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Seafood in Klang

Ok, seafood mania has hit my brains. This happened in the wake of the release of Harry Potter’s 7th and final book. But back to seafood. A couple of peeps and I had decided on having food cum party at a nice place. But what was supposed to be an interesting night, took a turn for the worse as rain started pouring out its emo-self on us.

It took us nearly an hour (+traffic jams & +distance) between my house to this place, Bagan Hailam Restaurant. Getting there, in the heart of Port Klang itself isn’t a problem but finding the right place to eat is a HUGE problem. Upon arriving at this quaint little place, I’m aghast to find loads of restaurants of disparaging differences! However, fret not :p While this is my first time at that place, it wasn’t for those peeps.

“Oh this place is a rip off!”

“Food here isn’t that great”

“Lousy ambience in here”….etc

Ok, fair enough. You guys lead the way lol.

Finally after what seemed like eternity, we arrived at this place, with loads of jack russell terriers scurrying about their business and hush, I don’t mean their waste disposals but rather, eating scraps of anything. You have a pervo mind! 😀

Restaurant Signboard

Entrance into that erm…eatery? Looks dodgy! Argh!

Interior of the restaurant, rather cozy and warm with breeze from the estuary blowingi n on us.

Yacht Club and a dinghy in the foreground

Mussel-like shellfish, looks weird but tastes heavenly! This was cooked in erm, I have no idea what but from the pics, I can make out a few simple ingredients.

. black looking sauce/gravy
. onions (no idea which type that is :p)
. mussel-like shellfish
. some celery-leaves
. salt + pepper + sugar (roflmao)

Vegemite Crab! Seriously! They use vegemites! :p It was vegemite with honey + something else altogether…OMFG heavenly!

Evidently, eating crabs left me with no other option to take pics of other food. Ah well, I’ll show you the aftermath of Hurricane Gluttony that unleashed its fury on food!

House on stilts, these were adjoining the restaurant that I was in. Interesting structure.

Primary school, rather dodgy looking though I must surmise.

 

Pros
Overall, food was good, pricing itself was stupendously good! It’s cheap even by local standards and will definitely be back for more. It was staffed by friendly people and the breeze, ah..oh-so-welcoming!

Cons
Distance though is another problem altogether but if you could carpool, it shouldn’t be a problem as there aren’t any public transportation that heads in that direction. If you must ask me, public transportation in the Klang valley or in Malaysia generally pales in comparison with their neighbouring countries. Another thing to take note of, it takes ages for your food to arrive. I wonder if I’m actually allowed to assume that they were fishing while trying to cook our meals? :p

>>> Goes back to reading Harry Potter’s 7th book <<<

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African Mesob Cafe Restaurant Review

The African Mesob Cafe Restaurant, run by Simon and Julie Tesholme, is an Ethiopian and African cuisine restaurant which aims to promote African and Ethiopian culture in Perth, and to create a sense of belonging to African people in Perth.

After a lot of jokes by the resident African member about the Wots, we ordered the Ethiopian Banquet (minimum of 8 people, $18 per person).

Before eating these Wots, one of the waitresses came around with a large silver teapot looking thing as well as soap/sanitiser to wash our hands. This is apparently a traditional thing to do before eating Wots.

Washing hands

The Wots were presented in a beautiful and colourful, traditional Ethiopian basket.

Ethiopian Wot

The Wots that we shared consisted of Siga Wot (beef), Doro Wot (chicken), and Yeshimbra Assa Wot (vegetables). It reminded one of my friends of Indian food – except just less spicy!

The little white rolls that you can see in the picture above is called injera. Injera is made from fermented rice flour, and is used as a scoop to pick up food – kind of like a food-version of a fork or spoon.

As our hands got messy from eating with them, it was rather unfortunate to find that it is not traditional to come around to wash our hands again after eating. At least at the African Mesob Restaurant any way!

These Wots are also available as individual dishes, as well as various other African dishes such as Chawama Chicken (African-style Fried Rice), and Peanut Soup.

The African Mesob Restaurant also serves coffee made from African beans. My friends who ordered the coffee were not told what kind of beans they used, except for “African coffee beans”. The verdict on the African Coffee that was served was that it good – it was not strong, but it had a nice flavour to it.

For a different kind of experience, I definitely recommend this restaurant. Plus, it’s nice to know that these African restaurants are run by real Africans!

African Mesob Cafe Restaurant
100 Lake Street
Northbridge WA
(08) 9228 1544
http://www.africanmesob.com.au

Kanta: Cheap and cheerful

Since I’m busy procrastinating (something I do very well indeed), I thought I might as well do something semi-productive ie. write something even if it’s not what I should be writing at the moment.

 

This little gem was introduced to us by a Japanese friend, and despite the distance I’ve kept going back. Whenever I go out, I always look for the local tick of approval – here I was glad to see satisfied Japanese diners on multiple visits.

