Since lately I’ve been posting haphazardly, with most posts hanging without an ending, and the words “to be continued ….” rather misleading and somewhat abused, I pledge to conclude all the infamous sagas, before starting anew.
Good. With that out of my chest, let’s backtrack slightly to the Moussandra post and move on from there, shall we?
Privacy ensured in the sense that the high seats hinder the nosy neighbours from prying on your meal … or eavesdropping on your conversation. =P
Since the last visit to Tony Roma’s was sometime during the Jurassic age (ie : when they opened their 1st outlet in Pavilion, and offering ‘cheap’ set lunches from RM16.90 onwards), I proposed (no, not THAT form of proposing) to have dinner at Tony Roma’s over at Pavilion, again. Of course, I can’t be selfish since the other 4 pretties (loosely used term, this one) have not stepped into the joint yet.
Fish & Chips (RM26.90)
From Chapter One …. The perilous journey continued ….
Did the mythos reveal anything of relevance, about this place? Gunung Mat Chinchang, standing tall, amidst the clouds in the sky, overlooking the western coast of this equally exotic island?
This poor boy’s artillery exclude a History textbook. (And of course, a dictionary’s unheard of, as well as Morale Studies textbook. Does he even need one?) Hence no recollection whatsoever on this highland, at the western end of Langkawi, requiring about 30 minutes of travelling by bullock cart (car) from Kuah town, and a RM15 flying carriage (Cable car) ride to the top.
A map to the treasures in Oriental Village Read the rest of this entry »
Once upon a time, there lived a young, innocent, and naive Ipoh boy who has never stepped on the soils of Langkawi; a mystical island to the north of Peninsula Malaysia, filled with myths, legends and many more stories untold. Seven generations cursed, the island (now branded as Geopark) has now achieved considerable fame, and fortune.
Then, opportunity knocked on this poor boy’s door. He was offered a fully-paid ‘trip‘ of sorts, for a full 5 days in Langkawi, the island destination he was hoping so much to visit, deep down in his heart. Though the journey was smooth (thanks to the sparkly & propelling Firefly), the stay wasn’t so. Trapped in a dungeon with looming threats, from toads-infested loo to 40-suicidal-feet of towering doom, and rations polluted (poisoned) with giant flies’ eggs. Read the rest of this entry »
I know … I know. It’s been nearly a month since I blogged about my Hanoi trip. Yup, I’m easily distracted, plus the repeated visits to Langkawi had me reeling from all the travelling. The icing on the cake? Food poisoning right after the 2nd trip to Langkawi, no thanks to either the Nasi Kandar meal in Penang, or the dinner of mild-looking Economy Rice in Ipoh. Obviously, the booze and the chocs can’t be the culprits, can they?!!
A case of over-binging, I supposed. But on the road to recovery now ….. Hence I’ll write a short post on Halong Bay .(Erm, short in my dictionary may mean excessive rambling in others, so do take it with a pinch of salt! Hehehe) So, here goes ….
After the satisfactory lunch (dismal from a discerning foodie’s standards, but me being a Motormouth aka garbage bin, I walloped every single strands of fibre and every piece of flesh from the nameless fish, with MUCH gusto!) on the boat, we were transported to some caves, an obvious tourist spot, with many other junk boats docking.
Every hill, every grotto looks like what YOU imagine them to be. Much like clouds. Read the rest of this entry »
Since we’re on a roll here, let’s review another restaurant serving banana leaf curry rice (BLR – sc‘s the one who coined this, not me!) in Ipoh …. but feel free to look away if BLR’s not your thing. But Malaysians being Malaysians, who can say NO (!!) to heaps of white rice on a banana leaf, generously doused with curries, served with a meat of choice, and unlimited servings of vegetables. And a piece of those addictive, crunchy papadom for good measure.
Unlimited gravies, and vegetable side dishes, one can have a VERY heavy lunch and suffer the consequences. The post-lunch syndrome x 10 = Logs @ Work.
