Sunday 26 April 2015

Food: Angcle Peoh Restaurant @ Bandar Bukit Tinggi, Klang

Penang is the food haven of Malaysia, no doubt. Mention Penang and the first thing that crosses my mind is definitely the scrumptious bowls of 'asam laksa' which we Malaysians have grown to love through these years. So, where is the best 'asam laksa' you can find without driving all the way up north?

Well, I've recently discovered a gem. Angcle Peoh Restaurant which is located at the busiest area of Klang serves authentic 'asam laksa' at affordable prices all the way from the Penang Ayer Itam market.

Uncle Ang or more fondly known as 'Angcle' and in pronunciation as uncle is busy in the kitchen, whipping up bowls of freshly made noodles. His story began back in the 60s when he used to help his mother sell 'asam laksa' daily at the famous Ayer Itam market. His mother would carry a rattan basket for 4 km from their house to the market, a real feat for a lady. 

Uncle Ang was only seven by then and it took them 10 years before they finally own a pedicab and then a small lorry consecutively.

The kitchen, oh, look at those amazing ingredients.

Just take a look at the lunch crowd on a weekend! The food here definitely speaks for itself.

This homey little outlet sees at least three generations working together to make it successful. Uncle Ang daughter, Ms Ang Kar Bee helps to run the shop as well with her husband and daughters too. 

Asam Laksa (RM 6.90)
A bowl of slippery noodles and tons of fresh sardines which we have loved ever since we were introduced to it, I'm sure none of you out there can say no to this. The recipe which was passed down over the years was as authentic as 'asam laksa' should be. A total of 4 hours is used to boil the broth into this thick texture.

There were so many ingredients in this bowl of heavenly goodness. To name a few, there are sliced onions, ginger flower, cucumber and bird eye chillies for that extra kick. Garnished with some fresh mint leaves, this is worth every single cent you're spending on it. 

Char Koey Teow with Duck Egg (RM 8.90)
Duck egg gives that extra fragrance and 'oomph' to your regular char koay teow. Juicy, succulent prawns, chives, bean sprouts and cockles all tossed together with koay teow and I've gotta admit that this dish is pretty sinful but I guess hitting the gym for this is worth it. And, the secret is pork oil which is used to cook this.

The portion is pretty generous for such an affordable price. I would definitely order this again when I return soon enough.

 Prawn Mee (RM 6.90)
A huge serving of prawns, pork, eggs, bean sprouts, kangkung and fried shallots. This prawn noodles is rich in flavour and just right in terms of its spiciness. To make the broth, the prawn shells were fried and blended, then boiled for at least 1 1/2 hour. The 'belacan' is homemade while the pork is marinated for its tender, juicy texture.

Curry Laksa (RM 6.90)
First thing I notice is that this bowl of curry is served with 'sotong' instead of chicken curry. Ms Ang said, "patrons usually prefer something smaller in size because they are usually office workers who do not want to dirty their shirt after a bowl of curry". 

It's something different to have curry with 'sotong' but it was good either way. The dried chillies are stone grind and mixed with serai, lengkuas and turmeric respectively. I liked how the 'santan' (coconut milk) is not too overwhelming in this bowl.

Rojak (Rm 6.00)
For this bowl of fruit rojak, they had to cook the sauce for a total of 5 hours. And, take note, Penang rojak does not have prawn crackers, instead, they put 'char koey' in it :)

ABC Ice Kacang (RM 5.00)
Oh, this is filled with sweet corn, grass jelly, red bean and milk to make that ice kacang you love as a child. Here, they use a rose extract instead of syrup which is a tad bit less sweeter and palm sugar before serving.

Cendol (RM 5.00)
The cendol is home made here and the taste is indeed different that the commercial ones. Trust me you will have to try this!

Me posing with the bowl of cendol :)

Well, I think for those who are looking for a decent place to enjoy some true Penang delicacies, head over here and trust me, you will not regret it. I find this place really comfortable and the way they preserve the recipes over generation amazes me. It's because of people like Uncle Ang and his daughter that we still get to enjoy good food up to this day.

