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贺新年 Happy Chinese New Year

Posted: January 25, 2009 in Mumblings
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贺新年祝新年 新年啊年连年
爆竹声声 催人想幼年
贺新年祝新年 新年啊年连年
岁月悠悠 光阴如箭
回想往事如烟痛苦辛酸
期望从今万世如愿
贺新年祝新年 新年啊年连年
愿大家都过个太平年

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Lemongrass @ The Mines, Serdang

Posted: January 24, 2009 in @ Serdang
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Hadn’t been to The Mines for sometime (since the road construction/ diversion), so it wasn’t surprising ( although could have been avoided if we had been more observant) that we took the wrong way and headed off to Balakong rather than turn left into the Mines, a few minutes later , missed the U-turn and had to take one which was /seemed soooo far away, which resulted in some heated exchanges and sour faces. ANNNNND…to add on to that after the U-turn – and happily heading to the right direction, where we were suppose to make a left after the traffic light, the turn was made before the traffic light which got us heading to Balakong the second time ….if it was any consolation, we managed to take the first U-turn at after that…took the correct turn into the Mines…..dungu or what ?

Taking wrong turns really quickens one’s metabolisme and make one’s  stomach growl…

We decided to have lunch at Lemongrass- from previous experience they serve a pretty good laksa. Lemongrass is  a ‘ self-service’ eatery , you to go to the counter to place your order, and then later carry the food yourself. They serve local fares -on the menu include :- Nasi Lemak / Nasi Kuning/ Nasi wangi  (with choice of  chicken or beef rendang), Asam laksa, curry laksa, Koay teow soup etc

 The soup of the laksa was very thick and saturated with small chunks of fish meat , although there were not that many larger larger pieces, the onions were there and so where the cucumber strips, there weren’t that many pieces of pineapple in it though .. the taste was pretty ok- although i would like it to be a but more salty- funnily the soup was oily ( I wonder why? As it’s not often that one get oily laksa) which makes drinking the soup a bit of a damper. The laksa was RM7.90/ bowl.

laksa1

I ordered the nasi wangi with chicken ( RM8.90)  , there was an unidentifiable blob of black thingy /sauce on the side ( not sambal)- which was slightly sweet  but I couldn’t make out what it was, the pampadam was slightly ‘masuk angin’, the chicken rendang was good, the chicken must have been cooked very long as the meat was very tender and the taste of the curry had marinated the meat very well.

nasi-wangi

This is what Lemongrass looks like – you get to sit under a big umbrella (ella, ella, ella..eh, eh eh eh eh ) although they is really not much chance of getting sun stroke or drench by the rain indoors.

lemongrass

Anyway, one thing I would like to talk about is the car park at The Mines, those of you that have been here would be aware that instead of naming the areas numerically / alphabetically , the Mines code the areas by animals..so it can be kinda confusing if you missed kiddy school and didn’t get to know the names of the animals…Oh, this is not what I am going to talk about but rather the use of lights to indicate the availability of parking space-red means occupied and green means empty- which is pretty helpful-instead of going all the way down the lanes thinking that there is an empty lot only to find the space is occupied by a small car – anyway, I may be a frog under the tempurung- as not that I have been to so many other car parks, this might be a common thing at most car park lorrr… 

car-park

Kedai Kopi Hock Seng Hin @ Pudu

Posted: January 21, 2009 in @ Pudu
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Wikipedia Lim – my food adviser had been raving about this shop that sells the best stewed fish head in KL for sometime and patient to draw maps and provide directions on how to get to this shop ( try explaining this to someone with no sense of direction- and this really requires a lot of patience lorrr)

 And some pre-warning from Wikipedia :-

  • – be ready with some reading materials – as it could be a long wait
  • – the lady taking the orders is very garang ( fierce) – don’t ask when is your turn to be seated

 Finally the day arrived, actually the place  was not too difficult to find- directions at the end of this post.There were rows of plastic chairs at the five feet way ( kaki lima)  for those waiting to be seated at the ‘dining area’ ,  and there were already 2 groups waiting, so we took a seat and waited, wasn’t too long before a lady came to us and ask everyone, who came first – everyone was ethical and did not lie about their turn. Lady then start to take orders ( so you order your food while you wait to be seated-which is a pretty good practice), we ordered stewed fish, bittergourd and stewed ribs and fried sai-yong-choy ( watercress). Corrections, the lady wasn’t garang , but she came across a no-nonsense person and she does have a strong voice.

We waited for about 15 minutes, and while waiting noticed a few things:-

  • – the diners will send ‘representatives’ to wait for turns, while the rest of the group arrive a bit later
  • – Each table had the fish which came in tons of gravy
  • – There was a white ceramic bowl at each table

We were seated at a pretty good table at the centre of the shop but before we got too comfortable, another waitress came to our table and asked us to move to a table further behind the shop- to make way for a bigger group, we didn’t object.

 It wasn’t too long afters, a big ceramic bowl and some smaller plastic bowls plus eating utensils arrived at our table. So, turned out that the ceramic bowl is the rice bowl lorrr….

 rice

Next we had the fish, you could not but gape at this dish …numerous  pieces of fish was swimming in the gravy together with condiments of ginger, chilies, garlic etc etc. I am not a good fish identifier, but it looks/taste  like cat-fish, the fish was fresh and fleshy and smooth . I guess it’s pretty ok fish maybe due to that I had ( maybe too) high expectations of the fish and expect it to be perfect ! The 4 pax seated beside our table, ordered 2 plates of fish and no other dishes ! So, don’t take my ‘average’ rating  for this dish , this fish must have pretty good rating with all the other diners  ! ( this is a standard size dish, no S, M or L, just one size fits all)

fish2

The stewed pork ribs and bittergourd arrived next and YUMMMMMYY..i love this dish, the ‘fire of the stove’ can be felt in this dish, the gravy taste of fermented soybeans, the gourd was soft and the ribs were tender and well marinated. Other versions of bittergourd include :fried  with prawns or  roast pork or stewed with chicken . Bittergourd fried with prawns seemed to be a popular dish as we saw this being served at quite a number of tables.

bittergourd

Wikipedia Lim recommended to order the Chicken soup – yet again- this is a standard size dish ( no S,M, L) and it’s one chicken/ soup-due to our small group ( 3 pax) – we decide to save this dish for the next trip.The garlic stir fried watercress dish was a good choice and good balance for the two other dish we had which had pretty strong domineering taste. The watercress were tender and yet crunchy and we enjoyed this very much.

 vege

Overall- a pretty good meal !! I still can’t get over the stewed pork ribs + bittergourd ..hmmmm

By the way, if you have a chance to pay the kitchen a visit ( as this is a short cut to the car park behind)  you will be pleasantly surprised. There are no big fancy gas stove, but Hock Seng Hin still uses firewood for cooking !! no wonder the dishes taste so good-that makes me appreciate the food a bit more .

 kitchen

Location :

Go towards Jalan Pudu, passed Pudu market, passed post office and when u see a Caltex station on your right and a building named Goggles –  opposite – you should see a coffee shop with some plastic chairs outside ( no signboards though) and maybe some waiting-to-be-seated patron ,  then you should immediately turn left into a  road to which leads to the car park. ( I was told that the shops opposite – i.e same row as Goggles is also a famous shop for having fishhead)

Opening hours:

Tues- Saturday  11am – 2:30pm

Sunday 9:30am – 2:30pm

Close on Monday