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Retreat at Maxwell Hill, Taiping

Ah, it has been really long since I actually went for a good retreat. This time around, a few church friends & I went up to Maxwell Hill (Bukit Larut) in Taiping 🙂 We were there for only 2 days 1 night (29-30 December 2007) as I can’t take leave on the 31st of December…bah.The journey from KL to Taiping wasn’t too long. We were pretty much excited cos it was the first time that this group is out for a retreat together…heehee… I can’t recall why we we ended up with Maxwell Hill…hmm…but we sure enjoyed our short little break there 😉

There were 8 of us in total, 3 guys & 5 girls (we went in 2 cars). Thanks to a friend in Taiping, David, we got everything arranged for us nicely & all we had to do was just to pay & have fun! Hahaha… 😆 We stayed at The Nest, a bungalow situated right at the top of yet another ‘hill’. The hike up to that bungalow was pretty tough as we had our bags & all, but it was enjoyable indeed. Heh.

Well, to cut the story short, the few activities that we had up there were sharing, worship, prayer, makan, UNO card game, & definitely a time of catching up (since we basically meet up only once a year when everyone comes back from overseas). We also went around Taiping town on our 2nd day for makan, makan, & more makan in the 2hours that we had before we left for KL again.

I reckon pictures will speak for itself 😉 (though I didn’t take that many with my camera this time around…) I would highly recommend this place if any of you would want a quiet & serene place to relax & shy away from the busy city life.

How our room looks like + the guys (Jinn, Nick, Chris)
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Lunch Day 1 at The Nest
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After lunch, we went for a walk… (L-R: Gloria, Nick, Yith, Jes, Chris, Hsu)
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This was something that I found interesting…I like the formation of the leaves 😛 Ferns!
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The evening sky on Day 1
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Dinner Day 1 at The Nest- steamboat! Yummilicious! Food at The Nest is GOOD! 😆 The home-made fried beancurd items were exceptionally delicious! 😛
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Group photos taken on Day2 at The Nest
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2nd best cendol in Taiping town- Bismillah Cendol
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Somehow I feel that the cendol ain’t that nice although the place is pretty packed. I much prefer the one that I had in Kuantan…hahaha…I’m yet to find the most delicious cendol, but frankly speaking, I’m not a great fan of cendol, so it won’t be my priority to hunt for the nest cendol after all! 😉

I reckon this will be the last post from us for the year 2007. The year has been an exciting one, with loads of events, adventures, & transitions (from uni life to work life) for both Anne & myself. We hope that our dear readers will stay tuned as we continue on our journey for more food, fun, friendship, & adventures!

PerutBesi would like to wish all its readers a very Happy New Year & a great year ahead!!

– Ruth

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Weekend down south…

I made a trip down south to JB with a friend, James, this recent weekend (Saturday-Sunday). The trip was indeed a short one, & quite a rushed one, but it was all good 🙂 We were there to visit our friend, Mabel, who just came back from Aussie for her uni-break.

The entire trip was focused on eating, catching up, & sleeping…hahaha. Our first meal was beef noodles & duck cooked in soy sauce (lou ngap) at Cathay! The beef noodles were pretty good, I’ve to say. It’s different from the Seremban one, but the meat was tender & the flavour was yummy! The duck was also very delicious! Too bad I didn’t manage to take any photos throughout the entire trip using my camera as there were some problems with my camera batteries.

We also had the irresistable ice kacang at Taman Pelangi (with chocolate sauce!) & the ice jelly (finely shaved ice with lemon flavoured jelly, watermelon cubes, & canned fruits of all sorts) for tea on Saturday 😛 Yums! Enjoying such delights really make our day 😉

I have to recommend the dinner place that we went to. This restaurant is called San Low. It’s located at Taman Pelangi, Johor Bahru, & it serves very yummy fried baby squids, fried bee hoon, & many other dishes 😛 If you are around that area, you have to stop by that restaurant for a meal (usually opened for dinner). It’s well patroned by locals & Singaporeans alike, & I reckon the price isn’t too steep 🙂

I had such a wonderful time with my friends & family there that it was kinda sad to leave that place on Sunday afternoon. It’ll be at least another 300+ days before I can meet up with Mabel again. Bah. I look forward to more makan & catch up trips like this. It may be rather tiring, but it’s something that keeps me refreshed to face a new week ahead! 😉

Darling Mabes, James hon, & Ruthie
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– Ruth

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Hunt for Beef Noodles

Last Tuesday (11 December 2007) was a public holiday for Selangor (Sultan’s birthday). I had a blast of a day! I decided to make a trip to Seremban…a totally mad idea, to meet my friend, Nat, & also to makan! Teeheehee 😆

My housemate, Edwin, was very gracious to give me a lift to the nearest KTM station & I took a train all the way to Seremban to meet Nat. 🙂 We had the famous Seremban beef noodles in town….this time around, we went to this shop called Yee Kee. It’s a slightly more ‘posh-looking’ shop that sells beef noodles. The noodles are not too bad, really, but I reckon nothing beats the classic market ones!

