Thursday, October 27, 2016

An Old School Chinese Restaurant at Sek Yuen, Kuala Lumpur 适苑酒家

I have been waiting to come to this old school restaurant for a long time with my cycling buddies. At last we made it to Sek Yeun Restaurant, the last time I came to Sek Yuen was with my contractor friends back in the 80's.  It has been in existence since 1948. A friend posted in the Facebook after seeing our posting and mentioned that her parent wedding dinner was held here. I guess there were many more wedding dinners hosted here and were memorable ones.
I get very excited knowing that they still use firewood at their stoves and true enough as we were coming from the back lane we saw the pile of firewood at the back of the restaurant.
While waiting for our food to come I went around the old building, appreciating the original set up of the restaurant. I hope this place will continue to keep it this way as long as possible.
You can see the firewood inside the kitchen as the chefs were busy at work.
A deep fried "Wan Yee Lam" or grass crap fish seen  outside the kitchen.
When I saw this wrapped up pork trotter out the kitchen, I told my buddies to include this dish for the evening.
One of Sek Yuen's signature dishes is this roasted Pei Pa duck (琵琶鸭), juicy meat with crispy skin.
The majority was gamed for fried noodle rather than steamed rice. Our first fried noodle was fried beehoon.
Then came Cantonese fried noodle with a mix of beehoon and koay teow. I this the most among the 3 types of fried noodle.
The braised stuffed pork trotter was finally on the table. It was delicious amd I enjoyed it very much. There were lot of ingredients in it.
Our mandatory dish which has to be a veggie and tonight we opted for a simple stir fried Pak Choy.
Another Cantonese fried noodle.
16 of us camed to this old restaurant and we had to break into 2 tables. One for the record and long live Sek Yuen you are one of Kuala Lumpur's gems. We will come another time to savour the rest of its other lovely Cantonese dishes.
Restoran Sek Yuen 
Address : 315 Jalan Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel : +603 9222 0903, +603 9222 9457
Opening Hours : Tuesday - Sunday (closed on Mondays)
Lunch : 11:30am - 2:30pm / Dinner : 5:30pm - 9:30pm
GPS : 3.135651, 101.712174

Monday, October 24, 2016

Tai Chow @ Big Tree Sg Way, Petaling Jaya

Somewhere in Sg. Way Village there is this place known as "Tai Shi Tau" in Cantonese which means "the Big Tree", an eating place that is actually housed under a tree and it has been there for nearly 40 years or so. I decided to bring my cycling buddies to this unique eatery on a short bicycle ride from Bandar Utama.
Cold Tofu topped with gravy is simply good and nice.
Stir fried Kai Lan veggie with a bit of Chinese flavour was good too.
The highlight of the evening was this must try deep fried kembong fish, we had a set each which comes with a fried egg topped with enticing gravy. The fish was fresh and delicious.
Our meal with soft drinks and a pot of Chinese tea cost us less than RM15.00 each. We went off the place feeling satisfied and happy.
The happy customers of the evening.
Let's cycle & search for interesting eatery.
Big Tree Stall (Tai Shi Tau)
Jalan SS9A/14,
Sungai Way, PJ
Open: 7am to 9pm
Closed on Saturday and Sunday.
GPS : 3.086644, 101.622112

Friday, October 21, 2016

Wei Ji Claypot Chicken Rice 韦吉瓦煲鸡饭 at Setapak Kuala Lumpur

A young man happily posing for me to take a picture of him. Cheers!
The pricing is very reasonable RM13.00 for a large pot with standard ingredients like slices of Chinese sausage, a piece of salted fish on a small sauce and of course the marinated chicken.
The taste is not the best of all but it is reasonably acceptable. Next time we would add on for more in it.
There isn't many other side orders to pick, we had a plate of poached lettuce to go with our dinner.
It is an old corner house with covered extension of an old housing scheme surrounded by Chong Hwa Chinese School and highrise apartments. It is popular and always crowded with people savouring their claypot chicken rice. It is advisable to go there early or later part of their business time in order to get a table without much waiting. We went there about 8.40pm (kind of after peak hour) and was able to get one easily but the soup were all sold out.
Wei Ji Claypot Chicken Rice
112, Jalan Chong Hwa, 
Kuala Lumpur
Business Hours : 5pm to 10pm.
GPS : 3.199034, 101.70778

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Let's Cycle to Butterworth - Pantai Merdeka & Lembah Bujang

