Thursday, January 29, 2009

Ichyo Ramen Restaurant

I know I left a comment on Food Diary of Picky Eater before on Ichyo Ramen Restaurant in i-Avenue for saying that I would like to try out one of these days.

Well, since today is my 1st day of work after the long break, I had a very disappointed and angry experience.

Guess how long have I waited and what kind of treatment have I got?

All in, I’ve waited 1 hour for 2 bowl of ramen, and on top of that, we have asked the waitress how long should we wait for the ramen. None of them get back to us, they were all saying let us find out from the kitchen. Till the last moment, we find it really ridiculous to wait further, we asked the owner. The man with dark blue long sleeve shirt came to our table, we asked again, how long should we wait for the 2 bowl of ramen. And the man with his arrogant attitude answered us, ‘Oh, if you can’t wait, then can’t wait, lor!’

My goodness, what kind of service is that, especially in this industry and especially at this point in time. Market is so bad now and people are tightening their belt for not spending unnecessary, and yet this people simply throw the last refuge of modest and chaste relations for not reasoning a customer disatisfaction when in fact their service is at questionable doubt. Come on....you are in a service industry, what else but to provide customer satisfaction, no question ask.

What a lunch on 4th day of CNY!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

新年快樂 • 恭賀新禧


恭祝所有朋友及讀者,

新年快乐

新年到,笑一笑;
好事连连,财运旺旺!

祝愿你在新的一年里 -
心想事成、
身体安康
一帆风顺、
吉祥如意!



Friday, January 23, 2009

CNY Cookies: Green Pea Nuts Cookies

My sister has been wanting to make Green Peanut cookies by herself, she likes this cookies so much so that she can wacked everything on her own.

With her anticipation of making this, I direct Lilian’s recipe to her.

The entire work was started from 4pm and ended at 9pm plus. The most tedious part or rather difficult part is the removing the nut’s skin. Like what Lilian said, mostly colouring are on the skin itself. And my sis really follows what Lilian did, she bought those kacang putih instead of pre-make ingredients.

Anyway, once the skins are removed, we grinded it as fine as possible.

Start weighing all the ingredients and lump everything into the mixing bowl. Once blend well, we added the measured corn oil into the dry ingredients.

Then mix again. Lilian also said in her blog that it has to be knead well, if it gets crumble easily, add some more oil.

Then after, we roll the dough into tiny balls. The sizes of the balls are difference from one after another, well, after all it’s a non-sale items, isn’t it?

Oh ya, remember to preheat the oven at 170°C for about 15 to 20 minutes, and then bake those tiny balls for that temperature and bake for that duration.

And ta-da… here’s the finished products!!! Drool??

For full recipes, please visit Malaysia Best.





Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Best Koay Teow Th'ng in Chai Leng Park - Heng Kee 興記

Where’s the busiest street in Butterworth apart from Jalan Raja Uda, where people call that Apolo. I can’t think of anywhere but Wai Sik Kai in Chai Leng Park. This is the busiest street so far that I know.

In fact, how many knows about this street’s history?? I guess not many. In the 70’s this Wai Sik Kai wasn’t exist, and their original place is actually in front of the 1st row of shop houses in Chai Leng Park, where Penang Tua Pui blogged about the Yong Heng Char Hor Fun.

Some how those stalls were asked to move to this place after 8 to 9 years of operation. And that’s how Wai Sik Kai in Chai Leng Park was named.

So, what’s the best down on the street there?? In fact, there are many… but I always find this is the best stall among all. Know this uncle & aunty for a long time, and they have been selling Koay Teow Th’ng for almost 30 over years, so you can imagine are they the best in this street.

My mom particularly like this stall of Koay Teow Th’ng, she doesn’t know why, but if you take her to Wai Sik Kai, she only likes to go back to this stall.

Apart from just koay teow, yellow noodle and rice vermicelli, they have other extra add on like deep fried giant wanton and bean curd skin. Why I call it giant wanton, … indeed a giant size. [LOL]

You can also add on chicken and bean sprouts too as a side dish.

A bowl of this Koay Teow Th’ng, you can see the stall owner is not stingy about the food and charging it expensively, in fact, it’s worth the value. If am not mistaken a bowl of this koay teow th’ng without the giant wanton, but only bean curd skin is about RM4.00.

The stall is opening slightly late, they only starts to operate from 7.30pm or 8pm till midnight. The first few stall from the street entrance, and it’s easy to recognize too, a white hair uncle and wife managing the stall – Heng Kee.




Sunday, January 18, 2009

Ang Hoay Loh 紅火爐


Ang Hoay Loh (紅火爐) is not a strange place for many Penangites. Even those had worked in Penang or studied in Penang before will some how re-visit this place again. Well, why then?? Simple, reason is because of the acquire taste of the food served and it’s Hokkien Cuisine. Bear in mind, Penang is an island with almost 70% Hokkiens. Right?