Restoran Angcle Peoh
No. 42 Lorong Batu Nilam 21B
Bandar Bukit Tinggi 2
41200 Klang

Tel: 017-9362 2223
Open daily: 9am to 9pm

Saturday 11 April 2015

Food: U Desserts @ IOI Boulevard, Puchong

Desserts are a must for some of us, even for me, I will probably feel incomplete without my dose of dessert after dinner. Just a few days ago, I was invited for a review at U Desserts which is nestled in the busy heart of Puchong, namely IOI Boulevard. I was rather skeptical though to have only desserts for dinner, little did I know that this little outlet actually goes way beyond dessert.

They have set meals here and they are value for money, especially with GST on the rise lately. I'm sure many of you will be scouting for places where you can get good and cheap food. Well, look no further as this is the place to be and to hang out after a busy day. With an all-in-one concept, U Desserts targets mainly family or young adults. Their motto is to keep it natural without preservatives and less sugar to encourage healthy eating.

Cosy and comfortable ambience, you'll feel relaxed and calm once you enter this restaurant :)

For those who prefer a couch to chill on, they do have some where you can just make yourself at home while enjoying some desserts.

GST here stands for Great Saving Treat and not the GST you were thinking of. Pretty good deals you can get here for a decent meal. 

Thai Grilled Chicken with Rice (RM 11.90)
We were recommended to try this out of the GST menu. Well, the chicken was crunchy and crispy, especially with the flavorful Thai chilli sauce drizzled over it. The set comes with fruits and iced lemon tea, definitely value for money!

BBQ Chicken Bun (RM 11.90)

Mango Fish Fillets Bun (RM 12.90)
Some of the chicken and fish with mango buns. A snack worth trying :) 

Grilled Chicken (RM 15.90)

They come in a choice of three sauces; Italian Mushroom Sauce, Thai Chilli Sauce and Black Pepper Sauce. My personal favourite would be the Italian Mushroom Sauce because it compliments the grilled chicken so well. And, the flavour is mild so it doesn't overwhelm the entire dish. 

Hor Fan in Mango Sago Sweet Soup (RM 10.80)
Their portion are recommended for sharing, trust me, even an avid mango lover like me can't finish this all by myself. I love the Hor Fan which is supposed to look like coconut strips but they aren't that actually. It has a very different texture and you either like it or hate it. For me, I absolutely love it although it would be best if it was slightly chewier.

Tofu Pudding with Mango & Pomelo (RM 7.80)
At first, I thought their tofu pudding is pretty tasteless. But, when coupled with fresh mangoes and pomelo, its a great combination. The pomelo isn't bitter as what most of you may expect it to be, so don't worry about trying this out.

Mango Chong Fan (RM 9.80)
Doesn't this reminds you of 'chee cheong fun'? The 'chong fan' has mango cubes inside and topped with some fresh mango puree to give you that ultimate mango experience. This is a unique, must try dessert if you're here :)

Durian Pancake (RM 9.80)
So soft and so fluffy! This durian pancake is heavenly, and best part is they use real durian and not some artificially flavoured ones you can find in commercial areas. The pancake layer is thin and this melts in your mouth!

Mango Pancake (RM 8.80)
A tropical burst of mango as you bite into this. Similar to the durian pancake, this is so smooth and rich with mango flavour!

Mango Rice Balls (RM 5.50)

Ice Blended Mango (RM 8.80)
This somehow tastes pretty similar to the mangoes dessert I've mentioned above. So, just try either one of it if you're an absolute mango fanatic like me.

U Desserts
G-19, Jalan Kenari 5, 
IOI Boulevard, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 
47170 Puchong, Selangor.

Opening Hours:
Sun - Thurs 12 PM -12 AM
Fri-Sat 12 PM - 1 AM

Tel : 03-80747332

Sunday 5 April 2015

Food: Interlude @ Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI)

The real meaning behind the term interlude is the period between a few episodes. So, when I got invited for a food review at Interlude, TTDI last weekend, I was curious as to what was in store for me. They are the first International Tapas Bar in Malaysia and for those uninitiated, tapas refers to appetizers or snacks before your main dish.