 

This place is tiny and probably only holds about 10-15 people, so you have to book or get in early if you want a spot. They also do takeout if you can’t get a seat. The whole set up is a bit like Iron chef with one or two assistants running around and the chef on display in the centre simultaneously cooking about ten different dishes, while calling out cheerful greetings to customers. It’s quite interesting but stressful to watch him work 😉

 

The menu is very reasonably priced, with most mains averaging $9-15. There is a specials board that changes every now and then. The menu includes ubiquitous selections such as tempura, teriyaki chicken/beef/fish and various donburi – all of which are pretty good considering the price range. One of my friends inevitably orders kare-age whenever we go for Japanese (basically deep fried chicken served with a big dob of mustard, mayo or a wedge of lemon), and proclaimed the version here to be one of the best he’d tried in Perth. I’ll eat anything that’s deep fried, but I have to admit the one here is pretty good.

 

It also offers less commonly seen dishes such as grilled mackerel, octopus and unagi (eel), as well as a selection of sashimi. The tsukune (sort of like a chicken paddlepop with a sweet sauce) is handmade and totally oishii (yum!). The green tea icecream with adzuki bean tastes like it’s been homemade, with the smooth but not overpowering flavour of green tea, contrasting nicely with the sweet adzuki bean and is good value at $3.50. One of the aspects I like most about this place is that the chef clearly takes pride in his work, with aesthetics being still important despite the budget.

 

So, any folks living south of the river who like their Japanese might want to check this place out sometime. Not that it needs me to vouch for it, it seems plenty of people know about it already.

 

Details:

 

Kanta: Japanese kitchen and sushi bar (BYO)

2/76 Langford Ave, Langford WA

ph 94515720

Open lunch Tue – Fri 1130-1430

Open dinner Tue – Sun 1730-2100

5 Ways to know you’re a foodie

1. Food travel

You would travel more than 50km (it could be more than 20km) for food be it seafood, vegan food, crap food, whatever food. For you, travels would have to be done in the name of food and that’ll be good.

2. Blog Hopping

You would have read up or at least feasted your saliva and eyes upon sinful pictures of food from other blogs. Well, that isn’t even enough for you. You woudl follow up by reading up on recipes/restaurants/reviews before trying out that place or food.

3. Restaurant Hopping

Hopping from one restaurant to another to apease your tastebuds is your hobby/temp job. You know the best places for Japanese, Chinese, Greek etc food. I don’t because I don’t get paid for this temp job. 😀

4. Mind numbing

You start to wonder if you’re just plain hungry or plainly speaking, numbed mentally by the amount of food floating through your cranial regions. The first thing that comes out from your mouth, “Oh food!”

5. Tongue Wagging

Haha, nothing beats having a wagged tongue at the sight of food. I bet most of you are guilty as charged. Remind me to carry my camera along should that happen again. And it’ll be, “Wow!” “Yum!” “Hmmm” to “Oh food is glorious” and hence your tongue starts to irrevebrate to pulsating movements. Omg, that sounded horny lol. C’mon, don’t tell me you’re not one of ‘em 😉

Being a novice foodie, I can’t say that I’m all the above but I am guilty of food travel lmao. That reminds me, I’ll perhaps settle for some fatty whopper now.

Glorious Food

Damascus Gate Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur

Ok, Damascus = Syria? I know I know, Geography isn’t exactly my strongest point, I could name erm, places like Los Angeles, San Francisco in due part on Hollywood. Yes! I’m a movie freak that’s being slowly churned into a foodie as well.

No, I’m not another Michael Myers (think, Halloween H20) as this mini me here’s perfectly sane.

Back to Damascus Gate Restaurant, this restaurant is situated in the erm, remotest part of Kuala Lumpur BUT fret not, they serve up a good deal at a cheap price.

I’m all for good food at cheap prices, and I reckon, they taste somewhat better, not to mention though, my pocket does as well! LOL!

Lena and I had a go at Shawamar something something, well, the menu was in Arabic, and I had erm, potato something something (think Arabic).

Thank goodness Lena knew how to speak/read Arabic having spent a part of her life in Riyadh.

But anyhow, the one I had which was potatoes, in onions, in erm…butter (possibly, tasted like it though), and lamb was sooooo bloody good I could go for a 2nd helping!

Lena’s shawamar was equally good tasting as well but we were floored by what came after these deliciously cooked food. Rice pudding!

That was like the first time I’ve ever had rice pudding and it tastes sooooooo good!

Can’t exactly look at rice the same way again, can I? According to the guy who took our orders ( Syrian who married a Chinese woman, adorable), he said the rice pudding is made overnight using goat’s milk and semi-cooked rice with some sugar that isn’t too sweet. Once everything’s set, it’s left in the refrigerator overnight to be served the next day.

