Monday, May 31, 2010

Breakfast at Casuarina Hotel

Two MOs were on leave for the last three days so everyone of us had to work for three consecutive days from morning till midnight. These new and young ones never put their priority on work. "I'm entitled for ...... days of leave, so I mustn't let it go to waste." Sigh ~~~

They were finally back on the fourth day. Natalie and I grabbed our bags and left the moment they clocked in. I wanted to go home straight but Natalie was famished for she had not eaten anything since 3 p.m. the day before. I was feeling a little hungry too so I suggested Pappa Rich but she said occasionally we need to pamper ourselves by spending more on food. Hence, we changed our mind and drove ourselves to one of the 4 star hotels in town for a hearty breakfast. 

Natalie can really eat so she ordered the English Breakfast set @ RM18.90. This extra large meal can be divided into at least four normal breakfast servings of mine.

My breakfast shouldn't be called breakfast as Fish 'n Chips (RM16.90) is usually served as lunch or dinner. I don't fancy chips so I left it aside but Natalie scooped everything onto her plate after wolfing down the huge platter.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Exploring Lot 10 Hutong

Lot 10 Hutong is a a food court, an extraordinary food court selling the very best hawker food in KL. What are the hawker's fare that you can think of when you go to KL? Pork noodles, Porridge, Wonton Noodles, Pan Meen, Fried Hokkien Noodles, Bak Kut Teh and what have you? I am made to understand the fact that when some very famous hawkers are invited to set up a stall in a new hawker concept food court, the quality and taste of the food usually will not be as good as those sold at the original place. I never have too much expectations on such new innovations because I am always proven right thus bringing more disappointment eventually. My visit to Lot 10 Hutong wasn't really pleasant in spite of the vibrant dining ambiance. Although my expectations were just average before I went there but the outcome was another disappointment which I always find to be inevitable when such innovations are up.The conclusion is: Think of the location, think of exploring new eating place and think of paying for the cleanliness which you can't possibly get from the roadside. Food wise: as long as it fills up your tummy. 

 Char Siew Pao 

Siew Mai

Klang Bak Kut Teh

Kim Lian Kee's Hokkien Noodles

Lot 10 Hutong
Lower Ground Floor
Lot 10
Jalan Bukit Bintang

Woo Pin Fish Head Noodles at Cheras

Whenever I chance along Cheras, I will stop at Woo Pin to have a bowl of fish head noodles. I consider this to be the most tasty fish head noodles in KL (if not the country). How good are the noodles? Well, the fish slices are fried to golden brown and crispy on the outside while the flesh remains tender and juicy. With an extra of RM1.00. you can top your bowl of noodles with fish paste which goes very well with the soup and noodles. The soup is also something to shout about. You can hardly sense the presence of MSG yet it is so robust and fragrant. You can smell the soup in the air as you are approaching the stall.

Fish head noodles (Large) @ RM6.00 + Fish paste @ RM1.00

Woo Pin Fish Head Noodles
4E, Jalan Cheras BT 3 1/2
Block 4, Cheras
Business hours: 7.00 a.m. - 3.00 p.m.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Dim Sum at home

Is it possible to have dim sum at home? It's Sunday morning. Everyone in the house seemed to be quite worn out after travelling for 10 consecutive hours the day before. I had the urge of going to a dim sum stall for breakfast but no one was willing to join me. Therefore, I came up with an idea of having Dim Sum at home. I drove from one shop to another trying to get the varieties of food that suit the taste of everyone at home. That was a difficult task as some do not like the siew mai from Shop A while the others find the char siew pao from Shop B taste better than Shop C. I ended up 'sapu'ing our supply from 4 different dim sum stalls. 

Loh Mai Kai from Golden Point

Siew Mai from Fatt Kee

Yue Mai from Cheong Keong

Egg Tarts from Choy Kee
Black Pepper Chicken Pie from the bakery

A complete Dim Sum ensemble!

Note: Natalie is not a good photographer. She has shaky hands and never bothers to adjust the the lens before taking pictures.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Breakfast at Beacon Point

Beacon Point is one of the very few restaurants which offers you with authentic English cuisine at a very affordable price. The shop has a very simple and nondescript shopfront.The interior of the shop exhibits a real contrast from its shopfront with its charming and cosy dining ambiance. 

Beacon Point is famous for its wide selection of cheesecakes 

You will be spoilt for the choice of food shown in the extensive menu 

Plain, simple and comortable.

Scrambled eggs on toast @ RM4.50 nett

 Singaporean Fried Noodles @ RM8.10 (Breakfast set with coffee)

Their very famous Chicken Pie @ RM5.70

A picture paints a thousand words...

Friday, May 21, 2010

Beautiful cake gone to waste!

Dear GCE, did you get a good look of the whole cake on Monday? I felt so sad when you told me that some of them actually threw the whole slice of this beautiful cake into the bin. They are so terrible! In the first place, if they didn't feel like having one, they simply shouldn't have accepted it when it was delivered to them. What a waste! These people ought to be given a lesson. They should perhaps learn their lesson the hard way!
Am I too mean???

