Friday, January 20, 2012

Chinese New Year Greetings,

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Chempedak (artocarpus integer).

Chempedak are in season !!!

The Chempedak fruit trees is native to South East Asia, grown in abundant in Malaysia.

The vigorously growing, medium-sized tree (there are quite a number of varieties) bear fruits once or twice a year. 

The edible arils (flesh) surrounding the small seeds are bright orange in color. 

The taste of the sweet, juicy pulpy fruit is similar to the jackfruit/durian - with a pungent aroma .

Fritters made by dipping arils (flesh) in batter and frying in oil are a popular tea time snacks. 

Do not discard the seeds-it can be eaten-taste like water chestnut ( peeled of the skin when boiled)).

Chempedak fruit -sweet and pulpy.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant @ OneUtama.

With the opening of the newly renovated old wing of One Utama, shopping on this side is a welcome change.

Shopping at Jusco is much more convenient.

And bringing Uniqlo here was a coup for them and beneficial to us, PJ folks.

Our dinner at Watami a Japanese Casual Restaurant located at (former Italiannes) around the far corner was good choice. 

Watami served fusion Japanese food in a comfortable atmosphere but there is nothing Japanese in it's decor.

The varied set menu was very enticing and starts at Rm80++ upwards.

As there were only three of us we ordered the Rm90++ set.

The dishes were served one after another at a leisure pace.

Service was attentive and ok.

Onsen Tamago Caesar salad-lots of fresh lettuce, chopped onion, tomato and topped with a boiled hot spring egg and sprinkled with grated cheese, dried cheese flakes and some flakes that tasted like chicken ham to us and a bowl of white creamy sauce.

Watu Pizza with super crispy crust and slices of Teriyaki chicken meat and garnished with fresh leeks.

Crispy chicken-and potato - well marinated, crispy and tender with French fries and Tomato sauce for dip.

Gyuniku Sukiyaki Nabe-a mini wok filled with beef slices, leek, carrot, white tofu, Chinese long cabbage, mushroom, golden needle mushroom and green vegetables in a miso like soup kept warm with a mini portable gas stove..

Udon Mee to go with the hot pot of goodies above. 

Negitoro Maki Sushi-Sea weed , tuna sushi rolls with a dollop of wasabi and pickled ginger on it's side

A tall glass of  ice cool green citrus green tea drink.

Ice cream-in Matcha (Green tea) and Goma (Sesame) flavor.

Location: 1st Floor, Rainforest, 1 Utama Shopping Centre,
1 Lebuh Bandar Utama,
47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

T: +603-7727 1399

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Stuffed Fresh Mushrooms.

After viewing a Taiwanese Gourmet Show on TV about stuffed mushrooms, my wife tried it out for our dinner.

She uses a homemade fish paste/ fresh prawn paste at 50/50% to stuff the bottom part of  the soaked fresh mushroom.

Steamed it in a covered wok for about 10 minutes.

Drizzled it with finely julienned carrot and tapioca starch reduction, before serving.

Stuffed fresh Mushroom with fish/prawn paste-springy with an earthy and "meaty" flavor.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Chicken Noodle@Paramount Garden.

This Chicken noodle stall is located at the side of a house behind the New Sea View Restaurant in Paramount Garden, Petaling Jaya.

Opened about three months ago.

This chicken noodle stall and the one in Section 17 walk up flats in Block A, both has the same mentor.

I prefer this one because they are more generous with the noodle (dry or soup) and ingredients.

Price wise they are the same.

Dry flat rice noodle and yellow noodle tossed in a light/dark soy/sesame sauce with shredded chicken and a piece of boiled chicken-Rm4.50/

Rice Vermicelli noodle in a tasty chicken stock soup with two pieces of sliced pork, two fish ball, shredded chicken and a piece of boiled chicken-Rm4.50/

Boiled free range chicken (kai mei)-garnished with spring onion and coriander leaves-smooth, fragrant and meaty-Rm6/ 

Bird's eye chillies in soy sauce and blended garlic/red chillies/vinegar sauce.  

 Location: behind New Sea View Restaurant,
Paramount Garden, Petaling Jaya.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Louisiana@Plaza Kelana Jaya.

Famous for it's Chicken Carbonara (the best in Malaysia) which is available in their "Eat all you can" @Rm15.50 set lunch menu.

Louisiana serve Cajun & Creole style cuisine in a rustic feel air cond restaurant that leads to the lakeside area for al fresco dining.

Finally got the urge to try out their food during the long weekends

All meals come with a Ice Lemon tea (free flow) unlimited salad and soup of the day.

I went for the "Eat all you can" set-started with a pasta Cajun Shrimp and ended with a Chicken Carbonara-have a place in the stomach for one more but decided not to-as it's was too rich and comforting !  

Located in the far end of Plaza Kelana Jaya-park at the visitor's car park for easy access to the restaurant..

Salad-very fresh choice of tomato, onion, cucumber and  fresh lettuce in a Thousand Island like sauce-free refill.

Louisiana Chicken chop-well marinated piece of chicken thigh with a creamy peppery white sauce with julienned carrot and French fries on it's side-Rm14.50.

Seared Butter Fish-nicely seared thin piece of Dory fish with a dollop of mashed potato, carrot and potato wedges-garnished with mint leaves-and enticing sauce-RM14.50/

Pasta Cajun Shrimp-al dente pasta with three fresh shrimps with olive oil and coriander leaves-part of the "eat all you can set" 

Chicken Carbora-cheesy and creamy with chicken bits and mushroom-garnished with a sprig of mint leaves-very rich..

Garden soup-blended vegetables-a bit diluted but with a twist of pepper and Olive oil, it turned out ok-free refill..

Corn Ice Cream-something sweet to end the meal.

Total bill:Rm51.60.
Location: Block D-1-01, Jalan SS7/13A,
Plaza Kelana Jaya, P J.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Weekend Lunch @ Kedai Makanan Laut Hai Ung.

The fresh fishes and crustaceans sold in the local markets and Pasar Tani in Selangor are mostly from the Kuala Selangor district.

The long weekend holidays plus the beckoning of the freshest seafood was a good excuse to wander into Pasir Penambang for a seafood lunch and stocking up of fresh sea food for the coming Chinese New Year.

For my daughter Michelle's bff Edmond, it was his first visit to Pasir Penambang !!

On arrival-mum and wife headed straight to the seafood stall beside the restaurant to make their purchases while we ordered food for our lunch.

Even though the food served was not exceptionally good-what we liked was it's freshness and affordability plus the great view of the swift flowing seawater, mangrove trees and fishermen bringing in their catches in their boats right next door.

Parking is ample.

Fried Glass Noodle with fishcake, chicken meat, mushroom.egg, spring onion, dried shrimps and garnished with deep fried shallots-Rm10/

Oyster Omelette-big juicy and briny fresh oysters-delicious-Rm17/

Koong Poh Mantis Prawn-sweet and spicy-would have preferred the fresh ones but Michelle can't handle the de-shelling part-Rm22/

Boiled Cockles-mum's favorite-fresh but some were overcooked-the chillies sauce did not gave her much "kick"- Rm8/

Stir fried tender sweet potato leaves with sliced garlic-tender and leafy-Rm10/

Steamed Crabs with julienne ginger and spring onion-very fresh, sweet with fine meat-Rm55/

Total Bill:Rm125/
Location:Bagan Sungei Yu,
Pasir Penambang, Kuala Selangor.
Tel: 03-3289-6828 / 012-385-8815.