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Restaurant Review – Nasi Lemak House (Melbourne)

Published January 17, 2011 by Mary Jane

Evening bloggy friends, sorry I haven’t been posting lately – just recently had my early 30th birthday celebration so been quite busy lately…I’m slowly recovering from it but I’m glad everything went well and the weather was fantastic – really thank God…I will post some pictures later on. Also another special note this year 2011, there will be more human photos in my post! Okies, back to restaurant review post. This particular restaurant was recommended by our friend Justin. It’s on one of his food list to try. Anyways, I’ve never been a great fan of Nasi Lemak. I would occasionally eat it but wouldn’t crave for it. We went with two of our friends one week night and apparently you don’t have to book just rock up and hope there’s a table available.

When you arrive into the shop, it’s tiny – only a handful of tables and it’s quite a casual or should I say a budget “student” area. They have a huge menu board on their wall and you order at the front counter and pay first.

Then infront of the tables there’s a shelf where you can help yourself to water, cutlery and napkins – yup you know it’s a casual/budget place when you have to help yourself to some water and cutlery hehehehe.

So I decided to have Nasi Lemak ofcourse you must try one at Nasi Lemak House that’s their specialty and a friend of ours had that too. Pandabear isn’t into Nasi Lemak as the sambal is generally spicy so he opt for their shanghanese Ban Mein (flat white noodle soup) and my other friend had Randan Beef Curry. So within minutes our dishes arrived at our table!

Randan Beef Curry

Randan Beef Curry

To be honest, when the Randan Beef Curry arrived – we were a little shock as the curry kinda reminds us of something yucky like poo poo yucky! Ewe…gross…anyways, poor friend had to endure us staring at his plate of yucky poo poo like curry. The taste of the dish according to my friend was pretty average. Then Pandabear’s dish arrived shortly…

Shanghanese Ban Mein

Shanghanese Ban Mein

Well, the Shanghanese Ban Mein’s presentation was alot better than the Randan beef curry but according to Pandabear it was average too, nothing special. We were thinking to ourselves, maybe the Nasi Lemak will make up for the other average dishes. So finally both of our nasi lemak dishes arrived!

Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak

Well, the Nasi Lemak’s presentation seemed ok – it had all the right ingredients – anchovies, sambal, fried egg, cucumbers, peanuts, papa dams and fried chicken. But seriously, I was really shocked they only gave us a drum stick..it should come with at least two pieces of chicken. So I think it was alittle on the stingy side for servings. Also the fried chicken was really really dry – the meat is not juicy and tender anymore which made it worse!!

So overall, our meals were pretty disappointing. I mean, yeah it’s cheap but you would think a Nasi Lemak House would make an awesome Nasi Lemak. So here’s my rating:

Dining experience: 2 star
Food experience: 2 star
Would I recommend it? No!

Restaurant Review – Laksa King (Melbourne)

Published September 16, 2010 by Mary Jane

Afternoon, heheh I’m actually blogging in the arvo instead of evening that’s cos I’m going out for dinner with friends tonight, so by the time we get home – I would be too tired to blog. So today I had the police clearance checked booked in at 2pm to supply all my documents and forms for a potential job. Personally, I feel it’s a waste of time to make you bring these documents and forms and then I thought maybe they were going to interrogate me or something but nothing like that. I been wanting to bake Pandabear a Panda bread. I came across it online and it’s so cute, so I thought today would be the day – as I had another day off from work. I know I’m getting really slack..but it didn’t turn out – FAIL nevermind it still tasted like a nice loaf of bread so that’s the main thing.

This particular restaurant was recommended by a friend of ours. Obviously the name gives it away – they must specialise in Laksa…Malaysian hawker style food. I was told this particular restaurant started with a small take away joint it then did really well so moved on to a larger restaurant and it’s always packed.

When we arrived at the restaurant, it was packed – and we waited for a few minutes to be seated on a table.

When you arrived into the restaurant we spotted a large black board written full of Laksa King’s dishes and it’s prices. The menu were placed on our table and it was rather comprehensive.

We decided to share a few dishes, that way we get to taste a variety of dishes..So we ordered some curry puff, Loh bak, combination seafood laksa, Lo Mee, fried rice and I think for a vegie dish we went for gado gado.

Curry Puff

Curry Puff

Loh Bak

Loh Bak

Combination seafood laksa

Combination seafood laksa

Loh Mee

Loh Mee

Fried rice

Fried rice

Gado Gado

Gado Gado

Our meals arrived pretty quickly even though the whole place was packed, the waiters were ok – not superly friendly but at least they attend to your request when you ask for some chillie sauce. Anyways, the presentation of the meals were fantastic. Let’s start with curry puff and Loh Bak – they were pretty standard, nothing special. The Loh Mee with thick gravy sauce was very tasty, the seafood laksa was standard, nothing special infact I thought they might have made their laksa from a paste, it was very coconuty and not spicy at all. Still tasty though. With the fried rice – this was very average. The gado gado which is a vegetable salad served with a peanut sauce dressing was pretty tasty, I’ve never had it before so I couldn’t compare it with previous ones. Overall, we were pretty happy with our meals – it was served relatively large portion and at a reasonable price.

