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  1. Pork Liver - marinate with thick soya sauce, light soya sauce, salt and some sugar. Toss some minced garlic into hot oil and stir fry the liver until is is barely cooked (the insides should be pinkish). Serve with rice.
  2. Marble Goby is known as Soon Hock in Malaysia. The price per kg (approx. 2.2 lbs) varies between RM80 to RM200 depending on the type of place. I guess it would fit since a one person serving is RM55.
  3. It is hard to find the elusive perfect rambutan in KL - sweet, juicy, crunchy and where the woody skin doesn't come off the seed when you bit into the flesh of the fruit. The rambutans sold in KL vary from stall to stall, it all depends where they brought it in from and like you say it loses quite a bit of its taste once it's trucked to KL. I don't think I've tried a pisang kelat keling... . Did you have any duku or duku langsat when you were in Terengganu? We can get Ziploc bags in KL (or at least in certain supermarkets) but they're all by Glad and are imported. The locally made bags are without the ziploc feature - it's usually just tied with a rubber band or a string of knotted raffia to seal it.
  4. Haha! I doubt the Gorgonzola would survive the trip here.
  5. Hi Pongi I could mail you some dried ikan bilis and belacan granules from Malaysia if you like. However, I'm not sure whether Italian customs would allow a rather stinky package through.
  6. The steamed fish at Oversea Restaurant - was it a Patin? It's a river fish with fatty belly bits. RM72 for one person is a quite a lot for dinner for one by Malaysian standards but Patin can be pricey. How was it steamed? I'm glad you enjoyed your dim sum at Xin at Concorde. It's a pity that Maukitten and I couldn't meet you for lunch but there isn't enough time to make it to town from PJ and back during lunch time. Now only if my office were still next door to the Concorde - I really miss the dim sum lunches there. Do tell us more about the food in Kota Baru, Ipoh and the home cooking at Kg Merchang.
  7. Yes, have extracted and posted it in this thread whenever the relevant restaurant comes up. Anyway, will PM it to you. If you're interested in a fancy Chinese meal while in KL, I just heard from a foodie friend that the former chef of Li Yen the Chinese restaurant in Ritz Carlton, has just opened his own place, Chef Choy on Jalan Ampang, opposite the Corus Hotel. She raves on about his cooking but warns that it will be pricey. Also, if you'd like a touch of East Malaysia during your KL munchathon, I just read in a local daily that the Makan-Makan Restaurant at the The Coronade Hotel on Jalan Walter Grenier (behind the Lot 10 Shopping Complex) is having a Sabah Food Festival till 5th Sept. It's RM30+ for the buffet lunch (weekdays only) or dinner.
  8. I haven't been to a Sichuan / Szechuan restaurant in a long time. Most Chinese restaurants in hotels in KL serve some Sichuan / Szechuan dishes though it's mainly the Cantonese dishes that prevail (Spring Garden in Crown Princess on Jalan Tun Razak does Cantonese, Szechuan and Hunanese, Tang Palace in Dynasty Hotel on Jalan Ipoh does Cantonese and Szechuan, Li Yen at the Ritz Carlton on Jalan Imbi does Cantonese and Szechuan and Ming Palace at the Corus Hotel on Jalan Ampang does Szechuan, Cantonese and Shanghainese. All of them are halal (kosher)). I've dined at 3 out of the 4 places mentioned and have always thought that they were more Cantonese. There is also the Meisan Szechuan Restaurant at the Quality Hotel City Centre on Jalan Raja Laut (what used to be the Holiday Inn City Centre) - I haven't tried it though. There is also a little Szechuan Restaurant (think it's called just that too) on a side road off Jalan Sultan Ismail that has been around for ages (in the shops behind the Regent Hotel, near its carpark exit. The road is the first right off Jalan Sultan Ismail if you're coming from the direction of Jalan Bukit Bintang). I remember going there as a six year old! However I'm not sure whether it's still around and if it is, whether the food is still good. A friend said that she still saw it there when she last passed that lane. You've piqued my curiousity though and now I'll have to revisit it soon. Ok, ok will get round to posting about the Saigon eateries though I mainly followed your recommendations and those in the AWSJ article. Would you like AWSJ Eat segment on KL? I can PM that to you.
