Chu Cheong Fan with bouncy Yong Tau Foo
3) Bak-kut-teh

Fine print at the bottom:- must have soup during all meals!

It’s smooth, shiny and way out cool! But naked. Unclothed. Hmm.. Oh, I digressed. Mind still on gift, naturally.

So off we went, Paymaster aka Phitoy (hehe!), Sis and I, on a journey of abundant food in the capital city of a free country’s Independence weekend. Not to bore you with all the inny-minny meals in between, I’ll just reveal the relatively big ones.

Independence Day

Breakfast at Imbi Market. A wet market where there’s more youths, couples and families than ‘Ah-Sohs’ doing daily marketing.
These were ordered on automatic gear:-

Hoilam-cha (Hainan coffee). 1 hot ‘galat’ (big one), 1 hot small served in cup and saucer and 1 iced.Toasted Bread. Came with slabs of butter (not margarine, no no) and kaya. When ordering, the staff will ask ‘keping’ or ‘bun’.

This is ‘keping’.This is bun.Dry and Wet Wantan Mee. Been told many times this is good. I cannot tell.Soup? Checked.

Total Price: From Hainan stall RM8 (I think) while the noodles RM4.00 each.

Location: Behind the less than busy Pasar Rakyat. No map as its website is inaccessible.

Lunch at Pudu. Where else if not here to get all these at one place:-

Bell on table to call for service!Herbal Soup. Tasted a wee bit like watered down bak-kut-teh. I found it bitter but it was obvious I stood alone. Nevertheless, the mushrooms, sui-kow (prawn dumplings), beancurd skins and greens that came together went very well with a dash of soy sauce.Yong-tau-foo (Stuffed vegetables with fishpaste). This place is non-halal as the variety encompasses porkballs and fried intestines. Not shown here as we did not pick.Chu-cheong-fun (Steamed rice noodles sheets). Topped with salty fragrant minced fried dried shrimps. *smack lips*Soup? Checked in bold.

Bill:- The sequence of prices is as per the above except for RM3 being 2 Barli drinks. Again I stress, drinks are getting way too expensive nowadays. *sheesh* To ease those curious minds, the fur belongs to my mascot. Used its back for balance. =)

Restoran Yap Hup Kee
45 Jalan Brunei Barat (off Pudu), Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: (603) 2148 9220.

Lazy me have resorted to hijacking (again) its immediate neighbour's webpage for directions.

Dinner at corner stall Opposite Shaw Parade Shopping Centre. Most locals and a few floggers have raved about this place before. Pity we were late so I was unable to show-off Double Boiled Herbal Chicken Soup in Coconut to sis. She was very disappointed but no, she did not ask to return the gift.

Precious, my precious.

Chinese Herbal Black Chicken Soup (front picture) and Chinese Herbal ‘Shui-yu’ (porpoise or turtle?) Soup. Believe to cleanse blood. Plenty of unchewable inedible bits though.Mui-choy-kau-yuk (Preserved vegetables with pork). See the sweet salty fatty goodness? One of the best we’ve had. And Wild Boar Curry! Tender soo tender...Soup? Checked way overboard. *show victory sign*

Price:- Again no bill but this time I wrote it down. RM24.00 for the above, 2 bowls of rice and 3 glasses of Chinese Herbal Tea. No breakdown by dishes though. =P

Location: A relatively big zing roofed shack behind Berjaya Times Square, opposite Shaw Parade Shopping Centre.

Post Independence Day

Breakfast on roadside Nasi Lemak. My Saturday mornings are committed. So, we just packed these gems (hers with Ayam Masak Merah while mine with Squid Curry) to have at a coffee shop. No pictures as those gems look real messy when unwrapped.

Yes, broke rule – no soup. Oops.

Price:- RM6 for both packs.

Location:- A 1-table stall set up in front of Restaurant ABC at Desa Petaling.

Speaking of wraps, ooooh gift came unwrapped, you know. Boxed but sis was not bothered with colour paper, ribbons and all that pomp. Moi glad. Easier to get hands on gift! So I did it again. Digressed. Hey, who’s typing here.

Lunch at Desa Petaling.

Pan Mee. 3 major differences in the servings here. Strictly no dry version. ‘Yin-choy’ (spinach?) instead of ‘shu-choy’ (small potato leaves) with loads of own fried shallots.

Now, these shallots are yummilicious. I detest those commercially prepacked ones. Taste like plastic.Porkballs (a side order). Go for these. Bouncy meatballs with a surprise within.Salty meat within. Hehe.Note: Do not underestimate the green chilli paste provided. It burns.

Soup? Checked aloud.

Total price for 2 bowls of noodles, 5 porkballs and 2 glasses of herbal tea:- RM15 or less. Maybe. Look, no receipt issued so I’m lost.

Location: From Seremban Highway going towards South (Seremban), turn left upwards into Desa Petaling right after passing MEI Furniture Expo. A bright Shell petrol station greets all. Go to the 2nd row of 4-storey shops behind it. This ‘I-can’t-find-name’ pan-mee shop is right smack in the middle.