Here’s my rating:

Dining experience: 4 star
Food experience: 4 star
Would I recommend? Yes!

Restaurant Review – Little Coconut House (Melbourne)

Published September 8, 2010 by Mary Jane

Anyways, this particular hawker place is recommended by one of our friend – remember I mentioned that this friend of ours emailed us a list of restaurants to try while we’re in Melbourne. When we arrived it was around lunch time, the place is quite small – has a long corridor and a few tables. You order your meal at the front counter and pay for it and they give you a table stand. You get to see all the roast duck, roast pork, and bbq pork hanging by the glass shelves.

We managed to grab a table down at the end near the kitchen, which can be a distraction cos you get to see how they wash their dirty dishes and preparing their food. Anyways, the menu has great varieties. Pandabear went for his usual Wonton Mee with bbq pork and I decided to try one of their specialty dish. Fried pork chops with some fried chicken pices served with fragrant fried yellow rice and it comes with a fried egg. We both opt for the hot soya bean drink cos it was cold..

Our hot soya drink arrived immediately, and it’s home brewed – delicious a little sweet with the palm sugar, but that’s ok – I love my drink very sweet 🙂 within 10 minutes our meals arrived. The presentation was great, the wonton mee had a nice neat row of bbq pork and the wontons are served separately with the soup. However, Pandabear said the wonton mee was only ok cos the bbq pork was a little burnt or charred for his liking, he probably got the end bits of the bbq pork which generally is a little dry and burnt. However, the wontons were tasty – I had one of the wontons. As for my meal – it was a winner, huge servings of pork chops – tender, juicy and very tasty with the marinate. The chicken pieces reminded me of chicken popcorn from KFC, very flavoursome and it compliments well with the yellow fried and my fried egg was perfectly cooked. Overall, I have enjoyed this pork chop dish very much and they even give you pickled chillies yum yum. The waitress were very friendly and came and ask us whether she could remove the empty plates she even smiled with us. The dishes were pretty cheap too 🙂

Here’s my rating:

Dining experience: 4 star – extra point for speedy food time and friendly service
Food experience: 4 star
Would I recommend? Yes!

Comfort Food Recipe – Bak Kut Teh

Published September 4, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hello Bloggy friends, what a glorious Saturday – I get to sleep in till about lunch time and whipped myself & Pandabear some nice scramble eggs with toast while we’re both still in our PJs hehehee.. anyways, the forecast in Melbourne for today is thunderstorm and lots of rain. I took a stare out the window and the strong wind is blowing the trees everywhere. Kinda scared to duck out and do my weekly grocery shopping at the Asian grocery store & Vic Markets…

Last night I decided to make Bak Kut Teh for dinner, I think Bak Kut Teh is more common for Malaysian/Singaporean cuisine, not so Taiwanese – I mean we do have similar dish but the flavourings are different? So what is Bak Kut Teh? It’s pork ribs served with special herbs & spices with garlic soup. You can eat it with steamed rice or you can eat it with deep fried stringy pastry. This dish is so simple anyone can make it 🙂 it’s a great comfort food dish on a wintery cold night.

Here it is…

Ingredients

1 x packet of Bak Kut Teh spice
3-4 cloves of garlic
1.5 kg of pork ribs
2L of water

Instructions

1. First bring a pot of water to boil, slice your pork ribs into relatively medium size chunks, peel the garlic and leave it as whole. Once the water is boiling put in your sliced pork ribs, garlic and spice – the Bak Kut Teh spice has a really strong flavour and quite peppery, so what I do is when the soup is flavoursome already I would fish out the small packet of herbs. Bring the soup to boil and simmer for about an hour or two until the meat is tender and it falls off the bones. The herb packet.

2. Now, for your own preference you can add in some chinese vegies into the soup – I had some carrots & potatoes with me so I chopped them up and throw them in along with some left over spring onion. It’s not really authentic to add carrots and potatoes but I find the sweetness of carrots & potatoes compliments the soup 🙂 and if you’re into dipping like me have your soya sauce and sambal sauce ready too…

3. Serve this with steamed rice and it’s delicious & simple!

Ingredients

Ingredients

Restaurant Review – Old Town Kopitiam Mamak (Melbourne)

Published August 14, 2010 by Mary Jane

Evening bloggy friends, I have finally finished all my Perth restaurant review postings yay 🙂 It’s time to move on to Melbourne…city where there’s endless eating and great varieties. It’s a place where foodies are in love with food…anyways, a friend of ours recommended this Malaysian hawker style restaurant at QV. I liked the name it’s so cute it literally means Old Town Coffee Shop Authentic Malaysian Cuisine.

Now you know when a Malaysian Restaurant is good when it’s packed with Malaysians, the moment we walked into the restaurant it was fully packed with Asians and most of them I assume are Malaysians 🙂

And also their menu has great varieties of dishes, it makes it hard for one to make up their mind – most of the dishes comes with a picture which is great so you can see what the dishes look like..and the drink list is also comprehensive as well..

