Posted 14 March 2009 - 01:22 AM
Also, the Battle of the Chefs in Penang was good fun. I took a lot of good pictures and will post a slideshow once I get them all on flickr.
Posted 14 March 2009 - 07:06 AM
The fest was OK - mostly big commercial vendors pitching fried fish or rice paste makers or something - but the Battle of the Chefs was good food, if a little exhausting. There were many battles that day but I paid most attention to the "Western Pacific Seafood" competition. I saw 2 battles from front to finish. Each "battle" was an hour long, chefs could bring whatever fish they wanted. They had to provide everything themselves. They all made their own creation. Some were pretty boring - I got stuck with a newbie on one match who didn't do anything particularly interesting - and others went all out with foie and truffles, etc.
The battles went on all day for this one competition and I *think* the best would battle again on Sunday. I also met one of the judges who was from Arizona. He runs the culinary program at AI and was very friendly. He came up to speak to me probably because I was clearly the only white person in the audience. He said he had 43 courses of fish that day...and then the organizers were taking them out for seafood later... ha!
Anyway, I made a slideshow. You can view it at http://www.flickr.co...242495348/show/. I wish I could tell you what was in everything but none of them (save one dish) came with a menu. After a chef was done with his 4 dishes, one was placed on the table for public viewing and the others were taken in for judging.
Now in KL and won't be able to go to Sunday's finale but if you are there, I would recommend it. It only costs 3 ringgas!
Posted 10 December 2009 - 05:29 AM
Posted 17 December 2009 - 07:07 PM
I can vouch that Rebung's spread is not only delicious but also authentic. Rebung's buffet spread for lunch is only at US$10 while the buffet dinner cost slightly more. You must try the pulut durian dessert - it's really good.
Unfortunately, Puteri Restaurant does not have a website.
Where will you be staying in KL?
There is one fine dining Malay restaurant in the Bukit Bintang area called Ibunda but I wouldn't recommend it. You'd be way better off eating at the "regular" restaurants.
As for Nasi Lemak, I have not found any that I really, really like. Except for a stall near my place - they sell Nasi Lemak Kukus (kukus=steam). I guess any Nasi Lemak serve at the hotels' breakfast buffet are alright. I love the ones you can buy from roadside stalls in Penang. The Penang Village also serve decent Nasi Lemak. They have various outlets in KL. It's easier to recommend places if I know where you will stay in KL and for how long.
Posted 18 December 2009 - 05:26 PM
Posted 31 December 2009 - 04:44 PM
Sek Yuen, Jalan Pudu
63 year old Cantonese restaurant, used to be where people held wedding banquets, and now a backstreet gem for an old school meal with friends. It has a retro-frontage, giant firewood stove with elderly male chefs slaving over it, and more importantly..... INCREDIBLE food! We had a deep-friend fish head braised in house-special sauce (goregiously soft fish with tasty serve and size would feed an army); eight treasures duck (must be preordered, and was out of this planet - succulent duck will with lilybuds, white cabbage, wood ear fungus, ginko nuts, chestnuts, dried oysters, etc). Be sure to fast before going, or ask for a takeaway bag afterwards. Being true to it's 1950s timewarp, it has not website, but just google it for tonnes of photos from delighted diners.
Bon Ton, Jalan Kia Peng
Possibly not the best food, but many people count it as a "must go" too, and I'm mentioning since it's a nice complement to Sek Yuan aboe. This too is a throw back to the 1950s and is a bungalow-style, high ceilinged restaurant, but subout Catonese and replace with Malay. It is actually rare to find 'fine dining" Malay (Bijan is a notable exception, which a previous poster mentioned!). Has traditional dishes - which can be quite heavy being malay style - so if you're looking for 'lighter' fare the prawn and mango salad and the fish soup are a welcomed changed. If it tells anything about the restaurant, Bon Ton is best known for its cheesecake (no, this is not a traditional Malay dish!).
Restoran Buharry, Heritage Row
Ok, this is the only one with "restaurant" in it's name, but of the three, it is actually more like a hawker stall.... a mamak stand if you will..... cheap and cheerful at its best. It's not worth going out of your way for, but if you're staying at Sheraton Imperial or somewhere nearby Heritage Row, this is the best food on the strip! It provides a refreshingly informal Malay nasi kandar (rice meal) rather than the rest of the poshness of Asian Heritage Row. Popular dishes such as nasi ayam (chicken rice) and fish head curry are served on plastic plates, whilst a radio blairs malay songs in the background. For those without a family history of diabetes, I can recommended pairing your meal with a refreshing mug of iced tea,sweet Malay-style teh tarik (hot tea), or a Dinosaur float.
PS - Also a minor correction from on of the previous posts I noticed: Cilantro is no longer - it is now Sage, at the Gardens Residences. Same chef, still worth it.
Edited by Piglit, 31 December 2009 - 04:46 PM.
Posted 31 December 2009 - 05:52 PM
Posted 18 May 2011 - 03:39 AM
And don't forget the soup that they have there, you can have any parts of a cow and mutton available and plus chicken soup. For the adventurous you try the ox tongue soup, ox tail, tripes or even the Famous 'Torpedo' which is the private parts of a male cow(to put it in a subtle way). It might seem a little bit exotic, but if you are in for the experience, give it a try.