Archive for June, 2012

HA ! You thought I have outgrown Groupon huh ? Here I am, back with my discount vouchers and belacan breath.

Hong Fong was ready for the Groupon patrons, we were given a menu as well as the Groupon ‘package’ : Siu mai, chili chicken feet, stuffed tofu, spring onion biscuit, lao sa pau, chi cheong fun ( char siu)

Drinks weren’t included, so we ordered a pot of Jasmine tea ( RM3). The majority of the dimsum prices range from 3.30 – 4.80 / plate. The usual dimsum : lo mai kai, yam cake, sesame balls, seaweed roll, ha kau, yong tau fu, all got lah. One interesting item on the menu was Muar Otak2 at RM4 for 5 pieces.

Siu mai (RM4.30)– taste wise not bad, and I like that it wasn’t heavy and didn’t give that feeling that you are gorging on too much meat. What I do not quite like was there were some rather tough bits – tendon or what ah ? that I had to pick out from the siu mai

Chili chicken feet ( RM3.80) – from the look of it, I was expected somewhat overpowering flavours from the feet but luckily, it was not so, it had a bit of a spiciness to give it a bit of kick. Not bad lah.

 Lao Sa Pao ( RM3.40) – the dough had a strong yeasty taste but this was compensated by the lovely  filling, I honestly don’t know what was in  the filing, it had the colouring of custard, yet it was very flowable and got all over my fingers, it wasn’t all smooth but had a grainy kind of texture, could be something to do with salted egg ? but I wasn’t salty and I couldn’t detect the taste of salted egg. They should do something about the yeasty flavour in the dough lah

Stuffed tofu (RM4.30)- there weren’t much of a stuffing in the tofu, just a teeny weeny part at the top.i wished that the tofu could have been softer and more moist..

Char Siu Chu Cheong Fun ( RM 4.30) – the layers of CCF were thin, light and smooth, not bad lah…

Spring Onion Biscuit ( RM4.80)-.. don’t let the label ‘biscuit’ mislead you, I would say it was maybe a cross between a soft biscuit and a muffin..err..no, not muffin, er..biscuit and that Indian deep fried donut thingy with lotsa herbs  …. it was crispy on the outside and fluffy inside,  the dough was light and with the hint of aroma from the spring onions….ah..so nice one… this was my favourite

Overall, the dimsum  were not bad. Frankly, I find the setting a bit of a contradiction . Imagine a a bistro kinda setting, with the bar counter and big screen TV showing the sports channel – and eh, and one corner  you slowy devour dim sum and slurp on jasmine tea…weird..

Location :
5-0-1, Jalan 3, 109F, Taman Danau Desa ,
58100 KL
Tel: 79879600

 Look for the Shell station in Taman Desa, Hong Fong Dim Sum is at the corner lot across the street Or look for Seri Kota , Hong Fong is at the block beside S.Kota.

 

Chunny saw this Japanese BBQ makan place  featured on Ho Chiak- and that was how we ended at a open courtyard as the last few rays from the setting sun illuminated the metal table tops and the plastic chairs.

We asked the waiter what is good here, and his reply was “everything taste great here’,I think this guy deserve a raise. Three kind of meats were available : pork, beef and lamb. For pork the choices were : belly, shoulder loin, neck, ‘inside leg’ ( what is inside leg ah ?) and baby intestine, all for RM10/ plate ( ~ 100g) and also available are tongue, throat, liver, heart, stomach and small intestine from RM5-6. For beef, the choices are :brisket, ribeye, short ribs, steak, tongue which price ranging from RM10 to 25. For lamb there was only 1 selection : Gengiskhan RM20. There were three selection of vegetable, all priced at RM5 : mixed vegetable, miso cabbage and long cabbage salad.. For the non beer drinkers, the choice of drinks are rather limited: hot or cold green tea, 100plus and then the rest are beers. I don’t drink tea at night and worry about the 8 tablespoon of sugar in a can of softdrink  so…i guess we will have a Saporo (RM13) 

For our BBQ, We decided to go for pork shoulder loin , beef ribeye and mixed vegetable. The ribeye appeared to have been marinated whereas the pork is au naturale, I was a bit puzzled by the mixed vegetable of carrots, cabbage and onion, how do we bbq these ah, they were already so dry wor ?

We dropped the meat and the vegetable on the grill over the charcoal fire, mouth salivating, forehead sweaty, mascara running, nose smoking, fingers burning..We had this meal before the terrible Haze thingy, so we didn’t contribute to the pollution index.