  9. Thank you all for the helpful suggestions! Looks like I'll be experimenting with various rhubarb recipes for the next few weekends . Hmmm...rhubarb relish would be kind of nice too. Marco-Pierre White's rhubarb tart sounds really delish. Found "Canteen Cuisine" in Amazon UK. Perhaps I'll order it once I get round to counting the number of cookbooks I have (I haven't dared to count them for some time now).
  10. Thanks jackal10! Guess I should have just followed the Delia recipe to the T instead of cross-checking with other recipes. Will try it again as soon as I get more rhubarb. What about rhubarb tart? No pre-cooking of the rhubarb either?
  11. Tried making Rhubarb Crumble during the weekend but was in a bit of a dilemma about the preparation of the rhubarb. Some recipes recommended cooking the rhubarb first for 10-15 minutes till soft while others said to just toss the rhubarb pieces with sugar and cover with the crumble topping. Decided to cook the rhubarb first with some grated orange rind, freshly squeezed juice of an orange and sugar as I thought the skin was kind of hard. However, it got really mushy and watery very quickly and I ended up cooking it over low heat for quite while to thicken it as I didn't want the crumble topping to drown in the rhubarb soup. It tasted fine but the rhubarb filling was still kind of mushy. Should I have cooked the rhubarb before topping it with the crumble? What do others do?
  12. Hi ecr There is a sprinkling of Middle-Eastern restaurants in KL mainly in the Jalan Bukit Bintang / Jalan Sultan Ismail area. They're all fairly new and have appeared in the last 3 years catering to the influx of Middle-Eastern tourists in KL. - Alhambra on Jalan Setiapuspa in Medan Damansara Moroccan food - I like their couscous with 7 vegetables and chicken tagine. Mains are around RM30-ish to RM40-ish. This is in the suburbs and may be a bit difficult to get to unless you drive there or take a cab. - Al Sabeel in the Jalan Telawi area in Bangsar Didn't like the food here - thought it was very mediocre. The hummous was a bit bland and the sambosak pastry hard. Here's a link to a review in the restaurant. However, the place looked dark the last couple of times I passed it and it may have since closed. - Middle Eastern food promotion at Cafe Serena Brasserie at Nikko Hotel on Jalan Ampang Went to the middle-eastern food promo there last year where they brought in a trio of Iranian chefs and loved it. Most memorable were their lamb koftas, a rice dish with sour cherries and Om Ali. There is an Iranian food promotion on again at Nikko Hotel at the moment until the 28th of Aug. - Sahara Tent in Hotel Fortuna on Jalan Berangan (off Jalan Sultan Ismail, it's the first left from the intersection with Jalan Bukit Bintang) Haven't been there are good reviews on it in The Star's dining out section (but it's difficult to rely on food reviews in Malaysian newspapers as they are all overwhelmingly positive), Fried Chillies website and the kopitiam forum on the Fried Chillies site. - Restaurant at the Islamic Arts Museum - in the Lake Gardens area, behind the National Mosque Have heard really good things about it from some of my colleagues who have been but have yet to get round to trying it. Here's a review of it on the Fried Chillies site. - Tarbush on Jalan Bukit Bintang (another outlet in Ampang) A friend who works in the area sees hoards of Middle-Eastern tourists there but the comments in the Kopitiam forum on the Fried Chillies site are not positive. Think there are a couple more along Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail but I haven't been there in quite a while.
  13. Don't know - haven't bought any before.
  14. Haha! Me a Hokkien grandparent?!!! . Thank you for the kind words. Like Ondine, I'm relying on childhood memories, what we eat/cook most of the time and just checking with mum. Titus, Ondine - How did the triple egg custard turn out? We usually don't have salted duck eggs (ham tan) or preserved duck eggs (pei tan) on hand so we just steam the egg mixture on it own (jing sui tan). Another couple of variations to the savoury custard is to steam the egg mixture with sliced "yau char kwai" (yu tiao); or with seasoned minced pork (jue yook jing tan), like Ondine's minced pork steamed with salted duck eggs but with plain eggs instead.
