Hutong Lot 10

Hutong Lot 10.
Address: Lot 10 Shopping Centre, Food Court, Lower Fround Floor, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

I am back to Malaysia right now and I am looking for a job in Singapore. While I cannot always be in Singapore to search jobs, wait for interview’s calls and get offered because I did not hold a valid long term pass that allows me to stay longer, so I come back to Malaysia and continue the searching. Well, luck is not at my side yet as right now the people are still on the holidaying mood and for Chinese business, it is about year end closing before the arrival of the Roaster Chinese New Year in the late January. I am positively looking forward to get a new job and have a new start and leave the rest behind.

For now, I am in Malaysia where all the great food are and I am back into action to write more food reviews. I am glad that recently I have met many friends who are willing to go out with me to keep trying new places, have good food together and spend the rest of the day talking nonsense! They are awesome people.

In my recent revisiting Hutong Lot 10 at Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, I have a great moment shared with my friends from Bangkok, Thailand who came to Malaysia for holidays. They are my ex-colleagues from my previous company and I am glad that they rang me up for a catch up in the city.

There are few food stalls I love to revisit and try their food again. Firstly, the Imbi Road Pork Noodle.  I visited my “old friend” stall. It was after 2pm when I dropped by to buy my lunch for my aunt and myself. The boy is still remember me, ‘buy double set and take away!’ I took away the pork balls noodle with my favourite noodle selection, the meehoon mixes with kway teow. Then, the man behind the hot boiling pot prepared the noodle and pork balls for me. He is still remember me too!

We chatted while he prepared the noodle with his hungry stomach (he told the boy to keep an eye on his bowl of noodle from being taken away by cleaner). It is wonderful to see some old friends. They are gold and great people who prepared me the hearty pork balls noodle.

The quality and taste of the pork noodle is well maintained with great amount of noodle, minced pork and pork balls. It is filling and heavy meal. You can order soup or dry version. They use pork bone to prepare the soup broth.

Secondly, I tried the fried noodle from the famous food stall named Kim Lian Kee. They are famous with their fried Hokkien noodle, the fried black, thick yellow noodle. However, during my takeaway I ordered the Moonlight Hor Fun.

As you can see from the picture, you know how sinful this fried hor fun is. Hor fun is similar as kway teow. This fried noodle is a black and dry version of Cantonese fried noodle. The ingredients used by the cook are same as the Cantonese fried noodle but it did not come with heavy gravy. They cook with lards and its oil, and great wok hei. If I visit their stall again, i will have my video taken while they are busy cooking.

Back to the taste, oh well, heavenly great, I cannot stop eating it. The only thing I do not like is oily but this is fried hor fun! The noodle can satisfy two stomachs of the day.

Thirdly is from the Soong Kee Beef Noodle food stall. It is still one of the best noodle stalls inside this Hutong Lot 10 food court. Cheap and filing bowl of noodle comes with a spoonful of minced meat and some vegetable on top of the springy wanton noodle. I believe they make their own noodles daily and the cook is skillful enough to cook it until it is springy and not soaky at all. When I mixed the minced meat with the noodle, I saw extra oils at the bottom of the bowl. The cook spread a spoonful of oils on top of the noodle as soon as the noodle is ready to be served in each bowl. Do try their beef balls noodle too, it is their signature dish which goes well with their handmade chilies paste.

While you are waiting in queue to get your bowl of noodle, you can watch ow the cook prepared the noodle, by adding few noodles together into the hot boiling pot, stirring it with the big chopsticks and large strainer for noodle. It is amazing ‘the making of…’.

Hutong Lot 10 serves all the famous local foods in Malaysia. It is a great place to be if you want to try the local foods at one place. It is air-conditioned, clean and spacious. It might be slightly expensive to eat it here but you get a better and safe environment because they have many cleaners cleaning the tables and security guards who go rounds.

I am sorry to my Muslim reader as this entry is about non-Halal food.

