A Porky Affair at Smoking Hog SS2

I am a pork lover guy …… wherever the restaurant serves pork, I’ll be there to try out their foods. Lately more and more restaurants that dedicated to serve pork mushroom in Klang Valley. Hidden in the all famous food streets, night markets and restaurants, there’s a new restaurant that grab my attention because they serve pork.

The restaurant may be tricky a bit to find but it’s entrance is right at the walking alley next to the Crazy Crab restaurant.

The entrance is a small door that leads you to the lift lobby and upon entering the lift, go to the top floor.

The restaurant were located at the Mezzanine floor and you’ll be greeted by a contemporary designs and art work of the restaurant.

Plush leather couches and wood works were on displayed and also as the main dining tables for the guests.

Caesar Salad @ RM 23

A full fledge caesar salad dressed with house special salad dressing with runny egg yolk and real pork bacon salad bits. This is the real deal that many of the restaurants replace pork bacon with beef just to suit the local request that just for the sake of reducing the cost. I kinda like the way they add on crispy anchovies to the salad as a replacement to salt.

Shishamo & Fruit Salad @ RM28

This dish would be ladies or girls favourite who love to eat clean and healthy. The sweet and tangy  taste from the dressing blend in well and perfect to go as a starter before having a full weight meal. This will reduce your appetite to over eaten.

Egg Bomb @ RM 15

This egg standing there may look like a normal fried egg on the plate. Once you cut open, the first thing to flow out would be the runny egg yolk which drenched the ingredients deep fried along with the egg.  You may feel for an egg that cost RM15 will be too much but the ingredients that go in there are of premium quality stuffs.

Bacon with Takoyaki & KBO Salad @ RM 34

Meat balls blanket with bacon and served with kimchi and baby octopus. You may take this as a salad platter or finger food platter. It is well balanced and easy to go along with any type of drinks and a good start for those who don’t want to have a heavy meal before their drinking session nor too heavy meals that prohibit them to drink later.

SH Signature Bacones @ RM 32

Another good drink companion would be their Bacones. The name bacon…. already tell you the bacon as one of the ingredient for the dish. The crispy bacon wrapping the the stuffings are pretty filling if you take both of it.

Grilled Pig’s Tongue Burger

You may feel gross with the name “tongue” but do you know that the tongue were actually having the softest meat and taste best for a burger. As you can see the burger do not come with any sauce as the meat patty were juicy enough. To enjoy burger is best to have a teeth bite down all the layers. If you feel it is too thick, you may use my method to press down and compact the burger for easier to go in your mouth.

Besides all the light snacks and starters, the main thing you can go for all day long would be their range of pastas. Pastas are fast to prepare fresh and is much better than eating rice that has too much carbs. I always get the problem after a rice meal, I get sleepy. But different story with pastas are just filled up our belly and does not cause sleepy feeling. Smoking hog served pastas all day long and their range are enough to cover you all week long.

When this plate of pastas served we can’t tell what is below the cover. It is covered with smokes and all fog up below it.

Double Smoked Duck Fettucini Carbonara @ RM 39

This is one of the best carbonara I have where it is served in my fav style that let us poke our own egg yolks and mixed it. It makes your paste smoother and creamier. The bacons no need to say bring more fragrance to the plate that make you want more.

Bacon Matriciana @ RM 31

Spicy L & Seafood Tagliatelle @ RM 41

Baked Rice Cake Lasagna @ RM 25

This is another special dish to try on is their rice cake lasagna. It is made so good that we finished it by shared among us. You can’t tell this is made from pastas or rice cakes as the textures are pretty much the same when it is eaten hot with the sticky cheese.

Smoking Hog Berries Ku Ru Yok @ RM 39

Another dish you may consider would be their Ku Lu yoke … sweet and sour pork. This is different from what you normally have that are cooked with tomato sauce or plum sauce. Here at Smoking Hog, they are using their house special BBQ sauce and strawberries.

Bacon & Egg Ice Cream @ RM 10

This is one hell good scoop of an ice cream. It is rich and creamy. I am a big fan of desserts and never say too much of them. But this one a scoop is nice but 2 is too much. It is way too much above the bar for me. For ice cream, usually it is cold and sweet. For this, it add saltiness to it with the crispy bacon bits that surprisingly goes very well with the whole thing. If you think this is too fattening for you, you may opt for their famous Rum and Raisins that are equally as good. Usually for Rum and Raisins, I will go for Haagen Daz. I would say Smoking Hog’s were better as their raisins are better.

