Friday, September 24, 2010

KTZ, SS2, Petaling Jaya

Phew, been a busy week for me. Got myself a job, and I can proudly say I'm a proud employee of Fusionex, a IT business solution company!

Me and my girlfriend both always have some strange cravings, especially during the night. We had this crave for something sweet on a chilly night; and off we head to KTZ just before midnight. K.T.Z - which stands for Kei Tak Sik / Remember To Eat is a pretty much famous joint for both modern and traditional chinese based deserts and food. Previously, I would get my fix at a shopping mall here in OUG, but was shifted few years ago. I had mine this time at SS2. The interior remained unchanged over time; with pretty simple settings of wooden tables and chairs.

The girlfriend had the Mango Loh (RM6). A little pricier than pasar malams or equivalent version but the 'lohs' at KTZ is famous for it's strong flavor. The mango puree coated the ice shaved ice nicely, where you can really taste mango in every scoop. The mango slices were sweet. Come to think of it, the mango slices are really constantly sweet every time I ordered this.

I had the Black Sesame (RM2.60) tong sui because they ran out of my favourite Peanut Butter / Fa Sang Wu. Well, the black sesame was really very smooth with a little bit of tiny sesame particle for a little texture feeling while eating. Pretty good version I would say as it's not too sweet, thus not covering the fragrance of the black sesame.

"Wall Band" (RM3.80) / Wo Biang. A very direct.. translation. Was served warm, and was good to go with the tong sui. However, I find it a bit thick, would be better if thinner for that crunchy texture.

Paper Wrap Chicken (RM5.30). Was not warm at all when served, don't blame them as it was pretty late. The gravy was not bad, a little bit herb detected. Pretty wasted, as would taste better if served hot right after tearing the wrapper paper.

Us loving our late night guilty, but lovely deserts. Oh no.

A mixture of snacks and deserts came up to around RM20 for both of us; which is pretty reasonable considering the amount of food we had. I'm not sure if they have other outlets, but the other one that I knew was in Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur. The last time that I went and checked, the branch there was closed.

Address :
No 22, Jalan SS2/63, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Phone :
03 78772499
Website: KTZ
Price: RM 3 - 6 ++

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sushi Tei, Tropicana City Mall, Petaling Jaya

I always enjoy Japanese food for it's simplicity and freshness, and to think of there's really hardly any good yet affordable Japanese food here in Malaysia (don't get me started with Sushi King and Sakae Sushi). Thank god that there are a few really good outlets nowadays, like Sushi Zanmai, and recently I founded an up to par in terms of quality and price at Sushi Tei in Tropicana City Mall.

The environment was pretty calm, with some minimal settings and features a kaitan belt concept. The pricing differs depending on the plate colors:
  • White - RM1.60
  • Blue - RM2.80
  • Pink - RM3.80
  • Green - RM4.80
  • Yellow - RM6.00
For starters, we took some sushi from the kaitan belt before deciding on some main course to be shared.
What's Japanese food without some good raw salmon! Salmon Sushi (RM3.80) was good even taken from the kaitan belt. The flesh still remains tact and firm, and it's really has this freshness taste if you enjoy raw fish meat.

Ebbiko(RM2.80). This was ok and expected, as I think roe sushis are the safest food and the taste wouldn't defer much between restaurants.

Chuka Chinmi(RM3.80) - scallop and Chuka Kurage (RM3.80) - jellyfish. The Chuka Chinmi was pretty good and was a bit salty, but when eaten with the sushi rice it's pretty ok. Not bad. The Chuka Kurage packs a good bite with very bouncy texture of the jellyfish.

Inari(RM1.60). Simple yet this is one of my favourite sushi in Japanese restaurants. Am still wondering how simple sweetened tofu with some sushi rice mixes together so well! Now if I could just have some sweetened tofu for dinner everyday..

