Friday, June 16, 2017

Spring Water Bak Kut Teh @ Sungai Lembing

Haha.. By virtue of the whole town's water supply is from spring water, everything and anything you eat also it is called SPRING WATER XXX.
We went to Sungai Lembing Mining Restaurant for bak kut teh lunch as recommended by the resort owner. When we settled down in the restaurant, we understand why he recommended that restaurant. The restaurant is decorated with posters of the resort as well. Hmm.. you scratch my back, I scratch your back.
Anyway, the bak kut teh was ok. The pot include a big bone (as long as the pot's width) with meat attached. The meat was tender. I won't say the soup was particularly fragrant. Overall the bak kut teh was just average. No complaints.
They also have vinegar pork trotter. I think it was not too sour. A nice to have.
 They also sell roasted pork and char siew. The roasted pork is crispy and more flavourful than Ah Ding's (Refer Post on Ah Ding). The char siew was tender and sweet. 
 Other than the spread below, we had wanted to try their pau (steamed bun), but at 2pm, they are all sold out. Maybe other times then. 



Thursday, June 15, 2017

Quickie: Ngap Thui Mein (Herbal Duck Meat Noodles) @ Bidor

Everyone goes to Pun Chun, while this stall in Restoran Sin Thean Thean stays inconspicuous at the corner (cross beween Jalan Besar and Jalan Dewan Orang Ramai).
The lady sells herbal duck noodles and wanton noodles.

Just the look at the noodles already win over Pun Chun's.
Need I say more? Don't think so.


Sungai Lembing's Ah Ding Charcoal Roasted Pork (林明阿定柴香烧肉)

We came with some expectation. It was mentioned everywhere and the crowd was impressive. This picture was taken before the stall is even selling. This is just the pre-sale queue.
They start selling around 5.30pm, but the crowd/queue starts earlier around 5ish. So if you are kiasu, better be there early.
 The selling point of this place is:
  1. The pork is roasted using charcoal instead of gas, which gives it a specific fragrant and juiciness.
  2. The pork is roasted whole, which retains its juice and flavour better than those roasted in parts.

The oven


The production for the day

They only sell on Fridays and Saturdays, so if you are interested, plan your visits accordingly. 
 Other than roast pork, they also offer Char Siew and Siew Cheong.

Another thing to note. It is better to park outside. If you park right in front of the house/stall, be ready to get stuck in the heavy traffic.



Was it good? Ok only la...
For better experience, eat there and then when it is still crispy (because taste wise, it was a bit flat for me)


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Restoran Foon Lock @ Kampung Bukit Tinggi

I love to stop by Kampung Bukit Tinggi whenever I travel to either Genting or Berjaya's Bukit Tinggi. I would eat and shop some unique foodstuff there. So far, we kept going back to Restoran Foon Lock as we miss some of the food there. 
One of its specialty is the Sang Har Don Fun (freshwater prawn glass noodles). 

The prawns are extra large (to the extent that you'll find meat in the prawns' claws). It is slightly spicy so kids may not be suitable. 



Claypot ginger wine chicken 

Double-boiled freshwater turtle soup (Don't ask about the taste, I didn't take it)


Deep fried tofu. Not memorable.


Kids and visitors' favourite. Stir-fried Crispy Pork Belly. It is thinly cut. Crispy and tastes salty-sweet.


Another specialty of Foon Lock: Claypot Freshwater Fish. To tell the truth, I don't really get this dish. The only plus I see this is that the claypot keep the fish warm. Other than that, it is much the same like a steam fish.
Traffic and parking is a problem there. People goes there during weekends for food and shopping vegetables (especially ginger). But going there once a while on holiday, it is still bearable.

MAP: Google map to Foon Lock

Monday, May 22, 2017

Hoong Tho, eating memories

It was at least 25 years back when we would visit Hoong Tho, for Wat Tan Hor, Jar Wanton, Yue Sang Juk and Yue Watt Yee Meen. Along the way, we stopped coming due to the area turning touristy and the sometimes exorbitant price they charged during the festive seasons. But there are some good memories with my family that jam or price cannot stop me from coming back, though not as often.