Location:

The Smoking Hog
3rd Floor (above Professor
21 Jalan SS2/64
Petaling Jaya

Tel: 03-7865-9239

Closed on Mondays

Operation hours:
Tues, Wed & Thurs: 12.00pm – 11.00pm
Friday: 12.00pm – 1.00am
Saturday: 9.00am – 1.00am
Sunday: 9.00am – 11.00pm

Kak Yah Keropok Losong (Lekor) Kuala Terengganu

Do you know where do keropok lekor come from ? It was first done in Terengganu where they are having a different name. It is named Keropok Losong due to the location of the place where having the most keropok lekor factory.

 

There are more than 10 light industrials factory that produce the same thing here. One of the favorite which I frequently visit is Kak Yah Keropok Losong. All the keropok losong were hand made and were rolled into big and small sizes. Those big ones were usually thinly sliced and then fried.

This is what I still prefer. Fried till it is crispy and golden brown. Best eaten with the special made chilli sauce that surprisingly goes very well with the taste of the keropok losong.

The texture are slightly rougher as there are more fish proportion compared to the flour. Those that sold in KL have 70% floor and 30% fish. Keropok losong use Tamban fish which were used to make keropok lekor/losong and those that we had normally.

Unfried version of the keropoks.

There are even squid keropok which you can’t find it in KL.

140,Kampung Losong Haji Su
No.tel:09 622 5020, fax: 09 622 7020.

 

 

 

Penang Specials #3 : Best Tosai and Vadai at Lintang Pasar Dato Keramat

Those were the days when I was still working in Penang, the cheapest and best breakfast I had almost daily was an Indian food. It is Tosai and vadai.

The restaurant was a roadside stall which do not has a name and has been operated since my grand father’s generation and this has past down to several generations.

Tosai were prepared upon order and vadai are constantly fried to preserve the heat and crispiness.

This is A MUST TRY! Is the best you can find in Malaysia I would say.

This is a bit hard compared to the other one. Still it is flavorful with a lots of dal beans.

Idhili to be eaten with masala potato.

Indian desserts.

Top left are the chili powder mix which brings lots of kick …. top right is sugar, bottom left is dhal vegetarian gravy and right the coconut chutney gravy. All these are unlimited refill and don’t waste.

The tosai in front were the ghee tosai with 2 vadai drenched with a lot chilli powder.


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Penang Specials #2 – Toast Bread Dipped With Half Boiled Eggs at Joo Leong Cafe Sungai Tiram

Penang Specials – Location 2

Do you ever heard of a kopitiam who don’t have side stalls? The place which I want to introduce this round is known as Joo Leong Cafe or more famous known as Roti Bakar Sungai Tiram by the locals.

The crowd here are consistently packed and the table turn around are fast. So you can easily get a seat here.

The menu is simple. Just 2 items. If this do not fill you up for breakfast, there are nasi lemak and fried bee hoon that can satisfy your appetite.

You can’t get this type of nasi lemak in KL. The small portions of deep fried fish then soaked in the sambal are to die for.

You’ll see a couple of tables dedicated to do certain task.

Like this one, the old man’s job are to cut bread skins.

This aunty is to toast bread and apply butter on the toast plus cuttin it to small bite sizes.

High quality butters were used here and this is just one small pot of butters used every morning.

This mug of butter can be cleared within 30 mins. They don’t stinge on the spread and you get a satisfying one.

The look of the perfectly prepared butter toast.

On the other table, soft boil eggs were prepared. There are truly expert in preparing the soft boil eggs. Every eggs cracked no need much to be scratched.

And this is the amount they boil in one go. Compared to the amateurs who used the water dripping method, this is much faster and consistent from their years of experience.

This is the single egg cup served with toast breads.

This glass cup is for double eggs.

You can choose to sprinkle some sugar on the toast. Add some light soya sauce and pepper to the soft boiled eggs. Dip a piece of the toast in it and enjoy.

A simple and satisfying breakfast to start the day. They serve a good cup of Kopi O too.

Joo Leong Cafe
179-H, Sungai Tiram, Bayan Lepas
Penang. West Malaysia.

Tel (1) : 010-4124865
Tel (2) : 012-4984865

Monday OFF


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Penang Specials #1 – Badam Milk (Almond Milk)

I am going to start document down Penang specialties foods and drinks which available only in Penang island and mainlands. This discoveries are there since before our independence days. The first that goes to the list is BADAM MILK or better known as Almond Milk.

Located at the famous Kapitan Tandoori restaurant at Chulia Street, you may notice a special trishaw parked by the restaurant. 

