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Friday, February 20, 2015

Petaling Streets Classic Chinese Foods 茨厂街老字号

Petaling Street is the place where it has lots of nostalgic old restaurants which most metropolitan folks here have been visited.When it comes to traditional Chinese food in KL, Petaling Street / Chinatown is the best place to go. Well, the recent development in city has caused most of the old restaurants close down their business with new cafes sprouting around the area. Oloiya Malaysia had organized a Facebook Contest which promotes their new gold coin ham and chicken dried meat.  I had been rewarded with a generous packages of chicken dried meat with a box of Classic Chinese Foods from 6 old restaurants at Petaling Streets.

The gastronomic heritage of Petaling Street's cultural routes is placed into one package: Oloiya’s dried meat, Kong Woi Fong’s tea leaves, Zhoi Fatt Heng’s salted duck legs, Kim Lian Kee’s rice vermicelli, Fung Wong Confectionery’s walnut shortbreads, and Ho Yoke Kee’s happiness candies.




In lieu of sharing what's inside the package, I share a bit of the famous foods from these Petaling Street's Old restaurants/ confectionery.

1. Kim Lian Kee 金蓮記麵線

Kim Lian Kee which is famed for its charcoal stir-fried hokkien mee. It's the first time I tried their rice vermicelli.

2. Fung Wong Confectionery 鳳凰餅家核桃酥

My parents used to go to this bakery when Mooncake Festival is approaching. The traditional pastries such as wedding pastries, chicken pie, shanghai siew bao, cha siew pastry, kaya puff, curry puff, salted-egg pastry and lots more. The walnut pastries remain crunchy and not too sweet.

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My mom used to call the chicken pie as har gui. It's my favourite pastry from Fung Wong Confectionery and the buttery pastries' remain crunchy for 1-2 days.


3. Oloiya 我來也肉乾

Dried meats are one of the must-eat food during Chinese New Year. Oloiya's dried meats are one of my favorite foods!! Thanks for the free samplings of gold coin ham and chicken dried meats and we shall purchase some for our relatives!

4. Ho Yoke Kee 何玉記喜糖
Ho Yoke Kee's dumplings could be found at Petaling Streets daily and the happiness candies are sold 1 month before Chinese New Year. The happiness candies are made of lotus, ginger, red carrot slices and winter melons which are boiled with hot water and then sugar water, and cooked with sugars till dry. Based on the old people's stories, these happiness candies have good blessings such as red carrot slices symbolizes money, lotus refer to good partner (relationship), and so on.

5. Kong Woi Fong 广汇丰花茶

Kong Wooi Fong Tea Merchant business is currently run by the 4th generation. A long history of this shop since year 1928.

6. Zhoi Fatt Heng 再發行臘鴨腿

Preserved meats (chinese sausages) and duck legs are the main ingredients for claypot rice腊味饭. This preserved duck leg is well marinated and flavorful.


Side note: I somehow miss the foods I had with my ex-colleagues during internship at Petaling Street.
Nam Heong Chicken Rice 南香鸡饭

Dry Pan Mee, Pan Mee Soup, Spicy Pan Mee located located in a small alley at Petaling Street


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Seafood-dining Excursion @ Salut Seafood Restaurant; Kota Kinabalu

A great day in Kota Kinabalu had been ended with seafood-dining excursion at Salut Seafood Restaurant. We requested Wan Tian's friend to bring us to seafood restaurant which offers fresh and delicious seafood with reasonable price.

Salut Seafood Restaurant; a "floating" restaurant which took more than 30 minutes drive North of the city along Jalan Sulaman leading to the Shangri-la Rasa Ria Resort had been recommended for our seafood-dining excursion. It was a hidden gem to the locals here because less tourists and the quality of seafood were much better compared to the city's restaurants.

The bright signboard was spotted when we arrived Salut Seafood Restaurant. 



The giant clams lined up at the entrance of the restaurant and above photo was just one of the giant clams. 



