Monday, February 08, 2010

Blogger FTP getting deprecated, wAntAn productions ends

So Blogger is stopping support for their FTP publishing. That's too bad because I've been using that service for at least 6 years. Anyways, today marks the end of wAntAn productions. No big speeches or anything because I'm not going to stop blogging (not that I blog much anyway but I digress).

From now on, wAntAn productions lives on (in spirit) in my new blog at jon.peachjon.com.

Please do visit the new site. wAntAn productions will remain as it is but I don't expect the comments system to continue working once Blogger stops supporting the FTP service, or maybe it will. Who knows?

I hope everyone enjoyed this blog. I know I did (somewhat) :)

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Restoran Soo Kee, best Char Siew in Ampang

The best char siew place I know is in this kinda run down place in Ampang called Soo Kee. Unfortunately, since I've never bothered to try the other famous char siew places I can't provide any comparisons.

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The beat up signage

Soo Kee is located on Jalan Ampang, quite nearby Ampang Point (refer to the map below). If you're coming from KLCC towards Ampang Point, there's a flyover right before Ampang Point. Don't go up the flyover, instead take the U-turn beneath it. Soo Kee will be on your left shortly.

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Without a doubt the best Char Siew in Ampang

The char siew of course is the star of the show. Its got its crispy bits, its got its lean bits and its got its terrific melt in your mouth fat bits. Seriously now, how many char siew places you know have melt in your mouth texture? I'm thinking not that many.

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Some pretty good smooth white chicken

Despite what it may look like from the food in this review, this place is more than just a char siew and various cut meat place. They also cook to order and they serve a variety of noodles.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Screw You Swensens, SS2

Feeling pretty strong about this in order to interrupt my extended period of non-blogging (busy as hell, can't afford the time). Anyways a big screw you (aka the sanitised version of fuck you) to Swensens SS2.

We were there this evening for an earthquake (you know, the 8 scoop ice cream thing) and dinner. First thing we noticed, many of the waiters were pretty young. Like Form 3 young.

Ordered an earthquake, 2 glasses of plain water and a single serving of macaroni and cheese (on weekdays the mac and cheese comes with a complimentary drink and soup) from one of the girl waitresses.

There were a bunch of kids sitting next to our table eating like there was no tomorrow. No parents around. They were also chatting with some of the staff throughout their meal. It's obvious that they are friends with some of the waiters. Their food just kept on coming and coming. Meal after meal, ice-cream after ice-cream. Maybe they're getting some major discounts or something. Pretty curious about that.

So anyways a short wait later our earthquake came. Of course with my daughter around ice-cream is bound to be a messy affair. No serviettes provided. Had to ask one of the girl waitresses (the same one who took our order) to bring some. The girl disappeared into the kitchen and reappeared like 5 minutes later.

I happened to see her coming out from the kitchen and she noticed me looking at her. That triggered her short term memory so she picked up a couple of tissues from the counter and gave it to us. I can close one eye on this... no big deal.

I don't know about you but after I have some ice-cream (in our case 8 scoops worth) I like to wash it down with some water. Remember we did order 2 glasses of plain water earlier. That never came so we asked the waitress for them. 5 minutes later no water in sight, though many glasses of water were served to other tables.

Feeling a little pissed now so we asked one of the guys in red shirt (I assume this dude is the captain or manager, the other waiters were in white shirts) for our water. As you would expect it never came.

At this point in time, it's been over half an hour and aside from the earthquake nothing else came. Lost my mood for the mac and cheese so I asked a white shirt to cancel it they haven't started making it. As soon as I'm done talking to that dude he goes over to the table next to mine (the one with the ravenous kids) and starts chatting. Fuck you kid!

So anyways I gave him some time and when it was obvious that there was not going to be an end in sight to his chatting I stood up and made my way to the counter to cancel the order personally.

The kid in the white shirt quickly followed me to the counter. He was probably afraid that I would lodge a complaint against him or something. You know what he told me at the counter? He said "they are in the process of making your mac and cheese".

Fuck you kid, don't bullshit me. You left your friend's table and went straight to the counter. At which point in time did you have the time to ask anyone about the order's status? Do you think I'm dumb?

So despite his obvious bullshit, I didn't give him a hard time. I just insisted on canceling my mac and cheese. Of course, kids being kids love to have the final word so he retorted "Then I can have a free meal!". Erm... yeah sure whatever dude.

