Saturday, 29 December 2012

Food: Penang, the food haven

Penang is famous for it's hawker food. I make it a point to stuff as much of these scrumptious food as my stomach can fit every time I am there. True story... :p

Penang Laksa is my personal favorite. A bowl of this tangy sourish, spicy soup thick with fish meat in combination with vermicelli, vegetables, mint leaves, lemongrass is never enough for me... I will usually go for second serving.

Fried "pok piah" dipped in laksa soup is apparently a Penang thing. This was introduced to me by my husband and I think it is not bad...

Fried pok piah and fried dumplings, has crunchy skins and juicy filling.

Looking at this picture of Bak Kua Roti with Chicken Floss brings back a lot of childhood memories as this is the usual pasar malam "night market" food most enjoyed by us kids :)

Chu Cheong Fun, the Penang version is nothing more than rice noodle roll topped with dark and sweet shrimp paste sauce, chili sauce and sesame seed. The famous one found in Genting Cafe is said to have an additional ingredient, peanut butter, that gives it the extra smooth texture...

Muar Chee is sticky glutinous rice coated with sugar, ground roasted peanuts and sesame seed. This particular stall outside Genting Cafe is my favorite. I love to stand next to the stall as the uncle prepares my order... watching him scoop the warm and gooey glutinous rice out of the bucket into the tray of ground peanuts mixed with sugar, and then skillfully chopping the glutinous rice into bite size.

Char Koay Teow is a must eat. This dish need no more introduction as it is famous in Malaysia, especially in Penang. Some prefer it with chicken egg...

while others like it with duck egg.

Cendol is a dessert made from crushed ice, cendol jelly, santan (coconut milk), red bean, and a generous amount of gula melaka (brown sugar). My favorite thirst quencher after spending some time under the hot sun.

'Loh Bak' is a local deep fried pork roll. 'Loh Bak' stalls usually sells it with other snacks like fish balls, prawn fritters, fish fritters, sausages, beancurbs and etc. served with starchy sweet sauce and chili sauce.

Duck Kueh Chap, a dish of flat, broad rice sheets in a mild herbal broth served with pig offal, beancurd, duck meat, herbal egg... the ingredients that made up this dish might sound a little gross :p but it really tastes good.

Curry Mee's soup is a coconut based stock. Usually served with pig's blood, cockles, taupok, and cuttlefish, this dish is very fragrant.

Nasi Kandar which originates from Penang is a meal of steamed rice served with a variety of curries and sides. The sides I ordered were curry squids, boiled egg, and ladies' fingers.

Roti Canai is a type of Indian flat-bread, a famous Malaysian breakfast. It's usually served with curry but one can eat it with sugar or condensed milk!

Teh Tarik (pulled milk tea) is a famous local drink served in mamaks. It is the usual drink to go along with Roti Canai or Nasi Kandar.

The best popiah can be found in Penang. Popiah are usually made to order.

If you're a fan of burger, like my husband who loves this particular burger stall at Hillside, Tanjung Bungah, then you should also give this a try. The burgers here have something different to others which are the onions. Usually, burgers are served with raw onion rings but this stall served them sauteed, well camarelised.

There's this Indonesian layer cake in Penang which deserves a shout too. It has two branches and apparently it's opened by one former nurse who made a living from her layer cakes! It's really moist and yummy. Makes a good souvenir too.

Where to find these awesome food:

Location: Joo Hooi Cafe, 475, Penang Road
Food: Laksa, Penang Road Famous Teochew Cendol (side lane of the cafe)

Location: 1-G-01, Medan Angsana 4, Ayer Itam (previously beside Farlim Shell station)
Food: Laksa, Bak Kua Roti with Chicken Floss

Location: Genting Cafe, Lorong Delima 3, Island Glades
Food: Chu Cheong Fun, Muar Chee, Popiah

Location: Kedai Kopi Sin Hwa, 329, Jalan Burmah (opposite Pulau Tikus police station)
Food: Char Koay Teow

Location: Kimberly Street, stall opposite Kedai Kopi Sin Guat Keong
Food: Char Koay Teow, Duck Kueh Chap

Location:Kwai Lock Coffee Shop, Pulau Tikus along Burma Road
Food: Curry Mee

Location: Along Transfer Road
Food: Nasi Kandar, Roti Canai

Location: Sunflower Cake House, 546-C, Jalan Tanjong Bungah, Tanjung Bungah
Food: Layer Cake

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Darlie All Shiny White

Imagine my joy when I found out I was the Grand Prize Winner of the Darlie All Shiny White Contest on Facebook :D... I jumped, I laughed, I hugged my hubby... Hahaha... All those silly things an excited person would do. My second time joining a contest, and I won!!! Woohoo....