It’s good 😉

Menu

Restaurant Interior, comfy seats (on the floor) but filled with mozzies :p

Rice Pudding on my left palm

For decoration purposes, the stalk kept falling down, and thank goodness it wasn’t London Bridge lol.
I was so excited I couldn’t snap a proper picture lol. Nothing turns me on like humour on food 😀 But these are pickles. Yum!

Shawamar goodies! Reminds me of pashmena. (I have no idea why)

Half ravaged rice pudding!

My potato goodie. Soooo simple but good!

Dinner Fanfare 190KMs away!

….that took abot 2-2.5 hours of driving. I still cannot believe I drove that far for food Well, not that it’s any different from other places but I’d to attend a rather, festive-like dinner in commeration of my grandaunts 95th birthday. Boy, I’d love to be at her age :p

The restaurant that I’d to go to was in Ipoh, which would roughly acrue to about 190km or so from Kuala Lumpur.

I don’t have any form of addy, and neither do I recall the name of the restaurant but I did however, manage to make up for my short term memory by showing you food(s) that were on display and digested by our tummies.Yes, they were good and I don’t know how much everything would have amounted to.

First dish, started with a ‘pau’ that had red marzipan-ish letterings on it, Fertility. How fertile that is I don’t know as grandaunt’s childless.

This was promptly followed by a seafood fanfare of lobsters, crabs, lobster meats in salads etc. I don’t know what other things may have entailed in this fare but this was by far, my favourite.

Large scary looking lobbie 😀

And a huge roasted pig. Say cheese dahlings. I nearly puked as it was oily, imagine eating a whole chunk of lard.

And was quickly followed by shark fins soup. Yes, I know that PETA would probaby be pissed at me for this but it was all very much a part of the banquet. Oh, this soup was shark fins + crab roe. Erm, anyone for the roes?

Ooh my next favourite! Loads of lily buds, on little vegs I have no known name for and century eggs. *literally century eggs as they’re known for their rather putrid taste but aren’t exactly 100 year old eggs ;)* What could be as bad as a balut?

Fish. Looks very much dissected.

Mango pudding on some Japanese jello. The chinese word, if I’m not mistaken it means, Double Happiness/Prosperity? Will someone help me out here?

I could have taken more pics but seriously, I was grossed out by the amount of food/dishes that led to waste.

Review: Star Anise

Hello all…this is my first post, so please be kind ^^
I’d been wanting to try this place for a while, ever since I heard some of my colleagues raving about it. So after a particularly painful day at work left me in need of some serious calorie therapy, I checked it out with one of my dinner buddies.

The atmosphere at Star Anise is subdued and refined. The clientele consists of regulars, many in suits. Music plays in the background, ambient but never overpowering.

After perusing the menu we opted to go straight for the mains to ensure we had room for dessert. ^^ The mod-oz menu is concise but complex in flavour, with about five or six entrée options and a similar number of mains, which vary according to seasonal produce. There were no vegetarian options provided, however one seafood option was available. Although we didn’t indulge that night, the wine menu is extensive, with something to suit nearly everyone’s palate.

I chose the Angus beef fillet with berlotti beans, peas and truffle infusion. This was cooked medium rare and succulent all the way through. Although it was very good, with a price tag of nearly $50, I was a little disappointed it wasn’t wagyu (but this isn’t a fault in any way, just me being difficult…) My friend chose the dorper rack of lamb with harissa spiced pumpkin. This was tender and perfectly pink in the middle, with the sweetness of caramelised pumpkin providing contrast to the savoury lamb.

Desserts are the clear winner here. The cheese menu is well-rounded, with a range of soft and firm cheeses from Italy, France and Spain. We opted for the passionfruit soufflé with passionfruit marscapone parfait and the dulce de leche wafers, with valrhona and white chocolate mousse. The soufflé was absolutely glorious – warm fluffy soufflé perched atop cold creamy parfait, separated by a layer of sweet gingery biscuit.

Served alongside a small banana thickshake, the dulce de leche wafers comprised valrhona and white chocolate mousse sandwiched between paper thin wafers. It was thankfully light, after the richness of the soufflé, but difficult to eat neatly! The only thing I could find fault with is that the thickshake was quite artificially flavoured. There were some other intriguing sounding desserts, including the ‘three things from a mandarin’.

Service is the aspect that can make or break a fine dining experience. Here, it was pleasant, attentive and informed, without being intrusive. Although it was a busy evening, we never felt ignored, or rushed to finish our meal.

This would be a good choice of venue both for impressing business clients, or sharing a relaxed evening with friends. I think it’s definitely worth a return visit.

Star Anise (fully licenced)

225 Onslow Rd
Shenton Park 6008 WA

Phone: (08) 9381 9811
Tue-Sat 6.30pm-midnight