(I finally uploaded the photos… :P)

A bowl of mixed beef noodles (dry) costs RM5.50
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The beef balls ain’t too bad too… that costs around RM3.50 for a small bowl
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Green tea costs roughly RM2 & it’s not too bad in fragrance 😉
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I guess, what’s best is not the food, but the fellowship & time of catching up with a friend. It’s one of my best days for this week & I surely look forward to more fun at the end of the week as I’ll be heading down south to JB & probably Singapore!

– Ruth

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Trip Back to Kuantan, 20-23 October 2007

Anne & I were back in Kuantan last weekend for our industrial training presentation. The trip back was a very refreshing one, despite the minor load of the presentation 🙂 It was a pity that Anne couldn’t join some friends & I on a short holiday prior to our presentation as she was not feeling well at that time. We were in Bentong, Kuantan, Kemaman (Terengganu), & Karak for the 4days 3nights trip 😛

Below are snap shots of our little trip:

Day 1, 20th October 2007
– Stopped by at Bentong around lunch time for the famous ice kacang. This little coffee shop is situated at the main road of Bentong, opposite the Bentong bus terminal. A bowl of ‘ice kacang special’ costs RM3.50. The ice cream is ‘home-made’! Really delicious! 😛

Bentong Ice Kacang
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– Stayed at Holiday Villa on our first night at Cherating. The chalet that we stayed in was cosy & it was directly facing the swimming pool!!

Outside our chalet: Joey, Yo, Ruth
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– The weather on our 1st day was nice 🙂 We had a lot of fun at the beach!

Ruth, Wen, Joey
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– We drove to a place called Pantai Cherating, about 20 minutes from Holiday Villa, for dinner that night. The name of the restaurant is ‘Can’t Forget Seafood Restaurant’. Interesting name, eh? Indeed, the yummy food there is something that we won’t forget! 😆 After dinner, we actually did something quite interesting 😀 We went on a trip to see the fireflies. The fee/person was RM15 for a one-hour boat ride…*wah* It was kinda fun, but the mosquito bites were really something that we didn’t enjoy at all!

Directions to Can’t Forget Restaurant from Holiday Villa:
1. Holiday Villa on your right, go straight for about 10-15 min.
2. When you see a sign that reads ‘Pantai Cherating’ on your left, take the first right turning immediately.
3. Go all the way straight. You’ll see Cherating Bay Resort on your right & Residence Inn on your left. Keep going straight. You’ll pass a horse ranch on your left.
4. Take the right turning after the horse ranch. You’ll see a lot of small restaurants on both sides of the road. Keep going straight.
5. Almost to the end of the road, you’ll see the ‘Can’t Forget Seafood Restaurant’ on your right!

Menu
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Seafood Tom Yam (~ RM15)
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Marmite Prawns (~ RM15)
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Kam Heong Style Crabs (RM17 for ½ kg)
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Stir-fried Choy Sum with Salted Fish (~ RM8)
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Fried Squid Rings (~ RM10)
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Joey, promoting the restaurant
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Yo & I in front of the restaurant
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Boat trips available
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Activities available at the beach area
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Day 2, 21st October 2007
– I woke up early to catch the sunrise before heading off to the nearby Malay stall for some good nasi dagang 😛 The view of the sunrise was pretty! If I had woken up earlier, I would have caught an even nicer view…

Sunrise
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Lovely Waves at Cherating
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Nasi Dagang
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– While I went out to church that day, the rest went to Kemaman. They visited the famous Hai Peng Kopitiam, went to a very beautiful beach called Pantai Teluk Mak Nik, & even had the chance to see how batik is made!

Vietnamese Coffee at Hai Peng, Kemaman
(This is how the coffee is brewed. The coffee beans are grinded & placed on a special filter, while the coffee slower trickles into the cup. Professionally, the cup should be transparent, but this is a typical kopitiam… 😆 )
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Pantai Teluk Mak Nik
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– After church, I had a taste of the famous cendol in Kuantan. This stall is parked outside a row of shops along Jalan Beserah. It’s not that difficult to locate it, but you just have to be observant to spot this stall 😉 The prices are very reasonable, so no worries!

