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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Thai Cuisines @ Khuntai Authentic Thai Restaurant; Kepong

Khuntai Authentic Thai Restaurant is one of the famous dining spot in Kepong for those who want to tame their taste buds with Thai foods. The restaurant was often seen crowded when we dined at nearby Chinese restaurants therefore we decided to try their food during my mom's birthday.

External restaurant was decorated with wooden branches, wooden chairs and tables giving a jungle feel for me. As there were stray cats seen, we preferred to have dinner inside the restaurant instead of the open area.

The old photos of Royal Family of Thailand

The symbol of Thailand- elephant-design creatures could be seen at every corner of the restaurant.
The menu was pretty extensive covering most Southern style Thai food. Some of the waiters here could speak Hokkien language and they even discussed about some of Thai royals' history with my dad. We ordered pineapple fried rice, the signature white tom yam soup with mixed seafood, green curry chicken, stir-fried vegetables and Thai-style vermicelli. 

Pineapple fried rice
The pineapple fried rice was quite tasty with generous amounts of cashew nuts and pineapple cubes.
Taste-wise was quite nice, but lack of the fragrant which I expect from a plate of good fried rice.
I thought they will serve the fried rice in a pineapple like what I often see in Thailand.

Signature White Tom Yam Soup with mixed seafood
Being the signature dish of the Khuntai Authentic Thai Restaurant, it 's one of the famous food which most food patrons ordered here. The clear soup compared to the red tomyam soup we used to drink was less oily and more flavorful. Ingredients of the white tom yam soup were squids, prawns, mushrooms, lemongrass, tomatoes, etc. I would be happier if more seafood were given.

A closer look at the Tom Yam.

Green curry chicken
Green curry chicken was served warm with cabbages, eggplants, long beans, and etc. The green curry broth was rich in creaminess and quite aromatic when it was served. The chicken meats were tender, yet portion of chicken was small. Each of us -6 pax  got a piece of small-sized chicken meat only and we were rather disappointed as the dish was more like green curry with mixed vegetables.

Thai-style vermicelli was ordered as my brother was still hungry.
The vermicelli was nothing much special for me.
Stir-fried vegetables with prawns

Overall, the dinner was just average , not worth the hype. Food portion was quite small and taste-wise wasn't up to my expectation. Anyway, each taste bud is different, perhaps you would find the food tasty. You may check out below address here:

8 Jalan Desa 2/2, Desa Aman Puri
52100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Monday, April 4, 2016

Super Hokkien Mee, Nyonya Kuih Muih and Yam Cake @ 和喜茶室 One Corner Cafe; Jalan Bawasah in Penang

If you love to eat prawns, prawn noodles or hokkien mee is definitely a must-try hawker delicacy when you visit Penang. Southern states used to call it as prawn noodles due to the aromatic soup which is made by boiling prawn shells and prawn heads together for hours. During the recent visit to Penang for Qing Ming, we chose to have our breakfast at One Corner Cafe which located at Jalan Bawasah which was directly behind the iconic Penang Plaza. 

It’s rather amusing to watch the locals in their haste to score a bowl of Hokkien mee at the stall in One Corner Café. According to my aunt, a bowl of this full-bodied soup stock with a strong aroma of prawns could have up to an hour waiting time. When we placed order to the stall at 7.30am, the hawker had informed that our 6 bowls of hokkien mee will be served within 40-60 minutes.

Apart from the famed hokkien mee, there were a wide selection of Penang delicacies such as Lor Mee, Penang curry noodles, chee cheung fun, yam cake, economic noodles, kueh teow t'ng, bean sprout chicken rice,wantan noodles and etcetera. 

Take a peep on the amount of take-away orders of Supper Hokkien Mee.
This is one of the reason why this place came alive with hustle and bustle.
The seller was busy taking and packing orders; you may easily being told to leave if you cannot tolerate with the long waiting time. 

Kuih kosui

Various Nyonya kuih muih

Kuih talam
This pandan and coconut layered cakes or better known as Kuih Talam was a common Nyonya Kuih. However, I found that only Penang's Kuih Talam has a much springy texture of the green layer and fragrant coconut layer.

Kuih kosui (Pandan and dark palm sugar flavor). 
It's sweet, soft and chewy topped with lightly salted fresh of coconut. 
Penang local coffee was the nice match with Nyonya Kuih.
Pulut tai tai complemented with kaya, kuih talam, kuih bingka ubi
(taken back to home as our tea-time snacks)
The yam cake, or more affectionately known to locals as or kueh was ordered to fill the emptiness of our stomachs while waiting for hokkien mee. The texture of the steamed yam cake is very soft, made of yam cubes. The yam cake was topped with generous amount of deep fried shrimps, shallots, white sesame,chili slices and scallions, providing a boost of flavor and fragrance while eating. 

The famous hokkien mee was finally served after 40 minutes waiting time. Super Hokkien Mee's hokkien mee was much spicier and you could request the seller not to place extra spoonful chili paste. Slurping down a strong prawn taste of the soup was great! Pork ribs and fresh prawns were used as the base after the prawn shells had been boiled for a few hours giving it a rich, meaty flavor. The hokkien mee was garnished with crispy fried onions, shallots, lean pork slices and 5-6 prawns. The steaming bowl of hokkien mee had me left with satisfying stomachs.

One Corner Cafe 和喜茶室
2, Jalan Bawasah (Behind Penang Plaza)
10050 Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 7:30am onwards (Closed on Tue)