Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Genting Trip, Gohtong Jaya

When one thinks of Genting, the descriptions that can be appropriately used to describe would be gambling, theme parks and BAD FOOD. Well at least that's what I thought of as to be honest Genting has really bad reputation for over priced food yet that is not up to expectation. The only food that is reliable would be the fast foods and the buffet at Hotel Genting.

To really enjoy some piping good hot food, I would really recommend travelling down to Gohtong Jaya if you have transportation. Really worth the 15 minutes drive as the food there is really really good; and most importantly CHEAP if compared to the peak. We visited Restoran Chuan Kie; really recommended as I felt it's even better than most of the shops here in KL.

Restoran Chuan Kie is located at the mid stretch of Gohtong Jaya's street.

Fried Pork Belly Slices (RM15). I noticed every table has this dish; and being a new eater here I reluctantly ordered this. Very crispy and gives a good bite with the combination of lean and fatty part. Literally, it starts with a very crispy bite and slowly melts in the mouth. Really recommended this to be eaten as beer snacks or on it's own.

Fried Eggplant (RM8) was good enough with plenty garlic for the aroma itself. I like eggplants that are fried with the skin intact for a better texture.

We also ordered a serving of Salted Vegetable Soup (RM6). Really worth for a price tag like this as the quantity is more than enough for both of us. Slightly sour and salty just like how mom makes it.

A complete meal for the both of us came up to RM32.40; which roughly divides to RM15. Cheaper yet so much more satisfied than dining at the peak!

Spotted a durian stall outside and we bought one for RM11 to be shared as desert as durian season was around. Totally bloated!

Chuan Kee was so good that we decided to return back for lunch on the next day. We opted to try for some fried noodles as we noticed a few tables enjoying some varieties of it.

Singapore Fried Mee Hun (RM6) was our choice . We ordered a one pax portion to be shared; it's really good and full of 'wok hei', the very essential part of any fried noodles. The noodles was fluffy and aromatic; possibly winning most of the stalls here back in KL. Embarrassing, but true enough.

We were hook on to the family styled soup last night, and decided to try out the Seaweed Soup (RM6). As expected, it's really heart warming with generous amounts of seaweed and pork in it. Sweet!

A simple lunch of noodles + soup costs us only RM12.60, for the both of us!

Restoran Chuan Kie
Address :
29-30, Jalan Jati 1, Gohtong Jaya, 69000, Genting Highland
Phone :
03-61061151 / 03-61001153
Price: RM 13+

We headed to Yik Kee whom are famous for their durian products; for some souvenirs and treats. Yik Kee is located a few shop towards the end of the one way road nearby Chuan Kie. The best items there would be their durian tarts and durian cakes. Didn't spot any cakes on that particular day, though.

Durian Tarts (RM1.50 - 2.xx per tart - sorry, couldn't really remember the exact price). We bought 1 and 1/2 dozen; and it was good. Sweet, but not too overwhelming with very soft texture. I'm sure it will taste twice as good if were purchased right after baking.

Yik Kee also has a branch at Taman Tun Doktor Ismail (TTDI) which also sells the same food and durian products. However, an added bonus purchasing at Gohtong Jaya's branch is the durian ice cream! At RM2.00 a pop, the durian ice cream is really smooth and strong as it's made of real durian flesh. Slurping the durian ice cream and enjoying the cold weather was really a indescribable experience!

Restoran Yik Kee
Address :
22 & 23 Jalan Jati 1, Gohtong Jaya, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang
Phone :
03-6100 3240
Price: RM 2+

All in all, the Genting Trip was extremely fun; with the addition of good food that is totally unexpected. Honestly, I didn't really put much hope into the food but was totally rewarded with such good choices. We had alot of fun slow walking, enjoying time pass by and also some *ka-ching* casino time during the night.

The girlfriend trying her shot at pool.

Very serious when it come's to pool and snooker. But well, the pool tables at Genting is CRAP although it's super cheap.

Our sinful meal of fast foods right after chec. 1 kg, 2kg, 3kg ... Oh no.

A brief visit to the Strawberry Park at Gohtong Jaya. Entrance is free.

