Monday, 28 July 2008

Pick Ur Food and Eat It!

13 July 2008

Had lunch at Pick N Brew, 1 Utama (recommended by my parents!) This is another new outlet located at the walkway from the old wing of 1 Utama to the One World Hotel. There were quite a lot of items to choose from and we finally settled on the Nasi Kerabu and the Western Lunch Set that had a drink, Minnestrone Soup, Beef with Spinach and then Coffee. When we finished our lunch we decided to try out 2 types of cake (just so I could test out cakes from different outlets and improve on my own). We had the Apple Crumble Cheese Cake and the Carrot & Walnut Cake.

Food was quite good and as for the cakes, I prefer the Carrot & Walnut Cake. Maybe I'm not quite a fan of Apple Crumble anyway !

One Noodle .. nope make that Two !

22 July 2008

For lunch today we decided to give this restaurant a try (since it's the only one we haven't been to yet!) It's the One Noodle Restaurant located at Desa Parkcity. There is another branch that I've seen in SS2, PJ but also have not been to as yet. We tried out a few dishes as usual, some to compare with and others just to try out.

We ordered the Beef Ramen and the Seafood Ramen. Also had the usual Har Gau and Siew Mai and a plate of the Teochew Kau Choi Kau. The Siew Mai was not as good as what we've tried at some other outlets. The Har Gau was better at Soho (where we ate the day before) but the size they serve here was much bigger! The Teochew Kau Choi Kau was alright, at least it was not burnt or over-oily. The noodles were nice and the beef was nice and tender. I signed up to be a member since I thought it would be worth the while coming back for noodles! Plus the food was served hot (as you can see from the photos below - steam was coming out!)

Lunch at Soho (with discounts too)

21 July 2008

Had lunch at this restaurant in 1 Utama called Soho. It's been around for quite a while but today is the first time my husband is going there! As it was close to 3pm I figured we would be able to order from the 30% discount menu ! When I dined there with my mother the last time, we purposely went there at about 3pm so that we could enjoy the discount. But I think that since a few other outlets have opened, business has been a little slow, which is why they now offer the 30% discount menu from 10.30 in the morning !! Yahoo, good for us !

Here are a few dishes that we tried, that were from the 30% discount menu. They are, the Abalone Shiu Mai, Hakka Rice Roll, Har Gou, Shanghai Steamed Meat Dumpling (Xiao Long Pau), Sichuan Spicy Noodles and for dessert, we had the Signature Flowy Custard Bun. I must say that the dim sum was still good and so was the Xiao Long Pau. But a must when dining at Soho is the Signature Flowy Custard Bun. I have tried this similar dish at Canton-i but somehow the custard was not as flowy and not hot enough. It is actually quite fun and challenging trying to eat the bun while the custard is flowing out and at the same time piping hot!

Thursday, 24 July 2008

Eat-A-Lot Holiday (Part 4)

19 to 20 July 2008

Jalan Kuantan, Lorong Selamat in Penang and then back to KL

Slept in a little this morning and then we were off to search for food yet again! First stop, Jalan Kuantan for Curry Laksa and Siew Yoke (Roasted Pork). There are 2 coffee shops along this road and you can opt to dine in either one and just order the food from the stalls outside. Since there were 8 adults we needed more space so we went to the one on the left. Apart from ordering the 2 famous dishes here (Curry Laksa and Siew Yoke) we decided to try the Fried Kueh Teow, Lor Pak Kou and also the Yau Char Kuai.

This is the delicious Curry Laksa we had.
The other famous dish, the Siew Yoke.The Fried Kueh Teow which was not good enough!
Yau Char Kuai was good... went great with black coffee. Fried Lor Bak was not so good though.

Lor Pak Kou, also nothing to shout about !
This picture below shows the location of both the Curry Laksa stall and the Siew Yoke Stall.

This is the Siew Yoke Stall.The Curry Laksa Stall.

Before going back to the hotel, some of us went to buy the famous Tau Sah Pneah and we decided to go Chendol hunting ! The one we frequent was not opened yet so we bought some from this stall that Phua Chu Kang came to ! But, frankly I prefer the one we frequent !

On the way back from the Chendol Stall, we decided to check out Lorong Selamat to see if Goggles' (that's my nickname for the lady selling fried kueh teow) stall was opened or closed for the day. To our delight, it was opened ... but only start serving at 11am. We decided to come back after we check out of the hotel.

It was raining heavily when we went to Lorong Selamat and by that time there were quite a number of people already. We had to wait close to 45 minutes for our orders. While waiting we ordered some Popiah to eat !

Look closely at the picture and you will see the chef wearing this big pair of goggles !! And I only found out on that day that she cooks wearing Crocs too !

