Tuesday, July 31, 2007

My favourite potato chips!

Been wanting to post about this since I got back from Bangkok, but didn't get to try all them chips till a few weeks back.

These are available only in Thailand.
And oh my gawd, they're sooooo good!
Especially when eaten with Singha Light Beer...

I *heart* Lays Nori (Seaweed) Flavour. Seaweed flavour is available now in quite a few potato chip brands in Malaysia. But none of them come close to the perfection that this is. The balance of flavours, and I swear you can taste the sea in this one.

Coming a close second is Lays Thai Chilli Paste Flavour. With just a hint of fire on your tongue after you eat it, it's not too salty or too overpowering. You can still taste the crisp potato chip. I don't have the picture right now cos I think it's in JH's camera at the office.

Now this one above, is Lays Barbeque Spareribs. It's PORK spareribs of course. Non-kosher *wheeeeeeeee*. But I found the very artificial-tasting BBQ flavour a tad too much. The packaging looks almost good enough to eat. But this flavour didn't make me crave for a second pack after I finished the first. Unlike the nori.

There were other flavours. Thai Basil (crinkle cut) pictured above and Thai Seafood. These two weren't very memorable. And I only have a picture of the former. Of course, they also had the flavours we can find in Malaysia, but why bother? :D

So, if you're ever in Thailand, you must have the Lays Nori potato chips! Maybe the Thai Chilli Paste if you'd like a kick to go with your beer. And I'll know you're a wonderful friend if you'll bring back some for me should you ever go that way. Hee hee.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Eating down south!

YL and I were in Muar yesterday for RK and TJ's wedding, but on our way south, we stopped by Melaka for Tangkak Beef Noodles. Thanks to the lead on this makan blog, we found the place. We initially thought of going to Tangkak town itself (it's right next to Muar), but not knowing the way to its famous beef noodle shop or anybody there meant we could get hopelessly lost.

Even with a map, it took us a wrong turn or two before we found the place at 37 Jalan Merdeka, Taman Melaka Raya. But boy, was it worth it! Very generous portions, yet not too much. The beef slices were delicious. The broth beefy. The tripe nicely chewy. The tendon melt-in-the-mouth.

YL pointing to the shop. Oooooohhhh.... the beef noodlessss.

We also had the beef balls. It's not as bouncy as the beef balls in KL, slightly on the sweet side (which took some getting used to) but tasty all the same.

Tender, tender beef and juicy beef balls.

Next to get on our list was the famous mille crepe in Melaka. I didn't know where it was located. So I sought the help of Melaka foodie, Jason who told us it's at Nadeje's in Plaza Mahkota. Not only did he give us very good directions, he was so sweet to call the owner to pack 4 slices ready for our collection. Thanks dude! :)

We went on our way to Muar, sat down for coffee at the 434 Kopitiam at the main road facing the bus station, ordered some famous Muar coffee and dug into the mille crepe. It was really good lor. Kicks Food Foundry's ass. Hard.

Nadeje's Mille Crepe. 434 Kopitiam's Elephant Bean and Double Shot Sai Kee iced coffee

Even the coffee was yummy. YL and JK had double shots of Sai Kee iced coffee, while I had some 100% Elephant Bean iced coffee. Wah, syiok lor! Hers was strong and flavourful. Mine was not as strong but it had a nice, bitter-ish after taste. Kinda like the bitter winey taste of some durians. YL didn't quite like it, but my tastebuds enjoyed the rather unique flavour. JK then suggested we try the babi (pork) satay at the glutton street nearby.

Lots of stalls selling Satay and Otak-Otak. Porky and Cockle Satay.

Her cousin's wedding was only two hours away. But since we're here, might as well right? So we had the satay (JK ordered cockle satay as well) and or chien (oyster omelette). The satay was good... ah, pork, the best meat in the world. The or chien was delicious and eggy. Not too starchy with lots of oysters.

The uncle preparing or chien. Slurrrppp.

We were feeling really stuffed by the time we went back to her grandmother's place to change for the wedding dinner.

And that's another feast on its own.

