Saturday, May 30, 2009

LUNG SENG SEAFOOD RESTAURANT @ Tanjung Tualang, Perak

More than 2 years ago, Hubby and I were introduced to Tanjung Tualang by Wong, my Makan Gang member. Tanjung Tualang is a small town situated in Perak (about 45 mins from Ipoh) and is famous for its cultured fresh water prawns. It was a memorable trip with lots of good good and we have always wanted to revisit but sadly we didn't have the chance until 3 weeks ago when my family was back from Melbourne, I suggested to bring them to there for lunch.

Wong told us he have tried almost all the restaurants in Tanjung Tualang and concluded Lung Seng is one of the best. With the scorching hot weather, the word 'air-conditioned' on the shop front was a big bonus for us.
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As mentioned earlier, Tanjung Tualang is famous for culturing fresh water prawns. Yes, that's the prawns we usually served in Kuala Lumpur whenever we order 'Sang Har Meen' aka Fresh Water Prawns Noodle.
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All ready to attack! Yes, am so gonna eat you!!! I don't think this fella survived us as we emptied this tank of prawns.
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On my first visit, we were introduced to "Wan Tau Long" and upon seated I asked for it again. Basically the drink consists of lime flavoured shaved ice at the bottom, covered with soft wobbly yellow jelly on top. An effective thirst quencher on a hot day. If you are unsure on the pronounciation of the name, just tell the lady boss that you want the jelly drink and she will get it for you from the drink stall nearby.
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The 7 of us ordered a total of 3kgs of fresh water prawns cooked in three ways. The price varies according to the size of the prawns. If not mistaken, the large ones are priced at RM65 per kg wheres the medium prawns are priced at RM58 per kg. We had the large prawns steamed. 1kg is actually not that much, probably about 8 - 9 pieces. Honestly speaking, although the texture of fresh water prawns are normally firm and bouncy, it lacks sweetness as compared to sea water prawns. Although this dish was done pretty well accompanied by soft silky steamed egg, steamed fresh water prawns would not be the best way to enjoy these prawns.

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Instead, their Pan Fried Fresh Water Prawns with Soy Sauce (Gon Jin Har - Dry Fry Prawn) won us on both visits. We have been raving about this dish ever since our first visit and we were glad, after more than 2 years, the quality remains! The soy sauce really enhanced the flavour of the prawns.
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Not convinced? Look at what we did after we finished feasting on this plate of prawns. Our guest from Melbourne couldn't resist from ordering a bowl of white rice to wipe the plate clean!
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Crabs! How could we not order any crabs? Our portion of 3 huge local mud crabs (RM41.80) were steamed with egg white. Very fresh and sweet...ahh...just can't go wrong with local mud crabs!
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Fish forever remains in the order list whenever we dine with my brother-in-law. No no...I should amend to say that a minimum of 2 servings of fish per meal is a MUST whenever we dine with my brother-in-law. First serving of steamed fish was Soon Hock or Marble Goby priced at RM88 per kg. At that price, it is a rare find in KL. We had the same fish the night before at Unique Seafood but I was quite surprise as this tasted so much better. The flesh was finer, firmer and sweeter. Wong told me later that it was a river soon hock (meaning wild) and not cultured, hence better in texture. We also ordered a steamed river catfish which I didn't manage to snap a picture cos I was too busy with the crabs. Anyway, after having the expensive Soon Hock, the cheap catfish was no big deal.
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Deep fried soft shell crabs (RM28.50) were yummy and perfect to go with beer. I enjoyed eating the shell part which is filled with sweet soft roes. Very good stuff!
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This plate of Stir-fry Paku with Sambal Belacan (RM9) was a big hit too. Paku was crunchy and the sambal was tasty, making us all very happy!! Hey it rhymes!!! HAHA!
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Steamed Frog is another of my bro-in-law's favourite dish as there is no way he could find this in Melbourne. He was disappointed that these are cultured and not wild. For your information, wild frogs are sweeter and firmer in texture.
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Our last kilo of prawns were ordered after the aroma of the Butter Prawns from the next table caught our attention. The aroma from the 'butter and egg' combo was such a killer. Since we drove all the way here for lunch, we decided to go ahead with our last order of prawns despite everyone was stuffed. Am glad we did cos the Butter Prawns were really good! If you have a chance to visit this place, just order this and you will know what I mean with the killer aroma. Wong told us Deep Fried Prawns with Oats is another recommended dish here too..ahh..i shall leave that for my next visit.
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Tanjung Tualang is a very nice place to stopover for a seafood meal, especially if you love fresh water prawns.

Do try Lung Seng Restaurant which is located at:
10 Jalan Besar
31800 Tanjung Tualang, Perak
Tel: 05-360.0735
Open daily from 11.30 a.m. - 9.00 p.m.