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Cendol Campur (RM1.20/bowl): shaved ice in coconut milk & brown sugar, served with green cendol, jelly bits, soft red beans, sweet corn, & peanuts.
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Cendol Campur Pulut (RM1.50/bowl): shaved ice in coconut milk & brown sugar, served with green cendol, jelly bits, soft red beans, sweet corn, peanuts, & baked glutinous rice
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Day 3, 22nd October 2007
– Before checking in to the next hotel, Vistana Hotel, Kuantan, 3 of us friends headed to Hai Peng Kopitiam, Kuantan, for some coffee. Hai Peng, Kuantan, is situated opposite Public Bank & Am Bank in Kuantan. I can’t recall the road name, but it’s a road apart (parallel) from Jalan Besar. According to Joey, this branch of Hai Peng serves better toast & somewhat more fragrant coffee as compared to the Kemaman branch.

Hai Peng’s Ice Coffee
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Toast bread (lightly wholemeal) with Butter and Kaya
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Half-boiled Eggs
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Delicious bread & coffee!
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– In the evening, we went to Teluk Cempedak (TC) for a stroll & supposedly to climb some rocks, but the weather didn’t permit us to do so in the end *aww*

Joey & Ruth at TC
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Ruth & Yo on top of some rocks
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– We had dinner at a cozy restaurant called ‘The Cottage’, on the row of shops before Public Bank & Am Bank. Joey wanted to have the petai fried beehoon, which is only available in Kuantan in 2 places, Meng Yang coffee shop (closed that night), & The Cottage.

Petai Fried Rice (yeah, she changed her mind)
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Claypot Loh Shu Fun
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Seafood Tom Yam (the one at Can’t Forget Seafood Restaurant is still much better)
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Day 4, 22nd October 2007
– Before heading back to uni for our presentation, we made our final food-stop, roti canai at Kubang Buaya. This stall is a really humble Malay stall & no one would have ever known of its existence, but I assure you that it serves pretty delicious roti canai at just RM0.70! The stall is located at Jalan Kubang Buaya 56.

Roti Canai (RM0.70/piece)
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Roti Telur (RM1.30/piece)
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The Roti Canai Stall
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– After our presentation, which was in the late afternoon, we spent some time with some friends at the cafeteria before heading back to Petaling Jaya. The journey home was a very peaceful one & the entire 4days 3nights was certainly a trip that we’ll cherish for a long, long time.

The journey home…
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– Ruth

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Penang Hokkien Mee

This is one of the best Penang Hokkien Mee (a.k.a. prawn mee) I’ve ever tasted. Each bowl of this noodles costs at least RM10! Yeah man, it’s no joke! 😆

My friend’s aunt was the cook behind this fabulous dish 😉 In it were noodles, pork slices, small prawns, large prawns, squid slices, hard-boiled eggs slices, kangkung, beansprout, pork ribs, chilli sambal, & fried shallots! *yums* You can’t get it anywhere else man…but her house! Hahahaha… 😆

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p/s: Readers who want the recipe, drop a comment & we’ll see if we could get it for u from her aunt 😛

– Ruth

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Restaurant 33, SS 3

There’s this restaurant in SS3, Petaling Jaya that offers a wide range of Chinese ‘tai chow’ food at a reasonable price. The taste isn’t too bad, & their service is good 🙂 Every weekday, there’ll be a ‘today’s special’ whereby certain dishes will be offered at a cheaper price. If I recall correctly, on Tuesday, the lemon chicken costs only RM8 (normally should be around RM12-15, I think).

They also have set dinners for 2-3 ppl, 4-5 ppl, & 6-8 ppl. The sets are pretty much static, but if you’re going for a simple dinner & don’t want to pay so much (and think too much on what to eat), this place is quite a good option.

Last weekend, my family had a taufu dish, a vegie, & a herbal chicken dish, which were quite good. We paid less than RM35 for this (not the set dinner). I think the chicken & the asparagus & pork costs RM12 each… can’t recall clearly 😀

Taufu (beancurd) dish
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Stir-fried asparagus with roasted pork
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Herbal chicken
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-> If you know where’s the pasar malam area in SS3, PJ, then you’ll be able to see this corner restaurant. It faces a football field.

