Saturday, 13 August 2016

Good Taste Restaurant at Cheras Mahkota

Wantan Mee is great for breakfast. Ipoh has very good Wantan Mee. Wantan Mee in Ipoh is not only cheap, its tasty and very filling too. But when you are staying away from your hometown. What do you do when you crave for Wantan Mee? You try to find a good one around that serves them.

We found Good Taste Restaurant by accident. We were rushing that morning to a class Joanna was hosting and needed a place for a quick breakfast. So we headed to Cheras Mahkota to get some stuffs for the class and saw this restaurant just across the street. Well, what do you know? Its Wantan Mee.

I looked at Joanna and asked if she wanted to try, and she said, "Why not?". This restaurant is continuously packed with people. We were there at 7.30am and its filled with families. Got a table at the back of the restaurant and quickly sat down.

Because we were in a rush, we did not order a lot from the menu. Here are the some items from the menu we ordered.

We ordered the BBQ Pork Wantan Mee (Char Siew Wantan Mee). The mee is good, good texture to it, the vegetables (bak choy) that comes with the plate is also cooked nicely. And Wantan was packed nicely with pork and had great flavours to it. Won't we all agree that the one thing that defines a Wantan Mee is the gravy? The gravy is indeed nice, not too oily, great sweet and savoury flavour. However, the gravy can be a bit salty. And you do get a little thirsty after having that plate of Wantan Mee. Yes, maybe it's because of the MSG, but hey, the food is good. I don't mind drinking more water after that.

We also ordered a bowl of Pork Skin Curry (Ka-Lee Chu Pei). Coming from Ipoh, we like to have our wantan mee with sides (especially Pork Skin Curry). The pork skin curry at Good Times is good. Thick cuts of skins and each skin is crunchy. It's been cooked in the curry so long, the pork skins have absorbed all the flavours of the curry.

The large shrimp dumplings (Sui Gau) are good. Filled with meat and very tasty, together with shredded carrots and black fungus. Another thing that is special about this place is that they served Charcoal Burned Bread with butter and kaya. Something we used to have when we were kids. This bread goes very well with a cup of coffee and a bowl of soft boiled eggs. Unfortunately we were too full to order more to try. Shall put this on the top of our list for our future visit.

So if you are in Cheras Mahkota/Sg Long and looking for a place for a hearty breakfast that reminds you of your childhood. Do visit Good Taste and tell us what you think.

  Good Taste Restaurant
13, Jalan Temenggung 3/9
43200 Bandar Mahkota Cheras

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Scotch Eggs

Scotch egg is essentially an egg encapsulated in meat/sausages in the shape of a bigger egg. Scotch eggs are usually served in local pubs in the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, when I was studying in the U.K, I did not get a chance to try it there. My usual order at the pub at the time was a curry and a pint. I should have been more attentive and thorough going through the menu. Haha.

It is unclear what is the actual origin story of the Scotch Egg. London department store, Fortnum & Mason claimed they invented it for rich couch travelers in 1738. There are also accounts that Scotch eggs evolved from an Indian dish, the Nargisi Kofta. Another theory mentioned that Scotch Eggs are essentially a “poor” man’s lunch as it is made from egg and leftover meats and easy to carry around.

Regardless it’s origin, Scotch Eggs has been around for a long time. And food that has been around for so long must be something good, so good that it was enjoyed and passed down over the past few centuries. What else does this picnic/pub food remind me about? It reminds me of breakfast, because it has egg, sausages and elements of bread in it.

It can be prepared by baking it in the oven or frying them in the fryer. Some prefer their egg to be hard-boiled in their Scotch Egg, but Joanna and I prefer our Scotch eggs still a little runny, like a soft boiled egg. Believe me, had spend a lot of time of this one, just to get the egg right. Had a number of failed attempt, so had to increase my protein on those days to ingest the eggs from failed attempts. Thankfully, we have a furkid at home to help me with some of my failed eggs. This dish is definitely fits in as a starter or picnic food during an outing with family or friends. It is truly, delicious food in one bite. 

Here is a breakdown of the recipe:

Ingredients (to make 3 Scotch Eggs)

5                                 Large Eggs
350g                           Minced pork
4 slices                        Streaky Bacon
1 handful                     Sage leaves
2 teaspoons                 BBQ Powder
2 tablespoons               Mixture of equal amount of bread and milk
1 teaspoon                   Paprika Powder
1 bowl                         Ice-cold water bath
To taste                       Salt and pepper
2cups                          Breadcrumbs
1 cup                           Flour

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Peranakan Food at Baba Low's 486

Malaysia is definitely culturally diverse . Our families are all influenced by the different traditions set by our ancestors. Depending on where our families were, I believe it is also safe to say that the environment we lived in helped shape our culture and traditions as well.

Food is one of the things that are greatly influenced by our traditions. Joanna grew up eating Peranakan food because both her grandparents had Baba and Nyonya influence. Joanna definitely loves Nyonya food. She loves them so much, every time we passed a Nyonya food place, she will stop for a moment to look at the menu.

So one day we had to head to Bangsar for some work-related matters. We had a bit of time before that, so I decided to look up for a place to eat around the area. Found this wonderful place online, Baba Low 486. We frequented that area a few times in the past couple of month but never realized that the restaurant was there. We have definitely heard of it before but never really realized it was so near the place we frequented.

The food was indeed amazing. Here are some pictures for you guys to check out:
Nyonya Laksa - RM 7.00. 
You can have your Nyonya Laksa with 2 different types of noodles. The Yellow Noddle (Mee), Rice Noodle (MeeHoon), or a mix of both (MeeHoon-Mee). I had the MeeHoon-Mee while Joanna had the MeeHoon Nyonya Laksa. Tasted great. Good level of spiciness, with some tofu puffs (taufu pok), cockles, halved eggs and fresh prawn. Not only it has a great curry flavour, the taste from the coconut milk is not overpowering and you have a hint of freshness from the Kaffir Lime Leaves. I guess you can say that it is what Malaysian Comfort Food taste like.

Otak-Otak - RM 7.00
Pai Tee - RM 5.50

The Otak-Otak tasted very different from the usual Johorian-style otak-otak. Its slightly dry, with a strong turmeric and coconut taste. The fish used to make the Otak was also very fresh. However, its not really suitable for younger kids as it has a lot of tiny bones. We need to be very careful during each bite to make sure we were not consuming any fish bones.

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