I called up and was told that they do not have any day off but advisable to call and book if you are visiting during the weekends. Yes, business is good so DO CALL for reservation.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

HAINAN CHICKEN RICE @ TAMAN SUPREME, CHERAS

While Hubby was at work, Wong - my Makan Gang member took charge of bringing my guests from Melbourne for a foodcrawl session in Cheras. At our first stop in Taman Segar, Christy expressed interest on Hainanese Chicken Rice. So off we went, driving through a hilly road and cutting through a residential area till we reached the hilltop of Taman Supreme. Hidden right at the end of a row of shophouses, we were greeted by a makeshift shack. Who would travel all the way up here for chicken rice right? WRONG! Business is good especially from those working nearby.

The stall is manned by an elderly couple and the menu is simple...rice, chicken and beansprout.
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Spotted some press write-ups on them in Chinese.
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We tried to avoid rice if possible so that we would not fill up our tummy space easily. But since we were here for the rice, we ordered a plate to share among the 5 of us. The rice texture was just right! Can you see each grain of the rice? Quite flavourful too. Drizzle with the soy-based gravy from the chicken, it could be a meal by itself!
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The temptation of putting the yellow crunchy chicken skin to my mouth was too hard to resist. Ahhh...eat first think later!! The chicken meat was smooth and aromatic due to the added sesame oil. I was told half a chicken costs about RM17. Is that cheap or expensive?
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Bro-in-law and his buddy was amazed with this plate of stir-fry beansprout which was full of wok-hei. It was crunchy and flavourful. They were even more amazed when they discovered the cook is actually an Indonesian helper. As usual, both of them sneaked to the cooking area to observe how it was done. And the secret? Chicken oil, chicken stock and HOT BURNING WOK!
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This chicken rice stall/shack is located at the address below. Operating hours are from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., every Mondays till Saturdays.
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Just look at how my satisfied guest posing to me after the meal...hahaha!
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Thursday, May 21, 2009

GORGEOUS CUPCAKES by Pretty Frosting

First of all, a big thank you to those who left a comment and all the well wishes in my previous post. I didn't know that after announcing my migration plan, I will be missed. I am really touched, really. And also not forgetting Stephen from Melbourne, Terri from Bonn and Anonymous from Sydney for their words of encouragement. I am already looking forward to my new life in Melbourne and one thing I could assure you is that Precious Pea will never stop from blogging. Yay!

Now now, back to my favourite topic: FOOD!!

Before bidding goodbye to my colleagues, I thought of treating them to something sweet. Thanks to Boolicious (it just can't go wrong consulting her), I went to check out Pretty Frosting's website and was in awe with their beautiful creation. My buddy in office suggested to have the cupcakes personalised and am glad I did. Three flavours to choose from; butter, orange and chocolate and is priced from RM3 per piece depending on the design.

When we opened the box in the office, there was quite a commotion when everyone took out their camera and started snapping away. I went round distributing the cupcakes and took each and everyone of my colleague holding their own share. Jokingly I told them that the photos are for rememberance sake, so that in 20 years time, I could still remember their name.
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This was mine. Honestly speaking, I don't really fancy decorated cupcakes although I do enjoy looking at them. Usually I will remove the frosting before eating the cake. But for this pretty personalised cupcake, how could I scrap off my own name?
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I was surprised when I took my first bite..it was not as sweet as I thought it would be. The cake was chocolatey rich and moist. Really good. All my colleagues came back with positive feedback on the cake, I guess such simple gesture did manage to make it a memorable one.
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Do check out Pretty Frosting's website or their blog for their beautiful creation. They do offer wedding cakes and cookies too. Their cupcakes are available for sale at Amcorp Mall (in front of Starbucks) every Fridays to Sundays from 11 a.m. till sold out. Otherwise, give them a call to place your order. Contact numbers are available in their blog.

Monday, May 18, 2009

FAREWELL, MY DEAR COLLEAGUES!

I still remember that morning when I anxiously walked into my ED's room to hand in my resignation letter. I was questioning myself if I am doing the right thing since everyone is talking about recession, unemployment, retrenchment at that moment (>2 months ago) particularly, when I LOVE my job too. However, I walked out from his room feeling relieved and excited, cos very soon I will be embarking a new journey.

Due to personal reason, I could not share the excitement of my new anticipated journey in my blog. But after this post, I am very sure many will start asking me why I quit my job and where I will be going. Truth is, I got my Australian PR last year and I will be heading over to Melbourne in July. Sadly, Hubby and my two furry kids would not be able to join me so soon as it would be risky to relocate the whole family without a stable job there. The boys will join me after I get a job and if everything goes well, our new home sweet home.

Anyway, this post is dedicated to all my wonderful colleagues.
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Thank you for making my seven and a half years working here a memorable one. I will certainly miss you all especially my crazy gang. I am starting to feel sad now, I really hope I can control my emotion when we go off this evening.

Do keep in touch and when I have my own place in Melbourne, my doors are always open to you guys! Take care and all the best!!

