Sunday, November 23, 2014

Private Kitchen @ SS2 Petaling Jaya

Private Kitchen has shifted from Damansara Uptown since the last Chinese New Year to SS2/10. It is not easy to survive in a business for instance Restoran Shanky used to be operating at this shop lot but have already ceased its business whereas Private Kitchen has shifted to this place due to the ever rising rental cost at the previous premises. This new location houses a couple of good eatery shops which is on the same row as Kayu Nasi Kandar at one end to Okay Kopitiam on the other end.
Salt & pepper fried Tofu cubes with crispy fried skin and Tofu soft in the internal. The cubes are small in size hardly seen such cubes in any other places but these are cute and ideal for an easy bite.
XO sauced pork neck meat with celery, mushroom, onion and red pepper, pork neck is my favourite part of the meat and Private Kitchen did it well with its XO sauce, yes it's yummy leh.
I was expecting the gravy to be salty but to my surprise it was not and the chicken meat was tender and juicy. It came with a saucer of ginger & chopped spring onions sauce which went very well with my plain rice.
Braised eggplant cooked with minced meat and salted fish, served in a clay pot was gorgeous too.
Hong Kong Nai Bak (baby Pok Choy) with dry shrimps and vermicelli soup. I like the crunchiness and succulency from these stunted white and green veggie. 
The soup would be better if it were to be served a bit warmer, it's always nice to sip hot and steaming soup.
The space at the ground floor is rather limited just like in Hong Kong, I guessed it's meant for quick meals but it is good for old folks who can avoid climbing the staircase to a bigger and conducive dining area at the first floor.
Overall the pricing is found to be reasonable and affordable for a meal that can be different from our normal Tai Chow.
Quick meals are also available like steamed rices popularly served for lunches. I want to try their Ding Ding grilled fish steamboat and it is already in my list. Generally the food is delicious and it's worth coming back again. Till then I will see you again Private Kitchen.
Restoran Private Kitchen
20 Jalan SS 2/10
47300 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: (+603) 7874 8399
GPS :3.116104, 101.617243

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

An Invitation for a Food Review at Bari-Uma Ramen @ Jaya Shopping Centre

I was excited to be invited by Xavier Mah for a food tasting at Bari-Uma Ramen, the first of its kind in Malaysia originated from Hiroshima.  It is located at the new Jaya Shopping Centre, Section 14, Petaling Jaya. Apparently there are 40 over outlets in Japan and a few in Singapore. Welcome to Malaysia.
Ramen is the main story in this restaurant and the ramen is made in the restaurant itself and the noodle machine can be seen at the shop. Besides the specially in-house made ramen, the broth is actually the most important and unique factor in Bari-Uma. The tasty broth is a concentrated and creamy boiled out from pork bone for over 10 hours, it's obviously time consuming and a tedious process. We were told that the broth in Petaling Jaya had to be diluted so as to suit our local taste.
We started with Yakitori Combo served in Tare Sauce - Five different sticks of different combination comprising of chicken breast, chicken thigh and pork belly with leek. These skewered meats were well grilled and very enticing. I enjoyed the pork belly the most it was tender and juicy....mama mia.
Negi-Mayo Gyoza - Dumplings that were not dry and oily on the skin but rather soft and easy to bite and in the inside with generous filling which was juicy and delicious. The chilli sauce and mayonnaise on top made it appealling to indulge.
Ishiyaki Chaofan Chashu - in hot stone bowl that was rich with its generous ingredients of meat and egg pieces and the smell of it was so attempting . I bet my sons would love this dish.
Kara-Uma - spicy pork flavoured shoyu broth ramen with thick cut smoky grilled pork and three slices bamboo shoot. This imported delicious pork is grilled to perfection and cut to a size perfectly to suit your bite. If you want more of this chashu you can have a side order for more slices of this porky wonder.
I just cannot imagine the broth in Japan which I find it already so concentrated and creamy for any noodle soup never the less it's really unique and by the way this is the signature dish of  Bari-Uma Ramen. I chose Ajita-Uma as it comes with an egg that is hard on the egg white but half cooked in the york. One has to be really skillful to make such egg for this dish. There are choices of how you want the ramen texture to be....soft to springy... I like it springy and chewy.
 Ice cream for dessert a choice between green tea or sesame flavour.
A simple decor yet conducive place to dine at Bari-Uma Ramen Petaling Jaya.
 It was another opportunity to meet new friends in this food industry. And once again "terima kasih" to Xavier for the invitation and not forgetting Wong Cui Yin from Xavier Mah Consultancy.  
Bari means "super" and Uma means "tasty" so this is a super tasty ramen joint. Thanks to Aldred for his great hospitality, I will definitely bring my family and friends here for a Bari-Uma experience soon. Cheers!!!!
Bari-Uma Ramen
Jaya Shopping Centre
L3-11, Level 3,
Jalan Semangat,
46100 Petaling Jaya.
Tel :  03-7932 2958
GPS : 3.109236, 101.636982

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Leisure Ride and Steamboat at Damansara Village

