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Sungai Besi Wan Tan Mee was one of the best wantan mee places around which I’ve known for a long time. After returning from KL city centre one day and passing Sungai Besi Highway, we decided to have wantan mee as our midnight snack!

Interior, Sungai Besi Wan Tan Mee
The food place was located on Jalan Sungai Besi past the BHPetrol Station. During the day, a car mechanic shop occupies the shop lot. The wantan mee stall only opens around 6.30pm in the evening and closes around 3am. It was rather convenient for night shift workers or people who finished work late coming back from KL, or simply just for people like us who craved for some good supper!

Sungai Besi Wan Tan Mee
There were a number of toppings for the wantan mee to choose from. Their varieties include char siew, wantan, ginger duck, Hakka stewed pork, pork knuckles, wild boar curry, mushroom chicken feet etc.

Curry Wild Boar Wantan Mee, Sungai Besi Wan Tan Mee
Service was fast and prompt. Shortly after placing our order, we were served with our curry wild boar wantan mee (咖喱山猪肉) priced at RM5 for the smallest size. The noodles were served with curried wild boar, vegetables and also a bowl of soup. The wantan mee was delicious, very rich, springy and full of flavour. Coupled with the tender and moist curry wild boar, it was definitely one of the best wantan mee we’ve had in KL. We highly recommend anyone in KL to try this place out!

Other than the pickled green chilli, Sungai Besi Wan Tan Mee also serves dried shrimp sambal as a condiment for the noodles. Previously I also tried their shui kow (dumplings) which I thought was quite good as well. We would definitely return for more next time!

Stall Information
No 190H, Jalan 2½ Miles
Off Jalan Sungai Besi
55200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-92228866

We are big fans of wan tan noodles, so when we heard about Nippy Noodle Restaurant, it immediately went on our “To Try” list.

Nippy Noodle Restaurant, Kuala Lumpur
Located in Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park, the restaurant was easy to find although parking might be a bit difficult during peak lunch time. Nevertheless, we persevered in the hunt for some good noodles!

Interior, Nippy Noodle Restaurant
The restaurant had a traditional Chinese sort of air about it and the décor was themed around bamboo. You see, the noodles here are called ‘bamboo noodles’ due to the method in which they are made. There is even a glass room at the front of the restaurant for people to watch as the flour is manually pressed with a long stick of bamboo as part of the noodle-making process.

Wanton Bamboo Noodles, Nippy Noodle Restaurant
We ordered the Wanton Bamboo Noodles (馄饨竹升面), priced at RM5.10 for a small portion. We were pleased at the noticeable difference between these bamboo noodles compared to normal wan tan noodles. The bamboo noodles had a springy texture and were not soft to the bite. The sauce was nice and not overly salty. We definitely enjoyed this bowl of noodles! Don’t forget about the bowl of soup that comes along with it!

BBQ Sliced Pork Bamboo Noodles, Nippy Noodle Restaurant
We also tried the BBQ Sliced Pork Bamboo Noodles (叉烧竹升面), priced at RM6.50. It was essentially the same as the above, but with the addition of BBQ pork slices. The pork was not the best around, but it was still nice along with the noodles. The meat was not too hard and had a slight amount of fat which was to our liking.

Nippy Noodle Restaurant serves up some good noodles from our experience there. One worth looking out for if you’re a fan of noodles!

Restaurant Information
No. 25, Jalan Kuchai Maju 7
Off Jalan Kuchai Lama
58200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-79821781

27 Dec, 2011

Chimichanga

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Mexican Food|United Kingdom

While we were still in Cardiff, one of our regular eating-out spots was Chimichanga. To us, it always delivered big and tasty meals!

Chimichanga, Cardiff
Located on the first floor of the St David’s 2 shopping mall, it was very convenient to pop in after a day of shopping or a trip to the cinema.

Interior, Chimichanga
The restaurant was brightly lit and always had a sizeable crowd whenever we were there. It was a good place for families and also affordable enough for students on a budget.

Nachos with Pico de Gallo, Chimichanga
First up, some appetisers. This was the Nachos with Pico de Gallo, priced at £3.75. The tortilla chips were crunchy and the salsa was fresh and cooling, yet ever so slightly spicy. Indeed an appetising way to start off any meal!