The entrance of the restaurant with the beverage and ice-cream booth

The menu with the prices were clearly stated.
Prawns, fish, squids, mussels, lala, crabs and other seafood  were available with different kind of cooking methods recommended on the menu such as: steam, cook with egg, stir-fry, cheese, Thai-style, curry, etc.

The seafood were placed in baskets and containers, allowing the food patrons to choose.

The fish were still alive!

We had ordered coconuts to quench our thirsts. 
Pineapple drink was recommended by the local here, hence we had ordered one.
Sour and mind-refreshing drink!
By the way, this special drink which was served in a pineapple costed us RM10! Phew..

A plate of the papaya slices and pickled raddish were provided as appetizers before we kick-started the seafood dining experience.

Fresh prawns were boiled and served as the first dish.
It was the first time I tried fresh prawns as my mom used to cook with chili sauce/ tomato sauce or black pepper style. Boiled prawns provided the natural and freshest state. However, I still prefer the prawns go with butter/ salty egg/ nestum oats.

Sabah's fern vegetables were stir-fried with eggs.

Steamed clams which wasn't my favorite dish. According to the rest, the flesh was juicy and soft.
I tasted few but I seriously dislike the rubber-liked texture.

Lala with fried eggs 

Salty egg crabs
The entire seafood on the table had been completely finished by us within 2 dining hours. The seafood dinner (5 main dishes and 8 drinks for serving 7 people) costed around RM150.


Restaurant's Address:

Salut Seafood Restaurant
Mile 13, Jalan Tuaran Telipok,
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Sabah- Gastronomic Tour | Food Trails

During this East Malaysia tour, I had the opportunity to sample many food delights with the help of local friends of Wan Tian. It's time to have a compilation of local delicacies I had tried throughout this gastronomic tour in Kota Kinabalu (KK).




1. Kentin Bakut - tomyam noodles

Address: Kampung Bakut, off Telipok – Tuaran Road

Kentin Bakut located at Tuaran; Sabah was the first stop of local delicacies on the way we headed to Kundasang. I didn't expect to have the first meal at a humble canteen-style area in KK, As the quote goes " don't judge the book by its cover", the crowds of food patrons here had been proven that there're delighted meal here. Among the 5 food stalls at Kentin Bakut, the famous tom yam stall had taken up to 2 lots.


The menu was clearly stated with 7 choices such as Ham Choi Kepala Ikan, Tom Yam Goreng Seafood, Tom Yam Seafood, Peria Sup and etc.

Tom Yam Seafood Soup with my choice of vermicelli.
 The tom yam soup was flavorful with hints of lemongrass and the freshness of the seafood.
A mouthful of tom yam soup with fish slices was very satisfying!

2. Yee Fung Coffee shop

Address: 127, Jalan Haji Saman, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia / Gaya Street


Along the way to Yee Fung Coffee ship which located around Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu City Hall and memorial monument was spotted.  


Yee Fung Coffee shop was next to Tung Nan Book Store.


The menu display had shown that Yee Fung coffee shop's main foods including laksa, ngau chap (beef noodles) and claypot chicken rice.

The main highlighted dish in Yee Fung Coffee shop was the laksa.
Yee Fung Coffee shop's laksa was different compared to those I had in other states as it has omelette as one of the condiments.
The condiments to the laksa was shredded chickens, omelette and shrimps, with lime to be squeezed, adding a tinge of sourness into the laksa.
Compared to Sarawak laksa I had in Kuching, I prefer Yee Fung laksa although it was less spicy with more coconut milk.


Claypot chicken rice

Beef Noodles
I did not taste this but my friend commented the beef was flavorful and tasty.

The signature foods at Yee Fung Coffee Shop

Iced teh tarik which happened to be nice after stirring the milk with tea.