I brought my parents to this place few weeks ago, which my dad brought us to Ang Hoay Loh when it was in Brick Klin Road (Jalan Gurdwara) some donkey years ago. It’s a place reminds them for taking us there for dinner and lunch, and also the special taste that they like.

Since it’s only 4 of us, we didn’t get to order a lot of food. Most important, what mom loves most is their Bak Ki. I supposed this is a Lean Pork & Prawns Soup.

And not to miss their famous Fried Glass Noodles. It was full of prawns and oysters. And this is something that I’ve not eaten for a long long time. Just loving this.

Pan Fried Oysters Egg (蠔煎). Though this cannot compare to other famous stall, but seriously, it’s good too.

And some greens, Stir Fry Hong Kong Kai Lan with Garlics. (芥蘭清炒)

The food was nothing to complain about, the only thing is the waiting time. Almost 30 to 40 minutes waiting time. Well, what to do,… my old folks like this place.



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Address & Contact Number
Ang Hoay Loh
State Chinese (Pg) Association
13 Jalan Perak
10150 Penang
Tel: +6016-555 2306

Business Hour:
12.00pm – 6.00pm
Closed on Wednesday

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Apartment Cafe & Restaurant

I know I’ve been talking about my recently KL trip and have not been posting anything from Penang, and I promise this is the last post of that trip, the indulgence trip or exclusive trip that I recently had….

Anyway, this is worse lunch that we both have ever had for our stay in KL.
Hubby said he’s not going there anymore again!!

Both of us thought of dropping by The Curve before we left for home, so, I told hubby let’s try out The Apartment, as I’ve seen many KL Bloggers blogging about it, and am sure must be a good one or a recommended one.

Probably I have too much of expectation, it turns out to be my biggest disappointment for this trip.

The biggest disappointment is the coffee which was served. Look at it, it’s a cup without a tea spoon, and saucer, especially for an outlet like that in The Curve.

Disappointment 2, serving time took us for nearly 45 minutes to serve, and further more, not many tables were in the outlet. And mind you, the 45 minutes was only served us the coffee without our lunch!

Disappointment 3, the food that they served was a mistake.

We didn’t know especially we’re from another state, thus, was hoping this the lunch that we ordered. When they served, we were like looking at each other, is this our lunch, and what described in the menu is exactly the same as what were served, minus off the potato chips. Though we should check it out ourselves, but then with that moment, we do not have the confident in them anymore.

We just ate whatever was served whether it’s right or wrong.

The entire trip was so exclusive and indulgence and it was spoilt by this lunch that we had, say no more for this!!!


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Contact & Address Number
The Apartment
G72-74 and 152
Ground Floor and First Floor
Western Courtyard
The Curve
Mutiara Damansara
Petaling Jaya
Tel: +603–7727 8330

The Apartment Downtown
Lot 139, 1st Floor
Suria KLCC
(Facing the Park & the Fountain)
Tel: +603-2166 2257

Business Hour:
11.00am to 10pm

Monday, January 12, 2009

Imbi Palace Restaurant

Sometimes I just wonder does Penang has good egg tart like KL does?? Seriously I don’t know and have not really hunt into that yet. But am always lucky to have my best buddy to take me to try KL good food.

Why would I say that, simple… that last day of breakfast in this Mama Mia fever period, Eve and family brought hubby and I to this Imbi Palace for breakfast. A place only opens at 10am on weekend and 11.30am on weekdays.

They are serving typical & authentic Hong Kong Dim Sum per Eve’s comment, as well as Cantonese food during lunch and dinner time.

What’s famous down here is their roast pork belly what Cantonese called it Siu Yok (燒肉).

Hubby has been into reviewing good roast pork kind of field lately, whenever he sees that, he’ll order a plate and try. With this, he gave 2 thumbs up. It’s like now you see it now you don’t kind of thing. It could just melt it in your mouth, and the skin is extremely crispy.

Other ordinary dim sum that we have for that morning was Siu Mai (燒賣).

Har Gau (蝦餃). And many other more like …

Pan Fry Rice Noodle (腸粉)

Zhaliang (炸兩)

馬來糕

Spring Roll (春卷)

Pan Fry Turnip Cake (煎蘿蔔糕)

奶黃包/奶油包

Egg Tart

鹹菜豬肚湯

生魚粥

Seriously, this is nothing compared to Penang Dim Sum… if you notice, I hardly blog about Penang Dim Sum. Say that am bias, but what I have down here compared to Penang, this is the best.

