Entries from February 2009 ↓

Penang Food – Gurney Drive Hawker Stalls @ Persiaran Gurney, Penang

Gurney Drive is popular with its hawkers affair and have recently become a phenomenon in Penang where visitors from KL and as far as Singapore flock down to Gurney Drive just to sample its delicate array of food. The number of people frequenting Gurney Drive hawker stalls on weekends is quite high compare to many years ago and it can be a daunting experience to visit the ever so famous Gurney Drive just to sample Penang’s delicacy as finding a place to sit can be as difficult as finding a parking space in Kuala Lumpur shopping malls during the weekend. Furthermore, the quality of the food has drastically deteriorate over the years.

Gurney Drive's Chee Cheong Fun
Gurney Drive’s Chee Cheong Fun

Gurney’s Drive Chee Cheong Fun fairs so much better than the flamboyant restaurant in The Gardens with the same name. From RM 2 for a small plate to RM 4 for large, you can eat until you vomit but you don’t have to pay RM 8 for a plate. What’s more important is a hawker food should be eaten in a hawker centre, if the patrons want to eat in an air-conditioned place, there is something called "take-away".

Gurney Drive's Muar Chee
Gurney Drive’s Muar Chee

Muar Chee (Stall #55) serves Muar Chee and they are just so tasty. Just like many other stalls, there are a few options to choose from — small and large with the difference at only 50 cents.

Gurney Drive's Fried Chicken
Gurney Drive’s Fried Chicken

M Tucky Fried Chicken (Stall #100) serves delicious Fried Chicken, Fried Sotong, Fried Chicken Skin, Fried Sausage and more. They are incredibly crispy and the stall usually has really long queues. Even though the food tastes quite good, they are also incredibly unhealthy.

Gurney Drive's Ais Kacang
Gurney Drive’s Ais Kacang

There is however, nothing to shout about for the Ais Kacang (Stall #78). It is quite bland and the ingredients is quite minimal and even though there are usually a long queue at this stall, don’t be fooled and intimidated by the queue.

Gurney Drive's Cendol
Gurney Drive’s Cendol

The Cendol is quite mediocre but it is definitely better than the Ais Kacang. Nevertheless, nothing beats the cendol in Cendol Klang. That’s for sure.

Gurney Drive's Longan Tau Fa
Gurney Drive’s Longan Tau Fa

Longan Tau Fa (Stall #76) is quite refreshing and unique as it is a cup of jelly and longan and is a better choice as dessert after a hearty meal at Gurney Drive.

Overall, Gurney Drive hawker stalls have changed so much over the decade. While the place is always filled with patrons, the number of eaters has gone up while the quality of the food has gone down. There are always other hawker stalls in Penang.

Price

  • Stall #108
  • Chee Cheong Fun – RM 2 (Small), RM 3 (Medium), RM 4 (Large)
  • Stall #55
  • Muar Chee – RM 1.50 (Small), RM 2 (Large)
  • Stall #87
  • Sotong Bakar – RM 8
  • Stall #100
  • Fried Chicken, Fried Sotong, Fried Chicken Skin, etc. – price varies
  • Stall #78
  • Cendol – RM 2
  • Ais Kacang – RM 2
  • Stall #76
  • Longan Tau Fa – RM 1.2

Address

Persiaran Gurney,
10250 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, MALAYSIA.

My Ratings (1-5)

  • Food – 4.0
  • Service – 3.0
  • Ambiance – 2.0

Valentine’s Day Set – Theobroma Chocolate Lounge @ Bangsar Village I

Theobroma Chocolate Lounge originates from Australia, serves fine chocolate — be it chocolate drinks, chocolate fondue, waffles, pancakes or crepes, the is the place to be. The latest store is opened in Bangsar Village I after opening stores in One Utama and Pavilion KL. Last Valentine’s, Theobroma has a special promotion — at RM19.90 per set, the set comes with a choice of pancake or crepe, mini fondue and coffee, tea or chocolate drink.

Theobroma's Chocolate Chip Sultana Pancake
Theobroma’s Chocolate Chip Sultana Pancake

Chocolate Chip Sultana Pancake is delightful. It’s like taking shower with chocolate instead of water. Chocolate chips, sultana raisins and chocolate syrup, you must choose this if you love pancake.

