Sunday, April 29, 2007

Woo Pin Fish Head Noodles, Taman Danau Desa

Woo Pin Fish Head Noodles, Taman Danau Desa
A large bowl of Woo Pin Fish Head Noodles (RM 8).

In my time spent scouring food blogs I'll sometimes come across comments pointing towards a famous Fish Head Noodle place in Taman Danau Desa. Being a little familiar with the Taman Desa area (I used to live there) I didn't have any difficulties finding the place. If you know where the Shell station is, Woo Pin is located across the road from Shell only it's not called Woo Pin but rather they are housed in a restaurant named Ho A One Steamboat (or something like that).

I believe they operate during the day while the night slot is taken up by the aforementioned steamboat restaurant. Apparently Woo Pin in Taman Danau Desa is a branch of a popular Fish Head Noodle place in Cheras with the same name.

So how popular is this place? Very very popular. I've been there twice and only managed to eat once.

The first time I went with ST we were turned away by one of the staffers (a young punk). Apparently they were 'mai sai' (sold out). Oddly when a large group came the young punk welcomed them in. KNNCCB! I'm not sure why I didn't give the young punk a piece of my mind but I swore never to go back ever again no matter how good their noodles were.

Unfortunately I couldn't resist and returned a few weeks later (I must work on my will power!).

What's even more unfortunate for me is that I had to waste RM8 on what I can only consider as a very standard bowl of Fish Head Noodles. Granted RM8 is for the large serving but there's nothing in the bowl of noodles that you won't find in your typical coffeeshop Fish Head Noodles and they usually cost only half the price. There's absolutely nothing exciting about the noodles I was served. That coupled with the 40 minute wait made me swear never to return again. Only this time I'm absolutely confident of my willpower.

For a better Fish Head Noodle experience try this or this.

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posted by wyejon at Sunday, April 29, 2007 (permalink) | 5 comments | trackbacks

Friday, April 27, 2007

Vulgar Chicken at F1, IOI Mall, Puchong

Although I was forced to take a mandatory leave off yesterday (company policy) I managed to have an enjoyable and relaxing day yesterday and I feel great today! I'll write about some of the food we had yesterday but today I only have a filler post for you. Enjoy...

Here's what my cousin had when we went to F1 in IOI Mall, Puchong some weeks back. Chicken Cordon Bleu, only it was a very vulgar looking :)

F1 at IOI Mall
F1's Chicken Cordon Bleu.

Couldn't resist snapping a picture and making jokes about the cheese oozing out from the tip of the chicken... hahaha.

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Kluang Station, One Utama

Eating at Kluang Station I cannot help but feel like I kena con (local slang for got conned). With the boatloads of people going in and out of the place the food must be great right? Silly me... of course not lah.

If you've been to One Utama you must have come across Kluang Station in the new wing. It's one of those neo-kopitiam places where they serve all the old stuff at higher prices but they're usually not as good as the old school places.

Myself and ST headed to Kluang Station one day after catching 300 in the cinemas. I loved the movie but felt a little guilty bringing ST along to watch it because all that excessive violence was bad for my unborn child :)

Though the restaurant was pretty full we managed to snag a place almost immediately. I didn't take a picture of the coffee I ordered but I can tell you it was way too sweet for my liking. On to the food:

Kluang Station, One Utama
Laksa.

When I saw Laksa in the menu I thought immediately of Curry Laksa which is the only laksa other than Asam Laksa that I knew of until a few years back (because I'm a KL boy). It didn't take me long to notice I was mistaken because the menu simply said "Laksa". Thus I assumed it was Johor Laksa as Kluang is in Johor after all.

When the dish arrived I was surprised at how similar it was to Penang's Asam Laksa except the noodles were much thinner (and it tasted like Maggie mee which is a good thing in my books). The soup was a little flat but since I'm not too much into hot and spicy stuff nowadays it was ok for me. However if you're looking for good asam laksa here's not the place to find it.

One strange thing about this dish is that I don't think I was served Johor Laksa because apparently Johor Laksa looks like this! So apparently Laksa in Kluang means Asam Laksa.

Kluang Station, One Utama
Hainanese Chicken Chop.

The Hainanese Chicken Chop was ST's order and I thought it looked great until I realised that the sauce was basically the tomato sauce from the baked beans. WTF?!! It's as cheapo as it looks not to mention that the fries were totally soaked and soggy. I hope this is not how it's done in the real Kluang Station.

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posted by wyejon at Sunday, April 22, 2007 (permalink) | 15 comments | trackbacks

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Pan Mee Double Feature: Bao Bao and Kungfu Pan Mee

I decided to review these 2 places together because they are quite similar. They may not sell the same variety of Pan Mee but decor wise and price wise (about RM5 per person) they are virtual equals. We ate at both of these restaurants some time ago (last year!) so I can only vaguely remember how they taste like but I do remember being rather disappointed.

When we ate at Bao Bao it was at their branch in Aman Suria (can be seen along the main road) whereas Kungfu Pan Mee was located in Bandar Puchong Jaya (same row as Aircool). Recently Bao Bao opened up a branch in Bandar Puchong Jaya as well and they are located only 3 or 4 blocks away. I bet they must constantly be at each other's throats!