– Ruth

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Taman Tun’s own Ipoh

Last Friday, 3 colleagues & I had lunch at this Chinese coffee shop in Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI). Apparently, the hor fun there is good wor, so we went there to try it out 😛 (I love it when my colleagues are SO into food like me! :lol:) Furthermore, it’s claimed to be the famous Ipoh Chicken Rice in TTDI! 😉

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I dare say that the food there is pretty good! Hmm..can give it a 7.5/10 for now…keke. The chicken is nicely done & I like the gravy that comes with the chicken. The tauge is also the authentic Ipoh kind!! Fat & short!! *yums* They had the prawn dumplings, which is pretty good as well…hmm…I think it’s better than the one in Subang that I recently had 😀

Here are some pics that I took:

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“White” chicken
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Beansprout
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Prawn dumpling in ‘choy sum’ soup
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Price list
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Check it out for yourselves someday!

p/s: It’s opposite the TTDI wet market.

– Ruth

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Trip to Kuala Selangor

Ah. It’s been quite a long time since I last posted anything here! Been caught up with work & the lack of outings contributed to the silence as well 😛 Sorry guys…

Last weekend was a long one as the country celebrated its 50th Anniversary (Independence Day). A couple of friends & I decided to make a trip out of town for some relaxation & some good food, of course! Sadly, Anne can’t join us as she had some other personal agenda.

We went to Kuala Selangor (KS) on Friday itself (31 August 2007) & 3 of us stayed one night at the Kuala Selangor Hotel (more like a motel), while the other 3 friends left for PJ after dinner. Ling, Theng, & I went in 1 car, & we had lunch at Subang Jaya SS12 first, before leaving for KS.

There’s this small restaurant (can’t recall the name!!) selling Ipoh Prawn Dumpling Noodles, which ain’t too bad. I heard that it’s quite packed during work hours, so I guess it’s quite a popular spot 😉

Ipoh Prawn Dumpling Hor Fun (RM5.50 with added prawn dumplings)
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After the tasty hor fun, we left for KS, which took us about 1 1/2 hours, using the Klang way. The other alternative route is to use the Sungai Buloh toll & from the toll, there’re signboards leading to KS.

KS is basically a fishing village area. It’s a very small area with practically nothing much to see except fish, the lifestyle of the people there, & some historical places like the Bukit Melawati (lighthouse, monuments, museums). There’s also the firefly sanctuary, which is not to be missed 🙂

Here are the many pics that we took during the trip 😆

1. KS Hotel
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RM50/night for 2 ppl (each extra 1 person: +RM5)
– small room with air-con, king size bed, attached bathroom (without heater)
– comments: living condition is alright (3/5), the only thing that ticked us off was the bad service… the lady in-charge of the place was very rude & that kinda ruined our day. She insisted rudely that we pay RM5 for an extra person to stay for a night (1/5)

2. At “Auntie Kopitiam”– a cosy kopitiam opposite the ‘hotel’, which serves quite a good variety of food (photo taken with Ling)
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3. Fishing village from opposite of the river
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4. At a stall selling coconuts in Pasir Penampang– best place for a HOT day! (photo taken with Theng)
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5. Prawn crackers sun-bathing 😛
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6. A villager hand-making the fish balls (it’s a huge tub to make!! *faints*)
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7. Lighthouse at the peak of Bukit Melawati (photo taken with Fen, Joey, Yo)
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8. Sunset at KS from the Kuala Sungai Restaurant where we had dinner
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9. Dinner! Fried crayfish (‘lau liu har’ fried ‘lai yau’ style)
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10. Sweet & Sour Crab
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11. Lala ‘Siong Thong’
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12. Steam Siakap fish
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13. Stir-fried Kangkung with Belacan
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– dinner was at Restaurant Kuala Sungai, at Pasir Penampang, KS
-we had to wait for 1 1/2 hours for the food to arrive!!! *faints* The amount of time to wait could bring us back to PJ for good food d! 😦
– for all those dishes (crabs had a fried mantau alongside) & drinks, it came up to a total of RM110+
– overall, the food was good, but apparently, we could get equally good food, or even better seafood in PJ itself!

Oh ya, we did go to the Firefly Sanctuary at Kampung Kuantan in KS . However, we couldn’t take any pics of the fireflies as we’re not allowed to do so . The boat ride took around 30min in the pitch darkness on a ‘sampan’. It costs RM40/boat (max 4 ppl) & I can assure you that the ride is worth it 😉 The scene of the fireflies in the Berembang tree makes the entire stretch of trees along the river look like beautifully lit Christmas tree!!

KS isn’t too far, & oh yeah, the fresh seafood is worth buying! Anne & I hope that this post will give you some ideas of places to relax & get close to nature once again 😉 Stay tuned!