*More on the cupcakes next post!!*

Thursday, May 14, 2009

NASI AYAM KAMPUNG @ RESTORAN A HASSAN

My Makan Gang discovered a new eating place that serves fantastic deep fried ayam kampung (free range chicken) and their constant ravings got me really curious. I was surprised when they told me that the restaurant is located along the Kesas Highway; Awan Besar rest area to be precise. To avoid paying for toll on our way there, we went via Taman OUG. Alternatively, you can enter into Kesas Highway via the LDP.
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I didn't expect the place to be a huge restaurant with a building on its own. I thought it was just a normal small Malay nasi campur stall that we commonly see at rest areas. After 'googling' for more information, I found out that they have outlets all over Klang Valley such as Kampung Baru, USJ Taipan, Cheras, Shah Alam and Puchong. (Psst Wong, now we don't have to drive all the way here for the ayam kampung!)
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We arrived at the restaurant around 11.00 a.m. hence most dishes were still untouched. Perfect!! I was so tempted to snap a photo of each dish.
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So many choices, there are way too many dishes to choose from. Sadly, we had a very heavy breakfast that morning, hence our stomach space was reserved for the ayam kampung.
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The ayam kampung are lightly rubbed with salt and deep fried on the spot. Do remember to ask for your preferred part. The size of the chicken is quite small, slightly bigger than spring chicken.
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Perfectly golden in colour!! Judging from the crispy-looking outer layer, I thought it was too dry. I was so wrong. One bite and the sweet juices from the chicken came oozing out from the perfectly fried chicken. At that instance, I understand why my Makan Gang kept raving about it. The chicken was SOOO tasty!!!!
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Wong took a small plate of beef rendang for my two Aussie guests (my bro-in-law and Benny) to try. If not mistaken, this is Kelantanese-style of cooking. I find the gravy too overpowered with five spice powder and cinnamon powder. I am not a fan of cinnamon (except cinnamon roll) so I didn't quite like this dish. The rest liked it though especially the fork tender beef.
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Wong told me this beef curry dish is called Cincan Segar. I prefer this than the earlier version. I was too busy attacking the ayam kampung, otherwise, this would be a good dish to go with rice.
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Wong also took some grilled petai or stinky beans for my bro-in-law to try. Amazingly, they kept popping one after another the petai pods into their mouth especially my bro-in-law who couldn't stand the smell of durians. Hubby refused to try but I did give it a go. I tried but I still don't like it. An acquired taste I guess.
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I certainly will return to try other dishes and the ayam kampung (that goes without saying!) Check out the ravings from other bloggers below:

Masak-Masak
Hairy Berry
Lushia
Becklee

You can hunt for the Ayam Kampung at:
Awan Besar Rest Area:
Nasi Ayam Kampung (Cawangan Awam Besar)
Lebuhraya Shah Alam (KESAS Highway)
Kompleks Rehat Awam Besar

Kampung Baru:
Nasi Ayam Kampung
35 Medan Selera, Kampung Baru, KL

Shah Alam:
Restoran A. Hassan
Jalan Lawan Pedang 13/27
Section 13 Shah Alam, Selangor

USJ Taipan:
35G Jalan USJ 10/1
UEP Subang Jaya, Selangor

Puchong:
Restoran Tuan Faridah
Lot 61, Jln BP6/12 Bandar Bukit Puchong
Tel: 8060 6554
Open from 10am to 5pm. Closed on Fridays

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

THE EATING MACHINES FROM DOWN UNDER

I didn't have the chance to blog for the past 11 days as I was so busy at home. My sister, bro-in-law and beloved nephew from Melbourne came back for a one-week visit. This time round, bro-in-law brought his eating buddy, Benny and his gf along too. Am so thankful to Wong, my Makan Gang member who spared a few days bringing them around to eat; from Kuala Selangor to Bukit Tinggi Pahang, from Cheras to Tanjung Tualang in Perak. I will post some of the places we visited soon.

We had so much food for the past one week, a minimum of 5 meals a day. Initially, my nephew quite enjoyed it too but after a while, he posed this question to me:
Nephew: Yiyi, why is my daddy always eating and eating and eating????
Me: That is because your daddy loves to eat.
Nephew: I think he is an Eating Machine!!!!


From one eatery to another, again my nephew asked me once we entered the car:
Nephew: Yiyi, where are we going?
Me: To another restaurant to eat...
Nephew: Are you just kidding me???


Featuring the Eating Machines.......
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I have never had so much fish in such a short timespan before in my life. After I calculated all the fish dishes we had throughout their one week stay, we actually had 9 portions of HUGE steamed fish heads and 12 whole steamed fishes. 21 servings of fish in a week!!!!! I was told that fresh water fish is not available in Melbourne, hence bro-in-law took every opportunity to stuff himself with as much as he could. And with the foreign exchange rate, it's dirt cheap to him too.
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I think I have reached my quota for fish for the next one year. The sight of a fish head at the night market two days ago almost made me throw up. I have been eating very clear stuff for the past couple of days, from white porridge to even vegetarian meals. Give me a day or two, I will be back blogging about food soon. In the meantime...BURPP...excuse me, I need a packet of ENO!!

 

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