Normally a restaurant has their own bar that prepares all the drinks. This one they dedicate the trishaw for badam milk and fresh milks. Many of the regular patrons or tourist just pop by and drink them while standing.

Simple menu

Masala Milk with spices

Badam Milk with cashew nuts and raisins boiled with slow fire.

Pulled milk to cool off the milk to warm temperature so that it is more easy to drink.

Professional milk puller at work.

There’s a layer of skins above the milk where the milk puller will scoop a bit and placed on the glass after the tea is pulled.

The milk got taste of ginger, spices like anise seeds, raisins and raw almonds. It is quite thick and filling.

Each glass cost RM2.50 and only available at night.


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Kota Kinabalu Best Beef and Fish Paste Noodle at Kuo Man Restaurant

Last week I was in Kota Kinabalu to attend a photography workshop. After finish shooting while trying to kill some time, I decided to do a small food hunt in KK. For a start, my ex colleague brought me to this place which famous for Beef noodle Kuo Man Restaurant. The restaurant bags 30 years of experience and always packed during lunch times. For a season foodies like me, I always walk one round and look at patrons table to see which is the most frequently ordered dishes.

The menu on the wall for easy ordering.

Most of the table sure have a common plate of roast pork.

The skin are crispy and having a perfect portion of lean and fats layer. This sold out very fast. I was there at 12pm and heard it is sold out by 1pm. It is good but not as good as Pudu Wong Kee’s.

Beef noodle with ice berg lettuce and noodle. The beef are super tender and sort of melt in your mouth. Soup were seafood based and everything put together upon order. You can choose either to have beef only or mix with fish paste.

Restoran Kuo Man
Lot 5, 1 ½ Mile, Jalan Tuaran,
Sunny Garden, Kota Kinabalu,
Sabah. 5 Jalan Tuaran, Likas,
88450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Tel: 088-221189
Opening Hours Daliy 6.30am-2.30pm
GPS: N05 58.097 E116 5.023

Fish Ball Breakfast at Restoran Kong Teck Sandakan

Sandakan for being a seafood town, access to all sort of seafoods are easy. One of the local favorite kopitiam here are famous for their breakfast made entirely from fish balls. The kopitiam is located next to a housing area and slightly outskirt from the town center.

Most of the customers here are locals and regulars to this place. The food are very healthy and a couple of varieties for you to rotate if you patron here daily.

Clear soup fish balls selections. The fish balls were made at the back of the store daily and the soup base are cooked using the fishes and pork bones.

Kolo mee like mince meats Hakka noodle. The noodle texture a bit soft compared to the springy wantan mee that I like. The minced meats were cooked with light seasonings and perfect to complement the tasteless noodles.

Look at the koey teow look sliced fish balls. They purposely slice the fish ball to koey teow look and then cook with prawn soup and then topped with some fried fish balls yong tau fu.

 

You can opt for curry soup base too which is kinda mild for my liking.

The springy fish ball noodle where you always get in KL are origin from here. The original are more springy as it is made purely from mackerel fish balls.  Since I got a bowl of fish ball soups as a sideline, I opt this dried version. Pork lards were added and I finish this bowl the fastest.

My fish ball soup mix sidelines.

Kedai Makan Kong Teck
Jalan Pak Tak, Mile 7
90000 Sandakan, Sabah
Tel:  016-826-4977

This food trip were organised and host by Four Points By Sheraton Sandakan.

Breakfast Eating Out in Sandakan, Lot No.8 at Bridge No.7 Sim Sim Water Village

Sim Sim water village is the place where you find all sorts of seafoods to eat. The settlement by the sea is been there for ages since early days Sandakan was formed. We had our dinner there the first night when we touch down in Sandakan and back again the next day morning for breakfast.

To find the place is just along one long stretch road.

All the location were marked base on which bridge number. In this case, this eatery is located at Bridge 8 which can be seen from the road.

This is the view from the roadside.

The kopitiam serve some dim sum which localised that suits the taste of the locals. Majority of their customers were locals more than tourist.

Braised chicken feet.

Mixed Fish Paste Ball Soup

This is basically Yong Tau Fu like breakfast. There are fresh fish paste and some wrapped with pig skin and then cook with clear soup. All the soup has a common base and cooked using the fishes.

Sandakan Chee Cheong Fun

The chee cheong fun here just use dark soya sauce and topped with fried shallots. However the flat noodle is not as smooth as the from Penang. The texture slightly rougher and thickness double the ones from Penang. The dark soya sauce are pretty sweet for my liking.

