Hong Kong Kim Gary Restaurant

Hong Kong Kim Gary Restaurant, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Address: LG – 69 & 70, Lower Ground Floor, Berjaya Times Square, No. 1, Jalan Imbi, Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

It has been a while since the last time I visited Kim Gary in Mid Valley’s branch. I cannot even remember there is a branch in Berjaya Times Square until my friend said she wanted to have dinner here. I am glad to see the restaurant still offers various set meals which can easily take you a while to choose what you want to eat and how much you want to eat.

It did take me a while to look through the menu to decide what I wanted to order for the night and lastly, I chose to have a bowl of noodle, an half of the toast with chicken wing set which included a glass of drink. It seemed a lot, right? I was thinking the noodle would not make me feeling full and the additional of toast and chicken wing made the dinner more completed.

It was really sinful to have the toast at night but it has been quite long I did not have toast in Kuala Lumpur. It was nothing special about this toast and chicken wing, it tasted normal and slightly oily as usual for the toast. Besides that, I think they do not use butter, they gave me margarine instead. It did not taste good. No comment about the chicken wing, just a normal chicken wing.

Instant noodle with a piece of luncheon meat and a fried egg on top of noodle is the basic for a Hong Kong style instant noodle meal. Sometimes, you can find some vegetable and sometimes, you do not. It is normal instant noodle with MSG soup based and it is nothing interesting about it. I am not sure which instant noodle’s brand they are using. The noodle texture is spring, did not overly cook the egg and luncheon meat.

What interested me the most of that dinner was a glass of cold ying yong. It is a combination of the coffee and tea, one of the favourite drink in Hong Kong too. The ratio of the coffee and tea is important to get the right taste of the ying yong.

It was a night full with unhealthy food selection, the toast and instant noodle. Moreover, having the cold drink after the meal is not going to help the digestion at night but it satisfied my stomach!

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Old Chang Kee

Old Chang Kee, Chicken Porridge.

When it comes to the old label, Old Chang Kee, many of us surely tried all their fried food especially their curry puff. I like their curry puff too, occasionally we will order it for party or any other occasions. Also, I love the Old Change Kee, chicken porridge with the yau tiao. It is a breakfast set and always sold-out early.

The porridge is well tasted but I feel it would be better if they can adjust the amount of the white pepper in the porridge or put it as an option for people to add it if they want to at the counter.

The hot porridge mixes well with sesame oils and white pepper and eat it with the yau tiao, a Chinese fried dough, as you can see the long fried stick on top of my porridge. Dip the yau tiao into the porridge and it will become soften, easy and delicious when you bite it. It is a filling porridge or breakfast meal which it worthy to buy for breakfast and you can have late lunch.

Black Pot Noodle

Black Pot Noodle at Tampines Mall Kopitiam.
Address: Tampines Mall, 4 Tampines Central 5 #04-27/29, 529510, Singapore.

It has never been failing to satisfy my craving for a hotpot of ramen. I usually visit this Taiwanese food stall in Tampines Mall Kopitiam to have my ramen. I love their broth for the ramen and the texture of the noodle is springy type. At times, they will have promotion as well for different set of meals.

For this visit, I wanted to eat rice with the fried fish because I am getting back my appetite to eat after having a week of flu and cough. The fried fish is rather smaller this time. It comes with some vegetables and half hard-boiled egg.

When it comes to rice set, the soup is not spicy compared to the ramen in which you can ask for more spicy soup. Another difference is for rice set, they add the glass noodle into the soup and it makes me feel very full after eating them. It is one of the worth to try food in this food court.

Mak’s Noodle

Mak’s Noodle.
Address: Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk #B2-27 & 27A Singapore 098585.

A throwback entry of what happened last month, January 2017. A quick meet up with two friends before the Chinese New Year whereby I handed the aromatherapy essential oils bought from Bangkok to one of my friends. Upon arrival at the Vivocity, I was given a choice to choose between the Hong Kong food and the Japanese food which both of the restaurants are located at Basement 2, side by side. Unable to decide which restaurant to go for dinner since I am fine with any food, we played the rock, paper and scissor game to decide for us.