I left my mum's place at 6.00am trying to reach Bagan Ajam as early as possible so that we can start our recce immediately. It started with my first plot on Google Earth that I decided to do this one day cycling adventure.
The rain came before I could even get out of Air Itam, I had to Uber to the Ferry Terminal. It took another half an hour waiting for the ferry.
At 8.00am we met and had breakfast at the shop seen at the right hand corner of this photo and it was just next to the Butterworth Outer Ring Highway.
The day was on an intermittent rain mode, it was cooling and wet but lovely to ride.
Our first destination was Kuala Muda, a river estuary dividing Penang and Kedah.
Long long time ago Kota Kuala Muda was once Kedah a state administrative centre before it was shifted to the present location at Alor Setar.
Kota Kuala Muda is a small town, just imagine the size of a state administrative centre during the early years. We saw this beautiful house in the town as we were roaming around.
The 2004 notorious Tsumani came and swept part of Seberang Perai, it was at this spot where several lives were taken away and many houses were destroyed. A monument is built to remember this catastrophe some of the damaged houses are left displayed for public viewing. 
A gallery building with information of the disaster is made available for the public.
One of my listed "to go" places was this fishing village where it is well known for its uniqueness of fish bidding. It is called Pasar Bisik Kuala Muda. The bidding is conducted by way of whispering and the best offer gets the fish.
A short clip of this fish market, see how they carry out their daily transaction.

Our meal at a Malay food stall not too far from Pasar Bisik. The food was authentic and delicious with a wide spread of dishes to choose.
The scenery along this route is beautiful, I love the typical setting of kampong houses with coconut trees  together with the clear blue sky.
I thought we could get a boat ride across the water at Teluk Nipah but to no avail we had to head back to Pantai Merdeka.
The live of the young boys seem free & easy in a wonderful kampong. What a priceless living in a wonderful country side.
We eventually reached at Pantai Merdeka at 2.10pm. I recalled when I was a young boy I came to this beach with my dad's permission with a couple of dollars for the trip. It was my first ever outing of my live. I was thrilled then the minute I saw the sea. Now that I am back after all these years I am equally excited with a good memory of my past at this beach. It was such a good memory indeed.
A resort just before the beach front at Pantai Merdeka.
Happy man with his catch, what a fruitful way to spend his day.
A remnant of World War 2 bunker built by the British Forces to protect the land from Japanese invasion. This is found near the beach at Pantai Merdeka.
It was time to board the sampan to cross over to the other side called Tanjung Dawai.
I heard normally they charged the locals RM2.00 per head for the ride but we paid RM5.00 each inclusive of the bicycle. The ride is about 5 minutes.
Masjid Lama Pengkalan Kakap is the oldest mosque in the vicinity of Merbok, Tanjung Dawai, Bujang, Semeling and Bedong built around 1800, The 25th Sultan of Kedah His Royal Highness Sultan Abdul Hamid had frequently visited this mosque whilst travelling to Kuala Muda district. Under the supervision of the Department of Museums and Antiquities the mosque has been restored in 1994.
The verendah with round columns on square bases and a cemetery next to it.
Sight of local fruit stalls are commonly seen along the way.
It was already 4.40pm we arrived at Lembah Bujang Archaeology Museum, this is my second time coming to this place and I forget we need to ride up on the road. It is only when you cycle you will realise and remember it.
At the compound of the museum there are many artifacts displayed without any security measure and fear of vandalism. These are great evidences of history which have been traced back as old as 3AD older than Angkor Wat and Borobudur. Apparently there are another 80 over new sites found and it will take a long while to excavate. The old ancient kingdom of early civilisation is beginning to unveil slowly but steadily. The story of Old Kedah or Kedah Tua is becoming thicker and it is going to be interesting story.
Natural stream and waterfall next to the museum.
Some of the old shrines (candi) were found elsewhere were re-sited to this museum.
These stones are base for column, the sizes of the columns vary from big to small. Other artifacts such as grinder for sugar cane juice and others.
A pit stop at this hijau kuning warong for some fried rice and cold drinks.
Along the old trunk road it continues to provide ours beautiful scenery which I really enjoyed it very much.
The state so called as the rice bowl of Malaysia provides you sight of vast paddy fields. 
The sun beginning to set as we pedalled our way back to Penang.
I remember my dad used to take me through this bridge many times when I was living in Padang Serai. Jambatan Merdeka (Independence Bridge) spans across Sungai Muda, the longest river in Kedah, and marks the border between Penang and Kedah. It was built in 1955 and a replacement of the historical bridge (1940), which was bombed by Japanese plane in 1942 during the World War II. 
It was a long day by the time I reached Air Itam it was about 9 something. A view from the ferry approaching the island.
The distance we cycled on the mainland land was nearly 120km. It was surely another memorable ride. Hidup hidup hidup hijau kuning.