  15. Here's a link to a "chee cheong fun" recipe. It's similar to kuay teow and hor fun, but is usually sold in long rolls and hence its name "chee cheong fun" which means pig intestine noodles. You don't need a pasta maker for it though. Just make the batter following the recipe, pour a thin layer of batter onto a flat baking sheet and steam.
  16. This is a wild guess but the only thing that I could vaguely tie to what you're describing is chicken rice balls dipped in soy sauce with green birds eye chillies. The fried beancurd / fishcake bit doesn't quite match though.
  17. Kota Baru Eateries - extracted from Flavours Kelantan Good Food Guide (May - June 2003) Malay Food [*] Restoran Arafah Seafood Garden 256 Jalan Kebun Sultan (intersection with Jalan Wakat Mek Zainab). Tel:+609 7443 8900. Opens Thu-Sat 11am-4pm and 6pm-11pm; Friday 3-11pm. Malay food with a touch of Thai. Siakap Goreng Arafah, fried chicken with cashews, Kheng Som Siakap (hot and spicy Thai soup with bamboo shoots and herbs) [*] Restoran Cikgu Under Kampung Kraftangan (opposite Istana Baru). Tel: +6019-946 6665. Opens 7.30am-6pm. Closes Fridays Specialises in freshwater fish such as catfish and Patin. Catfish is usually deep-fried and Patin cooked asam pedas-style. [*]Hover Restaurant (pork-free) 1963-A, Jalan Dato Pati. Tel: +609-748 1439. Opens for lunch only until about 3.30pm. Closes on Fridays Drawcard of this Chinese owned restaurant is the Malay rice seller whose specialty is nasi Sumatera. [*]Zakini Nasi Kukus 437 Berek 12 Jalan Abdul Kadir Adabi. Tel: +609-743 9428. Opens 12pm-11pm daily. Nasi Kukus (steamed rice) with an array of dishes and ulam (Malay salads) [*]Sate Jawa Tulin (halal) 109 Sek 25 Jultan Sultan Yahya Petra Opens 6pm-6am. Tel: +6013-963 6884. Dinner and all night supper place. The Javanese satay sauce is slightly sweeter than the usual satay sauce [*]Mak Su Nab Nasi Air Berek 12 Jalan Adul Kadir Adabi. Opens daily. Nasi air, a Kelatanese specialty where cooked rice is served in a clear chicken broth with chicken pieces. The glutinous rice desserts, pulut durian and pulut pisang (banana) are also recommended. [*] Nasi Daging / Ayam Bakar Located beside the former Lido Cinema, Jalan Post Office Lama. Opens for lunch daily except Friday. Malay warung that sells roast beef and chicken with rice. Also recommended are the sup ekor (oxtail soup) and sup kambing (mutton soup) [*] Restoran Syam 594-N Berek 12 Jalan Abdul Kadir Adabi. Tel: +609-748 4713/747 2045. Opens 11am-3.30pm, 5.30pm-8.30pm. Otak-Otak (spicy seafood souffle) and spicy fried crabs. [*]Roses Cafe (in the New Pacific Hotel) Seksyen 26 Jalan Pengkalan Chepa (intersection with Jalan Dusun Muda). Tel: +609-735 1111. Daily buffet lunch at RM30 (USD7.50). [*]Capital Cafe (Chinese-run, pork-free Malay fare) 234 Jalan Post Office Lama (beside Padang Merdeka). Opens 7am to noon. No fixed rest day. Nasi berlauk - a traditional Kelantanese breakfast of rice with meat or fish especially the nasi lauk daging (beef). Also the place for nasi dagang which is double-steamed. Indian Food [*]Restoran Nasi Kandar Istimewa (halal) 4086-C Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra. Tel: +609-747 1012. Opens 7am-2am daily, rice served from 9am onwards. A taste of Penang in Kota Bahru. Besides rice, tandoori, capati, roti canai and mee goreng are seved from 5pm onwards. [*]Sri Dewi (pork-free) 4213F Jalan Kebun Sultan (opposite Chinese Chamber of Commerce). Banana-leaf Indian rice in Kota Baru. [*]Meena Curry House (pork-free) 3377-C, Jalan Gajah Mati. Tel: +609 609 741 0173. Opens 10.30am-9.30pm daily. [*]Neelawathy Indian Rice (pork-free) 380 Jalan Tengku Maharani (behind Kencana Inn). Tel: +609-744 6202. Opens daily from 11am-11pm. Thai Food [*]Chiengmai Thai Food Restaurant (non-halal) Lot 107 Kampung Kulim, Wakaf Bharu. Tel: +609-718 1546. Opens 6pm