Archive for September, 2009

Bogus Monks

Posted: September 28, 2009 in Mumblings
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You  know how it is, you are enjoying a hot pipping bowl of curry mee at your favourite kopitiam , and this Indian Uncle come by your table and offer to make u a rich man by just investing RM3 and the usual tagline –‘ This Sunday open one, 17 million, sure kena ( strike) one, lucky number etc etc’…and maybe 5 minutes after that – elderly Chinese uncle or auntie come by with tissues, soft toys etc and maybe with some newspaper clipping about some unfortunate souls and seeking donations ..and another few minutes later  ..  kaki ayam-ed bald person in saffron robes come by your table  and in his alms bowl are some orange/yellow/ red amulets which he offers to you in exchange for $

i found a leftlet which explained that these baldies ( baddies) in saffron robes are not monks but rather bald conmen – or so termed – Bogus Monks..

bogus monk

bogus monk En

bogus monk Cn

Please feel free to extract the images / text  and inform friends, family,  neighbours, community of these menaces.

Whenever I drive passed Best Friend Dimsum Restaurant, I find it to be enjoying brisk business, so, I guess it was about time we check it out and see what all the fuss is about.

This fried roti thingy filled with bits of prawns and meat had a fluffy texture and the filing was pretty tasty which went very well with the mayo that was provided


Pork ribs – the meat had an interesting Chinese herbs flavour but it was a bit tough though.

The minced pork wrapped fu-pei ( soya skin) came in a reddish sauce which I will describe as tasting like spicy tomato sauce, I didn’t quite like it- it was kinda overpowering and didn’t ‘jive’ with the dimsum

Fishball wrapped in fu-pei  –  had the same sauce as the  beforementioned which spoil the fun lah.. the texture of the fishball was ok – I washed away the sauce with some Chinese tea and found it much improved 😛


We ordered century egg +lean pork porridge but the waitress must have forgotten and served us chicken shreds +chicken floss porridge , if you like smooth and fine porridge you would probably not like this as the rice grains are still intact and kinda lumpy, the meat floss was a bit sweet which didn’t went well with the porridge


Fishball wrapped in seaweed – this had  a nice texture and taste good too

Thingy wrapped in wantan skin – this was the best amongst the lot. Yummy


Char siu pao – the dough was kinda flat, lacking in  fluffiness and puffiness . The filing was reddish ( boo hoo..i want this in black gooey sauce ) and had a strong taste of something resembling  Chinese red wine.


Wu kok ( yam puff) – had the same filing as char siu pau above ( deduct some points) and the outer yam layer was kinda thin for my liking

 wu kok

The unit price of each plate of dimsum range from RM2.50 to a max of RM 5.50, for our meal above including a pot of tea, costs us RM31.80 which is about typical for a dimsum meal.

Overall, I find the dimsum average. The service was good –friendly and efficient


They are closed on the second Tuesday of each month.

 Location :


At Jalan Besar, pass Esso, Caltex, BP ( on your left) , go straight, pass market ( right) . go straight, when you come to Public Bank, turn right at the traffic light, go straight, when u see double storey shoplots on your left , at the junction – you will see – Best Friend –which occupies the corner lot – on your right . for a more descriptive map, check out    previous posting Serdang Home Cook Restaurant , Best Friend is further up the road -less than 500m away

 Best Friend Dimsum Restaurant

No 1717 Jalan 6/1, Seri Kembangan

43300 Selangor

Tel : 012 3744 406

Kuih Dadar / Ketayap

Posted: September 20, 2009 in Things To Do
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In honour of Hari Raya Aidilfitri,  I decided to make some kuih dadar. This is simple (can be completed in 30- 45 mins) and  yummy 


 Filling :

100g gula melaka ( reduce this if you want it less sweet)

30ml water

200g grated coconut

A pinch of salt


Batter :

 100g sifted flour

1 egg

Pinch of salt

180ml water

1 tbsp pandan juice ( or ½ tsp of pandan paste – this came out of a bottle – add more if  u want a more intense colour)


1. in a pan, add water and gula melaka – cook until all the gula melaka dissolves, add coconut and salt and stir fry until coconut is fairly dry. Leave to cool      


2. mix all the ingredients for the batter , stir until they are well mixed and smooth ( the batter should be pretty dilute)

3. In low fire , pour a little oil into a pan, using a ladle scoop the batter into the pan and use the back of the ladle to spread the batter into thin pancakes and let the pancake cook. leave to cool 



4. Place the cooked coconut shreds onto the pancake and roll ‘em up ( and don’t forget to tuck in the sites ( like rolling up a popiah)


The recipe above yield 6 kuih dadar.

                             kuih dadar

Note : the batter that I prepared was a bit thick which meant that it didn’t spread very well ( and hence I get thick pancakes ( err… it was really very thick pancakes )  –which you can see from the pix above ,  only when I was down to the last ‘ladle’ did I add more water to the batter and found that the batter could be spread more easily) – the  recipe above had already been adjusted taking this into consideration lah


 Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, maaf zahir batin.