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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

The King of Fruits – Ze Durians

What’s the king of fruits?
What tropical fruit draws much appeal yet repels just as many as it has appealed to? Did I hear you mention that name? That very name, much feared by other countries, airlines, hotels?

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It is…the Durian!

Lmao, couldn’t quite come up with a better entry than that but hey, it’s better than saying..”Hi, I’m blogging about the durian, also known as stinkypoo fruit” :p
Just teasin’ ya 😉

It was night market, night for me today. Having left work a tad earlier than usual, I made my way to the market for some goodies. I was passing by this little van that sold, loads of durians. Kinda hesitated a bit as I wouldn’t want to spend any thing on a piece of fruit that gives me loads of bad breath and I mean, really bad breath. But, temptation came, tempted me with its enticing tentacles, I walked closer to the truck and the rest, like they say, is history. Using my mouth to start bargaining for the best possible deal/price/price downhike, I managed to buy get myself a pretty reasonable deal of 5 durians + 3 free durians at a cost of MYR50. Bloody hell :p I could have settled for one but no, they were too tempting.

Anyhow, there are many ways to eat/process your durians. The common ways would be, eating its flesh right when it’s opened or making a durian pulp to be made into

1) fermented durian a.k.a tempoyak (to be used in curries, and this smells BAD!)

2) cake

3) play dough..(Btw, I’m just kidding about this )

4) ice cream

5) dodol (a delicacy in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines)

6) fried into little chips (urgh..not my fave anyway)

This ugly piece of thorned up ball is as versatile as your everyday avocado. Yes, wouldn’t it be nice if grapes or other fruits were as versatile as this? Truth be told, durians aren’t as nasty as myth or urban legends have made it out to be.

It’s a fruit that stinks (thanks in due part to a certain organosulphur compound) only when it’s opened, and when you’re not accustomed to its smell. But upon eating a mouthful of it, you’d be surprised that it’s sweet, creamy and well..yummy! It has a somewhat custard-like texture and it’s not surprising that durians have been consumed since pre-historic times in Asia and was only introduced to other countries some 600 years ago. Time have yet to change mankind’s perception of this stinky beast.

One of those rather traditional Thai/Siamese way of eating durians.

. hot steaming rice

. cold water is poured over hot rice

. a dash/sprinkle of salt

. a couple of durians and you’re good to go (and die that is 😉 )

There are the other ways of consuming durians the Thai trad way, most notably durians and coconut milk with vanilla-infused sticky rice. Dear me…that would be, death for me. I hadn’t had that much durians but seeing as I’ve not had durians in years (approx 10 years I think) I puked out after 5 seedlings :p That’s what durians are all about, richness in a rather crude context *burps* Oops, excuse moi 🙂

What is good chocolate?

Ever since I saw a dessert battle involving chocolate and pears on Iron Chef about 2 or 3 weeks ago, I have been wondering what good chocolate is. The chocolate used on that episode was Valrhona (pronounced “Vah – roh – na”). If Iron Chef featured that chocolate then it must be good!

I googled to see what the fuss is all about. One site pointed me to a shop in Subiaco that carries this brand of chocolate. The shop is a gourmet food store called ‘Simon Johnson – Purveyors of Fine Food’.

Simon Johnson carries a wide range of Valrhona chocolate for both eating and cooking and also carries a variety of other brands of chocolate as well, and since I’m narrow minded and only interested in Valrhona I didnt remember the rest 😦 .

I bought these to try:

  1. Gran Couva, $11.55, 75g block, (64% Cacao, Single Estate from Trinidad, 2006 Vintage)
  2. Ampamakia, $11.55, 75g block, (64% Cacao, Single Estate from Madagascar, 2006 Vintage)
  3. Palmira Fino Criollo, $11.55, 75g block, (64% Cacao. Single Estate from Venezuela, 2006 Vintage)
  4. Tanariva, $9.95, 75g block, (33% Cacao, Madagascar)
  5. Jivara Lait, $9.95, 75g block, (40% Cacao)
  6. Cao Grande Organic, $11.00, 100g block, (39% Cacao)

valrhona chocolates
So far I’ve only tried the Cao Grande Organic, and right now, it is the best chocolate I have ever eaten. I don’t really know how to describe how good it is because I have never eaten good chocolate. I guess I won’t be eating any of these in a hurry because they cost about $10 per block. As I am typing this I’m wondering ‘why did I spend 60 dollars on chocolate?’. I guess I’m paying for the experience to see what good chocolate is really about. More to come on how the other chocolates stack up in the near future (when I could afford to eat them!).