– Ruth

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Anyone for XO Loh Mee?

(non-halal)

Anyone knows how XO Loh Mee taste like? Or have you heard of this dish?

There’s this place in Sunway, behind the Puchong LDP highway, offerning a pretty good variety of what I call as ‘special’ Chinese food. It’s like one of those ‘tai chow’ places, where you order rice & dishes for dinner. 😀

The place I’m referring to is called Tian Tian Lai Seafood Restaurant, located in a food court in PJS10, Sunway. It’s situated in a housing area, & the small food court is behind a row of shop houses along the LDP highway (before Puchong toll).

If you’re observant enough, as you come out of the Puchong toll, there’ll be a turning, & one row of shop houses on your upcoming left. The food court is right behind the shop houses, so if you take the first left turn after the Puchong toll, you’ll see the food court on your right.

The XO Loh Mee is really nice, & costs RM5/person. My family ordered one for 3 persons, so that came up to RM15. The taste was just ‘wow’ & there’s crab meat & medium-size prawns in the dish as well! Not bad for RM15, eh? Accompanying the Loh Mee is definitely the black vinegar, which is a MUST. The entire dish will taste really good with the fragrance & taste of the XO & the black vinegar, and the noodles, prawns, & crab meat blend very well together. Somehow it tastes like ‘Shark Fin Soup minus the shark fins’! *lol* 😛

XO Loh Mee (taken with sis’ camera phone)
XO Loh Mee

The other 2 dishes that we had was the Marmite Chicken & the ‘stir-fried Yau Mak with preserved beancurd’. Both was excellent well, & the generous serving for 4 people costs us RM8 for each of the dishes only! Coolness! Altogether, we spent RM31 for a delicious meal & I’m indeed satisfied with the decision to go there for dinner. Well, the only thing is that we’ve to wait for quite a while as the service is quite slow. But overall, food wise, I could give an A-!

Marmite Chicken…we started on the dish already when I took both the pics!
Marmite Chicken

What’s good about this chicken is that the taste & fragrance of the marmite is SO evident! It somewhat tastes like the honey-glazed BBQ chicken wings, but smothered with marmite. Wow. Irresistable! 😛

Stir-fried Yau Mak with preserved beancurd
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You’ll be wondering why I put this common vegie into this site, eh? Well, truthfully, this vegie dish is one of the better ones that I’ve tasted in the many places that I’ve been to. The preserved beancurd (‘fu yue’ in Cantonese) is generously included in stir-frying the vegie, & the bits & pieces of chilli padi (bird’s eye chilli) gives a wonderful kick to the common vegie! 😛

– Ruth

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Porkilicious!

(non-halal)

Yeah, found another place for good food! This time, it’s the pork ball (the flat ones) noodles at Bangsar 😛

It’s one of the best that I’ve tried so far. Seriously, I can dare say that it IS good. I could give it a grade A for its good taste! Located at a Chinese coffeeshop at Lucky Garden, Bangsar, is this famous pork ball noodles stall. It’s a usual coffeeshop, stuffy, filled with people & no doubt noisy, but my friend told me that the pork ball noodles are good, & so goes the ‘pan mee’ (flat flour noodles served either in soup or dry with dark soya sauce)

The Coffeeshop
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I ordered the ‘kon lou loh shu fan’ (dry ‘rat tail’ noodles) & my, my, let me just make your mouth water! (Hurry, prepare a bowl or a pail to contain your uncontrolled salivation!)

‘Kon Lou Loh Shu Fan’
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The loh shu fan was chewy, yet not to the extend that it feels like chewing gum, AND soft, but not to the extend that it feels over-cooked or ‘mushy’. Mmm…interesting, eh? It just gave me a ‘feel good’ when I ate it 😛 The mince pork was fragrantly stir-fried; the smell of pork wasn’t pungent to the effect that it feels yucky eating it, but it was nicely mixed with sauce, rich in taste & texture, to give the mince pork some added advantage when mixed with the noodles! Ahahaha…now, to the soup & the meatball itself!

The meatball was ‘springy’ and not too salty, and the soup that came with it was fragrantly spiced with a dash of white pepper & chopped spring onions. Yums! I recommend our dear readers to try it for themselves. It’s something that you won’t regret eating it, even if you feel that there are better ones. And if there are better ones, make sure you introduce it to us, the Perutbesi duo!

* Landmarks: near Bangsar Village & same row as Ipoh White Coffee kopitiam

Kedai Kopi & Makanan Chun Heong,
Lucky Garden, Bangsar
Kuala Lumpur

– Ruth

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