Thursday, January 31, 2008

Asian Food Channel - Singapore chicken rice!

Was watching AFC tonight ... seems Tian Tian is called that because so many clients come back DAILY for a dose of their chicken rice ... My previous visit didn't quite impress me!
Interestingly, the show also featured the Jalan Besar Chicken Rice Ball stall which I love, but had thought it was now somewhere else? Hmm ... not sure!

Microwave meal ... Bit of lamb and chicken!

Ate in tonight ... was just too tired to go out for some dins.
Joyce's ta-pow home cooked food to the rescue ... it was still good!

Topped off with a freshly fried egg, with some soya sauce ...

Chinese New Year - Cookies

Chinese New Year cookies from Pandamaran ... RM16 for the tin. Pretty good!

Loh Sang 2 @ Port Klang Yacht Club

My second Loh Sang of the year! Work dinner at the Royal Port Klang Yacht Club ...

Dinner (Halal Chinese food) was rather good ... nice hot tom yum soup to kick off the meal after the tasty Loh Sang ... then a whole string of dishes including a yummy Hot and Sour Fried Fish with Mango slices on the top. The steamed trio-of-egg was good too!

Here's the view from the Yacht Club as the sun set ...

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Busy time at work!

Another hectic week at work :-)

Wonderdog in the papers!

Thirsty Coco with lovely Aunty Chooi at a doggy event ... featured in The Star this week!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Big Apple donuts @ AEON Bukit Tinggi Mall, Klang

I do like ONE eatery at AEON Bukit Tinggi, Klang, mall .... Big Apple Donuts!
Review of the dounuts!

Yau Yat Kar, Klang - Good economy rice!

Love my local chap-fan stall!
Here's a previous review

AEON Bukit Tinggi Mall, Klang - Food Court

In general, NONE of the food at the AEON Bukit Tinggi Mall in Klang is good ... :-(
Here are some that I tried weeks ago from the Food Court upstairs ... Pan Mee, Wat Tan Hor, and Chicken Chop. Baahhhhh ....

Monday, January 28, 2008

No Bra!? Snack from Thailand!

Heh heh .. a gift from my Thai colleagues!

Here's what was in the bag ... yummy! :-) WINK!

Loh Sang @ Cheow Yang Seafood Restaurant, Section 19 (PJ)

Dinner at a rather interesting looking (very modernistic!) chinese restaurant, which is affiliated to the ORIGINAL (not the 'new' one I usually go to!) Chow Yang in SS2 ...
Cheow Yang Seafood Restaurant
Add: 16 Jalan 19/1, Petaling Jaya
Tel: +603 7955 1218
Really good Yee / Loh Sang, also happens to be my FIRST one this Chinese New Year! Tasty Ham Yee Fah Lam Poh, and good (but overly sweet) Tofu with minced meat. Also had a nice portion of char siew and siew yoke, yummy meal! RM$110 in total.

Good food in a nice setting :-)

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Pandamaran Chinese New Year pasar malam

Pandamaran council is offering stalls for rent at RM$250, for the entire period running up to Chinese New Year

From the look of the busy stalls and number of patrons, its a bargain!

Focused most of our attention on biccies, yumm...

This GIANT pineapple caught my attention, I asked how much the 4 foot tall pineapple decoration is ... only RM$45. Great value!

Pandamaran .. Prawn Mee (Dry variety)

Pandamaran in Klang is my current favourite eating place ...
Interesting prawn mee variant, the dry type! Served with a bowl of spicy prawn mee broth.
And they also serve a simple minced meat variant of kon loh mee, beware of the little chilli padi lurking between the strands of noodles though!

There is little lighting at this place, here is a shot sans flash!

Lingam at Speedmart

Isn't his namesake on the news!?

Sam Mei Bak Kut Teh @ Pandamaran

Just a nice simple breakfast with Eugene and his parents, and their best friends ... at our 'usual haunt' Sam Mei in Pandamaran! Always yummy! Best part? The rice, its so full of flavour!
Previous write ups ...

Puchong - Funny signs!

These guys are running out of names for their kopi tiams!


Yuen Garden Tim Sum, Puchong - Great find!

Sunday morning breakies is a sacred time for this Blogger ... Always an element of pressure in picking an eatery worthy of this blog, that hopefully I had not previously visited! We knew we wanted Tim sum (Is that how one spells it, or is it Dim Sum?) ... and the decision making process started on Saturday night!
How about the evergreen Concorde Hotel's Xin? But I do like the exquisite nature of the tim sum dishes at Shanghai in the Marriott, Starhill? But I had tried both of them ... Hmm, perhaps the award winning Li Yen at Ritz Carlton in KL?
Sigh, each of the above don't open their doors to the public until 11am or 12noon at the earliest, and the thought of paying the + + + surcharges didn't work too much in their favour!

So ... Lianne's blog came to the rescue!
We met up with Jack who was visiting from Ipoh, and it was great that he too had a Tim Sum Craving this morning ... Look out for the IOI Mall at Puchong, across from the LDP, and you will find a packed eatery called Yuen Garden!
Add: Restoran Yuen Garden Dim Sum , Jalan Kenari 18 , Bandar Puchong Jaya , PUCHONG
Tel: +603 8076 3818

OK, a change from my usual wham bam style of blogging, and time to be philosophical!
Lianne was just discussing about her friend's blog and how 'he pondered on how does one classify a good dimsum. Well, upon reading that, I pondered myself but decided to drop a comment anyway and I said ... I guess you will know if the dimsum is good or not when you meet the right one'

For me, good tim sum is more technical ... it has to meet a few simple taste criterias!
1) Freshness (All! especially the prawn-y ones!)
2) Flakiness (The pastry ones, such as Woo Kok or Char Siew Soh)
3) Not starchy (For the ones with 'skins' eg Chee Cheong Fun and Har Kao)
AND, a good tim sum place WILL do the basic dishes VERY RIGHT ... Here are the ten dishes!

(1) Char Siew Soh - Good, but could be served warmer (This will be a recurring theme of this restaurant, perhaps it was simply cos' there were TOO many patrons!)

(2) Pei Tan Sau Yoke Porridge - Tasty!
(3) Chee Cheong Fun - Decent, but hardly hot enough!

(4) Char Siew Pao - The dissapointment :-(
(5) Woo Kok - Tasty, but should be piping hot!

(6) Siew Mai - Fresh pork and prawns, what a combo..
(7) Har Kao - Excellent! The prawns were just bursting out!
These two dishes was Yuen Garden's signature dishes, and it certainly lived up to its reputation, fresh, tasty and really excellent! I forgot for a second I was at a 'kopitiam' and was transported into the quality realms of Concorde Hotel and Westin!

(8) Steamed Pork Ribs 'Pai Kuat' - Not spectacular
(9) Steamed brinjal - Average

And no tim sum meal would be complete without ...
(10) Tarn Tat aka Egg Tart - Good!

The basic ten dishes were done well, generally very fresh, not 'porky' in smell, and delicious. Well done! Yes, I'll most certainly be back!

Other dishes ordered ...
(11) Hor Yip Fan (Lotus rice) - Poor
(12) Lor Mai Kai (Glutinous rice) - Yummy

(13) Yeong Lat Chew (Green - or you can have red - Chilli with fish insert) - Pretty decent
(14) Roll with Seaweed - Not bad
(15) Fried prawn dumpling with Mayo - Decent too!

As always, we had fun!

Price range: $2.50 - $4 per dish, and $1 for the Char Siew Paos.
We paid: $45 for the three of us, and we stuffed ourselves!