Theobroma's Chocolate, Nuts & Sultana Crepe
Theobroma’s Chocolate, Nuts & Sultana Crepe

Chocolate, Nuts & Sultana Crepe is delicious and crispy and crunchy. It’s like taking a bath in a bathtub filled with chocolate syrup and nuts. It’s just that incredible. If you prefer something crispier than pancake, you should order this crepe.

Theobroma's Mini Fondue
Theobroma’s Mini Fondue

Theobroma’s Mini Fondue is quite mini and not so tempting. It comes with kiwi fruits, bananas, mandarin oranges and strawberries and a tiny saucer of melted chocolate. However, since this is included in the RM19.90 set, it seems to be alright.

Theobroma's Cappuccino
Theobroma’s Cappuccino

Cappuccino is quite satiating and it is never short of attraction with the lovely coffee art.

Theobroma's Flat White
Theobroma’s Flat White

The same applies to Flat White, a white coffee drink with foamy and beautiful coffee art, the drink tastes slightly better than Cappuccino.

Price

  • Valentine Set A – RM 19.90
  • Chocolate Chip Sultana Pancake
  • Mini Fondue
  • Cappuccino
  • Valentine Set B – RM 19.90
  • Chocolate, Nuts & Sultana Crepe
  • Mini Fondue
  • Flat White

Address

Theobroma Chocolate Lounge,
G5, Ground Floor,
Bangsar Village Shopping Centre,
Jalan Telawi, Bangsar Baru,
59100 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA.


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My Ratings (1-5)

  • Food – 4.0
  • Service – 3.0
  • Ambiance – 4.0

Breakfast Set – warongkita @ KL Sentral Station

warongkita, which is located near the Departure Hall of KLIA Express serves Malay-style kopitiam food. It also have affordable breakfast sets.

warongkita's Nasi Lemak Biasa
warongkita’s Nasi Lemak Biasa

Nasi Lemak Biasa is indeed biasa (ordinary) and there’s nothing to shout about. It is just mediocre and perhaps, it is better to order Set B, which consists of Roti Bakar Kaya Kampung and coffee.

warongkita's Kopi (Panas)
warongkita’s Kopi (Panas)

Kopi (Panas) is quite mediocre as compared to Kopi Kampung (Panas) as it lacks taste and everything just doesn’t seem right.

Overall, I would recommend you to order Roti Bakar Kaya Kampung and Kopi Kampung, which in my opinion is not only wholesome but quite delightful as well.

Price

  • Set A (Kopi + Nasi Lemak Biasa) – RM 4.50

Address

warongkita,
No. 8, Level 1,
Stesen Sentral Kuala Lumpur,
50470 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA.


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My Ratings (1-5)

  • Food – 3.0
  • Service – 3.0
  • Ambiance – 4.0

Delightful Chinese Food – Restoran Sin Kee @ Brickfields

Restoran Sin Kee in Brickfields, right across KL Sentral and Pos Express serves good food and has a wide array of dishes to choose from. One can choose to eat ala carte meals or order dishes to share, just like in any Chinese restaurants.

Restoran Sin Kee's Curry Pork Ribs Rice
Restoran Sin Kee’s Curry Pork Ribs Rice

The Curry Pork Ribs Rice is heavenly — the pork is so succulent and the curry is even better than those you eat in the prison. If you are a late comer during lunch hour, you’ll feel sorry for not coming earlier as it is easily snapped up by the hungry working people. And yes, just like many of its other ala carte meals, Curry Pork Ribs Rice have limited orders each day.

Restoran Sin Kee's Fried Rice
Restoran Sin Kee’s Fried Rice

The Fried Rice is just as good as most items available on the menu. Fried Rice comes with Chinese sausage (Lup Cheong), bits of Luncheon Pork meat, eggs, onions and prawns. I’ll have to say this is one of the best Chinese Fried Rice I have ever eaten.

Restoran Sin Kee also has tonnes of other items on its extensive menu and it’s a no wonder that it is usually fully-packed during lunch hour.

Price

  • Fried Rice – RM 7.00 (Take-away: RM 6.50)
  • Curry Pork Ribs Rice – RM 7.00 (Take-away: RM 6.50)

Address

Restoran Sin Kee,
194, Jalan Sambathan, Brickfields,
50470 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA


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My Ratings (1-5)

  • Food – 4.0
  • Service – 3.0
  • Ambiance – 3.0

Japanese Gourmet Chocolate – Royce @ Suria KLCC

Royce is a Japanese chocolate company and it’s available in Isetan, Suria KLCC, just opposite Sun Moulin. Royce chocolate needs no introduction no more. It’s pure chocolate from Japan.

