Ipoh Famous Curry Mee – Some of the best have been featured on this blog before, but this list is ever expanding, and there will come a time when even the top 20, or 30 won’t fit in every single stall worthy of a mention!!
Strands of springy fresh noodles dunked in the flavoursome broth brewed from chicken and various nuts, served with ample portion of chopped fresh ‘negi’ (Japanese leek), slices of perfectly browned ‘cha shu’ (roast pork belly), and an egg that’s wonderful.
I was never a fan of soupy noodles. To me, the sheer thought of slurping Penang koay teow th’ng, Ipoh famous Kai See Hor Fun, or even Maggi noodle soup can evoke a sense of malaise. Yes, so much so that I only go for these when:
a) No dry options available (Eg. dry curry mee, dry ‘Kai See Hor Fun’, Mee Sedap),
b) I fall sick and wish to down copious amount of soup with my food, OR
c) The soupy option is too good to resist.
At Marutama Ramen; this famous chain of ramen specialist from Singapore, I stumbled upon a gem. Almost a nirvana.
Once upon a time, when this Motormouth was just starting to pen (or rather, type) his thoughts permanently etched into time, this post was born. A short writeup on one of my parents’ favourite hang out spot back when I was still … erm, some random seeds; named Loong Seng dim sum in SS2. And it’s still there. Then I mentioned slightly on this famous dessert house named KTZ (Kei Tuck Sek – loosely translated to “Remember to Eat”?) also situated within the vicinity of SS2.
And the lineup of perennial superstars that started this trend of Snowflakes, My Honeymoon, etc.
KTZ probably holds the honour of kickstarting this trendy dessert houses fiasco. Until this very day, we see Snowflakes outlets crowded to the max, Tim Pun Gor Gor following suit with their legion of fans, and the slightly upmarket My Honeymoon gathering steam too.
But maybe a case of the disciple overwhelming the ‘sifu’ (master), when KTZ slowed down considerably after some serious expansion. The outlet in One Utama has since closed, and there’s one other that has ceased operations. Seems that the SS2 outlet is thankfully, still there.
And of course, there is still the ROOT of this now-legendary dessert chain; still projecting the same old, nostalgic street ambience in Kepong ….. Read the rest of this entry »
Burst of colours filling every nook and corner of Umami Cafe. The bean bags, the plush couches, the knee level tables, the ornaments and paintings adorning the bright walls, and the free WiFi service. Almost too cozy to be of commercial value.
Kepong’s a territory uncharted. At least to this clueless soul writing his thoughts down now. I was having this impression that Kepong’s somewhere near to Puchong (probably because they rhyme?). Yeah, that’s not very clever of me, I know.
I once visited Kepong; or rather, blindly trudged along the streets of Kepong when work took me to Taman Bukit Maluri. And I ended up at Tuck Kee.
Pan Fried Gyoza; dumplings freshly wrapped with fillings of minced pork and julienned vegetables. (RM7.90/USD2.60 for 5 pieces)
Fast forward almost 3 years later, and a return to this stranger of a town was imminent. Umami Cafe‘s a relatively spanking new cafe in the heart of Kepong town; in Bandar Menjalara to be exact. I did not expect such a structure of architectural brilliance (comparatively speaking, when you’re accustomed to the older structures around Kepong) to be built surrounded by not one, not two, but THREE petrol stations. K Gallery’s the name of the commercial unit, and Umami Cafe’s situated on the first floor above Old Town White Coffee, Moe de Cafe (an anime-themed fancy cafe with waitresses dressed in the most absurd pieces) and this German watering hole named Deustche Gasthaus.
Antipasto means ‘before the meal’ in Italian. Antipasti is the plural form of the same word. And these are generally served as the first course; starters if you will, to the Italian feast lying thereafter. And here at Spasso Milano, they took the initiative to place antipasti under the spotlight ….
-An Antipasti Buffet for RM18++, and additional RM3++ for a main of your choice-
Array of desserts; tangy lemon tarts sliced in quarters, Panna cotta (that I tragically missed because I was too obsessed with the savouries) and the chocolate cake that was partly tiramisu?
Witch was the one setting us up. In a good way, of course. Was supposed to adjourn to some other place for brunch … The Deli @ Micasa, but changed plan almost at the last minute. Good alternative though, for RM18++ is a darn value-for-money strategy to sample various appetizers laid out on the buffet table.
Succulent. Caramelized. Crispy edges. Roasted sides. Melt in mouth. Do I get my points across now?
“Miss your Ipoh food reviews!”
Read that tweet earlier this morning, and that was like a jolt to the senses. Much like how it was raining dogs and cats in the middle of last night, complete with eruption of thunders and flashes of lightning. Not a very productive slumber, and I don’t foresee this rainy spell in KL to end soon …..
Back to the case at hand. I do think that I have been straying off the beaten path; progressively as time goes by since moving to PJ four months ago. Felt like ages, huh? But I understand that I have been distancing myself from this blog, the readers (especially from Ipoh/Perak) and time allocated for surfing, reading blogs and social networking have become more of a luxury now, compared to the previous times when these were merely pastimes.
If you could lay your hands on a whole slab of caramelized barbecued pork belly (Char Siew), would you have done so?
I admit my fault. I seek penance. And ladies and gentlemen (the true blue Ipohans, Ipohites, or whatever you choose to call yourself …), here’s where I think sells the BEST CHAR SIEW in IPOH …
A full bowl of chunky peanut sauce with a light sprinkle of sesame seeds on top; but if this was vegetarian … then are you game for the Satay?
Like a recurring nightmare, this would be the official third post in a row centering around wholesome, healthier foods. Talk about a change will do you good huh?
This was incidental. Wait, could be accidental, since without my GPS, we got lost somewhere in Bandar Puteri Puchong. Or wherever this place was. Initially wanted to do Super Kitchen Chili Pan Mee all over again for dinner, with the sick intention of burning the roof of the mouth and sweating buckets before calling it a day.
Then the ever reliance on modern device took a drastic stab at reality. Without the device, I could not make heads or tails of the whole area. Ended up further away than desired, and this vegetarian restaurant was the only place that was brimming with life. Seriously.