Archive for April, 2011

We had Thai food for lunch the day before and my colleague Y,  suggested we go go Chinese this time around and try out Kim Hee. Hey !Wiki Lim, if you are reading this, yes, I am doing it again, it’s Y, F, T or any other alphabets in place of names for others,  but when it come to you, I have to spell out your surname in full, consider it an honour mah..rather that being a non descriptive L , right ahhhh ? Complain somemore la..i will write your surname and last name somemore, then you know … 🙂

Sorry, back to food …

I always face the problem where – when you ask the captain about what they have to offer,  they go through a recital- all in one breathe too , example what type of vegetable do they have : kannataugehsiaopaichaisietathienwangkangkunglorsoonlorhonchai… ahh..can you please repeat again one more time  ? kannataugehsiaopaichaisietathienwangkangkunglorsoonlorhonchai ..Grrrrr…

 From the decoration and settings, Kim Hee seemed like the kind of restaurant where wedding banquets are held ( i saw that many tiered cake at one corner) and grand birthday parties too.

Our lunch include :

Siong thong yuen choy – watercress in superior broth . the broth was rich and tasty, the watercress was tender , plus the bits of century egg and salted egg yolks..ahh..bliss ! wonderful ! We also saw a few tables ordering the same dish, I wonder is this a house specialty ? or did we start the trend ?

Claypot curry fish slices – hmm..this was very rich and tasty. The prominent fragrant of powdered curry wasn’t too overpowering that it eclipse the sweet freshness of the fish slices. Fish, ladies fingers, onions  and tomato quarters disappeared in a matter of minutes..Yummm..

House specialty tofu – the tofu were mashed, added with meat and vegetable and then ‘re-assembled’ and deep fried. It works for me. This was good. Crispy on the outside, smooth on the inside.

 We were served Chinese tea which was way way too thick… I think I turned a few shades darker just from drinking this lah.

 The bill plus 3 rice and 1 pot of Chinese tea came to less than RM60 ..which was reasonable considering that we are comfortably seated in an airconditioned environment, good service and fabulous food. Ah…must bookmark this place !

 Kim Hee Chinese Restaurant
22-24, Jalan Todak 4
Pusat Bandar Seberang Jaya
13700 Perai
Penang
Tel: +604-397 6905

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Was required to be in Penang for a bit of work , hey.. I never grumble when I have to make my way up to Penang, there’s always good food to look forward to mahh..so, I don’t mind  having to wake up at an unearthly hour ( mild exaggeration on the ‘unearthly hour’ bit to gain some sympathy) to catch the first flight out to Penang.

After a few hours of hard labour( i think this exaggeration behaviour is turning into a habit), it was time for lunch . There used to be a Siriwan restaurant in Sunway Butterworth but that was closed down a few years back and my colleague had recently found out that it was revived in Chai Leng Park.  The restaurant  was easy to locate as it was just a few doors away from Pearl View Hotel.

As we enter the restaurant, we were greeted by Thai waitresses clad in Thai silk outfits. The walls were adorned with bright Thai style paintings, the one facing me depict the loy krathong festival. We consulted the menu and the captain to  order the following :

Four angle bean fried with belacan – the blend of the taste was perfect. Chili, onion , belacan and crispy four angle bean..yummy, I likeyy

 Thai style Steam fish – fish was fresh  with a sour-ish broth with the salted vegetable, ginger and parsley.  Not much different from  teow chew style, i wonder where did the Thai style thingy come into the picture.

Pandan chicken – boneless pandan pieces were tender and a bit of the pandan fragrant managed to be infused into the chicken. The best were the charred bits which was more fragrant

 Overall , an ok meal. The bill plus 3 rice and 3 drinks came to ~ RM65.

 Location :

Siriwan Thai Seafood Restaurant (Pg) Sdn Bhd
2977-78G, Chai Leng Complex,
Jalan Baru, 13700 Perai, Pinang.
Tel : 04 3977710

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Later in the evening, met up with PW and we proceed  to Wai Sek Kai for dinner. Saw a stall selling apam ( RM0.30) per piece.  These rolled up ones are without eggs  – they were a bit more dry and crispy. These ones are with eggs – softer and not as dry as the ones above. These apams were absolutely yummylicious !! Hmm…these apams make ‘waking up at an unearthly hour’ worthwhile….

A friend introduced us to this relatively new hotel in Kota Bharu and highly recommend the  Chinese restaurant in the hotel  –Crown Palace Chinese Restaurant. Since people recommend already, so we try try lorrr..The restaurant ambience was pleasant and comfy. Although we had pre-ordered the menu a few days ago, we still had to wait for quite a while….lucky that we had some nuts to chew on….And probably the best pickled chilies that I have  tasted (and the soy sauce was yummy too )..Although it was only a 2 months ago that we had ‘Buddha Jump Over The Wall’ ( read about it by clicking here ) , I think we must have been beaten by the jumping wall bug for we and the Buddha decide to take another leap over the wall for the second time this year…I must say that for all the hype of the restaurant in Nilai, I found more reasons to jump over the wall for the Crown Palace’s version than the former. The soup was smoother , fuller and pleasant down to the last drop. In the individual bowls, we get goodies like  : abalone, fish maw, mushroom, piece of shark fin, cordyceps etc .. Steamed village chicken – I thought the dark sauce would resemble soy sauce but it turned out to be rather hot , the sauce went well with the chicken. the chicken was nicely cooked ; the meat was tender and juicy without the toughness expected of kampung chicken.Steamed mandarin fish with two preserved beancurd – the taste of the sauce was rather interesting – a combination of tau-see ( fermented beans) and fu – yue ( fermented bean curd) . The sek-pan fish was fresh too . This was good.Vegetable with mushroom and tofu  – there were a few exclamation of ‘ wahh…so big dish one ahh’ when this arrived at the table, the serving was really big ! Succulent siao-pai chai surrounded the centerpiece of mushrooms and tofu. There were a few types of mushroom in the dish : button mushroom, abalone mushroom, straw mushroom and golden needle mushroom. This was tastyPumpkin fried rice – we always blamed Mum for some of the food that do not make up our diet – on top of the list was : pumpkin !! In order to make up for lost time, we ordered this dish. This was good fried rice . The rice were fluffy, the flavour was just nice and if you are lucky you get a tiny speck of salted fish onto your spoon ….yummmy… Mixed vegetable and soohoon in Claypot – Picture below was the portion that I was served.  This dish had a very strong fu-yue ( fermented tofu) flavour which turned to be overly salty after a few bites. Order this only if you are a fan of fu-yue !Dessert : these petite balls came to the table still warm. It was a nice experience to bite passed the warm outer skin into the core and  get rewarded with lotus paste.  I wish there were more of these to go around the table…so nice one …

 Overall , an enjoyable meal, compliments to the chef  . The bill came to ~RM550.

 Crown Palace Chinese Restaurant – 7th Floor                                           
11.30am – 2.30pm
06.00pm – 10.30pm
 PT302 & 303 Jalan Kebun Sultan
15300, Kota Bharu
Kelantan
 http://crowngardenhotel.com/