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02 Jul, 2012

Restoran Ban Lee Siang

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Malaysian Food

Malaysians do enjoy their satay and a truly good satay meal lies in the peanut sauce. So what happens when you get some excellent satay sauce and have the chance to boil skewers of other assorted things in it ‘lok-lok’ style? Satay Celup, of course!

Interior, Restoran Ban Lee Siang
Our first visit to Ban Lee Siang was with KampungboyCitygal, Brought Up 2 Share and My Story during our one-day food excursion to Malacca many months back. We enjoyed the satay celup so much that we made another trip to Ban Lee Siang on our own after that!

Skewers, Restoran Ban Lee Siang
The concept is a free-for-all style where one has to manually get their own skewers of food from the fridges lined up against one side of the shop. Each table will have one pot of boiling satay sauce which will be used to cook the skewers.

Skewers, Restoran Ban Lee Siang
Priced at RM0.60 per skewer, there was a good variety of food to choose from, though it’s mostly standard fare that one might find in a ‘lok-lok’ truck. Selection ranges from various types of fish/meat balls, skewered vegetables, tofu, mushroom, beancurd skin (foo chuk) and many other items along the same vein.

Skewers, Restoran Ban Lee Siang
There were some fried items as well such as fried beancurd skin (foo chuk), deep fried wan tan (dumplings) and Chinese crullers (yau ja gwai).

Satay Celup, Restoran Ban Lee Siang
To be completely honest, the skewered items are not anything special. Their only purpose is to soak up the taste of the excellent satay sauce which they get boiled in. The sauce was the main attraction of the place and the only factor that pulled us back. It was very nutty and had a strong scent of spices in it which made for a wonderful peanut sauce. We definitely wouldn’t mind having the sauce on its own!

Satay Celup, Restoran Ban Lee Siang
Suddenly, the ordinary skewered items became the most appetising things around when coated in the rich peanut sauce.

Bread, Restoran Ban Lee Siang
Another avenue and good change from the skewered items is to order some bread. Just scoop up some of the peanut sauce into your bowl and use the pieces of bread to sop it up! Definitely a very enjoyable experience indeed!

Needless to say, we got hooked on Ban Lee Siang’s peanut sauce and we think the crowd at this place is totally justified. Take note that there are two ‘Ban Lee Siang’s right beside each other and we understand that there is a rivalry going on between them due to some past history. Looking at the shop straight on from the road, we have only tried the Ban Lee Siang on the left (which is the more crowded one). We don’t know which is better, but the peanut sauce in the left shop was so good that it made us fans of satay celup!

Restaurant Information
45 E, Jalan Ong Kim Wee
75300 Melaka.

28 Jun, 2012

The Village, Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Malaysian Food

Last weekend, we were invited by Siew Yee, the Marketing and Communications Manager of Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside to dine in The Village, the hotel’s signature restaurant.

The Village, Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside
Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside belongs to the Accor group, a major global group in hotels. My previous visit to one of Accor’s hotel, Ibis Hotel in the UK, was quite good and they left a good impression on us. The hotel as well as the restaurant, was located on the shores of Putrajaya Lake and the architecture was stylish and provides a relaxed and leisurely feeling for the guests and customers.

Putrajaya Water Sports Complex, The Village, Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside
The hotel was located near the Putrajaya Water Sports Complex, and The Village is the perfect location to witness major sporting events.

Interior, The Village, Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside
The alfresco restaurant was dimly lit and it provided an ideal place for a casual and romantic dinner.

Appetisers, The Village, Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside
As for food, The Village has a lot to offer. During the month of June, The Village had the Oyster Promotion with BBQ buffet dinner. Priced at RM89.00++ per pax, diners get to enjoy all the food photos taken in this post. We started with appetizers first, we had their prawns, scallops, oysters and mussels as pictured above.

Barbeque Meat, The Village, Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside
Next, we proceeded to their BBQ counter. Here, customers can watch the chef prepare the grilled fish, chicken, sausage, satay, etc.

Barbeque Meat, The Village, Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside
One can also place their order and the counter and the staff will send the food over when it has been cooked.

Grilled Seafood, The Village, Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside
Among all the barbequed food, our favourite was the grilled cray fish, the meat was grilled to perfection and it was fresh and tasty. We thought the chicken and the sausages were quite good as well, especially when dipped in their Portuguese sauce.

Grilled Prawns and Crabs, The Village, Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside
The prawns and the crabs were quite good as well. My better half commented that he enjoyed the beef satay a lot.

Cajun Chicken Breast with Soft Polenta, The Village, Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside
Other than that we also had their Asian specialties. Pictured above was the Cajun Chicken Breast with Soft Polenta. The chicken was moist and soft, it was quite good.

Baked Potatoes, The Village, Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside
The potatoes were quite good as well. Other than the photos above, they also serve Fried Rice, Fried Noodles with Seafood and Ratatouille. We thought the Ratatouille was quite sour and appetising.