A simple prize giving ceremony was held  on 9 November 2012, at the Hawley & Hazel office in Wisma Kemajuan. Although I went, unaware of the ceremony, I was glad I was not too dressed down that day :p... The ceremony started with a short speech and introduction to the 3 major range of Darlie toothpaste, followed by prize giving and snacking :)

As I did not have my camera with me, I had to borrow this picture from Nana's blog. Thanks for the picture, Nana!!!
photo taken from Nana's blog

It was nice to be able to meet and chat with all the friendly winners.

This is my diamond with the certificate from GIA.

A goodie bag too...

The winners!!!

Thanks, Darlie :D

Food: Yu Kee Bak Kut Teh

"Bak Kut Teh", the famous Malaysian dish is literally translated as Pork Rib Tea. However, not as the name suggest, the ingredient in this recipe does not even contain tea. From my understanding based on a blog I read, it all started around 70 years ago, when Mr Lee Boon Teh, a medical sinsei from Klang created this dish. As a part-time pork rib (bak kut) seller, he was conveniently referred to by many as "Bak Kut-Teh". The pronunciation of the Chinese character "Teh" in Hokkien dialect is the same as "tea". Thus, the name... ;)

I am usually lazy to travel all the way to Klang to get my Bak Kut Teh fix... So, we were glad when we found Yu Kee Bak Kut Teh Restaurant in Subang Jaya.

I particularly love the herbal base soup of the wet Bak Kut Teh served here. It has the right balance of chinese herbs... and... oh, the pleasant aroma...

Additional golden mushroom to this pot of goodness is a must!!!

The sour and spicy vegetable dish is mediocre. Not as sour as I expected it to be and a bit too sweet for my liking.

"Youtiao" or fried bread stick, goes well with the herbal soup.

Some green lettuce to make this a less sinful meal... :p

Business Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 8am-11pm
Closed on Monday except Public Holidays.

Location: 54A, Jalan SS14/2, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor

Monday, 19 November 2012

Travel: Klang Day Trip

My uni mates and I spent a day at Klang on the weekend that has just passed. Thanks to Chia Yin, who had carefully planned out the whole day's event, we had fun despite the rain.

I am proud I survived the day! :p... Klang has never occur to me as a holiday destination. The only thing I know people do there is to have a "Bak Kut Teh" meal... So, this trip was an eye opener to me. Let me start off with the pic of me at various places in Klang :D...

We reached Chia Yin's house in Klang at around 8am and made our way to Chong Kok Kopitiam for breakfast. This place is famous among the locals and it was packed when we arrived. Thankfully after waiting for about 10 minutes, we managed to get a table.

After breakfast, we walked towards the nearby Pre-War Shoplots for some photo taking.

Our first picture together in Klang :p...

Found a nice wall and actually spent a long time there watching Wan Sin and Jenni take pictures :p... Of course we took a few group pictures too...

In between we also passed the Raja Mahadi Fort, Kota Bridge, Little India, Klang Convent School, Kuan Yin Temple, and a few other places but as it was raining we just looked from inside the car. 

We then spent an hour plus at The Royal Gallery (Galeri Diraja Sultan Abdul Aziz). This gallery is well-maintained and has surprisingly a wide range of personal collections of artifacts and gifts.

Walking on the streets on Klang, hubby took some nice pictures which I think is worth sharing :)
Gangnam Style made it to money loaner's banner too!

Seafood for lunch at Perlama Seafood Restaurant.

All the happy faces when food is near...

When you can't reach for the food, you stand up... :p

This is a view from the seafood restaurant. 

As the rain stopped, we decided to take a boat to Bagan Hailam at the price of RM1 per person/way.

It wasn't the best decision for Jenni (the girl next to me in the picture below) as she had one of her foot in the mud when trying to get onto the boat :p... 

View from the front seat of the boat.

Before we got on land, Adam took a picture of us.

It was quite saddening though to be greeted by the sight of rubbish accumulating almost everywhere.

Some pictures of the place.

This is a school.

Found a little shop that serves drinks and snacks. The biggest mistake made here was ordering barley served in Carlsberg bottles which was weird tasting.

The way the biscuits are sold here brought back some childhood memories.

Despite the small area, a few temples were sighted.  We took some group pictures again before taking a boat back.

More food before dinner. We visited the Yao Yao Ping shop for some fried chicken, ayam percik and yao yao ping.

We had bak kut teh for dinner and then supper before calling it a day.