Unagi(RM3.80). Was not warm, well expected since it's from the kaitan belt. However, the coated sauce was thick and the fish was really good. Loved the fleshy texture.

Unagi Yanagawa(RM14.80), served with white rice. The eel is stewed with burdock root, which adds a rather sweet taste to the stew. This was my first time eating burdock root and it remained pretty crunchy eventhough stewed. The unagi was tender and I could really taste the fish, a rather different approach from the grilled unagi that we usually have. The gravy is best eaten with the accompanied white rice.

Chawanmushi(RM4.80). Silky and smooth, with ingredients like prawns and mushrooms!

Soft Shell Crab Maki(RM6). Straight from the wok, was still warm when served. A pretty contrasting texture with soft fluffy sushi rice and crispy crabs.

The kaitan belt nearby our tables, I would say pretty good food served but it was a busy day on the day we visit, hence the pretty fast refills.

The total was RM56.85 for the both of us. It's not cheap, but reasonable enough to pay for some good food. Would definitely return.

Sushi Tei
Address : Lot G-16, Ground Floor, Tropicana City Mall, Jalan SS20/27, Petaling Jaya 47400 Malaysia
Phone : 03 77289299
Website: Sushi Tei
Price: RM 20+

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Kluang Trip, Kluang, Johor

SitBaoMang ventures outside of KL! Well, after my unofficial graduation; I promptly followed my girlfriend and his elder sister back to their hometown at Kluang, Johor for a short trip and visit. To be honest I do not really know what to expect as I have not done any research and the decision for the journey was a very last minute one. The only possible thing that I've heard about Kluang is the famous Kluang Station coffee shop, which I had high expectation on. I actually overnighted at the girlfriend's family house and was greeted with great hospitality and not to mention, very very good home cooked food! Thank you uncle and auntie!

Day 1
We started (procrastinated!) our journey at pretty late, around 8pm+ and reached Kluang around midnight. The journey along was pretty quiet and dark, and the first thing I noted upon reaching is that Kluang is pretty big with divided sections, and Kluang's nightlife is peaceful with just plenty of mamaks operating! In fact, spotted a handful of mamaks which are fully patronized. Slept right away as was pretty tired from driving.

Day 2
Day 2 started out very interestingly with some good Kluang food as breakfast! We went to have some famous curry noodles at Restoran Botak, which is already a very old and named curry noodles store in Kluang. Restoran Botak was doing so good that they had two shops in this town, and the one we ate at was the daughter's shop.

Seriously, what a name for a shop.

The Curry Noodles (RM4) was GOOD. Comes with generous ingredients like char siew, fu chuk and some semi cooked cockles, I have nothing to complain. The gravy was thick and flavorful while not being too spicy. Also, do try their yellow noodles at Kluang, as I heard the yellow noodles there all came from a single distributor and has lesser 'chemical taste' (I forget the chemical name, but what we called in Cantonese as 'Gan Sui'). I really liked the combination of the thick gravy and noodles that got together with every scoop.

The accompanying sambal here is also different as soy sauce is mixed into it, giving it a rather different taste. Taste wise, it's pretty mild and would really give a kick if spicier.

Gerai Makan Botak
Address : Jalan Panggung, Kampung Masjid Lama, 86000 Kluang, Johor. (Located right side of the one way road)
Phone :
Price: RM4

Headed back to the girlfriend's family shop to rest and hang out before deciding our next destination. Do drop by and enquire if you want to make some glass frames of all sort in Kluang directly opposite of Botak's curry noodles!

Around teatime, we headed to Kluang Railway Station Coffee, which is my most anticipated stops of the trip. With cousin outlets that is easily found in Kuala Lumpur (same root, different management), this old branch here is in my opinion one of the shops that truly represents Kluang. Being traditional and one of the oldest coffee shop in Kluang, the whole atmosphere of the shop has a pretty rustic and antique mood. Likewise, I really liked the idea of how a chinese owned coffee shop attracts all different kind of races, be it Malays, Indians or Chinese. Tell me one place where you can find this in KL!