3. Restaurant Sung Fun Tong ; Ranau - Chinese cuisines

We had settled our lunch at Restaurant Sung Fun Tong during our Kundasang-Kinabalu Park-Ranau tour on the 2nd day in Sabah. Restaurant Sung Fun Tong; an ordinary restaurant which run by a family which served variety of Chinese cuisines as shown in below photo.

Sabah Fern vegetables

Fried squids topped with mayonnaise 

Claypot bean curds 
Omelette

BBQ sauce pork ribs

I couldn't remember how the food tasted like as most of us were very exhausted and hungry by the time we had lunch. It was around 2-3pm if not mistaken.


Address: Mile 13, Jalan Tuaran Telipok, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Salut Seafood Restaurant; one of the famous seafood restaurant in Kota Kinabalu had become our choice for seafood excursion. It was a pleasant dining experience with fresh seafood.

A plate of the papaya slices and pickled raddish were provided as appetizers before we kick-started the seafood dining experience.

Fresh prawns were boiled and served as the first dish.
It was the first time I tried fresh prawns as my mom used to cook with chili sauce/ tomato sauce or black pepper style. Boiled prawns provided the natural and freshest state. However, I still prefer the prawns go with butter/ salty egg/ nestum oats.

Sabah's fern vegetables were stir-fried with eggs.

Steamed clams which wasn't my favorite dish. According to the rest, the flesh was juicy and soft.
I tasted few but I seriously dislike the rubber-liked texture.

Lala with fried eggs 

Salty egg crabs


5. Gerai Kelapa Bakar Sudi Mampik- Coconut Pudding, Grilled Coconut and Grilled Clams

While West Malaysia has famous Klebang coconut shake in Malacca, East Malaysia (Tuaran; Sabah) has a prestigious coconut pudding and grilled coconut. The local had brought us to the stall named Gerai Kelapa Bakar Sudi Mampik which was the 1st stall which had established the pudding kelapa, grilled coconut and grilled clams business.




Grilled coconut


Grilled coconut (kelapa bakar) was grilled using hot wood fire till the coconut skins being dark color. We had ordered one to try. It's served hot, simply tasteless due to no sugar is added. I do find the taste is acceptable and nutritious. Original taste of the coconut juice is lingered in our mouths.

The coconut pudding was refreshing!

5.  Tanjung Aru Beach Food Court

Tanjung Aru beach was the final travel destination before we departed from airport to Johor Bahru. The visit to the private beach  of the Nexus Resort and Spa Karambunai was not expected in our tour to Kota Kinabalu. The local friend of WT had informed that we would be surprised of the pristine beach with crystal clear water of Nexus Resort and Spa Karambunai compared to Tanjung Aru beach.

Tanjung Aru beach may not be as clean as the private beach  of the Nexus Resort and Spa Karambunai, yet it's considered better to the West Peninsular beach which was much more affected by the pollution and rubbish. From most of the articles I read from website, Tanjung Aru beach was a great stop for enjoying sunset view.

Tanjung Aru beach


Tanjung Aru Beach Food Court

The familiar local foods we had as our lunch before we left Kota Kinabalu; Sabah. The fruit shakes we had were considerable cheap compared to those we had in West Malaysia. Pure fruit 

Nasi Goreng Pattaya

Grilled chicken meat
Seafood koay teow noodles which come with prawns, squids and fish balls.

Nasi Goreng Campur

Fried koay teow
If rice and noodles are not your food of choice, you may consider burger as well.

The fruit stalls were the main highlights of Tanjung Aru Beach Food Court.

Obviously both stalls were very competitive against each other by looking at exotic, large variety of fruits piling high,being displayed to attract customer and the way they promoted their fruit drinks aggressively.
ABC cendol which came with fruits and ice-cream!
Aww... it's yummy with each bite of sweetness.

Mango milkshake
Avocado fruit shake
My avocado drink and I

Fish monument in Kota Kinabalu


Bye Kota Kinabalu!
Till we meet again!