So in conclusion, a big fuck you to Swensens and all the incompetent assholes you hired (is it even legal to hire them in the first place?). I used to like you.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Fish Ball Mee KNL Restaurant

In my last blog post I spoke about the fish ball noodles at Restoran Okay at SS2 and I promised to follow up shortly with the location of the new branch that's being run by the original owner.

I have to apologise as work kept me really really busy hence the delayed publishing of this blog post. Still I hope you guys will find this information useful.

So anyways, Ah Loong from the fish ball noodles place in olden days Jalan Yap Ah Shak is back in business and he's now located in Jalan Ipoh (find the location and map at the end of this article).

Not much to update on the food as it's similar to what their SS2 stall sells.

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Soup version


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Dry version


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Fish cakes (RM 5 I think?) Not our usual fish cakes as their version tastes and texture more like fish than the usual bouncy fish cakes we get. Not something I really enjoyed and frankly I think it's ridiculously expensive.


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The shop's facade


Oddly, I personally think the SS2 one is tastier (and cheaper!). Both are still good though.

Kuak Nyuk Loong
Np. 59, Jalan Seri Utara 1,
Sri Utara (Off Jalan Ipoh),
68100 Kuala Lumpur
+6016 386 7113


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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Fish Ball Noodles @ Restoran Okay, SS2

Who loves fish balls? I do! I've had people tell me that fish balls are cheap stuff and not worth the money but to me it's not so much the price that matters rather it's whether we like it or not. It's as simple as that.

Fans of fish ball noodles might remember this place in Jalan Yap Ah Shak that's been closed a few years (refer here). Many people are really nostalgic about this place and so it's with delight that I announce that the fishball place has been reborn somewhat as a small stall in SS2.

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The location is at Restoran Okay in SS2 at the opposite end of the same row of shops which Kayu Nasi Kandar is at.

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Jalan SS 2/10


As it's a small stall they don't quite sell the breadth of the varieties that they used to sell at their original stall. Also, the stall is currently being manned (I think) by the original owner's sister and not the original owner himself.

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So what can you get here? There are the noodle of course. You can accompany your noodles with fishballs, taufu pok and some braised pork.

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Personally I very much prefer the dry version of the noodles and I suspect most people will too. I have very good memories of the food at the original Yap Ah Shak place and I must say the SS2 branch is just as good as I remember.

The standout good food IMHO isn't the fish balls though, it's the taufu pok which is soaked in the braised pork gravy. If you're a fan of the taufu pok in BKTs I think you'll love this too.

So where did the original Yap Ah Shak place go to? From what I gather, they've been closed for at least 3 years. Stay tuned to wAntAn productions for the answer because I recently found them!

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Special mention also goes to the chee cheong fun stall at the same place. Pretty good and reasonably cheap.

The Star's article on this place.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Hing Ho's Full Moon Party @ Coca Cabana

Regular readers will know I have a daughter named Kit Yi. Now I introduce to you my son Hing Ho :) So as you may have noticed Hing Ho was born slightly over a month ago but I was so busy with his birth and work (among other reasons) that I had to neglect this blog.

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Hing Ho in his stroller.


The full moon party was held on the 17th of October 2009 at my father in law's place; the Coca Cabana at Segambut.

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If there's one thing my father in law is famous for it's his lamb chops. This time around he also barbecued a whole lamb. He couldn't get a good lamb for the party due to everyone wanting one for all the Raya and Deepavali celebrations going on all around. In fact he had to bribe one of the caterers to sell the one we got to him.

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But truly the star dish of the night are the lamb chops. Marinated in my father in law's special secret sauce I guarantee this to be the best lamb in Segambut at the very least. Contact me if you want to book some of these delicious goodies.

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As Kit Yi's birthday is mere days away and since there were lots of children around it was the perfect opportunity to get everyone together to do an early birthday celebration. Kit Yi enjoyed everyone singing the birthday song for her and she was really happy to blow the candles.

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After the dinner some of us went into the pub for some karaoke session, including Kit Yi who had a really good time :)

Thanks to everyone who attended and even those who couldn't make it. Really appreciate it.

Picture set of the event on flickr.