The coffee shop located exactly beside the train station.

The pretty quiet train tracks (in the afternoon).

We had some Nasi Lemak (RM0.70) which can be taken from the table while waiting for our orders of toasts and drinks. The nasi lemak here is pretty good, with the sweeter version of sambal. I think visiting here in the mornings would be a better experience to take advantage of warmer nasi lemaks.

The Mee Siam (RM0.70) was pretty good too and not too spicy.

The Roti Keping (RM1)! Now this is the bomb of the meal and I really liked this alot. The bread is toasted using charcoal, which gives it a distinctive charred outer crust. I also notice some black overtoasted bits that can only be obtained this way. I've heard that they produce their own kaya, and the combination of both the butter and kaya really makes it satisfying. I like how the slab of butter melts slowly by the warmth of the toast.

Roti Bun (RM1.10). Another variant of the toasts with the same filling and the main difference would be the crispier crusts.

Some Soft Boiled Eggs (RM0.60) to go with the toasts. Mine was runny and a little raw but was ok.

Hot Coffee (RM1.20). This was very anticipated after hearing the raves bout their self produced coffee, but to be honest was disappointed. The coffee was way too sweet from the condensed milk and failed to bring out the main aroma of the coffee. Would order the iced version or the Kopi O (without milk) during next visit.

The toasting station, with charcoal.

Trying very hard to act natural

Kluang Railway Station Coffee
Address : Jalan Station, Kampung Masjid Lama, 86000 Kluang, Johor. (Nearby post office)
Phone :
Price: RM1++

Visited the Indian Street at Jalan Station, as they called it locally for a short walk. The row of shops weren't as long and crowded as our own Jalan Masjid India here in KL, but it has it's own distinctive identity.

Very calm and peaceful, without the sound of car horns and mixed voices of people bargaining.

I think Kluang is a very special place as it's stuck in it's own time wrap while part of it is chasing time for modernity. It's really a good combination of the two eras.

They even have their own in town Cold Storage!

Went for some grocery shopping at Song Mart later on for the night's big steamboat feast! Am really amazed by their markets that operates till late evening.
Dried anchovies with the name of 'Bulu Ayam/Chicken's Feather'?

We went to the nearby Ramadan Bazaar as Hari Raya was approaching during the time of visit for some short walk. A local friend told me that the Ramadan Bazaar, located nearby Jalan Sentol (if I recalled correctly) is quite special as it is one out of the two bazaars in Malaysia that was allowed to be held on the main roads. Pretty true as I recalled the bazaars in KL are mostly held in building compounds or side of the streets.
Pretty large Ramadan Bazaar with lots of bargains.

Just outside of the Ramadan Bazaar, we spotted Fendy's Burger stall tat was a hit with the locals, seen from the lines of people waiting. The stall is even made up of 2 burger stations!

The Burger Daging Special Cheese (RM4.50) may look sloppy and unappetizing in picture, but trust me it tasted very very good! Tasted a little curry powder in the patty and thus giving it a little kick. The egg was good and the sauce and juices made it all good in one bite. I really love sloppy street burgers over nicely, neatly commercialized ones.

Day 3
Started the day pretty late as was pretty tired from the night out. Was craving for some beef noodles, but the local version ones only opens during the night. Headed to Tangkak Beef (which, also available here in KL). Felt closer as well, as Tangkak is actually in Johor, lol.

Besides chili and soy sauce, non factory made vinegar is also provided.

Some good old soup version Beef Noodles (RM7) with half raw cooked beef meat and beef balls. The soup was sweet, with minimal sourish taste from the vinegar to draw out the natural beef taste.

The half cooked raw beef sliced and cook thinly. Look at the reddish center part, medium rare!

The cooking is done by a Malay chef, which again amazed me. Pretty harmonious to find a Malay staff given full trust to man and handle the cooking of a Chinese stall.