Yoshinoya Hanamaru

Yoshinoya and Hanamaru Udon
Address: Lot T-015B, Level 3, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

I was at Mid Valley on the 2nd day of the New Year with two other friends. It was a public holiday in Malaysia. My friend introduced this Japanese restaurant to us when we were asking for a location for that night’s dinner. It is located next to the Muji store at the 3rd floor center court.

My friend and his friend wanted to try this restaurant sometimes ago but it was full house. During our visit, we waited a while for a table for three people. I went to this restaurant again a week later, when two of my Singaporean friends came down to Kuala Lumpur for weekend. My friend wanted to have Japanese food and her boyfriend suggested to try this Japanese restaurant too!

The Yoshinoya offers the rice selection and the Hanamaru offers the udon and tempura on their menu. On both visits I tried their udon selection instead of the rice because I do not find the rice selection is attracting.

First visit, I tried their on of their udon on the specialties menu, Mentaiko Mayo Bukkake. Mentaiko mayo, the cod roe mayo is quite commonly used as sauce for udon and pasta in some Japanese restaurant. It comes with soup and dry version. For this first try, I tried their dry version, while my friend’s boyfriend tried the soup version on my second visit. Both of us gave our thumb up!

I love the mentaiko taste which goes well with the plain udon and it does not require to add extra sauce as it has a strong taste, a little salty, savoury. They put quite a generous amount of the mentaiko mayo to mix with the udon. My friend asked me if a bowl of udon would be enough for me as dinner. Initially, I thought it would not, but I was wrong, the mayo can make my stomach feel filling and the udon is thick, springy and generous amount.

I recommended to my Singaporean friends to try during my second visit to this restaurant a week later for our lunch in Mid Valley. Her boyfriend said the same thing and to him, it is worthy to eat here.

The second udon which I tried Tori Dashi Udon from their standard menu. And, I made a wrong choice because the clear and plain soup is tasteless. Their soup broth is made of dried kelp and sardines, so I wonder why the soup can be tasteless. Besides that, the shredded chicken meat are tasteless too, I feel it would be great if I added some soy sauce to make the whole bowl of udon tastes better. This udon needs some improvement.

I tried the chicken karaage, the common Japanese fried chicken and it is just alright for my taste bud. I saw another table was having 4-5 chicken karaage on their plate. My friends tried their tempura too. The price for the fried stuff is not expensive.

The restaurant serves drink as well and you can check out the drink counter at the center of the restaurant, otherwise, the Japanese green tea available too. The food may look small in portion but it is still filling with other add-on from the counter. This Japanese udon restaurant seems like a fast food restaurant. I am not sure if this restaurant is an Halal restaurant or not and they do have Malay people eating in this restaurant.

I feel thankful to have two groups of great friends trying out food with me over this weekend. Thank you so much for my friend who introduced this Japanese restaurant and then I recommended my Singaporean friends to try the same restaurant too. Also, thank you for my Singaporean friends for the lunch treats. If time permitted, I will try the similar concept restaurant in Chinatown, Singapore!

Whisk, Outpost

Address: G139, Ground Floor, Old Wing, One Utama Shopping Centre, 1, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, 47800, Malaysia.

After umpteen years didn’t visit One Utama, today is my first time stepping into this shopping centre after the free MRT ride from Pusat Bandar Damansara to Sungai Buloh, I disembarked at Bandar Utama MRT.

I was introduced to this little cafe, Whisk, Oupost. It is located next to Starbucks Coffee. The interior of the cafe looks vintage, used wooden tables and chairs. The compound is rather small and limited walking space or it looks crowded when everyone is sitting inside the cafe.

I was a bit shocked when I stepped into the cafe and found there was no pastries served at the counter. It was totally emptied. Then, I walked further into the cashier counter and found they were serving cakes too. We ordered a cake called Granny’s cake.

It is a nice cake to try, the taste is just okay and not too sweet. It goes well with my Iced Latte. Just a little comment, I find it a bit pricey for a little cuppa of latte. If I were to compare with the Starbucks next door, probably I will prefer to go Starbucks next time, at least I can collect my loyalty points and free wifi too.