Mushroom cubicles area. My family runs a mushroom distributing business and we get 1/2 of our stocks here. Contact me for prices! *grins*

Strawberry ice popsicle. Sweet, and in fact too sweet that I couldn't finish even half of it. Nice though with real strawberry seeds.

With my new found food friends, Genting has totally opened up a new perspective to me. Can't wait to go back for the.. well, food. Hehe till then, Happy Eating!!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Betty's Kitchen, Aman Suria Damansara

Way before I started this blog, I have already heard lot's of very good comment on Betty's, whom boasts to serve real and authentic Midwest American food. What's even more surprising is the cheap price tag; which is something you usually can't associate with when dining better par western food here in Malaysia. I'm a very huge burger fan myself, and the sight of a good, real, juicy patty burger is like Beethoven to my ears, da Vinci to my eyes, and ..you get what I mean. A burger is really a simple sandwich, but the simplicity and preparation is what really makes it so enjoyable yet tasty. I've read alot and from what I've ressearched, Betty's burger are really special on their own as they are also Non-Halal, and they do have pork and beef burgers, or a combination of both in a patty. Sounds really interesting!

I had the Root Beer Float (RM6.50), which I totally failed to decode what origin and brand of root beer is this. Topped with a vanilla ice cream, the root beer is so different from what I had drank in cans or A & W outlets. The root beer is smoother, not so gassy but tastier. I just have to decode this the next time by asking them! Anyway, a nice cool 'sinful' root beer float is perfect to go with your 'sinful' burger meal ! I call it a cheat meal, haha.

The girlfriend is not really a burger fan, and opted for something not so messy. Home Style Macaroni and Cheese (RM 15) is different from what I had expected with breadcrumbs sprinkled all on top. I for one, think it's over baked resulting in the cheese being lumpy and sticks into large pieces of macaroni + cheese. The breadcrumbs do add some texture into it. I'm not sure if it's their style back there, but I think I prefer the old school melted cheese and macaroni combination more.

The star of the night, Jucy Lucy (RM13.50). What did I say about cheap? Burgers like these usually cost twice the price in other restaurants! What makes Jucy Lucy so special is that the patty combines both pork, and beef and grilled medium rare. On top of that, cheese are also stuffed inside, which results in melted cheese oozing out with every bite. Words couldn't just explain the joy of having one good burger that the chef knows what's he/she is preparing. The burgers here are served in a basket and comes with thick cut fries.

Closer shot of the burger. Average-huge size patty but juicy (somehow, this picture just seems wrong to me). Besides Jucy Lucy, Betty's also serve other interesting burgers like the Pulled Pork Burger (fork pulled pork patty) , Sloppy Joe (ground pork), and the traditional Cheeseburger (grilled beef and pork combination); all for a very low and reasonable price!

We also placed an order on a dish that caught our attention, the "Dog Food". Interesting name, and I could see every table has at least one side order of "Dog Food". It's actually oven cooked fries drenched in gravy and topped with cheeses. Sounds as sinful as ever. Unfortunately, that dish was forgotten by the waiter but it's ok as we were already over stuffed by our mains!

The bill came up to RM43.25 for the both of us. Pretty affordable for such great food.

Betty's environment is pretty cozy, with average size place. Being a no-frill American dining place, I would definitively come back again for other burgers, not forgetting the price vs quality is totally unbelievable! Betty's is closed on Monday, and opens from Tues- Sun in 2 sessions, which are 11.30am - 3pm; and 5.30pm - 1opm. Last calls are at 9.30pm.

Betty's Kitchen
Address :
A-G-40, Jalan PJU 1/43, Aman Suria Damansara, 47410 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Phone :
Website: Betty's
Price: RM 13+

Monday, October 11, 2010

Restoran Fatty Crab, Taman Megah, PJ

Crabs, crabs, crabs. Who doesn't likes them? I for one certainly LOVE it, and to think that we Chinese have so many methods to cook never failed to make me droll. But of course, in my opinion the main key, no matter how good the preparation is, would be the crab itself. Gotta be huge, fleshy and most importantly, fresh!

We had ours at Fatty Crab, located just a stone's throw away from the famous Ming Tien food court in Taman Megah, PJ. This particular restaurant here is pretty famous and frequented by alot of locals. I heard that you even need to line up on weekdays evening (thank god I visited this place during late night).