So, you're probably wondering, is the food enough for a meal? Well, that you've got to read on to find out :) Interlude is founded by Mr Rabin who is absolutely passionate about food and the science that goes into preparing every dish. Together with Chef Loges, they are proud to present to you what they have created and experimented on with various ingredients.

Ambience wise, it is a perfect place to unwind after a busy week or to catch up with friends on a Friday night. There is a bar for you to drink all your sorrows and bad days away too!

Grilled Chicken Breast with Mash & Chicken Jus
This is a must try! The chicken breast was confit (a term which literally means using fat or grease to cook meat). Well, it is a rather unusual way to prepare chicken because they tend to make duck confit more often. However, this tastes amazing and flavorful as they prepared this by wrapping it in foil and using low heat to keep the meat tender & juicy. Before serving, the meat is placed in the oven for that crisp and colour. The mash potatoes which were prepared from heavy cream and butter is sinful but so worth every single exercise you will need to do to burn off those calories.

BBQ Pork Ribs with Guinness BBQ Sauce
The pork ribs are finger lickin' good to the bones. Braised with cinnamon, five spice and pork stock for a hefty 2 hours and drizzled with in house made Guinness BBQ sauce, this dish is sure to be a favourite for those who love pork. So much passion in one dish to provide patrons with a certain type of depth of flavour which will definitely leave them with an unforgettable experience. The serving is rather large so it is recommended to share with friends or family.

Crispy Pork Belly with Kilkenny Glaze
This pork belly was heavenly with the meat so juicy while the skin is crispy and crunchy with every bite. Baked with a salt blanket, where it is then removed and baked once again, the whole process takes approximately 2 hours. The Kilkenny glaze which was light and savoury complimented the pork belly, working well to enhance its flavour.

Pork Burger
Look at the thick patty, definitely worth every single cent you're going to spend on this burger. So, if you're feeling like a carnivore, try this. I love the bacon they added in this as well as the fries which were sprinkled with oregano and paprika :)

Citrus Chicken Salad
This bowl of goodness is refreshing as they added herbs like mint leaves and Italian parsley to enhance the taste. The lemon vinaigrette dressing is a perfect match for this salad and some fried shallots were sprinkled over before serving. Such a pretty sight, almost too good to be eaten!

Carrot Parpadelle (RM 16.00)
You're probably fooled if you think this is pasta. Truth is, its made up of carrots, well long strips of carrots. A vegan dish served with carrot and orange puree, this is probably the most interesting vegetarian dish ever. The carrots are grated and tossed in pan with oregano, cumin, mint leaves and butter for that unique, one of its kind taste that will surely tantalize your tastebuds.

17 hours Slow Cooked Pork Belly (RM 35.00)
This version of pork belly is prepared sous viede (cooked under pressure) or its easier to understand it as the modern version of confit. The pork belly is placed in a vacuum sealed bag and cooked in temperature less than 100°C, so if you imagine it, the pork is having s mini relaxing 'spa' so that its meat is just the right texture. They even have a thermal circulator to ensure that the temperature is set right. I love the gribiche inspired sauce made out of grated egg white, cram, chicken stock, gherkin and taragon herb to give you that rich, green colour.

Nantua Spaghetti with Seafood (RM 30.00)
This was the highlight of the night, pasta tossed in a bisque and tomato based sauce which was creamy yet light at the same time. This is recommended for seafood lovers like myself because you will definitely love the strong fragrant prawn flavour in this.  You can find some mussels and squids in this too!

Red Snapper
Inspired by Thai style, this John Snapper fillet is cooked in a tomyam and miso broth. The idea to use miso is because of its unique 'yumami' which provides full flavour to food yet keeping them savoury at the same time. The fillet is also baked in the oven for approximately 10 minutes before serving with some corn and rice too.

Rainbow Shots
I'm not into alcohol as you guys know but this drink is too cute! The bartender makes this and I'm sure you will be as amazed as I was when you see him pouring and making this rainbow shots.

50, Lorong Rahim Kajai 14,
Taman Tun Dr. Ismail 
Kuala Lumpur

Business hours:

Tue - Sun: 4:00 pm - 2:00 am 
Closed on Monday

More details: Click here!

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