Royce's Pure Cream & Creamy White
Royce’s Pure Cream & Creamy White

Royce's Pure Cream & Creamy White
Royce’s Pure Cream & Creamy White

Royce’s Pure Cream & Creamy White chocolate consists of normal chocolate which is creamy and white chocolate which is even more creamy. The verdict? They are so good, they melt before you even try to sip it.

Royce's Mild Bitter & Extra Bitter
Royce’s Mild Bitter & Extra Bitter

Royce also has Mild Bitter & Extra Bitter chocolates.

Both the Pure Cream & Creamy White and Mild Bitter & Extra Bitter are available for RM 47. The chocolates can be stored in room temperature. They won’t melt unless you live in the desert.

Price

  • Royce’s Pure Cream & Creamy White – RM 47.00
  • Royce’s Mild Bitter & Extra Bitter – RM 47.00

Address

Royce,
3rd Floor, Isetan, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre,
50088 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA.


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My Ratings (1-5)

  • Food – 4.0
  • Service – N/A
  • Ambiance – N/A

Char Kuey Teow (Fried Kuey Teow) @ Lorong Selamat, Penang

Lorong Selamat Char Kuey Teow or Fried Kuey Teow has been famous since early 2000. Now, it is sheltered inside a restaurant named Kafe Heng Huat and not the one outside a few shops away in the street. However, many bloggers and food lovers alike have commented that the owners are not very friendly. It is indeed the truth — the owner told us to wait at least two hours when we were ordering, it’s like they are now so rich, they don’t need our business anymore. We ended up waiting for nearly one hour instead of the two hours she earlier mentioned. Rude and arrogant is not the way to service the customers. Furthermore, since their debut on 8TV’s Ho Chak, the price is now ridiculously high, starting from RM 6.50 to RM 9.00 for a bigger plate.

Lorong Selamat's Char Kuey Teow
Lorong Selamat’s Char Kuey Teow

Lorong Selamat's Char Kuey Teow Stall is in Kafe Heng Huat
Lorong Selamat’s Char Kuey Teow Stall is in Kafe Heng Huat

Lorong Selamat's Infamous Char Kuey Teow
Lorong Selamat’s Infamous Char Kuey Teow

Even though, the plate of Char Kuey Teow has three big prawns, the eggs seems to be a little bit soggy. The plate of Fried Kuey Teow is quite small, where the bigger plate will cost RM 9.00 instead of RM 7.00.

Lorong Selamat's Ais Kacang
Lorong Selamat’s Ais Kacang

Kafe Heng Huat also has Ice Kacang. The famous Ice Kacang is the one a few shop lots away on the street. The owner of Kafe Heng Huat allows you to take away food from outside except Char Kuey Teow and Ice Kacang, because if you want these, you need to buy from them.

My verdict? These are not the best Char Kuey Teow in town. I have tried many better ones and the big prawns are not worth it. Moreover, the attitude of the business owners are way too unfriendly they should consider closing down their business and eat wind instead.

Price

  • Char Kuey Teow (Without eggs) – RM 6.50
  • Char Kuey Teow (Regular) – RM 7.00
  • Char Kuey Teow (Big) – RM 9.00

Address

Kafe Heng Huat,
Lorong Selamat,
10400 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, MALAYSIA.

My Ratings (1-5)

  • Food – 3.0
  • Service – 1.0
  • Ambiance – 3.0

Strawberry Tart – Sun Moulin Bakery and Cafe @ Suria KLCC

Sun Moulin Bakery and Cafe is famous for its cakes and tarts. The bakery in Suria KLCC is located on the same floor as Isetan supermarket.

Sun Moulin's Strawberry Tart
Sun Moulin’s Strawberry Tart

Sun Moulin’s Strawberry Tart is sinfully delicious and satiating. The generous amount of strawberries (four to be exact) on each of the tart makes it even harder to resist.

Price

  • Strawberry Tart – RM 5.50

Address

Sun Moulin Bakery and Cafe,
3rd Floor, Isetan, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre,
50088 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA.

My Ratings (1-5)

  • Food – 4.0
  • Service – 3.0
  • Ambiance – 4.0