The menu there is pretty simple, with chili crabs the only option for crabs and fried rice being the famous food. There is also another counter there which I heard prepares great fried chicken wings and satays.

We ordered 1.5 'kan'; which is roughly equivalent to 0.75kg for about RM45. Pretty expensive, if u ask me but it's worth the try. However, to be honest, if I were to rate the crab's freshness, I would rate it to be just in the middle range, being the meat not bouncy enough. Well, we were the last customer, couldn't blame I guess. The crab's pretty big though with lots of flesh.

The sauce, is the sweeter variant and could be seen from the lighter gravy. Pretty much whets up the appetite, and well I always prefer lighter gravy for seafood so that I could taste the fresh taste of it.

Some toasted bread (RM1.20) to mop the sauce. Pretty normal, soft mantaos would do a better job in absorbing the sauce.

We also ordered the fried rice (RM 5 per pax portion), seeing that every table has this to accompany the crab. This is embarrassing, but I felt the fried rice fared so much more compared to the crab! I really would go back just for the fried rice, as the fried rice was very good with fluffy rice cooked till each grain was separated. A sign that they knew their stuff by using overnight rice, a must for fried rice. Very flavorful and goes as well as it is with the crab's sweet chili gravy.

The bill came up to around RM60 for the both of us, slightly expensive. But well, that's what you would expect if you were to have seafood, especially crabs. Fatty Crab's main branch is located at Taman Megah, PJ and there is also another branch which I've noted on their advertisement board at The Mines, Seri Kembangan. They are open from 5.30pm - 11pm while closed on Monday for Taman Megah's branch; while the Seri Kembangan's branch opens from 12pm - 3pm, and 6pm - 11pm, but closed on Tuesdays.

Restoran Fatty Crab (Taman Megah branch)
Address :
No 2, Jln SS 24/13 , Taman Megah, Petaling Jaya2 Jalan SS 24/1,
Taman Megah, 47301 Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia

Phone :
Price: RM 40 ++

Friday, October 1, 2010

Ho Kee Steamboat, Puchong

Steamboat remains one of my favourite meal for dinner as I could sit back, slowly enjoy and chat with friends or family; due to the cooking process. Well, this steamboat restaurant here attracted me as I had been dealing some family business with them for some time; and I noticed how packed they were even on some weekdays. Ho Kee boasts some Pulau Ketam style ingredients, which I think being the reason why customers keep flocking back.

We ordered a 1 pax set (RM 15.50) to be shared as we are ordering other food as well.

Pretty large variety and big quantity for a one person set meal. Aside from fresh prawns and fish slices, they have really good Pulau Ketam (I assume) fish products; ranging from fish balls to fish fillets and wantons. Probably one of their upper hands is not the normally mass produced fish balls you would get in supermarkets, bad texture!

The opposite view to get a clearer picture. Some stuffed tofu, fish-meat noodles and fu zhuk. Love their crispy fu zhuk!

We also ordered the thinly sliced pork (RM 10), which I pretty regret. Reason being, the proportion of fats and lean meat is around 60%-40%; which I think has too much fats for steamboat! Eating a few slices already made me felt sick of it, not to mention the texture that is supposedly to have for perfectly cooked thin sliced pork is not there.

I noticed that many Pulau Ketam's styled steamboat attraction are their fiery chili sauce, and the oil + fried shallot combination. The chili sauce was good, great for spicy lovers for the extra uumph. The oil + fried shallot is poured into the soup once the food is cooked, and was supposedly to add some fragrance.

Before -


The, well fatty porks slices. Disapointed with this, obviously.

My favourite yee mee with a sunny side up egg to complete the meal.

The total for a pax meal plus the pork slices came up to less than RM30. I would really recommend this restaurant for it's extensive and good selective of fish and seafood based ingredients; however, like what it boasts, stick to their Pulau Ketam products just to be safe. There are much better steamboat restaurants for pork slices if you prefer them like me.

Ho Kee Steamboat
Address :
01-01, Jalan Kenari 18B, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100 Puchong, Selangor
Phone : 0
Price: RM 15.50 ++