to midnight. Closes during major Chinese and Thai festivals. The most popular Thai restaurant in Kota Baru, it is is Tumpat district, across the river from Kota Baru, about 6km from town. Speicalties are Volcano Chicken (roast chicken served on a bed of flames ignited with brandy), jellyfish kerabu (Thai style jellyfish salad), roast prok trotters, kangkung rapuh (crispy deep-fried kangkung smothered in a sweet-sour Thai style sauce), fire-ant (kerengga) eggs and spicy-stir-fried eel. [*] Ying Restaurant 4933-B Jalan Wakaf Mek Zainab. Tel: +6019-981 1563. Memorable spicy stir-fried eel. Chinese Food [*]Choo Choon Huay Restaurant (non-halal) 149 Jalan Post Office Lama. Tel: +609-748 1720 /4063. Popular place for wedding feasts. Signature dish of pig trotters with dumplings. [*]D'Prosperous (halal) 123 Jalan Che Su. Tel: +609-743 0523. Opens 11.30am-2.30pm, 6.30pm-10pm Located in Crystal Lodge Hotel. Set dinner for 3 costs RM38. Specialties include Siamese fried fish, garlic prawns, Hong Kong beancurd in crabmeat sauce and black-pepper stir-fried venison. [*]Dynasty Restaurant (halal) Renaissance Hotel, Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra. Tel: +609-746 2233. Opens 12.30-2.30pm, 6.30-10.30pm. Eat-all-you-can dim sum promotion for about RM20 per person. [*]The Fame Kopitiam (aka Golden City, non-halal) 3950-G Jalan Padang Garong. Tel: +609-743 9372. Noodles with trotters, curry mee, fried stuffed beancurd, Indonesian curry fish with rice. [*]Four Seasons Restaurants (halal) 5670 B2/3 Jalan Dusun Raja. Tel: +609-734 6666/7399. Opens noon-2.3-pm, 6-10pm. Popular for wedding dinners. Specialties include O Chien (fried oyster omelette), asam Siakap (seabass cooked asam style), home-made fish balls, fried kampung (free-range) chicken, steamboat (hot-pot), special fishhead tomyam in taro soup and butter prawns. Teochew porridge with stewed duck is served for late breakfast and lunch. [*]Restoran Kam Pan (non-halal) 4211-H Jalan Kebun Sultan. Tel: +6012-383 8058. Opens 5.30am-11.30am daily. Congee (Cantonese style) breakfast place. Specialises in Ikan Haruan (snakehead fish) porridge and meehoon (rice vermicelli). [*]How Kee Noodles 2818-G Jalan Che Su. Tel: +609-748 5884. Opens Mon-Sat from 10am-4pm. Char-siew and wonton noodles. [*]Lim Hin Seafood (non-halal) Jalan Pengekalan Chepa (at the junction with Jalan Dusun Muda, opposite New Pacific Hotel). Tel: +609-747 6000. Opens 5pm-1am. [*]Mui Kee Yong Tau Foo (non-halal) Jalan Wakaf Mek Zainab. Tel: +6019-966 5919. Closes alternate Sundays. [*]Wang Court Restaurant (non-halal) 5640 NM Seksyen 27, Jalan Sri Cemerlang Hainanese Coffee Shop Fare [*]Ann Loke Cafe (pork-free) 1183-C Jalan Ismail. Tel: +609-744 4586. Opens 9am-4pm. Closes on public holidays. Chicken rice with steamed chicken, deep-fried chicken or chicken braised in soy sauce. [*]Kedai Kopi White House (pork-free) 1329-L Jalan Sultanah Zainab. Tel: +609-748 4119. Opens 8am-1.30pm, 9pm-1am. Rest days are not fixed, advaisable to call first. A Kota Baru institution, known as the "Coliseum" of Kota Baru. Perfectly done half-boiled eggs and charcoal toasted bread with butter and kaya (coconut jam). Fairly good local coffee. Breakfast and supper place. [*]STR Family Restaurant (halal) 782-A Jalan Temenggong. Tel: +609-746 2225. Opens 11am to 10.30pm. Closes on alternate Wednesdays. Local fare - chilli fish, nasi goreng belacan (fried rice with shrimp paste), Hainanese chicken chop, black pepper steak, tom yam and Air Batu Campur (ABC - a local dessert of sweetened boiled red beans, cream corn, shredded agar-agar, soaked basil seeds covered with shavewd ice and topped with rose syrup, evaporated milk and a scoop of ice-cream). [*]Sun Hwa (pork-free) 1183-I Jalan Ismal. Tel: +609-748 2279. Closes on public holidays. Mee goreng, tom yam, chicken chop, fish chop, steak and fish & chips.