It was a Wednesday evening where a group of keen cyclists mostly foldies gathered at Bandar Utama for a leisure ride. Nothing like after a stressful day at work where we were able to let loose ourselves in the evening with our wheels.
SK Yeong was kind enough to lead us to Bandar Sunway via all kind of routes comprising of  big roads, small roads, short cuts and carrying our bicycles crossing high pedestrian bridge. It was interesting and a slight rain that made it more adventurous. 
After having lot of fun taking pictures at Sunway Pyramid it was time to head back towards our base and most important of all was dinner time. Min had pre-booked a dinner at Damansara Village we just couldn't wait for it.
The seafood served was fresh and all went well into the boat with superb herbal soup in it. It was no doubt tasty and healthy in terms of its richness from the herbs. You could also opt for plain soup instead of the herbal one, it is all up to your liking.
Besides the seafood these are the basic foods you normally get in a steamboat meal.
Thanks to Min for arranging the dinner and the special treatment from the restaurant.
Gino feeling excited and showing off with his big prawn while Lee & Kim salivating behind.
We were honoured to have the owner of Damansara Village radio celebrity Patrick Teoh to dine with us.
Obviously all my buddies were having a jolly good  time savoring the lovely steamboat feast on a wet night after a good exercise braving ourselves on the road. 
Damansara Village Steamboat
1067, Jalan Jenjarum, 
Kg. Sg. Kayu Ara, 
Off Jalan SS23/10, 
Damansara Jaya, 
47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Tel: 603 7803 1832
GPS : 3.124046, 101.612863

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Restoran Sin Kee Happy 快乐成记 @ Seremban Jaya, Negeri Sembilan

You would not just walk into this restaurant by chance, it has to be (most likely) recommended by somebody who knows about Sin Kee Happy. I have been here twice and I simply love their food. To me it is a must try restaurant and I assure you that you will not regret after trying their dishes.
We started with Ying Yong Kailan green veggie fried into 2 versions which was simple, interesting and tasty.
Next came the wild boar curry it was spicy, the meat was tender and it went very well with the plain white rice.
This is the highlight of our visit a fish in hot clay pot, we wanted some other premium fish but all of them have been sold out. It was a basic grouper fish cooked with yam, pumpkin, celery, wolfberry in a clay pot making it so delicious and that is why it is their established signature dish at Sin Kee Happy Restaurant. Remember don't leave this place without eating this.
White tofu cleverly deep fried topped with minced meat and choi po (preserved vegetable) was another great dish for us.
One is not enough we had to have another fish and it was a fresh tilapia fish of another version. Both the dishes were awesome and the portion were just sufficient for 5 of us to share, nothing more and nothing less.
After the wonderful food at last but not least a complimentary dessert was served to wind up our lunch. It was definitely a great meal indeed at Sin Kee Happy that have made us happy walking out of the restaurant and we will be back for more fishes.
The location is pretty difficult to find , the shop houses are kind of run down but basically it is located somewhere behind TESCO Seremban Jaya. Have fun finding the place and enjoy the food.

Restaurant Sin Kee Happy 

快乐成记
1, Jln Sj 8/1-b,
Taman Seremban Jaya,
70450 Seremban,
Negeri Sembilan
Tel : 06-677 7735
GPS : 2.67635, 101.97816

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Goh Huat Seng Restaurant for a Traditional Teochew Steamboat Experience 吴发成菜馆

A Teochew Nang (people) going for a Teochew traditional steamboat in an old Teochew restaurant located at Kimberley Street, Penang. Goh Huat Seng Restaurant is one of the oldest restaurants in the island and I am glad to be able to savour this marvel just the same way it was done in the olden days that is using charcoal instead of gas or induction cookers.
We opted for a Teochew fish head soup 鱼头炉 instead of a standard plain version. I simply enjoyed the soup it was so delicious and just couldn't stop sipping it the whole night through. 
Besides the fishhead soup with some ingredients in it for RM60 we made some side orders to compliment the feast such as fishballs, wantan, vegetable, fresh fish fillets and prawns.
The soup never failed to stop boiling as we keep on sipping it, the refill was ever ready for the boat. I was amazed by the continuous burning charcoal...
It was this cute mini fan that expedite the burning.
One of the best Or Chien (Oyster Omelettes) I have tried in Penang, it was not oily, not starchy and awesomely delicious. Thumb up for this dish.
I realised there is an opening above us and it is an air well in the middle of the shop. That was the architectural concept of an old pre-war shop house with good ventilation and natural lighting.
The basic pricing of the steamboats of Goh Huat Seng.
The olden days' interior decor is still in existence and I guess it was very popular for wedding dinners in this restaurant during the younger years.
My mum enjoyed the dinner so were the rest of us. It was a good experience to indulge ourselves in this classic setting. We will be back for this Teochew cuisine again.
Goh Huat Seng Restaurant 吴发成菜馆
No. 59-A, Lebuh Kimberley,
10100 Georgetown, Penang
Tel: 04 - 261 5811 / 04 - 261 5646
Business Hours: 11:00am - 3:00pm & 5.30pm - 9:30pm
Closed on alternate Mon
GPS :  5.415944,100.333438