Friday, February 25, 2011

Ta-Krai Café

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This is my 1st visit to Ta-Krai Café that’s located in Juru Auto City. Been wanting to visit this place for a long long time, but many times, my suggestion was turn down. However this trip, I insisted to try out the food which is operated by Log that is next to Ta-Krai Café.

Ta-Krai Café is managed by Log and it was established for almost 2 to 3 years. From the external, hardly could see anyone dine in during lunch especially on the weekends, however, it’s basically full house during working days. Perhaps the surrounding customers around Prai Industrial Estate is visiting this place for lunch and also Friday night, you will see a lot more customers dining there.

As I mentioned before, I am not really a Thai food fan, however, once in awhile will definitely yearning for it, perhaps I like the spiciness.

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Anyway, a simple appetizer to start off the lunch, Prawn in Bread (RM5-00), some people call it prawn toast. Many would want this as snacks especially with a group of friends drinking beer or wine.

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While we were viewing through the menu, they were recommended Kheng Som Pla Tup Tim (RM25-00), it’s a deep fried fish and cooked with Thai special sauce. It wasn’t that spicy, but it does has its kick as in sourish. This is also cook with cauliflower, and other vegetables as well.

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When you’re into Thai Restaurant, Tom Yam soup (RM10-00) is something that you didn’t want to miss. And that goes to me too. A Tom Yam Seafood Soup that is made of sourish broth, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, fish sauce, crushed chilies, etc and cooked with assorted seafood like fish, squid, prawns and so on, that will make the soup tasty and mouth watering.

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Other than the spicy food, Fried Kailan with Prawns (RM8-00) is something simple, guess many places will have this dish.

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Takrai Chicken (RM12-00) – Lemongrass Chicken, something different from what we normally seen in the menu, and it’s easily make too.

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Since everyone is going for steam rice, I wanted to have something different thus a Ta-Krai Fried Rice (6-90) was specially ordered.

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A glass of Amra Juice is also refreshing after a hot spicy meal on a hot sunny day.

Address & Contact Number
Ta-Krai Café
Unit A, Plot 1 Auto-City Phase 3
North-South Highway
Juru Highway Interchange
13600 Prai
Tel: +604-501 1192

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Cintra Street Porridge

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I remembered when I first moved in, nothing has been settled down, yet we got to go back to work, and at that point in time, almost every night we were out for food. And back to this Oriental Island after so many years, honestly we both were like any other strangers hard to find food. And around that time, surprisingly it rains every now and then, and that even gave us more hard time to crack our head where to find comfort food.

However I remember I read the article from CK and Food Paradise about this stall. Hence, I told hubby let’s try that out after all, on such weather, porridge is the best choice of food.

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Of course the taste of the porridge did not disappoint us, and in fact, it really warmth up our stomach on such a cold weather at that time.

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With another plate of porch chicken, that garnished with ginger slices and sesame oil. What can I ask for more of such heavenly feeling?

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Fish Porridge

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Chicken Porridge

Other Review
Penang Tua Pui / Allie Food Talk
Food Paradise
Just Another M’sia Food Blog

Cintra Street
10100 Penang

Business Hour: 8pm to 11.30pm
Closed on Sunday

Thursday, February 17, 2011

喜洋城 Hei Yeong Seng Chinese Restaurant

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Hei Yeong Seng Chinese Restaurant is a new restaurant that recently opened its door for business in Penang Plaza, Burmah Road. Since, the plaza has refurbished and renovated, it gives many people a fresh look. At least, it attracts more visitors with one restaurant down there. Otherwise, it’s just another dead town.

Yesterday was our first visit and it’s also a birthday celebration for mother-in-law. And, I would have to say that my sister-in-law that arranged this meal has done a very good job.

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When comes to birthday, birthday noodle is a must for many birthday person. It represents the longevity for them, some even believe the noodle should not be cut. Since, it’s a big bowl of Lam Mee, the waiter was kind enough to scoop it out into a small bowl for all of us. And the taste was unbelievable very nice. At least it has captured all our good comments on this bowl of noodle.

After the bowl of longevity noodle, the rest that comes on to the Lazy Susan was a simple dishes yet full of understanding thought that my sister-in-law arranged.

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Sambal Fried Long Beans

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Steamed Garoupa

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Steam Egg with Saute Minced Meat

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Pai Kut Ong (Pork Ribs)

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Salted Chicken Pot

All the above dishes are best to have it with steamed rice, and honestly, that makes many of them have add on rice. Am sure any mother would loves to see that.

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What’s best to end a dinner … it’s a simple dessert. Soya Bean with Gingko. The Soya Bean drink wasn’t too sweat, it was just nice and the Gingko was tender. Apart from the dessert, full of laughter was the key of family harmony.

Happy Chap Goh Meh!!!

Other Review
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Address & Contact Number
Hei Yeong Seng Chinese Restaurant
Lot 207-221 & Lot 231-245
2nd Floor, Penang Plaza
126 Burmah Road
10050 Penang
Tel: +604-229 1623 / 229 3623

Business Hour:
11.45am to 2.30pm
6.00pm to 9.45pm
7 days a week

Monday, February 14, 2011

Home Cooked Wanton Mee

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On a Valentine Day, many couples will spend some time for dinner, whether it’s a sumptuous candle light dinner or simple one. I think this would be one of our unforgettable one. Well, why would I say that… have you seen a couple staying at home not having candle light dinner but home cooked Wanton Mee?

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Oh ya, don’t laugh over it, but that’s true that we both are enjoying 13 wantons each and a plate of Wanton Mee.

I got all these ingredients from Jaya Jusco, Queensbay Mall, except minced meat from Jelutong Market. Best to get such ingredients in the wet market, some how I find it fresher.

To marinate the 200g minced meat, I used oyster sauce, pinch of sugar and 1 teaspoon of corn flour to marinate for 30 minutes.

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Wrap these meats with wontan skin and keep aside. Boil a pot of water to boil these wantons. For my case, I use a wok to boil, for that matter, I find that it’s easier to manage, and also it boils quicker too.

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What mom taught me was when we put all these wantons in the boiling water, it will sink, once it’s cooked, it will be floating. It’s about 3 to 5 minutes, depending your size of the wantons.

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Once cooked, add 1 tablespoon of garlic oil and half table spoon of sesame oil. Add light soya sauce instead of pinch of salt, and add on ground pepper if you like the taste of it.

After that, I boil another pot of water to cook on the noodle.

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Remember to prepare another pot of cold water for cooling the cooking process, my mother told me that is actually clearing the alkaline in the noodle, and some how that’s make the noodle even more crunchy when consume.

Cook the noodle for 2 to 3 minutes, transfer the noodle to the cold water for cooling the process and then after transfer it back to the hot boiling water, losing the noodles and set it on the serving plate.

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If you’re not an oily fan, just add half table spoon of garlic and sesame oil respectively. Half table spoon of dark soya sauce and light soya sauce, mix well and garnish with spring onions.

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And that’s our Valentine meal.

Happy Valentine folks!!