Archive for August, 2008

When retrieving mails from my mailbox, apart from the regular mails ( not to mention bills), there was also a black and white flyer and before the act of throwing it into the bin I noticed that there were some scribbles on it. The flyer is from Restaurant Yan Yan,  dimsum at RM2.80/serving and the scribbler was  Cathy – from the 17th floor. Cathy was raving about the dimsum with recommendations on the items to try and she ended with ‘ I have no share in the business’

I have been to Yan Yan once- a few years back,  for seafood dinner,  I can’t recall what the food was like but remembered that we ordered crabs. I have seen the banners promoting the RM2.80 specials for a few weeks but hadn’t thought about it again until seeing the flyer, well, about time we pay Yan Yan a visit !

Stepped into the air-conditioned Yan Yan  at about 9:30 a.m on a Sunday , there was only one other table occupied. We were shown the pictorial menu of the available dimsum and each was at a different price, I was a bit puzzled so had to confirm with the waitress that the special promotion of RM2.80 is still valid. The answer was yes.

We ordered tea  and study the menu.

 Spring roll 春卷 : I must say that they don’t skint on the fillings, which  include  sengkuang, black fungus, mushroom, dried prawns . Very tasty , very promising start !

 

Seafood siu mai- this was average

 

Special siu mai   – the Chinese name was a bit more descriptive, with the play on words to indicate that there is yim-sai  in the siu mai , this is yummy..

 

By now, we realized that the dimsum were rather salty….

 Char siu pau – this was highly recommended by the waitress ( as well as the lotus paste -pau) .. as I am not too partial to sesame oil (麻油)  and that I like the filling black and not reddish- this don’t get a good rating from me lah

They have peanut porridge, century egg+lean pork porridge- we ordered the century egg+lean pork  ..there was a touch of dried oyster taste too..the porridge was smooth with plenty of gigantic soft peanuts as well, yummy ( also a bit salty)

 Salad bread ball- sorta like a mini bread burger with mayo on the side, interesting, I enjoyed this – well worth a try.

We noticed some fried items kept warm in the oven which were not on the menu- am not sure are they part of the promotion, but we were already full and therefore I had to miss out on the wu-kok..sniff snifff. Other stuff on the menu : King prawn dumpling, fish ball, chicken claws, water chestnut siew mai, pro and fish dumpling with egg, glutinous rice,

 Overall, I would say that this is pretty reasonable priced dimsum and the quality of food is pretty ok too. I hope that the promotion stays for a while so that can  get to try out the rest of the menu

For dimsum : 8 p.m – 2pm next day

Restaurant Yan Yan Sdn Bhd 仁仁海鲜酒家

No. 233 & 235 4th Mile, Old Klang Road

58100 KL

Tel : 79845972

 

You should be able to see the restaurant from the roadside.

 

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Seeking refuge

Posted: August 25, 2008 in Sights
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Recently, I had a chance to experience a 2D1N short retreat at Alokarama. Alokarama is Located on a 20-acre orchard near Asahan in Tampin district,  at the foothills of Gunung Ledang,  with durian trees, banana trees , seen and unseen beings ..hmmm…

http://www.alokafoundation.org/retreat/info.html

http://www.alokafoundation.org/index.html

Alokarama is a beautiful place, peaceful (no tv, no signals( except certain spots), no newspaper), birds chirping, the scent of jasmine in the air ( we missed the durian season by a few weeks), a conducive place to discover and learn about oneself

Snippets :

Lotus in bloom

 Kuti – monks hut/ quarters for monks that reside in a temple compound  – almost like a studio with attached bathroom huh ?

 

Gunung Ledang / Mount Ophir ( height 1276m)

 

Misai Kuching – one of the many herbs at Alokarama Herbs Garden. The plant is used  for treating ailments of the kidney, bladder stone, urinary tract infection, liver and bladder problems, diabetes, rheumatism ,  gout,  to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure. Misai Kuching has a mild diuretic action, useful for flushing the kidneys and urinary tract.

 Everyones needs to go…

May you be well and happy

As soon as we took a seat, a man came around to take our order for drinks .

For drinks, they have fresh juices, Chinese tea or cooling tea/ leong char . I opted for lime juice+sour plum and Chunny asked for Chinese tea. Come to think of it , I am getting really predictable in the drinks department, it has been a few repeats of lime+sour plums or ice kacangs- I must be more original lah, ok, will get a Guiness for next meal !

 After ordering our drinks, an auntie came and ask us what we would like for food. This is my first trip to Seng Kee, this eatery is famous for it’s claypot lou-shue-fern ( rat-tail noodles), so we must order that lah, also ordered the BBQ pork noodles and 6 pieces of yong tau foo.

 Indian uncle selling lottery came about, no takers. I don’t think I have ever  come close to getting the last 2 digit right, – so I sorta given up on this ‘investment’. Although a few years back, I did ask my colleague to get me a copy of  the ‘book of lucky numbers’ to see if I can make some money from my myriad of dreams every night.

Those of you that do not have a clue on what I am talking about, this little book has (almost) a number for everything, e.g. putting on lipstick – is 747, pisang goreng seller – 605,  linoleum – 922 . Linoleum also got one lah…so hor-liau lahhh !!

Back to food…

 The claypot noodles turns out to be a bit overated, it’s pretty ok  but maybe not as great as what I expect from the reviews that I read. The cooking style is ‘wet’ and one thing for sure, there’s a lot of stuff in the claypot, you get a lot of mince pot, prawns ( also an raw egg on top) and the serving is not small, for small eaters, I think 1 serving would be suffice for 2 persons. (RM8 / 1 serving).

 The BBQ pork noodle (RM9)  was a bit of a letdown, the noodles was too dry and has a  spongy texture, the BBQ pork was pretty good though, the fat layer and the lean layer blended nicely with a bit of chew. We put down a note to just order the BBQ next time sans noodles lah.

 

The nicest surprise was the Yong Tau Foo (RM0.90/ piece) ..this is the best dish out of the three, the fish paste is good, we ‘dissected’ the fried tofu but couldn’t find any fish paste in it, wonder was it intentional -anyway, the tofu taste great -crispy on the outside and soft and tofu-ey on the inside, so I didn’t mind missing the fish paste too much.

 

When walking out of Seng Kee, did a quick scan of the tables as we walk passed ( tables were set up on the kaki-lima as well) and nearly all of them have ordered claypot noodles.

 

Restaurant Chinatown Seng Kee 唐人街胜记

52, Jalan Sultan

50000 KL

Tel : 2072 5950