First up some pictures from Bao Bao:

Pan Mee at Bao Bao, Aman Suria
Something special: 4 varieties fo chillis.

Pan Mee at Bao Bao, Aman Suria
Traditional Pan Mee.

Pan Mee at Bao Bao, Aman Suria
Their trademark Pan Mee.

I may sound bad saying this but their Traditional Pan Mee was absolutely terrible. It totally lacked the mushroomy goodness of most other pan mee places. Their trademark Pan Mee fared better. It's slightly different from your usual pan mee and the highlight of the dish are the deep fried fish cakes (those brown stuff you see in the picture). Nowhere near great but decent enough. One absolutely strange thing I found about this place was the extreme sweetness of their soup. It's so sweet it tastes like sugar and I'm not entirely sure if that's a good thing.

Next up Kungfu Pan Mee:

Pan Mee at Kungfu Pan Mee, Puchong Jaya
Traditional Pan Mee.

Pan Mee at Kungfu Pan Mee, Puchong Jaya
Chilli Pan Mee.

Before I wrote this blog post I was going to complain about how tasteless Kungfu's noodles are but then I did some research (as I always do before making a post!) and found that they make use of NO MSG. True or not, I'm not sure but keep this in mind before reading the next paragraph.

Their traditional pan mee was definitely better than Bao Bao's but no better than most of the usual coffee shop pan mee stalls. Definitely a let down if only because they are unspectacular. Their Chilli Pan Mee is even worse. It's obviously (to me anyway) a rip off of the famous Kin Kin Chilli Pan Mee which tastes nowhere near the original. Too bad because while Kin Kin is great I hate the bastards who run it so I always wish for a good alternative. Better luck next time I guess :)

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Spices Restaurant and Wine Bar at Concorde Hotel

Last month we were able to snag a free meal at Concorde Hotel in KL thanks to my mother in law. Myself, ST and mother in law were invited to Spices Restaurant and Wine Bar, Concorde Hotel's poolside restaurant where we were treated to an incredible western/fusion styled dinner.

We didn't order the dishes ourself. Instead the person who invited us made the selection. He's a Concorde staff by the way and he sure knew what to order.

The meal started off with the appetizers. Everyone got a plate of the fusion sushi (below) and a selection of buns with a small bowl of cheese and another small bowl of olive oil + vinegar.

Spices at Concorde Hotel
The Appetizer. It's some kind of fusion sushi. Instead of seaweed it's wrapped using some kind of vegetable. The filling consists of salmon and other ingredients that I couldn't really recognise. Super delightful stuff.

And then each of us were served starters.

Spices at Concorde Hotel
Caesar's salad with enormous strips of smoked chicken. I'm not a salad person but I really loved this dish. The chicken was delicious and the salad was packed with grated cheese (not too much, just enough) which made it quite a bit tastier than your usual salad.

Spices at Concorde Hotel
Another salad (not sure what it's called, probably Garden Salad). A little similar to the Caesar's salad above only without the chicken but made with some imported vegetables (that's what mother in law said).

Spices at Concorde Hotel
Soft shelled crab!!! I think most of us know how this tastes like. It was good :)

Next came the soup.

Spices at Concorde Hotel
Mushroom soup. Open up the pastry and you find thick mushroom soup inside. Good stuff.

By this time we were already full but the main courses had yet to arrive!

Spices at Concorde Hotel
Picture is a little blurry but it's mother in law's main course; grilled pomfret with scallops.

Spices at Concorde Hotel
Linguine (or was it fettucine) alfredo with huge prawns.

Spices at Concorde Hotel
Every time you see prawns in this restaurant, they're at least this big!

Spices at Concorde Hotel
My main course. Something I've always wanted to try; Wagyu beef. Wagyu beef is said to be given massages and fed beer to improve its taste. The thin stips of Wagyu beef is seared while being wrapped around some enoki mushrooms. It was quite an experience... but not because I found it exceedingly great :) It was different... not the usual beefy taste you have come to expect. In fact it's a little flat. I was expecting something much beefier and maybe a little bitter (due to the beer!).

At this stage we were more than full but there were still desserts!

Spices at Concorde Hotel
Looks like a scone. It went really well with the scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Spices at Concorde Hotel
Honeydew flavoured custard. I liked this.

Spices at Concorde Hotel
A slice of Chocolate cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The chocolate cake was sufficiently rich.

Spices Restaurant and Wine Bar in Concorde Hotel, KL serves up great food but they are not cheap. You could easily spend RM100 per person here. I may be coming back here soon because I've got some vouchers to spend here :)

posted by wyejon at Sunday, April 15, 2007 (permalink) | 6 comments | trackbacks

Friday, April 06, 2007

I'm Still Alive :)

Just in case anyone's wondering... I'm still alive... only I'm much more indifferent to blogging than before :)

Here's a recent picture... in fact I just took it tonight in my toilet.

d40_portrait
Me and my not that new anymore Nikon D40.

Oh and by the way... for those who didn't already know, ST and I are having a baby soon :D

10wks
Baby at 10 weeks. The head is on the right.

I'm so excited.

posted by wyejon at Friday, April 06, 2007 (permalink) | 12 comments | trackbacks

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