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Address & Contact Number
Imbi Palace Restaurant SDn Bhd
No. 8 Jalan Barat
Off Jalan Imbi
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2145 4822
Fax: +603-2143 3295
Email: imbi-pal@streamyx.com

Other Branches
Klang Palace Restaurant Sdn Bhd
F101A, 1st Floor
Centro Mall
No. 8, Jalan Batu Tiga Lama
41300 Klang
Selangor Darul Aman
Tel: +603-3341 1263 / 3342 1263
Fax: +603-3343 1263

Jaya Palace Restaurant Sdn Bhd
Ground Floor, Wisma LTL
No. 2 Jalan 51A/223
46100 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Aman
Tel: +603-7968 2000 (Hunting Line)
Fax: +603-7956 8867

Business Hours:
Monday – Saturday
11.30am – 10.30pm

Sunday & Public Holiday
10am – 10.30pm


Thursday, January 8, 2009

The Living Room Tea Break

Know what… Before I prepared for the Christmas Eve dinner, hubby and I were searching for a place for a Wi-Fi service. And guess what, we found The Living Room in Westin KL.
I’d just loved this place… so convenient, so good, so nice… unfortunately, not many have the customer courtesy like Mandarin Oriental.
Anyway, just a short sharing on a tea break that we had down here.
Hub have chrysanthemum tea for himself.
Where I have a cup of brew coffee, well, nothing to shout about, and normally I do need some caffeine to boost up my mind.
Hubby ordered something extra, spring roll. I’ll not encourage anyone to try this cuz, it was extremely oily. Perhaps they were rushing of time as they were all busy decorating the place for Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The C Club

I have never try foie gras (鵝肝) (Pronounce it: fwah-grah) in my life, and as far as I know it’s an expensive dish. And it is also one of the world luxury’s food, apart from Caviar (魚子醬) & Truffle (松露).

But, that night on Dec 24, Christmas Eve, hubby and I have the opportunity to taste it and we both fell in love immediately with it. It was so soft, it’s like a butter melting in your mouth. One word to describe it – Gorgeous!

The day was started this way…

I have not heard about this, neither do I have dine in here before. In fact, discover this place on my last food hunt trip in Oct. I know I know, I have yet to post anything thus far, but am more excited about this trip instead. Well, just one reason, and the reason is simple, cuz, I was moved by Mama Mia. [grin]

Anyway, on the eve itself, hubby and I were wandering in the mall and we both wanted to have some quality time to spend on these 3 days 2 nights stay.

We walked around to see what to have for our dinner tonight… and knowing KL’s life style is better to make a reservation soon, otherwise, we both will have room service again.

I actually wanted to try Kampachi, tough I’ve tried many times in Penang, but this is something in KL that I’ve not try. Before I could suggest to hubby, I passed by The C Club, a place where I’ve read it some where, can’t recall whose blog and I was amazed with the food presentation and the services that they rendered to their customers.

Without 2nd thought hubby said let’s try this instead. So, we both walked up front and made the reservation.

Reservation made for 8pm, we were there 20mins early. The waitress brought us to our table and I believe that’s the supervisor whom came to us and checked with us how are us doing and so on. No wonder many bloggers commented that the service is in fact superb.


We both quite like the arrangement, and the table setting though they arranged for us to sit near the entrance.

The guy that came to us not long ago, he came again to check on us whether would we like to have a glass of wine or champagne. Since I can’t take any alcoholic I gave it a pass, hubby in fact have a glass of white wine.

So, the guy opened up the 2 bottles of mineral water that had put on the table. This is the only thing that I never like about them for not letting the customer know. Guess how much per bottle of this?? RM11 per bottle!!! Damn expensive mineral water that I ever drink before in my whole life. Mind you, this ain’t Evian mineral water, just The C Club brand name mineral water.

Ok, back to the food… before they served the soup, I was looking at the menu which placed on each table. And I realized there are 2 main entrée for each pax, and I thought it must be for us to select. But then, if I remember carefully, that’s the entire dinner arranged.

Well, didn’t care much, we were just enjoyed every moment that we have down here.

First, we were served Venus clam chowder with Victorian black mussel, cod brandade & torn tarragon.

Hot from the oven bread to either dip with olive oil and balsamic vinegar or butter.

Second that came along is the starter… and the starter is seriously gorgeous, and yummy!! Spiced duck rilletes topped with foie gras, frisee & port shallot reduction. What can I ask for more?? All the luxury food down on my plate for me on Christmas Eve!!

There are 2 main courses for the guests that night, first being served was Fruits & nuts stuffed chicken roulade, served with Brussels sprouts, carrots & giblets.

I didn’t really like it, but hubby enjoyed it very much. Probably I don’t like the fruits and nuts that accomplished with the chicken though it came along very well.

2nd main course is Pan seared Pompano tumbled on Yukon gold potatoes, asparagus, haricot verts & served with kalamata olive tapenade & basil oil. Don’t ask me what are those, seriously those are jargons to me. My eyes are on the food instead. [grin]

After the heavy main courses, here comes the dessert. Dessert is Rum raisin moist chocolate cake perched on assorted berries caramel, topped with semi freeze baileys cheese mousse.

The sugar is sharp and we’re told to be careful.

Every course to us is so fine and nicely presented. Just like the Mama Mia cast member says ‘Simply Gorgeous’!!



Per Pax: RM160++


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Address & Contact Number
Lot 5.11 & 6.11
Level 5 & 6 Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
168 Jalan Bukit Bintang
Tel : +603-2141 3160
Fax : +603-2141 8190
Email : julian@thecaratclub.com