Jalapeno Bullets, Chimichanga
We also tried the Jalapeno Bullets, priced at £5.25. These were deep fried jalapeno peppers filled with cream cheese and they were served with chipotle chilli sauce. While not spicy, they did have some kick to them. The cream cheese was mild and each ‘bullet’ seemed to just melt in your mouth.

Flame Grilled Piri-Piri Chicken, Chimichanga
This was the Flame Grilled Piri-Piri Chicken. For £10.95, one would get a piece of chicken breast, chargrilled with a choice of either lemon and herb or hot and spicy piri-piri sauce. It was served with jalapeno coleslaw and seasoned house fries. The chicken was grilled very well as the chicken breast retained its moisture and was not too hard at all. The spicy piri-piri sauce was very appetizing and something we enjoyed.

Tiger Prawn Burrito, Chimichanga
We also tried the Tiger Prawn Burrito, priced at £11.50. This item was probably one of the most value for money items on the menu. We had a huge burrito, filled with prawns, jack cheese, sautéed onions and peppers. It was garnished with sour cream, chives, guacamole, salsa and tortilla croutons. On top of that, it was served on a bed of Mexican rice. We think this item is best shared!

Mexican Paella, Chimichanga
A good choice is the Mexican Paella. Priced at £9.95, it consisted of chargrilled marinated chicken breast, tiger prawns, chorizo sausage, sautéed peppers, onions, and peas cooked with Mexican rice. The rice was very flavourful and strong with Cajun spice. The accompaniments were generously distributed in the rice. This was definitely one of our favourite things to order!

Barbecue Baby Back Ribs, Chimichanga
A must-have for us was the Barbecue Baby Back Ribs, priced at £13.95. This rack of pork ribs was marinated in barbecue sauce and chargrilled. It was mildly sweet and the pork ribs were always soft and a delight to bite into. It was served with seasoned house fried and jalapeno coleslaw. A very fulfilling meal indeed!

For us, Chimichanga is a good choice for Mexican delights in Cardiff. Our experiences there have always been good ones and we will definitely miss it now that we’re back in Malaysia! For more information on the restaurant, do check out their website.

Restaurant Information
9 Bridge Street
St Davids Dewi Sant
Cardiff
CF10 2EF
Tel: 029 20340220

23 Dec, 2011

Beer Belly

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Malaysian Food|Western Food

Together with other fellow food bloggers, last Saturday we were invited and attended a food review in a relatively new pub called Beer Belly in The Strand in Kota Damansara.

Beer Belly
We drove to the place in the evening and it took us a while to find the pub as it was located in a rather secluded area.

Interior, Beer Belly
As the name of the place suggests, Beer Belly is a pub serving various drinks and alcohol. The place was dimly lighted and the ambiance was suitable for patrons to relax while enjoy a sports game on TV.

Interior, Beer Belly
While waiting for our food to be served, we were served with a few drinks. We watched and took photos as the bartender prepared our cocktail.

Jack Daniel's Lynchberg Lemonade, Beer Belly
Pictured above was the Jack Daniel’s Lynchberg Lemonade. The drink was visually attractive and also tasted nice, the alcohol taste was rather mild and the soft drink gave the cocktail a sweet touch.


Cocktail, Beer Belly
Another of Beer Belly’s creative creation of cocktail.

Mojito, Beer Belly
Beer Belly also had their version of Mojito, do ask the bartender for more recommendations!

Peanuts, Beer Belly
While drinking, we were provided with bowls of peanuts to munch on.

South Asian Chicken Kebab, Beer Belly
Other than the appealing drinks above, Beer Belly also serve finger food, starters and main courses. Our first starter was the South Asian Chicken Kebab. Priced at RM15, we thought the meat was a bit dry but it was still good when dipped in their special sauce.

Spanish Omelette, Beer Belly
Our next starter was the Spanish Omelette priced at RM13. The omelette tasted better than it looks, cooked with chicken ham, potatoes and bell peppers, the egg was rather fluffy and very flavourful with the ingredients inside.

Devilled Marmite Boxing Chicken, Beer Belly
The Devilled Marmite Boxing Chicken was our favourite starter for the night. Priced at RM10, the dish was one of the chef’s recommendations in the menu and it tasted very good. The meat was nicely marinated and coated with thick Marmite sauce and it was soft when eaten. It left us craving for more!