We were seated down by a nice friendly waiter who handed us the menu so I had some questions for him – I felt like a nice bowl of spicy laksa as I had a blocked nose and was hoping the strong laksa soup would clear my nose. There were two types of laksa a normal curry laksa and Old Town Kopitiam’s Lemak Laksa. So I asked what is the difference? Well, the main difference is that the Lemak Laksa is not too spicy still got a bit of kick and it’s cooked with mackerel. I asked him which one would he recommend and he replied without hesitation the Lemak Laksa. Well, I’ll have a bowl of lemak Laksa and Pandabear with his Malaysian tummy went straight for the Roti Canai and he was feeling rather hungry so he had 2 servings of it 🙂

Lemak Laksa

Lemak Laksa

Roti Canai

Roti Canai

and for drinks, Pandabear went straight for the sugar cane and I saw a picture of 3 Teh C so feeling curious so I asked the waiter what was in the 3 TEh C? He replied it’s a milk tea containing 3 different layers – one layer of palm sugar, one layer of condensed milk and one layer of tea. Wow sounds fascinating. So I decided to go for a 3 Teh C.

3 Teh C and Sugar Cane

3 Teh C and Sugar Cane

The laksa was amazing – I loved the mackerel – well cooked and nicely flavoured, I’ve never had a real proper laksa that you could see lots of herbs such as curry leaves and spices. Wow, the flavour was so amazing that my blocked nose could really taste every bits of it 🙂 as for Roti Canai, I asked Pandaber whether it was authentic Roti Canai – he went definitely! Common, we saw an Indian chef making the roti canai – it’s got to be authentic hehehehe

The food waiting time was great, we received our meal within 10-15 minutes even though the place was packed, the waiters were really friendly and nice – so a big thumb up for the customer service side. All dishes were quite reasonably priced and I would definitely return to try out other dishes…

Here’s my rating:

Dining experience: 4 star
Food experience: 4 star
Would I recommend it? Absolutely

Restaurant Review – Makan Makan Restaurant (Perth)

Published August 3, 2010 by Mary Jane

Anyways, I’ve always wanted to try out at this restaurant called Makan Makan Cafe based in Victoria Park which sells Authentic Malaysian style hawker food. Finally, one night Pandabear and I decided to go to this place for some Roti Canai and curry. When we arrived at the place, it wasn’t very busy – it was one of the weeknights. The place seemed quite casual and more suited to the students than family dining. You had to place your order at the counter and pay for it then and there. We were served by this girl who looks Malay, she was not too bad – not overly friendly but at least was helpful when we asked about the dishes.

While deciding what dishes to order, I came across this buffet area and it still have quite a lot of dishes there. Unfortunately the buffet is only for lunch time only and apparently it’s all you can eat!

Feeling a little disappointed that I can’t have any buffet we decided to order the following meals: Roti Sardines – which is basically a type of flatbread called Roti found in Malaysia and it’s filled with Sardines, Murtabak – is a wrapped roti canai filled with minced meat curry with eggs and onion and a Randan beef fried rice.

Roti Sardines

Roti Sardines

Murtabak

Murtabak

Randan Beef Fried Rice

Randan Beef Fried Rice

Well, it didn’t take too long for our dishes to arrive, the Roti Sardine looks similar to the ones we’ve had in Malaysia and I asked Pandabear what he thinks of it. He said it was ok. Then our Murtabak arrives and Pandabear said it was disappointing nothing like the ones you eat in Malaysia. To me they taste ok, but then again I’ve never had Murtabak before. Then our randan beef fried rice came, it was rather salty – and well, you could taste the randan curry but I would have preferred them separating the curry out from the fried rice instead of frying them together. So overall our meals were pretty average. My colleagues recommended the roti pizza, perhaps next time we should try to order that. Here’s my rating:

Dining experience: 3 star
Food experience: 3 star
Would I recommend? Probably not cos the dishes and the service was quite average

Comfort Food Recipe – Malaysian Curry Chicken

Published January 27, 2010 by Mary Jane

Okies, we’ve come to the curry dish 🙂 yay I love my curries, even though Taiwanese cuisines does not specialise in curries I have since learnt a few curry dishes from some aunties and they are great. I could just gobble it down with steamed rice. Anyways, all curries are really easy to make – provided you don’t have to make the paste from scratch. Even if you have to as long as you have all the ingredients and you have a blender it’s really simple. However, I prefer to use curry powders as I find by stir frying curry powders with the meat it give that extra aroma that’s fantastic. So yeah…

Here it is…

Malaysian Curry Chicken

Ingredients

5 chicken thighs
2 tablespoon of Malaysian curry powders
5 potatoes
1 can of coconut cream

Instructions

1. Chop up the chicken thighs into pieces, heat up pan and add in chicken pieces and stir fry until golden brown add in the curry powders. You can buy any curry powders from supermarkets – Indian, malaysian, mild curry powder etc. Once you start to smell the aroma add in the coconut cream.

2. Peel potatoes and boil them until they are nearly cooked, and cut them in 1/2 and pop them into the curry mixture

3. Simmer on low heat for about 40 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked

There you have it a simple and delicious curry dish 🙂

Enjoy…

Malaysian Curry Chicken

Malaysian Curry Chicken