Various sauces, The Village, Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside
The restaurant offered a variety of specialty sauces to go with their food. Out of all the sauces, our favourite was the Portuguese sauce, it was slightly spicy and very appetising. The peanut, mushroom and the sambal sauce was quite good as well, depending on individual preferences.

Fish, The Village, Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside
The Pullman Hotel was crafted to depict architecture and ambiences that are distinctively Malay, Chinese and Indian, the food in The Village as well did the same to express the diversity of race and culture in Malaysia. We started with the Indian food counter. The fish, pictured above, was simple and nice.

Rogan Josh, The Village, Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside
Their Rogan Josh was quite good and decent. We also took some Murtabak (stuffed pancake) and Roti to go along with the lamb.

Fish Balls, The Village, Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside
The Chinese food stall offered a number of fish and meat balls for Lok Lok.

Red Bean Bun and Lotus Bun, The Village, Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside
There were also Steamed Dim Sum and Bao to choose from. The pink one was the Red Bean Bao whereas the white was the Lotus Bao.

Aglio Olio, The Village, Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside
They also had a Western food stall which offers various types of Pasta. The Aglio Olio was slightly oily to our liking. However, the pasta in cream sauce was quite nice and cheesy.

Desserts, The Village, Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside
Finally, we had some sweets to end the meal. Other than the puddings above, the restaurant also served pancakes, Ais Kacang (shaved ice dessert) and various cakes.

The food was alright overall and we thought the ambiance of the restaurant was very quiet and peaceful and it was nice to have a walk in the hotel area after dinner. For more information about the hotel and restaurant, please visit their website.

Restaurant Information
Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside
No. 2, Jalan P5/5, Presint 5
66200 Putrajaya.
Tel: 03-8890 0000

25 Jun, 2012

JW Yusuf Tom Yam

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Malaysian Food

Tom yam is always good to have on a cold rainy day or simply when the mood calls for it. Finding good tom yam however, is not so simple.

JW Yusuf Tom Yam
There’s no need to worry if you’re looking for Malay-style tom yam as there’s one right in our own backyard that provides a top quality serving of the spicy-sour soup. Yusuf Tom Yam has been around for as long as we can remember, but we did not try it until just a few months back.

Interior, JW Yusuf Tom Yam
Yusuf Tom Yam is a simple, no frills stall by the side of the road in Lucky Garden in Bangsar. There are many other stalls along that stretch of road including the well known fish head curry which is the last stall at the end of the row.

Tom Yam Sayur, JW Yusuf Tom Yam
We’ll start off with the very thing the stall is named after – the tom yam. Our favourite order here is the Tom Yam Sayur (Vegetable Tom Yam), priced at RM5. The tom yam here is thick, strong in flavour and definitely has a kick to it. It is sufficiently sour and has a good amount of spiciness in the soup. Definitely one of the best tom yam soups we’ve tried around!

Tom Yam Sayur, JW Yusuf Tom Yam
The Tom Yam Sayur has generous amounts of onions, carrots and some cauliflower in it. We prefer the vegetable version as the meat and seafood used in the other tom yams are nothing spectacular. We’re simply happy to have a bowl of soup to drink as it’s good enough on its own!

Nasi Goreng Cili Padi, JW Yusuf Tom Yam
Besides tom yam, they have various other items in the menu ranging from fried rice and noodles to cooked dishes to be eaten with plain rice. On our various visits, we tried a number of their fried rice dishes. This was the Nasi Goreng Cili Padi (Bird’s Eye Chilli Fried Rice), priced at RM4. Don’t let the photo fool you, this plate of fried rice has a very generous amount of bird’s eye chilli inside. We enjoyed this fried rice very much and it surpassed our expectation of spiciness which is always a good thing!

Nasi Goreng Belacan, JW Yusuf Tom Yam
We also tried the Nasi Goreng Belacan (Shrimp Paste Fried Rice). Priced at RM4, this fried rice was definitely one of our favourites. We enjoyed the strong shrimp paste taste which added a pleasant dimension to the fried rice. Do not expect it to be spicy, but expect the taste to be top notch!

Nasi Goreng Pattaya, JW Yusuf Tom Yam
Lastly, we tried the Nasi Goreng Pattaya (Pattaya Fried Rice) which was priced at RM5.50. My better half enjoyed this very much, but I’m personally not a big fan of Pattaya Fried Rice in general. One thing is for certain, the egg encompassing the fried rice was light, fluffy and very well done.

To sum up, Yusuf Tom Yam offers a good variety of food to go with some excellent tom yam! We’ve also ordered several dishes to go with plain rice which did not disappoint. Next time you’re looking for some Malay-style tom yam, just head over to Yusuf Tom Yam in Lucky Garden, Bangsar!

Stall Information
Gerai No. 13
Lorong Ara Kiri 3
Lucky Garden
Bangsar
59100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 013 – 222 2166 / 016 – 251 8912

21 Jun, 2012

Mayflower Food Court

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Malaysian Food

One of us used to work in the 1 Sentral area, which was how we got to know about Mayflower Food Court as it was a rather preferable choice for lunch. Even from time to time, we visit this place for lunch during weekends.