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Getting pastries from a stall on the street

There is one famous roadside pastry stall in Taiping selling good pastries in the evening. I used to buy pies and tarts from this street-side vendor for breakfast (the following day). I stopped buying from her for quite some time until I saw one of my colleagues eating a kaya puff yesterday. As I always have special passion towards pastries, I asked her where she got the puff from (the puff looked tempting, of course). She told me about this stall and immediately I recalled the days I used to buy from her whenever I chanced along the street. An hour ago, I made a trip there trying to bring back some past memories of mine. The same vendor is there, at the same location, busy assembling the freshly baked pastries on the tray. She is still using the same mobile stall which is merely half the size of a normal metal mobile stall. Do not underestimate this lady vendor as she uses such limited space to bake and sell at the same time. Her pastries are always fresh because everything is made freshly on the spot. Thus, different varieties of pastries are seen going in and out of the two ovens from 6 p.m. onwards.

You will never miss the cheerful looking lady vendor who puts up a one-man-show every evening.

These little ovens can create wonders (look at the pastries on top of the ovens)

Coconut Tarts

Assorted cheese tarts and Apple Tarts Lattice (with strips on top)

Curry Tarts

Kaya Puffs and Siew Paos

Hahahahahahaha.... these are my favourite - EGGY TARTS!!!

Tuna Pies

The cross road between Prima Coffee Shop and China City Coffee Shop
Off Jalan Kota

Dedicated to GCE

GCE likes to eat muffin. Initially, we wanted to go for afternoon tea at Station One as we find their RM2.80 Muffin Duo set irresistible. Too bad I can't make it for I need to rush home after work. 
GCE, if you are looking at my blog now, please help yourself to all the muffins above.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

'Jap' me at Sushi East

Joel's parents went to Gold Coast last week and assigned me to him as his 'babysitter'. Although this 'koo koo' is as busy as a bee, I can't use it as an excuse to get away from this noble job. Well, it was Sunday and I was rushing in and out to send him from one tuition place to another. Picked him up at 7 p.m. and thought that I could finally call it a day. Joel leaned his face against my shoulder and said, "Koo Koo, hungry..." (X3)

When I was about to tell him that I would take him to the usual economy rice stall for dinner, he pointed at the shophouses along the road and started yelling in excitement: "Unagi! Koo Koo, I want unagi!" That fella really knows about good food, huh? I pulled by the roadside and took him to Sushi East, his favourite "unagi" place.

He was recognised by the waitress instantly when he stepped into the shop.

"Your daddy and mummy didn't come today ah?"

I was seated at a corner of the shop and started browsing at the menu. The waitress came to us and scribbled some words on the note pad before I placed my order.

"He always orders the same food."

Oh... my seven-year-old nephew is their regular customer... I see... I see...

Unagi Sushi for Joel

Shoyu Salmon

Deep-fried Calamari

Salmon fried rice (for the poor Koo Koo)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Brekky No.10

Having breakfast in the office has become a habitual action to me. Every morning, the first thing I do when I reach the office is to empty the remaining water in the thermo pot and refill it to its maximum level. This job requires me to carry a 5-litre container with water and walk up the stairs to the first floor. I'm so used to it that I do not think that this is an extra work to me until a colleague asked me why I am the only person doing this in the office. I explained to her that I am one of the users so naturally it becomes part of my responsibilities. She smiled and said, "Many others are using it as well, but none of them volunteers to do it, you see that?"
I pondered for a while and told myself, "Well, I'm one of the regular users and one of the youngest, so I should be the one who is doing it, right?"

Back to my daily brekky in the office, my breakfast isn't the very sumptuous type, it's very plain and simple, but never fails to look appetising to me.

Monday: Robert Timms Italian Espresso + Espresso Tart and Durian Tart
(mobile upload)

Tuesday: Egg Sandwich + Cheese Sandwich + Nescafe
(mobile upload)

Wednesday: Chicken Pie + Flat White
(mobile upload)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

I have a date with 'Pao' at Lai Ann (Pokok Assam Market)

I don't really fancy Char Siew Pao (Barbecued Pork Bun). Even when someone told me that some stalls are selling notably impressed Char Siew Pao, I never had the curiosity to find out how true it was. However, my two old folks are great fans of Char Siew Pao, so I have endless missions to accomplish - looking for good Char Siew Pao for them. Taiping has very few places selling nice and tasty food. One of the very few is this stall in the Pokok Assam market which sells the best Char Siew Pao (best in terms of the taste, not the size, because it is also the most petite I've ever seen).

Ready-to-bake Char Siew Pao (mobile upload)

Skillful workers stuffing the filling into the dough and pinching the dough to seal (mobile upload)

The stall owner flattening the dough with a rolling pin (mobile upload)

Before ... (mobile upload)

and after ... (mobile upload)

These paos are not as good as those I used to have in Ipoh (particularly at New Paradise Restaurant in Bercham). Otherwise, they are still considered as one of the best (if not the cream of the crop) in Taiping. They are so small that I can actually stuff the whole bun into my mouth without much difficulty. Guess how much it costs? RM0.80 each! I'd rather pay RM1.10 for the one in Bercham, at least it never fails to put a smile on my face.

Lai Ann 
Pokok Assam Market
Business hour : 4:30p.m. till late night


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