Crispy Calamari Rings, Beer Belly
Priced at RM12, we thought the Crispy Calamari Rings were rather ordinary. Perhaps the batter could be thinner and crispier.

Birmingham Chicken Balti, Beer Belly
For our mains, we were served with Birmingham Chicken Balti which was priced at RM23. Customers can choose from a choice of rice or naan. We personally liked the chicken balti very much. The thick curry was unique with an appetising sour taste and slightly spicy which suit our taste buds. Definitely something we would order again!

Beef Stroganoff, Beer Belly
This was the Beef Stroganoff, served with butter rice and priced at RM25. While the beef itself was cooked well, we personally thought the sauce could have been a bit more savoury.

Spaghetti Bolognese with Homemade Meatballs, Beer Belly
This was the Spaghetti Bolognese with Homemade Meatballs, available for RM16. We thought the Bolognese was very good! The Bolognese sauce was thick and flavourful. It had just the right level of acidity from the tomatoes in the sauce. The beef meatballs were a joy to eat as well. They were soft and moist on the inside and were the perfect accompaniment to the spaghetti!

Linguine al Pesto, Beer Belly
Beer Belly had a very unique version of Linguine al Pesto. Priced at RM15, the pasta was cooked with chicken and turkey ham. The pasta had a distinctive taste which was rather similar to the Hakka Lei Cha, a pounded tea rice dish. If you’re adventurous and would like to try something different, do check this dish out!

Bintulu Belacan fried rice, Beer Belly
Our favourite main dish for the night was the Bintulu Belacan fried rice. Priced at RM12, the fried rice was garnished with side salad and topped with a fried egg. The fried rice was very rich and flavourful with Belacan taste. It was a very addictive dish and we would definitely return for more!

Stewed Spiced Apple Crumble with Vanilla Ice-cream, Beer Belly
Finally we ended our dinner with a Stewed Spiced Apple Crumble with Vanilla Ice-cream which was priced at RM10. We loved the dessert a lot! The combination of the sweet and crispy crumbles, nicely spiced apple slices and vanilla ice-cream was fantastic. A highly recommended dessert!

It was a pleasant dinner and we liked the food overall in Beer Belly, as well as their drinks. We would like to thank Ken for organising the food review and the owners of Beer Belly for hosting us for dinner. For more information, please visit their Facebook page.

Restaurant Information
No 6-G, Jalan PJU 5/20C
The Strand
Kota Damansara
47810 Petaling Jaya
Selangor.
Tel: 016-3616674

One of the Malaysian dishes that we missed when we were in the UK was pan mee. Pan mee is a Hokkien style noodle which literally translates into flat flour noodle. It was usually served in soup or eaten dry with thick black soya sauce. In recent years, dry chilli pan mee has become increasingly popular and there are many restaurants in Klang Valley selling them.

Restoran Super Kitchen Chilli Pan Mee
We decided to give Super Kitchen a try since the new branch is conveniently located near my area.

Interior, Restoran Super Kitchen Chilli Pan Mee
The restaurant was clean, bright and comfortable.

Chilli Pan Mee, Restoran Super Kitchen Chilli Pan Mee
We ordered a bowl of chilli pan mee (辣椒板面) each. Priced at RM5.50, the pan mee was served with dried anchovies, mushrooms, minced pork and egg. Each table had a jar of fresh chilli fakes which we could add to our noodles. The amount of chilli to add depends on your tolerance towards spiciness.

Chilli Pan Mee, Restoran Super Kitchen Chilli Pan Mee
Since we are spicy food lovers, we can’t help but adding countless spoons of chilli flakes into the noodles. After adding the chilli, it is best to mix the bowl of noodles with the ingredients evenly as pictured above. We quite liked the pan mee in Super Kitchen, the noodles were nice and chewy and the chilli was not only spicy, but also fragrant. It definitely satisfied our craving for spicy food that night!

Their pan mee was good and we would definitely return for more! The restaurant also serves pan mee with soup, curry pan mee, fish head noodles and other main dishes as an alternative to the dry chilli pan mee. For more information and menu, please visit their website.

Restaurant Information
43, Jalan Radin Bagus
Bandar Baru Sri Petaling
57000 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-90580998

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