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Old Klang Road Pan Mee

This pan mee place is not mentioned anywhere on the Internet. I did all the Googling I could with all the keywords I could think of and did not come up with a single mention of this place. Too bad because this stall deserves better.

These days, people in the pan mee business are just trying to out-gimmick the competition, case in point these two (and another Puchong travesty called Golden Egg Noodle). I love it that there are so many varieties to the humble pan mee but I think sometimes we forget that a simple old school original style pan mee can be so good.

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The Stall


If you know where Fatty Bak Kut Teh on Old Klang Road is then you've found the pan mee stall. If you don't it's basically on the opposite side of the road from the Taman Desa Maybank.

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Soup Pan Mee


This is it. Absolutely no gimmicks. It's your plain as vanilla back to origins pan mee with pork, mushrooms, vegetables and anchovies. The soup is sweet, the pan mee is smooth and that's all you need for a good, filling and fulfilling dinner.

Note: This is not my favourite pan mee stall but it's an honest to goodness good pan mee stall that deserves more attention.

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Tong Sui


You can get the "tong sui" from the same stall.


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Monday, August 24, 2009

Gerai Thong Kee @ Medan Selera PJ Old Town

If you were born in the 80s (or before) and lived near or in PJ then I'm pretty sure you would know where the Medan Selera in PJ Old Town is. This place is an institution that has withstood the test of time. I'm amazed that this place still exists and that it looks essentially the same as it did 20 years ago.

Personally I don't have any memories of the specific stalls that I frequented as a kid but I have been going back to this place recently for this one stall that sells one hell of a fried "sang meen". This stall is stall #47, Gerai Thong Kee.

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About as old school as it gets here in KL.


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Fried "sang meen"


So what's "sang meen"? You know the noodle you get with wantan noodles? That's the one... maybe :) I don't know for sure but they are both very similar. However I swear "sang meen" usually has a very eggy taste to it while your typical wantan noodles do not.

This picture doesn't do the dish any justice. This stall serves the best fried "sang meen" I have ever eaten (of course, if you know any better I would love to hear from you). I'm not sure how to describe it but the feeling of eating something fried, that looks dry but is actually a little wet and has an eggy aftertaste with lots of crunchy vegetables is quite unbeatable.

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Pork Satay


There's a satay stall nearby that sells pork satay. The pork satay rocks as well. I can't figure out why business isn't better for the satay stall.

Aside from that, the Medan Selera is also famous for it's ais kacang drinks (though I personally have not tried them recently). If it's your first time there you might also be surprised to find that food court also has Indian and Malay tenants... very muhibbah.


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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

What are these?

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#1


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#2


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#3


Care to hazard a guess?

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Babu Taiwan Cuisine @ Desa Sri Hartamas

It was a lazy Saturday afternoon... we were late for lunch and were left without much choices. At 3pm, most places are closed only to reopen in the evening. We were in the Hartamas area searching for some bento. No luck, all closed so I drove around a little bit and found this place.

Babu Taiwan Cuisine. If not for the word Taiwan in it's name one would probably think it's an Indian restaurant (I've met a few Babus). As far as I can tell this place is 100% Taiwanese. I also kinda suspect that the waitress/only person in the shop front is Taiwanese since she doesn't speak Cantonese (very un-KL like).

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My dear ST's new hairstyle and Kit Yi being uncooperative. Don't you think they look so much alike?


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Pearl Milk Tea (RM6.00) and Honey Lemon (RM8.00)


I have a great love for Pearl Milk Tea. I think it's the greatest thing that has come out of Taiwan. Needless to say I enjoyed this very much. It would have been even better if they did flavours. Peppermint Pearl Milk Tea is the bestest drink ever!

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Pork Chop Set Lunch (RM10.90)


ST had this. It was decent.

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Beef Noodles (RM12.00)


Another one of my great loves. Beef Noodles. I think Babu's beef noodles are pretty good. The beef especially was very well done The soup is good in the sense that it doesn't overpower the beef and the ramen type noodles are a great complement to the whole dish. I also like the salted vegetables that came along with the noodles.

Foodies:

Cari Makan in PJ: Babu Taiwan Cuisine @ Desa Sri Hartamas
Babu Taiwan Restaurant - Desa Sri Hartamas
Food review: Babu Taiwanese restaurant | sooyindotcom


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