  18. It's Greenview. Kuala Terengganu Indian Eateries I've never been to an Indian restaurant in Kuala Teregganu as we're usually there for Chinese New Year or Cheng Meng (All Souls Day)... so it's generally Chinese food during the visits apart from nasi dagang, roti paung and kuih for breakfast and keropok lekor for snacks. Anyway, here is a list of Indian Muslim restaurants from a couple of Malaysian tourism sites - Site 1 Site 2 Afzal Restoran - 27, Jalan Sultan Mahmud Batu Buruk, Kuala Terengganu Tel : +609-623 2913 Restoran Sharah Tanduri - Jalan Air Jernih, Kuala Terengganu Restoran Shalimar - 1F Jalan Air Jernih, Kuala Terengganu Tel: +609-623 7777 Restoran Kari Asha - 1H Jalan Jalan Air Jernih, Kuala Terengganu Restoran Arilang - 467 Jalan Besar, Paka Tel: +609-827 2369 Sri Shamugan Restoran-59B Jalan Tok Lam, Kuala Terengganu Kuala Terengganu Chinese Eateries The Chinese restaurant I remember best (or rather it's the only one I really remember) in Kuala Terengganu is Golden Dragon Restaurant at 198 Jalan Bandar in Chinatown. Have been there since we were kids and my dad / uncles would just ask them to prepare whatever they think is good. For the more listings on Chinese restaurants in KT, I'm afraid that I'll have to cut and paste from the Malaysian tourism sites again as I don't remember the places: Wah Chai Kedai Makan - 162, Jalan Bandar, Kuala Terengganu Tel: +609-622 2162 Goodluck Seafood Restaurant - 11Y, Jalan Kota Lama, Kuala Terengganu Tel: +609-622 7573 Restoran Chuan Kee - 11U, Jalan Kota Lama, Kuala Terengganu Tel: +609-623 3757 Everday Restoran - 11J , Jalan Engku Sar, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu Darul Iman. Tel: +609-622 1395 Tian Kee Restoran - 136/2, Jalan Sultan Zainal Abidin, Kuala Terengganu Tel: +609-622 4375 Restoran Ocean - Lot 2679, Jalan Sultan Zainal Abidin, Kuala Terengganu Tel: +609-623 9154 Restoran KT Wok-1081W, Jalan Sultan Sulaiman, Kuala Terengganu (Hey ! Think these lists on the tourism sites are not updated - we used to go to this place as well on our annual visits but think it's been closed for at least 3 years) Restoran New Rose Garden - Jalan Air Jernih, Kuala Terengganu Restoran Saujana Seafood - 169-S, Jalan Sultan Zainal Abidin, Kuala Terengganu Ho Weng Fatt Restaurant - Jalan Engku Sar, Kuala Terengganu Tel: +609-623 9854 Ng Gok Soon Restaurant - Jalan Engku Sar, Kuala Terengganu Ng Say Hock Restaurant - Jalan Engku Sar, Kuala Terengganu Phang Lee Men Restaurant - Jalan Air Jernih, Kuala Terengganu If you're in KT in the morning, try the kuih in the shop opposite Golden Dragon or at any of the coffeeshops in Chinatown - the kuih on the East Coast is slightly different from what we get in the West Coast. Kota Bahru Will extract the list from the Flavours food mag guide for Kota Bahru later today. Ipoh We usually stop-over for lunch at this coffee-shop in the old part of town (Jalan Bandar Timah, Ipoh Old Town). It's called Theen Jun/Thean Chun/Tin Jun (don't remember how it's spelt, just translating from the Cantonese pronunciation) and is famed for it's Ipoh Sar Hor Fun (flat rice noodles in a rich prawn and chicken stock with slices of prawns, chicken and chives). There'a also a satay man who dumps