More information @ The Nibble (http://www.thenibble.com/reviews/main/chocolate/house-tour.asp)

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!

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

A Progressive Lunch

Two weeks ago, one of the Wandering Gourmet members (DG) and I went for a progressive late lunch around Perth. I know, Progressive Lunches are so 70’s or 80’s, but they can be interesting. I guess what was more interesting was that DG had just come from a dental appointment which was a bit of a challenge!

First we headed off to Mooba Cafe which is on the corner of Cambridge Street and Jersey Street in Wembley as I heard that there was good coffee there. Yes, I know what my friend are all thinking – “You…. going….. for…. coffee?!?!?” This surprise is not unfounded seeing that I actually have jokingly threatened to ban coffee in my house and only have tea available. But since DG’s a coffee drinker, I figured why not let him figure out whether or not it really is good coffee or not.

Mooba isn’t an ordinary coffee shop in a shopping centre. It’s an open air coffee shop which poses problems for when it is windy and/or rainy, particularly since part of the place is not fully roofed just yet – this meant that there was a rather large pigeon on the uncovered pergola-like area which flew around. However, I can see that it would be a really nice place to hang out in the summer. Fortunately they had installed those clear plastic screens in an attempt to try and keep the wind out although I suppose it would defeat the purpose if part of the cafe was not covered!”

I ordered the Malabar Chai Tea and he ordered a Mocha with marshmallows…. and lots of hot water (as he still wasn’t feeling fantastic after the dental appointment). I can’t remember what the prices of them were, but I’ll assume the prices were both around the $3-$5 mark. For those who don’t know what Chai Tea is, it is a type of tea from the Malabar coast in India. It is a type of tea which contains cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, petals and other exotic tea ingredients.

When our drinks came out, DG was wondering where his marshmallows were. I suggested that perhaps they had put it inside the coffee to make it more sugary or melted since he was going to probably put his marshmallows in his coffee anyway. I hope I was right and they didn’t try to skimp on the marshmallows! 🙂 He gave the coffee a 6.5 out of 10 as it was not the most fantastic coffee he had ever had, but this might be because of the dental appointment that he had had.

He then asked me how my tea was. I said my Malabar Chai Tea was good – and it had better be good because if someone couldn’t figure out how to make tea from a tea bag we were in big trouble!

Next stop was Mt Lawley as I wanted to rent out some videos at Planet Video as my cousin was sleeping over. Planet Video is an awesome independent video rental shop where you can also buy movies, CD’s, Vinyls, tickets and more. You can find some bands that most people have not heard before in this shop as well, which makes it even more special.

We intended to head to the Leaf Cafe for tea (and possibly afternoon tea as well) but it was fully booked out. What a shame.

So we headed over to Swish n Chips for a late lunch or early dinner. Swish n Chips is a fish and chip shop and a seafood shop in one. They have specials from Monday to Thursday such as Teriyaki Tuesday. I’ve been to Swish n Chips before with a friend using a coupon from the Entertainment Book. Using the voucher, we had 1/2 Fish n Chips and a bowl of Chilli Mussels for $5 each.

This time I had some kind of Seafood Basket thing that was around $11 which had fish, chips, a crab stick, and other seafood goodies in it. DG had a Grilled Seafood Basket thing that was about $13, I think, which had fish, chips, two mussels and other grilled seafood in there.

DG gave his a 7.5 or 8 out of 10 for his order, but once again he said it could get more points if he hadn’t gone to the Dentists. What was amusing (for me at least) was that he was complaining that it took a while to chew his food because of the Dentists. What a workout!

What we both really liked about this place was that unlike most Fish and Chip places which have really greasy Fish and Chips, Swish n Chips’ Fish and Chips are not very greasy. I also like that this place has real salads and does different type of fish preparations such as sweet and sour, teriyaki fish, peri peri seasoned fish. We also thought this place was value for money because if we had bought our Fish and Chips at somewhere like Cicarello’s, it would have been way more expensive.