I remembered having Yue Watt (fish paste) in Hoong Tho. So we ordered a plate of Giong Choong Yue Watt (Fish Paste Fried with Ginger and Spring Onion)

We also ordered Jar Chuen Kuen (Fried Spring Roll)


Wat Tan Hor - Flat rice noodles with smooth egg sauce

Hoong Tho Meen - basically yee meen (dried fried yellow noodles) with thick sauce with sprinkles of Har Ji (shrimp toast)



As kids, the highlight of our visit is the fried wanton with sweet sour sauce. I remembered that dad always had to request for extra sauce because we kids love them.
Now the same thing applied to the next generation. Wonder if the kids will have similar fond memories like we did.



Personal glimpse: The fondest memory I had was having Yue Pin Juk (Fish Slice Porridge). This was where I was introduced and where I fell in love with cantonese porridge. They used to set up a small stove at the front of the shop to serve up this dish. But now they no longer serve porridge in Hoong Tho. Maybe some things are best left in the corner of our mind to be drawn out once in a while and reminisced. The longer it is kept, the sweeter they are.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

En En Coffee Shop (fka Deli Miu Cafe)

I wonder if I have shared Deli Miu Cafe before. If yes, then this is just an updated name of the shop. The stalls are still the same.
 So what's good here? 
The noodles. The chicken. And the satay.

This is Hokkien Char with meatballs. Basically it is fried noodles with soy sauce accompanied by some meat  (here they serve with fish, prawn and meatballs) and vegetables. If you like spicy, mixed in some sambal belacan into your noodles and your Hokkien Char is elevated to a different level.

The belacan chicken wings is another must if you are a meat lover. The chicken is fragrant. Crunchy on the outside and tender inside.

The highlight for our family is the Mee Sua Gor. This is rice vermicelli cooked in thick soup. It is eaten with black vinegar. For better kick, add in pickled green chilli. My kids had 3 bowls each.

The satay is nice. The pork satay is even better. It tasted like Thai bbq skewered pork. The meat is tender and full flavoured.
Map: Google Map to En En
Look for: Maybank/Petron along Jalan Ayer Itam

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Kedai Makan Mak Engku

Ooh.. I love ikan bakar (grilled fish). And this is my favourite in Kuala Lumpur. I know.. I know... I have been to Ikan Bakar Tanglin, I have been to Ikan Bakar Bellamy. But Mak Engku offerred so much more. If you have tried their fresh fish, the beef soup, the vast variety of dishes to go along with the steamy white rice. And their drinks come in generous portion to douse the heat of all the sambals.

As the Board on top rightly said, this is "explosive grilled fish". It is not plainly grilled, but marinated in spices. I particularly appreciate their stingray or ikan pari in Malay. The ones they offerred here are white meat stingray, the texture is softer compared to the grey meat type (which I think is not so suitable for grilling). Not many ikan bakar stall offer the white meat type.

Anyway, there are so many choices of fish, you will definitely find something that you like.

We took a big piece of stingray. It comes with air asam (spicy tamarind sauce) separately.

I usually combine my grilled fish with ulam (fresh greens). My favourite is ulam raja (cosmos caudatus) - as seen at the top right of the picture. It has that distinct mango-like aroma that goes really well with the fish.

Special mention is this sup daging/tulang (beef bone soup). The soup is very warming because of the spices and beef. The meat is really tender.

Like I said, there are plenty of choices other than grilled fish. Chicken,veges, fried, stews, you name it, they got it. 
This is the time I have to practice self-restrain. But when in hunger, 'everything also I want'.

Of course, this can't be left out. the variety of sambals (chili pastes). Sambal belacan, sambal budu, sambal kicap, sambal cencaru, etc. It is telling you, there are many ways to spice up your life.

And of course, with all these spicy stuff, you need extensive water supply. Their drinks will not disappoint you.

How about the price? Let's take the bottom meal for 2 as an example. Stingray, veges, quail eggs, rice and ice lemon tea for 2. Total RM27. Economical or costly, you decide on your own.

Oh yea... location, location, location..