After our lunch, we made our way back to KL. All the way it was raining heavily then not so heavy, then no rain, then rain again.... sigh! By the time we reached Tapah, we HAD to stop for tea !! Bought some Guavas and Jambu Air and then made our way back.

It was a really great Eating Holiday that we had. I am still thinking of the Chee Cheong Fun and Mixed Pork Porridge !!

Eat-A-Lot Holiday (Part 3)

19 to 20 July 2008

Kimberley Street & Lone Pine Hotel, Batu Ferringhi

After getting our desserts for take-away, we proceeded to check in at our hotel. There were 8 adults and 2 children so we took 2 units of the 2 bedroom suites at the Gurney Hotel. The hotel is a little run down now compared to when we stayed here last. But other than that it is still comfortable and clean and it's near all the eateries we want to go which is the main plus point!

Well, we checked in and had our desserts and had a little rest. After that we went out for dinner !

Decided to go to Kimberley Street which was recommended by my brother and sister-in-law. (They were there a week earlier) The minute you enter that street you will have to start looking for a parking spot. We were very lucky and found a spot good enough for 3 cars so we could all park together next to each other. Then we found a spot with enough seats for all of us and then the search for food began.

We ordered the Mee Hoon with Clear Soup and that tasted alright. Not amazing but ... ok. The guys then came back with an order of Fried Kueh Teow, Braised Pork Intestines and Chicken Feet and Kueh Chap. The Fried Kueh Teow was so-so, Braised Pork Intestines and Chicken Feet was great ! You could taste the marinade in the intestines as well as in the meat of the chicken feet ! The best was the Kueh Chap !! Super yummy !

Here's a picture of where we got the Kueh Chap.

This is where we got the Braised stuff.After eating all the food we took another walk, this time to the other side of where we sat. Came back with orders for Hokkien Mee, Fried Mee Hoon and Fried Belacan Chicken and Fried Tofu with Salted Fish.Hokkien Mee and Fried Mee Hoon was alright, not super as I have tasted even better ones. The Fried Belacan Chicken and Fried Tofu with Salted Fish was something different as we have not tried that in Penang before. Taste was good too ! Not too oily even though it was deep fried.

After dinner, we actually were like these dogs you see in the picture below ! They were just lying there right next to where we sat ! Looking at them made us feel really full and sleepy. But we were not done yet ! We still had one place to go! This place is full of nostalgia for me ... we used to go there when we were little for our family holidays with my Grandfather. Now this place has been refurbished and renovated as well, it's the Lone Pine Hotel.

We were still quite full from dinner so we decided to take a walk at the 'Pasar Malam' along the road just outside the hotel. After that we headed back to the hotel for supper !

We ordered the nostalgic Macaroni Pie and for dessert we had Banana Fritters with Ice Cream. Yum Yum Yum !

The Macaroni Pie tasted a little bit different from the last time I ate it but the Banana Fritters was superb.

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Eat-A-Lot Holiday (Part 2)

19 to 20 July 2008

Ipoh to Penang

We had lunch in Bukit Tambun. It's not exactly on a hill but they have a little fishing village and the seafood here is definitely much cheaper than on Penang Island. Yes, Bukit Tambun is on mainland Penang meaning Seberang Prai. There are quite a few restaurants here but this is the one we frequent whenever we go to Penang.

This is known as Chee Lor (spiky shells). Its blanched in hot water and then you need to use a toothpick (or something sharp) to get the meat out. A bit like snails !
Fried Yuen Hock Hai Fried Mee Sua
Baby Octopus. This is also blanched in hot water and you dip it into the sauces and then eat it. We used to have to go all the way to Nibong Tebal or Bukit Tambun to eat this dish but it is now available also at Restaurant Teo Chew Meng. This restaurant has a lot of branches, some being in SS2, Subang, Menjalara etc.
After having our lunch, we proceeded to cross the Penang Bridge into Penang Island. There was a slight traffic jam after the toll gate on the way to the Bridge and we spent quite some time there ! Decided to go for some good hawker food before checking into the hotel. (Didn't want to miss any of the food in case they get sold out!)

Here we are at Georgetown for our Chee Cheong Fun with Har Kou and Mixed Pork Porridge.
This stall that sells Mixed Pork Porridge begins her business around 3.30pm to 4pm and by 5pm it is sold out. That is why we really had to get here before checking into the hotel !

Here's a picture of the porridge, the fried intestines, char siew and minced pork. Yummy!!

After lunch we decided to pack some desserts to have at the hotel. We ordered the Lin Chee Kang with extra Gingko and the Almond Paste Soup.

Sigh... just writing about this makes me feel hungry. How I long to eat the Chee Cheong Fun and the Porridge again !