Previous experience at Samy’s left us wanting for more, Mr Z & FCOE recommended this outlet on Maxwell Road in Ipoh, simply named NS Curry House, an unassuming choice given the far from city location, as well as the lack of publicity thereof. But wait, since they’re foodies in their own rights (=P), we took their words for it, and ventured to this outlet one fine afternoon. (P/S : See? Mr Z/FCOE ; I’m skipping all backlogs for this post, dedicated to you guys …. hehehe …)
The Elixir of Sin …. Read the rest of this entry »
Chemor, in case you’re wondering, is a small town in Perak, about 25 km from Ipoh, and near to Sungai Siput, and Kuala Kangsar. Previous entry on Chemor’s food (and the only one, as far as I can recall!) was on Hoong Wan’s Fish Noodles, and that was ages ago.
Samy Restaurant is one of the household name, a force to be reckoned with, so to speak, in this part of Kinta district. Serving delectable Indian banana leaf cuisine, the place is routinely packed with factory workers from the various industrial parks within the vicinity, namely Tasek, Chemor, Kanthan and Sungai Siput. On weekends, even tourists stop by for a finger-licking good meal while on the way to Kuala Kangsar (using the trunk road).
Be there early, before 12pm if possible, to beat the crowd. But the patrons here do not mind sharing their tables, given the fact that the set up mostly consists of long tables (ala canteen style), thus strangers may be sitting next to each other, licking their fingers while seemingly in trance from the addictive curry dishes.
White rice served on a banana leaf, with various vegetable dishes; Pickled cucumber, pineapple and onions, Curry potatoes, carrots and long beans, & The Usual …. Cabbage
First up, march into the shop, all the while stealing glances at the counter up front, picking your dish of preference. From curry chicken to dry mutton curry, as well as crabs, de-shelled prawns curry and squids, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Lest you come here with a few companions (makan kakis?), you’ll be better off picking ONE dish, rather than being ambitious and try one of each!
Drench your rice with the vegetable curry, complemented by a cup of Rasam and a crispy Papadam. To douse the fire (don’t worry, the dishes ain’t spicy), wash it all down with a cool, and sweet glass of Cow’s Milk
Curry Chicken with Potatoes
The portion at Samy’s on the larger end, hence hold the rice if you’re not in for a VERY filling meal. We ended up feeling very sleepy after the meal, given the high carbohydrate contents, and the hot-as-hell weather. Ipoh’s BLAZING HOT lately, no joke.
As popular as Samy may be, I still feel the banana leaf fare at Sri Asoka Corner over at Medan Selera Stadium Ipoh scores a notch above in terms of taste. Personal preference aside, I felt that Samy’s curries and side dishes leaned more towards the salty side, especially the cabbage and carrots combo.
The meal for two came to RM22, including drinks. Not the cheapest option out there, especially in good old Ipoh, but the portion served somewhat justified the price paid. And banana leaf meals don’t come cheap, do they?
The Laddu is a popular Indian sweet, made from flour, and dipped into sugar syrup, with a hint of spices. Samy’s Laddu is fortunately, not sickeningly sweet unlike most, and finished the spicy/greasy meal rather well, on a sweet note.
Location : Samy Restaurant @ 70, Jalan Besar, 31200 Chemor, Perak. Specifically? From Jalan Kuala Kangsar, go towards the direction of Chemor/Sungai Siput and you’ll reach the town of Chemor with two-storey shoplots lining the road on both sides. Samy’s on your RIGHT, hence you’ll need to make a U-turn further up the road.
On to an even sweeter note ….. ^_^
Remember my lament in THIS post? That I didn’t expect my first visit to Langkawi to be tailored to a 5 days boot camp style. Now, destiny has its calling, AGAIN, and I’ll be off to the island TOMORROW.
Wow. Now tell me that’s not insane, flying off to Langkawi within a short span of 10 days. But at least this time around, I can be assured of a good night’s sleep, without the looming threats of bugs and monsters, and hopefully, better food, instead of military rations. Hehe ….. =)
So, what’s for supper, after going Japanese at Azuma? Some cheap and delicious street food, of course !!!
Penang is synonymous with great hawker fare. From the perennial favourite, Laksa, to Char Koay Teow, and Hokkien Mee (Prawn Mee to you and me) to Lor Bak, it’ll be a sin to die from hunger on the streets, and laments regarding “limited food options“. Admit it, people throng the island for the FOOD, more than anything else.
Sinful enough? With cockles, prawns, duck eggs, bean sprouts, chives, and crispy pork lard …. all for RM4 flat