A meal and drinks for both us costs around RM17.

Tangkak Beef
Address : No.5, Jalan Langsat, 86000 Kluang, Johor.
Phone : 019 7781880
Price: RM7+

We also headed to purchased some good handmade moon cakes; which I have blogged about previously here.
At night, we headed for our last meal in Kluang before heading back. We went to the family's favourite, a grill fish stall located nearby Jalan Wayang (which I failed to get the shop's name).

The Luk Mei / 'Six Taste' which was ordered from a nearby shop to quench our thirst.

Grilled Stingray was good and fresh. The sambal is pretty spicy and gives much kick needed.

The Cockles was quite large, and the same sambal base is used.

The Grilled Sotong, in my opinion is the best grilled item. The sambal used was different from the previous items and was much sweeter and lighter; can be seen by the colour comparison. I find this sambal paste matches the rather naturally bland squid.

Another variant of grilled fish, the Hung Yi (literally the red fish, but I have no idea of the English translation). The flesh was too tough to my liking and I think I enjoyed the stingray more.

Grill Fish Stall (Name unsure, located at a (the only) row of stalls)
Address : Jalan Wayang, Kampung Masjid Lama, 86000 Kluang, Johor.
Phone :
Price: RM 10++

This ends the whole Kluang trip; it was a rather interesting and relaxing trip. To be honest, I am rather keen on revisiting Kluang to try out their other specialties, and not to mention other activities too. Perhaps climbing Gunung Lambak anyone? Till then, Selamat Hari Raya to the muslims and Happy Holidays!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Yuen Fatt Biskut, Kluang Baru

Hi there, how's everyone doing? Been very busy with finalizing my graduation, and YES I have graduated at last from APIIT (survived).
So Mid-Autumn/Mooncake Festival is arriving, and I'm pretty sure most of us will be rushing to purchase some mooncakes to be given as gifts or shared with family. Well the girlfriend always buys my family some really good mooncakes that is very different from what you can get in KL. I had the opportunity to visit and purchase during a visit to Kluang, Johor. The main difference would be the freshness! In KL, mooncakes are extremely expensive; and I felt that a huge sum that you are paying are for the fancy pretty boxes. I'm pretty sure you understand the almost same variant hard taste that you ate although different brand varies here. The mooncakes in Yuen Fatt however are hand made fresh daily, and without preservatives at all. That said, the mooncakes here are to be consumed in 3-4 days.

Besides the normal lotus yolk mooncakes and the snowskin mooncakes, one of the best seller that I observed is the Shanghai styled mooncakes.
Shanghai Style Mooncakes (Roughly RM8 for single yolk).Very aromatic and placed in cooling shelf. You get to choose your preferred ones.

Snowskin Mooncakes.

Different from their commercialized counterpart, Yuen Fatt uses a much simpler design. Don't judge a book by it's cover, lol.

We purchased 2 traditional mooncakes and 2 Shanghai Styled mooncakes for around RM30 per box.

The Shanghai Mooncake pretty looks like a mouse/fox, huh. Taste wise, this is extremely good with very buttery/milky flavor. The crust and inner part is very pleasant to be chew with very good lotus paste. Notice the hole on top, whereby a single punctured hole represents single yolk; while two represents double. The traditional mooncake is pretty good too, but I personally prefer this version due to the aroma alone.

The cut piece of the Shanghai Mooncake.

All in all, I personally recommend Yuen Fatt's mooncake to be given as gifts as a change from the commercialized ones if you are traveling towards the south. Do drop by around Kluang, as Kluang is a pretty much interesting town if you like culture observation (most importantly, good foods!) .

Yuen Fatt Biskut
Address : No.39, Jln Hj. Manap Nordin, Kluang Baru, 86000, Kluang, Johor.
Phone : Wong Yoke Hong
Hp - 012 7158287
Tel - 07 7737107
Price: Starting from RM8.00+ onwards