Beef Noodle

Basically you can choose your favorite noodle to go along with the beef briskets. The soup are slightly peppery and not as strong herbal taste compare to the one from KL. Normally beef briskets are cooked for a very long time and continuously cook since they start operating.

Sandakan Pei Tan Kau (Dumpling with pork and century egg)

The super star breakfast in Sandakan. It resembles a normal sui kau but it is packed with pork and century eggs were added.

Prawn Noodle

Curry Mee with yong taufu.

Sandakan Spring (Tan Kong Mee) Noodle with deep fried pork

Another super star of Sandakan breakfast that similar to wan tan mee with added fried nam yue pork. It is known as Spring noodle for its springy texture. I find that the noodle are not as springy as it claims. The nam yue pork is not as good compared to the one in Sandakan Central Market Food Court’s version.

Koey Teow Soup with Deep Fried Pork

This also similar to the one I reviewed at the Central Markets. This has Chinese Cruller added and is not that suitable to be added. Maybe I am pampered by tasting the best when I touch down on day 1 before trying this. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE FAMOUS ORIGINAL HOME MADE KOEY TEOW WITH DEEP FRIED PORK

Fish head noodle

The fish are fresh and the soup are cooked with evaporated milk and salted vege. The fish used were either garoupa or marble goby since it is easily available here. This bowl of noodle if eat in KL, it would cost easily RM35 or not RM50 with the current market price.

Roast pork from Winky’s Dad butcher shop in the market.

The breakfast place basically do not have much pork dishes. Since Winky (Sheraton Event Manager) know that I am a pork lover, she brought her dad’s roast pork for us to try. It was good and juicy with a perfect lean and fats at the right proportion. Thanks again for letting us try.

Address :

Lot No.8 at Bridge No.7 Sim Sim Water Village
Jalan Sim Sim,
Sandakan, Sabah

* The trip were organised and hosted by Four Points By Sheraton Sandakan, Sabah.

Rayong Thai by Thai Kopitiam at Taman Danau Desa Serving Cheap and Authentic Thai Cuisines

Lately I am into searching for affordable and good foods around KL Selangor area. Authentic Thai food are available around KL which I previously written which I recommend is Surisit at TTDI and Good Evening Bangkok 1 Utama. But you can afford to eat them daily. Now I am going to share with you a restaurant which I scouted yesterday located at Taman Danau Desa KL.

The place is known as Rayong Thai by Thai Kopitiam.

The place give you a very comfortable feel as if you are dining in Thailand. All the staffs are 100% Thai and able to speak reasonable English.

The place employ an open kitchen concept which you can see through their cooking place. There are actually have 2 kitchens in this restaurant. The front restaurant kitchen are used to fried Pad Thai, Fried rice and light dishes. The back kitchen is for the main course preparation that need more steps to cook.

Mango Salad

The mango salad here is a perfect choice to become your starter as the tangy and spicy flavor bring out the appetizer . The dried shrimp, fish sauce and the chilli powder are from the Thai good quality ones.

Thai Fish Cake

Go slow with this one. It indeed smell good when served. I ask you to go slow cause it is very hot as in the heat from the deep fried.

Pandan Chicken

Normally pandan chicken prepared by non pro will be dried. Here it retain the juiciness and moist.

Tomyam Gong

A must order to gauge the authenticity and how good is the Thai restaurant. Here they pass with flying color where their Tomyam Gong just cost RM11.90 for small portion that serves 2. There are squid, prawn and fish in it. The soup pack with plenty of punch and not just spicy taste. This is exactly what I had in Haadyai version that do not put coconut milk.

Clear Soup Tomyam Gong

Same like the original tomyam gong, this also a must try here at Rayong Thai. Some people like to original version but I like this one which origin from northern Thai.

Green Curry Chicken

This is the only dish that doesn’t up to my standard. I find it pretty mild and the curry not thick enough.

Steamed Sea Bass with lime juice and chilli.

The fish size are just perfect. This fish are ideal for 4 and a must try here. When I was there, I saw 75% of the customers order them. The fish is fresh and a hint of Thai Fish sauce is added.

Prawn Omelette

Thai Fried Rice Set with sunny side up egg and fried chicken. This is exactly the same style where you can get on the street of Thailand.

Water Chest Nut pudding.

Thai Mango Sticky Rice

Rayong Thai

19G Plaza Danau 2,
Jalan 4/109F Taman Danau Desa.
Tel: 03-79714201


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