a plate of satay on your table whether you want it or not - he'll come and count how many sticks you've eaten once you've finished your meal. The creme caramel is pretty good too. The list below is from a Malaysian food review site on geocities (the KL recommendations are generally places that are pretty good so I think the Ipoh ones should be fairly reliable...it's also got Thean Chun listed) Restoran Tuck Kee - Jalan Yau Tet Shin, Ipoh. Braised hor fun, fried hor fun (dry type), braised chicken feet and bean sprouts. Open for dinner from 7pm. Kedai Kopi Kong Heng - Jalan Bandar Timah (previously Leech Street), Ipoh Old Town. It's next to Thean Chun - have never tried it since we end up at Thean Chun each time we are in Ipoh. Ipoh sar hor fun, rojak, duck noodles. Open for breakfast and lunch. Wong Koh Kee Restaurant - 3 Panglima Lane, Ipoh Tel: +605 241-9474 (in the alley opposite Kedai Kopi Thean Chun). Braised fish head, steamed eggs, fried watercress, double boiled soup. Open for lunch only. Restoran Wong (Tauge Ayam) - Jalan Yau Tet Shin, Ipoh. Steamed chicken, bean sprouts, rice and flat rice noodles. Open for dinner from 6.30pm Restoran Onn Kee (Tauge Ayam) - Jalan Yau Tet Shin, Ipoh. Similar food to that at Restoran Wong. Open for dinner only Sticky rice and soy sauce duck - Jalan Yau Tet Shin, Ipoh (opposite Wong and Onn Kee). Open for lunch and dinner. F.M.S. Bar & Restaurant - 2, Jalan Sultan Idris Shah, Ipoh Tel: +605-253-7678. Open for lunch and dinner Kedai Kopi Nam Heong - Jalan Bukit Timah, Ipoh (opposite Kong Heng) - known for their frothy White Coffee Foh San - 2 Jalan Dato Tahwil Azar (formerly Jalan Osborne) 30300 Ipoh Tel: +605-2540308. Dim Sum (They have a branch in PJ which is mediocre but it seems the original in Ipoh is loads better)
  19. Chye poh (Hokkien or choy poh in Cantonese) is preserved radish. There are 2 types of chye poh - salted or sweetened and you can get them either whole, in segments or minced. Here's a picture of the whole salted version (we've only used the salted version). To make a chye poh omelette, stir-fry minced garlic and minced chye poh in oil (you can rinse it quickly first to get rid of some of the salt) till the garlic is translucent and starting to become golden. Add 3 to 4 eggs that have been whisked together with a some salt and pinch of pepper and scramble until eggs are cooked and slightly brown. Sliced chye poh is also very good stir-fried with garlic and fatty pork - I want to eat bowlsful of rice whenever there is "choy poh chow jue yook" for dinner. I think the shallots we get in Malaysia and Singapore must be a slightly different variety from what you get in the US. Here's a pic of it (there is also a variety where the skin is a purplish red - these are the kind we usually buy) - see Asia Food's Glossary for more details. I've tried using the larger white shallots for curries in Australia and NZ - they're similar in taste but the flavour is not quite as intense. To make deep-fried shallots, slice them thinly and deep-fry till they are golden brown. Remove the golden-brown shallots with a slotted spoon and place on paper towels to cool. Store the cool deep-fried shallots in an air-tight container in the fridge.