The meat were cut rather thinly so they curled and cooked pretty fast, the marinate from the beef hid the beefy flavour and it was the pork in it’s natural juice and form that won the day. The owner  came by our table and rescued the cabbages which were getting carbonized over the fire and imparted a few wise words –  ‘ you grill lightly to soften the cabbage, there is no need to burnt it ’ BBQ cabbage wasn’t too bad but we burnt most of the carrots though.

Three  types of ramen  were available , pork, chicken and cold ramen, all three priced at RM10/bowl, the Pork ramen was highly recommended by the waiter who was non committal earlier. The ramen came with a few ( too few lah) thinly sliced  pork, half a boiled egg and bean sprouts. Taste wise, pretty good . And best was the pork, it was so porky, the fatty and lean layers gave it a tender and smooth texture. The texture of the ramen was springy. Nice.

After consuming all the above, there were still some space in our system and we decide to order the  Genghiskhan. Gengiskhan came in it’s own little ‘pot’ , there were some cabbages and gravy with the lamb bits, these were almost half ready when delivered to our table which was a good thing. The flavour was a garlicy, bean paste ( my guess, oh, maybe miso hor) and a tinge of chili. The lamb wasn’t gamey ( yayyy) , it was tender with a bit of a bite. And I must say the cabbage tasted better cooked in the pot with the gravy compared to the open fire. i think Mr Khan was delicious.

Overall, an enjoyable meal. Our visit was on a Friday and all the tables were more or less taken up. And as you would anticipated, after the meal you smell like a slab of meat cooked over the fire ( and probably look like one too )

Business hours : only starts in the evening to late.

Location ( the name on the bill was Sanuki Udon and the address printed on the bill was Jalan Bukit Desa, which must be for another branch (?)  :

Get yourself to Taman Desa, locate TM Point at Jalan Desa Utama or if you come from the other entrance into Taman Desa, locate Faber Tower, which is at the opposite end of TM Point. Geez…no wonder I always start with talking about food and end with the location. From TM Point, look for Public Bank, then go further right, you will come to a open courtyard.  And if you are at the Faber Tower end, find 7 Eleven then go further left until you some to an open courtyard.

Back in  Bangkok .

We had lunch at shop by the roadside. Roast duck, roast pork, sausages , char siew, the works !

Plus a wokful of stewed trotters

Plus a mountain of soups

 Each of us had our own bowl of soup, and I am not complaining ! They selected the duck and lemon/lime soup for me ( bottom left) which is the same as the one with the protruding duck drumstick. And the other one was chicken with bamboo fungus. My soup was ‘interesting’, Sourness is not a regular taste you would expect from a Cantonese style of soup, but anyway we were in Thailand, and the soup was sour- which was interesting. Actually it was not just slightly sour, it was rather very sour. I dug up chunks of winter melon in my soup and at the bottom of the bowl was what looked like dried lime skin. I think there was almost a quarter of the duck in the soup and the duck meat had soften to almost a melt in  the mouth texture. Funny tasting soup but enjoyable non the less.

We ordered  a roast platter- roast pork, roast duck, char siew and sausage. The roasts were generously bath in a sea of gravy. Taste wise, not bad. I especially like the duck, the sausage were sliced a tad too thin to be able to really get a taste

 The meal inclusive of 3 rice plus 1 refill and drinking water- 370Baht..

After the meal, continue with work…and then it was time for the airport..

At the airport, after clearing the security check, you will be greeted by the colourful structure depicting ‘churning of the ocean of milk’

 Extracted from wikipedia  – Churning the Milky Ocean

The churning of the ocean on milk or  the Milky Way was an elaborate process. Mount Mandarachala was used as the churning rod, and Vasuki, the king of serpents, became the churning rope. The demons (asuras) demanded to hold the head of the snake, while the demigods (devas), taking advice from Vishnu, agreed to hold its tail. As a result the demons were poisoned by fumes emitted by Vasuki. Despite this, the demigods and demons pulled back and forth on the snake’s body alternately, causing the mountain to rotate, which in turn churned the ocean. However, once the mountain was placed on the ocean, it began to sink. Visnu in his second incarnation, in the form of a turtle Kurma came to their rescue and supported the mountain on his back.

Don’t you think it’s unfair that gods/ the good guys are depicted as clean cut, fair skinned and beautiful

And the bad guys come in a variety of colours and with fierce facial expression…