Interior, Mayflower Food Court
Due to the popularity of this place, it is usually very crowded during lunchtime. The ground floor will usually be full and the better option is to sit upstairs instead. This post is a combination of the food that we have tried there so far.

Peter’s Pork Noodles, Mayflower Food Court
One of the most well known stalls here was Peter’s Pork Noodles, which we’re sure many of you would have heard of. We ordered a small bowl of Chu Yuk Fun (Pork Noodles) which was priced at RM4.50. We tasted the soup and loved it. The broth was incredibly delicious sweetened by pork, tong choy (preserved vegetables) and spring onions. Served with marinated minced pork, pork slices and pork liver and eaten with Cili Padi (bird’s eye chilli), the dish won our vote.

Char Koay Teow, Mayflower Food Court
We also tried Uncle Lim’s Char Koay Teow once. Priced at RM4.50 for a small plate of noodles, we found this Char Koay Teow quite good but nothing extraordinary. It was cooked with the right amount of Wok Hei and spiciness, however, our current favourite still belongs to O & S Restaurant’s Char Koay Teow.

Western stall, Mayflower Food Court
Even though there are a lot of good food sold in Mayflower, our main reason of visiting this food court is because of this Western stall selling pastas. Even though we hardly have Western food in hawker places, this place was an exception. Ever since we tried it once, we’ve been going back for more.

Spaghetti with Chicken Chop in Mushroom Sauce, Mayflower Food Court
Priced at RM10 for the Spaghetti with Chicken Chop in Mushroom Sauce, the pasta dish was extremely delicious! It was unique mainly because it was cooked in a different style. Tossed in a wok with a Chinese cooking method, the spaghetti was strongly coated with Wok Hei and the tomato sauce added more flavour to it. The Chicken Chop was very good as well, as the serving was generous and the meat was lean and juicy.

On other visits, we also had Moorthy’s Mathai banana leaf rice which did not disappoint as well. Overall this food court serves very good quality food for lunch, do check it out if you’re in the neighbourhood!

Restaurant Information
144A Jalan Vivekanda
Off Jalan Tun Sambanthan
Brickfields
50470 Kuala Lumpur.

18 Jun, 2012

Waku Waku (ワクワク)

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Fusion Food|Japanese Food

After what seems like ages, the lot on the top floor of Mid Valley opposite the exhibition centre (previously Sushi King) finally opened to the public, revealing a new contemporary Japanese restaurant: Waku Waku.

Waku Waku, Mid Valley Megamall
Thus, we simply had to go and try it out! Waku Waku serves both Japanese food and fusion-Japanese food, which we will address later.

Interior, Waku Waku
The décor of the restaurant was quite unique and modern. We found it quite pleasant to look at and to be in.

Interior, Waku Waku
The restaurant occupies a large space, ensuring ample and comfortable seating.

Kuey Teow Jepun, Waku Waku
During our visit to Waku Waku, we were too attracted by the fusion items on the menu that we did not actually try their real Japanese dishes. This was the Kuey Teow Jepun, priced at RM10.90. Simply put, this was Japanese-style fried rice noodles. Served in a hot stone bowl, it was piping hot when served. We poked the egg to let it ooze into the noodles then stirred the whole thing together. We thought this kuey teow was really good! It was flavourful, yet it had a light touch to it. Do not expect it to be similar to the common fried kuey teow with wok hei, but this fusion version managed to keep up very well in our opinion!

Nasi Lemak Jepun, Waku Waku
We also ordered the Nasi Lemak Jepun. This Japanese-inspired nasi lemak was priced at RM12.90. The rice with coconut milk was served in a hot stone bowl with an egg on top.

Nasi Lemak Jepun, Waku Waku
The waiter offered to stir it all together for us in order to ensure that the coconut milk was absorbed fully into the rice and to avoid the sides from getting burnt against the stone bowl. Again, do not expect it to be like normal nasi lemak. Instead of fluffy fragrant coconut rice, the one here was sticky and fragrant coconut rice (in true Japanese style). The rice was surprisingly good on its own. The coconut flavour was light not imposing, but added a nice dimension to the sticky Japanese rice.

Nasi Lemak Jepun, Waku Waku
Of course nasi lemak would be served with sambal and other accompaniments. From the top left moving clockwise: A variation of teriyaki chicken, sambal prawns, sambal and nuts & ikan bilis. The sambal was nice with a strong shrimp paste (belacan) taste to it. It was not spicy and a bit sweet, but went well with the rice for a Japanese fusion styled nasi lemak! This was a new experience of nasi lemak for us and it did not disappoint!

Overall, we liked Waku Waku a lot and will head back one day to try the items on their menu. Despite opening very recently, the staff were very friendly and did their jobs very well. The fusion style food was good and definitely worth a try! Waku Waku has a website which is still under construction (however, it is advertising for vacancies now for those interested), but watch that space in the future for more information!

Restaurant Information
Lot T-015B, Level 3
Mid Valley Megamall,
Mid Valley City
Lingkaran Syed Putra
59200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03 – 22841172

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