  20. I like mooncakes - but only the lotus seed paste with double yolk and red bean paste with melon seed ones. I find the nut ones too rich. There are also the figurine mooncake biscuits (koong chai paeng) and mooncake pastry piglets in little cages (jue chai) for children - some of the piglets have filling while others are just plain pastry. I used to love the little piglets - we'd dig out their black bean eyes first and then slowly bite off the tail, ears and legs before munching on the body. Besides the standard mooncakes - lotus seed paste (lin yoong), red bean paste (tau sar) and nut (ng gan), there are also snow skin non-baked mooncakes (ping pei), shanghai style thicker pastry ones, teo chew style flaky pastry mooncakes plus all sorts of new-fangled fillings such as yam, durian, chocolate, custard and coconut. There are even jelly (agar-agar) mooncakes. Here's a link to a list of mooncake recipes if anyone would like to try making them. Making your own mooncakes seems to be all the rage in Malaysia - baking supply shops and hotels all offer mooncake making classes.
  21. Yes, I was wondering this as well, after having the dish at a fine local (in Saigon) Malaysian restaurant. Monday is Hainan chicken rice day, and the choice was steamed or roasted (I chose steamed). I was surprised when the chicken showed up with this light brown goo ladled over it (have not yet had the pleasure of eating the dish at the source in Sing or Malaysia, unfortunately). I didn't mind it, but I didn't feel it added anything overall. Can the dish be ordered in Sing and Malaysia goo-less and, if so, what are the magic words? Some chicken rice stalls ladle a gooey mixture of oyster sauce, soy sauce and oil on top of steamed chicken. There is also a non-gooey mixture of just soy sauce and oil. Guess it's supposed to improve the smoothness of the meat and skin. You can tell them "no gravy (chaap in Cantonese)" when you place your order. The usual dipping sauce served at most chicken rice stalls is a chilli, ginger and garlic sauce. Only the posher places serve the trio of dipping sauces of chilli, ginger & garlic sauce; thick soya sauce; and plain ginger & garlic sauce (without chilli). ecr - I managed to go to some of your Saigon recommendations and they were delicious - will post in the other forum once I organise my notes.
  22. As far as I could think it is probably not Indian. This is definetely fusion / confusion. Indian + Malayasian. Penang in Manhattan serves Mango chicken and I would think in all of their locations. It is served in a mango shell and is Malay style chicken curry cooked with sliced mangoes which are sour to sweet. Personally it did not leave me a with lasting taste but I know it one of their popular entrees. It all depends how one likes their food seasoned, other than this entree I certainly enjoy the restaurant. P2 This intrigued me as I'm Malaysian and haven't tried or heard of a mango curry before. So googled it (in English and Malay) and found a recipe for Ripe Mango Curry with Spices in a book titled 'An Indian in Exile' which is a compilation of recipes of a Kerala born lady who lived in Malaysia and published by her daughter who now lives in Wales! This particular recipe is not available online. However details of the book are available at http://www.anindianinexile.com and http://www.anindianinexile.com/An%20Indian...0in%20Exile.pdf. Guess mango curry is truly an Indian / Malaysian confusion / fusion!
  23. Sorry! Didn't see this till it was too late. The place that I usually stop at in Ipoh for lunch if we're going to be in Ipoh for the day or on the way up to Penang is this coffee shop in the old part of Ipoh (they call it Old Town) called "Theen Jun". It's famous for it's Ipoh Sar Hor Fun, creme caramel and the satay which the satay man dumps on your table whether you order it or not. Oh well, perhaps for another trip.
  24. Hi Pan Glad you have been finding your way around KL and PJ. There is a 'Thai Chicken' dish that I've tried at several Malaysian Chinese eateries where marinated chicken is deep fried and is covered with sweetish chilli sauce and thinly sliced fresh shallots. Is the Thai Chicken at Restoran West Lake something like this? I haven't been there before so don't know what their version of Thai Chicken is like. There are quite a few road side eateries along Jalan Sultan that are open till fairly late at night, if you don't mind the grubby surroundings. One of them that I've tried is on the pavement just outside the Swiss Inn. The tables are kind of dark as they are set up along the verandah of the closed shop houses along Jalan Sultan with a few flourescent lights strung across. It opens from 9pm onwards.
  25. There is a fermented rice dessert in Malaysia (probably Indonesia and Singapore too) called 'tapai' made much the same way as rice wine. It's sold in supermarkets in plastic containers or at markets in little banana leaf wrapped packages.
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