And finally we headed to the Mak’s Noodle for wanton noodle. We asked the waitress for a recommendation and she said the best seller is the beef brisket and the dumplings wanton noodle (dry version). We chose our food based on her recommendation.

Beef Brisket

In Hong Kong, it is called ngau lam mien. It is a famous food among the Hong Kong people. It is really delicious although it is quite oily for me. The sauce is good to mix it with my wanton noodle which it slightly coated with oyster sauce for the dry version. The sauce is the best of everything in this dish.

Wanton Noodle

Although the waitress suggested us to try the dumplings wanton noodle, I still chose to try the original wanton noodle. For me, by trying their wanton noodle for once, then I will know whether it is worth to visit again this restaurant. I find the noodle is slightly soggy. I prefer noodle which is springy, not wet. The wanton size is medium, unlike those in Hong Kong, which is large, as large as a ping pong ball. The ingredients are fresh.

My friends tried the dumplings noodle which comes with two medium size abalone. It is their special meal for Chinese New Year. My good friend gave one piece of the abalone for me to try. Although, I am not a big fan of abalone, I find the abalone is well-cooked,easy to eat and well-tasted.

The restaurant offers desserts as well which you can try after meal.
I still prefer the wanton noodle I tried myself in Hong Kong, Tsim Chai Kee Noodle.
*Finally a group picture with friends and the food.

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.

Ban Heng Restaurant

Ban Heng Restaurant
Address: 181 Orchard Road #11-01/02, Orchard Central, Singapore 238896.

I was with my aunt and cousin for my aunt’s birthday celebration at Ban Heng Restaurant which located at Orchard Central. It is my first time visiting this Chinese restaurant. They serve dim sum eat all you can during weekday and we went on to try it.

It starts with their default dishes which are 8 of them.
– Drunken live prawns with Chinese herbs
– Shark fin soup with crab meat
– Deep fried Halibut cod fish in Thai style
– Chilies crayfish
– Braised whole abalone with brown sauce
– Deep fried soon hock with superior soya sauce
– Steamed half shell clams with garlic and ginger
– Steamed red Garoupa with superior soya sauce in Hong Kong style

After finished with the default main dish, we ordered other steamed dim sum, fried dim sum and dishes from the menu. The portion which they served us was not small at all. The quality of the dim sum is normal and nothing great to share. The taste is mild and need a lot of improvement to bring up the quality of the food.

It is not a good selling point when you focus on giving a big portion of food to your customers and forgo the quality and taste of the food. End of the day, your staffs complained about the customers were not able to finish the food they ordered.

The prawns with wasabi mayo, prawns with oats and fried squid rings.

We ordered a plate of the braised Ee Fu noodle which turned out to be slightly flavoured and I ate it with the plain green vegetable and a fried chicken.

The fish maw soup has the same soup based with the shark fin soup. Even  soup, they serve more than enough for three of us.

Lastly, we ordered the yam paste in Teow Chew style. I was slightly shocked with the yellowish liquid in my bowl of dessert and I was thinking how come it has so much oils inside. It does not taste anything and I did not know what it is. I skipped the entire “liquid” and just scooped the yam paste.

Again, quality of food is important too as customers enjoy the taste and presentation of the food more than the quantity of the food served. Hope there is improvement from the chefs.

Seng Kee

Address: Seng Kee The Black Seed By Chef Benny, Bugis Junction #01-71/72, 200 Victoria Street Singapore 188021.

As per Google, it is the Eighteen Chefs’ concept to start an Halal kopitiam in Bugis Junction and target the youngsters for Singapore local delights at the affordable price range. I visited the cafe twice with my friends and I have tried 2 different food and drinks from the menu.

This is the Nasi Lemak with Chicken Wing set which comes with a cup of tea with pandan leave. The nasi lemak is just like those normal nasi lemak that we can buy at the kiosk nearby MRT or kopitiam. The tea with pandan leave surely just a gimmick. It gives some pandan smell when you sip the tea while it is still hot. It does not add additional favour to the drink itself.

If you like Chee Cheung Fun, here you can get it with generous portion and comes with prawn sambal. Mixing it with the sesame, sauce and fried spring onions, make it tastes good and delicious even it does not come with other ingredients such as fish cake and etc.

What is the great thing to warm up myself? Of course a cup of hot tea.