Six Seasons. Braised Precious Seafood (yay! no sharks were killed). Steamed Pomfret. Mushrooms and Broccoli. Salad Prawns. And my all time favourite. ROAST PIGLET! There were also some really interesting new dishes I've never had before, wedding dinner or otherwise. Chicken Rojak (fruit rojak with fried chicken pieces, a refreshing twist the usual lemon chicken) and Stuffed Orange with Yam Paste. It tasted sweet, tangy and earthy all at the same time. Really comforting and yummy and so fragrant from the orange peel which you could eat. It looked like the orange was stuffed with yam paste and then boiled in syrup.

Trays and trays of Chicken Rojak. Stuffed Orange and Yam Paste.

I felt like the orange after that. Duly stuffed.
As we drove back to PJ after the dinner, my mind was toying with the idea of swinging by Melaka again for satay celup. My tummy protested. Anyway, it was late. And YL's utter shock that I could still think about food was a good indication that the satay celup should stay in my head. Heh heh.

It was a fun trip. And such a cute couple too.
Here's wishing them a lifetime of joy, laughter and good food! :D

Congratulations RK & TJ!

Friday, June 29, 2007

A Penang Feast (and a bite of Ipoh)

Swatow Lane's New World Cafe
It's a food court-like place with ample carpark. D & I spent so much time driving around Georgetown in circles that when I missed the turning into the carpark, I couldn't be arsed to go another round on the one-way streets and risk getting lost again. So I parked next to the coffeeshop opposite (the 'old' New World coffeeshop). And got a parking ticket. EEESSSH! Nasib baik the food was good.

Otak-otak and Pasembor (with lots of sotong and that lovely sauce!)

Or Kuih (Yam Cake) and Mee Rebus (the sauce is almost like concentrated prawn mee soup, so gorgeous)

Penang Fruit Rojak and Or Chien (Oyster Omelette)

The aftermath. Followed by Ice Kacang at the 'old' New World coffeeshop opposite.

Dinner with Geekchic at Wong Kok, Queensbay Mall.

Thank you Geek!

Egg Tarts and Char Siew Soh

Pork Chop Noodles, Beef Brisket Rice, SzeChuan Noodles

Pulau Tikus Sin Hup Aun Coffeeshop and Kwai Lock Coffeeshop.
Don't ask why we went to two coffeeshops on Sunday morning alone. Hehehe. It took us one and a half hours, including our time going round and round Georgetown again, feeling very lost. If there's anything I learned on this trip, it's don't drive around Penang without a good map or a Penangite.

We were so hungry D & I ate enough to feed 5 people. And then we tapaued some food back to Geek's apartment, where there were asam laksa, popiah and chicken wings waiting for us. Wooohooo!

Sin Hup Aun *sigh*. Curry laksa.

Mushroom Wantan Mee. Penang Chee Cheong Fun.

Char koay teow. With DUCK EGG. Generous prawns and lapcheong! So fragrant! ARRRGGHHHH!

Ban Chang Kueh from the famous uncle's stall and
apong from Kwai Lock coffeeshop behind Sin Hup Aun.

Roti Babi from Kwai Lock coffeeshop and asam laksa from a stall near Geek's apartment in Sg.Ara. Yummylicious!

Ipoh Wah Nam Coffee Shop
and Funny Mountain Soya Bean
We came here on our way back from Penang. The coffeeshop proper was closed so we had to go to the 'kopitiam' branch of theirs. The hor fun was so-so, but the dry curry noodles WAS THE BOMB! Downed with iced white coffee (not the 3-in-1 shit) and some roti bakar. On the way up to Penang, we stopped by in Ipoh as well, and Mr.Geekchic took us to Macy's coffeeshop near Jusco for hor fun and white coffee. Oh, the hor fun was good! And the best white coffee I've had so far. Slurrrpp... WHITE COFFEEE... slurp.

Dry curry noodles with lots of SEE HUM. Funny Mountain Drive-Thru Soya Bean Drinks /Taufufah.

He also took us to the drive thru soya bean place near the chicken and taugeh shops. They were out of taufafah but apparently it's really smooth here. So we settled for a soya bean drink before we set off for KL again. So happen there was a news article about them the next day in the Star. Click here. And read about them on this blog.

Although I ran in the Penang Bridge Run and have been exercising quite abit prior to this trip, I put on 1.5kg . This is ridiculous. I mean, how can this possibly happen? :P