Dinner at Jalan Loke Yew. Last on sis’s eat list. Artery clogging black beauty. Haven’t been here for the longest time. Heard the cooks have changed and taste deteriorated. On top of that, last couple of visits, we found the service was getting from bad to worse. Impatient waiters (middle aged Chinese guys), wrong and forgotten orders. This visit sealed it as a place we will return again. And again. Service by the foreigners (How does one call people from Myanmars? Myanmar-ians or still Burmese?) was impeccable!
Drinks. 1 Barley iced and 2 'ket-chai-suin-mui' (Calamansi+sour plum drink). Whoa. The green juice made from cheap ingredients were pricey - RM2.50 each! Thick but steep. *sigh*Bak-Gau (Pork Soup). It was drizzling. Quite a cold night. Need I say more?Kon-Chau-Hor (Stir-fried Flat Rice Noodles Dry Style). Break a raw egg atop, fold in the piping hot noodles and shove into mouth. Yes, tastes have colours! Little Chef was so spot on.Fukin-Mai-Fun-Min (Vermicelli and Fat Yellow Noodles stir-fried in Black Soy Sauce). Lardy lard lard with ‘wok-hei’ to boot. Swoon-worthy stuff.
Fishcakes. Well let's just say these won't be our staple order there.Bill:-Address:- Familiar with exquisite Café Café Restaurant? Same row at the other end.

Post post Independence Day

Brunch at Robson Height. 11ish am. We were the first customers.

Mun-fan (Steamed White Rice soaked in Gravy). I suggested this instead of having the usual white rice. I had better but the other 2 were happy with it.Guinness Pork Ribs. Flavourful but the lean parts were a bit tough. King Crab Restaurant at Taman Megah's is way better.Black Peppered Beef. The meat was juicy and tender but the sauce a tad too salty.Seong-Thong-Yuin-Choy (Spinach in Superior Soup). Checkety-check-check soup.Bill:-Address:-Guess I did meet dearest gift bearer’s expectations.

Yay yay yay * punch air*.

Can feel most are saying it was way too easy but hey, it did involve a bit of brain juice and plenty of gastric juices, k. Of course the gift is still with me today. I carry it everywhere I go. Naked and all.

Stroking the surface now. OooooOoo *high*.


boo_licious said...

wow, what an eat-fest! I had those pork balls in steamboat recently. Very yum!

Rasa Malaysia said...

OMG, what a food the way, how come the kon chau hor so dark one? Actually I noticed that the fried hokkien noodles and chau hor in KL/PJ are always dark...loaded with dark soy sauce I guess. Whahahah. Perhaps that's why they are more hiong...

team bsg said...

nex time let us have some of those gifts we promise to bring her to anywhere all time anytimes ( + soups of any type any flavor any color ).

Actually u shud have brought her to O&S,PJ we will take it from there then end in Klang BKT shopsgot many many soups dark color one . sure she give more gifts afte that then we ourselves go to eat yeah mei in Puchong ( or Sri kembangan yr fave) or ok lah pubs in Hartamas lah also can

MeiyeN said...

wahhhh and a big WOW! i took up some time to read your whole post :D very informative and da pork balls, looks so yum! desa petaling? which part?

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

all this in a day?? wow.

Tummythoz said...

boo_licious, very yum indeed. Btw, where did you get fresh ones?

rasa malaysia, still lost to your yearly Penang eat marathon-lar.

team bsg, wow incredible itinery!Bring me-lar! I show you The Gift. How how?

meiyen, haha. Think it's the longest I've posted so far. You know Seremban Highway? On the way from KL to Sri Petaling/Bukit Jalil? Just follow the road until you see the big MEI Furniture Expo (kononnya holds the Malaysian Book of Records for the largest chair manufactured)on your left. Ok?

lyrical lemongrass, *bow low-low* U give my tummy too much credit. Over span of 2 1/2 days-lar.

teckiee said...

wahhh did you grow another stomach just for this?

New Kid on the Blog said...

OMG!!!!! What a marathon la!!! Can digest ah???

Tummythoz said...

teckiee and new kid on the blog, these are main meals - d 3 square meals. I've omitted to mention the rambutans, dokongs & starfruits, pasar malam satay sticks & ayam percik, NZ Natural ice-creams, teatime cheese cakes ...

New Kid on the Blog said...

with that, I bet you can eat all you can in Penang!!!

Jackson said...

OMG! OMG ! OMG! You should invite us to follow along It's such a non-stop food crawl!! The "gon chau hor" wt raw egg!!!! i wan i wan!

KampungboyCitygal said... was crazy..hahaha..all the kl places which im really not familiar with = =||

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

omg..i almost had an heart attack scrolling dwn the pics..seriously a feast to the eyes..i m already full at the moment after reading everything..

Fezzaboy said...

Yeah, I like the food at that Imbi Market... especially the bread.

I think i've tried that chee cheiong fun at Pudu before.. really different..

babe_kl said...

wat a feast!!! wah dat YHK ytf gone hi-tech d!!!

Big Boys Oven said...

OMG....such a grand food feast crawl!!! so envy you....olo

jason said...

Wah... Merdeka Day eating marathon! That Robson Heights... issit nearby Mid Valley? Or on the way to Mid Valley?

Tummythoz said...

Revive new kid on the blog with some belacan. Hehe.

jackson, cannot. Sis-mah. So need some privacy to catch-up on family gossips. Next time, k!

kampungboycitygal, you sure? These places are long time establishments!

NJoe, living up to your slogan 'constant cravings' huh!

fezzaboy, order 2 sang-suk-dan to go with the oozing out butter, mmmmm..

babe_kl, actaully dono whether those bell works or for decor purposes only. There was no need to try it out.

big boys oven, once a while only.

jason, yes. Opposite side across the Federal H/way. Foothill of Theen Hou Kong temple.

Kok said...

I regret!!!! I regret for stepping my foot into your blog!!! You make me hungry to the max!!! :P

Tummythoz said...

kok, please be reminded that this is food blog. So, I'm quite good huh. =P

thenomadGourmand said...

tht pan mee does look good! even the pork balls is calling to me! ;)
tht mkt plc..i muz go one of these days. butter! yes yes yes. margarine no no no.

Tummythoz said...

thenomadGourmand, go go go!

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